Philly cop accused of dumping emaciated dog into trash

In a very disturbing incident, a Philadelphia police officer has been arrested for allegedly dumping an emaciated dog stuffed in a trash bag at a local park last November. According to the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Philly cop Michael Long, 33, was arrested on Thursday; the officer has been with the police force in the 18th District for 11 years. Long has been suspended for 30 days with the intent to dismiss

According to CbsLocalNews, Long dumped the three-year-old pit bull in Wissahickon Valley Park. He has been charged with one count of possession of an instrument of crime and one summary charge of animal cruelty.

On November 23, a woman had been walking with her own dog when she spotted an emaciated dog wrapped in a sheet and in a garbage bag with her head sticking out. The Good Samaritan contacted the SPCA. The dog dubbed Cranberry (because she was found near Thanksgiving) was brought to the shelter to receive veterinarian care.

“The dog had been micro-chipped, which led us to Mr. Long,” stated Pennsylvania SPCA Director of Humane Law Enforcement Nicole Wilson. “We found what we believe is the matching sheet in Mr. Long’s possession.”

When rescued, Cranberry was nothing but skin and bones and barely alive. She was administered life saving intravenous fluids and nutrients to save her life. Cranberry has since made a full recovery and has been adopted; she is living a great new life:

“She is currently living in a home in Malvern soaking up life as a couch potato very happy and most of her updated pictures come back exhausted by how happy she is,” stated Nicole.

Long’s arrest culminates an intensive investigation conducted by the Philadelphia Police Internal Affairs Unit. Hopefully Cranberry will get some justice. Sometimes, investigators just have to follow the evidence – no matter who might be involved.

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Dog’s face and the desperate look in his eyes plead for help

Chester is the tragic face of dog fighting. The desperate look in his eyes pleaded for help; surely the monsters who subjected this innocent victim to hell never cared. Surely the monsters who subjected this innocent victim to this hell never loved a dog. Odds are he was used as a bait dog.

And on Thursday afternoon, a rescue volunteer walked into a rural Texas shelter and knew Chester deserved more than an untimely death. From the moment the rescuer entered the dog’s kennel, he slowly approached her as he left a trail of blood behind him. For once in a long, long time, Chester felt a soft human touch, and then he slowly retreated back into the corner of his cage and began to lick and tend to his wounds. When contacted, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC stepped up; co-founder Stacey Silverstein explained the situation on the organization’s Facebook page. She could not refuse to help:

  “He had lived through this before, injured with puncture wounds from dog fighting. Chester was covered in blood. He was covered in scars. His body told us his past and through his eyes showed us his pain.”

Chester has been rushed in for emergency medical treatment. Let’s hope this poor dog survives. To help with this latest case of extreme abuse and cruelty, donations for the dog’s care can be made by clicking here or PayPal at donate@rescuedogsrocknyc.org.

(Photos of Chester’s face and desperate look courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC and Leslie Ysuhuaylas)

 

 

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Abuser of Caitlyn the dog sentenced to 15 years in federal prison

In Charleston, South Carolina, the man who committed one of the most heinous acts of animal cruelty to a puppy dubbed Caitlyn by tightly duct taping her muzzle so she couldn’t bark, eat or drink nearly two years ago, has been sentenced to prison for the next 15 years. William Leonard Dodson, 43, was sentenced  in United States District Court on Thursday, however on an unrelated charge. 

A press release by United States Attorney Beth Drake stated:

“Evidence presented at the change of plea and sentence hearings established that officers with the North Charleston Police Department initiated a traffic stop on Dodson and Dodson fled on foot. As Dodson ran from law enforcement, he threw a loaded Beretta 9 mm handgun, along with marijuana and cocaine, which law enforcement recovered after Dodson was apprehended. Dodson has multiple prior felony convictions, including four prior conviction for possessing of narcotics with intent to distribute.”

According to the Post and Courier,  Dodson’s sentence is the end result stemming  from the drugs and gun possession charges. Having a record of multiple past felonies, the 15-year sentence was the mandatory minimum term. His sentence is scheduled to be followed up with two years of probation. The charge carries up to life.

