Pit bulls sought after dog killed in Surrey park

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Dog owner Yoshiko said two of her pets were attacked Wednesday in Tynehead Regional Park in Surrey. One of them did not survive. (CTV)

Animal control officers are searching for two pitbulls and their owner after a vicious attack that killed one dog and maimed another Wednesday in Surrey.

The owner of the attacked dogs, who asked to be identified only as Yoshiko, said she was walking her three pets through Tynehead Regional Park when she saw a woman in her 40s struggling to control a pair of leashed pitbulls.

As the two dog owners were passing each other, one of the pitbulls attacked Yoshiko’s Yorkshire terrier.

“Her pitbull, one of them, grabbed her and she tossed her into the air,” Yoshiko said.

The small dog made off with an injured leg and a puncture wound on its back, but Yoshiko’s five-year-old Shetland sheepdog, Buddy, wasn’t so fortunate.

Both of the pitbulls attacked the dog, and the owner was unable to pull them away.

“The lady’s trying to help me, trying to pull the dog away but she couldn’t,” Yoshiko said.

The frightened owner grabbed her injured pet and ran, leaving Buddy behind as she called 911. The dog was killed, and by the time Animal Control Officers arrived at the area, the pitbulls and their owner were gone.

They are now searching for two dogs, one white and the other white and brown, and a woman with bleached blond hair.

“The person who was in care and control of those attacking dogs has simply abrogate their responsibility and fled the scene,” said animal control manager Kim Marosevich. “What I would suggest at this point in time is: do the right thing, contact our office.”

Marosevich said authorities suspect they may know the pitbulls they’re dealing with. They visited a property associated with two such dogs, but found no one home.

Yoshiko said she doesn’t blame the breed – she thinks the owner should be held responsible.

With a report from CTV British Columbia’s Lisa Rossington

News Link:- http://bc.ctvnews.ca/pitbulls-sought-after-dog-killed-in-surrey-park-1.967198#ixzz27Q1hX0Jz

Pit Bull Puppy Found With Horrific Rope Burns

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Written by Jeromie Williams – Pet Pardons News Managing Editor SEPTEMBER 7, 2012

A pit bull puppy in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada is struggling for her life after she was found on the side of a busy road with extensive rope burns to her muzzle.

According to CTV News, the puppy is also battling severe infections in both eyes, malnutrition, a rampant flea infestation and bad bone development which are all tell tale signs of significant neglect and abuse.

The city of Surrey and the BC SPCA are attempting to track down the owner of the dog due to fears that there may be other dogs and animals being treated the same way as the injured dog.

“At this point in time we’re looking for who her previous owner may have been,” Kim Marosevich with the Surrey Animal Care Centre said to CTV News. “At this point, I’m concerned about whether or not there are any puppies remaining in that individual’s care that are in the same circumstances.”

According to Marosevich, the young dog is still not in the clear, as her eyes have gotten progressively worse despite being placed on antibiotics and being treated with several ointments.

An investigation headed by the SPCA has been initiated.

News Link:http://news.petpardons.com/pit-bull-puppy-found-with-horrific-rope-burns/


B.C. vet sentenced to probation for animal cruelty – Horse forced to pull car from ditch

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A former B.C. veterinarian who used a horse to pull his car out of a ditch has been sentenced to 24 months of probation.

A horse is rescued after being used to pull a car out of a ditch in Langley in this file image from 2008. (CTV)

Mark Marohn was found guilty in March on two animal cruelty charges for forcing a horse named Buddy to tow a vehicle stuck in a Langley ditch on Dec. 10, 2008. He was sentenced in Surrey provincial court on Friday, and was also banned from owning animals for three years.

Marcie Moriarty of the BC SPCA called the ban “ridiculous,” pointing out that Crown prosecutors had asked for a lifetime prohibition.

“We’re exceptionally disappointed in the outcome of this trial. It’s a slap in the face,” she told CTV News.

“This is an individual who has spent years training on how to treat animals and yet he couldn’t even look after the six horses that were in his custody.”

Seven-year-old Buddy was rescued by emergency crews after they worked for several hours, but he had to be put down because he was deemed too thin and weak to survive.

Both Buddy and the car were owned by Marohn and his then-wife and fellow vet Carol Schoyen-Marohn. When police attended the family farm later that day, photos were taken of five other horses that appeared to be malnourished and the SPCA seized the animals.

One horse died four days after the rescue, while the surviving four were adopted by new owners after months of rehabilitation.

Mark Marohn walks outside Surrey provincial court, where he was found guilty on animal cruelty charges. March 28, 2012. (CTV)

Schoyen-Marohn is also accused in the Buddy case, but proceedings against her were postponed after she suffered a stroke in 2010. Her trial is set to begin in October

News Link:-http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20120511/bc_mark_marohn_cruelty_sentence_120511/20120511/?hub=BritishColumbiaHome

Ex-vet Found Guilty of Animal Cruelty

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A former Langley veterinarian‘s persistence in the face of dire financial problems caused his horses to become emaciated and malnourished, a judge ruled Wednesday.

In B.C. Provincial Court in Surrey, Judge Reg Harris convicted Mark Anthony Marohn of failing to provide the necessities of life and allowing an animal to continue to be in distress.

“It is clear the accused’s heart and good intent interfered with his good judgment,” Harris said.

On Dec. 10, 2008, Langley RCMP were called to 208th Street near 20th Avenue after Marohn drove his car into a ditch.

An officer arrived to see a horse, Buddy, in the ditch near the car’s front bumper. He was wearing a halter and tether.

While police were there, Buddy tried to jump out of the ditch but was too weak and rolled back in. Firefighters used a sling to lift him and place him on the road.

A vet determined that the emaciated former racehorse was suffering and he was euthanized. A necropsy showed Buddy was thin due to a lack of nutrition.

Marohn testified at trial that he didn’t use Buddy to pull his car. Instead, Marohn noticed Buddy wandering on the road and pulled over, causing his car to slide into the ditch.

He chased Buddy and, after catching him, grabbed a halter and lead and brought the horse back to the car. Buddy bolted and fell into the ditch, Marohn said.

Harris said he had “extreme difficulty” with Marohn’s account of the events.

“I don’t accept his story because it makes no sense,” Harris said.

In the months leading up to the incident, the Marohn family had had a number of run-ins with the SPCA. The agency checked the family’s six horses a dozen times and ordered the Marohns to provide proper nutrition.

A series of tragic events had decimated the family’s finances and made it impossible to care for the horses and, at times, themselves.

Harris called Marohn a “kind-hearted and professional man” who wanted to provide for his family even though circumstances intervened.

The Marohns’ five other horses were taken into care. One died and four were adopted.

Sentencing will likely take place in early May.

Marohn’s estranged wife, Carol Schoyen-Marohn, who was also a vet, faces the same charges. She is set to go to trial in October.
Read more: http://www.theprovince.com/found+guilty+animal+cruelty/6378122/story.html#ixzz1qcDqbwi6

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