Pony’s Neglect, Abuse Leads To Arrests In Parker County

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“This little guy needs all our prayers to get him through his ongoing ordeal. There is no excuse for any animals to suffer or starve, when all one has to do is pick up the bloody telephone & ask a sanctuary or welfare agency for help. I hope the bastards that left this Shetland, without food, water & a serious  infection (which might just kill him) are made to pay dearly; for their heartless neglect!!”

PARKER COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – Parker County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division is investigating an animal cruelty case of a Shetland pony found in the 3000 block of East Highway 199 in Springtown.

Animal Control officers found this Shetland pony, which they have renamed Achilles, suffering in a declining health state. He was extremely malnourished and severely underweight. (credit: Parker County Sheriff’s Office)

When animal control officers found the pony, which they have renamed Achilles, he was extremely malnourished and severely underweight to the point his rib and hip bones were visibly protruding. The Shetland was also suffering from a large, open, infected wound on his genitals with a rancid smell apparently coming from the infection.

Sheriff’s Animal Control Officers reported there wasn’t any hay or food near Achilles and the only water supply was dirty containing leaves, debris and insects along with mosquitoes and larvae swarming the water.

Officers reported Achilles was standing still in a manner reflecting a high level of pain when he attempted to walk. His hooves were overgrown and split from obvious neglect. Animal control officers also reported when they gave Achilles fresh water, he drank it very fast due to obvious dehydration.

The owner of the pony wasn’t on the premises. Animal control officers immediately seized the Achilles and took him to a local veterinarian for treatment. The owner of the pony, identified as Jesse Ray Cross, 45; and the pony’s caretaker, identified as Franky Lynn Hatcher-Cross, 42, were both arrested Saturday on warrants for cruelty to livestock animals. Both men posted bond of $2,500 each on Sunday.

Veterinarian staff reported the Shetland’s wound was feared to be inoperable due to current extent of the injury and he may not survive the surgery under his current health state. If the pony responds to treatment veterinarian staff said he may be a candidate for surgery.

Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said he is disgusted at the extreme poor condition the Achilles was discovered in and that two men who were responsible for his care were obviously neglecting the pony.

Sheriff Fowler vowed to care for the pony and pay for his treatment.

“We prayerfully hope Achilles will conquer his odds can be brought back to perfect health so he can undergo the surgery he so desperately needs,” Fowler said. “This is a shameful crime which could have been completely prevented had Achilles been given the required minimal care and basic necessities. We can not stress enough the importance of providing fresh water with adequate food and shelter for all animals. This case is a shame.”

News Link:-http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2013/06/17/ponys-neglect-abuse-leads-to-arrests-in-parker-county/

Man given probation in animal cruelty case involving 58 dogs in Springtown

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“So basically this guy is free, & as long as he isn’t naughty within the 2 years, his criminal record could be wiped clean…what a load of crap! Anyone convicted & given a petty fine, probation or suspended sentence, for animal abuse; should stay on police records. Innocent lives were lost because of this dick head & I think 2 years probation stinks!! Probation isn’t a deterrent to other’s, it’s a bloody joke…Look at him…I would love to wipe that smug smirk off this dick heads bloody face!!”

A Fort Worth man accused of subjecting 58 dogs to unhealthy conditions on Parker County property has been sentenced to two years’ probation in a case in which four other family members face animal cruelty and child endangerment charges.

In May, a then-18-month-old boy was found in a crib inside a home surrounded by animal waste from the dogs, authorities have said.

Harry George Weldon

Three dogs were euthanized shortly after authorities seized them in May, and five puppies died a few days later, Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said after the canines were taken away.

Harry George Weldon, 50, agreed to a plea agreement last month in a Weatherford courtroom to a charge of cruelty to non-livestock animals, a Class A misdemeanor.

In addition to probation, Weldon was ordered to pay a $500 fine, $262 in court costs and perform 80 hours of community service, according to Parker County criminal court records.

Weldon could not be reached Wednesday for comment.

His wife, Teresa Weldon, 48, and the toddler’s uncle, Joseph Weldon, 23, rejected plea agreements on the charges of animal cruelty. Their trials are pending.

Neither Soraya Joslin of Weatherford, Teresa Weldon’s attorney, nor Tiffany Branson of Weatherford, Joseph Weldon’s attorney, could be reached on Wednesday.

Child endangerment charges have been filed against the toddler’s mother, Amanda Gayle Weldon, 29; his uncle, Christopher Brett Weldon, 26, Teresa Weldon and Joseph Weldon. Those cases are expected to be presented to a Parker County grand jury in the next few weeks, Parker County Assistant District Attorney Jeff Swain said Tuesday in an email.

