The Redland Rock Pit Abandoned Dogs Project Saving Endangered Dogs

by Denise Carey-Costa

Redland, Florida is described as an area of many farms, and a mecca for agriculturists, botanists, and naturalists from around the world. The area is so wildlife friendly it has been designated as a Wild Bird Sanctuary.  

But for all its natural beauty, there is a sinister side to Redland. Heartbreaking acts of cruelty to “man’s best friend” are committed daily; cruelty that is beyond comprehension.  There in the heart of Redland, unwanted pets are dumped and abandoned to fend for themselves.  

For years, individuals have driven to the secluded areas of Redland and thrown dogs and cats from their vehicles.  Oftentimes, the dogs run after the car until they can’t run any further and drop from exhaustion.  These poor animals, domesticated and used to home life are now sharing the terrain with wild animals including alligators, snakes, spiders, insects and countless other predators. With no source of food, they don’t stand a chance for survival. 

Countless dogs are left roaming the area, unattended, struggling to survive. The dogs that are not killed by traffic are poisoned, injured or shot by local workers and residents who don’t want them in their neighborhood. Many of the dogs starve to death or become infested with parasites, mosquito bites, and diseases which leads to their death.

According to Redland Rock Pit Abandoned Dog Project, there are hundreds, maybe thousands of abandoned dogs inhabiting the area. 

Redland Rock Pit Abandoned Dog Project, an official 501(c)3 was formed in 2015 by Ale Ochoa and five of her friends. Ale Ochoa had heard that Redland had become a dumping ground for dogs. When she drove out there to see for herself, she was shocked to see sick, injured, and malnourished dogs everywhere.

She and her friends began feeding the dogs every day. They set up a Facebook page in hopes that Miami Dade County Animal Services would get involved. Unfortunately, they did not take the situation seriously.   

However, rescues from other areas answered the call for help and responded to Redland. Twenty volunteers from rescue organizations in Brevard County joined Ochoa and her friends in Redland and saved the lives of 23 dogs.

Volunteers from nonprofit organizations across Florida have rescued more than 130 strays from Redland and relocated them to cities like Orlando and Tampa, Florida.

Rescuers from Brevard also collected more than $20,000.00 in donations to feed, vaccinate and care for the dogs that were rescued.

That was in 2015, but today in 2017 hundreds of dogs are still being dumped in the Redland area.

They continue to face threats of injury, illness, disease, getting hit by cars, and becoming victims of dog fighting. Various rescue groups have tried to help. They have compiled countless haunting photos and videos of dogs, all shapes and sizes, sickly and undernourished sharing bowls of food put out by Redland Rock Pit Abandoned Dog Project. The dogs are friendly though many are frightened and run from the rescuers.

The main question is; why isn’t more being done by government agencies such as Miami Dade Animal Services to help these dogs and to eliminate the problem? Why is the responsibility on nonprofit rescue groups such as Redland Rock Pit Abandoned Dog Project?   

The goals of Redland Rock Pit Abandoned Dog Project area simple; to educate the public on the appropriate care of dogs, feeding and providing emergency care for abandoned and free roaming dogs while safely capturing and transferring dogs to reputable non-profit rescue organizations for re-homing, and to raise awareness for the plight of free roaming dogs in Miami-Dade County Florida.

Donations are very much needed to remove abandoned dogs from the dangers they are threatened with and give these terrified animals the safety they deserve so they can live and know full, happy lives.

While many lives have been saved in the Redland, many are still being lost.

To donate to Redland Rock Pit Abandoned Dog Project visit their website https://redlandrockpit.org/.

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/redlandrockpitcrew/?fref=ts

There is also a YouTube video showing the tragedy in Redland and the valiant efforts of rescue groups and concerned citizens.

*This story has been reposted from Pet Rescue Report with the author’s permission.

About the Author

Denise Carey-Costa is a journalist, author, and award-winning documentary filmmaker. She was recently awarded the Best Producer Award from the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards for her latest film, Growing up with Hollywood (January, 2016). Her first film Tony’s Tale, Tragedy in Arizona (August 2014) was the winner of eight national film festival awards including several Audience Choice Awards. She has also written numerous children’s books promoting kindness and compassion for all creatures. Among her children’s books are A Tale of Three Tails, Edwin’s Flight, Lucky, and Angelina’s Angel. And her non-fiction piece Tony’s Tale Tragedy in Arizona. She lives in Orlando, Florida, where she works with local rescue shelters. 

Puffy Paws Kitty Haven – ‘World’s Greatest Cat House’

by Denise Carey-Costa

Puffy Paws Kitty Haven is a no-kill cat hospice and rescue shelter located in Englewood, Florida. They humorously bill themselves online and on Facebook as the “World’s Greatest Cat House.” And indeed, they are. The founders and operators, Rick and Chrissy Kingston, work very hard, day in and day out caring for two hundred special needs and unwanted kitties on their own.

