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Susie’s Hope on TV

This is an incredible week for pit bulls with Pit Bull Week at HuffPost Green and this movie, wow !!!

A pit bull attack survivor adopts an abused pit bull … this just makes me cry. The courage exhibited by Donna Lawrence is truly inspirational and healing. (Imagine if someone else who shall remain nameless went on this path instead of the path of hate and revenge, oh well, everyone chooses what they do).

The movie Susie’s Hope, the true story of Greensboro, NC’s Donna Lawrence (played by Emmanuelle Vaugier, “Two and A Half Men,” “CSY: NY”), a natural-born animal lover who barely survives a ferocious, life-threatening attack by an abused pit bull but learns to overcome her new fear of dogs and move forward in the most unexpected way – by adopting and caring for a brutally abused, abandoned pit bull-mix puppy named Susie.  Susie’s Hope premieres exclusively on UP on Sunday, August 3 at 8:00 p.m. EST / 7:00 p.m. PST.

Susie’s Hope is an inspirational, hopeful movie about unexpected second chances and compassion,” said Sophia Kelley, senior vice president of programming, UP.  “After almost losing her life, Donna Lawrence finds the strength to face her newfound fear of dogs and motivate a state to pass legislation to help prevent cruelty to animals. Susie’s Hope is a truly touching film that’s guaranteed to uplift all who watch it.”

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Susie’s Hope recounts the story of Donna Lawrence (Emmanuelle Vaugier), a long-time dog enthusiast and caretaker, who warily observes the neglect and deterioration of a nearby neighbor’s pit bull and volunteers to help.  When the owner moves and abandons the dog, Donna is left behind as the animal’s caretaker.  Every day, she places a bowl of food in the doghouse and walks away.  During a routine visit, the fearful dog attacks Donna without warning, pinning her to the ground, viciously clenching her at the throat.  Donna calls out to God and finds the strength to throw the dog off and roll away.  After being rushed to the emergency room by a neighbor, the doctors tell her that she is lucky to have all of her limbs as well as her life.  Donna receives 45 stitches in her leg and spends the next two months learning to walk again.

With the help of her husband Roy (Burgess Jenkins), Donna heals physically but the emotional scars of the traumatic attack leave her shaken and frightened until she meets Susie.  Donna’s close friend, Ramona (Andrea Powell) is who initially comes across Susie, a pit bull-mix puppy that had been beaten, set on fire, and left to die by her former owner. Both having experienced vicious attacks, Donna and Susie share mutual fears and learn to conquer them together.  Donna makes peace with her wrongful attack and Susie forgives humans for hers. Spearheading a group of like-minded individuals, the pair ultimately inspire and move an entire state to take a legislative stand against animal cruelty through the passage of “Susie’s Law,” which strengthened North Carolina’s penalties for animal abuse into a Class H felony.

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About Donna Lawrence and Susie:

Donna and Susie have worked to overcome their mutual traumatic experiences to inspire and minister to others (human and canine).  Donna and Susie visit schools, nursing homes, churches, burn centers and organizations, and attend pet adoption fairs and fundraisers to motivate and educate people surrounding animal cruelty.  Captivating the hearts of those that learn of Susie’s story, Susie was recently recognized as the 2014 Therapy Dog winner for The American Humane Association Hero Dog AwardsTM. The commendable recognition has placed Susie in the national finals (as one of the eight finalist contenders) of the 2014 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards™.  To vote for Susie, visit: http://www.herodogawards.org/vote?nominee=35549916.  Voting ends Monday, September 15, 2014 at 12 p.m. EST.

For more information about the Susie’s Law and the Susie’s Hope™ non-profit organization, which promotes education and awareness of the care and responsibility required in owning pets as well as animal safety around unfamiliar animals:

·        www.susieshope-nc.org/susieslaw.htm

·        www.susieshope.com/nonprofit

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The problem with Time Magazine

The problem with Time Magazine and Charlotte Alter

http://time.com/2891180/kfc-and-the-pit-bull-attack-of-a-little-girl/

l. if you know ANYTHING about dogs and specifically about the history of American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, and the other dog BREEDS lumped together and called “pit bulls,” you know that these dogs were bred to be SUPER/EXTRA people friendly so that the handlers would be able to work with them. ALL people aggression was bred OUT of these dogs.  So the first paragraph in this article begins with a lie AKA a MYTH not a FACT.  Apparently, the writer of this article had NO TIME to do any REAL Research nor to interview REAL DOG experts such as James Crosby and Victoria Stilwell.

