Police kill ANOTHER pet dog while searching for robber in owner’s back yard

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  • Pit bull named Pup-pup died protecting the yard he was trained to guard
  • Second incident in recent weeks, following the death of a dog in New York

A police officer hunting a mugger shot and killed an innocent pit bull in the back yard it was trained to protect, it was revealed today.

It is the second time police have shot a dog in recent weeks, following an incident in New York when a pit bull named Star was gunned down in front of horrified shoppers.

The latest victim was a four-year-old male pit bull, named Pup-pup. He was shot in the back yard of a home in Hollywood, Florida

Four-year-old male pit bull Pup-pup was shot in the back yard of a home in Hollywood, Florida

Dog owner Antonio Williamson said: ‘I just heard gunshots as I was walking back to the house.

It happened just after Williamson came outside to ask why so many police officers were parked in front of his house.

They were looking for a man who had punched another man in the face and stole his bike in front of a convenience store nearby.

A witness followed the suspect and called 911.

Hollywood Police Sergeant Lester Cochenour told Local10.com: ‘The police suspected the robber may have gone into the back yard so they entered through a side gate.

‘When they got to the back yard, they were confronted by a pit bull.’

Officers carrying the body of the pit bull from the house in Hollywood, Florida

The dog was shot multiple times and died in the back yard. Mr Williamson was angry that officers didn’t knock first.

He said Pup-pup was a humble dog and was great with children, but was also trained to protect to his property.

‘There have been a lot of break ins around here, in this area for the last year and a half or so, and I have my dog out here just for that purpose,’ Mr Williamson said.

Under the law, police are allowed to enter private property if they are pursuing or searching for a felony suspect.

Sergeant Cochenour said: ‘It is an unfortunate circumstance that the dog and the police met.

‘It was not the initial call but the officer had to shoot the dog to protect himself.

‘Well, you know, they apologised about it but naturally the dog was protecting its area,’ Mr Williamson told Local10.com.

It comes after the horrific shooting of a pit bull was shot in the head by a New York City police officer on a crowded street last month.

The dog named Star was gunned down in the East Village after it lunged at police officers trying to approach the animal’s homeless owner, Lech Stankiewicz, who was apparently having a seizure.

The wounded pup was taken to the Manhattan Care Center, where it has been receiving veterinary care since the August 13 incident.

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Victory! Baby Elephant to Be Freed

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“What brilliant news, & a great end to my first Friday back at the helm! I’m  sorry,  I would love to post more, but my head is telling me otherwise, which I think for once I will take notice of…lol….Hope you all have a great weekend!”

You did it! Sunder, a 13-year-old elephant who has been kept chained inside a dark shed at Jyotiba Temple in the Kolhapur district of Maharashtra for seven years, will soon be freed and on his way to a better life. The move comes as a result of a rigorous three-month campaign led by PETA, in which more than 13,000 people from within India alone took part in PETA’s online petition that called for Sunder’s release. Legendary former Beatle Paul McCartney and Hollywood‘s Pamela Anderson also lent their support to the campaign by writing letters to government officials.

Thanks to an order just issued by Maharashtra Forest Minister Dr Patangrao Shripatrao Kadam, who listened carefully to the evidence of Sunder’s abuse, Sunder is to be removed from the temple and rehabilitated in a wildlife rescue-and-rehabilitation centre near Bangalore. 


“The difference between Sunder’s cruel life in chains at the temple and his new journey to freedom, love and care is like night and day“, says PETA India Director of Veterinary Affairs Dr Manilal Valliyate. “Daily walks and mental stimulation are essential to elephants’ mental and physical health. Lack of exercise and years spent standing in one position on hard surfaces amid their own waste often lead to painful and crippling foot ailments and arthritis. We are grateful to the Forest Minister for agreeing to liberate Sunder and let him enjoy the things that are natural and important to him for the first time in his life.”

The abuse that Sunder endured highlights the scandal that is growing over the way that elephants used in Indian temples to represent the Hindu god Ganesha are being housed and mistreated. Many elephants at Indian temples also show signs of severe psychological distress – such as swaying, head-bobbing and weaving, behaviour not found in healthy elephants in nature. Frustrated captive Indian elephants commonly harm or kill their mahouts or others around them.

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We Bought a Zoo – Hollywood Adaptation

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Born Free comments on the reality behind the drama

The film “We Bought a Zoo” is the Hollywood adaptation of the account of Benjamin Mee’s purchase of the former Dartmoor Wildlife Park. As the release of the film looms, media reports appear to characterise the purchase of the zoo by the Mees as a “rescue”: “Unless a buyer was found, most of the animals would have been shot” (Daily Mail, 17 Dec 2011).

