‘He was like my child’: Student distraught after boyfriend ‘strangled to death’ her pet Chihuahua in vicious attack

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A North Carolina man has been arrested for strangling to death his girlfriend’s pet Chihuahua in a bizarre attack.

Motive: It is unclear what the man’s motive for strangling the two-year-old dog, pictured, was

Cory Morgan Gray, 24, of Wilmington, was booked on preliminary charges of felony cruelty against animals on Friday after allegedly killing Jenna Branham’s six-pound puppy Charlie while she was at school.

‘I found him there, I found little Charlie,‘ a devastated Branham told WWAY 3. ‘He just looked so in pain and so tense. He just looked so pitiful and helpless.’

It’s unclear what the man’s motive for strangling the two-year-old dog was.

But the Cape Fear Community College student, who ended the couple’s relationship after discovering her pet limp and lifeless, said she was struggling to deal with the loss of the animal.

‘Our dogs are not our pets they are a member of our family and it’s equally as hard losing him because he was like my child,’ she said.

Happy couple: Branham, right, quickly changed her relationship status to ‘single’ on Facebook after discovering boyfriend Gray, left, had killed her dog

After spending just an hour in jail, Gray was released on a $5,000 secure bond and is scheduled to appear in court today.

The Branham family is trying to raise awareness about animal cruelty cases, claiming the punishment Gray is facing is not harsh enough.

‘Unfortunately the law views pets as possessions and they are not possessions at all,’ Jenna’s mother, Donna Branham, told the TV station.

‘If Charlie had been a person it would be murder. But it’s animal cruelty. It’s not animal cruelty, it’s animal murder. He murdered this dog.’

Messages of support poured in for Branham on Facebook, where she changed her relationship status from ‘in a relationship’ to ‘single’ on Friday, soon after posting ‘RIP Charlie baby. I love you so much’ on her wall.

The part-time waitress later added: ‘Thank you all for your support, thoughts and prayers. A little piece of my heart is gone now, but will never be forgotten.’

News Link:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2194121/Cory-Morgan-Gray-Student-distraught-boyfriend-strangled-death-pet-Chihuahua-Charlie.html

IPetition:-http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/charlies-law/

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Daytona police arrest teen accused of abusing pregnant woman, dogs

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“This heinous incident happened in July 2012, the public are clearly outraged at this crime! I found a brilliant article written (below the news post), which tackles the question about minors & animal/human abuse.  I personally think, anyone committing such acts at 17 years of age, should be tried as an adult, with younger children from the age of 8 receiving some form of proper punishment. They know at that age & younger the difference between right & wrong! There is also a petition link below, to ensure Poole gets the maximum prison sentence! “

Daytona police arrest teen accused of abusing pregnant woman, dogs

Jarred Scott Poole, 17, was charged Tuesday night with aggravated battery on a pregnant person and felony animal cruelty, spokesman Jimmie Flynt said.

Poole was arguing with Jasmine Adams, 23, on Sunday when he grabbed and drop-kicked her Chihuahua puppy onto North Ridgewood Avenue near Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard, according to a charging affidavit. Poole then grabbed Adams’ pit bull and threw it into traffic.

Adams retrieved the puppy and put it on the porch at 318 N. Ridgewood Ave., where the pit bull had returned, but Poole grabbed the puppy again and threw it into the median of Ridgewood, according to the affidavit. The pit bull ran after the puppy, but was hit by a truck that didn’t stop and then ran away.

Poole then pinned Adams, who is six to seven months pregnant, against the wall and choked her, police say.

The puppy had to be euthanized due to its injuries, and the pit bull has not been found.

News Link:http://www.news-journalonline.com/breakingnews/2012/07/daytona-police-arrest-teen-accused-of-abusing-pregnant-woman-dogs.html

Life-threatening ‘minor’ in Daytona and law’s leniency

 By Ernest Dempsey

There are times when a ‘minor’ can commit a major offense, becoming somebody’s nightmare. The recent incident involving the 17-year-old Jarred Scott Poole’s assault on a woman and her dogs in Daytona, Florida, is such a story, evoking concern and raising questions about whether law should show leniency to minors on basis of their age if found guilty of such crimes.

As the story details, Poole physically attacked the woman and repeatedly threw her dogs in the traffic on the road. This led to one dog’s death, a puppy, as it got fatal injuries on the road while the other dog set in motion by the situation got hit by a vehicle and ran away in fear.

The woman, 23-year old Jasmine Adams, was also attacked and choked by Poole – her being also pregnant. The police arrested Poole but soon let him go, as reported by an animal rights activist who called the Daytona police that arrested Poole after the incident. The activist in question was told by the concerned juvenile detention section that any details could not be released about Poole as he was a minor.

