Central California SPCA seeks positive outcome for abused dog

FRESNO-Around two and a half years ago, Fidel Manzano Jr., a local MMA fighter, was arrested by Kingsburg Police Department for animal cruelty charges. Manzano came home early in the morning on December 6, 2015, and severely beat his dog, Chokaly (also known as Chocolate) for nearly two hours. Chocolate suffered a broken jaw and other injuries as a result from the trauma. Manzano’s case was brought to trial on June 6, 2017, and was concluded with a hung jury (9 guilty to 3 innocent). The case was tried again on March 21, 2018, and a second hung jury (11 guilty to 1 innocent) was concluded. Manzano entered a plea deal on April 27, 2018, for one misdemeanor count of animal cruelty, resulting i

Police investigating case of puppies found mutilated in Oakland

Dog owners, beware — it seems someone's been torturing puppies in Oakland, and now the Oakland Police Department is joining animal services on the investigation. Three badly mutilated puppies — two German Shepherds and a 4-month-old husky — were found partially buried at a trash pile near 89th and G streets in East Oakland on Monday, according to Rocket Dog Rescue. One of the German Shepherds had a missing paw and the other had an infected, broken jaw, according to the rescue. The husky was also found with a broken jaw. Rescuers described finding the puppies cowering under a mattress amid shards of broken glass and ripped sheets of fiberglass. Puppies rescued after Monterey storms reunited w

Layoffs loom for employees as Monterey County tightens its budget belt.

Monterey County Animal Services employees have been as nervous as the cats they care for since the county’s 2018-19 draft budget was released May 18. The agency could lose eight employees, depending on what happens at budget hearings held by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors on June 4 and 5. Over the last decade, Animal Services staff has been whittled away, from 24 full-time equivalent positions to 15.5 currently – which might be cut in half. “They’re struggling right now and they’ll be absolutely decimated,” says David Alexander, vice chair of the Animal Control Program Advisory Board, a nine-member panel of appointees representing local cities, veterinarians, animal groups and citi

Santa Barbara County Sheriff and Santa Maria Valley Humane Society Partner With New Inmate Dog Train

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown and Santa Maria Valley Humane Society Executive Director Sean Hawkins announced an agreement today (May 30, 2018) creating the first inmate dog training and cat socialization program to follow the opening of the Santa Barbara County Northern Branch Jail project. A site visit with the Pawsitive Change inmate dog training programat the California City Correctional Center prison in California City, California yesterday helped to conceptualize the details for launching the inmate training programs at the Northern Branch Jail. There will be an interview and photo opportunity on Friday, June 1, 2018 from 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm with Sheriff Brown, animal shelter

Animal Cruelty Prosecution Unit Launched by San Diego County DA’s Office

An abused 3-month-old terrier abandoned in Santee. File photo County Animal Services People who abuse animals will be getting more “attention” from San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan. The DA announced Wednesday she is launching the office’s first-ever Animal Cruelty Prosecution Unit, which, among other things, will provide “investigative support and dedicated expertise for animal abuse cases,” according to Stephan’s office. Those who harm animals are more likely to commit violent crimes against people, so there is incentive for prosecutors to investigate animal cruelty cases, according to Stephans. “Animal cruelty can be horrific. It is also one of the earliest and most dramat

Dozens of animal welfare activists arrested after large protest at Petaluma chicken farm

One of the largest animal welfare demonstrations ever held at a Sonoma County farm ended Tuesday with the peaceful arrests of 40 activists on suspicion of trespassing at an egg production facility northwest of Petaluma. An estimated 500 demonstrators rallied for more than three hours across the street from a farm on Liberty Road north of Rainsville Road. Along with egg production barns, the property houses the offices of Sunrise Farms, one of the North Bay’s largest egg producers. Before sheriff’s deputies arrived, dozens of activists walked onto the farm and took away about 10 chickens that were sick or dying, according to organizers of the Berkeley-based group Direct Action Everywhere. Tha

