Woman Faces Animal Cruelty Charges For Second Time In Less Than A Year

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“WTF…pitiful excuses by this selfish bxxxh! I sometimes wonder what these Judges are thinking about, when all the evidence proves someone guilty…yet they let them get off! I have more to say with each paragraph below; as one needs to know the full story…so read on!”

HAMILTON, Ohio — A 19-year-old woman faces animal cruelty charges for the second time in less than a year, involving the same dog, after her pit bull was found nearly starved to death this week.

Elizabeth Lewis, 19, of Hamilton, faces animal cruelty charges for the second time after her pit bull was found nearly starved to death this week. (Photo: Gannett/Jennifer Edwards Baker, The Cincinnati Enquirer)

Elizabeth Lewis, 19, of Hamilton, faces animal cruelty charges for the second time after her pit bull was found nearly starved to death this week. (Photo: Gannett/Jennifer Edwards Baker, The Cincinnati Enquirer)

But Elizabeth Lewis insists her pit bull was sick with mange and denies starving Bruiser nearly to death. “I see no vet report to say the dog was sick with mange…only pathetic excuses for letting this dog starve to death!”

Butler County Deputy Dog Warden Tonya Hanson ordered the owner, Elizabeth Lewis of Hamilton, to take Bruiser to an emergency vet clinic so he could be put to sleep and no longer suffer, according to a statement from Animal Friends Humane Society.

Hamilton police went to Lewis‘ apartment Monday after receiving a report that an emaciated dog had fallen down the stairs. They alerted the dog warden, who said she was horrified.

“I’ve been doing animal cruelty cases for 15 years and it is the most emaciated dog I’ve ever seen,” Hanson said.

Hanson said when she questioned Lewis about why she let the 10-month-old dog deteriorate so far, “her response was she knew it was being selfish … and that was all she said.” “Selfish…to right bloody selfish, I bet she sat stuffing her face while the poor dog got nothing, not even tit bits..that’s not just selfish, it’s bloody cruel!”

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Warden ordered the emaciated dog put down
  • First charged in August concerning same dog
  • Woman says she couldn’t afford to have sick animal euthanized

Previous charges in August

Lewis was charged Tuesday with cruelty to a companion animal and failure to license a dog, both misdemeanors. She is scheduled to appear March 6 in Hamilton Municipal Court.

The vet clinic that euthanized Bruiser told the warden the dog’s body temperature was so low when he arrived, it didn’t register on a thermometer and he had been starved, according to the humane society. “Starved…that means not feeding on purpose!”

This is not the first time Lewis has been charged with animal cruelty. In August, the same dog was brought to the humane society by the dog warden. At that time, Bruiser was “extremely lethargic and malnourished, weighing in at 17 pounds,” according to the society. “Seriously, is the Judge going to give her another “get out of jail free card”

Since Hamilton Municipal Court Judge Daniel Gattermeyer found Lewis not guilty, the dog was returned to her care. When Bruiser left the dog pound on Oct. 5, he weighed 38 pounds, the humane society said. “This proves the dog had a healthy appetite, there can be no excuse for the dog getting thin again; apart from not being fed!”

A pitbull’s average adult weight typically ranges between 35 and 65 pounds, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

This time, Hanson said she plans to ask the judge to ban Lewis from owning more animals. “I don’t want to give her another chance to mistreat another animal,” Hanson said. “Good, at least somebody cares!”

Hanson referred questions on the August case and why the animal was returned to Lewis to the judge. Gattermeyer said he couldn’t really comment since there was another, similar case now in front of him involving Lewis. YES there is, because this Judge didn’t do the job properly the first time round, if he had; the dog might still be alive today!!”

“If something happened in the prior case that becomes evidence in this one, it wouldn’t be appropriate and legally ethical for me to comment on it,” Gattermeyer said. “It’s very difficult to comment in any way, but if a person is found not guilty, well, that would be the reason why the dog was returned. But it is sad a dog has died, any time a dog dies.” “Yes it’s very sad, & it could have been avoided had he done his job properly & had the dog taken of this bitch…too late to be sorry about it now!”

Case a misunderstanding, woman says

Lewis, who is 10 weeks pregnant, said the whole situation is a big misunderstanding. “Well it would be wouldn’t it…19 & pregnant, she couldn’t care for a dog but now she’s having a baby!”

