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Animal Cruelty is never OK but it is even worse when an animal trusts they are in a safe environment at a shelter and the caretakers are just as cruel as the ones they think they are being saved from. These animal caretakers or breeders should be held to a higher standard and we should have even tougher laws for their violation of the community and the animals who trust them. Puppy Mill violator's are just as bad because it takes so long to catch them, and when they are caught the damage to the dogs is horrific or too late.

Texas: Dog euthanized while in labor at animal shelter, sparks outrage.

Source: Dacia Anderson Facebook Page
Source: Dacia Anderson Facebook Page
Source: KFDA
Source: KFDA

Amarillo Animal Management and Welfare is under fire after a volunteer took her concerns to social media.

Dacia Anderson is a dedicated volunteer at both the Amarillo-Panhandle Humane Society and Amarillo Animal Management and Welfare.

But after a recent incident, she's been asked to take a step back from her work.

"I felt disgusted, I felt horrified, I felt like if this was okay then what's not okay," said Anderson. 

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On May 10, she saw a dog had given birth to a puppy at the animal shelter. She then alerted staff members to get the dog a whelping box.

"I thought everything was handled and a little while later I came back in and I had been in the building back and forth all day and was met with resistance at the door," said Anderson. "That's when I noticed they were collecting the mother from the kennel."

The dog had been put down.

"She had been euthanized while in labor," said Anderson. "Not before, not after, but during."

After trying to express concerns and even speaking with city officials, Anderson said she decided to make the post on Facebook.

Her detailed post had a strong impact on community members, gaining more than 1,500 likes and thousands of shares.

It even prompted threats to the shelter, however Director Richard Havens said there's another side to the story.

"The owners of the dog in question called us at night and called 911 in distress because they were afraid of their own dog," said Havens. "The dog was becoming aggressive to them and their other animals." 

He said they then took the dog into custody because it became a matter of public safety.

"The following morning we ended up euthanizing the dog because of the risk of public safety," said Havens. "The dog was aggressive. The owners did not want the dog. They did sign legal custody over to the City of Amarillo and then we processed the dog out the follow morning."   

Havens confirmed the dog was in labor at the time she was euthanized.

"At the end of the day, this was the most humane choice," said Havens. "The owners did not want this dog. This dog was not a candidate for adoption. It was not a candidate for foster. It was our decision to put the animal down humanely for public safety."

Havens said euthanizing a dog is never easy for them.

"We never want to euthanize an animal," said Havens. "We take every decision we make here very serious. We are the ones that have to look these animals in the eyes and it breaks our hearts. But if everyone would spay and neuter their animals, be responsible, we wouldn't have to have tough conversations like this."

However Anderson said the dog was not aggressive, and that she was in general population with no note that she was a risk.

"You can blame the community all day for the problems they deal with and at the end of the day the community is responsible for what's in there," said Anderson. "But once that animal is in that facility, they have an obligation to do what's right for the animal in the most humane way possible. And what I saw that day was not humane."

When asked about their policy on euthanizing dogs that are pregnant, Havens said it depends on the situation.

"It's taken by a case-by-case basis with regards to adoptability, how far along to term they are, and then a lot of the medical decisions are also deferred to our on-sight shelter veterinarian who is responsible for the overall herd health of the shelter," said Havens. "At the end of they day, best practices is to spay-abort. This community already has such an overabundance of animals. Why would we ever encourage more animals to be born into this community?"

He said if it weren't for outlying communities, their euthanasia rate would go up by more than 27 percent.

"That would be irresponsible of us to continue to allow animals to be populated," said Havens.

Anderson said she has been asked to take a step back from her volunteer work for now.

Amarillo Animal Management and Welfare said their volunteer organization did not ask her to step back.

However, Larry Milam with the Amarillo-Panhandle Humane Society said her volunteer status is frozen for the time being.

Both she and Havens encourage the public to step up to foster or adopt animals so incidents like this don't happen again.


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.


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

A Message From the Owner
Samurai was being fostered by Vickie Lynn West in Fayetteville AR and she refuses to tell us where he is or give him back to us. He was last seen there but we have not been able to get him back.

This pet needs your help. If you have any information on this pet's location please contact petkey™ immediately at 866-699-3463


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.

Heartbreaking! Why Did These 89 DOGS DIE IN A LOW KILL SHELTER in March Alone! Cut and Paste some of the links provided.

Yet the heart wrenching images are of dogs killed in March alone. While there are 80 dogs in the video, the end tally is actually 89. Ensley has individually listed the additional nine names after the video with an apology, saying, “I'm sorry babies RIP.”

She calls the 89 dogs “unseen” because, except for three, they never made it to the Adoption Building. So no one ever had the opportunity to even see them. She is hoping to call attention to the sad problem, so that changes will be made.

Number 81, SUGAR #A1270204, Killed 3/29. Just received this outcome today 4/12: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb…

#82, ROBERT #A1269794, Killed 3/29, 1 1/2yrs: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb…

#83, LILY #A1240050. Killed 3/19, 7 month puppy was Privately Adopted in November. Brought back to the Shelter in March. Owner requested her Euthanized: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb…

#84, KING #A1269747, Killed 3/29. 8 yrs: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb…

#85 MITCH #A1267630, Killed 3/30, 1 1/2 yrs: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb…

#86 BARON, #A1269504, Killed 3/30, 2 yrs: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb…

#87 PRINCE, #A1269382, Killed 3/30, 5 yrs: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb…

#88 DARYL, #A1269549, Killed 3/30, 3 yrs: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb…

#89 No Name #A0954272, Killed 3/29. Owner Surrendered and Requested Euthanized, 4 yrs: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb…
I was told on one of my videos by an actual Volunteer, “We do not kill healthy dogs or pitbulls. Only the severely aggressive or very sick dogs are put down”. Tell that to the 89 beautiful dogs that are now gone. A small number killed had medical issues, but the majority were merely fearful.

Only 3 of the 89 dogs were in the Adoption building (Scrappy, Quincey and Jason), so their death was much more personal for me. There were many empty kennels the days these 3 were killed. I honored them first as I held, loved and interacted with each and will carry that pain with me.

She writes under her Youtube video:

This video was created to honor the 80 large/medium breed dogs that were killed just in the month of March. 90-95% of these dogs NEVER even saw the Adoption building. At any given time, the two Adoption buildings have 25-35 empty kennels. Meaning space is not an issue. When their stray hold is up, for any small reason, be it fear, a superficial wound, a limp or even just shaking/trembling, the majority of the intake dogs continue to be housed in the back kennels; unseen by the public and Volunteers. These are the dogs that are dying weekly. The Unseen.


Shelter Manager Indicted on Animal Cruelty Charges – Bail Set at $50K!

Mary Jo Frazier, 18-year animal shelter supervisor for Boulder City, Nevada, was handcuffed and taken to jail. Police documents say Mary Jo Frazier killed animals for fun.

Mary Jo Frazier in court

Mary Jo Frazier in court

91 instances of unusual animal deaths at the shelter
and more than 1,200 suspicious cases… are alleged

“There is no doubt that these actions occurred. We know that because this defendant documented all those euthanasias in a log book,” said prosecutor Amy Ferreira in a Las Vegas Now report.

Log book

Log Book

The initial investigation in April, 2015 when Frazier was accused of improperly euthanizing more than 100 animals, as well as violating the city code requiring a five-day waiting period and veterinarian review before an animal is killed, but, to date, she has only been indicted on two counts of animal abuse.
Mary Jo Frazier pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges and received 90 days in jail and four years of probation.

TEXAS -- Sixteen dead dogs were found in a former dog rescuer's foreclosed Texas home. Carly Jo Underwood, 29, of Midland, Texas, was arrested and booked into jail on 16 counts of cruelty to non-livestock animals – torture, after authorities said she left the dogs to fend for themselves when she abandoned her home.

Underwood was last seen at the home eight months ago. She was taken into custody after her flight landed at Midland International Air & Space Port on Wednesday, and booked into jail on the cruelty counts, in addition to three other, unrelated misdemeanor warrants.

Bankers serving a foreclosure notice on Underwood's home discovered the dead dogs. Some of the dogs were said to have been left in their kennels, while others were free to wander around inside the house. At least a few of the canines cannibalized each other during the eight months that Underwood was gone. Fecal matter and urine was said to be present everywhere.


All that remained of some of the dogs was tufts of fur. Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter told CBS 7 that inside Underwood's house, 'The stench of the smell was terribly strong.' While walking through the home, he noted, there was no movement in the cages.

'Then you get to looking, Lord, there’s carcasses in there. It’s just fur and bones, and the doors are locked, it was very sad,' Painter said.  Underwood left her position as a board member at the no-kill Dust Bowl Animal Rescue in Midland last year. Her former coworker said that she had no idea why Underwood abandoned the dogs — which she believes came from the shelter — to their deaths.


'From the photos that I have seen, they are unrecognizable. There's no way for me to say what dog is which,' Mesha Randolph, President Of Dust Bowl Animal Rescue, told KMID. She also added that 'There was just fur, fur everywhere. That's all you could see.'

Randolph said that leaving the dogs behind was uncharacteristic behavior on Underwood's part.

'I cant even fathom where her mind is at, where her mind went because I knew her personally and that's not the person I knew,' Randolph said, adding that she could not comprehend how someone who 'truly loved animals could do this.'

In all of his years at the Midland County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Painter had never seen an animal cruelty case this severe.

“We’ve had others that have been bad, where they mistreat the animals. You find some sick, you find some alive, and some dead, but none that were locked up in cages with no hope of getting out,” Sheriff Painter said.

How this former rescuer was able to leave her dogs behind is a question Sheriff Painter was hoping to have answered Wednesday.

“We have not been able to talk to Mrs. Underwood because she has hired an attorney,” Sheriff Painter explained. “He has told us that he does not want us talking to her, so we are at a loss to get a reason or an explanation.”

But what matters now, Painter says, is that Underwood is behind bars thanks to an unlikely ally -- Underwood's own mother had been cooperating with investigators all along.

In fact, she was the one who tipped off deputies of her daughter's flight back to Midland from Nevada.“No animal or any person should be treated that way,” Sheriff Painter said. Underwood will be arraigned before a judge Thursday morning and her bond will be set. Once deputies wrap up their investigation they will turn over the case to the District Attorney’s Office who will then present it before a grand jury.

New York: While working at a boarding and grooming business Alexis Malone was caught on camera abusing dogs. She's now been charged with animal cruelty

NEW YORK -- An employee at a Gates dog daycare and boarding facility is facing charges of animal cruelty for the mistreatment and abuse of dogs.

On Tuesday, the Humane Law Enforcement Department at Lollypop Farm received a security video showing Dog E. Woggy’s West's daycare and boarding facility’s kennel areas.

In the video, 25-year-old Alexis Malone, of Churchville, can be seen striking a dog and dragging dogs by the neck and collar, according to Lollypop.

Upon further investigation, it was revealed that Malone had been abusing pets in the facility’s care.

Malone is no longer employed by Dog E. Woggy’s West.


Malone had been ordered to appear in Gates Town Court on Dec. 12 to face three charges of torturing and injuring animals.

In a Facebook statement from the owner and management at Dog E. Woggy's West, they said they have "followed through in investigating and addressing any concerns regarding any suspected employee misconduct or mistreatment of our clients family members at DEW West. Over the last several weeks, multiple agencies have worked together to look deeply into video surveillance the very moment an issue was brought to our attention. It seems we can pinpoint where it started and when it ended.

"Said employee is no longer employed by DEW West and faces animal cruelty counts in Monroe County. Any mistreatment (even the grabbing of collars) of any pet is not OK. IT IS NOT OK. I assure you steps are being taken to make sure this does not happen in any other establishment."

The business added that additional cameras are now in place.


Virginia: Louisa County Sheriff's Office Rescuing Hundreds of Animals from Clara Collier's Farm

VIRGINIA -- Hundreds of animals have been rescued from a Louisa County farm in what authorities are describing as an animal neglect case.

The farm is owned and operated by 77-year-old Clara Collier and her two adult sons. Authorities have been in contact with them, but they are not at liberty to discuss the conversation at this time.

Deputies with the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) are working with veterinarians and volunteers to try and save around 500 animals found in the property.

Animal cruelty and neglect charges are pending.

The sheriff’s office said it responded to call for runaway goats along West Old Mountain Road early Wednesday, November 29.

According to a post on the LCSO’s Facebook page:

“An Animal Control Officer (ACO) was dispatched to that location and when they went to put the animals back in, located several more animals that were in distress and some that were deceased. A veterinarian responded and suggested that some of the animals would have to be euthanized.”

Goats, horses, emus, sheep, rabbits, chickens, turkeys, peacock, ducks and cats are some of the animals being rescued from what authorities thought was an abandoned property.

Cages were piled high with hay, drinking water was black, and some animals were found dead in a trash can.

"If you look on the hood of the car you'll see a white swan, turkey, and another bird [dead animals]. That's part of what was found out here," said LCSO Deputy Chief Major Donald Lowe as he went around the property. "Chicken poop, old straw, everything. This cage hasn't been cleaned out in so long that it's actually filled up half its capacity with its own waste."


Investigators said Thursday, November 30, that some animals were still trapped inside different parts of the property.

The main trailer, where the homeowner used to live, was so toxic inside that investigators had to wear respirators to enter the building.

“It’s a typical hoarder, where there's a complete mess everywhere. You have to watch where you're walking and what you're touching, and you'll see animals in desperate need of help," Lowe said.

The property owner's daughter, Amanda Collier, said her mother gives the animals the best care she can: "She does everything that she can for these animals. She works two jobs and tries to sell all the good animals, like the breeding animals. She sells the babies to make this farm self-sufficient so that she can give them everything that she can," she said.

Family members agree that their mother was a hoarder, but always had good intentions.

"She sees everything as it has a use. She may not be able to clean all the time, because she used to work four jobs when I was in high school to take care of us all, and now she dropped it down to two jobs because she's an elderly caregiver," said Collier.

“There were a lot of animals here, but we had no idea that there were a bunch of neglected animals or that there were like 500 animals," said neighbor Keenan Dakota.

Collier believes authorities are painting the wrong picture of her mother: "She comes home, feeds her animals, plays with them. That's her therapy. That's all that she has out of her whole life is this farm right here."

Deputies are not letting the family onto the property, and said their first priority is the safety of the animals.

"Each animal is going to be looked at and checked out by the vet. If the vet says that the animal is healthy and everything, we'll try to find a temporary home for them through some of these agencies that we work with. If it says it needs to stay at the hospital, then that's where that animal will go," said Lowe.


Some of the rescued animals are being housed at a temporary shelter at the Louisa Fireman's Fairgrounds until more suitable arrangements can be found. Animals in critical condition are being taken to a state veterinarian for care.

Investigators expect to be on the scene well into Thursday night, and have expanded their search to other parts of the farm.

The Louisa County Sheriff’s Office said volunteers are needed to help assist in the care of the animals: contact the Louisa Community Animal Response Team, the county animal shelter, or the Animal Control Office division of the sheriff's office.

Iowa: Lindsey Morrow was running a no-kill non-profit animal rescue. Police say it was a death camp for dogs. Morrow has been charged with multiple crimes

IOWA -- The photos are difficult to look at it. They show the bodies of dogs found in various stages of decay, in and around kennels covered in feces; the collars were still on the remains. Warren County authorities found the remains of at least two dogs on the property of a home on Iowa Street in Sandyville, near Indianola.Tina Petraline said she walked into the rented house of a woman who asked to be a volunteer for her dog organization and found the dogs’ remains. “I went to get some kennels, but I asked the lady while I was there if I can take some pictures while I was there, just to get in to the rescue community what was going on,” Petraline said.


Petraline said that of the 18 to 20 kennels left behind, two of the kennels had carcasses and leashes still attached and that all of the kennels were full of feces.

“She was operating a rescue without a license,” Petraline said. “Shelters were sending her animals; a lot of southern states were sending her animals.”

Petraline said the woman also collected money to keep the dogs healthy, then neglected them.

“She collected $3,000 for one of the dogs and we found him dead in one of the kennels,” Petraline said.

Some of the dogs were found in a garage Thursday, others, including 1 deceased, were found inside another residence, and the remaining dogs were found inside a camper that was attached to a truck, according to ARL officials.

   The Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) met Sheriff's deputies on the property on Wednesday night. The Warren County Attorney's office says a deputy was first sent to the home on January 27.

The ARL said one of the dogs that was found inside the camper had been severely injured by some of the other dogs and was near-death when ARL and Warren County officials arrived. The dog was rushed to the nearest Veterinarian where they began steps to save its life.

Among the living dogs, many have visible urine and feces stains on their fur and sores due to their living conditions. An ARL groomer spent 4 hours removing nearly 5 lbs. of matting from a small dog that was removed from one of the properties. Many of the dogs are underweight


"I didn't know two doors down was doing anything like that," said neighbor Jacob Willson. He and other neighbors say they had no idea about the neglected dogs and they are disturbed by the images that have been released by ARL.

"Why would you let it starve? I mean, if it was sick or something...if there was anything wrong with the dog, that it couldn't survive if you will, the humane thing is to put him down," said Willson.

"I mean yes, there are medical procedures and things like that, but put it out of its misery you know, don`t just let it waste away to nothing," he said. Neighbors identify the person who was living in the house as Lindsey Morrow (also seen spelled on news sites as Lindsay Morrow) ... seen here in this photo.

The man who runs Phillips Auto Salvage, a junkyard across the street from where the deceased dogs were found, also owns the home where the remains were found. He declined to go on camera, but did confirm that he has been renting the house out to Morrow.


"We've offered that if the Warren County Sheriff's office would like to have the animals' body sent for necropsy, that we would be happy to cover that cost," said ARL Spokesperson Stephanie Filer. 
"We hope that, anticipate that they'll take advantage of that, whether it`s under our cost or theirs, but that's really the only way to determine from an evidentiary standpoint how the animals died," said Filer.

  The Warren County Attorney's office is considering animal neglect and animal torture charges in this case. So far, there have not been any arrests made. -- correction, she has been charged (see below)
Update: Lindsey Morrow, director for a "no-kill" rescue group called “Bully Breed Miracle Network and Rescue”, has been charged with multiple crimes, including animal cruelty. 

North Carolina: Police say Terry Beasley and Tammy Griffin obtained 79 cats from the shelter with a promise to find homes for them. Instead, they dumped 16 on the side of the road and drove away

NORTH CAROLINA --  A man and woman from Johnston County are facing animal cruelty charges after authorities say they dumped 16 cats on the side of a Garner road, near Interstate 40, in November.


Terry Ray Beasley and his girlfriend Tammy Griffin appeared in front of a judge on Tuesday and are each charged with one count of animal cruelty and one count of animal abandonment.

