One Hundred of the Worst Animal Cruelty Cases 2006: Introduction

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People abuse animals in every state, but legal punishments vary widelyo

To deepen the public's understanding of animal cruelty and the types of cases that occur in every corner of our nation, The Humane Society of the United States offers this report summarizing a hundred of the most barbaric animal cruelty cases reported in the media during calendar year 2006. In compiling this list, HSUS staff examined nearly 2,500 animal cruelty cases, using internal records and documents and the privately operated website www.pet-abuse.com.

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One Hundred of the Worst Animal Cruelty Cases: Introduction

 

April 18, 2007


Introduction

To deepen the public's understanding of animal cruelty and the types of cases that occur in every corner of our nation, The Humane Society of the United States offers this report summarizing a hundred of the most barbaric animal cruelty cases reported in the media during calendar year 2006. In compiling this list, HSUS staff examined nearly 2,500 animal cruelty cases, using internal records and documents and the privately operated website www.pet-abuse.com.

Selection Process

To keep the list manageable, certain types of cases were immediately removed from consideration. These include:

 

  • No dogfighting-related cases. (One exception was an animal control officer using dogs supposedly under his protection for dogfighting. The officer's inherent responsibility to the animals made this case worthy of the exception.)
  • No bestiality cases.
  • No wildlife cases.
  • No hoarding cases.

 

In addition to these restrictions, the decision was made not to base inclusion on the number of animals affected in a single case.

 

What You Can Do

arrow If an animal is in immediate danger and you don't feel able to help, call law enforcement right away. Provide as many specific details as you can.


 

arrow Find out how to report cruelty or neglect.



arrow Learn what your state's cruelty laws are.

Incidental Findings

What remained after the vetting process were hundreds of cases of intentional burning, stabbing, strangling, bludgeoning, drowning, torturing and other horrific, illegal acts against animals.

While it was not the intent of this report to gather information on the causal situations surrounding animal abuse cases, some commonalities became clear during our research. Many cases were accompanied by verbal or physical domestic abuse. Most cases were perpetrated by males. A few cases were included not only because of the brutality to the animal, but because of the tender age of the abuser—one as young as four years old. In the final analysis, it became clear that animal cruelty occurs across lines of age, race, gender and social status.

 

"Suffering is suffering, and its victims cannot be ignored"

"Whether it be the suffering of a starving child or a starving calf, suffering is suffering, and its victims cannot be ignored ... .But it is not finally the victims of suffering that must be confronted and healed, I submit, but rather its perpetrators.

The fundamental essence of animal protection is ... an ethic that refuses to permit man-inflicted suffering to become either operative or normative, whether its victims be animals or humans."

—Former HSUS President John A. Hoyt at The HSUS' National Symposium on Oct. 9, 1993

State Analyses

Some states have more cases included in this report than others, and four states (Alaska, North Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming) and the District of Columbia do not have cases listed. This does not mean that animal cruelty is less of a concern in states with fewer cases on the list—it may mean quite the opposite. States with multiple cases highlighted may in fact be doing a much better job of addressing animal cruelty, and their aggressive efforts at investigating, prosecuting and publicizing animal cruelty cases may have led to their inclusion in this list. Similarly, a state with no cases included may simply be under-prosecuting or under-reporting animal cruelty.

The Law

Currently, 42 states include felony provisions in their animal cruelty statutes. Several more states will consider felony language this year. A chart explaining each state's current animal cruelty statute is at www.hsus.org/crueltylaws.

Conclusion

Animal cruelty occurs in all types of neighborhoods, all across our country. Because animals are unable to speak for themselves, the American public must intervene on their behalf. For information on how to recognize and report suspected cases of animal cruelty, visit www.hsus.org/reportcruelty.

When a case is reported, the public should let prosecutors, judges and legislators know that they want animal cruelty taken seriously. Those who commit acts of violent brutality, regardless of the victim, must be held accountable for their actions.

 

The Cases

Browse the list of 100 cases, or jump to the cases in a specific state:

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Massachusetts | Michigan | Minnesota | Mississippi | Missouri | Montana
Nebraska | Nevada | New Hampshire | New Jersey | New Mexico
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Pennsylvania | Rhode Island | South Carolina | South Dakota
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Washington, DC | West Virginia | Wisconsin | Wyoming

 

 

One Hundred of the Worst Animal Cruelty Cases in the United States, 2006

April 18, 2007

Cases are listed alphabetically by state, and listed in reverse chronological order within each state. The dates given are either the date the crime was committed, if known, or the date it was reported.

You can browse this file or jump to the cases in a specific state.

Alabama | Alaska | Arizona | Arkansas | California | Colorado
Connecticut | Delaware | Florida | Georgia | Hawaii | Idaho | Illinois
Indiana | Iowa | Kansas | Kentucky | Louisiana | Maine | Maryland
Massachusetts | Michigan | Minnesota | Mississippi | Missouri | Montana
Nebraska | Nevada | New Hampshire | New Jersey | New Mexico
New York | North Carolina | North Dakota | Ohio | Oklahoma | Oregon
Pennsylvania | Rhode Island | South Carolina | South Dakota
Tennessee | Texas | Utah | Vermont | Virginia | Washington
Washington, D.C. | West Virginia | Wisconsin | Wyoming

 

ALABAMA
CASE 1: Dogs doused with accelerant and burned to death
March 16
The Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office asked for help from the public in an ongoing investigation of animal cruelty. It appeared that a dog had accelerant poured on his back and was set on fire. Call Deputy Ray Jacobs at (205) 752-0616 with information on the case.

CASE 2: 350 animal carcasses discovered in illegal dumps
Jan. 30
About 350 dead cats, dogs and other animals were found in illegal dumps in Hampshire and Hardy counties, the state Division of Natural Resources said. Most of the animals were cats and dogs, but many species of wildlife were also found. Some were still wearing rabies vaccination and identification tags, indicating they once were someone's pets. Some had been decapitated and a few had intravenous tubes inserted in their forelegs. No arrests were made.

ALASKA
No cases included.

ARIZONA
CASE 3: Dog bound with zip ties, throat slit

Oct. 6
A 20-year-old Glendale man could face charges of animal cruelty after Maricopa County Sheriff's officials allegedly found a dead canine with a slit throat inside a trailer home. The dog's legs had been bound with zip ties. Investigators alleged that Eric Saenz attacked his shepherd dog and left the animal for dead in the trailer's bathroom. The dog died by the time deputies entered the trailer. The dog's legs were bloodied from the zip ties that dug through the flesh, exposing bone, according to the Sheriff's office. Sheriff Joe Arpaio called the abuse "disgusting," saying, "animal abuse leads to serious crimes against humans, including murder."

CASE 4: Chihuahua thrown to ground, thrown onto windshield, killed
June 30
Timothy Gonzalez, a 28-year-old Prescott Valley man, faced the maximum prison term of six years after a jury found him guilty on three counts during a domestic violence trial involving the killing of his wife's dog. Gonzalez was arguing with his wife when he picked up their Chihuahua and threw him to the ground twice. He then tossed him at the hood and windshield of a car, killing the dog. Gonzalez was arrested a few hours later and booked for domestic violence, felony animal cruelty and failure to register as a sex offender.

CASE 5: Pet rabbits decapitated, left in yard
April 15
The Humane Society of Yuma asked for the public's help in finding out who killed three pet rabbits in a Yuma backyard. The rabbits were decapitated over the weekend of April 15 and 16 at a home in northwest Yuma and left for the guardians to find, the humane society said. The rabbits were being kept as pets in cages in a backyard.

ARKANSAS
CASE 6: Five dogs left to starve to death
July
In a roundabout way, a local man received felony-level punishment for mistreating five dogs found dead in a rental home in Winslow—even though the state of Arkansas does not have a felony animal cruelty law. Dennis Osborn, 30, was sentenced to eight years in prison for leaving five dogs, later found dead by the landlord, at a rental property: three dogs in the home, two in the shed. It was unclear whether they died before he left the state for three months or while he was gone, according to Dustin Roberts, deputy prosecutor for the 4th Judicial District Prosecutor's Office. Damage to the property included evidence of the dogs eating the wood in the floor, Roberts said. Osborn was not prosecuted for animal cruelty. Instead, he pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal mischief for the damage caused to the property. Jill Hatfield, superintendent of animal services in Fayetteville, said the way the case was prosecuted says something about the state, that damage to property means more than the lives of living creatures. In addition to Arkansas, other states without felony animal cruelty laws are Idaho, Hawaii, Utah, North Dakota, South Dakota, Alaska and Mississippi.

CASE 7: Two dogs bound with wire to cinder block, drowned
Aug. 30
On the north side of Jonesboro on Prescott Lane, two dogs were found tied with wire that was attached to a cinder block. The dogs had been thrown into a pond and had drowned. The police report stated that the dogs "were weighted down to cause drowning" and there were "no other apparent signs" of the cause of death.

CASE 8: Puppy hurled twenty feet into wall
April 28
A Russellville man was fined and sentenced to serve two days in the Pope County jail after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor animal cruelty charge. Donald Washburn, 25, was cited after Russellville Police Patrolman Bryce Davenport witnessed the man hurl a pit bull puppy about twenty feet into the side of a wooden fence in his back yard. Washburn pleaded innocent to the charge in May and requested a jury trial, but later changed his plea.

