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CANADA: Another Case of Dog Jihad?

Bare Naked Islam:

YORK: Dog found critically injured and near death with the number ’191′ chemically branded onto his sides. Not rushing to judgment here, but consider this: the York region has a large population of Muslims. Muslims consider dogs filthy. Recently, countless dogs in Muslim areas of the UK and Europe have been found poisoned to death.

Below is a passage from the Quran commonly associated with the number 191:

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QURAN 2:191 And kill them wherever you overtake them and expel them from wherever they have expelled you, and fitnah is worse than killing. And do not fight them at al-Masjid al- Haram until they fight you there. But if they fight you, then kill them. Such is the recompense of the disbelievers.
York Region (h/t Susan K) When she found it, it was skin and bones, bleeding from the top of its skull, blind in its right eye, on the verge of death with 191 bleached into both sides of its torso with some sort of chemical. Rarely, if ever, had York Regional Police Const. Netashia McLellan’s heartstrings been tugged so violently.

Since Sunday, when she found him, the Ontario SPCA nursed “Lucky 191″ back to health. The police officer kept tabs on it, as she had previously worked as an animal control officer with the organization.
While the hound has made an “astonishing” recovery and remains comfortable with humans, it has often been seen with its tail between its hind legs. Despite the dog’s injuries, the Ontario SPCA is yet to classify the case as animal abuse. (Exactly what DOES constitute ‘animal abuse’ up there?) Instead, its investigators and police are working to find the dog’s owners.
So far, the theories on how it ended up this way range from being victimized by a twisted individual (You’re getting warmer) to being a former hunting dog that could have escaped and been hit by a car. (Back to freezing your ass off)

As for Const. McLellan, she said she said, “When I found him curled up in a ball, his breathing was erratic. I knew he was struggling,” she said. “This is very upsetting.”
Her theory is the dog could have been used for fox hunting and the numbers used to identify its owner.The hound could have also competed in trials, where dogs are put through a series of obstacles. (Fox hunting dogs are some of the best cared-for dogs on the planet and they don’t brand them like that) Const. McLellan said she is considering adopting the dog, to go along with her three others.
The Ontario SPCA said it has already spent a “couple of thousand dollars” to nurse Lucky back to health. If you have information about this case, call police on 1-888-668-7722, ext. 392. (Not to worry, BNI Canadian reader, Susan K, has already contacted them)

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November 29, 2012 Posted by | Adopt Just One More Pet, animal abuse, Animal or Pet Related Stories, Animal Rescues, animals, Dogs, Dogs, Fostering and Rescue, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, NO KILL NATION, Outreach for Pets, Pet Abuse, Pets, Political Change, Stop Animal Cruelty, Toughen Animal Abuse Laws and Sentences, We Are All God's Creatures | , , , , | Leave a comment

Pets Displaced by Sandy Find Temporary Home

The ASPCA Emergency Boarding Facility has been up and running in Brooklyn since Saturday November 17! Our dedicated staff and volunteers are currently caring for about 150 animals and providing relief to Sandy victims who need temporary housing for their pets.

St Bernard Resuced After Hurricane Sandy

Check out photos of the operation in our Facebook album.

This week, we received pets at locations near the hardest hit areas, including the Rockaways and Coney Island on Monday and Tuesday and Staten Island and Red Hook later in the week. The facility has also welcomed pets who were being housed at evacuation centers or a Sean Casey Animal Rescue facility, as well as animals dropped off directly by their families.

Made possible in part thanks to a $500,000 grant from Rachael Ray, this free service was created in response to the many pet parents who asked for a place to board animals until they found new homes. With the help of volunteers from the ASPCA Adoption Center, Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals and elsewhere, we’re aiming to give hundreds of families a chance to rebuild their lives without having to say goodbye to their beloved furry family members.

Watch this blog for updates.

If you or someone you know was affected by Sandy and would like to use our free boarding service, please read this post for details.

If you would like to donate to our Disaster Relief Fund, you can do so here.

Rachael Ray donates $500,000, food to Sandy pets

Rachal Ray donated $500.000 to help animals affected by hurricane Sandy and 4 tons of Nutritious food for them.

