Star Tracks: Monday, May 16, 2016 42 years, 2,191 covers and 55,436 stories from PEOPLE magazine's history for you to enjoy
- WATCH: Dancing With The Stars Listen up! Usain Bolt Wants in
- Read the Cover Story: Brad & Angelina Split After 12 Years: It's Over
- American Horror Story's Denis O'Hare: Even the Actors Are Surprised by the Show
- Princess Kate and Prince William Get Gifted Pint-Sized Life Vests for Prince George and Princess Charlotte
- WATCH: Wendy Williams Sounds Off on Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna
People Top 5
LAST UPDATE: Tuesday February 10, 2015 01:10PM EST
PEOPLE Top 5 are the most-viewed stories on the site over the past three days, updated every 60 minutes
- October 11, 2004
- Vol. 62
- No. 15
Stirred by the Killing of a Cat, Alison Gianotto Creates a Web Site to Protect Animals Against Abusers
Frustrated that the cat's killer was never caught, Gianotto, 28, launched pet-abuse.com to save other animals from Bert's fate. The nonprofit Web site, which lists 3,000 cases of animal abuse around the country, draws more than 1.5 million hits per month. "I wanted to document the names of those arrested and sentenced," Gianotto says. She urges rescue groups to check would-be pet adopters for past abuse charges. "When a shelter e-mails us that a convicted abuser came in to adopt but was discovered in our database, we consider that a victory," says Gianotto. Visitors to the site can also look up the names of abusers in their own neighborhoods. "A couple of women discovered the guys they were dating had animal-cruelty convictions," she says. "They broke off the relationships pronto."
Diane Balkin, a Denver deputy DA., has even consulted the Web site to help prosecute abuse cases. "Alison's database is the best out there," Balkin says. "She's teaching people to see animal cruelty as a public safety issue."
Gianotto, who shares a townhouse with her husband, Louis Garcia, 41, a private detective, and eight pets, five of them rescued (including a calico cat, a brown rat and two tortoises), will never forget the animal she couldn't save. "I wanted to turn the tragedy," she says, "into a tribute to Bert."
September 24, 2016
Treat Yourself! 4 Preview Issues
The most buzzed about stars this minute!