GRAPHIC WARNING: Dog’s horrific slaying stuns community

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“OMG…whatever piece of scum committed this crime needs to be caught asap. They are a danger not only to animals but also to society, who knows if this is the first crime? The dog was found were people let their animals play…surely somebody saw something? If anyone has any information, even if you think it’s not relative, it may be & may help catch the POS who executed this heinous crime; please contact Sacramento police!”

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SACRAMENTO, California (KOVR) – Investigators are trying to figure out who tormented and tortured a dog to death in California.

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Officials in West Sacramento, who shared photos of the dead dog to people who live near where it was found, said it is the worst case of animal cruelty they have ever encountered.

“The snout was all puffed out, had blood coming out of the nose, so it was real bad,” said Richard Dunbar, who saw the photos that are so graphic that they aren’t being released to the public.

One woman, who also saw the photos, said they were so extreme that she started crying and had to run back in her house.

Yolo County Animal Services Officer Michael Nevis said the mixed breed Chihuahua’s legs were bound together, two in the front and two in the back. In addition, Nevis said the dog’s mouth had been tied shut and that its neck had been broken.

Nevis said in his 13 years of service, this is the worst case of abuse he has seen because of how it was seemingly planned.

“I think the method, the way that somebody actually sat down, planned how. ‘Let me tie this dog up, let me tie the dogs mouth to keep it from yapping’ — and then literally strangling the dog to death,” said Nevis. ”Not only not able to breathe, but unable to move either.”

The dog, whose body was found in a field during a litter collection, just twenty yards from where some dog owners let their pets run free.

Folks in the nearby park said they hope authorities figure out who did this and bring them to justice.

Investigators have not identified the owner of the dog.

News Link:-http://wtvr.com/2012/07/29/graphic-warning-dogs-horrific-slaying-stuns-community/

Teen Arrested For Setting Cat On Fire In West Sacramento Park

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WEST SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – An arrest has been made stemming from a disturbing case of animal cruelty earlier this month when a cat was set on fire at a West Sacramento park.

A stray cat found set on fire at a West Sacramento park was treated at UC Davis Veterinary School of Medicine but ultimately had to be euthanized. (courtesy: Yolo County Animal Services)

Police on Wednesday said they arrested a 17-year-old boy from West Sacramento for felony cruelty to animals. His name was not released because of his age.

On May 2, police received a report that a cat was on fire in Circle Park. Yolo County Animal Control officers responded and took the cat to UC Davis Veterinary Hospital for treatment, but the animal had to be euthanized because of the severity of the burns.

Doctors treating the cat determined that a possible accelerant was used.

There were no witnesses on scene and no one came forward with information, but a detective from the West Sacramento Police Department was able to establish leads that led to the arrest Wednesday morning, police said.

News Link:-http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2012/05/30/teen-arrested-for-burning-cat-in-west-sacramento-park/

Suspected animal cruelty case – Orange

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Friday, 04 May 2012 02:01:54 PM

Police are appealing for public assistance following a suspected case of animal cruelty in the state’s central west.

About 9.30am yesterday (Thursday 3 May 2012), a staff member and a number of students at a school on Anson Street in Orange located an injured kangaroo near the school’s agriculture plot.

The animal’s tail had been completely severed, and it had also sustained lacerations to one of its legs.

Police and RSPCA officers were called to the school where they assessed the animal and inspected the scene. Due to the nature of its injuries, the kangaroo had to be put down.

An investigation into the incident has commenced and police suspect the animal may have been attacked by a person or number of people.

Anyone with information that may assist police inquiries is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

News link:-http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/news/latest_releases?sq_content_src=%2BdXJsPWh0dHBzJTNBJTJGJTJGd3d3LmViaXoucG9saWNlLm5zdy5nb3YuYXUlMkZtZWRpYSUyRjIzMDI3Lmh0bWwmYWxsPTE%3D

Sheriff is looking for person who set cat on fire in WesSac, animal euthanized because of injuries

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The Yolo County Sheriff’s Office, Animal Services Section has an urgent message for the public hoping to solve a horrific case of animal cruelty. Yolo County Animal Services responded to a call in West Sacramento on May 2 at 11:15 pm at Circle Park near Circle Street and Alabama for a severely burned cat.

Witnesses advised Animal Services they had been walking to a friend’s house near the park and had observed what appeared to be a ball of fire moving through Circle Park. When the witnesses went to investigate they found a cat badly burned, but still alive and called for assistance while staying with the animal until Animal Services arrived.

The cat, a stray with no known owner, described as a Domestic Short Hair brown Tabby female, was transported by Animal Services to UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital for emergency care. Veterinary staff first hoped this very friendly cat would survive this horrible act of animal cruelty, but sadly the cat had to be euthanized by the treating veterinarian last evening, as the pain became unmanageable and there were clinical signs the animal would loose its limbs due to the extent of the burns. It was determined the cat was burned by being doused with an accelerant and then intentionally lit on fire.

If you have any information regarding this act of animal cruelty please contact Yolo County Sheriff’s Department, Animal Services Section at (530) 668-5287 or West Sacramento Police Department at 916-617-4900.

News Link:-http://woodlandrecord.com/sheriff-is-looking-for-person-who-set-cat-on-fire-in-wessac-animal-euthani-p2606-1.htm

Animal group offers $2,500 reward to find person who set cat on fire

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RedRover, a national nonprofit animal protection organization based on Sacramento, is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever doused a cat with accelerant and lit her on fire in a public park last Tuesday in West Sacramento.

Yolo County Animal Services is looking for the suspect or suspects who intentionally torched the cat.

Animal Services responded to a call of the severely burned cat around 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, according to a news release from Chief Animal Services Officer Vicky Fletcher.

Witnesses had observed what appeared to be a ball of fire moving through Circle Park near Circle Street and Alabama Avenue.

When the witnesses went to investigate, they found the cat badly burned but still alive and called for assistance while staying with the animal until Animal Services arrived, Fletcher said.

The cat, a female stray domestic short hair brown tabby, was transported by Animal Services to UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital for emergency care.

Ultimately, the cat had to be euthanized due to the severity of her injuries.

“We hope our reward will encourage someone who knows more about this brazen and cruel act to come forward with information that could lead to an arrest,” said RedRover President and CEO Nicole Forsyth. “Violence toward animals is often a precursor to violence toward people, so West Sacramento residents have a stake in seeing that whoever committed this sick and disturbing act is punished to the full extent of the law.”

A study conducted by the Massachusetts SPCA and Northeastern University showed that people who abuse animals are five times more likely commit violence against people, four times more likely to commit property crimes and three times more likely to be involved in drunken or disorderly offenses, according to RedRover.

RedRover pledges rewards around the country to encourage witnesses to step forward with information about animal cruelty crimes and to highlight the need for harsher punishments in such cases.

However, RedRover has only paid the reward twice in 18 years, highlighting the need for law enforcement, prosecutors and citizens to take animal cruelty crimes more seriously, Forsyth stated.

Founded in 1987, RedRover focuses on bringing animals out of crisis and strengthening the bond between people and animals through a variety of programs, including emergency sheltering, disaster relief services, financial assistance and education.

If anyone has information regarding this act of animal cruelty, please contact Yolo County Animal Services at 668-5287 or West Sacramento Police Department at (916)617-4900.

News Link-http://www.dailydemocrat.com/news/ci_20560757/animal-group-offers-2-500-reward-find-person

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