Rochester Farm Owner Arrested on 21 Counts of Animal Cruelty

ARL assists Rochester animal control and police department on the case

On Tuesday afternoon, Rochester Animal Control Officer Anne Estabrook uncovered a farm in Rochester, Massachusetts under deplorable conditions. She immediately contacted the Rochester Police Department to open a criminal investigation for animal cruelty.

ARL's director of law enforcement, Lt. Alan Borgal, was called in to help remove animals from a Rochester farm on Tuesday. The farm owner was arrested and arraigned on 21 counts of cruelty to animals.

ARL’s director of law enforcement, Lt. Alan Borgal, was called in to help remove animals from a Rochester farm on Tuesday. The farm owner was arrested and arraigned on 21 counts of cruelty to animals. Photo courtesy of Rochester Police Department.

When they arrived on the scene, investigators found 23 animals which included dogs, pigs, cows, goats, and rabbits who had been severely neglected.

Most of the animals were housed in pens filled with mud, garbage, and feces. All of the animal appeared to be malnourished; many were sick and suffering, and one baby calf was found deceased on the property. Two unlicensed dogs were also located on the premesis.

Lt. Alan Borgal, director of law enforcement at the Animal Rescue League of Boston was called in to help remove the deceased baby calf from the scene.

The property owner agreed to surrender all of his animals and was arrested and charged with 21 counts of cruelty to animals. A felony in Massachusetts, each count of animal cruelty carries a sentence of up to 7 years in state prison and a maximum fine of $5,000. The owner will also be facing action by the town of Rochester for various health and building code violations.

The investigation is still on-going.

TAKE ACTION! Report suspicions of animal cruelty to your local authorities. Learn more at arlboston.org/take-action.

 

 

ARL Recovers 18 Game Birds from Tewksbury Home

Suspects arraigned in connection with illegal animal fighting ring

Earlier this week, 24 suspects were arrested and arraigned for their suspected involvement in an illegal cockfighting ring in Tewksbury, Massachusetts.

ARL's manager of rescue services, Brian O'Connor, helped recover 18 modern game birds from the illegal cockfighting ring in Tewksbury, MA. Photo courtesy of the Tewksbury police department

Lt. Alan Borgal, director of law enforcement at the ARL, and Brian O’Connor (pictured), manager of rescue services at the ARL, helped recover 18 modern game birds from the illegal cockfighting ring in Tewksbury, MA. Photo courtesy of the Tewksbury police department.

The Tewksbury Police Department acted on a tip that multiple people were gambling on a “cock fight” at the residence of 969 Chandler Street.

When officials entered the home surrounded by surveillance equipment, they discovered 24 people participating in a “cock fight”. Several packages of spurs, kits with tape, and over $13,000 in cash, were also found on the scene.

The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL), Tewksbury Animal Control, and the Massachusetts Environmental Police were called in for help.

“There were 18 modern game birds involved,” says Lt. Alan Borgal, director of law enforcement at the ARL. “Many of them had artificial plastic spurs attached to their legs to inflict more damage to one another during the fight.”

Sadly, 5 of the modern game birds were critically injured and did not survive. The remaining 13 birds are in the custody and control of the ARL’s law enforcement department.

On Monday, all 24 suspects were arraigned in Lowell District Court on charges of cruelty to animals and being present at an animal fight. The two organizers of the cockfighting ring were also charged with keeping or promoting an animal fight.

SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING - We all have a role to play in prevention! Report suspicions of animal cruelty, abandonment, neglect to your local authorities. Learn more at arlboston.org/take-action

 

Take Action for Animals on Humane Lobby Day 2016

ARL participating in Massachusetts lobby day for animals on April 6

Want to show support for improving animal welfare in the Commonwealth- and meet other animal advocates just like you?

Join the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) and other local and national animal welfare organizations for Humane Lobby Day 2016 on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at the Massachusetts State House!

Every spring, hundreds of supporters across the Commonwealth gather at the State House to ask their legislators to push for stronger animal-protection laws. On Humane Lobby Day, citizen animal advocates like you are invited to learn and practice lobbying for relevant animal welfare bills in the Massachusetts state legislature.

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Register today for Humane Lobby Day on April 6, 2016 and help us ask our Massachusetts state legislators to push for stronger animal-protection laws!

The ARL will focus on informing legislators about how they can help increase awareness about important animal welfare, safety, and health issues among their constituents.

EVENT DETAILS
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
10:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
The Great Hall at the Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108

Attendance Fee: Please note that there is a $9 fee per attendee, which offsets the cost of lunch and materials.

