Mayfield woman charged with animal abuse

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A Mayfield woman behind an animal rescue shelter has been charged with 55 counts of torturing or injuring animals and failing to provide sustenance, all misdemeanors. 

Susan E. Kelly, 70, of 587 State Highway 349, was arrested at 11:03 a.m. Wednesday by Fulton County sheriff’s deputies. Her arrest comes more than two weeks after officers searched Kelly’s Haven after complaints of a loose dog. The complaints led to larger concerns about animals there, officials had said.

Police said they found 48 dogs and various other animals. There were also two rabbits, two goats, one horse and over a dozen ducks and chickens on the property, according to an earlier press release from the Fulton County Regional Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the James A. Brennan Humane Society.

The animals were found “primarily outdoors and in filthy, uninhabitable conditions,” the release stated. 

There were also two dogs found dead at the property, according to the release.

“The charges all stem from living animals,” said investigator Ian Ford.

Ford said he could not comment on whether additional charges regarding the dead animals would be issued because of the ongoing investigation.

The animals are being held as evidence and have not yet been surrendered voluntarily or through the courts, he said.

Kelly will appear in Mayfield Town Court at a later date, according to police. 

SPCA President Renee Earl said the animals are continuing to receive necessary care. He said the level of care ranges depending on the animal’s condition but that some dogs are critical. 

“Our legal counsel is preparing to file for a security bond in this matter to ensure that the defendant pays for the care and housing of the animals during the pendency of the criminal matter or seeking their forfeiture to the SPCA,” she said in an email Wednesday.

Kelly was the subject of an animal cruelty case in 2011. During that case, the Sheriff’s Department said it had received multiple complaints about the property. At that time, around 300 animals were found on the property — from dogs and cats to livestock and parrots. In that case, the animals had been receiving food, but the living conditions were below standard and a small number of the animals had to have emergency care. 

Since Kelly’s Haven was searched the SPCA and Humane Society have been caring for the animals along with Ayres Memorial Shelter. 

The SPCA is continuing to raise funds to support the cost of caring for the animals. People can donate at http://fcrspca.org/donatenow. People also can help the Humane Society by donating to the society’s PayPal address at jabmhs@yahoo.com or items can be dropped off at the shelter or mailed to 437 Nine Mile Tree Road, Gloversville. Those looking to donate to Ayers can visit https://donorbox.org/mayfield-crew

 


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Last Chance For Animals To Protest Animal Abuse At PBR Rodeo…

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ANAHEIM, Calif., Aug. 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ – On Friday, August 12 and Saturday, August 13, 2022, the Professional Bull Riders’ (PBR) Team Tour will bring its exhibition of animal cruelty to the Honda Center. Last Chance for Animals (LCA) will be staging a protest at the arena to bring attention to the horrible ways the rodeo tortures animals to get them to perform.

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Bull Riding Protest at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA on August 12 and 13, 2022. (CNW Group/Last Chance For Animals)

Bulls are generally calm creatures that must be provoked into battle. In order to encourage aggressive bucking, they are routinely fitted with tight, painful flank straps, kicked with spurs, and shocked with 5,000-volt electric prods. As the bulls buck wildly to rid themselves of the rider and these tools of torment, their weight coupled with their unnatural movements often lead to horrific injuries, including broken limbs, sprains, pulled muscles, paralysis, and torn ligaments. 

L.A. City currently has a pending bill that would prohibit the tools of torture used in rodeos. 

What: PBR Rodeo Protest

Who: Last Chance for Animals

When: Friday, August 12, 6-8 pm PDT Saturday, August 13, 5-7 pm PDT (Protestors will meet at the fountain at Katella and Douglas)

Location: Honda Center 2695 E Katella Ave Anaheim, CA 92806

For further information, please contact Heather Wilson, 323-208-2937

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Justice for Dogs Starved To Death By Repeat Animal Cruelty Offender

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PETITION TARGET: Edmonson County Circuit Court Prosecutors

Emaciated dogs were starved in their cages and provided with rotting animals and skeletons or no food or water at all by their owner, a repeat animal cruelty offender, before being rescued in Edmondson County, Kentucky. 

