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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Arggghhhhhh

I just accidentally deleted someone's email that was in my spam folder...
but the subject line said... "How Can I Donate?"

I clicked on Delete All instead of This I Not Spam... ARGH....


UUUUGGGGGGHHHHHHHH

If that was your email PLEASE email me again.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

GMA - on Puppy Mills BRAVO

READ the Whole story on the GMA website at this link

http://www.abcnews.go.com/GMA/ChristmasCountdown/Story?id=3910917&page=2

GOOD MORNING AMERICA'S Story on Puppy Mills

Imported Pets a Growing Business in U.S.

People Can Be Duped Into Buying Sick or Abused Animals on the Internet

Dec. 17, 2007 —

Americans were outraged earlier this year when imported pet food made
hundreds of pets sick. But what if you found out that thousands of puppies
are imported from Eastern Europe, South America and Mexico, and
they're already sick when they get here?

Man's best friend is also big business. Cameras caught a dognapper
in Southern California stealing 22 puppies from a pet store. He did it
because the dogs were worth about $30,000.

The Humane Society of the United States helped rescue close to
900 dogs from a Virginia puppy mill. The breeder was unlicensed
and agreed to surrender them, losing about half a million dollars in revenue.

Some people look into a puppy's big brown eyes and see green,
and now some in foreign countries want a piece of the action.

"We're seeing tens of thousands of these animals coming in,
produced on puppy mills in foreign countries, sold in the
United States often through Internet sites & and we're seeing
them treated like things and commodities," said Wayne Pacelle,
president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States.

When alerted of a shipment, the Department of Agriculture
inspects the conditions of puppies arriving at U.S. ports.
The department took pictures of inhumane conditions,
including a carrier meant for one dog with a makeshift
shelf to hold multiple puppies and plastic bags around
dog crates that ended up suffocating the animals.

Be Careful of Internet Sales

Chad Mullins bought a bulldog pup named Otis as a
surprise engagement gift for his girlfriend, Lisa Lekowski.

But the surprise turned to shock when Otis started
developing health problems  he had worms and trouble
breathing. As time wore on, Otis developed pneumonia and heart problems.

Mullins and Lekowski now believe Otis was imported.

"We had an appointment with the cardiologist, which he never
made it to, because he passed away," Lekowski said.

Otis lived for eight months after the engagement surprise
and died on Mullins' birthday.

"I feel awful about what he went through," Mullins said.
"You don't know how much you love something till it's
gone and that's how I felt when Otis passed away."

The Internet is full of sites that claim to be selling lovingly
raised local puppies, but actually deal in imports from
Eastern Europe, Russia, Asia and Central America.

Mattie Rodriguez bought Lola online. She says her
puppy was sick the moment she brought her home.
She says she later found out Lola was a Russian import.

"She has a million problems, and my vet says,
'You got a lemon,' but you know what,
I really love my lemon," Rodriguez said.

But she now warns other dog lovers about buying puppies online.

"Be very, very careful and do a lot of homework,"
Rodriguez said. "Don't be in a rush, don't fall in love
with the puppy because they're really cute and all cuddly.
If you want to get a good, healthy full-bred puppy, you
should wait and really do your homework on that breeder."

Dog Auctions

More than the dog's health is at risk, in some cases.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say
some importers are selling puppies before they're old
enough for a rabies vaccination. In March, a dog from
India flew through Seattle on its way to Alaska before
it was diagnosed with rabies.

"So if you're bringing in unvaccinated puppies,
there's a chance that a puppy is going to come
through that is incubating rabies, which is lethal for people,"
said Nina Marano, an animal importation expert with the CDC.

The CDC is currently proposing stricter regulations for dog imports.

"We want the puppies to have been vaccinated before
they come to the United States," Marano said.

Older, female breeding dogs can be imported as well,
and may end up at animal auctions.

Exclusive video from the Humane Society of the
United States' undercover investigation shows
auctions where breeding dogs are bought and sold.

