Monday, January 24, 2011

Animal Cuelty Case being investigated‏

By Tip Burrows, The Bahamas Weekly

The following is a statement by Tip Burrows of the Humane Society of Grand Bahama: On Wednesday morning, a "Good Samaritan" came in to the shelter.  Visibly shaken, he reported that he had just seen two dogs he surmised had been dumped on a track road in a wooded area off West Beach Road.  He said one of the dogs was dead, but the other was still alive but in very poor condition. 
Two HSGB Field Officers followed the gentleman to the site.  The living dog, an emaciated female pit bull/boxer mix, was curled up next to her dead companion.  When she saw the van approaching she got up and tried to run, but was so weak she stumbled and staggered and they were able to secure her.  They then took a closer look at the dead dog, a large male pit bull/bulldog mix, and to their horror, discovered the dog had been decapitated. 
The HSGB contacted the Royal Bahamas Police Force, who are investigating this act of apparent extreme animal cruelty. 
The HSGB is offering a reward for information leading to the owner of these dogs and any other information concerning this incident which would result in a resolution regarding the police investigation. Callers may remain anonymous and can call either the police at 911 or the Humane Society at 352-2477. 

Update January 25, 2011 12:55pm - The following article is by Denise Maycock, The Tribune:

Animal cruelty cases shock GB Humane Society

Following last week's gruesome discovery of a decapitated dog, the Humane Society of Grand Bahama said it was dismayed to learn of yet another case of animal cruelty within a matter of days.
The organisation is now appealing to the public for information that will lead to the arrest of the culprit or culprits.
Tip Burrows, managing director of the HSGB, reported that on Friday morning a dog was discovered tied up to a sign on Fishing Hole Road.
A woman who was driving in the area spotted the animal and contacted the Humane Society. The woman remained on the scene until their field staff arrived.
Ms Burrows said the dog was emaciated and had numerous wounds and injuries.
The dog also had an elastic band wrapped tightly at the base of what was once his scrotal sac, which was severely infected.
The young male potcake, now named "Ish," was expected to undergo surgery Saturday morning to repair the damage.
"Despite what must be unimaginable pain, Ish is a gentle, sweet soul who appears very grateful to have been rescued," Ms Burrows said.
"The HSGB would like to offer a reward, but as the overwhelmed non-profit's funds are low, we would like to let the public know that donation pledges towards rewards for cases like this would be helpful," she said.
Early last week, the Humane Society discovered two dogs through a track road off West Beach Road. The male dog was dead, his decapitated head lying next to the body.
The other, an emaciated and injured female pit bull/boxer mix, was curled up next to her dead companion. When she saw the Humane Society van approaching she got up and tried to run, but was so weak she stumbled and staggered and they were able to secure her.
The organisation has offered a reward for information that would lead to arrest of individual responsible.
Ms Burrows said the money will not be awarded until the reward is actually earned.
"Of course, it is also hoped the public would give information without the hope of a reward, simply because it is the humane thing to do," she said.
Donations to assist with the medical care and treatment for abused animals are also always needed.
Ms Burrows said the spaying and neutering of animals is free to those who cannot otherwise afford it for their pets.
"There is absolutely no need for pet owners to resort to barbaric, illegal practices in an attempt to neuter an animal. Whether it be a dog, cat, cow, sheep, or goat, or any other creature, veterinarians are readily available and able to castrate animals in a modern, humane manner; the use of elastic bands for this and other purposes (such as tail docking) is now considered animal cruelty," she said.
Failing to seek medical attention for an injured, suffering animal is also considered animal cruelty, she said.
"While tying one up to a sign in a fairly public place is a bit better than just allowing the animal to die, it falls far short of reasonable standards of care," she said.
Persons are asked to call 911 or the GB Humane Society at 352-2477 with information on these or any other cases of suspected animal cruelty.
"The assistance of the law abiding public is absolutely necessary to putting an end to atrocities such as this," she said.
"The HSGB asks the public to urge government to at least enact the portion of the new Animal Protection and Control Act that provides more protection for animals, and stiffer penalties for those who abuse or neglect them. The new Act was passed by Parliament last summer, but has still not been enacted."
When asked to explain the delay, the government department responsible said the hold-up was at the Attorney General's Office.

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