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Tragic turn in case of Dexter, the pardoned pit bull

Dexter, a four-year-old pit bull, whose family fought hard to save him from being euthanized by the court has died. Although he was pardoned by the Berrien County, Michigan court, he died because of poor judgment on the part of the kennel where he was in boarding.

Dexter’s case started August 23, 2017 while he was in his family’s yard in Niles, Michigan.  On that day, the neighbor inexplicably came into the yard and attempted to untie Dexter and take him into her own yard. The neighbor then filed charges claiming the dog attacked her, her son and her puppy. However, there were no traces of blood or physical signs of a fight.  Despite this lack of evidence, Berrien County District Court Judge Dennis Wiley sentenced the dog to death.

But Dexter’s owner, Donald Schaffer was not going to let his dog be killed without a fight. He enlisted the aide of attorney Celeste Dunn who filed a motion to reconsider.  Attorney Dunn found a lot of falsehoods in the sentencing.  Although the dog was defined as dangerous by law, he could not be put to death based on the Michigan Dangerous Animal Law because he did not kill or seriously hurt a human. Judge Wiley denied the motion to reconsider, so a motion was filed for an appeal hearing which took place in early February.

In the interim, an outpouring of love and support from all over the globe arrived in the form of a petition garnering 4,583 signatures to spare the dog’s life as well as a fundraiser to get him out of the county animal control into a boarding facility where his family could visit him, and he would be given fresh air and exercise. Dexter was moved to the Paws and Claws Kennel in October 2017 where he was a model tenant. The staff loved him and never had any problems with him. They could not understand why he was being deemed aggressive.

On February 8, 2018, Dexter’s case was settled in court in front of a different judge than Judge Wiley.  The decision was to spare his life although he would have a dangerous dog label. Donald Schaffer could not bring his dog home until the neighbors moved or Donald found a new place to live.  That was the stipulation of the settlement. So, Dexter stayed at Paws and Claws Boarding Kennel.  Two weeks before Donald Schaffer and his family were set to move into their new home with their beloved dog, an incident occurred at the kennel that cost this dog his life.

On April 24, 2018, a kennel worker put Dexter into a run next to two boxers that did not get along. The two dogs attacked Dexter, and he retaliated by grabbing one dog by the lip through the fence. The workers hit Dexter with a hammer three times to get him to let go. Now, it was known that these two boxers had given Dexter problems in the past, so why were they placed where they all had access to each other? Also, because of his dangerous dog label, Dexter was supposed to be supervised around other dogs. But because he was deemed dangerous and this incident occurred, he had to be put down.

No matter how you look at it, it’s a tragedy.  Thousands of people supported Donald Schaffer and his fight for his dog; money and time were spent to get Dexter’s death sentence overturned and still the outcome was the same.  Dexter is dead; two weeks before he was to go to his new home. All of this could’ve easily been avoided. The kennel staff knew Dexter could not be around other animals, and if he was, he needed to be supervised, yet these rules were not followed.

Now another pit bull is dead, and a family is heartbroken, never to recover.  R.I.P Dexter. Your suffering is over. Your family fought the good fight for you.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

 

City council sends letter to ‘menacing’ dog owners to muzzle pets inside own homes

Christchurch is a city found in Canturbury, New Zealand, and dog owners are enraged after a letter was sent to pet owners stating that dogs that are classified as “menacing” must be muzzled inside of their owners’ homes. Yes, you read that correctly; the Christchurch City Council sent the letter reminding dog owners of their legal obligations and to avoid “legal repercussions.”

According to the NewZealandNews, the letter followed after a recent increase in dog bites and attacks. Christchurch City Council states they have the legal authority granted through the 1996 Dog Control Act to ensure regulations are being followed.

“A dog is classified as menacing either by breed (set by legislation) or if they have attacked or shown aggressive tendencies. Section 33E sets out the obligations of a dog owner whose dog is classified as menacing. The owner of a menacing dog must not allow the dog to be at large, or in a public place, or in a private way, without being muzzled.”

The Council has interpreted the legislation clarifying “at large” to mean when the dog is not tethered, unchained or unconstrained even if it’s in the owner’s home or on his property – regardless if the property is fenced. The only exceptions would be when the dog is properly constrained inside of a cage or a vehicle, but must be prevented from biting.

