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Watch this scared seal jump onto a boat to escape hungry killer whales | WPMT FOX43

WARNING: Video contains profanity

VANCOUVER ISLAND, B.C. — A seal narrowly escaped being eaten by some hungry killer whales off of Vancouver Island on Monday.

The mammal jumped onto the back of a tour boat to escape the swarming pod of orcas.

Nick Templeman, who runs Campbell River Whale and Bear Excursions, captured the moments after the seal took refuge on the boat.

“Once he got a look at the boat, he made a straight beeline for us,” Templeman said.

As if a seal jumping on your tour boat wasn’t exciting enough, things got even more interesting for this sightseeing group. About a dozen orcas started circling the boat trying to find their prey.

“We had four or five orcas all at once sitting at the back of the boat straight up and down sort of looking at the seal,” said Templeman. “They would dive and they would all disappear — about 12 of them — and you can see shape after shape trying to come up from under the boat.”

The tour group was boating off the coast of Vancouver Island, which is off Canada’s Pacific Coast. The area is known for it’s vast whale watching adventures.

“The seal did get scared during the encounter,” said Templeman. “He would get in the water, swim back up and get back on the boat.”

Templeman, who has been whale watching for 20 years, said he hasn’t seen an orca hunt this extreme.

“This was not one family group but three or four family groups.”

After about 30 minutes, the whales gave up and moved on.

“The seal took a few minutes, went into the water, hesitated around the engines and then left,” said Templeman.

Kirk Fraser, who posted the video on YouTube, wrote about the video: “We were out with the family looking for whales and a pod of 12 transient killer whales where chasing the seal. It ripped towards the boat in a desperate escape and scrambled on the deck. It fell off three times in panic and finally stayed on until the whales gave up after about 30-45 minutes. Most intense epic experience ever. Love you Nature. What a lucky seal”

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‘It looks so fake!’: Adorable ‘googly-eyed’ squid spotted off California coast | WPMT FOX43


CALIFORNIA – A research vessel exploring the ocean off the California coast recently captured footage of a “googly-eyed” Stubby squid, and the video has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times since it was posted to YouTube on Friday.

The video was shot by a team from the E/V Nautilus, which uses a remotely operated underwater vehicle to explore the ocean floor.

As the vessel approaches the cephalopod, the team can be heard trying to determine at first whether it is an octopus or cuttlefish.

As the ROV gets closer to the creature, however, the team’s attention quickly shifts to its unusual-looking eyes.

“They look like googly eyes … It looks so fake!” one woman exclaims in the video. “It’s like some little kid dropped their toy.”

Two others in the video comment that the eyes look as though they were painted on.

The team later determined the cephalopod was a Stubby squid — also known as Rossia pacifica — which is closely related to cuttlefish, according to a description of the video posted by the team that captured the footage.

“This species spends life on the seafloor, activating a sticky mucus jacket and burrowing into the sediment to camouflage, leaving their eyes poking out to spot prey like shrimp and small fish.”

Stubby squid live in the Northern Pacific between Japan and Southern California, and are usually spotted at a depth of about 300 meters, though sightings have occurred at much lower depths, according to the page. The one in the video, for example, was located 900 meters below the ocean surface off the coast of California.

The Exploration Vessel Nautilus is a 64-meter research vessel operated by the Ocean Exploration Trust, which is among a number of organizations that funds the Nautilus Exploration Program, according to its website. Other agencies funding the operation include the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration and the Office of Naval Research.


Lady-Color Now Approved for Lady-Hunters, Thank God | Grist

One small step for big-game sport, one big step for feminism: Hunters can now wear pink!
New York has joined Wisconsin and Colorado in adding hot pink as a designated hunting gear color, alongside the standard “blaze orange,” to attract more women to the sport.

Assemblywoman Eileen Gunther noted to The New York Times that by making hunting gear the color that all women biologically — and that’s a fact — prefer, they will attract “the next generation into the great outdoors.”

Sure? Many hunters are outspoken conservationists, because you can’t skin a deer if the deer have succumbed to the death knell of warmer climes and deforestation. But of all the ways to get young women interested in the great outdoors, hunting is one of the more niche. After all, there are myriad woman-friendly nature appreciation activities that don’t require disemboweling a large mammal — like serenading bluebirds in a sunlit field, for example.

Why might women be — statistically speaking — less inclined toward hunting than men? Could it be because we are too gentle a sex to handle the death of an animal, or because of our innate hatred for sensible shoes? No — it is because things like this happen!


Cruel Pig Wrestling Contest Cancelled At Indiana County Fair | Care2 Causes

For the past few years, teams of four people could pay $30 to try to catch a pig in a muddy pit at Indiana’s Allen County Fair. Once they grabbed hold of the terrified, squealing pig, the team had to put it on top of a barrel. If they accomplished this in 45 seconds or less, the team won a prize.
Does this “Pig Wrestling Contest” sound anything like “good, clean fun?” That’s exactly how Greene County 4-H Council President Russ McDonald described it recently.

“I mean, I guess it is how you look at it, but I can tell you we are not abusing those animals,” McDonald told the News-Sentinel. He compared it to tussling with the family dog on the living room floor. The participants “are pulling and grabbing at them and wrestling around,” he said. “A hog is a rough, very hardy animal, and they do not get hurt.”

And as for the pig’s piercing, frantic squeals, McDonald said they’re perfectly normal. “Pigs are loud, and they start that squalling, and people think they are being abused,” he told the News-Sentinel. “That’s just the sound a pig makes. And running around in mud? This is what pigs do.”

McDonald and his fellow pig-wrestling fans point out that the rules for the Allen County Fair’s Pig Wrestling Contest ban “artificial catch devices” such as spikes and hooks, and state that unnecessary cruelty will not be tolerated. Team members who abuse the pig are disqualified.
Wrong. Not surprisingly, the River Valley Crawford County Humane Society (RVHS) in southern Indiana has a very different way of looking at this contest.

“It’s just a mistreatment of animals first and foremost,” Tanya Tuell, founder and president of the RVHS, told the Courier-Journal in February 2015. “If someone did this to a dog or a cat, they’d be charged with cruelty immediately.”

