Malaysia closes 6 zoos over unsafe, unsanitary conditions

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KUALA LUMPUR: Animal rights activists are praising a government decision to close 6 zoos across the country after they failed to meet the new standards established by the Wildlife and National Parks Department.

The department said that the zoos are being closed after they failed to comply with the new measures and are unsanitary and unsafe for the animals.

They have also not complied with the Wildlife Conservation Regulations 2012, the new regulations regarding the country’s zoos, which came into effect February 1.

The 6 zoos to be closed are Lye Huat Garden in Kedah, Kuala Krai bird park in Kelantan, Countryview Recreation in Pahang, PD Mini Zoo in Negri Sembilan, Taman Kuang in Ajil, Terengganu, and Animal Wonderland at Mines Wonderland in Selangor.

The department said the 6 were closed following examinations by staff at 45 zoos and animal parks across Malaysia.

“All the affected animals will either be released to their natural habitats after a rehabilitation process (for local species) or handed over to other zoos in the country,” the department said in a statement on Wednesday.

Under the new regulations, zoos and animal parks are required to ensure that the welfare, health and safety of the animals are being closely monitored.

The closures also come as another set of regulations are to be established this month, but animal rights activists are tentatively optimistic they will make an impact.

Malaysian Animal Welfare Society president Shenaaz Khan told The Sun newspaper that she believes that without a strong enforcement operation, the laws are meaningless and zoos can continue to treat animals poorly.

Under these new regulations, even forcing animals to ride a bicycle and juggle balls is an act of cruelty to animals because it is not their natural behavior,” she said.

But she fears that without proper government enforcement and ending permits for new zoos in order to focus on the existing zoos and their conditions, these acts will persist.

The new regulations for zoos in Malaysia are in line with international standards, and have garnered the support from animal rights groups and activists, despite the worry over enforcement.

They include minimum cage sizes as well as having quarantine areas and a veterinary clinic or animal hospital with a full-time veterinary on site.

Shockingly, some “animal sanctuaries” in the country do not currently have an on-site veterinary to treat animal injuries.

Also, zoos and other facilities must deliver vaccinations to all animals, “supply nutritious and adequate food, maintain cleanliness and keep a proper medical record of the animals, perform euthanasia when necessary, conduct wildlife shows involving the animals’ natural  behaviour and submit a deposit to the Wildlife Department for the upkeep of animals in the event of a seizure.”

For the country’s local activist community, it is all part of new direction for Malaysia on animal issues and anti-cruelty measures.

“We have long struggled with these issues in Malaysia and finally there is some movement,” Mahathir Abdul Aziz told “I have been to these places and documented the poor conditions. Already, though I see places starting to change how they work and treat animals.”

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Lewiston Woman Charged with Animal Cruelty

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“WTF…The lazy axxxd bxxxh, couldn’t she be bothered to take them to a shelter?…I am having a hard time lately of controlling my distaste for people like this, they certainly are not human, it is they that are the animals; so apologies for my language.”

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) _ Police say a Lewiston woman is facing animal cruelty charges for allegedly dumping four newborn kittens in the trash earlier this month.

Animal Control Officer Wendell Strout says 43-year-old Stacy Monahan was charged Tuesday.

Strout tells the Sun Journal he interviewed Monahan after a pair of witnesses indicated she might be responsible for dumping the kittens, which were found Aug. 12. Strout says the kittens were left in a large trash container near Monahan’s home.

The kittens were found covered with fleas and maggots and with their umbilical cords still attached. 

The kittens were taken to the Androscoggin Humane Society where three ended up dying. The fourth has been adopted and is thriving.

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She doesn’t deserve to breath the same air as animals, let alone own any!

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A few weeks ago, Herlinda Trio tied her dog (who had just had 10 puppies) to the back of her truck with a rope, and drove until her precious dog broke his neck and died. Herlinda deserves to be locked up forever, but since Texas law only holds animal abusers in jail for up to 2 years, we would like her to be locked up that long. Make the state of Texas take away all of Trio’s puppies, and ban her from ever owning another animal again. She doesn’t deserve to own an animal, and she doesn’t deserve to be a free woman. Lock her up for the maximum time, and ban her from owning animals so we can bring justice to her dog.

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Woman jailed after authorities say she beat puppy

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This photo released by the Madera County Sheriff shows Janice Aguilar on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. Aguilar is behind bars after authorities said she beat a puppy so badly that even veteran law enforcement officials were shocked, a sheriff’s spokesman said Wednesday. Photo: Madera County Sheriff / AP

An Oakhurst woman was arrested Wednesday, Aug. 29 after the Madera County Sheriff’s Office received a desperate phone call from a citizen who witnessed her violently slamming her puppy’s head into the ground.

According to reports, 39-year-old Janice Aguilar was seen slamming her puppy’s head repeatedly into the ground. She was then seen stuffing it into her backpack and catching a ride.

The suspect was dropped off near the Oakhurst Community Park and witnesses at the park said they saw the animal and said it was still alive but visibly dying.

According to the sheriff’s report, one of the witnesses in the park reportedly killed the puppy to put it out of its misery.

Deputies found the Aguilar near a Mini-Mart off Highway 41 in Oakhurst, where she was taken into custody. Aguilar claims her dog was attacked by a Pit Bull.

Aguilar was booked into the Madera County Department of Corrections on suspicion of animal cruelty and death. The investigation is ongoing.

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Police search for a woman facing 25 counts of animal cruelty

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WHITE COUNTY, AR – Investigators have charged a White County woman with 25 counts of animal cruelty but found something unexpected when they arrived at her home Wednesday.

Empty bags of dog food. Trash everywhere, covered with animal waste.  White County detectives this afternoon converging on a house 126 Crystal Creek Road west of SearcyThey found dog chains, cages, a few chickens, but no dogs.

