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Two men surrender to police in Maine in connection to brutal death of dog

Two men from Winter Harbor, Maine surrendered to police on Tuesday in connection with the brutal death of a family’s dog. Nathan Burke, 37, and Justin Chipman, 22, have been arrested and charged with burglary, theft, unauthorized use of a vehicle, aggravated criminal mischief and aggravated animal cruelty.

A press release from the Winter Harbor Police Department explained in detail what happened to Phillip Torrey’s beloved pug named Frankie. On August 26, the nightmare began after a break-in. Torrey notified police someone had entered his home while he had been out of town attending a concert. The burglars had stolen his Hummer SUV, damaged his vehicle and at the same time stolen his dog.

Photos of Frankie went viral, and everyone was on the lookout for the adorable pooch. Sadly, Frankie’s fate had already been sealed in the most despicable manner. The 30-pound Boston pug’s body washed ashore in Hancock on Thursday – he had been severely beaten and shot. Frankie’s tortured little body was discovered by the wife of Hancock County District Attorney Matt Foster.

“There is a special place in hell for someone who shoots a dog in the throat and then packs it in 5 layers of plastic and drowns it,” Foster wrote on Facebook. “I hope I get to prosecute you…”

In an evil twist, Torrey knows the two men charged with killing his dog; he was shocked. In a special tribute to Frankie and Phil Torrey, the Winter Harbor Police Department posted their sympathies for the loss. The former friends admitted to taking the vehicle and the dog, but contended Frankie jumped out of the car and ran away. Both men denied harming the dog.

After the Hummer was found, Frankie’s leash remained on the back seat; on the hood of the vehicle a bullet casing remained.

“The Winter Harbor Police send our thoughts and prayers to Phil Torrey and his family over the loss of “Franky”. We will continue to work tirelessly to bring this to resolution for you and our community.”

The family wants justice for Frankie. Who can blame them?

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Despicable dog fighting video shared on Snapchat under investigation

A Snapchat video, showing a despicable dog fight in action with a crowd of people in attendance, is now under investigation by the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office. The video appears to have been taken near Shadow Lane and Haynes Loop in Kountze, Texas on Sunday night.

 

The disturbing video and freeze shots have been shared on Facebook showing two dogs fighting inside of a makeshift wooden arena. According to Fox News, investigators are working on authenticating the video in order for it to entered as evidence stated Sheriff Mark Davis. Tragically, there have been no updates on the two dogs.

Anyone with information is asked to contact 833-TIPS (8477) or text “BMT” followed by your tip information to CRIMES(274637) from your mobile phone. A $1,000 reward has been offered for someone providing an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers of Southeast Texas.

Help bring justice to these dogs, and get these dog fighters into prison where they belong. Do you recognize any of these participants or viewers?

Bring some justice to those that can not speak. This is a developing story – more details to follow.

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Navy veteran accused of gouging out dog’s eye found guilty of animal abuse

A former US Navy sailor in San Diego, accused of gouging out a neighbor’s dog’s eye  and torturing other dogs was found guilty of animal cruelty on Friday. David C. Herbert was found guilty by a jury of 11 charges including animal abuse and vandalism; six of the charges were for felony animal cruelty.

According to the San Diego Union Tribune, in April 2017, Herbert went to the next door neighbor’s home of Maria Morales and tortured the family’s two Huskies; one dog lost her eye., but survived. The other dog  suffered acid burns both inside and outside of his body. The owners believed an intruder tried to force them out of their home. The family moved to another home, however the two dogs of the new tenants went missing one month later. One of their dog’s was found roaming the neighborhood. Police believe Herbert had injured or killed their other dog. Lala; the family’s nine-year-old golden retriever has never been found. That family also moved away.

Traces of Lala’s blood had been found inside of Herbert’s car as well as on the baseball bat he owned, however he has not been found guilty of beating the dog with a bat. When asked what happened, Herbert said the dog had jumped into his car and refused to get out, so he took her to a nearby animal shelter. He stated the dog had become injured and bled in his car when heavy items in the back of the vehicle slid into her.

During the investigation, authorities found Herbert’s internet searches included how to get a dog to drink antifreeze – a lethal poison which he purchased and left lying around his property.

 

Herbert represented himself in court. Including the animal cruelty charges, he was also found guilty of residential burglary and four counts of misdemeanor crimes for slashing the neighbor’s tires. He was sentenced to jail without bail and deemed “a clear and present danger” to the public. Herbert’s sentencing is scheduled for October 1.

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Owner charged with felony cruelty: Tragic update for starving dog ‘Finney’

In Cook County, Georgia, the dog dubbed “Finney” who was discovered severely malnourished at a home where deputies apprehended fugitive murder and robbery suspect, Caleb Day, died on Monday afternoon. Veterinarians worked for days trying their best to save the dog, but his physical condition had deteriorated too much for him to survive.

“We are simply heartbroken to have to post, our Finney has lost his battle,” posted the  Humane Society of Valdosta/Lowndes County “We got the call he was declining and we were rushing to be with him, but he passed away about five minutes before we got there. He was surrounded by the vets and staff. His little body had endured too much before we got him and despite how hard he tried; it just simply gave out.

