Video: Fireworks Prank Leaves Indy Forever Scarred: Reward Offered

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“This is just heartbreaking…I will never comprehend what fun, humans get by torturing something that can’t speak for itself; nay scream out for help!! All I do know is they are cowards, bullies, always picking on those they know can never tell; of the pain inflicted upon them. I hope the heartless bastards that did this suffer third degree burns at some point in their pitiful lives; for only then will they realise the pain they caused to Indy. I will be praying for his good health to return & hope he soon finds a loving forever home! Watch the video, look into his eye’s, see his pain? It just bloody kills me inside, that I can’t take away his pain, knowing his suffering was caused by human hands…well the hands of some sick evil, cold-hearted psycho’s; to be precise. Those who abuse animals & children don’t have it tattooed on their foreheads; so please, always be vigilant!!

On July 5th, 2013, a 2-year-old Staffordshire named Indy, was found wandering the streets of Van Nuys, Calif. He was badly injured from what seems to be a cruel July 4th fireworks prank. Indy was found with third-degree burns over half of his body.

Photo Credit: S.T.A.R.T Shelter Transport Animal Rescue Team

When the dog was found on the streets, he was taken to East Valley Animal Shelter and on July 9 S.T.A.R.T Shelter Transport Animal Rescue Team stepped in to save Independence – Indy for short.

Veterinarians believe that fireworks were strapped to the dog’s body and then lit.

“It was a deliberate and horrific act. It was done out of malice,” S.T.A.R.T. Rescue co-founder Rene Ruston told NBC Los Angeles. “It’s hard to see a dog like that in so much agonizing pain and he doesn’t deserve it.”

According to Dr. Daniel Slaton, fire from the fireworks went down Indy’s legs. The dog tried escaping the strapped pyrotechnics but as he walked, he burnt the bottom of his feet.

Indy is currently being cared for atWestlake Village Animal Hospital. Dr. Richard Grossman, well-known burn specialist, founder of the Grossman Burn Center, and animal advocate, was called in to help with Indy’s surgeries. Indy is expected to stay at the hospital for approximately six weeks to repair the extensive damage caused to his body and legs.

Indy is expected to recover from the burns. Sadly he will be left with some disabilities and will need rehabilitation. Eventually he will recover and move into a forever home where he will be loved unconditionally.

S.T.A.R.T. is offering a $1,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of those who injured Indy.

To follow Indy’s road to recovery, visit S.T.A.R.T Rescue Facebook page. Warning, there are graphic images of Indy’s injuries on the page.

If you would like to help Indy you can make an online donation or mail a check to:

S.T.A.R.T.
PO Box 4792
Valley Village, CA 91617

Donations should be sent as “Personal and Gift” so no charges are taken out. Please write INDY in the memo.

 Warning Viewer Discretion – Does Shows Burns On Dog

Indy The Sweet Dog With Severe Burns

Published on 7 Jul 2013

WARNING – The images in this video are graphic.
UPDATE 7/9/13: Indy has gotten to a vet through the Good Samaritan Program and has been seen by a burn specialist. He is having surgery tomorrow and will have to remain in the animal hospital for several weeks. He will be rescued by START Transport Rescue this week. START is going to need donations to help cover his vet care and rescue costs.
Please donate to START to help with Indy’s vet care here:http://startrescue.org/

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Women sentenced To Five Years In Prison For Beating Her In-laws Dog To Death

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A woman convicted in July of burglary and animal cruelty was sentenced to five years in prison for the beating of her in-laws’ 14-year-old dog. “AT Last a Judge with balls…a lady too!”

Evita Williams is also to serve five years of probation, attend anger-management classes, undergo psychological, drug and alcohol evaluation and not own pets.

Ginger R.I.P

The incident occurred in July of 2011. Evita broke into her in-laws’ home and broke the lock on the Williams’ bedroom door where they kept Ginger, a 14-year-old lab mix.

Ginger was already in declining health, as she was deaf and struggled with her back legs. Evita muzzled Ginger and took her out in the backyard.

She covered Ginger with a blanket and then beat the dog with an aluminium softball bat. She then dumped Ginger’s body in the garbage.

Apparently Evita’s motive for beating Ginger was due to problems with her estranged husband and the fact that Ginger had nipped her 4-year-old son a few months prior.

A jury took an hour to convict Evita of burglary and animal cruelty back in July. Prosecutor Stacey Salmons said, “To do something so violent and so vicious to the animal [suggests] the potential to do something violent and vicious to a person.