Law enforcement who fielded arrived at a residence on Indian Creek Road to find multiple severely malnourished dogs, according to WBKO.  While some of the suffering animals had rotting corpses or bones of other animals in their cages, others had no food or water at all — with authorities finding only one empty bag of dog food on the property. 

Investigators also found the corpse of a “mummified” dog, chained to a dog house on the property, and the skeletal remains of several other dogs.

Authorities have charged Brownsville resident Greg Rigdon with five counts of second-degree animal cruelty and also with the torture of a dog with serial physical injury or death. 

Rigdon has been charged with animal cruelty twice before, including in October 2017 when authorities seized four Beagle puppies, including one who was so emaciated that veterinarians initially considered euthanizing him. 

On that occasion, years ago, authorities also found several deceased dogs on Rigdon’s property, according to news reports – but after Rigdon took a plea deal, he spent only 30 days in jail, with a 2-year probation period and a $570 restitution paid to the local animal shelter.

This repeat instance of extreme neglect is tragic evidence of why animal cruelty needs to be taken seriously and animal abusers need to be held fully accountable for their actions.

Probation and a fine for fatal animal cruelty is not justice. It’s not accountability. And it’s definitely not enough to send a message to animal abusers that they shouldn’t put more animals in dangerous – and deadly – conditions.

Sign our petition to Edmonson County Circuit Court prosecutors to treat this horrific case of repeat, fatal, and intentional animal cruelty with the severity it deserves – including a ban on owning animals for life. 

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Horry County Animal Care Center working to get dogs seized in 2 abuse-and-neglect cases ready for adoption

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — The Horry County Animal Care Center is over capacity after authorities said Tuesday that more than 130 animals, including more than 100 dogs, had been seized in two separate police investigations.

Horry County police investigating the neglect-and-abuse cases also seized 13 chickens, 12 ducks, a mini horse and a goat.

Now, Capt. Justin Wyatt, the coordinator of the animal-care center, is encouraging people to consider adopting animals from the shelter to help alleviate space.

“A home is where a dog belongs,” he said. “The shelter is the worst place for a dog,” said Wyatt, who is also a captain with the Horry County Police Department.

He said the influx of so many animals at once has been extremely hard on the center’s staff members.

“Our staff is accustomed to the amount of dogs that we can handle, so when we go over, the staff is not prepared and not capable of dealing with that many animals for any length of time,” Wyatt said. “We’re used to large cases, but having them stacked, right, one behind the other, is what’s kind of put us in this situation where we’re trying our best to move those animals out.”

As a result of being over capacity, workers haven’t been able to give extra attention to the dogs, he said.

“We have to make sure everybody’s fed, watered, basic needs,” Wyatt said. “What falls through is the enrichment program, the extra walks, the extra toys.”

As of Tuesday afternoon, 38 of the dogs seized in the investigations were ready to be adopted, along with other dogs previously at the shelter, he said.
      
“All the dogs that are currently here that are adoptable, we want to get them out to the public and their forever homes as soon as possible so we can concentrate on the care of these neglected animals,” Wyatt said.


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Rights orgs concerned over animal abuse in Hawa movie, other films

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10 August, 2022, 01:15 pm

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Chanchal Chowdhury in Hawa. Photo: Facebook

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A total of 33 environmental organisations have expressed deep concerns regarding animal abuse and violation of the Wildlife (Preservation and Security) Act, 2012, in Bangladeshi films.

The organisations have condemned the forest department’s lack of measures to ensure the safety and security of animals in this regard.

In the recently released film “Hawa”, a Common Myna (locally known as Shalik) bird is shown to be bound in a cage. At one point in the film, the bird was killed and then eaten.

The same film’s behind-the-scenes footage features a stingray fish being picked up from the sea.

