Kevin Myrick, an ACO with Iberville AC in Louisiana, was sent to the scene of a car accident on July 5 to pick up a loose dog. In the official report on the incident, ACO Myrick stated someone had run over the dog by the time he arrived. But at some point afterward, he reportedly told several co-workers, including at least one supervisor, that the dog was not friendly so he chopped him up with a machete. He has since been fired and arrested. (Thank you Clarice for the link.)
A Pennsylvania woman who had her animals seized in January 2014 by the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area under shady circumstances has been fighting in court ever since. Although the HS filed criminal charges against the owner, the DA refused to prosecute. In December 2014, the court ordered the HS to return her animals but by then, the HS had already killed some and sent others out of state. And in May 2015, a judge ordered the HS to pay the woman $3500 in legal fees. (Thanks Brenda.)
The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is reportedly cracking down on rescues, requiring them to adhere to the same standards (all surfaces must be non-porous, etc.) required of municipal shelters. Cat trees, newspapers, cardboard boxes and anything wooden are all against regulations and some groups are shutting down as a result. (Thanks Lita.)
A former employee at the Memphis pound alleges she was targeted by director James Rogers because of her religious beliefs. In one incident, she says he required her to recite scripture to prove she was being true to her faith. (Thanks Arlene.)
Delta, American and United Airlines have all banned the transport of buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion and rhino “trophies”, making it that much harder for rich, killy Americans to get animal body parts to decorate their walls and compensate for their own dead body parts.
Everyone loves this clip of Laura the lizard popping bubbles. (Thanks Karen.)