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In 2009, a woman wrote a letter to Klein Animal Shelter in Texas and sent copies to the AC offices in the cities of Jacksonville and Tyler as well as Smith Co – all of which contracted with Klein. In the letter, she mourned the needless death of a kitten she had adopted from Klein. Klein sold her as a 9 week old kitten but the adopter’s vet said she was actually a severely malnourished 4 month old. The kitten, named Twiggy by the adopter, succumbed to the effects of starvation just 4 days after the adoption. In the letter, the woman asked that Klein re-examine its practices and stated that Twiggy would have been better off on the street than at Klein. In 2015, three employees of the facility were arrested and charged with animal cruelty.

Case update:  Two ACOs from Orange Co, CA who slit an injured deer’s throat while refusing help from a veterinarian at the scene have been fired from their jobs.  The DA declined to bring charges against either man.  (Thank you Clarice for the link.)

Case update:  In an agreement with prosecutors, the animal cruelty charges against the former director of the Hunterdon Co Humane Animal Shelter in NJ will be dropped in 12 months so long as she gives up managerial control of the facility and agrees to other unnamed conditions.  She will remain on the board and continue fundraising for the wealthy organization.  (Thanks Clarice.)

Two of the dogs “rescued” from the troubled Helmetta pound in NJ were sent to the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area where they were reportedly killed for behavior despite evaluations from a behaviorist who determined the dogs were not aggressive outside their cages. (Thanks Clarice.)

An ACO from the Memphis pound was called to help stray dogs living at an abandoned property near Mayor Wharton’s home.  One of the dogs was reportedly in desperate need of veterinary care.  The ACO initially refused to do her job and only finally removed the one dying dog after an animal advocate begged her for help.  But when the local news called the mayor’s office about the story, Memphis ACOs were quickly sent to the property where they captured one dog and set traps for the remainder.  The ACOs will supposedly monitor the traps so the dogs don’t suffer and/or freeze to death in the inclement weather.  (Thanks to everyone who sent me this story.)

Hunt Co, TX – Some manly man with a gun shot his neighbor’s two dogs when they came into his yard, photographed their bodies, then bragged about it on Facebook.  He has been suspended from his job with the Union Valley Fire Department and a county constable is investigating the case.  (Thanks Mike.)

A therapy dog who visits veterans in a transitional housing program in Pittsburgh uses his whole body to help heal people he meets.  (Thanks Steve.)

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A document obtained via FOIA request from the city of Maryville, TN shows that in 2014, the shelter had a 99% save rate. Well done!

The state of CT has created a task force for the purpose of  improving conditions for animals in public shelters.

Haters gonna hate.  But if you check out the comments on the linked article it looks like this private shelter in MT, which saved more than 1100 animals last year, has strong support within the community.  (Thanks Clarice for the link.)

Arizona – A USDA employee who disliked his neighbor’s dog set two steel coyote traps and baited them with lure paste in order to trap the pet.  The dog lost 17 teeth trying to free herself.  The employee was charged with animal cruelty.  The USDA submitted a letter to the court stating the employee acted lawfully.  (Thanks Clarice.)

This article debunks some of the myths surrounding homeless people who own pets.

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Case Update:  Despite a city appointed committee finding “clear and convincing evidence” that Louisville Metro Animal Services neglected a dog named Sadie causing her months of suffering before she was finally euthanized, prosecutors have declined to file any charges, citing lack of evidence.  (Thank you Clarice for the link.)

A sad turn of events in Minnesota following the resignation of Animal Ark executive director Mike Fry:  the new director is proposing an end to the shelter’s long standing no kill policies and making a bid to start killing animals.  (Thanks Arlene.)

The Lawton Animal Shelter in Oklahoma is under investigation by the state Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners after two dogs starved to death at the facility.  (Thanks Clarice.)

Wally Barber, a recently retired ACO in Snohomish Co, Washington was reportedly confronted by a police officer responding to a complaint of a neglected goat on Barber’s property.  After the police officer left, Barber shot the goat in the head and buried her.  Barber, a 30 year veteran of AC, has been charged with animal cruelty and a gun violation.  (Thanks Clarice.)

The link between domestic violence and animal cruelty can not be overstated:  studies indicate that 48 percent to 71 percent of battered women have pets who have been hurt or killed by the woman’s abuser.  Law enforcement and prosecutors need to take animal cruelty cases more seriously.

Two Fort Worth police officers came across a little dog loose on the interstate so they shut down the freeway then coaxed the dog into their squad car with a treat.  The dog was later adopted.  (Thanks Barb.)

Possible vacation destination:  Japan has a fox sanctuary with over 100 foxes roaming around and the public can pay to hang with the animals.  (Thanks Arlene.)

