CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio – A woman in Ohio has been charged with hiring a hit man to kill a random person wearing fur at a public library.
Police say 27-year-old Meredith Lowell, a self-proclaimed animal rights activist, created a fake Facebook profile under the alias Anne Lowery to help her find someone willing to kill a person in cold blood to draw attention to the crimes she says are being committed by the fur industry. Using this profile, she posted the following request:
“I would like to create an online community on facebook which would allow me to find someone who is willing to kill someone who is wearing fur toward the end of October 2011 or early November 2011 or possibly in January 2012 or February 2012 at the latest.”
It didn’t take long before she got a taker; an undercover FBI agent who had been alerted to the post. The agent contacted Lowell and through emails, she was able to provide more details on the job she wanted done.…Continue Reading
Fishers, IN – Sarah E. Rust, 28, has been arrested by police as a result of an incident on January 24 when her boyfriend’s dog was allegedly thrown from the balcony of their apartment. The dog, Raider, died from the injuries suffered on impact.
Police first received a tip that Rust’s boyfriend had told both a neighbor and a veterinarian who had been unable to revive the dog that Rust had thrown the dog from the second story balcony during an argument. When police questioned the man later, he reportedly told them instead that the dog’s falling from the balcony had been an accident.
During the course of the investigation, the ex-girlfriend of the man – who reportedly shared ownership of Raider – visited Raider’s gravesite only to find a letter to the dead dog written by Rust. It began:
First and Foremost Forgive me, but also forgive me and your daddy for fighting. We brought your life into our quarrel. You did not deserve to be any part of our combat.
Rucker’s girlfriend told police the cat was lethargic and unresponsive when she returned home from work Sunday afternoon. Also, in what I would have to assume was an argument over the state of the cat’s health, police say Rucker cornered the girlfriend in the bathroom and yelled at her and repeatedly poked her in the face for about 10 or 15 minutes.
When questioned about the cat, Rucker reportedly laughed as he told the arresting officer he placed a pillow over the critter’s face and punched it. He was trying to kill it, he said, because the damn thing caused him to fail a test.
Rucker admitted to cornering his girlfriend in the bathroom, telling police he wasn’t going to let her out until she listened to what he had to say. He also admitted to poking the woman in the face, but said that because he wasn’t actually beating her, he didn’t think it was a crime.…Continue Reading
Fort Worth, TX - Here’s a dog mauling story that has more white trash in it than my ex-wife’s family. Earlier this week, an 18-month-old boy crawled through a doggy door while his parents slept and was attacked by four mixed-breed boxers.
By the time Chance Walker Jr.’s mother was woken up by the commotion and stepped between her son and the dogs, Chance had already suffered some serious trauma to his face. Police released a 911 call made by a neighbor where you can hear Chance screaming in the background.
One neighbor described seeing Chase in his grandfather’s arms with one ear almost completely off, hanging by a piece of skin. The boy was rushed to the hospital to treat the numerous bite marks to his face and hopefully save his left ear. Once it is time for Chance to go home, it won’t be to his parents. A judge has decided that unless a suitable relative is found, he will be placed in a foster home. It’s probably for the best.…Continue Reading
Mary Thompson, the crazy lady in question, apparently had one too many cats living in her apartment. Tenants in that particular apartment complex are allowed only one.
Thompson was apparently aware of the rule and had previously spoken with management, declaring that she would find a new home for one of the cats. When the manager learned Thompson was still in possession of two cats, she went to the woman’s apartment and told her, again, that she was not allowed more than one.
It was during that conversation that Thompson allegedly walked into the kitchen and grabbed a small hammer. She then returned to the living room, grabbed the pussy by the neck and began beating it’s tiny brains out. At that point, the manager said she ran screaming from the apartment in fear.
Thompson reportedly admitted to police that she had killed the cat and disposed of it in the dumpster before being arrested. …Continue Reading
Bastrop, TX – Rick Bartlett, pastor of Bastrop Christian Church, was arrested Friday and charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty in connection with the abuse and death of his neighbor’s 12-year-old cat, Moody.
Bartlett reportedly told police he had been having problems with feral cats invading his garden lately and had trapped one in a cage on his property on January 15. He went on to say that he had placed the caged cat in the back of his pickup and promptly forgot about it. It wasn’t until three days later that he “remembered” the critter and headed down to the police station to hand it over.
An animal control officer at the station noticed a name tag including the phone number of the cat’s humans, Sarah and Eddy Bell, on the cat’s collar. The officer reportedly offered to take Moody back home, but police said Bartlett told them he’d take Moody back himself since the Bells were his neighbors.
