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Heartbreaking: Afghanistan War Hero Dog Accidentally Euthanized in Arizona Today | Her Puppies Are Safe (?) in the U.S.November 15th, 2010
06:44 PM ET
Afghanistan dog hero accidentally euthanized
A dog rescued from Afghanistan after she alerted soldiers to a suicide bomber was accidentally euthanized at an Arizona shelter on Monday.
A Pinal County Animal Care and Control employee has been placed on administrative leave for failing to follow procedures and euthanizing the wrong dog.
The dog, Target, was recently brought over from Afghanistan by a soldier who had returned from his tour of duty. Target was featured by CNN for heroism after saving dozens of soldiers from a suicide bomber on February 11.
"She got her name because the Afghans we lived with were constantly trying to off her. She's been shot in the leg. ... The Afghans actually ran over her," Sgt. Christopher Duke said, who helped care for Target in Afghanistan and has adopted her packmate Rufus. "There's no killing this dog for sure. She's pretty much been through it all, " he said upon their reunion in July in Georgia.
Target's new owner, Army Sgt. Terry Young whose life was saved by the stray, helped bring the 2-ish-year-old from Afghanistan to her new home in Arizona. She disappeared from Young's home on Friday. Facebook postings requested help in finding her.
Target saved U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan
Animal Care and Control received a call about a stray female shepherd-mix dog in the San Tan Valley area on Friday. An animal control officer picked up the dog and brought her to the shelter where the dog stayed over the weekend. The dog was not microchipped or licensed with the county, shelter officials said.
On Monday morning, the employee mistakenly took the dog out of its pen and euthanized it. The dog was not scheduled for euthanasia.
“I am heartsick over this. I had to personally deliver the news to the dog’s owner, and he and his family are understandably distraught,” said Animal Care and Control Director Ruth Stalter. “We work hard get to strays reunited with their owners. When it comes to euthanizing an animal, there are some clear-cut procedures to follow. Based on my preliminary investigation, our employee did not follow those procedures.”
In an e-mail, Young told CNN affiliate KPHO, "I'm an absolute wreck today, and it's everything in my power to hold it together for me and my family. My 4-year-old son just can't understand what is going on with Target and keeps asking me to get the poison out of her and bring her home. They don't want her to go be with God yet."
“An investigation is under way, and we will cooperate fully. We will also thoroughly review procedures to ensure that something like this does not happen again,” Stalter said. “This is unacceptable, and no family should be deprived of their companion because procedures were not followed.”
Target was pregnant when she helped thwart the suicide bomber by attacking him. She had her litter of puppies in Afghanistan. Target's puppies have since been brought to the United States.November 15th, 2010 06:44 PM ET Afghanistan dog hero accidentally euthanized... more
Police Break Up Another Cockfighting Ring Run Out of Pacoima (California) Home | All 60 Roosters Were Subsequently Killed by Animal Control | Photos | VideoPolice Break Up Cockfighting Ring Run Out Of Pacoima Home
November 13, 2010 8:55 PM
LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Police say they’ve broken up a cockfighting ring operation that was being held in the backyard of a Pacoima home.
Police seized dozens of bloody roosters from the home, where they were being conditioned and bred to fight to the death.
Suspects were taken into custody, but their identities were not released.
The seized roosters were bloody and badly injured, some with blades attached to their claws. All the roosters seized were past rehabilitation and had to be euthanized, CBS 2/KCAL 9’s Melissa Maynarich reported.
Neighbors say they’ve heard the sounds of roosters dying from behind the home for years.
The case now goes to the city attorney’s office, where it will be decided whether criminal charges will be filed.Police Break Up Cockfighting Ring Run Out Of Pacoima Home November 13, 2010 8:55 PM... more
A man who tried to have his dog's body cremated was arrested Wednesday on an animal cruelty charge. Authorities said he beat the white puppy and choked it to death at his home.
Shane Thompson, 20, who lives west of Boca Raton, took the dead, three-legged dog, named Moonshine, to Cole Animal Clinic in Boca Raton on Oct. 7, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office. Thompson told the staff that his pet, a wolf-dog mix, had died that morning, possibly from a seizure.
