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Pit bulls have gained 11 pounds each since rescue

NEW YORK—Humane Law Enforcement (HLE) agents of the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) arrested Bronx resident Gillian Irving on Friday, April 20 for allegedly neglecting and starving her two seven-month-old pit bulls, named Cagney and Lacey.

On February 17, 2012, HLE agents responded to a complaint of two skinny and neglected canines inside an apartment on Webster Avenue in the Norwood section of the Bronx. Agents encountered the dogs and both appeared to be neglected. Ms. Irving relinquished Cagney and Lacey to the agents, and they were transported to the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital for treatment.

ASPCA veterinarians determined that Cagney and Lacey had been starved—they weighed 16.4 and 15.2 pounds, respectively, upon intake. After receiving treatment by ASPCA staff, Cagney now weighs 27.1 pounds and Lacey weighs 26.9 pounds—a 65 and 77 percent increase, respectively. Both dogs are recovering at the hospital and will eventually be made available for adoption.

Irving, 27, was arrested by ASPCA Special Agent Ann Kelly. She was charged with two counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty. If convicted, she faces up to two years in jail and/or a $2,000 fine. Irving is due in Bronx Criminal Court on August 22.

To report animal cruelty in New York City, contact the ASPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement department at (212) 876-7700, ext. 4450 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Photo Caption: Cagney, before and after receiving treatment at the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital


Photo Caption: Lacey, before and after receiving treatment at the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital

About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first humane organization established in the Americas and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animal welfare. One 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. The ASPCA, which is headquartered in New York City, offers a wide range of programs, including a mobile clinic outreach initiative, its own humane law enforcement team, and a groundbreaking veterinary forensics team and mobile animal CSI unit. For more information, please visit www.aspca.org.

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Grow It; Eat It!

CLEVELAND, OH- Dune Craft is excited to present its newest offerings to its two edible lines including Sprout n’ Grow Greenhouses and Organic Veggies. These lines are designed to sprout and grow plants in and then transplant them or to sprout them and plant the entire container in the garden.
These lines are fun, educational, and promote healthy eating. Growing what you eat is smart and the trend is catching on! That’s right, having your own vegetable garden is now trendy. In fact according to the 2009 Edibles Gardening Trends Research Report conducted by the Garden Writer’s Association (GWA) Foundation, over 41 million U.S. households, or 38 percent planted a vegetable garden in 2009. And, more than 19.5 million households (18 percent) grew an herb garden and 16.5 million households (15 percent) grew fruits during the same period.
The study found that there was a growth in edible gardening from both experienced gardeners and from an influx of new gardeners: 92 percent of respondents had previous experience and 7 percent (7.7 million households) were new edible gardeners.
Another survey done by the American Gardening Association showed a 19 percent increase in new hobby country farms and urban edible gardens in 2009 over 2008.
Sure to be a big hit is the company’s newest addition to the Sprout n’ Grow line- Coffee! The plants make wonderful houseplants with their glossy, green foliage while consumers are waiting for the Cherries to form. Another addition to this exciting line is Mini Cantaloupes. These four-inch fruits have a thin rind to make a perfect one-person snack. Other additions to the line include Hot Peppers.
DuneCraft doubled the number of choices in its popular Organic Veggies line. All the seeds used in this line are organic and have not been genetically modified. Some of the new additions include Finger Eggplant, Sweet Peppers, Sunflowers, and Watermelon.
DuneCraft’s Edible Lines can be found at Tractor Supply, Wegman's, JoAnn, Hobby Lobby and many other retailers, catalogs, and web sites. For more information please visit www.dunecraft.com.

Andy in Georgia who has been with a Foster for two months. Saved from Euthanasia the day that he was to be killed. Please don't turn your back on this sweet boy.  Neutered, very friendly, and totally ready for loving, forever homes.


If ANYONE seeing this message can pass along to responsible pet parents this little guy needs a loving home and the foster parent will pay for their transport, and foster parent fully financially sponsors them to a legitimate, honorable rescue group.

