Friday, June 23, 2017

Iowa: Sarah McMenamin decided she didn't want to pay for surgery or having her dog euthanized, so police say she butchered the dog to death herself by trying to perform surgery on it with a paring knife and a set of tongs

IOWA -- An Iowa woman was charged with animal neglect after attempting to perform surgery on her dog with a pair of tongs and a kitchen knife, resulting in the dog's death, police have said.

Sarah Diane McMenamin, 26, has been charged with animal neglect causing serious injury or death, according to WTAE.


Ames Police Officer Geoff Huff said McMenamin took her dog to Iowa State University VetMed after the animal fell ill, and the veterinary staff told her the dog had an obstruction and needed surgery.

Without the surgery, the veterinarians said the dog might need to be euthanized.

McMenamin arranged it have the dog put down at a different vet clinic on June 1, according to police, but didn't take the dog to the appointment.

When she didn't show up, veterinary staff were worried she wasn't getting the dog the help it needed and called on police to perform a welfare check.

Police went to her home at 2825 Arbor Street, where McMenamin told them she tried to perform the surgery herself using a paring knife and tongs, WTAE reported. 

She told police she did not think the dog had an obstruction, and instead thought it might have consumed rat poison.

She also claimed she attempted the surgery because she couldn't afford the vet's prices - and clearly didn't want to pay to have the dog euthanized, which was cheaper.

Hoff said McMenamin told police she grew up on a farm castrating pigs, and because of this, claimed she thought she would be able to perform the operation.

McMenamin performed the surgery on the dog in the living room of her home, and police have accused her of causing the dog 'unjustified pain, distress or suffering' that resulted in the dog's death.

She was booked into Story County Jail before being let out on bond, and will appear in court Monday, according to the Ames Tribune.


Sep 1, 2016 - Sarah Diane Mcmenamin, 25, of 2825 Arbor Street, Ames, Iowa, was arrested on a warrant for public intoxication in the 800 block of State Ave.

(Daily Mail - June 23, 2017)

Texas: Owners of dog found with injured mouth tightly wrapped with electrical tape claim they know nothing about it

TEXAS -- The owners of Justice, a dog found on June 9 with her snout taped shut, have been found, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office said.

Officials began searching for the owners after Justice, a mixed-breed hound, was found with several layers of electrical tape wrapped around her nose and upper jaw near Old Texaco Camp Road.


Investigators said the tape had been there for a long time and that Justice had severe injuries as a result.

Deputies said after interviewing Justice's owners they concluded that there is no indication either of them harmed the dog in any way, but that it is possible someone took the dog from the residence and released her in the condition in which she was found on June 9.

Yeah, I'm not buying it...

The Sheriff's Office said Justice is still being provided with medical care as it continues searching for the person responsible for her injuries.


(Click2Houston - June 22, 2017)

(April 2017) Thailand: Despite being mauled by the Pit Bull they'd raised from a puppy, owners say they want it back

THAILAND -- A young woman narrowly survived neck bites as her anxious pit bull repeated its attacks on Monday. The animal was sent to an adoptive owner until it is ready to be returned to her.

Animal rescuers from Bangkok’s Min Buri district were called to a townhouse in Pruksa 96 housing estate in Khlong Luang district Monday to catch Pacquiao, the two-year-old male pit bull.

The dog was barking with some bloodstains on its body in the townhouse when rescuers arrived. Its owners Anont Thangpim, 26, and his wife Jenjira Khongchon, 23, were waiting in an adjacent house of a neighbor.

Rescuers first tried to use a noose to catch it but it was too strong and angry. Finally, they had to fire three tranquilizer shots to overcome it. The injured owners cried upon seeing their wounded pet put into a cage.

Ms Jenjira said they had bought the dog when it was a puppy. They were close until Sunday when the pit bull suddenly bit her neck and wrist while she was walking inside her house. The wounds required three stitches.


As she later opened the door to go out for wound cleaning Sunday evening, the dog attacked her in the neck again. Fortunately, her husband came to her rescue but he was bitten badly in the legs, Ms Jenjira said.

As the couple returned from a hospital, the dog remained anxious and they could not enter their house and had to call for professional help.

Ms Jenjira said they had never maltreated or abused their pet. She assumed the summer heat might have caused it to lose temper.

The rescue team said it would find a local adoptive owner with experiences and the couple could later take the dog back when everything was ready. Many pit bull owners already volunteered to adopt it, the team said.

This dog needs to be euthanized! Clearly you can't fix stupid.

(Travelwire News - April 17, 2017)

Georgia: Little Yorkie named Matilda lucky to be alive after being attacked by a Pit Bull

GEORGIA Claiborne Hemphill Trinklein posted to Facebook June 17, 2017 ·

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Canada: Elderly Shih Tzu, suffering from renal failure and with "large open mass on his hind end" abandoned in the rain outside shelter

CANADA -- On Thursday June 15, 2017, an elderly male Shih Tzu type dog was found in the early morning hours, tethered to a post outside Calgary Humane Society.

Surveillance footage, while not sufficient to identify the offender, shows the gravely ill dog was abandoned at 10:00pm the previous evening, causing the dog, who was already suffering from end stage renal failure and a large open mass on his hind end, to spend all night out in the rain. 

Calgary Humane Society is looking for information from the public as to who owns this dog and who may have committed this act of abandonment.

Brad Nichols, Senior Manager, Animal Cruelty Investigations said, “This was a truly cowardly act. To abandon an animal in inclement weather rather than fulfil his/her legally obligatory animal care duties is an act that will not be tolerated in Calgary.


"We hope public tips will point us in the right direction so we can hold the offender accountable.”

The dog was in such severe medical distress when CHS staff found him, he was humanely euthanized at the direction of a veterinarian to end his suffering. 😒

Anyone with information on the identity of this dog or his owner’s whereabouts is asked to contact Calgary Humane Society at 403-205-4455 or


The surveillance video isn't really helpful. At the entrance, you can see someone wander up and tie the poor dog to a pole at the entrance and then leave. It's a man and, to me, it appears to me that it's an older male (mid-40's and older) based on how the person is walking. 

Based on previous abandonment stories, I'd say this man is married, that this dog was a household pet and was slowly getting in worse medical condition, they didn't provide it with vet care and finally decided to just abandon him at the shelter. But purposely went when they were closed so they wouldn't have to try to explain why he was in such bad shape. 



( - June 22, 2017)

New York: Homeless man, Joseph Leete, 23, accused of picking up his Pit Bull by its collar, slam it to the ground and kick it twice

NEW YORK -- A homeless man kicked and beat a dog outside a Tops supermarket on Niagara Falls Boulevard, Niagara Falls police reported.

A witness told officers he saw the man pick up one of his two pit bulls by its collar, slam it to the ground and kick it twice, according to a city police report.

Joseph Kuhl Leete, 23, was charged with a misdemeanor count of animal cruelty. Leete told police the dog was behaving badly and he "was schooling the dog," according to the report.

An officer found Leete and a woman sleeping in tall grass along the west side of the building at 7200 Niagara Falls Blvd. The dogs did not appear injured and were left in the custody of the homeless woman, according to the report.

Leete has arrest records in Georgia, New York, Ohio, and North Carolina.

(Buffalo News - June 14, 2017)

Florida: Angelina Daniel, 20, arrested for animal cruelty. Police say she was supposed to care for her sick mom's pets, instead she abandoned them to die

FLORIDA -- A Marion County woman who was supposed to be caring for her sick mother’s pets severely abandoned the animals causing two dogs to die of starvation, has been found and arrested police say.

Belleview Police Department Sgt. Jody Backlund said he had received information as to the whereabouts of Angelina Elizabeth Daniel, 20, and went to the 2200 block of East Silver Springs Boulevard in Ocala.


