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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Iowa Man Arrested For Death Of Starved Dog Found In Crate

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“WTF…I’m trying to write whilst tears run down my cheeks…I’m just so sickened by the fact this was done on purpose…the evil that resides in this pig needs destroying…take a good look at him…I pray to God he gets what he deserves!”

On Thursday night, the man believed to be responsible for the starvation and death of a young dog, who was locked in a crate and dumped in Waterloo, Iowa, was arrested.

Ty Alyn Hickman

According to the Quad-City Times, 23-year-old Ty Alyn Hickman was arrested by Jesup police, who received numerous tips on the abuse case from the public.

Maria Tiller, a Waterloo animal control and code enforcement officer, stated:

Without the help of the public, we never would have got this far,”

A substantial reward was offered for information leading to the arrest of the person behind the despicable crime.

Caleb, described as a Labrador retriever mix, was found back on Feb. 16, locked inside of a feces and urine filled crate. It was evident that the dog has suffered greatly before finally succumbing to starvation.

Hickman is facing up to two years behind bars for the misdemeanor charge of aggravated animal torture.

Read the prior story about this incident here.

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Ty Hickman, 23 was arrested Thursday in Jesup, Iowa and charged with aggravated misdemeanor animal torture according The male dog named Caleb was found dead, locked in a kennel and likely starved to death amid his own feces and urine.

Hickman was booked into the Buchanan County Jail by the Jesup Police Department. If found guilty Hickman faces up to two years in prison.

The tragic story of Caleb, a Labrador retriever and Great Dane mixed breed was uncovered on Feb. 16 when his emaciated body was discovered in a pet carrier kennel on the 2700 block of Independence Ave in Waterloo. Authorities believe the dog had already died from dehydration and starvation and then was dumped on the side of the road.

When the story of Caleb hit social media, animal lovers and compassionate friends were so disgusted by such an egregious act of apparent animal cruelty, they joined Agape Fosters and helped to raise $7500 for a reward leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for this reprehensible deed.

Never underestimate what a community can do when motivated. Local police received many leads which helped lead to the arrest of Hickman and the alleged charges against him.

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UPDATE: No jail time for NYPD officer & wife for allowing dog to starve to death

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“WTF…seriously, what’s the point in taking cases like this to court, where a couple let their dog starve to death; but the judge lets them off with a suspended sentence?? Oh, sorry, they were banned from owning a pet for 5 years…well whoopy fxxxxxg do!! Where is the deterrent value here, none at all. Is there any wonder so many animals are harmed when the justice system doesn’t do anything to try & stop it, I’m sick of seeing these pathetic sentences, sorry slaps on the wrist? It makes me so fxxxxxg mad!!!”

Danny Neira, an NYPD officer, and his wife, Rose Neira, of Farmingdale, N.Y., learned on Tuesday that they will not be heading to jail for allowing their dog to starve to death.

According to Tuesday’s Newsday publication, District Court Judge Sondra Pardes instead ruled that the couple will have three years of probation for their animal cruelty conviction.

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The couple faced charges after their two-year-old Great Dane, “Zack,” was discovered weighing a dismal 87 pounds back in Nov. 2010. A healthy, normal weight for this breed of dog ranges from 120 to 150 pounds.

Following the discovery of the emaciated dog, Zack received intensive veterinary care, but died just weeks later. According to the veterinary clinic which treated him, Zack died from heart issues stemming from starvation.

The couple argued that their dog suffered from a bowel disease which caused his poor body weight. They also told the court that their dog was receiving veterinary care.

Regardless of the claim of a health issue, the jury found that the couple had not provided adequate care for their dog.

The Neiras are prohibited from owning a pet for the next five years.

