Friday, January 19, 2018

Australia: Puffin the six-month-old Shar-Pei barely survives attack by Mastiff

AUSTRALIA -- This my Puffin. He is 6 months old. He was attacked by a Mastiff that was at least double his size and weight. If you can, please share his #gofundme account. He needs a lot of treatment.

Puffin has quite extensive injuries to his face, head, ear, chest and leg.
He was found barely breathing and in severe shock.

It is likely that he will need multiple surgeries and medications to get him through.

He is my companion in life and all I have. It breaks my heart to see him so utterly broken. If you can please put my Puffin back together again so he can continue to be my best friend.


I have bought Puffin home to closely monitor him. He has multiple surgeries ahead. He will most likely lose an ear and muscle from his neck. The vets were unable to close up his exposed neck for the time being. He has a great risk of presenting with a collapsed lung due to air getting in. He has got 10 drains in to drain blood and fluid so they can reassess and attempt to repair more. His arteries, blood vessels and Trachea are all exposed and there is a risk that there is damage to his trachea causing breathing troubles. We are not clear of danger yet and he is on a lot of pain relief and antibiotics.

Thank you to everyone who has donated and those who continue to send love prayers and support to us.

Puffin made it through the night. Big blessing.
He has cried most of the morning hours so I sat with him and told him about how much love everyone is sending him. More surgery today unfortunately but it has to be done. We are such a long way away at the moment. Thank you to everyone for all the support.

Puffin when he was a little puppy

Today has been a good day and a bad day. It’s a good day because the vet is pleased with how his injuries look. Today is also a bad day because Puffin will not eat at all and will only have little bits of chilled water from a syringe about every half an hour. It’s not enough to keep him well. He has been given two injections of long acting antibiotics and some more pain relief.

He’s fighting hard and everything is looking good. I pray that we keep heading in the right direction and down go backwards which is still a very real risk. His muscles are starting to break down what has died so hopefully we can start getting it all stitched back together soon.

What a day!
I am so pleased to find that Puffin has perked up today. He has started to drink from his bowl and is looking so much better for it. We are still on a long medication regime of pain killers and anti inflammatories. The vet checked in with us today and they are pleased with his progress as it means he is becoming stronger and that means that we can start looking at the next stage of his treatment. He is now up and moving a little bit, though he will only come out for a few minutes before going back to sleep. Small steps lead to greater things. The hope is that he is resilient enough that we can reinforce positive interactions with other animals over time. There is no rush on that and only time will tell. Much love to everyone and thank you for all you have done for us

GoFundMe: Help put Puffin Back Together Again
Created January 10, 2018
Alesana Riley
  Ipswich, QLD (Australia)


South Africa: Elderly woman hospitalized after second pit bull attack in less than 10 days

SOUTH AFRICA -- Another pit bull attack has been reported on the South Coast, this time in Uvongo.

According to paramedic, Glen Preston from Med-Evac, a 65-year-old domestic worker was walking along Beaumont Avenue, Uvongo yesterday (Thursday)  when dogs ran out of a property and bit the woman several times.

“The woman suffered serious facial injuries, and was also bitten on her arm, leg and chest,” said Mr Preston.

He added that paramedics had also treated the dog owner’s son, who had suffered minor bites.

According to Werner Taljaard from the SPCA, the dog’s owners have asked that the animal be put down. The domestic worker was taken to hospital.

Margate SAPS will investigate.

Note: I'm using the tag "repairman" simply because I don't have one for "maid" but the victim in this story is described as a "domestic worker".

(South Coast Herald - January 14, 2018)

United Kingdom: Suzy Cairns, 39, pleads guilty to sexually abusing dog and having child pornography

UNITED KINGDOM -- A woman in Scotland who shot cellphone video of herself in a sex act involving her pet dog and whipped cream has pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing pornography.

Cops in the West Lothian region of Scotland found the video – along with a cache of sickening child pornography photos – back in March, when they raided the home of Suzy Cairns, following a tip to the Cyber Crime Unit of Scotland’s national police force.

Cairns, 39, pled guilty to two counts of possessing pornographic material between February 2016 and April 2017.

She admitted being in possession of indecent photographs of children being sexually abused.

She also admitted being in possession of “extreme pornographic images depicting in an explicit way a female engaging in sexual activity with abuse of a dog”.

Prosecutor Jim Robertson said during Cairns' court appearance this week that the video “appeared to be self-generated involving the accused and her pet dog,” the Edinburgh Evening News reported.

Robertson added the dog, a yellow Labrador retriever, was present at Cairns’ home during last March’s raid.

Authorities were alerted to Cairns after her internet IP address was discovered trying to access indecent images of children. While going through her phone, police found more than 160 pornographic photos featuring children.

After pleading guilty, Cairns will make her next court appearance on Feb. 9. Her sentencing has been deferred until social workers' reports on her background have been reviewed.

Cairns’ name was immediately added to the country’s sex offenders’ register, with law enforcement asking the court to assess her for electronic monitoring.

“You pled guilty to a serious matter which requires me to obtain reports,” Sheriff Peter Hammond told Cairns. “In the meantime I have to explain that because of your plea of guilty to a sexual offence, as of today you have become subject to the notification requirements of the Sexual Offences Act.”

