Cruel improvisation of weaning plate for baby calf stirs ire with animal advocates

In Joubertina,  located on the eastern cape of  South Africa, the SPCA Assisi Humansdrop, came to the aid of a baby calf on Friday. Inspector Benjamin received a complaint about a cow with a “wooden device” tied to her face. When the inspector arrived at the field, he was shocked. Wooden logs had nails facing outward from the mouth of the calf.

Inspector Benjamin tried to remove the contraption from the calf, but was unable and therefore drove into the town where he could locate the owner of the calf. After searching for more than 40 minutes, the owner was located:

“What is that thing for?,” the inspector asked.

The owner told the inspector his calf had grown up, however it wouldn’t stop nursing from his mother. He devised the contraption so whenever the calf would try to nurse from his mother, the nails would stick the mother in her belly and she would kick the baby away.

According to the Atlantic, on most farms, calves are weaned from their mother when they’re about six months old. The little ones are introduced to a new diet, a new environment, and they have to learn new rules of social organization with their fellow calves. As weaning is necessary on cattle farms because the mothers are quickly re-bred, and if a mother is still nursing her previous calf while gestating a new one, energy is taken away from the growing calf within the mother cow’s body. 

No doubt there is significant stress when separating a mother cow from her calf, some beef farms have been taking a more humane approach. Just one of the many alternative approaches is “fenceline weaning”—also called “nose to nose weaning”—because it seems more humane than traditional. Mothers and their calves briefly live on opposite sides of a slatted metal gate once separated. The mothers are led into the pastures everyday, but allowed to return to the barn area to check on their babies. Every day they can touch, smell and call to each other, but the baby can not reach to nurse. After ten days, the mother comes back to the barn less and less to check on her baby – and when the calves no longer call out for their mothers and are eating well, they are moved on to new pastures.

Weaning rings are a  sad reality of both dairy and beef farming, but humane and compassionate treatment should never be condoned. Even a nylon calf weaner, (costing $2.00 each) is durable and easy to apply. It can be left on for a few days and then removed. No calf should have to walk around with a log attached to his face.

Animal advocates expressed their outrage concerning the farmer after he was just issued a warning and ordered to remove the device. According to Inspector Benjamin, the calf could not even graze. Many of the comments echoed these feelings:

Kerry: “The scary thing is, it’s a crude version of a device that is commonly used by farmers worldwide, anyone know that??? My question is why is everyone throwing a fit about this, but quite happy to drink the milk, eat the meat etc. from sources that practice the same barbaric methods???? Because we don’t see it, it comes beautifully packaged on our supermarkets shelves!!!”

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(Photo of baby calf via SPCA Assisi Humansdrop)

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Search is on for man beating dog whose agonizing howls echoed for miles

The Soweto Animal Rescue has called out for the public’s help to find the man responsible for the brutal beating of a dog in south Johannesburg, South Africa on Thursday.

According to the Southern Courier, Jerry Selwane, speaking for the rescue organization,  witnesses described hearing the agonizing howls of the dog echoing for miles. After the man, filmed in the video, finished beating the dog unmercifully, he walked away. The dog limped away to hide in obvious agony. Although Selwane has not been able to pinpoint the area where the egregious abuse occurred, he wants the culprit arrested and charged with animal cruelty.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Soweto Animal Rescue and Advisory Center or call 084.911.9459.


A Reward of R1000 to any information which might lead to the identification and arrest of the suspect

We appeal to any member of the public who might know of the identity of the suspect to contact our anonymous and confidential number on 0849119459 with any information which could lead to his arrest

We are confident that he will soon be captured and the dog saved.
Please Share far and wide finally someone, either a friend, neighbour, brother, sister, cousin, enemy, etc might recognise him.”

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(Photo of man beating dog via screenshot from Soweto Animal Rescue Center)

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Neighbor ran over dog with lawnmower for mating with his female dog

A friendly, three-year-old German shepherd mix was the victim of extreme animal cruelty recently after a neighbor pinned the dog to the ground and ran over his legs with a lawnmower for mating with the man’s female dog. Both dogs were just reacting to their natural instincts – shame on all owners who do not take the time to get their pets spayed and neutered.

It had been a fine summer day when the shepherd, named Mommam, ran and played in the residential neighborhood of Thanlang, Phuket, Thailand. Running over to mount the female dog, tragically the dog’s life changed for the worse in just a few minutes; the female dog’s owner became so furious that he grabbed Mommam, restrained him to the ground and ran over his legs with a lawnmower. Despite the dog’s intense pain and agony, he was able to pull away from his torturer and dragged himself over to the spot where he loved to take naps; he writhed in agony. Later that day when his owner found his dog – he was shocked.