Rodeo sold toy guns a day after high school massacre

In his 2015 book, “The Meaning of Human Existence,” Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson writes that we, as a species, are “innately dysfunctional.” He may well have had the annual Rowell Ranch Rodeo in mind. After our anti-cruelty demo at the rodeo last weekend, I was astonished to see a booth selling life-size toy replicas of AK-47 assault weapons, replete with sound effects, only one day after the high school massacre in Santa Fe, Texas. Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association = NRA? The rodeo costs Hayward Area Recreation and Park District money every year, plus growing bad press. Every Bay Area animal welfare organization has written letters of concern, and an online petition has garnered more

Riverside man who fatally slashed pit bull for killing his small dog sentenced

A Riverside man who slashed a pit bull to death after it attacked and killed his poodle was sentenced Friday to three years probation. Rudy Jesus Barajas, 32, was convicted in February of two counts of animal cruelty and a sentence-enhancing allegation of using a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony. A pit bull named Devo was killed after attacking a neighbors poodle in Riverside on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016. (Courtesy) Along with the probation term, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Prevost ordered Barajas to serve six months in a sheriff’s work release program in lieu of jail. Prevost additionally stipulated that Barajas not have contact or own any animals for at least one

Central California SPCA investigation results in felony charges filed againt Laton rescue for neglec

Image courtesy of Central California SPCA FRESNO-On Monday, May 21, 2018, charges were filed against the “no-kill” rescue, Laton Animal Rescue, for neglecting 383 animals. Kimber Lee Colvin was charged with seven felony counts of animal cruelty and neglect (Case #F18903352). 383 animals were relinquished and/or seized between December 2015 and March 2016 from Laton Animal Rescue following a complaint made about a suspected neglect situation. The CCSPCA found the dogs, livestock, and equines at the “no-kill” rescue were suffering from a variety of medical conditions and lacked basic care. Additionally, seven dogs were found with a severe skin disease, five tested positive for sarcoptic mange,

New interactive simulation training transforms how law enforcement interacts with dogs

Chicago, IL – Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) and The National Canine Research Council (NCRC) have announced a breakthrough in interactive training for law enforcement officers who encounter dogs in the field. The scenario-based force option simulator will transform the way that law enforcement interacts with dogs—tremendously enhancing safety for the officers, the animals and the public. The training simulator was unveiled and demonstrated at a press conference in Chicago on May 23. This new approach is based on the reality that the best way to avoid discharging a firearm at a dog is to avoid the dog by taking a few easy steps. The scenarios use real-li

2005 battle over pit bulls revived for some dog lovers considering California's governor's r

The race to be California's next governor has revived a 13-year-old debate over pit bulls. Dawn Capp has started a small but growing campaign against Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom on Facebook with the message that the Democratic front-runner "is bad for pit bulls." What actually happened is more complex. Following a series of attacks in 2005, when Newsom was mayor of San Francisco, he asked the California Legislature to give cities more power to spay and neuter certain breeds of dogs. After heated debate, the measure passed by wide margins and was signed into law by Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Soon after, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously voted in favor of mandatory spayi

CDFA Press Release: Virulent Newcastle Disease (VND) Confirmed in a Backyard Chicken Flock in Los An

*****California State/County/City Personnel: Click here for important information from Dr. Annette Jones, State Veterinarian and Director of CDFA's Animal Health and Food Safety Services, on precautions you should take to prevent spreading VND. ***** The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has detected virulent Newcastle disease in a small flock of backyard exhibition chickens in Los Angeles County. The detection has been confirmed by the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). This is the first case of virulent Newcastle disease, previously referred to as exotic Newcastle disease, in the U.S. since 2003. CDFA is w

Animal Protection League to take over duties at Stockton Animal Shelter

STOCKTON — A local organization has been tapped to take over the duties of caring for Stockton’s sick and homeless animals. The Stockton City Council on Tuesday night unanimously approved a memorandum of understanding with the Animal Protection League to provide veterinary and shelter services for three years. According to Tuesday night’s agenda, the Stockton-based organization will receive more than $1.3 million for its first year of service to the city. “I’m glad we found money in the budget to fund this,” Mayor Michael Tubbs said. “I don’t want to see another meeting like we had (last year) where tons of people were here concerned about their animals.” Tubbs was referring to the May 23, 2