The dog, meanwhile, remains in Cairns' possession, according to reports. What happens to the dog when Cairns is sentenced is still unclear.

(FoxNews - January 11, 2018)

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

New Zealand: Animal-loving boy 'embarrassed' to be seen after Pit Bull attack leaves scars

NEW ZEALAND -- On Sunday afternoon an Auckland boy bent down to pat a dog whose owner assured him was friendly.

A moment later, seven-year-old Hunter Baldwin's cheek had been ripped open and the side of his mouth torn, said his father Damion Baldwin.

The family had been fishing at Stillwater Beach, north Auckland, when Hunter asked his parents if he could pet the brindle colored Pit Bull mix.

"We told him not to, but the owner was talking over us — insisting that the dog 'was fine', that she loves children and had grown up around kids," said Baldwin.

Looking away for one moment, she heard the dog growl and then a child scream.

"I turned around after hearing a growl to see my son holding his face screaming."

He said the dog's owner "kind of just [ran off]" without apology or handing over his contact details. Baldwin said he felt the owner should come forward and face up to his dog's actions.

Hunter was taken first to Starship Hospital, then Middlemore to have his wounds stitched up.

"He's embarrassed to be seen now, with huge scars on his face and mouth," said Baldwin.

"He's pretty shaken up and we don't know how he'll be around dogs now — which is really sad, as he's such an animal lover ... Hopefully he'll just be a bit more wary."

Animal Control were called to the beach after the attack, and took statements from Hunter and his parents.

Baldwin said he and Hunter's mother hoped their story would make other parents more cautious with their children around dogs.

(Stuff NZ - January 8 2018)

South Africa: Elderly man has "lost half his face; his eye, ear nose and mouth were all bitten off" by neighbor's Pit Bulls; his wife and daughter also attacked

SOUTH AFRICA -- An Albers-ville, Port Shepstone, father is in a critical condition and his wife and daughter are recovering from being mauled by three dogs in the driveway of their Pelican Drive home.

Appal Naidoo, 82, underwent reconstructive surgery and is in the trauma unit of the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital.

They were mauled two weeks ago after a neighbor’s two pit bull dogs and a boerboel mix attacked, having jumped over a fence to roam the street.

His daughter Shanda, 48, and wife Kanna, 79, heard him scream and ran out to help. They were also severely injured, with Shanda bitten 24 times. Both were discharged from hospital last Saturday.

Another daughter, Lalitha Sadasivah, said her father was a well-known florist in Port Shepstone.

“He normally starts his day early and was busy with his morning routine between 4am and 5am. He’s in the habit of cleaning the yard after waking up and was doing this when attacked,” said Sadasivah.

She said it was heart-breaking that her elderly parents and sister had to suffer such an experience.

“His face was disfigured because of the attack. He had to undergo several operations. He had a broken jaw, broken limbs and many other injuries. The right side of his nose was bitten off,” said a distraught Sadasivah.

She said her mother and sister had both been psychologically affected and the family was praying for a speedy recovery.

One of the dogs involved int he attack

She said her family had lived in the area for 40 years and had good relations with the community.

“Some people who had been on their way to work that morning stopped to help when my family was attacked. We would like to thank them for their assistance,” she said.

The family’s elderly dog tried to protect them during the attack, resulting in the dog having to be euthanased by the local SPCA.

She said the dogs were taken away by the local SPCA and she hoped all dog owners would learn from this.

“Dog owners need to be more responsible, especially when they have dogs like pit bulls. It could happen to anyone and as there is a school nearby something could have happened to children walking home.

“Given this ordeal, we urge dog owners to please be more responsible. We wouldn’t want anyone to have to go through what we did,” said Sadasivah.

Note: The original story said it was 2 Pit Bulls and a South African Boerboel mix. Now they're saying it was 2 Pit Bulls and a Dalmatian.

The Albersville man who was mauled in a vicious attack by two Pit bulls and a Dalmatian on Wednesday is awaiting surgery.

A reliable source has indicated that Mr Appal Naidoo has “lost half his face; his eye, ear, nose and mouth were all bitten off” in the savage attack.

The doctors at Albert Luthuli have cleaned up his wounds and placed him on a ventilator. “They want his organs to rest before the surgery,” the source added. “The doctors are going to try to take skin from his leg to graft on his face. His arm was also badly damaged.”

Kanna is said to be out of surgery and is recovering. Shanda had to go back into surgery as her wounds were more severe than initially thought.

(Sunday Tribune - January 12, 2018)

North Carolina: CONVICTED MURDERER Clint McQueen, 48, charged after beating dog to death with hammer

NORTH CAROLINA -- An Asheboro man has been charged with felony animal cruelty after allegedly striking a dog in the head with a hammer, according to a press release from the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office.

Clinton Lamont McQueen, 48, was booked earlier this month into the Randolph County Jail under a $20,000 secured bond.

On Jan. 9, authorities responded to 1665 Independence Ave. in Asheboro.

Information obtained by the original call alleged that a dog was struck and killed with a hammer moments before the call was made.

