Two teens charged after shooting, killing livestock

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“The little shit’s, how would they like it if a gun man walked around their house killing their beloved dogs or other pets…did these thugs think “oh it’s only cattle & a horse, they mean nothing”? These thugs need to be taught a lesson & although they have given the name of the 18 yr old as  Julian Bliss they should also name the other 15 yr old; if their old enough to do the crime, they are definitely old enough to do some time & especially be named. A kid of 15 knows exactly what he is doing, it’s no excuse, prosecute them both to the fullest degree & make a bloody example out of them!!”

Spruce Grove and Stony Plain RCMP have arrested and charged two teenage boys, after officers were called to an incident where a number of livestock animals were found shot back in June.

Investigators announced Friday that two boys, aged 18 and 15-years-old faced a total of 28 charges, including counts of killing or injuring cattle, careless use of a firearm and mischief.

In addition, two long-barreled shotguns were seized.

“We were able to interview a couple of people of interest,” Insp. Gary Graham said. “We were able to interview them and subsequently both individuals were officially charged today.”

The charges were laid in connection to an investigation that started in June, 2012, when RCMP said officers received three calls on June 20, 2012, complaining that their livestock had been shot.

Investigators found a horse, a calf, and four cows in total suffering from gunshot woundsand while two of the cows eventually recovered, the rest died.

CTV News covered the shocking deaths when residents reported the shootings in June.

Wade Thordarson said the calf and a cow shot in the incidents belonged to his 13-year-old daughter, who had owned the cattle for a year as part of a 4H project.

On Friday, CTV News learned the older boy facing charges is Julian Bliss.

Thordarson said Bliss and his family live near his home – and he has met the young man.

“I was hoping it wouldn’t be anyone from the area,” Thordarson said. “[I’m] quite surprised to know them, and that they’re from the area.

“That’s very disturbing.”

Read more: http://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/two-teens-charged-after-shooting-killing-livestock-1.1129827#ixzz2KYPfAk00

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UPDATE: Police Officer Charged with Felony For Tasering & Shooting Therapy Dog

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The Commerce City, Colorado police officer who killed Chloe last month has been charged with animal cruelty Officer Robert Price was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, which is a class six felony.

The incident occurred on November 24, when owner Gary Branson dropped Chloe off at a relative’s house while he went out of town for Thanksgiving.  She left Chloe in her garage when she went out shopping, but the dog tripped the sensor and opened the door.

Police received a call from neighbour Kenny Collins, who said there was a large, aggressive pit bull-mix (chocolate Lab mix, according to Branson) wandering around, barking at his windows.  Police arrived with animal control, and Collins’ son began filming the event on his cell phone.

“He’s basically back in the garage or whatever, staying away from the police,” Collins said. Collins said that Chloe just sat in the garage near her bed for about half an hour while the officers scratched their heads, thinking what to do.

Chloe must have attempted to get back out, because one of the officers used his Taser on her twice, forcing her back insideScared, Chloe tried to escape again, but was shot by Price. The animal control officer finally got the wounded dog on the catch pole, but Price shot her four more times, finally ending her life.

Commerce City Police issued a statement that read:  “An animal control agent was able to place a ‘catch pole’ around the dog’s neck.  The pit bull remained extremely agitated and continued to attempt to attack the animal control agent.  Due to the dog’s size and aggressive demeanour, it could not be controlled on the catch pole.

For the safety of the animal control agent and the community, a police officer shot and killed the dog.” Collins said that from the video, you could tell Chloe was just scared and trying to run away from danger. “I totally disagree with it, totally,” he said.  “The dog was not attacking people and that’s not what I said when I called 911.”

Gary Branson with framed photos of his dogs

 Branson is devastated at the loss of his dog, who had been a therapy dog to him since he underwent heart surgery in 2008.

“She was my constant companion pretty much 24/7.  And there’s never been any incidents where she was violent or aggressive,” Branson said.  “She was as gentle as a lamb.  She loved kids.  She loved running around with them, playing with them.  She’d let them ride on her like a horse, bounce on her, pull her ears, and she never once did anything to harm a child – or an adult.

