Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Ohio: "Prayers for this little girl she got attacked by a pit bull"

OHIO -- Martie Rodgers posted on Facebook January 27, 2017

Prayers for this little girl she got attacked by a pit bull. — with JoAnn Shaeffer Welshans.


Jaime Brunkan Dial - Poor thing!!! Her own dog??

Bethann Driscoll - Omg! I hope the dog is dead 😡

Carolyn Kostelecsky - Pitt Bulls are bred to attack and have no business around children.

Russell Osmianski - Pit bull has a bad day someone goes to the hospital or is killed. How long until our legislators ban these murderous beasts and take the rights of the public seriously? No one NEEDS a pit bull.

Sherri Yocum - Why would anyone take the chance of this happening to a loved one? They're unpredictable no matter what anyone says. They were never meant to be family pets. Please do some research before bringing any pet into the home.

Australia: "Please say a little prayer and send healing energy and thoughts to my beloved companion Sutra"

AUSTRALIA -- Marisol Galleguillos posted on Facebook January 27, 2017

Friends ... please say a little prayer and send healing energy and thoughts to my beloved companion Sutra. This morning shortly after waking up he was viciously attacked by a pit bull cross. .

Thank you so very much xxx



Texas: Joseph Mooring was mauled in 2015 by two Pit Bulls. Court awarded him more than $5 million, but it's unlikely he'll ever collect from Greg Gonzalez

TEXAS -- A Bryan man who was attacked by two pit bulls while walking along Old Kurten Road in November 2015 was awarded a $5.1 million judgment last week, according to his lawyer.

Joseph Mooring suffered numerous bites, requiring three major skin grafts and extensive surgeries, said his lawyer, Davis Watson.

Mooring has permanent nerve damage to his right leg and his right forearm, where tendons were severed, and is no longer able to work.

The judgment was signed Friday by 85th District Court Judge Kyle Hawthorne. Although he's entitled to the $5.1 million, Watson said the likelihood of Mooring collecting the money is slim, as it's not clear if there are any assets or insurance to satisfy the judgment.

The attack occurred in the early morning of Nov. 3, 2015, when Mooring, who was 54 at the time, was walking along Old Kurten Road on his way to work at McDonald's. Suddenly and without warning, Watson said, two pit bulls charged Mooring as he crossed in front of a house, knocking him to the ground.

Mooring doesn't remember the attack, Watson said, likely due to blood loss.

Two Bryan police officers who responded were credited with saving his life after noticing an arterial bleed on Mooring's arm and applying a tourniquet.


Mooring was treated at St. Joseph hospital, where he stayed for a month and underwent six surgeries. His medical bills totaled more than $450,000.

The dogs' owner, Gregory Flores Gonzalez, lived with his mother, Sandra Gonzalez, on Old Kurten Road. Mooring's lawsuit asserted that the two, along with Michael Gonzalez -- who was not named in the judgment -- failed to protect Mooring's safety, confine and control the dogs, handle them properly or train them to cease attacking upon voiced commands.

According to the lawsuit, a neighbor who came outside during the attack had hit the dogs to get them to release Mooring, and the pit bulls had "numerous problems" in the neighborhood and were "known to be vicious."

The lawsuit also sought damages for physical pain, impairment and disfigurement, mental anguish, loss of earnings and future medical expenses.

Watson described Mooring as a healthy, hard worker who loved attending family functions and playing with his grandkids before the incident.

Mooring now can no longer work or take part in the activities he enjoyed, Watson said, and his body "is completely scarred."

(The Eagle - January 31, 2017)

Earlier:

North Carolina: Kevin Hatfield charged with animal cruelty

Full name: KEVIN DALE HATFIELD
Booking Number: 104380
Booking on: 1/31/2017
County: Cleveland, North Carolina
Date of Birth: 8/6/1976
Gender: Male
Race: White
Charge:
CRUELTY TO ANIMALS

Ohio: Battle over Army Private’s dog continues in the courtroom

OHIO -- An Army private’s fight to be reunited with her dog intensified as the man accused of giving the Bloodhound away faced a judge.

Angelo Sullo appeared in Cleveland Municipal Court Tuesday with his attorney. He has pleaded not guilty to a charge of petty theft. He says due to this case his family has received death threats.


“My family, my ex-wife, it’s ridiculous,” Sullo told Fox 8.

Sullo is accused of giving Army Private Katelyn Gallagher’s dog away, while she was attending military training out-of-state. Gallagher said Sullo told her he would watch Buck while she was gone.

Sullo insists the case is a misunderstanding.

“Honestly, he was looking out for the best interests of this dog,” said Sullo’s attorney, Tony Bondra. “He was facing eviction if he kept the dog so he found a good home.”




But Gallagher says she was never told there was a problem, and she learned that Buck had been given away when she came home on leave in December. She filed a police report.

The family who has Buck now says they believe she gave away her rights to the dog. They say they adore Buck and plan to keep him.

“This dog belongs to Katelyn,” said Gallagher’s attorney, Paul Cristallo. “The family should do the right thing and give her the dog back.”

Gallagher is considering filing a civil suit.

Sullo is due back in court in February.



