Horror Shelter in Hreša, Bosnia – Dogs In Desperate Need

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“Sharing for & on behalf of my good friend & animal advocate, Sandra Jensen…owner of the following blog. Rather than re-blog I wanted to repost , as I know sometimes  re-blogs can be overlooked when we are busy or in a rush…I admit, I have overlooked people’s re-blogs sometimes, because I’m in a rush or because it is not of the same topic etc!! 

But this is of the same topic “ANIMALS” & these dogs are in terrible state. Take a look at the dogs in the slide show below, no animal should suffer this way, their Government must be shamed into taking care of these innocent sentient beings. So please sign & share the petition Sandra has created; at the bottom of this post.

Sandra has done so much to help these victims…but she needs our help…she has also set up a ChipIn account for those who can spare a few dollars to help feed these dogs. Bosnia & surrounding towns are terrible place’s for any unloved animal to live…please…lets share our love with them & please share this with all your friends!”

“To these dogs $1 could make all the difference, when hungry! Most of us tend to forget that our Towns or Countries take care of dogs in need. So please, spare a thought for these little guy’s, they desperately need extra help…If it were not for the volunteers (who should be called angels), who knows how many would go without food. I know everybody is busy & it’s the run up to Christmas, but I wouldn’t ask if it were not important!! Thanks in advance x”

Jelena Paunović of Život BiH was contacted last night about a shelter in Hreša district, on the outskirts of Sarajevo. She went there with volunteers and took photographs.

She went again this morning with food.This is what she discovered:

Over 50 dogs are being kept in entirely inhumane conditions, without adequate food or water or veterinary treatment, that numerous dogs are kept in tiny cages, that dead dogs are left amongst living dogs. Dogs have open wounds. Puppies are starving.

Furthermore, witnesses said that any non-purebred dog caught by the shelter is killed, and that purebred dogs are stolen from owners and only released to the owner if a ransom is paid.

One person said: “They only want purebred dogs because they can sell them. They just do not care about strays! They are killing them constantly! And also, they are stealing the dogs from people’s yards if they are purebred and selling them. One worker of the shelter I spoke to said that I have to pay 100 EUR if I want my dog back. When I arrived at Hresa shelter (it takes me about one hour!) they killed my dog in their car. My God I was ready to pay the ransom!

Jelena was told by Slaviša Jovčić, the manager of the shelter and director of Glog, the company that built the shelter, that he was promised 130 000 KM from the municipalities for the shelter, but the full amount of the money was never paid by the municipality and therefore Slaviša Jovčić cannot ensure the care of the dogs.

What can be done? It will cost 20 euros a day to feed the dogs through the winter. It will cost animal welfare volunteers from Sarajevo 15 euros for each trip they make to check on the dogs and bring food. There is nowhere to release them to other than the streets.

There are no foster homes for them, and ‘pension’ will cost at least 80 euros per dog.

Maybe we can a) raise funds for food and b) bring international attention so the authorities are forced to do something. If you have any contacts with international animal welfare organisations please let them know.

 Sandra Jensen (owner of this blog) has  started a petition, please, spare a minute of your time to sign and share, it is the very least one can do to help these poor dogs:

Please Sign Petition:- Demand Investigation into Horror Shelter in Hresa, Bosnia

Sandra Jensen:http://inmemoryofvucko.wordpress.com/2012/11/01/horror-shelter-in-hresa-bosnia/

And please contact the Mayor of the district directly – by mail, email, telephone and fax. The dogs only hope is if we show the Bosnian Government that we know, and that we will not sit by and let these dogs suffer. 

Bojo Gašanović
Opština Istočni Stari Grad
Hreša bb,
71144 Hreša, Istočni Stari Grad,
Istočno Sarajevo
Telefon: +387 (0) 57 265 117
Fax: +387 (0)57 265 114

E-mail: info@opstinaisg.net

You can also contact the local commissioner:
Snjezana Jovicic +387 (0) 57 265 117

Sample letter – better if you personalise it:

I request that the Government of Bosnian and Herzegovina, the Istocni Stari Grad authorities and municipality mayor Bojo Gašanović in particular, investigate the matter of the Hreša dog shelter.