The RVHS tried unsuccessfully last year to convince the Harrison County Fair organizers to cancel the contest. Here’s a glimpse of the “good, clean fun” suffered by the pigs at that fair:

No Pig Wrestling in Allen County

Fortunately, this year Allen County’s prosecuting attorney, Karen Richards had better luck than the RVHS. After receiving complaints about the pig wrestling contest at the Allen County Fair, Richards looked up Indiana’s animal cruelty and neglect statute.

“Since when does terrorizing farm animals amount to a fair event?” she told WANE. “Substitute your cat or your dog for the pig and you get the idea of what the statute is for.”

Richards told the News-Sentinel she found there could be “possibly a violation” regarding these laws, so she sent an email to the Allen County Fair’s organizers. “I thought I’d give them a heads up,” she said.

The warning worked. This year’s pig wrestling contest at the Allen County Fair was cancelled.

A sign — which fair organizers denied posting — was placed near the fair’s entrance. “Thanks to Karen Richards, the Allen County Prosecuting Attorney, there will be no Pig Wrestling,” it said.

I mean, I guess it is how you look at it, but that sign could be interpreted two different ways. Here’s hoping it was expressing sincere gratitude for Richards — although I doubt it.

Other county fairs in Indiana have also stopped having pig wrestling contests, according to WANE, but these cruel events continue to be held around the country. The Chouteau County Fair in Montana, for example, is holding one on August 19 as a fundraiser.

The Golden Harvest Seed Pig Wrestling Contest requires participants to put the captured pig in a barrel “rear end first.” I suppose it’s better than stabbing bullfrogs, but this is still a terrible idea.


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Police officers widow speaks out on DNC

In the video a moment of silence for the police officers who lost their lives…they had to yell out black lives matter… apparently black police officers do not matter… Hypocrites!!!


Disturbing video shows tiger attacking tourist at safari park; woman killed during rescue attempt | WPMT FOX43

Posted 7:46 PM, July 25, 2016, by Tribune Media Wire
BEIJING — A tourist was killed and a woman was seriously injured after being mauled by tigers at a wildlife park in Beijing on Saturday.

Editor’s note: Some viewers may find the video below disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised.

Surveillance video captured the moment when two visitors got into a verbal argument while driving through the tiger enclosure at Badaling Wildlife Park.

A woman is shown exiting the vehicle and walking to the driver’s side when she is attacked by a tiger and dragged away.

A man and a woman jump out of the vehicle and chase after the tiger. The woman was reportedly attacked by a second tiger during the attempted rescue, according to NBC News.The first woman was seriously injured but is expected to survive.

According to the park’s rules, all guests must keep their windows closed and doors locked while visiting the park.


Four Hero Military Dogs Receive First-Ever Medal Of Courage Awards | Care2 Causes


When men or women in the U.S. military perform exceptionally heroic acts, they are awarded with a Medal of Honor, the highest recognition of personal valor above and beyond the call of duty.

But what about military dogs who are exceptionally brave? No dog has ever been awarded a Medal of Honor. And the Purple Heart, awarded to military personnel who have been killed or injured while serving, hasn’t been awarded to a dog since World War II.

“The use of military decorations is limited to human personnel who distinguish themselves in service to the nation,” Department of Defense spokeswoman Eileen Lainez said in 2010, the American Kennel Club reports.

Although the Department of Defense may refuse to honor these four-legged heroes, they are finally getting some of the recognition they deserve.

The inaugural American Humane Lois Pope LIFE K-9 Medal of Courage awards were presented earlier this month to four dogs at a ceremony on Capitol Hill. The awards are sponsored by the American Humane Association (AHA), which has worked with the U.S. military for a century, and philanthropist Lois Pope.

“In the Army, we don’t honor our dogs,” said Retired Army Specialist Brent Grommet, whose partner, Matty, received an award. “They don’t get the recognition they deserve. They don’t get the medals. So, I think it’s perfect. I think it’s about time we recognize our dogs for what they are.”
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Meet Matty and the three other military heroes who received the first-ever Medal of Courage awards.



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Grommet and Matty, a Czech German shepherd, worked together as a bomb-detection team in Afghanistan. Matty saved the lives of Grommet and others in their unit more than once. While dodging mortar fire during an ambush, Matty and Grommet managed to clear a helicopter landing zone of IEDs (improvised explosion devices).

The two were riding in a truck when it was hit with roadside bombs. Both were flown back to the U.S. to be treated for their injuries. Although Grommet had completed the paperwork to adopt Matty, his beloved partner was mistakenly given to someone else. With the help of AHA, they were eventually reunited. Now Matty is a service dog for Grommet, continuing to have his back as he helps him deal with his visible and invisible war wounds.


This black Lab served four combat tours in Afghanistan as an explosives-detection dog, saving many lives by tracking down IEDs buried in the sand and hidden out of sight. For seven months, Fieldy also provided emotional support to his handler, U.S. Marine Corps Corporal Nick Caceres.

After Fieldy was honorably discharged from the service, AHA helped reunite him with Caceres, and they continue to be inseparable.


Bond, a Belgian Malinois, served on 50 combat missions, with three tours in Afghanistan. As a multi-purpose dog, Bond helped saved plenty of lives by apprehending enemies and detecting explosives. But both Bond and his handler, who was not identified due to security reasons, suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

When he returned to the U.S., poor Bond knocked out his own teeth trying to chew his way out of a kennel during a thunderstorm. He was adopted by his former handler, and the two support each other as they deal with the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder. His handler said Bond will help make his transition back to civilian life much easier.


For a year, Isky, a German shepherd, and his handler, U.S. Army Sgt. Wess Brown, worked together to protect the lives of VIPs, from the Secretary of State in Africa to the President of the United States in Berlin. While on tour in the Middle East as an explosives-detection dog, Isky discovered five IEDs and 10 weapon caches. He also found a 120-pound bomb buried nearly two feet underground.

Unfortunately Isky lost a leg when he was struck by an IED, but he continues to work – as a PTSD service dog for Brown. “I feel safe with him every time we go anywhere,” Brown told ABC News. “That’s why he’s around.”

Photo credit: American Humane Association.


