Lennox the alleged pit bull is scheduled to be euthanized in Belfast this week, despite continuing international efforts to save him.
A protest Saturday in Belfast included demonstrators who flew in from the U.S., England and Dublin, according to UTV in Belfast, and demonstrations are scheduled at the British and Irish consulates in New York today, organized by No Kill New York.
Victoria Stilwell, host of “It’s Me or the Dog” on the Animal Planet network, offered to find Lennox a new home in the U.S., and cover all expenses, but on Sunday she told msnbc.com she has received no response.
The 7-year-old dog was seized in 2010 after pit bulls were banned under the UK’s Dangerous Dog act.
The dog’s owners say he is an American bulldog-Labrador mix, but dog wardens, after taking measurements, declared him a “possible pitbull type” and claimed that — though he has bitten no one and been the subject of no complaints — he had a personality disorder.
Protesters say they are trying to raise awareness not only about Lennox but also to show that breed specific legislation is unfair.
Posted by jwoestendiek July 9th, 2012 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: animal welfare, animals, bans, belfast, breed, breed bans, breeds, dangerous, demonstrations, dogs, euthanasia, execution, facebook, ireland, laws, lennox, news, offer, pets, pit bull, pitbull, protests, save lennox, twitter, uk, victoria stilwell
The residents of a group home for developmentally disabled adults in Belleville, Ill., were distraught when their adopted dog Gigi disappeared over the Christmas holiday.
Gigi had been rescued from the flooded Mississippi River in southeastern Missouri this summer and adopted from a humane society by residents of the group home.
The arrangement was working out well for all, according to Trudy Baxter, director of programs and services for the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Southern Illinois.
“We are one of just a couple of agencies that actually have a pet for the individuals with disabilities who live in our homes,” she said. “Gigi has been a wonderful pet. The residents have participated in petting her, bathing her and walking her. She has been a big part of the successful program.”
But according to the Belleville News Democrat, Gigi slipped outside and disappeared over Christmas. Despite a search of the neighborhood, and a $50 reward, no one could find her.
Hearing about what happened, a couple in Florissant, Mo., offered to donate their dog, Lily, a beagle mix who suffers from seizures, to the group home.
But then Gigi was found and returned safely, the News Democrat reported yesterday.
The couple plans to follow through with the donation, anyway, and give Lily to another group home operated by the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Southern Illinois.
Posted by jwoestendiek December 29th, 2011 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animals, beagle, belleville, developmentally disabled, disabilities, dog, dogs, donation, epilepsy foundation, found, gigi, group home, home, illinois, lily, lost, offer, pet, pets, return
Nadya Suleman — better known as “Octomom” — has reportedly rejected an offer to appear in an adult film, but accepted one from PETA to let her yard be used to send a message on the dangers of pet overpopulation.
Facing financial difficulties and the loss of her home — her mortgage holder told the Associated Press he plans to file foreclosure papers in court within days — the mother of 14 children weighed both offers, but rejected the idea of appearing in a porn film, according to her lawyer, Jeff Czech.
Steven Hirsch, co-chairman of Vivid Entertainment, announced this week that his company would pay off Suleman’s $450,000 mortgage if she would make a porn film.
Hirsch declined to say whether Suleman had expressed interest in the offer, but Czech indicated she had rejected it out of hand. He confirmed that Suleman had accepted an offer from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals — $5,000 to put a sign in her front yard proclaiming, “Don’t Let Your Dog or Cat Become an Octomom. Always Spay or Neuter.”
As an added incentive, the animal rights organization had said Wednesday it would throw in a month’s supply of veggie burgers and veggie hot dogs for Suleman and her 14 children, who range in age from 1 to 8.
Suleman has been raking in some dough. She signed a deal with the European production company, Eyeworks, for a TV show, and got a payoff from RadarOnline.com after the tabloid site was cited by the state labor commissioner for allegedly failing to get the required permits to videotape her children.
Posted by jwoestendiek March 25th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
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Convicted dogfighter and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has been invited to pose for Playgirl, and the magazine says it will donate $1 million to PETA if he accepts.
“I sent the request to Michael Vick on Wednesday,” Daniel Nardicio, Playgirl rep told Life & Style Weekly. “But we haven’t heard back yet … I figured he paid back society for dog fighting, but what about the animals? This way he could donate a large sum to PETA and all he’d have to do is pose for the magazine.”
Why the magazine would choose PETA as the beneficiary, as opposed to any of the organizations that actually took in the surviving dogs from the quarterback’s dogfighting operation, is a mystery. Maybe it figured that would make their gimmicky offer even more controversial and rake in more publicity.
In which case, ’nuff said.
Posted by jwoestendiek February 23rd, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: $1 million, donation, magazine, michael vick, news, nude, offer, peta, philadelphia eagles, photos, playgirl, pose, posing
A California dog owner is offering a $3,000 reward for the return of her two pit bull puppies.
The two 10-week-old pups, named Chocolate and Ashley, disappeared from the backyard of Fair Norton’s home in Hayward Aug. 12, according to the Oakland Tribune. Norton suspects they went through a hole in the fence.
A pet detective, hired for $600, used a bloodhound to determine the pups had followed a creek bed into a quarry. But the trail ended there.
“I just have a feeling that somebody has them,” Norton said. “If something happened to them, we would have seen something … someone would have found a dead dog.”
Norton said the dogs were early wedding gifts from a cousin who owns the puppies’ parents.