We have reliable reports and eyewitness accounts substantiated by photographs that over 50 dogs are being kept in inhumane conditions, without adequate food or water or veterinary treatment, that numerous dogs are kept in tiny cages, that dead dogs are left amongst living dogs. Furthermore, there are reports that any non-purebred dog caught by the shelter is killed, and that purebred dogs are stolen from owners and only released to the owner if a ransom is paid.

It is understood that Slaviša Jovčić, the manager of the shelter and director of Glog, the company that built the shelter, was promised 130 000 KM from the municipalities for the shelter, but the full amount of the money was never paid by the municipality and therefore Slaviša Jovčić cannot ensure the care of the dogs.

We demand that a full investigation is undertaken, that the municipality ensures that the facility is immediately provided with funds to care for these dogs. Modern practices must be implemented, giving food and fresh water and the facility be must be kept sanitary and properly staffed with veterinary professionals so the animals are cared for and, ultimately, caring homes need to be found for these dogs.

This situation has sparked a global outcry and we look to the Bosnian and Herzegovinan justice system and authorities to conform with EU standards regarding animal welfare, and to apply the law that was passed in Bosnia Herzegovina incorporating these EU standards.

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter.

Sandra Jenson has also  started a ChipIn, please donate.

Or donate directly, but state it is for the dogs in Hresa: DONATE VIA PAYPAL

Please do all you can to send this around the globe, no dogs should have to live like this!

From Word Press Blog:-http://inmemoryofvucko.wordpress.com/2012/11/01/horror-shelter-in-hresa-bosnia/

Volunteers (Angels) The Association for protection and welfare of animals “Život BiH”:-http://inmemoryofvucko.wordpress.com/how-to-help/zivot-bih/

Arrest Over Second Seizure Of Pups

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A 46-year-old man has been arrested at Dublin Port after the search of a van led to the discovery of 56 puppies.

Image from Sky News

This is the second foiled attempt this week to traffic a large number of puppies bred in illegal Irish puppy farms to the UK.

The dogs have been cared for by the Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA) since their discovery on Thursday.

The animal welfare organisation said this brought the total number of pups seized to 92 in just three days.

The latest discovery includes mainly small breeds, aged between six and 10 weeks.

Gardaí have since released the suspect, pending further enquiries.DSCPA chief executive Brian Gillen is warning people buying a puppy to be vigilant against trafficking.

This second seizure in a week has to make people aware of the problems of buying from an unreliable source.“Do not buy from the boot of a car or a van and always arrange to meet the puppy with its parents at the breeders home – the conditions the mother is living in is a good indication of the health and welfare of the animals.”

On Tuesday afternoon, gardaí uncovered 36 animals in two cars in the Coolock area of Dublin.

Twenty-five Jack Russells and a number of other breeds including Cocker and Springer Spaniels, Terriers, Beagles and Labradors were found inside boxes in the back of the vehicles, which were stopped on the Old Malahide Road

Two men arrested in connection with animal cruelty were subsequently released

News Link:http://www.u.tv/News/Arrest-over-second-seizure-of-pups/08af7242-e145-4eb3-a263-57b079e47397

3 Week Old Puppies Found Abused & Left On Rail-road Tracks – COMMENTS OPEN

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“OMG…I feel physically sick…this evil MF needs to be found quick…as stated there may be more puppies from this litter…where are they?? Does anyone know if someone in their neighbour hood had a pit bull bitch who was pregnant?? Come on people think??? Until laws change regarding animal abuse; there will always be sick evil people walking amongst us, preying on those without a voice, able to do the unthinkable to animals..then when they don’t get a kick out of hurting animals…they will turn to others…perhaps children...So FXXK this 20 week prison sentence…it does nothing to deter these monsters...LAWS MUST CHANGE!!…PLEASE VOICE YOUR OPINIONS!! 


Railroad workers in Albany, NY came across three 3-week-old Pit Bull puppies that appeared to have been intentionally nailed to the tracks.

The puppies were severely dehydrated and malnourished. The railroad workers brought the puppies to the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society where the three puppies received veterinary care.

In addition to being dehydrated and malnourished all three puppies had injuries to their back left paws. “One puppy had a hole through her paw, the other one the two middle digits of her rear left were removed, and a third, his entire left paw has been cut off,” The injuries suggest that the puppies were nailed to the railroad track.

Executive Director Brad Shear of the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society said. “When this was happening to the first puppy, I’m sure they were just screaming in horrific pain, and then this person did it again, and then they did it a third time. So anyone who would do that is just an incredibly sick person.”

