Dog with chain and cinder block around her neck is found in canal

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By Penny Eims Dog News Examiner Subscribe Follow: September 19, 2014

Investigators in Suffolk County, New York, are trying to determine if foul play is behind the death of a dog who was found floating in a canal off of Long Island on Thursday morning, reported NECN News.

A West Islip resident made the troubling find and reached out to the local animal control for help.

Body of dog found in canalEims

The dog, described as an adult, female Rottweiler mix, had a chain and cinder block attached to her neck; a necropsy will be done to see if the dog was dead or alive when she was placed into the water.

Investigators with the Suffolk County SPCA hope to determine if the dog was intentionally drowned, or if it was an attempt for an “at sea” burial.

Aside from the disturbing items found on the dog’s body, there were no other obvious signs of trauma.

News Link:-http://www.examiner.com/article/dog-with-chain-and-cinder-block-around-her-neck-is-found-canal?CID=examiner_alerts_article

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Dog In Cage Found Abandoned on Snowy Road

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“SOMEBODY MUST RECOGNISE THIS DOG; OR KNOW SOMEONE WHOSE YORKIE HAS JUST VANISHED. PLEASE CONTACT THE NUMBER BELOW…the heartless Bastards need to pay for this despicable act! “

Saturday, Dec 28, 2013: Police are looking for the person who abandoned the Yorkie

A caged Yorkshire terrier was found abandoned on the side of a snowy road in an upstate New York town Friday morning.

HOW CAN ANYONE BE SO FXXXXXG CRUEL

A passerby near the intersection of White Pond and Farmers Mills roads in Kent contacted police after spotting the pooch.

Officials say the dog, an approximately 4- to 6-year-old male Yorkie, was found huddled in a small black metal crate in a snowy patch of property just off the side of the road.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Putnam County SPCA at 845-520-6915.

News Link:-http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/national-international/Yorkshire-Terrier-Dog-Abandoned-Crate-Snow-Road-Freezing-Cold-NY-237676661.html

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/.

News Link:-http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2013/07/puppy-burner-given-maximum-sentence/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LifeWithDogs+%28Life+With+Dogs%29

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DiPietro Proposes Animal Abuse Registry

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Assemblyman David DiPietro, R-East Aurora, has introduced legislation that would create an animal abuse registry and prevent those convicted of animal abuses from possessing, adopting, owning, purchasing or exercising control over any animal.

DiPietro introduced Assembly Bill 7363 to correspond with annual Animal Advocacy Day, which was observed Tuesday.

 “On Animal Advocacy Day, we must ask ourselves; is there anything we can do for animals better than preventing further abuse?” DiPietro said. “If you are convicted of doing harm to an animal, you should be stripped of the opportunity to own animals. The abuse of animals is something we should strive to eliminate from our society, and I believe the best way to limit the cases is to prevent repeat offenders. I hope my colleagues in the Assembly will join me in protecting innocent animals.”

Aside from the creation of a registry, the bill would require animal shelters and pet dealers consult the registry before surrendering an animal to anyone. In order for a convicted animal abuser to regain the ability to own an animal, a court must decide on whether or not it is safe for the animal to be in the person’s possession.

New York State Animal Advocacy Day is a bipartisan event sponsored by Assemblyman Jim Tedisco and state Sen. Greg Ball in which members of the Assembly and Senate are brought together to protect animals from abuse.

Assembly Bill 7363 has been referred to the Assembly Agriculture Committee.

News Link:-http://thedailynewsonline.com/news/article_ba044b50-d427-5a1d-9738-171f6e74b3b7.html

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

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

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

During Tough Economic Times Pet Food Stamps Helping Families Keep Their Dogs

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“What a great idea, watch the video, this could mean many hundreds if not thousands of pets (depending on how much the organization can get in donations)would not have to be surrendered; freeing up much needed space in shelters for injured animals etc. This could also mean many pets won’t have to starve to death either…what’s their owners excuse going to be, when they get in front of the judge “for starving their dog to death…no more excuses!!! Aside from lazy buggers who couldn’t be bothered to get the food??”

Over the past couple years the economy has hit many families hard. Some have even been forced to give up their dogs because they can no longer afford to adequately care for them.

Pet Food stamps, a new non-profit organization, is hoping to help families avoid having to give up their pets.

Food Stamps For Pets

Published on 26 Feb 2013

Program provides pet owners with handout

Pet Food Stamps is based out of New York and is offeringfood stamps” for low income families that can’t afford to feed their pets. The current United States Food Stamp Program excludes the purchase of pet food and supplies. Pet Food Stamps is remedying that issue.

