Tijuana, Mex. – A reward fund has been set up to find the culprit who savagely tortured an innocent pit bull, causing painful suffering and her eventual demise.
Her name was Crystal, but renamed Linda by Rebeca Altamirino, one of her rescuers. Altamirino did not want to call her by the name with which she was dubbed during her time being used and abused – which was essentially most of her life.
This is Linda’s sad story.
Like property, she was “obtained” by her original owner for one purpose: To make money. Angel (last name withheld) mutilated her ears, presumably to make her look menacing. She was then used to breed and breed and breed. She was nothing but a profit-making machine to him.
Whatever happened to her puppies is unknown. Given her owner’s greedy motive, it’s doubtful he knew or even cared about the character of the people willing to shell out the bucks for her puppies. Little to no thought was given to what the puppies were going to be “used” for – whether that be to make money (as he did), for fighting or, hopefully, to be a beloved family pet. “Out of sight, out of mind” – so the saying goes.
About a month ago, Angel was preparing to move to San Diego. He needed to get rid of the dog who was either the source of his income, or comprised a significant portion of it. His option? To sell her, of course. No way was he going to place her responsibly with a good family – not if it meant he wouldn’t be compensated for “it.”
Angel sold Linda to a woman, who will be referred to as Dayanna (last name withheld). According to a comment made by Dayanna, Linda was aggressive. Others who interacted with Linda vehemently disagree. They believe Linda and Dayanna’s other dog simply didn’t get along. Whatever the reason, Dayanna remedied the situation by throwing Linda out on the streets. Again, out of sight, out of mind.
When one abandons domesticated animals to fend for themselves – especially in Tijuana – they are extremely vulnerable to a myriad of dangers, including acts of cruelty by the most depraved, vile humans that walk amongst us. For about three weeks, Linda was homeless; roaming the streets near where she was thrown out.
Last week, Kathy Esteves – Altamirino’s friend and independent animal rescuer – noticed Linda roaming alone on the streets. As she approached her, she saw that Linda was bleeding out of her mouth and rectum. It was in the evening, so she used the flashlight on her phone to get a better view of what was going on. When Esteves lifted Linda’s tail, she was horrified by what she saw. Out of Linda’s rectum was about two inches of rebar (a steel rod).
WARNING: The video may be disturbing to some. Do not click the play button, unless you are prepared for what you are about to see.
Given the late hour and the need for immediate vet care, Esteves did the best she could. She posted Linda on facebook to ask for help, and then took her to the Chapulte Pets, Hospital Veterinario.
While there, the vet did nothing to determine if the metal rod caused internal injuries, even though she was bleeding out of both her rectum and mouth. Even a layperson would have known that X-rays were in order. But, rather than run tests, he simply sedated her, pulled the metal rod out, and sent Esteves and Linda on their way. It cannot be determined with certainty whether the vet hastened her death. What is known is that he did nothing to try and prevent it, or at least ease her pain by humanely euthanizing her, if X-rays showed her injuries were fatal.
The rod was 19 inches long, That means about 17 inches of the rod was jammed up her rectum. It is highly unlikely that a rod of that length did not perforate her colon or intestine, as well as cause other internal damage. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that the path from a dog’s rectum to his or her mouth isn’t linear. Still, rescuers often times have no choice but to trust the vet. *
Although Altamirino knew Linda needed vet care because of the bleeding from her mouth and rectum, she did not learn of its cause until she arrived at Esteves’ house. She took Linda home with her with plans on taking her to the vet in the morning for further testing. Linda was still heavily sedated, so was unresponsive. Her breathing was fine. She woke up once and drank some water, then laid down and curled up in a ball. She passed away soon thereafter.
Animal lovers in Baja California and its surrounding communities are sick and tired of having to witness abused and neglected animals that make up its landscape. Legislation passed in Sept 2014 reflects this sentiment.
The Congress of Baja California passed a law that criminalizes animal abuse. According to San Diego Red, “animal abuse” is a felony and includes:
[C]ausing an animal to unjustifiably die, killing an animal via means other than those established by approved legal norms, or any mean that causes the animal extreme suffering, among other acts.
Moreover, those found guilty under the statute faces “up to three years in prison and a fine of 100 minumum salaries.”
Laws are a reflection the society’s norms and values. If this relatively recent animal abuse legislation is not enforced, it means nothing. Independent rescuers who work in the border areas, including Crossing Guardians, have seen the worst animal abuses imaginable. This is an important issue that needs to be addressed. The rescue community wants this law to have meaning.
An innocent dog who suddenly found herself unwanted and alone was attacked by a person with a sick and twisted mind. The perverse act was carried out with careful deliberation, effort and with the specific intent to torture and cause her death. In fact, a police officer who drove Esteves and Linda to the vet was equally disturbed and has offered to help in any way he can.
Animal abusers have no place in a civilized society. Animal rights groups and activists are working diligently to flush out the person responsible for the torture-death of Linda, as evidenced by a number of publications about this case, including an article published by Uniradio Informa.
To help in that endeavor, Crossing Guardians has started a fundraising reward campaign for the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the torture killing of Linda. Not only must this person – “Satan’s minion” – be held accountable, but it will send a clear message to people in the border communities that animal cruelty and extreme neglect will not be tolerated.
Crossing Guardians was created to rescue border strays, but its board also believes it is important to help change the current assumption that animals don’t matter. Toward that end, as well as to help secure a conviction against the culprit (if found), Crossing Guardians is asking the community to make a tax-deductible contribution towards this very important fundraiser.
Anyone who would like to donate to help catch the predator and bring him to justice under the animal abuse legislation is asked to contribute by PayPal, or by visiting Crossing Guardians’ donation page, and notating that your contribution is for “Linda.” Again, your contribution is tax deductible. However, in the event the perpetrator is not found, arrested and convicted, donations will be refunded in its entirety. **
NOTE: This reward offer comes with a proviso. The following three parties, and any person or entity connected with any of the three parties, are not qualified to reap the benefits of this reward if the culprit is identified, arrested and convicted. They include: (1) Angel, the original owner who used Linda (AKA Crystal) to breed over and over, and then sold her like mere property;*** (2) Dayanna, the woman who threw Linda out on the streets like garbage; and (3) Chapulte Pets, Hospital Veterinario.
Anyone with information about this case, or of the identity of the person responsible for Linda’s torture-death is asked to email humane animal attorneys in Baja California (they act as animal cops) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sleep well, sweet Linda. So sorry humans failed you. You never had a chance.
Spanish version, click here.
* It is possible the vet advised Esteves what he needed to do with respect to Linda’s care, but that maybe she lacked the resources to go forward. Still, as a vet, most would agree he had the responsibility to relieve her suffering.
** Accurate record will be taken of each contribution and from whom the contribution was made.
*** It was reported that Linda’s original owner expressed guilt over her demise. There is no sympathy for him.