He said he saw Daniel wandering around in a parking lot and took her into custody without incident at 1:25 p.m on June 22nd.

On June 1st, Marion County Animal Services was called to Daniel’s mother’s home at 5927 SE Stetson Road in Belleview by area residents concerned for the welfare of some animals.

Backlund said the home was filled with feces and a terrier-mix and a Chihuahua were dead in the laundry room. 

They appeared to have been deceased for some time, Backlund said. 


Necropsies on the dead dogs showed they died from starvation and dehydration. Their stomachs were empty, according to a report provided to Backlund by county officials.

Animal officials rescued seven cats and three dogs from the home.

Neighbors said they're beyond words to find out that animals inside the house were dying and starving adding that the people who lived there have only been here for few months.

"There is no odor, generally have a smell of some kind," neighbor Norma Payton said.

 This blind Poodle's fur was matted to its body.

Angie Daniel’s mother has been hospitalized for almost three months. Water and power had been disconnected from the home.

The detective was told co-workers of the woman had paid utility bills and bought food for the animals when she first went to the hospital. The co-workers stopped giving money to Daniel and offered to take care of the animals, but that she refused so they assumed she was caring for them.

Some animals seem to have fared better than others.

Daniel initially told the detective she was taking care of the dogs and cats and claimed that she had been at the home taking care of the animals the same day Animal Control had shown up. However, after police told her about the filthy living conditions, she changed her story and claimed that "someone else" was taking care of the animals.

She reportedly told the sergeant that the animals are like family to her and claimed she would never do anything to hurt them.


Authorities on Wednesday put out word that they were looking for Daniel and that she would be arrested on a warrant for animal cruelty and abandonment.

After Backlund found Daniel on Thursday, she told him she had personal problems and denied that anyone had tried to help her with the animals. She told him she was scared to call animal control for assistance with the animals.

Backlund said Daniel signed paperwork to give BPD custody of the animals. She was arrested and taken to the Marion County Jail.

Of the 10 surviving animals, a kitten had to be put down due to its condition. An Animal Services official on Thursday said the rest of the animals are doing fine and should be ready for adoption soon.

Daniel denied an interview request from the Star-Banner.

It looks like Angelina's mom's name is Lisa Lorette Gemmette. From an obituary online, Lisa's mom Bernice Gladu Gemmette passed away in 2016 and it appears that with her inheritance she purchased the house on Stetson. Lisa, then fell ill, to the point that she had to be hospitalized - neighbors say since mid-April of this year. 

Neighbors say that at first, Lisa's daughter Angelina was being given cash to pay the bills and buy food for the animals, but then the money flow stopped. Maybe they'd already suspected that Angelina wasn't using the money like she was supposed to; last month the utilities were shut off at her mom's house for non-payment. 

I feel so sorry for Lisa. Here she's had to deal with her mom dying, buys this cute house (with a swimming pool!) for a fresh start, then falls ill but thinks her daughter is taking care of things for her. To have to tell her that not only did her daughter not take care of her home, her bills and her pets but that she starved them to death... prayers for Lisa and the animals that suffered.

Back in April, Angelina Daniel created a GoFundMe page, trying to raise money saying her mother had been hospitalized. There are no photos, no updates and it didn't get any donations. Good thing no one donated; who knows what Angelina would've done with the money.

Unexpected medical emergency.
Created April 10, 2017 by Angelina Elizabeth Daniel

Sadly we have hit a scary major bump in the road, we're praying for our mom to have a quick, strong, healthy recovery. Things are really tight right now, sense we live out of Ocala, and she is and impatient in a local Ocala hospital. They're has been and will be alot more procedures done for her to ensure the best care for her situation. Anything anyone can help with would be a major blessing at this point. Anything given will be used to make sure we make it financially, and we don't have to go without things that are really needed during this time, anything left over will go to her medical bills and making sure everything is covered. Thank you to anyone and everyone will to help. We greatly appreciate it.
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(Ocala Banner - June 22, 2017)