Sunday, November 25, 2012

Justice For Phoenix!

Phoenix: the puppy who survived torture and terror!

By: N Gilbert

19-year-old Adell Zeigler and 17-year-old Diondre Brown, of Buffalo New York, were in court Wednesday, November 14, 2012 and are charged with felony-aggravated cruelty to animals. Zeigler and Brown burned an innocent 16-week old puppy named “Phoenix”.

A horrified woman had called the police after seeing something burning and realized it was a puppy. The suffering puppy, now named Phoenix, was found on Herman Street and was still burning.

Zeigler and Brown admitted to holding the helpless, frightened puppy three feet in the air, dousing him with lighter fluid and setting him on fire.

Phoenix, who staff at Buffalo Small Animal Hospital call a “trooper”, has recently “underwent his first of many surgeries to help repair the damage from extensive burns over his entire body. Veterinarians say 60% of his ears have been amputated and several more skin grafts are necessary. It's also still unclear if they will have to amputate one of his hind legs”. Dr. Rebecca Wagner, states, "He improves daily. He's doing quite well and he's taken everything in good strides."

The police were unable to locate the abusers until a break came in from a tip that lead to the arrest of Zeigler and Brown. Both men could face up to one-and-one-third to four years in prison.

Video Courtesy: 4 News

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Phoenix's abusers tortured him in the weeks before they set him on fire!
The charges stated that the two teenagers “did torture a Jack Russell terrier” while in the lower apartment of a home on Herman Street “by means of punching, kicking and throwing the puppy against the walls of the apartment.” When they doused it with lighter fluid, they both laughed, Zeigler told Militello and Sanford.

Asked by The News why his uncle told police Brown was responsible for setting the dog on fire, Brown said, “Because he’s already got felony [convictions] and doesn’t want that kind of [prison] time on him.”

In trying to come up with a motive, the detectives stated in their complaint that the two teens were involved in some kind of disagreement with the dog’s owner, who lived on the second floor of the drug house, and that they decided to get even with him by burning the dog. Brown denied that.

The puppy, named “Phoenix,” continues to make progress in its recovery, Dr. Miguel Diaz, a veterinarian at Buffalo Small Animal Hospital, said Monday. A decision will probably be made next week, Diaz said, on when to perform another skin graft. More than 50 percent of the dog’s body was burned in the attack.

Zeigler was released July 6 from a juvenile detention center in Otisville and directed by state parole officials to report to Grace House, a complex of homes on the 1900 block of Bailey Avenue for ex-convicts. But when he arrived he refused to cooperate and immediately left, according to the Rev. Terry J. King, executive director of Saving Grace Ministries, which operates the residence.

Animal abuse WILL NOT and SHOULD NOT be tolerated in ANY form!

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See Phoenix's daily recovery from the wonderful people taking care of him at the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter:

Stop the Eating in Korea!

Dog Meat: stop the barbaric dog meat trade in South Korea!

By: N Gilbert

A firsthand account of the South Korean Dog and Cat Industry

The $2 billion dollar-a-year South Korean dog and cat meat industry, which extinguishes the lives of approximately two and a half million dogs a year for meat or gaesoju, a dog wine or broth, and thousands of despised and doomed cats for so-called “health” tonics or goyangyeesoju, and soup, operates in a sordid and illicit world where farmers and butchers kill with frightening impunity in the most abominable fashion. Dogs are killed with high-voltage electronic rods (220 volt electrocution to the mouth which does not kill immediately), hanging, or even beating the dog to death at the request of customers who believe that the meat is more tender and tastier the greater the dog suffers (one of the most pernicious of myths) and that the medicinal properties are enhanced. They are most often killed within sight of their cage mates. They are then thrown into a tub of boiling water, often still alive, and then into a rotating drum for the removal of their fur, and finally blow torched. At Moran Market, South Korea’s largest open air-market for dog meat, dog carcasses are on display next to the cages of live dogs. If sales are slow, dogs will remain caged for days or even weeks.

Cats are thrown into boiling water while alive. At the farms, dogs are fed germ-infested, rotting, and fermented human leftovers, a health risk to both the dogs and those who eat them. In South Korea, dogs and cats’ lives are short and ferociously heartless until they tremble no more at the hands of their slaughterers as cage mates look on.

