Brooklyn, New York, 2010—ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement Agents arrived at a small one-bedroom apartment to find 37 cats and kittens living in squalor. Several of the felines were pregnant. Living among the filth and debris was an older woman who insisted that the animals were well cared for—despite physical evidence to the contrary.
Unfortunately, animal hoarding is more common than many of us realize. In fact, it is estimated that as many as a quarter-million animals per year fall victim to hoarders.
In response to the overwhelming number of hoarding cases reported to our Humane Law Enforcement, the ASPCA launched the Cruelty Intervention Advocacy program. The Cruelty Intervention Advocacy team works with ASPCA Special Agents, social workers and local animal welfare agencies to reduce the number of animal hoarding cases in New York City. To date, the program has assisted more than 20 animal hoarders and rescued nearly 200 animals.
In 2010, the ASPCA conducted a critical intervention—rescuing 37 felines from a one-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn, New York.
“The two main challenges we face are the sheer number of animals we’re dealing with and working with hoarders who are unable to realize that their animals are suffering due to lack of care,” says Fiona Knight, Director of the ASPCA Cruelty Intervention Advocacy program.
The recovered animals are often transferred to the ASPCA Animal Hospital for treatment and rehomed through the ASPCA Adoption Center and various shelter partners. The program also provides Partners in Caring grants to help disadvantaged pet parents provide medical care for animals in dire need.
To learn more about this complex issue, please visit our Animal Hoarding page.
There are all sorts of reasons to tune in to HelpJoey.com’s latest web flick—but checking out porn-addicted pooch Mr. Bobo may be the best of all. This shaggy, too-cute pup is the star of Joey’s latest parody of the A&E hit Intervention.
Assuming a pseudotherapist role, Joey listens to Mr. Bobo’s disturbed parents as they confront him with his vast collection of pooch erotica and—even more disturbing—his kitty porn. The contrite Mr. Bobo listens intently as Joey educates him on the value of abstaining.
“Mr. Bobo was a troubled, porn-loving pooch before he met us,” explains Joey. “But thanks to our timely intervention, he’s now fast on the path to pet purity.”
Sound a bit bizarre? Maybe—but we certainly enjoyed it. To find a low-cost spay/neuter services in your area, please visit www.ASPCA.org/spay/. And be sure to check out HelpJoey.com to see for yourself what the buzz is all about.
A frightened, shivering dog was recently pulled from the icy waters of the Hudson River after being trapped under a pier for more than 30 minutes.
On January 7, members of the NYPD Harbor Unit responded to a frantic 911 call that a German Shepherd had fallen into the river while on a morning walk. The Hudson’s high tide and strong northern current meant the officers had to take immediate action. Without hesitation, Detective Matthew Sherman, an NYPD scuba diver, dove into the 45 degree water and brought the eight-year-old dog, Chloe, to safety.
“Chloe fought long and hard to stay alive—and luckily for her, the NYPD put aside their safety to rescue her from the dangerous water,” says Joseph Pentangelo, ASPCA Assistant Director of Humane Law Enforcement. “All parties should be recognized for their heroism and tenacity.”
After a warm bath, a hearty meal and quality cuddle time with her grateful family, Chloe was back in high spirits, her pet parent told news sources.
The ASPCA would like to commend the NYPD for taking swift and courageous action in this case. Says Pentangelo, “Their commitment to both two- and four-legged New Yorkers has once again been illustrated.”
Two men have been convicted of animal cruelty and sentenced to time behind bars in connection with a February 2010 dog fighting raid that uncovered 26 tethered, starving and severely neglected Pit Bulls on a property in Sandersville, Georgia.
Following a three-day trial, Derrick Montez Daniels of DeKalb and Billy Taylor, Jr., of Sandersville were each convicted of 26 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty. Daniels, the dogs’ owner, was sentenced to five years in state prison and five years of probation, while Taylor, who lived on the property and was the dogs’ “caretaker,” was sentenced to one year in county jail and nine years of probation.
Members of the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response Team during the raid in Sandersville, GA in February 2010.
“The defendants were held accountable for the pain and suffering they caused these innocent animals,” says Tim Rickey, ASPCA Senior Director of Field Investigations and Response and leader of the February investigation. Rickey, who also attended the three-day trial in Sandersville, adds, “These dogs were not only starved of food and affection, but used to breed and fight each other to the death. I’m glad justice is being served.”
When the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response (FIR) Team arrived at the Sandersville property at the behest of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, they found dogs shivering in the freezing cold and tied to tire axles and posts with heavy chains. All were emaciated and showed signs of severe neglect, including broken bones, wounds and infections. The responders also found numerous dead dogs on the property.
Says Rickey, “It’s encouraging to start off the year with two successful animal cruelty convictions and send a clear message that animal abuse will not be tolerated in our country.”
Shocking undercover video footage recently released by GREY2K USA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending Greyhound racing nationwide, clearly depicts muzzled greyhounds confined to small, stacked cages in dark rooms for extended periods of time. The video, filmed in August 2010 at Arizona’s Tucson Greyhound Park, also confirms that the dogs are fed meat from diseased animals to reduce costs and are denied proper exercise and human interaction.
The Tucson Dog Protection Act, passed in 2008, mandates that dogs housed at Tucson Greyhound Park be let out of their cages for at least six hours per day and cannot be fed raw, diseased meat. The ASPCA has taken immediate action, demanding that the city of South Tucson ensure compliance with that law.
“As disturbing as this video is, it’s sadly not surprising,” says Ann Church, ASPCA Senior Director of Government Relations. “The footage only underscores what we already know: Greyhounds endure lives of terrible confinement. The ASPCA is grateful to GREY2K USA for capturing these inhumane conditions and raising awareness about the inherent cruelty of dog racing.”
In 2010, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire passed laws prohibiting Greyhound racing, and 25 Greyhound tracks have closed in the U.S. since 2001. The ASPCA urges Arizona legislators to follow suit and outlaw dog racing in their state.
“Greyhound racing is a dying industry nationwide,” says Church. “There is nothing entertaining about dog racing when you know that these animals are suffering.”