Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Judge Fines Dog Owner $100K For Having Too Many Dogs

I guess it’s the law in Masontown, PA to have too many dogs, but has this judge gone too far? It’s one thing if you are running a puppy mill but for Christopher and Carla Gluvna they have eight dogs that they love and are being taken care of.

You would think that with all the dogs that have been abandon in the shelters that owning a few extra dogs doing these times would be ok, but no this judge doesn’t think so. So what’s a dog lover to do when they are faced with a judge that doesn’t have a heart, well Carla hasn’t given up without a fight.

Read the article here.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Can Someone Get My Head Out Of The Wall


Photo’s by KING


When I looked at this photo I couldn’t help to laugh, but the poor dog Rebel wasn’t laughing. Luckily the Riverside County Animal Rescue officer named Sgt. James Huffman was able to get the dogs head out without injuring the dog.



I'll bet you he is one happy dog now.

Read the article here.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Judge Gives Dog Abuser 12 Years




I wonder if the judge was a dog lover for giving Roger Picher from Colorado twelve years in jail for kicking and throwing a little dog in a fit of rage. Hopefully this is a wakeup call for the locals who might be thinking about abusing an animal.

Read the article here.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

When You Read This Sign, You Think The Adoption Rate Is High



Photo by Scott Daugherty


Well that’s not the real story of the Anne Arundel County Animal Control facility in Millersville, MD. The real account for adoptions are more like thirty five percent and sixty five percent are killed.

The locals are upset too when they found out that the sign posting has been a lie and now know the truth. To top it off the employees were told to kill any dog or cat that weighed less then one point five pounds.
How cruel is that to just off a little puppy, I only wish that more people would adopt these poor dogs.

Read the article by Scoot Daugherty here.


I wonder how many other animal shelters are deceptive like this place?

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Happy Hoilidays



Merry Christmas and have a safe Holiday....
Were just going to enjoy the day...Woof...Woof..

Friday, December 24, 2010

Somebody Special Beat Santa This Year For These Kids


A special visit by a dog named Passion had beat Santa this year to bring joy to the little kids at the Children’s Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota.



When you see the video you can see the glow in these kids eyes and Passion bringing her love and kindness with her.
I know firsthand what it means as I watch our son who is terminally ill as our dog lays beside him. It’s just magical what a dog will do to put a smile on his face and bring comfort even during all the pain he is in. You can tell that the dog even knows what’s going on as he will just lay by his side.

Read the article by Kerry McNally here.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Today's Best Holiday Dog Video



This video is called: Bailey The Unknown Reindeer



There's nothing like a little holiday joy with one of our buddies.

Ellen DeGeneres & Halo Makes The 1 Million Mark For Pet Meals Donations

Halo and Ellen Donate 1 Million Meals in 2010

Halo, Purely For Pets and Ellen DeGeneres “Deliver” on Goal Inspired by Adopt a Shelter Pet Stamps

Halo, Purely for Pets (http://www.halopets.com), a leading producer of holistic pet care products, announced today it has “delivered” on the brand’s goal of donating 1 million meals to shelter pets awaiting adoption in 2010. Halo and its co-owner, animal advocate Ellen DeGeneres, were inspired to make this groundbreaking donation in celebration of the United States Postal Service’s 2010 social awareness stamp, “Animal Rescue: Adopt a Shelter Pet.”

The campaign, first announced on the Ellen DeGeneres Show on March 17, 2010, officially launched on April 30, 2010 when the stamps became available for purchase nationwide. Halo offered pet lovers the opportunity to help participate in their goal of feeding 1 million meals to shelter dogs and cats in 2010 through contests, Facebook, Twitter, and a partnership with Freekibble.com.

Said DeGeneres, “At Halo we want to promote healthy living for pets and eating good food is a big part of that. So, we agreed to donate one million meals of Halo to shelter pets. I mean, imagine, an animal in a shelter, in a cage, lonely - a good meal is kinda all they have to look forward to, until you adopt them!"

Halo partnered with a number of non-profit organizations to donate the 1 million meals, including Freekibble, The Humane Society of the US, ASPCA, Pets for Patriots, and The National Canine Cancer Foundation amongst others.

Well over 100 shelters were served throughout the course of the campaign, including Caboodle Ranch in Jacksonville, FL; San Francisco Animal Care & Control; Rescue Ink, ASPCA New York; Humane Society of Tampa Bay, Search Dog Foundation, The Cat House on the Kings in Parlier, CA; and Humane Society of Central Oregon, the shelter at which Freekibble founder, Mimi Ausland, volunteers.

“We are thrilled with the success of the campaign and the incredible number of supporters who helped us to achieve this goal,” said Steve Marton, CEO, Halo, Purely for Pets. “It’s our mission to make a real difference for pets, and part of that mission is to ensure shelter pets are provided healthy, nutritious food.”

Halo, Purely For Pets® uses wholesome, natural, quality ingredients and only real meats in all of their pet food as they believe nutrition is the single most important factor in the quality of a pet’s life. Halo is the only pet food honored with the National Canine Cancer Foundation Seal of Excellence, and the only leading brand with just fresh meat, no chicken meal or other rendered meats.

For more information, please visit http://www.halopets.com.

ABOUT HALO, PURELY FOR PETS®

For over 20 years, Halo, Purely for Pets® has created holistic pet products of uncompromising quality. Halo believes nutrition is the single most important factor in the quality of a pet’s life. Halo’s natural pet food, treats, supplements and grooming products - including the award-winning Halo Spot’s Stew, Dream Coat and Liv-a-Littles treats - are available at PETCO, Whole Foods Market, thousands of independent pet specialty and natural food stores, and online at http://www.halopets.com.

Ellen DeGeneres – a long time Halo customer – became a part-owner of Halo in 2008, saying, “because I think Halo is incredible, I decided to become part owner in hopes that all animals have the chance to be the healthiest they can be. And I'm anxious to spread the word so that everybody knows about Halo.”

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Help For Your Pets Immune


Pets Have Immune Systems Too

Many Vets Recommend Probiotic Supplements for Pets' Winter Health

When a pet gets ill, it can be a stressful, expensive ordeal for a family. What many don't know is that animals can get weakened immune systems and that many of the same approaches used by humans can be applied in order to prevent illness and quicken recovery time for their furry friends.

Animals are equipped with both innate and acquired immune systems that work to ward off both known and foreign invaders to the body. And, just like humans, stress, cold temperatures and injury can weaken animals' immune systems. This is especially important for young animals when building up immune systems, specifically those coming from shelters and puppy mills, which are known for having immune stress that can cause illnesses such as respiratory infections.

Steve Sanderlin, DVM, a Boulder, Colo. veterinarian who is trained in holistic animal practices, recommends the following to keep your companion safe and healthy this winter:

1. Avoid and identify Hypothermia: Even if your pet likes the cold and snow, Sanderlin recommends monitoring the amount of time they are outside during the winter and that pet owners should be on the watch for hypothermia in the nose and paws. Signs of hypothermia in a pet include blue extremities (if they are not covered in fur), shivering and lethargic or disoriented behavior. If you suspect hypothermia, bring your pet to a local animal clinic immediately.
2. Protect them outdoors: Protect your pet's paws in cold conditions. Snow and ice can cause cuts/lacerations, frostbite and painful accumulation on their toes. It is a good idea to either invest in booties for the pet if they are outside during the winter or check their paws for snow and ice each time they come inside. Lacerations and pain can help weaken your pet's immune system, making them more susceptible to illness during the winter.
3. Probiotic Immune Supplement: Many pets -- dogs, cats, rabbits and even horses -- respond well to taking the same probiotic immune supplements their humans take. Your veterinarian can tell you the proper dose for supplements such as Del-Immune V® that can be put into their food to support their immune system. Del-Immune V is particularly helpful when an animal has an ear infection, eye infection, respiratory infection or a skin condition and has been proven to significantly speed up recovery time.


"We have worked with several large and small pet veterinarians all over the country who have reported success in using Del-Immune to support pets' immune systems," said John Sichel, president of Pure Research Products, the makers of Del-Immune V. "From daily health maintenance to support on serious illnesses such as cancer, Del-Immune V has helped speed up recovery time and increase quality of life."

