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Richardsville man accused of dog torture

He claims pit bull episode was accident

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Posted: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 11:47 am | Updated: 12:26 pm, Wed Dec 10, 2014.

A pit bull puppy named Malachi lies in bandages in a local animal hospital. He's in and out of sedation, has lost 30 percent of his skin and is waiting for another surgery.

Meanwhile, the man accused of dragging the dog behind his truck is in the Warren County Regional Jail. Shane Helson, 22, of Richardsville, was arrested Monday at Greystone Pet Hospital after dropping by to visit the dog, according to the Warren County Sheriff's Office.

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  • Kiki McAdam posted at 12:44 pm on Wed, Apr 25, 2012.

    Kiki McAdam Posts: 1

    @Larry Fiehn: You make a big deal about the "ACCUSED's" rights... what about the dog's?! The pictures speak for themselves. It's fools like you that have kept the animal abuse laws soft and poorly-enforced, and the punishments nowhere near harsh enough. After all, it's "just a dog", right?? Yeah, you have a dog in your avatar... so? You probably think he's a possession.

    If this had been a human child, I bet you wouldn't be whining about a "lynch mob mentality". Well, guess what?? To some of us, our furkids ARE our children. I'm not talking about ooey-gooey, dress 'em up, ride 'em around in a baby carriage behavior. Our 3 are all special-needs rescues. We couldn't have children, so we chose to do what we could for dogs that otherwise wouldn't have had a chance. You disapprove of the attitude people are displaying towards this creep? I disapprove of YOUR insistance that he could possibly be anything other than an ignorant, abusive a$$h0le.

    Malachai is a LIVING BEING, without the means to speak for himself -- except for the SCREAMING IN PAIN he assuredly did while being dragged behind the truck. (And the kid "didn't know he was back there"? Yeah, right.) We will speak for Malachai, and we are going to ensure that his abuser gets the MAXIMUM POSSIBLE PUNISHMENT. Then we are going to work to make the laws stricter and enforced without qualm or question, to establish punishments harsh enough to perhaps be a deterrent to the soulless b@st@rds who abuse helpless creatures.

    So-called "politically correct" attitudes like yours are a huge part of what's wrong in this country today. I'm quite astonished that you even had the nerve to write that ridiculous drivel. Of course, there's always the possibility that you're just "trolling" for reactions like mine... in which case, why not find something more productive to do?? Like, volunteer at an animal shelter and see just who needs their rights upheld.

  • mmguard posted at 11:52 pm on Sat, Feb 11, 2012.

    mmguard Posts: 1

    CobaltCatnip is absolutely right! If anyone cares for their family pet, ESPECIALLY a puppy, they would have been out all hours of that night searching for it. And it would have been found and taken immediately to the hospital. Not laying in excruciating pain wondering what in the world happened to it.

    People who are this irresponsible shouldn't own animals, if his story is true. "question mark" And if he is capable of torturing a helpless animal, then good people, he must be punished harshly because studies show that torturing animals escalates to many more heinous crimes against humans.

  • Larry Fiehn posted at 3:52 pm on Wed, Feb 1, 2012.

    Larry Fiehn Posts: 332

    Good thing we have - at least in law - a presumption of innocence and a right to a fair trial. I admit the comments here have been more restrained than some other venues where writers were ready to chain the ACCUSED (emphasis intentional) to the back of a pickup and drag him. I guess lynch-mob mentality still exists. One thing I would be relatively certain of: if this case goes to a jury trial, the accused's attorney has been given lots of ammunition for arguing for a change of venue outside of Warren County on the basis that pretrial publicity makes it highly unlikely the accused would get a fair trail here. It would add that many responsible newspapers do NOT allow commenting on criminal charges for just that reason.

  • MammothCave posted at 12:42 pm on Tue, Jan 31, 2012.

    MammothCave Posts: 141

    Here comes wdn64 with his god-addled brain trying to equate his ignorant view of politics with an incident of possible animal abuse.

    Go away you ignorant fool. Take your book of fairy tales and hide in a corner where stupidity belongs.

  • wdn64 posted at 12:24 pm on Tue, Jan 31, 2012.

    wdn64 Posts: 410

    All of this outrage and the same people voting for a pathetic President who would not even take a stand against stabbing a baby in the back of its head and sucking its brains out or making it against the law to kill a survivor of abortion. God have mercy on you all. You desperately need it !!