She was just a loving, loving animal who loved attention.  It didn’t matter from who.” After a thorough investigation, the Adams County District Attorney charged price with cruelty to animals.  The cell phone video, which went viral, has been a key piece of evidence, along with witness accounts.  A necropsy was also performed. 

Branson is considering taking legal action against the Commerce City Police Department. “They had the opportunity to do the right thing – to own their mistake, to apologize for that mistake. And they didn’t,” said Branson’s attorney, Jennifer Edwards.  “So now I think they need to change their ways within that police department.

 Obviously, there’s something wrong in the culture there.  In three months, we’ve gone to trial on one dog getting shot, and now we have another one needlessly murdered.  Something has to change.”

News Link:-http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2012/12/police-officer-charged-with-felony-for-tasering-and-shooting-therapy-dog/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LifeWithDogs+%28Life+With+Dogs%29

Related:https://preciousjules1985.wordpress.com/2012/11/29/innocent-dog-shot-5-times-by-police/

WARNING: The link below contains Video which is very graphic and heartbreaking.  

You Tube video:- Discretion is advised

Published on 27 Nov 2012

One police officer uses his Taser twice on the dog. Then the dog tries to run away and is captured by the animal control officer on the catch pole. But, after it is captured, a police officer fires five shots at Chloe, killing the dog.

At least one stray bullet hit the animal control officer’s car with neighbors and kids all around.

Commerce City Police initially lied, releasing a statement reading in part, “An animal control agent was able to place a ‘catch pole’ around the dog’s neck. The pit bull remained extremely agitated and continued to attempt to attack the animal control agent. Due to the dog’s size and aggressive demeanor, it could not be controlled on the catch pole. For the safety of the animal control agent and the community, a police officer shot and killed the dog.”

In the video, it does not appear that the dog moved aggressively toward two police officers and an animal control worker. The video seems to show a terrified dog who is determined to run away.

Alicia Hall, an animal behavior technician with the Dumb Friends League, said, “The animal could still potentially be a danger, but if the catch pole is being used appropriately, the animal should be restrained safely. As far as I can see from the video, it looks like the dog actually walked right into the catch pole as it was coming out of the garage and was safely restrained.”

“The video, it’s pretty far away and kind of fuzzy, so it’s hard to see a lot of the dog’s body postures, but what I did see is that the dog did retreat quite a bit from the police officers and the animal control officer. It ran into the garage rather than coming out of the garage. And even when he was coming out of the garage, it didn’t look like he was coming after them, it looked like he was trying to get away from them,” Hall said.

Not surprisingly, Commerce City Police Chief Chuck Saunier defends the actions of the killers.

The dog was temporarily being housed at this location by the owner’s relative. She was charged with numerous violations.

More here: 

http://www.examiner.com/article/colorado-police-shoot-dog-restrained-on-catch…

http://www.examiner.com/article/protestors-dcry-pit-bull-shooting-commerce-ci…

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Justice-for-Chloe-Dog-shot-by-Commerce-City-Co…

Innocent Dog Fatally Shot By Police After Being Restrained

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“This is shocking to say the least, the poor dog was on the end of a catch-pole,  if the prick that was using it didn’t have control, then he wasn’t trained properly, police are very trigger happy around stray dogs…shoot then ask question…which is not good enough!” R.I.P Chloe x”

The actions of police officers in Commerce City, CO are being called into question after they responded to a call to pick up a loose dog and shot it 5 times, fatally wounding it.

The large breed dog was seen wandering around a neighbourhood, and while it was not causing any sort of disturbance a neighbour called to have it picked up, thinking it was a stray, and was astonished to see police capture and kill the dog.

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“I called police because I saw a dog wandering loose out front,” said Ken Collins.  Unbeknownst to Collins, his neighbour was looking after the dog, named Chloe, for a cousin who was out of town for the holidays.  When she went out, she left the dog in the garage with the door closed.  But somehow Chloe tripped the door opener and wandered outside.

Collins, who observed the whole scene, said he did not fear the dog, and said  that after about 30 minutes, the dog just sat inside the open garage door near her bed while officers decided what to do.  ”He’s basically back in the garage or whatever, staying away from police.”   Chloe was tasered twice, and she dropped to the ground each time.  Then animal control used a catch pole to contain the dog, and it while she was on the catch pole and effectively restrained that police started shooting.

