Tulsa Oklahoma Police, Stop Shooting Our Dogs! 2 Pit Bulls Shot In One Day, URGENT CALL TO ACTION!

By Sloane Quealy-Miner

Ruby

Ruby

On September 11, 2014 the streets of Tulsa, Oklahoma ran red with the blood of two innocent pit bulls thanks to two trigger happy Tulsa Police Officers named  Adam Lovell and Roy Owens Jr.

Officer Roy Owens Jr., Badge 01591, shot Lana Ellsbury’s pit bull Ruby three times in her own yard while answering an alarm call at their next door neighbor’s property. The officer was in the Ellsbury’s yard while Ruby was being let out. In a matter of seconds Ruby’s owner’s mom Janet Ellsbury heard shots. When she ran out of the house she saw Officer Owens standing there. Shockingly, Officer Owens didn’t have anything to say after firing three shots into pit bull Ruby, except to tell Janet that she ran away. After the shooting he simply walked back to his patrol car and drove off.

Immediately the family began to search for Ruby who was ultimately found ten miles away. She had been shot three times. She was shot once in the shoulder, once in the hip and once in the face resulting in a portion of her jaw being shattered. Ruby has undergone surgery and currently in excruciating pain and while she will recover she has suffered immensely.

Ruby and her family

Ruby and her family

When Lana Ellsbury (Ruby’s owner) called the police department demanding to know why Officer Roy Owens Jr. shot her dog and just left, the police made the statement that the officer was in fear for his life, and was justified in his shooting. If Officer Owens was in such fear for his life then why did he let the dog, that he was so afraid, run off without trying to locate her? If we are expected to believe he viewed her as a public threat and dangerous, then Officer Owens had the obligation to keep the public safe and locate her immediately.

Lana told me that when she asked for the official police report they refused to give it to her. Since then she has filed for a copy under the Freedom of Information Act but has not received it yet.

A few hours later off-duty Officer Adam Lovell shot and killed friendly pit bull Titus with his own personal firearm. As Titus lay in the grass, crying and writhing in pain Officer Adam Lovell bent down, aimed, and shot Titus it in the head while neighbors watched in shock. Please read the full story HERE

We cannot continue to allow cops to injure and kill innocent animals and put the lives of innocent people in danger. We must speak up regarding this clear abuse of power by police officers like Roy Ownes Jr. and Adam Lovell who are supposed to serve and protect, not terrorize and needlessly kill the innocent!

URGENT CALL TO ACTION! Contact the below officials and demand that all officers be given proper training when it comes to handling animals they encounter safely and without the use of guns and or deadly force. Demand that proper investigations be conducted into these shootings and actions taken against both these officers.

EMAIL Chief of Police Chuck Gordon TPDChief@cityoftulsa.org

FACEBOOK MESSAGE Tulsa, Oklahoma Police Department HERE

EMAIL City Council Members
dist2@tulsacouncil.org;dist1@tulsacouncil.org;dist3@tulsacouncil.org;dist4@tulsacouncil.org;
dist5@tulsacouncil.org;dist6@tulsacouncil.org; dist7@tulsacouncil.org; dist8@tulsacouncil.org;dist9@tulsacouncil.org

EMAIL Mayor Dewey Bartlett HERE

CALL Police Chief Chuck Gordon (918) 596-9326
CALL Mayor Dewey Bartlett (918) 596-2100 CALL:
CALL City Council Action Hotline (918) 596-1990
CALL Internal Affairs 918) 596-9379

Oklahoma Alliance For Animals stepped up to pay for Ruby’s costly surgery. If you would like to thank them or make a donation please click HERE

 

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Killer Cop Adam Lovell (Tulsa, OK Police Department) Executes Friendly and Loving Pit Bull Titus- URGENT CALL TO ACTION!

By Sloane Quealy-Miner

Loving Titus

Loving Titus

Killer cop Adam Lovell from Tulsa, Oklahoma Police Department murdered an innocent and loving pit bull names Titus on September 11th, 2014. Titus escaped the familys’ yard through a broken fence board that they thought was fixed almost immediately after being let into their yard. Within just a few minutes shots were fired, and Titus, their beloved dog lay dead, bleeding outside their house. Shot by off-duty officer Lovell with his personal firearm.

A neighbor, who witnessed the horrifying killing, along with his wife, grandchild, and another neighbor has come forward and spoken out against Officer Adam Lovell.  Holm said he saw Titus run from between two houses on the other side of the street toward him with his tail wagging but then changed direction toward the officer when he saw two other dogs. The officer was walking with a large dog on a leash and was with a woman who had a small dog on a leash, Holm said.