  • Olelady posted at 8:06 pm on Mon, Jan 30, 2012.

    Olelady Posts: 3

    I know Shane and his family and they all have pitbulls and love them very much. I think this was a very careless mistake.

    What puzzles me is why are people sending threatening messages to all his relatives. They had nothing to do with this.

    And, that lady that keeps going on about it on the news is just using this incident for her own agenda to get that law passed that she is working on. And, don't get me wrong, I agree with the law she wants passed, just not the way she is going about it.

  • harleyrider1778 posted at 9:32 am on Sun, Jan 29, 2012.

    harleyrider1778 Posts: 229

    Besides why are they wasting money time and effort on an animal that should have been put down rather left to suffer. Oh so they can bleed the incident for every emotional drop of propaganda they can garner! GOT IT NOW.

  • harleyrider1778 posted at 9:30 am on Sun, Jan 29, 2012.

    harleyrider1778 Posts: 229

    This story is more written for the PETA crowd to build emotional support for animal rights nuts. Tragic as it is for the dog,its more tragic that one can be so easily accused and condemned just to support the animal rights nut jobs in the county and country. Humans have rights not animals regardless of what these nutz have gotton legislated. In Pennsylvania back in the 90s the state gave wide definition to any group to be a animal rights orginization even allowing them to carry guns have their own uniforms and investigate on their own. After a shoot out on private property 1 dead animal rights nut officer and another were wounded for going onto a farm and trying to arrest the owners for using cattle prods to load cows with. The law was quickly changed and left a permanent stain on animal rights nutz and their trumped up cause.

  • MammothCave posted at 11:49 am on Sat, Jan 28, 2012.

    MammothCave Posts: 141

    So many one person judges and juries. Let the law play out and seek the truth. Perhaps it was a mistake and perhaps it was not.

    Either way, kind of a shame that we are not as protective of children as we are of animals. Owners/parents are responsible for both and some fail this responsibility but do not assume your feelings concerning this incident qualify you to judge the guilt or innocence of this person.

    Judge not, lest ye be judged.

  • TrailerMae posted at 2:09 am on Fri, Jan 27, 2012.

    TrailerMae Posts: 1

    I'm sick of hearing how people are being "'Too quick to judge Shane". Whether or not Shane intended for this to happen really doesn't matter now, what's done is done. The dog has suffered tremendous pain - all because of Shane's irresponsibility to provide the proper care his dog so desperately deserved. He's a punk kid whose honor in coming forward - MEANINGLESS. If Shane really loved his dog, he would be cowering his head in shame and taking his punishment like a man!

  • Beans Mom posted at 5:20 am on Thu, Jan 26, 2012.

    Beans Mom Posts: 1

    OK, I see many of you are posting that "it is only a dog", so does this mean that the family pet if just like one of your other possessions? Say another stereo or possibly that big "boy toy" truck that you can use for hauling that pet around in the back? Animals have no feelings and suffer no pain? Also I see that folks are getting on the band wagon to blast the Humane Society too! First of all, the shelter is not your boarding kennel. You have no idea how many dogs come into Intake everyday do you? It is the responsibility of the Humane Society to receive animals and just imagine you work there on a day in and day out basis and during a three day period you got almost a hundred dogs a day...this was one summer when we had the 16" of rain...how would you handle this when there's no place to put another animal? This is why pets are held for five days and then placed with a loving family wanting to adopt! Before you continue to talk about something you know nothing about come to the shelter and stand in their shoes for a few days. And no, I am not an employee of the Humane Society...And, there are no breaks for Shane...he's a grown man who at the least is an idiot and there are too many holes in this story and too much time passed while he was trying to decide what lies he would tell when he came forward!

  • Tarheel Fan 1 posted at 8:59 pm on Wed, Jan 25, 2012.

    Tarheel Fan 1 Posts: 1

    This guy is so messed up. Imean really you go and do the crime and then go back to see the damage done so that you can make up a pathetic excuse. seriously, just man up. Everyone knows you did it so why get yourself into bigger trouble. He should get time in jail. A long time.

  • TheLooch posted at 7:16 pm on Wed, Jan 25, 2012.

    TheLooch Posts: 1

    BGResident: You have posted such an obviously ignorant comment for one or more reasons. Maybe you're a friend or family member of the idiot who dragged the helpless puppy. Maybe you're just another idiot who would drag some other helpless puppy. Maybe you stated such ignorance because you need or crave attention from others. Maybe you feel that negative attention is better than no attention at all, so getting people "riled" up in a discussion forum is the answer.

