AR-News: Arkansas Case needs your help

Animalsav at Animalsav at
Thu Jan 22 19:53:59 EST 2004

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Update- Animal Abuse in Ark Case- Please send letters

The sample letter below is lengthy because it contains both background 
information and current information re this case to update others.  Please be polite 
when you personalize the letter.  When you forward this alert to others who 
wish to help by sending letters,  please do not re-word/edit/add to the sample 
letter as the information should remain as is.   

Thank you.

Lisa Marie

myREBAdog at

More info:

Please Contact:

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 >

525 Ouachita Ave. 

Hot Springs, Ark. 71901 

Main Office Phone: (501) 622-3660 

Sample Letter-Information:


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.

-Your Name-

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