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Butterball has become synonymous with turkey. But how do the millions of turkeys who end up in the grocery store, or served at restaurants, under the Butterball brand, really live and die?
A new Mercy For Animals undercover investigation reveals the truth: extreme cruelty and violence is the harsh reality for birds on Butterball's factory farms.
Between November and December of 2011, an MFA undercover investigator documented a pattern of shocking abuse and neglect at a Butterball turkey semen collection facility in Shannon, North Carolina.
Hidden-camera footage taken at Butterball reveals:
Workers violently kicking and stomping on birds, dragging them by their fragile wings and necks, and maliciously throwing turkeys onto the ground or into transport trucks in full view of company management;
Employees bashing in the heads of live birds with metal bars, leaving many to slowly suffer and die from their injuries;
Turkeys covered in flies, living in their own waste, with some unable to access food or water and suffering from severe feather loss
Birds suffering from serious untreated illnesses and injuries, including open sores, infections, rotting eyes, and broken bones; and
Severely injured turkeys, unable to stand up or walk, left to die without any veterinary care, because treating sick or injured birds was too costly and time consuming, as the farm manager explained to MFA's investigator.
After viewing the undercover footage, Dr. Sara Shields, research scientist, poultry specialist and consultant in animal welfare, said, "Turkeys are fully capable of feeling pain, fear, stress and of suffering, and the way they are treated in the video is clearly abusive."
Dr. Debra Teachout, a practicing veterinarian with experience in farmed-animal welfare, agrees, stating, "The birds are not living a life remotely worth living. Their world is full of fear, distress, pain, injury and illness as witnessed by this video. A culture of blatant and severe animal mistreatment has been allowed to flourish unchecked, and for that reason, this facility should be shut down immediately."
Following the investigation, MFA immediately went to law enforcement with extensive video footage and a detailed legal complaint outlining the routine violence and cruelty documented by the investigator at this Butterball facility. On Thursday, December 29, state law enforcement officials obtained a warrant and raided the facility on grounds of cruelty to animals.
Unfortunately, the lives of turkeys in Butterball's factory farms are short, brutal and filled with fear, violence and prolonged suffering. While wild turkeys are sleek, agile and able to fly, Butterball's turkeys have been selectively bred to grow so large, so quickly, that many of them suffer from painful bone defects, hip joint lesions, crippling foot and leg deformities, and fatal heart attacks.
This genetic manipulation creates birds that are so large they cannot even reproduce naturally, meaning that artificial semen collection and insemination have become the sole means of turkey reproduction at Butterball facilities.
Even though domestic turkeys have been genetically manipulated for enormous growth, these birds still retain their gentle, inquisitive and social natures. Oregon State University poultry scientist Dr. Tom Savage says that turkeys are "smart animals with personality and character, and keen awareness of their surroundings." In fact, animal behaviorists, veterinarians, and scientists now agree that turkeys are sensitive and intelligent animals with their own unique personalities, much like the dogs and cats we all know and love.
While MFA works to expose and end animal abuse at Butterball and other giants of the meat, dairy and egg industry, consumers can help prevent the needless suffering of turkeys and other animals by adopting a compassionate vegan diet.
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Glendale Considering Ban on Pet Sales
The Glendale city council is considering a ban on dog and cat sales in pet stores and from backyard pet breeders.
By Angie Crouch and Julie Brayton
| Thursday, Aug 18, 2011 | Updated 7:36 PM PDT
Glendale Considering Ban on Pet Sales
Soon Sales of Cats and Dogs in Glendale Pet Stores may be Banned
Animal rights activists say an investigation into deplorable conditions of a puppy mill in the Midwest that allegedly supplied dogs to several Glendale pet stores, helped convince the Glendale city council to consider banning the sale of dogs and cats from pet stores in the city.
"Animals that were injured," said Carole Davis, of the Companion Animal Protection Society, speaking about the conditions in the puppy mill in the midwest. "Animals that were covered in feces and urine. Animals that had hair that was matted so much that the eyes were closed off, and that they couldn't see."
The proposed ban comes on the heels of West Hollywood's city council adopting a similar policy last year. Los Angeles is also considering a ban.
"What's happening in California," according to Davis, "is a result of direct action by animal rights activists. Los Angeles is the second largest market for puppy mill dogs, after New York City.”
