Man Repeatedly Slams Neighbors Barking Dog On Ground

By: Courtesy WOWT.Com
By: Courtesy WOWT.Com

An Omaha, Nebraska man has been cited for animal cruelty after allegedly beating a dog because it wouldn't stop barking. The rat terrier mix had injuries severe enough that it had to be euthanized.

The dog, named Pompoo, was tethered on the back porch of an apartment at 75th and Howard Streets on Monday morning.

Pompoo's owner, Catalina Snyder, says 57-year-old Kevin Cleavenger knocked on her door, but she didn't answer because she was scared of Cleavenger. Then she said she heard yelping and saw Cleavenger slamming her dog repeatedly to the ground before leaving.

Catalina's husband Michael couldn't believe the man would do such a thing. "He took my dog by the leash and slammed him on the ground four times, as hard as he could do it, and then when he wasn't moving no more he went back up to his place."

Catalina Snyder says, "I didn't say anything because I was scared and then after that the dog is laying there and I thought he was dead."

Mark Langan at the Nebraska Humane Society said the dog's injuries were severe. Pompoo had internal bleeding and was euthanized. "This was a very vicious attack, there was absolutely no reason for it whatsoever."

Langan said there are better ways to handle a barking dog, like calling the Humane Society or police.

"It still never ceases to amaze me how mean and stupid people can be and this is a perfect example right here, there's absolutely no excuse for what this person did," said Langan.

The Nebraska Humane Society cited the suspect for misdemeanor animal cruelty, but a felony is still possible.

Langan says, "In order to prove felony animal cruelty, you have to show one of four things: repeated beatings, mutilation, torture or abandonment resulting in serious injury, illness or death to the animal."

"Repeated" beating could be the key for a felony in this case, plus intentional and knowing harm must be shown.

Since the state enacted the felony law in 2003, there have been felony animal cruelty cases in the metro. In 2004, the first case, Jariel Pittman was sentenced to at least 16 months in jail. In 2005, Anthony Schepis was sentenced to one to two years.

Now Langan says, it's time to evaluate Pompoo's death. "The county attorney's office has to look at it in a black and white fashion - can they prove the facts in court - and I trust their opinion as to the decisions they make."

The Douglas County Attorney's Office will be looking over this case Thursday to decide whether it's misdemeanor or a felony. A felony charge is a maximum of five years and/or a $10,000 fine. A misdemeanor is up to six months in jail and a $500 fine.

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  • by By the way.... Location: 6 dogs at any given time... on Apr 30, 2009 at 12:22 AM
    Yes, dogs do bark, WHEN NECESSARY! Of my 3 little dogs, 1 is a chihuahua and the other is a dachsund. If I can own a weiner dog that doesn't bark, then ANYONE can have a dog that doesn't bark at inappropriate times. Know this, NO ONE will come into my house in the middle of the night and not have to confront the dogs, but anyone I welcome into MY HOME, will NOT be barked at! I believe EVERY dog owner should have that philosophy. By the way... I've been a vet tech since 98', so I've dealt with dogs from ALL walks of life..... all of my dogs have also been rescue dogs with behavior problems! Be rational and think about others and it will become common sense on how to train your dog. If you don't want them to bite you when they're unhappy, then they need to learn not to bite when they're happy. SELF CONTROL! Not physical control.... the mind is what you have to tap into. Good luck to all my fellow people who work nights and get to enjoy the incessant barking of 1-3 neighbor dogs ALL day!!
  • by response to J. Simard... on Apr 30, 2009 at 12:14 AM
    I couldn't agree more! At any given time, we have 6 dogs (3 over 50 # and 3 under 10 #) and we are known in the neighborhood as the house with the dogs that don't bark. My dominant female is allowed to bark 1 time if someone knocks on our door (delivery man) and is not allowed to move off the couch. People don't understand that dogs DO know the difference between a threat and a welcomed guest. If Ms Snyder would actually do something (walk on leash and socialize the dog) instead of tying it to her back porch, then maybe it wouldn't have lived the miserable life it did and have the miserable death that it ended with. TAKE SOME RESPONSIBILITY! Your dog should NEVER affect another person! In your house, out walking on the leash. Out of control behaivor is just that, out of control behavior. Teach your pet to restrain himself instead of using force, and you'll see immediate results. You don't hold the kid in the "bad chair", you expect them to sit there b/c they were told to, same with dog!
  • by Jeanne Simard Location: Florida on Apr 27, 2009 at 01:02 PM
    Trust me, this man has spoken to her before about this yapper. Why would she be afraid of him if this were the first time he came over to complain about the barking? Until YOU'VE lived next to a constantly barking dog you just can't understand how annoying it is. It's amazing how most ignorant owners of barking dogs don't even hear their own dog barking. Confront them and they become HIGHLY defensive. Like I'm supposed to listen to that all day and night? And you expect me to NOT complain? You don't need to own a dog if you can't take responsibility for it. Your noise nuisance is invading my privacy. Get a grip. Unfortunately most animal service/police departments just don't get it when it comes to this type of noise. The laws are written in favor of the owner of the barking dog. It's up to YOU to get the law changed. Yes, it's an uphill battle, but well worth it. Would you ever leave a crying child outside for hours on end? You say a dog is a member of the family, then don't ignore it!
  • by Alex Location: Vanceboro on Apr 26, 2009 at 12:36 PM
    While I do not condone violence, the dog's owner had a responisbility to make sure that her dog did not infringe on the rights of everyone around them. Not everyone thinks that the sound of a constantly barking dog is like music to the ear. If the man was trying to get some sleep in order to put food on his family's table, the barking of the dog was an infringement on his rights.
  • by mary Location: North Carolina on Apr 26, 2009 at 06:27 AM
    While I would never approve of this type of behavior, I have to say if the owner's of the dog had controlled their pet, this would not have happened. Dog owners need to insure that their pets are not annoying neighbors whether its due to constant barking or roaming around the neighborhood.
  • by dog lover Location: but also in need of sleep on Apr 25, 2009 at 06:05 PM
    why do people allow there dogs to bark like this? I would never allow my dog to bark alot, anyone who has a dog that allows it to bark all the time, please be aware it affects others lives. Maybe my neighbor will shut their dog up, i doubt it.
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Apr 25, 2009 at 03:21 PM
    Why didn't the owners of the dog show a little concern for the feeling of others. No body wants to hear a dog bark for a long time. He should have called animal control or dailed 911 and let the operator listen to the barking until it upset them.
  • by TLC Location: Placerville on Apr 24, 2009 at 12:55 PM
    Who's to say if she had answered the door, he wouldn't have given her a pounding as well? This guy obviously has issues and needs anger management. Maybe keeping him locked up for awhile will do him some good because he doesn't play well with others.
  • by Mimi Location: Farmville, NC on Apr 24, 2009 at 11:37 AM
    It does not matter if the lady answered the door or not. The point is that her neighbor intentionally harmed her dog. I have a small yappy dog, but my neighbor has a large barking dog that she leaves out during the night and barks. I just learn to tune it out because the dog cannot help it, thats what dogs do; bark!! The neighbor definately has some issues that need to be addressed. What if it was a crying baby/child???
  • by ls Location: nb on Apr 24, 2009 at 05:42 AM
    There's no excuse for animal abuse....BUT, I also have a neighbor with a YAPPY dog that is a pest and comes in my yard barking at me and my family...the owners should realize that they are responsible for their pets and should've quieted the dog. They should've have been considerate and answered the door!
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