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#1 Old 12-29-2003, 07:34 AM
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ETA: I named the thread wrongly, it should be "Father and Son Die While Son Tries to Drown Dog".

ETA2: done.



http://www.katv.com/news/stories/1203/113315.html

(saw it on Vegan Porn)



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Eudora - A man and his son drowned Monday night after the son tried to drown their dog. It happened near the city of Eudora, just outside of city limits. Police say the son fell into a pit full of water inside an old cotton gin and the father went in after him.



Police say the son and his cousin were trying to drown their pit bull, because the dog was old and wouldn't fight anymore. Before drowning the dog, the son fell in and the cousin ran for help.



18-year-old Eugene Weston Junior and his cousin planned to drown their pit bull in an old abandoned cotton gin across the street from their home.



The gin hadn't been used in more than 30 years and inside the pit was a thick combination of water, oil, diesel fuel, hydraulic fluid, and dirt. As the son looked into the eight to ten foot pit, he slipped and fell in.



The cousin ran for help and called 9-1-1. That's when the father, 42-year-old Eugene Weston Senior, jumped into the pit after his son.



Police say the old gin has been pumped dry and is now covered up. They plan to fill it in with dirt to prevent this kind of accident in the future.



The pit bull is still alive and unharmed.

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HA HA they deserve it!
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How sad for everyone involved..that they would be that dumb. It's a good thing the dog lived and was unharmed though. Sad that people had to die as a result of their ignorance. What a shame.
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#4 Old 12-29-2003, 08:49 AM
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that should get a darwin award. That poor dog! I hope he gets adopted and loved for the rest of his life.
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Oye... Well at least he deserves a Darwin Award for his cruel stupidity.



My first response though was "whew" when I saw the dog survived. And of course I just had to know what happened to the dog so a little more googling pulled up this follow-up article:

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Charges unlikely in double drowning



Eudora police say youth tried to kill reluctant pit bull



By Woodrow Wilkins Jr. / Delta Democrat Times



EUDORA, Ark. -- A local teenager probably will not be charged with a crime for his role in the abuse of a pit bull, which eventually led to another teenager and his father drowning.



Glen Anderson, an investigator with the Eudora Police Department, said the animal had been trained to fight, and the drownings were the result of an attempt to kill the dog for refusing to fight.



The pit bull is in the custody of an animal shelter and its condition has improved, Anderson said on Tuesday.



The saga started when police were called to 731 Baker St., the site of an abandoned cotton gin. Anderson said the call came in at 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 8.



"Lynn Jones, 17, reported to the dispatcher that Eugene Weston Jr., also 17, had fallen into a big, concrete hole at the old Pylates Gin," Anderson said. "When emergency services arrived, there was some water in the hole, and they didn't see anybody."



Anderson explained that the gin was being torn down by its present owner. The drownings occurred in a pit that had been used as a drain when the plant was operational.



He described the pit as being 20 feet deep, 20 feet wide and about eight feet across.



"It had about eight feet of water in it," Anderson said.



According to the report, Eugene Weston Sr. walked upon the scene before emergency personnel arrived. When Jones told the man his son had fallen into the pit, the elder Weston tried to get him out, but he couldn't reach the youth. In his attempt to save his son, the elder Weston also drowned.



"It's got no rails, no ladder, no way to get out of it without being pulled out from the top," Anderson said of the pit.



Emergency workers were able to find the bodies by using "long ladders" and poles.



The process was complicated because there was no lighting, and there was oil in the water, Anderson said.



"The water was running off them poles like molasses," he said, adding that he believes people had thrown old diesel cans into the pit over the years.



"We had a pump and tried to pump it down while they were looking for the bodies," Anderson said. "We pumped out a foot (of water), and it was still pretty deep."



The pit was drained the next morning to ensure there were no other bodies.



Anderson explained that with the property being abandoned, the pit had been covered with heavy "plates," to prevent anyone from falling in. "Four of those plates had fallen in."



After the drownings, Jones said Eugene Weston Jr. had intentions of drowning the pit bull because the animal refused to fight. It was old and mistreated, so it cowered from other animals, Anderson said.



