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Florida man poisoned, beat, shot and suffocated 3-month-old puppy

In Defuniak Springs, Florida, police arrested a man who allegedly poisoned, beat, shot and eventually suffocated a three-month-old puppy to death and threw its body in the woods. Roquan Willis, 19, was arrested on Friday night and faces multiple felony animal cruelty charges.

According to a press release by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a complaint about a dead puppy lying on a shower curtain in the woods located near Princess Drive. Willis admitted he had first tried to poison the puppy with chocolate alcohol, and the following morning when the dog was still alive, Willis smashed its head multiple times against a ceramic sink. Again, when that didn’t work, on Thursday he shot the pup eight times in the head with a pellet gun, and finally smothered it to death using a plastic bag over its head.

Willis wrapped the pup in a shower curtain and left its lifeless body in the woods.

Willis remains in jail in lieu of $10,000 bond and has been charged with four counts of felony animal cruelty.

(Photo of suspect who poisoned, beat, shot and suffocated puppy via Walton County Sheriff’s Office)

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Elderly dog at animal control

 

Chinese school kids torturing dog in graphic video sparks online outrage

Authorities in eastern China are looking for at least two school children seen in a graphic video circulating online showing a dog being tortured to death. The incident occurred in Xuzhou on Thursday night. The children appear to be teenagers, but at least one of them is younger.

According to the South China Morning Post, the heartless kids are shown repeatedly beating and kicking a small black dog while the defenseless pup cries out in terror and pain. The horrific torture continues as one of them pours oil on the dog and sets it on fire.

“We’ll stamp you out … crush you … torture you to death,” the kids repeatedly yell in the two-minute video.

The 13th Middle School of Xuzhou City has confirmed the children seen in the video are students at the school and have since expressed their regret for the situation and state they also have launched an investigation.

China has no laws to prevent animal cruelty, and the growing online rage seems to be a significant signal to the government something has to be done to address the egregious problem.

“Regardless of if you love dogs or not, torturing animals is cruel. These kind of students are cold blooded animals,” one person wrote on social media.

(Photo of authorities searching for school kids involved in graphic video showing torture of dog via SCMP screenshot)

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Teens charged for beating possum and her babies to death with a bat – read more here.

 

Teens charged with killing mother opossum and babies with baseball bat

In a horrific act of animal cruelty in Marietta, Georgia, two teens have been charged with killing a mother opossum and her four babies using a baseball bat and chemicals.

According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Rocquavious Williams, 19, and an unnamed 16-year-old male were arrested Wednesday after posting a Snapchat video of them killing the opossum at one of the teen’s home in Kennesaw. Another student turned the video over to authorities, and a warrant was issued.

The teens, both students at North Cobb High School, are alleged to have repeatedly hit the possum with the baseball bat and then poured a mixture of bleach and ammonia over the four joeys [baby possums] that had been pulled off their mother and trapped in a box. The torture of the animals was said to have taken place in early April. Police have called this one of the most disturbing cases they have seen.

Both teens face five counts of aggravated animal cruelty. Williams has also been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Williams’ bail was set at $22,200; he bonded out the day after his arrest.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call 770.590.5638.

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Five people charged with using baby fox cubs to train hunting hounds

In an investigation that has been ongoing since 2016, five people have been charged with animal cruelty after undercover video showed baby fox cubs brought into a kennel of hunting hounds in Herefordshire, England. The video also shows a man dumping a dead fox cub in a trash container.

According to the BBCNews, footage secretly videoed at the South Herefordshire Hunt by the animal welfare organization, Hunt Investigation Team showed what has been called the “true face of hunting.” In the video, the sounds of howling and barking from the shed could be heard. Shortly after, a man could be seen carrying a dead fox cub. The anti-hunting supporters believe the men in the kennels raising the hunting dogs were training the dogs to see foxes as prey and using the cubs as practice. A few of the foxes were reported to have been rescued.

Three men and two women ranging in ages from 29 to 54 are expected to face multiple charges of animal cruelty. The five people are scheduled to appear in court on May 15.

