Animal Control Officer Tails And Rescues Dog Strapped To Back Of Vehicle

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“WTF….if the owners don’t allow their dog to be in the boot of the car in it’s crate; I pity how the poor thing lives at home!! If that’s how they feel then they shouldn’t have pets at all; bloody heartless morons!!”

A South Carolina animal control officer went above and beyond her call of duty when she spent two hours following an SUV that had a dog strapped outside of it.

Nicole Hubbard and her boyfriend were driving along the I-95 in Georgia when they noticed an airline crate attached to the cargo holder of a Dodge Durango.

“We were riding back from a family vacation,” Hubbard said. “We thought, ‘Surely, they don’t have a dog in the back of it.’ But when we got up next to it, there the dog was.”

A beagle mix was inside the crate, which was positioned directly behind the tailpipe, sending exhaust right through the carrier. Hubbard noticed there was no water container for the pup (which probably would have sloshed around anyway).

How Utterly Stupid & Ignorant

With it being 94 degrees out, she was concerned that the dog could become very ill from the heat and exhaust, not to mention the anxiety of being in a crate on the outside of a vehicle.

Though it appeared securely rigged with bungee cords, a bad bump could have knocked the carrier off and into the path of another vehicle.

She immediately informed highway patrol, who told her an officer would be dispatched to pull the vehicle over.

“We stayed behind them, and no officer ever came,” she said. She called again, but this time was told police couldn’t respond.

“They said they just don’t have an officer to send,” Hubbard said.

The couple continued to follow the SUV for about two hours, until they crossed the South Carolina border. She called the SC highway patrol, who showed greater concern for the situation.

“They were wonderful,” Hubbard said.

Hubbard with her own dogs.

An operator kept her on the line until a trooper could be sent to the area. Finally, the SUV was pulled over.

Hubbard does not know if the driver was issued a summons. It is unlikely that what was done would legally be considered animal cruelty, but it certainly falls under the definition of stupidity.

Hubbard said keeping a dog in a crate by an exhaust pipe with no water on such a hot day was unacceptable.

There wasn’t even enough room for the dog to turn around inside.

“I was just amazed that somebody could be that uneducated of the dangers with that dog being there,” she said. “Hopefully, they learned something from it.”

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Black Bear Gets A New Home At Charles Towne Landing: Petitions Against Bear Baiting

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For years, Memphis the black bear was trapped in a backyard in the Lowcountry. At first he was chained to a tree, and then he was placed in a five-by-twelve-foot chain-link cage.

“This is more common than people realize with these types of animals,” says Michelle Reid, director of the nonprofit Animal Rescue & Relief. “And it doesn’t necessarily have to be in the middle of nowhere.” Several months ago, Animal Rescue & Relief took Memphis from that backyard, and now he has two acres to roam in an enclosure at Charles Towne Landing.

COURTESY OF ANIMAL RESCUE & RELIEF Memphis the black bear spent years tied to a tree before being transferred to a small cage. Now he’s got two acres to roam at Charles Towne Landing.

Reid won’t say what town Memphis was found in, but she says it took about a year and a half to investigate the claims of animal abuse and get through the red tape to have him removed. When Reid and a co-worker finally went to the house with backup from local police, they removed the 450-pound bear and put him in a quarantine space. They gave him the name Memphis.

They also helped find him his new home in the Animal Forest at Charles Towne Landing on the banks of the Ashley River. “When he first was let loose into his habitat, he just took off,” Reid says. “Tearing branches out of the trees, he jumped in the pond and swam around, and he just had a field day. Every day with him is like that because he’s never had that.” “Because certain humans think they are superior to animals, so can do with them as they wish…it’s wrong & must stop!”

Reid says that some people keep bears for bear baiting (also known as bear baying), a bloodsport in which hunting dogs are released into a cage to attack a bear, sometimes with its teeth and claws removed. The practice is still legal in South Carolina. But in the case of Memphis the bear, Reid says it looks like the owner was just keeping him as a pet. “It seems that a lot of times when people have these sorts of animals … it’s just not your average owner and your average pet,” she says.

