Military dogs aren’t the only animal heroes finally getting their due—the New York State Legislature has just passed a bill making it a felony to intentionally kill a police animal! The bill (A.2596/S.1079), which protects both police dogs and horses, passed unanimously and is headed to Governor Andrew Cuomo for his signature.
This legislation was brought to the forefront after a March incident in New York’s Herkimer County: While pursuing an at-large gunman, Ape, an FBI police dog, was shot and killed by the suspect. Ape had been on the job for less than one month.
“Police dogs are on the front lines detecting dangers, apprehending criminals, and rescuing victims every day,” says Bill Ketzer, Senior Director of ASPCA Government Relations for the Northeast Region. “The loss of a police animal is a loss to the entire community, and we applaud New York legislators for passing this bill.”
A.2596/S.1079 was a priority bill at New York Voices for Animals Day, an ASPCA-sponsored animal advocacy event held in Albany earlier this month. Citizen advocates lobbied their state lawmakers in person to support the bill’s passage, and we think the results speak for themselves!
Inspired by this big win in New York? Share it with your friends with the hashtag #PoliceDogs.
The ASPCA is on the ground in Lake City, Michigan, assisting with the removal and sheltering of more than 150 Jack Russell Terriers, Shiba Inus and other dogs and puppies from two separate locations of a substandard, large-scale breeding facility.
The removal of the animals from JRT John's Jack Russell and Shiba Inu Kennel is the result of a civil action, prompted by a violation of Michigan’s Dog Law. The ASPCA is assisting the Missaukee County Sheriff’s Office and the Roscommon County Animal Shelter with the case. PetSmart Charities® has also generously provided critical supplies for the sheltering and transport of the animals.
The dogs were discovered living in outdoor enclosures with little protection from the elements. Many had no access to clean drinking water or proper shelter, with plastic carriers being their only refuge from the elements. We believe the facility to be a puppy mill—a large-scale, commercial breeding operation where profit is given priority over the well-being of the animals.
Up next: Dogs requiring medical examinations are being transported to a nearby temporary shelter, where they will receive veterinary care from the ASPCA’s medical team, led by Field Investigations and Response Medical Director Dr. Sarah Kirk. Once medical exams are complete, the ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Behavior Team will begin behavior evaluations of dogs at the temporary shelter, and our Partnership Manager will beginworking with response partners to determine placement options.
If you’d like to adopt: Dogs who are medically and behaviorally ready will immediately be placed with ASPCA response partners including Medina County SPCA (Medina, Ohio) and Animal Humane Society (based in Golden Valley, Minnesota), which are also supporting the sheltering operation and will help provide daily care for the animals.
“We are pleased to aid the Missaukee County Sheriff’s Office and Roscommon County Animal Shelter by providing expertise and resources to support the case and removing the dogs from this situation,” says Kathryn Destreza, Investigations Director of the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team, adding that we look forward to helping place dogs in loving homes.
We’re so excited: It’s almost time for the 2013 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge! If you haven’t heard about the Challenge yet, here’s the deal: 50 animal shelters nationwide will soon be participating in this exciting three-month competition to save more animals’ lives. During last year's Challenge, competing shelters saved a cool 56,232 dogs and cats.
Challenge kick-off weekend is just a week away, and we hope you’re gearing up to help your favorite participating shelter take home the grand prize. Here are a few ways you can help the $100K Challenge get started with a bang:
1. Attend a kick-off event near you. Starting June 1, there will be $100K Challenge kick-off events at participating shelters nationwide, featuring animal adoptions, food, games and other festivities. To find out if there’s a kick-off event happening in your area, please check our Challenge events page. 2. Spread the word on Facebook! Click over to the ASPCA Facebook page to share our $100K Challenge shareable card with your friends, and encourage them to participate in kick-off weekend! 3. Don’t forget to Tweet. You can follow #100KChallenge on Twitter to be part of all the minute-by-minute kick-off action. Join the conversation and help your favorite shelter find homes for even more animals!
We couldn’t be more excited to get the 2013 Challenge started. Thanks for supporting local shelters in this exciting competition, and for helping to save animals’ lives nationwide!
As many across the country prepare to spend time with friends and family this Memorial Day weekend, our thoughts turn to the good people and pets of Moore, Oklahoma, where many lost everything earlier this week when a tornado devastated the community.
The ASPCA is currently on the ground to support partner shelter Central Oklahoma Humane Society (OK Humane) with staffing needs as the facility experiences an influx of animals affected by the disaster. We’ll continue to offer our assistance as needed and will keep you updated as the long road to recovery begins for Moore and its neighbors.
For more information about how you can help the pets and people of Oklahoma, please visit OK Humane. Moore-area pet parents who are searching for a lost cat or dog, please check www.okclostpets.com. The site was set up specifically for this disaster, and OK Humane will update its listings with any incoming animals.
This recent tragedy is the latest in a series of unforgiving weather events. We want to remind folks that the best thing you can do for yourself and your pets is to be prepared. Here are a few easy steps you can take to keep your family safe in an emergency:
• Have a Plan. Your “all-family” plan should include how you will transport your animals in an evacuation, possible routes you will take and your destination/sheltering options. •Build a Kit. Don’t forget a photo of your pet, medical records, vaccination records, and any special food or prescriptions. • Stay Informed. Keep an eye on the weather, learn which shelters house both people and pets, and monitor possible road closures. • Vaccinate and Microchip. If you’re ever required to shelter your pets, you’ll want them protected against disease. Microchipping your pets can be their ticket home.
Tell us: Are you prepared for an unexpected emergency or disaster? Are you on the ground helping the good folks of Moore? Tweet us your answers to @ASPCA using the hashtag #Oklahoma.
Woodchuck, Clint and Groucholove each other, and it’s the cutest darned thing. All three were rescued from the same hoarding situation, and at first they were really shy. But now they’ve all come out of their shells and are ready to go home—and what they’d really love is the chance to go home together.
These three have a huge fan in Senior Feline Behavior Counselor Katie Watts. “Woodchuck, Clint and Groucho are the cutest threesome! They spend at least half of their day in a big cat pile,” she told us. “Just now I saw all three crowded onto one small bed. There wasn’t quite room for all three, so Clint was sitting on top of the other two.” Adorable!
Woodchuck and Clint are a bonded pair, so they must go home together. Groucho must live with another cat—Woodchuck and Clint, another adoptable, or your resident feline—just so long as he has a kitty buddy to snuggle with.
To adopt Woodchuck and Clint or Groucho—or all three—please contact the ASPCA Adoption Center in NYC at (212) 876-7700, ext. 4120.