The city of Jackson, MS has cleared its ACOs of any wrongdoing after they were seen riding around in the back of a pick up truck, shooting pets to death. The money quote:
Animal Control officers are special individuals who must have a genuine concern for the animals they encounter and care for, on a daily basis. It is not the intent or desire of animal control officers to impose lethal force upon any creature.
This is totally consistent with hunting pets, apparently. (Thanks Clarice for the link.)
Every pet owner should know what to do if AC comes knocking, especially if you live in an area where thieves posing as ACOs are trying to take your pets. (Thanks Valerie.)
Researchers in TX have been testing shelter dogs for zoonotic diseases, including chagas, which is on the rise among dogs in the state. (Thanks Clarice.)
In a recent study of 52 pet foods, testing revealed only 31 were labeled correctly “and 1 contained a non-specific meat ingredient that could not be verified.”
National Geographic looks at the problem of miniature pigs, sold as pets, who turn out to be SONOTMINIATURE.
If this headline doesn’t depress you, please send me a generous sampling of your meds.
Hero animals of all shapes and sizes.
Snake Coffin could be an excellent band name.
Posted by YesBiscuit on October 10, 2014
Albemarle police in NC are investigating a couple who ran a rescue out of their former home. The couple moved from the home last year but the landlord only recently discovered 20 dog carcasses on the property – some in crates, others tied to trees. A neighbor says she had complained to Stanly Co AC for years about the rescue. When asked by a reporter about the carcasses, the rescuer stated he thinks someone must have left them there after the home was vacated. (Thanks Arlene for the link.)
Mall shoppers in Independence, MO were complaining to everyone who would listen about a little dog left in a vehicle for hours with no water. AC refused to come to the scene because they said it wasn’t hot enough to bother checking. Police did respond – to detain a woman who had peeled back the rubber seal on the car window in an effort to slide ice cubes in through the crack. (Thanks Arlene.)
Dogs at the Montclair Animal Shelter in NJ suffered chemical burns on their paws after staff left them in cages that had been cleaned with a solution which wasn’t diluted properly. (Thanks Clarice.)
A member of the irresponsible public donated $250k to build a new shelter for Morrow Co, OH since the previous one was prone to flooding. (Thanks Alyssa.)
Florida Man strikes again: Police chased a man suspected of theft all night long, finally catching up to him when he stopped at a stranger’s home to roll around on the floor with the person’s cats. (Thanks Valerie.)
Sadly, a St. Bernard is not bringing you brandy if you need rescuing in the Alps.
Europe has a rather surprising history of accusing pigs, rats, weevils and other animals of crimes, jailing them, putting them on trial and executing them for their crimes.
LIFE goes to a cat show, 1952 (Note: The first picture in the series of 18 is a bit rough to look at.)
Stupid airline ad: Beagle with a job made me get something in my eye.
Posted by YesBiscuit on September 25, 2014
Regular readers may recall that nearly a year ago, the mayor of Decatur, AL ordered the local pound director to drastically reduce the number of pets from roughly 300 to just 45, despite the fact that the pound has hundreds of cages. The mayor has apparently been lobbying to have the director fired and this week, the city council voted 4 – 1 to terminate the director amidst allegations of poor management at the pound and mishandling of donations. I wonder if the mayor is specifically looking to hire someone who will agree to leave almost every cage at the facility empty. Stock up on Fatal Plus and prepare for an onslaught of resumes from lazy freeloaders, I guess. (Thanks Clarice for the link.)
A boarding kennel with a history of dozens of cases where staff gave animals the wrong medications during their stay is being sued by the owners of one of its victims who died as a result of the mixup. The kennel owners asked a judge to dismiss the lawsuit, stating that since the dog was a mixed breed, her life was worth nothing. The ALDF has filed a “friend of the court” brief in support of the dog’s family. (Thanks Clarice.)
A teenager was arrested on suspicion of setting fire to the Manchester Dogs Home shelter in the UK last week, killing 60 dogs. Two local men heard the dogs howling, jumped the fence and kicked in the doors to the burning building, slipping leads on dogs, walking them outside and tying them to a fence before going back for more. They saved 20 lives. Compassionate people immediately responded to the news by opening their wallets, with roughly 1.5 million pounds being raised. I love the irresponsible public, whom the Guardian wants to point out, is totally irresponsible. (Thanks Kim for the links.)
More than 100 animals, most of them Irish Wolfhounds, were seized from an elderly owner in Galveston Co, TX who is ill with cancer. The animals were taken to the Houston SPCA. (Thanks Bonnie for the link.)
On Tuesday, Wyoming Co ACOs entered a private home on a tip and removed 75 cats, some dead, from deplorable conditions. The home has been condemned and the owners charged. The ACOs failed to check a locked room in the home which contained a live dog with no food or water. The dog died before being discovered the next day. (Thanks Arlene.)
The city of San Diego plans to work with US Wildlife Services to exterminate feral pigs from the county by chasing them with dogs, shooting them from the ground and shooting them from helicopters. (Thanks Kellee.)
The FBI is slated to start including crimes against animals in its database of crime statistics. (Thanks Valerie.)
Can a good photo of a shelter pet cause someone to fall in love? You tell me. (Thanks Casey.)
Posted by YesBiscuit on September 19, 2014
The new shelter director in Moore Co, NC instituted some major changes after taking charge: Rescue groups without a 501(c)3 are no longer allowed to save animals from the kill room and volunteers are now prohibited from walking dogs and caring for shelter pets on days the place is closed. Instead paid staff will come by for 2 hours on those days. Moore Co took in 3206 dogs and cats in 2013, killing 2172 of them – a 68% kill rate. More than a dozen volunteers have reportedly quit this summer.
The mayor of Magnolia, AR issued a statement blaming “negligent owners”, lack of funding, and lack of manpower for the illness and killing of dogs at the overcrowded city pound. Gosh, if only there was some way he could effect change in Magnolia. But the mayor says it’s a “problem that can only be helped by our own citizens” because hey, he’s only the boss of the entire city. (Thanks Bonnie for the link.)
A man who helped a woman rescue stray cats in their AL neighborhood stabbed her to death. (Thanks Valerie.)
MN police chief killed a boy’s pet chicken because reasons: chickens carry diseases/didn’t realize he chopped the head off and left it behind for family to find/going to introduce legislation to allow chickens so it’s all good.
The Spot Abuse campaign is designed to increase awareness of the link between animal abuse and other forms of domestic violence. (Thanks Ona for the link.)
The Pennsylvania SPCA brings puppies and kittens to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania so workers can relieve stress by cuddling the pets on their breaks. (Thanks April.)
Images of Soviet space dogs in pop culture.
Primer on British animal idioms for dumb Americans.
Requiem for a Shark Dog
Posted by YesBiscuit on September 12, 2014
The pound in Orange Co, CA is being sued by a rescuer who claims the facility is not complying with the state’s rescue access law and killing animals before their mandated holding period expires.
Pitbulls. With flowers. On their heads. (Thanks Valerie for the link.)
A cat owner writes about his life with his pet of 19 years. (Thanks Valerie.)
In the One Day This Might Be Possible category, there is debate about whether we should attempt to recreate extinct species. Looking at the passenger pigeon (the last of whom, named Martha, died 100 years ago today), scientists wonder if recreated versions of the birds could survive in the wild and if so, what about their destroyed habitat which, in part, is what caused them to go extinct in the first place? (Thanks Valerie.)
Science: People look like their pets
In the wake of the controversy over expensive coffee made from civet droppings, a Canadian man came up with the idea of using elephants for the same job – only bigger. (Thanks Valerie.)
I’m still waiting for my pizzaaaaaaaaaaa!
I was going to adopt this little guy but the paws… so big.
Posted by YesBiscuit on September 1, 2014
What taking responsibility looks like. (Thank you Davyd for the link.)