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Pit Bulls are not an aggressive breed of dog.

*According to the American Temperament Testing Association, APBTs have an 85.3% passing rate, compared to a passing rate of 81.9% for all breeds on average.

http://canineaggression.blogspot.com/

This is FANTASTIC, point by point, she tells it like it IS…

http://www.swaylove.org/the-many-problems-with-charlotte-alters-time-article-about-pit-bulls

2. Then this article goes on to quote DISCREDITED time and time and time again pit bull haters and fantasy dwellers such as Colleen Lynn, Merritt Clifton and PETA.  Yes, scratch the surface of these three together and you get nonsensical stats based upon media overreporting of so-called pit bull attacks (if it looks like a dog, call it a pit bull and there you have a headline and ridiculous stats to use to ban pit bulls), fear/paranoia and a call to KILL all the dogs (disguised as more logical sounding breed discrimination aka breed specific euthanization)… of course, they leave OUT that in places like Denver, CO where BSL has been implemented, dog bites have GONE UP because the REAL PROBLEM has NOT been dealt with. Breed is NEVER the problem. Ignorance about Dogs IS the problem.

Oh by the way, PETA kills healthy adoptable dogs and cats and has for years. And their founder, Ingrid Newkirk, was killing animals at a shelter, a job she relished. PETA thinks killing companion animals is a gift to them.

http://www.petakillsanimals.com/proof

http://www.nathanwinograd.com/?category_name=the-truth-about-peta

3. oh yes, and speaking about the Michael Vick dogs. 51 dogs who are doing JUST FINE. Eight became therapy dogs, and many are living in homes with children, cats, other dogs, in FAMILIES and shown NO signs of aggression. Not ONE.  These dogs were tortured, traumatized, terrified of humans, unsocialized, kept chained up 24/7 and made to fight tor their LIVES. Yet, once taken away from Vick’s Bad Newz Kennels and given tons of TLC and taught how to be dogs at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, BADRAP, the Monterey SPCA and other places, they’ve thrived.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/10/michael-vick-dogs-vicktory_n_5119150.html

http://parade.condenast.com/48473/jimgorant/15-vicks-dogs/

4. Here is the REAL SCOOP on what causes DOG BITES and ATTACKS according to REAL DOG experts.

http://www.pasadenanow.com/main/opinion-everyone-in-the-community-is-concerned-about-agressive-dogs-and-stopping-dog-bites

Instead of blaming the dogs, how about holding PEOPLE accountable. People are the ones responsible for the abuse, torture, neglect and abandonment of dogs. Humans are the violent ones. Toxic macho masculinity culture teaches young men that they must be TOUGH and FIGHT, MAIM and KILL animals and other creatures. All of the serial killers have a history of hurting and killing animals then move on to human beings.

A few stats:

Every year, more than 2,000 children in the U.S. are killed by their parents or guardians either through abuse or neglect. A child is more than 800 times more likely to be killed by their caretaker than by a Pit Bull.

From 2001 through 2012, 6,410 women were murdered in the United States by an intimate partner using a gun—more than the total number of U.S. troops killed in action during the entirety of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined.

…Women in the United States are 11 times more likely to be murdered with a gun than are women in other high income countries… http://americanprogress.org/issues/guns-crime/report/2014/06/18/91998/women-under-the-gun/

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Les Miserables Animal Ads

Thanks to my facebook friend/fellow blogger Edie Jarolim for her inspiration for this blog post…

If, like me, you have been at home watching TV movies or programs and in between there comes that music and you cringe, grab the remote and / or want to throw something at the TV set. The song used to be Sarah McLachlan “In the Arms of an Angel.” A beautiful song now used to promote cruelty. The ASPCA has changed its tune to “You are so Beautiful,” another great song.  But Cici wonders how humans can be so hypocritcal and cruel. She is a pit bull and many of her kind have been abused and killed in shelters supported by the ASPCA.  Plus, Cici spent her puppy time in doggie jail for no other reason than how she looks.