"It's illegal, but it happens," he said of the pit bull fights. "We can't catch them all."



The detective said the animal was scared.



"It was mistreated badly," he said. "It lost its spirit."



Jones told investigators the younger Weston tried moving one of the plates out of the way, but fell in.



"It took three of us to move one of them," Anderson said, pointing out that the weight was too much for one teenager.



The Chicot County district attorney has been notified, but Anderson said he did not anticipate charges being filed.



Meanwhile, the pit bull has been fed and taken care of, so now it has "fat on it" while the shelter owner tries to find a home for it.

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Thats what they get.
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I tried it once a few weeks ago and it didn't seem to work.... Trying it again...



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Too bad the cousin lived. Hope the dog finds a good home.
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That's what they call karma.

Sort of. Or maybe "What goes around comes around."
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Hope the dog finds a loving home...
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Maybe God gave'em a good push...
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That's really interesting - so the pit was 20' deep, but there was only 8' of water in it. By the sounds of it, there was 12' they had to climb to get out, but it was all oily and they couldn't. So it sounds like they must have swam in circles until they eventually drowned out of exhaustion, unless I read it incorrectly.



That's pretty awful.
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Wow. That sounds like my worst nightmare. I'm so glad the dog lived. Hopefully he or she can recover from the mistreatment and live a good life.
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I always find it interesting when people drown in still water. Me, I float..without even trying. All I have to do is gently ease onto my back and I can sleep while floating motionless. When I read stories like this I often wonder why they just didn't float until rescued? Why waste all that energy trying to get out. Must have been meant to be (their dieing and all).



I'm really happy the dog lived though.
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It is physically impossible for me to float, but I'm a bit odd.



If the water was full of oil and diesel fuel and other stuff, that may have made the floating more difficult.
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typically people with low body fat percentages can't float, like my husband. poor things.



it's really too bad these people were so dimwitted. i don't like to speak ill of the dead but it does seem to me like they were just asking for it.
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I didn't know that Kreeli. Makes sense though because my boyfriend can't float a lick without moving his arms back and forth across the water.
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I didn't know that Kreeli. Makes sense though because my boyfriend can't float a lick without moving his arms back and forth across the water.



Ruthie, that's called swimming.
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Agreed. Darwin award.
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Doesn't seem like the father was "asking" for anything. Seems like he was trying to save his son.
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my point was that they seem like very cruel people to begin with. running vicious dog fights for money, and then trying to kill a dog in a very cruel and risky way. i do not celebrate their deaths, but i do think that stupid, cruel people often die stupid, cruel deaths and i won't feel sorry for them because of it.
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Please, everybody, be careful what you cheer and what you jeer. Regardless of how you feel about one aspect of the lives these two lived, remember that they had family who loved them, and that they will never have a chance to see the error of their ways or do good in the world. All untimely deaths are regrettable, and none of us are perfect either. All I'm saying is to watch whom you judge, and on what grounds you judge them.



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Very well said, Mollie.
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I'm so happy that the dog was not killed, but I am worried about his chances of being adopted out. The future of any dog that has been trained to fight is uncertain. I hope it all works out for him.

I feel bad for the father because he risked his own life to save his son and they both died in the process. I can only imagine how he must have felt during his last moments.

As for the son, my only sympathy is for his family. I can not feel bad for him.
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I feel for any creature who dies in terror, even one who thoughtlessly or maliciously inflicted a like terror on others.
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my point was that they seem like very cruel people to begin with. running vicious dog fights for money, and then trying to kill a dog in a very cruel and risky way. i do not celebrate their deaths, but i do think that stupid, cruel people often die stupid, cruel deaths and i won't feel sorry for them because of it.



My feelings exactly. It's my guess the 17-year-old got his cruel attitude from dear ol' dad. I know the right thing is to feel bad for the humans too, but I can't.



I do worry about the dog though. He will likely need a home without any other pets, that's for sure.
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This drowned boy was raised to think that treating animals this way is okay, just as so many boys (and girls) are raised to think eating a Big Mac is fine. If we expect him to over-come his upbringing - (even before he is grown) why don't we expect the same from them?

This story is nothing but sad.
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