(Fox8- Jan 31, 2017)

Earlier:

Monday, January 30, 2017

Oklahoma: Michael Weir, 26, charged with animal cruelty

Full Name: Michael Blake Weir
Arrest Age:26
Gender: Male
Birthdate: 07/07/1990
Block: 3600 S Phoenix Ave
City: Tulsa, Oklahoma 74107
Height: 5'07"
Weight: 50 lbs
Hair Color: BRO
Eye Color: BLU
Date:01/30/2017
Time: 6:00 PM
Arresting Agency: TCSO / OAKES
Total Bond: $35285
Charges
#1 CRUELTY TO ANIMALS
BOND: $2000
NOTES: 112 - Bond (Surety/Cash)

#2 BURGLARY 2ND DEGREE
BOND: $3000
NOTES: 112 - Bond (Surety/Cash)

#3 POSS FIREARM COMMISSION FELONY
BOND: $10000
NOTES: 112 - Bond (Surety/Cash)

#4 BURGLARY 1ST DEGREE
BOND: $20000
NOTES: 112 - Bond (Surety/Cash)

#5 COURT COST
BOND: $285
NOTES: 152 - Fine & Cost Paid

Oregon: Meagan Lafferty charged with animal cruelty and theft

Full Name: Meagan Cathleen Lafferty
Gender: Female
Height: 5'07"
Weight: 187 lbs
Hair Color: BLONDE
Eye Color: HAZEL
Agency: Marion County, Oregon
Arrest Date: 01/30/2017
Total Bond: $20000
Charges
#1 AGGRAVATED ANIMAL ABUSE
#2 THEFT I


Oregon: Tyson Richison, 38, arrested on multiple charges including animal cruelty

Full Name: Tyson J Richison
Gender: Male
Birthdate: 09/16/1978
Height: 5'09"
Weight: 209 lbs
Hair Color: BRO
Eye Color: BRO
Arrest Age: 38
Date:01/30/2017
Arresting Agency: Corvallis PD
Total Bond: $257,500
Charges:
#1 ANIMAL ABANDONMENT
#2 FEL ASSAULT IV
#3 FEL ASSAULT IV
#4 STRANGULATION
#5 CRIM MISTREATMENT I
#6 RECK ENDANGERING


West Virginia: Little pug mix named Bernie adopted from no kill animal shelter shot and killed, no charges filed

WEST VIRGINIA -- What would allow a West Virginian who adopted a dog from a no-kill animal shelter to have that dog shot and killed?

13 News found shelter managers fighting for justice, a dispute over the dog's temperament, and a county prosecutor whose decision goes against what he knows happened.

Sara Dempsey said, "Bernie was executed."

Cabell County's Little Victories Animal Shelter director went through the usual, meticulous background check she does with everyone who wants to adopt a pet.

Little Victories is a no-kill shelter.


In October, they adopted out a Pug mix named Bernie to Amie Bowling of Hurricane.

But in November, the shelter found out that Bernie had been shot and killed at the owner's request.

When we went to owner Amie Bowling's house, she refused to speak with us, only saying, "I adopted it but I didn't do anything to it. My neighbor did, and now sir, please go."

We asked neighbor Sam Rife how he shot the dog.

"Just right back there in your woods, huh?"

"Yes, said Rife. 

"Rifle or pistol?" we asked him.

"Pistol," said Rife.

Shelter Director Sara Dempsey told 13 News, "Bernie was a little defenseless, sweet fun loving dog. Just four days before they killed him, we were told that everything was going great."

Sam Rife claimed, "It was a mean little dog. It bit both her boys and bit me too.

So, You took it into the woods and shot it?

"Yes" Rifle matter-of-factly said without emotion.

Bowling's next door neighbor, Dreama Fain told us Bernie was sweet, gentle and often fled to her home for food, affection and to escape cruelty.


Fain said, "I've seen Amie Bowling and her boyfriend hit on their animals."

Was he a vicious dog as they claim?

"No, No He played with my granddaughter."

Sam Rife also told us Bowling had trouble keeping dogs in her yard and she should have taken the dog back to the shelter.

Killer Rife claimed that Bernie was "not an adoptable dog".

Bowling had signed a contract with Little Victories, agreeing that if there was any problem, she would return the dog.

Sara Dempsey said, "We would rather take them back, do all we can to re-adopt and find a loving home."

Fain, Dempsey and others called for criminal charges for abuse of an animal.

When Hurricane Police conducted their investigation, Amie Bowling and Sam Rife were the only two interviewed,

Police were told by the suspects (aka killers) that the dog was a "vicious biter" and turned the case over to the Putnam County prosecutor Mark Sorsacia.

The prosecutor told 13 News its commonplace in West Virginia for people to shoot dogs considered vicious. He did not believe this was a malicious killing, which would qualify it as a felony.

So as long as someone claims the dead animal was vicious, they can get away with this in West Virginia. 

Sorsacia said even though he does not like or approve of what happened, this case is not prosecutable in this state.

Little Victories will soon begin a social media campaign, to share Bernie's story.


Little Victories says it is heartbroken over the county's legal response to what they see as a clear case of animal cruelty.