CASE 9: Dogs skinned alive, other animals mutilated
Jan. 27
In Garland County, a rash of animal mutilations and cruelty had the Sheriff's Department asking the public for help in catching those responsible. When a local man's pet beagle came home bleeding and nearly skinned alive, she had to be euthanized. This was not the first animal mutilation case in the area. Lt. Rodney Neighbors of the Garland County Sheriff's Office said a cow was slaughtered and eviscerated. Two other dogs, a cat and four pigs were also killed in the Goat Hill Road area. Officers said one theory was that a cult could be involved, using the animals during rituals. Lt. Neighbors was also concerned about the animal cruelty cases escalating. "How long has this been going on that we didn't know about and where is it leading? [Jeffrey] Dahmer and all those started out this way," he said.

CALIFORNIA
CASE 10: 299 animals seized from an animal shelter

Aug. 23
Two executive officers of a Long Beach animal rescue group pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty charges in connection with the discovery of nearly 300 dogs and cats in a warehouse. Long Beach police responding to a silent alarm smelled a foul odor and called Animal Control officers, who discovered 152 dogs and 147 cats housed in a warehouse, according to the District Attorney's Office. Most of the cats were emaciated and covered in feces, police said. More than half the dogs had fur that was severely matted with urine and feces, and many were emaciated and had various infections. A state-licensed veterinarian determined that the conditions inside the warehouse were detrimental to the health and safety of the animals, police said.

CASE 11: Puppy kicked, head smashed into pavement
July 23
An Oakland woman was charged with felony animal abuse for killing her 6-week-old puppy by smashing the dog's head into the pavement. Police said the suspect, Bernadette Hutcherson, 19, was walking the yellow Labrador retriever on a leash with some friends in the 1700 block of 28th Avenue. For some reason Hutcherson became angry and allegedly began kicking the dog, flipping the animal several times, police said. She then allegedly picked the dog up and slammed the animal's head into the pavement at least twice, police said. A passerby tried to rescue the puppy, who died a few minutes later. A necropsy on the animal determined that the skull was cracked, and the report stated that the "puppy could not have died from any other cause than a severe traumatic blow to the head," authorities alleged.

CASE 12: Dog decapitated, dismembered
April 25
A woman reported finding the severed head and paws of her dog in the front yard of her north Stockton home. She was awakened by her two dogs barking early that morning and called for the animals to come into the house. When only one dog appeared, she looked outside and saw her second dog being driven away in a vehicle, Stockton police said. Shortly after 7 a.m., she discovered the dog's head and four paws in her front yard, according to police. No information on suspects was available.

CASE 13: Dog doused in gasoline, burned to death
March 23
A man who poured gasoline on his family's dog and set the dog on fire during a family dispute will spend 90 days in state prison undergoing psychological examinations. A judge ordered the evaluation of Micah Fennell, 28, saying she would use the results to help her decide how severely to punish the Rancho Cucamonga man for his crimes. Fennell pleaded guilty in July to felony arson and animal cruelty charges. At his sentencing, Fennell faced up to 16 months in state prison under the terms of his plea. He received 22 days in jail and five years supervised probation, as well as mandatory counseling and a prohibition from owning or caring for animals during the probationary period.

CASE 14: Dog stolen from guardian at gunpoint, strangled to death
Feb. 23
Oakland Police released composite sketches of two men accused of stealing a local woman's dog and killing the tiny terrier. Lea Dunn, 25, was entering her building with friends while her three-pound Yorkshire terrier, Princess, walked off-leash a few feet ahead. The men pushed their way past the group and the taller of the two men grabbed Princess. The men ran out of the building with Princess after one suspect, wearing a skullcap, flashed a gun at Dunn and her friends and told them to back off. Dunn and her boyfriend followed and found Princess' strangled, lifeless body discarded on the ground a half block away. The suspects were described as being in their twenties. The gunman was about 5 feet 10 inches tall, 180 pounds, clean-shaven with a dark complexion. The second suspect was described as 6 feet tall, 180 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland offered up to $5,000 as a reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspects. Anyone with information should call police at (510) 238-3326.

COLORADO
CASE 15: Tropical fish killed in garbage disposal

Dec. 16
An Aurora man faced several charges for allegedly breaking into his ex-girlfriend's home and putting her Siamese fighting fish in the garbage disposal and turning it on as she watched in horror. Prosecutors said the case was serious because he was apparently trying to intimidate her. He was due back in court on charges of first-degree criminal trespass and aggravated cruelty to animals. The fish's name was Blue.

CASE 16: Puppy mutilated, beheaded, dismembered
Nov. 13
The Humane Society of the United States offered a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for stealing and decapitating a 4-month-old puppy in Longmont. According to The Daily Times Call, Copper, a pit bull, was stolen from his yard early on Nov. 13. Later that morning, Copper's family found him decapitated and mutilated on their property. When police arrived, they found that some of Copper's bones and internal organs had also been removed. The veterinarian examining the body believed the puppy had been hung by his back legs and gutted in the same way a hog or goat is typically butchered. Two other dogs in the yard were not harmed. The Longmont police department was investigating the case. Contact Officer Cromley at (303) 651-8555 or Officer Milford at (303) 651-8500.

CASE 17: Cat drowned by 4-year-old, 7-year-old boys
May 13
Carbondale police investigated an intentional cat drowning in Roaring Fork Village. The two suspects were ages 4 and 7, said Carbondale Police Officer David Moreno. The suspects couldn't be charged with a crime because of their ages but results of the investigation would be sent to the district attorney.

CASE 18: Two goats stabbed to death at high school
An 18-year-old Olathe man pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty in the stabbing deaths of two Angora goats. Nicholas Scott was arrested in July and charged with aggravated animal cruelty, a class 6 felony, and with misdemeanor theft. He and a juvenile male stole the goats from a homeowner in Olathe and stabbed the animals, leaving the bodies at the Olathe High School football field. The crime alarmed many residents in the small farming community. With the plea bargain, Scott avoided a felony conviction and the theft charge was dropped.

CONNECTICUT
CASE 19: Rabbit strangled, wife threatened
Dec. 11
A Stratford man who police said strangled his family's rabbit and threatened to bite his wife was ordered held on bond. Anthony Finelli, 35, was charged with third-degree assault, cruelty to animals and three counts of risk of injury to a minor. Officers were called to the couple's home on a complaint of a domestic disturbance. They were shocked to find blood splattered on the walls and floor. Police said the woman reported that Finelli had become intoxicated, yelled at their three young children and hit her in the arm with a skateboard. She alleged he had threatened to bite her and then strangled the rabbit.

CASE 20: Kittens thrown out window, kicked into street
July 23
A Manchester man was taken into custody, accused of trying to kill four kittens because he was angry that his girlfriend wouldn't have sex with him. Police alleged that after the man threw the kittens into the street, he went outside and kicked them out into the street a little farther. Two of the cats had to be euthanized and the other two received oxygen therapy.

DELAWARE
CASE 21: Cat intentionally run over
April 29
A Georgetown man was accused of intentionally running over and killing a cat. Police arrested 35-year-old Rodney Leonard for allegedly speeding up just to run over a cat belonging to Kate Walker, also of Georgetown. The incident happened on a side road next to Walker's home. Walker said when she called for her cat, she was devastated by what happened next. "It went from really quiet to just the sound of the accelerator," Walker said. "I'd say he came from out of nowhere going 15 mph to 50 mph in a matter of seconds." Another witness alleged that he saw Leonard laughing. The cat, named "Snowball," later died from his injuries. Walker said the cat had been in her family for 10 years. Leonard was charged with animal cruelty, a felony.

FLORIDA
CASE 22: Three cats killed with blow torch
Nov. 28
Tampa Police arrested a 30-year-old man accused of killing neighborhood cats using a propane torch. Richard A. Wyatt was jailed for animal cruelty pending on investigation. Wyatt allegedly admitted he killed the cats at his home. Police said that Wyatt told them he was trying to rid the neighborhood of cats and wanted the animals to stay out of his yard.

CASE 23: Serial dog killer: strangulation, shooting
Oct. 3
Hillsborough County Animal Services investigated an alleged case of severe animal abuse at a mobile home in rural northeast Hillsborough County, just west of Polk County, spokeswoman Marti Ryan said. Animal Services Investigator Ken Vetzel went to Benjamin M. Boatwright's home after his landlord called to report that a puppy was killed there, Ryan said. A witness living with Boatwright alleged that she saw him beat to death a female hound-mix puppy named Angel after the animal defecated on the floor, Ryan said. They had gotten the dog a day earlier. The witness also alleged that Boatwright  had shot another dog, a young German shepherd mix named Sadie, six months ago because she defended herself when Boatwright punished her, Ryan said. The witness alleged that Boatwright put a plastic bag over Sadie's head and fired twice with a powerful pellet gun, killing the dog. When Vetzel talked to Boatwright, he would not admit to causing those two deaths but reportedly said that in the past year he shot a white boxer puppy named Romeo for biting his girlfriend, and choked to death a 6-week-old puppy named Little Wiggles because the animal whined, Ryan said. Vetzel searched the yard and found the buried remains of one dog and the partial skull of another with what appeared to be a bullet hole.

CASE 24: Teens robbed home, baked kitten in oven
Aug. 28
Sixteen-year-old Harold Smith and his co-defendant reacted to Mona Shows warning them to stay off her property by allegedly breaking into her home. They poured vegetable oil, cereal and laundry detergent in the kitchen, stole DVDs and jewelry and wrote threatening graffiti on the walls, according to a report. In the kitchen, 'R.I.P.' had been scrawled on the oven. Inside was Shows' kitten, baked to death. Shows stopped home after lunch and saw the kitchen in disarray. "There was this smell, a smell you can't even imagine," Shows said. After his arrest, Smith allegedly returned to threaten witnesses. "He told them that 'snitches die young' and that they were going to die," Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office Detective J.D. Scarso said. "When this happened, those witnesses called me." witness tampering charges and a prior burglary charge, the State Attorney's Office charged Smith as an adult. Because his co-defendant was charged as a juvenile, media reports did not divulge his name.

