Dogs were living in their own faeces – SPCA

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“Yet another knob head that needs proper punishment. The SPCA can’t go on holding the hands of these merciless bastards. He knew those poor dogs were living in filth, yet he chose to brush it aside. The poor dogs gave him all the pups they could, they  have nothing left to give now…apart from love…& I pray they all get to feel the sun on their backs, the grass under their feet, & the loving tender arms of someone to share their lives with.”

“This man deserves nothing less than a prison sentence (A PROPER ONE) not a suspended one, really, what’s the bloody point in them?. Get his heartless ass kicked in jail & make him pay for the treatment of every one of those poor dogs that gave their whole lives for him…Let him spend the same amount of time, he forced those little dogs to spend locked up in caged…in prison!!”

Johannesburg – The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) confiscated 55 Pomeranians from a backyard breeder in Meyerton, Gauteng, on Monday.

The owner of the house would face charges of animal cruelty and obstruction of justice, said SPCA Vereeniging manager Marlien Pieterse. “So what’s his name…so we can shame the bastard?”

The small dogs were living in their own faeces and urine. Most of them had few or no teeth left due to a poor diet.

The Meyerton police were called in when the owner of the Riversdale home refused to allow the SPCA access to the property.

“The inspectors tried to educate the owner and numerous warnings have been issued in the past. “Sod the warnings, why give these people a second chance to abuse when you know they have already done it! How many times can they abuse until something is done??”

“The owner chose not to comply nor improve the living conditions of the dogs,” Pieterse said. – Sapa

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Dead dogs not stored properly, says leaked report on CSPCA

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“Seems like this lot had an answer for all the inspection complaints…passing the book I fear! Plus, all visits to any kennels, animal shelter, sanctuary, zoo, circus etc. should be unannounced!! We all know from work experience, that if there was going to be an inspection or audit, there was a mad scramble to get everything ship shape before the visit…doesn’t that defeat the object some what??”

Dead dogs at a Cork shelter are not being stored properly, according to a leaked report into the Cork Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Carcasses are heaped into a freezer unbagged, the report stated, leavingbodily fluids and materials” to seep out.  The report follows two inspections by vets at Cork County Council. On their second visit — which was unannounced — inspectors found the situation had “deteriorated significantly”. 

The council authorised the inspections following complaints of animal neglect and cruelty at the CSPCA.  A CSPCA spokesman said it was cheaper to run the freezer when full and the practice of “bagging” would be introduced when the freezer was emptied.

“The animals are stored in a freezer before they are brought to a registered knackery for incineration. Some were not bagged. We don’t empty the freezer until it is full and we are getting there,” said Brian McDonagh, CSPCA spokesman.

Following a random inspection on Jun 6, inspectors found “excessive quantities of faeces evident in some kennels“. Mr McDonagh said this was because a newly-employed kennel manager was slow and meticulous in his work methods. 

“We explained to the vets at the time that this new employee was meticulous in his cleaning, a bit slow to get the work done. “Also, the inspection was early in the day and how clean the kennels are depends on the time of day,” he said.

Mr McDonagh said €100,000 has been spent in recent weeks upgrading the kennels with a new drainage system, concrete yard, increased capacity and a new isolation unit. As a result of the inspections, Mr McDonagh said, dogs not suitable for rehoming, including “excessively noisy, aggressive, and unhealthy dogs and dogs that came with a bad reputation” would be put to sleep instead of being rehomed. “What has this got to do with the inspection? it’s not the dog’s fault they were caught out!”

He also defended the CSPCA’s practice of not carrying out background checks on new owners, saying to do so was a “nonsense“. “They [background checks] put up more obstacles than anything else. We charge €100 for dogs, that puts a value on them,” he said.

Councillors have been asked not to comment on the report until a closed meeting with city officials takes place on Monday. “Wonder why?”

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Irish farmer Simon O’Dwyer guilty of further cruelty

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An Irish farmer, who was sentenced to 23 months in prison and banned from owning animals for life in February 2010, has been found guilty of further cruelty.

Simon O’Dwyer of Garue, Mullinvat, Co Kilkenny was found guilty of animal cruelty, permitting carcasses to remain unburied and a breach of the peace, at Kilkenny District Court on 18 May.

The offences date back to 24 April 2009.

O’Dwyer received a two-month jail sentence and was fined €3,500, with a three-week suspended prison sentence for a breach of the peace.

Sixty-one horses and 46 cattle were seized from his farms by the Department of Agriculture in December 2009.

