Thursday, September 30, 2010

Brusnwick NY dog murderer case

Bobby Clow, Brusnwick NY dog murderer case
We have no way of telling if this dog suffered between gun shots to the head...this is animal cruelty and depraved...
I have great concerns that this lack of felony charges is opening
the door for more animal cruelty. It is sending a clear message that
it is okay to take someone's pet , tie it to a tree and shoot it,
because it will not "suffer" that way. That is giving abusers a
powerful tool to hold over their spouse, or child...thus is
increasing domestic violence incidents....this is giving children a
clear message that hurting someone's pet because you are angry with
them is okay, as long as you shoot the pet for it does not cause
"suffering"..... It is unfortunate that the DA is lacking in the insight
of the link
between animal cruelty and domestic violence....Clow's case will be heard in Grafton the second Tuesday in October which I believe is Oct.12th. This Bobby Clow of Brunswick NY should be charged with felony animal cruelty: Bobby Clow from Brunswick NY , was angry at his 8 month pregnant girlfriend so he tied her dog (an innocent family pet) to a tree & shot it 3 times in the head with a 44 Magnum, & then bragged- This is depraved cruelty & falls under felony animal cruelty-but the DA is not receptive to the charge under Buster's law.
this should be a felony charge. /

We need a huge letter writing huge as possible...Please take the time to write a polite and factual, respectful letter and mail it..we are the only voice for these animals....we need to make this impact of the connection of animal cruelty and domestic violence...this dog died a needless death and it was depraved cruelty....this was power of an abuser over his pregnant girlfriend...Please take a moment and write a letter, and purchase a 44cent stamp-it will be well worth the while, let's not let this dog's death be in vain.....
District Attorney Richard McNally
80 Second Street
Troy NY 12180
Some good links...

A Rennselaear County man under arrest for killing his girlfriend's dog and now the death is having a devastating effect on others in the community. It's a news 10 exclusive. Good evening, and thank you for joining us I'm Elissa Streeter and I'm Lydia Kulbida.

Police say it all started as a fight between a man and his girlfriend and ended with an innocent pet dead. Now that man is facing charges and in the story you will only see on news 10. Our Anya Tucker will show us how the death is devastating to not only to those who lived with the dog but also a local disabled man

"She was a beautiful dog, she didn't deserve this, I'll tell you that"
Wayne DeNalius is talking about Daisy the dog. Wayne who's been wheelchair bound for four years says he looked forward to every visit with Daisy but today came shock and tradegy when he found out that Daisy was found shot dead.
"This is Wrong..this is very wrong" Jill O'Dell discovered Daisy in the woods behind her home. "I followed the tracks if you can see through here and the dog was tied to a tree there with her ears up. just shot in the head three times.
You know, people need to know they can't do this to animals people cared about this dog . If you're that upset don't take her out and shoot her like that and the fact she was tied to a tree, she had no where to go.

The man who police say killed Daisy Bobby Clow of Brunswick Clow's landlord O'Dell says Clow killed the dog after an argument with his girlfriend and he didn't bury her, he left her right out there.
Odell who works with the disabled introduced Wayne to Daisy. The two became fast friends
Pictures show their bond together. It was today though that Wayne learned what happened to one of his best friends.

"Anybody that hurts an animal especially one as sweet as that, there is something very very wrong with him. You're lucky I'm in a wheelchair, ill tell you that."
For Daisy's death, Clow is now facing three misdemeanor charges including animal cruelty.
He's expected back in court at the end of this month.

In Brunswick, Anya Tucker News 10.

Now State Police tell us Clow was not charged under Buster's Law which makes animal cruelty a felony because they say the law requires proof of torturing an animal. They said that did not apply in this case.
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Woman gets year in prison in dog's dragging death

DENVER — A Colorado woman who pleaded guilty to being an accessory in the dragging death of a dog has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison.
Thirty-three-year-old Melissa Marie Lockhart was sentenced Friday in Denver federal court.
Her brother, Steven Clay Romero, pleaded guilty to animal cruelty after investigators said he dragged the dog to its death behind a pickup. He was sentenced in July to three years in prison.
Lockhart was accused of lying to investigators about the incident.
Prosecutors say Lockhart and Romero stole the dog, named Buddy, in December from a family in the town of Delta. They say Romero dragged Buddy on a road in the Colorado National Monument after he and Lockhart blamed it for killing a kitten.

This is worth reading, reading again if you have already read it. Details to the investigation that led to the arrest of Romero and Lockhart....

Brindi the dog is back at the pound

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Brindi the dog has been seized again from her owner in the Halifax area, and is back at the pound.
This follows an incident two weeks ago when Brindi was accused of attacking a neighbour's dog — a beagle-Labrador mix.
Two RCMP officers and an animal control officer seized Brindi Monday afternoon from her home in East Chezzetcook, located 35 kilometres east of Halifax.
Brindi's owner, Francesca Rogier, said she's devastated that her pet has been taken away again. She said she tried to hide Brindi from the officers, but there was nowhere to conceal her.
It's alleged Brindi attacked a dog in the neighbourhood two weeks ago while Brindi was under strict conditions that included wearing a muzzle.
Those conditions were imposed when Brindi was released back into Rogier's care in August.
Rogier made headlines when she fought a long and costly court battle to save her six-year-old shepherd mix from being euthanized.
After several aggressive confrontations with other dogs, Brindi was placed under a muzzle order. But in July 2008, she got loose from her East Chezzetcook home and bit another dog.
That's when Halifax bylaw officers seized Brindi. The dog was scheduled to be euthanized in August 2008, but it was postponed after Rogier made her application to the court.
In April, Dartmouth provincial court Judge Alanna Murphy ruled that Rogier undergo a training course with Brindi and that the dog be muzzled if it wasn't in a fenced-in area.
The judge also warned that Brindi would likely be put to death if there was another attack.
Brindi had spent two years at a shelter before she was adopted by Rogier in 2007.
Geoff Newton, a lawyer for the Halifax Regional Municipality, had argued that Brindi should be put down for the safety of the public and other animals.

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Laboratory Research Pets at the SPCA of Wake County

 Dozens of animals have gone from research subjects to ambassadors of compassion, thanks to the closure of a lab that tested chemicals on animals. The closure came after the release of video from PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) that documented disturbing acts of cruelty to cats, dogs & rabbits. via Alka, thanks! Visit SPCA of Wake County

Dog Prays Before He Eats

OMG this is so adorable!
What an awesome dog, and that guy must be an incredible trainer!

Alabama Humane Society Will Be Forced To Euthanize Its Animals Due To Lack Of Funding

An Alabama humane society will be forced to euthanize all of the animals it's holding when the facility is forced to shut down on September 30th due to lack of funding.
Although the Chattahoochee Humane Society attempted to get more money by going to court earlier in the month, they were denied.
Alabama law insures that every county must have an animal shelter, but it does not specify what kind. While animal shelters only have to hold an animal for seven days before putting them down, the humane society kept all until they were adopted.
Sharon Hawkins, President of the Board of Directors, explains:
"We tried to present to them what it costs to do that and apparently our county feels that they can do it more affordably. The difference in a pound is that they hold the animal for 7 days and they do not offer the option for adoption — so inevitably they're euthanized."
Humane Society Director Shon Sims continues:
"I've tried really hard to make sure the animals that leave our facility are healthy animals and that our cleaning structure and disease protocol changed so we didn't have the disease presence we used too."
We truly wish them all of the best to hear this completely crushes us.
If you live in the area, PLEASE CLICK HERE to adopt one of the animals at the Chattahoochee Humane Society before it's too late.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

New manager named for Robeson county animal shelter in North Carolina

ST. PAULS — The Robeson County Health Department has hired a former Cumberland County animal enforcement supervisor to manage the Robeson County Animal Shelter.

Lori Baxter, Fayetteville resident, will begin work at the shelter, located at 255 Landfill Road in St. Pauls, on Wednesday.

