Yuma Arizona Dog Humanely Euthanized After Owner Starved Dog

Pit Bull Euthanized

Yuma dog starved to death by owner
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Yuma, Arizona Pit Bull Humanely Euthanized After Owner Starved Dog

Every time I read of another story of animal cruelty inflicted by so-called loving owners, I wonder when or if the abuse will ever end. Today I'd like to tell you of a pit bull in Yuma, Arizona who was starved by it's owners.

The case began with a "loose animal" call placed to HSOY (Humane Society of Yuma) Animal Control Sgt. Aaron Acton on Saturday, October 30 reporting a dog was running loose in the 4700 block of 19th Avenue. Upon responding to the call, Action discovered three pit bull dogs inside the home of Joseph and Rose Moreno of Yuma. Of the three dogs confined inside the house, one was the dog in question. All were underweight.

At this time Sgt. Action heard barking in the back yard. When he investigated the source, Action discovered a severely emancipated pit bull chained without food or water. The emanciated dog, which weighed 43.5 lbs (a normal pit should weigh 75 lbs) was too dehydrated and weak to stand and had to be humanely euthanized because of it's condition.

In a statement made to KWST News 13, the Humane Society of Yuma verified the above information.

Joseph Moreno of Yuma, Arizona have been arrested and charged with two felony animal cruelty and two misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty. Rose Moreno may be facing the same charges after the case is reviewed by the Yuma County attorney. None have been filed at the time of this report.

The Humane Society of Yuma would like to remind everyone to report cases of suspected animal abuse to their office or to the police.

I will keep the readers here informed of any updates in the case.

Cases almost identical to this one are popping up all over the United States. This is a very serious crime and I hope everyone agrees with me that stricter penalties need to be enacted into law to punish these offenders.

I hope each of the readers here will do their part in signing petitions and supporting groups that can make the state laws tougher. Not just in Arizona. Every state in our nation should consider animal abuse/animal cruelty a felony with mandatory jail time of more than just a pat on the wrist for torturing or killing a helpless animal. Many states have a maximum of less than a year imprisonment.  This is NOT a deterrent for an abuser.

I began this petition a few months ago to demand a National Registry for Animal Abusers and it is far short of the signatures I feel it should have. This is my first step in stopping animal cruelty. I hope you sign this petition and pass it on to friends.

Thank you all for your support. I appreciate the comments, although I do get a little behind sometimes in replying to each of them.


Elisa Black-Taylor is a regular contributor to pictures-of-cats.org


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Whitney05 6 years ago from Georgia

That dog never would have been able to live a happy life after being rescued like that. I hate to say it, but I think the right decision was made to euthanize. I just hope the owners get some sort of charge for that.

Jill 6 years ago

I have worked in the same building with this person (using the term lightly) for years! Talked with her, watched her "eat" (while her animals were suffering)!!! If I had known her horrible "secrets" I would have reported her myself!!!!! If there is any justice, she and her husband would be locked chained, locked up and starved while being forced to watch others eat!!!!!!

Kristie 6 years ago

This disgusts me! How can ANYONE think this is okay. Anyone who allows this to happen and anyone who supports this garbage disgusts me! I only have three words to say..."you freaking *itch...you are one sick person"

Kristie 6 years ago

This disgusts me! How can ANYONE think this is okay. Anyone who allows this to happen and anyone who supports this garbage disgusts me! I only have three words to say..."you freaking *itch...you are one sick person"

Kristie 6 years ago

This disgusts me! How can ANYONE think this is okay. Anyone who allows this to happen and anyone who supports this garbage disgusts me! I only have three words to say..."you freaking *itch...you are one sick person"

Brad 6 years ago

The people who did this(if you can even call them that) should be punished to the max. NO living should diserve to die this way its torcher They seen this dog in there back yard probably every day and felt nothing. If you have no means to look after a animal, knowns holding a gun to your head give it up for adoption where someone whos capable can take over. Theres no excuse for this. I think animal cruelty punishment should be no different to if it were a human. These animals can feel pain like anyone else! I take my hat off to the animal cruelty society. I for one would never be able to keep my cool faced with the owners of such neglected pets

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viveresperando 5 years ago from A Place Where Nothing Is Real

This breaks my heart. Thank you for bringing awareness!

viper3447 5 years ago

this hurts me

Wowlol 5 years ago

Seriously most dogs are starved and also are sold for food in where I came from...

Eric In Oregon 5 years ago

These so called Humans who could do this to a living creature do not have a heart or soul. Most if not all canines are merely 2 year old children stuck in a dogs body. They feel everything humans do and then some. They are one of our greatest gifts and should be treated as such. The best justice for abusers is to have them experience the abuse they have given for themselves. The photo of the abused and chained "Mans Best Friend" is truly heartbreaking.

samantha 4 years ago

this is sad ,& sickening this dog must be in soooo much pain !!!!! -samantha

karen 4 years ago

omg enserio

kaori 4 years ago

omg poor dog he suffer alot!!:(this is sad

i think this is sad really sad!!!!!!!

Sandra Reeves 20 months ago

these people should have gone to jail-this is the type of unacceptable behavior being taught all around the world and without justice it grows bigger and stronger....punish these criminals

Sonja panis 2 months ago

How can people not see THE suffer and pain from that poor innocent soul gouvernement or state must do alot more about animal abuse this is not acceptabel cruelty to animals chould be punisht as Well like humans i see no different this is murder iT is heartbreaking THE way they treat pure hearted souls criminaliseren and evil people

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