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Case update:  Following an investigation of what appears to be a botched do-it-yourself cat neuter at the Lee Co pound in SC, the solicitor’s office declined to press charges against the pound director, Doris Winstead, citing lack of evidence.  Winstead reportedly resigned from her job last month.  (Thank you Clarice for the link.)


Case update:  After a video showing starving dogs eating another dog at the Idabel pound in Oklahoma went viral, a rescuer from Tulsa went to the pound to pull 7 dogs.  Despite learning that the pound has no cleaning protocols in place, the rescuer told the local news that the place just needs a new paint job and the dead dog wasn’t being so much “eaten” as he was being “licked”.  Aw.  Enablers, so soft and fuzzy.  There are still dogs at the Idabel pound and the police chief says the sole ACO will keep his job.  (Thanks Clarice.)


Jerry Strong, an ACO at the Memphis pound, has been charged with rape.  After the charges were reported by local media, more women came forward to accuse Strong of rape and the city of Memphis with covering up their complaints.  Strong has worked in past as a Memphis police officer and a security guard for the public school system.  Allegations of sexual misconduct have followed him everywhere as the city has passed him from department to department.  Strong is still working at MAS, on desk duty.  (Thanks to everyone who sent me this story.)


If you volunteer at a public shelter and have been forced to sign an agreement that you won’t speak out about what you see there on threat of being banned, you should know that the agreement has all the legal value of toilet paper and you might like to use it accordingly.  The latest judge to say so was in a Maryland case:

[T]he “opportunity to serve as a volunteer or partner with a government organization” as a rescuer is a constitutionally protected benefit and that volunteers and rescuers have “the right to exercise constitutionally protected free speech, free of a state actor’s retaliatory adverse act.”

Any questions?  (Thank you Jan.)


Local animal advocates call Putnam Co Animal Control in Florida a “death camp” where more than a third of the animals are killed by heartstick.  The county says nobody wants to kill animals and blah.  (Thanks Clarice.)


Inconceivable:  Three million years ago, South America had rodents of unusual size who used their front teeth teeth like an elephant uses his tusks.

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The owner of a PA kennel which serves as a destination for shelter pets shipped from the south was cited by the state for failing to maintain humane conditions, not having health certificates on imported dogs, doing business with an unlicensed out of state dealer and other violations.  (Thank you Clarice for the link.)


Australia – The government is investigating the North Melbourne Lost Dogs’ Home after numerous complaints about needless killing, including a lost dog called Fonzie whose owner called to reclaim him but the pound killed him anyway.  The money quote, from chair Dr. Andrew Tribe:

Dr Tribe said the incident was a “lesson for all of us to register and identify our dogs better”.

And not to be outdone, Lost Dogs’ Home has announced it will also investigate itself.  (Thanks Kerry.)


The death of 23 dogs at an Arizona boarding facility last year has been receiving new attention from sports media outlets recently as one of the owners whose pets died there plays for a team in the Super Bowl.  (Thanks Arlene.)


New research at Kansas State University may lead to a change in the way pets whose vaccines are overdue and who are exposed to rabies are handled in future.  Basically, vaccinating a pet whose rabies vaccine has expired boosts immunity sufficiently to avoid a six month quarantine or killing.  (Thanks Clarice.)


Three cotton-top tamarin monkeys, which weigh less than a pound, were left out in sub-freezing temperatures in a Louisiana zoo when their caretaker “overlooked” the endangered animals.  Two of the three froze to death.  The caretaker resigned.


A photo from the Montgomery Co shelter in TX proves why the haters who refuse to adopt pets to the elderly are so wrong.  (Thank you Lisa.)


In case of emergency, this gif.

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In Summit Co Colorado, an ACO resigned alleging that the pound director was violating policy and failing to enforce cruelty laws.  The last straw was a Lab with a tumor on his leg who apparently starved to death without vet care, his owner admitting the dog only ate cashews.  The director refused to allow the ACO to investigate the case.  After the resignation, an internal investigation cleared the director on all accounts.  (Thank you Clarice for the link.  Warning:  dead dog photos at link.)


After an employee at the local news station adopted a cat from the Tri-Cities pound in Pasco, WA and he tested positive for FIV, the other six cats exposed to the positive cat were tested and one came back positive.  The money quote:

The animal shelter in Pasco doesn’t usually warn people adopting cats of the potential risk of feline leukemia or FIV. I asked if perhaps they should start. “Should we implement those protocols? I can say yes, we should. Will we be able to? That’s a different story,” says shelter manager Angela Zilar.

She’s talking about educating cat adopters on FIV, which could be accomplished via a paragraph in a take home sheet and/or a verbal recommendation for testing.  Or rather, she’s talking about not doing those things.  (Thanks Mary.)


