Adventures in jury duty: cat, myself, called to serve

Last week, for the first time in my adult life, I was called to jury duty. Ironically, just the other week I was remarking my surprise at never having been called, despite being a registered voter and resident of Massachusetts for eight years. When I was in college, many people were called within just months … Continue reading

“Unwanted” is just a matter of perspective! ASPCA adopts CA Chihuahuas to excited New Yorkers

The fashionable pet is the bane of animal shelters everywhere – a trend inspires thousands to hastily adopt a particular breed of dog, but once the sheen wears off, the trend ends or circumstances change, those once-popular pups ends up at the animal shelter. In the 90s, when the live-action 101 Dalmations was released, Dalmations … Continue reading

Developing news: OSPCA raids Toronto Humane Society; charges officials with cruelty to animals

For the past two weeks, I’ve been watching, attention rapt, the story about the OSPCA (Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) raiding the Toronto Humane Society, and charging five of the people in charge with animal cruelty. The raid occurred on November 26, and subsequent reports have shown that this whole thing … Continue reading

Girl who cooked kitten in an oven gets 2 years in jail — the sad story of Tiger Lily

A 17-year-old girl who shut a kitten in a 500 degree oven and left it to die has reached a plea bargain that will see her doing only two years of jail time for this heinous crime. Tiger Lily, an eight week old white and brown tabby, literally roasted to death as the butt of … Continue reading

Some MSPCA success stories

I realized after posting yesterday’s discussion of kill shelters, that it would be remiss of me not to clarify some of the MSPCA’s policies and practices. I may have mistakenly given the impression that they euthanize aggressive and weak/ill animals as a matter of course but, actually, the MSPCA is notable for doing the opposite. … Continue reading

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