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Posted by YesBiscuit on October 10, 2015
When Sadie Mae got lost late last month in Nashville, her family began looking for her. Sadie Mae’s 6 year old girl made these posters to tack onto phone poles in the neighborhood:
Owner Janet Mabry checked lost and found pet postings on social media and came across a listing for Sadie Mae on a Saturday. Someone had found her and taken her to the Nashville pound the previous Thursday, placing a rescue hold on the dog if she went unclaimed.
The pound was closed at the time Ms. Mabry saw the listing for Sadie Mae and did not re-open until Tuesday morning. Ms. Mabry called to reclaim her pet as soon as the pound opened on Tuesday but was told Sadie Mae had been killed by staff:
“She kept saying her time was up, her time was up,” said Mabry.
The Nashville pound had held Sadie Mae for the minimum 3 day stray hold then killed her immediately after it expired. The director, Lauren Bluestone, told WKRN that Sadie Mae had been given a temperament test and failed the portion on dog aggression so: Kill. Immediately. The owner says her pet was sweet and had never exhibited any signs of aggression. The director also wants it noted that the owner is a slob and it’s all her fault the dog is dead anyway because:
- Didn’t file a lost pet report.
- Didn’t leave a message at the pound while it was closed.
- Didn’t have the dog tagged or microchipped.
And as far as the finder who placed a rescue hold on Sadie Mae, it sounds like she’s a slob too:
“If truly what she had said was a miscommunication on our part as far as a rescue hold,” said Bluestone. “I’m getting two conflicting sides.”
Metro said it has nothing in writing to verify if there was a hold on the dog.
So many shady people wanting to keep dogs alive in Nashville, sounds like. Thank goodness the Nashville pound director is on duty to administer tests and monitor that 3 day hold clock and mete out punishment to keep everyone in line.
(Thanks Clarice and Arlene for the links.)
Posted by YesBiscuit on October 9, 2015
Sun came out today, water in the yard has been absorbed, several trees down – mostly small, except for this one:
For comparison purposes:
We are very fortunate to have come through relatively unscathed. Lives have been tragically lost and homes, businesses and infrastructure throughout the state have been seriously damaged. But as usual, the irresponsible public steps up to help. Love those guys.
Thank you for all the kind thoughts. I have not heard of any organization specifically helping pets displaced by the floods but they have repeatedly said on the news that the shelters (for humans) take pets. Anyone wishing to make a donation to aid flood victims in SC can visit the SC Emergency Management Division website.
Posted by YesBiscuit on October 6, 2015
Just a quick note to let readers know we are ok here in SC. Although we have some standing water and some flowing water on our property, we have been far luckier than many in the state and haven’t had any major problems. We are sheltering in place and doing fine. The only reason I haven’t been able to blog is due to our internet connection – normally hit and miss, now just miss. As soon as I am able to get a reliable connection at home or safely get somewhere that has a good connection, the blog will be back in business. Also, I see that I have emails but I am unable to read them so please be patient for responses. Oh and if anyone wants a stir-crazy dog (or two), we are having a sale.
Posted by YesBiscuit on October 5, 2015
Posted by YesBiscuit on October 4, 2015
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Posted by YesBiscuit on October 3, 2015
On Tuesday, the police in Huntersville, NC, accompanied by Char-Meck AC and representatives from the ASPCA, raided a property allegedly used for dogfighting and seized 16 adult pitbulls and 7 puppies. The dogs have been taken to a secret location. No one has been charged at this point but the investigation is ongoing.
Kathryn Destreza, ASPCA’s director of investigation, immediately began smearing the victims:
“They’re alive, but they are in various states of medical conditions,” she said. “They’re not pets by any means, not like your dog, but they’re currently going through their medical evaluations.”
They’re not pets by any means. They’re not like your dog. Gee, that’s so weird because they remind me very much of my dog:
So weird, right? But I guess they’re not like my dog somehow, even though they totally seem like my dog. Because ASPCA.
Rescued. Smeared. Taken to a secret location. And, I presume, already being used for fundraising purposes by the ASPCA.
What say you, unwashed masses? Do the dogs in Huntersville remind you of your dog? Could a dog who hasn’t been treated as a pet in past start being treated like one and possibly like it? Will anyone stand up for these dogs and demand their rights to live, to love and to be loved be protected? If only there was some kind of society for the prevention of cruelty to animals that could do that.
(Thanks Nathan for the link.)
Posted by YesBiscuit on October 2, 2015
This is just for fun and the only rule is: no researching. Post your guesses in the comments. Reading other people’s answers before posting your own is
raccoon breathalyzer hoaxy optional. Answer will be posted in the comments tomorrow.
