Sunday, April 30, 2017

West Virginia: Great Pyrenees attacked by two pit bulls

WEST VIRGINIA -- Rebecca Tinsley-Holley posted on Facebook April 1, 2017

2 pit bulls attacked Allister, this morning. Does anyone know who I could call to have them look into it? If it would have been our chihuahua, or any of the other little lap dogs around here they would have killed them!

Missouri: Man devastated after his best friend is mauled to death by a pit bull

MISSOURI -- Kerry Mann posted on Facebook April 2, 2017

With so much sadness I Lost my best friend today.... He got attacked by a pit bull! I'm so lost right now! Going ta be off grid till I get over his loss.. Loved him so!!

Montana: Animal Control had been finding dead and starving animals on disbarred Billings attorney Randy Laedeke's property for years before they finally got around to doing anything about it

MONTANA -- Randy Scott Laedeke, 60, the former Billings attorney who was disbarred amid allegations that he embezzled thousands of dollars from his client’s estate, was charged Thursday with felony animal abuse.

Laedeke, 60, was charged with at least two counts of cruelty to animals, one of them a felony, and one count of livestock unlawfully running at large, a misdemeanor.

Justice of the Peace Pedro R. Hernandez allowed Laedeke to remain out of jail during Thursday's initial appearance in Yellowstone County Justice Court.

An investigation into this case began in August 2015, when two loose horses were spotted south of the interstate near Billings.

A county animal control officer noted that one horse appeared malnourished and both had scabs and scars, charges state.

The officer determined that the horses belonged to Laedeke, who at first would not admit that he owned the horses.

After Laedeke quit lying, officers inspected his property. They found multiple horses in "poor condition".

The officer rated many of Laedeke's horses as a "one" on the Henneke Body Scoring System, a standardized numerical scale used to evaluate a horse's body mass. "One" is the lowest score a horse can have and not be dead.

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According to court documents, a pony was found on the property with untrimmed, overgrown hooves that made it difficult and painful for the animal to walk.

One of the stud horses was found with a serious infection that led him to waste away.

At least three horse skeletons were found on Laedeke’s property, according to court documents.

Investigators did not observe any feed or grass for the animals to eat.

When questioned about the condition of the horses, Laedeke acknowledged that the horses were a little thin but denied that they were in poor shape.

Laedeke made various excuses, according to the report, as to why the horses were not cared for.

Laedeke told the officers that he would get the pony’s hooves trimmed and make sure the other horses were tended to, but nothing had changed two months later.

Apparently they never bothered to file criminal charges against him even. Instead, they told him to either kill the horses, sell them or get them back to decent health.

Over the following months, officers returned to inspect the animals.

In August 2015, the officer noted that of about 32 horses on the property, just eight appeared to be in "decent body condition," charges state.

A Montana Equine Medical/Surgical Center doctor reached similar conclusions in October 2015, according to court documents.

Again, nothing was done.

Inspections in March 2016 found another neglected horse, according to court documents.

Nothing was done. Is this sounding familiar?

Officers responded to Laedeke’s property as recently as March 2017 for a complaint of a sick horse on his property.

The horse’s ribs, hips, and other bones were showing through, according to court documents.


A former attorney, Laedeke was disbarred in 2015 for mishandling a client's settlement in the wake of a vehicle crash death. The Montana Supreme Court ordered him to pay $65,547 in restitution.

Then in 2016, he faced federal charges for wire fraud for alleged embezzlement in that same case. Prosecutors said that Laedeke took outsized fees from a settlement while representing the estate of a person who died in a car crash.

That case was dismissed in September 2016.

In Montana, disbarred attorneys cannot reapply for admittance for at least five years.

In the animal case, Laedeke is scheduled to appear in Yellowstone County District Court on April 27.

(KXLH - April 21, 2017)

Florida: John Grimes and Monroe Moore Jr. Sentenced In Horse Starvation Animal Cruelty Case

FLORIDA -- Two Century men have been sentenced in connection with a 2015 animal cruelty case.

Despite being charged with felony animal cruelty, John Jackson Grimes was given 12 months probation and told to do 50 hours of community service.

His partner in crime, Monroe Kemp Moore, Jr., got the same sentence.


No jail time, not even one single day, given to these scumbags who knowingly starved these horses until they were walking skeletons.

Escambia County Animal Control, Panhandle Equine Rescue and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office seized three severely malnourished horses from a property in the 2500 block of Highway 168, near Shaw Road, near Century on May 27, 2015.

According to court documents in the case, two of the horses had bones that were  projecting and visible due to malnourishment. The horses were unable to graze due to a lack of grass in their quarter of an acre enclosure. It appeared that the horses had no water and no one caring for them for some time.

The horses were rehabilitated by Panhandle Equine Rescue.

The only horse rescue in Escambia County, PER was founded by a small group of concerned citizens with a mission to rescue, rehabilitate and provide adoption services for abused, neglected and abandoned equines. PER is authorized by the court system to investigate equine cruelty in Escambia County.

( - March 2, 2017)


Saturday, April 29, 2017

Pennsylvania: Police officer, responding to a domestic call, is attacked by pit bull

PENNSYLVANIA -- A Sharon patrolman is on medical leave after being badly injured by a dog early Friday morning while responding to a domestic call, police said.

Lt. Jeffrey A. Wiscott was treated at a local hospital for several puncture wounds, torn tissue and a large laceration on his right forearm, police said.

Police said Wiscott and patrolman Ryan Chmura responded at 2:47 a.m. to 287 Cedar Ave., where the caller said he was arguing with his brother who was drunk.

Lt. Wiscott is recovering after being
attacked by a pit bull

When they arrived, a woman – Stephanie D. McDonald, 54 – opened the door and police said they saw a brown pit bull behind her.

They said they ordered her to lock up the dog, and a man at the home – Richard W. McDonald Jr., 35 – took the dog upstairs.

Police said they went inside and settled the dispute, asking another man – Michael L. McDonald, 30 – to go upstairs.

Shortly afterward as police were leaving, the pit bull came running downstairs and attacked Lt. Wiscott, police said. 

Before officers could react, the dog lunged and grabbed Wiscott's right arm, police said.

Chmura drew his weapon and jumped back onto the couch but was unable to shoot the dog without hitting Wiscott, police said.

One of the owners grabbed the dog by the collar and pulled it away from Wiscott, police said.

The dog continued to lunge at the officers, even with Richard holding it back, police said.

A supervising officer arrived and took Wiscott to the emergency room. He was released pending further medical treatment, police said.

Shenango Valley Animal Shelter personnel removed the dog and quarantined it because it did not have a rabies vaccination, police said.

(Sharon Herald - April 22, 2017)

California: "I was attacked by a pit bull on Monday and have a 4 inch by 2 inch chunk of skin and subcutaneous tissue missing from my right inner thigh"

CALIFORNIA -- Lissa Rankin posted on Facebook April 1, 2017

For those of you who heard that I was attacked by a pit bull on Monday and have a 4 inch by 2 inch chunk of skin and subcutaneous tissue missing from my right inner thigh.

I just wanted to give you some good news. I know many of you have been praying for me and sending me remote healing- and I want you to know that it's working!


Alabama: Angry that a woman dared tell him to move out, Julio Rodriguez went outside and started slashing chickens with a machete, klling or muilating 32

ALABAMA -- A man has been arrested on animal cruelty charges after killing or mutilating 32 chickens with a machete.

News outlets report that Limestone County Sheriff's deputies arrested 26-year-old Julio Cesar Rodriguez on Tuesday.

Limestone County Sheriff's Office spokesman Stephen Young says the incident stemmed from a domestic dispute when Rodriguez got angry after a woman told him to leave the residence.

He later went outside and began hitting the chickens with a machete.

Rodriguez has been charged with felony aggravated cruelty to animals and was being held in the Limestone County Jail on $2,500 bail. It's unclear if he has an attorney.

(Fox10TV - April 27, 2017)