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PITTSBURGH ~ Vast Cruelty Case: VIDEO ~ “100’s of cats just laying about, disfigured, missing eyes.” April 29, 2008 4:23 AM



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PITTSBURGH PA ~ Hearing Begins For Woman Charged In Massive Cat Cruelty Case ~ VIDEO

“I saw hundreds of cats in different buildings, running loose on the property, running loose in the buildings. The majority of the cats appeared to be lethargic.

“They were just laying about. They looked in very bad shape...they didn’t look like there had been enough nourishment. Most were sneezing. Some were disfigured, missing patches of fur, missing eyes.” Detective Richard Manning, Allegheny County Sheriff’s Department.

Visit Site at http://tinyurl.com/3pqrcj.

Visit “The Horrors of Hoarding:  Behind Closed Doors—Understand what goes on in the mind and in the house of an animal hoarder,” Humane Society of the United States, at http://tinyurl.com/2k4owc.

Donate to the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PSPCA) Tiger Ranch Raid Fund at: http://www.pspca.org/donate/online.

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"PUP-THROW" SPARKS OUTRAGE BY MILITARY INVESTIGATION April 28, 2008 9:10 AM

PUPPY TORTURE SPARKS OUTRAGE BY MILITARY INVESTIGATION
Animals  (tags: PUPPYtorture )

River
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- 37 seconds ago - blog.wired.com
An official statement released Tuesday by the Marines calls the YouTube video "shocking and deplorable" and said it violates "the high standard we expect of every Marine," while some in the blogosphere label the clip an obvious fake.
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PHILADELPHIA PA ~ “Death of a PUPPY MILL” ~ PSPCA Terminates Canine Hell on Earth: See YouTube VIDEO April 28, 2008 6:05 AM



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PHILADELPHIA PA ~ “Death of a PUPPY MILL” ~ PSPCA Terminates Canine Hell on Earth ~ Puppies Mutilated, Caged ~ See YouTube VIDEO
PSPCA Veterinarian Ravi Murarka,
treating puppy mill victim

“One agent told FOX-TV29, on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the worst he’s seen, well, he says this case is definitely 9 or 9-1/2.

“ ‘The backyard of this property was quite horrendous. These animals were living in wire cages, with no food or water, the cages had not been cleaned. They were loaded with feces. Mud. It was just a horrendous mess.’

“The puppies and their parents were found in the backyard of this house, covered with mud and feces, forced to sleep in metal cages without food or water. It’s what was done to these puppies that’s most disturbing. Their tiny tails were amputated without any antiseptic.

“The first priority right now is just the health of those puppies. They are in really, really bad shape. It just breaks your heart.”—Tasha Jamerson, Hunting Park, Philadelphia, FOX-TV29.

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Donate to the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PSPCA) at: http://www.pspca.org/donate/online.


See also:  “6abc.com: Alleged Puppy Mill Found in Mt. Airy 10/25/07” at http://tinyurl.com/3krxxu.

Authorities have discovered an alleged puppy mill in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia.

The apparent mistreatment of dogs includes airedale terrier puppies appearing to have their tails docked or amputated without pain medication or antibiotics.

“These puppies are really in horrible condition. They have gangrene on their tails and all their tails are badly infected,” veterinarian Ravi Murarka said.

However, there are dogs in worse condition. PSPCA investigators found more than a dozen dogs inside a home on the 71 hundred block of Boyer Street in Mt. Airy.

One puppy was dead in a trashcan. Investigators say conditions inside and outside the home are deplorable.

“It's like a junkyard back there with leaves and dirt in it,” PSPCA investigator Wayne Smith said.

Investigators say David Pippen ran the puppy mill. A woman and a young man who identified themselves as Pippen's wife and son talked to investigators outside the home, but they refused to answer questions from Action News.

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 April 28, 2008 5:38 AM

Please note and take action to support the Fate of Virginias Wild Horse

Please note this news article and send emails to the addresses and the CC. addresses that the link takes you too. There is also a sample letter to make things easier as well. Thank you for speaking out for the Wild Horses.

Kinship Circle: ACT/ Horses Face Eradication In NevadaAnimals  (tags: wild horses, eradication, nevada, horses sold, freedom, horseslaughter, horse welfare, advocates )

Simone
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I understand state officials intend to depopulate horse herds in response to allegations some 1200 wild and abandoned horses are starving to death across the Virginia Range. I question the validity of this assumption and whether Nevada’s Agriculture
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Sponsor ASPCA Animals to Prevent Cruelty and Help Victims of Abuse and Neglect ~ No Amount Too Small April 28, 2008 12:28 AM



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Sponsor ASPCA Animals to Prevent Cruelty and Help Victims of Abuse and Neglect ~ No Amount Too Small! ~ ASPCA Adoptable Cats

Sponsor ASPCA Animals to Prevent Cruelty and Help Victims of Abuse and Neglect ~ No Amount Too Small! ~ ASPCA Adoptable Cats

Animal lovers like you can help ASPCA give shelter and care to animals like us who have had lives filled with cruelty and hardship. The ASPCA not only works to prevent cruelty to animals in all fifty states, but also helps nurse and place the victims of abuse and neglect.

Your gift will help to ensure other animals don’t experience the hardship that we’ve had to endure, and to care for rescued animals like us.

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Donate now to ASPCA at http://tinyurl.com/3pejmt.

Visit ASPCA home page at http://aspca.org.

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
424 East 92nd Street
New York, NY 10128


See ASPCA officers in action on “Animal Precinct”
‘Unprotected Guard Dog’
Animal Planet
Monday, April 28, 9:00 PM Eastern Time
TV-PG, CC

Two undernourished Korean Jindo dogs are found in a store room.  A Brooklyn guard dog is taken in after being left without shelter as winter temperatures plummet.

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 April 27, 2008 7:09 PM

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Tampa Woman Accused of Animal Cruelty
Animals  (tags: dogs, puppies, animal cruelty, investigation, arrest )

Betty
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- 1 minute ago - www2.tbo.com
The woman was accused by police of not properly caring for 2 adult dogs. Investigators also found the decomposing carcasses of 4 6-week-old puppies at her home, according to an arrest report. Charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty....
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 April 24, 2008 10:11 AM

A grizzly bear who became a Hollywood star could be put down after killing his trainer with a single bite to the neck.

Save Rocky, the "Hollywood Bear"

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SHIPPENVILLE PA ~ Vandals Hurl Brick Through Clarion County Shelter Window at TIGER RANCH Raid Cats April 10, 2008 5:44 PM



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SHIPPENVILLE PA ~ Clarion Co. Shelter Vandalized ~ Brick Hurled Through Window at TIGER RANCH Raid Cats ~ No Animals Harmed

The makeshift shelter in Clarion County that is housing nearly 300 sick cats taken from Tiger Ranch in Frazer was vandalized Monday morning.

According to Howard Nelson, chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania branch of the Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals, a brick was thrown through the shelter window in Shippenville. “Fortunately, no person or animal was harmed,” he said. “Terroristic acts by a group of misinformed zealots will not deter the PSPCA’s mission to help these cats.”

The surviving 278 cats continue to receive extensive veterinary care. Currently, 75 cats are in critical condition.

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See also Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ~ Cat Ranch Owner Charged With 574 Counts of Cruelty at http://tinyurl.com/5658w8.

Donate to the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PSPCA) Tiger Ranch Raid Fund at: http://www.pspca.org/donate/online.

In “Dedicated to:” field, enter:

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 April 05, 2008 1:44 AM

Animals (tags: AnimalCruelty, puppy mills, dogs, pet store pups, suffering, action alert )

NadiaStarsButterfliesGold Notes
-10 minutes ago - community.hsus.org
Send a message to your Senators and Representative to urge them to put a stop to the cruel-confinement of our best friends in puppy mills. Let them know you want the cruel, "factory-style" breeding of dogs to be outlawed. Please sign and forward!
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 April 04, 2008 11:11 PM

50 Dogs Seized From Breeder in Neglect Case Up for Adoption (Tulsa Animal Shelter)
Animals(tags: AnimalCruelty, dogs, pets, adoption, breeder cruelty, neglect)
Nadia
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- 7 minutes ago - tulsaworld.com

They had been held as evidence in an animal-cruelty case since November but were recently made available for adoption. They have been brought back to health & now need good homes. Breeds: Maltese, schipperke, miniature schnauzer, Chihuahua & silky terrier

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 March 27, 2008 8:22 PM

Video: Foreclosing on a Pet- For Families, Losing A Home
Can Also Mean Losing The Family Pet

Foreclosure's Furry Victims: Much has been said about the thousands of homeowners forced into foreclosure by the mortgage meltdown. But what about the littlest victims of the credit crunch? CBS News Correspondent Sandra Hughes reports.
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Beloow stories noted, thanks Tamme. March 25, 2008 5:11 AM

Please note this to keep it out there.

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U.S. Shelters Saddled With Unwanted Horses
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Marjorie
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- 23 hours ago - usatoday.com
The forced closure of the last horse-killing facilities in the USA, done at the urging of animal rights activists, has caused a herd of unwanted horses in animal shelters nationwide, according to breeders, ranchers and horse rescuers.
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 March 22, 2008 11:16 AM

 Jamestown, N.Y., Man Charged With 13 Animal Cruelty Charges...they found that it was vacant and condemned, police said. Police said they found 13 cats in an upstairs bedroom with no water and little food. There was also a large amount of feces and urine in the room, police said...
...Property Owner Denies Responsibility for Dozens of Dead Animals ..VIDEO. A man who lived at a Montcalm County home where dozens of animals were found neglected, starved, and dead admits it is unacceptable...
...Minn. Man's Animal Cruelty Caught on Tape... apparent act of animal cruelty caught on camera, a dog has been shot in Wells, about 40 miles from Albert Lea...
..Dog Shot - Milford, PA (U ...Buddy, a 1 1/2-year-old beagle, is recovering, though the bullet is still lodged inside his body. Ms. Marks said the veterinarian feared removing the bullet would do even more damage...
..Pit Bull Neglect, Puppies Living in Squalor - Dolton, IL (US) ..four pit bull puppies living in one small cage in the basement, authorities said. The dogs were about eight weeks old, were soaked in urine and did not have any food or water. The fifth dog, believed to be the mother, never had any shots or veterinary car..  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 March 22, 2008 11:15 AM

