Archive | April, 2012
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Loki's Gift

The title of this post is a direct quote from a young gentleman charged with law enforcement and the protection of citizens and animals alike due to the position and responsibilities that position entails.

Rather says it all does it not??

Canada, the golden land of opportunity, welcoming with open arms all manner of newcomers, be they individuals looking to provide better lives for their families, or foreign investments looking to make a profit on the backs of our environment, our fresh water resources and our vast untapped mineral resources.    Welcome….

Sarcastic remark…yes admittedly.

Canada, a land where the exploitation, suffering and lack of proper Federal Legislation, allows for horrendous Factory Farms, the continued unabated suffering in puppy mills, kitten mills, horse slaughter, the failure to protect domestic animals, strays, gosh you name it…

Every year the Animal Legal Defense Fund issues it’s annual report naming the Best and…

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Cats and Dogs in McDonough County IL Need Urgent Rescue

28 Apr

Hand4Paws received an urgent plea from an individual who said the cats at the McDonough County Animal Shelter in Macomb, Illinois needed rescued asap. The message read:

“An animal shelter in Illinois has been “closed” to the public due to a death in the animal control officer’s family. For nearly a week, the shelter has been accepting animals into the facility but has not been adopting them out.  The shelter is now nearly filled to capacity. We are concerned that some of the animals will be euthanized next week when the animal control officer returns to work on Monday.  Several of the cats at the shelter are pregnant.

 We are asking for your help to find foster and/or forever homes for the cats and dogs at this facility. Time is of the essence for these amazing animals.  Please help – before it is too late.”

PLEASE if anyone can rescue or adopt any of the cats, the shelter is located at Highway 67 & Tower Rd, just north of the Rodeway Inn, Macomb, IL. They can be reached at 309-837-2989 or emailed: Hours are Mon-Fri: 11-5pm, Sat: 10-Noon

See more of the nice cats at the McDonough County Animal Shelter website:

There are also great dogs on their website which need rescued or adopted, some are also urgent:

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New Mexico Dog “Sheriff” Rescued with Two Broken Legs – Story and ChipIn

