Friday, June 30, 2006

Dora L. Russel, 43, charged with hoarding animals... four years after being caught hoarding animals in 2002

GEORIGA -- A Buford woman was released on a $5,600 bond from the Gwinnett County Detention Center Thursday after being arrested on charges of animal cruelty Wednesday morning.
Dora L. Russel, 43, had been charged with one misdemeanor count of cruelty to animals, but could face more citations.  According to Cpl. Darren Moloney, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Police Department, investigators with Gwinnett police, Animal Control and the state Health Department executed a search warrant and seized about 100 animals from her residence.  "Animal control received a complaint of possible animal cruelty at [Russel's] residence," Moloney said. "General Crimes used the assistance of the state Health Department because of the deplorable living conditions of the house."  Moloney said the smell was so bad that the odor could be detected from the street, and a breathing apparatus was needed for inside the house.  The investigators seized approximately 17 dogs, three cats and 21 birds, Moloney said. Additionally there were individual aquariums inside the house that contained 50 field mice.  "Animal control is in the process of documenting each animal case so that they can administer the proper number of citations," Moloney said.  Russel was arrested for the same offense in 2002, according to Moloney. In that offense there were 200 animals removed from the same house.  "Gwinnett County Animal Control issued her 93 citations on that past offense," Moloney said.

(Gwinnett Daily Post - June 30, 2006)

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Illinois: Deangela Bamberg's pit bull impounded after attack

ILLINOIS -- Authorities have impounded a pit bull owned by a Wheeling woman who was cited last week with failing to keep her dog on a leash and failing to have a valid Cook County rabies tag after the animal bit a 72-year-old man, police said Tuesday.

Wheeling Police Cmdr. John Teevans said the pit bull was impounded because its owner, Deangela Bamberg, failed to have the dog vaccinated against rabies within 24 hours of a biting incident.

Bamberg also was given new citations for failing to take the dog to a veterinarian for observation and for harboring a dangerous animal, Teevans said.

Police said the dog knocked over the man, who has multiple sclerosis, as he was leaving a barbershop June 21 in the 200 block of East Dundee Road. The man told police that the dog bit him twice.

(Chicago Tribune - June 28, 2006)