For These Special Ones ...
and All the Others Who Are Victims of Senseless Cruelty Every Day ...
That They May Never Be Forgotten

R.I.P., Lennox

July 11, 2012 – After a 2-year battle for his life by his loving family and animal lovers around the world, Lennox was executed in Belfast, Northern Ireland for committing the unpardonable sin of resembling a pit bull, a breed type illegal in the U.K. Actually a bulldog-Lab mix, the dog had never bitten anyone, or acted aggressively toward anyone. He was the beloved companion of a disabled teenage girl.

Numerous offers were made to rehome the dog in the U.S. Animal experts such as Cesar Millan and Victoria Stillwell had stated that the dog was no danger to anyone. All pleas fell on deaf ears as the Belfast City Council made its decision, not even allowing the family to see him one last time or say goodbye. Some believe that he may actually have died a long time ago.

Lennox is at peace now, running and playing with new friends at Rainbow Bridge. But the dangers of BSL (Breed-Specific Legislation) still exist. At one time German Shepherds were considered a dangerous breed. Then it was Dobermans, and then Rottweilers, and now pit bulls. You cannot judge an entire breed any more than you can a specific race or ethnicity of human. Pit bulls today. What will it be tomorrow?

R.I.P., Lennox. Your life and death will mean something. It has brought awareness to millions.

Guilty plea entered in Jonesborough dog torture-killing

The man accused of killing Honey, a four-pound Yorkshire Terrier mix that was his family’s pet, told a judge Wednesday during a plea hearing he had no excuse for his behavior but revealed he was using drugs and alcohol at the time.

Dustin Ricky Harrell, 22, 1125 Old Stage Road, pleaded guilty to aggravated animal cruelty with no agreement from state prosecutors on his sentence.

Harrell’s attorney, Jim Bowman, told Criminal Court Judge Robert Cupp his client is eligible for judicial diversion. Assistant District Attorney General Erin McArdle said after the hearing that she intends to seek a jail term for Harrell because of the magnitude of the crime.

The incident happened Nov. 3, apparently during the night as Harrell’s family slept.

McArdle said statements from family members indicate Harrell retrieved Honey from his mother and stepfather’s bedroom that night, saying she needed to go out.

Four hours later, he told them the dog was dead after being hit by a car. But Honey’s ordeal didn’t happen outside. It occurred inside the house where she lived.

In his description of what happened, Harrell told Cupp he threw the dog down the stairs, held her head under water and put her in the clothes dryer. He said the incident took place over 3½ to 4 hours.

“I killed and tortured my family dog,” Harrell said. “I could tell you what I did to cause my actions, but everything was a choice.”

Cupp asked Harrell “what could possess you?” to hurt and kill the dog in that manner.

Harrell said he was using heroin, bath salts, pain pills and alcohol.

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Updated May 30, 2012 10:26 PM
By Becky Campbell - Johnson City Press Staff Writer

Parker County investigators seek suspect in dog torture case

Investigators are trying to identify the person who tortured a dog found wandering in Parker County on Monday with its mouth taped shut around its protruding tongue.

"This is horrendous," Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said in a news release Tuesday, asking for information. "I can't imagine what would bring a person to such an evil act. We are fortunate to have found her when we did. Our investigators have seen some pretty terrible things in their careers, but this case is deeply disturbing and leaves us shocked."

A concerned citizen called the Sheriff's Department about 8:30 a.m. Monday after spotting the injured dog, described as a 3- to 4-year-old female pug mix, wandering in the 6900 block of Baker Road.

Animal control officers searched for hours on horse, foot and four-wheeler before finally securing the dog about 5:30 p.m. near a creek bed.

The dog, which has since been named Hope, "had a severely swollen tongue after someone had used electrical tape to forcefully shut her mouth after pulling her tongue out," according to the news release.

The dog was taken to Bowie Drive Animal Hospital, where Dr. Kevin Buchanan and his staff used about 100 internal and external stitches to close five cuts that she had suffered. The cuts ranged in length from 1 to 5 inches and had penetrated the muscle tissue, the release says.

Hope was also found to be overheated, dehydrated and unable to eat, drink or pant. She underwent surgery, was given IV fluids, and is on pain medications, sedatives and antibiotics.

She is expected to survive if she can resume eating and drinking without assistance.

"Dr. Buchanan told animal control officers that Hope's mouth had been taped shut with her tongue exposed for more than 24 hours and will more than likely lose a portion of her tongue due to her injuries," the release states.

