Dog with chain and cinder block around her neck is found in canal

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By Penny Eims Dog News Examiner Subscribe Follow: September 19, 2014

Investigators in Suffolk County, New York, are trying to determine if foul play is behind the death of a dog who was found floating in a canal off of Long Island on Thursday morning, reported NECN News.

A West Islip resident made the troubling find and reached out to the local animal control for help.

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The dog, described as an adult, female Rottweiler mix, had a chain and cinder block attached to her neck; a necropsy will be done to see if the dog was dead or alive when she was placed into the water.

Investigators with the Suffolk County SPCA hope to determine if the dog was intentionally drowned, or if it was an attempt for an “at sea” burial.

Aside from the disturbing items found on the dog’s body, there were no other obvious signs of trauma.

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Puppy suffers broken neck after being tossed from car in NY – SPCA offers reward

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Joey suffered a multiple neck fractures after being thrown from a moving car.

A $2,000 reward is being offered by theSuffolk County SPCA for information leading to the arrest of the person who put a pit bull puppy in a plastic bag and tossed him out the window of a moving car.

Last Saturday afternoon, another driver witnessed the puppy being thrown onto Pilgrim Psychiatric Center property near the Sagtikos Parkway in Brentwood and called authorities.

Islip Animal Shelter personnel brought the puppy to Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island(VMCLI) in West Islip following the incident, where he was named Joey.

 Click here to watch NBC News video of Joey.

According to the veterinarians who treated him, he suffered multiple neck fractures, was malnourished, and has bite wounds on his neck, which authorities say might indicate he was used as a bait dog.

If you would like to contribute to the Joey Donation Fund for his medical care, you can do so by calling VMCLI at (631) 587-0800, or mail your check to: VMCLI, 75 Sunrise Hwy., West Islip, NY 11795-2033. Be sure to indicate it is for Joey.

Anyone who may may have seen or knows anything about this incident is being asked to call the Suffolk County SPCA at 631-382-7722.

LI Press: Arrow Shoots, Kills Medford Cat

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A cat shot with arrow was still alive when found on a man’s porch Tuesday, died later that night at Town of Brookhaven Animal Shelter.

A cat was found clinging to life when it walked onto a Richmond Avenue home’s porch Tuesday evening with an arrow shot into it reports Long Island Press.

The cat was taken to Town of Brookhaven Animal Shelter to treat its injuries until it died from them.

According to the report, the Suffolk SPCA officer who responded to the scene was severely bitten by the cat, leading the officer to be taken to Mather Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Suffolk County SPCA is asking for the public’s help in finding the person who fatally shot the cat with the arrow, and offering $2,000 reward for information leading to their arrest and conviction.

Anyone with information should call Suffolk County SPCA at 631-382-7722. All calls will be kept confidential.

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Animal Cruelty in New York: 8 Feral Kittens Killed

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Animal cruelty authorities are seeking swift arrest of a perpetrator for the murder and abuse of eight feral kittens.

The reward for information leading to the arrest of a sadistic kitten killer, who first abused the kittens and then brutally murdered them, initially was $4,000, but today, based on how brutally the kittens were killed, the reward has been raised to $6,000, according to the Guardians of Rescue’s Facebook Page.

The animal abuse took place between May 3 and May 4 in Ronkonkoma, Suffolk County, on Long Island, New York.

According to an item recently published on CBS New York, authorities are trying to find the person who is responsible for this heinous act of animal cruelty. The eight dead kittens were discovered last week by a woman, identified only as Lori, who was caring for a colony of feral cats and kittens in Bohemia.

Frank Floridia, an animal worker from Guardians of Rescue said Lori discovered the eight kittens, who had been taken away from the feral cat colony and subsequently mutilated. The kittens ranged from 3 days old to 3 weeks-of-age.

Floridia said the kittens were “stepped on, crushed and beaten with some kind of tool that caused puncture wounds.” Following the veterinary examination, according to Floridia, the veterinarian concluded their injuries were not in any way caused by wildlife.

