In Manhattan, Illinois, police officers have a special soft spot in their hearts for dogs; especially for the defenseless. Over the weekend, the cops cared for a nine-month-old abused puppy which included feeding and walking her until animal cruelty charges could be pressed against her owner on Monday.
According to the Manhattan Patch, the puppy named Raven was brought into protective custody on March 10 after a witness saw her owner beat, kick and throw the dog to the ground. Police Chief Joseph Wazny stated the injuries to the puppy had been consistent with what the concerned citizen described, as the dog’s owner, Richard Winchell, 26, was seen abusing her.
On Friday, officers seized Raven, but were unable to meet with prosecutors or a judge until Monday, so the dog was made comfortable in a kennel at the police station after she was treated by a local veterinarian. On Monday, Raven was transported to the Will County Animal Control where she will remain until the case is resolved. It is hoped the judge will order the dog be turned over to a rescue group where she will be evaluated and be made available for adoption.
Winchell faces three counts of animal cruelty and is scheduled to appear in court on April 12.
(Photos of beaten and abused puppy and Winchell via Manhattan Police Department)
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