Titus went to the large dog and appeared to be greeting the other animal from a submissive posture with its head down, Holm said. The officer then pulled on his dog’s leash, rearing the animal up onto its hind legs. “The man (officer), as smooth as you please, reached behind him, pointed (a handgun), put it up to the dog and shot it in the head or neck area, and Titus immediately went down,” Holm said that the officer didn’t say a word before pulling the trigger.

Titus

Titus

As Titus lay in the grass, crying and writhing in pain, “he (the officer) bent down, aimed at it and shot it in the head with everybody in shock,” Holm said, adding that the second and final shot sent adults scurrying to collect children and take them inside their homes. Holm said he also doesn’t know why the officer needed to walk over and shoot Titus a second time when the animal already was lying on the ground severely wounded. “I might have seen it differently if they were fighting, but there was no fighting,” Holm said, also saying there was no barking or growling.

$75 ticket

$75 ticket

Another witness had this to say “He (officer) reached for his pistol, leanedover, and shot Titus point blank in his neck. And then as he falls to the ground, flipping around, he leaned down and shot him again in the head, kicked him to see if he was dead, he wasn’t, so then he shot him again in the side.” This witness went on to say that another officer who responded told her that if it had been a private citizen who had opened fire on her dog, he would have probably made an arrest. To add insult to injury owner Nicholaz Blazek was given a $75.00 ticket for having Titus running loose

It is clear to me that many officers like Adam Lovell, believe they have a free pass to kill when it comes to pit bulls. These morally bankrupt cops repeatedly used the tired defense that they felt “threatened” or that the dog was “aggressive” when in countless cases, like this one, the witnesses have reported otherwise.

We cannot continue to allow cops to kill innocent animals and put the lives of innocent people in danger. We must speak up regarding this clear abuse of power by police officers like Adam Lovell who are supposed to serve and protect, not terrorize and needlessly kill the innocent!

URGENT CALL TO ACTION! Contact the below officials and demand that a propoer investigation be made into this shooting. That Officer Adam Lovell be held responsible for his actions. He has only been on the force since December of 2012. The Police have not released the official police report surrounding this murder and seem to be protecting Officer Lovell. You can request this thorugh the freedom of information act.

EMAIL Chief of Police Chuck Gordon TPDChief@cityoftulsa.org

FACEBOOK MESSAGE Tulsa, Oklahoma Police Department HERE

EMAIL City Council Members
dist2@tulsacouncil.org;dist1@tulsacouncil.org;dist3@tulsacouncil.org;dist4@tulsacouncil.org;
dist5@tulsacouncil.org;dist6@tulsacouncil.org; dist7@tulsacouncil.org; dist8@tulsacouncil.org;dist9@tulsacouncil.org

EMAIL Mayor Dewey Bartlett HERE

CALL Police Chief Chuck Gordon (918) 596-9326
CALL Mayor Dewey Bartlett (918) 596-2100 CALL:
CALL City Council Action Hotline (918) 596-1990
CALL Internal Affairs 918) 596-9379

Visit the Facebook Page Justice For Titus  which has been created by Titus’s owner’s Nicholas Blazek and Sarah Slane who are devastated over Titus’s murder.

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El Dorado, Kansas May Lift Their Nearly 30 Year Pit Bull Ban – CALL TO ACTION

By Sloane Quealy-Miner

El Dorado, Kansas will quite possibly end the “pit bull” ban that has been in effect for almost 30 years as early as next month. At a recent hearing city officials heard from Peggy Bourbon, whose daughter Mary has a pit bull that serves as her therapy dog. Mary relies on Tipsy and when she recently brought her into El Dorado’s city limits she was fined and jailed. Thanks to Mary and many others who have spoken out against BSL hopefully injustices like this will be a thing of the past.

However there will still be numerous restrictions in place regarding pit bulls.  In the draft ordinance being considered mandatory micro-chipping, sterilization, as well as annual licensing will be enforced. Also, there will be a 2 “pit bull” maximum per household.

While this is a huge step in the right direction, I certainly do not agree with the city mandating that you can only have two “pit bull” type dogs. This creates a huge issue right off the bat as it depends on a law enforcer’s subjective opinion about how a dog looks. It is impossible without DNA testing so say for sure if a dog is in fact a “pit bull”.

Who is a pit bull?

Who is a pit bull?

