Thursday, November 30, 2017

Nevada: "My cat was attacked by a pit bull"

NEVADA -- My cat was attacked by a pit bull and we don’t have the money to get her the medical attention she needs..

the owner just opened the door and let their dog charge at my cat

my whole family witnessed the pit bull grab her from the neck and drag her like a rag doll trying to get the dog to let go I put 200 as goal but anything helps
Thank you and god bless

GoFundMe: Family cat attacked by pit bull
Created November 23, 2017
Melissa Aquino

New Zealand: Pit Bull / American Bulldog mix rushs over to park playground and mauls little girl

NEW ZEALAND -- A 6-year-old girl had to undergo plastic surgery after a dog attacked her at a Canterbury park.

The girl is recovering at home following the incident at Rangiora's Good Street Reserve on Sunday afternoon.

Francesca Laffey said daughter, Chloe, was "definitely a tough little thing, a wee battler".

Chloe was at the park with her grandmother when a dog attacked her.

"She was playing on the flying fox when the dog jumped up and bit her," her mother said.

The dog's owners were at the park when the incident happened.

Chloe had to undergo an hour-long surgery for the wound on her chest and was left with several stitches.

Francesca Laffey said it was too soon to know what effect the incident would have on her daughter's confidence around dogs.

"There will probably be some effects I'm sure, but as I say she is a tough wee thing so hopefully she bounces back and doesn't let it affect her too much."

Waimakariri District Council spokesman Matt McIlraith said the dog, an American Bulldog / Pit Bull mix, was euthanized on Monday night.

Laffey said that was a relief to her and the family.

"We are animal lovers, but if a dog is capable of doing something like this then there is always the chance it could do it again and I would hate for another family to go through this."

Laffey said Chloe had asked her questions about the attack, including why it happened.

"She has told me she wished she had never gone to the park.

"We've just told her it wasn't her fault at all and that she should never have to worry about going to the park and playing."

Laffey urged dog owners to keep their animals off playgrounds.

"You would hope that dogs would not be off leads and on children's playgrounds; there is too much opportunity for them to get over-excited and things can happen.

"I would also urge parents who are concerned about dogs in playgrounds to have the courage to approach the owners and tell them."

McIlraith said the council implored dog owners to look after their pets in public spaces and keep them under control.

"This is particularly relevant with summer on us as pets and their owners are out in force in public places around the district, making the most of the great weather."

Chloe would be off school for a while, but was "still perky", her mother said. "I've had to remind her not do things and take it easy."

The council was still investigating the attack and was yet to decide whether it would prosecute the dog's owners.

(Stuff NZ - November 29 2017)

(October 2017) Florida: Nakayla Sanabria charged after emaciated dog found in home, police say

FLORIDA -- Appalling images of a starved dog have led to the arrest of a 28-year-old Cocoa woman.

Nakayla Sanabria told police she was out of money and could not afford to feed three dogs, including Sampson, who was in desperate condition when found.

"I saw these poor animals. They had knocked the trash cans over, and they were just skin hanging on bones," neighbor Deborah Burke said.

Burke, of Amherst Court in Cocoa, called Animal Services.

She said nothing was done until an alarm company salesman going door-to-door walked up to her house and saw what was going on inside.

A police report said Sampson was suffering from prolonged malnutrition, or a starved state.

The report said he tested for the lowest possible level of emaciation compatible with life.

"The dog was near death and suffering because it was not cared for. At that point, you call someone for help," Yvonne Martinez of the Cocoa Police Department said.

A veterinarian saved him, but just barely. The investigation began last week and ended with Sanabria’s arrest Wednesday for aggravated animal cruelty.

"I am so glad they have the dogs, because no animal should have to live like that," Burke said.

Sampson is now recovering with a new owner; the other two dogs, which were better off, are also in permanent homes.



A Cocoa woman was charged with animal cruelty after police found a severely malnourished dog at her home last week, according to her affidavit.

