Monday, January 09, 2006

Animal Rights Agents... Armed And Dangerous?

"A Bronx man was arrested on animal cruelty charges Sunday after veterinarians determined his dog _ found last month tethered 1 foot from a hot water pipe _ suffered burns and a broken rib.

Agents from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals investigating a report of a starving dog at a Bronx housing project on Dec. 13 found the 1-year-old pit bull mix, Oreo, tied to the hot pipe with a belt that allowed him just 1 foot of reach, ASPCA spokesman Joe Pentangelo said.

The agents took Oreo to an animal hospital, where X-rays showed he had a broken rib and burns on his right shoulder consistent with contact with the pipe, Pentangelo said. The dog was so thin that his ribs were clearly visible.

The dog's owner, Michael Delesline, 21, was arrested by ASPCA agents at the housing project on Sunday afternoon, Pentangelo said. A call to a telephone number listed for a Michael Delesline in the Bronx went unanswered Sunday night.

Delesline faces one count of aggravated animal cruelty and one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty, Pentangelo said.

Since Oreo was taken into ASPCA custody, he has gained 8 eight pounds.

The ASPCA, a private animal rights organization, was founded in 1866. Its Humane Law Enforcement Division investigates crimes against animals, and agents are authorized to carry out warrants and carry firearms."

First off, this guy needs some serious prison time.

Second… a private animal rights organization has agents carrying firearms? So, you can kill a human, but you can't hunt animals with a gun. Riigggghhhhtttt. Sure. And private citizens in New York can’t carry a firearm. New York is run by a bunch of hypocrites.

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