Judge Jennings seems to recognize the atrocity of Mr. Dugan's actions as demonstrated by the high bail of $25,000 cash set at arraignment. We need to continue to encourage him to take a stand against animal cruelty. By signing this petition which will be sent to him, he will receive the message that people nationwide are aware of this case and are demanding justice for Xena. We will not accept anything less than full prosecution and punishment under law.
I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you who have taken the time to read and respond to my postings in this thread. You're the best!! ♥ ♥
Slaughtering animals is a messy business. There are a host of health and environmental things to consider -- like how the meat is handled and what is done with the waste -- not to mention making sure its done as humanely as possible.
That's why we regulate the heck out slaughterhouses -- and don't let "hobbyists" kill in their backyards.
But backyard slaughter is becoming a trend in Florida. People slaughter livestock to sell on the black market and often dispose of the unsellable parts onsite or, sometimes, in protected wetlands. Before they're killed, animals suffer in small areas and often endure whippings and torture.
These kind of unsanitary, unhealthy and inhumane conditions are exactly why we have animal disposal and public health laws. Officials can't continue to ignore this cruel and dangerous "hobby."
Tell Florida officials to crack down on backyard slaughters.
Thank you for taking action,
Care2 and ThePetitionSite Team
Our New Investigation Put Dozens of Pet Stores on the Naughty List
Posted: 12 Dec 2012 11:22 AM PST
Yesterday, The Humane Society of the United States released its latest undercover investigation of pet stores linked to puppy mills. The winter holidays are the busiest puppy-buying season of the year, and we wanted to check out Chicagoland pet stores’ claims that they only buy from small &ldquorivate” or “family” breeders.
Our investigator visited 12 pet stores in person this fall, accompanied by a local resident affiliated with PAWS Chicago. HSUS investigators then travelled to several states to visit some of the stores’ breeders. What we found were not small family breeders, but facilities where dozens – often hundreds – of dogs were confined in small, barren wire cages, many running maniacally in circles and unable to escape. In other words, they were typical puppy mills – proof of more false claims from pet stores selling puppies. Watch the video of the undercover investigation here.
Our researchers also followed the paper trails for more than 2,000 puppies who were shipped to dozens of different Chicagoland pet stores from top puppy mill states like Iowa, Kansas and Missouri. What we found again and again is that pet stores that buy from puppy mills are not the exception, but the rule.
Local rescue and advocacy groups like PAWS Chicago and The Puppy Mill Project, along with national groups like The HSUS, have been pressuring Illinois agencies for years to do something about Chicagoland’s pet store and puppy mill problems, and we’ll continue to do so. In the meantime, our advice to puppy buyers hasn’t changed: Don’t buy a puppy from a pet store or Internet site. At any time of the year, give one of the best gifts possible: the gift of a new family for a companion animal from a shelter or rescue group.
P.S. Make a commitment to help end this cruelty; sign our pledge to stop puppy mills now.
Dramatic Rescue of a Dog in Danger Caught on Tape
This poor, shivering dog was stuck in a river for hours. The banks were too steep for the dog to climb out itself, plus it was weakened by how long it had to swim. Luckily, a firefighter risked his own safety and plunged into the river himself - what an ending.
Protect Harmless Wildlife & Pets! Wildlife Services is in serious need of reform. This tax-funded program's kill-first methods are to blame for more than 100,000 animal deaths annually, including the mistaken deaths of thousands of federally protected species and family pets.
Its kill-first strategy is not only brutal and expensive, but ineffective and illogical. Non-lethal deterrents, detailed documentation and scientifically sound decision-making should be favored over trigger-happy tactics.
Demand that Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack oversee an alteration of Wildlife Services to ensure that animal issues are resolved without reckless lethal actions. Take Action!
Desperate and Dying Pit Bull Gets Rescued from the Cold Streets - a Christmas Miracle
Troy is an older pit bull that was abandoned on the streets in Los Angeles for a long time. Judging by his skin and demeanor, you could tell he was dy...
