‘Rescue Sanctuary’ Family Convicted of 16 Animal Cruelty Offences

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“Animals coming out of abusive homes, go to these places, expecting the best care, to aid in their recovery! But this just proves, yet again, anybody can set up a sanctuary; yet be capable of inflicting serious harm to animals, because they don’t love them!!. Don’t these places have to be licensed & inspected regularly?? If so, what happened?? It’s sad to say but some people see animals as an easy way to make money….they don’t love animals & have no interest in aiding animals to recover; they are just a means to an end!”

“I have no sympathy for those who abuse or neglect animals in their care & believe as a business, scamming everyone; they should receive the most serious of charges! How would you feel, if you had donated money to a sanctuary, only to learn that it mistreat’s its animals? terrible I’m guessing. So before you part with your money, even if the place has a flashy internet site etc…make your own investigations before you part with any donation. I think these so-called sanctuary’s need a lot more intervention from animal society’s like the RSPCA or HSI etc., depending where they are in the world…they need to be verified, that they are taking care of the animals in their charge; as they should!! Certainly no animals should have to be rescued from a so-called sanctuary; as in this case!!”

“Think about this, hotels are given star ratings, after being approved…yet animal sanctuary’s can pop up anywhere, with no interest what so ever in taking care of the animals…to them it’s just a money maker…wanting your donation!! Perhaps animal sanctuaries should be star rated to reflect the level of care the animals receive. Shame there were no pictures of this uncaring, selfish family. But similar folk are around us all, animal lovers must be vigilant & fight together to stand up for the rights of animals; if we don’t who will. Your local council representatives & governments are supposed to listen & work for their constituents; if they have no interest in animal welfare & don’t care….make some noise & get them booted out!!”

A family who ran an animal sanctuary in Oxfordshire have been found guilty of 16 offences of cruelty.

More than 100 animals, including 14 horses, were removed from Crunchies Animal Rescue Sanctuary, near Abingdon, in January 2012.

Eight peopleAngela Russell, her carer Daniel Bunyan, father Fred, son Robert, daughters Kirsty and Louise, her brother Peter and niece Abigail McHughwent on trial in April at Bicester Magistrates Court. They were charged with 16 offences, including failing to provide inadequate nutrition and veterinary care.

On Monday (24 June), all bar Peter Russell and Daniel Bunyan were convicted of all 16 offences at at Bicester Magistrates Court.

District judge Tim Pattison said: “I echo the words of RPSCA inspector Douglas Davidson that Crunchies was ‘an animal welfare disaster’; a sea of mud and faeces and, in short, a rescue centre from which animals needed to be rescued.”

This news story was first published in Horse & Hound magazine (27 June 2013)

News Link:- http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/news/family-convicted-of-animal-cruelty-offences/#98wbvdMzcbEdAGSE.99 

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Grandma Accuses Granddaughter of Kicking Dog To Death

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“WTF…How on earth can this girl not face charges of animal cruelty? At 14 years old she knew what she was doing, therefore should face the consequences. If nothing is done, expect to here more animal abuse cases, involving this girl!!”

Police in Ypsilanti, Mich., have opened an investigation into a possible case of animal cruelty following a woman’s report that her dog was killed on Sunday night, reported Monday’s Ann Arbor.com.

Few details have been released about the incident, but enough is known that it appears that family tensions are likely to be running high as the animal cruelty allegations are against the dog owner’s own granddaughter.

The dog, who is referred to as a puppy in the police report, was allegedly kicked to death by the 14-year-old granddaughter of the woman who owned the pup.

According to the report, the girl may not face charges. The police are, however, speaking to the family about what happened.

News Link:http://www.examiner.com/article/grandma-accuses-granddaughter-of-kicking-dog-to-death?CID=examiner_alerts_article

Animal Cruelty Charge Filed, Again

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A Hubbardton woman will appear in court today to face a charge of animal cruelty for a second time.

A week after her daughter, Elizabeth M. Harke, 25, pleaded innocent to an identical charge, Suzanne M. Hegarty, 53, was scheduled to appear in Rutland criminal court this morning to answer to a misdemeanor offense of cruelty to animals by depriving them of adequate food, water, shelter, rest, sanitation or necessary medical attention.

Hegarty faced the same charge in 2009 when she accepted a plea deal from prosecutors and pleaded guilty in exchange for an eight-year deferred sentence and probation as well as a mandate that 100 animals be removed from the farm she owned in Brandon.

She was allowed to keep 17 of her pets and livestock but she was forbidden from breeding animals, was ordered to spay and neuter her pets, and make monthly veterinarian visits.

Hegarty transferred ownership of the farm at 671 Kimball Road to her daughter in 2009 but continued to make all decisions about activities on the farm where police in a court affidavit describe finding numerous malnourished or dead animals this spring.

In an interview with Rutland County Sheriff’s Deputy Milicia Lynds in April, Harke told police that while her name was on the farm “her mom Suzanne had complete control over what happened there.

“For instance, there was a point where Harke felt overwhelmed with the number of horses on the farm and wanted to sell some of them. Suzanne became very upset and demanded that they not be sold,” Lynds wrote.

