On February 1 on the Leech Lake Reservation in Minnesota, as the temperature plummeted to -29 degrees, Tribal Police Chief Kenneth Washington responded to a call about a dog in trouble. A Leech Laker known for her love of animals, Teresa Gunter, had reported a wounded dog, reeling in pain outside in the cold.
When Gunter showed Washington the weak, bloody shepherd mix, he was alarmed: The dog couldn’t even lift his head off his paw. “His eyes were sunken in,” Washington recalls. “I thought he might die.” He knew he had to help.
Two years ago, this story wouldn’t have had a happy ending. But because the Tribal Police go the extra mile for animals and work with a project called Leech Lake Legacy, there was hope. The project transports animals in need from the reservation to shelters and rescues around Minnesota that can provide life-saving veterinary care, rehabilitation and adoption.
This transport project is supported in part through a special ASPCA program that helps cash-strapped municipal animal care agencies move more dogs to safety. In the last six months alone, we’ve helped the Tribal Police get hundreds more dogs to safety.
The night he found the dog—named Nibi—Washington called Leech Lake Legacy right away. The next day he was on a transport to safety.
Today, just over a month after Washington rescued him, Nibi is thriving, getting healthier each day. He greets people enthusiastically and likes to put their fingers in his mouth as his special way of “holding hands.”
Nibi’s story doesn’t make headlines, but it’s one of millions in which the ASPCA is honored to play a role.
Horses are frequently the victims of cruelty and neglect, but their suffering sometimes fails to grab headlines. In honor of National Horse Protection Day, we’d like to share just one horse rescue we’ve had the opportunity to support.
Last month, 13 emaciated horses were found living on a rural farm in Vermilion County, Illinois. The horses were all skin and bones. Two were blind, and a third was found deceased on the property.
Luckily, the Society for Hooved Animal Rescues and Emergencies (S.H.A.R.E) stepped in and began the long process of rehabilitating the horses. As soon the ASPCA heard about S.H.A.R.E’s incredible work, we gave the organization a $6,500 grant to help pay for veterinary care and food for the rescued equines.
We’re so glad to assist S.H.A.R.E in its efforts to help horses! Find out how you can get involved and be a hero for horses by reading our top 10 ways to help equines.
Have you stood up for horses? Tell us about it in the comments!
Though Hurricane Sandy seems like a long time ago to many of us, many of those who lost everything to the storm are still just beginning to piece their lives back together. At the ASPCA, we’re still working with animal welfare groups and individuals who suffered as a result of Sandy, and less than a month has passed since our special facility for Sandy pets closed.
Since then , we’ve seen many Sandy strays find new homes and hundreds of Sandy pets reunited with their families. (To see some of those, visit our Facebook album of reunion photos.)
If we could tell you all their stories, we could, because if you give to the ASPCA you’re responsible in part for each one. For now, we’d like to tell you one—Magnus and Aheber’s. Please watch their video to see how you helped them.
Thank you for giving to the ASPCA and helping us help animals like Magnus. If you’re not already a member, please consider making a gift now. You’ll help us be prepared to go wherever animals need us, whenever they need us.
Last week a judge sentenced Sanchez to one to three years for animal fighting, one year for animal cruelty and one year for criminal possession of a weapon. (Sanchez will serve these sentences concurrently.)
He’s also been slapped with a ban on keeping animals for the duration of his parole. Sanchez waived his right to appeal.
We hope Sanchez’s sentence serves as a reminder to dog fighters that their crimes against innocent animals carry serious consequences.
Our Humane Law Enforcement (HLE) Agents enforce animal cruelty laws throughout New York City, putting their lives on the line every day to ensure the protection and welfare of animals. So when a humane law enforcement officer in another city is harmed in the line of duty, it hits home for us, and we take it very seriously.
Last month, Sacramento County Animal Control Officer Roy Marcum was killed in the line of duty. In the wake of that tragedy, we have stepped up our commitment to provide funding for animal organizations to purchase bulletproof vests for officers who need them.
Last month, we provided an $8,500 grant to the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control to purchase vests for its officers. These vests are the same ones worn by our own HLE Agents.
Needless to say, we are grateful to all hardworking humane law enforcement officers throughout the country, and we’re glad to play a role in helping protect those who help protect animals.