Woman arrested, 133 cats euthanized after recovery from meth lab

Sandy Chauvin (Source: LPSO)


A recent investigation into a meth lab resulted in an additional arrest aggravated animal cruelty, according to Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre.

Sandy Chauvin, 60, of Houma, was arrested this week as a result of an investigation which initially included the arrest of her sons, 35-year-old Nicholas and 43-year-old Christian Chauvin.

On Jan. 13, agents with the Lafourche Parish Drug Task Force arrived at Chauvin’s home with two active warrants for the arrest of Nicholas Chauvin for distribution of methamphetamine. He was taken into custody without incident. After obtaining a search warrant for the home, the Lafourche Parish Combined Meth Lab Response Team discovered tools and other items associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Christian Chauvin was also at the home, and both brothers were booked with operating a meth lab. Christian was released on Jan. 17 after posting $50,000 bond; Nicholas was released the following day after posting $85,000 bond.

While the Meth Lab Response Team was searching the home, team members discovered a large number of cats. Investigators said the living conditions were very poor, and a large amount of fecal matter was discovered throughout the home. Team members took photos of five cats that appeared to have serious health issues and injuries. Seven dead cats were also found at the home. Animal control deputies responded to the scene that day and began removing the animals. Deputies made several return trips over the next few days and recovered a total of 133 cats from the residence, all of which were taken to the Lafourche Parish Animal Shelter. According to officials at the animal shelter, all of the cats had to be euthanized due to their condition.

Following an investigation by the Lafourche Parish Drug Task Force, agents were able to obtain warrants for the arrest of Sandy Chauvin for five counts of aggravated cruelty to animals and operating a meth lab. Agents made contact with Sandy Chauvin on Feb. 1, and she was taken into custody.

She was booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux and released the same day after posting $40,000 bond.

Calgary man gets 1 year in jail for beating, stabbing and burying tenants’ dog

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A Calgary man who pleaded guilty to beating and stabbing his tenants’ dog to death — in what defence argued was an atypical fit of rage over late rent and missing property — has been sentenced to a year in jail.

Robert Malcom Nicholson, 34, also heard Tuesday that he would face 18 months of probation and a five-year ban on keeping animals of his own.

The Crown had asked for a two-year sentence and a lifetime ban on keeping animals, telling the judge that Nicholson deliberately killed the dog to take revenge against his tenants.

The defence had argued Nicholson committed the violent act in a fit of rage that wasn’t in keeping with his normal character.

“This type of action is unacceptable in a society like ours,” provincial court Judge John Bascom said at Tuesday’s sentencing.

Court heard that Joe Hossay, his wife and three children lived with their border collie cross, Chevy, on the main floor of a home in the community of Renfrew that they rented from Nicholson, who lived in the basement suite.

After a three-month trip to visit his wife in the Philippines, Nicholson returned to the home in March 2015 and found some of his belongings missing. He also claimed Hossay had been late paying rent.

Nicholson then broke into the Hossays’ home and chased Chevy into the backyard, where he struck the animal with the blunt end of an axe.

The dog suffered a fractured skull but was still alive, court heard.

Nicholson then went back into the house and found a serrated knife, which he used to stab and saw at Chevy’s neck.

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Robert Nicholson hides his face as he leaves court after lawyers argued what his sentence should be for the fatal beating and stabbing of his neighbour’s dog, Chevy. (Meghan Grant/CBC)

He told the court he used the knife because he believed the dog was suffering from the axe blow and he wanted to put the animal out of its misery.

The Crown disputed that.

“No one tries to end a dog’s suffering by literally trying to cut [its] neck in half,” prosecutor Rosalind Greenwood said.

Chevy eventually bled to death in a slow process that a vet told the court would have taken at least 10 minutes, but likely “much longer.”

Nicholson buried the animal in the backyard.

He apologized at his sentencing hearing in November 2016, saying he had “great regret” over what he had done.

“I think about this every day and every night,” Nicholson said.

“I’m so terribly sorry.”

Heather Anderson, founder of an animal support group called the Daisy Foundation, said Nicholson’s sentence shows some progress in punishing people who abuse animals.

“The bottom line is that people are starting to realize that animals should be our equal and people that do these sorts of things should be prosecuted in the highest,” Anderson said.