About Del-Immune

Del-Immune V®, manufactured by Lyoferm Inc (Indiana) and distributed by Boulder-based Pure Research Products LLC (PRP), is a probiotic-derived nutritional supplement that provides immediate immune system support. Del-Immune represents the culmination of 30 years of research originated by Cold War-era Soviet Bloc scientists and Russian military bio-warfare troop protection programs. PRP obtained exclusive rights to manufacture, distribute and market the unique Lactobacillus rhamnosus (DV strain) from its Russian partners in 2002. Del-Immune V is used by thousands and recommended by doctors around the world. For more information, please visit http://www.del-immune.com.

Should China’s Pet Lovers Ban Web Site For Selling Clothing Made Of Dog And Cat Skin

It’s bad enough that some people in the Far East are still eating dogs, but to read that they are now making clothing of these animals has really crossed the line.

There is a major web site in China that is allowing venders to sell all kinds of clothing from hats to pants made from are buddies and this has made the local pet lovers upset.

Well I think that all the animal lovers should stick together and ban from buying anything thought the web site called Taobao.com until they put an end to this.

Read the article here.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Do You Think Your Pet Was Exsposed To Aflatoxin



RealTime Laboratories Tests Pets for Aflatoxin Exposure

RealTime Laboratories, LLC, (RTL), announced the availability of a test to determine whether family pets have been contaminated with aflatoxins. Recently, a large chain super market announced a recall of select packages of pet food sold in some of its retail stores because the products "may contain aflatoxin, which poses a health risk to pets." (Kroger Co, recall, December 18, 2010, Cincinnati, Ohio). In 2006, a similar contamination led to the deaths of hundreds of dogs throughout the country.

According to RTL CEO, David Murcott, "Our tests have helped many pet owners determine if their animals are exposed to aflatoxins and other harmful mycotoxins. This helps alleviate a tremendous amount of anxiety in a pet owner and gives veterinarians the information they need for diagnosis and treatment."

RTL performs the test by using an Enzyme Linked ImmunoSorbant Assay (ELISA) test, which tells if the toxin is present in the urine and how much is present in parts per billion. Aflatoxin is a naturally-occurring toxin produced by Aspergillus flavus and other fungi. "The pets are usually the first to show signs when there is an exposure to toxic producing molds," Murcott went on to say. Aflatoxin has a predilection for liver, but can migrate to other tissues. Pets may be sluggish, lethargic, reluctant to eat, and may appear jaundice (yellow). If such symptoms appear, a veterinarian should be immediately consulted.

Customers who have any questions regarding aflatoxins or sampling, may contact RealTime Laboratories, LLC, at 972-243-7754 or email info@realtimelab.com or visit www.realtimelab.com.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Actor Josh Lucas Helps Purina ONE In Giving Away $1 Million Dollars

VIDEO from Purina ONE and Synaptic Digital: Purina ONE® beyOnd™ Helps Americans Spread Goodness by Giving Away $1 Million in ONE Day

Actor Josh Lucas kicked-off day of giving in New York City

December is a time for giving, and while Americans may not always have the means, it's a time to look at what we believe in, look "beyond" ourselves and help others, both people and pets, in need. To spread goodness this holiday season, Purina ONE® beyOnd™ gave away $1 million to people and nonprofit organizations across the country on Monday, December 20.



According to a new national survey conducted by Purina ONE® beyOnd™ that explored how Americans give back during the holidays, most Americans (79 percent) find some way to give during the holidays. In fact, nine in 10 adults (90 percent) agree that they wish they were able to give more to charity. Perhaps this is because they believe in the power of giving to others; nine in 10 adults across demographic groups agree with this sentiment (92 percent) overall. Of those who have not given to charity this year, nearly two-thirds (59 percent) cite lack of disposable income as the reason.

To tap into Americans' desire to give back, the "$1 Million in ONE Day" campaign, which celebrates Purina ONE®'s newest product beyOnd™, kicked off in New York City with actor Josh Lucas. Lucas and the Purina ONE® beyOnd™ street teams gave New Yorkers the chance to make a difference this holiday season by asking them to select a nonprofit organization from a list of options, which included a variety of pet and people-related charities, to receive a $5,000 donation in their name from Purina ONE beyOnd. The team also provided each with a $500 gift card to allow them to spread goodness as they thought best.

In addition to New York City, Purina ONE® beyOnd™ street teams took to three other cities -- Denver, New Orleans and Miami -- asking randomly selected people to help spread goodness by selecting a charity to receive $5,000. Joining the local street teams to help spread goodness were: snowboarder Chris Klug - Denver; former New Orleans Saints footballer Deuce McAllister - New Orleans; and Chef Michelle Bernstein - Miami. In each market, $200,000 was given away to people and charities throughout the day on Monday, December 20. Going beyond the local markets, the remainder of the funds ($200,000) was distributed online via the Purina ONE® Facebook page, (www.facebook.com/purinaone). Fans voted for the nonprofit organization they most believed in. The five online pet organizations featured divided the $200,000 based on the percentage of votes.

"It's a great feeling to be a part of a campaign that gives people the opportunity to look beyond themselves, and there is no better time to do this than during the holiday season," Lucas said. "As a dog owner, and dog lover, I'm happy to support a brand like Purina ONE® that aims to make a positive difference in pets and the world we share."

Purina ONE® beyOnd™ will be available beginning January 2011. BeyOnd™ brand dog and cat food recipes are made with natural ingredients like real meat, whole grains and accents of fruit and vegetables, packaged in 92 percent renewable materials. This program is a manifestation of the brand philosophy that when it comes to spreading goodness, creating a pet food that embraces, celebrates and respects nature is the best way to do it. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/purinaone.


About Nestle Purina PetCare Company

Purina ONE beyOnd is manufactured by Nestle Purina PetCare Company, one of the leading global players in the pet care industry. Nestle Purina promotes responsible pet care, humane education, community involvement and the positive bond between people and their pets. The North American headquarters for Nestle Purina PetCare is located at Checkerboard Square in St. Louis, Missouri, where Ralston Purina was founded more than a century ago. The company is part of the Swiss-based Nestle S.A. – the world's largest food company.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Mom Looking For Help To Raise Funds For Service Dog

A mom named Theresa Merriam has been trying to raise funds for a service dog for her little five year old daughter named Taylor who was diagnosed with epilepsy and Asperger's syndrome.

Due to all the epileptic seizures little Taylor has been having her family have been trying to get a service dog with the help of those with a caring heart. 4 Paws has offered to reduce the price if they can come up with the funds.



If you like to donate you can visit 4pawsforprincesstaylor here.

Inkster Police Raid Dog Fight

The Inkster, Michigan Police have raided a dog fight after receiving a tip on which they were able to rescue seven dogs. The police were also able to catch eighteen lowlifes when they raided the place and the bad part is that some of the dogs had to be put down due to their injuries.

Read the article here.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Kroger’s Pet Food Recall

Kroger has listed the dog and cat food recalls that may contain aflatoxin which can cause serious illness and even death to pets if consumed.

• Pet Pride Cat Food sold in 3.5 lb. packages with a sell-by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111088128
• Pet Pride Cat Food sold in 18 lb. packages with a sell-by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111071357
• Pet Pride Tasty Blend Poultry & Seafood Cat Food sold in 3.5 lb. packages with a sell-by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111088152
• Pet Pride Tasty Blend Poultry & Seafood Cat Food sold in 18 lb. packages with a sell-by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111074580
• Pet Pride Kitten Formula Food sold in 3.5 lb. packages with a sell-by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111071903
• Old Yeller Chunk Dog Food sold in 22 lb. packages with a sell-by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111074566
• Old Yeller Chunk Dog Food sold in 50 lb. packages with a sell-by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111074563
• Kroger Value Cat Food sold in 3 lb. packages with a sell-by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111000018
• Kroger Value Chunk Dog Food sold in 15 lb. packages with a sell-by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111071559
• Kroger Value Chunk Dog Food sold in 50 lb. packages with a sell-by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code:1111000108

Affected in Kroger stores located in Indiana (except SW IN, -Evansville-), Illinois, Eastern Missouri, Greater Cincinnati, including Northern Kentucky, Dayton, OH and South Eastern Indiana, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Knoxville, Tennessee, Greater Memphis, TN, Arkansas, Mississippi and Western Kentucky, Michigan, Central and Northwest Ohio and N. West Virginia panhandle, Greater Louisville (including Indiana), Lexington, and Nashville, TN, North Carolina, Virginia, Eastern WV, Eastern Kentucky, SE Ohio, Texas and Louisiana; Dillons, Jay C, Food 4 Less, FoodsCo, Baker's, Gerbes, and Food4Less Fremont stores.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Paris Hilton And James Redhage Do It For The Dogs


Paris Hilton performed some of her community service at the Animal Foundation shelter in Nevada and to top it off she adopted a little Chihuahua named Skeet.




