41 dogs killed in Greenbrier fire, 60 survived

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GREENBRIER, Ark. (KTHV) – Forty-one dogs died in a Faulkner County mobile home fire, according to county authorities.

Faulkner County Deputies say the elderly couple that lived in the home escaped safely but 41 dogs did not make it out.

Police say they received the 911 call around noon Friday. When they arrived, they found the charred remains of the animals inside and approximately 60 more dogs that survived outside. Most of them were small breeds, including chihuahuas and miniature dobermans. Police then called investigators to the scene.

Though investigators are still working to determine what caused the fire, Greenbrier Fire Chief Cody Fulmer said it may have started by a wood stove at the front of the trailer. It was apparently fully engulfed by flames when crews arrived.

“The ignition of the fire, the way it started, that might play into whether charges are filed,” says David Hall with the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office.  “I will say the dogs that were not injured in the fire are not malnourished. They looked well taken care of. They had been fed. They had been watered, (they were fine) other than being confined to a small space.” 

Hall says the remaining animals have been seized for their own safety until investigators can determine whether there is some type of criminal intent involved in this case. At least nine animal rescue organizations have taken the dogs into their custody.

Hall says while he was on scene, several neighbors in the area presented him with pictures or descriptions of their own missing dogs, suspecting that they may be at this home. But Hall said none of those descriptions matched the animals seized from the property this afternoon.

Fulmer says the structure was being used as a grooming service for dogs.  Animal rescue organizations are helping the dogs who survived.

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Injured tiger trapped in Kodagu – Taken To Mysore Zoo For Treatment

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MYSORE/ MADIKERI: The male tiger captured near Thithimati in Kodagu is severely injured and weak, said vets at Mysore Zoo, after it was shifted there. 

They began treatment on Saturday morning to try and stabilize its worsening condition. The injuries are believed to have been sustained during a territorial fight with another tiger, zoo director BP Ravi said.

The tiger is believed to be 14 years old, and is said to have killed five cattlehead in the recent past. It is suspected to have killed a cow on Saturday, hours before it was captured in Anechowkur range in Nagarahole tiger reserve. The animal was under mild sedation when it reached the zoo at 5am.

Preliminary medical examination also revealed that the tiger has a big wound in the middle of its face, with a worn-out upper lip. The wound is full of maggots, and the tiger is in a critical condition, he stated.

The tiger, which had created fear in Thithimati town, was trapped at 11.30pm Friday night. Unoj, a teenager who stepped out of her house to answer nature’s call, sighted the tiger sleeping in a bush. She tiptoed back to her house and informed the family.

Later, the forest department trapped the animal and carried it away in a cage. The operation was guided by Hunsur wildlife ACF K D Belliappa, Mathigodu forest range officer Devaraju and his team. The tiger may require a minimum of two months to recover, Dr Umashankar from Hunsur said.

Two months ago, a male tiger was captured at Hebballa near HD Kote and shifted to the zoo, and is now recovering. It has responded to treatment and is gaining weight. It appears that both tigers were driven out of their territories due to old age and pushed to the fringe areas to sustain themselves, Ravi said, adding the zoo has proposed a rescue and rehabilitation centre at Koorghalli to take care of rescued animals.

Tiger experts are trying to locate the 14-year-old tiger’s history in their database. “We may find more details in a couple of days,” a wildlife activist told STOI.

Fresh horror at zoo where animals were ‘clubbed to death’ as it is revealed they were then ‘fed to Polish park workers’

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  • Swedish zoo clubbed animals to death in a bid to save on veterinary costs
  • Guest workers from Eastern Europe were fed farm animals from the park, killed inside the zoo
  • Two lion cubs starved to death in 2011, because staff were not allowed to bottle feed them

A zoo where keepers killed animals using baseball bats and crowbars – in a bid to save on veterinary fees – has now been accused of feeding parts of the dead creatures to Polish guest workers.

Former employees at the park revealed the horrific living conditions of the animals at Ölands Animal and Amusement Park in Sweden earlier this week, but now it seems the atrocious treatment extend to the staff as well.

Employees at the popular tourist attraction were forced to work under ‘slave like’ conditions and were fed goats, hens and even a pig that had been put down at the park.

One worker, identified as Anna, said: ‘Sometimes we would give the animals a small injection afterwards. If there was an inspection no one would notice that they had been put down the wrong way. They often kill goats with a simple knife to the throat.’

