Mother and her son arrested after posting photo of puppy in a plastic bag

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“WTF…who in their right mind would put a puppy into a freezer bag, to take a photo? My Chihuahua is smaller than the pup pictured; but I don’t feel the need to confine him in plastic bags to take a photo. I find this extremely alarming & totally wrong!  Thank God this little pup is now in the care of another family member; lets hope they prefer to take a a natural picture, in the moment…not a bag!”

A Bernalillo County, N.M., woman and her son were arrested and booked into jail on a charge of felonyanimal cruelty after posting a troubling photo of a puppy, inside of a bag, online, reported Sunday’sKRQE News.

Mary Snell and James Engel found themselves in hot water after posting the disturbing image to Facebook.

The photo of a tiny, white pup, inside of a freezer bag, caught the eye of a good Samaritan, who voiced their concerns to the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office.

Who thinks this is funny???

Deputies took those concerns seriously and followed up – tracking down the puppy’s owners at an Albuquerque apartment complex on Saturday night.

Snell acknowledged that putting the pup inside of the bag was wrong, but explained her actions by claiming that there was no other way to keep the puppy still for a photo; the pair wanted to show how small the puppy was.

The pup, named “Baby,” was determined to be unharmed by the incident; the pup is now being cared for by another family member.

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Police: Glendale Woman Stabs Dog Several Times Near Eyes

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A 42-year-old Glendale woman faces animal cruelty charges after she stabbed her Shiba Inu dog multiple times around its eyes while she was high on cough syrup, authorities said. “Jesus, what the hell does her cough syrup contain?? 

Merry Jane Clift pleaded not guilty Wednesday to one felony count of animal cruelty after the alleged attack on her dog, “Huckleberry,” on Dec. 28, according to a Los Angeles County Superior Court criminal complaint.

The dog, which is in stable condition and “doing quite well,” is under quarantine at the Pasadena Humane Society, where the eye wounds were treated, spokeswoman Ricky Whitman said.

“It’s a very sad situation,” she said, adding that the dog was in a safe area away from the public. “Lets all pray this little guy pulls through from hid horrific ordeal”

Animal control officials are looking for a behaviorist to work with the dog, which appears to be depressed and withdrawn due to the trauma, Whitman said. She added that animal control officials were working with the dog, which she described as “very nice,” to make sure its stay at the shelter was as comfortable as possible. “Poor little guy, I would be bloody traumatized if someone stabbed me in the head!”

“The dog will not be returned to this woman,” she said.

Clift was arrested about 2:14 a.m. Dec. 28 after police arrived at a building in the 100 block of Carr Drive. A neighbour told police Clift was banging on her apartment door and begging residents to kill her, according to Glendale police. “They should have carried out her request!”

When police walked into the apartment building, they noticed a trail of blood to Clift’s apartment. Then the small brown dog stumbled up a set of stairs and stopped in front of the officers, who noticed several deep cuts on its face.

Clift, meanwhile, was sitting on the hallway floor of her apartment, police said. There they allegedly found a bloodied kitchen knife with a 10-inch blade and blood throughout the apartment.

Clift allegedly told officers that she had slept only two hours that night when she woke up and began stabbing her dog in the face with the knife. “Well it’s not the normal thing to do when you wake up in the night, usually it’s for a pee…Besides who the hell takes a 10″ Kitchen knife to bed with them? This woman is obviously cuckoo & needs locking up for the protection of others!”

She claimed to be going through a difficult time due to child custody issues, but later recanted her story and claimed not to remember what happened due to a psychotic episode, police said. “We all go through tough times but don’t wake up & stab our bloody dogs..she is crazy!”

Clift was arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty and was taken to Glendale Adventist Medical Center, where hospital officials discovered a possible dog bite on her left arm, police said. “Well I would expect her to have more dog bites, the poor thing was defending himself…I just hope she doesn’t turn this around & say she did it because she woke up & was being attacked by the dog!”

Whitman said an out-of-state family member of Clift’s has shown interest in the dog, but animal control officials are working with police to authorize any moves. “That’s a bad move, if the dog goes to a family friend, she could see it whenever she feels like it…it should be adopted into a new loving home, where it can recover from the trauma Clift caused it!”

