Mean and heartless woman accused of killing son’s Yorkie in tumble dryer

In southern Austria, authorities are investigating the murder of a teenager’s beloved Yorkshire terrier allegedly tossed into a tumble dryer and roasted alive by his mother. According to the Journal,  Silvia Schmidt, 49, originally claimed the dog named Gizmo had been left dead in a plant pot next to her front door when she returned home late last week. In addition, she stated she found a note attached to the still warm corpse of her 15-year-old son’s beloved dog:

“Still warm and tumble dry!”

After a thorough investigation however, police stated Schmidt admitted to have accidentally killing the dog. In a report from the Express, she stated she had not noticed the dog sleeping in the laundry basket of wet blankets when she dumped everything into the dryer. She then set the heartbreaking display of Gizmo’s dead body on the front porch to blame her neighbors; all of whom she had arguing.

“She wanted to blame her neighbor in order not to have to confess to her son what had really happened,” police said in a statement, adding that she now faces charges.

She now faces lying to the police and animal cruelty. It is still not known if the dog’s death was an intentional act or an accident.

Rest in peace Gizmo. You must have suffered so much and had to have been so frightened. We are sorry a human let you down.

(Photo not Gizmo. Photo from Save A Yorkie Rescue)

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Neighbor’s cellphone video of dog being severely beaten leads to owner’s arrest

A concerned and compassionate woman used cellphone video to record her neighbor severely abusing his dog in Deuil-la-Barre (near Paris) France earlier in March; leading to the owner’s arrest. The disturbing video showed the four-year-old American Staffordshire terrier being kicked, punched and beaten with a stick as his owner cornered the defenseless dog in the corner of the balcony. 

On March 10, the woman begged the man to stop – yelling from the window of her apartment, however the man ignored her pleas and continued to abuse the dog named Loco.

“I tried several times to get this man to stop by calling out, but it didn’t work… Seeing the man continue these acts, I took my phone and I filmed it,” the woman who wanted to remain anonymous told the rescue organization, Foundation 30 Millions d’Amis, who came to Loco’s rescue.

When authorities arrived at the man’s apartment, Loco was immediately taken into custody and was taken to their shelter in Seine-et-Marne. According to a statement by the organization, although the dog survived his owner’s ruthless attacks, Loco was reported to be in “bad shape overall.”

“He was probably beaten for a long time and had a number of scars, notably on his ears. We suspect he was burned with acid,” stated volunteers at the shelter where Loco was being treated and helped.

The dog’s owner has been charged with animal cruelty and is scheduled to appear in court in September 2017. Loco is now available for adoption. Contact the shelter at 01 64 00 15 45.

(Photo of dog being abused via cellphone video courtesy of Foundation 30 Millions d’Ami)

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Puppy’s leg amputated after suspected animal cruelty

An eight-month-old puppy had his leg amputated after the dog owner’s boyfriend became angry  after the pooch chewed up some of the couple’s belongings. According to the Moon Township Pennsylvania Police Department’s Chief Leo McCarthy told WpixNews, the puppy was just being a puppy and getting into mischief as puppies commonly do:

“The boyfriend was rather angry because the dog had torn the house up a little, like dogs do sometimes. Then he gave it an extremely powerful kick.”

The puppy, named Jinx, was removed from the home in Mooncrest last week. His rear right leg had been badly injured and was reported to have been broken even though the sweet puppy continued to wag his tail. Local animal rescuer, Jess Horvatin, was so angry about the apparent cruelty situation, she recorded a cellphone video of the abused puppy to make sure someone would be held accountable.

Sadly, veterinarians had to amputate the puppy’s leg, but he has already been re-homed and is reported to be recovering. Authorities state animal cruelty charges are pending although the suspect has not yet been named.

(Photo of puppy’s leg amputated via screenshot from WpixNews)

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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)

 

 

Short video can be viewed here:

 

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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Puppy tossed in dumpster with shopping cart thrown on top of her

In a heartbreaking case of animal cruelty in Peachtree, Georgia, a puppy was left for dead in a dumpster on Sunday. Christie Salois, the companion animal manager of Petco, found the pup in the trash bin behind the store – a shopping cart intentionally tossed on top of the dog to keep her from escaping:

“…I saw her in an aisle, tears streaming down her face and anointing a brown pup she cuddled, ‘I just found her in our dumpster,'” Christie told BullyWag Inc., the rescue organization who was immediately called to help.