Nakayla Sanabria, 28, of the 1200 block of Amherst Court, was taken into custody Wednesday, police said. She was being held at the Brevard County Detention Center in Sharpes in lieu of $2,000 bail, News 6 partner Florida Today reported.

On Sept. 26, a home security representative making door-to-door solicits called police after he saw the dog, named Sampson, through a window at Sanabria's home, the affidavit states. Sampson appeared emaciated, the salesman told police, and officers who responded to the home agreed.

Police entered the home when Sanabria returned. Inside, they said they found dog waste on the floor and piles of trash. Officers turned the dog over to Brevard County Animal Control.

With his rib cage exposed and significant muscle loss, a vet for Animal Control said Sampson was one of the worst cases of neglect he had ever seen.

In her interview with police, Sanabria [claimed] she had taken in Sampson and two other dogs two months ago after the dog's previous owner was evicted from a home. She [claimed] she fed the dogs three times a day, according to her affidavit, and that Sampson has had the same appearance since she first took him into her home

Full Name: Nakayla Mercedes Sanabria
Time: 1:18 PM
Arresting Agency: Cocoa Police Department
Arrest County: Brevard County, Florida
Arrest Age: 28
Gender: Female
Race: Asian or Pacific Islander
Birthdate: 07/28/1989
Block: 1200 Amherst Ct
City: Cocoa, Florida 32922
Height: 5'05"
Weight: 260 lbs
#1 Animal Cruelty-Felony-Cause Cruel Death Pain & Suffering
BOND: $2000

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Nakayla seems pretty adept at getting people to give her money based on her plea of "I'm a single mother. Send me money!"

She managed to collect $500 on a GoFundMe she created on July 26, 2015.

A year later, on March 26, 2016, she created another GoFundMe page saying "Single mom in need of a car". She didn't even bother to write a sob story narrative this time and yet, Christoper Moore gave her $200 twice and then an anonymous person gave her another $200. Hmm. Go back and look at the earlier GoFundMe and "anonymous" gave her, in separate amounts, $50, $140, $50, $150 and $100. I'm seeing a pattern.

GoFundMe: single mom in need of help
Created July 26, 2015
Nakayla Sanabria
$500 of $500 goal
Raised by 6 people in 27 months
my name is nakayla i am a single mother of two kids, i was recently just let go from work, my daughter is 11 months and my son is 2 years old, its been very hard for me i have done everthing i can for my kids i have saved up barly enough money for my bills. im still short, i have a job lined up for me in a matter of a few weeks but im at the deadline and nobody is willing to wait. my car is about to get repoed my lights are about to get shut off, i have never been the type of person to ask for help but this time i need it. if any one cn help my family i am more then willing to give phones numbers to provied proof that my car is about to get repoed.with out my car i wont be able to get to work, with out the new job i will lose more then what i know. please can anyone help my family. Help spread the word!

GoFundMe: Single mom in need of car
Created March 26, 2016
Nakayla Sanabria
$600 of $700 goal
Raised by 3 people in 19 months
Single mom in need of help for a car
Help spread the word!


(WESH - Oct 4, 2017)

New York: Brian Hills, 41, arrested and charged with Animal Cruelty; accused of repeatedly shocking his Doberman with shock collar

NEW YORK -- On November 26th, 2017, Suffolk County SPCA Detectives charged a Mastic Beach man with cruelty to animals.

Brian J. Hills, 41, was charged with animal cruelty, a misdemeanor.

After an investigation, it was alleged that Hills repeatedly shocked his 2-year-old male Doberman with a shock collar causing the dog to scream in pain.

Hills has been ordered to appear in  First District Court in Central Islip on February 1st, 2018 to face charges of animal cruelty.

Chief Gross said that animal cruelty will not be tolerated in Suffolk County. If you witness any incident of animal cruelty or neglect in Suffolk County please contact the Suffolk County SPCA at 631-382-7722. All calls will be kept confidential.

