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11286Five Arrested for Animal Cruelty in DC

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  • Johnson, Lendia (MPD)
    Nov 25, 2013
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      November 25, 2013                                                                                                                        

      Media Contact:
      ChristieLyn Diller



      Five DC Residents Arrested for Various Incidents of Cruelty to Animals
      Following Washington Humane Society Investigations


      Washington, DC – The Washington Humane Society (WHS) Humane Law Enforcement team reports five recent arrests of DC residents for a variety of charges of Cruelty to Animals:


      1. James Clea was arrested on November 14, 2013 for Cruelty to Animals for cruelly chaining his nine-month-old puppy, Vinnie, outside in late August with no access to water or shelter. 

        On August 31, 2013 WHS Humane Law Enforcement responded to a call regarding a brown pit bull type dog chained outside on an approximately 2-3 ft. chain, in full sun, panting heavily and yelping. The temperature at the time of the call was 93˚F. The responding Officer attempted to take the dog’s temperature, but it was in excess of 110°F and unreadable with the thermometer. The dog was immediately transported to an emergency veterinary hospital where he was treated for heat stroke.
      2. Kevin Williams was arrested on November 18, 2013 for Cruelty to Animals after starving his two dogs and leaving them in a crate with inadequate space.

        On April 11, 2013 the WHS Humane Law Enforcement team was contacted by the Metropolitan Police Department after Officers executed a search warrant and found three emaciated and neglected dogs in one crate at the residence of Kevin Williams. One of the three dogs did not belong to Williams, but was surrendered to WHS. Williams’ dogs were underweight and dirty, with various bones protruding, and the male had visible sores on his rear legs. The bottom of the crate and empty food and water bowls were covered in feces and urine, as were two of the dogs. All three dogs were rehabilitated by WHS and later adopted into loving families.


      1. John Lewis was arrested on November 19, 2013 for Cruelty to Animals for failing to provide his ten-year-old dog, Russet, with veterinary care after she was hit by a car and unable to use her rear legs.

        On October 2, 2013, the WHS Humane Law Enforcement team was alerted to a dog in poor condition that had just been surrendered to WHS by her owner. Staff relayed to the responding Officer that  owner John Lewis claimed his dog, Russet, had been run over by a vehicle while chasing a cat approximately four weeks prior, and had been paralyzed from the waist down ever since.  Russet is slowly improving in a foster home.


      1. Donna Daymude was arrested on November 20, 2013 for Cruelty to Animals after failing to seek veterinary care for her cat, Lil Bits, who suffered from an infection for six months, and ultimately led to her death.

      On May 13, 2013 Donna Daymude surrendered her cat, Lil Bits, to WHS due to an infection she had noticed for six months and did not seek veterinary care for. Lil Bits’ uterus was distended to at least ten times the size of a normal feline uterus, and the infection was the result of weeks, if not months, of neglect to seek medical care. Due to the extent of the infection, Lil Bits had to be humanely euthanized.


      1. Barbara Byrd-Marshall was arrested on November 20, 2013 for Cruelty to Animals after failing to seek veterinary care for her cat, Pepper, who was surrendered to WHS due to a leg injury.

      On September 27, 2013 WHS Humane Law Enforcement was alerted to a cat which had been picked up by WHS Animal Care and Control Officers. Barbara Byrd-Marshall had surrendered her cat following a three to four week old injury which resulted in Pepper no longer using the injured leg, for which she had not sought out veterinary care. The leg had been broken and an infection had set into the joint. Pepper was also found to be dehydrated and anemic. Further blood tests revealed that Pepper was FIV+, severely jeopardizing the potential for recovery, and Pepper had to be humanely euthanized. The veterinarian assessed that the infection was causing significant pain and would have been avoidable if the initial wound was treated properly.


      For more information on any of these cases, please contact ChristieLyn Diller at 202-695-0080.


      The WHS Humane Law Enforcement department is available to help animals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call 202-723-5730 immediately if you see any of these signs of abuse or neglect:


      • Are there any open wounds on the animal?
      • Is the animal so skinny that you can easily see bones protruding?
      • Is the animal limping or having difficulty moving around?
      • Does the skin or coat look normal or are there patterns or hair loss or signs or lesions?
      • Is the coat matted or preventing the animal from moving around properly?
      • Is the animal acting lethargic or not getting up from the ground?
      • Does the animal have protection from the sun, rain or snow?
      • Is the animal chained to an object in a manner that jeopardizes health and/or safety?
      • Is the animal kept in a crate that is too small for them to maintain normal body postures or confined for too long a period of time?
      • Are the animals forced to live in their own waste?


      If you see any of these signs call WHS Humane Law Enforcement immediately at 202-723-5730.




      About the Washington Humane Society: WHS is the only Congressionally-chartered animal welfare agency in the United States and has been the leading voice for animals in the District of Columbia since 1870. WHS provides protection and care to over 43,000 animals each year through its broad range of programs and services including: sheltering, adoption, humane law enforcement, spay and neuter, humane education, human – animal rehabilitation programs, and lost and found services. For more information, please visit www.washhumane.org.






      ChristieLyn Diller

      Director of Marketing and Communications

      Washington Humane Society

      4590 MacArthur Blvd., NW, Suite 200
      Washington, DC 20007
      Office: (202)683-1841
      Cell: (202)695-0080


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