Cruelty To Animals (née Animal Attacks)

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Project:- Accoustic Kitty

As this thread could well (and perhaps should) develop into a discussion on animal spies, I trawled through my memory and dug up these articles:-

as posted in Pravda

THE CIA’S KITTY CAT SPIES

21:01 2001-11-06

The Times newspaper reports that the CIA were training cats to be spies in the 1960s to use against the Soviet Union.

The project reads like a horror story in terms of sheer cruelty to animals and will provide a wealth of information for animal welfare groups. The project was named Acoustic Kitty (cat), in which a cat was fixed with eavesdropping devices in a series of operations.

The cat’s operating procedure was simple: it was supposed to sit near the target so that conversations could be picked up and transmitted by the cat’s internal electronic devices. After five years of planning and preparations, the cat was fitted with the equipment and sent out on its first mission, its tail having been transformed into an aerial. D-Day spelt disaster, however, as the poor animal was killed by a passing taxi as it crept towards its first contact.

The source of this information is the CIA’s disclosed hitherto-secret files from the Science and Technology Directorate regarding US undercover operations during the Cold War.

The mission was thereafter classified as “not practical”.

Certainly Osama Bin Laden will quake in terror if from the depths of his cave in Kandahar he hears a mournful MIAUW. It could be a CIA agent disguised as a cat, or vice-versa.

Timofei BYELO
As posted in The Guardian

Project: Acoustic Kitty

Wiring up cats as mobile spies is just one of the CIA stunts revealed in newly declassified documents, writes Julian Borger

Tuesday September 11, 2001

The popular image of the CIA is one of technological mastery - spies with degrees in nuclear physics wielding state-of-the-art equipment, permitting them to look into the furthest and darkest corners of enemy territory.
The image is not accidental. It was promoted through Hollywood specifically to reassure Americans that their security was in the ablest possible hands, and to awe would-be foes with the agency's supposed invincibility.

A fresh batch of newly declassified CIA documents, however, provides a more nuanced picture of the CIA's directorate of science and technology. The documents - requested under the Freedom of Information Act by Jeffrey Richelson, a senior fellow at the national security archive in Washington - chart the development of the extraordinary US spy satellites as well as the U-2 and A-12 spy planes. But they also record some of the gaffes and wrong turns along the way, which reveal the CIA's boffins to be as accident-prone as any government institution.

Some of the new documents cast light on the ARTICHOKE and MKULTRA experiments with mind-altering drugs aimed at developing a chemical aid for interrogations. The experiments involved the administration of LSD to hapless Pentagon employees. In November 1953, one of the guinea pigs, Frank Olson, is recorded to have "committed suicide a week or so after having been administered LSD by an agency representative."

An internal memo explained that: "On the day following the experiment, Olson began to behave in a peculiar and erratic manner and was later placed under the care of a psychiatrist. A few days later, Olson crashed through a window in a New York hotel in an apparent suicide."

The CIA's supply of LSD was impounded immediately afterwards. In another snapshot of folly offered by the new files, a memo dated 1967 on "Views of Trained Cats" looks into the possibility of surgically inserting microphones and transmitters into cats and using them as walking bugs. The operation was codenamed "Acoustic Kitty" and was a resounding failure.

Having wired their first trained cat for sound, they released it near a park with strict orders to eavesdrop on two men on a bench, but the poor animal was run over by a taxi before it had taken more than a few steps towards its target.


The CIA researchers came to the conclusion that they could train cats to move short distances, but that "the environmental and security factors in using this technique in a real foreign situation force us to conclude that for our (intelligence) purposes, it would not be practical."

The science directorate's most bizarre adventure was perhaps its attempt to use psychics in California to "see" details of secret military installations in the distant Soviet Union. As recently as 1975, an experiment was carried out to study the credibility of what the agency described as "remote viewing".

The supposed psychic, codenamed SG1J, was given a rough description of a suspect site in Russia, and then asked to visualise it and provide details.

The experiment was another dismal failure. The psychic got a few things right (there were a few squat buildings there and a crane) but far more telling details wrong. The researcher theorised wryly that: "One explanation of this discrepancy could be that if he mentioned enough specific objects, he would surely hit on one object that is actually present."

The experiment, codenamed URDF-3, was declared unsuccessful and consigned, until now, to the CIA archives.
Emphasis in second article mine...
 
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I'm sorry but Acoustic Kitty sounds like a porn movie to me :)

There seems to be a long history of animals being abused in this way for military or intelligence reasons. And it isn't a recent phenomenon. I have a vague memory of dogs being used in ancient times to carry boiling oil amongst the ranks of the enemy, can't remember who did it though. So it all just appears to have been a steady progression from then. One day hannibal was crossing the alps on stealth elephants, the next your gerbil is going through your email while your back is turned.
 

