Monday, October 16, 2017

Odin...the story of a champion

Roland Tembo Hendel is one of so many who have lost their homes and much else during the northern California fires. This is Odin, his Great Pyrenees and this is his story.

“Even now as I write this, I am crying tears of gratitude and awe at (my dog’s) bravery and devotion."


This is Odin.

He is a hero.

Despite the fire, he never left the goats he was in charge of.

Here’s what Roland Tembo Hendel wrote about his dog:

As many of you know, Ariel, Scott, Stephen, and I lost everything we had in the Tubbs fire that devastated our forest home in Sonoma County earlier this week.

We had minutes to load up the animals and run from the advancing firestorm.

Despite the sounds of exploding propane tanks, twisting metal, and the hot swirling winds, Odin refused to leave our family of 8 bottle-fed rescue goats.

Hours later when we had found relative safety we cried for Odin and our goats.

I was sure I had sentenced them to a horrific and agonizing death.

Days later, when we were able to make it back to the property, we found a burned, battered, and weakened Odin, surrounded by his 8 goats, and several small deer who had come to him for protection and safety.

Odin was weak, and limping, his once thick and beautiful coat singed orange, his whiskers melted.

Since then, Odin has been reunited with his sister Tessa.

He appears to be getting stronger, and his sister's presence will surely help to lift his spirits and take some of the burden off his giant shoulders.

Also the wonderful volunteers at Sonoma County Fairgrounds gave Odin a check-up and said he is in remarkable health given what he’s been through.

He was limping and lying down more often than usual because his poor paw-pads are burned.

But he will make a full recovery.
Tomorrow he gets a shampoo, a grooming, and nice steak.

And with that, we are going to enjoy a pizza and a beer and a good night’s rest.

Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers and for sticking with us through this roller-coaster ride.

—Roland Tembo Hendel

What an an amazing Dog!

#StayStrong
#ISaluteOdin

God Bless Odin!




Thursday, October 12, 2017

Here today, gone tomorrow: 100's of missing Harvey dogs from Houston SPCA

Three of the pets from Houston SPCA website...gone. Where are we?
Pit Bulls and Other Animals has been tracking the Ford Center dogs and other animals since Houston SPCA stormed in and took over the operation September 3, 2017. The highly funded public charity pushed out Best Friends and other first responders which raised huge concerns as HSPCA has a long history of killing pit bulls.

Social media went viral with reports of 40 some odd pit bulls that disappeared and were suspected of being killed by Houston SPCA. Best Friends created a petition begging Patti Mercer, director of Houston SPCA to keep the animals safe until owners could be reunited. Mercer refused. The HSPCA did post over 200 dogs on their website, but these dogs have mysteriously and suddenly disappeared.

We have placed several calls to Houston SPCA, but they seem to be very tight-lipped about the animals. We were referred to their media person Julie K who has not returned our calls. What is the big secret?

The only response we have been able to squeeze out of the tight-lipped Houston SPCA was this on their Facebook page:


At the time of this post, there were only a total of 47 dogs on the Houston SPCA website for adoption. Hundreds of animals disappeared from the Harvey link which is no longer offered on their site.

Where are these dogs? Were they, at best, shipped off to other shelters and rescues? With all of the horrors in the news regarding high-kill shelters and dangerous rescue organizations, we are concerned about these Beaumont, Texas animals and their well-being. Are they still alive?

Or...were they killed as has been the history at Houston SPCA to kill all pit bulls and other animals they deem not cute enough to raise huge funds like the present I Walk for Animals campaign. The Houston SPCA rakes in about $40 million a year as a public tax-exempt charity. This means these animals are publicly owned and the Houston SPCA must account for the whereabouts of these dogs and cats.


The Houston SPCA's number is 713-869-7722. These dogs and cats need to be accounted for and by law, the Houston SPCA owes an explanation for each and every animals they impounded.

No name pittie will die at Houston SPCA is a Facebook page dedicated to the animals missing or killed by the Houston SPCA.

