Pennington: No Foul Play Suspected In Case Of Dog Wrapped In Duct Tape

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“Yet another dog, a mixed breed pointer; has fallen victim to the grey wrap known as duct tape. I’m sorry, I just don’t believe there is no foul play here! Who the hell would take the time to wrap a dog in duct tape, if it was just an animal they found dead; who carries duct tape round with them anyway?? Or are we supposed to believe it’s  just in case they come across a dead animal…please!! If it was someone’s pet dog, why bind it with tape…why not just bury the dog in either there back yard, or have it cremated! It just doesn’t make sense, but what does  make perfect sense to me, is that some sick bastard, perhaps even kids, committed this vile act; then just dumped the body!! That would explain why there was no abusive marks on the dogs body…it probably asphyxiated from the lack of oxygen & the constriction of the tape!!”

A dog that was wrapped “mummy-like” in duct tape likely did not die as a result of foul play, the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.

Capt. Corey Brubakken said the dog was discovered Monday by a hunter near mile post 78 along S.D. Highway 44 on the bank of the Cheyenne River.

While baffled by the odd circumstances of seeing the dog wrapped in duct tape, Brubakken said he believes the animal was not killed.

“We’re looking into more identification on the dog and whether or not it had any injuries,” he said. “We don’t have a lot to go on and we don’t know the circumstances as to why it was wrapped in duct tape.”

The dog, a mixed-breed pointer, is estimated to have been between seven and nine years old and had no obvious signs of physical abuse, Brubakken said.

“We don’t know how it got there,” he said. “The dog may have expired and someone may have laid it there.”

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Elgin Man Charged With Animal Cruelty After 60 Dead Cats Found In Van

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ELGIN, Ill. (CBS) – An Elgin resident faces four counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty, after authorities found 60 dead cats in a van in his driveway.

WBBM Newsradio’s John Waelti reports Employees of a city landscaping contractor noticed dozens of rotting cat carcasses inside the van Wednesday morning in the 200 block of Villa Street.

The homeowner, 60-year-old William Tinkler, was taken in for questioning, and later charged with four misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty, and five other misdemeanor violations of Elgin city codes. He bonded out of the Elgin City Jail Wednesday night, and is due back in court at 9 a.m. Nov. 2.

Police said, as the landscaping crew was removing brush on the block, workers noticed piles of cat carcasses inside a van parked in the home’s driveway.

According to Elgin police, 60 dead cats and at least one dog were found in a van at 259 Villa Street in Elgin on Sept. 26, 2012. The owner, 60-year-old William Tinkler, is charged with animal cruelty. (Credit: Daily Herald)

Elgin Police Lt. Dan O’Shea said officers were called in to speak with Tinkler after the dead animals were found.

“He told them that he put what he thought was approximately 60 cat carcasses in his van, and possibly a dog or two, over the last couple months,” O’Shea said. “He also stated he currently had another dozen or so live cats.

Neighbors said the stench alone was unbearable.

“Oh, the smell is just terrible. See all of our kids are out here trying to play, and we can’t even have our kids out here in this area, because the smell was just terrible,” Janette Levy said.

Narweata Flowers said neighbors couldn’t even leave their windows open, because some of Tinkler’s cats might wander in.

“They comes in our window. We have to let our window down, because they comes and they pushed the screen out, and be in our house. So I used to have to just get them out every day,” she said.

Several of the live cats were captured and taken to an animal shelter for a wellness check. Officials hope to capture the other cats to have them checked out.

Neighbors believe Tinkler’s arrest might have been the only way to stop him from hoarding animals.

“I’m just glad they got rid of the cats, because it was just ridiculous,” neighbor Shavon Patrick said.

Tinkler has been given 24 hours to clean up his home before it gets tagged as unlivable.

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Franklin County couple charged with animal abuse

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“Just how many more animals have to suffer & police resources used, before the judicial system realises, these sort of people are ill…they are addicted to harming animals & will carry on unless the utmost care is taken to stop them!! That means a total ban on keeping animals for life or working with animals etc. They shouldn’t be given any second chances…I am sick of writing about those who were let off  their first conviction too leniently…only to then re-offended once under the police radar!!”

