GRAPHIC IMAGE: Horse starved in Citrus County; animal lovers appalled

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“How the hell could she let the mare get so bad & not ask for help or advice as to why the horse wasn’t gaining weight? Any real horse owner knows’ that teeth need to be filed down at least once a year! I get my horse done twice as it doesn’t take long for a tooth to start irritating the gum due to being sharp or hooks to cause pain, which will stop the horse eating properly. How come it took until it was on it’s last legs before someone noticed it? Was it locked away where nobody could see it? I just can’t fathom why nobody spoke up earlier, perhaps then the mare may have stood a chance! Sod falling out with neighbours; when an animals life is in danger, you speak up!! Didn’t the previous owner see it’s condition going down? So many questions because this just shouldn’t happen in this day & age!”

Floral City, Florida – “I cried her name, I said, ‘Mary, Mary — how could they do this to you?'” says a sobbing Cheryl Pence. 

She’s talking about Mary, an Arabian mare she used to own. She saw Mary again Thursday afternoon, right before she died.

When animal control officers arrived at the horse‘s current home near Floral City, Mary was down on the ground, too weak to stand — simply a breathing carcass.

“Deplorable, emaciated, there’s really not a term for it — it’s beyond emaciation,” says Animal Control Officer Terry Funderburk of the horse’s condition.

PHOTOS: Severely neglected horse euthanized, woman arrested **WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGES**

The horse’s owner, Tammi Kampman, was arrested and faces an animal cruelty charge. A vet says the mare’s teeth were so uncared for, that she could not physically eat.

Kampman was arrested on one misdemeanor count of animal cruelty after a severely emaciated horse was euthanized. WARNING: Graphic photos

“It had no way to process the food put in front of it,” explains Animal Control Supervisor Lora Peckham. “It literally starved to death, because of a lack of medical care.”

The arrest report indicates that over the past year people in this rural neighbourhood, including other horse owners, had offered to help the family. And Pence, who had given the family Mary four years ago so their girls could ride, begged to get Mary back.

“I said, ‘but if you can’t take care of her, I can take her back. I’m happy to take her back; I love this horse,'” Pence says.

But according to Citrus County Animal Control, no one called them to report the neglected horse. Some residents told investigators they didn’t want to cause hard feelings in the neighbourhood and Pence thought someone else had picked up the phone. “In situations like this I would rather fall out with a whole bloody City; than not report a suffering animal!”

When 10 News knocked on the mobile home’s door today, we were told to go away, so we don’t know why this horse was allowed to suffer for so long. However, we did see several cars at the house and a bass boat out back.

“She took no action to get a vet on property,” said Peckham.

Yet, because there isn’t an indication of “intentional abuse”, Peckham explained that state law allows only a misdemeanor charge. Kampman bonded out of jail on Thursday. “Perhaps not intentional abuse but the owner isn’t blind, she saw the state of the horse & didn’t get a vet out….I call that intentional negligence, which should be accountable for as it is clearly animal abuse to leave a horse in that condition!” 

Mary was so far gone she had to be euthanized and her former owner is now left with photographs of better days and a gnawing guilt.

Appalling, horse starved to death

“She’s in horse heaven and she’s not suffering,” says Pence. “But I will never do that again. I will never give away a horse again.”

Animal Control Officers say it’s important for people to officially report animal abuse or neglect. And if owners find themselves in a situation where they don’t have the money, time, or will to properly care for animal, officials urge owners to ask county agencies or area rescue groups for help.

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Burglar Who Blinded Dog Will Go To Jail

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When a burglar broke into the home of an 86-year-old, the resident’s dog Kiri tried to defend the home. The eight-year-old border collie lost an when the burglar kicked her in the face.

Now that burglar will be spending 22 months in jail for his crimes.

Kiri’s owner, who doesn’t want to be identified, was at church last September when a burglar broke into the widow’s home in Worcestershire, England. As burglars ransacked the home Kiri tried to defend it. The burglars attacked Kiri in response. Kicked in the head Kiri would lose one of her eyes from the attack.

