Newborn infants discovered dead in purple suitcase dropped in ditch

On Friday afternoon, authorities in Cross County, Arkansas discovered two dead newborn infants stuffed into a purple suitcase and left in a ditch on the state’s County Road 602. The grim discovered was made by a rabbit hunter.

According to a news release from the Cross County Sheriff’s Office, the infants appeared to have been twins:

“On 02/16/2018 at approx. 1343 hours the Cross County Sheriff’s Office discovered the bodies of two newly born infants that appeared to be twins on CR 602. The infants were found in a purple suitcase on a ditch bank. This is an ongoing investigation and details about this case will not currently be released. If you have any information regarding the identity of the babies or a suspect please contact the Cross County Sheriff’s Office at 870-238-5700.”

While there have been dozens of horrendous discoveries of dogs found both dead and alive in suitcases throughout the country, the discovery of babies left in a suitcase has shocked the small community. FoxNews reports the autopsies for the babies will determine if they were dead or alive previously to having been stuffed in the suitcase. No information has been released identifying the infants’ race or sex.

Authorities have several persons of interest currently being interviewed. Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 870.238.5700.

(Photo of area where infants were found screenshot via Fox News)

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Teen identified in Florida school massacre allegedly tortured and killed animals

If ever there was an argument for taking cases of animal cruelty seriously, it would be the massacre, carried out by a teen, that took place on Valentine’s Day in Parkland, Florida. The authorities have identified 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz as the individual responsible for the death of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Multiple people have described Cruz as an outcast who was “weird,” and a loner with probable mental-health issues. Reports from those who knew the teen have indicated that he proudly tortured and killed animals and posted gruesome images of them on an Instagram account, reported the Daily Mail.

Cruz was said to be “obsessed” with guns and had threatened students at the high school last year – he was expelled from the high school after getting into a fight with a boy who was dating his ex-girlfriend. The disturbing allegations against Cruz continue…he allegedly abused his ex-girlfriend, stalked a girl who he was “obsessed with,” threatened other students, and enough people knew about his violent tendencies that it came as no surprise to many when he was identified as the shooter behind the horrific high school massacre.

Cruz was arrested at 4 p.m., approximately two hours after the deadly shooting; he is facing 17 counts of premeditated murder.

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Search for missing Fort Bragg family has ended

According to multiple sources, the search for a missing Fort Bragg family has ended. The Reynolds (Travis, Deanna and 19-month-old son, Cooper) family was found safe in Tennessee.

The North Carolina family, which included their two dogs (a husky and a German shepherd), had not been seen since a visit with Deanna’s family in Utica, New York, last week. Few details have been released about the family’s discovery – aside from assurances that they are “safe” and in “good health.”

The Utica Police Department has stated that more information will be released later today.

Prior article about the missing family here.

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Florida teen dies trying to shoot animals getting into trash

In a tragic accident on Thursday evening, a Florida teen from Myakka City accidentally shot himself with a handgun outside of his home and died. According to AbcNews, Wyatt Austin Ballard Hall, 15, had been trying to shoot animals that had been getting into the trash.

Hall’s parents told Manatee County deputies they heard a gunshot from their bedroom about 9:00 p.m. According to the teen’s parents, Wyatt came back inside his home and said he had accidentally shot himself. Emergency medical services arrived at the scene and tried to save him. The gunshot wound was in the boy’s upper body. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

An investigation has determined that Wyatt had been outside with three of his friends when the shooting occurred. The victim had the gun out and accidentally shot himself; the witnesses were scared and fled from the scene.

“At this time, there will be no charges as the incident appears to be a tragic accident” said MCSO spokesperson Dave Bristow.

Deputies found the handgun and are currently investigating.

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Wyatt’s family created a GoFund Me page to help the family pay for the teen’s funeral expenses. Donations exceeded the monetary goal.

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Authorities rescue sedated tiger cub in Express Mail package

A two-month-old sedated tiger cub was rescued on Wednesday from Tiaquepaque, Jalisco in Mexico stuffed inside of a blue plastic box with newspaper as packing. Authorities heard noises coming from the Express Mail package, and with the help of detection dogs sniffed out the baby Bengal tiger.

According to the New York Post, the cub had been sedated and packed with no food or water. The container had perforated holes to provide air to the tiny animal. The cub was intended to be shipped to Queretaro from the Nueva Central de Autobuses, and is currently in the care and safety of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment. The cub has been reported to be doing well. An investigation is now underway.

Bengal tigers are an endangered species; there are less than 2,500 left living in the wild and have decreased due to the loss of their habitat, being hunted for their fur and traditional Asian medicines.