It is obvious that this is an animal cruelty case, as there is no way the wounds suffered by the three puppies happened naturally. Although they are receiving the needed veterinary care, the puppies are not out of the woods. Unfortunately, the smallest of the three puppies passed away on Tuesday. The two surviving puppies likely will need more surgeries. They are expected to make it, but the one puppy will most likely lose his leg.

Shear is not only worried about the two puppies that are still recovering. He is concerned about the puppies ‘mother who only gave birth to them a few weeks ago. Shear also believes that it is very likely there are other puppies from the same litter to be concerned about. It is very rare for a Pit Bull to only have three puppies in a litter, and more likely six or seven puppies were in that litter.

News Link:http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2012/09/3-week-old-puppies-found-abused-and-left-on-railroad-tracks/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LifeWithDogs+%28Life+With+Dogs%29

Momma Dog dragged to death near Chelsea

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“WTF…these sick Bxxxxxd’s need to be brought to justice & quick before they kill more innocent’s. What sort of person/s takes such a kind dog, a momma dog with pups & purposefully binds her hind legs to cause maximum pain, then inflicts the brutal cowardly act of dragging her behind a vehicle??…I’ll tell you, a sick Fxxxxd up one, someone who is cold & calculating, a coward who pretends to be tough, dead behind the eye’s, heartless, who gets a thrill out of causing pain to something they can dominate, they’ll pick on younger kids & have no respect for or abuse elders. If it’s not teenagers who did this, they may knock their partner about, lash out for no reason & probably abused other animals!

They are dangerous, they knew what they were going to do that day, it wasn’t a random act, it was with intent!!” Now, someone may read this who lives in the area & think  ‘I know someone like that’…if you do please, I beg you to contact the Rogers County, even if it’s only a hunch! Because if it is that person or persons you’re thinking of, & you do nothing, the next innocent they kill will be on your conscience!”

A reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of those responsible for tying a Labrador retriever to a vehicle and dragging it to death in Rogers County on Saturday.

Rogers County authorities were called to a report of an injured animal lying on the side of a road in Winganon, just northwest of Chelsea, said Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton.

Melony Patton’s 2-year-old Labrador retriever, Jetta. The dog was tied to a vehicle and dragged to death in Rogers County, the sheriff said. She gave birth to nine puppies a month ago. Courtesy

Walton said someone tied the dog‘s legs with wire and dragged the animal with a vehicle a little more than a mile before stopping. A trail of “flesh and fur” was left behind on the pavement, Walton said.

While a motive hasn’t been established, officials are hoping someone with knowledge of the incident comes forward immediately.

“There is nothing really to justify killing a dog,” he said. “I think there is a special place in hell for anyone who abuses an animal like that.”

The dog’s owner, Melony Patton, said Sunday she is shocked someone would savagely kill a dog with no history of violence toward other animals or humans.

“I’m angry and sad at the same time,” Patton said about the loss of 2-year-old Jetta, who gave birth to nine puppies a month ago. I don’t know why anyone would do this.”

A $4,500 reward has been offered for tips that lead to the capture of the person or persons responsible.

The reward is being offered by the Humane Society of the United States, the Oklahoma Alliance for Animals and supporters of the Wild Heart Ranch, an animal rehabilitation center in Claremore.

“You’re going to be in deep trouble, and I’m pressing charges to the max,” Patton said of those responsible.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office at 918-341-3620.

News Link:http://www.tulsaworld.com/specialprojects/news/crimewatch/article.aspx?subjectid=450&articleid=20120903_11_A13_CUTLIN179646&allcom=1

Video – Buried alive! Back-street dog breeders are jailed for cruelty after newborn puppies buried alive

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“OMG…This has taken me so long to put together because I couldn’t see the screen for tears! Those that did this deserve far more than 25 bloody weeks, as the judge said…so is that all British law will permit…25 pathetic weeks (they will probably be out in a couple) if it is… then I am ashamed to be British! 25 years sounds better! This is more than shocking, it’s sickening how worthless  puppies lives were to the POS that did this. However, this heinous crime will stick with certain people…Karma is a bitch…they will wish they were still in prison if they value their knee caps!

