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Rescue Link Unleashed – New National Geographic Program

Meet eight tattooed tough guys who are committed to rescuing New York City’s abused animals. Series Premiere September 25, 2009 on National Geographic

Rescue Ink Unleashed on Nat Geo

TCA Press Tour: National Geographic’s ‘Rescue Ink Unleashed’

rescueinkThe members of Rescue Ink. Photo: National Geographic channel

Animals are always a big hit at press tour, but when they come accompanied by larger-than-life, tattooed humans, how can the National Geographic Channel go wrong?

Here in the fancy ballroom to promote “Rescue Ink Unleashed,” which premieres Sept. 25, were Big Ant, Johnny O, Joe Panz and Eric, members of Rescue Ink,  the most unique animal rescue group that conceivably exists. These are reformed bad guys who love animals and have dedicated their lives to rescuing them from abuse and “educating” their owners, whatever that takes.

Who is Joe Panz? The leader of Rescue Ink, who comes from a family of animal lovers and rescuers and used to get in a lot of trouble. He has many scars but only one that he Crazy-Glued himself: the one on his chest. Ten years ago, he survived being shot five times and decided to turn to his love of animals to change his life.

Big Ant? A 320-pound Harley-loving and father who happens to be very funny.

Johnny O? A 6’2″ father of two teenagers who once was an alcoholic and now is trained in martial arts.

Eric? A new member of the group, he is a 230-pound menacing man who is not afraid to spend time with small dogs. (He had one on his lap during the entire session).

After The New York Times wrote about the organization, National Geographic approached the men about documenting their work for a series.

“They are a group of homegrown rescuers who are doing things no other group was doing,” said executive producer Kim Woodard. “We approached them and told them we thought they were doing something special … Not only do they take on cases no other group does, they go in and address animal abusers and educate them about what they should be doing differently. Because of their street smarts, they are able to talk to people in a different way and people are able to change their ways.”

The process works this way, Panz said. Complains are lodged on the group’s website. If an investigation is warranted, a retired homicide detective who is part of the organizations runs a criminal background on the pet owner. Then Panz and the other members discuss the situation and determine how many people should respond to the scene. If they remove a pet from a household, they take the animal to the vet for evaluation and then determine whether it should be placed in a foster home for potential adoption or at a sanctuary for aggressive animals. All expenses are covered by the members and through donations.

Asked if the cameras makes pet owners behave a certain way, Panz said the rescuers behave the same way with or without the cameras. Pet owners are filmed if they allow it.

“We do have to worry about the safety of the camera people,” he said.

“If we showed up at your door, would it matter if we had cameras?” Big Ant said, drawing laughs from the TV critics. “They ought to be happy the cameras are there!”

Do the rescuers teach through intimidation only, or does it sometimes go further?

“It’s an in-your-face approach within the means of law,” Johnny O said.

“We can’t rescue animals if we’re sitting in a jail cell,” Big Ant noted.

— Maria Elena Fernandez

Credit: National Geographic Channel

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September 16, 2009 Posted by | animal abuse, Animal or Pet Related Stories, Animal Rescues, animals, Just One More Pet, Pet Abuse, Pets, Stop Animal Cruelty, Success Stories, Toughen Animal Abuse Laws and Sentences | , , , | Leave a comment

Why You Should Always Carry Your Camera…

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September 16, 2009 Posted by | Animal and Pet Photos, animals, Just One More Pet, On The Lighter Side, pet fun, Pets | , , , , | 1 Comment

CA Action: Puppy Mill Bill + 2 More Bills Await Governor’s Okay!

ASPCA Urgent Alert

Dear California Advocates,

Good news! Three important bills that the ASPCA has been fighting for in California have finished their journeys through the State Legislature:

Assembly Bill 241, a.k.a. the Responsible Breeder Act, will limit the number of intact adult animals that pet-breeding facilities are permitted to own.
Assembly Bill 1122 would prohibit the sale of animals on streets and in other public spaces. (It exempts legitimate adoption events.)
Senate Bill 135 would prohibit the docking of cows’ tails.

All that is required for each of these bills to become state law is Governor Schwarzenegger’s signature.

What You Can Do

Take a few minutes today to contact Governor Schwarzenegger to ask him to sign these three bills into law.
Governor Schwarzenegger’s Office: (916) 445-2841

If you’d like to learn more about each bill, or see our tips on what to say when you call, please visit the ASPCA Advocacy Center online.

Thank you for your help advancing this humane legislation—we’re just one step away from victory!

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September 16, 2009 Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, Animal Rights And Awareness, animals, Just One More Pet, Pets, Political Change, Stop Animal Cruelty, Success Stories, Toughen Animal Abuse Laws and Sentences, We Are All God's Creatures | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment