Justice for Phoenix – Action Alert!


Update 2/7/11 – No Justice for Phoenix

It is with a sad and heavy heart that I remember Phoenix, the poor innocent little pitbull that was doused with gasoline and set on fire in Baltimore in May. Although rescued by a valiant police officer, Phoenix’s burns extended almost over 100% of her body and her poor body just could not recover, she was euthanized shortly thereafter.

It didn’t take long for police to have two suspects in custody; twin 17-year-old brothers, Travis and Jermain Johnson. Their parents maintained that the boys had nothing to do with the heinous crime, they were turned in just for the reward money, but it wasn’t long after they were in trouble again, guns or drugs or something like that.

On November 13, State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy announced that the Baltimore City Grand Jury indicted both Tremayne and Travers Johnson, 17, of S. Pulaski Street in a five count indictment charging animal abuse and cruelty.

These two paragons of humanity will be arraigned on December 9 and we’d like to ask the court that felony animal cruelty penalties be levied against them. Their crime was cruel and depraved and Phoenix suffered horribly for no reason other then their kicks and thrills!

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UPDATE 12/21/09 – $100K Bail, 42 Dead & Tortured Animals

Our favorite animal advocate groups, Rescue Ink, helped uncover a gruesome case of animal torture and killing on Long Island this past Saturday.  This case is truly heinous.

The group, acting on a call to their tip line,  made a trip to Selden, Long Island to check on a home where  animals were being mistreated.

What they found were malnourished dogs in cages, all of them “skin and bones”.   What was even worse was one of the boys that lived there, 21-year-old Doug McDonough, was the one who called Rescue Ink.   He claimed his mother, Sharon McDonough, 43, was torturing animals, killing them and burying them in their yard.  Even soliciting the help of her own children in finding the animals and bringing them home to their deaths.

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SuttlesMy friends, you remember Robert Suttles of Somerset, KY, the monster who brutally tortured his dog, Bowser by poisoning him with antifreeze, letting him suffer for days laying in the yard then kicked the dog to death and burned his body?  We all fought so hard, emails, calls, letters, a petition, to have the charges upgraded from a misdemeanor to a felony and now it looks like all our hard work, and all of Bowser’s suffering and pain may be for naught!

Some disturbing news has come to my attention! It seems the trial date has been set for Monday, November 2 and no one, witnesses, advocates, etc., were ever notified. There’s concern that although the sheriff’s office was supposed to send an investigator out to the scene to collect evidence, it may have never been done. And now that Suttles was released on bail over 3 weeks ago, something that no one was notified about either, any evidence could have easily been removed.

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soldier_dogIn a report released on October 19 to Congress, The Commission on Military Justice says that criminal charges should be brought against those in service that abuse, kill or abandon their pets.   They ask that specific language be placed in The Uniform Code of Military Justice that makes Animal Cruelty towards non-public animals a crime.

In their letter to the Department of Defense, the Commission states:

“Currently there is not an adequate mechanism for holding these service members criminally accountable when they abuse or abandon these non-public animals”

As of now, The Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) punishes abuse of a “public animal” under Article 134, known as the general article. But there are no laws addressing treatment of pets, which are legally considered “non-public animals.”

Nowhere in the UCMJ is there any language to suggest that animal abuse is behavior unbecoming of a serviceman. Article 134 of the UCMJ is a catch-all article that is commonly used to address offenses not specifically listed in the code and charges of animal cruelty can, in theory, be brought upon a serviceman using this article. However, the charges would have to be brought by a superior officer who felt that the charges were worth his/her time.

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Tyler Vincent CastellanoI believe we may be looking at the face of a potential future psychopath here.  This is 18-year-old Tyler Vincent Castellano of Sevier, TN. In March Castellano and a 17-year-old friend were out when a stray dog came over to them and apparently got into a “scuffle” with their dog. After they broke the dogs up, I guess they decided to get rid of the stray and what they did to the poor dog was what animal control officers called one of the worst cases of animal cruelty they’d even seen!

They led the pitbull about a mile away from the home where they were at, tied her to a tree and beg and stabbing her. As she struggled and tried to get away she wrapped herself tighter and tighter around the tree and the boys continued to torture and stab her. Then they untied her and tossed her in a hole where they completed the job by beating her to death with a cedar branch.

“It’s pretty devastating,” Sevier County Animal Control Officer Deputy Chris Hughes said. “The method in this particular one is what made it so brutal and made it stand out.”

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Justice Round-Up 10/16/09

One question that is usually asked is “Why is Lady Justice always blindfolded?”.  This is done in order to indicate that justice is (or should be) meted out objectively.  Without fear or favor, regardless of identity, money, power, or weakness.

Of course, it also means Justice can’t see a damn thing.  Which is usually the case in animal cruelty sentences.  As you can see here.

