Saturday, December 10, 2016

Ohio: Jennifer Schwab, 36; Tanna Howser, 32, and Farrell Weger, 39, forced 6-week-old puppy to drink vodka

OHIO -- Three Ashtabula residents who police say gave alcohol to a puppy now face charges of animal cruelty after posting a photo on Facebook of the dog passed out on the floor.

Jennifer Schwab, 36; Tanna J. Howser, 32, and Farrell Weger, 39, all of Ashtabula, are charged with cruelty to companion animals, a first-degree misdemeanor, according to police reports.

Police arrived at a home in the 300 block of West 53rd Street at 3:45 p.m.
Monday after receiving calls about photos of an intoxicated dog posted on Facebook. Police were told the puppy was intentionally given vodka and Kahlua, according to the police report.

Schwab told police Weger gave the three-month-old puppy alcoholic drinks.

Howser then posted the photo on Facebook with the caption, "lilybug is drunk she pass the (expletive) out on us LOL," according to the police report.

The dog was removed from the home by the city's animal control officer, Derrell McCaleb, who took the puppy to the Animal Protective League in Kingsville Township, according to his report.

City Solicitor Michael Franklin filed the charges Thursday.

"The Facebook screenshots give a disturbing view of the thought processes of these people," Franklin said.

Municipal Court officials will send a summons to the three, or have it delivered today by a bailiff, police said.

Franklin said the charge is a first-degree misdemeanor upon a first conviction, and a felony upon any further convictions.

(Star Beacon - Dec 1, 2016)

Maryland: Donald Yearwood, 21, is accused of kicking and stomping four puppies and then throwing them down a flight of stairs before tossing their tiny bodies into a dumpster.

MARYLAND -- A Baltimore man has been charged with animal cruelty after police said he killed four puppies and threw them in the trash.

Donald Yearwood, 21, is charged with 17 counts of animal cruelty and animal abuse, according to Baltimore Police.

Baltimore Police said they were called to Yearwood's home in the 3700 block of 10th Street in Brooklyn on Nov. 9 after people said they saw him kill four puppies.

Police couldn't find Yearwood or the puppies, but police officers and animal control officers were called back a few hours later when children found the puppies in a Dumpster.

About two-and-a-half weeks earlier, animal control officers had seized a female pit bull and six puppies from the home after a child was bitten by the female dog. The officers didn't realize that there were still four more puppies in the home.

The surviving siblings of the dead puppies

During the investigation, detectives learned that Donald Yearwood attempted to feed and care for the four remaining puppies over the next two weeks (why didn't he just call animal control to come and get them to reunite them with their mother???).

According to witnesses, on November 9, 2016, Yearwood was inside the home attempting to sleep. The puppies were making noise and that is when Yearwood began to kick and stomp on the puppies. The witnesses told investigators that Yearwood then threw the puppies down a flight of stairs.

During this incident, there were several young children in the room who witnessed the attack. Yearwood then put the puppies in a box and left the location.

A surveillance video showed Yearwood tossing the puppies in the Dumpster -- one of the poor puppies was still alive at this point, but mortally injured and in horrific pain. It was still alive when it was rescued and rushed to the vet clinic, but it died of its injuries. The other three puppies were already dead by the time authorities found their tiny, broken and crushed bodies.

Police issued a warrant for Yearwood, who turned himself in at the Southern District Police Station on Wednesday night. Yearwood was taken to Central Booking and could not be reached for comment.

VIDEO CLIP: "Man wanted for killing 4 puppies" (ABC 2 News - WMAR)

(Baltimore Sun - Dec 1, 2016)

West Virginia: Wayne Mallory, 37, accused of stabbing, stomping and skinning several cats - three which were found STILL ALIVE inside his home in this condition(!)

WEST VIRGINIA -- A South Charleston man has been arrested after officials say he killed and injured cats.

Media outlets report that 37-year-old Wayne Nelson Mallory is charged with three misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty.

A criminal complaint says neighbors of Mallory called 911 on Monday, and a responding deputy saw a dead cat in the front yard of Mallory's home.

