Redwood City man pleads no contest to torturing, killing family puppy

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“WTF…this guy was already on psychiatric drugs…on probation…being treated for a mental illness. The girlfriend must have known, because she was scared of him, I just hope she didn’t leave him in charge of her daughter?? Don’t the Doctors who know these people are sick, have a duty to ensure they are not a threat to others & keep an eye on those that are a threat to society? Apparently not! He is a dangerous man, the kind that enjoys torturing a little puppy, to the point of death; in front of a minor! This sick bastard should never be let out to repeat this type of thing. Bet you in 5 years time his name comes up again for doing something heinous!! Yet another case for an “Animal Abuse Register”!

A Redwood City man accused of torturing and killing a puppy in front of his young daughter has pleaded no contest to animal abuse and child endangerment charges, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.

Don’t forget this evil mans face! Picture from Examiner

Alan Benjamin Velete

On Friday, 32-year-old Alan Benjamin Velete was sentenced to two years in jail, in addition to a year in a residential rehabilitation treatment center, for the cruel acts which left his family’s puppy dead. (Picture & text from http://www.examiner.com/article/man-who-tortured-puppy-front-of-young-child-is-sentenced-to-jail?CID=PROD-topic-email-articles

In exchange for Friday’s plea, Alan Benjamin Velete, 32, won’t receive more than three years in prison. He also pleaded no contest to violating his probation for a 2011 felony assault conviction.

He was arrested Jan. 9 on charges that stem from a pattern of violence over several weeks against his family’s terrier puppy, named “Lucky,” that ended with the 4-month-old dog’s death, according to the district attorney’s office.

The abuse began after Velete and his daughter moved into the Redwood City apartment of his girlfriend’s mother in early December. The man became incensed after the puppy defecated on the floor and over several weeks he tortured the animal, including punching and kicking it, spraying household cleaner in its eyes, putting it in a duffel bag that was hung in a shower for hours, taping its mouth closed and feeding it his psychiatric drugs, according to the district attorney’s office. Much of the harm was done in front of his daughter.

His girlfriend and her mother later said they were too terrified of Velete to contact law enforcement, according to prosecutors. But after Velete killed the puppy, the mother anonymously called police.

Velete’s defense attorney, Naresh Rajan, said his client was being treated for mental illness at the time of the abuse and was under a lot of stress, and he has since “expressed all kinds of remorse” for his actions. While in county jail, he’s been receiving help through a counseling program.

“It’s horrible, it’s a 4-month old puppy,” Rajan said. “There’s no excuse, but he wasn’t thinking with a normal person’s mind.” ” Then why was he allowed into society???”

News Link:-http://www.mercurynews.com/peninsula/ci_26233265/redwood-city-man-pleads-no-contest-torturing-killing

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IDA: Invitation To Join Protest, Portland Area Residents – Please Take Action for Animals; Circus Protest

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Portland Area Residents – Please Take Action for Animals
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Protests
September 4th-7th 

Activists from IDA and other national and local organizations will join forces to protest Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Portland in early September. Help us send a loud and clear message that elephants and other animals do not belong in circuses!

Please make plans to join activists at one or more protests held throughout the weekend.

What:  Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Protests at the Moda Center

When:
Thursday, Sep 4, 5:30pm-7:00pm
Friday, Sep 5, 5:30pm-7:00pm
Saturday, Sep 6, 10am-11:30am, 2pm-3:30pm, 5:30pm-7:00pm
Sunday, Sep 7, 11am-12:30pm, 3pm-4:30pm

Where:  Moda Center, One Center Court, Portland, Oregon (meet at the Moda Center entrance nearest the Rose Quarter Transit Center)

For more information, please contact eric@idausa.org.

You can RSVP for these events here. Posters and leaflets will be provided at each event.

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A Man Dying Of Cancer Says Farewell To His Faithful Dog

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PUBLISHED: 04:15, 23 December 2013 | UPDATED: 13:24, 23 December 2013

Farewell old friend: The touching moment man, 21, who is dying of cancer was allowed to say last goodbye to his beloved childhood dog.

A tear-jerking photograph showing the moment a man dying of cancer said goodbye to his beloved childhood dog has touched hearts across the nation.

Mike Petrosino, 21, was diagnosed with cancer in the eighth grade. He has been in and out of Massachusetts General Hospital since then but last week doctors said there was nothing more they could do.

So on Friday, his family brought his dear dog Rusty to the hospital to say a final goodbye. The emotional image of the pet by his bedside was shared on Reddit and has since gone viral.

