Abandoned Dog Died Tied to Tree -- Deferred Sentence

Update 9/10/10
On September 7, 2010, Cody Manning pleaded guilty to one felony count of aggravated animal abuse and received a two-year deferred sentence of two years unsupervised probation, an animal cruelty evaluation and court costs.

(El Paso County, CO) Evicted in October 2009, Cody and Jessica Manning allegedly abandoned their two dogs, reportedly leaving one tied to a tree and one inside a trailer. A chocolate lab was allegedly tethered outside without food, water or shelter and was discovered there in December, deceased and presumed to have died due to exposure. A border collie left inside the trailer – also reportedly without food or water – had managed to stay alive by eating garbage, and has since been adopted into a new home. Cody Manning and Jessica Manning were charged with animal cruelty and were in court on March 1, 2010.

Clerk of the Court
El Paso County Courthouse
270 South Tejon
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
719-448-7700
case #2010CR-36 – Jessica Manning
case #2010CR-37 – Cody Manning

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If you witness an animal whose life appears to be in immediate danger (due, for example, to temperature extremes and exposure or starvation), calling 911 is appropriate. Complaints to local law enforcement authorities should always be made via a formal written report, and keeping a dated journal of developments is often useful for witnesses.

To cite financial hardship as an excuse for such cruel and callous crimes is to affront the countless number of people with economic limitations who sacrifice their own comfort, and often their egos, to ensure that their animals are humanely cared for. Animal abandonment – including the “foreclosure animal” cases of the last two years – continues to be heavily reported by the media. Look to your local humane agencies for resources, help them to make their resources known throughout your community, and see the following links for more inspiration:

The Pongo Fund – Pet Food Bank
No Paws Left Behind
CHANGE - Coins to Help Abandoned and NeGlected Equines
The Bearen Foundation
Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary Online Adoption Center Network
PAW Team Veterinary Services
United Animal Nations Lifeline Grants

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