Chained dog dies in cold

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 ~ Updated 5:44 PM
Cold and lonely end -- Daisy didn't have a chance at the end of the heavy chain which kept her out of reach of any shelter as temperatures plunged to a wind chill of seven degrees below zero last Wednesday night. Photo submitted by GSHS

HOLIDAY ISLAND -- The Carroll County Sheriff's office responded to a call from the Humane Society of the Ozarks in Fayetteville on Jan. 13 regarding a call reporting two dogs that had been left chained in a yard in Holiday Island. One of the dogs, a Pit Bull, froze to death. According to the CCSO incident report, the Fayetteville shelter was called by a resident at the address who had returned home after being away overnight and discovered one of the dogs unresponsive.

The report states the dogs belonged to the resident's boyfriend, who left them with her on the morning of Jan. 11. A male dog was free to crawl under the residence and was able to be revived. However, the female allegedly was chained to keep her from following her owner as he left, and was unable to reach any shelter as the thermometer dipped to sub-zero temperatures.

Good Shepherd Humane Society Director, Marty Falkenstien, was in turn called by Carmen Nelson of the Fayetteville shelter and met with CCSO Deputy Juan Cribbs and Nelson at the address. Nelson requested the Sheriff's Office charge the dogs' owner with animal cruelty.

The surviving dog has been removed from the property. "I hope this sad and preventable death can serve some good by impressing on people in Carroll County that dogs are feeling beings," said Falkenstien. "There are cheap ways to make sure an outdoor pet doesn't freeze to death. Just call and ask."

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  • Any bets on whether or not a conviction and jail time will result from this?

    -- Posted by jetman on Wed, Jan 19, 2011, at 7:43 PM
  • Upon their conviction, the Judge should require them to be chained up and left outside for one night as well, just to see what that poor dog felt !

    If you have to keep a dog chained up, then you really should not own a dog ! ! ! !

    -- Posted by Doodad on Thu, Jan 20, 2011, at 8:51 AM
  • The resident's boyfriend left them with her on the morning of Jan. 11. Doesn't SHE have some culpibility? A simple phone call would have saved the poor canine girl's life.

    -- Posted by jpmorganfreeman on Thu, Jan 20, 2011, at 11:54 AM
  • Showing a pic of the dog is unnecessary & disrespectful - the kind of sensational shocking approach of the bigger city newspapers & television news. Would you expect them to show the body of a deceased person? The story however is important, and needs told.

    -- Posted by lavajazzz on Thu, Jan 20, 2011, at 8:32 PM
  • you animal people kill me.....its a has no soul.

    you know there is a huge difference between animal abuse and natural attrition. i don't hear any of you complaining about all the deer and cayotes and other wild animals who have been out in this weather. know why? cause you haven't humanized the wild dont feed them and pet them and waste money on them like you do dogs and cats. MY GOD!!!!! how dare carroll county not provide shelter for wild animals in the dead of winter.....let's sue 'em!!!!

    how about you people get your priorities right....and try to help some of the HUMAN BEINGS who have no where to go in this weather...or have a home but no heat and hot water. oh..i forgot...they are dont care.

    and the lady drove alllllll the way from fayetteville to see a dead dog. i'm sure the people who blindly give money to her organization would be happy to know that....what a waste...what a waste.

    -- Posted by homeless on Fri, Jan 21, 2011, at 8:48 AM
  • Homeless- It is not natural attrition for an animal to die at the end of a chain, because if she hadn't been on a chain, she could have found shelter and survived. These animals give unconditional love and they also receive love, which means that they do have souls. They would also give their lives to save ours, and I don't know many humans or wild animals who would do the same for me. If this is the way you feel about dogs, do them a huge favor and DON'T EVER OFFER TO BE A GAURDIAN TO ONE!! YOU DO NOT DESERVE THE GIFT THAT THEY GIVE. People can care about other humans AND dogs. It doesn't have to be either or. I must say though, I have NEVER been screwed over by my dogs the way I have by people and that includes the homeless. Good luck. I hope you don't freeze to death out on the streets this winter.

    -- Posted by michiecub on Fri, Jan 21, 2011, at 1:04 PM
  • Homeless . . . .

