Canadian woman facing two years jailtime for animal cruelty, perjury, and identity fraud

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She used the name Linda Snow, the identity of a young girl who died decades earlier on the North Shore , to authorities who arrested and charged her with animal cruelty in 2008 for running an unsafe dog-breeding operation out of a home in Randolph.

Then after pleading guilty, she fled probation and adopted another name, Mary Howard, to start anew in Connecticut, authorities said.

Her real name is Gloria Marriott, a 64-year native of Canada, and she now faces two years in prison after pleading guilty in Norfolk Superior Court Tuesday to a slew of additional charges, including perjury and identity fraud, according to the Norfolk district attorney’s office. Marriott also faces five years of probation and must pay about $74,000 to the Animal Rescue League of Boston, which cared for the dogs she abused, and to the owner of the Randolph home she had rented.

Authorities said she operated a puppy mill, raising young dogs in horrific conditions that ultimately required dozens of the animals to receive medical attention.

“The false identities and the lies are an odd sideshow, but it is the underlying case that is most disturbing,” said Michael W. Morrissey, the Norfolk district attorney. “This was a terrible example of animal cruelty. Eighty-nine dogs had to be rescued from deplorable conditions, many of them malnourished, diseased, and literally caked in filth. She showed no interest in the chance at community rehabilitation that the court offered her in 2008, and now she is deservedly going to jail.

In 2008, Marriott, under the name Linda Snow, owned a pet store, Missy’s Puppyland on Park Street in Stoughton, while also running the breeding operation out of a house she rented in Randolph. Morrissey’s office said the Randolph home was “severely damaged with animal filth.”

After fleeing Massachusetts, Marriott was again charged with animal cruelty for an unrelated case in Connecticut and was serving time there when indicted for the additional perjury charges in Norfolk County.

“Perhaps most important is that all of the dogs that have been in her control have since been made safe,” Morrissey said.

News Link:-http://www.boston.com/metrodesk/2012/08/07/canadian-woman-facing-two-years-jailtime-for-animal-cruelty-perjury-and-identity-fraud/gFTmP3pOZtYQIdgA6iWUdJ/story.html

A revealing report about the problems in the Belgian puppy farms

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“Posted on behalf of my fellow animal warrior; @StrayWays on Twitter”

“Please do watch the video, it is very informative & educational but as one would expect, it has it’s sad moments too!. Like when a lady talks about a puppy mill bitch she rescued, who simply froze once out of the cage, she had never known the touch of a loving hand! Or the German Shepherd mix, so scared, forgotten what it’s like to walk, so he crawls along in the dirt, until he realizes he can actually stand tall & walk …I find that simply heartbreaking. These female dogs are denied the most basic of things, they are there for one thing only…the bitches are purely bred to death!

“I didn’t know there were so many puppy mills in Belgium & I’m guessing I’m not the only one! So please help by watching, or at the very least just clicking like & rating the video, then hopefully the Belgium TV networks will take notice. The more that watch, the more that are aware, the more likely we are to get these heinous puppy mills closed down…please, do it for the dogs!! Thank you.”

Just. Click. Play – You don’t have to watch, just press play – I’ll explain after the video.

I know you have seen videos like this before. I know you hate to look at it again. You don’t have to watch it. I only need you to press play.

Published on 13 Jul 2012 by 

A revealing report about the problems in the Belgian puppy farms. The English version of “Een hond in een Zak”

You pressed play! Thank you!

Now I can explain. The video reveals more than 160 puppy mills and puppy trafficker operations in Belgium. One of the smaller countries in Europe about the size of New York. The thing is that Belgium TV networks refused to air this very well-researched documentary. The rescue group behind the video, Animal Trust, decided to go viral.

If they would score a high number of “views”, the rescue group can use those numbers to convince the Belgium TV networks to air it. If the quality of the documentary won’t help, maybe viewer ratings will. No network refuses good viewer ratings.

That’s why you pressing “play” in this case is so important.

