Graphic Image: Horse Dragged For 100 yards, Arrest Warrant Issued For Abuser

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By  Calily Bien Updated: Thursday, December 6, 2012,

BASTROP COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) – Authorities in Bastrop County are looking for a man who allegedly dragged his horse for 100 yards leaving it with severe injuries. 

Horse dragged behind pick-up..cruel bxxxxxd!! Image from Examiner web page

On Nov. 10, a witness saw Mariano Villafuerta, 43, tie a horse to his truck in the 200 block of Mesa Drive in Del Valle and started to drive away.

The witness said Villafuerta accelerated to a high rate of speed with the horse still tied to the hitch of the truck. The horse had a difficult time keeping up, fell to its side and was dragged for about 100 yards.

According to the arrest warrant, Villafuerta then stopped the truck, got out and began kicking the horse in the neck until it stood up. Villafuerta then grabbed the horse by the lead rope and ran the horse down the driveway to the house in the 300 block of Mesa Drive.

The witness noticed that the horse’s left eye was damaged as well as the skin on his body. The deputy who arrived to take the report took pictures of the aforementioned injuries.

The witness said the horse apparently got out of Villafuerta’s property and was roaming around when Villafuerta found it.

The Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office will charge Villafuerta with cruelty to livestock animals by tripping, which is a state jail felony.

As of Wednesday night, officials have not located Villafuerta.

The horse is currently going through rehabilitation at the Meadow Haven Horse Rescue .

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By Penny Eims December 5, 2012:- Man wanted for dragging horse behind truck in Texas

On Tuesday, KEYE TV published a horrific case ofanimal cruelty involving a gorgeous horse who was nearly dragged to his death in Bastrop County, Texas.

The incident took place on November 10, the day that the suspect, Mariano Resendiz Villafuerta, is accused of attaching his horse to the back of his white, Ford F150 pickup and dragging him for over 150 yards.

According to Bastrop County Sheriff’s DepartmentSgt. Ric Cole:

“He was drug at a high speed until the horse couldn’t keep up,” “And then when the horse fell, he drug it.”

Investigators believe that Villafuerta was angry about something at the time, and took that rage out on the horse. According to KXAN News, the authorities were alerted to the horrific situation by a witness who claims to have watched the entire scene.

After the high speed dragging, the horse, now being called “Dragster,” was taken to a veterinary clinic for the multiple injuries which cover his once gorgeous coat.

Dragster is currently being cared for by the Meadow Haven Horse Rescue, where he is expected to recover.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Villafuerta, who is facing one count of animal cruelty, but as of yet, he is nowhere to be found.

Anyone with information is asked to phone 911 or the Bastrop County Sheriff.

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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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Parents In Filthy Trailer Case Already On Probation – Child Neglect – Dead Horse & Emaciated Dogs

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The mother and father of a 16-month-old girl who was found in a filthy trailer in rural Liberty County Tuesday night were on probation after they had been charged with child neglect three years ago, officials said.

Aaron Parker

The 16-month-old girl was found lying on the floor of the trailer as cockroaches crawled on her after deputies had gone to the property in the block of County Road 2802 about 7 p.m. Tuesday to investigate a report of animal abuse, said Captain Rex Evans., a spokesman for the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies also found a dead horse outside the trailer.

The child’s mother Mable Larson was taken into custody and charged with animal cruelty. Evan said more charges are pending.

Child’s Mother Mable Larson

Deputies are searching for the girl’s fatherAaron Parker to talk to him about the case.

He and Larson were previously charged with child neglect, stemming from a case three years ago. They are currently on probation in that case, Evans said.

No further information about the case was immediately available.

When authorities arrived at the property and found the dead horse, they went inside the trailer to talk to the horse’s owner.

Then they spotted the child. She had severe diaper rash and red bumps on her legs, which may have been insect bites.

Evans said the trailer smelled strongly of decay and they came across evidence of narcotics.

Deputies also spotted several other emaciated animals, including dogs that weren’t moving. The girl was removed from the trailer.

Just one of the emaciated dogs

They returned Wednesday morning to search the property. Animal rescue crews arrived to remove other animals from the property, including about 10 dogs chained up in the backyard and two horses.

Officials suspect they may also find dead animals inside the trailer, Evans said.

Neighbor Cecil Palmer said about six months ago he saw Parker and Larson burying a horse in their back yard at around 2 a.m.

Palmer said many neighbors had tried to call animal control on the couple in the past.

He said his wife also have seen at least one other child at the house.


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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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Dog owner under investigation for brutally killing aggressive pet

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What a pet owner is accused of doing to his dog will likely make people cringe. It might be even more sickening to hear it may have been legal.

In the small town of Wheeling, investigators aren’t questioning whether the owner had the right to kill his dog if it was being aggressive, but instead the methods he used which included using a pitchfork.

A neighbor called the incident in to the Livingston County Sheriff‘s Office and the responding deputy said what he saw at the house shocked him.

“He used various tools, like a bow and arrow, pitchfork, a hammer,” Deputy Eric Menconi said.

The deputy said the man first shot his dog with an arrow. When the animal didn’t die, he then used a pitchfork and a hammer on it. When the dog still didn’t die, the owner then shot it with an arrow again, resulting in its death.

But the sheriff’s deputy said the owner did have a right to defend himself and others around him.

“His dog had been vicious in the past, had bit a family member earlier that morning and then, when they tried to restrain him that afternoon, the dog attacked him,” Menconi said.

No one answered when KCTV5’s Alice Barr knocked at the house, but the dog owner’s brother lives next door. He said he’s the one the dog bit and that the family couldn’t control it. He said they were worried it might attack someone else.

The brother said the family doesn’t own a gun and they didn’t have a more humane way to put the dog down.