The director of development at The Animal Foundation Andy Bischel said: We were thrilled. We are so excited that Paris decided to perform some of her 200 hours of community service with our shelter. She loves animals, and after she toured our facility and learned about some of the shocking animal statistics, she was inspired and motivated to help make a difference. She had tears in her eyes.

Paris Hilton wrote on her tweeter account: This Christmas, if you’re thinking of getting a dog or cat, get one at your local animal shelter. Save a life. Don’t shop. Adopt.

We all know that Paris just loves dogs and to read that she choose to do her time at the shelter due to her personal problems is nice to read about.

Read the article by Robin Leach here.


A dog lover who’s heart went out to the dogs named James Redhage has left the University of Missouri's College of Veterinary Medicine 3.4 million dollars in honor of his dogs.

Now if that isn’t a gift for this vet college to receive that will help many of students learn how to take care of our buddies.

One of the lucky students of this year’s awards named Meredith Thoen said: I love the challenge of trying to determine what is wrong with my patients and how rewarding it is when we can fix them and send them home to their owners. This gift will allow me to receive invaluable teaching experience with some of the leading experts in our field, and will help immensely in my preparation to take my board examination next year.

James Redhage sure has left his heart to the love of dogs.

Read the article here.

Dead Dogs Found At The Muddy Paws Kennels and Rescue

The Kildeer Police have arrested and charged Diane Eldrup with animal cruelty when they found eighteen dogs that were dead inside the building.



After watching the video, I don’t care what the neighbors have to say about this person, all’s I know is that there is no reason for these dogs to have died. I hope that Nandia Black the Kildeer Village President sticks to hear word that hopefully this doesn’t get repeated again by making an example of Diane Eldrup for killing these dogs.

Read the article by Stacey Baca here.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Rescue Ink And Smart Online Join Together To Fight Animal Abuse

This Ain’t Your Mother’s Rescue Group! They Fight Abusers … In Their Own Language

Rescue Ink®, an animal rescue group dedicated to battling animal abuse and neglect, with a difference, recently partnered with Smart Online® to join their innovative fundraising program ‘Shop To Give’.



You've never met a rescue group like Rescue Ink® ™ - an army of tattooed, motorcycle-riding street guys who have zero tolerance for animal abuse and neglect. They think abusers are losers, and have no problem "educating" them about the error of their ways. In tune with their innovative methods, they partnered with Smart Online® for their Shop To Give product, to raise funds and awareness, and increase their donor engagement levels through social media. “With a highly personalized product, Shop To Give stands worlds apart from similar products in the market,” says Tonia Zampieri, who heads up the Smart Online charity division. “This platform harnesses online shopping while offering supporter-focused social media integration. This allows users to easily share deals and invite friends through Facebook and other platforms, helping charities better leverage social media to further their engagement levels with supporters.”

This definitely isn’t your mother’s version of a rescue group. These tough guys (with their hearts in the right place) have no qualms about using their ‘verbal muscle-power’ to the fullest (within the boundaries of the law), to fight this fight. They make use of their daunting figures to report animal abusers, and rehabilitate troubled animals. They have a 25 acre rehabilitation center in upstate New York which houses rescued animals, takes care of them and gives them new, enriching lives.

With this recent partnership with Smart Online, Rescue Ink is poised to increase their fundraising and engagement levels with supporters, and furthermore, broaden their supporter base as well. According to Joe Panz (in the picture wearing his tattoos and holding a rescued dog), “Shop To Give will allow our friends and fans an opportunity to help our mission while doing their shopping. We have partnered with Smart Online to give our supporters a way to shop and help us raise money for the foundation. Especially during the holiday season, make sure to use shop to give!”

Shop To Give provides supporters with a simple, innovative, and wallet-friendly way to support their favorite cause. All supporters have to do is register at Rescue Ink’s Shop To Give site, and make sure to go through this site to the retailer that they want to shop at. Every purchase they make will result in a percentage being given back to Rescue Ink, by the retailer. All this at no extra cost to the supporter!

According to one of Rescue Ink’s supporters, Melanie Kellett, “I found out about this through Rescue Ink, and ended up buying $160 worth of Christmas presents. I would not have purchased these items had it not been for this program. Walmart can thank Rescue Ink® and Shop to Give for my recent purchase, and I love that it's helping my absolutely favorite charity!!! Will definitely use it again, very user-friendly, hardly knew I was even using it!”

For more information on Smart Online and Shop To Give visit http://www.smartonline.com
For more information on Rescue Ink visit http://www.rescueink.com

About Rescue Ink®: Well known for their no-tolerance approach to animal cruelty and abuse, New York City-based Rescue Ink was founded in 2007 by a close crew of neighborhood friends who were incensed by acts of animal abuse they saw on television and in newspapers. Their no-nonsense approach to animal activism was chronicled in the popular National Geographic Channel series “Rescue Ink Unleashed” and in the 2009 book “Rescue Ink: How Ten Guys Saved Countless Dogs and Cats, Twelve Horses, Five Pigs, One Duck and a Few Turtles.”

About Smart Online®: Smart Online, Inc. (OTCBB: SOLN) is a Durham, NC based technology solutions firm, specializing in developing novel and scalable products for businesses and nonprofits of all sizes. Smart Online offers innovative fundraising, consulting and mobile solutions for nonprofits, and member management software for direct selling organizations, among other solutions. For more information visit http://www.smartonline.com

Best Friends Animal Society’s Jolly Holi-dog Celebration Video

Smash-hit ‘Undercover Video’ Reveals Untold Story of How Adopted Dogs Celebrate the Holidays
Best Friends Animal Society’s undercover camera catches the real, as yet untold, story of how our canine pals play a pivotal role in the annual societal phenomenon called the holidays. And since the one-minute Jolly Holi-dog video made its debut on You Tube a couple of weeks ago, it’s taking on a life of its own, with views multiplying by the thousands per hour.


Most holiday-minded folks labor under the faulty assumption that little elves are responsible for instigating merry magic. Not so!

Best Friends Animal Society’s undercover camera catches the real, as yet untold story of how our canine pals play a pivotal role in the annual societal phenomenon called the holidays. And since the one-minute video made its debut on You Tube a couple of weeks ago, it’s taking on a life of its own, with views multiplying by the thousands per hour.

“The Jolly Holi-dog Celebration” shows furry festive-makers decked out in holiday sweaters wrapping presents, hanging ornaments on the tree, creating holiday decorations and frosting cookies. The humorous video is part of Best Friends’ awareness campaign to promote No More Homeless Pets.

The point of the amusing, entertaining video is to encourage people to open their hearts and homes to rescued dogs and cats, with a tagline that reads: “Make a holiday wish come true for a homeless dog or cat — Adopt!”

The campaign directs people to http://home.bestfriends.org, where they can watch the Jolly Holi-dog celebration, learn more about Best Friends, and search for adoptable pets at Best Friends’ sanctuary and in their local community.

People who watch the video on their mobile device can enter to win fun pet-related prizes. The grand prize is a Sony Bloggie video camera and the winner will be encouraged to take videos of how his/her pets celebrate. To visit the page, users must enter the URL bfas.org/holidog into their mobile phone’s web browser.

“Best Friends takes the challenge of solving the homeless pet problem very seriously but there is nothing wrong with making people smile while we are getting our message across,” says Kelly Morton, senior manager of marketing for Best Friends Animal Society.

“This campaign is part of an effort to broaden Best Friends’ reach by connecting to mobile audiences. The fast-paced growth of the mobile channel will support No More Homeless Pets by allowing us to communicate with both supporters and new markets in personal, relevant ways that inspire participation and education.

“And remember that all these adoptable rescued dogs and cats want from Santa this year, as we say in another video promotion, is you.”

About Best Friends Animal Society®

Best Friends Animal Society is a nonprofit organization building no-kill programs and partnerships that will bring about a day when there are No More Homeless Pets®.The society's leading initiatives in animal care and community programs are coordinated from its Kanab, Utah, headquarters, the country's largest no-kill sanctuary.This work is made possible by the personal and financial support of a grassroots network of supporters and community partners across the nation.

