animal welfare

  • Woman sentenced to 10 years for animal cruelty, theft

    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 […]

  • Letter to Congressman King re: his dog fighting remarks

    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 […]

  • Outcome for Santa Fe vet who bragged of poisoning animal

    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 […]

  • Animal Welfare Grades: The Primary’s Presidential Candidates

    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 […]

  • Animals on loose in Ohio; woman on rampage at gym

    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 […]

  • Dog Eating Carnival Banned in China

    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 […]

  • Howard Stern blasts owners who dump dogs and cats

    Howard Stern blasts owners who dump dogs and cats

    I’m becoming something of a single-issue celebrity fan, and it’s messing with my identity. When Jay Leno questioned the cruelty of Michael Vick‘s actions, it was easy enough to wash my hands of him. I’d never liked Leno, and his utter lack of compassion aligned well with my vision of him as plastic and soulless. […]

  • Amid earthquake devastation, dogs in Japan are epitome of loyalty

    Amid earthquake devastation, dogs in Japan are epitome of loyalty

    Spoiler alert: Both dogs have been rescued by Kenn Sakurai and his team, and are in the care of professionals. There’s nothing dramatic, in the conventional sense, about this clip. You simply witness compassion in its purest and most honest form, a subtly moving tribute of one dog’s loyalty to his injured companion. Many […]

  • Help animals displaced by Japan’s earthquake and tsunami

    Help animals displaced by Japan’s earthquake and tsunami

    Sherri, a friend of a friend of mine, lives in Japan and has volunteered for four years with ARK (Animal Refuge Kansai). Sherri reports that while her community has largely been spared fatalities due to the earthquake and tsunami, she’s only about a six hour drive from major devastation. Rescuers are attempting to gain access […]

  • Egypt’s animals need our help

    Egypt’s animals need our help

    Along with the rest of the world, I’ve been watching with fascination the uprising in Egypt. As brave humans rally against an autocratic regime, some giving their lives to bring freedom for all, animals are caught in the crossfire. One organization is taking notice: ESMA (Egyptian Society for Mercy to Animals), was born out of […]

  • What dogs and cats have to do with deer and dairy cows

    What dogs and cats have to do with deer and dairy cows

    Whenever I write about the emotions of animals, reader responses pour in. For anyone who loves a cat or dog (or bird or turtle or rabbit), it’s welcome but not surprising to hear science confirm what we already know: Animals think and feel. Today, as I work on an article about holiday pet adoption, I’m […]