Petition Update:Dog Salon Shuts Down After Owner Is Accused Of Dragging And Choking Dog To Death | Care2 Causes

By: Judy M.
Paw’sh (“Posh”) Paws in Cumming, Georgia, called itself a dog grooming business, but dogs seemed to be subjected to more of a nightmare than a pampering experience.
Earlier this month, the Cumming Police Department had their first-ever case of felony animal cruelty, when they arrested Michelle Root, the owner of Paw’sh Paws.

Root now faces several charges, including a felony, related to her alleged role in the recent killing of Meko, a dog in her care, and another charge of alleged abuse that led to the death of a dog in 2016.

Meko, a three-year-old Portuguese water dog wheaten terrier mix in perfect health, was brought into Root’s facility to be groomed on October 7. Eric Francis, a friend of the dog’s owner, went to pick Meko up later in the day and was informed that Meko had had a seizure and needed to be rushed to an animal hospital, which pronounced him dead.

The “seizure,” however, was allegedly a cover-up.
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After Meko’s death, an employee of the boutique reported to the police that the dog had been beaten and choked to death by Root.
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“Allegedly the owner had the dog by a leash and was kicked multiple times in the side of the head and the dog was drug across the pet salon and was hit up against the table and washtub and was hung by the leash very gruesomely,” Deputy Chief Aletha Barrett of the Cumming Police told Fox5.

Another report, this one obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, stated that Root kicked and choked Meko and then “dragged Meko to the front of the store, banging Meko against the washer and other objects before throwing Meko on the table and attempting to finish Meko’s grooming.”

When Sean Scott, a Georgia resident, heard about this extreme cruelty, he was heartbroken and furious. Determined to ensure that no more animals would have to suffer at Root’s hands, he started a Care2 petition demanding that the Cumming City Council and the Georgia Department of Health shut down Paw’sh Paws.

“This hurts me to my core. There is no excuse or rationality for brutalizing and killing someone’s pet,” Scott wrote in his petition.

Plenty of Care2 members agreed with him, and his petition gathered over 78,000 signatures.

“Pet owners bring their dogs to their groomer expecting to be able to trust that their family member is in good hands and it sickens me to see that this woman could treat a dog this way,” wrote Dayna Y. from Georgia.

“She needs to be prosecuted for cruelty, pay a fine and go to jail. Also, she should never be allowed to own a pet store again and Paw’sh Paws should be closed for good,” added Nancy T., also from Georgia.


Thanks to all those Care2 members who signed Scott’s petition, as well as the numerous activists who called police and other victims who shared their previous problems with the salon, Paw’sh Paws is now closed.

Care2 has created numerous successful petitions that seek to bring animal abuse to light and shut it down, including the cancelation of four cruel sheep races in the U.K. If you have an issue that is deeply troubling to you, as this one was to Sean Scott, why not create your own petition? Check out these guidelines and you’ll see how easy it is to get started. Pretty soon Care2 members will be signing up to support you!

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Lawsuit: Louisiana Black Bear’s Delisting as Endangered was Premature | Global Justice Ecology Project

Lawsuit: Louisiana Black Bear’s Delisting as Endangered was Premature

Posted on November 7, 2017 by GJEP staff

Washington, DC — Survival of the Louisiana black bear requires that it regain protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, according to a notice of intent to file suit released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The filing contends that the 2016 delisting of the Louisiana black bear was extremely premature, based on false premises, and flew in the face of a wealth of the best available science – the standard that is supposed to govern Endangered Species Act (ESA) decisions.
The bear was listed as threatened under the ESA back in 1992, but the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) declared it recovered last year and removed that designation. This decision came despite the fact that the Louisiana black bear has lost 99% of its historic population (with only an estimated 700 bears remaining in the wild) and more than 97% of its historic range.

The PEER notice is co-signed by the Atchafalaya Basinkeeper, the Delta (Louisiana) Chapter of the Sierra Club, the Louisiana Crawfish Producers Association-West, as well as by three eminent Louisiana black bear experts. It argues that the recovery plan relied upon by FWS in its delisting decision actually puts the bear in greater jeopardy, by –

Opening the subspecies up to hybridization with black bears introduced from Minnesota;
Increasing its mortality from vehicle collisions and poaching, the two leading causes of deaths; and
Ignoring habitat loss, especially climate change-induced inundation of bayou swamps, while identifying “recovery corridors” that are not even connecting.

“Delisting the Louisiana black bear was a badly misguided attempt to pull an Endangered Species Act success story out of the hat,” stated PEER Senior Counsel Paula Dinerstein, noting that if the FWS does not re-list the bear within 60 days, then PEER and its co-signers may sue FWS to force that action. “We do not believe stripping the Louisiana black bear of all federal protections withstands judicial scrutiny.”