We can only hope that the missing hundreds of dogs placed into the care of Houston SPCA which has always killed all pit bulls are safe. If only this institution placed a fraction of the effort they put into fundraising drives like their I Walk for Animals event and Chevron sponsored Run For a Reason, maybe there wouldn't be so many missing and dead pit bulls and other animals.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Public outcry over Alabama animal slaughters

 

Lawrence County, Alabama rescuers and animal lovers are begging for help. According to locals, the stray and other animals at risk are being euthanized in mass quantities.

Lawrence County commissioner Bobby Burch 'made the motion to show we are serious about (a shelter)' in May of this year.

"It's time for this man to take responsibility. Responsibility for the zoo, responsibility for Bobbie Taylor's. Responsibility for the suffering of thousands and thousands and thousands of animals in Lawrence County. It's time for this SOB to step aside. He tried to have the dogs sold at a flea market. He is a man without ethics. A man who doesn't give a shit what happens to the animals of that county. Only that no money goes to them. But you can bet his pockets are lined thickly."


The county is currently in a six-month contract with Kimberly Carpenter and Changing 42 Animal Rescue to take in animals previously going to the Morgan County animal shelter.

"All the drama that happened in Lawrence County was for NOTHING! Nothing was resolved, nothing solved. Nothing improved. In fact it's worse. And now....here we go again!"


Carpenter is paid $20 per animal, the same amount Morgan County was receiving.
"are you going to allow your tax dollars to be spent shipping dogs 55 miles away to be euthanized for 12.00?"

The six-month contract was approved on March 29, with Commissioner Joey Hargrove saying the county would build its own shelter in that time from with money from the capital projects fund.

"Now he is wanting to send Lawrence County animals to Marion County where they will pay 12.00 per dog, 6.00 for smalls and just euthanize them."

These local animal rescuers and advocates are begging locals to call and publicize the plan to ship the local Lawrence County animals to Marian Count only to be euthanized.

"this is UNACCEPTABLE and we, as rescuers, are sick and tired of cleaning up after this sickening man. They need to man up and build a damn shelter and stop this contract crap. And this county needs to be audited."

"Elections are coming up next year. If the commissioners want to play, let's make them pay. Vote them OUT!?"


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Friday, September 29, 2017

Guggenheim pulls hideous pit bull fighting art

Thanks to animal lovers like you and me, the Guggenheim Museum has taken down the horrible art from China featuring fighting pit bulls. According to a New York Times piece, "Facing an avalanche of criticism, the Guggenheim surrendered late Monday and said it would remove three major works from a highly anticipated exhibition of art by Chinese conceptual artists, including the signature piece of the show, which opens next month."

The featured 'art' piece involved 8 American pit bulls attached to treadmills in a 7-minute video straining and salivating, but only able to keep running on the antiquated machinery. The visual is horrific and beyond what most cultured people consider to be 'art.' Imagine watching a train wreck for 7 minutes, or perhaps the bombing of the World Trade Center over and over. This is cruelty, pure and simple.

The New York Times reports, "the museum, in Manhattan, made the decision after it had come under unrelenting pressure from animal-rights supporters and critics over works in the exhibition, “Art and China After 1989: Theater of the World.” Protesters marched outside the museum over the weekend, and an online petition demanding “cruelty-free exhibits” at the Guggenheim had been signed by more than half a million people as of Monday night.

The three works, which all involve animals, are “Dogs That Cannot Touch Each Other,” “Theater of

The 'art' in question, 'Dogs that Cannot Touch Each Other,' is called 'pugnacious' by its creator, Peng Yu with her husband, Sun Yuan. She denies that her 'art' is cruelty."

the World” and “A Case Study of Transference.” The pieces were among about 150 works selected for the show, mostly experimental art and many of them shocking, intended to challenge authority and use animals, in video, to call attention to the violence of humankind."
“These dogs are naturally pugnacious,” Ms. Peng said in an interview last year.
Reached in Beijing on Tuesday, Ms. Peng blamed the controversy on a recent article about the exhibition. “I don’t want to talk about this anymore,” she said, adding that the dogs were examined by veterinarians before and after they were used in the performance."

