Trollet enjoying a relaxing moment in his bed. (Photo © 2007, Jan A. Nilsson)

Mistreatment of animals


Blackboard Bulletin Board Class Discussion

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Dante Lufsen
Australian Shepherd
adopted August 27, 2000

Charlie Midnight
Dachshund (Shorthair)
rescued fr. breeder Feb. 2001, born Sept. 14, 2000

Border Collie
(Tri Color Saddle Back)
adopted September 11, 2002

Karamell Konga-Gotta
Dachhound/Terrier mix
adopted November 06, 2004

(lynx-point siames)
recued fr. breeder Dec., 2000
born September 13, 2000

born to feral cat (black)
born August 2000

stray kitten
found June 13, 2003

born to Tomten
born September 02, 2003

Need a dog or a cat? Don't buy one on the street or in one of the flea infested Valley "pup farms".
Give an abandoned animal a new home!
Students: I highly recommend adopting dogs and cats through the Palm Valley Animal Shelter (former Humane Society). These animals have been abandoned and they appear to "know" this. Consequently, they become very good pets, grateful for a new home -- provided you take good care of them and just not leave them tied up outside in the hot summer sun...


Palm Valley Animal Shelter -- former Upper Valley Humane Society/
Trenton Road, 1/4 Mi. East of McColl
P.O. Box 3386, McAllen, Texas 78502
(956) 686-1141

Letter from David W. Heflin, DVM, Mission Veterinary Hospital


x Help animals in distress. View the x video below published by the ASPCA. It is best if you have fast Internet connection. Sometimes these YouTube links disappear. Please let the instructor know if this happens.) Uploaded by werbehr. Enjoy!

x Introduction

Dead dogs and cats on the road, or thirsty and hungry runaway dogs infested with ticks, fleas and mange, are common sights in the Rio Grande Valley. How did these dogs get out on the streets and roads? Most likely because they were not kept in fenced yards, or they were no longer wanted by their owners and therefore dumped (or they were born by homeless dogs previously dumped by their owners).

"In a perfect world, animals would be free to live their lives to the fullest: raising their young, enjoying their native environments, and following their natural instincts. However, domesticated dogs and cats cannot survive "free" in our concrete jungles, so we must take as good care of them as possible.

People with the time, money, love, and patience to make a lifetime commitment to an animal can make an enormous difference by adopting from shelters or rescuing animals from a perilous life on the street. But it is also important to stop manufacturing "pets," thereby perpetuating a class of animals forced to rely on humans to survive."

-PETA pamphlet, Companion Animals: Pets or Prisoners? No author. 2000. Companion Animals: Pets or Prisoners? PETA pamphlet. People for Ethical Treatment of Animals: http://www.Peta-online.org (Copied from http://www.animalrights.net/quotes.html, June 07, 2003).

Dog waiting to be adopted at the Palm Valley Animal Shelter. Copyright © 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, Jan A. Nilsson.

Think about this critically, then go to the assigned Blackboard Bulletin Board on-line. Discuss the problem (and perhaps other related questions). State YOUR opinion.

Make sure you read the Monitor stories about the puppy killer in the Valley who got a running start and kicked a puppy on the street in Brownsville. After the first kick he kicked it again. Then he grabbed a pair of garden shears and stabbed to puppy in the mouth and thereafter in the abdomen, and then threw the dog in a ditch... (Click on the button.)


If you cannot make up your mind (perhaps you need more facts and time), you should at least try to say in what direction you are leaning at the moment. To help you make up your mind you may want to look for some additional helpful information on-line.

x Hundreds Protest Petland

x At Petland stores around the country, protesters lined the streets educating drivers about the cruelties of puppy mills, and their connection to the national pet store chain. View the x video below posted by the Humane Society. It is best if you have fast Internet connection. Sometimes these YouTube links disappear. Please let the instructor know if this happens.) Uploaded by hsus. Enjoy!

Pollard-Post, L. 2008. Chained dogs are ticking time bombs. (PUBLISHED IN SEVERAL PUBLICATIONS, e.g., The Monitor, Aug. 17: 9D, or The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com/2191/story/1176156. (Aug. 13, 2008.)

