Lyman Morkunas Allegedly Bragged About Breaking a Puppy's Legs With a 16-Pound Sledgehammer

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MCSO
Lyman Morkunas

One of the easiest ways to piss off Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio -- aside from being in the country illegally or writing for New Times -- is to mess with a puppy.

Or probably it's just that Joe realizes animals get his mug on TV easily.

Animal abuse is one of Arpaio's press-release-worthy crimes, for sure, and Lyman Morkunas' allegedly bragging about using a 16-pound sledgehammer to break a puppy's legs probably didn't help keep him out of Arpaio's latest bulletin.

According to the MCSO, the pit bull puppy was brought to a vet last week with two "severely broken legs," and one of those legs will probably be amputated.

The couple who brought the dog in told detectives they'd gotten the puppy from Morkunas, who "bragged" about using the sledgehammer to break up a fight between the puppy and an adult dog, the Sheriff's Office says.

Morkunas seemed to have left out that detai when speaking with detectives, as the MCSO says Morkunas told them the puppy was injured from the fight with the older dog.

Morkunas admitted to detectives that he didn't seek medical treatment for the puppy, the Sheriff's Office says, and he was jailed on one felony count of animal abuse.

Morkunas was released from jail shortly after his initial appearance.

Aside from the pup's two broken legs, it also had multiple puncture wounds and a major infection due to the lack of medical treatment, according to MCSO.

On one of the puppy's legs, there's a "severe fracture" to one of the joints, while the other leg "was shattered all the way through the bone," the Sheriff's Office says.

The couple couldn't afford the dog's treament, so they signed it over to the animal hospital, and an animal-rescue group called PAWS has been funding the pup's medical treatment.

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The puppy's broken legs (left), and the puppy.



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Pitty Bull
Pitty Bull

You are a real tough guy you piece of shit , if you were any where near you would get demolished in about 10 seconds , no hammer needed

Elijah
Elijah

I know Lyman as a good dog man and this story and the allegations are not even closely indicative of his character and the love he has for his dogs and the breed. It is disturbing how a man can have his name completely slandered with such little evidence. 

I am a long time ambassador for the American Pitbull Terrier breed. I know how these dogs and I know good dog men. No man puts as much love and energy into his dogs as Lyman does and then brutalizes them for the fun of it. Anybody who knows the breed knows that yard accidents happen. Looking at the pictures that are posted with this article I can clearly see that this is a yard accident from the bite marks on the pups legs. 

I think that we as people need to inform ourselves more before, making uneducated comments and slandering a decent man's name. Lyman has had dogs for years and has placed many of dogs in good homes. He is a true ambassador for the breed. 

What is interesting is that stories like this are written to show the so called "Big Bad Bully" and completely leave out the integrity of the man who is known for rescuing and loving this breed. I guess that is what comes with media. 

You have my support Lyman.

Lonny Arnone
Lonny Arnone

you guys really need to stop judging from the pathetic excuse of a paper and find out the facts yourself wonder where the guy is that reported lyman.......IN FUCKING JAIL RIGHT NOW

Lonny Arnone
Lonny Arnone

 

I wanted to write to tell you about my friend, Lyman and his many
fine qualities who is one of the best people I have ever met. I am truly lucky
to have him in my life and I can only hope that I am able to
make you see him the way I do.

My friend Lyman is an
amazing person, to say the least. He is giving
and kind and openhearted and anyone who comes into contact
with him walks away feeling a little
bit better about themselves. Lyman just has that effect on
people without even trying. There are few people that I hold in as high regard
as him, and I say without a doubt that you are dealing with a person of very
good moral character. Lyman
operates with integrity, and never has a bad word to say about anyone. He is also hard working and
dedicated, and never leaves a job unfinished. He’s perhaps the most unbiased
person I've ever met. He treats everybody with equal courtesy, respect and
regard; from the person doing the most menial chore to the Chairperson of The
Board. It doesn't matter to him - everybody's the same.