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any interest in adopting Andy to a good loving home.

Robbie in Georgia who has been with a Foster for two months. Saved from Euthanasia the day that he was to be killed. Please don't turn your back on this sweet boy.  Neutered, very friendly, and totally ready for loving, forever homes.


If ANYONE seeing this message can pass along to responsible pet parents this little guy needs a loving home and the foster parent will pay for their transport, and foster parent fully financially sponsors them to a legitimate, honorable rescue group.

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any interest in adopting Robbie to a good loving home.

Spring Naturals™ Sponsors Adoptable Dog, Names Her “Spring”
All natural line of food and treats announces “Spring Into Action” community initiative
Mitchell, SD – Spring Naturals, the newest line of all natural dinners and treats for dogs, recently
announced they are sponsoring an adoptable dog in honor of their new “Spring Into Action” program.
The 1.5 year-old mixed breed female has a beautiful blonde coat and lots of sweet puppy energy,
making her the perfect namesake for the program. The newly dubbed pup, Spring, was rescued from
Chicago’s Animal Welfare League by Spring Naturals and nonprofit group Project Rescue
Chicago on March 21st. Trio Animal Foundation paid for her spaying, and she is currently being
cared for at Project Rescue Chicago until she finds her forever home.
Spring’s sponsorship was inspired by the “Spring
Into Action” initiative, which officially kicks off this
May. Throughout the program, Spring Naturals
will recognize everyday heroes who help animals in
need. Each month an everyday hero will be selected
and the animal rescue group they support will be
highlighted on the Spring Naturals Facebook page.
Each honoree will receive a 26 lb. bag of Spring
Naturals dog food along with a 6 oz. treat pouch
(estimated retail value over $75.) Next March, the
selected grand prize winner’s favorite animal
rescue organization or shelter will receive $2,000
(retail value) in Spring Naturals dog food plus a
$500 cash donation.
For a full year, Spring Naturals will provide Spring the dog with food and treats. By sponsoring the
pup, Spring Naturals hopes to encourage others to do good deeds for animals in need and support
pet adoption.
Bridgid Nolan, founder of Project Rescue Chicago, says Spring is adjusting well in foster care. As a
dog trainer, she is also working with the pup to teach her basic doggy manners to prepare her for her
new family. Bridgid noted, “Project Rescue Chicago is a proud partner of Spring Naturals. We believe
Spring the dog is a perfect example of all the wonderful, loving animals you can find at your local
shelter. It’s because of dogs like Spring, Project Rescue Chicago works around the clock
to save as many pets as we can in Chicago.”
To learn more about Spring the dog or to adopt her, please visit www.projectrescuechicago.org.
For more info on Spring Naturals and their Spring Into Action program, please visit
www.springnaturals.com or find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SpringNaturals.
About Spring Naturals
Spring Naturals is a fresh, new family of nutritionally balanced dinners and treats for dogs. Each
carefully blended recipe is made with real meat, whole vegetables, whole fruits and whole grains. Real
meat, poultry or fish is the number one ingredient. Then whole chickpeas, green peas and eggs are
added for a unique blend of high-quality proteins. And for every pet parent’s peace of mind, each
recipe is sourced and made by a family-owned company right here in the USA.
This fresh approach to feeding pets hasn’t been ignored. Pet Business, a leading pet products trade
magazine, recently named Spring Naturals the winner in the dog food category of their prestigious
2011 Industry Recognition Award.

Tens of thousands of dog sale ads eliminated

NEW YORK—In response to concerns from the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), measures will be put in place to ensure that puppy mill dogs will no longer be sold via Marketplace on Facebook, an action the ASPCA believes will help combat the inhumane puppy mill industry. Many puppies sold online come from puppy mills and are commonly bred in unsanitary, overcrowded, and often cruel conditions without sufficient veterinary care, food, water, or socialization. As part of its national “No Pet Store Puppies” campaign, the ASPCA worked with Facebook and Oodle, the company that powers Marketplace on Facebook, to restrict online classifieds listing puppy mill dogs for sale from the site. Through an ongoing removal process, ads listing puppy mill dogs have begun to come down this month. The process was designed to allow users to continue posting dogs available for a nominal adoption or rehoming fee.

