German shepherd found with his mouth duct-taped shut on Montauk Highway;
$2,000 also being offered by Suffolk County SPCA
NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced that it will offer a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case of a German shepherd found abandoned with his mouth duct-taped shut on the side of a Long Island, New York highway. This reward is in addition to the $2,000 being offered by the Suffolk County SPCA, which is leading the investigation.
According to Suffolk County SPCA reports, the German shepherd was discovered on Saturday, April 9, on Montauk Highway in Lindenhurst. The dog’s muzzle had been duct-taped shut, preventing him from breathing, eating or drinking properly. The 2- or 3-year-old male dog is currently being cared for by the Babylon Animal Shelter of West Babylon, New York.
“This is a truly sickening case of animal cruelty, and the heartlessness demonstrated by those responsible is shocking,” said Howard Lawrence, vice president of ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement. “While our ultimate hope is that these types of heinous acts never occur, this reward sends a message that animal cruelty will not be tolerated in our society. We thank the Suffolk County SPCA for its commitment to finding justice for this dog.”
"To leave this dog unable to eat or drink, abandoned and frightened on a busy road is heartbreaking," said Roy Gross, chief of the Suffolk County SPCA.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Suffolk County SPCA by calling 631-382-7722. All calls will be kept confidential.
The ASPCA encourages the public to be vigilant when it comes to reporting suspected animal abuse, and to contact the appropriate authorities that are responsible for investigating and enforcing the anti-cruelty laws in their area.
About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, and celebrating its 150th birthday this year, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Harley spent the first 10 years of his life in a cramped, miserable cage in a commercial breeding facility (aka puppy mill), losing his eye somewhere along the way when his cage was cleaned with a power washer ... while he was still inside. At 10 years old he was used up. No longer able to father puppies, very ill and on the verge of death, he was thrown into a bucket to die but was saved by a compassionate worker. Through a series of circumstances, he was rescued and then adopted five years ago by Rudi and Dan Taylor. Soon thereafter, he began his mission to tell the world about puppy mills.According to National Mill Dog Rescue founder Theresa Strader, "Harley was a truly remarkable little dog. He personified the forgiving and resilient spirit that we all love so much about dogs. He fought a host of medical conditions like a champion, allowing him to enjoy years of comfort and happiness. With great courage, he shed the horrors of his dreadful past to become a beloved member of the Taylor family. He was a fighter in every sense of the word until his very last day, when he gracefully let go to make his journey to the Bridge."In the months following Harley's adoption as he kept beating all the odds, Rudi and Dan began to see something extra special in the spirit of this little dog. Something that told them his life had a bigger purpose and that it was no accident he had made his way to their loving home. Rudi created a Facebook page for Harley, not only to share his remarkable story of redemption but to channel Harley's steadfast spirit as an educational tool to share the truth about the commercial dog breeding industry."Harley's page gained popularity quickly as people were eager to learn. Harley's precious face and candid truths mixed with a wonderful sense of humor kept people enlightened and engaged. What better way to tell the story of a puppy mill survivor than through his own eye? Harley now had a mission of his very own and the success of his mission was being heard around the world!