Petition update · [Breaking News] Korea’s plan to expand puppy mill industry upsets animal activists ·


Plz sign! South Korea: Pass the amendment to Animal Protection Act!

by Carrie Ann Anderson · 53,713 supporters
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[Breaking News] Korea’s plan to expand puppy mill industry upsets animal activists
Carrie Ann Anderson
Baltimore, MD, United States

Jul 17, 2016 — Sharing news from the Korea Observer:

This is the first of a series of articles on the puppy mill trade in South Korea. The next article will expose the breadth and scale of the international teacup puppy trade, which originates in South Korea, and its links with the finance industry.

Animal activists are outraged about the Korean government’s plan to expand the puppy and pet trade in a bid to boost the economy.

President Park Geun-hye said at the 10th official trade and investment meeting on July 4 that stripping red tape from the pet industry will encourage investment and make the pet industry grow more than three times by 2020.

Under the plan, the government will provide financial incentives to those who open new puppy mills or those who upgrade their facilities to meet its new guidelines.

The plan also includes licensing auction facilities to sell pets and allow registered pet stores to sell animals online.

AJ Garcia, president of the Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth (CARE), said the entire animal welfare community in Korea feels backstabbed by the government, which invited them to the national assembly three times over the past few months to discuss puppy mills and ways of reducing cruelty in the pet industry.

We really thought that puppy mill’s would be banned,” Garcia said.

“If not banned, there would be a lot more regulation. That’s what we were led to believe. We had the public on our side and wanted to use this momentum to discuss cruelty in the dog meat industry. So, everyone’s just as upset.”
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Petition update · BREAKING: 79 3-Strike Wild Horses and Burros will be SOLD! ·

Bring emergency shelter and shade to captive wild horses and burros
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BREAKING: 79 3-Strike Wild Horses and Burros will be SOLD!
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Jul 9, 2016 — Dear Friends of Wild Horses & Burros,

All of the wild horses and burros known as the #Nevada79 have received 3-Strikes and are now considered Sale Eligible thus losing their protections. 12 are located at the Palomino Valley Center outside Reno, Nevada and 67 are located at the facility in Fallon, Nevada known as Indian Lakes. Go here to see the list:

Let’s make sure none of them go to kill buyers signing on the dotted line and lying to BLM.

Most of these wild horses and burros will be put on the Internet Adoption for Sale starting next week here:

Let’s get them into loving homes in pairs. Let’s get all of them to safety!



Anne Novak
Executive Director
Protect Mustangs

Protect Mustangs is an organization who protects and preserves native and wild horses. We are a member of the Alliance for Wild Horses and Burros

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World’s Saddest Polar Bear Dies After 22 Years In Concrete Pit



.                                  You are Free Arturo Rest In Peace

July 5,2016

By Sarah V Schweig

Arturo, the only captive polar bear in Argentina, died of complications from old age on July 3 at the Mendoza Zoological Park. He was 30 years old.

Known as one of the world’s saddest animals, Arturo lived in conditions that animal advocates said made him go “insane.” He often exhibited stereotypic behaviors, repetitive movements that arise from the stress of captivity.

In the last few years, hundreds of thousands of people signed petitions calling for Arturo’s rescue from his concrete pit in the arid South American climate, which can reach temperatures as high as 100 degrees in the summer.

“Arturo spent a lifetime in conditions that I think would be inherently stressful and unkind to him as an animal,” Barry MacKay, senior program associate at Born Free USA, told The Dodo. MacKay was part of the movement in 2014 that tried to have Arturo relocated to a zoo in Canada, where the climate would be more appropriate for him.

“What we were trying to do with the petition was to give him some environment that he spent so many years evolving to live in,” MacKay said. “Every part of a polar bear’s body is designed for snow, for ice, for predatory habits and roaming huge distances. For 30 years Arturo was deprived of it.”




And this deprivation didn’t go unnoticed. “The heat must be unbearable for him, making his lonely life that much worse,” one concerned resident of Argentina wrote. “Seeing the pictures of his despair and suffering is so hard to bear. Could you please reevaluate his situation.”

But some doubted whether Arturo was healthy enough to make the trip, and the Mendoza Zoo refused to give him up.

Now, it’s just too late.


“It is with the heaviest of hearts to inform you that Dear Arturo gave up his fight to live, and passed away today,” an advocacy page for Arturo announced on Facebook on Sunday. “Arturo I wish you had known of the so many people worldwide who loved you, who fought for you, who tried so hard to bring your plight more awareness.”

For many animals in captivity, things really are changing. The Buenos Aires Zoo recently announced that it would release many of its 2,500 animals to wildlife reserves and convert the 140-year-old institution to a park focusing on education.


But for Arturo, who arrived at the Mendoza Zoo when he was just 8 years old, after being born and spending his early life in captivity in the United States, change just didn’t happen fast enough.

“I think it’s a tragic situation, and I hope that we can put an end to keeping these animals in environments that aren’t good for them,” MacKay said.


Elderly wounded dog abandoned in ditch restored by Animal Aid


Petition update · Perdue Announces Groundbreaking Policy to Improve Lives of 680 Million Chickens ·


Tell Chicken Giant Perdue to Stop Appalling Animal Abuse
by Mercy For Animals · 181,713 supporters
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Perdue Announces Groundbreaking Policy to Improve Lives of 680 Million Chickens
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Jun 27, 2016 — Thanks to you and the nearly 182,000 others who signed this petition, today, Perdue Foods, one of the nation’s largest poultry producers, is announcing a precedent-setting commitment to improving animal welfare.

While there is still work to be done, Perdue’s commitment is the most comprehensive animal welfare policy ever adopted by a major chicken producer. Of the more than 8 billion chickens killed for meat annually in the U.S., Perdue’s policy will reduce the suffering of nearly 680 million birds on 2,200 farms.

Citing the “five freedoms,” a set of ethical imperatives for farmed animal welfare, the policy outlines the company’s efforts to implement on-farm improvements, such as environmental enrichment and natural light; curb malicious abuse; and eliminate cruel live-shackle slaughter.

Perdue also addresses the unnaturally rapid growth rates of chickens, which cause incredible suffering to birds—crippling them under their own weight, rendering them immobile, leaving them in constant pain, and causing many to die of organ failure. Additionally, the policy mandates annual third-party audits and increased video surveillance—including of transport areas—to deter instances of illegal animal abuse.