In S. Korea, farmed dogs live for less than a year, often raised in ‘over the ground’ cages. Although these cages are designed so waste can drain away, in reality they are rarely cleaned, resulting in a filthy build-up.

The dogs are usually fed on scraps from neighboring restaurants or – as a WSPA-funded report discovered – even on other dogs, risking the spread of disease. Fighting over the meager food supply causes aggression and injury. The future holds nothing but hours or even days crammed in a small wire transport cage with up to 12 other dogs, heading to market.

According to a groundbreaking television program, with an undercover team of reporters, that aired in South Korea, in 2011, called “South Korea’s Dangerous Health Food—Inconvenient Truth About Dog Meat,” the undercover team spoke with South Korean physician, Dr. Oh, who said that eating dog meat could be hazardous to your health. “These dogs are not fed standard diet appropriate for dogs. Therefore, poisonous substances from these dogs can be contagious to humans. And when these chemicals accumulated in our body, it can cause very serious health problems. Dog meat that is contaminated with germs such as Salmonella is not safe even when you boil or steam it because the germ can survive and cause diseases to humans.”

The South Korean dog and cat meat industry, with its deliberate and indefensible cruelty, is about the implacability of profit and the South Korean government’s granitic indifference to the pervasive rot and stink of human injustice. Dogs are not officially recognized as livestock for slaughter and processing, meaning their meat cannot legally be sold. But enforcement is weak and many dog meat restaurants remain open. But a conflagration is brewing across South Korea and the world that inspires an almost messianic commitment among animal advocates to pursue a ban on dog and cat meat.

A country possessed of an intricate culture soaked with politics and tradition, it recoils when the subject of dog and cat eating arises, experiencing a soul’s unease with the very subject. South Korea is at once the most proud and ashamed, a country in which a sense of a rising global status alongside the ignominy of such cruel practices are indissolubly fused, and whose contradictions and dualities reflect the most exigent of its desires: to be accepted into the world community as an equal and to be without shame about its sordid, corrupt, and technically illegal dog and cat meat industry.

Source: In Defense of Animals (IDA)’s South Korean Dog and Cat Campaign
World Society For the Protection of Animals (WSPA)

There is a complete list of every petition to sign to stop this disgusting vile trade on Korean Dogs. Please visit, sign, and share! These dogs go through torture!

The Horrors of the Fight!

Dog Fighting EXPOSED!

By: N Gilbert

Dogfighting is a sadistic "contest" in which two dogs - specifically bred, conditioned, and trained to fight - are placed in a pit (generally a small enclosed area) to fight each other, for the purpose of entertainment and gambling by the "spectators". Fights can average nearly an hour in length and often last more than two hours. Dogfights end when one of the dogs is no longer willing or able to continue. Dog fighting is prevalent EVERYWHERE... from the most urban of neighborhoods to the deep backwoods.

Dog Fighting - Animal Cruelty

The injuries inflicted and sustained by dogs participating in dogfights are frequently severe, including deep puncture wounds and broken bones, and some are even fatal. Dogs used in these "events" often die of blood loss, shock, dehydration, exhaustion, or infection hours or even days after the fight.


Dog fighting is a sick sport but condoning it by allowing videos to be posted on YouTube is disgusting.

I have contacted YouTube to try and remove these awful videos but have had no response. I think videos and images of animals fighting is sickening and they need to reassess their poilicy of what kind of videos can be posted. It is sad enough that the sport of dog fighting happens, let alone having it broadcast across the world. Especially to people who are browsing innocently on YouTube and find themselves looking at sick images of bloodied dogs.

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Dog Fighters GONE AWAY!

Suspected Dog Fighting Ring Closed Down!

By: N Gilbert

Ashland City, TN – International non-profit animal protection organization Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) removed 65 dogs from the property of a suspected dog fighting operation today in Ashland City, about 35 minutes west of Nashville, in a rescue mission called Operation Broken Chain.
On Thanksgiving night the Ashland City Fire Department and the Pleasant View Fire Department responded to a brush fire at an Ashland City residence. Their discovery of a large number of dogs chained around the property prompted them to call Cheatham County Animal Control (CCAC) who identified the situation as a suspected dog fighting/breeding operation. CCAC found 65 dogs, mostly American Pit Bull Terriers and some Beagles, all requiring medical attention, none with access to food or fresh water.
“We believe this is the largest dog fighting rescue in Tennessee history,” said ARC President Scotlund Haisley. “The conditions Animal Rescue Corps found on this property are the worst I have ever seen at a dog fighting operation in my 22-year career in animal protection.”
CCAC identified dogfighting paraphernalia such as a treadmill, fighting pen, and a spring pole used for strengthening dogs’ jaws. The dogs are underweight, have sores covering their bodies, and are exhibiting signs of internal parasites, but are all very eager for affection despite their desperate living conditions and medical needs.
“I quickly realized that Cheatham County Animal Control needed support in immediately addressing this situation,” said CCAC Director TJ Jordi. “The Animal Rescue Corps team was on the ground in less than 24 hours to support this rescue operation.”