  • RSPCA officers discovered the tiny animals fighting for life after being buried in the back garden of the home of James and Lorraine Perks in Tamworth
  • The Jack Russell puppies were put down soon after due to their condition 
  • The animals were rescued along with 15 puppies and nine adult dogs 
  • At Burton Magistrates’ Court, James Perks, 74, his wife Lorraine, 49, and Stephen Jenkins, 35, were all sentenced to 25 weeks in prison

This is the forlorn face of a puppy rescued from a back-street breeder’s house where two newborn animals were found buried alive in a shallow grave.

Horrific: A Staffordshire bull terrier puppy rescued from the home of James Perks, his wife Lorraine an Stephen Jenkins

Gasping for breath, the two puppies were discovered in the garden by RSPCA officers, having been covered in a layer of soil hours after they were born.

The puppies were in such a bad state they had to be put down at the scene.

Twenty-four other dogs, some confined to rabbit hutches, were rescued, some ‘barking  uncontrollably as if pleading for help’.

Disturbing footage of the discovery was released yesterday after the three people who lived in the house were jailed for a catalogue of animal cruelty charges.

James Perks, 74, his wife Lorraine, 49, and their lodger Stephen Jenkins, 35, ran a dog breeding business from their shabby home in Tamworth, Staffordshire, in which the animals ‘lived amongst squalor’.

Terrifying: The helpless Jack Russell puppies were alive when they were pulled from the dirt, but their condition was so bad they had to be put down soon after

The four-and-a-half-minute film shows the officers scouring the back garden, on August 25 last year after a tip-off from a woman who bought a puppy from the breeders, which died days later.

Officers discovered 15 puppies and nine adult Staffordshire bull terriers crammed into tiny rabbit hutches outside, which they were kept in for 23 hours a day.

One cramped hutch – measuring just 6ft wide and 3ft high – contained four adult terriers while other dogs lived in squalor in the house which was covered in faeces and urine.

In the footage, in which 20 RSPCA officers and police catalogue the shocking abuse of the animals, one officer discovers a tiny puppy whimpering after being buried alive.

Horrific: Shocked police and RSPCA officers discovered the tiny animals fighting for life after being freshly buried in the back garden of the home of James and Lorraine Perks in Tamworth, Staffs, last year

An RSPCA inspector is heard saying: ‘The police officer has just uncovered a puppy that’s been buried in the garden. Buried alive.  ‘Oh my goodness me. She’s found it buried alive.’

James Perks, 74, (green coat) Stephen Jenkins, 35,

The squirming, dirt-encrusted animal can be heard crying out as a male vet inspects it and says: ‘It’s so poorly, euthanasia is going to be required straight away. We’ll have to put him to sleep.’

The officer then finds a second live puppy lying near the first.

The video finishes with the RSPCA officer filming the two pups lying almost lifeless on the lawn and concludes: ‘We’re sorting out immediate euthanasia for these poor puppies.’

The other dogs were confiscated and handed over to the RSPCAfor rehoming.

Steve Odell, the vet who destroyed the puppies, said it was one of the most horrific scenes he had witnessed.

The trio were jailed for six months each after admitting ten animal welfare offences and banned for life from keeping animals.

wife Lorraine, 49

Sentencing them at Burton-on-Trent Magistrates Court  yesterday, chairman of the bench Peter Rolfe said: ‘If we could have we would have jailed them for  far longer.’

Speaking of the buried puppies, prosecutor Paul Taylor said: ‘It was Mr Jenkins who buried them. He accepted he buried them but said he thought they we dead.

‘Mrs Perks told Mr Jenkins not to bury them but when he did so, she couldn’t be bothered to do anything about it.

‘All she had to do was take them out of the ground. Any human being would have done that.’

Upsetting: The RSPCA was alerted to the address by a routine call from a member of the public who bought a puppy from the Perks after seeing a card on a noticeboard

Speaking after the case, RSPCA inspector Jayne Bashford said: ‘No matter how many years I work for the RSPCA this day will remain one which I will never forget.‘All who attended on the day were shocked to the core.

Mrs Perks told Mr Jenkins not to bury them but when he did so, she couldn’t be bothered to do anything about it. ‘All she had to do was take them out of the ground. Any human being would have done that.’ Speaking after the case, RSPCA inspector Jayne Bashford said: ‘No matter how many years I work for the RSPCA this day will remain one which I will never forget.