Brevard pet hotel employee accused of animal cruelty… caught on video

VIERA, Fla. (WKMG) — Brevard County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man who they said was caught on video swinging a shih tzu by its leash and slamming it to the ground at a boarding facility, breaking the dog’s leg.

Brevard Sheriff Wayne Ivey said Joseph Pendergrass, who works at Barkingham Palace on U.S. 1 in Rockledge, was captured on video abusing the animal earlier this week.

Ivey said Pendergrass also appeared to kick the dog.

In a message posted on Facebook Ivey called the incident one of the most despicable acts of animal cruelty that he’s ever seen.

“Now, Mr. Pendergrass, I’ve told everyone before that if you hurt an animal in Brevard County, you’re going straight to jail,” Ivey said. “So the best thing for you to do is man up, do the right thing by turning yourself in, and face the consequences of your actions.”

Ivey said the owners of Barkingham Palace did not learn of the abuse until they checked surveillance video after noticing the dog’s injuries. The owners immediately called police, Ivey said.

Anyone with information about Pendergrass is asked to call Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS.

Malcolm X’s Daughter, Granddaughter Arrested for Animal Cruelty

Two women were arrested in Prince George’s County this week on animal cruelty and theft charges, and TMZ.com reports they are the daughter and granddaughter of black Muslim leader Malcolm X.

They were arrested on Wednesday in a Wal Mart parking lot in La Plata Maryland

This Jan. 26, 2017 booking photo shows Malikah Shabazz, left, the daughter of Malcolm X, and her daughter Bettih Shabazz, are charged with stealing a rental truck that was carrying seven pit bulls in what police say were inhumane conditions. Love said the truck contained seven dogs, some with injuries, housed in stacked crates. Animal Control transported the dogs to the Tri-County Animal Shelter, where they are now in stable condition. The truck was reported stolen earlier in the day to Vermont state police. Mother and daughter have been charged with seven counts of animal cruelty, vehicle theft and an additional charge of theft between $10,000 and $100,000. FlapShip

Malikah Shabazz told investigators that she owns the dogs, according to charging documents. Malikah Shabazz gave an address in Stark, New Hampshire, but Bettih Shabazz gave no fixed address. They’ve been released after posting $2,000 bond. No defense attorneys are listed in court records. On February 21, 1965, he was shot 15 times at close range at a speaking engagement in Manhattan’s Audubon Ballroom. He was only married once to his wife Betty and the couple had six children together. FlapShip http://flapship.com/2017/01/malcolm-xs-daughter-granddaughter-arrested-for-animal/

Man, woman arrested after 57 animals die in Brevard house fire

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – A man and woman have been arrested and charged with several counts of animal cruelty after 57 animals died in a house fire, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies said Jacquelyn Traum, 67, and Daniel Brantley, 55, both of Merritt Island, inhumanely housed a large number of animals within a small space, WKMG-TV reported. The matter of confinement contributed to the death of 57 animals that were unable to escape a fire at the house at 473 Kennwood Ave. on Jan. 11.

When deputies arrived at the home on Jan. 11, Traum and Brantley were attempting to remove dogs from the home, but it quickly filled with smoke, halting any further rescue attempts. Fourteen dogs and one cat were rescued.

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Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Animal Service personnel discovered the condition of the house to be “deplorable and representative of animal hoarding” … resulting “in inhumane and unsanitary living conditions.”

Traum and Brantley are charged with four felony counts of animal cruelty (causing death, pain and suffering) and 74 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty (torment, deprive, mutilate, kill).

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Crawfordsvillle man charged with animal cruelty after cat burned alive

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — A 19-year-old Crawfordsville man has been officially charged with animal cruelty after police say he admitted to tying up a cat and setting it on fire.

Montgomery County prosecutors charged Noah Riley with two counts of animal cruelty, one a felony.

Police responded to County Road 500 South in New Market, just south of Crawfordsville, on Jan. 11 for the report of a cat that had been hogtied, covered in gasoline, and set on fire with an M80 firework attached to it.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said Riley turned himself in to authorities the next day and admitted his role in the case. He told deputies he wanted to resolve the issue and cited social media as making him feel guilty.

According to court documents, Riley and his juvenile girlfriend had the mutual idea to hurt the animal because both said they don’t like cats. They had received the cat the same night as a gift from a friend after a church study group.