All the animals on the property were surrendered to CCAC and relocated to an emergency shelter outside of Nashville. Their daily care and medical needs will be met by ARC until they can be assessed for placement and transported to partners around the country.
Animal Rescue Corps performed this rescue in conjunction with: Cheatham County Animal Control; New Leash on Life, a shelter in Lebanon, TN; Agape Animal Rescue out of Nashville; the Nashville Zoo and the Tennessee State Highway Patrol.

Via Animal Rescue Corps:

Cats Under The Hood

Cat Caught Your Hood: keeping your kitties safe!

By: O Jefferson

Cats. They're known nosey creatures that enjoy crawling into tight spaces. During the colder months, cats like to get up under the hoods near the tires for warmth. Due to this, many cats die every year due to their owners not knowing they're there. Please keep your cats safe, bang on the hoods of your cars and look at all four tires to make sure that there's no furry feline hiding there.

Germany Brothel!

Please take a moment to sign this petition and help to stop this sickening LEGAL activity.

PETA Kills!!!

The Problems with PETA: and all their cover ups!

By: N Gilbert

Instead of finding homes for the adoptable dogs and cats in their care, PETA employees routinely kill most of them. Much of PETA's $32 million budget funds bizarre media events and celebrity stunts. The animals -- remember them? -- wind up dead!

The Daily Reveille calls them "People for Extortion, Terror and Abuse." (

PETA is making a big deal about erecting a memorial for fish that died in a car wreck in California. But where's the memorial for the thousands of dogs and cats that PETA kills every year?

Via PETA Kills Animals:

New Documents: PETA Killed a Near Record-Breaking 95 Percent of Adoptable Dogs and Cats in its Care During 2011
Hypocritical Animal Rights Group Brings Pet Death Toll To 27,751

Washington, DC — Today the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) published documents online, obtained by a Freedom of Information Act request, showing that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) killed a staggering 95.9 percent of the adoptable pets in its care during 2011. Despite years of public outrage over its euthanasia program, the notorious animal rights group has continued killing adoptable animals at its Norfolk, VA headquarters, at an average of 37 pets every week.

According to records from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, PETA killed 1,911 cats and dogs last year while placing just 24 in adoptive homes. Since 1998, a total of 27,751 pets have died at the hands of PETA workers.

"PETA hasn’t slowed down its slaughterhouse operation, even as the group continues to lecture the American public with its phony ‘animal rights’ message," said Rick Berman, CCF’s Executive Director. "It appears PETA is more concerned with funding its media and advertising antics than finding suitable homes for these dogs and cats."

Despite its $37.4 million budget, PETA employees make little effort to find homes for the thousands of animals they kill every year.

A 2010 inspection of 290 PETA animal custody records performed by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services discovered that PETA killed 84 percent of the animals it took control of within only 24 hours. Additionally, the inspection discovered that PETA’s animal shelter didn't meet PETA’s own published guidelines for running a humane shelter.

"For the 13th year in a row, PETA’s leaders have shown they don’t care about the unlucky dogs and cats that come to its Norfolk facility," Berman continued. "It’s about time PETA’s ‘shelter’ is reclassified as a slaughterhouse."

CCF has obtained PETA’s "Animal Record" filings for every year since 1998 from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Members of the public can see these documents at

Pets Killed by PETA


According to records from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, PETA has killed more than 25,000 animals (mostly dogs and cats) at its headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia.