Child abuse and endangerment charges were filed against Clift in January 2012 in a separate case, which is still pending, according to Los Angeles County Superior Court records. She also faces public intoxication charges stemming from cases filed in December 2011 and January 2012, according to court records. “Ahhh, it’s all coming out now, this woman is a danger to society & should be jailed!”

Clift, who listed her profession as a writer in police records, remained jailed Thursday afternoon in lieu of a $40,000 bond, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

She is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 10 to set a date for her preliminary hearing. “Fingers crossed she is locked up, but going on past cases, she will probably get her hands slapped…I have lost all faith in the judicial system…the public should be protected from people like this, not bump into them at the pub!”

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Young Woman Misses Church To Save Puppy Discarded In Dumpster

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Kate Baumgartner, 22, was walking to church in Glen Carbon, IL, on Sunday when she heard a noise coming from a dumpster. She decided to investigate the barking noise, climbing into the dumpster in her Sunday’s best. Inside, Kate found an 8-week-old puppy inside a trash bag.

“I did cry,” said Kate, a student at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. “I didn’t know what I was in for when I got in a dumpster, and there was a living animal, but I was in for a surprise!”

Her mother’s neighbour is a veterinarian, so Kate took the puppy for a short check up on Sunday morning. “I made it to the vet but didn’t make it to church,” Kate said.

Kate believes the puppy is a Shepherd-Boxer mix and plans to take her in for a full veterinarian check up and shots, but from the puppy’s first assessment by the neighbour  more medical care may be required. The neighbour suspects that the puppy has bruised ribs and a tail that has been broken at least once.

Regardless of what condition the puppy is in, Kate is ready to provide whatever care the puppy, named Layla, may need.

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“I would suggest if anyone know’s of a litter looking similar to the above, or know’s of someone else having one, to inform police! Some BxxxxxD put the puppy in a trash bag alive, after hurting it, then without a care tossed it out with the trash! They must be found & punished, doesn’t take a massive effort; if everybody just thinks about whether they have seen others like the puppy above!

The address the pups came from may be the same. Either the owner dumped it as a runt, or after it was injured or someone else purchased it, then realised they didn’t want it so tossed it out. It’s the address of where those puppies came from, that may give police a link as to who so carelessly hurt the wee thing then threw it out with the trash!!”

“I can’t believe it doesn’t say to contact local police in the article!!!”

Corning Woman Stabs Pit Bull To Death

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CORNING, N.Y. (WETM-18) – A Corning woman was arraigned Thursday after police say she killed a pit bull she and her husband owned.

Corning police say Gaylynn Taylor, 32 of Steuben Street in the City of Corning slit her dog‘s throat and repeatedly stabbed it to death. She then dumped the dog at a house in Painted Post. They say she had been arguing with her husband.

“Apparently she was always accusing him of leaving the dog with her for her to take care of. He had left for the evening after they had this dispute and her way to get back at him was to destroy the dog,” said Lieutenant Jeffrey Heverly of the Corning Police.

According to court documents, police say Taylor confessed at the scene, saying: “You wanna know the truth? I slit that dog’s throat and stabbed it…I don’t know how many times!”

The Corning Police Department arrested Taylor for aggravated cruelty to animals. She was released and is scheduled back in city court on October 23rd. Taylor did not answer when a reporter knocked on her door.


CORNING, N.Y. (WETM-TV)A Corning woman is facing charges after gruesomely killing an adult pit bull she owned.

Corning Police say 32 year old Gaylynn Taylor of Steuben Street in the City of Corning cut her dogs’ throat and repeatedly stabbed the pit bull to death.

Police say the killing came as a result of a heated domestic dispute.

They say the dog was then transported to a residence in Painted Post for disposal.

The Corning Police Department arrested Taylor for aggravated cruelty to animals.

She was arraigned in City of Corning Court and released.

Taylor is scheduled to re-appear in city court on October 23rd.