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November 24, 2012 Posted by | Adopt Just One More Pet, Animal or Pet Related Stories, Animal Rescues, animals, Dogs, Dogs, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, NO KILL NATION, Outreach for Pets, Pet Abuse, Pets, Political Change, responsible pet ownership, Stop Animal Cruelty, Toughen Animal Abuse Laws and Sentences, We Are All God's Creatures | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pets Being Left Behind to Starve by Their Families

Ill Have An Everything

By AskMarion

Many or us have pets that have lives like the one above.

But far too many have sad, horrible and unthinkable lives.

First there is the group of crazies and sickos, the abusers, who abuse animals, children, their mates, the elderly and anyone who comes in contact with them.  That group, in my opinion, should never be allowed to own an animal and should receive punishment equal to the crime(s) they commit.  And offenses committed against animals should get the same punishment as like crimes against humans.  Abuse is abuse and abuses know now bounds or limits.  If you suspect abuse, please report it or intercede.  Better to be wrong than look the other way and find out you were right later.

And then we come to the less obvious abusers, equally cruel and growing in number!  They are the selfish, often young people, who think animals are toys and fashion accessories; the owners you give their pets up because they no longer fit their needs or into their lifestyle; and finally the worst who are those who leave their pets and animals behind to starve and die a cruel death… without food, water and in all alone. (In my perfect world the last group would left to die in the same manner that they left the helpless creatures that were in their charge… should have been part of their family.)  And many of these heartless people leave their family pets behind, rather than finding them a new home or least taking them to a rescue or shelter or calling animal control and allow their children to see (or realize) their parent’s cruelty.

We are all God’s creatures and you can bet that these people will pay later, but it is each or our responsibilities to help prevent these situations and report and abuse or potential abuse.

There are three types of people:  Those who love animals and take care of them until their natural passing as if they were part of their family, family members; those who like animals, treat them well but not like family members, but always to at least the right thing for the pets and animals in their charge; and then there are the abusers which include the ‘emotionally disabled’ who leave their pets and animals to die instead of finding them a new home or help.

Why not advertise or ask around for people to adopt your pet?  Why not take them to a shelter or a rescue?  Why not call Animal Control?  And worst of all why leave them tied up or locked in a house where the can’t leave or escape without food or water. (BTW that is illegal, inhumane and surely will guarantee you a spot in Hell!?!)

Please join the fight to prevent, stop and intercede in all types of cruelty and abuse and better yet if it is suspected and can be prevented in advance, sound the alert.

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Rachael Ray donates $500,000, food to Sandy pets

 

 

Rachal Ray donated $500.000 to help animals affected by hurricane Sandy and 4 tons of Nutritious food for them.

November 18, 2012 Posted by | Adopt Just One More Pet, Animal Abandonement, animal abuse, Animal or Pet Related Stories, Animal Related Education, Animal Rescues, Animal Rights And Awareness, animals, Dogs, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, NO KILL NATION, Pet Abuse, Pets, Political Change, responsible pet ownership, Stop Animal Cruelty, Stop Euthenization, Toughen Animal Abuse Laws and Sentences, We Are All God's Creatures | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Tribute to man’s best friend

I STARTED TO WRITE SOMETHING REGARDING THESE WONDERFUL PICTURES AND WHAT THEY REPRESENT, BUT SUDDENLY REALIZED THAT THE PICTURES SPEAK MORE ELOQUENTLY THAN ANY  WORDS THAT CAN BE EXPRESSED.

"Nuff said…."

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I received these photos from a gal who worries about the dogs in her area. She wrote, “A dog is a man’s best friend but I know a couple of brothers here where I live that will kill a dog on sight, just because they are the asshole’s from Hell. My county sheriff (in a rural county… in the cities it is the shelters and groups like PETA that kill dogs in unbelievable numbers as well as some out of control police departments)protects them as though they are some kind of saints regardless of the law against the indiscriminate killing of a dog. 

