AM Pack of News: Topics – animal cruelty and chaining

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Gotta get back at it here on the blog and on the book, which I still hope to wrap up no later than by year’s end. My other writing gigs have me jumping through hoops of late.

So let’s catch up today on a number of topics – starting with a pack of stories on animal cruelty and one on chaining.

St Louis , Mo. is looking to strengthen its anti-tethering regulations.

From a KMOX article – “” This action strengthens an existing City ordinance that defines tethering as “attaching a dog or cat to a stationary object or pulley run by means of a chain, rope, tether, cable, or similar restraint.” “”

Now the city has included a number of products that it wants to particularly ban as tethers – truck, tractor or hardware chains to restrain animals.

I’m assuming that like other communities that have anti-tethering regulations, dogs in St. Louis can only be tethered for a set time period each day. The story didn’t mention that, but I’m guessing that’s the case.

A North Carolina hunter has been charged with shooting a dog, dragging it into a nearby field and leaving it to die a slow death. The woman is also a career development coordinator for the local school system.

In Tennessee, a woman has been charged with animal cruelty after over 120 dogs were found “living in squalor” in her alleged puppy mill.

News Channel 5 notes the dogs were living “in filth, and suffering from infections, dehydration, and malnourishment.” But she’ll probably tell everyone that she loved her dogs and treated them with the greatest of care and that the reports are overblown – which is what they all say.

And finally, we have the story of the man who was caught on video beating a pit bull puppy in a New York elevator. I guess he thought it was a private place to engage in sick acts of cruelty, but he didn’t realize it’s 2011 and there are moving picture gizmos all around.

The New York Times City Room blog reports – “” Surveillance videos of people abusing dogs in public-housing elevators have become a depressingly regular feature of the city’s criminal landscape. “”