A veterinarian examined the dog and found it had bruised ears and a bloody nose. Moonshine had food stuck in his throat and likely choked to death, the vet said, according to the report.
The same day, a friend of Thompson's called Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control to say he believed Thompson had killed his pet. He said Thompson had called asking for money to pay for the cremation.
"Our investigators spent lots of hours trying to find that dog," animal control Capt. David Walesky said Thursday.
They eventually tracked down the dog at the animal clinic and demanded that the staff release the body. A necropsy concluded that Moonshine, who was less than a year old, had been beaten and then choked to death.
Investigators interviewed Thompson's roommate and friends, who all said they had seen Thompson abusing Moonshine in an attempt to discipline the animal.
At one point, Thompson's roommate told detectives Thompson bit off a piece of the dog's ear.
If convicted, Thompson faces up to five years in prison.
According to the police report, he and his roommate bought the dog in February.
When Thompson's roommate arrived home from work on Oct. 7, Moonshine lay dead on the floor. Thompson said the dog tried to bite him but never explained how he died.
Animal control investigators had been called to the apartment twice since February after getting complaints that the puppy was heard yelping in pain. But the dog was unhurt and didn't seem scared, Walesky said, so they issued Thompson a warning.
"There are a lot of people who are heavy-handed, but that's not a reason to take their dog away," Walesky said. "We can do something if the dog is hurt or terrified of someone."
Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/10/22/1885920/porn-actor-accused-of-killing.html#ixzz12wQfcii9
So the roommate had no idea the dog was being abused? Hm...
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http://www.aspca.org/fight-animal-cruelty/report-animal-cruelty.htmlA man who tried to have his dog's body cremated was arrested Wednesday on an... more
Los Angeles Activist Arrested After Attempting to Rescue Two Starving, Dehydrated, Abandoned Dogs | Puppy Carted Off to Pound; Dog Still Inside GarageActivist Arrested After Attempted Dog Rescue
The case began after neighbors called LA Animal Services about abandoned dogs.Activist Arrested After Attempted Dog Rescue knbc-tv The case began after... more
Added On June 24, 2010
A Miami dog owner says animal control knew her dog was locked in a foreclosed house but did nothing about it.
WSVN reports.Added On June 24, 2010 A Miami dog owner says animal control knew her dog was... more
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (KABC) --
An ordinance was passed Tuesday for all pit bulls in San Bernardino County to be spayed or neutered.
City officials worked with the county's Animal Care and Control Division to create the ordinance. Authorities say the objective of the ordinance is to reduce the overpopulation of pit bulls in San Bernardino County, to encourage responsible pet ownership and to reduce the number of violent pit bull attacks.
"In the past five years, four people in San Bernardino County have been killed by this breed, and just this year there have been seven attacks by pit bulls. No other breed has viciously attacked or killed anyone in that time," said First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt.
The new rule requires all pit bulls and pit bull-type dogs older than 4 months to be spayed or neutered. Also, all such dogs used for breeding will be required to be licensed.
State law prohibits any breed of dog from being deemed potentially dangerous or vicious, but the law allows local agencies to enact breed-specific programs for spaying and neutering to control over-population.
Owners of pit bulls will be required to spay or neuter their dogs within 30 days of the new rule's implementation.
Animal Care and Control will help pet owners comply with the ordinance by offering education and vouchers to those who are eligible.
Pit bulls or pit bull-type dogs represent about 20 percent of all dogs that are admitted to animal shelters. They are also one of the top three breeds impounded at county shelters and the most frequent to be euthanized.
For more information or to access San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control services call 1-800-472-5609.Tuesday, June 22, 2010 SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (KABC) -- An ordinance was passed... more
Anger is growing in Ontario over a decision by the province's animal protection agency to euthanize about 350 animals.
The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals began destroying the animals on Tuesday after revealing they were infected by ringworm.
The OSPCA said its veterinarians and experts decided the way to deal with the epidemic was to destroy the dogs, cats, rabbits and other small animals inside the York Region shelter, located in Newmarket, just north of Toronto.
Dozens of protesters gathered at the shelter Wednesday to express their displeasure at the program. Many told CBC News that ringworm is treatable and that killing the animals is a heavy-handed approach to controlling the outbreak.
