Animals

A 5-year-old boy in Southern California died after being mauled by a family’s pit bull. According to KCBS, the cousin of the young boy and another relative were babysitting the 5-year-old right before he was killed. They said they stepped out of the room for a second to get a video game controller, but when they re-entered the room, the pit bull had its jaws around the little boy’s neck. The family said it had the 12-year-old pit bull since it was a puppy and trusted it around children. “All we did was step out for two seconds,” one of the relatives told KCBS. The relative declined to be identified on camera. “It hurts. It really hurts.” The relative said the dog had never hurt anyone before, claiming it wasn’t vicious. The family signed the pit bull’s ownership over to animal control and the dog was taken away. Police are now investigating the circumstances surrounding the deadly dog attack.

A Kentucky Mellisa Wolke woman has been charged with murder after allegedly commanding a pitbull to attack a neighbor who died after a dog mauled him.

State police say a woman has been charged with murder after a man with dog bites was found dead in Rockcastle County.

“They’ll be able to tell if it was a gunshot, a dog bite, or heart attack,” said Trooper Scottie Pennington of the Kentucky State Police.

KSP and Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a 9-1-1 call, which came at roughly 3:40 am. When they got to the home on Pug Lane of the U.S. 25, they were met by an overly aggressive dog. According to an arrest citation, 38-year-old Melissa Wolke sicced her pitbull on a man. A neighbor who called 9-1-1 says witnessed Wolke attacking a man and giving her dog commands to attack him. When officers arrived at the home, they found Wolke in the backyard sitting on the man and punching him in the face, while the dog attacked him.

“In the interest of their safety and everyone in the neighborhood, they put the animal down,” Pennington said.

According to Pennington, the victim had dog bites on his face and head, but no one can say for certain if he was killed by those bite wounds.

According to Wolke’s arrest citation, she appeared to have blood on her hands and feet, and a large clump of hair in her hands that were consistent with the victim’s hair. During an interview, Wolke told KSP she was going ‘redneck’ on a man and that she was the owner of the pitbull, which she calls ‘Denali’.

A 27-year-old woman is facing drug charges after a drug-detecting K9 sniffed out $1.2 million worth of cocaine during a recent traffic stop in Florida. Elizabeth Espinoza, of Raskin, was acting unusually nervous, prompting troopers to call in their K9 and search her car. Troopers later found 12 kilos of cocaine (worth roughly $1.2 million) hidden within the dashboard and other voids within the vehicle.


A woman was arrested Thursday in connection with the death of her grandmother’s dogs after San Antonio police said she did not feed them or give them water while in her care, according to an arrest affidavit.

Lani Elizabeth Taylor, 22, was charged with cruelty to non-livestock animals.

On Dec. 3, San Antonio Police responded to a residence at the 1500 block of Firwick Drive, where two dogs were found dead in wire kennels in the garage. According to the veterinarian who performed the necropsy, the dogs “suffered severely until they passed,” the affidavit said.

‘Based on the photos of the scene there was no food or water present, but also no feces/urine in the kennels where the canines were found. Trapped canines will ingest their own feces/urine in order to survive for as long as possible to survive,’ the veterinarian said.

It was later learned that Taylor’s grandmother asked the young woman to watch the dogs, find them a new home or surrender them to a shelter while she underwent cancer treatment in hospice.

Taylor is being held in jail and her bail has been set for $10,000.

On Monday, Kentucky State Police were called to a home on Open Fork Road for an animal cruelty complaint.

A neighbor told police Jonathan Watkins had killed two dogs, skinned them, and hung them off his front porch railing.

The neighbor told troopers Watkins went over to his house to ask for a cigarette when he noticed Watkins covered in blood.

The neighbor said Watkins told him, “I’ve been skinning dogs.”

The neighbor told KSP they didn’t believe Watkins because of past mental illness, but they did see four animal skins on Watkins’ front porch.

The neighbor said his two dogs were missing, and he believed another neighbor’s two dogs were missing.

When troopers talked to Watkins, they noticed he had a large hunting knife in a holster on his belt.

