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Advocacy and Animal Welfare

Sussex police warn dog owners about poisoned sausages found on popular walking trail

Cocktail sausages laced with slug pellets have been found along a popular dog walking trail in the British town of Hailsham in East Sussex. Hailsham Police have issued a warning to dog owners to be careful after the poisoned meat was discovered by a member of the public on Cuckoo Trail in Hailsham on Wednesday April 8, 2015. Hailsham Police released photographs of the poisoned sausages (see below). An RSPCA spokesman announced, "We are deeply...
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Dog owners on alert after more meatballs stuffed with pills found in San Francisco neighborhood

San Francisco police reported that several meatballs stuffed with pills have been found on the street in the Sunset district. On Monday morning, Shura Kelly and her friend were walking their dogs in San Francisco's Sunset district when they found a plate of meat with pills shoved inside. They were walking 24th Avenue and Ortega Street in the Sunset District. Kelly told SF Gate that it was bizarre. Along with the hunks of meat, there...
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Police ask for public's help after two dogs killed by poison pushed through home's mail slot

This is shocking! Two dogs have died after contaminated food was pushed through the mail slot (letter box) of their home. The German Shepherds became seriously ill and later died from eating the poisoned food, which was reported to be contaminated chocolate. The poisoning took place at a house in Forest Gardens on Monday afternoon in Galashiels, a burgh in Selkirkshire, Scotland.Police in the Scottish town have issued letters to residents in neighboring streets canvassing...
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Town offers tax breaks for dog adoptions

Offering tax breaks to residents who adopt dogs might sound like a dream to many dog lovers, but it's actually coming true in a town in Sicily, Italy.  Councillors in Mascalucia have unanimously approved a plan to cut taxes for people who adopt a dog from a local shelter. Adoptive parents will see a tax break of up to 50% off their garbage removal according to La Sicillia. The discount isn't small either, discounts will...
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Adopting a pet may soon require a criminal background check in Michigan

A new bill being proposed in Michigan aims to crack down potential animal abuse by requiring background checks be done on people before an animal adoption is approved. It would require municipal-run animal control shelters and private shelters to check an individual’s criminal background and deny adoptions to anyone convicted of animal abuse in the past five years. If they were convicted more than 5 years in the past, they could still be denied to...
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100 Puppy Mills Exposed As The Worst In The United States

There are many animal welfare organizations across the United States shining a light on the dark business of puppy mills, the large-scale breeding operations that supply online and brick-and-mortar pet stores with puppies for purchase. Often these facilities are for profit and as result thousands of dogs are often neglected in favor of increasing the bottom line. Although puppy mills are licensed businesses and fall under the purvey of the USDA, many repeatedly violate the...
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Town lifts ban on Pit Bulls after after dog saves woman from domestic abuse

Pit Bulls are no longer banned in Hazel Park after the story of a heroic Pit Bull who protected her owner from an abusive boyfriend brought attention to the town’s BSL laws. Isis protected her owner, Jaimie Kraczkowski, from a violent attack by her then-boyfriend in March of 2015. Jamie said at the time that Isis grabbed her former boyfriend’s pant leg and held on when he reportedly slammed her her head against the wall...
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Man saves small dog from hot car but gets arrested

A man from Athens, Georgia saved a small dog from overheating in a hot vehicle but is now facing criminal charges for his actions. Michael Hammons was in a parking lot when he heard someone say there was a "dog in distress in a hot car". Without thinking, the Desert Storm vet immediately jumped into action, unaware that the police had already been called.  Diane Byard told news stations that she and a group of...
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Man commits suicide after his dog is taken away because of breed specific legislation

A man in Denmark reportedly made the the decision to end his own life after his dog was seized by authorities for being the “wrong” breed. Dan, 27, was separated from his Pit bull, Zanto and was given 8 days to prove the dog was not one of the banned breeds. Heartbroken, Dan was said to have taken an overdose of sleeping pills after failing to prove his dog was not on the “banned breed”...
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Police ask for public’s help after blind and deaf dog found beheaded in her family’s backyard

Police in Kings Mountain, North Carolina are investigating a gruesome case of animal cruelty after a person hopped over a family’s fence and beheaded their blind and deaf rescue dog named Libby. WCNC News reported that the family discovered the 12-year-old beagle’s headless torso on Thursday night. Whoever had killed her took her head. The family also discovered an ax, propane tank and shovel missing from their outbuilding. The family of five rescued Libby 7...
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8th-Graders rally to change dog tethering law in their community

Eighth-grade students at Oak Valley Middle School in Commerce Township, Michigan are on a mission to unchain dogs in their home town and educate people that keeping dogs on tethers is a form of animal abuse. The students were inspired by a teacher’s story after learning she had tried for two years to free a dog who had been chained for 7 years before finally succeeding and adopting him. They were participating in a service-learning...
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Proposed Pennsylvania bills would outlaw dog tethering

Tethering dogs outdoors for extended periods could soon result in animal cruelty charges under new legislation introduced in Pennsylvania by two senators on Monday. The proposed Senate Bill 373 would make tethering illegal unless it is a temporary measure. Also preconditions for tethering would have to be met. These include having a non-choking collar, tangle-free tether at least 10 feet long and access to shelter, food and water. The bill also specifies that dogs could...
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