The auctions are perfectly legal, but the Humane Society
went undercover to document the conditions of some of
the dogs face  cramped cages, cold temperatures,
no food or water for hours on end.

"It's not about providing companionship and canine
companions to American kids and adults, it's about
making a profit and doing it on the backs of these
poor creatures," Pacelle said.

What can you do?

The Humane Society of the United States says
consider buying a puppy from an animal shelter,
where one of four dogs are purebreds or a purebred rescue group.

If you still want to buy from a breeder, make sure
you meet the breeder and inspect the puppies' home.
If that is just not possible, request references and talk
to others who have purchased dogs from that breeder.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

HSUS Uncovers Deception at Beverly Hills -Pet Store to the Stars


The HSUS Uncovers Deception at Beverly Hills-Area Pet Store to the Stars




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The Humane Society of the United States Uncovers Deception at Beverly
Hills-Area Pet Store to the Stars

Employees routinely hide the truth about the origin of many of the store's
puppies and the health of the animals

LOS ANGELES (Dec. 11, 2007) - An investigation by The Humane Society of the
United States of an upscale pet boutique, Pets of Bel Air, reveals that
employees have routinely deceived customers by falsely claiming that all
puppies sold at the store, which is frequented by Hollywood celebrities, are
raised by private breeders and that the store doesn't buy from puppy mills.
In fact, HSUS investigators uncovered evidence that many of the puppies sold
there did come from puppy mills in the Midwest - factory-like operations
where the dogs are kept in barren cages and treated like production
machines.
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Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS, unveiled the results of the
undercover investigation today at a press conference at Los Angeles Animal
Services. A six-minute video report chronicling the months-long
investigation is posted at

The HSUS reviewed records documenting that at least 28 commercial breeders
in Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma have supplied Pets of Bel
Air with puppies. HSUS undercover investigators also visited five of the
suppliers that store management insisted are "private breeders" and not
"puppy mills." Each of those five locations, investigators discovered, are
actually mass-breeding operations that house 100 to 300 dogs.

"Even the trendiest, most upscale pet stores may sell puppies from puppy
mills," Pacelle said. "No consumer is immune to the lies and deceit. It
doesn't matter who you are or where you shop. This investigation shows that
a high-price and prestigious address are no assurance of a dog from a
reputable breeder."

State and federal inspection reports examined by HSUS investigators reveal
that some of Pets of Bel Air breeder/dealers have been cited for their
failure to comply with animal-welfare regulations, including inaccurate or
non-existent recordkeeping; inadequate shelter from the elements; rusted,
filthy and overcrowded cages; leaky roofs; feces-encrusted runs; filthy food
bowls and, at one Missouri puppy mill, a leaking waste disposal system that
"allows the waste to flow out onto the ground and on other animals." Two of
the breeders did not have a USDA license, which is required for commercial
breeding operations that sell puppies to pet stores.

The HSUS investigation, which took place earlier this year inside Pets of
Bel Air and at several of the Midwestern puppy mills that supplied the
store, reveals that Pets of Bel Air employees are encouraged by management
to be dishonest with patrons about some of the animals' origins and medical
conditions. Employees deny, for example, that any dogs come from puppy
mills, and when puppies in the store are sick, Pets of Bel Air employees are
encouraged to downplay the seriousness of their illness.

Pets of Bel Air employees stated that Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Denise
Richards, Demi Moore and Robin Williams are among the store's celebrity
clientele. In addition to selling puppies and other animals, the boutique
also sells pet supplies and offers grooming services.

Ed Boks, general manager of Los Angeles Animal Services, joined Pacelle in
calling on people to adopt from shelters and not patronize pet stores that
sell puppies. Pets of Bel Air is also out of compliance with city licensing
requirements, according to Boks.

"Los Angeles Animal Services has wonderful dogs of all shapes and sizes just
waiting for a loving home," said Boks. "The rich and famous who patronize
Pets of Bel Air instead of adopting dogs from animal shelters are sending
the wrong message that pet store puppies are worth their high price tags."

