Articles: animal cruelty

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…

AKC Opposing Bills to Support Rescue of Dogs Trapped in Hot Cars

What’s wrong with the American Kennel Club? The AKC now actively opposing two bills in Illinois which would allow bystanders to rescue dogs from hot cars. Supporters note the bills could still be tweaked. And law enforcement – who must according to the bills be contacted before breaking into save a pet in distress –…

Chicago Beefs Up Law On Pets in Hot Cars; Supporting Humane Education Boasting About Our Own Dogs

Alderman Gilbert Villegas (36th ward) explains HERE on WGN Radio the new ordinance to support pets in distress in cars. He explains how the current accepted ordinance is a kind of watered down version of what he really wants, but he may be able to get that state-wide, where ordinary citizens can rescue animals in…

Will It Be Legal to Rescue Dogs from Hot Cars in Chicago?

Dogs die in hot cars. This is a refrain that’s been repeated so often, you’d think people would know that by now. We taped a video to demonstrate just how hot a car can get. But still, each year I write about dogs who have died in hot cars. Now, Chicago is being added to…

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Continues Medical Experiments on Dogs

What does the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have against dogs? During President’s Obama’s administration, the VA said they would no longer support service dogs for veterans with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), despite the fact that more veterans were returning from combat with PTSD than ever before. Last year, it was revealed for…

Animal Welfare League Story Unfolds for the Better

I will not let the issues surrounding Chicago’s Animal Welfare League (AWL) be forgotten. That was my promise, and I will keep that promise. Over the past months, I’ve heard concerns regarding the Animal Welfare League of Chicago Ridge and Chicago. Seemingly overnight, I was inundated with email and social media posts about animals being treated inappropriately,…

Trump Administration Supports Killing Big Game

This isn’t politics; it’s ethics. A new U.S. advisory board created to help rewrite federal rules for importing the heads and hides of big game, like African elephants, lions, and various rhino species, is stacked with trophy hunters, including some members with direct ties to President Donald Trump and his family (which is supposed to…

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