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Danny and Rose Neira were convicted of neglecting their their Great Dane, Zach. This video was taken by an investigator from District Attorney Kathleen Rice‘s Animal Crimes Unit. Though vets tried to save Zach, his organs had deteriorated too much to survive. His visible ribs and vertebrae, unclipped nails, and dirty ears are additional evidence of neglect. DA Rice created the animal crimes unit to protect animals like Zack, but also because those who are cruel to animals often harm people too. To report animal abuse in Nassau County, call the anonymous Animal Crimes Hotline at  (516) 680-8624

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.

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Farmingdale Couple Convicted of Animal Abuse

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“I know this beautiful dog passed over Rainbow Bridge in 2010, but it didn’t stop me from shedding a few tears for him. Such a gentle giant, he didn’t deserve to be ill treated, no animal does! Why do people get pets, only to abandoned them when they’ve had enough. Can’t be bothered to walk or play with the dog anymore, CAN’T BE BOTHERED TO FEED THE DAMN DOG either”. R.I.P  Zack x

They could face up to one year in jail on the charge after discovery of their emaciated dog, Zack.

A Farmingdale couple whose Great Dane was found emaciated from neglect has been convicted of animal neglect by a Nassau County Jury.

Rose Neira, 32, and her husband Danny Neira, 41, a New York City police officer, were convicted of misdemeanor animal neglect after being accused of failing to provide food and medical care for their dog, Zack. The jury took just three hours to convict the couple, whose dog weighed just 87 pounds when it was found by authorities.

The animal, despite extensive rehabilitative efforts by veterinarians including surgery, died about a month later.

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said the couple faces up to one year in jail. They are due back in court Dec. 11 for sentencing.

“There is no excuse or explanation for this level of cruelty and neglect, and I am shocked that these two people, one of whom is a police officer, did nothing while Zack wasted away in front of their eyes,” Rice said.

The case dates to Nov. 22, 2010, when district attorney investigators and members of the DA’s Animal Crimes Unit went to the Neiras’ home after receiving multiple tips that an animal was being neglected there.

Investigators found a 2-year-old Great Dane named Zack, “grossly emaciated with protruding ribs and its backbone visible through its skin,” Rice said.

When questioned by investigators, Rose Neira initially claimed that the dog’s condition was due to parasites, but she could not provide the name of a veterinarian for the animal, nor could she produce any medication that was being administered to the animal. She stated that she kept the Great Dane in the kitchen, taking it out only once a night, and that she had not sought veterinary treatment for more than a year.

Danny Neira is an officer with the New York Police Department, the district attorney’s office said.


Prosecutors obtained a warrant to seize the dog the following day and the Town of Oyster Bay’s Animal Control transported it to Oyster Bay Animal Hospital, where it was treated by a veterinarian for 10 days.

In addition to the dog’s emaciated appearance, its nails were damaged and overgrown and its ear cavities were caked with dirt and grease. Zack’s multiple health issues forced veterinarians to feed him intravenously, authorities said.

A normal, healthy Great Dane should weigh between 120 and 150 pounds. Zack succumbed to multiple health problems on Dec. 1, 2010 while still receiving around-the-clock veterinary care.

Assistant District Attorney Matthew Libroia of the Animal Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case for the DA’s Office. The Neiras are represented by Robert DelGrosso.

Numerous reptiles, turtles, birds and fish were also observed living in unsanitary conditions inside the Neira home, many of which were seized by authorities.

Rice issued a thank you to the Town of Oyster Bay, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and the Suffolk County SPCA for their assistance in this case.

I strongly encourage anyone who is aware of an animal being abused or neglected to contact my office’s Animal Abuse hotline at (516) 571-ACHL,” Rice said.

Video footage of Zack taken by DA Investigators can be viewed on DA Rice’s YouTube page

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Danny and Rose Neira were convicted of neglecting their their Great Dane, Zach. This video was taken by an investigator from District Attorney Kathleen Rice’s Animal Crimes Unit. Though vets tried to save Zach, his organs had deteriorated too much to survive. His visible ribs and vertebrae, unclipped nails, and dirty ears are additional evidence of neglect. DA Rice created the animal crimes unit to protect animals like Zack, but also because those who are cruel to animals often harm people too. To report animal abuse in Nassau County, call the anonymous Animal Crimes Hotline at (516) 680-8624.


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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Pup on the mend after bashing

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IF only he could talk.

Two weeks ago, this great dane cross wolfhound puppy was found crawling out of an embankment wrapped in wire and beaten within an inch of his life.

The shocking incident begs the question: “Who abuses an innocent animal?”

Local psychologist Paul Grant said it depended on each case.

“Animal cruelty typically falls into one of three categories – unintentional, intentional, and deliberately cruel,” he said.

“Unintentional animal abuse is by far the most common. Not feeding animals properly, feeding them inadequate diets, and not providing suitable living environments for them are all examples.”

He said intentional abuse can be ongoing or spontaneous.

“The motivation for people in these cases may particularly be frustration or anger, as well as a sense of empathy which may be lower or slower to develop than most.”

Most concerning was ongoing cruelty.

“Perpetrators may have much more serious psychological problems,” he said.

“Their thinking may not be disordered, but they may simply be sadistic; that is they enjoy inflicting pain on animals or enjoy violence.”


“Although there are links between hurting animals and hurting people, the relationship is not straightforward,” psychologist Paul Grant said. “Although it is often pointed out that most serial killers have a history of being deliberately cruel to animals as children, it is not true to say that most children who have been deliberately cruel to animals will turn out to be serial killers.”

“These kinds of offenders may engage in animal abuse because they are seeking some sense of control or power through these acts.”

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Police find abandoned house littered with dead animals

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A former Phoenix man has been arrested for seven counts of animal cruelty, police said Tuesday night.

Steven C. Hart, of 948 Shants Road, Jordan, was arrested on multiple class A misdemeanors after police found about a dozen dead animals in his former residence at 86 Cherry St. in the village of Phoenix.  

“The guy had an extreme amount of animals in his apartment,” said Phoenix Police Chief Timothy Chura. “When we got to the apartment all there was were the carcasses.

A two-week investigation began when a village resident went to the house to remove a couple aquariums from the front porch. As he was moving an aquarium, the resident discovered a dead animal in the tank.

The resident called Phoenix Village Police.

It was not until police arrived that the full extent of the animal cruelty became apparent. Officers found five dead exotic animals packed in garbage bags on the porch. Inside the vacant apartment, officers recovered more dead animals in the second-floor bedroom. Trash and animal feces had been thrown throughout the apartment.

It also appeared as if some of the animals struggled to burrow through a wall into the apartment next door, police said. The apartment has been declared unfit for habitation.

A subsequent investigation revealed that Hart and his girlfriend purchased a total of 68 animals and had kept them living together in the one apartment. Included in the list: one Great Dane, one Burmese mountain dog, two Australian cattle dogs, one red-nosed pitbull, seven cats, one Gannet African cat, 30 ferrets, four chinchillas, one red-tailed boa snake, two ball pythons, one coastal carpet python, two Iguanas, one armadillo lizard, two bearded dragons, one blue and gold macaw, two prairie dogs, two squirrels, one red footed tortoise, one leopard tortoise, one gecko, one monitor, one chameleon and two hedgehogs.
“We figure he moved out in March,” Chura said.

From the time Hart moved out to the discovery by a village resident of a dead animal in May, Phoenix Police received no calls about the apartment, he said. During that time, animal carcasses rotted in the apartment for weeks unnoticed.

“I’m not sure if they knew the magnitude of the number he had,” he said.

The police investigation later concluded that some of the animals died from neglect, while others died from starvation when Hart ran out of money to buy them food.

I don’t think he got them to kill them,” Chura said.

Hart did give some of the pets away when he could no longer take care of them. He buried some of the others on the property.

Hart will be arraigned in Schroeppel Town Court on June 13. The investigation into the animal cruelty case is ongoing and additional arrests are possible, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Phoenix Police at 695-2001. 

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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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