Pit bull killing prompts animal cruelty protest walk in Machias

Contributed Photo to the Bangor Daily News

The violent death of this female pit bull, Remi, has prompted a walk against animal cruelty in Machias on Sunday, Nov. 18.

EAST MACHIAS, Maine — “I guess people really don’t care.”

That’s the conclusion drawn by Jason Barry of East Machias, who seems baffled by what he perceives as a lack of law enforcement interest in what he describes as the “torture” and death of a female pit bull owned by Michelle Rhodes of East Machias.

Barry said a walk in Machias protesting animal cruelty has been organized for 9 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, beginning at the gymnasium of the Rose Gaffney Elementary School on Upper Court Street and continuing to Tom’s Mini Mart on Route 1. Walkers will return to the gymnasium for refreshments and a silent auction to benefit the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Rhodes said in a Facebook posting that her dog Remi, which had just given birth to a litter of 13 pups, went missing in late October. After a search by Barry, the dog was found dead in an apple orchard in the Gardner Lakes area near the Washington County community of Whiting. Barry said he has photos that show that the dog’s throat was cut and that its body was riddled with gunshot wounds.

Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith has confirmed that the “incident did happen.” It has been investigated both by Maine State Police and by East Machias Animal Control Officer Kevin Nelson, who also is a Machias police officer.

“Right now we’re not doing anything, just waiting to see if people will talk,” Nelson said Friday. “While I do believe the dog was shot, I don’t believe the whole story. It just doesn’t add up.”

Reward money is being accumulated, Barry said, both through online donations and an account at a local credit union.

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"While I do believe the dog

"While I do believe the dog was shot, I don't believe the whole story. It just doesn't add up."
The body was riddled with gunshot wounds so you have to admit that happened, the throat was cut, I assume that was also obvious. So may I ask what doesn't add up? Someone tortured this poor dog and Nelson says "right now we're not doing anything, just waiting to see if people will talk."
I think what was left out was ....it is too bad but we're waiting to see if we wait long enough people will just forget about it.
Very sad how this poor dog suffered before she died and no one cares, not to mention the connection between animal abuse and human abuse? Anyone who could do this to an animal is violent, capable of more violence and needs at the very least to be in jail AND needs to have a mental evaluation.

FRANK EARLEY's picture

People don't treat animals this way....

In my opinion, once someone crosses that line, they cease to belong to the human race. I'm not exactly sure what it is they turn into, what ever it is, I probably couldn't use the phrase here. They are definitely not people. I truly hope this individual, somehow winds up on the receiving end of this same treatment. Nothing would make me happier......

RONALD RIML's picture

An 'Incident' happened???

No, Sheriff. That's a Crime. Now do your job and investigate it.

Rowan White's picture

I cannot and will never

I cannot and will never understand how people can treat animals in such a cruel manner. Suffice it to say, I have to wonder how the individual(s) involved treats other animals and humans.


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