The assistant district attorney prosecuting the case against Tiara Davis, accused of beating her Pomeranian on the elevator at a New York City housing project, broke into laughter in the courtroom yesterday.
While reading Davis’ statement about how she beat the dog, Assistant District Attorney Steven Constantiner began chuckling, the New York Daily News reported.
“He was laughing and had to turn away because he couldn’t control the laughter,” said, Stacy Schneider, a Legal Aid lawyer representing Davis. “I didn’t see any humor in the statement.”
Davis, 31, is charged with beating a 9-pound Pomeranian named Sparky into unconsciousness in an elevator at the Grant Houses in Manhattan. Police quoted her as saying: “It wasn’t like I was killing him or anything like that. I mean I wasn’t gonna really hurt him.”
Constantiner started laughing when he was reading part of Davis’ statement that described the dog relieving itself in the elevator.
“The assistant district attorney laughed briefly and unexpectedly while reading to the court the vulgarities the defendant used in her statement to police,” acknowledged Erin Duggan, a spokesperson for the district attorney’s office. Constantiner declined comment.
Davis, a vocational counselor, pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor animal-cruelty charges. Her lawyer denied she made the statements to police. Davis, who has since surrendered Sparky, was caught on video beating the 4-year-old dog and was arrested by the ASPCA. She faces up to a year in jail.
Her arrest came just after another resident of the Grant Houses, Chris Grant, was charged with animal cruelty in connection with beating a dog — an incident police say was caught on the elevator surveillance cameras earlier.
Posted by John Woestendiek February 12th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: abuse, animal cruelty, arrests, beaten, chris grant, chuckling, chuvi-duvi, court, cruelty to animals, district attorney, elevator, giggles, grant houses, hearing, kicked, laugh, law, manhattan, new york, news, prosecutor, sparky, steven constantiner, surveillance, tiara davis, video
A sheriff’s deputy arrested on a DUI charge in Tennessee was thrown into a “K-9 cage” by state troopers who said it was for his own protection.
Samuel Monroe Bledsoe, 47, who has been terminated from his job as a deputy with the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, allegedly tried to slam a squad car door on a trooper, kicked the inside of a squad car and was vomiting on himself, according to the Kingsport Times-News.
He was placed in a “K-9 cage” to prevent injury to himself or state property, according to a Tennessee Highway Patrol officer’s arrest report and a court affidavit.
Troopers said Bledsoe was found asleep in the front passenger seat of his wife’s car, and was unable to perform a sobriety test as instructed, even though it was explained to him 18 times. He was arrested and placed in the back seat of an officer’s cruiser.
On the way to Bristol Regional Medical Center for a blood test, the officer had to pull over twice because Bledsoe was kicking the cage and the door of the cruiser, police said. After the second stop, officers got approval to transfer Bledsoe to the back of the patrol unit, which was equipped to house a police dog.
“Due to the K-9 cage being smaller,” they said, he was less likely to injure himself there.
Posted by John Woestendiek February 4th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: arrest, cage, deputy, drunk driving, dui, fired, K-9, k9, kicked, police, samuel bledsoe, sheriff's, state, sullivan county, tennessee, terminated, trooper, vomit
For the past two weeks, on my way to the park with my dog, I’ve been stopping to see a cat.
He (or she) has been living underneath the wooden stairs in front of an empty rowhouse in South Baltimore, depending on the kindness of strangers, who have left him food and supplied him with a little cardboard house.
With temperatures dropping, and snow coming, and reports that he was getting kicked around on the street corner, I brought him home last night.
Now he needs a home.
To inquire, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted by John Woestendiek January 30th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: abandoned, abuse, animals, availalbe, baltimore, bar, bar cat, cat, cats, injured, kicked, leon's, lighthouse, miles, needs home, ohmidog!, pets, rescue, stairs, stray, video
We’ve shown you all of those in recent weeks at ohmidog! — because, though they are graphic and disturbing, we believe that they need to be seen.
So now we bring you this one of Lucky and Misty, dog and cat — graphic in a way that won’t turn your stomach, graphic in a way that we could use a little more of, graphic in a way that, maybe, we humans could learn from.
Global New Year’s Resolution: Be more like Lucky and Misty.
Posted by John Woestendiek January 7th, 2010 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: abuse, animal cruelty, animals, bridge, change, colorado national monument, cruelty to animals, disturbing, dog, dragged, dragging, elevator, graphic, hate, kicked, lithuania, love, lucky, misty, new york, ohmidog!, pets, photograph, photographs, thrown, torture, video, videos
New York City police investigating the fatal stabbing of a nine-year-old came across an unrelated crime — a small dog being repeatedly kicked in an elevator at the Grant Houses.
