Cops Who Shoot Pit Bulls

By Sloane Quealy-Miner

Rescue Dog Parrot Gunned Down by Officer Scott Fike

Rescue Dog Parrot Gunned Down by Officer Scott Fike

On February 17, 2015 two Brooklyn cops responded to a disturbance call. When the apartment door was opened a pittie came out of the apartment and towards officers. Typically, the police allege the dog “charged” at them which caused Officer Philip Longo to fire his gun at the dog. Luckily the dog was only slightly grazed and the bullet ended up in Officer Longo’s partner’s foot (Sgt. Jun Mei Zhang), who also happens to be his boss. THE DOG NEVER HARMED EITHER OFFICER.

Clearly the dog was not aggressive and should not have been shot at. Clearly the police need much training when it comes to dealing with animals.

In this case as in countless others (some below) the cops have displayed a horrifying level of irresponsibility that needs to be addressed. Now that a cop has been hurt hopefully this will happen.

All over the country we have seen an increase in unjustified shootings and killings by police of friendly, well-adjusted dogs. In many cases pit bulls.

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

We cannot continue to allow cops to shoot 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 who are supposed to serve and protect, not terrorize and needlessly kill the innocent!

Cops Shoot Dog In Face In Fenced Back Yard
Florida Cop Not Disciplined After Shooting Family Dog Dead in Front of 2-year-old Child
Off Duty Tulsa Officer Kills Pit Bull
Cop Kills Pit Bull Serving Warrant To Wrong House
Pit Bull Shot By Deputy In Yard
Police Officer Shoots Pit Bull In Head After Alleged Attack
Cop Kills Pit Bull At Traffic Stop
Innocent Pit Bull Killed by Cop For No Reason
Police Shooting Of Kincaid, Family Pit Bull, Leads To Lawsuit, Hope For Reform In Baltimore
Trigger Happy Chicago Killer Cop Murderers Innocent Pit Bull Puppy
Charlotte, NC – Cop Shoots Innocent Pit Bull and Injures Another – Chino & Ivy
TX – Cop Shoots To Kill Innocent Pit Bull
NYC City Cop Shoots to Kill Innocent Pit Bull On Crowded Street And Lets Her Writher In Pain
Cheatham County Tennessee Cops Snuff Out Life Of Innocent Pit Bull Kojo
Perinton, NY Cops Murder 7 year Old Pit Bull In His Own Yard
Birmingham, Alabama Killer Cops Unnecessarily Kill 5 Month Old Pit Bull
Hoke County, NC Sgt. Corey Manning Executes Pit Bull And Attempts To Cover Up
Oklahoma Highway Patrol Unnecessarily Kills Pit Bull Protecting Body of Owner
Vermont Cops Kill Stray Pit Bull And The Story Does Not Add Up
Camden, NJ Police Officers Open Fire on Crowded Street Killing Pit Bull Puppy
Justice for Ice, Pit Bull Killed by Ansonia, CT Police Officer
Eve and Ruckus Shot In The Head Execution Style by Harrisburg City Police
Toledo, OH Police Kill Pit Bull Then Laugh About Killing
Williamsburg, VA Police Officer Unjustifiably Use Deadly Force Against Pit Bull
Trigger Happy Portland, OR Police Officer Kills Pit Bull
Blue the Pit Bull Shot By D.C. Police Officer For Being Off Leash
Rescued Pit Bull Dog Shot Dead By Cop At Crowded Street Festival
Gulfport Mississippi Cops Shoot and Kill Chained Pit Bull
Lagrange Missouri Cops Murder Helpless Female Pit Bull (video clip)
California Cops Kill Pit Bull Cupid After Entering Home Through Window
TBI Launches Investigation Into Kingsport Police Officer’s Shooting of Pit Bull


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URGENT! Second Eye Surgery Still Needed for Pit Bull Maddy, Rescued From Living In Wooden Box

By Sloane Quealy-Miner

Maddy when we rescued her on 12-17-2014

Maddy when we rescued her on 12-17-2014

On December 17th we (Redemption Rescues, Inc.) rescued Maddy. She was extremely neglected and had been living in a wooden box. She was emaciated, dehydrated and suffering immensely due to a severe corneal ulcer in one eye believed to be caused by trauma that was left untreated. We immediately rushed her to our vet and upon examination it was determined that she needed emergency eye surgery. Maddy’s eye was in such bad shape we were told by our vet it could burst at any time. Unfortunately her body was so deteriorated that they couldn’t risk putting her under anesthesia for fear of losing her while under.

