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These People Should Be in a Cage.

Postby Happy Mom » Fri Apr 01, 2011 7:38 am

Ind. woman accused of throwing dog from moving car
Corydon, Ind.
A southern Indiana woman faces an animal cruelty charge for allegedly throwing her family's dog from a moving car, badly injuring the canine.


A southern Indiana woman faces an animal cruelty charge for allegedly throwing her family's dog from a moving car, badly injuring the canine.


The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Ky., reports that Harrison County prosecutors charged 56-year-old Maximina Sue Shelton of Salem on Thursday with one misdemeanor count of animal cruelty.

A police report says a witness reported seeing a dog shoved March 18 from the rear window of a sedan along Indiana 135 near New Salisbury. The report states that the driver then turned around and tried to run over the injured dog, which limped into a field. :shock:

The 1½-year-old female cocker spaniel is recuperating at a Louisville veterinary hospital.


A telephone listing for Shelton was out of service. Court records said Shelton's husband, Elmer, also was in the car.
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Re: These People Should Be in a Cage.

Postby bob_rx2000 » Fri Apr 01, 2011 6:17 pm

Every so often I think that Hammurabi had it right with the eye for an eye thing. This is one of those times.
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Re: These People Should Be in a Cage.

Postby Happy Mom » Sat Apr 09, 2011 8:28 am

Dog found starved to death in squalor
Animal group calls for felony charges for owner, set for sentencing in unrelated case.



JEFF HARRELL South Bend Tribune Staff Writer

April 9, 2011

SOUTH BEND -- The lifeless dog's ribs showed through emaciated skin.

Starved, dehydrated and lying dead in a dresser drawer on the floor of an enclosed back porch, the Brindle pit bull named Daniel by animal welfare workers never made it to 2 years old.


"Horrible condition," said Jamie Metcalf, director of operations for Pet Pardons, an advocacy group for saving dogs' lives. Metcalf went to the two-story house where Daniel was found dead after the dog's owner, Joe Ewing, was evicted April 4.

Scratched doors in rooms where the dog appeared to be locked in indicated Daniel spent the last days of his life desperately trying to claw his way back into the foodless, waterless squalor at 310 E. Indiana Ave., likely for something to eat.

A badly chewed wall next to the door leading into the house from the back porch is evidence the dog also tried to gnaw his way inside.

On the floor in the front living room -- surrounded by feces, trash and two large children's play cars -- a large open bag once containing Pet Pride dog food sat stuffed with carpet padding.

"We went to court ... and he handed me the key in front of the judge, saying he got everything out of there," said Jason Pffledderer, the Indiana Avenue rental property's manager.

Pffledderer said Ewing denied owning the dog during a phone conversation.

"For him to deny it to me is absurd," Pffledderer said Thursday, pointing out scratch marks on several doors inside the home.

"I know for a fact that dog lived here with him," Pffledderer said. "I've seen the dog here numerous times. (Ewing's) best friend told me that he was leaving (the dead dog) here purposely for me to clean up."

Feces litter the floors throughout the house. Doors leading into the house from the back porch, a small bathroom next to the kitchen, one of the bedrooms and the inside of the door to the attic are badly scratched.

The wall of the back porch next to the door is severely chewed.

"Just like you would when you're hungry and you wanted to go back where you know the food was," Pffledderer said. "The dog's claw marks were trying to go inside the door. If the dog didn't belong in the house, the claw marks would have been going outside."

"I think they had him locked in different rooms," Metcalf said. "I don't think they fed him, even when he was roaming the house. I don't think the dog ever saw daylight."

Necropsy results showed the dog's nails were broken and his feet were bruised.

"He had wood in his teeth," Metcalf said.

Remnants of a couch cushion were also found in the dog's stomach.

"Joe's lying that the dog isn't his," Pffledderer insisted.

Animal Control supervisor Kim Lucas was called in to photograph Daniel and the conditions of the house. Police are trying to track down Ewing.

"He didn't leave a forwarding address," said Capt. Phil Trent, spokesman for the South Bend Police Department, adding, "We had him in our system."

Ewing, 25, was arrested in June last year and charged with marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession, and maintaining a common nuisance. At the time of the arrest Ewing was on probation following a robbery conviction in 2004, according to St. Joseph Superior Court records.

His address listed at the time of the arrest in June last year was an apartment in the 600 block of Portage Avenue.

Neighbor Will Sirus said Ewing and a woman moved into the house on Indiana Avenue in October.

"They got a dog in December. I saw it," Sirus said, recalling that another neighbor complained to Sirus about hearing a dog "howling" inside the house.

"I never heard the dog howling, but one of the neighbors said they did," Sirus said.

In February, Ewing pleaded guilty to a count of maintaining a common nuisance -- a Class D felony that carries a sentencing range of six months to three years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.

He is due at St. Joseph Superior Court for sentencing May 2.

Metcalf is spearheading a petition drive calling for St. Joseph County Prosecutor Michael Dvorak to hit Ewing with felony animal cruelty charges.


"He (the dog) was completely emaciated, and experienced a long, lonely and painful death," Metcalf wrote in the online petition, which so far has generated more than 4,700 signatures.

"We are pleading with the prosecution to please charge Joe Ewing to the full extent of the law."


Dvorak said any potential charges that may result from the dog's death "had nothing to do with that other case." Ewing could face consecutive sentences if animal cruelty charges stick on top of whatever sentence Ewing receives in May.

But Dvorak made it clear Ewing has yet to be charged in Daniel's death.


"We don't have anything official," Dvorak said. "But we're very much on top of it."


Metcalf is hoping felony animal cruelty charges will piggyback on Ewing's other case.

"A lot of times it gets reduced to a misdemeanor," she said, "but hopefully with his track record they'll get him a Class C felony.

"We need stricter laws," Metcalf added, "to deter people from being negligent when they own animals."
Staff writer Jeff Harrell: jharrell@sbtinfo.com 574-235-6368

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Re: These People Should Be in a Cage.

Postby Happy Mom » Thu May 05, 2011 7:14 am

FINALLY! But why wasn't this a felony?
St. Joe County prosecutor charges pit bull owner with neglect
St. Joseph County, Ind.
A St. Joseph County man has been charged with animal neglect after his pit bull was found dead from starvation.
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A St. Joseph County man has been charged with animal neglect after his pit bull was found dead from starvation.

St. Joseph County prosecutor's have charged 25-year-old, Joseph Ewing with one count of animal neglect.

Back on April 5, police were called out the 300 block of East Indiana, in South Bend because a pit bull was found dead on a porch by the property owner.

He said that it was Ewing's dog and he was evicted a day before.

After an autopsy, a veterinarian found the dog died of starvation and dehydration.

Ewing will be in court on May 19 for his initial hearing.
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Re: These People Should Be in a Cage.

Postby Happy Mom » Mon Aug 15, 2011 8:34 pm

Puppy beaten during dispute
Police say man was attacking girlfriend's pet


epaired this Rottweiler-mix puppy's lung, which collapsed from broken ribs suffered during a severe beating Friday. South Bend Tribune Photo/JEFF HARRELL
By JEFF HARRELL South Bend Tribune Staff Writer

8:11 p.m. EDT, August 15, 2011
Instead of beating his girlfriend, police say a South Bend man turned his rage on her puppy.

The 4-month-old Rottweiler-mix was playful and jumping around outside its cage at South Bend Animal Care & Control Monday afternoon despite suffering severe head trauma, two broken ribs and a punctured lung Friday evening.

Police found the injured puppy when they responded to a domestic dispute in the 1700 block of Prairie Avenue, where a man was reportedly trying to kick his girlfriend out of the home.

The woman told police she called 911 before fleeing the house “because she believed the puppy would be killed before (officers) got there.”

When police arrived they found “the back door was covered in the puppy’s blood,” an officer said.