 ..Group That Gunned Down Bison Thought They Had Permission ..Deputies say they are looking for the owner of the ranch where 32 bison were gunned down earlier this week...
..Cattle Neglect, Resulting in Death of Two - Croghan, NY (U ..Authorities were called about malnourished animals on Laplante's property. There were 22 heads of cattle on Mr. Laplante's farm that were in extremely poor health...
 ..Puppy Mill - 120 Dogs - Strathroy, ON (CA) ..At the "dog gulag of Middlesex County," dead animals are tossed in pits with other refuse, their remains left to rot or be pecked at by chickens...
 ..Dog Fighting, Neglect - Alexandria, LA (U ...Alexandria Animal Control was called in and saw the dogs living in puddles of water with poor shelter. The dogs were malnourished and had scarring consistent with dog fighting...
 ..Cockfighting - 100 Birds - Philadelphia, PA (U...Inside the home, PAACA discovered dozens of birds, including roosters, mallards, pigeons and even a red-tailed hawk. Several malnourished dogs were also discovered.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 March 22, 2008 11:15 AM

 ..Police Dog Stabbed - Taylors, SC (U ..A purse snatching suspect was shot by deputies Thursday morning after he stabbed a police dog, according to Greenville County sheriff's Spokesman Shea Smith...
 ...Pet Emu Shot to Death - Midland, TX (U ..A Midland bird owner had to say an unexpected goodbye Thursday. He walked outside to find his friend Sweetie, one of the pet emus he's had for about 10 years, had been shot...
 ...Puppy Mill - 54 Dogs Seized - Pulaski County, AR (U ..Pulaski County's Humane Society Director Kay Simpson and her team rescued 54 adult dogs, several of them pregnant, and nearly a dozen just born...
 ...Hoarding - 56 Animals Seized - Howard, KS (U ...animals included 11 miniature horses, seven head of cattle, six llamas, five Great Pyranees-mix dogs, five other dogs of various breeds, four donkeys, four cats, three sheep, three full-sized horses, two goats, two prairie dogs, two turkeys, one pony...
 ..Thirty-Two Bison Shot to Death - Hawn, CO (U ...Investigators and the owner of the bison were on the scene Friday removing carcasses and recovering evidence. Some of the bison had been harvested, which means the meat and hide had been taken...  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
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 March 18, 2008 4:57 PM

Aida Wild Animals Upset SPCA
Animals  (tags: animal welfare, animal advocates, SPCA, wild animals, used on stage, unacceptable )

Betty
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- 57 seconds ago - news24.com
Johannesburg - The National Council of SPCAs has condemned the Civic Theatre for using wild animals on stage in its production of Verdi's Aida. Spokesperson Christine Kuch said on Tuesday it was "unethical and unacceptable" that 2 lions, a tiger and....
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 March 18, 2008 4:29 PM

TAIWAN Dept of Defense Soldiers Abuse Dog By Peeling, Hanging....
Animals (tags: AnimalCruelty, killing, dogs, puppies, military, cruelty, Taiwan, crime )

Anita
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- 30 seconds ago- ireport.com
Some people even practice baseball with several newborn puppies (treated them as the baseball, tossed them and hit them away with a baseball bat), the mother dog wanted to rescue its little puppies, but was lambasted to dead also.
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 March 17, 2008 8:48 PM

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Meadow Lake Residents Upset Over Dead Animals
Animals  (tags: animal cruelty, killings, animal carcasses found, puppies, dogs, horses, goats, $10, 000 reward )

Betty
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- 1 minute ago - kob.com
People in one part of New Mexico are upset that someone is using puppies as target practice. Residents have also found horses, goats, and countless dogs, many of which have apparently died from starvation, abuse, or disease.
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Man Walks 2000 Miles To fight Animal Cancer March 16, 2008 6:23 PM

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CATASTROPHE IN TARENTUM--Tiger Ranch Sanctuary Raided, 750 Cats Seized ~ VIDEO March 14, 2008 9:17 PM


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Dave 
http://kdka.com/

Animal welfare workers say they found hundreds of cats and other animals living in deplorable conditions in a raid at an animal sanctuary in Tarentum last night. Pennsylvania SPCA CEO Howard Nelson says officials raided the “Tiger Ranch Cat Sanctuary.”

Visit Site at http://tinyurl.com/3xclhq 

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 March 14, 2008 3:44 PM

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DARLINGTON SC--"Water" the 9 Year Old Kitty
Animals  (tags: cat, water, darlington, south, carolina, humane, society, adopt )

Roxanne
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- 2 minutes ago - care2.com
Water is a 9 yr old senior who is wonderful with other cats, dogs, and all types of commotion. He loves getting right into the thick of things. A true gentleman worthy of a new lease on life during his golden years.
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 March 12, 2008 3:41 PM

laska Finds New Excuse to Kill Wolves Animals (tags: AnimalWelfare, AnimalCruelty, wolves, hunting, slaughter, death, wildlife )
Anita
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- 36 seconds ago - friendsofanimals.org
The justification for targeting the area’s few dozen wolves? To give human hunters a steady number of caribou to shoot. Rather than consider caribou conscious beings, the Board wishes to deem them the equivalents of vegetables. WHAT???
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 March 10, 2008 1:24 PM

 Hoarding - 2 Cats, 9 Dogs Seized - Mojave, CA (U  "We have mostly emaciation on the ones that were seized today," she said. "There are two really grave skin conditions but the rest are mostly skinny."..
  Duck Beaten, Mutilated - Canby, OR (U  were playing hooky are held on felony animal-abuse charges after a female mallard duck was mutilated in the city park..
  Outrage as Pet Cat Shot in Head - Northampton Chronicle and Echo  A cat owner came home to find her pet lying on the kitchen floor with a hole in its head from an airgun pellet..
  Owner of Starving Pit Bull Sought  recently had a litter of puppies, was suffering from mastitis and had a tumour the size of a grapefruit dangling from her abdominal area. "I don't understand how a person can allow an animal to starve and suffer like this,"...
  Cockfighting - 35 Birds Seized, 12 More Dead - Kerman, CA (U  They found twelve dead birds and 35 live ones. Investigators say these fights are more common this time of year...
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 March 10, 2008 1:23 PM

 Hoarding 70 Cats - North Strabane, PA (U  Officers said the cats were well fed, but the home was filled with feces and garbage and was unsuitable for not only cats, but also humans...
  Animals Neglected, Seized - Morgan, PA (U
Authorities have seized dogs, cats, snakes, turtles and other animals from a South Fayette home. An animal control officer says he plans to file animal cruelty charges against the owners because the animals were neglected...
  Illegal Kennel, Substandard Conditions - Suffolk, VA (U  Suffolk Police are working to shut down an illegal kennel operating near the North Carolina border that held more than 100 dogs and other animals in what police found to be substandard conditions...
  Pit Bull Neglect - Six Seized - Guadalupe, AZ (U
detectives found six emaciated Pit Bull-mixed puppies in his backyard.One was tied up by a rusty chain to a stake in the ground without access to food, water, or shelter...
  Two Men, Dog Shot During Home Invasion - Fort Pierce, FL (U  Two men and their dog are recovering from gunshot wounds after intruders burst into their Boston Avenue home Thursday night, prompting a barrage of gunfire when one victim tried to deflect the gun.
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 March 10, 2008 1:17 PM

 Crime Pays for US Prison Companies  Financiers, real-estate agents and car salesmen might be suffering from America's economic malaise, but bulging jails have triggered a profit boom for corrections companies...
  Pit Bull Viciously Attacks Baby! Shocking!
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PIT BULL VICIOUSLY ATTACKS BABY. SEE HOW THE MEDIA INFLUENCES SOCIETY...
  House Files Contempt Lawsuit  In a statement announcing the lawsuit, House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers said, "We will not allow the administration to steamroll Congress."..
  Police Say They Use Tasers on Non-Violent People  Vancouver police regularly use Tasers to subdue people who are unarmed and non-violent, according to internal reports released by the force...
  Vatican Lists New Sinful Behavior  A Vatican official has listed drugs, pollution, genetic manipulation and social and economic injustices as new areas of sinful behavior.
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 March 10, 2008 1:15 PM

  Dog Left Without Medical Care, Tissue Exposed - Glendale, AZ (U  Angel's injured paw had exposing tissue and bones and she was not able to bear any weight on her paw. Valdez said that she couldn’t afford to help Angel and then gave her to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. Angel was taken to an animal hospital ...

  Dog Shot, Shoulder and Leg Shattered - Seneca, MI (U  She observed her other two dogs pacing back and forth along the gate of her fenced-in backyard. She then went around to the front of the gate and found her third dog, Fudge, a male chocolate Labrador retriever about 6 years old, had been shot....
  SPCA Seeks Help in Apparent Animal Drownings in Mid-City  "That someone would take the deliberate action of placing an animal in a pillow case and bowling bag, and weighing it down with bricks is extremely disturbing and upsetting," said Kathryn Destreza, Director of Humane Law Enforcement. "We can only hope...
  SPCA Removes Puppies From Monroe Mill - Connecticut News Story - WFSB Hartford  Officials have confiscated dozens of dogs at a Monroe puppy mill. According to officials, the animals were found to be living in deplorable conditions and most are in need of a new home..
  No Charges Yet in 'Puppy Mill' Case  A breeder who surrendered 84 dogs to the South Wood County Humane Society this week does not understand why officials requested the animals...


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 March 09, 2008 3:47 PM

Important act you can do to help animals in
Puerto Rico.
http://www.care2.com/news/member/983472137/666057
The most important act you can do to help
animals in Puerto Rico is print and send our letter to the Governor.  For the
cost of one U.S Stamp you can voice your concern.
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 March 09, 2008 9:50 AM

 Toy Poodle Found Dead in Canal - New Orleans, LA (U
SPCA officials said a toy poodle was found floating in the Bayou St. John Canal on Thursday, March 6. In the case involving the toy poodle, a medical examination revealed that the poodle was approximately 3-5 years old and had been dead for..

 Cat Weighted Down With Bricks, Drowned - New Orleans, LA (U
a cat was found near Bayou St. John inside of a pillow case enclosed in a bowling bag that had a brick inside on March 5. Destresza said the cat was found with an IV catheter in her front left leg. She had apparently been dead for three day...

 Cockfighting - Over 200 Birds Seized - Corralitos, CA (U

after receiving a report about a neglected cow. He obtained a search warrant before Wednesday's raid, which included seven officers, including a California Fish and Game warden who found an illegal animal trap and several bobcat skins...

 Puppy Mill - 26 Dogs Seized - Monroe, CT (U
Officials said they discovered pure-breed Bijons with scratches and cuts, pregnant lhasa apsos and boxers that had never been on a leash before. In addition they said a few of dogs are need of medical attention. "The place is a nightmare...

 Puppy Mill - 84 Dogs Seized - Dexter, WI (U
He said 75 of the dogs were toy breeds and had been kept in a room 20 feet by 20 feet with two or three dogs in each cat-sized kennel...