Kiri’s owner is distraught over what has happened to their dog. “I can’t believe anyone could be so heartless and cruel to an animal,” Kiri’s owner said. “This has come as a real shock and I am gutted by what has happened to Kiri.” Kiri has become fearful and needs constant reassurance from her owner who is also now afraid to go out and leave Kiri home alone.

Neighbors of the elderly widow and Kiri were disgusted with what had happened and raised a £500 reward to find the burglar. Finally that burglar has been found and will be serving time in jail. A twenty-one year old named David Senior pleaded guilty to the burglary and attack. In total he will serve 22 months in jail, 16 months for the burglary and another 6 months for drug charges.

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Man Found Guilty of Having Dog Kill Coral Springs Family’s Cat

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An 81 year old man who allowed his dog to maul a cat and was caught on video doing so, was found guilty by a jury today.

After only a day of testimony, the jury returned their verdict and found Hume Hamilton, 81, guilty of animal cruelty charges, a third degree felony.

Hume Hamilton was walking his pit bull when it attacked a cat belonging to Coral Springs resident Tia Spath.

Spath, who lives in Ridgeview, was shocked to find out that their cat named “Mama” had been killed at her family business, Brandy Bail Bonds, in Fort Lauderdale.   She says that Mama had been their pet for almost 12 years and was a fixture at the business

“Mama” the cat savaged by Pit bull

In the shocking surveillance video, the owner of a pit bull is seen walking on the property of Brandy Bail Bonds while following his dog’s lead to get closer to the cat, when the pit bull viciously attacks.  

The dog’s strong jaws grab the cat and the owner cannot get him to release.

The man even tries to pull the cat out of the dog’s mouth, even stepping on the cat’s stomach. He finally he pulls the dog away, runs away, and  leaves the cat for dead.

Mama later died of her injuries and is buried at the business.

Hamilton had been held in jail since July without bond because he is facing charges for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. He was already on probation, so the judge held him without bond pending this trial.

He could face jail time for this crime when he is sentenced next month


 “I’m posting the writing below as it was attached to the video, although I’m not sure accurate the details are having watched the video. In the video, I saw a man dressed in black top & shorts, try to help get the cat out of the dogs jaws, he did, finally, then walked away trailing the cat, seconds later the Pit Bull is seen chasing after the cat again…behind the dog walks his owner, with empty leash in hand. Just find it odd the other man wasn’t to mentioned in court!!”


FROM : Coral Springs resident Tia Spath wants to find the man whose pitbull killed their family cat.

Spath, who lives in Ridgeview was shocked to find out that their cat named Mama had been killed at her family business, Brandy Bail Bonds, in Fort Lauderdale. She says that Mama had been their pet for almost 12 years and was a fixture at the business.

In this shocking surveillance video, the owner of a pit bull is seen walking on the property of Brandy Bail Bonds while following his dog’s lead to get closer to the cat, when the pit bull viciously attacks. The dog’s strong jaws become locked around the cat and won’t release. The man then tries to pull the cat out of the dog’s mouth, even stepping on the cat’s stomach. He finally he pulls the dog away, runs away, and leaves the cat for dead.

Mama later died of her injuries and is buried at the business.

The Spath family is heartbroken, her children grew up with Mama and they want to find the pitbull’s owner and sue him. They have hired a private investigator but are also asking for the public’s help in finding him. Please call Brandy Bail Bonds at (954) 463-4333 if you know anything.

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B.C. pit-bull owners rally in Vancouver to protect breed

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VANCOUVER, B.C. : SEPTEMBER 30, 2012 — The Pit Bull Awareness walk begins, September 30th, at Vancouver‘s Science World.

Pit-bull owners spent Sunday showing off their prized pooches near Science World in Vancouver.

With the growing debate about breed-specific legislation, the pit-bull owners wanted the public to judge for themselves whether they deserve to be banned.

Kim Walters, 30, was at the awareness walk with her four-year-old pit bull Bruce.

