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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

Mission: ALDF's mission is to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system.

Geographic areas served: animal welfare

Programs: ALDF's Criminal Justice Program works with law enforcement and prosecutors to seek maximum penalties for animal abusers. Our Animal Law Program is dedicated to fostering the field of animal law among legal professionals and in law schools nationwide. Our Litigation Program files cutting-edge lawsuits to stop the abuse of companion animals, and animals abused in industries including factory farming and the entertainment business.

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Client Served

Rating: 3

I want to know if you think I have any reason to move forward with suing the Vet that I believe killed my 6 year old purebred yellow lab, that until 2 months ago was perfectly healthy and spent everyday taking care of me or swimming strong in the ocean or enjoying everything about life.

I had this dog since he was 6 weeks old and I met him the day he was born, he not only was my best friend, and the sweetest, caring, intelligent dog Ive ever had, but when I became sick and declared disabled, he officially became my "companion dog" and is registered as that, with the state of California.

My dog, Mako, was by all means very healthy and happy. He went to the vet every 6 months or so, he had all his shots, vaccinations, if I suspected a minute problem he went to the vet. I even traveled with both of my dogs medical files if I went anywhere and "animal people or other vets" were very impressed with that.

On January 28th 2019, Mako was strong, he was happy, he was about 105lbs of muscle and heart. I have videos of him playing in the ocean for hours chasing the stick or ball out into the waves as far as he could go, and he never shows signs of being tired or sick or even wanting to stop.

On February 25, 2019 - he started to look pale and he ran into our front door after playing outside for a few hours and after becoming aware that I was not doing well that day.
Within a few days, we noticed his right ear was swelled up, and discovered he had a hematoma (flop ear) and took him to the vet first thing in the morning.

The vet took his blood, vitals, did a check-up on him and inserted a vaccine or something into his ear and said that should kill the bacteria.

I tried to ask what caused the hematoma since I had read there were 3 causes and one, I didn't want my other lab to get it and two. I wanted to make sure if there was something in or around my house that I had it removed or repaired.

I got very evasive answers.

Within 3 days, I asked to bring him back because his ear was getting worse and the bump on his head had become increasingly more swollen... that was on a Thursday or Friday and they told me I couldn't bring him back till the next Monday.

That Monday, after a very long 3 days of him not feeling well, we took him back to the vet, at this point, he had lost about 10-15lbs and didn't look well at all.

I told them, I wanted them to do surgery on his ear because I didn't want his ear or anything else to be damaged from this infection/ear flop, and I read that draining or steroid insertion never works anyway.

They again, didn't do the surgery, with the basis it was too costly. They drained some of the liquid from his ear and then told me the liquid in his ear spread into his head causing an infection where he bumped his head, and they shaved, drained, and stitched (very poorly stitched) his head with 3 staples and again sent him home.

After he came home, he started acting very strange. He stopped eating, he started running away, and started losing weight very aggressively.

I called and got several 2nd opinions and every vet I spoke to said he needed to have surgery on his ear immediately to relieve him of both the pain, the infection, and confusion it was causing him.

Because it was a Saturday, I chose an animal hospital about 30 minutes away and one that offered assistance plans, since I am low income and disabled, but still the animal hospital was highly recommended.

They took his blood, they told me to stop giving him one of the medications the other vet gave, but continue the antibiotic and prescribed him a strong pain reliever. Because it was Saturday, they offered me the option to stay overnight there, but they would not be able to do surgery on his ear till Monday when they got back his blood work, or I could take him home with me for the next 2 nights and bring him back Monday morning for his ear surgery. (I chose to take him home to be at home, since there was nothing extremely pressing to keep him in a cage in a strange place for 2 nights when he was not going to get medical attention just boarded basically).

Monday upon arrival for surgery, we were asked to come back and speak with the vet, and we were informed his blood work showed highly elevated sugar levels and that he has diabetes and we needed to take action immediately. They told us they would keep him for 3-4 days in their care facility and start him on insulin and a prescription diet and once they are comfortable with a dosage and feel comfortable he can be managed at home, he would be able to come home.

I figured Thursday or Friday I would expect him to come home...that Animal Hospital was attentive, they called me 3-4 times a day, they gave me updates, they let me come visit him and for all purposes, I was impressed. Except for with the fluctuating glucose numbers and then on Wednesday they called in the afternoon and told me to come get him. I could quite figure out how he went from Monday am at 660, afternoon 410, evening 230 and Tuesday similar in pattern and then Wednesday no counts given, just come get him between 4-5pm.

I got there, he was a good boy, he wanted to come home and he faked being well very good. So they gave me insulin instructions and a prescription dog food (that had been recalled just days earlier) and off we went. He still had flop ear, no one ever addressed that or drained it, and his poor head still had a worse, wide open but restitched gash in it.

Within 3 hours, he was no longer a happy good boy, he was a sick dog.

This was Wednesday, March 20, 2019... we fed him but he wasn't interested in food. We gave him insulin as instructed but it seemed to make him worse, more lethargic and he started peeing himself and not being to get up from bed.

The vet said to give it another week to have his stitches removed, and about 3 weeks to have the insulin re-checked and get an update with them.