27 Apr
Recently, New Mexico Dogs Deserve Better (NMDDB) was invited by the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department & Bernalillo County Animal Services to join them in their FIGHT against animal cruelty. A partnership was formed & NMDDB is now part of the Bernalillo County Animal Cruelty Task Force. BC ACT is made up of over 20 BCSD deputies, Lt. Andi Taylor, BCAS director Mathew Pepper, his team of animal welfare field officers, Angela Stell & Brittany Nelson of NMDDB & the VILLAGE that supports us. Together we emerge onto the streets of Albuquerque’s South Valley, on foot, in vehicles, door to door, backyard to backyard looking for animal welfare ordinance violations, animal cruelty & neglect of any kind, chaining violations & outstanding warrants. Citations are written, summons are issued & arrests are made on the spot. We are also there to provide education, resources, supplies & support to those that want to do better by thier animal companions. But often is the case that animals must be siezed immediately from a situation…..such was the case for SHERIFF!
On March 29, 2012 BC ACT we briefed for our first mission, later dubbed the “South Valley Sweep”. Spanning 6 hours, on foot we covered a mere 2 miles of our 10 mile target area. 70 violations were issued, 6 arrests were made for animal cruelty & SHERIFF was one of 14 dogs siezed. Apparent was the dog tethered in the front of the house, but what was not as obvious was the huddled little brown Pittie near the back of the house, hidden in the darkness of the shadows. I callled to him, expecting him to at least let me know he saw us. Nothing. More deputies & ACO’s began to gather to the front of the fence. We whistled, we jumped around, we gave it our best to ensue some sort of reaction. Still nothing. I began tossing treats as far as I could in his direction, he did’nt move. More treats, closer…finally he struggled to reach them, but he could’nt. Both of his back legs were broken. It was a swift decision made to gain entry onto the property & out came the bolt cutters. SHERIFF was immediately removed, loaded into the truck & taken to Albq Animal Services where he would receive medcal attention. NMDDB worked together with the shelter, BCSD (who will be handling all of the charges on SHERIFF’s behalf), BernCo Animal Services & took SHERIFF into our care under protective custody. It was imperative that SHERIFF recieve the extensive medical treatment he required & in a timely manner.
SHERIFF is barely a year old & has suffered severe multiple fractures, as a result of trauma, in both of his rear legs. His injuries were weeks, if not months old, severe & extremely painful. He lay for who knows how long, waiting day in, day out…night after night. Did he cry out? Or was he just quietly praying for someone to find him, for someone to help him….or maybe just for the pain to go away 😦  SHERIFF also suffers from a case of demodectic mange & once his legs are all healed, could really stand to gain a few pounds!!
I believe that from the moment SHERIFF saw us at that fence, from the moment I called out to him…he knew we were there to help him. He came with us so willingly, in the arms of his rescuer ACO. Not once did he struggle or object. He was ready! Now SHERIFF is recovering from the first of hopefully only two scheduled surgeries he will need to be fully mobile agian. But we are confident he will make a complete recovery, pain free & finally able to have the LIFE he has always DESERVED! SHERIFF stands for something!! He speaks for the MANY that are forgotten, suffering, still out there waiting for THEIR task force to find them!! SHERIFF also speaks for the power of commitment, TEAMwork & a zero tolerance attitude towards animal cruelty! He tells a story of a how a TEAM of dedicated individuals CAN come together to make a difference. It is our hope that SHERIFF’s story will travel far & send a very clear message. IF YOU HARM, NEGLECT, VIOLATE OR REFUSE MEDICAL CARE TO an animal in your care, there will be consequences. I have the utmost respect for the combined departments that had a proactive vision for the community they serve & made it a reality. And I am honored that they invited us to join them on this journey.
SHERIFF’s journey to whole again will be a long one….but we will WALK with him, supporting him, each step of the way. He has a very bright future ahead as the officail BC ACT spokesdog, teaching kids that cruelty & neglect is WRONG & should not be tolerated on any level. Serving as an example of punitive consequence & punishment…ultimately setting the stage for other dogs rescued on these missions. Promoting responsible canine guardianship, & A Positive Pit Bull image….bringing a SMILE to the faces of many along the way! He has a very important job ahead of him!!
But right now what is most important is that SHERIFF receive all of the LOVING care & medical attention he so deperately needs. We are planning some exciting fundraising events that will benefit not only SHERIFF, but the many dgos already in the NMDDB program, as well as many forgotten DOGS across the state. A 5-10k walk is being organized by the BCSD with all proceeds going to NMDDB. Details will be announced as they become available. But right now, it is a grass roots RESCUE effort that has SAVED this kids life. We took this on, knowing in our hearts that this one little dog could make a big difference in the life of many & with the faith that we would find the support we need to see it through. Please SHARE the story of SHERIFF & follow him on his journey. Donate to the SHERIFF RESCUE FUND to assist NMDDB in providing him with the best orthopedic & post op care possible. We are currently collecting funds to support this rescue via a chip in (link attached), checks made out to NMDDB noted SHERIFF sent to our mailing address, CC donations over the phone made directly to Petroglyphs Animal Hospital or via our website PayPal button.
**Petroglyphs Animal Hospital
Tell them you would like to make a donation to NMDDB SHERIFF’s account
** to securely DONATE via PayPal
SHERIFF is currently residing in a wonderful & experienced NMDDB foster home. He is on strict after care instructions & receiving treatment for demodectic mange as he recovers from his first orthopedic procedure. He is eating well, in good spirits & not in any pain that we can tell. As a matter of fact, we think he must be feeling pretty good, becuase he already wants to Pittie wiggle around MUCH more than he should. That is a big no no 😦 so we need to make sure he stays as occupied as caninely possible while his body has some time to heal. That is why we would LOVE for SHERIFF to receive many mentally stimulating toys & games he can play in his crate. (Buster Cubes! Balls with treats in them! Kong Wobblers! Puppy Puzzles! the list goes on & on…) SHERIFF also LOVES stuffed animals & cozy bedding, chewies he can gnaw on & Kongs we can stuff!! SHERRIF will have weeks of post op recovery & physical therapy from this first sugery alone. This is going to be quite a challenge for a young DOG that will only feel better & better as the days go by…YAY!!!!!
We are asking that any care packages be addressed to:
7820 Enchanted Hills Blvd. ste A-112
Rio Rancho, NM 87144
NMDDB is a 501(c)3 non profit, NM registered charity. All donations are tax deductible. Please send an email to if a donation reciept is desired. NMDDB is an ALL VOLUNTEER rescue organization. This means that every cent of every dolllar goes directly to the dogs in our care. We rely soley on the generosity of those that support this important work. Without YOU, there is no NMDDB. Please consider making a donation today to this very worthy organization & our mission “WHATEVER NEEDS TO BE DONE TO BETTER THE LIFE OF A DOG, WE WILL DO IT WITH FIERCE DETERMINATION”!
NMDDB will be updating SHERIFF’s journey often, sharing with his followers the progress he is making & plans for his future. We are working closely with the BCSD on all charges filed agianst SHERIFF’s former guardian. Until SHERIFF’s court date, he will remain with NMDDB under protective custody status. It willl ultimaltely be up to a judge to decide SHERIFF’s fate. But we are confident, with all the evidence we have gathered & the dedication of his prosecutory team, costody of SHERIFF will be awarded to NMDDB.
As we said, this little dog has a big job ahead of him……PLEASE HELP SHERIFF FIGHT ANIMAL CRUELTY!!
for the LOVE of DOG….Thank you for your help and concern!
Courtesy of NMDDB


26 Apr

UPDATE ON MAY 1st BOARD MEETING:  Nothing was decided; another meeting has been set up for June 5th.