Author, psychologist and philanthropist Dr. Jana Kohl rescued her dog Baby
from a California puppy mill. Kohl and Baby were also on hand for the press
conference. Baby's vocal cords were cut by the puppy mill operator, and she
lost a leg due to the harsh treatment she received during her years as a
breeder.

The HSUS has been working to stop these cruel enterprises, using the courts,
the legislative process, undercover investigations, and public-awareness
campaigns. Last month, another HSUS investigation threw a spotlight on a
shocking puppy mill problem in Virginia, and rescued hundreds of dogs from a
single operation.

Facts:

* Adopting from an animal shelter, where one out of every four dogs is
a purebred, or from a purebred rescue group, can help stop the puppy mill
business.
* Puppy mills contribute to millions of unwanted dogs who are
euthanized each year in the United States.
* About 2,500 of the nation's 9,000 pet stores sell puppies.
* The HSUS estimates 2 million to 4 million puppy mill puppies are
sold annually in the United States.
* Mill puppies are more likely to have severe health problems, genetic
defects and behavioral issues.
* Documented puppy mill conditions include over-breeding, inbreeding,
minimal veterinary care, poor food and shelter, crowded cages and lack of
socialization.
* Dogs kept for breeding in puppy mills suffer for years and are bred
as often as possible before they are killed, sold through auction like used
cars or abandoned.
* Unscrupulous breeders use attractive websites to hide the truth and
to dupe the public into thinking that they are dealing with a reputable
breeder.
* Reputable breeders never sell puppies over the Internet or through a
pet store. They will insist on meeting the family who wants to buy the dog.


Media Contacts:
Heather Sullivan, 240-477-2251;
mailto: hsullivan@humanesociety.org

Rodi Rosensweig, 203-270-8929; mailto:rodicompany@earthlink.net


The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal
protection organization-backed by 10 million Americans, or one of every 30.
For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection
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2100 L Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20037


Celebrating Animals, Confronting Cruelty

Interested in taking action online to help animals? Then join our online
community! Go to:
https://community.hsus.org/humane/join

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

December 11, 2001 VCA killed my dog Bambi


In memoriam.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

On Saturday, December 8, 2001 five pets die in fire

In Memoriam



















Friday, December 07, 2007

Shocker Carson lied about dog that died...

First let me point out that our animal overpopulation problem is NOT because of the shelters or their employees it is because of the PUBLIC... the blanket donating and animal loving public who carelessly breed the family pet or just want to make their money back on an expensive store bought dog.

So while we are quick to point to the shelters, they did NOT create this problem, they are merely left to clean it up. And while like in this situation and many others, they are not handling things properly or well, or ethically, do we pay them well? Are we able to get good employees in there for this thankless and often times awful job where MANY MANY MORE animals are Killed than are adopted? Who would want to work there and look at DEATH daily??? Are you working there? Am I?

Who would want to see sweet highly ADOPTABLE friendly, housebroken, easy going dogs and cats and rabbits DIE simply because there is no room at the inn.

During this Christmas holiday I was reading a children's story from Highlights Magazine about a Mexican "shelter", where children learn about the Christmas by basically reenacting what Mary and Joesph went through. The children go door to door asking to be let in and being rejected until the last house. What we do to the animals is much worse than turning them away at the door, we let them in and then we kill them.

So while I am posting this email I received about what one shelter worker from the INSIDE said about the whole dead dog situation, and I agree with what they said this dog did NOT FREEZE to death, it died from lack of medical treatment, the cold weather did not help, I am posting this email with this qualifier, before you blame the shelter for spinning the spin, offer to step up and take this thankless and deadly job.

Pass AB1634

And then pass whatever we need to to get newer COUNTY shelters and higher paid and (hopefully with that... better staff).

DO NOT complain about the problem unless you intend to be part of the solution.