“I can’t wait to get in there and get some positive energy going,” Baxter said on Tuesday. “It looks like they’ve got great policies with what I’ve read.”

Baxter, one of the eight finalists interviewed for the position last week, said she is aware of allegations from animal advocates about systemic problems at the pound.

“I’ve seen and read what’s been going on with the Robeson shelter, but I need to go in and evaluate it myself,” she said. “I need to form my own opinions, so I don’t have any preconceived notions.”

Baxter said she is an animal lover and has two dogs of her own, Steve and Murphy, whom she rescued recently.

“When you rescue a dog out of a bad situation, they know it and they love you for it,” she said.

Interim manager April Lowry was hired by the Health Department about three months ago when former manager Jeff Bass asked for and was granted a transfer to another job with the Health Department. Bass left after being targeted by animal rights advocates who had a litany of allegations, including that he abused animals, discouraged adoptions, and that the shelter constantly violated state laws.

The position, which pays $30,035 a year, was advertised on the county website earlier this month, garnering about 30 applications.

“She’s coming from outside the county and she’s worked in shelters before,” Health Director Bill Smith said of Baxter. “I think she’s going to bring experience to the area.”

Lumberton animal advocate Faith Walker said she is also excited about Baxter taking over the shelter.

“I think it is now time for all of us to look forward and stop looking in the rear-view mirror,” Walker said.


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Abused German Shepherd "Phoenix" Rescued, Needs Home (Abusers cut off the dog's ears, allowed other dogs to attack him)

DOWNEY -- There is a campaign to save a German Shepherd whose abusers cut off his ears, used him in dog fighting then abandonded him on the streets of Downey.

When the dog, now named Phoenix, was discovered wandering the streets, he was taken to an animal shelter. Officials there were going to put him down because of the severity of his injuries and abuse.

But a volunteer at the shelter called a German Shepherd rescue group which is now funding the dog's rehabilitation.

The group is hoping someone will adopt the shepherd and continue its medical treatment.

Animal control officials believe the dog was used as bait for pit fighting. The shepherd more-than-likely had its mouth taped shut. Other dogs were then allowed to attack the shepherd. Most bait dogs are killed.

The kidnapping of family dogs and other pets is common in some areas were illegal dog fighting is prevalent. Pet owners are encouraged to keep their pets behind locked fences or inside their homes when they are away.

Phoenix is a 5-7 year old German Shepherd mix. For more information about him, you can contact Coastal German Shepherd Rescue. Their number is 714-528-4730.


Caged teen raises $1,700 Crammed in to raise awareness, cash for SPCA Read more:

          Clayton Hodges, 15, locked himself inside a dog cage for 10 hours on Friday outside the Canadian Tire store in Abbotsford.

There he sat. Cooped up was 15-year-old Clayton Hodges, in a dog cage outside the Canadian Tire store on South Fraser Way in Abbotsford as people walked past on Friday.
He sat in the same position inside the cage for 10 hours while his mother Petra and dog Scout stood by. It was painful, it was cold and it was mentally gruelling, Hodges, an avid dog lover, told the Abbotsford-Mission Times on Saturday.
But it was worth it.
Hodges raised more than $1,700 towards his cause, bringing attention to animal cruelty. Putting himself inside a dog cage was his mechanism for getting that message out there.
"I'm doing better," he said after waking up late on Saturday morning.
"But yesterday my shoulder blades were just killing me. They felt like they had knots in them and they were all grinded up because of the cage."
The physical strain and mental anguish says Hodges, a volunteer with the SPCA in Abbotsford, is what dogs and cats stuck in cages go through for periods lasting more than just the 10 hours he did.
"I don't even know the whole impact of it, but the 10 hours sucked enough. It was quite painful and if I didn't get those 10 minutes breaks every 50 minutes, I would've been quite mad."
Many people walking in and out of the Canadian Tire store stopped to share in Hodges' experience.
Those who stopped praise the W.J. Mouat student - one lady generously donated more than $300 alone to the cause.
He was also visited by friends from school, and was very appreciative to all of those who stopped by.
"A lot of people thanked me and they came from wherever they lived just to drop off money and go back," Hodges said. "I didn't think any of my friends were going to come, but it was neat to see them. I was really grateful for that."
His mother said she's "very proud" of her son for simply wanting to help four-legged pooches who fall victim to abusive owners and unacceptable confinement.
The B.C. SPCA also held a Paws for a Cause charity walk in Abbotsford and around the province on Sunday.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Reward up to $2,800 in case of tortured dog in St.Clair County Alabama