People must know. People that don’t read blogs like this one. Normal Belgium’s that see television and don’t know this is going on in their country. They have a right to know. First when they know, change can start. Because they are the next generation of puppy buyers.

You probably also thought that Europe was far ahead in solving the issue with puppy mills and puppy trafficking; like a lot of Europeans actually also think.

The reality is unfortunately the opposite. And it is not only Belgium, it is a lot more expanded than that. If you would like to know more how Europe is really doing, read our guest blog over at Cindy Lu’s Muse about puppy mills in Europe: Wake-Up Call For Western Europe.

Today bloggers around the world unite for dog rescue and the rights of dogs. Visit the organizersBlog CatalogDog Rescue Success or Be The Change For Animals for more. Keep on reading and sharing!

You are not cheating me right? Please go back and press play. Alright then, I beg you. Officially.

Link:-http://kenzothehovawart.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/how-to-rescue-dog-by-play.html

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Update July 26:
For bloggers that would like to help getting the word out, I made a small video widget that you can show in your blog’s sidebar. An example of it is on the top-right of this blog. The widget contains the video, and a link to this page explaining the background of why it is important. To get it, grab the code below the widget, and copy/paste it as HTML on your blog’s sidebar.

Video – Buried alive! Back-street dog breeders are jailed for cruelty after newborn puppies buried alive

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“OMG…This has taken me so long to put together because I couldn’t see the screen for tears! Those that did this deserve far more than 25 bloody weeks, as the judge said…so is that all British law will permit…25 pathetic weeks (they will probably be out in a couple) if it is… then I am ashamed to be British! 25 years sounds better! This is more than shocking, it’s sickening how worthless  puppies lives were to the POS that did this. However, this heinous crime will stick with certain people…Karma is a bitch…they will wish they were still in prison if they value their knee caps!

  • RSPCA officers discovered the tiny animals fighting for life after being buried in the back garden of the home of James and Lorraine Perks in Tamworth
  • The Jack Russell puppies were put down soon after due to their condition 
  • The animals were rescued along with 15 puppies and nine adult dogs 
  • At Burton Magistrates’ Court, James Perks, 74, his wife Lorraine, 49, and Stephen Jenkins, 35, were all sentenced to 25 weeks in prison

This is the forlorn face of a puppy rescued from a back-street breeder’s house where two newborn animals were found buried alive in a shallow grave.

Horrific: A Staffordshire bull terrier puppy rescued from the home of James Perks, his wife Lorraine an Stephen Jenkins

Gasping for breath, the two puppies were discovered in the garden by RSPCA officers, having been covered in a layer of soil hours after they were born.

The puppies were in such a bad state they had to be put down at the scene.

Twenty-four other dogs, some confined to rabbit hutches, were rescued, some ‘barking  uncontrollably as if pleading for help’.

Disturbing footage of the discovery was released yesterday after the three people who lived in the house were jailed for a catalogue of animal cruelty charges.

James Perks, 74, his wife Lorraine, 49, and their lodger Stephen Jenkins, 35, ran a dog breeding business from their shabby home in Tamworth, Staffordshire, in which the animals ‘lived amongst squalor’.

Terrifying: The helpless Jack Russell puppies were alive when they were pulled from the dirt, but their condition was so bad they had to be put down soon after

The four-and-a-half-minute film shows the officers scouring the back garden, on August 25 last year after a tip-off from a woman who bought a puppy from the breeders, which died days later.

Officers discovered 15 puppies and nine adult Staffordshire bull terriers crammed into tiny rabbit hutches outside, which they were kept in for 23 hours a day.

One cramped hutch – measuring just 6ft wide and 3ft high – contained four adult terriers while other dogs lived in squalor in the house which was covered in faeces and urine.

In the footage, in which 20 RSPCA officers and police catalogue the shocking abuse of the animals, one officer discovers a tiny puppy whimpering after being buried alive.