Moving: A tear-jerking photograph showing the moment Mike Petrosino, 21, said goodbye to his beloved childhood dog has touched hearts across the nation

Mike’s friend posted the picture Friday with the comment: ‘My friend Mike was diagnosed with cancer in the 8th grade. He was given a 3% chance to survive the first year.

‘Two days ago we found out that after 8 years, the amputation of his leg, and four rounds of cancer that there’s now nothing that they can do. This picture was taken by his brother yesterday.’

Doctors expect Mike’s battle with cancer to end in the coming days.

The friend, who uses the Reddit name 7th Evan, added in the comment thread: ‘I just got back from Mass General and got to say goodbye with a bunch of old friends. He’s the bravest guy I’ve ever met and all he did the entire day was make sure everyone else was okay.’

He added: ‘Seeing Rusty come visit was one of the few things that has been able to make his brother, John, smile.’

Long battle: Petrosino, pictured, was diagnosed with cancer in the eighth grade. He has been in and out of Massachusetts General Hospital since then but last week doctors said there was nothing more they could do

John Petrosino told TheBlaze the moment was deeply moving, and Rusty, who is now 10 years old, seemed to understand the gravity of what was going on.

‘That was by far one of the most touching moments of my life,’ he told the website.

‘Rusty was very emotional when Mike said his finale goodbye. Every time I come home these past two days, he sits near Mike’s favourite couch and whines, which is rare from him.’

Mike’s mother, Paula, agreed seeing the best friends say goodbye was almost too much to handle.

Aware: John Petrosino, pictured right with Mike and other family members, said Rusty, who is now 10 years old, seemed to understand the gravity of what was going on

‘It was a very touching moment,’ she told TheBlaze. ‘Mike and Rusty grew up together and are very close.’

The family who has had eight years of medical bills has set up an online website where individuals can donate to help with the cost of his treatment.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2528218/Touching-photo-dying-man-saying-goodbye-childhood-dog.html#ixzz2oL4VKkJY
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Woman Accused of Starving Dog to Death

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An Enfield woman is under arrest, charged with a horrific case of animal abuse. Police said Carla Bushnell was supposed to be pet-sitting when she starved a dog to death.

“That dog was not my pethe was my son,” said Andrew Zander, the dog’s owner.

When Zander got a call from Enfield Police a few weeks ago about the death of his dog, Bandit, he couldn’t believe it.

“I immediately broke down,” Zander said.

Investigators said Carla Bushnell was responsible, according to police.

Zander said Bushnell was a family friend and he asked her to continuously check on Bandit at his apartment. He was away for a few months to help his wife at a Massachusetts hospital.

“There was no reason for my wife or I to have any doubts she would be a good caretaker. She insisted she wanted to take care of them,” Zander explained.

According to police, a postal worker saw mail piling up outside Zander’s place in November and became suspicious. The carrier then looked in the window and saw the dog dead on the floor.

Exam results showed there was absolutely no food in Bandit’s system.

Carla Bushnell was arrested Thursday night and charged with animal cruelty. Investigators said she was liable because she made an agreement to watch the dog and Zander left instructions for Bushnell with her name on them on his kitchen cabinet.

“The dog had been starved for at least a month. Carla said in her statement that she was there every day,” Zander said.

NBC Connecticut tried talking to Bushnell after she bonded out of jail on Friday, but she would not answer any questions.

Zander hoped for an explanation.

“I would have rather seen him pass by old age or hit by a car than to starve to death,” he said.

He wants Bushnell held accountable for the suffering his dog went through.

News Link:http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/Woman-Accused-of-Starving-Dog-to-Death-235828931.html

Building Owner’s Senior Golden Retriever Shot And Klled By Police

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“I don’t know how the owner of this deceased dog can be so calm about it! Has anyone ever seen a Golden Retriever act aggressively? I certainly haven’t, in England this breed are like big puppies, whatever their age…Jesus….don’t the police have lights within the sight of their gun targets?? Had it been an aggressive pit-bull charging at them, looking like it was attempting to really harm them; the police may have had concerns about their own well-being & been forced to protect themselves. Having said that, a dog can’t kill with one bite; (unless it’s rabid or bit an artery) the police would have had enough time to act, had it been a vicious dog, whatever the breed! But this poor dog would more likely have just walked up to lick the policeman’s hand, had it been given the chance! It seems to me that the police in America are slightly trigger happy; when it come to confrontation with dogs…but that’s my personal view!!”

A tragic case of mistaken identity has left the dog who belongs to the owner of a former Veterans building in Vallejo, Calif., dead, reported Wednesday’s Mercury News.