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Thousands of dead pigs found

Officers find thousands of decaying pigs

http://www.canada.com/toronto/news/story.asp?id=9D20D65D-5C80-4426-B771-C1D8BF8E22F0

Investigators have laid 77 charges of animal cruelty against seven men after finding piles of dead pigs stacked behind barns and more than 1,000 piglets decomposing in manure tanks at five farms across southwestern Ontario.

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals announced yesterday that it had discovered thousands of dead or dying swine at the Wood Lynn Farms facilities. The investigation began in April at a farm in Elgin County and quickly expanded.

SPCA agents encountered pig carcasses in varying stages of decomposition at many of the farms. Rats feasted on the dead piglets and there was evidence of extensive cannibalization of the corpses.

"The society's inspectors deal with pretty horrific cases all the time, but the sheer scale of this is extremely harrowing," said Brian Pemberton, a spokesman for the Ontario SPCA.

According to Mr. Pemberton, the condition of the dead pigs makes it impossible to tell how many animals are involved in the case. "There were heaps of dead pigs in various stages of decomposition. So where one ends and another begins is sometimes difficult to ascertain," he said.

He added, however, that between 1,000 and 2,000 dead piglets were found in the manure tanks at Wood Lynne Farm facilities.

Pigs throughout the farms had inadequate food, water or bedding. Sows were also found giving birth among other animals, resulting in their piglets being trampled and eaten by adults. In one instance, investigators saw an employee of Wood Lynne Farms attempting to kill a pig by beating it with a metal pipe.

Because of their poor health, many of the still-living pigs discovered by investigators were euthanized on site. Animals who were deemed healthy enough have been sold and sent to slaughter, Mr. Pemberton said.

Wood Lynn Farms Limited recently declared bankruptcy. Founded in 1959, the firm developed the Baconmaker breed of swine. Ontario SPCA officials say it is unclear how long the company's farm facilities have been in decline.

"This sort of situation doesn't arise overnight. There must have been a period of time involved, but exactly how long is impossible to say," Mr. Pemberton said. "Our view is financial difficulties don't excuse this kind of treatment of animals."
 
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Hmmm. I think I'll stop buying Canadian bacon.

It's a bit surprising how many of the brands of bacon sold in US supermarkets are from Canada. Almost 25%. Even though they are US companies they buy the pork from Canada.
 

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Fallen Angel said:
It's a bit surprising how many of the brands of bacon sold in US supermarkets are from Canada. Almost 25%.
If one thinks bacon in Britain the word Danish is frequently attached - but that may be just good marketing. :)
 

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Animal Attacks

Various attacks on animals:

The shoelace sheep killer

Jan 8 2004


By Jenny Watson, Liverpool Echo


CHARITY workers have been left devastated after two sheep were killed at night in separate attacks.

Volunteers at Acorn Venture Farm in Knowsley Industrial Estate, Kirkby, found the animals lying in the field where they are left to graze after the farm shuts.

Dotty, a favourite with children which had been with the urban farm seven years, was found strangled with a shoelace on Friday.

The other sheep, a younger ewe, was found savaged yesterday morning. Someone had taken a knife and slashed its stomach open and cut a leg off.

Both of the sheep were due to give birth to lambs in March and the charity is now afraid that more sheep with lambs will be slaughtered in the same way.

Education officer Alison Mercer, who has worked at the farm for more than six

years, said: "Everyone has been horrified at this.

"Dotty was a real character and loved by all of the children."

Anyone with information should contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
http://icliverpool.icnetwork.co.uk/...ine=-The-shoelace-sheep-killer-name_page.html

See also:

http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_853544.html?menu=

http://www.news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=2386025
 

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Boy bites snake

Surprise reception for slithering guest

01/27/04

Staff Report


Houses are full of things that babies try to put in their mouths, causing wary parents to make sure things are out of reach. But few would fear that one of them would be a snake.


Toni Barnard of Semmes said she opened a bag of potatoes from Wal-Mart on Schillinger Road on Saturday night. When her back was turned, a snake apparently slithered out of the bag. Her 11-month old son Trevor grabbed it and did what he does with everything these days: he put it in his mouth and took a bite.

Barnard said she got the snake out of her baby's fist, and someone else cut off the snake's head. She said she was told that the snake was a baby copperhead, but be cause it didn't bite her son, he wasn't injured. The snake species was not positively identified by either Barnard or Wal-Mart.

Based on descriptions in standard references, the snake may to be a young corn snake (Elaphe guattata). These non-poisonous snakes rural areas in the South. Their diet of rodents and reddish splotches on a silvery background has inspired the name "red rat snake.

