Animal Cruelty Suspect in Spring Valley Sought by County Authorities: Dog Found In Trash

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“WTF…only a cold-hearted non-feeling, inhumane bastard, could do something like this. The dog was alive when it was tied in a bag…& it was found alive…but euthanized due to its poor condition. Whoever owned this dog, knew it would suffer & slowly die; how fxxxxxg cruel is that? Who could do a thing like that?? Somebody must have seen this dog alive & in someone’s back yard at some point, it clearly wasn’t looked after properly while it was alive; it’s coat was very matted which would have been very noticeable! Who know’s what terrible abuse this poor dog suffered whilst alive, before being dumped & left to suffocate to death!! Did this person live near the school? Did they dump the poor dog from a car or on foot?”

“This dog was 10 years old…please think about it…have you noticed the neighbours dog has disappeared? Cocker spaniel’s are easily identified by their long ears, & shaggy coats, often curly hair which covers their whole body. However this owner totally neglected to brush the dogs coat. They are very placid dogs who love attention & love to give it, especially wet kisses…I have never met a Cocker Spaniel that hasn’t wanted lots of cuddles; they are an adorable breed, anyone who has one would agree with me!”

“Look around you, please anyone with any information, even if you think it is not linked; a neighbour may have said their dog died of natural causes or it was taken to vets due to illness…come on guy’s, unless this dog was locked in a basement for 10 years, never to be seen…somebody know’s who it belonged to. Please contact the numbers below. This person needs to be found & convicted; before they go buy another dog, which they will soon neglect!!”

A 10-year-old Cocker Spaniel was found in a trash bin at Mount Miguel High School. The animal’s condition was so severe, it had to be euthanized that same day.

The County of San Diego Department of Animal Services is looking for any witnesses or information regarding a severely neglected dog that was found in a large trash bin Saturday, Jan. 5 at Mount Miguel High School in Spring Valley.

Found alive in trash bin

The dog, a tan-coloured, 10-year-old neutered male cocker spaniel, was wrapped in a blanket and placed in a black plastic trash bag, which was tied shut and put in the school trash bin.

When found, the dog’s coat was so severely matted that it is likely the dog could not walk. The animal’s condition was so severe; he had to be euthanized at the Department’s animal care center in Bonita that same day. No medical intervention would have reversed the condition of the dog.  

Whoever did this horrific act needs to be found and held accountable,” said Animal Services Director Dawn Danielson.

If you saw anyone near the school dumpsters on Friday, Jan. 4 or Saturday, Jan. 5 dumping a large black plastic bag or have any information about this case, contact Deputy Director Dan DeSousa at (619)767-2624 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

A $1,000 reward is being offered by San Diego Animal Advocates for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for this dog’s suffering. If a suspect is identified, he or she could face felony animal abuse charges, punishable by imprisonment in state prison and a $20,000 fine.

News Link:-http://lamesa.patch.com/articles/animal-cruelty-suspect-in-spring-valley-sought-by-county-authorities

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Abandonded Chihuahua Puppy Falls 80 Feet Off Cliff In San Diego

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“WTF…whoever owned this cute little fur ball; doesn’t deserve to have had him in the first place…running off after the pup fell…heartless bastards. I hope your guilty conscience plagues you until you give yourself up…Karma is a bitch too!! “

How could anyone run away & leave this precious little soul?

How could anyone run away & leave this precious little soul?

When a Chihuahua mix puppy fell over 80-feet off Sunset Cliffs in San Diego lifeguard came to the puppy’s rescue.

The 3-month-old Chihuahua fell off the cliffs around 2 p.m. on Friday. He was running off leash when he got too close to the edge of the cliffs fell. The puppy’s owners ran off.

Good Samaritans immediately flagged down some lifeguards nearby. Lifeguards brought the puppy to their headquarters until he could be evaluated by a veterinarian. The puppy thankfully landed on the sand, but he still suffered some serious injuries.

