Bear The Police Dog Leaves Animal Hospital

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A New York City police dog that heroically broke up a subway fight last week was honoured while leaving the animal hospital Wednesday. An honour guard of police officers and police dogs lined up and welcomed Bear back to the force.

Last Tuesday morning Bear and his handler, Officer Vincent Tieniber, came to the aid of another officer who was attempting to break up a fight between four women on a subway platform.

Ninety-nine percent of the time, when we come to the scene, people cooperate,” said Tieniber. “No one really wants to be bit by a dog.”

Unfortunately one of the women was extremely uncooperative. In the scuffle Bear was kicked in the mouth as she resisted arrest. Bear did not let this stop him from getting the job done. When the women kicked at Bear a second time he clamped down on her foot until she was handcuffed.

The ordeal left Bear with several broken teeth, a cut up tongue and a swollen snout.

On Wednesday he was able to leave the animal hospital and when he did he was greeted by his fellow NYPD K-9 officers. Bear will require a few more weeks of rest and treatment, but will make a full recovery and return to work once he is recovered.

The woman responsible for kicking Bear is facing several charges, including injuring a police animal.

News Link:-http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2013/06/bear-the-police-dog-leaves-animal-hospital/

Bear the NYPD K9 Dog Leaves Hospital

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Grandma Accuses Granddaughter of Kicking Dog To Death

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“WTF…How on earth can this girl not face charges of animal cruelty? At 14 years old she knew what she was doing, therefore should face the consequences. If nothing is done, expect to here more animal abuse cases, involving this girl!!”

Police in Ypsilanti, Mich., have opened an investigation into a possible case of animal cruelty following a woman’s report that her dog was killed on Sunday night, reported Monday’s Ann Arbor.com.

Few details have been released about the incident, but enough is known that it appears that family tensions are likely to be running high as the animal cruelty allegations are against the dog owner’s own granddaughter.

The dog, who is referred to as a puppy in the police report, was allegedly kicked to death by the 14-year-old granddaughter of the woman who owned the pup.

According to the report, the girl may not face charges. The police are, however, speaking to the family about what happened.

News Link:-http://www.examiner.com/article/grandma-accuses-granddaughter-of-kicking-dog-to-death?CID=examiner_alerts_article

LITH Woman Charged with Animal Cruelty; Dog Starves to Death

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“I know what I would do with this sick bxxxh, throw her in jail & don’t feed her! No excuse whatsoever regards food, a full bag of dog food,yet she couldn’t even be arsed to open it…what does that tell you about her? I just pray the other dog isn’t too malnourished & will survive. At the very minimal, she must be banned from ever owning or working with any animals; nothing less will do!!”

Charmain L. Krishnan, 48, of Lake in the Hills was arrested for animal cruelty.

A Lake in the Hills woman has been charged by police with two counts of animal cruelty after she allegedly didn’t feed her dogs, causing one dog to starve to death, police said.

Charmain L. Krishnan, 48, of the 2600 block of Stanton Circle, was arrested at 3:03 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, and was charged with animal cruelty and also two counts of violation of owners duties, police arrest reports show.

LITH Police Sgt. Mark Smith said McHenry County Animal Control officials had been checking on the two dogs and recently gave Krishnan dog food for the pets.

During a routine check last week, Animal Control officials found one dog dead in the yard, and removed the other dog from the home.

“She hadn’t even opened the bag of dog food, according to Animal Control,” Sgt. Smith said. “They believe the dog died of malnourishment.”

Kirshnan was released on bond, according to police reports.

News Link:-http://algonquin.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/lake-in-the-hills-woman-charged-with-animal-cruelty-starved-dog-dies

Rescuers Stop Traffic To Save Stray Dog

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Rescuers Stop Traffic to Save Stray Dog | Life With Dogs.

Rescuers risked their life in heavy traffic last Sunday night to save the life of a stray German shepherd.

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Chris Jenkins of Bandade Animal Rescue was one of the people that spotted the German shepherd on a busy toll road in Houston, Texas. Jenkins got some help from a Good Samaritan that stopped to help her corral the dog, stop traffic and bring the dog to safety.

