Pinal County authorities investigate viral photo of dog hanging from truck by collar

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate a series of disturbing photos captured by a driver in the San Tan Valley late last week of a dog hanging by its collar on the side of a white pickup truck as the vehicle headed down a dirt road. The teen tried to get the pickup truck driver’s attention but could not and later returned to the location after notifying authorities. Pinal County dog hanging FB

According to AZCentral News, the sheriff’s department reported the situation had been an unfortunate accident. Navideh Forghani, a Pinal County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson, stated:

“The driver of the truck did not realize the dog fell out of the bed of the truck. The investigators are looking thoroughly into this case to determine it it was truly an accident or something else.”

When the photos of the Great Dane, later identified as Pearl were posted on the sheriff office’s Facebook page, the discussion became extremely divisive and angry with people demanding justice for the dog. The posts and discussion were soon deleted. Pearl’s owner said the dog had been on a puppy play date with another dog when the accident happened. The woman who owned Pearl, but declined to give her name, said she was “upset and distraught” over the loss of her family pet. As she recalled the tragic events, she said Pearl usually laid down in the back of the pickup, and she didn’t see anything odd in her side mirrors. When she arrived at her destination, the woman found Pearl’s lifeless body hanging from the side of the truck:

“I was freaking out and I was giving her CPR and mouth to mouth,” she said. “I was trying to get her to breathe.”

Tragically the dog’s neck was broken. The distraught owner claims she has been receiving threats against herself; people have been posting her personal information and have been driving by her home where she also trains Great Danes as service partners as well as breeding and selling them.

Channel 12 News reports the Arizona Humane Society spokesperson Bretta Nelson warns pet owners that horrifying situations  like this could easily happen.

“Your pet could have ridden with you 100 times but you just never know what’s going to happen. A lot of pet owners aren’t going to want to hear that you really shouldn’t allow pets to put a good portion of their heads or bodies out the windows,” stated Nelson. “They could try to jump out of a moving vehicle and injure themselves or get hit by another vehicle.”

And now Pearl’s owner has to live with this tragedy, and has responded to the intense criticism stating:

‘Trust me, if I had any idea that this could have happened, I would have done something different.”

What are your thoughts? Should there be laws against dogs riding in the back of open pickup trucks? Is it dangerous for pet owners to allow their dogs to hang out the windows of their vehicles? How do we make it safer for our canine companions to travel ?

Photos via Facebook capture. Rest in peace Pearl. We are sorry humans let you down.

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Terrified Golden retriever attacked by pack of dogs as people watched

In Dallas, Texas a terrified Golden retriever was mauled by a pack of stray dogs at a rural trailer park. Residents from the mobile home development stated there was nothing they could do; everyone was afraid to get too close, and so they watched in horror as the gentle dog was nearly torn apart. When the crowd was finally able to ward off the attack and scare the dogs away, the injured retriever ran and hid underneath one of the mobile homes. Covered in blood and badly wounded, Goldie had no intentions of ever coming out.Goldie RDR

The helpless dog laid in shock until neighbors were finally able to get him out from underneath the trailer. Goldie was extremely weak and reeked of a rancid odor – the result of his multiple infected wounds. Brought to a local kill shelter, he never would have had a chance to survive without the help of animal advocate, Leslie Ysuhuaylas who called Rescue Dogs Rock NYC and asked if they would step up for the dog’s  survival and his emergency treatment.Goldie RDR2

Goldie has been transferred to the organization’s partner veterinarian hospital in the  Dallas/Fort Worth area. Once Goldie is treated and his condition is stable, he will need an approved foster home. If interested, please contact Rescue Dogs Rock NYC here.

To donate to Goldie’s care, please click here or PayPal to Donate@rescuedogsrocknyc.

Photos and video  of Golden retriever courtesy of Leslie Ysuhuaylas and Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. It is not known who Goldie belonged to, but obviously his family didn’t care or was not financially able to help him. What we do know however is that Goldie will never be afraid again.