To become a fan of Best Friends Animal Society on Facebook go to: http://www.facebook.com/bestfriendsanimalsociety

Follow Best Friends on Twitter: http://twitter.com/BFAS

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

1200 Dogs Killed Due To Distemper Outbreak In Wyoming

A sad day for all these dogs that had to be killed due to an outbreak of distemper at the Beaver Creek Kennel in Kansas this week. The breeder Jeff Fortin said he had no choose as this is a highly contagious disease that was confirmed by a pet store that he had sold the dogs to.

The Kansas Livestock Commissioner Bill Brown said: It became an economic situation, and consequently became a health, safety and welfare issue for the puppies. The owner couldn't feed his dogs, his help left, and health, safety and welfare became an even bigger issue.

So here is another puppy mill gone bad and to read that the owner couldn’t ever come up with the money to help save the other dogs is upsetting. Why do these states allow these puppy mills to be in business if they are not going to keep up with the rules and have the proper funding for situations like this?

Read the article by Chuck Smith here.

ASPA Reseach On Law Enforcement Training For Animal Abuse

ASPCA Announces Groundbreaking Research Study Underscoring Importance of Animal Cruelty Law Enforcement


Study Points to Lack of Resources, Funding, Training, & Recognizing LINK between Animal Cruelty & Human Violence

A groundbreaking research study just released by the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) stresses the critical role that animal services and animal cruelty investigations play in communities nationwide while pointing out the obstacles that law enforcement professionals face in responding to animal abuse.

Highlights from the ASPCA study, entitled "Public and Professional Perspectives on Animal Cruelty," reveal that only 19 percent of law enforcement officers stated they received formal animal cruelty training. Forty-one percent said they are familiar with animal cruelty laws in their jurisdiction, but fewer—30 percent—admitted being familiar with the penalties.

The study, taken from a nationwide sample of law enforcement professionals in the U.S., also defines the three major obstacles that law enforcement professionals face in responding to animal abuse cases: animal cruelty cases are considered a low priority by leadership; law enforcement lacks staff with special knowledge in animal cruelty cases; and finally, no facilities exist for long-term impoundment of animals kept as evidence.

"These findings validate what we have long assumed—that there is a major need for training for officers charged with enforcing animal cruelty laws and investigating cruelty cases," said Dr. Randall Lockwood, Senior Vice President of Forensic Sciences and Anti-Cruelty Projects for the ASPCA. "The ASPCA is unique in that we offer staff with specialized knowledge on this topic and have developed partnerships with shelters to help facilitate temporary housing for animals seized in such cases. We support local agencies across the U.S. with law enforcement training programs and other resources."

The city of Baltimore, for example, recently signed into law an Anti-Animal Abuse Advisory Commission, a board that works to help the city prevent and prosecute animal cruelty, including dogfighting. The commission was started at the ASPCA's behest as a task force in July 2009 following the fatal burning of a dog named Phoenix. Recommendations of the commission include training law enforcement and animal welfare professionals who respond to animal cruelty cases throughout Maryland and assisting in the drafting of anti-animal cruelty legislation.

In addition, the ASPCA, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice's Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office, has developed an in-depth, free on-line course on combating dogfighting and is developing a "dogfighting tool kit" for law enforcement and animal welfare professionals.

Another significant finding in the research study was that a majority of law enforcement officers surveyed--78 percent--believe that animal abusers are more likely to be involved in interpersonal violence or other violent crimes.

"The link between animal cruelty and human violence is well-documented and is a well-known phenomena among law enforcement," said Dr. Lockwood. "But animal cruelty training is still severely lacking in most cities, mostly due to a lack of resources and funding."

And in today's tough economy, animals are even more at risk. According to a content analysis conducted as part of this research study, media reports of animal abandonment, which is a form of animal cruelty, topped the news in the South Atlantic region of the U.S. from March to June of 2010. Incidentally, three states in the South Atlantic region (Georgia, Florida and Maryland), were included in RealtyTrac's highest foreclosure rate list for June 2010. Similarly high media reports of animal abandonment were seen in California, historically known as having a high foreclosure rate and ranked No. 4 in RealtyTrac's highest foreclosure rates for June 2010.

The ASPCA commissioned the six-month study, which was conducted from January through June 2010 by two market research firms: the Southeastern Institute of Research, Inc. (SIR) and Symscio. The research study probed three audiences: the general public, law enforcement officers and the media through focus groups, online surveys as well as a media content analysis. The online surveys included a nationwide sample of 1,200 respondents from the general population and 500 law enforcement respondents.

About the ASPCA®

Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first humane organization established in the Americas and serves as the nation's leading voice for animal welfare. One million supporters strong, the ASPCA's mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. The ASPCA, which is headquartered in New York City, offers a wide range of programs, including a mobile clinic outreach initiative, its own humane law enforcement team, and a groundbreaking veterinary forensics team and mobile animal CSI unit. For more information, please visit www.aspca.org.

To become a fan of the ASPCA on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/aspca. To follow the ASPCA on Twitter, go to http://www.twitter.com/aspca.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

What Do You Do When The Police Or Animal Shelter Won’t Help



After calling the police and the local animal shelter a guy named A.J. Wilkinson who was working in Memphis, TN took matters in his own hands and brought a dog that had a chain embedded around his neck that he found while working at a customers home to the local vet.

A.J. Wilkinson said: I didn’t get a response at the animal shelter. I couldn’t get anyone on the phone so I called police. Police said call emergency management. When I called emergency management they said we can’t send anyone out there unless we get a call from police.

The Veterinarian Jennifer Limbaugh from Parkway Village Companion Animal Hospital said: That is a very severe would, a very painful wound, this wound was there a minimum of three to five days, by the look of the infection and how deep it has gone down into the neck.

Just looking at this video you can see the chain embedded in the poor dogs neck and it was pretty bloody too. I guess that the officer that came out didn’t really care about the dog being injured.

Read the article by Jeni DiPrizio here.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Baltimore Dog Fighting Ring Busted

The Baltimore Police have raided a house which happened to have dog fighting dogs and equipment in the home.

Jennifer Brause the executive director of the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) shelter said: They’re all emaciated, you can see their spine and their ribs. Some of them have very fresh wounds and their faces are swollen.



Hopefully these dogs will be able to be adopted to someone that will care for them an give them a good home after what these dogs went though.

Read the article here.

Homeowner Dies And No One Around To Find Him And His Dogs

The Humane Society down in Grantsville, West Virginia help save twenty six dogs that were chained up and left out in the freezing weather with no food. Apparently the owner had died and no one knew about it and seven other dogs had died too during that time.

It sad that no one even notice that the owner had died, it makes you wonder where his friends were or even his neighbors were. Just a sad story and hopefully the dogs that were rescued will make it and find a new home.

Read the article here.

One Less Dog Breeder In Oregon


Due to the new puppy protection act that was passed in the state of Oregon there will be one less puppy mill. I guess that the owner of this puppy mill didn’t want to do all the work to comply with the new law that said: you must let the dogs out daily and they cannot be in stacked cages. After seeing the video you can see that the living conditions of these poor dogs.

A big thanks goes out to the Oregon Humane Society for taking all these dogs in because the breeder said: that she can't afford to comply with the law's new standard. That just tells you there that they were in it for the money and not for the love of dogs.

Read the article by Monique Balas here.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Two Finally Charged For Starving Their Dog

Photo’s by Savannahnow


Two animal abusers named Heather Cordero and Dominique Dixon from Georgia had starved their pit bull which was left tied up outside back in November. The local sheriff’s had arrested the two and charged Dominique Dixon with eight counts of cruelty to animals and one count of aggravated cruelty to an animal, while Heather Cordero was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals.

To top it off the deputies found eight more dogs that were malnourished at Dominique Dixon place. This just goes to show you that these two don’t care for their dogs at all.

Read the article by Wayne Hodgin here.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

2010 Pedigree Innovation Grants Awards

The PEDIGREE Foundation Awards 10 Innovation Grants to Increase Dog Adoptions

Grants Fund Creative Programs to Help Dogs Find Loving Homes

The PEDIGREE Foundation announced today the recipients of 10 Innovation Grants in recognition of their pioneering new ideas to help find dogs a forever home. Thanks to the generosity and donations from dog lovers across the country, the foundation is proud to award $226,000 to selected local shelters and rescue groups as one-time grants to fund creative projects aimed at increasing dog adoptions.

In recognition of their unique programs, the 10 selected recipients will each receive $10,000 to $25,000 in grant money. Chosen out of more than 200 grant applications, these 10 organizations truly demonstrate their ability to bring new and innovative ideas to help improve adoption rates and the welfare of animals within their communities.

