It’s not just a dog or any sentient being!!

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All who walked away from Kingston played a part in his neglect, says rescuer

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“I first saw this story on Face Book & couldn’t share as I didn’t have permission, but now it’s on Examiner’s site, you can read all about it!”

“Reading  about a dog, alone & lost in the world will break your heart & make you cry!. But please, read it, read all the links below, for the sake of Kingston & all the other dogs, people pass by without a second glance.” R.I.P Kingston x

Kingston, sick and starving, abandoned by owners, ignored by neighbors

I apologize for taking so long to post an update,” Jamie Mitschke wrote on her Facebook page. “It has been a long, exhausting day trying to help Kingston and dealing with my other fosters.”

Anyone who has ever rescued even one animal knows the feeling. When you’re responsible for several of them, the exhaustion factor skyrockets, both physically and emotionally.

Yet Mischke diligently went on to describe the disturbing details of her experiences on that brutally hot day in one of Houston’s most impoverished areas.

A volunteer with Love Puppy Breath Rescue, Mischke had devoted her Sunday to join other volunteers from Forgotten Dogs of the 5th Ward Project and Corridor Rescue, Inc. so as to locate and help an abandoned, deathly ill and starved dog who they named “Kingston.”

Mischke’s account not only sheds additional light on the events reported previously here on Animal Policy Examiner; she concludes with a moving plea for more citizen involvement to improve the plight of the world’s many forgotten and desperate animals.

‘They said he looked like a hyena—they were scared of him’

“Kingston was originally seen by a healthcare worker at an apartment complex,” Mischke began. “She fed him yesterday and emailed Kelle Mann Davis [of Forgotten Dogs of the 5th Ward Project]. Kelle posted the pictures to Facebook late last night and I couldn’t get the dog out of my head.

“At 7:00 a.m. today, plans were sealed to go on the search. We arrived at the complex just after 8:00 a.m. and talked to a lot of residents.

“It seemed everyone knew Kingston. They said he looked like a hyena, that we shouldn’t touch him, and that they were scared of him.

“Poor Kingston had been hanging around the dumpsters and sleeping under cars for quite a long time—it’s unclear how long—and no one lifted a finger until the amazing healthcare worker reached out.

“We drove and walked the complex and surrounding streets, always hearing stories of the hyena dog, but it wasn’t until almost five hours later that we found him.

“Kelle and her wonderful husband came upon him walking down the middle of the road, and when the dog tried to make it over to Kelle, he collapsed. I was on the other side of the apartment complex, so Kelle called.

“I got there, and when we lifted him off the street, I was unable to feel any femoral pulses. Poor Kingston was in very bad condition. His mucus membrane color was terrible, his skin obviously horrible, and he was crawling with ants.

‘At least he got one day of love’: Sick, starved dog finally found comfort

“The local area offered little for veterinary care. He would have to be in the car for almost 45 minutes till we reached a vet. We made him as comfortable as we could.

Yvette sat in the back of the car with him on the way and she said that he was eating and was trying to get up and move. She kept him calm and finally he laid his head in her lap and relaxed. Poor guy.

“Kingston is at the vet now. His blood work wasn’t as bad as we imagined, but it’s not great. He is heart worm positive of course, and has sarcoptic mange. We’ll know more later.”

‘At least he knew one day of love”

Tragically, Kingston did not make it. The illnesses, severe malnutrition, and deadly dehydration that had mounted during untold months or years of neglect combined to create an enemy too fierce for even the expert and devoted care he had finally found.

Mischke, her fellow rescuers, and the many others who followed the dog’s harrowing story only took consolation in knowing that, as DeAnna McGuire Clawson put it, “at least he knew one day of love.”

‘Please don’t turn your back on strays’

“Every single person that saw Kingston and walked away played a part in his neglect,” Mischke wrote, “including the original person who owned him.

“Please, PLEASE…don’t turn your back on strays. That is how they get to this condition.

“We understand that not everyone can take on a stray, but reach out. There ARE people that will help. There are people like us. Find us. We WANT you to find us.”

News Link Read More:-http://www.examiner.com/article/all-who-walked-away-from-kingston-played-a-part-his-neglect-says-rescuer?cid=PROD-redesign-right-next

‘At least he got one day of love’: Sick, starved dog finally found comfort

http://www.examiner.com/article/at-least-he-got-one-day-of-love-starved-ill-dog-finally-found-comfort

Rescuers urge police to investigate case of fatally starved dog Kingston

http://www.examiner.com/article/rescuers-urge-police-to-investigate-case-of-fatally-starved-dog-kingston?cid=PROD-redesign-right-next

Dog Dies in Iowa Heat: Was It Animal Neglect?

