Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Morons Run Detroit

Twelve-year-old Edward Leonard lies awake some nights, his grandfather says, haunted by flashbacks from the day a pit bull chased him down and attacked him on the street near his Detroit home, breaking his left arm and tearing into his body. Edward, then 9, was lucky to survive.

In April, a Hamtramck family lost its 6-year-old daughter after she was mauled to death by two pit bull terriers. In May, an Alaskan malamute and a husky fatally mauled a 2-year-old in Waterford. In December, a 91-year-old Detroit woman was killed by her bull mastiff.

With thousands of dangerous and unlicensed dogs in Detroit causing an average of 1,000 reported bites a year and a rash of recent Metro Detroit attacks, the Detroit City Council is considering joining Denver, Des Moines and the Canadian province of Ontario, among a host of other places, in banning or severely restricting ownership of a dangerous type -- the pit bull.

OK, tell me how this makes logical sense. This article says that people have been killed by pit bull terriers, a Malamute, and a bull mastiff… so they are going to ban pit bulls in Detroit to solve the problem of dangerous dogs.

No wonder Detroit is known as one of the most mismanaged and corrupt cities in the nation. They can’t even get something as simple as this right.

Man Starves Daughter's Dog To Death

Cultural Differences

It is always interesting to see how different cultures view dogs. I had a customer, years ago, who was from Congo. His fiancé had a dog, and it was quite an adjustment for him to have a dog in the home. He told me that in his country, people moved to the city to get away from the animals.

Monday, January 30, 2006

The Dangers Of Feral Dogs & Other Wild Predators

A stray dog killed a Japanese man in Romania's capital Bucharest on Sunday when it bit into a vital artery in his leg, police said. "When we tried to solve the stray dogs problem in the past, we were held back by sensitive people who love animals. Now, look what happens," Bucharest deputy mayor Razvan Murgeanu told private TV station Realitatea.

International animal rights activists, including former French sex symbol Brigitte Bardot, stymied a planned dog cull in 2001 by running public campaigns which accused Romania of animal cruelty.

"I'm sorry to say this, because I also have a dog at home, but the only way to prevent this kind of events is to take a radical measure of exterminating stray dogs," Murgeanu said.

Here is another example of the failure of the animal rights wackos. Feral dogs aren’t the same fuzzy wuzzy creatures we have in our living rooms. They are wild animals, which can run in packs, and can be lethal.

In some parts of the southeastern USA, American Bulldogs and pit bulls have been used for years to control (kill) feral dogs that roam the countryside. These feral dogs are dangerous, and cannot be treated as pet dogs.

Similarly, ranchers use packs of specially bred sighthounds to kill coyotes, and they use flock guardians to control wolves. In South America, they used packs of hounds to hunt jaguars and then sent in catch dogs to attack them. I have no problem with predator control using dogs. But, then again, I’m not an animal rights wacko, either.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Greyhounds & Drugs

Sports Minister John O’Donoghue tonight demanded an urgent report from Bord na gCon into the sacking of its chief executive amid a row over the doping of greyhounds.

Aidan Tynan was dismissed following a bitter dispute with the chairman of the body, Paschal Taggart, over whether drugs offences should be publicised. The banned substance erythropoietin EPO is better known for doping scandals involving cyclists in the Tour de France. An effective but dangerous stimulant EPO enhances the body’s ability to produce red blood cells.

Another reason I hate professional greyhound racing. These dogs are not pets but commodities. That’s not good for any dog. Have you EVER seen a greyhound puppy? Ask yourself why sometime…. it is because the pups that don’t show racing potential are put down and the rest are raced for money, and then discarded when their careers are over. No dog deserves that.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Pit Fighting Operation Busted

Sheriff's deputies found 136 malnourished dogs on the property of a Mulberry man Thursday, along with evidence that the dogs had been abused and trained to fight.

What deputies did not find anywhere on the property was a single morsel of dog food, Polk County Sheriff's Capt. Dennis Russell said. Many of the dogs, which were confined in cages or chained to stakes, did not have water available to them either.

An initial check of the dogs found 13 in such bad shape that they will be euthanized and that most of the dogs were pit bulls, sheriff's officials said.

Hewitt Grant, 38, of 2335 Pump Road, was charged with one felony count of maintaining and owning equipment and dogs for baiting or fighting and 10 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty. A veterinarian was on the property Thursday night checking the animals one by one, and more charges could be filed, sheriff's spokeswoman Carrie Rodgers said.

Grant was using what the Sheriff's Office called "cat mills" to train the dogs to be aggressive, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office. The cat mills are devices in which a live animal is placed just out of reach of a chained dog to train the dog to be aggressive. Two cat mills with the remains of small animals were found on the property, deputies said.

This sick jerk needs hard time in jail… for about 10 years.

PETCO Dog Attack Not The Fault Of The Store

Diane Christian knows how her daughter loves dogs. So when she saw little Danielle patting a friendly looking rottweiler in PETCO Monday afternoon, she thought nothing of it.

Then she heard a horrible sound -- a growl and the snapping of teeth -- and looked down to see 5-year-old Danielle's face covered in blood.

"It was very traumatic," said Christian, 41, of Bay Shore. "I picked her up and started running around, looking for someone to help. There was a lot of blood."