The letter was sent to 159 owners of dogs classified as “menacing” by breed. The owner of Christchurch Bull Dog Rescue, Abbey van der Plas, says the council has no authority to enter people’s homes to check on dogs muzzled. She also claims this is in direct violation of the Animal Welfare Act.

” A dog’s natural behavior is to clean its self, is to drink water when it needs to. A dog’s nose and muzzle are its arms and legs, and if I tied your arms and legs behind your back and told you to live a functioning life, you would have some questions for me,” Abbey wrote on the rescue’s Facebook page. “It’s not just the pit bulls they are saying have to be muzzled. It’s not just a pit bull issue; it’s breeder relevant. This could be anybody’s dog that’s forced to wear a muzzle in its own home 24/7.”

Breeds included in the muzzling legislation include the Brazilian Fila, American Pit Bull, Dogo Argentino, Peirro de Presa Canario and the Japanese Tosa.

Most people do not believe the muzzle rule will reduce the number of dog attacks, since it is more often the owner to blame for problem dogs, and these are the people who wouldn’t muzzle their dogs anyway.

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For residents of Christchurch, contacts are listed:

“BE THE VOICE FOR OUR DOGS – Below are the email addresses of every Councillor from every ward of the Christchurch City Council. These are the people we elect to stand for us. They represent the people of Christchurch. I urge you to contact your local representative and let them know how you feel about the Christchurch City Animal Managements policy regarding menacing dogs.

Riccarton – vicki.buck@ccc.govt.nz
Hornby – jimmy.chen@ccc.govt.nz
Halswell – anne.galloway@ccc.govt.nz
Harewood – aaron.keown@ccc.govt.nz
Waimairi – raf.manji@ccc.govt.nz
Papanui – mike.davidson@ccc.govt.nz
Fendalton – jamie.gough@ccc.govt.nz
Spreydon – phil.clearwater@ccc.govt.nz
Cashmere – tim.scandrett@ccc.govt.nz
Central – deon.swiggs@ccc.govt.nz
Heathcote – sara.templeton@ccc.govt.nz
Banks Peninsula – andrew.turner@ccc.govt.nz
Coastal – david.east@ccc.govt.nz
Burwood – glenn.livingstone@ccc.govt.nz
Linwood – yani.johanson@ccc.govt.nz
Innes – pauline.cotter@ccc.govt.nz

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California man accused of stealing and burning his mom’s pit bull – read more here.
Man accused of burning his mother's pit bull

 

Defendant in Puppy Doe trial claims dog was abused by someone else

As the Puppy Doe trial in Dedham, Massachusetts continued on Thursday, the defendant Radoslaw Czerkawski’s defense attorney, maintained his client’s innocence against torturing the two-year-old pup in his Quincy home during the summer of 2013. Czerkawski contends the dog ran away shortly after he purchased her off of Craigslist, and it was someone else who tortured and abused the dog.

According to the Patriot Leader, Prosecutor Gregory Connors addressed the court in his opening statement outlining the case against Czerkawski, who at the time had been caring for a 95-year-old woman. It was on June 8, when Czerkawski bought the pit bull puppy named Kiya. On August 31, the puppy was found in a nearby park with egregious injuries – so severe the puppy cried in excruciating pain even when veterinarians tried to take radiograms to determine the dog’s injuries. It was later decided, humane euthanasia was the only alternative. The dog’s necropsy revealed she had various injuries in different stages of healing suggesting an extended length of abuse and torture.

When authorities investigated where Czerkawski lived with the senior woman, Janina Stock, they found evidence of Puppy Doe’s blood.

Larry Tipton, defense attorney for Czerkawski, stated the dog ran away and someone else abused Puppy Doe. According to  Mr. Tipton, the defense will bring forth a witness who stated he saw a dog that looked like Kyra in different parts of Quincy.

As the trial proceeded, the witnesses who discovered Puppy Doe testified. They said the dog had been lying in the middle of a small side road, and when the driver beeped his horn, the dog didn’t move. That’s when the couple checked on the dog and saw the extent of her injuries describing her as “all skin and bones.” The couple took Puppy Doe to their home and cared for the sweet dog until Animal Control came and rushed her to an emergency veterinarian.

Czerkawski is currently in prison for stealing from the old woman as well as a nearby church. He is slated to be released in 2021, but could seek parole next spring. He is following his trial at the courthouse through his Polish language interpreter.

