AR-News: Arkansas Case needs your help
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Thu Jan 22 19:53:59 EST 2004
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Update- Animal Abuse in Ark Case- Please send letters
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Honorable Terri Harris - Garland County Prosecutor
Fax: (501) 321-2592
Main Office Phone: (501) 321-2556
Honorable Steve Oliver - Garland County Prosecuting Attorney
501 Ouachita Avenue
Hot Springs, AR 71901
Main Office Phone: (501) 622-3720
Garland County Sheriff's Department
Larry Selig - Sheriff
Email: < ljs at garlandcounty.org >
525 Ouachita Ave.
Hot Springs, Ark. 71901
Main Office Phone: (501) 622-3660
On September 17, 2002, Derek A. Dunaway of Hot Springs, Arkansas, was
arrested after he allegedly gave a written statement to the Garland County sheriffs’
investigators, admitting to having sexual relations with his dog.
The above incident came to light when an out-of-state resident who learned of
Dunaway’s actions through Internet communications reported a complaint to
animal welfare and law enforcement agencies. The information given was specific
enough that authorities were able to identify Dunaway as a suspect.
Dunaway was charged for his admitted attacks towards his dog that according
to the news reports, was found by Katherine Bolton, DVM, to be “(severely)”
bleeding from the colon”. Dunaway was subsequently convicted, his dogs were
put in the custody of a humane society, and his sentence included a prohibition
on owning or harboring animals for one year (the second half of the order was
to run from June 6-2003 through December 6-2003).
In November 2003, Hot Springs Animal Services allegedly responded to a
neighbor’s report of a dog screaming from the vicinity of Dunaway’s residence.
When officers arrived, they reportedly found a dog in Dunaway’s charge, dead from
causes unapparent. Animal Service supervisor Dan Bugg stated that a necropsy
was performed and that “trauma could not be ruled out”. It appears that
Dunaway violated court orders by having this animal in his resident at that time.
It has also been reported by authorities that Dunaway recently surrendered a
female dog that was in heat, to the Garland Humane Society. A veterinary exam
reportedly determined that sperm was present in the animal’s vaginal cavity
and it is my understanding that at the request of the Garland county
prosecutors office, the sample in question was to have been analyzed to determine
whether the origin was of human of animal. Results are pending.
Further, it has been reported that Dunaway allegedly has at this time, three
other dogs in his charge. It is unknown if these dogs have been examined by
any law enforcement official for possible trauma constituent with non-canine
If Dunaway has broken the courts orders then he apparently does not take them
seriously and it is possible that he will not take seriously, the enormity of
what he has done in the past and may do in the future.
I am asking that the animals in question be taken into protective custody
because their safety should be everyone’s concern based on the past evidence and
because of Dunaway's admitting of his past behavior towards animals. I am
also asking that the authorities involved in this case take action against
Dunaway should he be found to have been in contempt of court when the alleged dead
dog was found in his home during what would have been his probation period.
Thank you for your time.
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