The boy was not in foster care, said Child Protective Services spokeswoman Marissa Gonzales. Information on who was taking care of him was unavailable on Wednesday.

Authorities received a tip in early May about unhealthy conditions for the dogs at a residence in the 900 block of Lynch Bend Road in Springtown.

Officials said many dogs were found in poor condition. Animal control officers found unsanitary living conditions.

Thirty-one dogs were found in crates inside the residence in their own urine and feces, without food or water, authorities said. Several outdoor pens contained puppies sitting in their own waste, authorities said.

The dogs were taken to the Weatherford-Parker County Animal Shelter.

“Some dogs were adopted,” said Dustin Deel, interim director of animal services at the Weatherford-Parker County Animal Shelter. “There were others that had to be euthanized.”

Authorities said Weldon was apparently allowed to adopt animals from an undisclosed Metroplex animal shelter without a proper background check.


New Owners Of Rescued Dog Reflect On Their Loving Pet, Hope

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“This is great news, so happy for Hope, knowing she is going to a caring loving home with the Moncriefs. I wish them every success in their new venture “Saving Hope” & to spread the mission of spay & neuter! Watch the video at the link below to see how well Hope looks now!”

WEATHERFORD (CBSDFW.COM) – On the Moncrief ranch near Weatherford there are no shortages of animals.

Dogs, horses and donkeys roam freely. And soon, Hope will join the family. She’s the pug mix dog that was found a couple of weeks ago on the Moncrief ranch.

“I just fell in love with her she put her little paw on my hand and I was like oh it’s was she’s just sweet,” says Kit Moncrief after visiting Hope for the first time.

She was stabbed multiple times, her snout was taped shut and her tongue was swollen and hanging out.

Hope found with mouth taped shut

“I was horrified, I don’t understand how people can do that to an animal,” explains Moncrief.

A few years ago, the Moncriefs say the unthinkable happened to them. Several of their animals were abused by someone.

They shot a pregnant mare and another mare and left her not dead,” says Moncrief. “They went down the road and shot three of our heifer’s and then cut their tongues out.

Since Hope was found on the Moncrief ranch, the Parker County Sheriff’s Office, which heads the investigation, thought it would only be appropriate for her to go back there.

“We are just excited for her to have a home where she will never have to worry again and be well taken care of and loved forever,” says Gloria Holmsten Kit’s daughter.

The Moncriefs have eight rescue dogs. Some are strays they haven’t had the heart to turn away. They think Hope will fit in just fine.

In fact, Hope’s story has inspired the family to start up a group called Saving Hope.

“We hope we can spread our story and our mission to spay and neuter your dogs and to adopt because there are so many dogs in shelters,” says Gloria.

Hope is recovering at Bowie Drive Animal Hospital in Weatherford.

It will be a least a week or more before she joins her new family.

As for the investigation, the Parker County Sheriff’s Department says they had a few leads but nothing panned out.

The reward for anyone with any information about what happened to Hope has now reached $35,000.

See Video News Link:http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2012/07/23/new-owners-of-rescued-dog-reflect-on-their-loving-pet-hope/

Abused dog ‘Hope’ headed to new ranch home in Parker County

Hope is headed to her new home.

Hope Recovered Well Photo Star-Telegram

Parker County officials said that the dog, found July 9 with her snout taped shut and her tongue protruding, was released from an animal clinic to her new owners Tuesday afternoon.

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Reward offered in second case of dog found with mouth taped

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A $5,000 reward has been offered for information in a Kaufman County crime in which a dog was found dead Friday afternoon with its mouth taped shut.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas posted the reward this weekend after the female pit bull mix was discovered deceased in Kaufman County.

The reward is for the arrest and conviction of the person or people who taped the dog’s mouth.

The dog’s body was taken to the SPCA of Texas‘ Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in Dallas, where a veterinarian will perform a necropsy to determine the cause of death.

Kaufman County authorities continued their investigation Sunday.

“We’re still in the very early stages,” said Pat Laney of the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Department. “It’s just a horrible crime.”

Authorities provided no other details in the case. Hot temperatures in North Texas pose a major problem for animals.

“Dogs pant to keep cool,” Maura Davies of the SPCA of Texas said Sunday. “If they can’t do that, it’s certain they would be in critical condition very quickly.”

Authorities could not speculate on why someone would tape a dog’s mouth shut.

