Man Arrested In Abuse That Cost Puppy A Leg

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“WTF…Sick POS wants locking up & the key melted down…he is the epitome of evil in human form!”

Pinellas Parkpolice today arrested a 44-year-old St. Petersburg man and charged him with felony cruelty to animals in a case that cost a 5-month-old puppy his front left leg.

Beau suffered a broken leg in May,.Because it became infected it had to be amputated.

An arrest affidavit says that from May through June, Todd Walker inflicted multiple injuries on a dog named Beau.

The arrest report states Walker was observed drop-kicking the dog approximately 5 to 6 feet across the living room to where the dog hit the arm of a lounge chair.

On a second occasion, Walker was observed throwing the dog on to a couch and hitting the dog in the face, then punching the dog in the area of its hind legs with his fist, the report said.

Pinellas Park police Det. Mike Lynch also wrote that on at least two occasions Walker was seen throwing water bottles at the dog.

Beau suffered two broken bones to the left lower leg, along with a broken upper bone to the same leg, and a skull fracture.

Lynch added, “As a result of the injuries the dog’s left leg had to be amputated and the dog was observed to be in a state of fear when the defendant was present with the dog.”

Last week, SPCA Tampa Bay offered a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for abusing Beau.

Beau suffered a broken leg in May, and it became infected

The agency began its investigation in June when Kat Burke of Pinellas Park, the owner’s aunt, called the SPCA abuse hotline.

“It certainly looks like abuse from our perspective; it’s almost impossible for an animal to get that many injuries any other way,” SPCA Tampa Bay CEO Martha Boden said.

Burke claimed the dog suffered a broken left front leg in May. A month later on June 19, she says she got a panicked call from her niece, Rebecca Walker, telling her that “Beau’s leg was broke again, it was the same leg and she was on her way home.”

Burke rushed the dog to Haynes Road Animal Hospital, where they started treatment immediately.

In addition to the broken leg, Burke said Beau also suffered two skull fractures, a broken jaw bone and broken ribs.

“He was in shock,” Burke said.

According to Burke, Beau’s broken leg was badly infected and he suffered nerve damage.  Doctors decided to amputate.

Todd Walker

A week later, Rebecca Walker wrote in a request for an injunction for protection against domestic violence that her husband “Todd was watching my dog, Beau. Todd called me and said my dog was hurt.”

Todd Walker is a convicted felon. He has done time in the Florida state prisonsystem for felony battery and incest with a relative.

Now he faces another felony charge, cruelty to animals.

As for Beau, Burke said he continues to heal from his injuries. She has taken the dog in and hopes one day to work with and help inspire young children who have also lost limbs.

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Cat loses leg after abuse

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 HOUSTON -Band cut off cat’s circulation to leg

An injured cat was found in southeast Houston on Tuesday after someone put a rubber band around her back leg, cutting off her circulation.

The cat, nicknamed Flower, was on Princess Street when someone spotted her. She is now getting the attention she needs at BARC, the city’s animal shelter

“When we got Flower, we sent a plea out to our rescue partners and Frisky Paws stepped forward today and brought the cat to this vet,” said Carlene Lormand from BARC.

The cat was taken to the Cat Vet Clinic on West Alabama.

“As the leg swelled and became infected, it became even more painful,” said Dr. Nancy Christensen.

The cat’s leg will have to be amputated, but she is expected to make a full recovery.

Once Flower recovers, she will be available for adoption. If you’re interested in giving her a home, contact theFrisky Paws Rescue group.


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East Idaho puppy used for target practice

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BLACKFOOT, Idaho –A veterinarian in Blackfoot said Friday that a stray Border Collie puppy he treated this week had suffered injuries from two bulletsone shattered her rear leg, the other lodged under the skin on her back.

“Most people know that if you want to kill an animal, you don’t shoot them in the leg and back,” said Dr. Tony Parsons of the Blackfoot Animal Clinic. “To me, it looked like someone using a puppy for target practice.”

The puppy was one of three found in a field west of Blackfoot earlier in the week. Two of the puppies were uninjured — but the third was bloody and found laying on the ground, said Leslie Schwindt, one of the people who discovered the 3.5-month-old puppies.

“We honestly thought she had been thrown out of the window (of a vehicle),” Schwindt said of the injured puppy. “We immediately took her to the vet.”

It wasn’t until the veterinarian saw the X-ray that he discovered that the dog’s left rear leg was shattered by a .22-caliber bullet, and another bullet was in her back. The second bullet caused no serious damage to the animal.

Schwindt and her husband decided to adopt the injured puppy, which they have named Angel. The veterinary bill for treating the dog is about $820.

“Drop-offs are really common out where I live. People get tired of their animals and just drop them off, and hope they survive,” Schwindt said. “People need to know this kind of crap does happen.”

Parsons said he treated another abandoned animal recently. A couple brought in a stray kitten they found at a gas station; it had a broken leg. The cost of treating that animal was about $500.

Anyone who would like to contribute to help the Schwindts cover the cost of treating their new puppy, or other animals injured through abuse or neglect, can mail checks to the Blackfoot Animal Clinic, 401 W. Collins Road, Blackfoot, Idaho 83221. Also, see the Facebook page created for Angel.

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