Used for educational purposed by Dr. Jan A. Nilsson, South Texas college. The cartoons are not from the original article and was scanned at different times from the Monitor, and added to the web page by Dr. Nilsson, to make the message from the article stronger when read by students in Environmental Biology.

Chained dogs are ticking time bombs

x In the last month, at least five Americans, ranging in age from 3 to 90 years old, have been severely injured - and one killed - by a hazard lurking in back yards in nearly every neighborhood in the country: chained dogs.

x On July 1, two dogs who had often been chained mauled 90-year-old Staten Island resident Henry Piotrowski in his back yard. He remains hospitalized after his left leg was amputated at the knee and his right leg was broken, and he may still lose his left arm. On July 2, a 9-year-old Johnson City, Tenn., girl was hospitalized with ear, face and neck injuries after being mauled by a chained dog. The same day, a dog who was "always on the chain" mauled a 3-year-old New York City boy. One week later, a 3-year-old Gulfport, Miss., girl required 32 stitches on her face after being attacked by a dog who was chained at her next-door neighbor's home. On July 22, 3-year-old Tony Evans Jr. of Jackson, Miss., died after being mauled by a "guard dog" who was kept chained at a neighbor's house.

x It's no coincidence that in all of these instances, the dogs who attacked were routinely kept chained. Not only is chaining dogs cruel, it also can turn even a friendly dog into a ticking time bomb. Chained dogs are nearly three times as likely to attack as dogs who are not tethered, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study. Another study found that more than a fourth of fatal dog attacks are by chained dogs. For the sake of dogs and everyone's safety, we need to ban chaining.

x Why do chained dogs snap? Well, wouldn't you snap if you woke up every day faced with the knowledge that just like yesterday and the day before that and for as long as you could remember, your "to do" list consisted of nothing but sitting (or pacing) on the same tiny patch of dirt where you had to eat, sleep and relieve yourself? Just like us, dogs crave (and need) companionship, the freedom to move around and something interesting to do. Left on a chain in the back yard, dogs get none of these things, and it drives many of them mad.

x Dogs are also territorial, and keeping them chained in the same small space only makes them more so. And since dogs are "fight or flight" animals, tethering them leaves them with only one option - fight. To a dog with no way to escape, even a harmless toddler may be perceived as a threat. This tragic scenario has played out dozens of times, most recently when little Tony Evans Jr. wandered into a neighbor's yard, where a chained pit bull named Blue Eyes killed him. Blue Eyes clamped down on Tony's neck and upper torso before dragging the boy's dead body into his doghouse.

x Hidden out of sight in the back yard, chained dogs themselves are also victims. Many go without proper food and water, shelter and veterinary care. They are often tortured, shot, poisoned by cruel passersby or attacked by other animals, or they freeze to death during cold snaps after being ignored and neglected for years. On New Year's Day, two PETA staffers who were delivering straw to chained dogs in Lewiston, N.C., found a pit bull named Hugo starved to death, curled up inside his barren doghouse. A necropsy revealed that Hugo's stomach contained only grass and orange peels. Hugo also had a broken rib and was suffering from heartworm disease and internal parasites.

x How many more people will be maimed and killed and how many more dogs will suffer and die before we ban the cruel, dangerous practice of chaining? Officials in California, Texas, Connecticut and the more than 115 local jurisdictions around the country that have restricted or banned chaining report a lower incidence of dog bites and fewer cruelty cases since these laws passed. It's time to pass lifesaving anti-chaining ordinances in every city, county and state.

Lindsay Pollard-Post is a staff writer for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, 501 Front St., Norfolk, Va. 23510; www.HelpingAnimals.com. Information about PETA's funding may be found at www.peta.org/about/numbers.asp.

x "In Silence They Suffer - Animal Cruelty" and "Puppy mills"

x View the x video below. It is best if you have fast Internet connection. Sometimes these YouTube links disappear. Please let the instructor know if this happens.) The video by alinalove777. It is best if you have fast Internet connection. Sometimes these YouTube links disappear. Please let the instructor know if this happens.) If you are a normal person you are NOT going to enjoy viewing the suffering!

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