Then she left the hound mix in a bag on the curb — for three days.
Veronica Crawford, 29, of Florence, was arrested by Darlington County Sheriff’s deputies on June 14 and charged with ill treatment of animals, SCNow.com reported.
According to Capt. Andy Locklair of the Darlington County Sheriff Office, Crawford called the county Animal Control office on Monday, June 11, saying she had a dog she no longer wanted.
She asked that the dog be picked up, but was informed that she would have to bring it in and fill out paperwork.
Three days later, according to Locklair, Crawford called Animal Control again requesting that the dog be picked up — and noting that it had been outside her home since Monday, tied up in a bag.
Animal Control contacted the Sheriff’s Office, which sent deputies to the residence. The dehydrated dog was found with only her head protruding from a bag.
Crawford was arrested and taken to the Darlington County Detention Center.
The dog was named Belinda at the shelter, where she was being treated for dehydration and injuries from her collar having becoming embedded in her skin.
(Photo: Darlington County Animal Control)
Posted by jwoestendiek June 19th, 2012 under Muttsblog.
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The Cumberland County sheriff’s department will take no disciplinary action against a deputy who shot and killed a 17-pound dog, but officials say they plan to equip more deputies with non-lethal weapons they can use on animals in similar situations.
Ronnie Mitchell, a lawyer with the Sheriff’s Office, said the agency had completed its investigation of the May 23 shooting by Deputy Barbara Siau, assigned to the Child Support Enforcement Unit.
“There’s no dismissal, no suspension or no demotion,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell told the Fayetteville Observer that deputies will undergo training in how to deal with animals, and some will be equipped with devices such as stun guns, chemical sprays and batons for use in non-lethal situations.
Siau had gone to Dana Anderson’s home in Hope Mills, N.C., looking for someone else when Gizmo, a Pekingese-dachshund mix, slipped out the door. Anderson said Siau kicked Gizmo when the dog ran toward her, then shot him.
Anderson said she was pleased to learn deputies will carry non-lethal tools. But she still believes she could have stopped Gizmo before the deputy fired, had she been given the chance.
“The thing that gets me, she should have gave me the opportunity to get him,” Anderson said.
Posted by jwoestendiek June 1st, 2012 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animals, cumberland county, dachshund, deputies, dog, dogs, fayetteville, gizmo, killed, mix, non-lethal, north carolina, pekingese, pets, police, safety, sheriff, shot, weapons
It’s not every day a police dog is subpoenaed to testify in court, and rarer yet, we’d guess, for a judge to actually approve such a thing, but that’s what happened in Florida last week.
A Charlotte County Sheriff’s Department K-9, named Azor, was brought into Judge Peter Bell’s courtroom when his presence was requested by a man fighting a traffic ticket.
The defendant, Rodney McGee, subpoenaed the dog as a defense witness after he was stopped in February for failure to use a turn signal.
Azor’s handler, suspecting McGee might have had drugs in the car, brought the dog along to give the car a sniff or two. No drugs were detected, and McGee was sent on his way with a traffic ticket.
McGee said he wanted the dog brought to his hearing so he could test its sniffing skills.
“I was hoping they would let me plant marijuana in the courthouse to see if he could find drugs,” McGee said. What relevance that has to his alleged failure to use his turn signal isn’t clear.
Judge Bell apparently saw it that way, too, declining McGee’s request and letting Azor depart the courtroom.
McGee lost the case. He was fined $300 for failure to use his turn signal.
That, as you can see in this news report, didn’t seem to bother him too much.
Posted by jwoestendiek May 28th, 2012 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: animals, azor, called, charlotte county, citation, defense, dogs, drug-sniffing, drugs, failure to signal, judge, K-9, k9, marijuana, news, officer, peter bell, pets, police dog, rodney mcgee, sheriff, subpoena, testifimony, traffic stop, traffic ticket, video, weird, witness
This one’s a lot like the story we told you last this week — about a German shepherd in Baltimore named Jerry Lee — but in our view it’s the sort of thing that can’t happen often enough.
Bear, a two-year-old Labrador retriever mix who months ago was just another mutt in a Kentucky animal shelter, is the newest addition to the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office in Alabama.
Dustain Vance, head trainer for Advance Canine Academy in Scottsville, Ky., adopted Bear from the Bowling Green-Warren County Humane Society. Bear had been adopted earlier, but returned by a family who had difficulty controlling the dog’s energetic behavior.
“For a drug dog, that’s what we actually look for,” Sheriff Ted Sexton, who swore in Bear as a deputy Wednesday, told Al.com. “We’re looking for a dog that has drives and instincts primarily in play and prey and hunt, and he excels in this particular area.”
