UPDATE on Bellina: stolen poodle from Seaford, DE

This is Bellina, a small chocolate Poodle who needs her medication.

This is Bellina being stolen from Pet Emporium in Seaford, Delaware on Saturday, January 24th between 3:00- 3:30 p.m.

If you know the woman in the photo, taken from a store surveillance camera, please contact the Seaford, DE Police Department at 302-629-9341 or dial 911 from Seaford; or contact Bellina's owner at comm-1012541596@craigslist.org or email here anonymously: noanimalleftbehind at gmail dot com.


Another sad setback for pit bulls

Boy, 9, rescued from attacking pit bulls

The News Journal

Quick action by Wilmington residents may have saved the life of a 9-year-old Friday afternoon, after they heard a boy screaming and ran to fight off the two dogs biting him.

Bystanders kicked and drove the two pit bulls away, but not before the boy was bitten on the cheek, head and thumb, police said. Delaware animal control officers and state police captured the dogs and are looking for the owners. The boy was in stable condition Friday night at Alfred I duPont Hospital for Children in Rockland.

"I said, 'Oh, my God, these dogs are going to go after the boy,' " said Silas Jones, 29, who said he was picking up his son from the school bus when he heard the screams.

"I never experienced anything like that," Jones said. One dog was trying to knock the boy down and the other was biting him, he said. He said the incident took place near a day-care center with other children nearby.

Preliminary reports indicate the boy, who lives in the 100 block of E. 38th St., was walking on North Market Street about 4:25 p.m. Some say the boy tried to run from the dogs. Jones said he saw the dogs charging toward the boy.

The Wilmington man said that, when he saw the attack, he put his son into his car and then got out of the car to pull a tire iron from his trunk. Then he went after the dogs and started beating them.

As he ran toward the animals, police said another man kicked the dogs off and was protecting the child from further attack. Jones said a man placed his body over the child.

"He covered him up and I was just fighting the dogs off to keep him from biting either one of them," Jones said. "It felt like forever. Just the moment of trying to stop the attack felt like forever."

As more people came out to the area, the dogs fled and the boy was taken into Q B's Barbershop in the 3900 block of Market St.

The pit bulls later were spotted on 36th Street, where troopers and animal-control officers cornered and captured them. Officers said the dogs had no collars or leashes but weren't aggressive when they found them. No other injuries were reported.

Police and animal control are investigating.

I tried to link directly to the video that accompanies this story, but as usual the links and settings on the Delawareonline website are not working; click on title link to view video..

Please Help Send Billy to a Sanctuary !

Attention all animal lovers in Los Angeles:

Please help get Billy, the last (and very lonely) elephant at the Los Angeles Zoo sent to an elephant sanctuary for his remaining days, and to close permanently the Zoo's elephant exhibit, ranked among the worst in the country.

The following is from the In Defense of Animals website:

Please attend these two very important meetings. It's critical that we have as many people as possible at both:

WHAT: Arts, Parks, Health and Aging Committee meeting
WHEN: Tuesday, January 27th, 3pm
WHERE: L.A. City Hall, 200 N. Spring Street, L.A. 90012, John Ferraro Council Chamber, Room 340

WHAT: L.A. City Council meeting and final vote on shutting down the L.A. Zoo elephant exhibit
WHEN: Wednesday, January 28th, 10am
WHERE: L.A. City Hall, 200 N. Spring Street, L.A., 90012, John Ferraro Council Chamber, Room 340

Please be prepared to speak for 1 minute during public comment. Keep your comments concise, positive, and focused on your support for closing down the elephant exhibit and sending Billy to a sanctuary. Arrive early enough to complete a public comment card.

Zoo supporters will be out in large numbers (the zoo hires buses to bring them in). Let's be sure that our voices outnumber theirs to show clear and strong support for ending Billy's years of isolation and deprivation!

L.A. City Council member Tony Cardenas has presented a motion to stop the L.A. Zoo's $42 million elephant exhibit renovation. Despite its mammoth price tag and expense to taxpayers, it still will not provide the space elephants need, and elephants will continue to suffer and die painful, premature deaths at the zoo.

Fifteen elephants have died at the L.A. Zoo. More than half never lived to age 20. Elephants have a natural lifespan of 60-70 years. Billy is held in solitary confinement, where he spends his days repetitively bobbing his head up and down in a tiny pen. If the council votes to close the elephant exhibit, Billy will be able to start a new life in a natural-habitat sanctuary where he'll have the space and natural conditions that all elephants so desperately need.

Also ...

Tell the City Council that taxpayers don't want their money wasted on an elephant exhibit that still doesn't give elephants the space they need. Please send emails and make phone calls to express your support for shutting down the L.A. Zoo elephant exhibit.

If you don't live in the City of L.A., please contact the mayor and L.A. City Council President Eric Garcetti (contact info provided below) and express your support for closing the elephant exhibit and sending Billy to a sanctuary.

To locate your councilmember on-line, visit http://www.lacity.org/ and scroll down to "My Neighborhood" and enter your address. You can also dial 311 within the City of Los Angeles, or call 213-473-3231 from the Greater Los Angeles area.

SAMPLE MESSAGE (please personalize as much as possible; tell your council member that you are a constituent):
I support halting construction of the $42 million elephant exhibit at the L.A. Zoo and sending the elephant, Billy, to a sanctuary. Please don't waste taxpayer dollars on an elephant exhibit that still won't give elephants the room they need. I urge you to vote to stop construction of the exhibit and to send Billy to a spacious elephant sanctuary, where he can live a life closer to what nature intended.

