ASPCA: Ten Tips for Recognizing and Reporting Animal Abuse

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The following press release popped into the Pack News Wire:

Ten Tips for Recognizing and Reporting Animal Abuse

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SMITHTOWN, NEW YORK – (February 1, 2013) – Within New York City alone, the ASPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement Department investigates over 5,000 cases of animal cruelty each year; the animals vary from household pets to horses and livestock. However, most cases are never reported and the animal’s suffering goes unrecognized and without the necessary intervention. To assist in the protection of abused animals, the Guardians of Rescue organization steps in.

“It’s easy to overlook the many animals in distress, or to turn away from it,” Robert Misseri, president of Guardians of Rescue, stated. “We don’t do that. We work hard, with the support of those in the public, to help these animals in need, and we feel great doing it.”

The Guardians of Rescue, based in New York, provides a variety of programs to help and support animals in need, including Junior Guardians. Junior Guardians educates young people on how to recognize animal abuse and report it to the proper authorities and how to fight animal abuse. According to the ASPCA, here are ten tips to recognize and report animal abuse:

1.    Visible wounds. Abused animals often have visible signs of illness or injury that are not usually being treated.

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Just when you thought you’d heard it all ….: A dog in Tennessee was turned over recently to a shelter to be euthanized because he was gay. The man who dropped him off reportedly saw him mount anther male dog and thought that meant he was gay.

Can we now push for an improved education system nationally? Can we teach common sense and logic in K-through-12 and in college?

Thankfully, he was pulled from the shelter and adopted before being killed, as reported by ABC News. But there is another layer to to the story. I was a bit stunned to learn that the shelter is called “Jackson Rabies Control,” in Jackson, Tenn. Now there’s a shelter that needs a name change. It’s great to focus on rabies as a health issue, but calling your animal shelter “Rabies Control” sounds as though helping the animals find homes is way down the list.

Report – Walmart employee fired for helping stray dog: When a starving puppy wondered into a Walmart store in Oregon, an employee reportedly tried to help the little dog.

But one of her bosses told her to take the puppy back outside. When the employee suggested she was going call a rescue group to pick up the little dog, she was told to leave the store.

And this one is bit more complex: An Indiana couple faces legal peril for nursing an injured deer back to health. When they found the injured deer, they were reportedly told by an official with the state’s Department of Natural Resources to leave it to die in the woods.

Instead, the couple took it home to save it’s life. Now they face jail time a fine for doing so, as it is technically against the law to take in wildlife in this way.

A couple of things to note hear. One – a licensed wildlife rehabilitator should have been called in. If the DNR official did tell the couple to leave the deer in the woods to suffer a slow death, they are in the wrong for doing so.

Two – I do understand the reasons behind turning citizens away from trying to nurse wild animals they find who are injured or sick. It is best to let trained people take over. But on the other hand, how is it illegal to help an injured animal, but fully legal to shoot it dead?