Kathy Kamins, an animal advocate, said she is upset because they each face only two charges, even though 16 cats were dumped. "It is supposed to be 16 counts of animal cruelty and 16 counts of abandonment. (One) for each cat," she said. Johnston County District Attorney Susan Doyle said her office is looking into the case, and more charges could follow.

UPDATE: I read that they've now charged them EACH with 16 counts of animal cruelty.

Most of the cats had not spent much time outside and some were declawed, didn’t have all their teeth or needed medication, Kamins said. After being dumped, some of the friendlier cats made their way to nearby homes, clawing at doors to find food and a warm place to sleep.Nine of the cats have been recovered. Eight are still missing. Advocates were going door-to-door in the area where the cats were dumped to see if they could help locate the missing cats and find them new homes.  Many of the cats were microchipped, said Jennifer Hutchinson-Tracy the shelter manager for Cumberland County Animal Control.


Hutchinson-Tracy had an understanding with Perezlazaro, that she would be allowed to adopt cats from Cumberland County if she agreed to rehome or send the cats to reputable rescues, she said. “(Perezlazaro) was to keep us updated as to where the cats went and was not to have more than 9 of these cats in her home at any time to keep in compliance with the Animal Welfare Act,” Hutchinson-Tracy said.

Between March and November 2016, Perezlazaro had adopted 79 cats under their agreement, Hutchinson-Tracy said.

OK and before you gave her the next set of cats, did you bother to check and verify that she had indeed found homes for the previous group you'd given her? Did you call any of the people listed that supposedly adopted these cats? Did you verify anything???

They are scheduled to be in Court on Tuesday, January 24th at the Johnston County Court House and we, those of us who have tirelessly been working on rescuing these PURRECIOUS, poor and innocent cats from the very beginning, Deleon Sylvia, Kellie Wester, and SO many more, would GREATLY appreciate it if you could come out and STAND STRONG WITH US!!!

We will be there with posters, going on Facebook with LIVE videos and into the courtroom to make sure we do EVERYTHING possible to ensure they get what's coming to them!! PLEASE, WON'T YOU COME WITH US?!?! LET'S MAKE SURE THEY DON'T GET AWAY WITH JUST A SLAP ON THE WRIST! WE'RE STILL MISSING 8 CATS AND THIS IS JUST HEARTBREAKING

Arkansas: Whitney Smither said she was working for a rescue called "Ark-La-Tex Rescue Group" so the shelter started handing her dogs - no questions asked. Police have found 8 of the dogs shot dead and dozens of other dogs are unaccounted for

➤ Eight dogs were found shot to death in Horatio, Arkansas in December

➤ A couple has been accused of rescuing animals and leaving them to die

➤ Brian Moore, 25, has been charged with eight counts of animal cruelty

➤ He and his girlfriend Whitney Smither, 'rescued' more than 100 dogs

➤ Smither worked at Ark-La-Tex Rescue Group in Texarkana, Texas

ARKANSAS -- Eight dogs have been found shot dead in the home of a woman who rescued more than 100 animals from a Texas animal shelter. Brian Moore, 25, and his girlfriend, Whitney Smither, a recent high school graduate, have been accused of animal cruelty after authorities found the remains in their home in Horatio, Arkansas, leaving dozens  of dogs unaccounted for, still.

Officials found the animals in the 100 block of Bradley Chapel Road in December, along with other dogs which had been abandoned and were suffering from eye infections, heartworms, and open, untreated wounds, Dallas News reported. Smither and Moore worked at Ark-La-Tex Animal Rescue Group in Texarkana, Texas, where they had permission to pull animals from the Fort Worth Animal shelter and find safe homes for them. Whitney Harrison, who runs the animal rescue, realized the couple had been taking a lot more than they were permitted.

She thought Smither had only pulled about 12 to 15 dogs. The animal rescue director has put out a plea on social media asking people for any information on the other dozens of dogs Smither had rescued from the shelter. About 80 per cent of the 161 dogs taken from the shelter by Ark-La-Tex Rescue in 2016 were pulled by the teen.


Among the dead dogs found was a one-year-old pit bull mix, named Charlie, who used a wheelchair to get around.

According to a Sevier County incident report, Moore has been charged with eight counts of animal cruelty, but Smither has only been named as a suspect since she has not been questioned since she's moved to Indiana. The couple had been living together in the Arkansas home, but Moore told officials that Smither returned to her home state of Indiana in November.

Moore said he shot the dogs after she left and told police he killed the animals because they had heartworms and posed a threat, reports said.

Harrison said Smither had 'a lot of people fooled.' Neither the city nor the rescue group know how many animals for which the couple are to be held accountable. Out of the dozens of dogs pulled from the shelter, Harrison said she only knows of three that were adopted.  Smither was seemingly a lover of animals having frequently posted pictures of the rescue animals needing a home on her Facebook page. Ark-La-Tex Animal Rescue took to Facebook to address the incident saying the surviving dogs that were rescued from the Smither's home have been sent to 'various rescues' in the Dallas Fort Worth area. DailyMail has reached out to Smither for comment.


North Carolina: Are Ashe County Sheriff James Williams and Animal Control Director Joe Testerman lazy, incompetent or corrupt?

These Beagles are being cruelly confined
by Daniel Cruz in Ashe County, NC.

NORTH CAROLINA -- A local animal rights activist was charged with second degree trespassing on Feb. 5. Lisa Fitzpatrick, 50, of Todd, was charged after videos she allegedly posted to Facebook of a Lansing man’s dogs and property went viral. Fitzpatrick, who also goes by Lisa Neyland Delaurentiis Fitzpatrick, was released from the Ashe County Detention Center the same day after posting a $500 secured bond, according to Ashe County Sheriff James Williams.

“The property owner, Daniel Cruz, came to see me this morning (Feb. 5) and he was livid,” Williams said. “He said he works in Boone and that that business had been flooded with calls from people demanding that he be fired, that his boss man had been getting calls all day long from these nutcases from across the country.”

Why isn't the Sheriff "livid" that Cruz won't take proper care of his dogs? If I were the Sheriff, I would've told Cruz, "Maybe if you took better care of your dogs these people wouldn't keep calling in. Do what you need to do and the complaints will stop. In the meantime, don't bother me with your petty complaints about how you're the victim."

No proper shelter, no clean water, feces-filled muck in kennel. Yet
Sheriff James Williams refers to the owner Daniel Cruz as the VICTIM.

Those calls may have been prompted by a viral video posted publicly to Facebook on Feb. 4, by Fitzpatrick which appears to show a person walking up to a chain link enclosure that includes three barking dogs sitting on the roof of a doghouse. Williams said the video was taken on Cruz’s property, and said it was the video that prompted Cruz to bring the trespassing charge against Fitzpatrick. “This is OK in our county,” the person filming the video said. “I’ve been told Animal Control is on their way out, and see if the dogs are taken. I see no food or water anywhere.”

Online, Fitzpatrick has defended herself saying SHE WAS ON THE ADJOINING PROPERTY AND THAT SHE HAD THAT PROPERTY OWNER'S PERMISSION TO BE THERE. Whatever is "in plain view" is legal for her to photograph and record. It will be interesting to see how this case against her unfolds when she provides proof of her innocence.

Beagles in "good condition", insists Joe Testerman
The Director of Ashe County Animal Control, Joe Testerman, said he visited the property on the same day that Facebook video was posted. He said the dogs in question were in no immediate danger, and a note was left for the property owner to call Testerman’s office. “I’m sure Lisa will probably disagree with me, but the dogs were fat and there were no signs of distress and they were dry and clean,” Testerman said. “Yes there was some mud and standing water in one of the pens. We’d just had heavy rains and let’s be real, you’re going to see a lot of water in that situation, but the dogs had a house and they had an opportunity to get out of that. I saw no reason to take the dogs.”

Testerman said his office has periodically received complaints about that Lansing property in the past, and he said the dogs’ owner had been investigated on cockfighting charges several years ago. “But he’s never had any other charges brought onto him,” Testerman said. “Every time we’ve visited in the past we’ve seen a few little things that we think need to be fixed, maybe straw or wood chips that can help keep a pen from turning into a mud hole, but those are suggestions and it’s never rose to a level where I can take somebody’s dog.”


Per the Ashe County, NC Code of Ordinances, the puppy mill owner Daniel Cruz is REQUIRED by law to provide proper shelter and  clean water. Proper shelter in this kind of weather means a size-appropriate dog house with straw or cedar shavings stuffed inside for warmth - not just a giant plastic box doghouse. Each dog should have its own size-appropriate shelter because not all dogs want to huddle together at all times - sometimes squabbles break out and the low man on the totem pole gets left out in the cold - literally. Put three shelters out there and if they choose to share one, so be it, but you should have one per dog available.

Clean water means just that - CLEAN water. Do you see anything that could be remotely considered 'clean water'?

Are they even current on rabies vaccinations? Did Testerman bother to check? Is the food being dumped in the mud? Is the mud mixed with excessive amounts of feces?  I doubt Cruz is sloshing through that mess and picking up the feces. To get to any source of water or to go to the bathroom, the dogs slosh through the muck. Then they climb back on the dog house and lick their paws, ingesting rancid feces/urine/mud. Testerman himself says that Cruz has been complained on FOR YEARS and that they go out and always find something wrong. How many times do they have to go out there and 'nudge him' to do the right thing? Maybe you don't have enough to seize the animals and file criminal charges, but he is definitely in violation of numerous county ordinances - noise violations, public nuisance from the stench of uncleaned kennels, (possibly) no proof of rabies vaccination, not providing proper shelter, not providing clean water. Maybe if you'd pulled out your citation book and started writing him one ticket after another for violations on EVERY SINGLE DOG, you wouldn't have to keep fielding complaints from citizens and returning to tell this idiot the same thing over and over. And if Cruz wants to argue the tickets, tell him go ahead, and you'll show the judge the photos and let him/her decide if he's in compliance with the laws of Ashe County. It's called DOING YOUR JOB.

How many dogs are on Cruz's dilapidated property?
Another video seems to show dozens upon dozens
of dogs on this dumpy property.

New Hampshire: Tina Fay is arrested and 84 Great Danes are rescued from squalid $1.45 million dollar mansion-'turned puppy mill' covered in feces and littered with rotting raw chicken

NEW HAMPSHIRE -- Police and animal welfare groups have rescued 84 Great Dane dogs from squalid conditions at a suspected puppy mill within a gated New Hampshire mansion.


Christina Fay, 60, of 149 Warren Sands Road, Wolfeboro, was arrested on two misdemeanor counts of neglect, after the raid on her property on Friday found the animals living in 'horrifying' conditions.

"I've never seen conditions this bad in more than 21 years of law enforcement," Wolfeboro Police Chief Dean Rondeau said.


According to realtor.com, the 53-acre property was last sold for $1,525,000 in 2015 and currently has an estimated value of $1,782,012. Of course, that estimate was before rescue teams got inside and saw that the home is covered in feces across the floors, walls and furniture, while the food preparation area was littered with raw, rotting chicken.


Many of the 84 animals had free roam of the eight-bedroom, nine bath, 14,000 square foot, gated mansion. Police said the dogs were sliding on their own feces and urine as they walked and some dogs' eyelids were so swollen they could barely see. The ammonia stench was overwhelming. Others were kept in cages, or in caged-off areas.


'It was horrifying in and of itself, but I've never seen conditions like this in a house of that magnitude,' Lindsay Hamrick, N.H. State Director for the Humane Society of the United States, told Union Leader.

Fay was reportedly selling the puppies for $2,500 each under the kennel name De La Sang Monde. 

The website shows photos of dogs in open grounds or in seemingly clean areas within the home. Police said they had previously dealt with Fay about barking dog complaints and began this investigation May 8. 'At some point, I got choked up. It is terrible to see animals treated like this,' said Tona McCarthy, a cruelty investigator with Pope Memorial SPCA in Concord, who received a tip off and photos of the Wolfeboro property.

North Carolina: In 2003, AKC breeder Anita Brown was caught hoarding 97 animals inside her house. They let her plead guilty to ONE count of animal cruelty. Now she's been caught with nearly 40 animals in the same house of horrors. Good job Hanover County! Maybe if you'd been tougher with her back then, animals wouldn't have suffered and died for the last 14 years.

NORTH CAROLINA -- An animal cruelty investigation that began in March led to the arrest of a Wilmington woman Friday. Anita Brown is charged with 37 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty after 37 dogs were removed from her home in the 100 block of Fairford Road.

She was taken to the New Hanover County Detention Facility and given a $19,000 bond. According to a release from the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office, Brown had been warned "on several occasions" that the dogs' living conditions in her home were not adequate.


In 2003, Brown was caught with nearly 100 animals inside this same house. She was breeding (and hoarding) Shelties and Whippets. She also had dozens of birds - parrots and cockatiels - living in squalor. Prosecutors, instead of doing their jobs and getting her on 97 counts of animal cruelty, let her plead to ONE COUNT of animal cruelty.

Officers with the NHCSO's Animal Services Unit executed the search warrant at Brown's home on Friday. All the dogs were taken to the New Hanover County Animal Shelter. They will stay there until a decision is made when Brown has her trial.
This is an ongoing investigation.


Horses Allegedly Starved and Neglected Angel King at King’s Cove Horse Rescue

Seven starving horses resembling walking skeletons have been rescued and their owner is in custody, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday. The horses’ tails and hip bones jutted out in angular directions and, having used up their fat, their bodies had begun eating their muscle for fuel. Some could not stand up on hooves grown soft from decay. Deputies arrested Angel King, 46, of Eustis, on Monday on seven counts of animal cruelty for the horses’ malnourished condition, sheriff’s Sgt. Jim Vachon said.


Shut Down Farm Accused Of Incredible Animal Cruelty


Target: Javier Salazar, Sheriff of Bexar County in Texas Goal: Shut down farm accused of horrific animal cruelty.

A total of 46 horses were removed from Schwartz Farms following many reports of cruelty and abuse. Despite the facility’s claims of being a rehabilitation center for neglected horses, employees have reported that the horses are malnourished and underweight, some even starving to death. Additionally, reports say that other animals on the farm have suffered cruelty, such as the refusal to milk a mother sheep after her baby was born without a head and thus unable to nurse.

The fact that this farm advertises itself as a rehabilitation center despite the alleged maltreatment of the animals is attention grabbing. Reports have said that the neglected horses look healthier and happier when they first come in, growing thin and gaunt and sick during their time at Schwartz. Some of the horses have allegedly died of starvation due to the low quality of their feed.

This alleged abuse continue. Although the horses have been rescued and will be placed in competent care, many more animals on this farm remain. Sign this petition to demand Schwartz Farms be shut down and its animals rescued before more damage can be done, if found guilty.


Florida: Clinton Martin, 61, and Darlynn Czerner, 65, have been running a tax-free no-kill 'rescue' since 2001. Now they've been charged with 141 counts of animal cruelty for horrific neglect of 100s of animals.

Criminal Prosecution
Based on PETA’s evidence of systemic neglect and unnecessary suffering at the facility, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) executed a warrant on August 4, 2016, and seized nearly 200 animals, rescuing them from utter misery.


Darlynn Czemer didn’t say anything to reporters as she was being brought into the Polk County jail, but her partner, Clinton “Butch” Martin, said the couple was doing the best it could with the animals but admitted they were not fed every day. "Well, it actually got to the point where it wasn't every day,” he said. “But it was a good part of the week. But when they did get fed, it was a good portion of food."

Sheriff Grady Judd said Darlynn’s Darlins may have started off as an animal rescue but didn’t turn out that way.FLORIDA -- According to their website (darlynnsdarlins.webs.com) “Darlynn's Darlins Inc., founded in March, 2001, is an All Volunteer, No Kill, Not For Profit Animal Rescue and Sanctuary, Humane Education, and Animal Advocacy organization. "Because this is a no kill facility, each animal will receive the care s/he needs until the end of his life.

There were 23 hogs that were found to be a body score of a 1-1.5, fifteen were found to be a body score of 2-2.5, and 26 were found to be a body score of 3-3.5 [the body scores indicate animals were from very thin/skeletal frame to underweight]

Three hogs were found to have overgrown hooves that were causing the hogs to have issues walking. One hog was found to have a broken leg that had healed in an unnatural position.

25 hogs were found to have severe skin conditions to include hair loose and severe sunburn.

11 hogs were found to have tusks that were growing into the side of the hogs’ faces or causing them to have difficulty eating. Two of the hogs found in the house were very obese, barely able to walk, and were found to be blind.

Located inside the residence were 8 hogs, 7 cats, 1 dog, and 1 rabbit. The hogs located inside the house did not have access to water or feed being confined within the walls of the residence. Four dogs that were located without food or water were confined inside kennels where they could not leave to obtain food or water. Two of the hogs found in the house were very obese, barely able to walk, and were found to be blind.

Two hogs were located in the front yard of the residence. One hog was found to be over 50% non-ambulatory and had a severe infection to its back. Dr. DeGroat who responded to the scene recommended the hog be euthanized due to its severe condition. The hog was transported to the Sheriff’s Office Animal Control section and euthanized by Dr. DeGroat.

A small pot-bellied pig was found to be in distress and unable to walk. Dr. DeGroat examined the hog and determined it needed to be euthanized. The hog was euthanized at the Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Section.

Two of the cats were found to have an upper respiratory infection upon examination

Six barrels of vegetable scraps were found in the bed of a black Nissan truck parked beside the residence. The barrels were full and were gathering flies. Located in a small barn near the center of the property were 20 unopened bags of hog feed.
In a pen area between the hogs was a Charolais / Long Horn cross steer. The steer did not have any hay, feed, or grass in the pen to eat.

During the investigation it was determined a large hog named “Buddy” laid on the ground for 14 days in respiratory distress. The hog was non-ambulatory and did not drink or eat for most of the time period. Witnesses observed the hog in that condition, photographed and videotaped the incident. The hog along with the hog located in the front yard suffered a cruel death that could have been avoided by the suspects. Witnesses observed the hog first on 06/01/2016, observed it for 14 days, and then observed it died on 06/14/2016. Witnesses assisted in burying the hog on 06/14/2016.

"The animals come to us from abuse and abandonment situations. We also get calls from local animal control agencies not knowing what to do or who to call about intake potbelly pigs, many with behavior issues, and ask us if we can take them so they don't have to be killed. We do our best to accommodate those because their lives are in immediate danger."

But deputies say PETA's testimony and videos described hogs on the property suffering from tumors, hair loss, overgrown hooves, open sores, and ambulatory issues. There were also dogs, cats, and a steer suffering from neglect.

When are these shelters and animal control agencies going to be held responsible for blindly handing over animals to these types of people without verifying that they're properly caring for the animals already in their care? And the IRS needs to get involved and find out where all the money went.