In a recent article by Nathan Winograd:

"Four years ago, Shelby County, Kentucky ended the killing of healthy and treatable animals. In 2011, they finished with a save rate of 98% for cats and 94% for dogs. Like all shelters, they get jammed periodically. Shelby County seems to get jammed more than other No Kill shelters because they have not fully and rigorously embraced all the programs of the No Kill Equation. But unlike most shelters, when the cages got full for the last four years as they can do for both kill and No Kill shelters, they have not taken the easy, convenient and violent way out: by killing animals to reduce the population.
Despite their success, I have been frustrated with Shelby County officials because even though they’ve been No Kill for four years and their save rate last year was tops in the nation despite a paltry budget of $147,000, a remote location and a depressed economic base, they will threaten to kill animals, though they never do. I’ve told them that threatening to kill animals is not No Kill and it is not “reaching out” to the public for help. When No Kill advocates and No Kill shelters post pleas that include threatening to kill animals if people don’t respond by rescuing or adopting by a certain date, we become that which we claim to oppose and I hope never to hear such threats from organizations and groups that claim to value life. Threatening the ultimate form of violence condones that violence and is not how you create a society where every animal is respected and cherished, and where every individual life is protected and revered. But though the periodic threats are not good for the movement and do not faithfully represent the No Kill philosophy, Shelby County has not killed and that is what matters for the animals.
Recently, however, it happened again: another threat, this time with a date. An article in a Louisville, Kentucky newspaper stated that Shelby County officials announced they would start killing again today, on September 1, because the population was too high (over 200 animals). On behalf of the No Kill Advocacy Center, I reached out to Shelby County to offer advice, guidance and whatever help I could give. But it wasn’t needed. Once again, as she and her team have done so many times before, Kelly Jedlicki at the Shelby County No Kill Mission, a private organization both responsible for and dedicated to ensuring that Shelby County remains No Kill, went to work and the “crisis” has been averted, bringing the population down to 82, through rescue, foster and adoption.
But I wasn’t the only to reach out to Shelbyville when the story broke. PETA did also. Unlike the No Kill Advocacy Center, they did not offer assistance. Unlike Shelby County No Kill Mission, they did not help save the animals. PETA didn’t ask what they could do with their $35,000,000 a year in revenues and millions of animal loving members to help save animals being threatened with death, as donors intended and as supporters assumed. They didn’t offer to help the Shelby County shelter find homes, build temporary kennels, board animals, foster animals, adopt animal, or even just get the word out across Kentucky that animals need help.

Instead, PETA sent Shelby County government and shelter officials gift baskets, with a note thanking them for their decision to start killing again after four years. “Thank you for doing the right thing” wrote PETA in its gift offering from Allison’s Gourmet which included vegan cookies,* baked without eggs or dairy, because—you know—harming animals is wrong.
Before the first cat was poisoned with an overdose of barbiturates, the PETA staff had begun to celebrate the mass killing proposed. This is what the Butcher of Norfolk and the rest of the PETA death cult stand for. But now PETA will have to put away the party hats because the animals are safe. They’ve been adopted. They’ve been fostered. They’ve been placed under the protective embrace of rescuers."

So folks, the next time you think PETA is all for animals and you're thinking of donating to them....THINK AGAIN! These "people" are nothing but a bunch of hypocrites who play on Hollywood celebrities wearing fur! The Humane Society of the US as well as The ASPCA are also backers of PETA and CANNOT be trusted! Please, don't buy the hype of these pathetic fools!

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Help Mellie!

Mellie: another beautiful victim of a crap law!

By: N Gilbert

Benton, Ak.
Mellie, a goregous white and brown Pit Bull, got out of the house and ran over to play with a neighbor. She jumped on him & because he is afraid of dogs, he interpreted her play as aggression. Police issued a vicious dog citation which will end up costing thousands of dollars no matter what.
JUST LIKE LENNOX! Mellie is Innocent! She faces the same fate if Katie can't raise the money for Mellie's Atty, court costs, and impound fees for the time she was at the shelter, and whatever else the city decides. It happens all the time that Pit Bulls are wrongly euthanized because the family doesn't have the money to pay the fees associated with these ridiculous breed prejudice citations! We can prevent this from happening to Mellie. She is still short $1,000. Please everybody chip in $5, or whatever you can. We have to help each other because this could happen to any one of us next.

Fore more info on Mellie, please visit her Facebook page:

RIP Dear Drake!

Drake: A True Heroic Dog.

By: O Jefferson

The saga of the wounded German Shepard began on Sunday Night, when Bobby Boody returned from work and found his place ransacked, with blood splattered everywhere. The house was silent and Drake didn’t bound happily to the front door to greet his friend.

