Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Cutest Dog in the World Needs a Helping Hand

Help! it looks like my sister is stuck in the shelter! Can somebody please call? I think it's an emergency because you know what happens at the pound. If somebody doesn't step up, they might, you know, end it all. I'm so sad about it, I'm donating $100 of my allowance to help get her out of there. Please see the email I got from Jane below:

To: "Jane Garcia"
Date: Sunday, March 22, 2009, 9:27 PM

I first saw Ivy trying to be invisible, jammed into a corner of a cage she shares with several other little dogs at SLA. She shot me a dirty look which seemed appropriate given the yellow dot on her cage card, indicating a behavioral "issue."

But I wasn't fooled. No dog with such a cute underbite could be such a meanie. So I enlisted the help of James, a lovely ACT who works wonders with terrified dogs in the shelter. Sure enough after a few minutes he emerged with her in his arms. She had been trying to scare him off by biting his gloves...except he said she didn't bite them at all. She just "gummed" them.

He carefully handed her over to me and we just sat down with her on my lap, getting to know each other.

After about 10 minutes of me petting her, she let me gently comb her wonderful rough coat. She let me look at her teeth--they're pretty good--and pick goop out of her eyes all without even an indication that she would "gum" me.

She is such a cutie pie. She looks like a mix of a Boston Terrier, Chihuahua and Jack Russell. She only weighs about 8lbs. and needs to add a couple as she is rather too skinny.

Ivy came in as an "over-the-counter stray", which usually means the person who dumped her was the owner who just didn't want to pay the $5 surrender fee. Someone must have cared about her enough at one time to buy her a darling collar with pink hearts. But the same person then broke Ivy's heart and brought her to the shelter.

Ivy is REALLY scared. She flinches if people come near but once she knows you won't hurt her, she is okay. She feels safest in someone's arms and would make a lovely little lap dog.

But Ivy needs to be someone willing to take the time to gain her trust. You can see in the video James shot of Ivy and me that she is a charming little girl who is not afraid to be touched, as long as it's in the right way.

I just hope that by seeing the video and reading this email someone out there will think Ivy is worth giving a chance. She is a precious little thing. And that underbite is darling.

Right now I don't think she should be placed in a home with kids and/or big dogs. She seems fine with the other dogs in her cage. She just hangs back and lets them go nuts when people approach.


Ivy's impound number is A1017245. She is three years old and not yet spayed. Save her before she gets sick!

*Please note that Ivy is the name I gave her. She has no assigned name in the computer.

SLA direct lines: 213-485-0117, 0119

(Phones answered 24/7; please get the name of the person you talk to.)


Friday, March 20, 2009

Fox News sixty two dogs rescued from Riverside Puppy Mill


Fox News Reveals Puppy Mill Rescue in Riverside

Please view the Fox News Report on a Puppy Mill rescue in Riverside California. 


Thursday, March 19, 2009

Miniature Pinschers Rescued From Puppy Mill in Riverside

Rescue of Sixty-Two Min Pins from Puppy Mill in Riverside CA

Miniature Pinschers Rescued from Puppy Mill Good Dog Animal Rescue and Companion Animal Protection Society Rescue 62 Dogs in Riverside, CA

(Los Angeles, CA) - Sixty two Miniature Pinschers were rescued from a substandard breeding facility in Riverside, California on March 3rd 2009. The puppy mill was operated by Linda Smith, who claims to have been “breeding champion Min Pins for twenty eight years.” The dogs were rescued by Good Dog Animal Rescue with the assistance of the Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) after an undercover investigation revealed evidence of animal cruelty and severe neglect at the Riverside home of Linda Smith.

The dogs had been living in filthy and inhumane conditions and the Riverside Animal Control has admitted to “an open case on Linda Smith for years.” Field Commander Rita Gutierrez told CAPS West Coast Director Carole Raphaelle Davis that the kennels of Linda Smith had been inspected as recently as February 25th and that Linda smith had passed the inspection. Gutierrez also admitted that as a general rule, she gives her cases a “heads up” before she sends officers in for an inspection, “in order to keep people on their toes.” She stated she had given “heads up” notice to Linda Smith routinely. CAPS questions this tactic as it only encourages animal abusers to hide evidence when given prior knowledge of lawful entrance to the property by the authorities. Many of the dogs had been crudely debarked at home, a painful and dangerous procedure that keeps the dogs from making sounds when barking.

