Skip to comments.Conn. man, 25, accused of severely beating golden retriever; neighbors hear yelps, bangs
Posted on 07/25/2010 9:50:28 AM PDT by Chet 99
By AMANDA PINTO, Journal Register News Service
WEST HAVEN A city man was charged with animal cruelty Thursday after neighbors heard a golden retriever yelping in pain.
Robert Barnes, 25, of 24 Lester St., second floor, was arrested around 5:30 p.m. Responding police officers found neighbors outside to report the sounds they had heard. Police found a 7-month-old golden retriever with severe injuries consistent with being beaten, Sgt. Martin Garcia said.
Neighbors reported hearing the yelps from 200 yards away. At one point, bangs, which witnesses believe was the dog being thrown against a wall or the floor, were loud enough to shake a neighbors kitchen windows.
The dog, which was limping and cowering, was taken to a veterinary hospital where it was treated for shoulder and leg injuries, as well as older injuries including scarring and infection, Garcia said. The dog, which belongs to an acquaintance of Barnes, will be re-evaluated this morning, Garcia said.
Barnes posted $7,500 bail, Garcia said, and is due July 13 in Superior Court in Milford.
Was it his dog?
It is the friend who is the owner that most needs to handle this.
The so-called owner isn’t much of one, seeing as how this has apparently been going on for at least seven months.
The dog needs to be turned over to a rescue organization where it will be loved and trained. Even if he recovers from the physical injuries, it will take a long time for his spirit to recover — if ever.
The perp needs to be jailed.
Some here believe that an "owner" should be able to do with an animal as he/she pleases (including torture) because they think the bible gives them license to do so.
Put this cowedly PIS in a room for 30 seconds with me, he’ll never hurt anyone or anything ever again
I volunteer to handle the owner and the abuser. I promise it won’t take longer than 20 minutes total. Just put me in an unfurnished room with them both. That’s why God gave me fingernails and teeth.
I bet you can't kill your own terminally ill pet in some jurisdictions now.
I don't believe in torturing anyone but Islamists and ex wives and my daughter's boyfriends but elevating dog pain stories to like human status...and consequence is just weird to me.
Considering what we ignore by the millions.
too bad it couldn't have been a pitbull eh?...course bulldogs are tough tough tough...I'm learning...My ABD is the strongest most heart critter I have ever seen in my life.
I get in my kids 4 wheeler and he races me across our pastures..like windsprints...400 yards each way...3-5 times...slobbers a bit and then some water and he's back to normal in a few minutes
they are incredible...not wonder assh*les fight them for betting
No, the article says it belongs to an acquaintance. I hope the owner as well as LE get the guy who did this.
Inbred mouth breather.
Someone needs to explain that, even in a Ken MacLeod-esque libertarian sci-fi fantasy world, the dog owner would simply contract another party to throw the abuser into a privately run, for-profit, prison. After the contract was adjudicated, of course.
Comparing the mercy of putting a sick or injured animal out of its misery with this sorry wast of protoplasm beating and abusing a puppy is not a valid comparison. Some are entirely too quick to euthanize, though, out of a lack of empathy or just sheer laziness.
We’re responsible for the animals in our care; we’re their stewards. They’re part of our households and we are held to account, in this world and in the judgment to come.
Oh man, I hate to hear stories like this.
We had a golden and she was the most lovable dog ever. Smart, and great with the kids, and she love to play ball with them. She was the best out fielder they could want.
No dog deserves to be treated like this scumbag did. All they want is a little love and they’ll love you 10 times back.
This bastard is the kind of guy who should be thrown in a pit with a pack of hungry wolves.
The last cocker I rescued came form an abusive situation. He was 7 months old and was kept in a crate almost 24/7. The owner who surrendered said the neighbors complained because the puppy barked and whined. He also said the puppy soiled his bed, well duh! The man left him home alone in the crate from 6 AM until 10 PM.
He grew to love and trust us, housebroke easily but had food issues so was not a dog I would have felt comfortable placing. He lived with us until he died last Jan. I loved him and miss him still. I have also retired from rescue. Burned out, you can’t save them all and it was seriously affecting my feelings toward people.
Let me guess, his name is spike. He resembles the old cartoon dog in Tom and Jerry Cartoons(the old ones, not the PC new ones).
I’m glad that you had such a good experience with your cocker. I have a Golden that was found as a stray (so I was told). The young woman who found him could not keep him at her home so she took him to her parents’ house where he was locked into a shed for 6 weeks. Finally somebody persuaded these people to turn him over to a Rescue organization where I adopted him. He was just bonkers when we first got him, bouncing off the wall. But, we have a big place and he settled in nicely here.
He’s a wonderful dog, now, with a few minor quirks. Mostly we have trained those out of him, and we think he’s the most wonderful dog in the world. He still does not like to be in a room where someone shuts the door and leaves him alone, however, and we’ve had him 8 years.
