PETA: Camels, Llamas, and Sheep Abused in New York!

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“This is outrageous….please visit the link below & show you care about animals….they are not machines, they are sentient beings like us, afraid of loud noises, crowds, stress etc. I wouldn’t let my dogs live in those conditions, let alone these other poor animals who are used to wide open spaces! Please click the link below to sign the petition!”

Using live animals for entertainment is NEVER acceptable, yet this is exactly what the Madison Square Garden Company is doing to promote the Radio City Music Hall‘s Christmas Spectacular holiday shows.

No animal should be forced to live in these conditions!

The camels, llamas, and sheep used in these shows are imprisoned in cramped holding pens and forced into stressful and terrifying situations—including being paraded down streets amid the traffic and huge crowds of New York City.

When they’re not confined to their tiny pens or weaving through crowded streets, these animals are put on stage under bright lights in rooms with amplified sound systems.

You KNOW that this is wrong. The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy and kindness, but these animals won’t experience either this season.

Urge the Madison Square Garden Company to have a heart this holiday season and stop using live animals in shows!

TAKE ACTION NOW & SIGN AT THE FOLLOWING:-https://secure.peta.org/site/Advocacy;jsessionid=5AA9D547A8740D92003FC3464A34C01B.app304a?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=5766

News Link:-https://secure.peta.org/site/Advocacy;jsessionid=5AA9D547A8740D92003FC3464A34C01B.app304a?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=5766

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Success! Charges in Dog Dragging Case Upgraded to Felony Cruelty

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By  – December 23, 2013

The efforts of compassionate Care2 readers have helped changed the course of an animal cruelty prosecution.

An incredible recovery & a Misdemeanor charge now changed to a Felony. Kudos to all that helped this happen

The man accused of dragging a young pit bull for more than a mile behind his pickup truck in late November now faces a felony rather than a misdemeanor criminal charge.

Andra Grace is recovering nicely.

Deputy Omar Yahya of the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office said Roger Dennis Owens was charged with felony “ill treatment of animals” on December 17, according to Fox Carolina News.

Owens had originally been arrested on December 6 and charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty, an offense that carries a maximum penalty of only 90 days in jail and an $800 fine.

“The felony charge comes with a much stiffer penalty if the suspect is convicted,” Yahya said.

In addition, Owens is now charged with two counts of driving under suspension and two counts of being a habitual traffic offender. The felony cruelty charge could bring Owens from six months to five years in prison. If convicted of multiple offenses, he may face significantly more time.

Why the shift from misdemeanor to felony charge? There seems to be only one answer. People like you — many, many people like you — used social media, e-mails, letters and phone calls to call for sterner charges for this harrowing crime. Greenville County heard the outcry, took a closer look and seems to have decided stronger charges were warranted.

Andra Grace: Wagging Her Tail and Recovering

Meanwhile, Andra Grace is recovering nicely. Though she was badly injured, her condition is so much improved that has moved to her new foster home in time for Christmas, according to the Justice for Andra Grace Facebook page.

Want to see how happy and well Andra Grace is now? The Justice for Andra Grace Facebook page has posted this video, as well as many others, so well wishers can keep up with her remarkable recovery. Rescuers were able to recover four of Andra Grace’s puppies as well. They are doing well and will accompany her to their new foster location.

Andra Grace’s puppies, resting before their trip to their new foster home

A Heartwarming Reunion with Two Special Women

Andra Grace had two special visitors on December 19. Kaye Skinner and Jennefer Bullock, the two women who reported seeing Andra Grace being dragged behind the truck, were reunited with her.

According to the Justice for Andra Grace Facebook page, when Kaye and Jennefer saw the pickup truck go by them in the opposite direction, dragging a helpless dog behind it, they turned around to follow it. After the truck sped away without the dog, they searched the roadway until they found her.

Kaye and Jennefer called police and stayed by Andra Grace for the two hours it took for help to arrive. They covered her battered, bloody form with a jacket while trying to soothe her. It might break your heart a little to know that Kaye and Jennefer say poor Andra Grace was wagging her tail as they did what they could to help her.

Kaye Skinner and Jennefer Bullock are reunited with a much recovered Andra Grace

Andra Grace is now happily settled in her new foster home, where her two foster parents are both veterinarians. She’s getting a lot of loving care and is well on her way to a contented and satisfying life. Likewise, her now-weaned puppies are in foster homes and can look forward to long, happy lives.

Care2 readers, your signatures oour petition helped turn the tide with respect to the crime committed against this gentle and loving dog. Your outrage, coupled with a deluge of phone calls and e-mails to Greenville County officials, appears to have convinced authorities to take a closer look at this case. Now Roger Owens is charged with a felony. The possible punishment he faces for this heinous act of cruelty is considerably increased.

May justice prevail for Andra Grace and for all abused animals.

News Link:- http://www.care2.com/causes/success-charges-in-dog-dragging-case-upgraded-to-felony-cruelty.html#ixzz2oub9Eqqd

On the day after Thanksgiving, two people witnessed something that horrified them — someone in a pickup truck was dragging a helpless dog down the road on a rope. The rope broke, leaving the dog, an emaciated female pit bull, to die by the road. The trail of blood indicated the poor dog had been dragged over a mile. Her injuries were extensive and grievous. Fortunately Animal Control got the dog to an animal hospital, where it is now receiving care and love.

