Former cop busted for cruelty when dead and starving horses are found

A former cop, with the New York Police Department, has been busted for animal cruelty after investigators found dead and starving horses on her farm in Goshen, New York. According to the Hudson Valley SPCA, their humane law enforcement team responded to the  Argus Farm after receiving a report about suspected animal cruelty.

The team’s findings at the farm were shocking – in four of the barn’s 18 stalls, decomposed bodies of horses were found. It is believed that the horses had starved to death. In one of the stalls, the body of an eight-week-old foal was discovered collapsed beside it’s mother in a nursing position.

One stall held a still alive, albeit emaciated, stallion who was standing over the remains of another deceased horse. According to the animal welfare agency, there was no grain, hay or water on site – the skeletal stallion had been attempting to eat the wood in his stall in a futile attempt to stay alive.

The person suspected of creating this cruel situation is identified as the farm’s owner, 48-year-old Jeanne Ryan, a former New York City police officer, reported NBC New York. 

Ryan is facing animal cruelty charges – she has denied the allegations against her, but could face up to a year behind bars if she is found guilty.

(Image via Hudson Valley SPCA)

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Police K9 unlatches gate to save deputy from vicious attack

A police K9 in Colorado recently took a bite out of crime – or rather, a bite out of a criminal. The three-year-old Belgian Malinois, named “Lex,” was with his handler on August 6 when things turned dangerous.

According to a release from the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, Lex was with his handler as the deputy responded to a trespass call in the early morning hours on the 6th. The deputy found the suspect, but the man ran during the questioning.

Lex’s handler jumped over a fence in pursuit of the suspect – according to the Denver Post, the suspect launched a brutal attack, hitting, strangling and biting the deputy.

A fence and closed gate were no match for Lex – the dog managed to open the gate to get to his handler. In short order, the suspect stopped his own biting as he was on the receiving end of Lex’s formidable bite. Thanks to Lex’s assistance, the suspect, identified as 25-year-old  Gabriel Steven Garcia, was arrested.

The deputy was injured in Garcia’s attack and had to be transported to a hospital for treatment – Garcia was transported to jail and he is facing multiple charges assault by strangulation, assault on a peace officer and attempting to disarm a peace officer.

Lex is being hailed a hero for saving his partner – Adams County Undersheriff Harold Lawson stated, “Our deputies view canine Lex as a hero for saving the day. We appreciate everyone in the K-9 Unit and their hard work to keep us safe.”

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Airport puppy killer is busted once again

A woman who drowned a defenseless puppy in a Nebraska airport bathroom back in 2015 has been busted by the authorities once again. According to WESH News, Cynthia Anderson was arrested on Thursday for a possible DUI.

Anderson, a resident of Central Florida, first drew the wrath of the public when she drowned a three-week-old Doberman puppy in the toilet of a bathroom at an airport after she was told that the puppy was too young to fly. Though Anderson was prohibited from owning a companion animal, she found herself in trouble again earlier this year after being caught with a dog.

The most recent incident involved Anderson allegedly driving drunk on U.S. 1 south of 442 – she reportedly failed her field sobriety test.

Currently, the woman is being held without bail.

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Man left pup inside of hot car – now he may be deported

For a half hour, while a man enjoyed a meal with his family inside of an air-conditioned restaurant in Lawrenceville, Georgia, a puppy was left to suffer inside of a hot SUV. According to WSB-TV Atlanta, a good Samaritan summoned the police who had to break out a window to the vehicle to save the puppy from dying from heat stroke.

Man may be deported after leaving dog in car

The puppy’s owner, identified as Freddy Dorantes, is now facing a charge of animal cruelty and he has been detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The puppy, who was taken to an air-conditioned area by the responding officer, is now at the local animal control.

The pup will be held until the courts determine ownership.

(Screenshot via WSBTV)


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Man who intentionally hanged a dog has been sentenced

A Washington man who admitted that he intentionally hanged a dog from a tree has been sentenced for his crime. According to Monday’s publication of the Olympian, James Leroy Evans, of Grays Harbor, will spend a year behind bars for killing a three-year-old pit bull mix named “Diamond.”

In a statement, Evans stated how (and why) he killed his dog in March 2016:

 “intentionally killed an animal by means of causing undue suffering. I hung a dog after it killed my iguana.”

Judge Carol Murphy also stipulated that Evans is prohibited from possessing any animals, or living in a home with animals, for five years. After the cruel killing of Diamond, a Facebook group (Justice (Just”Us”) for Diamond) was created.

The punishment for Diamond’s killer did little to appease her advocates. A post after sentencing reads:

A small group of us were at the status hearing at 1pm this afternoon to see if the trial of James Leroy Evans was still happening on the 14th of this month. In a surprise twist to everyone, including the judge, he decided to plead guilty right then and there. He gets one year in jail, not prison. A small amount of fees around $1000ish all told and 5 yrs with no animals.

We were dumb founded. Plus we were unprepared to deal with the emotional stress of reliving the horrible abuse and pain she suffered through. This brought it all home. Plus his lawyer got to tell Evans’s side to the story. All lies of course and no one got to hear the evidence we had against him and that she was raped and tortured. That was a hard one to take.