To our Finney, you will forever be part of our hearts. You mattered to so many. We will continue to fight for you. We love you Finney. We will see you again one day at the bridge.

We will be sending Finney for an autopsy. We want any and every charge to stick that possibly can.

To say we are heartbroken is an understatement. We do apologize in advance if we are a little slow in responding. When you give everything and it still isn’t good enough, really takes it out of you.”

Charges against Finney’s owner have been upgraded to two felony animal cruelty charges. Ashley Hernandez, 31, was arrested on Monday at her home located on Gallie Lissimore Road. She originally faced misdemeanor charges until Finney died. On Monday afternoon, she was taken to the Cook County Jail and awaits her first court appearance.

Rest in peace Finney. We hope you find justice. If found guilty of two felony animal cruelty counts, Hernandez could face up to five years in prison.

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Teen fined $645 for punching and kicking woman’s ‘much loved’ dog to death

A 15-year-old boy was fined $645 for punching and kicking a woman’s “much loved” pet dog to death in a “prolonged attack”in St. Ives, Cornwall. In a two-day trial last month, the teen who was only 14 at the time, was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.

According to the CornwallLive,  Justice Diana Baker recounted how a 71-year-old woman’s loved dog named Teddy had suffered a fractured skull and multiple blunt force trauma to his head, neck and torso resulting in internal bleeding. The teen defended his actions telling the judge, on October 31, 2017, Teddy had cornered the boy’s pet terrier, and that’s when the teen had a “total loss of control.” The judge stated she did not believe the defendant’s account when he claimed he was trying to protect his own dog.

 “I have read a pre-sentence report which said a lot about your family background,” stated the judge. You are a young man who has lived with domestic violence for a long period of time that had an effect on your emotional well being and ability to deal with stressful situations, as did your cannabis misuse.”

In a victim’s impact statement to the court, Jacqueline Stevens, 71, the owner of Teddy, a Staffordshire bull terrier who had been described as extremely good-natured, stated she had raised the dog since he was a tiny puppy. The two had been inseparable, and he was killed just days before his ninth birthday. Jacqueline dreads just going to St. Ives now because of the terrible memories.

In addition to the fine, the boy is banned from keeping animals for the next three years. He was also sentenced to an 18-month rehabilitation order with 18 months of supervision and an eight-week curfew. Oddly enough, the family was able to keep their terrier.

Many thanks to the witnesses who stood up for Teddy – helping the dog get some justice. If you see abuse, make sure to report it.

Rest in peace Teddy. (Photo of much loved Teddy via previous handout)

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Jurors find man guilty of training dogs for vicious dog fight matches

After a one-week trial in a Manhattan federal court, a jury of five men and seven women found a Bronx man guilty of violating the animal welfare act and conspiracy for training dogs for vicious fight matches

On Friday, Rasheed Richardson, 29, charged with buying and training dogs to compete in fights to the end dogfighting matches, could be sentenced to ten years in prison. Jurors watched several videos of animal cruelty showing one vicious dog in training mauling another while that dog cried out in fear and intense pain.

Richardson had purchased the dogs out of state and trained them to be vicious and aggressive. He had planned to breed his own fighting dogs. In May 2017, police and animal rescue organizations searched the suspect’s Bronx home and found 11 caged dogs that had been kept in tight wooden kennels with small holes in the front so they could see the captive dogs next to them – a technique used to foster aggression. The dogs whined and cried – desperate to be freed. Another dog had been kept in a 55-gallon drum.

The ASPCA, the New York Police Department and the U.S. Attorney’s Office were able to bring Richardson to justice and shine more light onto the brutality of dogfighting. Of the 11 dogs rescued that day at Richardson’s home, five of the dogs were so aggressive, authorities stated they had to be humanely euthanized.

Rest in peace sweet dogs. We are sorry humans failed you.

If you see something that isn’t right, say something. It was a neighbor who complained about the constant barking coming from Richardson’s home that started the investigation.

(Photo of Richardson via screenshot New York Post)

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Jury sees disturbing video of dogs being mauled in accused dogfighter trial

In a Manhattan federal court on Thursday, jurors viewed a disturbing video showing an accused dogfighter keeping dogs in horrible conditions and showing a dog being mauled by another as one of the dogs cries out in pain and agony.

According to the New York Post, Rasheed Richardson, 29, has been accused of animal fighting and conspiracy. In May 2017, police and animal rescue organizations searched the suspect’s Bronx home and found 11 caged dogs that had been kept in tight wooden kennels with small holes in the front so they could see the captive dogs next to them – a technique used to foster aggression, the criminal complaint stated. The dogs whined and cried – desperate to be freed. Another dog had been kept in a 55-gallon drum.

Manhattan Assistant US Attorney Stephanie Lake told the court Richardson exploited the dogs for sport, money and entertainment.

“The defendant wanted to buy a fighting dog, a fighting dog that made its opponent scream in pain, a dog that tore at another dog’s neck relentlessly. That is because the defendant is a dogfighter, a member of a dogfighting conspiracy,” stated Lake.