The assault showed up on surveillance cameras being monitored by police, leading them to arrest Chris Grant, the Manhattan man seen in the video.
Grant, 21, is seen in the footage dragging a friend’s 12-pound Pomeranian-Chihuahua mix, named Chuvi-Duvi, into the Grant Houses elevator. He kicks the dog, pets it, then kicks it again.
On his way back up the elevator, after a trip to a nearby deli, the same scene plays out again.
Police say Chuvi-Duvi didn’t suffer any broken bones in last Saturday’s attack and is recovering at Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital.
Officers from the police department’s Viper unit watched the attack from a remote location and arrested Grant two days later.
“I’m not trusting nobody with my dog,” said the pup’s owner, Melvin Rodriguez, 22, who picked the pooch up from the ASPCA.
The squad started tracking down Grant just an hour after they helped make an arrest in the fatal stabbing of 9-year-old Anthony Maldonado in the same Morningside Heights complex.
The Viper squad is responsible for monitoring surveillance cameras in city housing projects.
Posted by John Woestendiek January 7th, 2010 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: abuse, animal cruelty, animals, cameras, catch, chihuahua, chris grant, chuvi-duvi, crime, cruelty to animals, dog, dogs, elevator, grant houses, housing project, kicked, kicks, murder, new york, pets, police, pomeranian, surveillance, suspect, video, viper
A Steelers fan in suburban Pittsburgh killed his girlfriend’s 13-week-old puppy Sunday because the dog was misbehaving before the football game came on TV, police said.
The puppy was kicked to death on the same day that it as announced that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was donating money to Kansas City police to buy a new police dog.
William Woodson, 22, of Bridgeville, was being held on $25,000 bail in the Allegheny County Jail, pending a preliminary hearing on animal cruelty, scheduled for next Monday, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
The puppy, a pit bull named Flip, had been the source of recent arguments between Woodson and his girlfriend, according to police. A witness saw the dog being kicked down the street and called Bridgeville police. By the time police arrived, the dog was dead and Woodson was gone.
Woodson’s girlfriend told police he kicked the dog because the pup would not walk with them. Police located Woodson at a friend’s house. ”He admitted the dog would not behave prior to the Steelers game and that he became upset at it,” the affidavit said.
Kansas City police on Sunday announced they’d received an $8,000 grant from Steeler quarterback Roethlisberger’s foundation, which distributes grants to police and fire departments in Pittsburgh and in the cities of the Steelers’ road opponents. The $8,000 will pay to replace Rambo, a Kansas City police dog that is set to retire at year’s end because of arthritis. The Chiefs beat the Steelers 27-24 on Sunday.
Posted by John Woestendiek November 23rd, 2009 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: abuse, behavior, bridgeville, cruelty to animals, death, dogs, football, kicked, killed, pit bull, pittsburgh, quarterback, roethlisberger, steelers, video, william woodson
Security-camera footage that appears to show a man kicking and jumping on a puppy’s crate has landed on YouTube, prompting an investigation by the Massachusetts SPCA and threats of a boycott of the liquor store in which the incident apparently occured.
The Boston Globe reports the stomping of a beagle appears to have taken place in Blanchard’s Liquors, a popular store in Allston.
The one-minute clip was posted to YouTube Thursday last week. The incident, according to a recording stamp on the security camera footage, took place Feb. 6.
The video shows a man stride past the register of a liquor store, kick a crate containing a small dog, then jump on the crate, partially crushing it, before walking away. A person in a baseball cap then goes to check on the puppy, before a younger man walks into the frame, grabs a leash from the counter, and takes the dog away.
“It’s a horrible thing,” said Christine Moore, a 25-year-old former Allston resident and Blanchard’s customer who called for a boycott on Craigslist and her Facebook page.
A YouTube member named “ericword” posted the original clip. Reached by the Globe through YouTube e-mail, ericword identified himself in a phone interview as a 20-year-old Blanchard’s worker.
Giving his name only as Eric, he said he was suspended from his job for posting the clip. A Blanchard’s manager declined to comment to the newspaper.
The MSPCA’s law enforcement division, which has police power to bring felony charges, is investigating the matter, said Brian Adams, a spokesman.
“To the best of our knowledge, the dog in the video is OK,,” said Adams, encouraging those with information about the case to call the MSPCA at 800-628-5808.
Posted by John Woestendiek March 1st, 2009 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: allston, beagle, blanchard's, boston, camera, crate, dog, kick, kicked, kicking, liquor store, massachusetts, puppy, security, shop, spca, stomp, stomped, stomping, store, surveillance, video, youtube