Update Graphic Image:Sudbury Man Sentenced In Dog Shooting

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“Is that all that dogs life is worth, a measly $2,000 & 5 year ban on owning another dog…what a load of crap & what if the next dog pisses him off & he decides to shoot him too!! Poor Buddy had over 50 pellets taken out of his face & neck back in March…I think the sentencing on this case is so F-ing wrong…it stinks!!” R.I.P Buddy x (sorry playing catch up)

Follow up on story Nov 5th: Sudbury judge hands down sentence in high-profile ‘Buddy’ case after Simeon Smith makes guilty plea

Buddy, a German Shepherd mix dog, was found on the side of a Sudbury, Ont. area road after sustaining gun shot wounds to the face. He was rescued and treated at Walden Animal Hospital, but later died from heart failure. (Walden Animal Hospital)

A Sudbury area man has been given a $2,000 fine and a five-year ban on owning a dog after pleading guilty to animal cruelty charges.

On Monday morning, the case of Buddy — a German Shepherd mixed-breed dog found shot in the face and neck and left to die on the side of a St. Charles area road — was put to rest in a Sudbury court room.

 Simeon Smith did not appear in court for his sentencing, but earlier pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges in the shooting of the dog in March.

The dog later died of heart failure in an animal hospital.

Smith was charged with four counts of animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA act, including one count each of causing the animal to be in distress, permitting the animal to be in distress, failing to provide adequate and appropriate medical attention and failing to humanely kill an animal.

Justice Pierre Leclerc issued the fine and the ban, along with a stipulation the SPCA may investigate his property during the five-year dog ownership ban

News Link:http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/story/2012/11/05/sby-buddy-dog-sentencing.html

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Investigators Looking To Find Those Responsible For Dog Found Buried Shot & Buried Allive

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“Come on friends, if you think you have any information no matter how irrelative you think it might be, please contact the number below. This is a particularly nasty & violent crime, somebody wanted that poor dog to die a slow miserable death, anyone that can do that to a dog is a danger to society in general; evil bxxxxxd’s…watch video’s below!”

Animal Services in Hillsborough County, Florida are asking for the community’s help to find the person responsible for committing a horrible crime to a 2-year-old pit bull mix breed. The dog, who investigators have named Phoebe, was found buried up to her neck in sand and shot twice. It’s a miracle that she is alive.

On October 29th the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous call reporting shots fired at a vacant home.

Deputies arrived on the scene to find Phoebe buried alive in the backyard. Phoebe was rescued with the help of Animal Services officers. “What they saw was a dog, her head protruding from the ground still alive,” said Animal Services investigation manager Pam Perry. “The dog was whimpering. It appeared from the area in the backyard. There were blood trail. There was also blood coming from the dog’s head.”

Phoebe was brought to the emergency vet where she spent a week recovering. She not only had her gun shot wounds to recover from, but she weighed only 30 pounds. “It’s a miracle that this dog is even alive,” said Perry. Phoebe has survived and is putting weight on, but she will still need some time to completely recover from her injuries. Once she is recovered she will be looking for a good home.

Investigators are appealing to the community to please come forward with any information that they may have about this incident. The only lead they have received so far is from a neighbour who has seen teenagers hanging out at the vacant home. “Anyone please, please come forward. You can remain anonymous,” said Perry. If you have information you are asked to call Hillsborough Animal Services at (813) 744-5660.

News Link:http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2012/11/investigators-looking-for-those-responsible-for-dog-found-shot-and-buried-alive/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LifeWithDogs+%28Life+With+Dogs%29

Discretion Advised Live leak Video:-http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=6c5_1353198278

ABC Video:-http://www.abcactionnews.com/dpp/news/region_hillsborough/two-year-old-dog-shot-twice-in-the-head-and-burried-up-to-its-neck-but-survives#ixzz2CWtwlvAq

Menino Pledges Strict Muzzle Law On Pit Bulls

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A day after police shot one of two loose pit bulls they say “terrorized” an East Boston neighbourhood  attacking a boy and killing a cat, Mayor Thomas M. Menino vowed to resurrect a city pit bull muzzling rule that will be fixed next month when a state law takes effect that bans breed-specific legislation.

“We’re going to continue to press for legislation that will deal with the issues of putting pit bulls in the city of Boston. … They do need a special law. … Pit bulls have that little strain in them that are vicious,” Menino said, calling it “ridiculous” that state legislators acted to override the Hub’s 2004 pit bull ordinance and similar lawsin Lowell, Winthrop and elsewhere.

ROUNDED UP: Mayor Thomas M. Menino vows strict rules on pit bulls despite the current law getting cleared off the books on Nov. 1. Below, a pit bull is loaded into a van after going on a rampage Friday in East Boston.

