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cruelty involved in dogfighting should be punished by more than
a slap on the hand. This is not a spur-of-the-moment act; it
is a premeditated, cruel, and abhorrent practice that has no
place in a civilized society."
THE DEED NOT THE BREED
THE PICTURES AND STORIES THAT FOLLOW DO NOT QUALIFY AS PLEASANT
needs help with medical bills
By Jeff Chorney
-- A local animal group is raising money to help pay the medical
bills for a puppy that was nearly killed when a man allegedly
threw it against a wall. The man, a 19-year-old Hayward resident,
was arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty and drug charges.
He is not being identified because he has been charged with misdemeanors,
puppy, a 7-week-old male pit bull terrier, was seized by police
Feb. 9 and taken to an emergency animal hospital. Now, Alta Vista
Veterinary Clinic in Hayward is providing medical care. Although
the doctor there has discounted her rates, the bill already is
estimated to be between $3,000 and $5,000, said Christine Bowman,
clinic office manager. "You should have seen the puppy when
it came in. It was awful. He was crying and howling," Bowman
said. The puppy had a broken leg, a fractured rib and head injuries.
His brain was swollen, and he vomited and had seizures. Although
the dog now is eating on his own, the brain swelling has left
him blind -- a condition Bowman and others hope is only temporary.
The dog's name was "Tek," but the clinic renamed him
"Cupid" because he started to get better on Valentine's
Day, Bowman said.
to a police report, the man argued with his pregnant, 20-year-old
girlfriend about sex, choked the dog and threw him against a wall
mirror at the home the couple shares with the man's mother, then
put a gun to his head and threatened to kill himself. Police arrested
the man, who was on probation, that same day and found drugs in
his room. He is being held in lieu of $10,000 bail and is scheduled
to appear in court today.
the dog recovers, the Hayward Animal Shelter will put him up for
arrested a guy for parole violation and found dogs at his residence.
He denied that he owned them and wouldn't say who did, so police
confiscated the dogs. This poor mama dog was found on a chain,
starving to death, and covered in fleas and flystrike.
Lila and Lilly are ones of the rare lucky PitBulls who are rescued
in time and given a second chance at life.
work at an Animal Hospital in Pa. We handle a lot of pitbulls
from the local humane society, and see a lot of dogs that have
been fought. Here's is a sad story: A few nights ago, a Pitbull
was picked up by the local humane society and brought to us. It
had been in a fight and lost, so his owners beat him (probably
with a baseball bat) possibly shot him, and then threw him off
of a bridge. It took almost two days before someone called for
him to be picked up. Even though he had suffered greatly, he was
still friendly towards people. Unfortunately his injuries were
so great that he was not able to be saved, even with people willing
to spend all they could to do it. How someone could do this to
a dog, I will never understand. No matter how many times I see
animals treated like this, it still makes me sick." Nichole
by policeman in Chicago
by policeman in Chicago
victim of sick individuals' passion for blood sports.
Charged With Stabbing Dog 30 Times
29 year-old man is accused of stabbing his pit bull 30 times
when the dog refused to leave with him, after he argued with
his girlfriend. Peekskill Police Chief Eugene Tumolo says the
incident is the worst animal abuse case he's ever seen. Police
say Michael Johnson is charged with aggravated cruelty to animals
- punishable by up to two years in state prison. Tumolo says
the two-year-old pit bull named Ali, is recovering at the Peekskill
Animal Hospital, after getting 206 stitches to close the wounds.
is a little eight months old pitbull that was found wandering
the streets of Los Angeles. Thankfully, he was rescued. He had
been stabbed, shot with bb's, had dog bite injuries, serious eye
ulcers and a bad case of mange.
of dog killings brings reward offer
CURTIS LAWRENCE STAFF REPORTER May 5, 1999
gruesome string of dog killings on the West Side--in which the
animals were tied to railroad tracks and left to be struck by
trains--has prompted Cook County Crime Stoppers to offer its first
canine-related reward. "Four dogs basically have been murdered,"
said George McDade, a Crime Stoppers spokesman. "To tie a
dog down to a railroad track and have a train run over them is
just pathetic." A fifth dog was rescued by railway police
and given to the Anti-Cruelty Society, but it was later euthanized
because of a respiratory illness.
said the organization is willing to pay up to $1,000, the top
amount it has ever paid, for information about the killings. The
dogs have been found in the past month on the Belt Railway tracks
between Roosevelt Road and the Eisenhower Expy. just east of Cicero
Avenue. Three of the dogs were pit bulls, one was a Doberman and
one was a German Shepherd mixed with another breed. The last killing,
involving a pit bull, happened last Friday. "We believe that
quite possibly these dogs were fighting dogs at one point,"
said Mark O'Donnell, chief of the Belt Railway Police Department.
"Maybe they didn't fight good and [the dog owners] wanted
the dogs killed, or it could be a person that just isn't right
and is out there killing them." The dogs have been tied to
the rails, and O'Donnell believes the dogs tire from trying to
escape and lay down on the tracks to sleep. O'Donnell said the
dogs tied to the tracks could be a danger to train crews if an
engineer applies the emergency brakes. McDade of Crime Stoppers
fears that a young child may see the dog tied to the tracks and
try to rescue it.