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A Furry Friend HAS MOVED! The blog is now located at: http://afurryfriend.blogspot.com/

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Are you considering a new pet for Christmas?

This is a popular time of year for animals purchases and adoptions. While I don’t want to discourage animal adoptions, I feel anyone considering giving an animal as a gift this holiday should evaluate the situation before proceeding further. Sadly, many animals given as gifts end up in shelters at the start of the new year. Here are some things to consider:

  1. Does the recipient want an animal? While a new puppy sounds like a nice surprise, it isn’t fair to either the animal or the person to expect someone who did not ask for a new dog to be prepared to take care of it.
  2. Is the recipient prepared for the responsibility? Kids are notorious for asking for a new cat or dog for Christmas, but are they prepared to take on the responsibility of a pet? If not, are you THE PARENT ready to take on the responsibility of a new animal?
  3. Does the recipient have enough time, money, and energy to care for this pet? Regardless of whether a person wants and feels they are ready for an animal, do you truly think the person’s lifestyle will allow for this animal?
  4. Is this the right animal for the recipient? Selecting a new animal should not be done on impulse. Often, it takes quite a bit of time to find the right animal for a certain person, household, or family. Plus, many people would probably prefer to select their own pet based on certain criteria.

Remember, many animals such as dogs or cats are going to be around for 13 or more years! They are not like toys that kids can just tire of and throw in the back of their closets. Even smaller animals such as gheckos, lizards, and birds can be around for a long time. Also, many animals require special habitats and accessories that you will have to buy, such as heat lamps, special food, etc. Even most fish cannot be put in a simply glass bowl! So please think long and hard about giving an animal as a gift this Christmas. If you have considered these things and have decided to give an animal this Christmas, please consider adopting. There are millions of animals in shelters that would love a home for Christmas (not just dogs & cats, but lizards, birds, rabbits, and more!)

Youngstown, OH – Help dead & tortured dogs find justice!

In October, High Caliber K-9 dog training/boarding/daycare business was raided after a woman called police to report that she could not get her dog back from the facility. Humane agents found 7 dead dogs and 12 starving, neglected dogs. Both those living and dead were practically bare bones and living in poor conditions. “Bones, carcasses, decay, it was horrible, it was enough to make you gag and throw up and cry”, said Nikole Owen CEO of Animal Charity.15 counts of animal cruelty and neglect were filed against the owner of the facility, but he is only being brought up on 4 in court. The owners of the dogs need your help to get justice for their dogs! Please, spread the word about this horrible act of animal cruelty. Please contact the following people and demand that Steve Croley pay for what he’s done!


Joseph “Jay” R. Macejko
4th floor city hall

26 South Phelps Street

Youngstown Ohio 44503

PHONE: 330.742.8791

FAX: 330.742.8794

Judge Robert A. Douglas, Jr. Youngstown Municipal Court 26 South Phelps Street Youngstown, Ohio 44503 PHONE: 330.742.8857 FAX: 330.742.8725 Email for the Judge’s (Judge Robert A. Douglas, Jr.) assistant: lblum@turningpointcs.com   Mahoning County Prosecutor Paul J. Gains 21 West Boardman Street, 6th Floor Youngstown, OH 44503 Phone: 330.740.2330 Fax: 330.740.2008 Ohio State Attorney General Nancy H. Rogers Attorney General of Ohio State Office Tower 30 E. Broad St.,17th floor Columbus, OH 43215  PHONE: 877-244-6446 WEBSITE CONTACT FORM: http://www.ag4ohio.gov/Public/details.aspx?s=222 

Contact info for Mayor Jay Williams
1st Floor, City Hall
26 South Phelps Street
Youngstown , OH 44503
Office Phone:330.742.8701
FAX:330.743.1335
EMAIL: Mayor@CityofYoungstownOH.com Contact info for Governor Ted Strickland
Governor’s Office Riffe Center, 30th Floor
77 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43215-6108
Constituent Helpline: 614.644.4357
General Info: 614.466.3555
Fax: 614.466.9354

Go HERE to view and sign the petition.

Go HERE to visit the Nitro Foundation, a page set up by the owners of one of the deceased dogs. It includes detailed information about the case, court info, updates, case photos, and more.

The trial date is set for December 18, 2008 @ 1:30 pm at the following address:

Youngstown Municipal Court
26 South Phelps Street
Youngstown, Ohio 44503