The very idea that this person is allowed to handle innocent animals is beyond comprehension. The comments reflect a complete lack of dog knowledge. But even more, the display reflects of the desire to cause pain and discomfort by this artist.

The museum said the works were being removed “out of concern for the safety of its staff, visitors and participating artists.” The Guggenheim has claimed to have received threats of violence, yet "A museum spokeswoman, asked to describe any threats or security issues, including whether the police had been notified, declined to discuss specifics."

Animal lovers from around the world objected to the exhibit in which three pieces were pulled by the Guggenheim including one of two pigs forced to mate for the crowd with their bodies completely covered in markings. Another featured live insects and reptiles under a bright light.






Houston SPCA must return Harvey dogs to Beaumont by law

The Houston SPCA signed an agreement to return all dogs to Jefferson County. Bett Sundermeyer and No Kill Houston have provided the following information reprinted here in Pit Bulls and Other Animals.

When the Houston SPCA, a kill shelter, took animals from the Ford Center in Beaumont after Hurricane Harvey, and forced rescuers to leave, A LOT of people were understandably upset and worried about the animals.

We are all particularly worried about Pit Bull type dogs that the HSPCA took because they have said that they do NOT adopt out these dogs --- meaning they kill those dogs.

Below is the agreement that Jefferson County has with the Houston SPCA concerning the animals that they removed from Jefferson County.

This agreement says that the Houston SPCA will:

1) Place Jefferson County pets into foster homes for at least 30 days in an effort to give owners a chance to locate and reclaim their pets; and

2) Jefferson County pets will be returned to their owners at no charge; and

3) Jefferson County pets not claimed by their owners will either be placed into adoptive homes or returned to Jefferson County.

Note that the Houston SPCA has NO LEGAL RIGHT TO KILL any of the animals that they removed from Jefferson County, for any reason. This includes Pit Bull type dogs that the Houston SPCA claims are all “dangerous.”

These dogs must be RETURNED to Jefferson County.

This agreement was signed on September 2, 2017. On October 2, 2017, the Houston SPCA must abide by this agreement. No name pittie with die at Houston SPCA Facebook page has posted some of the dogs impounded by Houston SPCA. We will be reporting updates and missing pets. The Houston SPCA must be held accountable for every animal they impounded at the Ford Center in Beaumont on September 2.

No Kill Houston is a longtime animal advocacy group working hard to protect Houston's companion pets. The section regarding the Houston SPCA has documented the routine killing of countless innocent animals at the hands of the Houston SPCA.

Please sign and share this petition to fire Patti Mercer and investigate the Houston SPCA.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Ivanka Trump's horrible animal abuse you didn't know about

Rabbit tortured in Chinese fur farm
When Ivanka isn't posing for photo ops with her daddy or jet setting around the country, she is guilty of some of the most horrific animal abuse we've ever encountered.

What most Americans do not realize is the lovely soft-spoken president's daughter, wife and mother runs a company that skins rabbits, many while still alive, to make hats.

The Ivanka Trump company "sells hats with pompoms made of fur from rabbits killed in China received a letter from PETA revealing that rabbits live in urine-encrusted cages before they are hit, hung up and skinned – sometimes while still alive."


Chinese fur farm


PETA and other animal rights groups have begged Trump for years to stop this cruel practice, but their pleadings have fallen on deaf ears.

The Chinese fur farms used by Ivanka Trump's company have been investigated for cruelty. "Every single fur farm that PETA Asia has visited in China has been exceptionally cruel: A previous investigation in China revealed that rabbits were shocked with electrical devices, causing them to scream in pain. Investigators have also witnessed foxes being electrocuted, dogs bludgeoned to death, and raccoon dogs skinned alive. Selling fur from China – where there are no penalties for abusing animals on fur farms – means supporting the worst kind of unabated cruelty to animals."



Ms. Trump often peddles her daughter, Arabella, into state meetings to recite and sing songs in Chinese. It appears the Trump presidency has been quite lucrative for the beanie business.