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In Puppy Doe’s memory:

There is no excuse for animal abuse! We must continue to fight for stricter laws against animal abusers for all animals.

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Frightened pup crawls in shelter play yard: What happened to Daisy?

In the play yard of the City of San Bernardino Animal Control, a very frightened pup literally crawled along the fenced lawn. When in her kennel cage, the nine-month-old Daisy tries to hide behind her bed and in the corner – perhaps no one will see her? Sadly, Daisy is going to need a special rescue. A volunteer shared her story:

“Today I watched little, very frightened Daisy crawl around the play yard,” stated rescue volunteer Andrea Neyses. “So fearful that Steve Miller had to carry Daisey out to play yard for volunteers Wayne and Roni to visit. What happened to Daisy?

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In Daisy’s next video, she is approachable, but is just terrified. What happened to Daisy?

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According to the shelter, Daisy was an owner surrender who said she had entered a neighbor’s yard that day, picked up and killed a bulldog who lived there. No one knows the reason, nor has there been a police or an animal cruelty report made available. Her available date for adoption will be January 19.

For more information contact the San Bernardino City Animal Shelter located at 333 Chandler Place, San Bernardino, California. The shelter is closed on Sunday and Monday. Call 909.384.1304.

Share Daisy’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Without help, it is feared Daisy will not see many more tomorrows. If interested in helping this dog contact Vanness_je@sbcity.org. Make sure to reference ID #A510932.

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Continue reading: Family hails pit bull a hero for saving them from carbon monoxide poisoning


Dog gnawed off own leg to free himself!

 


70-yr-old woman upset that rescue group wouldn’t allow her to adopt a puppy

 

 

Two-month-old puppy crushed by iron fence receiving emergency care

A two-month-old puppy is currently fighting for his life at an emergency south Texas veterinary hospital after having been crushed under an iron fence. On Tuesday, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC intervened, after having been told the heartbreaking story of an innocent puppy who fell victim to the severe accident according to his owners, as told by a rescuer:

“A family of low income brought me this pitbull. They said an iron fence fell on top of him. He had two wounds. Last night I fed him. He does drink water. He can’t stand on paws he tries to stand with support. As of this morning he refuses to eat. I believe when pooped hurts him. He started coughing this morning. I cant afford to keep him since I already took in a stray pup with mange. This pup needs emergency help. I believe damage could be internal.” (edited for reading clarity)

Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of the rescue organization, has promised to help in any way possible to save the life of this nine to ten-week-old  puppy, now dubbed Bales. By Wednesday morning, x-rays showed no broken bones, yet Bales cannot move nor can he stand; earlier in the morning he urinated on himself. It is still not known if he suffered internal injuries. More tests are currently being performed although the positive signs include his body temperature remains normal.

The puppy is currently on intravenous hydration. and veterinarians are awaiting the results of the sonograms and a full blood panel.

 

“This innocent baby does not deserve this pain and agony. He certainly didn’t deserve to have been crushed by an iron fence,” Stacey added after posting the latest video of a puppy in need of a miracle and the help of kind and compassionate supporters. “We hope we can help him, and we will not stop at anything to try.”

 

(Photos and videos of puppy crushed by iron fence courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

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Http://rescuedogsrocknyc.org/donate
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Deformed dog or not? Strange photo is driving people crazy! I’ll admit, this one took me awhile to figure out.

 

 

Washington family fights to overturn ruling deeming their dog dangerous

A 3-year-old male pit bull has been wrongfully deemed dangerous and is sentenced to be euthanized in Lewis County, Chehalis Washington. It all started in April 2016, when the dog, then named Tank, was accused, along with another dog, of killing some goats and injuring a small pony on a neighbor’s farm. He was marked a dangerous dog.

Unfortunately, Tank’s owner at the time did not fulfill obligations under the county’s dangerous dog laws so Tank was seized and placed in the Lewis County Animal Shelter. While there, Danette York, the Director of the Department of Public Health and Social Services, which oversees the shelter, opted to change Tank’s name to Hank and adopt him out to Jann Propp-Estimo in January 2017. No mention was made of the dog’s previous history and the dangerous dog allegations. She based her decision on Hank’s good behavior and felt he was incorrectly declared dangerous.

