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70 Starved Horses Rescued From Farm

Starvation and Neglect of Animals in Ireland Due To Recession

Horses rescued from the farm near Mallusk in County Antrim.

Horses rescued from the farm near Mallusk in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

The USPCA Rescued 70 Horses from a Farm near Mallusk in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

The conditions at the farm were described as “Appalling” and many Animals were Malnourished and filthy. The USPCA Organisation was called to the farm a week ago by the Police but could not remove the animals until now because of Legal difficulties.

USPCA Officers were at the site providing Food and Veterinary Treatment for all the Horses until their Legal Ownership could be established. A Number of Carcasses were also found at the Farm. It is understood a man who had been living alone at the property has health problems and is now undergoing medical treatment.


Some of the animals appeared to be malnourished.

Some of the animals appeared to be malnourished.

Distressing images of emaciated and filthy horses, standing in their own excrement, were released by the charity following the Rescue, which was carried out in conjunction with the USPCA’s colleagues, the Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Crosskennan Lane Animal Sanctuary and Holly’s Horse Haven.

A number of Decomposing Carcasses were also found at the site.

As with all the Animals Rescued, these Horses Stephen Philpot from the USPCA said: “As The result of the over population of Horses, a severe shortage of fodder and the lack of essential veterinary care, they were the latest victims of the recession in Ireland.

“An economic downturn that has seen equine assets transformed into living liabilities. Already a huge drain on the resources of the USPCA, the scale of financial commitment needed to relieve the suffering of these and other neglected animals will inevitably increase as the recession bites”.

He added: “Without our intervention these Animals would not have survived the winter that lies ahead. We will do our utmost to ensure they find new homes with families who appreciate the time and financial commitment required”.

Mr Philpott thanked colleagues who had assisted with the dramatic rescue, which he said was the largest equine rescue in the USPCA’s 1oo-Year History.

Seventy horses are rescued from "appalling conditions" at a farm near Mallusk

Seventy Horses are Rescued from “Appalling Conditions” at a Farm near Mallusk

Operation is the Largest Horse Rescue ever carried out by the USPCA (Ulster Society of Prevention of Cruelty) to Animal in its 100 Year History.

Stephen Philpot from the Charity said the logistics of dealing with so many Animals needing care really tested his Organisation. He said they had sought assistance from a number of Horse Sanctuaries, and had even called on the help of the DSPCA Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Mr Philpot said the Horses could have been removed from the Farm Immediately if the ords “Conditions Likely To Cause Suffering” were included in Northern Ireland’s Animal Welfare Legislation. “There has been a week of completely unnecessary delay here in trying to resolve this situation legally.”

“Because we haven’t got proper legislation we have had to work through various agenices, work through various legal scenarios, until we were finally able to legally get definition and ownership of these Horses established and get them over into the care of the USPCA.” “That’s a big flaw in that legislation and if ever you had an advert for proper legislation, this is it,” he said.>/span>

Source: Protection 4 Animals Ireland

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Update On 8 Dogs Facing Death

The Starving Dogs – Saved From Horror Life, Facing Death Today

Update On The EightDogs Rescued From A Home After Authorities Received A Tip About The Poor Living Conditions

Dexter One Of The Eight Dogs Who Lived A Life of Horror

Dexter One Of The Eight Dogs That Were Confiscated From A Home After A Life Of Horror By Authorities In The Area Responded To A Tip About Poor Living Conditions, Only To Go On To Face Death

It was reported that Tears were shed this morning for eight dogs who had escaped a life of horror by a miserable owner, only to be left to face Death Today. You can click HERE for yesterday’s story on the Eight Dogs Will Die Tomorrow.

After Officials were greeted by a Heartwrenching Situation – Dogs, Crammed into Inadequate kennels, living in their own waste, and starving.

Due To The Fact That An Army of Social Networking Individuals on Twitter and Facebook Sprang Into Action – Magic Happened.

It was Posted earlier today that all 8 of the dogs were safe.

None of these dogs who have lived through a life of  horror, starvation and neglect will die today.

Bonnie Blue Rescue has stepped in to save the day.

Lorelei One Of The Starving Dogs Saved From Death

Lorelei One Of The Starving Dogs After Being Saved From Their Owners, That Were Facing Death

But the rescue has not been fully completed, there is still more to do and help is still needed.

So that this miracle can fully take place, more help is needed – help for the rescuers who have put their resources on the line for these starved dogs who needed their help the most.

chip-in fund has been created to help this rescue raise what is needed for all of the dogs – vaccinations, worming, altering, food and possibly – heartworm treatment.

You can watch a video of Lorelei although safe now, the clear evidence of starvation and the look of  real sadness.

Please take a moment to share this important update on these dogs – let everyone know that they are safe, and please, if you are able, donate to the rescuers who has spared them from death.

Every dollar, pound, euro counts – no donation is too small.

Thank you to everyone that is working to save these poor innocent dogs.

Lorelei and Dexter’s story is simply heartbreaking.

