Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Puppy stolen from D.C. Humane Society shelter


A four-month-old pit bull puppy named Ivan has been stolen from the Washington Humane Society shelter in Northeast, officials say.
Ivan -- a black and white puppy shown in photos wearing a blue collar -- was taken from his kennel at the Washington Humane Society's New York Avenue shelter early Monday afternoon.
Officials say three suspects pretended to be interested in adopting a dog when they first came to the shelter. Surveillance video shows them taking Ivan from his cage. They then escaped by breaking through a wooden fence behind the building.
Washington Humane Society President Lisa LaFontaine called the theft "heartbreaking."
"Ivan was waiting to go to a good home, instead he was kidnapped and now we have no idea what the perpetrators intend to do with him and, most importantly, whether he is getting the care and love he needs," she says.
The Humane Society is offering a $1,000 reward for Ivan's safe return.
Anyone with information about the incident can call (202) 724-3834. Calls are confidential.
To see video of the suspects entering the shelter, click here. To see video of the suspects leaving with Ivan, click here

Update December 1, 2010 1:23pm - The following article is by Jeffrey Anderson and Matthew Cella, The Washington Times:

Stolen puppy recovered; young wards of city caught on tape

A puppy stolen from the Washington Humane Society on Monday appears to have been recovered, officials say.
Scott Giacoppo, a spokesman for the agency, confirmed for The Washington Times that the 4-month-old pit bull, Ivan, has been located safely.
"We're fairly confident that appears to be the case," he said.
Sources told The Times that three youths caught on surveillance cameras taking the puppy from the shelter were wards of the city's Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services and were at the agency's headquarters on Wednesday.

Update December 2, 2010 1:09pm - The following article is by John Wist and John Schriffen, NBC Washington:

Ivan the Dog Returns to Humane Society

Pitbull puppy shows up at humane society

It’s been a trying couple of days for employees at a Washington Humane Society shelter after a puppy was snatched in broad daylight.
But now they can breathe a sigh of relief. Four-month-old pit bull Ivan was returned to the shelter Wednesday.  The puppy had some minor cuts and scrapes, but is in good health, according to the Humane Society.
Ivan was taken at about 2 p.m. Monday out of his cage at the New York Avenue shelter in Northeast. Three men can be seen on surveillance tape entering a restricted area of the shelter and then exiting several minutes later with Ivan in hand.
After discovering Ivan had been taken, the Humane Society announced a $1,000 reward for Ivan’s return, no questions asked.
Then, Wednesday evening the Washington Humane Society said Ivan was returned -- by the same people who took him.  Since those people are juveniles, they were not identified.  
Another piece of good news: Those responsible for the tip that led to Ivan’s safe return decided to donate their $1,000 reward back to the Humane Society.  That money will be used for Ivan's care.

Update October 28, 2011 - The following article is by Clarence Williams, Washington Post:

Recovered D.C. dog in New York, ready for a new home

Ivan’s early months in the world weren’t easy. He was given up for adoption as a three-month old, kidnapped, led around the city, and finally returned with scrapes, scratches and what appeared to be dog bites.
But the pit-bull mix puppy, who started life as a high-profile crime victim in the District, seems to have made a full recovery and is now living in the country air of Upstate New York.
Ivan is now ready for a permanent home, according to Stephanie Shain, COO of the Washington Humane Society. (Crime reporters don’t often get to write about victims’ happy endings, so cut us some slack here.)
The theft of Ivan from a Washington Humane Society shelter at 1201 New York Avenue NE on Nov. 29, was big news around town after authorities released surveillance video of three suspects snatching him in broad daylight.
He was returned two days later with minor injuries and needing to be quarantined because, it appeared, he had been bitten by another dog.
Washington Humane Society officials found him a foster home in the city until May, Shain said, but the family could not adopt him.
So Ivan went on the move again — this time to rolling hills and meadows, and the shelter for the Animal Farm Foundation located on a 400-acre farm in Bangall, NY.
The foundation’s mission is to help “pit bull” type dogs everywhere, and their shelter offers training and rehabilitation for dogs that have been “labeled with behavior problems,” said Executive Director Stacy Coleman.
Ivan’s main behavior problem, Coleman says: overexuberance. He thought every person and every dog he met was a new playmate and he was sometimes overwhelming.
“We had to teach Ivan ‘You are better off shaking hands, than tackling them,’” Coleman said. “Because of the circumstances he was in, he never got to meet other dogs.”
In addition to basic obedience training, Ivan has had intensive socialization training and is now house trained. He even learned to swim at the farm, according to Coleman.
“Ivan threw caution to the wind and belly flopped into the pond,” Coleman said.
Officials have not DNA tested him and said they are unsure of his pedigree, but he falls into the category of pit-bull mix because his appearance.
“Ivan is ready and willing to go home,” Coleman said. “We know Ivan’s home is going to come along soon.”

Neighbor's pit bull bites woman in face

By Erika I. Ritchie, The Orange County Register

A 28-year-old woman underwent emergency surgery Tuesday after she was bitten in the jaw by a neighbor's pit bull, police said. The attack happened at 10:25 a.m. Tuesday in the 1900 block of Canyon Terrace. According to police reports the woman walked across Canyon Terrace to pet a 3-year-old pit bull named Sydney when the dog jumped at her and bit her in the face, Deputy Richard Nelson said.
"There was no growl or warning," Nelson said. "He just jumped at her, bit her jaw and ripped the skin from her face. She had petted him many times before."
The woman was taken to a nearby hospital and underwent emergency surgery by the plastic surgeon on duty, Nelson said.
The dog was taken to the county animal shelter and will be quarantined for 10 days.

The facts on pitbulls and attacks

By Amber Monks, Comox Valley Echo

For all of you oh so knowledgeable people out there that are hell bent on believing that "Pitbulls" are stronger, crazier and more designed to kill than any other known breed of dog should maybe consider the proven, researched, documented FACTS that:
1) Dogs with the strongest jaws and bite force out there:
1.Mastiff at a whopping 556 PSI
2. Rottweiler at 328 PSI
3. German Shepard at 238 PSI and yes your most powerful, most feared, most maligned breed. the Pitbull coming in last of the tested breeds at 235 PSI (less than HALF the power of a Mastiffs jaw).
2) Pitbulls have "lock jaw". FALSE. Lock jaw otherwise medically known as tetanus, a medical condition characterized by a prolonged contraction of skeletal muscle fibers caused by infection, IS NOT a "breed trait" of a pitbull.
3) The media indulged myths that pitbulls attack and kill more than any other known breed.
A study on fatal dog attacks in Canada, 1990-2007, completed by the Veterinary Medical Association found that the American Staffordshire terrier (AKA Pitbull) caused 1 fatality in 28 found fatalities (Published June 2008 Canadian Veterinary Journal).
The dogs documented to cause the most fatal attacks in all of Canada are Sled Dogs, followed by mixed breed dogs.
4) Media coverage on the subject is biased; reporters choose to print Pitbull attacks over any other breed to create hysteria and maintain solid headlines, animal organizations have been informed by reporters to not contact them unless a pitbull is involved.
Take even just 2 examples from June 2006 (documented by the National Canine Research Council):
-- Golden Retriever mauls three year old Virginia boy requiring over 300 stitches and hospitalization and will require additional surgeries to "functionally repair muscles, nerves and work on scars". This incident was reported in only the two local Virginia newspapers.
-- An 11-year-old girl was bitten in the leg and received not life-threatening injuries, when she was attacked by two Pit bulls in California.
This incident was Reported in over 91 National and International newspapers. Forbes, Fox News, along with the Washington Post, LA Times, Chicago Tribune and dozens of other major news organizations headlined this "Pit Bull Attack".
Not only is the media biased but the public is too; if your neighbor's Lab took a chunk out of your kid you can bet you wouldn't run to the newspaper with it ... but if that Lab was a Pitbull you can guarantee the newspaper would be all over it.
People's personal opinions are based on nothing other than what they have heard in the news or what a friend of a friend has told them of their own personal experiences and are not the facts.
People used to burn "witches" at the stake based on nothing, other than it was acceptable to think that way at that time because a majority of people believed it to be true (look how well majorities can distribute mass hysteria!!).
People are responsible for the actions of their pets; if a person has no control over their dog bad things will happen but I would rather have a Pitbull on my arm then a Mastiff at 556 PSI.
Do some research on breeds, would you not prefer to have a pitbull that was bred and designed to fight another dog versus a breed that has be bred and designed to attack people.
Yes there are many breeds of dogs that were originally bred to attack humans!
And also...Pitbulls breed standard is 18-22 inches at the shoulder and 30-60 lbs; if you see a 80-100 lb dog that stands up to their owner's hip...it's NOT a Pitbull.
Do some more breed research!

