Woman and 50 animals perish in fatal fire at Daleville animal rescue

In Daleville, Alabama, an early Tuesday morning fire broke out killing a woman and 50 dogs and cats at the All Breeds Animal Rescue. Jane Clancy, 75, died while trying to save the animals stuck in the building.

According to the Southeast Sun, the rescue had been  in operation since 2010. About 2:00 a.m., Police Chief William Powell, Assistant Fire Chief David Grubbs and the Daleville Fire Department responded to the call about a fire. By the time the fire department arrived, the building had been fully engulfed in flames.

“She heard all the animals – she had over 20 dogs and no telling how many cats inside the house, and she ran back in,” stated Chief Powell. “It (fire) was fully involved when she went in there.”

It has been reported 17 animals survived and have been placed with neighboring shelters. On the organization’s Facebook page, the only new post read:

“Sorry we are closed til further notice. Dogs will be going to other rescues, will let you know who is where. Thank you Dothan Animal shelter, wiregrass humane society, saveapet Dothan for your help.”

Followers of the rescue have expressed their shock and sorrow over Jane Clancy’s death.

“Jane Clancey passed away doing what she loved and only respect should be given right now. She gave her last dying breath for those animals.”

Chief Powell described Jane’s death as “devastating” and described the woman as a “pillar of the community and always someone you could lean on if you had an animal problem…”

Rest in peace Jane Clancy as well as the dogs and cats you so desperately tried to rescue. You are a hero, and you will be missed.

(Photo of Daleville All Breeds Animal Rescue via Facebook ESther Harrell Tartaglia)

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Mississippi man petitions government to use food stamps to buy pet food

If pets are so often referred to as part of the family, and families should not be separated when a financial crisis occurs, should the federal government modify the rules of food stamps to make it easier for low-income families to buy pet food for their pets? The idea has been picking up steam – to the tune of 80,000 people who have signed a petition asking the Department of Agriculture to modify the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

The petition, created by Mississippi resident Edward B. Johnson, states:

“I am one of those Americans. I have only been on SNAP benefits for a few months, but I have been unable to feed my little dog due to government regulations. Some argue that people should not keep pets if they cannot afford them, but the fact is that an individual or family’s financial status can change at any time. Should someone be forced to give up a pet they’ve had for years just because they hit a financial rough patch? Or should they be able to utilize federal aid to continue feeding their pet?

Pets are also important for emotional support. Being poor is hard enough without being expected to give up your companion. For most people, pets are considered family, not property.”

According to the Washington Post, the petition has little chance of succeeding, but in the long run, could the benefits of changing the SNAP program, which only allows food for humans, keep tens of thousands of animals out of shelters and help to keep the pet starvaton problem down?

In an examination of pet-owning households, 14 percent of pet owners earn less than $25,000 a year – basing this on a family of four, is seen as the federal poverty limit. How many pets get turned into shelters because their families can’t afford the veterinary bills? Even more basic however is the cost of food for dogs and cats – estimated to be $235 per year, according to a recent poll.

When families can no longer afford to buy pet food, they commonly share their own food; not always meeting the nutritional needs of dogs and cats. When that is no longer an option, families are forced to surrender their pets – even worse are the people who abandon their pets along roadways, deserted areas or leave them behind when they are forced to move.

How about the taxpayer cost communities must absorb for dog catchers and shelters? Once the stray pets are picked up by local animal control, how many are euthanized? Statistics from the ASPCA  show  approximately 3.2 million shelter animals are adopted each year (1.6 million dogs and 1.6 million cats).  Each year, approximately 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized (670,000 dogs and 860,000 cats).

Since the origination of the Food Stamp Act in 1964, only food for human consumption can be included, and any changes would need congressional action. What are the chances of that? And so private organizations have continued to step up to help, although there are many areas of the country where no help is available. PetSmart Charities, the ASPCA and other charitable organizations have launched programs, knowing that pets are indeed integral to families and individuals who are struggling just to feed themselves, but who love their pets dearly.