ASPCA

we will remember you, will you remember the animals?

ASPCA

Your ads are so ugly to me

Your ads are so ugly to me

Can’t you see

You’re ads are everything we don’t want

Your ads are everything we don’t need

Your ads are so ugly to me

Your ads are completely misleading… they don’t tell the tales about the way you treat pets and allow too many healthy pets to die. Your ads are simply abominable. NO ONE wants to adopt these pets you say. Yet it is YOUR policies that keep pets from being adopted and living happy lives. Sane people want to see RESULTS, the SUCCESSES, HAPPY pets. The Subaru ads are a great example of fun ads that make people want to adopt pets. Your ads COULD inspire millions of people to adopt pets. But oh no, you focus on the misery.  ASPCA is part of the problem NOT the solution. And they could CHANGE and be part of the SOLUTION IF THEY WANTED TO BE…

You know that your animal ads are not good if they make people want to barf, change the channel or kill themselves, hah… you know your ads ARE great if they INSPIRE people to adopt shelter pets!!!

Check out Edie Jarolim’s blog post about positive pet adoption videos that actually uplift, make people laugh and want to adopt pets from shelters.

http://willmydoghateme.com/animal-welfare/pet-adoption-videos-that-wont-make-you-want-to-kill-yourself-a-pet-net-special

In the ASPCA ads, they show off a parade of horribly abused animals and basically suggest that the ASPCA is the pet’s savior. The message is that if you send the ASPCA MONEY, they will rescue the animals and give them new homes. But what they don’t tell folks is they have ONE shelter, that the local SPCA’s are not at all funded by them, and that they allow rampant abuse of animals  (and should know better). The founder of the ASPCA, Henry Bergh, is rolling in his grave. His legacy has been disgraced.

The ASPCA Allows Dogs to Starve

“Last year, the ASPCA had total revenues which were just shy of $150 million dollars. That not only made it the richest SPCA in the country, it is one of the richest 200 charities in the nation. Yet, it adopts out less animals than some rescue groups and small shelters. It fights progressive shelter reform legislation that would save lives. It defends corrupt shelters who neglect and then needlessly kill animals. It fights No Kill efforts nationwide. Rather than treat them, it sends animals, including kittens, to the local pound to be killed. Its animal hospital has a history of abuse. And now an expose by a local news station has uncovered that its humane law enforcement division is allowing abused animals to die all over New York City.”

http://www.nathanwinograd.com/?cat=8

Pet Prisoners in your shelters 

(sung to the tune of the Look Down work song)

Look down, look down

Don’t look ’em in the eye

Look down, look down,

You’re here until you die

The sun is strong

It’s hot as hell below

Look down, look down,

There’s not long to go

I’ve done no wrong!

Sweet Jesus hear my prayer!

Look down, look down,

Sweet Jesus doesn’t care

I know she’ll adopt,

I know that she’ll be true!

Look down, look down,

They’ve all forgotten you

When I get free ya won’t see me

Here for dust!

Look down, look down

Don’t look ’em in the eye

How long O Lord

Before I die?

Look down, look down,

You’ll always be a slave

Look down, look down,

You’re standing in your grave

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My name is Honey Bun

Oreo and Oreo’s Law

“Meet Oreo. Oreo was a one-year-old dog who was thrown off the roof of a six-floor Brooklyn apartment building in 2009. Oreo suffered two broken legs and a fractured rib. Several of the neighbors in the building reported having heard the sound of her being beaten. The ASPCA nursed her back to health and arrested the perpetrator. They also dubbed her the “miracle dog” and fundraised off her plight. But the miracle was short lived.

“According to ASPCA President Ed Sayres, when Oreo recovered from her injuries, she started to show signs of aggression. After the money was counted and safely deposited into ASPCA bank accounts, Sayres made the decision to kill her. (Although there were videos taken of Oreo, the ASPCA has refused to release them and the only public documentation of Oreo is photographs of ASPCA employees hugging her—their own faces inches from hers—which do not demonstrate any aggression). The New York Times reported the story the day before Oreo’s scheduled execution. The reaction among animal lovers was strong and swift.