Rushing upstairs, Boody found Drake conscious and barely alive. He gathered the 100 pound animal in his arms, hurried to his car, and drove to the local emergency veterinary clinic. The severely wounded Shepard was stabilized and then transferred to the hospital of Dr. Ken Simmons in Lantana, Florida for surgery.

Dr. Simmons repaired the damage done to two of Drake’s legs, his brow and his jaw. Sadly, a bullet had also nicked the dog’s esophagus and Drake was having difficulty eating and drinking. The concerned Vet hoped the specialists at the University of Florida’s veterinary school could save Drake and he arranged to fly the dog and his owner to Gainesville.

The specialists did their best but they discovered more damage to a blood vessel in the dog’s neck. Trooper Boody and the doctors decided it was best to spare the dog any more pain and on Friday at 6:15 pm, Drake the German Shepard was euthanized.

Bobby Boody was too upset to talk with the press, so he asked Dr Simmons to represent him. The disappointed doctor spoke to reporters about the effort to save the canine hero.

“I’m really happy that I took him up to (the University of) Florida today because we had some of the brightest minds in veterinary medicine on the planet all gathered around this dog, thinking through how it was going to go. At the end of it, we didn’t leave any stones unturned, we didn’t put Drake through any pain. He didn’t feel any pain at all.”

“I’m just totally emotionally spent. I so bad wanted this to be something good for all of these people that were so enthralled with this dog’s fight. At the end of the day, you feel like you let them all down.”

Police have arrested a 16 year old male as the prime suspect in the shooting and robbery. The unnamed minor was traced by the ankle monitor he was wearing while while on probation for burglary and grand theft. The police are also looking for 2 other suspects.

Investigators said the house was chosen for the robbery because the suspects knew a police officer lived there and they thought they would find guns and money. Authorities said the youth confessed to the crime and expressed no guilt over the death of Drake.

Detective Philip DiMola commented on the coldness of the suspect.

“He had no remorse. I asked him, ‘Did you think about that dog today?’ He said no.’”

Free Memphis!

Memphis: another victim of BSL!

By: N Gilbert

Meet Memphis! Memphis is an extremely handsome and big lovable Pit Bull residing in New Jersey. 
Memphis has never had any aggression problems, never bitten anyone, person or animal. So why is he being picked on might you ask? All because of his breed. A PIT BULL! Nonsense right? Below you will find Jeff Coltenback's summary on the story of Memphis...

"Memphis' abbreviated story (it’s a really long one though): Memphis was picked up as stray in Feb 2012 and further restricted by shelter management after his initial 7-day hold was up. He was then deemed unadoptable by an evaluator in March (not by any judicial system). He has no bite history and, to my knowledge, has never injured anyone -- human or animal. His only c
rime; his breed. After learning about Memphis, I contacted the Township of Bloomfield Health Dept and offered my services to evaluate/train him. In order to gain permission to do so (which permitted me to train him only; I was prohibited from evaluating him), I signed a 5-page legal contract which also included holding me liable for Memphis and any expenses incurred on his behalf. 

Part of my training with Memphis, like any dog I work with, included socialization. During this socialization training, he interacted with both adults and children -- all by permission. Due to this, the Township said I put the public in danger and ordered me to bring Memphis back to the shelter, which I did. My wife, Diana, and I then offered to adopt him permanently and sign a waiver relieving the Township of all liability. I submitted my adoption application to the Health Department, Mayor and Town Council, along with 12 Letters of Recommendation from professionals and rescue groups, here in the tri-state area. 

During his entire 8 days with us, Memphis never exhibited any behaviors that provided an opportunity for me to correct or modify his behavior. He has been around people, dogs, cats, rats and even parrots without incident. My wife and I had Memphis for one week, and fell madly in love with him -- he's just that kind of dog. Since he has been sent from our sofa back to the shelter, we cry for him every day. We eagerly await the Township's decision on whether or not they will allow us to adopt him. Memphis is truly a great dog who has a responsible, stable, experienced and loving forever home to go to -- ours."

Currently, there is a huge legal battle going on over getting Memphis to reside with the Coltenbacks. Many supporters have even gone to Jersey to protest on Memphis' behalf. Currently, there is a petition online as of right now to help get Memphis home.

