Puppy Burner Given Maximum Sentence

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Adell Ziegler, the teen who burned the Jack Russell terrier named Phoenix in Buffalo, NY last fall, has been handed the maximum sentence in New York state for animal cruelty.

He will spend the next two years in prison (we know, not nearly long enough), and is banned from having a pet for the next seven years (again, we know – not long enough).

Adell Ziegler

“I don’t think this guy should have a pet rock,” said Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita. “He’s an off-the-charts animal abuser. He’s a sociopath.”

The prosecution says that during his time in jail, Ziegler has been overheard in phone calls bragging about what he did, saying the case has made him famous, and he wears a badge of honor.

Ziegler argues that he does not think him being known for this is a good thing. He told the judge that people are only going to know him for being the guy who set a puppy on fire. He apologized at his sentencing on Tuesday, saying he thought it was a joke at the time.

“I could’ve stopped it that day, and should’ve, but I never knew it would go that far,” Ziegler said. (How can a person even claim they do not realize how far they are taking a “joke” when they douse an animal in lighter fluid and set it on fire??)

His defence attorneys masqueraded him as a child of a broken home, having been in and out of foster care, never knowing stability.

“While there were hundreds of people from across the country who wanted to adopt Phoenix and were vying for his adoption, there were zero people to adopt my client when he was a fatherless, motherless child from a broken home plagued with drug abuse and alcohol abuse,” said Ziegler’s attorney, Ann Nichols.

Despite his troubled childhood, he has not and will not gain sympathy from many. Everyone has hardships in life, but they don’t think, “hey, my life has been pretty crappy, so why don’t I set an animal on fire for fun?”

“Mr. Ziegler…I should be kind here…is a very troubled person. To douse a dog with lighter fluid and set it on fire for their jollies, there’s a serious computer chip missing there,” Sedita responded.

Ziegler’s nephew, Diondre Brown, admitted to participating in the heinous crime by acting as a lookout. He was sentenced to six months.

Phoenix covered in burns

Ziegler is currently serving one year in prison for violating probation, and will begin his additional sentence in October

Phoenix is happy and healthy in his forever home. He was adopted by foster mom Judi, and spends his days with his best friend, Ruckus. He recently visited the state capital to celebrate New York State Animal Advocacy Day. February 9th was declared Phoenix Day by Mayor Byron Brown. The spirited pup has been an ambassador for the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter (as well as the city itself), and is on his way to becoming a therapy dog.

To encourage Governor Andrew Cuomo to enforce stricter laws with harsher punishments for abusers, please visithttp://www.thepetitionsite.com/686/536/489/phoenix-law/.

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Father- and-Son Duo Charged With 44 Counts Of Animal Abuse And Abandonment

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According to a report by The Daily News Online, a father-and-son duo of Wyoming County, NY has been charged with 44 counts of animal abuse and abandonment, and one count of falsely reporting an incident, after authorities recover 44 neglected dog

Joseph C. Wenzel Sr. Credits:   http://thedailynewsonline.com

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and one dead body of a pooch from Joseph C. Wenzel, Jr.’s Middlebury, NY home.

On April 26th, local police received a call about a small dog barking. Upon arriving at the home on Thorpe Street, Batavia, NY where Joseph C. Wenzel, Sr. lives, they saw about eight dogs, but their knocks on the door went unanswered.

Two days later, call came from Wenzel, Jr., alleging that someone had abandoned about 50 dogs in three cages in his driveway in Middlebury.

When they visited the home, accompanied by an animal control officer, they found 44 little dogs, mostly Chihuahua and Jack Russell Terrier mixes, in a bad shape. Wenzel Sr. later admitted that they were his dogs and he was no longer able to care for them.

The dogs have varying health conditions from mammary tumors and dental disease, to feces matted into their fur, urine scalding and heart murmur. Altogether, 48 dogs were removed from the home – with four more found within a few days following the initial visit, – and most of them have already been adopted out from the county’s Rock Glen shelter.