Puffy Paws Kitty Haven takes care of the largest amount of special needs cats and kittens in the area. They care for cats with feline leukemia, FIV, blind cats, feral cats, epileptic cats, senior kitties, kitties with only one eye and more. All of these special needs cats and kittens would have been euthanized because they would be deemed un-adoptable. None of the cats or kittens are put down due to behavior problems, space or adopt-ability issues. The only ones that are humanely euthanized are those with medical conditions that cause pain and suffering and have no chance of survival.

Also, Puffy Paws is the first rescue in the area to feature adoptable and special needs cats live on the Internet. It all started 16 years ago in the loving home of Chrissy and Rick Kingston. There they took in cats and sometimes even families of cats. In the fall of 2009, Puffy Paws Kitty Haven moved outside the Kingston’s home. To better handle the different medical needs, they have separated them into two separate living quarters. The “Haven Home” is a 2200 square foot building which houses the healthy, adoptable kitties and a permanent resident for those that have physical, emotional and behavioral problems. The second building is 800 square feet with a 400-square foot used solely for kitties with feline leukemia. This section has been nicknamed the “The Kitty Angel Club.”

Over the last 11 years, founder Chrissy Kingston estimated that she has worked thousands of hours caring for the kitties and spent over $100,000.00 on unwanted though loving cats and kittens.

Puffy Paws Kitty Haven was named after a small, sickly kitten that was part of the Kingston’s family for only one year. The kitten’s name was “Poo-Puffy Paws,” or “Poo Puff” for short.  Although he was a happy, well loved, and well cared for kitten, he passed away during Hurricane Charlie in 2004. Naming the Haven after this very special kitten represented to the Kingstons something they wanted others to know and appreciate; one kitty at a time can change the heart of one person at a time.

On November 20th, 2006, Puffy Paws Kitty Haven became a not-for-profit corporation. This allowed Puffy Paws to raise funds for the cats currently in their care as well as future cats that will come to them needing a safe haven. But caring for 200 cats can be very costly and difficult to maintain when you rely solely on donations. It costs $946.00 a month to feed the cats and $275-$300 a day for cleaning supplies to keep the two buildings spotless and the litter-boxes clean.

(Photo of cat hospice via Facebook)

To read more about Puffy Paws Kitty Haven, donate or adopt one of their cats visit their website.

Also, visit their Facebook page.

“What greater gift than the love of a cat?”
Charles Dickens (author, Great Expectations)

*This story has been reposted from Pet Rescue Report with the author’s permission.

About the Author

Denise Carey-Costa is a journalist, author, and award-winning documentary filmmaker. She was recently awarded the Best Producer Award from the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards for her latest film, Growing up with Hollywood (January, 2016). Her first film Tony’s Tale, Tragedy in Arizona (August 2014) was the winner of eight national film festival awards including several Audience Choice Awards. She has also written numerous children’s books promoting kindness and compassion for all creatures. Among her children’s books are A Tale of Three Tails, Edwin’s Flight, Lucky, and Angelina’s Angel. And her non-fiction piece Tony’s Tale Tragedy in Arizona. She lives in Orlando, Florida, where she works with local rescue shelters. 

Breezy’s Legacy: Hope for Central Florida’s Injured and Orphaned Animals

by Denise Carey-Costa

On Monday night, May 22nd, 2017, a severe thunderstorm blew across the Orlando, Florida area. Above the sound of thunder and pelting rain, the mewing of a tiny kitten was heard. Two good Samaritans ran outside in the storm with flashlights in hand to find a newborn kitten, no more than 2 days old struggling to keep its head afloat in a deep puddle. The mother cat was nowhere to be found. The baby was wrapped in a towel and rushed inside. Soon after this rescue, the distinct sound of another kitten in distress was heard. This one was lying in the mud a short distance away from where the other was found.

The good Samaritans dried off both kittens, whose eyes were not yet open, and placed them in a box tucked in between warm, soft towels. An emergency message went out across Facebook for someone knowledgeable in the care of newborn, orphaned kittens to come forward and help.Dawn Marie, founder and operator of Breezy’s Legacy in Longwood, Florida responded, although it was 10:00 p.m. She advised she had a nursing mother cat to care for the newborns.

Breezy’s Legacy is best known for rescuing and rehabilitating injured, orphaned, or displaced wildlife and unwanted exotic animals. Their mission is to successfully rehabilitate and release all wildlife back into their natural habitat. Dawn Marie does not turn any animal away. According to her, no animal is too sick or too small to be taken in. She accepts all cases and does not euthanize any animals. If the animals are unable to be adopted or returned to the wild, they are kept at the rescue shelter to live out their natural lives. However, ministering to so many sick and displaced animals is not only heroic but also costly.

