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‘Obscenely vicious’ dog fighting ring busted: Abused and tortured dogs saved

Thirty-six pit bulls ranging in ages from one week to seven years have been seized in Wyandanch, New York; authorities called the breeding operation  as well as the conditions where the dogs lived, as “obscenely vicious.” More than half of the dogs rescued were puppies.

According to the Long Island News, the pit bulls were being trained and tortured for dog fighting rings. In September, the Suffolk police and the ASPCA removed dozens of dogs from two homes. On Thursday it was announced “Operation Bloodline” brought down the operation being run under the guise of a kennel. At a news conference, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman stated:

“Dogfighting is an obscenely vicious and cruel form of animal abuse that tortures animals and endangers the safety of the public. It’s barbaric, despicable, and illegal.”

As for the dogs, two had to be euthanized after they had been attacked by their mother. A third dog named Sophie had been so abused and tortured, no one could get near her and she had been a threat to anyone who tried to approach her. The dogs had all been chained and separated; none had any food or water and the ones suffering from bite wounds and other injuries had been left untreated. One of the dogs had a broken leg and another was emaciated. All of the dogs were covered in fleas, were filthy and had long nails – signs of having lived solitary lives and rarely off their chains.

Arrested were Richard Davis, 34, Martin Newkirk, 49, and Taikeem Wheeler, 26 for operating kennels out of their homes that were staging areas for dog fighting rings. Police also recovered dog fighting paraphernalia including breaking sticks to separate the dogs while fighting, heavy chains, weighted dog vests, treadmills and performance enhancing dietary supplements for the dogs, designed to increase strength and endurance as dog fighters. The three face  felony charges of animal fighting and animal cruelty.

The attorney for Wheeler denied all of the charges and stated the dogs were all personal pets including the dog Sophie who had been euthanized. All of the surviving dogs are currently in the care of the ASPCA, and it is hoped once they are healed, the dogs can be retrained and adopted.

Dogfighting is illegal in all 50 states. In New York, each charge can carry a maximum penalty of four years in jail and a fine of $25,000.

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3 teens accused of stoning a swan to death in Italy

Three teenage boys from Denmark, aged 16, 17, and 17, have been accused of killing a swan after pelting the animal with rocks during a school trip to Lake Garda in Italy.

“It was very violent and happened in front of a lot of people. So we want to make an example,” stated police officer Frnacesco Milardo in the town of Peschiera del Garda, reports the Local.

According to the police report, the boys had been walking along the lake when a swan hissed at them and puffed out its chest. With witnesses present and outraged, the boys threw stones at the swan and didn’t stop, even when the animal ran away and tried to hide in the tall grasses. The swan died as a result of its injuries.

A youth court in Venice has been informed of the incident, and it is expected Italian authorities will be in touch with the teens even though they have returned to Denmark. Animal cruelty convictions in Italy can result in prison sentences ranging for four months to two years, however it is unlikely the teens will receive such a strict sentence. More than likely, they will face fines.

Such examples of animal cruelty by teenagers send shivers up all of our spines.

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Finally: Singapore dog owner sentenced to 20 months in prison for animal abuse

Described as the stiffest punishment for animal cruelty yet in Singapore, the owner of two dogs was sentenced to 20 months in prison on Thursday for abusing his pets and abandoning them leaving them to languish in slow, painful deaths.

According to ChannelNewsAsia, the Agri-Veterinary Authority of Singapore stated Yeo Poh Kwee, 45, was given the maximum sentence of 18 months in prison on one count of animal cruelty and 12 months on a second count. Both sentences will run concurrently. In addition, Kwee was also sentenced to two months imprisonment for pet abandonment and failure to license the dogs. Kwee has been banned from owning any pets for a year after he is released from prison.

Last November, authorities were informed about the tragic case of a toy poodle that had died after sustaining critical injuries. Kwee claimed the dog named Brownie had been injured when his head became lodged between a water pipe and the wall in his bathroom. Further investigation into the case, revealed Kwee never took Brownie to a veterinarian for treatment which ultimately resulted in the dog suffering and dying.

