Help me: Paralyzed with fear Maltese muppet reaches out to volunteer

Jersey is a male Cockapoo and Maltese blend. The little muppet is so frightened he ran to the corner of his kennel cage while trembling and hiding his face at the same time. When he arrived at the Devore Animal Shelter in San Bernadino County, California, the staff labeled him as “rescue only.” Sadly the little dog had no idea his fate could so easily be sealed. No one ever told him, he had to act sweet and cooperative after having obviously been neglected for a long period of time.  Animal advocate and shelter volunteer Andrea Neyses met Jersey on Tuesday, and now pleads his case:

“I WANT SOMEONE TO HELP ME ” Jersey is special at Devore Shelter, can’t be seen. Jersey is going to change someone’s world, please help him? Jersey is rescue only; listed as aggressive?,” Andrea began after sitting and watching the little dog.

But then the little dog seemed to understand; kindness can be a self-rewarding benefit in the tragic world of animal neglect and cruelty.

“This guy reached out under the kennel as I started to leave: a sign?,” questioned Andrea as she posted Jersey’s video on her social media page. “I petted his head and paws and talked a minute: never once did he growl. Staff is going to try and spend some time with  him. I believe Jersey is a good dog who’s only afraid ….”

Click here for Jersey’s Pet Harbor listing. “My name is RESCUE ONLY. I am a male, cream Cockapoo mix. My age is unknown. I have been at the shelter since May 19, 2017. For more information about this animal, call San Bernardino County – Devore Shelter at (909) 386-9820. Ask for information about animal ID number A672892. Share this dog’s plight with approved rescue organizations; sharing saves lives. Follow his Facebook page by clicking here. Animal advocates have been pledging funds payable to an approved rescue for this little dog’s continued care, vetting and grooming. Can you help?

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Sicko teenage girl giggles as she hurls kitten off balcony to its death

A disturbing animal cruelty incident has been recorded on video and released to the public on Wednesday, showing a teenage girl laughing as she holds a tiny ginger kitten over a balcony and then tosses the defenseless animal to its death. The heartbreaking incident occurred in Panama City, capital of Panama.

According to the Mirror, the kitten was thrown over the tower balcony outside of the San Miguelito Metro Station. The teens involved have reportedly been expelled from the college they attended;  the Gaston Faraudo P Technical School of Accountancy and Commerce. Most disturbing was hearing the girl who threw the kitten to its death speaking sarcastically:

“Ay, poor little animal.”

People walking below the area where the girl tossed the kitten could be seen walking past the lifeless body of the kitten – unaware what had just happened. Although the video only shows one girl, the school, based on information about the distressing incident, expelled three girls and suspended another person. According to a witness, the girl who threw the kitten over the tower stated she wanted to know the feeling of killing a cat.

An investigation continues; the girls have not yet been named.

Rest in peace poor little innocent kitten.

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Man accused of throwing two toy poodles off parking garage being held on $350K bond

An Oak Lawn, Illinois man accused of throwing two toy poodles off the top of a parking garage at Advocate Christ Medical Center on Saturday remains in custody after his bond was set at $350,000. Edward Hanania, 22, has been charged with two felony counts of animal cruelty.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Oak Lawn police stated Hanania falsely claimed he owned the two poodles after the dogs were found wandering the streets on Thursday. When the woman who found the dogs posted an ad on social media, Hanania went to her house, gave her a $20 reward and claimed the dogs were his. The next day he dropped both dogs off the fifth floor of the hospital’s parking lot. The disturbing incident was caught on video surveillance.

One of the dogs died and the other – a year-old named Angel survived; he suffered bruised lungs and a broken leg.

According to Hanania’s defense attorney, Chuck Ingles, his client denies throwing the dogs stating he didn’t do it, but signed a confession. He claimed there was a third person. Police are investigating a claim Hanania had been seen walking a third dog before the incident. Hanania is not expected to bail out, but the judge ruled if he does, he is required to surrender any pets in his possession or living with him at his parents’ home. Prosecutors also plan to charge him with violating the conditions of his parole for a prior felony drug charge for selling heroin within 1,000 feet of a school. He was convicted and sentenced to two years probation.