"The PEDIGREE Foundation is proud to recognize all of the Innovation Grant recipients for the great things they do for dogs," said Debra Fair, The PEDIGREE Foundation President. "Everything we do is for the love of dogs and we're proud to support others who share in our passion. From community outreach to rescue programs, these organizations go above and beyond every day, and we're excited to see how this funding will aid in the adoption of more dogs."

2010 Innovation Grant Winners

The grant money, to be used within a one-year period, will assist homeless dogs with a variety of needs, including; behavior training, feeding, housing and support for medical issues:

* Central Missouri Humane Society of Columbia, MO, was awarded $25,000 for a project that hopes to facilitate successful adoptions of shelter dogs and help combat veterans fight post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms as they re-integrate into civilian life. This project was created in collaboration with Dr. Rebecca Johnson of the Research Center for Human and Animal Interaction at the University of Missouri's College of Veterinary Medicine.

* Charleston Animal Society of North Charleston, SC, was awarded $15,000 for a program that will ensure domestic animals are placed with the right individuals. Their initiative aims at increasing dog adoption during peak months of intake.

* Dubuque Regional Humane Society of Dubuque, IA, was awarded $25,000 for its "Corporate for Canines" program. This program presents a new way of partnering with corporations and bringing adoptable pets to the public.

* Houston Humane Society of Houston, TX, was awarded $25,000 to fund its "Diamonds in the Ruff" adoption program geared toward helping dogs that take a little longer than others find a home. The program provides community education and intensive behavior modification training to help less-adoptable dogs get ready for their new forever homes.

* Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) of Los Angeles, CA, was awarded $25,000 for their training services program called Helping Enhance Animals Lives (HEAL). This funding will help continue to improve the lives of shelter pets through training and enrichment activities.

* Leon County Humane Society of Tallahassee, FL, was awarded $25,000 for their "Rescue Waggin" program that moves dogs from rural shelters with high euthanasia rates and little chance of adoption. The dogs receive veterinary care and are put up for adoption with the hope of finding them a loving home.

* Muttville Senior Dog Rescue of San Francisco, CA, was awarded $12,000 to help underwrite the shelter's Welcome Home Kits for the "Seniors for Seniors" program, greatly reducing the initial financial impact of adopting a dog. The shelter rescues older dogs (seven years and older) from euthanasia and places them in homes with local senior citizens.

* North Shore Animal League America of Port Washington, NY, was awarded $25,000 to help conduct 77 adoption events, which will help approximately 700 animals, many of whom would be otherwise destroyed, find forever homes.

* Washington Animal Rescue League of Washington, DC, was awarded $25,000 to help underwrite its dog rehabilitation program. The program aims to decrease return rates of dogs by making them ready for adoption with intensive behavior training and rehabilitation prior to adoption.

* West Suburban Humane Society of Downers Grove, IL, was awarded $24,000 to help fund the organization's successful Special Training and Reinforcement (STAR) Dog Program. The funds will help rehabilitate shelter dogs exhibiting difficult-to-handle or aggressive behavior so that they may have a better chance at being adopted out permanently.


History of The PEDIGREE Foundation

Through no fault of their own, nearly four million dogs end up in shelters every year, and only half ever make it out. That's why in 2006, the PEDIGREE® Brand started the PEDIGREE® Adoption Drive and in 2008 formed its own foundation. The PEDIGREE Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity, is dedicated to helping dogs in need find loving homes by supporting the good work of shelters and breed rescue organizations throughout the country. As part of its ongoing commitment to this cause, the PEDIGREE® Brand has raised more than $6 million dollars to date, and the PEDIGREE Foundation has awarded $2 million dollars since its inception in 2008. This year alone, the Foundation has awarded nearly $976,000 to 1,147 non-profit shelters and dog rescues. For more information about The PEDIGREE Foundation, log on to http://www.pedigreefoundation.org/.

About The PEDIGREE Foundation

Formed in 2008 by the PEDIGREE® Brand, The PEDIGREE Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping dogs in need find loving homes by supporting the good work of shelters and dog rescue organizations throughout the country. Through no fault of their own, more than four million dogs end up in shelters and rescue organizations every year, and nearly half of them never find a place to call home.

The foundation provides grants to 501(c)(3) shelters and dog rescue organizations nationwide and encourages dog lovers to adopt, volunteer and donate to support the cause. For more information or to make a tax-deductible donation online, visit www.pedigreefoundation.org. All donations go directly to help us help dogs.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

800 Dogs In A Mobile Home?

Could you even imagine having that many dogs in a home, let alone a mobile home? The Pima County Sheriff's have arrested Billy Ray and Wanda Lee Jones for animal cruelty.

This wasn’t the first time these two have been charged with cruelty to animals, back in two thousand and eight they were also charged with cruel mistreatment of an animal.

How these two were ever allowed to own any pets is beyond me . Now the local shelters are going to have to try and find new homes for eight hundred dogs. I can only wonder how much this will cost the local shelter.

Read the article here.

Monday, December 6, 2010

iPetVet Top 10 Holiday Pet Hazards

iPetVet App Releases Top 10 Holiday Pet Hazards
Keep pets healthy this holiday season. iPetVet App, the leading pet health symptom tracker app, reminds pet owners of the top ten pet safety hazards. From training house guests, drinking responsibly, travel tips and more, create a pet safety plan before the holiday rush.

Tis the season to holly, jolly and festive, right? Not necessarily for pets. This time of year, the iPetVet App reminds pet owners that common holiday occurrences can pose serious dangers for pets. To avoid pet hazards, remember these top 10 tips.

1-Trimming the tree with caution. Whether there is a puppy with an active tail, or kitty who enjoys climbing trees, make sure the Christmas tree is safe from pets. Make sure the tree is securely fastened to avoid tipping. In case of a tip, avoid using artificial ingredients in your tree stand water which pets see as a novel new water bowl.

2-Train guests. Families may know better than feeding pets from the table, but do house guests? Make sure holiday food is out of reach from pets and train guests on appropriate treats.

3-Pet proof wrapping supplies. Pretty ribbon, crunchy peanuts and wrapping materials are attractive to both cats and dogs, but can lead to deadly obstructions if consumed. Never leave pets unattended with wrapping supplies. As presents are opened, dispose of wrapping materials in pet proof containers.

4-Practice cold-weather safety. Remember pets as the temperatures dip. If there is a Christmas, remember to clean pets paws as salt used to treat sidewalks and driveways can cause intestinal issues. Make sure outdoor pets have a safe, warm, weather proof space or are brought indoors.

5-Holiday plant protection. Festive holiday plants like holly, mistletoe and poinsettias can cause serious gastrointestinal issues or poisoning if digested. For the look without the risk, keep plants out of reach from pets or use artificial plant decorations.

6-Pet traveling tips. If traveling with pets, create a new tag with emergency contact information, address of where travel destination and a local pet hospital. If driving with pets t consider crating for safety and never leave pets alone in freezing temperatures.

7-Watch alcohol consumption. If holiday celebrations involves alcohol, be mindful of pets. Alcohol consumption can leave pets weak, disoriented and pose long term consequences and short term emergencies.

8-Fire safety. If candles are part of holiday decor, keep out of reach from excited tails. Use as accents away from pets or use electronic candles for a similar look. Always remember to blow candles out when leaving the room.

9-Tree Decorations. While decking the halls and trimming the tree keep ornaments out of reach from pets as they may resemble toys. Broken glass, sharp edges, dangerous materials can cause significant illness in animalsl. Be mindful of cats who bat at the tree. If they can reach the ornaments, consider moving.

10-Avoiding stress. The holidays are stressful for humans andpets. Carve out a special place in the house that is holiday and guest free for pets. Keep on a regular schedule to avoid stress and make lots of time for extra holiday attention.

iPetVet recommends pet owners use the time between Thanksgiving and the New Year to make sure everyone in the family is aware of pet hazards, safety plans and have access to a symptom tracker for emergencies. For more information, download the leading pet health symptom tracker available for download in the iTunes store at http://bit.ly/ipetvet.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

The New Veterinarian's Oath

AVMA Revises Veterinarian's Oath To Stress Importance Of Animal Welfare

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has revised the Veterinarian's Oath-which all graduates of U.S. veterinary schools take-to stress the importance of animal welfare.

The revision, approved by the AVMA Executive Board at its meeting this month, is as follows: "Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health and welfare, the prevention and relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge."