A senior golden retriever was shot and killed/NOT TigerT. Preston

The dog, a senior golden retriever, belonged to 83-year-old Ed Boydston, who just bought the building which is located on Alabama Street.

Boydston, a Korean War veteran, was at the newly purchased building in the early evening last Friday; while there, someone phoned the police to report suspicious activity.

Responding police entered the building and called out to announce their presence; Boydston did not hear them, but his dog, “Tiger,” did, and when he approached, he was shot one time.

Boydston told Mercury News what he said to the officer:

I said, ‘Don’t shoot my dog, and I heard very clearly, ‘I just did,’

I kind of feel like the dog tripped a shot for me. It could have been me that was shot. I was 10-12 feet away.”

The officer’s shot to Tiger proved to be fatal; Tiger, described as “sweet,” had been Boydston’s companion for the last eight years.

Following the death of his companion, Boydston said:

I guess they were justified in doing it,

I don’t know about the law, but I guess they had justified rights. Someone reported a burglary.”

News Link:http://www.examiner.com/article/building-owner-s-senior-golden-retriever-shot-and-killed-by-police

 

Barrie Man Charged For Killing Girlfriend’s Six-month-old Puppy

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“This sick, sadistic, jealous, pathetic excuse for a man, should be put in a cell & left to rot!!”

BARRIE, Ont. — A man accused of deliberately killing his girlfriend’s puppy by slamming it on the floor because he was jealous has been released on bail.

Ryan Anthony Baklarz, 23, who is charged with killing an animal, was released on $2,500 and allowed to go home with his mother on Friday.

In court, the prosecution alleged Baklarz killed the fluffy six-month-old Pomeranian puppy named Angel in a jealous rage because his girlfriend was out with a friend with whom she was once in a relationship.

The accused picked up the dog and slammed it on the hard tile floor, causing the dog’s death,” Crown attorney Jennifer Armenise said. “He then put the dog in a plastic bag, tied it and left it on the floor in front of the refrigerator.”

There was no publication ban placed on the bail hearing.

Sitting in her downtown Barrie apartment, with her Irish terrier at her side, girlfriend Ashley Berdan was still weepy Friday as she showed off pictures of Angel, a buff-coloured ball of fluff with big brown eyes. One photo shows the pup wrestling with a red ball, another with its head stuck in a jar of peanut butter.

“She had a thing for peanut butter,” Berdan said fondly.

Confined to a wheelchair for life, she said her dogs bring her great joy.

“My dogs are my life,” Berdan said.

Court heard that Berdan got a text from Baklarz stating: “I killed the dog.”

But, sitting in her apartment, Berdan said she didn’t believe him until she returned home Sunday around 7 p.m. and found a bag on the floor with something soft in it.

“I cried all night and when I woke up I cried again,” Berdan said.

She didn’t want to call police on her own boyfriend but a friend who was with her went outside and flagged an officer on the street, Berdan said.

She doesn’t understand why this happened. “He is normally a sweetheart,” Berdan said of Baklarz.

Baklarz, who has no criminal record, will be back in court Sept. 23.

News Link:-http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/canada/archives/2013/08/20130823-171311.html

Vet Worker Accused of Animal Cruelty Still Not Charged

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“The video regards this news post, is below, along with another version of events (In italics) which if true, do not add up with the news posted below! I know one thing, no animal deserves to be hanged via a lead then slammed into wall; therefore that employee should be punished. If (as it states below the video) the dog had bitten several employees, then it should have had a muzzle on when being handled; that was no reason to abuse the dog! But why has it taken a year for the video to surface? Didn’t the person who took the video think it should have been handed to police straight away; so the employee could have been punished? If the incident did indeed happen a year ago, how can we be sure this female employee, Stefanie Stasse hasn’t committed other violent attacks??”

ORLANDO, Fla. — An employee at a local veterinarian’s office has been fired after she was caught on camera slamming a dog against a wall. 

WFTV discovered the employee, Stefanie Stasse, was fired following Thursday’s story.

Friday, the office’s owner said he wants her prosecuted, after defending her Thursday.

Dr. Mohammad Hassan claims he had to go by what his employees told him about the incident, and was also under advice from his lawyer not to say otherwise.

Employee slams dog into wall

Even though he said Thursday the incident happened a year and a half ago, Friday he said he doesn’t know when the video was taken.

Hassan, who stood up for his employee after alarming video of vet tech Stasse was posted on YouTube, said she is now fired. “None of this really adds up, clearly there is something amiss!

Hassan said he is going to press charges. “If she should serve time in jail, I don’t mind that,” Hassan said.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office investigated the alleged abuse and is turning the case over to the state attorney’s office.

