SENTENCED: Man Will Go To Jail For Animal Cruelty Charges

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – A man in Supply was sentenced to 45 days in jail after being convicted of cruelty to animals.

Anthony Johnson (Source: Brunswick Co. Sheriff’s Office)

According to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, the incident happened in November 2012.

Officials say Anthony Johnson, 21 of Supply, was accused of not feeding his pit bull properly, causing severe malnourishment.

A spokeswoman with the Sheriff’s Office says the dog is recovering nicely in the care of a vet.

Johnson is appealing the case to Superior Court.

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California Animal-Abuse Video Bill Sparks Debate

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SACRAMENTO – A statewide cattlemen’s group is facing criticism over a bill it’s sponsoring in the state Legislature to require those who document agricultural animal abuse to share the information promptly with law enforcement.

The California Cattlemen’s Association is behind Assembly Bill 343, which would give people who “knowingly or willingly” take photographs or video of abuse 48 hours to provide copies to the local police or sheriff’s department.

The bill is a way for the industry to be proactive in stopping abuse by responding to it more quickly and preventing further suffering for animals, asserted Justin Oldfield, the CCA’s vice president of government relations.

“The entire intent and emphasis behind the bill is to prevent further animal abuse and protect animal welfare and food safety,” Oldfield said. “The merits of the bill really stand out for themselves. Anybody who wants to know what the bill does or doesn’t do should just read the bill.”

However, the legislation by Assemblyman Jim Patterson, R-Fresno, has drawn fire from the Humane Society of the United States, which contends it is merely an effort to discourage people from gathering evidence of animal abuse.

“In short, this is a bill intended to suppress whistleblowers, pure and simple,” HSUS spokesman Paul Shapiro said. “For that reason it should be rejected.”

The bill comes after a spate of undercover videos taken by representatives of animal welfare organizations have given a series of black eyes to livestock industries. Last year, for instance, videos depicting abuse at dairies in Central California and southern Idaho had industry officials scrambling to convince consumers that the incidents were isolated.

A landmark $500 million agreement was reached in November to settle a slaughterhouse abuse case that led to the biggest meat recall in U.S. history in 2008. The civil settlement with the owners of Westland/Hallmark Meat Co. came after a widely circulated video shot by an undercover operative showed “downer cows” – those too weak or sick to walk – being dragged by chains, rammed by forklifts and sprayed with high-pressure water to coax them to slaughter.

That video footage was gathered over a six-week period, Oldfield noted. If the operative had shared the information with law enforcement sooner, “think about how many cows wouldn’t have suffered … and been put into the food supply,” he said.

The bill doesn’t require original copies of videos to be handed over to police, Oldfield said. It also protects employees by applying the state’s current whistleblower protection laws to those collecting such evidence, the CCA asserts.

But requiring evidence to be brought forth within a 48-hour window is unreasonable, Shapiro counters. Sometimes it takes weeks to document a pattern of abuse, he said.

“Just in the same way we wouldn’t ask law enforcement to immediately blow their cover and go public with all their evidence two days into their investigation, the same is the case here,” he said.

Asked if he believes undercover activists should be given the same authority as police, he said, “I’m just using it as an example to illustrate that if you’re building a case of a pattern of abuse, it can often take weeks.”

Oldfield said the CCA is willing to negotiate on the length of time, but “it’s not going to be six weeks.” He added that even one instance of abuse is a crime in California, eliminating the need to prove a pattern.

Assembly Bill 343

Proposal: Require those who take photos or video of agricultural animal abuse to notify law enforcement within 48 hours.

Author: Assemblyman Jim Patterson, R-Fresno,

Proponents include: California Cattlemen’s Association:

Critics include: Humane Society of the United States:

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Beloved Police Dog Fighting Cancer

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“For a dog that has given his all & served the force, his entire life, I think it’s disgraceful that the police department don’t cover all his cost’s. They wouldn’t have found so many drugs if it wasn’t for Enno! I think he has earned his stripes, the police force should stand beside one of their own & pay up…I bet the big wigs in the state department, are saying, ‘well it’s only a dog’…so he is, but he has never asked for anything apart from food & warmth…It’s not like he gets a monthly salary, but if he did, for all the years he has worked…it would be enough to cover all his cost’s….so stop being so dam stingy & pay up for whatever he needs!”

