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Monday, July 24, 2006

Ringo Necropsy is In

From Local 10 news:

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. -- The preliminary results of a necropsy on a dog whose owner says it was killed by an exorcism show that the dog was asphyxiated.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of the German shepherd puppy.

Lisa Berstien said that she took her dog, Ringo, to trainer Jill Deringer after Petco referred her to the trainer. Deringer is employed by Petco.
Berstien said that Deringer came to her home Sunday to perform a procedure on Ringo. Berstien said the dog need to be "exorcised" to "get bad endorphins that made him hyper out of his system."

Berstien said that Deringer muzzled the dog and sat on him. She said that Deringer had her hold her dog's paws still while the trainer barked in the dog's ears and poked the dog in the head and stomach for about an hour.

Berstien said the dog began foaming at the mouth and lapsed into unconsciousness. She rushed the dog to an animal hospital, where it later died.

The necropsy indicated that the dog had become dehydrated and lapsed into unconsciousness before he died.

The state attorney's office is also investigating the incident. Deringer could face criminal charges in the dog's death.

Click here to see Ringo's picture.


Anonymous Louise Allen said...

"Deringer could face criminal charges in the dog's death." EXCUSE ME! She MUST be charged, and so MUST Lisa Bernstein. They BOTH committed unspeakable atrocities to this innocent victim. To allow them to get away with their crime sends a chilling message to animal protectors everywhere.

4:02 PM  
Anonymous Annette Krass said...

I am appalled at the torture done to this precious innocent animal. I am even more appalled at the woman who adopted him and then coorperated with this so called "trainer".

I have written to the Tri County Humane Center and strongly suggested that this woman never be permitted to adopt another animal. This is not the first one that she adopted that died from mistreatment. I also, notified Mrs. Christos the manager of the Tri County Humane Center, that I, along with all my friends who love animal will be contacting the State Attorney's office regarding this matter.

This "trainer" who is not licensed and has absolutely no experience should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

4:41 PM  
Blogger Zoe said...



Lisa Bernstein is a careless, hateful, SICK WOMAN who should never be allowed contact with animals again.

Furthermore, she is so WANTONLY INDIFFERENT TO LIFE that she participated in her dog's murder willingly. (Wanton indifference to life is AGAINST THE LAW.)

The fact that this poor innocent suffocated is no surprise to any of us. Anybody who is muzzled
and SAT ON would not be able to breath. The poor poor dog... as he struggled harder to be able to breath,
they applied more pressure on him, wanting him to SUBMIT to the birdbrained "ALPHA dog" (Bernstein) that was killing him. And, it became a vicious cycle... till they crushed him and he suffocated.

BOTH of these woman are SICK... else they would have STOPPED long before Ringo was almost dead. Their sadistic natures came to the fore and they
ENJOYED torturing this poor animal to death. There is no animal lover on the planet who could endure watching, let alone participating in, the murder of a helpless dog for OVER ONE HOUR.

The lack of oxygen would explain the BLINDNESS that poor Ringo suffered. But, it still doesn't explain the
INTERNAL BLEEDING. These women BROKE this poor animal's body and organs with their weight... that is the only answer.

Deringer said that she didn't apply her full weight. Well what the hell does that matter? An elephant doesn't need
to apply his full weight on us, especially if we're MUZZLED and not getting full oxygen to begin with, WHILE STRUGGLING desperately for breath!!!) in order to break our bones and crush our organs and suffocate us!

I'm sick over this and curse these fiends. Aside from murdering Ringo, do you know the MASSIVE PAIN that these two monsters have caused to THOUSANDS
and thousands of people who have to live with the knowledge of this animal's suffering and murder?! Their
injuring and murdering Ringo does not stop there... THEY HAVE INJURED(and continue to INJURE) each and every animal lover around the world who has been privy to this horrific story.

I still have seen NOTHING to
reflect that Bernstein has been charged. This whole thing is her fault... her carelessness... her ineptitude... even her possible VINDICTIVENESS &RESENTMENT/HATRED
that she had not ever dealt with while she chained the poor animal to the frigging doorknob for a year!


WRITE to JEANETTE CHRISTOS of the HUMANE SOCIETY. Tell them to TAKE BACK THE NEW DOG they gave to Bernstein. Shame on them!

Ringo had a horrible life, an even more horrible death... don't let his murder go unpunished.

gabriella taylor

5:33 PM  
Blogger Zoe said...


Berstien said the dog began foaming at the mouth and lapsed into unconsciousness. She rushed the dog to an animal hospital, where it later died.

... WHERE HE WAS LATER EUTHANIZED! when Bernstein was informed of the fact that he'd taken a turn for the worst and that he would most likely not recover.


She went to Petco to save money instead of taking Ringo to a certified, reputable obedience school; then saved money even more by hiring Deringer "off the books," so to speak... and she SAVED MONEY in the end by having Ringo put to sleep as soon as things looked bad for him, instead of waiting and seeing if there was a chance for recovery. (THIS WOULD HAVE COST MONEY!)