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) – A woman is arrested in Franklin County for animal abuse, and police say this isn’t the first time she’s faced these charges.

Sandra and William Coy were arrested after police received multiple complaints about animal abuse.

On Friday, officers went to the Coy’s residence to check out the complaint and found a dead dog.

Officers were able to rescue twenty-three animals--many of them severely malnourished.

Sandra Coy was arrested for the same charges back in 2008 in Laurel County.

Most of the animals are at the Franklin County humane Society–a shelter that is already at capacity.

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Parents In Filthy Trailer Case Already On Probation – Child Neglect – Dead Horse & Emaciated Dogs

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The mother and father of a 16-month-old girl who was found in a filthy trailer in rural Liberty County Tuesday night were on probation after they had been charged with child neglect three years ago, officials said.

Aaron Parker

The 16-month-old girl was found lying on the floor of the trailer as cockroaches crawled on her after deputies had gone to the property in the block of County Road 2802 about 7 p.m. Tuesday to investigate a report of animal abuse, said Captain Rex Evans., a spokesman for the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies also found a dead horse outside the trailer.

The child’s mother Mable Larson was taken into custody and charged with animal cruelty. Evan said more charges are pending.

Child’s Mother Mable Larson

Deputies are searching for the girl’s fatherAaron Parker to talk to him about the case.

He and Larson were previously charged with child neglect, stemming from a case three years ago. They are currently on probation in that case, Evans said.

No further information about the case was immediately available.

When authorities arrived at the property and found the dead horse, they went inside the trailer to talk to the horse’s owner.

Then they spotted the child. She had severe diaper rash and red bumps on her legs, which may have been insect bites.

Evans said the trailer smelled strongly of decay and they came across evidence of narcotics.

Deputies also spotted several other emaciated animals, including dogs that weren’t moving. The girl was removed from the trailer.

Just one of the emaciated dogs

They returned Wednesday morning to search the property. Animal rescue crews arrived to remove other animals from the property, including about 10 dogs chained up in the backyard and two horses.

Officials suspect they may also find dead animals inside the trailer, Evans said.

Neighbor Cecil Palmer said about six months ago he saw Parker and Larson burying a horse in their back yard at around 2 a.m.

Palmer said many neighbors had tried to call animal control on the couple in the past.

He said his wife also have seen at least one other child at the house.


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13 News viewer tip leads to dead puppy, neglected dogs

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A puppy is discovered dead in its owner’s yard as other dogs run unrestrained around it. An anonymous 13 News viewer tip lead us to Stephen Reese’s house in the community of London in Kanawha County.

The caller said there was a dead puppy in the yard, and they feared the other animals at the house were being neglected.

They were right. Our cameras were rolling when Reese came home. He said he had no idea the puppy had died.

“I didn’t know. It wasn’t there yesterday. Evidently it happened sometime last night,” he said.

Reese admitted he was in over his head with the animals. He wasn’t even sure how many animals he had.

“I don’t want them put down but if I have to I guess I will. We put 6 or 8 signs out at the post office and stores and everything. We’ve gotten rid of 3 or 4. I was just going to give it another week,” he said.

The Kanawha County Humane Association also heard about the dead puppy.

Humane Officer Jeff Allen came to check out the rest of the animals on the property.

It turns out, most of them have health problems.

“Some of the dogs have mange. They have very bad flea issues. Some of them have a lot of ear irritations and infections and damages from flies and stuff to their ears. They’re just undernourished and need taken care of,” Allen said.

Reese agreed to sign over six of the dogs to the KCHA. He said he never meant for the animals to end up in the conditions they’re in.

Allen said the dogs will be put up for adoption after they’re treated by a veterinarian.

“Hopefully we can get them up for adoption and into good homes,” he said.

Reese’s problems are far from over with.

He’s now facing animal cruelty and neglect charges for the animals that were taken away from him.

You can call the humane society if you’re interested in adopting any of these dogs at 304-342-1576.