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 March 09, 2008 9:48 AM

 Dog Severely Neglected, Grapefruit-Sized Tumor - Surrey, BC (CA)
The SPCA wants to find the owner of a starving, emaciated female pit bull found wandering in the 14400-block 86th Avenue in the Fleetwood area of Surrey...
Dog Thrown From Moving Vehicle - Glenwood, IA (U
The owners suspect the dog was either stolen or somehow got loose and someone found him, took him, and later tossed the animal from the car...
Ferret Thrown Against Wall During Argument - Haverhill, MA (U
A city man threw his wife's pet ferret against the wall during an argument with her, police said. The little animal is OK, but the man faces 2 1/2 years in jail if convicted of animal cruelty -- the same jail term he can receive on a charge of assaulting ...

Cockfighting - 35 Birds Seized, 30 More Dead - Glen Avon, CA (U
Authorities found 28 dead roosters in the trash just outside the fighting arena and another dead rooster on the ground near the ring. Deputies seized more than $2,100 and had to euthanize 35 fighting roosters found on the property...

Dog Severely Beaten, Buried Alive in Snow - Bellows Falls, VT (U
Rudy the Jack Russell terrier will survive, says his doctor. And his alleged assailant, Edward Grysko, 61, will have his day in court in April 2008 on charges of aggravated cruelty to animals. According to Bellows Falls police, Grysko told ...
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 March 09, 2008 9:47 AM

 Cat Found Hanged With Dog Leash - Castleford, EN (UK)
The sickened officers found an adult female grey-coloured cat hanging by the neck from a metal choke chain-type dog lead, which had been knotted around a tree and tied to an adjacent branch...

Hoarding 30 Cats - Paisley, FL (U
When deputies and Animal Services responded to Brandli's property on Pine Valley Drive, they found 30 cats living in a five-room trailer. The floors were caked with a foot of solidified feces, urine, and cat litter, and the trailer was overrun with roaches...

Four Dogs Shot With .22 - Thermal, CA (U
Witnesses said Mireles shot the four dogs with a .22 caliber rifle, police said. One witness saw Mireles fire a shot, and confronted him, to which Mireles allegedly pointed the rifle at him and replied, "I'll kill all those dogs."...


Cat Shot With Arrow - Sweet Home, OR (U
A cat was apparently hit with an arrow somewhere near Liberty Road outside Sweet Home. A man called the sheriff's office Wednesday to report the injury. He said the animal didn't belong to him but it had been hanging out with his barn cats...
Dogs Malnourished, Fighting Suspected - 26 Seized - Archer, FL (U
We have our suspicions that the dogs were used in dog fighting. However, those suspicions were not great enough that we could back that up to get prosecution on dog fighting at this time," Flagler said.  Flagler said while animal services ...
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Animal Rights Activists Suing Union County Sheriff's Office
Animals  (tags: animal shelter, euthanasia, gas chamber, inhumane, lawsuit )

Betty
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- 1 minute ago - wsoctv.com
Monroe, N.C. - A lawsuit filed on Friday asks a judge to stop Union County's animal shelter from killing young, geriatric, injured, sick or pregnant animals in its gas chamber. "We hope to stop the inhumane euthanasia of defenseless animals," said....
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Indian Officials Aim To Kill Roughly 100,000 Stray Dogs
Animals  (tags: dogs, strays, poisoning, killing, cruel slaughter, India )

Betty
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- 1 minute ago - freep.com

Animal rights activists vowed today to go to court to stop the slaughter planned by Srinagar city, saying it is an illegal and cruel solution to a problem that could be addressed in other ways. City officials, however, said they would press ahead.
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Horse Rescue Group Pushed To Limit
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Betty
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- 56 seconds ago - wbir.com
An animal abuse case in northeast Tennessee has pushed a local rescue group to its limit. Horse Haven can no longer accept horses, because the rescue group is at full capacity. The group is seeking foster caregivers to take in animals now healthy.
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 March 04, 2008 6:51 PM

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Cat Owners Face Declawing Dilemma
Animals  (tags: cats, pet health, declawing issue, opinions, decisions )

Betty
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- 1 minute ago - msnbc.msn.com
Some proponents see laser declawing - more widely used in the last 5 years - as a good compromise. It simplifies the surgery and minimizes recovery time and pain. But that hasn't quelled the debate: A portion of the cat's toes still has been removed.
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Group Raises Money To Care For Wild Animals
Animals  (tags: wildlife, orphaned, injured, rescue organization, fund raising )

Betty
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- 1 minute ago - nbc12.com
ARK is a volunteer organization that rescues orphaned and injured wild animals. Today, they were raising money to help with group needs as a whole. But they also need help with a group of cedar wax wings who got stuck in some glue traps downtown.
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 March 02, 2008 3:05 PM

Casualties of the Gas Chambers
Animals  (tags: animalcruelty, animalwelfare, protection, animalrights )

Glezela
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- 4 minutes ago - animal-abusesite.info
12 million animals are Euthanised each year.Eight states still use gas chambers, including Georgia where even though it's illegal in the state, there are loop holes for certain counties to use them. Let's fight to close these loop holes.
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 March 02, 2008 9:35 AM


Extinction Trade | Newsweek Animals and Pets | Newsweek.Com
the audacity of the attack nor its brutality--the raiders killed three park rangers--shocked wildlife officials: some 100 rangers, outgunned and outmanned, are killed every year defending Africa's wildlife. Rather, the shock was the identity of the attack...


Scotland’s Seas and Wildlife at Risk From New Fuel Exploration 
THERE WILL be blood, and oil will be to blame. Scotland's seas and the wildlife they harbour are facing one of the biggest threats they have ever encountered. A massive new search for oil and gas launched by the UK government will put whales...

Bob Irwin Quits Australia Zoo: Rift With Terri Irwin | The Daily Telegraph
BOB Irwin, father of Crocodile Hunter Steve, has snubbed his daughter-in-law Terri in a heartfelt resignation letter, saying he has quit Australia Zoo to "keep his son's dream alive".


Full Text of Bob Irwin's Original Media Statement | The Courier-Mail
HERE is the exact, full text of the media release that Australia Zoo founder Bob Irwin wanted to be distributed to the media. Media Release from Bob Irwin ...
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 March 02, 2008 9:34 AM


Warmer Weather Brings Wildlife Close to Valley Homes - Phoenix News, Breaking News, Local News, Weather Radar, Traffic From ABC1
Wildlife experts say the warmer it gets, the more likely animals will be seeking out water sources which could land them in your backyard...


Montanan Sentenced for Yellowstone Wildlife Crimes
man convicted of crimes involving the deaths of two bull elk has been sentenced to four years in prison, park officials said.


Cesar Millan: Dog's Best Friend
He's seen them all - the dogs who bite their owners, the dogs who bite each other. He has tamed pit bulls, rottweilers and alsatians. "People come to me with dogs that have almost killed them," he says. "Seriously dangerous dogs."

49 Dogs Seized From Peotone Barn -- Chicagotribune.Com 
Authorities raided a suspected puppy mill Saturday in Will County, seizing 49 dogs in stacked cages and covered in excrement, the Cook County sheriff's office said...

ALERT: Help Save Iditarod Dogs From Brutality - WRITE : Indybay
Today 1,520 dogs begin their grueling run across treacherous terrain in the 2008 Iditarod. Many will die and most will suffer greatly. The Iditarod is fueled by mushers' desires for money, fame and attention. Dogs are exploited and get no benefit...
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 March 02, 2008 9:33 AM


Foods to Avoid Giving Your Pets
foods may cause only mild digestive upsets, whereas, others can cause severe illness, even death if ingested by animals. The following common food items should not be fed (intentionally or unintentionally) to either cats or dogs. This list is...


Three Dogs Shot to Death - Buncombe, NC (U 
Forty-one year old Sheldon Johnson, nicknamed Tex, was arrested Tuesday after investigators say he became angry at his children because they were not taking care of their two pitbull puppies and dalmation and shot them execution style in front of the children..

Emaciated Horse and Cow Found Dead - Valley Grove, WV (U
Police are investigating after two animal carcasses were found Tuesday morning on McGraws Run in Ohio County...

7 Dogs Seized - Houston, TX (U
ve men were arrested after police broke up an illegal dogfight involving pit bulls in the front yard of a southwest Houston home, authorities said...

Horse Neglect - Richland, SC (U
It started with horses confiscated from Hazel Trexler's land. Then more horses were confiscated from her son James' land. And he has since been suspended from his position as Assistant Commissioner of Agriculture...
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 March 02, 2008 9:32 AM


Dog Shot to Death - Miami, FL (U
According to the police report, Morejon called the dog over to him. When the dog began walking over to him in a calm manner, Morejon shot the dog once, looked around and then walked back to his apartment building.The stray dog died...
Severely Injured Dog Abandoned at Shelter - Fairmont, WV (U
a full-grown pit bull terrier had been chained to the front gate at the shelter, said Lori Campbell, manager at the humane society. The animal had been severely mauled by what appeared to be another dog, said Lisa Boyce, a member...

Cockfighting - 88 People Cited - Liberty, SC (U
Eighty-eight people walked away from a home in Liberty on Sunday with a ticket for being at a cockfight and officers buried four chickens used in those fights, according to the Anderson County Sheriff's Office...


Police Dog Harassed - Stuart, FL (U
Police say Rogers yelled an obscene statement in the window as he walked past a patrol vehicle that contained a patrol dog "causing (the dog's) behavior to become overloaded, tormenting the dog," the affidavit states...

Sick Puppies Sold Over the Internet - Deland, FL (U
The illnesses included ringworm and feline herpes. In one case, she's accused of trying to pass a male cat off as a female and provided a forged health certificate indicating it was a female.
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 March 02, 2008 9:31 AM


DeLand Woman Accused Of Selling Sick Pets Through Web Site - News Story - WFTV Orlando    Video: Investigators Say Woman Was Selling Sick Pets Through Web Site. facing felony charges for selling sick dogs and cats on the Internet. State investigators said most of the dogs were gravely ill....
A pregnant dog, severely malnourished and barely alive, was found tied to a fence in Patterson, New Jersey.  The dog and two of her surviving puppies are now in critical condition as police search for the person who left her there...

 
Horse Neglect - Carnation, WA (Us)   Dozens of horses are dead or dying in the worst animal cruelty case some local rescuers have seen. A woman is under arrest after deputies seized ten of her horses in Carnation and ten in Monroe. Other horses were found dead...


Hoarding - 14 Cats Seized, 10 More Dead - Cedarburg, WI (Us)
Crews found 10 dead cats inside the home last week. Workers were able to rescue 14 cats. They were taken to the Ozaukee County Humane Society for treatment...


