Despite an outpouring of support from the public, time is running out for four dogs found starving and tied to a tree in Columbia, Tennessee last month.
The four, described as “American Shepherd-Bulldogs,” were all set to go to a rescue organization, but on Christmas Eve the plan fell through, News Channel 5 reports.
Now, unless another rescue can be found, the dogs are facing the end of the road — an outcome they weren’t far from when they were found.
“I was physically ill when I saw their intake pictures,” said Sonja Rine with Pet Pals of Maury County Organization.
“They were vomiting rocks and twigs because that is all they had eaten and they were all attached to one tree,” said Councilwoman Debbie Matthews, who is also trying to help them find a home.
An animal control officer spotted the dogs tied to a tree in their owner’s backyard last November. The owner told the officer the dogs hadn’t been fed in “a couple of days.” A judge ordered the owner to give the dogs up and donate $100 worth of dog food to the shelter.
He has yet to do so, but others in Columbia have stepped forward with donations.
“What a little love can do, it’s an amazing thing,” said Matthews.
The dogs are about a year old. They’ve tested heartworm positive, and have some other medical issues, so they need to go to a rescue before they can be adopted individually.
“They have tried so hard, they have such a will to live, they forgive. They don’t hold a grudge,” said Rine. “It’s gonna happen, it’s just gonna happen they deserve it,” said Rine.
Posted by jwoestendiek December 29th, 2011 under Muttsblog.
Tags: adopt, adoption, animal control, animal cruelty, animals, columbia, cruelty, cruelty to animals, dogs, donations, euthanasia, four, home, pets, rescue, rescued, shelter, starvation, starving, tennessee, tied, time
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
The dog was picked up after an anonymous call to animal control.
He’s now in the care of the Guilford County Animal Shelter.
Executive Director Marsha Williams told Fox News that the hound mix was found at a small apartment complex off Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
Chemical and powder residue were found on the three-month-old dog, samples of which were sent to Greensboro police, Williams said.
The dog may have been burned a week or two ago, Williams said.
Other than the burns, the dog, who has been named Hoyt, looked healthy and had no broken bones, Williams said.
Shelter veterinarians have performed skin grafts, wrapped the dog in burn bandages, and given him pain medicine and antibiotics, she said.
“He’s in a lot of pain,” Williams said. “He’s a real sweet dog.”
News 14 reported that the puppy’s caretaker, Anthony Jones, said he had found the dog and was caring for it when one day the dog became disoriented. He said the burns couldhave resulted from a pet shampoo he used on the dog.
Jones said he called animal control to have them come get the dog, but didn’t tell them he was the pet’s owner because he didn’t want to be responsible for paying for its medical care.
Hoyt’s case is the first of its kind this year. Last year, a Pomeranian mix named Bailey was found burned, the third such case in a 13-month period.
Hoyt is being treated with money donated to Susie’s Fund, which was created in 2009 after the dog the fund is named after was badly burned. Her case led to the legislature approving stricter penalties for animal abuse cases.
The shelter is hosting a “Bark & Wine” fundraiser from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Dog-Gone Fun at 203 Berry Garden Road in Kernersville. Tickets cost $20, and all proceeds go to Susie’s Fund.
Posted by jwoestendiek September 16th, 2011 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animal cruelty, animals, burned, burns, cruelty to animals, dog, dogs, greensboro, guilford county animal shelter, hoyt, pets, puppy, susies fund, third degree, tied, tree
A year after Chamberlin was found tied to a tree and abandoned in a backyard in North Carolina, his reputed former owners are scheduled to be sentenced tomorrow on animal cruelty charges.
Chamberlin, whose continuing recovery has been documented by the Guilford County Animal Shelter, had apparently spent two months shackled to a tree behind the home, which the owners had moved out of when they split up.
About two weeks after the dog was found by someone mowing the overgrown yard, Nellie Brock and Wilbert Morrison Jr. were arrested and charged with animal cruelty — a misdemeanor in North Carolina, though it has since been upgraded to a felony.
Chamberlin was too emaciated and weak to stand when he was found without food, water or shelter. A second dog found on the property was barely alive and had to be euthanized.
Chamberlin was taken in by the Guilford County Animal Shelter, where he’s undergone surgery for fused bones in his forelegs, gained weight and has made steady improvements.
Chamberlin’s neglect and heroic struggle to overcome it prompted a state senator to call for amending the state’s animal neglect laws.
Sen. Don Vaughan, a Greensboro Democrat, introduced what he dubbed Chamberlin’s law on the opening day of the General Assembly session.
The bill would allow criminal charges to be brought against pet owners who “recklessly” neglect their pets, as opposed to the current law, which allows just those accused of doing so “maliciously” or “intentionally” to be prosecuted.
Chamberlin, meanwhile, continues to become healthier and more mobile, and learned to get around with wheels.