>>I have no idea who this person is. But when I went to send a reply to the email address, the email it bounced back with a message that delivery failed no such user ID.
This is what was sent to me.
Cathy

"I am writing this as an anonymous employee for LA COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL. I cannot tell you my name because I am afraid of retaliation. I know about the dog that died at Carson and headquarters has been lying about everything to cover it up because they are worried about the animal rights terrorists.

"I know Dereck, Michelle and Marcia are trying to claim the dog didn't freeze to death and that is true. The dog died in the cold and had not blankets, but it died because it was not getting the medicine it needed for kennel cough. We never treat the dogs for kennel cough and when we are suppose to we don't because there is no time and nobody cares. We have so much work to do everyday and we hardly get any money for it. We try not to tell management when animals are sick because they automatically kill them. There are more animals that die of the shelter more often, but the volunteers and animal rights people don't see them. We just dump the bodies and go on.

"The vets never do anything for the animals and if they do there is no follow up. Headquarter has been saying they will make things better and they never do. The big bosses are never around and nobody comes to see how bad the shelters are. So many staff has seen the press release they are using and we are all shocked and scared that they can be lying so much. They always fib BUT THESE ARE STRAIGHT OUT LIES!!!! The dog that died at Carson was not being treated for any sickness and was a really nice dog. The press release said that the medical staff began a new treatment plan what medical staff are they talking about. We have a vet but no medicine and nobody to give medicine. We always blame things on the rescues when something goes wrong. I heard the rescues we not told about this dog.

"I copied down this part from the press release because it bothers me the most:

"Unfortunately, on December 1, 2007 "Zephyr" died despite all medical efforts. Staff was holding out hopes that "Zephyr" would be removed before this happened. Staff often struggle between euthanizing a debilitated animal that potentially could have a home and holding on to the hopes of adoption.

"NOBODY CARED ABOUT THIS DOG! This is not because we are mean but they are trying to make it sound like people were doing things for this dog to help her but I am telling you we did not. This is all a lie to cover up for what they did because they got caught.

"The other BIG LIE is about the heat in the kennels. THERE IS NONE. IT hasn't worked for months. I know because I am their almost EVERYDAY!!! IT has been broken for a long time. The dogs are always cold and that is why they get sick and also because we don't vaccinate them like we are suppose to. AND THIS LIE MAKES US MAD TOO! "Zephyr" was also provided with a bed, blanket, and access to an indoor kennel space. NO DOGS GET BEDS EVER! They only have blankets now because of the animal rights people. THAT DOG NEVER HAD A BLANKET THE WHOLE TIME SHE WAS HERE!!!!"<<

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Lancaster and Downey Still Needs Blankets and towels

NOTE... ALL shelters NATIONWIDE probably need donations of Blankets Towels and Newspapers... call a shelter need your (also rescue groups can also use donations).

Updates on delivery of blankets to Downey and Lancaster:

I went to Downey last night and delivered an SUV full of blankets and towels. They were very nice there and appreciative and unloaded all from my car for me. (No one offered to help at all at Carson) They said to continue to bring blankets and towels as they can always need them. They have heat and washing facilities but Downey has a lot of puppies right now and they especially like to have soft bedding for them. Downey personnel also said that they go through blankets and towels fast because sometimes they are too soiled to wash up very good, so have to be discarded.

Below is message from a Best Friends volunteer who went to Lancaster today:

The folks at L. shelter were in awe of how many wonderfully cuddly blankies, towels, beds, etc., etc. they got today. It was beginning to get cold and windy there, and I'm sure all the animals are going to appreciate their holiday gifts. It felt so good to be a part of such a giving and thoughtful bunch of animals lovers. I was really jazzed as two of my doggie charges and I drove away. I told them of the second load coming in on Sat. All you guys are great!

Gail

I spoke with Lancaster this morning and they also want to continue to receive blankets and towels and were appreciative on the phone. We have more going to Lancaster and Downey on Saturday.

Thank you so much for all who have helped with this.