Rescue Neglect at Unlicensed Shelter - Eldora, IA (Us) 
Authorities discovered nearly three dozen malnourished dogs at an unlicensed rescue operation on a farm in Hardin County...
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 March 02, 2008 9:29 AM


Two Cats Violently Squeezed, One Dies - Selden, NY (Us) 
"These cats are my babies. They're not just cats to me. They're my children. I can't forgive this person," a distraught Sabol, 27, said. "And you betray me and you beat my cats, and one of them died? How could I forgive you?"
Wapello County sheriff's deputies found the floors covered with feces and a smell so strong it could be detected 25-30 feet from the house when they investigated a report of animal neglect Friday near Ottumwa, deputy Chris Shadduck said...
Two dogs chained for five frigid weeks outside an abandoned home in Eaton County are now in compassionate hands at the Capital Area Humane Society...
The state Department of Agriculture seized L&D Farm and Kennel in Nicholson last week. The complaint, filed by 19-year-old Tiffany Butler, details cramped, dirty breeding barns full of more than 300 dogs with open sores and mange...
Lisa Myers got a call from her screaming daughter saying the family dog had been shot...She's chatting in her kitchen where the German shepherd Pacey limps around - one of her hind legs had to be amputated in surgery...
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 March 02, 2008 9:28 AM


8 Horses, 23 Dogs Seized - Caruthersville, MO (U
Authorities in Pemiscot County have seized eight horses and 23 dogs in an animal abuse investigation.Three horses died before help arrived...


Man Arrested for Allegedly Breaking Puppy's Legs, Jaw - San Jose Mercury News 
Authorities say Steven Butcher was arrested Monday. He is accused of breaking the puppy's rear legs, breaking the dog's jaw and inflicting numerous other injuries...

Police Seek Clues in Dog Cruelty Case 
No animal -- dead or alive -- deserves that kind of treatment, Johnson said....someone dumped a dead dog -- which had been skinned, decapitated and shot -- on the lawn of a Millbrook homeowner. Police are investigating the incident as an animal cruelty...


Injured Dog Found Abandoned in River Bed - Colton, CA (U
It was major step up from the condition in which he was found by a Caltrans worker on Feb. 21, wrapped in a blanket soaked by rain and shivering in an isolated river bottom in Colton, near Slover and Pepper avenues. His right hind leg was broken...
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 March 02, 2008 9:27 AM


Chicken Found Dead, Left By Open Gravesite - Bradenton, FL (U    Pastor Pierre says he can't believe police discovered a corpse exposed in its tomb and that's not all. Captain Russ Tibbitts of the Bradenton Police Department says "There was a dead rooster that was wrapped up in what was initially described as a blanket...




Rare Cat Breeds at Dolmen Exhibition  Best in Show title, which was won by a USA import 'Harwood for love or money' - a cream female Persian, owned and exhibited by Mark Micallef...

  Cruel But Not Unusual - Washingtonpost.Com
The gross American blood sport of animal fighting won't stop until the paying customers are collared as felons.



American Blood Sport - Dog Fighting Takes a Crippling Blow | Top Stories | FOX11AZ.Com | News for Tucson, Arizona   Today's raids on four different locations cap a year long investigation started by the United States Humane Society. At least 50 of 150 dogs, mostly pit bulls, seized in the raids were taken to the Pima Animal Care Center on Tuesday...

Duck Shot With Airgun - Maryport, EN (UK)
RSPCA inspector Martin Fletcher said: "This poor animal has suffered immensely because someone callously decided to use him as target practice."
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 March 01, 2008 7:54 PM

Vets Secret Trade in Dog Body Parts
Animals  (tags: The Royal Veterinary College, RVC, animal abuse, animal Cruelty, animal suffering, Greyhound Clinic in Essex, suffering, appalling, veterinary college animal killings )

Beth
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- 10 minutes ago - timesonline.co.uk
A CLINIC is killing healthy dogs and secretly selling their body parts to Britain’s most prestigious veterinary college for research, an investigation has found.
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 February 29, 2008 5:04 PM

State Considers Bill to Ban Cat De-Clawing
Animals  (tags: cats, de-clawing, bill to ban, Connecticut )

Betty
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- 1 minute ago - wfsb.com
A unique bill has been proposed that, if passed, would make Connecticut the first state to make it illegal to de-claw cats, except in cases of medical necessity. A hearing was held Friday to review the bill. Supporters claim that the process of....
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 February 29, 2008 3:45 PM

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Helping to Save The Sacred Buffalo
Animals

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Glezela
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- 21 seconds ago - buffalofieldcampaign.org

To Our people, the American Indian Nations, the buffalo is our brother. He clothed us in the cold harsh winters, fed us when we were hungry, he was our shelter.Now once again the white man is trying to kill them.Please learn about their story and ours.
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 February 26, 2008 12:22 PM

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Senate Passes Animal Abuser Database Proposal
Animals  (tags: animal abusers, registry, passed by Senate, Tennessee )

Betty
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- 52 seconds ago - wsmv.com
The Senate has passed a proposal to create an animal abuser registry in Tennessee. The measure sponsored by Sen. Doug Jackson passed on a 23 - 0 vote.
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 February 25, 2008 4:42 PM

New Charge for Rochester Man Out on Bail in Animal Cruelty Case
Animals  (tags: animal abuse, animal cruelty, Class B felony, criminal threatening )

Carolyn
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- 10 hours ago - fosters.com
Hartford was already out on bail for a felony animal cruelty charge, which, according to Prosecutor Alysia Cassotis. Chaz K. Hartford, 18, of 41 Congress St., is charged with a Class B felony of criminal threatening, with the use of a deadly weapon.
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Rehabilitating An Abused Horse Is a Real Adventure
Animals  (tags: animal abuse, horse abuse, horse rehabilitation )

Carolyn
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- 10 hours ago - thetimesnews.com
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 February 25, 2008 4:42 PM

Regulations Should Prevent Livestock Abuse
Animals  (tags: animal abuse, catte abuse, animal cruelty )

Carolyn
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- 10 hours ago - dailyamerican.com
“When I saw this film it made me sick.” said Hay, the manager of ErReR Hill Farms near Somerset. “When you are with these animals from the time they’re born, it just makes me sick.”
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House Passes Animal Abuse Bill
Animals  (tags: animal abuse bill, House Bill 46 )

Carolyn
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- 10 hours ago - laramieboomerang.com
The legislation, House Bill 46, passed 56-2 on Thursday. A bill that would make animal fighting a felony has cleared the House and is on its way to the Senate.
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 February 25, 2008 4:41 PM

Animal Abuse Investigation Ends After Nine Months
Animals  (tags: animal abuse, animal cruelty, animal deaths )

Carolyn
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- 10 hours ago - semissourian.com
nine-month investigation into animal abuse ended Friday when search warrants were served. However, the rescue wasn't in time for at least three animals, which died before investigators arrived on the scene.

N.J. Awaits Word on Recalled Meat
Animals  (tags: animal cruelty, animal abuse, recalled beef )

Carolyn
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- 10 hours ago - philly.com
More than 100 schools across New Jersey were waiting to find out whether they had been shipped meat from a California slaughterhouse that was shut down a week ago as part of an investigation into alleged animal abuse.
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 February 22, 2008 1:22 PM

Dog-Abuse Case Separated From Domestic-Violence Charge
Animals  (tags: animal abuse, animal cruelty )

Carolyn
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- 7 hours ago - rapidcityjournal.com
A 7th Circuit judge on Tuesday granted a motion to sever domestic-violence charges from charges of animal cruelty and assault against a police officer [...]accusation that he abused several malamute dogs and assaulted a sheriff's deputy..
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School Districts Destroying Beef (Merced Sun-Star)
Animals  (tags: animal abuse, Chino slaughterhouse )

Carolyn
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- 7 hours ago - mercedsunstar.com
Merced County school districts have begun destroying cases of frozen beef from the Chino slaughterhouse under investigation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for animal abuse.
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 February 22, 2008 1:21 PM

Former Porter County Animal Welfare Board Member Faces Criminal Charges
Animals  (tags: animal cruelty, animal abuse, criminal charges, horse abuse, horse neglect, emaciated horse )

Carolyn
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- 7 hours ago - post-trib.com
Criminal charges will be filed by the Porter County Prosecutor's office today against a former Porter County animal welfare board member, said Mary Ann Sheller, board president. Bonnie Frye, the owner of an emaciated horse,...
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 February 22, 2008 1:21 PM

Rogers PD Investigates Possible Animal Abuse
Animals  (tags: animal abuse, animal cruelty, cow shooting )

Carolyn
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- 7 hours ago - 4029tv.com
A Rogers police officer is under investigation for something he allegedly did years ago -- and it's an incident that has animal rights activists concerned.
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Pit Bull Owner Pleads Guilty to Animal Abuse
Animals  (tags: animal abuse, animal cruelty, probation, pit bull abuse )

Carolyn
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- 7 hours ago - portlandtribune.com
A Southeast Portland woman was sentenced last week to a year of probation and 128 hours of community service after she pleaded guilty to second-degree animal abuse involving her 2 1/2-year-old pit bull, Lucy, in October.
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 February 22, 2008 1:20 PM

Alleged Animal-Hoarder Indicted (Las Cruces Sun-News)
Animals  (tags: animal cruelty, animal hoarder, animal abuse )

Carolyn
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- 7 hours ago - lcsun-news.com
A Las Cruces teacher has been indicted by a Doña Ana County grand jury on multiple counts of extreme animal cruelty after he was allegedly found hoarding numerous animals at his home last year.
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 February 19, 2008 5:28 PM

Harsher Penalties Deter Animal Cruelty
Animals  (tags: animal cruelty, SB 102, SB 117, Utah legislature )

Carolyn
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- 3 days ago - heraldextra.com
The Utah legislature is currently considering two bills that concern animal cruelty. These two bills (SB 102 and SB 117) address the severity of punishment for people who are convicted of animal cruelty.
Man Charged In Animal Cruelty Case
Animals  (tags: animal cruelty, animal cruelty charges, animal abuse )

Carolyn
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- 3 days ago - newschannel9.com
After repeated calls to Allen Collin's home in East Ridge, animal control officers charge him with animal cruelty. Officers say it's the result of a month-long investigation, and tips from neighbors.
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Abuse Charges Filed in Chino Slaughterhouse Case
Animals  (tags: slaughterhouse, animal abuse charges, animal abuse, animal cruelty )

Carolyn
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- 3 days ago - us.rd.yahoo.com
Prosecutors filed animal abuse charges Friday against two former Chino slaughterhouse workers who were secretly videotaped ramming cattle with forklifts, shocking them with electrical prods and using a water spray torture the district attorney called ...
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 February 19, 2008 6:55 AM

'Puppy Mill' Tip Was Last of Many | Portland Press Herald
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 February 19, 2008 5:48 AM

Minnesota, Don’t Allow Breed Discrimination Bill to Become Law! 