The city’s doomed pit bull control law requires owners to register their dogs, muzzle them in public, post “beware of dog” signs and limit them to two per household.

Boston Animal Control Director Mark Giannangelo could not say yesterday whether the two pit bulls that escaped a Sumner Street apartment Friday were registered.

Bruin, the dog police shot, and the other dog, Max, which was corralled by cops, are being held until a city hearing to determine their fate, which under state law could be as severe as having the dogs killed or as light as having them returned to their owner.

Backers of the law that revamped state animal control codes, which goes into effect Nov. 1, argue Boston’s pit bull muzzle rule has not reduced dog bites.

“The ordinance is still in place and didn’t prevent this incident. Breed-specific ordinances don’t work,” said Kara Holmquit, the MSPCA’s director of advocacy. “To truly prevent dog bites, a comprehensive dangerous dog law that is well-enforced needs to be embraced.”

State Sen. Patricia Jehlen (D-Somerville), who sponsored the law and called Friday’s attack “horrible,” said there are provisions in the state law to deal with dangerous dogs that don’t discriminate by breed.

“I really want to protect people against dangerous dogs. I believe what we did is a good solution for that,” Jehlen said.

But City Councilor Robert Consalvo, who penned the city’s pit bull law and now may seek a home-rule petition to exempt the Hub from the ban on breed-specific laws, said a pit bull’s vice-like jaws and history of being bred as a fighting dog make it more dangerous.

“I get that poodles bite. But if a poodle or beagle bites me, I can defend myself,” he said. “A pit bull’s a much more aggressive attack.”

Video & News Link:-http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view/20221007menino_pledges_strict_muzzle_law_on_pit_bulls/

Judge Upholds Verdict Awarding Over $60,000 To Family Whose Dog Was Shot By Police Officer

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The verdict has been upheld in the case of the shooting of Brandi, a chocolate lab, by police officers.

Back in April the jury had awarded $620,000 to the Jenkins family, $20,000 for

Brandi

veterinary bills and $600,000 for mental anguish, pain and suffering. The judge did reduce the veterinary bills award to $7,500 due to the fact Maryland law caps damages at that amount. The upholding of the $600,000 for emotional damages is huge not only for the Jenkins family but for the law starting to view pets not just as property.

The shooting incident occurred back on January 9, 2010 when police officers came to the Jenkins’ home with a civil warrant for their son, who no longer lived at the resident.

Brandi bound out of the house to meet the officers when Deputy Timothy Brooks shot her. Brandi didn’t even get within three feet of the officer and had stopped barking when she was shot.

Brandi did survive the shooting but will need extensive ongoing medical care. Brooks was found to have unconstitutionally shot and grievously wounded the dog by the jury. In addition Brooks along with Deputy Nathan Rector were found to have unconstitutionally and illegally entered the Jenkins’ home. The two officers entered the home without permission after the Jenkins had left to rush Brandi to the veterinarian.

Cary Hansel, attorney for the Jenkins was very happy with the result not only for what was awarded to the Jenkins but because of what the case means for the legal community. “It’s one of the first cases in Maryland to recognize that pets are family members and not property.” Normally, cases involving property would not be permitted to award emotional damages.

News Link:-http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2012/09/judge-upholds-verdict-awarding-over-600000-to-family-whose-dog-was-shot-by-a-police-officer/

 

Miracle Dog Survivies And Is Adopted After Being Shot In The Head

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A stray Kansan dog found himself a home last weekend after narrowly escaping death.  The Shepherd mix, named Titan, had been wandering around the Flat Ridge 2 wind farm in Harper county.

“He was just hanging around, and people were giving him scraps of lunch and whatever else,” crew member Stephanie Babcock said.  “He was just a sweetheart of a dog.”

Then Titan vanished.  A few days later he returned, badly wounded.  He had been shot in the head, and the bullet traveled through his mouth, tongue and throat.  Babcock called a veterinarian.  Surgery to remove the bullet and repair damages was successful, but Titan is now blind in his right eye.

It is unknown who shot Titan, or why.  But through this misfortune shines a ray of happiness.  Babcock contacted local news stations with his story.  Soon, a Wichita family heard and decided they wanted to adopt him.

“I have a soft spot for canines,” said Summer Magyar.  “Seeing the pictures and hearing the story were heartbreaking.”

“I see this wonderful, wonderful dog,” 15-year-old Ryan said.  “He’s so playful, and he’s so friendly.”

A fund for Titan’s medical procedures and future bills has been established at the Swaney Veterinary Clinic in Kingman, KS.  Any extra money will be donated to the local Humane Society.

