6 big cats taken from
Donna J. Miller's Animals in the News
Monday, November 12, 2007 Donna MillerPlain Dealer Reporter
Six fewer big cats are languishing in cages in
Too bad the cats were irreparably harmed before they left. Their former owner, Diana McCourt, had their claws and most of their teeth pulled out so she could make money letting people pet and pose with the cats for pictures. The majestic predators can no longer clamber up a tree or shred a carcass, but they will get better care for the rest of their lives. You can see video and more photographs at bigcatrescue.org.
Since 1993, there have been 44 reported exotic-animal escapes, prompting most cities to outlaw keeping such creatures. Still, about 120 big cats live in
The Humane Society of the
Actress Emily Deschanel of the Fox television drama "Bones" and U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton, a Copley Township Democrat, are working with the Humane Society Legislative Fund to garner support for the Dog Fighting Prohibition Act, Bill 3219. The legislation toughens federal dogfighting penalties and makes it illegal to possess fighting dogs or attend the fights. To help raise money for pro-animal lobbyists and politicians, go to partyanimals.fund.org.
Huge vet bill:
Throw a party! Friends and local businesses are helping Tom Hug, 49, of Vermilion and Dudley, an 18-month-old golden retriever who racked up a $13,000 medical bill after he bolted into the street and was struck Sept. 23 by a car and a motorcycle. He is recovering with four plates in his pelvis. The benefit party begins at 6 p.m. Friday at German's Villa,
Saving furry friends:
Local animal-rights activists and wannabes are meeting over coffee at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdayat
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