"The Veterinarian's Oath reflects every veterinarian's aspirations for themselves and the veterinary profession," says Dr. Bruce Nixon, Chair-Elect of the Animal Welfare Committee. "It's a promise that each veterinarian makes at graduation, so these words have tremendous meaning. The Animal Welfare Committee recommended these changes to emphasize that veterinarians have responsibilities not only to animal health but also to animal welfare."

"These changes make it clear that the scope of veterinarians' efforts toward improving animal welfare include not only treatment, but also prevention of suffering and promotion of good welfare, which is consistent with today's approach to veterinary practice," adds Dr. Gail Golab, Director of the AVMA's Animal Welfare Division.

Source:
American Veterinary Medical Association

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Three Dog Killing Abusers

You would think that you were given your dog up to a animal lover, but then you find out here had dead dogs at his property and the dog you gave him is gone.

Back in November the South County Deputies had arrested an animal abuser named Phillip Rinn when they found two dead dogs and one barely alive at his house. This wasn’t the first time this abuser was arrested for abusing a dog, Rinn was charged with dragging and running over his dog back in ninety three and got off with a slap of the hand on that charge.

So now the original owner of the dog Jamie Cotner is worried not knowing where his dog is.

Denise Crosby here.


The Sacramento County District Attorney's office will be charging an unnamed suspect who not only burned down a house but also beat to death a dog.

Dan Torres the city's chief animal control officer said: This dog was brutalized, I have never seen anything like this. The beating crushed the dog's skull and the animal suffered more than 20 stab wounds.

This must have been one sick person to do this to the dog and burn down the house.

Read the article by Cynthia Hubert here.


This dog abuser named Lionel Brown from N. Versailles, PA might be finding himself in big trouble when the animal control officers found two dead dogs and one that was barely alive inside his vacant home.

This guys excuse was that one of the dead dogs was his sister’s and he had no idea how the other dead dog was in a bag in the garbage can. And he went on to say that he usually goes to the house to feed the dog.

So this guy just leaves his dog all alone in a vacant home and feeds the dog when he can, now if that isn’t dog abuse I don’t know what is.

Read the article here.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Alesha Dixon Helps Raise Vital Funds For Three New Pet Hospitals

Pet Charity T-Shirts Are Strictly ‘Paw-fect’ For Cat and Dog Lovers


Pop sensation and Strictly judge, Alesha Dixon, is backing the UK’s biggest vet charity, PDSA, by modelling its new cat and dog t-shirts – designed to raise vital funds for three new pet hospitals.

Pop sensation and Strictly judge, Alesha Dixon, is backing the UK’s biggest vet charity, http://www.pdsa.org.uk PDSA, by modelling its new cat and dog t-shirts – designed to raise vital funds for three new pet hospitals.

Alesha who has three dogs, Roxy, Rosy and Daisy, and is also a former cat owner, has pledged her support to PDSA’s £6 million Pet Hospital Appeal. She was the first to wear its brand new T-shirt designs starring cult ‘70s characters Roobarb & Custard.

The cartoon duo star on vintage style ‘I Love Dogs’ and ‘I Love Cats’ t-shirts. Available for women and men in white and grey marl, the t-shirts were created by online t-shirt store moreTvicar.com which will donate £5 from each t-shirt sold to the PDSA appeal.

Alesha said: “As a pet lover, I know how important it is to care for our animals, that’s why I’m backing PDSA’s Pet Hospital Appeal. Millions of pets, including my dogs, bring us so much happiness and deserve the very best care in return, so it’s great to know that PDSA is there to help pets when they really need it. Buying these t-shirts is a great way of showing your support.”

PDSA has launched its fundraising appeal after seeing demand for its charity services soar by 50% in five years.

The ‘I Love Dogs’ and ‘I Love Cats’ t-shirts cost £15.99 each, available exclusively from online t-shirt store http://www.moreTvicar.com in white or grey marl.

* Women – sizes 8 - 16
* Men – sizes S – XXL

£5 from each t-shirt sold will be donated to the PDSA Pet Hospital Appeal.

P&P on UK standard orders is free.

For more information please contact .hjh.pr on 0207 486 3368 or email;

Roslyn Duffy / roslyn(at)hjhpr.co(dot)uk - Sally Burlison / sally(at)hjhpr.co(dot)uk

For more information about PDSA please contact Lisa Nickless on

01952 204775 or 01952 290999 or email: nickless.lisa(at)pdsa.org(dot)uk

Editors notes:

PDSA helps alleviate poverty by providing free treatment for the pets of owners on certain means-tested benefits. More than 400,000 UK pets will rely on PDSA’s service this year alone. Many of these suffer from life-threatening illness or injury, and are nursed back to health by the charity’s highly-skilled veterinary teams.

By 2011 the charity will have seen a 50% increase in pet patients for its service nationally over the last five years (a period which includes the worst recession since the 1930s). This equates to more than 120,000 more pet patients through PDSA’s pet hospital doors.

This unprecedented demand has led to PDSA launching its biggest ever fundraising appeal. The charity needs to build three brand new pet hospitals, in Birmingham, Plymouth and Cardiff, to replace outdated facilities in these areas. In total, £6 million is needed to build and equip the new facilities.

PDSA receives no HM Government or National Lottery funding for its UK wide veterinary services, which include 48 pet hospitals and branches. The £50 million-plus annual running costs are funded entirely through charitable giving, including gifts in wills, donations, fundraising events and proceeds from its 170 high street charity stores.

PDSA’s history in the UK dates back to 1917. During that time it has provided an estimated 100 million treatments to around 20 million different pets. Today its network of pet hospitals stretches from Aberdeen to the south coast, Humberside to Belfast. In addition to its dedicated pet hospitals, PDSA provides funded veterinary care in smaller communities, through a network of participating private practices.

For more information about PDSA's Pet Hospital Appeal, and to find out how you can help the charity raise £6 million for sick and injured pets visit http://www.pdsa.org.uk/build or call free on 0800 0199 004.

Chicago Veterinarian Arrested Again, This Time For Failing To Report Dog Fighting



You would think that after having so many charges filed again him over the years a so called Veterinarian named Gary Friederich who owns the Park Forest Animal Clinic would have had his license revoked by now.

This time the so called Vet has been charged with six counts of violating Illinois veterinary laws for not reporting dog fighting and not giving rabies vaccines when he said he did.

Just looking at this guy I wouldn’t trust him with my dogs and I hope they bar this guy for life. Gary Friederich has been suspended two times and put on probation three times and now he is being charged again when he was only charged last month for falsely reporting rabies vaccinations, failing to maintain sanitary conditions at his facility and failing to maintain biannual inventory of controlled substances.

Amazing that the laws allow someone with so many priors to hold a licenses. I wonder how many other vets are out there that don’t give you the real vaccines and charge you.

Read the article here.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Some Sad And Bad And Good Dog Article's

You need to see this video of a woman who dog napped her neighbor’s dog because she owed her money. Now Carol Cascadden from Hampstead,New Hampshire is being charged with felony burglary for stealing the dog.

Read the article here.


Finally this dog killer from Georgia named Kenyata Mondrell Bryant has been found guilty and sentence for killing his neighbor’s dog with anti freeze.

You wonder how anyone could do this to a dog.

Read the article by Zanna Huff here.


A dog killer named Terry Lynn Cook from Florida takes his anger out on his dog during an argument with his wife when he chased his dog and shoots the poor thing.

Now this nut case is being charged with animal cruelty and aggravated assault.

Read the article here.


Now for some good news if you would like to know about the history of dog shows Sylvia Cochran has put together a great article here.

Increase In Dog Bites

AHRQ News And Numbers: Hospital Admissions For Dog Bites Increase 86 Percent Over A 16-year Period

The number of people admitted to the hospital because of dog bites increased by 86 percent - from 5,100 to 9,500 hospital stays - between 1993 and 2008, according to the latest News and Numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

On average, 866 people had to go to the emergency department daily and 26 people, on average, were admitted to the hospital daily for treatment of dog bites in 2008.

Data from the federal agency also found that in 2008:

- Seniors and young children were most likely to be hospitalized for a dog bite. For 65-84 year olds, there were 4.5 hospital stays per 100,000 people, for people age 85 and older, there were 4.2 stays per 100,000 and for children under 5 there were 4 stays per 100,000.

