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Fireworks and Pets

Fireworks and Pets

2022-07-0627:10

It's a tradition to celebrate with fireworks on holidays like Fourth of July and New Years Eve, but that tradition comes at a cost. Every year pets are lost, injured, and even killed after being scared by fireworks. Even in the safety of our homes, fireworks can lead to a terrifying night for our pets and a stressful evening for the family members who try to comfort them. Tune in this week to learn how to handle the firework-riddled holidays safely with scared pets. And if you love fireworks and refuse to let go of the tradition, maybe give this episode a listen with an open mind to find out how you can be a better neighbor.Americans are used to being on the lookout for a scam, but authorities are warning of a new kind of fraud. Puppy Kingpin shines a spotlight on Jolyn Noethe, a secretive businesswoman from Iowa who is accused of laundering puppies much like drug money. Investigative reporter Alex Schuman exposes the scheme and an underground part of the industry bringing us the pets we love.From Neon Hum Media and Sony Music Entertainment. Smoke Screen: Puppy Kingpin is available June 16th. Support the show
For over 2 years, Bailing Out Benji has been involved in an in-depth true crime production with Sony and Neon Hum Media for the podcast Smoke Screen: Puppy Kingpin. On June 16, 2022, Puppy Kingpin was finally released!  Listen to our reaction to the podcast and hear why it's a great idea for you to listen to it as well, if you haven't already!Support the show
Fostering Saves Lives

