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St. Bernard Animal Massacre - Pasado's Safe Haven Investigates

Pasado's Safe Haven's investigation into the heartless shootings of dozens of cats and dogs at three St. Bernard schools is covered on ABC News. The civil case, launched on behalf of the pet owners, against the St. Bernard Sheriff and deputies, is fueled by national media attention. Read the history of the investigation here.



Please post this link widely, we're trying to find more owners of pets shot at these schools!
E-mail Mark Steinway, who investigated this case on behalf of Pasado's Safe Haven, here.

 


HISTORY OF SCHOOL SHOOTINGS :

In the aftermath of Katrina, St. Bernard Sheriff's Officers (according to witnesses) allegedly mercilessly shot and killed 33 dogs (and cats) - all pets - as hurricane victims were loaded on to boats for evacuation. They were shot in the body cavity, arms, neck, and hindquarters (not in the head) causing extreme prolonged suffering. The hurricane victims left their animals in the care of St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Officers at four schools in St. Bernard Parish (where a temporary evacuation site was established). As they were evacuated, they believed their beloved pets would be treated well. Instead, they were all massacred.

Above, Mark Steinway, Pasado's Safe Haven Humane Investigator (and Pasado's Safe Haven's co-founder), left his position as lead for PasadoRescuer in New Orleans to take-on the investigation.

Download and post Pasado's reward poster if you're in the New Orleans area. The more people who know about the reward, the better chance of catching the cowards!

Mark alerted the Louisiana State Attorney General's Office and we're grateful that Emma Devalier and Mimi Hunley, left, Deputy Prosecutors, immediately became involved. They, and their team of investigators, joined Mark at the schools where the shootings took place.


As part of the investigation, Mark videotaped al of the animals, as they were left to die. The schools were a temporary shelter for evacuees who, after flood waters rose, were ordered not to take their pets with them.

According to Steinway, "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."

(Animals blurred in all photos.)
 


Left, Steinway collected .22 and shotgun shell casings for examination by forensics specialists. All animals had been shot to death.


Left, one dog, looked to be attempting to run from the shooter.



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.

Left, one pet owners states "Grey dog pregnant is Suzy".

She was shot, as well.


This sign may have portended what was to come. "Please do not shoot her. Please find her a good home." was their plea.

VETERINARY EXAMINATION
Pasado's Safe Haven knows that it takes more than what you think to make a case of animal cruelty. If this perpetrator(s) of these violent acts is identified, they may claim "the animals were suffering" and had to be put out of their misery. To assure that a conviction can happen, Steinway scooped up all of the bodies, many of whom had 'melted' into the floors after days in the sweltering, 100 degree heat. He transported all bodies to the Louisiana State Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Baton Rouge for necropsies and radiological tests. Necropsies can prove whether an animal had been in a state of dehydration or starvation at the time of death (and can DISprove if the animal was "Suffering" before being shot). The animals would also be kept, in a freezer, so no evidence would be discarded.

NECROPSIES POSTED HERE
 

Steinway was en route on the two hour drive to the State of Louisiana's School of Veterinary Medicine Diagnostic lab for x-rays and necropsies when the director of the lab called him to tell him that 33 animals were too many for them to process. Steinway got on the phone with Dr. Martha Littlefield, the Louisiana State Veterinarian, who MADE them take all the animals. We remain grateful to her for helping us.

Pasado's Safe Haven incurred incurring extraordinary costs providing the x-rays and necropsies on these animals. Each of the 33 animals would take approximately $500 worth of veterinary services. Not to mention the ballistics tests, which would come next. But we MUST find who did this. PasadoRescue is a small organization - we're not like the "big gun" national groups which each made as much as $30 million in donations on this disaster alone, yet we are the ONLY group investigating this crime with the AG's endorsement.

Our costs for the necropsies alone exceeded $7700.00. Thanks to a Pasado donor in Texas, the entire bill was paid.

Please help us pay the bills that have mounted in seeking justice for the dogs who have died. Make a donation to Pasado's Safe Haven - one of only a few 4-Star animal charities in the entire U.S.

$25,000 REWARD OFFERED BY PASADO'S SAFE HAVEN

John Bozes, left, shows a photo of his niece and Angel Girl, his beloved black lab who was tied up and murdered at St. Bernard Middle School. According to John, "When Mark from Pasado's called me, we were so grateful. My dog was murdered and I can't sleep thinking about what happened to her. When I met Mark, I was so impressed. He expressed sympathy, but he vowed to do everything he could do find the killer. I can't believe there is such good in people."

It is because of hurricane victims, like John, who lost their pets in this massacre, that Pasado's Safe Haven offered a reward. We started with $10,000 from our bank account. And it soon grew to $25,000 - with the help of people donating worldwide.

It was and is our hope that someone will come forward with a tip that will lead to an arrest, prosecution, and conviction.

We hoped the killer(s) of the cats and dogs in St. Bernard Parish was watching when PasadoRescuers had an opportunity to spread the word of the $25,000 reward by handing out flyers at a St. Bernard Parish community meeting, above. Thousands of people attended.


CNN came along to witness how much people care. They listened to the details, and were outraged. They heard from some of the pet owners, who showed up to tell their story.

The more people know about the reward, the better chance we have of catching the coward who did this to these innocent animals.

If you can, PLEASE copy & paste this page link and spread it on every post and list you can.

As the street shooting case evolves, the civil case, launched on behalf of victims of the school shootings, continues to develop. A high-profile Los Angeles-based attorney has agreed to take on the case pro bono. "This is a huge step forward," says Mark. "Now we have unlimited resources available in the legal community to prosecute the perpetrators of this. Funding has been a big problem all along. We've been operating on a shoe-string."

So far, Pasado's Safe Haven, a relatively small non-profit animal organization by most
standards, has underwritten filing fees, attorney fees, bought office supplies, telephone time, paid for flights for the legal team to interview witnesses and victims. We've paid for videotape dubs (copies) and photographic copies from various sources. And countless minutes of long-distance phone calls. But, according to Mark, "If it puts people in jail for cowardly killing innocent animals, that will be the best payment of all."

Nothing can bring back these animals, but hopefully, with the help of all of you who write and e-mail, the donations from people like Sandra S., from Dallas, Texas who paid our bill for the necropsies (all $7700, and the passion of people like David Leeson, who wanted to find "oily dog" (and finally did), and those at the AG's office, for vigilantly pursuing these cases, we will find justice. It may be a bittersweet ending, but we can say we did our best. And those above, who are no longer suffering, will know how hard we tried.

http://www.pasadosafehaven.org/KATRINA/DOGSHOOTING/HISTORY.htm
 
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