The Animal Welfare League posted the story and an update on Angel:

“Once the Animal Welfare League had the surviving dog stabilized, a microchip was discovered and the dog’s true owner was contacted. The owner, a man who wishes to remain anonymous as this heartbreaking moment in his life is surreal. The owner is completely distraught over the loss of the oldest dog named Guerro and the suffering of his youngest dog named Angel. Angel wagged his bruised little tail with joy when he saw his owner. Both dogs were well cared for, a member of the family. Angel the Poodle has the sweetest personality. He is very loving and likes to give kisses. He will need surgery to have pins put in his leg. He is in good spirits, but on a long road to recovery. Surgery is scheduled for May 23rd and his recovering update will be given throughout the next week. The miracle of surviving such a fall is beyond amazing. This dog named Angel appears to have his own little doggie guardian angel. The Animal Welfare League would like to give a Special Thanks to the Oak Lawn Police and Detectives for finding and containing the man who committed this horrible act of violence to these two poor defenseless animals.”

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Paw seen sticking out of dirt: Walker discovers dog buried alive

A man out walking on Tuesday heard faint whimpering sounds in the area of Saint-Paul d’Abbotsford located in southwest Montreal and went in search of the sounds. And what he found was shocking! According to Monteregie SPCA  inspector, Linda Robertson, the man saw a paw sticking out of the ground as the dirt moved beside it; a dog had been buried alive.

According to, the man pushed the dirt away and found the male bull mastiff still breathing and very much alive. He called 911, and officers rushed to the area and helped dig the dog out of his grave; a blanket had been wrapped around him.

“We’re thinking they thought the dog was dead (when they buried it),” Robertson stated.

The dog has been taken to a veterinary hospital in Chambly where he is listed in stable but critical condition. It is believed he may have been strangled and struck with a blunt object before being buried. As of Tuesday evening, the pup was awake but still not able to stand.

Authorities are now investigating to find out what happened to the dog and to identify his owner.

“I’ve been doing this 28 years, and this is the first time I’ve heard of a dog being buried alive,” Robertson said.

The person who found the dog said he doesn’t always take that same path when he walks, and had he not been at that spot on Tuesday when he found the dog, chances are he would not have gone that way for days. By then the dog probably would have died. Anyone with information is asked to call the Monteregie SPCA at 450. 460.2779.

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Groundbreaking decision in Ohio sentencing hunter to jail for shooting family’s dogs

A Belmont County, Ohio hunter was sentenced on Monday to six-months in jail and three years probation after admitting to shooting and killing a family’s two dogs while the man had been hunting in December 2016. Michael Chedester of Clairsville, was sentenced under the Goddard’s Law (House Bill 60) making it a fifth degree felony to knowingly cause serious harm to a companion animal.

According to Wtov9 Fox News, Chedester had been in a tree stand at the time and observed the dogs chasing deer. His attorney argued that the law allows a property owner to shoot animals if they were menacing a person or menacing animals belonging to Chedester. Although the deer were wildlife, Chedester contended it was his property, and he was allowed to make claim by hunting the dogs since a deer killed during hunting became his property. According to the Intelligencer, Chief Assistant Prosecutor Kevin Flanagan argued that the deer were wildlife and did not fall under the law.

“Ownership does not exist in this particular case merely because wild animals are on your property,” he said.

Earlier in May, Chedester pleaded guilty to two felony counts of prohibitions concerning companion animals. At sentencing however the judge stated although the legislature toughened the laws on animal cruelty, they had not changed the sentencing factors.

The owner of the two deceased dogs named Bella and Emmy spoke to the court prior to Chedester’s sentencing. On that tragic day, Pete Byers had been ready to leave for work when his dogs disappeared.  It had been the opening day of gun season, and Byers was terrified that something could have happened to his beloved dogs. After an hours-long search of yelling the dogs’ names and with friends using four-wheelers to  aid in the search, one of the men reported having heard gun shots and a dog yelping.  Byers followed the trail and came up to Chedester and his tree stand. Both of his dogs had been shot  and killed.

“Needlessly hurting or taking an innocent life is never acceptable,” stated Pete Byers. “I guess it was swift justice, but it seemed like it took forever to me. A lot of sleepless nights, worrying, a lot of stress for no reason.”

It is hoped the attention received in this tragic case will deter other similar situations in the future.