“Having assisted the rescue, I can only describe it this way: Silence of the Lambs. The stench was eye-stinging. The dogs were crammed into overcrowded runs and cages and were living on a carpet of feces, eating and drinking out of buckets filled with feces and urine. Their nails were grown into their foot pads, their mouths are in advanced stages of gum disease, many having lost all their teeth. The dogs were infested with fleas and were being eaten alive by ticks. They have never seen a vet. This is clearly an actionable case of animal abuse and we are outraged by the laissez-faire attitude of Riverside Animal Care and Control. The remaining twenty animals must be removed from Smith immediately and she must be charged.” - Carole Raphaelle Davis, CAPS West Coast Director and author of “The diary of Jinky, Dog of a Hollywood Wife.”

“It’s a nightmare for these poor dogs. After we rescue them, and spend one-on-one time with them, they really just want to be a pet; they don’t want to be a machine. They don’t want to be stuck in a crate for the rest of their lives; they want to play with a tennis ball. Before you buy a dog, whether it be from a breeder, the Internet or a puppy store, don’t judge a book by its cover because you don’t get to see - all you see is ‘cute puppy.’ But if you saw the parents like I see the parents when I do rescues, it doesn’t make the puppies so cute anymore.” - Chance White, Founder of Good Dog Animal Rescue

How you can help: Currently the dogs are being cared for by Dr. Werber at the Century Veterinary Group in Los Angeles. If you are interested in donating, please call 310.559.2500 and tell them it's for the Riverside California puppy mill rescue done by Good Dog Animal Rescue. The dogs will be available for adoption at the following locations that have been converted to a humane business model as a result of protests by local activists and the Companion Animal Protection Society (Humane) Pet Store program. These stores now hold regular adoptions.

Woof Worx (formerly Pets of Bel Air)
2924 N. Beverly Glen Circle
Los Angeles, CA 90077

Elaine's Pet Depot
12423 Wilshire Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90025

Helen's Pet Depot
10531 west pico blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064

Kirby's Pet Depot #3
12112 Venice Boulevard
Mar Vista (Los Angeles), CA

A short documentary which includes the evidence by award winning filmmaker Carly Heath is viewable at A high quality version is available by request.



Companion Animal Protection Society is the only national nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting companions from cruelty and inhumane breeding practices in Puppy Mills and Pet Shops. Founded in 1992, Companion Animal Protection Society also known as CAPS, actively addresses this issue through undercover investigations, consumer education through the media, legislative involvement, puppy mill dog rescues, consumer assistance and pet shop employee relations. CAPS uses evidence from reports and investigations for congressional oversight hearings targeting the USDA’s failure to enforce the Animal Welfare Act. CAPS has gained worldwide recognition for shutting down large puppy mill operations and converting pet shops to humane animal adoption centers. For more information on Companion Animal Protection Society please visit


Sunday, March 15, 2009

Los Angeles Pet Hospital Hosts Riverside Puppy Mill Min Pins

Here are some of the Miniature Pinschers that are in Dr. Werber's hospital in Los Angeles after being rescued from an inhumane breeding facility in Riverside. They are getting lots of attention and medical treatment. Many of them are ready to go to new homes and all of them are ready for love...


Saturday, March 14, 2009

Riverside Animal Control Disgraced by Inhumane Puppy Mills

My mom went to Riverside with Good dog animal Rescue and our friend Carly made this documentary about what's going on there. How can anyone be that mean to dogs? I'm sending one of my most potent gas bombs in the direction of Riverside Animal Control and the Riverside City Council too.  PFFFFRRRRRRRRRRT.....


Saturday, March 07, 2009

Barbara Bush Angers Pigs with Heart Valve Surgery

Pigs Protest Barbara Bush's Pig Valve

Pigs angry at Barbara Bush

Barbara Bush has had a pig valve implanted in her heart. The life-saving surgery has angered animal rights activists who think that the valve was wasted.