“There is a well-documented link between animal cruelty and human violence,” said SPCA of Texas President James Bias in a news release. “Helping the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Department bring the person or people who did this to justice will help stop the cycle of abuse.”

The SPCA of Texas points out that animal cruelty is often an early warning sign of violent tendencies that will be acted out against people. Childhood cruelty to animals has been linked to later antisocial and aggressive behavior in several retrospective studies, according to the SPCA.

The Kaufman County case is the second high-profile animal abuse case this month involving the taping of a dog’s mouth.

Hope survived God bless her!

In Parker County, a dog nicknamed Hope was found in early July with her snout taped shut and her tongue protruding. With her snout wrapped with electrical tape, Hope was unable to drink, eat or pant for more than 24 hours, authorities said.

But Hope survived.

A $35,000 reward has been offered for the arrest and indictment of the suspect or suspects who tortured her.

Authorities said Hope is expected to be at an animal clinic for several weeks before she will be released to the care of her new owners, Charlie and Kit Moncrief, on whose ranch Hope was found.


Parker County Deputy shoots and kills large dog after it charges at him

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Parker County Sheriff’s Deputy shoots a large dog after it charged in his direction. The family pet immediately succumbed to its injuries.

The dog’s owners say the deputy overreacted, but Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said the dog’s viciousness left no other recourse.

Even so, Fowler said, “We’re extremely sorry about what happened.”

He said the deputy and deputy’s supervisor apologized to the woman, who told them the 90 pound yellow Lab had been “very aggressive the past two weeks and she didn’t know why.”

However, the owner, Sheyenne Knox told the Star-Telegram that her dog, named Johnny Cash, was not dangerous and was likely instinctively running to guard the front door when the deputy approached the home on Wednesday.

The deputy, whom Fowler did not identify, responded to a neighbors’ home after a report was received of two large aggressive dogs on her property. The neighbor said that she was afraid to go outside, authorities said.

Fowler says, upon the deputy’s arrival, “a big dog jumped on the side of his truck, barking and growling. He couldn’t get out.”

He waited for the dog to leave and talked to the woman, who said she believed the dogs belonged to a neighbor who lived a quarter-mile away.

The officer called for a tranquilizer gun and went to the residence. When he arrived, the tranquilizer gun had not arrived, but he didn’t see the dogs so he exited his vehicle to speak with the homeowner.

Knox said that she was inside asleep with her 7-month-old child when the deputy arrived and that she didn’t witness the shooting.

Fowler said the dog charged the deputy as he approached the door.

“Here it comes. This 100-pound dog was hell-bent to eat him up, coming at him, charging full speed. He was basically between the house and his vehicle, and he couldn’t get back to his vehicle,” Fowler said. “So the officer fired.”

Knox said the gunshots woke her up. Outside, she found Johnny Cash dead.

“I think it was excessive,” Sheyenne Knox said. “I’m sure Johnny was running and barking. I’ve seen him do it a million times when someone pulls down the drive. But he wasn’t running to attack or bite. He was a family dog.”

Sheyenne Knox acknowledged that, despite the countywide ordinance, her family let Johnny Cash and another dog run free on their Texas property. But she said that she lives on 100 acres on a dead-end street outside Weatherford and that only a few other houses are nearby.

“I realize we were in the wrong by not keeping him contained,” Sheyenne Knox said. “But he didn’t deserve to get killed.”

Fowler called the shooting unfortunate. But he pointed out that Parker County requires owners to keep dogs contained or on a leash at all times.

“If the dog was contained, we wouldn’t be having this conversation,” Fowler said. “I never want to see any animal hurt.”

Law enforcement in Parker County has an affinity for animals and has a long history of helping animals, he said. “It was just an unfortunate series of events,” Fowler said.

News Link:-http://www.examiner.com/article/parker-county-deputy-shoots-and-kills-large-dog-after-it-charges-at-him


Hope The Dog found abused in Parker County – showing improvement

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Hope is getting better and she could be heading to her new home in about three weeks.

That’s the word from Parker County authorities Tuesday on the dog that was found a week ago with her snout taped shut and her tongue protruding. With her snout wrapped with electrical tape, Hope was unable to drink, eat or pant for more than 24 hours, authorities said.

How Hope was found, her tounge swollen from the tape wrapped around her mouth. She also had around 100 stitches to close cuts on her back!

A $35,000 reward has been offered for the arrest and indictment of the suspect or suspects who tortured her.

No one had been arrested as of Tuesday morning.

On Monday, officials at Bowie Drive Animal Hospital said that the constriction of the tape compressed Hope’s skin against the bone creating a loss of blood supply. She is being treated with antibiotics to prevent infection.