"Wal-Mart manager Brad Phillips said the store pulled the remaining bags of potatoes that came from the same place. Barnard said the potatoes were MountainKing Potatoes brand, which the label said were packaged in Houston, Texas.
http://www.al.com/news/mobileregister/index.ssf?/base/news/1075198572124350.xml
 

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Pig farmer blames neglect on radiation form sapce and defoli

Posted on Sat, Jan. 31, 2004



SOUTH MIAMI-DADE

Police raid filthy farm, make arrest

Team Metro condemns a farm in a desolate area of South Miami-Dade, saying it is unsuitable for animals or humans, and police arrest its live-in caretaker.


BY EUNICE SIGLER
[email protected]


Miami-Dade police on Friday raided a pig farm, arresting the live-in caretaker and charging him with animal cruelty.

''There was animal feces everywhere, and there was trash and vehicles littering the area,'' said Miami-Dade police spokesman Detective Randall Rossman. ``They called the conditions deplorable.''

The farm lies in a desolate area and can only be reached by an unmarked dirt road off Southwest 136th Street and about 211th Avenue, near Krome Avenue.

Pigs and chickens roamed among abandoned cars, vans and campers, rusted cans, old tires, a broken stove, several old bathtubs and rotting fruit and vegetables stacked in boxes.

The Hammock District's Agricultural Patrol Unit discovered the property while on routine patrol. At 7 a.m. Friday, police and other government officials descended upon the lot.

Domitilo Gonzalez was charged with eight counts of animal cruelty, one count of sanitary nuisance because the place had no running water and dirty standing water, and 34 counts of confinement of animals where they do not have access to food or water.

Gonzalez told a Herald photographer that the place has so much debris because he doesn't have enough time to clean up.

He added: ''Besides, I can't do anything at night. When I come out at night my skin hurts because of the radiation from outer space.'' He also said he fears Agent Orange being dumped on him from an overhead plane.

About the pigs, Gonzalez said, ``they love it here and they are fine. They love me.''


Indeed, the pigs appeared to be quite happy Friday afternoon, portly and grunting and snorting among the muck.

There was no water or food around, except for a few boniatos, a Cuban version of the sweet potato that some piglets seemed to have produced out of nowhere.

Police got in touch with the owner of the property, Pascual Barrero, who lives in New Jersey. They told him he, too, would face charges because he's responsible for what goes on there.

Members of Team Metro -- composed of the county's zoning, health and other departments -- condemned the site, saying it was unsuitable for animals or humans. They asked Gonzalez to visit only to feed the animals, but not to stay.

Gonzalez signed a promise to appear and was released.
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/local/7839857.htm
 
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produced from nowhere?

There was no water or food around, except for a few boniatos, a Cuban version of the sweet potato that some piglets seemed to have produced out of nowhere.
"produced out of nowhere" - Is this a Swine version of the goose that lays the Golden Egg? Pigs that shit out sweet potatoes? No wonder their owner went mad...
 

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Dog Burnings In Arvada, Jefferson County Investigated

One Black Lab Dies, Other Being Treated At Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital


POSTED: 9:25 a.m. MST February 17, 2004
UPDATED: 9:16 p.m. MST February 17, 2004


Story by thedenverchannel.com

ARVADA, Colo. -- Somebody is going around setting puppies on fire and Arvada police and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department are looking to see if it is the same person.

On Monday night, around 8:30 p.m., a worker at the Colorado Cinemas Olde Town 14 movie theater on the 5500 block of Wadsworth Boulevard in Arvada found a kennel inside a burning trash bin located behind the building. Locked inside were two dogs, yelping. The worker grabbed a fire extinguisher and was able to put the fire out but it was too late for one of the puppies.

The animal had been burned beyond recognition, police said.

One 8-week-old black lab survived and was taken to Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital, where she is being treated for burns to her face and paws and smoke inhalation. Doctors expect her to make a complete recovery.

Both dogs' mouths and paws had been bound with duct tape.

Englewood police say the puppies and the kennel were stolen from the Colorado Humane Society Shelter, at 2760 S. Platte River Drive, on Monday night. The Humane Society's director said the burglar broke a rear window to gain access inside the Englewood building and to steal four dogs.

The two puppies that were burned in Arvada were undergoing treatment for an upper respiratory condition and an orthopedic condition when they were taken from the observation area at the shelter, said Mary Warren, the executive director for the Colorado Humane Society. Shelter staff members discovered the break-in at 6 a.m. Tuesday and are now conducting a more thorough inventory to determine the exact number of animals missing.

The whereabouts of the other dogs are unknown.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department is also looking for a man who set one dog on fire and may have tried to do harm to two other dogs.