Kristin Hess takes in rescue dogs at a nearby home and said there’s not enough help for animal abuse or control in the remote area of the county, leading to more dangerous situations.

“But something of this nature, I don’t care what the dog did, this is torture and it shouldn’t be tolerated at all. There should be charges with this,” Hess said.

The decision regarding whether how the man killed his dog is humane or not is now up to the prosecuting attorney as he is left to sort out what deputies are calling a gray area.

The owner’s brother said the dog had really gotten aggressive and mean and, with no one else around to help, they just didn’t know what to do.

Authorities said the dog also bit a 14-year-old girl awhile ago and hurt her pretty badly.

The prosecuting attorney is currently out of town so charges should be announced next week.

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Man wanted for animal cruelty

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — An anonymous complaint with the City of Jacksonville led to the discovery of a dead dog and a starving dog in the backyard of a local home.

The dogs were found in the yard of a home on West 2nd Street. According to Animal Cruelty investigators, the dogs were both chained to a fence. One dog “appeared to have been deceased for several days due to the decomposition and maggot activity on the body.” The other dog was “lethargic and would stand for approximately one minute then lay back down.” The dog only had a little water and food.

The owner of the dogs, Ken Jones, told investigators he hadn’t fed the dogs in a few days and didn’t know one of them was dead. He said he had been caring for his sick mother and was traveling back and forth between her home and his house. Jones also said he didn’t have the money to take the dogs to a veterinarian.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office says an arrest warrant has been issued for Jones. He’s facing a charge of cruelty to animals.

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Oklahoma sheriff investigating animal-cruelty case

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HARRAH, Okla. (AP) – The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office is searching for whoever spray-painted a yellow Labrador retriever from head to tail.

Authorities were called to a home in Harrah on Thursday. Once there, deputies found the 18-month-old lab had been spray-painted in a striped pattern with a blue-gray paint.

The sheriff’s office says whoever responsible could face an animal cruelty charge. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office.

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Police Charge Man For Having Dead Pit Bull In Backyard

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A man has been charged with animal cruelty after police found one dead pit bull and one severely emaciated pit bull in his back yard.

Ken Lloyd Jones, 47, was told by police that they would seek an arrest warrant with the State Attorney’s Office at a later date, according to a report from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

Police went to Jones’ house in the 1700 block of West 2nd Street on April 6 after receiving a complaint by phone about the dead dog.

A police officer and an animal cruelty investigator went to the house and found a brown and white pit bull, which had apparently been dead for a few days, “due to the decomposition and maggot activity on the body,” the report said.

Food or water was not observed anywhere near the deceased dog, which was on a chain, while the emaciated dog had food and water nearby.

Jones was not home when the officer and investigator arrived, but his wife called him and he came back to the house, stating he did not know the brown and white pit bull was dead.

Jones told police he fed the dogs a few days ago and he regularly feeds them maybe twice a week, but had no food on hand at the house. Jones also told police that he had been taking care of his mother, who has Alzheimer’s, and that his wife had recently been shot.

Jones was also charged with animal cruelty in 2003, and with carrying a concealed weapon, driving with a suspended license and running a stop sign in 1989.



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Mutilated kitten corpses found behind Orange Park apartment complex

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The mutilated remains of four kittens were discovered Saturday night behind the Holly Cove Apartments at 1745 Wells Road in Orange Park, the apparent victim of animal cruelty, according to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.

Orange Park animal rescue volunteer Terran Coburn showed deputies the kittens, which had their legs cut off and their bodies cut in half; only part of each kitten’s remains were found. She said a deputy told her that they had not been mutilated by a wild animal, but by people.

“I’ve been doing this for 30 years, and never in my life have I seen this. I saw this four kittens, but only three heads,” said Coburn, a volunteer with First Coast No More Homeless Pets. “I was really mad. … How gross that people could do this to these kittens. These babies — their little arms were no bigger than my little finger.”

Clay County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Mary Justino said the department has investigated serious cases of animal cruelty in the past, like the August arrest of a 12-year-old Orange Park boy on felony animal cruelty charges after he mutilated and killed ponies, goats and chickens in a Tanglewood Boulevard stable. That boy was sentenced to 18 to 36 months in a juvenile facility after he pleaded guilty in September.

Investigators went door to door at the complex Saturday afternoon to see if anyone had seen the animal mutilation. One neighbor said he saw a group of teenage boys hanging out around a pond at the north end of the complex, while another saw the cut-up corpses at the bottom of the complex’s stairs, according to the Sheriff’s Office report.

Coburn said police took evidence photographs, then gave her the remains, which she buried in Middleburg.

She said she plans to catch the kittens’ mother and “get her out of there.”


Wittmann woman accused of animal abuse

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A woman was arrested in Wittmann on suspicion of 14 counts of animal crueltyWednesday morning, officials said.

Charlene Scott, 56, was arrested in Wittmann on suspicion of 14 counts of animal cruelty. Officials went to her home after finding a 3- to 4-month old puppy in need of emergency medical treatment

The Animal Crimes Unit of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search warrant at the home of Charlene Scott, 56, after finding a 3- to 4-month old puppy in need of emergency medical treatment, according to Officer Christopher Hegstrom of the Sheriff’s Office.

In their search, deputies found one dead puppy and seized three adult female dogs, two adult male dogs and nine puppies, Hegstrom said.

He said the animals received medical attention after being taken from the home.

The Sheriff’s Office had been in contact with Scott about her animals since September, according to officials.

Police said she was negligent and that her animals had chronic tick infestations that caused hair loss and skin inflammation.

Scott had failed to treat her animals after police said they had given her recommendations over the past several months, according to Hegstrom.

Deputies said Scott showed an inability to properly care for her animals.

Wittmann is located about 35 miles northwest of Phoenix.
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