Fostering Saves Lives

2022-06-0848:46

With shelters and rescues across the country overflowing with pets needing homes, foster families are needed now more than ever!If you ever thought about fostering before but were afraid of getting too attached or were apprehensive about how your other animals might react, then listen to this episode! Most people who foster for rescues have had those exact same thoughts and feelings before getting involved. Listen to our own stories and experiences as we explore the many different ways most anyone can get involved to directly help animals in need.Become a part of the solution, save lives, and get tons of snuggles along the way! Fostering saves lives and the animals need YOU to be their hero!Americans are used to being on the lookout for a scam, but authorities are warning of a new kind of fraud. Puppy Kingpin shines a spotlight on Jolyn Noethe, a secretive businesswoman from Iowa who is accused of laundering puppies much like drug money. Investigative reporter Alex Schuman exposes the scheme and an underground part of the industry bringing us the pets we love.From Neon Hum Media and Sony Music Entertainment. Smoke Screen: Puppy Kingpin is available June 16th. Support the show
Tune in this week to hear all about our exciting announcement!We are so excited to announce that we are a part of a new podcast from Sony Productions! "Smoke Screen: Puppy Kingpin" is an investigative podcast that peels back the layers of the sham rescue world and exposes the multi-million dollar USDA broker that is profiting. Podcast Description: Americans are used to being on the lookout for a scam, but authorities are warning of a new kind of fraud. Puppy Kingpin shines a spotlight on Jolyn Noethe, a secretive businesswoman from Iowa who is accused of laundering puppies much like drug money. Investigative reporter Alex Schuman exposes the scheme and an underground part of the industry bringing us the pets we love. From Neon Hum Media and Sony Music Entertainment. Smoke Screen: Puppy Kingpin is available June 16th. https://www.ivoox.com/en/coming-soon-puppy-kingpin-audios-mp3_rf_87591197_1.htmlAmericans are used to being on the lookout for a scam, but authorities are warning of a new kind of fraud. Puppy Kingpin shines a spotlight on Jolyn Noethe, a secretive businesswoman from Iowa who is accused of laundering puppies much like drug money. Investigative reporter Alex Schuman exposes the scheme and an underground part of the industry bringing us the pets we love.From Neon Hum Media and Sony Music Entertainment. Smoke Screen: Puppy Kingpin is available June 16th. Support the show
Arizona has all the the hallmarks of a typical puppy mill pipeline state: one large puppy mill peddler with big money to fight humane laws, lots of smaller dealers trucking in puppy mill puppies under the radar, lack of enforcement, and a community in need of educational efforts.  There's a lot of work to be done in Arizona, but we're never going to stop fighting and we need YOUR help!  Tune in this week to learn all about Arizona's puppy mill pipeline and find out what you can do to stop it! Arizona's pet store/puppy mill connection can be found here: https://bailingoutbenji.com/puppy-mill-maps/cvi-data/arizona/Go here to become a Bailing Out Benji volunteer: https://bailingoutbenji.com/how-you-can-help/volunteer/Americans are used to being on the lookout for a scam, but authorities are warning of a new kind of fraud. Puppy Kingpin shines a spotlight on Jolyn Noethe, a secretive businesswoman from Iowa who is accused of laundering puppies much like drug money. Investigative reporter Alex Schuman exposes the scheme and an underground part of the industry bringing us the pets we love.From Neon Hum Media and Sony Music Entertainment. Smoke Screen: Puppy Kingpin is available June 16th. Support the show
Our good friends at The Humane Society of the United States just released their 2022 Horrible Hundred Report, listing violations from some of the worst puppy mills in the country. After going through their report we swiftly scoured our own database and released a companion report connecting those Horrible Hundred puppy mills to pet stores across the country who sell their puppies.  In addition to the Horrible Hundred report release, we also have several ordinances on the verge of passing in cities across the country from Washington to Wisconsin, in addition to a couple of state bills.  Tune in to find out if there is any legislative activity in your area!  To view the HSUS 2022 Horrible Hundred Report, go here:  https://www.humanesociety.org/sites/default/files/docs/HSUS_Horrible-Hundred-2022.pdfTo view our Horrible Hundred/Pet Store Connection companion report, go here: https://bailingoutbenji.com/2022-horrible-hundred/To view current active legislation across the country, go here: https://bailingoutbenji.com/legislationTo purchase tickets to our Gala in September, go here: https://secure.everyaction.com/QNKVcMt8VUm_fAGGBv9O4A2To buy new merchandise to support our work, go here: https://store.bailingoutbenji.com/Americans are used to being on the lookout for a scam, but authorities are warning of a new kind of fraud. Puppy Kingpin shines a spotlight on Jolyn Noethe, a secretive businesswoman from Iowa who is accused of laundering puppies much like drug money. Investigative reporter Alex Schuman exposes the scheme and an underground part of the industry bringing us the pets we love.From Neon Hum Media and Sony Music Entertainment. Smoke Screen: Puppy Kingpin is available June 16th. Support the show
This week we are joined by Jessica and Whitney, owners of The Green Spot, a humane pet store in Omaha, Nebraska.Listen in as Jessica and Whitney describe their success in developing an ethical and humane business model that focuses on giving back to the community and providing education to help customers have healthier, happier relationships with their pets.  You can find The Green Spot online, here: https://greenspotomaha.com/Americans are used to being on the lookout for a scam, but authorities are warning of a new kind of fraud. Puppy Kingpin shines a spotlight on Jolyn Noethe, a secretive businesswoman from Iowa who is accused of laundering puppies much like drug money. Investigative reporter Alex Schuman exposes the scheme and an underground part of the industry bringing us the pets we love.From Neon Hum Media and Sony Music Entertainment. Smoke Screen: Puppy Kingpin is available June 16th. Support the show
