UPDATE: Decision on Elephants Postponed

Channel 15 news in Madison spoke with circus promoter Bob Sands. Watch full video here:

“We will have a Shrine Circus and it will be in Dane County whether we have to put a tent out at the Shrine Center or find somewhere else to put it,” said Bob Sands, the promotional director for Zor Shrine, shortly before the committee meeting Tuesday evening. “This proposal says on county owned facilities. We will have a Shrine Circus and we will have elephants.”

via UPDATE: Decision on Elephants Postponed.

Lab Beagles Released In Spain, 40 Dogs See Sunlight For First Time

Good news for the forty beagles!

Note: This type of animal abuse doesn’t only happen in Spain! Wisconsin is home to Ridglan Farms Beagles where they breed and raise beagle puppies by the thousands to be sent to research facilities. Ridglan Farms is located in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin, just minutes from Madison.

Read about Ridglan Farms on the Alliance for Animals website here.

Is your current veterinarian an owner of Ridglan Farms? Visit the USDA 2011 Farm Subsidy Database.

Forty male beagles raised inside a lab in Spain arrived in Los Angeles last week where they will be put up for adoption after being freed from captivity by the Beagle Freedom Project.

The rescue mission is the largest yet for the group Animal Rescue Media Education (ARME). A total of 72 dogs were rescued in the effort, 32 of them having already been adopted in Europe, according to NBC Los Angeles.

ARME’s Beagle Freedom Project spokesman Gary Smith said the beagles, all between ages 4 and 7, had lived in cages their entire lives.

Lab Beagles Released In Spain, 40 Dogs See Sunlight For First Time (VIDEO).

Melrose area couple charged in animal neglect case – WQOW TV: Eau Claire, WI

Jackson County (Press Release)-Authorities in Jackson County have taken custody of 67 animals on a search warrant that was executed on Thursday, November 3, 2011 at N2420 Blackberry Road in Melrose Township, Jackson County after receiving information that there may be animals on the property in need of care due to neglect.

The animals seized consisted of dogs ranging in age from puppies to adults; horses, mules, sheep, goats, turkeys, chickens, rabbits, ducks and a pig. Many of the animals found appeared to be in various stages of neglect due to improper care and lack of nourishment.

Two persons have been arrested in connection with the abuse and are identified as Renee Smithey, age 58; and Tarry Smithey, age 52. Both parties were booked on a single felony count of animal mistreatment and were later released on a $1,000.00 signature bond. Conditions of bond are to possess no animals and to cooperate with the State Veterinarian, the Jackson County Humane Officer, and the Jackson County Health Department. Two other adults residing at the residence were not arrested and to date have not been charged.

Assisting in the seizure and assessment of the animals and living conditions was the Jackson County Animal Shelter, State of Wisconsin Veterinarian and the Jackson County Health Department.

The animals seized in this matter have been provided with proper shelter, medical treatment and nourishment. Some of these animals will be available for adoption. Many of these animals are in need of special care. Anyone interested in adopting an animal should contact the Jackson County Animal Shelter.

This matter remains under investigation by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office

Read full story here:

Melrose area couple charged in animal neglect case – WQOW TV: Eau Claire, WI NEWS18 News, Weather, and Sports.

Rep. Evan Wynn introduces “Casey’s Law”

Rep. Evan Wynn introduces “Casey’s Law”

(Madison, WI) – Today, State Representative Evan Wynn (R – Whitewater) introduced “Casey’s Law,” a bill that would provide greater penalties for abusing animals. The bill is named after a Milton woman’s dog Casey, who suffered severe internal injuries after being shot by an arrow. However, because the arrow resulted in only internal organ damage, the offense could only be considered a misdemeanor.

“Internal injuries can be just as harmful and long-lasting as external ones, such as losing a leg,” said Rep. Wynn. “The bill would add serious internal injuries to the list of felony animal abuse, and is a common-sense measure.”

Milton residents James and Lynn Morke’s dog Casey, a Great Pyrenees, suffered severe internal injuries due to the arrow, but through surgery was able to survive. In June, the perpetrator was convicted and sentenced of misdemeanor mistreatment of animals and disorderly conduct while armed. He was sentenced to a year of probation and a fine. Under the bill, the crime would be classified as a felony, with the maximum fine being $10,000 and the sentence no longer than 3 years and 6 months.

“Pets are a huge part of many people’s lives, and should be protected,” added Wynn.

According to the Humane Society of the United States, 39% of U.S. households own at least one dog, and there are more than 78 million owned dogs in the United States.

Wynn is circulating the bill for co-sponsors in the Assembly and Senate until November 9th, and said he believes the bill will garner bipartisan support.

Rep. Wynn represents the 43rd Assembly District, which covers Whitewater, Milton, Edgerton, and most of western Rock County.

Rep. Evan Wynn introduces “Casey’s Law”.