We waited almost two weeks for Maddy to gain enough weight for her body to be able to withstand the first of two intricate eye surgeries desperately needed to save her eye. The first surgery was a success and a graft was placed over her cornea.

A few weeks later on the morning we had her scheduled to go in for her final eye surgery, Maddy fell gravely ill and almost died. After being hospitalized for a few days, and extensive testing, our vet determined that Maddy had been suffering from a hemorrhagic gastroenteritis infection. We had to use the money we had for her second eye surgery to pay for her emergency care.

Now Maddy is healthy and ready for her final eye surgery. We desperately need your help to make this happen for her. Once she has this surgery Maddy will be ready to begin her new life.

Maddy 2-8-2015

Maddy 2-8-2015

Please consider contributing to Maddy’s eye surgery through this link

Or you can call our vet directly. Animal Hospital of Rockaways 718-474-0500.
Please tell them you would like to contribute to Maddy’s eye surgery under my name Sloane Quealy-Miner.

Thank you all so much

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Pit Bulls Therapy Dogs! Breaking Stereotypes & Dispelling Myths

By Sloane Quealy-Miner

Pit Bull Hero & Therapy Dog Gladys

Pit Bull Hero & Therapy Dog Gladys

When people hear therapy dogs their first thought usually isn’t of a precious pit bull. However many people are rightfully working to to change this. The effort faces opposition from the ignorant who believe pit bull type dogs are inherently dangerous.

To no one’s surprise one of the biggest opponents to pit bulls being used as service dogs is Colleen Lynn who runs DOGSBITE.ORG . She is not an “expert” in the field of canine behavior. She is simply a woman with a grudge. Lynn was the victim of a dog bite in 2007. Because of this incident that involved one individual dog she has decided to enact revenge on ALL pit bull type dogs. SEE FULL STORY HERE

One of the incredible groups working to help more pitties become therapy dogs is  The Animal Farm Foundation in Dutchess County, New York. They have a program that trains and donates rescued pit bulls to guide the blind and push wheelchairs or help people regain their mobility and avoid falls.

Pits for Patriots is another group who trains rescued pit bulls as comfort, therapy and support dogs for veterans, police officers and firefighters. Comfort dogs are pets that get a few weeks of training, while therapy animals receive at least six months of training to help calm people who haven’t received a diagnosis as severe as PTSD. “Veterans and first responders can identify with pit bulls because they either have seen a lot of trauma or been through a lot of trauma,” said Kelly Yearwood, co-founder Pits for Patriots in Chicago.

Blueberry, 6 year old therapt dog

Blueberry, 6 year old therapt dog

Assistance Dog Training Program is believed to be the only U.S. training school exclusively for service dogs that use pit bulls saved from shelters, said Apryl Lea, the foundation’s certified trainer. The majority of schools only use German shepherds, Labradors or golden retrievers Shelters across the country are always on the lookout for dogs for their program and with the majority of dogs in shelters being pit bulls Lea carefully decides which dogs will work.

Former U.S. Marine Joe Bonfiglio, 24, sits with his pit bull assistance dog Zen at his feet, in a classroom on the campus of Mercy College, in Dobbs Ferry, NY, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. Zen has allowed Bonfiglio, 24, who was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder , to get back to everyday activities.  The Animal Farm Foundation in Dutchess County, New York, wants to change the stigma of pit bull dogs by training and donating rescued dogs to guide the blind and push wheelchairs or help people regain their mobility and avoid falls.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Former U.S. Marine Joe Bonfiglio, 24, sits with his pit bull assistance dog Zen at his feet, in a classroom on the campus of Mercy College, in Dobbs Ferry, NY, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. Zen has allowed Bonfiglio, 24, who was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder , to get back to everyday activities. The Animal Farm Foundation in Dutchess County, New York, wants to change the stigma of pit bull dogs by training and donating rescued dogs to guide the blind and push wheelchairs or help people regain their mobility and avoid falls. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

When former Marine Joe Bonfiglio starts thrashing in his sleep, his pit bull service dog jumps on the bed, climbs on top of him and wakes him up to end the flashback. The dog named Zen has allowed Bonfiglio, 24, who was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after returning from a five-month tour in Afghanistan, to get back to everyday activities. Zen helps calm Bonfiglio when crowds trigger a panic attack.”