Man sentenced to prison for siccing pit bulls on puppies

By Ty Tagami, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

An Atlanta man will spend two years in prison after admitting he sicced his pit bulls on a neighbor's puppies.
The attacking dogs killed an 8-month-old Shepherd mix.
Their owner, Wayde Clark, 68, of Atlanta, pleaded guilty Tuesday to aggravated cruelty to animals, aggravated assault, criminal trespass and public drunkenness, according to the Fulton County District Attorney's Office.
The attack occurred May 29 when Clark entered a neighbor's yard on Spring Garden Drive in southwest Atlanta, said Yvette Brown, a spokeswoman for District Attorney Paul Howard.
Clark, who was intoxicated, brought his two pit bulls with him into the yard. They attacked a Labrador mix and mauled a 22-pound Shepherd mix named Crackerjack, killing the puppy.
When a neighbor tried to intervene, Clark commanded one of his dogs to attack her, Brown said. The neighbor made it home safely and called 911. Fulton Animal Control took the pit bulls and destroyed one of them after deciding it was dangerous.
Clark's guilty plea came a day after the jury was selected for his jury trial. Superior Court Judge Henry Newkirk sentenced him to serve 10 years, eight of them on probation and the balance in prison.

Dogs classed as menacing

By Matt Stewart, Otago Daily Times

Five American pit bull terriers and pit bull crosses were automatically classified as menacing in the Queenstown Lakes district in the 2009-10 financial year - up from none the previous year. Importing American pit bull terriers into New Zealand is outlawed, although they can be bred here.
It is also illegal to import the dogo Argentino, Brazilian fila and Japanese tosa breeds - none of which have been registered or identified in the Lakes district.
Lakes Environmental dog control officers also identified two dangerous dogs - a mastiff and a huntaway Border collie cross, which was classified outside the district as displaying aggressive behaviour, Lakes Environmental regulatory and corporate manager Lee Webster said.
The figure doubles the number of dangerous dogs from one in 2008-09.
Mr Webster said the mastiff was impounded after a "low-level attack" and was found to have "demonstrated behavioural characteristics that were of concern".
No prosecutions arising from dog behaviour were recorded in the period. Attacks recorded ranged in severity from ripped clothing to those that left victims with bite marks.
There were no disqualified or probationary dog owners in the district and the annual report said there were "no issues" with dogs classified as dangerous or menacing.
Dogs under these classifications cannot be taken to any public or private place except when completely confined to a vehicle or a cage.
Dangerous and menacing dogs must also be muzzled in such a way to prevent them from biting, while allowing them to breathe and drink unobstructed.
The report identified that many of the complaints in the general concern category related to dog welfare, such as dogs being left in cold weather, or inside vehicles with the windows up. Several general complaints concerned dogs getting into rubbish and chasing cars.
Infringements jumped from 40 in 2008-09 to 111. Of those, 73 were attributed to owners not registering dogs and most of the remainder (24) were for failing to keep dogs under control.

Over the 2009-10 year council received 370 complaints:
Public safety related
• Dog attacks on people (minor) - 10
• Dog attacks on people (serious) - 1
• Dog attacks on animal (minor) - 4
• Dog attacks on animal (serious) - 12
• Dog attacks on stock (worrying stock) - 3
• Dog rushing - 0
• Lost/roaming dogs - 62
• General concern - 101
Non-safety concerns
• Lost dogs - 141
• Barking - 34
• Fouling/breach of bylaw - 2

Source: Report on QLDC's dog control and policy practices 2009-10 financial year.

Dogs bite 2 kids after they exit Omaha school bus


Omaha authorities are looking for dogs that attacked two students who had just gotten off their school bus. Nebraska Humane Society vice president Mark Langan says the dogs ran up to the boy and girl on Monday afternoon and bit them several times on their fingers, arms, feet, legs and hips. Langan says the children were taken to a hospital for treatment, then released.
The dogs were described as pit bulls or Rottweilers. One was gray, the other a tannish-brown with a docked tail.
The Humane Society needs to find the dogs and test them within 10 days so the two 12-year-olds don't have to undergo precautionary treatments to prevent rabies.
Nebraska Humane Society: http://www.nehumanesociety.org

Update November 30, 2010 6:59pm - The following article is by Shelley Russell, KPTM:

12-Year Olds Attacked by Dogs: Still on Loose

The Nebraska Humane Society is asking for your help.
Two 12-year old students were attacked by dogs yesterday as they left their bus stop.
Daja Briggs is one of the children who was attacked, and talked with us Tuesday.
"I was scared and hoping they wouldn't attack us or anything," said Briggs, who tells us she has 15 dog bites, four stitches, and numerous bite marks.
In situations like this, when dogs are running up on you, the best thing to do is to stand still. Dogs perceive you to be a threat if you run away from them. We're certainly not faulting the kids in this incident," said Mark Langan, Vice President of Field Operations at the Nebraska Humane Society. "It's a natural reaction to run, but it probably made the situation a bit worse."
But Briggs tells us things could be worse.
"If it's a serious case of rabies, I might die," she said.
"The chances are very, very remote that these dogs have rabies," said Langan. "But we still have to quarantine them just to verify they don't."
Officials say the two loose dogs ran up to the children after they were dropped off by their school bus near 36th and Burdette Street; they also say they need your help in finding those dogs.
"We need to locate those dogs because if we don't, the kids could potentially have to undergo rabies shots. Nobody wants to undergo shots like that. So, we're really asking for help from both the owners of the dogs, and/or the public in helping us locate these dogs," said Langan.
The Nebraska Human Society needs to find the dogs within ten days, or the young boy and girl might need to get the vaccinations.
They believe the dogs to be either pit bulls or rottweilers, possibly one of each.
"We need to find these dogs, quarantine them to make sure they don't have rabies, and then give the all-clear to the kids so they don't have to undergo rabies shots," said Langan.
If you have information on the whereabouts of the dogs, call the Nebraska Humane Society at 444-7800.

Update December 1, 2010 6:31am - The following article is from NTV:

Dogs that bit 2 Omaha students are in quarantine

Omaha authorities say they've found two dogs that attacked two students who had just gotten off their school bus.
Nebraska Humane Society vice president Mark Langan says the dogs were confiscated from a home in northeast Omaha on Tuesday night. Langan says 1 of the students and an adult witness positively identified the dogs.
The dogs are being quarantined for 10 days. They are described as a boxer-pit bull mix and a pit bull mix.
The dogs ran up to the students on Monday afternoon and bit them several times on their fingers, arms, feet, legs and hips. Langan says the children were taken to a hospital for treatment, then released.

Update December 1, 2010 4:56pm - The following article is by Jason Kuiper, Omaha World-Herald:
Pit bulls' owner cited in attacks

The owner of two pit bulls that attacked a pair of 12-year-olds on their way home from school was issued several tickets Wednesday.

The Nebraska Humane Society cited Shara Dunbar, 47, on suspicion of two counts of harboring a dangerous animal, two counts of improper restraint of an animal and one count of not having a dog license.

Both dogs were vaccinated after the attacks. The Humane Society said it will keep both animals for a 10-day rabies observation period and throughout court proceedings.

After that, the dogs will likely be euthanized, said Mark Langan, vice president of field operations for the Humane Society.

Langan said one of the dogs is a boxer-pit bull mix while the other is a pit bull mix.

He said Dunbar, who lives near 37th and Blondo Streets, was cooperative with investigators. She declined to comment Wednesday afternoon.

Dunbar paid a $200 fine in 2006 for harboring a dangerous animal, according to court records.

The girl and boy who were injured — Daja Briggs and Japrice Green — required stitches following the attacks.
The pair were walking home from school Monday when the dogs attacked them shortly after they got off the bus near 36th and Burdette Streets.

An unidentified passer-by fired a shot into the air to scare off the dogs and drove the children to a friend’s house.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Judge denies bail for two suspects in Father Diaferio murder

By Will Richmond, The Herald News

Edward Platts flashed his cash before his friends, Charles Mendez and Tacoma Massie.
It was a fatal mistake, prosecutors allege.

Because a few days later Mendez and Massie set up their friend, shot him and stole the cash from his pocket and his pit bull from his car, prosecutor Robert Kidd told District Court Judge Beverly Cannone.