These pups are part of a seizure and pending cruelty case investigation down in south Alabama …. the same area where two other dogs where rescued from just last year.

Charges have been filed against the owner for the neglect and condition of his nine redbone coonhounds.

Charges have been filed against the owner for the neglect and condition of his nine redbone coonhounds. Sadly, they were all left to starve to death enclosed in pens surrounded and covered by metal scraps, fencing, cords, plastic and trash.

One pup was immediately euthanised after seizure due his severe dehydration and rapid deterioration of his condition.

One pup was immediately euthanized after seizure due his severe dehydration and rapid deterioration of his condition. The other pups were sent to the Mobile County Animal Shelter to wait it out until it was their turn to be euthanised.

More Pictures of Lorelei

Lorelei One Week Later After, Food and Love

More Pictures of Dexter

Please do take a moment to share this important update on these dogs – let everyone know that they are safe, and please, if you are able, donate to the rescuers who has spared them from death.

Please Every dollar, pound, euro counts – no donation is too small.

Thank you again to everyone that is working to save these poor innocent dogs.

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Dogs Will Die Tomorrow

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Eight Dogs Were Rescued From A Home After Authorities Received A Tip About The Poor Living Conditions

There Were Eight Dogs Who Lived A Life of Horror

There Were Eight Dogs Who Lived A Life of Horror

Eight Dogs were confiscated from a home after authorities in the area responded to a tip about poor living conditions.

Officials were greeted by a Heartwrenching Situation – Dogs, Crammed into Inadequate kennels, living in their own waste, and starving.

Dogs Slated To Die

After Being Saved From Their Owners, Now They Are Facing Death

One dog was so emaciated that he had to be euthanized – the other, all skeletal, were taken to the Mobile County Animal Shelter.

Though the shelter sent out a plea for foster homes to area residents – only two dogs were rescued.

The others? “No interest”.

Dogs who have spent their entire lives enduring a pitiful existence generated no compassionate interest locally and now, they are facing death.

On Thursday, 8 September 2011, if no rescue steps forward, the surviving dogs – dogs who have never known kindness or compassion – will be killed.

Dogs that were treated so horribly that their owner,  Cheyenne Earl Owens, 44, was sent to jail on 8 counts of animal cruelty.

Author: Penny Eims, Dog News Examiner, 7 September 2011
Starving Hounds – Neglected and Slated To Die Tomorrow

About The Mobile County Animal Shelter

The Mobile County Animal Shelter is required by the State of Alabama to enforce animal control laws. These laws are designed to protect the public’s health, safety and welfare. They also are intended to minimize the suffering of unwanted animals that have been abandoned and have no source of food or medical care.

At the same time, the shelter seeks to promote the adoptions of unwanted animals and to provide the highest level of care for those in its custody. Its shelter at 7665 Howell’s Ferry Road provides segregated kennels to accommodate stray dogs on 7-day hold, dogs that are quarantined due to illness or bites, and adoptable dogs. It also provides a separate area for cats.

In addition to control and adoptions of unwanted animals, the Mobile County Animal Shelter is charged with investigation of animal cruelty and dog bite cases.

Located at: 7665 Howells, Ferry Road, Mobile, Al 36618, Phone: (251)574-3647

Kennel Hours of Operation:Mobile County Animal Shelter
Monday – Friday:
10:00 am – 4:30 pm
10 am – 2:30 pm (adoptions only)

Important Numbers:(For After-Hour Emergencies contact the Sheriff’s Office at 574-8634)

You can visit the Mobile County Animal Shelter Website

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Stop Air France Shipping Primates!

Airline Air France Largest Carrier of Primates To USA

Airline Air France is the largest carrier of primates to the US, primates who have been bred for research facilities. Despite knowing where the primates are bound for, AF has repeatedly refused to stop their involvement in this exploitation. Last year alone they shipped 3,274 long-tailed macaque monkeys across to the US. The CEO at the time stated that Air France will not stop carrying primates in the near future. Please tell Air France today that their involvement has to stop for the sake of these animals!


Stop Air France Shipping Primates!

We the undersigned are shocked and outraged that Air France continues to ship primates to research laboratories across the globe. Your actions are supporting the cruel primate slave trade. These primates are been bred and shipped just to be tortured in pointless and wasteful experiments. Some of the things they go through include: being poisoned, cut/sawed open, blinded with chemicals, electrocuted, mutilated etc. The only end that these primates have is death. We urge you to make the compassionate decision that many other airlines have made and stop your invovlement with this horrific trade.

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On Mon 15 AUG 80 Monkey’s ToBe Sent on China Southern Airways Flight CZ327 To Los Angeles for Experiments

Urgent: Airline Plans to Transport 80 Monkey’s for Experiments!

During a past shipment, terrified monkeys destined for SNBL peer out from their wooden transport crates.