Once is the safety of Jenkins car Jenkins realized that the dog had a badly infected hind leg. Once taken to the veterinarian the leg would have to be amputated due to the severe infection. The dog has been named Mills and is doing well after her surgery. She is estimated to be two-years-old and once she is fully recovered and spayed she will be ready for adoption.

For more information on Bandade Animal Rescue and how you can donate to help with the cost of treating Mills visit their website.

News Link:-http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2013/06/rescuers-stop-traffic-to-save-stray-dog/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LifeWithDogs+%28Life+With+Dogs%29

Sentencing Delayed For Man Who Killed His Dog With A Bat

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“I know I said I wasn’t going to write extra or edit posts etc.; enabling me to get more posts out…but in some cases I just can’t keep quiet & this is one of them!”

“This is absolutely ridiculous…stop wasting taxpayers money & throw the sick bxxxxxd in jail for a very long time. We’re talking about an alcoholic druggy, bashing the head of a dog in with a baseball bat…then throwing the dog in a dumpster to die! Yet that isn’t the issue!! He did it alright, but it’s to be proved if Whitlock caused “undue pain & suffering”…erm der…if anyone has any doubt on whether that dog suffered, then that person should get someone to whack them over the head with a baseball bat several times; then say otherwise!

“How the hell can anyone say; that poor dog didn’t suffer?? If Whitlock wanted to kill Captain (dog) because he thought he was suffering, why didn’t he kill him; instead of dumping the dogs body in a dumpster???” 

” Whitlock has been diagnosed with psychosis and has showed signs of paranoia and schizophrenia, exacerbated by alcohol and marijuana. WTF…never heard anything so stupid in all my life…of course the dog bloody suffered…terribly in agony!! But not only that…the streets would be a lot safer, with this pathetic excuse on 2 legs; being slammed up in jail!!” R.I.P Captain x

A 26-year-old Vancouver man who admitted that he killed his German shepherd with a baseball bat last July will have to wait awhile longer before finding out his sentence.

Provincial Court Judge David St. Pierre reserved his sentencing decision on Tuesday for Brian E. Whitlock, who has pleaded guilty to causing undue pain and suffering to an animal. No new court date was set, but St. Pierre said he hoped to conclude the case as early as next week.

During Tuesday’s sentencing hearing, Crown counsel Jordan Hauschildt said Whitlock should receive a sentence of four to six months in jail, less time served. Whitlock has already spent 45 days in jail.

The court was told that Whitlock admitted hitting his dog Captain in the head with a baseball bat four or five times as hard as he could. Hauschildt said Whitlock did not account for several puncture wounds on the dog’s body. “That is an abhorrent way for an animal to die,” Hauschildt said.

Hauschildt told the court that the case has generated significant media coverage, as well as two online petitions that have generated more than 130,000 signatures calling for justice for Captain. Another petition circulated by the Animal Advocates Society of B.C. garnered 750 signatures calling on the court to give Whitlock the maximum sentence of five years in jail. Hauschildt said Whitlock has also received death threats.

Several women in the courtroom cried openly during Hauschildt’s description of Captain’s death.

“I can’t believe the following quote from the trial…”

During the hearing, St. Pierre said the issue was not whether Whitlock had the right under the law to euthanize his dog. He did. Instead, it must be decided whether he caused undue pain and suffering when he killed Captain. Whitlock has also pleaded guilty to other charges of mischief and assault. “How stupid, it’s a no brainer; of course he caused pain & suffering!”

Brian Whitlock, 26, threw Captain the dog into a dumpster & left him to die!!

The court was told that Whitlock believed Captain was poisoned after eating something, which caused him to behave erratically. “Its more likely that Whitlock was behaving erratically from booze & drugs; perhaps the dog was acting in self defence from Whitlock…does anyone know what state Whitlock was in on the night it happened??”

He said he kept Captain in a separate room because he did not feel safe being with the dog. “This beautiful angel was not taken in as a police dog; because he was too friendly!!”

