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.

Many of the dogs have since been rehabilitated adopted. Read the previous article here.

(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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Dog fight trainer using shock collars in abhorrent cruelty jailed

A dog fight trainer in South Australia pleaded guilty to multiple charges of organizing and participating in dog fight training while using abhorrent techniques including shock collars, chains with weights and treadmills. Benn Christopher Hamilton, 39, pleaded guilty at Adelaide Magistrates Court and has been sentenced to seven months in prison in addition to the five-year, four month sentence he is presently serving for drug offenses.

According to AbcNews, RSPCA inspectors seized six of his American Staffordshire terriers found chained in Hamilton’s backyard in August 2016. The dogs suffered from broken teeth, fresh bite marks and scars all over their bodies. Veterinarians stated the bites and scars had been consistent with dog fighting. Tragically, the dogs were reported to have been so reactive, they were not able to cope, and the decision was made to humanely euthanize them.

In addition to the shock collars and other physical training equipment, injectable steroids, anesthetics and prescription drugs were found as well as dog fighting books and instructional videos. Marie Shaw, the attorney representing the RSPCA called Hamilton’s treatment of the dogs “abhorrent.”

“Dogs are often called man’s best friend and they rely on humans to feed them, house them and treat them well,” Ms. Shaw explained. “True it is that animals, and dogs in particular, can serve man in many ways so long as they are treated humanely and fairly. They do not deserve having man train them for entertainment and financial gain at the risk of injury and mortality.”

Hamilton’s lawyer told the court his client was remorseful and grieved over his dogs having been euthanized. The judge didn’t seem moved; extending Hamilton’s non-parole period to two years and seven months and ordering he be banned from owning any pets indefinitely. The RSPCA is seeking $35,000 for costs and compensation. That has been adjourned until June.

Hamilton is the first South Australian ever charged over dog fighting. The struggle to protect our dogs continues.

(Photos of Hamilton’s dogs with shock collars via Instagram)

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Virginia man who left 21 puppies to die sentenced to 60 years in prison

In Hampton, Virginia, a man accused of leaving 21 puppies die inside his home will serve more than eight years in prison. Vernon Silver, 59, was sentenced on Wednesday at the Hampton Circuit Court, to 69 years in prison with 60 years and eight months suspended.

According to the Virginian-Pilot, Silver entered an Alford plea to animal cruelty charges and one count of dog fighting, meaning he was not pleading guilty although he admitted prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him.

In March 2017, Silver had been charged with 22 counts of animal cruelty, 22 counts of failure to provide care and 21 counts of failure to dispose of a deceased animal. Dog fighting evidence was also found at the scene which included bite sticks, a spring pole. and supplements and medications used to heal wounds. The criminal complaint stated only one  emaciated dog had been found alive which had been confined to a pen filled with urine and feces surrounded by other dead and decomposing bodies of dogs.

Silver had been a maintenance worker at the home and admitted the dogs belonged to him, but stated he wasn’t able to care for them because he became ill. The one dog that survived has since recovered and was adopted.

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Sweetest dog found ripped apart and likely used as bait in fighting ring

The Witchita Police are asking for the public’s help identifying the person who abandoned a badly injured dog on Tuesday morning. The dog was found with numerous puncture wounds and is believed to have been used as a bait dog for fighting dogs in training.

According to the rescue group Beauties and Beasts, Animal Control had received a report of an injured dog unable to walk. It appeared he had been dumped in the area of North Market and suffered from punctures, tears and a severe break to his left front paw as well as a fractured right front leg. Most likely he had been involved in a dog fight; there was no evidence of blood in the area except for the small amount where the dog was found. The dog, dubbed Miller, did not get to the spot where he was discovered by himself.

As Miller patiently waited for the veterinarian staff to examine him, a volunteer stayed with him.

“Despite the excruciating pain he has endured he has been the sweetest boy during his arrival to the vet clinic and the initial examination of his severe injuries. This is heartbreaking. We are thankful to the Good Samaritan that found him and the Animal Control Officer that stayed by his side and reached out for help to get the vet care he needed,” the group posted on their Facebook page.

