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Wednesday, July 9th, 2008
3:11 am
Dog Lovers And Dating
Dog Lovers And Dating
 by: Val Witt
No doubt if you're reading this article, you have a dog. Moreover, you like to go places with your dog and Rover definitely prefers going out with you instead of staying home alone! But, you are not only a dog lover, you're also a people lover and like to go out on dates too. Finding harmony between dating and your dog's needs may be a challenge for you. Perhaps you and your dog have both been sad when you've left your dog behind to go out on a date. Luckily for you, there are some solutions that could make everyone happy.
First though, there is one dilemma, not every potential date wants you to bring your dog along! So, right away you have to decide, if you meet someone that is not dog friendly, do you want to bother dating that person at all? However, if you meet someone who doesn't have a dog, but they are up for going on a date with your dog, why not give them a chance.
Actually, this could be a fun way to break the ice in a more casual setting to find out if there is any dog karma between you and your date. And, more importantly, a good chance to see how Rover sizes up your date. Dogs have an uncanny way of sorting out the poochie people. So pay attention, how your date interacts with your dog will give you a lot of clues about their personality.
For example, you might go to a "pets welcome" coffee shop where it will be easy to see if your date is attracted to the dog friendly environment or turned off by it. Most doggie people are more laid back friendly types who don't lose their appetite if they see an ill-timed doggie accident! But to the un-dog person, this may be too "ruff." The good part about a coffee get together is that it's easy to cut short the meeting if things don't seem to be working out.
An alternate dating rendezvous could be arranged at a local dog park where you often go to give Rover and yourself a workout. Perhaps you prefer to be around people who are active and like to stay fit. While you are at the park, you'll definitely be able see if your date is an energetic type who eagerly joins in the fun and games with your dog, or appears to more of a couch potato who poops out early!
If the relationship is going to go anywhere, these things are important to you and your dog, so this is a good way to get the scoop early on. As a dog lover, you don't want your dog to take a back seat to a new relationship - that would inevitably sabotage it in the long run.
So what other way could you meet a person that would welcome a date with your dog? One that comes to mind is a rather new idea - online dating and matchmaking services exclusively for people with pets, particularly dogs. The odds are bound to be far more in your favor if you start at a place where the members are already in sync with your pet loving nature. Not only that, before you set a date you can also sniff out the more personal stuff to help you select the right person.
Once you have set a date with a dog person, you can start out by having your first date at a dog friendly meeting place. A casual environment will take a lot of the stress out of that first face-to-face meeting. If that pans out, there are numerous other places you can go that put out the welcome mat for Rover too. Many of them always have a supply of doggie treats and water on hand to keep Rover happy.
Among the more romantic choices where you can include your dog are the nice dinner restaurants that have outside heated patios. I even found one place that offers a doggie cocktail called appropriately a Dogarita. Some cities offer old-fashioned carriage rides around the town square and the driver's have no problem with doggie passengers.
Another unique option is to rent a sail or powerboat for a day of sightseeing in the fresh air - don't forget Rover's lifejacket. And of course you can always find great dog beaches and parks across the nation where Rover can socialize with his pals, enjoy a game of frisbee with you, or just have a good run.
So you see, you don't have to leave Rover home alone or give up dating. Doggies want to be with us and true pet people who love their special and loyal companions, think they deserve to be included. Who knows, even Rover may find true love!
I hope this article will help you and Rover to discover the many possibilities for having fun on your dates.
Sunday, June 25th, 2006
9:46 pm
Please help me bring my cockatiels home from Japan!
First off: I apologize to those of you who see this multiple times.

Right now, I live in Japan with my two pet birds. In August, I'll be moving back to America. However, the USDA has decided that they won't issue an import permit to birds of Japanese origin because of 'avian influenza H5N1.' A disease which even the World Health Organization and the World Organization for Animal Health both agree is not present in Japan, and in fact isn't present for over 1,500 kms from where I'm living.

To make matters worse, one of my cockatiels is handicapped and in need of medical attention I've been unable to find for her in Japan.

Please help me by visiting my website, printing off a letter, and mailing it to the USDA stating your support and asking them to reconsider their decision. Thank you for your time!