YouTube video purports to show flooded dog kennels at Miami Dade Animal Services. Anyone have any additional info on this? (Thanks Arlene.)
City officials in Lowell, MA are alerting dog owners to the dangers of parvo, which has reportedly killed 15 area dogs this month. They don’t seem to mention how treatable the disease is which unfortunately may lead owners of sick dogs to believe they have no options.
The carcass of a conjoined dolphin, estimated to be 1 year old, washed ashore in Turkey. (Warning: dead animal photo.)
Zoo tragedy: A 3 year old manatee who was born in captivity and transferred to a zoo in Paris last month drowned in his tank.
An alligator in FL, estimated at 6 feet, also long on manners. (Thanks Valerie.)
It’s not much of a vacation if you don’t have your guinea pig. (Thanks Rachel.)
I want a body that also serves as a hammock when I feel a nap coming on. (Thanks Arlene.)
Posted by YesBiscuit on August 19, 2014
Officials in St. Landry Parish, LA are attempting to infringe upon the First Amendment rights of volunteers by issuing a social media policy designed to prevent criticism of the pound. (Thank you Clarice for the link.)
The pound in Linden, NJ is under state investigation for failing to hold animals for the mandatory period among other things. The state recently sent an inspector to the facility and she failed the place after finding 30 violations. The wacky Linden mayor says he wants documentation to prove the violations are real. (Thanks Clarice.)
A commissioner in Hocking Co, OH says he doesn’t think the county will appeal last month’s court ruling ordering the local pound to stop gassing animals because it’s inhumane. (Thanks Arlene.)
MI lottery winner says she will use her $66 million winnings to make sure her family is financially secure but she’d also like to open a no kill shelter. (Thanks Karen.)
A post on grief and mourning as exhibited by a wide variety of animals.
A Republican county prosecutor in WA has been unopposed in 10 terms. A Tibetan terrier is changing that. (Thanks Valerie.)
Video apparently from the 1950s shows bioastronautic researchers studying the effects of zero gravity on cats and birds (separately). The cats actually aren’t freaking out as much as I would have thought. (Thanks Valerie.)
We just missed* running into these 6 and 1/2 feet tall penguins.
*by 37 million years
Posted by YesBiscuit on August 11, 2014
After several dogs died at the Huntsville pound in AL this month, the director, who is also a veterinarian, issued a plea for fosters to take dogs. Many of the dogs were suffering from a respiratory virus (vaccination upon intake, anyone?) and a bacterial infection and she wanted them out of the building so her staff could properly clean (maybe they should have been cleaning properly all along?). She told the local news that owners of vaccinated dogs needn’t worry about taking in her sick dogs from her contaminated facility (!) and threatened to kill the dogs if the public didn’t step up. (Thanks Brie and Adrianne for the link.)
The Clayton Co pound in GA killed 23 animals last Thursday, 7 of whom were slated for rescue. The pound director claims he didn’t know the pets were going to rescue and says he’s continuing on his path to making the pound no kill. Which seems to be going super. (Thanks to everyone who sent me this story.)
A rescue volunteer in Macon, GA was arrested on a burglary charge related to her work with the rescue. The group had learned she was keeping animals at an abandoned home without electricity or running water but after she was jailed, the vol refused to reveal the animals’ location. The group was eventually able to find the home and save 15 cats and 1 dog who were left in small carriers inside the hot home. One cat had already died. The vol has been charged with 17 counts of aggravated animal cruelty, all felonies. (Thanks Arlene for the link.)
Scientists agree: everyone loves cute animals, even toddlers. It’s apparently a trait we’re born with, which makes you seriously wonder how pound workers can kill adorable animals for a living instead of doing their actual jobs. (Thanks Valerie for the link.)
In February 1953, one of Ernest Hemingway’s beloved cats was gravely injured. Hemingway shot him to end his suffering then wrote this letter about it.