Kidd argued both men should be denied bail and held in prison until they can be tried on the charge of killing Platts.

Cannone agreed to hold the two men.

Mendez, 28, of Fifth Street, and Massie, 29, of South Main Street, were both arraigned Monday, charged with murdering Platts, 31, of Fall River, on Nov. 18 inside the Father Diaferio Village housing complex.

Kidd said Massie called Platts several times that day and that when they all met, at 6:40 p.m., Mendez got into Platts’ car and shot him once at close range.

When the first police officer arrived, Platts was still behind the wheel of his car, which was running and in gear. The car had bounced off a stopped car and then came to rest lodged against a utility pole.

Platts had a bullet wound and powder burns on the right side of his head. The left side of his head was covered in blood from the exit wound. The window to his left was shattered and bloody.

Platts’ pocket was pulled out and empty. The dog that was seen with him earlier was gone.
Platts is formerly from Newport and Middletown, R.I., but had been living in the city for several years, supporting himself as a musician.

He had recently received a check in an insurance settlement after an accident, Kidd said in court. When Mendez and Massie visited his home a few days before the murder, he showed them the money and told them he was looking for a car, Kidd said.

“Cell phone records show that there were several calls from Mr. Massie to Mr. Platts through the day,” Kidd said. “They were making calls, setting him up. This was a robbery scheme.”
The men had been chauffeured through the day by Jessica Blair, a friend. Sometime either before or after the robbery and murder, they called her for a ride away from the area, Kidd said.

That was when their luck turned bad, police allege. State Trooper Barry Shea was in the area when he heard a police dispatcher report that gunshots were heard in the Father Diaferio Village. Shea reports he saw a man run up to a white Honda Civic that was just outside the housing complex and then saw the Civic speed away.

Shea followed it in an unmarked car but then approached the car when it stopped on Kellogg Street. Mendez and Massie took off running, police allege. Mendez returned to the car, but was arrested when Blair, the driver, obeyed Shea’s orders to stop the car and remove the keys.

Mendez had blood covering his left side, police allege. He had a 9 mm pistol in his waistband. A 9 mm shell casing found in Platts’ car was matched to that gun, Kidd said. Kidd reported that Mendez’ hat was also found in Platts’ car.

Massie also took off running. He was chased and tackled in the parking lot of St. Anne’s Hospital by Officer Eric Copsetta, police report.

Police allege he had $4,200 in cash and a cell phone in his pocket, as well as a .45 caliber pistol in his waistband. The cash came from Platts, police allege. The cell phone had a record of several calls to Platts’ phone in its memory.

Platts’ pit bull was in Blair’s car when the car was stopped. Because police did not know the dog belonged to Platts, and because Blair was not charged, Blair left with the pit bull.

Christopher Belezos, the lawyer for Massie, did not argue for bail, asking instead that he be allowed to make that argument at a later date.

James Murphy, the lawyer for Mendez, asked that bail be set at $50,000 cash.

Shea had no reason to follow and stop the vehicle, Murphy argued.

“This is a very good motion to suppress, at least from the initial reading of the reports,” Murphy said. “The government has no probable cause for this interaction, so the firearm is very suppressible.”

Massie and Mendez will be held in custody unless they appeal the judge’s decision and a Superior Court judge allows them bail.

They are both set for pretrial hearings on Dec. 20.

The case will be referred to a grand jury, which must determine if there is enough evidence to proceed to trial.

Massie and Mendez face life in prison if convicted of murder.

Concerns About Stolen Puppy


There are concerns about what will happen to a puppy stolen from a Colorado Springs pet store over the weekend.
The puppy is a pit bull-husky cross named "Jewel."
She was at the PetSmart on North Academy, up for adoption from the San Luis Valley Animal Welfare Society.
A couple came down from Denver Saturday planning to adopt her, but when they arrived just before noon the puppy was missing.
Jewel is white, with tan on her back and a tan patch over her left eye. She's only about 11 weeks old, and she's still pretty small: only about 8 to twelve pounds.
There had been a man in the store acting suspiciously just before Jewel disappeared, but they're not sure he's the person who actually took her.
If you think you're seen Jewel, call Christi with the San Luis Valley Animal Welfare Society at 719-229-7341.


Abandoned, injured pup on the mend

By Mary Pieper, Globe Gazette

A puppy who nearly lost his life when he was injured and abandoned more than a month ago is on the mend and hopefully will find a home for the holidays - and beyond.
Trooper, a 12- to 14-week-old black Lab/pit bull mix, is being looked after in the home of PAWS Humane Society volunteers Jeff and Brenda Nordman, Charles City, while he recovers from surgery on a broken hind leg.
After he has X-rays taken Thursday to make sure his leg has healed properly, he should be ready to go to a new, permanent home.
PAWS is still looking for someone to adopt Trooper.
"Anyone would be lucky to have him for a puppy," said Brenda.
Charles City residents Ann Voelker and Colette Koebrick found Trooper on Oct. 19 when they were going for a walk north of town.
"We heard him crying in the ditch," Voelker said.
The two women thought the pup might be caught in a trap and they didn't want to risk getting bitten.
Voelker went home to get her husband, Brian, who came and helped them.
It turned out the little guy wasn't moving because he had a broken leg.
If he hadn't been rescued, "it would have been a horrible death" for the puppy because he didn't have any food or water, Voelker said.
The Voelkers took the puppy to the PAWS shelter in Charles City. The Nordmans were on volunteer duty at the PAWS shelter that night.
In addition to the broken leg, the pup appeared to have an infection around his tail, which looked like someone had tied something around it like a tourniquet to get it to come off.
"You couldn't help but wonder if someone was being mean to him," Jeff said.
But the little fellow "wasn't whimpering or crying one bit," he said.
When the Voelkers gave Jeff the puppy, he wagged his tail and "gave me a big kiss," he said.
Jeff said the puppy was "quite a trooper" for bearing with his injuries the way he did.
That's how he got his name.
Phyllis Frost, a veterinarian with Avenue of the Saints Animal Hospital in Charles City, did surgery on Trooper's leg on Oct. 20. She put in a plate and screws that will need to be there for the rest of his life.
She reduced her normal cost for the procedure, but even so the fund PAWS keeps for emergency animal surgeries wasn't enough to cover it, said Julie Taylor, PAWS president.
The organization asked for donations from the public to help pay the cost of the surgery.
Trooper, whose tail had to be amputated due to infection, spends a lot of time in a pet porter because until his leg heals he isn't allowed to run around.
When he's out of his pet porter, he's usually on a leash.
"He's missed out on a lot of puppyhood," Jeff said.
He's had all his shots, has been neutered and is well on his way to being housebroken.
Trooper isn't afraid of other dogs - even the biggest ones - or people, according to Jeff.
"He's the most fearless puppy I've ever seen," he said.
Voelker said she hopes Trooper is able to find a home.
"He's a cutie," she said.

Contact PAWS if you want to adopt Trooper

Anyone who is interested in adopting Trooper should call the PAWS Humane Society at 641-257-0766.
PAWS also has a surplus of cats and kittens up for adoption at this time.
Donations are still being accepted to help defray the cost of Trooper’s surgery. Any leftover funds will go into the PAWS emergency fund for animal surgery.
Donations can be sent to PAWS at Box 651, Charles City, IA 50616.

Update December 14, 2010 10:12pm - The following article is by Mary Pieper, Globe Gazette:

Trooper finds a home

“I think he likes us,” said Melina Davis, 24, as she and her husband, Keegan, 26, sat with their newly adopted pup in their home.
Right on cue, Trooper licked first her face and then Keegan’s.
The couple picked up Trooper, a black Lab/pit bull mix, from the PAWS Humane Society in Charles City on Dec. 5 — Keegan’s birthday.
Keegan’s family had golden retrievers when he was growing up and he wanted a dog.
Melina went to a website called Petfinder to look for dogs available for adoption in the area. Trooper was the first dog that came up in her search.
“He was just adorable,” she said.
The description of Trooper mentioned he had a broken leg, but at the time she didn’t know the whole story.
Charles City residents Ann Voelker and Colette Koebrick found Trooper on Oct. 19 when they were going for a walk north of town.  
Voelker and her husband, Brian, took the pup to the PAWS shelter where volunteers Jeff and Brenda Nordman from Charles City were on duty.
Jeff Nordman named the puppy “Trooper” because he thought he was a real trooper considering all he had gone through.
Trooper had surgery on his broken hind leg. The Nordmans took him into their home on a temporary basis until he was adopted.
PAWS asked members of the public to donate money toward Trooper’s surgery.
Keegan’s father, Shawn Davis of Charles City, was one of those who donated, but his son didn’t know it until he and his wife adopted Trooper.
“We just couldn’t believe it,” Keegan said.
“We were meant to have this dog,” Melina said.
Trooper still spends a lot of time in his pet porter because until his leg completely heals he isn’t allowed to run around.
When he’s out of his pet porter, he has to be on a leash.
Keegan and Melina hope he will be at 100 percent soon.
Although he has missed out on a lot of typical puppyhood, he is starting to catch up.
Keegan and Melina said Trooper loves playing in the snow, chewing on shoes and eating ice cubes.
Also, Keegan said, “He just loves people.”

