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Pea-n-Me
08-04-2011, 07:08 PM
Police: Woman Tried To Drown Dog At Beach
Cohasset Woman Faces Animal Cruelty Charges

http://cbsboston.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/foxy.jpg?w=300

More Pics (http://www.patriotledger.com/photos/x1800185823/Dog-better-after-near-drowning-at-Nantasket?foto=1)

BOSTON (CBS) – She’s still a little timid, but Foxy the terrier is doing great tonight.

“Far better than expected,” according to Martha Smith-Blackmore, with the Animal Rescue League of Boston. “She went through horrible trauma and for any dog to survive that it’s a miracle, but for a 14-year-old dog to survive that it’s really incredible.”

State Police say on Tuesday night Foxy’s owner, 60-year-old Barbara O’Driscoll of Cohasset, tried to drown the 12 pound pup at Nantasket Beach.

“It’s reprehensible, it’s horrifying, it’s terribly sad,” said Smith-Blackmore. “It’s sad of course from Foxy’s perspective, but I also have concerns for a person that is so sick, they’re potentially doing something like this.”

An eyewitness says she watched O’Driscoll drag Foxy by her leash into the ocean around 4:45 on Tuesday afternoon. The witness told police that O’Driscoll went up to her chest — little Foxy underwater and unable to swim, for several minutes, until the eyewitness says O’Driscoll pulled the dog’s lifeless body onto the shore and eventually up to her car.

That witness flagged down State Trooper Matthew Waples, who happened to be doing a routine patrol of the parking lot.

“When I saw the dog it was in the back seat of the car in the parking lot and the dog appeared to be dead,” Waples said. The trooper said O’Driscoll’s breath smelled of alcohol and she was not making coherent comments.

“She wasn’t really making too much sense at that point in time,” he explained. Published reports indicate that when asked why she had tried to drown her dog, O’Driscoll kept repeating, “It’s just a dog”.

Hull’s animal control officer, Leslie Badger, raced to the scene, grabbed Foxy, and headed to the South Shore Animal Hospital in Weymouth. But on the way, Foxy’s soft heartbeat started to fade.

“I kept my hand on her and as I was driving down the road I could feel that it was getting even less and less of a heartbeat,” she says.

Badger made the decision to pull over on the side of the road and, “administer CPR on the dog, both chest compressions and mouth to mouth, or mouth to snout as everyone likes to say.”

Foxy coughed up seawater and sand — and hung on just long enough.

She is now spending time in a special oxygen-rich cage, with an I-V drip in her leg. Her doctors say she had made a remarkable recovery but is not yet out of the woods. Her medical care, paid by the Animal Rescue League of Boston, is expected to cost between $6,000 and $8,000.

“She’s a really sweet dog,” adds Martha Smith-Blackmore with the Animal Rescue League of Boston. “She’s really nice, very quiet, very calm, and doesn’t seem to be ruffled by all the activity in the ICU.”

WBZ tried to contact O’Driscoll at her Cohasset home, but no one answered the door. A neighbor tells us Foxy actually belongs to O’Driscoll’s elderly father.

In any event, the dog will not be going back there. Foxy will likely be placed in a doggy-foster home until a suitable home is found.

O’Driscoll faces charges that include animal cruelty.

Video in link http://boston.cbslocal.com/2011/08/03/police-say-woman-tried-to-drown-dog-at-nantasket-beach/

Glad to know there are still heros for animals out there! :goodvibes

(And hopefully this woman will be getting any help she needs, too.)

CathrynRose
08-04-2011, 07:33 PM
Geez! :mad:

I wonder how much abuse this dog has suffered the last 12 years. :sad2:

LuLuO
08-04-2011, 07:41 PM
I cannot post what I am thinking.

:sad1:

bellebud
08-04-2011, 07:44 PM
And hopefully this woman will be getting any help she needs, too.

I volunteer to "help" this woman!

minkydog
08-04-2011, 07:45 PM
I think this woman's father better watch his back.:rolleyes1

HeatherH
08-04-2011, 07:48 PM
:furious:

Okay, someone needs to drag her into the ocean on a leash...

