Convicted After Death

August 16, 2010

When one dies, I don’t think one retroactively sprouts wings and becomes an angel in life.  I don’t have even a tiny problem speaking ill of the dead if they were nasty people while alive and I’m even inclined to dancing on graves, literally.  Although we do often find out more about people after they die, I DO have a problem with accusing someone of atrocities when they are no longer available to defend themselves and even post death convictions concern me a great deal.

Recently, George Randel Theobald died in the Harris County jail.  He was in jail accused of a hit and run that resulted in one dead and one injured, being mother and grown daughter respectively.  His sister thinks he committed suicide, guilt from having caused a death.  The article is titled “Victim angered, sister saddened by suicide of Meyerland hit and run suspect” but the first sentence starts: “Robin Romano is now free to talk about what happened when, she says, George Randel Theobald killed her mother…” and now he’s convicted in death.  Hey, I get it in this case coming from the family member of someone who died.  When the accused dies before trial, it just sucks and there will never be resolution of any kind.  In this case, police say Thobald admitted his actions and maybe he did.  However, I still question convicting anyone in death like this.  At least, in this case, the media included “suspect” in the title of the article.

Early last week a dog breeder was murdered in Pascagoula, Mississippi and the media and HSUS aren’t being so kind.

According to accused murderers Robert Phillip McKenzie, 19, and Daniel Lamont Hatten, 28 and homeless; Johnny Bullock (age 67) “picked up McKenzie sometime after 2 a.m. Tuesday.  ‘They drove to the Exxon Fast-Trac on the corner of Chicot Street and highway 90,’ [Lt. Davy] Davis said. ‘McKenzie flagged down Hatten, who was at the store, and said they would give him a ride.’  Bullock did not know McKenzie… investigators believe that Bullock knew Hatten from the Salvation Army or My Daily Bread, which aid people in need.  ‘We know that Mr. Bullock helped the homeless out from time to time, and Hatten was homeless,’ Davis said.”

McKenzie claims they wanted to buy Lortabs from John Bullock and that he agreed to sell them but he also says they had no money.  There was a struggle and “the gun went off”.  Yeah, sure!  McKenzie brought the gun and Hatten jumped into the fight and nearly bit Bullock’s ear off.  The police don’t think McKenzie and Hatten knew each other.  Maybe it’s just me but I think it makes far more sense that they DID know each other and this was a planned robbery of drugs that went bad.

Johnny Bullock is dead a bit before 3 A.M. on Tuesday, shot to death after a struggle in his own van while trying to help the down and out.  I am damned sure not taking the word of the alleged murderers that he was willing to sell drugs illegally!

On Thursday afternoon, personnel with the Humane Society were at Bullock's property to help the family determine what could be done with the 100 or so mini pins and schnauzers at the business.”  Ya know, that should sound good but it doesn’t to me because I already know what’s coming; however, this one comes with a twist first.

Between Thursday and Friday, about 70 dogs go AWOL.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is on site and I think people are beginning to realize what KILLERS they are so start carting off the dogs.  That’s straight up personal speculation.  I have to say that I’d be tempted to help them get dogs away from the hands of the HSUS too.

HSUS wants those dogs back, especially it seems, the PUPPIES.  They say because they are so young and shouldn’t be apart from mothers which may be true but I’d guess those are also the most valuable in terms of sales prices and fund raising capacity.

HSUS brings in “Pascagoula veterinarian Dr. John Battley helped examine the remaining 122 animals to prepare them for their trip to a Florida shelter.

"They're not in terrible bad condition. The problem here is there are just so many of them in such a crowded area," he said.  "It's overcrowded.  It's poor sanitation. The animals don't get much socialization, and it's just what you would typically define as a puppy mill."  (And please ignore the video of the huge building and property where there was PLENTY of room for this number of small dogs; we're sure not showing inside the breeding facility 'cause it might make liars of us.  PS: Puppies will be available for sale on Sunday, no socialization needed 'cause they're already social!)

POOF!  Between Tuesday morning and Friday morning, Johnny Bullock has gone from dog breeder to PUPPY MILL owner.

From: “Bullock was owner of Bullock's Kennel in Pascagoula and raised mini pins and schnauzers for sale and show.”on Friday to “Miss. Murder Sends ‘Mistreated’ Dogs To Broward” on Saturday.  REALLY????