According to Reid, Memphis’ owner will not face criminal charges. In February, state Sen. David Thomas (R-Greenville) sponsored the Exotic Animal and Reptile Control and Regulation Act, a bill that would require people to apply for a special permit and pay a $150 annual fee to own any exotic animal — a term defined in the bill as including bears, hippos, camels, raccoons, opossums, lemurs, monkeys, beavers, and porcupines. The bill never made it past the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources, but Reid is holding out hope that another legislator will sign on to support the bill in next year’s session. “It’s bloody disgraceful to think that anyone can take a wild animal & keep it as a back yard pet, they are wild for a reason!”

“I’d hate for it to take somebody getting hurt for people to realize that we need those laws,” Reid says. “Sadly it will probably take something like that, for the law to act!”

In her 10 years leading the organization, which investigates animal abuse and neglect cases in North and South Carolina, Reid has encountered exotic animal auctions where people can purchase monkeys, tigers, and large reptiles. She has seen people keeping Alaskan wolves on their property for breeding, and she was involved with the seizure of 76 cats and dogs from a pet shelter in Williamsburg County, N.C., where The Post and Courier reported that cats had pus oozing from their eyes and dogs had faeces in their cages.

If you are aware of a situation where an exotic animal is being mistreated, contact Animal Relief & Rescue via e-mail at Donations for the organization can be sent to PO Box 13477, Charleston, SC 29422.

Memphis can be seen every other day at Charles Towne Landing (1500 Old Towne Road) in the Animal Forest, where he and another male black bear named Tupelo take turns in the public viewing area. The Animal Forest is also home to elk, bison, river otters, mountain lions, brown pelicans, and egrets. The park is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission is $7.50 for adults, $3.75 for S.C. senior citizens, $3.50 for students age 6-15, and free for children age 5 and under.

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“Bears like other wild animals do not belong in captivity, please sign the petitions below to stop this & bear baiting; the horrific blood sport where dogs attack a tethered bear for fun & entertainment.”

Bear Baiting or baying is alive & well in South Carolina; it is the only state in the nation to allow this cruelty.

The following video show’s just how cruel this is, this video is in South Carolina 

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Bear baiting, also known as “bear baying” by some, is a cruel spectator event where participants release their dogs to attack a tethered, captive bear, who has had her claws and some of her teeth cut off, leaving her defenseless

A pack dogs rush the bear, barking, biting and lunging at it. Frightened, the bear rears up on it’s hind legs, and has to use its strength to fend off the dogs, swinging at them.

The bear suffers bites and gashes, but the real trauma is the psychological trauma of a ceaseless set of attacks that last for hours.

In fact, some bears are prone to attacks for four hours as nearly 100 teams of dogs are set upon the bear in rapid succession. The bear…may endure this treatment every weekend throughout much of the year.

Surrounded by throngs of onlookers, many who travelled hundreds of miles to take part in the despicable spectacle.

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The following Face Book page is dedicated to outlawing bear baiting/ baying:-

Speak out against bear baying!

Following are ways to let your voice be heard:

Contact the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SC DNR).   Let them know that you are a South Carolina resident and that you oppose the practice of bear baying.  Ask them to use their power to prohibit the practice.  A reasoned and respectful plea, in your own words, will have the greatest impact.

  • The SC DNR can be reached by phone at 803-734-3886.
  • A letter can be addressed to the following:

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
P. O. Box 167
Columbia, SC 29202
Attn:  John Frampton, Director

Contact your legislators in the statehouse.  Whether bear baying is active in your community or not, our state leaders need to hear a clear message from their constituents – South Carolinians do not agree that bear baying should be legal.  

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Bear Baiting in Pakistan

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Bear Baiting is a cruel bloodsport in which pairs of dogs are set upon a tethered bear. Although it has been declared illegal in Pakistan for quite some time now, it continues unpunished to this day. For more information on bear baiting, visit WSPA’s website

In rural Pakistan, up to 2,000 spectators will assemble to watch a tethered and clawless bear set upon by trained fighting dogs.

WSPA is working hard to permanently stop what we believe is one of the world’s most savage blood sports.

