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Dog is chained, freezing and starving. Animal control refuses to help. If you live near by, please go to 611 W 10th St, Connersville, Indiana and give this poor dog food, blankets and water. Then call the mayor (765) 825-4211 and Animal Control at

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Marian E (152)
Friday January 23, 2009, 11:19 pm

Thank you. I will forward this.

Simone D (1462)
Friday January 23, 2009, 11:45 pm
Thank you Katia, and thanks for the forward Marian.

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Friday January 23, 2009, 11:54 pm
Some are confusing this county with the city of Lafayette.
The dog is in Connersville, not far from Rushville (remember what Rushville did to Gabby) If the dog was in Lafayette,,, the dog wouldn't be there anymore

Pam F (221)
Saturday January 24, 2009, 4:14 am
This is awful - I sent an email to

Karen Kuyper (2)
Saturday January 24, 2009, 10:18 am
there is a lot of comments going back and forth on Indianapolis Craigslist but the most important one was posted today:


Reply to: [?]
Date: 2009-01-24, 12:12PM EST

Just talked to animal control. Mercedes vet visit was VERY positive.
Heartworm negative, fecal exam is clear, gums are pink and healthy. Mercedes did receive her vaccines today too.

She is underweight at 48lbs and the vet is putting her on puppy chow because it is higher in vitamins and nutrients. Her owner has agreed to have her spayed as soon as she is up on her weight. Animal Control will be monitoring the situation.

For those of you who have contacted me for information on where to make donations, you can send them to the address below. If you want them to go for Mercedes please make sure that it is indicated with your donation. Any contribution to the Animal Shelter or ANY rescue is very much appreciated.

SPCA of Fayette County 1703 Michigan Avenue connersville, Indiana 47331 Phone: 765-825-8693

And if you want further updates, call the animal shelter, Ann will be more than happy to update folks but PLEASE treat her with respect! She has a difficult job and is doing what she can, where she can with what she has. I have just come to know her in the conversations we have had regarding Mercedes and she is a very kind and caring lady. Alot of you callers never gave her the chance to explain nor did you give her the benefit of doubt.

This is the last posting I will make regarding this matter. As I said in my last post I don't live in Connersville but felt someone should step in and redirect the anger spreading over Mercedes. If anyone has any comments or more questions I will be happy to answer them to the best of my knowledge, my e-mail address is

Take care all and remember there are so many ways to help abused, neglected and abandoned animals, just try to get the facts first.


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Kathy Chadwell (354)
Saturday January 24, 2009, 10:57 am
I now see the post above, I couldn't find a local police phone number so I got ahold of State Police (thank God he is a dog lover) 2 officers are going there right now.

. (0)
Saturday January 24, 2009, 11:06 am
Noted with thanks Katia and to you Marian for sending this to me.

Mena V (72)
Saturday January 24, 2009, 12:39 pm
I put on facebook and also forward to my list of friends, i hope that he get help asap.

Joycey B (750)
Saturday January 24, 2009, 2:39 pm
Haertbreaking. Noted with thanks Katia.

Susan manns (2)
Saturday January 24, 2009, 2:41 pm
I am puzzled to why know one has taken the dog and given it a better home yet..

. (0)
Saturday January 24, 2009, 3:18 pm
This should result in an automatic jail sentence for the person who did the chaining,and being placed on a register.

Mandi T (367)
Saturday January 24, 2009, 5:09 pm
Ths dog should not be returned to it's owners and they should be fined heavly and/ot jailed.

Debra L (5)
Saturday January 24, 2009, 6:27 pm
Mercedes looks like a Greyhound. Glad someone got to her. I don't believe the owners should get her back, why keep a dog if all you do is keep them chained in the back yard.

Tamara P (68)
Saturday January 24, 2009, 7:01 pm
At the time of this comment, it appears that help arrived. Now that's quick.

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 24, 2009, 7:18 pm
thank you to all of the above persons that cared enough to do something!!!

Laura K (539)
Saturday January 24, 2009, 9:15 pm
I have emailed Animal Control and the Mayor in Fayette. May they do something about it now!

Laura K (539)
Saturday January 24, 2009, 9:16 pm
Oh, just read that she was helped.... oops.

Saturday January 24, 2009, 10:00 pm

DORA H (0)
Saturday January 24, 2009, 11:20 pm

Wanda P (8)
Sunday January 25, 2009, 5:38 am
Information Maintained by the Office of Code Revision Indiana Legislative Services Agency
01/25/2009 08:01:24 AM EST
IC 35-46-3
Chapter 3. Offenses Relating to Animals