CASE 25: Animal control officer fought dogs in his custody
March 16
An animal control officer new on the job was accused of misusing his position by allegedly fighting dogs in his custody instead of protecting them. Troy Major, 35 years old, was arrested at his home after police found two dogs at his home that were property of Animal Control, police said. The police report alleged that besides the dogs, they found equipment used to train fighting dogs at Major's home.

CASE 26: Dog beheaded, remains found in barrel
March 16
A St. Johns County man was arrested on charges of animal cruelty and filing a false police report after he reported that his family dog had been beheaded. The suspect, later identified as 36-year-old Frank Lynn Feldman, told deputies that he had been receiving threats and that the tires to his truck had been recently slashed. He led deputies to his truck where he said someone had placed the dog's head on his truck seat. Feldman told investigators that only the head of the dog had been discovered and that a bobcat might have taken the body. While looking for evidence of the incident, deputies smelled an unpleasant odor similar to burnt hair. They looked into a barrel used to burn refuse and discovered the dog's burnt remains. When Feldman was confronted with inconsistencies in his story and the discovery of the dog, he allegedly altered his story after writing a sworn affidavit.

GEORGIA
CASE 27: Teenage brothers torture, cook puppy

Sept. 6
A retrial was scheduled for two teenage brothers in Atlanta accused of torturing a puppy to death, then showing the dead dog to neighborhood children who were threatened if they told anyone. Joshua Moulder, 17, and Justin Moulder, 18, were accused of binding the dog with duct tape, dousing her with paint and putting her in an oven at the community center in the apartment complex where they lived. They were also accused of luring neighborhood children to the apartment complex to see the dead puppy, then threatening to kill them if they told anyone. Their first trial resulted in a hung jury when one juror refused to participate in deliberations. Fulton County, Ga., District Attorney Paul Howard was lobbying state lawmakers to increase sentences for animal cruelty. The maximum is five years in prison. Howard was recently honored for his work on this case by The Humane Society of the United States. In Howard's words, "Something is wrong with a person who would torture a helpless animal."

CASE 28: Puppy dragged behind car, spray painted
June 22
Lesley Mailler, a Savannahl veterinarian, said the case a puppy named Remi was the worst incident of animal abuse she had ever treated. Animal Control found the 4- to 5-month-old puppy and took her to VCA Greater Savannah Animal Hospital. Dr. Mailler said the puppy was dehydrated, in shock and near death, suffering from injuries consistent with being dragged behind a vehicle. Hospital staff named the puppy Remi, which is short for the pain medication she was receiving. When the puppy was brought to them, most of the dog's body was covered in spray paint. "I just don't understand," Mailler said. "It's almost like entertainment, I think, for some people to do this to animals." Much of the skin on the puppy's feet and stomach was scraped off. Mailler said the dog had serious damage to the lip and jaw, had lost six teeth, and may have permanent damage to a foot.

HAWAII
CASE 29: Pet pig attacked by dogs, stabbed to death in front of guardians

Oct. 30
Joseph Calarruda, 38, was in custody after turning himself in at the Wahiawa police station. His criminal history included kidnapping, assault, abuse and parole violations. Calarruda allegedly trespassed on private property and allowed his hunting dogs to attack Porky, a beloved pet pig who had appeared in local television ads. Witnesses said that Porky was sleeping in a bed of grass when five dogs chased him into the garage. "The people were right there in his face, telling him to get the dogs out, that he was trespassing and not to kill the pig because he was a pet," an official said. "They heard the pig squealing and then there was silence." The man allegedly went into the garage, killed the pig and dragged him out and left him in front of his guardian, police said. The incident drew the attention of national pet groups. The Humane Society of the United States asked City Prosecutor Peter Carlisle to fully investigate and prosecute the man. Porky's guardian said he would let the Humane Society use Porky to lobby for stricter cruelty laws. Animal cruelty is a felony in 42 states, but not in Hawaii.

IDAHO
CASE 30: Puppy burned, dragged by vehicle
June 12
In Meridian, employees at a real estate firm found a 14-week-old puppy who had been doused with what was likely a flammable liquid and set on fire. News reports also stated that he suffered bruises and welts from being dragged. The puppy, dubbed Rocky, survived, and police were looking for the person responsible for the crime. International animal protection organization In Defense of Animals (IDA) added a reward of $2,500 to the Idaho Humane Society and The Humane Society of the United States' $5,000 reward, for any information resulting in the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the abuse. Call Susan Clark at the Idaho Humane Society at (208) 342-3508 ext. 2273 with information on the case.

ILLINOIS
CASE 31: Kitten's head ripped off in domestic dispute
July 28
A Bethalto man who ripped off a kitten's head to spite his girlfriend will spend two years in prison for animal abuse. Jacob Thornton, 22, received the sentence in exchange for his guilty plea. Without a plea bargain, he could have received up to five years in prison. Thornton had been on parole for felony battery when he allegedly ripped the head off his girlfriend's kitten. Police said Thornton mutilated the kitten, between 8 and 12 weeks old, out of revenge because the girlfriend walked out of their home with her son during an argument. When the girlfriend returned, the kitten's body and head were in the yard, police said. The judge ordered Thornton's sentence to run concurrently with a prison term related to a parole violation on a 2005 aggravated battery conviction.

INDIANA
CASE 32: Puppy spray painted, throat slit
Jan. 28
Badly injured with legs, shoulders and chest spray-painted purple, an abused dog was lucky to find help. Two children found the dog hiding behind an old mattress. "I thought it was dead because he was laying down," one said. The children approached the dog and they could see he needed help. He had a deep gash across his neck. "His bones were all showing in his neck, and he was scratching his neck, and it was nasty," they said. When South Bend Animal Control officer Devin Brubaker arrived, the puppy was calm and the children were holding him. "He had a laceration on the bottom of his throat," Brubaker said. Sometimes when an animal is found in such a condition, it's because they've outgrown their collar and are being choked by it, Brubaker added. The dog was taken to Western Veterinary Clinic, where Dr. Persing said the laceration was from "ear to ear," and the injury was about a week old. The wound was also infected. "I think that little dog was terrorized," Persing said. Animal Control officers dubbed him "Elmo." Animal Control was looking for any witnesses or people who could provide details about the identity of Elmo's abuser or abusers.

IOWA
CASE 33: Dog hanged while tied out in guardian's yard

March 6
Steve Weber said they always attached their dog Molly to a dog run in the morning. Later that day, the Weber's 10-year-old son Kevin heard Molly crying tried to cut Molly loose. They were too late. After a closer look, Steve realized Molly's collar had been disconnected from her leash and attached to the top of the run line. Tom Colvin, Director of the Des Moines Animal Rescue League, said cases like this highlighted the need for tougher penalties for people who torture animals. A $500 reward was offered for information about Molly's death. Call the Webers at (515) 440-0728 or (515) 250-9600 with information.

KANSAS
CASE 34: Chihuahua thrown from third floor window during domestic argument
Nov. 13
A home was the scene of an argument between 19-year-old Tyson Gibson and his 18-year-old girlfriend. The fight escalated and Gibson allegedly grabbed a Chihuahua from the girl's hands and threw the dog from the third floor apartment. The dog died of skull fractures and internal injuries. Gibson was charged with a felony. "It's pretty clear the intent there was to kill and maim the animal and it was malicious, considering the circumstances," said Shawnee County District Attorney Robert Hecht. Gibson could face up to 12 months behind bars.

CASE 35: Pet rabbit tortured, killed
July 27
A Lawrence man charged with felony animal cruelty for killing a pet rabbit made a brief appearance in Douglas County District Court. Austin Newport, 22, was the first person charged in Douglas County under a new law that made animal cruelty a felony in some cases. A police report alleged that Newport put Melvin—a pet he shared with his roommate—in a plastic bag, tried to break the rabbit's neck and tried to cut him because he didn't think he could care for him anymore and wanted to eat him. The rabbit later died at a veterinarian's office.

CASE 36: Yorkshire terrier beaten to death with hammer
April 24
A Wichita family found their 4-year-old pet Hank beaten to death in their back yard. The family asked for help in catching the person responsible for this vicious case of animal cruelty. The crime happened just two months before the state's animal cruelty bill officially became law, making the possible punishment a slap on the wrist rather than a felony. "I feel like they cut my heart out," said Rita Larcade. "All I wanted to do was take him to the vet." Larcade's daughter, Lola Tracy, found the small dog with his head smashed open. "The right side of his face was shoved into the ground," said Tracy. "I literally had to dig him out with my fingers. I rolled him over, and he was bloody on one side." A hammer was found on the other side of the fence with the dog's blood on it. Hank was rushed to the vet where he later died. Larcade and Tracy said they called Wichita Police to report the crime, but were referred to animal control. Police said that was an error and they would investigate the crime if the guardians still wanted to file a report. On April 27, Governor Sebelius formally signed Magnum's law, which provides stiffer penalties to anyone who abuses or intentionally kills an animal. The law went into effect July 1. Hank was buried in the back yard under one of his favorite shade trees.

KENTUCKY
CASE 37: Dog's back legs cut off, ears and tail injured
March 10
Kim Keating with Bullitt County Animal Rescue said she got a call from 911 dispatchers after a couple reported an abandoned dog on Weavers Run, not far from the Jefferson County line. When Keating got there, she found Oz, a one-year-old mixed breed, badly injured. The lower part of both hind legs had been cut off and his tail and ear were injured. If you know Oz or what happened to him, please call Bullitt County Animal Rescue at (502) 543-7392 or (502) 543-8686.