The Sheriff’s Office purchased the dog from the training center, and he’s been assigned to a partner, a deputy attached to the West Alabama Narcotics Task Force.
Bear has been trained to sniff out marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine.
Last week, Bear and his new handler returned from training to Tuscaloosa, where the dog immediately found a pound of marijuana in a FedEx package. He has since made another bust.
Deputy Nick Lolley said he and Bear are getting along well in their first week on the job. “He has to trust you and you have to trust him,” Lolley said. “That’s — I say 50 percent of it, because if a dog trusts you, then he’ll work for you.”
(Photo: Chris Pow / al.com)
Posted by jwoestendiek March 6th, 2012 under Muttsblog.
Tags: academy, adopted, advance canine academy, alabama, animals, bear, bowling green, canine, county, department, detection, dog, dogs, drug, drug-sniffing, humane society, k9, kentucky, labrador retriever, mix, narcotics, pets, shelter, sheriff, task force, training, tuscaloosa, warren county, west
Arpaio’s department arrested a group of local “swingers” that was arranging an encounter of the icky kind with a dog. We don’t think that’s a waste of time.
The Maricopa County Sheriff announced earlier this week that his detectives, after learning of some people using Craigslist to find a dog for the purposes of bestiality, arranged a sting operation and arrested them.
According to Arpaio, an undercover detective and his dog responded to the ad and met the two men and a woman.
The sheriff’s office says the three suspects arrested were Shane Walker, 38, Sarah Dae Walker, 33, and Robert Aucker, 29. The Walkers are husband and wife, and Aucker was described as the wife’s lover. They were charged with conspiracy to commit bestiality.
The Phoenix New Times, in reporting the story, noted that 400 sex crimes remain unresolved in the county, and asked readers in a poll whether arresting the threesome was a “distraction or a job well done?”
By the time I cast mine, in the minority, nearly 8 of 10 voters were calling it a distraction.
Posted by jwoestendiek March 2nd, 2012 under Muttsblog.
Tags: abuse, animals, arizona, arrests, bestiality, craigslist, dog, dogs, joe arpaio, maricopa county, pets, phoenix, sex, sheriff, sting, swingers
A California man was arrested Thursday on charges of killing a neighbor’s Chihuahua — with one swing of a golf club.
Barbara Hitchman said she found her dog, Lily, lying on the ground while driving through her neighborhood in Riverside. A neighbor told Hitchman that she saw another neighbor, 58-year-old Larry Jaurequi, strike the dog.
“She said he lined up as if he was doing a golf shot, and he just whopped her, and she said she went so far in the air, she did three summersaults and hit the pavement,” Hitchman told KABC in Riverside.
Hitchman went across the street to confront the man.
“I said, ‘You’re insane, you’re a psycho, you need locking away,’ and he said, ‘Try it, you better get out of here too.’”
Hitchman said Jaurequi also told her that her dog should not have been on the loose. Lily had escaped sometime earlier that day.
Jaurequi was arrested that night.
“I don’t believe this dog was a threat to this man in any way, he just for unknown reasons attacked the dog with a golf club,” said Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Cpl. Courtney Donowho.
Lily died at a veterinary clinic Friday morning.
Posted by jwoestendiek January 30th, 2012 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: animal cruelty, animals, arrest, barbara hitchman, california, chihuahua, cruelty to animals, dogs, golf club, killed, larry jaurequi, lily, pets, riverside, riverside county, sheriff, swing
One of the owners of 100 dogs removed from what authorities described as deplorable conditions in two homes is an American Kennel Club dog show judge, KOMO News in Seattle has reported.
Based on video footage anonymously sent to an animal rescue group, King County deputies seized 100 dogs from homes in Burien and Issaquaha last month.
KOMO aired the video Wednesday, and revealed that the owner and caretaker of at least dozens of the dogs — Chihuahuas, Pomeranians and Japanese Chin — is a dog show judge.
She has not been charged, but the sheriff’s office says an investigation is underway, and the case may be forwarded to prosecutors in the next few weeks.
The video footage showed dogs being hoarded in rusted and feces-infested cages, matted with pet hair, with empty food and water bowls.
Fourteen of the dogs were in such bad condition they had to be euthanized; the rest are being cared for by local rescue groups and veterinarians.
KOMO said the dog show judge, who they did not identify by name, also shows dogs, and that one of her dogs won an award in February at the Westminster Kennel Club Show.
The woman declined to talk to reporters, saying her attorney advised her against commenting.
Lisa Peterson, with the American Kennel Club says the organization is aware that one of its judges is currently under investigation in King County for animal cruelty and has suspended the judge’s privileges “until it is determined whether or not she has violated the AKC judicial or administrative determination of inappropriate treatment policy.”
