Austin, Texas, Police Say ‘No Criminal Offense’ in Filmed Beating of Elderly Dog!

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Distressing footage reportedly captured recently at a residence in Austin, Texas, appears to show an evidently elderly and disabled dog being viciously attacked by a woman. In three videos captured on two days, the abuser can be seen violently yanking the leash; lifting the dog by her tail repeatedly while shouting, “Stay up!”; striking her with full-force downward slaps; and punching the animal as she yelps in obvious distress—all in apparent “retaliation” for this poor old dog simply being unable to hold herself up in the backyard.

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PETA and our complainant have alerted Austin and Travis County authorities to this situation—providing the sickening visual evidence and the suspect’s address and imploring them to rescue the victim before more abuse transpires.

Unfortunately, authorities have apparently decided that no crime was committed—although Texas’s anti-cruelty statute reads, “A person commits an offense if the person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly … tortures an animal,” and defines “torture” as “any act that causes unjustifiable pain or suffering.”

Most importantly—where is the dog? Despite vague assurances that she isn’t in danger, officials aren’t saying whether she was removed from the home.

Please politely urge the following officials to provide assurances that the victimized dog has been removed from her abuser:

Austin Police Department
police3@austintexas.gov

Travis County District Attorney’s Office
TCDAPublic@traviscountytx.gov

The Honorable Steve Adler
Mayor of Austin
steve.adler@austintexas.gov

Please also ask members of the Austin City Council to secure for their constituents an update about this dog’s status.

After you’ve e-mailed officials, please comment on their Facebook pages as well—then forward this alert far and wide!

AUSTIN POLICE DEPARTMENT

TRAVIS COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE

Dog caught in coyote traps gnaws off leg to free herself

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April 19, 2021 at 1:37 pm PDTBy Jared Leone, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

SAN ANTONIO — A dog that had gotten caught in an animal trap and gnawed off its leg to free herself is now recovering after being adopted.

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Shelby, a 1-year-old shepherd mix, was brought into the San Antonio Humane Society covered in cuts to her body and missing a leg, WOAI reported.

A good Samaritan saw the dog March 19 with the trap attached to her leg. The man tried to help her but she ran off. Three days later the man again saw Shelby, only by now she had gnawed off her leg to free it from the trap.

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Her legs were swollen and the wounds were infected when she was brought into the animal shelter. Veterinarians quickly got to work. They performed multiple surgeries, a full body radiograph to see if there were any other fractures and used laser therapy to accelerate Shelby’s healing.

“Eventually, she warmed up enough to give us a tail wag and kisses,” Dr. Kristine Hawkins told WOAI. “Just this past weekend, we convinced her to venture outside. Now, she is absolutely thriving. She loves to run around outside and play.”

Shelby is doing physical therapy daily as part of her recovery and was adopted Monday, the shelter said.

“Shelby would love a home with a doggy playmate – someone her size or smaller who wouldn’t be rough on her,” Hawkins said. “She seems to be very loving and generous with kisses and is eager to receive tons of belly rubs. She would love a family who appreciates all that she has been through.”https://www.facebook.com/v10.0/plugins/post.php?app_id=&channel=https%3A%2F%2Fstaticxx.facebook.com%2Fx%2Fconnect%2Fxd_arbiter%2F%3Fversion%3D46%23cb%3Dfebf3578ca695%26domain%3Dwww.kiro7.com%26origin%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fwww.kiro7.com%252Ff1ef42f1c50bc9%26relation%3Dparent.parent&container_width=552&href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fsahumane%2Fposts%2F10158285519426447%26locale%3Den_US&locale=en_US&sdk=joey&width=552Forecast from MeteorologistNick Allard

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Dog caught in coyote traps gnaws off leg to free herself

April 19, 2021 at 1:37 pm PDTBy Jared Leone, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

SAN ANTONIO — A dog that had gotten caught in an animal trap and gnawed off its leg to free herself is now recovering after being adopted.