“Cases of animal cruelty are treated very seriously by West Mercia Police and we actively seek to protect animals from cruelty and to prevent their suffering,”  stated Detective Inspector Jonathan Roberts.

Animal cruelty investigators were relieved to finally see action.

“Hunt Investigation Team”
“We have had to fight for this all the way.

It has taken the police two years to produce these charges and there will be much more on that to come.”

(Photo of shed where fox cubs were abused via Hunt Investigation Team)

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Dolphinariums banned in Mexico City


Woman charged after dead pets found locked away in rooms of house – read more here.

Woman left pets to starve to death

 

Kansas man stabbed dog to death ‘because he was blind’

Authorities in Kansas City, Kansas charged the owner of a dog with animal cruelty after the man stabbed his dog to death. John Caffrey, 43, killed his dog on Tuesday telling neighbors the dog was murdered “because he was blind.”

According to KctvNews, Kansas City Police arrived at Caffrey’s home after a neighbor spotted the man taking the dog into a wooded area behind his home and when he returned the dog was not with him.

On social media, one person gave his opinion:

Not that I’m defending him and I have 3 dogs myself. How old was the dog? What was it’s (sic) health like besides being blind? The last old dog I had to put down cost $100. Maybe he didn’t have the money. Could be other circumstance that this article says nothing about except “To enflame “ people.”

The comment quickly grew more criticism than apologies with most people outraged by anyone taking a companion animal’s life without any regard for the law. Caffrey has been charged with felony cruelty to animals – malicious torturing or killing.

(Photo of man who stabbed his blind dog to death via Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office)

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“Bag of bones” dies after being abandoned at a park – read the story here.

Bag of bones abandoned at park

 

Man stabbed and strangled 14 cats and 2 dogs before setting house on fire

In Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, a man has been charged with killing 14 of his cats and two dogs before setting his home on fire. Ronald T. Vancosky, 41, has been charged by the Carbonale Police with arson and animal cruelty.

According to the Times-Tribune, the suspect has a history of mental illness and suffers from schizophrenia. He allegedly strangled and stabbed the animals because he believed they had all been infested with mites and that was the only way to stop it. After he is  set the house on fire, neighbors spotted him walking down the street in a dazed condition.

A police report states the suspect had canceled having lunch with his wife and stayed in the house – stabbed the animals, poured gasoline on a pile of brush and branches he collected; including pouring gas on his wife’s bed and clothing. He then lit the fire and walked away.

When interviewed by police, Vancosky admitted what he had done and stated he killed the pets so they wouldn’t suffer. Vancosky has been charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, arson endangering persons, aggravated arson, and arson and related offenses.

(Photos of man accused of killing pets and setting house on fire screenshot via Times Tribune)

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Prison time ordered for woman who pleaded guilty to animal cruelty -read more here.

 

Teens post disturbing video killing baby duck with a rock

In Las Vegas, Nevada, a disturbing video posted on Friday to social media showed three teenagers appearing to have killed a baby duck with a rock. The violent video has caused outrage and a demand for an immediate investigation and appropriate charges against the youths involved in this alleged animal cruelty.

According to LasVegasNow, the teens are sophomores at Green Valley High School. Henderson Police are investigating after another student reported the video to authorities. The three students involved in the heinous act had supposedly stolen the baby duck from its mother and tortured it to death.

Childhood cruelty to animals is often the first warning sign of later delinquency, violence and criminal behavior.

The video can be viewed on LasVegasNow news site here.

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Prison time ordered for woman who pleaded guilty to animal cruelty -read more here.

 

Starved and beaten, bait dog left to die has strong will to survive

On Thursday evening, Shawn Wise and her ten-year-old daughter found a dying dog lying on the roadside in Prichard, Alabama. Although she reached out for the local police and the local animal control, no one responded. When Shawn went public on social media on her Facebook page, animal advocates began to reach out.

 

By nightfall, the dog was receiving veterinarian care at Medvet, located on Government Street. Dubbed Miracle and despite whatever atrocities the dog had endured, his sweet and gentle disposition surpassed his horrible and painful injuries.

