Category: Dogs

Maryland Passes ‘Beagle Freedom Bill’ to Help Research Dogs Get Adopted

The Maryland General Assembly has passed new legislation that requires research facilities in the state to “take reasonable steps” to adopt out any dogs used in scientific experiments once they are no longer needed. Named the Beagle Freedom Bill because beagles are the most commonly used dog breed for research, the new law means institutions will have to search for placement of the dogs, or create relationships with animal rescue centers that can help find them new homes. Up until now, there have been no laws regulating what happens to animals after the testing ends, and animals are routinely euthanized...

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VIDEO: Puppy Abandoned Because He Couldn’t Walk Now Has the Best Life

 Bueller the puppy was dropped off at an SPCA in Sacramento by a breeder because of a congenital defect made him unable to walk. Despite the inevitable challenges Bueller faced, his compassionate caretakers had hope for his future and decided against euthanasia. Gaining the strength to walk required lots of time and dedication. Water therapy was especially helpful because it allowed the pup to move his legs in a natural motion without having to support his weight. Bueller’s first major milestone came when he was able to stand without assistance. Eventually, a tearful team of staff members looked...

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LFT is Helping Dogs And Cats Rescued from the Cruel Meat Trade

Across China, millions of dogs are stolen from home or shot with poison darts on the streets, packed into cramped, filthy cages and trucked to slaughterhouses to be beaten, sliced open and boiled alive in the cruel dog meat trade. Brave rescuers are fighting back, and work tirelessly to save dogs from this nightmare. Many of the dogs they save must go to shelters, who desperately need help providing them what they need to be safe and happy. With your support, Lady Freethinker (LFT) is providing much-needed food for dogs saved from the streets and slaughterhouses of China. The dogs above were...

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Victory! Mississippi Has Just Toughened Penalties for Dog Fighting

A new law has passed in Mississippi that toughens penalties for dog fighting and related crimes. The new bill increases the maximum sentence for first offenders to five years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000. This includes not only people who organize dog fights, but those who promote fights, transport dogs or otherwise engage in the cruel bloodsport — or even simply possess dog fighting paraphernalia. Repeat offenders could serve up to 10 years in prison with a fine of up to $10,000. Dog fight spectators may also face felony charges with fines and up to...

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Justice Served: ‘Puppy Doe’ Abuser is Going to Prison

The man responsible for the horrific abuse of a dog known as “Puppy Doe” in 2013 has finally been convicted to a minimum of eight years in prison after a jury found him guilty on 12 counts of animal cruelty this week. Radoslaw Czerkawski, a 36-year-old Polish immigrant living in Massachusetts, was sentenced on Monday, much to the relief of prosecutors and animal rights activists who have been following this case for nearly five years. He is also banned from owning animals or being around animals. “With the conviction and sentencing of Radoslaw Czerkawski, it has been demonstrated that...

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Homeless Dog Shoplifts Book on ‘Abandonment,’ Now Has Caring Foster Family

When a surveillance camera captured a homeless dog shoplifting a book about abandonment, the stray canine finally got the break he needed to find a loving home. Last week in the Feevale University bookshop in Hamburgo, Brazil, the dog wandered into the shop, past the oblivious front desk attendant, and carefully picked up a book in his mouth before casually trotting out of the store, tail wagging. A student who had witnessed the theft followed the dog and retrieved the book, returning it to the stunned woman behind the desk. The book was aptly entitled “The Days of Abandonment.” A...

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