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Man who taped Caitlyn the dog’s mouth shut sentenced for animal cruelty

On Friday, William Leonard Dodson was sentenced in one of the most disturbing animal cruelty cases ever presented in North Charleston. With Judge Markley Dennis, referring to Caitlyn’s torture as “hell on Earth” reported the Post and Courier, Dodson was given the maximum sentence for animal cruelty in South Carolina – five years.

“I’m not trying to be mean, but I wish I could give you more,” Judge Dennis told Dodson.

Although Dodson’s prison term will not be extended beyond the 15-year sentence on a federal gun and drug charges ordered on Thursday, advocates applauded the sentencing, stating the penalty sends a strong message to those who abuse and torture animals. The judge stated he would honor the prosecutor’s negotiations with Dodson’s public defender to serve the animal cruelty sentence at the same time as the federal punishment. During the hearing, Caitlyn’s story was told again as a crowd of animal advocates filled the courtroom.

The scar on Caitlyn’s snout is still very visible and few will forget when the dog was first rescued and brought to the Charleston Animal Society as Aldwin Roman, the director of anti-cruelty and outreach described how Caitlyn cried out in pain as veterinarians unraveled the electrical tape wrapped around her snout nine times. It is estimated the dog’s mouth had been taped shut for 36 hours. The dog’s veterinarian report described her muzzle as “markedly swollen with evidence of tape and her tongue as “significantly swollen, significantly bruised, discolored (dark purple) and oozing blood,” a court record stated. Dodson said he wrapped the tape around the dog’s mouth because she wouldn’t stop barking.

As to to the brightest part of the morning, was Caitlyn’s appearance as she happily ran around at the Animal Society chasing balls, appreciating the smiling faces of visitors and loving life.

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You can catch the entire video and reaction from the Charleston Animal Society below. Although there was disappointment that the five years Dodson was sentenced to prison on Friday morning wasn’t added on to sentence, but most are convinced that Caitlyn did find some justice:

Puppy’s leg amputated after suspected animal cruelty

An eight-month-old puppy had his leg amputated after the dog owner’s boyfriend became angry  after the pooch chewed up some of the couple’s belongings. According to the Moon Township Pennsylvania Police Department’s Chief Leo McCarthy told WpixNews, the puppy was just being a puppy and getting into mischief as puppies commonly do:

“The boyfriend was rather angry because the dog had torn the house up a little, like dogs do sometimes. Then he gave it an extremely powerful kick.”

The puppy, named Jinx, was removed from the home in Mooncrest last week. His rear right leg had been badly injured and was reported to have been broken even though the sweet puppy continued to wag his tail. Local animal rescuer, Jess Horvatin, was so angry about the apparent cruelty situation, she recorded a cellphone video of the abused puppy to make sure someone would be held accountable.

Sadly, veterinarians had to amputate the puppy’s leg, but he has already been re-homed and is reported to be recovering. Authorities state animal cruelty charges are pending although the suspect has not yet been named.

(Photo of puppy’s leg amputated via screenshot from WpixNews)

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Philly cop accused of dumping emaciated dog into trash

In a very disturbing incident, a Philadelphia police officer has been arrested for allegedly dumping an emaciated dog stuffed in a trash bag at a local park last November. According to the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Philly cop Michael Long, 33, was arrested on Thursday; the officer has been with the police force in the 18th District for 11 years. Long has been suspended for 30 days with the intent to dismiss

According to CbsLocalNews, Long dumped the three-year-old pit bull in Wissahickon Valley Park. He has been charged with one count of possession of an instrument of crime and one summary charge of animal cruelty.

On November 23, a woman had been walking with her own dog when she spotted an emaciated dog wrapped in a sheet and in a garbage bag with her head sticking out. The Good Samaritan contacted the SPCA. The dog dubbed Cranberry (because she was found near Thanksgiving) was brought to the shelter to receive veterinarian care.

“The dog had been micro-chipped, which led us to Mr. Long,” stated Pennsylvania SPCA Director of Humane Law Enforcement Nicole Wilson. “We found what we believe is the matching sheet in Mr. Long’s possession.”

When rescued, Cranberry was nothing but skin and bones and barely alive. She was administered life saving intravenous fluids and nutrients to save her life. Cranberry has since made a full recovery and has been adopted; she is living a great new life:

“She is currently living in a home in Malvern soaking up life as a couch potato very happy and most of her updated pictures come back exhausted by how happy she is,” stated Nicole.