Cruel: Animals were kept in rabbit hutch-like cages and were locked away for 23 hours at a time

‘All who attended on the day were shocked to the core.

‘The property was in a disgusting state and numerous young puppies living amongst the squalor. Two adult bitches in the living room had clearly been bred from several times.

‘The dogs outside, confined in rabbit hutches, had no bedding and barked uncontrollably as if pleading for help.

‘This case highlights all the  concerns we have with respect to irresponsible and indiscriminate breeding of dogs.’

Warning this video is very upsetting, viewer discretion is advised.

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News Linkhttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2178871/RSPCA-Sick-trio-dog-breeders-buried-puppies-ALIVE-jailed-months.html#ixzz21jEQBhHI

Piglets allegedly used as live bait by Coimadai ‘pigging’ dog breeder

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AN ANIMAL activist fears a Coimadai property is being used to illegally breed and sell “pigging dogs” with live piglets being used as bait.

Animal rights campaigner Debra Tranter, who secretly visited the property after a tip-off, claimed litters of staghound-cross puppies were being kept in small wire cages with mature dogs chained to caravans.

Moorabool Council and the RSPCA have visited the property and are investigating the claims.

Ms Tranter said she found a dead dog, believed to be a Staffordshire terrier, on the property but could not find any wounds or bullet marks.

She said the property owner was advertising and sellinghuntingpuppies online, and she provided the Weekly and the council with evidence of this.

Ms Tranter said there was a horde of wild pigs and piglets being kept in a small hut, many riddled with open wounds and shredded ears.

“I am very, very concerned about what is happening to these pigs,” she said.

“These pigs are clearly not being used for food or to sell to slaughterhouses. People don’t usually breed and sell wild pigs.

These pigs had battle wounds, many with shredded, bloody and infected ears and one had its whole ear ripped off.”

Ms Tranter said she believed the feral pigs were being used to train hunting dogs, with pups taught to latch on to the pigs’ ears and rip them to the ground.

Council spokesman Peter Forbes said the property could be in breach of local permit conditions and state laws governing animal management.

He confirmed council officers had visited the property more than once and found 28 dogs, but the owner could not be contacted.

Mr Forbes said the owner had a planning permit, obtained in June 2008, to keep 15 dogs.

“If found to be non-compliant, appropriate action will be taken,” he said.

RSPCA spokeswoman Kristen Vear confirmed the organisation had assisted council’s compliance officers on a visit to the property and that 28 dogs were found on site. She said the RSPCA has visited the site once before, in 2009.

“[Our] role in this particular case was to ensure the welfare of the animals and investigate any breaches to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act,” she said.

“Moorabool Council will be following up any code of practice violations under the Domestic Animals Act.”

She said no cruelty charges had been laid, but the RSPCA’s investigation was continuing.

The property’s owner, who asked not to be named, told the Weekly he took in unwanted dogs to be rehoused and only bred a litter once a year.

He said the 28 dogs which the RSPCA counted included dogs owned by friends who were visiting from NSW.

“I have a permit to have 15 dogs. All of our dogs are in good health and we rehome unwanted dogs,” he said. “I teach them obedience. Our pigs are used for our own consumption.

Last year, the RSPCA’s NSW branch launched a public campaign condemning wild pig hunts using dogs after the Game Council of NSW called for expressions of interest from ‘‘suitable hunters’’ to take part in a trial using dogs to hunt feral pigs in state forests.

The NSW Greens labelled it a “blood sport.”

The RSPCA warned pigs could suffer ‘‘considerable’’ pain in the jaws of the dogs, and that dogs could suffer injuries from wild boars’ tusks.

News Link:http://www.meltonweekly.com.au/news/local/news/general/piglets-allegedly-used-as-live-bait-by-coimadai-pigging-dog-breeder/2572420.aspx?storypage=0

Dog groomer charged with animal cruelty

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A Frankfort dog groomer has been charged with animal cruelty after police say an animal control officer found a malnourished female pit bull in her care.

The operator of Puppies, Puff and Powder, 38-year-old Teka Russell, was charged Wednesday with second-degree animal cruelty. She is scheduled to appear in Franklin District Court on June 19.

 Franklin County Humane Society Director Angie Stewart told The State Journal (http://bit.ly/Iygj0S) the pit bill, which had recently given birth to two puppies, was taken to the Franklin County Humane Society in late April about 25 pounds underweight.

