Police say 29-year-old Nicole Ottaiano was at her boyfriend’s home when he noticed that she was putting hair bands around the snout of one of his dogs. He told her to remove the ties from his Shepherd mix named Jackpot, and then left her alone for about 20 minutes.
When he came back he found Ottaiano “on top of a blanket on the bed and his other dog, Little, an 11-year-old Staffordshire terrier, under the blanket with two hair ties around its snout.”
He was unable to revive Little, and then called the cops.
Nassau County police charged Ottaiano, who reportedly has a history of doing this type of thing, with aggravated cruelty to animals. Her bond was set at $5000.
I spent about three minutes trying to find any further details about her history of hurting animals, but couldn’t find much aside from people claiming to know her saying she’s “seriously deranged” or that the story is exaggerated and she’s never done anything like this before.…Continue Reading
Bakersfield, CA — Alberto Castaneda, 51, and Maria Banuelos, 59, were arrested late Wednesday night after animal control officers visited their home on Weedpatch Highway (yee haw!). The officers were called with a report of an animal in distress and they did, indeed, find a 1-year-old black lab mix in bad condition.
The county animal control veterinarian believes the dog was severely injured in a car crash. Both sides of his pelvis are fractured and his hip is dislocated. To make matters worse, though, the Kern County Animal Control Veterinarian believes that Jethro and Ellie May tried to treat the dog on their own by cutting off part of the dog’s left hind leg.
The dog’s injuries are severe.
“This person did not have the proper equipment and drugs to treat this animal,” said Dr. Cynthia Martinez. “Just imagine a 70 pound dog getting hit with the force to be able to break both sides of his pelvis that’s very painful and not getting the care, just horrendous to think about the pain.”
According to a news release, Castaneda and Banuelos were immediately arrested on felony charges of suspicion of severing the leg and failing to provide veterinary care.…Continue Reading
BUNKER HILL, Ind. — Police have charged a man with murder after they say he stabbed a 76-year-old Boy Scout leader in the neck during a hiking trip in Indiana.
Arthur L. Anderson was on a 5-mile hike with another adult and two scouts, ages 11 and 12, when they stopped to identify a tree on the Nickel Plate Trail in Bunker Hill.
That’s when police say 22-year-old Shane Golitko walked up behind Anderson and stabbed him the neck before fleeing the scene. Despite the attempts of responding medics and a nearby neighbor to save his life, Anderson died at the scene.
A minute before police received the 911 call regarding Anderson, they got a 911 call from Golitko’s mother. She told police that her son had just beaten her up and was headed towards Nickel Plate Trail.
After stabbing Anderson, Golitko returned home to trash his mother’s house and stab the family’s boxer and a pit bull, killing the boxer. Golitko then drove off and was later arrested after leading police on an 8-mile chase.…Continue Reading
Baxter’s girlfriend, Charlotte Greene, told police he came home drunk at about 5:00 Sunday morning and demanded sex. When she denied him, he reportedly took his sexual frustration out on the pup, Feisty.
“He woke her too hard, punched her and threw her against the wall. I told him to stop and then ran to the bathroom and started crying,” says Greene.
Left unable to walk and suffering from broken ribs, bruises, a broken jaw and a severe brain injury, Feisty had to be put down.
Baxter was jailed on charges of animal cruelty. Because he is also facing parole violation charges, he is ineligible for bail.
Greene says she’d like to see her now ex-boyfriend seek help for his drinking and anger issues. I’d like to see him seek out the nearest speeding semi-truck.…Continue Reading
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa – Police have arrested man they say raped a cat before throwing it out a seventh-floor window.
Someone called 911 Wednesday morning after witnessing 30-year-old Gerardo Martinez masturbating in front of his apartment window and then throwing a cat to the sidewalk below.
When police arrived they found a bleeding, gray cat barely alive on the sidewalk. With the help of witnesses, police were able to identify Martinez’ apartment.
When he answered the door, he did so shirtless and with his pants down. Police asked him to pull up his pants and then asked him about the cat.
Martinez first denied he had a cat, then changed his story saying his boyfriend had tossed the cat a few hours earlier.
When presented with the fact that they had witnesses saying the he threw the cat out the window a little more recently, Martinez then admitted that while high on meth he raped the cat and then threw it out the window along with a pornographic DVD.
Martinez was arrested and charged with animal torture, bestiality and indecent exposure.…Continue Reading
Why are they former everything, you ask?
