A necropsy performed by Cornell University has revealed that a rescue group’s dog was killed by strangulation – allegedly at the hands of a trainer who had been hired to help her. The grim details of the violent and unexpected death were provided in a press release from Deep South Canine Rescue, a non-profit organization in Georgia.
According to the release, the necrospy revealed that the dog, named Madison Blue, was
due to “strangulation from restraining and dragging this dog by its leash.” The dog had been sent to Tai Nero, of Allstars Working Dogs of Wyandanch, New York, for training. The trainer allegedly admitted to pulling Madison up the stairs by her leash, and she collapsed shortly thereafter. Though Nero rushed her to a veterinarian, the damage was done – when she arrived she was “comatose and unresponsive” and had to be euthanized.
Rescue agency releases details
The press release provides further details:
The incident happened in December 2017. The Rescue had turned custody and care of
the dog over to Tai Nero and Allstar Working Dogs for a two-week training period. At the
time of the incident, Madison Blue was apparently not being cared for in an animal facility
but was crated along with other dogs at a residential house owned by Nero.
The necropsy report found: “Clear and convincing medical evidence indicated that the cause of the coma is asphyxiation attributed to strangulation from restraining and dragging the dog by its leash.” The
necropsy report also found that Madison Blue had a fractured tooth (with 70% of the
tooth missing), blunt force trauma to the head, and puncture wounds on the muzzle and head.
Based on the findings in the necropsy, the rescue agency has asked the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office to conduct an animal cruelty investigation into the conduct of Tai Nero and Allstars Working Dogs.
Deep South Board Member and Executive Director, Pam Dixon, said:
“Everyone who knew Madison Blue is heartbroken at her unexpected death. We want to make sure that
no other dog dies in the custody of Tai Nero or Allstars Working Dogs.”
Deep South’s animal welfare lawyer, Dante DiPirro, Esq. of Westhampton Beach, New
“If anyone knows of any dog that has been injured while in the custody of, or
while being trained by, Tai Nero or Allstars Working Dogs, or has any other relevant
information, please contact us.”
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Deep South Canine Inc.
The Rescue’s Animal Welfare
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