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Dog rescued with grotesque 20-pound tumor on his leg

There are few words to express the anger and disgust at such egregious animal cruelty and neglect. In southeast Dallas, Texas, Shadow was brought into a high-kill shelter by Animal Control with a monstrous sized tumor on his leg which weighs more than 20 pounds. At first glance, one would have thought there had been a black garbage bag tied around the dog’s lower leg – not so!  And this poor dog, whose growth weighs more than half of the emaciated senior’s body weight, was left to live like this for an unspecified amount of time. This condition didn’t happen overnight.

Rescued on Sunday by Dallas Dog RRR Rescue.Rehab. Reform, volunteers have expressed their anger directed towards anyone who may have seen Shadow and looked the other way. The words on the organization’s Facebook page addresses the appalling apathy and indifference to the needs of a  gentle and kind dog.

“… and no one to help. People staring at him in disgust and leaving him there to die, letting this tumor consume him. Shame on all of you who looked away. This senior should have been spending his golden years in front of the fireplace warm and loved. Instead, he was brought in by animal control to a kill shelter. No humanity of passion…”

Shadow’s tumor is bleeding and he will needs immediate medical care. Dallas Dog RRR have partnered with Second Chance Rescue NYC and Tall Tails Rescue to help with Shadow. According to the rescue organization, criminal charges are expected to be pressed against the dog’s owner.

To help with Shadow’s expenses, donations can be made by clicking here.

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Video of guard at Delhi university beating dog to death goes viral

A disturbing video went viral on social media Friday afternoon, showing a guard at Delhi Technical University brutally beating a dog to death with a stick. According to DNAIndia, the dog had harmed “10 to 12 students” when a guard for the school located in Rohini repeatedly hit the dog over the head.Guard beats dog cover

“We have registered a case in this connection under relevant provisions of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and IPC on complaint of an NGO. The accused guard of Delhi Technical University(DTU) is absconding,” said MN Tiwari, DCP Rohini.

Ayesha Christina of NGO Neighbourhood Woof , a non profit helping stray dogs, reported the egregious incident to the police and posted the video on her Facebook page which showed the guard hitting the dog’s head with a stick. Students at the university set up a protest stating  “right now, we will not compromise and are united on two points: the guard be handed over to police custody and that the person/ authority who instructed the guard be caught and booked as well.”

According to the Daily Pioneer,  the accused guard identified as Satish Kuman and other guards had killed many stray dogs at the order of the school’s administrators and security in charge. It is suspected the body of the dog had been buried somewhere on campus. Although school officials contend the dog may have had rabies and had bitten several students, advocates stated that in no way forgives the act of animal cruelty.

 “I explained to the administration that all dog and dog bite related issues can be discussed. As the organization responsible for this side of town, I will personally handle the issue. Neighbourhood Woof will get the dogs on the campus sterilized and vaccinated.”

Since then. the DTU administration has  conceded the crime is unpardonable.

(Photos and video of dog beaten to death at Delhi Technical University screenshots via Facebook)

(Warning: The video is extremely disturbing and may not be appropriate for all viewing audiences.)

 

First used to breed: Then tortured as bait dog just to be thrown away

A seven-year-old American bulldog has never been treated with love or respect. First used to breed puppies to sell for a profit and when she no longer could produce litter after litter, she was forced into another victimizing role; Jessy became a bait dog. The scars on her face, her body and her legs bear the reminders of the misery she endured.Jessy cover

And then she was thrown away; no identification tags, no microchip and no one ever came looking for her. Brought to the Miami-Dade Animal Services Pet Adoption and Protection Center on February 1, Jessy is in need of a home or a foster family. A shelter volunteer offers the following observation:

“She is so gentle and wants to be loved so badly. She comes and sits with you hoping that you will scratch her all over. After being so abused, you would think she hates people, but she wants the attention of her very own human. She shouldn’t be so abused at her age.”

