Articles: animal cruelty

14 Dogs Inside a Van Stolen

UPDATE: DOGS HAVE BEEN RECOVERED AND ARE APPARENTLY FINE   What kind of person does this? If there is a car stolen, and there happens to be a dog or two inside, that’s terrible but the thief may not have been aware until he makes his get-a-way. But when there are 14 dogs inside, it’s…

PALS Place for People and Pets, All Survivors of Domestic Violence

People and pets are better together. Pets help us to heal, and to feel better…..and that is just one reason why allowing victims of domestic violence to co-shelter with the family pet. After all, for nearly all families pets are family members. Urban Resource Institute (URI) in New York has been doing just that for some time.…

Leave Dogs in a Hot Car and You May Now Go to Jail

A Nebraska woman accused of killing two dogs by leaving them in the car on a hot day has been sentenced to prison. This is more than the typical slap on a wrist assessed by judges historically for this crime. Ashley Alberts-Roach was charged with animal cruelty, and sentenced Wednesday morning (May 30) to a…

Hot Cars Even Hotter Than Previously Expected: No Wonder Dogs Die

Nearly a dozen states allow good Samaritans to rescue animals trapped in hot cars, though some public officials wonder about the need for such a law. Arizona State University and the University of California San Diego just released a study quantifying just how long it takes for cars to reach killer temperatures in either the…

Illinois Hopes to Protect Animals When Locked in Hot Cars

Dogs (and other animals) still die being left in a hot cars. It sadly happens too often. Illinois State Senator Michael Connelly (21st District) and others crafted the proposed law HB4191 which would make Illinois the 12th state to allow ordinary citizens to rescue animals legally from hot cars. HEAR my conversation with with Senator Connelly on WGN…

Support Bill To Save Dogs in Hot Cars

Dogs still die in hot cars. Eleven states have passed laws allowing ordinary citizens to intercede to save dogs (or any other pet) by breaking a window (if need be) without suffering legal consequence. In Illinois a similar proposal passed HB4191 passed the Illinois House of Representatives with a resounding 78 to 27 vote. See…

Animal Welfare League Makes Big Changes, Are More to Come?

The Animal Welfare League (AWL) of Chicago and Chicago Ridge is an integral part of the greater Chicago shelter community for many reasons, but most importantly because they are an open-intake facility. Knock on their door, and your are in. However, in recent years, the AWL lost their way, and now the Estrada family is…

Cat Killer Appeal Fails, But May Now Practice Veterinary Medicine

A Texas court has rejected appeals from Austin veterinarian Dr. Kristen Lindsey, who lost her veterinary license for a year after shooting an arrow through the head of a cat named Tiger. Lindsey is the veterinarian who posted on her Facebook page an image of cat impaled by the shaft of the arrow which she…

Bill to Allow Citizens to Save Dogs Trapped in Hot Cars Passes Illinois House

Dogs die in hot cars – it continues to happen. And one by one states are stepping up to allow ordinary citizens to legally break into cars – without retribution – to save animals. Illinois is now on its way to becoming the 12th state to do so. HB 4191and amendments to HB 4191 just passed the…

Help Support A Law To Save Dogs in Hot Cars

Dogs continue to die in hot cars. It’s a fact. A sad and terrible fact, but a fact. Another fact is that education regarding just how hot cars do get is everywhere and has been out there now for many years, and while it may be helping – it’s not preventing the problem. At some…

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