Humane Society: Dog dies after ‘horrific’ injuries, torture

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The Danville Area Humane Society is looking for suspects responsible for the torture and death of a male Jack Russell terrier brought into the facility Tuesday night.

Around 10 p.m. Tuesday, the Danville Police Department contacted employees at the shelter regarding “a severely injured dog” in the 100 block of Oakland Avenue and Halifax Road, according to a news release from the Humane Society. The owner of the dog contacted police for help.

The dog was suffering from “serious knife wounds” and dog bites, according to the release. The dog’s owner transported him to the shelter where he died shortly thereafter. Shelter manager April Hogan and board president and court-appointed humane investigator Lynn Shelton said the dog was suffering from some of the most “horrific injuries” they have seen, according to the release.

The pictures are too graphic to release,” said Paulette Dean, director of the Humane Society. “If a person intentionally inflicted these wounds, this is proof that pure evil exists.”

The details are still coming together, but it is believed the injuries were inflicted between 5 and 6 p.m. Tuesday. Dean said the owner said the dog was missing for about half an hour. Dean said the police are following up on every lead, but there are a lot of questions in this case.

“We are pretty seasoned and we are used to seeing horrible things,” Dean said. “This will go down in our memory being among the top three worst cases.”

Since the torture and death of the terrier was intentional and resulted in the death of the dog, Dean said the case could be prosecuted as a class six felony. If it is prosecuted as a felony, the suspects responsible could face no more than five years in prison and no less than one year, as well as a fine of no more than $2,500.

The Humane Society is offering a $3,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the people responsible. Anyone with information regarding the attack is urged to contact the Humane Society at (434) 799-0843.

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Pit Bull Shot After Teen Bitten, Cat Killed

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One of two rampaging pit bulls was shot by cops in East Boston yesterday after it bit a 14-year-old boy in the buttocks, mauled and killed a cat and frightened residents — all just weeks before a city law requiring the breed to be muzzled in public will be revoked.

BITING CRIME: Animal Control officers and Boston police respond in East Boston yesterday, after two pit bulls struck fear in the neighbourhood, injuring a teenage boy and killing a cat.

“These two dogs terrorized the neighbourhood … Theyhad already lashed out and bit a young boy and a cat. If we didn’t take a shot at the dog, who knows who else would have been bit,” Boston Police Superintendent William Evans said at the scene.Boston City Councilor Rob Consalvo, who drafted the city’s pit bull control law six years ago, said the city should brace for more pit mull mayhem as the state’s new animal cruelty law goes into effect Nov. 1, wiping muzzling rules off the books.

“This is a scene that’s going to get replayed over and over again when we don’t have an ordinance in place that gives police and animal control the tools to control this,” Consalvo said.

The new animal rights bill signed into law by Gov. Deval Patrick blocks municipalities from creating any “breed specific” rules.

The Hub’s lame duck law requires owners to register pit bulls, keep dogs muzzled in public and post “beware of dog” signs on their property. It also bars residents from housing more than two pit bulls. Similar laws in Lowell, Canton, Winthrop and elsewhere will also be nullified.

Yesterday, two pit bulls — Max and Bruinchewed and clawed their way through a screen and jumped out an open first-floor window of their owner’s Sumner Street apartment while the couple was dining out. The dogs then went on their rampage.

After police shot and wounded Bruin at the corner of Maverick and Cottage streets, the dog ran a block away and had to be cornered by cops in a driveway. Max ran home.

Louis Gizzi, 85, was sweeping his deck at his Everett Street home when the dogs ran up to him.

“It snarled at me. He came after me. One dog spotted the cat and chased him out of the yard. He killed him. He shook him so hard I thought it was a rag doll at first,” said Rizzi, who used his broom to smack one of the pit bulls in the snout. “If it wasn’t for the broom, I think they would have attacked me.”

Calvin Clemons, 24, and his wife, Amanda Bright, 22, questioned why the police had to shoot their dog.

“I know he wouldn’t hurt anybody. He’s only a puppy,” said a teary-eyed Bright, 22. “Everybody thinks just because it’s a pit pull, he’s a vicious dog.

Neighbour John Rizzo, 26, disagreed, saying the pit bulls have gone on the run before.