The sentencing hearing is tomorrow, Wednesday, at 2:30 p.m., at the High Point Courthouse, 505 E. Green Drive, in High Point, N.C.
How much justice will be dispensed is uncertain, but there’s some justice in this:
Chamberlin will be there.
Posted by jwoestendiek September 13th, 2011 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: abandoned, animal cruelty, animals, bones, chamberlin, chamberlin's law, dog, dogs, don vaughan, felony, fused, guilford county, guilford county animal shelter, misdemeanor, neglect, nellie brock, north carolina, pets, recovery, senator, starving, susie's law, tethered, tied, wilbert morrison
A Phoenix area animal advocate plans to tie herself to a tree Saturday in hopes of raising money to provide her shelter with air conditioned dog houses.
Erica Wellman, a caregiver with Friends for Life Animal Rescue in Gilbert, hopes the demonstration will bring awareness to the plight of dogs left tied up outside in Arizona’s heat.
Temperatures this week in Arizona are expected to reach 116, according to the Arizona Republic.
The non-profit, all-volunteer, no-kill shelter currently holds 21 dogs, but it is forced to rescue fewer in the summer because of space limitations. With air-conditioned dog houses, it would be able to keep dogs outside, and have room for more.
The group recently purchased three air-conditioned doghouses from a company in Alabama at a cost of $5,800.
The non-profit group hopes the “Erica Unchained” fundraiser, starting at 8 a.m., will raise at least a $1,000.
“I can feel what it is to be a dog for a day and see how hard it is for them to handle it,” Wellman said.
Wellman will be tied to a tree with a short leash attached to her waist. A thermostat board will keep track of donations as they come in. Wellman will allow herself to take a water and potty break with every $200 donated.
“I’m hoping to get the money fast so I can come inside,” she said.
Posted by jwoestendiek August 23rd, 2011 under Muttsblog.
Tags: air conditioned, animal rescue, animals, arizona, chaining, demonstration, dog houses, dogs, erica wellman, friends for life, heat, leash, outside, pets, rescue, shelter, tied, tree
The push to end dog tethering in Forsyth County, North Carolina, goes before the county commissioners tonight.
Animal groups in Forsyth County have been patiently working for years to build support for a law that would make it illegal to leave dogs tied up for long periods of time.
At tonight’s meeting, though the issue is not listed on the commissioners’ formal agenda, a large turnout of dog advocates are expected to show their support for the proposal. The meeting, at the County Government Center at 201 N. Chestnut Street, starts at 6 p.m.
If a measure were approved, Forsyth County, which includes Winston-Salem, would join 12 other North Carolina counties that have passed tethering bans.
Those behind the proposal — including the Forsyth County Humane Society, Furever Friends, Save the Animals, Dogs Deserve Better and the Coalition to Unchain Dogs — say public opinion seems to be strongly in their favor.
An on-line survey by the Winston-Salem Journal showed 64% of the public approved of a ban, and the county animal control department has recommended one.
Numerous studies have shown that chained dogs — in addition to often suffering from being tethered — are more likely to bite adults and children than those who are not chained.
More details are available on the Unchain Forsyth Facebook page
Posted by jwoestendiek August 8th, 2011 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: animal control, animals, ban, chained, coalition to unchain dogs, county commissioners, dog, dogs, dogs deserve better, forsyth, forsyth county, forsyth county humane society, law, north carolina, pets, proposal, tethering, tied, unchain, winston-salem
Hope, a mixed-breed dog that seemed to be on the road to recovery after being nearly decapitated in Georgia earlier this month when her owner left her tied to a tree, has died.
She was euthanized Tuesday after encountering breathing complications.
“The good thing is she got to know that people could be nice to her, because she got a lot of love when she was in the hospital,” Pat Corley, president of Forsyth’s Save-A-Pet organization, said Wednesday.
Hope had been at Caldwell Animal Hospital since July 7, when one of the rescue organization’s members spotted her at the pound in Monroe County, a huge gash running the length of her throat.
Although Save-A-Pet planned to cover all of Hope’s medical expenses, donations were coming in from as far away as Australia, and one Forsyth attorney wrote a check for about $1,500 to cover Hope’s expenses, the Macon Telegraph reported.
Shane Smith, the Save-A-Pet volunteer who took Hope to the hospital, was checking on her everyday, and he and his wife planned to adopt her once she recovered.
“She was sweet. She did fight. We just wanted her to have a chance,” Janet Smith said. “She just made such a great effect on so many people in such a short period of time.”
(Caution: Unsettling images appear with the continuation of this story.)
Posted by jwoestendiek July 28th, 2011 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: abuse, animal cruelty, caldwell veterinary hospital, cruelty to animals, death, decapitated, dies, electric cord, electrical cord, euthanized, forsyth, georgia, hope, monroe county, monterion dionte davis, neck, pound, rescue, save-a-pet, severed, shane smith, shelter, tied, tree
A Maryland man who tied his dog outside in a hot July sun, with fatal consequences, was ordered to spend 90 days in jail and do 50 hours of community service.