After a four-hour surgery to reattach her upper lip, Danielle is still recovering at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore. And Christian said more surgeries lie ahead.

"My child will never look the same because of this," she said.

The rottweiler was not on sale at the Bay Shore PETCO; it belonged to a shopper. PETCO has a policy of inviting animals to shop with their owners, a company spokesman said.

But Christian said letting pets interact with customers invites trouble. She's retained a lawyer, Kenneth Mollins of Melville, and plans to take legal action against the dog's owner and/or PETCO, possibly as early as today.

I don’t blame PETCO for this tragedy. This is the fault of the dog owner, who brought a dog into a public place that wasn’t good with kids. This is also NOT a Rottweiler problem. This could have happened with any breed of dog. I have seen many dogs, comprising a wide variety of breeds, that just weren’t safe with kids, and would bite them if the kids got too close.

Hog Dog Blood Sport Is Illegal

Most people have heard of cockfighting, dog fighting and bullfighting.

And, now, still another entry into the illegal world of blood sports apparently has come to south-central Florida: hog-dog fighting.

It's pit bulls or bulldogs versus wild boars.

And when it's a teethversus-tusk bloodbath, seldom do the pigs ever defeat the dogs.

Hog-dog fights typically match a pit bull terrier or bulldog against a wild boar in a rectangular, 25- by 25-foot outdoor ring, bound by wooden posts, for 60-second bouts.

The object is to see how fast the dog can catch the pig as it runs for its life. The dog usually snares the pig within seconds.

The dog stops the pig by clamping its jaws against its snout, ears or testicles. The animals then are pried apart with a metal bar. If the pig survives, it's returned to the ring for another fight. If the pig collapses, it's left to die.

The three dogs with the best times are declared the winners, with their owners -- in this case -- splitting a cash pool of about $10,000.

Hog-dog fighting is a violation of animal cruelty laws and is illegal in the United States.

I am not against using dogs to hunt for boars. But, I am against this blood sport. This is just a way to torture a pig. True, humane hunters never torture their prey, they kill it fast and eat it.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Hang 'Em High

A 40-year-old Covington man could face animal cruelty charges today for brutally beating the family dog with a golf club during a drunken tirade, police said.

After the putter snapped, the man proceeded to use half the club as a sword, stabbing the black Labrador several times early Sunday morning, police said.

The terrified pet retreated to its kennel, but the enraged man followed the dog, then wailed away at the cage, police said.

Not until the man's 21-year-old daughter used her own body to shield the dog and shouted, ``Just stop, stop,'' did the man show any mercy, police said.

Parents. Have you no shame? I have personal experience dealing with a drunken parent, and having to stand him down during another drunken tirade. You hate them for what they have done. This guy needs some serious jail time… with hard labor. Unless the jail time is hard with these habitual criminals, they come out stronger, thinking they can “handle it”.

Negligent Parents, Negligent Dog Owner

A woman called me yesterday because her dog was on death row for biting a child. The dog, a 9 year old Akita, was put in a room while visitors came over. Two children, 4 and 5 years old, went into the room, unsupervised. The adults heard the dog growling, went in, and found the dog on top of the 4 year old, holding the child by the neck. The child was injured with puncture wounds to the neck.

There was nothing I could do. This would be considered an unprovoked attack. She couldn’t provide me with any justification for the biting incident.

In this type of case, the dog will be put down. The owner of the dog will, most likely be sued for the medical bills and for pain and suffering. And the parents of the kid, though negligent in their supervision, won’t get any kind of punishment (even though they are 50% at fault). If this dog owner has to serve any jail time, then I think these parents should serve just as much time.


Parents: Supervise your kids!!!!

Dog Owners: Dogs and kids can’t be trusted unsupervised. The dog should have been in a locked room.

Lawmakers: Start holding parents liable for negligence in these types of dog bite cases.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Keeping Dogs As Trophies

Keeping dogs as pets is an expensive hobby, and if these dogs belong to some of the top breeds, the hobby calls for really deep pockets. But, this does not seem to be dithering Punjabis, who have money, space to accommodate the best dogs in the world, and a never dying love for pets.

Harchand Singh is one of several such people, who have a love for dogs. And not just a solitary dog of some high pedigree, but, several German Shepherds some Great Danes and even Labradors.

"Keeping dogs is a childhood hobby. I used to go to dog shows as a child. Since then I have developed a hobby for keeping dogs. I have six German Shepherds, two Great Danes. For the German Shepherds, I give them a daily diet of 300 grams of food in the morning and the evening, and for the Great Danes, it is 600 grams in the morning and the evening," said Harchand.

In Punjab, thousands of people like Harchand own multiple high-breed dogs as a matter of hobby. Pups of these super breeds start from somewhere in the vicinity of 25 thousand rupees and go up to a staggering 50 thousand rupees. But that does not bother these enterprising Punjabis, who are not just spending on dogs but are also keeping in their vast premises pets like Cocks, pigeons, turkeys and the like.

Keeping dogs as as trophies, instead of as pets, is a formula for disaster. Hopefully, these owners spend quality time with their dogs, and don't just own them for bragging rights.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

A Dangerous Dog?