Mommam’s injuries were severe and life threatening. Because his owner was not able to afford the emergency care for his dog, Soi Dog Foundation stepped up to help. The dog was rushed to a local veterinary hospital for treatment. His front leg had been completely severed, and it has since been amputated. His back right leg is currently being treated by Soi Dog vets, who hope they can save it.

As can be seen in the video below, once Mommam’s injuries were treated and his pain was brought under control,  his joyful spirit has returned. His tail is wagging, and he is able to walk – or jump – using his left legs alone.

An investigation by Thailand’s animal cruelty officials is currently underway. The person who attacked the dog is facing criminal charges.

Mommam desperately needs donations to cover his medical care. Please give today:

 Mommam’s recovery would not be possible without you. Thank you for helping him.

(Photos and videos of dog run over with lawnmower courtesy of Soi Dog Foundation Facebook)

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Blind, maggot infested ShihTzu found wandering the streets: Owner arrested

In a tragic and heartbreaking situation, a blind, maggot infested ShihTzu was found wandering the street in Citrus County, Florida on Sunday. According to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, two more dogs were found living in “very horrific” conditions. The animals were seized; on Wednesday, their owner was arrested.


The ShihTzu named Trixie was found by a Good Samaritan who brought her home and called the authorities. The Facebook page of the Citrus County’s Sheriff’s Office tells the disturbing story:

“This past Sunday evening Animal Control Officers seized three dogs, two of which were in very, very horrific condition. A 9 lb Shih Tzu was found in the road wandering a neighborhood.”

“A good Samaritan held the dog to keep it safe and waited for ACOs to arrive. The dog is totally blind (and was in the middle of the street) but worse than that was the body condition of the dog. She was severely underweight but she also had mats and dreadlocks caked and encrusted with feces and urine hanging from 95% of her body that, when shaved off by the vet, weighed 3 lbs AND HAD MAGGOTS LIVING UNDER THE MATTED FUR. The vet and her staff said they’ve never seen any case this bad. They even dug a piece of 5” wire out of one of the dreadlocks.”

The description continued:

“The ACOs that responded knocked door to door and eventually found a neighbor that recognized the dog and showed them where it lived but the owners were not home. Two additional dogs were found in the back yard, one of which was paralyzed in her back end and unable to stand or walk, was also badly matted and blind. The third dog only showed minor signs of neglect but ACOs later learned she hadn’t been there nearly as long as the other two.”

The chow mix and pit bull also showed signs of neglect. Veterinarians who examined the dogs stated they had never seen a case of neglect as what happened to Trixie. The chow was also blind and paralyzed in his rear quarters. The pit bull was in better condition, however also showed signs of neglect.

Joi-Marie Richheimer, 45, of Crystal River was arrested on Wednesday and faces two felony counts of animal cruelty. The dogs are currently under veterinarian care. Little Trixie has been bathed and cleaned up – she is reportedly feeling much better.

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(Photos via Citrus County Sheriff’s Office of dog wandering street)

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Authorities search for driver who abandoned puppies on side of road: Some run over

In Jefferson County, Alabama, authorities are asking for the public’s help identifying the driver who abandoned a litter of puppies by Little Cove Way and Alliance Road in the western part of the county.

According to the, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, a witness posted on social media a dark colored vehicle possibly a Chevrolet with a sticker on the the left back bumper, saw the person drop off the puppies on the side of the road and even run over some of them while speeding away:

“…they didn’t even have sense to put them far enough away from the car as to not run them over,” a Facebook post stated from the motorist who saw the heartbreaking ordeal.

Two of the puppies were killed and two were injured. The rest are now being cared for by the man who found them. The Greater Birmingham Humane Society announced a reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person involved in this case of animal cruelty:

“The GBHS is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual that dumped a litter of puppies out of a car on Monday in Alliance and then ran over them killing two. If you have any information, please call Crime Stoppers, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at 205-328-9311 or the GBHS at 205-942-1211. You may remain anonymous. We are accepting donations towards to reward – please consider donating through the button below or on our website: Thank you for your support as we continue to fight for the animals who have no voice!”

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(Photos of abandoned puppies run over via screenshots Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office)

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Update: Roxie continues to fight for her life under emergency care

When a 911 call came into the Rescue Dogs Rock NYC organization early Monday morning from Manhattan’s New York City Animal Care Center, Jackie O’Sullivan was shocked and in tears. A friendly stray had been nearly strangled to death by her chain collar. The rescue organization asked the city shelter if they would release Roxie before her stray hold was over – this friendly pup needed emergency help.