Our good friends at Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) released their annual report, ranking states based on their animal protection laws, so this week we are discussing their latest report and how it pertains to the work we do in fighting against puppy mills. Listen in, as we also give a minor update on the Daniel Gingerich case, which emphasizes the need for stronger and more enforceable animal protection laws!Let us know how your state ranks and tell us how you intend to help elevate your state for next year's ranking!You can find the ALDF report here: https://aldf.org/article/state-animal-protection-laws-ranked-2021/Support the show
We're doing a new thing! This week we discuss our new USDA Violation Reports, which we will be releasing every quarter to bring awareness about all the puppy mill breeders and dealers who had violations on their USDA inspections. So far in 2022 the USDA has issued at least 229 violations to 72 licensees across the country. We have records showing that at least 28 of those facility sell to pet stores. Of the licensees who received violations, several of them have received official USDA warnings. Listen in to learn how and why we will be releasing these reports!View our Quarter 1 Report here: https://bailingoutbenji.com/usda-q1/Americans are used to being on the lookout for a scam, but authorities are warning of a new kind of fraud. Puppy Kingpin shines a spotlight on Jolyn Noethe, a secretive businesswoman from Iowa who is accused of laundering puppies much like drug money. Investigative reporter Alex Schuman exposes the scheme and an underground part of the industry bringing us the pets we love.From Neon Hum Media and Sony Music Entertainment. Smoke Screen: Puppy Kingpin is available June 16th. Support the show
We are starting to find our "new normal" as in-person conferences and events are happening across the country. Tune in this week to learn about the value advocates will find in attending these events, and how important it is for our small-but-mighty organization to have a strong presence at the Animal Care Expo and other events happening this year. Take note of our shared feelings of awkwardness and hesitancy as we all become acclimated to educating about puppy mills in-person again. The Animal Care Expo information can be found here: https://humanepro.org/expoCheck out our new Merch store here: https://store.bailingoutbenji.com/Go here to support us: https://bailingoutbenji.com/donate/Americans are used to being on the lookout for a scam, but authorities are warning of a new kind of fraud. Puppy Kingpin shines a spotlight on Jolyn Noethe, a secretive businesswoman from Iowa who is accused of laundering puppies much like drug money. Investigative reporter Alex Schuman exposes the scheme and an underground part of the industry bringing us the pets we love.From Neon Hum Media and Sony Music Entertainment. Smoke Screen: Puppy Kingpin is available June 16th. Support the show
April is national Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month, so our first episode this month focuses on what it means to go "up stream" to prevent animal cruelty in our communities. Listen as we discuss ways we can all collectively do better to address and support both human AND animal well being. Here are a few of the notable organizations we mentioned for their work in going "up stream":CARE (national) https://careawo.org/rd/Pawsitive Alliance (Washington) https://www.pawsitivealliance.org/Secondhand Hounds (Minnesota) https://www.secondhandhounds.org/Ruff Start (Minnesota) https://ruffstartrescue.org/St. Huberts (New Jersey) https://www.sthuberts.org/adoptable-dogsStand Up for Pits (national) https://standupforpits.us/Hello Pitty (Washingon) https://www.hellopittyrescue.com/Lost Our Home (Arizona) https://www.lostourhome.org/Rock Star Rescue (Arizona) https://rockstarrescue.org/Ames Animal Shelter (Iowa) https://www.cityofames.org/government/departments-divisions-a-h/ames-animal-shelter-animal-controlAnimal Rescue League (Iowa) https://www.arl-iowa.org/HSUS Pets for Life (national) https://humanepro.org/programs/pets-for-lifeAmericans are used to being on the lookout for a scam, but authorities are warning of a new kind of fraud. Puppy Kingpin shines a spotlight on Jolyn Noethe, a secretive businesswoman from Iowa who is accused of laundering puppies much like drug money. Investigative reporter Alex Schuman exposes the scheme and an underground part of the industry bringing us the pets we love.From Neon Hum Media and Sony Music Entertainment. Smoke Screen: Puppy Kingpin is available June 16th. Support the show
This may be the final episode we dedicate entirely to Daniel Gingerich, the worst USDA licensed breeder we have ever seen, but we will never stop talking about this case and using it to create change. Tune in this week to learn about the charges and the plea deal given to this horrible breeder, who was responsible for the torture and death of countless animals, while he sold puppies to pet stores across the country. Americans are used to being on the lookout for a scam, but authorities are warning of a new kind of fraud. Puppy Kingpin shines a spotlight on Jolyn Noethe, a secretive businesswoman from Iowa who is accused of laundering puppies much like drug money. Investigative reporter Alex Schuman exposes the scheme and an underground part of the industry bringing us the pets we love.From Neon Hum Media and Sony Music Entertainment. Smoke Screen: Puppy Kingpin is available June 16th. Support the show
Tune in this week to learn all about the origins of Bunny, the famous talking dog, and her brother Otter! Learn about the relationship between Bunny and her mom Alexis, and how their social media accounts display the special partnership we share with our companion animals. Listen to our discussion about reputable and ethical breeders, as Alexis, like the rest of us, continues to learn and grow in her education and her thought process around the breeding and behavior of these amazing sentient beings who we share our lives with!Find Bunny and Otter on social media @WhatAboutBunnySupport the show
This week we are joined by Erin Morse, Executive Director of Midwest Animal ResQ, as she tells us about a recent puppy mill bust involving a very high profile breeder of XXL bully breed dogs.  This horrific and wildly strange case has many unexpected aspects to it, including the price of the dogs before they landed at a city shelter where willing adopters are now few and far between.  From breed discrimination in the rescue community to accepting help from unexpected places, every advocate should hear this story. Listen in and learn what you can do to help Midwest Animal ResQ as they work to find homes for these very deserving and loving dogs.To foster, adopt, transport, or donate, please go here: https://www.midwestanimalresq.org/Support the show
Progress Over Perfection

