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Buyer Beware: Puppy Scams Thrive Online

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As more and more Americans turn to the Web to find the pet of their dreams, scams have skyrocketed as criminals seek to take advantage of unsuspecting pet parents. According to the Internet Crime Complaint Center, hundreds of complaints are filed each year by victims who were conned when attempting to buy a dog online.

One potential pet parent, Diane, was hoping to add a Yorkshire Terrier puppy to her family when she spotted a classified ad in her local paper. “It was over my morning coffee that I saw the perfect ad for a Yorkie named Nancy,” says Diane, who lives near Cleveland, OH. She sent an email to the address listed, and immediately received a response—Diane could have the puppy if she promised her a loving home and sent $500 to cover the shipping fees.

“I corresponded for an entire week with this man who claimed to be a missionary,” Diane explains. Diane sent the requested payment via Western Union, but once she sent the code for the money transfer, she never heard from the “pastor” again.

Like many trusting animal lovers, Diane fell victim to one of many “free to good home” scams currently circulating the Internet and classified sections of newspapers. So how do you avoid persuasive cons and still get the dog of your dreams? The ASPCA recommends never buying a dog you haven’t met in person and always check references. Also, keep in mind that adoption is still the best option, even if you have your heart set on a purebred dog. There are thousands of dogs waiting for good homes at local animal shelters, including purebreds! Please help others avoid being cheated by emailing your puppy scam story to dogstory@aspca.org.

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March 27, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

73 Horses Found Malnourished and Caked in Filth!

As you read this email, American Humane’s Red Star Animal Emergency Services™ team is on the scene in Erie County, N.Y., helping care for 73 horses found in utterly horrific, disaster-like conditions.

Please donate today to ensure that animals trapped in disasters — natural or manmade, like this one — receive the medical attention and loving treatment they deserve!

No animal should have to undergo the misery that has defined these poor horses’ lives. It appeared that the horses had rarely — if ever — been let out of their stalls. Feces covered the stall floors and walls, the food and water dishes, and even some of the animals themselves. It was difficult for the horses to stand in such conditions! Many were also reportedly underweight by hundreds of pounds.

Animal cruelty charges are currently pending against the horses’ owner.

Caring for so many large animals at one time was beyond the capacity of the local humane society. That’s why American Humane is now working tirelessly alongside the SPCA Serving Erie County — the lead organization in the rescue — and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) to restore these severely neglected animals to health and provide the care they so desperately need!

It is only through the generosity of compassionate donors like you that we were able to respond to this crisis. Give what you can today, and we’ll be ready to help more animals in need tomorrow!

© Mike Bizelli, ASPCA 

Donate now to support American Humane’s work helping vulnerable animals like the 73 severely neglected horses rescued in New York!

March 27, 2010 Posted by | animal abuse, animals, Just One More Pet, Stop Animal Cruelty, We Are All God's Creatures | , | Leave a comment

Winston… Eats Police Car Bumper and Tires

UPDATE: THURSDAY, MARCH 25th 10 AM

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) – Winston, the dog that ate a Chattanooga Police car, is headed home.

Winston’s owners settled out of court with the City of Chattanooga.

The pit-bull mix will be handed back over to his owners today. The terms of the agreement require Winston to go to obedience training classes. Winston must behave for six months. At that time the case will dropped. All fines were waived.

The City has not said if a civil suit will be filed to pay for the damages to the car.

Count on Eyewitness News to be there today when Winston is reunited with his owner.

Raw Video:  Winston Attack Police Car in TN

YouTube:  Dog Eats Chattanooga Police Car Bumper

March 27, 2010 Posted by | Adopt Just One More Pet, animal behavior, Animal or Pet Related Stories, Fostering and Rescue, Just One More Pet, Pet Adoption, Pet Friendship and Love, Unusual Stories | , , , | Leave a comment