Animal cruelty is beyond comprehension. These cowards have been convicted or charged with random acts of cruelty crimes for their brutal, hateful, heartless, vicious, merciless and murderous acts of Animal cruelty. Please help vote for tougher laws to stop and give more time in Prison for monsters like these.



California man sentenced to 16 years in jail for killing 21 cats SAN JOSE, California --(See video below)


  
A 26-year-old California man has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for killing 21 cats in the San Jose area, some of which he lured from people's homes.

Robert Farmer pleaded guilty to all charges - 21 counts of felony animal cruelty and two misdemeanor counts - in October of last year.

Animal rights activists said they're satisfied with the sentencing. Farmer will have mandatory supervision for three years upon his release.

The judge also ordered him to stay away from San Jose's Cambrian neighborhood, where he was arrested in 2015 after surveillance footage showed him trying to round up cats.


http://6abc.com/pets/man-sentenced-to-16-years-in-jail-for-killing-21-cats/2227261/


See video below




Dog Who Allegedly Died of Neglect in Awful Living Conditions

 

 

A 39-year-old Palm Coast woman was arrested July 14 in connection with the death of a dog. Sheriff’s Office deputies and Flagler County Animal Control officers were first called out to the Princess Luise Lane, Palm Coast home of suspect Georgia Ann Rose on Feb. 18, 2016. They’d been tipped off by the  Flagler Animal Hospital, which had called and “advised that there is a dog at this location in possible need of immediate medical attention or maybe possibly deceased,” according to a deputy’s report. When the deputies and animal control officers arrived at the home, they were met by Rose. She took them to her garage, which smelled strongly of ammonia, and showed them the dog, named Asher: It was laying dead in a small kennel covered with feces. There was no food or water in the kennel. A second kennel in the garage contained another dog. The little water it had was dirty; “the only food it had was a small bowl of what appeared to be mixed fruit,” a deputy wrote in the report. 

Rose said that she’d contacted the animal hospital because the dog was sick, but that she didn’t bring it in because she did not have transportation.

There was one car in the family, she said, and her brothers used it for work. The brothers, Stenford and Kayon Rose, “both stated that they were not going to miss work for a dog,” the deputy wrote.

The Roses “allowed the dog to suffer a horrible death which could have been prevented,” the deputy wrote in a report. Georgia Ann Rose is charged with cruelty to animals, a felony.

 http://www.palmcoastobserver.com/article/woman-charged-in-death-of-pet-dog


Dog Thrown Out of Car Deserves Justice

A dog was allegedly thrown from a vehicle in a shocking road rage incident. The violent act reportedly followed a fight between the dog’s owner and another man in the middle of the road. Demand justice for this innocent dog.

The shocking video reportedly showed two men fighting in the street. Per the footage, the older man punched and shoved the younger man while shouting profanity. The younger man then reportedly pulled a small dog, named Daphne, from the older man’s car and threw her onto the sidewalk.

Daphne suffered minor bruising and emotional stress, but is recovering well. Marc Dione has been charged with two counts of animal cruelty for torture and torment of a living creature. Sign below and demand that Dione receive the maximum penalty under law, if convicted.

https://animalpetitions.org/332176/dog-allegedly-thrown-out-of-car-deserves-justice/


K-9 Service Dog Left to Die in Hot Truck

 

A police officer has been charged with aggravated animal cruelty after he apparently left a K-9 service dog unattended in his patrol truck after his shift during 100 degree heat, killing him. The Cache County sheriff’s deputy has been put on unpaid leave, but will evidently be reassigned within the department upon his return.

According to court documents, officer Jason Whittier had “inexplicably” left his dog, a Belgian Malinois named Endy, secured in his truck after parking it along the south side of his home where there was little or no shade. He then left the truck for nearly 11 hours before returning and finding the dog dead from heat stroke.

If the allegations are true, this is a gross example of negligence which must not be tolerated in law enforcement. Sign this petition to demand that this deputy be removed from active duty and that more be done to ensure that tragic incidents such as this will not occur in the future.

https://animalpetitions.org/332910/demand-justice-for-k-9-service-dog-left-to-die-in-hot-truck/



Prison Time For Man Who Forced His Dog to Attack a Cat

A man who ordered his pit bull to attack a cat has been banned from animal ownership and sentenced to prison time and probation. Kenneth Joint of Erie, Pennsylvania, recently pleaded guilty to a first-degree misdemeanor count of animal cruelty as well as a third-degree misdemeanor count of criminal mischief. He will spend between 11 and a half to 23 months in prison and will be on probation for three years afterward.

In a video posted to social media by Joint, he can be seen ordering his dog, named Kovu, to attack a cat in the basement of his home. The attack was so bad that it resulted in the cat’s death. According to Lisa Stiles, the local Humane Society’s chief investigating officer, the cat “most likely had a very slow and painful death.”

Kovu has received several weeks of training and rehabilitation and is up for adoption. A representative of the Humane Society said that Kovu is “a good all around dog. He wants to please and that was kind of his fault… he had a bad owner. He pleased that bad owner in a negative way. With a good owner, with positive training, he will be positive.”

This cruelty not only killed an innocent animal in a torturous manner, but could have resulted in the euthanasia of an innocent dog as well. By harshly punishing this man, law enforcement has sent the message that cruelty like this will not be tolerated. Sign below to applaud this harsh sentence and ban on animal ownership, which will save animals from being put at risk of harm by this man in the future.

https://animalpetitions.org/332908/praise-prison-time-for-man-who-forced-his-dog-to-attack-a-cat/


Man Accused of Kidnapping and Torturing Cat on Social Media Must be Severely Punished


A man is facing animal cruelty charges after allegedly torturing a cat on Facebook Live. Tyrike Richardson, a 21-year-old from New York City, has been charged with aggravated cruelty to an animal and torturing and starving an animal. The cat in question, a 2-year-old white cat named Chester, was allegedly stolen from a neighbor. Even the DeBlasio administration spoke out against the violence, calling it “incredibly disturbing.”

The live feed was found by NYPD’s Gang Squad. They saw the cat being struck with a wooden chair. Later in the video, the cat was seen laying motionless while being poked and beaten with a broom handle. The man in the video was also seen taunting the cat with a knife.

Fortunately the cat survived and was found in a garbage can by police. “It was frail and weak,” said the detective who found tortured cat barely alive.

After the cat was rescued, a veterinary examination revealed multiple blunt force trauma injuries, including rib fractures and lung, liver, and kidney injuries.

Fortunately, the cat was rescued before it was killed. Chester is now in the care of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), where he will require intensive rehabilitation before eventually being placed in a home.

This type of shocking and deliberate cruelty is unacceptable. Anyone who can do this to an innocent animal is dangerous, and could be capable of escalating the violence to humans in the future. Sign the petition below to demand that the person responsible is punished to the fullest extent of the law.

https://animalpetitions.org/330201/punish-person-who-allegedly-tortured-cat-on-social-media/



Do Not Return Cows to Farmer Charged With Neglect

 

Target: Paul Evans, Manager of the Whatcom County Animal Control & Rescue / Field Services Goal: Reverse decision to return cows to farmer accused of animal cruelty.

Whatcom County dairy farmer Seth Snook will get back six of his cows and avoid felony charges despite reported evidence of abuse on his farm. Snook had claimed inability to feed his livestock due to his wife’s surgery, instead allowing the animals to starve and die; one reporter referred to Snook Brook Farms as “shallow mass graves everywhere she walked.” The charges were pressed in April, less than three months ago.

Regardless of Snook’s reasons and how sympathetic they may be, it is too soon to return custody of these cows to him. Even if he was not intentionally malicious, he still appears to have committed severe neglect which led to the deaths of many animals. Snook should not be considered ready yet to have his animals returned, it is clear that Snook Brook Farms has a long way to go before it can be considered safe.

It is never wise to take risks with the well-being of animals, and returning cows to a farmer charged with neglect so soon after the charges are dropped is a big risk. Sign this petition to demand a longer waiting period for Snook in regaining his cows.

https://animalpetitions.org/329584/do-not-return-cows-to-farmer-charged-with-neglect/



Non-Aggressive Service Dogs Shot By Cop Deserve Justice

Target: Janee Harteau, Minneapolis Chief of Police

Goal: Punish a police officer who allegedly shot two non-aggressive dogs and demand better training procedures for all officers.

A recent video appears to show a police officer searching a backyard in response to a burglary call. After several moments, one of two dogs approaches the officer in a non-aggressive manner while wagging his tail, before coming to a standstill several feet away. The officer responds by shooting the dog in the face, and then shooting the second dog in the yard when it panics and runs toward him.

The two dogs, Ciroc and Rocko, are physician-prescribed service animals for the LeMay family in Minneapolis. They are expected to survive their injuries yet the entire family has been traumatized. According to Jennifer LeMay, her 13-year-old daughter had accidentally tripped the alarm minutes before she witnessed the officer shooting her dogs.

The officer’s own testimony claims that the dogs charged at him and that there was an “aggressive action” which occurred off camera that prompted his response. The Minneapolis Police Department is now reviewing his claims as well as the video, yet there is no word whether or not the officer will face any punishment.

Sign this petition to demand that this officer be severely reprimanded if his actions are proven to have been unfounded, and that all officers receive proper training in handling dogs so that this situation can be prevented in the future.


https://animalpetitions.org/324932/service-dogs-allegedly-shot-by-officer-deserve-justice/



Prosecute man that attacked tiny dog and ran away when confronted! Do you know this man, if so contact your local animal control or the police.


Please be aware of this man and sign this petition so he can be brought to justice. There is no excuse for his actions and I desperately want the authorities to review this case and file the appropriate charges immediately. Please sign and share!

This terrible incident unfolded in Battle Ground, Washington. The owner of the tiny dog on the right had a shock when she spotted this man pound her beloved pooch repeatedly. When confronted, the heartless man did not even bother to offer an explanation for his ruthless actions and walked away like the coward he is. He just left as if nothing was wrong! He kicked, stepped on the dog and ended up breaking the dog’s leg. 

https://www.dailypetition.com/Prosecute-man-that-attacked-tiny-dog-and-ran-away-when-confronted-t-1315



Petitioning Honorable Lawrence G. Brown from the Superior Court of California

Justice for Angel Star – We want jail time for monster that set puppy on fire!

Please support this petition and bring justice to Angel Star, a puppy that was soaked in bleach and set on fire by her owner after making a mess on the floor of a friend’s apartment. The Chihuahua mix puppy, just eight-weeks old, was placed in her cage before the incident unfolded in Sacramento, CA.
Her owner was identified as Willie B. Turner. After months and months of trial, the merciless attacker was found guilty.

Reports indicate that the 21-year-old because extremely angry upon the discovery that the puppy had worns; he told local law enforcement that he felt betrayed by the puppy. A witness described that the puppy suffering inhumanely for more than an hour before giving her last breath. Firefighters called to the scene were unable to do anything. They discovered the remains of the dog inside the kennel.

Turner is now facing a maximum penalty of four years and four months behind bars at his next court date. These types of cases have been swept under the rug for far too long. The California judicial system needs to send out a strong message that such actions are no longer acceptable and attackers will be prosecuted to the fullest. Angel Star was a defenseless victim that had no voice. It is time to be one for her!

Please sign this petition that will be forwarded to the Honorable Lawrence G. Brown from the Superior Court of California and demand the maximum penalty for William B. Turner, a true danger of our society! This man needs to be punished seriously before more lives are lost!

https://www.dailypetition.com/Justice-for-Angel-Star-We-want-jail-time-for-monster-that-set-puppy-on-fire-t-1316



We demand jail time for woman that tied dog up and threw it in river!


 

A Boca Raton, Florida woman was apprehended after she kicked a dog into a river and left the pooch to drown without looking back. Fortunately, a group of caring people that witnessed the scene managed to save the animal in distress. I was simply trying to follow the noise Greg Bunch recalls.

The man had just finished off the dock at the Silver Palm Park when he suddenly head the dog’s cry for help. He was tracked a few meter away, towards the north end of the dock. Bunch recalls seeing a woman toss the helpless canine into the water. When he shouted after the heartless owner and demanded an explanation, the woman replied she lived on the other side of the Intracoastal river and that the dog would eventually swim back to her place. Another witness helped Bunch get the dog out of the river. After the rescue, Bunch noticed that the dog had been tied up with what seems to a speaker cord around her neck and back leg.

The dog, now dubbed Jellybean, was taken to Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control where she is recovering. She will be kept under strict observation for the next few days, before being put up for adoption. She is very sweet and very active – one member of the staff stated.