The prosecutor said the rescue could file a civil suit in this case.

Probably on the adoption paperwork it said that if the owner wanted to get rid of the dog for any reason they agreed to return the dog to the rescue - not to sell it, give it away, take it to the pound OR KILL IT. By killing Bernie, they violated the contract so they might be able to sue them for that. Small solace for Bernie.

The no kill animal shelter says it is leaving that door open for now.

(TriStateUpdate - Jan 30, 2017)

Sunday, January 29, 2017

California: LA Animal Services continues to push aggressive pit bulls onto the public... does anyone care?

CALIFORNIA -- Priscilla Romero, a beloved and respected ten-year veteran Animal Care Technician (ACT) at LAAS North Central shelter, credits the heroic and selfless efforts of her coworkers with saving her life when she was viciously attacked by a Pit Bull on January 14.

Without hesitation, they ran to her rescue, risking their own safety -- knowing they could also become victims.

The following is how Priscilla remembers this horrific event from her hospital bed, augmented by the emotional memories of shelter employees who were on duty that morning.

As is customary on Saturday mornings, there had been early visitors in the kennels looking at dogs for adoption or searching for lost pets. However, by around 10:30 a.m. members of the public walking in the kennels had diminished, leaving no one in the immediate area to hear Priscilla’s screams for help.

Priscilla entered a kennel at the back of the shelter which housed a female grey-and-white Pit Bull, named Cielo. She tried to isolate the dog in a separate area, but the mechanism to keep the metal gate lowered and in place was defective (as are many in the shelter, according to employees.)

Since the dog seemed calm and was standing quietly near her, Priscilla scooped the feces from the floor and reached for the hose to wash the kennel.

Without warning, the Pit Bull lunged at her, clamping onto her right arm, disabling her from reaching her holstered radio to call for help and pulling her to the floor. The dog then attacked her left arm, tearing out large chunks of flesh and muscle.

Because of the loud barking of dogs alarmed by the attack, Priscilla's screams could not be heard at the front of the shelter where most other staff was working.

Fortunately, two male ACT's were approaching the area at that time. They heard her cries and saw her covered in blood, struggling on the floor as the dog relentlessly bit and shredded her arm.

As they ran to her, one made a radio "distress" call for assistance. Other ACT’s and the Kennel Supervisor immediately rushed to help, calling 911 and bringing a "catch" pole.

The first ACT's were trying unsuccessfully to physically separate the dog from Priscilla, but it kept circling back to attack her and charge them. The Supervisor then arrived with another employee and used the pole to capture the dog.

Seeing blood flowing profusely from Priscilla's upper left arm, Kennel Supervisor Garens Lloyd quickly used a dog leash to create a tourniquet and apply it tightly above her wounds. Two male ACT's removed their shirts and covered her arms to soak up the blood and also, so she would not see the severity of the attack.

Paramedics arrived shortly and commended Garens for his quick action. The doctor later said the tourniquet was done perfectly.

One fireman commented that Priscilla’s injuries looked like a "shark attack."

Priscilla was admitted to the hospital in critical condition. She underwent emergency surgery that lasted over five hours. Both arms are bandaged from her fingers to her shoulders. From photos, it appears her entire left biceps are gone. She was hospitalized for six days and may need numerous reconstructive surgeries.

Where was Brenda Barnette? 

No one from LAAS management visited Priscilla at the hospital, although shelter employees from the Valley to the Harbor came. GM Brenda Barnette called Priscilla’s cell phone the day after the attack, saying, “I’m checking in to see how you're doing” and left a short, awkward, dispassionate message, which did not include "I’m sorry this happened to you."

Brenda Barnette doesn't seem to think employee injuries are serious incidents. At the last LA Animal Services Commission Meeting on January 10, GM Barnette laughed as she described the injury to an LA Animal Services Officer attacked by an aggressive Pit Bull while responding to a call.

She laughed again as she announced a second injury when the officer was later attacked by a 160-pound dog and had to fight for his life.

This is not the first time GM Barnette -- who has no animal control experience--chuckled about an employee being attacked in the shelter or field.

LAAS Commission, Council and Mayor Also Ignore Dangers to Employees 

The Commission, which heads LA Animal Services, has never questioned Barnette's inappropriate reaction and dismissal of the dangers to her employees. Neither has the Commission, Councilman Paul Koretz, the SEIU union, nor the Mayor's office insisted that corrections be made to many documented safety hazards at LAAS shelters or that faulty field equipment be repaired or replaced.

LAAS  employees are still driving 2001 and 2003 trucks that LA City's Director of Fleet Services, Richard Coulson reported to Koretz’ PAW Committee in Sept. 2015 were “falling apart."

Another example of faulty equipment and poor management was the attack on a night-shift female Animal Control Officer, who responded to a call about two attacking Pit Bulls in Eagle Rock.

The ACO captured one of the 90-lb. dogs (later identified as American Bulldogs) but the other bit her leg and wrist causing serious bleeding.

There was no ACO back-up on night shift, her radio emergency button “went nowhere,” and no one answered the shelter phone. Luckily, a witness called 911.