GoFundMe account raised $1,000+ tax-free

Spunky and Buddy
Spunky was emaciated, covered with sores, and unable to use his back legs. He was left languishing like that for months on end. When the largest of several lesions on his back grew to the size of an orange and became abscessed, Czerner and Martin spent an hour cutting into it and squeezing pus and blood out of it without any anesthetics, while he screamed and struggled to escape.


In the weeks that followed, Czerner squeezed the abscess again and again, tearing large swaths of skin off Spunky’s back and admitting as he screamed that “of course” it caused him pain.

Spunky spent several days penned up with Buddy, a listless, emaciated pig Czerner said she would take to the vet in early June. But time passed, and she didn’t do it. Buddy was left lying on his side—just standing up was a struggle for him.
According to Martin, after suffering for “over two weeks,” Buddy was found dead. Spunky was by Buddy’s side on the last day of his miserable life.

Spunky with Buddy as he died

Starved Pigs Deprived of Basic Care
Martin routinely denied pigs feed for up to five days (even though it took just 30 minutes or so to feed them) and rejected numerous offers to help feed the animals. When they were finally fed, some got scraps of produce—much of it rotten—or bread that was often moldy. But they were denied hay and only rarely given pellet feed.

Teeth/tusks which were growing into the pigs' faces

When food was provided, smaller, less assertive pigs couldn’t access it, as larger pigs dominated the few troughs available. The vertebrae, hips, and other bones protruded prominently under the skin of numerous emaciated pigs. Even though some pigs’ hooves curled up and others’ tusks rubbed against their faces because they were so overgrown, no hoof or dental care—which are important to pigs’ health—was provided during PETA’s investigation.

Painful and crippling overgrown hooves

With such a nutritionally deficient diet and lack of basic care, they didn’t stand a chance.


Calif. Women running a dog boarding business out of her home, was caught violently beating up a dog she was caring for. (See the video below)

Linda J. Levac of Burlingame, CA. Slammed a dog to the ground and beat him after yanking him up in the air by his collar.

In August 26, 2015 in Burlingame, California, a woman by the name if Linda Levac, who, was running a dog boarding business out of her home, was caught violently beating up a dog she was caring for. A neighbor of the woman who happened to be out on his porch, filmed the entire thing on his cell phone camera and immediately contacted the police. What ensued in the channels of the legal system, elicited outrage from the community because the woman was only charged with a misdemeanor.

There are videos from multiple dates of her abusing dogs that people trusted her to care for.

See the video below:

Oregon I'm ashamed to say: A new PETA exposé reveals systemic cruelty, squalor, and suffering at Darlynn's Darlins Rescue Ranch, Inc.

suffering pigs
Spunky, an emaciated, paralyzed pig with lesions covering his back, was found beside Buddy's remains in a pen one day.

A new PETA exposé reveals systemic cruelty, squalor, and suffering at Darlynn's Darlins Rescue Ranch, Inc., yet another self-described "no-kill" rescue that claimed to save animals but instead severely neglected them—sometimes to death.

Based on PETA's evidence of widespread neglect and unnecessary suffering at the facility, the Polk County Sheriff's Office (PCSO) executed a warrant last Thursday and seized nearly 200 animals, rescuing them from utter misery. Today, officials charged DDRR operators Darlynn Czerner and Clinton Martin with a total of 282 counts of cruelty to animals, including six felonies. The facility's operators squeezed pus and blood from the back of a paralyzed and emaciated pig they called Spunky, without anesthetics, while he screamed and struggled to escape.

emaciated pig
The victims of this sham "rescue" need your voice.

Please thank the local prosecutor and let him know that you support his office's strong, committed prosecution of this case and all efforts to ensure that this couple will never again starve, torment, or neglect any animal to death.

Please take a moment to act today.


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Veterinarian agrees to 99-year suspension of her license

PINE VILLAGE, Ind. (WLFI) — Since 2001, Dr. Catherine Alinovi has been practicing veterinary medicine at her Pine Village Clinic Healthy Pawsibilities. Next week, the doors will close for goo“I look at this as a new beginning,” said Alinovi. “I’m glad to be done with all of this stuff because I’m tired of being persecuted.” On Tuesday, Alinovi agreed to surrender her license indefinitely in connection with a complaint filed with the Indiana Attorney General’s Office in July.

The complaint said Alinovi was physically abusive to animals in her care. It also accuses her of killing some animals. Former employee Sharon Baumis said she saw the abuse firsthand. “She would kick the animals if they would come in through the doggy door,” said Baumis. “The boarders, if they came in, she would pick them up by the collar and just toss them in the back yard. You know, wouldn’t even care. Just pick them up and throw them". Alinovi said the majority of the allegations from the original complaint aren’t true, but admitted to News 18 that she once kicked a dog named Obi to protect a cat recovering from surgery. “I am not an abuser,” said Alinovi. “I do not abuse animals. If kicking Obi over there, out of the way, is abuse in somebody’s eyes, then that’s what I have to live with.” Alinovi said disgruntled employees are responsible for the complaint.

News 18 asked Alinovi, what benefit the employees would get out of taking away her license? “Self-satisfaction,” said Alinovi. Several of Alinovi’s clients showed up at the clinic Friday to show their support. None of them believe the allegations. “Absolutely not,” said client Sandy Blackburn. “He was happy to see her, not a problem, wagged his tail, loved her, loved everybody. It’s not a big deal, and I don’t understand why all of this is happening.”

Client Joyce Sichts said, “It’s like the whole thing has snowballed and got out of hand. No, I don’t believe them. I have never seen anything but kindness, caring for my dog. She loves my dog.” The amended settlement, signed Tuesday, removed some of the initial allegations. Although the original settlement would have resulted in Alinovi eventually getting her license back, she said she wasn’t going to admit to things she didn’t do. Most of them were lies, and I couldn’t in good conscience do that,” said Alinovi. “I couldn’t walk away from a settlement where I would potentially get my license back in 6-9 months and be a liar.” Alinovi said she’ll miss running her clinic, but looks forward to what the future will bring. “I feel good about where we are,” said Alinovi. “Had I signed the settlement that they proposed last week, that would have been unacceptable. My clients would have been embarrassed to call me their veterinarian. I would have been embarrassed to come back. There’s a future this way.” Baumis stands by her allegations. “She’s a monster inside and she’ll never be punished the way she should, but she loved being a vet. I mean, she loved the money, so that’s taken away from her,” said Baumis. “I guess that will have to do.”

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Arizona: Four people, including the son of Sen. Jeff Flake, have been indicted in the deaths of more than 20 dogs


An investigation into the deaths of more than 20 dogs at a Gilbert-area kennel in April culminated Wednesday in a series of felony and misdemeanor indictments against the kennel’s owners and the caretakers who were left in charge while they were on vacation in Florida. Green Acre Dog Boarding owners Jesse Todd Hughes and his wife, Maleisa Hughes, were indicted by a Maricopa County grand jury on 22 felony counts and seven misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals, and one felony count of fraudulent schemes and artifices, according to County Attorney Bill Montgomery’s office. Logan Flake, the Hughes’ daughter, and her husband, Austin, son of U.S Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., were indicted on 21 felony counts and seven misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals. All four defendants are scheduled to appear in court at an Oct. 23 arraignment “Today’s indictment is the result of a thorough review of the extensive investigation into this incident and a decision to seek charges based on the objective facts,” Montgomery said in a prepared statement. “We now look forward to the next step in seeing that justice is served in this case.”

Montgomery declined further comment, but his spokesman said the charges stem from the deaths of 21 dogs and the injury of four others at the Green Acre facility, located on a county island near southeast Gilbert. He said the sentence for a conviction on the lesser felonies ranges from probation to 11/2years in prison, but added that prison sentences are unlikely on first offenses that are non-violent. We have to prove how each of those dogs died,” said Jerry Cobb, a county attorney spokesman. “They basically suffocated. They were in a tight room without enough air.” He said the Hughes’ account to investigators with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office that a dog chewed through a wire, cutting off electricity to the air-conditioning, was disputed by the investigation. Jesse Todd Hughes told the dog owners many other accounts of how their pets died, including that they tunneled out under a fence and ran away. “How would you like your dog stuffed in a small room? Twenty-eight dogs,” Sheriff Joe Arpaio told reporters on Wednesday night. “Think about that. I feel sorry for the owners. … This has been one of the toughest cases we have worked. We had over 17 people work this case, between the posse, other volunteers, our deputies.”

One of the dogs escaped and was found on the side of a Gilbert road weeks later, having been struck by a car. Most of the pets were found dead on the facility’s grounds. “The air-conditioning unit was functioning. The air-conditioner filters had not been changed for a long time,” Cobb said, adding that clean filters would not have necessarily saved the dogs’ lives. Cobb said that Austin Flake’s status as a U.S. senator’s son played no role in Montgomery’s
decision. “Montgomery has said on multiple occasions that his office does not mix politics with charging decisions,” Cobb said. “Some people are never going to be convinced. We evaluate all of our cases on the evidence.”

Dog deaths at Gilbert boarding site

In this case, Cobb said, the evidence turned over by sheriff’s investigators on Aug. 27 was voluminous: 2,500 pages and 12 discs. In a statement, Sen. Flake said, “This is simply the next step in the legal process, and I have confidence in that process.” Dennis Wilenchik, an attorney for the Flakes, said he will file a motion to dismiss the case or remand it back to the grand jury. He said there is no evidence that the Flakes committed any crimes. “They’re innocent. They will be proven innocent,” Wilenchik said. “There is no evidence to convict them of any felony charge.” The fraud charge mirrors the allegations in a civil lawsuit filed by John Schill and Shawn Cunnington, the attorneys representing the dog owners. The suit alleges the dog owners were fraudulently led to believe their pets would be roaming free at Green Acre, playing with the Hughes’ children, sleeping under their beds and frolicking in a spacious backyard.

Instead, the dogs were kept in a “dog room” that was not shown to prospective customers on tours of Green Acre. The 9-foot-by-12-foot room is where the Flakes said they left the dogs on June 19, and it was where the dogs were supposed to sleep. The Flakes found many of the dogs dead or sick the next morning, the suit said. Schill said he and dog owners welcomed the charges after a painful  ordeal. “There is a relief. There is a sense of sadness. You can’t bring their family members back,” Schill said. “Now, they know they have support: The county attorney and the grand jury feel a crime has been committed.”Schill said he is hoping for a prison sentence if the Hugheses and Flakes are convicted.

Dog deaths at Gilbert boarding site: A sign asking

Metro police: 41 dogs living in deplorable conditons removed from no-kill shelter

Metro police say 41 dogs living in deplorable conditions were removed from a self-described no-kill shelter in Nashville at the request of  the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Tuesday. The move came when officials executed a warrant Tuesday morning at Happy Endings Animal Rescue, a self-described no-kill dog rescue eight miles north of Nashville, said Rebecca Morris spokesperson for Metro Animal Care and Control. The shelter's owner — David Joseph Gosselin, also known as Cody — was arrested on animal cruelty charges. Gosselin, 61, was booked into the Metro jail about 9:30 a.m. and released shortly after posting a $10,000 bond.

The seizure comes on the heels of a slew of public complaints about conditions at the shelter, which ASPCA officials say has been operating for 19 years, Officials say the dogs — including Chow, Pit Bull, Shepherd mixes and other medium to large breed dogs — were living in feces and filth inside an overcrowded house and outdoor kennels. One room alone held 22 dogs, with feces covering the floor. The dogs were suffering from medical issues including emaciation, dental disease and severe hair loss. Some were not spayed or neutered and had no access to food or water. “What we found here is horrific,” said Kathryn Destreza, investigations director for the ASPCA. “This facility claimed to be a safe place for animals, but the truth is these dogs were suffering greatly, both physically and mentally. Our immediate goal is to get them much-needed medical attention at our temporary shelter.”

As of Tuesday afternoon,  ASPCA workers were removing and transporting the dogs to a temporary shelter in an undisclosed location, where they will receive medical exams and behavioral assessments. The ASPCA will continue to care for the dogs at the temporary shelter until their custody is determined by the court. “We are pleased that the animals will be receiving the necessary medical care and attention they deserve," Morris said. Metro police say 41 dogs living in deplorable condItions were removed from a self-described no-kill shelter in Nashville at the request of  the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Tuesday.

The move came when officials executed a warrant Tuesday morning at Happy Endings Animal Rescue, a self-described no-kill dog rescue eight miles north of Nashville, said Rebecca Morris spokesperson for Metro Animal Care and Control. The shelter's owner — David Joseph Gosselin, also known as Cody — was arrested on animal cruelty charges. Gosselin, 61, was booked into the Metro jail about 9:30 a.m. and released shortly after posting a $10,000 bond.

The seizure comes on the heels of a slew of public complaints about conditions at the shelter, which ASPCA officials say has been operating for 19 years, Officials say the dogs — including Chow, Pit Bull, Shepherd mixes and other medium to large breed dogs — were living in feces and filth inside an overcrowded house and outdoor kennels. One room alone held 22 dogs, with feces covering the floor. The dogs were suffering from medical issues including emaciation, dental disease and severe hair loss. Some were not spayed or neutered and had no access to food or water. “What we found here is horrific,” said Kathryn Destreza, investigations director for the ASPCA. “This facility claimed to be a safe place for animals, but the truth is these dogs were suffering greatly, both physically and mentally. Our immediate goal is to get them much-needed medical attention at our temporary shelter.”

As of Tuesday afternoon,  ASPCA workers were removing and transporting the dogs to a temporary shelter in an undisclosed location, where they will receive medical exams and behavioral assessments. The ASPCA will continue to care for the dogs at the temporary shelter until their custody is determined by the court. “We are pleased that the animals will be receiving the necessary medical care and attention they deserve," Morris said.



Woman charged with animal cruelty in alleged Gibson Co. puppy mill


GIBSON COUNTY, Tenn. —  A woman is charged with animal cruelty after deputies and volunteers performed a rescue operation Tuesday at an alleged puppy mill, according to the sheriff’s office. Sheila Carlton, 65, is facing 50 counts of animal cruelty, according to Gibson County Sheriff Paul Thomas. Her bond is set at $25,000.

Original Story: Gibson Co. deputies investigate possible puppy mill; 45 puppies rescued. http://www.wbbjtv.com/2016/06/07/gibson-co-deputies-investigate-possible-puppy-mill-45-dogs-rescued/

According to Sheriff Thomas, the department received a tip about puppies living in bad conditions and being malnourished at the property on Griers Chapel Road between Trenton and Dyer.

Gibson County puppy rescue - Animal Rescue Corps

Photo courtesy of Animal Rescue Corps. Volunteers from Animal Rescue Corps and Bissell Pet Foundation helped with the rescue. According to a release from Animal Rescue Corps, about 48 dogs were rescued in the operation, most of them small breeds. They say the dogs were living in “horrendous conditions.”


Suspected Madison Co. Puppy Mill Owner Faces 177 Additional Charges

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MADISON COUNTY, Arkansas.  A woman suspected of running a puppy mill in Madison County is scheduled to be in court June 28 after she was charged with 177 additional counts in the case on May 5. Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Joel Cape filed additional charges of 150 counts of misdemeanor cruelty to animals and 27 counts of felony aggravated cruelty to animals against Joyce Eulela Johnson, 67, after the Madison County Sheriff’s Office found nearly 300 dogs and puppies on the woman’s property in early March. See the videos:  http://5newsonline.com/2016/03/03/humane-society-rescues-300-dogs-from-suspected-puppy-mill-in-madison-county/

Johnson surrendered the animals to sheriff’s office and was originally facing two misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty, the sheriff’s office said at the time. Johnson was also released on her own recognizance.The Humane Society said the dogs were being house in deplorable conditions and were living in feces and filth without access to clean water and food. Five dogs were also found dead. A misdemeanor cruelty to animals conviction carries a fine of up to $1,000 and one year in jail. A felony aggravated cruelty to animals conviction could end in a fine of up to $10,000 and six years in prison.



Low life breeder, woman charged with animal abuse; pleads not guilty

GARDINER – A Gardiner woman pleaded not guilty Wednesday to eight counts of animal abuse, appearing in town court for the first time since the Ulster SPCA seized five of her dogs over the weekend.

    Jill Hamilton’s home at 130 Dusinberre Road was filled with “debris, rotten garbage, and waste, both human and canine,” according to a statement from the SPCA.

    Hamilton, 63, is charged with five counts of animal cruelty, a misdemeanor, and several counts of failure to provide proper food and drink.

    “The conditions these dogs were forced to live in is appalling, conditions even more offensive given the apparent certification of this location as a breeding operation,” Adam Saunders said in the statement. He is executive director of the Ulster SPCA.

    Hamilton is a registered American Kennel Club breeder of Shetland Sheepdogs, operating under the name “Adalia Kennels”, the statement said. These amateur breeders need to be shut down. Too many animals suffering because people put money in front of empathy.

    Hamilton declined comment after the court appearance. She is due back in court April 13.

    The Ulster SPCA is also demanding in a civil suit that Hamilton pay $3,400 in medical expenses and care of her dogs at the SPCA shelter in Kingston. The dogs are named Carly, Finn, Luna, Bart and Helen.


50 Puppies Found Packed In Overnight Van As Pet Store Denies Abuse

There’s no law that says you can’t leave puppies or dogs or an animal in a vehicle overnight,” the shop owner says.

The sound of yipping and whining coming from a van parked behind a New Jersey pet store led to the discovery of more than 50 puppies packed in small cages inside, authorities said.

The startling find, amid freezing temperatures around 3 a.m. Monday, resulted in allegations of animal abuse, with some puppies described as found covered in feces and without food and water.

But the Paramus store’s owner, who faces prior animal cruelty charges related to one of his four “Just Pups” locations, says he’s innocent of all claims.

“There’s no crime against us. There’s no harm,” Vincent LoSacco, 50, told the Huffington Post Tuesday.

LoSacco, who in February was hit with 267 animal cruelty charges related to his East Brunswick store, didn’t deny that the puppies had been left overnight in the van, saying they had just arrived from Missouri. But he argued that the vehicle was specially designed for such extended stays and was equipped with a propane-powered space heater.

He further argued that the officers didn’t take the van’s internal temperature until after an unlocked side door was opened, causing the heat to escape.

“There’s no law that says you can’t leave puppies or dogs or an animal in a vehicle overnight. The law requires that you can’t leave them in inhumane circumstances in a vehicle,” LoSacco said. “The dogs prior to the driver leaving had full food, full water, and the independent heating unit running before the driver left.”

Come 7 a.m., he said an employee would arrive to bring the puppies inside. A vet was scheduled to inspect them at 10:30.

Paramus police, who declined to comment Tuesday when reached by HuffPost, shared photos of the window-less van and the dogs’ stacked cages.

Police Chief Kenneth Ehrenberg, speaking to local media Monday, said authorities found the puppies packed two to four to a crate. Some didn’t have room to stand up, he said.

LoSacco said the cages are designed to keep litters together and have ample room for movement.