PETA just learned that China Southern Airlines plans to cram 80 nonhuman primates into 32 wooden crates for a terrifying trip in the cargo hold of passenger flight CZ327. This flight is scheduled to depart this coming Monday, August 15, 2011, and will arrive in Los Angeles, where the monkeys will then undergo another stressful and grueling 1,500-mile trip in the back of a truck to a quarantine facility in Alice, Texas, owned by Shin Nippon Biomedical Laboratories (SNBL)—a company that was recently assessed a $31,000 fine for numerous violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act. SNBL also garnered notoriety in 2008 after a whistleblower revealed that a monkey was boiled to death when her cage was put into a high-temperature cage-washing machine while she was still in it.

The monkeys will ultimately wind up at Harlan Laboratories, a company that both conducts tests on animals and sells animals to other laboratories. These social, intelligent animals face a future in which they will be confined to small barren steel cages and subjected to cruel and deadly experiments.

A growing number of airlines refuse to take any part in the violent animal experimentation industry by prohibiting the transport of primates to laboratories for use in experiments. These airlines include some of the biggest names in the cargo and passenger airline industry, such as Cathay Pacific, EVA Air, China Airlines, Delta Airlines, Qantas, American Airlines, British Airways, Aer Lingus, and many others.

URGENT: Please click here to send an e-mail which will include the letter below to China Southern Airlines and urge the company to refuse to fly these monkeys on Monday, August 15, 2011, and to adopt a formal policy against the transport of nonhuman primates for use in experiments.

I was dismayed to learn that China Southern Airlines still transports nonhuman primates for use in experiments and is planning to fly 80 monkeys to a laboratory in the U.S. on August 15. Primates in laboratories are routinely mutilated, poisoned, deprived of food and water, forcibly immobilized in restraint devices, infected with painful and deadly diseases, and psychologically tormented. In addition, primates suffer as a result of the long and grueling transport in the cargo holds of planes and in the back of trucks. For these reasons, other airline companies–including Cathay Pacific, EVA Air, and China Airlines–refuse to transport primates for use in experiments. It is shameful that China Southern Airlines lags behind and continues to support this ethically reprehensible practice.

Please cancel the shipment of the 80 monkeys on flight CZ327, scheduled for departure August 15. Please also join leading airline companies and adopt a formal policy prohibiting the transport of primates destined for laboratories to ensure that your company plays no role in the suffering of these highly intelligent and sensitive animals.

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Ban All Live Exports: National Rally Day, 14 AUG 2011

Australia: Ban All Live Exports – National Rally Day, 14 AUG 2011

Australia Ban Live Exports Nation Rally Day 14 AUG 2001

Who should attend?

If you care about animals and want to see an end to cruelty, then this event is for you. Live animal export is undoubtedly the cruellest trade in Australia. Sending millions of animals to be killed in countries where they suffer brutal treatment and where there are no laws to protect them is indefensible. This is your chance to join with others at a family-friendly event to rally for a kinder future free from live export.

Why August 14?

Historic bills to end the cruel live export trade will bevoted on in parliament on Thursday August 18 2011. This is your opportunity to join with other caring Australians to show public support for this important legislation.

What will happen on the day?

  • Hear from Animals Australia investigator Lyn White, RSPCA campaigners, leading politicians, and other inspiring speakers
  • Mass petition and letter signing
  • Other campaign activities

What can I do in the lead up to the event?

In the lead up to the Ban Live Export National Rally we need your help to show politicians that Australians haven’t forgotten the unforgivable cruelty from Indonesia that aired on Four Corners, and that continues to happen to Australian animals exported throughout Asia and the Middle EastClick here to take action today.

Where can I find more information?

Visit for latest updates and announcements, join RSPCA or Animals Australia or contact us for further enquiries.

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Shark Species at Risk of Extinction

Fishing puts a third of all oceanic shark species at risk of extinction

The first International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red list of oceanic sharks names 64 species as endangered. Sharks are vulnerable because they take decades to mature and produce few young

The scalloped hammerhead shark (Sphyrna lewini) is classified as globally endangered by the IUCN. Photograph: Stephen Frink/Corbis

Overfishing threatens to drive a third of the world’s open-ocean shark species to extinction, say conservationists. Hammerheads, giant devil rays and porbeagle sharks are among 64 species on the first ever red list for oceanic sharks produced by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Sharks are vulnerable because they can take decades to mature and they produce few young. The scalloped hammerhead shark, which has declined by 99% over the past 30 years in some parts of the world, is particularly vulnerable and has been given globally endangered status on the red list, which means it is nearing extinction. In the Gulf of Mexico, the oceanic whitetip shark has declined by a similar amount.

Scientists estimate that shark populations in the north-west Atlantic Ocean have declined by an average of 50% since the early 1970s.

Announcing the red list of open-ocean or “pelagic” sharks and rays today, scientists called on governments to set limits for catching the animals on the high seas and to enforce strict bans on “finning” – the practice of catching sharks, cutting off their fins and throwing the bodies back in the water.

