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Animal Cruelty – A Growing Problem In West Palm Beach

Animal cruelty covers a wide range of crimes against many different kinds of animals. Basically, there are two categories of animal cruelty – passive (neglect) or active (intentional) – and there are many examples: starvation, dehydration, confinement, inadequate shelter, hoarding, puppy mills, illegal slaughterhouses, untreated wounds and dog fighting and baiting. All kinds of animals can be harmed – dogs, cats, horses, cattle, pigs, goats – even parakeets. Why is it a growing problem in Palm Beach County? There are several reasons. The bad economy has made it difficult for people to care for their pets so they neglect or abandon them. People have always profited from dog fighting and puppy mills – and it has become more common in tough economic times. There is also a “macho” glamorization with… […]

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What To Do If You Have Been Accused of Animal Cruelty

What To Do If You Have Been Accused of Animal Cruelty

According to an article in WPTV News, another animal cruelty case has hit the front page. A neglected and abused bullmastiff mix was rescued last week in deplorable condition. Although his past had been bleak, he may have a promising future ahead of him with the help from donations and animal lovers everywhere. The bullmastiff mix, Colin, was rescued with a skin condition and puncture marks all over his body. It is believed he may have been used as a bait dog in a fighting ring – a common illegal practice in south Florida. He is undergoing medical care at Paws-2-Help and will be transferred to Big Dog Ranch Rescue in about two weeks to continue about six months of additional treatment and therapy before being available for adoption from… […]

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Who Will Care for K9 International’s Confiscated Dogs?

Who Will Care for K9 International’s Confiscated Dogs?

The owner of K9 International LLC’s guard dog company testified on Thursday, rebutting Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control’s allegations that the dogs were malnourished, tick-ridden and ill when they were taken into custody. Almost all of the 18 dogs confiscated between July and September arrived underweight, covered with ticks, and suffering from several illnesses. The owner, Augustin “Gus” Artiles, insisted that his employees take good care of the dogs, and that the dogs were “slim” because of the nature of their work. “Our dogs are always very slim,” he said. “They are constantly moving from one fence to the other because they react to motion. It’s a very high-stress job for the dogs.” On Wednesday, four county veterinarians testified about the various problems with the dogs. At least… […]

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How Animal Cruelty Charges May Shut Down Your Business

How Animal Cruelty Charges May Shut Down Your Business

According to an article on WPTV New Channel 5, a 10-month undercover investigation into allegations of animal cruelty at a North Carolina based animal testing facility, rescued nearly two-hundred dogs and multiple cats. “These dogs were living in absolute filth, being physically abused. Some of the worst cases of animal cruelty I’ve ever seen,” said Lauren Gordon, a member of In Dog We Trust Canine Rescue. Undercover video shows scenes of graphic abuse. Within days of seeing the video, Gordon’s group, and others like it, rallied together to rescue the animals. The facility closed to avoid facing possible government investigation and prosecution. “Get the animals out and get them to safety. That’s our number one goal. Knowing PETA, and the way that they do things, I can’t imagine that they’re… […]

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Man Arrested for Fatally Stabbing Dog

Man Arrested for Fatally Stabbing Dog

According to the Palm Beach Post, a man was charged with animal cruelty with death for cutting his dog’s throat twice last Saturday. Kenneth Russell Hall, 39, cut his pit bull’s throat after the dog got into a fight with another dog, then again to make sure it was dead. Hall has a history of arrests including probation violation, DUI, and domestic battery. He was being held with a $10,000 bail. Animal Cruelty Law Animal cruelty in Florida should not be taken lightly. Stray overpopulation is a serious problem and is the cause of many animal cruelty cases. The Florida animal law statute states that “A person who intentionally commits an act to any animal which results in the cruel death, or excessive or repeated infliction of unnecessary pain or… […]

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Animal Rights Advocates Seek New Draft on Animal Cruelty Law

Animal Rights Advocates Seek New Draft on Animal Cruelty Law

Animal cruelty covers a wide range of crimes against many different kinds of animals. Basically, there are two categories of animal cruelty – passive (neglect) or active (intentional) – and there are many examples: starvation, dehydration, confinement, inadequate shelter, hoarding, puppy mills, illegal slaughterhouses, untreated wounds and dog fighting and baiting. To add to the already horrifying acts of animal cruelty, there come “crush” videos, also known as squish or trampling videos. Such videos cater to fetishists who gain sexual gratification from watching women torture and kill small animals by stepping on them. With popularity of social media and friend-sharing networks, the availability and production of crush videos are increasing dramatically, therefore causing concern for many animal rights activists. Such disturbing videos and images were found illegal until last week,… […]

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Cat Killer Case Goes to Trial in Palm Beach County, Florida

A former teacher who is accused of leaving her two cats in her apartment for over a month without food or water is in Palm Beach County court this week. The Boca Raton Woman said she didn’t have time to feed her animals and didn’t check them for over a month, according to police. Jury selection in the Alison Dinsmore felony animal cruelty trial began Monday and closing arguments are today. Alison Dinsmore was a teacher at Congress Middle School in Boynton Beach when she was arrested in April 2009. Prosecutors argue that the cats died an extraordinarily cruel death, clawing in cabinets for food and searching for water. Photographs taken at the scene show one cat’s body sprawled inside a kitchen cabinet and the other under a dresser. Police… […]

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