The ASPCA is assisting in the forensic evidence collection, removal, transport and sheltering of more than 60 fighting roosters from a property in Spencer, Indiana. Other animals including dogs and farm animals were also seized from the property. We’re assisting at the request of the Indiana Gaming Commission, the Gaming Control Division and the Monroe County Humane Association.
At the property this morning, responders discovered rooster remains and roosters showing signs of starvation and other conditions requiring medical attention. The roosters were housed in outdoor pens or tethered outside with no access to water.
The animals were transferred to a temporary shelter where they will receive veterinary care from the ASPCA’s medical team. ASPCA veterinary technicians, animal handlers and responders are also assisting on the scene and at the temporary shelter.
A search warrant, issued by Owen County Circuit Court, was executed Wednesday morning for the removal of the birds, as was an arrest warrant for Jeffrey Russell Pierce, 26. Pierce was arrested on charges of possession of fighting animals, promoting an animal fighting contest and possession of animal fighting paraphernalia.
In Indiana, cockfighting and the possession of birds for fighting are Class D felonies, each punishable by up to three years in a state prison and a maximum $10,000 fine. Possession of implements is a Class B misdemeanor with up to 180 days in a state jail and a maximum $1,000 fine.
The ASPCA is also assisting the Indiana Gaming Control Division in documenting animal related evidence for the criminal case and lending the services of its Field Investigations and Response and Veterinary Forensics teams. The Indiana State Police, the Indiana Board of Animal Health and the Owen County Prosecutor are also assisting in the operation.
“Cockfighting is a brutal blood sport where the unwilling participants—the roosters—are forced to fight, often to the death, for the entertainment and financial gain of their owners,” says Terry Mills, Director of Blood Sports for the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team. “The ASPCA is proud to lend our expertise in animal fighting and forensic evidence collection to local authorities to help put an end to this disturbing activity and secure justice for the animal victims.”
Jessie is a three-year-old Boxer in Buncombe County, North Carolina, and his pet parent loves him very much.
But in March, Jessie became a victim of domestic violence at the hands of his pet parent’s former boyfriend. The man Jessie had once trusted slit his throat with a knife. Jessie lost so much blood he almost died.
A local humane law enforcement officer transported Jessie to an emergency clinic where he was rushed into surgery.
Things were “really touch-and-go for Jessie. We weren't sure if he was going to make it," Miranda Tipton of the Buncombe County Animal Shelter said at the time. “After experiencing this horrible trauma, we held our breath and hearts until we heard the good news that he made it through surgery. He came out of surgery at 11:30 P.M. and we were so relieved."
Today, Jessie is safe and sound, thanks in part to Asheville Humane’s Safety Net, a program that helps reduce the number of animals entering shelters by assisting families with veterinary care, pet food, behavioral help and other services. It saved Jessie’s life. Safety Net, just launched in 2012, is funded by the ASPCA.
We can support programs like the one that saved Jessie thanks to our generous donors—so if you can make a gift today, please consider it. Thank you for your generosity! It means the world.
We’ve heard it a million times: “Yes, I bought my puppy at a pet store, but he didn’t come from a puppy mill. The store told me that they only get puppies from USDA-licensed breeders.” That line is used frequently by pet store employees to reassure customers—but what does it really mean?
Sadly, it doesn’t mean much. The USDA’s standards of care are so minimal that most of us would not consider them to be humane. Dogs in commercial breeding facilities can legally be kept in cages only six inches longer than the dog in each direction, stacked on top of one another, for their entire lives. It's completely legal to house them in cages with wire flooring, and to breed female dogs at every opportunity. These federal standards leave a lot of room for dogs to be severely mistreated.
But seeing is believing. We wanted to make it easy for the public to truly understand where pet store puppies come from. That’s why today we’re launching a new tool on our No Pet Store Puppies website that lets users view more than 10,000 photos of USDA-licensed commercial dog breeding facilities and links some of them to specific pet stores that have sold their puppies within the past year.
You can search the website by pet store name or zip code, USDA license number, the breeder’s name, and specific breed. The photos were taken by USDA inspectors during routine inspections of the facilities.
“Our research reveals a clear disconnect between what many Americans think ‘USDA licensed’ means and what the USDA actually requires of commercial dog breeders nationwide,” explains Cori Menkin, Senior Director of the ASPCA Puppy Mills Campaign. “The federal requirements fall far short of the public’s standards and expectations for the humane treatment of dogs, and we hope that people will use the new tool on the ASPCA’s No Pet Store Puppies website to see for themselves.”
We hope to work with USDA to better enforce and improve the care standards for dogs in commercial breeding facilities, and you can help, too, by decreasing the demand for puppy mill puppies. Take the No Pet Store Puppies Pledge to not purchase anything—including pet food, kitty litter and toys—from a store or website that sells puppies.
Last night, a few of our adoptables hit the red carpet to rub paws with fashion’s elite during the premiere of the Stella McCartney #Spring14 presentation in New York City.
Harold, Scooby and Daisy were all ready for their close ups, strutting their stuff with their best “blue steel” looks. Guests couldn’t help but stop by to give these chic canines some love and pose for a quick photo op.
In the end, Harold, Scooby and Daisy all decided to stick to lounging and tasty treats, rather than pursuing full-time modeling careers, but we’re sure they would take the fashion world by storm.
Thank you Stella McCartney for hosting us!
If you would like to adopt Harold, Scooby or Daisy, or meet some of our other adoptables, please stop by our Adoption Center.
With the first day of summer right around the corner, you’re probably spending a lot more time in the great outdoors with your furry friends. And more time outside means more dirty dogs! But we’re here to help. Check out our top tips on how to groom your pet.
• Regular grooming with a brush or comb will help keep your pet’s hair in good condition by removing dirt, spreading natural oils throughout her coat, preventing tangles and keeping her skin clean and irritant-free. • When bathing your dog, always use a mild shampoo that’s safe to use on dogs. • Get your dog used to having her feet touched before you attempt a nail trim. Rub your hand up and down her leg and then gently press each individual toe—and be sure to give her lots of praise and some food treats as you do this. • Remove wax and dirt from your pet’s ears with a cotton ball moistened with water or a little mineral oil. • Try to make grooming as enjoyable as possible. Grooming sessions should always be fun, so be sure to schedule them when your dog’s relaxed, especially if she’s the excitable type. And pile on the praise and offer your pooch a treat when the session is finished!
Need more tips? Read our Grooming 101: Clean Pets Are Happy Pets for all the straight talk about grooming cats, dogs and even birds. And while you’re at it, be sure to check out our brand-new partnership with “the people against dirty”—Method. This cruelty-free brand never tests any of its products on animals, or uses animal by-products, and makes products that are safe for cleaning up after your pets. Plus, for a limited time, Method and their friends at Soap.com are donating 15% of all sales of Method products on their websites to the ASPCA.