Owner claims ‘exercise’ routine after video of dog dragging tire appears on social media

In Beaverton, Oregon, the owner of a dog caught on video over the weekend dragging a tire calls his training technique “exercise.”  Two dogs, wearing a harness, were seen dragging tires behind them. The person who recorded the video feared the owner may have been abusing his dogs.

According to KatuNews, the owner of the dogs, Denes Balasz, stated the dogs pull tires behind them on walks; explaining when he was a runner, he pulled tires as a part of his weight training – describing the pulling motions help to develop and maintain the muscles of his two Dogo Argentinos. Jasmine and Sultan are both four-years-old – they are a large game hunting breed and are very friendly and great around children.

Balasz has raised the dogs since they were puppies, and says they are well-trained, well-exercised and great dogs with very friendly dispositions. Although neither dog has ever competed in any kind of pulling or strength competition, he insists his dogs thoroughly enjoy their exercise. One of the tires weighs five pounds, while the other tire weighs  from ten to fifteen pounds.

The person who recorded the video expressed her concerns as the outdoor temperature that day was 90 degrees, and she didn’t think anyone should be exercising their dogs hard – much less pulling weights in the extreme heat. Balasz answered back that he had been close to home where the dogs had access to plenty of cool water and had not been worried about the heat – even though the dogs had been pulling on an asphalt surface which is known to heat up and possibly burn the pads on dogs’ paws.

Both dogs appeared to be very healthy and Beaverton Police say no crime has been committed as per Oregon law.

Just one week ago, two women in St. Louis, were spotted forcing a small puppy to drag heavy weights during its walk. Animal advocate, Kathy Venegoni posted a photo she took of the incident and believed it was an act of animal cruelty. The Humane Society of Missouri, however states what was shown is not illegal, and unless the dog is underweight or injured, this kind of action is not against the law. Police and animal control officers can only intervene if the weights are causing the dog to be in distress. St. Louis Metropolitan Police stated this is a “sport” and not illegal.

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(Photo of dog dragging tire screenshot via KatuNews)

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Virginia man accused of killing dog with golf club

A Bristol, Virginia man faces one animal cruelty charge  and one charge of the wounding a man after authorities claim he used a golf club to kill a dog and then broke his father’s nose after the father became upset about the dog’s death. Jonathan Cole Shaffer, 31, faces one misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty and a felony charge of malicious wounding.

According to NewsWjhl, the Bristol Virginia Police Department were called to a home on Madison Street last Saturday. Officers discovered the dead body of a small black and white dog lying in a pool of blood that had been beaten in the head with a golf club. The dog had been tied to a pole in the backyard; a golf club was found nearby. Shaffer’s father was bleeding from his face.

Shaffer is alleged to have told the police he hit the dog because it had bitten his child. When Shaffer’s father saw the dead dog and confronted his son, Shaffer punched him in the nose. None of the children had any injuries relating to a dog bite, nor did medical services finds any indications of bites.

Shaffer is now being held in jail in Bristol without bail. His father suffered several fractures to his nose.

Rest in peace little dog.

(Booking photo of man accused of killing dog with golf club)

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When their owner passed away, not one family member offered any help

In Valencia County, New Mexico, three dogs may soon breathe their last: this desperate situation was certainly not their fault when their owner passed away. For over a month, the emaciated black Labrador retriever along with two shepherds had been left alone in a home. There was no food or water. It was hoped family members would have stepped forward to save them. No one ever offered.valenica-county-homeless-pets-2

Sadly the dogs have experienced trauma; making all three very fearful and therefore aggressive. Staff and volunteer have reported the dogs bark and growl when anyone approaches their kennels, and although they can not be adopted out to the public, it is hoped an experienced rescue organization will volunteer to help.

A Facebook page can be followed here. Advocates have been pledging funds payable to an approved rescue to help with medical and behavioral expenses. All three of the dogs were emaciated. Now they need a holiday miracle to step in and give them a second chance at life and happiness. Please share their plights with family members, friends and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives, and these dogs deserve better than what they have been experiencing at the most stressful time of their lives.valenica-county-homeless-pets-3

For more information, about the tan German shepherd mix listed as eight-years-old, refer to ID33627. For information about the black Labrador retriever mix estimated to be nine years old, refer to ID33625. For information about the black and brown four-year-old German shepherd mix, refer to ID33626.

The deadline for these dogs is Friday.  For more information how you can help, contact the Valencia County Homeless Pets or contact the Valencia County Animal Shelter located at 1209 Hwy 314 Los Lunas, New Mexico 87031. Please contact them at 505-866-2479 if you are interested helping these dogs.

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Video alleges abusive dog training in Oceanside

In a video allegedly filmed at NYDogWorks in Oceanside, New York, a trainer is seen repeatedly poking a long pole into the cage of a dog. The dog is obviously frightened and attempts to grab the stick with his teeth. According to News12, the abusive dog training situation has been shared online and has garnered a lot of attention.

The disturbing video was posted by Thomas Marrone of Oceanside, who states his one-year-old German shepherd, Zeus was also badly beaten at NYDogWorks, and that his dog is now afraid of his own shadow after having been “trained” by the same person. Marrone released the video to warn other dog owners who may still have their pets in the trainer’s care.

The organization’s website states:

“We use a humane, positive and scientifically sound approach that makes it easy for you and your dog to succeed. Our instructions are broken down into simple steps so that everyone can take part in the training and be able to practice as a family.”

The Nassau Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals state they are aware of the video and are investigating. Again, a reminder to be very diligent and thorough before leaving your dog anywhere to be trained. They are the voiceless victims.

The video is disturbing and may not be suitable for all viewers. (Photo of abusive dog training freezeshot of video)

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