Christie had gone outside in the morning, and when she opened the door to the garbage receptacle saw two tiny  dark eyes looking up at her. The puppy’s left eye had a huge red wound. And immediately the woman scooped the pup up into her arms and called the Sharpsburg area rescue for help. At the time, however Steven Cartwright, a volunteer with BullyWag had been at Petco with a greyhound rescue:

“Let’s put the pup in a pen next to the greyhound group. Maybe someone will want her,” and from there the puppy had “an unceasing flow of folks playing with her, showing kindness only minutes after such evil was done to her,” the rescue group posted on their Facebook page.

BullyWag has named the adorable pooch Christy – after the person who rescued her. The pup appeared quite healthy, however her eye has a severe injury, and it is not known if she may lose that eye in the future. For now, the affectionate pup is headed to a foster home and if her health checks out, the one-year-old puppy will be available for adoption.

BullyWag, Inc. I’m sharing my post about Christy the Petco dumpster dog. Petco is a good friend of Bully Wags. And this act was vile; as an APD detective, I’ve investigated crimes done by sick minds & this particularly bothers me for a few reasons: the perp chose a pet store dumpster, but not in hopes of her being found alive because they threw a shopping cart on her, trapping & concealing her. We need to be vigilant if this SOB strikes again.”

Anyone with information about this act of animal cruelty is asked to notify authorities. To help with Christy’s eye surgery, donations can be made here. (Photos of puppy tossed in dumpster from BullyWag,Inc Facebook.)

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Family devastated after their dog was killed by neighbor with samurai sword

Police are investigating a disturbing animal cruelty situation in Gillingham, United Kingdom which left a family’s beloved pet dog hacked to death by a neighbor wielding a samurai sword. An English bulldog had wandered from the backyard where he lived to a nearby house where he was attacked.

According to the Sun, the property where the dog was hacked, looked “like a bloodbath” after the neighbor attacked the dog named Dave with the sword severing the dog’s spine, chopping off his back leg and tearing open his stomach. Veterinarians had to humanely euthanize Dave. Vicki Oram, the dog’s owner,  tearfully described what happened:

“My daughter Jade had just come home from work, and she was in the garden with the two dogs playing with them. She came inside but left the dogs out in the garden. The next thing she heard was screaming and our dog’s name being shouted.”

Shocked by the circumstances, Vicki continued:

“She couldn’t see Dave in our garden, and she went running around but they wouldn’t let her in. Dave had got under our fence; their door must have been open and he ran inside their house. Jade said when she got in there she called him and he recognized she was there, but he was lying in a pool of blood.”

The family rushed the dog to the vet, but the injuries he suffered were too severe to even hope for his recovery.

Four years prior, Dave had attacked a dog belonging to the neighbor, but since then the families had agreed not to let their dogs out at the same time. Vicki described her dog that she adopted in 2012 as a sweet dog who loved people. The police arrested a 29-year-old man on suspicion of causing criminal damage. He is currently free on bond.

“This is a shocking incident and we are very distressed to hear about the death of this dog,” stated RSPCA spokesperson Katya Mira. “At this stage the police are investigating into what happened, but we have given them animal welfare advice and are offering any support they may need from us.”

Rest in peace Dave. Vicki also has another dog named Lily. The family fosters dogs for the Absolute Bull Terrier Trust.

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Update: Queenie, the dog thrown away like trash fighting a brave battle

Just one week ago, the photo of Queenie – another victim of heartless neglect found curled up behind a small shed in the Houston, Texas area went viral as the phrase  “a picture is worth a thousand words” so perfectly described the dog’s heartbreaking plight. She suffered in silence until a  group of animal advocates coordinated her rescue with Rescue Dogs Rock NYC.

On Friday, the young dog underwent four hours of surgery to remove and debride the dead and infected skin over her body. The infection ran so deep, the surgeon could see the tendons on her legs. She has been bandaged to protect her raw skin and will have her dressings changed daily. Blood levels are in the normal range, and Queenie remains comfortable being administered appropriate doses of pain medications. Further infections are her biggest obstacle at this time; she remains on antibiotics to stave off future infections.

And now on Sunday morning, Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, updated the dog’s condition on the organization’s Facebook page with some encouraging words:

“Queenie Eats
She loves to eat !
She is having a good morning and doing slightly better today
She still is very critical but her medical team is quite pleased with her progress
Slow and steady

Please continue to pray for Queenie , it’s helping!”

To help this girl, donations can be made by clicking here.

(Photos and video courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

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Read Queenie’s previous story here.

Check out her video and how she is licking her treat, opening her eyes and just feeling a little bit better. Keep fighting;