At Pets R Us in Glendale, the manager says they still sell rescued cats, but they stopped selling dogs a few months ago after the C.A.P.S. investigation revealed their supplier got them from a puppy mill.
Like Pets R Us, most Glendale pet stores have already voluntarily stopped selling dogs.
The new ordinance would still allow residents to sell kittens and puppies that come from unexpected pregnancies, but the ordinance would also prohibit so-called backyard breeders.
The city council voiced support for the prohibition after roughly 30 people crowded City Hall in support of the ordinance.
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Japan to launch massive search for quake bodies
By SHINO YUASA, AP
4 hours ago
TOKYO — Japan will send nearly 25,000 soldiers backed by boats and aircraft into its disaster zone Monday on an intensive land-and-sea mission to recover the bodies of those killed by last month's earthquake and tsunami, the military said.
Agriculture officials also plan to send a team of veterinarians into the evacuation zone around a stricken nuclear plant to check on hundreds of thousands of abandoned cows, pigs and chickens, many of which are believed to have died of starvation and neglect. The government is considering euthanizing some of the dying animals, officials said.
About 14,300 people have been confirmed dead so far in the catastrophic March 11 tsunami and earthquake. Another 12,000 remain missing and are presumed killed. Some of their bodies were likely swept out to sea, while others were buried under the mass of rubble.
Cleanup crews have discovered some remains as they gingerly removed rotting debris to clear the area for rebuilding.
But the two-day military search operation will be far more extensive, Defense Ministry spokesman Ippo Maeyama said Sunday.
"We will do our utmost to recover bodies for bereaved families," he said.
A total of 24,800 soldiers will scour the rubble, backed by 90 helicopters and planes, he said. Another 50 boats, along with 100 navy divers, will search the waters up to 20 kilometers off the coast, he said. Police, coast guard and U.S. troops will also take part.
"It's been very difficult and challenging to find bodies because the areas hit by tsunami are so widespread," he said. "Many bodies also have been swept away by the tsunami."
The operation will be the third intensive military search for bodies since the disaster last month. With the waters receding, Maeyama hopes the teams will have more success.
The search was complicated by the decomposition of some of the corpses, he said. Some had already turned into skeletons.
"You have to be very careful in touching the bodies because they quickly disintegrate. We cannot tell the bodies' gender anymore, let alone their age," he said.
The searches will continue, however, "as long as families want us to look for their loved ones," Maeyama said.
Meanwhile, the government in the Fukushima prefecture will send a team of six veterinarians into the 12-mile (20-kilometer) evacuation zone around the radiation-leaking Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant to survey the livestock there.
Farmers in the area were estimated to have left 3,000 cows, 130,000 pigs and 680,000 chickens behind when they hurriedly fled the area last month when the nuclear crisis started.
With no time for burials, veterinarians who find dead livestock will spray lime over them to prevent them from spreading disease, agricultural officials said.
The government is also considering euthanizing dying animals, but only after getting permission from their owners, said Yutaka Kashimura, an agricultural official in Fukushima.
"Killing animals is the very last resort," he said.
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From: nancyelizabeth green
Sent: Wednesday, November 24, 2010 1:07 PM
Subject: Fwd: WCTV (Tallahassee) CBS affiliate refusal to air news spot
A quick update to the situation in Ga. The station backed down from showing the spot, as the lawyer for the ministry called their legal dept. I called CBS in New York to issue a complaint. I am trying to find an attorney to help protect this woman and her animals from a greed-entrenched Christian entity and a town totally intimidated. These animals will starve if she cannot receive some type of feed assistance. I am hoping if people call CBS, maybe the spot will be aired and the truth will be revealed. Thank you
From: nancyelizabeth green
Sent: Wed, Nov 24, 2010 10:53 am
Subject: RE:WCTV (tallahassee) CBS affiliate refusal to air news spot
Ms. Cooper: The reporter (Ms. Caroline Gonzmart) did the interview. She was both professional and kind. High Point Ministries was informed, but did not send anyone. The spot was to be aired twice yesterday. Ms. Bannister received a call, approx. 4pm, telling her apologetically that the station could not air the spot as scheduled. Apparently, Mr. Kevin Cauley, attorney for the High Point Ministries, called WCTV's legal dept., and the rest is history. There was nothing negative or disparaging in the spot; just informing the community of the removal of animals, without any writ of possession filed or served, by High Point Ministries. I left messages with both the news director and station manager @ WCTV. This is of great concern to the animal community. This truly is a story of David vs. Goliath. The Tallahassee community has a right to know , and WCTV has a duty to reveal the truth, regardless of the influence of parties involved.
nancyelizabeth green atlanta ga.