Thank you Lynn for the videos. GoodLuck Troy!
Dora Was Rescued from Starvation
Now she's spending her first holiday at home.
On a chilly day last holiday season, the ASPCA rescued Dora, a starving, matted little Shih Tzu with a severely injured tail. When she arrived at the ASPCA, she was weak, terrified and emaciated. But before long, under our care Dora began to gain weight and strength. She started to gain confidence, too, and as 2012 began, Dora’s spirited personality started to shine through.
That’s when world-renowned designer and architect Robert Couturier learned about Dora. A steadfast ASPCA supporter with three Shih Tzus of his own, he was deeply moved by her story. Within a week, he became her new foster parent.
“She slept in my arms the whole time on the way home,” Robert remembers. “It was as if she could finally sleep, and that she knew nothing bad was ever going to happen to her anymore.”
At his Connecticut country house, Robert introduced Dora to his boyfriend, Jeffrey, who fell in love with her immediately. Then he gave Dora a toy. She took it to her crate and looked at him with wide, cautious eyes, as if to ask: Is it OK for me to keep something of my very own?
“Of course it’s OK,” Robert told her, his heart breaking a little. He scooped her up and carried her with him all evening, just as he does now whenever they are together.
These days, Dora sleeps between her guardians’ pillows and enjoys playing with her favorite canine sibling: five-year-old Hercule, who fell head over heels for her the first day they met. “He’s her knight,” Robert jokes.
In October, Robert and Jeffrey adopted Dora. That makes it official: For the first time in her young life, Dora is home for the holidays.
It’s a beautiful thing to consider: Thanks to your compassion for pets like Dora, thousands are enjoying their first holiday season with a loving family.
Baby Elephant Gets Rescued From a Terrible Fate
In the middle of the desert, one baby elephant got itself into some serious trouble. Luckily, a crew of helpful men jumped into the fray and got this little guy to safety.
All signed, thanks for the videos Lyn.
BIG NEWS: More than 100 Chimpanzees Going to Sanctuary!
After months of work by PCRM, its supporters, and other groups, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced today that more than 100 chimpanzees who were once going to be transferred to a research facility in Texas will now be sent to a sanctuary!
In September, we told you that NIH was planning to move just 10 to 20 of the 100-plus chimpanzees it deemed “ineligible for research” to the sanctuary in Louisiana. The rest were to be sent to a research facility with a track record of animal welfare violations, some of which recently resulted in a $25,000 fine. Of course, that was completely unacceptable.
In response, we asked you to contact NIH. PCRM’s research policy specialist Noelle Callahan and I flew to Louisiana. We enlisted the help of members of Congress to make sure that all of the chimpanzees—not just a few of them—were permanently retired to the sanctuary.
The result: Over the next 12 to 15 months all of the 100-plus chimpanzees will be transferred from the New Iberia Research Center to Chimp Haven, the federal sanctuary. At their new home, the chimpanzees will have space to explore. They will be able to climb trees. And best of all, they will be free of use in invasive experiments.
Thank you for all the help you lent to this and all our other lifesaving campaigns. We have achieved this success because of supporters like you, and we look forward to celebrating many more victories with you in the future.
Very truly yours,
Director of Government Affairs
That is wonderful!
Babies Need Their Moms: Stop the Illegal Asian Elephant Trade
Stop poachers from capturing Asian elephants and selling them for ivory or tourism.
Asian elephants are suffering greatly at the hands of poachers. The illegal elephant trade is flourishing in Thailand and Burma, where wild elephants are captured and sold for their ivory or for tourism.
Baby elephants are the most valuable commodities in elephant tourism, but they aren't required to be registered until they reach eight years old. Wild elephants enjoy significant legal protections, but outdated laws and poor documentation make it difficult to distinguish between the "wild" and "domesticated" elephants, which can still be legally traded. Because of this loophole, baby elephants captured in the wild are passed off as domesticated with no documented proof. Requiring that babies be registered at birth is one compelling way to curb the trade and prove where the babies belong.