A formal speaking program, catered lunch, and special awards ceremony recognizing legislators for their work to help animals are also on the day’s agenda.

Visit the website for the ASPCA to get involved. March 30 is the last day to register. We hope to see you there!

 

It’s Hip to Snip Fund Drive Goal Met

A big THANK YOU to all our donors for supporting spay/neuter

YOU DID IT –  You turned $5,000 into $20,000 for spay and neuter in just 14 days!

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Your donations during the It’s Hip to Snip Fund Drive will give animals in need like Gremlin access to spay/neuter services to help them lead a healthy and happy life!

Thanks to your generous donations animals in need will get access to the high-quality affordable spay and neuter services they deserve.

All donations made during the It’s Hip to Snip fund drive, which wrapped up on February 29, will go directly to the ARL’s community spay and neuter programs including the Spay Waggin’, the ARL’s mobile surgical unit.

The ARL receives no government or public funding to keep animals safe and healthy in their community — YOU make this important work possible!

There are too many homeless animals in Massachusetts, which is why your donations are especially meaningful to everyone at the ARL and to the many pet owners who do not have access to affordable spay/neuter services. Your compassionate gift will be put to work immediately to help prevent pet overpopulation in a very humane way!

PUT YOUR PAWS TOGETHER FOR…

…our challenge donor, The Ellen B. Gray Memorial Fund!

…Seaport Boston Hotel, Da Vinci Ristorante, Pure Barre Boston, Bowchies, and the anonymous concert tickets donor!

…our media sponsors and partners Friends of Jake and Liam, WBZ, WEEI, WRKO, WZLX, 98.5 The Sports Hub, and WBOS!

…and to and everyone who made a donation to support ARL’s spay/neuter programs during the It’s Hip to Snip Fund Drive!

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Thank You Thursday Salute to Boston City Council

ARL celebrating passage of “Puppy Mill Bill”

The Boston City Council yesterday approved the Puppy Mill Bill” which prohibits the sale of puppies, kittens and rabbits from Boston pet stores, as well as public parks and city streets.

City Councilor Matt O’Malley introduced the ordinance a week ago.  He was inspired by numerous stories of constituents who purchased animals at pet stores that later turned out to be sick, and who in some cases died.

Dubbed the “Puppy Mill Bill,” the ordinance received strong support from the Animal Rescue League of Boston and other local and national animal welfare organizations.

“We are grateful to the Boston City Council for taking action for animals,” said Mary Nee, President of the Animal Rescue League of Boston.  “The more we do to prevent inhumane breeders from growing their business in Massachusetts, the more we improve the safety and health of animals in our communities.”

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Yesterday the Boston City Council approved the “Puppy Mill Bill” which prohibits the sale of puppies, kittens and rabbits from Boston pet stores, as well as public parks and city streets!

In recent years, our law enforcement team has seen an increase in underage, unvaccinated puppies and kittens sold in parks and public places.  Concern about the treatment of animals in large-scale commercial breeding operations also inspired our support for legislative action.

Mayor Marty Walsh immediately signed the ordinance and the ban on sales in public parks and city streets took immediate effect.

The ban on sales of puppies, kittens and rabbits in pet stores in Boston will take effect on December 31, 2017.  No new sales of these animals will be permitted in pet stores now that the ordinance is signed.

Boston has joined more than 120 municipalities across the country that have banned the sale of commercially bred puppies and kittens from pet shops—the vast majority of whom are reared in large-scale breeding facilities, which have racked up numerous federal Animal Welfare Act violations.

Said O’Malley of the unanimous vote, “Today is an historic day for both animals and the City of Boston which proved once again that we can elevate the welfare of animals—as well as the constituents we serve—and demonstrate what a humane city Boston is.”

THANK YOU to the Boston City Council for supporting the “Puppy Mill Bill” and to all the Boston residents who contacted their district councilor to support animals in need in Massachusetts!

 

Boston Residents: Take Action for Animals TODAY!

Ask your district councilor to support the Puppy Mill Ordinance

Boston residents ONLY: Contact your district councilor TODAY and ask them to support the Puppy Mill Ordinance!

Boston residents ONLY: Contact your district councilor TODAY and ask them to support the Puppy Mill Ordinance!

City Councilor Matt O’Malley is pushing the Boston City Council to vote TODAY on THE PUPPY MILL ORDINANCE, prohibiting Boston’s pet shops from selling puppies, kittens and rabbits and the roadside sales of these animals.

If you live in the City of Boston, you can help!