Attacks by Pit Bulls Available for Adoption 

There are frequent reports of attacks by dogs with a recorded history of aggression adopted from LA City shelters, and numerous tearful accounts of pets being almost instantly attacked or killed. There is also a history of incidents involving humans:

"Cielo" 

Cielo, the female Pit Bull that attacked ACT Priscilla Romero had two prior entries regarding aggression. Also, she was surrendered on Oct. 16, 2016, because she attacked other dogs.

Still, she was being offered for adoption to the public. Since the real world is filled with “other dogs,” why isn’t known background information clearly described on a kennel card for prospective adopters to read?

On Oct. 27, ACT Romero wrote that the dog bit her finger, but didn’t break the skin.

On Nov. 12 another ACT noted, "BE CAUTIOUS OF THIS DOG---DOG WILL GROWL, BARE TEETH AND TRIES TO BITE AS I’M TRYING TO OPEN THE KENNEL DOOR TO PICK UP EMPTY FOOD BOWL."

Wouldn’t you want to know this before taking the dog home?

Keeping behavioral records in the computer only is unfair to employees, who do not have time to check each dog for new information every day. There is no method at LAAS kennels to discover that a new negative behavioral warning has been entered, as at other shelters. Could this be because euthanizing dangerous animals would belie Brenda Barnette’s and Best Friends’ “no kill” claims?

“Albert” 

On Oct. 23, 2015, a stray blue-and-white male Pit Bull was impounded at the West LA shelter and named "Albert." On August 11, 2016, a man saw Albert and wanted to test his reaction to his daughter before adopting him. Albert seriously bit and injured the 8-year-old child, “… during an introduction to the family in the shelter’s play yard." A critical incident report filing was made.

A Jan. 14, 2016, note on Albert predicted problems: “This dog is an escape artist….I would use caution around this dog, requires a very strong handler. WILL BITE WHEN IN KENNEL.” Why was Albert offered eight months later to a family with a child?

On Aug. 30, 2016 -- nineteen days after that attack -- Albert was still at the WLA shelter, with the comment, “No owner information, no interested parties, no networking being done on Albert. Euthanasia scheduled.”

Why was Albert still available for release to anyone after a critical attack on a child? And why are taxpayers paying for these prolonged stays for unadoptable animals?

“Sammy” aka "Sodam"

On  April 28, 2016, a Pit Bull surrendered as “Sodam” (renamed “Sammy”) with-a-violent-history of repeated-aggression, and who had just bitten an LAAS kennel worker in the abdomen, was released to NovaStar Rescue at the personal instruction of LA Animal Services GM Brenda Barnette.

However, the Hayden Bill does not require the release of surrendered animals to rescues.

On May 15, 2016, LA Fire Department and LAPD responded to an unkempt home near downtown LA at approximately 9 p.m., where a Pit Bull was attacking a woman who “was visiting dog to determine if she wants to adopt from the rescue who had been fostering the dog.” 

That dog was later identified by LA Animal Services as Impound #1608123, “Sammy.”

Sammy was alive but had been stabbed 19 times by a neighbor who heard the victim screaming.

Warehousing Aggressive Pit Bulls 

LAAS employees have expressed on-going concerns about prolonged warehousing of, especially, Pit Bulls, in the City's six shelters, where confinement and isolation increases the animals' hopelessness, frustration and aggression. Many of the Pit Bulls shown on the LAAS site have been caged for months or over a year. Why? These dogs are miserable. They are not adoptable and they take up space that could allow dozens of dogs to find new homes during that same period.

Nothing in California law requires dogs that have exhibited aggressive or dangerous behavior to be offered for adoption to individuals or families where they may attack/kill humans or other pets. But Brenda and Best Friends are determined to reach a metric called "no kill." If the dogs die from injuries or illness, they are not counted in the shelter's euthanasia stats.

Are dog attacks just "business as usual" at LA Animal Services? 

Here is an email to Mayor Garcetti by an employee who was present when ACT Priscilla Romero was attacked. Although the writer’s name has been removed, the despair obviously is beyond caring about retaliation. This feeling is increasingly permeating Los Angeles Animal Services:


Date: January 14, 2017 at 12:04:24 PM PST
To: mayor.garcetti@lacity.org
Subject: Dog mauling city employee

            You have a serious problem within Animal Services starting and ending with Brenda [Barnette]. An hour ago a fellow employee was wheeled into the medical room, in shock, with a tourniquet on her left arm, pale as a ghost, and with tissue strewn across her chest. Employees also in shock, some crying.  Paramedics responded quickly and rushed her to the hospital.

            The lack of response of your office, the negligence, and the dereliction that starts as your responsibility is atrocious. You should be ashamed, as this person is a friend and a good employee. Our response from our AGM after being notified and asked to temporarily close the shelter, was that 'dog bites happen all the time.' To be clear there are dog bites, and I've bandaged them, but this was a mauling.

            This mauling, as most are now a days, was predictable. You the mayor, with the goal of "save them all" have increased and, in fact, demanded that the nature of employee's being attacked, is acceptable. Our kennels are full, dogs are in inappropriate cages, aggressive dogs are held perpetually until our statistics show that we euthanized one less dog than last year.

