Saturday, September 30, 2017

Kentucky: After going to his friend's house to hang out, their family's Pit Bull attacks boy

KENTUCKY -- Heather Ann posted on Facebook September 30, 2017 ·

Today has been a pretty rough day. When I woke up, I got a phone call that Michael was in the ER because he got bitten by a pit bull on his leg. He's okay. Gotta have crutches for a few days and some bandages. But I'm so thankful my baby brother is okay.

Crystal Robinson - So glad he is okay

Bobbi Baker - Poor Mikey!!! I hope he gets to feeling better soon!

Michael Drennan -  Me too

Bobbi Baker-  Whose dog, was it in our neighborhood?

Julie Son Smith - No he was at a friends

Ohio: Police won't charge Teddy Hagans for leaving his newborn son alone with his Pit Bull. The Pit Bull mauled the baby to death.

OHIO -- An Ohio father won't be charged after one of his dogs attacked and killed his newborn son.

Teddy Hagans, 25, called 911 last Wednesday morning after he woke up to find his one-month-old son had been attacked by his pit bull.


Hagans told the dispatcher that the baby was in his bassinet when the animal mauled him, the Columbus Dispatch reports. Hagans was asleep and did not witness the attack.

According to the outlet, a 911 audio recording revealed that at one point during the call the dispatcher asked the father if he needed instructions on how to perform CPR, but Hagans replied that the baby's injuries were too severe.

County Coroner Jennifer Ogle said the newborn had severe puncture wounds on his head, WLWT 5 reports.

The child was pronounced dead at the Mount Vernon home. The pit bull that attacked the baby and another dog were removed from the home. They have both been euthanized.

Courtney Cole, the baby's mother, was not at the residence when the attack happened. The Knox County Sheriff's Office said she also called 911 to report what happened after she learned of the incident.

On Friday, it was announced that the father would not be facing charges.

Knox County Prosecutor Chip McConville told WLWT 5 that after speaking with the coroner and the county sheriff's detectives there's no reason to believe that father "intended for his child to come to any harm."

So there's no intent, of course. But if he left the baby alone with a tiger and took a nap, would it be different? Why or why not?

(NY Daily News - September 29, 2017)


Friday, September 29, 2017

Vermont: How massive case of alleged animal cruelty involving Ashleigh Tillson was uncovered

VERMONT -- A man who went to mow a lawn made a gruesome discovery-- dozens of dead animals inside a South Hero home. He says the trailer's windows were shut and there was no power. Then, he went inside.

"The smell and the devastation, it was really bad," David Gardner said. "My lungs were not right for three days after."

The smell of 80 dead animals inside the house is something Gardner can't forget.

"When I went in, I found a lot of dead animals in cages and a lot of flies and a lot of fleas," he said.

Gardner and his family were renting out the home to Ashleigh Tillson, 30. Tillson now faces cruelty charges after police say they found 88 animals inside: birds, reptiles, fish and small mammals. All but eight were dead.

The Grand Isle Sheriff's Department says cases like this are rare in this community and this is the biggest one that they have seen. The lead investigator for the Humane Society says it's the saddest case they have seen.

Neighbors and people who frequently visit the area say they had no idea what was going on here.

"I didn't think anybody lived there," said Cyndi Reynolds of South Hero.

Polly Lee-Milton frequents the area to visit the graveyard across the street.

"I never saw any activity or anything," Lee-Milton said.

Travis Dubuque was picking up the propane tank at the property after he disconnected it over a month ago.

"It was bad a month ago; I had no idea what was going on inside the place," he said.

When WCAX News checked out the home, there were flies everywhere and a rotten smell emanating from the house. But we couldn't see inside because the building is boarded up.

Gardner says that he knows Tillson. She is his cousin's daughter. Gardner tells me he thinks she had good intentions and things just got out of hand. Right now, his focus is on the animals.

"Our concerns were the animals on the inside and that's all it really comes down to is that," Gardner said.

Ashleigh Tillson is due in court in three weeks.

We first reported on Tillson's arrest Wednesday night.

Since then, we've heard from several of people who gave their animals to Tillson who are concerned about their welfare.

