South Carolina Canine Victim of Extreme Animal Cruelty Fighting For Her Life

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“Surrounded by vultures…FFS…Somebody know’s this dog, PLEASE do the right thing & come forward, unless you want another dog to suffer the way Hanna has. It shouldn’t be about the money, one shouldn’t have to offer a reward of money before people will come forward with information…that just makes those who do, vultures too! God only knows what this poor girl has gone through…has nobody got a heart?”

A $1,000 reward was offered Wednesday afternoon for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person involved in Hanna’s egregious cruelty and neglect.

Hanna was found near Adams Run in South Carolina lying in a ditch surrounded by vultures. She was too weak to even stand. This is the face of animal cruelty.
Credits: Animal Rescue and Relief and Furlife German Shepherd Rescue

Had it not been for a Good Samaritan at the beginning of the week searching for another dog along Adams Run in South Carolina, who spotted the black, emaciated shepherd mix breed dog lying in a ditch surrounded by vultures, Hanna’s life would have just slipped away into painful obscurity.

That evening Michelle Reid, the director of Animal Rescue and Relief took the dog who could not stand and barely lift her head to an emergency veterinarian facility where Hanna was diagnosed as starving, dehydrated, and anaemic with both internal and external parasites. At this point, Hanna’s prognosis looks promising, however she will be re-evaluated in a few days.

Both Animal Rescue and Relief and Furlife German Shepherd Rescue responded to Hanna’s emergency and will be working together to afford Hanna the best of care as well as a new home sometime in the future.

This is the face of animal cruelty. Michelle Reid wants to remind everyone that animal cruelty should never be ignored, and Hanna’s condition didn’t just happen overnight. Other people must have seen her getting thinner or spending time isolated with no food or water. Someone must have seen this dog before. Did they just turn their back at this dog’s suffering? “Yes they did, how many people just passed her by, God it breaks my heart…I no longer want to be known as a human being!”

Animal cruelty is often a precursor to crimes against children and other adults. The majority of violent offenders have histories of animal cruelty and abuse.

A Chip-In page has been set up specifically for Hanna’s case. If you would like to contribute, please visit http://arr.chipin.com/hanna.

If you have any information about Hanna, please email either Danielle ainfo@firlifeGSR.com or Michelle at arrinc@yahoo.com.

News Link:-http://www.examiner.com/article/south-carolina-canine-victim-of-extreme-animal-cruelty-fighting-for-her-life

Humane Society: Dog dies after ‘horrific’ injuries, torture

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The Danville Area Humane Society is looking for suspects responsible for the torture and death of a male Jack Russell terrier brought into the facility Tuesday night.

Around 10 p.m. Tuesday, the Danville Police Department contacted employees at the shelter regarding “a severely injured dog” in the 100 block of Oakland Avenue and Halifax Road, according to a news release from the Humane Society. The owner of the dog contacted police for help.

The dog was suffering from “serious knife wounds” and dog bites, according to the release. The dog’s owner transported him to the shelter where he died shortly thereafter. Shelter manager April Hogan and board president and court-appointed humane investigator Lynn Shelton said the dog was suffering from some of the most “horrific injuries” they have seen, according to the release.

The pictures are too graphic to release,” said Paulette Dean, director of the Humane Society. “If a person intentionally inflicted these wounds, this is proof that pure evil exists.”

The details are still coming together, but it is believed the injuries were inflicted between 5 and 6 p.m. Tuesday. Dean said the owner said the dog was missing for about half an hour. Dean said the police are following up on every lead, but there are a lot of questions in this case.

“We are pretty seasoned and we are used to seeing horrible things,” Dean said. “This will go down in our memory being among the top three worst cases.”

Since the torture and death of the terrier was intentional and resulted in the death of the dog, Dean said the case could be prosecuted as a class six felony. If it is prosecuted as a felony, the suspects responsible could face no more than five years in prison and no less than one year, as well as a fine of no more than $2,500.

The Humane Society is offering a $3,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the people responsible. Anyone with information regarding the attack is urged to contact the Humane Society at (434) 799-0843.

News Link:http://www2.godanriver.com/news/2012/oct/25/humane-society-dog-dies-after-horrific-injuries-to-ar-2311472/

 

92 Dogs Dumped in Denton County

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Police in Flower Mound, TX, responded late Monday night, October 1, to calls from local residents that dozens of Maltese-type dogs were loose along a country road near Highway 377 and Stonecrest Road.

Flower Mound is a suburb of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex..

Officers rounded up 51 of the frightened little dogs in about an hour, according to NBCNews.com.  Some of them were so badly matted they could barely walk.

Tuesday night, 41 more dogs–mostly Cavalier King spaniels–were found abandoned along a rural road near Sanger, about 34 miles north of Flower Mound.

The Humane Society of North Texas believes the cases are related. Flower Mound Police Captain  Richard Brooks and humane society officials suspect these despicable acts were done by operators of an illegal puppy mill who no longer want to breed the animals after new legislation tightening breeding regulations was passed last month.

“Unfortunately, there are a few of these really bad breeders who know they’re not going to pass inspections and are trying to get out of the business fast,” said Peggy Brown, coordinator of community outreach and education for the Humane Society of North Texas.

The dogs rescued in Flower Mound are being housed in the city’s animal shelter. All of the animals were filthy and appeared to have lived in inhumane conditions but otherwise seem to be healthy.

City animal control officers say they have heard reports of similar dumps elsewhere in the state. It appears to be  a tragic side effect of  new regulations designed to protect the dogs in the breeding industry, comments the Dallas Daily News.

Unfortunately, with a lot of these puppy mill dogs, their feet may have never touched the ground,” Peggy Brown said. “They could have spent their whole lives in cages.”

Volunteers have been bathing and grooming the dogs for cleanliness and also to relieve the discomfort of those with tightly matted fur, which can be very painful. They will be placed up for adoption next week unless the owner claims them.

“It’s really heartbreaking,” Brown said. “Hopefully, we can change their lot in life and give them a better future than their past has been.”

ABANDONING ANIMALS IS A CRIME!

The Humane Society of North Texas in Forth Worth is offering a $500 reward for information on who dumped the 92 dogs along these country roads in Denton County Monday and Tuesday nights. They can be contacted at 817-332-HSNT.

Flower Mound Police Department is conducting an animal-cruelty investigation and asking for help from the public.

 If anyone has information regarding the dumping of the dogs, they are asked to call the Flower Mound Police Department at 972-539-0525 or call CrimeStoppers, anonymously, at 972-874-3307.

Sources:http://www.tdlr.state.tx.us/bre/brelaw.htm

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/10/04/14222277-92-dogs-abandoned-along-country-roads-in-texas-police-say?lite

http://crimeblog.dallasnews.com/2012/10/the-maltese-felon-police-suspect-illegal-dog-breeders-are-mass-abandoning-their-pooches-in-denton-county-elsewhere.html/

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Dog Forced To Fight In Animal Shelter Is Adopted

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Happy news has come to shelter dog Chopper – he’s been adoptedA family with six kids came to the Paws ‘n’ Claws Animal Shelter in Attica, Indiana, to pick out a family dog.

They had no idea they would be taking home one who had recently been a victim of a break-in and forced fight.

Chopper

Last month, the Paws ‘n’ Claws Animal Shelter was broken into, where two cats were killed and three dogs injured.  The perpetrator(s) put two of the shelter’s largest dogs into a pen, and then tossed in a cat, who was mauled to death.  They also put a kitten into a pen with a mother dog and her litter of eleven.  Sadly, the kitten was also killed.

Shelter staff arrived the next morning to discover the dogs covered in gashes and blood.

Shelter co-founder Melynda Bryant said the dogs have never been aggressive.  She was deeply disturbed, and became emotional over the traumatic event.

“It’s because Chopper, we have had him over a year.  He is just a big baby,” she said.

Police are still investigating, and have several persons of interest to question and polygraph test.  It seems apparent that fighting was the sole motivation for the break-in, as nothing else was moved or stolen.

The community was reeling over this notion.  “A life is a life.  It doesn’t matter if it’s an animal or a human,” said Amy Morlan, Attica resident and pet owner.

There has been such a huge outpouring of community support that with the help of the Humane Society, over $4000 has been raised for information leading to the capture and conviction of the perpetrator(s).