Current Mood: hopeful
Friday, April 21st, 2006
8:00 am
shelter for pets of abused women
Pets to get shelter from domestic abuse
Friday, April 21, 2006
Kevin Kidder

Much has been said about the human victims of domestic abuse.

But yesterday, Columbus City Council joined with a local nonprofit group to announce a new foster-care program for the other victims — the pets of abused women and children.

The new Safe Haven for Pets program will care for those animals because women sometimes won’t leave abusive relationships because women’s shelters don’t allow pets, said Lesley Ashworth, executive director of the People and Animal Welfare Society. The women fear that if they leave without the pets, the animals will become targets for abuse.

During the next few months, the society will accept cats, dogs or other pets and take them to the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville, where inmates will care for them.

"Victims won’t have to choose between their safety and that of their beloved pets," said Karen Days, executive director of the Coalition against Family Violence.

After the victim recovers, typically about 90 days, pets can be reunited with their owner or placed with another family, Ashworth said.

Placing the pets in a secure place such as a prison means disgruntled men won’t forcefully try to get the pet back.

Many of the women at the prison have been abused themselves.

"It is almost a perfect circle of care and nurturing," said veterinarian James Prueter, who co-founded a similar program in Cleveland called SAFE, after which Safe Haven is modeled.

As part of Safe Haven, domestic-violence support groups such as CHOICES will include questions about pets on their intake questionnaires. Other groups, such as Legal Aid and the Columbus city attorney’s office, have agreed to refer people to the program.

The Capital Area Humane Society will treat any abused pet and then transport it to the prison, society agent Kerry Manion said.

PAWS, which is spearheading the new program, was created last year with an $86,000 grant from the City Councilto coordinate domestic-violence and animal-abuse initiatives.


FINALLY!!!! having been in that situation, it sucks.

Current Mood: excited
Sunday, February 19th, 2006
5:25 pm
i am SOOOO disappointed this has not been cleared up yet... BAN CLASS B!!!!!!!!!

Current Mood: disappointed
Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006
12:31 am
Police Are Out Of Control
I saw these folks interviewed on the news tonight, and had to look up the story online. This is totally unbelievable!

Derry NH police fire several rounds into an attacking pitbull - AND the dog being attacked...Collapse )

Profound carelessness - among other things - lead to me to loathe police already. This, however, is an all-time low. The cops are out of control!

Current Mood: angry
Wednesday, December 14th, 2005
7:45 am
police dog sued...(yes, this is REAL!!!!)
It’s a field day for wags as suit cites police dog
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Jim Phillips

Athens County Sheriff Vern Castle and Auditor Jill Thompson pose with Andi, the dog being sued by a convicted drug dealer.

ATHENS, Ohio — Andi couldn’t sign the complaint notifying him that a convicted drug dealer had sued him. He couldn’t even manage an "X."

So Andi’s attorney helped. He put the police dog’s big paw print on the complaint and sent it back to court.

"I just thought I’d be safe, and show that he was served," said Athens County Prosecutor C. David Warren.

"Canine Andi" is among the defendants in a civil lawsuit that Wayne Francis Green filed Nov. 18 in Athens County Common Pleas Court. Green says the Athens County sheriff’s dog helped illegally search his Albany furniture business in 2003.

After Andi picked up a scent from the building, searchers found 50 pounds of marijuana. Last month a jury convicted Green, 46, of possession and trafficking. He is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 6.

"Everybody’s laughing about it," Sheriff Vern Castle said of the suit. "I don’t know what he’s thinking, suing the dog. Everybody’s making jokes about it, like maybe we should send him a box of dog biscuits and see if he’ll take that as a settlement."

Green filed his 19-page, handwritten lawsuit days after his conviction. As his own attorney, he has demanded $450,000 in damages. The lawsuit also names police officers, deputy sheriffs, employees of the prosecutor’s office and Common Pleas Judge Michael Ward.

Green, who is free on bond pending sentencing, could not be reached for comment. The public defender who represented him at trial questioned his former client’s decision to sue Ward, who will sentence him next month.