It is time that we stand up from man’s best friends and all creatures against people like this and get the laws changed. Stand-up animal lovers and activists against those who are the real animals!!  Let us also remember that abuse of any kind is all related.  Animal abusers are or become, child abusers, spousal abusers, elder abusers and bullies of all kinds, even serial killers, who generally begin abusing animals.  JOMP~

“Anyone who hasn’t known the love and devotion of an animal has missed out on one of God’s greatest gifts to us.”  Deonia Copeland

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July 26, 2012 Posted by | Adopt Just One More Pet, Animal and Pet Photos, Animal Rescues, animals, Dogs, Dogs, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, NO KILL NATION, Outreach for Pets, Pet Abuse, Pet Friendship and Love, Pets, Political Change, responsible pet ownership, Service and Military Animals, Stop Animal Cruelty, Stop Euthenization, Toughen Animal Abuse Laws and Sentences, We Are All God's Creatures, Working and Military Dogs and Related | , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

ETX family says dog was skinned alive

By Samantha Jordan – Posted by Jena Johnson

HALLSVILLE, TX (KLTV) – A family wants answers after finding their dog mutilated in an East Texas neighborhood.

The dog, named Hemi, was found Monday around 3:30 a.m. in the 400 block of Lansing Ln. in Hallsville. Hemi’s owner, Jackie Smiddy, says she is devastated and wants the person responsible for killing her dog to be held accountable.

"He was friendly. He wouldn’t hurt anyone, he stayed on the porch and he wouldn’t chase after anyone. I mean you couldn’t ask for a better dog," said Jackie.

Jackie doesn’t understand why anyone would want to hurt Hemi, her pet of seven years.

"They had skinned him all the way down his back and this skin here was folded back, there was no skin on either side of him. No fur. It was just flesh," she said.

"Once he got in the light I could see what blood all over him," said Cheyenne Smiddy, dog owner.

Jackie’s daughter, Cheyenne said she went to let their other dog out when Hemi came around the house, covered in his own blood.

"I mean it’s just like losing one of my kids. It’s just hard that someone could take an innocent dog and do this to him," said Jackie.

Jackie said by the time her daughter came in to get her, Hemi was gone. They believe he went to die.

The family said Hemi was abused and neglected before the Houston Humane Society took him in and the Smiddy Family adopted him.

"I never thought he’d have to go through anything like this I mean we would never hurt him and to see him have to do it twice and not live, it hurts," said Cheyenne.

"Whoever did this will pay, they will pay for this," said Jackie.

The Harrison County Sheriff’s Office said they’re waiting for a veterinarian to examine the dog’s body.

Harrison County officials said cruelty to animal charges could be filed.

If you have any information about this incident, you are asked to call the sheriff’s office immediately.

Copyright 2012 KLTV. All rights reserved. (Videos of Hemi on site).

*There are not words… Time for animal abuse, especially sever abuse to stop!!  The people who do heinous things like this do not only do this once and do not only do it to animals.

Death Penalty offence in my book!

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Stop the Cruelty!! Serial Killers all begin this way! Time to change the laws and the outcome!! Don’t think you have to wonder what my punishment would be for these past, present and future abusers and perhaps serial killers!?!~

June 5, 2012 Posted by | animal abuse, animals, Dogs, Dogs, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Outreach for Pets, Pet Abuse, Pet Friendship and Love, Stop Animal Cruelty, Toughen Animal Abuse Laws and Sentences, We Are All God's Creatures | Leave a comment

New methods of pet ‘pampering’ include fake testicles and facials

Dog gets facial via AFP

 Gregg MillerNicole MalliotakisThe Raw Story

People and their pets often end up resembling each other, but image-obsessed Americans are taking that age-old relationship a step further, treating their four-legged friends to everything from spa facials to testicle implants.

In a nation of surgically enhanced human breasts, teeth and skin, perhaps it was just a matter of time before the beauty stakes were raised for pooches and cats.

One end of the spectrum features dogs like Hops, a Maltese terrier who recently was given a blueberry facial, followed by a blow dry, and tooth brushing with chicken-flavored paste, at Manhattan’s Downtown Doghouse spa.

Groomer Ani Corless described this as the new normal for lapdogs.

“These are man-made breeds and they require maintenance,” she said.

Mid-facial, Hops ejected a tiny puddle of vomit, but otherwise did seem to enjoy the attention.

More extreme — and painful — makeovers are also gaining ground.

New York Republican lawmaker Nicole Malliotakis says animals are subjected to tattoos, earrings, nose rings, chin rings, tummy tucks, even facelifts.

Owner of two Chihuahuas called Peanut and Olympia, Malliotakis has proposed a law to ban cosmetic alterations to pets in New York state, calling this “a form of animal cruelty.”