I have known Lyman for 10 years, since
then, every time I reflect on our friendship, I truly thank my lucky stars that
Lyman happened to come into my life. It sounds corny, but it's
absolutely true that I would not be who I am today if it weren't for the
influence of Lyman. He has helped me professionally as well as
emotionally. Just to give you a few examples of what I am speaking of when I was
going through a nasty divorce and very depressed my friend Lyman gave me a
small pit-bull puppy out of the kindness of his heart which by the way is the
son of the accused dog who is the most loving and caring dog I have ever met. And
if Lyman ever saw his dog attacking a puppy I know he would put himself in
physical harm to save that puppy. I don’t know how many times Lyman has given
me the last $5 out of his pocket, and whenever I ask him a favor the answer is
always yes. I am both appalled and dumbfounded at these accusations if the
people attacking Lyman knew him like I do they would be singing a different tune

I have no doubt that Lyman does not need this letter to
show you what an incredible human being he is, but I wanted to
write it anyway. I'm sure you'll get many letters just like this about Lyman,
which should let you know what kind of fabulous individual you're dealing with
here.

I just cannot say enough about Lyman

Wake Up America
Wake Up America

I do not know this American, yet I on principle challenge any of the posters pronouncing judgment upon him based upon "allegations," one-sided statements made by law enforcement (not exactly known for their honesty and/or FULL disclosure - especially the infamous Sheriff Joe;)  AND/OR ANY of the Media Whores (who regularly not only "stir the Kool-Aid, but MAKE it when it serves their purpose: selling advertising.  Most of these posters clearly don't get the point of the NT article in the first place, or you would be commenting somewhere else.  Here is the challenge to ALL:  bring forth ONE actual issue of PROVABLE, material FACT that he is guilty of anything.  EVERY allegation made against him to date has been underscored with disclaimers to the effect of: "...according to the MCSO..."  "One detective SAYS he omitted," ..." the couple say blah blah blah."  Could the "couple" have committed to treating the animal and then balked when confronted with the COST?  There is no time-line mentioned in the article, which could mean that this American (remember what "innocent until proven guilty in a COURT OF LAW" MEANS?) immediately gave the dog to the couple with their word that it would be cared for.  "According to the detective, he 'ADMITTED' BLAH BLAH BLAH."  I love animals, and believe that they have the right to be treated humanely, but I love PEOPLE MORE, and KNOW that the U.S. Constitution guarantees us (including you 'haters prior to investigation') better treatment than what this man has thus far received.  It would serve us all well to "wait till the Jury comes in" until we allow a Citizen's reputation to be ruined over lies, distortions, and media-serving slop - not a shred of which has been proven.  To all of you out there whom are ready to pounce without remotely complete information - pray that it never happens to you and yours.  Be well, and refuse to be told what to think - question half of what you see and ALL of what you hear. 

For what it's worth
For what it's worth

Can everyone just step back for a second and acknowledge the fact that
these are accusations only? I have known this man for quite a long time, I
know how much he loves his animals, I also know how he feels about animal
cruelty. I can assure every reader out there that he would be
standing beside every one of us who are disgusted by animal cruelty, the scum bags who engage in it and empathy we feel for the poor animals involved. After reading all of these comments a few times, I see so many people jump to conclusions based on media hype rather than facts. Facts that have not even yet been revealed to anyone! I can speak for the character of this man with a very high regard. These accusations do not fit this man! He is not an animal abuser. Are there questions regarding xray evidence to testimony, yes! Questions regarding why the pup had infections untreated, yes! Do these questions make him guilty, NO! To answer the question of where were his friends, why didn't we help, as for myself, I was unaware of the situation. If he had called on me for help, I'd have been there in a heartbeat to help in anyway I could. As for this Marcy person, she shouldn't even be allowed to post anything simply because her posts are worthless and add no value. To the HA group, you guys have had to put up with false accusations from day one. Personally, I have never had a bad encounter with any of you guys, in fact I have nothing but good things to say about you, and I support every business that I know you own! I follow an ethical code of honor similar to yours. It should be known to everyone that Lyman also follows this code of honor. Posting death threats and threats of bodily harm to a man who has been wrongfully accused of something he did not do is just as wrong as the horrible accusations made against him! In conclusion, the headline reads that he allegedly bragged about it, now that is media hype. I believe he is innocent and until proven guilty, people should not just assume he did these things and jump on the band wagon verbally reducing him to scum status, especially people who do not know him or the facts. An xray and picture aren't ALL the facts! Please Look inside yourselves, how would you all feel if and or when you were ACCUSED of something you DIDN'T DO?? Lyman is a good man, he doesn't deserve this ridicule and disrespect. Unless he is in fact guilty, which in time I am confident the record will show he is not.