Collins, who videotaped the whole incident, was very troubled by the fact that the police started shooting and said that at least one stray bullet hit the animal control officer’s car with neighbors and kids all around.  Alicia Hall, an animal behaviour technician with the Dumb Friends League said ”The animal could still potentially be a danger, but if the catch pole is being used appropriately, the animal should be restrained safely. As far as I can see from the video, it looks like the dog actually walked right into the catch pole as it was coming out of the garage and was safely restrained,” Hall said.

Commerce City Police Detective Mike Saunders says the incident will be investigated and added  ”We need time to look at the video. We need time to look over the officer’s report. And we need time to speak to the officer before we can comment.”

Collins later said, “I wish I hadn’t called, but like my kids keep reassuring me, I did what anybody else would do and that’s what the lady across the street said, whose dog was shot, that she would have done the same thing,”

 But nothing can bring back Chloe, who was seemingly the innocent victim in a tragic story or explain why police shot at the animal 5 times, finally killing her.

64 Wolves Killed In Opening Days of Hunt: Protect Red Wolves

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Duluth, Minn. — Minnesota wolf hunters have killed 64 wolves as of 8 p.m. Monday in the first weekend of the state’s first regulated wolf hunt.

The DNR set a quota of 200 wolves for this first season, which runs concurrently with the deer rifle-hunting season. The opening weekend harvest is in line with the agency’s expectations, said DNR wolf expert Dan Stark.

Bryan Heiney of Duluth killed this wolf at about noon Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 in southern Koochiching County, Minn., on the third day of the state’s first wolf hunting season. (Photo courtesy of Bryan Heiney)

“Typically about 50 percent of the harvest occurs the first weekend, and that’s when most of the hunters are out there,” Stark said. “We aren’t going to know exactly until the end of the season, but it’s likely to track that pattern.”

The number of wolves killed so far in Minnesota is higher than at the beginning of other states’ hunts, Stark said. He also said the agency will survey hunters about their methods and how long they hunted. That information will be used to make any needed changes to next year’s hunt.

At the end of Monday, the DNR closed the east-central wolf hunting zone around Lake Mille Lacs where eight of the zone’s allotted nine wolves were killed over the weekend. Hunters will be able to kill another 200 wolves during a second season beginning at the end of the November. That season will include trappers as well as hunters.

News Link:-http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/05/environment/wolf-hunt/

Fewer than 100 Wild Red Wolves Remain in the world

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission recently approved a temporary state rule that allows the hunting of coyotes at night using spotlights, including in the area inhabited by the only wild population of red wolves, one of the world’s most endangered animals.

Take action now! Sign our petition calling on the commission to halt all coyote hunting — day or night — within the red wolf recovery area.

Red wolves once roamed most of the Southeastern United States, but harsh predator control programs and habitat loss resulted in their near elimination — and in 1980 red wolves were declared extinct in the wild.

After a small population of captive red wolves was reintroduced into the eastern part of North Carolina, the species slowly began to repopulate and today about 100 red wolves have regained a fragile foothold in the wild.

Red wolves and coyotes are similar in size, coats and coloring, so red wolves are frequently mistaken for coyotes, even in daylight. In nighttime conditions it is nearly impossible to tell them apart.

Please take this urgent action today!

At least two red wolves have already been killed within the eastern North Carolina area designated for red wolf recovery. Defenders of Wildlife has joined two other conservation organizations to file suit in the Superior Court of Wake County, North Carolina to prevent nighttime coyote hunting throughout North Carolina, including within the red wolf recovery area.

The groups have also put the North Carolina Wildlife Commission on notice that we will seek a federal enforcement action unless it stops all coyote hunting — daytime or nighttime — in the area where these critically endangered wolves live.

That’s why we need supporters like you to speak out on behalf of these wolves and tell the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission to halt all coyote hunting in the red wolf recovery area!

