Despicable dog fighting video shared on Snapchat under investigation

A Snapchat video, showing a despicable dog fight in action with a crowd of people in attendance, is now under investigation by the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office. The video appears to have been taken near Shadow Lane and Haynes Loop in Kountze, Texas on Sunday night.

 

The disturbing video and freeze shots have been shared on Facebook showing two dogs fighting inside of a makeshift wooden arena. According to Fox News, investigators are working on authenticating the video in order for it to entered as evidence stated Sheriff Mark Davis. Tragically, there have been no updates on the two dogs.

Anyone with information is asked to contact 833-TIPS (8477) or text “BMT” followed by your tip information to CRIMES(274637) from your mobile phone. A $1,000 reward has been offered for someone providing an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers of Southeast Texas.

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Jurors find man guilty of training dogs for vicious dog fight matches

After a one-week trial in a Manhattan federal court, a jury of five men and seven women found a Bronx man guilty of violating the animal welfare act and conspiracy for training dogs for vicious fight matches

On Friday, Rasheed Richardson, 29, charged with buying and training dogs to compete in fights to the end dogfighting matches, could be sentenced to ten years in prison. Jurors watched several videos of animal cruelty showing one vicious dog in training mauling another while that dog cried out in fear and intense pain.

Richardson had purchased the dogs out of state and trained them to be vicious and aggressive. He had planned to breed his own fighting dogs. In May 2017, police and animal rescue organizations searched the suspect’s Bronx home and found 11 caged dogs that had been kept in tight wooden kennels with small holes in the front so they could see the captive dogs next to them – a technique used to foster aggression. The dogs whined and cried – desperate to be freed. Another dog had been kept in a 55-gallon drum.

The ASPCA, the New York Police Department and the U.S. Attorney’s Office were able to bring Richardson to justice and shine more light onto the brutality of dogfighting. Of the 11 dogs rescued that day at Richardson’s home, five of the dogs were so aggressive, authorities stated they had to be humanely euthanized.

Rest in peace sweet dogs. We are sorry humans failed you.

If you see something that isn’t right, say something. It was a neighbor who complained about the constant barking coming from Richardson’s home that started the investigation.

(Photo of Richardson via screenshot New York Post)

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Jury sees disturbing video of dogs being mauled in accused dogfighter trial

In a Manhattan federal court on Thursday, jurors viewed a disturbing video showing an accused dogfighter keeping dogs in horrible conditions and showing a dog being mauled by another as one of the dogs cries out in pain and agony.

According to the New York Post, Rasheed Richardson, 29, has been accused of animal fighting and conspiracy. In May 2017, police and animal rescue organizations searched the suspect’s Bronx home and found 11 caged dogs that had been kept in tight wooden kennels with small holes in the front so they could see the captive dogs next to them – a technique used to foster aggression, the criminal complaint stated. The dogs whined and cried – desperate to be freed. Another dog had been kept in a 55-gallon drum.

Manhattan Assistant US Attorney Stephanie Lake told the court Richardson exploited the dogs for sport, money and entertainment.

“The defendant wanted to buy a fighting dog, a fighting dog that made its opponent scream in pain, a dog that tore at another dog’s neck relentlessly. That is because the defendant is a dogfighter, a member of a dogfighting conspiracy,” stated Lake.

Richardson’s defense attorney told the jury there was nothing criminal how his client kept the dogs nor was he training the dogs to fight. None of the dogs had scars and no money was found. The ASPCA humanely euthanized five of the dogs because of their aggression – one of the dogs attacked an ASPCA employee.

If found guilty of all charges, Richardson faces a maximum of ten years in prison.

(Photo of dog shown in accused dogfighter trial screenshot via NY Post)

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Officers find 5-foot caiman in DC basement used to fight dogs and puppies

On Wednesday, authorities found a 5-foot caiman being kept in the basement in a plastic tub in a Southeast D.C. home where 12 scared and neglected dogs and puppies appeared to have been used in dog fights.

According to a press release from The Humane Rescue Alliance, rescuers acted on a tip that an alligator-like reptile was being kept in a home located on the 3500 block of Brothers Place. A search warrant carried out by officers who found signs of dog fighting along with the covered plastic tub where the caiman was being kept in shallow water. A second search warrant was executed on Thursday when six dogs and six puppies – all very neglected and scared were also saved.

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“The Humane Rescue Alliance is committed to eradicating the sadistic sport of dogfighting in the District and will root out any individual who participates in this cruel activity,” said Chris Schindler, HRA’s Vice President of Field Services. “I am proud of our dedicated team of officers who thoroughly investigated this case which resulted in rescuing 12 dogs from harm’s way.”

All of the dogs have been transported to an undisclosed location for veterinary care. The caiman, which was being kept illegally, has been taken to HRA’s New York Avenue facility for assessment and care. Caiman’s are reptiles and belong to the same family as alligators.

In a followup report by WjlaNews, neighbors state people would pay to watch the caiman fight the dogs in a “bloody fight” inside of the home. Fighting paraphernalia has also been seized.  The case remains under investigation by HRA’s Humane Law Enforcement division.

