Thursday, March 29, 2007

Akita mauls woman's foot at dog show

FLORIDA -- Animal control agents took a large Akita into custody after it attacked a woman at a dog show in Melbourne.

The dog attacked 70-year-old Marie Larry-Tatman, injuring her left ankle. Police say the adult dog began dragging the woman before several men pulled the animal away.

The Akita was not one of the nearly 200 dogs competing in the Space Coast Kennel Club of Palm Bay competition. Police say the dog's owner, Sally Jaffe, was given several citations by animal control agents, including one for a bite causing injury.

A Brevard animal control spokesman says the dog will be the subject of a dangerous-dog hearing in 10 days.

The victim was taken to Holmes Regional Medical Center, where officials say she was listed in good condition.

(WSVN - March 27, 2007)

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Jefferson Co. horse owner, Dennis Danley, 54, faces cruelty charges

WEST VIRGINIA -- A Charles Town man was charged Monday morning with 10 counts of cruelty to animals after Jefferson County Sheriff's Department deputies found five dead horses on a farm off Huyett Road south of town and discovered that about 10 horses on the property were malnourished, according to court records.

Dennis B. Danley, 54, of 44 Colorado Court, was released on a $7,500 bond, according to Jefferson County Magistrate Court records.

Each of the cruelty to animals charges carries a possible punishment of a fine of $300 to $2,000 and/or a jail sentence of up to six months, court records indicate.

Cpl. Vincent Tiong said a worker at Charles Town Races & Slots went to the sheriff's department Feb. 9 and told him about the horses. Tiong said the track worker told him there were 10 to 15 horses in a field off Blakeley Farm Lane that were not being properly fed and did not have water.

(Herald Mail - March 27, 2007)