Video #1 of Miracle’s injuries when he arrived at veterinary hospital:

Shawn has five dogs at this time and was not prepared to take on the financial burden, but she stated neither her heart nor her soul could allow her to leave the dog on the side of the road to die.

“He is at MedVet. The bill is up to $2500 right now,” Shawn wrote. “I have to pay $700 tonight. They think they can save him, but he will not be ‘pretty.’ He did not make a move when Dennis picked the maggots off of his face. I have cried to the point I am out of tears.”

Miracle’s veterinarians are convinced the dog had been used as a bait dog, and he is expected to need extended care.

“My ten-year-old daughter was there when we found him, and she named him Miracle. It would mean the world to me and my family for this dog to live and be an example of why animal cruelty must come to an end. In the event donations exceed Miracle’s vet bills, donations will be donated to the Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) for another sweet pup with extraordinary needs,” Shawn wrote. (Make sure to reference Miracle)

By Friday morning, Miracle was already showing signs of recovering. His face is still being cleaned and one of the wounds on his leg will require stitches.

 

More news to follow as this sweet dog hopefully makes a complete recovery. Get well soon Miracle.

Support the GoFundMe account for Miracle here.

(Photos and video by Shawn Wise and Fox News)

 

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Prison time ordered for woman who pleaded guilty to animal cruelty -read more here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extradited vet accused of implanting liquid heroin into puppies

A veterinarian, extradited to New York City, pleaded not guilty in court on Tuesday to  implanting liquid heroin into puppies for a Colombian drug trafficking ring. Andres Lopez Elorza, 38, arrived at JFK airport on Monday afternoon.

 

According to KhqNews, Elorza had been arrested in Spain in 2015 and extradited to the United States. He has been charged with conspiring to import and distribute heroin. Authorities in the United States allege Lopez, a Venezuelan veterinarian, alluded capture for ten years before he was arrested in 2015 trying to smuggle heroin into the United States by “sewing” the drugs into puppies.

 

In 2005, Elorza had been working at a clinic in Medellin, Colombia when police found 6.6 pounds of heroin implanted into several Labrador, Basset hound and Rottweiler puppies. The dogs were rescued, but three of the puppies died from infections as a result of the implant surgery.

“Traffickers will go to great lengths,” stated DEA Special Agent in Charge James Hunt. “These guys are evil geniuses in ways to think and hide the drugs, secret them. This case was exceptionally heinous.”

The drug traffickers, whose distribution network went from New York City to Miami, used multiple methods to move the heroin – the puppies just being one of their evil schemes.  The seven  surviving puppies were adopted to families in Colombia; one of the dogs, Heroina, a Rottweiler,  became a drug  sniffing dog for the Colombian police.

 

“As alleged in the indictment, Elorza is not only a drug trafficker, he also betrayed a veterinarian’s pledge to prevent animal suffering when he used his surgical skills in a cruel scheme to smuggle heroin in the abdomens of puppies,” stated United States Attorney Richard Donoghue.

If found guilty, Elorza faces a mandatory prison sentence of ten years and possibly imprisonment for life. Let’s hope so.

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Drunk man beat his girlfriend’s small dog – read more here.

 

 

 

Woman who pleaded guilty to 21 counts of cruelty sentenced to prison

In Blount County, Tennessee a woman who pleaded guilty to 21 counts of Class E felony charges of aggravated animal cruelty was sentenced to six years in prison on Monday. Amy Renea Robertson’s sentence will include 120 days in the Blount County Jail and supervised probation.

According to WjhlNews, the ten diseased and 11 malnourished animals were found in January – both dead and severely malnourished. The pets had been abandoned inside of Robertson’s home and left with no care, food or water. Investigators found dead animals that had died in their cages as well as other pets roaming around the home. Six dead dogs and three dead cats were believed to have perished from dehydration, starvation and the cold. The surviving  animals had been eating the flesh of the dead in order to stay alive investigators reported.

In addition to jail, Robertson will be required to repay $4,000 to an animal shelter, complete a psychological assessment and is banned from ever owning any animals for life.

(Photo of woman who pleaded guilty to 21 counts of animal cruelty via Blount County Sheriff’s Office)

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Drunk man beat his girlfriend’s small dog – read more here.