Great Dane Found Decomposing Inside St. Pete Home

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“WTF…everybody, please take note of the picture below, a callous, cold hearted bitch; who left a dog to die in agonizing circumstances. Ban this evil cow from ever owning any animals again, stick her in a secluded jail cell with no food  & water, until she screams for help, make her suffer; she how she likes it!”

The odour had persisted for days when the neighbour went to investigate. What was discovered: a large Great Dane decomposing on the floor of the living room. The scene was ghastly as the dog was said to be reduced to a pool of liquid, and covered by maggots.

The renter of the home, Alyssa Anderson, is now behind bars on charges of felony animal abuse for leaving the dog inside and unattended for nearly two weeks.

Alyssa Anderson was arrested for Felony Animal Abuse after a Great Dane was found decomposing on the floor of her rented, St. Petersburg home.

“It appears she left the dog alone with no water or food for 11 days, and clearly the animal succumbed to starvation,” said St. Pete Police spokesman Mike Puetz.

WARNING: Graphic images of the scene inside Anderson’s home 

Neighbours said Anderson would come and go for days on end, and they would hear the dog barking incessantly at all hours of the day and night.

Over the past week, again, they heard the barking, but in the later days, the barks changed to yelps in what were its last, desperate cries for help.  And then the barking stopped.

“I’m disturbed by it, seriously disturbed. I mean, it was a horrible thing to do,” said neighbour Sharon Warden.

“This was a horrible situation that this dog suffered in agony,” said Puetz.

Anderson remains in the Pinellas County jail on a $5,000 bond.

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Local Rescue Group Sets Off To Save Will, The Great Dane

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A three-year-old Great Dane was hours away from dying when Southwest Great Dane Rescue (SWGDR) in Fla., came to his aid.

When animal services picked him up, they had no idea what was wrong with the dog. They just knew he needed help and fast.

Will The Great Dane

The gentle giant had bloated and gone into torsion. If it wasn’t for SWGDR and John Mullins, the volunteer who picked him up, the dog wouldn’t be alive today.

“In the middle of the night our volunteer went over to animal services to pick him up,” said Vikki Eagan president of SWGDR. “The dog’s stomach had descended and he was just not doing well.”

Once under the care of SWGDR, veterinarian Dr. Beth Brown from West Coast Veterinary Center, examined him and took some x-rays. She prepared the dog for surgery.

“When Dr. Brown opened him up, she saw the bloat and that the stomach had twisted,” said Eagan. “The splint had also burst and it was evident this poor dog had been sick for days.”

The surgery took over three hours. One hour alone was dedicated to emptying dog’s stomach content.

According to Dr, Brown, when the dog was on the table he picked up his head and looked at her with the softest eyes she had ever seen. He showed so much will to live and because of that, his name is now Will.

“Dr. Brown said she was going to do whatever it took to save him,” said Eagan.

Will spent one week in intensive car. At first he couldn’t get up or walk, but with the help of the volunteers and his now foster mom and vet tech Christina Pelletier, Will is doing much better.

“Will came in weighing around 98 pounds,” said Pelletier “A Dane of his stature should weight 135-140 lbs.”

Will has a long road to recovery, but Pelletier and SWGDR are doing what they can to help him. His medical costs are now in the thousands and his care is not over yet.

Will requires a specialty diet of canned food, enzymes, vitamins and freeze dried meat. Val Clows of Holistic for Pets has donated these items. She will also supply Will with Rx dry diet, when he is ready to transition to eating that type of food.

“Will is so determined to live,” said Eagan. “As long as he keeps fighting, we are going to be right there with him.”

If you would like to learn more about Will, contact SWGDR Facebook page. If you would like to help Will, donations can be sent to:

3005 65th Street E
Bradenton, FL 34208
West Coast Veterinary Center
c/o Will
7910 State Road 72
Sarasota, FL 34241
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In Defense Of Animals Offers $2,500 Reward In Fairbanks Puppy Cruelty Case

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Great Dane puppy saved from heartless and deadly abandonment.

