A breeder in Howell County, Missouri has agreed to surrender 135 dogs so she could close her business. This was the breeder’s decision and not the result of law enforcement. “I just think it got to be too much,” says Brian Thomas a statewide investigator. “She couldn’t find anybody to help her.”
Cocker spaniels were among the 10 breeds surrendered. Humane Society of Missouri President Kathy Warnick said, “We will provide veterinary treatment, socialization and find them the loving homes all dogs deserve.”
Dudley the cocker spaniel was attacked by a roaming Staffordshire bull-terrier in the Battersea Square neighborhood of London, England. Niki Richards was walking Dudley close to home Wednesday when the attack occurred. The pit bull clamped down on Dudley’s ear and refused to let go (seen in the accompanying photo). Eventually, the pit bull’s owner arrived and beat his dog repeatedly in the head until it let go. Dudley was rushed to the local vet and had his ear sutured back together.
David Henry Lynch of Littleton, Colorado was sentenced to 6 months jail for animal abuse. Lynch’s cocker spaniel Herschel was found living in deplorable conditions, malnourished and in need of medical care. Both Herschel’s eyes were surgically removed due to their poor condition. Herschel lived with an adoptive family for a year until he passed away.
New Jersey couple Keith Morgan and Shauna Ewing were sentenced to 6 months of jail for animal cruelty. They tied their sickly cocker spaniel “Samurai” in a garbage bag and left him for dead along the roadside back in March, 2013. The couple will also serve 30 days community service, pay $14,500 in fines and restitution, and are banned from owning any more pets.
Judge Robert M. LePore made an example of the two.
There has to be a deterrent to animal cruelty…Unless these individuals are imprisoned for their depraved, cruel and heinous conduct, such acts of animal cruelty will continue…
Initially, Morgan was treated as a hero for supposedly finding the abandoned dog. He pretended Samurai wasn’t his but authorities discovered he was the owner.