We know that two rabbits, four lizards, a hedgehog and a chinchilla survived. They were taken to the Chittenden County Humane Society. We're told some of the animals are now staying with the volunteers who rescued them.


(VT Digger - Sept 28, 2017)

Georgia: David Sparks, 46, arrested and charged with Animal Cruelty

Full Name: David Lamar Sparks
Race: White
Gender: Male
Birthdate: 04/04/1971
Arrest Age: 46
Arrest Date: 09/29/2017
Arrest Time: 3:57 AM
Arresting Agency: SAVANNAH PD
Location: Chatham County, Georgia
Total Bond: $1300
#1 Animal Neglect
STATUTE: 22-137 (L)

Alabama: Donna Berry arrested and charged with Animal Cruelty

Full Name: Donna Dorlynn Berry
Gender: Female
Race: White
Arrest Date: 09/29/2017
Location: Mobile County, Alabama

Florida: Roger Sands, 36, arrested after being caught spotlighting deer

Full Name: Roger Dale Sands
Race: White
Gender: Male
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 180 lbs
Hair Color: BLN
Eye Color: BLU
Birthdate: 10/19/1980
Arrest Age:36
Arrest Date:09/29/2017
Arrest Time: 9:30 AM
Total Bond: $5658
Arrest Location:FOREST RD 14, Marion, Florida
STATUTE: 322.34-5 ( F)
BOND: $2000

STATUTE: 379.404-1 ( M)
BOND: $500

STATUTE: 901.04 ( N)
BOND: $3158

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Ohio: Woman justifies Pit Bull attacking her by claiming it was a rescue that had been abused. Yeah, right.

OHIO -- Ann Hershberger added 2 new photos to Facebook September 28, 2017 at 8:04pm ·

Got bitten by a pit bull!! No. Not on the job! That'll teach me to give random dogs treats!! Even though his human told me "He doesn't bite"! I was over due for a tetanus shot anyway! Also got a prescription of antibiotics.

Ann Hershberger - Just want to thank you all for your "get well" wishes. Yes. It was REALLY scary!! Thank goodness she was able to pull him away before he did more serious damage!! I was bitten by a Great Dane several years ago, so I do realize how fast it can get infected... I will definitely be watching for that! And no, Erika Hahn.... I still love ALL dogs... including Pittys. I don't even think this Pitbull is bad... I found out that he is a rescue & he was abused. I'm not sure what I did to make him "react"... but I don't hate him.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Vermont: Ashleigh Tillson charged after 80 dead animals found. Ex-boyfriend reported her to Animal Control nearly 6 months earlier; they did NOTHING.

VERMONT -- A South Hero woman is facing animal cruelty charges after 80 dead animals were found in her trailer on South Street, the Grand Isle County Sheriff’s Department said Wednesday.

Ashleigh M. Tillson, 30, is due in Vermont Superior Court in North Hero on Oct. 19, Sheriff Ray Allen said.

Allen said the dead animals included rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, birds and reptiles.

Eight other animals – four lizards, two rabbits, one hedgehog and one chinchilla — were found alive last Thursday, Allen said.

The story was first reported by The Islander newspaper in North Hero.

The landlord reported checking the property and spotted the windows covered with flies, the sheriff’s department said. The tenant had been absent for some time, the sheriff said.

“The landlord entered into the trailer and was overwhelmed by the odor inside,” Allen said in a statement.

The landlord reported seeing numerous animal cages and dead animals inside.

Deputy Sheriff Jason Essinger, South Hero Town Constable Everett Dubuque and Health Officer Anne Zolotas all responded to the scene, the sheriff said.

The Humane Society of Chittenden County removed the dead animals and planned to examine them, Allen said.

“There were some ferrets that were nothing left of them but fur and bones,” said Dr. Peggy Larson, a veterinarian, according to WCAX-TV.

The personnel from the various agencies wore respirators and protective clothing to search the trailer for animals with the tenant’s permission.

Allen said there was no electricity and all the windows were closed at the trailer, which is across the road from the South Hero Cemetery.

Tillson’s ex-boyfriend told investigators that she would ask him for money for bills but would use it to buy more animals.

Quicker action by animal control could have made a difference here. Court documents reveal that Tillson's ex-boyfriend called Grand Isle animal control back in May but got no response.