Guest workers from Poland and Bulgaria work in the zoo over the summer and live in cramped conditions close to the park, located on the popular tourist island in the Baltic sea.

Animal carer Mats told Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet: ‘People say the animals are treated badly, but if they only knew what the situation is like for the employees.

‘The guest staff work under slave-like conditions, 12 hours a day, seven days a week, with no entitlement to sick leave or days off. Those who complain have to take the return bus back home.’

Food is included in the contract and Niclas, another former employee, revealed that the guest workers were fed animals that had been put down in the park, giving examples of a goat and hens.

He reveals he once butchered a pig at the zoo to give the workers meat, adding: ‘They were so hungry and hadn’t had any nutritious food for weeks.’

Anna added: ‘They often had to eat monkey food. Old bread and old fruit which had been donated to the park by local grocers on the island, or nearby Kalmar on the mainland.’

The stories from behind the cheery facade of the zoo, which welcomes visitors with a sign of two playing chimpanzees, has horrified and sickened the nation and animal lovers worldwide.

Torture: When the mother of four lion cubs stopped feeding them, two of them starved to death before staff was allowed to bottle feed the other two

On Wednesday Pia Westen, 19, revealed that the park had refused to let carers bottle feed a litter of lion cubs ignored by their mother.

Two of them starved to death before carers were allowed to feed the other two.

Staff were ordered to hide the suffering lion cubs behind tarpaulin sheets, with Westen saying: ‘[Supervisors] didn’t want visitors seeing them lying there, dying. The animal caretakers really wanted to save them but they weren’t allowed until two of them had starved to death.

Caroline Ryding worked at the park for two months in 2011 and claims she quit her job after witnessing ‘permanent maltreatment of the animals’.

She said: ‘A coati – a Brazilian aardvark – was beaten to death with a baseball bat or a crowbar. And we were told afterwards not to tell the zoo vet.’

Clubbed to death: A Coati – a Brazilian aardvark – was allegedly beaten to death using a baseball bat or a crowbar

‘They had no room for them and couldn’t afford a vet. The owners told us not to say anything because what they did was illegal.

Last year the company made a £1.2m profit and the park’s director Barbro Hägg has been given an estimated £2.4m in salary and shares in the past five years.

Zoo spokesman Hans Uhrus claimed the care was of high standard and that the zoo was regularly checked by vets and the County Administration Board.

He said: ‘We always take great care in dealing with our animals. We have regular controls of our business under the animal protection act through inspections. The board has received no complaints regarding the park.’

This claim was backed up by the park’s veterinarian Karl Johan Nordfelt.

He said: ‘As the park’s veterinary surgeon I visit the park at least once a week to see the animals and how they are kept.

‘The animals’ well-being is checked every day by the staff on site and I control how they are kept during my regular visits.

‘I have nothing to comment on regarding the care of the animals in the park.’

The animal park, on the Baltic island of Öland, off Sweden’s east coast, is home to around 650 animals of over 100 different species.

News Link:-http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2220100/Horror-zoo-animals-clubbed-death-fed-animals-killed-park-Polish-workers.html#ixzz29yvrkLy9
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Rhino slaughter in South Africa sets savage pace: 455 so far this year

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A rhino orphanage has opened in South Africa’s northern province of Limpopo — the first of its kind in the world. NBC’s Rohit Kachroo reports.

Poachers have killed 455 rhinos so far this year in South Africa — more than half in a single national park — topping last year’s mark of 448, South Africa announced this week. The rhinos are killed for their horns, which fetch thousands of dollars and are ground up as a purported treatment for illnesses and hangovers.

Kruger National Park, the crown jewel of the country’s park system, saw 272 killings, South African National Parks said in a report Tuesday.

The World Wildlife Fund urged South Africa to provide more on-the-ground protection and to press Vietnam, which has become the main destination for rhino horns.

“WWF is concerned that the memorandum of understanding with Vietnam for collaborative action against illegal rhino horn trade remains unsigned,” Jo Shaw, the group’s rhino coordinator in South Africa, said in a statement. “There is also an urgent need for law enforcement actions by neighbouring countries which are implicated as transit routes for illegal trade in rhino horn, specifically Mozambique.”

The group did praise South Africa for a spike in poaching arrests, but added that a key test will be what happens in a trial that begins Friday.