“I would never think of putting my dog through any of these procedures,” she told AFP.

But Gregg Miller, founder of a company called Neuticles, says Malliotakis is “nuts” and exaggerating the problem.

Nuts might be a favorite word for Miller, whose company outside Kansas City leads the world in manufacturing fake animal testicles.

Created from the same silicone used to enlarge women’s breasts, Neuticles fill the space left when a pet is neutered.

“We’ve Neuticled well over 500,000 pets in the United States and all over the world — dogs, cats, horses bulls, monkeys, rats, water buffalo,” Miller said.

Prices range between $119 for the XSmall pair and $599 for the XXLarge with attached epididymis.

Miller got the idea back in 1993 when he wanted to help his bloodhound Buck overcome post-neutering blues.

“We know, they know, they’re missing,” he said, citing dogs’ loving relationships with their private parts. “With Neuticles, they don’t know anything is gone.”

Vets and even animal rights campaigners like Malliotakis say fake testicles — typically inserted right when the real ones come out — are not cruel.

“I’ve done it on my own dogs and I think it’s wonderful,” Maryland veterinarian Flavia DelMastro told AFP.

She doesn’t believe a neutered dog cares about losing its testicles. However, replacing that missing weight is beneficial for healing, “especially for big dogs, because when you remove those large testicles you still have a big scrotum.”

One prominent fan of Neuticles is the flesh-baring, reality TV siren Kim Kardashian, whose dog Rocky reportedly underwent the exchange.

However, Tazi Phillips, at the California-based magazine and charity GlobalAnimal.org, says “ridiculous” Neuticles are part of a trend of anthropomorphism gone wild.

She cited implants to make floppy ears stand straight, declawing to prevent scratching, and tooth removal to stop destructive chewing.

Some owners of dogs like Dobermans practice ear and tail cropping to make their animals conform to the ideal shape of their breed. Then there are human vanity procedures, like tattoos, piercings, liposuction and rhinoplasty.

“A lot of this has happened as pets have become less property and more family members,” Phillips said.

Advocates of cosmetic tinkering say the Hollywood treatment is just a way to show pets love.

The National Association of Professional Creative Groomers website, http://thenapcg.com/, features eye-popping examples of dogs shaved and dyed to look like football fans, Halloween ghouls and what appear to be canine versions of over-the-top pop singer Lady Gaga.

“Is it abuse?” the NAPCG asks. “We at the NAPCG believe that animals are not embarrassed by their appearance… If we tell our pets that they are beautiful and treat them as such, they will respond positively to this type of positive feedback.”

According to the American Pet Products Association, nearly $53 billion will be spent on pets in 2012. The biggest portion goes on food, but the “pet services” category, which includes grooming, is estimated to be worth $4.11 billion and rising.

Miller concedes he’s in a strange business. “If you’d told me 20 years ago that I’d be selling dog testicles today I’d have told you you’re nuts.”

But he refuses to accept the criticism. “If someone wants their dog to have testicles so he retains his God-given look, what’s wrong with that?”

DelMastro said the line between what is fun and cruel should be drawn at where pain comes in.

“You have to think about the animals,” she said. “If you want a nose ring, then put it on yourself.”

**Many pets gain wait after being neutered or spayed, if there were hormones available to help them with their weight or health I’d be all for it!  And if you want to have a little fun and dress your pets in a costume of an event or holiday or a coat when it is is cold… great!!  Skin treatments if your dog has a need for dry skin, bites, rashes, etc are a sign of good pet parenting. 

But ear and tail cropping, tattoos, piercings  like earrings, nose rings and chin rings, liposuction and rhinoplasty, implanting neuticles, plastic surgery like tummy tucks, facelifts etc. unless after an accident or deformity, dying animals fur and treatments using toxic chemicals are all ‘crazy’ and more harmful and painful for the pet than anything positive it could provide.  Wake-up people… there are animals and people everywhere in need that could use some help.  Donate your money instead of torturing your pets and animals!!  JOMP**

May 22, 2012 Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, animals, Chihuahua, Dogs, Dogs, Just One More Pet, Pet Abuse, Pets | , , , , , | 2 Comments

32 Uplifting Before & After Pictures Of Rescue Animals

 