(TriHamletNews - Nov 28, 2017)

Virginia: Louisa County Sheriff's Office Rescuing Hundreds of Animals from Clara Collier's Farm

VIRGINIA -- Hundreds of animals have been rescued from a Louisa County farm in what authorities are describing as an animal neglect case.

The farm is owned and operated by 77-year-old Clara Collier and her two adult sons. Authorities have been in contact with them, but they are not at liberty to discuss the conversation at this time.

Deputies with the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) are working with veterinarians and volunteers to try and save around 500 animals found in the property.

Animal cruelty and neglect charges are pending.

The sheriff’s office said it responded to call for runaway goats along West Old Mountain Road early Wednesday, November 29.

According to a post on the LCSO’s Facebook page:

“An Animal Control Officer (ACO) was dispatched to that location and when they went to put the animals back in, located several more animals that were in distress and some that were deceased. A veterinarian responded and suggested that some of the animals would have to be euthanized.”

Goats, horses, emus, sheep, rabbits, chickens, turkeys, peacock, ducks and cats are some of the animals being rescued from what authorities thought was an abandoned property.

Cages were piled high with hay, drinking water was black, and some animals were found dead in a trash can.

"If you look on the hood of the car you'll see a white swan, turkey, and another bird [dead animals]. That's part of what was found out here," said LCSO Deputy Chief Major Donald Lowe as he went around the property. "Chicken poop, old straw, everything. This cage hasn't been cleaned out in so long that it's actually filled up half its capacity with its own waste."


Investigators said Thursday, November 30, that some animals were still trapped inside different parts of the property.

The main trailer, where the homeowner used to live, was so toxic inside that investigators had to wear respirators to enter the building.

“It’s a typical hoarder, where there's a complete mess everywhere. You have to watch where you're walking and what you're touching, and you'll see animals in desperate need of help," Lowe said.

The property owner's daughter, Amanda Collier, said her mother gives the animals the best care she can: "She does everything that she can for these animals. She works two jobs and tries to sell all the good animals, like the breeding animals. She sells the babies to make this farm self-sufficient so that she can give them everything that she can," she said.

Family members agree that their mother was a hoarder, but always had good intentions.

"She sees everything as it has a use. She may not be able to clean all the time, because she used to work four jobs when I was in high school to take care of us all, and now she dropped it down to two jobs because she's an elderly caregiver," said Collier.

“There were a lot of animals here, but we had no idea that there were a bunch of neglected animals or that there were like 500 animals," said neighbor Keenan Dakota.

Collier believes authorities are painting the wrong picture of her mother: "She comes home, feeds her animals, plays with them. That's her therapy. That's all that she has out of her whole life is this farm right here."

Deputies are not letting the family onto the property, and said their first priority is the safety of the animals.

"Each animal is going to be looked at and checked out by the vet. If the vet says that the animal is healthy and everything, we'll try to find a temporary home for them through some of these agencies that we work with. If it says it needs to stay at the hospital, then that's where that animal will go," said Lowe.


Some of the rescued animals are being housed at a temporary shelter at the Louisa Fireman's Fairgrounds until more suitable arrangements can be found. Animals in critical condition are being taken to a state veterinarian for care.

Investigators expect to be on the scene well into Thursday night, and have expanded their search to other parts of the farm.

The Louisa County Sheriff’s Office said volunteers are needed to help assist in the care of the animals: contact the Louisa Community Animal Response Team, the county animal shelter, or the Animal Control Office division of the sheriff's office.


(NBC29 - Nov 30, 2017)

Canada: "My poor girl got attacked by the neighbor's pit bull, which previously attacked my friend Kelli and Lynn's little dog Annie back in the summer"

CANADA -- Mist N Brook added 2 new photos to Facebook November 29, 2017 ·

My poor girl got attacked by the neighbor's pit bull, which previously attacked my friend Kelli and Lynn's little dog Annie back in the summer 👿 Bylaw (animal control) refuses to won't come till tomorrow, which is bull if you ask me.