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Scary moment when sea lion grabs little girl and pulls her into water

In British Columbia, a sea lion grabbed a little girl and dragged her into the water. A cellphone video taken by Vancouver resident, Michael Fujiwara, captured the scary moment on Saturday as the child was grabbed by her dress into the harbor. According to CNN, the terrifying situation occurred at Steveston Fisherman’s Wharf in Richmond, British Columbia.

The sea lion quietly sticks its head in and out of the water as tourists try to encourage the animal to swim towards them – all the while they were allegedly throwing bits of food to encourage the animal to come closer. The video than shows a man offering his hand out – seemingly to tempt the sea lion to come even closer. Suddenly the animal jumps up and then back into the water, but gets dangerously close to a little girl peeking and smiling over the harbor. When the child sits down on the edge of the harbor wall, the animal pops up, grabs a hold of her dress – pulling her into the water while the crowd screams in horror.

“Oh my God!” can be heard from the shocked crowd.

In an instant, however a fully clothed man dives into the water and grabs the child holding her while the two swim back to the safety of the dock. The child’s parents quickly usher their child away. In an interview with CBC News,  Fujiwara stated the family was in shock and blames tourists for feeding the sea lion bread crumbs to attract it to the crowd.

“It initially jumped up to the girl to read her, I guess. And then it came back up a second time, but this time grabbing the girl by the waist and dragging her down into the water,” Fujiwara stated.

Robert Kiesman, chair person of the Steveston Harbour Authority, said there are multiple signs posted at the popular tourist destination warning people not to feed the sea mammals that frequent the area; warning there is a maximum fine of $100,000 for disturbing a marine animal.

“You wouldn’t go up to a grizzly bear in the bush and hand him a ham sandwich, so you shouldn’t be handing a thousand-pound wild mammal in the water slices of bread,” Kiesman said. “And you certainly shouldn’t be letting your little girl sit on the edge of the dock with her dress hanging down after the sea lion has already snapped at her once. Just totally reckless behaviour.”

Andrew Trites, director of UBC’s Marine Mammal Research Unit, said the animal wasn’t to blame for its behaviour in the video.

What fools these “mortals be.” Photos and video via You Tube by Michael Fujiwara.

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Boston teen microwaves her pet turtle because she was bored

A bored teenage girl from Boston put her pet turtle in the microwave and killed it. Jonasia Simpson posted the picture of her baby turtle before and after its death on social media – hoping the egregious deed would bring her attention and fame. Instead Twitter users were outraged and began posting threats and abusive comments towards her.

According to Angle News, the 15-year-old posted to Facebook on May 17 to share before and after shots of the disgusting act, which showed her first placing the tiny creature inside the microwave and then closing the door, prior to setting the timer.

“Putting my turtle in the microwave,” Simpson wrote on one of the shots, where the animal appears to still be alive inside of the microwave bin.

And then as the innocent victim blows apart, all she says is “Ummm” and then “Rip.”

Simpson’s mother, Shanitha Blocker, was reportedly present when her daughter did the disturbing deed and is stated to have laughed at the abuse. An online petition has since been launched to get Boston Police Department to press animal cruelty charges against the teen. In the meantime, the two have cancelled all of their online media accounts in an attempt to avoid the fury and threats of irate animal advocates.

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Random act of animal cruelty as six-month-old puppy set on fire

A six-month-old puppy Alexis Cantu and her two-year-old daughter rescued when someone abandoned her in a Walmart parking lot in Ingleside, Texas was purposely set on fire Wednesday afternoon.

According to KiiiTV, Cantu had been at work when she received a text from her friend who had been caring for her puppy with the terrible news:

“It said that I needed to get over there and pick up Rosie because she was set on fire. Seeing my own dog burned; her eyes, her eyelashes are gone everything – it’s just disturbing,” Alexis stated.

Alexis had been working the night shift at her job when she was notified; she quickly picked up her little girl and rushed to her friend’s house. A Facebook post describing Rosie’s condition was heartbreaking:

“I get there to find my Rosiie in a corner to have 3rd degree burns from her ears to her mid waist. I have been working extremely hard to get her back in my care. I had just took her to the vet & spent $170.00 dollars to get her everything she needed so she could come home with us.Being a young single mom wasn’t hard enough I still wanted her. I have had her for over 6 months & was not going to give up on her now. Moving into an apartment didn’t help much either because a $400.00 dollar deposit was needed for her to come home. My head hurts, Knots in my stomach and by far the worst night of my life.”

