SENTENCED: Man Will Go To Jail For Animal Cruelty Charges

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – A man in Supply was sentenced to 45 days in jail after being convicted of cruelty to animals.

Anthony Johnson (Source: Brunswick Co. Sheriff’s Office)

According to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, the incident happened in November 2012.

Officials say Anthony Johnson, 21 of Supply, was accused of not feeding his pit bull properly, causing severe malnourishment.

A spokeswoman with the Sheriff’s Office says the dog is recovering nicely in the care of a vet.

Johnson is appealing the case to Superior Court.

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Discovery of more sick horses prolongs animal cruelty case in Easton

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EASTON, Conn. — State animal control officials say they have found more sick horses on an Easton farm owned by a man already facing animal cruelty charges.

The Connecticut Post reports ( ) an inspection last week at the Pee Wee Horse Farm turned up 23 horses in need of care and three horses in need of immediate medical treatment.

The farm’s owner, 76-year-old Apollonio Vittorio, was charged in January with animal cruelty after authorities found nearly two dozen animals on the same farm with untreated medical conditions.

Officers said they found 92 horses on the farm, which only had shelter for about 30 of them.

Vittorio has withdrawn his application for probation.

But he tells the newspaper the allegations against him are “lies.”

He is due back in Superior Court on July 12.

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Parking dispute prompts Newark woman to throw dog into oncoming traffic, cops say

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Honey Bey, a 2-year-old Shih Tzu, was allegedly thrown into oncoming traffic by Haniyyah Barnes, who is indicted on animal cruelty, theft and criminal mischief charges, as well as burglary. The dog died.

NEWARK — It all started over a parking space. Someone’s car had blocked Haniyyah Barnes’ vehicle, preventing her from leaving the Newark driveway, authorities said. Barnes’ reaction was fury, they said.

First, the 25-year-old kicked down her  neighbor’s front door, police said. Next, she allegedly threatened and assaulted the woman who had allowed her to park in the driveway.

Then, police said, she turned her attention to Honey Bey.

The 4-pound Shih Tzu had just begun barking when Barnes grabbed her, ran outside and threw the pet into oncoming traffic, police said.

The 2-year-old dog with brown floppy ears and a black nose was killed instantly that night on Aug. 27, 2011.

Nearly a year later, a grand jury has indicted Barnes on charges of animal cruelty, burglary, criminal mischief and theft, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office said Wednesday. A relative said alcohol was to blame for the violence, that Barnes had grown up around dogs and would never have hurt one.

Authorities said the act was cruel and vicious.

“It was a tiny dog that was barking instinctively to protect its owner,” said Assistant Essex County Prosecutor Michele Miller, who is handling the criminal case. “It wasn’t attacking the defendant. It went to see what the commotion was and paid for it with its life.”

The Shih Tzu is one of the most popular breeds in the country, according to the American Kennel Club. Though “sweet and playful, he is not afraid to stand up for himself,” said the group’s website.

A Newark police officer who happened to be patrolling Fabyan Place that day witnessed Barnes storm out of the house with one hand around Honey Bey’s throat, “and launch the dog,” Miller said.

 If convicted, she faces up to 10 years in prison on the second-degree burglary charge and five years for the third-degree animal cruelty count. The Newark woman, whose two prior arrests were for assault — one was dismissed and the other she pleaded guiltyto a lesser charge — remains free on $35,000 bail.Arraignment is scheduled for June 18 in Superior Court in Newark.

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