UPDATE: Justice, The Dog Set On Fire, Receives No Justice

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Update August 21, 2013 10:35 a.m:Since the District Attorney‘s office is considering an appeal, the petition asking for the maximum sentence (link is below) has been reopened for signatures.

In April, 2012, an 18-year-old man was arrested and charged with animal cruelty.Darius Ewing poured lighter fluid on a four-month-old puppy, then flicked a lit cigarette at him. The police report stated that a group of people watched and laughed as Ewing threw his lit cigarette at the dog.

Darius Ewing

The Labrador puppy suffered from third degree burns on more than 70 percent of his body. His poor little body could not handle it, and ten days after being set on fire, the puppy died.

The puppy was named “Justice” by his rescuers, DFW Rescue Me, since that is what they hoped he would get.

But that does not seem to be the case.

The man who lit Justice on fire, Darius Ewing, pleaded guilty to one count of felony animal cruelty. Ewing entered a plea on Tuesday, agreeing to a five-year sentence. The judge on the case, Larry Mitchell, reduced his sentence to two years. WFFA.com reports that the judge “lowered it to two years, saying prosecutors failed to prove that a ‘deadly weapon’ was used.”

Three others also pleaded guilty to one count each of felony animal cruelty. Darius Carey, 25, was sentenced to two years in jail. Richard Valentine, 25, and Adrian Ayers, 21, each received 15 months in jail.

Ayers, Carey, Ewing

In Texas, State Jail Felonies are punishable with a fine of up to $10,000 and/or a jail sentence of up to 10 years.

Jonnie England of the Texas Humane Alliance says all who were present for sentencing in the courtroom were shocked. “There was just no justice for Justice here today,” England said.

Prosecutors are considering an appeal for Ewing’s case.

Animal advocate group Hand4Paws wrote a petition asking that Darius Ewing receive the maximum sentence. The petition received over 37,000 signatures. The petition was sent to the judge on the case, Larry Mitchell.

News Link:-http://www.examiner.com/article/justice-the-dog-set-on-fire-receives-no-justice?cid=PROD-redesign-right-next

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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

Jailed for Bestiality And Child Abuse Photos

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A WESTON man has been jailed for possessing more than 11,000 indecent images of children, as well as images of bestiality.

David Page, of Woodpecker Drive, pleaded guilty to 16 charges of making indecent photographs of a child, one of possessing an indecent photograph of a child and two charges of possessing an extreme pornographic image of active intercourse with an animal.

Bristol Crown Court heard on Tuesday the 46-year-old’s computer had been seized when a warrant was obtained in May last year and a number of images and video files were found. The images and movies varied in ratings for the most serious child sex images – with animal abuse being the highest category.

A total of 11,816 images were found on his computer – varying from level one to five, and 122 movie files, varying from level one to four.

Nadeem Aullybocus, mitigating, said Page suffered ‘significant stress’ when he lost his job.

 He said: “He started viewing normal pornography and does not understand how he progressed on to these images. It became a culture of clicking and saving, not viewing it for very long.

“He feels ashamed to meet his family members and he has an elderly mother who relies on him day to day.

“He has also had to deal with personal difficulties; he suffers from some hearing loss and type two diabetes. He also uses a device which helps him breathe at night. He deeply regrets his actions.” “Oh boo hoo, is that supposed to make us feel sorry for him? No excuse in the world for committing child or animal abuse!”

Page was sentenced to 11 months in prison and ordered to sign on to the sexual offenders register for 10 years. He was also given a sexual offences prevention order for 10 years.

News Link:-http://www.thewestonmercury.co.uk/news/jailed_for_bestiality_and_child_abuse_photos_1_2254048

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

Fort Collins Dog Trainer Set for Jury Trial After Animal Cruelty Citation

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The owner of a Fort Collins dog training and boarding facility accused of animal cruelty will plead her case in front of a jury this fall.

Larimer Humane Society last October cited Tami Carrasco for animal cruelty after a 13-week-old purebred German shepherd, Baron, was returned by the school to his owners with blunt force trauma and injuries that resulted in the surgical removal of the dog’s right eye.

Baron, now a year old, lost his eye in 2012 after being returned to his owners from American Dog School in Fort Collins with blunt force trauma and injuries that resulted in the surgical removal of the dog’s right eye. Tami Carrasco, owner of the facility, is set for jury trial in October after being cited for animal cruelty last year. / Courtesy of Tiffany Brown

Carrasco, who has owned American Dog School for more than 20 years and received multiple accolades from clients and the “Best of Fort Collins” awards, had been training the puppy for five or six sessions before he was boarded at the facility.

Carrasco refused in April a plea bargain that would have required an anger management evaluation, no contact with animals during 24 months of unsupervised probation and no jail time in exchange for a guilty plea.

In a Thursday disposition, she pleaded not guilty to the alleged misdemeanor offense and requested a two-day jury trial, set to begin Oct. 2. Joseph Gavaldon, Carrasco’s attorney, said he “fully expects” expert testimony during the trial.

If found guilty, Carrasco could face 6-18 months in jail and a fine of $500 to $5,000.

A veterinarian’s report from Colorado State Veterinary Teaching Hospital, provided by Baron’s owner, detailed multiple fractures to the puppy’s face and a condition where a pocket of blood forms behind the eyeball. All injuries were confirmed by a CT scan of Baron’s skull.

A veterinarian at the hospital told the Coloradoan shortly after Baron was evaluated that his injuries were similar to the trauma a dog would experience in a “head-on collision with a car.”

News Link:-http://www.coloradoan.com/article/20130627/NEWS01/306270020/Fort-Collins-dog-trainer-set-jury-trial-after-animal-cruelty-citation


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