There is now over 47,000 signatures to date on the petition and it needs to reach 100,000. Please sign and share the petition:

For more info on Memphis, please visit his website:

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Please help us all to stop this insanity that is happening before our very eyes. Belfast was enough, lets not let it happen in the USA!

Tragedy For Monty!

Another Police Officer Shoots Dog: when will it end?

By: N Gilbert

Another victim of a trigger happy cop. This is from the victim's owner, please read and pass the info along.
Original Post:

"Hello. I'm writing here as an aim for justice, or at least exposure. On Saturday 11/10/2012, in East Haddam, Ct, @ Hilltop Bar-b-q, my great Dane, Monty, was shot by police, resulting from an incident with my intoxicated father. I am not here defending his(my father) actions, nor do I care to discuss details other than what happened in relation to the incident to my dog. I want to make clear that from every article, blog, and witness I've spoken to, the police shot and and killed my dog from 15-20ft away, multiple times, in the parking lot of a restaurant in east Haddam. Multiple times, as he was sitting far enough away to easily taser or shoot to incapacitate. There was no need to go that far. I'm begging for support to help expose these monsters for abusing the power of their badge, or at least their bad judgement of the situation. A police officer should be in control 100% of the time, and accountable for their actions. If the officers are incapable of making the right decision, and in this case, sounds like they had enough time for a professional to act in a professional manner, why are they suitable to serve and protect us? If people don't say anything about stuff like this, it will never change. If they were "attacked", I feel the outcome would have played ALOT differently. Think about it. In that, I mean how can he go from 'attack', to sitting 15 ft. away? I am pleading for answers for the sake and honor of my dog. And for anyone else who has had to go through anything even close to this painful. I am left now without the light of my life, MY MONTY."

This is something that seems to be happening weekly with law enforcement. I have my own opinions on it, others think it's okay if a cop feels threatened. Being in law enforcement myself, I DO know the laws and I also know the ignorance and arrogance of cops. This NEEDS to be stopped immediately before more precious lives are lost due to stupidity!

Circus Terror!

Circus Murder: the terrors that animals go through to make humans happy.

By: N Gilbert

Do you remember the Disney movie 'Dumbo?' Well, if you remember correctly, in the movie Mrs. Jumbo, Dumbo's mother, supposedly went "mad" due to all the acts she was being made to do as well as her baby being fussed with. Unfortunately, this is true to life! Thousands of animals currently is circuses world wide are  prone to torture, abuse, and mis-treatment. These animals WERE NOT meant to be held in captivity, especially in the conditions they are currently in. Elephants being chained, their babies clinging to their feet, Lions being starved, the list goes one. Below you will find many petitions to stop animal abuse in circuses. Please take a few moments out of your day to read them and sign them. Thank you!




Watch the VIDEO and make your Pledge!

"When I look at animals held captive by circuses, I think of slavery. Animals in circuses represent the domination and oppression we have fought against for so long. They wear the same chains and shackles."
Dick Gregory, 60's comedian, vegetarian, Civil Rights activist









Ernesta the Beauty!

Mexican gray wolf "Ernesta" is on her way to becoming a wild loba! 

By: N Gilbert

Only 58 Mexican gray wolves in the wild in the Southwest; wildlife officials hope Ernesta will add to the population. She may have not been born free, but Ernesta, a 4-year-old Mexican gray wolf from Brookfield Zoo, might be able to live out the rest of her life roaming the wilds of New Mexico.

Ernesta was transferred from the west suburban zoo to the Sevilleta Wolf Management Facility near Socorro, N.M., on Oct. 27 and is now attending "wolf boot camp" with two other male wolves that arrived when she did. The goal is to prepare them for release into the wild as part of an effort to increase the wolf population in the area.

"She is doing well (in her enclosure) and is adapting with the other wolves," said Maggie Dwire, a biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. "She doesn't like to be around people, but that is a good quality for a wolf in the recovery program."

There are only 58 Mexican gray wolves living in the wild in New Mexico and Arizona, but there are 283 living at 52 zoos and other institutions across the United States. Most of the wolves in the wild are second- and third-generation animals that are descendants of wolves that were released from the Sevilleta facility, according to Tom Buckley, public affairs specialist for the Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Mexican gray wolf population in the Southwest had been dwindling throughout the 20th century as human settlement and hunting intensified across in the area. The Fish and Wildlife Service first listed the species as endangered in 1976. The Mexican gray wolf is the southernmost-living, rarest and most genetically distinct subspecies of gray wolf in North America.