DWGal210
08-04-2011, 07:50 PM
I volunteer to "help" this woman!

Count me in on that "help"! :thumbsup2

marcemc
08-04-2011, 07:51 PM
She said "it's just a dog" :mad:

Let's try drowning her while saying :"oh, it's just you"

Jennasis
08-04-2011, 07:52 PM
The woman sounds mentally unstable. Hope she's found guilty and levied with the stiffest punishment allowed.

LexiC123
08-04-2011, 07:53 PM
It breaks my heart to read about so many instances of animal cruelty this summer. :guilty:

If there's any justice in the world, these abusers should be treated just as cruelly if convicted of these heinous acts.

I know that will never happen, but a girl can hope.

Pea-n-Me
08-04-2011, 08:07 PM
I felt so awful when I heard this on the local news. I was thrilled to hear the dog was ok.

It is an extremely crowded beach in the summer. I can't believe nobody stopped it when it was happening.

Pea-n-Me
08-05-2011, 07:18 AM
I will post any updates if I hear them.

Hollywoodhaha
08-05-2011, 07:47 AM
I don't see how people do this :mad:
I start crying if I accidentally step on my dog!

Katieinwonderland
08-05-2011, 08:41 AM
That poor dog. What is wrong with people?

I sort of wonder, why didn't the eyewitness step in? They said they witnessed the whole thing. If I saw someone drag a dog into the ocean and leave it underwater, I wouldn't just stand there.

lakelandgal70
08-05-2011, 09:47 AM
After being in rescue for many years and hearing stories like this I just really can't stand most humans. How can you intentionally hurt something that is living and breathing. :confused3 I will never understand. Thank goodness for the lady that stepped in!

lakelandgal70
08-05-2011, 09:50 AM
I don't see how people do this :mad:
I start crying if I accidentally step on my dog!

Yeah same here. We have weiner dogs and they get underfoot a lot so I sometimes might step on them or bump them with my shoe. I feel bad all day.

Magpie
08-05-2011, 10:00 AM
According to one commentator on the story (from the link in the OP)...

UPDATE: My husband is friends with the Trooper who made the arrest. Apparently, the father was abusing the dog — he used to kick it and throw things at it. And according to the ARL, the dog has an inoperable bladder tumor. Too bad the woman couldn’t have just taken the dog to the shelter or a vet and asked to put the dog down peacefully, vs. dragging it into the ocean. I’m glad the dog is alive, but with that bladder condition, no one will want to adopt him — apparently he pees all over the house. So sad.

Here's hoping that they find a decent foster home for the remainder of this dog's short life. One of my cats had kidney disease and became incontinent. We ended up putting a diaper on her (which is something I NEVER thought I'd do, but she honestly didn't seem to mind).

As for why the original witness didn't step in personally and instead chose to flag down the state trooper... for all we know, the woman trying to drown the dog was large and intimidating, as well as being drunk, and the witness was small and afraid. Certainly, based on the short video I saw, there may not have been anyone else close enough to see exactly what what was going on, on that stretch of beach (and besides, who pays any attention to strangers, when you're having fun in the water with your friends and family?).

lakelandgal70
08-05-2011, 10:46 AM
According to one commentator on the story (from the link in the OP)...



Here's hoping that they find a decent foster home for the remainder of this dog's short life. One of my cats had kidney disease and became incontinent. We ended up putting a diaper on her (which is something I NEVER thought I'd do, but she honestly didn't seem to mind).

As for why the original witness didn't step in personally and instead chose to flag down the state trooper... for all we know, the woman trying to drown the dog was large and intimidating, as well as being drunk, and the witness was small and afraid. Certainly, based on the short video I saw, there may not have been anyone else close enough to see exactly what what was going on, on that stretch of beach (and besides, who pays any attention to strangers, when you're having fun in the water with your friends and family?).

That just makes me very sad :sad2: I hope that dog is able to live out his life in peace and quiet. Diapers, pee pads one can do it with a incontinent animal. What is gonna happen when those ex owners loose control of their bladders? Are they gonna start beating each other. I swear people are the animals!