But ya Brooky seems fine for the most part, she came downstairs fine and has drank water and is now laying next to me. Just have to keep watch on her and make sure her wounds are kept clean. Weird thing is tonight I decided last second to not wear my splint brace thing, which really lucky because I was able to react and get her home a lot faster and easier. But fuck, simply is the only word.

Keep Brooky in your thoughts friends. We are both extremely shook and in shock.

Rickelle Sherri Sherra Christine Danielle Danielle Jaymie ... just wanted for you guys to see what has happened ... i know you all love her alot, figured you should see this as soon as possible

Kelli Jerome Lynne Fox - it happened again 😓


Florida: "this poor kids arm was shredded, whole top lip gone, and had puncture wounds all thru his hand"

FLORIDA -- @issasubie posted on Twitter November 30, 2017

Today one of my patients, 24 y/o was attacked by a pit bull.

Man.. this poor kids arm was shredded, whole top lip gone, and had puncture wounds all thru his hand.

Felt so bad, it was heartbreaking to see how traumatized he was.

The dog nearly killed him how much blood he lost.

Ohio: Court date set for Kevin Sullivan, accused of burning a cat to death

OHIO -- A man facing a felony charge after allegedly setting a cat on fire was taken into custody Wednesday — more than a month after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Kevin Lee Sullivan, 32, of Middletown, is charged with animal cruelty, a fifth-degree felony, for the alleged September incident on Howard Avenue.

Police said Sullivan used lighter fluid to set the cat on fire. A Middletown police officer had to shoot the cat to put it out of its misery, according to a report.

Police said Sullivan initially lied to them about his involvement, but an investigation by Middletown police and the dog warden’s office led back to him as a suspect.

“This is absolutely disturbing, and this guy definitely needs to be off the streets,” Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said in October when a warrant was issued for Sullivan’s arrest. “I have a room for him here in my jail, where he needs to be. I don’t understand people who harm or torture a defenseless animal. It is a very cowardly thing to do.”

Sullivan was booked into the Middletown City Jail at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and is scheduled to be arraigned Friday in Middletown Municipal Court, according to court records.


(Journal News - Nov. 30, 2017)


New York: While working at a boarding and grooming business Alexis Malone was caught on camera abusing dogs. She's now been charged with animal cruelty

NEW YORK -- An employee at a Gates dog daycare and boarding facility is facing charges of animal cruelty for the mistreatment and abuse of dogs.

On Tuesday, the Humane Law Enforcement Department at Lollypop Farm received a security video showing Dog E. Woggy’s West's daycare and boarding facility’s kennel areas.

In the video, 25-year-old Alexis Malone, of Churchville, can be seen striking a dog and dragging dogs by the neck and collar, according to Lollypop.

Upon further investigation, it was revealed that Malone had been abusing pets in the facility’s care.

Malone is no longer employed by Dog E. Woggy’s West.


Malone had been ordered to appear in Gates Town Court on Dec. 12 to face three charges of torturing and injuring animals.

In a Facebook statement from the owner and management at Dog E. Woggy's West, they said they have "followed through in investigating and addressing any concerns regarding any suspected employee misconduct or mistreatment of our clients family members at DEW West. Over the last several weeks, multiple agencies have worked together to look deeply into video surveillance the very moment an issue was brought to our attention. It seems we can pinpoint where it started and when it ended.

"Said employee is no longer employed by DEW West and faces animal cruelty counts in Monroe County. Any mistreatment (even the grabbing of collars) of any pet is not OK. IT IS NOT OK. I assure you steps are being taken to make sure this does not happen in any other establishment."

The business added that additional cameras are now in place.


(Rochester First - Nov 29, 2017)

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

New Mexico: After Pit Bull viciously mauls small dog, new owner brings it home. Two days later, it goes next door and tries to kill the neighbor's dog

NEW MEXICO -- Alice Arango is feeling worried. Posted on Facebook November 16, 2017 at 9:07pm ·

Our sweet, beautiful doggie, Sweetie, is recovering in the hospital tonight after a long surgery for traumatic injuries she sustained Tuesday night in a vicious attack by a pit bull next door.