"I urge you to ask yourself just how honorable it is to preside over the abuse and suffering of animals."
Dream High Farms (5013c) in Wigham, Ga. has been evicted without notice, by the High Point Ministries (Tallahassee, Fla.). This "christian"-based group, run by Donna Floyd, is wealthy; some say it has more $$$ than God! Three jets, a Russian orphanage; you get the idea. They had the sheriff remove 8 horses and one donkey last Friday night. No papers were ever filed or served, and Becky Bannister (founder of Dream High Farms) has adoption papers (2008) for the equines. They also took most of the feed and hay, which leaves Becky with barely enough to feed the remaining animals. This is a very small, rural town (631 people), and this ministry has the power of wealth and religion. I called local TV stations, trying to get a reporter to the property, when the sheriff was allowing the removal of these animals.
P.S. Becky just called me and told me a WCTV (CBS affiliate in Tallahassee), has responded, and is due @ Dream High Farms @ 9am, tomorrow (Tuesday) morning! I hope they have the guts to show the community, what the High Point Ministries is really all about. This situation is particularly despicable, as animals and children are being deprived under the guise of religion.
Thank you for passing this along to your contacts.
Respectfully, nancy elizabeth Green atlanta ga.
Subject: Fwd: -11/12/10 HIGHPOINTE MINISTRIES EVICTING 5013c rehab for special needs children through animals
ATTENTION: The situation with the High Point Ministries (see below) has worsened. This evening, the sheriff of Wigham approached Mrs. Bannister's property and said they were removing her horses. No legal papers (eviction or otherwise), were presented. Several horses were confiscated. I was on the phone with Becky during the "theft" of her animals. The sheriff threatened her with obstruction of justice, as she objected. I tried to call TV stations, to get a reporter on the scene. I could not get anyone's attention. This is a travesty!
High Point Ministries needs to be confronted on their seemingly "unchristianlike" behavior. This is a small Georgia community (631population.) But, like its large city counterparts, $$$ appears to make right. The Sheriff needs to be investigated( Grady county) as to why he would assist in the removal of property without any type of court mandate. Please contact Becky Bannister.
Sent: Fri, Nov 19, 2010 10:30 am
Subject: -11/12/10 HIGHPOINTE MINISTRIES EVICTING 5013c rehab for special needs children thru animals
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dream High Farms, Whigham, Georgia
A Nonprofit Animal Rescue falls victim to greed of Christian Ministry.
Dream High Farms (an IRS approved 501(c)(3)) was founded in 2007 by Becky Bannister and her husband Richard. Richard Bannister is a Vietnam Air Force Veteran, who works for the U.S. Post Office. Becky has a background in adolescent psychology, mental retardation and substance abuse. They are located in Whigham, Georgia, in the southwestern portion of the State.
They currently provide needed shelter for 98 horses, 13 greyhounds, 50 peacocks, and 187 other assorted animals, including 2 llamas. Over the last five years they have provided Equestrian Assisted Therapy for hundreds of at risk youth in southwest Georgia and northern Florida.
In 2008 High Pointe Ministries stepped in to assist the agency, offering to purchase the land so that the Animal Rescue agency could continue in perpetuity. Tragically, benefactor Mike Floyd, passed away in January of 2010, leaving no will and control of the Christian Conglomerate to his wife Donna Floyd and his daughter Melode.
Donna Floyd is host of a Christian TV Show called “Wisdom for Winning” on WKOW, carried on Titan TV. High Pointe Ministries owns many interests in TV and radio, among other business entities.
I month ago High Pointe Ministries suspended all youth programming on the property, citing liability issues. With no warning, Dream High Farms was informed that they will be thrown off the property and High Pointe Ministries would take over the operation (see www.magnoliahorsefarm.com)
High Pointe Ministries (supposedly a Christian Organization) is behaving in a decidedly Un-Christian manner.