We decided to give a little less of his pain medication, because it was disabling to him and he was getting dizzy walking, so we thought and he didn't act so much in pain but sad and depressed and uninterested in life.

On that next Monday, March 25, 2019 we took him to his favorite beach to play in the ocean but he would take 2 little hops and couldn't do anymore. He just wanted lots and lots of water. He could walk but he was slow. He wanted to chase the stick but didn't have the energy to do so. He just wanted water, more and more water and wanted to lay down and be held.

Wednesday March 26, 2019, he was okay, he was able to eat, in fact he was very hungry and ate like a champ. He followed me around the house and watched me do the normal and was aware of what was going on, still not much energy but moving freely on his own. Still, he had flop ear and we were concerned it was not being addressed.

Thursday March 27, 2019, I woke up to him with his bed drenched in pee, he had thrown up on himself and obviously very embarrassed. He was panting heavier than normal and it was a mere 50 degrees. By 2pm, I found him laying almost dead in the dirt out front, I called both vets in a panic. The animal hospital didn't answer so I took him to his vet of 5 years (the ones I was upset with for not properly treating his ear the 1st and 2nd times).

They informed me his insulin was elevated but not concerning and they told me he had a fever and pneumonia.

I informed them he was diagnosed by another hospital with the diabetes and she bad mouthed the other vet.

She gave me the option to take him home with me at night and bring him back for the next 3 days to stay with them to get care from 8-5 and intervenes antibiotics to get him healthy or she said but by no means recommended, pushed or seemed concerned with me taking him to the well known, Animal Hospital down the hill. If she would have encouraged it, I would have taken him there without hesitation.

So, she sent me home with my sick dog, I tried asking her about feeding him, medications to give him at home for the night, his insulin dosage, etc.... and she because stand off-ish with me.

She did mention there could be several different underlying issues and preludes there might be a mass on his stomach or chest and but wouldn't tell me anything else.

I arrived at 8:20am the next morning, she kinda chewed me out for being 20 minutes late, but moving a sick dog, who now was only 72lbs - he lost almost 40lbs in a matter of weeks, was not very easy, plus I spent the entire night up with him because he could barely breath or move. I put humidifiers on him, I got him up every few hours to walk outside to pee and get circulation, and I just lay on the ground with him to let him know I was there for him and he was my angel and that I would make sure he was getting cared for.

When I left him at the vet, I again tried to ask her about underlying issues that she toyed with the previous day, I asked about what his blood work said, x-rays said, and she again was evasive. She said she was waiting for a call from Hawaii (that call would turn out to be the benefactor who paid his final death bill).

At about 3pm that afternoon, I received a call from the vet, I was thinking they were calling to update me on how he was doing or letting me know I could pick him up early, NO THAT WAS NOT WHAT HAPPENED.

THEY CALLED TO TELL ME HE WAS DEAD!!!
THAT THEY FOUND HIM DEAD 2 HOURS EARLIER, IN HIS CAGE, ALONE.

My baby was dead and he died alone and scared in a small cage and no one noticed for hours and no one contacted me for several more hours.

I didn't get to tell him goodbye.

I was empty and told to come say goodbye to his dead body.
We got there and told her we wanted an autopsy and she basically told us no.

She told us she already had someone pay for his death expenses.
We asked up the underlying issues that might have been a factor, about his blood work (she never did any one him), we asked about the possible mass, we asked about everything - the vet became snippy and told us he died of p

1 Dominick M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Rather than protecting these abused Animals The Animal Legal Defense Fund would rather accumulate headlines to recieve more donations. They settled their lawsuit not once, but TWICE with the Cricket Hollow Zoo who the USDA found the zoo abused Animals and kept them in Deplorable conditions The USDA gave the Zoo violations 2010... 2011... 2012... 2013... 2014... 2015... 2016 BUT ALFD chose to "Settle" with them
http://www.wildlifeplanet.net/the-aldfs-failure-at-cricket-hollow-zoo.html

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Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I visited ALDF 5 years ago, and met staff who were intelligent & committed to fighting animal abuse by use of the legal system. We supported them on a wildlife project & saw ALDF gets results. A GREAT org!

4

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of this organization for many years. They provide a vital service for animal rights: ALDF changes the legal landscape for the benefit of animals. Some organizations help with bringing issues to the public, and some charities are grassroots rescue and response. This organization helps to change the laws to protect animals and prosecute abusers, pushing back against the myriad of animal atrocities.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hi my name is Ivan and I am 10 years old and I am looking for a baby Yorky

6 Steffanie G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Obviously by the many positive posts ALDF and they fight for animal rights and welfare. It boogles my mind why they teamed up with BigCat Rescue and WildCat Sanctuary to ban hybrid cats in varies states. If they are concerned for animals rights, why would they work in tangent with either of these sanctuaries? BCR feeds live domesticated rabbits to bobcats they are being rehabilitating to release into the wild. This is not necessary, and most rrehabilitation wildlife center choose not to use live prey. Not to mention that horses were being abused right next door and nobody at BCR reported this to any animal welfare agencies. Both BCR and WCDS have been charged with animal neglect and enclosure violations, and accused of using donations for their personal use. The founder of WCS used donations to take her husband sky diving and bought sexy underwear, also took her family on vacation. Does this sound like agencies concerned about animal welfare?

