Police: Irate Tacoma Man Kicks Dog So Hard, He Killed It

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Published: Jan 24, 2015 at 2:03 PM PST Last Updated: Jan 24, 2015 at 3:42 PM PST

TACOMA, Wash. — Police say a 32-year-old Tacoma man became so enraged during an argument with his girlfriend that he killed his dog.

Nicholas James Tresness is facing animal cruelty charges for allegedly kicking his pet Chihuahua so hard that the dog died, according to Loretta Cool with the Tacoma Police Department.

Stanley my little Chihuahua

This is not the dog killed, this is my little chihuahua Stanley ( just to show how big this breed is)

Tressness, who lives with his mom in the 8400 block of South Ainsworth Avenue, got into an argument with his girlfriend on the phone at about 6 p.m. on Friday. When he hung up the phone, he was so angry that he kicked a highchair and broke a coffee cup, according to Cool.

Tressness stormed into his room, and his pet Chihuahua, Duke, followed him. Cool said Tressness then kicked Duke hard enough to kill the dog.

When police arrived at the house, Tressness allegedly told the officers he has an anger problem and he didn’t mean to kill the dog. He was arrested and booked into Pierce County Jail for investigation of several charges, including animal cruelty.

News Link:http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Police-Irate-Tacoma-man-kicks-dog-killing-it-289685551.html

Women Charged In Dogs Death In Hot Car At Baltimore Hotel

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“I bet she didn’t go for 19 hours without food or water whilst in the hotel. Stupid bxxxh should be banned from owning any further animals; if that’s how little she thinks of them!”

A 62-year-old woman from Virginia was arrested after police discovered two dogs which had been locked inside of her vehicle for 19 excruciating hours, reported Monday’s Baltimore Sun. 

Sharon Mulachy. Picture Courtesy of Examiner.com

On Saturday, authorities were alerted to the presence of two dogs who were locked inside of Sharon Mulcahy‘s Ford Fusion, which was parked outside of a Best Western in a Baltimore, Md., suburb.

One of the dogs, a six-year-old poodle named “Missy,” was already dead by the time that the car was opened. The other dog, a 10-year-old poodle named “Bear,” was still alive and hiding beneath the steering column.

Temperatures on Saturday were hovering in the mid-90’s and the interior of the car was described as “scalding.” Mulcahy had left a window slightly cracked, but the outside temperatures were far too hot for the opening to be of any benefit.

According to the police report, Mulcahy had checked into the hotel around 8 p.m. on Friday, leaving her small dogs locked inside of the vehicle without any food or water.

Hotel employees noticed the dogs on Saturday afternoon and contacted the authorities.

Mulcahy was arrested and is facing six counts of animal cruelty and two counts of restraining a dog without shelter or food and water.

The surviving dog was taken to BARCS for care.

News Link:-: http://www.examiner.com/article/woman-arrested-after-leaving-dogs-inside-of-hot-car-one-dog-dies

For Molly: Honouring A Dog That Only Wanted Love

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“A precious baby, yet another pit bull puppy used & abused, tragically at the hands of humans…who else!! Some may well say, well this was just another dog, found abused, who found a home. But remember all dogs rescued are special; their hearts all heal in their own unique ways. If I had been abused as this pup had, I wouldn’t be so quick to forgive…but that’s the difference between us & dogs or any animal…show them love & they will readily love back unconditionally.  Yes some dogs do take longer than others to heal, but rarely are there any, not willing to love; putting their hardships, behind them & always being there for you. Some dogs are just special, they have an amazing ability to make the shittiest day, be forgotten with one sweet lick…they make you laugh when you only feel like crying. This really touched my heart, & pricked my eyes with tears; this made me feel so grateful to have my 3 dogs, whom without, my life would be empty! I think anyone who has never loved a dog is missing; out on one of Gods sweetest, kindest most loyal of creatures…any ones best friend, a dog!”