She has major wounds to her chest and a front leg and had surgery this afternoon to remove the crushed tissue in her chest, near her heart. Her leg is hugely swollen also and she still needs x-rays to determine if it is broken. She may be in the hospital through the weekend.

It has been a difficult couple of days for both of us since this horrible incident, and especially today for Mickey, who had to move poor Sweetie, shaking and terrified, from our house to the animal hospital 30 miles away. Please keep Sweetie in your thoughts and prayers.

Alice Arango November 17, 2017 at 7:25pm ·
SWEETIE UPDATE (Friday night): Sweetie had to go back to the operating room today for further surgery on her chest wounds, but she is doing well in recovery and the vet thinks we'll be able to bring her home tomorrow. Thank you, friends, for all the good wishes and prayers for her recovery.

Alice Arango shared Mickey Hale's post.
November 18, 2017 at 9:09pm ·
SWEETIE UPDATE: She's happy to be home and resting. We brought her bed inside so she can be in the room by the fireside close to us.

Mickey Hale, November 18, 2017 at 9:03pm ·
Sweetie is back home after her 2 surgeries and 3 days in the hospital; she still has a drainage tube for 4 days but she is much better after being attacked by a pit bull - she is very happy to be home!


Indiana: Appeals court upholds animal cruelty convictions against Charles Clark, who was caught on video torturing, stomping and beating his then-girlfriend's dog

INDIANA -- A southern Indiana woman set up a video camera in her house in an attempt to catch her boyfriend cheating on her with another woman.

Instead, she recorded him torturing her dog, Dudley, by putting the animal in a chokehold and repeatedly punching it in the rib cage.

In another video clip, the boyfriend, Charles P. Clark, of Aurora, was seen stomping on the dog as it sat on the couch.

Aurora Police Sgt. Shane Slack called the March 2017 incident “one of the worst cases I’ve seen in 13 years as far as animal abuse.”

On Wednesday, Clark had his Level 6 felony convictions on two counts of cruelty to an animal upheld by the Indiana Court of Appeals.

At a May 25, 2017, sentencing hearing, Clark, 43, admitted to the offenses but claimed he couldn’t remember them due to a blackout from medication he was taking for mental health problems. He also testified that he was unemployed and had four children from two previous marriages.

Clark had been sentenced by Dearborn Superior Court Judge Sally McLaughlin on each count to 910 days in jail with 365 days suspended to probation on each count. He effectively received a sentence of [just] 1-1/2 years’ imprisonment.

Clark appealed, saying his sentence was inappropriate in light of the nature of the offenses and his character.

In upholding the sentence, the appellate court found that Clark said he was seeking mental health treatment but had presented no evidence he was on medication at the time of the incident.

Attempts by CNHI to reach Clark’s defense attorney in Madison were unsuccessful.

Edited for length:  Court of Appeals of Indiana | Memorandum Decision 15A05-1706-CR-1432 | November 22, 2017. Click here to read in its entirety.

On March 20, 2017, Clark’s girlfriend reported to the Aurora Police Department, in Indiana, that Clark had been abusing their dog, a rescued boxer breed, named Dudley.

She presented Sergeant Shane Slack (Sergeant Slack) with videos that she had secretly recorded in an attempt to catch Clark cheating on her with another woman “because he had been acting different lately.”

The videos depicted Clark picking “the dog up and slam[ming] it [in]to the couch and then put[ting] it in a choke hold and begin[ing] to punch it repeatedly in the rib cage.”

The animal attempted to escape the punishment and was crying.

In another clip of the video, Clark is observed “stomping down on the dog as it was sitting on the floor below him on the couch.”

After reviewing the videos, Sergeant Slack declared this to be “one of the worst cases I’ve seen in thirteen years as far as animal abuse.”

Police officers arrested Clark at his home, where he admitted that he had abused the animal but [claimed] that “afterwards he feels bad about it.”