Many have donated dog food and money for medical expenses, and one person even donated a much-needed security system to the shelter.

A month later, Chopper and his forced foe, Flynn, are healing up nicely, as is mother dog Winnie, who was also injured.  They have not seemed to show much post-traumatic stress.

“They have not interacted with any other dog in a negative way,” veterinarian Tracy Sudlow stated.  “They haven’t shown aggression toward any other dogs that they’ve interacted with here in the hospital, no people, anything. They’ve been completely their normal selves since they’ve been here.”

Chopper may be leaving Paws ‘n’ Claws in stitches, but he’ll be healing in the comfort of a new, loving family.

“We just feel like we’re giving him something and he’s going to give us something too,” said adoptive mom Jill.  “We really wanted to adopt a dog and do something for the community.”

Flynn is still looking for a family, but due to the stressful nature of the incident, it is recommended that he go to a one-pet home.

Video & News Link:http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2012/09/dog-forced-to-fight-in-animal-shelter-is-adopted/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LifeWithDogs+%28Life+With+Dogs%29

Person comes forward in Oklahoma dog dragging case

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A man who is somehow connected to the Oklahoma dog dragging case has come forward to the Rogers County Sheriff’s Department.

According to a story published Tuesday at Fox 23 News, the man, whose identity has not yet been released, turned himself in to the sheriff’s department, but has not been arrested.

The man who came to the authorities apparently did so of his own accord, not because of the hefty $10,000 reward which was offered.

Sheriff Scott Walton stated:

“We have compiled the evidence, the witness statements, the facts that we have available to us and submitted to the District Attorney’s Office,”

The horrific dragging case captured the attention of the nation thanks to the cruel nature of the incident.

The dog, named “Jetta,” had her back legs bound in bailing wire and she was dragged for approximately one mile behind a truck.

A lack of evidence that the dragging actually caused Jetta’s death is preventing charges at this time.

Sheriff Walton states:

“The timeframe and the evidence and the witness statements that we have does not enable us to make an arrest at this time.

News Link:-http://www.examiner.com/article/person-comes-forward-oklahoma-dog-dragging-case

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In Defense Of Animals Offers $2,500 Reward In Fairbanks Puppy Cruelty Case

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Great Dane puppy saved from heartless and deadly abandonment.

Fairbanks, Alaska (August 20, 2012) – In Defense of Animals (IDA), an international animal protection organization based in California, is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the abuser who muzzled a Great Dane puppy, then stuffed him into a suitcase and callously tossed him into a dumpster to die.

The suitcase containing the dog was discovered just after midnight on August 12 by local business owner Dennis Preslan. “I unzipped it partially and all I saw was an eyeball and part of a black nose looking back at me that scared the living Jesus out of me,” he told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. “I wasn’t expecting something to try to poke a head out of there.” The puppy was gagged with a bandana around his muzzle. The traumatized puppy ran off into the woods when the suitcase was opened, but Mr. Preslan and his wife caught him the following morning.

The puppy is now in protective custody at the local animal shelter and reportedly in good health. He weighs 37 pounds and his age is estimated at between three and four months old.

IDA has pledged a $2,500 reward to encourage someone to come forward with information. “Whoever would heartlessly abuse, incapacitate and abandon an animal in this way clearly is a danger to other animals and to people as well,” said Jack Carone, Communications Director of IDA. “We know beyond a doubt that animal cruelty is a precursor to violence against humans. Someone knows something about this disgusting act, and we ask them to come forward, both in the interest of justice for this poor puppy and for the safety of the community.”

IDA urges anyone with information about this horrible case of abandonment to contact Fairbanks Crime Stoppers at 907-456-2583. To contribute to the reward fund, please call IDA at (415) 448-0048, ext.0.

News Link:-http://www.idanews.org/ida-breaking-news/in-defense-of-animals-offers-2500-reward-in-fairbanks-puppy-cruelty-case/

In Defense Of Animals Doubles Reward In Minneapolis Cat Cruelty Case

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Reward fund now totals $2,000 to convict person(s) who stabbed and set cat on fire

Minneapolis, Minn. (August 16, 2012) – In Defense of Animals (IDA), an international animal protection organization based in California, has added $1,000 to a reward fund for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomever stabbed, then burned to death a cat in a Minneapolis park. This brings the total reward to $2,000.