The video shows the dog being slammed against a wall as many as five times.

Hassan said Thursday Stasse had to take extreme measures to control the dog and it wasn’t hurt.

“They are hollow walls there, very soft, it’s not a concrete wall that if you hit the dog you’re going to break his back,” Hassan had said Thursday.

Friday, Hassan said his change of tune was because “Yesterday all I had was the statements from the employees.”

Three former employees contacted Channel 9 after the story aired Thursday.

Hassan said he fired Sheena Torres, but she claims she quit after seeing abuse and mistreatment.

“I was not fired, I walked out. I walked out. He was angry with me because I told him, ‘Listen, this cat has been here all day without treatment,'” Torres said.

Torres even complained to Animal Services. Reports show the officer found it hard to determine the validity of some claims because the officer was not a veterinarian.

“I just hope my clients don’t hold this against me personally or my good staff,” Hassan said.

Viewers were so upset over the video, they even posted a petition to fire Stasse and close the clinic. (Petition below the video)

It will be up to the state attorney’s office, once it gets the case, to press charges.

WFTV also contacted the Department of Business and Professional Licensing Friday, but they have not commented on whether they are investigating or not. “Now please read the news that accompanies the video!”

News Link:-http://www.wftv.com/news/news/local/employee-caught-slamming-dog-against-wall-camera-f/nYY6N/

24 Hr Emergency Pet Hospital Orlando – Dr. Mohammad Hassan

 

Published on 27 Jun 2013

Please sign this petition to make this animal abuser pay for her crime.
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/126/90…

Located near the intersection of Good Homes Rd and Clarke Rd behind the Circle K on the corner. 

The Vet states that this video was placed on youtube by an ex disgruntled employee who was fired. He also alleges that the video was tampered with and pieced together and it does not show the entire incident. He states that the incident is 10 minutes in its entirety and if we were to see the entire video, we would agree with what this employee did.

Let me laugh first… lol! Now… seriously!?! I could care less if a disgruntled ex employee posted this crime of animal abuse on youtube. BUT… I do have thoughts about the lady depicted in the cell phone video committing the crime of animal abuse. WHO…… I say WHO in his or her right state of mind would pick a dog up off the floor and hang it by its leash and SLAM it repeatedly into the wall!?!

This is the employee who should have been fired but instead the vet supports the employee for doing this and she remained there after this incident and was employed there as of yesterday when this was broadcast on the news for this incident is being investigated now. I have to ask….. this is one video that was made public….. what happened there all those other days and how many animals received abusive treatment there???

This is a copy and paste from the news report that aired on TV yesterday.

Video: Dog slammed against wall at Orlando pet clinic

State Attorney‘s office investigating possible animal abuse

ORLANDO, Fla. – 
Allegations of dog abuse at an Orlando animal hospital have now forced the state attorney’s office to consider charging the clinic’s manager after graphic video showed her slamming a small dog against a wall by its leash.

The woman seen slamming the small dog against a wall — at least four times — is the manager at the Emergency Pet Hospital on White Road in Orlando, said Veterinarian Dr. Mohammad Hassan, and she is still working at the clinic.

The cellphone video lasts 32 seconds and was posted on YouTube by a woman who received it from people who worked at the hospital.

That tipster, who asked to remain anonymous, calls what is seen on the video “abuse” and said “it’s horrendous.”

“There’s right and wrong, and you just don’t do it,” said the tipster. “There are proper ways to handle things. This poor dog doesn’t have a voice. This poor dog couldn’t go and tell his owner that he was being mistreated.”

On the video, the dog yelps and has a cone around its head, indicating it may have recently underwent surgery. The manager wrestles with the dog’s tiny collar and when the dog appears uncooperative.

“I was very upset when I saw the video,” said Hassan. “It does look very bad because the video was altered and trimmed.”

Hassan said what we don’t see on the short video clip is what happened in the 10 minutes before the manager lost her patience. He said the dog bit several workers, was uncontrollable and his manager made several different attempts to handle the dog.

When asked if there is a better way to take care of that dog, Hassan said, “There’s always a better way.”

As far as this being a case of animal abuse, Hassan does not agree.

“If you see the video as-is, I’m sure it can be considered animal abuse,” said Hassan. “If you see the whole video, you’re going to realize what happened there happens everywhere all the time.”

Hassan said the video is over a year and a half old and believes whoever leaked it has a grudge against him because they were fired.

It’s unclear who owns the dog or if it was injured in the attack, but Hassan asserts it was not.

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