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

photo
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.”

Auburndale,Florida

It happens all over including in my town, which Auburndale,Fl is…I am so proud right now….sigh

Published: September 2, 2008

AUBURNDALE – Dozens of small breed dogs, mostly Yorkshire terriers, Chihuahuas and dachshunds, were seized from a breeder here Tuesday.

The dogs were in various stages of health, ranging from good to dirty with matted hair, authorities said.

Pat’s K-9 Kennels is run by Patricia Cooper, 68, who lives at the 120 Dairy Road address, said Polk County sheriff’s deputies.

About 40 dogs were seized from the kennel around 5 p.m. Tuesday and are to be examined by a veterinarian at the Polk County Animal Control facility in Winter Haven today. Cooper gave up her claim to a majority of the dogs, but all the dogs were taken for examination.

“It appears Ms. Cooper is unable to care for the large amount of dogs on her property,” said sheriff’s spokeswoman Carrie Rodgers in a news release Tuesday night.

Cooper was charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty.



H.R. 6949 “Puppy Uniform Protection Statute”

I would love to hear  your opinions and  comments on the following e-mail that is being passed around-Michele

Animal Welfare Act H.R. 6949 “Puppy Uniform Protection Statute”

The legislation — known as the “Puppy Uniform Protection Statute” (PUPS), or “Baby’s Bill” in honor of rescued puppy mill survivor Baby who is the subject of Jana Kohl’s new book A Rare Breed of Love — was introduced in the House of Representatives yesterday as H.R. 6949 by Reps. Sam Farr (D-Calif.), Jim Gerlach (R-Pa.), Lois Capps (D-Calif.) and Terry Everett (R-Ala.). A companion bill was also introduced in the Senate by Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.)
One question…why 50? Why is that number a reasonable threshold between
hobby breeders and commercial breeders, or what are being called
“puppy mills”. Do you people also realize that the ARAs define anyone
breeding commercially as a mill?And then this bill WILL DIRECTLY AND NEGATIVELY IMPACT EVERY SINGLE
HOBBY BREEDER DOG OR OTHERWISE.

Why? Either people weren’t around a few yrs ago or are forgetting the
problems with a Federal bill (PAWS) that would have changed the AWA to
include regulation of breeders selling direct to the public which is
what this one does.

decided that the intent of the AWA (Animal Welfare Act) was to ONLY regulate those selling
wholesale NOT retail. Every hobby breeder sells retail. So they came up
with PAWS that would have added the intent to the AWA to regulate
breeders who sell to retail.

Prior to that several AR groups filed a lawsuit against the USDA
charging that the AWA was meant to regulate ALL breeders not just those
who sold to petstores or brokers. After a long court battle it was

Please understand this, if you support this new bill and it’s passed the
ARAs can easily file a lawsuit that would force the USDA to regulate ALL
HOBBY BREEDERS. And this will go beyond dogs, it will include every cat,
rabbit, cavy, and bird breeder who is breeding as a hobby and selling
direct to pet owners and/or advertising over the internet.

Please remember this and do your own research, I wrote a brief summary
but CFA and others have and may still have on the net the reasons why
changing the intent of the AWA is dangerous for ALL hobby breeders.

Do NOT support this bill unless you would like to be USDA regulated.
Corinne-a hobby rabbit breeder who long ago figured out the real purpose
and threat behind PAWS.

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 –>

Toy Poodle Becomes Poster Dog for Puppy Mills

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Toy Poodle Becomes Poster Dog for Puppy Mills

Judith Davidoff for The Capital Times in WI, wrote a great story about how a rescued toy poodle became the posterdog for puppy mill dogs. Here’s the gist of it:

Shortly after losing her nearly 9-year-old standard poodle to cancer, Jana Kohl decided she wanted her next dog to be small and portable. Like many others, she turned to the Internet in search of a purebred toy poodle.

One especially cute puppy from a breeder in Texas caught her eye. Kohl called the breeder and mailed a deposit. A friend warned her of the horrors of puppy mills, but Kohl admits she only “half-listened.”

