New Training Simulators Could Reduce the Number of Dogs Shot by Cops

Consider this alarming statistic: In the United States, a dog is shot by a police officer every 98 minutes. For most police departments across the country, nearly half of all intentional firearm discharges involve incidents with dogs, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). The ASPCA says that while some of these incidents may be justified, many involve police killing family pets on the pet owners’ property. To prevent these shootings, Colorado and Texas have enacted laws requiring all law enforcement officers to receive training in how to humanely handle encounters with dogs. After a horrifying video went viral in 2013 of a Hawthorne, Calif.

County finishing transfer of animal services to Humane Society

County finishing transfer of animal services to Humane Society | Jetpack Open Graph Tags End Jetpack Open Graph Tags County contracts with the cities of Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, San Diego, Santee and Solana Beach will end Saturday, the end of the fiscal year, as the county explores outsourcing the majority of duties within the Department of Animal Services. The Humane Society will take over animal services for those six cities in what’s being called the biggest milestone of the nonprofit’s 138-year history. The care burden for the organization — which also serves Escondido, Imperial Beach, Oceanside, Poway, San Marcos and Vista — is expected to grow from 30,000 to 50,000 animals. The

Startup wins Petaluma animal service contract

The Petaluma City Council selected a Petaluma startup to take over the city’s animal services contract, choosing an unproven group with deep animal welfare experience over Petaluma’s beleaguered animal shelter operator and an outside organization from Marin. At the end of a four-hour Monday council meeting in which three dozen speakers made impassioned pitches for the three contract bidders in a packed council chambers, the elected officials chose North Bay Animal Services to take over the contract in August. Founded in January, the nonprofit has a four-member board and a seven-member advisory committee with a combined 250 years of experience in the animal welfare industry, according to the

Haven Humane burglarized just days after helping recover stolen show dogs

REDDING, Calif. — Just days after helping in the recovery of 14 stolen show dogs in Redding, Haven Humane was burglarized. CEO of Haven Humane, Mark Storrey, said there were thousands of dollars in damages. Saturday morning, staff at the non-profit were left with no internet, phone connection, and were missing keys. All of the animals were unharmed. Storrey said businesses dropped their weekend plans to come in and get Haven Humane back up and running. "It makes us lose faith in humanity quite often but then we have people that changed their plans," Storrey said. "They didn't have to come in, Carol's Lock & Key and Com Tech Telephone and Data, they didn't have to come in but they came

Felony conviction for fresno man who suffocated dog

FRESNO - On Friday, November 21, 2017, a Central California SPCA (CCSPCA) Humane Officer responded to a call regarding animal cruelty placed by a local Fresno resident. The reporting party stated that his roommate was currently kicking and hanging his own dog, and also relayed that similar acts of violent abuse had taken place in the past. CCSPCA's Humane Officers were immediately dispatched to the scene. The suspect, Mr. Mark Anthony Estrada, claimed there was no dog on the property. However, the food and water dishes, and collapsible dog crate showed otherwise. Estrada’s brother confirmed there was a dog on the property in the backyard. CCSPCA's Humane Officers requested and received assis

Love cats? Write an essay and win ownership of one that survived being shot by arrow

They say cats have nine lives. If true, a 2-year-old male, domestic short-haired feline used up at least one when he was shot by an arrow last month — and survived. After removing the arrow in emergency surgery May 18 and nursing him back to health at the San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus, Riverside County officials are ready to place “Archer” in a home. And they are asking prospective pet owners to submit short essays stating why they would like to adopt him Riverside County Animal Services veterinarian Sara Strongin holds Archer in May after removing an arrow at the San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus. (File photo by Jeannette Castro and Jose McLaughlin/San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus/Riversi

SPCA needs donations for malnourished horses rescued from Fresno home

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- The Central California SPCA is asking for help in taking care of two malnourished horses they rescued back in March. One of the horses is at least 10 months pregnant and due any day. SPCA staff are asking for donations of de-wormers, alfalfa, carrots, and apples. You can drop those items off at their location on Hughes and Nielsen Avenues in Southwest Fresno. Original article: http://abc30.com/community-events/spca-needs-donations-for-malnourished-horses-rescued-from-fresno-home/3587464/

El Cajon opens brand new $10 million animal shelter

SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) - The City of El Cajon opened a brand new 15,000 square foot animal shelter on Saturday. The $10 million building is over double the size of the building that they previously had. The new shelter will have all the new bells and whistles including a medical center, operating room and even a full service grooming station for the animals. In addition to the great technology, there will also be numerous rooms that potential families can get to know the animals they are thinking of adopting. Gary Kendrick, El Cajon Mayor Pro Tem tried to capture the excitement of the community saying, "El Cajon is not a very wealthy city, and the citizens of El Cajon Love the animals so much th

2 Southern California dog trainers going to jail in animal abuse case

LOS ANGELES — Two Southern California dog trainers have pleaded no contest to charges they abused dogs in their care. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office says 28-year-old Junior Barillas Morales and 25-year-old Natasha Elena Ahmad entered the plea Wednesday. Deputy District Attorney Amarilla Blondia says Morales was immediately sentenced to five years in state prison. Ahmad was sentenced to six months in jail, five years of formal probation, 45 days community labor and animal neglect classes. She’s also banned from owning or possessing any animals for 10 years. Customers of the Acton business, Real Deal K-9s, said they paid thousands of dollars and received very sick, thin dogs

Bat found at San Jose park tests positive for rabies

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) --Animal control officers are trying to get the word out about a rabid bat that was found at a park in the city's Willow Glen neighborhood this week. "You come to park and you don't think of what could happen," said San Jose resident Jai Jackson. "You come with the idea of having a good time." At Willow Street Frank Branhall Park, multiple signs have been posted to alert the public about a bat that was found near the baseball field on Memorial Day. Officers with San Jose Animal Care and Services quickly responded to the park after being notified and then transferred the bat to the county health department. Officials there confirmed it was the third bat to test positi

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