He decided to kill Captain because he felt the dog was his responsibility. He did not take him to the SPCA because he couldn’t afford it and because he was afraid of what Captain might do to other people.

Defence lawyer Tony Paisana said Whitlock has been diagnosed with psychosis and has showed signs of paranoia and schizophrenia, exacerbated by alcohol and marijuana.

Paisana said Whitlock loved Captain and slept with Captain every night. After he hit Captain with a baseball bat, he placed the dog – still alive – in a dumpster, wrapped in the blanket they slept in together.

“He believed his dog was suffering and that it was up to him to put Captain out of his misery,” Paisana said. “But he didn’t put him out of his misery did he?? He left him to suffer, a slow agonising death!”

News Link: http://www.vancouversun.com/life/Sentencing+delayed+killed+with/8480502/story.html#ixzz2VM18matc

Related previous news link:-http://preciousjules1985.wordpress.com/2012/12/04/graphic-image-animal-cruelty-charges-filed-against-owner-of-german-shepherd-found-in-kitsilano-dumpster/

Update On Lindey: Dog Thrown From Bridge Receives $15,000 In Donations

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Earlier this week we brought you the story of Lindey, the German shepherd tossed from a bridge in Kansas City. 

We are happy to report that Lindey is smiling again after she was able to undergo surgery thanks to a number of generous donors.

Spectators were at a horse show when they saw a dog fall over 40 feet from an overpass and land in a parking lot of the arena where the horse show was being held.  A snowbank broke her fall, but she was still very badly injured.

Two quick-acting animal lovers sprang into action and rushed Lindey to the Piper Heritage Vet Clinic.

“When dogs fall that far they assume an orientation in space where front legs are coming down first, followed by their head,” said veterinarian Dr. Richard Smith. “We call that a 3-point landing and it’s not very pleasant; when front legs give out and then their chin hits the ground and causes damage to their mouth as well.”

Lindey’s front paws were badly damaged, and her teeth were knocked into her jaw.  She also suffered internal injuries.

“She had some blood in her stomach, some compression in her lungs,” Dr. Smith said.

He also said there was evidence of previous abuse, which is not surprising considering she was thrown from a bridge.

Costs for treatment and follow-up care were estimated to be about $10,000.  But Lindey’s sad story touched many hearts, and the donations poured in.

“We are so appreciative and grateful of those who share whatever they have to help this girl because she is a sweetheart,” Dr. Smith said.

Lindey, who was named after one of her rescuers, has a long road of recovery ahead before she is ready to be adopted.

“She was clearly propelled,” said Nancy Campbell, president of Missouri German Shepherd Rescue.  “She’s still scared and cowers at quick movements.

Anyone with information on who may have done this is urged to contact the Kansas City Police Department.  Their website can be reached here:  http://www.kckpd.org/ContactUs

Anyone who wishes to donate to Lindey or other injured German shepherds may do so herehttp://mogsrescue.rescuegroups.org/

News Link:-http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2013/03/update-on-lindey-dog-thrown-from-bridge-receives-15000-in-donations/

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Heartbreaking Story Of A German Shepherd Named Prince, Thrown Out Like Old Rubbish

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“Posting for Anita Kelsey, I saw your request on Twitter & so wanted to help in the only way I can. I know nothing will bring Prince back, but I hope this helps, in some small way…God bless all at Mayhew Animal Home, for their outstanding commitment to Animal Welfare.

R.I.P Prince x

R.I.P Prince, a beautiful sweet boy, taken too soon. Now running free, under the bright blue sky & soft fluffy clouds, through sweet-smelling flowers & never-ending green grass, gone to the place all animals go; just over Rainbow Bridge. Jules xx

Please read his story below:

On Friday 12th October Animal Welfare Officers from The Mayhew Animal Home were called to the emergency rescue of a dying dog. The dog had been discovered buried amongst fly-tipped rubbish in a North London park.

The elderly German Shepherd was found collapsed, surrounded by dumped rubbish, litter and a filthy mattress and was initially assumed dead.