According to a statement from the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association, a humane officer responded to the scene the next day and seized four cats from the home — three living and one deceased.

The statement says the cats had been "stabbed, stomped and/or skinned," and that some of the injuries were inflicted with "surgical precision."

Veterinarian Jamie Totten says all of the cats' injuries were human-inflicted.

It's unclear if Mallory has an attorney.  He is currently being held in South Central Regional Jail on $15,000 bond.

Full name: Wayne Nelson Mallory
DOB: 03/31/1979
Height: 5'8"
Weight: 210 lbs.

Arrest Date: 3/9/2014
Arrest ID: WV-1005097430
  1. Conspiracy To Commit Breaking & Entering

Arrest Date: 9/18/2014
Arrest ID: WV-1005121199
  1. Destruction/injury Property
  2. Fingerprint Refusal
  3. Arson Attempt To Commit, 4th degree
  4. Domestic Battery
  5. Obstructing police interfere W/officer

(AP - Dec 9, 2016)

Arizona: Anyone who looks into Hillarie Allison, who just had her 'rescue' raided, could've predicted this happening - that the animals would need rescuing from the 'rescuer'

ARIZONA -- Here we go again. Rescued animals have to be rescued from their rescuer. A woman involved in animal rescue is found to instead be hoarding animals in squalor.

I could have predicted this happening. Take a look at Hillarie Allison's history and you'll see that the signs were all there years ago.

First, I believe Hillarie Allison suffers from a Hero/Martyr Complex. According to the New York State Humane Association (NYSHA), "Hoarders often receive very favorable publicity about the personal sacrifices they make on behalf of animals.  They become enamored of their own public image, and won’t risk tarnishing it by openly disposing of animals that have become burdensome."

Allison has fought with officials for years regarding the zoning of her property. One editorial piece quoted Allison as saying this:

“Having animals was my choice.  I give up things and go without for them.  It is a pity some animal owners choose to give up on their animals so they don’t have to sacrifice their lifestyle.

"I’ve already sold off everything I own- not much left.  That’s what kills me.  It’s not as if I’m living in luxury, driving a 12-year-old van with a broken window, living in a mobile home with two broken windows, with no heat or cooking."

She ran out of propane and can’t afford more right now since it’s a 100 gallon minimum and to add insult to injury, on Christmas Day, a water pipe broke and she had no water for most of the day.

A friend bought all my clothes this year after I lost weight and my clothes were hanging on me.  She’s a seamstress and didn’t want to take them in so used her coupons at JC Penny’s and I’m thrilled.

I haven’t been even to a movie in over a year and then another friend treated, but unbelievably there’s been some allegations I’m living off the animals!  Ha!!”.

Allison is very focused on the pain and suffering and sacrifice SHE has made for these animals. SHE is the only one who would do this. SHE has no life because she has given it to the animals. You cannot properly run a rescue when you have convinced yourself that you are Saint Peter.

The author of the editorial is so one-sided, it borders on the absurd:

"Animals mean the world to Hillarie.  She has sacrificed much in her own life to help the animals.  She is a true friend of the animals.  Animosity such as that demonstrated by narrow minded government officials who may have unethical, underlying monetary motives only takes away from the animals."

Additionally, the author says "RUFFF has rescued over 10,000+ companion animals, with over 9,800 being adopted since their beginning in January 2000." Is that even possible? This editorial, which I believe was written in 2011, mean that Allison is finding homes for nearly 900 every single year. That's nearly 75 animals every single month. Many government-funded shelters don't even have that success rate. Do people just blindly believe these numbers? Where's the proof?

All of Allison's fund-raising efforts are akin to Chicken Little's "The sky is falling!" dramatics. She's always THISCLOSE to being shut down and the ramifications of being shut down mean 300 ANIMALS WILL DIE!!!! She uses this as her carrot to dangle in front of you to get your money. You love animals, don't you? Well, yes. You don't want them to die, do you? Well, no. Then you need to send me money NOW because otherwise they'll die!

Fundraising shouldn't be about scare tactics. You shouldn't get rich off of animal rescue, but you shouldn't always be THISCLOSE to devastation. If so, you're doing it wrong.