“Despite mounting threats, sharks remain virtually unprotected on the high seas,” said Sonja Fordham, deputy chair of the shark specialist group at the IUCN and policy director for the Shark Alliance. “The vulnerability and lengthy migrations of most open-ocean sharks call for coordinated, international conservation plans. Our report documents serious overfishing of these species in national and international waters, and demonstrates a clear need for immediate action on a global scale.”

Pelagic sharks are usually caught on the high seas in tuna or swordfish fisheries. In 2007, 21 shark-fishing nations reported catching more than 10,000 tonnes of shark. The top five – Indonesia, India, Taiwan, Spain and Mexico – accounted for 42%.

At one time, sharks were considered worthless bycatch, but they are increasingly being fished on purpose to serve emerging markets for their meat and fins, which are used in soups and can fetch more than £100 per kilogram. In places such as China, shark-fin soup could once only be afforded by the elite, but the growing numbers of middle-class people in the country has driven up demand.

To satisfy the growing market, some fishermen have taken to finning sharks. There are bans on this practice in operation around the world, but Fordham said the coverage is patchy and, in any case, enforcing the bans is difficult due to a lack of policing on the high seas.

“The overarching problem for sharks is that, for a variety of reasons, they’ve been considered low priority and they’re traditionally low value compared with something like the tuna,” said Fordham. “Also public image feeds into that – I don’t know if there are people clamouring for their conservation.”

Most species of pelagic shark take many years to mature and have relatively few young when they do reproduce. The IUCN’s report highlights a study by scientists in Canada which showed that the population of porbeagle sharks, classified as vulnerable in the red list, has been so affected by fishing that it will take at least 100 years to recover. Yet the government still allows the animal to be fished in its waters.

The global dusky shark popualtion, also classed as vulnerable by the IUCN, could take up to 400 years to recover because the animals are not sexually mature until around 20 years of age and usually raise only one offspring at a time.

Fordham said that because many of the sharks on the red list are at the top of the food chain, their extinction could also cause major local ecological problems.

“We know that most of these species are top predators and we know that removing the top predators usually has negative consequences to the system as a whole.”

In 2007, Julia Baum of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in California, who is also a member of IUCN shark specialist group, published a study showing how a major decline in the numbers of predatory sharks in the north Atlantic after 2000 had allowed populations of cownose rays, which are their prey, to explode. The rays in turn decimated the populations of bay scallop off North Carolina.

“There was a fishery for bay scallops in North Carolina that lasted over a century uninterrupted and it was closed down in 2004 because of cownose rays,” she said last year.

Conserving threatened shark species might not be difficult. Last year, Peter Klimley of the University of California, Davis, found that scalloped hammerhead sharks migrate along fixed “superhighways” in the oceans, speeding between a series of “stepping stone” sites near coastal islands ranging from Mexico to Ecuador. Focusing marine reserves around these hotspots might be a cost-effective way to conserve the species.

The IUCN sharks red list is published a few days before Spain is due to host an international meeting of the managers of tuna fisheries, where many of the sharks are caught. Scientists are also meeting in Denmark this week to produce advice for authorities on how to manage populations of Atlantic porbeagle sharks. “The completion of this global assessment of pelagic sharks and rays will provide an important baseline for monitoring the status of these keystone species in our oceans,” said Roger McManus, vice-president for marine programmes at Conservation International.

• This article was amended on Friday 26 June 2009. We referred to the the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as the World Conservation Union. It no longer uses this name. This has been corrected.

Author: Alok Jha, science correspondent for, Published on: Thursday 25 June 2009 00.00 BST

Beachgoers urged to report endangered leatherback turtle sightings

Endangered Leatherback Turtles are lured to British waters by the huge number of Jellyfish

A female leatherback turtle returns to the Atlantic after laying eggs on a beach in French Guiana. The Marine Conservation Society wants the public to report turtle sightings in British waters, where they come to feed on abundant jellyfish. Photograph: Françoise Emily/Alamy

Beachgoers are being asked to look out for endangered leatherback turtles which are currently visiting UK waters to feed on the huge numbers of jellyfish.

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) wants the public to report any turtles they see during August, the peak time to spot the creatures in UK waters, to see if there are any hotspots for them or areas where conservation measures are needed.

MCS specialists say the turtles are arriving from their nesting grounds in the Caribbean to feed on jellyfish, numbers of which, they believe, are rising, potentially providing more food for the critically endangered species.

Unlike other reptiles, says the MCS, leatherback turtles, which can weigh up to a tonne and grow to three metres (10ft) long, can maintain their own body heat up to 18C warmer than even the cold British summer seas.

This year, the Irish Sea in particular has been “turtle heaven” because of the huge numbers of jellyfish there, said Dr Peter Richardson, MCS’s biodiversity programme manager and turtle specialist.

There have already been a dozen sightings, compared with a recent average of about 20 turtles a summer – but in a good year as many as 60 or 70 turtles may be seen.

