Posts Tagged ‘euthanasia’

The more we sterilize, the less we euthanize

I just read some good news that statewide tax income checkboxes are being used in 26 states. These checkboxes on tax refunds provides for $1 to go to the statewide spay/neuter fund to help low income people fix their pets. The results are staggering. In one state euthanasias are down 77% with most averaging 60-70% drops.

We know that one reason many elderly citizens dont fix their animals is because of the necessary resources. When they come out to your house and fix your pet on the spot, this does so much in the way of prevention. Children that would otherwise not be able to care for a dog can now take in a stray and get help to do so.  Find out if your state has this fund today. If it doesnt, let me know and we can work together to get one passed. The results sell the program to legislators. All we have to do is get a bill in front of them.

Whats the old saying? “An ounce of preventention is worth a pound of cure.”


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Dog Fighting – 4 dogs seized in Kentucky

Just a Note here: I am a little angered thinking that these guys get off with a simple misdemeanor when they should get a second degree felony. Sounds like something we could push for.  Animal abuse should be the same crime and classification as child abuse. These are the people who go out and abuse women and kids everyday. This is a fact that cannot be overlooked.

 
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Case ID: 15780
Classification: Fighting
Animal: dog (pit-bull)
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Dog-fighting – 4 dogs seized
Ferrells Creek, KY (US)

Incident Date: Thursday, Sep 3, 2009
County: Pike
Disposition: Alleged
Case Images: 2 files available

 

Alleged:
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Mikey Belcher
» Todd Martin
» Crystal Potter-Martin
» Christopher K. Meade

Case Updates: 2 update(s) available

Arrests are pending and four dogs have been seized by animal control officers after investigators found a possible dogfighting operation in the Ferrells Creek area.
The dogs all have multiple bite marks and injuries, and someone had filed the back teeth of one of the dogs to make them sharper. Three of the dogs may possibly be adoptable, officials said, while one will have to be euthanized because it is too aggressive.

Hall said the investigation into the incidents is ongoing and more arrests are possible.

“There has to be some organization,” Hall said. “We want to stop this from getting more organized than it already is.”

The county attorney’s office, he said, will take the charges very seriously.

“Any time there’s a pit bull with any injury and the person doesn’t seek medical assistance, there’s going to be arrests,” Hall said. “When a pit bull’s been injured, everybody know’s what’s happened. We’re going to lock up even the people who are at the fights.”

Hall said while investigators do not know how many of these fights are going on, he is surprised they are occurring.

“I’m shocked,” he said. “I did not know this was going on.”

Pike County Humane Society President Donna Stratton said one of the adoptable dogs, named King, has been used as “bait” for the fighting dogs, and is healing from multiple injuries. Bait dogs are typically used by dogfighters to gauge another dog’s aggressiveness by allowing the bait dog to be attacked, but not fight back.

However, she said that, despite King’s history, he still craves affection from people.

King, she said, “did nothing to deserve what happened to him.”

The nature of the dogfights, she said, reveal the vicious natures of the people participating.

“If they’ll do this to an animal, what will they do to their children?” she said. “We need to put a stop to it.”

In Kentucky, possession of a fighting dog or actually fighting the dogs is a felony offense. Being a spectator at a fight is a misdemeanor.

Anyone with information on possible dog fights or breeding dogs for fighting is asked to contact the Pike County Animal Shelter at, 432-6294, or the humane society at, 432-4951.
 

 

Case Updates

One of three men wanted for allegedly being involved in a dogfighting ring in Pike County has been arrested.According to court documents, Christopher K. Meade, 18, of Abner Fork Road, Belcher, was arrested Tuesday afternoon in Pikeville by Pike County Sheriff’s Deputy Tolbert Ratliff, and was lodged in the Pike County Detention Center. Meade was charged with a felony count of first-degree cruelty to animals in connection with the investigationOfficials said the investigation which resulted in Meade’s arrest began with an e-mailed tip earlier this month.