The San Diego Department of Animal Services is caring for the puppy. Deputy director Daniel E. DeSousa said the puppy suffered serious head trauma from the fall.

The puppy was taken to an emergency hospital for overnight observation. Animal Services will be paying for the dog’s treatment with their Spirit Fund.

News Link:-http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2013/01/chihuahua-mix-puppy-falls-80-feet-off-cliff-in-san-diego/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LifeWithDogs+%28Life+With+Dogs%29

Puppy Falls Off 80 Ft Cliff – Is Rescued 

Published on 16 Jan 2013

Authorities in San Diego said a three-month-old Chihuahua puppy was rescued after it survived an 80-foot fall. Puppy Survives 80-foot Fall From Cliff

Robots to Replace Navy Dolphins in Hunt for Underwater Mines

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Since the 1950′s the Navy has been using marine animals like bottle-nosed dolphins and sea lions in their efforts to keep the ports safe.

The dolphins are taught to locate underwater mines so humans can go and retrieve them.

But, with the advancement of technology, it seems that dolphins might be replaced by robots for their mine hunting duties in the next five years. Animal activists shouldn’t rejoice just yet. One would think that these animals would be retired after their service to the country, but the Navy plans to keep them working.

Mike Rothe, head of the biosciences division at the Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific in San Diego, said, “About a quarter of (the Navy dolphins) would be affected. But it’s not like they are going to go jobless. We have other assignments.”

Other assignments include finding and bringing back objects from deep water as well as locating enemy swimmers. Sea lions perform a sort of citizens arrest. Once they find a swimmer who doesn’t belong, the sea lion attaches a claw-like apparatus. The North County Times described it as a sort of boot one might put on the wheel of a car to keep the swimmer stationary.

The government does take responsibility for these animals even when their duties are complete, but heading to a marine sanctuary isn’t exactly at the top of the list. The government has been known to loan out dolphins to Sea World. Not exactly a great “thank you” considering Sea World’s track record with animal welfare. “We humans really do take the piss when it comes to using animals, to not give them a decent retirement is disgraceful…they have to squeeze every last drop out of the poor animals, by then, it’s too late for them to enjoy anything!!”

As some small consolation, at least the government no longer captures wild dolphins for the program. They have a breeding program, not that those dolphins don’t deserve to live their lives free from government control. Sadly, for sea lions, breeding isn’t an option. Most are orphans who were stranded when they were youngsters.

The best we can say from this news, is at least the dangerous duties will be lessened for these creatures. Perhaps one of the animal organizations out there is also trying to get them a better retirement plan. Sea World is hardly relaxing through their golden years

News Link:-http://www.ecorazzi.com/2012/12/04/robots-to-replace-navy-dolphins-in-hunt-for-underwater-mines/

Will Work For Fish: Navy to End Militarized Dolphin Program

Published on 18 Nov 2012

The U.S. Navy will replace its Sea Mammal Program for aless expensive robotic option.

Beloved Police Dog Fighting Cancer

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“For a dog that has given his all & served the force, his entire life, I think it’s disgraceful that the police department don’t cover all his cost’s. They wouldn’t have found so many drugs if it wasn’t for Enno! I think he has earned his stripes, the police force should stand beside one of their own & pay up…I bet the big wigs in the state department, are saying, ‘well it’s only a dog’…so he is, but he has never asked for anything apart from food & warmth…It’s not like he gets a monthly salary, but if he did, for all the years he has worked…it would be enough to cover all his cost’s….so stop being so dam stingy & pay up for whatever he needs!”

For seven years Sargent Jeff Salstrom and Enno have been partners on the Hoquiam Police force. Salstrom was devastated when he got the news that Enno had a life-threatening cancerous tumor.

Now Salstrom and the police department are trying to raise the funds necessary to help their fellow officer.

