Sunday, March 19, 2017

ASPCA assists local Sheriff's Department in Wisconsin animal cruelty case

At the request of the Forest County Sheriff’s Department, the ASPCA assisted with the removal, transport and sheltering of 30 wolf-dog hybrids and 14 horses from a property involved in an animal cruelty investigation in Crandon, Wisconsin.

The ASPCA also assisted with evidence collection, forensic exams, veterinary care, and medical triage of animals on scene. The owner was arrested on cruelty-related charges, and other charges are expected to follow.

The arrests and seizure are the result of an investigation that began after local authorities received numerous complaints from local residents about the owner breeding wolf-dog hybrids on her property and animals frequently escaping, posing a public safety risk.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

ASPCA releases new data showing remarkable progress for homeless dogs and cats

The ASPCA has released national shelter estimates showing dramatic decreases in shelter intake and euthanasia of homeless dogs and cats. The ASPCA reports that an estimated 1.5 million companion animals are euthanized in U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year, a decrease from about 2.6 million estimated in 2011.

Contributing to this reduction is an 18.5 percent increase in national adoptions. An estimated 3.2 million shelter animals are adopted each year (1.6 million dogs and 1.6 million cats), up from 2.7 million adoptions in 2011.

“This is tremendous progress for America’s dogs and cats, and is the direct result of innovative, life-saving programs and hard work from local shelters, rescues and national organizations, like the ASPCA, to end homelessness and needless euthanasia of shelter animals,” said Matt Bershadker, president & CEO of the ASPCA. “It also reflects the public’s dedication to rescuing homeless animals.”

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Palm Beach County pet stores allegedly violate puppy mill ban

A new investigation by the Humane Society of the United States reveals that several pet stores in Palm Beach County, Florida, appear to have violated local laws designed to prevent their buying from breeders with animal welfare violations, while other stores were apparently violating laws that require the disclosure of certain information to potential buyers.

A Palm Beach County ordinance, which went into effect in 2016, requires pet shops to make information about where the puppies come from visible to consumers. It also requires that pet stores buy only from breeders without severe or multiple (three or more) recent violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act. Under the USDA regulations, breeders must provide a clean cage, food and water, but they can keep a dog in a wire cage for its entire life, as long as there is six inches above the dog’s head, and in front of his/her nose.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture conducts inspections of federally licensed pet breeding facilities and, until last month, published their inspection reports online. However, on February 3, shortly after the new administration took office, USDA removed all the puppy mill inspection records from its website, rendering the most critical part of the Palm Beach County ordinance essentially unenforceable.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Help is on the way for Nashville's Community Cats

February is Spay & Neuter Awareness Month and this year Mars Petcare and Pet Community Center are joining forces to provide humane care for nearly 2,500 local community cats.

Community cats are outdoor, free-roaming cats that have lived near us for more than 10,000 years. They have strong bonds with one another and with their established outdoor homes. With support from community cat programs, they can live full, happy lives in our communities.

Mars Petcare will fund Pet Community Center's Community Cat Program, which focuses on spay and neuter efforts of the community cat population as a critical way to lower the number of cats entering local shelters.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

FDA cautions pet owners not to feed Evanger's and Against the Grain canned pet foods

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising pet owners and caretakers not to feed their pets certain lots of Evanger's canned Hunk of Beef or Against the Grain Grain Free Pulled Beef with Gravy canned dog food after unopened cans from both brands were found to contain pentobarbital, a barbiturate.

Pentobarbital is a drug that is used in animal euthanasia. It should not be in pet food and its presence as detected by the FDA in these products renders them adulterated.

The FDA was unable to determine from available records whether any other Evanger's or Against the Grain products made with beef contain any of the beef that went into the recalled products.

Friday, February 10, 2017

ASPCA urges USDA to restore public access to animal inspection reports

The ASPCA is urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to reverse its decision to remove public documents from its website related to the inspection of facilities licensed under the federal Animal Welfare Act, including zoos, commercial dog breeders and research labs.

The removal of these materials from the USDA’s Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service website will enable those who wish to operate undetected to profit from the mistreatment of animals.

“The ASPCA has deep concerns about the impact of the USDA’s decision to reverse a decade-long commitment to transparency by removing Animal Welfare Act inspection and enforcement records from its website. Obstructing access to this vital data endangers the lives and safety of animals the USDA should be committed to protecting,” said Matt Bershadker, ASPCA president and CEO.