She said Bruiser suffered from hereditary mange, a skin disease caused by tiny mites, common external parasites found in dogs. ” WAS this found by a vet then? or is she a qualified vet??” Bruiser also didn’t seem to want to eat at times, so she gave him anti-stress calming tablets.

She said she got Bruiser and a second dog, Buster, from a litter that her brother’s dog had last year and has tried her best to care for them while earning $800 a month working at a convenience store and now a warehouse. “Well if you don’t have the money to care for yourself, you don’t get 2 dogs to care for…how stupid!”

Buster is now at the humane society. They took him in light of the second cruelty charge, Lewis said. “Thank God for that!”

She said the August citation resulted from a misunderstanding between her and her former room mate, who mistakenly thought Lewis had abandoned Bruiser so she took him to the police, who called the humane society. “Sorry…I thought when you had a room mate you told them most things, especially about the pets you own!”

Lewis said the society had the dog checked out by a vet, who couldn’t prove the animal cruelty charge, so the judge found her not guilty. “Interesting to note that the vet didn’t mention or say the dog was suffering from hereditary mange, & a skin disease caused by tiny mites!”

“I feel like they are making it out like I am crazy because I have one dog who was sick,” Lewis said. “You can ask all my friends. He ate dog food and treats. I am 19 and I am pregnant. I have a feeling people are going to look at it like ‘if this is what she does with her dog, what is she going to do with her baby?‘” “WOW…took the words right out of my mouth…but hang on, further up in this story, she said ” he didn’t seem to want to eat at times”, yet in this paragraph she says “he ate dog food & treats”?? which is it???”

She admits she knew Bruiser needed to be euthanized, but said she couldn’t afford the $200 cost, which she wound up paying anyway this week at the dog warden’s order. “I’m sure if you took a dog who needed to be euthanized, to a vets, they would do it, without asking for money, they have a moral code to put the care of animals first…i.e. before money!”

Lewis said she had been trying to arrange for a relative to take the dog. Now she is afraid she will be found guilty of the current animal cruelty charge and sentenced to 180 days in jail and/or fined $1,000. “Sorry I have no sympathy what’s so ever!”

“I should have gotten him put down. I am not going to sit here and deny it,” she said. “I didn’t know what to do, but he’s gotten skinny before and then pulled back up.” Oh, please, didn’t know what to do? what a feeble & pathetic excuse!”

News Link:-http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/03/01/dog-abuse-death/1957677/

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Alleged dog shooter facing felony charge

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ROGUE RIVERA Gold Hill man faces a felony animal abuse charge after allegedly shooting his bulldog in the mouth with a rifle and then leaving the animal tied outside a veterinary clinic.

Jayson Wayne King, 27, gave Rogue River police and his girlfriend inconsistent stories about what led him to shoot the dog on June 14, police said.

King said the dog attacked some pet goats on his property in the 3000 block of Galls Creek Road in Gold Hill, said police Chief Ken Lewis. King said he shot the dog from 30 yards away with a .243-caliber rifle to protect the goats, Lewis said.

The bullet entered the dog’s mouth and burst out the bottom of its jaw, said Lewis, who isn’t buying King’s story.

“If you think about it, the dog would have to have its mouth open at the time the shot was fired,” Lewis said. “And then the bullet would have to enter at an angle suggesting the shooter was above the target.”

Lewis said he believes King placed the barrel directly into the dog’s mouth and fired.

“You can shoot a dog in self-defense or if you are protecting livestock,” Lewis said. “I don’t think that’s the case here.”

Champ, as the dog has been named by staff caring for him at the Sanctuary One animal shelter in the Applegate, shows no signs that he will suffer long-term effects from the bullet.

Champ initially was taken to Best Friends Animal Hospital in Talent for emergency surgery. Based on clinic X-rays, the shot most likely was “execution style” from close range, Lewis said. The bullet fractured the jawbone in two places, forcing the surgeon to wire it together.

King was interviewed inside the Jackson County Jail, where he was lodged Wednesday on an unrelated domestic violence charge, Lewis said.

Lewis said his department will recommend additional charges of aggravated animal abuse, a felony, attempted aggravated animal abuse and animal abandonment.

King’s girlfriend was cited for animal abandonment. Lewis believes she was aware the dog was left outside the clinic.

“It’s illegal to drop a dog off at a location and leave, even if it is a veterinary office,” Lewis said.

Lewis said the girlfriend was not home when King reportedly shot the dog.