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Animal cruelty charges loom as dead, malnourished horses found on Missouri property
Updated: 2 days ago
By Kathleen Berger
Guilford, MO (KSDK) -- It's one of the most desperate cases of animal neglect the Humane Society of Missouri says it's ever seen: 35 horses rescued from a property in Andrew County, north of Kansas City. Longmeadow Rescue Ranch in Union took in 33 of the animals late Friday night. The horses were malnourished: emaciated with parasites, unhealthy coats and hooves.
Veterinarians spent Friday examining the rescued horses. What they find will be entered into evidence in a criminal case against the three owners.
"The reason they were so thin is that they were neglected," said Amanda Mullen, Director of Longmeadow Rescue Ranch in Union.
Mullen was in on this rescue from property in Andrew County. She was there with the Chief Investigator for the Humane Society's Animal Cruelty Task Force, Brian Williams. Williams said the sheriff's department had been investigating this case for months.
"They attempted to intervene, attempted to educate the owners and get them to step up and take responsibility. However, that failed," Williams said.
So on Monday, Williams went with the Sheriff to the property. From public view, he said he saw two dead horses. When the Sheriff issued the warrant for evidence and removal of the animals, they found four more dead horses. And one so close to death, it had to be euthanized. Two horses were too critical to make the trip to Union. Thirty-three equines made the 300 mile trip to Longmeadow.
Along the way, Mullen gave them names.
One is called Moxy for her spunk
"So the new names is letting them start over," Mullen said.
That spunk is why they're hopeful Moxy make a full recovery along with the others. Recovery for some of these horses can take months. Then they'll be put up for adoption.
The owners face charges of animal abuse and failure to properly dispose of dead animals.
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The fat lady who threw a cat into a garbage bin has avoided being sent to the slammer herself. However, Mary Bale — the perp caught by the UK’s ubiquitous surveillance cameras — has been fined 265 pounds ($420) for animal cruelty (per Reuters). She could have received a sentence of up to six months in jail — should she have?
http://www.disinfo.com/2010/10/woman-caught-by-cctv-throwing-cat-in-garbage-bin-only-receives-fine/The fat lady who threw a cat into a garbage bin has avoided being sent to the slammer... more
A mother neglected her three children and let her dogs starve to death because she was so obsessed with a computer game.The 33-year-old woman played the Small World game almost non-stop on the internet for months while her children were reduced to eating cold baked beans straight from the tin with their fingers.
Her home became filthy, with rubbish strewn over the floor and the bodies of her two dogs, a German shepherd and a lurcher, left for two months in the dining room it was revealed.
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been given a suspended jail sentence and banned from using the internet by a judge in Kent.
LINK : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1311368/Mother-obsessed-game-neglects-children-lets-dogs-starve-death.htmlA mother neglected her three children and let her dogs starve to death because she was... more
Apr 16, 2010 4:26 pm US/Pacific
Arrest Made In Starving Dog That Ate Dirt To Live
GARDEN GROVE, CALIFORNIA (CBS) ―
Courage, a neglected and abused German Shepherd, is now recovering from being nearly starved to death.
A 26-year-old woman suspected of starving a German shepherd for several weeks until the dog ate dirt to survive has been arrested by animal control officials.
Kimberly Nizato was arrested shortly before 11 a.m. at the Southeast Area Animal Control Authority in Downey, according to Capt. Aaron Reyes of the agency. Nizato was taken to the Lakewood Sheriff's station to be booked.
Someone saw the emaciated animal and brought him to an emergency animal hospital last week in Garden Grove.
Veterinarian Dr. Bill Grant says the 3-year-old dog weighed just 37 pounds -- less than half his normal body weight. He now weighs 41 pounds.
Grant tells CBS 2 and KCAL 9 that the dog "had dirt and gravel in his intestines."
Grant says Courage faces months of recovery, but is recovering well. More tests will determine if Courage's liver and kidneys will recover from the advanced malnutrition.
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A former Tasmanian dairy farmer will be extradited to the state to be sentenced on animal cruelty charges.
Roderic Neil Mitchell, 28, appeared in the Bendigo Magistrates Court this morning after turning himself in to Victoria Police yesterday.
The 28-year-old was found guilty of 14 charges, relating to the negligent treatment of cattle and the death of five animals on his former Redpa dairy farm in Tasmania's north west in 2007.