Besides, in recent times several other dramas and commercials have been seen violating the laws in place to protect and preserve wildlife.

Bangladesh Nature Conservation Alliance (BNCA), a coalition of the environmental rights organisations, has expressed that wildlife-related crimes are increasing, as a result, the country’s wildlife is now under threat.

The convener of the alliance, Professor Dr Ahmad Kamruzzaman Majumdar, expressed the concerns in an official statement on Wednesday (10 August).

He, in the statement, said that the film “Hawa”, released on 29 July has gained great popularity.

“Through reviews of the film published in various media and audience, we came to know it shows a Shalik bird in a cage, which at one point gets killed and eaten. Through this, there has been a clear violation of the Wildlife (Preservation and Security) Act, 2012.

“Behind-the-scenes footage also showed marine animals being picked up from the sea.”

“We feel that the portrayal of such wildlife crimes will encourage common people to hunt, cage and kill birds,” he added.

Fishermen will also be encouraged to catch stingrays, which can make them subject to extinction, and affect the environment in turn.

So, immediate action should be taken to stop portraying such images, said the BNCA convener.

“The sad thing is that despite the film reaching a wide range of audience every day, the Wildlife Crime Control Unit, a Forest Department agency, is seen as a silent spectator of the film showing scenes of blatant crimes related to wildlife.

“Through this, the organisation’s lack of sincerity in wildlife conservation and law enforcement is clear. This has become a cause of concern for the conscious citizens of the country,” the convener added.

The statement also demanded that the film’s director and actors involved should issue a formal apology for showing scenes harming wildlife. It also urged the film’s screening to be halted immediately.

BNCA has warned that if prompt action is not taken, environmental organisations will be forced to take action themselves in the interest of wildlife protection as well as take legal action against the forest department and those involved in the film.




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Man in viral dog abuse video charged with animal torture

Due to the graphic nature of the video, WMBD will not be attaching the video of animal cruelty to this story.

PEORIA COUNTY, Ill. (WMBD) — The man in a viral dog abuse video out of Dunlap is facing up to five years in prison for new felony charges.

Tuesday, 39-year-old Nicholas Prince was indicted for animal torture, a Class 3 felony, as well as animal cruelty, a Class A misdemeanor. Animal torture carries a two-to-five-year sentence.

“It was a pretty easy decision once we reviewed the police report and all the statements involved, as well the video footage,” said Hoos.

Prince’s bond was set at $25,000.

In the graphic video, Prince is shown repeatedly beating and punching 13-month-old Mika, a feisty German Shepherd who loves belly rubs, for nearly a minute.

Prince was originally arrested on a misdemeanor offense, but as more information and the brutal nature of the abuse surfaced, Hoos said it justified adding a felony charge and expediting the case through the Peoria County Grand Jury.

Furthermore, because Prince was arrested on a misdemeanor, he was allowed to post bond before the State’s Attorney’s office could review the case. 

“I think this was an easy case. The difficult part was he was arrested on the front end as a misdemeanor…Had this been a felony arrest the person would have remained in custody until we review the matter,” said Hoos.

Hoos compared animal abuse cases to those involving small children.

“They can’t speak for themselves. An animal can’t say ‘that hurt my leg’ or that hurt me or I’m dying, just like a small child can’t. I think that’s where society really needs to step in protect them, and I think that’s probably why we’ve had the outpouring of anger and frustration in the past few weeks,” she said.

About 20 protestors gathered outside Peoria County Courthouse on Tuesday afternoon. They said they want justice for Mika. They said Mika should be rehomed because they don’t believe she is safe at Prince’s ex-girlfriend’s house in Dunlap.


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Allie X Shares Statement After Being Accused of ‘Animal Abuse’ – Billboard

Canadian singer Allie X is responding to allegations of animal abuse after she left her dog in the car while shopping at Erewhon health food store in Studio City, California.

It all started when recording artist Simon Curtis tweeted a video on Saturday (Aug. 6) of what turned out to be Allie pulling out of a parking space. “Anyone know this disgusting Karen?” he wrote alongside the clip. “Found a golden lab panting and pouring saliva in a locked car in the bald a– open sun with closed windows and no AC in 95 degree heat at erewhon just now- we called security, the police, and stood with the car for almost 20 minutes…”

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After Allie X was identified, Curtis unleashed a series of additional tweets, writing, “Thank you to everyone who helped quickly identify this person. Animal abuse is something I will go to f—ing war for, and nasty Karen behavior from someone who has made an entire career off the backs of queer people?? BYE @alliex.”

Following backlash from social media users, Allie X shared her own statement on Monday (Aug. 8), revealing that her dog, named Koji, was in the car for 11 minutes and when she returned, “the car was cool inside” and Koji was “completely okay.”

“I say those as facts, not defensively,” she wrote. “I want to be clear that there was absolutely no ‘crowd forming’ around my car and absolutely nobody was ‘watching a dog die for over twenty minutes.’ There would be footage if that was true.”

She added, “I wasn’t laughing like a ‘Karen’, I was laughing because I was frightened and uncomfortable of these two men outside of my car. These details matter, and because of the dramatizations I’ve received hundreds of attacks and death threats made more terrifying by the fact that this person posted my face and my identifiable information with the sole intent to dox me.”

Allie X went on to apologize for the situation, as she didn’t know that it was illegal to have a dog in the car without the window open. “I actually felt it was safer to keep the windows up because I had the AC blasting at 60 F right before I got out and wanted to maintain the cool temp,” she wrote. “I regret doing anything that could hurt [Koji] in anyway, and I won’t do it again.”

To conclude her statement, Allie directed her words toward Curtis specifically, thanking him “for your concern” on the situation. “I feel it necessary to say though, perhaps a conversation would have been more productive than what transpired?” she wrote.

“Bullying me, making fun of the way I look etc feels like a strange way to fight for animal rights… so does using it as an opportunity to promote your music,” she added, referring to Curtis’ tweet encouraging his followers to listen to his music if “you want clear skin and don’t abuse dogs.”

“We all have our own ways of communicating and I understand you were very upset in the moment,” Allie wrote. “I felt cornered and scared of you. Koji’s philosophy is to see the best in people, so maybe we should give that a try.”

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Justice for Elephants Beaten and Starved at Thai Tourist Attraction

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PETITION TARGETS: Thailand’s Department of Livestock Development; Thai Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation; Ministry of Tourism and Sports in the Department of Tourism

Intelligent elephants are being starved, chained, and hit with metal spikes and vicious hooks so they will give rides and perform tricks for tourists at the Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo in Thailand, according to news reports.

Concerned visitors to the zoo reportedly offered to donate food but were refused entrance. They then posted photos of injured and seemingly malnourished elephants on social media and alerted wildlife and livestock officials, whose investigation found the zoo was in violation of the Cruelty Prevention and Animal Welfare Act, according to Coconuts Bangkok.

But shockingly, local authorities reportedly have decided not to pursue penalties or cruelty charges — instead telling the zoo to feed the elephants more grass and loosen the animals’ chains to reduce stress and injury, according to news reports.

The zoo has previously made the news for grossly underweight elephants being forced to perform tricks and also for handlers who reportedly stabbed elephants with spikes to force them to entertain tourists, kept animals chained in crowded and unsanitary conditions, and forced tigers, chimpanzees, and an orangutan to pose with tourists for the zoo’s profit.

Wild animals do not deserve to endure such extreme suffering and degradation for people’s “entertainment.”

Thailand must enforce its animal cruelty statutes, and these atrocious acts also must be treated with the severity they deserve.

Sign our petition urging Thailand authorities who oversee elephant welfare to thoroughly investigate conditions at this zoo, crack down with maximum penalties for violations, and retire these suffering animals to a reputable sanctuary where they will no longer be abused or exploited.

 

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