Investigators say that a dog, named ”Chance”, had been hit by a car but did not die in the accident.
When Taylor and Decker found Chance, they decided to help her by beating her over the head with a garden hoe.
Afterwards, the pair buried Chance in a shallow grave by the side of the road.
The two men probably would have never gotten into any trouble for their DIY euthanasia had Chance decided not to die.
Despite being in a car accident and having her head tilled, Chance was still alive and proceeded to dig her way out of her grave.
She was reportedly discovered alive by a different highway worker a few days later who opted not to continue caving in her skull.
Ohio County Sheriff David Thompson fired Taylor – a five year veteran – after a two-week internal investigation. …Continue Reading
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – A man has been arrested after injuring a puppy so severely, that it had to have one of its rear legs amputated.
Police say that on July 23, Cody Carmack got so angry with his roommate that the 20-year-old kicked the woman’s puppy, a wirehair terrier named Thor, and then slammed Thor into a metal bed frame.
The puppy yelped for an hour according to the 21-year-old woman, who by all reports did not call police on the idiot or take the dog to the vet to be checked out.
Lucky for Thor, his owner met a new neighbor while moving into a new apartment who noticed Thor wasn’t using one of his back legs. They offered to take ownership of Thor and have a vet check him out.
The vet found that Thor was suffering from a broken tibia and fibula and had to amputate the leg in order to save Thor’s life. He is expected to recover and will be released back to his new owner later this week.…Continue Reading
Bay City, MI — Due to prior convictions, Jeremy K. Haire, 29, could get 15 years in prison for allegedly stomping his fiancée’s Yorkshire terrier, Missy, to death.
Saturday night, Haire’s fiancée, Kayla Stepanski, 21, brought Missy into the Bay Regional Medical Center. She told a police officer there that she and Haire had been to a golf outing earlier that day and that Haire ‘had consumed quite a bit of alcohol.’ On returning to their home, Haire reportedly began punching and shoving her, she said.
Stepanski told the officer that when she went to call 911, Haire yanked the phone cord from the wall. In response, she called to Missy, picked her up and began to leave.
At this point, Haire reportedly pushed her knocking her over a baby gate. This casued Stepanski to drop the 2-pound dog. Haire then allegedly stomped on the animal and yelled, “Now your dog is dead!” according to court records. Stepanski said that she picked up her now-dead dog, ran outside and got in her car.…Continue Reading
MONROE COUNTY, GA – A man has been charged in a case of animal abuse that Monroe County Sheriff John Cary Bittick says is the worst he’s seen in his 29 years as sheriff.
No one is sure how the mixed-breed puppy got the pound, but while there, someone noticed the malnourished dog with a very severe neck injury. To be more specific, the dog had been nearly decapitated.
You can see a pic of the dog’s injury by clicking here, but be warned, it is disturbing and like looking at an M.C Escher drawing, you’re brain will have trouble processing it at first.
The dog was taken to the Caldwell Veterinary Hospital and had emergency surgery performed to repair its severed trachea and other life-threatening injuries. “Most of the musculature up here was severed, the trachea was severed. Fortunately, the major arteries were not severed or the esophagus,” said Dr. Butler Caldwell, who performed the surgery and will oversee her recovery.
When an animal advocacy group found out about the dog’s injuries they contacted the police who, after seeing pictures of the dog’s injuries, were more than happy to find the person responsible.…Continue Reading
Miami, FL - The porn star known as ‘Ramon’ from Bang Bus fame was arrested Monday. This after police were called to a parked van where a crying baby was believed to have been heard. In the 90-degree Miami heat, such a cry could be a death sentence.
No baby was found in the van. Police did however find: eight crowing roosters, four flapping guinea hens, one waddling duck, four captive pigeons, and four live goats tied in plastic garbage baaaaaags.
If you did that right, you were holding pretty steady with the tune from the Twelve Days of Christmas. Give it another try. We’ll wait… Okay.
After about 45 minutes, James Arroyo Jr, 44, and Raul ‘Ramon’ Armenteros, 46, reportedly sauntered up and claimed the vehicle – and its contents – to be theirs.
Police said one of the goats died later that day. The cause of death was not reported.