A worker at the Bally's Health Club on Bowles Avenue near Southwest Plaza said he was walking outside, around 11:30 p.m., when he smelled something burning. At the back of the gym he spotted a small dog on fire in the stairwell.

The dog had its legs bound and a fire accelerant had been poured on it, Jefferson County spokesman Jim Shires said.

The worker said that he noticed a man, standing on top of the stairs, holding two other dogs. When the man saw that he was spotted, he dropped one of the dogs and ran away with the other dog. The dog in the stairwell was left at the scene, where it died.

The man who ran from the scene is described as white, in his mid-20s, with medium-length brown hair. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and tan or khaki pants.

Evidence left at the scene indicates that the accelerant poured on the dog was purchased at an unknown Walgreens, Shire said.

Anyone who saw anything suspicious behind the Colorado Cinemas Olde Town 14 movie theaters around 8:30 p.m., or near the Humane Society shelter building or near the Bally's Health Club is asked to call Arvada police, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, or the Humane Society at (303) 781-9344.

The person or persons responsible could face animal cruelty charges.

Donations are being accepted for the surviving animals at The Westy Fund, Table Mountain Animal Center Foundation in Wheat Ridge.
http://cms.firehouse.com/content/article/article.jsp?sectionId=46&id=26299

I know cruelty to animals is evidence of advanced bastardry but somehow this makes me more upset than someone killing a sheep :furious:

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Advanced Bastardry

Just people being generally sh*tty - this one really made me mad but I cleared it with Stu first:

Tuesday, March 2, 2004

0K bail in killing of cat


By BETTY ADAMS
Staff Writer

Copyright © 2004 Blethen Maine Newspapers Inc.



AUGUSTA -- A Randolph man accused of deliberately driving his pickup over a cat as it was having kittens was held on 0,000 cash bail after a hearing Monday in Augusta District Court.

John W. Witham, 27, who also has an address in Windsor, was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, a felony charge, as well as misdemeanor counts of terrorizing, criminal mischief, violating conditions of release and cruelty to animals.

District Attorney Evert Fowle asked for a high bail for Witham, claiming he crushed the cat in order to intimidate a woman he is accused of assaulting.

Fowle said the incident with the cat occurred Thursday outside the woman's home on Washington Street in Augusta. He said a neighbor witnessed the event and cooperated with the investigators.

Witham had been indicted Feb. 4 on charges of unlawful possession of heroin and was out on bail after entering a plea of not guilty. Fowle said Witham was found with a plastic bag of heroin and three bags of marijuana and pills in Randolph on May 12, 2003.

Witham also was charged with domestic assault on Feb. 6, and bail conditions banned him from contact with the alleged victim.

Fowle said, "He was visiting with her and still continuing to have contact with her in violation of the no-contact order of the bail commissioner."

Fowle said the woman's mother called from Gardiner on Thursday to tell her the cat was in labor and to come and get the animal.

Instead, Fowle said, Witham picked up the cat carrier and cat in Gardiner and came back and told the woman to choose between him and the cat. Augusta Police Officer Paul Frye reported that Witham held the cat carrier out of the truck window and said "last chance" before dropping the crate to the ground, backing over it and leaving the scene.

"He killed the cat and the kittens that we believe were in the process of being born," said Fowle.

Witham apparently called the woman twice after the incident, once speaking to Frye, who tried to get Witham to meet him. A second time he called and spoke to the woman who said, "What do you mean? I'm next?"

Frye was still in the kitchen and heard the second call, according to the police report.

Witham was arrested Saturday by Kennebec Sheriff's Deputy Jason Johnson.

Fowle's request for 0,000 cash bail or 0,000 worth of real estate was granted by Judge Rae Ann French.

"This is more than the killing of an innocent animal," Fowle said. "This is in the context of domestic violence and intimidation."

Witham was represented in court Monday by Steven Parker, who argued for a low cash bail. Parker also represents Witham on the heroin charge.
http://www.centralmaine.com/news/local/460222.shtml

I mean words fail me -is one of the products of increased brain power the ability to think up unusual ways to be cruel to people or animals?

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poor pussy cats :sob:

and when hes sentenced i hope the cat lovers in prison will deal with the tw-t

(give the dastardly b-stard to me and ill teach him not to run over cats :grrr: )
 

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I mean words fail me -is one of the products of increased brain power the ability to think up unusual ways to be cruel to people or animals?
Naw, it's just a lack of any traits that make being a human being worthwhile.

Much that I'm a pacifist, I can't help hoping that maybe he has a horrible accident with a 18 wheel juggernaut - see how he likes it...
 

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Follow up:

Arrest made in dog burnings

19-year-old man nabbed after release of security photos

By Brian D. Crecente And Sarah Langbein, Rocky Mountain News
March 4, 2004

A 19-year-old man suspected of stealing puppies from an animal shelter, wrapping them in duct tape and setting them ablaze was arrested Wednesday.