One month later, Kwee’s other miniature poodle, Yoyi, was found dead in a staircase landing at the apartments located on Teban Gardens Road. Bloodstains on the walls, steps and floors indicated the dog had suffered grave injuries. An investigation uncovered Yoyi belonged to Kwee who had brought the dog to the apartment complex to abandon him. Kwee had the dog leashed and ran down the steps starting from the 38th floor to the 19th floor dragging Yoyi as the defenseless animal slammed against the walls, floors and steps. When he realized the hind legs of the dog had been bleeding, he unleashed the dog and went home.

When asked why he abandoned his dog, Kwee stated he had been stressed because his neighbors had been complaining about the dog’s barking while he was at work.

The AVA encourages the public to report all cases of animal cruelty through their 24-hour hotline at 1800.476.1600.

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Photos via the AVA.

Rest in peace Brownie and Yoyi.


 

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Haunting photos of ‘walking skeleton’ prompts rescuers quick action

Two haunting photos of a “walking skeleton” have become etched in the mind of Jackie O’Sullivan, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. On Tuesday, came a call from a rural South Carolina shelter, accompanied by the images of a dog with no fur and nearly every bone jutting out of his body, as he just stood staring at the camera, as if to say, “I want to live; will you help me?”

Possibly one of the worst cases of starvation volunteers have ever seen, the feelings and emotions evoked from the photos were anger, sadness, heartbreak, helplessness and despair. Nevertheless, this dog has survived  living in the most horrific conditions imaginable.  No one can change the egregious circumstances this dog has survived, however he has been rushed to the organization’s emergency veterinary hospital where he is being treated for his extensive medical needs.

“We can try to make him whole again and give him a great future, if he survives,” Jackie stated. “We have named him Elliott.”

There is no information on Elliott’s owner. The emphasis is the dog’s survival.

To help  save Elliott donate here:
Ways to Donate:
PayPal: donate@rescuedogsrocknyc.org
Website: www.rescuedogsrocknyc.org/donate/
Mail:
Rescue Dogs Rock NYC
PO Box 101
Gracie Station
New York, NY 10028

(Haunting photos of Elliott courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

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Update: Dog beaten, stabbed and stuffed in suitcase has died

In Hollywood, Florida, the dog who has garnered support from across the country after he was found stuffed in a blue suitcase with his paw sticking out behind an abandoned building has died.

Ollie, the one-year-old pit bull, died Thursday evening at the VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital. The devastating news has been posted on the hospital’s Facebook page:

“All of the staff at VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital are sad to confirm that Ollie the pit-bull, passed away last night at 8:30pm due to the trauma of his injuries. Our team of specialists, emergency doctors and staff worked for over an hour to keep Ollie with us. His body simply could not overcome the inflammation and damage to his body caused by his horrific ordeal.

The outpouring of love we have seen over the last few days in support of Ollie is an affirmation of the true goodness in people. Detectives are still investigating the crimes committed against Ollie in the hopes that the perpetrators of this grotesque brutality will come to justice.

We share in the mourning of this sweet and innocent animal that gave only love, even in the darkest moments.”

The medical staff performed CPR for about an hour when Ollie began to show signs of distress. Dr. Nicole Patterson, the vet at VCA stated the dog’s injuries were just too traumatic for him to recover, although the medical staff had remained optimistic until Thursday evening when his condition quickly went downhill.

The dog had been stabbed 50 times, beaten and stuffed inside a suitcase. Ollie underwent surgery Tuesday. He had another operation on  Wednesday to suture several wounds on his back.

“Thank you everyone who have responded and reacted to the wonderful media coverage about this horrific incident. We’ve received more than 400 emails and 75-80 phone calls asking for an update, wanting to foster/adopt or how to donate. We have reached and more than exceeded our goal for his vet care. So thank you all,” posted Grateful Paws Dog and Cat Rescue who stepped up to care for the dog after authorities reached out for help.

Anyone with information about who is responsible is asked to call the Hollywood Police Department at 954.967.4411 or Broward County Crimestoppers at 954.493.TIPS. The responsible person(s) could face up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine if found guilty of felony animal cruelty. PETA is now offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who hurt Ollie.

Rest in peace Ollie.

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A new life begins for Ollie – dog stabbed and locked in blue suitcase

Desperate cries from an abused dog led police to a suitcase behind an abandoned building in Hollywood, Florida on Tuesday morning about 1:00 a.m.. And there police spotted a dog’s paw sticking out of the blue hard textured suitcase. Ollie, the young pup had been left for dead.