After discovering the extent of the suffering and neglect the dog had endured, the charity – a rescue centre in North London – is appealing to the public to help them find the dog’s owner so that they can be held accountable for their actionsWhoever owned this gift from God..you don’t deserve to breathe the same air as humans because you yourself are an animal!! I hope you read this, & I sincerely hope that each time you close your eyes to rest, you will be awoken by the terrible images of the dog you let die. I hope the nightmares continue to haunt you, as you are reminded of Princes pleading eyes, burning into you, begging for some type nourishment. But you didn’t care, did you! Does it make you feel proud, knowing you let a sentient being starve, to near death? Not a lot to ask was it??”

The 13-year-old dog was wearing a collar naming him as Prince and was covered in his own faeces. His coat was matted into hard rocks of hair and he was too weak to lift his head.

The Mayhew’s Animal Welfare Officer, Zoe Edwards, said:

“When I initially saw Prince I thought he was dead. He was lifeless, filthy and the smell coming from him was like sewage.
I really don’t understand the mentality of some people. This was obviously someone’s pet who loved them enough to once get him a decent collar and have his name engraved on it.“To the owner of Prince, do you remember getting the dog, you must have loved him at some point…why couldn’t you have taken him to a shelter if he was no longer loved or wanted…it would have been the kindest thing to do…but you left him out like a piece of trash…well just remember Karma is a bitch!”

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It is hard to believe that someone owned this dog for this long only to discard him alongside some old rubbish in a park. The condition of the dog indicated to me that this would have taken several months, if not years, for him to get into this mess.Does anyone recognise the dog? did you have a dog live near you who looked like Prince, but who suddenly vanished? Please, ease your conscience & do the right thing by telling the police or the Mayhew Animal Home; unless you too want to be visited by Karma every night too!!

I always give people the benefit of the doubt in my job and always try to be non-judgemental but in this case there is no excuse for the way this dog had been left. Someone must have seen the state that Prince was in and you would have had to have been blind to not see how this dog was suffering.”

Mayhew vet, Gen Wilkinson, said:

“This is an absolutely horrifying case of cruelty and neglect. Prince was severely dehydrated and had irreparable neurological damage, meaning that he was unable to move his back legs or tail and was doubly incontinent.

He was suffering immensely and this had been going on some time. He was also very underweight and tried to eat when we offered him food despite being so weak.

After shaving his matted hair we discovered maggots burrowing into the pressure sores on his body which had been caused by his low weight. “OH dear lord, maggots burrowing into his pressure sores, it must have taken months for him to become like that…somebody owned that sweet dog; yet left him to starve!!”

The only decision we were left with was to bring his life to a peaceful end but he should not be forgotten. 

Someone must know who Prince belonged to”. “Someone does know who this beautiful sweet soul belonged to, & if they don’t want the same done to another animal or worse; I suggest they ease their conscience by telling the police or The Mayhew Animal Home. I’m sure it can be done in complete confidence!”

The Mayhew’s Head of Marketing, Alison Morgan, said:

“This case is certainly one of the worst cases we have seen, which is why we need to take action and urge the government to push ahead with compulsory micro-chipping for all dogs. If Prince had been microchipped we would have had a better chance of finding out who was accountable for his neglect”.

Sign the petition to enforce micro-chipping:-http://themayhew.org/get-involved/our-campaigns/petition/

Heartbreaking video of a dog named Prince

Published on 11 Mar 2013

Music: One Hundred Thousand Angels by Bliss: www.blissfulmusic.com - PERMISSION GRANTED TO USE THEIR TRACK.

This video was made to highlight the terrible suffering of a German Shepherd, called Prince, and to raise money for The Mayhew Animal Home who worked through the night to try to save him, although in vain. The Mayhew Animal Home is based in London and survives only on donations from the public. They are a registered charity.
DONATION LINKhttps://www.justgiving.com/Anita-Kelsey - All donations go directly to The Mayhew. 

Prince Facebook memorial page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/In-mem…

Official site of The Mayhew Animal Homehttp://themayhew.org/

SONG: One Hundred Thousand Angels by Bliss. Permission has been sought to use this song for this video.

Princes Page:-https://www.justgiving.com/Anita-Kelsey

I am raising money in the name of Prince who The Mayhew found dumped under a pile of rubbish in a London Park, barely alive . Sadly Prince could not be saved but I want his death to lead to something positive so that his memory can live on.

Anita Kelsey 05/03/13 13:25

Just one of the main news story:-

One of the worst cases of pet neglect and cruelty seen by the Mayhew Animal Home in Kensal Green

An animal charity is appealing for help to find the heartless owner of a dying dog found dumped in Roundwood Park.

The elderly German Shepherd called ‘Prince’ was found collapsed, surrounded by dumped rubbish, litter and a filthy mattress and was initially assumed dead when he was discovered last Friday (12).

He was taken to the Mayhew Animal Home in Trenmar Gardens, Kensal Green, where he was found to be covered in his own faeces, his coat was matted into hard rocks of hair and he was too weak to lift his head.

The 13-year-old dog was wearing a collar with his name but not microchipped.

Due to the severity of his condition he sadly had to be put to sleep.

Price’s plight is one of the worse cases of cruelty and neglect of a pet seen by the charity in its 126-year history.

Gen Wilkinson, a vet at the Mayhew, said: “This is an absolutely horrifying case of cruelty and neglect.

“Prince was severely dehydrated and had irreparable neurological damage, meaning that he was unable to move his back legs or tail and was doubly incontinent. He was suffering immensely and this had been going on some time. He was also very underweight and tried to eat when we offered him food despite being so weak.

“After shaving his matted hair we discovered maggots burrowing into the pressure sores on his body, which had been caused by his low weight.

“The only decision we were left with was to bring his life to a peaceful end but he should not be forgotten. Someone must know who Prince belonged to”

The Mayhew is urging anyone with information about Prince’s owner to come forward.

They are also asking people horrified by this case to sign their petition, calling for compulsory microchipping for all dogs and for the government to push ahead with this in response to the DEFRA consultation. “See petition link above or below”

Zoe Edwards, the Mayhew’s animal welfare officer, said: “When I initially saw Prince I thought he was dead. He was lifeless, filthy and the smell coming from him was like sewage.

She added: “I really don’t understand the mentality of some people. This was obviously someone’s pet who loved them enough to once get him a decent collar and have his name engraved on it. It is hard to believe that someone owned this dog for this long only to discard him alongside some old rubbish in a park.

Prince

The condition of the dog indicated to me that this would have taken several months, if not years, for him to get into this mess. “I always give people the benefit of the doubt in my job and always try to be non-judgemental but in this case there is no excuse for the way this dog had been left. Someone must have seen the state that Prince was in and you would have had to have been blind to not see how this dog was suffering.”

The Mayhew Petition can be signed at www.themayhew.org/petition.

If you have any information on the identity of Prince’s owner you cal call the Mayhew on 020 8969 0178 or email info@mayhewanimalhome.org

News Link:-http://www.kilburntimes.co.uk/news/hunt_to_find_heartless_owner_who_dumped_dying_dog_in_roundwood_park_1_1659460

Dog Needs Help After Miraculously Surviving Being Thrown Off A Bridge

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“Words fail me, if you don’t want your pet hand it in to a shelter, unless your scared they will be after you for abusing the pet; if you’ve done nothing wrong, there is no shame in admitting you can’t cope! Better that than end the life of an innocent that gave it’s all just to love you, despite how treated. Somebody knows more about this & I would beg that you please contact the police if there is anything you know, if a pet describing the one below has suddenly disappeared from your neighbourhood; or someone has told you they surrendered the animal. Please this person needs to pay for his actions, who ever it is, they must be a little un-balanced to do this to a dog! Didn’t anyone see the incident from the bridge?, please think back, did you see someone behaving strangely with a dog on the bridge?? the video link is below, sorry I couldn’t get it to play in WP.”

Lindey is alive today thanks to the fast actions of two animal lovers.