Horrific: Shocked police and RSPCA officers discovered the tiny animals fighting for life after being freshly buried in the back garden of the home of James and Lorraine Perks in Tamworth, Staffs, last year

An RSPCA inspector is heard saying: ‘The police officer has just uncovered a puppy that’s been buried in the garden. Buried alive.  ‘Oh my goodness me. She’s found it buried alive.’

James Perks, 74, (green coat) Stephen Jenkins, 35,

The squirming, dirt-encrusted animal can be heard crying out as a male vet inspects it and says: ‘It’s so poorly, euthanasia is going to be required straight away. We’ll have to put him to sleep.’

The officer then finds a second live puppy lying near the first.

The video finishes with the RSPCA officer filming the two pups lying almost lifeless on the lawn and concludes: ‘We’re sorting out immediate euthanasia for these poor puppies.’

The other dogs were confiscated and handed over to the RSPCAfor rehoming.

Steve Odell, the vet who destroyed the puppies, said it was one of the most horrific scenes he had witnessed.

The trio were jailed for six months each after admitting ten animal welfare offences and banned for life from keeping animals.

wife Lorraine, 49

Sentencing them at Burton-on-Trent Magistrates Court  yesterday, chairman of the bench Peter Rolfe said: ‘If we could have we would have jailed them for  far longer.’

Speaking of the buried puppies, prosecutor Paul Taylor said: ‘It was Mr Jenkins who buried them. He accepted he buried them but said he thought they we dead.

‘Mrs Perks told Mr Jenkins not to bury them but when he did so, she couldn’t be bothered to do anything about it.

‘All she had to do was take them out of the ground. Any human being would have done that.’

Upsetting: The RSPCA was alerted to the address by a routine call from a member of the public who bought a puppy from the Perks after seeing a card on a noticeboard

Speaking after the case, RSPCA inspector Jayne Bashford said: ‘No matter how many years I work for the RSPCA this day will remain one which I will never forget.‘All who attended on the day were shocked to the core.

Mrs Perks told Mr Jenkins not to bury them but when he did so, she couldn’t be bothered to do anything about it. ‘All she had to do was take them out of the ground. Any human being would have done that.’ Speaking after the case, RSPCA inspector Jayne Bashford said: ‘No matter how many years I work for the RSPCA this day will remain one which I will never forget.

Cruel: Animals were kept in rabbit hutch-like cages and were locked away for 23 hours at a time

‘All who attended on the day were shocked to the core.

‘The property was in a disgusting state and numerous young puppies living amongst the squalor. Two adult bitches in the living room had clearly been bred from several times.

‘The dogs outside, confined in rabbit hutches, had no bedding and barked uncontrollably as if pleading for help.

‘This case highlights all the  concerns we have with respect to irresponsible and indiscriminate breeding of dogs.’

Warning this video is very upsetting, viewer discretion is advised.

News Linkhttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2178871/RSPCA-Sick-trio-dog-breeders-buried-puppies-ALIVE-jailed-months.html#ixzz21jEQBhHI

East Texas animal abuse cases draw experts’ attention

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“A long post but worth a read…everybody needs educating on why people abuse animals!” 

A Wood County man is arrested and charged with killing one dog and burning a second.

Upshur County Sheriff’s deputies seize 28 small-breed dogs from a puppy mill.

Law enforcement officials and animal control officers seize one of 28 dogs discovered in March at a suspected puppy mill south of Gilmer

Gilmer police rescue a dog thrown in a trash bin.

In Sulphur Springs, a puppy is thrown from a moving car.Longview animal control officers seize 31 schnauzers from a single home.

The latest incident in the string of East Texas animal abuse cases occurred Tuesday with the arrest of a Lake O’ the Pines man accused of fatally hanging his donkey from a tree on his property.

Anthony Bassler was held in the Upshur County Jail on Friday under $50,000 bond charged with cruelty to livestock animals. Bassler said the animal was dead before it was strung up.