According to the arrest warrant, on Aug. 30, Meade intentionally owned and fought a pitbull at an abandoned mine site called “Middle Field” at Ferrells Creek, then gave the dog to someone else after the fight.

Last week, animal control officers seized four dogs believed to have been used in dog fighting at Middle Field, and issued three warrants for individuals believed to be involved.

The dogs all have multiple bite marks and injuries, and someone had filed the back teeth of one of the dogs to make them sharper. Three of the dogs may possibly be adoptable, officials said, while one will have to be euthanized because it is too aggressive.

Pike County Attorney Howard Keith Hall said the investigation into the dog fights is ongoing.

“We’re gathering evidence and looking at the possibility of other cases,” he said. “We will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law.”

Hall said his office will work with Pike Commonwealth’s Attorney Rick Bartley as the cases move through the system.

The charge against Meade of first-degree cruelty to animals is a class D felony, which carries a maximum prison sentence of five years. Meade was released from the Pike County Detention Center after posting bond, court documents said, and is scheduled to be arraigned on the charge Sept. 23.

Anyone with information on possible dog fights or information on individuals who may be breeding dogs for fighting is asked to contact the Pike County Animal Shelter at, 432-6294, or the humane society at, 432-4951.

 

Source: Appalacian News Express – Sep 24, 2009
Update posted on Sep 25, 2009 – 1:08AM 
Pike County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Mikey Belcher, 18, Todd Martin, 18, and Crystal Potter-Martin, 27, all of Draffin, and charged them with second-degree cruelty to animals, a misdemeanor.The three have been accused of being involved in dogfighting which officials said occurred at an abandoned mine site called “Middle Field” at Ferrells Creek.According to the arrest warrants, on Aug. 30, Belcher intentionally failed to seek veterinary attention after taking custody of a fighting pit bull.

Court documents said that, on the same day, Crystal Potter-Martin and Todd Martin were in possession of a “very aggressive fighting pit bull that had numerous fresh wounds five to seven days old.”

The dog, according to the warrants, also had multiple scar tissue wounds.

A fourth man, Christopher K. Meade, 18, of Abner Fork Road, Belcher, was arrested last week and charged with felony cruelty to animals. According to court documents in that case, Meade owned and fought a fighting pitbull on Aug. 30 and turned it over to Belcher after the dog lost a fight.

All four are scheduled to be arraigned on Sept. 23

The cases stem from an investigation launched by animal control officers after they received a tip earlier this month.

Four dogs have been seized as a result of the investigation. The dogs all have multiple bite marks and injuries, and someone filed the back teeth of one of the dogs to make them sharper, officials said.

Melvin Sayers, chief deputy with the Pike County Sheriff’s Department said the investigation into the case is ongoing.

“There still possibly could be some more people arrested,” Sayers said.

Anyone with information on possible dog fights or information on individuals who may be breeding dogs for fighting is asked to contact the Pike County Animal Shelter at, 432-6294, or the humane society at, 432-4951.

Meade is facing a class D felony, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison. The others are facing a class A misdemeanor charge, which carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail.

 

Source: Appalacian News Express – Sep 16, 2009
Update posted on Sep 24, 2009 – 4:27PM 



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My comments on adopting pitbulls

I agree and feel that humane euthanasia is a much better practice than putting them in homes. Dogs that were brought up fighting will never change. They will literally try to kill a dog at the drop of a hat without any signs of provocation. I know because I adopted one 7 years ago and dont suggest it for anyone. He is very sweet with me but anything can trigger him. I have no males left alive in the home so all is good. But no kids, friends or male dogs allowed. I really thought I could help him, which I have but I cant get him past the past. Its really tough.

If you want to get your toddler a pet, let me suggest an 8 week fixed male, lab/boxer or retriever mix.

 

You know BSL is within the rights of a community. However, the dogs already in the county should be grand-fathered in and only pertain to new dogs.

I am as big a dog lover and activist as they come.