Arroyo and Armenteros were arrested and charged with 22 counts of animal cruelty with intent to injure. The men appeared in court Tuesday morning. …Continue Reading
Guatemala City, Guatemala — Divine intervention is being credited for saving the life of Paul Oakey, a 20-year-old Mormon Missionary stationed in Guatemale. This after he was attacked by evil zoo lions. Let’s hope that someone is now praying he doesn’t repeat the galactically stupid behavior that got him into that mess.
While making the rounds at a Guatemalan Zoo, Oakey reportedly thought that a photo of him standing on top of the 6-foot tall wall surrounding the lion exhibit would make a pretty cool picture. So he made what his father, Alan Oakey, described as a “judgement call” and climbed on up. Awww heck [God forgive me], there was an inner cage. What was the point of even having the cement wall?
“When Elder Oakey turned his back to the lions, they crept up on him,” Alan Oakey said. A Mormon on a mission is an “elder” – even to his dad.
One lion reportedly reached through the cage and grabbed the missionary’s right leg, causing him to fall back against the cage.…Continue Reading
According to police, Gresham was hanging out at the bar with a couple friends Sunday evening when she began fighting with her boyfriend. When the argument escalated, the group exited the bar and headed for Gresham’s place.
The screaming and bickering continued on the drive home, with Gresham delivering several well placed punches to her boyfriend’s face.
Once the group arrived at their destination, witnesses say Gresham asked, “You wanna hear something funny?” before disappearing into the bedroom. Just moments later, several shots rang out and the boyfriend’s pregnant pup was no more.
When police arrived on scene, they found a dead pit bull in the front yard, a .380 caliber magazine, bullets, and one bullet casing as well as a plastic bag containing a wet bathing suit, a bloody towel, a bullet, and fecal matter. No firearm was recovered. Curious….
Gresham was booked on charges of animal cruelty, shooting a firearm indoors, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and battery.…Continue Reading
According to police and animal control officers, the pup, Diamond, was found wandering near Matthew Weatherspoon’s apartment early Monday morning suffering from numerous stab wounds. The critter was transported to a veterinary hospital, where he underwent three hours of surgery. He is expected to survive.
When questioned about the bloodied animal, Weatherspoon told police he became angry after Diamond bit him, so he grabbed a knife and stabbed the pup five times, slashing his adorable puppy face. Weatherspoon then got pissed because the dog was bleeding all over his apartment, so he tossed him outside. Police say Weatherspoon had no visible bite marks. Shame…
Weatherspoon was arrested Monday afternoon and is now being held and investigated for aggravated animal cruelty, a felony.
Denver Animal Shelter officials said they would announce when Diamond has recovered enough to be available for adoption. And if one of our fans out in Denver would be kind enough to ship that little guy to me, I’d be most appreciative.…Continue Reading
DeFuniak Springs, FL — The Walton County Sheriff’s Department reports that Eugene Hickman, 54, is facing an animal cruelty charge after his grandson saw him attempting to have sex with the family dog.
Hickman’s family contacted law enforcement after the grandson told his father that he had seen Hickman nude in the bedroom on top of the dog, the police report stated.
When asked about the incident, Hickman said he “knew it was wrong” and promised that he “wouldn’t do it again,” the report said. But… the report also says that family members claim this is not the first time someone has witnessed Hickman trying to do this.
Look at the mug shot. Get the visual. Focus… Focus… Okay.
The 3-year-old female bulldog was turned over to animal control by deputies to be examined by a vet.
Hickman was booked into the Walton County jail and is charged with one county of animal cruelty, a third-degree felony.
Thanks for the tip, DV.…Continue Reading
Sharpsburg, PA — An investigation has begun into how a groundhog in Sharpsburg, Pennsylvania ended up being nailed to the railroad tracks. This discovery comes on the hind paws of the discovery of two beheaded cats earlier this week.
Humane officers at Animal Friends said the decapitated cats were stuffed into shopping bags, but the groundhog was provided no such burial shroud. Investigator Kathy Hecker said at least one of the cats was a family pet.
“We’ve gotten a number of tips and other reports of animals that have come to a bad end. We’re not sure if they’re related,” said Hecker.
“I’m concerned about children more than the cats. If they do this to cats what are they gonna do to people?,” said Caroline Karlik. Are you suggesting that they may do something worse than either a beheading or crucifixion, Caroline?!
The original $200 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction is now above $2,000 because of community donations. Anyone with information is asked to call 412-847-7066.…Continue Reading
Glendale, CA — John Levin, 46, was found guilty of second-degree murder Wednesday in the stabbing death of his wife. Before a verdict could be returned in the microwave murder of his dog, he entered a guilty plea to animal cruelty.
