Animal Rights In Alabama


 

Another thing that I really care about is the animals.  My mom’s dog Georgina really loves seeing me come over.  I think you can tell by the pictures and videos she is one spoiled dog.

Alabama has some very weak laws when it comes to animal welfare.  Alabama has the weakest cockfighting laws in the country.  If you get caught in Alabama you will only get a small fine of $50 and a slap on the wrist.  Cockfighting is wrong and the punishments for getting caught needs to be increased.  This video shows a glimpse of what cockfighting is like.

But cockfighting is not the only problem in Alabama.  Dog-fighting has also been a problem in Alabama but thankfully the legislature has strengthen the laws.  But this video from 2009 showing dogs on chains in a dog-fighting ring shows how bad Alabama really is when it comes to animal welfare.

I would consider the issue of spaying and neutering the biggest problem in Alabama.  State law does require animals to be spayed and neutered when leaving a shelter.  But I would like to see cities and even the state get tougher on people who like to keep having those puppies and kittens.  Around 4-5 million animals are euthanized each year across America; and that’s way too high!  Alabama actually does send animals to the northeast U.S. to be adopted because the laws up there are strict and requires all animals to be spayed and neutered.  And this is something I would love to see in Alabama.  But let’s face it; the folks who say the government has too much control will say “government is getting into our lives” or “too much government control” or ” we are becoming a nanny state.”

Here in Anniston and Calhoun County we have three animal shelters; two of them do a very good job of adopting out animals without putting them to sleep.  And the county run shelter is pretty much a killing factory.  The Calhoun County Animal Control Shelter near the landfill is the county run animal shelter.  There have been allegations of serious abuse out of this shelter and it’s still being investigated.  Many animals come out of that shelter in a bag because of the animal overcrowding problem.  I wish spay and neuter laws were written to be strict but that won’t happen anytime soon in Alabama.  For more info. go to: http://www.calhouncounty.org/animal/index.html

Kennel outside the gate is used often.

Even horses are here.

The League For Animal Welfare is an all volunteer organization dedicated to finding homes for all adoptable cats and dogs.  Plus they are very strong supporters of spay and neuter programs.  For more info. go to: http://www.leaguepets.org/.

The other shelter in the area is The Animal Shelter of Anniston.  This shelter is also a low-kill shelter and sends out many animals to loving homes.  For more info. go to: http://www.theanimalshelter.net.

Luckily there are organizations that wants to promote animal rights in Alabama.  The Alabama Voters for Responsible Animal Legislation (AVRAL) is strongly in favor of spay/neuter programs, animal shelter reform, humane euthanasia (no gassing).  And they are strongly against breed specific legislation, chaining/tethering of animals, puppy mills and backyard breeders, animal neglect, and abuse and cruelty in any form.  The people of Alabama simply have to elect politicians who support animal rights.  If we don’t do that we will continue to have problems with animal abuse in Alabama.  For more info. on AVRAL go to: http://www.alabamavotesforanimals.org/.

Also the Alabama Spay and Neuter Clinic carries out low-cost operations for people with limited income.  Plus they transport animals from several spots in Alabama so you don’t have to spend any gas money.  Politics have gotten into the way of this great organization and the hope is this clinic will continue to provide low-cost operations for years to come.  For more info. go to: http://alspay.org

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Bad Anniston and Calhoun County, AL News


UPDATE:  After I posted this story this afternoon; it happened!  Ben Little got arrested for violating a state code to upkeep property.  Ben Little promises to tell his side of the story and it might get ugly.  So stay tuned for updates! Here is the story from the Anniston Star.

http://www.annistonstar.com/view/full_story/16785353/article-Councilman-Little-arrested-on-property-code-violation?instance=home_lead_story

You know; with all of the crazy news that is going on in the Anniston/Oxford area I am so proud to live here.  It is just a joy to see good people doing good things to make this area is a great place to live.  LOL!  There has been so much bad news going on here just within the last week it just keeps getting better.  We have had two big news stories that has put a black eye back on this area.  One is even more corruption in the Anniston City Council.  And another is alleged abuse at the Calhoun County Animal Shelter; which just pulls my heartstrings.  Let’s talk about the animals first.

Alleged Animal Abuse 

Over the last weekend allegations came out saying that the Calhoun County Animal Shelter has been abusing animals.  The list of allegations is a mile long.  The worst is: euthanize animals without putting them to sleep; killing animals without checking to see if they belong to an owner; having dead animals around living animals; shooting and throwing around animals; and even not proving clean food and water!  I am a big animal lover; it comes from my mom.  And I am hoping these allegations are not true.  But if they are; I hope all involved are thrown in jail and the key thrown away!  How come this was going on for this long.  I hope you look at these two links below!

http://www.examiner.com/dog-care-in-birmingham/alleged-abuse-at-calhoun-county-animal-control-shelter-2

http://www.annistonstar.com/view/full_story/16762481/article-Calhoun-County-deputies-to-investigate-animal-cruelty-allegations-at-county-shelter?instance=1st_left

I am glad this is now being investigated.  Now I will say this is not the only animal shelter in the area and the others are not being investigated.  This is the county run shelter.  I just feel bad for the innocent animals that had to go though this and I hope that the other two animal shelters in the area.  Calhoun County Humane Society and League For Animal Welfare can step up to fix this problem.  All this is going to do is to put yet another black mark on this area.  And we have had enough bad news stories coming out of this area to make national news.  And a public service announcement.  Please spay or neuter your pets.  We have way too many pets out there and not enough people to adopt.  I wish I could adopt but I live in an apartment with no pets allowed.  And of course I still do not have a job as well.

One Anniston City Councilman Down

Also on Monday news started to come out that John Spain has decided to resign from the City Council.  John Spain had been arrested not once but twice and was facing a court trial and a lawsuit from the Anniston City Police.  Read the story below.

http://www.annistonstar.com/view/full_story/16766238/article-Police-played-key-roles-in-Spain%E2%80%99s-exit?instance=1st_left

I knew that John Spain days were numbered.  And now one of the five guys that need to be kicked out of office is gone.  But there is now another goal that the people need to accomplish.  That is the voting out of the mayor Gene Robinson and the rest of the City Council which includes Ben Little.  I can tell you one thing that has already had a impact.  Nothing can get passed because of a deadlock in the council.

http://www.annistonstar.com/view/full_story/16775867/article-Without-Spain–Anniston-council-struggles-to-break-deadlock?instance=home_lead_story

The next thing I would see to happen is the lawsuit the City Police has against John Spain and Ben Little to go forward.  I would like to see all the evidence presented in court of all the bad things these guys are doing to pretty much kill this city.  Then when the elections come around next August.  Let’s vote in people who will turn this town around.  I do believe the mayor is gone.  But my worry is somehow Ben Little will get re-elected.  That the voters in his ward will be stupid enough to vote for him again.  But I believe the people will be smart enough to vote him out.  This region is going down the toliet and without better leadership form the cities of Anniston and Oxford and the county commission.  We are toast.  No one will want to move into this area to create jobs and we all will have to look at moving away; like me.  I can not find a job anywhere in this area and I hope I will not have to move away.  I just love to talk about all the crazy things in this area and I will miss that.