Progress Over Perfection

2022-03-0901:18:35

This week we are joined by a couple of Illinois's finest animal advocates, Peggy and Kerin, as we celebrate the victory of Illinois finally "going humane," while also remaining vigilant in ensuring that the statewide ban on pet store puppy sales is appropriately enforced!Learn from these experienced advocates about how they went from being regular people to animal superheroes! Find out why our fight in Illinois is not over and what we (and you!) can do about it!Americans are used to being on the lookout for a scam, but authorities are warning of a new kind of fraud. Puppy Kingpin shines a spotlight on Jolyn Noethe, a secretive businesswoman from Iowa who is accused of laundering puppies much like drug money. Investigative reporter Alex Schuman exposes the scheme and an underground part of the industry bringing us the pets we love.From Neon Hum Media and Sony Music Entertainment. Smoke Screen: Puppy Kingpin is available June 16th. Support the show
Happy (belated) National Pig Day! This year we are celebrating by joining our friend Taryn, Manager at Ironwood Pig Sanctuary, to learn all about these fun loving creatures! We hope to spread awareness about the plight of pet pigs who, like other companion animals, end up in rescues when unprepared owners purchase them from feed stores or breeders who give improper information. If you, or anyone you know, has ever considered adding a pet pig to your family, listen to this podcast first! To find out how you can help our friends at Ironwood Pig Sanctuary, go here: https://www.ironwoodpigs.org/Americans are used to being on the lookout for a scam, but authorities are warning of a new kind of fraud. Puppy Kingpin shines a spotlight on Jolyn Noethe, a secretive businesswoman from Iowa who is accused of laundering puppies much like drug money. Investigative reporter Alex Schuman exposes the scheme and an underground part of the industry bringing us the pets we love.From Neon Hum Media and Sony Music Entertainment. Smoke Screen: Puppy Kingpin is available June 16th. Support the show
Listen to our latest bonus episode as we give an update on the puppy mill industry's latest attempt to try to stop the state of Illinois from banning the sale of puppy mill puppies in pet stores!Learn about what happened in court this week as we discuss the challenges we face across the country, even as we are on the winning side of this issue!Tune in to find out the answer to the most frequently asked question we get EVERY TIME advocates successfully pass a new humane ordinance or state bill!Americans are used to being on the lookout for a scam, but authorities are warning of a new kind of fraud. Puppy Kingpin shines a spotlight on Jolyn Noethe, a secretive businesswoman from Iowa who is accused of laundering puppies much like drug money. Investigative reporter Alex Schuman exposes the scheme and an underground part of the industry bringing us the pets we love.From Neon Hum Media and Sony Music Entertainment. Smoke Screen: Puppy Kingpin is available June 16th. Support the show
We want to start this week's episode by sending all of our support to our shelter friends, Midwest Animal ResQ, as they are in the midst of managing a very difficult cruelty case involving a large-breed puppy mill. It has been a very expensive and horrific case and they need all the support they can get, so please donate here if you have the means: https://www.midwestanimalresq.org/Tune in this week to hear about the potential delay of the Illinois pet store law, due to go into effect the day this episode airs, which would ban the commercial sale of puppies in pet stores in the state. We are on pins and needles as we wait to see whether or not a federal judge will grant pet stores a temporary restraining order.  We discuss why we think this lawsuit will likely not get very far, as it is riddled with old talking points that have failed in previous court rulings.  Follow our social media accounts for the most current updates on the situation in Illinois! Click here to support our podcast: https://bailingoutbenji.com/podcast/Americans are used to being on the lookout for a scam, but authorities are warning of a new kind of fraud. Puppy Kingpin shines a spotlight on Jolyn Noethe, a secretive businesswoman from Iowa who is accused of laundering puppies much like drug money. Investigative reporter Alex Schuman exposes the scheme and an underground part of the industry bringing us the pets we love.From Neon Hum Media and Sony Music Entertainment. Smoke Screen: Puppy Kingpin is available June 16th. Support the show
2022 Legislative Update

