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Dogs left by evacuees brutally shot in St. Bernard Parish
Friday, Sep. 30, 2005 at 10:31 AM
from Pasadosafehaven.org: Fourteen dogs, left by their owners in hopes of returning to them, were slaughtered, shot in the body cavity, forcing the dogs to suffer a prolonged death. All were found dead at Beauregard Middle School in St. Bernard Parish, New Orleans.
$10,000 REWARD OFFERED IN SHOOTING OF
DOGS IN ST. BERNARD PARISH
Fourteen dogs, left by their owners in hopes of returning to them, were slaughtered, shot in the body cavity, forcing the dogs to suffer a prolonged death. All were found dead at Beauregard Middle School in St. Bernard Parish, New Orleans.
$10,000 REWARD OFFERED BY WASHINGTON STATE ANIMAL RESCUE GROUP
Pasado's Safe Haven, a Washington State animal rescue organization that has rescued over 700 animals from New Orleans homes, has issued a $10,000 reward seeking the conviction of the individual(s) responsible for shooting the dogs to death at Beauregard Middle School. Pasado's Safe Haven has issued numerous rewards in the past seeking conviction of perpetrators of heinous animal cruelty cases, which great results:
• A $3000 reward was posted by Pasado's Safe Haven in a case where a dog was intentionally dragged behind a van by a woman who eventually fled from police. The reward produced a tip that led sheriff's officers to find the woman. The woman was jailed and convicted for First Degree Animal Cruelty.
• A $3000 reward was issued by Pasado's Safe Haven in a case where cows and a calf had been shot in the middle of the night on a cattle ranch. The reward, publicized in the media, led to a tip that led investigators to three teen boys who had purchased firearms off the streets and who admitted to "using the cows as target practice". Three cows died and the calf eventually had to be euthanized. All boys were jailed on First Degree Animal Cruelty charges
• A $5000 reward posted by Pasado's Safe Haven led to the conviction of a man who took a litter of unwanted puppies out to a rural area and shot them in the body cavity, resulting in suffering of the animals. Only one puppy survived with intensive veterinary medical treatment.
HOW PASADOREWARDS WORK
Pasado's Safe Haven offers all animal cruelty-related rewards through the media. According to Humane Investigator for Pasado's Safe Haven, Mark Steinway, "People who commit these kinds of crimes will sell out their mother for a buck. Money makes people talk. They've been a very successful tool for us in tracking down perpetrators of horrifying cases of animal cruelty."
• News of the reward is offered to the media
• Individuals who have witnessed the crime call Pasado's Safe Haven anonymously.
• All tips are turned over by Pasado's Safe Haven to local authorities.
• If the tip leads to a conviction of the accused, Pasado's Safe Haven issues the reward, in full, to the tipster
WHY DO WE OFFER PASADOREWARDS?
People who hurt animals are likely to hurt humans as well. Animal cruelty portends human violence. "People who intentionally make an animal suffer need to suffer the consequences," says mark Steinway. "Hopefully this reward will bring about a conviction that'll make the person who did this think twice before they hurt an animal again."
WHO WAS PASADO?
Pasado's Safe Haven is one of the country's premiere animal sanctuaries, located in the Pacific Northwest. 150 PasadoRescuers have been in New Orleans rescuing animals since Hurricane Katrina hit. The rescue group is named for Pasado the donkey, a beloved 21-year-old donkey who was beaten for hours and hung. The death of Pasado led to upgrading animal cruelty laws from the lowest misdemeanor to a felony.
WHY A $10,000 REWARD IN THE NEW ORLEANS CASE?
The middle school was a temporary shelter for evacuees who, after flood waters rose, were ordered not to take their pets with them. Many of the pet owners scrawled their names and phone numbers on the wall of the middle school room, in an effort to have their pets reunited with them. All of the fourteen dogs were found shot, lying in pools of blood. These evacuees lost everything. To find out that the pets they tried to save were killed in this manner is the final blow.
According to Pasado's Safe Haven Humane Investigator, on the ground in St. Bernard Parish, "The dogs who were shot in St. Bernard Parish did not die immediately. They were not shot in the head to quickly bring about death. Shooting an animal in the body cavity is one of the most cruel ways to kill an animal."