Look at the Calgary and Alberta, Canada, model, as they have the lowest bite rates and no breed specific legislation. Key aspects of the program include no breed specific legislation, stronger licensing programs and stronger enforcement as well as safety public awareness and education campaigns. “We don’t punish breeds, we punish behavior,” said Chief Officer Bill Bruce. “The bottom line is, we believe all dogs are capable of biting.”

Factors beyond a dogs breed affect a dog’s tendency toward aggression – such as reproductive status, heredity, sex, early experience, and socialization and training. More than 70% of all dog bite cases involve unsterilized male dogs, and an unneutered male dog is 2.6 times more likely to bite than a neutered male dog. Dogs kept tethered whether by chains or collars for hours, days, months or even years suffers immense psychological damage. A friendly and docile dog, when kept chained becomes neurotic, unhappy, anxious and often aggressive, no matter what breed.

CALL TO ACTION
Please politely express your support, and encourage the Eldorado, Kansas City Officials, to in fact lift their now almost 30 year “pit bull” ban.

EMAIL CITY OFFICIALS:
mayorfagg@eldoks.com; commissionerlocke@eldoks.com; commissioner.young@cox.net; nbadwey57@gmail.com; flyboy958@hotmail.com

STOP BSL

STOP BSL

 

 

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W.V Supreme Court Deciding Life or Death for Pit Bull Who Lived Life On Chain- CALL TO ACTION!

By Sloane Quealy-Miner

In the freezing winter of March 2013, Bluefield, West Virgina Animal Control Officer Randall Thompson responded to a complaint at the home of Estella Robinson. One pit bull dog was running loose chasing people, and another pit bull dog had inadequate shelter. Upon arriving at the residence pit bull Major broke free from his chain and bit Thompson, causing injuries that required surgery. Officer Randall was hospitalized for almost a week and has lost 80% use of his one arm. The thumb on his other hand was severely damaged as well. Officer Randall does not blame Major for what happened to him. He rightfully blames Estella Mae Robinson. Major is a victim here too.

Estella Robinson kept her dog Major on a heavy chain attached to a cheap clasp, which broke, allowing the dog to bite Officer Randall. Major, who Robinson has stated was 5 years old, lived on this chain in a dog house with a blue tarp that hung over it.

Estella Robinson

Estella Robinson

People like Robinson are legally allowed to force their “pets” to endure such stressful and inhumane situations that it is no wonder dogs act out. How would you like to be kept outside on a chain? Forced to suffer through extreme weather conditions, sporadic feedings and shown no kindness.

Dogs kept tethered whether by chains or collars for hours, days, months or even years suffers immense psychological damage. A friendly and docile dog, when kept chained becomes neurotic, unhappy, anxious and often aggressive.

Just two days later after this horrifying incident the second pit bull dog, the one who had been reported in the initail complaint for chasing people was loose again. Bluefield Animal Control seized the dog from Robinson and placed the dog with a rescue, who then placed them in a responsible home.

Estella Mae Robinson was cited and fined for multiple offenses including not having her pit bull properly confined in a kennel as per the city ordinance regarding housing of pit bulls. She was also fined for the dogs not being neutered or up to date on shots, which is another city ordinance. Estella pled guilty to harboring a vicious dog and the municipal judge ordered Major, the five year old pit bull to be killed. In turn Thompson’s public attorney appealed the decision to the West Virginia Supreme Court. A stay of execution was granted until their decision is handed down.

Robinson’s attorney has argued that the court should have conducted a hearing to determine if in fact Major, the pit bull, was vicious. But the City of Bluefield’s attorney has argued that since the owner pled guilty to possessing a “vicious dog” no hearing was necessary. It is also my understanding that it was Robinson’s responsibility to arrange an evaluation of Major by a professional to present to the court which she didn’t do.

Robinson’s public attorney told the court that he has found Major a home outside of Bluefield. It was reported to me that the home he found was with Robinson’s son, who initially bred the dog in the first place. Clearly not a responsible person!  Justice Allen Loughry  stated “If we accept your position, wouldn’t it be that the city would be condoning allowing a harmful animal to be located anywhere but within the city. It can go somewhere else, hurt other kids and other people and as long as it’s not in the city, that’s OK,”

It does not take a scholar to realize that factors beyond a dogs breed affect a dog’s tendency toward aggression – such as reproductive status, heredity, sex, early experience, and socialization and training. These concerns seem well-founded given that more than 70% of all dog bite cases involve unsterilized male dogs, and an unneutered male dog is 2.6 times more likely to bite than a neutered male dog.

Poor Major is currently at Mercer County Animal Shelter. I am told that sadly he is only able to be handled by two employees. This poor dog has clearly been through so much. Cases like this make me sick. It is always the animal that pays in the end. Any animal kept on a chain outside is not being cared for properly. End of story. This case fastracked BSL being enacted in Bluefield, WV.