Investigators got a break as the dog was wearing a collar and a chip; they traced the dog’s owner back to a certain Richard Ostrovski, but the man indicated that the real owner was, in fact, his mother, Eva Klein. The callous woman was booked and charged and was since released on bail. Police officers claim the woman seemed to have no regrets about what she had done.

Please sign the petition and demand the maximum penalty available under Florida laws against this sick woman! Her actions cannot, by any means, go unpunished. Demand justice for Jellybean, the sweet dog left to drown by this out-of-control woman.





Justice for Dog Allegedly Fed Meatballs Filled with Nails by Mail Carrier In Alabama


When Ed Glover of New Hope, Alabama found a meatball on the ground near his mailbox, he was shocked to discover that is was filled with sharp nails. Alarmed, he took his dog Missy to the vet -- and sure enough, Missy's X-ray revealed nails inside the dog's stomach. Glover believes his mail carrier fed the nail-filled meatballs to his dog, and other neighbors have reportedly complained, as well. This sick crime may be a case of serial cruelty to animals, and a suitable sentence must be administered.

If found guilty, this mail carrier must be barred from ever delivering mail again, or serving at ANY job that puts her near animals. She must also never be able to own keep any animals of her own. Sign the petition to tell the Madison County Sheriff's Office to prosecute this case to the fullest extent of the law.

https://www.change.org/p/sign-justice-for-dog-allegedly-fed-meatballs-filled-with-nails-by-mail-carrier/naftaExp1/control?recruiter=1183594&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=autopublish&utm_term=autopublish&utm_content=nafta_share_post_copy_en_5%3Acontrol&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uAAqjrgAAAAAAWWeYs4UaM7c4ZDdiZGVlNw%3D%3D



California: Patti Guy speaks with police about the killing of three dogs at Vonna Hughes' pet boarding facility; investigation ongoing

CALIFORNIA -- PATTI GUY, the woman wanted in connection with the situation at the pet bath house in Angels Camp turned herself into Angels Camp Police custody on Thursday, July 13, but an arrest was not made. Guy was interviewed twice, and leads were investigated following the interview, but a decision was made not to place her under arrest at this time.


The investigation remains open, and the location of Steven Mendoza's three dogs remain unknown. According to Angels Camp police, Guy will remain a suspect in this case.

Original Story (Monday, July 10):

An Angels Camp woman was arrested and another is wanted by the Angels Camp Police Department on suspicion of allegedly killing three dogs under the care of her kennel, according to officials. The owner of the dogs contacted Angels Camp police on Friday, July 7, and reported that he believed his dogs were illegally killed while under the care of VONNA HUGHES, 68, co-owner of the Pet Bath House boarding and grooming facility on Main Street, in Angels Camp, California.

  

 

Previous to moving his dogs to the Pet Bath House, the owner of the dogs boarded them at a kennel in Valley Springs, where they stayed for 18 months after the owner lost his home in the Butte Fire. According to police, he visited the dogs on a regular basis, but in mid-June he was advised that the dogs were showing signs of “kennel stress” and would have to be moved.
Police report that the victim moved the dogs to the Pet Bath House on June 21. Eight days later he received a call from Hughes, who advised him that the dogs escaped and got into a fight with another dog and needed veterinary attention.


 
 

Hughes then asked the victim to compensate her for the ensuing veterinary bills, which the victim did. Why is she making the owner pay the bills? It's her fault the dogs escaped and either got into a fight with another dog or was attacked by another dog and was injured.

A second-incident was reported to the dog’s owner on July 1. Hughes allegedly told the owner of the dogs that they were involved in another fight, this time causing injuries to the other dogs and Hughes as well.

A day later, Hughes allegedly called the dog owner again to notify him that the three dogs were “put down” due to aggressive behavior and indicated to the victim that police were involved in the matter.

On July 4, Angels police obtained the information and an investigation commenced. It was discovered that Hughes allegedly provided false details to Calaveras County Animal Services regarding the status of the dogs and the severity of the injuries. According to Angels police, the victim’s call was the first call they received on the matter.

According to officials, Hughes initially told Animal Services that the dogs were returned to the custody of the owner. She later advised police that the dogs were released. However, it was discovered that Hughes arranged for a third party to “take care” of the dogs. Angels Camp police later identified 60-year-old, PATTI GUY as being involved in the alleged slayings.

Thus far, PATTI GUY has been uncooperative in the investigation and is currently wanted for charges related to animal abuse, including killing, maiming or abusing animals and stealing or defrauding animals.


VONNA HUGHES was arrested and booked into Calaveras County Jail on multiple charges related to animal cruelty, animal neglect, theft of an animal and conspiracy.




South Carolina: Why wouldn't Spatranburg Animal Control officers take this dog directly to the vet? A dog that they say couldn't even stand up???? Julian Fowler, 28, has been charged with animal cruelty, but it's the animal control officer who should be charged as well for leaving the dog to die

I know I post a lot of Pit Bull attacks on this blog and have very strong opinions about them, but a reader had asked why I include these cruelty cases involving Pit Bulls. Whatever my opinion about Pit Bulls being inherently vicious, I don't think ANY animal should suffer and die as a result of cruelty or neglect. 

SOUTH CAROLINA -- A man is under arrest after his Pit Bull died from being chained up outside without shelter or water in extreme heat, according to Spartanburg County Animal Control.

Julian Carl Fowler, 28, is charged with ill treatment of animals.


Officers said it happened on July 5 at 718 Ethridge Point in Boiling Springs. Mechee Sullivan and Julian Fowler are listed as the residents of this property.
An officer found the dog in the back corner of the property panting loud enough for the officer to hear it. The officer knocked on the door of the home and told a woman they were there for a welfare check on the dog.


They went to the backyard and saw that the dog didn’t have shelter or water. The officer said the dog was panting heavily and appeared unable to get to its feet. The dog’s temperature was 114 degrees, according to animal control. The woman [unnamed in the article but clearly believed to be Mechee Sullivan] got a bucket of water and started to pour it on the dog and in a bowl. She said the dog belonged to her boyfriend Julian Fowler.


She called Fowler several times and told him about the situation. Meanwhile, the dog is in distress and Animal Control JUST STANDS THERE!!! Fowler eventually came to the home and said the dog was his and didn’t have a fence for the dog, so he had to chain him up outside.

Animal control told Fowler to get medical attention for the dog AND THEN THEY GOT IN THEIR VEHICLES AND DROVE AWAY!!! They followed up the next day with the vet and found out the dog had died. According to a report, Fowler [and Sullivan] waited until the following day to take the dog to the vet. The vet said Fowler brought the dog in that morning at 9 a.m. It died later that day.

 

Fowler told officers that he didn’t take the dog to the vet until the day after the incident because the dog had been throwing up and using the bathroom all night.

Fowler was released Monday from the Spartanburg County Detention Center on a $5,000 PR bond.

ARREST INFO:
Full name: Julian Carl Fowler
Race: Black
Sex: Male
Height: 6'01"
Weight: 175
Birthdate: 10/06/88
Arrest age: 28
Address: 718 Ethridge Point, Boiling Springs, SC
Arresting agency: Spartanburg Sheriff's Office
Charge:
Animal Torture
Statute:
47-01-0040 2804




Florida: Gloria Daniels, 65, arrested after she left her Pug to cook to death in her hot car

FLORIDA -- Authorities say a woman has been arrested after her dog died in a hot car while she received treatment in a hospital. The Orlando Sentinel reports 65-year-old Gloria J. Daniels was arrested Sunday and charged with animal cruelty.


Daniels was living in the car with a 7-year-old pug called Apollo. Police say she left Apollo in the car while she sought medical treatment at the hospital. A hospital security guard initially found that the dog had water and the windows were cracked.

Daytona Beach police said in a report that the temperature inside the car was more than 115 degrees. Daniels later told police she was in the hospital for an hour, but an animal control officer said it was about three hours. It's unclear if Daniels has a lawyer.


Arkansas: Vickie West, 63, was accused of "rescue shopping" in multiple states. Found hoarding nearly 30 dogs in house with 3-feet of fecal matter - along with 3 dead dogs

ARKANSAS -- A woman is facing several animal cruelty charges after police said 26 animals were found living in her home. Vickie Lynne West, 63, of Fayetteville turned herself in to police after a felony warrant was issued for her arrest on Feb. 23 for two counts of aggravated cruelty to a dog and two counts of cruelty to animals, according to a warrant affidavit. Fayetteville police found 25 dogs, 1 cat, as well as three dead dogs at West’s residence at 891 East Missouri Way during a search Jan. 10, the affidavit states.

Officers said they had to wear protective gear because the “odor of animal feces and decay was so pungent it burned the officers’ eyes and sinuses.”


West returned during the search and had another dog inside her vehicle. A veterinarian with Fayetteville Animal Services examined the animals and said all of their coats were saturated with urine and feces, and several of the dogs were abnormally thin or weak. The vet also examined the three dead dogs and determined that one of the dogs had been dead for four months.

Inside the home, several dogs were found in small cages that had several inches of fecal matter lining the bottom, according to the affidavit. There were also dogs running free throughout the home. One of the rooms inside the home had layered debris, including fecal matter. The fecal matter was three-feet deep in some spots.

Fayetteville Animal Services was first contacted about West in November by the animal welfare organization San Antonio Pets Alive. A representative said West had adopted four dogs in the past few weeks, and was looking to adopt two additional dogs. In total, West adopted 10 dogs from the organization since 2015.

West told officers that she was working with various rescue organizations to adopt dogs that were at risk for euthanasia, and then she was transferring them to those organizations, the affidavit states. She said the dogs were rarely with her for more than a few days. Another person, working on behalf of animal rescue groups in Texas, contacted Fayetteville Animal Services Jan. 3 and told them West had adopted five dogs from San Antonio Pets Alive and then posted on social media that three of the pets had died, the affidavit states. Days later the same person called again and reported that on Dec 6, 2016, West had adopted a dog named Jerry Lee from a Fort Smith shelter. She returned him a month and two days later. West returned the dog, Jerry Lee, in an emaciated condition and had several sores and wounds on his body, the affidavit states. West was being held Wednesday (March 8) in the Washington County Detention Center in lieu of a $2,500 bond.

VICKIE WEST ACCUSED OF STEALING PET


LOST PET
Samurai has been missing since 12/21/2016
Pet Name Samurai
Breed Shar Pei/Labrador Retriever
Age 2 Years
Gender Male
Coloring Black and Brown
Microchip 985112007846188
Rabies Tag N/A
Reference # 1694708
Last Known Location
City: Fayetteville, AR 72701  
Crossroads: E. Missouri Way / Unknown

DOG FROM WASHINGTON STATE ADOPTED BY VICKIE WEST

Journey Home Rescue posted on Facebook on January 26, 2017 Where is Chompers? We have him!!! Here is the REAL story. It's NOT a secret! Vickie West adopted this dog outright from Adams County. Vickie asked for transport assistance from Adams to the airport. We arranged it. When the hoarding situation came out I asked Vickie where he was. She admitted [he was with] Fayetteville Animal Control. I contacted them directly to inquire about him because I felt horrible for helping even find a short ride on a highway to the airport by a fellow transporter! They had left phone messages with each and every rescue including Adams County who had sent the dogs to Vickie telling them the dogs were there.

When Adams County didn't respond back to them I said we would take him back to WA and under our rescue Journey Home. I had to fill out the paperwork get a reference from our local Animal Control and my vet. Then Fayetteville did their due diligence and investigated us. They approved it. We arranged transport to bring him back to WA to put him in medical/emotional foster. Then do a adoption application and full homestudy and home visit so he never suffers again!


We posted for transport on public pages. Worked diligently and located transport. He began his Journey yesterday to come home to WA. We saw last night that Adams county posted they never heard from Fayetteville and begging for info on Chompers. I called them, explained we have him and we will work with them and in fact let them help us screen adopters if they want. He will stay with our rescue and Adams county was very happy to hear. The issue if any is between them and the Adopter and Fayetteville. Fayetteville says they provided notice, Adams County said they never received it. I sent all paperwork to Adams County last night to assure them he is safe. I sent pictures to them I shared everything! They are going to correct their facebook post.

Our goal is to medically/emotionally rehab him to gain back the 11 lbs he lost. Rebuild his skin to a beautiful coat and work on resource guarding because he was living in filthy, starving conditions! We will happily post updates. In the meantime drama is not welcome. It interferes with real rescue and we won't engage in it. Here for your viewing pleasure is Chompers on transport to us.


Jayme Hoff - So glad he is safe :) Was he adopted out to someone in Fayetteville? Is that how he ended up there? Journey Home Rescue - Yes he was sent from Adams County to Fayetteville Arkansas and she turned out to be a hoarder. No rescue did home visits so the 25 dogs and one cat were seized due to horrible conditions. Rosemary Collins - Wonderful news Karen Kirk-Brockman so happy to know Chompers is safe with your rescue. Lilly is also going home to Ohio. What a nightmare.