LOUISIANA
CASE 38: Kittens thrown from moving car
Sept. 24
A 40-year-old Metairie man faced charges after he was allegedly seen tossing kittens out of moving vehicle. Jefferson Parish Sheriff's deputies said a witness following a vehicle driven by Ronald Douglas Lloyd reported that she saw him throw three small kittens out of the window. The woman told authorities that the last kitten was thrown out in Kenner. Jefferson Parish Sheriff's deputies took Lloyd into custody and booked him on one count of animal cruelty. Although officers looked for kittens in the areas where the woman had reported seeing them tossed from the vehicle, they were only able to locate the one in Kenner. Police said the severely injured kitten later died.

CASE 39: Three cats, two dogs, three horses mutilated, throats cut
Aug. 24
The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office investigated the killing and mutilation of several animals on South Coburn Road, east of Hammond, sheriff's spokesman Chuck Reed said. The animals killed included three cats, a dog and a horse. Another two horses and a dog were mutilated, Reed said. Residents found the pets around the house while the horses were in the barn and their throats had been cut, possibly with a large knife, Reed said. Officers found no ritualistic evidence associated with the assaults. The killings were investigated as aggravated cruelty to animals, which includes the killing or maiming of animals intentionally. Louisiana law provides for penalties including fines from $5,000 to $25,000 and/or incarceration with or without hard labor from one to 10 years for each incident. "These are serious crimes. I am personally staying abreast of this case," Sheriff Daniel Edwards said. "As a mostly rural parish, we take mistreatment of animals seriously. The intentional maiming and killing of animals are very serious felony offenses." Crimestoppers also offered a $200 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the responsible party, Reed said. Case should call (800) 554-5245 with information.

CASE 40: Kitten, following three children, strangled to death
July 9
A Shreveport man was behind bars after authorities said he killed a kitten. Terrance Coleman, 18, was charged with aggravated cruelty to an animal. Cadd Animal Control officials said Coleman allegedly picked up a 4-month-old kitten who was following three small children down the street and started squeezing the kitten. Authorities alleged that he threw the cat down and then strangled the animal to death. No bond was set for Coleman, and he could face up to 10 years in jail and be fined up to $25,000.

CASE 41: Cat mutilated, used for animal sacrifice
Jan. 14
The bloody remains of an apparent animal sacrifice at a Baton Rouge park and the discovery of drugs and alcohol nearby led to the arrests of two men and a woman. One of the accused was freed on bond, according to East Baton Rouge Parish Prison records. The suspects lived in Livingston and West Baton Rouge parishes. Austin Jones, 18, of Denham Springs; Misty Sanchez, 21, of  Brusly; and Ronnie Joseph Ford Jr., 25, of  Denham Springs admitted to mutilating a cat officers found in a nearby garbage can, police spokesman Cpl. L'Jean McKneely said. Uniformed officers observed two vehicles parked in the rear of the parish Recreation and Park Commission Park at about 1:45 a.m., McKneely said. Since parking there after hours was prohibited, the officers decided to investigate. They found three people dressed in black clothing, along with a large butcher knife and large amounts of blood and fur on one vehicle's hood, he said. One suspect was also reportedly covered in fur and blood, and officers found drugs and alcohol in both vehicles, McKneely said. Jones, Sanchez and Ford each were booked into Parish Prison on counts of criminal trespass, ritualistic acts and aggravated cruelty to animals, police said. Jones also faced counts of possession of alcohol. Both Sanchez and Ford faced counts of possession of schedule 2 drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

MAINE
CASE 42: Three dogs wrapped in plastic bags, beaten to death
April 13
Three dogs were slain in rural Aroostook County, two wrapped in plastic bags and one wrapped in a garbage bag in a remote area west of Caribou. One dog, a female Brittany spaniel, was found on a dirt road and investigators believed she was a family pet. The animal had suffered severe head trauma that, according to a necropsy report, was "not consistent with being hit by a car." The Humane Society of the United States posted a reward of up to $2,500 for the arrest and conviction of whoever was behind the gruesome slayings.

MARYLAND
CASE 43: Two cats stomped to death by convicted child rapist
July 10
A homeless man charged with stomping an Annapolis woman's two cats to death pleaded insanity. Michael Alan Poole, 24, was arrested after allegedly going to a home on Smithville Street twice in two days, each time killing a cat belonging to Annie Parker, police said. When Poole went to the house a third time, Ms. Parker's son called 911 and police found Poole nearby, according to charging documents. He admitted stomping the cats and showed them where he'd left one of the animals, police said Poole was committed for an emergency psychiatric evaluation. In court papers filed later, Assistant Public Defender Karl H. Gordon said Poole was not responsible for the crime because didn't understand that what he was doing was wrong. Police said Poole had been coming to the Parker house for several months and seemed interested in her cats. Ms. Parker's son said the homeless man was "kind and gentle" with the cats, but on July 10, after one apparently bit or scratched him, he allegedly killed it. He returned the next day and stomped   the second animal, police said. In 2001, Poole was sentenced to five years in prison for the second-degree rape of a thirteen-year-old girl, but a judge recommended that he be admitted to Spring Grove Hospital for psychiatric treatment. A prison system spokesman said he was released in July 2005.

CASE 44: Four cats thrown into fire in domestic dispute
July 2
A Smithsburg man convicted of killing four of his girlfriend's kittens by throwing them into a fire was sentenced to nearly a year in prison despite the couple's pleas for leniency. McDowell ordered Robert Tomlin, 22, to serve the maximum of 341 days in prison for violating his probation by moving back in with Green and her five remaining cats days after he pleaded guilty to aggravated animal cruelty. The plea bargain had included a suspended 18-month prison term and three years of supervised probation with conditions that Tomlin avoid contact with Green and animals. The sentence included credit for 199 days Tomlin had already spent in custody.

MASSACHUSETTS
CASE 45: Pet store fire set by manager, 24 animals perish, animal advocates falsely implicated
Sept. 9
A Middlesex Grand Jury returned indictments against three individuals in connection with a fire at the Boston Tropical Fish and Reptile store in Cambridge. Thanh Trinh, 42, of Charlestown; Zachary Azzam, 18, of Cambridge; and Dennis Nickerson, 21, of Somerville were all charged with willful burning of a building, malicious cruelty to animals, larceny over $250, larceny from a building and conspiracy. A number of animals perished in the fire, while others were successfully rescued. Authorities reported that Trinh, a manager at the store who was in the process of buying the business, intentionally set the fire with the assistance of Azzam and Nickerson. Authorities alleged that Trinh intentionally vandalized the building to make it look like an act committed by an animal activist group. As a result, investigators from The Joint Terrorist Task Force also assisted in the investigation.

MICHIGAN
CASE 46: Dogs stabbed to death during domestic incident
Dec. 3
A Roosevelt Park man faced criminal charges after allegedly assaulting his wife and then stabbing the family dog and letting him bleed to death on the bathroom floor. A police report stated that the dog, Hannibal, had bitten the attacker on the shoulder when he had his hands around his wife's neck during a scuffle in their bedroom. The 2-year-old dog then allegedly paid for his act of protection with his life. Christian Harold Boyd Sr., 33, was arrested on one count of domestic assault and battery and one count of animal abandoning/cruelty. Boyd was lodged at the Muskegon County Jail after the incident, but was later released. According to the police report, Boyd allegedly fought with his 32-year-old wife over money and attempted to choke her while the two fought on their bed. Their 8-year-old son witnessed the brawl, according to a police report. During the fight, Hannibal, hearing the screams from the woman, jumped on the bed and bit Boyd on the left shoulder, the report said. At that point, Boyd's wife retrieved a 9mm handgun from the television stand next to the bed, grabbed the boy and fled to a nearby home. When she returned, Boyd had driven away in a 2007 Cadillac Escalade. She reportedly discovered Hannibal lying on the bathroom floor with an apparent stab wound in his side so large that some internal organs were hanging outside his body, police said. Boyd's wife told police in the report that she didn't want to press charges against her husband, but authorities moved forward with both counts.

CASE 47: Serial decapitation of dogs
March 24
Three weeks after the last report of a dead dog in their neighborhoods, residents of eastern Washtenaw County had begun to breathe easier. But when they learned that authorities had stopped reporting deaths, the residents were worried anew. "I feel people should know about it," said Terry Morgan, 44, who had a rottweiler and German shepherd. "I want to know about it." The Humane Society of Huron Valley reported earlier that nine dogs were discovered during an 11-day span in February within a three-mile radius in Superior Township. Four of the nine dogs had been decapitated.

CASE 48: Live cats tied to trees, used as coyote bait
March 5
The man suspected of tying two cats to trees in Linden as live bait for traps was arraigned in Genesee County's Central District Court. Douglas Holtslander, 66, of Fenton Township was charged under an animal cruelty law of baiting with live animals, a four-year felony. Linden Police Chief Pete VanDriessche said a man looking for deer found the two cats tied by wire to separate trees in a swampy woods west of Ralston Road. "They were both in real bad shape," VanDriessche said. Animal carcasses nearby were apparently the cat's food supply. The cats bit two Linden firemen as they were being untied, but after 10 days of observation by Genesee County Animal Control, they were euthanized. An anonymous tipster received the $2,500 reward offered by The Humane Society of the United States.