The veterinarian ascertained that all the kittens had died from massive skull traumas and blunt force body injuries. He added, “To come here and see something like this is just an outrage. . . I would love to see this person caught, convicted and put in jail.

Guardians of Rescue reported that Chaps and Midnight, the kittens’ mothers, have been searching desperately for their babies. Lori said she “found the two mothers huddling together, very frantic.”

Adding to the mystery about the reason these eight feral kittens were so brutally killed, Guardians of Rescue reported that the surrounding community had welcomed and were enjoying the kittens, with no threats made concerning the feral colony.

In an attempt to draw greater attention to the case, Guardians of Rescue uploaded graphic photographs of the murdered kittens on their Facebook page, and will be publishing regular updates on the situation.

Anyone who has any information about this heinous act of animal cruelty, please call the SPCA hotline at 1-631-382-7722, contact Guardians of Rescue at 1-888-287-3864, or email]

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First U.S. Animal Abuser Registry Makes Convicts Public

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Monday, Suffolk County activates the first animal abuser registry in the United States, which will make public the identities of convicted animal abusers. The internet registry will display their names, addresses and photographs.

The law requires pet stores, breeders and animal shelters to check the registry and not sell or adopt animals to anyone on it, according to the Animal Law Coalition. Abusers will stay on the registry for five years each, and will face jail time or fines if they do not sign up for and renew their registrations throughout that period.

The Coalition reports that in Suffolk County, “animal abuse” includes animal fighting; overdriving, torturing and injuring animals; failing to provide proper sustenance; aggravated cruelty to animals; abandoning animals; interfering with or injuring certain domestic animals; and harming a service animal.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund is leading a nationwide effort to pass more laws like Suffolk County’s. If registries like this were widespread, they could make a real difference in preventing animal cruelty. Without them, convicted animal abusers, including hoarders, can easily evade court sentences forbidding them from owning animals by moving to a different county or state. Nationwide registries would make it much harder for them to acquire new animals just by changing their location.

Registries like Suffolk County’s could also prevent crimes that hurt humans. A person who abuses or kills animals is five times more likely to commit violence against humans and four times more likely to commit property crimes, according to a Business Week report on a 1997 study by Northeastern University and the Massachusetts SPCA.

Other counties and states have considered similar registries and some plan to implement them, but last February Colorado voted down a law to create one. Objections to the registries include concerns about the civil rights of animal abusers and the possibility that exposure to the public will make offenders even less likely to cooperate with authorities that otherwise might be able to keep them from harming other animals. (“Animal abusers don’t deserve civil rights!”)

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Animal Cruelty Charges ‘A Witch Hunt,’ Says Accused

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East Northport couple denies SPCA allegations; says agency stonewalled attempts to prove innocence.

The East Northport couple accused of starving their dog has hired an attorney to defend them against what they say are bogus charges from the Suffolk County SPCA.

“It’s a witch hunt,” Kathleen Jackman said on Monday. “[Charlie] was constantly fed and cared for. He was like a member of the family. It’s so upsetting to me, it’s consuming my life. Obviously whatever we had to say made no difference.”

Kathleen and her husband, Stephen, were issued a field summons for misdemeanor animal cruelty earlier this month, one year after an unnamed individual found their 10-year-old Greyhound rescue dog named “Charlie” roaming the streets in a thunderstorm, emaciated. Read our initial coverage here.

The Suffolk SPCA claims the investigation leading up to the charges was extensive, but the Jackmans maintain that the agency stonewalled their attempts to provide documentation and testimony supporting their side of the case.

“I told them to investigate, that they could do whatever they wanted to do — to interview friends, to talk to my neighbors — no matter what I said to the [investigator], he said ‘I cannot give you any information.’ We have much documentation in our favor and much documentation that was presented to the person that came to our house numerous times, unannounced. Lots of documentation which is not being brought to the forefront,” said Kathleen.

“I just assumed that the truth would come out, but it hasn’t.”

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