“Molly, well, straight away, it was apparent that Molly had a big heart, willing to love & be loved by all.  This is where I have to question my faith, Molly had everything to live for with her new loving family. But it didn’t turn out to be a happy ending; why does the happiness of those who deserve to have the best, sometimes have it taken away??. Why can’t that happen to all the low life scum in this life, those that continually abuse, hurt, kill? I guess God, for whatever reason, sometimes, just needs the special ones, more in heaven, than on earth…well that’s the way I look at it; as hard as it is to try & come to terms with.  So yes your going to need the Kleenex for this one, because it is sad. I’m just so thankful that Molly found love & gave love, in her short time on this earth. I’m sure she is having the time of her life over Rainbow Bridge, patiently waiting to see her loved ones again. God Bless sweet baby girl. R.I.P Molly”

Molly the pit bull experienced the very worst and the very best of humankind during her very short life. Molly was brutalized as a bait dog and then left tied to a pole in the basement of an abandoned Baltimore house at six months old.

She was found by a workman, rescued, then adopted into a loving home.

Molly flourished in her new home and became attached to her dog siblings and her humans. For three months she knew happiness, comfort, companionship and love. Then a sudden and catastrophic health event ended her life.

A friend made the following memorial video in honor of Molly. It is both heartbreaking and heartwarming to watch.

WARNING: The video contains a few disturbing photos showing Molly’s injuries when she was found.

The creator of the memorial video writes:

Molly, at 6 months old, was found in a basement, tied to a pole… it appeared she’d been used as a bait dog in a dog fighting ring. With love and support, Molly healed and continued to love both people and dogs, despite what was done to her.

On February 1st Molly took a sudden turn, just when things seemed so hopeful, and developed a profound infection of her entire hind end. It progressed so quickly it ruptured disks in her spine, paralysing her.

Molly had fought hard, but she would not be coming home this time… This video is in honour of Molly, and all those who loved and cared for her. Run Free Molly, thank you for giving us a second chance.

News Link:-http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2013/02/for-molly/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LifeWithDogs+%28Life+With+Dogs%29

In Memory of Molly – Gone but never forgotten xxx

Published on 2 Feb 2013

Molly, at 6 months old, was found in a basement, tied to a pole… it appeared she’d been used as a bait dog in a dog fighting ring. With Love and support, Molly healed and continued to love both people and dogs, despite what was done to her. On February 1st Molly took a sudden turn, just when things seemed so hopeful, and developed a profound infection of her entire hind end. It progressed so quickly it ruptured disks in her spine, paralysing her. Molly had fought hard, but she would not be coming home this time… This video is in honour of Molly, and all those who loved and cared for her. Run Free Molly, thank you for giving us a second chance.

Molly’s Page: https://www.facebook.com/HopeForMolly?ref=ts&fref=ts
Molly’s Rescue: http://www.smallmiraclesrescue.org/index.shtml

GRAPHIC Pictures: Abused dog found in Baltimore City

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There is another horrifying case of animal abuse in Baltimore City — a dog with severe injuries, left to die inside of an abandoned home.

Courtesy of Examiner.com

But the dog survived, and is now recovering with the help of the BARCS animal shelter.

Animal control officers brought her to the shelter on Thursday, where workers named her “Molly.”

“I walked out and saw her to do her intake and I just immediately started crying,” said Lisa Morabito of BARCS, who will serve as Molly’s foster caretaker.

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“If anyone has any information that can help shed light on what happened, or who the dog belongs to; please contact the BARCS shelter”

There are fresh bite wounds on the animal’s face and paws, all of them deep and infected.

“She has wounds down here on her paws, he ear is ripped in half,” Morabito said.

There’s also skin missing on both of the dog’s sides, with infection causing those areas to bulge out.  Still, there’s a better than 50-percent chance that Molly will survive.

“Her main thing is the severity of the infection that has spread all throughout her body.  She is losing layers of skin that is just sloughing off right now,” Morabito said.

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The dog needs antibiotics, cream for her wounds — and rest.

“There’s kind of a lot of bite wounds and trauma around her eye, so we’re not sure whether she’ll be able to keep it or not but we’re going to try,” Morabito said.

The dog was found in an abandoned home in the 2400 block of Christian Street, not far from the West Side Shopping Center.

A contractor entered the home to begin rehabbing it and found the dog in the basement, tied up on a leash. They left her there in this condition,” Morabito said.

Animal Control is now trying to find out who left her there.  Morabito says it’s one of the worst cases of animal abuse she’s ever seen.

“I get upset thinking about it. It’s, you don’t know how anyone could do something like that to a dog,” Morabito said.