"She bought a brand new pig valve for her heart. Seems like her heart wasn't working very well," said animal welfare advocate Louis Lovedove. "A PIG saved her life; can you believe that? Think about it. She had a pig killed so that she could go on living. If you count all her Christmas hams, I wonder how many pigs she has used up in her life. This pig, though, is the pig that keeps on giving. I don't think she even had a heart before this pig was sacrificed."

A group of radical activists gathered around the hospital where Barbara Bush's heart was worked on, and ranted and pumped their fists. One middle aged woman who refused to give her name, wearing sweat pants and Crocs screamed at the top of her lungs,"Remember what Mommie Bush said about victims of Hurricane Katrina? 'They're underprivileged anyway, so [ living in the Superdome ] is working very well for them.' See? Her heart wasn't working any better than FEMA was, even then!"

"Poor pig---has to end up in that body," said a young activist wearing a beard and a 'Stop the Seal Slaughter' Tee shirt.

"She finally has an organ that matches her attitude," says comedy writer Kevin Flanneur. "It would have been easier just to put her brain in a pig. Personally, I'm happy for her because I want to see her live long enough to see her son to go on trial for treason."

Pigs around the country are deeply angry about the former first lady's exploitation of one of their own. "We deserve better than to end up rendered inside that woman," yelled a rescued pig at Animal Acres, a farm sanctuary outside of Los Angeles. "She spawned the biggest creep ever who then spawned a war and the worse economic collapse since the great depression."

Animal Acres was the seat of lively discussion late last night. The pigs got into a heated argument in the south barn. "I've never met Barbara Bush but I have met a few pigs and given the choice, I'd rather hang out with pigs than politicians or their stupid moms," said Harvey, a two hundred and thirty pound pig who was rescued from a slaughter house.

"Bring it on," he continued. "I'd like a nice honey- baked Bush for Christmas."

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Friday, March 06, 2009

Elaine's Pet Depot in Los Angeles to Go Humane After Weeks of Protests By Animal Welfare Community

The Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) is pleased to announce that after five weeks of protests by animal welfare activists at Elaine's Pet Depot in Los Angeles, the store has decided to convert to a new business model as a rescue center for abandoned animals. Elaine Binner, owner of Elaine's Pet Depot, signed an alliance agreement and relinquished her puppies to Chance and Jocelyn White, co-founders of Good Dog Animal Rescue.

A group of Los Angeles activists organized by Carole Raphaelle and Carole Sax conducted an investigation of the puppy mills that supply the Pet Depot Chain of franchise pet stores. The acquired evidence revealed that the puppies sold in the store were from inhumane commercial breeding facilities in the Midwest. Two other franchises of the Pet Depot Chain "Kirby's Pet Depot" of Simi Valley and "Judy's Pet Depot" of Westwood have also converted to the humane model and are currently holding adoptions.

"The evidence from
Minnesota, Missouri and Oklahoma were enough to convince shoppers to not contribute to this sort of animal abuse. The parent dogs are suffering in USDA licensed facilities that are puppy mills. Right now, these dogs are exposed to extreme temperatures, confined to small enclosures and are being used like breeding machines. We are very happy that Elaine's Pet Depot is going to be a place where shelter animals can now be adopted into loving homes. There truly is a rescue revolution taking place in the hearts and minds of consumers and as more and more pet shops join the rescue revolution to become rescue centers, consumers, retailers and animals will all benefit. .

During this historic economic crisis, it is especially unethical to breed, sell or buy a pet while five million companion animals are killed in our nation's shelter system every year. The $1000 you would have spent on a dog should be instead given to a family in need. "- Carole Raphaelle Davis, CAPS Los Angeles Director and author of "The Diary of Jinky, Dog of a Hollywood Wife"

"The facts are in; they can't lie anymore. We have the proof, photos and video footage from the mills where she bought the dogs. She had no choice but to go humane because she knew we were never going to go away. We have a wonderful group of loyal supporters in the fight against puppy mills and the pet stores that keep them in business."
- Carole Sax, CAPS Volunteer Coordinator


Thursday, March 05, 2009

Barbara Bush Buys Pig Valve

Bush's mom bought a new pig valve for her heart. Seems like her heart wasn't working very well.