Long’s arrest culminates an intensive investigation conducted by the Philadelphia Police Internal Affairs Unit. Hopefully Cranberry will get some justice. Sometimes, investigators just have to follow the evidence – no matter who might be involved.

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Dog’s face and the desperate look in his eyes plead for help

Chester is the tragic face of dog fighting. The desperate look in his eyes pleaded for help; surely the monsters who subjected this innocent victim to hell never cared. Surely the monsters who subjected this innocent victim to this hell never loved a dog. Odds are he was used as a bait dog.

And on Thursday afternoon, a rescue volunteer walked into a rural Texas shelter and knew Chester deserved more than an untimely death. From the moment the rescuer entered the dog’s kennel, he slowly approached her as he left a trail of blood behind him. For once in a long, long time, Chester felt a soft human touch, and then he slowly retreated back into the corner of his cage and began to lick and tend to his wounds. When contacted, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC stepped up; co-founder Stacey Silverstein explained the situation on the organization’s Facebook page. She could not refuse to help:

  “He had lived through this before, injured with puncture wounds from dog fighting. Chester was covered in blood. He was covered in scars. His body told us his past and through his eyes showed us his pain.”

Chester has been rushed in for emergency medical treatment. Let’s hope this poor dog survives. To help with this latest case of extreme abuse and cruelty, donations for the dog’s care can be made by clicking here or PayPal at donate@rescuedogsrocknyc.org.

(Photos of Chester’s face and desperate look courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC and Leslie Ysuhuaylas)

 

 

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Abuser of Caitlyn the dog sentenced to 15 years in federal prison

In Charleston, South Carolina, the man who committed one of the most heinous acts of animal cruelty to a puppy dubbed Caitlyn by tightly duct taping her muzzle so she couldn’t bark, eat or drink nearly two years ago, has been sentenced to prison for the next 15 years. William Leonard Dodson, 43, was sentenced  in United States District Court on Thursday, however on an unrelated charge. 

A press release by United States Attorney Beth Drake stated:

“Evidence presented at the change of plea and sentence hearings established that officers with the North Charleston Police Department initiated a traffic stop on Dodson and Dodson fled on foot. As Dodson ran from law enforcement, he threw a loaded Beretta 9 mm handgun, along with marijuana and cocaine, which law enforcement recovered after Dodson was apprehended. Dodson has multiple prior felony convictions, including four prior conviction for possessing of narcotics with intent to distribute.”

According to the Post and Courier,  Dodson’s sentence is the end result stemming  from the drugs and gun possession charges. Having a record of multiple past felonies, the 15-year sentence was the mandatory minimum term. His sentence is scheduled to be followed up with two years of probation. The charge carries up to life.

And now as to the animal cruelty charge, the Charleston Animal Society posted on their Facebook page, that a hearing will be held Friday morning in the case of Caitlyn:

“THE Animal Abuse Case Heard ‘Round the World:
~~~Caitlyn finally gets justice!~~~~
Friday, March 24th 10am
Charleston County, SC Courthouse
MEDIA ALERT: Caitlyn Abuser to be Sentenced in Court on Animal Cruelty Charges
William Leonard Dodson Sentencing Scheduled for 10am on March 24th

WHO: William Leonard Dodson, 42, of Quitman Street in North Charleston plead guilty to a felony charge of ill-treatment of an animal last August, for taping the muzzle of the staffie-mix female dog, Caitlyn, in May 2015.
WHAT: His sentencing for the plea will take place Friday, March 24. Dodson faces from 180 days to five years in prison and a fine of $5,000. Dodson also faces charges in unrelated cases involving drugs and weapons.
WHEN: March 23, 2017 at 10AM
WHERE: Charleston County Courthouse, 100 Broad St, Charleston, SC 29401
WHY: Justice for Caitlyn the dog”

The Staffordshire bull terrier’s story went global after she was found with her tongue sticking out and swollen in June 2015. The electrical tape had been wrapped around her snout nine times. During an investigation into Caitlyn’s egregious cruel treatment, a witness told authorities that Dodson had complained the puppy barked too much after purchasing her for $20. When the dog broke free of her chain, she wandered off and was found as a stray. During her rehabilitation, Caitlyn lost part of her tongue and underwent repeated surgeries to enable her to recuperate. The dog has since become the namesake for abused animals through the Charleston Animal Society; her fund pays for veterinary care for dogs involved in cruelty and neglect cases.

 

Dodson’s faces between 180 days and five years in prison along with a fine of $5,000.

Click here to see Caitlyn’s message from 2015. She has since been adopted and lives with her human family and canine pal Oreo.

 

300 dogs discovered frozen to death at Turtle Mountain

The tragedy of 300 dogs found frozen to the ground in Turtle Mountain, North Dakota has been shared hundreds of times from the Facebook page of Turtle Mountain Animal Rescue. The news, however doesn’t mean in anyway that the rescue organization founders, Keith and Kim Benning, were responsible for the deaths of the dogs. The couple drove around an area of land covering 31 miles and found 300 dead dogs as the spring temperatures melted the snow and the ice in their little section of the world.

“One of our volunteers from Grand Forks came up and I drove her around to show her the problem. Did we see dead dogs? Yes. Did we stop and count 300 that day? No. Did 300 dogs die this winter? Yes. I had several messages for stray mothers that had puppies under trailers in early December. The people that message did so because they cared. What I ended up with was 30 dead frozen puppies from various litters. Some were emaciated and a little older, and some were only a few days old. Mom must have gone out looking for food and the puppies couldn’t stay warm enough. That was on four trips from people that messaged. How many didn’t message? How many died in garbage piles and abandoned homes or trailers?”

According to Keith, who is a deputy in the area and Kim, an emergency room nurse practitioner, this sad state of affairs happens every year. Dogs that have not been spayed or neutered breed in the spring, summer and fall, and when the innocent litters are born, they quickly become sick, neglected and starved – thus freezing to death from lack of care. Although the rescue organization does the best they can to save dogs, they have no actual shelter and use their own home to nurse and foster strays with a little help from outside volunteers (thank goodness).

“I know this because we are the ones that do our best to deal with it… We turn dogs away every week because we just don’t have the room. We are the ones that decides who lives and who dies by who we have room to rescue,” continued Kim. “This is not a reservation problem. This is not a native problem. Anyone who thinks differently can leave the page. This is a geographical economic problem. We are the second poorest county in the state and have the highest jobless rate. It’s hard for people to find work when there…”

And as to the photo of the dead dog, his picture was posted as a reminder of a dog Kim loved when she was younger. His name was Snowy, and for this dog – she was there when his photo was taken:

“This one, what was his life like, how old was he, was he ever loved once, even for a day? Or did he somehow revert from domesticated back to his wild ancestor and only care about survival? Even then, survival is never a solitary thing; was anyone ever by his side, even for a day? I fear that what I imagine his life to be is actually much less harsh than the incredibly cold life he lived.”

Spring is upon Turtle Mountain again. Pets who have not been spayed or neutered will begin the reproductive cycle again, and next winter history will repeat itself. The solution is to rescue, surrender, spay and neuter. To help, please click here. Break the cycle and help those who cannot speak.

(Photo of dead dog from 300 dogs died at Turtle Mountain courtesy of Turtle Mountain Animal Rescue)

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Thailand sea turtle fed 11 pounds of coins by tourists died

A sea turtle in Thailand, who rose to Internet fame after veterinarians surgically removed 915 coins from her stomach, died on Tuesday morning. Named “Omsin” which translates to “Piggy Bank” in Thai, the beloved turtle had been expected to live after the surgery performed two weeks ago, but tragically passed away announced the Bangkok Post.

Omsin lived in a turtle pond in the town of Sri Racha where people would toss coins into her pond as a symbol to bring good luck – much like people have done in Trevi Fountain and ponds across the world. The problem with Omsin however – is the turtle had been eating the coins, and yes surgeons counted 915 of them to be exact. They had collected in a heavy ball that cracked her ventral shell leading to an acute infection. A seven-hour surgery followed as surgeons removed the coins one by one.

According to the Chulalongkorn University Facebook page, veterinarians thought she was well on her way to recovery from the March 6 surgery, but on Sunday morning the turtle began to breathe too slowly and was rushed to intensive care where an infection in her intestines was found. A second surgery was not successful.

