Tending For Tyson Who Was Kidnapped and Shot

Tending For Tyson Who Was Kidnapped and Shot

by Elisa Black-Taylor
(USA)

Tyson's Facebook Picture

Tyson's Facebook Picture

Good morning dear readers. I'm kind of breaking the rules here because this story is about Tyson, a dog from Ohio. The reason I'm crossing over into the dog world is this: what happened to Tyson the dog could easily happen to any dog or cat anywhere.

For those of you unfamiliar with the case, Tyson was kidnapped from his own yard and shot. Before I go any further, here's the link for the petition site for tougher laws. They have around 500 names and they need 5000. This petition is sponsored by Ingi's Quest 2 save the abused.

Petition: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/petition/816/123/113 (petition appears to be closed as link is no longer active)

Now for the story of Tyson the dog from Toledo, Ohio. Tyson was in his own back yard when Eric Skowron and Alisha Marie King allegedly kidnapped the dog, took him by leash off of his property, shot him, then returned him back home to die.

Tyson suffered a .45 caliber gunshot wound to the eye and has two bullets lodged in his right arm. Luckily the bullets missed major arteries, organs and his brain. Dr. Roger Grotheus, Tyson's vet, stated Tyson is not out of the woods but the outlook is VERY hopeful.

The family has started him on some mushy food to help him regain the 20+ pounds of weight he's lost since the attempted murder. I call it this because that's what it is. Anyone who tries to come up with a just cause for this is inhuman. This poor dog is a fighter and trying his best to live.

Tyson's owners, Scott and Kelly Luck, and family and friends have started a Facebook page to inform the world of Tyson's progress and also to make everyone aware of the law for animal cruelty in Ohio. The Facebook page can be found at Tending for Tyson and has more than 5000 fans.

So far, Tyson's vet bills have topped $8000 and the bill will rise as treatment continues. Of course, there is no price that can be put on the head of a loving animal. We all do what we must and pay what we must to save the life of a four footed companion. There is information on the Facebook page on how money can be given toward his vet bill. I also want to give that information here.

The Fifth Third Bank locations in Toledo have set up a Tending for Tyson Fund. Also Hamlins Second Time Around New and Used Furniture Store, 6215 Hill Avenue is collecting toys and treats.

The family said they would like to thank everyone for the help given. Money and toys have both been coming in, mostly by strangers who heard Tyson's story.

The kidnapping was caught on video surveillance and can be watched here. There is no violence in the video, so please feel free to see how easily this could happen. I will caution you that the more times you watch this, the more angry you'll become. To think of this poor dog being kidnapped and led away not knowing his fate is beyond comprehension. A CAT may have put up more of a struggle. Maybe and maybe not. The point is animals trust us and this is how too many people treat them!

This video is dated June 23, 2010. Perhaps I should call it "evidence."

According to Ohio law, animal cruelty is a second degree misdemeanor. Skowron is a neighbor to the Luck family. He claims Tyson, a 9 year old Shepherd/Lab/Rottweiler mix, was a threat to his own dog. He even called 911 (emergency) after dropping the injured dog back in his yard to die.

Skowron stated in the call that Tyson had attacked his dog. When authorities went out they found no injuries to said dog. The Luck family has never met Eric Skowron, and are trying in their hearts to forgive him. They state they'd like some answers first. Especially to the question of why he shot their dog instead of first coming to them if they had a problem with Tyson. I'm sorry, but I personally can't forgive people who torture animals.

Eric Skowron and Alisha King are scheduled to appear in Toledo Municipal Court in Toledo, Ohio on July 16, 2010. He will face several misdemeanor charges. The Toledo Area Humane Society has filed charges against him for torture of a companion animal and killing or injuring an animal. To make the case stronger, Officer Cynthia Russell with the police department is charging him with making a false police report and discharging a firearm. Alisha King has been charged with torture of a companion animal and killing or injuring an animal.

Eric Skorwon has since installed video cameras on his property and refuses to talk with the press or public about this matter on advice of his attorney Don Cameron. Skorwon says there is another side to the story and he is prepared to tell this in court on July 16.

A rally has been scheduled in front of the Toledo Municipal Court building at 12:30 on July 16, 2010 to show support for tougher animal cruelty laws in Ohio. John Dinon, the executive director of the Toledo Area Humane Society says the society will be present for the rally in an effort to toughen animal cruelty laws in Ohio.

To learn the latest information on this rally and the court appearance, please check www.tmc-clerk.com and put in case CRB-10-10698 as this is the torture charge for Skorwon. There is a chance that he and his attorneys will arrive early and make a "not guilty" plea and arrangements be made for pretrial. Which would leave him free until a new date has been set.

There is much going on in the Ohio government, mainly concerning HB55, which involves animal cruelty laws. The entire bill can be found at http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=128_HB_55.

I've only confused myself in reading this as I don't know if the bill has or hasn't passed. I do know the current penalty for this kind of abuse is only a slap on the wrist. A small fine and little (if any) jail time. Hopefully a reader more familiar with HB55 will leave a comment with more information on this bill.