Journey Home Rescue - Rosemary please let people on your pages know that Chompers medical condition requires continued treatment and care he is still below weight, he still has staining and is still in recovery. Vickie is not the victim in this and the pei community needs to remain vigilant so she doesn't continue trying to hoard.


http://fourleggedfriendsandenemies.blogspot.com/2017/03/arkansas-vickie-west-63-was-rescue.html


West Virginia: Tammara Briggs, 28, charged with cruelty over a pit bull puppy with a fractured spine

WEST VIRGINIA -- A Wood County woman is facing animal-cruelty charges related to the the abuse of a pit bull puppy named Casper. Tammara Briggs, 28, of Mineral Wells, was arrested today by Wood County sheriff's deputies and charged with cruelty to animals. She was arraigned in Wood County magistrate court and released on a $4,000 bond.

 
"He is not likely to ever walk again. His bladder needs
expressed  to urinate and he has no bowel control."

Deputies arrested Briggs at her home in Mineral Wells. Deputies say a second pit bull was removed from the residence and that it was taken to the Humane Society of Parkersburg. Hopefully child protective services also conducts an investigation to make sure she isn't neglecting them as well. Some locals are outraged over the mistreatment of a 7-week-old puppy who was later rescued by the Humane Society of Parkersburg. Casper was found thanks to a tip from a friend of the owner, and on Monday the Humane Society stepped in to care for him, and took him immediately to the veterinarian.

ACCIDENT OR TORTURE?

Doctors say they don't think he will ever fully recover or walk again. The x-ray and MRI showed Casper had a fractured spine.



Thanks to help from the community, the shelter was able to cover the cost of the funds to help Casper.

On Thursday, he was transferred to a rescue in Maryland that works with pit bulls. Michelle Earl, executive director for the Humane Society of Parkersburg, was devastated when she saw what happened to the young puppy. "We plan to be very involved with the prosecution of this," Earl said. "To take care of Casper and see how helpless he is now because of somebody inflicting trauma to him is just senseless, and we want people to know that we're not going to tolerate it. We are going to press charges and we are going to try to execute to the fullest extent to the law the punishment that we can give to people."



North Carolina: Corques Johnson given probation for starving his three Pit Bulls to death. Does anyone ever go to jail for animal cruelty???


NORTH CAROLINA -- A Hollister man charged with six counts of Misdemeanor cruelty to animals after three dogs were found dead on his property has been found guilty. Corques Lamar Johnson pleaded guilty to three counts of cruelty to animals on Tuesday and is barred from owning a dog for 18 months.


The Halifax County District Court clerk’s office said he also faces 18 months of probation and must serve 48 hours of community service with animal control. Ooh, what a sentence! Boy 18 months of probation will sure convince him to never starve animals to death again! And they didn't even bother to charge him with felonies.


Two fieldworkers with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals called Halifax County Animal Control in November and reported multiple dead or starving animals on Johnson’s property near Medoc Mountain Road. David Perle, PETA senior media coordinator, previously said a total of eight animals, mostly pit bull terriers, were found on the property. Only five were still alive. “A preliminary necropsy report of the three deceased dogs revealed starvation and dehydration as the cause of death,” Perle said in November.


After Johnson’s arrest, Robert Richardson, Halifax County Animal Control supervisor, said only the condition of six dogs warranted charges. “We took all the animals because you don’t want to leave a decent looking animal in a situation where someone is going to be charged with animal cruelty,” he said. “If you’ve seen different stages of animals dying, they won’t be left there, so why leave (the healthy animals) behind.”

 
 




New Hampshire arsonist sentenced 22 years for death of 4 dogs



Gregory Bruno has been indicted on multiple charges related to arson fires that killed four dogs. (JASON SCHREIBER/UNION LEADER FILE)

Raymond man indicted in arsons that killed 4 dogs

BRENTWOOD — A Raymond man has been indicted on multiple felony charges accusing him of setting several fires that left four dogs dead, and in one instance, allegedly feeding a dog a knife blade. A Rockingham County grand jury this week handed up 13 felony indictments against Gregory Bruno, 27, following a series of fires in Epping, Raymond and Stratham earlier this year.

The felony charges accuse Bruno of arson, burglary, animal cruelty, witness tampering and insurance fraud. He also faces four misdemeanor charges of arson, attempted arson, criminal threatening and false public alarm. Bruno is being held in the Rockingham County jail on $50,000 cash bail. “Right now the defendant is being held on a high cash bail and we think that’s appropriate in this case because we’re concerned about the safety of the community, not just people but animals,” Rockingham County Attorney Patricia Conway said.

According to the indictments, the series of fires began on Jan. 12, when Bruno allegedly burglarized a home on Green Road in Raymond and then set a fire.
The family wasn’t home when the fire broke out, but their two dachshunds, Owen and Baron, and Raven, their black Labrador Retriever, were inside their crates on the porch and died of smoke inhalation. Conway did not comment on a possible motive, but Raymond police Sgt. David Spinney has said Bruno showed a pattern of terrorizing a victim in the Raymond fire and that the two were involved in a “domestic violence relationship.”

Bruno is also accused of setting a fire that destroyed several units at Raymond Self-Storage on March 24. Renters lost many of their belongings in the blaze.
He then allegedly set fire to a home on Anthony Lane in Epping on March 28. That fire was followed by another alleged arson involving a car parked at the Planet Fitness in Stratham on April 4. A dog inside that vehicle died in the fire, authorities said.

Another indictment alleges Bruno fed a dog an Exacto knife blade on April 24.Conway said Bruno also is accused of sending a threatening message to the Epping public safety complex.The charges followed a lengthy investigation involving police from Epping, Raymond and Stratham along with members of the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Department, New Hampshire Fire Marshal’s Office, State Police, the Manchester Fire Department, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

“We’re happy that we were able to work together collaboratively with multiple agencies to get the defendant charged. It took some time to develop probable cause and to make sure that we had the right person,” Conway said, adding that Bruno faces more than 10 years in prison if convicted.



Smiling Man Filmed Skinning Cat Alive Must be Found and Punished

Target: Karl O’Callaghan, Western Australia Police Commissioner Goal: Utilize all resources to find and severely punish man seen holding a cat who was skinned alive.

A photograph posted online shows a proudly smiling man holding a cat that had been skinned alive. The man’s face is fully visible in the photograph, yet he has remained unidentified and at large for months. RSPCA Chief inspector Amanda Swift has even warned the community that the perpetrator could still be harming animals.

The RSPCA staff of Western Australia have been trying to find this man with no success. Unfortunately, they have their hands full with at least two other cases of extreme animal cruelty where the perpetrators are still at large. The charity has resorted to making appeals to the public asking the residents in the state to donate $20 each so they can employ 20 inspectors. With so few resources, people who torture animals, like the man who skinned this poor cat, won’t ever be brought to justice.

It’s time that the police department get involved to help find the dangerous person who’s roaming the streets after committing a heinous act of animal cruelty. This person is clearly dangerous and until he’s found and punished, his sadistic drive to harm innocent creatures will only grow. Please sign the petition below demanding that authorities get involved and utilize the resources necessary to find and harshly punish this man.

https://animalpetitions.org/301204/justice-for-cat-allegedly-skinned-alive-and-filmed-with-smiling-man/

 

Woman sentenced in dog abuse case

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60 days in jail with 5 years’ probation

Amber Finney, 33, of Warren, appeared before Warren Municipal Court Judge Terry Ivanchak, who sentenced her to 180 days in jail but suspended 120 of them. He also credited Finney for the 33 days she has been in the Trumbull County Jail. The judge also fined Finney $300 and put her on five years’ probation. As terms of her probation, the woman is not allowed to own any animals during the five-year period. The charges stem from a video released in January that showed a woman performing s&x acts on a dog. Police arrested Finney about 9 p.m. April 9 at her home at 1125 Ward St. NW.

Finney is the first person charged under the city’s best@lity law, the first law of its kind to be passed in Ohio. The law provides enhanced penalties for those convicted of having s&x with animals and was passed unanimously June 22 by City Council. The law made bestiality a first-degree misdemeanor, which means a convicted person may receive a jail sentence of up to 180 days and given a $1,000 fine for each count. If someone is found guilty, he or she may be required to pay for boarding and care of the animals. The law originated from the 2016 case of Salvador Rendon of Warren, who investigators say had s&x multiple times over six years with two boxers in his Ward Street NW home. Rendon pleaded guilty to a charge of animal cruelty and also received a short jail sentence. Ohio lawmakers later passed a law banning besti@lity in the state.


Man accused in horrific animal cruelty case says dog food prices were too high

In total, 20 dogs were rescued, two of which were forced to be put down. The remaining dogs are at the Rockdale County Animal Control in Conyers and are being nursed back to health before they can be put up for adoption.

ROCKDALE COUNTY, GA (CBS46) – 20 dogs have been seized, two of which were so badly wounded that they had to be put down, in an animal cruelty case that county officials say is one of the worst cases they’ve ever seen. The dogs were chained or caged in the woods with no food and dirty water behind a home in Rockdale County. Robert Thomas, who owns the dogs, told police that dog food prices were too high and he started feeding the animals deer meat. Thomas was taken into custody and faces charges related to animal cruelty.

Source: Rockdale County Sheriff's Department

Lita Boyd lives next door to Thomas and had just recently moved in. She says she heard the dogs barking before but never thought they were being kept in such poor conditions. She says she stumbled upon the situation after helping a neighborhood boy search for his own lost pet. “When you go and you see something at this level in your backyard its absolutely gut wrenching,” said Boyd. “You could visibly see every bone and joint in their bodies. You couldn’t tell if some of the dogs had teeth in their mouth.” Boyd immediately called animal services.


Woman accused of tossing kittens from car then running them over

Woman accused of tossing kittens from car says she’s innocentCecilia Martinez-Ramirez

NEW BERN, N.C. — A North Carolina woman accused of throwing three kittens from a car and running over two of them says she is innocent. WITN-TV reports that 42-year-old Cecilia Martinez-Ramirez appeared in a Craven County courtroom on Friday, a day after she had been arrested on a charge of felony cruelty to animals. While the judge was reading the charges, Martinez-Ramirez said she was innocent. Last week, an eyewitness told local media outlets that he confronted the driver and said he was going to call the police. The woman drove away. The three kittens had to be euthanized. Police say the kitten that wasn’t run over had to be put down because of the injuries it suffered from being thrown out of the car.


Woman faces animal cruelty charges in ‘heartbreaking’ case

PRATTVILLE — An Autauga County woman faces half a dozen cruelty to animal charges in what the sheriff calls a “heartbreaking” case. Linda Thomas McDonald, 67, of  County Road 39, faces six misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals, courthouse records show. She was released Wednesday after posting bonds totaling $18,000. She could not be reached for comment, and jail records show she doesn’t have an attorney.

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The dogs suffered from “severe” mange and a scabies infestation, said Sheriff Joe Sedinger.

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Ex-Soldier Charged In NC Dog’s Shooting Found Dead, Police Say

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — One of two people who were charged with shooting and killing a dog last month in Fayetteville has died, police say. Marinna Rollins, 23, and Jarren Heng, 25, faced felony charges of cruelty to animals and conspiracy after a dog was shot five times. Rollins, who had  been stationed at Fort Bragg but ended her military service in January 2017, was found dead around 3 a.m. Sunday, Fayetteville police.

Police said that Rollins, who was charged on April 24 in the service dog’s death, was found dead at 5600 Netherfield Place. Police are investigating Rollins’ death as a suicide. The dog, named “Cumboui,” was shot with a rifle, court documents say.

Rollins’ estranged husband, Matt Dyer, a Fort Bragg soldier, adopted the dog, then named “Huey,” before being deployed to Korea for a year. Dyer says that, although he and Rollins were separated, she agreed to care for Huey during his deployment. Dyer told CBS North Carolina that during his deployment, Rollins got Huey certified as an emotional support dog. Rollins then changed the dog’s name to “Cambouis.” “I felt like her having to take care of Huey would be good for her and would be good for Huey,” Dyer said. Deputies also said there is video evidence in the dog shooting case the DA’s office said it will use.

A close friend of Rollins’ uploaded video of the shooting to Facebook, saying they hoped it would get attention leading to punishment. “It’s been real, Cammy, I love you. You’re my puppy. You’re a good puppy,” a woman is heard on the video saying. In the last video clip, the woman goes over to her now-dead dog, picks him up, shoves him over, says “I love you, you’re a good dog” and then covers him with some kind of sheet. Rollins was due back in court with Heng later this month. A protest is planned at the court house


Man who killed dog in Auburn gets 2½ years in prison


WORCESTER – A former Auburn man charged with assaulting his girlfriend and beating her dog to death because it was keeping him awake was sentenced to state prison Monday after pleading guilty to animal cruelty, assault and firearm charges.