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October 3, 2011 Posted by | Adopt Just One More Pet, animal abuse, Animal and Pet Photos, Animal or Pet Related Stories, Animal Rescues, animals, Dogs, Fostering and Rescue, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, Outreach for Pets, Pet Abuse, Pet Adoption, Pet Friendship and Love, Pets, Political Change, Stop Animal Cruelty, Stop Euthenization, Success Stories, Toughen Animal Abuse Laws and Sentences, We Are All God's Creatures | , | Leave a comment

Out of Style and Up For Adoption – Hundreds Of Miniature ‘Handbag Dogs’ Abandoned by Owners

(Beth Hale, Daily Mail) — Padding along the path, Sammy the long-haired dachshund took a few steps before stopping abruptly and plonking himself down on his silky rump. Refusing to move, he looked up with a doleful pair of brown eyes, pleading to be carried.

Shelby, 2-year-old chihuahua

It was clear from the moment Sammy arrived at a rehoming center early last year that he was a dog with problems. In fact, the poor thing didn’t really know how to be a dog at all. For the best part of two years, he had been carried around under his owner’s arm or in a handbag.

The cute bundle of fur had become a prima donna on four miniature legs, with no understanding of simple things such as going for a walk or how to behave around other dogs. ‘I’ve never fallen so much in love with a dog,’ says Dogs Trust education officer Charlotte Peters.

‘He was absolutely gorgeous, he would give you those eyes that would make you melt but, oh, he was so badly behaved. His female owner had carried him around everywhere. She spoiled him rotten, treated him like a baby, so left him with a lot of problems — he’d snarl if you patted another dog in front of him.

‘He had to be the centre of attention. And if you tried to take him for a walk he would trot along for a couple of minutes, then stop, sit down and expect to be picked up.’

A sorry tale and, unfortunately, one that is increasingly being played out at animal rescue centres around the country. This week, the Dogs Trust — the country’s largest dog welfare charity — revealed the last year had seen more than 400 so-called handbag dogs being dumped at their  doors, a 44 per cent increase.

Why? Largely because the dogs’ owners became bored with them, much as a child gets bored with a new toy.

Inspired by stars who treat these tiny pets as just another fashion accessory, celebrity-obsessed members of the public have been buying the dogs on a whim, only to find they can’t cope with them or afford them. The dogs can cost upwards of $1,500, and that’s before any food, grooming or vet bills are taken into account.

The Dogs Trust is so concerned about the trend for teenagers to acquire handbag dogs simply to be ‘cool’ that it’s launching a dog-care education programme for schools.

For many, it is already too late. This is why hundreds of pint-sized pooches ranging from chihuahuas and dachshunds to shih tzus and pomeranians, once spoilt rotten as they peered out from their owners’ designer handbags,  are having to adjust to life in the less than salubrious surroundings of rehoming centres.

The trend for these pampered pooches was fuelled by the likes of Paris Hilton, who is constantly seen tottering with her chihuahua Tinkerbelle under her arm — the poor pup usually dressed in outfits colour co-ordinated to match her own.

But she’s by no means the only culprit. The list of celebrities with handbag-sized dogs includes Madonna and Britney Spears, who have chihuahuas, Eva Longoria with her pug, and Coleen Rooney with Daisy the bichon frise.

But despite their diminutive size, little dogs can be very demanding. And it seems that in the real world, many owners can’t cope.

In 2009, 285 toy dogs were handed in to the Dog Trust’s 17 rehoming centres; last year, 409 were given up. The vast majority of the animals were less than two years old.

‘People like to mimic the stars,’ says Clarissa Baldwin, chief executive of the Dogs Trust. ‘The problem is that when the new dog owner gets their pet home they realise that actually it’s not what they want after all.

‘Perhaps they get bored, perhaps they don’t see photographs of the celebrity they admired with their dog any more and, eventually, they end up getting rid of it.’

Her point could not be more sharply illustrated than in the case of Sammy the dachshund, who found himself at the Dogs Trust in Harefield, West London, after narrowly avoiding being put down.

Mollycoddled and spoilt, Sammy became so unmanageable that his young female owner made the extraordinary decision to take him to the vet and put him to sleep. ‘Fortunately, the vet called us and we were able to help,’ says Charlotte Peters. ‘But even though he had a close call, Sammy went to four homes before he found the right one.

