Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Ohio: Frederick Clark, 65, charged with owning a vicious dog

Full Name: Frederick Clark
Race: Black
Gender: Male
Height: 6'00"
Weight: 210 lbs
Hair Color: BLK
Eye Color: BRO
Time: 12:12 PM
Birthdate: 05/10/1952
Arrest Age:65
Location: Trumbull County, Ohio
#1 Dangerous and vicious dogs.
STATUTE: 505.13
NOTES: Bond: CASH ONLY ($292)

#2 Barking or howling dogs.
STATUTE: 505.09
NOTES: Bond: CASH ONLY ($374)

#3 Dogs and other animals.
STATUTE: 505.01
NOTES: Bond: CASH ONLY ($515)

South Carolina: Thomas Jarnagin, 20, charged with animal cruelty

Full Name: Thomas Lee Jarnagin
Alias: Tom Jarnagin
Gender: Male
Block: 100 Park St
City: Laurens, South Carolina 29360
Date: 05/31/2017
Location: Laurens County, South Carolina
STATUTE: 16-13-0230(A)

STATUTE: 16-11-0510(A)

STATUTE: 16-03-0600(E)(1)

South Carolina Code 16-11-510. Malicious injury to animals and other personal property

(A) It is unlawful for a person to wilfully and maliciously cut, shoot, maim, wound, or otherwise injure or destroy any horse, mule, cattle, hog, sheep, goat, or any other kind, class, article, or description of personal property, or the goods and chattels of another.

Thomas Lee Jarnagin
Age: 20
Address: 205 Douglas St
City: Laurens
State: SC
Zip Code: 29360
Charging County: Laurens, SC
Charge Date: 03/16/2017
Charge 1: Driving Under Suspension, License Not Suspended For Dui 1st Offense

South Carolina: William Olah, 45, charged with animal cruelty

Full Name: William George Olah
City: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29575
Gender: Male
Race: White
Birthdate: 08/11/1971
Arrest Age: 45
Date: 05/31/2017
Time: 11:20 AM
Location: Horry County, South Carolina
Total Bond: $464
BOND: $464

Texas: Ireland Brey, 20, charged with animal cruelty

Full Name: Ireland Nicole Brey
Race: White
Gender: Female
Arrest Age: 20
Date: 05/31/2017
Location: Galveston County, Texas
Total Bond: $2500
BOND: $2500

Florida: Joyce Lovett, 53, charged with animal cruelty

Full Name: Joyce Lanette Lovett
Block: 4600 Avamya Ct
City: Jacksonville, Florida 32210
Race: White
Gender: Female
Birthdate: 12/13/1963
Arrest Age: 53
Arrest Date: 05/31/2017
Arrest Time: 11:54 AM
Location: Columbia County Florida
Total Bond: $11,000
STATUTE: 828.12.1 (F M)
BOND: $11,000

828.12 Cruelty to animals.—
(1) A person who unnecessarily overloads, overdrives, torments, deprives of necessary sustenance or shelter, or unnecessarily mutilates, or kills any animal, or causes the same to be done, or carries in or upon any vehicle, or otherwise, any animal in a cruel or inhumane manner, commits animal cruelty, a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or by a fine of not more than $5,000, or both.

West Virginia: Missy Rucker, accused of running puppy mill, charged with 47 counts of animal cruelty

WEST VIRGINIA -- A Kanawha County woman accused of running a puppy mill has been charged with more than three dozen counts of animal cruelty.

Melissa “Missy” Jo Rucker, 49, of Nitro, was charged with 47 counts of animal cruelty Friday night, according to a criminal complaint filed in Putnam County Magistrate Court.

The complaint said on May 9, a warrant was executed at Four Paws Pet Salon in Scott Depot, which was owned and operated by Rucker, because of a report of suspected animal neglect. The complaint said the Putnam County Humane Office had received several complaints that Rucker was operating a puppy mill where she sold dogs that were ill and required medical treatment.

According to the complaint, during the search, the only employee working at the time told officers where the kennels were located but said she was not permitted to see them.