Hollywoodhaha
08-05-2011, 10:53 AM
Yeah same here. We have weiner dogs and they get underfoot a lot so I sometimes might step on them or bump them with my shoe. I feel bad all day.

I have one too and he gets under my feet and I will be walking and kick him and I keep saying "IM SO SORRY!!"

lakelandgal70
08-05-2011, 12:03 PM
I have one too and he gets under my feet and I will be walking and kick him and I keep saying "IM SO SORRY!!"

Aww they are such little buggers! I will always look down and see where everyone is at but sometimes they are much faster than me hehe

Barb
08-05-2011, 12:23 PM
:furious:

Okay, someone needs to drag her into the ocean on a leash...

EXACTLY what I was thinking!!! Let her experience what she did to that poor baby!:mad:

Pea-n-Me
08-05-2011, 03:55 PM
According to one commentator on the story (from the link in the OP)...

"Apparently, the father was abusing the dog — he used to kick it and throw things at it. And according to the ARL, the dog has an inoperable bladder tumor. Too bad the woman couldn’t have just taken the dog to the shelter or a vet and asked to put the dog down peacefully, vs. dragging it into the ocean. I’m glad the dog is alive, but with that bladder condition, no one will want to adopt him — apparently he pees all over the house."

Here's hoping that they find a decent foster home for the remainder of this dog's short life. One of my cats had kidney disease and became incontinent. We ended up putting a diaper on her (which is something I NEVER thought I'd do, but she honestly didn't seem to mind).
A couple of thoughts on this. First, I think there are lots of people (like you and me and lots of others here, right?) who could handle an incontinent dog, especially a small one. I think a diaper is fine and keeping it confined to an area like the kitchen would work. :thumbsup2 I'm sure people are lining up to take this dog. (I've entertained the thought of calling myself!)

The other thing is that I doubt that the Animal Rescue League would spend as much money as they have on the dog if they didn't deem her salvagable (for lack of a better term) and still able to enjoy life, etc.

As for why the original witness didn't step in personally and instead chose to flag down the state trooper... for all we know, the woman trying to drown the dog was large and intimidating, as well as being drunk, and the witness was small and afraid. Certainly, based on the short video I saw, there may not have been anyone else close enough to see exactly what what was going on, on that stretch of beach (and besides, who pays any attention to strangers, when you're having fun in the water with your friends and family?).
Yeah. The funny part is that Nantasket beach is one of the busiest beaches in all of MA! This is what it typically looks like on a summer day...

She probably would have had better luck finding a small stretch of beach with nobody around in her own nearby town of Cohasset, not Nantasket.

http://blogs.wickedlocal.com/hull_blog/files/2011/07/nantasket-beach-2.jpg

Besides the wine, she must have some sort of disorder to do something like this. Her judgement is way off, even if she was drunk! Not only drowning the dog, but dragging the lifeless body up to the car on a leash in front of a beach full of people/kids and just throwing it in the trunk is :scared1: to me. (And I know, I have read animal horror stories for years but maybe it was that this one was so close to home and the town the lady is from is a very well to do town, etc.) We'll see what happens.

Pea-n-Me
08-05-2011, 04:19 PM
Today's update fromt the Animal Rescue League

Aug. 5 Update: League Director of Veterinary Medical Services Dr. Martha Smith is happy to report that Foxy continues her recovery. She has been taken off oxygen and is in stable condition. Dr. Smith will continue to monitor her condition so please check back periodically for updates.

Magpie
08-05-2011, 04:30 PM
Yeah. The funny part is that Nantasket beach is one of the busiest beaches in all of MA! This is what it typically looks like on a summer day...



It sure looked a lot quieter in the news broadcast! I'd think if she'd dragged the dog through a crowd like that, someone would have stopped her.

hereyago
08-05-2011, 04:35 PM
People are such sick freaks!!!!!!!!! I have no tolerance for people who do things to animals, kids and elderly.

It makes me wonder how this woman treats her kids, honestly as well as her husband.