The Alabama chapter of the Humane Society of the United States has issued a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of a person or persons who tortured and mutilated a dog in St. Clair County.
The total reward is $2,800 in the case of Major, a Rottweiler mix, and donations are mounting to help defray the costs of caring for the dog.About $1,000 has been accepted by Main Street Animal Clinic in Trussville to finish paying the initial bill for treating the abused animal. Any remaining funds, as well as any other contributions, will be used for future treatment once Major recovers from his recent sRandy Wall, an investigator with the St. Clair County Sheriff's Deptartment, said despite "lots of calls," there are no suspects. He said the case is still under investigation.
Major disappeared in late August but managed to drag himself back to his neighborhood about a week later. He was taken to the Trussville clinic, where the veterinary team found he had been shot in the right leg, stabbed in the left, and his hip had been shattered so badly a pin could not be inserted to hold the joint together.
But those were not his worst injuries. Major's penis was almost cut off; the vet had to remove the penis and create an artificial opening for urination.
Gary Long, who now is caring for Major in his garage, said the dog is slowly improving. He said he plans to build a kennel in his backyard so the animal will be safer.
Major, 4, is the "neighborhood" dog, according to Long. The dog wandered into the subdivision where the Longs live about three years ago. Until he was injured, he spent his time between the Longs' house and two other houses.
"This is a nice neighborhood," Long said. "I don't know how anybody could do something like this."



(Message from The Voice For The Voiceless)
This is in my neighborhood and Im just now seeing this info Im not in shock we live in a county with very mean and hateful people . I will however make it my mission to find out who did it.

Officer Shot Boo Boo and Nemi in the head Please read this ladies story

On August 20, 2010, Peach County Sheriff’s Department kicked my door in at 1120 Bible Camp Rd. Byron, GA 31008, without a proper search warrant.