Sadly no reputable rescue organization or sanctuary has ever been contacted or stepped up to either evaluate or possibly take in Major.

CALL TO ACTION!

EMAIL BLUEFIELD ANIMAL CONTROL – Please thank Officer Randall for his services. Please ask that Estella Mae Robinson be banned from ever owning anymore animals. Officer Randall created a Three Strike Rule and this allows the city to ban a resident from owning any animals if they have been convicted of three violations which I believe Robinson has.
animalcontrol@cityofbluefield.com

Contact the West Virginia Supreme Court Judges and encourage them to make the right choice and at least give Major the opportunity to be properly evaluated by a reputable organization before making their decision.
EMAILS JUDGES
Robin.Davis@courtswv.gov; brent.benjamin@courtswv.gov; Margaret.Workman@courtswv.gov; Allen.Loughry@courtswv.gov; Vici.Shafer@courtswv.gov; Jeanne.Stevenson@courtswv.gov;

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Trial Of Two Brothers For Horrifically Torturing Pit Bull! URGENT CALL TO ACTION!

By Sloane Quealy-Miner

9-25-14 SENTENCED Ben Conley fled court before sentencing! BENCH WARRANT OUT FOR HIS ARREST! Nicholas Conley was sentenced to 1 year (365) in jail -37 days credit -120 additional days (suspended) if he pays fines of $866. So he has 7 months to serve if he pays fine or 11 months if he doesn’t pay fines. Needless to say he should have received the maximum which was 4 years.
8/28/14 Guilty Verdict! EMAILS TO JUDGE NEEDED NOW TO HAND DOWN HARSHEST SENTENCE ON SEPTEMBER 24th at 1:15PM

Booking Photos

Booking Photos

SPEAK UP, SPEAK OUT! Contact Information for Judge and both brothers below!

The trial of Two brothers (Benjamin Conley, 34, and Nicholas Conley, 31), both of Lansing, Michigan began Monday in Ingham County Circuit Court before Judge William Collette

The brother’ are on trial for the brutal, horrific torture of their mother’s pit bull. They face felony charges of animal torture and conspiracy to commit animal torture. Each faces up to four years in prison.

Witnesses have described seeing the dog hanging by a chain off the roof of the house, with Nicholas Conley holding the chain. The dog was suspended for several minutes, fighting to stay alive. A witness testified at preliminary hearing last year that Nicholas Conley stabbed the dog inside a crate.

On September 6th an Animal Control deputy was called to the house (1717 Illinois Avenue, Lansing, MI 48906) by the brothers’ own mother who owned the dog. Upon arriving the deputy found the butchered, abused dog still alive. The dog was heaving while lying in a freshly dug hole. The dog had been stabbed multiple times and had a chain around their neck. The chain was attached to a cinder block to keep the dog’s head from being able to move. The dog was later euthanized.

The brothers’ mother has stated “There was no just cause or excuse for their actions”. The brothers are claiming self-defense. “In this case the victim doesn’t have a voice, so we have to be the voice for that victim,” said Deputy Kyle Hanney, who works for the Ingham County Animal Control.

Image taken from Nicholas Conley's Facebook

Image taken from Nicholas Conley’s Facebook

Not surprisingly, this isn’t the first offense done by the Conleys. Nick was previously convicted of one felony and Ben has two prior felonies. Ben said he is “currently waiting on disability”.

To the left is a picture taken from Nicholas Conley’s Facebook Page and titled “My Shit”.
While I cannot confirm if this is in fact the poor dog who was brutally tortured and murdered it just might be.

URGENT CALL TO ACTION! 
Please contact the judge and urge him to do right by this dog and punish the deadly duo to the fullest extent of the law. 
It is imperative that a message is sent to the community that heinous acts of cruelty towards animals will not be overlooked.

CONTACT Judge William Collette
Phone: (517) 676-7223
E-mail: focinfo@ingham.org

Mail Judge – Veterans Memorial Courthouse,
313 W. Kalamazoo Street P.O. Box 40771 Lansing, MI 48901-7971

CONTACT NICK CONLEY HERE ON HIS FACEBOOK PAGE

CONTACT BEN CONLEY HERE ON HIS FACEBOOK PAGE

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URGENT! 2 SENIOR PIT BULLS IN NEED OF HOME,OWNER JUST DIED OF CANCER, PLEASE HELP!