"I certainly wouldn’t have recommended it in terms of timing," said Michael Westfall. "But I can’t control what my clients do without me."

This isn’t the first Athens County police dog to land in the middle of a legal battle.

Before Andi, there was Pepsie, a colleague with the city police department. The dog’s frenzied response to two drunken students’ barking in 2001 led to the students’ arrests and a widely publicized court battle about whether the First Amendment protects woofing rights. One student was acquitted and another pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct.

And while Andi’s codefendants seem to be taking the lawsuit in stride, Warren said the stress may be getting to the dog.

"He seems lethargic," the prosecutor said. "He may be suffering psychological problems from this. We may have to file a counterclaim."

Current Mood: dumbfounded
Thursday, December 1st, 2005
1:42 am
Has anyone else heard of over 12,000 animals dying when Splenda was researched before its release to the public?


Is this really true? This is absolutely revolting!

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Current Mood: angry
Monday, November 21st, 2005
6:58 pm
Louisville bans pit bulls?
An out of state friend sent me a link to the breediets_no community and this post, which I have copied and pasted here completly...

I have friends that have Pitt bulls, and bully mixes, and Otis, my baby, is often referred to as a Pitt bull by people in the neighborhood even though it's very obvious that he is a boxer. I would hate to think someone would want to take my dog away from me... I hate to think someone would want to take my friend Patti's dog away from her....

Post begins below........

Louisville may add limits on pit bulls

Have you written a brief letter? I have. If you have not, please consider contacting the newspaper, legislators or, if you are local, attending the public hearing on the proposed legislation. Every little bit counts, and none of us should stand idly by as our beloved pets are attacked from all corners. We should do our best to help defend all maligned dogs in every part of the country. It's the least we can do.

Though they have not caused any problems in Louisville, KY, Rottweilers are also being added to the list of dogs who would be affected by the proposed legislation (which varies from muzzling, 500K insurance, to outright banning).

Council Meeting: The Louisville Metro Council will meet at 6 p.m. tomorrow in City Hall, Sixth and Jefferson streets. You have to register by 4pm today to attend: 574-3902. Up to 10 speakers can orate for 3 minutes prior to the onset of the meeting.

Cheri Bryant Hamilton cheri.hamilton@loukymetro.org or 502.574.1105

List of other council members: http://www.louisvilleky.gov/Department/MetroCouncil/CouncilMembers.asp

Joseph Gerth (author of article): jgerth@courier-journal.com
Letters to the editor: http://www.courier-journal.com/cjconnect/edletter.htm
- Shorter letters are always appreciated (under 200 words)
- Point out that at least one of the dogs involved in the recent fatal attack is probably *not* a pit bull (according to the director of Animal services)
- Point out the ATTS statistics, unsoundess of BSL, cost, and maybe point to sound legislation that addresses behavior (New York's a good example)

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This is an excellent point and I wish more people saw it this way.
"She compared such laws with those on drunken driving. "We don't ban alcohol, because we know the problem is the person using it," she said"

I just thought people would like to know about this in case they live in the area.
Wednesday, August 31st, 2005
2:41 am

Now that I've got your attention....

Go HERE, and a spend a few minutes watching the trailer for the film Off The Chain that will be released on August 30th. (today)

You should come away from your viewing feeling embarassed to be a human being.

If you are over taken by the cuteness of that group of pups pictured above, you can meet them at their My Space page. One of them is in the film during an interview, and our boxer Otis is sitting here bragging about how he is internet friends with a movie star. pffft
Sunday, July 31st, 2005
8:14 pm
Help this guy find a home!
This is Barney.

He is around 8 months old. We adopted him today for free from a woman out in the South End that said her husband "bought him from someone that said he was a full blooded pit bull but now he won't even mess with him."

The woman said the dog has always been kept outdoors and the most her husband would do was "throw him some food". She was willing to give him away to anyone regardless of their intentions it seemed to me because my initial e mail to her was "I'll take him." and she responded with her address and when I could pick him up. When we got there I asked a lot of questions, since we cannot keep him and just wanted to save him from going to a shitty home or become as I've heard it put 'a disposable sparring partner for another Pit Bull" he needs a home QUICK!