And now as to the animal cruelty charge, the Charleston Animal Society posted on their Facebook page, that a hearing will be held Friday morning in the case of Caitlyn:

“THE Animal Abuse Case Heard ‘Round the World:
~~~Caitlyn finally gets justice!~~~~
Friday, March 24th 10am
Charleston County, SC Courthouse
MEDIA ALERT: Caitlyn Abuser to be Sentenced in Court on Animal Cruelty Charges
William Leonard Dodson Sentencing Scheduled for 10am on March 24th

WHO: William Leonard Dodson, 42, of Quitman Street in North Charleston plead guilty to a felony charge of ill-treatment of an animal last August, for taping the muzzle of the staffie-mix female dog, Caitlyn, in May 2015.
WHAT: His sentencing for the plea will take place Friday, March 24. Dodson faces from 180 days to five years in prison and a fine of $5,000. Dodson also faces charges in unrelated cases involving drugs and weapons.
WHEN: March 23, 2017 at 10AM
WHERE: Charleston County Courthouse, 100 Broad St, Charleston, SC 29401
WHY: Justice for Caitlyn the dog”

The Staffordshire bull terrier’s story went global after she was found with her tongue sticking out and swollen in June 2015. The electrical tape had been wrapped around her snout nine times. During an investigation into Caitlyn’s egregious cruel treatment, a witness told authorities that Dodson had complained the puppy barked too much after purchasing her for $20. When the dog broke free of her chain, she wandered off and was found as a stray. During her rehabilitation, Caitlyn lost part of her tongue and underwent repeated surgeries to enable her to recuperate. The dog has since become the namesake for abused animals through the Charleston Animal Society; her fund pays for veterinary care for dogs involved in cruelty and neglect cases.

 

Dodson’s faces between 180 days and five years in prison along with a fine of $5,000.

Click here to see Caitlyn’s message from 2015. She has since been adopted and lives with her human family and canine pal Oreo.

 

Queenie: ‘Look at me now I’m standing’ says dog thrown away as trash

Barely one week after Queenie was discovered curled up in a small shed in Houston, Texas and few thought she would ever survive the first few nights at an emergency veterinarian hospital, the emaciated dog thrown away as trash, has now been able to take her first steps. The dog had been another victim of heartless neglect and when her photo was posted onto social media, Queenie’s heartbreaking plight went viral as the phrase  “a picture is worth a thousand words” so aptly described her.

Queenie had been suffering in silence until a  group of animal advocates coordinated her rescue with Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. From there she underwent  hours of surgery to remove and debride the dead and infected skin over her body. Her infections ran so deep that surgeons could see the tendons on her legs. She was then bandaged to protect her raw skin and continues to have  her dressings changed daily.

When the medical staff reported Queenie had started to eat on her own, advocates were encouraged – “hoping Queenie would continue to fight the fight,” the rescue organization’s Facebook posted. And on Thursday morning, Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, labeled Queenie a “true warrior” and updated her condition:

 “Queenie continues her miraculous road to recovery. Here Queenie stands and eats; something she loves to do. Every day she gets a little stronger. We here at RDR NYC NEVER GIVE UP. And here is why … Queenie had the will to live and her medical team agreed. NEVER did we discuss putting Queenie to sleep, because if she had the slightest glimmer of hope, which she did, to pull through her horrific, abusive past, we were going to make sure she had every medical advantage to do so. And now look at Queenie! Her road to a full recovery will be long and hard but worth every second, every minute so that Queenie can go on to live a beautiful life.”

Read the earlier story and see the dog’s earlier video by clicking here.

Photos and video of dog thrown away as trash courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. Watch for more updates as Queenie regains her strength.

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Dog believed to have been protecting owner when beaten to death with a bat

A dog in Harveys Lake, Pennsylvania, is believed to have given his life while trying to protect his owner from a man who launched a violent rampage with a baseball bat last week.  According to WNEP News, last Tuesday, 34-year-old Charlie Ide allegedly went after his mother, Andrea Ozovek, with a baseball bat.

When the dog, a mastiff who Ide’s mother had rescued and nursed back to health, tried to defend Ozovek from her son, the man beat the dog to death with a baseball bat.  Harveys Lake police Charles Musial recounted to the Citizens Voice what the woman told him when he arrived at the home where the violence erupted last Tuesday, “As soon as I walked in, the first thing she said to me was, ‘The dog saved my life.'”

The faithful dog suffered life-ending head trauma in the attack – Ozovek was seriously injured as well, suffering a broken arm, lacerated head and a brain bleed.