    I don't know many people that would be willing to take in someone with an attitude such as yours.

    I know I wouldn't, for the simple fact that if my pets don't like you, then I wouldn't either.

    I've have taken in many dogs and cats and given them a home and NEVER regretted any of them.

    Can't say that for a few people I let in though.

    Apparently my priorities are right ! ! ! !

    Oh, how is that computer and Internet service working out for you, without a home ?

    -- Posted by Doodad on Fri, Jan 21, 2011, at 1:53 PM
  • oh my goodness....just the response i was hoping for....misguided animal lovers talking about how they rate people based on how their dog feels about them....and who have been screwed over by people...people who more than liely had the right idea about you.

    do you honestly think i have a dog...heck no...i have more important things to spend my time and money on...and i assure you...i am FAR from actually being "homeless"

    animals have no souls...god breathed life into adam....not his little dog.most clergy agree with that...i dont mistreat animals...dont like peole who do...but my god...ITS A DOG

    and to the citizen...."top story"? oh my god

    -- Posted by homeless on Fri, Jan 21, 2011, at 2:58 PM
  • michiecub- you rock! Perfectly said!

    homeless - you suck, and maybe you really need to become homeless to appreciate all creatures on this earth.

    -- Posted by stepho33 on Fri, Jan 21, 2011, at 4:03 PM
  • Well first off this has nothing to do with whether or not animals have souls. It has to do with the fact that no animals should be chained to anything! And people that do that shouldn't own animals. Even if the owner had given a dog house, and the dog was chained up, but could get into the doghouse, with blankets inside, it may have servived. Maybe not, as cold as it was. I agree with what the other person said, they need to take the owner and chain them to a tree and leave them outside, in the cold. and i am called animal angel, as i have saved animals from getting hit by cars or whatever as they run loose on the streets in Holiday Island, and many other places. Did you notice how they put the dog in a white trash bag like it was trash! And next to it in the pictures shows soda cans and trash, this is so typical of the redneck mantality in the south, of people that don't care about their pets or their decks or yards or the way it looks to their naibors or people that have to drive by and look at all their crap. If they don't respect their house, or their yards, you can bet they don't respect their animals or themselfs for that matter. Its like these rednecks that drive noisey trucks and put their dogs in the back loose, so they could just jump out at anytime and get hurt or killed, or runover by the vehicle behind them.

    This should be illegal in every state as far as i am concerned. In some states it is, and is a $1000 fine, ya know this state is always poor and says they never have any money to do anything to make improvements, well if they started busting all these people that just throw their dogs in the back of the truck for that is animal crulity and neglect, and charged them, then maybe they could put the money towards fixing these roads!!

    And to everyone on the blog all your comments are so true and right on about this homeless bloger.

    One minute he or she says they are homeless, and then the next they say they are far from homeless, what is it? make up your mind. Did you ever think that you are in the place you are because of who you are? The evil that you spuwed out of your mouth, was very disturbing to say the least. If you hate animals, and can't afford one, then just shut up already, and please don't ever ever ever have one, as it will be neglected, with your mindset. And yes people will always let you down and screw you over, but animals just want your love, and want to love in return. This has just got to stop!! The laws never change out here, whether its animal control, animal leash laws, animal neglect laws, animal crulity. on and on. I hope the owner of this dog, is thrown in jail, and they throw the key away. But that won't happen cuz the laws are not strict enough by far as they should be about all these animal issue problems we have out here. And many other places in this country, write your congress or arkansas, and pour your heart out, if you love animals like i do, and tell them change has got to made, and laws have got to be made, were fed up with this disgrace, and not going to take it anymore. It is people like homeless, that redneck mantality, that we need to change, and learn these are Gods creatures, and we need to love them and respect them and not go out and hunt them down cuz we own a gun, or do it for sport, when every animal, every animal has a right to live their life out, just as you have that right! And homeless, is even using God's name in his blog, when he or she knows nothing about God, to disrespect God's creatures, if you love God, you love his creation. So get real! Get a Job! Get a life!