Is Molly the victim of a dog-fighting operation?

BARCS officials aren’t sure – it’s a possibility, but it could also be that she and another dog simply fought, and the owner decided to abandon her in that basement.

Video & News Link:-: http://www.abc2news.com/dpp/news/crime_checker/baltimore_city_crime/graphic-video-abused-dog-found-in-baltimore-city#ixzz2AXyI1r5a

BARCS Web page:http://baltimoreanimalshelter.org/

Baltimore campaign uses star power to stop animal abuse

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The city’s ‘Show Me Your Soft Side’ campaign wants teenagers to know that real tough guys love animals.

What do rocker Tommy Lee, linebacker Jarret Johnson and martial arts fighter John Rallo have in common? 

 They’re all tough guys who love animals.
These famously “hard” men and their pets are the stars of Baltimore’s “Show Me Your Soft Side” campaign, a series of posters, billboards and print ads aimed at reducing the alarming incidence of animal abuse in the city.
The campaign is the creation of the Mayor’s Anti-Animal Abuse Commission, which was created in 2009 after teenagers doused a young pit bull terrier with gasoline and set her on fire in West Baltimore. The dog, dubbed Phoenix by rescuers, suffered severe burns over 95 percent of her body and later died from her injuries.
Many horrific cases of animal cruelty like this have been committed by young people, which is why the commission began searching for ways to change their mindset. Research shows that some teenagers think that torturing or killing an animal is a demonstration of their toughness, but “Show Me Your Soft Side” seeks to prove that real men don’t hurt animals. As its slogan says, “Only a punk would hurt a cat or dog.”
The goal is to show teens that it’s not cool to abuse animals by demonstrating that tough role models wouldn’t do it, and the campaign aims to reach young people at an early age because kids who abuse animals often commit even more violent crimes later in life. Billboards featuring athletes, comedians and other Baltimore celebrities can be seen in some of the roughest parts of the city, and the posters hang in schools and juvenile justice centers.
Until recently, the ads featured only local men and their pets, but when Tommy Lee signed on to the campaign, “Show Me Your Soft Side” snagged its first celebrity from outside the Baltimore area. Fighter John Rallo, whose poster shows him snuggling his cat, Doobie, used to be Lee’s bodyguard.
“Together, we will reach out to young people in Baltimore to tell them that abusing a helpless animal is a sign of weakness, not strength,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake last year, when she launched the campaign alongside Rallo and Orioles outfielder Adam Jones.
Check out some of the “Show Me Your Soft Side’ campaign ads below.

Twins Found Not Guilty In Dog Burning Retrial

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Pheonix died several days later

BALTIMORE — Prosecutors in the retrial of twins facing a number of animal cruelty charges said the evidence in the case was overwhelming.

Yet, once again, the twins beat the charges. 11 News reporter Lowell Melser said it took the jury less than an hour to reach a not guilty verdict.

Retrial juror No. 2 told Melser, “It is what it is. You can only go by what you see. Can’t go by what someone says. In a court of law, it’s not what you know, it’s what you can prove.”

Brothers Travers and Tremayne Johnson faced charges a second time after the jury in the first trial last year became hopelessly deadlocked.

On Wednesday, aunts of the Johnson brothers expressed their joy outside the Mitchell courthouse. “They lied, and they lied. They just wanted a victim. They lied and they wasted taxpayer money,” said a one of the aunts

As relatives cheered, animal welfare advocates said they were disappointed in the verdict but believe the case has brought more awareness to the abuse of animals.

“People are reporting cases now. The police department is investigating them, and the state’s attorney’s office is prosecuting them. So, we have seen a change since her case started,” said Jennifer Brause, the executive director of the Baltimore Animal and Rescue Care Shelter.

“Justice denied does not mean something good does not come of something,” said Ann Gearhart of the Snyder Foundation for Animals. “The jury last time was incredibly different from this jury. The atmosphere at this trial was like a circus that did not lend itself to justice.”

Prosecutors said that in late May 2009, the then 17-year-old brothers set a 2-year-old pit bull, later named Phoenix, on fire with a flammable liquid.

 Phoenix died several days later.

Surveillance video and two witness accounts linked them to the crime scene. There was also a shirt one of the brothers wore in the video that was the same one worn when he was arrested.