Dwire said Ernesta and the two male wolves are being kept in a large fenced-in area that mimics the high desert landscape that surrounds it. There are about a dozen wolves at Sevilleta.

"The goal for her is to accept one of the males as her mate," Dwire said. "If she gets pregnant, she may be released with her mate in spring, but we might also decide to wait until late summer. There are a lot of factors that must be taken into account."

Dwire said Ernesta and her mate would stake out a territory of their own in the spring to raise their pups. Late summer, however, is also a good time for Ernesta and her mate to be released because it's calving season for elk, a main food source for the wolves, wildlife officials said.

Dwire said there are seven separate wolf enclosures at the site, which is located in an isolated canyon area of the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge. She said even wildlife officials visit the wolves only about every five days to give them food and water.

"The idea is to get them to adapt to the environment without people," Dwire said.

Ernesta was born in 2008 at a wolf facility in Missouri and came with her three brothers and four sisters to Brookfield Zoo in 2010. Amy Roberts, mammal curator at Brookfield, said Ernesta was a good candidate for release because she is a confident wolf and one who doesn't care for people.

"We observed her for years and after lengthy discussion decided to give her a chance," Roberts said.

Roberts said Ernesta spent her last night at the zoo with several of her siblings in a confined area to keep her comfortable. In the morning, she was put into a crate and transported to a waiting aircraft at Clow International Airport in Bolingbrook.

The LightHawk airplane organization, which uses volunteer pilots for environmental objectives, then loaded the crate onto the aircraft before heading to Missouri to pick up the two male wolves. The flight then continued on to New Mexico.

Roberts said the transport of the wolves went very well.

"We covered the crates with a tarp to help them relax," Robert said. "There were no problems."

Dwire said the wolf facility doesn't focus much on training wolves to hunt for prey.

"Hunting is part of their DNA. so they usually catch on fast," Dwire said. "It can actually be very dangerous to put a panicking deer or elk in an enclosure because they could hurt the wolves."

She said the wolves eat elk, deer and smaller animals such as rabbits. The facility is now feeding the wolves with roadkill, but Dwire said they also try to teach the wolves not to eat cattle.

"We do something called conditioned taste aversion," Dwire said. "We give them beef but put a chemical in it to make them feel a little sick. In turn, they don't want to eat beef, and they begin to hate the stuff."

Roberts said it's exciting that wolves are living in the Southwest again.

"They are a benefit to the overall ecosystem there," Roberts said. "Wolves keep the population of grazing animals down, which can help create a more diverse and healthy landscape. I also think they are a symbol of wildness."

Via Chicago Tribune.

Boxer BS!

Bitten By A Boxer: and how stupid people can be.

