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Mean Streets of Camden 2
left: Neighborhood kids had recently purchased
a shotgun and used this dog for target practice. Above
right: The renters of this Camden house skipped
town and abandoned this dog to die in the basement.
left: Stabbed to death on the Mean Streets
of Camden. Above right: A dog's carcass
is found in a field a few yards from occupied homes.
A typical sight: Dogs looking for scraps of food in
Camden while three dogs run loose near an exit ramp
off Interstate 676.
left: This dog was chained out all night and
found hung in the morning. The dog's paws were bloodied
fighting for her life by trying to climb the side of
the stairway. The 'caretaker' was deemed 'too nice'
to be charged. Above right: The former
'caretakers' moved and left this dog to freeze to death
in a back yard cage.
left: We found three dogs locked in a trash-filled
room to "guard" a dilapidated building. One
died the miserable death of starvation. The two survivors
were near the end, their weakened bodies had shrunk
to nothing more than skin and bones. Criminal and civil
complaints were signed against Rev. Shelton Neal, Sr.,
of the Faith Holy Temple in East Camden, and against
his son, Shelton, Jr., both of Camden, NJ. A plea-bargaining
arrangement found only the reverend's son guilty of
animal cruelty. Right: Abandoned and
left to die less than 100 feet from the former caretakers
house on Sanders Street in Camden. The dog's crime:
he had grown too large for the family's liking.
left: We spared this dog from dying a miserable
death, alone in an empty field — covered with
hundreds of ticks, internal parasites and barely able
to stand — by euthanizing him in the truest sense.
Right: Shot to death on the Mean Streets
of Camden; the dog's carcass was quickly removed but
a light rain had produced an image of the suffering.
Above: The dogs had
to endure these conditions on an empty lot for several
weeks. We approached the caretakers and advised them
to provide proper shelter. The dogs were moved to their
back yard and were provided with dog houses.