1. The Abused Pit Bull That’s Getting a Second Chance at Life After a Craiglist Post!
In October 2013, a pit bull called Mama Jade was saved by Christianna Willis, 23, an animal lover who works as a receptionist at PetMed Veterinary Hospital in Antioch, Tennessee.
Mama Jade was found hurt in Nashville, after wandering up to the porch of Willis’ friend’s home. Quickly, the friend notified Willis.
Willis noticed that the dog showed signs of injuries indicating that she had been used as a bait dog in a dog fighting ring. That’s when she took to Craigslist and posted a picture of Mama describing what she’d seen.
Mama had fresh bite marks on her muzzle, scars that covered her body, exposed pink and purple flesh around her neck, where she was obviously tied up with ropes that cut their way into her skin, over and over again. The dog also showed signs that she had been bred, relentlessly.
Pressure wounds on her elbows bled whenever they touched anything from being tied and forced to lay on cement ground, and metal cage mesh. Most of her teeth had been removed, and scars around her neck bled from the collar she was wearing. In addition to the injuries she had sustained, the vets realized that Mama Jade had breast cancer.
In the Craigslist ad titled, “Your pit bull found me and I won’t give her back,” Willis said that she was preparing to put Mama Jade to sleep. With the price of cancer treatments, it seemed to be the most humane way to proceed and she would ensure that the dog would be as comfortable as possible until the end–then the Craigslist ad went viral.
Willis started receiving thousands of emails from people across the country. Over the course of a couple days, she was persuaded to give Mama a second chance at life as many people offered to donate money to help pay for her treatments.
Four months later, Mama Jade is much better. According to Willis, all the funds raised by Mama Jade are being used towards her medical expenses and care with the remainder of the money going towards other dogs rescued by Music City Mutts.
2. The Supposed Hero Who Found a Malnourished Pet in a Plastic Bag on the Side of the Road!
In March 2013, Keith Morgan, 56, took a 17-year-old a Cocker Spaniel named Sammy to The Humane Society, claiming he found the malnourished pet in a plastic bag on the side of the road.
Sammy (pictured) was malnourished and couldn’t walk because his matted coat was covered in urine and feces.
For 24 hours, Keith Morgan was touted as a hero after giving a television interview about how he found the dog. However, the next day, police learned from a source Morgan and his wife, Shauna Ewing Morgan, 43, had owned Sammy for at least nine years.
Sammy’s story attracted worldwide attention, with animal lovers setting up a Facebook page and Buzzfeed reporters creating a post in his honor. An online petition calling on prosecutors to ask for the maximum sentence for the Morgans received nearly 33,000 signatures.
In November 2013, the Morgans were charged with animal cruelty and sentenced to six months in jail. More than 100 Sammy supporters, wearing T-shirts with the dog’s picture, cheered in court as the couple was sentenced.
The Morgans have been ordered to pay the Red Bank Veterinary Hospital $13,500 in restitution for nursing Sammy back to good health, a $1,000 fine, 30 days community service and are prohibited from future ownership of an animal.
The great news – a loving new family has been caring for Sammy since April 2013.
3. The Bear Cub That Was Placed in the Same Cage of Lions To Adapt Him To Jungle Life!
The infamous clip of a bear cub being tormented by an employee of Everland Park Zoo in Yongin, South Korea has caused controversy among animal lovers. At the end of the clip, we can see the results of one month of “training”– the bear is now able to torment the monkey that it once feared.
When the video was posted in 2009, people involved alleged that there wasn’t any animal abuse in this video as handlers insisted they were training the bear to fend for itself. They also argued that the best way to overcome one’s phobias is to face them.
A representative of MoonBears.org (an organization aimed at preserving bear welfare in South Korea) reported that Everland Park Zoo apologized for ethical violations and admits that the behavior displayed in the clip is unprofessional, unethical, and in poor taste.
According to MoonBears.org, the unprofessional conduct demonstrated by the zoo workers isn’t “educational” – i.e., in a zoo there isn’t ecological situation in which a bear and a lion co-exist and animals in captivity are required (by law) to be treated in a manner that mimics nature. Also, assigning a human emotional characteristic to an animal for the sake of entertainment is both ridiculous and ignorant.
4. The Puppy Who Was Suspended From Its Skin on a Clothesline by Its Owner!
In June 2011, Jerzon Senador, a Philippine teenager sparked outrage after he suspended his own puppy out from the skin on its back on a clothes line and took photographs of it from different angles to post on Facebook.
More than 3,000 Facebook members joined a campaign group –”Jerzon Senador the Animal Abuser”– calling for him to be prosecuted. The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) soon launched an investigation.
Senador issued a public apology after he was swamped with angry messages from internet users. He begged for forgiveness after removing the pictures from his page.
However, his apology was not enough as he must now face the case filed against him by PAWS.
In April 2012, the Municipal Trial Court of Calamba, Philippines, issued a warrant of arrest against Senador for violation of the Animal Welfare Act, but when police came to Senador’s home to arrest him, his parents claimed ignorance of this whereabouts. When found, Senador will be punished by imprisonment of six months to two years and/or a fine of P1,000 to P5,000.
In a similar incident, a student from the University of the Philippines, Joseph Carlo Candare, killed a cat on campus and bragged about it on his blog in 2009. Two years later, Candare pled guilty. His case was the first successful conviction of someone accused of animal cruelty in Philippines.
5. The Owner Who Gave His Dog Away After She Ate the Outside of His Luxury Car!
Although this it isn’t a cruel case of animal abuse, it’s also worth mentioning Luce’s story went viral.
On February 3, 2014, builder Royston Grimstead, a 42-year-old car fanatic from Chedzoy, England, was devastated when he came home to find his border collie/spaniel cross, Luce, had chewed through the fiberglass panel of his prized $108,000 Aston Martin, causing $ 4,000 of damage.
Grimstead had already been planning to sell Luce because she did not get along with his 10-year-old border collie, but the damage to the car was the final straw. Luce was given away following the incident, although Grimstead admits that her new owners don’t know what she did.