UPDATE: Justice, The Dog Set On Fire, Receives No Justice

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Update August 21, 2013 10:35 a.m:Since the District Attorney‘s office is considering an appeal, the petition asking for the maximum sentence (link is below) has been reopened for signatures.

In April, 2012, an 18-year-old man was arrested and charged with animal cruelty.Darius Ewing poured lighter fluid on a four-month-old puppy, then flicked a lit cigarette at him. The police report stated that a group of people watched and laughed as Ewing threw his lit cigarette at the dog.

Darius Ewing

The Labrador puppy suffered from third degree burns on more than 70 percent of his body. His poor little body could not handle it, and ten days after being set on fire, the puppy died.

The puppy was named “Justice” by his rescuers, DFW Rescue Me, since that is what they hoped he would get.

But that does not seem to be the case.

The man who lit Justice on fire, Darius Ewing, pleaded guilty to one count of felony animal cruelty. Ewing entered a plea on Tuesday, agreeing to a five-year sentence. The judge on the case, Larry Mitchell, reduced his sentence to two years. WFFA.com reports that the judge “lowered it to two years, saying prosecutors failed to prove that a ‘deadly weapon’ was used.”

Three others also pleaded guilty to one count each of felony animal cruelty. Darius Carey, 25, was sentenced to two years in jail. Richard Valentine, 25, and Adrian Ayers, 21, each received 15 months in jail.

Ayers, Carey, Ewing

In Texas, State Jail Felonies are punishable with a fine of up to $10,000 and/or a jail sentence of up to 10 years.

Jonnie England of the Texas Humane Alliance says all who were present for sentencing in the courtroom were shocked. “There was just no justice for Justice here today,” England said.

Prosecutors are considering an appeal for Ewing’s case.

Animal advocate group Hand4Paws wrote a petition asking that Darius Ewing receive the maximum sentence. The petition received over 37,000 signatures. The petition was sent to the judge on the case, Larry Mitchell.

News Link:-http://www.examiner.com/article/justice-the-dog-set-on-fire-receives-no-justice?cid=PROD-redesign-right-next

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Hidalgo County Man Back in Jail After Having Sex With A Horse Again

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“I don’t think any kind of treatment can help here, aside from chopping his dick off!!. After so many repeated rapes on animals, how long before he turns his attention to children? He is a threat & should be locked away in either a jail or mental home; just get him off the streets!!

Cirilo Castillo Jr., 43 of Edinburg, Texas was back in court on Wednesday and charged with criminal trespass and animal cruelty for having sex with a horse.

Cirilo Castillo has been charged with 2 counts of trespassing and 2 counts of animal cruelty. Credits: The Houston Chronicle/ Hildago County Sheriff‘s Office

Most animal welfare laws view zoophilia as animal abuse. According to Wikipedia, there are 18 states that have no specific bestiality laws; Texas is one of them. Florida passed a bestiality law in 2011.

According to the Monitor.com, Castillo was released from jail on June 25 for public lewdness and having sex with the mare named Nadia.

On June 28, he was caught on a video surveillance camera having sex with the same horse again.

A previous record shows another arrest in January 2012 for similar allegations.

The Houston Chronicle states Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino describes Castillo as a laborer with prior arrests for theft and possession of marijuana. The Sheriff stated:

The guy is practically harmless, except for the horse. I can’t just ignore this and allow it to keep happening.”

The Sheriff is hoping Justice of the Peace Bobby Contreras will order Castillo to get treatment. Bond was set at $35,000.

News Link:-http://www.examiner.com/article/hidalgo-county-man-back-jail-after-having-sex-with-a-horse-again?cid=rss

Good Samaritans Rescue Dog Shot Multiple Times In The Face, Tied Up Left For Dead

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PLEASE  PLEASE  CIRCULATE  THIS  ON  FACEBOOK  &  TWITTER – LET’S  FIND  THE  BASTARD  WHO  DID  THIS….PLEASE  CONTACT  THE  POLICE  IF  YOU  HAVE  ANY  INFORMATION  ABOUT  THIS  DOG.  IF  ANYONE  CAN  SPARE  $2  DOLLARS  TO  HELP  PAY  HIS  VET’S  BILLS,  IT  WOULD  BE  MUCH  APPRECIATED. If you can’t, don’t worry, your prayers are just as valuable!!Thank you

“WTF…WHY, why would anyone do such a thing? Dear God, I am shaking with rage whilst tears run down my face both in sadness & anger. Such a beautiful dog…who ever did this needs a taste of his own medicine…sick, heartless, cold, evil FXXXXXG BASTARDS!!  Watch the video below, look into Bucks face & eyes, imagine how much pain he must be in; yet he all he wants is a cuddle!!. 