Write to the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) in Thailand asking they enforce registration at birth.
Regulate Online Puppy Mills The Internet is proving to be a dangerous place for puppies. With the help of modern technology, it's easier than ever for puppy mill operators and uncertified breeders to abuse animals and participate in illegal commerce.
Due to the current lack of federal regulation for online breeders, puppies sold through the Internet are often bred for rapid sale and raised in atrocious conditions that are well below basic welfare standards. As of December 12th, 2012, IFAW reports that heinous businesses are still using online methods to shirk the Animal Welfare Act and avoid retribution for abuse.
No puppy deserves to be raised and sold in such horrendous conditions! Write to the Secretary of Agriculture and tell the USDA to crack down on online puppy mills immediately. Take Action
Saving Nemo: Help Save the Clownfish!
Help save the beloved clownfish from habitat and species destruction at the hands of global warming.
If you've seen the 2003 Disney movie Finding Nemo, you may have a new-found love of the clownfish. With global warming affecting the clownfish habitat, it's hard to ignore the danger these adorable creatures are facing right now.
As overall surface temperatures rise due to carbon emissions caused by humans, ocean waters acidify and in turn deplete coral reefs. Because clownfish rely on coral reefs for their survival, a decline in reef populations would mean the same for the clownfish.
Though the clownfish isn't endangered right now, that possibility isn't far off if global warming continues at the current rate.
In order to ward off further habitat destruction we need to preemptively protect the clownfish by placing it on the Endangered Species List. With this move, both government and conservation agencies will be able to draft and implement life-saving measures for clownfish.
Show your support for saving Nemo!
Keep Nemo Safe
Thx so much Lynn for posting the update on Pelangsi, the Orangutan, in the top post of the 3 grouped above. It's wonderful to catch up with Pelangsi who had to have an arm amputated when caught in a poacher's illegal snare,and is now recovered to the point of being able to be released and is being watched over by a team of experts. Palm Oil is used in baked goods (cheaper and allows a longer shelf life - corporate greed!!!), and other foods (Nutella is 1 that comes to mind) and even cosmetics and toiletries also can contain palm oil. It is often disguised under other names, and is wreaking havoc on orangutans and other wildlife through deforestation and replacement by palm oil plantations. A good source of info re this can be found at the Orangutan Conservancy website:
Look at drop down menu under "Orangutans", beside "About Us" in the top bar, and see "Items to avoid" for some info.
Also PLEASE sign the Care 2 Petition "Stop Deforestation for Palm Oil in Everyday Products", written by the Union of Concerned Scientists if you haven't already.
Dianne, thank you so much for posting the information and petition about palm oil and deforestation. We need to be aware of how devastating to the animals these plantations are.
I signed the petition.
Frightened Homeless Dog Gets Rescued in Time for Christmas - a Miracle You Should See
This is the story of Madeline... a frightened, lonely dog who has been living in a city by herself. She has been attacked countless times, but finally...
Hi Dianne You are so Welcome I have Noted, signed, and sent Letters where ever I can I Enjoy reading your Posts Have a Wonderful Holiday Season ( You and your Family) Barb E The Matrix Kitty and One of The Many Voices for the Voiceless Prayers and Hugggs and some xx's 2
Nature and Animals video shows the true nature of what happens in the wild. Very beautiful and very real.
Already signed the petition (Valley Meat Company) Happy Reunion Lovely Nature and Animals video .. Thnx Lyn
created by: Judith B.
I thoroughly enjoy all your postings. Over the holidays I rescued an abandoned and abused kitty.Yesterday he had all his shots, was dewormed and is now on ear drop medication.
Congratulations on being owned by a new kitty, Lynn. He's a lucky little critter!
Debbie, it's Christeen who's now being owned by a new kitty, not me. I've got my hands full with the neurotic doggie who's the Princess in my house.
Christeen, it's wonderful of you to have rescued and taken an abandoned kitty to the vet to look after his welfare. I wish more people were like you! ♥
I have a soft spot for animals. Wish I could help them all.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if everybody felt that way, Christeen? I love animals, too.