“If it was true that Oreo was still traumatized and untrusting, who could blame her? She needed time. Although the ASPCA could have cared for Oreo as long as it took to get her to trust again, Sayres refused. But others came forward to offer what the ASPCA would not: time and space to learn that not all humans are abusers.”

http://www.nathanwinograd.com/?p=11127

http://www.nathanwinograd.com/?p=7390

“The ASPCA co-opts meaningful shelter reform legislation largely by copying it but then including weasel words like substituting “may” for “shall”. So instead of requiringshelters to work with outside rescue groups, it simply says that they can if they choose to. Other meaningful reforms, like requiring shelters to scan for microchips, post found animals online, and make an effort to match lost and found animals are scuttled by including an exception if the shelter does not find it “practicable” to do so. Well, given the choice, they won’t find it practicable, which is why we need legislation that mandates it.”

http://johnsibley.com/2012/02/11/quick-kill-bill-the-aspca-fights-for-more-shelter-killing/

“I used to live near the ASPCA’s home turf of New York City, and I’ve known the ugly reality hidden behind the cute calendars for many years—since the early-mid 1980s, to be more precise, when I first heard the parable of the accountant and the veterinarian*, which I recounted in a previous article about the ASPCA’s opposition to Oreo’s Law.

The ASPCA has long been a nice comfortable killing machine.”

http://cruelcrazybeautifulworld.com/2011/11/13/the-aspca-too-big-to-care/

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Please share and donate your time, energy, resources to your local shelters and rescues. 

 

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Domestic Violence and animal abuse

RedRover
(www.redrover.org), a national animal protection nonprofit based in
California, is bringing attention to the connection between animal
abuse and family violence during Domestic Violence Awareness Month by
offering information about grants available to domestic violence shelters.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, more
than 70 percent of pet-owning women entering domestic violence shelters
reported that their batterer had injured, killed or threatened family
pets for revenge or psychological control. As many as 48 percent of
domestic violence victims are unable to escape their abusers because
they fear what will happen to their pets when they leave. Only three
percent of shelters can house pets on-site; a portion provide off-site
housing referrals while the majority of shelters do not offer any
resources at all.

RedRover offers aid to victims of domestic violence and their pets
through the RedRover Relief program. This program provides financial
support for veterinary care and boarding to enable domestic violence
victims to leave their batterers without having to leave their pets
behind, and new in 2012, the program provides grants to domestic
violence shelters to enable them to fund the creation of on-site space
to house pets.

“Sadly, many domestic violence victims stay in abusive homes because
they are afraid to leave their pets,” said Nicole Forsyth, RedRover
President and CEO. “Their pets are often also victims of abuse,
suffering from injuries and neglect. RedRover Relief grants make it
possible for victims to safely escape, reassured that their pets are
protected.”

Donations to the RedRover Relief program have funded critical care and
shelter for animals displaced by family violence. In one case, RedRover
awarded a $300 grant to a woman seeking a protective order against her
husband, who had threatened to drive her cats into the woods and
abandon them. Another applicant finally found the courage to leave her
abusive husband, but said she would sleep in her car before she gave up
her elderly pug. And in another case, a grant from RedRover paid for
two months of boarding for a family’s dog while they sought child- and
pet-friendly housing after fleeing a very dangerous situation.

Increased outreach and greater public awareness on domestic violence
issues have led to a 70 percent rise in applications for the RedRover
Relief program in the last year.

RedRover Relief grants can help  family violence shelters include pets.

Learn more at www.redrover.org/domestic.

Founded in 1987, RedRover focuses on bringing animals out of crisis and
into care through a variety of programs, including emergency animal
sheltering and disaster relief services, financial assistance for
urgent veterinary care and humane education. Learn more at
www.redrover.org.

 

beyond the myth free til nov 2

http://www.hulu.com/watch/417334

“Patrick’s Law, which toughens the civil and criminal penalties for animal cruelty, passed the state Senate this afternoon.