Thanks for running me over - via Craigslist


http://losangeles.craigslist.org/lgb/pet/499584086.html Thanks for running me over! To the big white SUV that hit me and took off, Thank You. Since you broke my pelvis in 3 places, gave me lots of cuts and bruises and scared the bejezus out of me, you might think it odd that I am seeking you out to thank you. You see, I've never been cared for, treated well or loved. I was dumped as a puppy into a cold County shelter, I was scared and alone. One day a woman came in to adopt me and I was so happy. She took me home and chained me in the backyard and kicked me when I barked or peed. I slept on the concrete in the cold and my skin got infected, but she didn't help me. I wished for better days back at the shelter. One day my person untied me and took me out front and let me run free..boy was that fun, but when I came back home she was gone. There was no food or water, even my chain was gone. I waited and waited and cried, but she never came back for me. I was getting really hungry and thirsty and hit the streets. Sometimes someone would throw me food, or I'd find garbage and I'd drink the water in the street. I was cold at night and my skin was hot and itchy. This was no life. Then one day as I ran across the street, you hit me..oh boy did it hurt, but I was so lucky that a nice person came to help me. It was the first kindness I'd seen in my short life. They wrapped me up in a warm towel and took me to the emergency vet. I heard them talking and the nice person couldn't afford to pay for all the vet care I needed, but he got me some pain pills and food and water and a pretty purple collar..collars are sure better than chains. He took me home and kept me warm, even let me sleep on his couch! Who knew there were such things? He found someone who thought I should go see the Vet again and what a great place...I'm warm and I get lots of attention and IV fluids, not to mention the pain medication and they hand feed me..I feel like a king! I should have gotten hit by you a long time ago. Now I need surgery which I hear someone is going to pay a lot of money for..who knew I was so special? I knew in my heart if I waited long enough I'd find someone to love me. I'm such a good boy. I still need a FOSTER HOME to help me get through my recovery and a PERMANENT HOME, but I know you are out there. If I was lucky enough to be hit by a car and cared for by these great people, I know I'm lucky enough to find someone to love me and give me a REAL HOME. Someday I'll go back to visit my friends in the shelter and tell them there are happy endings, sometimes they just come in strange ways. So don't worry about me, hope your car wasn't as hurt as my pelvis...I'm a happy, lucky boy.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Dog Freezes at Carson, CA CBS 2 News REPORT

http://cbs2.com/video/?id=54196@kcbs.dayport.com

Drop Off

1.) Take blankets to the following of 3 drop off points in LA if you can't make it to Carson Shelter: CONTACT us for more detailed information... OR take them directly to a shelter near you!!!

- CENTRAL LA:
Best Friends LA
West 3rd St.,
LA CA 90039


- VALLEY:
Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505


- EAST LA:
Silver Lake Blvd.
LA CA 90039

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO TAKE BLANKETS TO THE SHELTER YOURSELF, PLEASE DO! SEE BELOW FOR THE LOCATION:

Click HERE for ALL LA county Shelter Locations... FIND ONE NEAREST YOU!!

http://animalcare.lacounty.gov/locationByCity.asp


CARSON ANIMAL SHELTER

http://animalcare.lacounty.gov
216 W. Victoria St.
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 523-9566
Hours:
Monday – Thursday 12 PM – 7 PM
Friday and Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM
Closed Sundays and Holidays
Directions:
Between Main & Broadway, 2 blocks south of
91 Freeway. Please note: Victoria St. is the same as 190th St. The shelter has a Gardena mailing address

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Dog FREEZES at Carson, CA Animal Shelter


DOG DIE DUE TO COLD AT CARSON, CALIFORNIA ANIMAL SHELTER

Dogs are Dying from Cold Due to Lack of Heat or Blankets in Los Angeles County Animal Shelter in Carson, CA

Los Angeles, CA; December 2, 2007 – A 10 month old puppy died last night due to cold and lack of adequate shelter in the County of Los Angeles Animal Shelter. A few days ago a plea among rescuers went out requesting blankets be sent to the Carson Animal Shelter. Cold cement floors, lack of heat and only a few warm blankets and towels for the couple hundred animals housed at this old run-down Animal Shelter were the conditions a puppy died in last night in a suburb outside of Tinsel Town.