Realist
Realist

WOW. I wonder if it is New Times policy to allow people to post DEATH THREATS against someone who has been convicted of absolutley NOTHING. Seems a little irresponsible and dangerous to me.

Katieroyal43
Katieroyal43

I know the man personally. He is an absolute dog lover, this was one dog biteing another dog, which was an accident.He did nothing but break up a dog fight, not with a sludge hammer. He is a very kind and loving person to animals, he has watched my dog numerous times. He is very upset with this situation as well. He always takes his dogs for walks and spends numerous hours with them. If you read the article in depth, you will see that there are puncture wounds, which can not be made by a sledge hammer. REMEMBER INNOSENT TILL PROVEN GUILTY!!!! i am an avid dog lover and if this was true i would have absolutely no impathy or sympathy for him!!!

Katieroyal43
Katieroyal43

I know the man personally. He is an absolute dog lover, this was one dog biteing another dog, which was an accident.He did nothing but break up a dog fight, not with a sludge hammer. He is a very kind and loving person to animals, he has watched my dog numerous times. He is very upset with this situation as well. He always takes his dogs for walks and spends numerous hours with them. If you read the article in depth, you will see that there are puncture wounds, which can not be made by a sledge hammer. REMEMBER INNOSENT TILL PROVEN GUILTY!!!! i am an avid dog lover and if this was true i would have absolutely no impathy or sympathy for him!!!

MulligansPits
MulligansPits

I had to go back and look at the x-rays again after another poster mentioned that the injuries were from an older dog picking on the pup. Having dealt with my share of dog vs. dog injuries, and working as a vet tech for 20 yrs., let me explain what that single x-ray shows. I admit it's not the best image, but when a dog is hurt you do what you can when they're on the table There are a few of the fractures that *could be* from dog bites. But, you've got what looks like a completely shattered carpal joint. You have shattered toes. Not just a couple fractures like what might happen if the pup was hit by a car and thrown 50' on on the losing end of a fight. These are more significantly damaged to the point where I'd call the pieces fragments at this point. That's nothing I've ever seen before from a dog fight. Ever. In 17 yrs. of owning gamebred Pit Bulls, I've NEVER seen that.

I understand why the vet is considering amputation of that leg (I assume that's the one to which they refer). I'm not sure there's enough left to fuse, there are so many open areas where infection can set in to the fragments, and chances are good the dog will have so much nerve discomfort that they end up trying to gnaw the leg off later because it drives them nuts. But, if the vet can save it, Kudos. Back to the folks saying the pup's owner is such a buttercup w/ his dogs-- You might want to take a better look at your choice of friends. The least your sick chum could've done was take the poor thing to the vet, or kill it to ease it's suffering. You sure as shit don't leave an animal to suffer like that under any excuse. WTF??? And where were you during this? Why didn't you help?

David
David

Does anyone know the status of the puppy, saving souls dog rescue would be interested in helping.

OliviaRose
OliviaRose

I do not agree w/ Arpaio about most things, but his fight against animal abuse is one I strongly back him on! Report animal cruelty immediately to 602-997-7586 x2073!

Jeffmartin92
Jeffmartin92

Guys. Ive known this man personally for a few years now, and I know for a fact that he would never do anything like this. Lyman may look like a bad guy, but he's a gentle giant.

Johnmaie123
Johnmaie123

i personally know this guy and the news totally blew this out of proportion hes a good guy his other dog attacked puppy if anyone was to see how much this man loves his dogs you would see how press is blowing this way out of proportion i just cant see him using a sludge hammer on his animals he loves soo much he mussed being accused of some people who have a vendetta against him 

HND
HND

Of course they don't like anyone abusing anything. They hate competition. Does anyone remember when they chased someone's fleeing dogs back into a burning house that was owned by a suspect after they accidentally set it on fire. I sure do. Made me mad as hell.