Ryan Turtura, of Jefferson County, faces felony charges of first-degree arson, second-degree burglary, cruelty to animals, theft and criminal mischief.

"I know myself and the other employees here will be able to sleep better at night now," said Wendy Loy, manager of the Colorado Humane Society shelter. "I still can't stop thinking about those puppies."

A phone tip Wednesday afternoon lead Jefferson County sheriff's deputies to Turtura's doorstep, said sheriff's spokesman Jim Shires.

Deputies confronted Turtura about the puppies and asked him to come to the sheriff's office for questioning. Turtura was arrested later that night and a search warrant was served on his home.

Deputies believe enhanced images from a surveillance video, released Monday, led to the tip. The video shows a man buying accelerant at a Littleton Walgreen drug store 35 minutes before a similar person was seen standing over a flaming pup.

Deputies believe Turtura broke into the Colorado Humane Society shelter on Feb. 16, making three trips into the building to take a plastic kennel and four puppies.

Later that night Turtura allegedly wrapped duct tape around the muzzles and paws of two of the puppies, placed them in the kennel and set it on fire behind the Olde Town movie theaters, 5550 W. Wadsworth Blvd.

One of the puppies, a shepherd mix named Ashley, managed to jump from the flaming kennel as it melted around her, Shires said. Ashley is recovering at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital and has an adoptive home lined up.

Three hours later, a worker at Bally's Total Fitness, 8996 W. Bowles Ave., spotted a man standing over a small dog wrapped in duct tape and on fire. The suspect was holding two other puppies but dropped one as he ran from the scene. A bottle of accelerant from Walgreens was left behind. Authorities said they found the puppy he took away.

The emotions stirred up by the crime has led deputies to keep a careful watch over Turtura.

"We will take the necessary steps to keep him safe," Shires said.

Turtura's adult arrest record lists three nonviolent misdemeanors, according to state criminal records.

A woman contacted Wednesday night, who said she was related to Turtura but would not give her name, was shocked by the arrest. "No way. How awful, how horrible," she said.

Mary Warren, executive director for the shelter, said she didn't recognize Turtura's name or picture but plans to check with other employees today to see if there is any connection between him and the shelter.

In the wake of the crime, a reward fund shot up to nearly ,000.

"Whoever came forward," said Tricia Goodman, who is overseeing the reward, "bless their hearts."
http://rockymountainnews.com/drmn/local/article/0,1299,DRMN_15_2703044,00.html
 

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Young men charged in bow and arrow killing of dog

ROB TUCKER; The News Tribune

Pierce County prosecutors charged two men with first-degree animal cruelty Friday, alleging they killed a dog with a bow and arrow after tying it to a tree.

Prosecutors charged Steven L. Paulson and Troy L. Loney with one count each of the felony crime. Authorities said on March 8 they roped the dog, probably a Siberian husky, to a tree near Wilkeson Elementary School around 5 p.m. and shot it "numerous times" using a bow and one arrow.

The two men allegedly would remove the arrow from the dog's body and reuse it to shoot the dog again.

A witness said the men took turns and shot the dog at least 10 times, deputy prosecutor Dennis Ashman said in charging documents filed in Pierce County Superior Court.

After the dog died, the men threw its body into Wilkeson Creek, he said.

Police decided not to arrest the pair, said Jim Osborn, a Buckley police detective and Wilkeson town marshal. Both men told authorities they had used a bow and arrow to kill the dog, Ashman said.

Both will be summoned when a court date is set. They must appear or face arrest, he said.

If convicted, Paulson, 20, and Loney, 18, could face maximum prison sentences of five years each and fines of ,000 each. But sentencing guidelines for a first offense call for less jail time - up to a year, Ashman said.

Neither man could be reached for comment.

Paulson is the son of Wilkeson Mayor Doug Paulson, according to police.


(Published 1:42AM, March 20th, 2004)
http://www.tribnet.com/news/crime_safety/story/4870048p-4805617c.html

Surely no link exists between them bot being charged and the fact that one of them is the mayor's son surely??

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Army dog survives 'contract killing'

From correspondents in London
25mar04

AN English springer spaniel with a talent for sniffing out guns, ammunition and explosives in Iraq has survived a suspected contract killing, a British newspaper reported today.

Blaze, who is serving with British forces in southern Iraq, escaped with only cuts and bruises after the would-be killer roared up in a car, "deliberately swerved" and hit him, The Sun said, quoting military sources.

"There is no doubt that this was a deliberate assassination attempt," a senior army officer was quoted as saying. "We are convinced that there was a price on Blaze's head."

