Members of the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response and Forensic Services teams are on the ground in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, assisting local authorities with the investigation of a farm animal cruelty case involving nearly 30 horses and other farm animals.
The Pleasant Prairie Police Department executed a search warrant on April 9, finding, among other animals, five deceased horses and 22 horses in poor condition. These horses were removed from the property and are now being housed temporarily by local rescue groups, getting the care and attention they desperately needed.
On April 30 the ASPCA teams arrived in Pleasant Prairie, about halfway between Milwaukee and Chicago. We’re there to support the Pleasant Prairie Police Department by lending our expertise in animal crime scene investigation.
We’re honored to help the Pleasant Prairie Police Department step up for these animals in need, and we’ll provide updates about this case as they come in.
If you suspect you’ve witnessed cruelty in your area, please don’t hesitate to report it. You could save a life.
We know our pets can sometimes seem like they’re from a galaxy far, far away, but the love we have for them is as large as any energy field. To honor Star Wars Day, we want to see your Wookiees. If your pet is a dead ringer for Chewbacca, Yoda or maybe an Ewok tweet us a pic!
If you’re not too busy bulls-eyeing womp rats in your T-16, celebrate Star Wars Day with us by sending your pet’s pic to @ASPCA with hashtag #StarWarsDay so we can help you show off your furry friend. We’ll be adding our favorite pics to a photo album on both Facebook and Google Plus that you can share with friends.
If you sense a disturbance in the Force today, it’s probably from all the cuteness. Check out our Wookie Facebook album!
In late March, the ASPCA assisted federal authorities in a three-state dog fighting raid and the removal of 100 canine victims. Tim Rickey, Vice President of the ASPCA’s Field Investigations & Response team, has been on the front lines of this operation since the beginning. Here's his report about the remarkable sheltering facility that has been created to care for the dogs involved in this case.
We're pleased to report that the dogs are being very well cared for while in the custody of the ASPCA. The ASPCA’s Animal Cruelty Behavior team has been in the field from day one to oversee the animals' enrichment, socialization and exercise to ensure that these dogs are receiving all the care and attention they deserve.
The dogs are housed individually in a pod system. The kennels surround a 20x20 exercise area that the dogs have access to based on a carefully designed plan by the exercise coordinator. The exercise coordinator works in tandem with the behavior program to ensure the dogs enjoy adequate time outside their kennels several times a day.
The environment is relaxed and quiet with a strong focus on enrichment. There is very little barking, a strong indication the animals are not feeling stressed during their recovery. Responders go in to provide daily human socialization and interaction, and provide them with enrichment items like toys, treats and lots of love.
Every effort is made to keep the dogs focused so they don't become bored, which can lead to destructive behavior. We have observed that the dogs are responding very well, becoming trained to enjoy their playtime, learning to cooperate, and adjusting to human contact.
Stay tuned to ASPCA.org for updates on this ongoing rescue.
Hey, New Yorkers: Let’s hear it for our state’s attorney general, Eric Schneiderman! Today he announced the Animal Protection Initiative, a new program that will use civil and criminal remedies to target allegations of animal cruelty and unscrupulous sales of pets and other animals in New York.
The initiative aims to protect both animals and people in the state by shutting down animal fighting rings, ensuring compliance with New York's Pet Lemon Law, charging those who abuse or neglect animals, and cracking down on puppy mills.
Our attorney general has long been a friend of the animals. In fact, today he announced that his office has reached a settlement with the owner of a Yonkers pet store that was keeping animals in unsafe and inhuman conditions, requiring him to take several actions to greatly improve animal care at his store. This outcome is just the latest in a string recent animal welfare victories the attorney general has won.
“We are thankful to Attorney General Schneiderman for his persistent leadership in combating some of the worst forms of animal cruelty and protecting both the animals and people of New York State,” says Stacy Wolf, Vice President and Chief Counsel of the ASPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement and Legal Advocacy departments. “The new Animal Protection Initiative sends a clear message that perpetrators who engage in animal cruelty will be held accountable for their actions.”
Thank you for standing up for animals, Attorney General Schneiderman!
Last weekend as part of the ASPCA Animal Relocation program, 68 lucky dogs took to the skies, leaving Southern California for the Pacific Northwest via plane and even helicopter. They were all headed to areas where we knew they’d be in great demand, giving them the best possible chance at adoption.
But that was only Part One of this transport project. Part Two came yesterday, when 113 dogs—and four raccoons S.T.A.R.T.’s driver happened to find—were loaded into transport vehicles. After dropping off the raccoons at a wildlife rescue, S.T.A.R.T. and the dogs headed for Oregon and Washington.
Riverside County Department of Animal Services waved good-bye to the 113 dogs, and S.T.A.R.T Rescue (Shelter Transport Animal Rescue Team) began the journey up the West Coast.
Today, the dogs arrived in Washington and Oregon, and we’re so excited for them to begin this new chapter of their lives. To see our photos of this transport, check out our Facebook album.
And if you live in Oregon or Washington, be on the lookout for Cali dogs at the following shelters:
Heartland Humane Society in Corvallis, OR
Luv A Bull in Eugene, OR
My Way Home Dog Rescue in Sandy, OR
Safe Haven Humane Society in Albany, OR
Smidget Rescue in Auburn, WA
Snipped in Coos Bay, OR
Willamette Humane Society in Salem, OR
Hopes Haven in Salem, OR
Puget Sound Rescue in Auburn, WA
R.A.I.N. (Rescuing Animals in Need) in Federal Way, WA
Dogs transported Saturday are settling in at Kitsap Humane Society and Seattle Humane Society. Thanks to everyone involved in the successful transport of these pups!