Wenzel Jr. has been committed to Wyoming County Jail, and is being held on a $10,000 bail. He is to appear in court on June 3rd. His father is awaiting arraignment.

News Link:http://www.examiner.com/article/father-and-son-duo-charged-with-44-counts-of-animal-abuse-and-abandonment

Phoenix Update: One Of The Teens Who Burned Jack Russell Terrier Pleads Guilty

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“I don’t know whether to call it victorious or not, both evil bxxxxxxs are blaming each other, it’s all contradiction…will they go to prison? Doubt it, at all…read on….”

Today is another victorious day on the road to justice for Phoenix – one of the two teens who burned the Jack Russell Terrier puppy in Buffalo has pleaded guilty to a felony count of aggravated animal cruelty.

Diondre L. Brown, 17, admitted that he acted as a lookout for Adell Zeigler, 19, while he doused the puppy in lighter fluid and set him ablaze.  He has pleaded guilty to the highest charge for which he could have been convictedZeigler has also been indicted today on the same charge.

Brown could serve a two-year term in prison, but may avoid hard time altogether if he continues to cooperate.  Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita III was not pleased at this prospect. “He better not get off, he must serve time for what he did to an innocent puppy;they both should be sent to prison as an example, to show others crimes like this will not be tolerated”

“People may ask ‘How come setting an animal on fire is the lowest felony?’” Sedita asked. “Anybody who engages in such behaviour, if proven in a court of law, is twisted.  And they should be appropriately punished.  My problem is I can only enforce the laws the way these laws are written.  I can’t enforce them the way I wish they were written.” “Quite clearly the laws need to be re-written, these heinous crimes should be amongst the highest felony’s!”

Prosecutors suggested Brown get youthful offender status for his “minimal” participation in the puppy-torturing. “Standing by & watching someone set fire to a puppy, is just as F-ing sick, obviously same mentality as Ziegler, if he wasn’t he would have stopped it before it began!”

“He acted as the lookout; whereas Mr. Ziegler, we believe is the principal actor,” Sedita said.  “And given his pronounced and severe psychiatric trauma he has gone through, I felt it was appropriate,” Sedita said of the youthful offender recommendation.

Brown’s attorney, Andrew C. LoTempio says his client suffers from post-traumatic stress since witnessing the brutal 2005 quadruple homicide of his mother, uncle and family friends.  But to many, this is no excuse for participating in such a heinous act.

Brown says his uncle Adell is completely responsible for what happened.

“I was telling him to stop. Why do you have to kill the dog?” Brown said in a telephone interview from the Erie County Holding Center. “Why didn’t he stop him??”

Zeigler told police that his nephew was the culprit, “Because he’s already got felony [convictions] and doesn’t want that kind of [prison] time on him,” according to Brown. “They are both blaming each other, they were both there so both should receive the same punishment”

It is still unknown who the puppy belonged to and how he came to be in the possession of Zeigler and Brown.

Phoenix is still recovering, and doing better every day.  His ears have been amputated and he has received skin grafts for the most damaged parts of his body.  He is scheduled for another skin graft Thursday.  His left hind leg is in a cast, and may need to be removed because of a bone infection.

“You can already see the behaviour change from a few weeks ago until now … He loves to be silly and play and maybe question your authorities sometimes, just like little two-year-old do,” said Rebecca Wagner, Phoenix’s primary veterinarian.  “[He] barks at other dogs, he wants to play with his toys.  He accepts a lot of attention from basically anyone who wants to give it to him.”

Many are hoping for the chance to adopt Phoenix, but for now, they will have to wait.

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Humane Society: Dog dies after ‘horrific’ injuries, torture

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The Danville Area Humane Society is looking for suspects responsible for the torture and death of a male Jack Russell terrier brought into the facility Tuesday night.

Around 10 p.m. Tuesday, the Danville Police Department contacted employees at the shelter regarding “a severely injured dog” in the 100 block of Oakland Avenue and Halifax Road, according to a news release from the Humane Society. The owner of the dog contacted police for help.

