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

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Help get justice for Karley, a puppy beaten to death!

On Nov 3rd., 2008, Karley got out of HER yard.(speculation is that the susp. MAY have let her out of her yard)  Karley went directly to a neighbors yard.  This neighbor started to walk Karley back to her residence when the susp., GLYNN JOHNSON, an ASSISTANT CHIEF with the LA COUNTY FIRE DEPT. intercepted the neighbor & said that he would take Karley back home.  The original neighbor, who later said that he didn’t have a good feeling about doing this, agreed to let Johnson take her home.  It was in a matter of SECONDS, that Johnson started beating Karley with his CLOSED FISTS.  When the original neighbor saw this, he ran down his driveway to Johnsons yard to stop the beating.  Before he could get there, Johnson was witnessed PRYING Karley’s mouth open.  By doing this, he BROKE her jaw.  He then grabbed a LARGE ROCK & started beating Karley over the head with it.  The other neighbor was able to distract Johnson long enough for Karley to escape.  Karley then ran & hid under a bush.  Karley had the WILL to live but her injuries were BEYOND repairable.  She had a crushed skull, broken jaw, swelling of the brain & more.  Karley had to make her journey to the Rainbow Bridge. 

The suspect later went to the hospital, CLAIMING that he was ATTACKED by Karley.  He had bite wounds to his thumb.  He later called his supervisor to tell him what had taken place…that he had to kill his neighbors dog because he had been attacked. 

To this date, Johnson has REFUSED to cooperate with Riverside, Ca. Sheriff’s Dept.  To this date, Johnson is STILL with the LA County Fire Dept. As of this date, Johnson is on PAID ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE.

We are asking for signatures in order to get this suspect charged with the BRUTAL killing of his neighbors dog, Karley.
 
We are also asking that you write to the Riverside District Attorney.  Here’s that information:  CHUCK HUGHES, Riverside County DA…4075 Main St….Riverside, Ca.  92501

Please visit Karley’s website created by her owners: http://justice4karley.com/index.html
 
Please do what you can to help.  And PLEASE, PASS THIS PETITION ON TO YOUR FRIENDS.  We need all the signatures we can get: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/justice-4-Karle

On behalf of KARLEY, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.  Karley may be gone, but she WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.  Karley, you are loved to the moon & back.

Thank you

 

10 Ways to Save Money on Vet Care

I’m sure many of us are feeling the money pinch from the struggling economy these days. We try to cut corners where we can, but who wants to “cut corners” when it comes to their pet’s healthcare? Well, I have some tips from Dr. Louise Murray, Director of Medicine at the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital, and Dr. Stephen Zawistowski, ASPCA Executive Vice President and Science Advisor that will help eliviate the worry of high-cost vet care and save you money on vet bills further down the road, without cutting corners or putting your animal’s health in jeopardy.

Schedule Regular Check-Ups
Remember the saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?” Well, it applies to pets, too. Don’t skip your pet’s yearly exam. It’s much more expensive—and risky—to treat illnesses than to protect against them.

Personalize Your Pet’s Vaccines
Hard times are not an excuse to skip your pet’s annual shots, but it does make sense to talk to your vet about personalizing your pet’s vaccine protocol. Some vaccines are optional, while others are essential in preventing serious diseases.

Spay or Neuter Your Pet
Spaying or neutering your pet can save a lot of money by preventing serious health problems including uterine, ovarian and testicular cancer. Many local shelters provide resources for low-cost or no-cost spay/neuter surgeries. Visit our online database to find a low-cost program in your area. If you live in New York City, check out our mobile clinic.

Brush Your Pet’s Teeth
Dental disease—such as tartar, gingivitis, loose or infected teeth—can lead to heart and kidney problems and expensive procedures. Start a daily dental routine to keep your pet’s teeth and gums healthy.

