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Update: Dogs accused of killing 22-year-old Virginia woman euthanized

The two dogs accused of mauling to death a Virginia woman  while she had been out in the woods walking this week have been euthanized. On Sunday morning, the Law Offices of Matthew Albert Esq. posted the tragic news on Facebook:

“UPDATE: dogs have been killed. Confirmed by the sheriffs department. I will leave this up for awhile and then delete the post as it obviously is no longer applicable. I think a grave injustice has been done here, and a murderer may be walking free… but there is no undoing it at this point. What a tragedy. I apologize for getting people’s hopes up… all reports were that euthanasia was pending… not that it had already happened…”

Prior to the news, the law office had been hoping to get the dogs to safety:

“Our rescue (Against All Oddz Animal Alliance Inc.) and law practice will be seeking to get these dogs out of harms way ASAP so that this lovely woman can Rest in Peace….”

Bethany Lynn Stephens, 22, was found dead, in what has been described as a “grisly” scene last Thursday evening – two days after she was last seen taking her two bully breed dogs for a walk in her Goochland neighborhood. According to the Richmond Times Dispatch, Bethany’s father found her body being guarded by the “very large, brindle-colored pit bull dogs.” Goochland County Sheriff James L. Agnew, stated in his nearly 40 years in law enforcement, he had never seen anything quite like this. At the scene, police gathered shredded pieces of clothing covered with blood for evidence.

Many animal behaviorists, friends of Bethany and veterinarians believe there was much more to this story. A family friend, Barbara Norris told CBS6News, that she did not believe the dogs would kill Bethany; both dogs slept with her in bed every night.

“Those dogs would not attack her,” Barbara said. “They’d kill you with kisses.”

Dr. Amy Learn, a veterinarian who did not know Bethany nor the dogs, also found it very strange for dogs to overtly attack their owner unless there was some kind of provocation leading to the dogs’ aggression which caused fear.

“Was there somebody else there? Were they being attacked by somebody? Were they trying to defend themselves and their owner from somebody else, from a wild animal? Was it actually something else that attacked the owner? Were there stray dogs, coyotes [or] something else in the woods?” Learn asked during the Cbs6News interview.

Dogs can’t talk, and we may never know the real story why Bethany died and her dogs killed shortly afterwards. May you all rest in peace. Surely more could have been done to discover the real truth. Bethany and her dogs deserved so much more.

(Photo of Virginia woman and dogs via FB)

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Dog bred to look like a bear caused by ‘irresponsible breeders’

A stray dog with the facial features of a bear was brought to a Russian animal shelter in Chelyabinsk. In an attempt to find the dog’s owners, the shelter released photos of the dog, but the animal’s obvious physical features and his lack of socialization and apparent aggression has brought severe criticism labeling “irresponsible breeders” as having caused this poor dog’s dilemma.

 

According to the Siberian Times, the street dog dubbed Medvebaka Potapych  from the Russian words for dog and bear, has the body of a dog and the face  and head with a snout like a bear. He is thought to be about four-years-old and veterinarians contend he might very well be a cross of Chow Chow and another long nosed breed. Medvebaka has the blue tongue consistent with the Chow breeds which originated in China. Shelter volunteer, Polina Kefer called the poor pup, ” a badly made chowchow.”

“Remember those pet markets where irresponsible breeders sell dogs pretending they are pure breed?,” Polina wrote. “Once puppies grow into something like this dog, they throw them out like a broken toy.”

Tragically, Medvebaka is in “serious stress” and volunteers have not had much luck trying to socialize him. Even when he was placed with a foster family, he never wanted to make friends with the family and repeatedly tried to escape. One owner who sadly had to return the dog to the shelter tried his best:

 ‘The dog hid inside an out door kennel and refused to come out. With his new family he was trying to escape. He hated the leash, and showed no interest whatsoever in making friends. We tried our best foods on him, but the dog is clearly so stressed that it might take weeks, if not months, to help him trust people again.”