There is no evidence that canine profiling reduces dog bites, while there is significant evidence that well-enforced, breed-neutral laws such as HF 2906, introduced by Rep. Michael Paymar, do. Visit the ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Resource Center for more information...
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Tuesday February 19, 2008, 5:31 am
PLEASE, Please use the letter on this page to email both your representative and committee members.

I request with heart-felt plea's to please go to this site and send the letter to help STOP BSL in MINNESOTA???

We live here, we are definately animal lovers, and we own pit bulls... None of my animals have ever been in trouble, nor have they ever bitten anyone! Banning Specific Breeds is FRICKIN STUPID! It never solves anything, it can only add to the problems.

Blame the owner's, the people who raise & train their dog(s) ... but do NOT BLAME THE DOG nor the BREED...

as with humans... puppies are born innocent and only become a product of their environment, unless or until that environment changes for the better... "VICTORY DOGS" (Vicks rehabilitated pit bulls) are proof of that...

Please help?? I don't want to lose my companions

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WINGING CAT RESCUE ~ Rick, Jean & Debbie ~ PLEASE don't send us to the gas chamber! ~ GRIFFIN, GA February 19, 2008 3:37 AM

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 February 18, 2008 9:21 PM

Please watch the video and take action (see comment for links):

Charges Dropped in Katrina Pet Massacre: Urgent Action Needed!!!
  video Animals  (tags: killings, katrina, sbp shooting, law, pets, suffering, sadness )

Nadia
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- 14 minutes ago - youtube.com
Deputy Sheriff Officer Mike Minton admitted shooting the dogs on the streets in the aftermath of Katrina. Video shot by David Leeson, a Dallas Morning News award-winning photographer showed the officers shooting the dogs. Lack of evidence??!! TAKE ACTION!

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 February 18, 2008 10:31 AM

Meat of Abused Animals Not to Be Removed: Officials - The China Post
According to the current Food Sanitation Law and the Animal Infection Diseases Prevention Law, only beef, pork or other animal meat products plagued by infectious diseases can be forcibly removed from sales stands, the DOH's Cheng said.
 
Tyson Fires Workers Involved In Chicken Abuse
The action comes a month after a mole for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) videotaped and posted on its Web site footage of workers at the two plants allegedly punching, throwing and decapitating birds. (See PETA alleges abuses at tw
 
Iowa Lawmakers Target Fans of Dog Fighting / QCTimes.Com 
The proposal would ratchet up the charges that illegal animal fight spectators could face. It would enable law enforcement officers to charge audience members with a Class D felony, making them eligible for up to five years in prison and a
 
Company Orders Largest Recall of Ground Beef - New York Times
A California meat company on Sunday issued the largest beef recall in history, 143 million pounds, some of which was used in school lunch programs, Department of Agriculture officials announced.
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 February 18, 2008 10:30 AM

Rescued Horse 'Hope' Recovering From Neglect
'There is a twinkle in her eye now' No longer in a field with no shelter, Hope looks out of her stall at the Family Four Stables south of Coos Bay on Wednesday afternoon. The horse is doing better, she has put on some weight and is more alert since her
Beef Recall Follows Animal-Abuse Scandal
The Department of Agriculture ordered the recall of 143 million pounds of beef produced by a Southern California meat processor on Sunday. Some beef was destined for school lunch programs and low-income families.
Cruelty Probe Faced Issues State: 'Puppy Mill' Evidence Hard to Get
The Animal Welfare Program, a state agency within the Maine Department of Agriculture, has responded, saying until a month ago, it lacked enough evidence to search the alleged "puppy mill."
Man Arrested For Animal Abuse Says Police Got Wrong Person
A video showing a man High Point Police said was abusing animals is creating controversy after the man police arrested said he isn't the man in the video.
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 February 18, 2008 7:30 AM

Hoarding - 42 Dogs, One Cat Seized - Cullman, AL (U
a total of 42 dogs and one cat were taken from the residence. He said 26 dogs and the cat were taken from inside the residence. ..
Shelter Neglect - Over 100 Cats Seized - Port Hastings, NS (CA) 
Three of 78 cats found alive tested positive Tuesday for a life-threatening contagious feline leukemia and had to be euthanized, while other cats and dogs remain ill with a variety of respiratory ailments. Veterinarians expect some to die, according to...
Hoarding Over 100 Hamsters, 24 Cats - Bradenton, FL (U
More than 120 total cats and hamsters are expected to be put to death after authorities found the animals crammed in a small condominium covered in feces, urine and maggots, according to city and county officials. ..
30 Cats and Dogs Seized - Tampa, FL (UOffiicials say the suspects were accused of animal neglect previously that led to charges and six dogs removed from the property. This morning a number of mixed breed small dogs and cats were taken after they were found covered in animal feces and urine.
Hoarding - 209 Cats - Bonham, TX (U
Inside the two-story home, workers found feces and urine stacked up several feet against the walls, and a yard filled with filthy household items and refuse...
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 February 18, 2008 7:29 AM

Two Dogs Found Dead - Beaten, Starved and Shot - Derry, PA (U
A pair of English setters was found dead on Thursday, dumped in a pile of garbage in Derry Township, Westmoreland County, beaten and starved...
Horse Neglect - 15 Seized, One Dead - Renton, WA (U
"He had his horses tied up all day in the sun without food and water for training purposes," said the woman who wished to remain anonymous out of fear of retaliation. "One last summer, a horse was so hungry it was eating its own feces."...
5 Dogs Killed - Shot, Hanged, Set on Fire - Lumberton, NC (U
In the same yard where Christopher Lee Fields was shot to death Saturday morning, deputies and animal cruelty investigators found three adult dogs and two puppies dead. Three had been shot, one had been hanged and another had been set on fire. An adult...

Do Animal Cruelty Laws Apply In Boiled Monkey Case? - News Story - KIRO Seattle

Calls for action continue to pour in following a KIRO Team 7 Investigation into the scalding death of a monkey inside an Everett research facility.We discovered that a cleaning crew at SNBL left a healthy female macaque monkey in her cage, killing it by ...
 
Report of Monkey's Death Prompts Call for Prosecution | Seattle Times Newspaper
 
The Humane Society of the United States has called upon Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney Janice Ellis to aggressively pursue an animal-cruelty case involving a laboratory monkey that, according to a KIRO-TV investigation, was boiled alive at an ....
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 February 18, 2008 7:29 AM

Polar Bears, Endangered? - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Exxon used to encourage motorists to "put a tiger in your tank." Well, a different animal may begin influencing traffic soon. Polar bears could force drivers to shell out even more money for gasoline.


Animal Torture Disorder
irrefutable evidence that correlates animal abuse and torture with child, elder and spouse abuse. FBI interviews with murderers and serial killers revealed that a significant percentage had tortured and killed animals. Animal torture is a serious psycholo
Court Date for Owner of Horses in Illinois Trailer Accident
The former owner of 59 horses involved in a semitrailer rollover accident last October in Wadsworth, Ill., is slated to appear in Lake County Circuit Court on March 3 according to a spokesperson for the Lake County, Ill., County Clerk.
"This is our infrastructure," said Bob Budd, executive director of the trust. "Wildlife, open spaces, agriculture, natural resources -- including mining, oil and gas -- that's what our infrastructure is. It's the vital engine that drives our state. And it
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 February 18, 2008 7:29 AM

Felines Rescued From Cat-Astrophe
In all, about 25 cats were living in one apartment and sharing one litter box before being rescued from the Silver Ridge Apartments complex by an animal rescue group earlier this month.
Judging by the throngs of onlookers, many of them kids, it's hard to understand where the reputation comes from. These pets, these pit bulls, are the most stigmatized and maligned animals in the country, yet here they are, in the middle of a busy PETsMART
Animal Shelters Are Under Scrutiny - Los Angeles Times
Three civil lawsuits, alleging poor conditions and mistreatment, have been filed against the county by various rescue groups and a coalition of volunteers and animal advocates.
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 February 18, 2008 7:28 AM

48 Dogs Taken From Alleged Pet Hoarder
specializes in animal cruelty and neglect cases, said people don't understand that industrial-sized dog breeding and selling operations, often called puppy mills, are legal. He said the 100 dogs would have had to be kept as evidence and the department did..
Animal Center Rescues Doomed Dogs - Local News Story - KNSD | San Diego
Helen Woodward Center said as many as 40 of the dogs and puppies were taken from the puppy mill owner. The owner was planning to close the puppy mill and intended to "dump the pups and 'breeding stock' in the desert,"
Shelter Rescues 40 Dogs From Out-of-State
Most of the dogs, which include a Pomeranian, a Maltese and a Cocker Spaniel, show signs of living in neglectful or abusive conditions, Van Zante said. Several have clipped vocal cords, some have apparently been chained or caged their whole lives and some...
Puppy Mill Dogs Done With Rehab, Ready for Adoption | NBC12 | Virginia News
More dogs that were seized several months ago in a puppy mill investigation are now ready for adoption in Richmond...
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 February 18, 2008 7:28 AM

Dogs Kicked and Beaten, Caught on Videotape - High Point, NC (Us
animal rights groups compiled months worth of secretly taped video showing him hitting and kicking dogs. Police met with animal activists about this issue months ago, who reportedly felt the video evidence against William Steward Jr. was no
Twenty Pit Bulls Neglected, Drugs Seized - Hartselle, AL (Us

During the commission of the search warrant agents noticed that the living conditions for approximately twenty pit-bull dogs was well below acceptable standards. The Morgan County Animal Control was called to the scene and took possession
Dumped Oil Threat to Nature Reserve - Peterborough Today
A walker enjoying the beauty of the Nene Washes, near Peterborough – which is regarded as the jewel in the crown of Peterborough’s birdwatching hotspots – noticed the thick black liquid had been spilled on land close to water.
These days the news is full of beautiful -- and wrenching -- images of polar bears, often swimming in unending open water, or standing on tiny ice floes. Although polar bears swim readily, ice is the habitat to which they are best suited -- where they hun
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 February 18, 2008 7:27 AM

