Cumberland County Superior Court Judge Jim Ammons handed John Burrow a sentence of 30 days in jail and 100 hours of community service, cleaning the cages at Cumberland County Animal Control.
A light sentence — but one with a twist:
Ammons also ordered Burrow to keep a photo of the eight-month-old pup in his wallet for the next two years, while serving his probation, according to WTVD.
Police said Burrow, a paratrooper, used parachute cords to tie the legs of the pup, named Riley, and looped the rope around his muzzle before throwing him into MacFadyen Pond around Thanksgiving in 2014.
The dog’s body washed ashore on Jan. 2, 2015.
Yesterday’s sentencing followed a guilty plea by Burrow.
Investigators said Burrow told them the mixed lab-shepherd pup had run away from home several times, and he and his wife could not afford the veterinarian bill after the dog was hurt during a previous escape.
Kelsey Burrow told Cumberland County sheriff’s investigators then that Riley had stood on a privacy fence and opened the latch on the gate.
Investigators said she put false posts on Facebook saying Riley was suffering from organ failure, and told a friend in a Facebook message that the dog died while undergoing surgery.
Kelsey Burrow has been charged as an accomplice and is still awaiting sentencing.
In court Tuesday, John Burrow, 24, apologized, the Fayetteville Observer reported.
“I’m sorry,” he said, “so very sorry, and sorry to Riley. I did love Riley. I did love that dog. I have no excuse.”
As part of the plea arrangement, Burrow agreed not to own another animal during his probation period.
(Photos: WTVD and the Fayetteville Observer)
Posted by John Woestendiek September 28th, 2016 under Muttsblog.
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For a doggy daycare operation, word-of-mouth is generally considered the best advertisement for bringing in new customers.
But this may be the most golden recommendation of all.
“Someone walked in the door and they said there’s a dog sitting out here waiting to come in,” said Happy Dogs Café owner Teresa McCarter.
McCarter opened the door and in came Riley, a golden retriever who, though he is a frequent customer, wasn’t scheduled for a visit that day.
Riley immediately ran back to the daycare area to greet at least 20 of his canine friends.
Riley’s owner, Tonia Mosteller, said she and Riley had driven past the daycare earlier in the day. Riley whimpered when he saw some of his friends being walked by a staff member. Back at home, she put him in the back yard and left to run some errands.
“I noticed Riley watching me carefully as I left, but I didn’t think too much about it,” Mosteller told WBTV.
Somehow, Riley managed to unlatch the gate. Because Mosteller often walks him to the daycare in downtown Belmont, he knew the way there.
The daycare owner said she looked around for Riley’s owner when she opened the door for him before figuring out “he just decided to put himself in daycare that day.”
Happy Dogs called Mosteller to let her know Riley was there, but they recommended she let him stay for the day — at no charge.
“He got a free day of daycare and he worked really hard for that day,” McCarter said.
(Photo: Courtesy of Happy Dogs Cafe)
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Posted by John Woestendiek May 13th, 2016 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: alone, animals, belmont, charlotte, day care, dog, doggy day care, dogs, escaped, golden retriever, happy dogs cafe, iur, north carolina, pets, riley, unescorted
It didn’t take an act of Congress, or even a call to the Pentagon: Riley the Weimaraner — swept up by the animal control unit at Fort Knox, then adopted out to a new home — has been returned to her original Kentucky family.
According to the Facebook page started by the family to wage a campaign for Riley’s return, the dog is back home and doing fine.
Not a whole lot of details are offered on what transpired, but apparently one Fort Knox official finally listened to the family’s pleas and assisted in getting the dog back from her newly adopted home and returned to her old one.
“Riley is back home with her family … happy, and very much loved!!!!!! Thank you Command Sgt. Major Voeller, and thank you to the family!”
Kim Church, of Radcliff, believes the family’s 2-year-old Weimaraner was stolen from her yard — her ID tags were left behind — and later showed up either on or near Fort Knox.
Fort Knox’s stray animal facility, not generally open to the public, sold the dog to a new owner 11 days after she was picked up by military police, according to the Press-Enterprise, in Hardin County, Kentucky.
Church called city and county pounds and put an ad on Craigslist in search of her missing dog. When a caller notified her that she saw a dog that looked like Riley at an adoption fair at the military post, Church attempted to get information from the facility, but was told both whether her dog had been picked up, and who had adopted it, were confidential.
Church filed a report with Radcliff police, claiming her dog was stolen, and pleaded her case on Facebook. Apparently, her campaign worked. Welcome home, Riley.
Posted by John Woestendiek July 12th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: adopt, adopted, animal control, animals, army, dog, dogs, facebook, family, fort knox, ft. knox, kentucky, kim church, military, news, ohmidog!, pets, returned, riley, stray, weimaraner
A Kentucky mother of seven wants to gets something more precious than gold back — her dog — but Fort Knox is standing in the way.
Kim Church, of Radcliff, wants the army base to return her family’s 2-year-old Weimaraner, Riley, who was impounded in mid-June after either wandering onto, or being taken to, the secure base.
Fort Knox’s stray animal facility sold the dog to a new owner 11 days after she was picked up by military police, according to the Press-Enterprise, in Hardin County, Kentucky.
The dog disappeared from the family’s yard. Her tags — but not her pink collar — were found in the yard.
Church said she searched all over town for Riley, called city and county pounds and put an ad on Craigslist. A caller notified her that she saw a dog that looked like Riley at the Fort Knox PX, where the post was hosting a pet adoption fair.
The post’s animal shelter is not open to the public — like much else at Fort Knox. Instead, it adopts out animals through PetFinder.com and adoption fairs.
Church said she called the facility, but post officials cited HIPAA — the same federal law which prevents hospitals from disclosing patient information – and refused to shed any light on Riley’s whereabouts.
A spokeswoman told the newspaper that a Weimeraner was found by military police and was taken to the pound, bu twould not release any information about the new adoptive owner.
Church filed a report with Radcliff police, claiming her dog was stolen. She’s launched a Facebook page to rally support for her cause and posted an updated advertisement on Craigslist, explaining the details of Riley’s disappearance and subsequent adoption.
“The vet told me I’d have to take this to the Pentagon,” Church said. “If that’s what it takes. …”
(An update on this story can be found here.)
Posted by John Woestendiek July 9th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
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