MINNESOTA
CASE 49: Parakeet's head torn off
Nov. 26
An Eagan man was charged with felony animal cruelty for killing his girlfriend's parakeet in a fit of jealous rage. According to police, Nathan David Andersen, 24, was at his home with his friend and his live-in girlfriend on Sunday, Nov. 26. All three had allegedly been drinking. When Andersen's girlfriend went to bed, the friend told Andersen that he and the girlfriend had been having a sexual relationship. Andersen then woke up his girlfriend and the two began arguing. During the fight, Andersen allegedly kicked over the bird cage, grabbed the parakeet and killed the bird, the criminal complaint said. The girlfriend told police that she hadn't personally felt threatened by Andersen, but that she was upset about what happened to her bird. Andersen was arrested and taken to the Dakota County Jail, where he was later released on $5,000 bail. Animal cruelty became a felony in Minnesota in 2001.

CASE 50: Miniature pinscher beaten to death by two 6-year olds, one 8-year old
June 16
A North Branch, Minn. family said they were crushed by the death of their puppy—reportedly at the hands of three young neighborhood boys. Amy Darwin said her miniature pinscher, Bella, tied up in the back yard when the family left for the grocery store, was apparently beaten with a stick and a rock. When they returned, they found the dog unresponsive. Bella, who weighed about three pounds, suffered a broken leg and was later declared brain dead. Three boys were identified as the alleged perpetrators. Two were 6 years old and one was 8. Darwin said the family was so shaken by the incident that they put their house up for sale.

MISSISSIPPI
CASE 51: Dog shot, head bashed in
Oct. 27
Gautier Police were looking for whoever was responsible for the death of a 3-year-old Siberian husky. The dog, named Sugar, was shot three times and had severe head injuries. His body was found on U.S. 90 near Jerry Lee's grocery store. The dog's guardian told police that he believed a local juvenile was responsible. Jackson County Animal Shelter Director Bill Richman said he saw cases of abuse and neglect almost every week, with sometimes three or more cases coming in on one day. Darren Versiga, a private investigator who made it his mission to find who was responsible for killing a dog in a previous case, said animal abuse was widespread. "Gautier is not the only city plagued with that problem," Versiga said. "It's all over the place. We've had other problems where people are poisoning their dogs in Vancleave and up in Hurley and in the county." Richman and Versiga agreed that abuse takes place just about anywhere.

CASE 52: Puppy found covered in pipe glue, eyes glued shut, legs smashed
July 20
A 16-week old black male Labrador retriever covered in PVC pipe glue was discovered in Gautier across from the Singing River Grocery. The animal's eyes were sealed shut with glue, and his mouth, throat and ears were also saturated. His hind legs were also fractured in several places. Animal cruelty is a misdemeanor crime in Mississippi and carries a fine on a case-by-case basis. According to officials in the Gautier Police Department, the crime can carry up to six months of jail time if it is extremely cruel. The officials also said their policy on animal cruelty was to file a report, find the guardians of the animal and file charges if necessary.

MISSOURI
CASE 53: Chihuahua found hung up by zip ties, head swollen
July 27
The Humane Society of Missouri offered a reward for information regarding a severely abused Chihuahua. Charlotte was discovered on the porch of a home in St. Louis and a local resident who found the dog brought her to the Humane Society. She had a plastic zip tie attached to her neck, causing her head to become grotesquely swollen to the size of a grapefruit. Authorities were canvassing the area where Charlotte was found. Call the animal abuse hotline at (314) 647-4400 with information about this case.

CASE 54: Kitten's head torn off, witnesses' dog stolen
May 4
An Amazonia woman was behind bars for allegedly decapitating a kitten with her bare hands. Several witnesses said the bizarre story didn't end with the alleged animal abuse. Kelly Rader was moving her belongings out of  former roommate Deb Hontz's trailer when she found a litter of stray kittens. Hontz became upset because several strays had torn up her trailer in the past. Rader alleged that Hontz said she was going to kill them, then grabbed one of the kittens and ripped its head off. Rader's neighbor and friend Craig Henderson said he distracted Hontz long enough for his wife to retrieve the dead cat from a trash can. The Hendersons then called the Andrew County Sheriff's Department and officers took the body for evidence. Later that day, the Hendersons couldn't find their albino pit bull, Diamond. Henderson said: "I walked to the corner and saw Deb Hontz with my own eyes put my dog in her truck, so I grabbed the keys and it was a chase." The chase ended in St. Joseph and landed Diamond a night's stay at the animal shelter. Hontz faced felony animal abuse charges, felony animal theft charges and misdemeanor trespassing charges. She was held at Andrew County Jail on a $25,000 bond.

MONTANA
CASE 55: 14-year-old boy threw parrot against wall, lit firecracker in animal's mouth
July 2
A 14-year-old boy was arrested for aggravated animal cruelty after allegedly killing a parrot with a firecracker. Police were summoned when the boy's father reported that his African grey parrot had been stolen and his house had been ransacked. The man said that his son and a friend had broken into his house and lit firecrackers. The father alleged that his son threw the parrot, valued at $1,000, against the wall and then lit a firecracker in the bird's mouth. Sheriff John Walsh said the 14-year-old was being held at the juvenile detention center in Galen. The boy's friend was not arrested. Because the boys were juveniles, their names were not released.

CASE 56: Puppy stolen from animal shelter, thrown to death on the street from moving vehicle
April 14
Eighteen-year-old Daniel Staggs was jailed and faced animal cruelty and theft charges after allegedly running over a puppy stolen from the Flathead County Animal Shelter. A 15-year-old girl was also charged in the theft. A volunteer at the animal shelter alleged that the girl walked out of the back door with the black lab puppy and Staggs picked her up in his car. Officers pursued the vehicle through town and allegedly saw Staggs throw the animal out of the car. The puppy was run over and killed.

NEBRASKA
CASE 57: Cat stabbed, organs found in Tupperware containers in kitchen cabinet
Dec. 20
An Omaha couple was arrested for felony animal cruelty after a dead cat was found in the back yard of a home. Mark Langan of the Nebraska Humane Society alleged that the cat was killed in a type of religious ceremony where the cat was stabbed and the cat's organs were removed in the backyard. John Rosen and his fiancée Holly Perrigo were arrested based on a tip to the Humane Society. Investigators allegedly found the cat's organs in six Tupperware containers in a kitchen cupboard. Officers took a sword and knives for evidence. Rosen and Perrigo were booked on one count of felony cruelty to animals. Felony animal cruelty is defined by Nebraska State Statute as abuse involving torture and mutilation, which fits this particular crime, said Langan. The Nebraska Humane Society requested information on anyone using animals for religious sacrifices. Rewards were offered.

CASE 58: Second grader's pet guinea pig killed in school burglary
Oct. 9
Three Lincoln schools were targeted by vandals over a weekend. Hill Elementary was victimized twice. Someone broke in a door, apparently with the intent of doing as much damage as possible. The person or persons vandalized two classrooms, breaking a fish aquarium and killing a guinea pig on loan from a student, Van Horn said. Hill Principal Don Rangel said a group of people arrived early to clean so students would not realize what happened. The guinea pig had been a gift from a second-grader to a first-grade classroom. The animal had been brought in after school the day before the break-in, so the kids in the room had not even seen the guinea pig yet.

NEVADA
CASE 59: Dog thrown from second floor, 13-year-old girl beaten
Sept. 24
A 26-year-old Reno man was jailed after beating his wife's 13-year-old sister and throwing the girl's dog from a second-floor landing, police said. The girl was placed in foster care by social workers. Police alleged that the dog, named Scraps, suffered a broken pelvis after being dropped 12 feet. Naeem Elliott was booked that afternoon into the Washoe County Jail on suspicion of child abuse, domestic violence and animal cruelty. Elliott had been in an argument regarding the girl and her two older sisters, who were living with him and his wife, police said.

NEW HAMPSHIRE
CASE 60: Kitten found in plastic bag, zip tie around her neck
April 20
A 5-month-old kitten named Sally was recovering in an Ipswich, Mass., animal hospital after surviving several days in a plastic bag with a zip tie around her neck. "You could tell she was left for dead," said Diane Beausoleil, office manager at the Townsend Veterinary Hospital, where Sally was recovering. "They weren't just trying to get rid of her. They were trying to kill her." Hospital employees said the tuxedo-colored house cat may have been in the plastic bag as long as four days before a resident heard her cries. The kitten's neck was bleeding and covered with maggots, hospital employees said. "If she hadn't been found that day, she would have been dead by the next day," said Dr. Lynne O'Neil, who treated Sally. Beausoleil said the kitten was expected to make a full recovery. Employees at the hospital, who gave the kitten her name, said Sally had taken a liking to the staffers' petting and attention. "It's going to have a good ending," Beausoleil said.

NEW JERSEY
CASE 61: Kitten doused in fluid, burned, beaten to death

Sept. 25
Three N.J. youths were charged with animal cruelty after allegedly torturing a kitten and setting it on fire. Authorities said the teenagers put the kitten inside a bag, tossed the bag in the air repeatedly, stomped on the cat, and kicked it for more than a block. "They even tried to entice a dog to inflict more damage to the cat," said Police Capt. Jose Ruiz. "The dog wasn't interested so the kids took it upon themselves to finish the job." Police alleged that the teens then soaked the small animal with lighter fluid and set it ablaze. Investigators found the kitten's charred body buried behind a house near one boy’s home. The three were turned over to the custody of their parents or guardians. They faced hearings in juvenile court.

CASE 62: Stray kittens burned, two fatally
March 16
Police suspected fires that burned a small, makeshift shelter for a stray cat colony were intentionally set. The fire killed two kittens, estimated to be a few hours to a day old, said the Chatham man who created the colony and tended to the cats who lived there. "I'm just kind of in shock," John Kuzmik said on the scene. "I can't believe it." The colony was approved by the town in hopes of controlling the population of stray cats in the area. Kuzmik and other volunteers had been preparing to move the cats to another colony in Ewing. The colony consisted of plastic totes sided by wood panels, and housed 10 to 12 cats.