I want to throw my personal opinion in before ending this. I hope this case is prosecuted to the full extent of the law. If not, it will tell animal abusers in Ohio that it's okay to kidnap, torture and/or murder cats and dogs without fear of legality. The Luck family is using Tyson to toughen animal cruelty laws and I commend them and Tyson to stand up for what is right.

Please take a moment to sign the petition above. Let's show the government it's NOT right to abuse a defenseless animal. Our pets are depending on us to take every step and sign every petition necessary to protect them from abuse.

Elisa

Sources:

http://toledoblade.com/article/20100710/NEWS16/7100374/0/CLOBITUARIES

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/petition/816/123/113

Associated pages:

USA Animal Cruelty Laws (overview)

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Nov 27, 2011
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Thank you!
by: Radko Vacek

Dear supporters, on behalf of Tyson and all the animals, thank you! Since this nation so prides itself on being Bible-based, I share with you Proverbs 12: 10:
A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal,
but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.

With the more or less uncaring attitude of this nation towards its animals, how sad it is that we are so far from being righteous!


Aug 27, 2010
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American Boy/Girl, Shame on you both!
by: Chris

GOD does not like ugly people.

If they have a problem with the dog, they should have talked first to the parents of the puppy. Who knows, if this guy is in a gang and maybe it was an initiation and they use that as an excuse.

What if it was a seeing eye dog would that make a difference. If the dog was a companion for someone that needs assistance with having a normal day to day life. It was PREMEDITATED. These laws should be changed. They bring happiness, just like our children do. This makes me so angry, her strutting herself on their property like she had been there before, then bring the dog back. They should not be able to have children. Shame on them and their parents that raised them. The girl looks like trash anyway, and they should have their dog taken from them for ITS protection. Who knows what they would do to it. Hang in their Tyson. I would like to donate.


Aug 27, 2010
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American Boy/Girl, Shame on you both!
by: Chris

GOD does not like ugly people.

If they have a problem with the dog, they should have talked first to the parents of the puppy. Who knows, if this guy is in a gang and maybe it was an initiation and they use that as an excuse.

What if it was a seeing eye dog would that make a difference. If the dog was a companion for someone that needs assistance with having a normal day to day life. It was PREMEDITATED. These laws should be changed. They bring happiness, just like our children do. This makes me so angry, her strutting herself on their property like she had been there before, then bring the dog back. They should not be able to have children. Shame on them and their parents that raised them. The girl looks like trash anyway, and they should have their dog taken from them for ITS protection. Who knows what they would do to it. Hang in their Tyson. I would like to donate.


Aug 27, 2010
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American Boy/Girl, Shame on you both!
by: Chris

GOD does not like ugly people.

If they have a problem with the dog, they should have talked first to the parents of the puppy. Who knows, if this guy is in a gang and maybe it was an initiation and they use that as an excuse.

What if it was a seeing eye dog would that make a difference. If the dog was a companion for someone that needs assistance with having a normal day to day life. It was PREMEDITATED. These laws should be changed. They bring happiness, just like our children do. This makes me so angry, her strutting herself on their property like she had been there before, then bring the dog back. They should not be able to have children. Shame on them and their parents that raised them. The girl looks like trash anyway, and they should have their dog taken from them for ITS protection. Who knows what they would do to it. Hang in their Tyson. I would like to donate.


Jul 13, 2010
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Sarge
by: Elisa Black-Taylor

The story just broke in the same area of Ohio where Tyson was shot that a dog named Sarge was shot 6 times while in a cage. The owner and a friend took turns shooting Sarge. The owner said Sarge was dangerous. He's been charged with cruelty to animals, discharging a firearm and inducing panic.

Would someone please buy me a plane ticket to Toledo, Ohio? This is getting ridiculous.


Jul 13, 2010
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PayPal
by: Elisa Black-Taylor

Tyson can now receive money toward his vet bill thru PayPal. The email address to enter to help is tendingfortyson@yahoo.com.

Even if it's only $1-$2 it will help.


Jul 13, 2010
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My dogs fight at times
by: Joyce Sammons

It's always over the dog food. Cody was starved as a puppy and Dreyfuss is the boss. The few times they've gotten into a fight they break it up by themselves with no damage. It's mostly barking in each others ears for sound effect.They got into it one time just as I was going to bed and I told them they'd better clean up their mess (dog food) before they came to bed. The next morning the floor was clean. They've only gotten into a scuffle maybe 3 times in 3 years.

And you should see my Furby. He comes to bed with me right behind the dogs. I have a wonderful animal family. My dogs go for walks, but other than that and to go to the bathroom they stay inside. As I write this everyone is snoozing on the floor and I have to wake them up to go to bed.

Some people just look for an excuse to hurt an animal. People are the problem.

When I first moved where I live now, me and the neighbor shared a litter of puppies and they had a dog named Patsy. Their puppy Sobe and mine Muffy would go down in the woods. One morning I heard 2 gunshots and only 1 dog came back. It was Sobe. Muffy and Patsy were never seen again. The puppies were only about 3 months old. We never found them so there was no way of proving anything. The neighbors son went and searched the woods good.