The daughter went on to tell police that she could no longer enable her mother and the 25-year-old told police she was frustrated that she wasn’t allowed to work or go to college because then her mother wouldn’t have anyone to keep up the farm.

But police said the keeping up of the farm was in shambles, and Lynds described numerous discoveries of malnourished or sick animals as well as dead animals scattered around the farm.

“As I walked around with (a farmhand) you could see bones littered all over the property. There were full skeletons that were on the surface next to several calf huts,” the deputy wrote.

In an interview with a former farmhand, Wade Bridger, 47, Lynds said she learned that Hegarty had allegedly tried to hide the number of animals she owned from police.

According to the affidavit, Bridger told police that “Suzanne Hegarty had hired him to build a secret room at their residence in Hubbardton. The purpose of the room was to hide the animals Suzanne was not allowed to have in case they were raided by the police.

If convicted of the misdemeanor charges, Hegarty and Harke face up to one year in jail.

Hegarty, who will also answer today to a charge of violating her probation, could face up to another two years in jail for her prior conviction.

News Link:http://www.rutlandherald.com/article/20130701/THISJUSTIN/707019971

LITH Woman Charged with Animal Cruelty; Dog Starves to Death

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“I know what I would do with this sick bxxxh, throw her in jail & don’t feed her! No excuse whatsoever regards food, a full bag of dog food,yet she couldn’t even be arsed to open it…what does that tell you about her? I just pray the other dog isn’t too malnourished & will survive. At the very minimal, she must be banned from ever owning or working with any animals; nothing less will do!!”

Charmain L. Krishnan, 48, of Lake in the Hills was arrested for animal cruelty.

A Lake in the Hills woman has been charged by police with two counts of animal cruelty after she allegedly didn’t feed her dogs, causing one dog to starve to death, police said.

Charmain L. Krishnan, 48, of the 2600 block of Stanton Circle, was arrested at 3:03 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, and was charged with animal cruelty and also two counts of violation of owners duties, police arrest reports show.

LITH Police Sgt. Mark Smith said McHenry County Animal Control officials had been checking on the two dogs and recently gave Krishnan dog food for the pets.

During a routine check last week, Animal Control officials found one dog dead in the yard, and removed the other dog from the home.

“She hadn’t even opened the bag of dog food, according to Animal Control,” Sgt. Smith said. “They believe the dog died of malnourishment.”

Kirshnan was released on bond, according to police reports.

News Link:http://algonquin.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/lake-in-the-hills-woman-charged-with-animal-cruelty-starved-dog-dies

Animal Cruelty Case Back In Court In the Fall for Sentencing

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Thursday, June 27, 2013 – 2:17 PM
By Sara Buchan
Grande Prairie

The animal cruelty case against a Fort St. John woman returns to court in Grande Prairie in November.

54-year old Debra Holden will be sentenced on a guilty plea to allowing an animal to be in distress.

Back in July of last year Grande Prairie RCMP arrested a woman at a campsite after discovering a dead dog and a burning kennel in a fire pit.

Witnesses told police of another injured dog, and Mounties searched the bush but couldn’t find it.

Holden was originally charged with injuring or endangering animals, but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge.

The Alberta Animal Protection Act allows for fines of as much as $20,000 and bans on owning pets.

News Link:-http://hqgrandeprairie.com/news/local/news/v/Local/214603/Animal-cruelty-case-back-in-court-in-the-fall-for-sentencing

Animal Cruelty Case In Boardman

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Animal-cruelty case involving opossums

BOARDMAN

Township police received a call Tuesday morning about a possible animal-cruelty case after a passer-by saw two opossums that were tied together by their tails hanging from a wire on Woodrow Avenue.

Police were dispatched at 9:28 a.m. and discovered the animals were dead, according to a police call sheet. Humane officers were called and arrived at 9:40 a.m.

“There were actually two young opossums that were zip-tied together at the base of their tails. Someone had thrown them up over, and they were suspended from a wire directly in the center of the street,” officer Jack Neapolitan told 21 WFMJ-TV, The Vindicator’s broadcast partner.

News Link:-http://www.vindy.com/news/2013/jun/26/animal-cruelty-case-involving-opossums/

Animal Rescue Owner Charged With Animal Cruelty

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Lindsay Newell, 26, owner of the Burton Wildlife and Animal Rescue Centre, has been charged with 30 charges of animal cruelty after an RSPCA raid last November. 

An RSPCA spokesman said: “The RSPCA can confirm that a 26-year-old woman from Burton is due to appear before Stafford Magistrates’ Court on July 3.

Lindsay Newell

“The woman has been summoned to appear before the court to face a number of animal cruelty charges.

“There are 30 charges in total relating to the Animal Welfare Act. They relate to causing unnecessary suffering to a range of animals including a turkey, a cockerel, a ewe, a male lamb, a Canada goose, a cob, a pony, a lesser black headed gull, a common buzzard, an adult ram, a goat and a pig.

“They also relate to failing to meet the welfare needs of four piglets. As this is still an ongoing case, no further information will be made available at this stage.”

News Link:-http://danimalnews.com/news/2013/06/19/LindsayNewell-Charged-Animal-Cruelty.html

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