It was one of the worst equine cruelty and neglect cases ever seen in Ireland.

The horses, many of them heavily in foal, were found without food, knee deep in mud, and some were severely emaciated.

They were taken in by the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Irish Horse Welfare.

O’Dwyer was also prosecuted in 2007 for similar offences in 2006

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Winsford man has ‘unhealthy interest’ in cockfighting, a court has heard

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A WINSFORD man has an ‘unhealthy interest’ in cockfighting which led to him taking part in the activity, a court heard.

Raymond Weedall, of Crook Lane, is standing trial at Chester Magistrates Court, charged with offences relating to organised animal cruelty and cockfighting.

The 61-year-old has denied 12 charges including the keeping of metal spurs, as well as allegations of mutilation, the suffering caused by mutilation and the conditions in which cockerels were alleged to have been found.

On Friday, Iain O’Donnell, prosecuting for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), told the court that police had executed a search warrant at Weedall’s Winsford home at 9am on June 8, 2011.

Giving evidence, PC Trevor Jones confirmed that police and officers for the RSPCA attended and searched the premises.

Talking of the search of the master bedroom, PC Jones said: “The draws were already open and I was shown the third draw and I could see cockfighting spurs.”

He added: “I remember seeing the spurs clearly, they were made of leather with steel hooks.

“They were clearly plural, more than two, but as I didn’t go searching through the draw, I couldn’t see the full number.”

 PC Jones said he then arrested Weedall, who allegedly said: “Yes, I don’t do what you are saying I do, it’s all exhibition stuff, rosettes and cards.”

The court heard that a large amount of cash, perhaps amounting to £15,000 or £20,000, was also found and a dog, a pole cat ferret, two other ferrets and eight cockerels were seized.

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Woman accused of killing kittens

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DOVER, Del. — Authorities in Delaware are searching for a Florida woman accused of crushing three kittens to death with her hands.

The Delaware Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is trying to track down 21-year-old Ashley Barnes, who is charged with three counts of animal cruelty.

Barnes was arrested on April 17 and released on unsecured bond. A warrant was issued for her after she failed to appear for a preliminary hearing on April 25.

SPCA investigator Amy Nicholson says the incident happened on April 6 while Barnes was staying with friends in Millsboro, and that Barnes may have been under the influence of drugs at the time.

Nicholson says Barnes had been staying in Delaware for only about five weeks, and that she may have returned to Florida.

New Animal Health Act proclaimed

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The new Animal Health and Protection Act proclaimed today in the province aims to take a stronger stance against animal cruelty, and includes fines of up to $50,000 for people convicted under the act.

Minister of Natural Resources Jerome Kennedy said the new laws support a greater level of protection for animals.

We have responded to calls for stiffer penalties for those convicted of cruelty and neglect of animals, and we outline very clearly in the act and regulations what constitutes inappropriate and illegal treatment of animals,” he said.

The new legislation combined five existing acts — the Animal Protection Act, the Dog Act, Heritage Animals Act, Livestock Act and Livestock Health Act.

Included in the act are new rules defining the use of choke collars on dogs, as well as making it illegal to transport an animal unsecured in an open vehicle.

In an effort to educate the public on proper animal care and treatment, the province will be giving $50,000 to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).

The new rules have been met with approval from the SPCA, said Lynn Cadigan, executive director of SPCA N.L.

“The SPCA is very pleased to see significant improvements in the province’s animal protection laws,” she said.

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How To Identify And Report Animal Cruelty

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April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month.  What does that mean to those of us who lovingly care for every aspect of our pet’s health and happiness?  It means that this month we remind ourselves of our responsibility to help those pets and farm animals who are not cared for properly.

Be Their Voice

This month theAmerican Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) gives us a refresher course in identifying cruelty and ways to report it to the proper authorities.

ASPCA, which has lots of experience identifying signs of animal cruelty, suggests that any of the following signs may be suspicious:

  • Tick or flea infestations. Such a condition, if left untreated by a veterinarian, can lead to an animal’s death.
  • Wounds on the body.
  • Patches of missing hair.
  • Extremely thin, starving animals.
  • Limping.
  • An owner striking or otherwise physically abusing an animal.
  • Dogs who are repeatedly left alone without food and water, often chained up in a yard.
  • Dogs who have been hit by cars-or are showing any of the signs listed above-and have not been taken to a veterinarian.
  • Dogs who are kept outside without shelter in extreme weather conditions.
  • Animals who cower in fear or act aggressively when approached by their owners.