Protect Your Pet from Parasites
Flea and tick infestations can cause a host of costly medical problems from minor skin irritations to life-threatening anemia. Stick with a topical flea and tick solution to keep the critters at bay.

Toss the Cigarettes
Secondhand smoke is no joke for pets—it can cause asthma, bronchitis, lymphoma and oral, nasal and lung cancers. Quit now and you’ll save money on vet bills. At the very least, avoid smoking around your pet.

See a Specialist
Pet parents can reduce costs by getting a pet’s condition diagnosed and treated by an expert as quickly as possible. Veterinary specialists are available for everything from skin disease to cancer, and will often work within your budget.

Consider Pet Health Insurance
If the cost of an emergency vet visit or serious illness would be a financial strain, consider investing in pet health insurance, while your pet is healthy. Be sure to read the fine print, though—not all plans are created equal.

Buy High-Quality Pet Food
A good quality pet food—formulated under the guidelines of the American Association of Feed Control Officials—is often more cost effective than a homemade diet. Avoid overfeeding your pet, which can lead to obesity and other health problems.

Shop Smart
Whether he’s looking for pet food, medicine or grooming supplies, the smart shopper clips coupons and buys in bulk. It’s also a good idea to shop veterinary practices by comparing fees for preventative care.

Information taken from ASPCA website.

Petland pet store chain officially linked to puppy mills!

After an eight-month investigation, the Humane Society of the United States accused Petland, the national pet store chain, of selling dogs bred under appalling conditions at puppy mills around the country.

The animal protection group made the charges at a news conference in Washington Thursday. The investigation involved 21 Petland stores and dozens of breeders and brokers. The Petland stores are being supplied by large-scale puppy mills, although customers are routinely informed that the dogs come only from good breeders, the Humane Society said.

“They are buying from puppy mills where these dogs are not treated like pets,” Michael Markarian, an executive vice president with the Humane Society, told a news conference. “They’re treated like a cash crop, where mother dogs live in wire cages, sometimes stacked on top of each other in filthy, dirty, cramped conditions, where they receive little socialization or human interaction or exercise.”

Dogs from puppy mills are sold at Petland stores for as much as $3,500 each, according to the Humane Society.

Investigators reviewed interstate import records of an additional 322 breeders, U.S. Department of Agriculture reports and more than 17,000 individual puppies linked to Petland stores, according to a release on the group’s Web site.

Filthy cages, inadequate care
Among the abuses cited, investigators found puppies in commercial breeders “living in filthy cages reeking of urine, with inadequate care and socialization,” according to the release. The Humane Society says dogs at the mills were found in cages with wire flooring so large that the puppies’ paws and even the paws of the mother dogs would fall through.

The group said pet stores should not be buying puppies from “abusive puppy mills” and “should not be lying to consumers” about where they get their puppies.

A call to Petland corporate offices in Chillicothe, Ohio, was not immediately returned. In a statement, Petland said the company does not support substandard breeding facilities and provides each store with guidelines on humane care of animals.

A statement on the company’s Web sitenoted that “Petland stores are independently operated by qualified franchisees. Each is responsible for choosing healthy pets offered to Petland customers. Petland, Inc. provides each Petland store with humane care guidelines to assist in this important task.”

Individual Petland stores previously have been targeted by animal rights activists for reselling puppies supplied by commercial breeders.

Large commercial breeders are legal and regulated by the USDA, but enforcement of humane conditions is a low priority, according to a recent report on msnbc.com.

The Humane Society investigation comes as legislators recently have stepped up moves to crack down on the lucrative puppy mill industry. In October, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell signed a bill imposing stricter standards on commercial kennels, including regular veterinary exams, larger cages and exercise areas. At least three other states have issued laws this year placing restrictions on commercial breeders.