Man's Best Friend Helping Injured Soldiers 
Man's best friend helping injured soldiers. 9NEWS at 10 p.m. 2/17/08. To cope with his injuries, Bill and his family are expanding their family. Pax is moving into their home as Bill's service dog.
Pet Overpopulation ‘a Crisis,’ Group Says
he could have become one of the 40 animals euthanized at the shelter last week and one of three to four million animals euthanized each year throughout the nation, according to statistics from the Humane Society of the United States. According to shelter ..
Dumping Animals in Rural Areas Can Be a Death Sentence
The reason for the high death rate is that animals raised around people don't know how to survive in the wild. That, and the fact that some people have unrealistic ideas about what will happen if they toss unwanted pets out of a car on a country road.
Pasco Animal Rescue Find Malnourished Dogs at Airport Hotel
Video Now. Mother Dog and Puppies Found in Airport Motel Room in Critical Condition.
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 February 18, 2008 7:27 AM

Heartbreak for Undermanned SPCA - The Gisborne Herald

The putting to sleep of healthy kittens and puppies, for no other reason than not enough resources, is a drastic and heartbreaking decision. But there is little other option as a vacuum of volunteers and money takes its toll on the charity animal welfare ..
Protecting the Pachyderms

They lumber about freely in herds, trumpeting their presence and trampling any living creature big or small which may have the courage to stand in their path. Yet a seven-member committee has been formed to devise ways to protect the north Bengal elephant..
Zoo Welcomes New Baby Elephant -- Breaking News -
A male baby Asian elephant was born in Dublin Zoo this morning. The calf, who has not yet been named, was born to mother Yasmin at around 5.00am. Both are said to be "thriving".
America's Wild Horses Under Threat

The necessity of programs like these was brought home to me again this weekend by the news that a herd of 150 American wild horses is under threat from a lumber company's plans for the Blackjack Mountain of Oklahoma. The herd was established around 25 ...
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 February 15, 2008 5:39 PM

Videotapes Lead to Animal Cruelty Charges
Animals  (tags: dogs, abused, abuser caught on tape, dogs confiscated, cruelty charges )

Betty
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- 1 minute ago - myfoxwghp.com
A man with a reported long history of abusing dogs is being sought by police after animal rights groups compiled months worth of secretly taped video showing him hitting and kicking dogs. The dogs were confiscated Friday, however police haven't captured-
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 February 15, 2008 12:23 PM

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Senate Barely Passes Animal-Cruelty Bill
Animals  (tags: animal abuse, animal cruelty, Senate Bill )

Carolyn
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- 6 hours ago - heraldextra.com
The Senate passed a bill by the narrowest of margins Thursday that addresses penalties for animal torture. It's viewed as a compromise bill by lawmakers but hated by animal-rights activists who claim that it weakens state laws against those who abuse ...
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 February 15, 2008 12:22 PM

Embattled SPCA Chief Will Resign
Animals  (tags: SPCA, spca, director resigning )

Carolyn
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- 6 hours ago - dailypress.com
The Peninsula SPCA's executive director said he will resign next month after a flurry of inquiries and speculation about whether the organization is properly managed. If the SPCA hires a new director before November, it will be the fourth person...
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Animal Cruelty Defendant Denounced
Animals  (tags: animal cruelty, animal abuse, animal rights, animal rights activists )

Carolyn
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- 6 hours ago - courant.com
Outraged by allegations that Severino Cruz drilled holes in a pit bull's head, dozens of animal rights advocates protested Thursday morning as Cruz a  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 February 15, 2008 12:22 PM

Ban of Gas Chambers on Stray Animals Proposed
Animals  (tags: euthanized in gas chambers, bill to ban, Illinois )

Betty
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- 1 minute ago - khqaonline.com
Gas chambers no longer will be used to euthanize animals in Illinois if a state lawmaker from Chicago gets his way. John Fritchey's bill has the backing of about a dozen Illinois animal-rescue shelters that consider using gas to destroy animals cruel.
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 February 15, 2008 12:22 PM

Suffolk Man Charged With Animal Cruelty
Animals  (tags: animal cruelty, animal abuse, dead cows, animal neglect, malnourished animals )

Carolyn
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- 5 hours ago - dailypress.com
Police charged a Suffolk man with eight counts of animal cruelty after finding five dead cows on his farm and dozens more that were malnourished and emaciated. Two cows had to be euthanized by a local veterinarian. A calf was also euthanized.
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Puppy Thieves Caught on Tape at Local Pet Store
Animals  (tags: puppy thieves, pet store theft )

Carolyn
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- 5 hours ago - ktla.trb.com
Authorities searched today for three men caught on surveillance tape stealing four puppies worth roughly $6,000 from a pet store in La Mirada. The theft at My Pets at 14537 Telegraph Rd. was reported at 1:40 a.m. Tuesday,
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 February 15, 2008 12:21 PM


13 Cats, Two Dogs Are Rescued From Suspected Animal Hoarder
Animals  (tags: animal abuse, animal cruelty, animal hoarder )

Carolyn
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- 5 hours ago - dailybulletin.com
CHINO HILLS - Thirteen cats and two dogs were rescued from the home of a suspected animal hoarder after a neighbor called animal officials about her missing cat. Once inside, officials discovered the cats and dogs and animal excrement piled up throughout
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Animal Shelter in Danger of Closing Gets Short-Term Help
Offbeat  (tags: animal shelter closing, animaladvocates, animalwelfare )

Carolyn
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- 5 hours ago - riverreporter.com
One day after Barry Heim, director of the Pike County Humane Society, appeared before the Pike County Commissioners with word that the animal shelter was in da  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 February 15, 2008 11:22 AM

PETA Demands Ban on Cosmetic Testing on Animals - Daily News & Analysis
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) on Wednesday staged a demonstration here and demanded that the government ban cosmetic testing, the test conducted on animals to find out the possible hazardous impact of cosmetic items on human being..
Lamb Beaten, Stoned, Drowned to Death - Old Colwyn, WA (UK)
"An 11-year- old boy and 14-year-old boy were arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty. Both have been released on police bail pending further inquiries. "A nine-year-old boy and a seven-year-old boy were interviewed and issued with a yellow card warning ...
14 Arrested for Alleged Cockfighting in Greene County
Officers found two badly injured roosters inside a ring designed for cockfighting. The roosters had metal spurs, which are commonly used in cockfighting..
Kitten Kicked to Death in Front of Two Year Old - Toowoomba, QLD (AU)
Police claim the 27-year-old man intentionally kicked the six-week-old kitten in front of a two-year-old girl who owned the cat. The kitten died at the scene...
Cockfighting - 11 Birds Seized From Home Back Yard - Buena Park, CA (U
Officers found and removed 11 roosters today from a home after discovering they had injuries consistent with illegal rooster fighting, law-enforcement authorities said.
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 February 15, 2008 11:22 AM

Humane Society Launches Massive Animal Rescue - Local
Valtin said they had originally expected only 40 animals from the rescue and had to keep many of them at the fairgrounds the first night. Now the shelter is packed tight. In cages that usually only two dogs share, there are up to eight...
Dog Beaten With Metal Pipe - Venice, FL (U 
A 47-year-old man told deputies he had a rough day so he hit his dog in the head with a metal pipe and then challenged the animal to a fight...
Cockfighting - 6 Birds Seized, 4 More Dead - Paragould, AR (U 
Officers also found six roosters in cages and four dead roosters on the property...
Children Arrested After Lamb Drowns - IcWales
TWO children were arrested and bailed after a lamb was drowned in a feeding trough, police said yesterday. Officers believe the lamb was injured in a violent attack before it was drowned...
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 February 15, 2008 11:22 AM

Vote For Stray Rescue
It's like American Idol for animal shelters; and Stray Rescue of St. Louis is the running for the million-dollar prize. ..
Attempted Tail Amputation on Puppy - Nebo, NC (U
Authorities need the public's help tracking down the person who tied a string to a puppy's tail in an attempt to amputate it.
Dog Severely Emaciated, Covered in Sores - Pittsburgh, PA (U 
The Western Pennsylvania Humane Society said they took in a dog that is one of the worst abuse cases they have seen in Pittsburgh in a long time. The stray dog was brought in Wednesday from the Hill District very emaciated with pressure sores...
Pet-Abuse.Com - Animal Abuse Case Details: Two Pit Bulls Neglected - East Ridge, TN (U 
Officers with animal services found a puppy in the backyard in a small wire cage standing in feces, urine and water. The pit bull puppy had no shelter, food or drinkable water. Officers also found a pit bull chained to a stump with a heavy logging chain...
Hoarding 70 Cats - Port Orange, FL (U 
investigators found a total of 70 cats. They think they have them all, but for a while there they weren't sure. Police said little heads started popping up behind boxes and piles of laundry the cats just kept appearing. It took multiple ...
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 February 15, 2008 11:21 AM

Stray Dog One Of Worst Cases Of Animal Abuse, Humane Society Says - News Story - WPXI Pittsburgh 
VIDEO: Emaciated, Abused Dog Found In Hill District SLIDESHOW: Hill District Abused DogPressure sores indicate that the dog was caged for a long period of time without any cushioning, meaning it was in contact with the metal bars ...
Animal Hoarder Gets Jail Time 
A woman's refusal to help authorities corral nine animals in her care has earned her 10 days in a jail cell...
13 Cats, Two Dogs Are Rescued 
Once inside, officials discovered the cats and dogs and animal excrement piled up throughout the house, according to the Humane Society. The neighbor's cat was not among those in the home. "When you have no family, my parents died, you ...
Bunny Hoarder Avoids Jail - Breaking News Updates From Portland and Oregon - The Oregonian - OregonLive.Com
Washington County animal shelter and Rock Creek Veterinary Hospital to care for more than 200 rabbits seized from her Northeast 23rd Court home in October 2006...

Man Wants To Keeps Exotic Cats
Buckhead neighborhood is in an uproar tonight over some big exotic cats. The animals are being kept caged in someone's backyard. Residents want the cats moved somewhere else...

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 February 15, 2008 11:21 AM

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals International is bringing stray dogs and cats adopted by U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan to the United States. The program is called Operation Baghdad Pups, and the first rescued dog, Charlie...

