animal welfare

New owner of former Vick compound faces cruelty charges

Dogs Deserve Better founder and owner Tamira Thayne purchased the former site of Michael Vick’s dogfighting operation in July 2011, opening the Good Newz Rehab Center for Chained and Penned Dogs in its place. The facility provides housing, care and training for rescued dogs in need.But according to Surry County, Virginia officials, it is possible […]

by DogTime Staff
August 28th, 2012

Woman sentenced to 10 years for animal cruelty, theft

A Florida woman charged with abusing and neglecting 158 animals will do time for running what St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara called a “death camp for dogs and cats.”Palena Rae Dorsey, 60, was sentenced last week to 10 years in prison for animal cruelty and first-degree grand theft.Dorsey will also have to serve 20 […]

by DogTime
August 27th, 2012

Letter to Congressman King re: his dog fighting remarks

Dear Representative King:I’m baffled by the remarks you made last week during your “tele-townhall” meeting. I’m also stunned by your follow-up “clarifying” comments.Your original statement:“…It’s a federal crime to watch animals fight or to induce someone else to watch an animal fight, but it’s not a federal crime to induce somebody to watch people fighting. […]

by DogTime
August 7th, 2012

Outcome for Santa Fe vet who bragged of poisoning animal

Maybe you remember the post from last June: A veterinarian who practices a few blocks from my home here in Santa Fe, New Mexico, made headline news when she bragged of her intention to poison an animal to death. Dr. Joan Moreau suspected a coyote had killed her beloved barn cat, and on her Facebook […]

by DogTime
January 26th, 2012

Animal Welfare Grades: The Primary’s Presidential Candidates

With the political season in full swing, you may be wondering where the presidential hopefuls stack up on issues of animal welfare, which is something yet to come up during the Republican debates. At first glance, the choice seems simple: There are the Obamas: their doting daughters, a First Lady who says she wants to […]

by DogTime
January 20th, 2012

Hope: from abused fighter to Canine Good Citizen

By Kerry, for StubbyDog.orgThis story is all about a very special little girl – a 4.5-year-old Pit Bull named Hope.Her life did not start out full of hope. In fact, the first 2.5 years of her life were violently tragic. A man in Graham, Wash., who ran an illegal dog-fighting ring, had her. Hope was […]

by DogTime
December 21st, 2011

Animals on loose in Ohio; woman on rampage at gym

I was that lady on the stair-master at the gym this morning. As in, Whoa — what’s up with that lady on the stair-master?I understand why I was getting the sidelong glances. Every so often I’d yell at the TV, “Are you kidding?” and throw up my hands. Eventually I stopped stepping altogether, saving my […]

by DogTime
October 19th, 2011

Don’t cry for me, Espanola (and I’ll try to do the same)

A few years ago, at the shelter in San Francisco, I spotted a fellow volunteer slumped awkwardly against a wall. He looked pale and dazed and I could just make out the beads of sweat forming at his temples. “Are you okay?” I asked.“Yeah,” he said and held up a bulging poop bag. “Some days […]

by DogTime
September 28th, 2011

Dog Eating Carnival Banned in China

Article courtesy of PetMD.com.A dog eating carnival in China dating back more than 600 years has been banned after public outrage at the cruel way the animals are slaughtered, state media said Wednesday.The dogs are killed and skinned in the streets of Qianxi township in the eastern coastal province of Zhejiang during the festival, which […]

by DogTime
September 22nd, 2011

Top Chef under fire, Farm Sanctuary on a roll

It seems Canada’s popular Food Network channel came under criticism this weekend when word got out about top-rate television show Top Chef. Tonight’s episode challenges competitors to use horse meat as a main ingredient in their prepared dishes.I don’t love that. (Why are we adding species to our menu rather than seeking out more compassionate […]

by DogTime
May 16th, 2011

What it means when we kill swans, the symbol of love

by Michael MountainFounder, Best Friends Animal Society and The Stubby Dog ProjectIn one of the legends of King Arthur and the Holy Grail, an orphan teenage boy, Percival, stumbles into the woods surrounding the castle at Camelot, sees a swan flying over the trees, and shoots her down with his bow and arrow.Brought before the […]

by DogTime
April 18th, 2011

Update: Missouri’s Prop B rewritten in favor of breeders

Confession: I’m confused by the revisions to Prop B that came out of yesterday’s congressional assembly in Missouri. On Wednesday, the House voted 85 to 71 to alter the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act, which Missouri citizens passed last November. The revised bill now heads to Governor Jay Nixon’s desk.A couple of the revisions […]

by DogTime
April 14th, 2011

Internet Puppy Mill Regulation Bill Introduced to the Senate

By Vladimir Negron, PetMD.com.Got a thing against puppy mills? (And well, of course you do.) Then you’ll love the bill Senators Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and David Vitter (R-La.) recently reintroduced to the U.S. Senate floor.S. 707 — known as the PUPS Act, for “Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act” — will close a loophole in […]

by DogTime
April 7th, 2011

Prevention of animal cruelty is more than a month-long endeavor

April is Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month. No doubt we have our work cut out for us. Cruelty is so rampant that I could fill my blog with accounts of horrific acts every single day of the year. And those are only the stories that I see or get sent to me – imagine […]

by DogTime
April 7th, 2011

Dr. Patrick Mahaney and Cardiff Eat Dog Food for Nitro’s Law

by Dr. Patrick MahaneyWhile in New York for the 2011 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, I had the fortunate opportunity to meet dog trainer, Nikki Moustaki, through our mutual pal Martha Smith, general manager of i Love Dogs supplements (for which Cardiff is a canine ambassador).Nikki introduced me to and involved me in her promotional […]

by DogTime
April 4th, 2011

Tell GoDaddy CEO: stop shooting elephants

Last week, I couldn’t go to cnn.com without seeing the link to the awful story about Bob Parsons, CEO of GoDaddy. Parsons hunts wild elephants for sport and decided to capture his latest exploit on video. If his intent was to shock, horrify, or otherwise “impress” viewers, Parsons succeeded. The footage he sent around […]

by DogTime
April 4th, 2011

Ring Dog Rescue

DogTime salutes Opie Taylor (interviewed) and Ring Dog Rescue of Richmond, Virginia.How did your organization get started?I began fostering in 1999 for another local rescue. I was one of maybe three people willing to take Pit Bull type dogs into my home. I visited the shelters weekly and decided I had to do something for […]

by DogTime
March 31st, 2011

Why experimenting on animals will never be a prescription for true wellness

by Michael MountainFounder, Best Friends Animal Society, Zoe, and The Stubby Dog ProjectI first saw the inside of a vivisection laboratory in 1971. It was outside of Washington D.C., and I went there with a friend on a summer Sunday evening.We climbed over the fence and found an open window. We didn’t touch anything or […]

by DogTime
March 31st, 2011

Send DogTime contributor to help animals in need

As a child, my parents instilled a sense of philanthropy in my siblings and me. I vividly remember the afternoons my mother and I spent driving around Bloomington, Indiana, delivering Meals on Wheels to families in need.As an adult, my veterinary work aims to improve the health of my animal patients, therefore positively affecting the […]

by DogTime
March 31st, 2011
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