Defense attorneys for the Johnson brothers presented a much different picture, said Melser. They claimed their clients were innocent and that they conveniently satisfied public demand for an arrest. Charles Johnson, the father of the twins, said the prosecutors were “not right.”

Defense attorneys also said the video never showed the brothers setting Phoenix on fire, and that the city botched the crime scene from the very beginning by not deciding to launch a criminal investigation until six days after the crime.

Camille Mills, a cousin of the twins said, “There was no evidence that put them at the scene. There was nothing proven today — no testimony from witnesses or professional people. No one.”

Baltimore City State’s Attorney Gregg Bernstein released a statement that said: “While I respect the jurors’ decision, I am disappointed that we did not achieve the outcome that we fought for during two challenging trials.”

Tremayne Johnson should be released from custody sometime Wednesday. Travers will remain in jail to face attempted murder charges.

Baltimore Humane Society Executive Director Jen Swanson released a statement regarding the verdict Thursday, saying, “The Baltimore Humane Society is heartbroken to hear of the acquittal. … We have been following this case very closely. Unfortunately, justice did not prevail once again for Phoenix, an innocent creature who was cruelly tortured, maimed, and eventually killed by the horrific act of being doused in accelerant and set alight.”

Swanson also thanked police, the state’s attorney’s office and animal welfare activists for their support during the trial.

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Pinkett Smith’s aunt ‘taken aback’ by SRB’s dig – Baltimore Sun

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Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake wasn’t exactly jumping when Jada Pinkett Smith asked for her help in protecting elephants earlier this week.

The mayor more or less says she had bigger fish to fry — that and the actress didn’t help her out when the city needed it. 

But Friday Pinkett Smith’s aunt, who runs the Baltimore-based charity of the actress, said her niece has done quite a bit for the city — and she’s a surprised that the mayor doesn’t remember it.

“People listening to what [the mayor] said would think Jada Pinkett hasn’t done anything for Baltimore and that’s not true,” said Karen Evans, “I wanted to set the record straight.”

Evans also fired off a letter to City Hall, telling the mayor: “Your response to her letter was disturbing, irresponsible, inflammatory and inaccurate.”

Earlier this week, Pinkett Smith, working with the animal activist group PETA, sent Rawlings-Blake a letter, writing, she wrote, “as a mother and proud Baltimore native.”

Pinkett Smith wanted to make sure no elephants were jabbed with bullhooks during the upcoming performance of Ringling Bros. Circus’ at 1st Mariner Arena. The pointed tools are commonly used to coax the animals into performing at the show.

“Unlike me and other actors, elephants do not choose to perform,” Pinkett Smith wrote. “These endangered elephants will soon be in your jurisdiction. My friends at PETA and I join animal advocates across the state in asking for your leadership in holding Ringling accountable and requiring the circus to comply with Baltimore’s absolute prohibition of the use of devices such as bullhooks.”

But Rawlings-Blake wan’t moved, telling WJZ that since the actress hasn’t helped with Baltimore’s big issues, she wasn’t too concerned about the elephant. Plus, she really likes the circus.

via Pinkett Smith’s aunt ‘taken aback’ by SRB’s dig – Baltimore Sun.

Heidi’s Law An Animal Abuse Registry

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A seven month old puppy named Heidi was playing on her farm in Frederick County, Md. when someone shot her four times—once in the head.
Now, a bill to establish a state registry of people convicted of animal abuse or neglect carries her name—Heidi’s law.

SEE photos of Heidi.

Lynette Kauffman still struggles to talk about her puppy without crying, but she does believe something good could come from her death if Heidi’s law is passed.

“I really look at this bill as a legacy of hope where Heidi will live on and help prevent this from happening to someone else’s animal,” Kauffman said.

State Senator Ron Young of Frederick drafted Heidi’s law so the public could keep track of anyone convicted of abusing or neglecting an animal in Maryland. Their picture and address would be posted on the registry for 10 years.

“I’m not trying to brand someone for life, just to put the warning flag up and keep pets away from them,” he said.

“Humane societies and pet stores and such could check the registry and not allow an abuser to have another pet,” Young said.

If passed, Heidi’s Law would become the first state in the country to have an animal abuse registry.

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