"Removing an online platform for the cruel puppy mill industry sets a positive example of corporate citizenship and will help improve the lives of countless dogs," said ASPCA President and CEO Ed Sayres. "Most consumers are unaware they are perpetuating animal cruelty by purchasing a puppy online, and given the visibility of Marketplace on Facebook, this move has the potential to raise critical awareness about unscrupulous online breeders.”

While facilities that breed puppies for commercial resale through pet stores are required to be licensed and inspected under the federal Animal Welfare Act, puppy mills that sell directly to consumers via the Internet are exempt from any federal oversight. Unregulated Internet breeders sell tens of thousands of puppies a year to unsuspecting consumers, and the sale of puppies online has been increasing significantly in recent years as more puppy mill investigations are brought to light. Further, the Internet Crime Complaint Center notes that hundreds of complaints are filed every year from victims who are scammed when buying a dog online.

“Consumers who purchase a puppy from a website run the risk of acquiring an unhealthy animal and often end up with expensive vet bills and broken hearts,” said Cori Menkin, senior director of the ASPCA Puppy Mills Campaign. “We hope additional online retailers and classifieds will follow this example and stop providing a platform for puppy mill sales.”

The ASPCA’s “No Pet Store Puppies” campaign aims to reduce the demand for puppy mill puppies by urging consumers to take an online pledge not to buy any items—including food, supplies or toys—from stores or websites that sell puppies. The ASPCA encourages consumers to adopt a pet from a local shelter or rescue, or, alternatively, seek out a responsible breeder.

To learn more about the ASPCA’s campaign to eradicate puppy mills, please visit www.NoPetStorePuppies.com.


United Airlines -- of the famous "Fly the Friendly Skies" slogan -- just got a lot less dog-friendly. Last week, the company decided that some dogs can't fly with their families, because United doesn't like the way they look.

The airline has singled out nine different breeds of dog as "dangerous," judging pets on their appearance instead of how they behave. These kinds of breed discriminatory policies fuel the misconceptions about dogs like pit bulls that lead to breed bans and the deaths of thousands of innocent dogs.

Jessie Huart discovered the policy when she was trying to book a ticket to travel with her dog, a 10-year-old pit bull named Slaw. She was told by the airline that because he's a pit bull, Slaw couldn't go, so she started a petition on Change.org to ask United to treat all dogs equally, regardless of breed. Click here to add your name to Jessie’s petition.

These types of policies are opposed by every major dog-related organization. The American Veterinary Medical Association and the National Animal Control Association argue that physical appearance isn't an effective way to predict or address aggression. And public officials are starting to listen to the outcry for more effective, breed-neutral policies, too -- just last month, the country's only statewide breed discriminatory law was repealed in Ohio. But canine profiling in a major company like United could turn that tide back against the dogs.

United Airlines adopted the discriminatory policy last week when it merged with Continental Airlines, making it the world's largest air carrier and the only US-based airline that labels some dog breeds as "dangerous." But while United is still adjusting to its merger with Continental, the company is listening closely to customer feedback. If thousands of dog-loving United customers sign Jessie's petition, the airline will have to listen -- sending a strong message to other companies and lawmakers that breed discrimination isn't the way to go.

Sign Jessie's Change.org petition asking United to make the skies dog-friendly by dropping its breed-discriminatory policy.

Thanks for being a change-maker,

- Stephanie and the Change.org team

 Thousands of Greyhounds In Need of Permanent Homes Due to the Economy, Track Closings


Framingham, MA-A 40 mile per hour couch potato is just waiting to be adopted into a loving and permanent home and what better month than National Adopt-a-Greyhound month to welcome a beautiful, graceful and gentle greyhound into your family.

April is National Adopt-a-Greyhound month and the need to place greyhounds housed in temporary homes and facilities has never been greater. The Greyhound Project is spreading their message of greyhound adoption awareness to ensure that 100 percent of these greyhounds find caring homes.

