Animal Hoarding is Animal Cruelty

Animal Cruelty

Animal Hoarding is Animal Cruelty

No Comments 20 August 2010

In the last month, my local humane association assisted with two large-scale animal rescue efforts. Both were cases of animals being saved from hoarding situations. According to The Humane Society of the United States, animal hoarding is likely a symptom of a psychological or neurological malfunction. In many cases, the hoarder believes they’re helping the [...]

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Animal Cruelty Linked to Other Forms of Violence

Animal Cruelty

Animal Cruelty Linked to Other Forms of Violence

2 Comments 30 June 2010

The New York Times Magazine recently published “The Animal-Cruelty Syndrome,” an in-depth look at the correlation between animal abuse and other criminal activity. Animal abuse has long been linked to domestic violence, firearms possession, and drug trafficking, among other crimes, on an anecdotal basis. Now, however, scientific research proves the link, and law enforcement officials [...]

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Trap, Neuter and Return Programs Manage Feral Cats

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Trap, Neuter and Return Programs Manage Feral Cats

No Comments 01 June 2010

When I lived in Washington, DC, my street was overrun with cats. It was my first experience with a “community” cat population, and I couldn’t believe the number of cats and kittens that roamed the street and our alley. Several were clearly ill or injured. Many were hit by cars. Others froze to death. One [...]

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The Problem with Puppy Mills

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The Problem with Puppy Mills

6 Comments 17 May 2010

A couple weeks ago, 225 dogs were rescued from a breeding operation called Poodle Palace in Sparta, Tennessee. The dogs were mostly toy poodles and other “designer” dogs. According to reports, when authorities arrived on the scene, the stench from the facility was so bad that officers were unable to enter the 1,200 square foot [...]

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The Victims of Dog Fighting

Animal Cruelty

The Victims of Dog Fighting

1 Comment 29 March 2010

Last summer, about 60 miles from my house, nearly 100 dogs were seized in a dog-fighting operation bust. The dogs were chained to trees through 15 acres of woods.

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