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Petitioning Cleveland Police Department & A.S.P.C.A.

Find and prosecute those responsible for tying 3 dogs to railroad tracks

Certainly this must have been caught by security cameras at the railroad & we hope the police are investigating. This type of cruelty can not be overlooked; in articles, it states that the act may have been recorded by some sicko.

We want justice and we want answers.
Someone,somewhere saw something or knows something about this and needs to come forward.

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Police in the Tremont area of Cleveland, Ohio are asking residents to be on the lookout for a man who may be walking a dog(s) near train tracks in the area following the disturbing discovery of dead dogs on railroad tracks last week.

According to Tuesday's publication of the Plain Dealer, last Friday, someone was seen tying a dog to railroad tracks and leaving her to be struck by an oncoming train.

Two other dogs had been tied in a similar manner and the were killed when trains passed through the area.

The third dog was small enough to cower down and escape certain death.

A railroad worker found the bodies of the first two dogs who were struck and killed. The same worker claims to have seen a man tying out the third dog and walking away to either photograph or capture video of what was to come.

Unfortunately, the individual who left the dog vulnerable on the tracks had disappeared by the time that the railroad worker reached the dog.

The small dog who managed to survived was transported to the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter in Valley View. She will be available for adoption on August 17.

Anyone with information, or who observes suspicious activity, is asked to call the Second District officers at 216-623-5200.

 

 

UP-DATE ON 8/18/12

Police have determined that no dogs were killed Aug. 10 while tied to railroad tracks in the Tremont neighborhood, but one live dog was rescued after a train passed over it.

A train crew radioed a Norfolk Southern bridge tender to report that they ran over a dog apparently tied to the tracks because they could not stop in time, police said Friday night. It was later determined that the dog was not tied but that her leash was wedged between two rails, probably by accident.

The original story in Plain Dealer gained nationwide attention. It said three dogs were tied to CSX tracks around the same time on Aug. 10, and that two were killed. The story was based on interviews with police and a city animal-control officer.

The story prompted at least three organizations and a private citizen to offer a total of $15,000 in reward money seeking information about who was tying dogs to tracks. More than 50 people have called the Cuyahoga County Animal shelter with interest in adopting the surviving dog.

That mixed-breed female dog could be adopted soon, if no owner comes forward.

Cleveland Police Lt. Mark Ketterer, who headed the city investigation, interviewed the bridge tender at the center of the story on Friday night. The bridge tender, who works for Norfolk Southern and not CSX, was the person who freed the dog and was the source of the information relayed to police.

Ketterer said the man told him he reported to railroad police that the dog was stuck and they told him there were two similar incidents earlier in the week in which dogs were killed, but they did not say where.

The bridge tender repeated that information to an animal-control officer dispatched to the tracks off University Road in Tremont, after Cleveland police were contacted by the railroad.

By the time Ketterer got there, the animal warden was leaving with the dog. The warden told the lieutenant what he learned from the bridge tender. That included information that two dogs had been killed on Norfolk Southern tracks.

The Plain Dealer phoned a man believed to be the bridge tender on Thursday. He declined to give his name or make any public statements. He referred the reporter to Norfolk Southern police, who have not returned phone calls.

Ketterer said the railroad worker did nothing wrong. He said Friday was the first time police talked to him.

John Baird, the city's chief animal control officer, said that after he returned from vacation on Monday, the assistant animal warden told him the same thing he told Ketterer.

The Plain Dealer story ran on Wednesday. It also said the railroad worker saw a man with the dog taking pictures of it on the tracks.

Ketterer said the railroad employee told him he did not see anyone with the dog, but that a man was on the property taking pictures of the Interstate 90 bridge.

Leslie DeSouza, director of the county animal shelter, said last week the surviving dog appeared to be about two years old, and may be a beagle-doberman mix,

DeSouza that when the dog was transferred from the city kennel to the county facility, her physical condition was "amazingly remarkable. She came through this without a scratch."

However, the shelter director said the dog continued to show signs of mental trauma from the ordeal. "When she came to us we couldn't get anywhere near her. She was scared to death."

DeSouza said personnel still cannot make sudden moves around the dog, but she has engaged with people since her arrival and is now frisky and playful.

