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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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Woman sentenced to year in jail for tossing her puppy out of car window

A woman who threw away injured 3-month-old puppy, which resulted in the dog suffering brain trauma, will serve jail time. Last year, Alsu Ivanchenko brought her 1-pound Maltese/Shih Tzu puppy named Snowflake to the vet where the puppy was diagnosed with a broken leg. However, rather than treat Snowflake, Ivanchenko took the dog and stuffed her in a plastic bag and tossed her out of her car window like trash. The puppy was found later...
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Tiny Dog Survives Brutal Torture After Teens Break His Neck And Set Him On Fire

Teenagers tortured a beloved family dog in what an RSPCA inspector has described as the “worst ever” unprovoked attack.  Tiny Chihuahua-cross Chunky had his neck broken and was set on fire before being dumped in a rubbish tip when he was less than one year old.  He was stolen from his owner by four teenagers on February 24. Three of the teens, aged 16 and 15 at the time, admitted to punching and kicking Chunky before...
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No-kill shelter desperately seeks help after fire tragically claims lives of 56 dogs and cats

A no-kill animal shelter in Paxton, Massachusetts suffered a tragic fire over the weekend that claimed the lives of 56 of their homeless animals (17 dogs and 39 cats). An electrical fire was the probable cause of the blaze that swept through the Sweatpea F.O.R. Animals shelter on Sunday night. Sweetpea put out an urgent plea at 8:49pm on Facebook writing: "SOS. Sweetpea is currently ON FIRE and we need volunteers to help MOVE animals....
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Judge hands down stiffest sentence ever against dog fighter - 20 Years

A man charged with dogfighting has just gotten the harshest sentence ever. A judge in Polk County, Florida sentenced Hewitt Grant to 20 years in jail. Grant will also have another 30 years of probation and has been ordered by the judge to not have any contact with dogs for the rest of his life, according to ABC Action News. It's the toughest sentence related to dog fighting to be ever handed down.  77 dogs...
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Police seek help identifying woman who left emaciated dog at shelter

Police in Pennsylvania are looking for a woman they said dropped a severely emaciated dog off at a shelter in the middle of the night. The small poodle mix, who rescuers have named Annie, is in awful condition, suffering from malnutrition, anemia and numerous illnesses. The dog was left outside the Peaceable Kingdom Animal Shelter in Whitehall Township early Thursday morning. According to one of the shelter's managers, Suzy Sora, Annie weighed only 6 pounds...
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Tennessee will soon have first statewide animal abuse registry

Tennessee has passed a new bill to maintain a public registry of animal abusers - it will be the first statewide animal abuse registry in the United States. The registry, which will go into effect on January 1, 2016, and will be open to the public. People can check to see if they live near someone who could harm animals. First-time offenders will remain on the registry for two years after their conviction. If they...
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Man who bought dog off of Craigslist and burned her alive faces up to 7 years in jail

Here again is a strong reminder to never sell or adopt an animal through Craigslist. A 26-year-old man is facing up to seven years in prison on charges of felony animal cruelty after burning a dog he bought off of Craigslist alive.Arthur M. Vieira pled guilty to the torture death of a Pit Bull named Lucky. According to authorities, he confessed to binding her front and rear legs, dousing her with lighter fluid and then...
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New Law Ensures No Military Working Dogs Will Be Left Behind Overseas

Congress has passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which mandates the return of retiring military working dogs to U.S. soil. First rights of adoption would go to former handlers and their families, meaning many servicemen and women could be reunited with the dogs who they shared so much.   More than 2,000 dogs currently serve in the U.S. Military. Their tasks range from sniffing out IEDs and roadside bombs, search and detection, guard duty...
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Jon and Tracey Stewart Open Animal Sanctuary In New Jersey

When Jon Stewart and his wife Tracey announced that they had purchased a farm in New Jersey last year to help abused and neglected farm animals, animal advocates cheered. And this week, they officially announced they had opened the farm and partnered with Farm Sanctuary, joining the group's three other farm animal shelters in the States. The Stewart's farm, named Bufflehead Farm, is currently is home to four pigs, two of which were rescued from...
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Cop under fire after running over old, deaf dog 3 times and then shooting her

Merrick was the beloved 21 year old dog of Karen Sutherland. The dog was deaf and much loved, but when a storm blew open the back gate at her home in Collingwood, north of Toronto, Canada, the old dog's life was about to take a tragic turn. Shockingly, Merrick was run over three times by a police cruiser before she was shot dead. A video of her last moments were captured by a neighbor and...
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