Marcy
Marcy

Society really has no good way of dealing with the Lyman's of the world.  You can arrest them and spend ten's of thousands of dollars per year incarcerating them or you suffer the consequences of letting him out in society where is is a worthless parasite.

I think the first step is to offer him 4 oz of meth in exchange for a vasectomy so at least he doesn't breed.

Marcy
Marcy

A typical pit bull owner

HELLS ANGELS MC PHX AZ
HELLS ANGELS MC PHX AZ

Send this bald slug over to the Hells Angels MC clubhouse and we will  beat him bloody and break both of his fucking legs and both of his arms and punch his teeth out break his nose and puncture both his eardrums with and ice pick just for starters. we love animals and we hate animal abusers! 

Wchavez27
Wchavez27

Lyman won't have a leg to stand on in court............no pun intended. You get one animal lover on the jury and he's done. An "ambassador" for the breed would have been at the VET with his DOG! It makes so much sense that a man who loves his dog so much, gives him to another couple for them to take Miles to the vet. If he LOVES his dog why didn't he take his own precious dog to the vet after a bad "yard accident". It makes no sense and it doesn't add up. Keep trying to clear his name but Lyman has a dark side you all just don't know about!

Wchavez27
Wchavez27

If you love him so much wouldn't you take him to the hospital if he had two severely broken legs and feet? Or would you just let him sit there and cry and suffer in pain? Think about that Mr. Lyman Lover!

JIMBO
JIMBO

  Put down where?

Lonny Arnone
Lonny Arnone

 fuck you scum learn the facts first bitch

Lonny Arnone
Lonny Arnone

 amen sister im with you!!!! theses are coments comming from media believing asshole rednecks that dont know lyman

Game Breeder
Game Breeder

You cannot possibly know what you are talking about Mulligan. I have been a breeder of gamebred dogs for years. A gamebred dog with a hard mouth can do what you see in those x-rays easily. I have had yard accidents a lot worse than that in my lifetime as a breeder. I understand that you are advocating for the that we love, but to make a statement as ignorant about what a dog bite can do, clearly shows that you are just attempting to make an argument and jump on the bandwagon.

300 lbs of pressure from a bite of a Pitbull holding on to the leg of a puppy would be more than sufficient to crush the leg and more.

Hot Sweaty Billy
Hot Sweaty Billy

  he is also an ugly bald dog beater. you forgot that part.

MulligansPits
MulligansPits

Well, the x-rays and surface injuries don't appear to match up. The level of damage doesn't seem to match a scuffle between animals, and the type of damage looks inconsistent. Dogs do not attack each other's toes. The losing animal in a match isn't a chew toy. 

Why do you think he might have refused to get the puppy any help? Does he have a history of Pit Bull related injuries? Then he could've taken it to the shelter and lied about it- said it was attacked by a stray mixed-breed mutt, or he found the puppy and didn't know who owned it, or done any number of things to man the fuck up and get it some help. Because that is what a "gentle giant" does-- they care for the meek and mild.

Lonny Arnone
Lonny Arnone

 amen brother if they knew lyman they would'nt be talking all this shit

Hot Sweaty Billy
Hot Sweaty Billy

  What about the dogs  x rays of his broken legs? are they fake x rays now?

Lonny Arnone
Lonny Arnone

you stupid cunt hes a godamn hero he saved the puppy from another pitbull thats how the
puppy got hurt theese people that told this story are liars as a matter
of fact the guy that told this story is in jail right now get your facts
straight before you judge dont always believe the fucking media

BITCH NEWS
BITCH NEWS

  If we only had a cure for the Marcys of this world.

BITCH NEWS
BITCH NEWS

  meth makes men horny so thats a dumb idea.

Guest 23 Sven
Guest 23 Sven

  If society really had a way to deal with the lymans of this world things like this would never happen. so as usual Marcy your still a tough talking  dumb fucking hillbilly cunt who dont know shit.