Member Press Release: SPCA Advises Leaving Fawns Alone

The SPCA for Monterey County advises our community for their safety and the safety of our wildlife to please leave baby deer, known as fawns, alone. So far this Spring, the SPCA Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center has received 11 fawns and six of them were healthy babies taken from their mothers unintentionally. While two were successfully reunited with their mothers and two are still in our care, sadly, two did not survive their encounters with humans. Mother deer leave their babies hidden and alone in a safe space during most of the day, often only visiting them during dawn and dusk. These fawns are not abandoned; the mother is likely out of sight watching you. If you find a fawn lyi

SPCA Van Stolen in Pico Rivera

An animal welfare agency’s van was stolen Wednesday from a shopping center in Pico Rivera. The 2002 Ford Econoline E150 cargo van, which belongs to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles, was taken from in front of the PetSmart Charities Everyday Adoption Center at the Pico Rivera Town Center about 9 a.m. An employee was unloading animals and had the van’s climate controls on, “so it’s possible that the perp was watching and took their opportunity to grab the van,” spcaLA’s Ana Bustilloz said. Inside the van were 20 stainless steel pet crates, veterinary paperwork, pet supplies and personal items — but no animals, according to Bustilloz. “The thief, or thieves, didn

UC Berkeley researchers’ errors resulted in deaths of 22 lab animals

Errors by UC Berkeley animal researchers led to the deaths of 22 animals from starvation, suffocation or botched surgeries, and to the suffering of countless others from 2015 to 2017 that received too little pain medication or simply weren’t fed, watered or monitored, according to correspondence acquired by an animal-rights group. The animals include three monkeys, as well bats, rats, mice and chicks. Their deaths and suffering reflect a “multi-year pattern of abuse, neglect and incompetence” at UC Berkeley, Michael Budkie, executive director of Stop Animal Exploitation Now wrote Chancellor Carol Christ on Tuesday. The problems occurred despite an $8,750 fine imposed in 2014 by the U.S. Depa

Thieves Burglarize Shop That Provides Animal Shelter Funds

Officials said thousands of dollars of donated watches, jewelry, and other valuable items were taken. The store is in need of donations. SANTA CRUZ, CA — A charity shop that provides funds to support the support services and programs of the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter was burglarized last weekend, county officials said. The thieves who targeted the Benefit Shop Sunday night stole thousands of dollars of donated watches, jewelry and other valuable items. County officials are asking for the public's help to replace some of the items taken during the burglary. All donations are tax-deductible and can be brought to the Benefit Shop, which is located at 2260 7th Ave.in Santa Cruz. They accep

Stray dogs are killing children in India. Scientists want to find out why.

NEW DELHI — A team of scientists in India is investigating why packs of stray dogs in villages near the north Indian town of Sitapur have mysteriously started killing children. In just a week, six children between 5 and 12 years old were killed by strays while more than two dozen other children have been injured in attacks. The attacks have terrorized the town. According to local reports, school attendance has dropped and residents say they believe the killer beasts are hyenas, not dogs. Vigilante dog-catching squads have started shooting and strangling animals, while local authorities have recruited police officers, municipal workers and a team of expert monkey catchers to apprehend the str

Cats learning to do tricks to help get them adopted

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Seven cats at the Bakersfield SPCA went through Cat Pawsitive Training thanks to the Jackson Galaxy Project with Greatergood.org. The group provided a grant to the local SPCA to teach workers how to train cats to do tricks. "Our staff and volunteers have trained about seven different cats to high five sit, lay down, roll over, and jump through a hoop and it's all done with treats and clicker," said Chuck Nordstorm, Executive Director with the SPCA. Some cats that are either older or shy can sometimes have a difficult time getting adopted. This program helps find those cats forever homes. "Especially with cats who are a little standoffish or whatever, it brin

County Debuts Remote Dog License, Rabies Shot Pilot Program

Jamestown, CA — You might call it a new one-stop shop to get Fido street legal. Tuolumne County Animal Control officials in partnership with a local veterinary practice have rolled out a new initiative to increase licensing compliance and revenues by bringing dog licensing services to residents living in outlying communities in and around Groveland for starters. According to Animal Control Manager Michael Mazouch, it is part of a beta test program that, pending participation, may further expand to other locations. He says the new ongoing service is both an acknowledgement and way to better serve residents who live further away from the Animal Control facility in Jamestown. After setting up i

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