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Basically, he seems well tempered but needy affectionate-wise. He would need a backyard probably or someone to take him on many walks often.
Okay with older kids (10 and up) but I think he would need to be an only dog but I'm not sure yet.

Here are some pictures of him....
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If you want to meet him or ask questions e mail me at Clayfist@gmail.com and I will send you my phone number. My name is Ella.

Also, We'll give you his collar (red), his leash (red) and that dog house in the picture. (it's needs to be washed.

Thank you. Please pass the word along about this doggie.

Current Mood: hopeful
Tuesday, April 12th, 2005
10:05 pm
I personally LOVE Great Danes. There are few happier sights than a dog the size of a small pony wriggling around on its back with all four paws in the air and thumping its tail on the floor.

Please help Bruce the Great Dane pay for lifesaving heartworm treatment. (Or rather, please help his rescuers pay for the treatment...!)Otherwise the world will be down one Great Dane, and I think many of you will agree with me that we do NOT want that...
Monday, January 17th, 2005
9:38 pm
Murder is Art?!
I just came across this in my friend loonylaura's LJ. Like her, I am absolutely disgusted!!!

From kittypix

"There's an artist, Nathalia Edenmont, who kills cats, mice, doves, rabbits, and other animals, mutilates their bodies, and then takes their photographs. She's on exhibit, among other places, at the Wetterling Gallery in Sweden. She has taken the top halves of five white mice and made them into finger puppets. She beat a cat to death with a stick. And this is called art. This is not only inhumane, but morally reprehensible."

Link to samples of the exhibit (warning! offensive content):
The Wetterling Gallery's Justification of her work:

If you're as disgusted and mortified as I am, speak out!
Online Petition: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/853089392
Other Ways To Help:

~ deej
Tuesday, January 11th, 2005
2:13 pm
Short story - shop at Whole foods on Jan. 25th. 5% of global sales for that day will be used to establish a foundation dedicated to better animal husbandry.

Long version with details, go here -> http://www.wholefoods.com/company/pr_12-14-04.html

Please cross-post everywhere, folks!
Friday, December 3rd, 2004
4:41 am
Hi everyone.
My name is Erin, I am 23, and I am posting here in this animal lovers community to alert you to a serious problem that has killed thousands of animals, mostly cats. You may already know about how hazardous Hartz products are to animals, and I hope you do. This means you have a heads-up. Unfortunately, I did not know, and many others are unaware that an over-the-counter product can KILL your companion animal.

On November 30th, 2004, my cat Sevena had a near-fatal reaction to Hartz Flea and Tick Drops for cats 10 lbs or less. The flea drops were administered properly on the back of her neck, away from her mouth, and she is the correct weight (10 lbs). She was rushed to the vet, and after $200 in vet bills and a day in the hospital, she made it. Sevena is fortunate that she survived. She is now displaying constant neurological problems that will hopefully lessen as time goes by. I had no idea that Hartz flea and tick drops were so lethal, otherwise they would have never been used on my cats. Awareness is the key. The public needs to know the truth, and I am trying my hardest to spread the word to prevent anymore tragedies.

Regardless, this should not have happened in the first place, nor should it have happened to any cat or dog out there. If this were a product for children it would have been outlawed before it even hit the shelves. In my opinion, using this product on your animal is like playing russian roulette. Hartz uses phenothrin, a pesticide that has been around for 50 years, is not nearly as effective, and can be toxic. This problem is going to keep occurring until either Hartz decides money isn't everything, or the EPA demands the product be pulled.

Adverse reactions include the following:
- Dizziness
- Imbalance
- Twitching, jerking of the legs
- Chemical burns
- Loss of fur
- Seizures

Hartz products kill. They are dangerous. Since animals have looser restrictions on the market, these poisonous products are still allowed to be sold over the counter. Thousands upon thousands of poisoning cases happen constantly, but not all are reported. I am willing to bet that many pets died without the owner really knowing what caused the death of their beloved cat or dog.