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Animal Cruelty investigation underway in Hayti

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Warning: This article contains graphic images

June 28, Hayti police responded to a call at a vacant lot located on West Lincoln in Hayti, Mo. What they found were seven dogs, three were dead and four seriously injured.

June 28, Hayti police responded to a call at a vacant lot located on West Lincoln. What they found were seven dogs, three were dead and four seriously injured. Credit: Caruthersville Humane Society

Hayti police then contacted Animal Control Officer, Ricky Hooper and the Caruthersville Humane Society.

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Two of the deceased animals had been dead for several days and the third died more recently when choked by a combination of a chain and fence.

The four dogs found alive were taken into custody by the Caruthersville Humane Society and placed in care at the Hayti Animal Shelter where they were receiving medical care and pending further investigation into the case.

“This is a horrible, tragic case of pure animal abuse,” said Karol Wilcox, Humane Investigator and President of the Caruthersville Humane Society. “Had the call not been made or Hayti not responded quickly more of these dogs would most likely have died.”

Over the weekend two of the dogs being held as evidence were stolen from the Hayti Animal Shelter.

“After the theft of the dogs at the Hayti shelter, we returned to the property and found more animals,” said Wilcox.

A pit bull was staked to a tree with no water or food,” said Wilcox. “No one in the neighborhood seemed to know anything and this dog was taken into custody.”

Found dead from strangulation in Hayti, Mo. Credit: Caruthersville Humane Society

Wilcox said that the investigation into the theft of the two dogs is ongoing. The public is asked to keep an eye out for the animals. One dog is a Boxer Mix and the other is a Pit Bull.

“We are very distressed because one of the animals is receiving veterinary care and had puncture wounds all over it. I am even more distressed that the animals are most likely back in the hands of the bad people. It is disturbing that we have found four dead animals so far and these animals were all in pitiful condition,” said Wilcox.

It is a felony in Missouri to steal a dog. The dogs were also being held as live evidence in a criminal investigation.

“We are grateful for the concerned officers at the Hayti Police Department and their animal control officer,” said Wilcox. “They are taking this case very seriously, as are we. We want those responsible brought to justice for this situation. We are gathering money towards a reward and will not stop looking until we figure out what is happening and bring the abusers to justice.”

“A situation like this is not accidental and someone had to see someone on the property. It is obvious people have been there and anyone there would have seen the situation,” said Wilcox.

Persons with information can contact the Hayti Police Department at (573) 359-1259 Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. or the Humane Society at (573) 333-0100.

To make donations towards the reward or animal care, donors can mail a check to Caruthersville Humane Society, P.O. Box 345, Caruthersville, MO 63830 or make a secure online donation via PayPal

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Man accused of killing roommate’s dogs

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JOLIETA 20-year-old man reportedly killed his boyfriend’s dogs and left them in a suitcase while pretending to help look for them.

According to reports, LeAndrae D. Blackman was living with the owner of “two small dogs” when the animals went missing on March 23.

“For the next week Blackman assisted the owner in putting up fliers and looking for the animals, but arguments continued and involving (Blackman’s) not paying rent and he was kicked out,” Cmdr. Brian Benton said.

On April 1, Blackman allegedly told Montgomery police he was moving his items to an apartment in Aurora when he crashed into two cars at Montgomery Road and Fourth Avenue. Records show the blue 1999 Volvo Blackman was driving had been reported stolen two months earlier in Bolingbrook. He was ticketed for driving without a license, operating an uninsured vehicle and failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

A Kane County warrant charging Blackman with possession of a stolen vehicle was issued four days later.

Joliet police believe Blackman left the state and moved to Florida by April 9, when he allegedly sent the victim a text message telling him to “look in a suitcase under the stairs.” The dead dogs were found inside.

Blackman “left several texts and voicemails for the victim taunting him about the incident,” Benton said.

On Thursday, detectives obtained a warrant charging Blackman with two counts of aggravated cruelty to an animal and two counts of cruel treatment of an animal, with a $100,000 bond.

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