Kauai Man Arrested On Animal Cruelty Charges

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“PIG…I bet he didn’t go without any food! I just can’t understand the mentality of people who can’t be arsed with their pets, so let them starve to death; instead of taking them to a shelter!”

Friday, December 13th, 2013

WAILUA – A Kapa‘a man has been arrested on animal cruelty charges following the discovery of malnourished dogs at his home.

Russell Soares

On Tuesday, December 10, humane officers from the Kaua‘i Humane Society (KHS) responded to a complaint of animal mistreatment at the home of Russell Soares, 35, on Waipouli Road in Kapa‘a.

Upon arrival, the officers discovered five adult dogs and three puppies in various cages on the property.  One of the dogs was dead and at least one other appeared to be emaciated.

The Kaua‘i Police Department was called to assist.  Mr. Soares claimed ownership of the dogs and was arrested and transported to police cellblock for booking on two misdemeanor charges of Cruelty to Animals, Second Degree.  He has since been released pending a January court date.

The dogs were transported to the Kaua‘i Humane Society for treatment, and a necropsy was conducted on the deceased dog.  According to Penny Cistaro, Executive Director of KHS, the necropsy revealed that the dog died of starvation.

Cistaro says their investigation into the treatment and condition of the animals is continuing to determine if additional charges are warranted.

News Link:-http://www.hawaiireporter.com/kauai-man-arrested-on-animal-cruelty-charges/123

Bridgeton Dog Owner Enters Not guilty Plea In Animal Cruelty Case

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“What a heartless bxxxxxd…I hope this so called fire-fighter whom people look up to for saving lives; is given the bum’s rush…he is not worthy of the title fire-fighter; I hope all his colleagues refuse to work with him, so he is given the sack…seriously, how could anyone look at this poor dog & not think …OMG…he needs “FOOD??? Moreover, how can the owner plead not guilty? there is a simple test for dogs like this…put food in front of them, if they eat it, then they look like they do because the F-ing owner has starved the poor thing!”

BRIDGETON — The fire-fighter cited by authorities for animal cruelty for letting his dog become emaciated with sores all over his body while tied in the backyard has pleaded not guilty to the charges in court.
Alexander Centeno, of East Commerce Street, appeared in Bridgeton Municipal Court on Thursday and told the judge he would release the Great Dane if the charges were dropped.

“You know what I said to that!” responded Cumberland County SPCA Executive Director Bev Greco.  “No way.”
A trial date of Dec. 13, at 2 p.m., has been set.

Acting on a tip from the Bridgeton animal control officer, on Nov. 20, Cumberland County SPCA cruelty agents seized the emaciated Great Dane from a property at 568 E. Commerce St.

Centeno, was charged with failure to maintain proper sustenance, which included failure to provide proper veterinary care. The dog, believed to be 4 years old, has a history with the SPCA.
“We were called out about this same dog eight months ago,” said SPCA cruelty agent Diane Luellan-Lilla at the time. “The owner was cited for violations, but complied and the case was closed.

The dog is recovering. Since Nov. 20, Centeno is being charged $10 a day room and board for the dog plus a veterinarian’s examination and medication expenses.

Those charges added up to $190 when Luellan-Lilla first contacted Centeno by phone the day after the seizure.

She told Centeno the monetary charges would cease as soon as he came to the shelter and signed papers to release the dog. He declined and announced he was retaining a lawyer.

Centeno was not home the day of the seizure and no one answered the door, but other dogs were inside.

They are believed to be owned by Centeno’s wife. At least $90 in additional charges have accrued.

News Link:http://www.nj.com/cumberland/index.ssf/2012/11/bridgeton_dog_owner_enters_not.html

Humane society seeking help in possible animal cruelty case

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“This is horrendous…it seems I just get over posting one story about a cat or dog set on fire, then another appears! So I’ll repeat myself again, somebody must know something, so keep those eyes & ears open, if someone intentionally did this, they will probably be bragging about it on face book; which seems to be the norm for these sicko’s ! No matter how trivial you think any information you may have is, please call the number below!!”

A severely burnt cat that may be the victim of animal cruelty has prompted the Humane Society to seek the public’s help.

The orange tabby that’s about five years old was found July 20 from Esdras Street in the Riverside area and executive director Melanie Coulter said the cat may have been intentionally harmed by being locked in a structure such as a crate or shed which was set on fire.

All the fur was completely gone in very large spots on the side of his body. He had burns on his face and paws as well,” she said Thursday of the first and second degree burns on the tabby who is recovering.

The really sad part, she said is the cat named Charry is a very affectionate feline that was purring and rubbing against the medical staffs’ hands during treatment.

“The thought that someone could intentionally do this to this cat is quite disturbing.”

The cat wasn’t set on fire but it also doesn’t look like the feline was involved in a house fire.

A concerned citizen called July 20 about the cat which smelled strongly of smoke and was missing 10 to 20 per cent of its fur in large patches when it was picked up. Coulter said the burns looked like they had happened that same day and by the next day they had started to blister.

Windsor firefighters didn’t report any house fires that could have involved cats at that time, Coulter said. After an examination by a veterinarian, it looked more like the tabby may have been intentionally locked in a structure that was set on fire and he escaped, she said. “He’s got burns on his sides and paws and face so if he kind ran through more fire or he rubbed along the side of the structure that’s where he could’ve got those serious burns on his sides.

The friendly Charry is expected to make a full recovery and has already been adopted. He charmed a friend of a veterinary technician involved in the case and may be able to go to his new home a week from Saturday.

