Category: Cruelty to animals

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

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


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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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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Gloria Lee LVMPD via CBS Las Vegas

Shop owner pleads not guilty in puppy arson case


The Miami Herald

Shop owner pleads not guilty in puppy arson case

  This image provided by the Clark County Detention Center shows Kirk Bills, who has been accused of trying to burn a pet shop where 27 puppies were rescued last month.  Bills has been returned in custody to Las Vegas to face arson and other charges, authorities said Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014.
Clark County Detention Center / AP Photo
This image provided by the Clark County Detention Center shows Kirk Bills, who has been accused of trying to burn a pet shop where 27 puppies were rescued last month. Bills has been returned in custody to Las Vegas to face arson and other charges, authorities said Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014.

Clark County Detention Center / AP Photo

Associated Press

A pet shop owner pleaded not guilty Monday to torching her Las Vegas business, where firefighters rescued 27 puppies.

Gloria Eun Hye Lee, 35, entered her plea in state court after she was indicted Feb. 14 on 31 felony and misdemeanor charges of arson, conspiracy, burglary and attempted animal cruelty.

Clark County District Court Judge David Barker scheduled her trial for July 7.

Lee’s attorneys, Tom Pitaro and Ozzie Fumo, said outside court that they plan to challenge the indictment and seek a reduction of Lee’s $310,000 bail.

In another courtroom, a judge scheduled a bail hearing Thursday and a preliminary hearing March 10 for co-defendant Kirk Bills.

Bills, 27, was arrested Feb. 7 in his hometown of Crown Point, Ind., and returned to Las Vegas where he’s being held at the Clark County jail. He hasn’t been asked to enter a plea.

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A1381239 Sasha Breed:	Vizsla	 Color:	Brown/Chocolate	 Age:	Adult Size:	Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)	 Sex:	Female	  I am already spayed and purebred.  East Valley Animal Care and Control Center   14409 Vanowen Street Van Nuys, CA 9140


Animal Rescue Dumps Dog Back At A los Angeles Kill Shelter.

Recently there was a dog ‘rescued’ from the East Valley Animal Shelter in Van Nuys California. The Rescue who pulled the dog was Muttshack Animal Rescue.

Muttshack is run by Amanda St. John. They have a permanent adoption event location at Pet Co a store in Burbank, California. Puppy adoption in a store environment may cause people to consider taking home a puppy with the same mindset of bringing home the cat litter. Extra vigilance should be given to what the possible adopters idea is of a “life long commitment”. .

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This is what happened, this is what they did …

Mid-january 2014

Muttshack pulled Sasha, who was listed as a pure breed Visla dog. They pulled Sasha from the East Valley Animal Shelter, A high kill facility under Los Angeles city’s jurisdiction.

Muttshack then adopted out Sasha to a family, that to my knowledge had at least one known child. (Nothing wrong there, I believe children should grow up around dogs)

At some point Sasha nipped the child. ( the child could have provoked or it could have been a unprovoked incident, either situation should not have affected the rescues response.)

The adopters contacted Muttshack to return Sasha and asked if they could be refunded the adoption fee. Muttshack refused to refund the fee ( that isn’t the issue)

The following are accounts from the Adopter , shelter staff , and a rescuer who happened to be at the shelter when Sasha was returned..

Muttshack told the adopter that they do not take back in troubled dogs and that if they didn’t want Sasha, that they would have to bring her back it to the shelter.

East valley shelter contacted Muttshack to redeem Sasha . Muttshack refused.

The rescuer/trainer who witnessed Sasha being brought back to the shelter told the adopter to ask for any pledge money donated to go towards training, and offered to help for less then half a normal training rate. muttshack either refused or the didn’t contact back.

Either way .. Sasha was dumped by the rescue.

They not only couldn’t have cared less that the animal they “rescued” only days before and then placed into a home that turned into a bad situation. Knowing that this could lead to her being isolated, kept out side, or even treated wrongly meant nothing to Muttshack.. They even encouraged the decision to put the animal’s life in urgent danger by making the adopter bring Sasha to the same shelter Muttshack pulled her from.

To quote the high school me , “dude, that’s cold and scandalous”

Now to quote the animal rescuer and advocate in me, “muttshack’s actions should not go ignored. They should be held accountable. “

If you ask me , and you should… independent , group, non profit or not for profit rescuers or rescues should consider the act of rescuing an animal to be equal to that of making a promise. A promise that you will find them a loving home no matter how long it takes. If that loving home ever lets them down, it is also the promise that you , the rescuer. .. never will. Your job as a rescue is to care not be careless.

And last but most importantly …

Sasha now sits waiting for a real rescue or adopter to save her.



Breed: Vizsla

Color: Brown/Chocolate

Age: Adult

Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)

Sex: Female

I am already spayed and purebred.

East Valley Animal Care and Control Center

14409 Vanowen Street

Van Nuys, CA 91405

Voice: (888) 452-7381 Fax: (818) 756-9110

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Despite former-mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto of a bill to have a city-wide animal abuse registry for New York, N.Y., the legislation has now been approved thanks to a unanimous vote by the New York City Council reported the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

Last Tuesday, the council-members voted to create an animal-abuse registry for all convicted animal abusers.

Convicted animal abusers will also be prohibited from owning or living with animals and if a convicted animal abuser fails to register, they could face misdemeanor charges and time behind bars.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund, which has been involved in the passing of this legislation since 2012, hopes that the registry will help to keep innocent animals out of the hands of convicted abusers.

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