Why “free to good home” can be a death sentence for your dog

This image, of a dog given way in Boston on Craigslist, is making the rounds on Facebook.

 This image is making the rounds on Facebook. I have a difficult time looking at things like this, partly because I'm sent these kinds of pictures daily. It can be overwhelming and, after time, desensitize you.But for some reason, this one caught my eye. Maybe it's because I'm sympathetic to the "need to rehome" situation. We were there a few years ago, when I brought home a little pup to foster, decided to keep her, and then started having major behavior problems with her. In short, new dog … [Read more...]

Animal cruelty and the problem of cockfighting (video)

This week has seen a lively discussion about wholesale commercial dog breeding facility planned for Gorham, NY. It's been interesting to hear from both sides and to see the passion that people have for the humane treatment of dogs.Here's a story from the Humane Society of the United States that should make you think beyond puppies: cockfighting.When animal lovers think of blood sport in the animal world, they usually think of pit bulls and Michael Vick. But Dr. Oran Smith, the executive … [Read more...]

Year-End Study Names 2011′s “Five Best States to be an Animal Abuser” (Where does your state rank?)

The best and worst states for animal abuse laws

The Animal Legal Defense Fund this week released its annual report ranking animal cruelty laws across the nation, and according to the report Kentucky, North Dakota, Idaho, Iowa, and South Dakota are the five best states in the country to be an animal abuser.Based on a detailed comparative analysis of more than 4,000 pages of statutes, tracking fourteen broad categories of provisions, the report recognizes the states where animal law has real teeth and calls out those like Kentucky – the s … [Read more...]


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