Gregory Fargnoli, 27, formerly of 16 Hill St., Auburn, was arrested Nov. 17, 2015, after police were called to the Hill Street home in Auburn by a roommate, who said he found the dog, a 12-year-old Catahoula named Polka Dot, dead and that he was unable to awaken Mr. Fargnoli. Mr. Fargnoli’s girlfriend at the time, Tabitha L. Taylor, told investigators that when Mr. Fargnoli was finally awakened and asked what had happened, he said, “I silenced the dog.”

The woman told police she had gone to work and received a text from Mr. Fargnoli saying the dog had bitten him twice. The text also read, “I can’t take this. I should be sleep,” according to the woman. When she returned home that afternoon, she said, she found her boyfriend asleep and her dog dead.

A forensic necropsy by a doctor at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University determined that the dog died from blunt force trauma. A broom handle and a broken mop handle found near the dog’s body bore bite marks from the dog, which suffered at least 23 rib fractures, collapsed lungs, ten broken teeth, a brain bleed, internal bleeding and cuts and bruises from multiple blows, according to the report by Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore, research assistant professor at Tufts and president of the Boston-based Forensic Veterinary Investigations.

The report said there was also evidence “consistent with animal sexual assault” and “suggestive of forceful penetration of the dog’s vagina.”

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While police were at the home, Ms. Taylor told them Mr. Fargnoli had tried to strangle her during an argument weeks earlier. After learning that Mr. Fargnoli had a firearm in the home, police said they obtained a search warrant and recovered a 9mm handgun with the serial number defaced and ammunition. Ms.Taylor, who is from Louisiana, said she met Mr. Fargnoli online in March of 2015 and later came to live with him in Massachusetts.



Punish Man Accused of Beating Dog to Death With Baseball Bat


Target: Steve Kunzweiler, District Attorney for Tulsa County, Oklahoma. Goal: Demand maximum penalty for man accused of running over dog over with car and then beating it to death with a baseball bat. A dog died after a man reportedly beat it with a baseball bat and ran it over with his car. The attack was reportedly in response to the dog killing the man’s cat. Demand that this man be vigorously prosecuted and harshly punished, if found guilty.

The dog was already dead when Tulsa police arrived on the scene. There they reportedly found Darren White, a 36-year-old Tulsa resident, digging a hole to bury his cat. White reportedly claimed that the dog had killed his cat and that the dog had “learned what a baseball bat was.” Witnesses reported that they saw White beating the dog with a baseball bat and running it over with his car. White was arrested and is facing one charge of animal cruelty. However, he has already posted the $2,000 bail and is currently walking free. Sign below and demand that White be vigorously prosecuted and sentenced to the maximum penalty if convicted.

https://animalpetitions.org/188840/punish-man-who-allegedly-beat-a-dog-to-death/


Children and Animals Removed from West TH Home

INDIANA -- A neighbor notified Animal Control to investigate a house on US Highway 150 in West Terre Haute. But when police arrived, they say they saw much more than cruelty to animals. "In my 21 years, I have never seen a situation like this. It was disgusting," said Vigo County Sheriff Greg Ewing.

Sheriff Greg Ewing called the case the “worst case of neglect
 of children and dogs I have seen in my 21 years.”


Two children, ages 2-years-old and 6 months old, a 74-year-old woman, 21 dogs, two cats and one bird were all removed from the home Thursday afternoon. Three dead dogs were found in a cage in the basement in various stages of decomposition. Kenneth Walling, 37-years-old, and his wife, Tracy Walling, 32-years-old, were arrested for neglect of a dependent and animal neglect and cruelty. Police say there are more charges to come.



 
Police initially went to the house to investigate an animal neglect call. Neighbors say they have been calling police about the dogs for months but had no idea what may have went on behind the closed doors "Never really seen them out that much but you could hear the dogs barking all the time," said neighbor, Kathy Willis.


"About the only time you'd see them out during the day is when one of the dogs would get loose and they'd come out and put them back in the pin. Hardly ever go out and see them feed the dogs," said Rosa Willis, another neighbor of the home. The Board of Health tagged the home as "uninhabitable for human health reasons." Police saw the conditions first hand.



"The floors were covered. You could hardly stand up it was so slippery with animal feces," said Sheriff Ewing. “It was quite evident the occupants were walking through the animal feces on the floor as it was smeared,” Deputy Dayton Huebner said, noting that animal feces was also present on the two minor children. Neighbors and police agree the situation is heart wrenching.


"That's what's sad...to know that was going on so close to your house, those kids being neglected," Kathy Willis said. "The dogs were almost taken care of better than the children," Sheriff Ewing said. The children were removed from the home and placed in temporary foster care. The elderly woman living in the home is the mother of Tracy Walling. She was placed in the care of another family member by Adult Protective Services.



West Virginia: Tammara Briggs, 28, charged with cruelty over a pit bull puppy with a fractured spine

Full name: Tammara Kay Briggs
Race: White
Sex: Female
DOB: 04/24/1988

WEST VIRGINIA -- A Wood County woman is facing animal-cruelty charges related to the the abuse of a pit bull puppy named Casper. Tammara Briggs, 28, of Mineral Wells, was arrested today by Wood County sheriff's deputies and charged with cruelty to animals. She was arraigned in Wood County magistrate court and released on a $4,000 bond.

 
"He is not likely to ever walk again. His bladder needs
expressed  to urinate and he has no bowel control."

Deputies arrested Briggs at her home in Mineral Wells. Deputies say a second pit bull was removed from the residence and that it was taken to the Humane Society of Parkersburg. Hopefully child protective services also conducts an investigation to make sure she isn't neglecting them as well. Some locals are outraged over the mistreatment of a 7-week-old puppy who was later rescued by the Humane Society of Parkersburg. Casper was found thanks to a tip from a friend of the owner, and on Monday the Humane Society stepped in to care for him, and took him immediately to the veterinarian.

ACCIDENT OR TORTURE?

Doctors say they don't think he will ever fully recover or walk again. The x-ray and MRI showed Casper had a fractured spine.


Thanks to help from the community, the shelter was able to cover the cost of the funds to help Casper. On Thursday, he was transferred to a rescue in Maryland that works with pit bulls.

 
Casper is now released from hospitalization. He is on
pain medication and steroids. Still has no bladder control
but his spirit is strong. He is a typical puppy in every other way.
 

Michelle Earl, executive director for the Humane Society of Parkersburg, was devastated when she saw what happened to the young puppy. "We plan to be very involved with the prosecution of this," Earl said. "To take care of Casper and see how helpless he is now because of somebody inflicting trauma to him is just senseless, and we want people to know that we're not going to tolerate it. We are going to press charges and we are going to try to execute to the fullest extent to the law the punishment that we can give to people."


Casper has been renamed Trotter



North Carolina: Sad news regarding the abused dog named Duck who was going to be adopted by the state trooper who rescued him

NORTH CAROLINA -- Poor Duck was found all alone on a desolate bridge by a state trooper. Instead of chasing Duck away from the road and driving off, the trooper stopped and called Duck to come to him.




Despite being horribly neglected and abused, Duck came right to the trooper, who was thoughtful enough to keep food in his vehicle. He took Duck to the animal shelter where animal control officers said Duck had suffered horribly in his short life. Animal services' supervisor, Joe Newburn, said the dog was likely confined to a cage for a long period of time, causing his growth to be stunted. Newburn said the dog's paws are swollen with blisters from living in its own waste. He said the dog was only 37 pound when it was brought in.


Because he didn't have a name, the came up with Duck because of the way he walked. Due to malnutrition and having probably lived most of his life in a cramped cage, his feet looked like duck's feet and when he walked they flattened out.



The state trooper felt an instant connection with Duck and decided that he was going to adopt Duck and give him the best life - one he deserved. But it wasn't meant to be. Just a few days after being found and cared for by animal control, Duck suddenly passed away during the night.

Thank you, Trooper Justin Gardner for showing kindness to Duck when you found him. It was probably the first bit of kindness he had ever received from a human being in his life. Thank you for offering to give Duck a forever home. Thank you to all who cared for Duck and showed him what love and kindness was like in his final days.


If you have any idea who abused poor Duck, please call Animal Services at (910) 296-2159.




North Carolina: Tommy Heath, 55, arrested after rope allowed to get embedded into his dog's neck, causing it to become "extremely swollen"

NORTH CAROLINA -- A man is facing animal cruelty charges after police say a rope became embedded in a dog's neck. 55-year-old Tommy Heath was arrested Thursday and charged with felony animal cruelty.


On January 20th around 3 p.m., a concerned citizen called 911 to report a dog in the area of the 300 block of East Blount Street with a rope or collar embedded in its neck, causing its face to become extremely swollen. Efforts were made to remove the rope were unsuccessful.


The dog was taken to Lenoir County SPCA, and then to Five Oaks Animal Hospital for treatment. Emergency surgery was performed for more than 3 hours. The dog, now named Angel, is in the care of a foster family.


Heath is in the Lenoir County Jail under at $5,000 secured bond. The investigation is ongoing.



Kentucky: Terry Miller accused of starving his Coonhound

KENTUCKY -- Perry County deputies charged a man with animal cruelty Thursday. Deputies said they got a call about cruel treatment of a dog in Upper Second Creek and found the dog with no food or water. The dog did not have proper shelter for the weather and was underweight from not being properly fed, deputies said.


The dog was taken to the Kentucky River Regional Animal Shelter in Hazard. "He was really dehydrated so we took him to the vet and then he had to stay overnight just to get rehydrated," said Allison Mullins, the Manager of the Kentucky River Regional Animal Shelter. Deputies said, unfortunately, animal cruelty cases are becoming more common.

 

"I don't understand why someone gets an animal and don't take care of it," said Sergeant Ruey Couch, with the Perry County Sheriff's Department. "I mean if they can't take care of it...they need to seek help. Call the animal shelter or try to call somebody to get them some help or get a better home. The community is obviously not going to put up with this." Terry Miller, the dog's owner, was charged with cruelty to animals.


New Jersey: Judge denies motion to dismiss bird-killing indictment against ex-councilman Carlos Luaces

NEW JERSEY -- Citing that he felt enough evidence was presented to a Passaic County grand jury to secure an indictment, a judge on Thursday declined to dismiss the indictment against a former Byram councilman charged with animal cruelty. Carlos Luaces is charged with third-degree animal cruelty and is accused of killing a baby bird by spraying it and its nest with pesticides while serving as the head of the West Milford Department of Public Works.

The charges are based on interviews with a half-dozen public works employees, who said Luaces first ordered them to destroy the nest by spraying it with pesticide. The employees refused, and on July 16, Luaces allegedly took a spray can filled with pesticide and doused the nest, killing the baby chicks and destroying another egg, Purcell said. “This was the second family of birds that had lived in the nest, and the employees had grown attached to it,” Purcell said. “They were feeding the birds strawberries and other things.”


Gary Kraemer, Luaces' attorney, argued that the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office had not presented sufficient evidence to the grand jury and because of that, the indictment should be dismissed. "There has to be some evidence that the bird was poisoned," Kraemer said. "It was presented in a way that leads the grand jury to infer that it (the herbicide spray) was poisonous to the bird." Kraemer said the weed killer Luaces is alleged to have used was non-toxic for birds and other animals.

Assistant Prosecutor Peter Roby countered that while the herbicide was found to be safe on full-grown birds, the manufacturer's safety data sheet does not say anything about it being safe for just hatched birds or bird eggs. Continuing his point that there is no definitive proof that the bird was poisoned, Kraemer said that an autopsy or a necropsy of the bird was never conducted and that when witnesses allegedly saw the bird struggling to live in the nest, it could have been caused by other factors. "A hawk could have flown down and nicked the bird, injuring it and that's what they saw," Kraemer said.

Roby contended that presenting the grand jury with evidence that witnesses observed Luaces putting down the chemical sprayer in the DPW shop combined with comments he made to witnesses about a bird growing three heads because it got sprayed with the chemicals and that the birds were cute but "had to go," was sufficient to obtain an indictment.

Judge Scott Bennion agreed saying the threshold for a judge to dismiss an indictment is very high and that he felt the prosecution had presented enough evidence to the grand jury. Bennion said whether the spray Luaces allegedly used was lethal to birds would have to be argued before a jury at a trial and it was not for him or a grand jury to decide. According to Bennion -- who outlined the facts in the case -- Luaces is alleged to have sprayed weed killer around the West Milford Department of Public Works yard on July 16, 2015, and on a robin's nest located behind a garage, which at the time of the spraying contained three unhatched eggs and one baby bird.