You can report anonymously!

All of us have probably seen instances of one or all of these acts of cruelty, but have we called the appropriate authorities to report it?  Perhaps because we are fearful of owner reprisal, we don’t.  But you should know that you can report what you have witnessed totally anonymously.  Just report it.

  • Learn the appropriate agency in your community that investigate reports of animal cruelty.
  • Look out for the animals in your neighborhood and dog parks.
  • Report instances.  Make the call.  Protection of innocent animals begins with you.
  • Also, call the police. Animal cruelty is against the law.
  • Become an advocate through the ASPCA or through other animal welfare organizations.
  • Teach your children and their friends how to approach and treat animals.
  • Adopt an abused animal if you can. Give the animal a new chance for a good life.

We have all witnessed instances of animal abuse and the images of those animals will never leave us. We will always feel the guilt of not having reported them.  Don’t let the opportunity to save any animal from abuse go by again.

The ASPCA has a wealth of information on the topic of animal abuse.  Please visit the site to get many answers to specific questions you may have.

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Cat’s extensive burns raise suspicions of animal abuse

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When a 3-year-old cat named Pontiac was taken to the Andover Animal Hospital last week, all the signs pointed to abuse.

His whiskers were singed. He had burns that looked like someone had taken a hot fire poker to his body. And, his legs were burnt so badly that the tendon could be seen and he could barely walk. One doctor at the hospital described Pontiac’s smell as an ash tray.

This case of suspected abuse has led the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NJSPCA), a law enforcement office for animal abuseand neglect, to investigate what happened.

“We are in the middle of trying to find out who did it,” NJSPCA Spokesman Matt Stanton said. “(The animal hospital) did not feel that it was an accidental burn from being under an exhaust system in a car.”

Stanton said that the active investigation may lead to a reward for information, which could range from hundreds to thousands of dollars. But, in the meantime, this black and white cat with a cuddly personality is still at the Andover Animal Hospital attached to two IVs and with neon green-yellow bandages on his front legs and back.

Rachel Bezak, an Andover Borough resident, had been caring for this outdoor cat since March because his owner had to move to a location that did not allow cats. A week ago, she became worried since he did not come to her home for food. After searching, she found him curled up in a pile of carpeting in a neighbor’s driveway that had been dumped there during an apartment renovation.

“As I approached him, I found him out of sorts and like he had been in a fire,” she said. “He smelled like burned fur and ashes were literally falling off parts of his body. As happy as he was to see my friendly, familiar face, he was also very reluctant to be touched.”

Bezak took the cat to the Andover Animal Hospital on Newton-Sparta Road and the NJSPCA was called. But, Pontiac’s owner was unable to pay the imminent hospital bills so hospital receptionist Carol O’Neill adopted him.

“My thoughts and prayers go out to him and to the amazing woman who took the responsibility of giving him the medical attention he needs right now,” Bezak said.

O’Neill has since renamed the cat Sparky to “give him a new start.” The new start is slow since he still faces daily treatments that are painful.

“He may lose his left leg,” O’Neill said, as she and others at the hospital tear up in front of Sparky’s cage. “He is such a sweet cat. I don’t know who could do this.”

Sparky undergoes hydrotherapy once a day where his wounds on his back, ear and legs are washed, but the treatment can be so painful that he must be sedated. He also has Manuka honey applied to his wounds, and then is rewrapped every day.

Dr. Shelley Parker, a veterinarian at the hospital, said that in her 11 years of practice she has only seen one other case of abuse like this.

“He’s eating better,” Parker said as O’Neill fed him treats. “Some of the wounds are getting better, but others are not.”

Veterinarian Technician Laura Keck added that “it’s a day by day thing.”

For O’Neill, the difficult part has been the nearly $2,000 in medical bills that Sparky has acquired. The Andover Animal Hospital staff believes that Sparky needs to be taken to a hospital that can specialize in his care, but this means that the medical bills will become far more substantial.

“I’m not giving up now,” O’Neill said about the specialized treatment facilities.

Bezak, who works at Lion Technology in Lafayette, has taken to Facebook to raise money for the cat and has also organized so that people at her work can wear jeans if they donate. Persons wishing to donate can contact the Andover Animal Hospital at

Despite the long recovery ahead, Sparky is in positive spirits. He loves having his belly rubbed and opens his big green eyes when O’Neill pets him.

“I can’t even imagine what he must have gone through,” Bezak said. “I wish he could tell us so we could know the truth.”

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