Noted and took action on your Newsie News Lynn ( That is those I have not done yet ) Happy to hear of the Tigers' Comeback Thumbs Up for them !!! Congrats on your new kitty I have a New Puppy ( 12 wks) Lab, Rottie, and whatever she is so cute and does all kinds of friskie puppy things Her name is Sheba
Thanks Lynn signed for lions and noted for tigers!!
Rollling up my sleeves and going through all now.
P.S. You rock Christeen. You are a great animal friend and thank you for saving the kitty.
Barbara, good luck with your new puppy. She going to be a big girl, Sheba is, with her heritage. Also, she'll protect you and be sweet doing it. Good for you!!
Here's my baby....a Maltese/Shi Tsu mix. Mandy's her name, she's the Princess of the house and she rules!
If any of you want to post pictures of your pets in this thread, you're more than welcome!
Lynn. Mandy is adorable.
How fun a new puppy Barbara. Awww
Nice to meet you Sheba and Mandy.
You go Mandy, you deserve to be a Princess.
Now why did I get the idea Mandy is a cat??? I am sure, as sure as I can be these days of anything. that I thought Mandy was a cat! Please don't tell Mandy that I am totally confused ! Dogs, even sweet Shi Tsu mixes like Mandy would be very insulted at this, as any cat would be to be thought of as a dog. That is the cutest "tag" for New Year's. I hope Mandy has a sweet forgiving temperment too.
I don't have pets currently but would love to post a photo of my two beloved dogs from past years. We adopted the poodle when my Mom died, (2ice rescued, as my Mom had already rescued her) and because we'd looked after her quite a few times we already knew she and the German Shepherd, Chimo, (Inuit for "I am your friend") got along. They actually became the best of friends.
btw. Lynn, I love elephants too, & I just signed the elephant petition:Stop poachers from capturing Asian elephants and selling them for ivory or tourism
Haa Dianne your funny.
Aww what a unique name Chimo is. I like it and if I get another husky (one day) that will be his/her name. What a great poodle, smart dogs for sure. I bet they were the best of pals.
TY for sharing. I love them
What a beautiful pair, Dianne. They look so sweet together. I told Mandy that you thought she was a cat and she whined for a second and then wagged her tail. She forgives you for the misconception. Perhaps you thought she was a cat because of the picture of my cat Minky on my profile page? He was very special....thought he was a dog and followed me wherever I went. I still miss him. Thanks for sharing the picture with us, Dee.
Thanks for giving me an excuse for thinking Mandy was a cat, Lynn. Absolutely it was because of the photo of your special Minky on your profile page!!! Whew, a good excuse. It sounds by that tale wag that Mandy forgave me. And you say Minky thought he was a dog so that makes me feel better too. Ellen, Chimo would be a great name for a husky if you get another one. I'd be honoured if you named your husky after my beautiful German Shepherd.
I signed "Florida, crack down on Backyard Slaughters" today.
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Animal Shelter Signs Pardon To Stop Euthanasia For 13 Days.
Thank you Macon-Bibb for granting a pardon for the animals.
I have seen Janet & Shane Smith save many animals through pardons before.This is something that can happen in almost any shelter,buying time for the animals & actively networking them to save their lives.
Establishing partnerships & friendships between shelters & rescues is paramount for the future of many homeless animals who face euthanasia.
Please share to make aware.
Save Caribou's Habitat from Tar Sands Destruction
We're getting down to the wire on a decision that will have profound impacts on woodland caribou herds in Alberta, Canada that are struggling to survive as their already dwindling forest habitat is destroyed by rapidly expanding tar sands development.
Early this year, President Obama will decide whether or not to approve the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline--a project that would trigger the expansion of destructive tar sands operations that are pushing entire caribou herds to the brink of extinction.
Protect caribou's habitat from rapid tar sands development--tell President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline today!