I hope Foxy keeps doing better and she can find a forever home that is worthy of her love.

surfergirl602
08-05-2011, 04:38 PM
If I were a witness to that, being the animal lover that I am, I would have been trudging out into the ocean for the dog. i could not just stand by and let that happen. I would have called the police after I got the dog. i really hope the family that gets the dog spoils her rotten.

LuLuO
08-05-2011, 05:10 PM
If I were a witness to that, being the animal lover that I am, I would have been trudging out into the ocean for the dog. i could not just stand by and let that happen. I would have called the police after I got the dog. i really hope the family that gets the dog spoils her rotten.

:thumbsup2

Stitchfans
08-05-2011, 06:51 PM
Geez! :mad:

I wonder how much abuse this dog has suffered the last 12 years. :sad2:

That's the first thing that popped into my head. Poor dog!!

Hi Cathryn! How is it going up north? :)

CathrynRose
08-05-2011, 07:42 PM
If I were a witness to that, being the animal lover that I am, I would have been trudging out into the ocean for the dog. i could not just stand by and let that happen. I would have called the police after I got the dog. i really hope the family that gets the dog spoils her rotten.

Thing is (I can't post a link, cuz it may be considered too graphic) but I recently mentioned this story in another thread.

There was a pit bull whom was 'saved' by a good samaritan who noticed the dog was just dripping blood out his wee-wee. Turns out the owners had gauzed, and electrical taped his wee-wee, and then covered it with an ace bandage so no one would know when they had done - to keep it from mating with their female dog. A do-it-yourself nueter.

The good samaritan got charged with (theft? stolen property? something....) and the dog was......given back to the original electrical tapers.

The dog was considered property. And the police were quoted as saying what the owners did "wasn't abuse, just dumb....." :mad: :sad2:


Hi Cathryn! How is it going up north? :)

Same ol', same ol.... how are you guys acclimating?

Stitchfans
08-06-2011, 07:15 PM
Same ol', same ol.... how are you guys acclimating?



Big changes. Going through a divorce. Long story. Can't find a job. (join the club, huh?) the only one the move was real good for is DD now 17. Yes she had a birthday. Love the new house, love the area, love the people, love the church we joined just wish I could get some money coming into this house. Otherwise, no bad at all. :laughing:

StephMK
08-06-2011, 08:22 PM
I have 2 rescue dogs & had one before this. I grew up w/a Cairn terrier, I love dogs & animals. We capture spiders most of the time to release back outside.

I will probably get flames for this but does anyone think this was not a good use of limited resources? I really do feel for this dog and what the woman did was horrible & she is obviously ill. Since we don't really know fully what dogs understand & if they feel pain, was it kinder to save it or let it go?

I'm not sure I agree w/ spending $6-8K on care for a 14 yr dog? I'm sorry, as much as I love animals, I just don't get this. Plus to now find out it has bladder problems? Are there just some times when it is kinder to say goodbye and put funds towards other purposes?

Pea-n-Me
08-06-2011, 10:01 PM
I will probably get flames for this but does anyone think this was not a good use of limited resources? I really do feel for this dog and what the woman did was horrible & she is obviously ill. Since we don't really know fully what dogs understand & if they feel pain, was it kinder to save it or let it go?

I'm not sure I agree w/ spending $6-8K on care for a 14 yr dog? I'm sorry, as much as I love animals, I just don't get this. Plus to now find out it has bladder problems? Are there just some times when it is kinder to say goodbye and put funds towards other purposes?
No flames here, it's a valid concern. I think in most everyday circumstances it would be considered extraordinary.

But I think here, at first they didnt' know. And then, when they did, they'd already committed to saving the dog. There's something rewarding to those who live in that world to be able to make a difference for some of them now and then, I'm sure, even in cases that are "borderline". Otherwise, how do you do that job every day? I follow some groups and occasionally they go above and beyond for special cases. I imagine they're just the ones that most pull on your heartstrings.

The good news is that the Animal Rescue League will probably get more donations than they spend on care in this case since it was so widely publicized and so horrific.