In reality, the Born Free Foundation and others were in regular contact with the relevant authorities at the time, pushing for the closure of the zoo and working on putting together a rehoming package for the animals. To the best of our knowledge, at no time were the animals at risk of being “shot” – rather, they faced a future at other, perhaps better-equipped facilities. Sadly, we can only assume that financial interests, a desire to maintain a local tourist attraction and/or pressure from within the zoo industry conspired to see the zoo sold to a self-confessed novice, with the subsequent widely-reported animal escapes and financial problems.

The film is set and filmed in Southern California, and will undoubtedly feature many captive and performing wild animals. Born Freeis very concerned about the message using animals in this way sends, and for the long-term welfare of the animals used. US performing animal regulations and standards do little to guarantee the welfare of the animals concerned and guard against welfare problems associated with raising, keeping and exploiting wild animals for entertainment.

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Method motivates Liam Neeson, ‘The Grey’ cast to dine on wolf meat

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Trapper Dick McDiarmid provided Liam Neeson and the cast of ‘The Grey’ two wolves to eat while the film shot in Smithers B.C.

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Production of the Hollywood action flick The Grey was a shot in the arm for the northern B.C. town of Smithers this time last year, as star Liam Neeson, director Joe Carnahan and company filmed in the mountains above and around a local ski resort.

The movie, which opens next Friday, kept the town buzzing with its needs for gear, transportation, hotels, food and supplies. But the most oddball request was to longtime local trapper Dick McDiarmid for four wolf carcasses. Two were for use as props in the movie and the other two — well, let McDiarmid tell it.

“They wanted a couple more that they were going to try and eat them,” says McDiarmid over the phone from his home in rural Quick, about 40 kilometres from Smithers. “I guess they got to talking; I wonder what it tastes like?”

The movie’s story follows a group of Alaska oil workers who survive a plane crash, only to be set upon by a pack of wolves that hunts them as they flee the crash site. Just before filming started, director Carnahan wanted Neeson and the rest of the cast to sample wolf meat as a way of getting closer to the movie’s story of wilderness survival.

“I do a bit of trapping, so they came off my trap line,” says the 67-year-old McDiarmid, adding wolf skins fetch upwards of $100 each in the fur trade. He adds he’s never tried wolf meat himself.

“Well I guess if I was like in the movie, in the bush and starving. Otherwise I don’t think it would be high on my list.”

McDiarmid’s movie experience didn’t end after he pulled the wolf carcasses out of his freezers. The casting people liked the look of him, and put him in a pre-crash bar scene where he was seated next to British actor Nonso Anozie, who played one of the crash survivors.

“He’s huge,” says McDiarmid. “I asked him if he had tried the wolf. He said ‘I’m a pretty big man but it didn’t take much to fill me up.’”

The movie includes a wilderness scene where the survivors kill and eat one of the wolves. McDiarmid says they used lamb meat for the on-camera munching.

As to the fictional story of a wolf pack relentlessly hunting a group of humans, McDiarmid says it’s fiction. He’s read of isolated attack by wolves on humans but has seen nothing like that first-hand.

“Wolves have territories, which they do defend, but not generally against people,” he says. “If other wolves try to move in, then they’ll fight.”

As to his own meetings with wolves, “I think they’ve always been curious, you know: What am I doing? I never really felt threatened by them. I’ve seen them watching me from, I don’t know, 75 feet away and then as soon as you look at them they take off.”

The Grey used a mix of computer-generated imagery and elaborate puppetry for its wolf scenes.

McDiarmid will be at a special screening next Wednesday in Smithers for locals who worked on the film.

“Who doesn’t love a little bit of Hollywood coming to town,” says Gladys Atrill, who was the town’s main point person as marketing director of Tourism Smithers. The filmmakers stayed for three weeks of preparations and two weeks of filming.

The town earlier played Antarctica for scenes in the 2006 adventure flick Eight Below. “It delivers a little excitement, and it leaves some money behind when they go, so it’s welcome.”

Atrill visited The Grey’s plane crash site above the tree line near Hudson Bay Mountain Resort, where props people had to dig the strewn wreckage out from under fresh snow each morning.

“I have sympathy for the actors when they’re talking about how cold it was, but those were the conditions the director was looking for, so it worked out.”

The production also filmed at the Smithers Airport, where a hangar was set up for that northern bar scene.

“The winter time is a slower time for us, so (the films) came at a good time. Suppliers might be more active in the resource sector during the summer.”

Atrill says the town has got used to the pace of filmmaking. “A film is in for a short time, and what it needs, it needs now.”

Even if that means a couple of wolf carcasses.

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