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Hogtied pitbull headed for new home

A pit bull found hogtied and abandoned in a muddy field in California last month has a new home, thanks to the efforts of actress Katherine Heigl and her family’s rescue foundation.

The dog was discovered last month in Bakersfield. The dog’s owner James Worley, 52, has been arrested and faces a possible charge of felony animal cruelty.

The pitbull, who has been named England after the animal control officer who saved him, Kristen England, was placed into a new home on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, a petition asking the District Attorney’s office to prosecute the dog’s owner to the fullest extent the law allows has received almost 1,000 signatures.

The petition was started April 26 by Karen Marousek, of the Friends of the Kern County Animal Shelters Foundation, according to the Bakersfield Californian.

As of Wednesday morning, more than 1,000 signatures had been gathered. The petitions will be presented to the prosecutor and judge handling the case.

Worley, 52, was arrested on suspicion of felony animal cruelty on April 26.  An arraignment is scheduled for Friday in Lamont.

The Jason Debus Heigl Foundation was founded by Katherine Heigl and her mother Nancy Heigl in memory of Jason Debus Heigl, Katherine’s brother. It  rescues dogs and works to increase awareness of inhumane treatment to animals.

The Heigls, officials from the group Last Chance For Animals and Kern County Animal Control Director Guy Shaw held a press conference in Los Angeles Tuesday.

(Photo: England, as he was found; courtesy of Kern County Animal Control)


Comment from Amanda Medrano
Time May 5, 2010 at 6:05 pm

i am an animal lover. get anyone who abuses these animals and make them pay-

Comment from Tara MacLean
Time May 5, 2010 at 6:11 pm

This person needs to be shot, to do this to a poor inocent baby…this poor dog! This is human race? this us unreal and sad….This person needs to be sh ot and hog tied! Need to be behind bars…. if he can do this to an animal can you imagine what he could do to someone’s family, children…? what makes a person do something this cruel? just Sick!

Comment from Cliff
Time May 7, 2010 at 2:14 am

“People For The Ethical Treatment Of Pit Bulls” is very happy this man is getting what he deserves. http://www.petopitbulls.org

Comment from CHERIE TANNER
Time June 10, 2010 at 11:46 am

Does anyone know what happened in this case???

Comment from Julie Heriford
Time June 10, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Pits endure alot of abuse and suffering, way more than other breeds. That is why we need to push for regualtions against the breed.
This attack is disgusting!

Comment from iris lambka
Time August 1, 2010 at 8:01 pm

hog tie him and put him away for 10 yrs bastard sob

Comment from kerry
Time September 17, 2010 at 1:26 pm

do to them what they did to the animal