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Calif. Couple Accused of Hoarding 180 Yorkies Pleads Guilty

A Poway couple, found with almost 200 Yorkie dogs inside their homes and a restaurant were sentenced Tuesday. Christine Calvert, 62, and Mark Vattimo, 73, were placed on three years of felony formal probation for animal neglect. As part of the sentence, they were ordered not to have dogs for 10 years, said prosecutors. Calvert was also ordered to continue counseling. In January, the Humane Society received a report from a concerned veterinarian that suggested the Poway couple was keeping 180 dogs in deplorable conditions. The dogs were kept in dark, unsanitary rooms filled with feces, urine, and mice at the defendants’ homes. The couple was charged with 10 felony counts, including animal abuse and neglect, and one count of resisting an officer. Calvert and Vattimo previously pleaded ...

Abandoned puppy with broken legs found at Pittsburgh animal shelter is recovering after surgery

An 11-week-old old Yorkie puppy is recovering from surgery after being found abandoned with two broken legs at the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society on the North Side. Pins were inserted into the dog, now named Laney, to help her legs heal. Officials said the type of break she suffered is typical of a jump or a fall. Dr. Anthony Pardo, who performed the surgery, said Laney will wear splints for four to five weeks. “During that time, she’s going to be crate-confined, have bandage changes, and hopefully she will be adoptable after that,” Pardo said Thursday. Anyone who wants to adopt Laney should contact the Humane Society at www.wpahumane.org or 412-321-4625. Laney was coming out of sedation when she was found Tuesday, according to the shelter. Officials believe the type...

Pit bull-mix mauls 79-year-old man, kills Yorkie in Palm Coast

A pit Labrador/bull-mix killed a Yorkshire terrier and mauled a 79-year-old man after breaking free from its owner outside a Central Florida apartment complex. The Daytona News-Journal reported that Helena and Neel Karnani told Flagler County sheriff’s deputies they were walking their 2-year-old pit bull mix, named Wilson, through a parking lot Sunday when the dog ran off. A deputy’s report said Neel Karnani tried to capture Wilson, but the dog continued to run and “work himself up.” The dog charged James Bennett and his dog, Gidget. Bennett tried to fight off the dog, but he was knocked to the ground, officials said. Wilson then attacked Bennett’s dog, deputies said. Bennett was taken to a hospital for treatment. His 7-year-old service dog died at the scene. ...

Yorkie Stolen from Queens NYC

A Yorkie that was stolen from the stoop of a Queens home last month was found wandering in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. A man says he found Linda the Yorkie wandering around the park and recognized her from a missing dog flyer. It’s unclear when she was dropped off there. Last month, surveillance cameras captured a woman snatching Linda from a Corona stoop. The dog’s owners, Melba and Wilifredo Filiberty, were visiting their daughter when Linda was stolen right outside her home by a woman. Although the family searched frantically for the dog and even started a hashtag — #SaveLinda — their effors were unsuccessful and they returned to Florida. Florida Couple Desperate to Find Dog Stolen in Queens Their Yorkie was stolen from outside their daughter’s home in Corona, Queens...

Yorkie killed by pit bull at Lyons-Muir Island Fest

The death of a small dog is leaving a large hole in the heart of his owner. On Saturday night Fred Kobera was at the Lyons-Muir Island Fest in Lyons with his 11-year-old Yorkshire terrier, Teddy. The five-pound dog was sitting on the lap of Kobera’s girlfriend, Christy Eller, when Kobera went to help put on an event at the festival. Teddy started to follow Kobera. At the same time there was a person running by with a larger dog. The dog took Teddy in his mouth and shook him, according to Eller. The smaller dog died instantly. Eller said the dog was a pit bull and was on a leash, but turned around and attacked Teddy. She said the other dog’s owner didn’t attempt to stop the attack. “He didn’t do anything. He didn’t even apologize,” Eller said. “There was three ...

New Jersey couple had 276 dogs living in their home; SPCA to meet with prosecutors on charges

A New Jersey couple kept 276 dogs living in deplorable conditions in their home in the worst “animal hoarding” case in their county’s history, officials said. Ross Licitra, the executive director and police chief of the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, will meet with prosecutors this week as investigators consider charges against the Howell Township couple, he said Sunday. The couple is cooperating with the review of the shocking discovery Thursday night at the two-story, 1,880-square-foot Bennett Rd. home, Licitra told the Asbury Park Press. SPCA investigators examined the house of the man and woman identified by the Pressas Charlene and Joseph Hendricks after an animal control officer from the Associated Humane Society responded to a report of a dog missi...

Yorkie Mauled, Killed by Unknown Dog in Owner’s Backyard: Police

Southington Animal control needs the public’s help searching for a dog that mauled a Yorkie and may be on the loose in town. Edward and Katherine Hayes said they are heartbroken over the loss of their nearly 2-year-old dog, Simon. Edward Hayes said he took Simon out in his back yard on Deer Run around noon Monday and a large black dog came into his unfenced yard. The unknown dog attacked and killed Simon. “He had him in his mouth and was shaking him (for) a couple minutes maybe? Before he let him go,” Hayes said. Hayes said he had to separate the animals and the dog who attacked Simon fled. The dog is described as possibly a Labrador/boxer mix, weighing about 100 lbs., black with tan streaks. “It’d be very dangerous if this dog is on the loose and no one knows who’s dog it is or wher...

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