News Link:http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2012/10/woman-sentenced-to-five-years-in-prison-for-beating-her-in-laws-dog-to-death/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LifeWithDogs+%28Life+With+Dogs%29

GRAPHIC CONTENT: Redmond Man Caught On Tape Raping Dogs: Attempted To Kill Puppy

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Having read the court documents…

“The 17-week-old dog suffered from “a laceration that extended 8-10cm to his ventral neck,” in addition to “significant hemorrhage and shock.”

“the defendant took multiple pictures of the puppy–which he believed to be dead–and sent the pictures to family and friends, telling them that he had just “slit [his] dog’s throat.”

” The defendant said that if slashing the puppy’s throat didn’t kill it, he would have dragged it behind a car until it died.”

“the defendant then sent a picture of him displaying a middle finger toward the camera with the caption “F*** jail.”

“The ‘Family members told police that there were previous incidents of unreported animal cruelty”

WTF…the family must take some blame in this, for not reporting previous animal cruelty & for letting him keep & or acquire more dogs. Clearly they too don’t give a rats ass about animals, if they did surely they wouldn’t have allowed him access to them! Thank God the vets were able to save the little pup!

A Redmond man accused of slitting a puppy’s throat also recorded himself having sex with dogs, King County prosecutors now allege.

Filing charges earlier this month, prosecutors claim Michael C. Heyes attempted to kill a puppy in July. According to prosecutors, Heyes, 25, was ultimately institutionalized after sending photos of the seriously injured 17-week-old puppy to friends and family.

Family members searching the Northeast 116th Street home where Heyes was living uncovered several videos showing Heyes “engaged in bestiality with his other pet dogs,” Deputy Prosecutor Benjamin Carr told the court.

At 6:45 a.m. on July 23, Redmond police were dispatched to a veterinarian’s office there following a report of a disturbance in the clinic parking lot, Redmond Police Officer Kimberly Corbray told the court.

At the time, there was blood in the trunk of Heyes car, which was damaged. Heyes was carrying a black puppy with a bandaged neck.

Near death, the dog underwent surgery and a blood transfusion, and was ultimately saved.

At the time, Heyes offered the first of a series of nonsensical explanations as to how the dog became injured, Carr told the court.

He said he had been attacked by strangers on the street who slit the dog’s throat ‘to piss (him) off,’” the deputy prosecutor continued. “He said his puppy’s throat had been slashed during a home invasion incident, and he said that he slashed his own dog’s throat as part of a ‘military mission.’

“The defendant also said multiple times that the puppy belonged to him and he could do with it ‘what he wanted.’”

Carr went on to reiterate the claim that Heyes meant to kill the dog, and believed he had when he sent photos of it to his family.

The following day, several people close to Heyes reported that he had cut the dog, Corbray said in court documents.

Heyes has a lengthy history of mental illness and drug addiction, and is alleged to have abused animals in the past. He was held for 90 days at Western State Hospital immediately after the incident.

After he was institutionalized, Heyes family then searched his home and found the disturbing videos, Carr told the court.

His family discovered multiple videos recorded by the defendant of the defendant engaged in bestiality with his other pet dogs,” Carr said.

Carr noted the dogslike the injured puppy – were seized by animal control.

Heyes has been charged with first-degree animal cruelty for the purported attack on the puppy.

News Link:http://www.seattlepi.com/local/article/Prosecutors-Redmond-man-caught-on-tape-raping-3978220.php#ixzz2AKWCZ7Sl

Read The Charging Documents of Michael C Hayes.:-

http://www.scribd.com/doc/111044321/Michael-C-Hayes-Charging-Docs

 

UPDATE: Hope The Abused Pug, Doing Well & Helping Other Dogs

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Hope, a pug mix that was found badly abused in Texas in July, is recovering well with her new family the Moncriefs.

Not only is Hope living a happy life now, she and the Moncriefs are helping other dogs in need.

Hope as she is now

Hope was found in July with electrical tape wrapped around her snout and her tongue swollen and protruding out of her mouth. Her new owner Kit Moncrief recalls Kit’s condition, “I saw her at the vet the week they brought her in, and I was horrified. I mean, number one,  her nose was terrible, and you could see the bone in her nose.

She was cutliterally somebody tried to cut, with a hatchet or an ax, cut her head off – she had a hundred and some odd stitches all around her head.” The search still continues for whoever is responsible for her torture. A $35,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.

Although the search continues for Hope’s abuser, Hope continues to get better and adjust to her new Life.

Hope when she was found

The Moncriefs along with other have started The Saving Hope Foundation, a non-profit organization created in honor of animals like Hope.

The organization’s main goal is to help end animal euthanasia in shelters in America by helping people afford their pets and not surrender them.

Hope is now not only recovering and doing well, but helping other dogs in need.