It is outrageous that this continues to happen. Please join the fight against Hartz Mountain Corporation to have this product removed from the shelves. Tell all your friends, spread the word. Spend a little extra money and buy SAFE flea drops like Frontline and Advantage from veteranary clinics, it may save your pet's life.

I have started a community: stophartz
For further information, visit: http://hartzvictims.org
Friday, September 10th, 2004
6:24 pm
Wednesday, August 11th, 2004
11:47 pm
Help save a rabbit!
For all of you who support rescues, please read the following.

Dominique Moroz is a woman who singlehandedly runs Rabbit R & R, a nonprofit rabbit rescue and sanctuary in Northville, MI. The rescue takes in unwanted rabbits and rehabilitates and rehomes them. All of Dominique's work is funded solely by her own money. She works incredibly hard to save rabbits and she is just an awesome lady that I am very happy to know and work with.

As an employee of the Huron Valley Humane Society, I have had occasion to work with Dominique quite frequently. She has taken in rabbits and other small animals from our shelter that otherwise would be put down. Her selfless efforts in face of all the abandoned and abused rabbits is really commendable, and as she has helped us out so many times, I would like to help her out in return.

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Friday, August 6th, 2004
11:30 am
IDA Condemns Cruel Poisoning of 50,000 Stray Dogs Prior To Olympic Games
Calls for Olympic Athletes To Speak Out Against Mass Poisoning

In Defense of Animals strongly condemns the deliberate and inhumane poisoning of thousands of homeless dogs in the city of Athens. Estimates suggest approximately 80% of the 30,000 to 50,000 stray and homeless dogs in the streets of Athens have been poisoned in the past year in an effort to 'clean up' the streets prior to the opening of the 2004 Olympic Games on August 13. Starving dogs have been given food laced with rat poison which often leads to a slow and excruciating death that sometimes takes days.

“Killing animals is not an Olympic sport," said Elliot Katz, DVM, Founder of the national animal advocacy organization, In Defense of Animals based in Mill Valley, Calif., "and Athens cannot be allowed to continue acting as if it is. The methods of population control currently being used in Greece are simply not acceptable. Poisoning thousands of homeless dogs prior to the Olympic Games flies in the face of everything the Olympics games are supposed to be about. It tarnishes the otherwise positive appeal of the event. We urge compassionate athletes, and concerned individuals everywhere, to avoid Greece as a travel destination and to actively speak out until this abhorrent practice is abandoned."

Disturbing video taken by Welfare for Animals Global/Welfare for Animals Greece, a New York City advocacy and lobby group, is available showing the gruesome methods being utilized to kill dogs in the city.

Click here to view the video. NOTE: You must have QuickTime (http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/) installed to watch the clip.

1. Write the following officials and DEMAND that the practice of poisoning dogs in Greece be halted immediately:

Deputy Minister of Agriculture
Alexandros Kontos

Minister of Tourism
Dimitris Avramopoulos

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Petros Molyviatis

Greek Ambassador to the US
George Savvaides

Minister Theodoros Roussopoulos

2. Attend our demonstration at the Greek consulate in NYC on August 10, between 12 noon and 1:30 p.m.
Some signs and materials will be provided, but concerned individuals are encouraged to also bring their own.


Greek Consulate
69 East 79th Street, Between Park & Madison Avenues
Tuesday, August 10
Between 12 noon and 1:30 p.m.

For more information contact: LCL@idausa.org
Thursday, July 1st, 2004
8:52 pm
The Humane Society of Huron Valley, located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, currently has an overabundance of small animals that need homes - namely, rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, gerbils, and hamsters. We have VERY limited space for these guys, and due to space constraints they are likely to be euthanized. I would HATE for this to happen, so I am trying to spread the word that these animals need homes very badly. Please pass on this info however you can.

Rabbits & Guinea Pigs
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Dwarf and Syrian Hamsters
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The adoption fee for rabbits is $35, which includes spaying or neutering. The adoption fee for all other small animals is $10. For more information contact me at klvaught AT comcast DOT net.

