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Guardians of Rescue Begins Sting Investigations into Hazardous Internet Pet Sales

Guardians of Rescue Begins Sting Investigations into Hazardous Internet Pet Sales

As the world embraces the age of technology, everything is available online----including the sale of pets. Guardians of Rescue, a nationwide animal rescue organization, has stepped up to protect these poor animals from the cruelty of being bought and sold via the Internet. Guardians of Rescue is working with law enforcement in various states to try to reduce the amount of harm inflicted on these innocent dogs.

“Getting a new pet is always a big decision, and buying a dog you haven’t met in person is not smart,” says Dori Scofield, vice-president of Guardians of Rescue, an organization whose mission is to protect the well-being of all animals. “If you buy a dog through the Internet, you risk supporting puppy mill cruelty and being scammed out of your money. The Internet is also used by criminals to buy and sell fighting dogs, using certain understood language.”

If you looking to adopt a new dog, here are five tips to think about before you decide where to buy:



In support of Autism Awareness Month, Metropolitan School of the Arts is asking all of its studio students to ‘go blue’ now through April 30.  Students who wear blue during class, Monday through Friday in April, Metropolitan School of the Arts will donate $1 for each student that wears blue, per day. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org for a full schedule of classes and registration.

Metropolitan School of the Arts offers pre-professional dance, theatre, musical and vocal studio classes for youth and teens, as well as adult dance and fitness classes, including Metro Barre, yoga and Pilates.

Md. man arrested for attempted murder

SUITLAND, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Suitland man has been arrested for an attempted murder that occurred in March, according to the Prince George's County sheriff's office.

Police obtained a warrant for Nelson Rutillo Cruz for Attempted 2nd Degree Murder on April 1.

According to the warrant, Cruz allegedly attacked a man with a knife and took his wallet in the 4600 block of Lacey Avenue of Suitland on March 31. Authorities say Cruz lived with the victim.

Officers determined that Cruz was in Huntington, Md. and with the help of the Calvert County Sheriff's Office they found him in the 1600 block of Solomons Island Rd.

Authorities say Cruz was taken into custody, transported to the District III Police Station and charged with Assault First Degree, Armed Robbery and Assault Second Degree.

Md. armed robbery leaves 1 dead

SUITLAND, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police are investigating a residential armed robbery in Suitland that left one of the suspects dead Friday night.

Prince George's County Police said officers responded to the 2600 block of Shadyside Avenue for a residential robbery and shooting that happened at 7:15 p.m.

Police said 26-year-old Dexter John Manigault of NE Washington was killed during the incident. Two additional suspects connected to the robbery were arrested: 19-year-old Daquawn Lubin of Arlington, Va. and 27-year-old Michael William Hall of SE Washington.

Investigation shows that two armed and masked men forced their way into the victims' apartment and tried to rob them at gunpoint. Authorities said during the robbery, one of the residents started fighting with Manigault over his gun.

Pothole patrol on Silver Hill Road in Suitland

SUITLAND, Maryland (WUSA9)--Josh De La Rosa lives in Alexandria and commutes to work via Silver Hill Road in Suitland. In an email to tellwusa9.com De La Rosa writes "At work we call this stretch of road 'where hubcaps come to die.' Silver Hill Road in Prince George's County between St. Barnabas Road and Suitland Road is bone jarring. The potholes are unforgiving and the road is in bad shape, perpetually. The road is actually better when it snows and the potholes filled with ice."

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So WUSA9 sent reporter Debra Alfarone, armed with De La Rosa's email, to get some action.

PG police seize $60K in PCP

SUITLAND, Md. (WUSA9) -- Prince Geoge's County police say they've seized more than $60,000 in drugs from a home in Suitland, Md.

Police say they found 37 fluid ounces of suspected PCP with a street value of nearly $60,000 in an apartment in the 2300 block of Brooks Drive on Friday, Jan. 31. Police also found 23 grams of suspected crack cocaine and heroin.

The total street value of the seized drugs is more than $66,000, police say.

Police arrested 40-year-old Antonio McCallister, of the 2300 block of Brooks Drive in Suitland. He faces a number of drug related charges.