Champ continues to recover at Sanctuary One, where he is receiving obedience training and is socializing with other dogs. Once he’s properly trained, he may be able to be adopted.

Inquiries about the possibility of adopting Champ can be made by calling Sanctuary One at 541-899-8627 or emailinginfo@SanctuaryOne.org

News Link:http://news.opb.org/article/alleged_dog_shooter_facing_felony_charge/

Santa Monica police consider wildlife response policy changes

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After meeting with animal welfare advocates over the killing of a mountain lion last month, the Santa Monica Police Department said it would consider changing procedures for handling wildlife incidents.

After Santa Monica police drew criticism for killing a mountain lion, the department announces that it will work to avoid such an outcome in future incidents.

In a statement released last week, the department said it was committed to training first responders and to developing a list of local consulting experts. It said it would also seek appropriate equipment and tools and support ongoing efforts to reduce the likelihood that wildlife would enter densely populated urban areas. But the department added that state law limits what police officers, scientists or veterinarians can do to control the animals.

“The only thing law enforcement can do with a mountain lion is kill it,” said police Sgt. Richard Lewis. Under the law, which prohibits the hunting of mountain lions, the state Department of Fish and Game is responsible for tranquilizing mountain lions, also known as pumas. Lewis said the law would have to be changed to allow local veterinarians, animal control officers or others “closer to home” to tranquilize the animals. He added that such a change would be unlikely.

The suggestions for altering protocol for wildlife incidents grew out of a June 25 meeting the Police Department held with animal rights activists, veterinarians, national and state park representatives, and officials from the Department of Fish and Game.

“The group’s participants readily acknowledged that, although public safety must be the primary consideration under such circumstances, the safe capture of wildlife is a valued response,” Lewis wrote. He added that participants agreed successful captures were elusive “when wild animals are encountered in urban settings.”

That was the case May 22, when a 3-year-old male mountain lion meandered into the heart of Santa Monica and came face to face with the janitor of an office complex. The man alerted authorities.

Read the rest:http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-mountain-lion-20120702,0,7111236.story

Officer Who Pleaded Guilty In K-9 Primo’s Death Reinstated

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NEW ORLEANS –– A New Orleans police officer who pleaded guilty to an animal cruelty charge in connection with the death of Primo, his police dog, was reinstated to his position on Friday.

The Louisiana Court of Appeal ruled that Lewis be reinstated to his position as a New Orleans police officer after finding the City Civil Service Commission and the New Orleans Police Department, the court’s stating, “We further find it arbitrary and capricious for the Commission to acknowledge the evidence in support of Jason Lewis‘ appeal and then disregard it when making its determination.”

Attorneys with the Fraternal Order of Police argued the case before the Fourth Circuit.

The Fourth Circuit court said that within the hundreds of pages of testimony, evidence indicating that Lewis was negligent in his duties as a handler and caregiver for Primo was “glaringly absent.”

In Sept. 2010, Lewis admitted leaving his K-9 partner, a 6-year-old Belgian Malnois, in his locked police car during the summer, according to the Humane Society of Louisiana.

Necropsy reports showed that Primo suffered from heat exhaustion, experienced at least three seizures after his temperature reached more than 108 degrees, and died while receiving treatment at the Southeast Veterinary Clinic in Metairie on the same day, the group said.

Images released by the Metropolitan Crime Commission showed how the dog shredded the seats inside the cruiser in an attempt to escape.

Lewis was sentenced to a six-month suspended jail sentence, six months of probation and restitution of $12,000, the cost to replace a trained police dog.

In a news release sent to media outlets on Friday, the Fourth Circuit noted Superintendent Ronal W. Serpas “admitted that although he knew of (Public Integrity Bureau’s) investigation and report, it was not something he looked at.”

The judge noted the CSC’s function is not to blindly follow that which the appointing authority determines, the news release said.

The Louisiana SPCA issued a statement after learning of the court’s decision.

The Louisiana SPCA is disheartened to hear that Jason Lewis has been reinstated as a New Orleans police officer. Officer Lewis’ actions lead to the death of an innocent animal after leaving the dog locked in his car during the summer. We do not tolerate neglect or animal cruelty in any form and are disappointed that the New Orleans Police Department is not holding Officer Lewis accountable as we expect law enforcement officials to uphold the highest level of humane ethics.

Read more: http://www.wdsu.com/news/31010590/detail.html#ixzz1uMg20pLy

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