I WAS knocked over by a dog as it ran for a ball while on holiday in England. I ended up in hospital for two weeks with head injuries. I have a witness. Can I sue the dog owner?

TO succeed, you have to show the owner could and should have foreseen the accident. You should consult an English lawyer because English law will apply. The Law Society of England and Wales will recommend one.

Many cities would consider such a dog a "dangerous" dog... and the dog would be at risk of being put to death if it happened twice. Such a case happened in Seattle a few years ago with a Great Dane. The dog was just being playful... and ended up on Death Row.

This is why we have to fight for fair dog laws. Such a dog doesn't deserve death.

Horrifying Puppy Mill

Appalling scenes greeted USPCA officers during a raid on one of the "WORST" puppy farms ever discovered in Northern Ireland.

The shocking images - now in the possession of police - graphically show a horrifying catalogue of abuse and cruelty at an illegal breeding operation in Katesbridge, Co Down.

Our exclusive pictures show how:

• Calves and lambs were fed to starving Boxers, Rottweilers and Westies.

• Dogs were fed dead RATS.

• Various dog breeds lived in concrete pits and sub-zero conditions.

• Lamb and calf carcasses had been left to rot.

• A dead Boxer had been left on a path.

Other images show how dogs were suffering from malnourishment, how they had no bedding and were penned in by breeze-blocks.

It was also discovered that at least six Westie pups were held in tiny make-shift dens, made from wooden doors.

China's Pet Market Still Small, But Growing

Compared with the well-established European Union and United States markets, China is still small in size and scale. The sale of pets and pet-related products in the United States reached US$34 billion in 2004, about 45 times more than the Chinese mainland market.

Lu Di, a professor with the China Small Animal Protection Association (CSAPA), was quoted by China Times, a Beijing-based newspaper, as saying that the Chinese national capital is in short supply of professional pet lodging centers. The professor called for more investment in this field.

China Pet and Petstuff Development and Service Center (CPSC), the first regulatory body of the country's pet and pet-related products industry, was founded by the Ministry of Civil Affairs, in a bid to boost the market and to lead the industry along a healthy development track.

A Dog Isn't Enough Protection

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Enjoy Your Dog Today

Well, I’m just about to head out to train a ton of dogs. Maybe today would be a good day for you to take your dog somewhere fun, brush up on your lessons, and then just hang out for a while. I still miss my dog, Dillon, terribly. He died 3 weeks ago, and I still am having flashbacks of him dying in front of me. I will get another dog by the end of this year, but it isn’t any fun being dogless. Appreciate the dog you have, because one day, your dog will be gone, and you’re going to miss them, too.

A Horrible Death

Vigilante Justice?

A SPATE of late-night raids by pet owners rescuing their dogs from behind bars has forced a council to upgrade security at its pound.

The culprits have cut through locks and steel walls at the Warwick Shire Council pound to liberate more than 20 impounded dogs in the past 12 months

You’ll see this kind of thing when the dog laws are completely unfair. I would suspect if you examined these cases, you’d find that to be true. People will fight injustice. Note, these weren’t fighting dogs being sprung loose… these were other breeds. A strong clue that this is about a bad dog law and a bad animal control operation. I've seen dogs on death row, living in a kennel for years and years, while the case snails it's way through the court system... until the dog dies of old age in the shelter... In one case, it was clear the dog was probably innocent, but animal control didn't want to relent, because it would have been a loss of face, so they kept the dog there until it died in custody. I don't justify the acts of those breaking the law, but I also don't condone the way many animal control operations abuse their positions of power. Both are wrong.

Vermont In The Grips Of An Animal Rights Campaign

The Vermont Legislature has gone to the dogs.

Lawmakers on Friday took testimony about two different bills that protect the health and welfare of pets.

One proposal outlaws the cropping of a dog's ears, while the other establishes licensing and enforcement protocols designed to shut down "puppy mills" that breed deformed and sick animals which are often dumped at animal shelters to die.

Both bills are controversial.

The puppy-mill proposal requires anyone who sells a dog or cat — including a family whose pet has a one-time litter — to be licensed and pay a per-animal tax. The ear-cropping legislation would make Vermont the first state to ban licensed veterinarians from performing cosmetic surgeries they have done for years.

This is driven by animal rights wackos. This is also why you need to vote for pro-dog legislators. Seemingly benign legislation has a sinister undertone… to completely get rid of dog breeding and ownership.

Only 7 Months?

Friday, January 20, 2006

Waste Site Blamed For Dog Deaths

Dog Takes Responsibility Over Flock

Dog Leaps Off Bridge, Dog & Driver Die

One moment, William Jetchick noticed something out of the corner of his eye as he rode down Interstate 96 with his father -- a shadow, perhaps.

"Then there was a BOOM and the window crashed in," said Jetchick, 55, of Westland. "I was very startled. I looked at my dad, and his eyes were closed. He was moaning and nearly unconscious."

A 70-pound black Labrador retriever, apparently chased by children trying to return it to its backyard, jumped off the overpass and landed on the windshield of the Jetchicks' 1994 Ford Thunderbird, police say. Charles Jetchick, 81, the driver, died Wednesday of injuries sustained in the accident.

A good reason to take your dog all the way through obedience training. And why kids should be a part of the training.