The red wolf only exists in the state of North Carolina, and with a population so small and fragile, an increase in red wolf shooting deaths could mean they’ll never recover

Petition link:-https://secure.defenders.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=2503

Lions ordered killed for King’s necklaces

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“WTF…how utterly selfish & heartless of the king; does he not know we are in the 21st century?  If they still want to live like Zulu’s & live in mud huts that’s fine, but don’t be killing animals just for bloody jewellery. Lion numbers in the wild are dwindling fast, the king could have had a few teeth from a lion that had died of natural causes…not taken lives from the wild. What kind of mixed message does this send out, if animals are killed just for a king’s festival but anyone local found to be poaching will be arrested?”

The two elephants were shot in the same park where rangers were recently ordered to shoot two lions so that the Zulu king and senior chiefs could have lion claw necklaces made. 

FILE PICTURE – Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini. Picture by Refilwe Modise.

When the order came for two lions to be shot Tembe rangers insisted that only lions which were old, sterile or in poor condition be shot.

But Ezemvelo head office insisted that two lions be shot as soon as possible to give the chiefs time to have their necklaces made before the annual Zulu reed dance.

The necklaces made of lion claws are a traditional status symbol.

Shortly before the deadline for the lions to be shot, a male lion escaped from Tembe  and was shot after killing several cattle.

No attempts were made to capture or chase the lion back into the lion park. Its carcass was  transported to the royal household.

Because the animal allegedly posed a threat to humans, the nature conservation body did not legally need a destruction permit.

‘‘Any animal that escapes from the reserve and causes damage outside the reserve is usually killed,” KZN Wildlife spokesman Musa Mntambo told The Citizen last month.

“The lion was wounded outside the reserve and then shot dead –  to stop its suffering –  when it re-entered the reserve,” he said.

Mntambo denied that any lion had been donated to the Zulu king.

Shortly thereafter,  another lion died in a freak accident as rangers were attempting to capture it after it was sold to a private game reserve.
Its carcass was driven to Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife head office from Tembe and handed over to a senior manager.

The manager then accompanied the carcass to the home of a senior chief, where the animal was handed over.

Multiple attempts to contact royal spokesman Mbonisi Zulu for comment were u unsuccessful

On Thursday Independent Newspapers reported that a hippo  ended up in the Zulu king’s cooking pot after Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife shot the animal.

The hippo was shot in the Hluhluwe Game Reserve capture pens, where it was held for eight weeks while the wildlife body ‘‘fattened up the animal’’.

Ezemvelo reportedly said that the decision had been taken to destroy the hippo as it was a “problem animal” and had attacked a St Lucia home-owner, but did not explain why the animal was then fattened up for eight weeks before being shot.

After the report Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife CEO Bandile Mkhize,  who allegedly ordered the possibly illegal killing of the two lions,  lashed out at his critics, accusing them of being nostalgic for the days of apartheid.

Mkhize was quoted as saying: “From time to time we donate animals to the king.

“We have a special relationship and negotiate with him on what is possible or not, but I would hate to see him portrayed as someone who bulldozes us.”

The shooting of the lion, elephant and hippo come at a time when Ezemvelo KZN Wild faces funding shortages. Depending on their sex and size, elephants can fetch hundreds of thousands of rands at auctionsHippos can fetch up to R20 000 each.

News Link:http://www.citizen.co.za/citizen/content/en/citizen/local-news?oid=334309&sn=Detail&pid=146836&Animals-killed-to-make-necklaces

Family’s horror as police officer shoots dead their beloved pet dog before trying to clean up the evidence – but it’s all caught on video

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  • Raul Ayala claims his dog was shot ‘in cold blood’ by police officer Ray Huffman
  • Video shows the cop firing several shots at the dog before dragging it away and washing the blood away with a hose
  • Town stands by Officer Huffman, saying that the shooting was justified

A heartbroken father claims a police officer shot his family’s dog ‘in cold blood’ in a gruesome act by a local police officer – all caught by his home securitycameras.

Family tragedy: The Ayala family looked to Bos as a guard dog

Raul Ayala of Lyman, Nebraska, said he had gone into town on September 22 with his wife and children, leaving his 18-month-old Rottweiler, Bos, in the yard.

He later received a call from his brother-in-law, saying that he had heard shots being fired and went to the house to find Bos was dead.

After returning to his house, Mr Ayala looked at his home security tapes, where he saw the officer fire about four shots from close range.