            Our general manager isn't here. Why not? If I firefighter was injured on duty, or an officer shot, would the commander tell them "buck up, it's a function of your job, get back to work?" Or would they show leadership and understanding and go to the hospital to personally show their condolences.

            This department is ridiculous and it's happening under your auspices. This time around I imagine the city will be sued, as this dog has previous memos of its aggressive nature and was otherwise placed in a public area.

(Signed by employee)

I'm sorry if this is bad form, but I'm slightly traumatized by this as well.


Time for a Grand Jury Investigation 

It is time for a grand jury to investigate why “no kill” is more important to the Mayor, Council and Brenda Barnette than protecting humans, ensuring the welfare of employees like Priscilla Romero, and safeguarding children and pets from aggressive/fighting-breed dogs. It also needs to determine the total cost of "no kill" to taxpayers.

A grand jury should audit how much money is being contributed to LA City political campaigns and/or elected office-holders’ charitable accounts by all humane organizations (including their for-profit and non-profit affiliates/partners) which have programs or contracts with Los Angeles Animal Services and which demand/encourage the very inhumane "no kill" agenda.

The focus of that myopic agenda necessitates the warehousing of aggressive/fighting dogs and other animals in city shelters despite documented evidence that they pose a safety hazard to employees and the public.

"No kill" garners big donations from those who don't understand the suffering of these caged animals. It is time to acknowledge the misery and dissect the underlying financial motivation.

(CityWatchLA - Jan 23, 2017)

Ohio: Lorain woman Dwana Smith thinks that being a "single mother and suffering financially" we should give her a pass after starving her dogs and leaving them locked in squalor

OHIO -- A Lorain woman was issued summons for three counts of cruelty to companion animals after police found the dogs malnourished and filthy.

Police were called just after 11:45 a.m. Monday to investigate a report of three malnourished dogs, who belong to Dwana Smith, running around in the area of West 8th Street and Lovett Place, according to a police report.

The three dogs were found running around and tearing into trash bags, eating what garbage they could find, the report says. The dogs also were fighting over the scraps, the report says.


The dogs were filthy and the two female dogs had blood on their fur and minor bite wounds from fighting over food, police say. All three of the dogs' ribs and pelvis bones were showing.

None of the dogs had collars or tags. Police noted the dogs were friendly and not aggressive to each other when food wasn't around.

The person who called about the incident pointed police to an open back door in the 800 block of Lovett Place.



The officer went through the open door, down into the basement and up to a closed door to the first floor of the home, according to the police report.

The landing was covered in insulation, wires and other building materials as if the dogs clawed the walls to get out, the officer noted in the report.

Police have been to this home before over tethering complaints of these same dogs, the report says.

The dogs were taken to the Friendship Animal Protective League, the report says.


Smith used the excuse that she "is a single mother and is suffering financially", the report says. She also was in a support boot and unable to get around. Her children are too young to help, the report says.

A friend of Smith's had been taking care of the dogs, but no longer does, the report says.

Police are asking the court to consider her situation and willingness to surrender the dogs.

(Cleveland.com - Jan 26, 2017)

Oregon: Glenn Lacoss, 56, who purposely strangled and hanged his neighbor's cat named Sweetie, gets an updated mugshot

OREGON -- Back in April 2016, Glenn Lacoss was charged with animal cruelty after his neighbor found her beloved cat named Sweetie hanging from a fence.

Police were called to the home and said they arrested Glenn William Lacoss, 55,  after he told them he killed the cat because it was scratching his trees.

 

Investigators said Lacoss told police he was upset there were feral cats in his backyard.

Her owner believes Lacoss beat the cat and then hanged her from the fence, letting her strangle to death.


According to the DA’s office, markings on the fence show Sweetie struggled before she died a horrific, slow death.

Records show that Lacoss was to appear in court on January 23, 2017 for "Hearing-Sentencing". My bet is they gave him probation with no jail time.

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE STATE OF OREGON
FOR Deschutes COUNTY
JUDGE Bagley, Beth M - Courtroom B
January 23, 2017 - Monday
Case: 16CR22577
Case title: State of Oregon vs Glenn William Lacoss
Matter: Hearing - Sentencing
Charges:
Aggravated Animal Abuse in the First Degree Offense - Felony
Animal Abuse in the First Degree



ARREST INFO:
Full Name: Glenn William Lacoss
Gender: Male
Height: 5'07"
Weight: 155 lbs
Hair Color: GRY
Eye Color: BLU
Arrest Age: 56
Arrest Date: 01/27/2017
Time: 6:46 PM
Arresting Agency: DESCHUTES COUNTY SO
County: Deschutes County, Oregon
Charge
#1 ANIMAL ABUSE 1ST DEG - 1

Earlier:

Florida: Sheriff's Office investigating disgusting case of animal cruelty

FLORIDA -- A cattle owner stumbling upon a disgusting case of animal cruelty on one of his own.

This animal cruelty case brought sheriff’s investigators to this remote area in Loxahatchee in the 6000 block of Dennis Street. This is way, way out here, in an area where there are few roads.


Nothing but canals and pastures.