Hank lived for 5 happy months with Propp-Estimo, her husband, and her grandson Buddy. Then on May 9, 2017 the Lewis County Prosecutors Office found out about Tank/Hank’s “illegal” adoption. They showed up at Propp-Estimo’s door to seize Hank and return him to Lewis County Animal Shelter while a judge decided his fate. On June 7th, 2017 Adam Karp, the attorney representing Jann Propp-Estimo, filed a petition to declassify Hank as a dangerous dog. This also set in motion an amendment to the current county dangerous animal code. This amendment would establish a process that would allow an individual to appeal a dangerous dog declaration. The amendment was passed.

Also, new evidence surfaced in the case at the June 17,2017 hearing. A neighbor/witness stated she never saw Hank attack any of the goats; it was mainly the second dog. The owner of the livestock also stated he didn’t want to press charges because he viewed the incident on a dashcam in his truck which reversed his previous decision about Hank/Tank. He told the Sheriff he did not want to press charges nor did he want Hank/Tank to die.

Despite the approved amendment and the new evidence presented in Hank’s favor, on June 19, Judge Buzzard of the Lewis County District Court in Chehalis, Washington ignored these factors and ordered Hank put to death in 48 hours. That decision was appealed to Judge Edwards of Grays Harbor County Superior Court with the hope of reversing Judge Buzzard’s death sentence.  Judge Edward had the power to free Hank and close the case but he didn’t do it. Instead, he chose not to overturn Judge Buzzard’s ruling. On September 25, he signed the order affirming Judge Buzzard’s decision, sentencing Hank to death.

Hank has been granted a stay of execution pending further appeal. Hank has been imprisoned for almost 5 months at the Lewis County Animal Shelter. He is not exercised and only allowed to visit his family through a barrier of chain link and bars. He is being held without cause and without any one pressing charges. This case against Hank is nothing more than a vendetta by the prosecuting attorney and the judge and their irrational desire to see Hank killed. This is wrong, unethical and cruel.

Help Hank get back to his family.

Sign the petition to allow Hank to have visits with his family outside of his cage.

For updates on Hank’s case and to donate toward the mounting legal costs visit the website 

Also, follow the case on Hank’s Facebook pages:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/474160809610170/.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/hankoffdeathrow/.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guggeheim Museum removes ‘cruel’ art displays after animal rights protests

A video expected to be aired on October 6 in New York City’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in the planned exhibition “Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World” has been removed along with two other works out of concerns about safety.

The museum came under severe criticism from the public last week  over a controversial exhibition, “Dogs That Cannot Touch Each Other,” which features  a seven-minute video with eight American pit bulls trying to attack each other on a wooden, non-motorized treadmill; the dogs never made contact. According to the New York Times, protesters marched outside of the museum over the weekend and circulated an online petition demanding “cruelty free exhibits at the Guggenheim. As of Tuesday morning, more than 616,000 people had signed.

The other two works include A Case Study of Transference, 1994, a video of two pigs with several markings of Chinese characters stamped on their bodies having sex while on exhibit, and Theater of the World, 1993, which was intended to be the show’s signature piece. The work featured hundreds of insects and reptiles in an enclosed octagonal space. During the exhibition, the creatures would eat each other. Animal groups asked that the scorpions and tarantulas be removed.

“Although these works have been exhibited in museums in Asia, Europe, and the United States, the Guggenheim regrets that explicit and repeated threats of violence have made our decision necessary,” the museum said in a statement. “As an arts institution committed to presenting a multiplicity of voices, we are dismayed that we must withhold works of art. Freedom of expression has always been and will remain a paramount value of the Guggenheim.”

With the initial focus on dogs fighting, animal rescue groups, as well as the public heavily weighed into the disturbing idea of dogs fighting.  The ire grew stronger after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and the American Kennel Club stated dog fighting should never be displayed in any way.

As for the artists, Peny Yu and her husband Sun Yuan, they denied their art depicts animal cruelty and insisted the dogs were examined by veterinarians both before and after they had been used in the performance while taping.

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Starving dog wanders onto woman’s porch before hurricane – family decides to give her a home.


Woman sees photo of overweight, homeless cat and sets out to give her a loving home

Crixus and Ashur: Forgotten souls who just need a break and a home

Crixus and Ashur have not had the best of luck; both are available for adoption, and in the perfect world the two dogs could stay together, but Border Buddies Rescue just want the dogs safe, happy and loved – even if it means they will be separated.