Also, it is WRONG to chase a dog when it is running away from you. It will just keep running, even into traffic.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Wheeling, West Virginia Enacts Breed Ban

Tail Docking Ban A Tool Of The Animal Rights Wackos


What Is Fair?

Is it fair to blame the dogs for their owners' lack of responsibility? Maybe not, but leaving the public at risk from a known danger should not be an option.

Good question. And obvious answer.

No, it isn’t fair to blame the dogs. And, yes, the risk to the public has to be taken into account by removing the dogs from the present owners and giving them to responsible people to raise.

Who Is Running A Pit Fighting Ring?

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

This Isn't The Dog's Fault

The condition of a 3-year-old Spotsylvania County boy mauled by a neighbor's Rottweiler improved to serious yesterday, one week after the attack left the child critically injured.

Meanwhile, Spotsylvania Sheriff Howard Smith said authorities wrapped up their investigation and no criminal charges will be filed in the case.

Last week, Spotsylvania Commonwealth's Attorney William F. Neely said investigators had found no basis for a neglect charge against Dakota Murphy's father, who apparently lost track of the boy.

The father told authorities he had last seen his son asleep in an upstairs bedroom the afternoon of Jan. 10 and that the boy was gone when he went to check on him 15 to 20 minutes later, Smith said.

While searching outside, a deputy heard one of the neighbor's two dogs bark, Smith said, and then saw the boy sprawled on the ground in the neighbor's fenced yard. Authorities believe the boy might have climbed a fence at a sloping area of the two adjoining yards or might have been pulled over by the dog.


Dog Dies In House Fire

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Parents "Disgusted" As Dog Let Off

The family of a schoolgirl who suffered horrific facial injuries after being attacked by a dog said today they were "disgusted" with a court's decision not to put down the animal.

Demi Fraser, 11, needed more than 100 stitches after being attacked by the bull mastiff, whose puppies she had gone to see.

This is a horrible accident. But, you can’t mess with a bitches puppies and not risk being attacked, just as you can't mess with a sow's piglets and not risk being attacked. This is an example of a justified bite, even though someone was hurt. You can’t make dogs not be dogs. They will protect their young.

Hanson's Found Guilty Of Animal Cruelty

William and Tammy Hanson were found guilty on 20 out of 28 counts of cruelty to animals Monday in Baxter County District Court.

The sentencing phase of the trial is set for 11 a.m. Feb. 23.

Gearhart eventually ordered that the more than 450 dogs be removed from the premises.

Local veterinarian James Snodgrass stated in court that he had been to many similar situations, but this was the worst he had ever seen after he entered the compound when the warrant was served.

"My initial assessment was the conditions were unspeakable," Snodgrass said. "Some dogs needed, not immediate, but needed medical attention. The overall sanitary conditions were deplorable. There were open bags of dog food which was rained on and moldy."

Snodgrass described the scene as something beyond what he had ever seen and the worst he had ever seen in his 35 years of being a veterinarian.

Tammy Hawley of the Humane Society of the United States, who served as incident commander at the compound after it was seized by the Baxter County Sheriff, told Gearhart she had an average of 38 volunteers there each day to help with the care and feeding of the dogs. She arrived at the compound on Oct. 24 and was there for two months.

She testified in court about some of the animals that were found at EDNAH. One dog, Della, had ear trouble and a tumor between her toes, as well as overgrown toenails which were imbedded in her paws. There were other dogs that had ingrown toenails; some had mange; others had matted fur; and one, Grandpa, had stones which made it difficult for him to urinate.

I heard about this case a while ago, before it went to court. The pictures I received showed deplorable conditions.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Year Of The Dog Tragedy

BEIJING, Jan. 16 -- Although the traditional Year of the Dog in Chinese lunar calendar is still two weeks away, a dog-raising craze has spread in the city. Since last November, the price for pet dogs in Shenzhen has increased by 30 percent, and the boom is expected to last for several months.

"This Chow Chow is now worth of 3,200 yuan (US$400), while two months ago you could buy at 2,200," said Wang Zhongping, owner of a pet shop on Yanhe Road, where the city's largest dog market lies.

According to Wang, thoroughbred dogs are the most popular among buyers, including King Charles Spaniels, Pomeranians and Tibet Dogs. Many species of thoroughbred dogs have been sold out in Shenzhen.

"We have to spend a couple of months training the dogs before we can sell them. As the demand for well-bred dogs rises, stores are emptying out of their cuddly canines quickly. Another wave of dog sales is yet to come, and the prices are expected to rise," said Wang.

Dog paraphernalia is also becoming more expensive. The price of dog food has increased twice since late November, with the increase reaching 10 percent.

Dogs under 40 days old are bestsellers in Shenzhen's canine market. These pups don't require milk feeding, which makes it easier for new owners to raise them, and are much cheaper than the older dogs.

"Dogs of the same type might differ greatly in prices. For example, a nine-month Tibet Dog will cost 360,000 yuan, while a 40-day one costs only 20,000. The difference is due to the seller's costs in raising and training," said Zheng Jianfang, a dog lover.

Zheng suggested that people should buy dogs in regular pet shops, which can provide a birth certificate for each dog as per the requirement of city authorities. Such shops have invested vaccination on dogs to avoid canine madness.

