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Monday, February 12, 2007

19 German shepherds get second chance
SOURCE: Central Kitsap Reporter
By Kassie Korich, Central Kitsap Reporter

Feb. 10, 2007 -- “Atrocious” and “sickening” come nowhere close to describing the deplorable conditions that 20 German shepherds were found living in at a Port Orchard home.

After reports of suspected mistreatment were reported to Kitsap Animal Control, the department’s officers obtained a court-ordered warrant last month and discovered 20 emaciated German shepherds living in some of the most fifthly conditions they’ve seen in recent years.

“They were all fifthly, covered in feces, urine and water,” said Rance McEntyre, supervisor of Kitsap Animal Control.

Kitsap Animal Control officers managed to rescue 19 of the 20 dogs. They tried for days to capture the last one, but were unable to do so within the allowed time limits of the warrant. The dogs were initially taken to the Kitsap Humane Society in Silverdale.

“A lot of them had scars, they were un-socialized and scared of people and fought over food,” McEntyre explained. “Most of the older dogs were elusive. Even the younger pups were skittish.”

Signs of inbreeding also were apparent in the dogs which were being sold by the owner through local newspapers. Two of the rescued dogs had to be euthanized; one was extremely old and its bodily functions had shut down, the other was dragging its entire lower body due to inbreeding.

“It was real bad,” said Jason Broyles, an animal care technician at the shelter who assisted in retrieving the animals from the home. “That guy was a piece of work.”
When the owner did feed the dogs, he would allegedly empty a bag of food and let the dogs fight over it.

“His motto was ‘survival of the fittest,’” Broyles said. “It was bad."

The suspect has yet to be formally charged as the case is still being reviewed by the Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office.

“We’ve had to do a few follow-up requests, but the decision on charges is expected to be made next week,” said Claire Bradley, deputy prosecuting attorney in the case.

After being taken to the Kitsap Humane Society, the Washington German Shepherd Rescue organization took in the 17 dogs.

“To see the apparent neglect and abuse of these dogs first hand is heart breaking. Our Rescue is determined to rehabilitate these dogs while in our care and to re-home them with families who are committed to showing these dogs the kindness they have never had,” stated a news release from the organization.

On Wednesday, seven of the puppies were temporarily brought back to the Humane Society to be either spayed or neutered.

“They look a lot better, they look a hundred times better,” Broyles said, watching the puppies get carried into the shelter on Wednesday.

For more information about the rescued German shepherds or foster and adoption possibilities, call Cara Quinn at (206) 442-2025 or visit the Web site www.washingtongsd.org.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Man Faces Animal Cruelty Charges In Beating Of Dog
SOURCE: komo news
January 25, 2006
By Bryan Johnson

COVINGTON - A 40-year-old Covington man now faces charges of first-degree animal cruelty for allegedly beating and stabbing his own dog with a golf club.

John McCafferty is being held with bail set at $25,000. He faces up to a year in jail.

Prosecutors say the dog, Oulli, was severely beaten Sunday morning, apparently after growling at McCafferty. Other family members described the dog as "a talker, who growls just to say 'Hello'."

Oulli howled at the camera Wednesday. He appears to be a little nervous around men.

Pictures taken Sunday show gashes on the black lab's face and neck and a leg wound. Plus, doctors say, the dog had body soreness and possibly some internal injuries.

John McCafferty's wife, Angie, says he is normally a quiet guy, unless he drinks.

She doesn't drink and says her husband bought two 1.5 liter bottles of white zinfandel Saturday.

She found one of those bottles empty in the garage.

She believes her husband walked into the house drunk. She says Oulli probably growled, and her husband probably reacted.

This is what she thinks happened: "He started hitting him with his hand, probably punching him. And he got bitten and that enraged him and it probably went from there."

The dog apparently ran to his kennel. His wife says her husband then appears to have pounded on the kennel with a golf club until the club broke.

Police say McCafferty then stabbed the dog with the broken club.
Angie says the dog might have died, but her 21-year-old daughter Heidi threw herself over the dog yelling "Daddy, stop."

Four days after the beating, Oulli is getting better and showing more of his old self every day.