There were 28 kennels and most of them had four dogs in them, according to the complaint. Only five of the 28 kennels had food for the dogs, and that food had mold growing on it. The complaint said the water that was available for the dogs was dirty and contained fecal matter.

According to investigating officers, the kennels contained a male and female dog and the kennels with four dogs contained one male and three females. There was also a dry-erase board on the wall with a breeding schedule for the dogs.

The complaint said several of the dogs were in poor health. Some were missing teeth, which made it difficult for them to eat. Several of the dogs were missing hair and had inflammation of the skin.

Several of the dogs also had feces dried in their fur and were emaciated, according to the complaint.

When officers searched for medication or medical records they found no records and just nine capsules used for skin conditions.

Due to the lack of medical care, nutritious food and fresh water that was being provided, the complaint said officers seized 58 dogs and six puppies from the Putnam County location.


The day after the dogs were seized, a veterinarian at the Kanawha Charleston Humane Association found that 48 percent of the dogs were dehydrated, 17 percent were severely dehydrated and 48 percent had body condition sores, according to the complaint.

When questioned, the complaint said Rucker told police that she used a veterinarian in Hurricane. However, that vet told police Rucker had only taken nine dogs into his office in April to have blood drawn for Brucellosis testing.

Rucker is being held in the South Central Regional Jail on $25,000 bond.


(ABC6 - May 19, 2017)


Arizona: Christopherson Maynes, 20, arrested after deputies allegedly find video evidence of him raping a horse

ARIZONA -- Sheriff's deputies in southwest Arizona arrested a man Monday afternoon for having sex with a horse.

They recovered video evidence of the incident and took 20-year-old Christopherson David Maynes of Dateland, Arizona, into custody.

The Yuma County Sheriff's Office said it received a call Monday just before 5 p.m. about an animal cruelty case.

When deputies arrived at the scene in 1400 block of North Catalina Road, they spoke with the witness who explained the nature of the cruelty against the mare.

Police said the owner of the animal suspected something was going on and set up a camera.

"Deputies were able to recover video evidence of the suspect [raping the animal]," stated YCSO's Alfonso Zavala.

Maynes has been booked into the Yuma County Detention Center on bestiality, indecent exposure and animal cruelty charges.

If you have any information about this investigation, call YCSO at 928-783-4427 or 78-CRIME to remain anonymous.

(12News - May 30, 2017)

Florida: Aramis Barcelo, 36, charged with 36 counts of possessing undersized and out of season lobsters. This guy is why we can't have anything nice. He doesn't think rules apply to him.

Full Name: Aramis Barcelo
Block: 1700 NW 69th St
City: Miami, Florida 33147
Gender: Male
Birthdate: 02/14/1981
Arrest Age: 36
Date: 05/28/2017
Arresting Agency: FWC -
Arrest Location: OVERSEAS HWY FIESTA KEY, 70001, Monroe, FL
Location: Monroe County Florida
STATUTE: 379.401.2a ( Misdemeanor)

FLORIDA -- On Sunday, May 28, 2017 at Fiesta Key near mile marker 70, a Miami man was arrested on multiple lobster violations. The FWC charged Aramis Barcelo, 36, with possession of 12 wrung lobster tails on the water, all undersized and out of season. Barcelo faces 36 misdemeanor counts.

Hopefully he'll have to forfeit his boat as well as it was used in the commission of a crime.


Florida Fish and Wildlife Law Enforcement - Wrung Lobster Tails
Spiny lobster must be taken to shore in whole condition. Separating the tail from the body is prohibited while on state waters.