“We’re very active about pursuing people who are treating animals in a cruel way and right now we’re wanting to make sure these dogs are being taken care of in a way they’re supposed to be taken care of,” Cpl Steve Hernandez says.

Investigators believe there were several dogs in the pens yesterday because a detective saw them.  Where they’re at now, that’s the big question.

“Through an investigation, if we’re going to come out and actually get the animals ourselves, we’ve never showed up and within 24 hours, 25 dogs are gone,” Hernandez says.

Now investigators want to find Lisa Burnett. Detectives say the 23-yea old was arrested and convicted of misdemeanor animal cruelty three years ago.

Now she’s under investigation again after detectives picked up an anonymous tip of dogs not getting enough food and suffering in poor health.

“Right now, we don’t know if she is trying to do the right thing and take care of the dogs or she is trying to hide the dogs from us and continue what she was doing,” Hernandez says.

The goal now, find her and the dogs alive.

Detectives say Burnett could face an additional charge of hindering an investigation if its learned she is intentionally concealing the location of the dogs.

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SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) — White County officials say a Searcy woman faces 25 counts of animal cruelty for allegedly running a puppy mill.

Deputies say a tip led them to believe Lisa Burnett, 23, was running a puppy mill out of her home on Crystal Creek Road.

According to the report, authorities found several small dogs, many with mange. Deputies decided to confiscate all of the dogs Tuesday in order to get them proper treatment.

When deputies and a Bald Knob Animal Control Officer arrived 24 hours later Burnett, all the dogs and their cages were missing. “(Bald knob Animal Control Officer…lol…I didn’t write that)”

The sheriff’s department believes Burnett may not be giving the dogs the care that they need and possibly continuing the cruelty to the dogs.

Animal cruelty is a felony. Burnett has been charged with this same crime in 2008 and was convicted in 2009.

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Lakeview teacher charged with punching his dog to death

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A Lakeview man who teaches grade school punched his dog to death because it refused to get into a bathtub after it “ate every piece of paper” in the house and soiled itself, police said.

Derek Fierro holds “Doc” at Chicago Canine Rescue Foundation in October 2011 when he adopted the dog. Fierro is charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, a felony, police said, for allegedly punching the dog to death.

Derek Fierro, 25, was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, a felony, police said. He is a teacher at Eugene Field Elementary School in the 7000 block of North Ashland Avenue, according to police and Chicago Public Schools records.

Fierro, who lives in the 500 block of West Roscoe Street, called 911 about 3 a.m. and asked police to meet him at Roscoe and North Broadway, Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Laura Kubiak said.

When officers arrived, he told them the dog was in trunk of his car and gave police the keys, Kubiak said. Officers checked it and found the male yellow dog. Fierro was crying when police arrived and said he was sorry about killing his dog, Kubiak said.

Fierro adopted the dog from the Chicago Canine Rescue Foundation last October, according to Lisa Klotnia, the foundation’s founder. The dog — a yellow lab chow mix — was several months old when adopted and had been named Doc because he was part of a litter of seven puppies. The dog was renamed “Queso” according to the foundation’s records.

“We reviewed his application, he came to meet Doc and we even did a home visit with him,” Klotnia said.  “He seemed like a nice and normal guy.

“We try to be part of the dog’s life,” she said through tears. “If we’re ever needed, we let people know were here. That’s why it’s so devastating. We would have gladly taken this dog back if he was having any problems.”

She described Doc as a “real mutt,” part Labrador retriever, chow and maybe Alaskan huskie, Klotnia said. “Our hope is to give them a new home and we failed. He was a wonderful little pup.”

She said the foundation is reaching out to police to retrieve the dog’s remains and have them cremated.

CPS Inspector General James Sullivan said his office will investigate the incident, which could lead to disciplinary action against the teacher. Sullivan said his office always investigates cases where a district employee is arrested and charged with a “serious crime.”

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Ironton couple find cat tortured to death

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Ben showed up at Viviane Vallance’s South Ninth Street Ironton home on her 30th birthday, walking up the front walk as if he owned the place.

And in a little while that scrawny white kitten with the sapphire eyes did just that.

“There was something about him,” Vallance recalled. “You would see those blue eyes. I tried not to like him, but he warmed my heart.”

So the Vallance household gained a new member, who quickly blossomed from puny to 16 pounds.

“He was sweet,” Vallance said. “We would let him outside a lot for the day and by 4 or 5 in the afternoon, he would be in our yard and hang out in the house.”

That was the routine for Ben for the next four years of his life, until three weeks ago on a Sunday when Ironton Police came to the Vallances’ door.

“I was at the gym and my husband was home,” Vallance said. “The police showed up on our doorstep and asked if we had a cat.”

The police then took Jeff Vallance to the back of his property to show him what a passerby had seen and reported.

“Apparently someone had tortured the cat and nailed him to the top of the fence and hung him there,” Viviane said.

He was hanged with a leash apparently stolen from another animal.

“My husband called to tell me,” she said.

Viviane rushed home but couldn’t bear to see what had happened to Ben.

“I didn’t go back there,” she said. “I wouldn’t do it. I still don’t go back there.”

The couple gave the cat a resting place in their back yard, planting some lantana over the grave.

“What scares me the most is obviously the person knew we were taking care of the cat,” she said. “We don’t have a clue who did it. The only thing is that somebody knows our habits.

The Vallances can’t think of any suspects from their neighbors.

“We live in great neighborhood,” Viviane said. “Everybody is nice.”

Right now the Vallances aren’t sure if they will get another pet but have advice for other pet owners so they won’t meet with the same heartbreak.

“They should be more vigilant,” Viviane said. “They can’t be too trusting.”

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