On April 3, ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement Agents arrested Alex Dykes, 49, for allegedly beating his one-year-old male Shih Tzu mix, Bentley. In September, our agents visited Dykes’ Brooklyn home to investigate a complaint that a dog had been beaten and needed immediate help.
At the residence, Agents found poor Bentley in pain, and they knew something was wrong. They transported him to the ASPCA Animal Hospital for treatment. Our vets treated Bentley with oxygen immediately, ultimately concluding he had a brain hemorrhage and a fractured skull and jaw due to blunt force trauma. He is now recuperating in a foster home.
Dykes was charged with one count of aggravated animal cruelty, a felony, and one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty. If convicted, he faces up to two years in jail and/or a $5,000 fine.
Looking at Bentley’s sweet face, we have to wonder: Who could do this to an animal?
The results are in—drum roll please! After hundreds of adorable photo submissions, Pinterest users have voted for their three favorite entries in the ASPCA’s “I Heart My Pet” Pinterest contest, sponsored by Reeds Jewelers and David & Goliath.
Congratulations to first place winner, Shelbie J., second place winner, JoAnna W., and third place winner, Kristina G.! We’d also like to extend a huge thank you to all of the proud pet parents that participated in our Pinterest contest. We asked for photos of your happy pets, and received hundreds of lovable submissions!
When the news broke that New Mexico could be weeks away from opening a horse slaughter plant, our hearts went out not only to the horses who would fall victim to gruesome deaths, but also to the citizens of New Mexico. If the plant opens, New Mexico’s reputation will be blackened by its association with the incredible cruelty inherent to this grisly industry—and its citizens will be burdened by the economic peril, decline in property values, chronic environmental hazards and awful stench that horse slaughter plants bring to communities.
There is a broad consensus in this nation that horses should not be slaughtered for human consumption—and New Mexico is no exception. A new statewide poll shows that 70% of New Mexico voters are opposed to the slaughter of U.S. horses for human consumption and do not want a horse slaughter plant in their community. This strong opposition is represented across political parties, ethnicities and locations within the state.
April is one of the most exciting months of year, in our opinion. Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month (PoCAM, as we call it) is in full swing! Every year, we urge supporters across the country to Go Orange for Animals throughout April—the month in 1866 when the ASPCA's charter was signed—to raise awareness for our cause.
Here are five ways you can Go Orange for Animals this month:
1. Volunteer at your local animal shelter.Coordinate a Go Orange for Animals event with your local animal welfare group or shelter and donate the proceeds. Remember to alert local media about your event! 2. Show your virtual support. Dedicate your Facebook status, Twitter or blog to the ASPCA during the month of April and encourage people to spread the word about animal cruelty. And if you haven’t already, join us on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+ and Twitter! 3. Join the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade. Fight to get strong anti-cruelty laws passed on federal, state and local levels as a member of the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade. 4. Become an ASPCA Guardian. For as little as 60 cents a day, you can help us rescue animals from cruelty and help us find them loving homes. Please consider becoming an ASPCA Guardian today. 5. Enter our Facebook Sweepstakes. We want to help you make an even bigger impact! Tell us how you’ve been a hero for animals for a chance to win an ASPCA Action Pack!
For more ways to get involved in this month-long celebration, visit the special Go Orange section of our website. The possibilities are endless!
The length to which some people will go to eat “adventurously” has us shaking our heads in disbelief.
In recent years, there’s been a bump in consumer demand for exotic meats—including lion meat. Surprisingly, most lion meat seems to be supplied by businesses in the state of Illinois.
Where do the slaughtered lions come from? No one is really sure. One Illinois supplier claims the meat is the byproduct of a separate venture that sells the animals’ skins, while many restaurateurs who offer lion meat are under the impression that there’s a USDA-inspected “lion farm” outside of Chicago (not true). Whether the lions are actually coming from African poachers, or are discards from private owners and inhumane roadside zoos in the U.S., this is a problem.
Due to hunting and habitat loss, the planet’s African lion population has been reduced by half in the past 20 years, and there’s a strong case for adding lions to the federal Endangered Species List. The last thing anyone should want to do is glamorize lion meat and increase demand for it.
An Illinois state representative, Rep. Luis Arroyo, has taken action by introducing the first-ever state bill to ban possessing, breeding, buying or selling lions for their meat. The Illinois Lion Meat Act will soon by voted on by the state’s House of Representatives—if you live in Illinois, please help the lions by asking your state representative to vote for it.