Jerome Lewter has been charged with three counts of burglary, three counts of grand theft and a probation violation. A police spokesman said Lewter, who denies running over the dog, may be charged with animal cruelty.
A 40-inch Sony television was stolen during the April 19 burglary. After the incident the homeowner’s Jack Russell terrier, named Jackie, was found dead in the driveway.
“It’s kind of a shock that something like that happened,” homeowner Bill Hand said this week. “You feel violated.” Hand said his father, John Hand, got Jackie five years ago as a puppy. The dog was his dad’s companion until John Hand died at the age of 92. He asked his son to take care of Jackie.
Bill Hand told the Tampa Tribune he hopes animal cruelty charges are filed.
“I’m looking forward to him getting his day in court,” Hand said.
(Photo: John Hand and Jackie)
Posted by John Woestendiek May 1st, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animal cruelty, animals, bill hand, burglary, car, crime, dog, florida, jack russell terrier, jackie, jerome lewter, john hand, news, ohmidog!, pets, run over, suspect, tampa
Harris County Deputy Constable Ted Dahlin, whose police dog, Blek, was strangled by a burglary suspect last week, says he shared a special bond with the five-year-old shepherd and considered him both his partner and best friend.
“It’s a big commitment, not just for the handler, but for the dog as well,” Dahlin said. “They say the dog picks the man. The personality of the handler is the dog’s and vice versa.”
Blek was trained to find people and sniff out explosives. Dahlin said his precinct spent about $13,000 for the dog and the training. Dahlin spent six weeks in Indiana learning how to handle the dog, including how to give commands in Czech.
Blek, on the job for more than three years, ran into a wooded marsh in North Houston in pursuit of a burglary suspect last week. When Blek did not come back, Dahlin and other officers began searching for him, according to a report in yesterday’s Houston Chronicle.
“My lieutenant and sergeant found him,” said Dahlin, with whom the dog lived. “My sergeant met me before I got there, held me back, and gave me a hug. I knew at that point what happened.”
Cornelious Harrell, 17, is accused of choking the dog Dec. 22 after police interrupted a burglary. He has been charged with burglary and interference with a police service animal, a second-degree felony punishable by a maximum of 20 years in prison if convicted.
In court Monday, prosecutors said Harrell choked Blek from behind after the dog cornered his 15-year-old brother. Prosecutors said the brothers and three other suspects were fleeing the scene of a burglary.
Posted by John Woestendiek December 30th, 2009 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: blek, burglary, cornelious harrell, crime, deputy constable, dog, dogs, friend, handler, harris county, houston, K-9, k9, partner, police, police dog, strangled, suspect, ted dahlin, texas
The Alioto family is still hoping for the safe return of Max, a four-month-old puppy that was apparently taken during a burglary of their Baltimore home.
The house, in the city’s Gardenville neighborhood, was broken into two days before Christmas, and thieves took electronic equipment, video games, several Christmas presents and the family’s new mixed breed puppy, the Baltimore Sun reported.
Keith Alioto, 41, of the 5700 block of Belle Vista Ave., said he, his wife and six children left the house about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and returned about 11 p.m. to find the house had been broken into through a rear window.
The dog is mostly black with brown and white chest and paws. He wasn’t wearing a collar. Alioto said fliers with a photo of the missing dog have been distributed throughout the area.
Update: For this story’s happy ending, view the comments.
Posted by John Woestendiek December 28th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: baltimore, burglary, christmas, crime, dog, gardenville, gifts, keith alioto, lost, max, missing, mixed breed, puppy, stolen, taken
Suspects in a Houston-area home burglary have confessed to choking to death a police dog who was pursuing them, FOX 26 in Houston reported.
Harris County deputies sent K-9 teams into a wooded area Tuesday night in search of two of the three suspects, but one of the dogs — a five year old German shepherd mix named Bleck — never came back and was later found dead.
One of the suspects who was found in the woods confessed to fatally choking the dog, Fox26 reported. A third supect was found in a car trying to escape from authorities.
Members of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office say a necropsy will be performed on the dog.
Posted by John Woestendiek December 23rd, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: burglary, choked, crime, dog, dogs, duty, harris county, houston, K-9, k9, killed, law enforcement, necropsy, police, police dog, police dogs, pursuit, search, strangled, suspects, texas
An Alameda police officer shot and killed one of her department’s own dogs when the dog attacked her and bit her arm.
Billy, a Belgian Malinois, and his handler were among those responding Thursday to a burglary at a Coast Guard recruiting center. The dog was being used to flush out a suspect when he bit a uniformed officer assisting on the call. The dog did not let go when his handler ordered him to do so.
The name of the officer who shot the dog was not released. She was treated for bite wounds to her left arm and released, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Billy had been with the department for more than three years.