Psychologists, experts and activists have noticed the string of incidents.

“We have dealt with many different types of cruelty, from starvation to animals (fighting),” said officer Jacqui Lynch of Longview’s animal control department.

A veteran in animal control, Lynch said she believes people who abuse and torture animals are disturbed.

They “have mental issues, obviously,” she said. “They have no compassion for man or animal.”

Area psychologists raise concerns that animal abuse predicts abuse of humans.

“The hypothesis that I would generate is that people who feel extremely inadequate, insecure, tend to look for a vulnerable population, of other groups and classes,” said Longview psychiatrist Arlis Wood.

Wood has counseled adults and children who have a history of animal abuse.

The most frightening instances of abuse are those committed by children, the counselor said, because it is predictive of future behavior.

“Often times that is a very serious sign of later developmental issues in children,” Wood said. “A very serious sign of pathology and abuse in future relationships.”

Philip Coyle, the provost of LeTourneau University and a licensed marriage and family counselor, agrees that although any abuse of animals is serious, it needs to be more carefully watched for in children.

Coyle said animal abuse is one of three early childhood behaviors considered by professionals as warning signs.

“There are three red flags that are predictive of sociopathic behavior — theft, fire setting and animal abuse”

Coyle advised parents to be aware if a child younger than 17 has engaged in those behaviors.

One highly-publicized case of animal abuse came April 2 when a Point man was arrested and charged with animal cruelty.

He was accused of pushing dogs into a lit fire pit, killing one and severely burning the other.

Deputies said they found the burned carcass of a medium-sized dog in the fire pit, and sources told officers that another dog was pushed into the pit, but jumped out.

The dog had second-and third-degree burns on 40 percent of its body, according to the vet who treated him.

Andrew Terranova, an assistant professor in psychology at Stephen F. Austin University, believes some people who abuse animals view them as inanimate objects, not living creatures.

If this is the case, Terranova said, counseling is less likely to be successful.

“Objectification of living thing makes you more calloused towards those things — lacking empathy gives a poor prognosis of whether treatment will be effective,” Terranova said.

Terranova also said people hurt animals because there is little threat of retaliation.

“It is easier to be aggressive to someone or something that is less powerful and less likely to retaliate,” Terranova said.

One animal activist, Kelly Heitkamp, a practicing attorney in Longview, sees the recent string of arrests as progress.

“I think that this string of animal cruelty cases isn’t anything new,” Heitkamp said.

She said in the past, people wouldn’t have reported the cruelty. The appearance of a string of offenses is merely because more people are being caught, she said.

The more that we are aware, the more alert we are to what is going on around us, we will report and notice things,” she said.

“I have heard from so many people that have become aware.”

Lynch, an eight-year veteran with animal control, agreed more people are gaining awareness about animal cruelty and reporting offenses.

“People are starting to become more educated on what truly constitutes as cruelty,” Lynch said. “I believe that when people see a case, know they don’t have to give their personal information and feel that they can call it in, they will do that.”

News Link:-http://www.news-journal.com/news/local/east-texas-animal-abuse-cases-draw-experts-attention/article_ab13ac5f-4b2d-5f23-acff-2e0a5ef42337.html

Former Puppy Mill Owner Extradited From Las Vegas – 8 News NOW

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HONOLULU (AP) — A man accused of managing a Hawaii puppy mill has been extradited from Las Vegas to face animal cruelty charges.

Former Puppy Mill Owner Extradited From Las Vegas - 8 News NOW

The Honolulu prosecutor’s office said arrived in Honolulu Friday and will appear at a bail hearing Thursday.

He’s charged with 153 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty in connection with conditions at a now-defunct Waimanalo puppy mill.

Facility owner Bradley International Inc., pleaded no contest to the charges in December.

The Hawaiian Humane Society seized dogs in what was called Hawaii’s biggest puppy mill operation.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Becker left Hawaii before he was served with the criminal complaint. He was detained in Las Vegas on June 8.

