So when they left Stetler’s garage last summer to greet a passer-by, it took him a moment to realize he didn’t recognize the owner or her dog. He was on his way to fetch his two shepherd mixes when a San Diego police officer pulled up. Stetler said he still hasn’t recovered from what happened next.
“I was running over when he shot (Pepper) in the head,” he said tearfully. “I was seeing red. I was standing there, but I was spinning. She was my whole life.”
"Excuse me. Have you seen this dog?"
It's a heartbreaking question repeated by dog owners all over Southern California as pet thefts increase across the area.
Karen Chamberlain was victimized last November when robbers ransacked her apartment and made off with her 4-pound Maltese, Jack.
"It was like someone stealing your heart out of you," Chamberlain said.
According to one animal welfare group, Jack is among the estimated 2 million pets that were stolen in the U.S. last year.
On Saturday October 26th, a great group of animal lovers got together in Pasadena, California to help Farm Sanctuary in the 2013 Los Angeles Walk for Animals, which I was fortunate enough to be a part of. Not only was the walk a great success for the animals of Farm Sanctuary, it was full of fun stuff for humans! The weather was beautiful, making it a great walk around downtown Pasadena. There was live music, a yoga session to warm up before the walk, free vegan food, many pet participants (some in adorable Halloween costumes,) and more. I was on the EARN (Expand Animal Rights Now) team with some of my favorite animal rights activists. If you haven’t hear of EARN, read my other article at: http://www.thepetmatchmaker.com/who-will-be-the-voice-for-animals/
Farm Sanctuary is an animal rights group with the mission to “protect farm animals from cruelty, inspire change in the way society views and treats farm animals, and promote compassionate vegan living,” with a focus on ending animal abuse in factory farming. The walk was created to give a voice to farm animals and to raise money to provide care for the animals living at the Farm Sanctuary locations around the country, as well as to educate the public about the horrible truths behind factory farming. Close to 2 million dollars has been raised through these walks in the past and the 2013 Los Angeles Walk for Animals raised roughly $23,000.
A lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges that LA sheriff’s deputies threw a chair at a pit bull, shocked it twice in the face with a stun gun, shot it twice with a firearm and then allowed it to bleed to death.
The lawsuit claims that the 5-year-old pit bull, named Chico Blue, was victim to “inexplicable cruelty” after deputies responded to reports of a shooting in Pico Rivera on Dec. 6, 2012.
Following the controversial shooting of a Rottweiler by Hawthorne police last month, the suit says Chico’s death is “part of a larger trend in which numerous animals have been harmed or killed by careless law enforcement officials.”
Sheriff's Department deputies in Pico Rivera allegedly threw a chair at a dog, fired Tasers at his face, shot the animal twice with a gun and let him bleed to death, according to a lawsuit filed in Superior Court.
The lawsuit, filed Wednesday at the Norwalk courthouse, alleges that the 5-year-old pit bull named Chico Blue was "senselessly tortured and killed" by deputies who responded to the Pico Rivera neighborhood after a shooting on Dec 6.
Members of the group Expand Animal Rights Now said the incident is part of a larger pattern of law enforcement violence against dogs, including the recent killing of a Rottweiler by police in Hawthorne. That shooting, captured on video and posted on YouTube, has sparked outrage and prompted investigations of the officers' actions.
An English Bulldog puppy was strangled to death while being groomed at Petsmart; Barkworks is accused of hiding the fact that their puppies were obtained from abusive puppy mills; Costco pharmacy gave an Australian Shepherd a lethal dose of cancer drugs. These are but a few of the cases that EARN’s attorneys are working on. What’s EARN? A group that’s changing the lives of animals nationwide.
When people think of animal rights groups, they generally picture vegans rescuing animals and protesting animal cruelty. EARN, however, is an up and coming group with a slightly different approach. The group was started in November of 2012 by CEO and founder, Jill Ryther and is based out of Canoga Park, California. Though the members do rescue and foster animals, along with protesting deplorable conditions, their main goal is closer to the root problem. The deficiencies of our legal system prevent animals from being adequately protected in this country. Animals are classified as insignificant, lifeless pieces of property. So basically, if somebody harmed your pet, it would be treated in the same way as if they damaged your bicycle. I know… how is this possible, right? Animals are living, breathing, loving creatures just like human beings. Well, this is exactly what EARN is changing, by speaking for those who have no voice.
Rita, the adorable four-month-old English bulldog puppy depicted above, was allegedly strangled to death while in the care of PetSmart’s groomers, the LA Weekly first reported.
The owners of the pup, Veronica Espinoza and John Benitez, filed a lawsuit against the store Monday. The owners’ attorney, Jill Ryther, gave The Huffington Post an account of what happened on the tragic day of the doggie’s death.
Rita’s owners dropped her off on May 12, 2011 at 8 a.m. at the PetSmart in Downey, Calif. Two hours later, they received a call from the store saying that Rita was throwing up blood and that they needed to take her to a veterinarian right away. Espinoza and Benitez rushed over and took Rita to the vet, where she died 45 minutes later.