It has been a rough week for dogs. Yesterday, news broke of a cop who shot five caged pit bulls at an animal shelter. Earlier in the week, a bulldog mix was sent to his death at a high-kill shelter because his owner thought he was gay. Today, two Amish men stand accused of killing a litter of nine Australian Red Heelers and their mom.
A Selma, Calif., police sergeant used his department issued weapon last week to shoot and kill five caged pit bulls at a local animal shelter. While the police chief stands behind his officer, the incident has brought criticism to both the police department and the shelter where the shooting took place.
A Memphis man claims a misunderstanding lead to the cruel and untimely demise of his pit bull. Zangerio Dogan told police he thought his sister was supposed to be taking care of his dog. His sister, Tiffany Freeman, said she thought Dogan had picked up the animal weeks ago. Meanwhile, police say, the poor canine was outside in Freeman’s backyard, chained to a basketball net.
The two Berkley law students accused of torturing an exotic bird to death and playing with the decapitated corpse face charges. Kansas University chapter of fraternity Beta Theta Pi is under police investigation for animal cruelty after allegedly torturing and killing a turkey at their annual formal holiday party.
A group of animal control vigilantes known as Doghunters have taken it upon themselves to control Russia’s stray dog problem. They believe that their actions–the poisoning and shooting of homeless canines–provides a public health service that Russian authorities can’t seem to manage themselves.
Christian Todd Slaton, 19, of Montevallo, Alabama, has been arrested on four felony counts of first-degree cruelty to animals. Disturbingly enough, all of the charges deal specifically with torturing and dismembering stray cats.
A man accused of killing 55 dogs on his property during a standoff with police last year is now facing an additional charge for allegedly infecting his unsuspecting partner with HIV.
Meet Sean D. Janas, 20, of Wausau, Wisconsin, who seems to have made torturing her boyfriend’s dog to death into a fun hobby.
Two University of California, Berkley law students were arrested Friday after witnesses saw them playing catch with the decapitated head and carcass of a Guinea Fowl that they killed in a Las Vegas wildlife habitat.
As valuable a resource as K9 officers are at stopping crime, recent cases show that they still get left by their careless partners in hot cars to die during the summer months.