Most notable is the policy’s commitment to replacing live-shackle slaughter methods with less cruel Controlled Atmosphere Stunning, a move that will spare millions of birds from the horrific suffering caused by dumping, shackling, shocking, and slitting the throats of conscious animals. This change is even more meaningful given that chickens, who comprise 95 percent of land animals raised and killed for food in the U.S., are excluded from the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act.

With this announcement, it’s never been clearer that the days are numbered for many of the poultry industry’s cruelest practices. Perdue’s policy represents important progress and we look forward to seeing the company establish deadlines for the implementation of these crucial changes. Perdue’s policy will also hopefully inspire other companies to adopt similar meaningful animal welfare requirements.

It’s now time for Tyson, Foster Farms, and other poultry producers to stop dragging their feet and reduce the needless pain and suffering animals endure on factory farms and in slaughterhouses.

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10 Amazing Dads From The Animal Kingdom | Care2 Causes


Not all non-human animal dads are cut out for family life, but there are a number of species who have become known for their role as fathers who deserve a salute, from giant water bugs who carry dozens of eggs on their backs to males who actually get pregnant and dads who operate solo as single parents. This Father’s Day, it’s time to celebrate some of the amazing dads from the animal kingdom who go above and beyond when it comes raising and protecting their young.

Red Fox


Male red foxes aren’t just loving mates, but excited and protective fathers. They take on the task of providing food for their mates every few hours for about a month after she gives birth. Then they take on the role of teacher – but teachers who like to take time out to play. Even when it’s time to get serious and teach their young how to start finding their own food, fox dads help them out and make sure they don’t really go hungry by hiding it near their dens.


Red Fox Family
Emperor Penguin

After females lay a single precious egg, Emperor penguin dads take over the responsibility of incubating it by balancing it precariously on their feet and keeping it warm under their feathers in the frigid Antarctic weather while mothers go off to feed. Dads can go for about two months without eating until the egg hatches, at which point he will feed it before mother’s return to give them a break from baby-duty.


Emperor Penguin Protecting Offspring from the Cold

Sea Horse

Seahorses, who are also known to mate for life, have reverse roles; the females compete for males, and the males don’t just play a role in pregnancy, but actually get pregnant. Females deposit their eggs in the male’s pouch, where he fertilizes and carries them until tiny baby seahorses emerge fully developed. According to Science Daily, the process of male pregnancy is unique to the fish family Syngnathidae, which also includes pipefish and sea dragons.
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Black seahorse among seaweed

Spotted Sandpiper

It doesn’t happen every time, but sandpipers have been found to reverse roles where female sandpipers establish and defend territory, while taking on multiple male partners. After luring a male to mate with and laying her eggs, she takes off to find another mate. Dad meanwhile stays to incubate the eggs and becomes the primary caregiver for the young for the first few weeks of their lives.


Spotted Sandpiper

Gray Wolf

Despite the myths surrounding wolves that make them out to be villains, alpha male are loving, loyal and protective mates, fathers and leaders. Also known to mate for life, males who breed will guard their partners and pups while they’re in the den and take on the responsibility of finding everyone food. Even as pups grow older, dads will take on the role of teacher, helping them learn their role in the pack and the world.


Mother and Son

Great Horned Owl

Great horned owl dads are the stereotypical breadwinners in their families. After finding the perfect home with their mates, male great horned owls take on the role of provider by hunting enough to feed himself and his mate, who is bigger than he is, before taking on the added responsibility of hunting for their young when they hatch.


Grumpy Owl

North American Beaver

Beaver dads are devoted family men, handymen and providers in the animal world. They mate for life and take on a co-parenting role in raising their young until they’re about 2-years-old, while helping care for them and teaching them how to become successful ecosystem engineers before they go off and start families of their own.

In 2012, a beaver in Martinez, Calif., known as “Dad” raised fears about what would happen to his young after his mate died from an infection, but he showed us he could do it all as a single father of three.


Beaver Wearing Leaf

Titi Monkey

Male titi monkeys, who are known for monogamous relationships, are also known for the strong bond they build with their young as primary caregivers. Except for time spent with mom nursing, babies spend the rest of their time being carried around, cared for and protected by their fathers for the first few months of their lives.


Titi Monkey


As members of a polygamous species, male rheas have a lot of partners, but when it comes to child-rearing these dads pull their weight and then some. Males can have up to a dozen or so female partners who all lay eggs in a nest he builds before they leave. Males then take on the role of incubating and guarding what can be more than 50 eggs for close to two months before taking on the role of a single parent after they hatch. Males have also been known to adopt orphaned chicks who have been separated from their brood.


Nandu Greater Rhea

Darwin‘s Frog

Darwin’s frog dads, who are native to South America, have come up with a neat and bizarre way to protect their offspring from predators. While they breed like other amphibians, where females lay eggs in the water that are fertilized by males, the males of this species take the fertilized eggs into their mouths, store them in their vocal sacs and keep them there until they’re fully developed frogs — at which point he throws them up.


Petition · PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE TO END DOG CHAINING! Take a moment – to end a LIFETIME of suffering! Thank you! ·



Petitioning U.S. House of Representatives and 2 others
Donna Hughes Trinity, U.S. Outlying Islands

Help end one of the worst forms of animal cruelty in our nation! Countless people leave dogs chained 24/7, some without food & water, some get tangled & die, many perish in the ice & snow, and blistering heat of summer. Until the laws are changed, we are forced to look away, as it is legal in most areas! The worst form of LEGAL DOG ABUSE currently known! A lot of this could be solved with spaying/neutering/education/organizations to build fences. We need your help, your voice, your caring heart & helping hands! Together we can make a differencve!

Some people say not being able to chain their dog is an inconvenience. Having a dog is an elective CHOICE.


Please spare a moment to sign, to end a LIFETIME of suffering for chained dogs! We must face this reality & identify this as unacceptable for our culture, in order to improve the standard of living for dogs AND people for generations to come. We must stand up & be a voice for the voiceless!

Like my Facebook Page, “Dogs Without Chains,” to read the latest news stories involving chaining issues, some with happy endings, & some tragic endings, involving our canine friends, those that need help, those that rescue, and those that abuse. Stay educated on the latest developments & breaking news about this subject. Some content may be disturbing, but reality is disturbing, and we need to start exposing the horrors of tethering, in order to get this on the radar of lawmakers at all levels of society, & really throughout the world.