Troopers asked Watkins why he had blood on him. He told them, “I’m making myself a doggy coat.”

Watkins admitted to troopers that he killed his neighbors’ dogs, saying, “There isn’t anything wrong with me making myself a fur coat.”

Police shot rubber pellets and used a K-9 to take a stalking suspect into custody after the end of a chase in Corona. Fontana police said they were called to the 17300 block of Valley Boulevard in Fontana at about midnight Friday regarding a stalking suspect and encountered the man, who led officers on a pursuit when he did not stop his vehicle.

The California Highway Patrol assisted in the chase, deploying spike strips, as the suspect continued on the 10, 67 and 91 freeways, police said. CHP used a PIT maneuver and nearly an hour later, the pursuit ended in Corona near the transition of the 15 and 91 freeways.

Police say the suspect, 31-year-old Julio Vasquez, was uncooperative when the pursuit ended. Corona police shot out the suspect’s side window with rubber pellets and video showed a K-9 jumping inside the vehicle to help apprehend the suspect. Vasquez was taken to a hospital to be treated for minor injuries after being bit by the dog, according to police.

He will be charged with felony stalking and felony evading after police say he violated a restraining order involving his estranged wife by showing up to her work earlier in the day and trying to hit her with his truck. Police were called when Vasquez went to her home before midnight. Additional charges could also be added after he allegedly punched the K-9

A Florida teenager has been arrested after she ditched her dog on a roadside and laughed as it ran into oncoming traffic while chasing after her car.

The unusually named Anna Kist, 18, was charged with animal abandonment following the heartless incident which occurred in Eustis on Wednesday morning.

The entire episode was witnessed by local police officer Todd Luce, who noticed the pit bull being pushed out of a tan colored car.

According to a Facebook post penned by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, ‘the vehicle immediately drove off and the dog began to chase the car in busy traffic’.

Several cars reportedly had to swerve to miss the pup, who was desperately attempting to get back to its owner.

Officer Luce chased down the car, and found Kist inside the automobile on her own.

She is alleged to have been ‘amused’ by the fact that her dog was almost hit by multiple vehicles.

Kist reportedly told Luce that she and her sister could no longer care for the dog and that abandoning it was her only option.

The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office was told a Limestone County man was keeping this “attack squirrel” in a cage and fed it methamphetamine to keep it aggressive. (Video courtesy of the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office)

A man in Alabama has been arrested and another is on the run following a police raid where officers say they found methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and a caged ‘attack squirrel’ who had allegedly been fed meth to keep it aggressive, authorities revealed.

Ronnie Reynolds, 37, was arrested during the search in the 21000-block of Piney Chapel Road at 8:30am Monday, in Limestone County. The target of the raid, Mickey Paulk, 35, remains at large.

The property was stormed after cops reportedly received an anonymous tip that Paulk had been keeping a drug-fueled squirrel in a cage for protection purposes.

An Ocala man was allegedly pictured performing disgusting sex acts on a dog.

The Ocala Police Department launched an investigation in late February after a woman gave them a cell phone that was found at a restaurant in Ocala. Police said the woman looked through the phone in hopes of identifying its rightful owner and came across “numerous disturbing images and text messages.”

The man in the photos was recognized by the woman as Jesse Allen, an employee at the restaurant.
Detectives later obtained copies of the video and photographs, which depicted dogs having sex with women and Allen engaging in various sex acts with a dog.

Allen admitted to engaging in sex acts with the dog “for some time,” when questioned by police detectives.

A California family was left ‘heartbroken’ after shocking security footage showed their postman routinely dousing their rescue dog with pepper spray.

Owner Alfonso Galindo installed security cameras on the exterior of his San Diego home after he was left baffled by strange stain pattern that kept emerging on the ground of his front-yard for months.

However, the father-of-two was left ‘heartbroken’ when he reviewed footage from last Tuesday and saw his family’s beloved seven-year-old rescue dog, Pupa, writhing around in pain as a postman approaches his San Diego home.

On closer inspection, Galindo noticed the postman appeared to spray something from a canister at the poodle-mix’s face, as he barks excitably from behind a secure gate.