CONROE, Texas – A dog is being treated for gunshot wounds in Conroe after a shocking case of animal cruelty.

Buck, shot several times, tied up in a bag & left for dead!!

Someone shot the dog several times in the face with a shotgun, tied it up in a garbage bag and left it for dead.

Someone spotted the trash bag moving on Bulldog Lane in Conroe Saturday morning. They ripped it open and the bloody dog stumbled out and collapsed.

Tami Augustyn took the dog to an emergency clinic where veterinarians discovered buckshot lodged in both eyes, his mouth, gums, shoulders and neck.

They’re calling the mixed breed dog Buck and say he’s making a remarkable recovery.

Vets say Buck’s prognosis is good, but the injuries to his eyes may cause permanent blindness.

This isn’t the first time Augustyn has rescued a dog in trouble.

“Dogs love unconditionally. You’ll never find anyone or anything that loves you like a dog. Why would you injure something like that? I don’t understand,” she told Montgomery County Police Reporter Scott Engle.

Augustyn said Buck’s medical bills will likely top $5,000 and she’s trying to raise money to help pay for them.

Facebook page has been set up for donations and to follow Buck’s progress.

You can also donate to the Animal Emergency Clinic by calling 936-539-3800 or through Paypal to tamiaugustyn@hotmail.com.

News Link:-http://www.khou.com/news/crime/Good-Samaritans-rescue-dog-shot-multiple-times-in-the-face-185887511.html

010613 DOG SHOT , TIED IN TRASH BAG TIED TO FENCE LEFT FOR DEAD

Published on 6 Jan 2013

Story shortly, a dog is found in the Conroe area in a trash bag tied to a fence and shot. Left for dead in near freezing temperatures.

A dog has been found sealed up in a contractor’s garbage bag after being shot with a shotgun in the face and left to die. 

A good Samaritan, Tami Augustyn, was notified by a friend that a dog had been tied up in a garbage bag and left to die along Bulldog Lane in Conroe, Texas. Tami immediately picked up the severely wounded dog and took him to Animal Emergency Clinic in Conroe, Texas where the dog is being evaluated and stabilized until they close on Monday, January 7th at 8am in which he will be transported to another vet. Under initial evaluation, the dog has been shot in the face, including in both eyes and inside his mouth, with birdshot fragments. This has left the dog either temporarily or permanently blind and will require a specialist to evaluate his eyes. The dog also needs x-rays of his hind legs to determine why he can’t walk.

The dog is affectionately being referred to as “Buck” after Buckshot. A Facebook page “Buck Needs Bucks for his Buckshot Injuries” has been created to follow his prognosis and documenting pictures of his wounds and medical bills. https://www.facebook.com/Buckneedsbucks  (Lots of updates here)

Medical costs are increasing rapidly to save this dog (currently estimated at over $3,000) and Tami is asking people to donate by either call Animal Emergency Clinic at 936.539.3800 or via Paypal to TamiAugustyn@hotmail.com.

Feds Bring First Case Under New ‘Animal Crush’ Video Law

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A Houston man and woman were indicted Wednesday for producing “animal crush” videos, the first federal case brought under the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act of 2010, which was passed after the Supreme Court ruled that a previous version of the law violated the First Amendment.

The U.S. attorney in southern Texas charged Ashley Nicole Richards, 22, and Brent Justice, 51, who are already facing state animal cruelty charges, with producing eight videos that allegedly involve the torture and killing of puppies, chickens and kittens, according a release from the federal prosecutor’s office. Richards and Justice face five counts of animal crush charges and two obscenity charges.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office of Southern Texas confirmed the Houston case is the first in the nation brought under the revised law.

In April 2010, the Supreme Court decided 8-1 in U.S. v. Stevens to strike down Section 48 of Title 18 of U.S. Code as unconstitutional.

The code, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the opinion of the court, penalized “anyone who knowingly ‘creates, sells, or possesses a depiction of animal cruelty,’ if done ‘for commercial gain’ in interstate or foreign commerce.”

