It’s about time! William Roman pleaded guilty to four felony counts of animal fighting and baiting stemming from one of the largest cockfighting cases in Florida’s history. Back in September 2010, the ASPCA assisted in forensic evidence collection and removal of more than 650 fighting birds from two properties in Lee County.
William Roman and Pedro Lopez, were arrested and charged with multiple counts of animal fighting and baiting, housing distressed animals, and animal cruelty. Lopez was also charged with drug possession. A trial date for Lopez has not been scheduled.
Roman was sentenced to six months in state prison, three years of probation and 100 hours of community service. He was also ordered to pay court costs and cost of prosecution and, as part of the probation, to have no contact with animals for three years.
"These animals were exploited to breed and fight each other to the death," says Adam Leath, the ASPCA’s newly appointed Southeast Director of Field Investigations and Response. "We hope to continue our work in investigating these types of cases to rid the nation of this cruel sport."
Every pet parent knows that dogs and cats can’t have chocolate—and, really, they shouldn’t eat candy of any kind. But with Halloween right around the corner, we don’t want our animal companions to miss out on the fun! Check out these easy treats for your pets.
Halloween Cat Cookie
Your kitties will love the fishy flavor of these tasty treats.
1/4 cup warm water 5 Tablespoons parmesan cheese 3 Tablespoons soft margarine 1 Tablespoon cod liver oil 1 cup white flour 1/4 cup soy flour
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. 2. Combine water, cheese, margarine and oil. 3. Add flour and form dough. 4. Roll to 1/4 inch thick and cut with small holiday cookie cutters. 5. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden.
Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Pooch Treats
Your dog will love the taste and enjoy the crunch!
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour 1/2 cup fresh or canned pumpkin (not seasoned pie filling) 1/2 cup peanut butter 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 cup water as needed
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, pumpkin, peanut butter and cinnamon in a bowl. 3. Add water as needed, but the dough should be stiff and dry. 4. Roll to 1/2 inch thick and cut with holiday cookie cutters. 5. Bake for about 40 minutes, or until hard.
Special Note: Remember these recipes are treats and should not replace your pet’s regular meals. Please check with your veterinarian if your pet has special dietary needs or food allergies.
We applaud the United States House of Representatives for the passage of the Veterans Dog Training Therapy Act. This innovative bill, introduced by U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm (D-NY), would establish a program where service members suffering from PTSD could train shelter dogs to be service dogs for disabled veterans.
“When more and more servicemen and women are returning from overseas with PTSD and other injuries, this bill will allow for our veterans to get the therapy and assistance they need and will give some worthy shelter dogs very good homes,” says Nancy Perry, Senior Vice President of ASPCA Government Relations.
The Veterans Dog Training Therapy Act was one of six bills that address veterans’ health issues to pass unanimously in the House this week. The ASPCA thanks Rep. Grimm, himself a veteran, for his leadership on this important legislation to support our nation’s veterans and shelter dogs.
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Animal cruelty is a crime in every state. And one of the most important actions you can take is to report suspicious behavior. But who do you call? Great question. The police department that covers your city is required to investigate complaints of animal cruelty. There may also be an animal control agency or humane society who conducts these investigations. But regardless of who handles the case, chances are without your phone call the abuse will go unreported.
"By making a complaint to the police or humane society in your area—you can even do so anonymously—you are making sure that animals in need are rescued and that perpetrators are brought to justice," says ASPCA Special Agent Joann Sandano.
If you live in New York City, you can file your complaints directly with the ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement department, at (212) 876-7700, ext. 4450, or [email protected]. To find contact information for your local shelter, visit the ASPCA's searchable shelter database.
Say it Loud, Wear it Proud. You don't have to be a cop or humane agent to help fight animal cruelty, all you need is the courage to call them. Help spread the word with this 911 shirt—and speak for those who can’t.
We’re at it again! The ASPCA’s Field Investigations and Response Team is on the ground in Kentucky assisting in the evidence collection, sheltering and placement of 118 dogs seized last Thursday during a puppy mill investigation. The dogs—mainly small breeds such as Papillons, Dachshunds and Poodles—were living in deplorable conditions on the property.
In puppy mills across the country, breeder dogs like those rescued in Kentucky often suffer with little to no medical care, inadequate food and no break from misery. They are treated as puppy‐making machines. And when they can no longer breed, they are simply discarded.
"Simply put, these dogs are considered a cash crop—the more puppies they can crank out, the more money the mills can make,” says Cori Menkin ASPCA Senior Director, Puppy Mills Campaign. “When the dogs can no longer produce, they are deemed worthless, just like broken equipment."
With your help, the ASPCA remains at the forefront of ending the cruelties associated with puppy mills. Stay tuned to aspca.org for more information as this story develops.