NEW MEXICO -- A man who scammed people out of thousands in a rental scheme might finally finish part of his jail sentence, not for his history of renting out foreclosed homes but for allegedly torturing an animal.
The prosecutor from the Attorney General’s Office in District Court Wednesday asked the judge to revoke Shaun Anaya’s probation and to serve two years, saying he violated his probation this summer when he allegedly broke three state laws.
The con man at the hearing Wednesday said he did not brutally beat and mutilate a Pit Bull puppy with power tools in the backseat of his car on June 1, as police allege in a criminal complaint.
“Did you use any power tools on this puppy?” the defense attorney asked Anaya.
“No,” he replied.
SHAUN ANAYA'S STORY:
Anaya said he had finished work installing the flooring at a woman’s house for his family-run construction company around midnight on June 1. He said he drove around to the back of the home to pick up some extra flooring material when he saw about four teenagers crowded around what he thought looked like a sick or injured Pit Bull puppy that had trouble keeping its balance.
He allegedly yelled at the kids, asking what they were doing. He then volunteered to take the puppy to the veterinarian without knowing the owner, according to his testimony.
However, on the way, he said he pulled over to check on the puppy and that’s when police arrived and allegedly accused him of punching and abusing the animal with a drill that Anaya confirmed was in the back of his truck, but said he didn’t use.
The prosecutor, Nicholas Gilbert, asked Anaya when he learned the puppy’s owner was the same woman who owns the home where Anaya was installing the flooring.
Anaya said he had his 20 and 22-year-old daughters reach out to her on Facebook to let her know where he was and to get her phone number so Anaya could call her.
The prosecutor read a transcript of Anaya’s and the woman’s phone call, in which Anaya reportedly asked her to talk to his lawyer, which the prosecutor claimed was conspiracy to commit perjury.
In a separate case in 2013, he pleaded guilty to six counts of larceny, one count of fraud and two of forgery after swindling at least two dozen renters all over Albuquerque by renting out foreclosed properties.
After serving a year in jail of his four-year sentence, he got off with probation, which the Attorney General’s Office says he’s now violated and wants him behind bars for it.
“I ask that he be remanded into custody. He is facing a two-year habitual enhancement,” Gilbert said.
During the June arrest, police found Anaya in possession of marijuana and the AG’s Office also claimed Anaya tried to coerce a witness to come to his defense.
The judge found Anaya violated his probation for the marijuana, but wants more time to look at the evidence before making a decision on the animal cruelty and perjury allegations at the next court date on Dec. 20.
As for the puppy involved, it has since recovered from its injuries and has been adopted.
HORRIFIC DETAILS FROM THE POLICE REPORT:
On June 1, 2017, at approximately 2358 hours (1158pm), I was dispatched to the alley just south of ______ in response to a call about an animal.
Caller advised he could see an individual beating his dog in a vehicle. He could see the individual hitting the dog and throwing it around the vehicle. While en route, Dispatch advised that the caller could still hear the dog screaming.
Further remarks just as I was arriving advised the man was standing at the rear of the vehicle with the tailgate up and the caller could hear a power tool.
I arrived and parked just west of the alley and approached on foot.
From approximately 40 feet away I saw a man, later identified as SHAUN ANAYA, standing at the tailgate of a vehicle with the tailgate open. He was moving his hands and appeared to be working on something in the tailgate.
I heard a dog yelping and screaming in agony. I began walking towards him and got within 30 feet and could see he was doing something to a small dog.
I shined my flashlight at him and he quickly stopped what he was doing and started trying to clean up the area. As soon as he stopped the dog immediately stopped yelping.
Shaun said, "Can you get your flashlight out of my face?"
I observed blood on several areas of the dog's fur. I observed blood all over the carpeted area in the rear of the car and smeared on the inside of the back right window. I observed dog feces in several areas of the back of the vehicle and on a power saw on the blade and on the handle.
The passenger door was open and I observed blood on the seat and blood smeared on the door. There was fresh blood spatter all over the dash. I observed the small puppy had swollen eyes and was very sluggish. I observed blood in his mouth and saw he had a broken tooth on the right side of his mouth.
I spoke with the caller, Derrick Sanders, who told me he was woken up by a dog yelping. He looked out his window and observed SHAUN ANAYA outside the open front passenger door. He was punching the dog who was in the front passenger seat repeatedly. He then threw the dog to the rear of the vehicle. He walked back to the rear and the dog started yelping again. At this time, Derrick heard what sounded like a power tool being started in the rear of the vehicle. Shortly after this I arrived and confronted SHAUN ANAYA.
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
Race: Asian or Pacific Islander
Block: 1200 Amherst Ct
City: Cocoa, Florida 32922
Weight: 260 lbs
#1 Animal Cruelty-Felony-Cause Cruel Death Pain & Suffering
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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
$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
$600 of $700 goal
Raised by 3 people in 19 months
Single mom in need of help for a car
Help spread the word!
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.
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.
DAUGHTER MAKES EXCUSES FOR MOTHER
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.
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
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.
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.
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!