Michael Vick Indicted Again

Former NFL quarterback, Michael Vick, has been indicted on state charges of promoting dog fighting and torturing & unlawfully killing dogs. If found guilty, he could face more prison time.

You can read more about the previous case against Michael Vick on the archive page.

The Michigan State University College of Law has a very informative page on dog fighting that covers the history, the training, the culture, the societal cost, the criminal links, laws and legal issues, and evidence, including less obvious things such as the drugs/vitamins/medical supplies used. You can also find out about the signs of dog fighting. And the Humane Society of the United States has a FAQ on dog fighting. (Note: None of the these pages have gruesome photos of dogs showing the barbarism of dog fighting. They do have a wealth of information.)

You can help make a change in your own country by educating yourself and by supporting groups working to end dog fighting.

Rapper DMX May Face Animal Cruelty Charges


The bodies of three dogs were found during a raid of rapper DMX’s Arizona home. One body was burned too badly to tell how the dog died, but the second body had bite wounds and the third had severe abdominal wounds.

Twelve other dogs were found starving without food, water, or relief from the extreme heat. The dogs also had numerous wounds. At this time, it isn’t known if these dogs were used in dog fighting or if they had fought over food.

DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, pleaded guilty to charges related to animal cruelty in 2002 to avoid jail time and was required to make Public Service Announcements against animal cruelty.

DMX’s lawyer claims that regarding this latest incident, his client had not been home for months and that a caretaker had neglected the dogs. However, this contradicts neighbors’ reports of seeing DMX at his home three weeks before the raid.

PetSmart Pulls Jerky Treats From Shelves


PetSmart has removed all flavors of jerky type treats made by Pet ‘n Shape and Smokehouse Pet Products. The AVMA is reporting that there appears to be a link between cases of transient Fanconi syndrome and jerky treats made in China. They also have a FAQ on jerky treats.

At this time, Pet ‘n Shape has no information on the recall, but check their site to check their product list. Smokehouse reports that they test their products for melamine, cyanuric acid, e-coli, salmonella, tpc, and pesticides, and have found nothing.

Fanconi syndrome is more commonly seen as a genetic disease found in Basenjis affecting the kidneys. The cases of Fanconi syndrome linked to jerky treats are acquired not inherited.

Bravo! Recalls Frozen Dog & Cat Foods


Bravo! is recalling three types of it’s frozen food due to possibility of Salmonella and/or Listeria contamination. Bravo! has more information about the recall on their site. These are the lots affected:

Product: Bravo Original Formula Chicken Blend frozen raw food
Product Numbers: 21-102, 21-105, 21-110
Sizes: 2 pound, 5 pound and 10 pound tubes
Batch ID code (on hang tag): 236
Reason for Recall: Salmonella, Listeria

Product: Bravo Original Formula Turkey Blend frozen raw food
Product Numbers: 31-102, 31-105, 31-110
Sizes: 2 pound, 5 pound and 10 pound tubes
Batch ID code (on hang tag): 236
Reason for Recall: Listeria

Product: Bravo Basic Formula Finely Ground Chicken frozen raw food
Product Number: 21-212
Size: 2 pound tube
Batch ID Code (on hang tag): 226
Reason for Recall: Salmonella, Listeria

So far, there have been no reports of illness in pets or people. Read more about the symptoms and prevention of Salmonellosis and Listeriosis.

There is a very well maintained list of safe (not part of the previous huge recall) pet foods at PetSitUSA.com. I strongly encourage you to check it out. And you can find out much more on previous recalls on my Pet Food Recall Archive Page.