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WebClawer: Pair shot puppy to skin it, Susan Boyle loves her cat, Thailand loves to sell ivory

Animals are all over the news once again today; we only wish we could tell you that all the stories are happy ones.

-- Don't they have Wal-Marts in Oklahoma any more? Two Oklahoma residents were charged Tuesday after they shot a Jack Russell puppy 10 times and then skinned him, allegedly to make a belt. Poplin was just 7 weeks old when Austin Michael Mullins shot him and Krystal Lynn Lewis skinned the pup and nailed the hide to a board in her apartment. Although Lewis claims she had the puppy killed because she didn't feel that the pair could afford to keep it, the local newspaper is reporting that investigators seem to think that it had something to do with the fact that Poplin was a gift from a female ex-lover of Lewis' who is now estranged. (News OK)

-- In the market for some (illegal) ivory? Thailand is still the place for your black market elephant tusks. According to a report by Traffic, a wildlife trade monitoring group, despite cutting down from 88,000 pieces in 2001, Thailand is still responsible for 26,000 pieces this year so far. Reuters writes, "The report said Bangkok should close 'elephant-sized loopholes' in its wildlife protection laws that enable sellers to pass off illegal ivory as coming from a legal source of domesticated animals." (Reuters)

-- Everyone's favorite "Britain's Got Talent" runner-up missed a concert the other night because she couldn't find her cat. The Dish Rag tells us that the the Daily Mirror is reporting that the singer freaked out at a hotel when her "moggy" (that's what they call cats on the other side of the pond) Pebbles wandered off. The DM wrote "one witness said: 'She kept shouting, "I want my cat! I need my cat!" I think people felt sorry for her as she was clearly unhappy.' "  No word if the pet was returned, but one can assume that if it was in fact purrloined, we'd have heard about it by now. (Daily Mirror)

-- Tony Pierce

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Ahhh!! Someone needs to rewrite "Sling Blade" Poor litter feller. You sholdn't of done that. It's just a puppy.

Then again it doesn't amount to the "No pet" Smug landlords and foreclosures that are hurting the animals lock up.

Susan Boyle has as much right to have her cat travel with her as Barbra Streisand has to have her dog travel with her.

You want the money you can make off of Susan Boyle's singing and popularity, then you had better damn well spend the bit of money it would take to have her cat with her.

If she wants her entire family and cat with her, then she should have them all, expenses paid. She is already a multimillion dollar earner for the show and she should get whatever she wants. Because they know that she will earn many million dollars more once she records, they would do themselves a favor by cutting down on the media, giving her what she wants, and covering her from everyone who wants to take a crack at her to get their byline, or moment in an interview.

Puppy abusers who kill a 7 week old puppy for any reason deserves punishment because if they will do it to a pet they will not be far from doing it to another human also. IceBox hearts are not engaged by anything except their own desires, and cannot see clearly. Keep them in prision before they show up at a job or school with their firearms.

Somehow 10 shots to kill a seven week old puppy just seems way beyond wanting a belt. Something is seriously wrong with these people.

For what it's worth, everyone in Oklahoma is as horrified by the puppy skinning as you are.

Does it take 10 bullets to kill a little puppy? This woman killed the poor thing out of spite, because he had belonged to her ex-boyfrien., She planned on wearing his skin as some sort of trophy. I truly hope that both of them serve jail time for this cruel deed. Cruella DeVille lives!

I had to do a double-take when reading this headline. Skin a puppy to make a belt? I read a lot of stories involving cruelty and you think eventually I'd stopped being shocked by how cruel people are - but people continue to shock me with the unthinkable ways they are harming animals. It's often hard to believe that humans do the things they do. It makes me have less and less faith in our planet. These people are some of the lowest out there - I hope they get punished to the fullest extend that the law will allow. (although we all know the laws aren't strict enough to keep these wacko's off the street!)


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