PHONE MESSAGE (when calling your council member's office, please identify yourself as a constituent)
Keep it simple: "I am asking the councilmember to please vote to halt the construction of the elephant exhibit at the L.A. Zoo and send Billy to a sanctuary."

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
Los Angeles City Hall
200 N. Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: 213-978-0600 Fax: 213-978-0750
Email: mayor@lacity.org

EMAIL BLOCK (does not include Councilmember Alarcon; use contact form for him as indicated below):
councilmember.reyes@lacity.org; councilmember.greuel@lacity.org; councilmember.zine@lacity.org; councilmember.labonge@lacity.org; councilmember.weiss@lacity.org; councilmember.parks@lacity.org; councilmember.cardenas@lacity.org; jan.perry@lacity.org; councilmember.wesson@lacity.org; councilmember.rosendahl@lacity.org; councilmember.smith@lacity.org; councilmember.garcetti@lacity.org; councilmember.huizar@lacity.org; councilmember.hahn@lacity.org; mayor@lacity.org

District 1 - Ed Reyes
Phone: 213-473-7001 Fax: 213-485-8907
Email: councilmember.reyes@lacity.org

District 2 - Wendy Greuel
Phone: 213-473-7002 Fax: 213-680-7895
Email: councilmember.greuel@lacity.org

District 3 - Dennis P. Zine
Phone: 213-473-7003 Fax: 213-
Email: councilmember.zine@lacity.org

District 4 - Tom LaBonge
Phone: 213-473-7004 Fax: 213-624-7810
Email: councilmember.labonge@lacity.org

District 5 - Jack Weiss
Phone: 213-473-7005 Fax: 213-978-2250
Email: councilmember.weiss@lacity.org

District 6 - Tony Cardenas - ORIGINATOR OF THE MOTION
Phone: 213-473-7006 Fax: 213-847-0549
Email: councilmember.cardenas@lacity.org

District 7 - Richard Alarcon
Phone: 213-473-7007 Fax: 213-847-0707
Email: (use contact form at www.lacity.org/council/cd7/contact.htm)

District 8 - Bernard Parks
Phone: 213-473-7008 Fax: 213-485-7683
Email: councilmember.parks@lacity.org

District 9 - Jan Perry
Phone: 213-473-7009 Fax: 213-473-5946
Email: jan.perry@lacity.org

District 10 - Herb J. Wesson, Jr.
Phone: 213-473-7010 Fax: 213-485-9829
Email: councilmember.wesson@lacity.org

District 11 - Bill Rosendahl
Phone: 213-473-7011 Fax: 213-473-6926
Email: councilmember.rosendahl@lacity.org

District 12 - Greig Smith
Phone: 213-473-7012 Fax: 213-473-6925
Email: councilmember.smith@lacity.org

District 13 - Eric Garcetti
Phone: 213-473-7013 Fax: 213-613-0819
Email: councilmember.garcetti@lacity.org

District 14 - Jose Huizar
Phone: 213-473-7014 Fax: 213-847-0680
Email: councilmember.huizar@lacity.org

District 15 - Janice Hahn
Phone: 213-473-7015 Fax: 213-626-5431
Email: councilmember.hahn@lacity.org

Thank you for taking action to help rescue Billy and shut down the L.A. Zoo elephant exhibit! Please email zoos@idausa.org with any questions or call 323-301-5730.


Katrina pet reunion volunteer takes grand-daughter of slaves to Obama Inauguration

I want to share a wonderful story about my good friend Tanya Sisk and her friend Minnie Kennedy, both from South Carolina.

Tanya worked with and helped Katrina evacuees who were sent to S.C., most notably three in particular who had been separated from their pets: Bill Hicks and Pam & Roland.

Pam has a seizure disorder and her dog Coco was trained to assist her; Tanya did everything possible to make sure that Coco was rescued. Tanya never gave up, and sent a third rescuer to the house who finally found the little dog that was trained not to bark. Once Coco was found, Tanya drove to New Orleans to pick her up and bring her back to Pam.

Bill Hicks had been back to New Orleans several times to look for his Concat but never found her and grew more and more despaired. Tanya drove Bill back to New Orleans to try one more time to rescue his cat from his locked house; this happened to be when the crew from the Nature Channel was in town to film pet rescue stories and Bill's tearful and joyful rescue of his beloved Concat is featured in their Katrina Animal Rescue documentary.

Tanya is good friends with her neighbor, 92 year old Minnie Kennedy, a former civil rights worker and grand-daughter of slaves. As soon as Obama was elected, Tanya began her quest to get Inauguration tickets, wanting to surprise Minnie with a trip to D.C. for the historic event. She made dozens of phone calls and her efforts were rewarded last month with a call from a Senator who sent her two seated tickets.

The following is from of one of the first of many newspaper articles written about Tanya and Minnie going to the Inauguration:

It has been more than 45 years since Minnie Kennedy, 92, of Georgetown stood on the mall in Washington, D.C., listening to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speak about his dream for America.

That was only one day after returning from Louisiana, where she learned first hand about the injustice of segregation. She and a group of volunteers -- who were teaching blacks about the Constitution so they could vote in the upcoming election -- were taking the day off, riding a ferry boat to New Orleans.

When she and some of the other blacks refused to separate from the rest of the group to go to the "colored" side, she teased the guard, who they thought was joking, calling him pink. Abruptly, the boat was turned around and, after the guard pressed charges, Kennedy and the other black volunteers were arrested and spent four days in jail.

She says she was so shaken from that experience, that she decided to return to her home in New York. However, after arriving at home, she decided to travel once again, this time with a church group, to Washington, D.C., for that well-known, historic speech.

"By the time that speech was over, I felt as free as I was before I went to Louisiana," Kennedy said.

The rest of that article as well as others plus videos are below: