Houston SPCA caring for dogs seized from filthy trailer

Owner says circling UFOs made the animals unhealthy

Copyright 2008 Houston Chronicle

Dec. 13, 2008, 8:56PM

James Nielsen Chronicle

Dr. Dev Rajan, of the Houston SPCA, holds one of the terriers seized from a trailer in Fayette County earlier this month.

Houston SPCA veterinarian Roberta Westbrook lifted a trembling toy English fox terrier into her arms Saturday afternoon to examine the dog’s emaciated body.

The spine and ribs of the malnourished terrier were visible. The dog’s nails were overgrown and her tiny paws were soiled from living in her own feces. The dog was among 42 terriers brought to the Houston SPCA Friday from the Gardenia E. Janssen Animal Shelter in Fayette County.

Authorities in Fayette County seized the dogs on Dec. 3, after they were found living in a 5-by-9 foot trailer — eating, sleeping and giving birth in their own waste — with a woman who claimed the terriers were unhealthy because UFOs were circling above her home, said Houston SPCA spokeswoman Meera Nandlal.

“We don’t know if she was breeding them or why she was living with them in such a small space, ” Nandlal said.

Authorities in Fayette County could not be reached for comment on Saturday. It is unknown at this time if any charges will be brought against the woman.

The animal shelter enlisted the Houston SPCA’s help to house and care for the 40 dogs, some of whom are as old as 10. The terrier Westbrook was examining gave birth to two female puppies since she was removed from the trailer.

Most of the dogs are in poor physical condition. Two of them are missing limbs for unknown reasons.

“They could be purebred, but not the best standard,” Westbrook said.

All the dogs will undergo medical and behavioral evaluations. After being cleaned and treated, healthy dogs will be put up for adoption, Westbrook said, adding that those who need more time to recover will be placed in foster care.

The Houston SPCA often sees many large animal seizures, Nandlal said. Recently, the organization took in 70 feral cats.

“Unfortunately, it’s not unusual, ” she said. “There are all kinds of animals that are put into situations they have no control of.”


Boycott Iams

Shelters, Veterinarians, and Retail Stores Boycott Iams

Showing a groundswell of support for the boycott of Iams products, over 100 animal shelters, veterinarians, and companion-animal supply stores have severed their ties with Iams.

The 96 shelters, 34 veterinary clinics, and 36 retail stores across the United States, Canada, and Australia are joining PETA’s boycott of Iams products because Iams confines animals to cages to conduct cruel laboratory tests on them.

(To view a list of some of the animal shelters that are taking a stand against Iams, click here.)

While giant retailers and wealthy groups like the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) have decided to profit from Iams’ abuse of animals, these shelters, vet clinics, and stores are refusing to benefit from cruelty to animals. They are insisting that Iams end its laboratory tests on animals and instead rely on humane feeding tests conducted in homes and in veterinary offices using animals volunteered by their guardians.

Many of the shelters, vet clinics, and stores that have joined the boycott have written letters to Iams CEO Jeffery Ansell telling him that they will not purchase, sell, or promote Iams products and are informing their clients and customers about Iams’ cruel laboratory tests on animals as well.

Sarah Palin Supports Killing of Wolves

I have to agree with the author of the following post.

‘ my platform is not politics’

But this is an important insight, into a person’s heart and  their ability to have compassion. (or lack there of) A person that could very well  be assisting with the running of our country!!                              -Michele

Sarah Palin Supports Killing of Wolves (and other Animals)
September 4, 2008

Again, this is not my platform for politics, however, this one has to be posted. Sarah Palin, McCain’s VP candidate, the governor of Alaska, has been an advocate for the cruel Alaskan Wolf Killing spree for years. As a member of Defenders of Wildlife, an organization that champions for the welfare and survival of this incredible species, I’m sickened to even imagine that someone like Palin can take office. It’s no secret that the Republicans have always fought to drill for oil in this last great American wilderness and support the old misconception that shooting wolves protects livestock.

A photo from the L.A. Times showing palin posing for photo op with daughter after she shot a caribou:

“Palin has used her position as governor of Alaska to ruin the Alaskan wilderness in every way she could. Her most recent “victory” came on Aug. 26, when Alaska’s voters defeated Measure 2, an initiative that would have banned hunting wolves from airplanes for sport,” reported by John Dolin on AlterNet. It is said that according to Palin, shooting wolves is merely a safari. Imagine loud helicopters hanging the in the air, chasing a bunch of frightening little dogs and pups and spraying them with bullets.