That case involved a man who sold videos of dogfighting and of dogs attacking other animals. He challenged his indictment on the grounds that Section 48 violated the First Amendment.

Though the government argued the code was necessary for cases of “animal crush” and animal fighting videos, the court held “a law may be invalidated as overboard if ‘a substantial number of its applications are unconstitutional.’” The court, therefore, did not discuss whether animal crush videos were a special case that could warrant an exception to the First Amendment.

“We … need not and do not decide whether a statute limited to crush videos or other depictions of extreme animal cruelty would be constitutional,” Roberts wrote for the court.

The court invalidated the law altogether as overboard, prompting Congress in September of that year to pass the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act of 2010, which specifically prohibited animal crush videos and defined them as “any photograph, motion picture, film, video or digital recording, or electronic image that:

(1) depicts actual conduct in which one or more living non-human mammals, birds, reptiles, or amphibians is intentionally crushed, burned, drowned, suffocated, impaled, or otherwise subjected to serious bodily injury;

(2) is obscene.

The “and obscene” provision would be key if the statute were challenged anew, said First Amendment expert and University of Chicago law professor Geoffrey Stone.

“[Congress] passed this very complicated law that does not add anything to the scope of what is criminal,” Stone told POLITICO. “So as long as we stipulate that the material has to be obscene to be prosecuted under the statute, then why don’t you just prosecute you under the obscenity statute?”

The reference to obscenity also appears to limit the statute’s application in several ways, including limiting it to videos that are sexual in nature.

Stone believes that if the case were to be brought to the highest court, the question at issue would be whether there is a legitimate reason to distinguish this type of obscenity from others.

With free speech restrictions, the government cannot constitutionally pick and choose what type of speech to restrict based solely on its content, as established in the hate speech case R.A.V. v. City of St. Paul.

Stone compares the animal crush statute to a law creating higher penalties for purveyors of homosexual obscenity as opposed to non-homosexual obscenity – the government in both cases would need to show why the distinction serves a societal necessity.

Stone said in defence of the law, as in the comparable issue of child pornography, sometimes the government punishes selling depictions of something cruel to take away the incentive for individuals to commit the cruelty in order to profit off of it.

The animal crush statute carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison; the obscenity statute carries up to five.

News Link:-http://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2012/11/feds-bring-first-case-under-new-animal-crush-video-150700.html?hp=r2

Devastating End For Leah, The Dog Rescued in Texas fire

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Dog rescued in Texas has died

“OMG…Can’t see for tears!!. That’s it, not posting any more tonight in honour of Leah…I was only writing about her the other day, cried then too, due to the fire–fighters efforts to keep her alive! The fire-fighters worked so hard & seemed to get her breathing again, I can’t begin to imagine their grief, along with the family’s!”

“My heart is heavy with pain, I don’t even know the dog, but I get attached just through writing about them! But, its time for Leah to run free & wild just like she did when she was a puppy. Once over Rainbow’s Bridge, she will have no pain, only pleasure & she will see all your friends too. Plus when it’s time her family will be re-united with her, for lots of cuddles…God Bless you sweet heart, you will be missed by so many & never forgotten, especially by the fire-fighters that tried to save you…I bet their shedding tears too!  R.I.P Leah xxx”

The heart-warming tale of a dog rescued by Arlington, Texas fire-fighters has turned tragic.

According to Wednesday’s publication ofWFAA News, the dog, named “Leah,” who was saved from a fire thanks to the efforts of a dedicated team of fire-fighters, has since passed away.

Initially, the prognosis for the dog’s recovery was promising.

Fire-fighters worked for an hour to revive the dog who was trapped inside of a house which was engulfed in flames.

But the damage to the dog’s body proved too much and she died on Sunday as a result.

Another pet, a cat, also died in the devastating blaze.

Those who learned of the fire-fighters  efforts were touched by their compassion and dedication to the ailing dog – Leah’s untimely death does not take away from their heroic efforts.

News Link:-http://www.examiner.com/article/devastating-end-for-dog-rescued-texas

 

Amazing Effort By Fire Fighters Saves Leah’s Life

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“I have so much admiration for these fire fighters, not just because they save people, but they risk their own lives to do so!. Happily on this occasion’s all fire fighters were safe, but the family dog, left in the burning house was not. That is until these guys did their all…for a dog….their motto should be  ‘If it breath’s, it leaves’…sadly the cat didn’t make it but I’m sure the owners will be overjoyed that those fire-fighters fought for their dog, Leah‘s life too! God bless & keep them all safe! Sorry you will have to follow the link below to see the video, but it’s worth it!