The incident took place on a road in Al-Zubayr, southwest of Basra city, the headquarters for 8,800 British troops who occupy oil-rich southern Iraq, the newspaper said.

Blaze is among several sniffer dogs brought to Iraq by the British army to help find weapons and explosives. Each costs STG25,000 ($A61,600) to train.

His handler, Lance Corporal Steve Dineley, 24, said: "I was gutted when he got run over and so were all the guys. We were very angry but he has made a great recovery.''
http://www.sundaytimes.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,7034,9068739^401,00.html
 

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There might need to be a queue:

2-pound dog used for deadly place kick

ALAN POIZNER

By CHRISTIAN BOTTORFF
Staff Writer


Stunned owner chases suspect down

A Priest Lake man killed his neighbor's 2-pound miniature Yorkshire terrier by kicking it into the air like a football, police said, and authorities have charged him with animal cruelty.

Jelani Lewis and Jessica McKenzie say they are outraged at the death of their 17-year-old pet, Gizmo. Lewis said he watched helplessly early yesterday as three men assaulted the dog the way football players kick field goals.

Contact Gizmo's family

Several readers today have asked how they might contact Jelani Lewis, owner of the Yorkshire terrier who was killed. Lewis said he can be contacted at his e-mail address, [email protected]

The dog was dead instantly when he hit the pavement. The man police say kicked him, Chad Daniel Crawford, 23, of the 1000 block of Long Hunter Lane is now charged with cruelty to animals and felony vandalism and was free yesterday after posting ,000 bail, authorities said.

Reached by telephone at his home, Crawford said the accusations against him were false. He declined to comment further and said he was trying to contact his attorney.

''I didn't believe that they actually kicked my dog,'' Lewis, 29, said yesterday, standing in a parking lot at the Nashboro Village apartment complex, where dried blood puddles were still on the blacktop. ''When I saw him kick it, I was thinking, maybe for a second, 'No, that really isn't Gizmo he's kicking.' ''

One of the men ''with tattoos on both arms was holding the dog like a football,'' Lewis said. ''The other one backed up and kicked him … like a place kicker.''

Gizmo went flying into the air in a high arc. The man and two friends with him laughed, and then ran away, Lewis said. For a moment, Lewis stood still, his eyes following Gizmo's body until it smacked onto the pavement and then rolled a couple of feet beneath a parked car.

''There is an obvious question about the mental makeup of someone who would do a thing like this to a tiny animal,'' said Metro Animal Control Director Judy Ladebauche. ''This is heart-breaking. I've seen horrific things but not like this. I cannot imagine where someone's mind would be who would do something like this.''

Ladebauche said she would ask the Davidson County district attorney general and police officials to upgrade the charges against Crawford from animal cruelty to the state's newly created aggravated animal cruelty charge. A conviction under the new law can result in a court-ordered mental evaluation for the offender, and a second offense is a felony.

Crawford also is charged with felony vandalism, instead of misdemeanor vandalism, because Gizmo was worth about
2-pound dog used for deadly place kick

ALAN POIZNER

By CHRISTIAN BOTTORFF
Staff Writer


Stunned owner chases suspect down

A Priest Lake man killed his neighbor's 2-pound miniature Yorkshire terrier by kicking it into the air like a football, police said, and authorities have charged him with animal cruelty.

Jelani Lewis and Jessica McKenzie say they are outraged at the death of their 17-year-old pet, Gizmo. Lewis said he watched helplessly early yesterday as three men assaulted the dog the way football players kick field goals.

Contact Gizmo's family

Several readers today have asked how they might contact Jelani Lewis, owner of the Yorkshire terrier who was killed. Lewis said he can be contacted at his e-mail address, [email protected]

The dog was dead instantly when he hit the pavement. The man police say kicked him, Chad Daniel Crawford, 23, of the 1000 block of Long Hunter Lane is now charged with cruelty to animals and felony vandalism and was free yesterday after posting $25,000 bail, authorities said.

Reached by telephone at his home, Crawford said the accusations against him were false. He declined to comment further and said he was trying to contact his attorney.

''I didn't believe that they actually kicked my dog,'' Lewis, 29, said yesterday, standing in a parking lot at the Nashboro Village apartment complex, where dried blood puddles were still on the blacktop. ''When I saw him kick it, I was thinking, maybe for a second, 'No, that really isn't Gizmo he's kicking.' ''

One of the men ''with tattoos on both arms was holding the dog like a football,'' Lewis said. ''The other one backed up and kicked him … like a place kicker.''

Gizmo went flying into the air in a high arc. The man and two friends with him laughed, and then ran away, Lewis said. For a moment, Lewis stood still, his eyes following Gizmo's body until it smacked onto the pavement and then rolled a couple of feet beneath a parked car.

