Archive for March, 2011

An Animal Rescuer Beats A Dog

Here is 41-year-old Noelle Stanbridge.  She is an independent animal rescuer from Ottumwa Iowa.   She promotes herself as a champion for stray dogs in Iowa, rescuing over 200 dogs.  If you google her name you can see her claim to be involved in transporting animals with the help of Pilots N Paws (PnP has contacted FTLTD and they have no record of any association with her that they can find), fostering dogs that go to breed-specific rescues, and even setting up petitions.  It is the work that animal rescuers do.  Everything they can to save dogs in need of help.

But…whoa…ten days ago her neighbor released to the police a very disturbing and horrific video.  Stanbridge was beating a dog in her back yard, with what appeared to be a stick.

Here is a news video on it which shows a significant part of her beating the dog.  And it is disturbing.

Update 4/1/11: Commenter “Laura” submitted a link to the entire amateur video that was taken of Stanbridge beating her dog.  Click on this YouTube Link to view for embedding has been disabled.   It’s bad.

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Charges Upgraded for Patrick’s Abuser

Today, acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray upgraded the abuse charges against Kisha Curtis to a Fourth-Degree Criminal Offense – torture and torment of a living creature.  Curtis faces 18 months in jail and/or a $3,000 fine if convicted on the abuse against Patrick.  She is currently being held at the Passaic County jail on $10,000 bail.

It still doesn’t sound like enough, but it’s better than the Disorderly Persons Offense she was initially charged with.  New Jersey doesn’t classify offenses as felony or misdemeanor.  They are classified as “degrees”.  First, Second, Third, and Fourth.  These “degrees” are equivalent to a Felony where the Fourth Degree is the lowest form.

She still stands by her story she never threw him down the garbage chute.  Now she says that she tied Patrick outside and “someone took him”.

Riiiiiiiiiiiight.

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Patrick’s Abuser CAUGHT!

Yesterday, the New Jersey SPCA charged Kisha Curtis, 28,  with two counts of abandonment and two counts of failure to provide proper sustenance to an animal.  Patrick was discovered March 16 by maintenance workers inside a garbage chute at the Garden Spires apartment building in Newark, NJ, a 550-unit complex notorious for drugs and other crimes.

She said she couldn’t take care of him anymore.  And she denied throwing him down the garbage chute.

Nice story, Kisha.

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Mishka the Talking Husky

Oh forget the creeps!  This is a real feel good video!  Here is Mishka, the Talking Husky.  She was a sensation a couple years ago with her famous “I Love You” video.  Now she has a new tune – Mishka’s Ballad.  It’s also available on iTunes.  Check it out!


There is a lot more Mishka at her YouTube Channel.

She even has a Facebook.

Justice Round-Up 3/23/11

What a sorry list of creeps I have.  Proof that evolution can go in reverse.  Let’s just get started.

Michael Tessmer

His idea of stress relief is to kick his black labradoodle in front of his kids.  So hard the dog died later the same night.  His idea of explaining it to his kids and his soon to be ex-wife was “poor Zorro must have had a heart attack”.  But he was definitely at a loss to explain it when he got arrested because his son, 11-years-old at the time, goes to school and draws a picture of the incident entitled “My Dad is a Killer”.

A jury found Tessmer guilty of causing mental harm to a child and mistreatment of animals, causing death – both felonies.  Tessmer is facing up to nine years in prison when he is sentenced May 9. The mental harm charge carries a 7 1/2 -year prison term; the mistreatment of animals, a 1 1/2 -year term.

Michael Tessmer owns Tessmer Auto Sales in Waukesha, Wisconsin.  He couldn’t kick the tires if he was mad?  He had to repeatedly kick the family dog in front of his children so hard the dog dies?  What…the cars on his lot more important than the well-being of his children?   I guess so.

Maybe he’s got some Killer deals in that car lot.

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A Starved Dog Tossed Out With The Trash

I can’t believe this.  The dog pictured here is still alive.  This is the worst case of starvation I have ever seen.

Last week in Newark New Jersey, a maintenance worker for a 22-story apartment building was cleaning out the trash bins that are serviced by the garbage chutes from resident apartment units.  Apparently someone placed this dog into a bag and tossed it down the chute – as garbage.

When the maintenance man came upon the trash he noticed the bag moving and inside was this dog – barely alive.  So close to death he was cold to the touch.

Apartment maintenance immediately contacted the authorities and the dog was rushed to the Associated Humane Societies Newark facility to be stabilized.

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Pilots N Paws Volunteer Joseph Radford is Missing

Authorities have been searching for missing pilot Joseph Radford since March 13.  Mr. Radford is a volunteer pilot with the Pilots N Paws organization that assists in transporting rescue animals to other states.  He was flying a homebuilt, single-engine RV-6 that took off March 11 from the Glendale Municipal Airport at 6:30 a.m. He flew to the Grand Canyon Airport in Tusayan, where he stopped to refuel and took off again at around 8:30 a.m.

On Monday, March 13, his family notified the police he was overdue.

Another plane detected an emergency locator transmitter about 30 miles northwest of the Grand Canyon Village in a remote region of the Grand Canyon National Park.   Deteriorating weather has hampered the search efforts but the National Park Service is continuing the search by plane, helicopter, and by asking backpackers in the park to keep a lookout for Radford and his plane.  They were unable to pick up the distress transmission previously reported by the other plane.

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A Plea for Japan

I don’t have any words to describe the devastation in Japan after the massive earthquake and tsunami that hit the country on March 11.   It is the country’s worse disaster since WWII.

Towns are demolished.  In many areas there is no movement whatsoever by man or animal.  Tens of thousands people have gone with little or no food and water, and no heat.  Thousands are dead.

Radiation leakage from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant prompted mass evacuations and radiation screening of citizens.  And that energy shortage has resulted in power cuts to refugee shelters and hospitals.

In addition to the power cuts, hospitals are short on medical supplies and personnel needed to attend to the seriously injured and ill patients.

It’s estimated that ten thousand children have been displaced.   The estimate on displaced pets has not been tallied, but it will be close to tens of thousands.

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WOW.  Is this ever repulsive!

A video has been uploaded to YouTube that is spreading like wildfire across facebook and other animal blogs.

It is a video capturing some *fun and games* at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter.  Employees making obscene gestures and chanting “Kill the Kitty”, as they roughly remove a cat by a catch-pole.  They certainly seem to be enjoying this part of the job.  Please tell me there is no sequel to this crap like “Kill the Doggie” hiding out there somewhere.

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Nico Now Needs a Third Chance at Life

UPDATE:  Nico has a ChipIn

http://nicosfund.chipin.com/nicos-fund-3

This photo is not unknown to animal lovers and rescuers.  It captured the depressed and broken spirit of a suffering shelter dog.  It’s Nico, the 6-year-old Dogo Argentino who’s picture appeared on Facebook July 2009 that immediately went viral and caught the attention of animal rescuers.  He was malnourished, covered in sores, flea bitten, missing several teeth, covered with tumors, and deaf.

It was this photo, taken by Southern California animal rescuer Nikki Audet, that saved his life.  It caught the attention of Kelley Gibson, a rescuer and animal transporter in San Diego, where she quickly helped get him to the Hamilton County Humane Society in Indianapolis.

After three months of training and medical care, his tumors removed, Nico (now known as Nico SwanGarris) found a home in Indiana with two loving moms and settled into a pampered life of playtime, good food, snuggles on a couch, and…squeaky toys!

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