IC 35-46-3-0.5
Sec. 0.5. The following definitions apply throughout this chapter:
(1) "Abandon" means to desert an animal or to leave the animal permanently in a place without making provision for adequate long term care of the animal. The term does not include leaving an animal in a place that is temporarily vacated for the protection of human life during a disaster.
(2) "Beat" means to unnecessarily or cruelly strike an animal, or to throw the animal against an object causing the animal to suffer severe pain or injury. The term does not include reasonable training or disciplinary techniques.
(3) "Mutilate" means to wound, injure, maim, or disfigure an animal by irreparably damaging the animal's body parts or to render any part of the animal's body useless. The term includes bodily injury involving:
(A) serious permanent disfigurement;
(B) serious temporary disfigurement;
(C) permanent or protracted loss or impairment of the function of a bodily part or organ; or
(D) a fracture.
(4) "Neglect" means to:
(A) endanger an animal's health by failing to provide the animal with food or drink, if the animal is dependent upon the person for the provision of food or drink; or
(B) restrain an animal for more than a brief period by the use of a rope, chain, or tether that:
(i) is less than three (3) times the length of the animal;
(ii) is too heavy to permit the animal to move freely; or
(iii) causes the animal to choke.
(5) "Torture" means:
(A) to inflict extreme physical pain or injury on an animal with the sole intent of increasing or prolonging the animal's pain; or
(B) to administer poison to a cat or dog, or expose a cat or dog to a poisonous substance with the intent that the cat or dog ingest the substance and suffer harm, pain, or physical injury.
As added by P.L.171-2007, SEC.5.

IC 35-46-3-1
Harboring a non-immunized dog
Sec. 1. A person who knowingly or intentionally harbors a dog that is over the age of six (6) months and not immunized against rabies commits harboring a non-immunized dog, a Class C infraction. However, the offense is a Class B misdemeanor if the dog causes bodily injury by biting a person.

As added by Acts 1976, P.L.148, SEC.6. Amended by Acts 1977, P.L.340, SEC.94.

IC 35-46-3-2
(Repealed by P.L.193-1987, SEC.17.)

IC 35-46-3-3
Sec. 3. As used in this chapter, "animal" does not include a human being.
As added by P.L.193-1987, SEC.6.

IC 35-46-3-4
"Animal fighting contest"
Sec. 4. As used in this chapter, "animal fighting contest" means a conflict between two (2) or more animals. The term does not include a conflict that is unorganized or accidental.
As added by P.L.193-1987, SEC.7.

IC 35-46-3-4.3
"Animal fighting paraphernalia"
Sec. 4.3. As used in this chapter, "animal fighting paraphernalia" means equipment used to train or condition animals for participation in an animal fighting contest.
As added by P.L.76-2002, SEC.2.

IC 35-46-3-4.5
"Law enforcement animal"
Sec. 4.5. (a) As used in this chapter, "law enforcement animal" means an animal that is owned or used by a law enforcement agency for the principal purposes of:
(1) aiding in:
(A) the detection of criminal activity;
(B) the enforcement of laws; and
(C) the apprehension of offenders; and
(2) ensuring the public welfare.
(b) The term includes, but is not limited to, the following:
(1) A horse.
(2) An arson investigation dog.
(3) A bomb detection dog.
(4) A narcotic detection dog.
(5) A patrol dog.
As added by P.L.213-1997, SEC.2. Amended by P.L.9-2003, SEC.1.

IC 35-46-3-5
Exceptions from chapter; electrocution
Sec. 5. (a) Except as provided in subsections (b) through (c), this chapter does not apply to the following:
(1) Fishing, hunting, trapping, or other conduct authorized

under IC 14-22.
(2) Conduct authorized under IC 15-20-2.
(3) Veterinary practices authorized by standards adopted under IC 25-38.1-2-14.
(4) Conduct authorized by a local ordinance.
(5) Acceptable farm management practices.
(6) Conduct authorized by IC 15-17-5, and rules adopted under IC 15-17-5 for state or federally inspected livestock slaughtering facilities.
(7) A research facility registered with the United States Department of Agriculture under the federal Animal Welfare Act (7 U.S.C. 2131 et seq.).
(8) Destruction of a vertebrate defined as a pest under IC 15-16-5-24.
(9) Destruction of or injury to a fish.
(10) Destruction of a vertebrate animal that is:
(A) endangering, harassing, or threatening livestock or a domestic animal; or
(B) destroying or damaging a person's property.
(b) Section 1 of this chapter applies to conduct described in subsection (a).
(c) Destruction of an animal by electrocution is authorized under this section only if it is conducted by a person who is engaged in an acceptable farm management practice, by a research facility registered with the United States Department of Agriculture under the Animal Welfare Act, or for the animal disease diagnostic laboratory established under IC 21-46-3-1, a research facility licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture, a college, or a university.
As added by P.L.193-1987, SEC.8. Amended by P.L.2-1993, SEC.188; P.L.1-1995, SEC.76; P.L.137-1996, SEC.74; P.L.41-1998, SEC.1; P.L.2-2007, SEC.378; P.L.171-2007, SEC.6; P.L.2-2008, SEC.79.