Officers shoot pit bulls after fight breaks out in Silverton

By Cara Pallone, Statesman Journal

Two pit bulls were shot and killed after they fought for more than 15 minutes on Thanksgiving in Silverton.
Silverton Police Officers Jason Bricker and Jay Stearns responded to a vicious dog complaint in the 100 block of S Third Street at about 11:40 a.m. Nov. 25.One of the dogs, a brindled pit bull, had the other pit bull by the throat and was shaking it and acting aggressively toward officers and bystanders, according to police.
The dogs belonged to Donald Thomas of Silverton, but were in the care of his mother, Christina Thomas, when the incident occurred.
Christina reportedly stopped by a friend’s house and left the dogs in her vehicle, where they started fighting.
She opened a door to the vehicle to try and separate the dogs, but they got out and continued fighting in the street.
Several people tried to pull them apart unsuccessfully, according to police.
Because of the severity of the situation and the concern for the public’s safety, Officer Stearns — with the caretaker’s permission — shot the brindled pit bull to end the attack.
The other pit bull was severely injured and was almost dead from the attack.
“It was basically lifeless, bleeding and not moving too much but was still alive,” according to Capt. Jeff Fossholm with the Silverton Police Department.
After several attempts to contact a veterinarian, the dog was carried into a yard, and at the request of the caretaker, was also shot and killed to end its suffering, Fossholm said.
No citations were issued.

Who could do this to a puppy?

By Carly Udy, Bay of Plenty Times

A member of the public brought the dog into the Tauranga SPCA on Saturday after finding it outside shops on the corner of Cameron Rd and 23rd Avenue.

SPCA Inspector Jason Blair said the case was despicable and the puppy would have suffered "horrendous pain".

He said it was "up there" with the worst cases of animal cruelty.

"It had been done very recently - within 24 to 48 hours - and would have taken more than one person to do it.

"It's a disgusting act."

Mr Blair said the ears, which were "raw and sore", were cut off cleanly, possibly with a pair of large scissors.

The reason why is unclear but Mr Blair said sadly, some people liked the look it created.

"It originates from the fighting of pitbulls in the US and means the other dog can't grab the ears. Whether they intended to fight the dog, I'm not sure."

It also remains unclear whether there is a litter of puppies in Tauranga with their ears clipped, or just this one.

The puppy, which will be fostered out until a new owner can be found, is on painkillers and is "fairly placid", despite what he has been through.

Having his ears cut could affect his hearing and balance and increases the risk of infection.

Tauranga MP Simon Bridges successfully got the Animal Welfare Amendment Bill through Parliament this year and described this act of cruelty as "absolutely disgusting".

"People who do this sort of crime are complete cowards.

The Government bill will ensure crimes of animal cruelty are treated with the seriousness they deserve.

"I hope that anyone that knows something will come forward."

The incident has similarities to a 2002 case in Ngongotaha, near Rotorua, where a 15-week-old bull terrier had its ears savagely hacked off with an object similar to a razor blade.

The owner was found guilty of ill treatment and failing to gain veterinary help and sentenced to 100 hours' community work.

Charges relating to cutting the pup's ears off did not eventuate as it could not be proved who was responsible for the gruesome act.

The SPCA is offering a reward of $200 for the names of those responsible for the latest act.

Those found guilty could face a maximum of three years in prison or a $75,000 fine.

If you would like to add to the SPCA reward tally, or you can pass on any information, phone 578 0245. Callers may remain anonymous.

Update December 1, 2010 4:25pm - The following article is from New Zealand Herald:

SPCA to prosecute those who cut off puppy's ears

Animal protection inspectors are closing in on offenders responsible for cutting off the ears of an eight-week-old pitbull puppy.
Tauranga Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) inspector Jason Blair today said they were following strong leads in their search those responsible for the horrific act of animal cruelty.
The puppy, who has been nicknamed Trooper, was recovering remarkably well considering what he had been through and was living in foster care with a family, he said.
He was taken into SPCA on Monday with raw and bloody ear wounds which were probably inflicted with a pair of scissors last Thursday or Friday.
Mr Blair said all his inquiries were leading him to one address but he needed someone who had witnessed the act, or had been told about it by those responsible, to come forward.
It was likely more than one person was involved, he said.
"I've had a number of people that have given me names and addresses that all seem to be lining up but to be actually able to take it to court I need something a bit more concrete.
"I'm appealing to their conscience, for the sake of the dog and so this person or people don't do this again, because they need to be brought to justice," he said.
Mr Blair said he could not walk down the street in Tauranga without being stopped by people expressing their disgust at what had happened.
Nationally, too, people were offering money for a reward to ensure there was enough of an incentive for people to come forward with information.
A $200 reward has been offered but this amount could increase substantially as more money was donated, Mr Blair said.
The offender could face up to five years imprisonment or a $100,000 fine if convicted.

Update December 2, 2010 8:52pm - The following article is from Bay of Plenty Times:

Animal lovers bump up reward for puppy abusers

Public outrage has led to a $1000 reward being offered for the conviction prosecution of the sadist who cut off the ears of an eight-week-old puppy.
Tauranga Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) inspector Jason Blair today said donations had been coming in from all around the country, bumping up the reward money from $200 to $1000 for information which leading to a successful prosecution.
"They're not businesses or anything, they're just people that like dogs who have been disgusted by the media articles and contacted us."
Mr Blair said more people had come forward with information since NZPA spoke with him yesterday, but he still did not have enough concrete evidence to charge the suspects.
"To be able to meet the standard of proof required for taking it to court I can't just I think I know who did it -- I need to be able to prove beyond reasonable doubt that somebody's done it..."
The puppy, who has been nicknamed Trooper, was recovering remarkably well considering what he had been through and was living in foster care with a family.
Online news stories have been attracting hundreds of comments from outraged animal lovers from across the country.
The offender or offenders could face up to five years imprisonment or a $100,000 fine if convicted.

Update December 5, 2010 6:28pm - The following article is by Lyle McMahon, Sun Media:
Hard work continues for inspector

Tauranga SPCA animal welfare inspector Jason Blair says he would be happy to be out of a job if that meant there were no more animal cruelty cases in the region

He is continuing to investigate Tauranga’s latest animal cruelty case, which involved an eight-week-old puppy having its ears cut off with scissors.
Jason says his investigation is centred on a particular area in Tauranga and he is building evidence up to effect an arrest.
“We will reach a point where we may have to go with what I’ve got, but at this stage I’m hoping to get more so I’m waiting for the file to build,” says Jason.
The pitbull puppy, now named Trooper, is recovering well with a Tauranga foster family.
Jason says he tackles animal cruelty every day, but this particular incident is an extreme case.
“Some are neglectful things. A lot of it involves education, but in this case they went out of their way to purposely do something and it’s those sorts of cases that are frustrating.”

Falmouth pair charged with burglary

By Aaron Gouveia, Cape Cod Times

The couple once accused of operating an unlicensed Mashpee dog kennel are facing new charges after allegedly robbing a Falmouth home, according to Falmouth police.
Rebecca Clancy and Kelly Hayden, both 28, of Falmouth, were allegedly caught loading stolen electronics from a Ridgeview Drive summer home into their SUV on Wednesday, according to an eyewitness.
The witness told police she saw Clancy and Hayden loading electronics into the back of their black Jeep Cherokee, and then tried to block the couple in the driveway using her own car. The women were able to escape by driving on the lawn, according to a Falmouth police report.
A criminal investigations officer from the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office, who was headed to a second break-in nearby to process the crime scene, spotted the women after hearing a description of the vehicle on the police scanner.
Falmouth police eventually pulled the vehicle over and found two DVD players in the back. At the same time, officers at the scene on Ridgeview Drive found other stolen items, including a 42-inch television, hidden in leaf piles behind the house.
Both women pleaded not guilty in Falmouth District Court last week to charges of attempting to commit a crime, felony breaking and entering during the daytime, receiving stolen property greater than $250 and trespassing, according to court records.
The women are known to police for running the Notorious B.L.U.E. kennels in Mashpee, an unlicensed dog kennel that bred and sold pit bulls.
In January 2007 they were suspects in the beheading of a homeless woman’s dog, and were arrested on charges of intimidating a witness and threatening to commit a crime related to that incident.
Clancy and Hayden both admitted sufficient facts to the intimidation and threatening to commit a crime charges, but were never charged for the beheading.

