Category: Cruelty to animals


 

 

 

Veterinarian's cruel admission
May 2, 2014

According to Thursday’s publication of the Star-Telegram, the Fort Worth, Texas, veterinarian who was arrested after being accused of keeping a dog alive for his blood, has admitted that there are more dogs who suffered the same fate.

Dr. Lou Tierce, 71, of the Camp Bowie Animal Clinic, told officials that there were actually five dogs who were kept alive at his clinic after their owners asked for them to be euthanized. Investigators found a virtual house of horrors inside of the clinic when they conducted a raid earlier this week.

Three dogs discovered inside of the facility earlier this week were in “such decrepit shape” that they had to be humanely euthanized. Investigators also found bugs, unsecured medications and exam rooms littered with trash, laundry and paperwork. One of the most disturbing finds was the doctor’s own dog, who was on an exam room floor – court documents state that the dog was missing a leg, had two dislocated shoulders and another dislocated leg.

 

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Veterinarian accused of keeping dog alive for blood surrenders to authorities

According to Thursday’s publication of the Star-Telegram, the Fort Worth, Texas, veterinarian who has been accused of keeping a dog alive in order to utilize the dog’s blood, has surrendered to the authorities.

Dr. Lou Tierce, 71, of the Camp Bowie Animal Clinic, surrendered at the Tarrant County Jail on Wednesday evening – he was arrested and then released after posting bail. An arrest warrant was issued for the veterinarian, for a charge of animal cruelty, after a couple came forward with a complaint accusing the doctor of telling them that their dog had been euthanized months ago, when the dog was actually being kept alive, supposedly in order for the clinic to utilize him for blood transfusions.

Dr. Tierce denies the allegations and he has pointed the finger of blame on a disgruntled former employee – the woman who quit and then told Jamie and Marian Harris that their dog, “Sid,” was not dead, but instead, very much alive inside of a cage at the vet clinic.

The couple managed to get inside of the veterinary hospital to retrieve their dog – they claim that another veterinarian later examined Sid and told them that the dog appeared to have been used repeatedly for blood transfusions. The Harrises have stated that they were advised by Dr. Tierce to have the dog euthanized because he was suffering from a degenerative spinal condition.

 

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Texas vet clinic accused of stealing dog, using him for blood transfusions

 

According to Tuesday’s WFAA News, a Fort Worth, Texas, veterinary clinic is being investigated because a couple claims that their dog, who was supposed to have been euthanized months ago, was being kept alive and used for blood transfusions.

Months ago, Jamie and Marian Harris claim that they had asked for their dog “Sid,” to be put down at the Camp Bowie Animal Clinic because they were told that the dog suffered from a degenerative spinal condition. On April 21, the couple learned that something was amiss when a veterinary technician, who had worked at the clinic, called them to let them know that Sid was still alive.

 

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Dog shot and killed by Sulphur police officer
Family photo via Huffington Post

 

April 30, 2014

According to Tuesday’s KPLC 7 News, a Sulphur, La., police officer fatally shot a 14-month-old dog on Monday morning after being called out to investigate a call about two suspicious men who were trespassing.

Though the police officer has stated that the dog bit him, a witness to the traumatic scene has a different version of what took place at the parking lot of the Southwest Daily News. The young dog, named “Arzy Kensington,” had been tied to a fence near a box truck which Brandon Carpenter, 28, and Logan Laliberte, 21, had taken shelter in when it started to rain.

According to Eric Midkiff, circulation manager at the Southwest Daily News, the officer who had been called out to the scene to investigate a possible trespassing, interacted briefly with the dog before firing the fatal shot. Midkiff described what he saw to the Huffington Post:

The dog was rubbing up against the cop,

He would rub the dog’s back and then push him away. All of a sudden, he just jumped down and shot the dog in the head.”

He added:

That dog did not bite that officer,”

“The dog was wagging his tail, his tongue was hanging out.”

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Harley and Teddy, "caped crusaders" raising awareness about puppy mills.
April 24, 2014

Those of us in the animal world are well aware of the atrocities of puppy mills.