>> Read more trending news

Shelby, a 1-year-old shepherd mix, was brought into the San Antonio Humane Society covered in cuts to her body and missing a leg, WOAI reported.

A good Samaritan saw the dog March 19 with the trap attached to her leg. The man tried to help her but she ran off. Three days later the man again saw Shelby, only by now she had gnawed off her leg to free it from the trap.

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Her legs were swollen and the wounds were infected when she was brought into the animal shelter. Veterinarians quickly got to work. They performed multiple surgeries, a full body radiograph to see if there were any other fractures and used laser therapy to accelerate Shelby’s healing.

“Eventually, she warmed up enough to give us a tail wag and kisses,” Dr. Kristine Hawkins told WOAI. “Just this past weekend, we convinced her to venture outside. Now, she is absolutely thriving. She loves to run around outside and play.”

Shelby is doing physical therapy daily as part of her recovery and was adopted Monday, the shelter said.

“Shelby would love a home with a doggy playmate – someone her size or smaller who wouldn’t be rough on her,” Hawkins said. “She seems to be very loving and generous with kisses and is eager to receive tons of belly rubs. She would love a family who appreciates all that she has been through.”https://www.facebook.com/v10.0/plugins/post.php?app_id=&channel=https%3A%2F%2Fstaticxx.facebook.com%2Fx%2Fconnect%2Fxd_arbiter%2F%3Fversion%3D46%23cb%3Dfebf3578ca695%26domain%3Dwww.kiro7.com%26origin%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fwww.kiro7.com%252Ff1ef42f1c50bc9%26relation%3Dparent.parent&container_width=552&href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fsahumane%2Fposts%2F10158285519426447%26locale%3Den_US&locale=en_US&sdk=joey&width=552Forecast from MeteorologistNick Allard

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Biden’s German Shepherd To Be Celebrated With ‘Indoguration’ Hosted By Animal Shelter

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President-elect Joe Biden at the Delaware Human Society on Nov. 17, 2018, the day he officially adopted his dog, Major.Stephanie Gomez Carter/Delaware Humane Association

President-elect Joe Biden is set to restore a bipartisan norm upon moving into the White House: presidential dogs. The Bidens have two German shepherds, Champ and Major.

Major, in particular, has a “wags to riches” tail.

He’ll soon be the first dog to go from a shelter to the White House. That shelter, the Delaware Humane Association, plans to “indogurate” Major on Sunday in a virtual ceremony. (People and pets alike are invited to attend.)

In early 2018, the shelter received a litter of six German shepherd puppies, including the future first dog. The puppies were in a medical crisis.

“They were very sick,” said Patrick Carroll, executive director of the Delaware Humane Association. “They had gotten into a toxic substance. We’re not sure what.

“The dogs were lethargic, vomiting and hospitalized for a few days,” Carroll says.

President-elect Joe Biden began fostering Major, top, shortly after the dog arrived at the Delaware Humane Association in March 2018.Stephanie Gomez Carter/Delaware Humane Association

The pups bounced back. They recovered with fluids and medication. The shelter posted to Facebook in March 2018 in search of foster homes. According to Carroll, Ashley Biden sent the post to her father, knowing he was looking for a companion for the aging Champ.

Joe Biden showed up.

“He just dropped in on Easter Sunday of all days,” Carroll said, “and wanted to meet the puppies.”

Soon, Major was in foster with the Bidens. Within months, the news broke that he had found his forever (fur-ever?) home. Biden returned to the shelter with a grown Major to officially adopt him in November 2018.Article continues after sponsor message

It hasn’t been all good news for Major and Biden.