Documents state Riley told police he thought it would be funny to set the cat on fire. The girlfriend admitted to police at the time they took possession of the cat, it was their intentions to kill it.

The cat, who was recovering, died from its injuries five days later.

Delco couple charged after abused dog rescued from ‘dungeon’

Since her rescue, Dolores or “Dolly” is scared but she’s not aggressive, officials said. When she’s shown attention, Justice Rescue Humane Officer Russ “Wolf” Harper says, “she gets excited and cries.”

Since her rescue, Dolores or “Dolly” is scared but she’s not aggressive, officials said. When she’s shown attention, Justice Rescue Humane Officer Russ “Wolf” Harper says, “she gets excited and cries.

COLLINGDALE >> The X-ray shows her left rear femur snapped in half, and authorities say the injured pit bull was left to writhe in agony for weeks before a tip led to her rescue over the weekend.

On Thursday, Lance Marcell Bell Sr., 30, and his live-in girlfriend, Joie Jacqueline Gommer, 29, of the 100 block of Chester Pike in Collingdale, were charged with animal cruelty and related offenses.

The charges against the couple include two counts of first-degree misdemeanor cruelty to animals, two counts of second-degree misdemeanor criminal conspiracy to engage in cruelty to animals, and six counts of summary cruelty to animals.

The pair will be notified by mail to appear in district court, Collingdale Police Chief Robert Adams said. Preliminary hearings are listed for Feb. 28 before Magisterial District Judge Gregory J. Loftus, according to online court records.

A joint investigation by Collingdale Police Officer Patrick Crozier and Justice Rescue, a local animal-advocacy group, began after Collingdale police received a phone call late Saturday reporting allegations of abuse involving the year-old dog – renamed Dolores or “Dolly” by her rescuers.

“Dolly for short,” said Justice Rescue Human Officer Russ “Wolf” Harper.

According to Harper, the dog was mutilated, tortured and neglected. Her injuries were so severe, her left rear leg had to be amputated, he said. Surgery was performed Wednesday.

“She will remain with me throughout her recovery,” Harper said Thursday night. Recovery will include rehabilitation, both physical and psychological.

At 19 pounds, he said the dog is about 30 pounds underweight.


“Shefrom ‘dungeon’’s scared but she’s not shown any bit of aggression. She just wants you to love and pet her,” he said.

When she’s shown attention, Harper said, “she gets excited and cries.”

According to the affidavit of probable cause supporting charges against the couple, it was shortly after 11:30 p.m. Jan. 14 that Collingdale police were notified about the alleged abuse. A woman provided an address and said a dog there was being punished and starved.

“The dog’s skeleton could be seen,” the caller told police.

The woman said she’d already called animal agencies in both Delaware County and Philadelphia, only to reach answering machines saying to call 911 in the event of an emergency.

Officer Crozier told the woman he would forward her name and number to the Brandywine SPCA, only to be told that she should call during normal business hours. During the phone conversation, Crozier could hear the woman’s voice breaking up, trying to contain herself from crying.

She identified the owners of the dog as Bell and Gommer.

Within 20 minutes of the phone call, Crozier contacted Harper.

“Wow, what a night,” Harper posted on the Justice Rescue Facebook page shortly after 10 a.m. on Jan. 15.

“One poor little pup in emergency, starved, abused, beat badly and locked away in a dungeon,” he wrote.” She is in urgent care. She will need surgery from what she suffered in abuse. Let’s all pray for her and hope for this pain to go away soon.”


At that point, Harper didn’t say where or who, or provide any other details.

“But local police officers were rock stars tonight,” he wrote.

According to the affidavit, Crozier met Harper at Collingdale police headquarters about 1:50 a.m. on Jan. 15. Together, they went to the couple’s Chester Pike residence. Lance Bell answered the front door in a pair of shorts. Before stepping outside to talk to the officers, he asked if he could get dressed.

The officers were permitted to enter the residence, and they followed Bell to the living room area, according to the affidavit. The officers watched as a small pit bull that greeted them at the door roamed about the residence.

The dog was emaciated and she was only using three legs, refusing to put any weight on her left rear leg, the affidavit states.

The officers then told Bell the reason for their visit and started to question him about the dog.