Diamond had been an emotional support dog for a child – she was temporarily staying with Evans while her owner sought permanent dog-friendly housing. A necropsy on Diamond’s body revealed that she had been “aggressively” sexually assaulted before her death.

(Image via Facebook group/Justice for Diamond)

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Man who hurled dogs from parking garage sentenced to prison

An Illinois man has been sentenced to prison time for throwing two dogs from the roof of a parking garage. According to the Chicago Tribune, 23-year-old Edward Hanania was sentenced to five years in prison for the cruel incident in May which claimed the life of one dog and severely injured another.

On Friday, after Hanania pleaded guilty to aggravated animal cruelty, Judge Colleen Hyland sentenced him to five years for the felony animal cruelty crime, in addition to six years for violating his probation on an “unrelated” drug conviction. The sentences are to be served concurrently.

The dogs that were hurled from the hospital’s parking garage were not even Hanania’s.  Oak Lawn police stated that Hanania falsely claimed he owned the two poodles after the dogs were found wandering the streets. 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.

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.

Animal welfare advocates who have been following this case are pleased by the outcome, and Oak Lawn police Chief Randy Palmer stated, “I would say that justice was served.”

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Body of partially burned dog found – authorities seek answers

The discovery of a partially burned dog, found in Davenport, Iowa, has prompted an investigation by the local authorities. The dog, believed to be a Rottweiler, was found by public works employees in the area of Miller Ave. and South Concord Ave. last Wednesday (July 19), reported Monday’s KWQC News.

A haunting Facebook post provides more sad details about the disturbing case of what appears to be animal cruelty. Facebook user Brandi Anderson wrote:

The garbage men called police who came and said the dog was obviously burned alive as you could see where the poor thing had been running while on fire.

WQAD News reported that animal control was called out to the location and no microchip was discovered in the dog’s body. Now the Davenport Police are hoping that someone will come forward with information. Anyone who knows something about this dog, or what took place, is asked to call (563) 326-6125.

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Authorities search for whoever shot dog point blank in the face

A dog, apparently shot at point blank range in the face, was found in South Bend, Indiana. Local authorities are searching for the person(s) responsible for the cruel act of violence.

According to the South Bend Animal Care and Control (SBACC), the chocolate colored, female pit bull was found on Saturday. She was suffering from “clear signs of abuse,” including a gunshot wound inside of her mouth – the bullet traveled into her shoulder.

Tragically, the injuries were determined to be too severe for the abused dog to survive and she was humanely euthanized, reported WSBT News.

SBACC is hoping that someone will recognize this dog and come forward with information that will help the authorities solve the crime. The animal-welfare agency provided information about where the dog was found:

Does anyone recognize this sweet girl? She came in on Saturday with clear signs of abuse and was located in the Medora/Wilber/Anderson/King street area

The agency added:

 A police report has been filed and ballistics will be run on the recovered bullet. We ask that anyone with information please contact us or SBPD reference incident # 17-105909.

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Friendly cat pierced through her upper body with razor-sharp arrow

In a heartless act of animal cruelty, a neighborhood cat was discovered on Sunday  afternoon with a razor-sharp arrow piercing her upper body. A homeowner from the San Antonio, Texas area near Valley Hi Drive heard a loud noise in her front yard, and when she went out to investigate found the critically wounded cat.  According to the press release from the City of San Antonio, the orange tabby identified as Maggie was rushed to an emergency veterinarian office for treatment, but had to be euthanized due to the extent of her injuries.

Animal Care Services spokesperson, Lisa Norwood, Maggie had been microchipped and had been seen by witnesses wandering in the neighborhood. The cat had recently been rehomed after her original family moved out of the area.

Authorities have received several leads as to the person(s) who committed this disturbing crime to a friendly and trusting cat. Anyone with information is asked to contact Animal Services at 210.207.7234.

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Heartbreaking cruelty: Cat found impaled by arrow

Police are searching for the person who impaled a cat with a sharp object and an arrow early on Wednesday morning. The heartbreaking cruelty was discovered by a hotel employee on the 800 block of Collins Court in Miami Beach, who found the yellow cat with an arrow through his head and another sharp object sticking out of his neck. According to Channel 7News, the frightened and fatally injured cat had been hiding under a dumpster.

The cat is one of four that live behind the Franklin Hotel on Collins Avenue and have been taken care of  by the hotel’s former owner who is now offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of  the responsible person(s). It was Georgio, a hotel employee who found the cat named Strush hiding.

“I hear, ‘meow, meow,’ so, over here, right here,” Giorgio said. “You see – look, look – you see the blood right here, right there. He had an arrow in the head.”

The cat was rushed to Dr. Rachael Johnson, a veterinarian at VCA Alton Road Animal Hospital. Strush suffered terribly as the arrow penetrated behind one of his eyes and came out his mouth. Rescue staff said the cat was non-responsive upon arrival. Sadly, Strush had to be humanely euthanized.

Miami Beach detectives are looking for the person or people behind the animal cruelty. Anyone with information is urged to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Help Strush find justice.

Photos of cat impaled by arrow courtesy of Miami Beach Police

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