The filthy conditions, lack of clean water, food, and veterinary care, the loneliness and neglect the animals suffer. Which is why it’s wonderful to hear of puppy mill dogs who are rescued and get to spend the rest of their lives in a loving home.

Two such survivors, Harley, 13, and Teddy, 8, are doing more than enjoying their freedom, however. On April 26, they’re leaving for a trip (not their first) with National Mill Dog Rescue (NMDR) to save other puppy mill dogs. This Midwest mission, dubbed ‘Harley to the Rescue,‘ has a goal of saving more than 50 dogs.

‘Harley to the Rescue’ started as a campaign to raise $2,500 to fund one rescue of 25-30 dogs. As of today, these brave Chihuhuas have raised over $150,000 and have rescued 265 dogs from mills. Watch video (Here).

 

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At first glance, rescuers thought they were dealing with an aged chihuahua who had lost his teeth because of neglect. Tragically, the pooch has been rushed to the veterinarian on Saturday evening; his rescuers state this dog is less than two-years-old.

Rescuers believed tiny little Nemo has been badly abused and his teeth have been knocked out.

“Only a monster would knock the teeth out of a helpless little chihuahua,” stated Kathleen Godwin of Ithaca, New York. “It’s beyond horrible to think of what this poor little one must have suffered and the pain he must be in now.”

 

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Ayo has been charged with 8 counts of animal cruelty.
Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department

Leslie Ayo, the owner of Heavens Gate Kennels located in Lawrenceville, was arrested on Thursday and faces eight counts of animal cruelty for the inhumane tail docking of eight Rottweiler puppies reports the gwinnettdailypost.com.

Ayo was hired by a local woman living on Deer Oaks Drive to de-worm, de-claw, and dock the tails of her eight recently born puppies. A witness watched as Ayo used an instrument that looked like a pair of scissors to cut the pups’ tails. Nothing was used to stop the bleeding; one puppy later died at a local veterinarian’s office. The vet then called Gwinnett County Animal Control to report the cruelty.

The witness stated the puppies all screamed in pain. No anesthetics were used.

On Ayo’s Facebook page for Heavens Gate Kennels, she states:

“I gained valuable experience and knowledge as an S.P.C.A Animal Caretaker, Zoo Volunteer, Vet Technician, owner of a successful pet supply boutique, and Director of a No-Kill Dog Rescue. I am a breeder who knows the industry from the bottom all the way to the top and it shows in the quality and temperaments of my animals.”

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association:…..

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Rescued Labrador retriever ‘Manny’ dies in his sleep

Manny died in his sleep early Friday morning
A Purposeful Rescue

March 14, 2014

Frightened, shaking senior dog, Manny who was rescued by A Purposeful Rescue because his former owner thought the dog was too old, quietly passed away at his foster home early Friday morning.

Not even a day ago, Manny left the Lancaster, Calif. county shelter by the front door with his foster mommy; his tail wagging, and even a tiny bounce to his step.

No sooner did he arrive at his foster home, Manny headed right to the dog bed and fell asleep. On Friday morning, Manny was to be examined by a veterinarian, receive a bath, and enjoy a good brushing.

Sadly, that didn’t happen. Instead, a statement from the Facebook page of A Purposeful Rescue announced the following news:

“I don’t even know how to write this as it breaks my heart on so many levels. Manny passed away in his sleep early this morning. On a soft bed with his foster mama on the couch next to him. He just left us-just like that. There was so much more we wanted to show him-a life he probably never even realized existed. Just two nights ago I was on my couch weeping over a video of him in the Lancaster Shelter and was planning an escape route for him. Today he is gone and he has left so many with broken hearts. Honestly, I am still in a bit of shock.”

Most likely the stress of the entire situation was a main factor in Manny’s death, but he died peacefully and fully aware that he was safe.

Please be sure to watch Manny’s freedom video by clicking here.

Rest in peace Manny. You will always be remembered.

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While animal-free experimentation alternatives do exist and are being increasingly advocated for, testing on animals is still prevalent. According to the Humane Society of the United States, more than 25 million vertebrate animals, from dogs and cats to rats and mice, are used in research, testing, and education in the U.S. every year.

