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Advocacy and Animal Welfare

Police warn dog owners after dog nappers posing as SPCA officers try stealing family's dog

Men posing as SPCA animal welfare officers attempted to steal a dog from a family home and may have stolen a dog the day before in a neighboring town said the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP). The two men have been seen driving in a white van and have been spotted in several towns in Canadian province including: Kingston, Napanee, Quinte, Belleville, Ottawa and Pembroke areas, prompting police to issue a warning to dog owners. They...
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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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New Yorkers could face stiffer penalties for leaving dogs out in the cold

New York legislators are pushing through multiple proposals related to pet and wildlife welfare, one of which is directed at leaving dogs outside in extreme weather. Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal is advocating for the changes and pointed out that the current penalties are too lax. “It’s just common sense that when the temperature is below freezing and there is nearly 30 inches of snow on the ground, your dogs should be indoors, safe and warm,” she...
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Service Dog Or Not

Hi, Id like to ask someone for the current calif. code on regular animals being allowed in grocery stores etc... I know about service dogs and thats fine but what allows people to be able to bring in their pets and what law says they cant. Thank you for your time
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Musician’s new restaurant donating all profits to animal welfare groups

It’s not every day that you hear about a restaurant that donates all its profits to animal welfare organizations, but a new restaurant spearheaded by musician Moby does just that. His new restaurant, Little Pine, opened in November last year in Los Angeles, California and donates 100% of the profits to animal welfare groups such as The Humane Society, Animal Legal Defense Fund, Farm Sanctuary and Mercy for Animals. Moby’s hopes are to promote vegetarian...
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Authorities ask for help to find driver who shoved dog out of car into middle of the road

A dog was pushed out of a Jeep in the middle of the road only to be struck by another car while chasing after his heartless owner who was abandoning him. On January 18, 2016 around 4 p.m., a witness driving in Moriches, New York, saw an individual open the passenger side door of an older model Jeep Grand Cherokee and push a dog out, said Roy Gross, Chief of the Suffolk County SPCA. The...
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600 animals seized from Haven shelter

It’s one of the ASPCA's largest rescue operations in 150 years. At least 600 animals have been seized at the 100-acre Hoke County animal shelter known as “The Haven - Friends for Life”. Linden and Stephen Spear, owners of The Haven, ran the shelter/rescue in Raeford, North Carolina and have been charged with abuse after the ASPCA helped authorities conduct a raid. Authorities found 300 dogs, 250 cats, 40 horses and several other farm animals...
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Ohio town votes down proposed Pit Bull ban

The city council of Shaker Heights in Ohio voted down proposed legislation that would ban Pit Bulls from the city. After five public hearings over four months, City Council voted it down 5-2 on January 12, 2016. The ban was proposed last November after an elderly woman was killed by a Pit bull in July. 71-year-old Annie Williams of Cleveland was mauled to death by a pit bull out front of a relative’s home. The...
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City pays $262,500 to family whose dog was fatally shot by police

A dog owner who 3 years ago was hoping for justice for his dog Chloe after police shot and killed her has been awarded one of the largest financial settlements in U.S. history for the death of someone’s pet. The city of  Commerce City has paid $262,500 to Gary Branson, the owner of the chocolate lab-mix named Chloe. She was killed by police while she was at a relative’s home in Commerce City, Colorado after...
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Dog owners must bring dogs inside when temperatures drop to 20 degrees in Indianapolis

Dog owners are now required by law to bring their pets inside when it's 20 degrees Fahrenheit (-6 C) outside in Indianapolis. WWTV reports that the Indianapolis Animal Care and Treatment Ordinance, which defines the extreme low and high temperatures at which point dog owners must bring their dog inside, added the new rule last year and it took effect this year. The ordinanace also specifies that an owner must bring a pet inside if...
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Ohio's newly proposed law would make it a crime to leave pets in extreme weather

Lawmakers in Ohio have proposed a law that would make leaving dogs and other pets outside in extreme temperatures, without appropriate shelter and for extended periods of time, punishable by fines and possible jail time. The Ohio House Bill 94 still needs to be approved, but if it is, it will improve the current ordinances vastly and make it easier for animals to be protected from extreme temperatures and neglect. The new legislation specifies that...
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Man gets maximum jail sentence after adopting dog from Craigslist and burning her alive

A man who bought a dog off Craigslist only to burn her alive has been sentenced to 5 years in prison. Arthur M. Vieira, 27, pled guilty to the torture death of a Pit Bull named Lucky last year. According to authorities, he confessed to binding Lucky’s front and rear legs, dousing her with lighter fluid and then lighting her on fire. The dog's remains were discovered when Virginia Beach firefighters responded to a brush fire. Investigators...
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