Shelter officials, however, said they made the decision in consultation with veterinarians, who found the ringworm strain unusually aggressive and resilient to anti-fungal medications.
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2010/05/12/ontario-euthanasia.htmlAnger is growing in Ontario over a decision by the province's animal protection... more
Apr 16, 2010 4:26 pm US/Pacific
Arrest Made In Starving Dog That Ate Dirt To Live
GARDEN GROVE, CALIFORNIA (CBS) ―
Courage, a neglected and abused German Shepherd, is now recovering from being nearly starved to death.
A 26-year-old woman suspected of starving a German shepherd for several weeks until the dog ate dirt to survive has been arrested by animal control officials.
Kimberly Nizato was arrested shortly before 11 a.m. at the Southeast Area Animal Control Authority in Downey, according to Capt. Aaron Reyes of the agency. Nizato was taken to the Lakewood Sheriff's station to be booked.
Someone saw the emaciated animal and brought him to an emergency animal hospital last week in Garden Grove.
Veterinarian Dr. Bill Grant says the 3-year-old dog weighed just 37 pounds -- less than half his normal body weight. He now weighs 41 pounds.
Grant tells CBS 2 and KCAL 9 that the dog "had dirt and gravel in his intestines."
Grant says Courage faces months of recovery, but is recovering well. More tests will determine if Courage's liver and kidneys will recover from the advanced malnutrition.
You can see a video by clicking on the link at the top of this submission.Apr 16, 2010 4:26 pm US/Pacific Arrest Made In Starving Dog That Ate Dirt To Live... more
SAN DIEGO - A San Diego animal center rescues a puppy from a Utah shelter that shoots or runs-over pets as a means of euthanasia.
Jed, six-month-old puppy, escaped death at a Utah animal control facility that keeps orphaned pets for 72 hours. At the facility, animals that haven't found a home after the 72 hour period, the shelter shoots the pets. If they run out of bullets, they drive over the animals with their trucks. The dead animals are then thrown into a sewage pit.
According to the Helen Woodward Animal Center in San Diego County, the mayor of the community that does this believes it's efficient and cost-effective.
"We're still trying to wrap our heads around this," says Helen Woodward Animal Center (HWAC) spokesman John Van Zante. "How does an animal control facility call itself a, 'shelter' then take such inhumane actions to deal with orphaned pets?
The community claims that some of the pets are not always dead when they are thrown into the pit.
Adoptions Manager LaBeth Thompson works with animal welfare groups across the country to help find families for pets.
"Never during my 28 years at Helen Woodward Animal Center have I heard of any animal welfare organization that uses such cruel and antiquated methods to deal with an animal entrusted to their care!" Thompson said about the Utah shelter that shoots or runs-over pets as a means of euthanasia.
An article on www.henryslaw.com says that residents of Hinckley, Utah are speaking out on the city's animal control policy.
One resident says, "They had collars on them. They were people's pets." She adds that some of the wounded crawl onto her property and die.
Jed is available for adoption at Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe. Van Zante says that Jed is a sweet, healthy puppy in spite of his background.
"He seems to be a German Short-haired Pointer mix," VanZante described. "Right now he's around 40 pounds. He'll grow up to be a medium-to-large dog with lots of energy."
For more information about Helen Woodward Animal Center, click: http://www.animalcenter.org/SAN DIEGO - A San Diego animal center rescues a puppy from a Utah shelter that shoots... more
Animal adoption is less expensive and more humane than municipal euthanasia programs, said an Austin lawyer and “No Kill” advocate visiting Baton Rougeans trying to sustain a “No Kill” initiative.
“I started like a lot of people start in the animal welfare world,” said Ryan Clinton, 34, who grew up in Baton Rouge. “Stumbling on a stray dog or cat or two or three or four in the neighborhood.”
Municipal animal shelters think “No Kill” too expensive, Clinton said, but “the budget of a shelter has shown to be unrelated to whether a shelter becomes ‘No Kill.’”
“There’s a long tradition that says spay/neuter is the only answer,” Clinton said. “The shelters say they do hard work all the time. But it’s spay/neuter, adopt out a few, kill the rest. It’s been that way a hundred years.”
