Youngstown, OH: Back on January 30th, authorities found a heartbreaking and ghastly scene at the Western Reserve Transit Authority bus station. Two 6-week-old German Shepherd puppies had been brutally murdered and their little bodies were in a paper shopping bag in the freezing cold. It is estimated they had been dead for four to five hours.
Based on an investigation that included video surveillance and an eye-witness account, a 55-year-old homeless man named William Bednar has been arrested and charged with the crime. (Source.)
When the puppies were found, they had shoelaces knotted around their little necks like intricate nooses. They were virtually hog-tied, so every move they made to try to get free caused the nooses around their necks to tighten even more, causing them a slow, terrifying and agonizing death. These precious babies had to have been so afraid and desperate to free themselves, not realizing they were bringing on their own deaths with every move of their bodies.
Bednar was charged with two counts of felony cruelty to companion animals as well as two other charges of misdemeanor drug abuse instruments. He is currently in jail with bond set at $60,000. On February 17th, Municipal Judge Elizabeth Kobly ordered that Bednar undergo a competency evaluation before his trial could move forward. (Source.)
Bednar was arrested initially because of hypodermic syringes seen in the shopping cart he was pushing. In that cart were also the remains of what appeared to be a peregrine falcon, a dead squirrel, among other dead animals. He is no stranger to the legal system, having already been convicted of two prior counts of animal cruelty in 2000 and 2011 as well as public indecency and other convictions.
What is very disturbing is that authorities had found another puppy tied up in a similar manner earlier in the month. The perpetrator of that crime was never caught, but the similarities of how the puppy had been tied up are hard to ignore. Thankfully the puppy was reported after being spotted on a porch in time to save him.
Authorities are still investigating that case as well as other cases of abuse that have been reported recently to determine if Bednar was involved in those cases as well. For now, they as well as the shelters caring for the other recent victims of abuse are relieved he has been arrested and is off the streets.
A petition by the compassionate advocates at Hand4Paws is currently being circulated, asking that if convicted, Bednar receive the maximum penalties allowable by law and that he never be allowed to have any animals in his life in the future. If you would like to add your voice for justice for these two innocent puppies, you can access the petition here or at the link provided below.
These tiny puppies were small enough to fit inside a shopping bag and had clearly suffered as they struggled to free themselves before they finally died of strangulation. The harshest possible penalties need to be imposed against whomever is convicted of this horrendous crime, sending a message that this type of horror will not be tolerated any longer.
Rest in peace little ones. Advocates will speak for you now, seeking justice for your cruel and senseless deaths.
Click here to sign the petition: “Enough is Enough! Justice for two German Shepherd Puppies from Youngstown, Ohio.”
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