A PIG saved her life; can you believe
that? Think about it. She had a pig killed so that she could go on living. If you count all her Christmas hams, I wonder how many pigs she has used up in her life. This pig, though, is the pig that keeps on giving. I don't think she even had a heart before this pig was sacrificed.

Remember Mommie Bush Dearest's comments about victims of Hurricane Katrina?
"They're underprivileged anyway, so this is working very well for them" said the former first "lady" Barbara Bush when she force-visited hurricane evacuees in Houston following the political fiasco. See? Her heart wasn't working any better than FEMA was, even then.

Poor pig---has to end up in that body. Mom and Dad have been taking about it for hours and they have different attitudes about pigs.

Dad: "She finally has an organ that matches her attitude. It would have been easier just to put her brain in a pig. Personally, I'm happy for her because I want to see her live long enough for her son to go on trial for treason."

Mom: "I can't believe it! Pigs deserve better than to end up rendered inside that woman. She spawned the biggest creep ever who then spawned a war and the worse economic collapse since the great depression."

I've never met Barbara Bush but I have met a few pigs and given the choice, I'd rather hang out with pigs than politicians or their stupid moms.

Here's the CNN article:

(CNN) -- The surgeon who performed heart surgery Wednesday on former first lady Barbara Bush said Thursday that she is recovering well from the 2 1/2-hour surgery in which her aortic valve was replaced with a pig valve.

Former first lady Barbara Bush had heart surgery Wednesday in Houston, Texas.

Former first lady Barbara Bush had heart surgery Wednesday in Houston, Texas.

"From our perspective, this was a very routine procedure, and we expect her to make an excellent recovery," Dr. Gerald Lawrie told reporters at Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center in Houston.

Bush had experienced "severe narrowing of the main valve that lets the blood come out of the heart into the circulation," Lawrie said.

"This valve, instead of being a soft, flexible structure that opens and closes, breaks down," he said, adding that calcium deposits cause it to stiffen, which can result in fluid in the lungs and progressive deterioration.

He said an echocardiogram showed her condition was "extremely severe."

Typical symptoms of problems with an aortic valve include shortness of breath, fatigue, weakness and swelling, he said.

Though his patient is 83, "she's a very fit lady," which helped make the operation a "relatively straightforward" procedure," he said.

Diagnosed with the condition less than a week before the surgery, Bush entered the operating room at 7 a.m. and, after an hour of preparation during which lines were attached to her and anesthesia was administered, the main work began, Lawrie said.

In all, she was on a heart-lung machine for 55 minutes; the implantation of the valve took 45 minutes, he said. She required no blood transfusion.

Bush was back in the intensive care unit by 10:45 a.m., where she awoke "quicker than most" patients of her age, he said.

He described her as "very lucid."

"She recognized all of us immediately and actually started tearing us up with some humorous comments just as soon as we took that tube out."

He predicted she would remain in the ICU until Friday or Saturday, and then be transferred to a standard hospital floor for another five to seven days. But already, he said, she is "walking around the room a little bit."

Bush's husband of 64 years, former President George H. W. Bush, visited her shortly after the operation.

"I've been a nervous wreck about it," said the former president, who said he had received telephone calls of support from President Obama and all the other surviving former presidents.

"I think there is a lot of interest because of who she is," he said, his voice cracking.

"She looks well. I just came from her room and she's doing well. I keep saying, 'You look great.' [She says] 'Don't tell me that.' But you know, she does ... she looks well to me -- and beautiful."

Bush added, "She's in command. She's in control of our whole family."

Asked to describe what occurred between the two when he saw her, he said, "I don't remember any words. I'm not the anecdotal one in the family. It was just a reunion of two people who love each other."

Afterward, the former president turned to a hospital administrator and said, "I'm sorry I get emotional, but I can't help it."

The Bush family matriarch is the mother of former President George W. Bush and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.