Animal Cruelty Case Serves as Reminder to All
On November 5, 2010, Fayetteville Animal Services Officer John Hart responded to an anonymous complaint of animal neglect at a house on S. Willow Ave in Fayetteville. On arrival, officers spoke with Quinn Logan, a resident of the house, who indicated that he was the owner of the animals at that location. Mr. Logan did cooperate and allowed the officers to see his animals.
The first dog seen was chained on the back porch of the house. This dog appeared to be in poor nutritional health but was still active and alert. The second dog was chained to a doghouse located at the back of the property. This dog was in an extremely emaciated condition and officers initially thought the dog to be dead. On closer inspection, the dog was found to be alive. Mr. Logan agreed to surrender ownership of both dogs to the officers, who immediately transported the dogs to the Fayetteville Animal Shelter for treatment. Animal Services Veterinarian, Dr. Rob Jones, attempted to revive the second dog but the dog’s heart could no longer sustain him. An assessment made by Dr. Jones indicated that the dog died from internal organ failure resulting from the later stages of starvation. All evidence and reports were forwarded to the Washington County Prosecutor’s Office, which later decided to file two felony counts of animal cruelty. This is the first animal cruelty felony arrest made in Northwest Arkansas.
The first dog found at the house is currently available for adoption at the Fayetteville Animal Shelter. Kilo is a light tan pit bull mix and he is about one year old. He has already been neutered and microchipped and is just waiting to find his new home.
The Fayetteville Animal Shelter would like to remind all citizens that there is help for those unable to provide for their animals. The Community Services Division began Ranger’s Pantry, a pet food bank, earlier this year to aid people who may be struggling to feed their pets. Also, the Shelter accepts owner- surrender animals at no fee although an appointment is requested. For further information on Ranger’s Pantry please contact Community Services at 444-8260.