For seven years Sargent Jeff Salstrom and Enno have been partners on the Hoquiam Police force. Salstrom was devastated when he got the news that Enno had a life-threatening cancerous tumor.

Now Salstrom and the police department are trying to raise the funds necessary to help their fellow officer.

Jeff Salstrom dreamed of having a police dog since he was a little boy. Enno is the only police dog the Hoquiam Police force has and for seven years he has been riding with Salstrom in his squad car. Enno has been a part of 57 arrests and he has helped find hundreds of pounds of drugs. Now Enno needs help.

Enno has a life-threatening cancerous tumour growing behind his left eye. “It was devastating news to hear he had a tumour,” said Salstrom. The tumour has caused Enno to go blind in his one eye. His jaw has become too sore to clamp down hard like he is trained to do.

Enno has undergone radiation treatments to help reduce the size of his tumour  but the treatment is costly. The police department only has $3,000 set aside each year for Enno and already his medical bills have reached $5,000. So Salstrom and the rest of the police force have been fundraising with t-shirts, stickers and garage sales. They have even set up a Facebook page to help support Enno.

A Seattle bio-tech company has offered to fly Salstrom and Enno to San Diego and pay for an experimental treatment once Enno is able to complete his radiation treatment. The experimental treatment has been successful in other cases, but has never been tried on a tumor like Enno’s. Salstrom believes it is worth trying, “We are working to preserve his life.”

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Family’s horror as police officer shoots dead their beloved pet dog before trying to clean up the evidence – but it’s all caught on video

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  • Raul Ayala claims his dog was shot ‘in cold blood’ by police officer Ray Huffman
  • Video shows the cop firing several shots at the dog before dragging it away and washing the blood away with a hose
  • Town stands by Officer Huffman, saying that the shooting was justified

A heartbroken father claims a police officer shot his family’s dog ‘in cold blood’ in a gruesome act by a local police officer – all caught by his home securitycameras.

Family tragedy: The Ayala family looked to Bos as a guard dog

Raul Ayala of Lyman, Nebraska, said he had gone into town on September 22 with his wife and children, leaving his 18-month-old Rottweiler, Bos, in the yard.

He later received a call from his brother-in-law, saying that he had heard shots being fired and went to the house to find Bos was dead.

After returning to his house, Mr Ayala looked at his home security tapes, where he saw the officer fire about four shots from close range.

Bos can be seen spinning in place before collapsing and writhing on the sidewalk.

The video was also posted on YouTube on October 14 by Pittsburgh Cop Block, an organisation dedicated to naming and shaming police officers believed to have used excessive force or brutality

The police officer, Ray Huffman of the Lyman Police Department, claimed that he had only shot Bos after pepper spray was ineffective – and that the dog had lunged at him.

A post on the ‘Justice for Bos Ayala’ Facebook page reads: ‘He protected us with all he had he wasn’t just a dog he was more like family my baby who didn’t deserve what happen (sic).’

Also on the video, the officer comes into the shot as Bos lays dying, grabs the animal by one of his back legs, and drags him off to the side.

He then takes a hose that was hanging nearby and uses it to rinse the blood off the concrete. He tosses the hose on the ground just before the video ends.

Police said that Huffman washed the blood away because he did not want the family to see it.

The family is now calling for Huffman’s dismissal from the Lyman Police Department.

But the village won’t budge, saying that it has numerous witnesses ‘who saw the dog acting aggressively and that it was not the first time.’

The Village of Lyman said in a statement that it ‘supports the actions taken by Officer Huffman and will defend such actions unless it is proven that Officer Huffman acted negligently in his duties as a police officer.’

But Ayala claims the security tape shows that the village is wrong, and that the shooting was not justified.

Mr Ayala told the Star Herald: ‘Nothing in the Village of Lyman’s statement is consistent with what is shown on my video. Furthermore, nothing said by Mr Huffman is consistent with what is being shown on my video.’

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A heartbroken father claims a police officer shot his family’s dog ‘in cold blood’ in a gruesome act by a local police officer – all caught by his home security cameras.