Loose pit bull mix brings prosecutor review

By Christopher Machniak, Hartland Patch

A 32-year-old Tyrone Township man could face charges after police said his pit bull black Labrador mix was found roaming the Cider Mill Crossings manufactured home community Saturday, according to a Livingston County Sherriff's Department report.
A Livingston County deputy tracked the dog to the man's house and stayed near the police vehicle after the dog repeatedly barked at the deputy with its tail down and its hair on its lower back standing up, according to the report.
The man emerged from the home and told police the dog escaped after his young daughter left the door open and he couldn't leave to get the dog because he had to watch her, the report said.
A 31-year-old woman who lives in the community told police the dog had been loose before and acted aggressively toward her children, the report said. Police said the man has been fined by the community for allowing his dog out without a leash, it said.
Police have forwarded the report to the Livingston County prosecutor for review.

Sunday, November 28, 2010


From Niagara Gazette

Police and the Niagara County SPCA are investigating an attack on a woman by a pair of pit bulls in the 500 block of 25th Street. A 22-year-old woman told officers she was walking in the area at 8:14 p.m. Saturday when the two dogs chased and attacked her. The woman was bitten multiple times on her lower left leg.

Jersey City couple can't shake image of their cat viciously mauled by unleashed pit bulls

By Ashley Strain, The Jersey Journal

Santanu and Lynn Roy can't shake the image of their cat, Marcus, being mauled by two unleashed pit bulls and the owner of the dogs making no attempt to the stop the brutal attack.

Residents of the Lafayette section of Jersey City, the Roys were home on Nov. 19 at about 6:30 p.m. when they heard noises outside.

They peeked outside and saw the dogs tearing into the defenseless kitty and the owner of the dogs just standing watching.

Santanu Roy ran outside and kicked one of the dogs off Marcus, but it was too late to save the cat.

The owner of the dogs didn't seem too concerned when Mr. Roy confronted him, saying only, "my bad" before he went on his way with the dogs, the Roys said.

"The owner of the dogs is still unknown," said Jersey City Animal Control Officer Joseph Frank. "If the dogs aren't registered and we can't find the owner, then we can't help."

For now it's up to the Roys to ask around their neighborhood, hoping to locate and identify the owner of the dogs.

"Unleashed dogs are a problem throughout the city, especially in areas with parks," Frank said. "It is up to the owners to be aware of their dog's temperament in order to keep others safe in public places."

Henry Torres, a resident in the neighborhood, agrees.

Torres said yesterday that his pit bull, Panda, has been attacked by an unleashed pit bull. Now, he makes sure Panda wears a large spiked collar and is kept on a short leash to keep her safe from unleashed dogs and reckless owners.

"Some owners are too confident that their dog is harmless and that they can control their dog without a leash," Torres said. "I try to call the police every time I see an owner like that because any dog could hurt someone."

The Roys believe that the owner of the dogs that killed Marcus should be held accountable.

"We cannot overemphasize how large and vicious these dogs were and without leashes they are analogous to lethal weapons, especially in the hands of a brazenly apathetic owner," Santanu Roy said. "This all may seem trivial, but the larger point is what if this had been a child?"

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Intruders attack Reading man, shoot dog

From Reading Eagle

A 58-year-old city man was pistol-whipped Friday night by two men who forced their way into his home in the 200 block of Jameson Place and shot his dog, according to city police.

Police said the victim, whose name was not released, was attacked when he answered a knock at the door about 7:40, expecting to find a friend or relative.

Police gave this account:

One of the men hit the victim in the face with a gun, knocking him down.

The pair then went toward a bedroom at the back of the first-floor apartment and were confronted by a pit bull.

One of the men shot and wounded the dog. The pair then fled, apparently empty-handed, running south through an alley.

Police said the small apartment had little furniture and that there might be more to the story than they were told.

Police said the intruders were wearing dark hooded jackets and possibly masks.

The victim declined emergency medical treatment.

Police contacted the Animal Rescue League of Berks County to take care of the dog, a 7-month-old male, which suffered a leg wound.

An investigation continues.

Update November 29, 2010 3:42pm - The following article is by Dwayne Parker, WFMZ:
Help Sought For Dog Shot By Intruders

A man is hoping the public will help him pay to amputate his pit bull's leg.
William Singleton of Reading said his seven-month old pit bull, "Baby Girl," was shot in the leg while trying to scare away two armed bandits.
"I was in shock," said Singleton. "I didn't know what was going on."
The attempted robbery occurred in the 200 block of Jameson Place in Reading around 7:30 Friday night.
While a guest was leaving, Singleton said the two men rushed into his home.
While tussling with one of the robbers in the entrance hallway, the other robber entered his home and encountered "Baby Girl."
Singleton said he then heard a shot."Like 'pow,' one shot, and that was it," said Singleton. "They running out the door."
Singleton said "Baby Girl," despite being hit in the leg with a bullet, still continued to chase the criminals.The dog suffered a shattered elbow. Veterinarians said her leg needs to be amputated.
"The last two nights she's been up most of the night crying," said Vicky Hoffman of the Wyomissing Animal Hospital.
Hoffman said "Baby Girl" is on heavy doses of painkillers to ease the pain, but her leg needs to be amputated quickly.
Singleton said he has a message for the bandits.
"Stop dropping out of school, thinking the streets is all that," said Singleton. "The streets ain't all that. In the streets, you going to end up in the grave."
If you'd like to help "Baby Girl," donations can be sent to:
Wyomissing Animal Hospital
c/o Baby Girl's Surgery
35 Commerce Drive
Wyomissing, PA 19610

Dog bites 12-year-old boy

By Jolie Long, CBS 21 News

A Cumberland County woman is facing a dog violation citation after police say her dog bit a 12-year-old boy in the leg.
Carlisle Police say the child was walking with his mother in the 100 block of D Street on Friday afternoon, when the pitbull mix approached them from behind. The pair tried to walk away, but the dog bit the boy.
An ambulance took the boy to the hospital, where he was treated and released a short time later.
Police contacted the dog's owner, Amy Thompson, and say she will receive a citation in the mail.

Update November 27, 2010 3:24pm - The following article is from WGAL:

Pit Bull Attacks 12-Year-Old Boy

A 12-year-old boy is recovering after being bitten by a pit bull in Carlisle.
According to police, the boy and his mom were taking a walk on the 100 block of D street on Friday afternoon when a brown pit bull came upon them and bit the child on the right leg.
The child was taken to the hospital.Carlisle police say the owner of the dog is being cited.
Neighbors tell News 8 that this is not the first time the pit bull has attacked a human.

Sheriff saves dog hit by car

By Johnny Chandler, KRQE

Lea County Sheriff Rodd Coffaman is looking for someone to adopt a dog that was hit by a car Wednesday. The two year old female Pit Bull had surgery performed by a veterinarian Friday for injuries to her leg after being hit by a car on Wednesday.
The veterinarian bills for the dog are expensive and Animal Protection of New Mexico is asking for help.
If you can help with a home for the dog or with any bills please call Animal Protection of New Mexico at 505-265-2322.


