I'm a little late on this, but link to a story about Alex, a talking African Gray parrot, who recently died at 31. He had an astounding vocabulary but could understand abstract concepts. He helped in brain research at Brandeis University.
October 24, 2007, Altoona, PA-Dogs Deserve Better founder Tammy Grimes will be back in court October 29th at 9:00 a.m. for a motion hearing to defend against the Blair County DA's attempt to bar her most-compelling evidence--video, photos, and vet testimony of the dog's condition--from the courtroom. Grimes was arrested September 11, 2006 after taking a dog--unable to stand for three days--for veterinary care; then protecting him from returning to the abusive situation.
Grimes maintains that there were clearly Pennsylvania cruelty laws being broken for at least three days by the time she arrived on the scene, and charges should instead be filed against the Arnolds for abuse and neglect.
She states, "We need to take a serious look at a justice system that favors animal abusers, and I would ask what kind of example this is setting for our children. We have ample proof of abuse in this case: neighbor testimony, vet testimony, video and photo evidence. If we as humans see an animal or human dying and in need of immediate help, it is our moral duty to help that being and protect him/her from further harm. A system that instead requires an abused child or animal to be returned to the situation in which the abuse is occurring is corrupt, and must be questioned and examined if we are to evolve as a society."
The dog, who Grimes dubbed Doogie, had been kept safe and lived inside as part of a family until March 1, 2007, when he passed away due to age and a lifetime of neglect. Doogie's body was returned to Altoona, Pennsylvania, where an autopsy was performed. The DA subsequently ordered the body to be held at the vet and returned to the Arnolds.
Grimes continues, "Barring my evidence from the courtroom may change the verdict in my case, but it will never change the truth. The DA knows that, and so do the supporters of our work at Dogs Deserve Better. I am confident that in the end the truth will set both Doogie and I free."
Dogs Deserve Better has put out two new t-shirt slogans poking fun at the Pennsylvania justice system in Grimes' case, and in honor of Monday's motion hearing. "Only in Pennsyltucky: Save a Life=Go to Jail" and "Only in Pennsyltucky: The Best Offense is to Bar All Defense" shirts and other items are available from http://www.cafepress.com/dogsdeserve.
From ParkPaw News:
Here are some tips to keep your pet - and the trick-or-treaters - safe.
· Treats - Resist the temptation and begging, do not feed human treats to your pet! Chocolate, especially, can be dangerous for cats and dogs. Wrappers and small pieces also pose choking threats. Keep treats in a sealed container.
· “Scaredy”Cat - For cats and dogs, it's very important to provide a safe, indoor refuge as trick-or-treaters visit. Put your pet somewhere they feel safe, like in a closed bedroom or in their crate with food, water and a litter box. Play soft music or have a television on (pets love the Animal Channel!) and check on them throughout the night.
· ID Them - Make sure your pet has been micro-chipped or at least has a collar with current ID tags. If she/he escapes, this will make it easier for someone to return her/him to you.
This time in Oakland Park, where two pits running the streets slaughtered a greyhound and chewed up her human. The pits will, of course, be destroyed. None of this would have happened if the idiots who own the pits had made sure they were secured in their yard. And now three dogs pay the price. How sad. Click here for the story.
I was in St. Louis for a long weekend and was greeted by a front-page story in the Post Dispatch Monday morning about a dogfighting ring that had been broken up: three men, 26 dogs (all pit bulls, except one beagle). Disgusting. Click here to read it.
A Vermont woman in a wheelchair wants her 100-pound miniature horse to be considered a service animal that can live with her. Why not? He's smaller by 20 pounds at least than one of our dogs! Click here for the story.
Rocky is a very special guy! He is a Shepherd mix, with beautiful brindle markings on his tan face and legs. He's got a great medium coat and a very athletic build. He has spent a lot of time at doggy day care, and is very playful and socialized with large and small dogs alike. He made a name for himself as the dog who would show the new dogs around. Before he came into our rescue, he was a stray dog that was tossed out on the street to fend for himself. He started hanging around a farm, where the family gave him food, but they already had too many dogs and were forced to give him up. Luckily we got him before he was sent to a high-kill rate shelter!
Rocky's ideal home would have at least one other dog to play with, and a big fenced in back yard for lots of play and excersice. While he does great with new dogs, he needs to be watched if at a public dog park because sometimes he will defend his space from new people. He really needs a home where he can stay in, feel comfortable and gets lots of love from his family! He knows the basic commands and learns very quickly!
Rocky is neutered and completely up to date with shots. He is completely housebroken and crate trained if crating is desired. If you would like to meet Rocky please do not hesitate to contact us! (954) 560-1812 OR KIWI4FUN@MAC.COM.
Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the Northeast Dade Regional Dog Park, Sunday, October 21, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Greynolds Park East, 16700 Biscayne Boulevard. For more information, http://onlyforpetlovers.com/