When they entered my home, wearing full SWAT uniforms and ski masks, me and three others were standing in my living room. Nobody moved. My dogs were laying in the middle of the living room floor. The Officers were pointing guns at everybody, yelling at us to get on the floor. Almost 1 year ago to the day they did the same exact thing, again without a proper warrant.
Last year my Red nose Pitt Boo Boo went to the door when he heard the noise. The officers entered my home, shot twice, and hit my dog once in the head. He let out a yelp and ran to the back part of the house. He was bleeding very bad from his right ear and neck. The bullet had entered his head in front of his ear, went through his ear and into his neck. It exited about 5 inches down his neck.
When the officer in charge found out that I did not have anything he was looking for, he let me leave and take my dog to the vet. It was 1am in the morning. I got the vet to meet me at his office and we went through several hours trying to repair the damage to my dogs head. This was an extremely traumatizing event for me and my dog. He lost a lot of blood and I was very lucky that he made it through. I slept in my car with Boo that night because he was still unconscious from the anesthesia and he was too heavy for me to carry him into the house and I did not want him to wake up alone in the car. I have pictures of the injuries he suffered. This ordeal cost me $1000.00 that I did not have.
Boo Boo loved everybody. When someone would knock on the door he would greet them at the door waiting for them to say hello to him. He was never aggressive to anyone. He loved kids. I never left him unattended when he was around a child but he never gave me a reason to think he would harm them.
I am a single woman that lives in the country alone. Boo Boo was my constant companion. He went everywhere with me. He even slept in my bed. He was almost 5 yrs. old and had been with me since he was a puppy. He was like my child. I saved the last bite of everything I ate for him.
My other Pitt Nemesis was Boo’s daughter. She was only 8 mos. old. She was a very sweet dog. She had a huge heart and she also loved everyone. She never so much as growled at anyone. Even if you tried to make her mad, she would just walk away. She wouldn’t even play like she would get aggressive.
When the police kicked my door in, for the second time, Boo and Nemesis were barking because of the noise, the way they were dressed, and the masks they were wearing. Boo did not like guns. They did not go towards them they just sat at the end of the coffee table where we were and barked because they were pointing guns at everyone.
I begged them to let me put the dogs up. They just yelled at me to get on the floor. I started to go for Boo Boo and the officer told me that if I didn’t get on the floor that he would mace me. So I got on the floor. The officer then walked over to Boo and Nemi, stood over them, took aim, and shot them in the head. I was devastated.
As my two babies laid there bleeding out, the officers dragged us over their bodies, and out the door.
We sat outside for a long time while they searched the house. Then they took us to jail. I spent a week in jail. When I got out I started making phone calls trying to find out what they did with my dogs because, when I asked my family members to bury them they told me that they were gone.
I called the detective in charge and asked him about them. He said that he was not there, but he would find out for me, and to call him back. When I called him back he did not answer his phone. I tried for several days to get through to him but to no avail. So I started calling the Sheriff to ask him. I left several messages and got no reply. Finally after 2 weeks an officer called me and told me that they threw my dogs out on the back side of my property by my pond. They never even dug a shallow grave. They just tossed them out like the trash. These two dogs were everything to me. they were my whole world. I love them as much as I do my children. Something needs to be done. This is extreme animal cruelty. If one of us citizens treated an animal like that we would be put in jail. That warrant did not give them the right to take those dogs lives.
Anyone interested in showing their support for ensuring these officers answer for their actions e-mail me at I am gathering information for setting up a petition and will let you know where to go for signing it.

Thank You for any help
Jody Law

Please sign the petition for Boo Boo and Nemi

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Update: Nico, the deaf shelter dog whose photo inspired online rescue community, has a new home in Indiana

Last year, guest blogger Janet Kinosian shared the story of Nico, a shelter dog who was rescued through the efforts of Southern California rescuers and a community of animal-loving Facebook users. Since then, Nico's story has gotten even better; here, Kinosian fills us in on what's been going on in the life of this hard-luck dog who became one of the luckiest couch potatoes in Indiana.
Remember Nico, the defeated deaf white Dogo Argentino at South Los Angeles animal shelter -- who moved so many people with the sad photo of him first posted on Facebook? Nico, the forlorn animal who evoked the agony and utter defeat so many discarded animals must experience? Well, it's a joy to update you on Nico's life.
Just look at these two photos side by side: Can this possibly be the same animal?
Photos like the one on the left aren't anything new on the Web: Tens of thousands flood Facebook alone on a daily basis. What was different about Nico's photo, though, was what it captured: the loneliness of an animal that lay against the shelter's wall full of sadness, seeming to have lost all hope. That only spurred on Southern California rescuers.
And that's where the photo on the right comes in.
Things have worked out well for Nico SwanGarris. That's his new name and he lives now with his two moms and new sister, Brisby, a pit bull mix who is also deaf and white, in Indiana. He still loves balls, baths and life as a major couch potato, says Bridget Swan, who, with her partner Melissa, adopted Nico in November 2009.

