BELOITâ€”Beloit police arrested a 24-year-old Wausau woman after the dog she had custody of died inside her locked car Tuesday afternoon.
Anisha N. Butalla was arrested on charges of felony mistreating an animal, resulting in death at 12:45 p.m. Tuesday in the parking lot of Wal-Mart, 2785 Milwaukee Road, after a report of animal cruelty, according to a department press release.
A concerned store employee called police for help after finding the dog locked in a Chevy Monte Carlo in the lot. When police arrived, they found a 2-year-old pit bull in extreme distress. It was 86 degrees outside and there was insufficient ventilation in the vehicle, the release said.
Officers broke out the windows of the vehicle in an attempt to rescue it, but it was too late. Rock County Animal Control also responded to the scene to assist in the recovery, the release said.
Butalla reportedly left the dog in the vehicle for four hours while she was attending a court matter in Janesville. When she returned to her car, she found rescue personnel, police said.
Butalla is in custody at the Rock County Jail and is scheduled for her initial court appearance later today, said Capt. Bill Tyler.
Seriously, what is wrong with people...do they not have any common sense?
2 weekends ago I was playing in a softball tournament and had gone to my car to grab something. The car in front of me was in the sun for a few hours, it was about 85 out with pretty high humidity. We had been sitting on the grass next to the curb where this car was parked. We watched a guy walk over open the car and put the windows down about an inch and lifted the back window about 2 inches...we were wtf...upon further investigation there were 3 dogs inside the car...2 in one crate, 1 in the other...in the sun...they had to have been in there for several hrs. We had no clue the dogs were there, until he walked by. They were very quiet...We ended up calling animal control to come get the dogs out...he came back when this was happening and didn't get what the big deal was...his response was that he left the dogs in the car because he was afraid they would jump on people...
No you can't but a slap upside the head sure does help.
Last September I was at a puppymill awareness day event in Lancaster PA. A person left their dog in a car and the guys from Rescue Ink got on the PA announced the plate number along with the make and model of the car along with "You have 2 minutes to get to your car and let the dog out otherwise we will break the window to let it out".
Imagine that, some idiot leaves their dog in a car at an event for and about dogs when everyone else that had a dog their had the dog they owned with them on a leash.
NJ Yorkie Owner Prosecuted and Convicted of Animal Cruelty
On 1/6/2009, West Orange resident Mrs.Dortheia Shears presented her Yorkshire Terrier dog to the Veterinary Center of Morris County in East Hanover. and later on 1/27/2009 to the Madison Animal Hospital, in need of emergency veterinary surgery for a serious injury which had occurred in the Summer of 2008, but refused to have the dog properly treated as it was suffering from Necrosis. Efforts to have its owner to voluntarily surrender the terrier failed until Mrs. Shears complied, with the commendable assistance of Madison Animal Hospital Veterinary Technician Tara Hart. Mrs. Shears was charged with six counts of animal cruelty by NJSPCA Corporal Al Peterson. Mrs. Shears' failure to provide the needed emergency veterinary care over a seven-month period resulted in the dog's infected and necrotic leg having to be amputated. Necrosis is the premature death of cells and living tissue caused by external factors, such as infection, toxins or trauma, almost always detrimental, and can be fatal. On 12/17/2009, Mrs.Dortheia Shears appeared in West Orange Municipal Court and plead guilty to three counts of criminal animal cruelty, resulting in fines of $750; restitution to the Madison Animal Hospital and the NJ State SPCA totaling $3223.00; the confiscation and forfeiture of her current dog, "Max"; and a lifetime ban on animal ownership. "Zack", the Yorkshire Terrier, survived his amputation surgery, had a successful rehabilitation, and was readopted into a new home and a loving family.