Timber, oil and gas development in Alberta has already led to steep declines of caribou populations. Now, the dramatic expansion of tar sands is threatening to turn what remains of their fragile habitat into an industrial wasteland of open pit mines, smokestacks spewing thick black fumes, and toxic waste ponds so large they can be seen from space.
The widespread habitat loss is so severe that if development continues unchecked, some caribou herds in the tar sands region could disappear in as little as 30 years.
Big Oil is relentless in their pursuit to further increase their profits by destroying even more of the boreal forest with tar sands operations, and the Keystone XL pipeline is a key link to this expansion.
This is it. Now is the time to make our voices heard loud and clear for the future of caribou--urge President Obama to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.
The efforts of dedicated wildlife advocates like you have been critical in halting Big Oil's efforts to push this dangerous project over the last two years--and it's more important than ever that the President knows we're still counting on him to make the right decision f
Posted: 10 Jan 2013 09:56 AM PST
You don’t have to show blood and guts to make an emphatic anti-fur statement. That’s the principle behind our exciting new anti-fur video with actor and animal advocate Woody Harrelson. You can watch every second of it without seeing animals in steel-jawed leghold traps or imprisoned on a fur factory farm, but Woody still helps tell the story in a powerful way.
In the last year we have celebrated meaningful progress for fur-bearing animals on all fronts. Popular brands like True Religion Jeans rejoined our fur-free list, top retailers continue to take steps to move away from animal fur as a result of shareholder outreach and our investigations continue to uncover shocking reports of real animal fur being sold as fake and domestic dog fur being sold right here in the U.S.
We saw the implementation of the Truth in Fur Labeling Act which we helped pass in Congress, with all fur trim now labeled regardless of dollar value. Just last month, the Netherlands, which is the third largest mink fur producer in the world, passed historic legislation that will ban the farming of mink for fur, effectively ensuring that all fur farming will be prohibited starting in 2024.
With more and more consumers learning about the cruelty involved with fur production, there promises to be even more progress for fur-bearing animals in 2013.
Please join me in sharing this video with friends and family, and be sure to sign our fur-free pledge.
Signed for Xena ,shared and liked the anti fur video in FB,thanks Lynn!
Five of these animals were wearing radio collars and were the subjects of intensive conservation research study.
For today's Daily Action, demand protection for Yellowstone's Wolves.
One Texas woman went to extreme lengths to save a puppy near death. She didn't know it at the time, but he would save her life too.
For today's Daily Action, meet Danielle and her dog Mister D, and read their beautiful story.
PETA has completed an undercover investigation of Chief Saunooke Bear Park (CSBP), a roadside collection of bear pits in Cherokee, North Carolina. CSBP confines bears to desolate concrete cells, where they are forced to beg for food and are deprived of all that is natural and important to them. Renowned game show host and animal rights activist Bob Barker has joined PETA in calling for them to be rescued.
Bettie and other bears at CSBP "sit there and bite … metal," according to their keeper, breaking their teeth. An expert attributed this behavior to the substandard environment at CSBP.
PETA's investigator found that the bored and frustrated bears turn endlessly in circles. One of them routinely rocks back and forth—a sign of profound deprivation and stress.
Bears bite the pits' metal cage bars, which breaks their teeth. This painful condition can cause bone infections and requires veterinary care, but PETA's investigator never saw a veterinarian at CSBP. Workers sometimes leave the bears, who have a remarkably well-developed sense of smell, trapped in enclosures with their own waste all day long.
CSBP's manager and bear handler admitted that workers deny bears food because, "If you feed them … they ain't gonna eat for people." The manager boasted on video that he sprays water at one bear "all the time … to get his ass up" and force him onto display. The park's bear handler was caught on video saying it took "20 shots … in the head" to kill one of CSBP's bears and that there is "[n]othing better than a bear that's been eating bread and apples all its life. Meat's good."
The manager was recorded admitting that he gets highat CSBP "just to change things up." One worker called Native Americans, who own the park land, "long-distance corn ni**ers."