Posted by YesBiscuit on October 1, 2015
On May 31, 2015, a kitten named Snowflake, ID # 277907, was sprayed with an undiluted cleaning chemical (San-O-128) by an unsupervised inmate at Memphis Animal Services. She suffered painful chemical burns on her legs, tongue and mouth. She was treated by an outside veterinarian and survived. This is security camera footage, obtained via FOIA request, of Snowflake being burned with the chemical by the unsupervised inmate at MAS. (Note: I edited this video to show both incidences of the kitten being sprayed with the chemical.)
On June 1, 2015, a one year old cat named Sydney, ID #277271, was also abused by the same unsupervised inmate at MAS. She suffered painful chemical burns on her eyes, tongue, mouth and ears. Sydney was treated by an outside veterinarian and survived. (Warning: The video below depicts animal abuse and readers will find it disturbing.)
A month and a half later, it was noted in Sydney’s medical record by the MAS vet that she has a corneal defect:
On June 5, 2015, an owner was trying to reclaim his spayed, 10 year old cat called Uptimus (ID #278237) from MAS. Due to the mandatory spay-neuter law in Memphis, MAS refused to release the cat without verifying a spay scar. Uptimus had spent her whole life as an indoor pet and was very scared at the pound. She would not allow a stranger to shave and examine her abdomen and so MAS continued to hold her until the veterinary staff could sedate her for an exam.
While Uptimus was waiting to go home, another inmate, also unsupervised, intentionally sprayed her with the same undiluted cleaning chemical used by the inmate in the previous videos to hurt the other 2 cats. Uptimus was trapped in her cage and could not escape her torturer. (Warning: Although Uptimus can not be seen in the video, some readers will find it disturbing.)
Uptimus was found on June 6 wedged between the feral box and the side of her cage with severe facial swelling, severe drooling, and suffering from severe dehydration. MAS staff determined she had been exposed to the undiluted cleaning chemical and sent her to an emergency vet clinic. At the emergency clinic, Uptimus had an IV catheter placed as well as a feeding tube as her mouth was so swollen, she was unable to eat normally. X-rays revealed she was suffering from chemical pneumonia. She was found dead in her cage at 2am.
In light of the abuse which MAS failed to prevent and the terrible suffering endured by Uptimus as a result of this abuse, it is very difficult to read the notes from MAS staff members regarding their interactions with the pet’s owner, Mr. Kotee:
MAS staff wasn’t any nicer to Mr. Kotee after his pet died either:
I am so sorry for the needless heartbreak Mr. Kotee must be suffering. MAS management should have followed protocol and supervised inmates at all times. Instead inmates were left alone with cats to hurt them. And then MAS staff treated the owner like he was second class. I can absolutely understand Mr. Kotee not wanting to give these people his ID. MAS staff are apparently sticklers for following the rules when it comes to EVERYONE EXCEPT THEMSELVES.
A local paper reported that both inmates were charged with animal cruelty. On July 11, a shelter supervisor who allowed the inmates to work unsupervised – a failure which resulted in the torture and death of a beloved pet and painful injuries to two other cats – received a written reprimand from MAS. A second supervisor also received a written reprimand but it was rescinded 2 weeks later by MAS director James Rogers.
Number of cats chemically burned by inmates whom MAS staff failed to supervise: three. Number of cats who died as a result of their injuries: one. Number of MAS staffers who lost their job as a result: zero.
How many more, Memphis?
Posted by YesBiscuit on September 29, 2015
Last week, the NC Department of Agriculture issued a letter regarding its investigation of the Transylvania Co shelter. The findings include:
- During the period from September 1, 2014 through July 21, 2015, 205 animals were killed by staff members who were not certified as euthanasia technicians.
- 81 stray animals who were neither seriously ill nor injured were killed prior to the expiration of the mandated 72 hour holding period.
- The director was suspended for a month in 2014. Upon his return, he falsified the kill log for 5 animals.
- The records of more than 100 animals who were killed contained conflicting or incorrect information.
The state assessed a civil penalty of more than $10,000 against the Transylvania Co shelter as a result of these violations.
So all this sounds pretty bad. But wait – we have enablers on standby!
“It’s important to note that these violations are administrative and have nothing to do with the way animals are treated at the shelter,” said Dr. Clyde Brooks, a veterinarian with Brevard Animal Hospital who led the effort to relocate the shelter to an improved facility two years ago.
This will surely be a great comfort to the 81 stray animals who were killed without ever being given a chance at redemption or adoption. It’s an administrative thing! Also the county manager says most of those animals were feral cats so piffle. As far as why the director was suspended for a month last year, the county manager says we don’t need to know about that. The vet goes even further:
Brooks doubted that the violations would affect [Paul] Vis’ role as shelter director, saying Vis has been instrumental in developing TCAS into a “state-of-the-art” shelter that has gone “from a 75 percent euthanasia rate to a 75 percent adoption rate.”
Let’s see if that’s true.
The county is currently being sued by the owners of a dog who was at the facility for a 10 day rabies quarantine but was oops-killed. Apparently the owners loved their pet more than administratively.
(Thanks Lisa and Clarice for the link.)
Posted by YesBiscuit on September 28, 2015