Witnesses say the German shepherd was thrown from a bridge in Kansas City falling over forty feet.

Poor Lindey Thrown from bridge

The couple rushed the dog to the veterinarian and now they are trying to raise the funds to get her the surgery she needs.

A horse show was being held at the Hale Arena in Kansas City when witnesses saw a 2-year-old German shepherd come flying off the bridge and land in a snow bank, she appeared to have been thrown. Although one witness called for help, no one rushed to her aid until two horse show attendees pulled up. The two animal lovers didn’t hesitate to come to her aid, putting her in their car and getting her to the vet as fast as they could.

Thanks to the quick actions of her rescuers Lindey was at the vet within 30 minutes of her fall. “That made a huge difference,” said Dr. Smith. Her injuries were severe. “Obviously there was a great deal of trauma. She was in shock.”

Lindey is lucky to even be alive after her horrific fall. “When dogs fall that far they assume an orientation in space where front legs are coming down first, followed by their head,” said veterinarian Dr. Richard Smith. “We call that a 3-point landing and it’s not very pleasant, when front legs give out and then their chin hits the ground and causes damage to their mouth as well.” Lindey’s rescuers believe her landing in a snow bank very well saved her life. Though Lindey is not out of the woods yet.

Lindey will need complicated and expensive surgery to repair both of her front legs and damage she sustained to her teeth. The surgery along with follow-up care could cost $10,000. Lindey also sustained some internal injuries“She had some blood in her stomach, some compression in her lungs,” said Dr. Smith.  Her internal injuries seem to be stabilizing and will be monitored for another week or two to make sure there is no residual internal damage.

Approximately $4,000 has been raised to date to help Lindey.

To help donate towards Lindey’s surgery and recovery go to mogsrescue.rescuegroups.org or send donations to:

Love 4 Paws

P.O. Box 13305

Overland Park, Kan. 66282

Video Link:-http://landing.newsinc.com/shared/video.html?freewheel=69016&sitesection=wtvr&VID=24540921

News Link:-http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2013/03/dog-needs-help-after-miraculously-surviving-being-thrown-from-a-bridge/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LifeWithDogs+%28Life+With+Dogs%29

Emotional Reunion For A Man And His Best Friend

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“I think it’s about time for some good news, especially on Valentines Day…A man & his beloved dog, reunited…think I’m gonna cry!!!”

It’s been a long year for Robert Moreland, but even longer for his dog Blackjack.  The German shepherd was stolen from Moreland’s truck while he was at Home Depot 10 months ago, and Moreland was devastated.   He and Blackjack had been together since the dog was a pup, and now they have finally been reunited.

When Moreland discovered that Blackjack had been taken he called police, but they never found him.  “It hurt me to my heart,” Moreland said, a long time dog lover who did not want to give up the search despite health concerns of his own.  Moreland has suffered from PTSD ever since retiring from the Air Force in 1981 after 20 years of service, and he credits Blackjack with helping him cope.

Finally he gave in and did get another dog, named Rommel, though he continued to pray for Blackjack.  “I had given up,” Moreland said. “Not because I wanted to, but because I know evil people are in this world, and they don’t care.”  Then the miracle happened.

Eric Weinberger, a volunteer at Big Dog Ranch Rescue, got a phone call from a Palm Beach resident who had been feeding a stray dog for several months.

 Weinberger came and after several failed attempts was able to catch the dog, which the microchip revealed to be Blackjack.  Weinberger fears that Blackjack was used in dog fighting.  He was found with a green plastic collar around his neck and a piece of meat hung from a chain. “We’ll never know what they were using him for,” said Weinberger, “But the only reason he would have that collar on him is if he was used as a bait dog.”

Big Dog Ranch Rescue called Moreland to deliver the news and the pair had an emotional reunion on Valentine’s Day.  Blackjack went straight to Moreland and curled up beside him, as if no time had passed.  Blackjack had surgery to treat his wounds on Friday, and should be able to go back home on Sunday.  “I was so pleased (to find him),” Moreland said, and he expressed his gratitude to the kind people at Big Dog Rescue for bringing his boy home.