Dawn Marie has set up several donation lists for things needed daily for the shelter; items such as gift cards for grocery stores and Walmart, KMR formula, puppy replacement formula, paper towels, puppy food, hamster food etc…

Donations can be purchased via their Amazon Wish List. Cash donations are also welcome and can be done through the website or through PayPal using breezyslegacy@gmail.com. For more information on Breezy’s Legacy and the amazing work they do, visit their website or their Facebook page.

Not only will you see firsthand the many animals saved by them but also informational write ups for the novice rescuer including tips on baby raccoon and baby squirrel care.

According to Dawn Marie, the two kittens rescued during the storm are doing well. The black male kitten is Thunder and the gray female is Stormy.

Please consider a donation to Breezy’s Legacy, or sponsoring one of the animals in their care so they can continue their important work.

It was Mahatma Ghandi who said, “A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.”

*This story has been reposted from Pet Rescue Report with the author’s permission.

About the Author

Denise Carey-Costa is a journalist, author, and award-winning documentary filmmaker. She was recently awarded the Best Producer Award from the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards for her latest film, Growing up with Hollywood (January, 2016). Her first film Tony’s Tale, Tragedy in Arizona (August 2014) was the winner of eight national film festival awards including several Audience Choice Awards. She has also written numerous children’s books promoting kindness and compassion for all creatures. Among her children’s books are A Tale of Three Tails, Edwin’s Flight, Lucky, and Angelina’s Angel. And her non-fiction piece Tony’s Tale Tragedy in Arizona. She lives in Orlando, Florida, where she works with local rescue shelters. 

Annie – Abandoned Dog in Florida Awaiting Adoption Since December

by Denise Carey-Cost

Seaside Bully Rescue, located in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida is a smaller rescue group but has had much success rescuing and adopting out many dogs over the past few years.

According to their website they were founded on the belief that our community and our animals are our number one priority.

Their success rate is amazing as they make unadoptable dogs their specialty. While some rescues will only help dogs or puppies they know they can easily re-home, Seaside Bully Rescue takes the time to evaluate each dog and try to find them the best forever home possible no matter how long it takes. They are not quick to accept labels of aggression etc. that are often placed on certain breeds and shelter dogs. Unfortunately, since they are a small organization, their rescue dogs may take a little longer to place so they are constantly filled to capacity.

In December of 2016, Seaside Bully Rescue assisted with a seven year old black Pit Bull named Annie. Although Annie was in Panama City, Florida three hours away from Seaside Bully Rescue, they still intervened to help her.

Annie’s hard luck story is like so many other dogs. Her owner was homeless so she was placed in boarding in Panama City. Her owner has since disappeared leaving her abandoned and stuck in boarding for four months. Meanwhile funding for her boarding has run out.  Basically, she was surviving in boarding thanks to the help of Facebook friends who helped pay for her boarding.

According to Annie’s original owner, she’s an aggressive Pit Bull that cannot be around kids or cats. However, Seaside Bully Rescue strongly believes that since Annie has been away from her owner for four months she may have mellowed some or changed her personality. The rescue believes these behaviors were possibly brought about by jealousy, protectiveness and possibly some prey drive.

Annie has never had a professional assessment done by a trainer or dog behaviorist, just by her owner. What Annie desperately needs is a rescue that has the resources and the funding to hire a trainer to meet and work with her, not only to give her a professional, educated assessment but to also curb some of these negative behaviors to make her more adoptable. Annie would do best in a home where she is the only dog.

Currently Annie is in boarding at Critter Care in Panama City, Florida. Her boarding costs are $20 a day. If you can contribute to Annie’s boarding, donations can be called in to 850-726-0838.

If you are a rescue and can take Annie or are willing to adopt her, please contact Patti Florida on Facebook or Ann Winicki McClemore.

Or post on Annie’s Facebook thread https://www.facebook.com/copper1818/posts/706427186203576?comment_id=710415035804791&notif_t=feed_comment_reply&notif_id=1489813112159530.

Annie is just one of many dogs saved by Seaside Bully Rescue. As mentioned prior, they are a small rescue and rely solely on donations. In addition to helping Annie please also consider donating to their fundraising site at:

 https://www.youcaring.com/seasidebullyrescue-680911

Or via Paypal to seasideanimalrescue@gmail.com.

About the Author

Denise Carey-Costa is a journalist, author, and award-winning documentary filmmaker. She was recently awarded the Best Producer Award from the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards for her latest film, Growing up with Hollywood (January, 2016). Her first film Tony’s Tale, Tragedy in Arizona (August 2014) was the winner of eight national film festival awards including several Audience Choice Awards. She has also written numerous children’s books promoting kindness and compassion for all creatures. Among her children’s books are A Tale of Three Tails, Edwin’s Flight, Lucky, and Angelina’s Angel. And her non-fiction piece Tony’s Tale Tragedy in Arizona. She lives in Orlando, Florida, where she works with local rescue shelters.