A Florida man is under arrest accused of video recording himself performing sex acts on his Siberian husky dog.

According to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, Christian Nichols, 21, is charged with one count of Aggravated Animal Cruelty. Nichol was arrested Feb. 11 in Oldsmar, which is between Tampa and Clearwater.

Deputies began their investigation Jan. 25 after someone in another state contacted Pinellas County Animal Services regarding video and photographs on the internet of a man having sexual contact with a dog. Pinellas County Animal Services notified the Sheriff’s Office.

Detectives obtained copies of the video and the photographs.

The video shows images of a man dressed in a black and white Husky dog costume. The costumed man is seen in the video having inappropriate sexual contact with a Siberian husky dog. Detectives say the dog in the video was clearly in distress. At one point during the video, the dog tries to run away and the man responds by striking the dog with a sex toy.

Through various investigative techniques, detectives tracked the video and photographs to Nichols.

On Feb. 11, detectives talked with Nichols at his home. They said Nichols admitted he made the video with his dog, Ember, and shared it on the internet.

Nichols was arrested. Pinellas County Animal Services responded to the home and removed Ember and a second dog from Nichols’ home.

Detectives say additional charges are likely.

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This footage is from a Chicago Police Department body-worn camera. The sergeant wearing the camera and assisting officers rescued a man at 1:05 p.m. on Sunday who had jumped into Lake Michigan to save his dog.

The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, was walking his dog near Foster Beach. The nine-month-old adopted dog darted towards the ice on the lake and ended up in the water.

The owner jumped into the lake to rescue the American Eskimo mix, named Pika. He was able to save the 19-pound dog but was unable to get out of the lake due to large ice walls that formed along the water’s edge.

“They (CPD) absolutely saved my life,” the man said. ” I will be forever grateful to them.”

Both the man and the dog are doing well.

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An Austell woman is in police custody after allegedly feeding a milkshake containing marijuana and methamphetamine to a dog, according to an arrest warrant.

Police say, Nicole Ledford, 37, gave the laced milkshake to a male brown and white mixed-breed dog named Moose during a September traffic stop executed by Cobb County Police, according to the warrant. A urine test on Moose indicated the presence of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, the warrant states.

Though the traffic stop happened in September, Ledford was arrested Jan. 16, jail records show.

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Authorities in Alabama have arrested a veterinary student suspected of selling nearly 50 horses to meat-processing plants in Mexico.

Deputies with the Blount County Sheriff’s Office apprehended 24-year-old Fallon Blackwood at a local rodeo Saturday, four months after a grand jury returned a 13-count indictment charging the woman with bringing into the state property obtained by false pretense with the intent to defraud.

Blackwoofd, a senior majoring in veterinary medicine at Tuskegee University, is accused of offering owners to re-home older and ailing horses, and instead sold them to slaughterhouses in Mexico for meat.

The indictment lists 13 animals, but Lindsay Rosentrater, who turned over her beloved horse, Willie, to Blackwood in January 20018, said that nearly 50 missing horses have been linked to the veterinary student.

Blackwood was also arrested in early April on an outstanding warrant from North Carolina, where she was accused of tricking a man into giving her two horses, reported Fox 5 Atlanta.

According to multiple accounts posted on a Facebook page created by Rosentrater called Finding Willie, Blackwood would answer ads placed by people throughout the South seeking to sell their horses, saying that while she could not afford to buy the animals, she would be willing to house them on her 18-acre farm and care for them.

In many of the cases, including Rosentrater’s, Blackwood claimed she was looking for a retired horse to be a pasture companion for her racing horse.

The owners’ reasons for deciding to part with their geldings and mares varied, but most boiled down to financial difficulties, or failing health that prevented them from caring for their animals.

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Florida man arrested for having sex with his family’s pit bull more than 100 times. Bradley Hubbard, 23, moved in with his dad and his dad’s girlfriend in Pensacola three years ago. The family had a pit bull named “Baby Girl.”