Police should stop investigating dangerous dogs, says chief

By Richard Edwards, The Telegraph

Police should stop investigating crimes such as the illegal breeding of dangerous dogs and redefine what their role is in society, a chief constable has said

Ian Learmonth, head of Kent Police, said that budget cuts of a fifth across the service meant that officers would be forced to "stop doing stuff" and concentrate on traditional police work.
His force will lose 500 police officers and 1,000 police staff in a bid to save £53 million over the next five years.
He told a meeting of the Kent Police Federation: "There are opportunities wrapped up in this challenge for us.
"There is some stuff we absorbed over the years that perhaps it is time for us to start pushing back and say actually, are we going to do that anymore?
"Does it actually need to be done? The Dangerous Dogs Act [1991] for example. A piece of legislation came in and it came to us.
"But are we the appropriate organisation to deal with it? Should it be dealt with by the RSPCA?
"I am really up for taking a chance here. Let's just stop doing stuff, if that means we can be more effective and efficient in some of the key areas."
Under the dangerous dogs laws police have to stop the breeding and sale of Pit Bull Terriers and three other breeds and cross breeds. Officers also do the paperwork on ensuring the dogs which are owned legally are registered, insured and neutered.
Senior officers have warned that police will be forced to stop engaging in the large amount of “social work” carried out every day and focus on core crimes.
Denis O’Connor, the Chief Inspector of Constabulary, said recently: “Too often in recent years police have fallen into the trap of engaging in social engineering and associated social work, filling gaps left by other agencies.”
He called for officers to regain the streets by restructuring to ensure a greater visible presence.
Simon Reed, vice-chairman of the Police Federation, said: "We need to have a debate over what the police do. We tend to sweep up all the social ills when other departments don't. We are talking about picking up people with drug and alcohol addiction, homeless people and the mentally ill.
"There is a real possibility that chief constables will have to make an announcement about a new reality. The public may be expected to do more for themselves."
However Mr Learmonth’s comments are the first time a police chief has been specific about which areas may be directly affected by the cuts.
Mr Learmonth said: "I do not want to get to the end of my contract here and realise I have taken £53 million out of the organisation but actually what I have got is a run-down, ramshackle organisation.
"What is coming is not going to kill us. And what does not kill us makes us stronger. We will be different but we will be stronger."

Friday, November 26, 2010

Search on for pit bull stolen from Vancouver SPCA shelter

From The Vancouver Sun

The B.C. SPCA and the Vancouver police are searching for a black and white pit bull terrier named Isis after the dog was stolen from the SPCA's animal shelter in Vancouver on Tuesday.
Ryan Voutilainen, manager of the SPCA's Vancouver branch, said Isis was stolen around noon by a man who had expressed interest in adopting her.
He said the man provided his address and identification and then took her for a walk but never returned.
The man, who is known to police, was located in Coquitlam but said someone had paid him to steal the dog and he no longer had her.
Isis is about 45 pounds and is mostly black with white marks on her paws and chest. She was wearing a red and black collar with a native design on it when she was stolen.

Update November 28, 2010 3:01pm - The following article is by Andrew Weichel, CTV:
Seized dog stolen from Vancouver SPCA

Staff and volunteers at the Vancouver SPCA are worried sick after a dog that was seized during an animal cruelty investigation was stolen from their care.
Employees say the dog, a six-month-old pit bull terrier named Isis, was taken by a man who visited the shelter on Tuesday afternoon and expressed interest in adopting her.
After he signed paperwork and provided photo ID, he was allowed to take the dog out for a short test walk. He never returned.
"I believe he was asked to steal the dog, and sold it to the person who asked him to steal it," said Kim Monteith, the SPCA's regional animal welfare supervisor.
Shelter staff called police immediately. They tracked the man, who is known to police, to his address in Coquitlam, but the dog wasn't there.
Monteith said Isis was originally rescued from "horrible living conditions," where she was kept with multiple dogs and neglected.
"I don't know if she's back with the abusive owners, I don't know where she is," Monteith said. "Our concern, with the staff and volunteers, is her well-being no matter where she is."
Worried employees have posted ads on Craigslist and contacted veterinary clinics, shelters and rescue groups in Metro Vancouver to get the word out.
"Anybody who'll listen we're asking to keep their eyes open for her," Monteith said. "If somebody happens to find her and they want to drop her off at a local shelter anonymously, I'm sure the shelters will take her and then notify us."
Isis weighs about 45 lbs., is mostly black with white marks on her paws and chest and has uncropped ears. She was wearing a red and black Silverfoot Martingale collar with a native design on it when she was stolen.
Anyone who thinks they have seen Isis is asked to contact the SPCA at 604-879-7343.

Texas Man Suffers Fatal Heart Attack During Pit Bull Attack


A Texas man died of a heart attack on Thanksgiving Day while trying to help his mother-in-law fend off a pit bull attack

An East Texas man died on Thanksgiving Day after he suffered a heart attack when he tried to help his mother-in-law stave off an attack by her neighbor's pit bulls.
Van Zandt County Sheriff Pat Burnett said the woman tried to intervene when the pit bulls attacked her two dogs Thursday, but one of the pit bulls knocked her down and bit her.
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Burnett said the man used a pocketknife to stab and kill the dog that bit his mother-in-law, but then later had a heart attack while the woman was being treated.
Burnett told the Tyler Morning-Telegraph that paramedics couldn't revive the Van Zandt County man.
He said the woman was hospitalized and the pit bulls were quarantined for rabies testing.
Burnett said no charges were immediately filed.

Update November 26, 2010 7:48pm - The following article is by Layron Livingston, KLTV:
Man collapses and dies after fighting off pit bull

Van Zandt County Deputies were called to the scene of an intense dog fight, Thursday afternoon in the 200 block of County Road 1205.
Apparently, a pit-bull and a catahoula bulldog escaped from inside their owner's home, ran across the street, and attacked the neighbor's dog.
What happened moments later took investigators by surprise.
They're now calling 64-year-old Richard Martratt a hero.
They said he jumped in the middle of the dog fight to save his 78-year-old mother-in-law, Joan Hardin. Hardin was outside with the family dog, getting dishes from the car. The family had just made it back from an out-of-town Thanksgiving dinner.
Hardin was knocked to the ground and suffered a blow to the head. Richard wrestled with the catahoula bull dog; he used is pocket knife to stab the dog, but it wouldn't go down. The pit bull bit Richard's brother-in-law in the leg before running back home across the street.
We're told Kathy Rogers, the dog's owner, also tried breaking up the scuffle. Richard eventually sent for his gun, fired at least three shots into the animal, killing the bull dog.
Susan Martratt was only married to her husband for two short years. "He died protecting his family, and he wouldn't have it any other way," she said.
Susan was preparing to take her dog to the vet shortly after the fight ended when her brother came in to tell her Richard had collapsed.
"Richard, in my opinion, is a hero," said Deputy Roland Davis with the Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office. Davis was the first on-scene. He said he questioned Richard about the incident and was there when he collapsed.
"Without even thinking twice, he jumped in and grabbed hold of this animal. Not many people would have done that with an animal with the reputation of a pit bull," said Davis.
Paramedics on the scene tried, but could not save Richard. He'd suffered what is believed to be a heart attack.
"I don't know if there are any criminal charges that we'll file because the dogs were actually fighting each other, and the humans intervened," said Sheriff Pat Burnett.
Canton Animal Control officers did show up at Michael Miller's home, Friday morning. Miller had to hand over his pit bull to authorities to be quarantined.
"Richard over reacted, and it killed him," Miller said. "I'm sorry."
Miller said his neighbors are the best friends that he ever had.
Hardin, Richard's mother-in-law, was treated and released from the hospital, Thursday night. Their dog is still alive and is being treated at a local vet for it's injuries.
The pit bull will remain in quarantine for 10 days and authorities will determine whether the dog is dangerous, or if can be returned to it's owner. Burnett said it will likely be put down.

Three in custody in connection with copper theft

By Pete Skiba, Albany Herald

An early morning fire led Albany Police Department officers to men burning insulation off copper wire

Smoke alerted a patrolling Albany Police Department officer to three men burning insulation off heavy copper wire on the 400 block of Nona Drive at about 1 a.m. today.
Albany Fire Department firefighters put out the fire that was described as having flames as tall as a two story home.
Officers took three men into custody in connection with the wire fire, which may have been stolen from local factories.
Animal control staff had to restrain three pit bull dogs obviously chained near the wire to protect it from other thieves while the fire was out out and officers investigated the scene.