Peeling of her skin around her snout, called sloughing, also has started and she’s being treated with hydrotherapy for that. Hope will undergo hydrotherapy for about 10 days.

Authorities said Hope is expected to be released in about three weeks to be cared for by Charlie and Kit Moncrief, on whose ranch Hope was corralled last week

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Texas dog struggling to survive after mouth is intentionally taped closed

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A dog in Weatherford, Texas is struggling to survive today. The female dog, now known as “Hope,” was discovered on Monday morning on Baker Road.

It was readily apparent that Hope was suffering.

Her tongue was swollen and hanging outside of her mouth, but she was too frightened to allow herself to be captured.

After great effort on the part of several concerned individuals and animal control, the victimized dog was captured. The severity of her injuries soon became apparent – someone had used tape to clamp her mouth shut and in the process, they left her tongue trapped outside of her mouth.

Hope’s closed muzzle and her inability to use her tongue nearly claimed her life.

Dogs do not sweat like people – instead, they use their tongues to help their body cool down. Unable to use her tongue to pant, Hope’s body temperature rose to a life-threatening 105.7 degrees.

According to Dr. Buchanan with the Bowie Drive Animal Hospital , Hope will likely lose a portion of her tongue because it was secured outside of her mouth for so long.

Hope’s injured tongue and elevated body temperature were not her only issues. The veterinarian also discovered numerous gashes on her body – enough that 100 stitches were required to suture her back together.

Right now, the Parker County Sheriff’s Office  is looking for the person responsible for this horrific case of animal abuse. Anyone with knowledge about this case is urged to call 817-594-8845 or Crime Stoppers Hotline at 817-599-5555.

Donations are being accepted by the Parker County Sheriff’s Office for Hope’s veterinary care.

Checks can be mailed to the Parker County Sheriff’s Office at 129 Hogle Street Weatherford, Texas 76086, Attn: Deputy Danie Huffman.

Anyone who wants to donate to Hope’s reward fund will need to contact Deputy Danie Huffman at 682-229-2358.

Hope’s veterinarian has indicated that she is able to eat and drink without assistance, she will survive.

News Link:-http://www.examiner.com/article/texas-dog-struggling-to-survive-after-mouth-is-intentionally-taped-closed

California. group gives Texas dog national hero award

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“Yet more proof that dogs really are mans, women’s & children’ s best friend…they deserve to be treated with love & kindness. They are not garden ornaments, they shouldn’t be bred to death & they definitely shouldn’t be the  ingredients for a recipe…If your not getting a dog to become part of the family, a dog to love & share your home with for life….You shouldn’t be getting any animal…PERIOD”

Three years ago, Bear was a 100-pound Shiloh German shepherd nobody wanted at a Texas shelter.

Debbie Zeisler came to his rescue. She has lost count of the times since then that he has come to hers.

On Monday, Bear was honored with the 30th National Hero Dog award by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles.

Last May, Zeisler had a seizure, fell down some steps, hit her head and lost consciousness in her front yard. Bear scratched on every front door in their Millsap neighborhood but nobody answered. A Parker County animal control officer saw the frantic dog and went to help. Bear led the officer to Zeisler.

As a by-then conscious Zeisler was being loaded into an ambulance, Bear did not hesitate to jump in with her and accompany her to the hospital.

The dog recognizes the signs of imminent seizures and will lean on Zeisler’s legs so she can sit down before they happen, explained the society’s Ana Bustilloz.

Bear never had any training, but three days after Zeisler took him home he started alerting her to possible problems. “He figured it out on his own,” Bustilloz said.

The sometimes daily seizures started after a horse riding accident 18 years ago.

Zeisler said she initially went to the Weatherford Animal Shelter to get a German shepherd for her mother. When she asked about shepherds, she was told they only had one, but he was in the back because nobody wanted him.

They brought out the dog and it was love at first sight, she said.

Zeisler has fallen a couple of times when she didn’t heed Bear’s warning. The dog will fetch her medicine or stay with her, whichever she seems to need, she said.

As National Hero Dog, Bear gets free dog food for a year, the trip to California for him and Zeisler, a stay at an oceanfront hotel in Huntington Beach and a plaque.

The ceremony honoring Bear was held at the Nokia Plaza in downtown Los Angeles.

Read more: http://lacrossetribune.com/news/national/texas-dog-honored-as-th-national-hero-dog/article_630eff36-0056-5ea2-8bd3-1e3161311bab.html#ixzz1uNPuBvfz

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