Where petition organizer, Edward Johnson, 59, lives, the nearest food bank for pets is a two-and-a-half-hour drive. The closest animal shelter is in the next county.

“Being poor is hard enough without being expected to give up your companion.”

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Six-month-old kitten tied to electric saw and thrown in river

In Adelaide, South Australia, a very disturbing situation was discovered by Good Samaritans on Friday, who fortunately were in the right place at the right time, to rescue a six-month-old kitten tied to an electric saw.

According to the Advertiser, Megan Eastaughffe, 41, heard kitten meows near where she had been feeding her horse. When she spotted the kitten in  the river, she tried to softly coax the kitten onto the bank, but the little one wouldn’t move. That’s when Megan’s friend came over to help and waded into the three-foot deep water of the River Torrens at Fulham. As she bent down to pluck the frightened kitten out of the water, she realized it had been weighed down, and that’s why it couldn’t move. Attached to the middle of the kitten’s torso was a cable tied to a circular saw.

“It was just horrendous. I was half-sobbing; that was so overwhelming,” Megan told the news reporter. “How could anyone do something like this?”

The women named the kitten Splash, and she has been recovering at RSPCA South Australia who added that the very friendly kitten also had her coat, eyelashes and whiskers shaved off. There is a criminal investigation underway.

“RSPCA South Australia Inspector Verity Otto confirmed the organisation was investigating the incident. RSPCA South Australia is treating this as a deliberate act of cruelty and is appalled by the incident,” Verity said. “Under the Animal Welfare Act, anyone found guilty of aggravated animal ill-treatment could face up to four years in gaol or a $50,000 fine.

“Luckily the cat was pulled from the Torrens and taken to a vet by the kind people who found her and now she will remain in our care for the time being as our investigation continues.”

(Photos of kitten tied to electric saw via Facebook and the Advertiser)

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Man found neighbor’s cat annoying so he shot it

A Connecticut man has been charged with animal cruelty after authorities contend he killed a neighbor’s cat because he found the animal annoying. Craig Middendorf, 48, of Oxford has also been charged with  unlawfully discharging a firearm  and first-degree reckless endangerment.

According to the Hartford Courant, Middendorf told police he thought the cat was a stray, and it was annoying him. The cat was owned by another tenant in the other part of the duplex. He fired his rifle at the cat in the backyard of the complex.

State troopers confiscated his .22 caliber rifle. Middendorf was booked into jail and later released on a $2,500 bond. His court appearance is scheduled for February 5.

 

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Cat reunited with family after their California home lost to mudslides

A cat was reunited with her family on Monday in Montecito, California after their home was destroyed during the mudslides. According to the Santa Barbara County Animal Services, the organization had been checking the cat’s former home since January 9, looking for signs the kitty named Koshka was still alive.

Koshka’s family had been rescued by helicopter at their residence on Oak Grove Road and reached out to the Santa Barbara County Animal Services for help finding their beloved cat. A fire department team, however had stated they had not seen Koshka, but had spotted muddy paw prints.

On Monday, ASPCA Officers Pennon and his partner Lauren were able to enter the property safely and were able to access a window. And there she was! Koshka was caked with mud, but she was so grateful to have been rescued.

Photo and video of cat found after mudslides via Santa Barbara County Animal Services

Check out the video below and be ready to cry “happy tears.” Even through disaster, our prayers are often answered.

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Chinese circus condemned for lion and tiger attack on horse during rehearsal

A Chinese circus is being condemned for animal cruelty after a video emerged online showing a white horse being attacked by a lion and tiger during  a rehearsal. Disturbing footage shows a tiger pouncing on a horse’s back while a lion bites at the horse’s legs. Trainers are shown beating the tiger and lion with whips in an effort to free the horse.