Bos can be seen spinning in place before collapsing and writhing on the sidewalk.

The video was also posted on YouTube on October 14 by Pittsburgh Cop Block, an organisation dedicated to naming and shaming police officers believed to have used excessive force or brutality

The police officer, Ray Huffman of the Lyman Police Department, claimed that he had only shot Bos after pepper spray was ineffective – and that the dog had lunged at him.

A post on the ‘Justice for Bos Ayala’ Facebook page reads: ‘He protected us with all he had he wasn’t just a dog he was more like family my baby who didn’t deserve what happen (sic).’

Also on the video, the officer comes into the shot as Bos lays dying, grabs the animal by one of his back legs, and drags him off to the side.

He then takes a hose that was hanging nearby and uses it to rinse the blood off the concrete. He tosses the hose on the ground just before the video ends.

Police said that Huffman washed the blood away because he did not want the family to see it.

The family is now calling for Huffman’s dismissal from the Lyman Police Department.

But the village won’t budge, saying that it has numerous witnesses ‘who saw the dog acting aggressively and that it was not the first time.’

The Village of Lyman said in a statement that it ‘supports the actions taken by Officer Huffman and will defend such actions unless it is proven that Officer Huffman acted negligently in his duties as a police officer.’

But Ayala claims the security tape shows that the village is wrong, and that the shooting was not justified.

Mr Ayala told the Star Herald: ‘Nothing in the Village of Lyman’s statement is consistent with what is shown on my video. Furthermore, nothing said by Mr Huffman is consistent with what is being shown on my video.’

 News Link:- http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2219226/Ray-Huffman-Familys-horror-cop-shoots-dead-pet-dog-caught-video.html#ixzz29c6Sfevb

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A heartbroken father claims a police officer shot his family’s dog ‘in cold blood’ in a gruesome act by a local police officer – all caught by his home security cameras.

Raul Ayala of Lyman, Nebraska, said he had gone into town on September 22 with his wife and children, leaving his 18-month-old Rottweiler, Bos, in the yard.

He later received a call from his brother-in-law, saying that he had heard shots being fired and went to the house to find Bos was dead. 

Bear Fatally Shot After Being Injured by Car On Vanderbilt

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JUNEAU EMPIRE

Police say they shot and killed a bear cub that was hit by a car as it tried to cross Vanderbilt Hill Road Wednesday morning.

The bear was still alive when police arrived on scene a little after 6:34 a.m. when the call came in, but it was “gravely injured,” said Lt. David Campbell, a spokesman for the Juneau Police Department.

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“If an animal is suffering, and it’s a wild animal, then in order to ease the suffering of the animal we’ll put it down,” Campbell said in a phone interview.

The bear was killed at about 7 a.m. An official from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game recovered the bear’s body a few minutes later.

It was not immediately known what type of vehicle hit the bear, or the cause of the accident. The crash was reported to police by the person driving the vehicle, and the motorist’s identity was not released.

Neil Barten, a Fish and Game Wildlife Management Coordinator who retrieved the bear’s body, said JPD did the right thing by killing the bear by gunshot.

Barten speculated the bear had broken its back or crushed its pelvis because it was unable to walk.

The poor thing was on the road, and it was trying to crawl,” he said.

Barten said it was a male black bear cub that was brownish in colour. He estimated it weighed 75 pounds and was less than a year old.

Fish and Game has received reports that a female black bear and her three cubs — two of which were black and one that was brown — have been in the area.

Barten speculated that the brown cub was straggling behind while following its mother and siblings crossing the street when it was hit by the car.

As Barten was loading the cub’s remains into the back of his pickup truck, he said the mother and her two remaining cubs re-crossed the street and scurried back toward the hillside above Twin Lakes.

“It’s just kind of unfortunate because they were getting so close to getting to bed for the winter,” Barton said, adding that bear sightings in town will drop off in the next two weeks as the bears begin to hibernate.

Barten said about four to five bears are hit on the road each year in Juneau.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

News Link:-http://juneauempire.com/local/2012-10-10/bear-fatally-shot-after-being-injured-car-vanderbilt#.UHdemm_AeSo

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