Dog fighting is cruel, inhumane, and ILLEGAL IN ALL 50 STATES, yet the Humane Society estimates that approximately 100,000 people run dog fights in this nation. Dog chaining is also cruel & inhumane. How much dog fighting would be eliminated by a Federal BAN ON CHAINS, & why is one a federal crime, while the other is legal in most areas?

In most places, dog abuse in general is illegal, but chaining a dog 24/7 is legal in most areas, and is the worst form of animal abuse. It’s time to make some changes!

Dog Tethering is not just an Animal Cruelty Issue, but is also a Public Safety & Property Value Issue, as nobody would enjoy purchasing a home next to a ferocious chained dog.

Every signature will count! Each of you will be a voice for the voiceless! Your support will speak volumes to Law Makers!

“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.” ~Margaret Mead

What can you do RIGHT NOW other than signing/sharing this petition?

  1. Form a Committee in your area with the sole purpose of seeking a ban on chains in your County or City.
  2. Don’t publicize your efforts, in order to avoid opposition from forming & fighting you, keep it on the “down low.”
  3. Meet with your City Council/County Commissioners individually in private. They have to meet with you, it is their Civic Duty. Find out where they stand. Do not be afraid. Use the points below to sway them to your side. Avoid being confrontational, or accusatory.
  4. Once you have them on your side, attend a meeting, GET IT PASSED! *Guilford County Commissioners were asked to pass around a big heavy chain in their meeting, and hold it in their hands. A powerful message.

*Having victims of dog bite attacks present at the meeting, is also a good idea. The victims could speak briefly on what it was like to be attacked, but keep it short & sweet.

Studies show that dogs are made aggressive & territorial by chaining them, making them far more likely to attack if they break loose. According to the American Humane Association chained dogs are 2.8 times more likely to bite and approximately 25% of fatal dog attacks were from chained dogs.

*Your Community Leaders have sworn to protect Citizens, (especially helpless toddlers & the elderly,) by confronting & resolving this issue of dog containment in a humane and acceptable way, that also protects the animals.

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A report by the Humane Society:

More information to back up this claim:

*At your meeting have lots of support show up, but spread the word discreetly, so an army of opposition does not show up.

*Don’t show too many graphic images of neglected dogs, to avoid being seen as a crazy animal activist, (while that is really what I am I must admit), because it will likely turn them off. They mostly want to hear how it affects the community as a whole negatively.

  1. If successful, try the State Level, and reach out to other communities to help them get it passed! YOU CAN DO IT!

Table of Laws Concerning Tethering:

There is pending legislation in Nashville, TN, and many other places passing an Tethering Ordinance as you read this. Get it passed in your area!

*IT WILL TAKE THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY TO HELP ENFORCE A BAN. Be prepared to stay involved to see your ordinance through!

Points to make to your local lawmakers:

(It has been proven that approaching lawmakers from a PUBLIC SAFETY stance 1st, 2nd a PROPERTY VALUE ISSUE, and THIRDLY an ANIMAL ABUSE issue, highlighting the effects on the community & standard of living, as opposed to simply an Animal Abuse Issue is the most successful way to win them over to your side.)

*The law requires a fence for a pool but not a dog.

People are more likely to get attacked by a dog that breaks his chain, made more aggressive by the chain, than to fall in someone’s pool & drown. Why can a fence not be required for dogs? (SMALL PENS ARE NOT THE ANSWER).

*People have argued that not all dogs chained are abused, some are only temporarily chained for bathroom breaks. However, THE ONES WHO ABUSE CANNOT BE STOPPED WITHOUT LAWS. Guilford County, NC recently passed a law that dogs cannot be tethered without the owner present. Brilliant! They made it look easy!

Just as the terrorists in the world cannot be stopped without laws. Laws are for the PROTECTION OF CITIZENS, and in this case, pets as well!

*Are we to look the other way? Are we to teach our children to look away from the abusers? Are we to teach them to look the other way when we see a dog suffering on a chain, because it is legal, & there’s nothing that can be done?

I think our children deserve to learn MORE respect for animals than that, and the animals deserve more.

*Calling the police over and over and over on the same chained dog exploits the resources of a police department/animal control.

*In places where a ban on chaining is currently in effect, the law enforcement officers (who are actually working to enforce), are making 2 trips, instead of 30, and ultimately seizing the dog if the violation isn’t brought to compliance.

The EXTRA RESOURCES-time, gas, effort, NOT spent going to the SAME HOUSE 30 times to say the pitiful chained dog is within the limits of the law, is being spent adopting the dogs out.

Officers will have more time to rescue, and place, rather than chasing their “tails.”

I know this for a fact, because I have called 30 times on the same dog, as well as 30 of my neighbors, who have also made 30 calls on the same dog, all to reach the conclusion, that while the chained dog is rather pitiful, he is within the “limits of the law.”

*If the abusers chain their dogs & neglect them 24/7, there is nothing law enforcement can do without laws.

*Real estate values go down where there are chained dogs. Would you buy a house next door to a Chained Pit Bull?

I know people who were attacked by Pit Bulls who got off their chains. Some were nearly killed. Pit Bulls are cuddly teddy bears, unless chained, and neglected, then they become ferocious. Would you buy a house next door to a fenced pool or a chained Pit Bull? Which would frighten you more for your Grandma, or your kids? (Don’t forget to use the research listed above about chained dogs & attacks as listed under #4).

*In Drug Infested neighborhoods, dog fighting is prevalent. If we stop the chaining, we at least take that element away from those neighborhoods. The quality of life improves for everyone, not just the dog.

*A Federal Ban on Chains would cut down on, if not eliminate all the illegal dog fighting in this country.

Humane Society Video:

*Not everyone keeps their dog in the house. My personal opinion on that is, if people took the time to properly train a dog to know what is his, and what is not, the dogs do great in the home.

Dogs will stink up a house, IF the owner never gives the dog a bath, and never cleans.

If someone thinks a dog is SO nasty it can never be inside, even when it is zero degrees, WHY do they WANT a dog?