Cruelty/torture of a nonlivestock animal is a felony punishable by up to two years in a state jail and a $10,000 fine.

Several local businesses are establishing a reward for information leading to the identity of those involved. In addition, Parker County Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest or indictment.

"We are treating this case with the highest priority," Fowler said.

To provide information, call the Sheriff's Department at 817-596-8845 or Crime Stoppers at 817-599-5555.

Posted in Star-Telegram July 10, 2012
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Puppy Tortured to Death ...

August 28, 2007 - Guadalupe County, Texas, prosecutors are vowing to throw the book at three boys charged with torturing and killing a puppy that had been given to a neighbor's teenage daughter a few months ago.

"I was sickened, all of us were absolutely sickened," said Guadalupe County Attorney Elizabeth Murray-Kolb. "They found the easiest target, a friendly little dog. They were seen petting it."

The boys, ages 12, 14 and 16, took the 5-month-old Pomeranian mix named Toby on Tuesday to an abandoned house on Glenewinkel Road in Geronimo. What followed was a sadistic scene of torture and mutilation, according to officials at the Sheriff's Department and County Attorney's office.

They said the boys took the dog to the second floor of the house and twice threw it out a window, breaking its legs. Then they used a rope to hang the dog from a tree by its broken hind legs and used a lighter to burn its genitals.

"They got a board with nails sticking out of it and used the dog as a piñata," Murray-Kolb said.

Finally, they used a folding pocketknife to decapitate Toby. Murray-Kolb said she did not know if the dog was dead or alive when its head was cut off.

A deputy was called to the abandoned house by a neighbor, who reported suspicious activity at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The deputy found the boys and noticed blood on their clothes, said Guadalupe County Sheriff's Department Lt. Kevin Jordan. The deputy then found the decapitated dog, still hanging by its hind legs from the tree.

The three boys are all charged with animal cruelty resulting in death.

If tried as adults, they could receive two years in jail and a fine for the state jail felony. But as juveniles, they could be locked up at a Texas Youth Commission facility until they turn 19. That's what officials hope to do.

"These boys are a danger to the community," said Assistant County Attorney Nan Udell, who will prosecute the case. "We want society to be protected as long as we have the ability to protect it. As children, the goal is always rehabilitation. I don't know if that's possible here."

"The only remorse I've seen is they are sorry they got caught," Udell said.

County Court-at-Law Judge Linda Jones on Wednesday ordered all three boys to be detained in the Seguin juvenile lockup for 10 days, until their next mandated court hearing.

Source: KSAT News, San Antonio, TX

Tortured Dog in Texas Dies ...

April 27, 2006 – A 21-year-old is in jail Thursday morning charged in the torture death of a 10-month-old puppy, Mercy, who was stabbed, doused with gasoline and set on fire, and died Sunday after several surgeries. DeShawn Brown was arrested shortly after midnight in Corinth, TX, nearly two weeks after the shaking, tortured dog was found in a wooded area April 14.

Brown is accused of stabbing the 10-month-old pit bull mix, then dousing her with gasoline and setting her body on fire, a felony that could carry a sentence of up to 2 years.

Mercy was taken to Carrollton animal shelter Operation Kindness for treatment. Despite numerous emergency surgeries, the gentle, sweet-natured dog died days later.

Source: NBC News

Never a chance at life ...

Abused Puppy in Denver Dies
Owner Unknown

From in Denver, CO, February 25, 2006

WHEAT RIDGE - A three-week-old puppy, who had a rough start in life, died around 5 a.m. Saturday (2/25/06) at the Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital. Friday afternoon, a woman in Edgewater saw two boys "playing catch" with the puppy. The boys ran off when she confronted them.

The tiny Pekingese mix weighed just one pound. His rescuer, who wanted to remain anonymous, said she could see that he was having trouble breathing.

Edgewater Police are investigating the incident.

(Submitted by John in CO)

Please remember them ...

Many pets were left behind by their owners when they evacuated ... some because there was no choice, others because their lives simply weren't important enough. They will always be sheltered from the storm at Rainbow Bridge.

Magnum ... tortured and killed in Wichita ... August, 2005

Tortured puppy dies from injuries

From the Wichita Eagle ... Magnum, the mixed-breed puppy found burned and tied with wire in a north Wichita recycling bin, died Friday night.