Richardson said the Atlantic appeared to have become the last stronghold of the leatherback. Breeding populations of turtles are increasing in the Atlantic while they face extinction in the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

Their better fortune in the Atlantic could be due to conservation measures to protect their beach nesting sites, massive declines in species such as tuna which feed on baby turtles, and increasing numbers of jellyfish.

Pollution, over-fishing and climate change are among the theories for the increase in jellyfish.

“There are so many jellyfish this year, with lots and lots of reports, particularly in the Irish Sea – it’s turtle heaven, there’s so much food for them,” Richardson said.

“We want to know where and when they occur and if there are any hotspots so we know where they are and can run any protective measures where they occur.”

He added: “The leatherback is the largest of all marine turtle species and at a distance could be mistaken for a floating log, but if you approach them slowly and carefully, once you see their large reptilian head, massive flippers and ridged leathery shell you can’t mistake them for anything else.”

Published: Press Association, Wednesday 10 August 2011 09.40 BST

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Man Jailed After Convicted of Animal Cruelty

Eric Buckley was also banned at Pontypridd Magistrates’ Court from keeping animals for life.

Last month he and his wife Doreen were convicted of animal cruelty, including keeping a pony and goats in their cellar, and breaching previous bans.

The couple, who were living in a former pub in Gilfach Goch, had 24 animals in their cellar, the court was told.

The court heard it was a case of prolonged neglect and the animals had been confiscated.

An arrest warrant had been issued for Buckley earlier on Friday after he initially failed to appear for sentencing.

The pony found in the cellar
The pony found in the Buckleys’ cellar

His 46-year-old wife had been taken to hospital suffering from chest pains. Her sentencing was adjourned for a week.

They had admitted five charges of causing unnecessary suffering and two for breaching banning orders.

RSPCA inspectors told last month’s hearing at Pontypridd Magistrates’ Court that conditions were some of the worst they had ever seen.

They had already been banned from keeping dogs for 10 years due to animal welfare breaches in 1993.

After more serious breaches in 1995 both were banned from keeping all animals for life.

Monique McKevitt, for Buckley, told the court on Friday the couple had been on the way to court when Mrs Buckley suffered either an angina or a heart attack.

She said she talked to Buckley on the phone that morning while he was outside a hospital accident and emergency unit.

“She was taken in an ambulance this morning to the Royal Gwent Hospital (Newport),” she told the court.

“It is a possible heart attack, a potentially life-threatening condition, and he is extremely worried about her.”

One of the 11 Grey Hounds Found in Unlit Cellar

Several animals were rescued from Eric Buckley’s home in a poor state

But District judge Jill Watkins said: “Apart from the obvious bond between husband and wife, there is no real reason why he should not answer bail.”

The couple previously appeared before magistrates in Kingston upon Thames, where they were living at the time.

RSPCA inspector Nicola Johnston said it was “beyond anything” she had seen before, after finding nine geese, two goats, a pony, as well as 11 dogs and a cat at the property in June 2010.

The charges the couple faced related in particular to four dogs which were found to be suffering flea infestations, ear infections and oral disease.

At one point up to 13 retired racing greyhounds had the run of the property, which they used as a toilet.

Most though were kept in an unlit cellar, which was almost an inch deep in animal waste.

Ms Johnston said when Eric Buckley was approached about the conditions and asked why he kept so many animals, he answered: “Why not?”

Published on the BBC News Website: 17 June 2011, Last updated at 16:16 GMT

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Pony, Geese, 2 Goats, 13 Dogs in Cellar

This is the pony found in the cellarA couple already banned from keeping animals for life were found in a RSPCA raid to have a pony, geese and goats in a “stinking” cellar at their home. Eric and Doreen Buckley had nine geese, two goats, a pony, as well as 11 dogs and a cat in a converted Rhondda pub, Pontypridd magistrates heard.

Both were bailed after admitting five charges of causing unecessary suffering and two for breaching banning orders.


A RSPCA inspector said it was “beyond anything” she had seen before.


The Buckleys were warned they could be jailed.

The court heard how police and the RSPCA raided the Buckley’s “stinking” home in June 2010 only to find they had left over night.

The property, in High Street, Gilfach Goch, was in such a putrid condition, it was regarded as proof of breaching animal welfare rules alone.

At one point up to 13 retired racing greyhounds had the run of the property, which they used as a toilet.

Most though were kept in an unlit cellar, which was almost an inch deep in animal waste.

“I have never seen anything like it before in my life,”
said RSPCA inspector Nicola Johnston.

“Even before going inside the house you could sniff the air outside and realise something was wrong.”

“Inside, it was beyond anything I have ever seen, or hope ever to see again.”

‘Squishing and squashing’

Ms Johnston described how she found worse conditions inside the unlit cellar.

“You stood there in complete blackness squishing and squashing underfoot as you walked,” she added. The air was stagnant and stinking.

This is one of the thirteen dogs in the unlit cellar.

There was particular worry about the 13 dogs condition.

“To think that somebody thought it was a fit place to keep animals was incredible.”