Please contact your district councilor and all four at-large councilors NOW to ask them to support THE PUPPY MILL ORDINANCE.

IF YOU ARE A BOSTON RESIDENT ONLY, follow these 2 important steps:

  1. Contact your one district councilor (see list below). If you are not sure who your district councilor is, look him/her up here: http://www.cityofboston.gov/myneighborhood/ (click on “details” after putting in your address).
  2. AND contact Councilors Essaibi-George, Flaherty, Pressley and Wu (they all represent you as at-large councilors).

If Councilor O’Malley represents you, please thank him for his support for animals in need in Boston!

THANK YOU for taking action for animals in Massachusetts!

 

Last Day To Provide Spay/Neuter To Animals In Need!

ARL’s Dr. Schettino answers FAQs about spay/neuter

Let’s face it: there’s nothing cool about pet overpopulation.

Dr. Edward Schettino with Moose, an ARL alum from the Boston shelter.

Dr. Edward Schettino with Moose, an ARL alum from the Boston shelter.

According to Dr. Edward Schettino, ARL’s vice president of animal welfare, a large portion of the animals coming to ARL shelters every year are a result of unplanned or abandoned litters of puppies and kittens. “If we can increase spay and neuter rates then we can help prevent pet overpopulation in a very humane way.”

YOU CAN HELP!  The Ellen B. Gray Memorial Fund has challenged us to turn a generous $5,000 donation into $20,000 before the end of February during the It’s Hip to Snip fund drive.

TODAY is your last chance to give during the Hip to Snip Fund Drive and support community spay/neuter programs at the ARL!

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Despite all the health benefits of spaying and neutering pets, approximately one third of pet owners still have not brought their pet in to have the procedure.

Dr. Schettino believes that lack of affordable options and lingering myths and misconceptions about the low-risk surgery are two major barriers to increasing spay and neuter rates. In fact, the ARL frequently addresses these concerns with clients at our Boston Veterinary Care clinic and Spay Waggin’.

ARL Blog sat down with Dr. Schettino to find out the most FAQs about spay and neuter. Here’s what he had to say…

ARL Blog: What do you say to a pet owner who’s concerned that spay or neuter surgery is painful?

Dr. Schettino (DS): Pain is associated with every surgery. At the ARL, we use pain medication before, during, and after surgery to make the procedure as pain-free as possible. The majority of dogs and cats are acting 100% normal by the next morning. In fact, the challenging part to the surgery is trying to keep the dog or cat rested when they feel so good.

ARL Blog: Is spay or neuter surgery expensive? What are the local low-cost options/clinics in the area?

DS: Spay/neuter surgeries vary in price depending on location and provider – here’s a link with some great resources – massanimalcoalition.com/resources/spay-neuter. Our Spay Waggin’ also provides affordable spay and neuter services to animals in need on the South Shore and Cape Cod. You can also check with your local veterinarian.

ARL Blog: At what age should dogs/cats be spayed/neutered?

DS: Many veterinarians now spay and neuter dogs and cats as young as eight weeks of age. You should check with your veterinarian about the appropriate time for these procedures. And remember, it’s never too late to spay or neuter your pet!

ARL Blog: Should pet owners be concerned that their pet’s behaviors will change after the surgery? Will a male dog, for example, be less of a protector?

DS: Your pet’s behavior will not change. A dog’s personality is formed more by genetics and environment than by sex hormones. It is a dog’s natural instinct to protect the home and family.

ARL Blog: What can people to do help end animal overpopulation?

DS: Spay and neuter your pet! Always talk to family and friends and explain to them the benefits of spay/neuter–tell them it’s hip to snip! Help them understand that this will benefit their pet as well as help prevent animal overpopulation. Additionally, people can donate to their favorite animal welfare charity to help support  spay/neuter efforts.

BRING SPAY AND NEUTER TO MORE ANIMALS IN NEED!

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Click the photo to make your donation today!

All funds donated by midnight TONIGHT, February 29, will go directly to our community spay and neuter programs including the Spay Waggin’, our mobile surgical unit.

The ARL receives no government or public funding to keep animals safe and healthy in their community  – YOU make this important work possible!

DONATE NOW

AS A SPECIAL THANK YOU… DONATE $35 or more by midnight TONIGHT, February 29 and you will automatically be entered to win a pair of tickets to see Heart, Joan Jett and The Black Hearts, and Cheap Trick this summer*!

Click here or on the green button below to make a donation to the ARL’s It’s Hip to Snip Fund Drive!