Veterinarian Gary Breault and his wife, Julie, had taken the puppy to a specialty clinic in Overland Park on Friday morning so he could get round-the-clock care. "At some point they tried to revive him and couldn't," said Gerri Scherff, a receptionist at Heartland Animal Hospital in Wichita, which had been caring for Magnum. "They did all they could."

Magnum's death will not be in vain if it helps to get stricter laws passed against cruelty to animals, animal welfare supporters say. Kansas is one of only nine states in which cruelty to animals is a misdemeanor. In the other 41 states, the crime is a felony.

The 10- to 12-week-old puppy was found Aug. 1 in a recycling bin at 4100 Arkansas. He had a broken leg and chemical burns over much of his body. His front legs had been wired together, and wire had been wrapped around his head and neck, with one paw stuck in his mouth. Veterinarians considered euthanizing the puppy, but when they removed the wire, he stood up and wagged his tail, said Julie Breault, practice manager at the hospital. Then he licked her hand, and she asked the veterinarians to give him a chance.

"I hope I made the right decision, talking the doctor into letting me save him," Breault said Wednesday. The veterinarians had given the puppy a 50 percent chance of survival. Magnum would have faced months of recovery and could have lost 80 percent of the skin on his body, Breault said.

Rewards totaling more than $10,500 have been offered for information that leads to the arrest and prosecution of the person who injured the puppy. Money has also been collected to help pay for the puppy's care, and that "will go to a rescue organization for a good cause, in his name," Scherff said. She said the veterinarians and staff at the hospital wanted everyone to know how much they appreciated the community's support and donations.

Magnum's story and that of a newborn puppy found in a pile of trash in a downtown apartment building sparked an outpouring of support and outrage from people in the Wichita area. The Kansas Humane Society received hundreds of calls from people wanting to know how they could help, said spokeswoman Jennifer Campbell.

People can help by getting stricter laws passed against cruelty to animals, she said.

Radio station 105.3-FM The Buzz has started a campaign to help pass "Scruffy's Law," which would make extreme cruelty to animals a felony. Scruffy was a Yorkshire terrier that was tortured and killed by four Kansas City men in 1997. On the station's Web site,, a form letter is posted that people can copy and e-mail to their state senators and representatives, whose e-mail addresses are also listed on the site.

Magnum's sad story has finally drawn attention to the need for stricter animal cruelty laws, said Ellen Querner, director of Pals Animal Rescue. "He did not die in vain. Because of him, now Scruffy's Law has a very good possibility of passing next session."

A candle burns ...

... For five stray dogs drowned in a sewage plant by Chantan Morin, a city worker in Jourdanton, Texas, on July 11, 2005 ... May they run and play happily at Rainbow Bridge, with all the love the angels can give them ...

A candle burns for a nameless cruelty victim ... never forget ...

Los Angeles: On Sunday, December 30, 2001, at approximately 3:00 PM., Southeast officers who responded to investigate a "Shots Fired" radio call at the 10400 block of Hickory Street, learned that a suspect had placed a "M-80" Mexican type explosive device inside a dog's mouth and lit the fuse. The resulting blast blew off the dog's entire lower jaw.

Animal Regulations transported the dog to a veterinary hospital, where the doctors opined the dog was beyond help and was euthanized.

Detectives from the Criminal Conspiracy Section and Explosives Section, were notified and assumed responsibility of the Post Blast Investigation. The investigation revealed the identity and location of the suspect, as well as additional M-80s type explosives and fireworks.

The suspect, 19-year-old Gil Raul Delara, a resident of Los Angeles, was arrested and booked for Igniting an Explosive Device. He was booked at Southeast Area Jail.

On December 31, 2001, the case was presented to the Los Angeles District Attorney's Lynwood Office, who filed charges against suspect Delara for Animal Cruelty multiple counts of Explosives related charges.

This information was provided by the investigating Detectives, Albert Silvas and Michael Kriha, Criminal Conspiracy Section, 213-473-7474.

This press release was prepared by Public Information Officer Eduardo Funes, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.

A candle for Dusty ...

Dusty, a Labrador-Dalmatian, was scheduled for euthanasia after his first humans dumped him at the city pound. He eluded death by a mere 24 hours and found hope at the Granite City APA. One of the most popular puppies at the no-kill shelter, Dusty was lovingly released to his new home.

That home included a young child. Dusty was left *unattended* with that young child, an almost 3 year old boy. The toddler, being a toddler, provoked Dusty and he nipped at him. The toddler was injured and required two stitches.