Judge Janice Rodnick Ambrose suggested Michael Patrick Flemming, 24, of Thurmont, do his community service at the Frederick County Animal Control shelter, the Frederick News-Post reported.
“They may not want you,” Ambrose said Tuesday in District Court. “But I think you should have to work with animals for what you’ve done.”
Convicted of four misdemeanor charges in the July 25, 2009, death of Taurus, a 3-year-old black and brown Rottweiler, Flemming offered a brief statement: “There’s no amount of time you can give me that will erase what I have to deal with every day.”
“‘He was my baby,’” Flemming said in a two-page handwritten statement. “‘I loved him almost more than anyone in my life.’”
Flemming told the court he’d put his dog out to urinate, went inside and fell asleep. He didn’t mention that he chained the dog to a stake, without water, an omission the judge pointed out.
“You tied your dog up. That’s why you are here today,” Ambrose said. “Your poor dog is dead because you didn’t love it enough to take care of it.”
A landscaper found the 112-pound dog unconscious in the middle of Flemming’s yard and contacted animal control officers, according to court documents.
Flemming has a sentencing hearing set for next week on fleeing and eluding charges, and another hearing next month on drug charges, according to court documents.
Posted by jwoestendiek March 18th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
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Six days a week, Kate Quigley leaves her Kansas City neighborhood and ventures into those whose residents are less fortunate, meaning, often, that their dogs are, too.
In a 25-year-old pickup truck, she scouts out animal abuse and neglect — and situations verging on that — and offers food, hay, doghouses, toys, spaying and neutering and more.
Often referred to as “the dog lady” or “Miss Kate,”Quigley knocks on doors, talks to owners and drops off supplies — up until recently as a representative of Spay & Neuter Kansas City and No More Homeless Pets KC, where, last year alone she brought in 438 cats and 562 dogs to be spayed and neutered, gave away 95 doghouses and 14,700 pounds of dog food and talked to 3,030 households.
Now she’s started her own non-profit called Chain of Hope, according to the Kansas City Star. The newspaper reports that several volunteers have switched affiliations from other groups to join Quigley, a recently divorced mother of three, in her cause.
Chain of Hope’s mission, she says, is to break the chain of ignorance for pet owners who neglect their outside dogs, to break the chain of unwanted litters, and to persuade dog owners who leave their animals tied up to unchain them, or at least use less harmful cable tie-outs.
“I don’t get it when people tell me that a dog is for protection, but the dog is tied up on a chain at their back gate. How will a chained dog protect them?”
(Photo by DAVID EULITT / Kansas City Star; to see the entire gallery, click here.)
Posted by jwoestendiek February 17th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: abuse, animals, chained, chains, chains of hope, dog lady, doghouses, dogs, food, hay, homeless, homes, kansas city, kate quigley, miss kate, neglect, neighborhoods, no more homeless pets kc, pets, poor, poverty, rescue, shelter, stray, tied, toys
A Westie left tied by his owner outside a New York supermarket was relieved of his winter wear — that’s right, somebody stole the coat off his back.
Donna McPherson, 42, says she tied up Lexie, her 10-year-old Westie, in front of Ace Supermarket in Park Slope “for two minutes” so she could buy milk.
When she returned, the $25 green wool coat with leather trim he’d been wearing was gone.
Here’s how McPherson relayed the facts to F—ed in Park Slope, a blog that isn’t nearly as dirty as its name:
I ran out of milk Sat night at 6.30pm so bundled Lexie up in his little green coat and walked down to Union & 7th to get some milk from Ace Supermarket. I tied Lexie to the door (where I could see him through the glass) and grabbed the milk. As anyone who’s been in Ace knows, the milk is located right inside the door, so I only had my back turned on Lexie for 10 seconds or so ( I know, I know: people will shout at me for leaving him alone outside and I never normally do, but I needed some milk!). I was back outside within less than a minute, and when I came out someone had STOLEN THE GREEN COAT off of Lexie’s back!?.
WHAT. THE. F—??? I mean, who does that?
I thank god the dog coat thief didn’t steal Lexie, but I never expected my friggin dog to get mugged! Lexie is OK post traumatic incident, but I swear to God: if I see someone with a dog in Lexie‘s green coat you better run in the opposite direction!!”
McPherson, an investment banker, told the New York Post she attempted to make it up to Lexie by buying him two new coats.
(Photo: Gregory P. Mango/New York Post)
Posted by jwoestendiek February 11th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: ace supermarket, animals, blog, crime, dog, dogs, donna mcpherson, fucked in park slope, jacket, lexie, milk, mugged, new york, park slope, pets, robbed, stolen, supermarket, thief, tied, wear, westie, winter