The brutal but lucrative contests are organised by powerful local landlords. They own and train the dogs, which are also victims of this ‘sport’, encouraging ferocity in attack situations.

The bears are owned by Kalanders – traditional bear owners –who are paid by the landlords to bring the bears to fight.

Bear baiting is banned by the Pakistan Wildlife Act and contravenes Islamic teachings, which forbid the baiting of animals.

The ‘contest’ lasts for three rounds. As the dogs are encouraged to attack, the bear will tire and weaken, until it is unable to remain upright.

This is when the bear’s face and neck become vulnerable to the dogs’ teeth. They hang from the bear’s mouth and lips as they try to drag it to the floor. If they succeed, the dogs ‘win’ the round; if the bear stays on its feet, it has ‘won’.

Bears sustain more injuries than dogs in these savage stand-off’s, suffering ripped noses and mouths. The dogs’ jaws, clamped around the bear’s nose, are prized apart using sticks.

Most bears are permanently scarred, but the killing of either animal is avoided – they are too valuable. The bears live on to suffer further at the hands of their owners.

New facility offers special care for baited bears:-

An up-to-date clinic made possible by a generous supporter is now enabling staff at a WSPA-funded sanctuary in Pakistan to give rescued bears the very best care and treatment.

The Kund Park Sanctuary, run with member society the Bioresource Research Centre (BRC), is located between Punjab and North-West-Frontier Province where the Indus and Kabul rivers meet. It currently provides veterinary care and a safe haven for 22 bears formerly used for baiting.

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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

If you have any information about Hanna, please email either Danielle or Michelle at

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York Counties Push for Stricter Anti-Tethering Laws

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In two distinct York counties, one in Pennsylvania, the other in South Carolina, laws are being enforced that will prevent dog owners from keeping their pets tethered outdoors.

York County, PA now has six municipalities that have made tethering illegal.  This is not the kind of tethering wherein a person leaves a dog strapped to a pole while they pop inside a store for a cup of coffee, but the kind where a dog is left leashed up outside for hours at a time.

Current PA animal cruelty laws allow dogs to be chained up around the clock, provided they have access to food, water and shelter, and the tethers are of a specific length.

But this does not guarantee the canines’ comfort.  Should a dog be left outdoors in the winter, it is likely their food and water will freeze.  The shelter must be adequate.  Does the law stipulate that the shelter be weather appropriate?  If laws are not clear, they may not be followed. 

Owners must also be careful how their animals are chained.  A dog may choke to death if they continuously wrap their tether around a tree.

Now in both Pennsylvania and South Carolina, York counties have made it so dog tethers must run on a cable system.  This allows dogs to romp around and get exercise, which at the very least breaks their days up a little.  Otherwise they must be kenneled.

Studies have shown that tethered dogs, particularly those who receive little attention and socialization, are far more likely to attack.  But not using chains can be helpful to everyone, including the dogs who would be on them.  Shelley Metzler, West York, PA dog enforcement officer said she’s seen tethered dogs seriously injured by dogs running loose.

These measures may not be popular with all dog owners.  York County, SC veterinarian Sonya McCathey stated, “‘Athletic, heavily muscled dogs” who have the ‘tools’ to harm humans become dangerous when they break their chains or restraints.”

This sounds like it may be targeting pit bulls and other demonized dogs.  While the breed has been dubbedbaby-killer” due to a number of incidents involving attacks on children, they have been badly stereotypedPit bulls are highly capable of being incredibly friendly and good-natured.  Typically, it is only when raised in harsh conditions that they become vicious.

Owning that type of dog should have restrictions, just as owning a pool does, McCathey said. “Pool owners might not have children themselves, but they must put up fences to help keep kids from drowning.”

McCathey’s sentiments have not been shared by everyone.  Challengers to the stricter regulations have displayed signs saying, “How about regulating your hobby?”

McCathey insists the stricter laws are due to complaints against dogs and their owners, and that as long as owners control their animals, they shouldn’t have any problems.

SC resident and registered veterinary technician Ashley Nicole lives on five acres of farmland in York.  She has several well-cared for pit bulls, some tethered and some kenneled.  In 10 years, not a single one has escaped.  She worries that people who are unfairly biased against and afraid of pit bulls will always have complaints about them.