The dog was suffering from “serious knife wounds” and dog bites, according to the release. The dog’s owner transported him to the shelter where he died shortly thereafter. Shelter manager April Hogan and board president and court-appointed humane investigator Lynn Shelton said the dog was suffering from some of the most “horrific injuries” they have seen, according to the release.

The pictures are too graphic to release,” said Paulette Dean, director of the Humane Society. “If a person intentionally inflicted these wounds, this is proof that pure evil exists.”

The details are still coming together, but it is believed the injuries were inflicted between 5 and 6 p.m. Tuesday. Dean said the owner said the dog was missing for about half an hour. Dean said the police are following up on every lead, but there are a lot of questions in this case.

“We are pretty seasoned and we are used to seeing horrible things,” Dean said. “This will go down in our memory being among the top three worst cases.”

Since the torture and death of the terrier was intentional and resulted in the death of the dog, Dean said the case could be prosecuted as a class six felony. If it is prosecuted as a felony, the suspects responsible could face no more than five years in prison and no less than one year, as well as a fine of no more than $2,500.

The Humane Society is offering a $3,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the people responsible. Anyone with information regarding the attack is urged to contact the Humane Society at (434) 799-0843.

News Link:http://www2.godanriver.com/news/2012/oct/25/humane-society-dog-dies-after-horrific-injuries-to-ar-2311472/


Loving Homes Needed For 50 Puppies Rescued From Possible Dog Smuggling Ring

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Fifty puppies were found in two vehicles in Dublin, Ireland on Tuesday, October 9 after a routine patrol by police (garda) lead to the discovery of a possible dog-smuggling operation.

The Dublin SPCA were called to take in the puppies who had been packed into boxes in the back of the vehicles.

The puppies included Spaniels, Labrador Retrievers and Jack Russell Terriers. A number of the puppies were suffering treatable conditions like mange, ermites, fleas and eye infections. Many of the pups had had their tails docked and dew claws removed resulting in minor infections. A few of the puppies are receiving special care as they were too young to have been removed from their mother’s care.

The men involved were believed to have been trafficking the puppies from Ireland to the UK as part of a puppy smuggling scheme, where the dogs would be sold on the black market for several thousand euros.

Since July 1, dog breeders in Ireland with more than six breeding females are legally obligated to register with their local councils. This is to help facilitate stricter regulations now in place concerning animal welfare. However, none of the puppies rescued were micro-chipped and as a result, tracing the breeders involved is impossible.

The DSPCA is cautioning the public to take extra care when buying a puppy online or from roadsides. CEO Brian Gillen said, “Do not buy from the boot of a car or a van and always arrange to meet the puppy with its parents at the breeders home – the conditions the mother is living in is a good indication of the health and welfare of the animals.”


The DSPCA is also pleading with the public to report any concerns they have for animals they have visited with a view to buying. Head of Media and PR, Gillian Bird, said, “Many people ring us up to report cruelty to a puppy they have recently bought which may have died or be seriously ill. The usual comment is that they felt sorry for the animal and bought it to rescue it. For the welfare of the other animals it would be better to report the seller, their location or car registration number so a full investigation can be carried out.”

All of the puppies will eventually be found new homes. The dogs, which range in age from three to eight weeks, are now in secure accommodation at the DSPCA centre in Rathfarnham, Dublin.


The DSPCA has confirmed that none of the puppies are available for new homes until DSPCA inspectors have concluded their investigations.

“When the dogs are ready to go to new homes, we will put it up on our website and our Facebook page” said Ms Bird. The DSCPA’s website is at www.dspca.ie.

News Link:-http://www.dogheirs.com/larne/posts/2054-loving-homes-needed-for-50-puppies-rescued-from-possible-dog-smuggling-ringsmuggling

RSPCA seeks witnesses to a brutal dog beating in Dover

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“Somebody knows who did this, why are they protecting them…they could do the same to a human, so open your mouth before it’s too late!”