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“If people don’t think to themselves ‘wow it’s hot, I best check the dog‘s got water etc. etc’ then perhaps they shouldn’t have animals!”

Here’s a story that ran on Urbandale Patch. We’re running it here as a sad reminder that pets can suffer from the heat just as we can.

Urbandale police are investigating whether the death of a German shepherd left outdoors in the heat last week is a case on animal neglect.

Police arrived last Friday at a home in the 3100 block of 67th Street after someone called concerned about the welfare of a dog there. They found the dog dead in an outdoor kennel, said Lt. Rob Johansen.

He said there was no water in the kennel at the time they found the animal.

Officers spoke to a 17-year-old boy who was home at the time. He lives with his 38-year-old mother, who was not there.

An autopsy will be conducted on the animal to determine its cause of death.  The high temperature in Des Moines was 93 degrees that day, according to the National Weather Service.

News Link:http://westdesmoines.patch.com/articles/dog-dies-in-heat-in-iowa-heat-was-it-animal-neglect

Convictions soar in animal cruelty cases

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ANIMAL protection authorities are striking back hard at the worst abusers with a four-fold rise in prosecutions in five years.

But the RSPCA is facing a new challenge in the increasing abandonment of animals, which it says is partly caused by rising financial pressures on households.

Figures released to The Advertiser by the RSPCA show there were 2200 public reports of ill-treatment of animals in the last financial year.

Of those, 69 alleged offenders were prosecuted and all but two cases resulted in convictions.

This is a big jump on the 17 prosecutions recorded in 2007-08.

Despite the court successes, the number of animals suffering abuse remains staggeringly high.

Animal protection authorities are striking back with a rise in convictions for abuse and cruelty.

Among the thousands of cases reported last financial year are allegations a 30kg german shepherd was kept locked in a galah cage measuring 70cm by 70cm by 90cm. Inspectors are also investigating decapitation of a lamb and the deaths of two six-week-old labrador-cross puppies in a sealed garbage bag.

RSPCA chief inspector Simon Richards said the “significant increase” in prosecutions was a result of changes to the Animal Welfare Act in 2008. Under the new Act, fines and prison terms were doubled to a maximum four-year jail term or a $50,000 fine, which encouraged the public to come forward. ” I have yet to see anyone jailed for 4 years, & have seen many cases worthy of a 4 year jail sentence. Perhaps the Judges should see the abuse first hand, that might jee them up to actually prosecute & jail people!”

Our penalties are among the highest in the country (and) our prosecution rate is higher than any other state,” Mr Richards said.

“The tougher penalties indicate the public opinion on animal cruelty and how abhorrent it is, and have increased people’s awareness.”

Although investigative techniques had “vastly improved” in recent years, thanks to forensic science, the RSPCA prosecutes just 3 per cent of reported cases.

“A prosecution is not a win for the RSPCA – we’re about prevention,” Mr Richards said. “A small proportion of  our cruelty reports result in prosecution and, obviously, there’s an enormous number that don’t – we resolve those issues through education (of alleged offenders). Prosecution is for the worst of the worst … ”

University of SA psychology lecturer Dr Alan Campbell said cruelty could be motivated by revenge or a misplaced sense of “fun”.

“Animals are easy targets … for a period of time they can get off on the killing and when that happens, consequences just go out the window,” he said. “For others, it’s to demonstrate violence (or) the power one has over a family. Killing a family pet demonstrates that (a person) can kill a family.”

Neglect cases, he said, were often borne out of ignorance. “One can’t blame ignorance as an excuse not to feed animals, ignorance means ‘Oh, I didn’t know it needed food to survive’ !! Please…even small kids know animals need food…anyone can see a skinny animal & know that it needs food or it will die. That’s not ignorance, that’s just sheer laziness! Or a case of  ‘you wanted it so you feed it’ …& of course they don’t, so the poor thing dies, then they all blame each other!”

“The majority just can’t be bloody bothered to feed their animals, especially if it means them having to leave their cozy house & go out back to feed a dog, or to a barn or field to feed horses or cattle…most of the time it’s simply because they just can’t be arsed! “

“There may be an understanding that animals can fend for themselves,” he said.

“They believe you should be able to leave them in paddocks to eat grass, or dogs and cats in a pen and chuck some food in there.” “So are we to assume these owners don’t look at the animals, that they are blind, they can’t see that their horses or dogs are skin & bone? Of course they can…but these are the animals who are not pets as such, they are just garden ornaments or their to protect property. Therefore not to be loved or attended to, these owners,  just throw the odd bit of food & nothing else!