“What I discovered was a house of horrors,” says Kohl, who lives on the West Coast. “Barns and sheds filled with rows and rows of caged dogs who had never walked on grass, had never seen the sun, who were locked in cages their entire lives and used like breeding machines — treated as if they were inanimate objects.”

Kohl left without a dog but with a new mission in life: “I remember standing there that day, saying to myself, ‘You will never be the same.’ Because I knew I had to do something about it.”

A few months later Kohl adopted “Baby,” a 9-year-old toy poodle that had been rescued from a puppy mill, and the two have been inseparable ever since. Together they travel the country drumming up support to outlaw the inhumane practices and conditions found at thousands of puppy mills around the country.

A chronicle of their travels — with heart-melting photos of Baby and her conquests — is contained in “A Rare Breed of Love: The True Story of Baby and the Mission She Inspired to Help Dogs Everywhere,” a new book out from Simon and Schuster. Baby and Kohl will be in Madison on Monday, June 30, at Barnes & Noble as part of a 25-city tour to promote the book.

“We just don’t have laws on the books to protect these dogs from inhumane abuse,” says Kohl in a phone interview from her tour bus, which is wrapped with photos from the book and a plea to “Boycott pet stores and Internet breeders — adopt insteadI think the public is increasingly outraged and is demanding that we treat the animals in our midst with humanity and compassion.”

She was in college when she heard a speech by Rabbi Marvin Hier, who was in the process of founding what would become the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish human rights organization headquartered in Los Angeles.

“I went up to him that night and said, ‘I want to help you,’ ” recalls Kohl.

Looking back on the last several decades, Kohl says a common thread has run through her work.

Kohl dropped out of college and volunteered at the center for about six months before joining the staff. In the early 1980s she opened the organization’s Chicago office.

“For whatever reason, I’ve always been concerned about how society sanctions cruelty,” she says. “There’s probably no more hideous example of that than the Holocaust.”

Kohl eventually went back to school, earning a doctorate in psychology. Yet right after finishing her degree, she chose animal welfare work instead of a counseling practice.

She says she learned about inhumane factory farming practices by reading literature from the Humane Society. At the time, her standard poodle, Blue, was still alive.

“It was my relationship with that dog that really sensitized me to the sentient nature of animals,” she says.

Kohl says that is a common trajectory for people with family pets.

“The dog was the ambassador who opened their eyes,” she says.

The bigger question, says Kohl, is whether it is responsible for anyone at all to breed dogs when between 4 million and 5 million homeless pets are euthanized every year, according to Humane Society statistics.

“To me, it’s irresponsible,” says Kohl. “I say, ‘Find another hobby.’ “

ALERT!!!!!’JUST SAY ‘NO’ TO ANYTHING GROWN IN PA.-PLEASE READ!!

Something like thing a little dog feces on your produce isn’t something to worry about. 
Think Again

 

Awareness Day says until the authorities ADMIT, INVESTIGATE, CONTAIN, AND CLEAN UP, any contamination they
find caused by using dog feces and dog bodies as fertilizers.  ‘JUST SAY NO” TO ANYTHING GROWN IN PA.   
Please advise your friends and neighbors, regarding the health hazards associated with using these items as fertilizer. 
It is a common practice and if you live anywhere near a kennel, your own property could be contaminated because of run off.

We have tried vigilantly for over 2 years to warn everyone concerned that is it going on.
The following is an excerpt of a few of the emails we have received from people in authority who we have contacted.

 But before you read that, please read both Newspaper articles. We keep being told by the authorities
that they are not aware of the practice of feces being used as fertilizer.  What is most amazing is they say that after we tell them and forward them the information.
 

 Its time to take a stand, Shortly we will post who to call and write to regarding these issues. 
Insist on answers, farmers and kennel owners that pollute the earth need to be held accountable. 
Authorities who allow it to happen also need to be held accountable.

Click the link below to see a very interesting time-line.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Time Line of PA dealing with the Puppy Mills and waste/composting of the dogs that are dead
(adobe reader needed)
 
Nice Article Confirming the use of dog feces as manure (adobe reader needed)

Stop EPA Plan to Exempt Factory Farms from Clean Air Standards

Our focus this year is on the environmental damage that the CAFO (
concentrated animal feeding operations of dogs) in
Pennsylvania is causing.

