Push for Law to Save Abandoned Animals

Animal welfare advocates are pushing for a new law to try and save animals abandoned by their owners.

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Bonita was left in a Springfield apartment for four months. MSPCA investigators say she was near death when they found her. A hamster that had also been abandoned did not survive.
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Kara Holmquist, director of advocacy for the MSPCA, discusses animal-welfare legislation being debated at the Massachusetts State House.
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A team of veterinarians at the MSPCA Angell Animal Medical Center examine a sick dog in the hospital’s Critical Care Unit.
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Dr. Virginia Sinnot of the Angell Animal Medical Center examines a puppy suspected of having the highly contagious, and potentially deadly, Parvovirus.
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Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore, director of Forensic Veterinary Investigations LLC, performs animal autopsies in her lab at the New England Wildlife Center in Weymouth.
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Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore, director of Forensic Veterinary Investigations LLC, prepares the table for a necropsy, or animal autopsy.
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Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore unlocks her evidence freezer in preparation for a necropsy.
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Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore removes the sealed body of a coyote that was shot and killed.
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Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore carefully prepares the tools used during a necropsy.
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Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore says that all animal samples must be securely sealed in order to be used as evidence of the state.
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Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore must often shave animals in order to examine bruising common in abuse cases.
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Forensic Veterinary Investigations, LLC is an independent consulting firm that works collaboratively with animal welfare organizations and law enforcement officials to investigate animal cruelty.
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Dr. Smith-Blackmore prepares the various tools are used to gather biologic samples during necropsies.
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All samples must be properly sealed in order to be used as evidence in court, according to Dr. Smith-Blackmore.
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Animals brought to Dr. Smith-Blackmore are stored in sealed evidence freezers until they are removed for examination.
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Mother Chihuahua and her puppy were abandoned in an apartment in a Southbridge apartment. They had been locked in a rabbit cage, left in a closet without food or water for a week.
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Mother Chihuahua and her puppy were abandoned in an apartment in a Southbridge apartment. They had been locked in a rabbit cage, left in a closet without food or water for a week.
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Mother Chihuahua and her puppy were abandoned in an apartment in a Southbridge apartment. They had been locked in a rabbit cage, left in a closet without food or water for a week.
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Mother Chihuahua and her puppy were abandoned in an apartment in a Southbridge apartment. They had been locked in a rabbit cage, left in a closet without food or water for a week.
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Mother Chihuahua and her puppy were abandoned in an apartment in a Southbridge apartment. They had been locked in a rabbit cage, left in a closet without food or water for a week.
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Mother Chihuahua and her puppy were abandoned in an apartment in a Southbridge apartment. They had been locked in a rabbit cage, left in a closet without food or water for a week.
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Mother Chihuahua and her puppy were abandoned in an apartment in a Southbridge apartment. They had been locked in a rabbit cage, left in a closet without food or water for a week.
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Mother Chihuahua and her puppy were abandoned in an apartment in a Southbridge apartment. They had been locked in a rabbit cage, left in a closet without food or water for a week.
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Mother Chihuahua and her puppy were abandoned in an apartment in a Southbridge apartment. They had been locked in a rabbit cage, left in a closet without food or water for a week.
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This one-year-old pitbull was dubbed Miracle after the starving dog jumped from a third floor window in New Bedford in 2011. Desperate for food, she broke her hip and hind leg in the fall but is now healthy and happy with a new family.
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This one-year-old pitbull was dubbed Miracle after the starving dog jumped from a third floor window in New Bedford in 2011. Desperate for food, she broke her hip and hind leg in the fall but is now healthy and happy with a new family.
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This one-year-old pitbull was dubbed Miracle after the starving dog jumped from a third floor window in New Bedford in 2011. Desperate for food, she broke her hip and hind leg in the fall but is now healthy and happy with a new family.
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MSPCA
Bonita was left in a Springfield apartment for four months. MSPCA investigators say she was near death when they found her. A hamster that had also been abandoned did not survive.
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Bonita was left in a Springfield apartment for four months. MSPCA investigators say she was near death when they found her. A hamster that had also been abandoned did not survive.
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