Cat feeding unit designed for multi-cat homes uses facial recognition software to dispense food fairly and prevent piggy kitties from taking over the world. (Thanks Valerie.)
A dog rescue romance novel, free on Kindle. Alternate titles, I has them: Rawhide and Prejudice, 50 Shades of Bichon Frise, A Walk to Remember for 8 Seconds and Then I Need Another One… (Thanks Karen for the link.)
Housekeeping note: I sincerely wish I could write about all the stories people send me but that just isn’t possible. This is one of the reasons I put up an Open Thread every week or so. Please feel welcome to use the blog’s most recent Open Thread to share stories and links any time. Just because there aren’t enough hours in my day to write about the story you sent does not mean it’s not worth sharing. The Open Thread is the place where you can tell your own animal related story, if you like. To find the current Open Thread, scroll down and locate the Recent Posts section in the sidebar. Click on Open Thread. You are magic.
Posted by YesBiscuit on July 30, 2014
Law enforcement tracked a suspect to a trailer park in Coffee Co, GA. Families were outside including a dog, who ran up to one of the officers. The sheriff’s deputy opened fire in the direction of the dog, missing him and instead shooting a 10 year old boy through the knee. As we have said countless times, police encountering dogs need more tools in the toolbox besides GUN. (Thanks Lis for the link.)
A deputy in Prince Edward Co, VA was serving a civil warrant at a home whose residents were away on June 27. The deputy says the family’s golden retriever lunged at him. He shot the pet twice in response and the dog bled to death. (Thanks Clarice for the link.)
A NJ couple who was up with their newborn child in the middle of the night saw their 8 year old french bulldog escape. Police picked the dog up quickly and turned him over to the local ACO. The dog was found dead at the shelter a few hours later. Police are investigating. (Thanks Judy for the link.)
A lawyer in CA who loved cats left approximately $800,000 to the Marin Humane Society in his will, specifically earmarking it for cats. The organization’s 2013 report indicates it received approximately 5700 live animals and killed 1300 of them – a kill rate of roughly 23%. (Thanks Arlene.)
In honor of one of the children killed in the 2012 Newtown shooting massacre, a foundation is planning to open an animal sanctuary in 2016. Six year old Catherine Violet Hubbard is remembered as an animal lover who collected returnable bottles and cans to raise money for treats for shelter dogs. She also made business cards for a pretend shelter, listing herself as “caretaker”. (Thanks Valerie.)
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray raised awareness for the city shelter’s foster and adoption programs yesterday by renaming city hall “Kitty Hall” and inviting foster kittens to mingle with the media and the public. (Thanks Karen for the link.)
If you don’t have your own playful platypus in a pool, you can still get your fix. (Thanks Valerie.)
Posted by YesBiscuit on July 16, 2014
Paws up: The Cleveland Co shelter in NC has removed its gas chamber. Paws down: Despite an additional $200,000 allotted for the shelter in the new county budget, the county expects to continue killing healthy/treatable animals. (Thank you Clarice for the link.)
Petty vindictiveness from PETA and the state vet board threaten lifesaving efforts in TX shelters. (Thanks Clarice.)
Anyone know if MSN went into effect today in Macon, GA? I haven’t seen anything in the news about it since it was passed by the city council last year. MSN is a proven failure and has never ended or significantly reduced the killing of shelter pets anywhere it’s been tried. (Thanks Valerie.)
Reader Lisa reports that her organization Hospets, which helps keep pets with hospice patients and senior citizens needing assistance, is halfway to its fundraising goal to build a physical shelter for pets whose owners are temporarily hospitalized. (Thanks Lisa for the link.)
An alligator in FL used a pedestrian crosswalk to cross the street to an adjacent pond. Good gator, no ticket. (Thanks Valerie.)
This small wild cat is totally on to your hidden camera shenanigans. Note: I suggest waiting to watch this vid until you are someplace it won’t matter if you start giggling like a schoolgirl. (Thanks Valerie.)
Posted by YesBiscuit on July 1, 2014