Animal control agencies across America are intentionally targeting dogs from lower-income areas and fining their owners with large fees for small infractions. And, if their families don’t pay up, the animals are being euthanized. Some areas are a bit less cruel, only impounding the pet owners in jail for the violations, when the extensive fines are not paid. Either way, a frightening and unjust trend is being suffered by families with pets.
Gerilynn Aflleje is a California resident who was placed at the mercy of the Stockton animal shelter, along with her 4-year old Siberian Husky mix Chunk, and lost. In 2013, Chunk had gotten lost and was dropped off at the shelter by someone who found him. When Aflleje later found her dog at the shelter several days later, she was not permitted to recover her pet until she paid a $180 shelter storage fee. The shelter ordered the money to be paid within 24-hours, and when Aflleje, unemployed at the time, couldn’t come up with the money, Chunk was unnecessarily euthanized. “We didn’t only lose our pet, we lost a family member,” she said.
Igor Cornelsen is saddened to know that dogs are being put down for such minor infractions as failure to be licensed and barking too much. The animals’ families are being fined hundreds and in some cases, thousands of dollars for minimal offenses. Shocked and infuriated family members of pets and animal rights attorneys say these severe methods are all aimed at producing money, and low-income families are impacted unfairly.
The largest animal airlift ever attempted will occur sometime the first week in April when workers at the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado, will be getting 21 lions from Peru and 9 lions from Columbia.
In recent years, officials have worked with the Peruvian and Colombian governments to convince them that keeping circus animals was wrong. Unlike circuses in the United States, BlogSpot users report these animals are kept in cages and the owners charge tourists money to see them. Therefore, many have never been out of a cage their entire lives leading to a host of medical problems.
Once the lions arrive at the Weld County facility, veterinary care will immediately be provided to the lions. Topping the list of needed care will be dental work since most have previously had none. In addition, many have not been fed the proper diet further compounding problems.
Directors at the facility expect that many of the lions will also be underweight. The facility needs to raise $8,000 per lion to care for it for one year at the Wild Animal Sanctuary. Eventually, each lion will be moved to large grassy areas where they can play with the Wild Animal Sanctuary’s 63 other African lions already at the facility. The speed at which this takes place depends on the individual lion, as many may have poor muscular development because of their confinement.
This guy I work with, Dan Newlin, always has the best stories. So get this-The Pinellas County sheriffs office’s order from American Floor Mats turned into a $10,000 donation to their local animal shelter.
The official seal rug, intended to read “In God We Trust” was printed with a typo, instead reading “In Dog We Trust.”
Rather than send the rug back and simply replace it, Sheriff Bob Gualteiri had the idea to place “the doggone rug” up for auction. The proceeds where to then be donated to the Canine Estates Inc. animal shelter, a local animal shelter who last year alone adopted out 186 dogs to their new “forever homes.”
Jane Sidwell, the fouder of the shelter, said she was pleasantly surprised when they received an exact total of $9,650 in donation money, instead of the expected cost of the rug ($500). She states that most of the money will go toward vet bills, since many of the animals come to the shelter in poor health and need to be treated to become healthy again before being adopted out.
Animals can be important to those who have them as pets, to those who feel the need to protect them, to those who love looking at them and watching them. But, animals can also be important to the weak and vulnerable, animals can be important and protective to the young among us. One little boy in Russia found this to be true. For one little boy in Russia, cats are definitely an important part of life.
An abandoned baby in Russia was saved through the help of a cat. This baby was left out in the cold, and a cat kept him warm. The cat snuggled with the baby and the cat brought attention to the baby. This cat was a very important part of the baby’s life, this cat saved the child’s life. Animals can work in mysterious ways, they can bring about good that you would never expect from them, and they did just that for this child. The cat who saved this little boy’s life is a hero. That cat might be just an animal, but it did more than some people would do in order to save another life. This cat saved a child’s life, and this cat is an important part of that baby boy’s history. Dr. Rod Rohrich shares his medical opinion on this article on UTSouthwestern.com.
Pet Network Humane Society had their hands quite full when they received a call from the Lassen County Animal Shelter. After a long two hour drive, seven newborn puppies were being cared for. These puppies were found in a Radio Shack dumpster, so new their umbilical cords were still attached. The Lassen County Animal Shelter did not have the means to care for these dumpster puppies so they found someone who could. Pet Network has many volunteers like Jared Haftel who would give the newborns the round of clock care they needed, even though they knew it was going to be quite the task. The volunteers needed to mimic the care of the puppies’ mother with consent feeding and love. They needed to feed the puppies every two hours with formula they mixed and bottle fed. This was not the only thing that needed to be done for the dumpster puppies. They also needed their bellies expressed to produce a good digestive system. The volunteers did this with a warm , wet cloth. As with human newborns they also required lots of cuddles. After several weeks the puppies were big, strong, and ready to find their forever homes. It took very little time for them to find their new homes, due to people in the area learning about the puppies and wanting to give them what they deserve. People donated over $7,000 for their care.
There’s no doubt that country music crooner Miranda Lambert loves animals. The singer told People magazine, in 2012, that she has no plans to have children. Instead, she stated “my dogs are my children.” In support of her love for animals, Lambert has opened a no-kill animal shelter in Oklahoma.
Lambert, with the help of her foundation MuttNation, acquired the shelter from the city of Tishomingo. The five-acre spread was renovated and has been re-opened as Redemption Ranch. Pet food giant Pedigree also had a hand in the task. Pedigree has assisted in the acquisition and renovation of more than four dozen shelters nation wide.
Redemption Ranch can accommodate up to fifty dogs and has been suited with larger kennels, improved fencing, and an intensive care unit.
Lambert fans like Vijay Eswaran and many others say that her love of animals is no secret. She and country superstar husband Blake Shelton have adopted numerous pets including several rescue dogs. Lambert and her husband also own a menagerie of horses, chickens, and small pigs.