The Moncrief’s brought her to Wag pet boutique in Fort Worth, Texas on Thursday for a “Meet Hope” event, which included three rescue groups on site with adoptable pets. Nearly 50 people packed the boutique to see Hope, including the animal control officers who rescued her and the veterinarian who worked on her, Rhonda Sears.

Hope and Sears had a joyous reunion, as Hope jumped onto Sears giving her hugs and kisses. Although Hope was the worst case Sears had seen in her 13 years as a vet, now she sees Hope is very happy, “Look at her now! She’s a good girl, and got the light in her eyes,” Sears said.

Hope seems to be settling in well at her new home with the Moncriefs. “She’s just come to our house like she’s always belonged there,” Moncrief said. Tons of people applied to adopt Hope, and the Moncriefs are thankful that Hope came home with them, “She’s been a blessing to us,” she said, “You save ‘em once, and they save you a hundred times over.”

News Link:-http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2012/09/update-hope-the-abused-texas-pug-doing-well-and-helping-other-dogs/

 

Buddy the Chimpanzee Killed In Nevada Because He Wasn’t Really a Pet

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” I have long been an admirer of Marc Bekoff & think he is one of the most brilliant minds when it comes to the behaviour & moral conduct of animals. I have asked for his opinion on several things, recently, Tony the truck stop tiger & was pleased to hear that he agreed with the majority; that keeping a lone tiger in such an environment is wrong on so many levels! Keeping exotic animals as pets is wrong, hence the post below. Read it, then listen to the audio video below, one of Marc Bekoffs & Jessica Pierce called ‘Wild Justice‘…makes you really think about animals & their capabilities!!

Animal Emotions -Do animals think and feel?

There’s a need for strong regulations against keeping exotic animals in homes
Published on August 24, 2012 by Marc Bekoff, Ph.D. in Animal Emotions

Wild animals are dangerous and should not be kept as pets. Consider the tragic story of C.J. and Buddy, two chimpanzees who lived in a home in Nevada. When discussing the need for regulations on the private possession of exotic pets in Nevada or elsewhere, it’s important to see the jungle for the trees.

C.J. and Buddy, the two chimpanzees who escaped from a residential Clark County neighbourhood in July, were treated as pets, but were and always remained highly sentient wild animals. In a natural situation, chimpanzees typically remain with their mothers, nursing, playing with siblings, and learning to forage until they are about 8 years old. A mother chimpanzee in the wild patiently teaches her young vital skills such as hunting, foraging, and using tools, as well as the subtleties of their community’s culture.

But the story of C.J. and Buddy followed a drastically different course: Born at a chimpanzee breeding facility in Texas, ripped from their mothers and sold shortly after birth, dressed in baby clothes and pampered as virtual children, C.J. and Buddy were propped up in front of cameras and thrust into the spotlight, and then, too powerful to handle after just a few years, eventually locked away in a backyard cage. Such treatment would drive a person mad and it drives a chimpanzee bonkers. We know that chimpanzees (see also) and other animals suffer from a wide variety of mood and anxiety disorders (see also and).

When you understand that an adult chimpanzee is many times stronger than any human and has the capability to crush bones with his jaws, you see the animal the Clark County officer was forced to shoot dead that fateful July morning when C.J. and Buddy ran amok. C.J.’s life was undoubtedly shattered as she watched Buddy, the only companion she had ever had, die, and it is because of this trauma that she likely acted out again, escaping two more times following her escape with Buddy.

Yet, it is only because of this tragedy that C.J.’s luck turned around, and she is headed to a sanctuary where she will make new friends in a more suitable environment. It’s the best outcome for her, but it’s a very rare outcome for most pet primates who are cast into roles as surrogate children or household pets. When pet primates reach sexual maturity and begin powerfully acting out many are locked away in a backyard or basement cages, dumped at shoddy roadside zoos, pseudo-sanctuaries, backyard menageries, or breeding facilities. These sentient, emotional, and intelligent animals, who can live to be 60 years old, often spend those years wasting away in a cage, slowly losing their minds. Others, seeking an escape from the profound and relentless boredom, make a mad dash for freedom, which, as was the case for Buddy, almost always ends badly.

And chimpanzees are not the only primates kept as pets who are capable of inflicting serious injuries; smaller primates also pose a significant danger. Even those individuals who have been subjected to painful tooth extractions can inflict serious bruising and break skin, and they can all spread parasitic, bacteria,l and viral infections. Macaque monkeys, popular in the pet trade, naturally carry the Herpes B virus that is often fatal to humans. Health risks are so serious that people in Canada who work with primates are not allowed to donate blood for fear of spreading known and unknown diseases.