Animal Control was notified, and a supervisor removed the puppy from the home and took it back to the shelter on Olive Street.

Animal Control Supervisor Kim Lucas found “bruising in the mouth and “bruising inside its ears.”

“Its eyes were solid red and bloodshot because it was bleeding so badly,” Lucas said.

The unnamed puppy was then taken to Western Animal Clinic for evaluation.

Western veterinarian Dr. Chris Peyton diagnosed the pup with “severe head trauma” and “broken ribs” that caused one lung to collapse, police said.

The doctor surgically repaired the lung and stabilized the puppy before it was transported to the Animal Emergency Clinic for “monitoring.”

It was returned to Animal Control on Monday. SBACC authorities said the friendly puppy would be given time to heal, then prepared for adoption.

The woman who claimed to own the pup did not give police her name. She has reportedly moved in with her mother, although police said she did not provide a forwarding address.

Animal Care officials said the woman has not contacted the shelter to reclaim the puppy.

Charges against the 32-year-old man who allegedly beat the pup are pending an investigation by police and South Bend prosecutors.

“We’re trying to gather all the information,” said Catherine Toppel, director of Code Enforcement, which oversees the city’s animal control.

“We do believe ... there’s enough for the prosecutors, but we want to ask them to review it,” Toppel said, adding, “It’s premature at this point” to speculate on specific charges that could be brought against the alleged puppy beater.

In a separate case in June, Gerald McKinney, 41, was convicted of misdemeanor animal cruelty - but acquitted of felony animal mutilation - in connection with the deadly beating of a pit bull last summer on Greenleaf Lane.

The dog, named Boozie, was euthanized after being found bloodied and barely breathing lying beside a freshly dug grave in the backyard of a home near Washington High School in August last year.

At trial, Chief Deputy Prosecutor Mark Roule asked jurors to find McKinney guilty of animal cruelty and felony animal mutilation due to the dog’s severe injuries.

The pit bull sustained a broken jaw, a fractured skull, and its eye was missing.

Staff writer Jeff Harrell:
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Re: These People Should Be in a Cage.

Postby Happy Mom » Sat Sep 10, 2011 9:29 am

Man claims suspect cut dog


South Bend Tribune Staff Report

11:04 a.m. EDT, September 9, 2011
MISHAWAKA — A Mishawaka man is accusing a man of coming into his home earlier this week and cutting off a toe on his dog’s right rear foot.

The victim told police that on early Tuesday morning, he and his wife, who are in the process of divorcing, met at his house to go over their pending divorce and sign paperwork.

At about 2:30 a.m., the victim, 51, asked his wife to assist in hanging a ceiling fan. At that time, the victim said he could hear his dog yelp, and the wife said she could hear the voice of the man she was living with inside the home on Maplewood Avenue. :confusion-scratchheadyellow: :confusion-shrug:

The suspect, a 30-year-old man from Elkhart, reportedly came in through a closed, unlocked front door, walked into the bedroom and asked why the woman was in the bedroom with her husband, according to a police report. It is unclear what the relationship is between the wife and the suspect.
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The suspect left the home at the victim’s request, police said. It was then that the victim noticed his dog was bleeding from his foot and noticed one of its toes was missing. He told police he heard the yelp about the time the suspect came into the home.


The victim filed a report for residential entry and told police he would take his dog to a veterinarian, so a report could be done to look into whether there could be any animal cruelty charges filed.

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Re: These People Should Be in a Cage.

Postby Happy Mom » Fri Dec 23, 2011 8:30 am

Dog dies after being beaten



By John Paul (jpaul@wsbt.com)


BREMEN – A Bremen couple told police that someone took their dog from their fenced in yard and then a few hours later someone brought the dog back severely beaten.

The dog was in such bad shape that he could not even walk and the vet had no choice but to put it down. The owners hope anyone with information will help their case and bring them closure.


Usually Laddie, a 14-year-old mini Sheltie, walks back and forth in his owner's backyard but his familiar face is now gone and the loss will be tough to forget.