Wichita Animal Control originally thought the dog had been hit by a car, but Miller’s injuries, including the puncture wounds and the possibility his mouth may have been tied shut, indicates the common practice of how bait dogs are treated and used.

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“We are thankful to the AC officer that lovingly stayed by his side while reaching out for help to save his life and to the compassionate woman at the vet clinic that immediately wrote a check for $500 towards his care,” the group posted later in the day.

Beauties and Beasts are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the responsible party in Miller’s abuse. Sadly, Miller’s leg will need to be amputated, but he is expected to recover and will be available for adoption when he is healed.

Anyone with information about Miller is asked to contact Wichita animal shelter 316-350-3360 or email LT. Sigman bsigman@wichita.gov.

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Get well soon Miller.

(Photos and video courtesy of Beauties and Beasts Rescue)

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Abandoned after he fought: St. Landry Parish calls out abusers

On Tuesday afternoon, St. Landry Parish Animal Control & Rescue in rural Louisiana, received a heartbreaking call. An abandoned dog, clearly having had been part of a dog fight, had been dumped. He hid beneath an old deserted home.

“And just like that. In comes that call,”  Stacey the shelter manager, posted on the organization’s Facebook page below  graphic photos of the latest victim of abuse and animal cruelty. “The call that breaks your heart. To hear my officer say …’he hurts…it’s bad.'”

The dog, dubbed Dimple, has been rushed to the Bellevue Veterinarian Clinic. Apparently Dimple’s owner never treated his dog’s wounds which are now badly infected. Veterinarian Dr. Kevin is caring for Dimple and will make a professional opinion as to his prognosis and his future.

“…That is to be the only opinion accepted. Today I am not going to accept, ‘he got away, or lost or stray,'” Stacey continued the heart wrenching account of Dimple’s condition and the excuses so commonly used by irresponsible and uncaring owners. “This poor soul suffered. He hurts. And someone is responsible. This Parish is done accepting excuses.”

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Please note the shelter is full, and there is no place for the dogs to go.

“We offer comfort. Safe place. And we try to save them all. Yet there’s no room – none. Adoptions are extremely low. There’s no free spay neuter clinic. There’s no free adoptions. There’s no chance. Please spay and neuter.”

While sharing Dimple’s tragic story, please share the need for donations to St. Landry Parish Animal Control & Rescue. Think about adopting a new best friend. Without our help, these dogs have little hope.

Updates to follow.

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Four dogs rescued from Philadelphia dog-fighting ring in progress

On Saturday night, animal cruelty officers from the Pennsylvania SPCA broke up a dog-fighting ring in progress on the 1200 block of South 35th Street. Four dogs have been rescued – two “pitbull type dogs on Saturday night and two more dogs on Sunday morning left alone in vehicles.

According to the organization, 14 people have been arrested and officials also confiscated drugs, two guns, cash and a wooden open, bloodied ring used as the venue for the dog fights. The PSPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement team’s investigation led police to the location where they surveilled the property and observed a dog fight in progress. Both the PSPCA officers and Philadelphia police entered the property – rescuing the dogs and arresting the suspects.

The dogs that had been engaged in battle were transported to the PSPCA’s Erie Avenue headquarters where they underwent care and treatment for their deep wounds. Both dogs have been reported to be in stable condition and will remain in the custody of the PSPCA until their owners surrender them or a judge makes the decision where the dogs will go after the court case.

The other two dogs found on Sunday morning are also being treated.

“Cases like this remind us that while we may not always hear about it, dog fighting is still happening in the city of Philadelphia,” said Nicole Wilson, Director of the Humane Law Enforcement at the PSPCA. “Our team has boots on the ground 365 days a year, investigating cases like this, and working to bring those involved to justice. We are grateful to the Philadelphia Police Department for their assistance in this case, and will work to prosecute these offenders to the fullest extent of the law.”

Dog fighting crimes hold a felony charge. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Pennsylvania’s SPCA’s Cruelty Hotline at (866) 601-SPCA. Tips can be left anonymously.

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(Photo courtesy of Pennsylvania SPCA)

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