Woman fatally drags cocker spaniel with truck

On July 28, 2011, a horrified driver witnessed Cecilia Bojorquez’s cocker spaniel jump off the back of her pickup truck while she drove more than 50 mph down 45th Street in Lancaster, California. The dog was tied with a rope around its neck while being dragged behind the moving truck. Off-duty Animal Control Officer Derek Ames honked his horn and flashed his headlights but it wasn’t until two miles later that Bojorquez finally stopped.

According to Ames, the three-year-old brown cocker spaniel named Marley had severe injuries to her paws, legs, and belly. Bojorquez was eventually met by Lancaster sheriff’s deputies and arrested while Marley was taken to High Desert Animal Care Hospital in Palmdale. Marley’s injuries were so severe that she was “humanely euthanized.” According to Hospital Director Marcia Mayeda, this incident was one of the, “more agonizing animal cruelty and neglect cases in recent memory.”

Bojorquez plead guilty to felony animal cruelty charges and was sentenced to 3 years’ probation, 45 days community service, and $300 in fines and court costs. Authorities say Marley’s death could have been prevented if she was allowed to ride inside the truck. It is illegal in many states, including California, to transport a dog in an open-bed truck unless certain measures have been taken.

California Vehicle Code Section 23117: Carrying Animal in Motor Truck

No person driving a motor vehicle shall transport any animal in the back of the vehicle in a space intended for any load on the vehicle on a highway unless the space is enclosed or has side and tail racks to a height of at least 46 inches extending vertically from the floor, the vehicle has installed means of preventing the animal from being discharged, or the animal is cross tethered to the vehicle, or is protected by a secured container or cage, in a manner which will prevent the animal from being thrown, falling, or jumping from the vehicle.

Tail docking banned in India

Tail docking instrument

The Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) now classifies tail docking and ear cropping as mutilation and animal cruelty which is a punishable offense under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960. Persons caught performing these procedures shall be punished under Sections 428 and 429 of the Indian Penal Code as they maim or cause injury to animals.  An advisory will be sent to all veterinarians to end the practice.  AWBI considers these procedures as “non-therapeutic” and “cosmetic.”

Bath Time

I just bathed Hoshi. I wanted to wait till later because it’s raining outside. He really hasn’t been scratching obsessively but I found one flea on him. Also, his skin is red and scaly by his belly. That’s were I found the flea. I didn’t give him a trim this time except for the inside of his ears. I did find some dark sores on his ears, chest and belly. I’m thinking they are from the fleas. I’ll keep and eye on them.

I’m getting really good and skinning chicken and sharpening our knives. Of course, I’m getting lots of practice. Hoshi is doing well on his raw diet. His stools are better overall then they were on his kibble diet. He’s still getting kibble in between his chicken thighs. It’s hard to tell but I think he’s gaining weight. Maybe more muscular too. I’m running to the store right now to buy some more chicken. I have some at home but it’s not unthawed yet.

Raw Diet: Week 3

Things have been going okay so far. I still feed him chicken thighs but without the skin and fat. There were several mornings when Hoshi was throwing up bile. I’m not sure why but I suspect it was the fatty skin. I’m not very handy in the kitchen but I’ve learned how to remove the skin and fat pretty well. They do sell skinless thighs in the grocery store but they’re a $1.00 more and don’t looked completely skinned to me. So far, Hoshi hasn’t thrown up with the skinless thighs.

I still hand feed him. Do any of you give whole portions like I’m doing? He’s gotten pretty good at pulling the meat off the bone. He also likes the bone now too. I did try drumsticks but stopped because there seemed to be more sharp pieces of bone. It also had more gristle and Hoshi’s poops were too soft. Overall, Hoshi’s poops are slightly firmer. I will mention, I am still giving him kibble. That may be affecting his stool.

I give Hoshi about two meals day (one thigh per meal). Sometimes if he’s really hungry he’ll eat two thighs. I have noticed some improvements in his appearance. His nose looks wetter. Before it was looking dry. Gabby had the same problem. Gabby’s nose was dry and scaly–maybe that was due to diet. Hoshi’s eye’s also have more of a twinkle. He’s eye’s must be moister. Hoshi’s breath is also better. It must be because of the bones. To be honest, I haven’t been brushing his teeth like I should.