    I'm just trying to give the benefit of a doubt to a someone who feels $10,000 is too stiff for bail. That means that this idiot needs to come up with a lousy $1,000 to get out and do it again. You're right. Dogs aren't people. You know what? They are BETTER.

    You can beat a dog every day of it's life and it will still love you, be loyal to you,protect you and die for you. How many people in do you personally know that would do that for you? Having a living creature trusting their lives in your hands, should never be injured or killed by those hands. That, in my opinion, is no different than taking a toddler, who completely trusts you and dragging them down the street.

    People, like yourself, who have a lack of respect for a living creature who feels the same pain as a human, are the sole purpose why animal cruelty runs rampant in this country. Think how that puppy felt flipped from side to side, yelping and screaming in agony, while it;'s skin was being ripped off it's body.. A SIX MONTH OLD puppy who would be dead today, for sure, if that chain didn't snap.

    He visited that animal to either gloat over what he did, or to try and save face in his town because the reception of the story was so negative. Whatever the reason, he deserves whatever is thrown at him and much more. $10,000 bail? LOL What if this kids parents are filthy rich? $10,000 means nothing. This country needs Mandatory Punishments for animal cruelty. If someone knows what kind of punishment they were receiving, it would deter alot of pets from getting abused. Most serial killers start out this way and most serial killers gloat over what they've done. By you sympathizing with someone like that sheds much light as to what type of person you are. Disturbing. Either way...both of you...stay away from my 3 canine sons.

  • Hannah posted at 6:55 pm on Wed, Jan 25, 2012.

    Hannah Posts: 1

    Tied to a truck, put in a pickup and tied, put in a pickup not tied, put on a chain out back with no food or water. I could go on and on but this is the kind of mentality we are dealing with. He is dumb as a stump and he went to see the dog to come up with this story so he looks innocent. That is what I truly believe. I say he should do 6 months in jail and the fine. He tortured that dog because he has a mental problem and for all you people on this blog who think less, think again. When you hear him doing something to another animal or a child you will be talking out of the other side of your mouth saying oh, I didn't think anything was wrong with him he was such a nice guy, yeah right. Let's start by making an example of what happens to you when you hurt an animal domestic or otherwise. I am so sick of excuses, when people torture an animal whether it is their animal or someone elses, "ENOUGH". He is a piece of dirt and he needs to pay and everyone who owns an animal and doesn't treat it like it should be treated needs to pay. I will pray for this sweet pup every night and hope that this guy rots in jail and hope that someday someone will drag his dead butt behind I truck, I know I would love to.

  • Frostycold1 posted at 6:52 pm on Wed, Jan 25, 2012.

    Frostycold1 Posts: 2

    "He said he put the dog at the hitch of his truck and, forgetting the dog was there, drove down the road. Helson thought his friend had put the dog in his garage." NOW, doesn't this sound a little contradictory??? He put the dog on the hitch, but he thought his friend put the dog in his garage???? I think he's full of it and lying....And in a world of contstant torturing of animals - i think he has a motive of trying to step up to his mistake thinking he won't face any jail time if he does the "right thing". I've made mistakes yes - and I own up to them and I think most people do the same thing, BUT if you're going to be careless with another living creature - animal or human - you need to pull your head out of your behind and pay attention in life. He needs to be 100 % responsible for this.

  • JerseyGirlMel posted at 6:49 pm on Wed, Jan 25, 2012.

    JerseyGirlMel Posts: 1

    BGResident... you really are a moron! The reason the bond is high (not high enough for me) is to deter others from doing the same crime. If the bond were only $500, then what kind of example are we setting as a society? Shane Nelson, Michael Vick, you and all those like you are worth a heck of a lot less to me that any dog! You are a worthless excuse for a human being.. you and all those like you!

  • CobaltCatnip posted at 6:42 pm on Wed, Jan 25, 2012.

    CobaltCatnip Posts: 1

    Sorry, his story doesn't make sense. Any responsible pet owner would have tried to find their dog THAT NIGHT after he discovered it missing. I also don't believe another poster who said a guilty person would never have tried to visit the dog at the shelter. I beg to differ. Anyone stupid enough to drag a dog behind their truck is stupid enough to go back and check out the damage.

    bgresident: IMO, $10K isn't enough for this loser. Keep in mind that serial killers start out as animal abusers. I feel sorry for you that you don't have any more regard for dogs than you do. They're living, feeling beings and should be treated as such.

