Treats on the Internets

Great article from no kill shelter director Mike Fry on transports and how they don’t necessarily save more shelter pets but rather pad lazy directors’ live release stats.

Nathan Winograd’s response to the California Sheltering Report.

After being charged with 60 felony counts including racketeering, the former director of the Boggs Mountain shelter in GA spent 2 hours in jail then went on a cruise.

Charges against the former Caldwell Co, KY pound director have been dropped due to a technicality.  Prosecutors may seek a new indictment.

In San Diego, cops were caught on video brutalizing an Iraq war veteran at a trolley station.  Police contend there was a public safety concern due to the behavior of the veteran’s dog.  The owner says his dog is not a public threat and showed officers proof that he is a registered therapy dog.  (Thanks Jan for the link.)

A large rescue organization in Costa Rica started a marketing campaign to instill increased value in their mixed breed dogs by creating breeds for every individual.  (Thanks Arlene.)

Hell Yeah:  Buddhist monks on patrol on the Tibetan plateau, protecting snow leopards from poachers.

5 thoughts on “Treats on the Internets

  1. From the Bogg’s Mountain story – “Shelters and other professions, such as those involved in
    agriculture and veterinary medicine, are exempt from animal cruelty under Georgia law.”

    WTF? Now I’m wondering if that’s the case in my state? In other states?

    1. Yes it’s generally the case. Shelters have to be exempt because they kill dogs and cats – not because the shelter staff is being attacked, not because the dogs are killing their sheep, nor any other common exception to animal cruelty laws. If shelters weren’t exempt, they could be prosecuted every day of the week.

      On Sun, Sep 15, 2013 at 10:46 AM, YesBiscuit!

  2. Really nice to see the marketing campaign in Costa Rica! THAT’S innovation to get adoptions. Got to think outside the box, people.

  3. That clip from San Diego is outrageous, there is no excuse for such bullying strongarm tactics against people. It certainly looks like the “vicious” dog was simply curious and the boot didn’t come down until the vet tried to record one of the cops badge numbers.
    On a nicer note, go Monks! Good to see the Great Compassion in action.
    Is there any way we can get Buddhist monks to go about our cities and educate the police in compassion toward citizens?

  4. To the person above who made a comment about shelters being exempted from the law- youd be surprised at who is exempted from our laws that really shouldnt be. Fracking from natural gas companies are exempted from the clean water act, yet fracking causes huge problems for our aquifers/water supply. Just something to think about.

    Also, that San Diego story is outrageous, I agree. I have seen way too many stories this past year about trigger-happy cops who abuse people and animals alike rather than asking questions first and then reacting later. Its got to stop.

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