“The bill is named after Patrick the Pitbull, a dog that was starved, thrown down a garbage chute and left for dead in Newark in 2011. The legislation was praised by animal rights activists during a committee hearing last month, and it received unanimous support in the Senate today.

“If the bill becomes law, abusing an animal or depriving it of food, water or other necessities would be a fourth-degree crime. It is currently a disorderly persons offense. If the animal dies as a result of the abuse, the crime would be increased to the third degree.

“The law would increase the civil penalty for animal abuse to a fine of $1,000 to $3,000 for a first offense, and $3,000 to $5,000 for a subsequent offense.”

http://blog.northjersey.com/thepoliticalstate/5367/senate-passes-patricks-law-increasing-animal-cruelty-penalties/

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Stop animal abuse

In my neighborhood, near Monterey, CA, in July, 113 kittens were found dead at a hoarder’s home and the Monterey SPCA rescued 51 adult cats from the home. The cats were living in horrific conditions.  Now, the cats are recovering and hopefully will be adopted soon. Anyone who wants to put their name down on the list of potential adopters can do so by calling the shelter at 831-373-2631.

http://sfist.com/2012/08/23/video_cats_rescued_from_sickly_hoar.php

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Emergency Veterinary Services of St. Charles (EVS) Illinois is teaming up with local law enforcement to crack down on animal abuse and protect pet welfare. EVS works with the local police and fire departments to treat pets for
smoke inhalation, gunshot wounds, vehicular trauma and fight wounds. Recently, EVS partnered with the Glendale Heights Police Department to assist in the investigation of a domestic violence dispute that resulted in an animal’s death. EVS provided the initial documentation of the pet’s death, radiographic evidence of severe trauma, and
evidence of previous abuse. EVS is continuing to cooperate in the prosecution of the abuser.

According to an initial investigation, the boyfriend of the Chihuahua’s
owner is accused of beating the pet to death when his girlfriend failed
to arrive home at the boyfriend’s requested time. The emergency pet
hospital provided the initial documentation of the dog’s death.
Radiographic evidence gathered by the hospital indicated the dog had
sustained severe trauma from multiple beatings. Evidence of healing
fractures indicated that the Chihuahua had suffered repeated abuse.

“The Chihuahua’s death is a tragic example of animal abuse right here
in our own community,” said Dr. Lynette D. Greenwood, DVM. “Our pet
hospital is continuing to cooperate with the detectives, officers, and
the Illinois State’s Attorney’s Office in the ongoing prosecution of
the abuser.”

Dr. Greenwood is also raising awareness about the dangers of animal abuse as a precursor to sexual abuse and domestic violence.

“A violent, controlling person who abuses animals may branch out and
harm humans, especially women and children,” said Dr. Greenwood. “If an
individual is violent towards animals, early intervention can prevent
continued animal abuse and potential domestic violence.”

The emergency vet hospital also works closely with local police and
fire departments to treat pets in need of urgent medical care. This
includes pets that have suffered smoke inhalation, sustained a bullet
wound or suffered vehicular trauma.

“We are proud to work closely with first responders to provide urgent
medical care to pets in need,” said Dr. Greenwood. “First responders
understand that in an emergency, every minute counts. They choose our
hospital because we are passionate about providing life-saving care.”

Pet owners may learn more about Batavia, Aurora and Elgin emergency vet
care at http://emergencyvetservices.com/.

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Puppy huggers united

In this country, as in all countries, we have people with hearts and others who should not be allowed out in public never mind holding public office (in Congress). At the very least, a mental health inspection/test should be required for mayors, Governors, Congress people, Vice President and President. That would eliminate a lot of the riff raff (the entire GOP?) well… people who hold public office should at the very least show empathy, compassion, and just plain human kindness and decency. Real moral values and integrity would be good, too.

to us puppy huggers, the photo below is sweet (and to me even more so since the dog looks like my princess)… say awwwwww… it also confirms that animals/dogs have feelings too as living sentient beings.

What does one have to do with the other? I’m getting there…  there are some crazy people in politics/Congress, and running for President, who think otherwise, because there is something decidedly wrong with them, in my humble opinion… no heart, no compassion, no empathy and no human kindness. People who lie and steal belong in jail not in public office.

