Case Update: Despite a city appointed committee finding “clear and convincing evidence” that Louisville Metro Animal Services neglected a dog named Sadie causing her months of suffering before she was finally euthanized, prosecutors have declined to file any charges, citing lack of evidence. (Thank you Clarice for the link.)
A sad turn of events in Minnesota following the resignation of Animal Ark executive director Mike Fry: the new director is proposing an end to the shelter’s long standing no kill policies and making a bid to start killing animals. (Thanks Arlene.)
The Lawton Animal Shelter in Oklahoma is under investigation by the state Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners after two dogs starved to death at the facility. (Thanks Clarice.)
Wally Barber, a recently retired ACO in Snohomish Co, Washington was reportedly confronted by a police officer responding to a complaint of a neglected goat on Barber’s property. After the police officer left, Barber shot the goat in the head and buried her. Barber, a 30 year veteran of AC, has been charged with animal cruelty and a gun violation. (Thanks Clarice.)
The link between domestic violence and animal cruelty can not be overstated: studies indicate that 48 percent to 71 percent of battered women have pets who have been hurt or killed by the woman’s abuser. Law enforcement and prosecutors need to take animal cruelty cases more seriously.
Two Fort Worth police officers came across a little dog loose on the interstate so they shut down the freeway then coaxed the dog into their squad car with a treat. The dog was later adopted. (Thanks Barb.)
Possible vacation destination: Japan has a fox sanctuary with over 100 foxes roaming around and the public can pay to hang with the animals. (Thanks Arlene.)