(VT Digger - Sept 27 2017)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Florida: Steve Belisle Accused of Attacking Girlfriend Then Pummeling Dog That Sought To Protect Her

FLORIDA -- Steven Richard Belisle, a 27-year-old resident of Central Avenue in Flagler Beach, is facing a felony aggravated battery charge for allegedly striking and throwing an object at his 31-year-old girlfriend, and pummeling and kicking her pit bull after the dog lunged at him in an apparent effort to protect his owner from Belisle.

On Sept. 23, officers were dispatched to 312 S. Second St. in Bunnell in reference to a physical disturbance after the victim, Lisa Martinez, 31, got home from work. Martinez said Belisle, her boyfriend of three months, was at her apartment.

The two were sitting outside talking when, she told police, Belisle accused her of cheating on him with one of her coworkers. (They both work at different bars in Flagler Beach.) She asked him to leave and tried to go into the apartment. They struggled.

She managed to get away, go in, and lock the door. But he had a key and let himself in. “The argument continued to escalate from there,” Belisle’s arrest report states, with Belisle allegedly striking the woman in the face with the backside of his hand.

At that point the woman’s gray pit bull lunged at Belisle, the report states.

Belisle, according to the woman, then “turned his attention to her dog and started striking it with a closed fist with both hands,” and he continued to strike the dog “as hard as he could,” in the woman’s words, reportedly following the dog into another room as he continued to do so. The woman told police that Belisle “was also kicking the dog”.

The woman said she was able to stop Belisle and the argument cooled down, only to re-escalate when Belisle tried to use his phone and the woman broke a portion of it when she tried to take it away from him. He became “really pissed,” in her words, and started throwing candles and glass vases around the apartment, breaking them.

When Belisle allegedly pushed the woman out of the way as he tried to leave the apartment, the dog lunged at him again, but somehow, the report states, Belisle “started to again strike her in the face, causing her to fall to the ground,” the report alleges, referring to the woman, “and stated that he would ‘beat up’ both her and her dog.” Belisle also fell, giving the woman an opportunity to call 911.

She tried to block Belisle’s way when he tried to leave after that because, she said, she didn’t want him leaving before police showed up. But he did. She said he pushed her out of the way, opened the door, and allegedly threw a 20-ounce “Yeti”-stile stainless steel container full of alcohol at the woman’s head. She was about three feet from him.

Police noted a 2-inch knot or swelling on the back of her head, a 5-inch red and purple bruise on the inside of her right bicep, redness and swelling on her face, a small laceration on her lip, and a limp, as she had twisted her ankle when she’d fallen.

Several attempts to locate Belisle failed that morning, but he was found on Sunday and booked at the Flagler County jail that afternoon on a cruelty to animals charge, a third-degree felony, and an aggravated battery-domestic violence charge, a second degree felony.

He posted $7,500 bond and was released Monday, September 25 and is awaiting trial.

Full Name: Steven Richard Belisle
Alias: Steve Belisle
Gender: Male
Race: White
Height: 5'09"
Weight: 150 lbs
Birthdate: 02/18/1990
Arrest Age: 27
Address: 206 S Forysth St, Bunnell, Florida 32110
Additional address given: 2100 N Central Ave, Flagler Beach, Florida 32136
Arrest Date: 09/24/2017
Arrest Time: 1:06 PM
Arresting Agency: Flagler Beach Police Department
Location: Flagler County, Florida
#1 Cruelty To Animals (Misdemeanor)
Cash/Surety Bond: $2,500

#2 Agg Battery/Domestic Violence (Felony)
Cash/Surety Bond: $5,000

Belisle's previous arrests include an arrest on January 16, 2016 for Possessioin of Marijuana and DUI.

He was also arrested on July 13, 2017 for violating the terms of his probation for the drug and drunk driving charges.

(Flagler Live - Sept 26, 2017)

California: Nine days after being disemboweled by an attacking Pit Bull, sweet Boston Terrier Stella dies

CALIFORNIA -- Lesley Fullmer Kennedy posted on Facebook September 25, 2017 ·

My precious dog Stella died today.