Jeff Salstrom dreamed of having a police dog since he was a little boy. Enno is the only police dog the Hoquiam Police force has and for seven years he has been riding with Salstrom in his squad car. Enno has been a part of 57 arrests and he has helped find hundreds of pounds of drugs. Now Enno needs help.

Enno has a life-threatening cancerous tumour growing behind his left eye. “It was devastating news to hear he had a tumour,” said Salstrom. The tumour has caused Enno to go blind in his one eye. His jaw has become too sore to clamp down hard like he is trained to do.

Enno has undergone radiation treatments to help reduce the size of his tumour  but the treatment is costly. The police department only has $3,000 set aside each year for Enno and already his medical bills have reached $5,000. So Salstrom and the rest of the police force have been fundraising with t-shirts, stickers and garage sales. They have even set up a Facebook page to help support Enno.

A Seattle bio-tech company has offered to fly Salstrom and Enno to San Diego and pay for an experimental treatment once Enno is able to complete his radiation treatment. The experimental treatment has been successful in other cases, but has never been tried on a tumor like Enno’s. Salstrom believes it is worth trying, “We are working to preserve his life.”

Video & News Link:-:-http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Hoquiam-raising-money-to-help-beloved-police-dog-fight-cancer-177392141.html?tab=video&c=y

‘Killer whales at Seaworld had teeth removed with power drills and were left to mourn on own after being separated from young’, claims shocking new book

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A new book examining the dark side of keeping killer whales in captivity has slammed SeaWorld for its treatment of the enormous beasts and for massive safety failings which still haunt the world famous marine parks.

Claiming that the 12,000 pound animals are self harming and that staff are inadequately prepared for another killer whale attack incident, ‘Death at SeaWorld’ has been published two-and-a-half years after the death of trainer Dawn Brancheauin Orlando.

Dead: Tilikum is seen with trainer Dawn Brancheau. 

Brutally butchered in February 2010 by a killer whale named Tilikum, the book states that such an event was inevitable and that these kinds of tragic occurrences will continue if the animals continue to be treated in the same way.

Written by New York City reporter David Kirby, ‘Death at SeaWorld’ claims that killer whales kept in captivity suffer immense emotional and psychological trauma and spoke to former trainers and  campaigning animal rights advocates to present his damning case.

Staff interviewed by Kirby told him of killer whales destroying their teeth on metal gates and then subsequently having those teeth removed by staff wielding power drills.

In addition, he claims that calves are separated from their mothers causing both parent and child massive distress and in one instance almost leading to a fatality as an irate mother took out her anger on a trainer at SeaWorld’s San Diego headquarters.

Furthermore, Kirby claims that staff are instructed to get Tilikum to come out of the water and roll and then masturbate him with a gloved hand, collecting the semen for the park’s artificial insemination program.

Backing up his claims that captive killer whales or orcas are being maltreated by being taken out of their natural environment, Kirby points to life expectancy statistics.

Killer Whales

  • Since the 1970s, killer whales have attacked 24 people worldwide.
  • Critics claim the animals can become aggressive in captivity due to higher levels of stress.
  • In November 2006, killer whale Katsatka dragged its handler Ken Peters underwater twice at SeaWorld Florida during a routine trick. The same killer whale had also grabbed Mr Peters by the foot during a 1999 show and dragged him in circles.
  • In 2004 at San Antonio’s SeaWorld, another killer whale attacked its trainer repeatedly, leaving him in a serious condition.
  • Killer whales, the largest species of the dolphin family, eat fish, marine mammals including sea lions, seals and walruses and are regarded as top of the food chain as they have no natural predators.

Killer whales in captivity have a mortality rate two-and-a-half times higher than those living in the Pacific Northwest, according to figures produced by marine mammal scientist Naomi Rose of the Humane Society.

In addition, there are no known records of killer whales attacking humans in the wild, while even mild aggression towards trainers at close quarters is not uncommon.