I have seen such dogs that have been rescued. Some bounce back well. I have seen one German Shepherd that was rescued from a very abusive situation, but is still able to “read” people. Others wind up have trouble trusting other humans. I have seen this in one rescued golden retriever. The owner had several golden retrievers, and this one was particularly out of character for the breed, compared to the rest of his dogs - defensive, showed some definite fear of strangers. I asked the owner if that one was a rescue adoption, he replied that it was.
There is always some degree of training involved, since there is always some degree of psychological damage to the dog.
You would not believe the number of people who wanted to dump elderly sick animals in our cocker rescue. Often they were already talking about the new puppy they were going to get!
I even had some call me and ask would I take their pet to the vet to be put down because they “couldn’t stand to do it”.
I tried to do the best I could in regards educating people about pet ownership and tried to work to keep the dog in the home, but some people are just too stupid and selfish. My prayer for them as I picked up the dog was Please God don’t let them get another animal.
Makes me angry thinking about it.
And people complain that rescues are picky about where the animal goes, darn right...the poor things have most often suffered enough.
I have a black lab/German Shorthair mix now, a rescue dog that was abused severely, it has taken 3 years to get him to trust us entirely but he is a sweetie. Gave him to my grand Daughter.
Our male Golden showed up here (I live in the mountains) one day, starved and dehydrated and with sores all over his body. He was about 15 months old. Took him to the vet and vet said he was about FORTY pounds underweight!! We thought maybe he’d been lost in the forest for quite some time to look the way he did.
Two days later this scummy guy who looked like an extra from the film “Deliverence” showed up. He was searching for his dog, a Golden. We asked, when did his dog go missing, he said TWO DAYS AGO! We said “nope....haven’t seen him”. We were not about to return that poor dog to this torturer. We figured he kept the dog to use as bait for training pit bulls.
Now, seven years later, he’s just a loving, goofy dog, who has the inclination to eat anything and everything, and drinks ten times more water than he should........a result of the abuse he went through as a pup, we think.
We named him Spencer, but a little later found a name tag that we think had been his. The tag gave his name as “Buster Hymen”.
“60 seconds alone in a room with me.”
I’ll hold the power tools for you.
My special dog was a rescue, a Chocolate Lab out of a field champion line. Beautiful, smart, loyal and true. Couldn’t have asked for a better friend and companion, for 14 1/2 years. But, until the day he died he was terrified of fire, and would get antsy if he even smelled one. I’ve always wondered what he endured before he and I found each other.
My vet charges $25.00 and will either give me the remains in a box for home burial or dispose of the body. I think the disposal fee is $10.00. I have never done that my pets are buried at home.
If it was a pit bull instead, Chet would probably be pleased.
Bingo, here we have a bunch of people that call themselves conservative, whining about how some treats their personal property. Do I need approval from you fake conservatives the next time I cut the balls off of a calf.
I love Goldens.
My husband having a little talk with my Golden who was stealing tomatoes from off the bush:
Bingo, here we have a bunch of people that call themselves conservative, whining about how someone treats their personal property. Do I need approval from you fake conservatives the next time I cut the balls off of a calf. That being said he should not be beating up on the dog because it makes him feel better. But had the same animal been running lose on my property there would not have been a yelp louder than the bark of the 22-250.
Um, no. If an animal is vicious and needs to be put down, it should be done so in a humane fashion. The pit bull cannot understand or comprehend why its actions were wrong. The owner, on the other hand...
And knees. :-D
It's Bush's fault. ;)
Goldens - especially males - pretty much remain puppy-like for most of their lives. As you said, more than some people can handle. It would be nice if people actually did some research about dog breeds before buying one.
“A city man was charged with animal cruelty Thursday after neighbors heard a golden retriever yelping in pain.”
He’s not a man...morally or ethically.
I don’t know; I just found the picture on Google.
You can help hang the plastic sheeting, though.
For further reference, Robert, the name of the Stooges song is “I Wanna Be Your Dog”, not “I Wanna Beat My Dog”.
Nah, you can do that all you like. In this day and age, testosterone is evil and must be eliminated. Do your kids and relatives too while you’re at it. Planned parenthood would probably give you a grant.
That depends. Do you keep them in a jar on your nightstand?
Animals aren't your property, Mr. Somebody Pooped in my Cornflakes.
They are God's property that you are given lease to.
You beat a subordinate life form in front of me because you don't have control of your emotions, and I'll kick your monkey ass on behalf of the tenants you're abusing.
I didn’t compare it. I never equated them.
I asked a question and made some observations.
25 bucks is cheap..some here want 170-250
Walkers are very bright dogs, but do have their perceptual weaknesses. Understanding cars and traffic is one of them. It was a death sentence by someone too lazy to carry it out themselves. She'd have died if I hadn't picked her up, pulled over, opened the door and she jumped in. Been together a year and a half now.
She was running up to every passing car, hopeful with tail wagging, only to slink off when the car didn't stop. Right in the middle of a four lane highway. I just don't like people very much, sometimes.
Those people that change dogs every other year are usually the ones that don’t know how to discipline a dog(or kids). I can’t stand those people either. They also tend to be incapable of managing their money.
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