The RSPCA is asking for witnesses who may have seen someone beating a Jack Russell
terrier in the head with a sharp implement on the Friday night or Saturday morning of the
Diamond Jubilee weekend in Dover.

The dog suffered fatal injuries after he was hit on the forehead causing a hole in his skull and a
large amount of trauma around the wound.

He was found by local dog walkers around 8am on Saturday 2 June on the footpath at the
junction of Bunkers Hill Road and Hillside Road.

They heard the Jack Russell crying in pain and found him cowering in the undergrowth. He
was in severe shock, shivering uncontrollably and could have been there all night.

He was taken straight to a vet who decided to put him to sleep because of his injuries.
RSPCA Inspector Julia Fuller said: “We don’t know what the weapon was, as it wasn’t found,
but it caused a clean hole in the head so it may have been something like a stiletto shoe, a
screwdriver or a piece of wood with a nail in the end.

“Two bloodstained patches of grass were found on the footpath about 5 metres away from
where the dog was hiding.

“This was a brutal beating and we are appealing for any information which might lead us to the person who did this or the dog’s owner.”

The Jack Russell was an entire male with a white coat and patches of tan fur on its rump and
the tops of its ears. He was not microchipped.

If you have any information about the person who carried out this attack please contact our
Cruelty Line on 0300 1234 999 and leave a message for Inspector Fuller.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals – the UK’s leading animal
welfare charity. We rescue, rehabilitate and rehome hundreds of thousands of animals each
year. We offer advice on caring for all animals and campaign to change laws that will protect
them, which we will enforce through prosecution.

Our work relies on your support, so get
involved or donate today. You can make a difference. http://www.rspca.org.uk/donate

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In Middle of Burning Field, Puppies Tied To Tree killed, Injured by Bee Swarm

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FALLBROOK — Three puppies died and two were critically injured in Fallbrook after they were tied to a tree beneath a hive of beesthat attacked them, authorities said Friday.

Jack Russell terrier Woody also survived swarm attack

All the dogs were about five months old and suffered numerous bee stings.

“It’s a tragic story,” said Lt. Dan DeSousa of the county Department of Animal Services.

They were found near an oak tree in the middle of a field that had been set on fire off De Luz Road, next to their owners’ residence and a trailer park, on May 31.

Two migrant workers used extinguishers to douse most of the flames before firefighters got there about noon, Cal Fire Capt. Mike Mohler said. They discovered the dead and injured dogs about 25 feet away from the 20-foot patch of scorched vegetation.

Four pups were still tied to the tree by separate ropes, DeSousa said.

Mohler said fire investigators determined that someone set the blaze, but were not yet sure if it was done intentionally.

Two Jack Russell terrier mixes died of strangulation, apparently as they strained against their ropes trying to get away from the bee swarm, DeSousa said. He said a Rottweiler broke its rope and made it about 30 feet away from the tree before dying.

Two puppies that survived dozens of stings — a mixed-breed Chihuahua named Buzz and a Jack Russell mix named Woody, both named after “Toy Story” movie characters — were improving at a veterinary hospital on Friday. When they recover sufficiently, they will be moved to a Carlsbad animal shelter and put up for adoption.

“Words fail me…watch this heart-wrenching video of the little darlings, I found on YouTube! Somebody knows these dogs & or who they belong to, do you really want to be in the company of someone so callous & heartless?? Please if you know who did this heinous crime, contact Lt. Dan DeSousa of the county Department of Animal Services”


Published on 8 Jun 2012 by 

Five dogs were attacked by a swarm of bees in Fallbrook. Tragically, they were all tied to the tree and could not escape. The two surviving puppies, both five months old, are a male Jack Russell terrier mix and a male Chihuahua mix. It is unknown if the person who tied the puppies under the tree knew about the bee hive.

News Link:-http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/jun/08/puppies-tied-tree-killed-injured-bee-swarm/

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