Sadly, Jessy is giving up on life. In her shelter cage, she barely lifts her head when anyone passes by. A Facebook page following her plight can be found here or here. Animal advocates have been pledging funds to help with veterinarian and other expenses to an approved rescue organization. Share this girl’s story with friends, family and social media contacts. Make sure to reference A1848583.Jessy 2

Contact: Pets@miamidade.gov with identification number to check: availability/status/request medical records. New location: 3599 NW 79th Avenue, Doral, Florida 33166. For information on transportation contact Steve Nash at (954) 774-0934 (by text or phone call); don’t allow a little distance stop you from saving Jessy.
(Photos of Jessy, the American bulldog used to breed and be bait dog courtesy of Urgent Dogs of Miami.)
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Neighbor rescues puppy left to die in Utica dumpster

In Utica, New York, a five-month-old puppy was stuffed in two plastic bags and thrown into a dumpster and left to die last Saturday. Had it not been for a man and his daughter, who heard the cries of the puppy from their apartment, the tiny Dachshund might not be alive today. The family immediately called 911 to report the puppy’s loud whines, but when no one arrived to help, the man and his daughter went outside to investigate for themselves. As reported by WktvNews, the two found the puppy wrapped in a quilt inside of two sealed trash bags shivering.

According to Christopher Thornton, who found the puppy now dubbed Oscar, the black and brown pooch’s tongue was already purple, and he was nearly lifeless when he first found him.

“When I opened the bag and saw him he was barely moving. He was yelping at a lower tone than what we heard earlier,” Christopher stated.

On the same day Oscar was rescued, Animal Cruelty Officer Bill Pulaski stated a call came in from a woman very early in the morning, who wanted someone to come to her home to pick up a puppy she stated she could no longer care for – just hours later Christopher Thornton found Oscar. A man and a woman have since been arrested and charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty for abandoning the puppy. During the interview, however the couple stated that the dog was already dead when they put him in the dumpster.

Oscar was named after Oscar the Grouch character from Sesame Street who lived out of a trash can. The puppy is currently in the custody of the SPCA in Central New York. Oscar is now very happy and healthy, and it might be that Christopher Thornton may want to adopt Oscar!

(Photo of Oscar the puppy found in Utica dumpster screenshot via TwcNews.)

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Thousands of day-old chicks found abandoned in a field

Animal advocates are investigating a disturbing discovery, after finding more than 1,800 day-old chicks abandoned in a field and left to die in central England’s Peterborough. According to Inspector Justin Stubbs for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, he has “never seen anything like it,” after concerned passersby alerted him on Friday to the “sea of yellow” birds.Tiny chicks dumped 2

 “I have never seen anything like it; it was just a sea of yellow. And the noise was unbelievable,” stated Inspector Justin Stubbs, reports the BBCNews.“For someone to dump these vulnerable chicks is unbelievable. These chicks were just all huddled together, just a mass, a writhing mass of cheeping yellow fluffy balls, where they shouldn’t be, in conditions they should not be out in.”Tiny chicks dumped 3

About 30 of the baby chicks had already died; others had to be euthanized because they were suffering; still most were healthy. Although it is not known who dumped the tiny little ones, it is thought they came from a nearby commercial produced and had been abandoned by a third party. Volunteers in the area found boxes and carefully picked the vulnerable little ones up as temperatures plummeted. A nearby breeder has collected the surviving chicks and is caring for them.

An investigation continues.

Photos of day-old chicks courtesy of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

 

The video via the RSPCA can be here:

Rhode Island man sentenced to prison for beating Yorkie to death with cane

A Cranston man was sentenced on Wednesday to spend the next four months in prison followed by eight months home confinement after he was found guilty of beating his neighbor’s Yorkshire terrier to death with his cane. In November, a jury  found Nicola Patalano, 60, guilty of felony malicious injury to Missy, a ten-pound Yorkie.

Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter also ordered Patalano not to have any contact with the dog’s owner, to take anger management classes, contribute $500 to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and perform community service. According to the Providence Journal, the total sentence was for two years with one year suspended.

On November 21, 2014, Dolores Antonelli, 80, had been walking her Yorkie when she spotted Patalano walking his larger  terrier. As the Yorkie ran toward the other dog, the leash slipped out of Dolores’ hand. The dogs barked at each other, but never made physical contact. Patalano  hit the tiny dog multiple times over the head and body with his wooden cane until the dog was unconscious. A witness helped Dolores pick up Missy and rush her to an emergency veterinarian’s office where she died. According to the Cranston police, Patalano stated he hit Missy to kill her.

Patalano, however denies that, and according to Turnto10News, stated Missy ran into the cane.

“The small dog accidentally ran into the cane. And the cane hit the dog also. And it died,” Patalano stated insisting he had been swiping his cane to keep Missy away from biting his own dog.