NJ Dog Owner Prosecuted and Convicted of Animal Cruelty
In June 2009, Nutley Police observed a vehicle and its occupant park on River Road in Nutley and then leave the area. A Pug dog was then found abandoned at that location. The owner of the vehicle, Mr. Long Pham of Kearny, when questioned by Kearny Police, reported that some unidentified person must have stolen his dog from inside his locked Kearny home, and had also stolen his SUV from the driveway of his home, and the thief may have abandoned his dog in Nutley, thus returning the SUV to Mr. Pham's driveway while he was at in his Kearny delicatessen and liquor store. Mr. Long Pham did not report his vehicle stolen to Kearny Police. The dog was removed to the Montclair Animal Shelter and held for NJSPCA investigation. As a result of a criminal investigation, Mr. Long Pham was charged with 8 counts of animal cruelty.
Nutley Police Sergeant Faeder also charged Long Pham with violations. In September 2009, at the time of trial, and in his defense, Mr.Long Pham produced a time-lapse DVD proving that he was at his Kearny deli and liquor store at the time of the animal abandonment. He also produced his son, Mr.Hung Pham, who openly admitted to taking of the dog from the home, taking the vehicle from the driveway, abandoning the dog in Nutley, and returning the vehicle to the driveway.
The animal cruelty charges against Mr. Long Pham were dismissed by Nutley Municipal Court Judge Viola and the summonses were amended, with the assistance of Nutley Municipal Prosecutor Allen Genitempo, to charge Mr.Hung Pham with animal abandonment and sustenance violations.
Mr.Hung Pham pleads guilty to 3 counts of animal cruelty and was fined $1500, with $1000 in restitutions to the Montclair Animal Shelter, and $500 in restitution to the NJSPCA. Mr. Hung Pham was also assessed 15 days of NJSPCA community service and a long term NJSPCA "Check Welfare" decree was ordered by Judge Viola.
The reason given for the removal and abandonment of his father's dog, by defendant Mr.Hung Pham, who resides with his family and the dog, was due to an allergy he suffers from, caused by contact with animals. The dog was released to its owner after more than two months of confinement in the shelter.
NJ Tenant Kills his Landlord's Dog. Prosecuted and Convicted.
June 15, 2009
On November 26,2008 on the Eve of Thanksgiving Corporal Al Peterson of the NJSPCA responded from Jersey City to Union Township to investigate a report of a man, identified as Mr. Philip Profetto of Union, killing his landlord's dog by stomping its head, beating it, wringing its neck and body slamming the dog's bloody corpse to the ground, then posing the dog into a garage as if it were sleeping. During this investigation, Union Township ACO Jay Kielwasser assisted in the response, investigation and adjudication process. The event was witnessed by a juvenile who was severely traumatized. As a result of the defendant's failure to appear for his arraignment, a bench warrant was issued for Mr. Profetto's arrest.
Many months later, on June15, 2009, a plea agreement was negotiated by NJSPCA Corporal Al Peterson, the public defender and the Union Township municipal prosecutor and subsequently adjudicated with the following results,
Mr. Philip Profetto pleaded guilty to:
*4:22-17a1 (Criminal Abuse of a Living Animal) - Guilty - $1000.
*4:22-17a2 (Criminal Cause or Procure) - Guilty - $250
*4:22-17a3 (Inflicting Cruelty)- Guilty - $250
*SPCA Restitution: $500
*Court Costs $102
*Mr. Profetto surrendered his German Shepherd
*A lifetime ban on animal ownership,
*A lifetime ban on care, custody or control of any living animal or creature,
*30 consecutive Days in Runnells Psychiatric Hospital as an In-Patient plus10 Sessions of Anger Management in Trinitas Hospital Anger Management Center (At defendant expense) along with 180 Hours of Community Service (with no contact with animals) at Jersey Animal Coalition
*NJ State SPCA and Union Township ACO Compliance monitoring as requested by Union Municipal Judge
NJ House of Horrors Couple Prosecuted and Convicted of Animal Cruelty
On Monday 4/7/08 Officer T Yanisko was informed of a situation in Barnegat NJ regarding multiple dead animals found. Barnegat Police department was called regarding the scope of the situation. A team including Investigator Theresa Cooper, Investigator Larry Donato, and Sgt. Jane Donoghue was assembled. Officer Christopher Steins from the Barnegat Police Department had been assigned to support the investigation.