Raul Ayala of Lyman, Nebraska, said he had gone into town on September 22 with his wife and children, leaving his 18-month-old Rottweiler, Bos, in the yard.

He later received a call from his brother-in-law, saying that he had heard shots being fired and went to the house to find Bos was dead. 

Corning Woman Stabs Pit Bull To Death

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CORNING, N.Y. (WETM-18) – A Corning woman was arraigned Thursday after police say she killed a pit bull she and her husband owned.

Corning police say Gaylynn Taylor, 32 of Steuben Street in the City of Corning slit her dog‘s throat and repeatedly stabbed it to death. She then dumped the dog at a house in Painted Post. They say she had been arguing with her husband.

“Apparently she was always accusing him of leaving the dog with her for her to take care of. He had left for the evening after they had this dispute and her way to get back at him was to destroy the dog,” said Lieutenant Jeffrey Heverly of the Corning Police.

According to court documents, police say Taylor confessed at the scene, saying: “You wanna know the truth? I slit that dog’s throat and stabbed it…I don’t know how many times!”

The Corning Police Department arrested Taylor for aggravated cruelty to animals. She was released and is scheduled back in city court on October 23rd. Taylor did not answer when a reporter knocked on her door.


CORNING, N.Y. (WETM-TV)A Corning woman is facing charges after gruesomely killing an adult pit bull she owned.

Corning Police say 32 year old Gaylynn Taylor of Steuben Street in the City of Corning cut her dogs’ throat and repeatedly stabbed the pit bull to death.

Police say the killing came as a result of a heated domestic dispute.

They say the dog was then transported to a residence in Painted Post for disposal.

The Corning Police Department arrested Taylor for aggravated cruelty to animals.

She was arraigned in City of Corning Court and released.

Taylor is scheduled to re-appear in city court on October 23rd.

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Person comes forward in Oklahoma dog dragging case

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A man who is somehow connected to the Oklahoma dog dragging case has come forward to the Rogers County Sheriff’s Department.

According to a story published Tuesday at Fox 23 News, the man, whose identity has not yet been released, turned himself in to the sheriff’s department, but has not been arrested.

The man who came to the authorities apparently did so of his own accord, not because of the hefty $10,000 reward which was offered.

Sheriff Scott Walton stated:

“We have compiled the evidence, the witness statements, the facts that we have available to us and submitted to the District Attorney’s Office,”

The horrific dragging case captured the attention of the nation thanks to the cruel nature of the incident.

The dog, named “Jetta,” had her back legs bound in bailing wire and she was dragged for approximately one mile behind a truck.

A lack of evidence that the dragging actually caused Jetta’s death is preventing charges at this time.

Sheriff Walton states:

“The timeframe and the evidence and the witness statements that we have does not enable us to make an arrest at this time.

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Dog found shot

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“Does anyone know this dog from the area? It belongs to someone, but who & do they know if they lost it, that it’s been found? Chocolate labs aren’t your everyday dog so somebody knows; your doing no good by protecting them. So please if you know anything at all, contact Joe Harmon, chief deputy with the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office. Thanks!” 

Outside the Twin City Animal Shelter, a friendly, tail-wagging chocolate lab comes to the fence, begging for affection. As she turns her head, a twinge of shock ensues — her neck, chest and both ears are covered in recent, still-open wounds. Gun shot wounds.

Twin City Animal Shelter volunteer Teah Pray is absolutely stunned that someone would inflict the injuries they did upon this chocolate lab found Sunday off Camp Five Road with gunshot wounds.

On Sunday night Heath and Dusty Pinske and their family were four-wheeling in a remote area off Camp Five Road when suddenly their son Carson said, “Hey, there’s a dog!” A closer look revealed a wet chocolate lab laying listless in the grass and barely moving.

As they tried to help, they discovered several wounds on the animal, which was covered in dried blood and still bleeding. They gathered the dog up, took her to town, called the Twin City Animal Shelter and after contacting Dr. Ken Ireland of Northern Hills Veterinary Clinic, decided that because the dog was not bleeding profusely at that time and that her injuries at that point did not appear to be life threatening, they would take her to the vet in the morning.