PETA submitted its evidence to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and asked that it confiscate CSBP's bears. We need your help now to get these animals to safety, where they can live like bears instead of pacing year after year on concrete.
Please take a moment to join Bob Barker and request that the USDA immediately confiscate all bears from CSBP and place them in a safe, accredited sanctuary.
Thank you—these bears need all the friends they can get!
For all animals,
Senior Vice President
Cruelty Investigations Department
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
TY Lynn all action taken
Hi Animal Advocates,
Mary Kay, Avon and Estee Lauder have resumed animal testing for the Chinese market. This is torture for cosmetics - a cruel, antiquated, redundant and unnecessary practice (all animal testing falls into this category in my mind, but this is particularly heinous). With in-vitro testing this simply not necessary. I drafted a petition against this and posted it over the holidays:
I think some folks missed it. The petition is nearing 1000 signatures, I'd like to get 1500 before the end of the month.
Please help get this to 1500!
I wish everyone would go Facebook or Webpage and see what Shannon Keith is doing to try and help animals against this testing. This is what she just posted tonight.
The Beagles of AstraZeneca
For the last 10 days the Beagle Freedom Project has been in behind the scenes talks over the fate of the 400 beagles at the pharmaceutical breeding center in Sweden. After trading letters, emails, and phone calls ...we felt very close to saving at least some of the dogs from further testing. Sadly today we must report that AstraZeneca has denied this opportunity and condemned the beagles. Everyone at the BFP is devastated, but undeterred. We are NOT giving up hope yet. Stay tuned for details on how you can HELP us HELP those dogs!
Thanks so much, Kirsten and Cindy for posting this important information and petition. I used to buy from Avon and Estee Lauder but stopped as soon as I heard that they test on animals.
Kirsten, for some reason I can't get through to sign the petition. It's unresponsive, so is there any other link to get through to sign?
Posted by Jayne Cvetanoski (cause leader of Let's turn Facebook Orange for Animal Cruelty Awareness.)
It starts with you
Let's make 2013 a kind year. In 2013 - Take the Pledge to Fight Animal Cruelty!
I pledge to help end animal cruelty, and to do all that i can possibly do to help the animals in my local community.
I will: report animal cruelty in my area.
I will: learn how to spot the signs of cruelty or neglect, when someone intentionally injures an animal or deprives an animal of food, water or medical care, and report it when I suspect I've seen it.
I will: talk to the kids in my life about how to treat animals with respect.
I will: support my local shelter or animal rescue organization.
You don't have to be a Police Officer, Lawyer or Judge to fight animal cruelty.
You just need to speak up for those who can't speak for themselves.
Are YOU ready to fight for animals? Then please take the pledge!
Since 2009, IDA has worked tirelessly on behalf of an elephant named Nosey, who suffers in a variety of traveling circuses at the hands of exhibitor Hugo Liebel. With your help, we have documented Nosey's condition and numerous violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) as she was dragged around the country to give rides and perform tricks. IDA members sent more than 18,000 letters and e-mails to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) urging the agency to help Nosey.
We reported a year ago that the USDA had finally filed charges against Liebel. These included safe-handling violations that put Nosey and the public at risk, failure to provide adequate veterinary care, violations of food storage requirements, and unsafe and inadequate conditions in Nosey's barn, enclosure, and trailer.
A hearing is scheduled January 15 in Tampa, Florida on the USDA charges. Please click here to read more, and to see how you can help ensure a positive outcome for Nosey.
In the January-February 2013 issue of AFAR (a travel magazine), in an article featuring Quebec City, travel journalist Jennifer Kahn glorifies fur trapping, and marvels at pelts from beavers, wolves, ermines and lynx - animals killed by a local trapper. As an educational and sophisticated travel magazine, AFAR should be aware of the incredible cruelty and torture of innocent animals involved in trapping for animal fur.
Please click here to send your comments to AFAR's EVP/Publisher and VP/Associated Publisher. Tell them that you oppose recreational and commercial trapping because it devastates animal populations, and the cruelty inherent in trapping should not be glorified in AFAR's magazine or website.
