Discovery of tortured family dog in New Jersey prompts warning to owners

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“September 19th 2012 – I don’t believe in counter violence to settle old scores etc. But boy oh boy, what I wouldn’t give to spend 5 minutes alone with those that did this along; with half my followers! I just can’t imagine those that did it, blending in with a normal family life…they are EVIL; therefore should stick out like a bloody sore thumb! What is the world coming to when your own dog isn’t safe within your yard? These MF‘s must drive around looking for possible dogs, the gentle ones that will come a running with tail wagging…breaks my bloody heart to think of it! R.I.P Ridge, finally no more pain, just lots of lovely juicy bones &  fields to run around; with all the other special ones that crossed Rainbow’s Bridge x”

“Please if you have any information which might help this case, no matter how small or insignificant. please contact the police; no other dog should have to die this way!” 

A dog located within the confines of his own family‘s fenced yard should be safe. Unfortunately, that is not always the case.

Days ago in New Brunswick, N.J., the body of a tortured dog was found in a trash bag in an up-scale neighbourhood.

The dog’s name was Ridge and he had a family.

A microchip embedded in the young dog’s body allowed the authorities to determine who that family was, and piece together what had happened prior to Ridge’s untimely death.

Until the day that he was stolen, Ridge was a beloved friend and playmate to his family’s two young children, ages 4 and 5.

But unscrupulous people stole Ridge from his gated, fenced yard and abused him until the day that he was dead and thrown away.

According to the NJ SPCA, Ridge was:

stolen as he played in a locked and gated back yard, used as bait, starved, neglected, abused, burned and tossed out of a moving car window

Along with the heart-wrenching description of the torture that Ridge was subjected to, is a dire warning to pet owners, “Protect Your Pets! Pet Theft is again on the rise.”

Dog fighters, searching for so-calledbait dogs,” do not follow rules. They do not respect boundaries, and last, but certainly not least, they do not care.

Protect your pets, help spare them from being tortured and killed like Ridge.

According to the NJSPCA, an investigation is underway into this innocent dog’s horrific death.

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2012 Canadian Animal Protection Laws Rankings

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“I found this very interesting, but an animal feels pain via cruelty or abuse; no matter what jurisdiction it is in! So why can’t the whole world have the same law’s, wouldn’t it make it simpler for each judge in each court across the land. There is no reason they can’t, it’s more a case of who has the most money to spend on animal welfare!!”

Based on a detailed comparative analysis of the animal protection laws of each jurisdiction, the 2012 Canadian Animal Protection Laws Rankings recognizes the provinces and territories where laws protecting animals have real teeth, and calls out those like Quebec and Nunavut—the worst in Canada this year for animal protection laws—where animal abusers get off easy. 

ALDF’s fifth annual report, the only one of its kind in the nation, ranks every province and territory on the relative strength and general comprehensiveness of its animal protection laws. Manitoba, British Columbia, and Ontario take top honours in 2012 for providing strong protections for animals.

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Top Tier: 1. Manitoba
2. British Columbia

4. Nova Scotia
Middle Tier: 5. Newfoundland & Labrador
6. New Brunswick
8. Alberta
9. Saskatchewan
Bottom Tier: 10. Prince Edward Island
Northwest Territories 
13. Nunavut

Ontario and Manitoba continue to occupy the top tier, but are now joined by British Columbia, which made considerable improvements to its animal protection legislation since last year’s report. Most notably, the province enacted stiffer penalties, with animal abusers now facing up to two years imprisonment and a $75,000 fine. It also extended the scope of prohibitions to include abuse perpetrated by anyone—not just an animal’s owner. Additionally, British Columbia now specifically targets animal fighting, and requires veterinarians to report suspected animal abuse or neglect. Nova Scotia, the fourth province in the top tier, also made changes to its animal protection legislation, but these were minor and did not affect the province’s relative ranking.

Newfoundland and Labrador showed significant improvement this year, moving a number of spots up to the very top of the middle tier. The province broadened its range of protections, made veterinarian reporting of suspected abuse mandatory, enacted new animal fighting provisions, and drastically increased maximum penalties (the maximum fine went up from $500 to $50,000). A remarkably progressive change in Newfoundland and Labrador’s animal protection law relates to use-based exemptions, i.e. exemptions based on the purpose for which an animal is kept (e.g. food production, scientific research). It is currently the only province or territory to circumscribe use-based exemptions to practices consistent with specific standards set out in regulations.

