Articles: animal cruelty

Fire Protection for Pets Law Passes in Illinois

Illinois is now the first state to mandate fire protection for pets in kennels/boarding facilities. Kennels now will require a fire alarm system ringing directly to first responders, a sprinkler system or a human being on premises.  This signing was the fifth bill I’ve been invited to a signing for in Illinois, but the first…

Animal Cruelty Charges; Officials Rescue 73 Terriers

Two Ontario County, New York residents have been charged with animal cruelty after officials seized 73 small Cairn Terrier-type dogs. Officials said Humane Society workers were dispatched to a home on Lawyer Road in Naples, NY a report of dogs running in the road. Officials responded to the home a second time the following day,…

Virginia Passes Animal Cruelty Law to Support Felony Animal Cruelty Charges

A animal cruelty law passed by Virginia’s legislature and signed by Gov. Ralph Northam stiffens the penalty for animal cruelty, and just went into effect. The law, also referred to as “Tommie’s Law” is named a dog dog that died after be being tied to a pole and set on fire. That’s as horrific as…

You’re Invited to Free Animal Behaviour Society Event

Dr. Terri Bright, director of the Behavior Department at MSPCA-Angell, about The 56th Annual Conference of ABS (Animal Behaviour Society) and joint meeting with the Ethological Congress, a conference coming to Chicago as part of the ABS Annual Meeting and FREE PUBLIC DAY. The Animal Behaviour Society free event is Saturday, July 27, 9:00AM-1:00 PM…

Trainer and Owner Charged with 28 Counts in Kennel Fire in West Chicago

When about 30 dogs were killed in a fire in West Chicago at Bully Life Animal Services (formerly D and D Kennels),  2N442 County Farm Road on January 14, 2019, instantly much of the animal welfare community came together to support the facility’s trainer, caretaker and business owner Garrett Mercado. I admit I was among…

3 Actions Dogs Should NEVER Experience on July 4th

The Fourth of July is a scary time for many dogs. Here are three acts of cruelty which should never occur – each is downright cruel. NEVER tie up the dog outside on a tether, or even keep a dog in a yard around July Fourth without adult supervision. Fearful or terrified, a dog may…

SPCA Puerto Vallarta: What Would You Do?

Compassion has no boundaries. What would you do? A dog is spotted in arid land just outside Puerto Vallarta. A closer look reveals that even one more day outdoors, and Dusty – as the dog was named – would surely have died of starvation. The SPCA Puerto Vallarta’s mission is to save lives. How could…

700 Dogs Rescued from Puppy Mill

This is as crazy and horrific as it gets. Craig Gray, 58, of Nashville, GA is facing animal cruelty charges after 700 dogs were discovered (in March) at a puppy mill. Police described the scene as “out of control and inhumane.” Can you imagine, 700 animals? At first I assumed that was a typo. According…

Importing Pets: Pitfalls Potentially, but A Life Saved is a Life Saved

Do you adopt or rescue a dog or cat from another country – import a pet? This has become a complex and increasingly a controversial question. Sadly, a part of the problem is simply a mind set by regarding American borders – and not wanting anything or anyone from Mexico, in particular, coming into the…

Anti Cruelty Accepts Rescued Animals from Oklahoma: IN Need of Foster Homes and Adopters

The Anti-Cruelty Society in partnership with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) took in well over 100 cats and dogs stranded by severe storms and flooding in Oklahoma. These animals were in the shelters prior to the storms arrival.  By relocated all the animals, their odds of speedier adoption in an urban area…

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