He’s being held on $200,000 bail and couldn’t be reached for comment Monday

via Former Puppy Mill Owner Extradited From Las Vegas – 8 News NOW.

Former manager of puppy mill extradited from Las Vegas to face Hawaii animal cruelty charges

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HONOLULUA man accused of managing a Hawaii puppy mill has been extradited from Las Vegas to face animal cruelty charges.

The Honolulu prosecutor’s office says David Lee Becker arrived in Honolulu on Friday. His bail was set at $200,000 and a hearing has been set for Thursday.

He’s charged with 153 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty in connection with conditions at a now-defunct Waimanalo puppy mill.

Facility owner Bradley International Inc., pleaded no contest to the charges in December.

The Hawaiian Humane Society seized dogs in what was called Hawaii’s biggest puppy mill operation.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Becker left Hawaii before he was served with the complaint. He was detained in Las Vegas on June 8.

He’s couldn’t be reached for comment Monday.

via Former manager of puppy mill extradited from Las Vegas to face Hawaii animal cruelty charges.

Parking dispute prompts Newark woman to throw dog into oncoming traffic, cops say

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Honey Bey, a 2-year-old Shih Tzu, was allegedly thrown into oncoming traffic by Haniyyah Barnes, who is indicted on animal cruelty, theft and criminal mischief charges, as well as burglary. The dog died.

NEWARK — It all started over a parking space. Someone’s car had blocked Haniyyah Barnes’ vehicle, preventing her from leaving the Newark driveway, authorities said. Barnes’ reaction was fury, they said.

First, the 25-year-old kicked down her  neighbor’s front door, police said. Next, she allegedly threatened and assaulted the woman who had allowed her to park in the driveway.

Then, police said, she turned her attention to Honey Bey.

The 4-pound Shih Tzu had just begun barking when Barnes grabbed her, ran outside and threw the pet into oncoming traffic, police said.

The 2-year-old dog with brown floppy ears and a black nose was killed instantly that night on Aug. 27, 2011.

Nearly a year later, a grand jury has indicted Barnes on charges of animal cruelty, burglary, criminal mischief and theft, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office said Wednesday. A relative said alcohol was to blame for the violence, that Barnes had grown up around dogs and would never have hurt one.

Authorities said the act was cruel and vicious.

“It was a tiny dog that was barking instinctively to protect its owner,” said Assistant Essex County Prosecutor Michele Miller, who is handling the criminal case. “It wasn’t attacking the defendant. It went to see what the commotion was and paid for it with its life.”

The Shih Tzu is one of the most popular breeds in the country, according to the American Kennel Club. Though “sweet and playful, he is not afraid to stand up for himself,” said the group’s website.

A Newark police officer who happened to be patrolling Fabyan Place that day witnessed Barnes storm out of the house with one hand around Honey Bey’s throat, “and launch the dog,” Miller said.

 If convicted, she faces up to 10 years in prison on the second-degree burglary charge and five years for the third-degree animal cruelty count. The Newark woman, whose two prior arrests were for assault — one was dismissed and the other she pleaded guiltyto a lesser charge — remains free on $35,000 bail.Arraignment is scheduled for June 18 in Superior Court in Newark.

Read the complete news:-http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/06/in_blind_rage_newark_woman_all.html

Harrison County puppy mill bust yields 65 animals

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MARSHALL — About 65 dogs rescued this week from inhumane conditions at an apparently abandoned puppy mill in northern Harrison County were being housed Friday in Marshall and Fort Worth to await adoption. At least one animal died during the rescue.

No arrests have been made.

About 65 dogs were taken from a property in northern Harrison County described by officials as a puppy mill. Officials said many of the animals were infested with fleas, covered with feces and had fur accumulated under their toenails.

The dogs, mainly Shih Tzus and other small breeds, were discovered after authorities received multiple complaints about a puppy mill at the location southeast of Harleton.