Stella was mauled by a pit bull that broke into my friend's yard. Her intestines were exposed when I found her. 

Her name was Stella Luella. 12 yrs of a healthy,strong, and feisty dog. My little best friend as I journeyed through life as a single women.

My first thought was I can't survive this, but an instant later I thought yes I can.

The pain is unbearable right now. She suffered with a terrible dog attack, then died finally from a stroke, the whole experience was ugly.

Nothing pretty about death for people or beloved animals. I think the pain in life gets you ready for your own. Yes, I have lost parents and that was even more terrible. Stella probably had 2 or 3 more years left so no sugarcoating her untimely death. I wanted more but facing some bad days ahead.

God bless all who grieve today for any reason😪🐶☹️

Monday, September 25, 2017

Florida: Okaloosa County Sheriff's deputy takes baby squirrels to wildlife rehabilitator

FLORIDA -- Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office posted on Facebook September 25, 2017 ·

Squirrel Rescue - OCSO Deputy Michael Esneul located these 3 baby squirrels in the closet at our Baker Substation. They were found in a small hole just above the hot water heater.

Deputy Esneul was able to make arrangements with Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge to take these babies in for safe keeping after "Momma Squirrel" could not be located.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

(August 2017) New Hampshire: Keni-Lynn Mone re-arrested in Rochester trash-filled home case

NEW HAMPSHIRE -- As the child endangerment case involving a trash-filled Rochester home gets closer to trial, authorities have arrested the resident for a second time in order for prosecutors to seek harsher misdemeanor penalties.

Keni-Lynn Mone, 33, of Rochester, had been charged June 23 with two counts of child endangerment and one count of animal cruelty, all misdemeanors, after the city found nine months of trash and animal waste inside her 7 South Blueberry Lane manufactured home.

Due to the conditions, the Division of Children, Youth and Families removed a teenage boy and a preteen girl from the home, while animal control officials removed a dog and a cat, police have said.

Prosecutors intended to seek Class A misdemeanor penalties on the child endangerment charges, which are normally Class B offenses. However, because they never filed a notice of intent to do so, Mone’s original charges had to be dismissed and Mone had to be re-arrested on Aug. 18, according to police.


Police said that Aug. 18 arrest, which occurred when Mone turned herself in that day, will allow prosecutors to seek the Class A offenses when Mone’s case goes to trial in Rochester District Court on Sept. 12.

Mone was arraigned on the new, but identical, set of charges on Monday. Her previous bail conditions weren’t affected by the second arrest, according to court records.

Mone now resides in the Partridge Green Apartments off Old Dover Road, according to court records.


Her former home at 7 South Blueberry Lane was demolished a few weeks ago after pest remediation company Modern Pest determined doing so wouldn’t lead to a dispersal of rats and other pests into the surrounding neighborhood, according to city Health Inspector Bob Veno.

According to Veno, Modern Pest removed dozens of rats from the 7 South Blueberry Lane and the surrounding area in the weeks after Mone was ordered to vacate the property, which is a part of Briar Ridge Estates.

Rochester Police Capt. Jason Thomas said Mone only faces one animal cruelty charge because there were “obvious signs” her dog was affected by the living conditions, whereas her cat showed no such signs.

The dog was removed June 23, the day of Mone’s arrest, whereas the cat wasn’t located and captured until about two weeks later, said Thomas.

( - August 23, 2017)


California: After woman loses control of her 2 Pit Bulls, which chase and nearly kill a Poodle, she runs off with the dogs and hasn't come forward. There's a reason I have a category called "owner fled with bite dog". They do this all the time!

CALIFORNIA -- The owner of a 10-year-old poodle mix named "Bobo" is on the hunt for a woman who owns two pit bulls that mauled Bobo while they were on a walk early Wednesday morning.

It happened in a neighborhood near Garret and Villines, and it was all caught on a neighbor's surveillance camera.

The video shows Bobo and his owner, Enrique Carrillo, walking when all of a sudden a woman loses control of her two pit bulls, and they charge Bobo.

"When I heard her saying Oh my God, Oh my God, I turned, that's when she couldn't hold the dogs no more," Carrillo said.

Carrillo desperately tries to protect Bobo to no avail, as the dogs pursue him and begin to maul Bobo.