70 Cats Removed From Home in 'Deplorable' Condition -- OrlandoSentinel.Com 
Police and animal control officers entered the home and found it was "overrun with cats," Port Orange police Capt. Wayne M. Miller said. The inside of the house was covered in cat feces, car hair and pet food, he said...
IOL: It's a Cat's Life for Prada 
Paris Hilton is embroiled in a custody battle over her cat. Her pet feline, Prada, has been seized by the animal rescue centre, the Kris Kelly Foundation, after Paris left the animal at the vets two weeks ago...
South Korea Won't Let Sleeping Dogs Lie - World - Theage.Com.Au
RNL Bio is charging $US150,000 ($A166,500) to clone the pitbull terrier for the Californian woman using tissue from her dead pet, the Korea Times reported yesterday. It said the actual cloning would be conducted by Seoul National University, while RNL....
Pet Dog to Be Cloned for £75,000 
The woman, named as Vernon McKernie, is said to have been in contact with the research team that cloned the world's first dog, an Afghan hound named Snuppy, in 2005...
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 February 14, 2008 8:59 PM

WJZ Investigates The Slaughtering Of Horses
Animals  (tags: horses, slaughter )

Betty
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- 1 minute ago - wjz.com
There is a bill being considered on Capitol Hill right now that would outlaw what many animal rights advocates call a "dirty little secret." Denise Koch reports it's estimated more than 100,000 American horses were slaughtered for their meat in 2007.
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 February 14, 2008 3:25 PM

Save the tiger, export it
14 Feb 2008, 1658 hrs IST,Jug Suraiya,TNN
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 February 14, 2008 8:41 AM

Subjectlease vote YES to fur being inhumane to wear.-we are losing !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Date:Thu, 14 Feb 2008 10:01:20 +0200
I can not BELIEVE that there are more people saying that it's NOT inhumane to trap an animal, skin it alive, and then wear it. WTF is wrong with people? Can most people now understand why I am advocating for animals rights now? This stuff is absolutely cruel and ridiculous!

VOTE HERE

http://www.nbc5.com/news/15231061/detail.html
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 February 13, 2008 6:35 PM

MICHAEL CASEY, AP Environmental Writer Tue Feb 12, 10:50 PM ET

BANGKOK, Thailand - The critically endangered Sumatran tiger will become extinct unless Indonesia takes swift action to clamp down on the illegal sale of the big cats' body parts across the Southeast Asian country, conservationists say.

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TRAFFIC, a British-based international wildlife trade monitoring network, said it found tiger bones, claws, skins and whiskers being sold openly in eight cities on Indonesia's Sumatra island in 2006, despite tough laws banning such trade.

The group estimated that 23 tigers had been killed to supply the parts found for sale in souvenir, Chinese medicine and jewelry stores. Prices ranged from the equivalent of $14 for a tiger claw to about $52.50 per pound of tiger bones.

"Surveys continue to show that Sumatran tigers are being sold body part by body part into extinction," said a statement issued by Susan Lieberman, director of the species program for the conservation group WWF, which contributed to the report.

The Sumatran tiger, or Panthera tigris sumatrae, is the world's most critically endangered tiger subspecies — WWF estimates fewer than 400 remain in the wild in comparison to about 1,000 in the 1970s. The tigers' diminishing population is largely blamed on poaching and the destruction of their forest habitat for palm oil and wood pulp plantations.

"This is an enforcement crisis," Lieberman's statement said, adding that Indonesia needs to demonstrate it can cope with the crisis or ask for help from the international community.

Indonesia launched a 10-year plan to protect the Sumatran tiger in December last year. But conservationists complain that Indonesian commitments to preserving wildlife are rarely supported by enforcement measures.

"There is no effective enforcement on the ground," said Chris Shepherd, senior program officer for TRAFFIC, who has been tracking the Indonesian tiger trade for nearly 15 years. "It boils down to lack of resources. Wildlife crime isn't viewed as a high priority in Indonesia or anywhere in Southeast Asia."

Tonny Soehartono, the country's director for biodiversity conservation in the Ministry of Forestry, said efforts were being made to crack down on the illegal wildlife trade. He did not elaborate.

"I believe we have made significant progress," he said.

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On the Net:

TRAFFIC: http://www.traffic.org/

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 February 13, 2008 6:02 PM

Please note so more people see it and take action:


Urgent Action Against Killing of California Sea Lions in Pacific Northwest: DEADLINE February 19th
Animals  (tags: killing, protection, marine mammals, conservation, action alert )

Nadia
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- 2 hours ago - ga0.org
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS ) has proposed a plan that would allow Washington and Oregon to kill (by lethal injection or shooting) as many as 85 California sea lions each year. Please Take Action to oppose the NMFS proposal today!!

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SPECIAL NOTE- PLEASE TUNE IN !!!! February 13, 2008 5:06 PM

Wildlife CSI

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A new documentary on Animal Planet deals with wildlife trafficking.

WITHOUT the visuals, one could easily mistake the following remarks as taking place in a pet store:

“This is our cat aisle.”

“This particular cat just came in less than a year ago.”

But the reality is far more hideous – the aisle is filled with big cat products: skin, bones, wine, pills and medicinal plasters. That particular cat is a dead tiger, gutted and preserved for its skin.

The aisle is in the warehouse of the United States Fish and Wildlife Services, which stores over a million confiscated items, accounting for 10% of the illegal volume in wildlife trade of the country. Even though big cats such as tigers, snow leopards and lions are prohibited from trade under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites), that has not stopped them from being poached from the wild.

Steve Galster (left) of Wild Alliance in the warehouse of the United States Fish and Wildlife Services, which is filled with seized illegally traded wildlife products such as skin, bones, wine, pills and medicinal plasters.

The trade in big cats is one of six episodes in the latest Animal Planet documentary, Crime Scene Wild, which deals with the unsavoury issue of wildlife trafficking. Helming the show is wildlife crime investigator Steve Galster of Wildlife Alliance, formerly known as WildAid, the conservation outfit that had roped in celebrities for its campaign with the catchy tagline “When the buying stops, the killing can too”.

Traversing the globe and piecing together trafficking links of syndicates profiteering from the slaughter of not just large cats but also elephants, Tibetan antelopes, sharks, rare primates and bears, Galster takes viewers into the underworld of organised wildlife crime.

No stranger to covert operation, Galster poses as an interested buyer and deploys a hidden camera to document the illegal dealings of poachers, middlemen, smugglers, syndicate masterminds, retailers and buyers.

“In earlier days, the cameras were huge but now they’re sophisticated and easier to operate,” says Galster, who used to investigate drug and arms trafficking for the United States in conflict zones in West Asia and Central America. During those times, he saw first-hand how rebel armies traded wildlife in exchange for weapons. He was later hired by a Britain-based nature group to spearhead an undercover investigation on the massive trade in elephant ivory.

In Crime Scene Wild, Galster’s footage from hidden cameras shows a wide range of the trade – from poaching deep in the Cameroon rainforest to illegal transactions in Central Asia, the backlanes of bustling Tibetan markets and curio boutiques in western cities – to illustrate the globalised nature of the trade, said to be worth as much as arms and drug trafficking.

In the process, Galster uncovered new trends in circumventing Cites rules, like passing off illegal goods as pre-Cites specimens or simply calling them antiques as in the case of elephant tusks and finished carved ivory products.

Having investigated the elephant and tiger trade for more than a decade, Galster is perturbed by the renewed trade that indicates that, despite more than 30 years of Cites implementation, signatories still struggle to uphold the rules. The over 30,000 species protected under Cites are far from safe, what with the lucrative price tags on their heads and the low priorities in enforcement and dismal conviction rates. In Western Africa, for instance, rangers are up against poachers who are far better armed.

An unenlightened judiciary also results in criminals escaping on technical grounds. He cites the case of an American trader of West African ivory who got away with just five years' probation and 1,500 hours of community service in the local zoo because the judge argued that he “see no victim”.

The Wildlife Alliance director of operation nonetheless, believes that education is key to combat ignorance of the far-reaching effect of wildlife trade and that profiteering from wildlife is a crime against nature.

“Wildlife is the blood of the forests. Take the animals away, the forest's value decreases or (is reduced to) what is called ‘empty forest syndrome’,” says Galster, who believes that protecting habitats as well as anti-poaching and anti-trafficking measures are needed to ensure the survival of wildlife.

It took Cicada Productions a year to wrap up the shoot. The production includes filming cases which Galster was investigating. He was apprehensive but the professionalism displayed by the production team meant that there was no interference with his work and no suspicions were aroused.

Galster admits that the series focuses on charismatic species as they are crowd-pullers while the plight of many other less appealing species, like the pangolin for instance, are not given similar attention. Plus, the series is fauna-bias as it is thought that non-animated flora species will be a hard sell.

“People want to see cute, adorable animals. (However), there’s talk of a second series,” he reveals.

  • Crime Scene Wild will air on Mondays on Animal Planet (Astro channel 556) at 9pm beginning Feb 18, with repeats on Sundays at 2pm.
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     February 13, 2008 1:19 PM

    L.A. County Animal Shelters Under Scrutiny
    Animals  (tags: animal shelter, Los Angeles Animal Shelters )

    Carolyn
    StarsButterfliesGold Notes
    - 7 hours ago - ktla.trb.com
    According to animal welfare activists, volunteers and private rescuers, the shelters operated by the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care & Control sometimes resemble dog pounds of yore.
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     February 13, 2008 1:19 PM

    Toughen Laws on Animal Cruelty, MP Demands (Montreal Gazette)
    Animals  (tags: animal cruelty laws, Canada )

    Carolyn
    StarsButterfliesGold Notes
    - 6 hours ago - canada.com
    Canada's existing animal cruelty laws are "shameful, inadequate and archaic," a coalition of animal care workers charged Monday. "Canada has laws that fall behind even nations like the Philippines because we have laws that haven't been updated since 1892
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    County Board Approves Revised Animal Cruelty Ordinance
    Animals  (tags: animal cruelty ordinance, animal welfare )

    Carolyn
    StarsButterfliesGold Notes
    - 6 hours ago - news.rgj.com
    Although there were some comments to add steer tailing to the animal cruelty definition, the Lyon County Board of Commissioners approved the proposed ordinance that details prohibited animal cruelty acts as presented.
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     February 13, 2008 1:18 PM

    Puppy's Death to Be Discussed (Daily Breeze)
    Animals  (tags: animal welfare, animal rights activists, shelter neglect )

    Carolyn
    StarsButterfliesGold Notes
    - 6 hours ago - dailybreeze.com
    A 10-month-old puppy who died at Los Angeles County's animal shelter in Carson did not freeze to death, as animal rights activists have claimed, but died from complications from an upper respiratory infection,...
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    Proposal to Ban Rodeos, Circuses Shot Down
    Animals  (tags: rodeos, circuses )

    Carolyn
    StarsButterfliesGold Notes
    - 6 hours ago - mercurynews.com
    Rodeo lovers scored a victory today as the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted against exploring a broad-reaching anti-animal-cruelty ordinance, which would have banned rodeos and circuses in unincorporated parts of the
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     February 13, 2008 1:18 PM

    Abused Dog Walks 70 Miles Through War Zone to Find His Master
    Animals  (tags: amazing dog, Iraq )