“I wasn’t sure if they were gunshot wounds or not,” Ireland said. “Most of the time, you just have one hole. This dog came in with multiple holes all over its body. I thought it had been attacked by an animal. To rule that out, we did x-rays and you can actually see metal. We found multiple sites of metal of different sizes. It appeared the dog had been shot more than once.

“She was pretty miserable when they brought her in,” Ireland added. “A pellet type wound, maybe buckshot is in her liver area, a bigger pellet from perhaps a pellet gun created a big wound on her chest. It entered the dog’s thorax on the left side and the bullet stayed in there. There appears to be one entry and one exit wound in one other area and three to four metal fragments in the neck.

Practically anywhere a person would normally put their hands to pet a dog or show them affection is now shaved, revealing wounds.

Ireland is still not certain if the holes in Dusty’s ears are gunshot wounds or the result of an animal attack, since there is no metal.

Whether Dusty the dog was dumped and shot, abused by an owner or shot at by a property owner, her story is still speculative.

Joe Harmon, chief deputy with the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office said that in a case like this there are many unknown circumstances surrounding the incident.

“There are such a variety of circumstances, so many variables we don’t know regarding whether or not a crime was committed,” Harmon said. “The law says that if you have livestock and a dog is attacking or worrying that livestock, then you can put the animal down.”

Harmon said that while there are animal cruelty laws against abusing animals, again, in this case, it would depend on what the circumstances and variables are……

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Sheriff: Man shot Chihuahua puppy in the face with BB gun

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Montgomery County Sheriff deputies have charged a man with animal cruelty and resisting arrest after he allegedly shot his neighbor’s one year old Chihuahua in the face with a BB gun.

The man, Joseph Sheridan Martin, of Amsterdam, has allegedly threatened the dog months before by delivering a typed letter to the dog’s owner “expressing his hatred for dogs and stated that even though the dog was not a threat to attack him or anyone else, he would kick it if the dog came onto his property” a sheriff’s office press release on the arrest said.

Deputies said Martin admitted to shooting the dog, and that it had not come onto his property.

When he was told him he was under arrest, Martin fled, allegedly slamming the door on the arm of a deputy. Martin has been charged with animal cruelty, resisting arrest and harassment in the second degree.

He was arraigned and remanded to the Montgomery Correctional Facility on $1,000 cash bail or $2,500 bond.

“I can’t find any reports on the Chihuahua’s condition.”

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Upshur County officials investigating animal cruelty after donkey found hanging from tree

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The Upshur County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a cruelty to livestock case in Ore City after finding a donkey had been hung from a tree, Capt. Gary Robert said Monday.

The sheriff’s department received a call this past Wednesday about cruelty to donkeys in the Ore City area, Roberts said. Deputy David Thompson talked with the owner and searched the property, Roberts said.

“He located a donkey on the back side of his property that was hanging from a tree,” Roberts said. The donkey was dead when the deputy arrived; however, a local veterinarian was called to examine it.

An arrest has not been made because the case remains under investigation, but Roberts said it is believed the owner hung the donkey. Roberts could not disclose the suspect’s name, pending the investigation. It is being investigated as a cruelty to livestock felony case.

There was another donkey and a goat on the property at the time, Roberts said. Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace W.V. Ray signed seizure paperwork and the sheriff’s department now has the other donkey and the goat in its possession, Roberts said.

The department is waiting for a hearing to be scheduled to determine the outcome of the two remaining livestock, he said.

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Horses found AT Northampton County farm without food, water, shelter

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In Northampton County, a case of animal cruelty is leading to charges against a homeowner.

Officials say Dominic Delflorio is facing animal cruelty charges after leaving 15 horses without food, water, or shelter over the weekend.

They say one of the horses had an open wound with maggots coming out of its leg.

Officials say 15 horses were discovered Saturday, when they got a call that four of them were loose.

“We arrived here and found the remaining 11 horses and neither house on the property was occupied and the horses were left with no food, water, or shelter,” said officer Scott Sabriskie of the Plainfield Township Police Department.

All 15 horses are now in the care of Last Chance Ranch in Quakertown.

They’re expected to be okay.

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