How would you like it if someone said, hey you can no longer voice opinions against your government as it is no longer supported by the 1st amendment? When you push anti-BSL you are paving the way to destruction of our 1st amendment, unalienable rights as citizens of the USA to organize, protest and or change the law.

I will never vote for BSL, but I cannot with a clear conscious promote it either.

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California’s “Pet Responsibility Act”

I call bs on the groups that say the reason people don’t get their animals fixed is because of costs associated with spay/neuter and fines. I did a study of my own in Texas where I gathered $982 to give people the money to get their pets fixed. I advertised it in the paper, told all my members of the humane society, informed other humane organizations in my town I had this money set aside for this purpose. Not one single person took advantage of my offer in the 14 months I was offering it.

The American Kennel Club is a breeding organization where dollars are the bottom line. Because they are so deep into breeders’ pockets you will never find them stand for dogs, rather the members of the group. Groups that profit from the status quo cannot be trusted and never relied on for any type of truthful dialogue.

I have been doing this far too long to believe any “studies” that they report as it is known that they are notorious for fudging numbers to support the commercialism of breeding.

Yes in the beginning there would be more euthanasia’s as we get the ratio of pets in responsible homes adjusted. I hate seeing any pet die but I understand the need for immediate policy change. The alternative is that we do nothing and let the problem grow bigger.

http://animalblawg.wordpress.com/2009/09/09/californias-pet-responsibility-act/#comment-692


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3 days is plenty of time to reclaim your pet.

Well what do we expect. People without pets are having to pay for people who do have pets and they are tired of it. Comeon, lets get real here. If you havent been frantically searching for your pet from the moment it went missing, chances are good you wont miss your pet when it gets euthanized.
I know this is a hard stance but I have raised 14 dogs that people abandoned, with many problems and understand the responsibility I take on when I take one in. Every one of these dogs have lived 15 years or longer. Keeping your fence up and in good condition, training, spending time and money on health care and bonding are all vital aspects to the responsibilities of pet ownership.

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QUINCY DIES TODAY AT 5PM. NEEDS URGENT FOSTER in San Diego Share

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QUINCY DIES TODAY AT 5PM. NEEDS URGENT FOSTER in San Diego Share Today at 4:43pm Quincy needs help! He is not kenneling well at all and the San Diego county shelters are overflowing. Quincy has been red listed due to medical–ie: URI which the shelter has said they do not have the medical staff to take care of him and he MUST be pulled by 5pm today–Thursday July 30th. He can go into medical boarding in El Cajon and I can help with raising funds for his medical care and treatment. I can’t fathom seeing another beautiful soul put down due to lack of space & medical staff here in San Diego.. If you can help the shelter info is below and I can be reached: Tyler at: 619-851-2907 or tyler.91942@gmail.com Quincy is a gorgeous liver-colored, neutered male Labrador Retriever/Pointer mix, estimated to be 5 years old, but probably younger. He’s currently listed at the shelter as a Pit/Pointer, but he used to be listed as a Lab/Pointer, so call him what you like! Quincy weighs 56 pounds. If you are looking for a playful, easy-going dog who loves to go for car rides, then Quincy may be the boy for you! He’s very gentle and calm, and is working on his leash-walking skills. Quincy seems to enjoy the company of other dogs, and is also very smart. He knows “sit” and “shake”, and loves to show off his tricks. This handsome and laid-back dog is just waiting for the right person or family to take him home! Quincy has gone to several adoption events with various rescue groups and has always received rave reviews about how well he rides in the car, how he is friendly towards other people including children, and how well he does with other dogs. He is easily able to relax and chill out, even in a stressful situation where there are lots of people and dogs! Quincy is currently available at the Central County Animal Shelter at 5480 Gaines St. in San Diego. ID number is A1280288, Necktag number is C365 Kennel number is C064. Quincy is up-to-date with routine shots and spayed/neutered. For more information, please call the kennel supervisors at 619-767-2634

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