Most of the dogs at the kennel were Miniature Pinschers.  A few were Pit Bulls. The rest were mixed breeds.”  Mixed breeds? Really? Or can these twits not even identify schnauzers?

By Saturday, HSUS is claiming that Johnny Bullock was “under investigation” by them: “massive rescue of allegedly mistreated dogs”, “alleged inhumane treatment of puppies”.

In Florida, here’s how Johnny Bullock’s death is being portrayed: “Humane Society officials in Mississippi ware called in after kennel owner John Bullock was found shot to death in his van last Tuesday morning, according to Pascagoula police, in what may have been a drug transaction gone bad.”  After giving that completely WRONG impression of a drug “deal”, they back up and give some of the details.  GRRRR.  That tactic just plain PISSES me off!

It's just fascinating to watch these stories "evolve" in hours but it also makes me want to PUKE!

Of course, HSUS isn’t actually taking care of these dogs.  As usual, they are having someone else do that.  The Humane Society of Broward County in Florida (who immediately started using them for fund raising) ends up making a trip to Mississippi to get 118 dogs and now they are all THEIR responsibility.  I’m not on the HSUS mailing list but I’d bet they had their fund raising plea out 3 minutes after they knew these dogs were “available” due to the owner’s death!

I do not know who called in the HSUS insaniacs but they probably couldn’t have done worse for these dogs if they’d tried!

I know animal owners are petrified of these lunatics these days (rightfully so IMO) and that animal breeders are competitive but I’ll do a bit of begging here.  Take a few minutes TODAY to decide what happens to your animals if something happens to you.  I know that means you have to have discussions with those who might take in your animals and those might be tough and scary conversations because they involve “disclosure” of information.  I know that.  Do it, make decisions, and plaster all the needed contact information for those designated to help with your animals on your refrigerator or in some other conspicuous place and make sure your next of kin and whoever is mostly likely to be “first on the scene” KNOWS of those plans and where to find the contact information.  PLEASE do this NOW.  Otherwise, the animals you’ve cared for and spent your life tending could well end up in the killing hands of HSUS or their buddies!

Not only that but they will convict you of atrocities after you die when you can’t defend yourself and your family will have to live with that too.  It is unfreaking believable to me that any media outlet would assist with that but here we are and they are indeed doing just that.

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I have thought through this situation. If something happens to me where I can't care for my dogs, either because of my death or health issues. My own children do not like my dogs nor the time and effort I spend with them.

What I have done is all of my dogs have co-owners. The dogs are to go to them - in the time it takes for the co-owners (one is in Louisiana) to pick them up they are to be immediately taken to my vet to be boarded until picked up by their co-owners which are listed as such on thier vet records.

The family I live with are aware of this arraingment and will transport my dogs the mile to the vet's office and notify their co-owners.

PJ, thank you for bringing this up - each and every one of us with pets be it one or 300 should have plans pre-set to act on IMMEDIATELY as to what should be done with the animals. Having co-owners should eliminate the animals being a part of the primary owner's estate and thus having to go into limbo of estate settlement.

This also brings up an issue with the man who was murdered - if these are registered/purebred dogs - why are the humainiacs allowed to steal from the estate? This dogs may be the majority of the the assests of the estate and the heirs and assigns have just had property stolen from them. If he had large amounts of art or jewlery taken as his dogs were, there is no way this theft would be tolerated.

I was sent an e-mail about this. This is how I was told the story, the victim was a well known show breeder, handler and groomer. The family is in shock or maybe they weren't fond of the dogs told the friend and neighbor who helped take care of the dogs to get rid of them. So the friend and neighbor went to the local press asking for people to come adopt them. The police went to his property after he was found dead. There was no talk of abuse or cruelty or puppy mill. HSUS got wind of the story from the local press and suddenly showed up on scene to help without being asked for help. But once they showed up the local authorities gave them full control.
This man's reputation was not being trashed until HSUS arrived on the scene. It was only being covered locally until HSUS showed up.
All the locals who knew this man said his dogs were well taken care of and that he never would have sold drugs and that if the murderers stories have any truth at all to them it is probably because he knew he was in trouble and was trying to buy time.
HSUS is demanding the return of the dogs taken. As everyone here knows the HSUS is not a government agency and they have no authority whatsoever. However, they're threatening criminal charges against the people who came and got the dogs. People who did not steal the dogs but had the dogs given to them.
Also the shelter they are sending them to is a kill shelter. They along with HSUS are using this a fund raising campaign. Leave no doubt, any dogs they can't sell will be killed and probably a lot of dogs have been killed to make room for these purebred dogs that they can sell.
From what I was told the family never gave anyone but the friend/neighbor permission to do anything with the dogs. But now a grieving family in shock is being taken advantage of by HSUS and HSUS is destroying the reputation of a murdered man along with shipping the evidence that he was not a puppy miller out of state.