One staff member that Kirby spoke to is called Jeffrey Ventre and he was fired from the park in 1995 for his expressive views on the treatment of the animals.

‘SeaWorld can make the environment safe, according to them, 98 percent of the times,’ said Ventre to ABC’s 20/20.

‘But what happens when the world’s top predator decides to go off behavior?’

Let go from SeaWorld for kissing a killer whale’s tongue, a banned action, Ventrea said that most staff members violated the so called ‘tongue-tacticle’ rule and were not fired.

Operating in San Antonio, San Diego and Orlando, all SeaWorld’s killer whales are called ‘Shamus’ in honour of the park’s original animal and up until the Brancheau incident would perform spectacular acrobatic displays with their human trainer’s in enormous pools.

Attracting up to 12 million visitors a year across the three locations, SeaWorld was rocked by Brancheau’s death after Tilikum dragged her by her ponytail into the water, scalped her and dismembered her.

One former trainer, John Jett, told Kirby that trainers were not fully aware of the safety problems related to killer whale work, however one senior trainer told a court investigating Brancheau’s death that SeaWorld staff were told they may not survive falling in the water with Tilikum.

A lack of detailed information was the norm whenever accidents happened at other parks,’ said Jett.

‘I remember one incident when all of us were pulled from water work for a short time. ‘To this day, I don’t know what happened.

An initial report after a trainer narrowly survived being killed by a killer whale named Kasatka in 2006 made for shocking reading.

‘If someone hasn’t been killed already, it is only a matter of time before it does happen,’ said the California Occupational Safety and Health Program.

However, this line was not added to the final report and Kirby believes that SeaWorld pressured for it to be removed.

Now after federal rulings which keep trainers out of the water with killer whales, SeaWorld has a specific emergency procedure should someone fall into the water.

Assuming there’s an emergency where someone does get pulled into the water, an employee sounds the alarm, which triggers a park-wide emergency alert system,’ said Kirby to the Voice of SanDiego

‘That lets people know something went wrong in Shamu Stadium.

‘I believe that ever since Tilikum, there’s always somebody on stage with their finger on the button during a performance.

‘People are trained to come running. Everyone is supposed to have a role. Some people are in charge of distracting the whale, try to call it back under control, using signals, underwater tones, food, hand-slapping on the water.

‘A certain number of people are employed to unfurl the nets, designed to separate the trainer from the whale, or try to get it to go into a different pool.

‘And others are there to try to use shepherd’s hooks, floatation devices and what are called pony bottles of air for the trainer

The main task is to separate the whale from the human who’s in trouble.’

However, despite this, Kirby is adamant that SeaWorld was responsible for Brancheau’s death. ‘If anybody’s at fault, it’s SeaWorld,’ said Kirby.

‘It basically relied on the trainer’s own judgement and ability to recognise precursors to aggression in a killer whale.

‘It was their own skill that was supposed to save their skin. ‘But I’m not a judge and I’m not a lawyer.’

In May, a federal administrative law judge for the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission downgraded one of SeaWorld’s violations given by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA).

OSHA failed to establish SeaWorld manifested plain indifference to employee safety,‘ said Ken S. Welsch.

‘On the contrary, the record demonstrates SeaWorld constantly emphasised safety training and was continuously refining its safety program.’

However, he was critical of the pressure on staff to always be prepared to implement these safety protocols.

‘SeaWorld holds trainers to a near-impossible standard set by upper management, who engage in a form of Monday morning quarterbacking,’ said Welsch.

‘Once a trainer is in the water with a killer whale that chooses to engage in undesirable behaviour, the trainer is at the whale’s mercy.

All the emergency procedures, nets, underwater signals and hand slaps are useless if the whale chooses to ignore them.

While SeaWorld is still hopeful that it can return its staff into the water with the killer whales, it has stated that it ‘remains dedicated to the safety of its employees and well being of its animals.’