Roxie was transported by Jackie, co-founder of the rescue group, from the shelter to the organization’s  Brooklyn veterinarian partner where the dog has been examined, assessed and treated. Her condition, although serious, continued to improve even though veterinarians stated Roxie would need surgery on both eyes. It is suspected she previously had cherry eyes and that is what ruptured as a result of the chain that had been strangling her. The staff believe her eyesight might still be viable – it’s just too soon to know for sure.

All was going well for Roxie, as she thoroughly enjoyed her first bath, and her future seemed to be taking a positive path, but on Thursday morning, Roxie took a turn for the worse:

“…. tongue swelling. She had been improving and you can see her eyes look better, but she’s been losing blood since (at least) Sunday when she entered NYC ACC after being strangled by that awful chain,” stated Jackie as Roxie was carried into the specialty veterinarian hospital in Brooklyn. “She bruises very easily and her blood is not clotting properly. That’s all we know as of now. She started to choke on her tongue when she arrived, and they rushed her into the back to start emergency treatment.”

Roxie has been receiving both blood and plasma transfusions. The latest update on Thursday evening indicates the dog will be administered another transfusion. Please say a prayer for Roxie – she didn’t deserve to be abused and mistreated. She deserves to live and be loved; we can only hope that is possible.

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UPDATE: Hero saves Liverpool dog videoed being kicked in the face

His name is “Sconehead,” and this adorable little Jack Russell terrier mix brought tears to the eyes of online readers Wednesday afternoon after  viral video footage had been posted showing the dog being kicked in the face and terrorized by his owner.

Just moments ago, Michael Lamb, 42, of Liverpool was hailed a “hero” after news that he rushed to Sconehead’s rescue yesterday after the vicious attack w outside of his supermarket in Toxteth. According to the Liverpool Echo, Lamb has spoken out and revealed he has already been instrumental in finding a home for the battered pup now named Sconehead.

The dog’s owner was videoed kicking his dog in the face. The disturbing footage, videoed by a Good Samaritan and later posted on social media, showed the dog owner slamming his foot into the face of the brown and white pup along the street of Park Road late in the afternoon. The witness had been walking down the street when he saw the man drag the dog off the bus and kick it from side to side. The dog was terrified and was trying to wiggle out of its leash, but the man kept yanking the defenseless pooch.

And soon the dog’s hero felt it was time to defend the abused pooch and came to his rescue. Lamb, who owns  Maggie’s Farm Organics, has since been keeping the dog safe.

“My main care was for that dog. I’m a father and I’ve got a little daughter. I was getting messages after the attack saying, ‘Do you know about this fella?’ and I did. I thought ‘I’m not having this. I shut the shop and walked up there, knocked two or three times, and I could hear the dog barking. My first impression was ‘I am taking that dog away from you’,” stated Lamb.

All of this had been happening in public, and it was then Michael convinced the owner to surrender the dog after noticing blood on Sconehead’s face. And less than one day, Sconehead has changed from a terrified little pooch into a “chill lad” who doesn’t want to leave Michael’s side.   Although Michael can’t keep the little guy, even though the RSPCA said he can keep  Sconehead, a neighbor – just a few doors up from the shop has already fallen in love.

“I know the girl who is going to have him. I wouldn’t just give him to anyone. I have had many people asking and saying ‘I will have him, I will have him’ but this way I can see him every day,” Michael told the news media.

Kerry Thomas will be Sconehead’s new mom telling the Echo it “was love at first sight.” She will be changing his name and is thinking about calling his Mick after his rescuer.

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There has been no information if the previous owner will be charged with animal cruelty, however police have confirmed an investigation continues.

Read the previous account here.

The original video can be viewed here.

(Photos contributed and screenshot via the Echo)

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Authorities searching for man videoed kicking dog in the face

In the inner city of Toxteth in Liverpool, England, authorities are searching for a man videoed kicking his small Jack Russell dog in the face. The disturbing footage, videoed by a Good Samaritan and later posted on social media, showed the dog owner slamming his foot into the face of the brown and white pup along the street of Park Road late in the afternoon on Wednesday.

According to the Echo, the dog flew through the air by the force of the man’s kick. The Good Samaritan, so upset by the dog being abused, confronted the owner.

“The RSPCA was made aware yesterday evening of footage circulating on social media which showed a man kicking a dog in a street in Liverpool,” posted the organization in a tweet on Wednesday night. “We are assisting Merseyside police in their investigations.

The video was posted on Facebook followed by an angry comment. The witness had been walking down the street when he saw the man drag the dog off the bus and kicking it from side to side. The dog was terrified and was trying to wiggle out of its leash but the man kept yanking the defenseless pooch:

“Anyone know who this … scumbag is, volleying his dog up and down Park Road, leaving blood all over the dog and all up the road. He’s roughly around 50-60 years old… I thought it was one kick away from falling to the floor and dying, at that point everyone ran over confronting the man screaming at him.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018 or contact police at 101.