As far as fecal matter covering some of the animals, LoSacco argued that when police hauled away his van, it was at one point slanted at a 45-degree angle — potentially causing puppies to slide into any fecal matter that hadn’t fallen into pans beneath their wire cages.

After later being called by police to unlock the van’s back double doors, he said he personally watched officers remove some of the remaining animals. “Those puppies were very clean, very vibrant, and just a little scared from their flatbed ride. Not from a regular ride,” he said.

Carol Tyler, animal cruelty investigator of Tyco Animal Control Services, said the dogs were taken in by their shelter and that the majority are either doing “really well” or are on medication for kennel cough or “other puppy-related issues.”

She said their investigation is still ongoing and that prosecutors plan to press unspecified charges. At this time, none of the puppies are up for adoption.

If they go up for adoption, additional information will be released on who to contact on how to adopt,” she said.

The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office did not immediately return a request for comment.

LoSacco’s stores remained open Tuesday, with him saying that they have not been notified of orders to close, as local reports have claimed.

He said the Board of Health visited his Paramus store on Monday and checked 93 dogs “and didn’t find any problems.” There were three dogs whose bellies were described as a little big, he said, and he was instructed to have them tested for worms.

Amid the abuse allegations, LoSacco’s son, Joey LoSacco, said the stores’ employees are battling death threats.

On the store’s Facebook page, some users suggest locking them in cages.

“All the stores, not just the owner,” Joey LoSacco, who was running the Paramus store Tuesday, told HuffPost. “The store’s Facebook has just been getting straight-up threats.”

He added that he’d asked local TV news crews to stop filming the employees’ faces for safety reasons.


Ysabel and many others euthanized when Rescue and Foster stepped up. Cleveland County Animal Shelter under fire after new manager kills good dogs

Ysabel and many others euthanized when Rescue and Foster stepped up
Ysabel was one of the many dogs that Cleveland County Animal Control has put down while having legitimate rescue and fosters. Ysabel was showed to be people friendly and dog friendly but when rescues contacted the shelter on the euthanization date, animal control reported that she was indeed not people friendly or animal friendly when many amazing volunteers have said and shown otherwise.

Ysabel is one of the MANY victims that are being euthanized due to the new shelter manager and workers that have expressed a dislike for "pitbulls" or bully breeds. They have listed non-bully breed related dogs as a "pitbull" and move their euthanization date closer than the others. Many of these dogs have been dog friendly, people friendly, PUPPIES and ready for a good home, but this shelter didn't think they needed to be around.



The animals at the Cleveland County Animal Control Shelter were either dropped off at the shelter or found wandering or were seized. That doesn't mean there wasn't a potential home waiting. But people who asked to rescue or adopt some of the dogs say when they went to claim the animals, the shelter had already killed them. "You think an animal is safe because its release date says today" says Patricia Karnes of the group CARE. "But then you come in it's been euthanized." Karnes, a volunteer who helps get animals rescued, says "it happens more than we care to think about."

County officials say the county didn't manage the rescue program. Cleveland County Humane Society coordinated rescues. Marguerite Mebane, President of the Cleveland County Humane Society, says "there have been a few dogs in the past - several recently - we had in our hold box for whom there was rescue interest that did get euthanized." The Cleveland County Animal Control Shelter has 132 kennels and cages.

If an animal has a health or behavior problem, the shelter supervisor can use discretion and decide if an animal should be euthanized. Otherwise, the law says the shelter has to hold an animal at least 72 hours. The Cleveland County Animal Control shelter has a face book page where people can see what animals are at the shelter. Mebane says when there was an interest in a dog – the rescue coordinator put a  kennel card that belonged to that dog in a hold box. Any card in the hold box at the shelter meant the dog was not supposed to be touched. People say the animals they wanted were still euthanized.  "Our concern is there is no rhyme or reason to when they put the animal down" says Karnes.

The county official in charge of the shelter says his staff had no idea there was interest in some of the dogs that were euthanized because the humane society worker didn't tell them. Humane Society says their worker was using the drop box. Mebane, of the Humane Society, says "it really was animal control that chose to euthanize animals without checking with us because there was rescue available." The county says it's now taking over the rescue program. The Humane Society will no longer coordinate it. If someone wants to rescue or adopt an animal from the county shelter, they have to deal directly with the county at animal.shelter@clevelandcounty.com


Cruel and Inhumane Euthanasia at Manatee County Animal Services

Cruel and Inhumane Euthanasia at Manatee County Animal facility

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Dog dies after video shows it being choked, dragged on the floor at Chicago Illinois Animal Care and Control facility at 27th and Western

  After stonewalling for a year and a half, the Emanuel administration recently released video of a gruesome incident in which a “pit bull-type” dog named Spike died after being choked by one or more city animal care workers who were trying to bring it under control at the taxpayer-funded pound. The footage came from a surveillance camera at the Animal Care and Control facility at 27th and Western, and was only released after the Better Government Association sued City Hall to turn it over. The video shows several people standing around the dog as it’s “surrendered” by the owner on March 15, 2014, including two ACC workers using “catch poles” – rods with a noose-like cord on one end that’s looped around an animal’s neck to gain control and prevent bites. The video (with no audio) shows the dog thrashing, then going quiet, lying motionless on the ground after one or more of the poles apparently cut off the animal’s airflow. A few seconds later, the video shows the dying animal being dragged down the hall by the neck.

City records obtained by the BGA under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act indicate the two ACC workers “struggled with the dog until the dog eventually collapsed,” and a supervisor “came into the unloading area and informed the Officers to ‘Let him breathe.’” While one of the ACC workers indicated “his pole was loose,” the other employee “proceeded to drag the dog by his neck down the hallway and into the Euthanasia Room then proceeded to use the control pole to lift the dog by the neck into the cage,” the city records show.

An ACC spokesman said the dog’s owner “brought the aggressive dog” to the pound “for the purposes of surrendering ownership rights to the animal.” After the choking incident, “a veterinarian examined the dog and confirmed he was alive,” the spokesman said. “However, the dog died within 30 minutes prior to the scheduled euthanasia. When a dog is surrendered by its owner due to its aggressive nature, euthanasia is considered part of the surrender process.” Nobody was fired over the incident, but several workers were disciplined, including the employee who dragged the animal.

Animal Care and Control Chicago

That worker was initially given a 29-day suspension, but that punishment “was later reduced to a 20-day suspension as part of a grievance settlement brought by the affected employee,” according to the ACC spokesman. City officials determined that the worker “failed to provide humane care to the animal during im-poundment and failed to report the incident immediately,” the spokesman said.

That worker, who the BGA is not naming, was reached on his cell phone and told a reporter “it’s not easy going after a vicious dog, believe me.... You’re not in my shoes.” He said Spike was very aggressive outside the camera’s eye. “The video does not even show we were fighting with the dog ... big time,” he said. That being said, the employee said, “I’m not perfect ... it was an unfortunate accident.”

The BGA sought the video under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act in May 2014, and the city responded a month later with paper records – but a refusal to turn over the footage, claiming among other things that releasing the video “could subject those ACC employees and their families to the possibility of physical harm” by “animal rights extremists.” The BGA sued in June 2014, arguing the video “will allow the public to understand the full scope of the misconduct” at the pound. The city turned over the video just before Christmas this year – as Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office put out a press release saying an “expansive” search is underway, with the help of animal welfare groups, to replace ACC Executive Director Sandra Alfred, who retired earlier this year. The pound has seen a number of serious problems in recent years aside from the Spike incident, including lackluster responses to neglect calls. Also last year, a dog named Chance was accidentally euthanized while being readied for adoption or fostering.

Earlier this year, the BGA reported that a dog was accidentally left in an ACC van for five nights with little or no food and water following an adoption event. After Spike’s death, ACC “reviewed and strengthened its animal handling protocols and provided additional training on animal handling” to employees, the ACC spokesman said. This story was written and reported by the Better Government Association’s Robert Herguth, who can be reached at (312) 821-9030 or rherguth@bettergov.org.


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Over 140 Dogs Rescued From Deplorable Conditions

Over 140 Dogs Rescued From Deplorable Conditions

Yet again, a puppy mill has been found to be keeping its pooches in deplorable conditions, but this time there is a happy ending. More than 60 severely neglected dogs were removed from a breeding operation in Ecru, Mississippi, on October 27, in “Operation Autumn Angels.” Authorities in Pontotoc County had recently received tips and complaints about this property, so decided to investigate. Horrified by what they saw, the officials contacted Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) for assistance to remove these dogs, once the owner of the facility had agreed to surrender them. 

Operation Autumn Angels

When the rescuers from ARC arrived, they found around 60 small-breed dogs living outdoors in dilapidated wood and wire hutches. There was a powerful stench of ammonia coming from those urine-soaked shelters, and the animals had clearly not received veterinary care: rescuers found severe dental disease, fur loss, skin inflammation, untreated open wounds, and much more.


We witnessed severe neglect today at this puppy mill. These dogs were not considered sentient beings who need and deserve care, just machines producing puppies for profit,” said ARC President Scotlund Haisley. “That changes today. From now on they will be treated as individuals, receive the medical treatments and love they so desperately need, and eventually become cherished members of a family.” How relieved those animals must have been to see some friendly human faces. And what a gift for them that shelter volunteers were willing to go into such horrible conditions to perform this rescue. The dogs were transported to an emergency shelter in Lebanon, Tennessee, where they will receive a thorough veterinary exam, and any necessary vaccinations and medical treatment.


Operation Fall Freedom

They will also meet up with another set of rescue dogs. Just the day before Operation Autumn Angels, ARC removed 82 neglected dogs from a property in Hardin County, Tennessee, and brought them to the same emergency shelter. This operation was dubbed “Operation Fall Freedom,” and for this one, ARC worked in conjunction with Compassion in Action of Tennessee.

When volunteers arrived at the property in Savannah, Tennessee, they found 82 dogs of various ages and breeds, all stuck inside crates outside the home of the man who had been running the rescue, but no longer had the finances to continue. Who knows what would have happened if those wonderful humans had not shown up just in time? “We found, and the property owners agreed, that they were not able to give the dogs the quality of life they deserve,” said Hardin County Animal Services Director Debbie Nowicki. “With Animal Rescue Corps’ assistance we were able to offer a solution to address this urgent situation.”

Now all of these dogs, over 140 of them, are staying at the emergency shelter in Lebanon. They will remain under the care of volunteers before they are placed with animal rescue organizations that will help them find forever homes. What an inspiration these volunteers are! As Ada Dever, manager of the Lebanon shelter, said, “When they come in here, they see the need, they feel the pain these animals have been through, the neglect. They can see it. They want to just do all they can while they’re here.”

October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month, so if you live anywhere near this shelter and want to foster or adopt a dog, check out ARC’s Facebook page for a list of available pooches. Or just visit your local animal shelter to find the perfect dog for you. ARC's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AnimalRescueCorps

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/over-140-dogs-rescued-from-deplorable-conditions.html#ixzz3qA3SWXyP

Stop Brooklyn illegal breeder from mistreating his pet dogs!

The man, identified as Shai Benattar, lives in Brooklyn, New York, 704 Avenue X. Reports indicate that this heartless pet flipper is getting puppies from Florida and selling them out of his house, keeping the pets in ‘boxes’ in the garage. In addition, the puppies are not properly fed. Estimates indicate about 20 something puppies on the property.

Police have been notified, but have done nothing. He is advertising his puppies on Craigslist. A rescue group has already gone to his apartment, asking him to give up the puppies, but has refuses. Most certain he does NOT own a license.

If you check his Facebook profile, you will notice that he is also a car seller. Unfortunately, Mr. Benattar fails to comprehend the differences between cars (objects) and puppies (live, sentient beings), giving them basically the same treatment. The way he handles the puppy in the photo is a clear indication of the treatment the other puppies are getting. Not only should all the puppies from the premises be removed immediately, but this backyard breeder should be prosecuted for animal neglect! Show your support now!

Also please call the Humane Society of New York and ask them for assistance in rescuing the puppies. Telephone: (212) 752-4842

A reply from Mr. Benattar's wife can be seen in the comments section of this Facebook post (she basically denies everything, claiming the puppies are well treated): http://on.fb.me/1BkYDls

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Stop Brooklyn illegal breeder from mistreating his pet dogs!

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A Salem Oregon woman indicted on 48 counts of animal neglect in January 2014 is back in custody.

Court documents indicate Alicia Inglish, 26, was taken into custody June 1 for violating her custody release agreement which was associated with charges of identity theft and tampering with drug records from November 2013.

At a hearing June 1, Marion County Circuit Judge Dennis Graves set bail at $50,000. Inglish was indicted Nov. 8, 2013 on three counts of identity theft and two counts of tampering with drug records after she allegedly stole another woman's identity and lied about a controlled substance prescription in January 2011, according to court documents. Inglish's lawyer, Alicia Hercher, declined to comment on the case.

A jury trial for the case has been scheduled to take place at 9:30 a.m. June 23 at the Marion County Courthouse. A separate jury trial has been scheduled to take place at 9:30 a.m. July 7 for the animal neglect case. Inglish was arraigned on the animal neglect charges Jan. 14, 2014, after Marion County Sheriff's deputies seized about 140 dogs from Willamette Animal Rescue, a warehouse at 8955 Pueblo Ave. in Brooks. The facility had been the subject of complaints — mainly about loose dogs and incessant barking — but authorities said they didn't have enough evidence to search it without permission.

Inglish was arrested Jan. 13, 2014 when she arrived at the Brooks residence in her car and was contacted by deputies. Around 8:30 p.m. that night deputies obtained a warrant to enter the warehouse and seized the dogs. Inglish was president of the business. Police described disturbing conditions inside the building: some dogs running loose while others were caged in animal carriers stacked on top of each other. Although 120 dogs met the legal definition of being neglected, all were in need of some type of medical care, the sheriff's office said at the time.

Deputies and animal shelter volunteers worked through the night gathering the dogs and taking them to facilities for proper nourishment and care. An official from the Willamette Humane Society said the dogs that came to them had open sores and their rib bones were visible through their skin. Willamette Animal Rescue was initially formed to save dogs from certain death at "kill shelters" and make them available for adoption.

According to state records the corporation was described as a "dog rescue" and "foster home based." Merissa Marie Noonan was also was charged with animal neglect following the dog rescue. Noonan pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree animal neglect on June 26, 2014, and was sentenced to five years of probation. More than two years after the trio was arrested, Noonan is the only person whose case has been judged.

The trial for the animal neglect case has been postponed five times, but Deputy District Attorney Jean Kunkle said she's hopeful the court proceeding will take place in July.



Freckles suffered for 8 days in the PASCO COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL SHELTER, FLORIDA. She was denied medical care, laid in her urine, had maggots in her eye, was covered in fleas and filth -- while healthy animals are terminated. She was adopted by a concerned citizen who took her immediately to a vet after getting her water and food which she desperately consumed--the vet and new owner had her put to sleep because she was described as "too far gone." And yet? Pasco County Animal Control walked by her and let her suffer without a word. This is animal abuse, and when one animal suffers...at the hands of the state...we all suffer.

charity owners that took cruises with donations while animals suffered!

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Charity owners that took cruises with donations while animals suffered!

Animal control officers managed to rescue 300 dogs from an animal sanctuary in Manatee County, Florida in January 2014. Reports indicated that the dogs at the Napier’s Long Cabin Horse and Animal Sanctuary were held in miserable conditions, stuffed into crammed cages, left to sit in their own dirt. The bodies of 20 lifeless bodies were recovered as well.

Even deputies were left speechless at the conditions at the shelter ‘In my 33 years of activity, I have not seen something like this before’ stated one deputy.

So where exactly where the Napier family members when the animals were rescued? The attorney of Alan and Sheree Napier claims they were on a cruise when this happened.

Court documents show that the Napiers took the money from their charitable organization and bought themselves luxurious cruises instead – holidays worth $9, 000.

The couple were also flipping: records indicate that they had purchased 63 puppies for $8, 000, but later re-sold them, claiming they had been rescued. Their profit was hefty as a result of this operation, given the fact that the puppies almost tripled in price when it was re-sold.

The couple have been indicted on 20 counts, including animal neglect and unlawful solicitation of funds.

They are due to return to court soon. Therefore, please sign the petition and urge the Honorable Sentencing Judge to apply the maximum penalty available for the Napiers. Heartless people like this, who go on luxurious cruises with the money that should have been used for the welfare of some helpless pets should get what they deserve, a hefty prison time!  Take action now and ensure the penalty is an exemplary one!

: http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/local-news/i-team-investigates/documents-show-charity-owners-took-cruise-and-bought-dogs-with-donations

Henry The Dog Was Allegedly Left For 7 Days In A Cage With A Broken Back. Here's His Second Chance.

Jacksonville police arrested a manager of the Klein Animal Shelter Friday morning for animal torture. Jacksonville Police said the executive director was arrested at around 10 a.m. and more arrests are expected next week. The suspect has been identified as 35-year-old Angela Wallace. She will be charged with assault, cruelty to animal and euthanasia. Additional charges are pending.

Chief Reece Daniel stated Wallace’s alleged crimes could be upgraded to a felony

Daniel told KETK investigators even found a dog with a broken back lying in a crate with feces. The dog, Henry, is currently en route to Texas A&M for special care.


A sign at the shelter says they are closed for maintenance. Back in January 2014, the Cherokee County Commissioners Court denied the shelter a request for additional funding.

In an interview, Wallace had called for the citizens of Cherokee County to stand up and voice their concerns. “I’s a hardship for them to try and find the surrender fee before they can bring them in because we are the only shelter. There is no animal control and we really don’t have another alternative. We’d like the citizens to stand up and explain that to the county commissioners if it is something that affects them. We want them to be the voice in that situation because at the end of the day, they are the ones that are going to get hit with it.”

The shelter takes in about 1,500 animals every year from Smith and Cherokee Counties, as well as the city of Jacksonville. Tyler Police Chief Gary Swindles said the city will no longer send animals to Klein, at least through the weekend. The city will allow the shelter time to regroup and come up a plan to treat animals humanly as possible and reevaluate on Monday.

According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, the shelter’s rabies quarantine certification was revoked Friday. The state issues certifications to ensure animals will be treated humanely.


MASSACHUSETTS State has long file on disgraced dog breeder Kim LeMaire

For more than a decade, Kim LeMaire's schemes to sell Maltese dogs have duped customers across New England, but the state has known for at least as long that LeMaire is bad news. With a perfect combination of questionable business practices and a lack of state regulations for dog breeders, she continued her underground Maltese breeding business that has left in its wake a trail of sick, deformed dogs. LeMaire’s file at the Department of Agricultural Resources’ fifth-floor office in Boston is more than 900 pages thick.