News Link:-http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2013/02/emotional-reunion-for-a-man-and-his-best-friend1/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LifeWithDogs+%28Life+With+Dogs%29

Mother, 32, suffocated family dog with plastic bag because she didn’t want to spend her benefits buying it food

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  • Tracy Barker starved her family’s German Shepherd Milo for several weeks 
  • She then suffocated him with a bag before putting his body in a wheelie bin
  • RSPCA officers found Milo in the bin outside Barker’s Stoke-on-Trent home
  • Barker was jailed for causing unnecessary suffering to an animal

Jailed: Tracy Barker, 32, was sentenced to 18 weeks in prison at Cannock Magistrates Court for causing unnecessary suffering to an animal

Tracy Barker, 32, received an 18-week prison sentence after horrified RSPCA inspectors found the emaciated body of German Shepherd Milo stuffed into a wheelie bin outside her home. “18 weeks is pathetic, this was a thought out crime, committed on purpose; should have been no less than a year. Why doesn’t the law value the lives of animals?”

A court heard that unemployed Barker refused to spend any of her benefits on food for the dog – and instead locked him outside and ignored his pleas to be fed.

She starved the dog for weeks before finally wrapping a carrier bag around his head and holding his jaw shut until he stopped breathing.

Cannock Magistrates Court heard RSPCA inspectors were called to Barker’s home in Blythe Bridge, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, following complaints from neighbours about dog mess in June last year.

‘She was trying to run a family home on benefits and cope with an animal – which is no excuse. She is disgusted by her actions and regrets what has happened.’
Lucy Taylor-Grime, defending solicitor

When they asked where her dog was, she broke down, confessed what she had done and led the team to Milo’s body.

The German Shepherd was found stuffed inside a black bin liner with the carrier bag Barker had used to kill him still tied around his head. “For the love of God, why didn’t she take it to a shelter? she wasn’t that dim! Which leads me to the question, if she is capable of doing such a heinous crime, who’s going to make sure the children are safe?”

Kevin Worthington, prosecuting, told the court on Wednesday that Barker had placed a carrier bag around Milo’s head and held its mouth shut until he died last June.

He said: ‘The dog used to live in the house but the defendant claimed she did not have the money to feed him and it got to the point where she moved the animal outside, where it became more ill.

‘The dog would have suffered physical feelings of hunger, lethargy along with being psychologically disturbed.

‘It was used to being fed daily and it was placed outside, hungry and whimpering. It would have suffered serious trauma – this is a serious offence.’

Barker pleaded guilty to two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

Her solicitor told the court that Barker had not been able to stretch her benefits to feed her family and the dog.

Lucy Taylor-Grime, defending, said: ‘She is disgusted by her actions and regrets what has happened. ‘She was trying to run a family home on benefits and cope with an animal – which is no excuse.

‘Money was tight and she did not know where to turn to also deal with her depression. ‘She got herself in such a mess and it went too far and she didn’t put her hand up and say “help me”.“Oh, that old chestnut again, well it didn’t’ work this time, good!”

Inspector Natalie Perehovsky, from the RSPCA’s North Staffordshire branch described the case as ‘one of the most disgusting’ she had ever seen.

She said: ‘Seeing an animal with the bag still tied around its head was upsetting. Her actions were disturbing in the way she had the determination to suffocate.

‘I am pleased with the sentence and the ban. It sends out a message that killing an animal is taking a life.’

Barker was also banned from keeping animals for 30 years with no chance to appeal.

An application from the RSPCA for £1,908 in vet’s costs was rejected because Barker was jailed. “the RSPCA have to pay to bring these offenders to court, just because they are jailed shouldn’t mean money spent on the trial, which is mostly from donations; should be stopped! there is little wonder more cases aren’t brought to court, it’s too dam expensive!!”

News Linkhttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2271790/Mother-32-suffocated-family-dog-plastic-bag-refused-use-benefits-buy-food.html#ixzz2KdbSe4sH
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