The story of these two dogs began when they were kept locked up in a kennel in Long Beach, California. They were never exercised, never allowed to play or even had a soft bed to sleep on. Had it not been for animal advocate and volunteer, Heidi van der Hoek, the dogs likely would have continued to be locked up in  the kennel or eventually sent to an overcrowded shelter. Everyday Heidi checked on the dogs to make sure they had food, water and their kennels were cleaned.

“They have been with me since March after they were abandoned by their owner. They were left in kennels under a tarp and the neighbors fed them until a rescue was found. Anyhow, they are in search of a forever home, together or separate,” their foster mom posted on  the dog’s Facebook page.

Time to meet these two baby bullies?

“Crixus (red) is 1.5-2 y.o. UTD on shots and neutered. He prefers female and neutered dogs and does great with cats other than the occasional chase. He does well on leash and with recall and knows basic commands. He will also kennel but prefers the sofa or to snuggle in bed at night. He has a great personality, full of spunk! He loves having a playmate, very independent but likes some cuddle time each day.

Ashur (blue) is 1 – 1.5 y.o. UTD on shots and neutered. He does great with all dogs and cats. He does well on leash and with recall and knows basic commands. He dislikes the kennel but prefers the dog bed next to your bed or to snuggle in your bed at night. He is an old soul, he is well behaved and prefers human company over that of the other pets. He loves to lay next to you on the couch and is a shadow.”

Share their stories with friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. Help Crixus and Ashur make their own memories – separately or together; as long as they are safe and happy.

For more information, contact Border Buddies Rescue or send a message here.

(Photos and videos of Crixus and Ashur via Facebook.)

 

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Holiday surrender day for unwanted pets at North Carolina shelter

Most likely one of the saddest days for any pet is losing his home and the familu he has loved from the moment that special bond was formed. Wednesday was no different at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Care & Control near Monroe, North Carolina as animal advocate and shelter volunteer Teresa Tucker shares the heartbreaking influx of owner surrenders just days before one of the most celebrated summer holidays. As told to Teresa by a fellow rescuer, their story begins as shared on social media:

“THIS IS WHY ANIMAL RESCUERS HATE HOLIDAYS!  Today is a surrender day before a holiday. The line at the shelter has been steady all morning. The giant schnauzer you see  (pictured) is being surrendered for anal sac issues. I started talking to the lady after introducing myself and after the front desk explained how full they are:

Me: What’s going on, why are you surrendering?
Her: He has an anal sac issue
Me: Have you seen a vet?
Her: Once
Me: Have you tried putting him on an appropriate diet? High fiber?
Her: I tried switching him to Rachel Ray.
Me: That’s not going to fix it. Would you consider trying another diet?
Her: No. I had to buy a new couch when he shot out the nastiness during a seizure.
Me: Oh, he has seizures. How often?
Her: I don’t know because I’m not always home.
Me: Weekly? Monthly? Quarterly?
Her: Quarterly. Are you going to take him or not?
Me: I don’t think I can find a foster very quickly with it being a holiday weekend.
Her: Well how much just to put him to sleep?
Me: Ma’am, that’s not necessary. These are fixable issues. Has he seen a vet?
Her: My sister works for the American Cancer Society
Me: I’m sure he’ll be okay here at the shelter
Her: Why? Can’t they just put him to sleep?
Me: Ma’am, I’m done here. ”

And the stories continued. Next came a woman who brought in two cats she told the shelter staff she “found” at the gym. Reluctant to show any identification and acting as if she had an important appointment she was missing, it only took a moment to spot both “stray” cats wore collars, and the woman happened to have a carrying crate at the gym. After doing some social media digging, a volunteer knew the cats were not strays.

Yet the morning continued with little compassion from other heartless owners. An owner surrendered his senior dog because his pet was “old and ill.” Although the shelter told the owner, the dog would most likely be euthanized, the man showed not a drop of emotion. And as the rescuer was preparing to leave after only an hour (two more hours left to surrender pets), a man holding a pit bull had grown tired of waiting in line, and as he walked out of the door of the shelter, he  stated he was just going to “let the dog go.” It was suggested the man return to the information desk and tell the staff what he planned to do, and maybe they would be able to assist him quicker.

