Thursday, January 15, 2009

Man Decides Disabled Dog Rabid, Shoots and Decapitates It

A Standfordville, NY man, Stanley Jablonka, 50, decided a dog that belonged to a friend staying with his family was potentially rabid and rather than turn to authorities, he took matters into his own hands shot the dog then decapitated it.

The 3-year-old Great Dane, Humphry, belonged to Tracey Sturgess, his ex-wife’s sister who was staying with Jablonka while he fixed her car so she could be on her way to California. Not only was Humphry up to date on his shots, he was also blind and deaf and chained up in the garage at night where the atrocity took place.

Jablonka’s brother, Michael said the dog was aggressive and was barking at him and had him pinned.

When Jablonka was told he decided the dog probably had rabies so he shot him and being the real brainiac figured he had to chop the poor dog’s head off so it could get tested for rabies, even though Tracy had shown him Humphry’s up to date vaccination prior to that.

Sturgess said that Jablonka’s brother woke her up around midnight Sunday and told her there was a problem with her dog. She rushed out only to find a pool of blood but no dog and that was when they told her they had shot Humpgry and cut off his head.

“[Stanley] tried to say that the dog went after his brother,” she said, “but they shot the dog at the end of the chain. He was chained.”

“It’s a horrible act of violence,” Joyce Garrity, executive director of the DCSPCA said. “I’m extremely distressed.”

Just imagine, a blind and deaf dog, chained, in an unfamiliar environment, now would you expect he would probably be scared and wary, especially when people he doesn’t know come around him. By all accounts, Humphry was known as a friendly and non-aggressive dog. Sturgess said Humphry was well known in her previous hometown of Woodstock as being a sweetheart.

Even if for some reason the dog was acting aggressive, he was chained. A normal, sane person would have just stayed away from the dog and gotten the owner to deal with the situation, not resort to such a heinous act or they could have called animal control or the police.

Early Sunday morning police arrested and charged Jablonka with a misdemeanor violation of the state’s Agriculture and Markets Law. A misdemeanor! He shot and decapitated a defenseless, disabled dog!

What the hell is this world coming to?

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