2022 Legislative Update

2022-02-1601:18:43

This week we sit down with Amy Jesse, Policy Director for the Humane Society of the United States Puppy Mills Campaign, to discuss legislation across the country that would help us on our mission to end puppy mills.Tune in to find out which proposed laws are still making their way through city councils, state legislatures, and congress to crack down on the puppy mill industry.  For information on current bills, and to sign up for our Action Alerts, go here: https://bailingoutbenji.com/legislation/Americans are used to being on the lookout for a scam, but authorities are warning of a new kind of fraud. Puppy Kingpin shines a spotlight on Jolyn Noethe, a secretive businesswoman from Iowa who is accused of laundering puppies much like drug money. Investigative reporter Alex Schuman exposes the scheme and an underground part of the industry bringing us the pets we love.From Neon Hum Media and Sony Music Entertainment. Smoke Screen: Puppy Kingpin is available June 16th. Support the show
This week's episode brings you the breaking news that a puppy mill breeder used by Petland pet stores was arrested and charged with animal cruelty and a charge of 2nd Degree Terrorist Threat. **WARNING - GRAPHIC DETAILS DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE**Petland breeder, Campbell Bee, was arrested after police responded to concerns from neighbors about stray animals coming from his property. Authorities then discovered a horrific scene. Nearly 60 dogs and several cats were rescued from extremely cruel conditions at his property. Upon facing the charges against him, he proceeded to threaten to blow up the police department.  While Petland pet stores across the country claim that they visit their breeders and don't use puppy mills, cases like this prove what we have always said -- that you cannot trust what they say to customers or to lawmakers. Licensed or unlicensed, you cannot trust that pet store puppies do not come from puppy mills. To learn about the pet stores who purchased puppies from this breeder, go here: https://bailingoutbenji.com/puppy-mill-maps/cvi-data/texas/Americans are used to being on the lookout for a scam, but authorities are warning of a new kind of fraud. Puppy Kingpin shines a spotlight on Jolyn Noethe, a secretive businesswoman from Iowa who is accused of laundering puppies much like drug money. Investigative reporter Alex Schuman exposes the scheme and an underground part of the industry bringing us the pets we love.From Neon Hum Media and Sony Music Entertainment. Smoke Screen: Puppy Kingpin is available June 16th. Support the show
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