Pasado’s Safe Haven is asking prosecutors to file 14 counts of animal cruelty against the woman for the 14 dogs that had to be euthanized due to illness.
“We’re certainly going to be asking that they are never able to own dogs again,” Amber Chenoweth said.
In a report on Pasaodo’s Safe Haven’s website, the owners of the dogs are identified as Margi and James Hamilton, who have been breeding and showing dogs for decades.
“When we discovered who owned these dogs, we were shocked and disgusted that one of the people responsible for this was none other than a judge for the American Kennel Club… Read more »
Posted by jwoestendiek December 1st, 2011 under Muttsblog.
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What is it about police agencies and the press in, shall we say, non-urban areas, that prevents them from seeing dog abuse when it seems to be staring them in the face?
The Muskegon Chronicle reports that deputies are “not sure abuse was involved” in injuries suffered by a dog found Monday afternoon … HANGING FROM A HOOK ON A TREE.
Pardon my caps. This reminds me of our recent report about a pit bull in Missouri who was dragged behind a car, tied to a pole and set on fire before being found dead, in a case the local TV station called “alleged animal abuse.”
In the new case, a young male Sheltie-Pomeranian mix is expected to recover from the injury left by the large hook that protruded from the roof of his mouth.
Muskegon County Sheriff’s Sgt. Mike Herremans said the incident is being investigated and that while abuse has not been ruled out, it also is possible the dog was victimized by an illegal coyote trap.
Rescuers, however, told WOOD TV-8 the animal was abused, and a local veterinarian who treated the dog concurred.
(It’s also interesting to note how, while the police and reporter call the male dog an “it,” the veterinarian refers to him as a he. Is there a connection, you think, between people who call a dog, even when the gender is known, an “it,” and how seriously they take animal abuse?)
Herremans said deputies are seeking the dog’s owner, who lives across the street from the wooded spot where the animal was found. He theorized it was possible the dog got caught in “some type of coyote trap.”
However, an official at Pound Buddies, a non-profit group that operates the county animal shelter, told WOOD TV-8 that the hook was too high for the small dog to reach by himself.
Residents in the neighborhood said the dog was normally kept tied up.
Posted by jwoestendiek November 9th, 2011 under Muttsblog, videos.
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A pit bull in Missouri was dragged behind a car, tied to a pole and set on fire.
And if that weren’t horrendous enough, KFVS News called it, “a case of alleged animal cruelty.”
Bollinger County Sheriff Leo McElrath said the charred animal carcass found on County Road 318 near Marble Hill was in such bad shape, investigators almost couldn’t determine it was a dog.
Deputies buried the dog (and with it, I’d guess, the evidence its body might have provided) where they found it.
McElrath said a man came into the department Saturday morning to report seeing a dead animal tied to a post.
“It made my deputies sick to even find this kind of thing,” said McElrath. “It really upset all of us to think someone would treat a dog like that.”
“I was shocked to hear that something of this magnitude happened in Bollinger County,” said Marilyn Neville with the Bollinger County Stray Project. “I just still can’t believe it, I can’t believe it happened in this county.”
Neville urged residents to take extra cautions with their pets on Halloween.
A Facebook page has been set up in the unknown dog’s memory.
Posted by jwoestendiek October 27th, 2011 under Muttsblog.
Tags: abuse, animal cruelty, animals, bollinger county, burned, car, dogs, dragged, fire, leo mcelrath, missouri, pets, pit bull, pole, set on fire, sheriff, tied, torture
Jaggar, an English Bulldog whose owner reported him stolen and said he was being held for ransom, was found dead Monday by railroad tracks in Kelso, Washington.
The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office was notified about the dog by a citizen who saw the dog’s remains and assumed he had been hit by a train.
The dog’s remains were taken to the Cowlitz County Humane Society for tests, KATU News reported.
The dog was killed an estimated two to three days before the remains were found, deputies said.
Jennifer Thomas of Woodland, Washington, told KATU News earlier this month that Jaggar had been taken from her driveway, and that three days after that she received photos of her dog and a text message demanding $1,000 and prescription drugs.
The text message said, “If you don’t do exactly as you’re told the next few messages will be of your friend slowly getting tortured to death. And do us both a favor, keep this to yourself, no cops.”
No further messages were received, she said.
“This appears to be a sad ending to this part of the investigation,” said Cowlitz County Sheriff Mark Nelson. “It doesn’t mean that we’re done with the investigation. We’ll follow any leads we get to find out who took Jaggar.”
Posted by jwoestendiek October 25th, 2011 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animals, bulldog, cowlitz, dead, deputies, dogs, english bulldog, jaggar, jennifer thomas, kelso, kidnap, kidnapped, pets, ransom, safety, sheriff, stolen, tests, text message, threats, washington, woodland