Written by Lindsay Pollard-Post
recently rescued 108
animals from three homes in
Duncanville, Texas, where
dogs and cats were found stacked in filthy, hair-encrusted, rusty cages and
confined to rooms in which urine and feces coated the floors—allegedly up to a foot deep. According to news
reports, the door to one room to which dogs were confined was sealed shut with
industrial tape and hidden behind a curtain, and the dogs had been deprived of
adequate food, water, and care.
woman responsible for these cats and dogs was apparently busy acquiring unadoptable
animals from at least one
local animal shelter
and running a "rescue" group.
like this are common and remind us how
animals suffer when people warehouse homeless dogs and cats for years—with no chance for them to run, play, or feel the
grass beneath their feet—as a "solution"
to quick and painless euthanasia. Animal shelters that
shirk their responsibility by handing over animals to anyone who says that they'll
take them—as shelters across the country are doing to make their euthanasia
rates look better in the face of pressure from the irresponsible snake-oil
salesmen who call themselves "no
kill" supporters—share the
blame for the suffering of animals at the hands of hoarders posing as "rescuers."
Beware, beware, beware!
euthanasia at all costs is not humane, and it is not a solution to the animal
overpopulation crisis. Until the flood of homeless animals is stopped through
spaying and neutering, euthanasia will remain a mercy for unadopted and
unadoptable animals. Spaying
and neutering are the keys to keeping
animals out of shelters—and out of "rescues"
that are worse than death.
Written by PETA
After hearing the story of Lynn Jones, a baggage
handler who, appallingly, was fired for protecting a suffering dog, we decided to do what her employer should have done—give her an
Jones was working at the Reno-Tahoe
International Airport in Nevada when she spotted an emaciated dog inside a
carrier in the cargo area who was covered with sores. The animal's paws were raw
and bloody, and he was too weak to stand. Jones doubted that he would survive
She refused to give in to her supervisor's
demands that she load the suffering animal onto a plane until, finally, airport
police called animal control, which arranged for the dog to receive veterinary
care. The animal was
eventually transported to his original destination, much to the dismay of Jones,
who said she would have been happy to adopt
"I wouldn't have traded that job for anything,"
Jones said "I wouldn't have risked it for anything. But I just couldn't
turn my back on that dog. ... My supervisor said it wasn't my concern, but
animal abuse is everyone's concern who sees it."
Apparently shamed by
the international attention Jones' story has garnered, her employer has now
reportedly reconsidered and offered
Jones her job back.
We'd say a new policy regarding the transport of obviously sick and injured animals
would be in order as well. Call it "Lynn's Law."
Written by Michelle Kretzer
A frantic PETA supporter contacted us after she witnessed an
underweight horse collapse and thrash around on the ground. It was clear to our
caller that this poor animal was in agony and likely suffering from colic.
Law enforcement was contacted immediately, but according to
our caller, when the officers arrived, "they just stood around her, watching
her suffer." A PETA staffer worked on getting a veterinarian out to the
horse, while the caller tried to track down the horse's owner. Within
an hour of the call to PETA, the horse was gently released from her suffering.
At our urging, detectives are now investigating the cause of
the horse's illness
as well as the condition of the other horses on the owner's property.
If you encounter an animal in imminent danger
and local officials won't help, call PETA to receive immediate assistance.
Written by Heather Faraid Drennan
We may never know how
more than a dozen pigeons, crows, seagulls, and other wild birds ended up
crammed into filthy cages in a hoarder's home, but when PETA heard about
the birds—who were spotted piled on the sidewalk after the hoarder was evicted—our
Cruelty Investigations Department
contacted animal control and alerted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
to potential violations of the state cruelty statute and federal Migratory Bird
Treaty Act, all the birds—some of whom appeared to be sick and suffering from
heat exhaustion—were seized, and officers launched an investigation.
Not only is it
illegal to possess most wild birds without a permit issued by the USFWS, these animals were also victims
a mental illness in which the hoarder compulsively acquires more animals than
he or she can properly care for. Animals are often "warehoused" in
filthy cages and carriers and denied clean water, adequate food, and veterinary
care. Accumulated waste and filth often lead to infections and the spread of parasites
and contagious diseases.
If you ever suspect
someone may be an animal hoarder, immediately contact law-enforcement
officials—following up if necessary to make sure that action is taken. PETA's report on hoarding
contains more information about how to protect animals.
Look at the photo below and you'll
see her—in between the fertilizer spreader and the recycling bin. No, that's
not a stuffed rabbit in the tiny cage behind the plastic toy truck—that's a
living, breathing being consigned to a miserable, lonely existence along with
the other things people stick outside
and forget about. This rabbit was never allowed out of the cramped metal cage, and
aside from her owner's tossing her some food and water once in awhile, she
never received any attention at all.
A concerned person saw the bunny and
knew that with the harsh northern winter already knocking on the door and only
an open staircase for "shelter," the rabbit might not live to see another Easter.
She tried talking the owner into surrendering the rabbit to her, to no avail. She
called PETA for help, and working with local law enforcement, we put pressure
on the owner to provide a suitable home for the rabbit. The owner soon tired of
hearing from both PETA and the police and agreed to surrender the rabbit into her
rescuer's waiting arms.
Now the bunny is living the sweet life indoors because of one woman's
persistence and dedication to justice for animals. She is proof positive that even
if you can't change the entire world, with a little work, you can change one animal's entire world.
Written by Michelle
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