The Louisiana black bear is one of 16 subspecies of the American black bear. Noted for its narrower and flatter skull, adult males can weigh more than 600 pounds. President Theodore Roosevelt once famously refused to shoot a treed Louisiana black bear because it would not be sporting. The incident went viral (in an early 20th century fashion) with the print press dubbing it “Teddy’s bear” – thus popularizing a stuffed animal bearing that moniker.

The notice also points out that even if the population levels relied upon in the delisting are taken at face value, the population densities are well below normal for well-managed black bear populations.

“Unlike its treed ancestor that received a reprieve, today’s Louisiana black bear is in imminent and deepening peril,” added Dinerstein. “We fear the Louisiana black bear, as a distinct subspecies, will not survive its so-called recovery.”
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Indonesia governor cracks down on bloody dog-boar fights

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November 7, 2017 / 6:20 AM / Updated 11 hours ago

Indonesia governor cracks down on bloody dog-boar fights
Agustinus Beo Da Costa
JAKARTA (Reuters) – Authorities in Indonesia’s West Java province have called a halt to contests pitting dogs against wild boars, following media coverage of the bloody spectacle and pressure by animal rights activists, the provincial governor’s spokesman said on Tuesday.
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Last month, Reuters reported that cash prizes of up to $2,000 were being given to dogs victorious in the fights, which villagers call ‘adu bagong’, or boar fighting.

Owners of participating animals said they saw the fights as a way to preserve a regional tradition, besides testing the agility and hunting abilities of the dogs.

“Not all traditions that we have are good,” said Ade Sukalsah, a spokesman for provincial governor Ahmad Heryawan. “If a tradition has a bad influence and impact on people’s lives, the tradition must be eliminated or forgotten.”

Heryawan’s decision to halt the fights was based on Indonesian criminal law provisions against the torture of animals, he added.

The shows “have a negative impact on the community by showing cruelty, torture and violence against animals,” Sukalsah said.

They were also a forum for gambling, he said, adding that Heryawan had issued a circular to regional officials, urging police and the local community to help enforce the law.

Sukalsah said the decision was made in response to “some media reports from Reuters, the BBC and then some animal protection NGOs that sent letters to us.”

The practice, which began in the 1960s when wild pigs were hunted to protect crops, has angered animal rights groups who created an online petition demanding the halt.

Reporting by Agustinus Beo Da Costa; Writing by Fergus Jensen; Editing by Clarence Fernandez
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U.S. to suspend use in Colorado of ‘cyanide bombs’ to kill wild animals

November 6, 2017 / 7:59 PM / Updated 21 hours ago
U.S. to suspend use in Colorado of ‘cyanide bombs’ to kill wild animals
Laura Zuckerman
(Reuters) – The U.S. government will suspend the use of so-called cyanide bombs to kill wild animals on public lands in Colorado as well as plans to kill dozens of mountain lions and black bears there, federal officials and conservationists said on Monday.

The legal agreement was struck between Wildlife Services, a branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture charged with killing so-called nuisance animals like coyotes, and conservation groups.

The deal was the second of its kind in less than a week and came as controversy mounted about the agency’s use of M-44s, which critics term “cyanide bombs.” The spring-loaded devices emit sodium cyanide and are blamed for accidentally killing pet dogs in Idaho, Wyoming and elsewhere.

Colleen Adkins, attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity, said on Monday the aim of lawsuits filed by activists in western U.S. states against Wildlife Services was “to combat cruel treatment of wildlife.”

A spokeswoman for Wildlife Services did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

The Colorado agreement stems from a lawsuit filed in April in U.S. District Court in Denver by the Center for Biological Diversity and others. The groups alleged Wildlife Services violated federal law by failing to fully assess the potential impact of the killing of cougars and bears in Colorado on other native wildlife like protected Canada lynx.

Federal officials also had planned to shoot as many as 45 mountain lions and 75 bears in western Colorado over three years in a move to fight the decline of mule deer favored by hunters.

Under terms of the Colorado deal, Wildlife Services will assess the likely consequences of its predator-control activities on other wildlife and the environment by August 2018 and suspend the use of M-44s on public lands in the state, court documents showed.

Federal officials will also suspend plans to kill cougars or bears there to boost deer numbers, according to court documents.

Last Wednesday, a U.S. judge approved a settlement between Wildlife Services and environmental activists tied to a lawsuit they filed in California that similarly alleged the U.S. agency had failed to conduct a thorough environmental analysis of its killing of wild animals in Northern California.

Under that accord, Wildlife Services suspended for at least six years its practice of gunning down coyotes from helicopters and airplanes, and using traps to kill creatures in wilderness areas in 16 Northern California counties.

Reporting by Laura Zuckerman in Pinedale, Wyo.; Editing by Peter Cooney
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