  • bambiee100 posted at 6:41 pm on Wed, Jan 25, 2012.

    bambiee100 Posts: 1

    I hope he gets jail time for this!!! It's about time we stopped giving just a slap on the wrist for being Cruel & Inhumane to animals!!!! If not we might as well say hey it' s ok to do this and get away with it!! We are giving a message to our youth and who ever else does this that it is ok if not punished for the crime!!! He needs Jail time to pay for what he did to this animal!!!!!!

  • cdennis posted at 6:40 pm on Wed, Jan 25, 2012.

    cdennis Posts: 2

    oh and sadly, if Michael Vick will be able to own another animal once his probation is up, im sure this idiot will be allowed to own one as well. Which leads me to the REAL problem which is animal cruelty needs to have harsher sentencing and the people should never be able to own an animal again. I don't understand why the courts think that people who hurt other people and or/animals will ever change. These people are not right in the head and will likely not get better anytime soon. how will we ever know if once they have another animal they are treating it correctly and not being negligent or abusive. Yes, the animals are getting more of a voice as of late, but it is NOT ENOUGH.

  • Frostycold1 posted at 6:38 pm on Wed, Jan 25, 2012.

    Frostycold1 Posts: 2


  • cdennis posted at 6:36 pm on Wed, Jan 25, 2012.

    cdennis Posts: 2

    Bgresident, just because dogs are not people does not give someone the right to drag it behind a car and purposely inflict pain and suffering on an innocent life. You should be ashamed of yourself for even saying that ignorant sentence. He should have to pay for what he has done and 10,000 sounds good to me. If it was up to me he would also spend at least 5 years in jail. You wouldn't be whining if he did this to a child would you??

  • Bettertothinkfirst posted at 5:53 pm on Wed, Jan 25, 2012.

    Bettertothinkfirst Posts: 1

    Bg resident...thanks for letting us know that dogs aren't people. Phew! I was really worried there for a minute.

    How do you not know an animal is being dragged to death behind your vehicle. What, are you so high on meth that you can't feel it? You know, if people like you were the only ones to govern our country, animals would have no consideration at all. I reall pity you!

  • openmind posted at 7:38 am on Wed, Jan 25, 2012.

    openmind Posts: 1

    I know dogs are not humans. But I know a lot of humans that are animals! They still have rights. And if you check this is not his first offense. And to the lady that had her pet go missing. It really took you a week! Really. You didn't call back. You didn't go out and look around. Maybe you didn't want him back that much after all and just want to whine. Do you realize your description might have been vague. That they can get in more than 75 animals a day. That they want pets to be reunited because of so much over crowding. Buck up and take responsibility for not taking charge of finding your pet. He is better off without you.

  • bgresident posted at 12:14 am on Wed, Jan 25, 2012.

    bgresident Posts: 62

    This was a terrible thing to happen to an innocent animal, but a $10,000 bond...over a dog??? Really? So much for the Constitutional Amendment against excessive bail. Listen up I know its difficult for some people to understand and I will not be popular with some of you for saying it but, DOGS ARE NOT PEOPLE!

  • crazyj89 posted at 9:32 pm on Tue, Jan 24, 2012.

    crazyj89 Posts: 1

    While I believe it could have been a legitimate accident, I think that the severe negligence caused by this incident should result in some sort of punishment like a rehoming for Dozer or Malachi. Tying an animal to the back of a vehicle is irresponsible in itself. The story sounds a bit unbelievable, I think because of all the coverage from the BG Humane Society and Greystone Animal Hospital, yet he wasn't aware his dog was missing for an entire day.

  • scs3452 posted at 9:24 pm on Tue, Jan 24, 2012.

    scs3452 Posts: 1

    Yes, it could have been an accident, however, I neither heard in Mr. Helson's words, nor saw in his emotion any remorse for the pain inflicted on this innocent animal as a result of his lack of pet-owner responsibility.

  • prissy2 posted at 9:21 pm on Tue, Jan 24, 2012.

    prissy2 Posts: 1

    I am a great animal lover and have no children of my own. I treat my animals as if they were my children. Would you go off and forget to put your child in a safe place? Never Never Never tie or chain a animal to a vehicle of any kind!, for any reason. We all need to pray for the dog, so that one day soon he will find a home full of love and caring that he deserves. He is a very special animal that so wants to please and be loved.