Pit bulls have helped many people like Bonfiglio get back to their normal lives. Thanks to  Zen the former Marine is now able to take classes at Mercy College in New York.”Zen is a fantastic dog; the best thing that’s happened to me since I’ve been home,” said Bonfiglio, whose other family dogs also provide comfort. “They are all great supporters.”

Below are just a few of the many pit bull therapy dogs out there.
Check out Blueberry, the six year old therapy dog’s FB PAGE HERE
Check out Pit Bull Hero and therapy dog Gladys HERE
Check out many pit bull therapy dogs at Our Pack Inc HERE
Check out more pit bull therapy dogs at Stubby Dog HERE
Check out Hector, the therapy dog and Vick survivor HERE
Check out Hershey, pit bull therapy dog HERE
Check out Aladdin, pit bull therapy dog HERE
Check out pit bull therapy dog Elle HERE




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URGENT! HELP SAVE Chiquita, Abandoned And Now Chained To Radiator

By Sloane Quealy-Miner

UPDATE: 2/6/15 – Chiquita’s tumors were all benign and after having her spay and teeth cleaned she is flourishing in foster. Here she is :)

Chiquita in foster

Chiquita in foster








C1On 1-20-15 I was called to help this dog, she had been abandoned on Rockaway Beach and some guys were trying to make their dogs attack her and they were throwing rocks at her.

A good Samaritan took her back to his apartment but they didn’t even have money to buy a little food for her to eat. She is chained to the radiator to keep her from running around the apartment. She is so sweet and even good with their 1 year old kid as well as their other young children.


1-22-15 We have a place for her to go but I need to get her fully vetted. Turns out Chiquita is a senior doggie and has multiple mammory gland tumors that need to be removed and biopsied. In additiona to this and the regular vetting she also needs major dentistry.

I am desperate to raise the money,  Anyone who wants to help precious Chiquita can CLICK HERE to donate.

Please share far and wide, thank you!


Loving Chiquita

Loving Chiquita






Little Chiquita

Little Chiquita

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TEXAS – Eight Decaying Dead Pit Bulls Partially Burned And Covered In Scars – CALL TO ACTION!

By Sloane Quealy-Miner

Amber Jean Long, 32, 115 Baretta Rd, Gladewater, TX 75647
Caleb Vigneau, 36, 115 Baretta Rd, Gladewater, TX 75647 (
John Newman, age 20, 3664 Crabapple Rd Gilmer, TX 75645 (trailer up for sale)

Deadly Trio  Amber, John, Caleb

Deadly Trio Amber, John, Caleb

UPSHUR COUNTY, TX – Amber Jean Long, John Newman and Caleb Vigneau have all been arrested in Upshur County, Texas for dumping 8 dead dogs believed to have been “fighting dogs” in Glade Creek off Poplar Road, between Gladewater and Gilmer. The partially decaying bodies of the 8 pit bulls were discovered by horrified neighbors. Their lifeless, floating bodies were partially burned and covered with scars, some in trash bags. A microchip in one of the dogs led police to the deadly trio.

Brandon removing dogs

Brandon removing dogs

Heartbroken neighbor, Brandon, waded into the creek to remove the bodies. “Somebody had to do it. Nobody else was doing anything to get them out. I got a pair of waders, I’ll go out and do it,” he said. “It really kind of touches you to see that many dogs dead, and, you know, it’s some kind of abuse, fighting them or something,” said resident Brandon Eitel. “Every time he would bring one up and pull it up with the tractor; it’s very sad,” Erica said. “It makes you wonder about your neighbors.”