She also recommended that people avoid buying fat dogs or those with long hairs.

"Fat dogs can easily contract asthma or heart disease, while dogs with longer hair can bring a lot of trouble in summer," she said. Enditem

There are so many things wrong here, it’s hard to decide where to start. First, you don’t buy a dog at 40 days old, or 9 months old from a pet store or breeder. You want them at 8 weeks old. Second, you don’t buy a dog to be part of a fad or holiday. Third, you need to consider the breed. Forth, NEVER get a dog from a pet store. Go directly to a good breeder.

This is a tragedy in the making.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Pop (Or Is It Poop) Star Advocates Animal Rights Violence

Most Popular Dog Breeds In Korea 2005

The yappy Maltese lapdogs were the most popular breed among Koreans in 2005, according to figures from the Korean Canine Club released Thursday. The indigenous Jindo breed ranked second, up five notches from seventh in 2004 after it became an official dog breed registered with the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI) in July last year.

The popularity ranking of pet dogs is based on the number of pedigrees issued by the KCC.

The docile and good-natured Golden Retrievers came third, followed by Miniature Schnauzers, which are suitable for keeping indoors, and Toy Poodles. The German Rottweiler was sixth as the only large breed that made it into the top 10. The Cocker Spaniel, ranked first in 2004 and generating a veritable Cocker fever, dropped to seventh. Popular sled-dogs Siberian Husky and Alaskan Malamute dropped five places to eighth and ninth respectively, reflecting the difficulty of keeping bigger dogs in urban areas.

Interesting to compare the popularity of specific breeds around the world. In the US, almost no one know what a Jindo dog is, but in Korea, it is the second most popular dog. It is also interesting to note that their most popular dogs are mostly companion Spitz breeds, whereas in the US and Europe, the most popular breeds are European breeds. I expect, over time, that the Korean tastes will change to be more like ours here in the US. The breeds they are choosing are more difficult for novice dog owners to manage, and will fall out of favor over time.

Boycott Switzerland!

Switzerland's veterinary authority on Friday recommended a total ban on keeping pitbulls, as well as tighter restrictions on other attack dogs. The Federal Veterinary Office recommended tighter restrictions on 13 dog breeds, including bull terriers, Rottweilers and Dobermans. Anyone wanting to keep one of these dogs must apply for renewed approval and be able to prove the origin of the animal, according to the proposals.

Pitbulls are not a recognized breed of dog and are bred from other types only for their aggressiveness, the veterinary office said in a statement. Dogs that are crossbreeds from any of the 13 listed, including pitbulls, will be banned, according to the new proposals.
Switzerland's media has been demanding tighter controls on dangerous dogs since a 6-year-old Turkish boy was mauled and killed by a pack of pitbulls last month in the town of Oberglatt

K9 Unit In India To Expand

Encouraged by the success of its canine force in the war against insurgency, the Assam Rifles unit here has decided to augment the strength of its dog squad.

The canine unit, which was set up in 1996, currently has about 60 dogs. The squad is responsible for the entire northeastern region. The number would now go up to over 200.

The Assam Rifles Dog Unit has rendered invaluable service during the counter-insurgency operations carried out in the mid-nineties.

Sniffers, the Silent Warriors — as the dog unit of the Assam Rifles is popularly called — has made the task of the security forces much easier. “The dogs have done a tremendous job in the anti-insurgency operations in the region. They nearly have a 100 per cent success rate,” said Lt Col Paramveer Singh Siddhu, commanding officer of the canine unit.

Over and over again, canine units have proven to save lives.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Dog Killer Almost Gets Off Scot Free

PUTNAM VALLEY, N.Y. -- A man will spend the next 20 weekends in jail for kicking a neighbor's 15-year-old dog to death.

Putnam Valley Town Justice Louis DiCarlo ordered the jail sentence and a $1,000 fine for Frank Aquino, 41. Aquino also must pay $485 in restitution and do 50 hours of community service once his jail time is completed.

Aquino pleaded guilty to animal cruelty on Oct. 13 for causing the death of Roxi, a mixed breed German shepherd.

The dog wandered onto Aquino's property, in Putnam County, during a Memorial Day barbecue in 2004. Aquino kicked her so hard that she limped over to a nearby bush and was found dead an hour later.

I am shocked at the lenient sentences handed out for this kind of crime. This dog suffered horribly. This guy is a wacko, and needs much harsher punishment. Our justice system is sick, and it needs a good doctor. This reminds me of that recent case where the judge sentenced a guy to 60 days in jail for molesting a young girl over a period of about 4 years. The judge said he no longer believed in punishment… yada, yada, yada… This is why the Alito hearings are so important. Alito will be a reformer on the US Supreme Court. We just can’t have judges making the laws. That’s what LAWMAKERS are for. That’s what we elect them to do. It is a form of tyranny when judges take it upon themselves to make law instead of just being a part of enforcing the laws we ask our representatives to make.

A sentence like this is a crime in itself. If the law allowed a harsher sentence, then it should have been dished out. If not, then you folks in NY have some lobbying to do.