According to the Daily Mail, the horse only suffered minor injuries and is expected to make a full recovery. Mr Xu, a staff member from Taiyang Circus, told btime.com that the crew had been practicing for a show where the tiger and lion would be riding the saddled horse. The performance was scheduled to take place in Cangzhou, Hebel Province.

The incident took place last month, and Mr. Xu explained the lion and tiger behaved just like wild animals; four workers used whips and long poles to hit the wild cats until they released the horse. The circus has owned all the animals since they were very young, and there was supposedly no danger to any of the humans involved.

Social media insists the government investigate the circus with the majority of comments on social media Weibo agreeing the animal cruelty involved should be stopped.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Photos at Chinese circus screenshots via Asia Wire)

The video is graphic and violent. To view the video, please click here.

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Kitten found packed in owner’s checked luggage at airport

At the Erie International Airport in Pennsylvania,  Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents found a kitten packed in checked luggage “without food, water or air.” The owners of the six-month-old female kitten, Olivia Sari, 21, and Nicholas M. Larrison, 21, have been charged with transporting an animal in a cruel manner and endangering her welfare.

According to GoErieNews, the kitten named Slim has been turned over to the Humane Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania after the airport’s baggage inspection and scanning system alerted TSA officers to further scan the luggage. Ian Bogle, the airport’s director of public safety, stated it was a “poor decision made on the customers’ part.” The couple face fines pending the outcome of the case.

Airlines commonly accommodate bringing pets on board – especially a small cat. Why the couple decided to risk the kitten’s life by stuffing her in a suitcase is sad and disturbing. In all of Bogle’s 28 years working at the airport, although he admits to witnessing quite a few strange things, this is the first time he has ever faced this situation.

What were they thinking?

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Ten Lives Club, giving cats an extra chance at life

We’ve all heard the age-old adage that cats have nine lives. But according to a well-known rescue group in Western New York, some cats need an extra chance.

The group is known as Ten Lives Club (TLC), and it was started fourteen years ago in the garage of founder Marie Edwards. After several years, it was moved to a larger building in the Boston/Concord area outside of Buffalo, New York. As the rescue continued to grow and needed more space, it was moved to a rented warehouse in Hamburg, New York, a suburb of Buffalo.  Three years ago, TLC was able to buy a building in Blasdell, New York.

TLC is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that gets their funding from donations, fundraisers and grants when they are able.

TLC rescues cats and kittens from all over. Some are obtained through owner surrenders, some come from the local SPCA and city pound. Others come from out of state shelters where they are at risk for euthanasia. All cats that come into TLC undergo vaccines such as rabies and distemper, are de-wormed twice and receive flea meds. If the cat or kitten is afflicted with ear mites, that is treated as well. TLC takes the health of their cats very seriously. They have their own full-time veterinarian, vet tech, vet assistants, and volunteers to help with the cleaning.

The TLC facility is quite large and is divided into many sections.  There is a vet’s office where spay and neuter surgeries are performed, another room specifically for cats needing medication and a separate infirmary for very sick cats.

Several holding rooms accommodate cats that are in different stages of processing and a meet and greet room for potential adopters to select cats.

FIV cats, and shy cats are kept upstairs.  TLC is strictly a no kill shelter and will not turn cats away who have medical problems such as FIV. TLC’s philosophy is; these cats did not ask to be born this way. Since FIV cats have a compromised immune system, any signs of illness requires seeing the vet for treatment. TLC not only works diligently to rescue cats and save them from euthanasia, they also have an amazing network for getting the cats into permanent, loving homes.

Currently, they have ten pet stores that showcase their cats and kittens for adoption. TLC relies on volunteers for the various stores. These volunteers clean cages, socialize and play with the cats.

TLC is always in need of fosters to take pregnant cats into their homes until the kittens are born and old enough to be spayed/neutered and shared for adoption. The fosters also take in young kittens that require bottle feeding.

Although TLC does not take in feral cats, they will offer advice and referral to organizations that do. They do provide food to feral cat colonies.