‘Finally, in July, he went to a married couple in their 40s with two other dogs, who have worked with him to train him out of his bad manners.’

Earlier this year, the Blue Cross animal adoption centre in Southampton saw another extreme result of the handbag dog phenomenon when it took in two 20-month-old Pomeranians named — wait for it —Britney and Diesel.

‘Britney was so used to being carried that she refused to walk and was terrified of the lead,’ says centre manager Lara Alford.

‘We found out she had never been out on walks and was just used to being cuddled and fussed over. We tried everything we could to make her walk on the lead, but as soon as we brought it out she lay on the floor and played dead. Eventually, we found her a new owner, who had  to carry her home.’

Then there was Poppy, a four-month-old pomeranian puppy handed in to the Dogs Trust in Shoreham, West Sussex. Poppy was bought on a whim by a 17-year-old boy on Christmas Eve as the perfect accessory for his ‘man bag’. Perhaps he’d been inspired by Robbie Williams, who is sometimes seen carrying his pekingese in a bag.

Within a week, the teenager was bored of carrying the tiny pup around and gave the dog to his mother, who handed it to the centre a few weeks later.

Julie Bedford, head of behaviour for the Blue Cross, has seen such outcomes too many times. ‘People seem to think small dogs are easy,’ she says. ‘But they aren’t. In fact, some of the terrier breeds are very active because they have been bred to chase rabbits down holes.’

Dachshunds, for instance, were bred to go after badgers, which are ferocious opponents, so when they get scared they can be snappy.

And it’s not just behavioural difficulties that owners can find themselves dealing with. Many toy dogs are prone to conditions such as luxating patellas, in which the kneecaps on the rear legs slip out of place, causing pain, stiffness and difficulties walking.

If the dog does not get enough exercise because it spends most of its time being carried, it can put on weight, which puts more strain on the joints.

Other breeds, such as the pug, can face difficulties as a result of the very features that make them so popular. Their squashed faces can mean they are prone to breathing difficulties and eye problems, their curly tails can be associated with spinal difficulties and even the folds of their skin need careful attention to ensure they don’t gather dirt.

Yet that hasn’t stopped them becoming a celebrity favorite — with the likes of Kelly Brook, Mickey Rourke and Kelly Osbourne owning one, helping to make the breed enter the list of the nation’s top ten best-loved dogs for the first time.

Such trends alarm welfare experts, who fear they encourage unscrupulous breeders, who raise litters of puppies in appalling conditions.

In Britain the law says a bitch over eight years old can produce no more than one litter a year. But such laws do not apply everywhere, which has led to a black-market puppy trade with unscrupulous breeders selling fashionable puppies to dealers for a fraction of the market price.

‘Anyone can fall for a cute dog without thinking it through,’ says Clarissa Baldwin. ‘Small dogs are always popular, but we just want people to think about the dog’s needs and remember it is a dog and was given four feet for a reason.’

‘One of our staff members saw a lady in a pet shop choosing between two puppies, a husky and a Cavalier King Charles spaniel. She was making her choice by holding them up next to her in the mirror to see which dog suited her best. That’s not the way to choose a dog.’

h/t to Emily Moore at WIDK  -  Cross-Posted at AskMarion

This is happening in America as well as in Britain/Europe. This epidemic of returning pets to shelters or worse just abandoning them is happening in part due to the failing economy (worldwide), but it is happening primarily because of a lack of loyalty and responsibility (or any advance thought and planning) in our spoiled youth and also because of their self-love over love for a pet, grandparents, family, friends and often even their own offspring. It is a symptom of the self-absorbed ‘me’ generation. A pet is your responsibility, part of your family and should be something you love… not a toy or a possession that you discard! It is a frightening portrait of the inner thoughts of (primarily) the youth of today. (And I know it isn’t everyone… but it is far too many!) JOMP~

If you can adopt or foster just one more pet, you could be saving a life, while adding joy to your own!

October 2, 2011 Posted by | Adopt Just One More Pet, animal abuse, Animal or Pet Related Stories, Animal Rescues, animals, Chihuahua, Chiweenie, Dogs, Fostering and Rescue, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, Outreach for Pets, Pet Abuse, Pet Adoption, Pet Friendship and Love, Pets, responsible pet ownership, We Are All God's Creatures | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Painful injustice

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Credits: NJSPCA

New Jersey – It is unfair to deny a domesticated animal, reliant upon a careprovider, life sustaining sustenance.