Angie plans to file for divorce. She says it's not just the dog -- there have been other problems. But then she told KOMO 4 News: "I just can't do it anymore, doing that to a dog is not very far away from doing it to a person."

McCafferty is scheduled to enter a plea to animal cruelty charges on Feb. 7.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Man Pleads Guilty to Fatally Shooting Dog
January 18, 2006WASHINGTON (AP) - A D.C. man has pleaded guilty to killing a dog because it was beating his dog in a fight.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says Kevin Knott, 21, shot the dog six times, then pointed the gun at the dog's owners.
Read the full story.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Animal Cruelty Case Upsets Investigators
VIDEO: Animals Found in Bad Shape8:56 am CST January 20, 2006

OMAHA, Neb. -- Douglas County deputies and Humane Society officials said a case of animal abuse and neglect outside Waterloo is the worst they've seen.

Workers discovered dead and neglected animals Thursday morning on a farm in rural Douglas County between Elkhorn and Waterloo. Thursday night, Humane Society workers were feeding, cuddling and caring for some of the animals they rescued from the farm, but two horses had to be euthanized because they were in such bad shape when investigators found them.

'The feet weren't taken care of,' said Dr. Steve White, a veterinarian involved in the investigation. 'They were just allowed to grow, so they can just kept growing and curled around.'

The animals were among the close to 60 living and dead animals investigators found living in deplorable conditions on the farm, which sits near the Elkhorn River...

It's so bad, the building inspector said, that the owners of the farm will have to leave because their home is uninhabitable.

The owners of the animals are facing several charges of animal cruelty . Half of the animals investigators seized are healthy and will be OK.

The owners could get the animals back if they fix the damage to their home and prove to investigators they can take care of their animals.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Eleven Counts of Animal Cruelty Levied against Breeder
SOURCE: Shore Publishing LLC
By Fay Abrahamsson
Published on 1/19/2006

Clinton, CT - Their once soft fur was caked with feces and urine while they stood motionless, unable to move in the tiny dog crate.

"It is the worst case of animal cruelty I have seen," said Clinton's municipal animal control officer Donna Cavanaugh.

Four Rottweiler puppies, along with seven adult dogs of the same breed, were taken from the rented 107 Long Hill Road room of breeder Marion Lent. The four puppies were crammed into a too-small crate, unable to move, locked in with their own waste with no food or water.

A deceased adult Rottweiler, who Cavanaugh described as "just skin and bones" was removed from the property and sent to the University of Connecticut's animal laboratory for a necropsy (similar to an autopsy) for cause of death."
Read the full story.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Woman Arrested For Animal Cruelty
Source: KXAN.com
AUSTIN, Texas -- Thursday night for killing her husband's dog. It started as a domestic dispute and ended when the woman grabbed the dog and a knife.

The gruesome nature of this crime could send the woman to prison for several years.'This was a particularly nasty crime and such a criminal act is not going to be tolerated here in the city of Austin,' Lt. Doug Dukes with APD Strategic Command said.

An act simply heinous by definition, and a woman obviously saddled with emotional problems. Thirty-one-year-old Joanne Hinojosa turned herself in to police just before 3 p.m.

Police say she butchered her estranged husband's dog stabbing it 27 times...

...The dog, named Marti, suffered stab wounds to the abdomen, lungs, spleen, diaphragm and other internal organs.

Police found the dog with the knife blade still in the abdomen.
Read the full story.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Burning Mouse Ignites Blaze That Destroys Home
POSTED: 5:19 pm EST January 8, 2006

FORT SUMNER, N.M. -- The village fire captain said he's never seen a blaze as unique as this.

A Fort Sumner, N.M., man said he caught a mouse inside his house and wanted to get rid of it. He had a pile of leaves burning outside, so he threw the mouse on it. The mouse caught fire and ran back into the house.

Luciano Mares, 81, talked about the event Saturday from a motel room. The blaze the mouse started destroyed the home and everything inside it.
Update: 'Flaming Mouse' Story Proven False, according to MSNBC
The mouse was apparently already dead - trapped and killed by the homeowner - when placed on the fire. Probability suggests it was the wind that ignited the house, destroying everything inside.