*If someone cannot afford an enclosure for the dog to go out in for fresh air, WHY do they need a dog?

*One vet bill can exceed the cost of an enclosure, as all dog owners know.

Does one really need a dog if they cannot afford fences & vet bills?

*If someone is gone all the time, and does not have time to give a dog love and attention, WHY do they want a dog?

I would love to have an elephant, or a giraffe. I love seals, walruses & penguins, but unfortunately,as much as I would like to have one, I do not have the resources, the time or the knowledge to have any of these creatures.

*Dogs find missing persons, lead the blind, find bombs, solve crimes, perform life saving tasks, hello! they are too smart to be chained & disregarded!

*People say dogs have lived outside for hundreds of years, but they were not CHAINED hundreds of yrs. ago & could get out of the rain! Tiny plastic houses would not have been the hiding place of choice of a dog 100 years ago. Many dogs are chained out with NO HOUSE & NO SHELTER!

*People go to jail for abusing animals, but isn’t chaining a dog 24/7 abuse? So why is it legal in many areas? Why?

*Show them how many places already have an ordinance banning chaining/tethering.

*Lastly, it would be beneficial for you to provide documentation of PROGRESS REPORTS in localities where this ban has ALREADY been passed, to show them it CAN BE DONE, and how it will benefit everyone. Do not show up without facts.

Here is a page dedicated to the Tethering Issue in Orange County, NC – where they have a 3 hour tethering limit. (I think Guilford’s ban on chaining unless owner is present is more effective, but regardless, here is the progress reported by Orange County:)

There is no progress report available as of yet for Guilford because their ban on chains just went into effect recently.

In NC, a law was passed,”Susie’s Law” that would hand down a 5 year mandatory jail sentence for abusing an animal. Yet chaining a dog 24/7 out in an ice storm or a lightning storm is ABUSE. Why are we not putting these people who chain their dog 24/7 in these conditions in jail? There is no logic here in NC regarding this issue, but a few of us are working to change that, even Susie, whose own Momma (Donna Lawrence) was attacked by a chained dog!

(Please see the uplifting movie “Susie’s Hope,” a story about a puppy that was beaten & set on fire, survived and was rescued by a woman who had been attacked by a dog on a chain, that she was trying to feed because the owners neglected it.) An amazing story that will offer you inspiration & courage!

My Opinion Piece leaves critics of this petition, absolutely nowhere to go. Pass it on:

So many dogs are suffering night & day in cold & hot temperatures while chained up. THIS IS NO LIFE FOR A DOG, or any animal, to be tied up 24/7. I urge State & Federal Law Makers to strongly consider the CRUELTY and NEGLECT of an animal, that is living his ENTIRE life out in the elements, while attached to a stationary object. The dog is an intelligent creature. When chained 24/7, they must wonder what they are being punished for.

See the story of the German Shepherd in New York, chained up in subzero temperatures:

See the story of Zeus, a beautiful Great Pyrenees Dog, chained 10 years in all sorts of bad weather:

See the story of the dog chained, while his owners ignored him, flood waters rose & he was stuck in the high water:

There was the German Shepherd who chewed off his own foot to escape his tether:

For my last example, see the story of Joseph, the dog chained for 10 years:

If these stories don’t tear your heart out, I don’t know what will.

Does it seem right & is it fair to permanently tie an animal to an object, an animal known to be unconditionally loving? If you think not, please sign & share!

Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.~Albert Schweitzer

There are no easy solutions, but I am willing to organize a group to build fences for pet owners. Critics of this petition, argue it will promote pet homelessness. However, there has got to be a better solution, than leaving these dogs on chains to suffer. SMALL PENS ARE NOT THE ANSWER. They don’t want to be cooped up, sitting in their waste either.

I understand that all God’s creatures can no longer be free to roam the Earth. Horses, cows, livestock must be fenced in. Birds are caged. Animals are kept in captivity in zoos. There is unfortunately a feral cat population in every town. Dogs are difficult to keep in certain areas where it is not safe for them to roam freely. Many folks do not like their dogs in their homes.

These are all problems difficult to solve.

Developing power and an infrastructure a hundred years ago in our country, was also a difficult problem to solve, but worth it. Finding the Titanic, was a difficult problem to solve, but worth it. Cleaning up the Twin Towers when they fell, and learning how to live in a world of terrorism has been, & continues to be a difficult problem to solve, but worth trying!

Dogs are a lot of work. They are like a 2 year old, that never grows up. But they are so loving, and kind. For me, they are worth everything I have to do, clean up, and buy. I love hearing them snore. It’s a precious Heavenly sound. Many people’s lives revolve around their dogs. So why are others so heartless? LET’S MAKE THIS PROBLEM, WORTH SOLVING!

You mean to tell me humans have entered into an age of technology, never foreseen by our Country’s forefathers, with the ability to see who you are talking to half a planet away, where everything can be accessed with the push of a button instantly, we can look up almost anything on our phones, in a place where 100 years ago you waited for communication by letter for weeks & even months. We put a monkey in space, brought him back, and men have walked on the moon, submarines dive deep into the ocean, jets transport us across the country in no time flat, but we can’t figure out how to solve a problem such as this? No way! It is unacceptable!

When I go to elementary schools to sing, the children always cry, sometimes uncontrollably, when I sing my song “Dog On A 10 Foot Chain.” Do we want to teach children, who obviously all have a heart for animals, that this is ok?

I can’t stand to see one more dog freezing out in the weather, or sitting in the pouring rain!

It’s not fair! Dogs are so much smarter than that! They are MAN’S BEST FRIEND. They deserve more than that. We owe it to them, to take care of them, if we take them in as pets!

Recently, in my local newspaper, (The Greensboro News & Record) here in NC, posted a photo taken of a dog sitting in his house, while SURROUNDED by vultures!

They were probably not even going to wait for him to die to try to eat him! The photo is posted on my Facebook page (Dogs Without Chains). The great thing is, the dog was taken by authorities, and Guilford County has a NO KILL shelter! So great news for that guy, but what about all the rest?

Would you want to be chained to something 24/7?

As people, when we are cold, we move around. Dogs tied up, cannot even move around enough to stay warm! It’s a hard life.

