Lily-livered Legislators


Last summer in Frankfort, Ky, the state’s capital, Stephanie Tyler let a pit bull die in her hot car. Neighbors called 911 after not being able to enter the vehicle without damaging it, but help came too late.

Today in Frankfort, House Judiciary Chair Darryl Owens had the chance to change the law by calling up SB 53, filed by Sen. Carroll, which would provide immunity for people damaging vehicles to save dogs and cats. However, despite calling and getting passed SB 16, which provides the same protection for children, Owens declined to protect animals. It is wonderful that he chose to protect children. Unfortunately, he apparently doesn’t have the same compassion for animals. No doubt his predecessor John Tilley would not have hesitated to call such a bill. His loss to Bevin’s executive appointment is a loss for animals as well as House Democrats. At this writing, no rep has filed a floor amendment to the children’s bill to include animals. If no one does in the next couple of days, the bill is lost.

Also as of now, HB 428 has not been assigned to committee in the Senate. If it doesn’t pass, it will be business as usual (or lack thereof)for animals in Ky. What a colossal waste of taxpayer dollars!

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Protect Ky’s Kids and Pets

Please call 1-800-372-7181 and ask reps and the House Judiciary Committee to vote yes on SB 53 and SB 16 to protect children and pets left in hot cars in KY!

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Fucking Crazy Animal People

Good article😉

No Dog About It Blog

Jack Russell Terrier SnarlingI used to pooh-pooh the people who used to claim that the animal activism aimed at eliminating puppy mills and backyard breeders was the first step on a slippery slope of animal activism that would lead to crazy people trying  to control every aspect of an animal’s care and welfare.

I say “used to” because now I’m not so sure that they were that far off from the truth. The advance of social media has created some wonderful new and inventive ways to help animals in need. More dogs are being networked and finding homes, many lost dogs are finding their way back home, but social media has also given rise to little pockets of reactionary and aggressive vigilantes who are willing to take whatever action they deem necessary to save a pet, even when that information is based on hearsay and mistaken assumptions.

When someone posted a picture of an injured dog in a private Facebook group a…

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The attached is a draft of a presentation on dogs rescued from Homeward Bound in Ky:hb


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How I Failed as a Rescuer: Lessons from a Sanctuary

Interesting, in light of this week’s events in Laurel County, Ky:

notes from a dog walker

This has been a heavy, heart breaking week in the world of animal welfare. A few days ago a formerly reputable sanctuary in Texas called Spindletop Refuge was raided by authorities. Close to 300 dogs, mostly pit bulls, were discovered living in terrible conditions. It was just one of many failures this week.

The reason why this particular case is so upsetting is that this was supposed to a “good” sanctuary. Rescue groups and families from around the country have been sending their dogs to live there, paying hefty boarding fees, in the hopes that the dogs would have a chance at another life out in Texas. Some dogs were adopted out, others lived at the sanctuary for life.

Apparently on the surface, this place seemed a like a good one. People have come forward to say that they visited Spindletop as recently as the first week of July and…

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Ky recount

If you, like other Kentuckians, are concerned about the fact that Republican Matt Bevin won the governor’s race, feel free to sign and share the above petition. Although Democrats won other races and were projected to win the governor’s race, Bevin handily won. This begs the question of voting fraud or error.

Bevin wants to dismantle the highly effective kynect system, which has provided thousands with health insurance. He also wants to excuse Ky clerks from signing marriage licenses.

Please sign the petition and ask for a recount!

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ky woman

kimdavisI am a Kentucky woman. I have a hick accent, grew up in the country and like sweet tea. However, unlike another infamous Ky woman Kim Davis, I don’t wear ankle-length skirts and hair and am not a homophobic hypocrite.

Today, after flouting the Supreme Court twice, Davis and her staff appear in federal court on contempt charges. I hope she gets fined. However, any fine she is assessed will probably just be paid from her Liberty lawyers’ coffers. In the unlikely event she gets jail time, she will just be martyred by her brethren.

Ky is already deservedly or not the victim of stereotyping by others around the nation and world. This situation has only increased the comments, mostly along the lines of “Well, it is Kentucky” or “Don’t they all marry their cousins”. Whatever happens in court, I just hope Davis goes away, the sooner the better. Better to let Ky be known for fast horses, beautiful women and good bourbon than dowdy, overweight gay-bashers with multiple marriages.

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Dammit! I care more (about the right things) than you do.

Yes, yes, 1000 times yes!

word of a woman

Cecil_the_lion_in__3388298b1It seems lately I am not allowed to care about anything without someone saying I care about the wrong thing or that I must also make it clear that I care about something else more.

I am not allowed to care about the death of Cecil the lion unless I have already made it clear that I care more about aborted babies or police brutality or the death penalty.

Some don’t want me to say that #blacklivesmatter unless I also say #alllivesmatter.

We are not supposed to celebrate Caitlyn Jenner’s courage because soldiers (or someone else) are more courageous.

Etc., etc., ad nauseam.

How is it that all of a sudden compassion, caring and courage have all become competitive sports? Something to be won at the expense of others? Has it come to this? Are all our best qualities now just another thing to use against one another? Is empathy…

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RIP Sam DuBose

Sam DuBose was the black man killed by a Cincy officer last week during a traffic stop. This was just the most recent case in the news of officer shootings.

What I did not realize until reading the above article was what a loss this death also was for the animal community. Apparently DuBose operated under the radar in animal welfare work for some time. He saved dozens of pit bulls from suffering in fighting rings.

Just one more reason to mourn his senseless death…

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Big cats and human complexity

Well said!

The Trailhead

This weekend I spent time at the Exotic Feline Rescue Center near Brazil, Indiana. Most of the cats at the Center are tigers, due in part to the popularity of tiger ownership as a status symbol, as well as the obsession with breeding white tigers. Such breeding inevitably produces many non-white tigers, which then require sanctuary.

White tiger. White tiger.

There really are very few places that one can get so close to big cats; in the wild it’s unwise, and in zoos there always seem to be greater physical barriers, whether through glass or moats or just sheer distance. The EFRC keeps the cats in wooded, fenced habitats. Some of the cats are quite affectionate, and would come up and rub their faces against the fence when our guide called them, just like ordinary kitties.

010Others, though, behaved very much like one would expect wild tigers and lions to behave. I stood…

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