    Carolyn
    StarsButterfliesGold Notes
    - 5 hours ago - abcactionnews.com
    IRAQ -- Their friendship began half way across the world in Iraq, when St. Petersburg native Major Brian Dennis encountered a mixed breed dog in Anbar Province. The dog (Nubbs)had been savagely abused and his ears cut off.
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    Neglected Cat Euthanized, Watsonville Woman Cited for Abuse
    Animals  (tags: animal neglect, injured animal )

    Carolyn
    StarsButterfliesGold Notes
    - 5 hours ago - santacruzsentinel.com
    ...the cat was euthanized Tuesday morning because she wasn't responding to treatment ...Angela Martinez, 43, of Watsonville was cited for a failure to provide care to an injured animal, a misdemeanor. Martinez is due in court March 10.
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     February 13, 2008 1:18 PM

    Sarasota Drug Raid Yields 14 Dogs, Abuse Charges
    Animals  (tags: abused dogs, drug raid, Sarasota )

    Carolyn
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    - 4 hours ago - www2.tbo.com
    Investigators raiding a suspected drug house found 14 dogs in terrible condition, tied with heavy chains, suffering from untreated bite wounds and infested with worms and fleas, Sarasota County authorities said
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    Elvis Will Sing for Rescued Horses.
    Animals  (tags: Horse Protection League, rescued horses, Elvis Impersonator )

    Carolyn
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    - 4 hours ago - denver.yourhub.com
    At the 4th Annual Horse Protection League (HPL) Casino Night families will enjoy an Italian dinner, gaming with play money, and a performance by renowned Elvis impersonator, Bob Girres.
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     February 13, 2008 1:17 PM

    Refuge For Big Cats Steps Up Security After Paintball Attack
    Animals  (tags: Big Cat resuce, animal abuse, animal neglect, animal abandonment )

    Carolyn
    StarsButterfliesGold Notes
    - 4 hours ago - www2.tbo.com
    Workers install a 10-foot wall around the Big Cat Rescue animal sanctuary. Big Cat Rescue cares for about 146 exotic cats, including cougars, tigers, bobcats and lion. Many of the felines suffered abuse, neglect and abandonment ...
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    Veterinarian Helps Crack Criminal Cases
    Animals  (tags: animal abuse cases, animal cruelty )

    Carolyn
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    - 4 hours ago - dailypressandargus.com
    The veterinarian behind the wheel of the nation's first mobile animal CSI unit — and who helped in the Michael Vick dogfighting investigation — got her start helping injured animals in Brighton  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
     
     February 13, 2008 1:14 PM


    Newsroom >  WWF Press Release

    Body Part by Body Part, Sumatran Tigers Are Being Sold into Extinction

    For Release: 02/12/2008

      For media inquiries, contact:
    Kathleen Sullivan
    kathleen.sullivan@wwfus.org
    202-778-9576

    WASHINGTON Laws protecting the critically endangered Sumatran Tiger have failed to prevent tiger body parts being openly sold in Indonesia, according to a TRAFFIC report launched today.

     

    Tiger body parts—including canine teeth, claws, skin pieces, whiskers and bones—were on sale in 10 percent of the 326 retail outlets surveyed during 2006 in 28 cities and towns across Sumatra. Outlets included goldsmiths, souvenir and traditional Chinese medicine shops, and shops selling antique and precious stones.

     

    The survey conservatively estimates that 23 tigers were killed to supply the products seen based on the number of canine teeth on sale.

     

    “This is down from an estimate of 52 killed per year in 1999–2000,” said Julia Ng, program officer with TRAFFIC Southeast Asia and lead author on The Tiger Trade Revisited in Sumatra, Indonesia. “Sadly, the decline in availability appears to be due to the dwindling number of tigers left in the wild.”

     

    All of TRAFFIC’s surveys have indicated that Medan, the capital of North Sumatra province, and Pancur Batu, a smaller town situated about nine miles away, are the main hubs for the trade of tiger parts.

     

    Despite TRAFFIC providing authorities with details of traders involved it is not clear whether any serious enforcement action has been taken, apart from awareness-raising activities.

     

    “Because of poor enforcement the Sumatran tiger is slipping through our fingers,” said Leigh Henry, program officer for TRAFFIC North America. “There are only about 400 Sumatran tigers left and such a small population can’t sustain this level of poaching.  If enforcement and political will are not bolstered the Sumatran tiger will be wiped out just as the Javan and Bali tigers were.”

     

    The report recommends that resources and efforts should concentrate on effective enforcement to combat the trade by arresting dealers and suppliers. Trade hotspots should be continually monitored and all intelligence be passed to the enforcement authorities for action. Those found guilty of trading in tigers and other protected wildlife should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

     

    “We have to deal with the trade. Currently we are facing many other crucial problems which, unfortunately, are causing the decline of Sumatran tiger populations,” explained Dr. Tonny Soehartono, director for biodiversity conservation, Ministry of Forestry of Republic of Indonesia. “We have been struggling with the issues of land use changes, habitat fragmentation, human–tiger conflicts and poverty in Sumatra. Land use changes and habitat fragmentation are driving the tiger closer to humans and thus creating human–tiger conflicts.”

     

    As a recent show of commitment, the President of the Republic of Indonesia launched the Conservation Strategy and Action Plan of Sumatran Tiger 20072017 during the 2007 Climate Change Convention in Bali.

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    Using Natural Flea Control to Help Your Pet
    While feeding small amounts of fresh garlic and brewer's yeast to the pet have not been shown in controlled studies to be effective, many pet owners swear by their use and continue to add them to the diet to aid in parasite control.
    Sure, it can help to feed garlic and yeast to dogs and cats. This gives them some extra B vitamins and makes them not so tasty to the flea. The only caution is that you not depend on this as your sole means of controlling fleas.
    Fleas can cause a number of health problems for your pet, but one of the bigger one is related to allergies. The technical name is dermatitis, but essentially it involves hypersensitivity to flea bites. Some pets simply are allergic to the chemical
    To get rid of fleas and ticks already on the animal, natural herbal preparations and shampoos are available, often containing d-limonene, from citrus extracts, or herbs and essential oils such as citronella, eucalyptus and cedar. I personally think it is
    Natural Flea Control
    Fleas are similar to cockroaches in that they adapt to their environment. They become stronger and more immune to these popular chemicals with each generation.
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     February 11, 2008 10:56 PM


    You see one in every community, a dog tied day after day to a back porch or fence, lying lonely on a pad of bare, packed dirt. The waterbowl, if there is one, is usually empty or just out of reach. Abandoned, but chained up, backyard dogs cannot move to

    In The War on Animal Cruelty, First Lesson Is... KNOW THINE ENEMY!
    The nation's cattle ranchers face formidable, well-funded anti-beef activists who want to run them off the range, but food coalition groups and ranchers, themselves, [ are being encouraged to fight back ].. Animal exploiters are starting to feel your heat

    County Defends Use of Dump Truck Gas Chamber & Premature Euthanasias
    Method Dispute: Groups criticize Stokes County animal shelter about euthanizing animals. Leave YOUR opinion!

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    PETITION for Monkey Boiled at Research Lab
    We the undersigned, are appalled by the cruelty that took place in the Biomedical Testlab SNBL in Everett, where a female Cynomolus Macaque was boiled alive inside a giant rack-washer.PLEASE SIGN!!!

    An enlightening read for all activists:

    8 Ways to Overcome Pessimism
    The opposite of a leader isn’t a follower. The opposite of a leader is a pessimist. Marcus Buckingham in The One Thing You Need to Know Pessimism is disastrous. It ruins hope and possibilities. If someone is pessimistic, he doesn’t hope for a better
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     February 11, 2008 9:19 AM


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    Fox Valley Man Pleads 'No Contest' to Torture, Shooting Cat
    Animals  (tags: cat killer, cat abuse, animal killer )

    Carolyn
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    - 1 day ago - nbc26.com
    Alec Fritz entered a plea of 'no contest' in a ...to throwing his girlfriend's cat against a wall. He also shot the cat and threw the animal into a garbage can to die.
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    Police Seek Felony Charges in Abused Animals Case
    Animals  (tags: horse abuse, animal abuse, animal cruelty )

    Carolyn
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    - 1 day ago - azcentral.com
    Apache Junction police are vowing to seek felony abuse charges as they continue to investigate a couple for hoarding 185 animals found in poor condition this week.
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     February 11, 2008 9:18 AM

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    Man Jailed for Tossing of Puppy
    Animals  (tags: animal abuse, animal cruelty )

    Carolyn
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    - 1 day ago - blog.masslive.com
    Jacque Coleman faces a year in jail after admitting to assaulting a woman and throwing a puppy through a third-floor window. He was sentenced by Judge Phillip A. Beattie on Thursday to a year in the Hampden County Correctional Center on each charge
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    Owner Says Cat Abused By Groomer (VIDEO)
    Animals  (tags: animal abuse, cat abuse, groomer abused cat )

    Carolyn
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    - 1 day ago - abclocal.go.com
    One veterinarian calls it the worst case of animal abuse he's seen in 30 years. Police say Nusha, a three-pound Burmese cat, was viciously beaten by a groomer, who now faces criminal charges and a year behind bars. Eyewitness News reporter Mi
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     February 11, 2008 9:18 AM

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    More Than 100 Dogs Confiscated From Home in Troy Township
    Animals  (tags: animal hoarding )

    Carolyn
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    - 1 day ago - toledoblade.com
    The Wood County Humane Society seized more than 100 dogs, cats, and birds Thursday night from a residence at 23650 Stony Ridge Rd. in Troy Township - so many that the animals had to be taken to the Wood County fairgrounds for temporary housing. More..
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     February 11, 2008 9:06 AM


    County Defends Use of Dump Truck Gas Chamber & Premature Euthanasias
    Animals (tags: AnimalCruelty, AnimalWelfare, animaladvocates, animals, death, cats, dogs, killing, cruelty, suffering, ethics )

    Anita
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    - 17 seconds ago - journalnow.com
    Method Dispute: Groups criticize Stokes County animal shelter about euthanizing animals. Leave YOUR opinion!
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    Care2 News Stories to be Noted (7) February 10, 2008 8:29 PM

    Two Dogs Shot in Two Days as Cruelty Bill Remains Unpassed
    Animals  (tags: dogs, shot, killed, Utah, cruelty bill, under consideration, unpassed )

    Betty
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    - 1 minute ago - kutv.com

    Two dogs were shot to death in Utah over the span of 2 days - as lawmakers consider a bill that would up the punishment for perpetrators of animal cruelty. Currently, the Utah Legislature is considering a bill that would make it a felony to commit....
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