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Posted by YesBiscuit on December 11, 2013
After a shelter oops-kills someone’s pet, there is sometimes media coverage where the director defends the killing and attempts to blame the owner, adopter and/or the general public. If you ever see a headline accurately naming the shelter where you work followed by the words “Defends Pet’s Killing”, you may want to find another job. Because you aren’t working at a shelter, you are working at an excuse.
Posted by YesBiscuit on December 11, 2013
Dog #680-13 was impounded by Petersburg Animal Care & Control in VA at approximately 1pm on Saturday, July 27, 2013. His records indicate he was a 2 year old, white, male Shih-Tzu weighing 15 pounds who was “severely matted”. There are no notes indicating he received an exam by a veterinarian. Instead, he appears to have been sent to a place called Red Fox Farm which I take is a grooming facility. The notes from the Petersburg pound employee indicate the dog was dematted and that his skin appeared scalded. It is additionally stated the dog had maggots “in hole where testicle should be”, in his rectum and down the entire length of his left rear leg. The maggots were removed and the dog was bathed in flea shampoo. The notes state the dog should receive 500mg cephalexin (an antibiotic) twice daily. Again, there are no notes to indicate a vet examined this dog or prescribed anything for him. There are no notes to indicate any pain medications were prescribed for this dog who would obviously have been suffering tremendously. I can only imagine the additional pain that would be caused by bathing a dog with flea killing chemicals who had massive gaping wounds and scalded skin. The notes indicate the dog was given one cephalexin dose on 7/27 and another on 7/28 – not the twice a day dosage originally prescribed by I Don’t Know Who.
The dog was finally taken to see a vet on Monday, July 29. The vet euthanized the dog. The notes are hard to read because of the quality of the handwriting but common sense tells me the dog would have been suffering and in extremely poor condition:
Animal advocates are asking for an investigation into the treatment of this dog at the Petersburg pound and for any applicable cruelty or other charges to be filed against the appropriate parties. Contact info for respectful letters and phone calls requesting a complete and transparent investigation:
- Petersburg City Council: firstname.lastname@example.org 804-733-2323
- City Manager, William E. Johnson III: email@example.com 804-733-2301
- Dan Kovich, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sheryl Helsel, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: email@example.com
If you are local, there is a city council meeting tonight at 7:30pm at Vernon Johns Junior High School, 3101 Homestead Dr. in Petersburg.
(Thank you Jill for sending me this story.)
Posted by YesBiscuit on December 10, 2013
Nathan Winograd on the double standard employed by animal groups who rake in donations by promoting the human-animal bond yet are ready to destroy the actual human-animal bond by breaking up families via elimination of shelter holding periods for stray pets.
A private shelter in Brazoria Co, TX was closed due to the director’s poor health and 70 dogs who have been exposed to distemper are now struggling to survive in unheated outdoor pens. Volunteers are trying to care for the dogs. (Thanks Michele for the link.)
Pet owners in the Florida Keys will now have a safe place to take their entire families for shelter during hurricane evacuations. (Thank you to a reader for the link.)
Elizabeth Taylor’s 1974 letter to her “lovely lost cat”, Cassius.
Daily updates from NOAA on the recent mass stranding of pilot whales in Florida.
The widespread myth that sharks don’t get cancer has cost many sharks their lives. Scientists have documented cancer in at least 23 species of sharks, including most recently the Great White.
Reminder: The deadline for photos for inclusion in the Xmas day post is December 21.
Posted by YesBiscuit on December 10, 2013
Welcome to Fulton Co where they kill more than 1/3 of the animals in their care and post “urgent” animals on Facebook. But do not call them! Because whoa – it’s not THAT urgent.
In late October, the Fulton Co rescue coordinator took to Facebook to shame the public for asking the pound to do the job taxpayers are paying it to do and help stray pets:
In early November, an opportunity for Facebook users to vote a dog off the kill list at Fulton Co. Who wouldn’t want to play The Sophie’s Choice Popularity Contest, amirite?
In mid-November, an announcement from Fulton Co that Spaghetti Mondays have been moved to Tuesdays – yay! And by spaghetti, of course they mean killing:
Current Fulton Co listings on the PetHarbor website:
Be further dazzled by the professionalism on display in these previous Fulton Co pet listings on Hell Yes Biscuit.
There is a Facebook page dedicated to reforming the Fulton Co pound here.
Posted by YesBiscuit on December 9, 2013
Trifexis is a popular monthly oral medication for dogs that kills fleas, heartworms, roundworms, whipworms and hookworms. It also reportedly kills dogs.
When an investigative reporter from WSB-TV in Atlanta requested information on dog owner complaints from the company that makes Trifexis and was repeatedly refused, he filed a FOIA request with the Food and Drug Administration. The information he received is astonishing:
[The records obtained via FOIA] showed that since Trifexis hit the market, every 36 hours, a pet owner reported that Trifexis killed their dog.
According to FDA records, pet owners have reported 700 dog deaths. That’s 120 more than the deaths linked to Chinese chicken jerky treats. Like the treats, Trifexis is suspected, but not the proven cause.
The FDA numbers also showed 259 of the 700 dogs that died were euthanized.
The new numbers also show a huge jump in the cases of dogs reported sick after taking Trifexis.
The WSB-TV piece points out that while Trifexis is outright hiding the numbers from the media, the FDA website is also woefully behind on updating its numbers. In other words, consumers who haven’t filed a FOIA request with the FDA themselves and didn’t see the WSB-TV report are most likely unaware of the seriousness of the owner-reported illnesses and deaths linked to Trifexis.
Heartworm medication is important and no one should disavow its use entirely based on this report. But consumer access to accurate information is also important in order to make informed decisions. If you are using Trifexis and concerned about the manufacturer hiding the number of owner-reported illnesses and deaths, talk to your vet about one of the many alternative heartworm drugs available.