In South Africa, home to three quarters of the last remaining rhinos on the planet, a spike in rhino poaching is threatening the white rhino’s survival. Rising demand for the lucrative rhino horn in places such as Vietnam has led to a drastic increase in poaching. Traditional medicine systems in Asia promote the horn as having special healing powers. Gram for gram, rhino horn is more valuable on the black market in Asia than cocaine or gold. More than 400 rhinos were killed last year in South Africa, leaving conservationists, security forces and private game reserve owners scrambling to protect the animal. Harry Smith reports.

Dubbed the “Groenewald Gang,” a safari tour operator, veterinarians, professional hunters and a helicopter pilot face charges related to the killing of 20 rhinos.

The world is watching to see that South Africa is prepared to prosecute rhino crimes to the fullest extent of the law and take these crimes seriously as an affront to South Africa’s national heritage,” Shaw said.

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Poaching of rhino horns and elephant tusks has increased across Africa and Asia as demand has risen in recent years.

In South Africa, just 13 rhinos were slaughtered in 2007, followed by 83 in 2008. The number has steadily increased since then.

Shaw noted that while “more rhinos are being born than are dying” in South Africa, that could change. “We are approaching the critical tipping point where rhino numbers go into decline and would undermine conservation efforts.”

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Breaking: Dog killer Michael Vick has a new dog

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“Why don’t they just give him the fighting ring back too…FxxxxxG Nob Heads…what does this say to others? It’s wrong, he should have been banned from having any animals for life”

Michael Vick, who served 18 months in federal prison on dogfighting charges but claims to have seen the error of his ways, is once again a dog ownerABC News reports.


Vick, who became an outspoken critic ofanimal cruelty following his release five years ago, said in a statement to ESPN:

I understand the strong emotions by some people about our family’s decision to care for a pet. As a father, it is important to make sure my children develop a healthy relationship with animals. I want to ensure that my children establish a loving bond and treat all of God‘s creatures with kindness and respect. Our pet is well cared for and loved as a member of our family.

This is an opportunity to break the cycle. To that end, I will continue to honor my commitment to animal welfare and be an instrument of positive change.

Vick, who was convicted in April of 2007 of running an illegal interstate dogfighting ring for over five years, was at the time quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons. Despite petitions urging the National Football League to banish Vick, he was never drummed out of the league. He was released however by the Falcons in 2008, losing his NFL salary and endorsement deals. But the following year he was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles and in July of 2011 signed a lucrative endorsement contract with sports gear maker Nike.

Not everyone accepted Vick’s professed contrition, and many now will be outraged by his return to the status of dog owner. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has expressed reservations, claiming Vick has never publicly shown remorse for killing dogs. In a statement, the ASPCA writes:

Because of this, we have serious concerns about Vick’s ability to be a responsible pet owner. We can only hope that he will set the right example for his children by teaching them to foster humane habits and a lifelong bond with their family pet.

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News Link:-http://www.examiner.com/article/breaking-dog-killer-michael-vick-has-a-new-dog

8 killed, 20 injured in Orakzai blast

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A bomb strapped to a donkey killed at least eight people and wounded twenty others in Central Orakzai Agency Thursday, Geo News reported.

According to initial reports, a remote-controlled bomb strapped to a donkey blew up as the animal entered a small bazaar of Hassan Zai Darra, killing at least eight people and injuring 20 others, a senior local administration official said.

Another local official confirmed the incident and casualties.

The injured were rushed to Kalaya Head quarter Hospital while the severely injured were shifted to Kohat and Peshawar hospitals.

 Security forces have kicked off the search operation after the blast.

News Link:-http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-71066-8-killed,-20-injured-in-Orakzai-blast

Man Found Guilty of Having Dog Kill Coral Springs Family’s Cat

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An 81 year old man who allowed his dog to maul a cat and was caught on video doing so, was found guilty by a jury today.

After only a day of testimony, the jury returned their verdict and found Hume Hamilton, 81, guilty of animal cruelty charges, a third degree felony.

Hume Hamilton was walking his pit bull when it attacked a cat belonging to Coral Springs resident Tia Spath.

Spath, who lives in Ridgeview, was shocked to find out that their cat named “Mama” had been killed at her family business, Brandy Bail Bonds, in Fort Lauderdale.   She says that Mama had been their pet for almost 12 years and was a fixture at the business

“Mama” the cat savaged by Pit bull

In the shocking surveillance video, the owner of a pit bull is seen walking on the property of Brandy Bail Bonds while following his dog’s lead to get closer to the cat, when the pit bull viciously attacks.  