Comments left about the deadly trio online just convinces me more that they are responsible for far more than these 8 heinous acts of cruelty. One person had this to say The lady and the man on the far right worked for a VET the lady has been rescuing dogs for years selling them using the some for bait dogsAmber Long has been a dog hoarder for years would shoot them when they got sick.. these people need serious charges brought against them not a slap on the wrist see how Caleb is smiling he knows this nothing”

Another commenter had this to say “I have been following them on a facebook dog transport page. The woman has quite a lengthy history under various names.
Some of my friends have had dealings with her. I missed the experience, fortunately.”

In 2012 Amber Long’s former residence, that is John Newman’s listed above, was investigated for animal cruelty. Neighbors had complained countless times, unfortunately their calls went unanswered until three horses were killed by multiple dogs on the property that housed horses, chickens, dogs and donkeys. One neighbor said this “They are malnourished and there are just too many dogs on that property. They also don’t have adequate shelter,” she said. “And there is trash everywhere … I’ve just never seen anything like this.” “She tries to say she’s saving the animals, but she isn’t; those animals are starving to death.”

CALL TO ACTION: Clearly the deadly trio is guilty of much more than they have been charged with. They must be stopped from abusing anymore animals and punished for the ones they have. Speak up, Speak out for the animals! Demand action by local officials.






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URGENT! HELP NEEDED TO FREE Innocent Dogs Seized Under Salina, Kansas BSL

By Sloane Quealy-Miner



The only hope for Celeste, Maicee & Remi to be saved lies with you. Money must be raised to fight for their lives. Please donate HERE

On October 23, 2014 Jo Ann Morgan’s two dogs named Celeste and Maicee escaped their family’s yard after the gate was left open after a trash pick-up. It was not noticed the gate was left open until the next morning, when the dogs were let out as the family got ready for their day.

A few minutes after they got out Morgan discovered the yard was empty and immediately began looking for the dogs. Unfortunately the dogs were picked up by animal control in a nearby parking lot and taken to the city shelter. When Morgan contacted the shelter she was told the dogs would not be released due to their perceived breed and the current breed specific laws in Salina, Kansas.

Morgan was then told that she would be charged with harboring dangerous dogs. However, Morgan reports that she was also informed that if she signed over the rights of her dogs to the shelter, the prosecutor would drop the charges for harboring dangerous dogs. She refused to sign over the dogs after being told they would be killed.

Celeste and Maicee are currently being held as evidence and there are multiple criminal charges pending against Morgan. These dogs have harmed no one and have done nothing wrong.

Morgan’s chances of ever having her dogs back in her home are slim to none. Even if DNA tests proved the dogs are not “pit bulls” few, if any, confiscated dogs make it out of the shelter alive. Just look at the case of Lucey in 2009. The city of Salina, KS, with the help of veterinarian Dr. Atherton attempted to kill her for being a pit bull. Her owner fought back and proved through DNA Lucey was not a pit bull. Shockingly, officials came back to the family claiming that DNA tests were not reliable after the vet responsible for breed identification, Dr. Atherton, got a DNA test on his own dog and didn’t like the results. Dr. Atherton is notorious for bad identification practices, and has, in at least one case, identified a pure breed dog (not a banned breed) as banned because of the dog’s teeth structure.

saline3A third dog, a Catahoula dog also faces death at the hands of the Salina, KS shelter. This dog has UKC registered parents with documentation. The city is trying to claim that the Catahoula is also part pit bull based only on the fact that the dog has what’s called a scissor bite (When the inner side of the upper incisors meet the outer side of the lower incisors during a bite). Cats and even Chihuahuas also have scissor bites so someone please explain to me how this is even allowed as a justifiable reason for holding this dog.

All three dogs have rescues, fosters, professionals located outside the city willing to take the dogs. Even by the city’s own laws the Catahoula should never have been seized as the dog, along with his guardian were visiting and do not even live there. The city ordinance allows pit bulls to visit within city limits for up to 48 hours. This dog should be returned the owner.

pitbulllIt is clear to me that Chris Getty and the Salina, KS city officials are set on killing Remi, Celeste and Maicee. It is of no matter to them that the dogs they have seized have done nothing wrong, or even that one of them (Remi) is already proven not to be a pit bull.Through their actions the officials have proven themselves to be morally bankrupt, hateful individuals with no ethics.