“We are all very sad,” stated the Nantarika Chansue, the head of the aquatic animal research department. “We tried our best, but due to her physical weakness and multiple complications including toxicity in her blood system, she couldn’t make it.”

In Thailand, turtles are viewed as a symbol of longevity, and even though Reuters reports that vets are planning a necropsy to figure out her exact cause of death, why make it so complicated? How about people stop throwing coins in the pond for turtles to eat? How tragic and so easily avoidable – Omsin was only 25-years-old and could have lived to be 100-years-old!

(Photos of Thailand sea turtle Facebook via Chulalongkorn University)

Oh how stupid these mortals be!

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Cops keep beaten and abused puppy safe at police department over the weekend

In Manhattan, Illinois, police officers have a special soft spot in their hearts for dogs; especially for the defenseless. Over the weekend, the cops cared for a nine-month-old abused puppy which included feeding and walking her until animal cruelty charges could be pressed against her owner on Monday.

According to the Manhattan Patch, the puppy named Raven was brought into protective custody on March 10 after a witness saw her owner beat, kick and throw the dog to the ground. Police Chief Joseph Wazny stated the injuries to the puppy had been consistent with what the concerned citizen described, as the dog’s owner, Richard Winchell, 26, was seen abusing her.

On Friday, officers seized Raven, but were unable to meet with prosecutors or a judge until Monday, so the dog was made comfortable in a kennel at the police station after she was treated by a local veterinarian. On Monday, Raven was transported to the Will County Animal Control where she will remain until the case is resolved. It is hoped the judge will order the dog be turned over to a rescue group where she will be evaluated and be made available for adoption.

Winchell faces three counts of animal cruelty and is scheduled to appear in court on April 12.

(Photos of beaten and abused puppy and Winchell via Manhattan Police Department)

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Puppy tossed in dumpster with shopping cart thrown on top of her

In a heartbreaking case of animal cruelty in Peachtree, Georgia, a puppy was left for dead in a dumpster on Sunday. Christie Salois, the companion animal manager of Petco, found the pup in the trash bin behind the store – a shopping cart intentionally tossed on top of the dog to keep her from escaping:

“…I saw her in an aisle, tears streaming down her face and anointing a brown pup she cuddled, ‘I just found her in our dumpster,'” Christie told BullyWag Inc., the rescue organization who was immediately called to help.

Christie had gone outside in the morning, and when she opened the door to the garbage receptacle saw two tiny  dark eyes looking up at her. The puppy’s left eye had a huge red wound. And immediately the woman scooped the pup up into her arms and called the Sharpsburg area rescue for help. At the time, however Steven Cartwright, a volunteer with BullyWag had been at Petco with a greyhound rescue:

“Let’s put the pup in a pen next to the greyhound group. Maybe someone will want her,” and from there the puppy had “an unceasing flow of folks playing with her, showing kindness only minutes after such evil was done to her,” the rescue group posted on their Facebook page.

BullyWag has named the adorable pooch Christy – after the person who rescued her. The pup appeared quite healthy, however her eye has a severe injury, and it is not known if she may lose that eye in the future. For now, the affectionate pup is headed to a foster home and if her health checks out, the one-year-old puppy will be available for adoption.

BullyWag, Inc. I’m sharing my post about Christy the Petco dumpster dog. Petco is a good friend of Bully Wags. And this act was vile; as an APD detective, I’ve investigated crimes done by sick minds & this particularly bothers me for a few reasons: the perp chose a pet store dumpster, but not in hopes of her being found alive because they threw a shopping cart on her, trapping & concealing her. We need to be vigilant if this SOB strikes again.”

Anyone with information about this act of animal cruelty is asked to notify authorities. To help with Christy’s eye surgery, donations can be made here. (Photos of puppy tossed in dumpster from BullyWag,Inc Facebook.)

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Outrage on Chinese social media as live rabbit left hanging behind vehicle

A motorist in Kunming, an area located in Southwest China, was both surprised and upset after seeing a live rabbit  swinging back and forth from the back of an SUV. The photos quickly circulated through China’s social media with viewers trying to decide if the act was more animal cruelty or an attempt for the driver of the car to hide his license plate.

According to the Shanghaiist, most web users were disturbed over the apparent animal cruelty, however some of the wry humor left readers disgusted and irate. Comments ranging from the man “tenderizing the bunny” or “mixing exhaust fumes adding to the taste of the meat” were met with angry comments about the man in the car being intentionally cruel to a defenseless animal and making the bunny suffer egregious fright and pain.

“The driver should be hung from the back of a big truck to let him see how it feels,” stated one reader commenting on the disturbing photo.

Perhaps to add insult to injury, noting the lack of concern and callousness of authorities as to animal cruelty, was the report to the Kunming Police who stated they had launched an investigation as to the incident, however officials were only concerned with the driver covering up his license plate. Obviously animal cruelty has no limits in Kunming. There have been no updates on the condition of the bunny or even if he survived the abuse.

(Photo of live rabbit hanging from SUV via Shanghaiist link of photos via social media)

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