The shelter has not given up on  this poor guy. Let’s hope the pooch can make some progress and start to trust again.

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(Photos screenshots via Polina Kefer)


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2-year-old pup lucky to be alive after witnesses saw her thrown onto street

Goldie is a two-year-old pup lucky to be alive. On Saturday, the tiny Chihuahua, with the radar-sized ears, had been thrown out into the middle of the street. No one saw who did it?

According to the Carson Animal Animal Care Shelter, Goldie will be available for adoption by midweek. Her PetHarbor listing states the following:

#A5137371 I’m an approximately 2 year old female Chihuahua. I am not yet spayed. I have been at the Carson Animal Care Center since 12/16. I will be available on 12/20. You can visit me at my temporary home at C316.

Chihuahua:  AGE:2 years
Female:  ARRIVED:12/16
AVAILABLE ON: 12/20
Carson Shelter – 310-523-9566
M-TH 12pm-7pm, F-SU- 10am-5pm
216 W Victoria St. Gardena, CA 90248

A Facebook page organized by volunteers for Saving Carson Shelter Dogs can be followed here. Share Goldie’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. Tragically, it is just hard to believe anyone could be so heartless as to throw this defenseless little dog into the middle of the street.

(Photos and video courtesy of Saving Carson Shelter Dogs)

Check out her  short video here:

 

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Pregnant Maltese dumped at shelter with grapefruit sized tumor

In another heartbreaking situation of neglect and abuse, a tiny white Maltese found herself at a high kill south Texas animal shelter this week because her previous owner didn’t want to deal with the grapefruit sized tumors on her belly. The dog, barely weighs 17-pounds; no one can even guess how long Lesli, had been carrying the tumors around as they oozed pus and blood.

Rescued on Thursday morning by Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, Lesli was rushed to the organization’s partner veterinarian hospital in San Antonio, and after her initial physical examination, came the shocking news. On top of all of Lesli’s serious medical issues, she is also pregnant and due to deliver her puppies within the week. Surgery to remove the tumors is not an option; that is until the puppies are born and possibly weaned.

“Obviously she’s had this tumor for a very long time, dragging it around and in the interim getting pregnant,”  stated Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC.

On Saturday, Lesli had settled into her foster home, however her condition demands 24/7 monitoring by an experienced medical staff.

“She has safely made it to her foster home where she will somehow give birth in the next few days. This is such a horrible situation, and we just cannot believe that poor Lesli has to continue this never ending nightmare. Giving birth while navigating an oozing tumor the size of a grapefruit with other tumors surrounding the largest one is so sad.

We wish it didn’t have to be this way for poor Lesli, and she could have had surgery to remove these nasty tumors and start her new life… She will be at the vet on Monday to monitor her condition,” Stacey added to the organization’s Facebook page updating the dog’s condition.

Please note, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC is in need of foster homes for two other pregnant dogs rescued within the last few weeks.

“We have 3 dogs that are pregnant right now, that we had no idea were pregnant when we rescued them 3 weeks ago from a kill shelter in Texas. We have secured only one foster Home for Lesli ( dog with tumor ) If you can open up your heart and home for these deserving dogs so that they can at least deliver their babies in peace then apply immediately. Go to http://rescuedogsrocknyc.org/ (Rescue provides everything you will need)

To help:

Go to
Http://rescuedogsrocknyc.org/
Pay pal
Donate@rescuedogsrocknyc.org

(Photos of  pregnant Maltese with tumor courtesy of RDRNYC)

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Beckley man caught on video kicking, dragging and throwing dog to ground

A Beckley, West Virginia man was caught on video abusing his dog on Friday. The Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office immediately responded ending in animal cruelty charges and the dog having been safely rescued.

According to the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office Facebook, Jerry Hommey III, 35, was caught on camera kicking his dog, dragging it by the neck, picking it up again, throwing the defenseless animal to the ground and then dragging it some more.

