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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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Pit Bulls no longer automatically deemed "vicious" in Ohio town

The town of Newark, Ohio no longer designates Pit Bulls as a vicious breed thanks to the Newark City Council approving a proposal that removes breed-specific language from the city’s dog ordinance. The new ordinance is now behavior-based. Previously, the ordinance automatically labelled Pit Bulls as vicious and affected a number of dog owners in the town negatively. The new ordinance goes into effect in 30 days and marks a vicious dog as any dog...
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64 Pit Bulls saved during dogfighting bust

64 Pit Bulls were rescued after a suspected dog fighting ring was raided by authorities this week. The joint effort between the ASPCA, Rock Island Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Quad Cities Federal Gang Task Force saw a year-long investigation culminate in 10 search warrants being executed in Rock Island, Illinois. “After search warrants were served Thursday morning by the FBI, responders discovered dogs tethered on heavy chains and training devices consistent...
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Puppy Mill dogs no longer to be sold at pet stores in the U.S's fifth largest city

Philadelphia has joined other U.S. cities such as Boston, Los Angeles and Phoenix in banning the sales of puppies and kittens at pet stores. This past Thursday, the nation’s fifth largest city unanimously passed legislation banning the sale of commercially bred pets at retail stores as well as at flea markets and roadsides. The decision is meant to restrict the sales of backyard breeders and puppy mills. Pennsylvania is known as one of the largest...
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German Shepherd found abandoned with muzzle duct-taped shut

The Suffolk SPCA is seeking information after a man found a dog abandoned by the side of the road with his muzzle duct-taped shut. Rob Farha saw the German Shepherd mix across from his business in Lindenhurst along the Montauk Highway on Saturday morning.  Having three dogs of his own, he immediately went to help the dog. First thing he did was take pictures of the poor dog and then removed the duct tape. He...
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Suspect arrested in case of dog found raped and hung from tree

A suspect has been arrested in the case of a dog who had been raped and later was found hanging from a tree in Thurston County, Washington. A mountain biker found the deceased dog hanging from a tree in Thurston County, Washington on March 21, 2016. There was evidence that the dog had been “severely sexually assaulted” while being restrained. Thurston County Animal Services announced that a male suspect was arrested on Saturday. According to...
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Kentucky House approves bill toughening dog fighting law

Kentucky is finally making progress in legislation that would crack down on dogfighting. The new legislation would make it a felony to breed, train, or own dogs for the purpose of fighting. The Kentucky House of Representatives has approved the legislation aimed at toughening the state’s animal cruelty statute.  Dogfighting is already a class D felony in Kentucky, but it is really only effective if the criminals are caught in the act. But as catching...
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Good Samaritan wants justice for dog he found duct taped, chained and tossed into creek

It was only by chance that Randy Abke and his wife were able to save a dog they're now calling "Rusty". They were driving in rural northwest Waller County when they happened to see a chain popping out of the side of the road. That's when they spotted what was at the end of the chain. There was a dog with his mouth taped shut and chained to a weight at the bottom of a...
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Dog breeders put behind bars after locking 12 Irish Red Setters in filthy shed

Two dog breeders in Britain have been put behind bars after a judge upheld their sentence for animal cruelty. RSPCA investigators found 14 Irish Red Setters is some of the "worst conditions ever seen". Pedigree breeders Gary and Margaret Mazan kept 12 of the dogs in a shed that RSPCA investigator Emma Ellis said she will never forget. She told The Express UK that “The smell in that shed is one that I will never...
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Man arrested for leaving his dog in hot truck at pet-friendly hotel

A North Carolina man was arrested in Florida and charged with cruelty to animals after leaving his dog in his truck in the warm sun. Willard Allen Swart was booked into the Nassau County Jail after police were called to a Best Western Hotel where the dog had suffered for four hours in Swart's truck! A bystander noticed the dog in the bed of the truck, which was covered by a topper cracked open only...
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Police break up dog fighting ring in San Diego

Nine Pit bulls, including a pregnant one, were saved from a dog-fighting ring in San Diego today. The San Diego Police Department assisted the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department in raiding a home in the Linda Vista area, where the dogs were found. The dogs all showed signs of being used in the blood sport from the scars they bore but none required immediate medical attention.  An officer at the scene cradled one of the dogs...
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