Ms Johnston said three dogs in particular had to receive comprehensive dental surgery as a result of their condition.

“The vet actually said in the case of one dog that it had the worst dental condition he had ever seen in his career,” she added. “He was horrified.”

“It was so bad when the dog’s mouth opened the teeth moved about individually. To keep animals like that is completely unnecessary.”

She said that when Eric Buckley was approached about the conditions and asked why he kept so many animals, he answered: “Why not?”

Buckley, 56, admitted all the charges against him on Friday on the eve of a trial.

The conditions at the house appalled RSPCA inspectors

His wife, 46, failed to attend but had previously made full admissions to all charges through her lawyer.

The charges they faced related in particular to four dogs which were found to be suffering flea infestations, ear infections and oral disease.

“This is a serious case aggravated by the fact that there was an order from a magistrates’ court which you breached and which led to the suffering of these animals,” said district judge Jill Watkins.

They were warned they could face a custodial sentence, with the case adjourned until 17 June.

The couple had already been banned from keeping dogs for 10 years due to animal welfare breaches in 1993.

After more series breaches in 1995 both were banned from keeping all animals for life.

The couple appeared before magistrates in Kingston upon Thames, where they were living at the time, on both occasions.


Some of the geese rescued by the RSPCA

Published on the BBC News Website on the, 27 May 2011. Last updated at 13:40 GMT

24 Animals Pony, Geese, Goats, Dogs Found in Cellar

Doreen Buckley’s suspended sentence for animal cruelty

The pony found in the cellar

This was the Pony found in the Buckleys' cellar

A woman who was convicted of animal cruelty has been given a suspended prison sentence a week after her husband was jailed

A court previously heard that Doreen and Eric Buckley, of Pontypridd, Wales, UK had 24 animals in their cellar at a former pub in Gilfach Goch, Wales.

But Buckley was absent from Pontypridd Magistrates’ Court last week when her husband was jailed for 12 weeks.

On Friday, she was given the same sentence, but suspended for 12 months.

The court last month heard that the couple had two dozen animals including a pony, geese and goats, in their basement, and had breached previous bans.

District Judge Jill Watkins was told at Friday’s hearing that the Buckleys had continued to keep animals at home.

An RSPCA inspector had been denied entry to the property last Saturday where, the court heard, they were now keeping four dogs, some fish and two ferrets.

Doreen Buckley admitted that reptiles were also in residence.

She had failed to attend court for sentence last week after the court was told she had suffered a suspected heart attack.

Ms Watkins ordered Eric Buckley to attend alone and jailed him when he showed up.

Heart palpitationsShe extended his wife’s bail by a week but asked for proof that her condition was legitimate.

Neil Foley, Doreen Buckley’s solicitor, told the court the hospital which had last week treated her refused to provide proof she had been there.

But he assured the judge that she suffered from both pleurisy and heart palpitations.

Ms Watkins jailed Buckley for 12 weeks, as she had done to her husband the week before, but it was suspended for 12 months.

Doreen Buckley, who was also ordered to wear an electric tag, agreed to sign over all the animals the couple owned to the RSPCA.

A life ban on keeping animals was also reimposed with more stringent conditions than previously.

The couple had been banned for life from keeping animals by magistrates in Kingston upon Thames where they were living in 1995.

This article first published on the BBC Website, 24 June 2011, Last updated at 16:42 GMT

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How to Recognise Cruelty


Signs That an Animal Might Be Abused

Recognising cruelty is simple, right? Not quite, say ASPCA experts. Aggressive, timid or fearful behavior doesn’t always tell the whole story. Animals may appear to be timid or frightened for many reasons other than abuse.

“It’s almost impossible to make conclusions based on a pet’s behavior alone,” says the ASPCA Animal Behavior Center’s Kristen Collins, CPDT. “The best way to tell whether a pet is being or has been abused is to examine him and his surrounding environment.” Check out our list of signs that may alert you an animal needs help:

Physical Signs

Collar so tight that it has caused a neck wound or has become embedded in the pet’s neck. Open wounds, signs of multiple healed wounds or an ongoing injury or illness that isn’t being treated. Untreated skin conditions that have caused loss of hair, scaly skin, bumps or rashes. Extreme thinness or emaciation—bones may be visible. Fur infested with fleas, ticks or other parasites. Patches of bumpy, scaly skin rashes. Signs of inadequate grooming, such as extreme matting of fur, overgrown nails and dirty coat. Weakness, limping or the inability to stand or walk normally. Heavy discharge from eyes or nose. An owner striking or otherwise physically abusing an animal. Visible signs of confusion or extreme drowsiness.

Environmental Signs

Pets are tied up alone outside for long periods of time without adequate food or water, or with food or water that is unsanitary. Pets are kept outside in inclement weather without access to adequate shelter. Pets are kept in an area littered with feces, garbage, broken glass or other objects that could harm them. Animals are housed in kennels or cages (very often crowded in with other animals) that are too small to allow them to stand, turn around and make normal movements possibly with too many other animals.

