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Lake County Man Charged with Murder Nearly Starved Dog 4 Years Ago: Animal Investigator

Rescuers from Animal Education and Rescue point to connection between animal cruelty and violent crime.

A former Island Lake man was charged with first-degree murder in Phoenix, AZ; police say he beat his ex-wife’s boyfriend to death with a baseball bat, according to abc15.com.

Phoenix police said David Walker, 29, flew into Phoenix, broke into his ex-wife’s home, took a baseball bat from the garage, went into the bedroom and struck the boyfriend several times with a baseball bat. The victim, Adam Moring, 29, was from Cary, according to the Daily Herald.

Lake County animal rescue workers were saddened by this news, but not surprised. Sandy Wisniewski, of Libertyville-based Animal Education and Rescue (AEAR) said the organization was called in on a dog rescue operation at Walker’s home in Island Lake four years ago.

“This case was in the top five of our most serious cases in the history of AEAR,” Wisniewski said. “The dog was truly being starved.” See video of the beagle rescued by AEAR.

“It’s atrocious and heartbreaking and when we did the investigation he was just slapped with a $25 fine. He was not prosecuted,” Wisniewski said. She said the dog was not being fed even though there was dog food at the home. She said it was difficult to get the dog away, but AEAR persisted and was able to take the dog, bring it back to health and find an adoptive home. 

AEAR is calling a special meeting to be held from 7-9 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the Libertyville Civic Center, 135 W. Church St., Libertyville. The meeting will focus on the connection between animal cruelty, domestic violence, child abuse and crime.

Wisniewski said they will also discuss the laws and their experiences working with law enforcement, animal control and local officials.

“We’d like to focus on greater awareness of the issue and maybe spearhead some programs for change,” Wisniewski said.

Wisniewski points out that the connection of animal abuse to crimes against humans has been known for a long time, but is often not acknowledged.

Wisniewski said it is logical that animal cruelty is connected to cruelty toward humans.

"It should tell you something. If somebody is going to walk past a dog every single day and not going to feed the dog—someone like that is just evil; it's beyond ignorance," she said.

For more information, see AEAR’s Facebook page.

Sue October 23, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Presidential candidate Mitt Romney took his family on vacation years ago and drove for several hours with the family dog in a kennel, strapped to the roof of the car. When his children noticed that the dog had gotten sick all over itself (possibly from the severe stress of traveling at high rates of speed on the top of a car) Mr. Romney pulled over at a rest stop, hosed the dog off, put the dog back in the kennel, strapped the kennel back onto the roof of the car and proceeded to drive off. This tells me a lot about the moral character of Mitt Romney. He is NOT someone I trust to be President of the United States.
jene higuero October 24, 2012 at 07:44 AM
ppl just suck!!! there sick smh thank god this poor dog was saved!!! he should do some time no one takes animals lives seriously n im sick of itt!!!! we need to step up for our loyal furry friends enough abuse already n ROMNEY WAT HE DID TO HIS DOG IS JUST HEARTLESS THATS WHO THIS WORLD!!??? THIS IS JUST CRAZY HES A CRUEL HEARTLESS DUMB ASS WHO EVER VOTES FOR HIM IS JUST AS CRAZY!!

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