    Hey i wonder, if this story got sent to the ellen show, if she would televise it? As she loves animals, and has had plenty of animal neglect storys on before. I can't see how her heart wouldn't just break for this poor dog that had to freeze to death!! What a way to die! What torment that dog must of felt as it got colder and colder with no escaping off this chain to a warmer spot to save itself. This is by far the most disgraceful story i have ever heard. I am heartbroken over this! Is anyone else out there as mad and passionate as i am about this crap that needs to stop!! If so write your congress and pour out your heart about what is going on in our county, and state, and that laws need to change, and the animals need someone to stand up for them. And last off, to homeless, wild animals are just that, wild! They are use to the cold, and they are acclimated to the enviroment, as they were born and raised in it. Like all the bird out here, you don't see them droping dead from the cold, they know how to protect themselfs, to stay warmer, and they are use to it.

    So everything you said about the wild animals didn't make any sence and was irrelevent! As dogs and cats are domestic animals, and were not raised and born in the woods. Don't you ever see on the news they always warn to bring your animals inside the house or garage, when the temp drops below freezing. This is going on all over the place in berryville, eureka, all over, that animals are left outside in the freezing cold, even puppys!! This has got to stop now!!!! These pet owners need to be arrested, and take the pets away, if someone left there baby in the middle of the road, they would be arrested so fast for child indagerment, but if there dog or cat is out in the middle of the road, no big deal, its just looked the other way. That is wrong!! That is clearly animal indagerment, and neglect! People the last time i checked the road was for cars, NOT ANIMALS!!! ACT LIKE A RESPONSIBLE PET OWNER, AND HAVE SOME COMPASSION FOR YOUR PET, SPAY THEM, AND TAG THEM, OR DONT HAVE THEM.... PERIOD!

    -- Posted by animal angel on Fri, Jan 21, 2011, at 9:44 PM
  • Cut Homeless some slack, it was a typo. It was supposed to be "Hopeless".

    -- Posted by Nephilim Child on Fri, Jan 21, 2011, at 11:01 PM
  • Hi, Lavajazzz, I have to respectfully disagree with you on posting the dog's photo. Showing this poor girl to the world, who died so horribly, is doing her and other pets a service. She didn't die anonymously...people like me (and probably others who have posted here) were overwhelmed with sorrow and compassion for her, and anger towards the person/people responsible for her death.

    Back in the early 90's, the quarterly publication of The Humane Society of the United States, of which I was a member, used to print terribly graphic photos of abused animals. They sure educated me about animal abuse, from puppy mills to factory farming. A picture is worth a thousand words, and can have an impact on people that words alone cannot. Grisly photos, as hard as they are to look at, are part of the story that people need to see - we cannot know about the extent of animal suffering by looking the other way - or avoiding photos or video.

    I've watched many documentaries, and the films I've seen of naked, dead Jews being dumped into mass graves during the Holocaust so shocked me that all I could think was, this can never happen again! It sensitized me to the atrocities we humans have inflicted on our own species. We all must be stoic enough to view, with our own eyes, the atrocities humanity inflicts on both people and animals. Ignorance is NOT bliss. Knowledge is power - the power and impetus to take action and work to prevent similar tragedies from occurring.

    In closing, Homeless, Hopeless, whoever you are, you're not really worth my time, but since you think it's OK to let dogs freeze to death because you don't think they have souls, maybe you should read the Bible passage that states how animals will be in heaven, that "in heaven, the lion shall lie down with the lamb." Not that you'll be there with them. Go buy YOURSELF a soul.

    -- Posted by preciousgem13 on Sat, Jan 22, 2011, at 2:30 AM
  • Homeless/Hopeless- Some of what you wrote didn't make sense at all. No one was "rating people based on how their dogs feel about them". You made the initial comparison between dogs and humans which explains the responses that you've received from others. And it was interesting to hear you write about bible stuff. Doesn't the bible say that God loves us unconditionally, kind of like our dogs do??? Hmmmmmm......

    You can continue to rationalize your belief with,"Oh, but clergy even say", but that doesn't make it ethical. And I seriously doubt that you've done anything to help the homeless. I'm sure "you have more important things to do with your time and money". Putting a buck in the gift basket at church doesn't count, either, LOL!!