The Trump family's White House presence has enabled Ivanka Trump to secure priceless Chinese trademarks to promote her business. How many millions has Ivanka Trump made from these Chinese business deals?

Not only are animals being cruelly abused, but outcry over low pay and long hours have dogged Ivanka Trump industries. The Washington Post reports, "workers at a factory in China used by the company that makes clothing for Ivanka Trump’s fashion line and other brands worked nearly 60 hours a week to earn wages of little more than $62 a week, according to a factory audit."

According to the House Rabbit Society "the 2012 American Pet Products Association (APPA) Pet Owners Survey, 2.5 million households now live with rabbits, who remain the favorite pet of the “small animals,” and, because they are often spayed and neutered, live as multiples in many homes. They also count 18 million small animals living in American homes, with rabbits being the most popular of those. That same year, the AVMA did their survey again, but found only 1.2%  of American households (or 1.2 million American households) living with about 3 million rabbits."

Jimmy Stewart and 'Harvey'
People love rabbits, the longtime subject of literature and art like the fictional character Peter Rabbit and the beloved movie, Harvey.

A petition has been created to raise awareness of Ivanka Trump's companies' animal abuse. Do you approve of an animal abuser of this magnitude representing fellow Americans in the White House?


Articles written about Ivanka Trump and company's horrible abuse:

Daily Mail UK:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3451923/PETA-hits-pregnant-Ivanka-Trump-shocking-use-real-rabbit-fur-hat-design-urging-right-thing-stick-faux.html

India Times:

http://www.indiatimes.com/news/world/peta-shocked-to-see-donald-trump-s-daughter-ivanka-using-rabbit-fur-hats-urges-her-to-stop-it-270366.html

New York Post:

http://nypost.com/2016/02/16/peta-shocked-to-find-ivanka-trump-sells-rabbit-fur-hat/

Female First:

http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/vegan/chinese-rabbit-slaughter-peta-921437.html

CNN:
http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/17/politics/ivanka-trump-peta-rabbit-fur/

PETA:

http://www.peta.org/blog/peta-to-ivanka-trump-ditch-the-fur/

Capital Bay News:

http://www.capitalbay.news/female/981109-peta-hits-out-at-ivanka-trump-s-use-of-real-rabbit-fur-on-hat-design.html

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Hideous dogfighting art featured at Guggenheim exhibit

You might call it art, but as a pit bull rescuer and animal activist, I call it cruelty. Featured in the 'Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World' exhibit at New York's Solomon Guggenheim Museum is a purely awful videotape of 8 tortured American Pit Bull Terriers facing each other and forced to run on antiquated treadmills to the point of exhaustion.


The 'artists' Peng Yu and Sun Yuan, known as 'the bad couple of China's art,' are featured in a New York Times article which refers to "the couple’s work at the Guggenheim is one of their less radical pieces. "

"The seven-minute video shows four pairs of American pit bulls tethered to eight wooden treadmills. The camera closes in on the animals as they face each other, running at high speed.

The dogs are prevented from touching one another, a frustrating experience for animals trained to fight. The dogs get wearier and wearier, their muscles more and more prominent, and their mouths increasingly salivate"

You call this cruelty art? And host it here in the United States with a complimentary New York Times piece?

What will be featured in the next 'art' exhibit? Skinning live dogs and boiling them for the citizens of Yulin to munch on? I mean, really. Where does entertainment stop and art begin? What happened to good old-fashioned paintings of dogs playing poker?

Chairman Mao had the right idea with the cultural revolution. These two 'artists' should be harvesting rice and not promoting animal cruelty. To clarify, "In 1958, after China's first Five-Year Plan, Mao called for "grassroots socialism" in order to accelerate his plans for turning China into a modern industrialized state. In this spirit, Mao launched the Great Leap Forward, established People's Communes in the countryside, and began the mass mobilization of the people into collectives. Many communities were assigned production of a single commodity—steel. Mao vowed to increase agricultural production to twice 1957 levels."



If this is art, then you can have it.



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