''There is an obvious question about the mental makeup of someone who would do a thing like this to a tiny animal,'' said Metro Animal Control Director Judy Ladebauche. ''This is heart-breaking. I've seen horrific things but not like this. I cannot imagine where someone's mind would be who would do something like this.''

Ladebauche said she would ask the Davidson County district attorney general and police officials to upgrade the charges against Crawford from animal cruelty to the state's newly created aggravated animal cruelty charge. A conviction under the new law can result in a court-ordered mental evaluation for the offender, and a second offense is a felony.

Crawford also is charged with felony vandalism, instead of misdemeanor vandalism, because Gizmo was worth about $1,500, according to court records. No one else has been charged in the case, according to a review of recent warrants.

A man who was with Crawford, identified as Michael Lee Davis, also told police that Crawford kicked the dog, according to arrest reports.

Police reports say Crawford, who lives about three blocks from Lewis, is 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs 175 pounds. Gizmo weighed about 2 pounds, Lewis said.

William Ackerman, a neighbor of Lewis at Nashboro Village, said he saw Gizmo nearly every day as Lewis would stop by. ''I've got it out for anybody who would hurt a little-bitty dog like that. … '' Ackerman said. ''That little dog wouldn't hurt a flea.''

Yorkshire terriers are toy dogs with tan and ''blue'' coats. The American Kennel Club Web site warns that they can be easily injured by small children.

Lewis had seen the men laughing in the parking lot as he took out the trash. But he thought they were petting Gizmo, who Lewis said never barked, bit or attacked, and was a veteran whimperer — always looking for scraps of food or an occasional pat on the head. Lewis said he and Crawford did not know each other.

After Gizmo's death, Lewis said, he chased the three men until he caught Crawford, and made him pick up Gizmo's body and take it upstairs to McKenzie. He later held Crawford until police showed up. As her boyfriend spoke yesterday, McKenzie, 27, wept.

The couple said they were in shock and disbelief yesterday. Gizmo had originally belonged to Lewis' grandmother, and they took the dog when the woman died.
,500, according to court records. No one else has been charged in the case, according to a review of recent warrants.

A man who was with Crawford, identified as Michael Lee Davis, also told police that Crawford kicked the dog, according to arrest reports.

Police reports say Crawford, who lives about three blocks from Lewis, is 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs 175 pounds. Gizmo weighed about 2 pounds, Lewis said.

William Ackerman, a neighbor of Lewis at Nashboro Village, said he saw Gizmo nearly every day as Lewis would stop by. ''I've got it out for anybody who would hurt a little-bitty dog like that. … '' Ackerman said. ''That little dog wouldn't hurt a flea.''

Yorkshire terriers are toy dogs with tan and ''blue'' coats. The American Kennel Club Web site warns that they can be easily injured by small children.

Lewis had seen the men laughing in the parking lot as he took out the trash. But he thought they were petting Gizmo, who Lewis said never barked, bit or attacked, and was a veteran whimperer — always looking for scraps of food or an occasional pat on the head. Lewis said he and Crawford did not know each other.

After Gizmo's death, Lewis said, he chased the three men until he caught Crawford, and made him pick up Gizmo's body and take it upstairs to McKenzie. He later held Crawford until police showed up. As her boyfriend spoke yesterday, McKenzie, 27, wept.

The couple said they were in shock and disbelief yesterday. Gizmo had originally belonged to Lewis' grandmother, and they took the dog when the woman died.
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I would think that hefty fines that would be used for animal shelters would be a more appropriate punishment. Prisons are over crowded and many people that shouldn't get an early release due to this over crowding. A very hefty fine and a garnishment of their wages would hit them where it hurts. Making sure that the funds go to the local humane society or shelter would improve the lives of other animals still alive and in need of help.
 
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IIRC, there was talk a few years ago of putting the children of those convicted of animal cruelty on the 'at risk' register. Maybe not a bad idea.
I can't begin to imagine what these people must be thinking, I'm the same size as that guy, yet kicking a dog like that would be my worst nightmare. Whats the difference between us?
Maybe I'm just not scum.

Sorry to any scum I may have inadvertantly insulted. :mad:
 

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Man bites dog -- to death, China paper says

April 13, 2004




HONG KONG -- A man reportedly turned the tables on a dog in China, fatally biting it after it attacked.

The Shanghai man was strolling home with friends and was drunk after a night out, the South China Morning Post said. The canine apparently nipped at his fingers and cheek.

He jumped on the dog and bit it to death, the paper said.
http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-bite13.html
 

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Australian soldiers torture kittens!

