NYPD Deserves Props for Dog Rescue Ops

Categories: Crime, Dogs

Photo courtesy of the ASPCA
Who rescued this sweet puppy from certain death? The NYPD, that's who.
When the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals announced its partnership with the New York Police Department in January of 2014, locals were, understandably, skeptical.

A year into the experiment, the Voice checked in with the ASPCA to find out how things are going.

Not bad, as it turns out.

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Hero Dogs of 9/11 Premieres Tonight on Animal Planet

If you find yourself tiring of watching poll results trickle in, here's a worthy distraction: Animal Planet will premiere a one-hour documentary on 9/11 K-9 Disaster Relief units. Hero Dogs of 9/11 goes on tonight at 8 p.m. The special will tell the story of handler Frank Shane, a man with 30 years' experience handling working dogs, and his canine partner Nikie, the only dog permitted on the 16-acre Ground Zero site after the towers came down.

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Dog-on-Dog Crime Falls Through the Cracks in New York City

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Governments: Don't ever mess with grieving dog-owners. You never know what gaping holes in your legal code they might expose.

The International Business Times reports that despite dog-on-dog attacks being on New York State's books and the requirement that local governments create laws at least as strict as the state's, New York City has much weaker protections in place.

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Busted Dog Fighters and Cracked-Up Puppy Mills: A Good Week for Pooch

Categories: Animals, Dogs

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It's been a banner week for dogs in New York. Tuesday saw the indictment of 39-year-old Leslie Alexander, who had been using his Brownsville home to train dogs to fight in the very cruel, very illegal dog-fighting circuit. (The cops initially went there on a warrant for guns and drugs and instead found a robust dog-fighting operation, including hypodermic needles and a garage-turned-doggie-Thunderdome, so it's pretty clear that this guy is making excellent choices.)

And on Wednesday the New York State Assembly passed A.740-A, a bill to majorly ramp up laws punishing operators of puppy mills introduced by Upper West Side Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal. The Senate is considering its version of the bill.

I'm the sort of person who cries watching puppies sleep, but even those of us with firmer constitutions will appreciate the good news.

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Would You Ever Spend $60k On Legal Fees To Win Custody Of A Dog?

Categories: Dogs, Morning Poll
James King
This is our dog James. We love him to death. Would we spend $60,000 on legal fees to win custody of him? Not a chance.
We wrote a blog post yesterday about a man who's spent more than $60,000 on legal fees in his effort to win custody of a dog from his ex-girlfriend. As we noted yesterday, dropping that much coin on a canine-custody case is insane because, well, it's a fucking dog.

The media's eaten the story up, though -- gushing over how adorable it is that 34-year-old Craig Dershowitz cares so much about about his pooch that he's blown his life savings trying to get him back. Unlike other media outlets, however, we're not fawning over a grown man who's this obsessed with his dog (or using his dog as an excuse to keep in contact with his ex-girlfriend).

Because of our take on the fight for "Knuckles" the puggle, Voice readers have called us "heartless" because we think it's nuts to blow $60,000 on a custody battle over a dog. We're not heartless, we're just not crazy enough to think dropping that much money on a dog is a good idea.

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Attention Craig Dershowitz: It's Just A F**king Dog

Categories: Dogs, Idiots
This is Craig Dershowitz's dog, "Knuckles." He's blown $60,000 trying to win custody of "Knuckles" from his ex-girlfriend -- despite the looming fact that "Knuckles" is a fucking dog.
Craig Dershowitz says he's blown upwards of $60,000 on legal fees in a custody battle with his ex-girlfriend...over a dog. It's gotten him precisely nowhere -- the girlfriend still has custody of the dog (a "puggle" named "Knuckles") and a judge in California ruled today that that's not gonna change anytime soon.

Dershowitz -- after blowing through his life savings -- is in the process of trying to raise even more money to piss away on a canine-custody case.

Craig, we realize you love your dog -- and the media's been gushing over how cute it is that you're fighting to get him back. That said, we're here to put things into perspective and remind you that it's just a fucking dog.

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Bronx Woman Arrested for Starving Her Pups

No one likes a canine abuser so here's a story that most likely will not cheer up your Saturday.

At the end of February, the Humane Law Enforcement responded to a complaint in the north borough by neighbors who had spotted two frail pups hanging around an apartment building on Webster Avenue. The dogs belonged to Gillian Irving, a 27-year-old woman who reportedly ignored her two seven-month-old pit bulls for weeks on end. 

Yesterday, the American Society for the Prevention for Cruelty to Animal (ASPCA) - a group that conducts large-scale SWAT-esque raids of places involved in animal abuse - concluded that the woman was not only neglecting her pups but starving them to boot. Yes, people like this exist in the world.
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NYPD Watched Muslim-Owned Businesses; Police Sergeant Charged With Drunk Driving; Harold Camping Acknowledges He Was Wrong About Rapture

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The Associated Press reported Friday that the NYPD kept tabs on Muslim-owned businesses based on the religion of owners, second- and third-generation Americans. As this became just one more known element of the NYPD's surveillance, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly met with Muslim leaders in the city. Though NY1 reported that members of the community who met with Kelly said "he assured them that the NYPD was obeying the law," groups gathered outside NYPD headquarters where the meeting was taking place to protest. Meanwhile, though the AP reported that Jews and Christians were excluded from the monitoring, the New York Daily News reported that the NYPD was not always discerning. [AP, NY1, NYDN]

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Dogs (and UWS Activists) Against Romney Protest Outside Westminister Dog Show

​A "Dogs Against Romney" protest brought out more reporters sniffing for a story than pups this afternoon.

The animal advocacy group aims to call attention to an infamous incident in which Mitt Romney strapped the family dog in a crate to the roof of the car for a 12-hour drive in the late 1980s. Protester Paul Gestos, a longtime dog owner and Occupy Wall Streeter, said Mutt Romney's story reflects poorly on his owner's character. "It shows he has no empathy," Gestos said of the presidential hopeful. "He made a bad decision and now he won't even own up to it."

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Meet the Norwegian Lundehund: The Six Toe-Minimum 'Puffin Dog' That's One of Westminster's Newest Additions

Peter Rousseau
In case you don't happen to be as dog-obsessed as the rest of the Internet or haven't heard about the recent advertising controversy, we're here to tell you that Monday marks the start of this year's Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. An additional six breeds have been made eligible to compete this year and will be making their star turns at the event. One of these unfamiliar faces is the adorable and utterly bizarre Norwegian Lundehund. Sure, this dog looks normal enough from its picture, if not a little fox-like, but, it's got some, shall we say, interesting features. We talked to Colorado-based Peter Rosseau, a breeder and president of the Norwegian Lundehund Association of America, about the breed and what going to Westminster means.

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