(Thanks Arlene for the link.)
Posted by YesBiscuit on December 8, 2013
No one sent me this dog and I don’t know anything about him except what West Los Angeles ACC posted:
COSTELLO – ID#A1439877
My name is Costello and I am a neutered male, tricolor Jack (Parson) Russell Terrier.
The shelter thinks I am about 10 years old.
I weigh approximately 14 pounds.
I have been at the shelter since Nov 26, 2013.
I just happened across his listing this morning and felt the need to share him. He looks to be an old fella, probably scared and confused as to why he is in a shelter. Please share him with your contacts who love dogs.
Costello is at:
West Los Angeles Animal Care and Control Center
11361 West Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Hours are 8am to 5pm Tuesday thru Saturday, 11am to 5pm on Sunday, closed on Monday
During fiscal year 2012 – 2013, the death rate at Los Angeles Animal Services was approximately 32%
Posted by YesBiscuit on December 7, 2013
The $7.2 million pet killing facility in Memphis has 555 cages in it. Advocates have been told repeatedly that every animal in the facility is listed on PetHarbor. This afternoon, MAS has 112 animals listed on PetHarbor, including this uh, Cardi:
Assuming each animal is being housed in his own cage, that means there are currently 443 empty cages at MAS – more if any of the 112 animals are sharing a cage with siblings, a mama dog or cat, or a buddy. Since animal advocates are strictly limited in their access to the shelter they paid for and are only allowed to see some of the animals in the facility, we can only speculate what is going on behind closed doors at MAS tonight. Cast your vote in the poll below.
Posted by YesBiscuit on December 6, 2013
The city of Norfolk, VA has been talking about killing less animals at its pound for the past few years. The city council talked about it in 2011 when the pound’s live release rate was 54% and again in 2012 when the pound’s live release release rate was 53%. The 2013 live release rate for January through November is approximately 52% and once again, the city council is talking about killing less, but:
The council delayed further discussion on the issue until the first of the year, when the updated save rate will be available.
I’ll go out on a limb here and make a prediction: the 2013 save rate will be right around 52%. The city is not killing less, despite the talk, and appears to be killing slightly more each year. Delaying the discussion is pointless but then, the discussion itself appears to be meaningless as it has yielded no results in lifesaving.
The city formed an animal advisory board this year which has submitted proposals for increased lifesaving, including a TNR program. But discussion on that front was been delayed too:
David Freeman, director of general services, tried to give a presentation on those proposals Tuesday, but some council members took issue with the staff’s position on the legality of TNR.
One city council member seems fed up with all the political feet dragging while animals continue to be needlessly killed at the pound:
“I don’t want to know how we can’t,” [councilman Andy] Protogyrou said. “I want to know how we can.”
How you can’t succeed at killing less animals: Continue to talk and delay and argue and let another year go down as a failure. How you can succeed: Implement the programs of the No Kill Equation, including TNR, which have been proven to end the killing of healthy/treatable animals in communities all over the country. Norfolk could start saving more lives today – if the will existed, which doesn’t appear to be the case.
(Thanks Leigh for the links.)
Posted by YesBiscuit on December 6, 2013
The police department runs the pound in Odessa, TX. In October, local rescuers complained that the pound was killing pets who had rescue commitments. The city issued a press release in response that basically said the rescuers were lying and come on, we’re doing the best we can to get animals the vet care they need and the homes they deserve.
A check on Petfinder reveals the Odessa pound has zero animals listed there today.
This week, a St. Bernard was adopted from the pound and taken to a vet for treatment of a broken leg. A photograph circulated online showed the dog had suffered in pain for approximately 2 weeks at the pound without treatment prior to adoption. A local rescuer noted that if a citizen had left a dog to suffer in this condition, he would have been charged with animal cruelty:
CBS 7 sent the city and police a number of questions for the shelter – including asking whether the dog was treated at all and if not, why not?
Neither the city nor the shelter responded to those questions. OPD Cpl. Steve LeSueur says an internal investigation has been launched into the dog’s case.
The city of Odessa requires rescuers to sign a document that appears to violate their First Amendment rights to free speech. Any rescuer who wants to save animals from the Odessa pound must promise to never “identify an animal as being “rescued” from City of Odessa Animal Control, nor will any member of the group make disparaging remarks, verbally or in writing, about City of Odessa Animal Control.” Violations will result in the refusal to allow the offending rescue group to save any more lives at the pound.
CBS 7 called and left messages for every city council member, the city attorney and manager. One person called back.
When asked about the language in the document, City Council Member Dean Combs said he had received e-mail complaints about the shelter, but referred further questions to City Manager Richard Morton.
It’s true that it would be misleading to use the word “rescue” when referring to an animal who was living in a safe haven and then was transferred to another safe haven. But when referring to a facility that leaves severely injured pets to suffer, puts little to no effort into marketing animals for adoption, and kills animals they are supposed to be sheltering, “rescue” is an entirely appropriate word choice. Plus there’s that whole First Amendment thingy. But if the Odessa police department really wants to serve as the Word Police, I would suggest they start with “euthanasia” in their own document.
Or they could quit worrying about the word “rescue” entirely and start doing their jobs. Is there a suggestion box?
(Thanks Clarice for the links.)
Update, added December 6: The Odessa police department investigated itself in the matter of the dog left to suffer in pain for 2 weeks at the pound and determined there was no wrongdoing. Because the pound “is not a hospital”. So put that in your pipe and smoke it, I guess.
Further, the city manager said that while the contract limiting free speech rights of rescuers is legal, the wording will be changed.
(Thanks Clarice for the update.)
Posted by YesBiscuit on December 5, 2013