Sorry Brandi– Kitties get it too…

Many of my readers (my sister included) hate animal abuse, but they are more “cat people”… Just because all of my posts have been about dog abuse or puppy mills, doesn’t mean that cats don’t get a lot of the same treatment…  Those are just the cases that get televised. Sorry, Bran, but cats are just as tortured as dogs in this state. This post is going to be about our feline friends who have made some very evil enemies. All of these cases are TRUE and they occurred in IOWA.

Sioux City, Iowa… Woodbury County… October 6, 2010…

A fun-loving kitty named Charlie was found with an arrow coming out of his head. THANKFULLY he is alive! He only had to spend one night at the vet clinic. The arrow wasn’t very sharp, so it ricocheted against the skull… Still, his owner, Chelsie Campbell will never forget the day she saw her loved family member… It is a shame, although Charlie is okay, no one has been able to find out who did it 🙁

Sioux City, Iowa… Woodbury County… May 21, 2010…

Stray kitty, Grace, was found by Office Jake Appel with a thee and a half-inch NAIL through her skull… MIRACULOUSLY, she lived! She was purring, happy, and walked right up to the officer. The nail was placed right between the cat’s eyes (which proves how purposeful this whole crime was), and was later safely removed by a vet…. No leads on who committed this terrible, terrible crime.

AMES, IOWA… STORY COUNTY… July 22, 2008

A cat had to be euthanized after he was found in his own driveway, paralyzed. This poor kitty suffered from severe spinal cord injury after being spun around carelessly by the tail. The kitty crawled all the way home, where he finally collapsed. His family had to put him to sleep because he was in too much pain… There are still no leads on this case.

Marshalltown, Iowa… Marshall County… April 30, 2008…

A stray cat was found shot to death by a BB gun. No arrests have been made and the case is STILL OPEN!

Little Sioux, Iowa… Harrison County… March 23, 2008…

A man was charged with animal torture after he murdered his roommate’s cat because he stepped in her fecal matter. The charges were later dropped.

Warren County, Iowa… Sept/Oct 2011

Three teens admitted to taking out their rifle and shooting what they “thought” was a feral cat. This cat turned out to belong to the family that lived next door and these boys had been in the house over 100 times. Upon realizing it was the neighbors cat, they freaked and dumped it on a dirt road (while it was still alive and fighting for its life). How did they get caught? They were bragging the next day at school and the cat belonged to a classmate. Needless to say charges were filed. If there can be any happy ending to this, I would say it is that the cat, Chester, found his way home a week later. Meowing at the back door and still suffering from the 3 gunshot wounds, the family rushed the cat to the vet and he should make it! The charges are still pending, but that poor kitty will never be the same 🙁

These cases are all so sad to read about… My heart literally hurts for these animals. No one deserves to go through life thinking that they aren’t loved. The point of this post is to show everyone that we are all in this fight together. Dogs or cats… Men or women… We need to stand up and speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. Those animals that make our lives better, more whole.

Just remember, Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter!

-Mindi

Bailing out Benji

Perfect Example!

This blog is, obviously, just my opinion… But I am going to add a link to what I FIRMLY believe is a dog breeder that falls under the puppy mill category. If I receive flack for pointing fingers, then so be it.  But again, you are reading my blog….

Here is the link

http://www.iowapup.com/

Yep… As you can see, you can buy a puppy like you would buy a pair of jeans… or a book. .. or a freaking lamp from IKEA… This is horrendous! This “Breeder” is from Altoona, Iowa… (I am trying SO VERY hard not to write his name down and just bash him…) But I do feel the need to educate as many people as I can.

I hope that you can all see why this is wrong. This “family man” doesn’t even care who his puppies go to. He accepts VISA or a Walmart Money-gram. He will ship these puppies anywhere, for the right price. I called the number, acting as though I were interested in buying a puppy. I wanted to travel the short 40 minutes to see a few, but he wouldn’t let me. He insisted that we meet somewhere halfway, because he didn’t want me to make the whole trip… RED FLAG ANYONE?! I can’t say it enough… These people are just terrible… I knew that people were money hungry, but spitting out puppies like a chicken spits out eggs? Really…. And that is how these dogs are treated… Kept in thin wire cages like a couple of hens…. Bred and then put back until they give birth…. Rinse… and Repeat…

I cannot stress this enough… ADOPT… ADOPT… ADOPT… Don’t give these breeders another way to make money. I know that the puppies in the window are so cute, trust me… But their parents are suffering so these people can make a quick buck. In what world is a tiny dog worth $600? Don’t get me wrong, I would pay as many vet bills as necessary to keep my babies alive and healthy! But why put a price like that on a dog just to simply own them? Because they are “purebred”? That makes no sense… I know many respectable breeders who truly love their dogs, and care about where their pups go. Their prices are low and they check on them from time to time… But shipping them because someone wanted to fork over money via mastercard? This man is seriously demented… And seeing how he treated me on the phone, he knows that what he is doing is wrong.

This is Minnie… She is listed on his site… Are those the eyes of a happy puppy? Or simply a puppy wondering why the human actually picked her up? You can always tell that the puppy isn’t in a healthy home when the pictures of said puppy have a weird blanket-type background… And you never see pictures of the litter together… Just one by one…

I had a man email me to tell me that I was spreading propaganda and that I was uneducated. I couldn’t help but laugh… I may not be the most knowledgable person on this topic, but I am no idiot… And this breeder is a puppy mill… through and through… Please help  me stop this! Email me… Comment on this… Share the link on facebook… DO  something…

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–Mindi

Bailing out Benji <3