The dog’s strong jaws grab the cat and the owner cannot get him to release.

The man even tries to pull the cat out of the dog’s mouth, even stepping on the cat’s stomach. He finally he pulls the dog away, runs away, and  leaves the cat for dead.

Mama later died of her injuries and is buried at the business.

Hamilton had been held in jail since July without bond because he is facing charges for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. He was already on probation, so the judge held him without bond pending this trial.

He could face jail time for this crime when he is sentenced next month


 “I’m posting the writing below as it was attached to the video, although I’m not sure accurate the details are having watched the video. In the video, I saw a man dressed in black top & shorts, try to help get the cat out of the dogs jaws, he did, finally, then walked away trailing the cat, seconds later the Pit Bull is seen chasing after the cat again…behind the dog walks his owner, with empty leash in hand. Just find it odd the other man wasn’t to mentioned in court!!”

UPDATE!!!!! MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED ON JULY 9TH FROM ANGRY VIEWERS WHO SAW HIM IN FORT LAUDERDALE:http://coralspringstalk.com/fort-lauderdale-man-arrested-in-pitbull-attack-on…

FROM http://www.CoralSpringsTalk.com : Coral Springs resident Tia Spath wants to find the man whose pitbull killed their family cat.

Spath, who lives in Ridgeview was shocked to find out that their cat named Mama had been killed at her family business, Brandy Bail Bonds, in Fort Lauderdale. She says that Mama had been their pet for almost 12 years and was a fixture at the business.

In this shocking surveillance video, the owner of a pit bull is seen walking on the property of Brandy Bail Bonds while following his dog’s lead to get closer to the cat, when the pit bull viciously attacks. The dog’s strong jaws become locked around the cat and won’t release. The man then tries to pull the cat out of the dog’s mouth, even stepping on the cat’s stomach. He finally he pulls the dog away, runs away, and leaves the cat for dead.

Mama later died of her injuries and is buried at the business.

The Spath family is heartbroken, her children grew up with Mama and they want to find the pitbull’s owner and sue him. They have hired a private investigator but are also asking for the public’s help in finding him. Please call Brandy Bail Bonds at (954) 463-4333 if you know anything.

News Link:-http://coralspringstalk.com/man-found-guilty-of-having-dog-kill-coral-springs-owners-cat-3926


Menino Pledges Strict Muzzle Law On Pit Bulls

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A day after police shot one of two loose pit bulls they say “terrorized” an East Boston neighbourhood  attacking a boy and killing a cat, Mayor Thomas M. Menino vowed to resurrect a city pit bull muzzling rule that will be fixed next month when a state law takes effect that bans breed-specific legislation.

“We’re going to continue to press for legislation that will deal with the issues of putting pit bulls in the city of Boston. … They do need a special law. … Pit bulls have that little strain in them that are vicious,” Menino said, calling it “ridiculous” that state legislators acted to override the Hub’s 2004 pit bull ordinance and similar lawsin Lowell, Winthrop and elsewhere.

ROUNDED UP: Mayor Thomas M. Menino vows strict rules on pit bulls despite the current law getting cleared off the books on Nov. 1. Below, a pit bull is loaded into a van after going on a rampage Friday in East Boston.

The city’s doomed pit bull control law requires owners to register their dogs, muzzle them in public, post “beware of dog” signs and limit them to two per household.

Boston Animal Control Director Mark Giannangelo could not say yesterday whether the two pit bulls that escaped a Sumner Street apartment Friday were registered.

Bruin, the dog police shot, and the other dog, Max, which was corralled by cops, are being held until a city hearing to determine their fate, which under state law could be as severe as having the dogs killed or as light as having them returned to their owner.

Backers of the law that revamped state animal control codes, which goes into effect Nov. 1, argue Boston’s pit bull muzzle rule has not reduced dog bites.

“The ordinance is still in place and didn’t prevent this incident. Breed-specific ordinances don’t work,” said Kara Holmquit, the MSPCA’s director of advocacy. “To truly prevent dog bites, a comprehensive dangerous dog law that is well-enforced needs to be embraced.”

State Sen. Patricia Jehlen (D-Somerville), who sponsored the law and called Friday’s attack “horrible,” said there are provisions in the state law to deal with dangerous dogs that don’t discriminate by breed.