In the sad death of Rebel.

Here are three complete lowlifes that are singing the Jail House Rock.  They stole an SUV from a cemetery that belonged to Mary and Craig Michael.  In the SUV was their 16-year-old dog, Rebel.  When the SUV was recovered, Rebel was dead.  Read the original story here.

Gabriela_Briones_airGabriela Adela Briones, 32, pleaded guilty to vehicle theft by a repeat offender, receiving a stolen vehicle and animal cruelty. She also pleaded guilty in four other cases that included charges of identity theft, burglary, grand theft and violating probation in a fraud case. She was sentenced to two years in prison.

Michael_Deharo_airMike Juan Deharo, 28, plead guilty to taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent. He was sentenced to three years probation and one year in jail. The jail term is to be served in San Bernardino, where he had already been sentenced in another case.

Rhett_Hermanson_airRhett Hermanson, 19, attempted to cash checks stolen from the SUV. He pleaded guilty to forgery and being an adult in possession of a firearm with a juvenile conviction. He was sentenced to one year in jail and three years probation.

The Press-Enterprise.

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Brandon Hill, 18, Helena, MT, never learned one of the basic concepts of common sense.  “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  Brandon’s 8-week-old puppy chewed up his cell phone charger, so Brandon’s *pound of cure* was to beat the puppy so badly it had to be euthanized by a veterinarian.

Here’s a picture of the little turd taken from his public Myspace account.


According to witnesses:

“The witness was outside and heard a dog yelp, The witness saw a male kicking a small white dog against the tire of a car. The man picked up the dog and threw it onto the ground.”

The man disappeared with the dog into the trailer where the animal continued to yelp. The witness told deputies that whenever she heard something bang against the wall inside the house, the dog would cry. (BillingsGazette.com)

When confronted by the police, Hill admitted he threw the puppy against the wall, but said he didn’t do it that hard and he’s not an animal beater.

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Joshua Kyle StittMy friends, we’ve got another winner here; 21-year-old Joshua Kyle Stitt of Oregon City, OR, killed the family dog, Blue,  a blue heeler-doberman mix that was his father’s, then killed a litter of puppies.

On September 4, Stitt said the dog nipped at his leg so he took a 3″ pocket knife, stood on the dog’s leash and proceeded to stab the dog in the neck and then slit its throat.

When he father got home, John Stitt found his son covered in blood from head to toe, blood spattered over a 40′ dog run and a son that was bragging and seemed pleased with what he had done.  Joshua Stitt had previously been discharged from the Marines due to mental instability.

Then more recently, Joshua took a metal pipe or rod and brutally bludgeoned 6 puppies to death and ripped down their enclosure.

The father then knew what he had to do and he called the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.

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Justice Round-Up 9/21/09

More for our reading displeasure.  Although some sentences here seem significant, it’s only because of other crimes committed along with the animal cruelty.   It’s just not a priority to the courts and I cannot fathom why.

Virginia Thornton

v_thornton_airShe’s not the crazy neighborhood cat lady.  She’s the idiot puppy mill lady with 300 suffering dogs.  Read Deanna’s story here.

Guilty of 12 misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty.  Received two 45-month suspended jail sentences and must serve 36 months on probation, pay a $2,000 fine and perform 48 hours of community service. Under the terms of her probation, she is banned from breeding animals or owning any except for the two dogs she currently has.


Jamarow Trowery

Dog_Killer_Jamarow_TroweryThe man that promised to love and care for a dog he adopted,  he cared so much that he killed and mutilated the dog before stuffing the dog’s body in a garbage bag.  The background is here.

Trowery pleaded guilty to a summary charge of cruelty to animals. He was also convicted earlier on a felony charge of illegally carrying a gun.

Trowery was sentenced for 5 to 10 years in prison on cruelty and gun charges.


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Lawrence JulianoA Wicker Park, IL man, Lawrence Juliano, 45, decided the best was to take care of his mostly deaf stepson’s sick 17-year-old Labrador retriever was to toss it off the 3rd floor porch of his apartment at 1324 N. Wolcott Ave.

Lawrence Juliano1Juliano, who is unemployed and doesn’t look like he’s missed too many meals, said that the dog was sick and he couldn’t afford to have the him euthanized.

The dog belonged to his stepson, Alfredo Tamarit, 30, who is mostly deaf and often speaks in an mumbled jumble of words but the one word that he could always manage to say was “Coco,” the name of his beloved dog. The same dog he watched his stepfather hurl off the third floor porch on August 15th. Coco hit the ground and lay there shaking until he died minutes later.

Juliano is either described as a caring man or an angry, loudmouthed bully depending on who you talk to. One neighbor who was distraught seeing him arrested said he helps neighbors with yards work. Another neighbor’s description would be of a wholly different man with serious anger management problems.

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