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Dog with Broken Leg Chained and Abandoned

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“We live in a very malicious world, where certain people have no feelings or morals whatsoever, towards animals…either pets or wildlife! So we must be forever vigilant & help police in whatever way we can, to catch these bastards! It falls upon us, the animal warriors, advocates, animal rights etc. to be the eye’s & ears  regards animal abuse; we must tell the police any news, which may catch these inhumane sicko’s. No matter how trivial you might think your news may be, please tell those in authority, it could lead to an arrest”

“At the end of the day, I cry tears in the hopes that these posts will help get the news out & catch those that abuse…I don’t do it for the good of my health, because its so breathtakingly sad; I do it because I love animals, big & small,  I hate those that inflict pain upon these sentient beings, they need to be punished, big time, & I aim to help in whatever way I can!!”

An abused young pit bull with a broken leg found in Lower Saucon Township has a new name – Anchor – because he was found tied to a boat trailer with a chain so heavy he couldn’t lift his head.

A resident of a Kohler Drive apartment complex found the dog and called police Tuesday morning.Police are searching for the dog’s owner.

Anchor the dog was left with a broken back leg tied to a boat trailer in Lower Saucon.

The dog was taken to the Center for Animal Health and Welfare, a non-profit, no-kill shelter in Williams Township. The center welcomes donations to help pay for Anchor’s surgery and care. 

Anyone with information about the dog is asked to call Cpl. Tim Connell of Lower Saucon Police at 610-330-2200.

This is just the latest of several animal cruelty cases in the Lehigh Valley this summer.

Related Topics: Animal Cruelty and Pit Bull

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All who walked away from Kingston played a part in his neglect, says rescuer

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“I first saw this story on Face Book & couldn’t share as I didn’t have permission, but now it’s on Examiner’s site, you can read all about it!”

“Reading  about a dog, alone & lost in the world will break your heart & make you cry!. But please, read it, read all the links below, for the sake of Kingston & all the other dogs, people pass by without a second glance.” R.I.P Kingston x

Kingston, sick and starving, abandoned by owners, ignored by neighbors

I apologize for taking so long to post an update,” Jamie Mitschke wrote on her Facebook page. “It has been a long, exhausting day trying to help Kingston and dealing with my other fosters.”

Anyone who has ever rescued even one animal knows the feeling. When you’re responsible for several of them, the exhaustion factor skyrockets, both physically and emotionally.

Yet Mischke diligently went on to describe the disturbing details of her experiences on that brutally hot day in one of Houston’s most impoverished areas.

A volunteer with Love Puppy Breath Rescue, Mischke had devoted her Sunday to join other volunteers from Forgotten Dogs of the 5th Ward Project and Corridor Rescue, Inc. so as to locate and help an abandoned, deathly ill and starved dog who they named “Kingston.”

Mischke’s account not only sheds additional light on the events reported previously here on Animal Policy Examiner; she concludes with a moving plea for more citizen involvement to improve the plight of the world’s many forgotten and desperate animals.

‘They said he looked like a hyena—they were scared of him’

“Kingston was originally seen by a healthcare worker at an apartment complex,” Mischke began. “She fed him yesterday and emailed Kelle Mann Davis [of Forgotten Dogs of the 5th Ward Project]. Kelle posted the pictures to Facebook late last night and I couldn’t get the dog out of my head.

“At 7:00 a.m. today, plans were sealed to go on the search. We arrived at the complex just after 8:00 a.m. and talked to a lot of residents.

“It seemed everyone knew Kingston. They said he looked like a hyena, that we shouldn’t touch him, and that they were scared of him.

“Poor Kingston had been hanging around the dumpsters and sleeping under cars for quite a long time—it’s unclear how long—and no one lifted a finger until the amazing healthcare worker reached out.

“We drove and walked the complex and surrounding streets, always hearing stories of the hyena dog, but it wasn’t until almost five hours later that we found him.

“Kelle and her wonderful husband came upon him walking down the middle of the road, and when the dog tried to make it over to Kelle, he collapsed. I was on the other side of the apartment complex, so Kelle called.

“I got there, and when we lifted him off the street, I was unable to feel any femoral pulses. Poor Kingston was in very bad condition. His mucus membrane color was terrible, his skin obviously horrible, and he was crawling with ants.

‘At least he got one day of love’: Sick, starved dog finally found comfort

“The local area offered little for veterinary care. He would have to be in the car for almost 45 minutes till we reached a vet. We made him as comfortable as we could.