I wrote two songs, to touch hearts, and provoke change/thought/actions/ on this issue:

(“DOG ON A 10 FOOT CHAIN,” on You Tube)


I wrote both of these songs, after tossing & turning many nights, worrying about the dogs out there suffering.

None of God’s creatures want to be tied up out in the elements.

Additional Perspective:

According to the HSUS, dogs tethered for long periods can become highly aggressive. Dogs feel naturally protective of their territory; when confronted with a perceived threat, they respond according to their fight-or-flight instinct. A chained dog, unable to take flight, often feels forced to fight, attacking any unfamiliar animal or person who unwittingly wanders into his or her territory.

In addition to the psychological damage wrought by continuous chaining, dogs forced to live on a chain make easy targets for other animals, humans, and biting insects. A chained animal may suffer harassment and teasing from insensitive humans, stinging bites from insects, and attacks by other animals. Chained dogs are also easy targets for thieves looking to steal animals for sale to research institutions or to be used as training fodder for organized animal fights.

According to the HSUS, “Rarely does a chained or tethered dog receive sufficient care. Tethered dogs suffer from sporadic feedings, overturned water bowls, inadequate veterinary care, and extreme temperatures. During snow storms, these dogs often have no access to shelter. During periods of extreme heat, they may not receive adequate water or protection from the sun. What’s more, because their often neurotic behavior makes them difficult to approach, chained dogs are rarely given even minimal affection. Tethered dogs may become ‘part of the scenery’ and can be easily ignored by their owners.”

Please spread the word, and encourage everyone to sign this petition, to end this cruel existence.

Thank you for your support on this matter, and please help end the pain and suffering immediately!

Like my Facebook page, “Dogs Without Chains.”

Visit for more information.

Contact me at

An organization I admire greatly, is DOGS DESERVE BETTER. They rehabilitate dogs, after rescuing them from chains and pens. PLEASE DONATE TO THIS ORGANIZATION, OR A LOCAL SHELTER NEAR YOU to make a difference in the life of a chained dog! I have researched what they do, and they are a remarkable, outstanding, reputable, highly trained group!

If everyone who signed this petition gave one dollar to DDB or a local rescue near you, so many more dogs could be saved.

If you can’t give money, volunteer your time at a local shelter. Adopt a dog, rather than shopping for one.

There are way too many dogs in shelters, and approximately 7 million dogs each year will be put to death due to overcrowding.

This is another aspect of our society I would like to change. I have been told a huge help to that problem would be Puppy Mill laws in every State, making breeders accountable, reducing overcrowding. Eliminated tethering would also help, because while some have suspected unchaining dogs would make shelter numbers increase, it actually helps reduce, as it cuts down on unwanted litters of puppies for 2 reasons: 1. Chained dogs cannot escape an ambush romance, thus getting pregnant, 2. If the owner cannot afford anything better than a chain as containment, they likely have not taken the proper time & care to spay & neuter.


Thank you everyone!

“He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.” ~Harold Wilson

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” ~Victor Frankl

“The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind.” ~William Blake

A note to RADIO PROGRAMMERS: Please download my Public Service Announcement on this issue. This page includes important “Dog Holidays.” Airing this announcement on those dates, will create even more awareness.

Articles written on my Efforts to END dog chaining, one written by a Pulitzer Prize Winner:

Read the response of these 4th grade students, when asked what they thought of dog chaining, after their teacher posted an article about me that was in The Courier Tribune. Some truly heart wrenching answers!

“Dogs on chains get cold,” “Their owners forget about them,” “How would you like to be on a chain?” “What if you couldn’t reach your food or water?” “Dogs are people too,” “Dogs should be treated with love & kindness,” “No dog wants to be on a chain,” “Chaining a dog is just wrong.”
Sometimes grownups can learn a lot from a kid!

A final thought.

For those who have dogs, but do not want them inside their homes, it is cruel to leave a dog tied up, where predators could get them, the elements cause them to suffer, and where they are not shown love & attention. If you are someone that just chains them up, and spends 5 minutes a day with them, please find them a better home. Surrender them to someone who will love them. There are enough dog lovers in this world, just ask around, SOMEONE will take the dog for you.

I recently accepted a dog that was surrendered willingly by his elderly owner, previously chained, and he is such a smart dog. So much happier now. Living in the house, and already house broken, after a couple of weeks. He is such a joy. He’s finally learning words, which he didn’t know before, because nobody ever spent any time with him.

In my area, there are dogs on chains ALL AROUND ME, everwhere! It is unfortunately legal. You can’t call the authorities, unless they have no water, or no shelter. So they can be sitting in 2 feet of snow, or a hurricane, or a lightning storm, a tornado, or 110 degrees, tied to a chain, and there aint a thing anyone can do about it.

The authorities actually consider a tiny plastic house – shelter. A dog down the road from me had a house he could barely fit in, and it had a huge hole in the top. I made several calls to the proper authorities, and FINALLY after a MONTH or more, the owners bought the dog a new house. But there he was, on a chain, 24/7.

Here where I live, in North Carolina, you can’t go around cutting dogs loose. You will get shot, or arrested. We simply have to ban together across the United States, and ban the practice of this dog neglect/abuse!

Let’s truly make America, the land of the “free,” and the home of the “brave!” It takes brave people to make changes!

With gratitude, Donna Hughes

P.S. Let’s get a million to sign! If you will RE-share on each of the following DOG HOLIDAYS:

*Jan. 24, 2016: Change a Pet’s Life Day
*February is Unchain a Dog Month AND Responsible Pet Owners Month
*Feb. 8: Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week
*Feb. 15-21, 2016: National Justice for Animals Week.
*Feb. 20, 2016: Love Your Pet Day
*April Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month(ASCPA)
*April 11, 2016: National Pet Day
*Third week in April. Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness Week. An effort by the Humane Society of the United States
*National Pet Week – May 4-10
*National Pet month -May
*Mid-June: Animal Rights Awareness Week
*Take Your Dog to Work Day – June 20
*July 31: National Mutt Day. Also see Dec. 2
*National Dog Day – Aug. 26
*National Humane Education Society Founded 1948 – Sep. 15
*National Dog Week – Sep. 14-20
*October – National Pet Wellness Month + Adopt A Shelter Pet Month
*National Day of Animal Rights – Dec. 10

#EndAnimalCruelty #EndAnimalAbuse #EndDogChaining #NoChainsForDogs #ChainFreeDogs

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” ~Winston Churchill

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” ~Mahatma Gandhi

“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” ~John F. Kennedy

“The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.” ~Nathaniel Branden

“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.”~Dalai Lama

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Very surprisingly, I have come very close, but have not been able to persuade the Davidson County, NC Commissioners to pass an anti-tethering bill.