(Photos of man kicking dog in the face via Liverpool Echo screenshots)

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The video can be viewed here. Please be warned the subject content in graphic and disturbing.

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Rude beachgoers blamed for death of baby dolphin

A young female, baby dolphin became stranded in a beach in Mojacar, Spain on Friday, and rude beachgoers are being blamed for the animal’s death after touching it and taking photos of the vulnerable marine mammal.

According to Equinac, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving marine animals, “hundreds” of tourist at the beach surrounded the baby dolphin, who somehow became separated from her mother. Children were allowed to touch the animal, and several kids were seen covering the mammal’s blowhole keeping it from breathing. Messages on the group’s Facebook were disturbing and truly heartbreaking.

Unfortunately it was too late for the baby dolphin by the time someone called Equinac; she died before the group could render emergency help.

“Humans are the most irrational animal there is,” the group posted. “In their selfishness, all they wanted to do was to photograph it and touch it – even knowing the dolphin was suffering from stress as the crowd gathered around and showed little compassion.”

The Facebook posts indicated the beachgoers were not responsible for the baby having been beached. Why the little one was not with her mother could have have been because she was already sick and had been abandoned. The circumstances, however of the dolphin having been beached, doesn’t rationalize anyone interfering with a stranded marine animal. People are urged to avoid touching  and immediately call for help.

“… by then the animal was already dead, the main  photograph shows a member of Equinac (green bathing suit) taking out the dolphin corpse of the water. Clearly, the public awareness and educational campaigns conducted until now have not been effective enough. The ‘selfie frenzy’ seems to prevail over any common sense.”

Earlier this year, a tourist in Brazil was heavily fined after she grabbed an endangered shark out of the ocean so she could take selfies. The woman was videoed wrestling with the small shark that latched onto her hand during the struggle at Brazil’s Fernarndo de Noronha, an archipelago of 21 islands and islets located in the Atlantic Ocean offshore of the Brazilian coast. The woman and her boyfriend spotted the lemon shark swimming near the beach line and decided to pluck it out of the water and use it to take selfies for their Facebook page.  Check out the video and read more of that story here.

Humans are still so mean.

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Dashcam captures dog being pushed out of car in Tampa, Florida

A local man witnessed a dog being pushed out of a car in a Tampa, Florida neighborhood.  Jarit Gaddis was driving through the South Seminole Heights neighborhood on August 7th, 2017 when he spotted a gold, four door, 90’s model Chevy Cavalier stopped in front of him. What happened next surprised him.

The driver’s side door opens and a male, fawn colored, red nosed Pit Bull jumps out. The door shuts and the Cavalier starts to drive away.  The dog, not sure what is going on, tries to run after the car but cannot keep up. Gaddis, a dog lover, tried to call the dog to him but the dog was frightened and took off running.

Gaddis was able to record the entire act on the dashcam in his car and posted it on Facebook. According to the video, Gaddis was going northbound on North Boulevard from River Heights Avenue when he spotted the Cavalier stopped in front of the Common Ground Christian Church. When Jarit Gaddis notified the local police, they informed him there was nothing they could do as the incident was not considered abandonment or neglect by their standards. Gattis then notified the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center, the local Animal Control for the Tampa, Florida area.  Animal Control did contact him back advising they would be filing felony or misdemeanor charges if the driver of the vehicle was located,

Gattis contacted Fox 13 Tampa Bay News with the video hoping someone would recognize the car and the dog and come forward with information.

On August 8th, 2017 Hillsborough County Pet Resources Center issued the following statement:

“Animal Control officers are reviewing dash-cam video of the incident taken by a nearby motorist. Anyone who has information on the incident or the identity of the driver is encouraged to contact Animal Control at (813) 744-5660,” they wrote. “Pet Resources officials remind anyone facing difficulty caring for a dog or cat that the PRC shelter on Falkenburg Road is an open admissions shelter and accepts all dogs, cats, puppies or kittens regardless of age, breed, size, or medical condition. Abandoning an animal on the side of the road is never an acceptable option and could leave the pet owner facing animal cruelty or neglect charges.”

Meanwhile the brown pit bull is still at large. Local citizens have been searching the area as well as a P.I. Members of the Common Ground Christian Church are also helping in the search for the dog. The dog is described as a fawn colored male pit bull, 60-80 pounds and not neutered. Anyone who recognizes the car or dog needs to contact the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center.

You can watch the video here.

Jarit Gaddis told Fox News 13 Tampa:

” It’s inhumane. It’s disgraceful. It’s horrible in my opinion. It’s just not okay. You don’t deserve an animal. I don’t think you deserve a child if you have one, if you could be that heartless to just put an animal on the side of the road.”

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