 

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Monroe County Sheriff’s Office shocked at horrific dog abuse case

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office were shocked this week at the horrific dog abuse of 11 pit bulls found starving and locked outside of a home near Highway 70. The dogs were rescued on Wednesday night; each one of them weighed less than one-half of what dogs their age and breed should weigh.

According to Fox News, an employee from an energy company discovered the dogs and called authorities. Monroe County deputies arrested Duran Brown and Scarlett Watson for the alleged abuse and have now charged the couple with 11  misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty. Investigators believed the dogs were being used for breeding and fighting.

Out of the Ashes Pit Bull Rescue are caring for the dogs. Katie Miceli, the director of the organization said the dogs had no food or water. Especially concerning was the discovery of one female who had recently given birth to a litter of puppies, but they were nowhere to be found. Katie believes the mother ate her puppies out of desperation.

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Stray dog returned back to abusive owners

On June 29, 2018, a stray, female dog showed up outside a home in Plant City, Florida.  When resident “Danielle” first saw the dog, she was walking along the fence line trying to come in. Danielle’s boyfriend, Scott was hesitant at first to let her in but could tell she was stressed and injured.  When looking at her more closely, they both noticed there were fresh puncture wounds on the dog’s face, mainly near her ears and jaw. There were other puncture wounds and lacerations in various stages of healing on her body along with some older scars.

It was disturbing to see so many injuries on a dog that was only approximately two years old. What was done to her?

These injuries strongly suggested this poor girl may have been used as a bait dog for fighting.  In addition to the multiple wounds, the dog’s nails were horribly overgrown, and she appeared to have given birth within the past six months.  Equally disturbing as the injuries, was the heavy collar that was placed around her neck. It was thick and heavy and had a two-pound buckle on the end.  It was on so tight, it took two people to get it off her. This was not someone’s beloved companion animal; this was a dog who had been abused for a long time and used for breeding.

Danielle and Scott notified the local police to report a case of obvious animal abuse. The police in turn referred them to animal control. Hillsborough County Animal Control did not respond for several hours. During that time Danielle and Scott bonded with the dog whom they named Nina.  Nina was very meek and submissive; indicative of a dog who has been abused.

Danielle and Scott were worried about letting her go to animal control, but they wanted to do the right thing and follow protocol and make sure Nina’s abuse was investigated and her wounds assessed and treated by a vet. They also wanted to legally adopt her.The next day, they filed the paperwork to adopt her and assumed she would be coming back home to them after she was spayed and treated for her injuries.

Unfortunately, Hillsborough Animal Pet Resource Center proved to be very lax in their follow through and handling of Nina’s case. They never launched an investigation into her injuries and actually turned Nina back over to her original owners.

Apparently, the original owners showed up looking for her with a photo to prove ownership since there was no tag or chip.  They also gave three different versions as to why she had so many wounds on her body. They said it was because she was a hunting dog, the injuries must have happened when the dog ran away (although many were quite old) and third, injuries were already there from a previous owner. Hillsborough still turned her over to them even with all the suspicions and the inconsistent answers as to how Nina was injured.

When Danielle heard of this, she was highly upset. She contacted the supervisor who promised to start an abuse investigation, but that did not happen. When Danielle called again, promises were made to send someone to check on the well being of the dog and her surroundings; that also did not happen. Then another officer promised to go out there, still nothing.

On July 6 2018 Danielle placed another call to Hillsborough County and was told an officer had been dispatched to the house but no one was home.  This writer also called Hillsborough County on July 6 and was told the call was dispatched, but there were no updates or information on an outcome.

As the days continue to pass, it is unknown what is happening to Nina. Is she back on a tether? Is she being abused? Are there other dogs on the property also suffering abuse? Is something bigger going on at the home such as dog fighting? No one will know until Hillsborough Animal Pet Resource Center takes this complaint seriously and sends someone out there.

County animal shelters need to vet people more thoroughly before handing a dog or cat over to them. We all know they are inundated daily with unwanted animals coming through their doors and are trying to move animals out quickly to maintain a high number of live releases. However, it is doing a huge disservice to the animal to send them from the shelter into a violent, abusive environment.

Danielle and Scott followed the correct protocol because they wanted to do the right thing for Nina, but the system failed them and Nina miserably. To speak for Nina and urge Hillsborough County to follow through on Nina’s case, please call the shelter at 813-744-5660 and refer to case number 18-092069.

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Six-month-old puppy attacked by several dogs while her owner watched

A six-month-old puppy, named Bailey, was attacked by several dogs while her owner watched. For two days, the puppy’s owner did nothing to help as her wounds became infected and her strength gradually declined. On Saturday morning, Bailey was dropped off at a Texas shelter. Rescue Dogs Rock NYC were immediately notified and asked to help. She was rushed to the Emergency Veterinarian Hospital in McAllen, Texas.