BITCH NEWS
BITCH NEWS

  Oh Marcy your so deep and smart. you have all the correct answers in life.

Lonny Arnone
Lonny Arnone

 hes a godamn hero he saved the puppy from another pitbull thats how the
puppy got hurt theese people that told this story are liars as a matter
of fact the guy that told this story is in jail right now get your facts
straight before you judge dont always believe the fucking media

Greg
Greg

  Now suddenly everybody likes the Hells Angels when it comes to beating up a dog abuser. other than that you NT  readers hate them every other day of the year. what a bunch of hypocrites humans are.

Berdoo
Berdoo

now thats what i am sayin....... alwasy support the R&W with the of L&R.
sending from austria!
rob supp vbg

BITCH NEWS
BITCH NEWS

  At least you guys would do something about him but Marcy is all talk. she wont do shit.

Panhead Jim
Panhead Jim

He is in the same category as child abusers, you can't fix the bastards. Tall tree, short rope.

Marcy
Marcy

He's not a woman so unless he turns his back so the HA's can shoot him in the back how are you going to beat him up?

GUEST 23 SVEN
GUEST 23 SVEN

  After the beating then chain him to the back of a speeding Harley and drag him down a hot freeway while he is naked on a very hot desert day for 100 miles.

Jack
Jack

 @ Hells Angels - I wish you knew about an animal abuser in my neighborhood!  He deserves some justice. 

Wchave27
Wchave27

He may not be guilty of using a sledgehammer but he IS guilty of letting a broken suffering animal left to die! I hope I'm a juror on his case!

Lonny Arnone
Lonny Arnone

fuck you billy hes a godamn hero he saved the puppy from another pitbull thats how the
puppy got hurt theese people that told this story are liars as a matter
of fact the guy that told this story is in jail right now get your facts
straight before you judge dont always believe the fucking media

sven
sven

  Shoot her up into her left arm with a dull needle full of a mass quantity of 100% pure meth and aids virus.that will shut this quack cunt up for good.

Lonny Arnone
Lonny Arnone

 hes a godamn hero he saved the puppy from another pitbull thats how the
puppy got hurt theese people that told this story are liars as a matter
of fact the guy that told this story is in jail right now get your facts
straight before you judge dont always believe the fucking media

BITCH NEWS
BITCH NEWS

  Thats a Pace Picante sauce tv ad. lol its made in new york city GET A ROPE!

Jeff
Jeff

 My next door neighbor is a Hells Angels member and he is the most friendly and helpful neighbor I know on my block. the rest of my neighbors want even wave hi to me or say hello. the Hells Angels guy will do anything to help me out with my car or my house or anything I need help with. how many of your neighbors are like that and are that nice to you?

Guest 23 Sven
Guest 23 Sven

   With a big mouth like yours im surprised some man hasn't killed you off yet Marcy.

BOB HAMCCC AZ
BOB HAMCCC AZ

  I guess you think your an expert on the HAMC even though you never met one of them in your life. you never met me. I own a hair salon at 35th ave and bell road north east corner next to the Safeway store. we own alot of legit business in the area and in Scottsdale so you never know when you are supporting us by shopping at one of our company's or business. another HA Brother owns the most successful florist in Scottsdale AZ. another owns a karate school and one owns the candy store topless joint on cave creek rd and union hills. some of us own machine shops ,tattoo shops, the list of things we do is endless and its not crime related. one brother owns sharp finger films that makes movies in Hollywood some have written best selling books a few own and run websites and stores for sports wear. we are not the people you think we are. we are very successful business men now days. just like everybody else in society we have our bad apples just like in your circle of friends. you are not perfect and neither are we. BOB , HELLS ANGELS MC CAVE CREEK CHARTER ARIZONA.

Kelly
Kelly

  Only 1 tenth of 1% of crime in the  USA is committed by members of the Hells Angels.  Kelly, Hells Angels MC Cowboys Wife. PS.my old man has never been busted or in jail in his  whole 48 years on this earth and most of his brothers are the same way. you watch way to much gangland tv shows bitch!