Spiny lobster may be harvested recreationally during the July 25-26 sport season and during the regular season, which starts Aug. 6. Make sure to “know before you go.” Spiny lobster may not be harvested in John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park during the sport season and in Everglades National Park, Dry Tortugas National Park and no-take areas in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary during both the 2-day sport season and the regular season.
photo: Tim Donovan/FWC

(FL Keys News - May 31, 2017)

Oklahoma: Darren Walton and Christina Walton arrested and charged with animal cruelty

Full Name: Christina Mae Walton
Date: 05/31/2017
Time: 11:35 PM
Arresting Agency: TPD / LEE
Total Bond: $2176
Personal Information
Arrest Age:48
Gender: Female
Birthdate: 08/16/1968
Block: 1600 W Madison St
City: Broken Arrow, Oklahoma 74012
Height: 5'05"
Hair Color: BRO
Eye Color: BRO
Arrest Location: Tulsa County, Oklahoma
BOND: $176
NOTES: 112 - Bond (Surety/Cash)

BOND: $2000
NOTES: 112 - Bond (Surety/Cash)

Full Name: Darren Albert Walton
Date: 05/31/2017
Time: 4:47 PM
Arresting Agency: BROK / PELLEGRINO
Total Bond: $2000
Personal Information
Arrest Age:52
Gender: Male
Birthdate: 02/11/1965
Block: 1600 W Madison St
City: Broken Arrow, Oklahoma 74012
Height: 5'09"
Weight: 80 lbs
Hair Color: BRO
Eye Color: BRO
Arrest Location: Tulsa County, Oklahoma
BOND: $2000

Colorado: Animal Control officer helps woman fix her fence after he responded to a call about her dog getting out and running loose

COLORADO -- Denver Police Department posted on Facebook  May 30, 2017 ·


Today, we at the Denver Police Department are tipping our hats to Animal Protection Officer Martinez of the Denver Animal Shelter.

Back in April, Officer Martinez responded to a report of a loose dog and was able to track down its owner.

The owner, an elderly woman, explained that her pup kept getting loose because her fence was broken. The woman also relayed that she paid someone to fix it, but they took her money without fulfilling their end of the transaction.

Officer Martinez inspected the fence and realized it only needed some minor repairs. So, the officer went out and bought the supplies needed to fix the fence, then he returned to do the labor himself.

Thanks to Officer Martinez, who went above and beyond the call of duty, the woman’s pup is now safe and secure in the yard.

We’re paws-itive Officer Martinez is a swell guy! Hats tipped…

Florida: Lucas Morton, 20, charged with animal cruelty

Full Name: Lucas Dean Morton
Gender: Male
Race: White
Birthdate: 03/31/1997
Arrest Age: 20
Arrest Date: 05/30/2017
Arrest Time: 1:02 PM
Location: Escambia County Florida
Total Bond: $2000
STATUTE: 828.12.1 (F M)
BOND: $2000

828.12 Cruelty to animals.—
(1) A person who unnecessarily overloads, overdrives, torments, deprives of necessary sustenance or shelter, or unnecessarily mutilates, or kills any animal, or causes the same to be done, or carries in or upon any vehicle, or otherwise, any animal in a cruel or inhumane manner, commits animal cruelty, a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or by a fine of not more than $5,000, or both.

Mississippi: Georgia Chatman, 29, arrested as part of a dog fighting ring, say police

MISSISSIPPI -- The Adams County Sheriff’s Department has arrested another person in connection with an alleged dog fighting ring.

Deputies arrested Georgia Ivrione Chatman Monday. She is charged with cruelty to animals in connection with the incident that led to the arrest of Charoyd Boyd on May 11.

Note: In original article, he was identified as Charoyd Bell who ran a pit bull breeding business with his wife Molly Bell called Square Bkisnis Kennels.


Authorities said on May 11, they received several calls about dog fighting that was happening at 507 Lasalle Street in the Natchez city limits.

When deputies arrived, they said they heard distressful yelps and howls coming from the bayou next to the residence.

As they approached the residence, Georgia Chatman made contact with the deputies and was later arrested on an active warrant that she had with the Natchez Police Department.

Deputies continued to follow the sounds and discovered it was coming from dogs.


As they entered the bayou, the deputies observed two black males in the area where the howls were coming from. One of the males was holding a pit bull on a leash which was facing another pit bull that was wearing a harness tethered to a tree. A third pit bull was also running loose in the area unrestrained.