Neighbor Leandra Maquinales told FOX11 she heard all the commotion and came outside with a stick to help separate the dogs. She said the owner of the pit bulls was being dragged by the dogs.

"Even for a second she just sat there and let them run after him, I was telling her get up what are you doing, help, get your dogs!" she said.

By the time the attack was over, Bobo was in bad shape.


"He was in a lot of pain, his eyes were rolling over, his tongue was sticking out, I thought I was gonna lose him," Carrillo said. "First thing I thought about was saving his life, take him to the emergency room."

While they were at the vet, Maquinales was with the owner of the pit bulls for a short time before she left the scene.

"She was kicking them and she was like this is the last straw I'm taking you to the pound cursing at them," she said. "Even her actions afterwards, and not even taking responsibility for herself, like these are my dogs I'm sorry, she wasn't even acting like that."

That's why Carrillo said he blames the owner, not the dogs, and he wants her to take responsibility for her actions.

He said Bobo's vet bills topped over $1,100, but he would pay whatever it took to save his life.

"Hopefully he'll be an active dog very soon the way he was before, he's a very happy boy," Carrillo said. "I don't think he ever deserved to be done like this."


The owner of the pit bulls has not yet been identified, and the dogs haven't been located.

Carrillo said he did make a report with authorities, and they've been patrolling the neighborhood in search of them.


(FOXLA - Sept 18, 2017)

California: Tens of thousands of beloved pets are mauled to death by Pit Bulls each year. Lindy was loved by his family. Here's his story.

CALIFORNIA -- Paul Joe Posti posted on Facebook September 21, 2017 ·

Last night my dog and I were attacked and severely bitten by a 110 # pit bull. Im doing much better. Please say a prayer for Lindy. He did not get so lucky. Surgery on him later today. Many know him and he is the most loving dog.

We will need a blood thirsty attorney and he/she MUST have a good detective that can find out about these people. The internet says that 18 Hispanic people live in that house. Probably rented and if we go down to talk to them they will say its not their dog or the one who owned him is gone. I will meet with the Animal control in the morning and get more info. We will walk down to the 10 neighbors that saved us and ask for a statement. It looks bad for LIndy and Im on pain pills and antibiotics. No broken bones but some good pain. The Pit bull is in quarantine and weighs about 120 pounds. Only two hours sleep and I need some rest. to be fresh tomorrow. Thanks Jeff for your input as your name was out of my mouth at the ER last night

Note: Unfortunately, Lindy could not survive the Pit Bull attack. He died at the vet's office.

GoFundMe: Help Lindy with justice
Created September 23, 2017
Paul Joe Posti

Lindbergh Posti
Born March 7, 2006     -     Died September 22, 2017

Lindy liked to go for a short walk after dinner and we took our walk two blocks from the house at 8:20pm of September 20, 2017. Lindy on his leash and walking slowly with us when all of a sudden, a 110-pound Pit bull dog came running out of an open garage across the street and attacked Lindy. He hit our dog so hard it pulled him right out of his collar, still attached to the leash. When I tried to push him away he bit me on the hands many times. I kept trying to get him away and he was very strong and aggressive and kept tearing at Lindy.

Kelly was screaming and luckily for us the neighbors all came out and two big men finally got the Pit bull away from us. I called 911 and the Sheriff, Animal control and the paramedics all came. My dog totally in shock and pressed up against me while the paramedics helped my wounds.

Kelly ran to get the car and we put Lindy in the back and she had to drive 45 minutes away for the Vet closest hospital. All the way lindy was coughing up blood from his neck and did not move an inch while still wondering what just happened to him.

The doctors tried to stabilize him for surgery the next day (Thursday) and after sedation Lindy stopped breathing and they had to bring him out and put him in an oxygen breathing chamber. They said if they could get him stable on Friday they would try again. The doctors dressed the visible wounds but stated that Lindy had much more damage inside and blood, mucus and puss was draining into his lungs and they could not stop it. They could not operate because he would die for sure under anesthesia.