- Compared with urban residents, people in rural areas made four times as many emergency department visits for dog bites in 2008 (119 visits per 100,000 people versus 29 visits per 100,000 people). Rural residents also had three times as many hospital admissions (nearly 3 stays per 100,000 rural residents versus less than 1 stay per 100,000 urban residents).

- About 43 percent of people hospitalized for dog bites required treatment for skin and underlying tissue infection; 22 percent had wounds of the legs or arms; 10.5 percent had wounds of the head, neck and torso; and the remaining patients had problems ranging from bone fracture to blood poisoning.

- More than half (58 percent) of all people who were hospitalized required a procedure such as wound debridement, sutures, and skin grafts.

- Treating patients admitted for dog bites cost hospitals an average of $18,200 per patient and $54 million overall.

This AHRQ News and Numbers is based on data in Emergency Department Visits and Inpatient Stays involving Dog Bites, 2008. The report uses data from the agency's 2008 Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS) and 1993-2008 data from its Nationwide Inpatient Sample. For information about these two AHRQ databases, go here.

Source:
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

One Dog Breeder Isn’t A Happy Person

With all the new laws that were passed in Pennsylvania about puppy mills has got this puppy mill owner mad. Jean Payne Cyhanick was found guilty on fifty charges of animal cruelty on which she must give up all but four of her dogs.

Some of Jean Payne Cyhanick comments were: How unfair, how unjust, I wasn't guilty of any of that. If they had convicted me of only one, I wouldn't have been happy because I'm not even guilty of one.

I personally don’t know this breeder, but with all the poor dogs being dumped in the animal shelters these days I only wish that they would stop breeding these dogs so that the shelter dogs don’t have to died because there are so many dogs out there.

Read the article by Amanda Crawford here.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

OK Who Stole The Show Dogs In Bellflower, CA

That what the owner would like to know when someone stole their white Chevy cargo van with a CA license plate number- 8D50252 that had four show dogs in it.

These weren’t just any kind of dogs, these show dog were supposed to be worth five hundred G’s.
If anyone has seen these dogs please call David @ 530.917.6846 or call Tamara @ 661.860.3147.

Read the article here.


Update:
Two of the dogs were recovered.

New Update:
The last two dogs have been returned to their owners

Monday, November 29, 2010

Missing, Stolen, Ransomed and Reunited Dogs

Two Dog nappers named Rickey Butler and Andrew Cole from California tried to extort five hundred dollars for a dog owner from Van Nuys for his missing dog Pongo.

Well now these two lowlifes are being charged with felony count of attempted extortion instead of being honest and returning the lost dog to its owner.

Read the article by Veronica Rocha here.


Photo by newsfirst5


The San Luis Animal Welfare group is looking for your help in finding these little ten week old Husky- Pit bull that was taken during a pet adoption at the North Academy Petsmart in Colorado Springs.

Yes this little dog is so beautiful, but to just steal the dog is wrong and I hope they find the person that did this.

The Colorado Springs Police Department and the San Luis Animal Welfare ask if you see this dog please call 719-587-WOOF.

Read the article by Elaine Sheridan here.



A little eight week old Jack Russell–Pug that was stolen from a pet store in Delran, PA by two women that fled away in a van must have gotten a conscience because they had someone bring the puppy into the local Police.

I wonder why they just didn’t go to the local animal shelter and rescue a dog there first. Hopefully this little pooch is fine from the ordeal of the dog napping.

Read the article by George Mast here.


I had to add this article in here after all these dog napping.
The Golden Retriever-Collie Darry that went missing in Colorado a week or so ago after the owner got in an accident and was unable to find her.

After news spread in the local area people from all over were out looking for Monica Shields dog and finally one of the locals named Zach Kramer said the dog just jumped in his truck.

I love reading an article like this with a happy ending.

Read the article here.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Surfin Santa Paws Toy Drive

SURF DOG RICOCHET LEADS A "SURFIN' SANTA PAWS TOY DRIVE
FOR KIDS & KRITTERS" TO BENEFIT RADY CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL &
HELEN WOODWARD ANIMAL CENTER!

Surf dog Ricochet, the SURFice dog who wins surf dog contests, but more notably raised over $55,000 for charity this past year, is now leading a holiday toy drive to benefit children, and animals in San Diego. She traded her life jacket for a Santa jacket, and will be arriving at Del Mar dog beach via surfboard on December 1st at 10am.

Ricochet is very excited about this second annual project, as it combines her love of helping both children and animals. The beneficiaries of her toy drive are Rady Children's Hospital, and Helen Woodward Animal Center where she was the top fundraiser at this past summer's surf dog surf-a-thon. Last year, her toy drive generated donations from all over the world in connection with her inspirational video "From Service dog to SURFice dog", that went viral on YouTube. As a result, over $3550 in donations were raised, and 638 children received toys for the holidays. She is hoping to raise even more this year!

Each year, thousands of children visit Rady Children's Hospital facilities and a donation of a toy, game, or arts and crafts supplies can go a long way towards brightening a child's stay in the hospital or a visit to a clinic.

Helen Woodward Animal Center is a dynamic, evolving institution that is an agent of change for the animal welfare world. They use toys for their animals as a way to offer enrichment while they journey to find their forever homes.

Donors can choose if they'd like to make a donation for a kid toy, or a kritter toy... or both!

Ricochet is accepting tax deductible online donations toward toys through December 17th. She will then go shopping to purchase toys for the kids and kritters! In addition, local drop boxes will be provided by her sponsor, SanDiegoSunCoast.com. Toys can also be mailed to: SanDiegoSunCoast.com, Surfin' Santa Paws Toy Drive, PO Box 6765, San Diego, CA 92166. Visit Ricochet's website for complete information on donations, beneficiaries, drop box locations, and more. There is also a video of Ricochet AKA Surfin' Santa paws surfin to town! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKWf0_M34EU

For more information, contact Judy Fridono at 707-228-0679 or pawinspired@aol.com.

About Surf Dog Ricochet, the SURFice dog
Ricochet is an internationally renowned champion surf dog who was slated to be a service dog for a person with a disability, but, due to her interest in chasing prey, she had to be released from that role. An inspirational video of her journey, "From Service dog to SURFice dog" went viral on YouTube, and has almost 3 million views. She immediately turned the video's attention into a platform of helping others by pawing it forward while raising funds and awareness for human/animal causes. She's become an inspirational phenomenon, motivational role model, internet sensation, fundraising marvel, goodwill ambassador, and a muse to millions! She promotes kindness, charity, philanthropy, and social responsibility, such as her video about anti-bullying "It gets better: You're amazing just the way you are!" For more information, visit: http://www.SurfDogRicochet.com or on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/SurfDogRicochet

About SanDiegoSunCoast.com
SanDiegoSunCoast.com is fast becoming the #1 online destination by both locals and visitors when it comes to San Diego County coastal cities, beaches and bay! Visually gorgeous, the SanDiegoSunCoast.com website offers 100's of things to do along and around our 77 mile coastline, as well as an Event Calendar featuring events both big and small. Visitors love our unbiased reviews and recommendations, and in-depth coverage of every beach in the county! SanDiegoSunCoast.com is on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SanDiegoBeach, and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/SanDiegoBeach. Follow us for fabulous contest giveaways provided by some of the best businesses along our shores!

Rady Children's Hospital http://www.rchsd.org/

Helen Woodward Animal Center http://www.animalcenter.org/

Friday, November 26, 2010

The HSPCA & Austin County Sheriff’s Rescued Thirty Seven Animals



Over and over we read about these animal breeders that have gone bad. This time it was a so called breeder from Bellville, TX that was raided by the Austin County Sheriff’s and the HSPCA.

After looking at the video you can see how bad this place was for these poor dogs to live in. How could anybody even live like this and make these dogs live like this too.

Read the article here.

New Summary of Responses to the Consultation on Dangerous Dogs


Overwhelming Support For Deed Not Breed In Dangerous Dogs Consultation, UK

The government has published the results of the Defra consultation on dangerous dogs revealing overwhelming support for an overhaul of the failed Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.

The consultation closed in June and the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) submitted a joint response based on sound scientific evidence and expert veterinary opinion. The response called for an end to breed-specific legislation that targets dogs based on the way they look rather than their actions.

The BVA and BSAVA are delighted with the summary of the 4,250 responses published today that reveals:

- 88% of respondents do not believe that current legislation is effective in protecting the public;
- 71% believe that breed-specific legislation should be repealed;
- 84% are in favour of all dogs being microchipped.

