Adoptions are up, buying animals is down, and killing is way down. All dogs are welcome again in Cabot, AR. The last remaining puppy-mill fueled pet store is closing in Sarasota. An anti-pit bull, pro-killing vision of the future by PetSmart Charities is stopped for now, but it likely won’t be for long. And animals are suffering horrifically and dying because of gross incompetence and indifference at the Hillsborough County, FL, pound.
In case you missed it:
- As the No Kill movement continues to prosper, adoptions are up, buying animals is down, and killing is way down.
- Dogs identified as “pit bulls” are welcome again in Cabot, AR. The City voted to eliminate the breed ban. Banning dogs based on how they look is immoral. It is also ineffective.
- The last remaining puppy mill-fueled pet store is closing in Sarasota, FL. This is good news for animals and signals a larger trend despite the commercial breeding industry’s increasingly desperate efforts.
- Two weeks ago, I wrote about a nationwide tour by Roger Haston of PetSmart Charities. Despite being called “The Future of Animal Welfare,” PetSmart Charities harkens back to the days when killing was central to sheltering, especially of dogs Haston says no one wants and calls “blocky-headed whatevers” (but which most people label “pit bulls”). Last week, Haston tendered his resignation. The timing of this resignation came in the aftermath of an outcry from dog advocates across the country who expressed outrage over Haston’s regressive views. While that is good news, I think celebration would be premature. Haston, like others who espouse antiquated, anti-animal views in the animal “protection” movement, is likely to get a second act.
And finally, two dogs are dead this week because of gross indifference and incompetence of the pound staff in Hillsborough County, Florida. Clyde died in what was described by a local veterinarian as a “very painful event.” Clyde ate a blanket, but for six days, pound staff did nothing while the blanket worked its way into the dog’s intestines. “It had tore his intestines apart.” Lola, another dog, bled to death after a botched spay in her kennel. They are not the only ones to suffer horrifically. Prior reports found that other animals have been left to suffer or have been cruelly killed, while animal outcome records were doctored to make it appear the pound was doing a better job than it was.
All of this occurred under the neglectful supervision of Scott Trebatoski, who is a frequent speaker at the Best Friends Animal Society Conference and is a founding member of Maddie’s Fund Pet Forum team even though allegations of this nature about Trebatoski have existed for years.
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