Current Mood: worried
Monday, June 28th, 2004
2:28 pm
Rabbit needs home in Ann Arbor, MI
I live in Ann Arbor, MI and work at the Humane Society of Huron Valley. I look out for the rabbits and rodents that come in to us. I am posting because one of them needs a forever home very badly. Cinnamon is a Netherland Dwarf female rabbit I have been fostering for several months. She is about 1-2 years old, already spayed, and uses a litterbox. She's great with cats and is very well behaved when she runs around the apartment. She LOVES being petted and will tolerate being held. Like most bunnies, she can have a bit of an attitude when she wants to, but she has made SO MUCH progress in foster care. She needs a home without small children and loud dogs, preferably with someone who is familiar with rabbits and their care.

I need to find a home for Cinnamon ASAP. I can not keep her much longer or give her the individual attention she deserves. I do not want to bring her back to the shelter for several reasons. First and foremost, she freaks out there due to the noise and activity and everything. That is why I took her into foster care in the first place - she was so afraid there that she was getting defensive and nippy. Secondly, my shelter has VERY limited space for rabbits and rodents and has stepped up their euthanasia rate for small animals. If I bring Cinnamon back to the shelter, due to her behavior there and due to lack of space there is a very good chance she would be put down. I do not want to see this happen to her.

If anyone can provide a home for this bunny, her adoption fee is $35. For a healthy, already spayed bunny who has excellent litter habits, that's a great price. Please email me at klvaught AT comcast DOT net if you are interested.

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2004
9:05 am
URGENT: One Congressman Blocks US House Bill to Ban Horse Slaughter

US Representative Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, Chair of the House Agriculture Committee is the lone person blocking HR 857, The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, from coming out of that committee and to a vote on the House Floor. The Horse Slaughter Prevention Act is the legislation that would ban the slaughter of horses in the United States and their export for slaughter to foreign countries. There are 224 co-sponsors of this bill in the US House. A more recently introduced companion bill in the US Senate (S. 2352) currently has 7 co-sponsors.

Although HR 857 has enough votes to pass the House, Congressman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia is preventing this legislation from being moved forward out of committee for a vote. Congressman Goodlatte is appeasing the foreign-owned horse slaughter industry and other special interests that are profiting from the death of American horses in the only 3 horse slaughterhouses in the US. The three slaughter houses in the United States, two in Texas and one in Illinois, all are Belgian and French owned, are protected under free trade agreements and do not even pay export fees. Over half of the US House supports this bill and it would pass if it could come to a floor for a vote but this one Congressman is preventing this. We are running out of time. Do not let Mr. Goodlatte kill this bill. Please act immediately.

1. Please write, fax, and call Mr. Goodlatte at both his district and DC offices demanding that he release HR 857 out of his committee for a full vote on the house floor. Demand that Mr. Goodlatte remove himself immediately from HR 857 and let elected Representatives of the people across the United States vote on HR 857.

2. Forward this alert to all of your contacts. Ask family, friends, relatives, and neighbors to do the same.

3. If you have friends and family in Virginia who are constituents of Mr. Goodlatte or if you are from Virginia, immediately call and fax his office and continue to call and fax until Mr. Goodlatte releases HR 857 from the Agriculture Committee. Let Mr. Goodlatte know that you will not re-elect him if he kills this bill in his committee.

Over half of Congress is co-sponsoring this legislation. We are running out of time to get this bill passed. If one person kills it in Committee, it will never get to a vote on the floor where it would pass.

Contact information for Virginia Congressman, Bob Goodlatte:

Washington, DC Office:

2240 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2171
Fax: (202) 225-9617

District Offices

Staunton Office:
7 Court Square
Staunton, VA 24401
Phone: (540) 885-3861
Fax: (540) 885-3930
Harrisonburg Office:
2 South Main Street, Suite A, First Floor
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Phone: (540) 432-2391
Fax: (540) 432-6593

Lynchburg Office:
916 Main Street, Suite 300
Lynchburg, VA 24504
Phone: (434) 845-8306
Fax: (434) 845-8245

Roanoke Office:
10 Franklin Road, SE; Suite 540
Roanoke, VA 24011
Phone: (540) 857-2672
Fax: (540) 857-2675

For more information on horse slaughter, please visit the following websites:


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