Friday, April 19, 2013

UPDATE: Puppy wasn't thrown from vehicle after all

Posted By on Fri, Apr 19, 2013 at 1:53 PM

The owner of a puppy that was originally thought to have been thrown from a moving vehicle has been charged with neglecting the dog and making up the story.

Jordan Bellows originally told the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region that he had rescued a 4-month-old blue merle Australian cattle dog puppy after it was thrown out a window on Garden of the Gods Road. Later, he confessed to being the puppy's owner, and said he didn't know how the dog sustained the internal injuries that killed her.

He has been charged with a Class 1 Misdemeanor of animal neglect.

Read on:

OWNER CHARGED IN DEATH OF PUPPY

— Necropsy results provide no additional evidence after owner admits he lied to Animal Law Enforcement officers—

May 29, 2013 Colorado Springs, CO — Animal Law Enforcement’s (ALE) investigation into the death of a 4-month-old blue merle Australian cattle dog puppy has led to the puppy’s owner being charged with neglect.

On the morning of April 19, Jordan Bellows brought a puppy to HSPPR and said he witnessed her being thrown from a vehicle on Garden of the Gods road. Veterinary staff immediately attempted to manage the puppy’s pain and stabilize her. She had blood in her chest and was coughing up blood. The team did a chest tap to remove air and blood leaking into her chest cavity. Despite efforts, due to the extent of her internal injuries, she didn’t survive.

ALE officers canvased the area around Garden of the Gods Road for evidence, but during their questioning of Bellows, several discrepancies materialized. When officers told Bellows they reached out to the media for help finding a suspect, he admitted he made up the story.

“It was a lie,” Bellows told ALE officers. “I did not see the dog thrown from a car. She is my dog.”

Bellows claimed he came home from work the evening before and found his puppy, Zoey, in his backyard struggling to breathe. He said he doesn’t know what happened to her In the morning, Bellows brought her to HSPPR and made up the story about seeing her thrown from a vehicle.

Zoey’s body was sent to Colorado State University in hopes a necropsy would reveal what had caused the internal injuries. Unfortunately, the necropsy shed no further light on what happened. With no additional leads, ALE charged Bellows with a Class 1 Misdemeanor of animal neglect because he did not seek treatment for Zoey despite the severity of her condition. The maximum penalty for a Class 1 penalty is a $5,000 fine and/or 18 months imprisonment.

“Animal Law Enforcement Investigators worked tirelessly to determine what caused Zoey's death; however the facts and evidence obtained through the investigation were inconclusive,” said Director of Animal Law Enforcement Joe Stafford. “Investigators were able to confirm that Zoey had sustained life-threatening injuries sometime on April 18 and that Bellows became aware of her serious condition but failed to provide care that could have saved her life or, at a minimum, alleviated her suffering.”

If your pet is sick or injured, immediately seek veterinary care from your primary clinic or an emergency veterinary clinic, Stafford urged. Many facilities offer financing programs if you cannot presently afford care. In cases of extreme illness or injury, humane euthanasia may be performed by qualified veterinary staff.

The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region is the largest nonprofit animal shelter in southern Colorado. Serving 25,000 animals last year, HSPPR provides adoption options, animal cruelty investigations, subsidized spays/neuters, a Trap-Neuter-Return program for feral cats, and other important services. HSPPR is a local, independent nonprofit that relies on donations from individuals and foundations to fund its many humane programs.

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——- ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 19, 1:53 P.M. ———

This is what an Australian Cattle Dog puppy looks like. Can you imagine throwing this out a window?
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  • This is what an Australian Cattle Dog puppy looks like. Can you imagine throwing this out a window?

One question: What the hell is wrong with people? From a press release:

Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region veterinary staff worked for several hours to save a 4-month-old blue merle Australian cattle dog puppy after she was thrown from a vehicle. It happened on Garden of the Gods Road at about 7:45 this morning, near Village Inn (535 Garden of the Gods Road). A Good Samaritan was leaving Village Inn and saw the puppy thrown from a small SUV-type vehicle. He said the vehicle slowed down, a door opened, and the vehicle sped away. The man ran to pick up the puppy and rushed her to HSPPR.

Animal Law Enforcement is investigating the incident. The witness wasn’t able to get a license plate but described the vehicle as a newer, dark gray, small SUV-type. Animal Law Enforcement is now working to obtain security camera footage from businesses in the area. Anyone who might have information about this case is asked to call 719.473.1741. If the person responsible is found, he/she could face felony charges of cruelty to animals.

Veterinary staff in HSPPR’s surgery center immediately attempted to manage the puppy’s pain and stabilize her. She had blood in her chest and was coughing up blood. The team did a chest tap to remove air and blood leaking into her chest cavity and used an oxygen tent to help her breathe. Despite efforts, due to the extent of her internal injuries, she didn’t survive.

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