IC 35-46-3-6
Impoundment of animals; probable cause hearing; penalties; custody; bond
Sec. 6. (a) This section does not apply to a violation of section 1 of this chapter.
(b) Any law enforcement officer or any other person having authority to impound animals who has probable cause to believe there has been a violation of this chapter or IC 15-20-1-4 may take custody of the animal involved.
(c) The owner of an animal that has been impounded under this section may prevent disposition of the animal by an animal shelter that is caring for the animal by posting, not later than ten (10) days after the animal has been impounded, a bond with the court in an amount sufficient to provide for the animal's care and keeping for at least thirty (30) days, beginning from the date the animal was impounded. The owner may renew a bond by posting a new bond, in

an amount sufficient to provide for the animal's care and keeping for at least an additional thirty (30) days, not later than ten (10) days after the expiration of the period for which a previous bond was posted. If a bond expires and is not renewed, the animal shelter may determine disposition of the animal, subject to court order. If the owner of an animal impounded under this section is convicted of an offense under this chapter or IC 15-20-1-4, the owner shall reimburse the animal shelter for the expense of the animal's care and keeping. If the owner has paid a bond under this subsection, the animal shelter may euthanize an animal if a veterinarian determines that an animal is suffering extreme pain.
(d) If the owner requests, the court having jurisdiction of criminal charges filed under this chapter or IC 15-20-1 shall hold a hearing to determine whether probable cause exists to believe that a violation of this chapter or IC 15-20-1 has occurred. If the court determines that probable cause does not exist, the court shall order the animal returned to its owner, and the return of any bond posted by its owner.
(e) Whenever charges are filed under this chapter, the court shall appoint the state veterinarian under IC 15-17-4-1 or the state veterinarian's designee to:
(1) investigate the condition of the animal and the circumstances relating to the animal's condition; and
(2) make a recommendation to the court under subsection (f) regarding the confiscation of the animal.
(f) The state veterinarian or the state veterinarian's designee who is appointed under subsection (e) shall do the following:
(1) Make a recommendation to the court concerning whether confiscation is necessary to protect the safety and well-being of the animal.
(2) If confiscation is recommended under subdivision (1), recommend a manner for handling the confiscation and disposition of the animal that is in the best interests of the animal.
The state veterinarian or the state veterinarian's designee who submits a recommendation under this subsection shall articulate to the court the reasons supporting the recommendation.
(g) The court:
(1) shall give substantial weight to; and
(2) may enter an order based upon;
a recommendation submitted under subsection (f).
(h) If a person is convicted of an offense under this chapter or IC 15-20-1, the court may impose the following additional penalties against the person:
(1) A requirement that the person pay the costs of caring for an animal involved in the offenses that are incurred during a period of impoundment authorized under subsection (b).
(2) An order terminating or imposing conditions on the person's right to possession, title, custody, or care of:
(A) an animal that was involved in the offense; or
(B) any other animal in the custody or care of the person.

(i) If a person's right to possession, title, custody, or care of an animal is terminated under subsection (h), the court may:
(1) award the animal to a humane society or other organization that has as its principal purpose the humane treatment of animals; or
(2) order the disposition of the animal as recommended under subsection (f).
As added by P.L.193-1987, SEC.9. Amended by P.L.176-1993, SEC.6; P.L.166-1993, SEC.5; P.L.14-2000, SEC.75; P.L.76-2002, SEC.3; P.L.171-2007, SEC.7; P.L.2-2008, SEC.80.

IC 35-46-3-7
Abandonment or neglect of vertebrate animals; defense
Sec. 7. (a) A person who owns a vertebrate animal and who recklessly, knowingly, or intentionally abandons or neglects the animal commits cruelty to an animal, a Class B misdemeanor.
(b) It is a defense to a prosecution under this section that the owner reasonably believed that the vertebrate animal was capable of surviving on its own.
As added by P.L.193-1987, SEC.10. Amended by P.L.171-2007, SEC.8.

IC 35-46-3-8


Katia Louise (455)
Sunday January 25, 2009, 10:29 am
Update Jan. 24, 2009: Thanks to your calls, this dog has been saved. Mercedes has been examined by a vet and is now eating.

She is underweight at 48 lbs, and the vet is putting her on puppy chow because it is higher in vitamins and nutrients. Her owner has agreed to have her spayed as soon as she weighs more. Animal Control has said it will monitor the situation.

We'll see. ...No word on why the dog was allowed to get into that condition or where the dog will be kept if returned to this owner.

For those of you who want to make donations, send them to the address below. If you want them to go for Mercedes please make sure that it is indicated with your donation.

SPCA of Fayette County 1703 Michigan Avenue, Connersville, Indiana 47331 Phone: 765-825-8693

Learn more:

Lily K (49)
Monday January 26, 2009, 1:54 am
At least someone has helped this poor dog. Better still find it a better home with someone who is caring and loving and will look after the dog properly.

. (0)
Monday January 26, 2009, 8:56 pm
Why do they not take these morans of so called humans and chain them up out side in the freezing cold with out no food and see how then like it. From the looks of the dog it has not eaten for a while. I hope the law gets them bothe for animal abuse and locks them up and I hope they are not warm and don't get good food to eat. I hope this dog finds a home that will love it and give it happiness and lots of food and shelter. Thanks Katina

. (0)
Monday January 26, 2009, 8:59 pm
Thank you Marian my sweet friend for this foward hugs to all
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