Judge Taft-Carter didn’t buy into his story before passing down her sentence, stating:

“This was a malicious beating that no creature should ever endure.”

In a statement to the court, written by Mrs. Antonelli and read by Rhode Island Attorney General Special Assistant Jonathan Burke, came the questions:

“’Why didn’t he stop? Why didn’t he just pick up his dog? Why did he have to kill my dog?’”

Rest in peace Missy. Photo of Patalano and Yorkie screenshot via Turn To 10 News.

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A plea for answers after family’s beloved dog is shot and killed

A family in Sylva, North Carolina, is searching for answers after their beloved dog was shot and killed near their home. The Yorkipoo, named “Fiona,” lived with the Baxter family, and earlier this week, someone cruelly ended her life.

Jeff Baxter went to Facebook with a public plea for help – he wrote:

Sometime between 5 p.m .Monday and 9 p.m. Tuesday our sweet Fiona was shot and killed on our land beside our house. We live off Greens Creek toward the top of Brooks Branch road in a usually peaceful neighborhood. We have an open case with the sheriff’s office and we are looking for information.

Fiona isn’t the only victim of animal cruelty; Baxter explained:

As it turns out this has happened before in our subdivision to two other dogs, this needs to stop before someone else has to deal with this pain. Please share. Even if you cannot help directly yourself, sharing may get this to someone who knows something.

The family has offered a $500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for this case of animal cruelty. Anyone who has information about this case is asked to email: jeffbaxter32@yahoo.com

(Family photo)

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Tragic ending for horribly neglected dog dubbed “Journey” Read more here.

His name is Journey and his life matters

Political pressure? USDA reposting animal welfare data

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) today has been reposting some of the tens of thousands of animal welfare documents previously removed from its website.  In an official announcement from APHIS they were,

“posting the first batch of annual reports of research institutions and inspection reports for certain Federal research facilities that the Agency regulates under the Animal Welfare Act.  The reports posted are part of a comprehensive review of the documents the Agency removed from its website in early February and are in the same redacted form as before.”

The agency claimed the entire search tool database had been removed on February 3, 2017 as part of a review to decide which information would be appropriate for reposting. At that time, thousands of publicly searchable records for zoos, research laboratories, commercial breeders including puppy mill facilities and circuses with the agency were deleted citing “privacy concerns.”

In the past, the data base had been a resource for journalists and animal advocates groups including animal rescue organizations in uncovering animal cruelty. Animal advocacy groups including the Humane Society of the United States accompanied by 101 United States representatives, 18 senators and animal advocates across the nation have publicly condemned the agency’s decision.

As to the “first batch” of records restored on Friday, annual reports and inspection records have been restored. Wayne Pacelle, the CEO and president of the Humane Society of the United States calls the reposting of the records a “step in the right direction,” but has no intention of backing down until all the data is restored. Records still missing include information about research laboratories that use animals, puppy mills, zoos, horse soring and those activities relevant to the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has sued the agency and states it will not drop the suit until the USDA complies. In a statement Brittany Peet, director of captive animal law enforcement at the PETA Foundation in Washington, D.C. released the following statement:

“Under duress, the USDA is now attempting to get away with reposting only a tiny fraction of the animal welfare records it suddenly and indefensibly deleted … and that does not satisfy PETA [People for the Ethical Treatmeant of Animals] or the other plaintiffs in the pending lawsuit against it.

And then there are bipartisan politicians speaking out in defense of the animals:

“While I’m glad the USDA is starting the process of restoring some information online, there is no excuse for the agency’s abrupt actions to reduce transparency and prevent Americans from knowing about animal abuse,” stated Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.).

In addition, Representative Vern Buchanan (R. Fla) states this still isn’t enough and posted in a statement:

“…This website protects animals and the database should be fully restored. At the end of the day, putting a few document back online is not good enough.”

It would appear this barrage of criticism isn’t going to stop until all records are restored. What do you think? Please weigh in. The previous articles are this very important issue can be found below.

Read prior stories here:

USDA removes inspection reports and information from website

Trump USDA pick has animal-rights activists worried

Humane Society challenges USDA for hiding animal welfare data