The Bosnian girl seen in a video throwing puppies into a river, and laughing while she did it, will not face any charges, the New York Daily News reports.
The News, citing as sources members of PETA in Europe, said police have dropped the case because the girl — whose identity hasn’t been released — is too young to be prosecuted.
While it was reported that allof the puppies were rescued down river by an old woman who found them along the shore, animal rights activists said they doubted that story was true.
“This is outrageous,” a PETA spokeswoman, Nadja Kutscher, told a German newspaper. “The puppies that the old woman was with were completely different ones to those thrown into the river in the video. The puppies would never have survived.
Posted by John Woestendiek October 7th, 2010 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: abuse, animals, bosnia, case, charges, cruelty, dogs, dropped, peta, pets, prosecution, puppies, pups, river, teen, thrown, video
A shot fired by a Baltimore police officer went through a pit bull and into one of a group of boys who had been harassing the dog earlier, police say.
The group of teens had been antagonizing a pit bull in Northeast Baltimore. Police say the pit bull got loose and was acting aggressively toward the children when officers arrived.
One officer fired a shot at the dog in defense of the 14-year-old boy, but the bullet passed through the dog and struck the boy, WBFF reported.
The child was being treated for a leg injury at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
The 2-year-old pit bull was killed.
Posted by John Woestendiek June 10th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animals, antagonizing, baltimore, boy, crime, dog, dogs, harassing, kill, killing, news, ohmidog!, pets, pit bull, pitbull, police, shooting, shot, teen
A San Antonio teenager who believes she’s a werewolf has admitted to beheading a dog in her kitchen, but says the dog was already dead.
Sarah Rodriguez, 18, who prefers to be called “Wolfie Blackheart,” was contacted by authorities after a photo of the dog’s severed head appeared on the Internet.
“I didn’t kill any animal,” Rodriguez told the San Antonio Express-News. “I wouldn’t, like I said. I’d be more likely to hurt a human than a dog any day. And even then not really possible. I’m pretty friendly.”
Investigators are waiting to find out exactly how the dog, whose family said it went missing two weeks ago, died.
Rodriguez, who wears a tail, said the dog was found dead, and that she used a pocketknife in her kitchen to decapitate it. “I severed the head, boiled the head.”
Before boiling the head, someone held it up and snapped a photograph of it that ended up on the Internet.
Within days, the photo had spurred an animal cruelty investigation by Animal Care Services and the San Antonio Police Department.
Rodriguez says she’s guilty of nothing more than a love for taxidermy: “I would never kill a canine,” she said. “I am a canine.”
Lisa Rodriguez, Wolfie’s mom, said she supports the career goal of her daughter, who has two dogs of her own, both huskies. She said her daughter has Tourette’s syndrome, which causes her to “yip” — a result of head trauma suffered in a car crash about a decade ago.
Police served a search warrant at the Rodriguez home and confiscated the head of the dog.
The black-flecked chow mix, Rigsby, went missing from a family’s backyard on Jan. 5. Two weeks later, on Jan. 20, a neighbor showed the dog’s owner a website with the photo of a dog’s head. “My heart pretty much sank,” the mother of four daughters said, “because when I saw that picture, I said, ‘That’s Rigsby.’”
Posted by John Woestendiek February 1st, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: chow, decapitate, dog, dogs, head, internet, kitchen, mix, photo, preservation, rigsby, san antonio, sarah rodriguez, severed, taxidermy, teen, website, werewolf, wolfie blackheart
A 16-year-old girl who used a pit bull dog to attack two women in Washington state was sentenced yesterday to 14 to 17 months in juvenile detention.
In the June attack, the girl and a group of boys were kicking the dog in a street in SeaTac when a woman driving by stopped because she thought they needed help. Police say the girl opened the door and beat the woman who was bitten by the dog. Another woman who stopped to help also was bitten.
The dog, named Snaps, was sent to an animal sanctuary because it was too violent to be adopted, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported.
Prosecutors argued that the girl’s actions stemmed from “pure cruelty” and that she deserved a 14- month term, instead of the 13-to-36-week standard term.
“This is a violence and anger-management problem,” King County Juvenile Court Judge Philip G. Hubbard, Jr., said. “Failure to address it is not an option.”
Prosecutors said the girl attacked the first woman when she stopped and told her not to kick the dog. When another woman stopped to inquire about the altercation, she too was attacked by the teen and dog, according to court documents.
The girl apologized to the victims, who were in court for the sentencing yesterday.
In court, the first victim, identified only as Inga, said the attack brought back memories of her own violent childhood. “When I was being beaten, all of that came back to me,” Inga said, speaking directly to the accused. “And I felt for you, because I know what that feels like.”
“I want you to get help,” she continued, eliciting tears from her attacker. “You were horrible. You were terrible, and you know it.”
Posted by John Woestendiek October 23rd, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: assault, attack, beaten, bit, court, crime, detention, dog, juvenile, king county, pit bull, pitbull, samaritan, seatac, seattle, sentence, sentencing, snaps, teen, washington
A teenager in Michigan got her dog, Blackie, back — thanks to an anonymous donor who footed her bill at the pound after reading of her plight.
Tia Schidler, 14, was swarmed with emails after TV station WNDU first aired the story of how she was unable to come up with the $200 she needed get her dog from the St. Joseph County Humane Society.
Humane Society officials weren’t all that thrilled with the happy ending, because it was the third time the dog had been picked up for running loose.
“I think everyone needs to understand this is rewarding bad behavior,” said Carol Ecker, humane society director. “If the dog continues to get loose it’s going to die.”
On Friday morning, Tia’s $200 bill — a $100 pick-up fee, a $75 fine as a third offender, a $20 vaccination fee, and a $10 charge for food and care — was paid in full by one of many people who offered to help the Michiana teen.
Tia’s mom was unable to help her with the bill because she’s disabled, the TV station reported in its first story.
Tia promised her rescuer that she wouldn’t let the dog run loose again, and said she was ecstatic to get her dog back. “Wow. That is like so amazing,” she said. “I didn’t think anyone would actually do that because of the way the economy is now.”
Posted by John Woestendiek May 4th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animals, anonymous, behavior, bill, blackie, dog, dogs, donated, donor, humane society, michigan, picked up, pound, rescue, rescuer, responsibility, running loose, st. joseph county humane society, stray, teen, teenager, tia schidler