Sheriff’s officials say a rancher was trying to feed his cattle when he made the shocking discovery: a severed leg belonging to one of his 1500 pound bulls just west of his pasture.

Investigators say the culprit or culprits left behind a saw, a wooden pallet and raincoats.

This incident was reported January 1.

Since the bull is such a heavy massive animal, it would seem that this had to be the work of at least a couple of people, perhaps more than that.


The sheriff’s office calls it a “heinous act.”

Last month three decapitated animals were discovered also in western communities in Palm Beach County.

A horse’s head with a bullet to the skull, found in the Acreage.

The same week, a decapitated goat and rooster were found in Loxahatchee Groves. Animal Care and Control said those two decapitations appear to be a ritualistic killing.

The sheriff’s office has not said if the cases are connected.

(CBS12 - Jan 5, 2017)

Tennessee: Chattanooga Woman Cornered By Aggressive Pit Bull

TENNESSEE -- One Chattanooga woman is happy to be alive after a frightening encounter with a pit bull.

The animal had her cornered on her own front porch.

Cathy Ryan was simply sitting at the foot of her home when she noticed a pit bull, with tags, coming down the street.

When the dog approached, that’s when things went south.

” And when I got up thinking you know I go look at the tag. I got up and I told my husband. ‘Come and look at this beautiful beast’ and when I did it come up on the porch with me. All teeth, jaws and pinned me up between my light fixture and my door knob it was not gonna let me in that house,” said Cathy Ryan.

This attack comes days after yet another pit bull killed one child and injured two others in Atlanta, spiking up the numbers yet again for fatal dog attacks.

Recent statistics from DogBites.org show 82 percent of fatal dog bites come from Pit bulls, with Rottweilers coming in a strong second.

Because of these attacks, some cities have already banned ownership of this particular breed, but according to Ryan, it’s not always the dog’s fault.

“All dog owners should take care of their dogs. It’s not the pit bull’s fault, it’s the owners,” said Ryan.

As far as a visual goes, Ryan describes this local pit bull as having a similar body shape as shown here, but blue in color and with a white star going down its chest.

She also tells News 12 that is has already bothered some of their neighbors as well.

If you have any information about the pit bull’s whereabouts or know its owner, contact your local animal rescue team.

(WDEF News 12 - Jan 23, 2017)

Kentucky: Wanted since 2012 on animal cruelty charges, police finally catch Edward Golden and Donna Golden

KENTUCKY -- It appears that animal cruelty charges were filed way back in 2012 for Edward Golden and Donna Golden.

They were accused of abandoning their border collie mix to starve to death in a house they'd moved out of.


Authorities suspect other animals had been locked in the basement as well.

Feces covered the floor and there was a hole in the back basement door. He said the hole appeared to have been chewed or scratched open for escape.

 

There were several articles posted in 2012. However, the stories stop so I suspect that they've been on the run all this time and have finally been caught and will face the consequences of what they've done to this poor dog.

 
 

ARREST INFO:
Full Name: Edward Golden
Gender: Male
Block: Wallingford Rd
City: Flemingsburg, Kentucky 41041
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 185 lbs
Hair Color: GREY/PARTI
Eye Color: BLUE
Arrest Age: 44
Date: 01/11/2017
Arresting Agency: KENTUCKY STATE POLICE
County: Rowan County, Kentucky
Charges
#1 NON PAYMENT OF FINES
#2 CRUELTY TO ANIMALS-2ND DEGREE
#3 CRIMINAL MISCHIEF 3RD DEGREE
#4 LOCAL VIOLATION CODES 80000-80999
#5 NON PAYMENT OF FINES


Full Name: Donna J Golden
Gender: Female
City: Flemingsburg, Kentucky 41041
Height: 5'04"
Weight: 140 lbs
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: BLUE
Arrest Age: 42
Agency: POST 6
County: Mason County, Kentucky
Charges
#1 CRUELTY TO ANIMALS-2ND DEGREE
#2 CRIMINAL MISCHIEF 3RD DEGREE
#3 ABANDONMENT OF AN ANIMAL
#4 NON PAYMENT OF FINES
#5 TBUT OR DISP SHOPLIFTING U/$500


Full Name: Donna J Golden
Gender: Female
City: Flemingsburg, Kentucky 41041
Height: 5'04"
Weight: 140 lbs
Hair Color: BLOND/STRA
Eye Color: BROWN
Arrest Age: 42
Time: 10:31 AM
Arresting Agency: HARRISON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
County: Bourbon County, Kentucky
Charges
#1 CRUELTY TO ANIMALS-2ND DEGREE
#2 CRIMINAL MISCHIEF 3RD DEGREE
#3 LOCAL VIOLATION CODES 80000-80999
#4 FAILURE TO APPEAR


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Kentucky: Charles Beneke, 38, charged with animal cruelty after admitting to shooting and killing his neighbor's pit bull. Video shows Beneke kicking a ball and enticing the dog to come to him before shooting her three times in the head

KENTUCKY -- A family's pet dog is shot and killed and police say the man living next door is responsible.

On Friday, Louisville Metro Police Department officers arrested Charles Beneke, 38. He was charged with animal cruelty and booked at Metro Corrections.