A family member who lived in the home says she saw Hubbard bringing Baby Girl back to his room. She says she could see the action through a hole in the door. At first, she would hear the pit bull whimper and cry out. When asked what was going on, Hubbard would say the dog was in heat. Eventually, the dog stopped making noises. Click below to watch video..

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A pervy Louisiana cop has been busted for having sex with an animal and then recording the trysts.

Terry Yetman of the Bossier City Police Department was arrested Wednesday and charged with 20 counts of sexual abuse of animals by performing sexual acts with an unidentified critter and 20 counts of sexual abuse of animals by filming sexual acts with an animal, state police said.

A special investigation into Yetman’s activities commenced in August, according to a release from Louisiana State Police.

Cops allege during a search that evidence indicating possession of pornography involving sexual acts with an animal was found on devices belonging to Yetman, according to the Shreveport Times.

He’s being held at the Bossier Maximum Correctional Center on a $350,000 bond, reported The Times-Picayune.

Bossier City Police Department spokeswoman Tracy Landry confirmed Yetman has been employed since 2014 and was assigned as an officer in the patrol division. Bossier City is located in northwest Louisiana.

Yetman was placed on administrative leave by the Bossier City Police Department in November when the department was notified of the investigation.

He previously had been honored for championing the protective rights of domestic violence victims and their families, according to the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Under a new state law, anyone convicted of sexual abuse of an animal can face up to a five-year prison term and a maximum fine of $2,000.

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ORLANDO, Fla. —
Newly uncovered video captures the moment a man fell into a pit of alligators while trying to perform a stunt in Orlando.

Michael Womer plunged into the pit of gators when a rope swing snapped during a performance in Orlando.

It happened two years ago, but Womer said the video has picked up steam after he recently reshared it on his YouTube page.

Womer fell into the water but managed to escape without injury.

“It was at this precise moment, I knew what a turkey feels like right before Thanksgiving dinner,” Wormer said in video he posted on Facebook.

Womer, who refers to himself as the “gator crusader,” has dozens of videos of himself performing alligator related stunts on his YouTube page.

In one video, Womer brushed an alligator’s teeth and in another he sticks a hotdog in his mouth and then feeds it to a gator.

Womer spoke with WESH 2 News on Tuesday about the accident. See video, below.

A Pompano Beach woman was taken into custody over the weekend on a disturbing charge after police say she stuffed four puppies into a backpack and allegedly abused them while inside of a bar.

Broward Sheriff’s deputies arrested 27-year-old Teresa Gardner on Sunday morning and charged her with multiple counts, include tormenting animals and resisting arrest.

According to an arrest report, witnesses saw Gardner swinging the backpack as well as slamming it on tables and benches at the Briny Irish Pub located off East Atlantic Boulevard.

Deputies were able to rescue the puppies, each just four weeks old, who appeared shaken and tormented.

A crash ended in an arrest and an unusual discovery by troopers who pulled a driver over along I-4, according to investigators.

A 911 call started a pursuit between troopers and a truck driven by Shane Taylor on Saturday.

The truck was wanted for a crash that happened a bit earlier, officials said.

Dash cam video shows the trailer swerving, sparks flying, and the moment when troopers eventually stopped the driver.

There were several animals inside the truck, including a lemur that jumped out and gave troopers a difficult time when they tried to capture it.

There was also a wallaby, a tortoise, a goat and some sheep.

During the stop, troopers also interviewed two drivers who claimed to have been struck by Taylor.

A third victim came forward at the FHP station.

Troopers also said there was a strong odor coming from Taylor’s vehicle.

He was arrested and faces several charges, including DUI and reckless driving.

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On November 3rd around 9:00 AM, Cape Coral Police responded to Hancock Bridge Pkwy and SE 24th Ave in reference to an Animal Complaint call for service. Officer Victor Maduro responded and located the dog. It was very apprehensive and didn’t want to cooperate. Officer Maduro was persistent and knew that if this was a lost dog the owner was most likely desperate to get him back. The officer followed the Labradoodle around and was finally able to get ahold of him where he could secure the dog and get him to a safe place; the back of his patrol vehicle. Officer Maduro gave the dog some water and waited for Lee County Animal Control who took custody of the dog. The owner was located and was indeed looking for the lost dog and VERY happy to get him back.