Guard Dogs Are Obsolete

Giving Gifts Is Sometimes The Wrong Thing To Do

I have worked with many dog owners over the years. After all that time, you learn a few things. One thing I’ve learned is that people are more likely to take care of a dog that they purchased rather than one they got as a gift, regardless of the age of the person. Similarly, they are more likely to take their dog training lessons seriously if they purchased them themselves than if they got them as a gift.

It’s just human nature. If you aren’t invested in a thing, whether it is a relationship, or a business, or a home, or anything… then you really don’t put as much serious effort into it. Maybe that is why the kids of the ultra rich end up almost insane. They are given everything and never have to make any personal sacrifices. Study the Getty, Rockefeller, etc. family stories.

That is why I’m against giving holiday puppies. I already am prepared to hear the complaints from those pet owners in the coming months. And to watch the shelters fill up with unwanted dogs.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Inhumane Practices Abound At Animal Shelters

From DoggieNews.com

The Houston Chronicle reported today that animal shelters in the city have abnormally high euthanasia rates when compared to shelters around the country. City shelters are putting to sleep many breeds often associated with aggressive behaviors.

Family Violence And Animal Abuse Are Linked

We all know that there are wackos out there.

Here is the first case:

Salvador Rodriguez thought his wife was cheating on him, so he took it out on her dog. He stabbed the animal in the chest and neck with a butcher knife, and then he hanged it by its neck for 20 minutes.

Miraculously, the dog survived. Also miraculously, Rodriguez's wife didn't leave him.

But on Thursday, a Maricopa County Superior Court judge sent Rodriguez to jail for six months and put him on probation for three years.

Then there is this case:

An Austin woman turned herself in to police Thursday, charged with animal cruelty.

Investigators say Joanne Hinojosa stabbed a dog to death at a home in South Austin.

The dog belonged to a friend of Hinojosa's husband. She is separated from her husband.

Hinojosa was arguing violently with her husband and the friend outside the house and was then was left alone inside with the dog, witnesses said.

One man called the police and when officers arrived, they say they found the dog bleeding with a knife sticking out of its side.

They took the animal to an animal hospital but doctors could not save the dog. The dog had 27 stab injuries when it got to the hospital, doctors said.

Police say in situations of family violence, animals are also at risk.

If you live with a psycho, then one day, that person might just harm your dog. I know, personally, of such a situation. They need to be locked up in a ward for the criminally insane.


Take note that neither of these whack jobs will get much in the way of punishment for these heinous acts.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Chicago Finds Another Way To Insult Dog Owners

Senator Ted Kennedy Decides To Corrupt His Dog

Sen. Ted Kennedy is writing a children's book that will explain the workings of government from the point of view of his dog Splash.

I wonder if he’ll show the dog how he became a drunk, how he has cheated on his wife over all these years, and how he wastes our tax dollars to promote his vulgar politics? And this will all be taught to our kids? Be afraid. Be very afraid!

South African K9 Officers Going To Iraq

Crucial police dog units countrywide are being decimated as handlers and trainers are lured to high-paying jobs as private security contractors and bodyguards in Iraq.

Well, when you don’t pay your police force enough money, what do you expect? And, it is probably MORE dangerous for these guys to be K9 officers in South Africa than being a private contractor in Iraq!

Dog Whisperer? I'm Not Impressed

If we weren't so nuts over canines, there's no way dog-trainer-turned-TV-star Cesar Millan would be presiding over one of the opening news conferences at the semi-annual Television Critics Association press tour. Yet there he was, flanked by three clients and five shockingly well-behaved dogs — including one of his own pit bulls and Will and Jada Pinkett Smith's Lhasa Apso — to discuss the new season of his National Geographic hit Dog Whisperer.

Millan's show is so popular that it's expanding this season to a full prime-time Friday hour (8 ET/PT), even though, Millan concedes, the title is basically a lie. He never actually whispers to the dogs. "I would not be in business, because everyone can do that."

Nor, for that matter, does he really train dogs. He prefers to say he "rehabilitates" dogs and trains humans, which mostly means teaching us to treat our dogs like dogs.

"We humanize dogs," he says. "It's important for them to become dogs first, and fulfill being a dog."

What a dog wants, Millan says, is to follow along as part of your "pack." So he teaches his clients (who pay $350 an hour to get in person what we get free on TV) to take a leadership position and to give their dogs "exercise, discipline and affection on a daily basis.

I’ve never been impressed with this guy. I’ve watched him, and he’s just not that special. Amazing what a bit of publicity can do for someone’s pocketbook… $350 / hr just to let a dog run around with other dogs and be free? And he really doesn’t do all that much in terms of training… it is so basic, I am surprised that people fall for this kind of thing.

Dog Unjustly Sentenced To Die Because Of Owner's Commands

Schwab was arrested with Gabrielle at his side as they marched down Bowdoin Street around 12:30 p.m. yesterday, minutes after he tried to gain an audience with Beacon Hill lawmakers.

“He said he wanted to save his dog from getting killed,” said a BPD police source who spoke with Schwab after his arrest. “He said he broke her out to save her.”

But Schwab was apparently barking up the wrong tree and someone who spotted him under the Golden Dome called 911.

“He went to the State House where he was seeking political support to keep his dog alive,” said his attorney, William E. Gens. “He really loves that dog.”