“A male subject was observed by a citizen abusing a dog. The dog was kicked, drug by its neck, picked up and thrown to the ground and drug some more before it was hooked to a chain. The incident was captured on video, and the video was provided to the Sheriff’s Office. The male subject was identified as Jerry Hommey III.”

A warrant was later issued for his arrest. In addition, Hommey has other outstanding warrants for other crimes.

The dog is currently in the care of the Raleigh County Animal Control.

(Photos of Beckley man caught abusing dog via video and Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office)

The video can be viewed here.

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Throwaway puppy nobody wants: Who can help ‘Pinky’?

The question continues to repeat itself over and over, yet the answer always seems to be fleeting. How can anyone allow their dog to get this way? Everyday, poor little Pinky’s condition deteriorated, yet her owners went about their own lives and never looked out for the welfare of an innocent puppy? Poor little Pinky roamed the streets trying so hard to survive.

And on December 15, Pinky arrived as a stray at the Polk County Animal Control in Winter Haven, Florida. Her Pet Harbor adoption listing states: “I am a female, brown Bulldog mix. I am a puppy. I have been at the shelter since Dec 15, 2017.” For more information about this animal, call Polk County Animal Services at (863) 577-1762. Ask for information about animal ID number A916716.

A Facebook page for Pinky can be followed here. Please note this dog can only be rescued by an approved animal rescue organization because of her health condition. Advocates have been pledging funds to help. According to information, there are several rescues interested in helping, however that has not been confirmed. Please note – no dog is safe until they are safely out of the building of any shelter. Pinky is currently on “stray hold” and cannot be released until next week.

“There are actually 3 already in, not sure who is first, but the pup will be released to rescued when her stray hold is up – which will be sometime next week. In the meantime she has already been given Bravecto, which has proven to work wonders as an initial mange treatment and has seen the vet and is on antibiotics and other meds, and being VERY well cared for by the shelter staff,” has been posted by shelter staff on Facebook.

More information to follow about Pinky as soon as it is made available.

For additional information, contact the Polk County Animal Services at 863.577.1762. (#A916716)

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Baltimore veterinarian charged with animal cruelty

A Baltimore veterinarian practicing at the Boston Street Animal Clinic faces several charges of animal cruelty after an investigation of several related complaints. On December 12, Gregory Burbelo, 57, was arrested and charged with animal cruelty, aggravated animal cruelty and witness intimidation.

According to the Baltimore Sun, on November 20, police responded to alleged animal cruelty complaints committed by Gregory Burbelo while working at the animal hospital. Investigators say videos were made available showing the vet hitting dogs with his hands or using a clipboard on three different occasions during the month.

Burbelo’s attorney stated his client had been having health problems which led to additional stress making him “very short tempered.” None of the animals were reportedly harmed. In the first incident, the vet struck a dog in the hospital with his hands. In the second reported act, he used his clipboard to hit another dog. The third incident happened in late October when a dog was also attacked while under the Baltimore veterinarian’s care in the hospital.

In addition to the animal cruelty charges, he also has been accused of threatening several employees if they reported the attacks.

Burbelo no longer works at the hospital.

(Photo of Baltimore veterinarian arrested via booking photo)

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Dog sitter beat dog, sprayed it with water and locked it in freezer

There has to be a special kind of hell reserved for a suspected animal abuser in West Monroe, Louisiana who had been a dog sitter for a friend and “mutilated” it. The accused is said to have injured the dog, sprayed it with hot water and then locked it the freezer.

According to MyArklamiss.com, Samuel Smith, 24, was arrested Thursday evening by the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Department who stated the owner of the Yorkshire terrier had left her tiny pup in the care of Smith at her apartment on December 13. The dog’s owner said she received a call from Smith that morning claiming the dog had left the apartment, and when the dog returned, there were injuries to the dog’s face, eyes and head as well as some of the dog’s fur missing.

