Wanted Wednesday – July 3: Nine Cats Poisoned In Ottawa County

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Wolf’s two favorite cats were poisoned on Memorial Day. Credits: P.Wolf

Danbury, Ottawa County

Phil Wolf and his wife care for cats in the quiet Lakeside community, east of Port Clinton. Some of the cats are feral, and others are friendly.

In recent months, someone in the community has been poisoning the cats, and others have gone missing. Wolf had necropsies performed on two of his favourite cats, who were found dead on his property Memorial Day weekend and verified that they’d been poisoned.

At least nine cats have fallen victim to the anonymous killer.

The Ottawa county Humane Society is investigating, because poisoning animals is a crime. The administrators of Lakeside have stated they will not tolerate the poisoning of any animals and will prosecute the killer if found.

There is a reward of $3,000 for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible.

You can contact the Ottawa County Humane Society at hsocpets@yahoo.com or by calling 419-734-4353 or the Danbury Police Department at (419) 732 -2549 or e-mail policeinvestigaitons@danburypolice.com.

The Nitro Foundation realized their mission make animal abuse a first offense felony in Ohio, when Nitro’s Law HB90 was signed into law by Governor John Kasich on July 1. The Nitro Foundation sees this as just the beginning, and plans to build onto Nitro’s Law to further strengthen animal welfare laws in Ohio.

You can find out more about Nitro’s Law on the Foundation’s website.

News Link:-http://www.examiner.com/article/wanted-wednesday-july-3-nine-cats-poisoned-ottawa-county?cid=rss

Ohio Governor Issues Order On Exotic Animal Rules

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COLUMBUS: Gov. John Kasich has cleared the way for Ohio to enforce temporary rules set by a board that was created under the state’s new law on exotic animals.

The Dangerous and Restricted Animals Advisory Board established interim rules for cage sizes and the care taking of regulated animals, such as alligators, cougars and lions. Kasich signed an executive order Tuesday that enables the Ohio Department of Agriculture to adopt the rules immediately.

The advisory board decides the proper thickness of the animals’ cages and how they should be maintained, among other requirements. Kasich’s order says animal owners will have 90 days to comply with the rules once they’re adopted.

More permanent standards will be put in place when new state permits are required in 2014.

News Link:-http://www.ohio.com/news/break-news/ohio-governor-issues-order-on-exotic-animal-rules-1.353575?localLinksEnabled=false


Exotic-animal control law signed – Ohioans barred from purchases starting in 2014

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COLUMBUS — Nearly eight months after making international news when lions, leopards, tigers, and other wild animals were set loose on the Zanesville countryside, Ohio has its first law restricting ownership of such creatures.

Private acquisition or transfer of animals such as this tiger at Stump Hill Farm in Massillon, Ohio, would be prohibited under the law. Current owners may keep animals if they comply with new rules.

Gov. John Kasich signed a law Tuesday that would, beginning in 2014, bar individuals from acquiring or transferring ownership of wild animals including bears, big cats, crocodiles, elephants, and most apes. Current owners could keep their animals if they acquire state permits and comply with new rules on caging, insurance, and other restrictions.

The law allows but restricts acquisition, ownership, and breeding of constricting snakes longer than 12 feet, including anacondas and pythons, as well as certain poisonous snakes.

In the meantime, owners of such animals would have to register them with the state within 60 days of the law’s effective date. The law will take effect in 90 days.

“Those 38 hours, I’ll never forget. I dream about it … ” Jack Hanna, director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, said of that night in Zanesville as law enforcement shot the animals to protect the public.

“This wasn’t just the state of Ohio — everyone,” he said. “It wasn’t just the United States. This is the world watching. What you’re setting here is precedent for those states that have no laws as well. God forbid that anything would ever happen in those states.”

Opponents of the law have argued that it goes too far, punishing responsible animal owners because of the misdeeds of a few and trampling on individual property rights.

Read more:-http://www.toledoblade.com/State/2012/06/05/Kasich-to-sign-new-rules-for-exotic-animal-owners-into-law.html

Cyndi Huntsman, owner and president of Stump Hill Farm in Massillon, said the law will put the nonprofit organization — with some 300 lions, camels, tigers, birds, bears, reptiles, and other animals — out of business. She is accredited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture but not the two zoological associations that can lead to exemptions under the law.

Pit Bull Kills 3-Day-Old Baby in Ohio, Breed Off State’s Vicious List

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LIMA, Ohio — As advocates celebrate the end of a 25-year-old Ohio law that declared Pit Bulls to be inherently vicious, a 3-day-old infant in her baby swing was attacked by the family’s Pit Bull on Thursday at her grandmother’s house. The baby girl suffered a blunt-force head injury that Lucas County Deputy Coroner Dr. Cynthia Beisser said was “consistent with a dog biting down on her head.”

The attack occurred at approximately 6:30 p.m. on May 17 at the home near Beaverdam. Tiny Makayla Darnell died a few hours later, Chief Deputy Jim Everett of the Allen U Sheriff’s Office advised theAssociated Press.

Makayla’s grandmother, Janette Myers, 44, of Monroe Township, told investigators that the baby’s mother, Audrianna Myers, 22, was preparing to feed her and had put the infant in the swing in the living room near the doorway to the kitchen. The mother and grandmother were just a few feet away in the kitchen when they heard a whimper from the infant, according to the deputy.