The arrest comes weeks after the death of Cassandra Dunnaway's blue pit bull, Coco. Coco, who was about 1 year old, had been shot several times Nov. 2nd.


Dunnaway said she and her husband had not been home at the time, but had gotten a call from a concerned neighbor.

"He said, 'Well, I just heard three shots and I heard your dog barking and I don't hear it barking anymore.' My husband was just a few blocks away and rushed home," she remembered.

The couple found their dog lying against the fence. Dunnaway said the dog had been shot three times in the head.

"I replay that over and over in my head, of her just laying there. Looking at me, like, 'Mom, help me,' and there's nothing I can do."


According to court documents, Beneke admitted to shooting the dog, saying Coco had charged at him. 

But according to investigators, video taken by Beneke's wife shows the dog had not been near him and appeared to be looking at a ball Beneke had kicked to 'entice the dog to jump the fence.'


The dog was later euthanized at the vet's office and the couple quickly moved out of their Accasia Drive home.

"I had no choice but to move. It was either us move or us getting into a bigger situation," she said.


In fact, during a three-month period, she said Beneke called Animal Control 19 times, complaining among other things, that her two dogs were not being cared for. But according to Dunnaway, Animal Control never found any violations, and did not take action.

She believes Beneke's actions Nov. 2 were not necessarily about the dog, but were personal.

While Beneke did spend one night behind bars, Dunnaway said that is not enough punishment for the crime. She plans to contact the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and pursue legal action against Beneke.


"I don't want him to think he can do it and it's OK," she said.

Meanwhile, the wife of Charles Beneke, tells WLKY there are two sides to every story and said Monday her husband had hired his own lawyer.

ARREST INFO:
Full Name: Charles W Beneke
Date:01/06/2017
Arrest Age:38
Gender: Male
Birthdate: 11/13/1978
Height: 2'40"
Weight: 510 lbs
Eye Color: Blue
Charge:
#1 CRUELTY TO ANIMALS 2ND DEGREE
STATUTE: 02625

(WLKY - Jan 9, 2017)

Kentucky: Paul Schember, 70, was charged with animal cruelty back in 2010. Now's he's accused of driving around and abandoning his horses at various places

KENTUCKY -- A Nicholasville man was arrested on a warrant and charged with animal cruelty after he abandoned two Thoroughbred horses.

Paul Schember, 70, of Nicholasville, was arrested by Nicholasville Police on Jan. 4 for illegally abandoning the Thoroughbreds at various farms throughout the county.

Jessamine County Animal Care and Control Deputy Director, Frank Ruggiero, filed criminal complaints last week against Schember.


“(JCACC) has been involved since the end of October,” Ruggiero said. “We were called on a few occasions but couldn’t find anything to charge him with.”

The deputy director said he has filed three complaints on Schember.

The first time was in regard to his canines running at large on the streets of Nicholasville.

The second and third time Ruggiero filed a complaint concerned Schember abandoning the horses — an off-the-racetrack Thoroughbred gelding and a filly bought from the Keeneland Sale.
Schember allegedly abandoned his horses, leaving them in a trailer for 24 hours straight. The horses reportedly appeared underweight and were found standing in their own feces. The man stated that the people who made the complaint were just trying to take his horses. Demand that justice is served for these innocent horses.

“The conditions kept getting worse. They were in about three inches of manure,” stated Jenny Hasson. She and other concerned neighbors filed a complaint against 70-year-old Paul Schember after he reportedly abandoned the horses on private property. She also reported that at least one of the horses appeared emaciated. Schember stated that he got permission from someone who turned out not to be the owner of the property. He claimed that all of the other complaints are lies.
JCACC aren’t the only ones who have filed complaints on Schember.


Jenny Hasson of Nicholasville met Schember when he approached her friend, Kathy Gonzalez. Gonzalez owns Karumel Farm Animal Rescue on Bethany Road. Schember asked her to help transport a few horses to a new location.

“The reason he was moving horses was because he was being kicked off another property,” Hasson said. “Paul had notified her because she had horses and he asked if he could move his horses with her trailer.”

But that is not what happened.

On her way home Gonzalez noticed the gelding horse’s head sticking out of a barn on Bethany Road.

“He had stashed the horse there and the property owner did not give him permission,” Hasson said. “Our main concern was the horse was not getting hay or water.”

Hasson said she called Jessamine County Animal Rescue and took pictures to document the incident.

"A gelding who was slightly overweight in September is now severely underweight. You can see all of his ribs," she said.


“We’ve been trying every angle we could to try and save these animals,” Hasson said. “I’ve pressed charges.”

Schember says, "I grew up in a farm in Michigan. we always took care of our animals. we came down here. i love horses i take care of them. i love dogs. i take care of them. and you can see they're fat as pigs."

“There are a lot of organizations in Kentucky that support Thoroughbreds,” Hasson said.

This is not Schember’s first time being arrested on the charge.

According to public record, he was arrested in 2010 for second-degree cruelty to animals.