McCathey said that breeds associated with pit bulls would not be outlawed with the new restrictions.

York County, SC Council members have yet to vote on the proposed regulations, but most seem to be in favor of the changes.

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Man Who Burned His Own Dog Arrested

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — North Miami Police detectives have arrested the man they say is responsible for a painful case of animal cruelty, detectives said Saturday.

Witvil Florvil, 29, is charged with animal cruelty with intent to injure or kill.

Florvil burned his own dog’s back, according to police.

“There was a dog, it was hiding back there by the garbage cans,” a neighbor named Tim said. “It looked really bad. It’s whole back was bloody. I called animal control.”

The boxer-sharpei mix was taken to Miami-Dade Animal Services in mid-July with second- and third-degree burns from head to tail.

When we first met him after he was removed from Florvil’s home, he was scared and in pain.

“The dog is clearly a fighter,” Miami-Dade Animal Services Director Kathleen Labrada said. “These are extremely painful wounds he’s suffering from. He’s a little stand-offish around people. But I would be, too.”

At the time, the dog was nicknamed “Courage”. Neighbors say the dog must have had a lot of it.

“When I initially saw the dog I thought it was probably hurt by running over by a car or something,” Tim said. “I didn’t know that somebody actually did something to it.”

Another neighbor, Ali, wasn’t in town at the time of the burning. But he still expressed his condolences for the animal.

“I feel bad for the dog,” Ali said.

Another person who lives at the home on NW 127 Avenue in North Miami was originally cited, but after what police are calling an extensive investigation, Florvil was arrested.

The dog is now named Bentley and is being cared for by a rescue group out of South Carolina named Noah’s Arks Animal Rescue.

“I feel better for the animal,” Tim said. “When i first saw it I thought they’d put him to sleep. But the fact that somebody came down here and adopted it is great.

To learn more about Bentley’s care or to donate to Noah’s Arks Animal Rescue, visit

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Saving Freddy: Update on a six week old pittie burned with acid in April

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Do You remember the story of Freddy, the 6 week old puppy that had Acid thrown in his face? If not, the story is below (I didn’t post it). I’m posting this not only because there is an update, but to also to show what remarkable resilience these dogs have; Freddy endured an Acid attack, then was struck with an MRSA infection, but pulled through & is now safe & happy with a new family.

“This little pup certainly went through hell at such a young age, he definitely had angels watching over him! Might I also say how grateful I am to Noah’s Ark Rescue, had they not intervened, Freddy would not have received the life saving surgeries he so desperately needed; he would probably have been put to sleep! Noah’s Ark Rescue are a charity & it is through donated funds that they can help dogs like Freddy & Otto”

Please, help us help him by donating.  We are a 501c3 and all donations are tax deductible.

 Contact 4084 Spring Island Okatie, SC  29909

Freddy with his new family below.  Look how big he is getting. OUR WONDERFUL BOY IS ADOPTED.


Freddy with his new Family

Look how wonderful & adorable Freddy looks now.  He is now ready to go to his new home.

Look how wonderful Freddy look’s now!

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Quote from Noah’s Ark Rescue; Freddy

I know everyone is waiting anxiously to see how sweet FREDDY is doing. The good news is that our sweet boy is eating well, he is happy and comfortable and the edema in his face is slowly going down.

Freddy’s MRSA infection has improved a lot and he is feeling a thousand percent better. He is still at the vet and will be until he is over the infection.

The bad news is that the culture we did came back with MRSA, which is a resistant Staph infection. We have changed his antibiotic and he seems to be responding to it. We are doing everything we can to protect his organs while he is on this strong antibiotic.

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APRIL 2, 2012 – The past three years have seen an increase in the very worst kind of animal torture and abuse – burning. The latest victim is a 6-week-old baby pit bull mix who has been burned with acid

There have been an alarming number of cases  of dogs and cats all across the country suffering the same types of burns from caustic chemicals, boiling water, or by being set on fire.   In most cases, the abusers are not caught. Some theorize that the cases are tied to either dog fighting or meth labs, but there have also been an increasing number of youths committing these cruel acts of abuse.