Guest 23 Sven
Guest 23 Sven

  If you got a better idea you dumb smart ass hillbilly dumb cunt let us know what it is you dumb cunt. I dont hear any great ideas from you. your a follower and not a leader.

Lonny Arnone
Lonny Arnone

 hes a godamn hero he saved the puppy from another pitbull thats how the
puppy got hurt theese people that told this story are liars as a matter
of fact the guy that told this story is in jail right now get your facts
straight before you judge dont always believe the fucking media

mwmike
mwmike

 Still wouldn't cure Arpaio.

GUEST 23 SVEN
GUEST 23 SVEN

  Call the animal abuse cops on him they will come out and check things out.

Panhead Jim
Panhead Jim

Can't you drag it out for a few hundred heart beats or more???? No easy way out, this scum bag should suffer longer than that helpless pup

sven
sven

  REAL HELLS ANGELS MC live in the USA in California where they were born in Fontana / Berdoo California on March 17th 1948 not cold ski country Austria. Hells Angels were born in the hot sunny deserts of the western USA in southern California! any where else is a joke.

sven
sven

  That Marcy chick on here is rude so I can tell she is not a biker chick so it must be true. non bikers are assholes and have no manners at all. Marcy is proof of what your saying.

Greg
Greg

  Bikers and  the Hells Angels MC are the only people or culture in the USA left that still have Love Loyalty Honor Respect  and just plain simple everyday manners to other folks bikers or non bikers. everybody else out there in straight square yuppie zombiefied sheeple land are rude selfish assholes with no manners at all. bikers are from the old school American way something American citizens have lost over the years.

Berdoo
Berdoo

and thats why i always will support the HAMC. it´s about respect. treat me good , i tread you better. tread be bad, well.....
i never met an HA who wasn´t friendly, correct or helpful when aproached with respect.show respect - get respect. where do you get that in this society.rob (proud supporter of the VBG charter / AUSTRIA) 

Kelly
Kelly

  Or try reading this for the real truth. this is all the HAs that are locked up in the whole wide world around 50 out of 800. click here to read more  www.bighousecrew.net

Greg
Greg

  99% of HAs are on the streets free living life and riding their bikes. very few of them are in jail or prison. out of 800 of them world wide only about 30 of them are in jail or prison. most are out of the joint and back on the streets in 2 years or less so the crimes they do are not that big of a deal. straight non biker society has worse odds than that and commit most of the crimes. just look at NTs crime news and tv crime news very few are bikers or HAs.

Hot Sweaty Billy
Hot Sweaty Billy

 Your a mathematics genius! now whats your next big comment to help save the world from evil? was that it?

Stats
Stats

Kelly, with that stat I'm sure you meant to make it sound like HA members don't commit a lot of crime. However, HA members likely represent no more than (20,000 / 311,000,000) or 0.006% of the population.

0.1% / .006% means, according to your "facts", that HA members commit crime at a rate of 16.6x their population.

Guest 23 Sven
Guest 23 Sven

  Being a cry baby about  Joe Arpaio isnt manly mike. I notice you didnt leave a solution either just like the rest didn't. your all talk no action just like the rest. bitching isnt going to get rid of Joe.

Guest 23 Sven
Guest 23 Sven

 You should  personally take care of him yourself big shot and quit you sniveling like the rest of the NTs pussy's.

Lonny Arnone
Lonny Arnone

 hes a godamn hero he saved the puppy from another pitbull thats how the
puppy got hurt theese people that told this story are liars as a matter
of fact the guy that told this story is in jail right now get your facts
straight before you judge dont always believe the fucking media

Lonny Arnone
Lonny Arnone

 hes a godamn hero he saved the puppy from another pitbull thats how the
puppy got hurt theese people that told this story are liars as a matter
of fact the guy that told this story is in jail right now get your facts
straight before you judge dont always believe the fucking media

Jeff
Jeff

  Marcy cant do shit she is all talk.

BITCH NEWS
BITCH NEWS

  Maybe That big mouth cunt Marcy Broad on here can take care of this sick  bald fuck. she sounds like one bad ass bitch. at least she thinks she is in her own mind from behind a computer screen. im thinking she is phony.

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