ARREST INFO:
Full Name: Paul Schember
Gender: Male
City: Nicholasville, Kentucky 40356
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 170 lbs
Hair Color: BRO
Eye Color: GREEN
Arrest Age: 70
Date: 01/04/2017
Time: 1:20 PM
Arresting Agency: NICHOLASVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT
County: Jessamine County, Kentucky
Total Bond: $500
Charge
#1 CRUELTY TO ANIMALS-2ND DEGREE
BOND: $500

(Jessamine Journal - January 11, 2017)

United Kingdom: Twelve swans shot on the River Thames in a brutal bout of animal cruelty within a stones throw of Windsor Castle

UNITED KINGDOM -- Twelve swans have been shot on the River Thames in a brutal bout of animal cruelty within a stones throw of Windsor Castle.

Two had to be put down after they were shot in the head, according a rescue and treatment center called Swan Support.


"The bullets were still embedded in two of the swans we helped this week, one had bounced off the eye socket of another and one went straight through the other."

After rescuing so many deliberately injured swans in recent months Mrs Hermon is no longer surprised by anything.

"It makes me more angry than upset now. Why do they do it?" -- Wendy Hermon from Swan Support

Eight were blasted with an air rifle shot on January 29 while a further four were shot on January 24.



The first four birds were all shot in the eye.

A month ago a swan was found battered to death in Barry Avenue, a short distance away.


A month before that three birds were shot on the same stretch of river, the Windsor Observer reported.

Information to police about any attacks on river birds by call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

(ITV - Jan 29, 2017)

New Jersey: Judge denies motion to dismiss bird-killing indictment against ex-councilman Carlos Luaces

NEW JERSEY -- Citing that he felt enough evidence was presented to a Passaic County grand jury to secure an indictment, a judge on Thursday declined to dismiss the indictment against a former Byram councilman charged with animal cruelty.

Carlos Luaces is charged with third-degree animal cruelty and is accused of killing a baby bird by spraying it and its nest with pesticides while serving as the head of the West Milford Department of Public Works.

The charges are based on interviews with a half-dozen public works employees, who said Luaces first ordered them to destroy the nest by spraying it with pesticide. 

The employees refused, and on July 16, Luaces allegedly took a spray can filled with pesticide and doused the nest, killing the baby chicks and destroying another egg, Purcell said.

“This was the second family of birds that had lived in the nest, and the employees had grown attached to it,” Purcell said. “They were feeding the birds strawberries and other things.”


Gary Kraemer, Luaces' attorney, argued that the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office had not presented sufficient evidence to the grand jury and because of that, the indictment should be dismissed.

"There has to be some evidence that the bird was poisoned," Kraemer said. "It was presented in a way that leads the grand jury to infer that it (the herbicide spray) was poisonous to the bird."

Kraemer said the weed killer Luaces is alleged to have used was non-toxic for birds and other animals.

Assistant Prosecutor Peter Roby countered that while the herbicide was found to be safe on full-grown birds, the manufacturer's safety data sheet does not say anything about it being safe for just hatched birds or bird eggs.

Continuing his point that there is no definitive proof that the bird was poisoned, Kraemer said that an autopsy or a necropsy of the bird was never conducted and that when witnesses allegedly saw the bird struggling to live in the nest, it could have been caused by other factors.

"A hawk could have flown down and nicked the bird, injuring it and that's what they saw," Kraemer said.

Roby contended that presenting the grand jury with evidence that witnesses observed Luaces putting down the chemical sprayer in the DPW shop combined with comments he made to witnesses about a bird growing three heads because it got sprayed with the chemicals and that the birds were cute but "had to go," was sufficient to obtain an indictment.

Judge Scott Bennion agreed saying the threshold for a judge to dismiss an indictment is very high and that he felt the prosecution had presented enough evidence to the grand jury.

Bennion said whether the spray Luaces allegedly used was lethal to birds would have to be argued before a jury at a trial and it was not for him or a grand jury to decide.

According to Bennion -- who outlined the facts in the case -- Luaces is alleged to have sprayed weed killer around the West Milford Department of Public Works yard on July 16, 2015, and on a robin's nest located behind a garage, which at the time of the spraying contained three unhatched eggs and one baby bird.

On July 17, 2015, DPW workers allegedly noticed a dead bird in the nest along with the three unhatched eggs and then relocated the nest with the eggs and alleged dead bird to a protected area of the DPW yard, the motion says.

Three weeks later, on Aug. 5, 2015, two DPW employees complained of the incident to police and when police went to investigate found the nest, but not eggs, birds or mother robin.

Luaces, of Byram, served on the Byram Township Council from January 2012 until his resignation in February 2014.

In a statement to the New Jersey Herald regarding his resignation, he said he was doing so because he was "embarking on a new career endeavor" that did not leave him time to dedicate himself to the people of Byram.


Though originally just suspended, Luaces was terminated from his West Milford position in August 2015.

Following the judge's decision, Kraemer said he and Luaces were disappointed in the outcome as they still felt the evidence presented did not prove Luaces killed a bird.

"There is still not one iota of evidence that the spray is harmful to birds," Kraemer said.

Roby declined to comment.

Luaces will return to court on Feb. 13 for a pre-trial conference.

(New Jersey Herald - Jan 20, 2017)

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