Video & News Link:http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2012/09/miracle-dog-survives-and-is-adopted-after-being-shot-in-the-head/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LifeWithDogs+%28Life+With+Dogs%29

 

Deputy: Rogers County dog death not animal cruelty

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“This all sounds a bit fishy to me, where when & how did Jetta’s legs become bound? If he found her, why didn’t he contact animal control, instead of leaving her in a ditch! He had no right to shoot her, how did he know if she could have made it…was he a vet? We have seen miracles before of dogs at death’s door, bouncing back! My gut instinct tells me it’s not what it seems to be!”

The Rogers County Sheriff’s Department says the death of Jetta the dog, does not appear to be from abuse.

Rogers County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Jerry Smittle says a man, whose name has not been released, came forward and told authorities his side of the story.

Smittle says the man told deputies he found a dog seriously injured from an apparent motor vehicle accident near his Winganon, Okla. property.

The man said he tried to help, but the animal snapped at him. Investigators say the man then explained he did what he thought was best, choosing to shoot the wounded dog.

Smittle says the man admitted to moving its body into a ditch away from his home, but refuted earlier reports he tied up and dragged the animal with his vehicle.

Rogers County authorities made the announcement of the man’s confession Tuesday. No arrest was made.

On Saturday, Jetta was found lying on the ground about a mile from her home. Rogers County deputies initially said the animal was dragged to death behind a vehicle after her legs were bound together with steel baling wire.

The dog’s death sparked a social media outcry, even gaining the attention of former University of Oklahoma and Dallas Cowboy head coach Barry Switzer. Switzer doubled the reward pledged by followers of Wild Heart Ranch’s Facebook page , the Humane Society of United States of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Alliance for animals.

News Link:-http://www.kjrh.com/dpp/news/local_news/deputies-say-rogers-county-dog-death-not-animal-cruelty#ixzz25j30nDl5

 

Photos: Star, The Dog Shot By Cop In East Village, Is Okay!

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“AT last…news on Star, who thankfully & miraculously is alive (despite some saying she was killed) & recovering well. I don’t think for one moment this dog was of a vicious nature, she was only protecting her owner, who was having some type of seizure. Witnesses who knew both the dog & owner stated that Star was often off a leash, now you couldn’t walk through the streets with a vicious dog off a leash could you? They also said that Lech & star were inseparable; since he rescued her, so I’m wondering why Lech Stankiewicz has not come forward to collect ownership, I wonder if the police have been in contact with him since he was hospitalized at the scene? I worry this devoted dog could end up somewhere she shouldn’t if someone doesn’t offer her a home!”

Almost two weeks ago the NYPD shot a dog in broad daylight in the East Village.

Here she is: Star the dog is improving, and recovering every day. (Courtesy of Animal Care & Control)

The dog, named Star, was found barking near her owner, who was passed out and was believed to be having a seizure on the sidewalk. One witness told us, “The dog was protecting the owner, that’s what it does.” When the NYPD arrived on the scene, Star continued barking and running around, and presumably believing she was dangerous, an officer shot herthere is graphic video of the shooting —and then pepper-sprayed her.

Via Eddie Huang.

Star miraculously survived the point-blank shot, and has been at Animal Care & Control since, but her status has been unknown—until now. This morning Richard Gentles told us that Star “is improving, [but] she’s still resting and not up for visitors at this time.”

Gentles tells us Star was officially released to Animal Care & Control yesterday at 8 p.m. “Her owner had until that day and time to reclaim her but since he didn’t ownership was legally transferred to AC&C.” Until last night, the AC&C couldn’t provide information because of this, but now that she has been released to them, they are free to place her and disclose her status. (Star’s owner is believed to be Lech Stankiewicz, who has not been reported to have been seen since the day of the shooting.)

Since her arrival on August 13th, Gentles says they’ve “ensured that she has received proper veterinary care and attention.” Additionally, her medical bills, which have already amounted to nearly $10,000, will be paid for through donations to AC&C’s Special Treatment and Recovery (S.T.A.R.) Fund.

Once she is through recovering, they will “ultimately transfer ownership of Star and her continued care to the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals” (specifically AC&C’s New Hope partner, where homes are found for unwanted animals).

We will update once Star leaves the hospital and that happens. It’s expected she’ll be put up for adoption—but Gentles says no one has expressed interest in being her human (yet)!

News Link:http://gothamist.com/2012/08/25/photos_star_the_dog_shot_by_a_cop_i.php

Read this account of what happened:http://observer.com/2012/08/dog-shot-14th-street-08132012/

“We see this dog outside of KFC every day. It’s usually a nice dog. [The dog and its owner] don’t bother anyone. Everyone in this restaurant [Baohaus] knows this. If it was a cop from the neighborhood, they would know that guy. He’s there every day”

Related:-https://preciousjules1985.wordpress.com/2012/08/24/disturbing-video-police-shoot-and-kill-a-dog-in-east-village-new-york/

 

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