Soon after, another very special mission was created to further his awareness campaign while also helping raise funds to provide care for fellow puppy mill survivors. "Harley to the Rescue" became a twice yearly event where Harley and his best buddy Teddy, along with their humans, accompanied NMDR's rescue team on their biggest rescues of the year. "Dogs saving Dogs" became their tagline and the success of spreading further awareness and raising funds to provide vet care, was incredibly successful. Having the boys along with us was just so special. When I think of an empty spot on the bench seat next to Teddy, it's hard to hold back the tears...."Reflecting on the legacy of Harley, I am flooded with a hundred memories, precious moments in time where Harley was changing minds and touching hearts before our eyes. When I think of the tens of thousands of people he educated and the incredibly generous support his mission brought to NMDR, I am humbled. I am so very grateful to Rudi and Dan Taylor for your love, support, ideas and courage and above all, for sharing Harley and his truly remarkable life with all of us. People across the globe are grieving along with you, but we are each better people for having known your little, old, one-eyed Chihuahua who in his own very special way, changed the world!""This little one-eyed tiny dog was known worldwide. Harley inspired hope and confidence in people of all ages and in all walks of life who were able to relate to his less-than-perfect appearance and his approachable, down-to-earth nature. He was featured on the cover of popular magazines and on television and radio, and was considered a social media sensation. His legacy will live on.About National Mill Dog Rescue:
National Mill Dog Rescue is a Colorado Springs based 501(c)(3) organization that rescues, rehabilitates, and re-homes discarded commercial breeding dogs from puppy mills. NMDR relies on volunteers to care for the dogs, from the moment they are surrendered to the time they are adopted and beyond. The organization depends on the generosity of the public to provide the high level of care for our dogs and to continue to be able to save them.Harley's website: http://harleypuppymilldog.com/
Harley's facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/harleyfreighttraintaylor
Teddy's facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/teddybearburchfieldNMDR Website: http://milldogrescue.org
Saturday, April 2, the 93rd day of 2016.
There are 273 days left in the year.Host – Jon Patch
Co-Host – Dr. Jarrod Lazarus
Producer – Lexi Lapp
Network Producer – Ben Burgess
Executive Producer – Bob Page
Special Guests - Hollywood Animal Trainer Joel Silverman in Hour 1
David Merrick President and COO of Neutricks LLC in Hour 2
SMITHTOWN, NY – (March 1, 2016) – In 2011, a young puppy was rescued from the streets of Kabul, Afghanistan. The young dog, Marley, lived in the horrors of war before being rescued by United States Army Veteran Jonathan Jones. Now, Jones is fighting the Bay County Courts to save his dog’s life against a cruel injustice. He has been sentenced to death for a natural reaction, and one that Jones feels does not warrant such a harsh reaction.
“Back in 2011, our colleagues Nowzad Dogs in Afghanistan went to great lengths to get Marley safely to the United States,” explains Robert Misseri, president of Guardians of Rescue. “Marley has lived with the Jones family and played with the children for almost five years. Now, after everything Marley has been through, to have the dog awaiting a death sentence for a natural response is unfair and we are determined to help justice prevail.”
The incident occurred when Marley bit Jones’ 15 year old son who was wearing a mask while playing cops and robbers with his 5 year old brother. Marley was only protecting the younger boy from what he thought was a threat. Unfortunately, neighbors called animal control before learning the facts.
The Bay County Magistrate ruled in Marley’s favor, but the County Attorney is appealing the case for a death sentence. Marley has been in a glass chamber on death row in Bay County, Florida for almost five months now. The hearing is scheduled for Thursday, March 3, 2016.
“Marley’s family just wants justice in this case and to bring their dog back home where he belongs,” affirms Misseri. “He is more than a dog…he’s family. Guardians of Rescue will do all that they can to help free Marley and we ask that everyone join us and do the same.”
To support Marley and his family via Facebook or learn more about the case, visit the site: https://www.facebook.com/HelpSaveMarley/…
To raise funds for Marley’s defense, visit the GoFundMe page at: https://www.gofundme.com/FREEMARLEY.
Guardians of Rescue provides assistance to animals out on the streets, helping to rescue them, provide medical care, food and shelter, and find foster-home placements. Many families are struggling, making it difficult for them to care for their pet financially. They are also instrumental in helping military members with their pets, and providing therapy dogs to veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. To learn more, get involved, or to make a donation to support the Guardians of Rescue, log onto www.guardiansofrescue.org.
About Guardians of Rescue
Based in New York, Guardians of Rescue is an organization whose mission is to protect the well being of all animals. They provide aid to animals in distress, including facilitating foster programs, rehabilitation, assisting other rescue groups, and providing support to families, both military and not, who need assistance due to economic factors. To learn more about Guardians of Rescue, visit the site at www.guardiansofrescue.org.