She got Bruce as a rescue dog from Ontario, where pit bulls are banned under legislation enacted in 2005. In Ontario, it’s illegal to breed or bring them into the province even for a short visit. Pit bulls born before 2005 must be sterilized, muzzled and kept on leashes.

Walters said her dog has a great disposition and has never bitten or attacked anyone, and isn’t the least bit aggressive when around other people or dogs.

She feels the issue comes down to the owners. Walters also feels the owners of pit bulls who are responsible for their pets have been wrongly maligned.

“Pit-bull owners are not gangsters and drug dealers and we don’t need to be treated as such,” she said.

Walters feels Bruce is a perfect example of a dog that needed to be given another chance.

“I think of all the dogs like Bruce who are put down,” she said of the type of legislation in Ontario that can be a death sentence for a pit bull.

Ann Cooper helped organize the walk and said the group is worried about legislation similar to what’s in Ontario being enacted in B.C.

”We are speaking out about breed-specific legislation in Ontario, “ she said. “We feel there are alternatives such as strict enforcement on dogs that haven’t been trained or managed properly.

“We are having the walk to educate people on pit bulls — they are fantastic family dogs.”

Rob Hogan has a pit bull named Squeeze that is 14 months old and he’s had him since he was a pup.

“This dog is beautiful, he loves to cuddle,” he said. “It is all about how the dog is brought up.”

A number of recent pit-bull attacks on children have renewed calls for a pit-bull ban in B.C.

In White Rock, four-year-old Emma-Leigh Cranford had her throat ripped out by a dog belonging to a friend of the family. The young girl survived, with 40 stitches across her jaw after two hours of surgery at B.C. Children’s Hospital.

A few days later, a three-year-old Kelowna boy received 32 stitches in his face after he reached down to pet a pit bull.

The B.C. SPCA has said a pit-bull ban wouldn’t work.

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Police kill ANOTHER pet dog while searching for robber in owner’s back yard

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  • Pit bull named Pup-pup died protecting the yard he was trained to guard
  • Second incident in recent weeks, following the death of a dog in New York

A police officer hunting a mugger shot and killed an innocent pit bull in the back yard it was trained to protect, it was revealed today.

It is the second time police have shot a dog in recent weeks, following an incident in New York when a pit bull named Star was gunned down in front of horrified shoppers.

The latest victim was a four-year-old male pit bull, named Pup-pup. He was shot in the back yard of a home in Hollywood, Florida

Four-year-old male pit bull Pup-pup was shot in the back yard of a home in Hollywood, Florida

Dog owner Antonio Williamson said: ‘I just heard gunshots as I was walking back to the house.

It happened just after Williamson came outside to ask why so many police officers were parked in front of his house.

They were looking for a man who had punched another man in the face and stole his bike in front of a convenience store nearby.

A witness followed the suspect and called 911.

Hollywood Police Sergeant Lester Cochenour told ‘The police suspected the robber may have gone into the back yard so they entered through a side gate.

‘When they got to the back yard, they were confronted by a pit bull.’

Officers carrying the body of the pit bull from the house in Hollywood, Florida

The dog was shot multiple times and died in the back yard. Mr Williamson was angry that officers didn’t knock first.

He said Pup-pup was a humble dog and was great with children, but was also trained to protect to his property.

‘There have been a lot of break ins around here, in this area for the last year and a half or so, and I have my dog out here just for that purpose,’ Mr Williamson said.

Under the law, police are allowed to enter private property if they are pursuing or searching for a felony suspect.

Sergeant Cochenour said: ‘It is an unfortunate circumstance that the dog and the police met.

‘It was not the initial call but the officer had to shoot the dog to protect himself.

‘Well, you know, they apologised about it but naturally the dog was protecting its area,’ Mr Williamson told

It comes after the horrific shooting of a pit bull was shot in the head by a New York City police officer on a crowded street last month.

The dog named Star was gunned down in the East Village after it lunged at police officers trying to approach the animal’s homeless owner, Lech Stankiewicz, who was apparently having a seizure.