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Riders injured after umbrella spooked carriage horse in Central Park

On Sunday afternoon, three passengers were injured after an umbrella spooked a carriage horse while in Central Park South. The incident occurred at 12:15, when a pedestrian opening and closing an umbrella screamed loudly which startled the horse.  Moments later the white Percheron galloped down the street, across Sixth Avenue; his driver jumping off the buggy to help the panicked animal.

According to Pix11News, the frightened horse, named Arthur, wedged himself and the carriage between two stopped vehicles. The passengers were then able to climb out of the crumbled carriage – fortunately they suffered only minor injuries.

“I think this really highlights that horse carriages do not belong in chaotic traffic,” stated Edita Birnkrant, executive director of the animal advocacy group NYCLASS. “This was a horrifying crash that happened. This horse spooked; ran completely out of control with no driver.”

“The enforcement of these carriages is a joke and it has only gotten more lax in the last four years despite repeated assurances from City Hall,” continued Edita in her statement on Sunday.

For years, the NYCLASS (New Yorkers for Clean, Livable, and Safe Streets) has advocated banning all carriage horses from New York City streets, and is now urging the City Council to limit carriage rides to just Central Park. In addition, the organization wants additional protection for the horses stating the carriage horses live in small stalls without pastures to roam and graze.

Carriage drivers, however contend the horses are well cared for, loved and are routinely rotated from working in the city to rural farms where they graze in pastures and “hang out with other horses for companionship.”

New Yorkers seem to be divided on the issue. Advocates for keeping the iconic horse carriage rides, contend the horses are happy doing their jobs, the drivers make their livings with the horses and fear that the horses would meet terrible deaths at Canadian or Mexico slaughterhouses if the carriage industry folded. Where would the horses go animal advocates have repeatedly asked?

Christina Hansen, spokesperson for the carriage industry in New York, stated Arthur was not injured nor was the driver.

“Everyone in the carriage industry works every day to ensure the safety of our horses, our passengers and the public, and our record speaks for itself,” Christina said in a statement. “That every single accident we have is considered news is a testament to the safety of our industry.”

And so the hotly contended battle of the New York City carriage horses continues.

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(Photos screenshots via NYCLASS)

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Teen faces felony animal cruelty after throwing a kitten into body of water

In Patterson, California, a teen faces felony animal cruelty charges after he was arrested on Friday morning following a video that surfaced showing him throwing a kitten into a body of water. Although speculation still does not pinpoint the exact area where the incident occurred, authorities think the kitten could have been thrown at a water treatment plant located at the Delta-Mendota Canal.

According to Fox5SanDiegoNews, a senior in high school, Garratt Haile, who turned 18 years of age this week, has been charged and arrested in this disturbing crime. The video is thought to have been filmed a year ago in a private Facebook group for “local residents.” The 11-second disturbing clip included the following words:

“Welcome to badass, and this is Felipe the flying cat.”

At that point the kitten is hurled through the air by the scruff of his neck and tossed far into the water. A press release by the Patterson Police Services Chief Jeff Dirkse stated:

 

“During the overnight hours, deputies continued their investigation and were able to identify the subject as 18-year old Garratt Haile of Patterson. Deputies were able to contact Garratt at his residence and interview him. Garratt was arrested this morning at about 8:00 AM and booked into the Stanislaus County Jail for felony animal cruelty. It is believed this incident occurred several months ago and that several other subjects were with Garratt at the time the video was recorded. Detectives are still investigating this incident to identify other subjects and the location where the incident took place. This is an excellent example of the public’s cooperation and we certainly appreciate it. With calls we received and the information shared to us via social media, we were able to quickly investigate, identify, and make an arrest in this case.”

It is expected that Haile will be charged as a minor since he was only 17 when the incident occurred. Many people believe he should be charged as an adult which would incur a much harsher punishment. The person who videoed the film could also face animal cruelty charges as well as any others who may have been involved.

Ironically Haile was a successful student and played both football and golf in school. What was this teen thinking allegedly throwing a kitten into the water?

To view the video, please click here. (Warning: extremely violent and disturbing)

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Ollolai, Italy selling homes for $1.25: Bring your pets

There are 200 historic stone homes for sale along the picturesque coast of the Mediterranean isle of Sardinia. In the quaint village of Ollolai, the population has decreased from 2,250 people to 1,300 with just a small population of new births, and the village’s mayor has a plan. Efisio Arbau is offering to sell homes for a $1.25 each.

“We boast prehistoric origins. My crusade is to rescue our unique traditions from falling into oblivion,” Arbau stated. “We need to bring our grandmas’ homes back from the grave. They’re picturesque old buildings made with Sardinia’s typical gray granite rock that grows on mountain peaks and shores.”

According to MsmNews, the homes are for sale and are in all stages of disrepair. It is estimated the homes would require about $25,000 each to renovate, and that is one of the requirements for purchasing one, however the buyer is given three years to do the work.