Just recently, the Alaskan Game Board approved a free-for-all hunt for wolves near Gold Bay. The hunters killed all 14 terrified wolves from the snow, then raided a den of 14 surviving newborn pups nearby. This all too usual and cruel act is heinous. Please don’t vote for McCain and Palin as not only will these majestic creatures disappear forever, but so will our precious wilderness.
Posted by Jenny
Filed in animal cruelty, election 2008, hunting
Tags: alaskan wilderness, election 2008, hunting, killing wolves, republican, sarah palin

ARTICLE ACQUIRED FROM;http://animalsmatter.wordpress.com/

Rescue Diary: Lyles, Tennessee

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Rescue Diary: Lyles, Tennessee

June 23-29, 2008
Lyles, TN
By Felicia Earley, ASPCA Forensic Veterinary Assistant

In late June 2008, the ASPCA assisted in Tennessee’s largest-ever puppy mill raid. We were proud to assist with our special cruelty investigation team that included Felicia Earley, who shares her experiences here.

Day 1

Felicia Early and puppy

I stayed in our Mobile Animal Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Unit for most of the hectic first day of the puppy mill raid. As members of the ASPCA Disaster Response Team, veterinarian Dr. Ellen Hirshberg, Mobile Medical Unit Manager Chris Fagan, and I saw the animals most in need of medical attention.

Almost every dog from Pine Bluff Kennels was rail thin, matted and dirty, with horrid teeth and very long nails. They all smelled strongly of urine and feces. A few were in need of immediate emergency medical attention. We had a dachshund who had difficulty breathing and had to be put on oxygen. I found out later that she has severe tissue damage in her lungs. I shudder to think of what her life must have been like in the southern heat with breathing issues. We also saw a basset hound who had been lying in the sun and dirt, in labor, for an unknown length of time. The emergency vet said her puppies were stuck, and we all know what fate she might have met if left unassisted.

rescued dogs

With all the dogs we met, I cannot recall an aggressive one. They all seemed very scared, but I never heard a growl or saw any teeth bared. At the end of the day, when we saw that there were still so many dogs we were going to have to leave onsite overnight, I helped make sure the ones left behind had plenty of food and water until our return. This is when I met an amazing Boston terrier who stole my heart. For anyone who has ever known a Boston, you know how energetic, lovable and bouncy they can be! I went into the pen that was home to three Bostons—two males and one female. The female seemed pretty young and was intrigued by the large bucket of water I carried. I put food down and filled their empty water bowl. The males hid in fetal positions in a far corner of the cage. The female ran around in circles, bouncing and coming close to me as if she wanted to let me touch her, but fear kept her away. When she realized there was water in her bowl, she jumped into it like a kid in a Disney World swimming pool! She then went back to bouncing around me, trying to decide whether she trusted me enough to let me pet her. She never did, but what a wonderful dog!

dog in a cage

When we went back to the staging area that night, we found that the dirty old tire factory had been amazingly transformed, by a wonderful group of people, into a haven for all these neglected animals—dogs, cats, birds, even horses and goats! I absolutely love all animals of any species or breed, but boxers are the ones who touch me the most. My first dog—and best friend ever—was a boxer named Lily. As I walked through this overwhelming shelter looking at the rows and rows of tired, full-bellied, thankful dogs, I made eye contact with a boxer who reminded me of my deceased best friend. She had the same beautiful brindle colors and the same saggy lips and droopy ears as Lily when she didn’t get her way. It was at that point that the full magnitude of what was going on hit my heart, and a lump the size of Texas hit my throat. I sat down and petted the boxer. At first she seemed unsure of what the rubs were on her head and chest, but she quickly realized how great they felt, rested her head in my hand and fell asleep. The tremendous love in my heart made the smells of dirt and neglect seem like the scent of roses. I knew it wouldn’t be long before these dogs were clean, and I hoped they knew that life would never be like that again.

