Gang Of Four Admits To Killing 4-5 Leopards

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Feb. 2oth:-MUMBAI: The four persons, including two sons of forest guards, arrested by the Mumbai crime branch on Monday have admitted to killing four to five leopards.

Sources said poaching inside the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) could be the tip of the iceberg, and the police believe the gang sold animal skin to an international gang, which smuggles it out of the country via Nepal.

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Unit 11 busted the gang, operating with impunity in the forest for at least two months. The accused, booked under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, are Alok Khaire (27), Prashant Patel (25), Tushar Bagwe (29) and Abhishek Rane (26). They were produced before a holiday court on Tuesday and remanded to police custody till February 20.

Joint commissioner of police (crime) Himanshu Roy said, Prima facie, they have admitted they killed few animals, including leopards. But they are now putting the entire blame on the main accused, Pankaj Patel.

The police have launched a manhunt for Pankaj, the elder brother of Prashant, who was arrested along with the others when they tried to sell a leopard skin outside the park gate.

The police on Tuesday carried out searches at the residences of the accused to find out if they had hidden any skin or remains of animals. The accused, while selling the skin to a person sent by the police, had claimed that they could arrange for any animal or its skin. They claimed that they could get the skin of deer, rabbits, tigers and monitor lizards.

The police have also questioned security guards posted in the forest. Senior inspector Raghunath Dalvi said they have told senior forest officers to check the census of leopards.

The accused admitted that they had laid traps for leopards at places they would frequent to quench their thirst and then shoot them. After that they would peel off the skin and scatter away the remains or bury it to avoid suspicion.

News Link:-http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/Gang-of-four-admits-to-killing-4-5-leopards/articleshow/18583901.cms?

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Official: 11 Puppies Found Dead Skinned To The Bone

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MACUNGIE, Pa. (AP)Animal welfare workers say 11 puppies were found dead and skinned near an eastern Pennsylvania park.

The Lehigh County Humane Society says the dogs were discovered Friday near a park in Lower Macungie Township, Lehigh County.

The discovery is second disturbing incident in the county in less than a week. About 20 miles away in Lynn Township police say a dog was discovered skinned and cooked.

County humane society officials say testing will determine if the puppies were domestic or wild.

State police are investigating.

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An official from the Lehigh County Humane Society has confirmed that 11 puppies found dead near Lower Macungie Township Park on Friday were skinned to the bone.

Bruce Fritch of the Humane Society said the puppies were taken to the society’s shelter on Dixon Street in Allentown, and an investigation is under way.

The dogs were discovered around 4 p.m. Friday off Quarry Road.

Anyone with information can call state police atFogelsville at 610-395-1438.

While the investigation continues, a local dog-lovers group is organizing a reward in an attempt to help gather information and solve the case.

The Lehigh Valley Pitbull Awareness Club announced on its Facebook page Saturday that it is starting a reward fund.

“We have decided to help offer a reward in response to this disgusting discovery,” the club said on Facebook. “We have pledged $100 to start in hopes that others will join.”

The club’s co-founder, David Lee, said about $600 in pledges toward a reward had been made through Sunday afternoon. He said the majority of money is being pledged by individuals.

“People have just kind of joined in,” Lee said.

He said he’s been in contact with state police and will verify with investigators who provides information leading to an arrest. The club, not police, will handle the reward.

Anyone interested in pledging money toward the reward can contact the Lehigh Valley Pitbull Awareness Club at 484-764-7779lvpitbullclub@gmail.com or through the club’s Facebook page.

The discovery in Lower Macungie came less than a week after a similar discovery in Lynn Township.

On Nov. 19, state police at Fogelsville said an animal found along Route 863 just south of Allamengel Road appeared to have been skinned and cooked. It had its feet cut off and a rope tied around the right rear leg.

The Lehigh County Humane Society said forensic tests would determine if the animal was a dog or wildlife.

News Link:-http://www.mcall.com/news/local/police/mc-dogs-abused-lower-macungie-20121125-21,0,4219469.story

 

Reward grows in animal abuse case

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MONTEVALLO – A reward continues to grow for information leading to an arrest in the Montevallo dog-skinning case.

The Humane Society of the United States, through its anti-cruelty funding, is offering $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators, said Mindy Gilbert, the Alabama state director for the Humane Society.

The Alabama Humane Federation and the Animal Control Association are each contributing an additional $500 to bring the reward to $3,500.

“We’re delighted to be able to put the reward in place,” Gilbert said.

The Greater Birmingham Humane Society is also raising money to offer as a reward.

“This is a tragic incident that has shocked and appalled people in our community, and we’ve received several calls from concerned citizens asking how they could help,” said Kelli Holmes, director of development for the GBHS, in a press release.

An anonymous donor pledged $10,000 toward the reward, $2,500 when an arrest is made and $7,500 after a conviction.

According to the release, donors can make a pledge that will be collected once an arrest is made or send in a donation that will be held in the GBHS Skipper Fund for up to 18 months. If an arrest and conviction is not made within the 18 months, the funds will be used to treat animals of cruelty that need extensive surgeries and medical attention. To make a pledge, contact Holmes at 397-8539.

News Link:-http://www.shelbycountyreporter.com/2012/06/04/reward-grows-in-dog-skinning-case/

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Pet dog found skinned on the brink of death

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(WBRC) – A dog owner in Alabama believes her pet was skinned alive.

The dog was found on the brink of death and in such bad shape, it had to be euthanized. 

“Bama” had to be euthanized after it received the devastating injuries.

Chilton County authorities are investigating this horrific incident.

Delana Dunnaway cannot remember “Bama” as the sweet little Chinese pug he was.  Instead, there is a disturbing, graphic, and heartbreaking image of her pet etched in her mind.

Dunnaway said, “I hope and pray it goes away but right now every time I think about him. I think about him being nothing but skin, bleeding.”

Dunnaway believes someone used a knife to skin her dog. She says Bama goes in and out through a doggie door and Friday morning, he went out and never came back.

Dunnaway’s son-in-law searched for him on their property. He found the 2-year-old pup in a wooded area, bleeding and barely alive.

Dunnaway said, “From the neck down there was nothing but raw meat, nerves, no hair on his legs.”

Dennis Potter, a manager at the Calera Animal Hospital, says what happened to the poor dog was not caused by another animal. It was intentional because the cuts were too precise.

Potter says there was nothing that could be done to save his life. Bama was euthanized.

Potter said, “Over 65 to 70 percent of the animal’s skin, plus fur were ripped off by a knife. There’s no way a body could regenerate that over a period of time. The animal was suffering.”

Dunnaway said, “I just don’t believe anybody that did this was sick, they were just evil.”

And Dunnaway says the person needs to be caught, before this happens to someone else’s pet or worse.

Dunnaway adds, “People are thinking it’s just a dog well it may have been, but the next step could be a child.” Dunnaway strongly believes if this person would do this to a little dog, then they’re probably capable of hurting a human being at some point.

The animal’s vet says it had trauma to its head, indicating the person who skinned him also hit the dog on the head with a blunt object.

She wants to know why someone would do this.

The state’s humane society is offering a $5,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest and conviction of a suspect.

News Link:-http://www.waff.com/story/18646340/pet-found-skinned-in-north-chilton-co

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