 

 

Miami – Animal Advocates Outraged Over Killer of Puppy Going Unpunished

According to Florida State Statute 828.12, “a person who intentionally commits an act to any animal, or a person who owns or has the custody or control of any animal and fails to act, which results in the cruel death, or excessive or repeated infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering, or causes the same to be done, commits aggravated animal cruelty, a felony of the third degree.” Per Florida State Statute 775.082, the punishment for a felony of the third degree is imprisonment not to exceed five years.

           Molly the beagle and Mathew

Unfortunately, the statute and the sentencing were completely ignored when it came to deciding one of the cruelest and most disturbing acts of animal cruelty committed in the state of Florida. It all started on November 11th, 2011 when Mathew Milewski, a Miami Beach resident received a four-month-old Beagle puppy from Outback Beagles in Arkansas.  When little Molly arrived by plane, her paperwork included a note saying,

“I hope she brings as much joy to you and your family as our dogs have brought us. I wish her a long life of happiness and contentment.’’

There is a feeling of poignancy now when reading these words as Molly got none of this. She was dead within 24 hours of being with Milewski. No sooner had he picked her up from the Miami International Airport, when residents of The Crown Apartments witnessed Mileweski dragging the helpless seven-pound puppy across the parking lot until she bled; beating her with the leash and slamming her against a hard surface.  Per one resident who lived on the seventh floor, “This for me was a nightmare. For everybody in the building it was a nightmare.’’ She heard Molly screaming and witnessed from her balcony Milewski torturing the puppy. Another witness, a valet attendant Carlos Gregorio told police he was bringing a car from the garage when he “heard a loud scream from a dog.’’ Thinking he’d hit an animal, Gregorio got out of the car. That’s when he saw Milewski “striking his dog with the leash,’’ he told police.

Within 24 hours the dog was dead. Milewski tried to cover up his abuse and killing of the puppy, by telling police that he dropped the puppy in the shower.

He was arrested on November 18th, 2011. During a 20 minute, taped interview with investigators Tracy Sierra and Gus Sanchez, he (Milewski) consistently referred to the puppy as “it” and denied any wrongdoing.   He claimed the dog’s death was merely an accident. He described in detail how he took Molly back to his apartment after he noticed one of her paws bleeding and tried to clean her in the shower. At one point in the interview, he said he “pushed’’ the dog in the shower. At another, he said he’d told a veterinarian at Alton Road Animal Hospital: “The way I threw the dog was definitely bad.’’

Milewski said after the dog hit the shower floor, he tried to revive her; then he took her to the vet. Dr. Heidi Foster, at Alton Road Animal Hospital, told police she tried to stabilize Molly, and although she was unconscious, Molly’s heart was beating normally. Twenty minutes later she received a call from Milewski saying the dog’s heart stopped beating in the car. Dr. Foster found this to be impossible as Molly’s heart was perfectly fine when she left the office and her vitals were also good.

Milewski returned to the animal hospital with the dead dog and relinquished her remains to Dr. Foster. Animal Services investigators retrieved the body to do the necropsy. Dr. Rosandra Manduca, a veterinary pathologist, determined that Molly’s death was due to brain injury caused by head trauma. Injuries on the dog’s body suggested being shaken and slammed against a hard surface. Bruising around the dog’s mouth and nostrils indicated she may have been smothered.

Since his arrest in 2012, Milewski’s case has gone through many twists and delayed for years due to a legal disagreement over whether investigators violated Milewski’s rights in seizing the dog’s remains from the animal clinic. But the Third District Court of Appeals agreed with prosecutors that Milewski abandoned his expectation of privacy in the puppy’s remains when he left her remains at the clinic.

On February 10th, 2017, Judge Yvonne Colodny, a judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court Criminal Division, despite testimony from eyewitnesses, investigators, a veterinarian, and a necropsy report, only sentenced Milewski to one year probation and ordered him to donate $1000.00 to the ASPCA. How can a person who commits such a calculated, intentional act of cruelty against a helpless puppy walk away with such a light sentence?

To express your concerns regarding Molly the Beagle and the light sentence received by Milewski contact Judge Yvonne Colodny via phone at 305-548-5182 or write letters to:

Judge Yvonne Colodny
Richard E. Gerstein Justice Building
1351 NW 12th Street #322
Miami, Florida 33125

A petition has been started asking the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission to force Judge Yvonne Colodny to step down from her position deeming her unfit to make ethical decisions.

https://www.change.org/p/remove-judge-yvonne-colodny-from-eleventh-judicial-circuit-court

* This story was first published in Pet Rescue Report and is reposted here with the author’s permission.

