Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Louisiana: Animal Services investigating man who allegedly sicced his pit bull to attack and kill another dog

LOUISIANA -- A woman’s Facebook post about what she describes as an attack on a helpless animal has caused a firestorm on social media.

Now Caddo Animal Services & Mosquito Control is investigating.

La’Star Broadway took to Facebook on Dec. 4 to share the story of a seriously injured dog.

In the video, you can see that this poor dog is
still breathing - the man seen above allegedly
ordered his pit bull to attack it for his enjoyment

In part, her post says, “Can y'all share this video? This dog has a leather collar, so this is someone's dog. I'm trying to find the owner because this dog doesn't have long to live, and this could've been my dog.”

She goes on to say that the owner of a pit bull, also shown in the video, stood and watched as his dog attacked a dog that had wandered onto his property.

According to Broadway, the pit bull owner’s exact words were “The dog shouldn’t have been in my yard.”

Broadway's mother, Gwendolyn Frank, said they were driving by when they saw the events unfold.

“This guy had his pit, with the leash wrapped around his arm, and the pit was just on top of the other dog, and the other dog was just flat on his back.”

Frank said she called Caddo Animal Services after seeing the dog, dubbed Ellie by social media users, in critical condition.

KSLA News 12 was told the dog was sent to South Shreveport Animal Hospital, where it was dead on arrival.

“Animal control took Ellie to a vet that was unable to assist her," animal activist Samantha Clemons alleges. "The group then had to take her back to the shelter to wait and see if someone would come forward and claim the animal.”

Clemons said local rescue organizations are responsible for taking Ellie from Animal Services and sending her to a specialist.

Authorities say that they are investigating and that no charge has been filed against the man seen in the video.

KSLA News 12 attempted to speak with him. No one was home.

Wayne Clark, a neighbor, said he’s a "good guy" whom he’s known for several years.

“He has nice dogs, I never knew him to attack anyone or any dogs in the area, but pit bulls are aggressive dogs and very territorial animals.”

Ellie's story received more than 1,400 shares and 500 likes.

Plus, a GoFundMe page had been started to help her recover from her injuries.

It reportedly was started by a local rescue organization. The name attached to the page was Barry Walker.

The page was shut down following news of the dog's death, but not before raising $1,225.

“I was surprised," Broadway said. "I was really thankful for those people that shared it, and I was hoping that we could find her owner.”

The family says the news of Ellie’s death hit them hard.

“It really hurt because I had 2 or 3 dogs that died, and we cried for like 2 or 3 days. And like I told the police, I have two dogs. I got a Chihuahua and one in the backyard, and it really, you know, it hurt.”

They are asking anyone who will listen to speak up for those they say cannot speak for themselves.

“I advise ya’ll to please take action because this isn’t the first time that I’ve seen animal abuse," Broadway said.

"The first time I had, I didn’t do anything because I didn’t know what to do and I didn’t sleep good at night. It was always on my mind every time I thought about it. So if you do see it, try and help the animal.”

(KSLA - December 6, 2016)