His wife, Michelle Levin, 35, was found in September 2008 three days after the murder. During court testimony, an officer said that he and a colleague went to Levin’s home Sept. 11 and found it littered with dog excrement, rotting food and numerous pills scattered on a table. They eventually gained entry to a locked second-floor bedroom, where they found Michelle Levin’s body on the floor next to the bed. The couple’s dead Pomeranian had also been stuffed inside the microwave, he said.
An autopsy of the dog revealed that it died as a result of the microwave radiation to its entire body, Deputy Dist. Atty. Jodi Taksar said.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested Levin in Washington State about a week later as Levin tried to cross into Canada.…Continue Reading
Shelby, Ohio — Peter Bower, 31, was charged with animal cruelty for allegedly having sex with a dog he adopted last month. Ohio frowns on that sort of thing. Somewhat, anyway…
An anonymous tip put authorities in action. “The tip was allegations about bestiality, sexual conduct with an animal,” said Richland County Dog Warden Dave Jordan. The tip included links to bestiality-themed Web sites, where Jordan reportedly found evidence, including photos, of Bower with multiple animals, including at least three dogs and possibly a horse.
Investigators then executed a search warrant at Bower’s apartment where they seized his computer. Ruh-roh. On the computer investigators reportedly found pictures and stories of his sexual relations with his animals. They also found a bestiality book, “Dearest Pet,” and a plastic blow-up sheep.
Hold on a minute here… I need to stop laughing. Okay.
Particularly troubling for neighbors and those in Bower’s community is that Bower ran a “pet-sitting” service. Neighbor Rosario DeLeon recounted, “(Bower) asked me if I would let him walk my dog and I said, ‘I can’t afford for you to walk my dog.’ He said, ‘I’ll do it for free.’” Unfortunately Rosario… nothing is free in this world.…Continue Reading
Manila, Ph. — Jerzon Senador is begging the world for forgiveness after a photo of his puppy hanging on a clothesline went viral. Senador posted the photos on Facebook showing the little guy hanging from the line with five pegs stretching the skin on his back. Senador reportedly thought the photos were ‘cool’ and ‘expected that the photos would go viral.’ Viral… yes; cool… not so much.
Senador eventually removed the photos, one of which can be seen right here, but not soon enough to stop the outrage. Animal activists are rallying over the picture and a requisite Facebook group condemning the act has been established.
Senador is now asking people for forgiveness and has posted an apology on his profile page on the social networking website.
“To all animal lovers and to (people) all over the world please read this: I would like to ask for forgiveness for the wrong I’ve done against my dog,” Senador has publically stated.
“I hope you could forgive me and I promise it will never happen again.”
He is likely to face animal cruelty charges from the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).…Continue Reading
New Castle, Pa. — Chico, one of the New Castle Police Department drug and patrol dogs, died Saturday after his fellow officer and handler reportedly left him for over two hours in the back of a locked police cruiser. The dog was found unresponsive in the car parked outside the station.
Chico, a 6-year old Dutch shepherd, had been with the police department since late 2009. The Pittsburgh office of the National Weather Service reported that temperatures in New Castle on Saturday reached a high of 90 degrees. A local Veterinarian, Charlene Arendas, said, “I would never leave a dog in a car even with the windows cracked, once the temperatures reach 80 degrees.”
“When it’s close to 80 degrees, and you leave your dog in a car, you are putting it at risk.” added Arendas. Babies are okay, though. That was sarcasm, people… Sarcasm.
A police press release did not say whether the car was left running or if the air conditioner was on. The car was reported to be equipped with a fan and a system to open a rear window in hot weather.…Continue Reading
Witnesses say that after a fight with her boyfriend, 30-year-old Nidra F. Billard threw his 6-week-old puppy “shot-put style” off the apartment complex balcony where it landed on the partially paved courtyard below.
Amazingly, the puppy survived even though it suffered contusions and broken blood vessels in his eyes. He is expected to recover and has since been transferred from the city’s animal shelter to a rescue facility. “He was doing pretty good when he left,” BARC spokesman Chris Newport said. “His eyesight is bad right now. He has a little wobble in his step.”
Billard has been charged with felony animal cruelty. She’s looking at a possible two years in jail and a $10,000 fine.