Schwab and Gabrielle spent their days on the lam traveling between Arlington, Salem and Boston on the T or commuter trains, the police source said. Schwab would hide the dog under his long coat, which he carried into court yesterday.

Schwab is already facing charges of assault and battery on police officers after he allegedly sicked Gabrielle on Boston cops near Downtown Crossing on Oct. 10.

The dog bit two cops before she was shot in the head.

Gabrielle survived the shooting — after the city spent $4,000 on vet bills and kennel fees — but was ordered euthanized by a Boston Municipal Court judge because of her vicious behavior.

So, a homeless guy tells his dog to attack a police officer, the dog does. Was the man right in sending his dog on the police? No. That was a crime and he should be punished for it. But, does the dog deserve to be put to death for this? No. To put the dog to death, for obeying its master, is a crime, too. This is NOT an indication of a vicious dog, otherwise we could label every police K9 as being vicious for the same behaviors… protecting their masters on command. The dog should have been taken away from this man and given to a responsible dog owner.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Baggage Handler Tosses Dog Aboard Alaska Airlines Jet

Saturday night, just a day after Alaska Airlines increased its monitoring of ramp operations at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, a baggage worker threw a crate containing a border collie into the cargo hold of a plane instead of using a conveyor belt.

The dog's owner, Lisa Ross of Woodinville, was watching from inside the terminal around 11 p.m. when a ramp worker picked up the crate holding her 40-pound dog, Jace, tipped it at a 45-degree angle and then heaved it over his head into the jet.

Jace, a 40-pound border collie, was bound for a dog competition in Florida.

The baggage worker is an employee of Menzies Aviation, an Alaska contractor blamed for damaging two Alaska Airlines jets on the ground at Sea-Tac in the past three weeks. As a result of those earlier incidents, Menzies said it was flying 25 supervisors to Seattle to work alongside Menzies' local workers to improve the operation. Also, Alaska said Friday it was assigning six extra Alaska Airlines employees to supervise ramp operations for each shift.

But Ross saw no supervisors.

"My dog was basically being slammed from level to 45 degrees and projected into the plane," Ross said. "It was just horrifying to see."

The worker then walked to Ross' other dog, an Australian shepherd named Tucker, and tried to lift his crate but couldn't, Ross said. Workers used a belt loader for the 50-pound dog, according to Ross and an Alaska incident report.

I DEMAND this person be fired, and charged with animal abuse. I also demand the baggage handling company and airline compensate the dog owner, be fined by FAA, and also be charged with animal abuse. This was a crime, and it should be treated as such.

I don’t give a damn about their airline dispute. It doesn’t justify taking it out on a helpless dog, or an airline passenger.

Another Animal Rights Objective: Ban Tail Docking

The "cruel" docking of new born puppies' tails should be banned, MPs were told yesterday.

Campaigners say pedigree dogs' tails are cut without anaesthetic when they are just three to five days old only to make them look smarter.

They say the practice is the equivalent of cutting off a baby's little finger.

More insane animal rights rhetoric. Dogs don’t remember tail docking events, which are done before the dog is even a week old. It is harmless, from a medical or behavioral standpoint, if done by a professional veterinarian or breeder. I DO have a problem with ear cropping, which is done at 6 to 8 weeks of age, at a time when the pup can remember the effects, and the dog has to be anesthetized… which is risky, medically.

This could all be solved through selective breeding. You could breed tailless and short eared dogs. There are tailless breeds you could use. And study how the Bull Terrier folks developed a triangular ear in the 1950’s through selective breeding.

This whole thing has a sinister animal rights agenda behind it. It is a way to enact more breeding restrictions, which will be used to further restrict the breeding, training, and ownership of dogs.

13 Year Old Boy Bitten By Police Dog After Refusing To Surrender

A 13-year-old boy was injured by a police dog when authorities tried to break up a brawl at a Wal-Mart, police said.

Police responded to the Valley View Wal-Mart parking lot about 8 p.m. Saturday after receiving reports of gunfire and a fight involving 20 to 50 minors, police spokeswoman Aisha Johnson said.

The boy, who was bitten on the arm, was taken to the hospital and released.

Police took into custody a 16-year-old boy who was armed. Neither boy was identified because they are juveniles.

The boy who was bitten was hiding behind several cargo boxes and refused to come out after police ordered him to, Johnson said, so officers let the dog loose on him.

I don’t blame the police for sending a dog on this kid. This was a riot, and one kid was found to be armed with a deadly weapon. This kid shouldn’t have been involved. Tough luck. You hang around with the wrong crowd, and you get hurt.

And what about this kid’s parents?!

Illegal Dog Fighting Operation Uncovered

Stop Breed Banning In Louisville, KY!

Dog owners turned out last night to urge the Louisville Metro Council to reject an ordinance they said would make it nearly impossible to legally own pit bull dogs and Rottweilers in Louisville.

Time to fight back, hard, and stop this silly legislation. Hey, you activists, get in contact with these folks and give them some legal, strategic and financial support!

This Cat Owner Is In The Wrong

A cat owner, frustrated that officials couldn't prove a neighbor's dog had killed her pet, took a cue from television legal dramas and used DNA evidence to pursue the case herself.

