Sunday, April 16, 2017

HSUS assists in removal of more than 350 animals from Georgia property

The Humane Society of the United States and several Georgia-based organizations were called in by the Habersham County Department of Animal Care and Control to assist in the rescue of more than 350 animals from a Habersham County property.

HCACC personnel served a search and seizure warrant on the property on April 12 after receiving a barking complaint and conducting a welfare check.

During the execution of the search warrant, the officers found the animals in deplorable living conditions, with many of them living in filth and inches of feces and without access to clean water. HCACC is removing the animals from the property pending the final disposition of the case.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Coalition kicks off National Dog Bite Prevention Week - April 9-15, 2017

There are more than 77 million good dogs in the United States, but even the gentlest dog can bite.

The American Veterinary Medical Association, a founding sponsor of National Dog Bite Prevention Week Coalition, joined coalition representatives from the U.S. Postal Service, State Farm, the Insurance Information Institute, and American Humane at the Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA to share the latest dog bite statistics and demonstrate safety tips with a group of Los Angeles area school children.

"It is vital to teach children from a very young age how to read a dog's behavior," said Dr. Melissa Bain, board certified in veterinary behavior and animal welfare in the Clinical Behavior Service at the University of California–Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Animal welfare coalition applauds reintroduction of "Big Cat Safety Act"

Big Cat Rescue, Born Free USA, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, the Humane Society of the United States, and the Humane Society Legislative Fund applaud U.S. Representatives Jeff Denham (R-CA), Walter Jones (R-NC), and Niki Tsongas (D-MA) for introducing the Big Cat Public Safety Act (H.R. 1818).

The bill would advance animal welfare and protect public safety by prohibiting possession and breeding of tigers, lions, leopards and other big cat species by private individuals and unqualified exhibitors.This bill would strengthen the Captive Wildlife Safety Act, the existing federal law passed unanimously in 2003, by closing the loopholes that allow private possession of big cats by unqualified individuals.

Existing owners that do not qualify for an exemption may keep the big cats they currently possess so long as they notify the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The bill provides for reasonable exemptions for wildlife sanctuaries and exhibitors licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture that meet basic standards intended to protect the public and the animals.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

San Antonio Zoo achieves Humane Certification for animal welfare

American Humane, the country's first national humane organization and the world's largest certifier of animal welfare and well-being, has announced that San Antonio Zoo has achieved certification by the American Humane Conservation program, becoming part of an elite group of only a dozen Humane Certified institutions worldwide.

The American Humane Conservation program is the first certification program singularly dedicated to helping ensure the well-being and humane treatment of animals living in the world’s zoos and aquariums.

The program uses comprehensive, evidence-based welfare standards developed by an independent Scientific Advisory Committee comprised of world-renowned leaders in the fields of animal science, animal behavior, animal ethics and conservation.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

ASPCA assists local Sheriff's Department in Wisconsin animal cruelty case

At the request of the Forest County Sheriff’s Department, the ASPCA assisted with the removal, transport and sheltering of 30 wolf-dog hybrids and 14 horses from a property involved in an animal cruelty investigation in Crandon, Wisconsin.

The ASPCA also assisted with evidence collection, forensic exams, veterinary care, and medical triage of animals on scene. The owner was arrested on cruelty-related charges, and other charges are expected to follow.

The arrests and seizure are the result of an investigation that began after local authorities received numerous complaints from local residents about the owner breeding wolf-dog hybrids on her property and animals frequently escaping, posing a public safety risk.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

ASPCA releases new data showing remarkable progress for homeless dogs and cats

The ASPCA has released national shelter estimates showing dramatic decreases in shelter intake and euthanasia of homeless dogs and cats. The ASPCA reports that an estimated 1.5 million companion animals are euthanized in U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year, a decrease from about 2.6 million estimated in 2011.

Contributing to this reduction is an 18.5 percent increase in national adoptions. An estimated 3.2 million shelter animals are adopted each year (1.6 million dogs and 1.6 million cats), up from 2.7 million adoptions in 2011.

“This is tremendous progress for America’s dogs and cats, and is the direct result of innovative, life-saving programs and hard work from local shelters, rescues and national organizations, like the ASPCA, to end homelessness and needless euthanasia of shelter animals,” said Matt Bershadker, president & CEO of the ASPCA. “It also reflects the public’s dedication to rescuing homeless animals.”