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On Saturday, September 29, 2018, MCSO K-9 Deputy Matthew Hooper and his K-9 partner “Rambo” responded to 585 NW 57th Avenue in reference to locating a man wanted for committing an armed robbery in the city of Ocala. On June 2, 2018 defendant Andre Baker (DOB: 12/31/1988) robbed a couple of $40.00 and a .22 caliber handgun at gunpoint, and after their investigation, the Ocala Police Department issued a warrant for his arrest. Baker has fled from law enforcement before…He even told witnesses that he would flee from law enforcement by running into the woods. Knowing this, Deputy Hooper and Rambo took a position in the woods behind the house Baker was staying in. When two other deputies went to the front door of the home to ask Baker to come out of the house, Baker ran out the back door, where Deputy Hooper and Rambo were waiting. Baker ignored K-9 warnings and Deputy Hooper deployed Rambo to apprehend the suspect. Rambo jumped over three fences and quickly captured Baker after a short pursuit. Baker was treated for minor injuries that he sustained by Rambo’s bite, and he was arrested and transported to the Marion County Jail. Baker’s been charged with Resisting without Violence for this incident, and OPD’s warrants for Robbery with a Firearm, Grand Theft of a Firearm and Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon were successfully served.

A suspect in Florida who was accused of kidnapping an infant was heroically taken down by a K9 cop that was expertly guided by his handler. The harrowing collar was captured on police body camera. Pasco County deputies hunted for the suspect, 24-year-old Kevin Wilson after they responded to a call from a home in New Port Richey on Monday about the attempted kidnapping of a six-month-old baby. Wilson had given up on taking the baby after the woman’s uncle threatened him at gun point, but fled the scene and eventually ditched his vehicle to hide in a wooded area where Sgt. Ferguson and K9 Titan tracked him down. In the incredible footage, Ferguson is dragged by Titan who has picked up on Wilson’s scent as the helicopter unit over head locks their eyes on Wilson.

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A Colorado couple has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges after they had sex with their dog in a backyard motorhome that they converted into a sex chamber.

Frederick Blue Manzanares, 51, and his ex-girlfriend Janette Eileen Solano, 49, were arrested in March and charged with four counts of cruelty to.

Manzanares pleaded guilty to two counts of animal cruelty after admitting to having sex with their dog Bubba.

He will be sentenced in October and faces up to 18 months in jail on each count, the Daily Mail reports.

Solano pleaded guilty to one count of animal cruelty. She negotiated a deferred judgement and sentence.

A judge will decide whether to accept her plea deal next week, according to the Denver Post.

As part of the plea agreement, Manzanares and Solano have forfeited custody of Bubba.

Bubba, a male Akita mix, is currently living at the Aurora Animal Shelter and will need to undergo a behavior assessment.

Officials will then decide what will be the next best place to take him, according to the Arapahoe County District Attorney’s Office.

Police began investigating in March 2017 after Solano reported a domestic violence incident involving Manzanares.

She later told an officer that they only had an argument, but that she was leaving Manzanares because he pressured her into having sex with their dog.

Solano claimed that she first discovered pictures of bestiality on the couple’s shared laptop and confronted Manzanares about them, according to the Denver Post.

She said he told her to have an open mind and then began introducing her to bestiality videos, forums, and literature.

The couple then began having sex with Bubba, which Solano said occurred inside a motorhome that Manzanares outfitted with a customized red padded bench to make it easier to copulate with the dog.

Manzanares used dog hormone spray to arouse Bubba and would take pictures and videos while they had sex with him.

Footage of the couple having sex with Bubba was later discovered by police.

Solano said she started to become ‘somewhat jealous’ of her boyfriend’s relationship with their dog and that it would often lead to arguments.

When the couple was first arrested, authorities could not locate Bubba. Manzanares then forfeited his rights to the pet and officers were able to recover the poor pup.

Bestiality only became illegal in Colorado in 2007.