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Friday, Jan 20, 2012County: Warren
Charges: Felony CTA
Case Images: 2 files available
Person of Interest: Shane O'Neal Helson
Case Updates: 1 update(s) available
It's the unimaginable, a puppy is dragged behind a car in Warren County in what is being called one of the worst cases of animal cruelty local people have seen.
The puppy was found on the side of the road in a ditch around 9:00 a.m. Friday in the 200 block of Melshed Ferry Road.
Animal control deputies say evidence shows someone attached the dog to a car and dragged it for a long distance before the chain around the dog's neck finally broke.
The male pit bull, believed to be between six to eight months old, was rushed to the Warren County Humane Society clinging to life.
"He certainly was in critical condition," said Operations Manager Lisa Henderson. "He barely could sit up on his own. He was extremely weak from blood loss, certainly going into shock having gone through what he went through, certainly in very critical condition."
The puppy is now at Greystone Animal Hospital. Veterinarians say the next 72 hours will be very critical to see if he pulls through. They are treating the injuries to his head, sides and chest as if he were a burn patient.
The Warren County Humane Society and Greystone Pet Hospital are taking donations for Malachi's surgeries.
So far they've received more than $2,500.
The Warren County Sheriff's Office is trying to determine if this was done intentionally. If you know who this dog's owner is, or saw anything, you are urged to please call them at 270-842-1633.
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|A pit bull puppy named Malachi lies in bandages in a local animal hospital. He's in and out of sedation, has lost 30 percent of his skin and is waiting for another surgery.|
Meanwhile, the man accused of dragging the dog behind his truck is in the Warren County Regional Jail. Shane Helson, 22, of Richardsville, was arrested Monday at Greystone Pet Hospital after dropping by to visit the dog, according to the Warren County Sheriff's Office.
"He found us. ... I've never really seen anything like (this abuse case) or heard of it around here," Chief Deputy Tommy Smith said.
Helson is charged with torturing a dog or cat, a Class D felony, after allegedly dragging the dog by a vehicle. When officials found the pit bull Friday in the 200 block of Melshed Ferry Road, it appeared the dog had been pulled by a chain, according to a sheriff's report.
Animal control officials later determined the dog possibly was dragged by a vehicle, causing extensive damage to its head, sides and chest, the report said.
When Helson tried to visit the dog at the hospital, he told WBKO that it was an accident. He said he put the dog at the hitch of his truck and, forgetting the dog was there, drove down the road. Helson thought his friend had put the dog in his garage. When he called his friend the next day, he realized his dog was gone, according to the WBKO report.
When Helson tried to visit the dog Monday, doctors called the sheriff's office, said Adrienne Price, a doctor at Greystone Pet Hospital.
Helson is being held on a $10,000 cash bond, according to the jail.
It's his first animal-related offense, and he's been cited for some traffic violations in the past, said Stephen Harmon, communications manager for the sheriff's office.
The Bowling Green-Warren County Humane Society named the 6-month-old dog Malachi. For now, Malachi is stable. He's battling some blood and protein loss and is in line for a blood transfusion, Price said.
"He's got a vigorous appetite, and he's walking well despite all his bandages," she said.
Malachi is in fair condition, but doctors still have some concerns. There's swelling in the front legs, and doctors are taking time between surgeries to let the tissue heal.
The puppy will have at least two more surgeries to close two major wounds on his shoulders. Doctors change his bandages daily and sedate him during the process to minimize discomfort, Price said.
"This is probably one of the worst cases I've seen with such extensive wounds," she said.
- For adoption inquiries, call the Bowling Green-Warren County Humane Society at 842-8572.
|Source: bgdailynews.com - Jan 24, 2012|
Update posted on Jan 24, 2012 - 8:50PM
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