Puppy Burner Given Maximum Sentence

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Adell Ziegler, the teen who burned the Jack Russell terrier named Phoenix in Buffalo, NY last fall, has been handed the maximum sentence in New York state for animal cruelty.

He will spend the next two years in prison (we know, not nearly long enough), and is banned from having a pet for the next seven years (again, we know – not long enough).

Adell Ziegler

“I don’t think this guy should have a pet rock,” said Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita. “He’s an off-the-charts animal abuser. He’s a sociopath.”

The prosecution says that during his time in jail, Ziegler has been overheard in phone calls bragging about what he did, saying the case has made him famous, and he wears a badge of honor.

Ziegler argues that he does not think him being known for this is a good thing. He told the judge that people are only going to know him for being the guy who set a puppy on fire. He apologized at his sentencing on Tuesday, saying he thought it was a joke at the time.

“I could’ve stopped it that day, and should’ve, but I never knew it would go that far,” Ziegler said. (How can a person even claim they do not realize how far they are taking a “joke” when they douse an animal in lighter fluid and set it on fire??)

His defence attorneys masqueraded him as a child of a broken home, having been in and out of foster care, never knowing stability.

“While there were hundreds of people from across the country who wanted to adopt Phoenix and were vying for his adoption, there were zero people to adopt my client when he was a fatherless, motherless child from a broken home plagued with drug abuse and alcohol abuse,” said Ziegler’s attorney, Ann Nichols.

Despite his troubled childhood, he has not and will not gain sympathy from many. Everyone has hardships in life, but they don’t think, “hey, my life has been pretty crappy, so why don’t I set an animal on fire for fun?”

“Mr. Ziegler…I should be kind here…is a very troubled person. To douse a dog with lighter fluid and set it on fire for their jollies, there’s a serious computer chip missing there,” Sedita responded.

Ziegler’s nephew, Diondre Brown, admitted to participating in the heinous crime by acting as a lookout. He was sentenced to six months.

Phoenix covered in burns

Ziegler is currently serving one year in prison for violating probation, and will begin his additional sentence in October

Phoenix is happy and healthy in his forever home. He was adopted by foster mom Judi, and spends his days with his best friend, Ruckus. He recently visited the state capital to celebrate New York State Animal Advocacy Day. February 9th was declared Phoenix Day by Mayor Byron Brown. The spirited pup has been an ambassador for the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter (as well as the city itself), and is on his way to becoming a therapy dog.

To encourage Governor Andrew Cuomo to enforce stricter laws with harsher punishments for abusers, please visithttp://www.thepetitionsite.com/686/536/489/phoenix-law/.

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Big Purses, Sore Horses, and Death

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Large payouts to owners make it profitable for owners to field thoroughbreds that are past their prime, sometimes with fatal results.

As he trained for his first race, at Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, the 3-year-old thoroughbred Wes Vegas galloped on the track most mornings and had two timed workouts. But his handlers also prepared him in another way: In the month before the race, records show, he received 10 intravenous injections of potent drugs for pain, one the day before he ran; two injections of a drug for joint disease; corticosteroid injections in his two front ankles; a sedative; and an ulcer drug.

For all the preparation, that first race, on March 3, turned out to be his last.

As he approached the first turn, Wes Vegas broke a leg and had to be euthanized.

A week earlier, another horse, the 4-year-old Coronado Heights, who records show had “early degenerative joint disease,” suffered a fatal breakdown at Aqueduct after receiving 13 injections for pain and cartilage damage in the month before his race.

Since a casino opened at Aqueduct late last year, offering vastly richer prizes, 30 horses have died racing there, a 100 percent increase in the fatality rate over the same period the previous year. Like Wes Vegas and Coronado Heights, many had been injected repeatedly with pain medication in the weeks before their breakdowns, according to a review of veterinary records by The New York Times.

Pain medication during training is legal as long as it does not exceed certain levels on race day. But the prevalence of drugs is a graphic illustration of how the flood of casino cash has created powerful and dangerous incentives to run sore, tired or otherwise unfit horses in pursuit of that big score.

“If the public knew how many medications these horses were administered after entry time, I don’t think they would tolerate it,” said Dr. Rick Arthur, equine medical director of the California Horse Racing Board.

Amid the uproar over the Aqueduct death toll, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York ordered an investigation to “ensure against needless injuries to horses and to riders.” Experts are examining various factors — not just drugs, but issues like track conditions and pre-race inspections.

But what is indisputable is that casinos opening at Aqueduct and a growing number of racetracks have recalibrated the age-old economic equations of the horse-racing game.

To survive amid a riot of new, technologically advanced gambling options, track owners have increasingly succumbed to the gambling industry’s offer to sweeten racing purses with slot machine revenue. But if casinos promise to prop up a struggling sport, they can also erode the loyalty that owners and trainers feel toward their horses, turning them, in the words of Maggi Moss, a leading owner, into “trading cards for people’s greed.

The casinos’ impact is greatest at the sport’s low end, the so-called claiming races, a world away from the bluegrass pageantry of Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. In the claiming ranks — where some of the cheapest horses fill starting gates at tracks like Aqueduct, Penn National, near Harrisburg, Pa., and Evangeline Downs in Louisiana — the casino money has upset the traditional racetrack balance of risk and reward.

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