The dog had been stabbed 50 times, beaten and stuffed inside a suitcase. Ollie underwent surgery Tuesday at VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital. He had another operation on  Wednesday to suture several wounds on his back according to his vet, Dr. Nicole Patterson.

“Thank you everyone who have responded and reacted to the wonderful media coverage about this horrific incident. We’ve received more than 400 emails and 75-80 phone calls asking for an update, wanting to foster/adopt or how to donate. We have reached and more than exceeded our goal for his vet care. So thank you all,” posted Grateful Paws Dog and Cat Rescue who stepped up to care for the dog after authorities reached out for help.

When Ollie is released from the veterinary hospital, the rescue organization is reaching out for some specialized assistance:

“#1: HE IS GOING TO BE FINE — He had a surgery yesterday to stitch up the wounds on his head (to the bone) and today had surgeries to address the wounds on his chest and torso. Another surgery may be necessary in a day or so.
#2: When he is ready to leave the hospital, rather than a foster home, we prefer to place him in an adoptive home. He will have to go back to Hollywood Animal Hospital for frequent bandage changes and follow-up visits, so we are preferring to keep him nearby. IF you are interested in adopting, please download our application: www.gratefulpaws.org.
#3: He is new to us – we do not know how he is with children, cats and really, other dogs. Right now, he is still pretty heavily sedated, so his behavior with dogs he meets at the hospital could be drug induced and not totally accurate – YET. And since we have no history on him, we will CANNOT place him in a home with small children.
#4: His tail was wagging this morning. “

Jan Milbyer, founder of Grateful Paws, stated in her 18 years of doing animal rescue, this was one of the most horrific cases of abuse she has ever experienced. Updates for Ollie will be available on the organization’s Facebook page. Anyone with information is asked to contact Hollywood Police at 954.967.4411 or Crimestoppers at 954.493.8477.

A GoFundMe fundraiser has been set up to help with Ollie’s medical expenses.

(Photos of dog discovered in suitcase via Facebook)

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Bloodied dog discovered stabbed and beaten locked in suitcase

Desperate cries from an abused dog led police to a suitcase behind an abandoned building in Hollywood, Florida on Tuesday morning about 1:00 a.m.. And there police spotted a dog’s paw sticking out of the blue hard textured suitcase. The young pup had been left for dead.

According to the Sun Sentinel, the bloodied dog had been severely injured with stab wounds to the top of his head and lacerations across his body. Miranda Grossman, a Hollywood Police Department spokesperson,   determined the dog, now dubbed Ollie, had been both stabbed and beaten. Police transported him to the VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital where he is currently being treated.

“Hollywood police are searching for the individual or individuals who severely injured a dog and left him trapped inside a suitcase,” Grossman stated.

Grateful Paws Dog & Cat Rescue in Fort Lauderdale have stepped up to help the one-year-old dog. A GoFundMe fundraiser has been set up to help with Ollie’s medical expenses.

“The general opinion is that he will be OK.  He is in the best care and best place possible with Dr. Patterson and the team of doctors at VCA Hollywood.  It’s going to be a long “sore” road for Oliver, but it’s all uphill from here.

Ollie has been turned over to Grateful Paws, and we are asking for donations to help cover his Vet bills –

AND… we are looking for a foster or adoptive home for him  for when he is released from the hospital.  Grateful Paws will be responsible for his follow-up Vet visits and meds, etc. but a hospital environment is never as good as a loving home for “healing”.  (Broward County)”

Updates for Ollie will be available on the organization’s Facebook page. Anyone with information is asked to contact Hollywood Police at 954.967.4411 or Crimestoppers at 954.493.8477.

(Photos of dog discovered in suitcase via Facebook)

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Teens arrested for beating opossum with baseball bat as they held it over a dog

In Summerville, South Carolina, four teens have been arrested in connection with the beating of an opossum with a baseball bat as its torturers held the terrified animal by its tail over a dog. The egregious deed had been recorded on video and then shared on Snapchat. 

According to the Journal Scene of Summerville,  David Lucas, spokesperson for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, said two adults and two juveniles have been charged with misdemeanor ill treatment of an animal. Those charged are Bethany Polutta, 18, and Austin Kizer, 19. The other two suspects involved are minors and have not been named.