By Sloane Quealy-Miner

UPDATE! 8/23/14 ADOPTED, It was truly meant to be. Nothing short of a miracle. Boris & Natasha will be together forever with their new people :)
imageBelle Harbor, NY (Queens) resident just lost her battle with cancer. She has left behind two 11 year old bonded dogs that NEED IMMEDIATE PLACEMENT!

The dogs are currently still living in the house alone but they have to be gone by end of August. An incredibly kind neighbor has been coming in three times a day to take care of them. Their names are Boris and Natasha and they are the sweetest, gentlest doggies.

Both walk extremely well on leashes and are easy to walk together. They are completely housetrained and also great with cats! Both dogs are healthy and up to date on shots.

They have been in this home since they were puppies. Please help Boris and Natasha find a new home. By the time their owner went to the doctor and found out she was sick she was already in stage three. Her cancer was so aggressive that she only lasted a few weeks. Both dogs comforted their owner till the very end. They were her earth angels and now we need to find theirs. Please won’t you open your heart and home to these precious dogs? They have so much love to give.

PLEASE SHARE! Don’t let them end up at Animal Care & Control!
CONTACT 917-648-9808
EMAIL bslnews2011@gmail.com

Natasha

Natasha

Boris

Boris

 

 

 

 

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Judge Suspends Sentences For Two Dog-Fighters – CALL TO ACTION

By Sloane Quealy-Miner

imageCircuit Court Judge George Sexton hands down suspended sentences to two dogfighters who pled no contest for running what is suspected to be the largest dog-fighting operation ever discovered in Tennessee. Avery Bell pled no contest to the dog-fighting charges as did James Callis. Shockingly, despite the no contest pleas, Judge George Sexton did not give them jail time but suspended sentences. Meaning they go free, and if they do not break the law, and comply with their probation terms, the sentence will most likely be dismissed.

The dogs were discovered on Buckeye Road in Ashland City on Thanksgiving night in 2012. The fire department responded to put out a fire Avery Bell admits to starting. When the fire department responded they realized they had something much bigger on their hands and called in animal protection services and law enforcement. In essence the fire that should have killed them actually saved their lives. No dogs were harmed in the brush fire but remains of other dogs were discovered on the property during the investigation. Dog-fighting paraphernalia was also found on the property, including a treadmill, a spring pole and weighted sled.

image65 abused, suffering dogs living with heavy chains around their necks were found on the property. “Some of them were so malnourished, with skin stretched so tightly over their bones, that they had open sores just from sitting on the ground.”
Animal Rescue Corp President Scotlund Haisley, whose group helped remove the dogs stated: “We believe this is the largest dog-fighting rescue in Tennessee history. The conditions Animal Rescue Corps found on this property are the worst I have ever seen at a dog fighting operation in my 22 year career in animal protection”

Pictured below is Honor. This gentle female pit bull has had all of her teeth removed, most likely so she could not fight back during forced breeding in a “rape cage”. ARC volunteers named her Honor for her quiet, broken spirit and yet her readiness to trust and love immediately.

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How could Judge George Sexton let these monsters (Avery Bell, James Callis) go without being punished for committing countless heinous acts of cruelty? What kind of message does he think he is sending to the public? Or does he not care? Hearings for Gary Phelps and Arsenio Williams, the two other men charged in the case, are pending.

PLEASE CONTACT JUDGE GEORGE SEXTON
PHONE 931-296-7671 or 931-296-4544
MAIL
Judge George Sexton
Humphreys County Courthouse
102 Thompson Street
Room #205
Waverly, TN 37185

Read and Donate TO ANIMAL RESCUE CORPS HERE

Excerpt below from the article “Operation Broken Chain” by Heather Dowdy in the February/March 2013 issue if Nashville Paw Magazine
“To anyone who believes that there is anything inherently “vicious” or “unpredictable” about a pit bull, I would invite them to take inventory of the situation we have on our hands. If any dog has the right to be aggressive, mistrusting or unpredictable, it would be these dogs who have suffered torture at the hands of their greedy and unfathomably cruel owners. They have been forced to breed and fight against their wills; they have been broken and abused time and time again; and then, finally, seemingly left to starve to death among rocks and dirt on logging chains easily twice their own weight.

And yet, these pit bulls have been just as predictable as any pit bulls I have ever met: each one of them — with their scars and open wounds, with their broken bodies and spirits — greeted their rescuers with grateful kisses, hopeful tail wags and amazing trust. Some wanted to play, some wanted to snuggle, and even those who lie so beaten and crushed placed their heads into the palms of their rescuers, simply ready to be set free of the horrors they had known for far too long.”

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