Richardson’s defense attorney told the jury there was nothing criminal how his client kept the dogs nor was he training the dogs to fight. None of the dogs had scars and no money was found. The ASPCA humanely euthanized five of the dogs because of their aggression – one of the dogs attacked an ASPCA employee.

If found guilty of all charges, Richardson faces a maximum of ten years in prison.

(Photo of dog shown in accused dogfighter trial screenshot via NY Post)

Read more news on the National Pet Rescue page here.

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The cutest video you’ll see this week! Adorable otter has to cuddle her stuff in order to go to sleep – watch here.

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Search warrant served in investigation of ‘Cargo’ aka ‘Valerie’ from LA shelter

A search warrant was issued by the Los Angeles Police Department on Monday in connection with allegations of sexual abuse and battery on the dog “Cargo” aka “Valerie” adopted from the Orange County Animal Care in late July.

“A crime report has been taken and a search warrant has been served,” stated LAPD Detective Al Erkelens, the officer in charge of the Animal Cruelty Task Force.

Valerie had been adopted from the animal shelter by a Hispanic male; the dog had been spayed and microchipped, but the information on her chip led nowhere. On August 6, the dog was found dying in a South Los Angeles neighborhood after she had been thrown out of a car by two men. Ghetto Rescue FFoundation (GRFF), the agency tried to save Valerie.

“We know she was spayed and microchipped to a male Hispanic who we tried to contact once we found out she was chipped.  We were not successful,” the group wrote on their Facebook page.

An exam of Valerie’s body revealed vaginal trauma and blunt force trauma which resulted in her death after her aorta ruptured.

According to the OCRegister, Detective Erkelens stated investigations involving sexual assaults on dogs involves less than ten dogs a year; most cases are witnessed or someone tells someone about it.

“There are two possible crimes, bestiality which is a misdemeanor, and intentional injury to the dog that was meant to inflict pain, suffering or death to the dog. If someone did something to cause the aorta to rupture, that is a felony,” Erkelens added.

Rebel Dogs Rescue has offered a $2,000 reward. The A&T Napoleon Foundation animal welfare organization has offered $4,500 and Animalrescueteam.net has offered $2,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the responsible person(s) which caused the suffering and death of Valerie.

The shelter is cooperating with the investigation and states they will continue to screen potential adopters suspected or convicted of animal offenses.

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Canton man and girlfriend accused of skinning dog in horrific viral video arrested

Scott Anthony Winter, 46, was arrested on Wednesday and is accused of skinning his pit bull and uploading the horrific video to social media. The Canton, Ohio resident faces a felony charge of prohibitions concerning companion animals.

According to WkbnNews, Warren Police Department Detective Michael Altiere stated the incident happened months ago, although the video of the horrific act was only recently released on social media. The son, who owned the dog, wanted everyone to know what his dad and his girlfriend had allegedly done to his pet. It is believed the dog was dead when Winter, shown in the video,  stood over the dog hanging from a rope with a bucket underneath it to catch the blood and skinned it.

That home located on the 300 block of Crestmont Avenue recently burned down. The details of the fire have not been made available.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Winter remains in jail in lieu of a $50,000 bond pending a court appearance on Friday morning in Canton Municipal Court. In 2016, Winter was convicted of four counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty, but never completed his mandatory community service. In 2017, he was convicted of five counts for failing to register dogs and failing to have them vaccinated against rabies. With that conviction, he never paid his fine. Winter also has convictions of aggravated assault, breaking and entering. He was sentenced to probation and community service.

Winter’s girlfriend, Vicky Young, 32, was also arrested on Wednesday after police questioned her about animals that had previously been at the home. After searching the property, authorities discovered a skull and bones in a fire pit in the yard. She later admitted it was the skull of her missing dog that had been struck and killed by a vehicle. Winter burned the dog to dispose of its body.

Young  has been charged with falsification and appeared in Warren Municipal Court where bond was set at $3,500. She is prohibited from having any animals while the case is pending.

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Hero German shepherd who saved earthquake victims poisoned to death

The hero German shepherd who saved the lives of earthquake victims in Italy has been poisoned to death in the front yard of his own home. The terrible crime happened on Saturday.

According to the Guardian, Fabiano Ettore found his dog Kaos in the garden of his home. On Fabiano’s Facebook page, he tried to describe his emotional pain- stating his dog’s death left an “unbridgeable void.”

“I have no words. I can’t understand such a horrible act. He was alive at least until two o’clock in the morning, as I heard him bark,” he stated.

Both Kaos and Fabiano earned hero status when the three-year-old dog arrived in Armatice after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake in August 2016 caused mass destruction. More than 230 people lost their lives, but Kaos and his owner worked with rescuers for weeks saving victims of the disaster.

The Italian police are investigating the dog’s death. Animal advocates are calling for more stringent animal protection laws and want harsher punishments for anyone found guilty of animal cruelty.

In a tribute to his brave dog, Fabiano posted the following emotional tribute to Kaos. It has been shared more than 116,000 times:

“Keep up your work up there, keep looking for the missing and saving lives.”

Video:

Rest in peace sweet boy. We are sorry humans failed you.

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