Emotional Reunion For A Man And His Best Friend

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“I think it’s about time for some good news, especially on Valentines Day…A man & his beloved dog, reunited…think I’m gonna cry!!!”

It’s been a long year for Robert Moreland, but even longer for his dog Blackjack.  The German shepherd was stolen from Moreland’s truck while he was at Home Depot 10 months ago, and Moreland was devastated.   He and Blackjack had been together since the dog was a pup, and now they have finally been reunited.

When Moreland discovered that Blackjack had been taken he called police, but they never found him.  “It hurt me to my heart,” Moreland said, a long time dog lover who did not want to give up the search despite health concerns of his own.  Moreland has suffered from PTSD ever since retiring from the Air Force in 1981 after 20 years of service, and he credits Blackjack with helping him cope.

Finally he gave in and did get another dog, named Rommel, though he continued to pray for Blackjack.  “I had given up,” Moreland said. “Not because I wanted to, but because I know evil people are in this world, and they don’t care.”  Then the miracle happened.

Eric Weinberger, a volunteer at Big Dog Ranch Rescue, got a phone call from a Palm Beach resident who had been feeding a stray dog for several months.

 Weinberger came and after several failed attempts was able to catch the dog, which the microchip revealed to be Blackjack.  Weinberger fears that Blackjack was used in dog fighting.  He was found with a green plastic collar around his neck and a piece of meat hung from a chain. “We’ll never know what they were using him for,” said Weinberger, “But the only reason he would have that collar on him is if he was used as a bait dog.”

Big Dog Ranch Rescue called Moreland to deliver the news and the pair had an emotional reunion on Valentine’s Day.  Blackjack went straight to Moreland and curled up beside him, as if no time had passed.  Blackjack had surgery to treat his wounds on Friday, and should be able to go back home on Sunday.  “I was so pleased (to find him),” Moreland said, and he expressed his gratitude to the kind people at Big Dog Rescue for bringing his boy home.

News Link:http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2013/02/emotional-reunion-for-a-man-and-his-best-friend1/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LifeWithDogs+%28Life+With+Dogs%29

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NJ Senate Passes Patricks Law Strengthening Animal Cruelty Penalties

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The New Jersey Senate unanimously passed S1303, designated as Patrick’s Law, yesterday afternoon.

Patrick

The bill is named for the Pit Bull named Patrick, who was rescued in 2011 after he was starved to the brink of death, then dumped down an apartment complex trash chute in Newark.

The proposed law revises penalties for animal cruelty, toughening both civil and criminal penalties for abuse and neglect. Photographs of the emaciated dog with the big haunting eyes that accompanied his story rallied activists and the general public to the cause.

The bill increases to crimes of the fourth degree the offenses of depriving an animal of necessary sustenance, or abusing an animal, and it increases the grade of these offenses to crimes of the third degree if the animal dies as a result of these acts.  The civil penalty for these offenses will also be increased under the bill to a fine of $1,000 to $3,000 for a first offense, and $3,000 to $5,000 for a second or subsequent offense.

The bill will additionally increase the criminal and civil penalties for inflicting unnecessary cruelty upon a living animal or creature by any direct or indirect means, unnecessarily failing to provide a living animal with proper food, drink, shelter or protection from the weather, or leaving it unattended in a vehicle under inhumane conditions. The criminal penalty will be increased to a fine between $500 and $2,000, imprisonment for a term up to six months, or both, at the discretion of the court. If an animal is killed or dies as a result of one of these violations, or the person has a prior conviction, the person will be guilty of a crime of the fourth degree.  The civil penalty recoverable will be a fine of between $500 and $2,000.

Court ordered restitution to the animal’s owner will include the monetary cost of replacing the animal, plus any costs for food, shelter, veterinary care, euthanasia, if necessary, or other costs.

The bill was sponsored by Senators  Tom Kean Dick and Codey. It heads to the Assembly for consideration before it becomes law.

Senator Kean said in a statement after yesterday’s vote, “How someone treats animals in their care is a window into his or her soul. Caring for an animal comes with basic responsibilities that include finding a safe, humane environment for that animal if you cannot or do not wish to care for it any longer. Patrick’s Law will make the penalties for those who shirk those responsibilities appropriately more severe.

A significant aspect of Patrick’s Law is its recognition of extreme neglect as an act of cruelty comparable to any other.

Patrick, called a miracle dog, recovered and continues to thrive.

News Like:http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2012/10/nj-senate-passes-patricks-law-strengthening-animal-cruelty-penalties/

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