Just a few miles from Rancho Palos Verdes some of the wealthiest land owners in Los Angeles and less than 30 minutes from Beverly Hills where lucky pets such as Paris Hilton’s Chihuahua Tinkerbell are adorned in jewels and the highest of pet fashions, this puppy did not stand a chance. Los Angeles both county and city have a very low adoption rate. Which means it has a very high kill rate in certain shelters 75% or more are “euthanized” due to pet overpopulation.

But Los Angeles has a dirty little secret with one of the highest pet overpopulations in the country. “In Los Angeles pet are disposable.” Two county shelters Downey and Carson are known for the heavily overpopulated Pit Bulls and Chihuahua. “Ignorant and selfish people keep over breeding them and the number one reason pets are turned into the shelters is because the owners are moving.” Judy Crozier, filmmaker of FREE to a Good Home said. “If you want a Tinkerbell of your own go to Downey, there has to be several illegal breeders near that shelter as it is constantly overflowing with Chihuahua’s.” Crozier continued. “I hoped some good would have come out of the attention Paris Hilton’s Tinkerbell received, that people would look to shelters for Chihuahua’s.”

“The breeds you all LOVE so much are ALL dying in Los Angeles Shelters. From a purebred Maltese I rescued from a City shelter last year to the severely overcrowded Lancaster shelter where you can find Poodles to purebred Golden’s.” Crozier continued, “the problem is people want a pet immediately; they want to go pick one out and find the pure bred. Finding that perfect pet takes time. Finding the right match also takes time and the commitment to raising a pet takes even more time, love and money.”

Crozier has been making a fictional feature film, FREE to a Good Home, for the last few years. “The film constantly gets sidelined by my rescue work.” Crozier states. The movie is about one girl’s journey into the animal rescue world and the film is nearing the final stages of post-production.

“I always picked up stray animals along the road, just like a lot of people do.” Crozier continues, “But when I moved to Los Angeles to attend grad school at USC, I did the same thing with the first puppy I found on campus. I stumbled into this immense world of Animal Rescue. And I began to see the even larger problem Los Angeles has with pet overpopulation. It all lead to my making the film. I kept saying to myself, ‘someone should do something.” Crozier goes on to say, “With all the power of Hollywood, and all the filmmakers concentrated here, was no one really seeing what I was seeing?”

Crozier mentions, “Although we are still seeking donations to help complete the film, we are farther than we have been. Juggling a full-time job, full-time rescue work and full-time editing has not worked. At the urging of my cast and crew I have slowed down my rescue work to focus on editing. But that gets harder to do when situations like these arise. When I should be spending my extra income on editing costs no doubt it will be redirected to buy or transport blankets to the Carson shelter.”

Crozier and the film have suffered severe tragedy that has set back both her life and the film. On December 8th 2001 she lost her home and five of her pets to an electrical fire. But Crozier has continued to work on editing the film even though the footage is unbearable for her to watch at times. With the anniversary coming next Saturday this is not an easy time of the year.

Crozier urges the public to please take old blankets and towels to Carson or any shelter near their home as they are all in need during the winter season.

To take blankets or towels to Carson please deliver them to:
LA County: Carson Shelter 216 W. Victoria St. Gardena, CA 90248
For a county shelter near you check out this website
http://animalcare.lacounty.gov/locationByCity.asp
For City shelter information go to:
http://www.laanimalservices.com/

Additional information about rescued pets can be found at: http://www.1-800-save-a-pet.com/shelter69824-pets.html and more information about the film can be found at: http://www.freetoagoodhomemovie.com. Or contact Judy Crozier at 310.492.5569 or via email at freetoagoodhome [at] aol.com.
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