About the Author

Denise Carey-Costa is a journalist, author, and award-winning documentary filmmaker. She was recently awarded the Best Producer Award from the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards for her latest film, Growing up with Hollywood (January, 2016). Her first film Tony’s Tale, Tragedy in Arizona (August 2014) was the winner of eight national film festival awards including several Audience Choice Awards. She has also written numerous children’s books promoting kindness and compassion for all creatures. Among her children’s books are A Tale of Three Tails, Edwin’s Flight, Lucky, and Angelina’s Angel. And her non-fiction piece Tony’s Tale Tragedy in Arizona. She lives in Orlando, Florida, where she works with local rescue shelters. 

Niko – The Dog Facing Execution in VA without Evidence of Wrongdoing

by Denise Carey-Costa

A tragic turn in the case regarding Niko the Staffordshire Terrier in Albemarle County Virginia has animal lovers, Pit Pull Advocates, and many others devastated. The dog and his owners Toni Stacy and Audrey Wells have been living a nightmare since December 2014 when Niko was accused of killing a cat.

To date, no evidence and no witnesses have surfaced proving Niko was the culprit in the cat killing nor was a necropsy ever performed on the cat to prove cause of death.  The cat’s owners have even admitted they did not see Niko kill their pet.niko-and-toni

Since that day in 2014, Niko has been imprisoned at the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA while his case has gone through the Albemarle County General District Court, Albemarle County Circuit Court, the Virginia State Court of Appeals and the Virginia Supreme Court. 

However, despite lack of evidence and the fact that a dog behaviorist assessed Niko during his stay at the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA and deemed him non-aggressive, Niko has been sentenced to die.

The decision-maker who handed down Niko’s death sentence on December 8th, 2016 is Albemarle Circuit Court Judge Chery Higgins.

However, Toni and Audrey and Niko’s 6,500 supporters are not going to let him go without a fight.

Elliott Harding, Niko’s family’s attorney filed a motion in court on Friday December 16th, 2016 asking the court for an injunction to spare Niko’s life. The motion requests a temporary suspension of the first court ruling from July 2015 that deemed Niko vicious and charged Tony Stacy $4,100.00 in restitution. The motion argues that because Niko is technically the property of Audrey Wells, Tony Stacy’s partner, his being put down would be an “unconstitutional deprivation of property in violation of due process” because Wells was not provided a chance to defend Niko and argue as to why his life should be spared.

According to Harding “…. the lives of animals aren’t considered the same as the lives of humans in the court system, so they treat it like any other piece of property. This is a case where the facts were a little shady anyway. In the criminal case, as far as I understand, a cat was killed, no one saw the cat die, a dog was on the property and ultimately he fell victim.”

Another group fighting in Niko’s corner is “Against All Oddz” an animal shelter in upstate New York run by Matt Albert that is willing to take Niko in.  Albert, a New York Attorney is angered at the court’s decision to euthanize Niko when there is another viable option to spare the dog’s life.  

“It’s just bizarre that they can do such a thing and I’m hoping, at some point, their conscience kicks in and they do the right thing and allow us to take the dog,” Albert said.

Niko in Cage

Against All Oddz has sent certified letters to the Virginia Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert Tracci and to Judge Cheryl Higgins explaining their intention to take Niko in and their success rate in dealing with other dogs who have been accused of aggression or biting.

They further stated that Niko should be easy to work with and easily placed in a safe environment as other dogs in their care have successfully done in the past

To date Robert Tracci has not responded to this request nor has the court responded to the motion filed by Elliott Harding.

Niko supporters are hoping something will happen to save the doomed dog from execution on Sunday December 18th, 2016. They have organized a Peaceful Protest for that day starting at 1 pm at the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA. 3355 Berkmar Drive, Charlottesville, Virginia 22901.

For those that cannot attend, please call the Albemarle County Court House at 434-972-4083 and express your support for Niko and encourage Judge HiggIns to allow him to go to Against All Oddz Rescue.

Or sign Niko’s petition here:

https://www.change.org/p/supreme-court-of-virginia-please-over-turn-niko-s-death-sentence

It will cost the court nothing to send Niko to the upstate New York rescue but to execute him will cost the county taxpayers money. Killing is never justified no matter how the decision makers try to whitewash it.  

Unfortunately, this injustice is happening over and over again not only in this country but all over the world.  There is a certain breed specific prejudice and hysteria taking place which is causing countless dogs to be killed and the rights of their owners totally disregarded.

For updates on Niko and to show your support, visit the Facebook page Prayers for Niko/Niko Strong:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1624006214525923/.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.     

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

About the Author

Denise Carey-Costa is a journalist, author, and award-winning documentary filmmaker. She was recently awarded the Best Producer Award from the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards for her latest film, Growing up with Hollywood (January, 2016). Her first film Tony’s Tale, Tragedy in Arizona (August 2014) was the winner of eight national film festival awards including several Audience Choice Awards. She has also written numerous children’s books promoting kindness and compassion for all creatures. Among her children’s books are A Tale of Three Tails, Edwin’s Flight, Lucky, and Angelina’s Angel. And her non-fiction piece Tony’s Tale Tragedy in Arizona. She lives in Orlando, Florida, where she works with local rescue shelters. 