On May 5, another police Belgian Malinois died after being left inside an Alameda officer’s personal sport utility vehicle as the officer attended a use-of-force training exercise.
The department has suspended the use of its two remaining police dogs pending a review of “all the facets” of the K-9 program, including the circumstances that led up to Billy being deployed and his death, Scott said.
Posted by John Woestendiek December 18th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: alameda, belgian malinois, billy, bit, bite, bitten, burglary, california, crime, K-9, k9, killed, officer, police, police dog, shot
The burglars who hit Joey Graham’s home in Montgomery, Alabama can keep the digital camera.
But he wants his dog back.
Last week burglars ransacked his home, for the second time in six months, and took a digital camera and his 14-year-old schnauzer, Avery, who suffers from cataracts, TV station WSFA reported.
“This is the cruelest crime that I could ever imagine. They could’ve had anything in this house, but to take a person’s dog …He’s very old. He’s only of value to me,” said Graham, who has had the dog since college.
Graham is posting signs and advertisements to get Avery back home, and he’s offering a $500 reward for the dog’s safe return. “I’m willing to pay it. Not ask any questions. I just want the dog back.”
If Avery doesn’t return, he added, “There’s not going to be a Christmas here. Not this year.”
Two women who saw the TV news report called Graham Monday and said they had seen a dog matching Avery’s description in the neighborhood across the street from the Montgomery Regional Airport.
Graham was headed to the neighborhood when the women called him a second time to report that they had successfully enticed the dog to come to them and that they were holding him, according to the Montgomery Advertiser.
Graham got his dog back, and insisted on giving the women the $500, which he referred to as a “Christmas present from Avery.”
Posted by John Woestendiek December 8th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: 14, alabama, avery, burglars, burglary, christmas, crime, digital camera, dog, joey graham, montgomery, old, return, reward, stolen
A tipster has received the $2,500 reward PETA offered last fall for information leading to the conviction of a man who placed a South Carolina homeowner’s dog in the oven during a burglary, propped a chair against the door and cooked the dog alive.
Teofilo Falaniko Jr., 21, was sentenced to 11 years in prison and three-and-a-half-years probation after pleading guilty to two counts of second-degree burglary and one count of unlawful treatment to animals, SCnow.com reported.
Dillon police said Falaniko already was in jail on two other burglary charges when he was charged. He told police he placed the dog — a pug named Penny — into the oven because it bit him during the burglary.
The tipster, whose identity is being withheld, overheard Falaniko bragging about his crime and contacted authorities.
Falaniko admitted to ransacking Bonnie Bowens’ Owens Street residence while she was at church. When Bowens got home, she noticed her front door kicked in and called police. Officer checked the over and found the dog dead.
Posted by John Woestendiek December 3rd, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animal cruelty, burglar, burglary, chair, cooked, courts, crime, death, dillon, dog, oven, penny, peta, pug, reward, sentence, south carolina, teofilo falaniko
A Minneapolis police dog died Monday after falling from the roof of a three-story building.
Chase, who had served in the department since 2007, was helping his handler, Eric Lukes, search the roof of a former car dealership during a burglary call when he fell.
The dog was taken to the University of Minnesota for medical treatment but he couldn’t be saved, according to Minnesota Public Radio.
“It’s tough to lose one of these dogs,” police spokesman Sgt. Bill Palmer said. “They’re invaluable in safeguarding the lives of our officers.”
Police said three suspects were arrested at the scene.
Posted by John Woestendiek December 1st, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: burglary, chase, crime, death, dies, dog, fall, K-9, k9, law enforcement, minneapolis, minnesota, police, police dog, roof, st. paul, university of minnesota
A California man who gave his girlfriend a 3-month-old yellow Lab for Christmas has been taken into custody.
Officials say the dog was stolen – three days before Christmas — from a Stanton pet store.
The theft of the Marley look-alike from Pet City was caught on the store’s surveillance cameras, according to the Orange County Register.
The boyfriend – Ryan Rickman, 23, of Orange – returned to the store with the dog to pay for it Tuesday, but instead was booked into county jail on suspicion of burglary and grand theft, officials said. Later, the puppy was turned over to Rickman’s girlfriend, who ended up paying for her own Christmas gift.
Sheriff’s investigators have identified a second man involved in the theft but have not been able to contact him, said an Orange County Sheriff’s Department spokesman.
Security video shows two men walking into the store and spending several minutes talking to clerks. After one of the clerks leaves for a lunch break, one of the men distracts the remaining clerk while the other man lifts the puppy from a cage and runs out the door.
Posted by John Woestendiek January 8th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: booked, burglary, california, christmas, gift, girlfriend, grand theft, jail, labrador, orange county, pet city, pet store, puppy, retriever, returned, security, sheriff's department, stanton, stolen, surveillance, video, yellow