So what does Ollolai have to offer? Retired builder, Vito Casula purchased one of the two story homes and transformed it into an environmentally friendly structure, but still keeping the original design and furniture. He recommends the village to anyone who is “sick with too much stress and needs a break.”

“We live nearby and frequently visited Ollolai. Then one day my wife saw the ad in the newspaper. It was an opportunity,” says Casula. “This quiet town is frozen in time. It offers a peaceful, healthy life.”

In addition the village has access to sheep cheese, artisan baskets, delicacies produced in the region as well as traditional celebrations to give lots of reasons to dress up and dance.

So far three houses have been sold and there have been 100 additional requests from all over the world to purchase one of the homes. Time is quickly running out; a surge in interest has led to a deadline of February 7 being set for applications. After that, applications  will be assessed in order in which they were made.

And welcome to capitalism as a reality show featuring a Dutch family moving to Ollolai and restoring their home is expected to premier in May.

This isn’t the first time Italian towns  have run similar inducements including Montieri in Tuscany, Patricia in Lazio and Lecce de Marsi in Abruzzo. Bring your parents, bring your pets and who knows? Ollolai could be the place to live happily ever after once you brush up on your Italian.

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Guilty: Man who drove his wife and dog into lake convicted of murder

In San Bernardino, California, the man who drove his car into a lake with his physically challenged wife and dog has been convicted of second-degree murder and animal cruelty.

According to Ktla5News, Ronald Hitchcock 61, faces 15 years to life in prison after he was found guilty on Tuesday at the San Bernardino Justice Center for the September 2012 incident at Big Bear Lake. After he drove the car into the lake, Hitchcock was able to exit the vehicle, but his wife Deborah Crouch, 53, who was unable to walk couldn’t escape. Deborah and their black Labrador retriever Onyx, were stuck in the vehicle and drowned.

Hitchcock was overheard saying there was no way his wife “was going to get out of this one.” The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office stated, in a press release, the autopsy on Deborah showed she drowned, however there had been “bruises all over her body consistent with physical violence and defensive wounds. ”

A video from a rescue diver showed Crouch’s body floating inside the car and the dog’s head stuck in the partially rolled down window.

Hitchcock will be sentenced on February 28.

(Photos of Hitchcock and murder of wife and dog via San Bernardino County DA Office)

Rest in peace Deborah and Onyx.

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Volkswagen launches investigation into diesel fume tests on monkeys

In an all out disturbing scandal involving German automakers using ten monkeys and 25 humans to inhale diesel exhaust fumes, Volkswagen, Daimier and BMW have launched an investigation promising consequences for those involved. The German government says such tests could not be justified and is asking for answers.

According to Reuters, Volkswagen supervisory board chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch issued the following statement:

“I will do everything possible to ensure that this matter is investigated in detail. Whoever is responsible for this must of course be held accountable.”

On Twitter the Volkwagen Group posted:

“Volkswagen Group explicitly distances itself from all forms of animal cruelty. Animal testing contradicts our own ethical standards. The EUGT has been in liquidation since June 30, 2017.” (European Research Group on Environment and Health in the Transport Sector – EUGT)

In Frankfurt, automakers financed an experiment to prove to consumers that diesel exhaust had no harmful effects on humans after alarming 2014 global emission reports. According to the New York Times, scientists in an Albuquerque, New Mexico laboratory conducted an experiment with ten monkeys locked in airtight chambers watching cartoons as they squatted inhaling fumes from a diesel Volkswagen Beetle.

The experiment was to prove that diesel vehicles were cleaner than the previous smoky models of the past, but American scientists were all being duped. The Beetle, provided by Volkswagen, had been rigged to emit much less pollution into the lab than the cars would emit on the road. Lucky for the monkeys! The Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute carried out the tests with the monkeys. The tests were conducted in 2014 using  macaque monkeys.

In addition, 25 people also participated in a related study in 2013 and 2014 where they inhaled nitrogen dioxide, a gas found in exhaust fumes, as part of a study related to workplace safety. The people were exposed to varying levels of nitrogen dioxide for three hours to investigate possible health effects in concentrations below the limit for workplaces.

Volkswagen has since stated the study had never been discussed in any management board meetings, even though some managers knew about the research. The company also contends the research had been reviewed by ” scientists from renowned universities and institutes …”

Stephen Weil, who represent the German state of Lower Saxony and a Volkswagen shareholder on the advisory board, continues to press the carmaker for the purpose of the study.

“If for example, safety and health in the workplace were being tested… and ethical standards were adhered to, it is defensible. Where experiments served the purposes of marketing and sales, however, I cannot think of an acceptable justification for such an approach.”

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