When units arrived on scene they located McQueen and spoke with him about the incident.

While speaking with McQueen, they observed a dog that appeared to be badly injured and suffering from a head injury.

The animal was taken to a local veterinary hospital where it was evaluated and determined the most humane option for the animal was medical euthanasia.

During the scene processing, two hammers were seized.

McQueen posted bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 26.


Clinton Lamont McQueen pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Monday, one day before jury selection was to have started in his murder trial.

McQueen, 32, killed Mitchell Ray Maness in May 1999, shooting the Randleman man in the head on Brewer Street after the two began arguing, said King Dozier, assistant district attorney for Randolph County.

The state had planned to seek the death penalty against McQueen, but Dozier said prosecutors had the blessing of Maness' family to accept McQueen's plea to the lesser charge. McQueen was sentenced to at least 15 years in prison.

Three days after the shooting, police arrested McQueen, 717 Russell St., Asheboro. McQueen was also at the time charged with two counts of attempted murder and one count of firing a weapon into an occupied vehicle.

According to N.C. Department of Correction records, McQueen had previously served six years in prison on manslaughter and drug convictions. He was released in October 1997.

Note: Of course he'll torture, beat, abuse and kill animals. He's been killing human beings for a decade with no real punishment. 

(Fox8 - January 16, 2018)

New Jersey: PetSmart employees accused of dumping dead English Bulldog at the vet ‘like garbage’

NEW JERSEY -- A New Jersey woman is heartbroken over the death of her bulldog, who she says died less than an hour after she dropped the pup off for a grooming appointment at a local PetSmart.

Danielle DiNapoli said her beloved pooch Scruffles was an 8-year-old, seemingly healthy bulldog who she considered a member of the DiNapoli family.

“She was just a great wonderful lovable dog, she loved people, she loved being in our house, she loved family she loved playing with the tub she was just a beautiful joy,” an emotional DiNapoli told WPIX as she fought back tears.

It’s been 11 days since Scruffle's death and DiNapoli still doesn’t know how or why her dog died.

“She’s so beautiful and just reliving those moments it’s a trauma," DiNapoli said.

DiNapoli dropped Scruffles off at PetSmart at 9:45 a.m. on Dec. 29. She says at 10:35 a.m., she was called by PetSmart and told to go to a nearby vet. When she arrived at the veterinarian’s office, Scruffles was dead.

The vet says PetSmart employees dropped her off already deceased.

"I would not want any family to go through it and the most horrifying thing is PetSmart left her there like trash," DiNapoli said. "They just left her there dead, no one was there to answer any questions, no one was there to give us any comfort, no one was there for anything. They just left her there like garbage, dead at the vet.”

DiNapoli says since that fateful day, she has made numerous attempts to get answers from PetSmart to no avail.

DiNapoli said that after the company continued to refer her to corporate, saying only that Scruffles' death is under internal investigation, she called the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

"They said they had the final report and they gave us some verbal information, which none of it matched with the other two reports, everything changed,” DiNapoli said.

She started a Facebook page "Justice for Scruffles" and was shocked when she says hundreds of people reached out to her with complaints about PetSmart.

In one case, a woman from North Jersey claims her dog went to the same PetSmart in Flemington for grooming the same week as Scruffles. The dog owner says her pup died suddenly just days later.


PetSmart released the following statement on the investigation:

“We are truly saddened by the loss of Scruffles. We immediately conducted a comprehensive internal investigation and found the associates involved followed all policies and procedures consistent with care and services provided to breeds such as bulldogs. The outstanding piece of the investigation is the result of the necropsy report, which will likely assist in understanding the overall circumstances leading to Scruffles’ unfortunate passing. Our thoughts and sympathies remain with Scruffles’ family, and we continue to be in contact with them during this difficult time.”

It's of little comfort to the DiNapoli family.

“The reason why I’m speaking out today is because this is almost two weeks since my dog died. We were led to believe we would get a written report of the timeline of her death,” DiNapoli said.

DiNapoli also questions her lack of rights as a pet owner. She says she has asked to see any written documentation or report from PetSmart about the incident and has, thus far, been denied by the company.

NOTE: People, do NOT take your pets to these businesses! They hire minimally trained people and don't supervise them. Yes, many are animals lovers who would never hurt an animal, but are you willing to take the chance that your beloved pet will fall into the hands of an abusive killer? DON'T TAKE THAT CHANCE!

Even if your pet survives the abuse, what will happen? The offender may or may not ever be charged for animal cruelty - prosecutors would have to prove the person did it on purpose ("with intent") and that they're the ones who actually did it; that is not easy to prove. The abuser can lie and say the dog tried to attack them. They can lie and say the dog was fine when they left it unattended -- there are no witnesses who can refute their lies. 

The abuser will be fired, PetSmart will swear they would never purposely hire an animal abuser and you'll be stuck with the vet bills and a crippled dog. And the abuser will simply go get another job.


(Fox5 - January 10, 2018)

PETSMART horror stories:
Other pet store/grooming store business horror stories:

In the video, it appears that she punches
the dog several times when it

innocently it pulls its paw away from her.