“Reporting suspected animal cruelty ensures that animals in jeopardy receive prompt and often lifesaving care,” says ASPCA Special Agent Joann Sandano. “By making a complaint to the police or humane society in your area—you can even do so anonymously—you help ensure that animals in need are rescued and that perpetrators of animal cruelty are brought to justice.”

If you see signs of animal abuse, don’t keep it to yourself. Here’s how to report cruelty in your area.

Act Now—Report Animal Cruelty!

Animal cruelty is not only wrong—it is against the law! Abuse of any kind should be reported to the appropriate authorities immediately.

Where do I Report Animal Cruelty?

In NYC: Cruelty situations involving animals in New York City should be reported to the ASPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement department at (212) 876-7700, ext. 4450, or

IN NJ: If you believe you have witnessed animal cruelty in the state of New Jersey and would like to report it, please call the NJSPCA at (800) 582-5979 or fill out NJSPCA’s online form.

Outside NYC: You will need to find out the name of the persons in your area who are responsible for investigating and enforcing the anti-cruelty codes in your town, county and/or state. These people typically work for your local humane organization, animal control agency, taxpayer-funded animal shelter or police precinct.

If you run into trouble finding the correct agency to contact, you should call or visit your local police department and ask for their help in enforcing the law. If your local police department is unable to assist, you can ask at your local shelter or animal control agency for advice on who to contact to report animal cruelty in your community. To find contact information for your local shelter, check the yellow pages or visit the ASPCA’s searchable database of nearly 5,000 community SPCAs, humane societies and animal control organisations.

Tips for Reporting Animal Cruelty

Once you have found out which law enforcement agent you should speak to, it’s important to provide him or her with a concise, written, factual statement of what you observed, giving dates and approximate times whenever possible. If at all feasible, try to photograph the abusive situation and date your pictures. It would also be helpful to get short, factual written statements from other witnesses.

When you call to report animal cruelty, always make sure to keep a careful record of exactly whom you contact, the date of the contacts and the content and outcome of your discussion. Never give away a document without making a copy for your file! Make it clear to the agent that you are very interested in pursuing the case, and that you are willing to lend whatever assistance you can.

Follow Up if Necessary

If you don’t receive a response from the officer assigned to your case within a reasonable length of time, don’t be afraid to present your information to his or her supervisor and, if necessary, to local government officials, such as the county commissioner, and ask them to act.

If you have witnessed the cruel act yourself, you can go to your local police commissioner and ask to swear out a warrant to summon the accused person to court. Remember that expert witnesses are sometimes necessary in animal cruelty cases. A veterinarian, for example, can sign a statement that it is his or her “expert opinion” that a dog suffers when hit with a chain, is deprived of food, etc. Expert opinions will very often make or break a case, so if you happen to know a sympathetic veterinarian, you may wish to seek his or her assistance and tell the officer that you have expert support lined up for your case.

Animal Cruelty on TV and Film

The ASPCA shares your concern about the media’s depiction of violence and cruelty towards animals for entertainment purposes. Please know, however, that many of these instances are constitutionally protected free speech—and may not even involve a real animal.

If you are offended by something you viewed, we suggest that you contact the network that aired the program or the publisher of the film in question.

You may also wish to contact the American Humane Association Movie and Television Unit online or at (818) 501-0123. This unit oversees the use of live animals in movies and television as part of an agreement with the Screen Directors Guild.

Websites that Depict Animal Cruelty

The Internet delivers an astounding array of images and ideas into homes across the world. But not all of these images are particularly animal-friendly. In fact, some of what is being sold and shown online crosses into the realm of criminal activity. And in some cases, there are laws against showing and selling these images.

To report websites that display acts of cruelty to animals, please contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice.

Questions or concerns about calling in a cruelty complaint? Take a look at our Reporting Cruelty FAQ.

“Without phone calls from the concerned citizens who report cruelty in their neighborhoods, we wouldn’t know about most instances of animal abuse,” says ASPCA Supervisory Special Investigator Annemarie Lucas, whom you may have seen in action on Animal Planet’s Animal Precinct.
Do you know where and how to report cruelty in your town? Our FAQ provides information on recognizing and reporting animal cruelty, as well as cruelty laws and how to talk to children about this important issue.

About the ASPCA

Who They Are

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was the first humane society to be established in North America and is, today, one of the largest in the world. Our organization was founded by Henry Bergh in 1866 on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans, and must be protected under the law. Headquartered in New York City, the ASPCA maintains a strong local presence, and with programs that extend our anti-cruelty mission across the country, we are recognized as a national animal welfare organization. We are a privately funded 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, and proud to boast more than 1 million supporters across the country.

What They Do

As the first humane organization to be granted legal authority to investigate and make arrests for crimes against animals, we are wholly dedicated to fulfilling the ASPCA mission through nonviolent approaches. Our organization provides local and national leadership in three key areas: caring for pet parents and pets, providing positive outcomes for at-risk animals and serving victims of animal cruelty. For more on our work in each of these areas, pleas visit our programs and services page.

