“There was feces and urine just spilling out the front of the kennel,” Sarah Coffman, executive director of Wichita Animal Action League, told The Dodo. “Then he noticed that the puppies couldn’t open their mouths — so he shined a flashlight in the crate and realized that they had something wrapped around their muzzles, and that their noses were really swollen and red.”
Unsure of what to do, and unwilling to leave the two terrified puppies alone, the maintenance worker called a friend who fosters dogs for the Wichita Animal Action League. “She called us and was like, ‘I don’t know what to tell him to do,’” Coffman said. “I was like, ‘Tell him to wait right there. I’m on my way and I’m bringing the calvary.’”
A Polish national convicted of abusing a dog so severely that it had to be euthanized was sentenced Tuesday in Massachusetts, nearly five years after the dog known as Puppy Doe was found abandoned.
Radoslaw Czerkawski, 37, was sentenced to eight to 10 years in prison after he was convicted Monday of animal cruelty. He was also sentenced to two years’ probation and prohibited from owning or coming into contact with any animals. Czerkawski is also banned from volunteering at animal shelters.
Immigration officials say they will deport Czerkawski once he completes his sentences, and have lodged a detainer for him upon his release. Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey said the probation would not delay any removal from the US.
The army veteran who killed her therapy dog as her boyfriend filmed the incident and posted it to social media has been found dead, possibly by a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Marinna Rollins, 23, was under investigation for animal cruelty charges stemming from the killing of her service dog, Camboui, on April 16. She had Camboui certified as a therapy dog to assist with her post-traumatic stress disorder earlier this year, but in mid-April, she posted a cryptic message to Facebook, indicating the dog was going to be euthanized.
What came next is nothing short of a nightmare.
Rollins and her boyfriend, Jarren Heng, an active-duty service member, can be seen laughing and drinking beer in the videos they made as they shot Camboui in the head repeatedly with a rifle. An anonymous tip led North Carolina animal control and police to Rollins’s address, where they arrested her on April 20. Heng turned himself in four days later.
According to CBS News, both Rollins and Heng were facing felony animal cruelty charges with substantially higher bail limits than usual. Rollins’s bail was increased from $10,000 to $25,000, and Heng’s from $5,000 to $25,000, because of “aggravating factors and the cruel nature of the case,” the judge commented.
With the doors shut, and the air stagnating, temperatures within a hot car can top 170 degrees Fahrenheit.
It’s no environment for a human, let alone a small animal, through countless pets are left to die in these conditions year after year.
In New York, recently, 29-year-old Roger Chilson was arrested after allegedly leaving his dog in a vehicle where the internal temperature rose above 110 degrees. 5-year-old Shadow couldn’t handle the extreme heat, and after about 50 minutes, the Boxer mix passed away.
According to Inside Edition, the vehicle was turned off, and Shadow was left with little ventilation as the sun beat down on the car. He was dead before officials from the Ontario County Humane Society even arrived on the scene.
“The temperature of a car goes up incrementally, very rapidly,” Ontario County Humane Society Chief Bill McGuigan told InsideEdition.com. “A normal dog’s body temperature is around 101, 102 [degrees]. Anything over 103 and a half is life threatening.”
Chilson has been charged with felony aggravated cruelty to an animal, and lodged in the Ontario County Jail.
Early Tuesday morning, an employee was starting her day at the Georgia Welcome Center, just across the South Carolina border, when she noticed a garbage baglying next to a trash can.
In an effort to tidy up, she bent down to put the bag back into the bin, but stopped in her tracks when she heard a pained cry.
There, inside the trash can, shiny marble eyes belonging to a tan Chihuahua weighing no more than 6 pounds stared back at her.
The staffer immediately lifted the scared animal out of the bin and brought her inside. Not sure what to do with the abandoned dog, and fearful that her supervisor would arrive any minute, the woman called a coworker who had previously volunteered with Hart County Animal Rescue for advice.
The dog, now named Carolina, was brought to the vet, and held overnight for observation. “She was wet, cold, hungry and scared to death,” Judy Partain, director of Hart County Animal Rescue, told The Dodo. After a week of freezing rain in the area, it seemed a miracle that the frail, young dog had escaped the worst.
Did you ever get so excited that you just can’t hide it? Despite her rough start in life and landing in an animal shelter, Matilda the Pit Bull puppy constantly smiled. At the Douglas County Animal Shelter, they discovered she had stomach worms, irritated skin, and wasn’t feeling too good. The whole time, she wagged her tail anyway– and always looked so happy.
Pibbles & More Animal Rescue’s coordinator, Teresa Bowles-Chiofalo, took notice of the happy pup and decided to get her a foster home. When the woman went to get the puppy, this is the face she made during the car ride. The rescue group posted the photo to their Facebook page and said, “She is pure, pure joy.”
It didn’t take long for Matilda’s foster parent, Kerrie Rich, to fall head over heels in love with her. Rich reports that Matilda fits in with her other foster dogs, plays with toys, and hangs out with the neighbors, too! We are so happy she found someone to take care of her!