Fairbanks, Alaska (August 20, 2012) – In Defense of Animals (IDA), an international animal protection organization based in California, is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the abuser who muzzled a Great Dane puppy, then stuffed him into a suitcase and callously tossed him into a dumpster to die.

The suitcase containing the dog was discovered just after midnight on August 12 by local business owner Dennis Preslan. “I unzipped it partially and all I saw was an eyeball and part of a black nose looking back at me that scared the living Jesus out of me,” he told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. “I wasn’t expecting something to try to poke a head out of there.” The puppy was gagged with a bandana around his muzzle. The traumatized puppy ran off into the woods when the suitcase was opened, but Mr. Preslan and his wife caught him the following morning.

The puppy is now in protective custody at the local animal shelter and reportedly in good health. He weighs 37 pounds and his age is estimated at between three and four months old.

IDA has pledged a $2,500 reward to encourage someone to come forward with information. “Whoever would heartlessly abuse, incapacitate and abandon an animal in this way clearly is a danger to other animals and to people as well,” said Jack Carone, Communications Director of IDA. “We know beyond a doubt that animal cruelty is a precursor to violence against humans. Someone knows something about this disgusting act, and we ask them to come forward, both in the interest of justice for this poor puppy and for the safety of the community.”

IDA urges anyone with information about this horrible case of abandonment to contact Fairbanks Crime Stoppers at 907-456-2583. To contribute to the reward fund, please call IDA at (415) 448-0048, ext.0.

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Accusations of dog abuse in DeRidder

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There are accusations in Beauregard Parish, where neighbors in one DeRidder neighborhood tell 7 News the neglect has gone on for too long.

Residents off Smyrna Road in DeRidder welcomed the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office -they weren’t responding to animal cruelty concerns but rather a trespassing call.

“When I got out here there was absolutely no water,” said Stacey Deckwa.

Deckwa explained she came out to feed and water eight great danes she and others said were abandoned by their owners. When Deckwa returned with more dog food and water she said was met by the dog’s owner who had called authorities.

“The owner was actually shoveling up the dog food that I had poured and throwing it in a bucket to throw away,” said Deckwa. “The dogs look pitiful. I don’t understand it.”

Dianne Stanford lives next door and said the owners, Robert and Melissa Guillory, have not lived at the home for four to five months and rarely come out there to check on the dogs.

“We’ve had to put up with these dogs coming in our yards tearing up our trash. They are starving to death and I cannot stand to see animals starving to death,” said Stanford.

Stanford and Deckwa snapped several pictures of the dogs that show the ribs and other bones protruding through the skin.

“One of the dog’s bones was completely showing. And she had cuts and marks all over her where she had been in fights. So my husband felt sorry for her. So we started feeding her. Well then we had to stop because all the other dogs was coming over and they wanted food too. But I fed her this morning anyhow because she came over here. We named her baby,” said Stanford.

Despite what neighbors say the pet owner said she comes out to the property regularly to feed and water the dogs. She says she even had a visit by Animal Control and passed inspection.

“They are never over here. They just showed up today because of the publicity. Never. My husband comes over here and looks at the dogs – they have no water, no food. I don’t care what they say they have not been over here watering these dogs are feeding these dogs,” said Stanford.

While we were there the deputy did walk the property and appeared to be taking several pictures of the conditions. Meanwhile neighbors have had enough.

“Give the dogs away if you don’t want to take care of them. Give them away. There are several people that have asked us if they can have one of these dogs – they are not mine to give away,” said Stanford.

“I would just like to see the dogs taken care of. I’m not about getting the people – lets just feed the dogs, lets get them healthier. Who cares about anything else than that,” said Deckwa.

At this point no animal cruelty charges have been filed. One of the residents said that they have received a call from the Louisiana Humane Society and the Great Dane‘s Society – both of which are expected to get involved.

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