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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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Angry confrontation filmed after women try to help bulldog in hot car (VIDEO)

A video of a man losing his temper when two women tried to help his bulldog in a hot car has gone viral. Jennifer Thi of Vancouver, British Columbia, noticed the dog was in distress in the car. She said in an interview with Global TV News that the dog was drooling and panting, with no water and the windows of the car were only open a crack. She and another woman tried to find...
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Detroit dog rescue opens the city's first ever no-kill shelter

Detroit Dog Rescue has announced it has opened the city's very first no-kill shelter. The rescue, which was co-founded by Detroit rapper Daniel "Hush" Carlisle and TV producer Monica Moartino, recently acquired their state permit to operate as a no-kill shelter. It's the first no-kill animal shelter in Detroit's history! Many of the dogs that DDR looks after are Pit Bulls. Their shelter will house around 30 dogs at a time and has the capacity...
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New law introduced would make severe animal abuse such as "crushing" a federal offense

A newly proposed federal law would make severe animal abuse a felony across the United States. Targeting "crushing", the bipartisan Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act would punish the crime at a federal level and is being proposed by U.S. Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.). "Crushing an animal - maiming and torturing it to death - is heinously inhumane and must be illegal," said Sen. Blumenthal in a news release. "Videos...
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Spanish town gives dogs equal rights as citizens

A small town in Spain has become the first to recognize dogs and cats as "non-human residents" awarding them equal rights to co-exist alongside their human counterparts. Trigueros del Valle has a population of just 300, but it has become the first municipality in Spain to enshrine the rights of pets with those of its citizens. Pedro J Pérez Espinosa, the mayor of the town in the Castilla y León province of Valladolid, introduced the...
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Owner Calls For Change After Dog Dies In Animal Control Shelter Due To “Horrific” Conditions

A dog owner in Detroit is saying her dog was denied proper care at the Detroit Animal Control Shelter that lead to his death. Veronica Seward's dog Major, a 2-year-old Pit bull, died on Saturday after bleeding out do to complcations with canine parvovirus, which he appears to have contracted at the shelter. Seward believes her dog died from canine parvovirus and neglect by employees at the shelter. She clipped her phone to her waist...
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Good Samaritans Now Allowed To Save Dogs From Hot Cars In Tennessee

It is now legal for individuals in Tennessee to break into a hot car to rescue a pet thanks to changes to its Good Samaritan law. Starting on July 1, 2015, an extension to the states Good Samaritan law went into effect that allows people to break into a hot car if an animal is trapped inside. The law previously covered children but not pets. The law protects people from civil liability (but not necessarily...
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Impose the maximum sentence on Jason Brown, the man accused of adopting dogs to torture and dismember

https://www.change.org/p/sign-petition-to-deny-bail-to-man-who-adopted-dogs-so-he-could-torture-and-dismember-them?recruiter=2288650&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=autopublish&utm_term=des-lg-share_petition-reason_msg&fb_ref=Default   Jason Brown, of Reno, Nevada, is accused of adopting dogs in order to torture and dismember them. He is being charged with seven felony counts of willfully torturing and killing an animal and two counts of possession of methamphetamine. If convicted on all counts, he could receive a maximum of 28 years behind bars. Found in Brown's motel room were bloody knives and scissors, dog limbs, dog skins (including that of a newborn puppy),...
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Law in New Zealand now recognizes animals have feelings and are "sentient beings"

Animals are now sentient beings in the eyes of the law according to newly passed legislation in New Zealand. The New Zealand Government formally recognized animals as 'sentient' beings by amending animal welfare legislation in the the Animal Welfare Amendment Bill which was passed on Tuesday. The news comes just as Canada's province of Quebec introduced similar legislation just a week earlier.  "Expectations on animal welfare have been rapidly changing. The bill brings legislation in line...
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New Bill Would Require Retired Military Dogs To Be Brought Home After Duty

A new bill proposed by Sen. Ron Wyden in the United States wants to make the process of military dogs returning from foreign countries to the U.S. with their handlers after their tour of duty ends. KTVZ News reported that the Military Working Dog Retirement Act of 2015 would enable the U.S. Department of Defense to cover all transportation costs associated with returning the dogs to the U.S. after they have been injured or they...
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Proposed State legislation would allow citizens to break vehicle windows to save dogs in hot cars

There are still several states in the U.S. where it is only legal for police officers or animal control / humane society officers to break into a car to save a pet's life. New York is one such state where it is against the law for a citizen to break into a car to rescue a dog from extreme heat or cold. Assemblyman John Ceretta is proposing to change this, recognizing that sometimes a situation...
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