In the last three years, 11 racetracks have closed around the nation because legislative initiatives and a struggling economy, putting enormous pressure on adoption groups to find homes for as many as 1,000 dogs at every track closing. Pending legislation in Florida may mean that many of its 13 tracks will soon close.  Add greyhounds that have retired from still active tracks around the country and you have thousands of wonderful, elegant dogs being cared for by adoption groups as they wait to be adopted into their permanent homes.

“Greyhounds make great pets and companions,” said President of The Greyhound Project Michael McCann. “They are graceful and gentle and can be a great addition to any dog-loving family. Recent track closings and a struggling economy have resulted in fewer adoptions and more surrenders. National Adopt-a-Greyhound month is a great time to welcome these wonderful Greyhounds into loving and permanent homes.”

The Greyhound Project works to support over 300 greyhound adoption groups nationwide. The charity also publishes Celebrating Greyhounds, an award-winning quarterly magazine written for greyhound adopters, owners, and supporters.

About The Greyhound Project

Founded in 1992, The Greyhound Project is a volunteer, non-profit organization. The mission of The Greyhound Project is to promote the welfare and adoption of greyhounds by providing support and information to adoption organizations, adopters, and the public. Please visit www.adopt-a-greyhound.org for more information.

 The 5th Annual ACVO®/Merial® National Service Dog Eye Exam Event brings together

veterinary ophthalmologists and thousands of service animals for free eye exams.  Registration begins April 1st for May 2012 event.

Meridian, ID (Feb. 29, 2012) -- Guide dogs, handicapped assistance dogs, detection dogs and search and rescue dogs selflessly serve the public. So, for the month of May 2012, the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) is launching the 5th annual ACVO/Merial National Service Dog Eye Exam Event to help serve


Shown: A Service Dog is screened at Lackland Air Force Base.

these dogs and other service animals who dedicate their lives to serving the public. More than 200 board certified veterinary ophthalmologists throughout the U.S., as well as Canada and Puerto Rico, are estimated to provide free sight-saving eye exams to thousands of eligible service animals.  Registration for service animal owners and handlers begins April 1, 2012 at www.ACVOeyeexam.org

Since the program launched in 2008, more than 10,500 service animals have been examinedIn addition to dogs, other service animals including horses and even a service donkey named Henry (pictured below) received free sight saving exams.  Henry is a therapy donkey who travels thousands of miles with Young’s Funny Farm (a home for therapy animals) to visit hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers and special needs facilities to help bring a smile to patients.  A few months prior to the 2011 event, his owner discovered he had an eye injury which ultimately stole his sight in one eye.  His free eye exam in May 2011 was to ensure that his other eye is working just fine and he will be able to continue his mission of helping others.


During the complete ocular exam, the veterinary specialists look for problems including:  redness, squinting, cloudy corneas, retinal disease, early cataracts and other serious abnormalities.  Early detection and treatment are vital to these working animals.  “Our hope is that by checking their vision, we will be able to help a large number of service animals better assist their human friends,” says Stacee Daniel, Executive Director of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. 

A sampling of groups served since the ACVO/Merial National Service Dog Eye Exam Event launched in 2008 include:  Transportation Security Agency (TSA) and military working dogs from Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, Puppies Behind Bars, an organization providing psychiatric service dogs to soldiers coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan, local fire, rescue and police agencies, and also individual service dog owners and handlers who rely on these amazing animals daily. 



Shown: Henry, a therapy donkey from Young's Funny Farm, being examined.  (Photo courtesy of Neil A. Young)

To qualify, animals must be “active working animals” that were certified by a formal training program or organization or currently enrolled in a formal training program. The certifying organization could be national, regional or local in nature. Owners/agents for the animal(s) must FIRST register the animal via an online registration form beginning April 1, 2012 at www.ACVOeyeexam.org  Registration ends April 30th.  Once registered online, the owner/agent will receive a registration number and will be allowed access to a list of participating ophthalmologists in their area and may contact a specialist to schedule an appointment. Appointments will take place during the month of May.  Times may vary depending on the facility and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

About the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists

The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists® is an approved veterinary specialty organization of the American Board of Veterinary Specialties, and is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association.  Its mission is “to advance the quality of veterinary medicine through certification of veterinarians who demonstrate excellence as specialists in veterinary ophthalmology.” To become board certified, a candidate must complete a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, a one year internship, a three year approved residency and pass a series of credentials and examinations.