According to the affidavit, Bell said he could not afford to take the dog to the vet for shots. He also said he thought the dog might have worms, explaining why she was so thin. He also said the dog had been limping for about two weeks.

When the officers asked if anyone else was at home, Bell said his wife was asleep. The officers asked him to wake her up, which he did.

Gommer agreed to speak with the officers, the affidavit states. She also showed them where the dog stayed for the majority of the day. She escorted the officers to the rear door, and then opened it.

“There was a small enclosed porch with numerous piles of dog feces on the floor. There was pieces of the interior walls missing with sharp points where the paneling had been broken, nails sticking out of the wall studs and a metal bowl with approximately 2 inches of water in the bottom and a dead mouse floating in the water,” states the affidavit, written by Crozier.

Harper then informed the couple that charges would be filed against them. He also requested that they turn the dog over to him if they could not afford to provide the dog with immediate veterinary attention. The couple turned the dog over to Harper, signing all the necessary forms, the affidavit states.

The dog was taken to VSEC Animal Hospital in Philadelphia, where blood was drawn and the X-ray on her left rear leg showed the broken femur.

Harper met again with the couple about 7 p.m. Sunday. Bell and Gommer arrived voluntarily at Collingdale police headquarters, the affidavit states.

During that interview, Gommer said Bell got the dog about two months prior. According to the affidavit, she told Harper that she witnessed Bell hit the dog 15 to 20 times for urinating and defecating in the house.

“After Lance would hit the dog a few times, she would request him to stop and he would be very angry,” the affidavit states. If Bell had been drinking, she said he would hit the dog even harder, the affidavit states.

Gommer said she noticed that the dog had been limping for about a week. She questioned Bell about it but never got a “clear” answer, the affidavit states.

She also said Bell would punish the dog by putting her on the back porch, sometimes for hours.

During his separate interview, Bell told Harper that when he first got the dog, she was well behaved. But when they went to work and the dog urinated and defecated in the house, he reportedly said he beat the dog to correct her.

“Sometimes he would beat the dog with his hands and other times he would use a stick,” the affidavit states.

It was after he hit the dog with a stick that she started to limp, Bell said, according to the affidavit.

“Dolores was severely beaten over and over in her young life. It’s been reported that Dolores was beaten over 50 times and she shows the physical marks of the abuse she suffered,” Harper posted in an update Wednesday afternoon on Facebook. “Dolores was kept in a room resembling a dungeon … without heat or food, and the only thing in her water bowl was a dead mouse. She was forced to lay in her own feces and urine for a very long time. Not only was Dolores beaten and abused mercilessly, she received no vet care even after they broke her leg, and she was writhing in pain for several weeks. Can you imagine the depravity of anyone doing this?

“Her life matters. There was no way we were leaving Dolores behind.”

In seeking justice, Harper asked his legion of followers, “Pray for conviction.”

Misdemeanor and summary offenses are punishable by fine and or jail time, according to Adams.

Woman Arrested For Bestiality And Child Pornography (Photo)

Wendy Arlene Kasper

A North Carolina woman stands accused of engaging in sexual acts with a dog on multiple occasions and videotaping a child in a bathroom.

Wendy Arlene Kasper, 36, was arrested Jan. 6 and charged with three counts of crimes against nature, felony secret peeping with a recording device, and possessing photographic images from secret peeping.

Police also obtained an arrest warrant for Douglas Martorelli, 33, on the charges of possessing photographic images from secret peeping and two counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. Martorelli remains at large.

“This investigation indicated that Kasper was involved in child pornography dissemination with 33-year-old Joshua Douglas Martorelli,” the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release, according to the Salisbury Post.

The press release went on to state that Martorelli “is possibly involved in a larger child pornography group that is still under investigation.”

Kasper’s arrest stems from an investigation that began in December when Social Services received information about Kasper having sexually exploited a young girl, Breitbart reports.

Kasper is being held at the Rowan County Detention Center under a $25,000 secured bond.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Martorelli is encouraged to contact Lt. C.A. Moose at (704) 216-8687 or Detective C.J. Gordy at (704) 216-8710.

Police: Woman tosses dog from South Florida bridge, claiming it can fly

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Authorities in Florida said Thursday that a woman tossed a Jack Russell Terrier mix 30 feet off a South Florida bridge believing that dogs could fly.

Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control Capt. David Walesky told the Palm Beach Post that the 8-year-old dog dislocated a leg in the fall Wednesday from a Riviera Beach bridge and onto Phil Foster Park.

The Sun-Sentinel reported that a lifeguard was comforting the dog until authorities arrived.

According to sheriff’s officials, the woman was taken to a hospital for a mental health evaluation. Authorities said she would likely face animal cruelty charges. She wasn’t immediately identified.


Walesky said the 30-pound black and white dog suffered significant pain and was in serious but stable condition.

“He’s not completely out of the woods yet,” Walesky said of the animal, which was being cared for by Animal Care and Control.

Animal Care and Control said if the dog is given up, it will be up for adoption or handed over to a rescue facility.

New Bedford Beef Buckets With 46 Dead Or Abused Animals In Their Hell Hole House Get No Jail Time Because The Court System Is a Joke


I love it when the state continuously fails to lock people up for horrible behavior. I wasn’t writing here in June in 2015 but I read about this back then and nearly lost my lunch. Well, the verdict came in…

NEW BEDFORD – Authorities in two states are investigating a shocking case of animal cruelty that left dozens of animals dead or starving and led to the arrest of two city residents.The horror unfolded Wednesday night when New Bedford animal control officers, acting on a tip, went to a 596 S. Second St. apartment and found 46 animals, half of them dead, the other half badly malnourished. They included cats, rabbits, lizards and birds, as well as an emaciated German shepherd leashed to a doorknob and standing in its own waste. Emanuel Maciel, the city’s animal control director, said the stench was overpowering, and some live animalswere found in cages with dead ones. Arrested on charges of animal cruelty were the animals’ owners, identified as Jake Brousseau, 24, of 441 Rivet St., and Sabrina Harding, 23, of the 596 S. Second St. address. They were held without bail Thursday and will undergo mental health examinations ordered by New Bedford District Court Judge James McGovern. The exam was to be done before the pair’s next court appearance today.

These two beef buckets, Sabrina Harding and Jake Brosseau, would “adopt” animals online and planned to sell them to turn a profit. The plan didn’t work out as well as they thought, because when police received a complaint, authorities found more than 46 emaciated or skeletal animals in their New Bedford apartment.

Some living animals were in cages along with dead ones. Lizards, cats, birds, and even a dog that was tied to a door handle, with no food or water, sitting in its own shit. A dead bird, found in a cage, had been there so long the only thing left of the poor bastard was feathers and bones.

I can’t process how people like this work.

“Polly has been quiet lately. Can you pass me the queso?”

Turns out they had a four year-old little daughter that would frequent the sty as well. Blech.

Needless to say, authorities charged these two with everything they could. Not that it mattered because, well, Massachusetts.

So, after a year and a half of playing the court system, these two walked free yesterday. They can’t have any animals anymore but not even a slap on the wrist. More like a hug and a cookie. A three year suspended sentence and they have to promise not to get a new hamster. They should be rotting in jail and now they are roaming the streets like nothing ever happened. I can’t tell you how mad this makes me. Is this a face that says…

People, for fucksakes, when you see someone selling animals on Facebook, which is against TOS for a reason, report it to authorities. Not to Facebook because no one works there. There are a million rescues and shelters that will make sure that animal is taken care of. If these people were living around poop, urine and the smell of dead animals, something tells me there should have been about fifteen red flags that original family should have seen before handing their pets over to Momma Boo Boo and her pleasure loaf.
For one, look at these people. She clearly can’t take care of herself. Think she’s going to be able to take care of Mittens? (and shut up whining about me being a “mean girl.” I’m not picking on the dork in high school. I’m tearing apart scumbags.) Secondly, the smell from that apartment would have been stuck to her like the soggy Cheetos she probably had in her bra. There is no way you can scrub off the smell of fat stink and dead critter. Lastly, don’t give your fucking animals away on Facebook. Simple as that. They should have found the people who handed these animals over to these slophogs and charged them too. Maybe if we started sitting people in jail, instead of giving them welfare benefits, it would make a difference in our quickly dwindling society. Oh, and did I mention, STOP GIVING YOUR ANIMALS AWAY ONLINE.