I wasn't told this but it's not far fetched as many breeders have puppies sold before they're even born that many of these puppies may already have deposits on them. When the dust settles there may be a big mess for the family to have to clean up. While the HS of Broward County and HSUS have made tons of money off the dogs and wiped their hands clean.

The co-owner sounds good in theory, but we all know these Animal Rights groups could care less about the law.
I have heard and/or known about breeders they've raided that had dogs who were co-owned and the co-owners have tried to get custody of the dogs and were denied because the dogs were evidence or the dogs had been abused. They've even been known to try and press charges against co-owners before.
They're very good at getting control of the dogs and getting rid of the dogs before anything can be done. It just amazes me how they can break the law and the justice system lets them get away with it. But they have killed and/or adopted out thousands of dogs before a court ever even ruled on cases. Many times the court rules the animals returned and they've already gotten rid of them. Instead of the court holding them in contempt or doing anything to them, people who fight them and win, have to spend money to fight them again and still never get their animals back.

I have a friend of a friend that had her two horses taken. One of the horses was perfectly healthy, the other had something wrong with it that 3 different vets had not been able to figure out. The horse would get big boil like things on her head and back legs. They would get huge and then burst and leave huge sores that would not heal. The vets had treated for several different diseases that they thought could be the cause, they took biopsies thinking they were cancer. This had been going on for about a year. The last vet was actually making some process with a non-FDA approved antibiotic and steroids. A person came to look at a horse trailer she had for sale and is who was assumed to have turned her in. The local sheriff's department showed up and when showed the vet receipts and the medicine the horse was on and given the three vets numbers left and said there was no sign of abuse as the horse was under vet care. Somehow the State Humane Society got wind of it and showed up and managed to get the Sheriff's Dept. to get a warrant. They took both horses and even took her feed and hay and the medication. Before it went to court the woman had a heart attack and was in the hospital. Her son who was the executor of her estate along with co-owner of her horses and he also had power of attorney tried to get her horses and they would not give them to him. It went to court and they lost after the judge heard the testimony of the 3 vets and the deputy who had investigated. The judge ordered the horses returned, but the Humane Society said they no longer had custody of the sick horse as their vet said the humane thing to do was put the horse down because it had untreatable cancer that had been ignored and allowed to spread. This was bs because all three vets had biopsied the horse and it did not have cancer. The judge reprimanded them but did nothing to them and ordered the return of the remaining horse. After saying they would, the son showed up to where they told the judge he could pick the horse up and they refused to return the horse to his custody and would only release it to the custody of the Mother, who was still in the hospital. They filed papers in the same court that they were denying the court order and the judge revised the court order and ordered the horse returned to the custody of the son. The son started proceedings to sue for damages for the loss of the other horse but the Humane Society brought in HSUS with tons of money and tons of lawyers and the son was afraid him or his Mother could never afford the money it was going to cost to continue because the attorney warned them it would be long and drawn out.
This was never wildly publicized and unless you were a local who read it on page 10 of the paper or follow the court records, you would never have known about it.
The Mother finally got out of the hospital and is doing well now. She took money out of her retirement account to pay for legal fees this had cost her son. Many have tried to get her to open the suit back up for the loss of her horse along with legal fees, but she just wants to put it behind her. She ended up selling her other horse, because of the fear of something like this ever happening again.

What's sad is how many of these unknown cases are out there that don't make the headlines? How many people are blindsided and don't know what to do, who to contact or have the money to fight?