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Lionsgate, CBS Films, Groundswell Productions and Imagine Entertainment present a PG-13, 105 minute, Comedy, directed by Jessie Nelson and written by Steven Rogers with a theater release date of November 13, 2015.
Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures present an R rated, 119 minute, Drama. Fantasy, Horror, directed by Guillermo del Toro, written by del Toro and Matthew Robbins with a theater release date of October 16, 2015.
DES MOINES, IA – The Drake University community met its new live bulldog mascot on Thursday. Griff, a retired show dog, is ready for the limelight as the University’s furry ambassador for athletics events, student celebrations, and community festivities. (Follow him on Twitter: @DrakeUGriff)
Drake University President Marty Martin, Student Body President Kevin Maisto, Athletic Director Sandy Hatfield Clubb, and Live Mascot Director Erin Bell introduced Griff to a large crowd of Drake students, faculty, and staff members during a campus celebration in Drake’s Helmick Commons.
“Our new live mascot will embody the virtues of a Bulldog, unite our campus community, and inspire new levels of school spirit,” President Martin said. “He is a great addition to our family."
Drake officials announced in April that the University would begin its search for a new live mascot to walk in the pawprints of Porterhouse, a 2009 Beautiful Bulldog Contest winner who served as Drake’s official live mascot until he passed away in December 2013.
After months of searching, Bell—who owned Porterhouse along with her husband, Kevin—locked eyes with Griff. Immediately they knew he had the right combination of looks, charm, confidence, and kindness to represent the university.
“It was love at first sight,” Bell said. “He loves people and can’t get enough attention. He’s a sweet and gentle guy—all the stars aligned when we saw him."
Bell shuttled Griff into Thursday’s celebration in a custom-designed car donated for the live mascot by Mercedes-Benz of Des Moines; a stylish flourish that complements the personality of a dog that cherishes the spotlight. Griff was born in Canada and moved to Iowa when he was 3 months old. He wowed the competition on the American Kennel Club dog show circuit under the supervision of his former owner, who prefers to remain anonymous, before recently retiring from competition. Now, at age 3, he still loves the spotlight—and he has plenty of it ahead.
A committee of representatives from across the Drake campus selected the name Griff in honor of John L. Griffith, who served as the university’s athletic director from 1908 to 1918. Among Griffith’s contributions to the university: He organized a track-and-field meet in 1910, in a blizzard, that became the first-ever Drake Relays. Today the meet is one of the nation’s pre-eminent high school, collegiate, and elite meets, and draws leading athletes from around the world.
But another of Griffith’s legacies is even more central to Drake’s identity and reputation. When Griffith arrived at Drake, the sports teams were known as “The Drakes.” Griffith, who coached football and track, owned two English bulldogs and brought them with him to football practices and games. The bulldogs were so popular among students and fans that a writer from The Des Moines Register began referring to Drake as the Bulldogs, and the name stuck.
“You could safely say that without John L. Griffith, we would not be the Bulldogs,” said Clubb. "A century later, we know that the bulldog is the perfect mascot for Drake University—it might be small, but it’s fearless, and it’s perfectly aligned with the personality of this institution. That’s why we’re so excited to have named the mascot Griff."
Just as John L. Griffith showed Drake University its true identity— and the late live mascot Porterhouse showed the campus a new level of unity and school spirit— Griff is ready to show Drake what he’s made of, said Maisto, the student body president.
"If you met Porterhouse, you know the impact that a live mascot can have on school spirit,” said Maisto. "I remember how the crowds in the Knapp Center cheered when Porterhouse stepped onto the court. When he was on campus, students crowded around him like a celebrity—or a presidential candidate. Porterhouse radiated that pride, excitement, loyalty, and kindness that unites all Bulldogs. I know that Griff will bring that same excitement to campus."