Quote Of The Week - Anthropologist Margaret Mead
"One of the most dangerous things that can happen to a child is to kill or torture an animal - and get away with it."
- Margaret Mead, (December 16, 1901 – November 15, 1978), an American cultural anthropologist who was frequently a featured writer and speaker in the mass media throughout the 1960s and 1970s.
TY I am up to date
A Tribute To Billy
Posted: 16 Jan 2013 08:55 AM PST
Billy, the endearing puppy mill Chihuahua who touched hundreds of thousands of people when he appeared in a YouTube video with his rescuer and new caretaker Adam Parascandola, died peacefully but unexpectedly over the holidays. More than 600,000 people watched our YouTube video, released months after The HSUS’ Animal Rescue Team took him from a mill in North Carolina, where lawmakers have resisted imposing any state-based humane breeding standards. HLN’s Jane Valez Mitchell featured Billy and Adam on her show just weeks ago.
Like so many breeding animals confined for years at puppy mills, Billy had many chronic health conditions. He was scarred both physically and psychologically as a consequence of living in a cage for years, denied veterinary care or any meaningful human attention or affection. When I met Billy a few weeks ago at an event at the Washington Animal Rescue League, I saw a bundle of joy, but with obvious problems – most noticeably, his repetitive circling (dozens of times) before he would urinate or defecate. A portion of his lower jaw was missing due to years of chronic untreated periodontal disease, and he had other ailments. Our rescue team, and Adam specifically, provided him with the best vet care and endless doses of affection, but he succumbed despite those acts of kindness.
At this point, he becomes something of a timeless ambassador for what happens to dogs in puppy mills, memorialized in the video that features him. At the same time, his own happy spirit, despite his travails, reminds us of the capacity of animals to forgive and to love. We, as a species, can learn more than a thing or two from Billy about putting those principles into action.
Please watch Billy’s tribute video and learn more about how The HSUS will continue the fight to stop puppy mills in Billy’s name. Thanks for all you do to help us rescue animals like Billy.
I am deeply saddened by this news.
Thanks to you, it’s time to celebrate another successful Operation Baghdad Pups rescue! Our rescue experts flew to Iraq to pick up Sandy and together they made the arduous and often complicated trip to Washington, DC earlier this month. And now, Sandy has made it to her new home in in Texas where Lt. Col. Chris’s wife and three children (pictured here with a friend and Sandy) waited anxiously for their new Iraqi companion. They welcomed her with open arms, eager to continue spoiling their dad’s best buddy.
Before Sandy was rescued, Lt. Col. Chris would often talk on Skype with his wife and three children back home in Texas. From her favorite spot at Chris’s feet, Sandy would hear the voices of Chris’s children as he started a Skype conversation and she would jump up, her tail wagging. Even though thousands of miles separated them, these soon-to-be family members got well acquainted and the bond of friendship grew.
Now there are no miles separating Sandy and the youngest members of Lt. Col. Chris’s family. And they tell us that when they finally met, it was as if they were longtime friends. For the final months that Chris will remain in Iraq, he will undoubtedly miss having Sandy always nearby, but at least he knows she is finally safe. From now on, when Chris talks to his family on Skype, Sandy will be wagging her tail when she hears the voice of the military man who took her in, fell in love and refused to leave her behind.
Thank you for your generous donations that made this rescue possible! Because of you, Sandy’s future is bright and three children who miss their father terribly now have his best buddy by their side.
ASPCA Arrests Man Who Abandoned Puppies
The ASPCA has arrested a Manhattan man who did the unthinkable: When he was evicted from his apartment, he packed up his things but left his two puppies behind to starve. Luckily for the pups, they ended up in the hands of the ASPCA. Check out photos of their miraculous recovery, and find out how you can take one of them home! Read more...
Hi Lynn Noted, viewed and signed Your Newsie News current :-0 ( Thread 18 started and Thread 19 started Tnx