Ide was taken to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility where he is being held without bail.

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300 dogs discovered frozen to death at Turtle Mountain

The tragedy of 300 dogs found frozen to the ground in Turtle Mountain, North Dakota has been shared hundreds of times from the Facebook page of Turtle Mountain Animal Rescue. The news, however doesn’t mean in anyway that the rescue organization founders, Keith and Kim Benning, were responsible for the deaths of the dogs. The couple drove around an area of land covering 31 miles and found 300 dead dogs as the spring temperatures melted the snow and the ice in their little section of the world.

“One of our volunteers from Grand Forks came up and I drove her around to show her the problem. Did we see dead dogs? Yes. Did we stop and count 300 that day? No. Did 300 dogs die this winter? Yes. I had several messages for stray mothers that had puppies under trailers in early December. The people that message did so because they cared. What I ended up with was 30 dead frozen puppies from various litters. Some were emaciated and a little older, and some were only a few days old. Mom must have gone out looking for food and the puppies couldn’t stay warm enough. That was on four trips from people that messaged. How many didn’t message? How many died in garbage piles and abandoned homes or trailers?”

According to Keith, who is a deputy in the area and Kim, an emergency room nurse practitioner, this sad state of affairs happens every year. Dogs that have not been spayed or neutered breed in the spring, summer and fall, and when the innocent litters are born, they quickly become sick, neglected and starved – thus freezing to death from lack of care. Although the rescue organization does the best they can to save dogs, they have no actual shelter and use their own home to nurse and foster strays with a little help from outside volunteers (thank goodness).

“I know this because we are the ones that do our best to deal with it… We turn dogs away every week because we just don’t have the room. We are the ones that decides who lives and who dies by who we have room to rescue,” continued Kim. “This is not a reservation problem. This is not a native problem. Anyone who thinks differently can leave the page. This is a geographical economic problem. We are the second poorest county in the state and have the highest jobless rate. It’s hard for people to find work when there…”

And as to the photo of the dead dog, his picture was posted as a reminder of a dog Kim loved when she was younger. His name was Snowy, and for this dog – she was there when his photo was taken:

“This one, what was his life like, how old was he, was he ever loved once, even for a day? Or did he somehow revert from domesticated back to his wild ancestor and only care about survival? Even then, survival is never a solitary thing; was anyone ever by his side, even for a day? I fear that what I imagine his life to be is actually much less harsh than the incredibly cold life he lived.”

Spring is upon Turtle Mountain again. Pets who have not been spayed or neutered will begin the reproductive cycle again, and next winter history will repeat itself. The solution is to rescue, surrender, spay and neuter. To help, please click here. Break the cycle and help those who cannot speak.

(Photo of dead dog from 300 dogs died at Turtle Mountain courtesy of Turtle Mountain Animal Rescue)

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Teen shoots horses for fun playing ‘American Sniper’ real life video game

In Iron Mountain, Michigan, a 19-year-old man has been accused of shooting two horses, after admitting to authorities he had been playing the video game “American Sniper” before going outdoors to shoot the animals in a real life video game. According to the Iron Mountain Daily News, Luke Endjamin Wool, allegedly told authorities he shot a draft horse on February 24 and then shot and injured the second horse on March 16. The investigation from the March 16 incident tied the first horse’s death to Wool; that horse died as a result of severing a main artery after breaking its leg.

Wool told police he shot the second horse because it “laughed” at him and “draft horses are supposed to be in pairs.”

On Monday, Wool was arraigned in Iron County Trial Court. The owner of the horses, Chuck Battan stated the surviving horse had been in surgery to remove bullets from his flank quarter. The family have been horse owners for the past 42 years and have never had an incident of anyone shooting their animals. The 2,500-pound male horses performed in horse-pulling competitions and some farm work.

Wool lived rent free with his pastor and when they were out of town, Wool figured out how to get five guns and ammunition out of the safe.

If convicted on all counts, Wool faces the maximum of 18 years in prison for the discharge of a firearm in or at a building, a ten-year felony, and two counts of killing or torturing animals, each a four-year felony.  He is currently being held in jail pending a $10,000 bond.