“The smell was bad,” said Constable Robert Wood, whose investigation of the property led him to a batch of dogs locked inside a portable building among feces, fur the animals had shed and stifling heat.

Finding no one at the property, Wood went to a neighboring residence. There, he said, he was told the owner of the dogs had moved to Odessa about two months ago. The owner was supposedly paying someone $1,000 a month to take care of the dogs.

The neighbor had a key and was able to let Wood into the building where he spotted the dogs.

After discovering even more dogs outside the building in kennels hidden by tall weeds, Wood called the Humane Society of Harrison County for assistance.

“This was way bigger than I could handle,” he said.

The humane society’s Kay Hill said she was shocked by the conditions she found.

“They were hot and suffering,” Hill said of the panting dogs, noting three air conditioning units in the building were turned on but blowing hot air. The thermostat on one of the air conditioners was set to 90 degrees. “Algae was growing on buckets of water and dogs were trying to stand in buckets to get cool.”

Other water containers were bone dry, Wood said.

Hill said many of the dogs were infested with fleas, covered with feces, and had fur accumulated under their toenails.

Some had eye ulcers.

Additionally, she said, chemicals found in the room apparently being used to treat heartworm and other conditions had not been prescribed by a veterinarian. One, she said, was intended for treating farm animals.

Many of the rescued dogs were housed at the Marshall Animal Shelter while awaiting transport Friday to the Humane Society of North Texas in Fort Worth.

One puppy died while being transported for treatment.

Six of the dogs remained Friday at the Harrison County Humane Society’s The Pet Place.

One of them is expecting a litter any day. About 60 puppies and adult dogs were taken to Fort Worth, where they await adoption.

“We’ve already adopted some out,” Hill said, adding some pregnant dogs would go to foster families until they deliver. “We’ve got a lot going to foster care.”

About 35 of the dogs were Shih Tzus, but Pekingese, Pomeranians and one Cavalier King Charles also were found.

“Every dog she had was a purebred dog,” Hill said of the absent breeder. She said it appeared the mill was producing “designer” dogs, mainly a Pekingese and Yorkshire Terrier mix.

Commercial dog and cat breeders in Texas are licensed and regulated under the so-called puppy mill bill passed by the last Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry this past June. The law requires that every person who breeds more than 11 dogs or cats at one time obtain an occupational license.

In addition to the licensing requirements, minimum standards of care have been put in place.

Wood, the constable, said making an arrest in this week’s case could come later. First, he said, the dogs had to be saved.

“We were concerned about the safety and well-being of the dogs,” Wood said. “This was strictly a humane mission.”

News Link:-http://www.news-journal.com/news/local/harrison-county-puppy-mill-bust-yields-animals/article_3e243570-fbe1-5ae6-8ec6-5a3e1951f940.html

Police identify suspects in 30-dog dumping case

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“Come on, somebody knows who these dogs used to belong to, that many dogs don’t just disappear from a neighbors yard without the usual, ‘street curtain twitcher‘ noting it! I can’t for the life of me understand, why dump them an not take them to a shelter! Unless they are either the end or the beginnings of a puppy mill, & they don’t want to get caught! Whichever it is, 30 dogs in 2 crates like that is cruel!”

LAGUNA HILLSPolice have identified two women and a man suspected of dumping 30 small dogs boxed in two kennels at a local park, sheriff’s Capt. Steve Doan said late Friday afternoon.

Witnesses said the dogs were left at the neighborhood park around 5:20 p.m. They had no food or water.

 “We have interviewed two and are conducting a third intervie

w,” Doan said. “After the interview we will determine the level of involvement of each of the people and determine what the possible charges could be.”Doan said the case will be turned over to the District Attorney’s Office and likely charges could include animal crueltyand endangerment. No arrests have been made in the case. Investigations are continuing but so far have revealed that the dogs were owned by one woman for quite a while, Doan said.