“We have learned that the attack happened days ago and she sat bleeding, with no treatment as her wounds began to become infected,” co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, Stacey Silverstein posted on the organization’s Facebook page. “By the time they brought her to the shelter yesterday, she was close to septic shock from lack of treatment and severely anemic from loss of blood.”

Tragically, Bailey is paying the price for her owner’s negligence. The puppy continues to fight for her life and is too weak at this time to undergo surgery needed to repair and close up the deepest bites and abrasions. Bailey has already been administered two blood transfusions.

The bottom video shows  Bailey sitting on the bench in the reception area at the shelter in shock, bleeding out, critically injured and in pain, while her owners stood by, surrendered her and walked away. There are no animal cruelty charges pending.

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Dog fighter sentenced to 50 years with 15 to serve in prison

A Polk County, Georgia dog fighter was sentenced to 5o years with 15 years to serve in prison Judge Richard Sutton decided on Tuesday afternoon. Devechio Rowland was found guilty of 107 felony counts for dog fighting and 107 misdemeanor counts for animal abuse last month. Rowland faced a prison sentence of 642 years. He will also be on probation for 35 years.

 

According to WsbTv,  at least 107 dogs were described as “half-dead.” Disturbing video showed the dogs chained to trees nearly starved to death. Polk County Police Chief Kenny Dodd stated it was the worst case of animal cruelty the department had ever seen.

In 2010, Rowland was arrested on animal cruelty charges and an association with a dog fighting ring, but the case was dismissed after one of the main witnesses died.

At least 30 animal advocates were at the courthouse when the judge announced the sentence. Some of the onlookers cried while others were saddened that Rowland’s prison time  wasn’t at least 20 years.

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(Photos and video of dog fighter and dogs involved via Polk County Police Department)

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Tragic update: Starved and beaten bait dog Miracle passes away

Early Sunday afternoon, the starved and beaten bait dog, found along the side of a road in Prichard, Alabama by Shawn Wise and her young daughter, died. On Shawn’s Facebook page, the heartbreaking announcement affected the many animal advocates wishing and praying for Miracle’s recovery.

“Update on Miracle: He took a major turn for the worst this morning. His chest/lungs were filling up with fluid very rapidly. They placed two chest tubes to relieve the fluid and pressure. I went home to get my car ready to transport him to New Orleans, Louisiana. I have arrived back and the vet and unfortunately he has passed away. The vet said he was up eating and wagging his tail and he literally fell over. He said blood came out of the tubes immediately. He feels he threw a blood clot and his veins and arteries were too weak to handle it. I am beyond upset right now. Now that they are able to look into his mouth without causing him pain they estimate he is about 5 years old. He was so malnourished to the point he looked like a puppy. I am disgusted and I am not done with Prichard police department by a long shot!!!!”

On Thursday evening, Shawn and her ten-year-old daughter found the dying dog lying on the roadside. Although she reached out for the local police and the local animal control for help, no one responded. When Shawn went public on social media on her Facebook page, animal advocates reached out with heartwarming support.

Miracle had shown some early signs of improvement. Tragically, on Sunday morning veterinarians placed another chest tube thinking he may have been developing pleurisy. Plans had been made to transfer the dog to their critical care office in Mandeville. That development never came to be.

Rest in peace Miracle. You certainly were loved these last few days.

(Photo of Miracle the suspected bait dog via Shawn Wise)

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Starved and beaten, bait dog left to die has strong will to survive

On Thursday evening, Shawn Wise and her ten-year-old daughter found a dying dog lying on the roadside in Prichard, Alabama. Although she reached out for the local police and the local animal control, no one responded. When Shawn went public on social media on her Facebook page, animal advocates began to reach out.

 

By nightfall, the dog was receiving veterinarian care at Medvet, located on Government Street. Dubbed Miracle and despite whatever atrocities the dog had endured, his sweet and gentle disposition surpassed his horrible and painful injuries.

Video #1 of Miracle’s injuries when he arrived at veterinary hospital:

Shawn has five dogs at this time and was not prepared to take on the financial burden, but she stated neither her heart nor her soul could allow her to leave the dog on the side of the road to die.

“He is at MedVet. The bill is up to $2500 right now,” Shawn wrote. “I have to pay $700 tonight. They think they can save him, but he will not be ‘pretty.’ He did not make a move when Dennis picked the maggots off of his face. I have cried to the point I am out of tears.”

Miracle’s veterinarians are convinced the dog had been used as a bait dog, and he is expected to need extended care.

“My ten-year-old daughter was there when we found him, and she named him Miracle. It would mean the world to me and my family for this dog to live and be an example of why animal cruelty must come to an end. In the event donations exceed Miracle’s vet bills, donations will be donated to the Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) for another sweet pup with extraordinary needs,” Shawn wrote. (Make sure to reference Miracle)

By Friday morning, Miracle was already showing signs of recovering. His face is still being cleaned and one of the wounds on his leg will require stitches.

 

More news to follow as this sweet dog hopefully makes a complete recovery. Get well soon Miracle.

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(Photos and video by Shawn Wise and Fox News)

 

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