Photo of Griff courtesy of Drake University
|Drake University is a midsize, private university in Des Moines, Iowa, enrolling more than 3,300 undergraduate and 1,700 graduate students from 40 states and approximately 40 countries. Students choose from over 70 majors, minors, and concentrations and 20 graduate degrees offered through six colleges and schools. Drake students, faculty, and staff take advantage of the wealth of cultural, recreational, and business opportunities found in Iowa's capital city. In return, Drake enriches the city through its own cultural offerings, considerable economic impact, and many service-learning endeavors, which channel the talent and energy of the Drake students toward meeting the needs of the community.|
Greetings from your friends at “The Peanuts Movie” and 20th Century Fox! Snoopy’s birthday is coming up on Monday, August 10, so we’re starting the celebration early.
Starting today, Thursday, August 6th, we’re asking our very talented friends to #DrawSnoopy. Here’s how you can join the fun.
- Watch this video of The Peanuts Movie director Steve Martino showing how he draws Snoopy. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4gGrfUXLfo)
2 (2) Draw Snoopy on your own.
Sincerely, The Peanuts Movie gang
Ps – Be sure to use #DrawSnoopy when you share so we can find it!
A 3-Legged Rescue Dog with a Cause Inspires Film Opening in Theaters August 28th
July 6, 2015— Dogs really can be humans greatest teachers and Marshall the Miracle Dog will be “hopping” across the country this summer on his “Commit to Be Kind” tour in anticipation of the release of his film, Marshall’s Miracle, opening August 28th in select theaters.
Marshall, a 3-legged scar faced, rescue dog, found near death in a deplorable hoarding situation in Marshall, MO, proves after dying 3 times on the Humane Society’s operating table, that he has a purpose to serve. Marshall, now a certified therapy dog, carries his messages of Empathy, Perseverance and Forgiveness and has visited over 370 schools (120,000) students since the launch of his award winning children’s book (2012). Now his life’s journey inspired a major motion film, Marshall’s Miracle.
Owner Cynthia Willenbrock comments, “I was told Marshall had a reason he fought so hard to survive when I adopted him in 2011. It did not take long to see the connections children (and adults) made with Marshall. It was clear what we had to do. Shortly after writing his children’s book, I quit my pharmaceutical sales job in order to ‘share’ Marshall with others. I witness Marshall “minor miracles” in the lives of others everyday—the stories are countless!”
Marshall has inspired a true movement and now has an Anti-Bullying school curriculum based on his cornerstone messages. For real change to occur it takes collaborations and thus numerous national organizations are behind Marshall such as Girl Scouts of America, 4-H, Pet Shelters Across America and PACERs National Bullying Prevention Center.
Synopsis: Inspired by Marshall’s true story, Marshall’s Miracle, shares the adventure of Finn, a 13-year-old boy, who has become the target of bullies at his new school. Finn is feeling hopeless – that is, until he finds Marshall being caged up by a dog-hoarder. The bond of friendship is immediate. Finn knows he must rescue Marshall, but Marshall has been abused by the other dogs and needs to see the vet right away. The race against the bullies, against the dog hoarder, and against time, is on. In the end, Marshall leads everyone to a place of change, forgiveness, and friendship. Trailer http://vimeo.com/108093075
Marshall’s Miracle received the Audience Choice Award for Best Film at the St. Louis International Film Festival. During Pre-release, the film was also awarded “Best Family Film” at the Wild Rose Film Festival, and the St. Louis Post Dispatch hailed it as the “Best Family Film” in 2014. The Dove Foundation awarded the film "4 out of 5 Doves", and approved the film for “all ages". The film stars Shannon Elizabeth (American Pie), Lauren Holly (NCIS, Dumb and Dumber), Matthew Settle (Gossip Girl, Band of Brothers), and award-winning comedian Bill Chott, as well as Lucas Carroll (The Informant).