In July 2015, Allison started a fundraising page saying she needed $3,000 immediately: "RUFFFHouse Sanctuary /Rescue has been hit with numerous emergency vet bills which drained our operating cash, storm damage requiring repairs/replacement, huge water bills for the summer, etc.  We are OUT OF FUNDS and cannot continue to care for the nearly 300 dogs /cats, piggies and goats in our care without help.  Our food supply is getting very low and a new purchase needs to be made in the next few days."

According to the Arizona Corporation Commission, Hillarie Allison is the president of this rescue. Veterinarian Robert Hopkins is listed as the secretary and treasurer. But guess what? He lives in Jensen Beach, Florida, so he has no clue what's going on in Arizona. Jacqueline Bullette is listed as a director, but she lives in Jackson Heights, New York. The only local person on the board is Donna Anderson, who lives in Kingman, Arizona. Where is Donna and why didn't she do anything about this mess?

“Time and time again people have good intentions,” Sheriff Jim McCabe said. “Somewhere along the line it becomes overwhelming, and the animals now become prisoners rather than being rescued.”

An article from 2014 described more than 100 dogs being taken in by Allison's rescue:

More than 100 dogs kept in deplorable conditions at a place dubbed the “Sanctuary of Sorrow.”

“This was a nightmare in the making had we not been able to get them here,” said Hillarie Allison of RUFFF House sanctuary.

“They came from living in absolutely deplorable conditions, in their own waste, in darkness, no exercise, rarely fed, no fresh water, no fresh air,” described Pati Winn.

124 dogs are beginning a new life at RUFFF Sanctuary in Golden Valley, Arizona. That’s near Kingman, an hour and a half southeast of Las Vegas.

They came from the Olympic Animal Sanctuary in Forks, Washington, 140 miles northwest of Seattle, where they lived inside a dilapidated warehouse.

Before handing these dogs to her, did anyone bother to check to see if she had the financial resources, staff and cage space to take on that many dogs? If the dogs were from a really bad cruelty situation, they might needs thousands and thousands of dollars in medical care. They may not be adoptable dogs or they may be dogs with special needs which take a lot longer to find homes for.

Did anyone monitor Allison to see if the animals were being adopted out or being cared for properly? Or did everyone pat themselves on the back for rescuing these dogs from their abuser in Washington state and then just walk away and forget about them possibly being abused in Arizona by Allison?

Another fundraiser started by Christy Laws in January 2016, on behalf of Allison, tells us that there are serious issues going on: "[One worker] died suddenly in his sleep from a massive heart attack at the age of 36. He left behind a pregnant fiancĂ© who was the second worker at this place, and she is now leaving to move back with her family. This left the woman who runs the place with 0 workers, I mean 0. She is taking care of 300 dogs and 100 other animals by herself. She is also running low on food as she uses hundreds of pounds of dog food a day."

Why is Hillarie Allison trying to take care of 400 animals all by herself??? Where are the volunteers that are supposed to be helping? Even before this person died and his girlfriend got pregnant and unable to work, how can 3 people possibly care for 400 animals??? My local shelter can probably hold 400 animals at most and they've got at least 40 people on staff plus volunteers. If Allison were stuck taking care of 400 animals by herself she needed to STOP taking in animals and IMMEDIATELY begin transferring out animals to other rescues willing to help her. 


Arizona: Animals need to be rescued from the rescuer. This time it's Hillarie Allison, who was hoarding animals in squalor at her rescue she calls Rescued Unwanted Furry Friends Foundation animal sanctuary

ARIZONA -- The fate of roughly 180 dogs and cats hangs in the balance after Mohave County authorities closed shop on the Rescued Unwanted Furry Friends Foundation animal sanctuary Thursday afternoon.

Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control officers, deputies and county building inspectors converged on the Laguna Road property at approximately 2 p.m.

Sanctuary volunteers who had alerted the Miner were on the scene watching over the outside animals, but there were still animals inside shelter owner Hillarie Allison’s home.