“They came up to our porch barking, pinning my wife inside with a 2-month-old baby in her arms,” he said. “They are menacing, big dogs … Without muzzles and leashes these dogs can’t be controlled. They need to reconsider that law.”

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B.C. pit-bull owners rally in Vancouver to protect breed

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VANCOUVER, B.C. : SEPTEMBER 30, 2012 — The Pit Bull Awareness walk begins, September 30th, at Vancouver‘s Science World.

Pit-bull owners spent Sunday showing off their prized pooches near Science World in Vancouver.

With the growing debate about breed-specific legislation, the pit-bull owners wanted the public to judge for themselves whether they deserve to be banned.

Kim Walters, 30, was at the awareness walk with her four-year-old pit bull Bruce.

She got Bruce as a rescue dog from Ontario, where pit bulls are banned under legislation enacted in 2005. In Ontario, it’s illegal to breed or bring them into the province even for a short visit. Pit bulls born before 2005 must be sterilized, muzzled and kept on leashes.

Walters said her dog has a great disposition and has never bitten or attacked anyone, and isn’t the least bit aggressive when around other people or dogs.

She feels the issue comes down to the owners. Walters also feels the owners of pit bulls who are responsible for their pets have been wrongly maligned.

“Pit-bull owners are not gangsters and drug dealers and we don’t need to be treated as such,” she said.

Walters feels Bruce is a perfect example of a dog that needed to be given another chance.

“I think of all the dogs like Bruce who are put down,” she said of the type of legislation in Ontario that can be a death sentence for a pit bull.

Ann Cooper helped organize the walk and said the group is worried about legislation similar to what’s in Ontario being enacted in B.C.

”We are speaking out about breed-specific legislation in Ontario, “ she said. “We feel there are alternatives such as strict enforcement on dogs that haven’t been trained or managed properly.

“We are having the walk to educate people on pit bulls — they are fantastic family dogs.”

Rob Hogan has a pit bull named Squeeze that is 14 months old and he’s had him since he was a pup.

“This dog is beautiful, he loves to cuddle,” he said. “It is all about how the dog is brought up.”

A number of recent pit-bull attacks on children have renewed calls for a pit-bull ban in B.C.

In White Rock, four-year-old Emma-Leigh Cranford had her throat ripped out by a dog belonging to a friend of the family. The young girl survived, with 40 stitches across her jaw after two hours of surgery at B.C. Children’s Hospital.

A few days later, a three-year-old Kelowna boy received 32 stitches in his face after he reached down to pet a pit bull.

The B.C. SPCA has said a pit-bull ban wouldn’t work.

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Pet monkey who wore diapers and dressed as Santa shot dead after ‘flipping out’ and unleashing attack on his owner

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A 3ft pet monkey who dressed as Santa, wore diapers and played with his family’s children has been shot dead after the creature ‘flipped out’ and attacked his owner, ripping apart his hand.

JayJay the Macaque monkey unleashed his attack after escaping his home in Okeechobee, Florida and evading capture by his owner, Jimmy Schwall, who tried to catch him in a net.

The monkey wriggled free and clamped down on Schwall’s buttocks and thigh and tore apart his right hand. A friend grabbed a gun and Schwall told him to shoot, killing the monkey.

Loved: Mona and Jimmy Schwall with JayJay the Macaque monkey, left, and Bratt the marmoset monkey. JayJay, whom the family had had for nine years, was shot dead after he attacked Jimmy

The bite was so deep that Schwall suffered seven injured tendons and one injured nerve, and has had to undergo two three-hour surgeries on his hand, he told MailOnline. He had around 200 stitches and must take pills for two weeks to keep infections at bay.

The attack shocked his owners, Jimmy and his wife Mona, who welcomed JayJay into their family when he was just three weeks old. He was nine when he died.

They kept the pet in a large enclosure in their yard, dressed him in costumes and clothes, placed him in diapers and let him play with their children in the pool.

‘He was very much part of the family,’ Mona told MailOnline. ‘Me and my husband didn’t have children together and he was basically our child. He was very much loved and he is very missed.’

The family would dress him up as a pumpkin or bumblebee so he could go trick-or-treating at Halloween. He would squeeze into clothes for children aged 12 to 18 months, Mona laughed.

‘In all the time we had him, he never even so much as knocked a thing over in the house. He didn’t even pull down the Christmas tree. We’d dress him as Santa and he’d open his presents – and ours.’