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Tell Amazon to Speak Up for Monkeys!

Amazon just partnered with one of the last airlines that transport monkeys to laboratories.

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Petition · Ringling Bros Circus – Owners: Ken, Nicole and Alana Feld: Tell Ringling Brothers to Retire Their Elephants to The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee ·


Please sign the petition, so these poor elephants can go to a sanctuary in Tennessee and not Ringley Brothers breeding Farm in Florida


Woman Charged after Allegedly Slapping Police Horse at Trump Protest

New post on WPMT FOX43

Woman charged after allegedly slapping police horse at Trump protest
by Cale Ahearn
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A woman who protested outside a Kansas City rally for Donald Trump on March 12th was arrested on Friday for abuse of a police service animal.

According to a police report, an officer mounted on horseback was involved in crowd control outside the Midland Theatre when protesters began moving into the street and blocking traffic, approaching officers on foot. After police verbally instructed the protesters back onto the sidewalk, the crowd continued moving forward and mounted officers moved into position to block the crowd, according to Fox4KC.

Police say that’s when the suspect, 29-year-old April J. Foster, approached an officer and his horse, Dan, and began screaming in the horse’s face in an attempt to scare him. When that did not work, Foster reportedly slapped the horse in the face with an open hand.

After striking the horse, Foster fled toward the back of the crowd, where police were unable to apprehend her at the time.

The Kansas City Star reported that a photographer witnessed an incident of a woman slapping a police horse.

Police later received a tip that led them to the suspect.

Foster was charged with abuse of a police service animal. She was released after posting $500 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on May 4th.

PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch released a statement on the incident.

All animals feel pain, stress and fear just like we do, and they deserve our respect and protection. Horses are highly sensitive prey animals, and this poor horse was without a doubt already under a tremendous amount of stress as a result of the chaos, the crowds, the deafening noise of the angry protesters, and more. PETA commends the person who called the tip line so that this woman’s apparent cruelty to this horse does not go unpunished.

Police said there were four other arrests made in relation to the Trump protests, and although the situation became tense and pepper spray was used on the crowd, the protests were mostly free of large-scale violence.

Cale Ahearn | March 21, 2016 at 10:31 AM | Tags: arrest, horse, slapped, Trump Rally, woman | Categories: News | U


‘Dog flipping’ sometimes involves stolen pets used to make a quick buck | FOX31 Denver

‘Dog flipping’ sometimes involves stolen pets used to make a quick buck
Posted 10:05 pm, March 1, 2016, by Erika Gonzalez


DENVER — Reports of “dog flipping” are surfacing throughout the country. The act is similar to flipping a home, but the big difference is it involves a four-legged pup to make a quick buck.

Some reports of alleged dog flipping involve pets that are snatched from their owners, then sold online. A similar version works when the dog is adopted and is then sold on websites like Craigslist.

A recent post on Craigslist in Denver caught the attention of many pet owners.

“It was listed for $500. It said specifically on the Craigslist ad that this dog was adopted from a shelter,” said Ann Mertens, who said she couldn’t believe her eyes.

The ad struck her as odd because she said a Colorado Bernese mountain dog for sale on Craigslist is very unusual. Mertens said the breed is usually only available through rescue groups or breeders, not a shelter. Mertens said nothing about the ad felt right.

“The dog was neutered and up to date on the vaccination. And that the person who adopted the dog posted it for sale on Craigslist and said that they did not have enough time for this dog,” Mertens said.

It sparked a question for Mertens: Was the family that took the purebred dog home from the Foothills Animal Shelter trying to make a quick buck?

“We had just adopted out the Bernese mountain dog. We contacted the owner and just wanted to check up and make sure,” said Jessie Burns with the shelter.

She said the owners claimed they knew nothing about the ad.

“They were very shocked to see that this post had happened on Craigslist. They said it was not theirs,” she said.

Burns said the dog has since been back to the shelter for a checkup. More than a week after the post was discovered, it’s unclear who posted it and why. The ad screamed money-making scheme to some who saw it.

“You realize that someone was flipping this dog like how they flip houses to make a quick profit,” Mertens said.

Deb Brinkley said she knows all about dog flipping. She runs DHK Rehoming, a dog shelter in Aurora, and said it happened to Riley, a 2-year-old Siberian husky who was adopted by a woman.

“We found out about three weeks later that the dog was on Craigslist and that it had been sold on Craigslist,” Brinkley said.

When she saw the ad, she tried tracking down the woman. Brinkley said she even tried taking her to court in hopes of finding out where Riley ended up. Brinkley got nowhere.

“I still worry about Riley. Is she tied up in a backyard? Is she warm? Is she getting food? Is she part of a family? We have no idea,” Brinkley said.

The version of dog flipping where an adopted dog is immediately sold for profit can get a little fuzzy because technically it’s not illegal. But Brinkley said just because a flipper isn’t breaking the law doesn’t mean flipping can’t hurt a dog in the long run.

The ordeal changed the way she runs her organization.

“Some people think I’m a little overboard on who gets to adopt. But you know experience teaches you that you need to be more careful,” Brinkley said.

Burns said the Foothills Animal Shelter adopts thousands of dogs a year and this is the first time it has dealt with even a close call of dog flipping. She believes the shelter’s vetting process helps weed out anyone who wants anything other than a new addition to their family.

“So it’s very frustrating when this sort of thing happens because we do so much to make sure all of our animals are going into good homes,” Burns said.

Citizens Against Dog Flipping said people looking for a new dog should go to a reputable shelter, rescue group and breeder. It also recommends that people stay away from searching for a dog on websites like Craigslist.


Victory for Sharks and Rays in Costa Rica

Responding to growing public concern, Costa Rica has announced it would supporting the listing of shark and ray species at the upcoming CMS meeting.

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