The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department deputies received a frightening drone footage showing a man shooting his dogs with a pellet gun on his Tacoma property.
Upon investigation, the officers ended up busting a large-scale neglect situation – with the owner being someone who has already faced suspicions regarding animal cruelty in the past.
After conducting a massive raid alongside animal control officers, the deputies were able to seize a total of 36 dogs from the property, with 15 being puppies under 12 weeks old.
The dogs were primarily used for breeding and selling. Most of them are suffering from concerning bloody stools and parasites.
A vet team is currently examining their puncture wounds and scars to determine if they are from pellet guns.
Just 9 months prior, 49 dogs were confiscated from the same property. Back then, the property was laced with extensive dog-fighting training supplies and the dogs had multiple scars that resembled dog-fighting injuries.
While the dogs were re-homed, the owner, 40-year-old Elmer James Givens Jr., had faced first-degree animal cruelty and animal fighting charges.
However, he was able to walk free with an order that banned him from having more than 5 dogs.
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Under the current circumstances, the deputies have launched an investigation around animal cruelty and illegal kennel operation.
A final blood work and X-ray report on these 36 dogs will determine the future course of action on this case.
It’s frustrating to see alleged repeat offenders getting away without consequences, only to commit the same crime.
Let’s raise our voices and demand a stricter punishment this time, if found guilty.
Click the video below to watch a report on the rescue of 36 dogs who were illegally kept and allegedly abused on the property.
h/t KOMO News
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A friend of mine has a beautiful Dalmatian. Friendly, energetic and lovable, she was a perfect family pet… but she wasn’t the smartest pooch on the planet. See, she knew how to go through the pet door out into the garden, but she had no clue how to get back inside. It never occurred to her that the flap could swing both ways. So she would sit outside and howl until my friend would open the door.
Repeated demonstrations of the dual movement of the flap had no effect; it just did not compute. The dog breeds on this list, however, probably don’t have that problem. They’re widely considered to be among the cleverest canines in the world. Take a look and see if you agree.
1. German Shepherd
No surprise here. German Shepherds are the world’s best police dogs, military dogs, and some have even been movie stars (remember Rin Tin Tin?). Brave, loyal, smart and strong, they’re the total package.
Also on the list of the best family-friendly dogs in the world, the Beagle has an incredible nose that lets them sniff out just about anything. Born detectives, they’re not the most trainable pets, but they are smart. And hey, nobody ever accused Snoopy of being dumb.
3. Golden Retriever
A popular choice for assistance dogs for their easy temperament, natural intelligence and loyalty, Golden Retrievers are natural guides and also serve as great rescue dogs. Active and fun to be around, they’re wonderful family pets.
4. Border Collie
Border Collies are considered by many to be the geniuses of the dog world. Expert herders, laser-focused (they’re known for their intense stare), and incredibly agile to boot, they’re workaholics and excellent athletes. Just don’t expect to keep one cooped up in an apartment.
Did you know poodles were originally hunting dogs? They respond very well to training and are quick to learn tricks. So don’t let the fluffy looks and styled mane fool you! These dogs are among the smart canines around. Plus, they’re among the best dogs in the world for those who suffer allergies.
6. Belgian Malinois
A terrific military dog, the Malinois is a natural herder, tracker and worker. Smart, trainable and protective, these dogs require an owner who knows what he or she is doing. In addition to the military, Malinois are often recruited as guard dogs and police dogs as well.
Named for their butterfly-shaped ears, papillons are small, cute and pretty smart. They’re considered the smartest of the toy dog breed, with intelligence levels comparable to the über-smart border collie. They’re alert and focused pets, and loyal and lovable: an ideal friend for he family.
Sadly, Dobermans are known more for their ferocity than their smarts, but these are considered among the most intelligent dogs in the world, as well as one of the most effective guard dogs around. They’re outstanding students known to be affectionate and obedient.
Don’t let the wrinkles and dopey expression fool you! Bloodhounds have the keenest of noses, and are often used for trailing (so much so that their evidence can be used in court against you!). These are loving but strong-willed dogs, and are often used on search and rescue missions.
10. Australian Cattle Dog
You need a smart, determined and energetic dog to control unruly cows. And that’s just what the Australian Cattle Dog, or ACD, does. They’re intelligent enough to herd these much larger creatures, and while they need their independence and wide open spaces, they’re eager workers who know how to get the job done.
Did we miss your brainy dog on this list? If so, write in and let us know about it!