The male holding the pit bull on the leash was identified as Charoyd Bell and the other male, who was sitting on the ground, was identified as Damien Green.

The dog on the leash had severe scarring on its face, head, and body, along with swelling and fresh cuts. It was also bleeding and its tongue had been partially bitten off.

Both subjects were then escorted out of the bayou, and Charoyd Bell was placed under arrest for Felony Cruelty to Animals- Dog fights.

More than a dozen dogs were rescued, some of which were in very poor condition.  Authorities said the dogs from this incident appear to be doing fine.

Full Name: Georgia Ivrione Chatman
City: Natchez, Mississippi 39120
Gender: Female
Race: Black
Arrest Age: 29
Arrest Date: 05/15/2017
Arrest Time: 3:09 PM
Arresting Agency: ACSO
Location: Adams County, Mississippi
Total Bond: $5000

A year ago, Charoyd Bell aka Charoyd Boyd was charged with animal cruelty for abusing puppies and posting photos online. He was suspected of dog fighting, but it appears nothing came of their suspicions.  


Is that even English? I can't understand any of it.

(WJTV News 12 - May 16, 2017)


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

(April 2017) Tennessee: Stephen Spencer, 65, accused of killing his dog by leaving it out in below-freezing temperatures

TENNESSEE -- A Hixson man has been charged with killing his dog by allowing him to be in a crate without food or water in below-freezing conditions in March.

Stephen Douglas Spencer, 65, of 7377 Princess Way, is charged with aggravated animal cruelty.

Police said the dog suffered hypothermia, pneumonia, bowel perforation and other conditions due to the treatment.

Full Name: Stephen Douglas Spencer
Block: 7300 Princess Way
City: Middle Valley, Tennessee 37343
Gender: Male
Race: White
Arrest Age:65
Arrest Date: 04/19/2017
Arresting Agency: Hamilton County

(Chattanoogan - April 20, 2017)

Alabama: Six dogs seized from Linda McDonald had to be euthanized from "worse case of neglect" the Sheriff has ever seen

ALABAMA --  An Autauga County woman faces half a dozen cruelty to animal charges in what the sheriff calls a “heartbreaking” case.

Linda Thomas McDonald, 67, of  County Road 39, faces six misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals, courthouse records show.

Prattville-Autauga Humane Shelter Director Claudia Rigsby says a veterinarian recommended euthanizing five of the six dogs Wednesday. Shelter officials thought the sixth dog could be saved, but it was euthanized Thursday because of a scabies infestation.

She was released Wednesday after posting bonds totaling $18,000. She could not be reached for comment, and jail records show she doesn’t have an attorney.

(Montgomery Advertiser - May 19, 2017)

New York: Thomas Skuza and his son Thomas Skuza Jr. arrested, accused of starving their pit bulls

NEW YORK -- A father and son were arrested Tuesday for allegedly depriving their dogs of food and water for so long that the animals’ bones were showing through their skin, according to the Nassau County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Thomas Charles Skuza, 62, and his son Thomas Charles Skuza Jr., 30, both of Massapequa, each face a misdemeanor charge of failure to provide proper sustenance, the agency said.

Both dogs were found at the Skuzas’ home on North Queens Avenue with their ribs, spine and hips visible, said Nassau County SPCA detectives. They were dehydrated with sunken eyes and poor skin elasticity.

The dogs, named Romeo and Damian, were taken to an animal hospital for initial stabilization and supportive care. Both dogs were underweight with muscle wasting.

Romeo was found to have a metallic foreign object in his stomach, which could create life-threatening complications, the SPCA said.

A passerby spotted the dogs while they were outside and called in a complaint to the SPCA, leading the agency to the home, according to a spokesman.

Romeo and Damian will need extensive care, and most likely have to undergo surgery. Anyone wishing to help can visit

The dogs will be put up for adoption. Inquiries about adopting them can be sent to

(Pix11 - May 16, 2017)