A lab that analyzed the DNA concluded that the dog was linked to the cat's death, but officials said they still can't make a case because there were no witnesses.

After discovering her cat Cody dead under a tree in front of her home in August, Marylin Christian came to suspect Lucky, a German shepherd mix belonging to neighbors Sean and Janet Daryabeygi.

I’m fed up with these types of cat owners. If you let your cat roam the neighborhood, then it is easy prey to dogs, wild animals, and automobiles. Maybe instead of tracking down the dog that killed her cat, she shouldn’t ever get another cat.

If a dog kills a roaming cat, the dog is NOT to be considered dangerous or vicious. That is what animals of different species do. And it shouldn’t be illegal and she shouldn’t be compensated for her loss.

Boston Takes Blame For Electrocuted Dog

Monday, January 09, 2006

Dog Owners United? Or Already Defeated?

In the article on the Sumner County year in review, you forgot to mention that in June concerned responsible dog owners in the county united to successfully stop a proposal for breed-specific legislation and encouraged county lawmakers to look at solutions that would target irresponsible dog owners.

Even though nothing has been done on that front and the committee to study animal control issues has not met since Aug. 1, 2005, hopefully some people have become educated to the problems caused by irresponsible dog owners in our community.

WARNING: Citizens get a committee organized to re-write the unfair dog laws in their communities… and the local government stonewalls the movement and ultimately sabotages their efforts. You can’t wimp out and not fight hard to get your proposals heard and enacted. The city won’t “play nice” with you.

Cat Saves Dog

Animal Rights Agents... Armed And Dangerous?

"A Bronx man was arrested on animal cruelty charges Sunday after veterinarians determined his dog _ found last month tethered 1 foot from a hot water pipe _ suffered burns and a broken rib.

Agents from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals investigating a report of a starving dog at a Bronx housing project on Dec. 13 found the 1-year-old pit bull mix, Oreo, tied to the hot pipe with a belt that allowed him just 1 foot of reach, ASPCA spokesman Joe Pentangelo said.

The agents took Oreo to an animal hospital, where X-rays showed he had a broken rib and burns on his right shoulder consistent with contact with the pipe, Pentangelo said. The dog was so thin that his ribs were clearly visible.

The dog's owner, Michael Delesline, 21, was arrested by ASPCA agents at the housing project on Sunday afternoon, Pentangelo said. A call to a telephone number listed for a Michael Delesline in the Bronx went unanswered Sunday night.

Delesline faces one count of aggravated animal cruelty and one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty, Pentangelo said.

Since Oreo was taken into ASPCA custody, he has gained 8 eight pounds.

The ASPCA, a private animal rights organization, was founded in 1866. Its Humane Law Enforcement Division investigates crimes against animals, and agents are authorized to carry out warrants and carry firearms."

First off, this guy needs some serious prison time.

Second… a private animal rights organization has agents carrying firearms? So, you can kill a human, but you can't hunt animals with a gun. Riigggghhhhtttt. Sure. And private citizens in New York can’t carry a firearm. New York is run by a bunch of hypocrites.

Trapper Brought In To Protect Governor's Dog

For former Gov. Gary Locke, the problem was bats. For his successor, Christine Gregoire, it's bigger predators that threaten her small dog.

In recent months, a professional trapper has removed a raccoon and an opossum from the grounds of the governor's mansion on the state Capitol campus, and State Patrol troopers have run off an undetermined number of coyotes.

Gregoire has said Franz, the family's 13-pound Pomeranian, is not allowed out alone for safety reasons.

I remember when Washington State banned the use of hunting dogs to find cougars. It was a total failure, advocated by the animal rights wackos, and the shelters filled up with unwanted hunting hounds.

Amazing, when the favored politicians need the help from dogs, they can get it. But, when we need it, they regulate the living daylights out of us.

Boston Dog Electrocuted By Faulty Street Light

Sunday, January 08, 2006

More Politically Correct Dog Laws From Down Under

A STATE database to track dangerous dogs will come into effect next month following a spate of dog attacks in Victoria.

The register aims to crack down on owners who move to avoid tight restrictions imposed by local councils on keeping a dangerous dog.

Under new laws, which will take effect on February 2, councils will be able to record onto a dog's microchip if it is dangerous, menacing or a restricted breed. The information will be shared with other councils through the database.

A dog is deemed menacing if it rushes at or barks aggressively at someone. That rating can be upgraded to "dangerous" if the dog is a repeat offender.

What next? Do we label dogs “menacing” if they look at you sideways? C’mon. This is complete overkill. The dog haters really have had their say. It’s time we start fighting back. The standard for defining a dog as being “dangerous” keeps being lowered to the point that any dog, regardless of breed or age or intent, can be labelled as "dangerous" or "menacing." Such dogs are then doomed to being put to death, even if no one was ever harmed.

In this Politically Correct world, we can’t hurt anyone’s feelings, and what people feel has become more important than what people do. Thus, a man can’t tell a woman at work that he likes her dress, because he can be hauled into Personnel for sexual harassment. And a dog can’t bark or growl at someone, even if they are justified in doing so, or startled, without being labeled as “menacing”, because some phobic dog hater can’t tell the difference between a normal dog behavior and one that is truly a sign of a vicious dog.