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The No Kill Advocacy Center has renewed its petition to the state of Virginia to revoke PETA’s “animal shelter” status.

A VA state senator has requested an investigation into PETA’s theft and killing of Maya.  (Thanks Nathan for the link.)

In December 2013, authorities responding to a complaint in Ashland Co, WI seized 4 horses and killed a donkey owned by rescuers.  One of the horses starved to death while in the county’s care.  The rescuers are now suing the county along with the individual ACOs and police officers involved in the case.  (Thanks Clarice.)

A Customs and Border Protection officer in AZ has been charged with animal cruelty after he was caught on video hanging his drug detection dog from a leash and slamming him to the concrete. The dog has reportedly been retired and given a home by another officer.  (Thank you Clarice.)

A cat who’d been living at a private shelter in PA since May became rabid in December and was killed for testing.  Three people were treated for exposure.  The shelter’s president insists proper protocols were followed but the article does not mention whether the cat was ever vaccinated.

Present for the cat/tea party lover on your list.

Reminder:  The deadline for submitting a photo for the Christmas day post is December 21.

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A rescuer pulled a kitten in rough shape from the Columbus Co pound in NC after the kitten had been kept in isolation at the facility for 10 days due to a reported bite.  The director says he would have treated the kitten if he had known he was sick but he didn’t know.  Because he’s the person responsible for running the place so how could he know what may or may not be happening there, right?  (Thanks Clarice for the link.)

The Lucas Co pound in OH killed an 11 month old puppy whose disabled owner couldn’t afford to keep her and surrendered her to the pound, believing she’d be adopted.  The pound director says the puppy failed a temperament test.  (Thanks Clarice.)

A private no kill shelter in WA held a Black Cat Friday adoption event, staying open for 24 hours and offering reduced adoption fees (down to FREE from 2am to 6am).  Twenty-one animals found homes and the shelter plans to do it again next year.  (Thanks Mary Frances for the link.)

Researchers find that killing wolves increases livestock predation.

Last pope:  Heaven is not for animals.  Current pope:  Is too.  (Thanks Nathan.)

A clever vet whom I would like to hug used Legos to put together a wheelchair for a lame tortoise in Germany.

 

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A pound in Washington is trying to encourage adoptions by cutting prices this month.  At the same time they continue to strictly enforce a policy prohibiting anyone from saving a pet to give as a gift.  Better dead than gift, I guess.  (Thanks Mary Frances for the link.)

This sad sack claimed a lost dog from a Good Sam in VA who listed her as “found” on Craigslist, then turned around and tried to sell her on the same site.  The true owner alerted authorities and arranged his own undercover sting operation to get his dog back.  Sad sack was arrested and charged with obtaining property under false pretenses.

Using what one pet owner described as “gestapo tactics”, tribal officials in Pine Ridge, SD rounded up loose dogs, including owned pets, and shot them to death after a child was killed by loose dogs on the reservation.  Officials refused to say where the remains were taken and also refused to allow journalists to view the remains.  But they deny any wrongdoing.  (Thanks Kathleen.)

Like most bans based on a dog’s skull/body shape, Petsmart’s pitbull ban is vague and harmful.

But how’d they get them to sit under the hair dryer all that time?

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A pound in Delaware killed 50 cats belonging to a woman who had proof of rabies vaccination for 15 of them after one of her kittens tested positive for rabies.  “Almost all” of the cats were indoor only and presented no risk to other area animals.  (Thanks Steve for the link.)

A dog with a broken back allegedly did not receive veterinary care for 4 days while at the Amarillo pound last month.  (Thank you Clarice for the link.)

A Calgary family who found a young stray dog and turned him in to the pound in hopes of finding his owner offered to adopt him and pay for professional training after the pound staff said he failed a temperament test.  The pound killed the dog anyway.  (Thanks Brandi.)

At a recent community forum in Roeland Park, KS, 21 people spoke in favor of replacing the city’s pitbull ban with a breed neutral ordinance while 4 people expressed support for keeping the breed specific ban.  The discussion is on the agenda at the city council meeting on November 24.  (Thanks Salette.)

The Fort Worth veterinarian who stole people’s pets after they left them at the clinic for euthanasia and left his own immobile dog to suffer unimaginable pain in a box on the floor has been indicted by a grand jury on theft and animal cruelty charges.  (Thanks Clarice.)

Three poachers face federal charges for wildlife “thrill kills” in Nevada.

A most excellent plot by stuffies to foil a dictator’s orphanage photo op.

Soap opera they should make which I would watch:  Baby Bat Hospital.

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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.

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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.

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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.)

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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

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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.

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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.)

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