Tragically, the majority of the pets surrendered were pit bull types, cats and senior dogs. Pet owners are urged to be responsible; spay and neuter. Commit to a life long relationship with your canine or feline friend, and don’t desert them in their most vulnerable time of their lives. Perhaps skip the lattes, skip a restaurant dinner or even one pair of shoes or a designer purse, and when it’s time to say goodbye, be there with your companion and reassure him that he is loved.

Finally, a personal message from this rescuer to all of the pet owners who treat their loyal four-legged companions as an inconvenience during the summer holidays. If not for the selfless volunteers who visit the shelters whenever they are able, the statistics of the Humane Society of the United States  citing about 2.4 million healthy, adoptable cats and dogs—about one every 13 seconds—are put down in U.S. shelters each year would likely be much higher.  Spay/neuter is a proven way to reduce pet overpopulation, ensuring that every pet has a family to love them.

“I was only there for an hour today and there are still 2 more surrender hours to go,” the rescuer lamented. “Knowing we can’t help because we are also inundated with returns (aka surrenders) and those dogs are taking spots that could have allowed us to pull more, just plain sucks. Next time you pick up a foster or need to utilize animal control, please go out of your way to thank these folks, bring them cookies or snacks, etc. Most importantly, continue to educate your friends and family that animal control is not the enemy. They only exist because these people do, and we live in a disposable society where people get rid of pets because they have vacations coming up.”

Don’t shop for your next best friend, adopt from a shelter. Spay and neuter. Report suspicions of animal cruelty, and be kind; be the gentle hand that tells a frightened shelter dog it will be alright as they go gently into the night with a glimmer of hope and a wagging tail.  The rescue person at the shelter was there to try and save dogs and to offer possible solutions and alternatives.

The schnauzer has since been rescued and will be receiving appropriate medical help.

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(Photo via Teresa Tucker on Facebook)


Read about the husky who had his own version of the mess he made while his family was away from home.

 

 

 

Text message depicting abused dog sparks a firestorm of controversy

A text message sent in error to the wrong recipient has started a firestorm of controversy nationwide and has concerned animal lovers questioning the actions or lack thereof of the Palestine, Texas police department. According to a story posted in the Palestine Herald on May 15, 2017, a Facebook posting depicting a dog bound around the mouth and legs with duct tape went viral sparking outrage.  It was also stated in the Herald that the person sending the text message worked for the Palestine Independent School District.

It all started when an unknown male received a text message from an unrecognized sender showing the dog bound to a small wooden post.  According to animal activists, this is an antiquated method to force one animal to breed with another. Upon further research, the phone number where the photo originated is registered to Eugene Carr.

Carr’s name has been linked to multiple sites on Google offering breeder pit bulls. On October 8, 2016 Eugene Carr advertised a breeder dog. Alongside the advertisement was a photo showing a fawn colored female pit bull restrained to a similar wooden post with a male dog behind her. In April of 2016, a similar post offered stud services via a male pit bull for $700.00. The name was Carr, and the contact number was the same.

Palestine interim Police Chief John Herod declined to confirm the name of the suspects, only stating it was an ongoing investigation of possible animal cruelty. The Palestine Independent School District also stated on its website that it is investigating one of their employees in connection with the case. In their public statement, they disclosed that one of their employees was allegedly engaging in animal cruelty through improperly breeding dogs and evidence of this was sent via a text message.   Although the claim is not school-related, it does involve a school employee, and they will investigate the situation thoroughly. In the interim, the employee whose name was not disclosed has been relieved of their duties.

Animal advocate Lola Olive has been following the case since it first appeared on Facebook. When voicing her concerns to the Palestine Police Department, she received the following response:

“The case is still being investigated. It is not over, yet. You stated that the Carrs were infamous for ‘exploiting dogs’. Do you have more evidence than the original post’s single picture? If there is more information than the original Facebook post that you have, would you mind sharing it? The original poster has ignored our attempts to contact him/her and since deleted the original post. We have been investigating what we can in our jurisdiction and have contacted other agencies that have been investigating this case as well. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.”

This author has also reached out to the Palestine Police Department and interim Chief Herod but has not yet received a response. Concerned citizens can contact the Palestine Police Department at 903-729-2254 and ask them to investigate Eugene Carr, his wife and their friends.