NEW MEXICO
CASE 63: Dog skinned alive, run over twice
Dec. 14
A sheepdog belonging to a Navajo elder was "skinned alive, run over twice," and tossed next to a campsite. "We have taken pictures and are reporting this terrorist act to the proper authorities. This is plain brutal and an intent to intimidate the camp," said Lori Goodman of Diné Care. "The elders put a lot of value into training their sheepdogs and an act such as this is elder abuse." The sheepdog belonged to Alice Gilmore, who was in her 80s.

NEW YORK
CASE 64: Dog locked in closet to starve to death while guardian went to Disneyworld
January
Jason Griffin earned a year-long trip to the Suffolk County jail after he allegedly left his dog to starve to death while he vacationed in Walt Disney World in Florida with his daughter. Griffin, 27, of Northport, pleaded guilty to aggravated animal cruelty. "What motivated you to commit this vicious crime remains a mystery to me," said Suffolk County Judge Barbara Kahn. The owner of the basement apartment where Griffin lived allegedly discovered the dog, Candy, lying dead in a cage inside a locked closet. The Labrador-pit bull mix had lost 50 pounds and most of her hair. Her eyes were sunken in and crusted over. "In the end, it was starving, blind, in a closet, alone," Assistant District Attorney Glenn Kurtzrock said. Kurtzrock said he received a hundred letters, emails and phone calls from people asking that Griffin get the maximum two-year jail sentence and counseling, and be banned from any future contact with animals.

CASE 65: Cat shot, beheaded, bagged, hung from tree; defendant claimed actions not upsetting
Jan. 11
A Milan man accused of killing and beheading his family pet, and also facing felony drug charges in Dutchess County Court, was ordered to undergo a mental health avaluation. Authorities said Robert See allegedly shot his cat with a high-powered rifle after it urinated on the carpet of See's home, then chopped off the cat's head with an axe, placed the head in a bag, and hung the bag from a tree on a neighboring property. Authorities said See collected animal skulls and intended to add the cat's skull to his collection. A neighboring landowner discovered the head in the hanging bag and notified authorities. Later, the Dutchess County Probation Department issued a report calling See "candid, well-grounded and responsible." Assistant District Attorney Frank Chase said probation officials also indicated that See believed his actions involving the cat were "a reflection of the values in a rural area rather than reckless and wanton behavior" and that he "didn't think his actions would upset" anyone.

NORTH CAROLINA
CASE 66: Puppy stabbed, choked in plastic bag, thrown in river
Feb. 20
A man who used a knife, his hands and a plastic bag to kill a puppy in an alley pleaded guilty to a felony count of cruelty to animals, but didn't spend any additional time in jail. James A. Johnson, 36, of Queen Street, entered the guilty plea in New Hanover County Superior Court after spending about six weeks in jail awaiting trial, Assistant District Attorney Charity Wilson said. Judge Ernest Fullwood gave Johnson a suspended jail sentence of five to six months. Because the offense was a low-level felony, Johnson couldn't be sentenced to any active time. "It was much more horrific than I think anyone understood," Wilson said. Johnson told police that the 3-month-old lab mix puppy, Mary Jane, suffered a broken leg playing with his pit bull, and he couldn't afford a veterinarian. He allegedly took the puppy to an alley off the 100 block of Water Street and tried to cut off her head with a knife, Wilson said. When that wasn't successful, Johnson tried to break the animal's neck before putting her in a plastic bag and suffocating her, Wilson said. He threw the dog's body into the Cape Fear River. A neighbor heard the cries of the puppy, saw Johnson, and later found blood and feces by a trash bin in the alley. She called city police. "It was the most heinous thing I have ever had to cover," investigating Officer Linda Hunter said. Authorities were skeptical that the animal's leg was actually broken. "It is probably one of the most horrific cases I've seen since I've been in the District Attorney's Office," Wilson said. "I feel like our laws are painfully inadequate to deal with something like this."

CASE 67: Dog's throat slit during domestic incident
Jan. 13
A Valle Crucis man was jailed for threatening to shoot his wife with a rifle before using a knife to slit the throat of a family pet. Terry Lynn Tabor, 39, was charged with two counts of communicating threats, assault by pointing a gun and felony cruelty to animals. Tabor's wife alleged to Watauga County Sheriff's Office deputies that her husband had threatened repeatedly to kill her with a Marlin 30/30 rifle. Court records also alleged Tabor threatened to kill her pet before cutting the Jack Russell terrier's throat. The dog died of the wound.

NORTH DAKOTA
No cases included.

OHIO
CASE 68: Dog choked, stomped to death by puppy mill breeder
Dec. 2
Humane officers removed 20 dogs from the basement of a Marietta residence where a man was alleged to have brutally killed a small dog in the midst of a drunken tirade. Leonard E. Carpenter, 63, was also accused of throwing his girlfriend's sister down a set of stairs, threatening a neighbor, kicking out the window of the police cruiser and disrupting public services. Caged in the basement of the home were 18 miniature pinschers and two Doberman pinschers, said Washington County Humane Officer Butch Morris. Carpenter's girlfriend, Janice Robinson, 47, a resident of the same address, was also charged with domestic violence, obstructing official business and complicity in the death of the animal, who was choked and stomped. She was accused of attempting to cause physical harm to her sister, Karen Nixon. In a statement filed by police, Nixon alleged that Carpenter told her "to shut her mouth, it's my dog" as the attack on the animal continued. Carpenter was charged with fourth-degree felony domestic violence, fourth-degree felony disruption of a public service, five counts of third-degree felony intimidation, second-degree misdemeanor cruelty to a companion animal, first-degree misdemeanor aggravated menacing, first-degree aggravated assault and minor-misdemeanor disorderly conduct while intoxicated.

CASE 69: Kitten fatally slammed against wall
Oct. 8
A Lorain man was accused of killing his girlfriend's kitten by slamming it against a wall because he was angry she had adopted the animal, according to a Lorain police report. Brandon Bollin, 19, was arrested for domestic violence and cruelty to animals after his 21-year-old girlfriend alleged to police that Bollin had kicked the kitten's cage during an argument, slapped her in the face, removed the kitten from the cage and slammed the animal against a wall, breaking its neck. Bollin pleaded no contest and was sentenced to 180 days in jail for domestic violence and 90 days for animal cruelty, according to Lorain Municipal Court documents. Bollin's girlfriend, who was pregnant with Bollin's child, told police he was upset she had adopted the kitten as a gift for her four-year-old daughter. The kitten died from a broken neck, according to the report.

CASE 70: Kittens stomped, chopped in half, frozen
May 30
William Whitlow, 23, will spend four years in prison for breaking into a home, burglarizing it and killing two of the homeowner's kittens. When Eastlake police arrived at the scene, they were stunned to find tortured, mutilated kittens. Police Lt. Bill Gutowski struggled to find words for the incident. "It's just sick," Gutowski said. "It's hard to describe, to believe someone would do that to little kittens." Two kittens lay dead—one soaked with water and left in a freezer, another crushed and cut in two, the pieces found in separate rooms. Three others who survived had been thrown against a wall. Gutowski said. The alleged incident occurred while Whitlow was drinking beer with friends. Gutowski said Whitlow allegedly began throwing the five kittens against a wall and when his friends asked him to stop, he soaked one kitten in a pot of water and put the kitten in the freezer, then stomped another with his foot. He then used a kitchen knife to cut the crushed kitten in two. Whitlow told police he was intoxicated and "doesn't really know what he did.”

OKLAHOMA
CASE 71: Three young children torture, impale, crush three kittens

June 4
Three young children allegedly tortured and killed three kittens by hurling them into a creek and against a concrete wall, according to Durant Police. A local family told Patrolman Brian Petree that they found their 9-month-old kittens in a wooded area near the home. According to the report, one kitten was hanging from a tree. Another had been impaled through the stomach with a stick that was wedged between two tree branches. A third was found pinned beneath a tree branch that police said was used to beat the feline. The kittens' guardians knew the suspects, ages, 5, 6 and 7, according to police, and Petree heard allegations that the children had been seen torturing dogs and cats before. According to police, the boys admitted to throwing the kittens in the creek, against a concrete wall and beating and killing them. According to a report submitted to Child Welfare Services, the boys' mother said her boys needed counseling and that one had allegedly pulled a knife during a fit of rage. She said that her children needed help before they became old enough to be charged with crimes. The mother said her children had been abused in the past and were taken away from her while she was completing treatment for methamphetamine addiction.

CASE 72: Three cats mutilated, legs removed, shot with buckshot
Jan. 31
A man working on the Turner Turnpike bridge construction at Frankoma Road brought an injured white cat who was missing both hind legs to Animal Care Central. Veterinarian Dr. Dougherty believed the cat had been hit by a car or had been attacked by another animal. But when Rodger Canady brought his Siamese cat Bandit to Animal Care Center later the same day, Dr. Dougherty became suspicious because the injuries were identical. One of Bandit's front legs had been partially amputated at the elbow and one back leg was "greatly swollen," Dougherty said. An X-ray revealed numerous pieces of buckshot beneath the cat's flesh, making him suspicious that the cat had been maliciously attacked. A third cat referred to Dougherty's office was described as suffering the same injuries as the first two animals. Cynthia Armstrong of the Oklahoma office of the Humane Society of the United States said a reward was offered in the case.

