Prosecutors: Man Kills Neighbor’s Dog For Biting $3.78 Shirt

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“Another candidate for hell…psycho piece of Sxxt…dog should have taken his bloody arm off!! R.I.P little guy!”

A Chicago man was ordered held in lieu of $80,000 bail Sunday after he allegedly beat and stabbed a neighbor’s dog to death that had bit his shirt through a fence.

Damien Wilkerson (Chicago Police Dept.) Killed A Dog Because It Tore His Cheap Shirt

Damien Wilkerson, 34, of the 700 block of North Pine Avenue, faces felony animal cruelty charges in connection to the incident, which took place Saturday, according to Cook County Bond Court records.

Witnesses told police they saw Wilkerson beating the dog near his home Saturday while holding a knife, according to court records.

Wilkerson told the witnesses he was going to kill the dog, according to court records, and police found a dead dog in a nearby alley trash can when they arrived.

“Yeah I killed that … dog,” Wilkerson told police, according to court documents.

Wilkerson went after the dog after it bit and tore his shirt through a fence, according to court documents.

“I don’t give a …,” Wilkerson said to police, according to court documents. “The dog tore my shirt. This … cost $3.78.”

After the dog bit his shirt, Wilkerson hopped the fence and began beating the dog with a milk crate, according to court records.

Wilkerson told police the animal went for his neck but that he “choked the dog out,” according to court records.

Wilkerson, who authorities say is an admitted member of the Insane Vice Lords gang, told police another puppy had run away, according to court documents.

“I ain’t gonna let no dogs or no … punk me,” he said, according to court documents.

News Link:-http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-06-02/news/chi-prosecutors-man-kills-neighbors-dog-for-biting-378-shirt-20130602_1_dead-dog-wilkerson-felony-animal-cruelty-charges

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Coyote Kills Dog In Winfield: Illinois Boy Watched As Animal Snatched Up Family Pet

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Though an 11-year-old Winfield, Ill. boy raced to grab a baseball bat in an attempt to scare off a coyote with an eye on his family’s tiny Yorkshire Terrier, the effort was no match for the determined prairie wolf.

The Daily Herald reports that, around 9 p.m. Tuesday, Coco, the 3 1/2-pound dog belong to Leslee and Timothy Bassett, was snatched up from the family’s backyard. The dog was found dead along the Illinois Prairie Path behind the house a half-hour later.

Tim Bassett told NBC Chicago the dog will be deeply missed.

“She was a real tiny little dog but she loved everybody and everybody always wanted to take her home,” Bassett said. “They all loved her. She was a great little dog.

The Bassett family’s tragedy is just one of a series of recent instances of coyotes attacking small dogs in the Chicago area. Late last month, two small dogs survived a coyote attack in a backyard in nearby Wheaton, Ill. A week prior to that, another Yorkshire Terrier puppy died in a separate coyote encounter which also occurred in Wheaton.

Sightings of coyotes and other, larger predators such as bears, cougars and wolves have grown increasingly common in the Chicago area — a trend wildlife experts told the Chicago Tribune that won’t be changing any time soon. Coyotes, in particular, are reportedly “thriving” in the area.

“They’ve adapted so well to suburbia that they’re not afraid of anything,” wildlife control expert Robert Erickson told the Tribune of the area’s coyotes. “Once they become habituated, that’s when you have problems.”

Unconfirmed cougar sightings have been reported in Schaumburg and several other North Shore communities in recent months, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

News Link:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/06/coyote-kills-dog-in-winfi_n_1944925.html

Video – More Coyote Attacks:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/06/coyote-kills-dog-in-winfi_n_1944925.html

 

Lakeview teacher charged with punching his dog to death

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A Lakeview man who teaches grade school punched his dog to death because it refused to get into a bathtub after it “ate every piece of paper” in the house and soiled itself, police said.

Derek Fierro holds “Doc” at Chicago Canine Rescue Foundation in October 2011 when he adopted the dog. Fierro is charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, a felony, police said, for allegedly punching the dog to death.

Derek Fierro, 25, was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, a felony, police said. He is a teacher at Eugene Field Elementary School in the 7000 block of North Ashland Avenue, according to police and Chicago Public Schools records.

Fierro, who lives in the 500 block of West Roscoe Street, called 911 about 3 a.m. and asked police to meet him at Roscoe and North Broadway, Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Laura Kubiak said.

When officers arrived, he told them the dog was in trunk of his car and gave police the keys, Kubiak said. Officers checked it and found the male yellow dog. Fierro was crying when police arrived and said he was sorry about killing his dog, Kubiak said.

Fierro adopted the dog from the Chicago Canine Rescue Foundation last October, according to Lisa Klotnia, the foundation’s founder. The dog — a yellow lab chow mix — was several months old when adopted and had been named Doc because he was part of a litter of seven puppies. The dog was renamed “Queso” according to the foundation’s records.

“We reviewed his application, he came to meet Doc and we even did a home visit with him,” Klotnia said.  “He seemed like a nice and normal guy.

“We try to be part of the dog’s life,” she said through tears. “If we’re ever needed, we let people know were here. That’s why it’s so devastating. We would have gladly taken this dog back if he was having any problems.”

She described Doc as a “real mutt,” part Labrador retriever, chow and maybe Alaskan huskie, Klotnia said. “Our hope is to give them a new home and we failed. He was a wonderful little pup.”

She said the foundation is reaching out to police to retrieve the dog’s remains and have them cremated.

CPS Inspector General James Sullivan said his office will investigate the incident, which could lead to disciplinary action against the teacher. Sullivan said his office always investigates cases where a district employee is arrested and charged with a “serious crime.”

News Link:http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-police-man-beat-dog-to-death-for-refusing-bath-20120810,0,6287266.story

Petition:- Chicago Public School System: Permanently terminate the employment of Derek Fierro:-http://www.change.org/petitions/chicago-public-school-system-permanently-terminate-the-employment-of-derek-fierro-2

Chicago aquarium’s new baby dolphin is a boy

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“What a crying shame that little calf won’t experience the home he should be living in!”

CHICAGO — Veterinarians at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium say a baby dolphin born two weeks ago is male.

A Pacific white-sided dolphin calf swims along with its mother Piquet, Tuesday, June 12, 2012, at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium. The baby male dolphin, which does not have a name, was born on Memorial Day.

The aquarium debuted the baby Pacific white-sided dolphin calf to photographers Tuesday. Shedd’s animal care and health team confirmed the calf’s gender through visual observation.

Aquarium officials say mother Piquet (pee-KEHT) is taking care of her baby and the pair swims together.

The calf started nursing last week and aquarium officials say he’s been gaining weight. Shedd’s animal experts say the baby dolphin weighs about 30 pounds – 5 pounds more than he weighed when he was born May 28.

The mother and baby dolphin will remain off exhibit for a few more weeks as veterinarians monitor and care for them.

Update On Dog Used As Bait Dog – Dog

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There’s good news to report today on two dogs that were victims of extreme abuse in Chicago – Hudson and Hiccup. Both dogs continue to make remarkable progress and may soon be in loving homes according to the Trio Animal Foundation, the group sponsoring their medical care.

Hudson’s recovery
Hudson is the dog that made my column two weeks agowhen he was found wandering in Englewood. This puppy was found covered in blood after he had apparently been used as a bait dog. He was covered in lots of bite marks and then had been doused in chemicals, causing severe burns.

View slideshow: Pet Rescue

As of today, he’s cleared isolation for parvo according to TAF. He also has undergone his last facial scrub today with third and final treatment for mange set for Wednesday. Despite all he’s been through, this pup shows lots of love when visited at Animal Care Center. There has been a lot of interest in adopting Hudson through Project Rescue Chicago. He’ll be neutered and put up for adoption when he’s well enough.

There is even a special fundraiser going on in Hudson’s honor. Arbor the Painting Dog from Las Vegas has donated one of his paintings for an eBay auction – heARTwork for Aid Fundraiser for Hudson. There is still time to bid.

Hiccup’s progress
Hiccup is the little dog that was thrown from the balcony, suffering two severely broken legs. He’s now half way through his physical therapy and is building up muscle and improving his balance. Hiccup has also been cleared for adoption through Project Rescue Chicago.

News Link:-http://www.examiner.com/article/update-hudson-and-hiccup-continue-to-recover-and-are-looking-for-homes

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Lady May Z, Indiana Race Horse, Fatally Shot Day Before Balmoral Park Race

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A race horse was found fatally shot the day before a scheduled race in northwest Indiana.

Lady May Z, an 8-year-old trotting horse, was preparing to race at Balmoral Park Wednesday — but was found shot in the head, between the eyes Tuesday evening in Lowell, Ind., the Chicago Tribune reports.