Two Pit Bulls Missing Under Suspicious Circumstances in North Carolina

by Denise Carey-Costa

Every dog rescuer’s worst nightmare occurs when the dog or dogs they work so valiantly to rescue end up in the wrong hands or worst case scenario, dead.

Yogi and Bullet were two male Pit Bulls rescued from Lisa Lewis Hendren a documented North Carolina dog flipper after a suspicious house fire at her home on September 17th, 2015. They along with 4 other rescued dogs were sent to boarding at a vet in Thomasville, NC for two weeks. All the dogs rescued were extremely undernourished, had skin issues, sores and all were terrified.

Due to the high cost of boarding Angela Allred moved the dogs to her groomer Lauren Hardy of Kustom K9 Grooming in High Point, NC for continued boarding.yogi-and-bullet

Angela did a fundraiser to cover the food, boarding and the required Heartworm tests. On October 4th, 2015 Lauren Hardy offered to adopt Bullet and said she knew of another family friend that was interested in adopting Yogi.

On October 24th, 2015, the dogs were adopted into their new homes under the condition both dogs would be neutered within 30 days and proof submitted.  Neither Lauren nor Yogi’s new owner followed through with this.

Around mid-December 2015 things began to unravel when Lauren stated her dog Tucker was not getting along with Bullet and the family that adopted Yogi could no longer keep him either.  Yogi was brought back to Lauren but when Angela Allred asked for updated photos of both dogs for a Facebook page, only photos of Yogi were supplied none of Bullet who should have still been residing with Lauren Hardy. And, Lauren never made mention again of the need to get Bullet rehomed.

On January 3rd, 2016 Angela was taking another dog to Lauren for boarding and asked to see Yogi and Bullet while she was there. Lauren stated they were spending the day with her brother. When she asked again about seeing the dogs on January 5th she was given the same story that the dogs were with her brother. Then on January 7th, 2016 a Facebook post stated Yogi and Bullet had been re-homed. This was all done without Angela’s knowledge or approval.  And to further add to the suspicion already surrounding the whereabouts of Yogi and Bullet, it was discovered that Lauren gave the dogs to a female named Elisha LeBaron Carranza on December 27th 2015, yet lied to Angela on January 3rd and 5th saying the dogs were with her brother.

She did not divulge the name of the woman she gave the dogs to until February 9, 2016 almost two months after the dogs were out of her custody.  She gave Angela Elisha’s address on Wayne Avenue in High Point, NC but advised Elisha did not have a home phone to call her on.

Angela contacted Elisha by phone at her work place. Elisha assured her that she had an appointment to have the dogs neutered the following week, gave an email address to send the adoption applications to and agreed to a home inspection.

By February 25th, 2016 Elisha still had not sent in the adoption applications for both Yogi and Bullet nor had she arranged the home inspection.

When Angela messaged Elisha on Facebook she alleged she came home after being out of town for five days and found her back door open and both dogs missing. However, no police report was filed to corroborate this story nor was animal control called to see if the dogs were there.

A message from two witnesses close to Elisha gave the indication that something more sinister had happened to Yogi and Bullet and Elisha invented the burglary lie to cover it up.

The two witnesses, Jacob Ryan Oldaker and his girlfriend Megan, told Angela both dogs were found dead in Elisha’s home in late January 2016, cause of death unknown and both dogs were cremated in a bonfire.

Elisha denied these allegations.  

The plot becomes even more murky when Animal Control Officer Holly Lackey went to Elisha’s home on February 25th, 2016 to see if Yogi and Bullet were still on the property. She advised Angela she had seized 4 dogs from the Wayne Avenue address due to animal cruelty sometime between December 2015 and January 2016, but none of the animals seized were Yogi and Bullet.

Something clearly criminal is going on at Elisha’s property. Animals are being abused, neglected, and possibly killed while in her custody. And to add to the mystery, Elisha LeBaron Carranza and those that claim to know the whereabouts of Yogi and Bullet all have criminal records.  Elisha has had multiple charges of larceny on her record. There is a strong possibility she sold the dogs.

Disturbed by this news and worried about the welfare of Yogi and Bullet, Angela Allred solicited the assistance of High Point Police Department and Animal Control none of which are willing to help find Yogi and Bullet.

High Point, NC Police Department Attorney Brian Beasley responded to her email on March 17th, 2016 with the following.

I appreciate your concern for these two dogs.  Certainly, if we could prove that the owner neglected them or was cruel to them in violation of the law, we would rush to charge her.  But we would be required to prove the neglect and cruelty in court beyond any reasonable doubt. Unfortunately, based on the information provided to me by ACO Holly Lackey, we do not have nearly enough evidence to make a charge and no leads that have not already been followed up on.

