Pet owners relax – police aren’t authorized to arbitrarily shoot your dogs

After a judge recently ruled that police in Michigan were allowed to utilize deadly force against two dogs who were inside of a Battle Creek home (which was being searched for evidence of drugs), social media and beyond erupted in outrage over the implication that the police had been given the green light to enter homes and kill pets. According to KSPR News, pet owners can relax – nothing had changed to give the authorities the right to arbitrarily shoot pets who are inside of homes. There has been no “new” federal law giving the police the right to shoot a dog just for barking at an officer.

Corporal Cathy Ussery with the Greene County Sheriff’s Office stated, “We don’t go around, arbitrarily shooting at any defenseless animal.” In the case of the two dogs who were fatally shot in Battle Creek, the dogs’ owners failed to prove that their pets were not being aggressive in that particular situation. Ussery explained that an officer’s decision to use deadly force depends on what is encountered inside of a home – she stated, “If we are being attacked by an animal we have to do what is needed to protect ourselves and other people.”

Ussery reminded concerned individuals that many police officers are pet owners themselves and they realize that pets are family to many people – adding that shooting a pet would usually be a “last resort.”


Woman charged for leaving pets in unheated apartment

The discovery of two pets, left alone in an unheated apartment, prompted charges against a woman in Dover, New Hampshire. According to Thursday’s NH1, on December 2, a cat and dog were temporarily seized, and 34-year-old Mariah MacLeod was charged with animal cruelty after her pets were discovered inside of an unheated and unoccupied apartment in  Somersworth.

According to Seacoast Online, the apartment had been the home of friend of MacLeod’s, but the friend was not living there when the pets were inside. Neighbors near the Second Street apartment had seen someone stopping in to feed the pets, but reached out to alert the authorities about the situation when the temperatures plunged.

MacLeod had opted to keep her pets at the vacant apartment because she had moved somewhere that her pets were not allowed. The authorities kept MacLeod’s pets until she paid her fine and was able to take her cat and dog in again – it is believed that the heat has been restored to the residence.

Staff at the Cocheco Valley Humane Society, in Dover, wants to remind pet owners that they are there to provide care for pets when emergencies happen.

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Writers lose platform, plead for a helping hand


Freelance writers, Cheryl Hanna and Penny Eims, provided current pet-related content to for the past several years. Earlier this month, unexpectedly shut down the site, leaving the writers without a source of income, and readers without the pet-related news that they had come to rely on.

In an effort to continue providing information to both of the writers devoted followers, the Pet Rescue Report was created. Response to the new site has been positive – unfortunately, there are so many readers the the costs associated with the maintaining site are far outweighing the minuscule earnings.


Hanna and Eims desperately want to continue doing what they do best – writing about dogs, cats and other animals, keeping readers up-to-date on the latest news, and helping at-risk animals who are in need of help.

This particular post is a plea for help – the writers are hoping to find people who are willing and able to provide suggestions for a better website design, ways to secure advertisers, or other ways to keep up with rising costs.

The writers are asking that anyone who wants to see this website continue, and thrive, to comment on the article itself, or send suggestions to or

A GoFundMe account has been established for readers who would like to help this site succeed. Please click here to read more.

Save the life of an unwanted pet – consider fostering


Everyday, the same question is repeated by readers of the National Dog News column…”what can I do to help?” Aside from sharing information about dogs in need, there is a life-saving act that is a direct, hands-on way to help and it is called fostering.

There are several types of people who make amazing fosters…

The first type is the dog lover who is horrified by the number of dogs who are dying in shelters; those who want to do SOMETHING, anything to help. This person can make a huge difference in the life of the dog that they foster AND help another dog make it out of the shelter alive.

Another “ideal foster” is a person who already has a “complete” dog family. In other words, someone who is not looking for another dog and who is happy with their current situation. Fosters with a “complete dog family” are less likely to be tempted to keep their foster dog.

The third individual who is ideal for fostering is the person who is considering adding a second or third dog to their family. What better way to pick a companion than to “test-drive” them in your own household? If you find a dog that fits your family’s dynamics perfectly, then you adopt. If the dog is not perfect at your home, you can keep him/her until the dog meets the family that does have the perfect dynamics.

For any of you who HAVE adopted a rescue dog, please consider for a moment that someone fostered YOUR dog at one point in time and gave him/her a chance to find YOU! Remember, pay it forward!!

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