Animal Cruelty Arrests: Duct Tape Used To Close Dog's Mouth
Reported by: Mary KingFriday, Nov 14, 2008 @07:46pm ESTBERKELEY COUNTY, WV
- Animal control officers are calling it one of the worst cases of animal abuse they've seen.
A pit bull was found in an attic with evidence that its mouth had been duct-taped shut and chained.
The three-year-old dog was emaciated, neglected and abused, with open wounds on its face that are too graphic to show.
Witnesses say the abuse had gone on for weeks.
Berkeley County Animal Control and city police found the dog Wednesday.
On Thursday police arrested Randall Siford, Jr. and Breshannon Devereux.
Angela Brown moved into the neighborhood recently and has two pit bulls of her own. She says she never knew the two had a dog because she never saw them with one before.
Statements given to police say the dog named Ice was beaten repeatedly.
%u201CThat saddens me because pit bulls already have a bad name, and it's because of stuff like that I think that's why half of them are viscous,%u201D Brown said.
Ice is now getting a warmer reception in the hands of Berkeley County Animal Control until the case goes to court.
Riford and Devereaux are charged with felony animal cruelty. If they're not convicted, Ice will be turned back over to them.
Felony animal cruelty carries a maximum five-year sentence in West Virginia.
We who signed this petition want Justice for Ice the pit bull terrier who was locked in the attic with his mouth taped shut and beaten. We would like to see Randall Siford, Jr. and Breshannon Devereux go to Jail for at least 5 years for what they have done to this poor defenseless dog. We also hope they will be fined and no longer allowed to own another animal.
Thanks for your time.