Last August, Southern California animal rescuer Nikki Audet first posted Nico's photo on Facebook, and Kelley Gibson, a rescuer and animal transporter based in a San Diego, helped get him to the Hamilton County Humane Society in Indianapolis. Nico likely didn't know how lucky a hand he'd been dealt.
He quickly went through training to help him with issues resulting from his deafness and teach him how to navigate in a world of sound. His bumps and nicks and battle scars were attended to. He was happy and safe when Bridget and Melissa decided they wanted to adopt a dog, and Bridget's friend said she should see this dog at the local humane society.
Swan remembers that, at first, the animal agency was a bit wary of her adopting Nico. She didn't understand why until she was clued in by shelter staff that Nico was a bit of a celebrity and they wanted to make sure she was adopting him for the right reasons.
These days Nico walks in parades with his new moms, “loves to sit up close on your feet so he knows when you are walking away,” says Swan, and “in general is 100% low-key. He'll get a wild hair in him once in a while, but he's a mellow guy, and he deserves it after all he went through back then. He just loves people -- despite whatever was done to him -- and gives lots of kisses. He's very generous and free with his kisses. He's just so dependent on us, and he likes to hang with you 24/7.”
Nico has had one setback: A cancerous tumor was discovered and removed shortly after his adoption. Recently, Swan and Garris learned that the cancer has returned, but they remain optimistic about his future. "We are attempting a holistic approach so that we can hopefully avoid an ear amputation," Swan says. "We know that he will beat this just like all the other terrible things he has put up with in the past. He is a loving fighter and is strong."
According to Swan, finding toys for Nico can be a bit of a problem, as he loves and chews up Kongs, bones and anything he can wrap his canines around. He also has hundreds of fans on Facebook who hear about his daily happenings and send him messages of love and support.
Asked what Nico might say now that he's safe and sound, Swan replies: “The main message is this: Just because it's a cute small dog or puppy doesn't mean it'll be your best companion. Go for the downtrodden, defeated dogs, look at the underdog, because they will give you all their love and gratitude and forever be grateful you literally saved their life.”
So this soulful, special dog, once full of sadness, now lives out the good life in the Midwest. It's the happy story ending all dog rescuers wish for but often don't always see -- though every animals deserve nothing less. We're wishing Nico a happy, healthy and cancer-free future!
-- Janet Kinosian

Convicted dog breeder David Tant gets his chance at parole Wednesday after coming within one vote of gaining his freedom in July.

Convicted dog breeder David Tant gets his chance at parole Wednesday after coming within one vote of gaining his freedom in July.
Both sides are gearing up for the hearing, with supporters saying Tant has paid his debt after serving six years of a 30-year sentence, and animal rights activists contending early release would send the wrong message in the violent world of dog fighting.
"Mr. Tant is very remorseful for any pain he's caused anyone," said friend and supporter Harriett Grady-Thomas. "He does not plan on owning dogs or any pets of any kind."
David Tant
A committee of the Probation, Parole and Pardon Services Board voted 2-1 in July in favor of his release. Because the count was not unanimous, Tant's case goes to a full board hearing Wednesday morning in Columbia.
Charles Karesh, of the state's anti-dog-fighting task force and also a member of the Charleston Animal Society, said a different angle his group will pursue this time is in addressing whether the amount of Tant's time served matches the gravity of the offense.
The parole board usually sees drug, robbery or other offenses, he said, and the severity and effects of dog fighting might be new to the members.
Tant, 63, pleaded guilty in November 2004 to more than 40 counts of illegally breeding fighting dogs. Another count covered an assault charge when a surveyor was wounded by a booby trap that went off after he wandered onto Tant's property in southern Charleston County.
At one time Tant was ranked as the No. 2 breeder of fighting pit bulls, authorities have said. A variety of implements used in the dog-fighting world also were seized.
The forces opposed to Tant's release have hired Charleston attorney Dwayne Green, a former member of the parole board, to help in presenting their case. Green "understands the parole process," Karesh said. Attorney General Henry McMaster opposes Tant's parole and will address the board.
At his first hearing Tant, 63, told the board he is a changed man. He spoke of reading the Bible daily and wanting to return to Charleston to nurse sick and ailing members of his family.
His attorney, retiring state lawmaker Doug Jennings of Bennettsville, also said the sentence appears to be the strongest of its kind in the country and that during his legal research he could find no one else in the U.S. serving as much time in prison for a dog-fighting conviction.
If Tant's parole is declined, he can ask for parole again in one year. After his guilty plea Tant paid more than $80,000 in restitution, largely to cover the cost of boarding the more than 40 of his dogs that were seized. All eventually had to be destroyed because they were deemed too violent to adopt.