Yvette sat in the back of the car with him on the way and she said that he was eating and was trying to get up and move. She kept him calm and finally he laid his head in her lap and relaxed. Poor guy.

“Kingston is at the vet now. His blood work wasn’t as bad as we imagined, but it’s not great. He is heart worm positive of course, and has sarcoptic mange. We’ll know more later.”

‘At least he knew one day of love”

Tragically, Kingston did not make it. The illnesses, severe malnutrition, and deadly dehydration that had mounted during untold months or years of neglect combined to create an enemy too fierce for even the expert and devoted care he had finally found.

Mischke, her fellow rescuers, and the many others who followed the dog’s harrowing story only took consolation in knowing that, as DeAnna McGuire Clawson put it, “at least he knew one day of love.”

‘Please don’t turn your back on strays’

“Every single person that saw Kingston and walked away played a part in his neglect,” Mischke wrote, “including the original person who owned him.

“Please, PLEASE…don’t turn your back on strays. That is how they get to this condition.

“We understand that not everyone can take on a stray, but reach out. There ARE people that will help. There are people like us. Find us. We WANT you to find us.”

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‘At least he got one day of love’: Sick, starved dog finally found comfort

Rescuers urge police to investigate case of fatally starved dog Kingston

Police on Luka Magnotta’s Trail For Animal Abuse – Before slaying: landlord

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“Perhaps if the police had taken note of the thousands of calls, the many emails (including mine), informing them of his sick behaviour with animals…the human tragedy could have been averted.”

MONTREAL – Police were hot on Luka Rocco Magnotta’s trail just weeks before he allegedly killed and dismembered university student Jun Lin, according to a former landlord.

In this photo provided by Montreal Police, Luka Rocco Magnotta is taken by police from a Canadian military plane to a waiting van on Monday, June 18, 2012, in Mirabel, Que.

Canadian law enforcement had tracked the 29-year-old porn actor and stripper to a Montreal apartment building as recently as March, says Magnotta’s former landlord.

He said a police detective phoned asking about Magnotta. But the query came too late — Magnotta had moved out about two weeks earlier.

While they never explained why they were calling, Toronto police have stated that they had already been investigating Magnotta on allegations of animal cruelty for more than a year.

According to the landlord, they nearly found him.

“I think they were on to this guy,” said the superintendent, as he stood in front of the apartment building in the city’s blue-collar Point St. Charles district. He spoke on condition of anonymity.

“To myself, I said, ‘I’m glad he’s out because the cops are looking for him now.’ “

The police phone call came roughly two months before Lin’s death in late May. Magnotta has been charged with first-degree murder in the grisly crime, which has shocked people around the world, and to which he has pleaded not guilty.

His former landlord said he gave up his furnished, second-floor bachelor apartment at the end of February, about two months after moving in. It was an abrupt departure — he only advised the superintendent about a week before he packed up.

Magnotta indicated that he was moving back to Toronto. In fact his next known address, the alleged scene of the killing, was only a few kilometres away in west-end Montreal.

“The police called and I told them he left for Toronto,” said the landlord, who added that the call came from an Ontario police force — he just couldn’t recall which one.

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Dallas County grand jury indicts three more suspects on burned puppy Justice

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DALLAS — The Dallas County District Attorney‘s Office announced on Thursday that a Dallas County grand jury indicted three additional suspects in the animal cruelty case involving Justice, the puppy that was allegedly doused with a flammable liquid and set on fire on April 4, at an apartment complex in Dallas.

Ayers, Carey, Ewing

Warrants for cruelty to non-livestock animals were issued for Richard Anthony Valentine, 24, Darius Lamar Carey, 24, and Adrian Michael Ayers, 20.

According to the DA‘s office, the charge has been enhanced to a 3rd degree felony by indictment due to the use of a deadly weaponwhile committing the offense. Therefore, the punishment will range from two to 10 years in prison.

Carey and Valentine turned themselves in and are in custody at Lew Sterrett Justice Center. Ayers was already in custody on an unrelated offense.

Meanwhile, a trial date was set for the case of the State vs. Darius Ewing, the firssuspect indicted for this animal cruelty offense: November 12.

According to Fox, police said in an arrest warrant affidavit that Ewing threw the lighter fluid on the puppy and Valentine, identified as “Little R,” flicked the cigarette.