Of these 25 million or so, 200,000 of them are rabbits, as the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has reported in filings.

Most rabbits are used in toxicity testing, such as the painful Draize eye and skin irritancy tests during which a rabbit is “locked into full-body restraints to prevent them from touching eye or skin sores,” the American Anti-Vivisection Society (AAVS) reports.

Rabbits are also known to be used to test pyrogenicity, the ability of a product to induce a fever, and for development or embryotoxcity tests, which aim to determine “the danger that a product will harm a pregnant female of developing fetus,” AAVS explains.

Despite all their service to testing facilities, rabbits rarely receive any kindness in laboratories. AAVS states that the lab environment is “particularly noxious to rabbits, causing great stress, weakening their immune systems, and making them more prone to illness.”

What’s more, these rabbits seldom leave their cages, except for testing procedures, and are often never provided with enrichment or any sort of comfort.

Beagle Freedom Project, a rescue, foster, and adoption program with the nonprofit Animal Rescue, Media and Education (ARME) based in Los Angeles, Calif., has taken in and cared for a number of lab rabbits over the years through retirement agreements with laboratories.

Kevin Chase, Beagle Freedom Project’s director of operations, tells OGP that they have even sent letters to every U.S. cosmetics and household product company that still uses animals for testing, asking that they surrender their research animals after terminating their studies to allow them to be put up for adoption.

Two Rescued Rabbits Finally Step Outside After Life in a Lab Cage (PHOTOS)Beagle Freedom Project

It was this type of agreement that allowed Beagle Freedom Project to rescue rabbits, Bun and Honey. They are just two of eight rabbits who the project has saved over the last 18 months.

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Idaho governor signs Ag Gag bill: Now illegal to investigate farm animal cruelty

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Idaho governor signs Ag Gag bill: Now illegal to investigate farm animal cruelty YouTube/Mercy for Animals

March 1, 2014

In Boise, Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter signed into law Senate Bill 1337 on Friday; now making it illegal to do any undercover investigations at any of Idaho’s factory farms reports ABC News.

The controversial bill will now make it illegal to film inside of facilities or photograph any abusive activity involving farm animals including and not limited to the unsanitary handling of food products as well as environmental violations.

Idaho introduced the legislation after Mercy for Animals, an advocacy organization which has successfully investigated a number of egregious cruelty violations to farm animals and the mishandling of food on farms throughout the United States, conducted an undercover investigation on the Idaho dairy farm, Bettencourt Dairies.

A cruel and heartbreaking video showed workers beating cows, kicking them in the face, and dragging sick animals across concrete floors with chains around their necks. The video was turned over to law enforcement where criminal charges were brought against three of the workers. One worker has since pleaded guilty to animal cruelty.

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Honor

Saint Louis County Animal Care and Control
February 28, 2014

On Thursday, two juveniles in St. Louis County, Mo., were arrested after uploading a video to Facebook which showed a pit bull puppy being treated cruelly and today, there comes word of the young dog’s condition.

On Friday, the Saint Louis County Animal Care and Control posted the following update about the pup, who has been dubbed “Honor:”

Honor would like to say good morning and thank you to everyone that gave her a voice. She is doing great and still getting lots of love and attention. Honor would also like to thank Jamie Buehrle for giving her such an amazing new name and being so vigilant in her efforts to ensure her safety.

The animal control agency also stated:

 

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Meet Bo Jangles - he may not be physically perfect, but his beauty shine through. Can we find him a wonderful home?

Rescue Me Ohio

February 26, 2014

Bo Jangles is a one-year-old boxer mix who obviously didn’t get much care as a puppy because his legs have angular deformities leaving his back limbs four inches longer than his front legs.

According to the Humane Society of Preble County, Bo Jangles is ugly, but volunteers wholeheartedly disagree. A volunteer writes this about our lovely “underdog” of the day:

“Bo Jangles is a 1 year old male Boxer mix who has a huge desire to play, play play! Though he may not win the prize for the most handsome dog in the kennel, he sure will for being the happiest! Bo will benefit from a fenced yard and an owner who has the time to teach him proper manners.”

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