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VERY SPECIAL THANKS to our challenge donor, The Ellen B. Gray Memorial Fund; our anonymous concert ticket donor; our media sponsors and partners Friends of Jake and Liam, WBZ, WEEI, WRKO, WZLX, 98.5 The Sports Hub, and WBOS; and everyone who made a donation to support ARL’s spay and neuter programs during the It’s Hip to Snip Fund Drive!

For more spay and neuter resources, visit arlboston.org/spay-neuter.

*Click here for official rules. Tickets are valid for the Sunday, July 24, 2016 show at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA; section 5, row J, seats 5 & 6.

 

Give Hope to Animals — Support Spay/Neuter!

What do Gremlin, Leo, and Garfield all have in common?
YOU gave them a chance at a safe and healthy life!

Throughout National Spay/Neuter Awareness Month this February, we’ve shared the many benefits of spaying and neutering animals.

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Not only does spay/neuter improve an animal’s safety and health, it also prevents animal homelessness.

But there’s still more work to do to increase spay and neuter rates in Massachusetts!

To help bring spay and neuter to more animals in need, the Ellen B. Gray Memorial Fund has challenged us to raise $20,000 in just 14 days during the It’s Hip to Snip Fund Drive! Your donations now through February 29 will help more animals in need like Gremlin, Leo, and Garfield receive high-quality, affordable spay and neuter services!

DONATE NOW


hip to snipGREMLIN
, the 6-year-old female Brussels Griffon mix was one of 7 senior dogs who came to the ARL from a recent rescue.

THANKS TO YOU, Gremlin and the other dogs were all spayed and neutered as part of the veterinary care they received when they arrived at our Boston shelter.  Spay and neuter helps prevent cancer, lengthens life span, decreases marking behaviors, and more — with a better health outlook, Gremlin’s future is looking very bright!  She and Gigi, another female dog who arrived with Gremlin, went home with their new family earlier this week!


hip to snipLEO
knows that there’s nothing cool about animal homelessness.  When he was just a kitten, he was found outside in a box.  A kind lady named Cheyenne took him in and when the now 8-month-old rescue cat recently started marking inside the house,  she knew it was time for him to get neutered.

THANKS TO YOU, Leo had the ARL’s Spay Waggin’ mobile surgical unit to go to for help. “Convenient and affordable, I refer the Spay Waggin’ to all my friends,” says Leo’s mom.


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, an orange and white cat his current owner befriended and adopted, also received incredible care on ARL’s Spay Waggin’ last year, despite his unusual circumstances. While prepping for the routine neuter surgery, ARL lead veterinarian Dr. Kyle Quigley discovered that Garfield had a pre-existing infection resulting from a wound.

THANKS TO YOU, the Spay Waggin’ staff worked quickly to treat Garfield’s infection–and were also able to complete the neuter surgery without an additional risk. “Garfield is a love. And thanks to the ARL, a very happy and healthy cat too,” says Garfield’s owner Robert.

YOU MAKE THIS WORK POSSIBLE!

Animals like Gremlin, Leo, and Garfield come to the ARL every day.  The ARL is there to answer their call for help because of YOU!

All donations made now through Monday, February 29 during  It’s Hip to Snip Fund Drive will go directly to the ARL’s community spay/neuter programs to help more animals like Gremlin, Leo, and Garfield.

DONATE NOW

AS A SPECIAL THANK YOU… DONATE $50 or more by midnight Saturday, February 26 and you will automatically be entered to win a one night stay at the Seaport Boston Hotel*!

Click here or on the green button below to make a donation to the ARL’s It’s Hip to Snip Fund Drive!

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VERY SPECIAL THANKS to our challenge donor, The Ellen B. Gray Memorial Fund; Seaport Boston Hotel; our media sponsors and partners Friends of Jake and Liam, WBZ, WEEI, WRKO, WZLX, 98.5 The Sports Hub, and WBOS; and everyone who has already made a donation to support ARL’s spay and neuter programs during the It’s Hip to Snip Fund Drive!

For more spay and neuter resources, visit arlboston.org/spay-neuter.

*Click here for official rules.

 

The ARL Welcomes Nadine Pellegrini

Former Assistant U.S. Attorney to serve as ARL’s new director of advocacy

Please join us in welcoming aboard Nadine Pellegrini, the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s very first director of advocacy! In her new role, Nadine will provide leadership and direction on our organization’s advocacy agenda.

A Natick-resident, Nadine is an animal lover who has two pet dogs and a horse. Her passion for animal welfare rounds out the many talents she brings to the ARL.