When Animal Control arrived,  the homeowner said the six-month-old healer puppy had been tethered in the yard until they were to arrive home. Sometime on Wednesday between 3:30 in the afternoon until 7:00, someone entered into their yard, poured a flammable liquid on the puppy and set her on fire. When the heat of the fire melted the pup’s collar, she was able to free herself and rolled in the dirt to extinguish the flames. 

Police report, in addition to Rosie’s animal cruelty case, on the same morning, a Robstown plumber found a dog with his mouth duct-taped and his legs tied together with medical tubing in a ditch off County Road 28. That dog is now reported to be doing well and is currently in the care of Peewee’s Pet Adoption.

A GoFundMe account for Rosiie’s veterinarian care has been set up here.

“She is doing a lot better, she ate this evening & had a couple sips of water. She will be staying the weekend at Ingleside Animal Hospital! Very confident they are making her stay has comfortable has they can!! Thank you all for your PRAYERS donations & shares!!! Now it’s just recovering time for Rosiie & to get the sick ***** to pay for what he did to my baby,” Alexis posted.

Anyone with information about this heinous and likely random crime of animal cruelty, please call Ingleside Animal Control at 775.0154 or Ingleside Police Department at 776.2531.

(Photos of six-month-old puppy set on fire via Facebook)

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Felony charge added to man who confessed to ‘choking’ Yorkie when it vomited in car

In Miami, Florida on Friday, prosecutors stood in front of a judge and added an additional charge of felony animal cruelty in the heinous “slapping and choking” death of a five-year-old Yorkshire terrier left to die in a Miami Beach parking lot on April 7. According to the Miami Herald,  Sigman Hernandez, 40, confessed to “slapping and possibly choking” the six-pound Yorkshire terrier for vomiting in his car.

Hernandez was not present at the arraignment when prosecutors announced:

“We’re charging Sigman Andre Hernandez with two counts of cruelty to animals.”

Channel 7News reports the dog named Suzy had been discovered barely alive by an employee of Publix. Authorities rushed the suffering little pooch to an emergency veterinarian where Dr. Joy Carter stated the dog had seven fractured ribs, showed signs she had been strangled with a leash or collar and sustained severe head trauma.



Animal advocates showed up in front of the courthouse for a peaceful demonstration wearing red to symbolize the blood shed by Suzy inflicted upon her by Hernandez who has since entered a plea of not guilty for two felony counts of animal cruelty and a misdemeanor charge of abandonment. His trial is expected to begin on July 3.

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Man charged and arrested for stabbing woman’s dog in Perth park

A 37-year-old man from Mirrabooka, Australia has been charged with stabbing and killing a four-year-old Golden Labrador retriever at the Perth park of Apple Blossom Polyantha Reserve on Wednesday evening. According to ABCNews, the dog’s owner, Bridgette, 22, had been exercising her two dogs, Luna and Choco, off leash when she noticed a man leaning over Luna.

“Within a split second Luna was on the floor. I thought she was just submitting, wanting to play,” Bridgette stated. “The man bent down. I didn’t hear any snarls, growl, yelps or barks. I thought everything was fine.”

One moment later, however the awful truth became a painful reality. Bridgette ran up to the man to make sure the small dog he had been walking was not being annoyed by Luna, but as she approached, the man put his hood up and mumbled something Bridgette said she could not understand. The man  walked away before jumping the fence and then broke into a run to escape.

“I got closer. I realized she was on the floor, blood all over her. I just dropped and started screaming and screaming… I picked her up and lay her on top of me and felt her heart and I couldn’t feel her breathing; she was gone within seconds,” she cried. ‘Luna was my baby… she was my first dog.”

By the time Bridgette could rush her dog to an emergency veterinarian, Luna had died. The alleged attacker has been charged with animal cruelty and has been released on bond. He is scheduled to appear in Perth Magistrates Court in June. If found guilty of animal cruelty, he could face five years in prison. The suspect’s name has not been released by authorities at this time.

Rest in peace Luna.  (Photo of Luna stabbed at a Perth park via WAPolice)

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