Saturday night a stray dog got a hold of one our young goats. It didn't get all the way into the pen but almost chewed his ears off, along with a puncture wound on his neck. I called the vet and he met us at the clinic and gave him an antibiotic shot and told us to use some spray on bandage on it every other day. He didn't want to have to boot the computer up so told me to come back this week and pay the bill. I told him not to worry I wanted it entered into the computer so PETA like groups couldn't steal my goats. He laughed and said shit happens, if you have any kind of livestock they get injured. I told him it wasn't a laughing matter because these idiots don't understand that.

I just want to add a bit of information that will maybe change your view of this man being publicly misrepresented after death. Bullock was a breeder of show stock, a point I won't disagree with, but his emotional attachment to the animals was not there. Bullock is well known on the show circuit as the man that evacuated during the Katrina flooding leaving his SHOW STOCK in crates with no chance of survival, they all drowned and he flaunted it. While this does not constitute the label of "puppy miller" in itself it does lead one to believe he very well could have had the dogs in less then ideal conditions with his only concern being the profit margin.

I am a pet owner, a rescue worker, and an advocate but I see nothing wrong with puppy mills if the animals were properly cared for. I grew up on a farm.....we raised animals we called our pets that left in the fall and came back to fill our freezer but those animals, while in our care, were well fed, well cared for and lacking nothing. The problem with small animals is they are very easily (and cheaply if you look at all the “free” ads on community sales boards) replaceable so those people running the breeding facilities don't care if they lose a couple from neglect.

The HSUS is an evil entity that I refuse to defend. All you say is true and very few rescue groups want any type of relationship with them or PETA. We do work with them to save the animals because that's what it's all about and the people running the organizations aren't necessarily evil but the entity as a whole abuses the system and the public. I do have to wonder if there's something that shifts in people causing them to become fanatical when it comes to having a voice for those that can't speak for themselves. There are many rescues I've dealt with that have the same “Holier Than Thou” attitude the HSUS and they run the rescue like a social club saving way fewer animals then they would if they truly were doing it for the animals. Seems the poor animals have very few advocates to defend them that are sane........

We had a major fire several years ago. It would have been nice if the fire dept. or sheriff's office could have given some warning, but they didn't and we didn't know it until it was almost upon us. Anyway, my kids was my first thought and first priority. I did grab my old dog, my daughter grabbed her dog, my son grabbed his bird and my husband grabbed the cat on the way out. My outside dogs I'm sorry to say, I didn't have time to do anything about other than to leave the gate open, which we also did for the horse. Chickens and ducks we didn't have time to do anything about. Thankfully we got out after several attempts in different directions with the fire crossing the road. Also thankfully the fire went around our property. Others in the area weren't so lucky and lost everything. Some people had even less warning than us and were barely able to get out and sadly some people were not able to grab any of their pets. I never judged them because we don't live in an area where fire is a major concern and saving your own life and the life of your kids was the most important thing.
After living through a tragedy, I have a different outlook on what people do during a tragedy. It's easy to say I would never leave my animals until you're put in that situation.
If my old dog had not been at my feet, as much as I love him, I was so frantic I could have forgotten him as well, my first thought was my children and sadly my dog was an afterthought. I would have not even thought about the outside animals, it was my husband who ran and opened the gates.

Dontcha love it.. happy to smear Mr Bullock with third hand knowledge and rumor..but won't post their name..This person claims that his emotional attachment "was not there" because he had to leave his dogs behind in KATRINA?? and of course that says he was only in it for the money.. especially ones with names like "anonymous".. I never believe anything when people won't ID themselves when trashing others... with friends like this who needs enemies..

"Bullock was a breeder of show stock, a point I won't disagree with, but his emotional attachment to the animals was not there. Bullock is well known on the show circuit as the man that evacuated during the Katrina flooding leaving his SHOW STOCK in crates with no chance of survival, they all drowned and he flaunted it. While this does not constitute the label of "puppy miller" in itself it does lead one to believe he very well could have had the dogs in less then ideal conditions with his only concern being the profit margin. "

Here's some first hand knowledge for you. I have one those rescued dogs. Not only did she have infected eyes and ears, she had a mouth full of ROTTEN TEETH. She had to have NINE TEETH PULLED today. This is not a dog who belonged to a breeder who was taking care of his dogs.