OREGON
CASE 73: Dog attacked with axe
Aug. 22
The Clackamas County Circuit Court convicted Corey Kimble of animal abuse and found him to be in violation of his probation. He was later sentenced to 30 days in jail for the animal abuse and six months in jail for the resulting probation violation. He was ordered to undergo anger management counseling, and was prohibited from owning animals for the next five years. Police were called to a home in Portland after a witness allegedly saw Kimble use an axe on a dog named Dozer. Kimble told police the animal was being aggressive toward him. According to the dog's guardian, Dozer was a non-aggressive animal and would "lick you to death." Some of the wounds on Dozer's head were almost an inch and a half deep. His legs were also cut down to the bone and one cut was so deep that it broke his toe.

CASE 74: Rabbit killed in front of family

April 25
A Hillsboro woman accused of aggravated animal assault for killing a pet rabbit in front of the rabbit's guardians should be remanded to the Department of Human Services for psychological evaluation, a Washington County judge declared. According to court documents, the charge of aggravated animal abuse could be enhanced if it was committed in sight of minor children. According to Hillsboro police reports, the woman allegedly approached a family playing with a pet rabbit, picked the rabbit up and threw the animal to the ground, killing the rabbit. She left the scene on foot but was located by officers a short distance away and taken into custody, said Hillsboro Police Department Lt. Michael Rouches.

PENNSYLVANIA
CASE 75: Seven-week-old puppy stabbed with fork, ears burned
Nov. 25
A Dawson man was held in Fayette County on animal cruelty charges. Scott Allen Newcomer, 21, allegedly stabbed a 7-week-old female Sharpei and Labrador mix puppy with a fork and burned the puppy's ears after she defecated on Newcomer's pants. Fayette County Assistant District Attorney Mark Brooks questioned Jeanne Russman, who said that Newcomer told her he had burned and stabbed the dog. Connellsville Police Officer Autumn Fike previously interviewed Newcomer, who told her that the dog did soil on his pants, but claimed that he just rubbed the dog's nose in the feces. Newcomer remained in the Fayette County jail.

CASE 76: Dog strangled to death with belt
Oct. 11
An Erie man was jailed on animal cruelty charges for strangling his roommate's dog with a belt. Police said 21-year-old Willis Evans killed the small mixed-breed dog. The dog's guardian, who lived with Evans, told them he came home about 1:45 in the morning and found Evans standing naked allegedly holding up the dead dog, who was dangling from the belt.

CASE 77: Two lambs beaten to death by high school students
Sept. 16
State police charged eight Central Cambria High School students—three 18-year-olds and five juveniles—in a lamb slaughter that outraged the town and drew national attention. State police documents filed with District Judge Frederick Creany described the incident: "The (defendants) were traveling in two vehicles on Cunningham Road in East Carroll Township. The (defendants) observed lambs in a fenced field belonging to David Shoemaker. The (defendants) exited the vehicles and entered the fenced field and chased down two lambs and killed the lambs. The (defendants) removed the lambs from the field. The (defendants) took the lambs and skinned and butchered the lambs in a wooded area. The (defendants) then discarded the remains of the lambs in a wooded area on Winterset Road."

CASE 78: Dog dressed in human clothing fatally stabbed
April 25
Pittsburgh Police sought a suspect in connection with a brutal animal abuse case that some said took the crime of animal cruelty to a new level. In Stanton Heights, police arrived to investigate an earlier assault on an off-duty officer. A strong odor coming from the back porch of a home led police to the badly decomposed body of what they first believed was human. The remains were those of a large pit bull-boxer. The animal had been stabbed with a steak knife. Someone had dressed the dog in human clothes, "which consisted of a pair of tennis shoes, sports socks, a pair of blue jeans, tee-shirt and a baseball hat," said Lt. Kevin Kraus of the Pittsburgh Police Dept. "It appeared the dog had been executed, possibly shot in the head, we're not absolutely sure at this point, but the dog had been assaulted fatally."

CASE 79: Newborn goats bludgeoned to death
April 14
In an incident unrelated to Case 77, Northampton County Judge F.P. Kimberly McFadden ruled that a 16-year-old Williams Township boy must remain in juvenile detention on charges of allegedly killing two newborn goats and injuring two others on a township pasture. Jordan B. Stackhouse, 18, of Williams, pleaded guilty to criminal trespass before District Judge Sandra Zemgulis of Easton. Stackhouse was released after paying $425, which included a $300 fine. James E. Vannatta, 18, also of Williams, was expected to plead guilty before Zemgulis, according to the district judge's office. State police at Belfast charged Stackhouse, Vannatta and two teenage boys-a 15-year-old from Wilson and a 17-year-old from Williams-with criminal trespass in the goat attack. Police charged the 16-year-old boy not only with the same offense, but also with cruelty to animals for allegedly picking up a wooden handle and striking the baby goats several times. The other two kids, April and Easter, later died of their injuries.

CASE 80: Dogs shot, skull crushed; cats skinned
April 1
Butler County dog warden officials had a stern warning for perpetrators of animal cruelty: it will not be tolerated. "It's just sickening what's going on," said Kim Sterling, Butler County deputy dog warden, about the rash of animal cruelty cases in the county. "We will prosecute for animal cruelty." Starting in the first week of April, officials said they received reports from Hamilton, Morgan Township and St. Clair Township of dogs being shot and cats being skinned. "In (Morgan Township) we've had a Labrador shot that had to be euthanized because of its injuries," Sterling said. "A woman's cat was shot and it died as a result of the injuries. We are pursuing each and every case as it comes in," she said. "Animal cruelty is something we are not going to tolerate in Butler County."

RHODE ISLAND
CASE 81: Landlord beat tenant's eight-week-old puppy to death with baseball bat
Sept. 14
A Providence landlord was accused of beating a tenant's puppy to death with a baseball bat. Junior Guerrero was arraigned in Providence District Court on charges of malicious killing of an animal and marijuana possession. No plea was entered. Guerrero, 27, was accused of killing the 2-month-old Labrador-pit bull mix outside his home. Guerrero's lawyer said the dog was vicious and his client was defending himself. The dog's guardian told news media the puppy was friendly, and she said she doesn't know why anyone would harm the puppy.

SOUTH CAROLINA
CASE 82: Dog tortured, set on fire

Dec. 9
The Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Columbia matched the established reward of $2,500 pledged by the Humane Society of the United States for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for torturing and burning a puppy in Cayce. Police believe four teens abused and set the puppy on fire in the abandoned Cayce Grammar School. The puppy was a lab-pit bull mix. To help investigators, call Crimestoppers at 1-888-559-TIPS. Callers could remain anonymous and were eligible for a cash reward if the information they provided led to an arrest.

CASE 83: Puppy thrown onto cooking grill
Oct. 1
A 28-year-old Columbia man, Adan Gonzalez, was charged with a felony count of animal cruelty. Gonzalez lived in the same mobile home park as the dog's guardian. The sheriff's department said he admitted to throwing the puppy on the grill but didn't know why he did it. Lady, a 12-week-old boxer puppy, was treated for burns over 60 percent of her body, but died.

SOUTH DAKOTA
No cases included.

TENNESSEE
CASE 84: Dog killed with sword

Sept. 2
A Murfreesboro man was arrested and charged with animal cruelty for allegedly killing his dog with a sword. Large amounts of the animal's blood covered the walls, floors and other surfaces of Richard Lee Miller's home when Murfreesboro police officers responded to his home. Officers reported the blood was dry and appeared old. Rutherford County Animal Control Officer Callum Hattingh charged Miller, 53, with one count of aggravated cruelty to animals. Miller told officers his dog, Shelby, was struck by a vehicle in front of his home, according to the incident report, so he brought the dog into his home and "euthanized" her with the sword.

CASE 85: Two cats slammed into wall, one killed
July 12
Jacob Joshua Salas, 27, a Cookeville man who slammed two pet cats into a wall, killing one, was sentenced to 10 days in jail and 100 hours of community service at the animal shelter by General Sessions Court Judge John Hudson on a charge of cruelty to animals. In General Sessions Court, Judge Hudson asked him why he did it, and Salas replied that the cats had been into the garbage. Salas was arrested after Cookeville Police Officer Chris Melton was called to the area to investigate a report of cruelty to animals. "He picked both cats up and tossed them across the room," the officer's report said. "One cat hit the door facing and fell to the floor and started flopping." The cat then died, the report said.

TEXAS
CASE 86: Ten cats or kittens with snapped necks
Aug. 18
San Antonio Animal Control investigated the deaths of 10 cats outside a Northeast Side home. Yolanda Trevino said that she made the disturbing discovery when she went to check on her cats in a tent she houses them in. The felines, including two kittens, had their necks snapped. "I couldn't believe it," Trevino sobbed. "My kittens were dead." Trevino said that four felines, including two kittens, did survive the attack, which occurred between 2 a.m. and 8 a.m. She added that she couldn't understand why anyone would want to kill her cats.

CASE 87: Shelter break-in, three animals killed; two escaped, two injured
July 16
A shocking weekend attack at the New Braunfels Humane Society Animal Shelter left three animals dead. Sometime between about 8 p.m. July 15 and 8:15 a.m. July 16, the shelter was broken into and the interior was trashed. In addition to the three animals killed, two others were injured and two apparently escaped. All the animals in the shelter were let out of their cages and were roaming the grounds, contained by a perimeter fence. The vandals wrote on the walls and splashed a liquid on them. About 5,000 pounds of pet food and 1,200 pounds of cat box filler were contaminated with a liquid and had to be thrown away. Crime Stoppers offered up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment. A local resident also offered to add $1,000 more to the reward. To help the investigation, call Comal County Crime Stoppers at (830) 620-8477. To add money to the reward, call Crime Stoppers board member Teresa Nitschke at (830) 620-3411.