They rushed the severely injured baby to a local hospital, and she was then flown to a hospital in Toledo, where she died about 11 p.m.

Julie Shellhammer, Allen County Dog Warden, said she cannot say whether the 4-year-old male dog is a purebred or mixed Pit Bull. The dog is in custody at the shelter while an investigation of the incident is being conducted. PIT BULLS NO LONGER DEFINED AS VICIOUS UNDER NEW OHIO LAW

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Dog killed by pit bull at soccer game

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Small dog killed while little girl held onto leash

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – There has been another deadly pit bull attack, and this time it was at a child’s soccer game in Roswell. The victim was a little pomeranian, while it’s 9-year-old owner held onto it’s leash. 

The attack happened in front of a lot of children, while one little girl was holding onto her family dog. Monday afternoon, the dog that killed the pomeranian was given back to it’s family.

Kids and families flooded the soccer fields Saturday at Roswell’s Cielo Grande Park. In a moment, the park turned to chaos.

“All the children on the field were screaming, parents, spectators, everybody in between, it was just a big scene,” recalled Lisa Pickard.

Pickard was walking with her family along the field after her 6-year-old son’s soccer game. Her 9-year-old daughter had the family’s pomeranian, Princess, in tow when the tiny dog was torn from her grip by a pit bull as the family passed.

“I had to jump out in front of the stroller and grab the leash from her hand to try to pull to get our dog away from that dog,” said Pickard.

But it was too late, Princess was dead.

“Extremely horrifying just to see her, it happened right in front of me…it was just very gruesome,” said Kristina Sanders, who witnessed the incident.

Princess has been a part of the family for nearly two years since she was a puppy. Pickard said they’ve taken Princess to parades, and soccer games, and have never seen a dog act aggressively toward her.

A picture of the pomeranian in her lawn chair at the soccer game was snapped just minutes before the attack.

Pickard said the pit bull that attacked Princess was on a leash, but no one was holding the leash at the time. She said her daughter is taking it the hardest.

“She was screaming, ‘I’m not coming back to these soccer fields again, I’m not going to my game,'” said Pickard of her nine-year-old daughter.

Monday afternoon, a judge decided to release the pit bull back to it’s owner. Animal Control said the judge’s decision is final. The owner was given citations for running at large, and vicious animal.

KRQE News 13 tried to talk to the pit bull’s owner, but he declined.

Meanwhile, the Pickards returned to the park to search for Princess’ dog tag. Pickard said they’re trying to remind their children of the good times with Princess.

“My children are permanently scarred,” said Pickard. “Not only did the spectators have to witness what happened, but they had a love and affection, and this was their dog, and they had to witness the death of their animal.”

While they grieve the loss of a dog they considered a family member, Pickard said she’s thankful her kids were not attacked. However, she said, she fears this dog may attack again if given the opportunity.

“It’s done it once, what makes it not want to do it again?” said Pickard. “And hopefully next time it wouldn’t be a human or a child.”

When Pickard found out Monday afternoon that the pit bull was back with it’s family, she said she was shocked. She also said she will fight in court to have it euthanized.

Pickard said she and her family would like to see harsher punishments imposed on animal owners in cases like this.

This is the fourth pit bull attack in the state this month that resulted in either death or serious injury. A Santa Fe man and Las Cruces toddler were killed by their family pit bulls, and a Hobbs boy survived an attack by a neighborhood dog.

The animals in all three of those cases were euthanized.

News Link:-http://www.krqe.com/dpp/news/crime/dog-killed-by-pit-bull-at-soccer-game

Ohio removes pit bulls from ‘vicious’ dogs list

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 Pit bulls will no longer be labeled as “vicious” dogs under a new Ohio law.

The measure that took effect Tuesday changes current law that defines a vicious dog as one that has seriously hurt or killed a person, killed another dog or is among those commonly known as pit bulls. The new measure removes the reference to pit bulls from the definition and requires evidence to prove pit bulls are actually vicious.

Ohio state law labeled specific breeds, such as pit bulls, as ‘vicious.’ Now the law defines a dangerous dog based on behavior not breed.

Ohio has been the only state to classify a dog as “vicious” by breed and appearance, according toNewsnet5.com in Ohio.

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Supporters of the law claim it will improve the ability of dog wardens and police to protect the public from all dangerous dogs, regardless of their breed.

While the state labeling of dangerous dogs by breed has been lifted, some Ohio communities continue to have bans on pit bull ownership.

Gov. John Kasich signed the state measure in February.

Some dog wardens opposed it because of frequent pit bull attacks. Others have said pit bulls are not inherently vicious.

The measure takes effect less than a week after a 3-day-old baby was killed in northwest Ohio by what a dog warden described as a pit bull mix.

It also comes two days after a 49-year-old woman was attacked by a pack of stray dogs at her trailer park near Georgetown in north Mobile County, Alabama.

Mobile County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Joe Mahoney tells the Press-Register  the unidentified woman was taken to a local hospital for facial and body lacerations.

The Sunday morning attack involved a pack of five dogs that had occasionally been fed by other residents of the trailer park, according to Mahoney. He said trailer park residents told deputies the dogs appeared to be docile in the past.

Mobile County Animal Control officers took the dogs and they are in the county animal shelter, Mahoney said. He described them as mixed-breed pit bull and chow dogs

News Link:-http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Latest-News-Wires/2012/0522/Ohio-removes-pit-bulls-from-vicious-dogs-list

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