A 22-year-old man and a 13-year-old boy were arrested in Chicago after torturing five puppies and posting videos of it on YouTube, police said.
Joshua Moore, the adult, told police he did it because he was bored, and that he thought “it was not a big deal.”
The videos showed dogs — both the pups and their parents — having duct tape put on their testicles and ripped off, being suspended and spun in a harness, being forced to drink lemon juice and eat their own feces, and being thrown into air, choked and shaken.
The grown dogs were a Chihuahua and a terrier; the pups were mixes of the two, police said.
Moore and the boy were arrested Thursday and charged with animal torture and animal cruelty — all felonies. Moore was ordered held on $150,000 bail today.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the torture came to light when a tipster contacted People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
PETA reported the cruelty to the Fort Wayne, Ind., Animal Care and Control officials on Sunday, after learning that Moore was from Chicago but living in Fort Wayne.
The dogs were seized Thursday from a home in the Austin neighborhood and placed in the care of Chicago’s animal care and cruelty department.
The videos were removed from YouTube before the arrest, but PETA had made copies of them by then.
(Top photo: By John J. Kim / Chicago Sun-Times
Middle photo: Screen grab from videos, courtesy of PETA
Bottom photo: Chicago Police Department)
Posted by jwoestendiek March 9th, 2012 under Muttsblog.
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Chispita is home!
And by now, maybe, Arlene Corona has put some clothes on.
The woman who donned a bikini to bring attention to her lost dog has been reunited with her Chihuahua, NBC in San Diego reports.
And while the news outlet seems to question why Arlene remained in her bikini, at the intersection, holding a sign seeking the return of her dog for hours after the dog was found, there are multiple explanations for that.
Corona’s mother picked up the white Chihuahua around noon Tuesday at the Carlsbad animal shelter.
As of 3:45 p.m, the bikini-clad Corona was still at the intersection.
Taking a few jabs from Internet commenters about that, Corona – who continued her bikini vigil even after a man who claimed to have the dog texted her photos of his genitals – offered an explanation in a Facebook post: Read more »
Posted by jwoestendiek December 1st, 2011 under Muttsblog.
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When posting flyers around her neighborhood failed to lead to the return of her missing Chihuahua, Arlene Corona — desperate to reunite with her dog, Chispita — took bolder action.
For three days, she stood in a bikini at a busy intersection in La Jolla, holding up a sign seeking her dog’s return, and pointing out she was on a hunger strike until Chispita was found.
By Friday though, the only lead had come from a guy calling himself Merl, who was sending her messages, some highly personal photos and pictures of a dog he claimed was Chispita, who he promised to return in exchange for sexual favors.
Needless to say, Corona has dropped the bikini idea.
Chispita, who is on medication for epilepsy, went missing more than a week ago, according to NBC in San Diego
When no one responded to her flyers, Corona decided to attract more attention by holding a sign about her lost dog while wearing a bikini at the intersection of Genesse and La Jolla Village.
“My heart is just to not [going to] give up hope,” said Corona. “I’m stressed out and I’m depressed but I just feel like somebody is going to return her, you know?”
On Friday morning, she received an email from a man who identified himself as Merl, and who went on to email her a photo of a Chihuahua and some photos of his genitals.
Corona realized the picture wasn’t her dog, and decided to ignore the man. Later, though, she received a text from a different number from someone claiming a neighbor was beating Chispita. When she called the number, the man on the recording identified himself as Merl.
Here’s hoping Chispita gets found, and that authorities track down creepy Merl, too.
Posted by jwoestendiek November 27th, 2011 under Muttsblog.
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