THEY MUST BE STOPPED! In order for this to happen money must be raised. Please donate HERE


CLICK HERE to HELP Repeal BSL in Salina Kansas and also to help free the dogs who are incarcerated there due to it.


Stories about pit bull attacks are tragic, but isolated incidents. Those stories are blasted all over the news, but it’s stories like the ones linked HERE below that people never hear about. These are the stories of pit bull heroes – the dogs who selflessly defend their families from heinous crimes, save other animals from certain death, and pull their human guardians to safety in times of danger. Stories about pit bull bravery and heroism are by themselves powerful arguments against breed specific legislation.




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Caurie Swinger & Ashley Bryant Indicted! One Of New Jersey’s Largest Dog Fighting Rings Busted – CALL TO ACTION

By Sloane Quealy-Miner

Caurie Swinger and his girlfriend Ashley Bryant

Caurie Swinger and his girlfriend Ashley Bryant

Paterson, New Jersey  Caurie Swinger, 21, and his girlfriend Ashley Bryant, 32, were indicted for running one of the state’s largest dog-fighting rings out of Swinger’s home located at 226 Van Blarcom Street, Paterson, NJ 07524. The deadly duo were indicted on nearly two dozen counts of animal cruelty as well as drug and weapons charges following a drug raid in April 18, 2014. Property records show the home is owned by Caurie’s mother Constance Swinger.

rescued dog Karma, had chemical burns on her head and her face was peeling away from bite wounds.

rescued dog Karma, had chemical burns on her head and her face was peeling away from bite wounds.

Authorities discovered 21 horrifically abused pit bull dogs, in various states of injury, heartlessly crammed into cages. Many of the dogs were extremely malnourished, some couldn’t even walk. Four dead, badly scarred dogs were also found shoved into plastic bags like garbage. Paterson’s Animal Control Officer John DeCando said the dog-fighting occurred in an upstairs bedroom where the walls were splattered with blood. Police found steroids, needles, electronic shock collars, break sticks and sewing kits used for stitching the animals’ wounds. One dog rescued from this house of horrors named Karma had chemical burns on her head and her face was peeling away from bite wounds.

One heartless neighbor admittedly said you could hear the dogs in the backyard that were chained to trash cans cry at night. Other neighbors spoke of large groups of people that would gather at the house. They all used the tired excuse that they were too scared to do anything.

Caurie Swinger’s home located at 226 Van Blarcom Street, Paterson, NJ 07524

Caurie Swinger’s home located at 226 Van Blarcom Street, Paterson, NJ 07524

Typically Caurie Swinger and Ashley Bryant have pled not guilty to animal cruelty charges and they are roaming free on bail. The attorneys (Peter Festa, Kenyatta Stewart) for the killer couple are challenging whether police used a reliable informant and correctly followed their search warrant guidelines before Judge Bruno Mongiardo. If they are successful the judge could block all or part of the evidence gathered during the search warrant.

Sadly, if convicted, the pair will face harsher penalties for the weapons (maximum sentence of 10 years) charges than for the horrific torture and abuse of the innocent dogs (18 months to five years for all remaining charges). On December 12th killer Caurie Swinger, an Ashley Bryant’s lawyers will argue their briefs ont his matter in front of Judge Bruno Mongiardo.

Rescued from 226 Van Blarcom Street, Paterson, NJ 07524

Rescued from 226 Van Blarcom Street, Paterson, NJ 07524

CONTACT Senior Passaic County Assistant Prosecutor Robert Pringle.  
EMAIL  and ask Mr. Pringle to vigorously prosecute Caurie Swinger and Ashley Bryant on  all the charges they face. Ask that he always keep in mind the dogs, the victims who suffered horrifically because of these two.

All of the animals that made it out of this house of horrors alive were taken in and later adopted into loving homes.  Huge thank you to the incredible people at Second Chance Pet Adoption League, Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge in Oakland, St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, and the New York Bully Crew in Long Island for all they did for these babies. If you would like to make a donation to any of these organizations please visit their websites through the links.

“With Our Eyes, They will be Seen~
With Our Voices, They will be Heard~

With Our Hands, They will know Comfort~
With Our Actions, They will be FREE!”

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