Update November 27, 2010 10:43am - The following article is by Pete Skeba, Albany Herald:

Four arrested after police find toxic copper fire

Police follow smoke and find people burning insulation off thick, industrial-type copper cables Friday morning

To get at the lucrative copper in industrial-type cables, thieves have to burn off the insulation.
Following smoke and flames to the 400 block of Nona Drive, Albany police and firefighters found a burn barrel full of burning copper wire insulation about 1:30 a.m. Friday, said Sgt. Edward J. Heath of the Albany Police Department.
“One of our uniform officers saw smoke and thought it was a brush fire,” Heath said. “He found A-1 commercial grade copper burning.
Thieves know you can get good money for it. They’ve been selling it in surrounding counties.”
Officers arrested Curtis Mosley, 21, Porsha Luke, 20, and Antonio Williams, 23, for burning egregious litter, a police e-mail stated. Shawna Flowers, 28, was arrested for being a party to a crime, it added.
Egregious litter as defined in the Georgia Criminal and Traffic Law Manual is any discarded substance exceeding 10 pounds if hazardous.
“They don’t care that burning the wire sends off a poisonous gas,” said Albany Fire Department Investigator Sam Harris. “All they care about is making money.”
More charges could come from the investigation because the cable was probably stolen, Heath said.
There is probably more stolen property on the grounds of the home behind 401-A Nona Drive, he added.
A black, industrial fan with a 24-inch blade sat on the back patio with “PG” spray painted on it in white. Behind it was a washing machine.
The fan was obviously stolen from Procter & Gamble, Harris said.
The washing machine could also have been stolen, he added.
Harris estimated the weight of the copper cable in the burn barrel and on the ground to be about 500 pounds. The price of copper from the website metalprices.com lists a pound of copper bringing $3.76 a pound. The copper found Friday could be worth more than $1,800.
Those arrested knew the copper was valuable; they had three pit bull dogs chained next to the copper within attack distance.
When firefighters arrived to put the fire that reportedly reached as high as a two-story house, they had to call animal control officers to restrain the dogs.

Give me that dog or else

From East Oregonian

Sherry Zweig, a member of the Pioneer Humane Society in Pendleton, told police at 10:52 a.m. she “confiscated” a pit bull from a residence in the 500 block of Northwest 15th Street, according to the Pendleton police log. Zweig said the “owner left this dog outside all night with no shelter,” and Zweig gave the owner “the ultimatum to either give her the dog or she was calling the police.” The owner “surrendered” the dog, and Zweig said she will adopt it out. She just wanted the city’s code enforcement officer to be aware of this.

Cypress residents make pit bull complaints

By Michael Mello, The Orange County Register

Several Marion Avenue residents have attended this month's City Council meetings to complain about the pit bulls also in residence in their area. They had asked what to do in the case of an incident, and what remedies the city could take.
The council voted unanimously to have staff write a breed-specific spay-and-neuter ordinance to be brought back to the council, likely in January.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Dogs guard girl when fox attacks

By Kim Ring, Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Aggressive animal later shot by police

Ask 4-year-old Angelis Porter about heroes and she might point out a jumpy, kissing bassett hound and a quiet red pit bull.

The dogs, Callie and Abby, were quick to react when a fox grabbed Angelis Tuesday as she was headed into her grandmother's house on Autumn Lane.

“He had me by the pants leg,” she said, pointing and gesturing dramatically, her ponytails bouncing. “It was this tall with a big tail and a big orange stripe on its back.”

When Callie the bassett hound saw what was happening, she gave chase, sending the aggressive fox running. Abby the pit bull wasn't far behind.

Angelis' 14-year-old aunt followed with Elena Martinez-Porter, Angelis' mom, hot on her heels and her aunt's twin sister following.

“Callie beat that fox up,” said Angelis, who lives in Spencer. “She chased it, and Abby chased it, and then she (Abby) came back to check on me.”

Meanwhile, Nerieda Martinez scooped up her granddaughter, brought her inside and checked her leg for wounds.

The police were called and an initially fruitless search ensued.

Later that night, the fox returned and an officer who responded was chased. The officer was unable, for safety reasons, to do anything to “neutralize the animal,” Leicester Police Chief James J. Hurley said.

Yesterday morning a man working on a shed roof in the neighborhood saw a fox trying to climb the ladder to get to him. He, too, called police.

“And the police came and they killed it,” Angelis said triumphantly clapping her hands over her head. “They shot it!”

The 4-year-old was happy to hear that the fox, which gave her nightmares that sent her into her parents' bed to snuggle Tuesday night, wouldn't be back.

“I had to go to the emergency room because of the saliva,” she said, adding that she didn't need a shot. “They gave me a pop, though.”

Rabid animals can pass the disease on through contact with their saliva, typically through a bite or if an already open spot on the skin is exposed to saliva. Because some saliva was on her pants, Angelis, her mother, her aunts and her grandmother all went to the UMass Memorial Medical Center — University Campus in Worcester where they checked out fine and didn't require treatment.

Sgt. Joseph Fontaine said the fox was behaving strangely when he spotted it on a second trip to the cul-de-sac Tuesday night.

“It charged at the cruiser,” Sgt. Fontaine said. “That's just not normal.”

Animal Control Officer Patricia Dykas was called and helped officers determine how best to euthanize the animal so that it could be sent for rabies testing, but police couldn't do that Tuesday night.

Yesterday, in a safer situation, police were able to kill the fox.

Ms. Dykas said both of the dogs involved had been vaccinated against the rabies virus, though one was unlicensed.

The rabies test involves studying a sampling of the animal's brain tissue for presence of the virus. The fox's remains may be tested in the coming days if state officials deem it necessary.

Chief Hurley said he's confident it was the same animal that was involved in all three events, even though at the Martinez home it was initially thought to be a coyote.

Still, he asked anyone who encounters a wild animal that is behaving oddly or seems overly aggressive to stay away from it and to call 911 immediately.

Rochester cop hurt in fall after pit bull charges

From The Wall Street Journal

Authorities say a Rochester police officer has been injured after he fell down a flight of stairs while trying to elude a charging pit bull. Police officials tell Rochester media outlets that two officers responding to a report of an assault early Thursday morning found a man who had been stabbed in the leg. When the officers went to a nearby apartment to search for the suspect, a pit bull attacked them when a woman opened a door.
Authorities say one of the officers shot the dog, then fell down a flight of wooden stairs. The dog was killed.
Officials say the officer suffered a minor injury to his lower back and was treated at a Rochester hospital.
The stabbing victim was treated non-life-threatening injuries.

Update November 25, 2010 1:30pm - The following article is by Chad Roberts, Democrat and Chronicle:
Rochester police officer shoots charging dog, then is injured in stairway fall

A Rochester police officer was injured early Thanksgiving morning, when he fell down a flight of stairs inside a city apartment building while trying to elude a charging pit bull.
The incident occurred shortly before 3 a.m. at 1162 Portland Avenue, just south of the intersection with Norton Street.
The male officer who was injured shot and killed the charging dog, firing three rounds in the process. The officer’s name was not released.
Lt. Aaron Springer of the Rochester Police Department said that the incident started with officers responding to a report of an assault near the intersection of Portland and Norton. When officers arrived on scene, they found a male who had been stabbed in the lower portion of his body.
Springer said that the assailant was known to the victim, so officers entered 1162 Portland Ave. to search for the suspect.
Upon identifying the apartment, they knocked on the door and they were met by the resident of the apartment who came from another apartment outside,” Springer said.
The female resident told officers that she had a pit bull inside the apartment, Springer said, but she said that the animal was crated.
Officers soon found that was not true.
When she opened up the door for the officers, a dog, an adult pit bull, exited the apartment and attempted to bite one of the responding officers,” Springer said. “The officer fired one round into the dog, at which time the officer fell down a flight of stairs as the dog was continuing to approach the officer — threatening him along with another officer on scene as well as one of the sergeants.”
Springer said that the officer fell down a full flight of hard, wooden stairs.
The officer who had fallen down the stairs fired two more rounds, striking the dog,” Springer said. “The dog was no longer a threat to any of the officers. Unfortunately, the officer suffered a minor injury to his lower back.”
The suspect in the stabbing incident was not found inside the apartment, Springer said.
The injured officer, whom Springer said has been with RPD for four or five years, was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital by Rural/Metro Medical Services ambulance for treatment. The female apartment resident, who was not injured in the shooting incident, was hospitalized for anxiety issues.
The original stabbing victim was taken to Rochester General Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
Springer said that the threat from the dog toward the officers occurred very quickly, resulting in the animal being shot.
Officers are trained to respond to threats from dogs in several different ways,” Springer said. “They are given several different options — one is the firearm to protect themselves. Given how quickly the dog attacked, or approached the officers, and the officer’s perception that he or his partner officers were threatened, it seemed like the most viable option at that time.”

71% Agree with the Kennel Club - Breed Specific Dog Legislation Should Be Repealed

From PR Log

The Kennel Club is calling on the government to sit up and listen today as Defra’s ‘Summary of Responses to the Consultation on Dangerous Dogs’ reported that 71% of respondents called for breed specific legislation to be repealed.