She said the shelter will determine who gets the dog by going down the list of people who phoned or wrote about the dog in the order in which they came forward.

The county has stringent adoption standards, DeSouza said, and each person will be asked about other pets they might have, whether they own or rent, and other conditions in the home.

Ketterer said he and his wife are considering trying to adopt the dog.

"If we are successful, we'll call her Miracle," he said.

Officials and animal-care groups urge anyone with knowledge of people abusing animals to contact local law enforcement.

 

8/18/12

 

Police have determined that no dogs were killed Aug. 10 while tied to railroad tracks in the Tremont neighborhood, but one live dog was rescued after a train passed over it.

A train crew radioed a Norfolk Southern bridge tender to report that they ran over a dog apparently tied to the tracks because they could not stop in time, police said Friday night. It was later determined that the dog was not tied but that her leash was wedged between two rails, probably by accident.

The original story in Plain Dealer gained nationwide attention. It said three dogs were tied to CSX tracks around the same time on Aug. 10, and that two were killed. The story was based on interviews with police and a city animal-control officer.

The story prompted at least three organizations and a private citizen to offer a total of $15,000 in reward money seeking information about who was tying dogs to tracks. More than 50 people have called the Cuyahoga County Animal shelter with interest in adopting the surviving dog.

That mixed-breed female dog could be adopted soon, if no owner comes forward.

Cleveland Police Lt. Mark Ketterer, who headed the city investigation, interviewed the bridge tender at the center of the story on Friday night. The bridge tender, who works for Norfolk Southern and not CSX, was the person who freed the dog and was the source of the information relayed to police.

Ketterer said the man told him he reported to railroad police that the dog was stuck and they told him there were two similar incidents earlier in the week in which dogs were killed, but they did not say where.

The bridge tender repeated that information to an animal-control officer dispatched to the tracks off University Road in Tremont, after Cleveland police were contacted by the railroad.

By the time Ketterer got there, the animal warden was leaving with the dog. The warden told the lieutenant what he learned from the bridge tender. That included information that two dogs had been killed on Norfolk Southern tracks.

The Plain Dealer phoned a man believed to be the bridge tender on Thursday. He declined to give his name or make any public statements. He referred the reporter to Norfolk Southern police, who have not returned phone calls.

Ketterer said the railroad worker did nothing wrong. He said Friday was the first time police talked to him.

John Baird, the city's chief animal control officer, said that after he returned from vacation on Monday, the assistant animal warden told him the same thing he told Ketterer.

The Plain Dealer story ran on Wednesday. It also said the railroad worker saw a man with the dog taking pictures of it on the tracks.

Ketterer said the railroad employee told him he did not see anyone with the dog, but that a man was on the property taking pictures of the Interstate 90 bridge.

Leslie DeSouza, director of the county animal shelter, said last week the surviving dog appeared to be about two years old, and may be a beagle-doberman mix,

DeSouza that when the dog was transferred from the city kennel to the county facility, her physical condition was "amazingly remarkable. She came through this without a scratch."

However, the shelter director said the dog continued to show signs of mental trauma from the ordeal. "When she came to us we couldn't get anywhere near her. She was scared to death."

DeSouza said personnel still cannot make sudden moves around the dog, but she has engaged with people since her arrival and is now frisky and playful.

She said the shelter will determine who gets the dog by going down the list of people who phoned or wrote about the dog in the order in which they came forward.

The county has stringent adoption standards, DeSouza said, and each person will be asked about other pets they might have, whether they own or rent, and other conditions in the home.

Ketterer said he and his wife are considering trying to adopt the dog.

"If we are successful, we'll call her Miracle," he said.

Officials and animal-care groups urge anyone with knowledge of people abusing animals to contact local law enforcement.

 

 

Letter to
Cleveland Police Department & A.S.P.C.A.
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Cleveland Police Department & A.S.P.C.A..

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Punish the person(s) responsible according to Ohio law.

Certainly this must have been caught by security cameras at the railroad & we hope the police are investigating. This type of cruelty can not be overlooked; in articles, it states that the act may have been recorded by some sicko.

We want justice and we want answers.
Someone,somewhere saw something or knows something about this and needs to come forward.
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Sincerely,