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Bikers offer to take in abused dog

Posted October 19, 2008

— A group of bikers based in Connecticut has offered to take in a dog whose Vance County owner was arrested for abuse.

The county Animal Shelter has been giving veterinary care to the dog since animal control officers took him from a home at 902 Park Ave. in Henderson on Oct. 13.

Animal Control Chief Alex Hargrove said the dog was tied a tree and was emaciated. The flesh of the dog's neck had grown around a web collar and a chain, and his left hind leg was swollen.

The Bikers Against Animal Cruelty nonprofit has agreed to take the dog after it is healthy enough to travel.

BAAC came together September 2007 during the aftermath of Michael Vick animal cruelty case. The group works with rescue groups, raises money to defray veterinary costs and conducts educational activities.

Henderson police arrested the dog's owner, Samuel Fields, 46, and charged him with depriving the animals of necessary sustenance and denying medical attention.

Animal control officers also found six more dogs in one pen at the house. None of the animals had access to food or water, officers said.

Fields told animal control officers that he fed the tied dog daily, that the dog would not let him remove the collar and that its leg injury occurred when it tried to jump the fence.


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  • teacher-mom Oct 20, 2008

    That is a lucky dog. Nothing can be as bad as life was before the arrest. We have a dog that was almost that bad. He walked away and came to my Mom's house. She would not give him back. He has scars where he was chained. He enjoys it here.

  • TreeHugga Oct 20, 2008

    That was a real decent things those bikers did. I like to see stories where animals are saved from inhumane treatment and given the care they deserve.

  • Adelinthe Oct 20, 2008

    Thank God animal control in Henderson chose care instead of euthanisia for this dog, and thank God for the bikers.

    Thank and Praise God!!!

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Trixie Oct 20, 2008

    I'm just waiting for some idiot to make the usually post that we should concentrate on taking care of people instead of animals. I don't understand how people can't see that as humans we have the responsibilty to care for animals, esp. the ones WE domesticated. It's about having compassionate for something outside yourself.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Oct 20, 2008

    Congratulations to the bikers for doing something worthy.

  • dko Oct 20, 2008

    Amazing , he proved his self guilty , If he tied him every morning then he knew he was not being fed LOCK HIM UP and thnrow away the key

  • North Carolina Native Oct 20, 2008

    Kudos to you BAAC.