Despite some improvements to its animal protection law since last year’s report, including a broadening of species coverage and the promulgation of new standards of care for dogs and cats, Quebec held its position as the province with the weakest animal protection legislation. It was joined in the bottom tier by Prince Edward Island, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut, which remains the worst jurisdiction in Canada when it comes to animal protection.

Since ALDF began publishing these rankings in 2008, there has been a marked improvement in the laws of many provinces and territories, and more advances are on the way. However, there continues to be a wide range of disparity across the country, with some jurisdictions making substantial steps forward, and others lagging behind. Irrespective of where each province or territory currently ranks, every province and territory has ample room for improvement. It is ALDF’s hope that these ongoing reviews continue to shed light on this important issue and garner support for both the strengthening and enforcement of animal protection laws throughout the country.

ALDF encourages those who care about the welfare and protection of animals to contact their elected officials about the importance of having strong, comprehensive laws in this field, and to alert law enforcement should they ever witness animal abuse or neglect.

For additional information, see our Model Animal Protection Laws collection andAnimal Protection Laws of the USA & Canada compendium. 


Wandering bear killed in Moncton

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“Why isn’t something done to protect the public & the bears from getting shot?? Surely if a town is surrounded by bear Country, can’t some sort of fencing be put up? The bears are obviously coming down for food, or are just nosy…but we can’t just continue to shoot them…that’s just the lazy option!”

Police in New Brunswick killed a black bear in downtown Moncton as it wandered through the city.

Police and officers with the province’s Natural Resources Department were called to respond when the animal was seen near the Old Garrison on John Street. Police shot the animal.

Natural Resources Department officers no longer trap or tranquilize bears when they enter urban areas.

The RCMP say encounters with wildlife are common on the out-skirts of the city, but in this instance the bear wandered into a neighbourhood near the downtown core

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Roxanne Notaro of Deptford fined, sentenced to community service for animal cruelty to Hercules

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“Do you remember this dog? poor thing, at least he has now found love with new owners”

Deptford Township woman pleaded guilty Wednesday in New Brunswick to five counts of animal cruelty for neglecting her 3-year-old American bulldogHercules, according toNBC40.

Hercules was found in the basement of Roxanne Notaro’s home in April, malnourished, weak and covered with feces, authorities said.

Hercules has been recuperating at the Delaware Valley Veterinary Hospital in Mullica Hill.

Notaro reportedly was sentenced to perform 200 hours of community service and must pay $2,900 to the veterinary hospital and an additional $4,000 in fines.

She also will be unable to have an animal for 10 years, according to the

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Canucks Player Under Fire for Bear Baiting

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Vancouver Canucks player David Booth is getting quite a bit of negative attention after taking to Twitter to post photos and video of himself killing a black bear while he was on vacation in Alberta.

Animal advocates, and even some hunters, are taking a major issue with the fact that he was bear baiting, a controversial hunting practice that involves leaving food out to lure animals to a certain spot where they’re easier to kill.

Some take issue with the  advantage it gives hunters, ruining the supposed “fair chase,” while others simply abhor trophy hunting altogether.

“It is even more difficult to find a moral justification for trophy hunting ― the killing of an animal to satisfy human vanity. There is a moral difference between killing for food and killing for pleasure. While an ethical vegetarian might argue that both are unnecessary, the latter plumbs the depths of immoral human behaviour through its selfishness, trivializing of nature and disregard for life,” wrote Peter Fricker, Projects and Communications Director at the Vancouver Humane Society, about the incident.

Bear baiting is legal in most of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and New Brunswick, but not in British Columbia, where Booth lives. It’s also illegal in 18 states in the U.S.

In this case, Booth spent a week luring the bear to the kill spot before shooting him with a crossbow from way up high in a tree stand while he was out with guides from Twin River Outfitting. The plan all along was to show footage of the hunt on The Edge, a program on the Canadian hunting and fishing network Wild TV.

During the ambush he tweeted, “In Alberta trying to kill a few bruins. #unleashthefury,” followed by, “Just killed a Chara-sized bruin! 7ft black bear – 21in skull.”

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