On July 17, 2015, DPW workers allegedly noticed a dead bird in the nest along with the three unhatched eggs and then relocated the nest with the eggs and alleged dead bird to a protected area of the DPW yard, the motion says. Three weeks later, on Aug. 5, 2015, two DPW employees complained of the incident to police and when police went to investigate found the nest, but not eggs, birds or mother robin. Luaces, of Byram, served on the Byram Township Council from January 2012 until his resignation in February 2014.

In a statement to the New Jersey Herald regarding his resignation, he said he was doing so because he was "embarking on a new career endeavor" that did not leave him time to dedicate himself to the people of Byram. Though originally just suspended, Luaces was terminated from his West Milford position in August 2015.

Following the judge's decision, Kraemer said he and Luaces were disappointed in the outcome as they still felt the evidence presented did not prove Luaces killed a bird."There is still not one iota of evidence that the spray is harmful to birds," Kraemer said. Roby declined to comment. Luaces will return to court on Feb. 13 for a pre-trial conference.

(New Jersey Herald - Jan 20, 2017)

Earlier:


Georgia man shoots 10-pound Chihuahua with rifle after ‘attack’

In Gainesville, Georgia, a 10-pound Chihuahua was shot in the front right leg with an air rifle after a man said he was protecting his own small dog from recent attacks. Pedro Javier Gallegos-Franco, 37, faces animal cruelty charges after admitting to shooting the pint sized pooch on Monday at the trailer park community on Casper Drive where he lives.

According to AJCNews, Franco just wanted to scare the dog. The ferocious Chihuahua had allegedly been terrorizing Franco’s little Shih Tzu named Toby including nipping off a piece of his dog’s ear. After the Chihuahua’s owner called authorities, Franco was arrested and charged with reckless conduct and animal cruelty. He is expected in court next Wednesday. Franco has since admitted he felt terrible at what happened, but he said the offending dog wouldn’t stop hurting his dog. The Chi has been treated and is expected to make a full recovery. Come on men – these are pint-sized pooches; you are grown men! Surely you can act like adults and just keep the dogs separated.


Oregon: Meagan Lafferty charged with animal cruelty and theft


Full Name: Meagan Cathleen Lafferty
Gender: Female
Height: 5'07"
Weight: 187 lbs
Hair Color: BLONDE
Eye Color: HAZEL
Agency: Marion County, Oregon
Arrest Date: 01/30/2017
Total Bond: $20000
Charges
#1 AGGRAVATED ANIMAL ABUSE





Oregon: Tyson Richison, 38, arrested on multiple charges including animal cruelty

Full Name: Tyson J Richison
Gender: Male
Birthdate: 09/16/1978
Height: 5'09"
Weight: 209 lbs
Hair Color: BRO
Eye Color: BRO
Arrest Age: 38
Date:01/30/2017
Arresting Agency: Corvallis PD
Total Bond: $257,500
Charges:
#1 ANIMAL ABANDONMENT
#2 FEL ASSAULT IV
#3 FEL ASSAULT IV
#4 STRANGULATION
#5 CRIM MISTREATMENT I
#6 RECK ENDANGERING




Ohio: Lorain woman Dwana Smith thinks that being a "single mother and suffering financially" we should give her a pass after starving her dogs and leaving them locked in squalor

OHIO -- A Lorain woman was issued summons for three counts of cruelty to companion animals after police found the dogs malnourished and filthy. Police were called just after 11:45 a.m. Monday to investigate a report of three malnourished dogs, who belong to Dwana Smith, running around in the area of West 8th Street and Lovett Place, according to a police report. The three dogs were found running around and tearing into trash bags, eating what garbage they could find, the report says. The dogs also were fighting over the scraps, the report says.


The dogs were filthy and the two female dogs had blood on their fur and minor bite wounds from fighting over food, police say. All three of the dogs' ribs and pelvis bones were showing. None of the dogs had collars or tags. Police noted the dogs were friendly and not aggressive to each other when food wasn't around. The person who called about the incident pointed police to an open back door in the 800 block of Lovett Place.


The officer went through the open door, down into the basement and up to a closed door to the first floor of the home, according to the police report. The landing was covered in insulation, wires and other building materials as if the dogs clawed the walls to get out, the officer noted in the report. Police have been to this home before over tethering complaints of these same dogs, the report says. The dogs were taken to the Friendship Animal Protective League, the report says.


Smith used the excuse that she "is a single mother and is suffering financially", the report says. She also was in a support boot and unable to get around. Her children are too young to help, the report says. A friend of Smith's had been taking care of the dogs, but no longer does, the report says. Police are asking the court to consider her situation and willingness to surrender the dogs.



Oregon: Glenn Lacoss, 56, who purposely strangled and hanged his neighbor's cat named Sweetie, gets an updated mugshot

OREGON -- Back in April 2016, Glenn Lacoss was charged with animal cruelty after his neighbor found her beloved cat named Sweetie hanging from a fence. Police were called to the home and said they arrested Glenn William Lacoss, 55,  after he told them he killed the cat because it was scratching his trees.

 

Investigators said Lacoss told police he was upset there were feral cats in his backyard.

Her owner believes Lacoss beat the cat and then hanged her from the fence, letting her strangle to death.


According to the DA’s office, markings on the fence show Sweetie struggled before she died a horrific, slow death. Records show that Lacoss was to appear in court on January 23, 2017 for "Hearing-Sentencing". My bet is they gave him probation with no jail time.

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE STATE OF OREGON
FOR Deschutes COUNTY
JUDGE Bagley, Beth M - Courtroom B
January 23, 2017 - Monday
Case: 16CR22577
Case title: State of Oregon vs Glenn William Lacoss
Matter: Hearing - Sentencing
Charges:
Aggravated Animal Abuse in the First Degree Offense - Felony
Animal Abuse in the First Degree



Earlier:


Kentucky: Charles Beneke, 38, charged with animal cruelty after admitting to shooting and killing his neighbor's pit bull. Video shows Beneke kicking a ball and enticing the dog to come to him before shooting her three times in the head

KENTUCKY -- A family's pet dog is shot and killed and police say the man living next door is responsible. On Friday, Louisville Metro Police Department officers arrested Charles Beneke, 38. He was charged with animal cruelty and booked at Metro Corrections. The arrest comes weeks after the death of Cassandra Dunnaway's blue pit bull, Coco. Coco, who was about 1 year old, had been shot several times Nov. 2nd.


Dunnaway said she and her husband had not been home at the time, but had gotten a call from a concerned neighbor."He said, 'Well, I just heard three shots and I heard your dog barking and I don't hear it barking anymore.' My husband was just a few blocks away and rushed home," she remembered.
The couple found their dog lying against the fence. Dunnaway said the dog had been shot three times in the head. "I replay that over and over in my head, of her just laying there. Looking at me, like, 'Mom, help me,' and there's nothing I can do."


According to court documents, Beneke admitted to shooting the dog, saying Coco had charged at him. 
But according to investigators, video taken by Beneke's wife shows the dog had not been near him and appeared to be looking at a ball Beneke had kicked to 'entice the dog to jump the fence.'


The dog was later euthanized at the vet's office and the couple quickly moved out of their Accasia Drive home. "I had no choice but to move. It was either us move or us getting into a bigger situation," she said.


In fact, during a three-month period, she said Beneke called Animal Control 19 times, complaining among other things, that her two dogs were not being cared for. But according to Dunnaway, Animal Control never found any violations, and did not take action. She believes Beneke's actions Nov. 2 were not necessarily about the dog, but were personal. While Beneke did spend one night behind bars, Dunnaway said that is not enough punishment for the crime. She plans to contact the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and pursue legal action against Beneke.


"I don't want him to think he can do it and it's OK," she said. Meanwhile, the wife of Charles Beneke, tells WLKY there are two sides to every story and said Monday her husband had hired his own lawyer.

ARREST INFO:
Full Name: Charles W Beneke
Date:01/06/2017
Arrest Age:38
Gender: Male
Birthdate: 11/13/1978
Height: 2'40"
Weight: 510 lbs
Eye Color: Blue
Charge:
#1 CRUELTY TO ANIMALS 2ND DEGREE
STATUTE: 02625



Kentucky: Wanted since 2012 on animal cruelty charges, police finally catch Edward Golden and Donna Golden

KENTUCKY -- It appears that animal cruelty charges were filed way back in 2012 for Edward Golden and Donna Golden. They were accused of abandoning their border collie mix to starve to death in a house they'd moved out of.


Authorities suspect other animals had been locked in the basement as well. Feces covered the floor and there was a hole in the back basement door. He said the hole appeared to have been chewed or scratched open for escape.

 

There were several articles posted in 2012. However, the stories stop so I suspect that they've been on the run all this time and have finally been caught and will face the consequences of what they've done to this poor dog.

 
 

ARREST INFO:
Full Name: Edward Golden
Gender: Male
Block: Wallingford Rd
City: Flemingsburg, Kentucky 41041
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 185 lbs
Hair Color: GREY/PARTI
Eye Color: BLUE
Arrest Age: 44
Date: 01/11/2017



Full Name: Donna J Golden
Gender: Female
City: Flemingsburg, Kentucky 41041
Height: 5'04"
Weight: 140 lbs
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: BLUE
Arrest Age: 42
Agency: POST 6
County: Mason County, Kentucky
Charges
#1 CRUELTY TO ANIMALS-2ND DEGREE
#2 CRIMINAL MISCHIEF 3RD DEGREE
#3 ABANDONMENT OF AN ANIMAL
#4 NON PAYMENT OF FINES
#5 TBUT OR DISP SHOPLIFTING U/$500


Earlier:


Brevard pet hotel employee accused of animal cruelty… caught on video

VIERA, Fla. (WKMG) — Brevard County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man who they said was caught on video swinging a shih tzu by its leash and slamming it to the ground at a boarding facility, breaking the dog’s leg. Brevard Sheriff Wayne Ivey said Joseph Pendergrass, who works at Barkingham Palace on U.S. 1 in Rockledge, was captured on video abusing the animal earlier this week. Ivey said Pendergrass also appeared to kick the dog.

In a message posted on Facebook Ivey called the incident one of the most despicable acts of animal cruelty that he’s ever seen. “Now, Mr. Pendergrass, I’ve told everyone before that if you hurt an animal in Brevard County, you’re going straight to jail,” Ivey said. “So the best thing for you to do is man up, do the right thing by turning yourself in, and face the consequences of your actions.” Ivey said the owners of Barkingham Palace did not learn of the abuse until they checked surveillance video after noticing the dog’s injuries. The owners immediately called police, Ivey said.

Anyone with information about Pendergrass is asked to call Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS.

Here is the video posted on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/921093631259148/videos/1212003315501510/


Milo famous bike riding dog killed, victim of animal cruelty

WHITE HOUSE, Tenn. – A White House man believes his dog was the victim of animal cruelty, and he wants the person responsible to be punished. Milo, a 6 year old Schnauzer mix, is well known in the community as the unofficial mascot at his owner’s business, Value Cargo Vans.  He has also earned the nickname the “Tennessee Biker Dog” for his love of riding motorcycles.

His owner, Joe Burris, said Friday at 5:30 p.m., a driver delivered some vans at the business, and Milo snuck outside while Burris was talking with the driver.  He locked up and left for the day, and later got a call from White House police that his dog had been killed. “I was devastated.  I was devastated,” aid Burris.  “ I was so sad, and I’m angry.” Burris said he believes the delivery driver kicked Milo, broke his neck and killed him.  However, the delivery company offered a different explanation.  The owner said the dog had charged at the driver, and he kicked it a couple times, and then the dog was run over by a truck. Burris said the story didn’t add up, and he didn’t feel like he was getting a straight answer.

“From looking at Milo’s body, there were no marks, no blood and no scars,” aid Burris.  “I’m confident he didn’t get hit by a truck.”Tuesday was the first day of business at Value Cargo Vans since Milo passed away, and the atmosphere was noticeably somber. “It just hasn’t been the same,” said Jason Lassiter, an employee at Value Cargo Vans.  “The news was hard to swallow.” Lassiter said employees were used to seeing Milo run through the halls, greeting customers, and even taking an occasional nap on their desks. Burris said he is struggling to adjust to a world without his best friend, and he is determined to get answers. “I want justice for Milo,” said Burris.  “I would give my business to have Milo back today.  That’s how much I loved him.” Burris has filed a police report and the White House Police Department is investigating. The C.E. Kord Animal Health Laboratory at the Tennessee Department of Agriculture will perform a necropsy on Wednesday.