Some of the charges he is facing carry penalties of up 18 months jail or a fine of $24,000.
Mitchell is also facing another 200 charges.
The 28-year-old failed to appear in the Burnie Magistrates Court last month for sentencing and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
He is expected to appear in court in Burnie on Friday.A former Tasmanian dairy farmer will be extradited to the state to be sentenced on... more
Charges are pending against the Fort Langely conservation centre, Mountain View Conservation Centre after a giraffe died during hoof trimming.
Fort Langely, B.C. - Already under investigation on unproven charges of animal abuse and neglect, the SPCA has said it was preparing to charge the exotic breeding facility with neglect after a third giraffe died at the facility Friday. The SPCA had been investigating the facility since November for accusations of animal neglect and abuse lodged by former staffers. An emotional Eileen Drever, the SPCA officer who had been on site when the giraffe died during a medical procedure to trim its hooves told press
"I'm saddened but I'm really angry that this poor animal had to suffer. I'm preparing charges to send to Crown counsel based on the animal being neglected."
Two other giraffes had died at the facility in December 2009. Drever was on site Friday to supervise a surgical procedure to trim the overgrown hooves of the giraffe named Jerome, a procedure ordered by the SPCA in January. The procedure was carried out by veterinarian, Dr. Bruce Burton. Drever said the death of the giraffe was preventable.
Jerome died while sedated for the hoof trimming. The procedure had been scheduled for Wednesday, but was delayed to Friday by Burton. Jerome's hooves were so overgrown that there was doubt the trimming would be successful, and there was talk of putting Jerome down. Discussing the planned procedure with media, Burton said
"He's probably one of the nicest giraffes you'll meet. Everything that we can do we will do to try and save this guy. We very well may not succeed. If we do not think we can help him, unfortunately, we are probably going to have to euthanize him."
Burton had cautioned that the proceedure to trim Jerome's hooves was fraught with danger.
"If [the neck] comes down, it can be fatal. They just don't tolerate anesthetics very well."
An adult and baby giraffe had died at the facility in December during a cold snap. The facility installed heaters in the giraffe barn under orders from SPCA after the deaths of the giraffes. Mountain View founder, Gordon Blankstein, told press in December
“We complied with the SPCA's order to provide heat for our giraffes, but we've kept giraffes in that barn for 10 years without any heat, and they've been fine in much colder winters."
The adult giraffe died from peracute mortality syndrome (PMS) combined with the cold. Necropsy results for the baby giraffe have not been released.
The facility, which bills itself as Canada's "... leading non-profit Canadian facility that breeds endangered wildlife species into thriving family groups for re-introduction back into their natural habitat, here in Canada and around the world" was founded in 1989 by Blankstein and his wife. The facility has 300 acres and 50 animal species.
A spokesman for the facility said that it might change its focus to endangered Canadian species instead of exotic animals. The Centre is currently planning to move all 300 of its exotic species to other facilities.
Former staff have alleged that up to 50 animals have died "under questionable circumstances" at the facility since 2004. The accreditation for the facility is currently being reviewed, and may be revoked. Up until recently, the facility has had a stellar reputation, according to accrediting authorities, the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA). National Director of CAZA Bill Peters said
"... not a single complaint was received by CAZA during the latest five-year accreditation period."Charges are pending against the Fort Langely conservation centre, Mountain View... more
Four undernourished and neglected former racehorses belonging to Ernie Paragallo, a prominent New York thoroughbred breeder and owner, were rescued from a New York kill pen last month, one step from being slaughtered. They were among more than 20 horses from Paragallo’s Center Brook Farm in Climax, N.Y., that were sold to slaughter for $680.
The four mares were “hundreds of pounds” underweight, infested with lice and parasites and in “horrible condition,” according to Dr. James Holt, a Pennsylvania veterinarian who examined them.
While Paragallo says he had given the horses away four months ago and was not aware of their sickly state, the discovery comes at a time when the thoroughbred industry is under increasing scrutiny of the health and welfare of its equine athletes.
Paragallo said Thursday that he had given the horses away to a Florida-based breeder, whom he did not identify, in December with the agreement that he could breed the mares back to one of his stallions based in New York or Florida. In fact, Paragallo said, he had intended to ship another batch of horses to the man.