It is unjust to make such an animal suffer a torturous death by the denial of these necessities.

It is a travesty when a court of law fails to adequately punish a careprovider for these crimes.

A Pit bull named Rocco suffered the ultimate injustice – both at the hands of his "care-providers", and at the hands of the court which failed to punish those individuals.

Back in February, Rocco’s emaciated body was discovered lying on the frozen ground of a backyard.

A necropsy revealed the extent of this dog’s suffering prior to his death.

Rocco was infested with parasites, including heartworm and whipworm. Rocco’s body had no fat – not even around his heart.

Rocco had suffered horribly prior to succumbing to extreme starvation.

In August, his abusers, Dawn and Brandon Tucker, went to court to face their charges – charges which, by New Jersey state statute – allow for jail time.

Sadly, Rocco’s injustice continued.

The Tuckers will not be heading to jail – instead, Judge Larsen of the Clementon Municipal Court, assigned them minimal community service.

Due to their "limited" resources – Judge Craig Larsen issued a meager fine of $250 each.

When the NJSPCA requested that the Tucker’s remaining dogs be removed from the home – the request was denied.

A living creature suffered horribly at the hands of his owners.

Day after painful day, Rocco waited for any form of life-sustaining food to be provided. Day after painful day he was denied.

Waiting, hoping, suffering – until his body could not wait a moment longer.

It is an injustice to be treated in such a horrific manner.

It is an injustice to die by such cruelty.

It is an injustice for his abusers to walk away with little to no punishment.

Rest in Peace Rocco.

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September 11, 2011 Posted by | animal abuse, Animal or Pet Related Stories, Animal Rights And Awareness, animals, Dogs, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, Pet Abuse, Pets, Political Change, Stop Animal Cruelty, Toughen Animal Abuse Laws and Sentences, We Are All God's Creatures | , , , , | 1 Comment

DOMESTIC ABUSE LAW WILL PROTECT PETS

DALLAS (AP) — Protective orders that prevent an abuser from hurting, threatening or harassing a person will soon be extended to pets thanks to a Texas law taking effect this summer.

The law was designed to help when someone abuses or threatens to abuse an animal to intimidate or coerce a victim. While a first offense would be a misdemeanor, two or more offenses would bump the crime up to a third-degree felony, The Dallas Morning News reported Saturday.

“It’s really not about overzealously being protective of pets in Texas,” said Sen. Wendy Davis, a Fort Worth Democrat who wrote the legislation that Gov. Rick Perry recently signed into law. “It’s about protecting women who are battered.”

When the law takes effect Sept. 1, Texas will join about a dozen other states that have extended protective orders to pets.

“Everybody that has pets is very passionate and loves their pets,” so an abuser will use that passion against the victim as a show of power and control, said Dallas police Lt. Scott Walton, interim division manager of Dallas Animal Services.

According to the American Humane Association, 71 percent of pet-owning women entering shelters reported that their abuser had injured, killed or threatened family pets for revenge or to psychologically control them.

Mary Silman of Arlington, who endured prolonged physical and psychological abuse, recalled the traumatic beating of a pet dog she loved.

“My husband just started beating up the dog with his fists … trying to crack its ribs,” the 56-year-old woman said. “It was yelping. I couldn’t do anything or say anything because I was too scared … that he was going to do that to me.”

Silman said an abuser will keep a victim’s pet or kill it out of spite, and “no innocent animal needs to be caught up in that.”

Advocates say victims may be more inclined to seek help if they don‘t have to worry about their pet’s safety.

But some people who run shelters say the new law might pose new challenges for animal and domestic abuse shelters. For instance, some people staying at shelters are allergic to animals, and several shelters lack the space needed to even house pets.

The Family Place in Dallas encourages victims to contact a friend to house the pet or to call animal and domestic abuse shelters to discuss possible solutions.

People increasingly are also using social networks such as Facebook and Craigslist to find foster homes for pets.

Source: the Blaze

July 5, 2011 Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, animals, Dogs, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, Pet Abuse, Pets, Political Change, Stop Animal Cruelty, Toughen Animal Abuse Laws and Sentences | , , , | 1 Comment