Later that day, Moody’s body was found on the bank of the Colorado River, 40-50 feet below a bridge.…Continue Reading
The woman, apparently worried that Jackson may harm the pup, called police on Friday to voice her concern. And while she wasn’t in the apartment that day, Jackson was.
Police have reported that when they arrived at the woman’s apartment, they discovered it had been trashed and many of her belongings were destroyed. Officers found a dead Chihuahua in the washing machine, and believe Jackson had put the dog in the machine while it was still alive.
Jackson, 30, was arrested on the spot and charged with aggravated animal cruelty and criminal mischief, both Class D felonies. He’s been ordered held on $25,000.…Continue Reading
Phoenix, AZ — Due to popular demand, I bring you Russell Hofstad — a mentally disturbed transient accused of skinning, gutting and eating a cat, later using the critter’s tail, liver and entrails as a fashion accessory.
Hofstad was arrested Wednesday after the owner of a local warehouse/music venue discovered he had been camping inside the building. When police arrived on scene, Hofstad stood before them with a painted face, bloodshot eyes and cat parts wrapped around his neck. He also appeared to be under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
When questioned about the bloody pile of cat pulp lying on the floor next to a pair of clippers and a screwdriver, Hofstad reportedly told police he killed the cat because he was hungry.
He hit the critter with a stick, he said, then stabbed it and skinned it with a butter knife. The cat’s organs were placed in a cooler, presumably for later consumption, and the skeleton was set aside for future use as a party decoration.
The owner of the warehouse told police Hofstad had admitted to eating more than just one pussy.…Continue Reading
It apparently went a little something like this….
An unidentified man and his wife were arguing Saturday when the husband reportedly picked up the family cat and hurled it at his wife. The agile woman ducked and the cat went flying out an open window.
The victim just happened to be strolling down the sidewalk right about then, and took a direct hit to the brain space by the falling feline. She was left with a fractured skull.
The cat did not survive the landing. At this point, it is unclear whether the alleged feline flinger will face any charges.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to catch the last Greyhound Bus directly to hell ’cause I totally snortgiggled at the visual.…Continue Reading
Torquay, UK - Gina Robins, 31, has been sentenced to jail for cooking the kitten of a former friend after asking the friend to use her microwave in February of this year. …and use it she did.
The incident was reportedly a result of a disagreement between the two friends from a few days earlier. Robins and her now ex-boyfriend, Matt Taylor, are said to have been having a ‘loud’ confrontation outside of their apartment building. The friend and neighbor, Sarah Knutton, called police. Robins complained that the call simply “made it worse.”
Despite the disagreement, Knutton did not refuse when Robins asked to use her microwave oven to heat a jar of baby food. It was reported that Robins returned to living room in Knutton’s apartment when Knutton heard a ‘loud popping noise’ and a ‘horrendous screeching’ as her black and tan 10-week-old kitten was cooked.
According to accounts, Robins feigned shock at the time of the incident. A day later, however, Robins sent Knutton a text message that read: “Remember the saying “what goes around comes around?” It has started already to bite you in the ass.…Continue Reading
According to court documents, five horses and an aluminum trailer were stolen from the SAU stables on November 3. Three of the horses were worth more than $25,000 each. The other two — and the trailer — were worth somewhere between $5,000 and $25,000 each. Jaci Rae Jackson, a student rodeo team member who turned 19 yesterday, has been charged as an accomplice to the crime.
As investigators began working the case, they were reportedly told by one of Jackson’s fellow rodeo students that Jackson had asked her who owned the horses that were later stolen. Court documents described another student saying that Jackson took notes about the locations of the stalls where the stolen horses were housed.
Then, on Nov. 7, an informant reported to authorities that Jackson had asked for help moving the stolen horses. According to the affidavit, Jackson told the informant that her mother’s boyfriend had “screwed it up.”
It is hard to know what, exactly, the mother’s boyfriend ‘screwed up’ but, apparently, it wasn’t the killing of one of the horses.…Continue Reading
Austin, Texas – A woman jealous over her boyfriend’s dog has been charged with animal cruelty after she slammed the animal to the pavement.
Police say 24-year-old Maria Martinez was arguing with her boyfriend when she picked up his 12-year-old Shitzu-mix dog named Chase and tossed him into a nearby dumpster. She then climbed into the dumpster, lifted Chase above her head and then slammed the dog onto the cement.
When police arrived, Martinez’ boyfriend took them into his apartment and showed them Chase’s food bowl, which had been bleached white because Martinez had allegedly attempted to poison Chase by pouring bleach on the dog’s food.
Martinez admitted to police that she abused Chase because she was mad and jealous of the dog. She was arrested and charged with felony animal cruelty. Chase was taken to the vet, but so far I can find no reports on how the dog is doing.…Continue Reading
From what Adams’ mother told police, he apparently had some sort of psychotic episode the evening before and tore up her house, cornering her with a shotgun at one point.
On Saturday, Adams reportedly entered the woman’s bedroom with a handgun in the waistband of his pants. The woman told police she feared for her life, and while Adams was distracted, presumably by something shiny, she made a run for it and called police from a neighbor’s house.
Responding deputies soon found Adams wandering down the road a short distance away from the home. He was wearing “odd-matching” clothing and a pair of ski goggles, police said. A pat down revealed a pistol holster in his waistband and shotgun parts in his sock. He was placed under arrest.
When officers returned to the home in search of weapons, they found a semi-automatic in the kitchen, but no sign of the missing pistol or the rest of the shotgun.…Continue Reading
No word on the breed or who the dog belonged to, but Dustin Harrell apparently tossed the critter down the stairs, held it under running water, tossed it in the dryer and tumbled it for approximately four minutes.
Now, I haven’t owned a dog in quite some time, but I’m pretty sure they’re dry clean only…
Police say the dog’s leg was broken at some point during the beatdown, causing her to cry out in pain. Harrell apparently stifled the dog’s cries by taping her mouth shut.
Harrell was charged with aggravated animal cruelty and was ordered held on a $10,000 bond.
Thanks for the tip, Jessica.…Continue Reading
Pueblo, CO - Pueblo police officer Matthew Ballard said that officers were called to a woman’s home on a report that an unidentified man was “performing oral sexual acts on the woman’s dog.”
According to the arrest report, the man then began “pleasuring himself” in front of the female dog. The man was gone by the time police arrived, but they were able to find him in the bathroom of a nearby bar.
Kenneth Milosavich, 55, was reported to be in possession of a small amount of crack cocaine, a pipe in his pocket, and – hopefully – a freshly used toothbrush and some breath mints. According to the arrest report, during the interaction with Milosavich, he tried to blow the cocaine out of an officer’s hand.
Milosavich was arrested on charges of animal cruelty, indecent exposure, possession of crack cocaine, possession of drug paraphenialia, and tampering. Milosavich is being held in Pueblo County jail without bail.…Continue Reading
Denver, CO – Back in June, Jaded posted an article about a man accused of slashing and stabbing his 8-month-old puppy because it supposedly bit him.
In case you missed that story and cannot be bothered to click a link, 19-year-old Matthew Weatherspoon was charged with aggravated animal cruelty after his puppy, an American Bulldog named Diamond, was found wandering around an apartment complex suffering from multiple slash and stab wounds.
When questioned by police, Weatherspoon admitted he repeatedly stabbed the puppy after it became aggressive and bit him. Afterwards he tossed the animal outside because it was bleeding all over his apartment. Police noted Weatherspoon had no visible bite marks.
On Monday, Weatherspoon pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated cruelty to animals. Yesterday he was sentenced to 30 months of supervised mental health probation and 100 hours of community service. If Weatherspoon violates the terms of his probation he could be sent to prison for up to three years.
As for Diamond, she underwent three hours of surgery and is currently being cared for by a foster family.…Continue Reading
Pasadena, TX – Pasadena police were called to an apartment complex around 11pm on November 2 after residents reportedly saw the senseless death of a 9-month old Chihuahua at the hands of – well… foot of – Schawn M. Berry Jr., 18.
According to police reports, two eyewitnesses said that a black male was walking through the apartment complex. The 7-pound Chihuahua reportedly began following him but, according to the witnesses, was not threatening him in any way.
The witnesses reported that the man picked up the dog by the neck and asked the witnesses if it was their dog. When they told him it wasn’t, they said he drop-kicked the dog. Witness accounts describe the dog sailing some distance away, landing, crying out, running a short distance, and then collapsing in a stairwell, and dying.
The subject then reportedly fled the scene, but one of the witnesses recognized him as Berry – who lived at a nearby apartment project. A short time later, police found Berry sitting in front of his apartment and arrested him. …Continue Reading
Terry Thompson, 62, operated the Muskingum County Animal Farm, a 40-acre farm that housed about 50 big-game animals, including Bengal tigers, lions, cheetahs, wolves, giraffes, camels and grizzly bears. Officials have been on the property many times in the past investigating complaints of animals running loose or being abused.
“We’ve handled numerous complaints here, we’ve done numerous inspections here. So this has been a huge problem for us for a number of years,” said Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz.
But the animal farm, and Thompson, will no longer be a problem for anyone ever again after Thompson purposely released the animals and then killed himself on Tuesday. No official reason on why he did this, but he’d just gotten out of prison last month after serving a year on weapons charges and his wife left him. That would explain the suicide.…Continue Reading