Her husband, who is recovering at home, said it had been heartbreaking to lose JayJay.

‘We’re just upset,‘ Jimmy Schwall said. ‘We were discussing which urn to put his ashes in and it was really hard. We really miss him.’

Schwall, who still faces rehabilitation to regain use of his hand, said he had no regrets about keeping the monkey, who he claims just ‘flipped out’ after he tried to use a net to catch him.

And he maintained he would keep all the remaining animals at his five-acre ranch, including a Marmoset monkey named Bratt, llamas, miniature horses, chickens and dogs.

Schwall escaped further injury as the monkey did was not carrying any viruses – but his wounds still proved a challenge for doctors at Martin Memorial Hospital.

‘I’ve seen dogs bites, cat bites, an occasional snake bite, human bites, but I’ve never had a monkey bite,’ plastic surgeon Avron Lipschitz told the Palm Beach Post. ‘I feel like my physical repertoire has expanded.’

Keeping exotic pets in Florida is not unusual as it only requires a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission license. The Schwalls bought JayJay from a breeder nine years ago.

But experts have warned that the incident, which took place on August 15, is just a latest in a string of attacks that proves the dangers of keeping wild animals.

‘Anybody that keeps a monkey is going to get bit,’ said Lion Country Safari wildlife director Terry Wolf. ‘I haven’t heard of a monkey that wouldn’t bite somebody.

‘The baby grows up and becomes an adult, the adult resents confinement. You can not change a monkey into something it’s not.’

It came a week after a man from Port St. Lucie was riding a motorcycle with his pet Marmoset when he crashed, and the animal bit the finger of a fire rescue chief.


JayJay, who measured three-feet tall and weighed 26 pounds, was a Macaque monkey, which are native to Asia and Northern Africa. They are also found in numerous zoos, kept as pets and are often used for medical research.

They are heavily-built creatures and feast on bamboo, fruit, insects and leaves in the wild.

They have strong social hierarchies, allowing the higher-level creatures to pinch resources the lower-level monkeys have collected.

More than three quarters of macaques kept in captivity in zoos or as pets are carriers of the herpes B virus, which is harmless to the monkeys. While infections in humans are rare they can be fatal, which makes macaques unsuitable as pets.

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Dog owner under investigation for brutally killing aggressive pet

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What a pet owner is accused of doing to his dog will likely make people cringe. It might be even more sickening to hear it may have been legal.

In the small town of Wheeling, investigators aren’t questioning whether the owner had the right to kill his dog if it was being aggressive, but instead the methods he used which included using a pitchfork.

A neighbor called the incident in to the Livingston County Sheriff‘s Office and the responding deputy said what he saw at the house shocked him.

“He used various tools, like a bow and arrow, pitchfork, a hammer,” Deputy Eric Menconi said.

The deputy said the man first shot his dog with an arrow. When the animal didn’t die, he then used a pitchfork and a hammer on it. When the dog still didn’t die, the owner then shot it with an arrow again, resulting in its death.

But the sheriff’s deputy said the owner did have a right to defend himself and others around him.

“His dog had been vicious in the past, had bit a family member earlier that morning and then, when they tried to restrain him that afternoon, the dog attacked him,” Menconi said.

No one answered when KCTV5’s Alice Barr knocked at the house, but the dog owner’s brother lives next door. He said he’s the one the dog bit and that the family couldn’t control it. He said they were worried it might attack someone else.

The brother said the family doesn’t own a gun and they didn’t have a more humane way to put the dog down.

Kristin Hess takes in rescue dogs at a nearby home and said there’s not enough help for animal abuse or control in the remote area of the county, leading to more dangerous situations.

“But something of this nature, I don’t care what the dog did, this is torture and it shouldn’t be tolerated at all. There should be charges with this,” Hess said.

The decision regarding whether how the man killed his dog is humane or not is now up to the prosecuting attorney as he is left to sort out what deputies are calling a gray area.

The owner’s brother said the dog had really gotten aggressive and mean and, with no one else around to help, they just didn’t know what to do.

Authorities said the dog also bit a 14-year-old girl awhile ago and hurt her pretty badly.

The prosecuting attorney is currently out of town so charges should be announced next week.

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