Thursday, May 13, 2010

This is heartbreaking. But read with caution.


Disclaimer: I'm not sure if this story has made headlines outside of the local news but this story is just heartbreaking and being the animal lover that I am, it made me sick to my stomach and brought tears to my eyes. If you can help this family in anyway, please do so. If this story is just too much for you to read, I completely understand if you need to exit this post.

The following story is courtesy of the Baltimore Sun.

A dog was fighting to live Wednesday after being attacked by a man wielding a machete Tuesday in North Baltimore.

According to police documents, Levar J. Bailey attacked a pit bull/shepherd mix in his neighbor's gated yard at about 6 p.m.

When police arrested Bailey, 33, they said he was yelling, "The dog was trying to bite my daughter," according to charging documents. Bailey was taken to an area hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. He has been known to have a history of mental illness, police said.

Caroline Griffin, chairwoman of Baltimore's Anti-Animal Abuse Task Force, said the dog named Okashia, sustained extensive injuries.

According to police documents, the dog is owned by Shea-Quan Moore-Williams, who was home at the time of the attack. Moore-Williams went outside after hearing the dog yelping, the documents say, to find her bloodied dog and Bailey in the yard with an 18-to-24-inch black machete.

Griffin said Okashia, who is two years old, sustained intense trauma to her face. The machete blows split her nasal passage and shattered her cheekbones and right eye. Her blood loss was huge.

Although the dog was immediately taken by animal control to the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS), she was quickly transferred to the Emergency Veterinary Clinic in Catonsville.

The dog was given painkillers overnight and was to receive a surgeon's opinion Wednesday, Griffin said. "I think her prognosis is uncertain at this point," she said. BARCs officials described the dog's injuries as life-threatening.
 
Franky Fund is helping to paying for Okashia's emergency vet care. If you can make a donation for her, the family would greatly appreciate it. The extent of Okashia's injuries are in the thousands of dollars and her family has stated they do not have that kind of money.

This picture is frightening but I'm posting it just to show the extent of her injuries.


Animal abuse of ANY KIND is unacceptable. This man needs to be charged and put away for life. If he will do this to animal, imagine what he would do to a person. We are the voice for animals and if this man just walks away, what are we saying for them? I just cannot comprehend how someone can do this to an innocent animal. I'm sorry for the sad, yet serious post but I couldn't just put this to the side. I know my blog is usually a happy, carefree place. If you read this, thank you. If you read this and make a donation, thank you and I'm sure Okashia's family is thanking you as well.


25 comments:

KLaw said...

OMG, this is killing me. I cannot stand to see this. My heart is broken for that poor little dog.

Lauren said...

OH MY GOSH. Brittany, thank you for sharing. News like this breaks my heart, I don't understand HOW people can do things like this to animals. Dixon-monster and I will keep Okashia in our prayers. (Yes, I make Dixon do "doggie prayers," I know, it's crazy!)

Adorably Distracted... said...

omg that is horrible!!!! breaks my heart!

Stacy said...

That is terrible. How could someone do that to a poor defenseless animal? It makes me so angry - I want to just rip his balls off and force feed them to him. Then stab him fifty million times!!!!!!!!! UGH! Animal abuse is the one thing that just makes me INSANE! I really think I could do great harm to someone who fucks with animals. I hope he gets what's coming to him - mental illness or not, I don't care. You just don't do that!

Kelsey Claire @Lavender, Leopard, and Lace said...

How horrible. I hate hate animal abuse with every fiber of my being. They can't fight back and they don't even have a choice. So heartbreaking!

Brittany said...

My heart is breaking for this sweet little pup! ohhh my goodness! It is never-ever okay!

Heather said...

SO sad, I have zero tolerance for animal abuse!

Brittany said...

How awful!!! How can someone do that to a poor innocent animal?! Animal abuse makes me extremely heated and angry and sad and sick! I hope that precious doggie survives!

lauren nicole said...

In my world, the man would suffer what this dog suffered.

Aly @ Analyze This said...

I got teary eyed reading this post!! So sad! Animal abuse is NOT tolerated by me whatsoever! I feel like people who perform these cruel acts are sometimes given an easy way out (ie-punishment). I am an avid supporter of the ASPCA and encourage others to join in on the fight to prevent animal cruelty (off soapbox now!)

Thanks for sharing, Brittany! Now I need to go fix my mascara!

Courtney said...

OMG. I cannot believe someone would do that to an ANIMAL!!! My heart breaks for this cute pup and the family!

Jenn @ WestSacHoney said...

I too got teary eyed! No dog should ever be treated that way that's horrible and inexcusable.

Alissa said...

Oh my goodness. This is terrible and just not right. Sorry for the long time no post my friend. I've been moving and been a bad blogger friend.

Juliana said...

This is absolutely horrible. I am a dog lover as well and this just breaks my lil heart.

Jamie Pickle said...

:( how sad is this. I think people that abuse animals should be put in jail.

Mari said...

OMGosh unbelieveable and heart breaking!

meredith said...

this breaks my heart!!

Meg said...

This broke my heart! As hard as it was to see, I want to thank you for sharing- I couldn't help but donate immediately.

Rasha said...

that is just horrible.

Kelly Marie said...

ugh I didn't read it because I saw the disclaimer but I saw the picture when I went to scroll down. sooo sad and that just made me nauseous

Brittany said...

I did not read all of this. I got to the second paragraph and scrolled down.

I do not understand animal abuse. I just don't get it. How anyone can ever hurt a creature that does nothing but love you unconditionally.

I am going to assume that there was a happy ending and the dog will be okay. I can only assume that without bawling my eyes out.

I wish there was more we could do. I have wrote my congress man many times about animal abuse and I will continue to do so. There definitely needs to be harsher punishments for animal abuse!

Tara said...

ugh. this makes me so sad. so horrible!

@Nataliekbeats said...

This. Is. Awful. Poor baby.

Caitlin said...

This BROKE my heart. I'll do what I can to help. Thanks for sharing!

Shay said...

poor baby. This is ridiculous. Animal cruelty is so heartbreaking they can't tell us what is wrong.