Stewart said the dog gained three pounds in her first day at the shelter. Stewart later convinced Russell to turn over the pit bull’s puppies.

Court records did not list an attorney for Russell.

News Link:-http://www.bgdailynews.com/news/state/dog-groomer-charged-with-animal-cruelty/article_d1c94a09-0696-5263-bcfc-0a45508d2826.html

Judge Orders Artist: Don’t Strangle Puppies To Protest Animal Cruelty

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A German artist in Berlin has been ordered by a judge to avoid strangling two puppies to death during a life show at a Berlin theater in the Spandau district.

 The show titled  ”Death as Metamorphosis,” was to take place next week and while on stage the article wanted to strangle the puppies to protest the plight of sled dogs in Alaska. You heard that right he wants to kill two innocent new born dogs in order to protest the killing of dogs.

The death of the dogs was to be accompanied by funeral march music and a giant gong. The artist would have used cable ties to strange the dogs after a short period of meditation.

Accompanied by funeral music and a gong, the artist was going to strangle two puppies with cable ties after a brief meditation.

Newspaper Express says the artist was trying to follow in the “traditional Thai art forms” with his live performance protest/

The Friday night performance was stopped by Berlin’s administrative court which noted that animal protect law forbids animals from being harmed in any way during a live show. For his part the artist argued that the countries constitution ”unconditionally guarantees artistic freedom.”

Oddly enough this isn’t the first animal murder attempt by Berlin artists in the last week, Students  Iman Rezai and Rouven Materne wanted to use a guillotine to decapitate a sheep on camera based on the results of an online vote. Berlin’s Tagesspiegel newspaper 190,000 “No” votes and 120,000 “Yes” votes were registered in just six days.

In the meantime perhaps German artists looking to kill poor defenseless animals should consider a noose around their own necks on stage. I would happily be willing to mail them the noose
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/227175/judge-orders-artist-dont-strangle-puppies-to-protest-animal-cruelty/#gI85sE78May1EqET.99

Animal complaints filed against owner of puppies saved from fire

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“3 cheers to those fire man, true heroes to man or beast – Well done guys!!”

HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP — Township animal control officials have issued summonses for 11 counts of failure to obtain a dog license and one count of animal cruelty to the owner of 18 dogs rescued from a house fire April 2.

Court complaints were filed against township resident Ramona Burnett by animal control officer Belinda Ogitis on Wednesday, township administrator Paul Pogorzelski said yesterday. Municipal court officials confirmed that the complaints were filed, and that a court date of April 24 had been set for Burnett.

Firefighters battling a house fire on Pennington Road in Hopewell Township Monday evening saved 15 puppies from a burning house, outfitting them with canine oxygen masks and setting up a makeshift animal hospital and kennel in the front yard of the house

Police this week ruled that the fire was the result of a scented candle left unattended and closed the case on their joint investigation into the cause of the fire conducted with the Hopewell Township Bureau of Fire Safety, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and the county fire marshal’s office.

“The fire was determined at this point as not suspicious,” said township police Lt. Tom Puskas. “We believe that it was accidental and was related to some scented candles that were in the room.”

The evening house fire exposed the puppies to thick smoke. They were rescued one by one and treated on the front yard of the home by firefighters and paramedics. One puppy died, but the two people who lived in the rental property made it out safely.

Pogorzelski said the animal cruelty complaint was filed because matted hair was found on the tail of one of the dogs, and veterinarians at SAVE Animal Rescue in Princeton described it as “potentially dangerous.”

“I think that they felt that (the puppies) should have been cared for differently, and therefore a summons for cruelty was issued,” Pogorzelski said.

Matt Stanton, spokesman for the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NJSPCA), said matted fur, especially on a dog’s tail, can become serious and lead to infection and the eventual amputation of the tail if left untreated. He also said that charges are typically considered more serious when recognized by a veterinarian.

“If the veterinarian raised the red flag,” he said, “it means a little more because you have a doctor who is trained to see this stuff.”

Court officials yesterday said that the complaints are akin to a municipal ordinance violation and would likely bring just fines, similar to a petty disorderly persons complaint.

Pogorzelski said six of the dogs are currently in Burnett’s possession, while eight remain at SAVE’s kennels.

Contact David Karas at (609) 989-5731 or dkaras@njtimes.com.

News Link:-nj.com

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