The documents, a combination of LeMaire’s own records gathered by investigators, as well as state and local enforcement letters against her, show the 66-year-old woman, who lists a Wayland postal box as her address, has made it a habit of living in squalor and dodging the law while breeding and selling pocketbook-sized Maltese puppies.

She fell off the state’s radar three years ago after she won a settlement from the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. But this summer she came crashing back into the spotlight when Framingham firefighters rescued her from the floor of a filthy Red Roof Inn motel room, soiled by dog droppings and trash. She is said to have suffered a spine hemorrhage and heart attack. Framingham Animal Control also rescued 19 dogs, their matted fur caked with feces and urine. Many have congenital defects that left them with holes in their skulls and terrified of the outside world.

Three thick black binders in the state’s offices, compiled as part of the state’s defense in response to a suit LeMaire filed against it in 2005, hold reams of documents suggesting LeMaire knew how to work a system designed to protect against people like her. A 2005 report by Animal Inspector Linda Harrod into LeMaire’s operation of an illegal pet shop said LeMaire used a network of helpers across New England, as well as many names and addresses she admitted were fake, to import hundreds of dogs from Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri without drawing attention to her illegal pet shop business. But when you buy a puppy from LeMaire, you have no idea about her housekeeping habits or her illegal business, customers said.

LeMaire speaks in an airy, sing-song voice and will bring a litter of her pups to your home and let them romp around. She will relentlessly interview you before entrusting you with one of "her babies." "In her mind, she cares for them better than anyone in the world," said June Ruggiero, a West Hartford, Conn., woman who said she bought a dog from LeMaire two years ago. LeMaire’s sales contract describes special food that owners must feed their puppy and how it must sleep in the owner’s bed for at least the first two weeks. But as much as LeMaire loves her dogs, the records the state has gathered about her suggest she also has failed to treat her animals with care.

In all, the 2005 investigation records show LeMaire purchased and imported 211 puppies between 2002 and 2005, selling 194 and making $235,904. Meanwhile, state tax records show LeMaire has not filed a tax return since 2005. She has a lien against her for $16,000 in unpaid taxes from 2003 to 2005, Middlesex County records show. The Department of Agricultural Resources’ report says 95 of the dogs LeMaire bought lacked health certificates. However, the state does not have rules for breeders like it does for pet shops and shelters. The only thing LeMaire technically was missing was a kennel license for having more than four dogs in her home.

"There’s no rules at the state level even if she’s breeding 100 dogs. As long as she has a kennel license, it’s legal," said Michael Cahill, the director of the Division of Animal Health at the Department of Agricultural Resources.


Severe Animal Cruelty Charges in Horrific Shelter Case of 71 Dachshund Dogs

In Westminster, animal control was called to a rescue in Westminster at the home of Ed and Shirley Aquaiar. What authorities found was that at least six dozen Dachshunds were living in outdoor kennels in sub-zero temperatures. The Animal Control Officer on the case stated that this was one of the worst situations he has ever seen. They were not only freezing but living in squalor. In his report, he stated that “The dogs were living in their own waste. The smell of urine was burning your eyes when you were in there."

Not only were the conditions poor for the animals, they also discovered horrific filthy conditions within the home of the couple and their 3 children, ages 3 to 14. These people boasted about being the best Dachshund breeders in the state, while also advertising to board dogs. Investigators had some suspicions that led to the rescue.

Initially the Aquaiar's were cooperative and surrendered most of the animals, later becoming hasty and combative. The animal control officer confirms in his report that “All were filthy and some were emaciated. Most had dental disease. We’re not sure if the dogs are vaccinated. We’re not sure if they’ve had any tests. We’re not sure if they’ve ever seen a veterinarian." He continued that “Anyone who puts a dog in this condition does not care about the pet. At that point they’re just trying to make money."

Unbelievably, the couple has not yet been charged. They haven't even pulled their license as yet. We are asking for your help by signing and sharing this petition on all media sites so that we can ensure the Aquaiar's have their license permanently revoked, inflict severe felony charges, 71 of them, and ban them from ever owning, caring or even getting anywhere near any other animals the rest of their lives!


Demand shut down of puppy mill in Caledonia, Illinois & Bar Her from Owning Any Pets, Ever!!

Demand shut down of puppy mill in Caledonia, Illinois & Bar Her from Owning Any Pets, Ever!!

  • Shut down this puppy mill noted on route 173 in Caledonia, Illinois. This so-called breeder, a Ms. Kim Lettier needs to be put out of “business” immediately, face severe punishment for each case of animal abuse and be barred from ever owning or even coming near another loving animal for the rest of her life!!!

    People in the area in Boone County, Illinois have been reporting the horrid conditions of a “breeding establishment” located on route 173 in Caledonia, Illinois. I can’t wrap my mind around the fact that the almighty dollar is more important than the health and well-being of the animals. This woman clearly has no concerns regarding her “puppies” that are kept stacked on top of each other in a 2-car garage. Passers-by would never suspect the cruelty behind those closed doors.

    There are various breeds of puppies in that “dungeon” atmosphere, from pugs to Boston terriers, Pekinese, French and English bulldogs and more. This woman reportedly gets a bitch impregnated within months after having a litter. Females get no breaks; they are just puppy machines!

    Many of the pups in her “care” are ill, diseased, emaciated and in horrible grooming conditions. One of the dogs is missing its eye; another has no eyelid. Many of the dogs suffer with hair loss and in all probability suffer with mange, which is highly contagious.

    The puppies are kept in this cold garage environment in wire cages on top of each other, defecating and... more

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2 INVESTIGATES: Workers claim under-staffing, red tape led to unnecessary dog euthanasia

OAKLAND, Calif. —

    A former volunteer, former staff member and a current part-time employee at the Oakland Animal Shelter say chronic understaffing and frequent turnover at the top of the organization is taking a toll on the animals they're trying to help.

It's a problem managers say they're in the process of fixing, but the three women who contacted 2 Investigates say some dogs that have been put down could have been saved.

"I do think there were animals that slipped through the cracks and have been euthanized that did have other options," said former animal care attendant Pi Piraeus.

Misidentification, miscommunication and close calls

The story of a German Shorthaired Pointer is especially troubling to part-time employee Martha Cline. Cline provided 2 Investigates with a photo of the nine-month-old-male.

german shorthaired pointer

Cline says she thought the dog could be placed with a rescue group and made notes that the dog was shy, but "workable" by advanced volunteers at the shelter. Despite those notes, Cline says the dog was labeled a pit bull and signed off for euthanasia.

Cline also shared photos of two more dogs, terrier mixes that were euthanized for failing temperament tests, even though Cline says she had already found rescue groups willing to take them.

In the case of two dobermans, Cline says they were waiting for a rescue group to pick them up when a supervisor signed them off for euthanasia. Cline says she caught the mistake from her computer at home and was able to alert her director before the dogs were put down.  She blames the high volume of animals and the low number of staff at the shelter.

To read more: http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/local/2-investigates-oakland-animal-shelter-workers-clai/nfg6t/

Pleasant Hope, Missouri Puppy Mill

carold cruse, 48 and rebecca cruse, 49

The missouri water supply must be contaminated. these people are not aging well or is it that their inner greed and ugliness has escaped? I noticed it with those disgusting hillbillies from the big dog fight bust too. Investigators found 93 Yorkshire terriers, most allegedly matted with feces, urine or vomit and suffering from a variety of health problems.

Felony charges for the husband and wife team of yorkie peddlers. the prosecutor intends to file 40 misdemeanor counts as well. each felony count carries a 4 yr sentence/$5000 fine and 1 year/$1000 for each misdemeanor count.

Ma and Pa Kettle have previous criminal records but i have not been able to access the details.


The many hats of flimflam man Richard Swafford In Tenn.

Another dirt bag masquerading as a rescue angel.

61 yr old richard swafford, wears a rescue hat as the executive director of non-profit border collie rescue of middle tennessee and wears a breeder hat as the owner of all around border collies but in reality richard swafford wears a puppy mill hat.

After receiving complaints for over a year, officials finally raided his property at 243 n. center point road and seized 105 dirty, matted, flea infested dogs from muddy, damp, shit covered kennels.

Even the american border collie association has a problem with him. and we all know how lax these breeder orgs can be. richard swafford was expelled from the ABCA for submitting fake papers to the ABCA and to the buyers of his dogs.

Effective June 9, 2004, Mr. Swafford's registration and certification privileges with the ABCA were revoked. Because the evidence showed systematic misrepresentation by Mr. Swafford of the identity and parentage of the dogs he sold, any dog which passes through his kennel must be regarded as suspect.

Swafford states that 75% of the sales from his breeding business goes to support his non-profit rescue org. that's quite the racket he has going there. He gets to claim 75% of his income as "charitable donations" on his tax returns and he also gets the charitable donations! swafford also solicits donations on his breeder page. I will have to look into his non-profit status. I hope the IRS is doing the same.

Richard swafford has also been in trouble with another border collie breeder. Swafford tried to hijack their name. through legal arbitration, swafford was forced to drop the domain name abcbordercollies.com

In september 2007, swafford officially became a tax exempt non-profit border collie rescue organization, after many years of "rescuing" border collies.

We are dedicated to preserving the Border Collie Breed and providing or finding a home for every Border Collie who comes our way. We use tax deductible bequests, in-kind donations, and gifts to care for and place rescued dogs in loving homes.
What richard swafford and his wife provide their dogs is squalor.

Most of BCRMT rescue dogs are from ordinary pet owners who find they can no longer take care of their Border Collies. Some dogs are from the area animal shelters and were in danger of being euphemized. A few have seen hard times and been discarded and may have been literally thrown out of cars along the side of the road.
He really wrote EUPHEMIZED!!! what an ignorant fu... hillbilly!

We are members of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Humane Society of the United States. I expect the ASPCA and the HSUS to correct this first thing monday morning!

And finally, the kinky hat of richard swafford. looking at richard's myspace page, I see he has one "friend" (tom doesn't count and if he knew what kind of a scumbag richard is, I am sure he would terminate his friendship). A 53 yr old dominatrix named barbara from tennessee. i have a pretty good idea why richard's kennels are so dirty.

Craven desires says, always be nice to animals, especially dogs or i will punish you.


Renee Roske, puppy miller

45 yr old Renee roske, puppy miller of snohomish and skagit counties in Washington has not yet been charged in her million puppy mill operation - hopefully that will change soon. Roske is petitioning to get her 6 pet dogs back as opposed to the 150+ dogs that pump out puppies in assembly line fashion. hopefully that will not be changing anytime soon.


Allegations of Kennett Humane Department gassing animals at Malden facility

August 6, 2014

In 2010, Kennett Humane Department constructed a Facebook page, started having adoption events, and by all accounts was making great strides to try and place the stray and unwanted pets of Kennett, Mo. Over the years, Kennett Animal Control Officer Tena Petix, has claimed to have adopted out and sent hundreds of animals to rescue.

A couple of years ago, Petix announced that the Kennett Human Department was going “no kill” and vowed not to euthanize any animal unless it was deemed extremely ill or injured, a task more than slightly difficult for an open door facility.

Not only was Kennett Humane Department euthanizing animals against everything they claimed, they were putting them to death by gassing, one of the most barbaric methods possible. Instead of humanely euthanizing the animals at any number of area veterinarians they were putting them through the shear torture, terror, and agony of slow suffocation.

Prenger and Lester contacted Ted Bellers, Malden City Administrator, who initially agreed to an Aug. 6th meeting, off the record, to talk about the Malden animal gas chamber and what might be done to put an end to it, as well as Kennett Humane Shelter’s delivering animals to the Malden gassing facility.

As a show of good faith, Prenger and Lester agreed to keep the information that they had collected under wraps until after the meeting had taken place. But 30 minutes prior to the meeting, the pair received a call from the Malden City Administrators Office stating there were be no meeting, citing the rules of the Sunshine law that stipulated that such a meeting must have a 24 hour announcement to the public before it could take place. A later meeting was promised, but skeptical of that ever happening, Prenger and Lester decided to release information to the public.

And that’s just what they did. At 7:11 p.m. on August 6, Lester posted to her Facebook account,( https://www.facebook.com/kennett.humanedpt?fref=ts ) the screenshot of the 2014 Malden Gassing Euthanasia Record, showing in black and white, the individual animal control units in the Malden area that were bringing their animals in to be gassed. Kennett had the most animals gassed with a total of 100.

Like many of the excuses Prenger and Lester had been given over the previous few months, the numbers on the Malden form do not match up. And when contacted, Kennett ACO Petix denied the allegations stating that the Malden records are flat out wrong.  When asked by this author if she would like to make a statement about the allegations, Petix’s response was, “The Malden Administrator is handling the problem. It is not true and the administrator has the facts!” A meeting between Councilwoman Prenger and City Administrator Beller is scheduled for August 7, 4:00 p.m.

Check back here on Examiner.com for the details on this situation as they unfold.


More than 50 dogs seized in N.C. puppy mill bust

According to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the case started when Iredell County Animal Services Field Operations Supervisor Teri Somnitz visited the home and became concerned about the welfare of the dogs. The HSUS, Humane Society of Iredell County and the Guilford County Animal Shelter were all called in to assist.

Iredell County Sheriff’s Office deputies stood by as animal services served a search warrant on the property and found the dogs in “deplorable conditions,” the humane society said in a press release.

According to the HSUS report, the dogs’ fur was extremely matted and the animals were suffering from a multitude of untreated medical conditions. Some of the dogs were living in stacked, rabbit-hutch-like cages that are unsafe and were inflicting cuts and other injuries, the report indicated.

The resident on the property agreed to surrender the animals to the HSUS. No arrests have been made as of Wednesday afternoon, Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Darren Campbell said.

Iredell County Animal Services Director Brad Gates said seizing animals is a last resort, but in this instance, it was necessary.

“I am normally against removing animals from the owner if any other reasonable options are available. However, in this instance, lesser efforts have failed and sometimes we need to use whatever means necessary to move animals into a safer and healthier environment, whether I like it or not, that is the case here,” he said in a statement.

North Carolina has no specific laws concerning dogs sold directly to the public or online by commercial breeding facilities, the HSUS said. Law enforcement is only able to intervene in the event of neglect or abuse.

This is the 17th puppy mill rescue that the HSUS has assisted with in North Carolina since 2011. Kim Alboum, North Carolina state director for the HSUS, said this case, along with the 16 others, demonstrates the need for stronger laws in North Carolina concerning commercial breeders.

“For far too long, dogs have been suffering like this in puppy mills across North Carolina. … We are so grateful to Iredell County Animal Control for coming to the aid of these dogs,” she said.

The dogs are now being examined by veterinarians and will receive any necessary medical treatment. After being assessed, they’ll be put up for adoption, if possible.



ASPCA Assists Local Authorities in the Removal of More than 40 Dogs from Kentucky Puppy Mill


ASPCA FIR responder checks out bloodhound

The ASPCA is currently on the ground in Kentucky assisting local authorities with the removal and transport of more than 40 dogs from Dream Catcher Kennels, a large, substandard breeding facility—frequently referred to as a puppy mill. The dogs—ranging from Chihuahuas to blood hounds—were discovered living in filthy, deplorable conditions. Many have untreated medical issues and were found living with little or no shelter in below freezing temperatures.

Dennis Bradley, 61, the owner and operator of the facility, based in Nancy, Kentucky, is scheduled to appear in court tomorrow and is expected to enter a guilty plea to the charge of cruelty to animals in the second degree. As part of the plea deal, Bradley has surrendered the dogs at his facility and will face six months in jail probated for a term of 24 months.

“As is true for most puppy mill dogs, these dogs appear to have gone most of their lives without basic necessities or much exposure to humans,” reports Kathryn Destreza, Director of Investigations for the ASPCA’s Field Investigations and Response Team. “We hope to give these dogs much-needed medical treatment and place them quickly into new homes where they can learn what it means to be a pet.”

Puppy mill dogs in small cage

The Kentucky Humane Society (KHS) is assisting the ASPCA with the removal of the animals as well as the medical triage and sheltering operation. The ASPCA and KHS have established a temporary shelter in Louisville, where the dogs will receive veterinary care with supplies provided by PetSmart Charities, Inc., as well as socialization. 

Our responders are still on the ground, and we’ll continue to provide updates as this rescue unfolds. Stay tuned to aspca.org/blog, and follow the hashtag #MillsBreedMisery, for more news to come.

Kentucky is one of only 20 states without any regulations in place to protect dogs in commercial breeding facilities. For more information about puppy mills and how to fight animal cruelty, visit www.nopetstorepuppies.com

Puppy mill dog



Animal Shelter employees allegedly stole dog food from homeless pets

Deputies say that two married, St. Landry Parish Animal Shelter employees, including an officer and the facility's supervisor, allegedly deprived homeless animals at the shelter of food by stealing what had been donated to feed them.

Both Patricia Street Gallo and Troy Gallo turned themselves into St. Landry Parish Sherriff's Office custody Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. after warrants had been issued for them yesterday. Each of them is charged with theft of dog food and cruelty to animals.

Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz explained that the allegations against the couple are corroborated by witness statements. "An investigation was conducted after our office received complaints stating that animals were being kept in unhealthy conditions with no food or water," Guidroz said.

The Gallo's were booked into St. Landry Parish Jail and released after each posted a $2,000 bond.



Peanut Kilby found guilty on 60 counts in 'Lucky Dog' trial

RABUN COUNTY, Ga. - Authorities in Rabun County called 500 potential jurors -- twice the usual number -- for a trial that has rocked the animal rescue world across the country. Thursday afternoon, jurors found former Boggs Mountain Humane Shelter director Lowanda "Peanut" Kilby guilty on 60 counts of theft and racketeering. Kilby showed little emotion as the verdict was read.

Two years ago, the Boggs Mountain Humane Shelter was considered the shining light in the rescue community; hundreds of unwanted or difficult pets from across the Southeast brought to tiny Clayton, GA and ultimately placed in new homes across the country.

But a hidden camera Fox 5 I-Team investigation revealed the shelter's "Lucky Dog/Lucky Kitty" program misled donors. Supposedly, if a donor paid at least $100, that would guarantee their dog or cat would not be euthanized. In fact, it would make it easier to adopt because the adoption fee would already be paid. Instead, we discovered Lucky dogs or cats secretly euthanized anyway, their original owners fooled into thinking they had really been adopted. Prosecutors accuse shelter director Lowanda "Peanut" Kilby of diverting donation money into her personal account, killing the dogs to make way for new ones and new donation money she could also steal.

She's pled not guilty. Testimony is expected to begin Tuesday or Wednesday with the trial lasting as long as two weeks.

Read more: http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/story/25476746/jury-selection-to-start-in-animal-shelter-trial#ixzz32keVPV3y     Follow us: @FOX5Atlanta on Twitter | FOX5Atlanta on Facebook

Florida officials: No penalty for employee animal cruelty and dog euthanasia

Hernando County officials have taken no diciplinary or corrective action against employees involved in animal cruelty at HCAS

No disciplinary action or penalties have been imposed against Animal Services workers by Hernando County, Florida, officials, whose employees violated a seven-day hold policy by killing an 8 month old dog, Zeus, just 12 minutes after arriving at the shelter on April 13th.