Couple blamed ‘horrendous’ sexual abuse on baby as dog mauling

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When a couple claimed the horrific injuries on a one-year-old little girl on dog mauling, authorities found the wounds inconsistent with a dog attack. In San Antonio, Texas, Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar, claims this could be the worst case they have even seen. The child suffered life threatening stab wounds and sexual injuries. Her condition has been upgraded to stable condition at the hospital.

According to Fox News, police had been called to a home on December 31 after a 911 call, stating a young child had been attacked by the family dogs when she wandered outside of the house. When questioned, the relative and boyfriend, Isaac Andrew Cardenas’ stories were not consistent with the crime scene and the evidence. According to the police report, the child suffered,

extremely serious and life-threatening wounds consistent with a brutal sexual assault and multiple stab wounds. The child did suffer stab wounds to her upper body, but additionally to her private areas.”

Animal Care Services (ACS) workers also picked up the dogs at the home and told investigators the dogs showed no signs of being aggressive. Medical staff agreed the little girl had not been a victim of dog mauling.

“I can’t even begin to describe to you the level of depravity that went into this crime,” stated Sheriff Salazar. “It’s been described to me and …just imagining it is enough to chill any of us.”

Cardenas has been charged with super aggravated sexual assault of a child; bond has been set at $300,000. The relative was charged with injury to a child by omission.

The child will be in the care of Child Protective Services. Authorities are investigating if there was any prior history of child abuse.


Dog dies after neighbor admits to shooting it

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A family’s pet dog is shot and killed and police say the man living next door is responsible. On Friday, Louisville Metro Police Department officers arrested Charles Beneke, 38. He was charged with animal cruelty and booked at Metro Corrections. The arrest comes weeks after the death of Cassandra Dunnaway’s blue pit bull, Coco. Coco, who was about 1 year old, had been shot several times Nov. 2nd. Dunnaway said she and her husband had not been home at the time, but had gotten a call from a concerned neighbor. “He said, ‘Well, I just heard three shots and I heard your dog barking and I don’t hear it barking anymore.’ My husband was just a few blocks away and rushed home,” she remembered.

The couple found their dog lying against the fence. Dunnaway said the dog had been shot three times in the head, “I replay that over and over in my head, of her just laying there. Looking at me, like, ‘Mom, help me,’ and there’s nothing I can do.” According to court documents, Beneke admitted to shooting the dog, saying Coco had charged at him. But according to investigators, video taken by Beneke’s wife shows the dog had not been near him and appeared to be looking at a ball Beneke had kicked to ‘entice the dog to jump the fence.’

The dog was later euthanized at the vet’s office and the couple quickly moved out of their Accasia Drive home . “I had no choice but to move. It was either us move or us getting into a bigger situation,” she said. In fact, during a three-month period, she said Beneke called Animal Control 19 times, complaining among other things, that her two dogs were not being cared for. But according to Dunnaway, Animal Control never found any violations, and did not take action. She believes Beneke’s actions Nov. 2 were not necessarily about the dog, but were personal.

While Beneke did spend one night behind bars, Dunnaway said that is not enough punishment for the crime. She plans to contact the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and pursue legal action against Beneke. “I don’t want him to think he can do it and it’s OK,” she said. Meanwhile, the wife of Charles Beneke, tells WLKY there are two sides to every story and said Monday her husband had hired his own lawyer. News video here:

http://www.wlky.com/article/dog-dies-after-neighbor-admits-to-shooting-it/8580267


Outrage pours over video showing dog chained to top of cage on I-95

Flagler County authorities are currently investigating a video that surfaced on Facebook showing a dog chained to the top of a cage that was traveling south on Interstate 95 headed toward Flagler. The video was posted on Wednesday in the Facebook page “Swip*Swap*Palm*Coast*FL.” It’s quickly gaining traction within the community with more than 2,000 shares and nearly 122,000 views as of 1:30 p.m. Thursday. A First Coast News viewer, Julie Andrews, sent us the video and said, “We just want this to be aired in hopes of catching that guy. It is clearly a dangerous situation for the dog and given they are pits, we all know (they are) most likely fighting dogs.”

Flagler Animal Services, which is leading the investigation and working with the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, said the dog, a Blue American Pitbull Terrier named Zeus, had a single tether attached to the box and he was riding on top. The vehicle was heading from Hastings to Flagler County. First Coast News spoke with the man who claimed he is the dog’s owner, who didn’t want to be identified. He told us that the dog isn’t a fighting dog, but rather a hunting dog he uses to hunt hogs. He said this is an “OK” way to transport dogs and that is “how everybody transports.” The owner also said the dog likes to ride outside of the cage. He said the dog was harnessed and chained so it wouldn’t fall. Amy Wade-Carotenuto, the executive director at the Flagler Humane Society weighed-in on the video. She said the owner broke the law because he didn’t tether the dog two times. The law she is referring to is an ordinance in Flagler County about transporting animals. According to No. 93-15 S 4, 11-15-93:

Sec. 5-64. – Transporting in open vehicles. 

All dogs taken off their owner’s property and transported in the open bed of pickup trucks, or in any other type of open vehicle, to public places or residential areas shall be confined in pens in or on such trucks or other vehicles or be restrained by a minimum of two (2) tethers or some other similar method to safely control or restrain the dogs from easily escaping the vehicles.”

Jeffery Ritter with Flagler Animal Services said the dog can be outside of the cage as long as he is tethered twice and secure. But since the dog was only tethered once, Ritter confirmed the owner broke the law and should be receiving a ticket. The original post also stated that the dog has an “S” carved into its leg. The owner said the “S” was there when he got Zeus as a puppy.  He said the dog is not a fighting dog, but was branded. Flagler Animal Services said the driver in the video, believed to be the owner, has been cooperating with authorities and agreed to a wellness check. Once animal services completes their investigation, they’ll turn their findings over to the sheriff’s office. Stay with First Coast News as this story develops.



Suspect arrested on animal cruelty charge after cat set on fire in Montgomery County

Noah Riley was arrested in the case

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ind. – A 19-year-old turned himself in after admitting he poured gasoline on a cat before setting the feline on fire. Police arrested Noah Riley, 19, Thursday night on charges of animal cruelty and neglecting an animal. The badly burned cat was found bound by a rope Wednesday in a cornfield near the Crawfordsville Municipal Airport off West 500 South. Retired firefighter Steve Wright said he was home watching TV Wednesday night when he noticed a flame shoot up from the field. Wright found the female cat drenched in gasoline; someone had laid a firecracker on top of her. The firecracker didn’t go off.

Animal care workers believe the cat survived because she was lying in a puddle that helped douse the fire. The cat went to Purdue Animal Hospital for treatment and faces an extensive recovery. Her ears are shriveled. Her fur is gone down to the skin,” said Misha Anderson, director of the Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County. “She landed in a mud puddle. So I think that slowed down the fire or at least dampened her fur which caused the only flames to be gasoline so all the fur is mostly cinched.”

The organization has set up a fund to aid in the cat’s recovery. Anyone interested in donating can go here to do so. Wright, the firefighter who found the cat, has put in a request to adopt her. “Your words, thoughts, and prayers have helped energize our exhausted staff in this incredibly difficult time,” the group wrote on its Facebook page. “She is a fighter, and we will keep fighting for her!”

Animal Welfare League Of Montgomery County Indiana. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to each and every person who has helped us spread the story of our kitty in dire straights. Your words, thoughts, and prayers have helped energize our exhausted staff in this incredibly difficult time. She is a fighter, and we will keep fighting for her!




Laderrick O'Neal Rostchild, 24, was taken into custody Friday in connection with a viral video of an cat being tortured. (Photo source: Jackson County Sheriff's Dept.)

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) –

The man then holds the pan through the now opened window and looks down at the cat below. Beneath the window is a litter tray, which the cat stands alongside, as the man begins calling the cat to come closer. Suddenly he pours the boiling hot water on top of the cat, which reacts by screaming. The animal can then be seen running around in a panic – it continues to howl in excruciating pain. The clip concludes with the man hurtling abused at the injured animal as it attempts to make its way down a set of stairs.

The video was posted to Facebook where it received thousands of views before being taken down. Outraged social media users commented in great numbers calling for the man to be ‘skinned alive’ and stating that they hope the cat is no longer suffering. Little other information has been provided alongside the clip and the location of the incident is unknown. It is also unclear as to what injuries the cat sustained in the horrifying attack

The third and final suspect wanted in connection with a viral video showing the torture of a cat has been arrested. Laderrick O’neal Rostchild, 24, was taken into custody without incident Friday afternoon in Moss Point, just hours after Moss Point Police Department announced a $2,500 reward for information leading to his arrest. He is charged with aggravated cruelty to an animal Authorities had been searching for Laderrick since Dec. 27 when he was identified as suspect in a Snapchat video. Also identified as a suspect in the video — which garnered widespread attention after it was later shared on other social media outlets was Laderrick’s uncle, Larry Rostchild Jr.

Larry turned himself into police on Dec. 28 and is also charged with aggravated cruelty to an animal. Laderrick’s girlfriend, Karmen Coleman who police say is accused of initially posting the video to social media — turned herself in to authorities on Dec. 23. She is charged with rendering criminal assistance.

After a month of Laderrick Rostchild evading authorities, In Defense of Animals — the international animal protection organization that runs the Justice for Animals Campaign — offered up the reward leading to his arrest. “Laderrick O’Neal Rostchild’s criminal history of fraud, theft, domestic violence, resisting arrest, and contempt of court was alarming,” said Doll Stanley, director of the Justice for Animals Campaign. “Sadists rarely indulge only in violence to animals. Sociopaths and psychopaths are a menace to any vulnerable being in their path.”

In the video, two men are seen dousing a black-and-white male cat with two pots of boiling water while it is confined in a trap. The men in the video laugh as they kick the trap and mock the cat’s suffering. An unidentified female is heard off-camera, laughing and encouraging the duo. Officials say the cat was released from the trap afterwards and was later found dead due to thermal burns. All three suspects are scheduled to be arraigned on Feb. 14 in Moss Point Municipal Court


Maine: Man facing animal cruelty charges for crushing the skulls of two kittens during a domestic dispute

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SKOWHEGAN — A Norridgewock man who was indicted by a grand jury in June on felony charges for allegedly crushing the skulls of two kittens during a domestic dispute in May has been indicted again by a Somerset County grand jury for having contact with the alleged earlier victim. Vance A. Cayford Jr., 46, faces 10 new charges of violating the conditions of his release on pre-conviction bail by having prohibited contact with the woman. The violations, all class C felony charges, are alleged to have occurred from July through the middle of December in Madison, according to the indictments handed up Thursday in Skowhegan. The person identified as the victim in the case for which bail was granted was a family or household member.

In a court affidavit, police said Cayford threatened a woman with a gun, refused to submit to arrest and killed the two kittens by smashing their heads on the corner of a refrigerator, all May 29. District Attorney Maeghan Maloney said Cayford is set for a dispositional conference with the court Feb. 15 on the earlier charges of domestic violence assault, domestic violence criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon and aggravated cruelty to animals, all punishable with a conviction by up to five years in prison on each count, and with misdemeanor violation of a protection order and refusing to submit to arrest. No date has been set on the new charges. Cayford also was indicted by a federal grand jury in August on six felony weapons charges. He is charged in U.S. District Court with three counts of possession of ammunition by a prohibited person and two counts of attempted possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. The grand jury in Bangor alleges that Cayford, as a convicted felon, violated federal law May 29 by possessing 92 rounds of .45-caliber Federal brand premium ammunition through interstate commerce. Anyone convicted of a felony in Maine is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition.

The charges stem from a domestic violence conviction on April 23, 2014, in Kennebec County Superior Court and an illegal firearms possession conviction in Somerset County court entered on the same date, according to court documents. The grand jury also notes another assault conviction on Oct. 28, 2002, in Waterville District Court. The charge of attempted possession of a firearm allegedly involved Cayford’s effort to get a Heckler & Koch 416, a 5.56 mm by .45-caliber rifle, which also allegedly was shipped and transported through interstate commerce. All six counts are class C felonies under federal law, punishable with convictions by prison time of up to 10 years and $250,000 in fines on each charge. Cayford’s federal case is set on the trial list for Feb. 7 at U.S. District Court in Bangor, according to Maloney.


Ohio: Leetonia man accused of torturing and killing dog

LEETONIA, Ohio – A Leetonia man is jailed on $60,000 bond after being accused of torturing and killing a dog. Edward Altenburg, 42, is scheduled to appear in Columbiana Municipal Court on Thursday to answer two counts of violating the Ohio law protecting companion animals. Deputy Columbiana County Dog Warden Amy Dowd tells 21 News that a witness claims that Altenburg strangled the pit bull two days before Christmas. Dowd says when she saw the remains of the dog on December 26, there was blood on its swollen face. In addition, the genitals of the dog appeared to be swollen as well. An examination by a veterinarian indicated that the dog died of abuse and torture, according to Dowd. A public defender is being assigned to Altenburg, who has pleaded not guilty to the charges.