The wounded pup was taken to the Manhattan Care Center, where it has been receiving veterinary care since the August 13 incident.

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Pit bulls sought after dog killed in Surrey park

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Dog owner Yoshiko said two of her pets were attacked Wednesday in Tynehead Regional Park in Surrey. One of them did not survive. (CTV)

Animal control officers are searching for two pitbulls and their owner after a vicious attack that killed one dog and maimed another Wednesday in Surrey.

The owner of the attacked dogs, who asked to be identified only as Yoshiko, said she was walking her three pets through Tynehead Regional Park when she saw a woman in her 40s struggling to control a pair of leashed pitbulls.

As the two dog owners were passing each other, one of the pitbulls attacked Yoshiko’s Yorkshire terrier.

“Her pitbull, one of them, grabbed her and she tossed her into the air,” Yoshiko said.

The small dog made off with an injured leg and a puncture wound on its back, but Yoshiko’s five-year-old Shetland sheepdog, Buddy, wasn’t so fortunate.

Both of the pitbulls attacked the dog, and the owner was unable to pull them away.

“The lady’s trying to help me, trying to pull the dog away but she couldn’t,” Yoshiko said.

The frightened owner grabbed her injured pet and ran, leaving Buddy behind as she called 911. The dog was killed, and by the time Animal Control Officers arrived at the area, the pitbulls and their owner were gone.

They are now searching for two dogs, one white and the other white and brown, and a woman with bleached blond hair.

“The person who was in care and control of those attacking dogs has simply abrogate their responsibility and fled the scene,” said animal control manager Kim Marosevich. “What I would suggest at this point in time is: do the right thing, contact our office.”

Marosevich said authorities suspect they may know the pitbulls they’re dealing with. They visited a property associated with two such dogs, but found no one home.

Yoshiko said she doesn’t blame the breed – she thinks the owner should be held responsible.

With a report from CTV British Columbia’s Lisa Rossington

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Jury Finds Owner of Animal Rescue Guilty on 8 of 10 Charges

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Dawn Hamill, owner of Dazzle’s Painted Pastures Animal Rescue and Sanctuary, was found guilty Friday of eight counts of violation of owner’s duties and not guilty on two counts of animal neglect.

It took a jury four hours of deliberations Friday, Sept. 14, to find Dawn Hamill guilty of eight of 10 counts against her in a four-day animal abuse trial.

Hamill, the owner of Dazzle’s Painted Pastures Animal Rescue and Sanctuary, was accused of eight misdemeanor counts of violation of owner’s duties in connection to eight puppies reportedly found in cold, filthy conditions during a Feb. 11, 2011, raid on her property. She was found guilty on those eight counts but the seven-man, five-woman jury found her not guilty on two other counts of animal neglect, stemming from the discovery of a miniature horse and a Himalayan cat found dead on the property during the same raid.

READ: Sheriff’s Officers Remove Animals From Local Shelter

Prosecutors Richard Stake Jr. and Sarah Naughton presented several witnesses for their case, and the defense began its case Thursday in Judge Anna Helen Demacopolous’ courtroom in Markham.

Defense attorney Purav Bhatt said he was disappointed with some of the verdict.

“But the jury deliberated for a considerable amount of time,” he added, “which shows that it was a thoughtful verdict between them. And that’s what juries are for.”

The court clerk delivered the verdict at about 8:30 p.m. Friday, with a courtroom of about a dozen people—family and supporters of Hamill, as well as animal rights advocates.

Some of those advocates had strong words after the Hamill: “I’m so happy about it, that she was found guilty,” said Dina Bernichio.

Hamill’s Testimony

Hamill was the last witness to take the stand, testifying for about three hours Friday morning. She broke down twice on the stand, crying at mentions of Tiny, the miniature horse found dead.

As her employee Dawn Dorian testified the day before, Hamill said Tiny was alive the night before the raid. She said that as a miniature horse he suffered from the genetic effects of dwarfism, but he was a happy animal.