  • BCO posted at 9:03 pm on Tue, Jan 24, 2012.

    BCO Posts: 1

    Go ahead and give him the benefit of the (huge) doubt. You still pay for your negligence.

  • wall10755 posted at 8:52 pm on Tue, Jan 24, 2012.

    wall10755 Posts: 27

    oh and my dog came up missing last year and before I could get to the pound to get him a week later, they adopted him out, said they had no recollection of the conersation with me or my daughter. i did not get my dog back, so I am not sure calling them for help would do any good, didn't help!

  • wall10755 posted at 8:48 pm on Tue, Jan 24, 2012.

    wall10755 Posts: 27

    I believe he made a terrible mistake. He would never have heard the dog yelp from inside his truck. He probably shouldn't own another animal, More than likely he would have never been caught due to lack of witnesses, so either he is the dumbest crook ever or he sincerely made a badmistake. I hope the dog makes it..

  • c4Honnied4569 posted at 6:55 pm on Tue, Jan 24, 2012.

    c4Honnied4569 Posts: 1

    This is just an example of someone who is very irresponsible. He should never be allowed to own another animal his entire life. He should also be made to pay for ALL of Malachi's medical bills.Shane should also have to work multiple community hoursat the Humane Society. He should have made sure the dog was in a safe place before he decided to drive down the road with the dog attached to the back of the vehicle. It is really sad that the dog has to suffer due to the negligence of his owner.

  • Ravencrow posted at 4:38 pm on Tue, Jan 24, 2012.

    Ravencrow Posts: 3

    I don't believe his story,,he prob knew the police we're getting closer to finding out who'se dog this was,,,fingerprints we're prob on the chain,,footprints at the scene,,,a remote area,,,,,Richardsville is a small community, and he was tring to save his own skin, while Malachai is missing 60% of his!!! I say throw him to the wolves!!!!

  • sb2012 posted at 3:36 pm on Tue, Jan 24, 2012.

    sb2012 Posts: 1

    It might have been an accident, but think about is. He couldn't hear or see the poor boy being dragged behind the truck? If my dog disappeared, the Humane Society would have been the first people I would have contacted, then vet clinics in my town & neighboring towns. I feel he just needed time to think of something before showing his face. My prayers go out to Malachi & ALL that have helped him in his recovery.

  • 658 posted at 3:35 pm on Tue, Jan 24, 2012.

    658 Posts: 4

    He looked sincere on WBKO. Maybe he didn't know he did that he had drug the dog down the road. A few years ago I was on the Cumberland Parkway when a dog fell out of a pickup truck as it pulled away from the toll plaza. The dog was tied with a rope which didn't let the dog fully touch the ground. As I tried to catch up it jumped into the truck, Luckily the dog only had a few minor abrasions. the driver did not know the dog had jumped out and would not have known it if he had dragged the dog down the road if I had not been behind him. As the person below said those without mistakes in your past please speak up now, I doubt I will see anyone without mistakes. But when you make them there are consequences to your actions and it appears this boy is willing to face them. I just thank God the dog didn't die. I will give him a break.

  • Angiedh74 posted at 2:28 pm on Tue, Jan 24, 2012.

    Angiedh74 Posts: 1

    There is a reason you don't see it happen this way, because this was truly an accident or he would have never shown up! A person who intentionally does something wrong does not have any intentions of owning up to it and any person who intentionally harms an animal doesn't care enough about the animal to check on it's well being.

    Shane would never, ever hurt any animal or person knowingly. He loves his dog whose name is Dozer.

    People shouldn't be so quick to judge and assume. I would like to see any person out there who has NEVER made an irresponsible or careless mistake to step up. The Bible says we should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to anger.....but these days its more like...get angry, hurry up and throw hurtful words out there and whatever you do, don't listen. Accidents do happen. Sadly a person is tried and convicted by the public, by way of the media and usually without hearing all the information.

    Shane, Dozer and all considered have my love, support, thoughts and prayers.

  • pls3320 posted at 2:17 pm on Tue, Jan 24, 2012.

    pls3320 Posts: 81

    He is either telling the truth, or the most ignorant person alive in trying to see the dog.

  • BGlifer posted at 1:11 pm on Tue, Jan 24, 2012.

    BGlifer Posts: 30

    I'll give the guy the benefit of the doubt. It could have been an accident.