At approximately 5:15pm the property was entered by members of the NJSPCA, Popcorn Park Zoo and Fish and Wildlife for an initial assessment. After the initial assessment the parties retreated and set up an evidence processing and intake area located off the kitchen deck area. A 10â€™X10â€™ tent was set up to provide shelter and privacy for the processing of the scene. The team began a systematic search and recovery at the scene. Additional lighting at the scene was provided by the Barnegat Fire Department. Animals in varying stages of decomposition were found in every room within the dwelling.
The animals were photographed and removed to the processing tent where they were photographed and catalogued. In the kitchen, in the freezer compartment there were numerous Ziploc bags with objects wrapped in towels. It was determined that inside the Ziploc bags were kittens that had died and were kept frozen in the freezer. There were a total of 28 kittens in bags found in the freezer. Some were newly born others were older but all were kittens. Animalâ€™s remains recovered from the scene included dogs, cats, turtles, hamsters or Guinea Pigs and possibly ferrets but it was difficult to determine at the scene, due to the decomposition, the species of each animal. The animals were removed and taken to the freezer at Popcorn Park where they remain for further examination.
After consulting with the Ocean County Prosecutors Office a charge of 4:22-17B1 charge was filed against both individuals. Mr. Teymant was arrested in the Barnegat Police Department and processed. He was later transported to the Ocean County Jail with bail set at $25,000 no 10% option.
On March 30, 2009 Superior Court Judge Barbara Ann Villano placed Matthew Teymant, 30, of Barnegat on probation for five years and ordered him to perform a mere 250 hours of community service. Teymant's wife, Amanda, 23, was allowed to enter an 18-month diversionary program that will enable her to avoid a criminal record, and was ordered to perform only 100 hours of community service as one of the conditions.
NJ Psychologist Prosecuted and Convicted of Animal Cruelty
September 30, 2009
In July 2009, an eyewitness contacted South Orange Heath Officer Mr. John Festa and Animal Control Officer Dick Ash and reported animals living in deplorable conditions in the Upper South Orange home of Dr. Linda Cameron, a highly regarded, practicing psychologist. The witness described a strong odor in the home from the urine and feces that visibly littered the floors of the two story home, and further reported that both the animals and the adult and juvenile residents were living in the unhealthy conditions of the home with no electricity or running water, and that the strong odor was compounded by a sewage backup. South Orange Police and the appropriate municipal services were also notified.
NJ State SPCA Humane Police Corporal Al Peterson, Municipal Health Officer Mr. John Festa and ACO Ash responded to the home and were able to confirm the conditions inside the home and observed a dog locked inside a small crate with no water. Photographs were taken and reports compiled and an SPCA Warning Notice to Comply was visibly posted to the front door requesting that the homeowner contact the State SPCA to discuss and resolve the complaint through education and correction. The warning notice went unheeded resulting in a failure to comply. Six (6) NJSA Title 4 criminal and civil animal cruelty summonses were issued to Dr. Linda Cameron with a mandatory court appearance in South Orange Municipal Court.
Three days later, Dr. Cameron's home sustained fire damage as a result of an unattended candle being used for light in a second floor bedroom. Her Sheltie dog had failed to bark and warn the sleeping residents of the impending fire danger, but both the dog and a cat and adult and juvenile residents escaped unharmed with the assistance of responding fire professionals. The house was rendered as uninhabitable.
Dr. Cameron failed to appear at her initial arraignment, plead not guilty at her second appearance and the practicing psychologist and homeowner was granted the services of a public defender. During the third appearance, Dr. Cameron, represented by her Public Defender, refused a plea agreement offered by the State SPCA, but later opted to accept the terms of the plea bargain only after her options were advised to her by the presiding judge, and then only after she contacted and consulted with her private attorney.
Dr. Linda Cameron plead guilty to one count of NJSA Title 4:22-26a2, Cause or Procure, by any direct or indirect means, any such act to be done, and was fined $450 and ordered to pay the expenses of the State SPCA investigation in the amount of $560. A practicing psychologist, Dr. Cameron was provided with a payment plan for both fines and SPCA-related investigation costs. An additionally the NJSPCA requested and was granted by Judge Rosenbluth to empower the State SPCA to assess the health and welfare of her dog and cat.