During direct examination, Hamill said the deceased Himalayan cat was one of more than 20 animals that her former employee, Christine Kelly, brought back to the rescue after a trip to Missouri. Hamill said Kelly was fired because she had been told not to bring any more animals to the facility. Along with the cat, Kelly brought back the eight puppies, Hamill testified.

“[Kelly] was fired the week before [the raid] for bringing more animals to the property without permission or room,” Hamill said.


Hamill’s sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 25 in Room 203 of the Markham Courthouse. The charges she was found guilty of are misdemeanors; it was not immediately clear late Friday what the penalty might be for those charges.

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York Counties Push for Stricter Anti-Tethering Laws

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In two distinct York counties, one in Pennsylvania, the other in South Carolina, laws are being enforced that will prevent dog owners from keeping their pets tethered outdoors.

York County, PA now has six municipalities that have made tethering illegal.  This is not the kind of tethering wherein a person leaves a dog strapped to a pole while they pop inside a store for a cup of coffee, but the kind where a dog is left leashed up outside for hours at a time.

Current PA animal cruelty laws allow dogs to be chained up around the clock, provided they have access to food, water and shelter, and the tethers are of a specific length.

But this does not guarantee the canines’ comfort.  Should a dog be left outdoors in the winter, it is likely their food and water will freeze.  The shelter must be adequate.  Does the law stipulate that the shelter be weather appropriate?  If laws are not clear, they may not be followed. 

Owners must also be careful how their animals are chained.  A dog may choke to death if they continuously wrap their tether around a tree.

Now in both Pennsylvania and South Carolina, York counties have made it so dog tethers must run on a cable system.  This allows dogs to romp around and get exercise, which at the very least breaks their days up a little.  Otherwise they must be kenneled.

Studies have shown that tethered dogs, particularly those who receive little attention and socialization, are far more likely to attack.  But not using chains can be helpful to everyone, including the dogs who would be on them.  Shelley Metzler, West York, PA dog enforcement officer said she’s seen tethered dogs seriously injured by dogs running loose.

These measures may not be popular with all dog owners.  York County, SC veterinarian Sonya McCathey stated, “‘Athletic, heavily muscled dogs” who have the ‘tools’ to harm humans become dangerous when they break their chains or restraints.”

This sounds like it may be targeting pit bulls and other demonized dogs.  While the breed has been dubbedbaby-killer” due to a number of incidents involving attacks on children, they have been badly stereotypedPit bulls are highly capable of being incredibly friendly and good-natured.  Typically, it is only when raised in harsh conditions that they become vicious.

Owning that type of dog should have restrictions, just as owning a pool does, McCathey said. “Pool owners might not have children themselves, but they must put up fences to help keep kids from drowning.”

McCathey’s sentiments have not been shared by everyone.  Challengers to the stricter regulations have displayed signs saying, “How about regulating your hobby?”

McCathey insists the stricter laws are due to complaints against dogs and their owners, and that as long as owners control their animals, they shouldn’t have any problems.

SC resident and registered veterinary technician Ashley Nicole lives on five acres of farmland in York.  She has several well-cared for pit bulls, some tethered and some kenneled.  In 10 years, not a single one has escaped.  She worries that people who are unfairly biased against and afraid of pit bulls will always have complaints about them.

McCathey said that breeds associated with pit bulls would not be outlawed with the new restrictions.

York County, SC Council members have yet to vote on the proposed regulations, but most seem to be in favor of the changes.

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Deputies investigate animal cruelty complaint

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” I can’t believe that Corporal Steve Hernandez is literally waiting to see if that cow gets worse before they act…it’s injured & been down for 4 day’s days already; stuck in it’s own manure! It will surely die if injured & left for much longer…I just can’t see the RSPCA leaving it to suffer like that saying  ‘lets see if it gets worse first before we act'” How much worse does it have to be? All the cow’s were skinny, dread to think what they would have looked like if the neighbour had not been feeding & watering them!