An investigation began in September after screenshots of the animal abuse circulated online. Agency officials received still shots from a Snapchat video allegedly showing the individuals beating the animal inside a garage. There was such outrage at the intentional cruelty, Renate Hartland, a wildlife volunteer in Seattle, started an online petition addressed to Dorchester County Solicitor David Pascoe demanding the suspects be charged with felony animal cruelty which would carry a harsher punishment of at least 180 days in jail for the abusers. The Change.org petition, which has since garnered nearly 35,000 signatures, is asking for the more serious punishment than the misdemeanor abuse charge which carries a maximum 90 days in jail/$1,000 fine.

“The animal suffered repeated, persistent, merciless pain. The pain and suffering inflicted upon the opossum goes far beyond anything tolerable in a decent society. This is not ‘generic’ animal suffering, this is specific torture and torment,” the petition reads.

Opossums are not dangerous animals as long as they are not cornered. The marsupials help to eliminate snakes, rodents, insects and carrion. They are efficient at getting rid of ticks responsible for Lyme Disease.

A Facebook page A Light For Hope was developed – the tortured opossum  named “Hope,” urges the solicitor to prosecute the case.

“The first signature is as important as the last and every signature in between! The Petition is printed and on it’s way to South Carolina…….4.5 lbs worth of overnight mail! Beth Sparks will be hand delivering it to the solicitors office on Tuesday……..Monday is a holiday. Here it is……every single voice calling for justice for Hope…..from all around the world!
Our team thanks every single one of you for your support. Stay with us, this fight is just beginning.”

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Pulaski County man charged with burning his dog to death

A Pulaski County, Kentucky man faces charges of animal cruelty after officers from the Kentucky State Police stated the man burned his dog to death.

After a call from a concerned neighbor on Firday, authorities arrived at the home of James C. Calhoun where Trooper William Cowan found a dead dog behind the house. The dog had been burned. According to Kentucky.com, Calhoun came out of the house brandishing a pistol. After several warnings to drop the gun, Calhoun relinquished his weapon.

Calhoun, 40, has been charged with torture of a dog, first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer, tampering with evidence, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and trespassing.

It is not known why the suspect allegedly burned his dog. This is a developing story. More details will follow.

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Lawyer for suspected Puppy Doe abuser weighs jury opinion on his client testifying

In Dedham, Massachusetts and around the world, animal lovers have been waiting for more than four years for justice for a two-year-old dog, dubbed “Puppy Doe” who had been so severely abused she had to be euthanized shortly after she was found clinging onto life at a nearby playground.

Radoslaw Czerkawski’s trial is scheduled to begin later this month. Czerkawski has pleaded not guilty, and suggests youngsters drinking in the park where the pup was found, were responsible for the abuse.  Defense attorney Larry Tipton has asked Judge Kenneth Fishman, scheduled to be presiding as the October 24 trial begins, to poll prospective jurors if they would dismiss as untrustworthy the testimony of a witness with a previous conviction. According to the Boston Herald, Tipton wants to know if the jury is likely to believe a defendant was “most likely to be guilty of the offense they’re being tried for if they already had a previous conviction.  Czerkawski has been found guilty of larceny in 2015 for stealing from the elderly woman he had been hired to care for by the family’s children.

Czerkawski was sentenced to three to five years in prison for stealing $130,000 and to another three to five years for taking $4,500 from St. Lawrence Martyr Parish in New Bedford, where he had lived temporarily in 2012.

Czerkawski appeared in court on Thursday in chains. A Polish interpreter sat next to him. Tipton told the court he has not ruled out using a jury from out of the county if he felt a local jury couldn’t be fair based on the extensive publicity. More disturbing information surfaced on Thursday when it was revealed that Czerkawski had photos of  dozens of puppies, men with dogs and at least one animal cruelty image on his computer. 

Czerkawski faces 12 counts of animal cruelty, including the infliction of heinous injuries on the dog who was found in a Quincy park, close to where Czerkawski had been caring for the elderly woman in Quincy. Prosecutors stated Czerkawski had found the dog free of charge on Craigslist and spent weeks torturing the two-year-old pooch by stabbing her in the eye, burning her, pulling her limbs from the joints and slicing her tongue in half like a serpent. The despicable treatment was described as “medieval torture.”

Puppy Doe’s condition was so severe, veterinarians decided humanely euthanize the dog.

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