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PLEASE SIGN: Justice for Dog Shot So Severely His Leg Was Amputated

(Photo credit: Derby Police Department via Facebook)


PETITION TARGET: New Haven State’s Attorney Patrick J. Griffin

Joe Taglieri

UPDATE (11/3/2022): A judge has granted Derby permanent custody of Thunda, which will allow Shelton/Derby Animal Control to start making long-term arrangements for this innocent animals. Meanwhile, Singletary is scheduled for a plea hearing on Dec. 16 and Perrin is scheduled for a next proceeding on Jan. 12, according to court records.

Perrin is facing misdemeanor counts of conspiracy to commit ill discharge of a firearm and conspiracy to commit first-degree reckless endangerment and felony counts of conspiracy to commit cruelty to animals and two counts of risk of injury to child; Singletary is facing misdemeanor counts of conspiracy to commit ill discharge of a firearm, conspiracy to commit cruelty to animals, conspiracy to commit first-degree reckless endangerment and felony counts for criminal possession of a firearm and two counts of risk of injury to a child. We’ll keep watching this case. — Lady Freethinker Staff


A young German shepherd had to have his leg and shoulder amputated after being ruthlessly shot twice, allegedly by his owners, in Connecticut.

One bullet shattered the dog’s front leg and another round embedded in his shoulder, according to News 12 Connecticut. Due to his gruesome injuries, the dog — now named Thunda — had to undergo an amputation and receive around-the-clock care at a veterinary center, whose staff added his road to recovery will be long. 

Police had received a call, allegedly from the dog’s owners, saying the injured animal appeared to have been hit by a car. An investigation involving surveillance footage and guns found in the people’s possession near the scene of the bloody incident led authorities to believe the callers, who deny they own Thunda, actually shot the dog, according to news reports.

Stranja Perrin, 28, and Anthony Singletary, 27, now face animal cruelty, firearm and child endangerment charges, according to media reports.

Intentional acts of brutality against animals must not be tolerated. Sign our petition demanding authorities treat this case with the severity it deserves, and call for a lifelong ban on having animals.

Anyone with information about the investigation is asked to call the Derby Police Department at 203-735-7811.


Captive Elephant Apparently Tortured With Bullhooks and Ridden by Humans at Roadside Zoo Must be Freed – ForceChange

Photo credit: Natural Bridge Zoo


Target: Karl Mogensen, owner of Natural Bridge Zoo
Goal: Release Asha (aka “Beautiful”) the elephant to an accredited sanctuary.

Barney Mitchell

Asha the elephant has been imprisoned under torturous conditions her whole life. She is apparently forced to give rides to zoo visitors and is abused by painful bullhooks, all for the zoo’s profit. It is time to rescue this poor elderly elephant.

Recently, Asha was renamed “Beautiful” by the Natural Bridge Zoo, which is imprisoning her in Virginia. It is suspected that the name change was intended to hide the fact that Asha is still being inhumanely imprisoned after all these years of efforts to free her.

Reportedly, the Natural Bridge Zoo has faced numerous investigations regarding the neglect of Asha. She apparently lives in solitary confinement in a tiny enclosure, has received inadequate medical care, and has been forced to endure brutal Virginia winters, which is particularly cruel for an animal from Africa.

Furthermore, Natural Bridge Zoo was apparently fined for six violations of the Animal Welfare Act and was also cited for failing to have Asha under control while providing forced rides to humans.

All in all, Asha’s existence sounds tragic and must be remedied. It is long past time for Asha to be sent to an accredited sanctuary to live out her remaining years in peace.


Dear Karl Mogensen,

Your roadside zoo has kept Asha the elephant long enough. She has made you a lot of money and generated tremendous publicity for your business. It is time to let her go. Please release her to an accredited sanctuary as soon as possible.

Asha has lived a long and hard life. She has apparently been forced to give rides to humans, to live in solitary confinement in a tiny enclosure, has received inadequate medical care, and has been forced to endure brutal Virginia winters, which is particularly cruel for an animal from Africa.

If these allegations are true, Asha’s continued imprisonment in your zoo is terribly inhumane and must be remedied. Please release Asha (aka “Beautiful”) to an accredited sanctuary where she can live out the rest of her life in peace.


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FDA warns against consuming certain raw oysters distributed to 13 states after reported illnesses


By Steve Almasy, CNN

(CNN) The Food and Drug Administration is advising people in 13 states not to eat certain raw oysters from South Korea after at least one person in Las Vegas got sick with a virus that can cause diarrhea and vomiting.

The Southern Nevada Health District informed officials of two clusters of illnesses from a restaurant in Las Vegas, the FDA said. At least one person was confirmed to have sapovirus illness and nine others potentially had the same sickness. The oysters were served October 28 and November 5.

According to the FDA news release, sapoviruses cause a sporadic gastroenteritis and the most common symptoms are diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and stomach pain.

Symptoms usually show up within 48 hours, the FDA said.

“Consumers, especially those who are or could become pregnant, the elderly, and persons with weakened immune systems, who have recently consumed raw oysters in (13 states) and suspect they have food poisoning should seek medical care immediately,” officials said in the news release.

In addition to Nevada, the FDA advisory applied to consumers and sellers in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

The oysters were harvested February 6 and were exported by Dai One Food Company, the FDA said.

“The Korean firm has recalled frozen half shell oysters, frozen oyster IQF (individually quick freezing), and frozen oyster block harvested from the same harvest area” on February 6, FDA officials said.