Of course, all this work takes money. TLC has at least one fundraiser a week and as many as three in a week. Fundraisers include a recent picture with Santa, winter wreath sales, pancake breakfasts, chili cookoffs and meals at restaurants.

Volunteers are also integral to fundraising. They make raffle baskets, jewelry for sale, and run the fundraiser events.

Donations from 2017 enabled TLC to add another building to house cats with ringworm, and to add a warehouse and a fundraiser room.

To learn more about this amazing cat rescue, visit their website. 

Or their Facebook page. 

If you have questions, please email tenlivesclub@yahoo.com

Donations can also be mailed directly to:

Ten Lives Club

P.O. Box 253

North Boston, New York 14110

Time spent with cats is never wasted.”

-Sigmund Freud


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Shelter kitten surrendered missing his ear

A young kitten was surrendered to a local shelter with heartbreaking injuries. His entire ear is missing and when brought to Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, the injury was raw and bleeding. In addition to the pain, the kitten dubbed Vincent, couldn’t stop scratching – one can only imagine the little one’s pain.

Angels Among Us Pet Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity dedicated to saving dogs and cats from high-kill shelters in north Georgia. The organization operates through a network of volunteers and foster homes in the metro-Atlanta area.

When turned into the shelter, there was no explanation given, and who can even venture a guess as to what happened? He is now receiving immediate care and pain control, but it is necessary to raise funds to help with this kitten’s very expensive medical care.

“What we do know is that he needs immediate medical care and pain control, and it’s a holiday weekend,” the group posted on their Facebook with a short video of the kitten’s injuries. “Is there anyone online to see this? We are worried he won’t raise the funds he needs for medical care. We’re worried no one will hear his cries for help.”

“When we saw the picture of his wound and his cute little face, we couldn’t turn away from him. Can you?”

Watch Vincent’s video here:

 

Vincent’s update states he is at the vet receiving pain control. It is hoped surgery can be performed on him Tuesday to close up the open wound. To help with this little one’s medical treatment, donations can be made by clicking here.

(Photo and video of shelter kitten missing his ear via Angels Among Us Pet Rescue)

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Sadistic ‘animal lover’ cuddled kittens before torturing them found guilty

After a two-day trial at Nottingham Crown Court in England, a sadistic “animal lover” who cuddled kittens before torturing them has been found guilty. Aaron Barker, 26, was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to pets and has been jailed for five months.

According to the Sun, the bizarre and disturbing story began with a four-month-old kitten named Panther; Barker sent pictures of him cuddling the kitten on social media “Whatsapp”.  The two kittens had been adopted from the Cats Protection League ten days before they were killed and had been registered to Barker’s nurse girlfriend, Verity Castle. The kittens had been rescued from an abandoned shed and had been featured on a television show as available for adoption:

Both Panther and the other kitten, named Baby, were tortured and bludgeoned to death; the kittens tried desperately to escape. Veterinarians described their injuries as having been punched, dragged, kicked and thrown into a wall. When questioned by authorities about the death of the kittens, Barker lied, stating they had been killed by a mysterious intruder while he had been at work and when he found them, he tried to revive them – “giving one the kiss of life.” Damage to the claws of the kittens indicated to authorities the little ones had tried desperately to escape during the vicious attack.

Prosecutors at Barker’s trial stated the mental care worker had been left unstable after dealing with violent patients. Barker denied the allegations. During the trial, RSPCA prosecutor Paul Wright stated Panther suffered a fractured skull and blood on the brain. Baby, the black and white kitten, suffered five broken ribs and a ruptured spleen.

Barker has an alleged history of mistreating animals. One disturbing charge described him tying a gerbil to a ceiling fan. He was also accused of killing two hamsters and a cat named Milo.

Castle continues to defend her boyfriend despite her family’s concern for the young woman’s safety. Barker was jailed last week and is also banned from keeping pets for life.

Rest in peace innocent little ones.

(Photos of sadistic “animal lover” via screenshots by Daily Mail)

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