On August 12, police responded to a call from park employees who found a dead cat in the Longfellow Park and Recreation Center, a voting location used in Tuesday’s primary election. The cat’s throat had been slit, she had been set on fire, and a small American flag had been stabbed into her body. There was also an Obama/Biden lawn flag stuck in the ground at the site. That prompted interest from the FBI, Secret Service, and the Department of Homeland Security, who are also investigating.

The Minnesota Federated Humane Societies (MFHS) has posted a $1,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible. “This despicable act of animal cruelty will not go unpunished,” said MFHS General Council Representative Tim Shields to WCCO, the local CBS affiliate. “Those responsible for this cruel, torturous death of a house pet will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

IDA has pledged to double that reward to encourage someone to come forward with information. “Whoever would commit this grotesque crime is a danger to us all.” said Jack Carone, Communications Director of IDA. “We know beyond a doubt that animal cruelty is a precursor to violence against humans. Someone knows something, and we ask them to come forward, both in the interest of justice for this poor animal and for the safety of the community.”

IDA urges anyone with information about this brutal killing to contact the Minnesota Federated Humane Societies at 612-866-8663. To contribute to the reward fund, please call IDA at (415) 448-0048, ext.0.

News Link:-http://www.idanews.org/ida-breaking-news/in-defense-of-animals-doubles-reward-in-minneapolis-cat-cruelty-case/

In Defense Of Animals Offers $7,000 Reward In Tennessee Dog Cruelty Case

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“Come on guy’s somebody knows who did this, if someone is covering for them just think on…it could be your dog or someone’s family next! I scoured the internet for a picture of Corona for people to see if they recognised the dog, so I got a nice surprise when I found this one, looking so much better, on a Face Book page. She has almost a perfect triangle on her nose which is quite distinctive…if anyone recognises her owner, please contact the number below. I looked at so many FB sites for a picture, I forgot to add the link & now can’t find it, sorry, I’ll keep looking & if I find it I will amend this asap.”

Reward fund now totals $7,000 to convict person(s) who shot dog in the mouth

(We would not have posted the before picture without a happy after picture, but we think it’s important to understand just how heinous this crime is. – photo credit: Warren County Humane Society)

Warren County, Tenn. (August 14, 2012) – In Defense of Animals (IDA), the international animal protection organization that operates Hope Animal Sanctuary in Mississippi, has added $2,000 to a reward fund for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomever beat a dog and shot her through the mouth, leaving her for dead in Warren County, Tennessee. This brings the total reward to $7,000.

On August 8, Warren County Humane Society Cruelty Investigator Clay Lerch responded to an injured dog call. A kind family had been feeding and caring for a stray dog for weeks. The dog, who the family named Corona, showed up bleeding from the mouth, nose, and eyes. Investigator Lerch believed that Corona had been shot but could find no entry wound.

Corona was taken to Dr. Gayle Tate, who first believed that the dog had been struck with a board or bat across the face. During surgery, Dr. Tate became concerned about the deep wound on Corona’s tongue. An x-ray showed bullet fragments in her throat and stomach. Someone had placed a gun in her mouth and pulled the trigger.

“What is so sad is that I imagine that this wonderful and friendly girl probably sat wagging her tail and this coward put the gun in her mouth and shot her and then hit her across the nose,” Lerch said on the Humane Society website. “It takes a truly callous and immoral person to do this.”

“The cold-bloodedness of this crime indicates what a danger this abuser is to all of us,” noted Jack Carone, Communications Director for IDA. “Someone knows who did this, and will be doing a service to everyone by stepping forward.” Carone added that FBI and other law enforcement agencies agree that a person who commits cruelty to animalsis probably just warming up,” a reference to studies showing that unpunished violence to animals usually leads to violence directed at people.

IDA urges anyone with information about this brutal attack to contact the Warren County Humane Society at 931-743-0164. To contribute to the reward fund, please call IDA at (415) 448-0048, ext.0.

News Link:http://www.idanews.org/ida-breaking-news/in-defense-of-animals-offers-2000-reward-in-tennessee-dog-cruelty-case/

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.

 

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