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Abused dog case ends happily, puppy gets a new home in SL

Monday, September 21, 2009

A dog involved in an unusual animal abuse case has found a good home in Storm Lake and is recovering, while the Sioux City man who admitted to breaking the animal's jaw and knocking out some of its teeth has been ordered not to possess any animals during a two-year probation period.

Eldon Wabasha, 24, was sentenced late last week in District Court for abusing the five-month old mix-breed puppy Sneegles that belonged to his cousin Jewel Starr. Judge John Nelson gave Wabasha 30 days in jail (25 already served) followed by probation.

Wabasha read a statement of apology in court, reportedly admitting that he knew his actions were wrong and deeply disturbing.

Witness accounts indicate that Wabasha had been drinking August 15, and was at a party near his cousin's home when he was involved in an altercation. He apparently entered the cousin's house and took his anger out on the puppy.

"It was kind of a gruesome scene to where there was blood up the walls, blood all over the floor, everywhere," said Animal Control Officer Cody Harrington. He says the dog lost teeth, and her jaw broke in more than one place. Neighbors say they heard the dog scream for 40 minutes, according to a KMEG TV report.

Police arrested Wabasha hours later and charged him with Animal Abuse With Injury. Starr turned the dog over to Sioux City Animal Control. Public donations helped to pay for surgery.

Now recovering, Sneegles was recently adopted by a Storm Lake woman with experience with rescued pets. The dog has a fenced yard to play in and other pets available to play with.

Wabasha must get a phsychological evaluation to deal with alcohol abuse and anger issues, by court order.

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