If the fire was deliberately set and the Humane Society can find the person responsible, that person could face Criminal Code charges or charges could be laid under the Ontario SPCA act for causing distress to an animal.

Coulter said she’s hoping to find someone in the Riverside area who remembers seeing a suspicious fire or a small fire that didn’t seem noteworthy at the time but may help the society’s investigation. It would have happened around July 20, which was a Friday.

“We think because it probably took place outside in the backyard that someone may have seen something and so we’re hoping that someone will come forward with information that will help us find out who did this.”

Anyone with information about what happened to this cat is asked to call the Windsor/Essex County Humane Society investigations department at 519-966-5751, ext. 16. You do not have to give your name to make a report.

News Link:-http://blogs.windsorstar.com/2012/08/02/cat-burned-humane-society-seeking-help-in-possible-animal-cruelty-case/

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Reward offered in mutilated kittens case

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After mutilated kittens were found in Orange Park last month, the Clay County Humane Society and First Coast Crime Stoppers are offering a $750 reward for information in the case.

The mutilated cats were found by a resident behind the Holly Cove Apartments last month and investigators still have not found who’s responsible.

Linda Welzant, the Executive Director at Clay County Humane Society, said while working with the humane society, she’s seen cases like this to often.

“We see mutilation is horrible. Sometimes you see animals that are set on fire, starvation,” said Welzant. “Sometimes neglect. They don’t know any better, that’s no excuse. Sometimes it’s just outright hatefulness or children that might think it’s fun to do when it is a horrible thing, a horrible act.”

Welzant said it’s important the public find the cat killers and to ensure future crimes like this don’t happen.

“It’s happening in our own back yard. Orange Park. Animal cruelty is heinous already, but to have a crime so violent, you worry it will move to violence against humans. The next victim could be a human,” said Welzant.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call First Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.

News Link:-http://www.news4jax.com/news/Reward-offered-in-mutilated-kittens-case/-/475880/13548100/-/r5mydqz/-/index.html

Dearborn Animal Shelter: Heights Cruelty Case Highlights Need for Awareness

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As animals taken from the Dearborn Heights store Pet Station are nursed back to health after owner Razmi Daklallah was charged with animal cruelty this week, the question remains: What more can be done?

Adoption is the best option, says shelter director Elaine Greene.

While the 37 charges against Daklallah are pending, the effect on Dearborn-area families is palpable. Former patrons of the store said are horrified at the charges.

“My husband and kids bought me a kitten from there in 2009,” wrote Dearborn resident Christie Thomason on the Dearborn Patch Facebook page. “It was very underweight and sick when we got him. They also were feeding the poor thing adult cat food that was too big for him to eat. He was licking the food. We have not been in there since.”

“Horrible horrible place,” added former customer Adam Stephen Jezewski.

And according to WXYZ, an 8-year-old girl’s dog was seized in the raid of the store on Wednesday. The family is unsure if they’ll ever see their pet again.

Dearborn Animal Shelter representatives commented Friday that the case serves as a reminder to potential pet owners to be careful where they shop.

“Make sure you know where you’re getting the animal from and that it’s an organization that is reliable,” suggested spokesperson Sandra Boulton. “Learn more about them and who they are.”

Shelter Executive Director Elaine Greene also commented that cruelty such as this is one of the reasons she encourages people to consider adoption before visiting a for-profit pet store.

“The Dearborn Animal Shelter urges people to choose adoption from organizations like ours for companion pets first,” Green said. “It seems when animals are used for financial gain, there is a greater possibility of abuse. To help continue to stop animal cruelty, we encourage people to lend a voice to the voiceless and report suspected abuse.”

April is the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals‘ Anti-Cruelty Month, which the Dearborn shelter is using to highlight the issue–including how people can spot cruelty in stores or in their own neighborhoods. Signs include:

  • Tick or flea infestations.
  • Wounds on the body.
  • Patches of missing hair.
  • Extremely thin, starving animals.
  • Limping or having difficulty standing or moving.
  • An owner striking or otherwise physically abusing an animal.
  • Dogs who are repeatedly left alone without food and water, often chained up in a yard.
  • Dogs or cats who have been hit by a car, or are showing any of the signs listed above, and have not been taken to a veterinarian.
  • Dogs or cats who are kept outside without shelter in extreme weather conditions.
  • Animals who cower in fear or act aggressively when approached by their owners.

Signs of cruelty should be reported to a municipality’s local animal shelter, or police department. In Dearborn, residents should call the Dearborn Police Department at 313-943-2240, or the Dearborn Animal Shelter at 313-943-2697.

New link:- Dearborn Patch

Agriculture – Gov OKs bill criminalizing secret video of ag operations

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Utahns who take unauthorized video or photos of agricultural operations could face up to a year in jail under a bill signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Gary Herbert, although the bill could face a legal challenge.

The measure is aimed at preventing whistleblowers from taking the type of surreptitious images of farms and processing plants that have proven damaging to the meat industry.

Animal welfare advocates had urged the governor to veto the bill, arguing that it would silence whistleblowers who they said have protected the public.

Nathan Runkle, executive director of the group Mercy For Animals, which has conducted several unauthorized operations, said that Herbert failed Utahns by creating “a safe haven for animal abuse and other criminal activity in the state,” and that Mercy For Animals and other groups are exploring potential legal challenges.

Read More here:- Herbert signs so-called ‘ag-gag’ bill

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