Story by Jane Weaver. Take from msnbc.com

Unfortunately, it is almost certain that this is not the only pet store chain doing this. It’s also important to remember that it is not only dogs that are being bought from animal mills with unsanitary and cruel conditions. Small companion animals such as hamsters, rabbits, and birds are bred by large animal supply companies and sold to pet chain stores. These animals are kept in filthy, cramped cages, interbred, not given medical care, and generally not allowed to live the normal life intended for them. There is video footage of these supply companies and their inhumane practices, including footage of a male rabbits being neutered with a rusty knife and without any form of anesthetic. It’s important to not turn our backs on these animals at these pet stores, but to fight to end the existence of such establishments and the breeding companies. If possible, shop at your local independent pet store that practices humane business.

Stray pit bull saves woman & child from attacker!

Pit bulls get a pretty bad rap, but maybe this story will change your mind:

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — The wandering 65-pound Pit Bull mix might have seemed menacing to some passerby, but one woman will always remember him as her “guardian angel.”

The dog, which authorities think is lost and not a stray, successfully thwarted a robbery attack on a mother and her 2-year-old son, who were held at knifepoint Monday afternoon.

The Florida woman, who has been identified by authorities simply as “Angela,” was leaving a playground with her toddler son in Port Charlotte when a man approached her in the parking lot with a knife and told her not to make any noise or sudden movements.

Angela didn’t have to do either to protect herself and her child — a dog mysteriously ran to the scene and charged the man, who quickly fled.

“I don’t think the dog physically attacked the man, but he went at him and was showing signs of aggression, just baring his teeth and growling and barking. It was clear he was trying to defend this woman,” Animal Control Lt. Brian Jones told Pet Pulse.

“I don’t know what this man’s intentions were, but it is very possible this dog saved her life.”

The exceptional part of the story, Jones said, is that the dog had never met or even seen the people it quickly jumped to defend.

“You hear about family dogs protecting their owners, but this dog had nothing to do with this woman or her kid,” Jones said. “He was like her guardian angel.”

After the alleged thief ran away, Angela quickly placed her son, Jordan, in the car and tried to drive off. Before she could, though, the dog jumped into her backseat, waiting with her for the police and animal control officers to arrive at the scene.

The dog was transported to a local shelter and if his owners don’t step forward within five days, Jones said, Angela and her family plan to adopt the savior she named “Angel.”

Animal control officers and shelter workers believe Angel is lost, and not a stray, because of his good health, sturdy weight and mild temperament.

“It’s funny, that someone’s irresponsibility could have saved someone’s life,” Jones said of Angel’s possible owners.

For Angela, it doesn’t matter where the dog came from, just that he was there when she needed him most.

“I don’t know what his [the thief’s] intentions were — I don’t know why he did it, but I’m glad that — we call him Angel — I’m glad that Angel showed up because I don’t know what would have happened,” Angela told NBC2 News.

Police are still looking for the suspect, who is described as a tall, dark-haired male in his late 20s.

Story taken from HERE.

World Vegan Day kicks off World Vegan Month!

November 1st is World Vegan Day, which kicks off World Vegan Month! In honor of this celebration, I advise everyone to try to eat/live vegan for at least 1 day. You can visit The Vegan Society’s pledge page to try their 7, 14, or 30 day challenges, get in touch with a mentor, and receive a vegan pledge pack with recipes and more! You can also read Vegan Catering for All, a guide to what is and is not included in a vegan diet and tasty vegan recipes everyone will love.

Top 10 reasons to go vegan:

  1. Lower disease risk. Because heart disease, many types of cancer, diabetes, stroke, food poisoning, and obesity are often caused by the high levels of saturated fat and cholesterol found in animal products, vegans have only a fraction of a chance of developing these diseases compared to meat eaters.
  2. Live longer. A major study published in the British Medical Journal found that vegetarians outlive meat eaters by six years. The study tracked 11,125 people over 12 years and adjusted for smoking and socio-economic status.
  3. Compassion. You won’t be supporting an industry that raises animals in cramped, overcrowded spaces, artificially breeds them, separates them from their young, denies them sunlight and fresh air – and then trucks them to slaughter.
  4. Save wilderness. Meat production requires huge amounts of land, energy and water – which leads to habitat loss, soil erosion, water depletion, and pollution from pesticides and animal waste.
  5. For an ocean of love. The oceans are being overfished, coral reefs are being destroyed and sensitive seafloors are getting raked with drag nets. Many species are threatened, including dolphins, seabirds and turtles that get snagged in the nets. Fish feel pain, they just lack vocal chords to express it.
  6. Expand your taste horizons. Vegetarian meals can be diverse, fast, colourful and delicious!
  7. Sex. Research has shown that the heart and brain are not the only organs that get clogged arteries due to a diet high in meat and cholesterol.
  8. No more dirty dishes caked with animal grease!
  9. Great excuse to…avoid everything from Aunt Flo’s hamburger casserole to the latest greasy offer from the fast food chains.
  10. Help the global poor. While there is ample and justified moral indignation about the diversion of 100 million tons of grain for biofuels, more than seven times as much (760 million tons) is fed to farmed animals so that people can eat meat. Is the diversion of crops to our cars a moral issue? Yes, but it’s about one-eighth the issue that meat-eating is.

I want to make it known that I am not trying to force everyone to become vegan, which is a common misconception about vegetarians/vegans. I am not 100% vegan myself, but I try my hardest. I never touch meat or fish, but I have the occassional dairy product. I do believe in the vegan diet and ecourage everyone to try it, if for nothing else but the animals’ sakes. I realize it is difficult, so it would even help if everyone were to cut back on their animal product consumption by about half each week.
 

 

 

 

WARNING! Puppy mill owner posing as rescue!

A woman by the name of Barbara Back who pled guilty to 9 counts of theft by deception, investigated for running a puppy mill, sentenced to 2 years probation, is now posing as a rescue.

Barbara J. Back and Ted W. Back advertise on Adopt-a-Pet.com (http://www.adoptapet.com/) as K-9 Editions Rescue Pets while advertising dogs for sale on the following online puppy selling sites, saying they are located in Clinton, NJ but will ship puppies anywhere!

Next Day Pets: http://www.nextdaypets.com/directory/dogs/0201b214-c982.aspx
Dog Breeder Directory: http://www.puppyfind.com/l/?acct_id”5654 

From one of their ads: “we run a cavalier king charles rescue as well as breed the Cavalier.on occations (sic) we also take in other homeless puppies and dogs and find them fantastic homes, we run a strict relocation program which we will ship or deliver. the puppies will be ready to go at our next adoption drive in NJ you will need to be pre approved by sending oe mailing you (sic) adoption agreement to us prior to that day www.k9editions.org is where you will find the adoption agreement as well as more pics and info on puppies and what we do for the pets.” 
 
Phone:                 256-623-2590
Website:             http://k9editions.org
Dog Breeds:       Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Chihuahua, Golden Retriever, Great Pyrenees, Jack Russell Terrier, Labrador Retriever, Maltese, Miniature Dachshund, Newfoundland, Yorkshire Terrier
Aliases: Bach, Beck, Brown
 
And they  have the unmitigated gall to solicit your vote so they have a chance to win $10,000 for a “rescue makeover”!!! 
“Please rate our rescue, we have a chance to win $10,000 for the rescue and so we can help ever so many more, please take the time to do this we are counting on you all, past and present supporters. Thank You for your continued Support! http://www.care2.com/animalsheltercontest/75122” (Part of Adopt-a-Pet)
 
WHAT YOU CAN DO:

Please contact Adopt-a-Pet.com to demand that it remove and ban this pair from its site immediately:
 
Email:  info@AdoptaPet.com  
Phone:  1-800-728-3273

DO NOT MAKE CONTACT WITH THESE PEOPLE OR ATTEMPT TO ADOPT A DOG FROM THEIR “RESCUE.”