One may choose to ask the question here how arbitrary our definition of adulthood and age is in relation to the special consideration given to minors who are just a year (or perhaps months or weeks) younger than what is officially considered an adult.

A 17-year-old teen as Poole who reportedly has commtted an act of aggression fatal for one family pet and potentially destructive to three other lives – including an unborn child – is clearly as capable of killing as a dangerous criminal who has reached the age of majority.

Such an individual can be a minor but his physical strength and capability of doing significant intentional harm is no less than an adult. So when such a person practically terrorizes somebody, he would be expected to be kept in detention; letting him go so soon may not only be possibly threatening to others but detrimental to the psyche of this teen who gets the message: “cool, it’s safe to hurt people and kill pets!”

In contrast, a dog that gets somebody as slight scratch gets killed for it supposedly poses a threat to the public. How do we justify this self-contradictory status of law relating public safety? An animal that left a scratch or just a small bite on a person will be killed for being a public threat, sometimes without evidence; but a human who does practical harm and threatens and destroys life is left to go free while the case is investigated by the police.

Link:http://greenheritagenews.com/life-threatening-minor-in-daytona-and-laws-leniency/

Petition :-Jarred Scott Poole should get the maximum sentence.

http://www.change.org/petitions/jarred-scott-poole-should-get-the-maximum-sentence

Face book page:https://www.facebook.com/JarredScottPooleShouldServeJailTimeForAbuse

In Middle of Burning Field, Puppies Tied To Tree killed, Injured by Bee Swarm

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FALLBROOK — Three puppies died and two were critically injured in Fallbrook after they were tied to a tree beneath a hive of beesthat attacked them, authorities said Friday.

Jack Russell terrier Woody also survived swarm attack

All the dogs were about five months old and suffered numerous bee stings.

“It’s a tragic story,” said Lt. Dan DeSousa of the county Department of Animal Services.

They were found near an oak tree in the middle of a field that had been set on fire off De Luz Road, next to their owners’ residence and a trailer park, on May 31.

Two migrant workers used extinguishers to douse most of the flames before firefighters got there about noon, Cal Fire Capt. Mike Mohler said. They discovered the dead and injured dogs about 25 feet away from the 20-foot patch of scorched vegetation.

Four pups were still tied to the tree by separate ropes, DeSousa said.

Mohler said fire investigators determined that someone set the blaze, but were not yet sure if it was done intentionally.

Two Jack Russell terrier mixes died of strangulation, apparently as they strained against their ropes trying to get away from the bee swarm, DeSousa said. He said a Rottweiler broke its rope and made it about 30 feet away from the tree before dying.

Two puppies that survived dozens of stings — a mixed-breed Chihuahua named Buzz and a Jack Russell mix named Woody, both named after “Toy Story” movie characters — were improving at a veterinary hospital on Friday. When they recover sufficiently, they will be moved to a Carlsbad animal shelter and put up for adoption.

“Words fail me…watch this heart-wrenching video of the little darlings, I found on YouTube! Somebody knows these dogs & or who they belong to, do you really want to be in the company of someone so callous & heartless?? Please if you know who did this heinous crime, contact Lt. Dan DeSousa of the county Department of Animal Services”

 

Published on 8 Jun 2012 by 

Five dogs were attacked by a swarm of bees in Fallbrook. Tragically, they were all tied to the tree and could not escape. The two surviving puppies, both five months old, are a male Jack Russell terrier mix and a male Chihuahua mix. It is unknown if the person who tied the puppies under the tree knew about the bee hive.

News Link:-http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/jun/08/puppies-tied-tree-killed-injured-bee-swarm/

Protesters greet alleged dog killer at court – Video

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NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) –

A Branford man made a brief court appearance Tuesday after being charged with choking his dog to death when it misbehaved, and animal activists were there to greet him.

Alex Wullaert, 22, appeared Tuesday morning in New Haven Superior Court on animal cruelty and littering charges.

He has remained free on a promise to appear in court after being arrested last week when his dog was found dead inside a plastic bag in Madison in June.

A microchip found inside the dog’s body helped lead police to Wullaert.

Melissa Izzo said she works at the animal shelter where the dog, Desmond, was adopted.

“He was an absolutely wonderful dog,” she said. “He was sweet and affectionate and quiet.”

Police said Wullaert confessed to strangling the pit bull-boxer mix after it urinated on his leg and bit him.

At court Tuesday, several people carrying signs greeted Wullaert as he walked into – and out of – court. Some of the protesters even walked along side Wullaert, shouting “coward” and “murderer” at him.

Wullaert said in court papers that he put flowers on the lake where he tossed the dog’s body.

Activists have set up a Facebook page “Justice for Desmond” to help organize their protest.

Court officials said the case was continued until June 5.

News Link:-http://www.wfsb.com/story/18421089/branford-man-due-in-court-for-dog-cruelty-case

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