BEEBE, AR – For the entire summer, Floyd Corley watched neighbouring cows graze on dead grass, leaves and dirt.

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I’ve been watering the cows all summer,” said Corley. “Otherwise they wouldn’t have had no water.”

Corley says he’s watched the animals waste away for years, feeding them whenever he could afford it. But after seeing one injured cow lay in it’s own feces for four days, he called White County investigators.

“I wish somebody would load them up and take the somewhere because it’s just a matter of time before they get worse,” said Corley.

“This time of year with the drought that we’ve had, all cows are not looking that good,” said Corporal Steve Hernandez with the White County Sheriff’s Department.

That’s exactly why they’re not charging the owner just yet. With extreme drought conditions, farmers across the state are barely able to afford hay and feed and you don’t have to go far to find an underfed animal. However, Corley still believes these conditions are extreme.

“If you can’t afford to feed these animals, why don’t you sell them? They need to be sold or given to someone who can take care of them,” he said.

On the phone, the owner of the cows denied Corley’s abuse claim adding he has been treating the wounded cow. So deputies will continue to monitor the animals adding if this cow doesn’t get up within the next few days, the owner could face animal cruelty charges.

“If the cow is still there and the condition is getting worse than well start talking to the owner about charges,” said Cpl. Hernandez.

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Photos: Star, The Dog Shot By Cop In East Village, Is Okay!

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“AT last…news on Star, who thankfully & miraculously is alive (despite some saying she was killed) & recovering well. I don’t think for one moment this dog was of a vicious nature, she was only protecting her owner, who was having some type of seizure. Witnesses who knew both the dog & owner stated that Star was often off a leash, now you couldn’t walk through the streets with a vicious dog off a leash could you? They also said that Lech & star were inseparable; since he rescued her, so I’m wondering why Lech Stankiewicz has not come forward to collect ownership, I wonder if the police have been in contact with him since he was hospitalized at the scene? I worry this devoted dog could end up somewhere she shouldn’t if someone doesn’t offer her a home!”

Almost two weeks ago the NYPD shot a dog in broad daylight in the East Village.

Here she is: Star the dog is improving, and recovering every day. (Courtesy of Animal Care & Control)

The dog, named Star, was found barking near her owner, who was passed out and was believed to be having a seizure on the sidewalk. One witness told us, “The dog was protecting the owner, that’s what it does.” When the NYPD arrived on the scene, Star continued barking and running around, and presumably believing she was dangerous, an officer shot herthere is graphic video of the shooting —and then pepper-sprayed her.

Via Eddie Huang.

Star miraculously survived the point-blank shot, and has been at Animal Care & Control since, but her status has been unknown—until now. This morning Richard Gentles told us that Star “is improving, [but] she’s still resting and not up for visitors at this time.”

Gentles tells us Star was officially released to Animal Care & Control yesterday at 8 p.m. “Her owner had until that day and time to reclaim her but since he didn’t ownership was legally transferred to AC&C.” Until last night, the AC&C couldn’t provide information because of this, but now that she has been released to them, they are free to place her and disclose her status. (Star’s owner is believed to be Lech Stankiewicz, who has not been reported to have been seen since the day of the shooting.)

Since her arrival on August 13th, Gentles says they’ve “ensured that she has received proper veterinary care and attention.” Additionally, her medical bills, which have already amounted to nearly $10,000, will be paid for through donations to AC&C’s Special Treatment and Recovery (S.T.A.R.) Fund.

Once she is through recovering, they will “ultimately transfer ownership of Star and her continued care to the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals” (specifically AC&C’s New Hope partner, where homes are found for unwanted animals).

We will update once Star leaves the hospital and that happens. It’s expected she’ll be put up for adoption—but Gentles says no one has expressed interest in being her human (yet)!

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Read this account of what happened:

“We see this dog outside of KFC every day. It’s usually a nice dog. [The dog and its owner] don’t bother anyone. Everyone in this restaurant [Baohaus] knows this. If it was a cop from the neighborhood, they would know that guy. He’s there every day”



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