What should have happened in this situation was to confine the dog, tend to the bite, and call animal control or another shelter to ask for assistance on how to handle this to prevent future biting.

Instead of taking responsible actions, nearly 10 hours later, a 32 year old, Michael Welch (the toddler's father), came home from work with a sledgehammer, baseball bat, and vengeance on his mind.

Welch took Dusty, chained him to a pole then took that sledgehammer and that baseball bat and beat Dusty for an hour, took a "beer break" and proceeded back to the blood spattered patio where he continued to beat the whimpering dog.

Though neighbors heard Dusty's piteous yelps, Welch's wife and 3 children slept through the ordeal.

Neighbors who heard the dog screaming, finally, called police but it was too late. Dusty was dead.

Police were unable to recognize Dusty as a dog because of the viciousness of the beating. They were finally able to identify him because of his dog tag.

On Saturday, June 9th, 2001, in St. Louis MO. from 12:30 am - 3:15 am Dusty, the most loved dog in the shelter, suffered a horrible, miserable death at the hands of his "guardian."

For more about Dusty and updates on the prosecution of Michael Welch ... and to find out what you can do to help ... click here.

UPDATE: On January 18, 2003, Michael Welch of Green Park, Missouri --who confessed to savagely beating his Dalmatian-Labrador mix Dusty with a sledgehammer and baseball bat--walked out of court with three-years probation. Welch admitted that he had relaxed with "a couple of beers" during a nearly three-hour bludgeoning that left Dusty with fatal head wounds, a broken jaw and hemorrhages. Once probation ends, his record will be wiped clean.

Welch had been charged with felony animal abuse, punishable by up to five years in prison. But when publicity about the case prompted a change of venue, the presiding Judge Preston Dean effectively erased any trace of what Michael Welch did to Dusty on June 9, 2001.

"Hope" at Christmastime
Date of Birth Unknown - January 2001
With help from many sources the GSP Rescue of WI (and many others) rescued Hope from a pound in Dixon, Kentucky in September 2000. Hope was starved, abused, someone had cut off her beautiful English Pointer tail, and she had heartworms. Hope barely survived the heartworm cure, but somehow she made it. Hope continued to sleep for approximately 23 hours a day and eventually started having brain seizures. After further evaluation, it was determined that Hope had brain lesions, both eardrums had been ruptured and she was completely deaf, plus she was almost blind in both eyes. Her brain waves were most likely flat, but her body still functioned. This would not have lasted long -- Hope was unable to hold any weight on her body, and eventually would have starved to death. For Hope there was no quality of life. She had most likely been the subject of severe abuse in her short life to have caused this sort of damage to her little brain. We now believe this brain damage was caused at the pound we pulled Hope from. Abuse, neglect, and botched euths take place here. Therefore, we fight for the others who end up here.

On 01/22/01 we made one of the hardest decisions in rescue, to send Hope on her way over the bridge. Hope brought us joy in the short time she was with us, it was so heartwarming to think that she was making progress. To the many who helped save Hope and bring her to us, we are sincerely grateful. And, we know that Hope was thankful to be released from the hell at that pound. It is our wish that we will be with Hope and the many others like her again one day, and that God has her in his protective care now, that she is whole again, running, playing and probably hunting birds like she was born to do. Our love goes with you Hope, wait for us, OK? We'll play like we never got to. You have been adopted by the BEST, our creator. He will take care of you until we can be together again.

"He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion."

Sandra Justice
"Let there be Justice for Hope"

To learn more about Hope, click here and here.

Nine-year-old German Shepherd, beaten to death in Milford, CT., in December, 2000. May justice be served to his killer.

Robby has gone home ...

FRIDAY, JANUARY 19, 2001--
As fireworks flew in our nation's capitol, eleven-year-old Robby, known to the Dept. of Defense as "military working dog number W005," whose illness and dedication to his handler incited a firestorm leading to the passage of the first war dog retirement bill (HR 5314/Public Law 106-446), was being euthanized at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, where he had been "under evaluation" since October. Though a home had been found for Robby, Colonel L.G. Carpenter, the veterinarian at Lackland Air Force Base, concluded that the arthritic lesions on Robby's spine had advanced to the point where he was in constant pain and it would be best to let him go. He now runs, free of pain, at Rainbow Bridge.

Many, many thanks to everybody who cared and spoke out on this important issue. Without you, Robby would have been wiped from the annals of our nation's history, just another anonymous, numbered piece of "equipment" who served without complaint and then was disposed of like a junked jeep.

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