Woman asks her sister to hold puppy in car. She tosses it onto interstate, police say

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A West Virginia woman faces an animal cruelty charge after police say she threw a puppy out of the window of a moving car on Interstate 85 in Spartanburg County, South Carolina. The dog survived the incident with minor abrasions and a possible broken leg, according to WSPA TV. Tracy Nicole Carr, 26, remained in the Spartanburg County Detention Center on Monday afternoon on a charge of ill treatment of an animal. She was booked Sunday afternoon and is being held on $1,000 bond.

Carr was in a vehicle with her sister, who asked Carr to hold onto the puppy, according to an incident report from the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office as reported by multiple outlets. According to the report, the sister heard the window roll down and then a thud. Carr told officers the window was rolled down accidentally and she “hoped the dog’s head exploded on the ground so that it died without feeling pain,” according to the report.

WSPA reported that Carr had recently been released from the Georgia Department of Corrections and she was being driven home by relatives.

A first offense in South Carolina is punishable by up to 60 days in jail and/or a fine of between $100 and $500, according to state code. South Carolina ranked 45th in The Humane Society’s 2014 ranking of state’s animal protection laws. South Carolina ranked 36th in the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s 2015 rankings of animal protection laws.


Neighbors Confront Man Accused of Fatally Shooting Family`s Dog


Residents in Riverside County community outraged after family dog fatally shot
RIVERSIDE, Calif. — (KTLA) — Residents in a Southern California community are outraged after a family`s dog was allegedly killed by a neighbor.  Some residents in the community of Canyon Lake in Riverside County are outraged after a family dog, Deuces, was fatally shot this week, allegedly by a neighbor. Steve Kuzj reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on Jan. 17, 2017.


New Bedford Beef Buckets With 46 Dead Or Abused Animals In Their Hell Hole House Get No Jail Time Because The Court System Is a Joke

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I love it when the state continuously fails to lock people up for horrible behavior. I wasn’t writing here in June in 2015 but I read about this back then and nearly lost my lunch. Well, the verdict came in…

NEW BEDFORD – Authorities in two states are investigating a shocking case of animal cruelty that left dozens of animals dead or starving and led to the arrest of two city residents.The horror unfolded Wednesday night when New Bedford animal control officers, acting on a tip, went to a 596 S. Second St. apartment and found 46 animals, half of them dead, the other half badly malnourished. They included cats, rabbits, lizards and birds, as well as an emaciated German shepherd leashed to a doorknob and standing in its own waste. Emanuel Maciel, the city’s animal control director, said the stench was overpowering, and some live animalswere found in cages with dead ones. Arrested on charges of animal cruelty were the animals’ owners, identified as Jake Brousseau, 24, of 441 Rivet St., and Sabrina Harding, 23, of the 596 S. Second St. address. They were held without bail Thursday and will undergo mental health examinations ordered by New Bedford District Court Judge James McGovern. The exam was to be done before the pair’s next court appearance today.

These two beef buckets, Sabrina Harding and Jake Brosseau, would “adopt” animals online and planned to sell them to turn a profit. The plan didn’t work out as well as they thought, because when police received a complaint, authorities found more than 46 emaciated or skeletal animals in their New Bedford apartment.

Some living animals were in cages along with dead ones. Lizards, cats, birds, and even a dog that was tied to a door handle, with no food or water, sitting in its own shit. A dead bird, found in a cage, had been there so long the only thing left of the poor bastard was feathers and bones. I can’t process how people like this work “Polly has been quiet lately. Can you pass me the queso?” Turns out they had a four year-old little daughter that would frequent the sty as well. Blech. Needless to say, authorities charged these two with everything they could. Not that it mattered because, well, Massachusetts.

So, after a year and a half of playing the court system, these two walked free yesterday. They can’t have any animals anymore but not even a slap on the wrist. More like a hug and a cookie. A three year suspended sentence and they have to promise not to get a new hamster. They should be rotting in jail and now they are roaming the streets like nothing ever happened. I can’t tell you how mad this makes me. Is this a face that says…

People, when you see someone selling animals on Facebook, which is against TOS for a reason, report it to authorities. Not to Facebook because no one works there. There are a million rescues and shelters that will make sure that animal is taken care of. If these people were living around poop, urine and the smell of dead animals, something tells me there should have been about fifteen red flags that original family should have seen before handing their pets over to Momma Boo Boo and her pleasure loaf.

For one, look at these people. She clearly can’t take care of herself. Think she’s going to be able to take care of Mittens? (and shut up whining about me being a “mean girl.” I’m not picking on the dork in high school. I’m tearing apart scumbags.) Secondly, the smell from that apartment would have been stuck to her like the soggy Cheetos she probably had in her bra. There is no way you can scrub off the smell of fat stink and dead critter. Lastly, don’t give your fucking animals away on Facebook. Simple as that. They should have found the people who handed these animals over to these slophogs and charged them too. Maybe if we started sitting people in jail, instead of giving them welfare benefits, it would make a difference in our quickly dwindling society. Oh, and did I mention, STOP GIVING YOUR ANIMALS AWAY ONLINE.

  
A woman and her ex-boyfriend have been charged with multiple felonies after they allegedly staged a home invasion last year in northwest suburban Maine Township

Woman, ex-boyfriend staged home invasion, killed dog: police

A woman and her ex-boyfriend have been charged with multiple felonies after they allegedly staged a home invasion last year in northwest suburban Maine Township and planted marijuana and a dead dog in her husband’s vehicle. Mehwish Memon, 30, of the 9400 block of Bay Colony Drive in unincorporated Des Plaines; and Syed Hassan, 38, of the 2800 block of South King Drive in Chicago, were each charged Tuesday with home invasion, aggravated unlawful restraint and filing a false police report, police said.

About 11:20 p.m. Dec. 30, 2016, sheriff’s police responded to Memon’s home for a report of a home invasion, according to a statement from the Cook County sheriff’s office. Investigators were told a man in a black ski mask who was armed with a gun forced his way into the home. The gunman punched Memon in the face and tied up her 32-year-old husband with packaging tape before beating him with a stick.

Investigators eventually determined Hassan was the masked intruder and Memon planned the home invasion with him, police said. Memon and Hassan were also charged Jan. 10 in connection with a Skokie police investigation in which a dead dog, marijuana and a gun were found in Memon’s husband’s vehicle, the sheriff’s office said. In that case, investigators determined Memon had given Hassan a key to her husband’s vehicle and – with her knowledge – shot and killed a dog, and placed its body inside the vehicle with the gun and marijuana.

Detectives also said Memon had filed a false domestic battery report against her husband on Dec. 16. Memon later dropped that charge. Before Memon called 911 to make the false report, Hassan slashed the tires of Memon’s husband’s vehicle, according to the investigators. Memon’s bail was set at $200,000 and Hassan’s was set at $400,000 during an appearance in court in Skokie on Thursday



Police: Woman tosses dog from South Florida bridge, claiming it can fly

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Authorities in Florida said Thursday that a woman tossed a Jack Russell Terrier mix 30 feet off a South Florida bridge believing that dogs could fly. Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control Capt. David Walesky told the Palm Beach Post that the 8-year-old dog dislocated a leg in the fall Wednesday from a Riviera Beach bridge and onto Phil Foster Park.

The Sun-Sentinel reported that a lifeguard was comforting the dog until authorities arrived. According to sheriff’s officials, the woman was taken to a hospital for a mental health evaluation. Authorities said she would likely face animal cruelty charges. She wasn’t immediately identified. Walesky said the 30-pound black and white dog suffered significant pain and was in serious but stable condition. “He’s not completely out of the woods yet,” Walesky said of the animal, which was being cared for by Animal Care and Control. Animal Care and Control said if the dog is given up, it will be up for adoption or handed over to a rescue facility.



Delco couple charged after abused dog rescued from ‘dungeon’

Since her rescue, Dolores or “Dolly” is scared but she’s not aggressive, officials said. When she’s shown attention, Justice Rescue Humane Officer Russ “Wolf” Harper says, “she gets excited and cries.”

COLLINGDALE >> The X-ray shows her left rear femur snapped in half, and authorities say the injured pit bull was left to writhe in agony for weeks before a tip led to her rescue over the weekend. On Thursday, Lance Marcell Bell Sr., 30, and his live-in girlfriend, Joie Jacqueline Gommer, 29, of the 100 block of Chester Pike in Collingdale, were charged with animal cruelty and related offenses. The charges against the couple include two counts of first-degree misdemeanor cruelty to animals, two counts of second-degree misdemeanor criminal conspiracy to engage in cruelty to animals, and six counts of summary cruelty to animals.

The pair will be notified by mail to appear in district court, Collingdale Police Chief Robert Adams said. Preliminary hearings are listed for Feb. 28 before Magisterial District Judge Gregory J. Loftus, according to online court records. A joint investigation by Collingdale Police Officer Patrick Crozier and Justice Rescue, a local animal-advocacy group, began after Collingdale police received a phone call late Saturday reporting allegations of abuse involving the year-old dog – renamed Dolores or “Dolly” by her rescuers. “Dolly for short,” said Justice Rescue Human Officer Russ “Wolf” Harper.

According to Harper, the dog was mutilated, tortured and neglected. Her injuries were so severe, her left rear leg had to be amputated, he said. Surgery was performed Wednesday. “She will remain with me throughout her recovery,” Harper said Thursday night. Recovery will include rehabilitation, both physical and psychological. At 19 pounds, he said the dog is about 30 pounds underweight.

“Shefrom ‘dungeon’’s scared but she’s not shown any bit of aggression. She just wants you to love and pet her,” he said. When she’s shown attention, Harper said, “she gets excited and cries.”

According to the affidavit of probable cause supporting charges against the couple, it was shortly after 11:30 p.m. Jan. 14 that Collingdale police were notified about the alleged abuse. A woman provided an address and said a dog there was being punished and starved. “The dog’s skeleton could be seen,” the caller told police. The woman said she’d already called animal agencies in both Delaware County and Philadelphia, only to reach answering machines saying to call 911 in the event of an emergency.

Officer Crozier told the woman he would forward her name and number to the Brandywine SPCA, only to be told that she should call during normal business hours. During the phone conversation, Crozier could hear the woman’s voice breaking up, trying to contain herself from crying. She identified the owners of the dog as Bell and Gommer. Within 20 minutes of the phone call, Crozier contacted Harper. “Wow, what a night,” Harper posted on the Justice Rescue Facebook page shortly after 10 a.m. on Jan. 15.“One poor little pup in emergency, starved, abused, beat badly and locked away in a dungeon,” he wrote.” She is in urgent care. She will need surgery from what she suffered in abuse. Let’s all pray for her and hope for this pain to go away soon.”

According to the affidavit, Crozier met Harper at Collingdale police headquarters about 1:50 a.m. on Jan. 15. Together, they went to the couple’s Chester Pike residence. Lance Bell answered the front door in a pair of shorts. Before stepping outside to talk to the officers, he asked if he could get dressed.

The officers were permitted to enter the residence, and they followed Bell to the living room area, according to the affidavit. The officers watched as a small pit bull that greeted them at the door roamed about the residence. The dog was emaciated and she was only using three legs, refusing to put any weight on her left rear leg, the affidavit states. The officers then told Bell the reason for their visit and started to question him about the dog.

According to the affidavit, Bell said he could not afford to take the dog to the vet for shots. He also said he thought the dog might have worms, explaining why she was so thin. He also said the dog had been limping for about two weeks. When the officers asked if anyone else was at home, Bell said his wife was asleep. The officers asked him to wake her up, which he did.

Gommer agreed to speak with the officers, the affidavit states. She also showed them where the dog stayed for the majority of the day. She escorted the officers to the rear door, and then opened it. “There was a small enclosed porch with numerous piles of dog feces on the floor. There was pieces of the interior walls missing with sharp points where the paneling had been broken, nails sticking out of the wall studs and a metal bowl with approximately 2 inches of water in the bottom and a dead mouse floating in the water,” states the affidavit, written by Crozier.

Harper then informed the couple that charges would be filed against them. He also requested that they turn the dog over to him if they could not afford to provide the dog with immediate veterinary attention. The couple turned the dog over to Harper, signing all the necessary forms, the affidavit states. The dog was taken to VSEC Animal Hospital in Philadelphia, where blood was drawn and the X-ray on her left rear leg showed the broken femur. Harper met again with the couple about 7 p.m. Sunday. Bell and Gommer arrived voluntarily at Collingdale police headquarters, the affidavit states. During that interview, Gommer said Bell got the dog about two months prior. According to the affidavit, she told Harper that she witnessed Bell hit the dog 15 to 20 times for urinating and defecating in the house.