Building inspectors went inside with caretaker Rob Turner, all in protective masks. They came out minutes later and the inspectors condemned the house, declaring it uninhabitable.

According to Turner, at least 14 dogs and four cats had been living inside with Allison, who was taken to Kingman Regional Medical Center in the early hours of Monday morning for an undisclosed illness. Paramedics alerted county officials to unsanitary conditions after taking her to the hospital.

“Nobody was aware of the situation inside,” Turner said.

The volunteers had described piles of feces and trash. Turner said most of the dogs bolted from the house the minute he opened the front door.

“They wanted out,” he said.

During the course of an hour, Turner and two animal control officers wrangled the two remaining inside dogs and two cats. Other animals from the front yard were loaded into animal control vehicles. As of Thursday night, two cats remained hidden inside the home and animal control had set traps to catch them.

Turner also said power to the property would be shut off despite worries over desert looters. However, since he and volunteers run a daylight only operation, “shutting down power doesn’t affect our ability to help the outside animals.”

There were goats and chicken on the site at one point, but a volunteer (who herself had taken ownership of the six chickens) confirmed the goats had been taken. There is no word on what will happen to the still to be tallied outside dogs and cats.

“Those determinations aren’t mine to make,” Turner said. “But it was good to get the dogs and cats out of the house.”

Mohave County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Trish Carter said she anticipates an official statement Friday.


Dotherightthing commented: When the statement that nobody knew, that is 100% WRONG. Everyone in the County knew. Even the Politicians knew. Hildy Angus for one had been asked by rescues to please look into the horror and she would just say "it's Hildy nothing can be done".

Years ago Rodney Head, then BHC Chief of Police was begged by local rescues to please contact the County and see if he could get them to go out. That fell on deaf ears. Even her own volunteers complained to the County and asked them to come do welfare checks on the animals and were always told the same thing. ..."nothing we can do".

Hillary must know someone high up" the poor animals that were held captive by this unstable hoarder are now paying the ultimate price because authorities, politicians and law enforcement decided to turn their heads and do nothing over the years. Shame on all of them.

(KD Miner - Dec 9, 2016)


United Kingdom: William Mocsari, 27, accused of killing his dog and feeding it to another animal

UNITED KINGDOM -- A Co Down man has been remanded into custody accused of killing a pet dog which he then allegedly fed to another animal.

William Mocsari (27) who appeared at Newtownards Magistrates Court yesterday charged with causing unnecessary suffering to animals on December 3, in that "being a person responsible for an animal, namely a dog and by an act or failure to act by another person caused unnecessary suffering to the said animal and you permitted that to happen or failed to take such steps as were reasonable in all the circumstances to prevent that happening."

Mocsari, from Roden Street in Kircubbin, confirmed he was aware of the single charge against him while a police officer told the court that he believed he could connect Mocsari to the offence.

Defence barrister Chris Holmes said Mocsari was not applying for bail at this stage.

He was remanded into custody where he is to under go psychiatric assessment.

District Judge Mark Hamill ordered him to appear again on December 23 via videolink.

(Irish News - Dec 10, 2016)

Florida: When her child’s lost puppy was returned to her, Diana Linares choked and strangled it, cops say

FLORIDA -- A Homestead woman is accused of strangling a Siberian husky puppy hard enough to cause an eye injury.

According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, witnesses familiar with 6-month-old Lulu found her wandering around Aviation Boulevard in Marathon. They returned Lulu to Diana Linares, the mother of the dog’s owner.

As they left, witnesses told deputies, they saw a man knee Lulu to the chest after lifting her up by the front paws.

Linares took the dog, but not, witnesses say, to comfort her. They say Linares began choking Lulu by picking her up by the collar for half a minute to a minute each lift.

After cajoling Linares into giving Lulu back to them, the witnesses took her to the Marathon Veterinary Clinic. The clinic notified Monroe County Animal Control after diagnosing an eye injury caused by asphyxiation or blunt force trauma. Animal Control, in turn, called the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

Linares was charged Sunday with misdemeanor cruelty to animals. The incident happened Nov. 20.

(Miami Herald - Dec 7, 2016)