This petition that these welfare agencies are proposing is basically to confiscate all early generation hybrid cats under third generation. Either these cats will be euthanized or taken to sanctuaries to live out their lives with lions, tigers, and other wild animals. It does not matter that these cats are beloved pets, and are well cared for by their owners. Mind you, these cats were purchased, adopted or rescued legally and these animal welfare want to retroactively make them illegal. If you do not have papers on your hybrid, such as you found one and opened your home to one of these cats, it will be taken and euthanized.

This is not animal welfare, but genocide of a cat breed! This petition is based on lies, propaganda, and hate for these cats! These are house cats and have the same type of problems that other cats have. The only difference, is they are more active and smarter. I think it is disgusting to villianize not only hybrid breeds, but responsible owners and breeders! I think that in this issue they are wrong and morally disguesting and it sickens me that this group can say they love and are concerned for animals while working with sanctuaries that are unethical, and support a ban that will lead to massive killings of this breed! Shame on you!

6 HPlainsD

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been thoroughly impressed with this organization and their commitment to animal rights and laws. They take on the small and the large with only the welfare of animals in mind. They are one of the leading organizations at the forefront of animal activism and advocacy.

6 Stephanie160

Advisor

Rating: 5

This organization fights for the rights of animals in our legal system. I've not worked with more passionate individuals, hands down. I'm very grateful that a team of dedicated professionals is looking after those who do not have a voice.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A dog in our community had been horribly mutilated and abused. I called ALDF when I heard the dog was possibly going to be returned to the family of the person who had abused it. They immediately responded and helped me put pressure on our prosecuting attorney to press charges against the abuser and gave me advice on how to legally proceed to permanently prevent the dog from having to be returned to the abuser's family. I am happy to report that the dog is doing very well now THANKS to the ALDF and their fast response!

6

Donor

Rating: 5

On 7/27/2014, I ran the San Francisco Worth-The-Hurt 52.4 mile double marathon and raised over $10,000 for this group of angels. That's how much I believe in what they do.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I donate to a lot of different non-profits but I donate most to ALDF because they talk the talk and walk the walk. All of their employees are vegan ... they live for their work to help animals from abuse and suffering. There's no organization out there like them ... battling for animals a case at a time in the courtroom.

4 Jerri G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I became a vegan a year and a half ago as a show of compassion for animals. This organization educates the public and prosecutes capos.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ALDF works long and hard to change laws and views on how animals are treated. Without their tireless work there wouldn't be much in the legal protection for animals.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Unless animal rights are legally recognised most efforts to protect their welfare will have limited impact. Securing legal rights globally and ensuring they are adhered to is so critical.

4 Uma B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Animal legal defence fund does excellent work. Working on our laws is the very fundamental. Great work done. Absolutely nothing to add that they don't already do.

3 Gina56

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ALDF is truly on the cutting edge of animal protection litigation. The organization's dedicated team devises creative and effective strategies to advance protections for animals, and doesn't shy away from going after the industry giants that perpetrate some of the worst animal abuse.

5

Advisor

Rating: 5

There are obviously a great number of animal-welfare related non-profits that I could become associated with, but Animal Legal Defense Fund is the one I chose. I've been a donor, a volunteer, a Board member and now an Advisory Board member for this organization because I have been, and remain, so impressed with the ALDF staff and their work-ethic, their vision and their focus on helping animals through the court system. As an attorney, I know how important the legal battles are that ALDF has taken on from factory farming, to animal abuse and roadside zoos, and also how effective they have been in alleviating animal suffering and challenging the laws protecting abusers.

Sunny MacLachlan

2 Lisa377

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization does not just send out sensational pictures, but informs the public about accurate Rights and regulations. Knowing that there is an organization that truly fights for the Rights of Animals in the Courts is assuring and influences me to want to use my own voice more for this cause.
There was a situation recently, that a friend requested my help to remove a FB page that was showing animal abuse in the form of humour. I felt that just removing this page was not enough, but finding out who was actually responsible for the images and the actual acts. I contacted Animal Legal Defense for some advice on what could possibly be done, which was not much, outside the Courts, but......they listened and supported my concerns. The abusers need to be brought to the Courts, and the Laws changed, so WE as the Public can be made aware and help make this World a better place for ALL the living!

3

Advisor

Rating: 5

I am proud to serve on the Advisory Council of ALDF. I chose to do so because I think this organization is one of the most effective national organizations with respect to animal welfare issues. ALDF is well informed and remains updated on all current issues and has the knowledge, resources and commitment to deal with these issues in a professional manner. All of this converts to a great advocacy organization for animal welfare. It truly is a “great non-profit”.

3 Anita28

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They do right by animals and are pushing for stricter laws regarding abuse. I can think of nothing more worthwhile than to be a voice for the voiceless.

1 Linda290

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

You do Great work....animals have no voice...they need ours...and our protection...Thank you for all you do...