Dolores was severely beaten over and over in her young life. It’s been reported that Dolores was beaten over 50 times and she shows the physical marks of the abuse she suffered,” Harper posted in an update Wednesday afternoon on Facebook. “Dolores was kept in a room resembling a dungeon … without heat or food, and the only thing in her water bowl was a dead mouse. She was forced to lay in her own feces and urine for a very long time. Not only was Dolores beaten and abused mercilessly, she received no vet care even after they broke her leg, and she was writhing in pain for several weeks. Can you imagine the depravity of anyone doing this? “Her life matters. There was no way we were leaving Dolores behind.” In seeking justice, Harper asked his legion of followers, “Pray for conviction.” Misdemeanor and summary offenses are punishable by fine and or jail time, according to Adams.


Crawfordsvillle man charged with animal cruelty after cat burned alive

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — A 19-year-old Crawfordsville man has been officially charged with animal cruelty after police say he admitted to tying up a cat and setting it on fire. Montgomery County prosecutors charged Noah Riley with two counts of animal cruelty, one a felony. Police responded to County Road 500 South in New Market, just south of Crawfordsville, on Jan. 11 for the report of a cat that had been hogtied, covered in gasoline, and set on fire with an M80 firework attached to it. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said Riley turned himself in to authorities the next day and admitted his role in the case. He told deputies he wanted to resolve the issue and cited social media as making him feel guilty.

According to court documents, Riley and his juvenile girlfriend had the mutual idea to hurt the animal because both said they don’t like cats. They had received the cat the same night as a gift from a friend after a church study group. Documents state Riley told police he thought it would be funny to set the cat on fire. The girlfriend admitted to police at the time they took possession of the cat, it was their intentions to kill it.

The cat, who was recovering, died from its injuries five days later.


Man, woman arrested after 57 animals die in Brevard house fire

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – A man and woman have been arrested and charged with several counts of animal cruelty after 57 animals died in a house fire, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies said Jacquelyn Traum, 67, and Daniel Brantley, 55, both of Merritt Island, inhumanely housed a large number of animals within a small space, WKMG-TV reported. The matter of confinement contributed to the death of 57 animals that were unable to escape a fire at the house at 473 Kennwood Ave. on Jan. 11. When deputies arrived at the home on Jan. 11, Traum and Brantley were attempting to remove dogs from the home, but it quickly filled with smoke, halting any further rescue attempts. Fourteen dogs and one cat were rescued.

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Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Animal Service personnel discovered the condition of the house to be “deplorable and representative of animal hoarding” resulting “in inhumane and unsanitary living conditions.” Traum and Brantley are charged with four felony counts of animal cruelty (causing death, pain and suffering) and 74 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty (torment, deprive, mutilate, kill).

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Malcolm X’s Daughter, Granddaughter Arrested for Animal Cruelty

Two women were arrested in Prince George’s County this week on animal cruelty and theft charges, and TMZ.com reports they are the daughter and granddaughter of black Muslim leader Malcolm X.

They were arrested on Wednesday in a Wal Mart parking lot in La Plata Maryland

This Jan. 26, 2017 booking photo shows Malikah Shabazz, left, the daughter of Malcolm X, and her daughter Bettih Shabazz, are charged with stealing a rental truck that was carrying seven pit bulls in what police say were inhumane conditions. Love said the truck contained seven dogs, some with injuries, housed in stacked crates. Animal Control transported the dogs to the Tri-County Animal Shelter, where they are now in stable condition. The truck was reported stolen earlier in the day to Vermont state police. Mother and daughter have been charged with seven counts of animal cruelty, vehicle theft and an additional charge of theft between $10,000 and $100,000. FlapShip

Malikah Shabazz told investigators that she owns the dogs, according to charging documents. Malikah Shabazz gave an address in Stark, New Hampshire, but Bettih Shabazz gave no fixed address. They’ve been released after posting $2,000 bond. No defense attorneys are listed in court records. On February 21, 1965, he was shot 15 times at close range at a speaking engagement in Manhattan’s Audubon Ballroom. He was only married once to his wife Betty and the couple had six children together.

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Trump Administration Strips Animal Rights Safeguards, Pets Now At Risk

On Friday, the Trump administration ordered the U.S. Department of Agriculture to remove inspection reports and other similar information regarding the treatment and welfare of thousands of animals from its website, The Washington Post reports.

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The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health inspection Service released a statement claiming the decision came after a “comprehensive review”. According to the statement posted to their site, “As a result of the comprehensive review, APHIS has implemented actions to remove certain personal information from documents it posts on APHIS’ website involving the Horse Protection Act and the Animal Welfare Act. Going forward, APHIS will remove from its website inspection reports, regulatory correspondence, research facility annual reports, and enforcement records that have not received final adjudication.  APHIS will also review and redact, as necessary, the lists of licensees and registrants under the AWA, as well as lists of designated qualified persons (DQPs) licensed by USDA-certified horse industry organizations.”

Essentially now violations against the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act will only become accessible after submitting a Freedom of Information Act Request (FOIA) — which can take several years to get approved. The statement goes on to explain:

‘Those seeking information from APHIS regarding inspection reports, regulatory correspondence, and enforcement records should submit Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for that information.  Records will be released when authorized and in a manner consistent with the FOIA and Privacy Act.’

The records previously made available by the USDA were often accessed by animal rights activists in their efforts to monitor animal welfare at circuses, zoos, and scientific labs. Individuals looking to adopt pets could also use the site’s online database to find information about dog breeders before purchasing pets. Seven states require pet stores to source puppies through breeders with clean USDA inspection reports, but with the removal of the documents, where the puppies come from will likely no longer be traceable.

Since the news surfaced Friday evening, animal welfare organizations have spoken out to condemn the USDA’s removal of the information, as many believe it will only allow animal abuses to be swept under the rug. Senior director of the Humane Society’s Stop Puppy Mills Campaign, John Goodwin, told The Washington Post:

‘The USDA action cloaks even the worst puppy mills in secrecy and allows abusers of Tennessee walking horses, zoo animals and lab animals to hide even the worst track records in animal welfare.’

It’s unclear at this point as to whether or not the information removed is a permanent or temporary change. The senior vice president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Kathy Guillermo, said it’s “a shameful attempt to keep the public from knowing when and which laws and regulations have been violated. Many federally registered and licensed facilities have long histories of violations that have caused terrible suffering.” Many have referenced the usefulness of the resource, saying it allowed organizations to track animal welfare in labs that otherwise lack transparency.



Woman arrested, 133 cats euthanized after recovery from meth lab

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LAFOURCHE PARISH, LA (WVUE) – A recent investigation into a meth lab resulted in an additional arrest aggravated animal cruelty, according to Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre. Sandy Chauvin, 60, of Houma, was arrested this week as a result of an investigation which initially included the arrest of her sons, 35-year-old Nicholas and 43-year-old Christian Chauvin.

On Jan. 13, agents with the Lafourche Parish Drug Task Force arrived at Chauvin’s home with two active warrants for the arrest of Nicholas Chauvin for distribution of methamphetamine. He was taken into custody without incident. After obtaining a search warrant for the home, the Lafourche Parish Combined Meth Lab Response Team discovered tools and other items associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine. Christian Chauvin was also at the home, and both brothers were booked with operating a meth lab. Christian was released on Jan. 17 after posting $50,000 bond; Nicholas was released the following day after posting $85,000 bond.

While the Meth Lab Response Team was searching the home, team members discovered a large number of cats. Investigators said the living conditions were very poor, and a large amount of fecal matter was discovered throughout the home. Team members took photos of five cats that appeared to have serious health issues and injuries. Seven dead cats were also found at the home. Animal control deputies responded to the scene that day and began removing the animals. Deputies made several return trips over the next few days and recovered a total of 133 cats from the residence, all of which were taken to the Lafourche Parish Animal Shelter. According to officials at the animal shelter, all of the cats had to be euthanized due to their condition.

Following an investigation by the Lafourche Parish Drug Task Force, agents were able to obtain warrants for the arrest of Sandy Chauvin for five counts of aggravated cruelty to animals and operating a meth lab. Agents made contact with Sandy Chauvin on Feb. 1, and she was taken into custody. She was booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux and released the same day after posting $40,000 bond.


Canada: Calgary man gets 1 year in jail for beating, stabbing and burying tenants’ dog

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A Calgary man who pleaded guilty to beating and stabbing his tenants’ dog to death — in what defence argued was an atypical fit of rage over late rent and missing property — has been sentenced to a year in jail. Robert Malcom Nicholson, 34, also heard Tuesday that he would face 18 months of probation and a five-year ban on keeping animals of his own.

The Crown had asked for a two-year sentence and a lifetime ban on keeping animals, telling the judge that Nicholson deliberately killed the dog to take revenge against his tenants. The defence had argued Nicholson committed the violent act in a fit of rage that wasn’t in keeping with his normal character. “This type of action is unacceptable in a society like ours,” provincial court Judge John Bascom said at Tuesday’s sentencing.

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Court heard that Joe Hossay, his wife and three children lived with their border collie cross, Chevy, on the main floor of a home in the community of Renfrew that they rented from Nicholson, who lived in the basement suite. After a three-month trip to visit his wife in the Philippines, Nicholson returned to the home in March 2015 and found some of his belongings missing. He also claimed Hossay had been late paying rent. Nicholson then broke into the Hossays’ home and chased Chevy into the backyard, where he struck the animal with the blunt end of an axe. The dog suffered a fractured skull but was still alive, court heard. Nicholson then went back into the house and found a serrated knife, which he used to stab and saw at Chevy’s neck.

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Robert Nicholson hides his face as he leaves court after lawyers argued what his sentence should be for the fatal beating and stabbing of his neighbour’s dog, Chevy. (Meghan Grant/CBC). He told the court he used the knife because he believed the dog was suffering from the axe blow and he wanted to put the animal out of its misery. The Crown disputed that. “No one tries to end a dog’s suffering by literally trying to cut [its] neck in half,” prosecutor Rosalind Greenwood said. Chevy eventually bled to death in a slow process that a vet told the court would have taken at least 10 minutes, but likely “much longer.” Nicholson buried the animal in the backyard. He apologized at his sentencing hearing in November 2016, saying he had “great regret” over what he had done. “I think about this every day and every night,” Nicholson said. “I’m so terribly sorry.” Heather Anderson, founder of an animal support group called the Daisy Foundation, said Nicholson’s sentence shows some progress in punishing people who abuse animals. “The bottom line is that people are starting to realize that animals should be our equal and people that do these sorts of things should be prosecuted in the highest,” Anderson said.



Man who killed dog in Auburn gets 2½ years in prison

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WORCESTER – A former Auburn man charged with assaulting his girlfriend and beating her dog to death because it was keeping him awake was sentenced to state prison Monday after pleading guilty to animal cruelty, assault and firearm charges. Gregory Fargnoli, 27, formerly of 16 Hill St., Auburn, was arrested Nov. 17, 2015, after police were called to the Hill Street home in Auburn by a roommate, who said he found the dog, a 12-year-old Catahoula named Polka Dot, dead and that he was unable to awaken Mr. Fargnoli. Mr. Fargnoli’s girlfriend at the time, Tabitha L. Taylor, told investigators that when Mr. Fargnoli was finally awakened and asked what had happened, he said, “I silenced the dog.”

The woman told police she had gone to work and received a text from Mr. Fargnoli saying the dog had bitten him twice. The text also read, “I can’t take this. I should be sleep,” according to the woman. When she returned home that afternoon, she said, she found her boyfriend asleep and her dog dead.

A forensic necropsy by a doctor at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University determined that the dog died from blunt force trauma. A broom handle and a broken mop handle found near the dog’s body bore bite marks from the dog, which suffered at least 23 rib fractures, collapsed lungs, ten broken teeth, a brain bleed, internal bleeding and cuts and bruises from multiple blows, according to the report by Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore, research assistant professor at Tufts and president of the Boston-based Forensic Veterinary Investigations. The report said there was also evidence “consistent with animal sexual assault” and “suggestive of forceful penetration of the dog’s vagina.”

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While police were at the home, Ms. Taylor told them Mr. Fargnoli had tried to strangle her during an argument weeks earlier. After learning that Mr. Fargnoli had a firearm in the home, police said they obtained a search warrant and recovered a 9mm handgun with the serial number defaced and ammunition. Ms.Taylor, who is from Louisiana, said she met Mr. Fargnoli online in March of 2015 and later came to live with him in Massachusetts.

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