On Friday September 22 at 11:30AM Kelly and I went to the hospital to try and give him hope and let him know we are here. We opened the small round window and let him smell our hands. He wanted to leave and showed a small amount of energy. I scratched him on back of his neck as that was his favorite. He seemed to know we loved him very much. We stayed about 20 minutes and it was hard to leave him. Everyone who knows Lindy knows he is always next to Kelly or me within reach. He was no match for that dog who we found out has had no shots, no license, no chip and no collar or leash. The gate to the back yard had been broken for years and the owners only put a barrel next to it.

Animal control [had been] called three times that night to report the Pit bull running loose by the neighbors up to 45 minutes before we arrived [and were attacked]. They refused to come and pick up the dog [leaving me to be attacked and Lindy mauled to death].

We would like you to get to know our Lindy.

November 18, 2006, Joe & Kelly went to the West Palm Beach animal shelter. Each cage had the dogs’ information. One cage had a small sign that read “Take me home, I’m a star.” We took him into the introduction area and he wanted to play ball. He loved us right away and this would-be Kelly’s first dog. The dog had been neutered and had all the shots a dog could get and was very healthy.

The Family decided that we would name him Lindbergh, but we always called him “Lindy.” He loved his new house, except he would not go upstairs as he had never seen stairs before. It took about three months before he would come upstairs to my office.

He grew to 65 pounds and in June 2007 Kelly and the dog went to dog school, where they used Lindy to train the other dogs; because you could tell him something once and he did it. Lindy was the most well-behaved dog I have ever had and always loved everyone, especially the ladies.

We wanted the best for Lindy and Dr. Patty Wade at All Paws was seen every six months for heart worm pills and check. Lindy would walk straight to the scale and then lie down in the waiting room for the doctor, never flinching while she checked him. Lindy was loved where ever he went and gave love back three-times.

His first Christmas he had never seen a tree and he tried to play ball with the lower ornaments and broke a bunch. We told him no and gave one tap on his rear with a newspaper. He never did he touch the tree again for all the years. His favorite things were playing ball, his small stuffed toys, going for a walk and a car ride. He received most of his toys in 2008 and never destroyed them, although he did try to eat a tennis ball. From that year on he would exercise his jaw on the tennis ball and when it would deflate we would throw it away and give him a new one. He always had two to play with and they would last years.

Lindys’ understanding of the English language was unbelievable and he would obey our commands easily. You could start a sentence and he knew what was coming. Kelly would say: “Lindy do you want to” and lindy knew that meant he was going to walk or ride somewhere. He would get so excited jumping and wagging his tail until you went. Lindy would bark at the UPS and FED EX trucks driving by and other dogs, but rarely barked in the house for no reason.

One day we thought it would be fun to walk on the beach with Lindy, never knowing he was a swimmer. He had a web between his toes! I had a 20-foot leash and wadded out to my waste and lindy swam out past me to meet the waves, turned around and body-surfed them into the shore. We laughed every time we saw him do that. He would not go into the swimming pool unless we said it was OK. He would stand on the top step with front paws and look at us for approval. He loved to swim.

I sort-of retired in 2014 and wanted something more to do. I started working on a new business idea and found a market in California. Still looking for investors we sold the house in Florida and on July 2017 Lindy and I jumped into the big truck and moved the car and house to San Jacinto, California. On the way, we would stop at parks and he would run and jump and stretch his legs.

See moving truck in background.

Two weeks after moving, lindy lie on the floor next to me and I could see he was having a hard time breathing and I tried to get him up and he had no energy. I put him in the car and drove to the local Vet where they said he had pneumonia and after checking his blood found he had diabetes. We gave him antibiotics and insulin twice a day. Within two weeks he was a good as a new old dog.

I’m only asking for help as Lindys medical was over $8,300 and we do not even have a bill for me and my right hand is still swollen and black & Blue. We are paying with a burden, but will survive.

I could use some financial help for legal fees to try and get recoup money for our medical bills and damages from animal control, who failed to respond to the many phone calls that night before the incident.  The owners of the Pitbull are renters and have no money.

Lindy will be cremated on Monday and his ashes placed in the Pacific Ocean where he can swim all he likes.

Kelly and I thank you for any help you can give, as the County, CIty and the Pit bull owners are all at fault.

 Rest in peace, poor Lindy.