Nonprofits and individuals pick up the tab for adoptions and spay/neuter in Austin, Clinton said.
“We have a good rapport with Hilton Cole (head of Baton Rouge’s Animal Control and Rescue Center),” said Patricia Calfee, a Baton Rouge Area Foundation project manager, who has worked with animal welfare people here on a “No Kill” initiative.
Figures provided to Calfee by Cole show 8,222 animals (3,855 cats and 4,367 dogs) put down by the East Baton Rouge Parish Animal Control and Rescue Center in 2009.
Cole is on medical leave, said Richard Byrd, operations manager at the center, but a figure in the neighborhood of 8,000 sounds right.
About 80 percent of the stray cats and dogs brought to the center each year are killed, Byrd said.
“But that’s changing drastically,” Byrd said. Adoption, foster homes, spaying or neutering saved 550 dogs and 152 cats through October 2009, he said.
The kill rate in Charlottesville, Va., is less than 10 percent.
“We could do that in Austin,” said Clinton, who with his girlfriend has provided a foster home for 14 animals.
Charlottesville has 2,000 foster homes.
Clinton estimated that Austin would euthanize 6,000 to 9,000 dogs and cats this year, but thinks just a few years ago it was as high as 14,000.
“Thirty-five percent of animals impounded in Austin die, and it was higher in past years,” he said.
A 10 percent kill rate is achievable, he said. A certain percentage of animals that end up at a municipal animal control center can’t be saved, Clinton said.
Clinton founded http://www. FixAustin.org, a “no kill” advocacy group.
He’s a volunteer foster “parent” and legal counsel with Austin Pets Alive.
Yelp BR is modeled after Austin Pets Alive, said BRAF”s Calfee.
To contribute to the “no kill” initiative, send contributions to Baton Rouge Area Foundation, The ‘No-Kill Baton Rouge Fund, 402 N. Fourth St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802.
Clinton’s research shows 40 million Americans looking for pets this year. “With only five or six million animals going into shelters,” he said, there’s no reason millions of animals can’t be saved.
“The loss of an animal means opportunity for adoption,” he said. “Adopt a pet as opposed to buying from a breeder or a pet store or convincing a friend to let his animal have a litter.”
Clinton, who’s with the Dallas-based law firm Hankinson Levinger, is the son of Ralene Cerise and Jim Clinton.Animal adoption is less expensive and more humane than municipal euthanasia programs,... more
Please Send An E-mail To Help Wild Horses
Public Comment Ends Friday Feb. 12
Our voices are making a difference for America's wild horses, but now is the time to keep up the pressure. In the last two months, after receiving well over ten thousand public comments in opposition, the BLM has postponed two scheduled wild horse roundups in Utah's Confusion Mountains Complex and eastern Nevada's Eagle Herd Management Area.
The agency even admitted that the tremendous public opposition to the roundups influenced its decisions. Read article here.
As a result of your emails, 700 free-living mustangs have gotten a reprieve from the BLM's brutal roundups, like the helicopter stampede in the Calico Mountains Complex that has cost 39 horses their lives so far and another 20-30 pregnant mares to spontaneously abort.
Now we need you to act again to oppose the massive removal of 1,506 wild horse in the Antelope Complex located in northeastern Nevada.
This proposed removal of approximately 75 percent of the horses would leave behind only 471 horses in the vast 1.3 million acre public lands complex! It's hard to believe, but the BLM is actually claiming that the 1.3 MILLION acres, consisting of four herd management areas (HMAs), can only support 471 to 788 horses.
This Antelope Complex roundup is currently scheduled to take place this summer or fall. The BLM's Elko and Ely District Offices are seeking public input for the preparation of a preliminary environmental assessment (EA). This is our chance to oppose and highlight that the BLM's determination of the "appropriate management level" (AML) for wild horses is flawed and must be revised before proceeding with yet another ill-conceived roundup and removal of wild horses.
In Defense of Animals has secured an extension for public comment until Feb 12. So please take minute to fill out the form below and customize the email. In addition, please send this alert to at least three friends and family ... you never know who may want to help stop and reform this unnecessary and wasteful government program which destroys the lives of so many wild horses.