For more information on American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) click on this link

Mountain gorillas rustle through Ugandas forest

Ugandas Bwindi Forest is home to almost half of the worlds remaining mountain gorillas, an endangered species.

The gorillas are a main attraction for tourists to Uganda, as many are habituated and accustomed to human visitors. Tourism revenue has funded some gorilla protection efforts.
Worldfocus special correspondent Martin Seemungal treks through the wilderness to learn how these animals are being threatened and helped — witnessing some precious new arrivals.

For more on endangered mountain gorillas, read an account from park rangers in the nearby Democratic Republic of Congo, where gorillas fall victim to the countrys ongoing war: Park rangers return to Congos imperiled gorillas.

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Pigs Abused At UK Abattoir By Staff Punching & Burning Them With Cigarettes.

Animal Aid secretly installed four cameras inside Elmkirk Cheale Meats Ltd, an Essex slaughterhouse that claims to uphold high standards of animal welfare. The video shows pigs hit in the face with bats, incorrectly stunned and dragged by their ears to slaughter.

The campaign group claims the footage shows widespread breaches of animal welfare law and is demanding the Government takes legal action.
But the Department for the Department Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) has announced it will not prosecute Cheale Meats, in Brentwood, because campaigners trespassed to obtain the footage.

One part of the video shows a man punching a pig in the face. (Picture from Video)

Defra lawyers cited two previous cases of animal cruelty which collapsed after similar footage was ruled inadmissible in court. Sky News has found examples of successful court cases which relied on footage obtained by trespassing campaign groups or activists filming undercover.

In 1998, Steve Gills was convicted of beating elephants with an iron bar after he was secretly filmed at Mary Chipperfield‘s Circus.

In 2006, workers at a Bernard Matthews farm in Norfolk were convicted of cruelty after they were caught-on-camera hitting turkeys with metal poles.

But DEFRA said the circumstances surrounding every legal case are different, including how the evidence was obtained, the availability of other evidence, whether there has been an admission of guilt and whether the evidence is challenged.

Animal Aid footage shows a pig being tormented by abattoir workers armed with bats. (Picture from Video)

A DEFRA spokesperson was unavailable for interview but they issued the following statement: “Defra takes the issue of animal welfare very seriously. Where video evidence has been obtained unlawfully through trespass, there is very little prospect of securing a conviction.

“So far as Cheale Meats is concerned, The Food Standards Agency has not referred the case to Defra’s lawyers for a decision on whether a prosecution should be brought.” Given the source of this material, Elmkirk would not accept that all or any of the activities shown on this video relate to their premises.
Elmkirk’s lawyer

The RSPCA says a solution is for independently monitored CCTV to be installed in abattoirs. RSPCA prosecutor, Sally Case, said: “Not only would CCTV act as a deterrent, it would also provide proper, admissible evidence of any offending.”

It is a move that has the backing of UK supermarkets including Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Marks & Spencer, Waitrose and the Co-op. Sainsbury’s said many of its meat suppliers had already installed CCTV cameras and expected all their abattoirs to be monitored by the end of 2011.

Jamie Foster, solicitor for Elmkirk, said the footage had been obtained unlawfully and his client has had CCTV installed for ten years. “Given the source of this material, Elmkirk would not accept that all or any of the activities shown on this video relate to their premises. “A complaint has been made to Essex Police by our clients in relation to any unlawful entry into our client’s premises by an employee of Animal Aid. The outcome of that complaint is awaited.”

The Food Standards Agency says it has revoked the licence of one slaughterman in the footage and increased the level of monitoring at the plant.

Here a worker uses a cigarette to burn a pig’s face. (Picture from Video)

The RSPB also claims to have secured more than twenty prosecutions after hiding cameras on private land to catch gamekeepers persecuting birds-of-prey.
Kate Fowler, Animal Aid’s Head of Campaigns, said similar cases covertly filmed by the group were dropped after there was a change of government.
“DEFRA were bringing case after case and one even got to court. Then literally within four weeks of the new Government coming in, all these cases were dropped.”

Warning: The link below contains distressing images: The video shows pigs hit in the face with bats, incorrectly stunned and dragged by their ears to slaughter.

First Published:  Friday July 29, 2011, Sky News investigations team


PUP AID is very keen to support and highlight both local and national dog rescue charities as these provide a healthy alternative to buying a puppy farmed pup.

Rescue dogs are usually already house-trained, have reached their full adult size and have even been temperament tested and totally ready for their forever home. Choosing to adopt a rescue dog can potentially mean one less poorly pup is needed to supply a pet shop or puppy dealer; in other words, adopting a rescue dog reduces the demand for farmed pups and helps to end puppy farming. Please always consider rescue when choosing a dog.

The links below will open a second window if you want to learn more information from Wikipedia about Dogs, Rescued Dogs, Pet Adoption and Puppy Farming:

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