    And thanks, stepho33!! You're right. If this person was homeless he'd realize that the only thing that would give him/her the love that he/she craved would be a dog or another creature that isn't of the human species.

    -- Posted by michiecub on Sat, Jan 22, 2011, at 3:50 AM
  • Hey everyone, ask Homeless where he works.....You might be suprised by the answer, but then again you might not... Get a clue buddy, get a clue.

    -- Posted by doglover108 on Sat, Jan 22, 2011, at 2:43 PM
  • This is such a tragedy. People should understand that it is our responsibility to take care of those who cannot take care of themselves...animals included.

    As for said that "animals have no souls...God breathed life into Adam....not his little dog". Obviously, you are not a "Christian" person. Otherwise, that statement would not have ever been uttered from your lips, or thoughts. Read your Bible. It MOST DEFININATELY says, God created all the animals and, yes - Adam and Eve; along with the trees, rivers, etc. Go back and read Genisis - the very beginning of the Bible. And - show me a minister that agrees with you, and I will show you a person that really doesn't know the God they profess to know, nor the Bible they pretend to least, not the God that I was raised to know.

    Look, we can all get bent out of shape over this, or we can do something about it. We may not agree on who is right, who should be punished, and what should be done to try to correct this kind of problem. The solution, in my opinion, is to follow the Golden Rule..."Love your neighbors as you love yourself". And God did put man in charge of the animals. That's in the Bible too. To say that an animal has no soul, is to assume that God doesn't exist and that he created nothing. If that is what you believe...that is your choice. I, on the other hand, choose to believe that all animals, 2 legged or four, have souls. We may not be able to understand them or why they do the things that they do, but then do you understand every person, and why they do, or say, what they do?

    As for the wild animals roaming out in the open...they are able to get to shelter, because they are not chained to a post. God takes care of all of these. He feeds and shelters them. That's in the Bible also!

    I feel sorry for you, Homeless. Obviously, by your rants and raves of no soul animals, and misguided animal are a lonely person inside. If your "more important things to do with your money" doesn't include taking care of your fellow man, the planet that we live on, and ALL creatures on this earth - whether domesticated or not, than you are an unfortunate human. For you will not ever know the unconditional love that could be showered upon you when you come home from a long and frustrating day. And all they ask in return is for you to care for them as you do yourself...with food, water, shelter, and LOVE.

    People need to stop being selfish and start taking care of others. That's the biggest problem in this world...selfishness. No one wants to help someone else because it isn't "your" problem. But it is everyone's problem.

    So, the next time you see a person in need or an animal in trouble...REMEMBER..."There, but for the Grace of God, go I." And then jump in and help them any way you can.

    I'm not perfect, by any means, but I strive to live a life that is considerate of all of God's creatures. And if that makes me a "misguided animal lover", then so be it.

    So, Homeless, I say this with God in my heart...I love you, and will pray that God touches your soul in ways you could not ever imagine. And when you are out in the cold, lost, and can't find your way - May God send one of those "soul-less animals" to save you from cold and death.

    And for those who would like to throttle Homeless...remember, the Bible also tells us "judge not, lest ye be judged." Don't judge this person...pray for him/her. Pray that God will enlighten this individual. Sometimes that is easier said than done...but you will be the better for it.

    And for the animals that have been lost, for whatever reason, God will hold you in his arms and give you a home full of love, warmth, and compassion...whether here on Earth or in Heaven.

    -- Posted by StephenG on Sun, Jan 23, 2011, at 10:50 AM
  • This poor little girl didn't stand a chance. People who don't take care of their loving pets don't deserve to have any.we need to remember that our pets can't do a lot of things for themselves and that they depend on us to make their life a quality life. Life would be a much duller and less joyful experience without our pets and remember we do not haver to wait for Heaven to be surrounded by hope, love and joyfulness as it's here on earth and has 4 legs. I feel the law should throw the book at them and prosecute to the fullest in defense of this poor baby or any pet or animal that is tortured. Sometimes I feel that I don't want to be associated with humans but only with my pets because they are the ones who care and give unconditional love.

    -- Posted by Pearl R on Tue, Feb 1, 2011, at 11:29 PM
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