“I really want to protect people against dangerous dogs. I believe what we did is a good solution for that,” Jehlen said.

But City Councilor Robert Consalvo, who penned the city’s pit bull law and now may seek a home-rule petition to exempt the Hub from the ban on breed-specific laws, said a pit bull’s vice-like jaws and history of being bred as a fighting dog make it more dangerous.

“I get that poodles bite. But if a poodle or beagle bites me, I can defend myself,” he said. “A pit bull’s a much more aggressive attack.”

Video & News Link:-http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view/20221007menino_pledges_strict_muzzle_law_on_pit_bulls/

Pit Bull Shot After Teen Bitten, Cat Killed

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One of two rampaging pit bulls was shot by cops in East Boston yesterday after it bit a 14-year-old boy in the buttocks, mauled and killed a cat and frightened residents — all just weeks before a city law requiring the breed to be muzzled in public will be revoked.

BITING CRIME: Animal Control officers and Boston police respond in East Boston yesterday, after two pit bulls struck fear in the neighbourhood, injuring a teenage boy and killing a cat.

“These two dogs terrorized the neighbourhood … Theyhad already lashed out and bit a young boy and a cat. If we didn’t take a shot at the dog, who knows who else would have been bit,” Boston Police Superintendent William Evans said at the scene.Boston City Councilor Rob Consalvo, who drafted the city’s pit bull control law six years ago, said the city should brace for more pit mull mayhem as the state’s new animal cruelty law goes into effect Nov. 1, wiping muzzling rules off the books.

“This is a scene that’s going to get replayed over and over again when we don’t have an ordinance in place that gives police and animal control the tools to control this,” Consalvo said.

The new animal rights bill signed into law by Gov. Deval Patrick blocks municipalities from creating any “breed specific” rules.

The Hub’s lame duck law requires owners to register pit bulls, keep dogs muzzled in public and post “beware of dog” signs on their property. It also bars residents from housing more than two pit bulls. Similar laws in Lowell, Canton, Winthrop and elsewhere will also be nullified.

Yesterday, two pit bulls — Max and Bruinchewed and clawed their way through a screen and jumped out an open first-floor window of their owner’s Sumner Street apartment while the couple was dining out. The dogs then went on their rampage.

After police shot and wounded Bruin at the corner of Maverick and Cottage streets, the dog ran a block away and had to be cornered by cops in a driveway. Max ran home.

Louis Gizzi, 85, was sweeping his deck at his Everett Street home when the dogs ran up to him.

“It snarled at me. He came after me. One dog spotted the cat and chased him out of the yard. He killed him. He shook him so hard I thought it was a rag doll at first,” said Rizzi, who used his broom to smack one of the pit bulls in the snout. “If it wasn’t for the broom, I think they would have attacked me.”

Calvin Clemons, 24, and his wife, Amanda Bright, 22, questioned why the police had to shoot their dog.

“I know he wouldn’t hurt anybody. He’s only a puppy,” said a teary-eyed Bright, 22. “Everybody thinks just because it’s a pit pull, he’s a vicious dog.

Neighbour John Rizzo, 26, disagreed, saying the pit bulls have gone on the run before.

“They came up to our porch barking, pinning my wife inside with a 2-month-old baby in her arms,” he said. “They are menacing, big dogs … Without muzzles and leashes these dogs can’t be controlled. They need to reconsider that law.”

Video & News Link:-http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view.bg?articleid=1061165647&srvc=rss

7 Pit Bulls Put Down After Killing Owner

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“This truly is a devastating & tragic incident! More so as Ms Hunt & her sister so kindly rescued pit bulls, offering them a home. Sadly most pit bulls that have been raised to fight, can not forget the training, bullied into them by their previous irresponsible, degenerate owners.” 

ROBESON COUNTY, N.C. — Animal Control officers had to put down seven pit bulls that viciously attacked and killed their owner.

According to deputies, Mary Jo Hunt, 53, was killed in the backyard of her Robeson County home, just south of Fayettteville, last week.

Authorities said the dogs attacked Hunt when she used a rake to separate them from fighting.

neighbour who witnessed the aftermath called 911.

Investigators said Hunt and her sister took care of the rescued animals at their home.

Two other dogs were also seized, but they are being kept in isolation.

News Link:-http://www.wsoctv.com/news/news/local/7-pit-bulls-put-down-after-killing-owner/nSW3n/

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