(Police photos of Luke Wool allegedly dressed playing “American Sniper”)

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Outrage as video of ailing dog in animal control shared virally online

There is growing outrage over the care, or rather lack thereof, which was provided to a dog who was visibly ailing inside of a kennel run at an animal control agency in Mesquite, Texas. The reason for the anger is readily apparent after one views the pitiful footage showing a chocolate colored dog who is too weak to stand upright, swaying against a wall and surrounded by vomit.

The woman who tried to help the dog, who was being held at the Mesquite Animal Services facility, wrote:

I only saw his face for a second when I banged on the glass. He was too weak to even turn his head. He had no strength, was swaying back and forth supporting himself on the wall, and was drooling after having just vomited.

The woman wanted to take the sickly dog to a veterinarian for care, but she was denied. She explained:

I asked shelter staff if I could help, they said he was adopted. I requested to at least let me check him out, they said he was adopted. I said if I could try to get him medication, they said he had been adopted. I said I can take him to the vet and bring him back, they said he was adopted and was going to the vet on Monday, two days later. The “vet” was a neuter clinic.

She then shared the dog’s fate:

But he didn’t make it. We were told he had gotten better the next day. Today, they said they notified the adopters and the adopters made what they thought was the best decision for him. Conclusion: he’s dead.

According to the woman who has taken the situation public, the animal services staff refuses to comment on the situation – she wants others who are angry, like her, to demand this dog’s records – to see what truly took place inside of their facility.

Click here to access the city’s “report an incident” form.

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Woman under investigation as disturbing image of puppy being crushed by a python appears online

A woman who posted an image online of her pet Royal python crushing what appeared to be a very young puppy to death is currently under investigation by the Seprona animal protection unit of the Guardia Civil in Granada, Spain. According to the Local, a volunteer at a local animal shelter came across the photo after reading an online advertisement offering the snake for sale.

When the worker went undercover and posed as a prospective buyer, she asked about the photo of the snake showing the puppy being crushed. The woman allegedly admitted she had been feeding her snake puppies, birds and kittens. Royal pythons crush their prey to death until they can no longer breathe.

The owner of the snake could face felony charges of animal abuse. The non venomous reptiles can live for 30 years while kept in captivity and generally grow to a length of five feet. Considered friendly, they are the most popular pet snakes in the world.

(Photo of Royal python via screenshot of Local)

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Thailand sea turtle fed 11 pounds of coins by tourists died

A sea turtle in Thailand, who rose to Internet fame after veterinarians surgically removed 915 coins from her stomach, died on Tuesday morning. Named “Omsin” which translates to “Piggy Bank” in Thai, the beloved turtle had been expected to live after the surgery performed two weeks ago, but tragically passed away announced the Bangkok Post.

Omsin lived in a turtle pond in the town of Sri Racha where people would toss coins into her pond as a symbol to bring good luck – much like people have done in Trevi Fountain and ponds across the world. The problem with Omsin however – is the turtle had been eating the coins, and yes surgeons counted 915 of them to be exact. They had collected in a heavy ball that cracked her ventral shell leading to an acute infection. A seven-hour surgery followed as surgeons removed the coins one by one.

According to the Chulalongkorn University Facebook page, veterinarians thought she was well on her way to recovery from the March 6 surgery, but on Sunday morning the turtle began to breathe too slowly and was rushed to intensive care where an infection in her intestines was found. A second surgery was not successful.

“We are all very sad,” stated the Nantarika Chansue, the head of the aquatic animal research department. “We tried our best, but due to her physical weakness and multiple complications including toxicity in her blood system, she couldn’t make it.”

In Thailand, turtles are viewed as a symbol of longevity, and even though Reuters reports that vets are planning a necropsy to figure out her exact cause of death, why make it so complicated? How about people stop throwing coins in the pond for turtles to eat? How tragic and so easily avoidable – Omsin was only 25-years-old and could have lived to be 100-years-old!

(Photos of Thailand sea turtle Facebook via Chulalongkorn University)

Oh how stupid these mortals be!

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