I so LOVE Colbert, when he NAILS it… in this case, he totally gives Rep. Steve King what he deserves for wanting to allow dog fighting (overturn laws banning dog fighting and the new law banning being a participant at a dog fight)…

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/08/08/colbert-why-cant-i-watch-steve-king-have-sex-with-a-dog/

and then there is this piece of work…

Romney girl video, watch what happens to the dog…

if the Romneyhood fits, wear it. (Take from the poor to give to the rich = Romneyhood)

watch?v=iax5JM52dqg&feature=player_embedded

http://wegoted.com/blog/default.asp?NID=1655

People who lie and steal regularly do NOT belong in the White House.

http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/08/07/13163204-the-scandal-behind-romneys-new-attack-ad?lite

Thank you to Dogs Against Romney for this…

Why having SANE people passing bills and governing is important IF you love animals AND if you love people and IF you love our country and the Earth, too.

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Justice 4 Patrick

Are we ever going to see Kisha Curtis go to Jail???  will she ever be charged for abandoning, neglecting and starving Patrick nearly to death?  We are patiently waiting for the wheels of justice to play out, but it seems that every time Curtis goes to court, there is another delay in sentencing her. Patrick is safe and being well loved and taken care of, thankfully. AND how long this case is taking to resolve seems endless.  Sigh.  Just want a verdict already.  Was there one today??? Waiting patiently to hear the word. As soon as I see credible, confirmed info, I will post it right here…

 Capt. Yocum of the NJ SPCA

Important that everyone stay focused on the most impotant issue involved in this case, and that is Patrick. Obviously the Defense Attorney will do everything within reach to delay the case moving forward as well as try to use any information he can get that might shine any positive light on his client. Do not over react to media reports or articles that are circulated in the press. The facts and evidence in this case are clear and although it has dragged on for what seems forever, in the end I believe justice will be served. Thank you to the supporters that were in Court today (you all ROCK) Patrick is sound asleep right now and does not have a care in the world. Capt TRULY APPRECIATES all of the continued support for both Patrick and NJSPCA……………Just sayin………….. Capt

 

“An attorney for the woman charged with tossing Patrick the pit bull down a Newark high-rise trash chute last year has filed a motion seeking records from the state Division of Youth and Family Services, about its dealings with her three children…

“Superior Court Judge Joseph Cassini III set the next court date for Aug. 27, when he will decide whether the information, which would otherwise remain sealed, may be used to supplement Curtis’ pretrial intervention application.”

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/07/woman_charged_with_tossing_pat.html

Kisha Curtis, accused of starving Patrick, is scheduled to be sentenced today at the Essex County Court House in Newark, NJ. Curtis admitted to tying Patrick to a staircase on the 19th floor and leaving him there without food or water when she moved out of the State of NJ but denies throwing Patrick down a garbage chute from the 19th floor of a 22-floor building in Newark, NJ in March 2011.

Kisha Curtis was indicted of a Fourth Degree Animal Cruelty by the New Jersey Grand Jury. Her sentence, if found guilty, can carry up to 18 months in jail and a up to a $10,000 fine. Curtis was made an offer by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office where she would serve up to 18 months in prison, a $5,000 fine and 30 days community service. Curtis is now asking to be placed in a Pretrial Intervention Program (PTI), where she would not have a criminal record for abusing Patrick. She would be rehabilitated to correct her behavioral problems. PTI would reduce the burden on the court and allow resources to be devoted to more serious criminals. This would seem to benefit all involved except for the animals neglected/abused in New Jersey. In this State, it is difficult for Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) agents and Animal Cruelty Investigators (ACIs) to prosecute animal abuse cases since the victims and the witnesses are often the animals themselves. 

http://www.examiner.com/article/justice-for-new-jersey-s-patrick-the-pitbull-may-be-only-days-away

http://www.examiner.com/article/kisha-curtis-says-she-abandoned-patrick-but-denies-starving-or-abusing-him

http://video-embed.nj.com/services/player/bcpid619329501001?bctid=1727708764001&bckey=AQ%7E%7E%2CAAAAPLMIP6E%7E%2CBRrRHTAljlHNUYJqhl35zLecZpp8wkKm

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