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Noah’s Arks Rescue  is caring for the puppy that is the latest victim of this horrific trend. Freddy weighs only three and a half pounds. A good Samaritan found him last week on the streets of Greenville, South Carolina and rushed him to Greenville’s Animal Control shelter .

The shelter called Noah’s Arks to let them know that they had a puppy who needed their help, and the rescue stepped up to get Freddy immediate medical care. The veterinarians at Dutch Fork Animal Hospital determined that someone had poured acid on the puppy.

The acid was concentrated on Freddy’s face, which is severely burned.  He also has some burns on his feet and belly but his face is where he suffered the most damage. The acid has eroded the skin and damaged his ear canal. His eyes do not appear to be damaged, but the lids are, leaving some question as to whether or not it will affect his vision.

As is often the case in serious burns, the puppy’s wounds were critically infected, requiring that he have several surgeries to clean the area. He came in with a very low body temperature, but he has since stabilized. His biggest challenge has been the pain. While it would be nice to think that this level of abuse is rare, Noah’s Arks reports that they receive calls about chemically burned animals or animals that have been set on fire almost every week.

Jennifer Smith, president of Noah’s Arks said that Freddy is a little fighter with a strong will to live, who proves to them every day that he wants to be here. “If we hadn’t been able to control his pain and suffering, we’d have gently put him to sleep.” She said.

For now, Freddy is comfortable. He is on pain medication that controls his pain but doesn’t knock him out.  He loves being held and taken outside so he can roll around.  With the pain controlled he is a typical puppy that is loving, sweet and wants to chew, and he has a good appetite.

The vets cannot gauge how much scarring he will have, or if his fur will come back on his face.  They expect that he will have some visible scars for the rest of his life.  Freddy still has a long way to go and will be at the medical facility for a lengthy stay as he recovers. He is getting round-the-clock care.

FREDDY  acid noahs ark

All of the animals in Noah’s Arks’ Rescue get the very best medical and surgical care provided to them whether the Rescue posts a chip-in for them or not. Freddy will have to receive ongoing care while his skin tissue regenerates. If you would like to champion this little guy and make a donation to help pay for his medical care, there is a place to donate on the Noah’s Arks website.

Noah’s Arks Rescue is a 501(c)3 non-profit volunteer rescue that takes on some of the worst cases of animal abuse. All donations help the animals.

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North Miami dog owner arrested for severe burns on his dog’s back

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The North Miami Police Department arrested Witvil Florvil of NW 127th Ave. on Friday, the owner of a boxer-sharpei mix breed dog and charged Florvil with animal cruelty.

Those adorable red sunglasses are not just a fashion statement for Bentley. Her eyes are still hypersensitive to light and the sun. Credit: Noah’s Ark Animal Rescue

The dog, now named Bentley suffered second and third degree burns to her back.

According to the Florvil, 29 was charged with intent to injure or kill an animal and is currently being held in lieu of $5,000 bond.

Veterinarians think the dog may have suffered a severe reaction to flea and tick medication. The dog should have immediately been taken to a veterinarian for treatment.

On July 10, the two-year-old dog was picked up by Animal Control of Miami-Dade in excruciating pain. A concerned citizen had seen the dog with a bloody back hiding behind garbage cans. Originally named Courage by her rescuers, the gentle dog was given pain medicine and treated.

Noah’s Ark Animal Rescue in South Carolina stepped up to provide Bentley with the care she would need to help her recover. The dog was immediately sent to Sky Lake Animal Hospital in Miami where she was treated for her severe back wounds, however more complications as a result of neglect surfaced. Bentley had suffered from an untreated dog bite on her leg which led to tetanus. The advanced infection affected her neurological functions.

Bentley has been making an amazing recovery. She continues to be treated for tetanus. Her eyes are still very sensitive to light and cause her pain, however Bentley seems to enjoy wearing her sunglasses.

If you would like to donate to Bentley’s care and the wonderful work of Noah’s Ark Animal Rescue in South Carolina, please click here.

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