Biden fractured his foot in November 2020 while playing with the young dog. And recently, CBS Sunday Morning reported Major and Champ will have to share space with a cat.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/index.html?dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-0&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1332512786732244993&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.npr.org%2F2021%2F01%2F13%2F956096928%2Fbidens-german-shepherd-to-be-celebrated-with-indoguration-hosted-by-animal-shelt&siteScreenName=NPR&theme=light&widgetsVersion=ed20a2b%3A1601588405575&width=550px

Sunday’s “indoguration,” co-hosted by Pumpkin Pet Insurance, touts Jill Martin of NBC’s Today show along with “notable rescue dogs and their parents.” Proceeds support the Delaware Humane Association.

“This is a monumental moment for shelter dogs,” said Cory Topel, the shelter’s marketing manager.

Yuki, President Lyndon Johnson’s dog, is held out the window of the car driven by LBJ as the first family starts a ride around the Texas ranch in Stonewall, Texas, in September 1967.AP

Though Major is digging up new ground as the first shelter pup in the White House, he follows in the pawprints of Yuki, another rescue to reside with the first family.

“He is the friendliest, and the smartest, and the most constant in his attentions of all the dogs that I’ve known,” said Yuki’s owner (and President) Lyndon B. Johnson.

Johnson was fond of singing with the white terrier mix. His daughter picked up Yuki at a gas station in Johnson City, Texas, according to the Presidential Pet Museum.

President Trump is the first president in more than a century not to have a dog. William McKinley had only cats and birds, including a parrot named Washington Post.

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Biden even targeted dog lovers with a campaign message shortly before Election Day.

“Let’s put dogs back in the White House!” he tweeted.

Carroll, executive director of the Delaware shelter, says Major’s story does more than encourage pet adoption.

“This is shining a light on all of the resources animal shelters bring to a community,” he said. “If you need pet food because you’re struggling, or you need low cost vaccinations to keep your pet healthy, all the things people need, they should see their shelter as a resource.”

Dog was found with 16-inch arrow through head after getting shot with crossbow


Home » Dog was found with 16-inch arrow through head after getting shot with crossbowTHE ANIMAL CLUB  July 8, 2020

It never ceases to shock us the cruel things people will do to innocent animals. One poor dog was found in a shocking condition:

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The 16-inch arrow went all the way through the top of the dog’s head, but miraculously he survived.

Officers from Nassau County Animal Services picked the four-year-old dog up and rushed him to a veterinary hospital for emergency surgery.

Amazingly, they were able to remove the arrow, and the dog doesn’t appear to have any serious damage.

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With Unicorn safe and recovering, the big question was who shot the poor dog with an arrow.

But it didn’t take long for the officers to find the culprit: Carey Wilson, a 37-year-old Nassau County resident, was arrested for felony animal cruelty.

She admitted to the crime, but defended her actions by saying she was not trying to hurt or kill the dog but “scare it off” after finding him “peeing on her car tire.”

“The dog doesn’t want to leave, so I grabbed a crossbow, my intentions were not to kill the dog, but to try to get the message across, ‘Get out the yard,” Wilson told Action News Jax. But the network also notes that the police report calls her a liar.

Meanwhile, Unicorn’s original owner, Nick Sweat, had to surrender the dog to animal control because he couldn’t afford the medical bills: “We enjoyed the dog. He’s a good dog, he’s a family dog, wouldn’t hurt anybody,” he said.https://www.facebook.com/v7.0/plugins/post.php?app_id=&channel=https%3A%2F%2Fstaticxx.facebook.com%2Fx%2Fconnect%2Fxd_arbiter%2F%3Fversion%3D46%23cb%3Dfd1cfeac77faec%26domain%3Dwww.theanimalclub.net%26origin%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fwww.theanimalclub.net%252Ff1e409b36454478%26relation%3Dparent.parent&container_width=664&href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FNassauCountyAnimalServices%2Fphotos%2Fpcb.3605832162766269%2F3605812266101592%2F%3Ftype%3D3%26theater&locale=de_DE&sdk=joey&width=640

But luckily, Unicorn is now doing great.