CASE 88: Puppy beaten to death, blood smeared on walls, wife threatened with gun
May 5
A Longview man was jailed, accused of threatening his wife with a shotgun and then killing their ten-week-old puppy. Police received an anonymous call from a woman saying that 27-year-old Scott Shafer killed her dog and smeared the dog's blood on the walls. When police arrived, they learned Shafer's wife made the call. Police said Shafer had at least three prior family violence arrests. According to the arrest affidavit, his wife alleged Shafer had "pointed a shotgun at her and demanded she empty her pockets and purse." Shafer's wife told police she then left, and when she returned, she allegedly saw "her husband beating the family pet dog, which was about ten weeks old." She left again. When she came back, she saw "large amounts of blood on the walls of the residence and a note that said 'dog dead,' 'the assasyn waz here.'" At the time of the arrest police said they could not find the dog's body, so they charged Shafer with aggravated assault family violence. However, the body of the dog was later found, which could mean additional charges. "The penal code certainly provides for a sentence that is appropriate for a monster of this magnitude," said Kelly Heitkamp, animal welfare attorney. "He will be put away in state jail for a long time. Hopefully the maximum, which is two years. That is day to day time. You don't get out for good behavior. This man has certainly indicated that he can not be controlled." Shafer was in the Gregg County Jail with no bond. Killing your pet is not against Texas law, so the District Attorney's office would have to prove Shafer tortured the puppy.

CASE 89: Cats mutilated, dismembered, left on guardians' lawns
April
The Humane Society of the United States offered a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the mutilation of at least three cats in Beaumont over a few months. According to the police, at least three cats were found mutilated and dismembered on the lawns of their guardians' homes in the Westgate neighborhood of Beaumont. Authorities believed the injuries were intentional and suspected similar incidents went unreported. Detective Tina Lewallen of the Beaumont Police Department investigated this case. Anyone with information in this case should call Beaumont Crime Stoppers at (409) 833-TIPS.

CASE 90: 17 dogs emaciated, 3 died in home of sex offender
April 21
Tara Robben, was charged with one count of cruelty to animals after Bandera County authorities seized 17 severely malnourished dogs from her Pipe Creek residence. The animals were infested with parasites and covered in feces. Three were euthanized due to their condition. According to  animal control officer Triple Kucurek, this was not the first time animals in neglected condition were removed from the home. In 1996, Kucurek was called out on suspicion of animal cruelty. "At the time there were dead rabbits in cages,” said Kucurek. “The rabbits' bodies oozed through the bottom of the cage. It was horrible." Kucurek also said that Tara Robben had hung kittens in handmade yarn harnesses from cup hooks screwed into the wall. "She said she did that to keep them out of trouble because they were too rambunctious," Kucurek said. A report was filed with then-Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Bonnie Towers, who reportedly deemed Tara Robben mentally unstable.

UTAH
CASE 91: Burned cat found in roasting pan with vegetables
Nov. 22
An Ogden business owner found a charred cat atop a pan of rice and vegetables outside Roy's Cars and RVs on Washington Blvd., said Ogden Police Lt. David Tarran. "There were green bell peppers and sliced onions all on a bed of rice," he said. "It looked just like the cat had been cooked." Weber County Animal Services took the cat to an examination facility in Logan to determine whether the cat was mutilated while alive or dead, and Tarran said that would become the key piece of information in the case. "If it was alive, then we're looking at an animal-cruelty case, and if it was dead, I'm not sure there is anything we can charge them with," he said. However, police had very few leads in the case and turned the investigation over to animal services. Animal cruelty is a misdemeanor in Utah and is punishable by fines and minimal jail time, depending on the case and number of counts.

VERMONT
No cases included.

VIRGINIA
CASE 92: Dog stolen, put in plastic bag, thrown off five-story parking garage

Dec. 19
A dog named Gracie was stolen from a Blue Ridge Community College student, placed in a trash bag and thrown off a five-story parking garage near the stadium at James Madison University. "Whenever someone takes someone's animal and abuses it in this manner, it's of the character of a regular breaking and entering," said investigator Mike Spiggle of the Harrisonburg Police Department. Miraculously, the dog survived the fall and was recovering after extensive surgery. Police investigated several leads in the case.

CASE 93: Dog poisoned with meat thrown over fence
Aug. 26
David Carl Murphy threw poisoned meat over a fence into the yard of Katrina Price on Short Street in Colonial Beach. Murphy was arrested and later was found guilty. He appealed the case.

CASE 94: Three pups duct-taped together, thrown into marsh
May 18
Three Labrador-mix puppies bound together with duct tape were found in a marsh in Portsmouth. Several people found the animals but by the time they freed the puppies, one of them was dead. The two survivors were treated and taken to the Portsmouth Humane Society where they were examined, cleaned, and found to be in fair condition. Animal control officers and police had no leads in the case. Please call Portsmouth Animal Control at (757) 393-8430 or Crime Line at 1 (888) LOCK-U-UP.

WASHINGTON
CASE 95: Animals killed, stomped in pet store burglary
Oct. 7
A total of $5,000 in reward money was being offered in connection with a Seattle pet store break-in. The operators of the "Animal Talk" pet store and shelter said cats were traumatized by burglars who ripped open cages, kicked the cats and stomped gerbils and mice to death. Pasado's Safe Haven offered $2,500 and the Humane Society of the United States offered $2,500 for information about those responsible for the crime. Early in the morning, thieves hacked through the front door of the store in the Roosevelt neighborhood. Volunteers arrived to find live animals everywhere and dozens of dead animals on the floor. The 44 cats who were let out of their cages fought each other and hunted the smaller animals. "It was just devastating initially because to get to the cats and to get to the animals we were having to walk over little dead bodies," said owner Missy Young. A veterinarian who examined the cats on Sunday determined that seven had been brutalized. "At least two of them had to have been drop-kicked. They have internal injuries, bruising, bleeding," said Young. "What initially happened seemed like a spree, an immature and cruel act, but this just goes into the realm of vicious. It's torture," said volunteer Susan Wilk. Inga Gibson, a spokeswoman for the Humane Society of the United States, said the crimes demonstrated that people who commit cruelty to animals often engage in other illegal activities. "The suspect(s) in this case not only committed burglary but may face felony cruelty charges for intentionally killing and injuring animals," she said.

CASE 96: Puppy burned to death with muriatic acid
March 10
The caustic burning of a 4-month-old pit bull named Mooie outraged animal rights advocates in the Seattle area. A neighbor found the puppy suffering from severe chemical burns and called police, according to the Federal Way Police Department. The woman took Mooie to a veterinary clinic to be treated because her skin and fur were falling off. The doctors euthanized the dog to end her pain. Police contacted the dog's guardian, who said he was unaware the puppy was missing and injured. He cooperated with the investigation, police said, and the department probed the crime with King County Animal Services. Dr. Ivy Engstrom, the veterinarian who treated Mooie, said the pup was hurt so badly that the kindest thing she could do was anesthetize and euthanize her to end her pain. "I've seen animals with their heads crushed, tied up by their legs, dogs who were sodomized and dragged behind a car," Engstrom said. "But this was one of the worst things I have ever seen."

WASHINGTON, D.C.
No cases included.

WEST VIRGINIA
CASE 97: Kittens thrown from window, run over at animal shelter
Nov. 4
The Hancock County Animal Shelter offered a $1,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who ran over two kittens. Police said a man threw the 3-month-old kittens from his car window and deliberately ran them over while children were watching. The incident happened at the Hancock County Animal Shelter after operators there said they couldn't take any more animals. The suspect was described as a male in his 20s, about 6 feet tall with a medium build and brown hair. He was last seen driving a white four-door older Chevrolet car with Ohio license plates containing the letters FAX or FAY and the number 1. Anyone with more information should call the NEWS9 Lauttamus Security Crimebusters Tipline at (800) 862-BUST.

CASE 98: Puppy thrown, choked to death
Sept. 19
A man from Elkview in Kanawha County was jailed and charged with animal cruelty and domestic battery. Sheriff's Deputies said that during a fight at his sister's home in Jordan Creek, 24-year-old Danny Sanders allegedly beat his sister with a telephone and then choked and threw her puppy against the wall, killing the animal.

WISCONSIN
CASE 99: Two kittens decapitated
Oct. 15
A 49-year-old Oshkosh man was charged with two counts of felony animal abuse after authorities discovered two decapitated kittens at his home. Winnebago County Assistant District Attorney Christian Gossett told local news that the kittens were found in a garbage bag at Donald Agrell's home after authorities received an anonymous tip. Agrell, who was on probation for a drug conviction, admitted the crime, according to court records. He said the 6-week-old kittens were "just psycho" and would attack him, so he felt he had to kill them. Agrell faced up to six years in prison if convicted.

CASE 100: Stray cat beaten 20 times in head with hammer
Aug. 29
A St. Francis man faced charges of animal cruelty after allegedly beating a cat with a hammer, killing the animal with as many as 20 blows to the head, police said. Chief Brian Kaebisch said his department was seeking a felony charge with the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office against the suspect, accused of killing the cat after finding the cat wandering the halls of the man's apartment building in the 2900 block of Bolivar Avenue. The case came to the attention of police when a resident reported the next day that she had heard thumping in the hallway between 11 p.m. and midnight. In the hallway, she saw a man and woman standing over a cat. The man and woman told the resident to stay away because the cat would bite, according to Kaebisch. After learning of the incident, police visited the apartment complex and recovered the cat's body, which had been put into a bag and then into a dumpster. They also recovered the hammer from the man's apartment.

WYOMING
No cases included.