Families are not the only ones who will benefit from this program. Shelters are hopeful that this will help reduce the number of dogs on the streets and in overcrowded shelters. Many shelters across the nation have reported a recent increase in the number of pets surrendered by owners because owners have faced economic hardship.

Marc Okon is the creator of the Pet Food Stamps program, which runs off private donations. The program has only been running for a few weeks but has already received an overwhelming amount of applications. “We’re receiving several thousand applications a day, and with each application there may be two or three dogs or two or three cats,” said Okon. “So in total we have over 40,000 cats and dogs already awaiting food.”

Okon is hoping to find corporate sponsorships and steady funding for the program. “The love of a pet, the therapeutic ability of a pet and things like that are impossible to measure. It gives us a great feeling of pride to be able to help people like that and we’re happy to do it,” said Okon. The program is easy to apply for. Anyone who is receiving food stamps or is around or below the poverty level can go to the Pet Food Stamps website to fill out a contact form to be contacted by an enrolment agent and being the application process.

The program currently offers food and hopes to expand into discounted veterinary care as well later in the year. Until the program finds corporate sponsorship and steady funding it relies solely on private donations. If you wish to help you can make a donation through the Pet Food Stamps website.

News Link:-http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2013/03/during-tough-ecomonic-times-pet-food-stamps-helping-families-keep-their-dogs/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LifeWithDogs+%28Life+With+Dogs%29

Buffalo Teens Allegedly Confess to Burning Puppy

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(Video to follow) “Remember little Phoenix , did a post on him a couple of weeks ago, link at bottom. I am so happy someone snitched on these 2 little Bxxxxxd’s ! If the law doesn’t get this case right now; seeing as they already have jaded pasts… these 2 will likely grow up to be abusive thugs, rapists or murderers…so get it right…send them down for the full prison term allowed. They are sick ,lethal, sadistic, warts that you have to be rid of!”

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Two Buffalo teenagers were arraigned in court Wednesday morning, in connection to the burning of a 16-week-old dog named Phoenix.

Sick, Sadistic, Twisted, Evil Psycho’s

In court, 19-year-old Adell Zeigler and 17-year-old Diondre Brown, both from Buffalo, were charged with felony aggravated cruelty to animals. Ziegler was remanded without bail Wednesday because he has a prior felony and is on parole for robberyBrown was remanded on $20,000 bail.

Prosecutors say they have strong cases against both teenagers, who they say have violent reputations.

According to NYS law, a person is guilty of aggravated cruelty to animals when, with no justifiable purpose, he or she intentionally kills or intentionally causes serious physical injury to a companion animal with aggravated cruelty.  “Aggravated cruelty” is conduct which is intended to cause extreme physical pain or is done or carried out in an especially depraved or sadistic manner. “Couldn’t have put it better myself, so do the right thing & send them down, NO bloody stupid probation for these 2 malicious warts”

“This is a terrible act of cruelty. One that should never happen at any time” said Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.

Police said Phoenix was found burning on Herman Street last month. Since then detectives have followed every lead. But a break in the case came over the weekend when someone called in a key tip. Authorities arrested Zeigler and Brown late Tuesday night.

“Both made admissions to what they did. They said they hung the dog about three feet in the air. They doused him with lighter fluid and we’re not sure which one set him on fire,” said Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda.” Heinous MF‘s…Nobody does this kind of thing unless they are really fxxxxd up in the head & get’s off on torturing innocent beings that can’t answer back!”

Zeigler’s mom didn’t want to comment. But Brown’s grandmother, Robin did. She said her grandson did not do the crime. She said the night of the incident he told a family member, “You won’t believe what my uncle, Adell did.“Right ok love…did you see those pigs fly over the other day too?!!”

Robin said, “He kept telling me ‘Grandma, I didn’t do it.’ He says ‘Grandma, you know I didn’t do it.'” said Robin Brown, the defendant’s grandmother. “And the next thing I know they came out and said he signed something saying he did it. So when I went back to talk to him I said ‘Why would you do that?’ I mean you said you didn’t do it.” “Sorry love your grandson is not the perfect little angel you seem to think he is!”

The men could face up to one-and-one-third to four years in prison. Commissioner Derenda says police have identified the owner of the dog and have taken a statement.

News Link:-http://www.wivb.com/dpp/news/crime/Teens-face-judge-in-puppy-burning-case

 

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