Clark severely beat, punched, and strangled a helpless dog without any
provocation. The animal was a family pet and the senseless violence occurred
on more than one occasion. While the visible injuries may have healed, Dudley continued to experience mental scars for a significant period of time after Clark relinquished the dog.

Dudley’s current owner, who adopted him approximately a week later, testified that Dudley, at first, was “very guarded” and “depressed.”  “It was like he was afraid to do anything except lay or sit. He was just scared.”

For a time, Dudley experienced “quite violent nightmares,” during which he cried out loud and shook all over.

Even though Clark admitted that he had abused Dudley after being confronted with the video recordings; nevertheless, during the sentencing hearing, Clark attempted to present himself as the victim by claiming that he had blacked out because of medication. However, besides his own self-serving statement, he presented no evidence that he was on any medication at the time of the offenses. While it is commendable that Clark has accepted his mental health problems and is seeking help, this acknowledgment is a bit late for Dudley.

Based on the foregoing, we hold that the trial court’s imposed sentence is not inappropriate in light of the nature of the offenses and Clark’s character.


(Tribune Star - November 27, 2017)

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

California: I was attacked by my girlfriend's Pit Bull last year; it almost killed me

CALIFORNIA -- Jim Burrough added 2 new photos to Facebook November 19, 2017 at 9:31pm ·

I was attacked by [my girlfriend's] pit bull last year that almost killed me. I was in the hospital for 45 day's from the attack it broke one arm and tore up the other one and it tore up my face.

Indiana: Fred Strohm from the Humane Society wants you to believe that Pit Bulls only attack because mean people make them do it

INDIANA --  A dog attack at 1540 Spruce Street in Terre Haute on Friday is causing one couple to call for change.

This is their second dog attack in six months but this time there were no fatalities.

Still the couple is ready for someone to take responsibility.

For Phil Deckert and Jenifer Thomas Friday was a reoccurring nightmare.

"The cat was out on the front porch, we heard a scream, I looked out there and their were two pit bulls mauling it," says Phil Deckert, cat owner.

Though they are thankful their beloved pet didn't die - it somehow survived with broken ribs - and they are stuck with the vet bill, they are afraid that if something doesn't change soon animals won't be the only ones that need to be cautious.

"I have had two attacks on my animals by pit bulls in the last six months. Eventually it is going to be a small child or an elderly person," says Deckert.

For the couple they didn't just almost lose a pet, they almost lost a member of the family.

Deckert says, "because she can't have children or anything, this is the closest thing she can have to a child."

"My cats are my everything. I haven't stopped crying since. I am tired of losing animals. Like he said, next it could be one of our nieces or nephews," says Jenifer Thomas, cat owner.


Despite their frustrations the couple doesn't blame the breed. They are upset with owners that aren't taking proper care of their pets.

Seriously, shut up. 


The Humane Society says you can't blame a breed for the actions of an individual, someone has to take responsibility.

"If you think about kind of the bad rap that these breeds have gotten it is the Pit Bulls, before then it was the German Shepherds, before then it was the Rottweilers, and then it was the Dobermans. Where is the common thread there? It is the people that have them. It all depends on the person that is taking responsibility of the animal that is supposed to be in their care," says Fred Strohm, operations manager of the Terre Haute Humane Society.

Fred Strohm is a complete moron. He wants you to think vicious Pit Bulls are ONLY owned by "bad people", by "mean people". The truth is, they're owned by all sorts of people just as mean/bad people own Collies. Mean/bad people own Goldendoodles. Mean/bad people own Irish Wolfhounds. Yet, when is the last time you heard of those 'abused' breeds of dogs attacking and killing people and other pets? It's not that the news doesn't report it - despite what the apologists say - it's BECAUSE IT'S NOT HAPPENING

The couple filed a police report with the Terre Haute Police Department.

If you recognize the dogs in the video or have any information about their owner please contact the Terre Haute Police Department immediately.

(MyWabashValley - Nov 25, 2017)