It was a miraculous rescue, out of a burning house came a fire-fighter with a limp dog in his arms.  But these well prepared fire-fighters do not give up easily, and after an hour of life saving effort, they were rewarded when Leah raised her head.  The fire, which struck a home in Arlington Texas when the owner was not home, was being battled the whole time rescuers were attempting to revive the poor pooch who had been trapped inside.

 

It wasn’t easy, ”They went through five bottles of oxygen on her, probably three- to four breathing treatments, the same treatment we administer to humans,” said Arlington Fire Department spokesman Lt. Kevin Seeton.

However every battalion chief’s car and on every ladder truck s equipped with a pet oxygen mask, which proved vital in saving Leah.  No one ever gave up, petting her and coaxing back, even giving her a gentle poke in the eye, to which she blinked, giving them continued hope.

“It’s a great feeling to see these big, burly fire-fighters all gathered around working on a small dog, trying to get it back to life,” said Seeton. Sadly, it was not all good news as the family cat unfortunately did not survive the blaze.  But seeing Leah recover eased the heartbreak for the fire-fighters and for Leah’s owner.  Leah is expected to make a full recovery.

Video & News Link:-http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2012/10/amazing-effort-by-fire-fighters-saves-leahs-life/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LifeWithDogs+%28Life+With+Dogs%29

92 Dogs Dumped in Denton County

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Police in Flower Mound, TX, responded late Monday night, October 1, to calls from local residents that dozens of Maltese-type dogs were loose along a country road near Highway 377 and Stonecrest Road.

Flower Mound is a suburb of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex..

Officers rounded up 51 of the frightened little dogs in about an hour, according to NBCNews.com.  Some of them were so badly matted they could barely walk.

Tuesday night, 41 more dogs–mostly Cavalier King spaniels–were found abandoned along a rural road near Sanger, about 34 miles north of Flower Mound.

The Humane Society of North Texas believes the cases are related. Flower Mound Police Captain  Richard Brooks and humane society officials suspect these despicable acts were done by operators of an illegal puppy mill who no longer want to breed the animals after new legislation tightening breeding regulations was passed last month.

“Unfortunately, there are a few of these really bad breeders who know they’re not going to pass inspections and are trying to get out of the business fast,” said Peggy Brown, coordinator of community outreach and education for the Humane Society of North Texas.

The dogs rescued in Flower Mound are being housed in the city’s animal shelter. All of the animals were filthy and appeared to have lived in inhumane conditions but otherwise seem to be healthy.

City animal control officers say they have heard reports of similar dumps elsewhere in the state. It appears to be  a tragic side effect of  new regulations designed to protect the dogs in the breeding industry, comments the Dallas Daily News.

Unfortunately, with a lot of these puppy mill dogs, their feet may have never touched the ground,” Peggy Brown said. “They could have spent their whole lives in cages.”

Volunteers have been bathing and grooming the dogs for cleanliness and also to relieve the discomfort of those with tightly matted fur, which can be very painful. They will be placed up for adoption next week unless the owner claims them.

“It’s really heartbreaking,” Brown said. “Hopefully, we can change their lot in life and give them a better future than their past has been.”

ABANDONING ANIMALS IS A CRIME!

The Humane Society of North Texas in Forth Worth is offering a $500 reward for information on who dumped the 92 dogs along these country roads in Denton County Monday and Tuesday nights. They can be contacted at 817-332-HSNT.

Flower Mound Police Department is conducting an animal-cruelty investigation and asking for help from the public.

 If anyone has information regarding the dumping of the dogs, they are asked to call the Flower Mound Police Department at 972-539-0525 or call CrimeStoppers, anonymously, at 972-874-3307.

Sources:http://www.tdlr.state.tx.us/bre/brelaw.htm

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/10/04/14222277-92-dogs-abandoned-along-country-roads-in-texas-police-say?lite

http://crimeblog.dallasnews.com/2012/10/the-maltese-felon-police-suspect-illegal-dog-breeders-are-mass-abandoning-their-pooches-in-denton-county-elsewhere.html/

View more videos at: http://nbcdfw.com.

 

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