Day 2

On the second day at the scene, we finished up the heart-wrenching exams and all the animals were removed with enough time for me to take a quick ride around the entire 92 acres of the puppy mill. My heart broke and my breath was stolen. I saw the small pen with only a two-by-four board for shelter where the beautiful boxer I met the day before had lived, along with all the other boxers. The pen was surrounded by snake-filled shrubs. Beyond a patch of forest was another clearing with the same small pens—these had housed German shepherds and Newfoundlands. Sporadically throughout the property we saw groupings of rabbit hutches encrusted with piles and piles of feces that had each housed four to eight small dogs. At certain times of the day, the rabbit hutches had very little to no shade from the smoldering southern sun. Those were the homes of the breeding dogs. The puppy trailer was no better, with its rotted-out floors and feces-filled cages.

Day 3 and Beyond

For the few days after the two days spent removing the animals from the scene, people from many different organizations with the same compassion all worked so hard to make sure each animal was examined. We wanted to be sure that in the future, a judge, a jury, and the woman responsible would understand the horrid conditions these animals were in.

These days were mentally and physically hard on everyone, but I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to be a part of it. On the last day, when we saw the temporary shelter empty out as the animals were taken by shelters from around the country, an immense feeling that is impossible to explain came all over us. I sleep easier now knowing that 747 fewer animals in this world are hurting for love, food and proper conditions. I thank the ASPCA and everyone involved for blessing me with the opportunity to have been a part of that! Well over 700 beings will sleep well tonight with full stomachs—and wake up to knowing, loving hands.

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Maine Line Animal Rescue-How They Got Oprah’s Attention

Main Line Animal Rescue

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Our Oprah Billboard is now up on the Kennedy Expressway

We thought and we thought. Who could touch more people than any other person on the planet? Who could help us spread the word about puppy mills to a fan base of millions? Then as we were driving back from Lancaster County with a carload of retired breeding dogs, it came to us. Oprah Winfrey. Oprah would help us. She is, after all, not only a huge animal lover, she also happens to be the most admired and best loved celebrity in the world right now. With this in mind, we set about sponsoring another billboard, this one in Chicago, only blocks from Oprah’s famed Harpo Studios, at the intersection of the Kennedy Expressway and Randolph Boulevard, asking Miss Winfrey to discuss the topic of puppy mills on her popular talk show.

No sooner did the board go up, did we hear from the producer of her show. And within weeks, we were traveling the highways of Pennsylvania searching out substandard kennels and filming undercover footage inside some of the worst puppy mills in Pennsylvania with Special Investigator Lisa Ling and a film crew of five. The goal was to link puppies for sale in numerous pet stores with their mothers and fathers imprisoned in our state’s puppy mills. We were extremely successful in our efforts. Cock-a-poo puppies in a pet store in Chester County were linked to breeding dogs housed in tiny rabbit hutches in Lancaster County. A Yellow Lab puppy on sale in a pet store near Allentown was bred on a dairy farm over an hour away. The puppy’s mother, over bred and standing in deep mud in the pouring rain, shared a filthy pen with several other breeding dogs.

By focusing an entire program on puppy mills, and featuring segments on euthanasia and the importance of spaying or neutering your pet, Oprah will help millions of animals and educate millions of people, including those who may unknowingly purchase a dog from a pet store not realizing the often deplorable conditions and unseen misery facing breeding dogs housed in our nation’s puppy mills. More grateful to Oprah, Lisa Ling, her producers and crew, than we can express on a web site, Main Line Animal Rescue hopes people across the country will stop and think before purchasing a puppy from a pet store, or from the many misleading web sites online. We also hope that people will contact the governors and legislators of their states and tell them that the factory farming of man’s best friend and the resulting widespread cruelty in our country’s puppy mills must stop now.

<!– Main Line Animal Rescue is a no-kill facility and every dog or cat that comes to our shelter is given every opportunity to find the home they deserve. Main Line Animal Rescue still needs to raise money to complete our new shelter, which will house thousands of dogs rescued from Pennsylvania’s puppy mills, as well as animals transferred from high-kill shelters, strays, and dogs and cats surrendered privately by families unable or unwilling to care for them. Please make a tax-deductible contribution and help us complete our new shelter. Our Director of Development, Lauren Christiansen, will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our Capital Campaign. Lauren can be reached by calling 610/933-1164, or by emailing donate@MLAR.org. Fax number: 610/933-0116. our capital campaign –>