Sponsors of the ACVO/Merial National Service Dog Eye Exam Event include:  Merial, Ocu-Glo Rx Canine Vision Supplement, Welch Allyn, Aventix, Eye Care for Animals, as well as many non-profit supporters including the American Veterinary Medical Association, most state veterinary medical associations in the U.S. and Canada, American Society of Veterinary Medical Association Executives, and other national service animal organizations. 

Dr. Bill Miller will be joining Jon and Talkin' Pets to discuss eye care live Saturday at 5:40 PM EST

Dr. William (Bill) Miller is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. His undergraduate and graduate studies at took place at Louisiana State University graduating with DVM in 1982.  His undergraduate major was poultry science.  Dr. Miller's completed internship and residency at Auburn from 1982 to 1986.  His mentor was Dr. Ted Albert.  He earned his Masters of Science degree from Auburn in 1986.  He became ACVO board certification in 1986. He has been a member of the public relations committee from 2006 to present and the chair for past four years.  His current research interests include corneal physiology and corneal wound healing. He is an Active Diplomate of the College and is available for presentations to the public.


                                                    A New Kind Of Pet-ty Politics

(New York, NY) Every President since President Chester Arthur has had at least one pet in the White House according to the Presidential Pet Museum, and the majority of ‘First Pets’ are dogs. Keryn Rod of Purebred Breeders LLC, says, “When it comes to presidential pet-ty politics, it’s not what the politician says about how much he loves his dog that matters most, but how that dog is a reflection of the man who owns it.”

Rod says, "Men adopt different breeds of dogs for different reasons, however, there are many experts who say the type of dog a man chooses to own says a lot about his character and values." For example, according to Wendy Diamond, author of “What a Lucky Dog”, men who own a German Shepherd are men with classic lifestyles and values whose wild side will mellow with age. Intrigue and mystery are said to get the attention of a man with a German Shepherd.  Rick Santorum, Republican presidential candidate owns a German Shepherd, as did President Herbert Hoover.

The owner of an Irish Setter is said to be very sociable, good-natured, and tends to be a loyal, and affectionate family man. An outgoing, healthy, action oriented outdoorsman tends to choose this dog. Mitt Romney, who continues to be dogged by his 1980s 12-hour car ride to Canada with his Irish Setter in a kennel tied to the roof of his car, said among other defenses, that his dog liked the fresh air. President Richard Nixon also had an Irish Setter.

Newt Gingrich does not appear to own any pets though he has said that when he was a child he had a Doberman Pinscher. Wendy Diamond says if you are looking for marriage material in a man, you should consider the Doberman Pinscher owner. So far, three women have agreed with her when it came to Newt.

Ron Paul’s foray into pet-ty politics came earlier in the campaign when he portrayed himself as a Rottweiler and his opponents as Shih Tzus in a campaign ad accusing the other candidates of being all bark and no bite when it came to cutting government spending.

Rod, of Purebred Breeders LLC says, “It’s a shame that dogs have to be dragged into politics, but with presidential candidates, if you can do your research on the breed, chances are you’ll pick the one that’s right for you.”

Maybe Presidents Hayes and Taft had it right when it came to White House pets. Hayes had the first Siamese kitten in America and Taft was the last to have a cow.

About Purebred Breeders LLC
Purebred Breeders, LLC was founded in 2005 with the mission of connecting healthy and happy purebred puppies with responsible dog owners while providing exceptional customer service and puppy education. Purebred Breeders has a comprehensive breeder screening and health-check process that has allowed it to place puppies with thousands of families over the years.


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