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“I’m honored to join an organization that does so much to support the health and safety of animals in our community,” says Nadine Pellegrini, ARL’s director of advocacy.

“I’m honored to join an organization that does so much to support the health and safety of animals in our community,” says Nadine. “The opportunity to help advance laws and programs that prevent cruelty, neglect, and abuse is especially meaningful to me professionally and personally.”

Nadine worked on a variety of cases during her 20 years with the U.S. Attorney’s office in Boston. Most recently, she was a member of the U.S. Attorney’s anti-terrorism unit and on the prosecution team for United States vs. Dzhokar Tsarnaev.

She also served as chief of the major crimes unit, prosecuting cases involving enforcement of the Endangered Species Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and more.

After receiving her law degree from Albany Law School of Union University, a keen interest in animal protection led Nadine to pursue a master of science degree in animals and public policy from the Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy (CAPP) at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.

Nadine also taught animal law at Boston College Law School and given lectures on federal wildlife protection at CAPP.

Nadine’s extensive knowledge of law enforcement and experience prosecuting crimes will help immenselyas the ARL moves legislation and policy discussion forward to improve the protection and treatment of animals in Massachusetts,” explains Mary Nee, president of the ARL.

Please help us give a warm welcome to Nadine Pellegrini, ARL’s first director of advocacy!

 

Happening Now: ARL Hosts Free Spay-Neuter-A-Thon

ARL spays/neuters 52 Cape Cod animals in need on World Spay Day

Early this morning, ARL’s Spay Waggin’ pulled into Falmouth, MA to host it’s very first Free Hip to Snip Free Spay-Neuter-A-Thon on the 22nd annual World Spay Day.

The last Tuesday of every February, National World Spay Day shines a spotlight on the power of affordable, accessible spay/neuter to prevent pet overpopulation.

Thanks to a generous grant from Cold Noses Foundation, the ARL’s Spay Waggin’ is providing free spay and neuter services to animals in need on Cape Cod. The mobile surgical unit will be stationed outside of the Petco in Falmouth today and tomorrow.

Dr. Kyle Quigley, lead veterinarian at the ARL, helped spay and neuter over xxx animals on the Spay Waggin' in 2015!

DID YOU KNOW… that the ARL’s Spay Waggin’ provides high-quality, affordable spay and neuter services to cats and dogs on Cape Cod and the South Shore? Dr. Kyle Quigley, lead veterinarian at the ARL, spayed and neutered over 260 animals on the Cape in 2015!

During the event, Dr. Kyle Quigley, lead veterinarian for community veterinary services at the ARL, will welcome a total of 52 cat and dog patients aboard the Spay Waggin’.

“Spaying or neutering your cat or dog offers very important health benefits, yet finding affordable options can pose a challenge for many pet owners on Cape Cod,” says Dr. Quigley.

He explains that one of the ARL’s goals for the Hip to Snip Free Spay-Neuter-A-Thon is to help Cape Cod residents looking for an affordable option to learn more about the exceptional care pets receive on the Spay Waggin’.

In 2016, the Spay Waggin’ will visit Cape Cod on the third Tuesday of every month. Visits will rotate between Petco in Falmouth and The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) in Yarmouth. To view the schedule, visit arlboston.org/spay-waggin.

ONLY YOU CAN MAKE THIS WORK POSSIBLE!

The Ellen B. Gray Memorial Fund has challenged us to turn a generous $5,000 donation into $20,000 before the end of February to bring spay and neuter services to more animals in need!

All funds donated during the It’s Hip to Snip Fund Drive now through February 29 will benefit the ARL’s community spay and neuter programs including the Spay Waggin’.

The ARL receives no government or public funding to provide spay and neuter services to animals in need  — ONLY YOU can make this important work possible!

DONATE NOW

AS A SPECIAL THANK YOU… DONATE $35 or more by midnight TODAY, February 23 and you will automatically be entered to win a chef’s tasting for two (a $170 value) at Da Vinci Ristorante in Boston*!

Click here or on the green button below to make a donation to the ARL’s It’s Hip to Snip Fund Drive!

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VERY SPECIAL THANKS to our challenge donor, The Ellen B. Gray Memorial Fund; Da Vinci Ristorante; our media sponsors and partners Friends of Jake and Liam, WBZ, WEEI, WRKO, WZLX, 98.5 The Sports Hub, and WBOS; and everyone who made a donation to support ARL’s spay and neuter programs during the It’s Hip to Snip Fund Drive!

For more spay and neuter resources, visit arlboston.org/spay-neuter.

*Click here for official rules.