On Thursday, Public Safety Director Mike Nickerson, Human Resources Manager Cheryl Marsden, and Animal Services Manager Liana Teague, were contacted by email for their comments regarding plans for disciplinary action against employees who played an active role in the rapid euthanasia and rough treatment of Zeus, as well as evidence found in independent, University of Florida case studies that documented animal cruelty at Animal Services. None of the county officials contacted have chosen to respond.

In addition to violating the seven-day hold policy, witnesses said kennel worker, Chris Lee, dragged the frightened Zeus to his death by the neck, and county officials do not deny this. In an interview with the Tampa Tribune on April 19th, 2012, Public Safety Director Mike Nickerson admitted that Zeus was not “dragged the entire way,” into a back room to be killed. Zeus was only dragged by the neck part of the way.

Promises for justice and an investigation were made by Hernando officials at a public hearing, held shorty after Zeus’ killing. But now, two months after the promises made to outraged residents, no disciplinary action as been taken against any employees or their supervisors for the deadly incident.

This is not the first time Animal Services, its supervisors, or government officials, have failed to discipline employees, or take corrective action following rule and procedure violations by Hernando County employees.

To read more and help : http://www.examiner.com/article/florida-officials-no-penalty-for-employee-animal-cruelty-and-dog-euthanasia


Kennel Worker Beats A Dog Named Dexter In Mass.

ASHLAND, Mass. —A caretaker at an Ashland kennel, enraged by a dog's friskiness, repeatedly kicked and beat the 1-year-old chocolate Labrador last week, an attack captured on the business' webcam, according to police and the kennel owner.

Edison, 23, of Marlborough, arrested by Ashland Police on Friday, appeared to be angry that the dog named Dexter didn’t want to come out of the rain, but rather wanted to play, the owners of Camp Canine, 202 Pond St., said on Monday, the MetroWest Daily News reported.

"What we saw was horrific," said owner Kimberly Cardiff, who bought Camp Canine with her husband, William Craig, last month. "This, this was brutal," said Craig. "We were in absolute shock."

On Thursday, Cardiff said she showed up to work at 6:25 a.m. and found Edison, who had worked there for two and a half years, already there. He was soaking wet from the rain and appeared to be in a "state of rage," Cardiff said.

Edison told her that Dexter had attacked him and had "lunged at his throat," but he was not hurt, Cardiff said. Cardiff said she went to check on the dogs, who were all unusually quiet. The normally rambunctious Dexter appeared to be cowering. She said she took the dog out to throw a ball and he acted normally. However, she said she noticed blood on the ball, but found no injuries on the dog. Later that day, she and her husband realized that they could look at the webcam they have set up for customers to watch the dogs on their website to see what happened. "The situation didn’t sit well with me," said Cardiff. "I just felt … I felt something wasn’t right."

To start the day, all of the overnight dogs are let out to relieve themselves then are brought back into the kennel and fed. The videos shows Edison doing just that, but Dexter would not comply. "Dexter wouldn’t come in," said Craig. "We could see on the video him (Edison) running around outside, chasing Dexter. He’s still very much a puppy."

Edison tried to herd Dexter with a rake, and then tried hitting him with the rake, Craig said. The dog and Edison are off camera for a few seconds and the next time they are seen, Edison is dragging Dexter by the collar to the kennel. Once in the kennel, it appears Edison is thinking for a few seconds before "he kicks Dexter two or three times," Craig said.

Edison then dragged Dexter to a different section of the kennel, which is off camera, but Craig said you could see Edison pull his leg back four or five times to kick Dexter again. "You see Dexter come running out, cowering, trying to get into his run," said Craig. "About 20, 25 seconds later, he (Edison) comes into view and grabs Dexter by the head and slams into the floor four or five times. He picks him up, throws him into the run and goes in after him."

There is no camera in the run, so it is not known what happened in there, Craig said. However, he said the run’s metal grates had a large dent that had not been there previously. Cardiff said they called friend Ron Brandolini, the deputy police chief in Framingham, who contacted the Ashland Police.

Police arrested Edison, of 13 Settlers Lane, on Friday, and charged him with animal cruelty. At Edison’s Framingham District Court arraignment on Monday, prosecutor Nate Burris said police showed Edison the video of him attacking the dog and he said, "Oh my God, that’s horrible." Edison admitted he is on the video, but did not offer a reason for attacking the dog. "It’s all true," Burris said, quoting Edison. It is not known if the dog is injured, Burris said.

Edison posted $1,000 bail after his arrest and was released. Burris asked Judge Douglas Stoddart to increase the bail to $5,000. Edison’s lawyer, Mark Wester, argued against raising the bail. He said Edison has worked at Camp Canine for two and a half years without any problems and there is no evidence he has ever abused an animal before.

Craig said he has reviewed about a month's worth of video to see if there are any other instances of abuse. He said he plans to examine all six months of video they have. "I’m going to go through it minute by minute," he said. Edison is due back in court next month for a pretrial conference.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
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Animal Control video shows improper euthanasia practices In Texas

AMARILLO, TEXAS -- During the ongoing investigation of Amarillo's Animal Control, Pronews 7 was provided a video showing what a local veterinarian said is not "in accordance with humane euthanasia standards." 

Dr. Sarah Viera of Hope Veterinary Clinic saw the video and told Pronews 7 which humane standards were not met when the dog in the video was euthanized in a loading dock before being dragged to a truck. Pronews 7 spoke with Amarillo Police Department, who confirmed that there is an active investigation into the Animal Control department.

The Animal Control Board confirmed that the director and assistant director of Animal Control, Mike McGee and Shannon Barlow, are both currently suspended.

The video shows an Amarillo Animal Control employee euthanizing an animal in such a way that did not meet "humane euthanasia standards put out by the American Veterinary Association or the Texas Administrative Code," according to Dr. Viera.  

As you can see in the video, the dog is conscious and alert when given the lethal injection. But according to the Texas Administrative Code of Standards for Allowable Methods of Euthanasia for Animals in the Custody of an Animal Shelter, "Intra-organ injection shall not be used unless the animal is unconscious or anesthetized so that the animal  is unable to feel pain." WARNING: Sensitive material - Animal Control video shows improper euthanasia practices



'Miracle' dog lives, Islip animal shelter worker accused of cruelty

Michael Papini, 30, of Lindenhurst, who works as

Michael Papini, 30, of Lindenhurst, who works as a kennel attendant, was arrested at his home on felony aggravated animal cruelty, misdemeanor animal abandonment and related charges, the SPCA said. (Dec. 27, 2013) (Credit: Suffolk County SPCA) An Islip Town animal shelter employee will be arraigned Saturday on animal cruelty charges for leaving a live dog in a gas station Dumpster, the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said.

Kennel attendant Michael Papini, 30, of Lindenhurst, was arrested Friday at his home at 15 Green Ave. on felony aggravated animal cruelty, misdemeanor animal abandonment and related charges, the SPCA said. The severely matted dog, a Lhasa apso, survived. Papini was identified after news outlets aired surveillance footage showing a sport utility vehicle driver dumping a black plastic bag at a USA gas station in West Islip at 7:42 a.m. Monday, SPCA Chief Roy Gross said.

"People who saw it recognized him, recognized the vehicle, his walk," he said. "I find it very disturbing that somebody would do that, and somebody working in an animal shelter makes it that much more disturbing." Islip Town officials have been cooperating with the investigation, Gross said.

Whether Papini crossed paths with the dog after it was seen by a veterinarian and transferred to the shelter Thursday was unclear, Gross said. Another break in the case came when shelter workers found a microchip in the female dog, who is about 1 & 1/2 years old, and contacted her owner, Gross said.

The woman told SPCA detectives she knew Papini, Gross said, and when she couldn't care for her pet, he offered to take the dog to the shelter. She paid him money, the SPCA chief said, but it's a mystery why he didn't keep his end of the deal.  "A dog like that is so easily adoptable," Gross said. "How could he do that? . . . This is like a planned act of animal cruelty." Gross said the woman was upset after seeing the video and declined to release more details about the deal and other charges until the arraignment.

A homeless man rummaging through trash Tuesday morning spotted the animal, authorities said. She had been in a tied-up plastic bag, inside a cardboard carrier with ventilation holes, but she escaped and appeared to have chewed her way out of the bag, Gross said.  The man contacted authorities and police quickly notified the SPCA at 2:10 a.m. Tuesday, more than 18 hours after the dog was dumped, authorities said.  The dog, who's friendly and in good health, can be seen by the public Saturday for the first time since her ordeal, at the town shelter in Bay Shore, Gross said. About 25 people have already signed up to adopt her, he said.

Gross hopes the dog saved Christmas Eve can be named Noel: "For somebody to take a live animal, put it in a box and black plastic bag, for somebody to find it -- it's a million-to-one shot. It's a miracle for that dog to survive."



Dozens of dogs rescued from a life of neglect at a Salem warehouse have gone up for adoption at the Oregon Humane Society.

The Humane Society has been helping 120 abused and malnourished dogs recover since the rescue last month. Humane Society officials said it was one of the biggest cases of animal abuse in Oregon history.

Deputies arrested 24-year-old Alicia Inglish in the case. "It was some of the worst conditions I have ever seen from the dog care perspective," said Barbara Baugnon, a spokeswoman for the Humane Society. The 70 dogs that went up for adoption Wednesday are the healthiest of those rescued.  The adoption process began at 10 a.m. at the shelter on Northeast Columbia Boulevard. A variety of breeds and sizes, such as dachshund mixes, Chihuahua mixes, terrier mixes, Labrador mixes and pit bulls are up for adoption.

You can view the Humane Society website to see information about each dog.


700 cats seized at sanctuary Ponte Vedra Beach, FL (US)

Incident Date: Monday, Feb 27, 2012

Charges: Misdemeanor, Felony CT
Case Images: 5 files available
Alleged: Craig Grant

"No cats turned away." Words that ought to set off alarm bells to anyone truly concerned about animal welfare. Is the idea of a place where the hundreds of unwanted stray and feral cats can live out their lives in peace too good to be true? Sadly, yes. I thought that might be the case when I first heard about Caboodle Ranch several years ago, but I, like many others, was sucked in by kitty playground the owner had built with his own hands on his 30-acre spread in northwest Florida. Today authorities raided Caboodle Ranch, once featured on "The Colbert Report," removing 700 cats and charging owner with a felony county of animal cruelty. Craig Grant, 63, also is facing three misdemeanor counts of cruelty and one count of fraud and is being held on $250,000 bond.

Caboodle Ranch was eye candy for the national media, shaded paths, ponds, rows of brightly-painted cathouses and treehouses- a mini-kitty city where cats could presumably while away their time lounging in the Florida sun. On his website Grant describes the property as a "permanent sanctuary for cats who have been kicked around by heartless people." He states all the cats are up-to-date on vaccinations and get seen regularly by a vet.

Read more: 700 cats seized at sanctuary - Ponte Vedra Beach, FL | Pet-Abuse.Com Animal Cruelty Database http://www.pet-abuse.com/cases/19352/FL/US/#ixzz21HP2DiWf

Huge Courtroom Win for Caboodle Ranch Cats!

Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 10:00am


Thanks to a major court victory for the ASPCA this week, the cats rescued from Caboodle Ranch are a big step closer to finding the forever homes they deserve. In an eight-page order, a judge of Florida’s Third Judicial Circuit transferred ownership of the felines from Caboodle Ranch to local authorities, saying the nearly 700 cats should never return to the rural Florida property. The judge wrote that the cats “were not receiving proper and reasonable care while in the custody of Caboodle” and that Caboodle lacked “the resources, ability, skill and (most importantly) willingness to follow expert veterinary advice essential to an operation dedicated to the care of such a large and apparently ever-growing number of animals.”

The judge also prohibited Caboodle from acquiring more animals, ensuring that no more cats fall victim to hoarding there. “The court’s decision has the best interest of the animals at heart,” says Tim Rickey, Senior Director of the ASPCA's Field Investigations & Response Team. “As the court noted, cats at Caboodle lived in filth; many were sick and in pain.” Wednesday marked four months since authorities raided Caboodle Ranch in rural Madison County. Caboodle promoted itself as a sanctuary for unwanted felines, but the reality of life on the property was very different.

Today the cats are being housed in a temporary shelter in Jacksonville, receiving the veterinary attention, behavioral enrichment and companionship they deserve. Their road to forever homes has been a long one, but even more good news for the cats is just around the corner. Stay tuned to ASPCA.org for more great news about these resilient kitties!


This is really sad considering it is a SHELTER to help animals. The shelter is in New York and they are famous for turning healthy adoptable dogs into dead dogs. NYCACC

On Thurs, March 15th, just one month after walking out the front door, Beatrix was back at ACC.  But she wasn’t the same dog. She was brought in at deaths door – emaciated, hypothermic with a body temp of 92.6.  She was dull, depressed, covered in bloody diarrhea.  She was covered in bite wounds.  Multiple bite wounds.  Our sweet tiny Beatrix was attacked by dogs, her neck so badly bitten that blood gushed from her wounds. Bandages were placed on her neck with pressure to staunch the flow of blood. Warm IV fluids were given to raise her temp. We immediately posted her and put out a desperate plea “Someone please help her.”  A rescue called in and was told she was being treated.  For 2 days, no new information surfaced. ACC sent out no pleas. We learned today that Beatrix did not make it, that she is gone.  At some point she was transferred to a vet but it was too little too late. The wounds she suffered were too severe. She had lost too much blood.

What happened? What went wrong? A month ago she was moved to the safe folder. Today we move her to Gone. Once again, ACC failed a perfectly healthy, perfectly adoptable dog.  But they did more than fail her.  They betrayed her. We all know the level of “care” at NYCACC is substandard. We all know that they are too quick to kill-- to walk these healthy or easily-treatable dogs to the room of death.  But now we all know that there are some fates that are worse than that room.  Part of “rescuing” is to keep these animals not only from death, but also from abuse, hunger, thirst and pain. Beatrix was not shielded from any of this. She was adopted to someone that either did not care and let her loose to fend for herself... or something far worse.  Something far more sinister. It is difficult to imagine that someone adopts any dog with the intent to cause harm, but it is damn near impossible to imagine that anyone could adopt Beatrix with the sole purpose of destroying her in the most inhumane way.

Will we ever know which it was – carelessness or ruthless intent?  Probably not but the bottom line is the same either way.  NYCACC adopted Beatrix out. Once out of their “care” she was starved and abused. Her flesh was torn from her body by her own kind. She was brought back, her tiny body clinging to life. And now, she is gone.  Beatrix was failed. Beatrix was betrayed. She is gone, but she will certainly not be forgotten. We will remember her.

We want to see the person responsible for this horrific cruelty brought to justice. We want answers and we know you will too. So NYCACC… what are you going to do?  Beatrix is dead.  Will anyone be held accountable for her death?

 Beatrix's thread on Urgent: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=365822880097264&set=a.172404072772480.42595.152876678058553&type=3&theater

To ask NYC and the ACC what they will do to find those responsible for Beatrix's death, please fill out the form here: http://www.urgentdeathrowdogs.org/how-you-can-help/how-togroup1/act.htm

         No-Kill Nightmare:Caboodle Ranch Raided


Care2 Success! Warren County Fires Animal Control Director 

Care2 Success! Warren County Fires Animal Control Director

David Hennessee, director of animal control in Warren County, Tennessee, has been fired from his job.  The reasons? The county has received numerous complaints about Hennessee, including some that he needlessly sprayed down dogs in cold weather while cleaning out their pens, and others that in August 2010, the Humane Society rescued newborn puppies from the facility after they were discovered huddled together in waste water unable to get out of the kennel’s sewage drain.

Care2 Victory – Thank you!

Incensed by this, the Warren County Humane Society set up a Care2 petition to demand an end to the animal abuse, and the firing of Hennessee. The petition garnered over 5,000 signatures, and on Tuesday night the county commission’s Health and Welfare Committee voted to fire David Hennessee by a 3-2 decision. Thank you to all the Care2 activists who signed the petition! From WKRN-TV Nashville:

“It’s not like we’re happy he is out of a job, but we feel like he was given more than enough opportunities to correct his behavior,” Humane Society board member Clay Lerch told Nashville’s News 2.

“People here don’t view animals the same way they did 20 years ago.  I think they think they can go back to how things were, but there is no going back.  Things are moving forward,” said Lerch.

Volunteers with the Warren County Humane Society spent the day last Friday in front of the county administration building protesting the alleged abuse.

“Truth And Justice Prevailed”

But the battle is not over yet. Both board members and volunteers have additionally expressed concerns because the animal control facility has been closed off to the outside public ever since those puppies were discovered in the sewage drain. And they are hoping they can convince county commissioners to change the way the shelter is run. In a post on Facebook Tuesday night, the Humane Society called the county’s vote to terminate Hennessee a “victory,” saying “truth and justice prevailed.” The post read, in part, “Never again will an animal suffer in Warren County at the hands of David Hennessee, he has been given many chances to stop and he decided he did not want to, thankfully the board did hear the citizens and fired him.”

Hooray for the Humane Society and for Care2 activists!

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/care2-success-warren-county-fires-animal-control-director.html#ixzz1jmp0lccC

Ace is DEAD (in Detroit)Dog-Killing Bureaucrat.Hopefully Bruce King’s buns will be served up on a platter to the Judge.

Bruce King, General Manager, Environmental Health Service for the City of Detroit, that oversees Detroit Animal Control, issued a statement today to the press.  They went ahead and killed Ace.

The injunction issued by the Wayne County Court was not received by Detroit Animal Control or the City of Detroit. At the end of business today, the dog referred to as Ace was euthanized following expiration of the four day holding period and departmental policy.

We are not insensitive to the overwhelming appeal from citizens for an alternative approach. We are, indeed, heartened by these appeals. However, if we grant this one exception, we are simply not set up for what will undoubtedly lead to overwhelming appeals in similar cases.

This situation regarding the dog retrieved from the Ace Hardware store has now started to impact the safety of the residents of the city of Detroit. Urgent calls for help from elderly citizens, school principals, postal supervisors and the police are going unanswered because our Detroit Animal Control dispatch line is overwhelmed with calls from outside of the city, state and even the country.

Detroit Animal Control is operating under policies and procedures enacted to control the stray animal population and prevent injury to persons; especially children and the elderly. DAC is acting in accordance with the Stray Holding Law facilitated by the Michigan Department of Agriculture that mandates quarantining stray animals for 4 days; while ensuring they are provided care. Further, DAC does not adopt out or release pit bulls or pit bull mixes and will not release any dog (regardless of breed) unless proof of ownership can be established through a dog license or supporting documentation such as prior veterinary records.

There have been a number of people who have claimed ownership of the dog that have failed to provide adequate proof, including identifying the dog in the kennel, or having the dog recognize or respond to the individuals’ calls.

Bruce King
General Manager, Environmental Health Services
Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion

Well, his contempt for saving Ace is clear in his statement. And I would like to remind this POS that his story of not receiving court orders is full of shit. If the television stations and other news media knew about it, thousands on Facebook knew about it, then he did. Not only do we have his contempt of citizens of Detroit, animal lovers, and his own City Council (Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh advocated for Ace’s release), we have his blatant Contempt of Court.  Hopefully Bruce King’s buns will be served up on a platter to the Judge.

Bruce King, General Manager, Environmental Health Services Dog-Killing Bureaucrat.  Picture from his Twitter Account.

Storm’s thataway, Detroit.

God help you.



Lack of laws thwarted action sooner on Mason Creek Kennels in North Carolina so you know there will be no consequences for his actions.

On Thursday, animal control officers raided Mason Creek Kennels, where they seized 276 dogs, mostly smaller breeds, including some with serious ailments and infections and living in small, feces-encrusted cages. Greg Greene, Caldwell County's animal control director, said officers had gone to the kennel several times in recent years and had asked the owner, William "Bill" Thomas Allen, to make changes. "He used to do a real good job and had a nice facility," Greene said of the kennel on Free Mason Road in Hudson, about 70 miles northwest of Charlotte. Initially, Allen complied, Greene said, but over the past two years, the standard of care for the animals had declined steadily. But it wasn't until this week that investigators felt they had legal justification to seize the animals from the kennel, where they found dogs kept in dirty kennels or small, stacked cages. Now, Allen will face charges of animal neglect and cruelty - both misdemeanors. "There are no laws on the books about puppy mills," Greene said. "We have to wait until they fit the criteria for neglect and cruelty." It's unclear how many of the nation's 10,000 commercial dog breeders would qualify as puppy mills, said Kim Alboum, the N.C. director of the Humane Society of the United States, which assisted in the rescue of the dogs.

Complaints in the past: Rescuers said they saw the results of long-term neglect: severe ear infections, nails grown into the pads of their feet, matted fur so bad it's torn the skin, uterine infections from being overbred and female dogs with infected mammary glands. Those examinations - and the extent of the dogs' injuries and illnesses - will help determine the severity of the criminal charges Allen will face, Greene said. Last week, Allen surrendered 37 dogs to animal control. Most of them were older females that were no longer able to produce puppies. All had to be euthanized, Greene said.

The number and e-mail where they can be reached:  Read more: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/06/18/2387835/officials-lack-of-laws-thwarted.html#ixzz1Rj87EfSv

Please feel free to contact us anytime… William “Bill” and Deborah Allen 4871 Free Mason Road, Hudson, NC 28638  Bills’ Cell 1-(828) 962-2542

Hundreds of Dogs Seized from Animal Shelter


What a cute and endearing name for her place – The Tyme and Sage Ranch.  A place that suggested green grass, fragrant herbs, and dogs kicking their heels up in the air with pure exhilaration.

A place that was under contract as an animal shelter to Richland County.  A place with rotting corpses of dogs.  A place of severely ill animals that had to be PTS.  No water.  Frozen water and unheated buildings.  Dogs with severely matted fur.  Feces and other waste.  People who drove to her ranch in anticipation of adopting a puppy fled in horror and disgust.  And for the few who adopted dogs, they lost them to parvo or paid tons of money in vet bills.  Authorities removed 370 dogs and other animals in 2009. This heavyweight gross sickening woman was originally given 40 criminal misdemeanor charges and citations.  After a 3-week trial a jury found her guilty on six counts only – starving a dog to death, failing to provide water to animals, failing to maintain sufficient cleanliness for animals in her care and mistreatment of a specific ram, bull dog and border collie. The six guilty counts support a maximum sentence of 54 months in jail or three years probation and up to $10,000 in fines for each count. She will be sentenced on April 29.  Don’t expect too much from that sentencing.

Original story

Hundreds of Dogs Seized from Animal Shelter

petkusJennifer Petkus’ Thyme and Sage Ranch in rural Cazenovia, WI, has been under contract to act as an animal shelter for Richland County but it became obvious to Dr. Lisa Kerwin-Lucchi, a vet with the Dane County Humane Society, in March that Petkus’ idea of a shelter was a cruel and inhumane hell hole for dogs.

Kerwin-Lucchi was contacted as early as February by the ASPCA to begin collecting evidence for a search warrant for Petkus’ “animal shelter.” In March, Kerwin-Lucchi used a hidden camera to capture the conditions at the Thyme and Sage Ranch; dogs without access to food and unfrozen water, dogs with severely matted fur and inadequate bedding for unheated buildings, in addition to other injuries and poor conditions.

wi-shelter2Tuesday a search warrant was executed by Richland County Sheriff’s Department along with animal protection representatives from across the country to rescue about 300 dogs. At the time 100 were seized along with 8 horses and a goat with the rest to be removed as room is made from them. There were also six rotting dog carcases found and a ram that had to be euthanized. The ram had a broken leg and was so ill that it couldn’t even lift its head. Petkus refused to allow a vet to humanely euthanized the animal previously. “Even I didn’t know the extent of what was up there until I was physically at the property (Tuesday),” Kerwin-Lucchi said. The dogs are being taken to the Dane County Humane Society for evaluation and treatment. The ASPCA as well as other organizations and PetSmart Charities are all pitching in and helping.

wi-shelterPetkus was charged with 11 misdemeanors; one count of improper shelter to animals and 10 counts of intentionally mistreating animals. She also faces five counts of unlawful deposit of animals carcasses, a civil forfeiture. If convicted she faces up to a $10,000 fine or nine months in jail for each misdemeanor. Civic forfeitures carry a penalty of between $200 and $5,000.

The judge gave her a 10-thousand dollar signature bond an ordered to stay off her Cazenovia property until the investigation is complete. Once she is allowed to return, Petkus is expected to care for her remaining animals and allow veterinarians and law enforcement to check up on them. To read more: http://fortheloveofthedogblog.com/news-updates/hundreds-of-dogs-seized-from-animal-shelter-video


Ricky Pierce

Speaking of *excrement*…here is the guy that broke into his employer’s office looking to steal money and left with the office ablase killing four disabled cats.  His employer?  An Animal Shelter.  Read the initial story here. Ricky Pierce was sentenced to six years for setting fire to an animal shelter with another two years tacked on for burglary of the same building.  He was also was ordered to reimburse the animal shelter $22,659, pay back QBE Insurance Corp. $51,582 and was fined $2,500.

Original Story:

Arson at the Animal Shelter

Animal ShelterOne of the most unconscionable acts is to deliberately set fire to an animal shelter.  On December 20, around 4 PM, fire was discovered at the Southern Pines Animal Shelter of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The fire was contained quickly but not before the adoption office and two others were completely gutted.  Four cats perished in the fire. An investigation confirmed that the fire was a result of arson.

Robert Misseri, one of the founding members of Rescue Ink, contacted me directly and asked if I could spread the word about the fire at the Southern Pines Animal Shelter.  A bigger blow to the shelter was the arrest of the arsonist.  One of their own employees! Ricky Pierce is charged with arson and commercial burglary. The burglary charge stems from the theft of a computer hard drive from one of the kennel buildings.   Pierce worked for the shelter for about six months and was well-liked, but the staff stated he was angry at a recent change in his position.  Pierce started in an office position doing adoptions and other paperwork and greeting clients. About two weeks before the fire, Pierce was moved to the kennels. The four cats kept in the office were office pets and were disabled. Three were lame and the other was blind.  A shelter employee would know that disabled animals would have no chance of trying to hide or save themselves.   That in itself is monstrous and horrifying.  Just think of the devastation and lost lives if this fire spread to the kennels where the rest of the animals were located.  The staff is heartbroken over the loss of their pets.

Source: http://fortheloveofthedogblog.com/news-updates/justice-round-up-122110

More than 100 Starving Pitbulls Rescued

Jerry Lee Southern

Caretaker for the Dog Home from Hell.   Read Deanna’s story here. Southern was charged with 70 counts of animal cruelty in connection with the 106 dogs found chained and hungry at his property.  A plea agreement was reached and 65 counts were dropped. Southern was sentenced to a 15-year-suspended sentence, 90 days in the county jail with credit for time served, and he must pay $10,000 with $5,000 going to the Ponca City Humane Society; $2,500 to Bay Area Dog Lovers Responsible About Pit Bulls, (BADRAP), the rescue organization in California that assisted and rescued some of the dogs, and $2,500 to Oklahoma Alliance for Animals. He was also ordered not to have any other dogs other than the family pet that is currently owned. The ADA said by Southern giving money to the animal charities, it would be more beneficial than sitting in prison. I dunno…I think sitting 15 years in an empty barrel, 24/7, tethered by a 3-foot chain, starved and sitting in his own excrement is a much more fitting punishment.

Original Story:

PitbullLast week an anonymous tip led authorities to a property in the 7500 block of East Dry Road, seven miles west of Newkirk, OK. What greeted them when they arrived was 96 pitbulls, starved, emaciated, dehydrated and a number of them injured. Most were on 3 foot chains and had been there so long that deep groves were dug, some almost a foot deep where they paced their days away.

Pitbull found“The dogs that were chained had plastic barrel houses with little to no bedding and the ground was covered with old and dry feces, ” Sanders said.

“A few of the dogs had obvious injuries,” she continued. “One small black dog was literally missing the end of her nose. She looked to have been wounded in the past and healed back without nostrils. One large, white male was missing part of his tail with the remainder having large, open wounds.”

When Southern was arrested, his bond was only $5000. On Thursday a judge increased that bond to $250,000. Southern is charged with 106 counts of animal cruelty and one count of possessing dogs for fighting, each of those counts is a felony.

Source: http://fortheloveofthedogblog.com/news-updates/justice-round-up-122110


Jason Meduna

Horses neglected at sanctuary Alliance, NE (US)

County: Morrill Charges: Felony CTA Disposition: Convicted
Jason Meduna

Case Update
A Morrill County judge ordered a former rancher accused of neglecting and starving more than 200 horses to 40 months to 120 months in prison. Jason Meduna, 43, had been seeking probation sentence after a jury convicted him last month of 145 counts of intentional animal abuse, a Class IV felony. However, Judge Leo Dobrovolny said during sentencing that Meduna had yet to accept responsibility for his action and sentenced him to prison. In announcing his sentencing, Dobrovolny said he broke out the charges into two groups, separating charges into groupings of more than 100 counts relating to live animals suffering from malnutrition and ill health and nearly 30 charges for dead animals found on the ranch. Dobrovolny sentenced Meduna to serve 40 to 120 months in prison and the rancher, who touted himself as a horse lover, can’t own, possess, or reside with animals for 30 years.


Original story: The operator of a Nebraska training ranch and sanctuary for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustangs is facing cruelty charges in connection with the alleged maltreatment of an undisclosed number of animals. On Saturday, Morrill County authorities arrested Jason Meduna, operator of the 3-Strikes Ranch in Alliance, Neb., for animal cruelty, according to Morrill County Chief Deputy Scott Streeks.   According to the 3-Strikes Ranch Web site, Meduna trained BLM mustangs that had been repeatedly passed over for purchase or adoption. Meduna had acquired more than 210 wild horses and burros since 2007, said BLM spokesperson Cindy Wertz. BLM investigators removed one adopted horse from the ranch prior to Meduna's arrest, Wertz said.

This is an ongoing problem with this offender. Lets get him away from these wonderful Cats.


When you pay to pet a cub, what are you really supporting? This video shows you how people pimp out tiger cubs to support themselves while making no provisions for the lifetime care of the big cats they are breeding and buying. Watch this video about two such pay to play schemes run by Kathy Stearns of Dade City's Wild Things and Joe Schreibvogel of G.W. Exotics. Help us put an end to big cats being kept as "pets" here: http://capwiz.com/bigcatrescue/home/ OR  http://www.bigcatrescue.org/video/00389.htm

The animals removed were part of an animal sanctuary operated by Karl Mitchell. The federal government pulled the facilities license. Mitchell kept the animals anyway. In addition to the federal government, Mitchell has also been under investigation for animal neglect here in Nevada and in California. 

To read more about this: http://www.8newsnow.com/story/3016879/neglected-animals-removed-from-pahrump-residence?nav=168YX1aW&redirected=true


Gold Bar couple gets 1 year in animal abuse case in Everette Washington.. Parents also charged in separate case.

Jason and Serenna Larsen were each given a year in jail for each of their six felony counts to be served concurrently. But Serenna Larsen won't serve any jail time, and will instead serve time on work release.

Gold Bar couple gets 1 
year in animal abuse case

Serenna Larsen, left, and Jason Larsen are seen in court on Monday, Jan. 25, 2010.

EVERETT, Wash. -- The couple accused of starving, dehydrating and suffocating at least six animals while working at a kennel in Gold Bar has been given the maximum sentence allowed.  Jason and Serenna Larsen were each given a year in jail for each of their six felony counts. However, they will be allowed to serve all six sentences concurrently, which effectively reduces their sentences to just one year each. And Serenna Larsen will serve her time on work release. In addition, the Larsens must pay roughly $3,000 in penalties and more than $30,000 in restitution. In court on Monday, some were simply stunned by the sentence. Home video obtained by KOMO News showed 150 dogs - many of them puppies - starving and crammed into cages at a home in Gold Bar. Animal control found six puppies dead in a freezer. "Some of the feces were piled so high, the probable cause affidavit indicates the dogs were able to use it to jump from one pen to the other," a prosecutor said.
The couple pleaded guilty to six felony animal cruelty charges. But on Monday, the Larsens threw themselves at the mercy of the court, claiming they didn't know they were working for the owner of a puppy mill.  The kennel belongs to Mary Ann Holleman, whose parents, Marjorie and Richard Sundberg, were charged in a separate animal cruelty case in Skagit County.
Kennel owner, parents, sister also under probe

In addition to Holleman's kennel, investigators also raided the homes of Holleman and her sister, Renee Roske, last January. At that time, Roske said some of her dogs were at her parents' kennel in Skagit County. Roske's claim led detectives to Marjorie and Richard Sundberg's Mount Vernon kennel where they seized nearly 450 dogs.

Detectives said the dogs were kept in tight cages contaminated with feces and urine that sat alongside bodies of dead dogs in unheated spaces. Many dogs had been left without any food or water. Veterinarians later determined some of dogs were suffering from coccidia, an intestinal disease, and many others were pregnant. The Sundbergs were each charged with four counts of animal cruelty in the first degree, four counts of animal cruelty in the second degree and one count of transporting or confining in an unsafe manner. They have pleaded not guilty on all counts. Neither Roske nor Holleman have been charged; however, the investigation is ongoing. Detectives are seeking customers who may have purchased a dog from Roske or Wags N Wiggles Pet Shop, which she runs out of her Snohomish Home. Anyone who thinks they may have gotten a dog from Roske is urged to e-mail Snohomish County investigators.
By Marlee Ginter & KOMO Staff



Caught On Tape: Alleged Animal Shelter Abuses In Los Angeles County

These surveillance videos, obtained by CBS 2 News, show what some L.A. County animal shelter employees do when they think the public's not watching.
"How do you pull a defenseless dog through the facility like that, dragging it, and you have nothing to say at all."  We have the videos and obtained documents showing a hidden culture at the county shelters, where animals are allegedly euthanized and abused by employees, sometimes for kicks.
"There were quite a few of them who high-fived each other when they got certified to put the animals to sleep, as if it was a major coup."  L.A. County's Animal Care and Control claims to be one of the largest and progressive shelter systems in the nation. Their slogan is "care with compassion."  But our investigation found that is not always the case.  Animal control officers are watched from dozens of surveillance cameras set up all around the six shelters across L.A. County, watching them when no one else may be watching.  In a video from the backroom of the Downey shelter, an animal control officer is seen putting his foot on the dog he just brought in. While it's fully restrained on what is called a catch pole, he pins the dog down, jabbing the pole in its throat.  In this video from the Baldwin Park shelter last December, the officer drags the dog all the way down the long corridor, pulling it by a rope, as the animal spreads out on all fours. When he stops, the friendly dog wags its tail, only to be dragged along even further.  The day before in Baldwin Park, a camera catches another officer doing the exact same thing -- dragging a dog by a rope down a corridor.


Coopersburg man ran illegal kennel and is a American Kennel Club Judge.

64 yr old MARVIN J COHEN

A Coopersburg lawyer and dog breeder has been charged by state dog-law enforcers with operating a kennel without a license for allegedly keeping or transferring more than 25 dogs a year. M.J. Cohen, who also is an American Kennel Club judge, had 69 dogs at his Coopersburg home when dog wardens served a search warrant Monday night, said Justin Fleming, spokesman for the state Department of Agriculture. The dog wardens also found records indicating Cohen had sold 37 puppies this year, Fleming said Friday. Cohen, a breeder of Great Danes, was issued a cease and desist order to bar him from euthanizing, buying or selling any dogs, and Smith said Cohen could face additional charges. Fleming said Cohen was not arraigned because he does not face criminal charges, but citations similar to traffic tickets. Cohen could not be reached Friday evening for comment. Of course not !!

To read more: http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-coopersburg-kennel-charges-20100611,0,2958459.story

Memphis Animal Shelter; Hundreds of Unexplained Deaths – VIDEO

MAS1Almost a month after the raid on the Memphis Animal Shelter, MAS, it’s beginning to look like what they found is just the tip if the iceberg.  As the investigation continues, records, what few and disorganized there are, show that about 18,000 animals went through MAS from January  through mid-November.  Over 12,000 were euthanized but there was also a figure of more than 200 animals that died while in the shelter’s care.

These animals, these 227 unfortunate animals’ deaths’ remain unexplained and may never be explained due to how terrible the paperwork was kept at the shelter. Two weeks after the raid, there were already many changes at the shelter but we’re still waiting to see criminal charges filed against those responsible for the horrific conditions that we are now finding out are even worse, if possible, then we even thought.  It looks like that may happen soon and it cannot be soon enough.  The DA’s office is still waiting for the final investigation report…. so I guess we’ll keep tuned and hope that there will be some kind of justice for those so cruelly and wantonly killed.


Memphis Animal Shelter, Two Weeks Later


It’s been about two weeks since the Memphis Animal Shelter was raided after horrific animal cruelty was discovered there, what’s happened in the interim?  We know the Mayor AC Wharton formed a task force to oversee the shelter and that video cameras were installed in some of the shelter areas. You can actually view what’s going on via the cameras at the City of Memphis website – HERE The warrant listen two names specifically, one, that of the shelter director, Ernest Alexander and and other, Ivan Russell, a field supervisor at the shelter. Last Friday, Mayor Wharton fired Ernest Alexander who was hired in 2006 after a nationwide search for a new shelter director.  It’s has also come to light the Alexander,  previously involved with a shelter in Albuquerque, NM, also faced allegation of animal cruelty there. The firing came after a dog was improperly euthanized last week, the owner was never notified,  and the investigation showed serious mismanagement under Alexander. 

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My thoughts: What is really sad is the suffering these animals endured and the red tape that keeps them in harms way because the laws are not tough enough.  If there were better laws for this kind of cruelty made by the states legislation there would be less people like this Shelter getting away with scaring these animals for life..   Write your congress and law makers of your state please..


Breeder charged with cruelty, 90 dogs surrendered Stuarts Draft, VA (US)


Incident Date: Wednesday, Aug 26, 2009
County: Augusta Charges: Misdemeanor
Disposition: Convicted
Defendant/Suspect: Kyle N. Brydge

A Stuarts Draft dog breeder was charged late Wednesday with 100 assorted misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty and failure to provide adequate care, according to Augusta County Animal Control arrest warrants. Kyle N. Brydge, 45, owner of Oak Leaf Kennel on China Clay Road, was ordered held without bond Thursday afternoon. Of 102 total charges, he faces 70 counts of Class 1 misdemeanor cruelty to animals; 30 counts of Class 3 misdemeanor failure by a pet shop owner to provide adequate care; and one count each of failure to maintain proper business records and failure to properly license a dog older than 4 months. Brydge last week relinquished more than 90 dogs to state and local authorities after a routine inspection by a state veterinarian, according to Augusta County General District Court records. On Tuesday, a judge’s order barred Kyle and Kim Brydge from owning companion animals for two years. Brydge failed to provided adequate care, food, water and shelter for 99 dogs -- mostly small breeds -- the order states. Exactly how many dogs were seized remains unclear: court records variously name 94, 97, or 99 seized dogs. Those animals since have been sent to animal shelters across Virginia, according to Augusta County authorities. Brydge has declined to comment. Oak Leaf Kennel was operated on Brydge’s 17-acre property, which has a special-use permit from Augusta County permitting 106 dogs to be kept there, according to county records. Class 1 misdemeanor charges carry a maximum 12-month jail sentence. Other misdemeanors are punishable by fines.

Case Update

Augusta County officials decided to place further restrictions on a Stuarts Draft dog breeder, who pleaded guilty to dozens of animal cruelty charges in September. The Board of Zoning Appeals unanimously voted Thursday to cancel special-use permits that allowed Kyle Brydge and his wife, Kim, to have on a kennel on their property. Brydge was arrested on 70 charges of animal cruelty and 30 charges of failing to provide adequate care following an animal cruelty probe involving the 99 dogs he owned on the property. At the time, Kyle Brydge was ordered to pay the Augusta Regional Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals $10,890 in restitution and a judge entered a civil order barring him from owning or possessing companion animals for two years. However, a separate ruling later stipulated that Kyle Brydge could keep six of his dogs. In addition, Brydge’s wife and son, both of whom were not charged, were also allowed to keep companion animals on the property.

Because Kyle and Kim Brydge were both listed on the county special-use permit, Thursday’s BZA ruling now restricts the couple from owning more than four dogs. Board members said Kim Brydge still has the option of reapplying for a special-use permit.
Source: News-Leader - Dec 3, 2009
Update posted on Dec 6, 2009 - 10:10PM 


Ex-Tiger Ranch owner Lin Marie pleads guilty to animal cruelty charges.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The owner of a defunct, no-kill cat shelter in Frazer pleaded guilty yesterday to 12 animal cruelty charges. Tiger Ranch owner Lin Marie, 47, of Miller Drive, Frazer, also pleaded guilty to two counts of evidence tampering. She also agreed to pay $200,000 in restitution. In exchange for the plea, prosecutors dropped almost 600 animal cruelty and other charges against Lin Marie.  Additionally, Marie agreed Monday to pay restitution to the Pennsylvania branch of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Jugan told the court that although the SPCA has spent about $500,000 to house, feed and care for cats taken from Tiger Ranch during the raid, it has agreed to accept a lower figure. Jugan said Marie was given a $100,000 credit for the SPCA taking her horses and some other items. Marie has received a little more than $200,000 in legal defense and other contributions, Jugan said. Marie's lead attorney, Robert Hollister, of Montrose, in the northeast corner of the state, declined to say how much of the fine will be paid with contributions to Tiger Ranch or how much of the money will be used in legal defense. Hollister also declined other comment. In court, Jugan emphasized that the prosecution is seeking a jail sentence for Marie. In addition, after she is released, Marie is not allowed to "own or control" any animals while she is on probation. Marie, who has worked in a veterinarian's office, is allowed to continue in that job pending sentencing. Judge Rangos ordered a mental health evaluation of Marie because of the guilty plea to animal cruelty. She also ordered a separate pre-sentence investigation to be completed. During last year's raid, many of the cats were dead or dying. The SPCA took custody of about 600 cats, SPCA spokeswoman Kim Wolf said from Philadelphia on Monday. About 240 cats survive. Wolf said the SPCA is working on a way to give the cats back to their owners and to allow adoption of the others. In court, Hollister and Jugan said cat owners who can prove they own a particular cat will be given an opportunity by next Wednesday to get the cats. Proof of ownership would include a photo, veterinary bill or vaccination records.

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Kathy Bauck Sentenced for Animal Torture Conviction – NO JUSTICE!

Kathy Bauck Kathy Bauck, notorious former owner of Pick of the Litter kennel was convicted of 4 misdemeanor charges, 3 of torture and 1 of animal cruelty, in March. Now Judge Waldemar Senyk has handed down the sentence and I am just beyond anger and sadness at the total lack of compassion and justice this sentence shows; 20 days in jail and a $500 fine! Unbelievable!! Pathetic!!

Bauck, who has a history of animal cruelty and practicing veterinary medicine without a license has been charged in the past and seems to manage to plea down and wound up with practically no punishment. Minnesota is pathetically lax when it comes to laws covering breeders or in her case, puppy millers, and she has again and again taken advantage. “She has been cited for inadequate record-keeping, animals with swollen limbs, missing skin, animal fighting with each other inside her facility, unsafe and unsanitary housing. You name it, she’s been cited many times by the USDA,” Jill Fritz, Minnesota Humane Society Director said. Originally facing 9 felony counts of animal cruelty, practicing veterinary medicine without a license and torture, by the time she went to court most had been thrown out and she faced only minimal charges and was convicted of only 4 misdemeanor charges. Amazing that in light of the incredible video that by shot undercover showing the cruelties and horrors she inflicted on the dogs at the kennel. If you have the stomach for it, you can view the video HERE. It’s tough to take and even tougher to believe that anyone could view that and not remove every dog from that kennel and lock that bitch up for good! Well, good ole Judge Waldemar Senyk decided that sentencing her on only one count of animal torture would be enough to encompass all the charges and only gave her a slap on the wrist, bad girl!! She could have gotten up to 90 days in jail per each count and/or up to a fine of $1,000 per each count but guess Senyk either didn’t watch the video, slept through the proceedings or just plain doesn’t give a damn, take your choice. Looks like Kathy Bauck will be back to torturing, abusing and practicing in no time, not that she ever actually stopped. Pick of the Litter kennel is now “owned” by her husband and daughter but there’s no doubt who runs this hellhole.

If you’d like to let the Honorable Judge Senyk know what you think of this sentence, the contact info is as follows:

Honorable Judge Waldemar Senyk
121 West Junius Avenue, Suite 310
Fergus Falls, MN 56537
Fax 218-998-8414
Phone: (218) 998-8420

As difficult as it will be, try to be polite and professional but express your displeasure and dissatisfaction. No doubt we’ll be hearing more in the future… I want to say more but thing will only deteriorate to an unpublishable point!


Dog Killer High Caliber K-9 Owner Gets Jail Time for Starving Dogs

Steve CroleySteve Croley, owner of High Caliber K-9 kennels, where 7 dead and 12 starving dogs were found in October was sentenced to jail time this week in accordance with a plea agreement reached in December.  Originally charged with nineteen counts of animal cruelty and neglect, Croley was arraigned on only four counts in court due to some procedural situations which you can read more about in the original story.

The plea agreement was that Croley plead no contest to 4 misdemeanor animal cruelty charges and the sentence would be 30 days in jail on each count; restitution of $1,646 to Animal Charity, a humane agency on South Avenue that rescued dogs from the property; and a provision that Croley not own or harbor animals during his probation. Although the judge could have imposed more time and fines than worked out in the plea deal, up to 90 days in jail and $750 fine for each count, Croley would have had the option to then withdraw his plea and go to trial.  Judge Robert A. Douglas Jr. basically stuck with the agreement.

Even as Judge Douglas said he found it hard “to understand what happened, why it happened,” he only sentenced Croley to 4 months jail, with 13 days served, the time he sat in jail prior to posting bail, restitution of $1,796 and serve three years’ probation, during which time he is not allowed to own or harbor any animal. He was also fined $1,000 and has six months to pay the fine and restitution. “We feel good about the decision,” Nikole Owen, Animal Charity chief executive officer, said after court. “Initially we thought he would not receive jail time.”

 To read more: http://fortheloveofthedogblog.com/news-updates/dog-killer-high-caliber-k-9-owner-gets-jail-time-for-starving-dogs

Justice Drops the Ball Again! 41 Dead Dogs, Plea Deal and Probation

Troy Tagtmeyer  Troy Tagtmeyer owned a breeding kennel, Neco Kennel, on County Road 31 north of Stratton in Colorado. In May, authorities found 40 dead dogs. They’d been left locked in their kennel to starve to death and some were in such bad shape that they couldn’t even recognize the breed. Of the six dogs that were still alive, one later died from dehydration and malnutrition.

Tagtmeyer was charged with 46 felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty. Later a 47th count was added for attempting to deceive a state animal welfare investigator.Starved dog from Tagtmeye's Neco Kennel

One of the saddest things about this case is that in February Tagtmeyer lost his kennel license after a failed inspection, was told to close his kennel and given two weeks to place the dogs in suitable homes.

“There were repeat issues of cleanliness, some animal care issues and waste disposal,” Anderson said. “At that time, we were told the kennel was closing.” Follow-up was done by phone and mail, no one ever went back to make sure that the order was carried out until a state investigator visited the property when the 40 dead dogs were found. This horrific situation could have been avoided! And when authorities removed the dogs from the kennel, Tagtmeyer was actually allowed to keep several dogs that were in his home, pregnant dogs, because the warrant did not include the house.

Faced with the 46 Class 6 felony charges for aggravated animal abuse, Tagtmeyer could have been facing, for each charge, a one-to-two-year sentence with a $1,000 to $100,000 fine per charge. Additionally, with aggravated circumstances, prison time could reach a maximum of four years per charge. And now what is he going to be facing with the plea deal which drops everything but one animal cruelty charge? Possibly 4 years probation and 90 days of electronic home monitoring. Needless to say, when word of the pending plea deal came out last month, it angered a lot of people and rightly so!

What the hell is wrong with people?! They’ve got a kennel that belongs to this waste of human life, a revoked license, history of problems and failed inspections and of course 40 dead dogs that were cruelly starved to death and they can’t figure out a way to put together some kind of a case that will hold up to send him to jail? Words cannot even begin to express what I think and feel about this appalling, insane, unbelievable situation. Travesty of justice is far too mild a phase! I can’t even continue…

 To read more: http://fortheloveofthedogblog.com/news-updates/justice-drops-the-ball-again-41-dead-dogs-plea-deal-and-probation


Montana Kennel Shut Down, Dogs Seized from Linda Kapsa

Puppies seized from Shady Lane KennelFor the second time in less than a month, authorities armed with warrants hit a Ballantine, Montana dog breeder, Linda Kapsa.  Earlier in December 10 dogs were seized and 13 dead dogs were found.  Earlier this week, 189 dogs were removed and another 11 dead dogs were found, 10 frozen outside and one laying beside Kapsa’s bed.

“The law of the West is you don’t abuse your animals,” said County Commissioner Jim Reno. “Leaving little puppies out in below-zero weather, outside, without obvious food or shelter — that doesn’t make it here.” The seized dogs were all English Shepherds but authorities are wondering where the 50 pugs they had seen last time at shady Lane Kennels disappeared to. The dogs were living in dilapidated outbuildings, mobile homes and running loose, many without food, water or shelter.  Many were covered in feces, matted fur, ice, and suffering from parasites, malnutrition and exposure. Most of the dogs were shy and timid, totally unused to human contact. “They don’t know how to take treats from us. They’ve never had a treat,” said Tonya Davison, a volunteer from the Beartooth Humane Alliance.

Linda Kapsa

Seems like the law did catch up to Linda Kapsa, the Montana dog breeder with a history of animal abuse and neglect.  Check out Deanna’s original post. Linda Kapsa pleaded no contest  to one felony count of aggravated animal cruelty and was sentenced to serve 20 years with all time suspended. She will spend no time in jail.   She was also ordered that she keep no more than three spayed or neutered dogs as companions during that twenty years and a probation officer will be able to visit the property at anytime to check on the welfare of the animals. Kapsa will also be able to keep several goats, chickens, horses, and cockatiels. She was ordered to pay $120,000 dollars in restitution – $50 dollars every month for the next 20 years.

To read more:  http://fortheloveofthedogblog.com/news-updates/justice-round-up-100509

Linda Kapsa

Linda Kapsa, serving a 20-year suspended sentence for felony aggravated animal cruelty, is asking a judge to reduce her sentence and allow her to keep more animals.  She was also restricted by the number of animals she could keep – three dogs, 20 chickens, 10 goats and four horses. She believes her public defenders failed to properly represent her and also stated that prosecutors violated a plea agreement by failing to make sure that volunteers who cared for her dogs would be given first choice at adoption. Kapsa seeks to increase the number of animals she can have and reduce the term of her probationary sentence. And this one takes the cake.



21 dogs abandoned, breeder charged
Bradford Township, PA (US)

Defendant/Suspect: Cheryl Ann Magnotta
Incident Date: Sunday, Jun 10, 2007 County: McKean Charges: Misdemeanor
Disposition: Convicted

Pennsylvania Law enforcement officials encountered a grisly scene when they found the decomposed bodies of as many as 20 dead Great Dane dogs at a Bradford Township home.  Bradford Township Police said the carcasses of approximately 20 Great Danes were found Thursday by a man who had gone in to clean a deserted home at 320 W. Corydon St. near the Dorothy Lane intersection. A township officer said the home had been owned and occupied by Cheryl Magnatto, who had been a licensed Great Dane breeder in the past. Officials said Ms. Magnatto had not lived at the house for the past several months as the home had been repossessed by a lending agency. Police have been attempting to locate Cheryl Magnatto. They said the carcasses of the large dogs were discovered by Jack Buckles who had been hired to go to the rundown home on Thursday to begin cleaning and restoring the property so it could be put on the market.  During the search they found the bodies and bones of adult and younger dogs in two boarded-up back buildings used as kennels, in shallow graves behind the buildings and even under old tarps and rugs on the ground. "Some of them (search team members) were running out in the bushes and were gagging," Mr. Buckles said. Mr. Danias added, "We tried to gather up everything but there is still a few pieces of bone here and there. It was pathetic."

Case Update

A woman who pleaded guilty to six counts of animal cruelty after the carcasses of 21 dogs were found on her former property was credited with time served and sentenced Thursday to a year of probation.
Cheryl Magnotta, 59, was charged after a real estate agent found two dead Great Danes on her foreclosed property in Bradford in June. Authorities said a subsequent search of the property yielded the remains of the other dogs under tarps and rugs, and in kennels, boarded-up buildings and shallow graves.
  Police said it appeared the animals had starved to death. Magnotta pleaded guilty last week. On Thursday, McKean County District Judge John Yoder sentenced her to six to 23 1/2 months in prison. She was credited for 198 days time served and released on parole for the rest of her sentence.
Magnotta was also sentenced to a year of probation, according to the McKean County Court Administrator's office. She was ordered to surrender her kennel license and undergo a mental health evaluation.

Magnotta had a registered kennel license as recently as 2001 and was known to breed dogs, police have said.
Source: Philly.Com - Jan 24, 2008
Update posted on Jan 24, 2008 - 5:06PM 


Hoarding - former veterinarian charged, 48 dogs seized Edgewood, NM

Disposition: Alleged
Alleged: Debra Clopton, DVM

    On Monday, May 13, former veterinarian Debra Clopton appeared in court for the animal cruelty case that has caused dozens of the dogs taken from her Edgewood house in April to be packed inside the Santa Fe Animal Shelter. The 48 dogs seized from her home on April 1 as part of an animal-cruelty investigation have now grown to a total number of 78, because some have had litters of pups at the shelter, reported KRQE.

On April 1, former Veterinarian, Debra Clopton, whose license was suspended a year ago, was arrested in her rented Edgewood, New Mexico, house on drug charges and the possibility of 48 counts of animal cruelty. Law enforcement officers obtained a search warrant and raided the home, where they found forty-eight dogs of various ages and conditions. Many seized were ill or had neurological disorders. All of the dogs were taken to the Santa Fe Animal Shelter.

Santa Fe County Sheriff's deputies served a warrant at Debra Clopton's house, allowing investigators to seize animals and anything that could be used to practice veterinary medicine, after a month-long investigation. They were assisted by Doña Ana County Animal Cruelty Task Force, according to KRQE. Deputies say Clopton's veterinary license was revoked a year ago; however, she had Euthanol Euthanasia, a Schedule III controlled substance, in her possession, which also resulted in drug-related charges. Clopton had already been convicted of having too many dogs at her Rio Rancho home. More animals were found inside that home, which she had vacated, a couple of weeks ago.

Case Updates

A Santa Fe County grand jury has indicted former veterinarian Debra Clopton on 52 counts, including three felonies.

The charges are similar to those previously filed against her soon after 48 dogs were seized from her Edgewood home on April 1. The animals allegedly were found in poor living conditions.

Under indictments handed down by the grand jury this week, Clopton now faces three felony counts of possession of dangerous drugs, one misdemeanor count of practicing veterinary medicine without a license and 48 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty.

The drug counts are for alleged possession of drugs typically used by veterinarians: the steroid dexamethasone, the anti-inflammatory pain reliever carprofen, and phenobarbital, used for euthanizations.

In their raid in April, investigators found what were described as "deplorable" conditions for the dogs at the home of Clopton, 48, whose license was revoked by the New Mexico Board of Veterinary Medicine last year.

Read more: Hoarding - former veterinarian charged, 48 dogs seized - Edgewood, NM | Pet-Abuse.Com Animal Cruelty Database http://www.pet-abuse.com/cases/19982/NM/US/#ixzz2rkbXNjLw

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