Jul 12, 2010
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BAIL
by: Elisa Black-Taylor

Michael(site owner) has the knowledge that one day he may get a call from my daughter that I'm in jail for defending an animal. I seem to get more involved in the cause with each story I do. I have a house full and love every minute of it.

One thing everyone wants to do in the U.S. is to get Tyson on the Ellen Degeneras show. So please take a few minutes and contact her show. She would probably give him a years worth of dog food and maybe help on the vet bill.

Also we are trying to figure a way thru PayPal so people can donate that way.

I'm going to keep everyone updated on this story. I've been online since 2pm and it has all been from feedback of one kind or another.


Jul 12, 2010
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Justice for our Animals!
by: Robin

They are very lucky that they are NOT my neighbors. I wouldn't have been so nice. I am the owner of 11 dogs and 15 cats and if one person tries to harm one of them, they will not have to answer to the law and this scares me because I don't like trouble but I hate animal cruelty.

My husband told me that he had several dogs shot and killed when he was growing up. His neighbor shot and killed his white German Shepherd right in front of him when he was a boy. The dog had gone into the neighbors garden. To me...that is plain murder.

Yes dogs will fight each other when they get loose and this sometimes happens. We as guardians of pets should keep our little animals put up safe or tied securely and there will still be times of them getting loose. But two dogs fighting are not like a human being with a brain (i hope)kidnapping a dog and shooting it! That is sick and the more i write, the more upset I'm getting so I am closing with the hopes and prayers that people like this are brought to justice.


Jul 12, 2010
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Trial Date Moved
by: Elisa Black-Taylor

The court date has been moved to July 16, 2010 at 9a.m. Tysons followers are asked to be there at 8a.m.

This also gives more time to sign the petition.


Jul 12, 2010
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Post Script
by: Michael

I think animal cruelty is more widespread than we think. Lots of it goes on unnoticed.

A lot of it is legalised - declawing is a good example.

And in some parts of the word it is almost endemic. It makes be wince and it hurts me to think of it.

See: Pictures of Animal Abuse if you can stomach it.

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Jul 11, 2010
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Tyson needs ALL the Help he can get..
by: Stacey

I wanted to say, Thank You SO MUCH for taking the time to tell Tyson's story. I feel what this po0r doggie had to go through is heartbreaking and just palin cruel. I hope some go0d comes from this. We n33d to be the Voice for Animals. We nee to make it so that if something like this happens again ther will be a BIG Price TO PAY... I feel that Animals are Angels here on earth. And for "people" (I use that word lo0sely), that can do that to Angels says something about their charater.. Also I know alot of people consider their animals, their children. Well a girl was involoved in this sickening story. What does that say.. I just don't get it. We have to stand up and Protect Our Animals. We have to fight to have them protected. Thank you to all that is Standing behind Tyson and His Owners. ALL the Prayers and Love IS making a Difference. And every single person can make a difference!!!


Jul 11, 2010
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tyson
by: mary

Thank you for writing this.I have been following this since I heard about it from a friend and I even emailed Ellen DeGeneres Show about it.I live in Ohio and I dearly love animals.My son has a dog and my other son has a cat.I had a cat for years till he died at thirteen years.Anyone who can do this to an animal is evil inside themselves.I could never understand how anyone could do this.And to think he has a dog himself makes me worry about the dog.I have signed the petition and posted the petition several times on my facebook page.We need to keep at this so those evil people go to prison and they are made to pay the vet bills and sit in jail and realize what they did was wrong..But you know those kind of people will always find an excuse for what they did and feel they were in the right...


Jul 11, 2010
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Take his dog
by: Tracey (England)

Elisa this is a very gutsy article. We know that cruelty happens but generally don't like to read it.
I personally hate reading about animal cruelty cases because they play on my mind so much however I did read this and the depths that some people go to sickens and disgusts me. This scumbag was cold and calculating and thought he could get away with it! Thank god he was on CCTV!!
What gets me is he has a dog!! He's certainly no animal lover so I would say his dog is in danger so find it a better safer home not leave it with a couple of sick murderers!!


Jul 11, 2010
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It just makes me sick
by: Elisa Black-Taylor

I can't stand seeing the look on Tysons face when he was kidnapped. He looks like a happy dog going on a walk. I can't stand the thought of an animal being treated this way. He's a very lucky dog with a very lucky family to have pulled thru this. I read their Facebook page every day to see how he's doing.

I sent the link for this article to Scott and Kelly (Tyson's parents) and invited them to add anything I've missed. Thank you for printing this, even if it's not a cat.

It could happen to a cat almost as easy.


Jul 11, 2010
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Useful
by: Michael

H ELisa, thanks for this really useful article. Animal cruelty always needs to be highlighted and reinforced.

I think the bill appears to have been passed by the house which I take to mean enacted or on the way to being enacted (becoming law).

The bill refers to various bits of legislation and includes:

"to revise the penalties and sentencing provisions regarding violations of the cruelty to animals statutes.."

..all of which are amended.

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