The dog was rushed to an emergency veterinary clinic, and at this time it is not known if the damage to the dog’s eyes will be permanent.

When questioned by authorities the next day, Smith admitted to spraying the dog with  hot water in the bathroom and then putting the dog in the freezer for about 30 seconds. Remnants of the dog’s coat were discovered in the freezer section of the refrigerator at the owner’s apartment. Smith told police he didn’t like the pet, but had not meant to “mutilate” it and had just been “messing with the dog.”

Smith has been charged with aggravated animal cruelty and bond has been set at $5,000.

(Photos of Smith and the dog via screenshots MyArklamiss.com)

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Paralyzed puppy found in Brooklyn housing project dumpster

What happened to a paralyzed puppy, discovered thrown away in a trash bag in a Brooklyn housing project dumpster, is currently under investigation by New York Police Department detectives. Few details have been shared, but when the photo of the young dog, dubbed Hope, was posted on the Facebook page of Kristina Sembler  on Thursday evening, animal advocates immediately became involved hoping to help with the tragic situation.

Along with the heartbreaking photo of Hope, came Kristina’s first observations:

“You can’t help but hate people sometimes, and this is one of those times. Tom was just informed of a dog thrown away with the garbage at the Housing Project in Brooklyn. (He was told the dog moved its head.)”

Hours later, an update followed:

“update as of 3:00 a.m.- Because it’s an animal cruelty case, dog went to the ASPCA to see their veterinarian and be documented. Police gave Thomas Colwell all the info he needs to track dog’s progress and make sure that she doesn’t go to AC&C. A seasoned rescuer is also involved and wants to pull Hope, she will also be in contact with the ASPCA to ensure that nothing bad happens to this puppy. Once we find out more information, I will update this status again. Let’s root for Hope the puppy, we all want her to find the love and happiness that she deserves.”

Sadly, Hope was originally reported to have been bloodied and unable to move except for her head. She remains in the care of the Harlem ASPCA.

“…Hope is getting medical treatment …. Hope will not be going to the ACC. We all want her to know and love and happiness; no more abuse and neglect for her,” Kristina posted early Friday morning.

This is a developing story, and we will update as more information is made available as how to help Hope.

(Photos of paralyzed puppy Hope via Kristina Sembler and Thomas Colwell)

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Family dog shot in face by car thieves eluding police

In Dover, Florida, it is unknown if a family dog will survive after having been shot in the face protecting his family on Thursday after two strangers ran through the yard running from authorities.

According to WflaNews, Jim Ryans had been doing yard work at his home located on Blackjack Road with his three-year-old red-nosed pit bull named Roscoe, when the dog spotted two men running through the yard and went to the defense of his family. The men shot the pup in the face and kept running.

“Couple of young guys came running through and shot my dog in the head. I don’t know where they came from,” Jim stated. “I’m overwhelmed by it all. I couldn’t believe it happened like that.”

Ryans had no intention of letting the men get away with the heinous deed, and he chased them to a swampy area. Soon deputies from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office arrived to help. They were accompanied by K-9 officers who helped to apprehend the suspects, identified as Thomas Nolasco and Jonathan Lozada, who had been fleeing from authorities after stealing a truck.

AbcNews reports Lozada faces two counts of grand theft motor vehicle and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and one count of carjacking with a deadly weapon, robbery home invasion, discharged firearm from occupied vehicle, felon in possession of a firearm, carrying concealed weapon, aggravated assault with deadly weapon, and resisting officer without violence.

Nolasco is charged with grand theft of motor vehicle, resisting officer without violence and three counts of probation violation.

It has not been made clear if an animal cruelty will be added to the list of charges.

As of the last report, Roscoe had been bleeding through his nose. His condition remains critical. We can only wish and hope the dog survives. He is being treated and cared for at the Hillsborough  County Pet Resource Center.

(Photos of family dog shot in face via freeze shots AbcNews)

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