An Oregon man charged July 24 with one count of first-degree aggravated animal abuse, first-degree animal abuse, first-degree aggravated animal neglect, and first-degree theft is headed to court in a closed hearing October 22.
According to a July 28 report by KOIN6 News,Theodore Alberta Dodenhoff, 49, of Salem allegedly tortured a 9-year-old tabby named Titan and failed to provide a minimum of care, which led to the Titan’s death. All of this was done in the presence of Dodenhoff’s child.
Lt. Debbie Aguilar, of the Salem Police Department, said Dodenhoff trapped Titan on his property on the 2000 block of Robbins Lane off Commercial Street and left him outside without food or water. It was originally reported by the Statesman Journal than Titan died of heat exposure.
An October 11 post on the Facebook: Justice for TITAN, the cat trapped in Salem OR and left to die community page reporting chilling new details that cats in the Dodenhoff’s neighborhood are still in danger, stating
“We now know that several (5-7) cats have mysteriously gone missing from this neighborhood recently. We know that TITAN wasn’t just trapped and left to die, he was put in a cage and tortured and dissected. He didn’t die quickly. TITAN was found in a garbage can. He was turned in because a child in the household decided to show some friends what “they” do to cats.”
Titan had been with his family since he was a kitten, and his death outraged the animal advocacy community. A Change.org petition was created asking special prosecutor Jake Kamins, an Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) lawyer to hand down the maximum sentence allowed by law. Prosecutor Jake Kamins is the only ALDF prosecutor in the United States, where he specializes in animal abuse cases.
In 2014, ALDF was awarded a three-year grant to hire Deputy District Attorney Kamins, based out of Corvallis, Oregon in the Benton County District Attorney’s office. Kamins is the first full-time animal cruelty prosecutor available for any one of Oregon’s 36 district attorneys and understands the value of a pet. When that pet is cruelly killed, Kamins is there in a cutting-edge program to make sure no abuser gets away with harming a pet due to a lack of prosecution resources. In an ALDF.org article, Kamins stated
“Focusing one prosecutor’s resources entirely on the issues of animal neglect and abuse ensures that these defendants are held fully accountable.”
Please keep Titan and all of the animal advocates involved in seeing justice is served in his death in your thoughts this week. You can follow Greenville Cats Examiner on Facebook for updates on this case.