News Link:-http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/convictions-soar-in-animal-cruelty-cases/story-e6frea6u-1226419473898

Pregnant woman and boyfriend arrested for dog fighting, cruelty to animals

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DONALDSONVILLE, LA (WAFB)Ascension Parish Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a woman and a man accused of dog fighting and animal cruelty.

Brittany Ward, 24, was arrested on Monday night at her residence in the 700 block of Sixth St. in Donaldsonville. Deputies said they saw several dogs in the backyard with chains around their necks and no access to food or water.

Joseph Duncan, 28, was arrested on Tuesday afternoon.

Ward’s mother, Valerie Bennett, who lives across the street, admitted her daughter knew what was allegedly going on at the house, but she does not think Ward should be held responsible.

“She does know he dog fight. But it’s not her fault that she in the house and she doesn’t know what goes on on the outside of the house,” Bennett said.

One of the dogs rescued from the house

Police said two of the dogs had scabs that appear to be from fighting. Another dog was found dead with bite marks and duct tape around its muzzle. Detectives said it is typical for a dog to be used as bait in a fighting ring.

Ward and Duncan are charged each with five counts of aggravated cruelty to an animal, five counts of confined animals, lack of necessary food and water, and dog fighting.

The four pit bulls and another small dog found alive in the yard are being held in the Ascension Parish Animal Shelter.

Ward’s bond was set Tuesday afternoon at $215,000. Bond has not yet been set for Duncan. Duncan was convicted of dog fighting in 2003.

Video & news link:-http://www.wafb.com/story/18944066/pregnant-woman-arrested-for-cruelty-to-animals-and-dog-fighting

Tulsa SPCA rescues dozens of animals from cruel conditions – FOX23 News

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The Tulsa SPCA assisted with hoarding and cruelty case in central Oklahoma.

On Monday, the Tulsa SPCA and the Tulsa County Sheriff’s office rescued about 20 goats, 20 chickens, 8 bunnies, 2 border collies, and a pig. The Tulsa SPCA took these animals to an animal advocate from a Bristow animal sanctuary.

The sheriff’s office is only saying these complaints were filed in central Oklahoma. The case will be investigated as a animal cruelty because of the conditions at the location.

SPCA officials say bunnies were dying as they were being rescued and that the chickens were being housed in a semi and there were several dead animals in with the 20 chickens that were rescued. Officials also say there were 80 goat skeletons on the property in addition to the 20 goats that were rescued.

Lori Hall is the Tulsa SPCA Executive Director received a call Sunday from an animal cruelty investigator saying these animals needed to be removed from an animal hoarder‘s property immediately.

“See how skinny they are,” Hall said. “That’s just so pathetic.”

Hall believes she can find them good homes but she will have to deworm them and get them healthy enough first.

“I know once we get them in here we can take care of them and get them good homes and that’s our goal,” said Hall.

A veterinarian will be there Friday to examine all the animals. They are temporally housed at the Tulsa SPCA and will be moved into foster care this week, the animals will then be nursed back to health and be put up for adoption.

If you would like to adopt an animal you can call the Tulsa SPCA (918) 428-7722

via Tulsa SPCA rescues dozens of animals from cruel conditions – FOX23 News.

Charles Town exotic cat owner charged with animal cruelty for abandonment

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Charles Town Police Department on Friday announced thatRyan Houde, the owner of ten exotic cats found in a vacant home at 51 Shutt Court in Charles Town, W. Va. has been charged with ten counts of animal cruelty. Nine Savannah cats and one Serval were living in filth and excrement.

Owner and breeder of exotic cats Ryan Houde was charged with animal cruelty for abandoning 10 cats in his home.

The neglected animals were found in May when a man who was checking on the house went into the basement and thought he spotted either a cheetah or a leopard. The house was reported to be in the process of foreclosure and appeared to have been abandoned.

Houde, 28 turned himself into authorities on June 5 and was released in lieu of $7500 bond.

According to a Google website Houde, 28 owns Shutt Court Savannahs, and sells kittens and breeder cats for prices ranging from $750 to $1500. It appears several kittens were recently sold.

Servals are medium-sized African wild cats often recognized by their boldly spotted coats. Females can range in weight from 15 to 26 pounds while males can weigh from 20 to 40 pounds. According to Wikipedia, the cats are nocturnal, solitary and can leap up to 12 feet horizontally from a stationary position to precisely land on their prey.

Servals are commonly used to breed with domestic cats to produce Savannah cats.

One Savannah cat was euthanized because it bit one of the officers. The rest have been turned over to the East Coast Exotic Animal Rescue in southern Pennsylvania. The organization is a sanctuary for displaced exotic animals. You can follow the organization on their Facebook page by clicking here.

Video & News Link:-http://www.examiner.com/article/charles-town-exotic-cat-owner-charged-with-animal-cruelty-for-abandonment

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