Chocolate is brown and white, with green and hazel eyes and a brown and pink spotted nose. He has a brown leather studded collar. Ashley is gray and white, with steel gray eyes and a black leather collar. Both have white-tipped tails.
Anyone with information may call Norton at 323-384-1640 or 209-834-4317.
Posted by jwoestendiek September 3rd, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: ashley, california, chocolate, detective, dogs, fair norton, hayward, lost, lost dog, lost dogs, missing, oakland, offer, pet, pit bulls, puppies, reward, trail
Remember Tarra and Bella, the elephant and dog who became steadfast friends at a Tennessee animal sanctuary?
Here’s a new development that’s almost as refreshing as the original story. After the report by Steve Hartman aired at CBS, The Elephant Sanctuary, located outside of Nashville, was deluged with calls and offers.
“The pair showed such devotion, such tenderness and trust, it was almost hard to believe,” Hartman reports in this update. “The whole story seemed like a Disney movie to a lot of people – including people at Disney.”
Disney pitched a live action movie that would star Tarra or another trained elephant. Scott Blais and Carol Buckley, cofounders of the sanctuary, answered with a resounding no.
“It just goes against the core of who the sanctuary is,” Blais said.
“We don’t want them to be in those environments where they’re dominated and trained to perform for people,” Buckley said.
As Hartmann summed up: “Here at the sanctuary, they’ve got this crazy idea that animals — elephants especially — aren’t just here to serve us. They honestly believe that some animals are here for the same reasons we are — to love and do for others, whether it’s appreciated or not.”
Well said, Steve-O.
While Tarra and Bella won’t be going to the big screen, they will be showing up in picture book. It will be coming out Sept. 8, and profits will be used to support the sanctuary.
To find out more about it, click here.
The original story of Tarra and Bella was one of most popular videos of all time at CBSNews.com, so it deserves an encore:
Posted by jwoestendiek June 7th, 2009 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: animals, bella, cbs, disney, dog, elephant, entertainment, friends, movie, offer, rejected, sanctuary, steve hartman, tarra, tennessee
PETA has withdrawn its offer to televise an anti-dogfighting public service announcement with former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick after his release from prison, saying it will now do so only if Vick undergoes a brain scan to prove he has changed his ways.
In an e-mail to Vick’s attorneys, PETA President Ingrid Newkirk urged that Vick undergo a brain scan and a full psychiatric evaluation before being eligible to return to the NFL.
“If he passes the test, everyone can truly have hope that he has the capacity to change, and indeed has changed, not just in word but in heart, mind and deed,” the e-mail read. “If that’s so, we will be overjoyed and look forward to having Michael record the spot in July in which he tells dogfighters to get out and explains that cruelty to animals is wrong.”
Posted by jwoestendiek January 23rd, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: ad, advertisement, apology, attorneys, brain scan, dogfighting, ingrid newkirk, law, michael vick, nfl, offer, peta, psa, public service announcement, quarterback, return, withdraw, withdrawn
Zachary William Shiley, a student at Wharton Elementary School in Farmington, is offering a 6-week-old female Labradoodle puppy (emphasis on the labra) to the First Family.
The puppy, born Nov. 26, was the only offspring that survived the litter of an 11-year-old chocolate lab named — of all things — Hillary.
The father is a 1-year-old Labradoodle named — appropriately enough — Bullet.
Zachary Shiley told the Herald-Standard that the family has been calling the dog “Vegas” because his mother was in Las Vegas when Hillary became pregnant.
Apparently it wasn’t an intentional breeding, but, be that as it may, Hillary got her groove back, and now, the result of what happened in Farmington, if the Shiley’s have their way, won’t stay in Farmington, but head instead to the nation’s capital.
Zachary describes the puppy as full of energy, a little shy but “very smart and friendly.”
“We want her to have a good home, and what could be better than the White House… A dream come true,” Zachary wrote in his letter to Malia. “I almost forgot, the puppy is free,” he added. It was his mother’s idea to offer it to the Obamas, he said, but he’s all for it.
Included with the letter are two photographs — Zachary and the puppy, and the puppy with an American flag.
Posted by jwoestendiek January 22nd, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: a dog for obama, animals, barack obama, bullet, choice, dog, dogs, farmington, first dog, first family, hillary, labradoodle, malia, obama, obama dog, offer, ohmidog!, pennsylvania, pets, presidency, puppy, vegas, white house, zachary shiley
A Peruvian hairless dog – known elsewhere as a Xoloitzcuintle, or Xolo for short – is the latest pooch profferred to President-elect Obama and family.
Bald and often toothless — and unlikely to trigger allergies – the breed was popular among Incan kings and dates back 3,000 years.
On Monday, Claudia Galvez, director of the Friends of the Peruvian Hairless Dog Association, delivered a letter detailing her offer to the U.S. embassy in Lima, according to a Reuters report. She said she hopes Obama will accept it.
“They do not cause any type of allergy and are very friendly and sweet,” said Galvez.
Obama has promised daughters Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, a new pet for the White House. But Malia is allergic to most breeds.
“We want to give a male puppy to Obama’s daughters, so they get to experience all the joys of having a dog but without any allergies.”
According to Peruvian folklore, the dogs have above-average body temperature, which compensates for their lack of hair, and their owners would sleep with them to help alleviate symptoms of asthma or arthritis.
The puppy Galvez has offered is her’s — a 4-month-old with a pedigree. She calls it “Ears.”
The breed almost went extinct in the 1940s but was saved when a group of committed Mexicans began seeking them out in remote villages.
Posted by jwoestendiek November 11th, 2008 under Muttsblog.
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