The Summary, which encapsulates the responses to the 40 questions asked by Defra in its consultation of March of this year, highlights that which welfare organisations and the dog owning public have been campaigning for since the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 was introduced.

The Act, which bans four breeds and their types including the Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino and Fila Braziliero has long been cited as one of the worst pieces of legislation ever brought into force.

The Kennel Club runs the secretariat for the Dangerous Dogs Act Study Group, which includes representatives from organisations including Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, Blue Cross, Dogs Trust and Wood Green Animal Shelter, as well as veterinary organisations and local authorities. The study group has been considering issues surrounding dangerous dogs for some time, and recently produced the Dog Control Bill currently progressing through the House of Lords which seeks to repeal breed specific legislation and place more liability on irresponsible dog owners.

The Kennel Club’s Communications Director, Caroline Kisko said: “The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 was a kneejerk piece of legislation which was rushed through in haste. It has not reduced the number of Pit Bull Terriers in this country, nor has it reduced the number of dog biting attacks.

“It has however had a huge impact on the welfare of many dogs and has made certain breeds even more attractive to own for the irresponsible. Doing away with breed specific legislation would remove the ‘cache’ that these dogs currently have.

“Recent incidents involving un-stereotypically ‘dangerous’
breeds highlight the need for urgent new legislation which protects the public from all aggressive dogs, regardless of breed.

“The Kennel Club welcomes this Consultation Summary and believes that it represents an urgent call to action to which the government must now respond. We hope that they will work with us and the Dangerous Dogs Act Study Group to ensure any new legislation is properly considered and puts greater emphasis on both animal welfare and the actions of irresponsible owners, whilst better protecting the public.”
For further press information or interview requests please contact:
The Kennel Club Press Office
020 7518 1008

Police forced to shoot and kill agressive dog

From Cambridge Times

Waterloo Regional Police were forced to shoot and kill an aggressively behaving pit bull and are warning residents to keep their distance from a second one that got away.
Police were called to a neighbourhood at Franklin Boulevard and McLaren Road Wednesday at about 9 p.m. by someone who spotted two large pit bull or bull mastiff dogs running loose.
Officers spotted the dogs at an address at 345 Franklin Blvd. Police say the dogs acted aggressively toward the officers were forced to shoot, killing one of the dogs. The second dog ran off.
Animal control officials tried to catch the second dog but couldn’t. The last time the dog was spotted was in a wooded area on the east side of Franklin Boulevard near McLaren Road. The dog was described as a pit bull or bull mastiff dog, about 75 to 85 pounds, black with a white stomach and chest.
It’s not known who the dogs’ owners are.
Police are asking anyone who spots the dog to call police immediately at 519-653-7700.

Update November 25, 2010 12:32pm - The following article is from CTV News:

Aggressive dog shot in Cambridge, second found

One dog was shot and killed after two large bull mastiff/pit bull-type dogs were found running free in the Franklin Boulevard and McLaren Avenue area of Cambridge.
Police found the 35-40 kilogram dogs near 345 Franklin Boulevard around 9:00 p.m. on Nov. 24,  and shot one due to its aggressive behaviour.
Animal control attempted to capture the second dog, but was unsuccessful and it fled into a nearby wooded area.
The second dog, described as black with a white stomach and chest was found Thursday at the home of its owner.
Waterloo Regional Police are continuing to investigate the incident.

Update December 1, 2010 10:26am - The following is by Meagan Cordeiro, from Cambridge Times:

Dog shot was just a scared puppy

I would like to say the article “Police forced to shoot and kill aggressive dog” is completely inaccurate, as are all the other stories and news articles.
Each article is posted with slightly different information, none of it correct besides the street names.
To clarify this confusion on what type of dogs they were; they are not pit bulls. They are fila dogs which is a mix between bloodhound and Brazilian mastiff. Whoever said they were pit bulls or bull mastiffs needs to learn about dog breeds and realize these two types of dogs are completely different.
Has anyone actually ever seen a 100-pound pit bull? I sure haven’t.
The article claimed the owners are unknown. However, on Thursday morning at 7 a.m., we called into the police station claiming the dogs were ours. Upon calling in, they were able to identify the dog because he was microchipped, meaning they also knew who the owners were before we called in.
We were also informed by police that animal control was closed at night. So, if they are closed at night do we just go out and kill animals on the streets? These two dogs are still puppies, not even one year old. Like most dogs, when they are approached by someone unfamiliar, they bark or growl. Is that a good enough reason to shoot a dog just because it’s barking at you? These puppies were scared. They do not attack people, when someone approaches them, they run away. We know this from experience.
Police officers have pepper spray and taser guns. A taser would have easily stunned the puppy if he was attacking the officer. When we went to identify the dog, we found it was shot in the face, the back of the head and on his ribcage. The bullet wounds do not even look like it was being shot from head on, it looks like the dog was running away and the officer just shot at him. How aggressive was this puppy really being to be shot at multiple times? To me, I consider this animal cruelty because the pain he suffered was really unnecessary.
I am so glad the other dog ran off and was not able to be caught. She probably would have been killed too for simply being scared.
We contacted the police station to speak with the officer that shot our dog and discovered that he will not be in until Saturday. We now had to wait three days to get information and a story from the officer himself. Is there something else going on here that we aren’t being told?

Update December 2, 2010 12:43pm - The following article is by Lisa Rutledge, Cambridge Times:
Dogs weren't vicious: 911 caller

The woman who called 911 to report dogs roaming near Franklin Boulevard last week is distraught one of the dogs was shot and killed by police.
But Guelph resident Karlee Jobb is not just voicing remorse, she’s speaking out in protest, arguing the shooting was unjustified as the dogs never acted aggressively toward her.
Jobb spotted the dogs running on the road and decided to pull her car over and put on her four-way flashers to alert drivers to a potential hazard.
She was concerned the dogs were going to get hit by a car or cause
an accident. Another woman saw  her trying to round up the dogs, thinking they were hers, and stopped to help.
Jobb insisted the dogs never showed any aggression.
“They weren’t coming at us by any means,” she told the Cambridge Times.
“If I had heard them growl, I would have gotten back into my car.”
Jobb said she knows what canine hostility looks like. She has a large dog that was attacked by another dog and is now leash-aggressive.
“I can tell the stance of an aggressive dog,” she explained.
The dogs’ chests weren’t raised in a show of dominance and she couldn’t get within 15 feet of them.
The call to 911 was out of desperation to avoid danger, said Jobb, as she wasn’t making any headway in catching them. She had hoped the operator would patch her through to animal control.
“I didn’t know what else to do.”
It was only much later she learned that one of the dogs was shot by a police. She said she wished she stayed to help. She sympathizes with the dogs’ owners.
“I feel so horrible for these poor people,” she said, noting she’d welcome an opportunity to speak to them.
Since the Nov. 24 incident, Jobb has contacted police to express her concerns but said she hasn’t been able to talk to the officer. She said she was told the officer is distressed after having to shoot the dog.
Waterloo Regional Police spokesperson Olaf Heinzel said he hasn’t spoken to the officer who shot the dog, but did say having to shoot an animal is a last resort in the name of safety.
“No officer wants to have to discharge his weapon against an animal,” he said.
He said investigation reports state the officer described the dog as acting aggressively toward him.
“He feared for his safety,” said Heinzel.
Police and animal control officers tried twice to catch the dogs, running free in the area of Franklin Boulevard and McLaren Avenue. After the first dog was shot, the second was spotted and attempts to catch it failed. It finally returned home a short time later.
Many officers have pets of their own, Heinzel added, so police understand public backlash to the incident.
“We understand that and we feel the same way,” said Heinzel.
Much of that backlash came from callers furious the dogs were identified as pit bulls, which they argue adds to negative breed profiling. Many calls were also received by the Times from people arguing reports unfairly targeted pit bulls.
Early police reports referred to the dogs as pit bulls or bullmastiffs. The dogs were later identified as Fila Brasileiro, an offshoot of the mastiff breed.
The incident has sparked a communication policy review, said Heinzel. In the future, police won’t identify breeds until a breed type is confirmed.
“We don’t want to unfairly malign any breeds,” he said.
The dogs’ owners wrote a letter to the Times, upset with the misinformation regarding the dogs.
They stated their dogs were only a year old and were likely just scared. They also indicated the dog killed by police was shot in a manner consistent with the dog running away, not toward police.