10-06-2005, 05:22 PM
"Three dogs...all lying in a pool of blood...shot together."
KIM DAVIS, ANIMAL RESCUER FROM OKLAHOMA: "Three dogs, a large one and two small ones, all lying in a pool of blood. Looks like they all may have all been gathered together and shot together." Read this horrifying story and find out how YOU can help at http://livewire.fm/forums/showthread.php?t=633 .
10-06-2005, 10:31 PM
Only one post and thats the post? Anyone know if this is true or not?
10-06-2005, 11:17 PM
I have searched quite extensively, but that does not mean another article is not out there. I did extract the following, but you have to go about 2/3 of the way down the page to find this piece. I can't imagine something like this would not be jumped on by animal protection agencies out there.
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COOPER: You can't tell from the outside of this middle school but inside a slaughter took place.
KIM DAVIS, ANIMAL RESCUER FROM OKLAHOMA: Three dogs, a large one and two small ones, all lying in a pool of blood. Looks like they all may have all been gathered together and shot together. It's hard.
COOPER: Kim Davis came from Oklahoma as an animal rescuer. She never imagined she'd find a scene like this in a middle school that was used as an evacuation center after Katrina hit.
DAVIS: When dogs are shot like this, too, they don't die instantly as you can see from the large amount of blood. They bleed to death.
COOPER: In all there are 14 dogs. Some shot once, others several times. Some were tied up. One looks like it tried to run. All are badly decomposed. They have apparently been dead for weeks.
People came to this place to be evacuated. They had to leave their pets behind. You can even see where one woman tried to make sure she wouldn't lose her dogs; writing her name and phone number on the wall before she left. Others did the same thing.
KIT BAUER, EVACUEE: A lot of people, about 50 or 60 people evacuated to that point and brought their animals with us because they told us we could bring our animals.
COOPER: They were here for three days before evacuating and then the rules changed.
BAUER: They up and told us then that we couldn't take any of the animals with us, which everybody really went ballistic on and, you know, because that was like leaving your kids behind.
COOPER: One floor is littered with dog biscuits. We don't know how long after they left that the dogs were shot. But law enforcement and security experts say these bullets are the type used by law enforcement.
The animal rescuers blame Saint Bernard Parish sheriff's deputies.
JACK STEPHENS, SHERIFF OF SAINT BERNARD PARISH POLICE DEPARTMENT: My reaction is disgust.
COOPER: Sheriff Jack Stephens said he did not give the order to exterminate any dogs but admits it's possible one or more of his own deputies might have done it, so he's handing the case over to the State's Attorney.
STEPHENS: The cards will fall where they may in this thing.
COOPER: Stevens does say his men left as residents evacuated, so it's possible some other group or some individuals in the chaos of the disaster shot these dogs.
STEPHENS: I'm certainly not prepared to say without reservation that it wasn't one of our officers that did it, but what I do know is it's a despicable act. And someone who did this has some imperfection in their psyche and if that someone is a law enforcement officer then they can't be in this business. They're in the wrong business.
COOPER: Another tragedy uncovered where the only thing certain right now is the innocence of the victims.
COOPER: Well since we recorded that video another site of dead, decomposing dogs was discovered and it looked like those dogs had bullet wounds as well. CNN has seen pictures of the second site, just pictures, but they are just too graphic to show you right now.
Joining me now with more, animal rescue volunteer Kim Davis, who you just saw in that report. Kim, how did you find this place?
DAVIS: Actually, yesterday we were out doing rescues. We called a lady that was down in Saint Bernard Parish who has previously that day, asked for some help with some boat rescues so our group called her and asked if she still needed us to come down. She said that she had just been in that school and told us what she had found so we went on in there and discovered it all for ourselves and that's how we found out about it.
COOPER: And it's hard to sort of understand exactly what you were seeing. I mean, you saw animals without a doubt that had been shot, correct?
DAVIS: Absolutely, yes. Absolutely. The amounts of blood around --we saw shell casings from bullets all over the place. Bullet holes were in the dogs. You could see them in some of the legs, but primarily the amount of blood. The pools of blood were just horrific and they were obviously shot, obviously.
COOPER: And some of them were tied up at the time. DAVIS: Yes. We saw two or three that had been taken into a room, they were tied up with mini-blind cords from the windows so that they were tied into a corner, I guess, and then it was able to hold them there so that they could be shot. And the cords were still tied to the collars as of now.
COOPER: And these were all animals that had been left behind by people who had gathered there, been told to gather there to evacuate. Correct?
DAVIS: Yes. They had gone there as an evacuation point. They had spent three days there and they all had their animals with them. This was a three-story building. Most of the animals were on the second and the third floors and according to what we've heard the water had receded enough to where when they came in three days after the storm they were told they had to evacuate. They could not take their pets, but the people absolutely had to leave. They were able to leave in trucks. They didn't even have to be boat evacuated; large trucks that could have accommodated the pets with them as well.
COOPER: It is mind boggling and disturbing and we are going to continue to follow this no doubt tomorrow. A lot more people will have heard of this and let's see what happens. Kim, I appreciate you bringing this to us. Thank you very much.
DAVIS: Thank you so much, Anderson.
COOPER: Well just ahead tonight, your tax dollars at work. FEMA paying out more than $230 million for cruise ships that are only about half full. There is more to the story than meets the eye, however. We'll show you all the sides.
Plus a Waveland, Mississippi resident who lost everything to Katrina reflects on what's happened to him in the 30 days since his life changed forever.
BROWN: Some expect relief for FEMA. It's a case of damned if you do and damned if you don't. The agency paid hundreds of millions of dollars to rent cruise ships for the evacuees of Katrina, but now the ships are half empty and some people are wondering if your dollars have been wasted.
Here's CNN's Chris Lawrence.