"I was just hoping that something would happen and that he'd come back to us," said Richard Hepler, Laddie's owner.

Maria and Richard Hepler say they had no choice but to put down Laddie.

"He (the veterinarian) said, ‘I’m just telling you, there's not much hope for him’," said Hepler. All of this happened on Wednesday afternoon. Hepler said someone took the dog from their backyard.

"I called him and I said, ‘Laddie, Laddie, it's time to eat’," said Maria. "I opened the gate, set his food down but no Laddie. Usually he comes running."

The couple became worried and called police. Just a few hours later, they said someone brought the dog back to their home, shut the gate, and then left. Maria and Richard said their granddaughter found Laddie in the yard about 3 P.M but he could not walk nor move. Maria also said the dog was covered in eggshells, yolk, and mud.

"He's so little," said Maria. "You have to be sick to do something like that."

An animal cruelty investigation is currently underway. One neighbor said that she saw several kids taunting Laddie.


"I saw a kid in a black sweatshirt poking sticks at it," said April Baker. "He had a baseball bat next to his feet."

It is one of just a few clues police have to work with as a family copes and hopes for some closure.

"Today, I got up and looked [for their dog]," said Richard. "I hoped it was a bad dream but it wasn't."

Anyone with information should call Bremen Police at 574.546.3456 or Bremen CrimeStoppers at 574.546.5555
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Re: These People Should Be in a Cage.

Postby Happy Mom » Thu Jan 19, 2012 6:58 pm

Police investigate animal cruelty



4:28 p.m. EST, January 19, 2012


MISHAWAKA -- Police are investigating a report that a man threw a dog out of his moving pickup truck on Monday after the St. Joseph County Humane Society was unable to take possession of it, according to a police report.

Police say the man tried to give the dog to the humane society, which recommended he take it to Pet Refuge or Heartland Shelter.

A short time later, the humane society received a call from a NIPSCO worker stating he had observed a man throw the dog out the window of the truck, police said. Later that day, a water works employee with the city of South Bend brought in a dog he had found wandering the streets.

Humane Society officials confirmed that the dog was the same one brought in earlier that day.


The dog did not appear to have any injuries.
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Postby Happy Mom » Mon Jan 30, 2012 4:02 pm

Dog reported shot in Mishawaka


1:09 p.m. EST, January 30, 2012
MISHAWAKA – A 31-year-old Mishawaka woman reported a shooting involving her dog Saturday in the 1700 block of Homewood Avenue, near Eberhart-Petro Municipal Golf Course.

The woman told police that, shortly after letting the animal out into the front yard to use the bathroom, she and a friend heard a pop and then a yelp.

The dog, a 4-year-old "Peedapoo," then ran to the front porch, the woman said, where she and the friend noticed it bleeding behind its ear.

Police were unable to locate the shooter.
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Re: These People Should Be in a Cage.

Postby Happy Mom » Mon Feb 06, 2012 5:42 pm

Man accused of killing dog


2:43 p.m. EST, February 6, 2012
MISHAWAKA — Mishawaka police are investigating a 33-year-old Mishawaka man for allegedly killing a dog by beating it to death.

The suspect’s ex-girlfriend reportedly told police last week that the man killed the dog and put it in the garage. Officers discovered the dog Saturday inside the garage of the home in the 300 block of Milburn Court, partially wrapped in a mattress cover.

The woman told police that her ex-boyfriend had beaten the dog daily over a three-year time frame they owned the animal and that her children had seen the suspect beat the dog, according to a police report.
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She said the suspect would hit the dog with brooms so hard the handles would break.


The suspect said the dog had gotten sick around the end of November, and he could not afford to take it to the vet because he didn’t have the money. :doh: :liar: :twisted:

The suspect told police he found the dog dead in the backyard on Dec. 5 and had put it in the garage until the ground thawed and he could bury it. :liar: :twisted:
The St. Joseph County Humane Society took possession of the dog’s body.
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