By: N Gilbert

Ernest Dempsey – Killing Ace wasn’t the end of it; Michigan is doing it again as Monroe County is all set to put to death an entire family of boxer dogs because one of them bit a girl who allegedly trespassed the owner’s property while he was away. While the one, a female dog named Brooklyn, did bite the teenage girl, the other three living as part of the family have been arrested and kept imprisoned for 7 months under the label “dangerous” without any reason and are now close to be killed by the animal control.
The story of the four boxers has been posted on the dogs’ Facebook page and owner Timothy Iocoangeli, 48, has been struggling all around to save his dogs from open victimization at the hands of animal control and the courts – all of whom have refused to give the dogs a chance at fair trial in light of evidence and then decide about them.
As he describes in the facebook post, when Timothy Iocoangeli was way on April 24 this year, Brooklyn bit a teenage girl accompanied by a another teenager, both friends of Iocoangeli’s son; according to Iocoangeli, one of these visitors opened the gate to the house while visiting his son but without caring for the presence of dogs in the house. The girl was bitten bad by Brooklyn because, as Iocoangeli explains this female dog had five of her 2-month-old puppies in her care at the house.
The animal control responded by seizing all dogs without bothering which or any of them were dangerous, including the puppy. To facilitate this injustice, media at once called the incident as attack by a” pack of vicious dogs” even though no assessment was done by anyone of the dogs. Interestingly, the channel reporter tells that the girl was reportedly “inside the house” when she was attacked. Why would a teenage girl go inside the house without being accompanied by the owner or his son? Nobody has been bothered with this question while it remains at the core of the entire case.
In declaring Iocoangeli’s boxers dangerous, the animal control and judges at the hearings entirely ignored the city’s own law which states that a dog cannot be considered dangerous if it attacks in protecting its property against strangers. In other words, biting a trespasser does not prove a dog dangerous. And even if one dog is prove dangerous – which will surely be not easy to prove objectively because of the defense reason – why do other dogs have to be killed in absence of any evidence of any biting or mauling?
As the owner tells, an officer at the animal control offered her release of the dogs if he could pay $3000 within a week. But when he excused for not being able to afford it, the dogs were kept in the pound and the owner or his family was not allowed to visit them. Imprisoned for no crime, kept isolated from family, these dogs have been so recklessly victimized by the city that the ideal of justice has been strangled well before putting the dogs down. And if that was not enough, Timothy Iocoangeli was given a choice by the prosecution to either give up on all dogs or else go to jail. Iocoangeli says he turned himself in instead of letting his dogs be euthanized by his agreement. While he was released on bail, he still faces jail time for up to 4 years on charges of keeping “dangerous animals” in the house while his dogs can be put to death any time by the animal control.
One act of carelessness by visiting teenagers has literally destroyed the happy life of a man who even washed cars to raise money for saving his beloved family pets. Monroe County animal control and city authorities chose to victimize innocent animals and a man who refused to accept their twisting of their own rules for a show of efficiency and mock justice. Can such an outrage be acceptable in country which is leading the world in matters of rights and justice? Is it not an open act of judicial murder? Allowing such abuse of authority can no doubt lead to future victimization of civilians in the name of management and control.
To raise a voice against the euthanasia possibly planned for some time the coming week, contact the Monroe County Animal Control at their website or 911 S Raisinville Rd, Monroe, MI 48161 (phone 734-240-3125). To contact the mayor’s office, call Mayor’s office at 734-384-9144 (

If you are able to help, please join this event as apparently they are in need of only $3500.00 according to the court.

There is also a petition to sign:

Article via Journal of Humanitarian Affairs.

Pittie Rescues!

A True Nanny Dog to the Rescue!

 By: N Gilbert

One Indianapolis family had a lot to be thankful for yesterday after their blue pit bull took on the role of hero during a terrifying home invasion.
WISHTV sat down with married couple Nayeli Garzon-Jimenez and Adolfo Angeles-Morales, who explained how their family pet was able to successfully block armed robbers from escaping their home with their 3-month-old daughter.
Two armed robbers -- a man and a woman -- broke into the couple's home demanding money. Angeles-Morales was at work at the time but on the phone with his wife during the start of the invasion. He recounted the details for WISHTV, as his wife does not speak English.
"The guy say, 'Give me the money or we take the baby,'" Angeles-Morales explained.
When Garzon told them she didn't have any money, the woman began to seize the baby and a brief scuffle broke out before the male robber clocked Garzon on the forehead with his pistol, forcing her to release her child. The woman then attempted to escape through the back door with the baby before being accosted by the family's pit bull.
"She try to run away through the back door, but one of the doggies - he didn't let her go through the back door," said Angeles-Morales.
The woman then ran back toward the front door, releasing the baby to Garzon on the way. Both robbers left empty-handed and Garzon and her child were treated at Wishard Hospital. The baby was unharmed, while Garzon suffered a cut on her forehead and some bruising.
Despite the story's happy ending, some readers of the report on WISHTV took issue with the article due to the fact that the family's pit bull was only referred to as a "dog."
"Seriously, is it so hard to give credit to the fact that the dog is a PIT BULL?" wrote Amber Yorlano. "He's a heroic dog that is credit to the breed."
"Why didn't they specify that it was a pit bull?" added Ja Santana. "Had it been a negative story that would have been the first thing they mentioned."
Follow-ups on the story from and Opposing Views both referred to the dog as a pit bull.
Indianapolis police are currently looking for a suspect described as an African-American male, 6-foot-2, 35 years old, heavyset with acne scars, a close-cut beard and light skin. He is considered to be armed and dangerous.
The female suspect has been described as being an African-American in her mid-20s, 5-foot-10, heavyset with braided ponytail and piercings on her lip and eyebrow.
Those with any information should call IMPD at 317-327-3475 or Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.

Via Examiner.
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