Bernstein cannot say that she was trying to spare him pain (as she has lied) because HE WAS ALREADY UNCONSCIOUS when she had him put down. This woman is a LIAR, as anyone can see from her testimony.

5:44 PM  
Blogger DK said...

Zoe, you're out of line. You are, in fact, being just as one-sided and sensationalistic as Cristos. You cannot make inflammatory accusations like:

BOTH of these woman are SICK... else they would have STOPPED long before Ringo was almost dead. Their sadistic natures came to the fore and they ENJOYED torturing this poor animal to death.


Bernstein cannot say that she was trying to spare him pain (as she has lied) because HE WAS ALREADY UNCONSCIOUS when she had him put down. This woman is a LIAR, as anyone can see from her testimony.

with the superficial knowledge that the public recieves in these circumstances. Honestly, do we really think these women did this for the "enjoyment" of torturing the dog? And, as a physician, I have to tell you, the idea that Ringo was feeling no pain because he was unconscious is absolutely false. Or at least, this is not the case in his human counterparts who have suffered severe trauma. At that point, I do think euthanasia was likely the most humane choice to make.

You're clearly an intellegent and articulate woman, but this zealotous attitude is detracting from your arguments. And frankly, it's libelous.

We're on the same side of this argument. I'm glad you feel so passionately. However, that mindset often prevents us from seeing the subtleties of truth.

7:23 PM  
Blogger Zoe said...

Thanks for the warning DK. Indeed, I'm over-emotional about this pup's murder.

However, I find it interesting that, of the 3 people to whom I've presented the MERE FACTS of this case, ALL 3 were shocked beyond belief and all 3 concluded that both of these women "are sick sadists." (Why do you think this is?)

Of course, 4 out of 4 does not equal 100 out of 100 (even if the equation works) but I do, nevertheless, find people's gut reactions interesting and am not in the mood to dismiss them easily.

I'm very tired of giving benefit of doubt to animal abusers; I'm very tired of the LAW looking the other way. I've got new neighbors, neighbors who keep their 2 dogs chained in their yard 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. Ringling Brothers is bigger than ever, still bullhooking elephants and beating tigers within an inch of their lives. The majority of people in the U.S. eat meat and never give a moment's thought to the fact that "meat" was an animal who suffered greatly from the moment it was born till the moment it died. Billions of innocents are tortured, mutilated, scortched, decapitated, broiled alive, skinned alive, poisoned, eroded with chemical burns, and murdered in any number of unbelievable and inconceivable ways by the pharmaceutical and "research" industries. (We, as a society, call opposition to these atrocities "zealotry" and "extremism.")

And, although finding Lisa Bernstein and Jill Deringer "guilty" would not solve the prevailing horrors mentioned above, I would like to see just a little bit of "justice" for a change in a little corner of the world... justice on the side of the animals.

8:07 PM  
Blogger Zoe said...


(and ask your friends to do so as well),


urging prosecution of Lisa Bernstein and Jill Deringer for Ringo's murder.

It has been mentioned (at this site) that Ringo is NOT THE FIRST WHO DIED under Bernstein's "care."

12:45 PM  
Blogger Girlie said...

Try contacting DDB , a
group that has reps in many states and trys to help chained dogs

12:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here are some links that I believe will be interested

8:21 PM  
Anonymous Lindsay said...

Is this the same lady who was on the Ellen Degeneres show yesterday doing different dog calls?

4:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your are Excellent. And so is your site! Keep up the good work. Bookmarked.

7:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Copy and paste New Twist in Ringo's case
and here are supporters of this so called trainer and a website praising her helping with rescued Pitbulls from Tri-county humane society.
and 40 complaints about Tri county.
I'm puzzled could this all be a stunt to sue PetCo's deep pockets which Bernstein is pursuing.

12:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry here are the sites.

May Ringo R.I.P. Poor puppy.

12:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great site lots of usefull infomation here.

2:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check out
for more information regarding the Tri-county humane society. The allegations are very eye-opening..

4:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok i found this interesting considering that i am employed at tri-county seems that those boca so called animal lovers are a bunch of mostly volunteers who were not allowed to do as they please because of their position in society like most seem to think they are entitled to have. 1 of the biggest problem the staff faces are the volunteers they seem to think they can tell the staff what to do and sorry it does not work that way,like in any place of work there is a chain of command. i also seen posts about hundreds of dogs put to sleep each year that is so untrue we are a true no kill shelter. seems to me that allot of people spent their time in here bitching when they have no clue. i wonder when they will get their heads out of there rear ends and realize that all they do with these lies is hurt the animals funny how they are to busy to see that all they want to do is bitch and moan, oops almost forgot funny how the animal lover's site isn't there anymore guessing people saw them for what they are a bunch of cry babies who didn't get their ways pretty damn pathetic

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