There have been hundreds of dangerous incidents involving captive primates, many kept as pets, including the tragic story of the Connecticut woman (see also) whose face was torn off by her friend’s pet chimpanzee named Travis. Scores of children have been injured by pet monkeys, many requiring hospital treatment while worried parents wait to hear from doctors if they’ve contracted any infectious diseases.

Exotic pets still have wild genes

Travis was not a “domesticated chimpanzee” as a story published by the AP called him. This is a complete misrepresentation of who he was. Travis was accustomed to drinking wine and using a WaterPik to brush his teeth and while this may sound “cute“, asking a chimpanzee to do these things is an insult to who they are. In response to this story I noted that domestication is an evolutionary process that results in animals such as our companion dogs and cats who undergo substantial behavioural, anatomical, physiological, and genetic changes during the process. Travis was a socialized chimpanzee who usually got along with humans but not a domesticated being. He still had his wild genes just as do wolves, cougars, and bears who live with humans, and tragedies occur because these are wild animals despite that they’re treated as if they’re humans. To say there was no known provocation is to ignore this basic fact. Wild animals do not belong in human homes, they can be highly unpredictable (consider other attacks by famous animals on their handlers), and they should be allowed to live at sanctuaries that are dedicated to respecting their lives while minimizing human contact.

The Ohio Exotic Animal Massacre

Let’s not forget the massacre of exotic animals in Ohio who were released right before the man who lived with them killed himself. It took a public disaster and embarrassment over a lack of policy to awaken Ohio lawmakers. At the time the animals were released and killed, Ohio had no regulations concerning the keeping of exotic animals as pets but now they do.

Unfortunately, Nevada has set itself up for situations like the Clark County escape and even worse scenarios. Without restrictions regarding the private possession of dangerous wild animals, law enforcement officers will never know if their day will involve holding off a rampaging gunman or trying to stop a neurotic ape. Maybe the Clark County incident will help serve as an impetus for change.

As one of only six states in the nation without restrictions for private ownership of exotic animals, Nevada lawmakers are playing Russian roulette with public safety, and a pet chimpanzee might as well be holding the trigger.

Please contact Nevada’s members of Congress (see also) and ask them to change their laws.

Read the rest of this post here:http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/animal-emotions/201208/buddy-the-chimpanzee-killed-in-nevada-because-he-wasnt-really-pet

Wild Justice; The Moral Lives of Animals (sample) by Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce

Published on 25 Jul 2012 by 

A sample of the audiobook edition of Wild Justice; The Moral Lives of Animals, written by Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce, narrated by Simon Vance, and produced by University Press Audiobooks.
More information about this audiobook is available here:http://universitypressaudiobooks.com/detail.php/109 

Thieves slaughter, butcher calf on Rogers County road

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A calf was stolen from a ranch near Chelsea in Rogers County, then slaughtered and butchered in the middle of a rural road. After taking the meat, the thieves left the remnants in a rotting heap on the road.

Investigators say cattle thefts have risen the past several years, and cost the ranchers much more than the cost of the cow.

“It kind of upset me,” cattle rancher Rob Bacon said.
A pool of blood, a cow hide, and a pile of bones and internal organs was not what Bacon expected to find when he went to check on his cattle earlier this week.

“The calf weighed somewhere between 550 and 600 lbs,” Bacon said. “It was worth somewhere between $950 and $1,000.”  He said that wasn’t all he lost when the calf was taken.

“The real problem is now I’m going to have to winter [another] cow, buy her feed, buy her hay, buy her pasture,” he said.
“This calf should have been sold in July. Now it will be a year from July before I’ll be able to get another paycheck.”

John Cummings is a marshal for the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, and said crimes like this are happening far too often.

“We have a lot more people out here stealing scraps, stealing tractors, trailer, and cattle,” Cummings said. “Cattle prices are up, so cattle are a pretty hot commodity.”

Cummings works with local law enforcement in counties across the area to catch these thieves.

“It’s our goal to either recover the cattle, or arrest who’s involved in the crime and try to get restitution through the courts.”  He said the thieves sometimes try selling the meat to fund drug or alcohol habits, but most of the time they simply take the meat home and eat it.

Bacon knows he can’t watch every inch of his roughly 150 acre ranch all the time, but he’s not happy that thieves take advantage of him. “Not violated, just pissed off,” he said.

Now, he said he plans to carry his shotgun around on the property so he’ll be ready to scare off any other potential thieves.  The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the thieves.

Anyone with information on the crime is asked to call the Rogers County tip line at 918-341-3620.

If the thieves are caught, they will face animal cruelty charges and up to five years in prison.

News Link:-http://www.fox23.com/news/local/story/Thieves-slaughter-butcher-calf-on-Rogers-County/7W4ylcI_3UyYwfA40qx5Uw.cspx

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