 Excerpt from Concentrated animal feeding operation – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The large concentration of animals, animal waste and dead animals in a small space poses many
ethical and environmental problems. Animal rights, animal welfare, and humane activists have charged that CAFO’s
are cruel to animals. As CAFO’s become increasingly common, so do concerns about air pollution
and ground water contamination.   In 24 states, isolated cases of groundwater contamination has been linked to CAFOs.
For example, the ten million hogs in North Carolina generate 19 million tons of waste per year.
The US federal government acknowledges the waste disposal issue and requires that
animal waste
be stored in lagoons. These lagoons can be as large as 7.5 acres. Lagoons not protected
with an impermeable liner can leak waste into groundwater under some conditions, as can runoff from
manure spread back onto fields as fertilizer in the case of an unforseen heavy rainfall.

If you are planning on joining us in September, please email us and let us know.  

Please respond to  AWARENESSDAY@AOL.COM

 

AWARENESS DAY asks that you boycott;

Pennsylvania Produce.

Puppy Mill Awareness Day will be Saturday, 9/20/08

IT’S FOR THE DOGS
and FOR YOUR HEALTH 

ALERT!!!!!’JUST SAY ‘NO’ TO ANYTHING GROWN IN PA.-PLEASE READ!!

Something like thing a little dog feces on your produce isn’t something to worry about. 
Think Again

 

Awareness Day says until the authorities ADMIT, INVESTIGATE, CONTAIN, AND CLEAN UP, any contamination they
find caused by using dog feces and dog bodies as fertilizers.  ‘JUST SAY NO” TO ANYTHING GROWN IN PA.   
Please advise your friends and neighbors, regarding the health hazards associated with using these items as fertilizer. 
It is a common practice and if you live anywhere near a kennel, your own property could be contaminated because of run off.

We have tried vigilantly for over 2 years to warn everyone concerned that is it going on.
The following is an excerpt of a few of the emails we have received from people in authority who we have contacted.

 But before you read that, please read both Newspaper articles. We keep being told by the authorities
that they are not aware of the practice of feces being used as fertilizer.  What is most amazing is they say that after we tell them and forward them the information.
 

 Its time to take a stand, Shortly we will post who to call and write to regarding these issues. 
Insist on answers, farmers and kennel owners that pollute the earth need to be held accountable. 
Authorities who allow it to happen also need to be held accountable.

Click the link below to see a very interesting time-line.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Time Line of PA dealing with the Puppy Mills and waste/composting of the dogs that are dead
(adobe reader needed)
 
Nice Article Confirming the use of dog feces as manure (adobe reader needed)

Stop EPA Plan to Exempt Factory Farms from Clean Air Standards

Our focus this year is on the environmental damage that the CAFO (
concentrated animal feeding operations of dogs) in
Pennsylvania is causing.

 Excerpt from Concentrated animal feeding operation – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The large concentration of animals, animal waste and dead animals in a small space poses many
ethical and environmental problems. Animal rights, animal welfare, and humane activists have charged that CAFO’s
are cruel to animals. As CAFO’s become increasingly common, so do concerns about air pollution
and ground water contamination.   In 24 states, isolated cases of groundwater contamination has been linked to CAFOs.
For example, the ten million hogs in North Carolina generate 19 million tons of waste per year.
The US federal government acknowledges the waste disposal issue and requires that
animal waste
be stored in lagoons. These lagoons can be as large as 7.5 acres. Lagoons not protected
with an impermeable liner can leak waste into groundwater under some conditions, as can runoff from
manure spread back onto fields as fertilizer in the case of an unforseen heavy rainfall.

If you are planning on joining us in September, please email us and let us know.  

Please respond to  AWARENESSDAY@AOL.COM

 

AWARENESS DAY asks that you boycott;

Pennsylvania Produce.

Puppy Mill Awareness Day will be Saturday, 9/20/08

IT’S FOR THE DOGS
and FOR YOUR HEALTH