Dallas Animal Services investigated itself and came up with an explanation for why they secretly killed 4 dogs slated for rescue:  Oops.  (Thank you Arlene.)


Contenders for Biggest Jerks in the World, the Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners continues its crusade against vets who perform low cost spay-neuter in order to help save lives.  A judge recently ruled against the board and in favor of one of the vets being dragged through the mud by the group.  (Thanks Aubrie.)


New study looks at why dogs roll on their backs when playing with other dogs.


Headline of the Week, from Israel: Runaway emu braves rain to go to mall


My next blog is going to be about koala mittens.

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In what looks suspiciously like a case of puppy stealing by Waukegan AC in IL, authorities cited a failure on the part of a bulldog breeder to obtain a breeding license as their basis for removing 6 week old puppies from their dam and arresting the breeder.  (Thank you Clarice for the link.)

The North Reading Police Department in MA takes lost pet reports seriously.  And their efforts paid off for one family, big time.  (Thanks Lis.)

News to me:  Vets in the UK aren’t currently allowed to use the title “Doctor” before their names but that may change.

Muscly, half-naked and cuddling pets:  If you didn’t get the 2015 calendar you wanted for Christmas, take a look at this one.  Proceeds benefit the Charleston Animal Society’s fund for injured and abandoned animals.  (Thanks Valerie.)

Girl performs tricks for captive dolphins.  They are clearly interested.  (Thanks Valerie.)

Animals, especially cats, appear several times on this wonderful list of awful book covers.

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The No Kill Advocacy Center has renewed its petition to the state of Virginia to revoke PETA’s “animal shelter” status.

A VA state senator has requested an investigation into PETA’s theft and killing of Maya.  (Thanks Nathan for the link.)

In December 2013, authorities responding to a complaint in Ashland Co, WI seized 4 horses and killed a donkey owned by rescuers.  One of the horses starved to death while in the county’s care.  The rescuers are now suing the county along with the individual ACOs and police officers involved in the case.  (Thanks Clarice.)

A Customs and Border Protection officer in AZ has been charged with animal cruelty after he was caught on video hanging his drug detection dog from a leash and slamming him to the concrete. The dog has reportedly been retired and given a home by another officer.  (Thank you Clarice.)

A cat who’d been living at a private shelter in PA since May became rabid in December and was killed for testing.  Three people were treated for exposure.  The shelter’s president insists proper protocols were followed but the article does not mention whether the cat was ever vaccinated.

Present for the cat/tea party lover on your list.

Reminder:  The deadline for submitting a photo for the Christmas day post is December 21.

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A rescuer pulled a kitten in rough shape from the Columbus Co pound in NC after the kitten had been kept in isolation at the facility for 10 days due to a reported bite.  The director says he would have treated the kitten if he had known he was sick but he didn’t know.  Because he’s the person responsible for running the place so how could he know what may or may not be happening there, right?  (Thanks Clarice for the link.)

The Lucas Co pound in OH killed an 11 month old puppy whose disabled owner couldn’t afford to keep her and surrendered her to the pound, believing she’d be adopted.  The pound director says the puppy failed a temperament test.  (Thanks Clarice.)

A private no kill shelter in WA held a Black Cat Friday adoption event, staying open for 24 hours and offering reduced adoption fees (down to FREE from 2am to 6am).  Twenty-one animals found homes and the shelter plans to do it again next year.  (Thanks Mary Frances for the link.)

Researchers find that killing wolves increases livestock predation.

Last pope:  Heaven is not for animals.  Current pope:  Is too.  (Thanks Nathan.)

A clever vet whom I would like to hug used Legos to put together a wheelchair for a lame tortoise in Germany.


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A pound in Washington is trying to encourage adoptions by cutting prices this month.  At the same time they continue to strictly enforce a policy prohibiting anyone from saving a pet to give as a gift.  Better dead than gift, I guess.  (Thanks Mary Frances for the link.)

This sad sack claimed a lost dog from a Good Sam in VA who listed her as “found” on Craigslist, then turned around and tried to sell her on the same site.  The true owner alerted authorities and arranged his own undercover sting operation to get his dog back.  Sad sack was arrested and charged with obtaining property under false pretenses.

Using what one pet owner described as “gestapo tactics”, tribal officials in Pine Ridge, SD rounded up loose dogs, including owned pets, and shot them to death after a child was killed by loose dogs on the reservation.  Officials refused to say where the remains were taken and also refused to allow journalists to view the remains.  But they deny any wrongdoing.  (Thanks Kathleen.)

Like most bans based on a dog’s skull/body shape, Petsmart’s pitbull ban is vague and harmful.

But how’d they get them to sit under the hair dryer all that time?


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