Articles: animal cruelty

Stories Behind the Fire Killing 30 Dogs in West Chicago

Thirty dogs died in a tragic fire on January 14 at Bully Life Animal Services (formerly D and D Kennels),  2N442 County Farm Road, West Chicago. Lots of lessons, even those with national impact. A gofundme page popped instantly, as Garrett Mercado, caretaker of the kennel did tragically lose his personal dogs and all his processions in the…

Dogs Outside in Cold May be Animal Cruelty

It’s illegal in Illinois and other states to maintain pets outdoors in the cold, particularly the extreme cold much of the nation is facing . I talked to Patti Vazquez about this on WGN Radio. One of her listeners was insistant that it’s “okay.” It’s NOT “okay,” unless the dog has water (unfrozen) and comfortable shelter.…

Forever 21 Removes Hoodie of Pit Bull-Type Dog in Chains

It took several days but Forever 21 did finally remove the hoodie with an image of a pit bull-type dog in chains and a padlock from their website. Some said Forever 21 issued an apology, but that apology is pretty hidden away, or perhaps was  only sent to some who complained via their social sites.…

Anti Cruelty Society Offering Pet Food to Employees Furloughed by Government Shutdown

The Government shutdown is impacting lives across America. Here’s a brilliant and innovative idea from the Anti Cruelty Society in Chicago, which I encourage other shelters with appropriate resources to follow suit on: Anti-Cruelty Society Offering Pet Food and Supplies to Government Employees Furloughed by Shutdown The Anti-Cruelty Society is offering pet-owning furloughed Federal Government…

Update on Dog Dragged on a Leash in Chicago

The man responsible in this video for dragging a dog on a leash outside a car while he drove has been caught.. Nelson Benitez, of Chicago was charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty. Police said Benitez, 69, was placed under arrest at his home. “Based on interviews about the account, inspection of the dog, and conditions…

Who Drags a Dog on a Leash from Inside a Moving Car?

How can anyone comprehend that dragging the dog on a leash from inside a moving car is ethically acceptable. As I say on WBBM-TV (Ch.2) this appears to be animal cruelty (And credit goes to Ch. 2  for taking this story seriously). The man must be caught and truly charged with that offense, in my…

PAWS Act Signed into Law, Protecting Human and Animal Victims of Domestic Violence

The PAWS Act was finally signed into law, supporting victims of domestic abuse who happen to call a pet a member of their family. Up to 65 percent of domestic violence victims remain in abusive situations out of fear for their pets’ safety. The goal is to offer alternatives for people “stuck” in abusive circumstances. We…
Alligator is rescued from Lake Michigan

Alligator Rescued from Lake Michigan

So, there you are kayaking and you see an alligator in Lake Michigan, near Waukegan. And you might think you’re hallucinating. David Castenda was fishing when he spotted the juvenile gator. If it wasn’t for Castenda calling 9-1-1 and then keeping up with the gator, he would have soon died. The poor thing had it’s…
PALS Place in New York opening for all victims of domestic violence with Nat Fields of Urban Resource Institute and pet expert Steve Dale

PALS Place: A Haven For All Victims of Domestic Violence

PALS Place will save all victims of domestic violence. Nat Fields, president and CEO of the non-profit Urban Resource Institute (URI) in New York City reveals big plans to save both animal and human lives on Steve Dale’s Pet World. URI is the largest provider of domestic violence services in America, and for some time have…

Alderman Lopez Continues to Beat A Drum Against Chicago Animal Control

I hardly ever reprint blog posts, but with renewed interest due to a Chicago Sun Times story depicting part-truth, and again calling the facility “troubled,” I’ve been asked to do so. Rather than tackle the specific allegation of “cherry picking,” appearing in the story, there’s a broader issue of continued and relentless attacks on Chicago…

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