According to St. Bernard Parish Sheriff Jack Stephens, the shell-casings are consistent with those used by law enforcement. Before this incident occurred, a St. Bernard Sheriff's Officer was documented shooting dogs in the street by a Dallas news videographer. According to Sheriff Stephens, "We'll get to the bottom of this. If it's one of our officers, we'll let the cards fall where they may. He reportedly has turned this case over to the Louisiana State's Attorney for investigation.
Pasado's Safe Haven knows that it takes more than what you think to make a case of animal cruelty. If this person is identified, they may claim "the animals were suffering" "I had to put them out of their misery". To assure that a conviction can happen, PasadoRescuers will take the dogs to a veterinarian, Licensed in the State of Louisiana, for necropsies (animal autopsies). Necropsies can prove whether an animal had been in a state of dehydration or starvation at the time of death. The animals will also be kept, in a freezer, so no evidence will be discarded.
PRESS CONTACT: Mark Steinway, Pasado's Safe Haven/PasadoRescuers are "staged" at a triage location in Raceland, LA, 45 minutes south of New Orleans on a 150-acre farm. There, over 700 animals have been treated for dehydration and emaciation. As of yesterday, PasadoRescuers are still finding "miracle animals" still alive in New Orleans' homes who haven't had food for water for a month.
places to call/write/email and a comment
Friday, Sep. 30, 2005 at 11:15 AM
PLACES TO CALL/WRITE/EMAIL:
Saint Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office Sheriff Jack Stephens #2 Courthouse Square Chalmette, Louisiana 70043 (504) 271-2504
OR ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- St. Bernard Parish Sheriff Jack A. Stephens Business Address: P. O. Box 168; Chalmette, LA 70044 Street Address: #2 Courthouse Square; Chalmette, LA 70043 E-Mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org Business Phone: 504.271.2504 FAX: 504.278.7716
Also, here are all of the City Councilmen's numbers Councilman at Large Joseph S. DiFatta, Jr. (850) 375-7559
Councilman District A Mark Madary (678) 255-3415 temp #
Councilman District B Judy Darby Hoffmeister (678) 255-3414 temp #
Councilman District C Kenneth "Kenny" Henderson (504) 432-6264
Councilman District D Craig P. Taffaro, Jr. (504) 401-3654
Councilman District E Tony Ricky Melerine (504) 990-3803
also, from bestfriends.org comments:
This has to be the worst story ever, and will probably get worse. Another school has been found with the same scene inside, it just keeps getting worse. Beauregard Middle School was used as a staging area, where people were brought and allowed to bring their pets. After three days, they were evacuated, but then were told they could NOT bring their animals. They were told that the animals would be taken care of by the police, and were left with plenty of food and water. The saddest thing of all are the notes that the owners left on the walls and doors of the schoolrooms where they trustingly but reluctantly left their beloved babies. All the dogs were identified, and most seemed to have had tags. There was a mother dog with 6 puppies, a large dog that had a note begging that it not be shot. From the condition of the bodies, the dogs were all shot, some many times, shortly after the people were evacuated. Some of the dogs were tied, some tried to run, to no avail. There were piles of shells in the rooms, marked "Tactical" for all that means. Whoever did this is the epitome of evil. If they would do this to an innocent dog, they would do it to a human being, with the same chilling coldness. If this was done by policemen, they must immediatly be removed from their jobs and prosecuted. Here is the heartwrenching letter just left on ericsdogblog.: by savethepets3, 9/30/05 1:23 ET I just answered the phone to hear a sobing woman on the other end of the line .. Carol, John, their son and daughter inlaw were all together when they watched CNN. She could barely speak to me after watching CNN .. carols 14 year old husky/Shep named bullet was most likely one of the four dogs in this family that was shot to death. She adopted this dog from the pound as a puppy and raised it and loved it for 14 years. Bullet was hit by a car when he was a puppy and she just got done paying off the $4000.00 bill from the vet .. then she got tests and medicine for the dogs arthritis ... this family has been trying to get thier dogs back since the day after the storm. They were promised my the police that their animals would be taken care of .. well with the help of people like you and i, we had fostercare already setup for the dogs. This is only one story of one of the dogs in the family .. all 4, were almost certain shot to death in PGT Middle school .. John was in the bedroom and is so distraught that he couldn't talk to me .. his dog was "Angel Girl" the black lab that slept in his bed with him every night and the dog that woke them up and saved their lives when the water started rising .. one of the dogs that was shot to death in cold blood.
