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Justice For Three Dogs Tied To Railroad Tracks

Justice For Three Dogs Tied To Railroad Tracks

Police in Cleveland, Ohio are searching for a man who committed a horrifying crime last week against three innocent dogs when he tied them to a secluded section of railroad tracks and attempted to video a train run them over. Two of the dogs were killed by an oncoming train, but the third was able to save itself by crouching off the side of the tracks.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals posted a $5,000 reward Wednesday for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect. Martin Mersereau, director for PETA, said the reward was offered because the man who tied the dogs to the tracks could “pose a serious threat to all animals – including humans.”

Police said the crime happened in the quiet waterfront neighborhood of Tremont. The shocking event was discovered by chance when a railroad employee witnessed from a distance the dogs being tied to the tracks and someone taking pictures or videotaping the offense.

By the time the worker got to the dogs, the train had passed by and the man was gone. The bodies of two of the dogs were on thetracks, but a two-year-old mix breed dog now called Chessie was alive.

Chessie was taken to the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter. “She’s very lucky and very traumatized, but she is coming around,” said Shelter Kennel Manager Lesley DeSouza.

The deceased dogs and Chessie did not have tags or micro-chips. No one has come forward to claim any of the animals or offer leads to police.

After a ten day waiting period, Chessie became available for adoption on Friday. The shelter said it has been getting three emails or phone calls an hour about adopting her.

“She is amazingly friendly, and she likes to sit on your lap,” said DeSouza.

A Slap On The Wrist For Assailant

Before the weekend is over, little Chessie is certain to begin a new life. If her assailant is caught, he will only receive a “slap on the wrist” because of Ohio’s weak animal cruelty laws. ThinkProgress revealed that first time offenders in the state are sentenced with only 90 days in jail.

The Humane Society of the United States ranked Ohio 36 in its 2011 report, “Humane State Ranking” that assesses state animal protection laws. First time offenders of animal cruelty are charged with a second degree misdemeanor. The same offense is a felony in 44 other states.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund said, “The state’s lack of felony legislation for animal cruelty cases is a ‘substantial flaw’ in the law.”

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11:43AM PDT on Mar 23, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

6:19AM PST on Feb 23, 2013

Thank you Sharon, for Sharing this!

5:08PM PST on Jan 10, 2013

Horrible! Ohio needs to update their laws.

6:04PM PST on Dec 8, 2012

This psycho should be brought to justice and punish severely. This is obviously a Blood Thirsty Evil metally deranged individual/s. Allowing such barbaric actions to take place is a crime against the planet. This one particularly a unimaginable cruelty done to these defenceless, and helpless dogs. No animal should be put to death in such a horrible way to run over and crush by a thunderous iron train. Need to enforce the more severe animal cruelty laws. This evil scum should die a painful and agonizing death when his time comes.

8:04AM PDT on Oct 10, 2012

what a sick, degenerate monster. I hope that lucky puppy finds an amazing amount of happiness and RIP to the two who passed :/

12:03PM PDT on Sep 19, 2012

37 people said NO. Are you friends of that pos? Related? Animal abusers? Or clicked the wrong answer by mistake? I so hope it's the latter, because I do not want people that approve of animal abuse hanging around Care2!

4:53AM PDT on Sep 19, 2012

Hang that bloke behind a train and then he knows....

1:59PM PDT on Sep 15, 2012

Folks bashing and threating is not the answer that will solve these type happenings. A person who commits this type cruel action whether it be his own animals or animals he has stolen at random from someone else, has a mental problem. It could be a treatable one or it may be one where the person needs to be committed for deep evaluation and treatment. Everyone needs to know who your local,state and federal candidates are and how they stand on getting these types of situations handled, BEFORE you vote. Too many states and local authorities are too lax on these types of crimes.

This person is severly mentally ill, and he needs to be caught and evaluated and treatment put into motion or long term incarceration, which ever the evaluation calls for. If he is not found and evaluated, he will eventually take his mental pacifications out on humans, whether they be his own family or a stranger....it will happen, and the authorities needs to handle it with that in mind.

8:58AM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

Ok, first of all, the person watching, why didn't he call the police right away, or come down there right away damit? I would have with a gun or baseball bat. The BASTARD that did this, I hope your ass is caught and they f*ck you up in jail before you serve your little 9 months. If it were left up to me, you would get life. I would be the most hated judge in the world.

12:26AM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

For those who think "the lower animals" are less than humans, consider that such an amoral person is very sick, and his next step could be tying a human to the tracks and videotaping it. Cruelty and murder should be felonies, no matter the species.

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