Goldsboro Man Arrested For Allegedly Attacking Dog

A Goldsboro man is behind bars right now after he allegedly beat his dog right in front of a school bus full of kids. Fortunately the dog managed to survive.

Apparently 47 year old Donald Hatem tried to strangle his dog, the Wayne County Department of Animal Control was able to rescue the animal.

According to authorities Hatem faces felony charges of animal cruelty as a result of the beating.


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  • by me on Jan 11, 2009 at 05:47 AM
    look, I am so sick of people posting terrible comments about Donald. Donald is an animal lover and a very kindhearted person. He did NOT strangle and beat is freaking dog,he spanked his dog for running into the street. Donalds life has been completely turned upside dow, over an inaccurate story. I wish everyone would just lay off of him,he is not the person the media has portrayed him to be.
  • by Anonymous Location: in the local area on Jan 8, 2009 at 07:58 AM
    This is for the one ragging on the last name. This guy has a family in the local area and I pretty much think this is an embarrasment for them and for those with this last name, you can judge this person if you like but please don't judge the last name. I know some of these people and they are good people and they do come from a wonderful family and I feel really bad for this family. This guy has some awesome family members and like I said before I know this has to be VERY EMBERRASSING for them. So PLEASE don't judge the last NAME!!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 8, 2009 at 07:14 AM
    Are you guys not taking any more comments about this person. I've sent two so far for this one and one for the other person and you have not posted my comments for this one but have for the other one in a matter of a few mins. Whats going on??? Not being ugly but would like to see my comments I feel like they both have valuable info. that others should be reading.Thanks ( V ) and (why pass judgement)
  • by V Location: Goldsboro on Jan 8, 2009 at 07:04 AM
    To those that r following these 2 stories about the animals and 4 those that has read that " Mackenzie" is out on a 3,000 bond 4 KILLING ANIMALS AND HAVING ANIMALS IN HIS CARE THAT R PRETTY MUCH ON THEIR LAST LEG and "Hatem" is being charged with felony charges for his actions. What kind of system is being runned here. If you had 2 choose who would get the ligter sentence? Who deserves to be out on bond and who deserves to be behind bars. So cast a vote and share a response.
  • by Anonymous Location: Goldsboro on Jan 8, 2009 at 06:39 AM
    I've been reading all the comments 4 both guys and "Makenzie" is out on a 3,000 bond and "Hatem" is being charged with felony charges and the other guy gets only a slap on the wrist you might would say how is this? At least the 'Hatem" dog is alive and not dead. Would 'Hatem" got a lighter charge if his dog was dead? It seems that way to me after reading about "Mackenzie" and his issue. So for all those thats passing harsh judgement towards this "Hatem" guy ,please read and focus on "Mackenzie" and his issue. Hes the one that should b trashed and not "Hatem" his dog is alive and it was just one animal and not a dozen animals. I'm not condoning what "Hatem" did by no means at all. But I just think that the system is beng unfair to this person and people are trashing him when they shouldn't. I love animals just as much as the other readers and I have pets of my own that I love. I just think b4 passng judgement people should look @ both articles and decide which 1 did a major felony.
  • by why pass judgement? Location: Goldsboro on Jan 7, 2009 at 06:45 PM
    This is to for those that likes to pass judegment on others. Until you know exactly what happened I feel like you shouldn't judge. What are you really judging the person personally or the incident that happened? I was at the house when the animal control came and got the dog and from what I could see of the dog he was not hurt nor was Rockie bleeding or did he act scared and timmid. If you saw the size of the dog you would almost have to man handle him to get him under control. I'm not saying be mean physical with him , I can see how the bus driver could say that he was choking the dog if he grabbed the dog by thenap of the neck to grab him if he diden't have his collar on. How can you grab a dog of that size without a collar? And besides I feel like if the animal control was so worried about this dog and the way the dog was being handle then why did they wait so long to come and RESCUE HIM!!! This happened in the morning mayb 7-8 and they didn't come until I say between 1:30 - 2pm.
  • by disgusted with people Location: not in Kansas anymore on Jan 7, 2009 at 04:05 PM
    What is wrong with people? We have people that get their kicks by hurting animals and children. It truely makes me sick to my stomach. If people are really "above" animals, then they should act as such. We have the ability to reason and make decisions. People in a civilized society are supposed to have self-control. As for the comment about not being judgemental, well, guess what? That's why our society is in the shape it's in--people are so worried about offending somebody or being judgemental. Hello?! That's what used to deter people from being criminals!! Now, criminals have more rights than their victims. As for making the man late for work, give me a break. When kids do something to make you late for work, should they be strangled too? And I did post on the blog about the sicko that decapitated and tortured animals. Again, take a hard look at the shape in which our society finds itself. It just confirms all I've said here.
  • by scott Location: goldsboro on Jan 7, 2009 at 01:57 PM
    To Animama: I spank my children and discipline them strongly.Some people do not agree with it but I think it is appropriate, others do not.I am not saying it is okay to abuse a child or an animal but you do have to maintain the control factor if you want the child or animal to be obediant.It is a shame people get as worked up as they do over animal rights but can overlook all of the other important issues in todays world.
  • by Al Location: Greene Co on Jan 7, 2009 at 11:57 AM
    I have known this family for over 30 years. This one has always had an anger issue. It is finally time it caught up to him. I don't care if the dog got loose a hundred times ; the dog did not deserve this ! More so the Kids who saw it did not deserve a jerk like Donald to show them how to abuse an animal. I think he should pull some serious time and attend anger management classes and have a nice long community service cleaning the Kennels at the shelter and do a public speaking on animal cruelty. Furthermore I think the guy from Fremont needs to have his hind end beat and stay a lot longer time in prison . While he is there anger management and mental help . He needs Help and Cherry Hospital is the place for a long long time!!Call me extreme but there are signs. He has the classic signs of a serial killer. Glad I don't live near Fremont anymore!
  • by Animama on Jan 7, 2009 at 11:45 AM
    Come on Scott, loose dog or not, you don't jerk him around because he has frustrated you. I hope the dog goes to another home, "Hatem" surely doesn't seem to care about him. Mistake? So if the kids had not seen him it would have been OK for him to abuse the dog???
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