Australian soldiers fined for kitten torture

Six soldiers have pleaded guilty in a Townsville court to acts of cruelty against a litter of kittens.
The Court heard the cruelty occurred at the Lavarack Base on April 10 this year and their actions were blamed on alcohol.
One of the kittens was dragged behind a motorcycle and then crushed under the wheel of a four wheel drive. Three others were set alight.
Magistrate David Glasgow said the six soldiers from the 10th Force Support Battalion had brought disgrace and dishonour to the Army and fined them $2,000 each.
They will also perform 100 hours voluntary work at the RSPCA.
Two of the soldiers also had their drivers licences suspended for six months.
Mr Glasgow did not record a conviction against the soldiers, noting that many in the community may not think the decision is strong enough.
The soldiers' defence counsel told the court alcohol was the cause of many regrettable acts within the armed forces.
Representing five of the six soldiers, Boris Kleiner said from his experience both as a former reservist and member of the regular Australian Army, that alcohol-fuelled acts of bravado and stupidity were part of the armed forces.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1105110.htm


Only a Fine!?! No Conviction!? Sick B******s!

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They were just practicing for when they get to Iraq and can do this sort of thing to real people. What is up with the judge rulling that it's ok because they were drunk and in the army?....bloody typical.
 
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When an animal injures or kills a person, the animal is put down.

When a person injures or kills an animal, the person is hardly punished.

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"When an animal injures or kills a person, the animal is put down.

When a person injures or kills an animal, the person is hardly punished."

And do you know why? Because they are animals and we are people.

The death of a kitten - even six kittens - just isn't important. Your local animal shelter likely asphixiates several dozen per month.

If you have squirrels or kittens in your roof, there are contractors in the phone book you can pay to have them killed.

The men ARE being punished. "just a fine?". $2,000. You have $2,000? 100 hours involuntary service. When is the last time you performed two and a half weeks of unpaid labor?

PETA? People! Eat the Animals.
 

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Killing animals (relatively) humanely for food or euthenising them is one thing.

Burning them alive or crushing them to death for the sheer sadistic pleasue of it is something else (and curiouly, a lot of serial killers begin by torturing animals before they graduate onto humans)

Oddly enough this isn't the first time I've heard of this sort of thing. One of my friends who was serving in Bosnia once showed me some photos that he'd taken near their camp, and one of them was of a cute little tortoiseshell cat. Then he told me that it died half an hour after he took that because some of his colleages thought it would be funny to drowned it in the cess pit.
 

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Rube said:
Because they are animals and we are people.
ahem! humans are also "classed" as animals


but it doesnt give the right for people to kill animals for fun :grrr:
 
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Yes, but if an animal does something to a human, it's probably out of defense. Humans torment animals just to be bastards. :mad:

I guess I'm a bit sensitive because animals have generally treated me with more kindness than humans ever have.

And please don't invoke the PETA thing. I hate 'em just as much as you do, I imagine.
 

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An addendum (sp?)

RSPCA won't let them anywhere near the place!

:mad: as hell
 

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I think they should be made to clean the lions cage at the nearest zoo....... while the animals are still in it.
 

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Dog is shot after threat by 'sniper'


Emily Bittner
The Arizona Republic
May. 12, 2004 12:00 AM


SCOTTSDALE - When Laura Middleton came home from work last Friday, she found her dog, Bomber, lying on her bed, whimpering.

Then she saw the hole in his left side, torn open by a pellet gun, she said.

Middleton, 22, and other residents at the Casita Real condos at Indian School and Granite Reef roads were papered with fliers last week signed by someone claiming to be "the sniper" and warning them that their dogs would be killed if their waste wasn't cleaned up.

"First you just freak out and get a little hysterical," said Middleton, a waitress. Eventually, she took the dog to a veterinarian, and Bomber is recovering from his wound.

Police are investigating the shooting and the flier distribution, said Detective Sam Bailey of the Scottsdale Police Department. The Middleton files weren't immediately available, he said.

Middleton, who called police when the fliers were first put on residents' cars a week ago and again when her dog was shot, is worried that police and her homeowners association aren't doing enough to stop other shootings.

"I don't feel safe living there, I don't feel safe keeping my dog there," she said. "Every noise that I hear, every move my dog makes, I am awake."

The fliers, typewritten in all capital letters on white paper, address all dog owners in the condo complex.

"I am sorry to say effective immediatley (sic), your dog will be shot on the spot if you do not pick up his dog (expletive). I will be in a bush/a tree/car/van/window. Consider yourself warned!!! I am sick of looking at dog (expletive) all over this property. It's simple. Your dog will live if you pick-up (sic), die if you don't."

The notes were the first Middleton heard of anyone's displeasure with dogs at the complex, she said.

"Just about everyone in that complex has dogs," she said. "This has never been an issue that I know of."
http://www.azcentral.com/community/scottsdale/articles/0512sr-dogshot12Z8.html
 
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