The incident was reported to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department after witnesses saw a woman in a Toyota truckstop in the parking lot of San Remo Park at San Remo Drive and Taranto about 5:20 p.m. Sunday. The park is located in the middle of a neighborhood surrounded by houses. It also has a volleyball and tennis courts.

“Overall their health is pretty good,” Ryan Drabek, director of OC Animal Care, said. “Some were matted and had overgrown nails. Their temperaments are good but they’re scared.”

The woman put the crates stuffed full of Lhasa Apso and Chihuahua-mixes on the sidewalk of the neighborhood park right near the road and under some trees. According to witnesses, two others helped unload the dogs. The two women and a man then left the crated animals on the sidewalk and left the park in a black Mercedes. The Toyota truck was left behind.

Sheriff’s Lt. Tom Behrens said investigators tracked the license plate from the truck to a Huntington Beach address but the suspected woman no longer lived there. Continued investigations of the license plate eventually led detectives to the three suspects now being interviewed.

The puppies and dogs ranging in age from six months to six years were picked up by animal control officers and taken to the Orange County shelter.

They are being cared for there while the investigation continues, Ryan Drabek, director of OC Animal Care said.

“Overall, their health is pretty good,” Drabek said. “Some were matted and had overgrown nails. Their temperaments are good but they’re scared.”

Police are looking for a woman accused of dumping 29 small dogs boxed in two crates at a local park.

Drabek said no one has come forward to claim the dogs.

“Situations like this can overburden an already overburdened shelter,” he said. “When the animals become available, we’ll reach out to the community to get them homes. We’ll need the public’s help.”

The woman accused of leaving the dogs could face animal cruelty and abandonment charges, Behrens said.

Behrens called the incident ‘very odd’ especially when the woman left a car behind with the abandoned animals.

The origin of the animals is unclear. Some volunteers from animal rescue groups believe it could be an example of backyard breeding. There have been numerous Twitter and Facebook posts in an effort to find more details about the woman.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Animal Shelter at 949-249-5160 or the Orange County Sheriff Department’s Crime Stopper at 855-TIP-OCCS or 855-847-6227.

News Link:-http://www.ocregister.com/news/woman-355933-dogs-park.html

76-year-old Elberta woman charged in animal cruelty case (Updated)

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MOBILE, Alabama — A 76-year-old Elberta woman who was running a dog-breeding facility at her home was charged Tuesday with animal neglect and cruelty, running a business without a license and administering rabies vaccines without a certificate or license.

The charges filed against Beverly Baker, who lives on Krehling Road, are all misdemeanors, Elberta Police Chief Stan DeVane said.

The Humane Society rescued 51 dogs from the Elberta house, said Deneen Balistere, the group’s dog adoption coordinator.

Police shut down the “puppy mill” last week after leaders with the Baldwin County Humane Society were informed that the dogs were thin and malnourished and had no food.

A couple who had been living with Baker in exchange for caring for the dogs notified the humane society about the poor conditions of the dogs, which ranged from poodles to malti-poos, Yorkies and Pekinese.

The number of animals increased over the weekend when one of the dogs had 16 puppies, Balistere said.

She said all of the rescued dogs survived and are “doing extremely well and are all with veterinarians.”

She said four animal care facilities are taking care of the dogs.

The rescued dogs will be part of a pet adoption Friday and Saturday at the PetSmart at the Eastern Shore Centre. Forever Homes and Baldwin Humane Society-BARC are sponsoring the adoption.

In a separate animal neglect case in late January, more than 100 neglected dogs and cats were rescued from Purple Hearted Puppies in Summerdale and the Robertsdale home of one of its operators. The owners, Roberta Downing Dueitt, 63, of Summerdale and her daughter, Sharon Nicole Dueitt, 29, of Robertsdale, are each charged with first-degree cruelty to a cat or dog, a felony, and cruelty to animals, a misdemeanor, according to Baldwin County Corrections Center records. They are free on $3,000 bail.

News link:-http://blog.al.com/live/2012/05/elberta_woman_charged_with_ani.html

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