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Cracking down on animal abuse

May 26th, 2005, 02:56 PM
A cable tangled so tightly around a dog's neck, it cut into its muscles and tendons.

Two family pets poisoned by a neighbor with strychnine.

A pit bull left to die without food or water and a cat dragged behind a car speeding along a freeway.

A Department of Corrections officer's dog was neglected beyond belief.

All of these are horrendous acts of unimaginable cruelty and they're acts that the Maricopa County Attorney's Office said will now be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

"The thought that pets or animals would be mistreated this way should stick in all of us and the community has defined this mistreatment as a crime," said Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas.

Teaming up with the Arizona Humane Society, the Law Enforcement for Animal Protection or LEAP was created.

Biscuit is now getting plenty of hugs and affection, but it was just a short time ago that he was clinging to life.

His owner, Teresa Gary, now faces a Class 6 felony.

"You can't help but wince when you look at photos like that and realize what the dog was going through before it was rescued," Thomas said.

Donald Bachand faces six counts of cruelty to animals after allegedly poisoning his neighbor's dogs. Luckily, one of them survived.

And just last Friday, Scott Richmond allegedly left his four pit bulls with no food or water.

Two of them died.

While no charges have been filed, the Arizona Humane Society said the owner should pay the price.

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