The mare was discovered in her pen by her owner Heidi Geib. Authorities say theybelieve the horse was shot — in broad daylight — between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., NBC Chicago reports.

I was in shock,” Geib told CBS Chicago of her discovery. “And then, when we walked out there, and saw that there was a hole in her head, right between her eyes, that was even more unbelievable.”

Lady May Z, who had not often raced recently, was planning to race at Balmoral in Crete, Ill., as a test to see if she was ready to return to the scene, according to NBC.

Police say they have no leads and no arrests have been made. An investigation into the horse’s slaying is ongoing.

Video & News Link:-http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/31/lady-may-z-indiana-race-h_n_1559013.html

Blood Soaked Puppy, Found Wandering Streets With Horrific Bites & Burns – Bait Pup

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From ‘SAVE AURORA’ Face-Book page

Today TAF was called by Diane, the shelter manager at the Animal Welfare League’s Wabash facility, about a severely burned dog who had been used as bait. The blood soaked puppy was found walking down the street by police in the Englewood area of Chicago. Bridgid, from Project Rescue Chicago, went down to AWL and picked up the puppy, taking him straight to our vet at Animal Care Center of Chicago. 

Bridgid sent me photos of a 2-3 month old puppy as soon as she met him. When I received the photos my eyes welled up with tears and anger filled my heart. I’m quite honestly so sick of receiving abuse cases day in and day out with no end in sight. Some friends of mine say people are afraid of me because I’m too direct, “bitchy,” and at times a bit anti-social. Well…this is why. You can’t help but have your personality tainted when you deal with the end result of horrific acts of cruelty all the time. Sometimes it is just too much.

This puppy was, without a doubt, used as a bait dog. He has bite wounds all over his body. However, these wounds are the least of his worries. His face was burned either by an accelerant/fire combo or some other chemical. As of tonight Dr Hartwig has stabilized the puppy. The puppy is on IV fluids, the highest level of pain medication possible and antibiotics.

Once hydrated, the puppy will be heavily sedated and his dead flesh and scabs cut away from his healthy skin. The puppy will be hospitalized in isolation for at least 10 days. This will allow the vet staff to monitor his overall health as well as observe him for symptoms of parvo. Until then, we will make sure he is as comfortable as possible. When we left him this evening, puppy was curled up on a comfy blanket, resting peacefully.

If you want to help this poor puppy, please consider making a donation towards his medical care. If you visit www.trioanimalfoundation.org and click donate you will see the options.

Please say a prayer for our little puppy, that his pain is eased and he makes it through the coming days.

You can watch the video here, viewer discretion is advised:-https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=427725907252778

“After all humans have done to him, he still manages to wag his tail, he make little noises toward the end of the video, like he is trying to say ‘Thank you’….Just hear-breaking….I know what I would like to do to the heartless sadistic reprobates!!

Face book Link:-https://www.facebook.com/pages/SAVE-AURORA/225340390821865

GRAPHIC: UPDATED PHOTOS OF BURNED BAIT PUPPY

Our vets at Animal Care Center called us early this morning to let us know the puppy is holding steady, eating and moving around. Puppy slept peacefully, likely safe and warm for the first time in his life.

Confident that he would tolerate being sedated, the vets were able to remove the dead tissue that had been burned, as well as the scabs. We visited him this morning right after they finished caring for him and took these photos.

His skin is still extremely sensitive and bleeds with the slightest touch. They confirmed that in addition to the bite wounds and burns, puppy also has a case of demodectic mange and a serious intestinal parasite load.

Our vets are going to keep him under light sedation while they continue to treat the raw wounds that are on his head.

He will continue to receive IV fluids, antibiotics, anti-inflammatories and pain medication. Dr Sachdev, his doctor today, let us know that Dr Hartwig, the first vet who cared for him, came in early this morning, on his day off, to check on our little puppy.

Dr Sachdev said she could hear the puppy’s tail hitting the sides of his kennel when he saw Dr Hartwig…I think he has a new buddy.

If you want to help this poor puppy, please consider making a donation towards his medical care. If you visitwww.trioanimalfoundation.org and click donate you will see the options

Face Book Link:-https://www.facebook.com/pages/SAVE-AURORA/225340390821865

Pictures …Warning, viewer discretion is advise.:-https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150145401794955&set=a.10150145396734955.66323.71480294954&type=1&theater

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