Links to BLM press release and letter of notice:
https://secure2.convio.net/ida/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=1379 - Link for email letterhttps://secure2.convio.net/ida/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=137... more
The woman who was held captive since being kidnapped 18 years ago wants her five cats, two dogs, three cockatiels, a pigeon and a mouse returned to her, said a Contra Costa County animal services official.The woman who was held captive since being kidnapped 18 years ago wants her five cats,... more
Lucey is alive thanks to Angie Cartwright, her loving owner who was willing to pay $168 for a Wisdom Panel MX mixed breed DNA analysis test. Animal control officers in Salina, Kansas were called out in response to a loose dog saw Lucey, "identified" her as a pit bull and took her in.Lucey is alive thanks to Angie Cartwright, her loving owner who was willing to pay... more
According to the KCMO Animal Health and Public Safety Division's website KCMO "promotes the safety of residents from animals and animal-borne diseases, fosters the humane treatment of animals, encourages the adoption of pets, enforces animal and fowl ordinances, inspects facilities that deal with or sell animals, conducts educational programs, and picks up stray, sick and injured animals."According to the KCMO Animal Health and Public Safety Division's website KCMO... more
A New Mexico woman with an affinity for rabbits has run afoul of the law after her rascally pets started multiplying like, well, rabbits. Rio Rancho police said Monday that Nancy Haseman was cited under an ordinance that allows five pets per household after an animal control officer found 334 bunnies hopping around in her yard.
The officer spotted the animals last month after a neighbor complained about rabbits eating her garden.
Haseman says her husband rescued a rabbit 12 years ago after a neighbor abandoned it, then the couple began rescuing more bunnies.
She says they kept the males separate from the females, but the males hopped the fence and things got "out of control."
Haseman says the couple hoped to help the animals.
Rescue groups have found homes for about half the Haseman rabbits.A New Mexico woman with an affinity for rabbits has run afoul of the law after her... more
Howl of the wild: Depending on your point of view, gray wolves like this one are emblems of unspoiled wilderness or dangerous pests.
Deep in Alaska's interior, Fortymile Country is what you visualize when you think of the nation's 49th state: rugged, cold and heartbreakingly lonely, a feeling heightened by the occasional howl of a wolf. But there was another sound in the area last weekend: the whir of a helicopter, carrying a steady-handed state employee looking to target those wolves in the sights of his 12-gauge shotgun. This time the hunters came back empty-handed, but last month they killed 84 wolves in the area.
Alaska's controversial program, designed to cull the state's wolf population, captured America's attention last year when detractors gleefully hung it around vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's neck as an example of, well, something. Unsportsmanlike conduct? Unladylike behavior? A taste for blood? No matter—the criticism gave Palin supporters another reason to shout "attagirl" to "give 'em hell" Sarah. What do urban and suburban folks in the lower 48 states know about life in the wilderness, anyway? Michael Goldfarb, Sen. John McCain's former campaign spokesperson, went so far as to call the program "political gold" for the plucky VP candidate.
As the punditocracy chatters about a possible 2012 Palin presidential bid, the annual aerial hunt is likely to keep its wings. But behind the political whirligig is a complex conservation debate that has split Alaskans, hunters, scientists and the state and federal governments—since long before Palin came onto the scene.
4/11 11:40 AM ETHowl of the wild: Depending on your point of view, gray wolves like this one are... more
KHOU reports on an investigation into the deaths of eight dogs in an animal control officer's truck.
Video - Breaking News Videos from CNN.com#/video/us/2008/09/03/dnt.tx.dogs.die.lunch.khou#/video/us/2008/09/03/dnt.tx.dogs.die.lunch.khou#/video/us/2008/09/03/dnt.tx.dogs.die.lunch.khouKHOU reports on an investigation into the deaths of eight dogs in an animal control... more
This is sooo sad. And yes the three "O's" are necessary.
In Puerto Rico, thousands of unwanted cats and dogs were thrown off 50 foot bridges to their death instead of being euthanized.This is sooo sad. And yes the three "O's" are necessary. In Puerto... more