Since Yogi and Bullet disappeared Angela has been running into brick walls trying to get assistance from law enforcement and animal control but to no avail. It would seem likely that they would have enough probable cause to question Elisha based on her prior charges of animal cruelty and her history of larceny.

Lauren Hardy, who gave the dogs to Elisha is not offering any information at all to aide in the finding of Yogi and Bullet. 

Angela Allred just wants the dogs back safe and has even offered a reward for their return with no questions asked.

For updates on Yogi and Bullet and if you have any information on their whereabouts please visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Finding-Yogi-Bullet-High-Point-NC-975185599202242/.

About the Author

Denise Carey-Costa is a journalist, author, and award-winning documentary filmmaker. She was recently awarded the Best Producer Award from the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards for her latest film, Growing up with Hollywood (January, 2016). Her first film Tony’s Tale, Tragedy in Arizona (August 2014) was the winner of eight national film festival awards including several Audience Choice Awards. She has also written numerous children’s books promoting kindness and compassion for all creatures. Among her children’s books are A Tale of Three Tails, Edwin’s Flight, Lucky, and Angelina’s Angel. And her non-fiction piece Tony’s Tale Tragedy in Arizona. She lives in Orlando, Florida, where she works with local rescue shelters.  

 

 

Bastrop Killers—The Brutal Murder of Defenseless Animals in Louisiana

 (The following story has been reprinted from Pet Rescue Report with the permission of the author.)

by Denise Carey-Costa

Bastrop, Louisiana located in Morehouse Parish boasts scenic drives and breathtaking views via its Chamber of Commerce. Their motto is “The city of spirit, pride and progress.”

But something dark and sinister lurks among the scenic bayous and beautiful scenery; it’s known as the Bastrop Louisiana Kill Pen where hundreds of horses are taken before being transported to slaughterhouses in Mexico. The pen has been owned and operated by Greg, Mitchell and Hal Stanley.the-murderers-of-the-pit-bull-justice

There have been strong allegations of abuse committed against the animals in the Stanleys’ care.  Abuse that includes horses being beaten, doused with gasoline and having their throats slit. The Stanley family claims they save horses and care about them. If that’s the case why do they charge horse rescuers 5% more to take the horses from their pen than the other three leading Kill Pens in the U.S.? They get the horses from the auctions at a cheap cost then charge over inflated prices to rescuers and individuals who want save the poor beasts from slaughter.

Along with the allegations of torture and abuse occurring to horses at the kill pen, one of the most heinous crimes ever committed against an animal occurred on their property on or around August 24th, 2016. On that day, Boots Stanley, son of Greg Stanley along with his friend Steve Sadler took a Pit Bull dog, tied it by its neck to the saddle horn then rode around with the dog clinging for its life to the horse. After they terrorized the dog and the horse for a while, they finished off their gruesome act by taking a knife and sawing the dog’s throat until it was dead. The entire act was recorded by Stanley on his cell phone and posted on Snapchat.

According to KTHV News Boots Stanley is heard on the video saying “Michael Vick has nothing on me” as the dog was dying.

The video went viral and the two men were arrested on August 25th 2016 after turning themselves in to the Bastrop Police Department.

Their first court hearing was on September 20th 2016 where they both pleaded not guilty to one count of animal abuse and one count of conspiracy. Per KTHV News, Boots Stanley and his family left the courthouse via the backdoor that day.

Their next hearing is scheduled for December 5th 2016 at 0930 am.

There is even a more macabre side to all of this. In an article posted in “The Monsters Among Us” on August 26th, 2016, a former girlfriend of Boots Stanley told an anonymous source that he often engaged in bestiality with the horses at his father’s kill pen.

An administer for the Facebook page “Justice for Justice” interviewed many locals who had known the Stanley family for many years  – the source states that the locals all corroborated a story of Boots Stanley severely beating an LSU student with a hammer. Boots was arrested but got off without being charged due to his father Greg Stanley allegedly paying off the the victim’s family. These same sources state that Boots Stanley was expelled from the local high school due to his violent behavior.

After Stanley and Sadler bonded out of jail two other photos of Boots Stanley surfaced showing him holding a large stick sitting atop what appears to be a dead horse. The second photo shows Boots holding up a blood spattered hand with blood on his shirt and smiling for the camera. This was reported in the online publication “News of the Horse” on October 5th, 2016.

But the violence is not limited to the younger generation. According to the News Star, on September 22nd, 2016 Greg Stanley, Boots’s father and his cousin Michael Stanley were recently charged with battering Andrew Payne, a 65 year old local citizen. Payne drove by the kill pens concerned for the horses and the Pit Bull that was killed there. Greg and Michael allegedly hit Payne with a board and with their fists through the window of his vehicle. Greg Stanley also recorded the beating on his cell phone. He faces Aggravated Battery charges and has his first court hearing on October 31st, 2016.