“We were going to move 60 horses and get the added benefit of earning the breeder’s reward if any of the babies did well at the racetrack,” he said, referring to a New York state incentive program for breeders. “It was a home run for business.”
Paragallo said he could not remember the last name of the man he gave the horses to, his telephone number or his farm address. On Friday, however, a horse transporter, Richie Baiardi, said he had picked up the horses at Paragallo’s farm at the end of February with the intention of taking them to Florida but could not because of their poor condition.
“They were a bag of bones, literally walking hides,” Baiardi said. “I knew I couldn’t get health certificates for them, and I didn’t even think they’d make it to Florida. I didn’t want to take them, but the guys working on the farm said if I didn’t they were just going to die right there. They told me, two had already died that morning.”
It was Baiardi who took them to the kill pen, and sold them for the $680, or about $25 per horse. He said he had no other choice.
Holt, the veterinarian, said that blood and fecal tests showed that the mares had suffered extreme neglect — they had bacteria infections, were riddled with parasites like lice and worms and had skin diseases and open wounds.
“It didn’t happen overnight,” Holt said.
Sheidy said the kill pen operator, who does not want to be identified, said the horses were in such bad condition that he had to feed them for several weeks just to get them in shape for the trip to the slaughterhouse.
Sheidy’s group bought the four mares, but was too late to save the rest from slaughter.Four undernourished and neglected former racehorses belonging to Ernie Paragallo, a... more
FOREST GROVE, Ore. - The Forest Grove man and woman under investigation for an incident in which they tried to euthanize their dog with a hammer, were arrested on animal abuse charges Monday night.
Officers from the Forest Grove Police Department arrested 75-year-old Hyrum Long and 49-year-old Susan Johnson around 8:15 p.m., Monday. Long was charged with aggravated animal abuse in the first degree, a felony, and Johnson charged with animal neglect in the first degree, a misdemeanor. Both were released from jail Tuesday morning with no bail
Johnson is now set to appear in court at 8:30 a.m. on November 7th for her arraignment and authorities said Long would likely have his first court appearance on Monday, November 10th, at 8:30 a.m.
Police spokesperson Aaron Ashbaugh said a necropsy report from the Oregon Humane Society indicated the labrador mix named Molly had suffered from a chronic skin disease, body sores from lying down for prolonged periods of time, and that she had suffered from long term lack of nutrition and chronic starvation. Ashbaugh said there were also also indications the 13-year-old dog had not eaten for at least four to five days.
Earlier in the day Long said he made a terrible mistake when he tried to euthanize his daughter's dog by hitting it over the head with a hammer last weekend. Long and his daughter Susan were charged after they hit the dog on the head with a hammer and then buried her up to her neck in their back yard.
Long told KGW Monday that they thought the dog had cancer. Family members previously told KGW they didn't have the money to pay to euthanize their dog. But on Monday Long told KGW Johnson had been afraid to take the dog to a veterinarian because she was worried that she would be accused of animal abuse. Long said they were trying to put it out of its misery. He said when they buried the dog, they thought she was dead.
But a neighbor later heard the dog yelping and called 9-1-1. Forest Grove Police responded Friday afternoon to a report of a dog buried alive at a house on Laurel Street. The father and daughter were not at the home when police arrived, because they had gone out to dinner.
Captain Aaron Ashbaugh said the officers entered the back yard and found a dog buried up to its neck with an obvious head injury. According to Captain Ashbaugh, the owners later told police that they buried the dog in a hole "in an apparent attempt to limit the amount of blood on their property."
Police said the two put a pillow under the buried dog’s head and put a large log on top of it. A neighbor apparently removed that log before police arrived. Officers dug the still-alive dog out of the ground and, with the help of Washington County Animal Control, Molly was taken to the Humane Society.
Spokesperson Barbara Baugnon said Molly was in extreme pain and in terrible condition when it arrived. "She couldn't lift her head but her eyes were following people around the room, obviously she was suffering," said Baugnon. "It's one of the worst cases i've ever heard of." Baugnon said they decided the only humane thing to do was to euthanize the dog. She could not comment on whether or not the dog had been sick before coming in.
Baugnon said places like Dove Lewis Animal Hospital will euthanize animals free of charge and so will some veterinarians, depending upon the situation
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