Indeed, in reply to the allegations made by Kirby, the park is adamant that it is ‘a model for marine zoological facilities around the world’ and that additions ‘in the areas of personal safety, facility design and communication have enhanced this program further still.’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2175966/Killer-whales-Seaworld-teeth-removed-power-drills-left-mourn-separated-young-claims-shocking-new-book.html#ixzz22KH1Dz3S

Dog apparently killed with an arrow found in San Diego

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“Come on guys…somebody knows something about this, a small terrier like dog, just disappeared?? Perhaps you’ve heard someone boasting about it…please keep those eye’s open, whoever did this needs to be punished!”

CORONADO, Calif. (AP) – A public works crew in Coronado has found a dead dog in a storm drain with an arrow through its stomach.

Police tell KNSD-TV (http://bit.ly/MEORtV ) that the dog’s decomposing body was found Wednesday by a crew cleaning storm drains on Alameda Boulevard.

Police are investigating the incident as animal cruelty.

Officers say the dog is small, the size of a terrier, and appears to have been dead for some time. They say a sporting arrow went through the middle of its body.

The dog was scanned for a microchip but none was found.

Anyone who might know anything about the dog’s death is asked to call Coronado police.

Coronado is located across San Diego Bay about 5 miles west of San Diego.

News Link:http://www.ksby.com/news/dog-apparently-killed-with-an-arrow-found-in-san-diego/

People Paid $1 to Watch Animal Cruelty Video

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The 10 Billion Lives Tour Encourages Consumers to See How Livestock Is Treated

“That was brutal!” shouted UCSB student Alex Svedlow, tearing off the headphones connecting him to a TV screenmounted on the outside of a tour van. “Absolutely unsettling and visceral,” he continued, eyes wide with disbelief.

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10 Billion Lives Tour van stops at UCSB last Thursday

Svedlow was one of the many awe-struck and disgusted Isla Vista pedestrians who stopped by the van parked in front of Woodstock’s Pizza Friday night to watch a video documenting the mistreatment of farm animals. Innocently thinking he was in for a boring, fact-stocked video, Svedlow was clearly taken aback by the film’s surprisingly graphic footage. “The squealing of the pigs really upset me to the point where I’m not going to eat meat for a while,” said another viewer, Evie Stevens. “I’m definitely going to take ham off my list.”

The custom-built vehicle, complete with eight integrated TVscreens to accommodate 32 simultaneous viewers, is part of the 10 Billion Lives Tour, coordinated by the nonprofit organizationFarm Animal Rights Movement (FARM). The van has been stopping in busy public locations across America (so far Portland, Eugene, Sacramento, and San Francisco), offering people $1 to watch the disturbing footage. “According to USDA reports, 10 billion animals are raised and killed for food each year in the United States alone,” explained tour coordinator Jeni Haines. “We want consumers to have the opportunity to make informed choices. That’s our goal — to help people make more informed decisions about the food they eat.”

The video, made with hidden camera footage taken inside farm animal facilities, reveals horrific conditions and cruelty as well as standard, legal industry practices that are shocking to most viewers and out of step with most American values, said Haines. “These animals suffer tremendously,” explained Haines, “We all love our cats and dogs and would never want them to be harmed, and these animals are just as important. We want to encourage people to make choices that are in line with their values.”

FARM believes by offering an incentive of $1, the “pay-per-view” campaign succeeds in enticing Americans to voluntarily learn more about animal rights issues, rather than forcing information on them. Impressively, more than 80 percent of the video’s viewers commit to eating fewer animal products afterward, and in follow-up surveys, more than 60 percent of respondents maintain this pledge.

The van’s next stops are Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego before it joins the three-month Vans Warped Tour in Salk Lake City. Following the concerts, the van will continue to tour the country until November.

The video can be viewed at 10BillionLives.com, where one in 25 watchers will win a pair of movie tickets.

News Link:-http://www.independent.com/news/2012/may/22/people-payed-1-watch-animal-cruelty-video/

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