To New Guy
Friday, Sep. 30, 2005 at 11:54 PM
You may notice that the world has retracked the rascist stories you are refferencing.
You can find more mention of this in the media elsewhere, if you search, although the retractions did not air as widely as the standard pack of rascist lies.
Monday, Oct. 03, 2005 at 5:42 PM
This story needs to be told on national TV and in the local area of St. Bernards Parish not just one buy over and over again. This also needs to be run in the local newspapers. I feel for these poor people, I am in tears. I know, these animals were thier children, a part of thier family. I only hope this person or persons are brought to justice and pay for this unspeakable crime.
My thoughts and prayers are with all the family members who lost thier beloved dogs in this most tragic way.
by Rina Deych
Monday, Oct. 03, 2005 at 5:44 PM
Sheriff Jack Stephens of St. Bernard Parish has publicly denied any knowledge of his staff's involvement in this massacre.
I wrote to him and sent him the link to the 9/9/05 Dallas News clip in which an official there was well aware of (and seemingly involved in) the dog shootings.
Here is a link to the clip:
Please see my soap box alert for suggestions on whom to write to expediate this investigation:
I have read conficting information about which agency will be investigating this brutal slaughter. Please write the media and request they cover this issue.
My dog LADY
by Bobby & Shelley Tank
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2005 at 6:09 PM
email@example.com 504-281-3145 410 N. Wilson St. Metairie La 70003
My address is 2203 Reunion Dr. Violet La. My family and I left for Hurricane Katrina for the safety of our family.We went to Georgia,out of harms way! We could not take our animals 1 full grown mixed pitbull/boxer and her 6 puppies. we did not have any place to put them. we went home to see our damage only to find total devastation, as if our home being destroyed wasn't enough but to find my childrens best friend MY DOG LADY shot in 2 places,stomach! she lived through Katrina and the water I have paw prints everywhere in my house! Neighbors seen police walking around shooting strays saying they were wild. Lady would not leave my home! What kind of person would do something so cruel ? What gives you the right ? You did not have to see the sadness in my three children's faces when we told them Lady did not make it ! You know who you are whoever you may be,I Hope get what you deserve! TANKS!
Show No Pitty...DON'T WE ALL LOVE OUR PETS
Thursday, Oct. 20, 2005 at 2:19 PM
Disgrace....to think that this could be the actions of Law Enforcement!!! Shame on them or to the people involved in this crime of brutality to animals! I would love to use this method of torture (shooting targets) on the guilty pieces of S___ts!!! Thank God for the good people of PETA that will make sure, these people are caught and charged with this horrible crime. We all should make a trip to Harrisburg with PETA and tell our Governors that this crimes against animals is the only a stepping stone, to what criminals like this, can do to people too!!
To see this was awlful
by Janet Lemon
Friday, Oct. 28, 2005 at 9:50 AM
JANETL295@aol.com Topeka, KS 66614
I was doing rescues with the HSUS and came upon the scene at the St. Bernard High School. It was totally something I couldn't comprehend. I have never in my life seen something like this. It haunts me every day, and I can't go to bed at night without thinking about it. I hope the investigation can be complete so the people who saw this can have some closure.
Responsible Dog Owner
by Bill Warren
Thursday, Apr. 20, 2006 at 8:11 AM
What has to happen for someone to push this story to prosecution???
What was done with the video of rednecks riding around in their trucks shooting dogs like some sporting event???
Who shot the video?? It's their responsibility to push this for justice to happen....
What do we have to do?????
by Scott Enk
Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006 at 11:38 PM
What a pity that the "responsible" person(s) behind this unforgivable tragedy cannot legally be hunted down and publicly humiliated, tortured, and executed--preferably in the same way those helpless dogs were killed, and before a sellout crowd in the Superdome, on national television.
Were I legally able to do so, I would be quite happy to inflict such a penalty myself upon the "responsible" parties. But in the real world, I guess we'll have to settle for the maximum possible term of imprisonment. Let's make sure we do all we legally can to make sure that the person(s) who did this also suffer the maximum possible public humiliation, job and financial loss, and any and all other legally allowable penalties.
The person(s) deserve as much consideration and mercy as they showed those dogs and their trusting two-legged friends--which is to say little or none.
If the perpetrator(s) is or are reading this, I ask: Got it, pig? No mercy!