Houston SPCA caring for dogs seized from filthy trailer

Owner says circling UFOs made the animals unhealthy

By ANITA HASSAN
Copyright 2008 Houston Chronicle

Dec. 13, 2008, 8:56PM

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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.”

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Animal rights activists are seeking to drastically change the way the world eats, dresses, farms, and works, all to suit their own personal views. They are against the breeding and all other uses of animals and animal products by humans.

They manipulate the media by constantly referring to the national animal rights organizations (primarily the Humne Society of the United States – HSUS) as the final authority on issues having to do with animals. Newspapers and other media outlets routinely use press releases from these organizations as news reports without ever investigating whether the information they provide is true or false.

The article below is a response to a Roanoke Times piece by Dan Radmacher, editorial page editor, lamenting the lack of trust in the media.

Media mistrust based on experience

http://www.roanoke.com/editorials/commentary/wb/170045

Walt Hutchens
Sunday, July 20, 2008

Editorial page editor Dan Radmacher complains that many people close their minds to anything appearing in the media (“Don’t discount all news sources,” June 29 column). He misses the point: Our distrust comes from our experience.

Most of us are experts on something. And most of us have seen such soft-headed coverage of the area we know about that we don’t trust any of what we see or read.

Laws about the keeping and breeding of pets — my area — are an example. Not only do the media generally get these stories wrong, but they show an utter lack of curiosity about the truth.

Remember the “Virginia is for puppy mills” campaign last year by the Humane Society of the U.S.? The Roanoke Times’ lead story was taken almost entirely from the Humane Society’s press release and an interview with a society staff member. Would you publish a story about black America based mainly on a KKK press release and quoting the Imperial Wizard?

If the KKK were politically correct, you bet you would.

Here’s the first sentence of your editorial, “Protect puppies and people”:

“The Humane Society of the United States suspects that more than 900 commercial puppy dealers are operating in Virginia, yet fewer than 20 are licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.”

That leaves the impression that most breeders are violating the law, doesn’t it? That incorrect impression was the Humane Society’s intent. Are we unreasonable to expect that you’d get and print the facts?

There are probably about 900 breeder Web sites indicating a Virginia location. Many, however, are hobbyists who only occasionally have puppies available and who lose money on most litters. Most of the rest sell only directly to the public.

Neither of these groups is required to be federally licensed and, since USDA regulations are written for breeding farms (for example they don’t allow puppies in your home), complying with them in order to become licensed would require a lowering of standards for most.

All Virginia commercial breeders are subject to inspection by animal control and the state veterinarian. All must comply with zoning regulations that may make additional requirements. Localities also have the power to license anyone who sells pets as a business. All breeders must comply with the laws that cover all animal owners and even hobbyists may be inspected if a warrant is obtained.

Where does the Humane Society — a charitable corporation with no official status — get the power to bust breeders as it did in the case of Horton’s Pups? How is it that nearly all dogs taken from what are claimed to be horribly abusive situations are in good enough condition to be sold days afterward?

Was it truly impossible for you to lay bare the real story — that many statements by the Humane Society (and other animal rights organizations) are not backed up by the facts? That these are people who make a great deal of money by leading Americans to believe that our donations help animals, rather than the truth: Almost all the money goes to campaigns to pass laws against accepted animal uses and husbandry practices?

Garbage in, garbage out: Your editorial led the society-organized chorus calling for more regulation. House Bill 538 — the claimed fix — barely passed.

I haven’t seen anything in The Times to the effect that the new law isn’t regulation, but an effective ban on breeding dogs at any more than a part-time scale. Neither has there been an impact piece: How will the 100 to 200 Virginia farmers who will shortly be out of business cope? What will happen to perhaps 10,000 breeding stock dogs that are no longer needed? Where will Virginians go for the puppies that won’t be legally bred here?

Eliminating pets is only one facet of the no-animal-use movement. Production of meat, milk and eggs, hunting and fishing, even circuses are all being made steadily more expensive and difficult.

Medical research that uses animals is slowing down as security precautions become tighter and more costly. The number of researchers willing to live with abuse and threats of violence against themselves and their families is falling. Is this really of so little significance that coverage based on society press releases is good enough?

The wounds of which editorial page editor Radmacher complains are self-inflicted. If you want us to trust you on subjects for which we lack direct knowledge, then you need to do competent work on those we know about.

http://www.roanoke.com/editorials/commentary/wb/170045

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Palin is the pits

I have a year and a half old female blue nose pit bull. I sit in fear every day that one more ignorant owner is going to bring the BSL down on my county. I already have to hide her to get home owners insurance!!!

Thanks Sarah for putting one more nail in our dogs coffins!!!

In light of all the ruckus over Sarah Palin and her ‘pitbull’ comments it’s no wonder she’s not doing interviews. I can see it now Palin showing up on Opera wearing a wolf fur trimmed outfit. (And that is another insidious story.)

This move by Mcain to bring her on still bewilders me his publisist had to know this was bound to happen.

Here’s my conspiracy theory for the night it’s all a ploy to get votes for the ‘anti-Christ’  Obama.:)

This dude is way too smooth for my radar.

Pitbull Owners Blast Palin

Pitbull Owners Blast Palin

Comparison ‘Offensive,’ Dog Fanciers Complain

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, who famously compared herself to a pitbull in her vice-presidential acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, appears to have antagonized a key voting bloc in the upcoming election, the nation’s pitbull owners.

While Gov. Palin’s assertion that the only difference between a hockey mom and a pitbull was “lipstick” drew a loud ovation from the Republican faithful in St. Paul, it raised the ire of the Pitbull Anti-Defamation League, a powerful association of pitbull fanciers who monitor the portrayal of pitbulls in the media.

“As someone who has owned pitbulls for the past twenty years, my jaw dropped,” said Carol Foyler, the group’s executive director.  “Most of us are thinking the same thing: enough is enough.”

Ms. Foyler said that for pitbull owners who have grown weary of their prized dogs being defamed and mistreated, Gov. Palin’s wisecrack was the last straw: “We’re all like, first the Michael Vick thing, and now this.”

Tracy Klugian, an irate pitbull owner from Buffalo, New York, echoed Ms. Foyler’s sentiments: “I can think of many differences between pitbulls and Gov. Palin – for starters, pitbulls don’t try to get their ex-brothers-in-law fired.”

With Sens. Barack Obama (D-Ill) and John McCain (R-Ariz) fighting for every last vote, a coveted voting bloc like pitbull owners could very well decide the 2008 election, political insiders believe.

While Gov. Palin was not available for comment on the pitbull controversy, a spokesperson for the McCain-Palin ticket offered this official statement: “Gov. Palin does in fact have one thing in common with a pitbull: neither is capable of answering questions from reporters.”

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