APRIL 26th UPDATE:  The responses sent to the chief of police were SO OVERWHELMING that right now he is very upset because of the emails.  We are trying to HELP Pat, not hurt her case or make him backlash against her!  So we are removing the information from the original post to contact the chief of police. INSTEAD, we are asking for people to please send your emails to Pat’s friend at  She will collect the emails and present them to the Board on Tuesday!!!

Original post:

I had the fortunate opportunity to learn about a wonderful woman and fellow animal lover, Pat Colsher.  What she has done for animals is amazing. Her friends have pointed out that in addition to the dogs Pat currently owns that she’s saved, she’s also assisted dog owners with many issues.  This sweet lady offers her services at no charge, including minor grooming tasks and behavior advice and all around wonderful support and encouragement. Pat has saved at least 47 dogs.  She owns five.

But now, due to neighbors who complain that the dogs bark, and the City of South Charleston, West Virginia’s “two dog limit”, the City is trying to take her dogs away from her. Yet two of her dogs are service dogs!

Pat has had serious medical issues for as long as she can remember.  Due to a traumatic childhood, she has been disgnosed with severe PTSD, recurrent major depression and generalized anxiety disorder. She has been treated since childhood with varying degrees of success. When Pat is functioning, she supports herself as a freelance writer.  She has not been able to work since the trauma of losing her beloved dogs – her babies.

Pat’s dog Tavi helps her with balance.  She had a torn meniscus from a fall in February, so her knee goes out suddenly. That is just one of the reasons she needs her dogs, to keep her from falling.  Her service dogs are also trained to help with her night terrors, flashbacks, and fear of leaving her home.  They distract her from self-injurious behaviour.

Regarding the neighbors complaining about her dogs barking, Pat admits yes, they bark, when a neighbor walks past her window or when someone knocks on her door. Isn’t that what dogs typically do?  And isn’t the warning bark of a dog a good thing for a woman who lives alone and becomes frightened when people come to her door?

All Pat asks is to be able to keep her two service dogs and three dogs that are elderly and/or have health and behavioral problems.  One is a beagle boy who was horribly abused after someone shoved a pipe down his throat to “debark” him.  Gracie is a boxer mix who came from a domestic violence situation and was skin and bones when Pat saved her.  And Mike, a puppy mill beagle who was bred almost to death.  Mike is now elderly as is her service dog, Regis, who was on the short list to be killed.  When she got him he had so many parasites that his red cell morphology was completely screwed up.  He had been hit by a car, shot and had infected ears.  Tavi, her other service dog, also came from a high kill facility.  He had been kicked in the head and had broken and infected teeth, had massive ear infections, a urinary infection and had such bad skin infections on his face that the fur will never grow back – it is all scar tissue. The photo above is of Scooby, one of the dogs Pat loved and cared for until he passed away.

These are the dogs that South Charleston wants to take from Pat.  How cruel is this city?

PLEASE EVERYONE.  We are asking for your help in letting Pat keep her dogs, her “babies”.

Please send an email directed to the chief of police/animal control officer by emailing Pat’s friend at  She will collect the emails and present them to the Board on Tuesday!!!  Ask the chief of police to let Pat Colsher her keep one dog over the city limit, the other two are service dogs! Time is of the essence!! A board meeting will be held on Tuesday morning.

Pat is a responsible pet owner. She loves her dogs.  And more importantly, she needs her dogs to be able to cope with her everyday life!

Please share Pat’s story. In a world where so many people throw away their pets so callously, abandoning them in kill shelters or on deserted roads, here is one woman who is doing the right thing, by loving and trying so desperately to keep the dogs she’s saved, and who in turn have saved her!

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Open Petitions Sponsored by @Hand4Paws wk 04-22-12

23 Apr


19 Apr

Warning: Videos contain disturbing images of suffering pets and multiple pet carcasses in various states of decay.

Dogs at Uvalde Animal Shelter, filmed by anonymous whistleblower:


Whose job is it to inspect facilities calling themselves animal shelters in Uvalde Co, TX?  That person (or persons) needs to be fired.  Because while they were sleeping, animals were suffering at the Uvalde Animal Shelter.

An anonymous whistleblower posted 2 clips to YouTube – the first one is about 9 minutes long and shows severely neglected dogs at the Uvalde Animal Shelter.  They still wag their tails when the person with the camera comes around, which is heartbreaking to see.  The second clip is about 3 minutes in length and shows the cats.  There’s no wagging here – just cats suffering.  I almost shut it off half way through as it’s very difficult to watch.

Warning:  Videos contain disturbing images of suffering pets and multiple pet carcasses in various states of decay.

Dogs at Uvalde Animal Shelter, filmed by anonymous whistleblower:

Cats at Uvalde Animal Shelter, filmed by…

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