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IA: Iowa City man charged with neglecting pit bulls

Discussion in 'Pit Bull News' started by Vicki, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Administrator

    Iowa City man charged with neglecting pit bulls

    The badly damaged ear of Duke, one of five pit bull terriers taken from the manufactured home of Darrell Keith Cathey, 24, of 218 Blackfoot Trail in the Regency Mobile Home Park, stands outside of the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center Friday, Aug. 6, 2010 in Iowa City. Cathey is in jail on 13 charges, including eight charges of animal neglect. According to the official report, the conditions inside the trailer were deplorable with blood, feces and urine. (Brian Ray/The gazette)

    Posted on Aug 06, 2010 by Diane Heldt.

    UPDATE: An Iowa City man has been charged with animal neglect after Johnson County sheriff’s deputies say they found five pit bulls with no food or water inside a trailer with blood, feces and urine.

    “I’ve never heard or seen it myself where they were this bad,†said Johnson County Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek.

    Darrell Keith Cathey, 24, of 218 Blackfoot Trail, is in jail on 13 charges, including eight charges of animal neglect, three of which are for serious animal neglect.

    Deputies were dispatched to the trailer Monday for a welfare check after receiving a tip about several dogs living inside that were reported to be left in their kennels for extended periods of time, according to Detective Doug Gwinn.

    Cathey told deputies by telephone that he was in Chicago and was on his way back to the trailer.

    Officials say they found five pit bulls with no food or water, and that Cathey had made no arrangements for the dogs’ care while he was away.

    “I think there were some fresh wounds on the animals,†Sheriff Pulkrabek said. “Some blood.â€

    Johnson County deputies called in Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Services to assist with the five dogs found inside the mobile home.

    “I saw two dogs confined in a crate within a front room and another dog that was loose,†said Misha Goodman, director of Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Services. “All of the dogs appeared to have injuries of various types.â€

    Goodman said those injuries include “lots of puncture wounds, lots of rips and tears, mostly of the head areas.â€

    “The puncture wounds are from other animals,†Goodman said. “Thee are rips and tears and punctures that would be generally from other dogs, like biting, ripping, [and] tearing.â€

    Goodman said a dog could sustain similar injuries by getting his head stuck in a machine, though the puncture wounds on the dogs indicate “teeth wounds.â€

    The dogs also have a significant amount of scratches and scars all over their bodies.

    “Some will need major surgery,†Goodman said. “Some of their wounds will heal, through they will continue to have scaring.â€

    Goodman believes some of the dogs have suffered injuries that they will never fully recover from. One dog, Duce, has swollen paws due to multiple puncture wounds. Goodman fears he may have muscle and tendon damage. Another dog, Duke, had one of his ears severely damaged. Officials say Duke was hospitalized for two days.

    Goodman said all of the dogs are receiving antibiotics.

    The Sheriff’s Department is investigating this incident, though they are not confirming suspicions of dog fighting.

    “If someone came to us and said, ‘Well, I know for a fact the person’s been dog fighting,†then we’d be looking into it,†Sheriff Pulkrabek said. “Right now, it’s just a matter of animal neglect.â€

    Goodman said Iowa City Animal Services has dealt with another complaint involving Cathey.

    “At that time, the complaint was that the owner was breeding dogs and possibly fighting dogs,†she said.

    Goodman said their investigation did not find any evidence of dog fighting, but Cathey admitted he was breeding dogs.

    Cathey was charged Thursday. He was in the Johnson County Jail Friday morning on a $6,000 cash bond. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 16 at 2 p.m. at the Johnson County Courthouse.

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  2. Man did he burn that puppy that was posted above?that looks like it hurts and it may be infected:(
  3. Lucy Loo

    Lucy Loo Little Dog

    Poor dogs......especially that poor guy above.....he doesn't look too happy. :( Hopefully the dogs can get cleaned up and treated medically and get a chance with a foster family in lieu of being euth'd.
  4. Budboy88

    Budboy88 Good Dog

    One more piece of shit gone, good job guys.
  5. dispatch

    dispatch Little Dog

    Amongst themselves while left alone in a trailer.

    What a piece of human debris, he shouldn't even own a pet rock.

    Those poor dogs. :(
  6. 2die4uk

    2die4uk Puppy

    sickos the man should be pts

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