The Stanley family needs to be fully investigated and stopped and Boots Stanley and Steve Sadler need to be charged with a Class D Felony/Aggravated Cruelty to Animals charge and punished to the fullest extent of the law.

Please help make this happen by contacting the Acting D.A. on the case:

Robert Stephen Tew at 318-387-8331 or via email at: vhh@4thda.org.

Contact Louisiana Governor Edwards via: http://gov.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/form/home/4

Senator Walsworth at walsworthm@legis.la.gov

Senator Thompson at senatorthomsof@legis.la.gov.

There are also two active petitions on line:

https://www.change.org/p/morehouse-district-attorney-justice-for-justice-slaughtered-dog-at-bastrop-kill-pen-ask-da-for-max-felony-sentence.

https://www.change.org/p/united-states-department-of-agriculture-usda-close-down-bastrop-louisiana-kill-pen.

“Your intuition suggests something isn’t right but you’re not sure what it is. It is not until the aftermath that you can see clearly and realize that true life can be more terrifying than a horror movie, that monsters are real and evil preys on the innocent.” ~unknown

About the Author

Denise Carey-Costa is a journalist, author, and award-winning documentary filmmaker. She was recently awarded the Best Producer Award from the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards for her latest film, Growing up with Hollywood (January, 2016). Her first film Tony’s Tale, Tragedy in Arizona (August 2014) was the winner of eight national film festival awards including several Audience Choice Awards. She has also written numerous children’s books promoting kindness and compassion for all creatures. Among her children’s books are A Tale of Three Tails, Edwin’s Flight, Lucky, and Angelina’s Angel. And her non-fiction piece Tony’s Tale Tragedy in Arizona. She lives in Orlando, Florida, where she works with local rescue shelters.  

Extreme Abuse Left Dog Nearly Dead in Louisiana

This story has been reposted from Pet Rescue Report with the permission of the author.

In the wake of recent horrific findings at the Bastrop Louisiana Kill Pens in Bastrop, Louisiana another heinous crime has been committed against an animal; this time in Wardville, Louisiana.   And the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office is doing nothing about it.job

It all started on Saturday September 24th 2016 when Nicole Johnson Snock, a staunch advocate for animals and founder of the group Plenty of Pitties received a call from her sister in law regarding a starving puppy. The puppy, and several other emaciated and sickly dogs were outside a rundown trailer in Wardville, Louisiana, a low income section of Pineville, Louisiana.

Nicole’s sister-in-law tried to get help for the puppy and the other dogs on the property by calling the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office dispatch. The dispatcher’s apathetic response was to call back Monday as there were not enough units available to respond to animal cruelty cases on the weekend.

On hearing this, Nicole rushed over to the address and was met with a horrifying scene; 2 adult dogs on chains both in horrible condition, obviously from long term neglect. But the most disturbing sight was what appeared to be the remains of a dog in a rabbit cage. When she looked closer, she discovered a puppy covered in demodex mange and fecal matter. The poor creature attempted to stand up only to fall right back down. Nicole had never seen anything so sickening in her entire life. She picked up the phone and once again called the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office and received the same apathetic response that no one would come out on Saturday. Nicole reiterated the urgency of the situation explaining the dog would be dead by Monday, and she was going to take the dog to the emergency vet. The dispatcher responded that if she did that she would be arrested for stealing the dog. Nicole’s logic then was if you can get someone out here to arrest me then you can get someone out here to help the dogs. The dispatcher then hung up on Nicole.

Nicole took the dog home and washed him before getting him to the vet. The dog was a walking skeleton, practically no hair, just skin and bones.

Nicole named the puppy “Job” and sent an emergency message out to get funds for his vetting. Within an hour the post went viral and donations starting flooding from all over the United States.

Dear Job, who waited so patiently for help to come but when it did it was too late. Although he made it to the emergency vet, he succumbed to the severe abuse and neglect that had been inflicted on his little body since he was born; he died at 7 p.m.

At this time no one has been held accountable for Job’s death and several dogs are still left languishing at the property.

It takes a very sick and malicious person to do this to any creature, yet the person or persons who did this are not being held liable for their actions. No arrest has been made although the evidence is there in photos stated on the emergency vet records that death was the result of extreme neglect. Yet the irony in all this is; Nicole is still being threatened with arrest for saving this dog from his extreme suffering.

How can this be called justice? Do not stand by quietly and let Job’s suffering and death be in vain.

Contact the Rapides Parish Sheriff William Earl Hilton at: debrac@rpso.la.gov

or Mayor Clarence Fields of Pineville, Louisiana at: Mayor@pineville.net

In the words of Mahatma Gandi, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

Louisiana is sadly lacking in greatness and in moral progress.

 

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