Fox also reported that Ayers’ bond was set at $200,000, but no amounts were identified on the bond for Valentine and Carey.

Ayers, who has been in prison since April 25 after being arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection with a shooting, was listed as a witness in Ewing’s trial; he claims he was not involved.

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Police find abandoned house littered with dead animals

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A former Phoenix man has been arrested for seven counts of animal cruelty, police said Tuesday night.

Steven C. Hart, of 948 Shants Road, Jordan, was arrested on multiple class A misdemeanors after police found about a dozen dead animals in his former residence at 86 Cherry St. in the village of Phoenix.  

“The guy had an extreme amount of animals in his apartment,” said Phoenix Police Chief Timothy Chura. “When we got to the apartment all there was were the carcasses.

A two-week investigation began when a village resident went to the house to remove a couple aquariums from the front porch. As he was moving an aquarium, the resident discovered a dead animal in the tank.

The resident called Phoenix Village Police.

It was not until police arrived that the full extent of the animal cruelty became apparent. Officers found five dead exotic animals packed in garbage bags on the porch. Inside the vacant apartment, officers recovered more dead animals in the second-floor bedroom. Trash and animal feces had been thrown throughout the apartment.

It also appeared as if some of the animals struggled to burrow through a wall into the apartment next door, police said. The apartment has been declared unfit for habitation.

A subsequent investigation revealed that Hart and his girlfriend purchased a total of 68 animals and had kept them living together in the one apartment. Included in the list: one Great Dane, one Burmese mountain dog, two Australian cattle dogs, one red-nosed pitbull, seven cats, one Gannet African cat, 30 ferrets, four chinchillas, one red-tailed boa snake, two ball pythons, one coastal carpet python, two Iguanas, one armadillo lizard, two bearded dragons, one blue and gold macaw, two prairie dogs, two squirrels, one red footed tortoise, one leopard tortoise, one gecko, one monitor, one chameleon and two hedgehogs.
“We figure he moved out in March,” Chura said.

From the time Hart moved out to the discovery by a village resident of a dead animal in May, Phoenix Police received no calls about the apartment, he said. During that time, animal carcasses rotted in the apartment for weeks unnoticed.

“I’m not sure if they knew the magnitude of the number he had,” he said.

The police investigation later concluded that some of the animals died from neglect, while others died from starvation when Hart ran out of money to buy them food.

I don’t think he got them to kill them,” Chura said.

Hart did give some of the pets away when he could no longer take care of them. He buried some of the others on the property.

Hart will be arraigned in Schroeppel Town Court on June 13. The investigation into the animal cruelty case is ongoing and additional arrests are possible, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Phoenix Police at 695-2001. 

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Child Advocates Upset About 5-year-old Living With 43 Animals

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(MOBILE, Ala.)   More controversy surrounding the apartment where 42 cats and a dog were found.

Mobile police and animal control officers responded to Country Club Woods Apartment complex yesterday after several complaints.

Two women and a 5-year old girl were living there among all the animals in that apartment.

Now, the Executive Director of the Child Advocacy Center is speaking out about the case.

He says he can’t remember a situation where this many animals were living in such a tight space, with a small child.

Pat Guyton is the Executive Director of the Child Advocacy Center in Mobile.

When he heard 42 cats and a dog were living in a one bedroom apartment with a 5-year-old child, he was disgusted.

“It’s upsetting. It’s a very unhealthy environment. Cats carry certain diseases that a child can pick up such as Cat-scratch disease, Salmonella, Roundworm,” said Guyton.

Mobile Police say cockroaches and cat feces filled the Country Club Woods apartment.

“There are even things like ringworm and other parasites that can be picked up. It places the child’s health at risk,” said Guyton.

56-year-old Linda Barnes is charged with environmental animal cruelty. Her daughter, 32-year-old Heather Barnes has not been charged, but the Department of Human Resources took custody of her 5-year-old girl.

“Studies have been done that show that people who will neglect animals will neglect children. So I think it will be important for DHR to conduct an investigation to determine if the child is being neglected,” said Guyton.

The Department of Human Resources wouldn’t comment on the case.

But police say the little girl is OK.

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