The truck driver has been identified, and reportedly has at least one prior animal cruelty conviction, but incredibly he has only been charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty in this case.

However, South Carolina law also contains a felony animal cruelty provision applicable to anyone who:

“…tortures, torments, needlessly mutilates, cruelly kills, or inflicts excessive or repeated unnecessary pain or suffering upon any animal or by omission or commission causes the acts to be done…”

Please sign this petition asking 13th Judicial Circuit Solicitor W. Walter Wilkins to prosecute this case under the felony provision of South Carolina’s animal cruelty law, rather than as a slap-on-the-wrist misdemeanor as currently charged.

Petition link (now closed) http://www.thepetitionsite.com/545/421/014/demand-south-carolina-charge-man-who-dragged-dog-with-felony-animal-cruelty/

A Personal Note From Me

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Dear followers

I hope most of you got the post about me being unwell, I’m so very sorry my illness has kept me away for so long! Unfortunately, I’m still not 100% & need to be back in hospital Tuesday 17th for a small operation, but I’m hoping things go to plan & I get home for Christmas.  So until then, I will try to post as much as my pain allows.

However, in the New Year I will be having further surgery on my spine, I have no idea how long I will be out of action for, but I will make sure someone keeps you posted. I can assure you, it upsets me to think animals are suffering & I’m not able to help them by telling their stories; so I will get back to normal posting as soon as is possible.

As this is linked to these accounts, my apologise for not replying to messages on Twitter or Facebook, having just had a quick glance; I see I have a lot to catch up with. Please don’t think I have been ignoring any personal messages or request to post news; I really haven’t been well enough to do much of anything. I will get round to answering them all as soon as I am able, bearing in mind I will be out of action again after my spinal surgery in the New Year. It’s going to take quite some time to catch up, I have never been away for so long before, so please bear with me!!

To enable me to catch up, I have had to delete a lot of news items sent via Email (which will hopefully have been covered by others ) on Word press blogs etc. However, I have kept & added lots more petitions to sign at the following:-

https://preciousjules1985.wordpress.com/more-up-to-date-petitions-that-need-your-signature-please/

I’ve also got some news stories I want to write-up, so please be aware, the date I post them to this blog, won’t be the date the story was first issued!

May I take this opportunity to wish you & your families A Very Happy, Healthy, Joyful Christmas & A Bright & Prosperous New Year.

Jules

Olympia house fire victim may face charges of animal cruelty

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“If animal welfare suspects someone is keeping animals, that they are concerned about, then animal welfare should have the right to search said house…sod the owner saying ‘No your not coming in’ if they say that, then they probably have something to hide; but will have time to fix it by the time animal control come back! Just think how many animals would have been saved, from horrible deaths, like  starvation, dehydration & untreated wounds etc.; if only animal welfare had the power to enter properties!!

An Olympia woman whose house caught fire last week could face animal-cruelty charges.

A fire broke out at the two-story DeHart Drive home Wednesday morning, causing an estimated $30,000 in damage and killing several animals. The cause is under investigation.

The scene was “not biologically safe” for fire crews without a proper breathing apparatus because of the amount of animal feces, according to Animal Services. The number of items in the home made it difficult for crews to move around, said Animal Services Officer Ray Spragg, who responded to the scene.
 “It was a mix of furniture and beds and cages and Christmas statues and just what one might typically find in a hoarding-type environment,” he said. “Small pathways from room to room.”
The owner has been known to Animal Services since last year, when officers were called to the address for a welfare check. “We didn’t have enough evidence to get in, and she would not let us in to check things,” Spragg said. “We had our suspicions.”
 He said there were 10 dogs, eight birds, a cat and a pot-bellied pig in the home. One of the dogs and seven of the birds died at the scene. The cat and one of the dogs have not been found. The dogs were taken to two Yelmarea animal rescues, Gurrs and Purrs and Cornucopia Animal Rescue, by request of the owner. They were all “severely flea-infested,” Spragg said.
 The pot-bellied pig was turned over to Animal Services. They call her “Penny Pig.” “She is pretty sweet as far as pigs go,” Spragg said. The pig was treated at South Bay Veterinary Hospital for smoke inhalation. The pig is only slightly underweight, but Animal Services Director Suzanne Beauregard is more concerned about its hooves and skin. “They are very bad,” she said. A volunteer was filling the pig’s makeshift pool in a pen behind the Animal Services building. It walked up to her, curly tail wagging. The pig’s hooves extend several inches out, and its dry skin is beginning to peel off in large pieces. Beauregard said both issues are from neglect. She plans to fix the pig’s hooves while it is getting spayed, but that will depend on whether the pig’s lungs can handle the anesthesia.
 Spragg said it looked as though the pig lived in the upstairs room it was found in for years. He plans to forward the case to the Olympia Prosecutor’s Office. Spragg said the owner has other animals at a Lacey address and plans to also have the Yelm shelters take those animals.

Calling All Cat Owners – Lilies Kill Cats

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“My dear friend & fellow animal warrior “Louise Du Toit” has just brought this to my attention. I had no idea Lilies could kill cats, I bet I’m not the only one. If you own cat’s or care for any, please read the following…”

You can read more about it at the following link: http://vetmedicine.about.com/od/toxicology/a/Lily-Toxicity-In-Cats-And-Dogs.htm

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