Commenting, Harvey Locke, President of the BVA, said:

"There is enormous support amongst experts in dog health and welfare for an end to the failed breed-specific legislation.

"The Coalition Government's programme promised to take action on dangerous dogs and Ministers must now take on board the strong views from this consultation to implement changes.

"The problems caused by dangerous dogs impact on public safety and animal welfare and maintaining the status quo is not an option."

Grant Petrie, President of BSAVA, added:

"The problem of dangerous dogs will not be solved until the government accepts that the Dangerous Dogs Act has failed. This view is supported by the thousands of responses to the consultation.

"The support for repeal of the Act and for compulsory microchipping of dogs are clear and we look forward to hearing Defra's plans in the New Year."

Notes

1. The summary of responses to the consultation is available on the Defra website.

Source:
British Veterinary Association

The consultation sought views on seven possible options:
1.
An extension of the criminal law (ie section 3 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991) to all places, including private property;
2.
Additions or amendments to (including possible repeal of) section 1 of 1991 Act (breed specific legislation);
3.
Repeal of the Dangerous Dogs (Amendment) Act 1997 to prevent any more dogs being added to the Index and introducing a mandatory destruction order;
4.
The introduction of Dog Control Notices;
5.
A requirement that all dogs are covered by third-party insurance;
6.
A requirement that all dogs, or puppies, are microchipped; and
7.
More effective enforcement of the existing law, including a consolidation of existing statutes into one new updated Act.


To facilitate comments, the consultation asked forty questions about the seven options.

List of organisations that responded

Animal Concern Advice Helpline
Association of British Insurers
Association of Chief Police Officers of England, Wales and Northern Ireland
Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors
Association of Residential Managing Agents Limited
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
Blue Cross
Bradford Metropolitan District Council
British Association for Shooting & Conservation
British Horse Society
British Veterinary Association/British Small Animal Veterinary Society
Camden Borough Council
Camden Community & Police Consultative Group
Canine99
Canine Care & Control UK
Cats Protection
Chester Cat Care
Communication Workers Union
Countryside Alliance
Dangerous Dogs Act Study Group
Dogs Trust
East Hampshire District Council
Greater London Authority
Guide Dogs for the Blind
Haringey Borough Council
Lambeth Borough Council
Local Authorities Co-ordinating Regulatory Services
League Against Cruel Sports
Leicestershire & Rutland Bridleways Association
Lewisham Borough Council
Manchester City Council
Metropolitan Police Service
National Animal Welfare Trust
National Dog Tattoo Register
National Dog Warden Association
National Farmers Union
National Gamekeepers Organisation
NHS National Counter Fraud & Security Management Service
National Working Terrier Federation
Naturewatch
Northamptonshire Animal Welfare Liaison Group
PDSA
Pet Care Trust
Pet Detect
Pet Education, Behaviour & Training Council
RBS Insurance
Rochford District Council
Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
Royal College of Nursing
Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
Royal Mail
Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Self Help Group
South Coast Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue
Tenant Farmers Association
Tendring District Council
The Kennel Club
Tonbridge & Malling District Council
Universities Federation for Animal Welfare
University of Bristol Companion Animal Group
Wakefield Council
Wandsworth Borough Council
West Midlands Police
Wokingham Borough Council
Wood Green Animal Shelters
World Society for the Protection of Animals
Wyre (Lancs) Agility Club

Thursday, November 25, 2010

New Kennel Club Breeding Rules


Vets Asked To Report Caesarean Operations

Veterinary associations are asking vets to start reporting caesarean operations to the Kennel Club in the new year as part of the profession's commitment to improving dog health and welfare.

The Kennel Club (KC) has announced that from January 2012 it will no longer register any puppies born by caesarean section from a bitch that has had two previous caesarean operations. The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) are now calling on vets in practice to engage with the new reporting system that will be put in place next year ahead of the rule change.

The change has come about following discussions between the Kennel Club, RCVS, BVA and BSAVA. Vets are being asked to report caesarean operations in the same way as the current reporting system for procedures altering the natural conformation of a dog.

In addition, the Kennel Club is amending its rules to make it a condition of registration, or continued registration, that the owner consents to the reporting, to the Kennel Club, of any caesarean operation carried out on their bitch (subject to approval by the KC General Committee on 4th January 2011).

Although the move is welcome the BVA and BSAVA are very disappointed that the KC has not gone further. Both organisations lobbied strongly for KC to stop registering puppies from a bitch that has undergone one caesarean operation, with no exceptions, and will continue to push for this rule change.

The BVA and BSAVA are also concerned about the get-out clause in the KC rules which will allow exceptions for "scientifically proven welfare reasons". The organisations believe that this is an ill-defined term that could be open to abuse and that there should be no exceptions.

In addition the BVA and BSAVA are also calling for the compulsory microchipping of the sire, dam and puppies to confirm the identity of any animal subject to a reporting form as well as improving traceability, which will assist with research into hereditary diseases.

Commenting on the changes, Harvey Locke, President of the BVA, said:

"We are pleased to report that the BVA, BSAVA, Kennel Club and RCVS have come together to tackle the worrying problem of breeding bitches undergoing several caesarean operations and we hope that these measures will start to deter breeders from mating animals where the breeding is likely to rely on caesareans.

"But this will only work if vets engage with the new system. We are urging all vets in practice to make use of the new reporting procedures that will be put in place next year to help safeguard dog health and welfare in the future.

"We remain disappointed that the rule changes do not yet go far enough and that they are not being brought in earlier. The sooner we can start to tackle these major health and welfare problems, the better."

Grant Petrie, President of BSAVA, added:

"No bitch should be expected to go through the trauma of a caesarean operation more than once. These rule changes are not perfect but they are a step in the right direction and we will continue to lobby the Kennel Club to tighten up its registration rules further.

"Responsible breeders do understand the need to look after the health and welfare of both the puppies and their parents. As veterinary surgeons we must encourage the responsible breeders and deter the irresponsible."

Notes

1. The rule changes are the result of meetings between the BVA, BSAVA, Kennel Club and RCVS.

2. The agreed new form 'veterinary report of a caesarean operation on a bitch and/or a procedure altering the natural conformation of a dog' will be made available on the BVA website and the Kennel Club website.

3. The RCVS is amending Advice Note 29 under the Guide to Professional Conduct on Reporting to the Kennel Club to account for these changes.

4. Kennel Club members will be informed of the change to registration rules. The rule on limiting the number of caesareans will come into force in January 2012. The changes that give consent to veterinary surgeons to report will be discussed at a meeting of the Kennel Club General Committee on January 4th 2011.

Source:
British Veterinary Association

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Dog Beating And Dog Rescue’s

Photo by WGHP-TV


Can you imagine someone hitting your dog with a pipe, well an animal abuser named Jeremy Scott Hawkins from Greensboro, NC did that to a woman’s German Shepherd.

Hawkins has been charged with felony animal cruelty for what he did to this dog. I hope he gets what’s coming to him.

Read the article here.


The Troy, NY police are looking for the owners of nine pit bulls that were found in the basement of an apartment building that was on fire.

Troy Police Cpt. John Cooney said: Detectives are trying to locate the tenant of the basement apartment at 2275 Fifth Ave., where they found the caged pit bulls with injuries consistent with fighting, as well as neck weights and a spiked collar.

I hope they find this animal abuser and hit him with the book.

Read the article by Dave Canfield here.


With two different raids taken place in Berrien and Cook counties in Georgia the authorities were able to rescue one hundred and ten pit bulls that were used for fighting.

I would say that, that was a great day for all of those involved in rescuing these dogs.

Read the article by Gary Franklin here.


Over in Pope County, AR a animal shelter had to have one hundred and twenty dogs removed by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Best Friends Animal Society. Apparently the shelter that was run by volunteer’s had become overcrowded and the place was unsanitary.

Read the article here.


Thirty four pit bulls that were up for adoption down in Texas had to be put down because no one would adopt these dog that were given up by Kevin Muckleroy following the death of a child by a pit bull.

I would first like to know why this guy had so many pit bulls to begin with, because now these poor dogs have lost their life.

Read the article by Jimmy Alford here.


Photo by WLS-TV

Remember the dog abuser named Phillip Rinn from Illinois who made headlines for dragging his dog then running the poor dog over. Well this dog abuser is at it again and this time he beat his dog so bad that he broke the dog’s teeth.

These are one of those lowlifes who should not only never own a pet, he should be barred from even going near one.

Read the article here.