A NC family who left their kitten at a vet’s office for neutering and rabies vaccination was devastated to learn the vet had injected their pet with euthanasia solution by mistake. The rabies vaccine was reportedly left alongside a syringe containing the euthanasia drug and the vet picked up the wrong one. Oops. The kitten died despite efforts to save him. (Thanks Clarice for the link.)
A worker who was fired from the Hunterdon Humane Shelter in NJ has filed a whistleblower protection lawsuit. (Thanks Clarice.)
A 10 year old boy in Fort Worth allegedly went into a fenced yard, held down the 15 pound dog who lived there and bashed his head in with a stick until he died. He has been charged with animal cruelty. The child’s parents passed along a horrible sorrynotsorry letter to the heartbroken family. (Thanks Anne.)
The CDC has identified a new strain of rabies in a fox who bit a NM woman in April.
Based on genetic information obtained from a 35,000 year old wolf bone found in Siberia, scientists now estimate that dog domestication occurred between 27,000 and 40,000 years ago. If accurate, that would beat cat domestication by a mile.
Remember in 2007 during the massive pet food recalls when Blue Buffalo was shocked, just shocked, to find out their food contained melamine because the company knew nothing of the sort? In the current lawsuit brought by Purina, Blue Buffalo is shocked, just shocked to find out their food contains poultry by-products – the ingredient they like to slam their competitors for using. The only thing Blue Buffalo knows for sure is they are not to blame, just like in 2007.
Posted by YesBiscuit on May 22, 2015
Warning: Disturbing, graphic photo at first link: A photo of a bloody dog on the end of a chokepole at the Hesperia pound in CA has been causing outrage on social media. The photo may be from 2013. Readers may remember this video of a dog being casually dragged down a hall at Hesperia while two other workers chatted. The city investigated itself in the matter and now says two employees are no longer on the payroll but won’t discuss any details. (Thanks to everyone who sent me links on this story.)
Many shelters sell their dead cats to dealers who re-sell them to schools for dissection by students. OK high school students made a video of dead cats in their anatomy class “dancing” to the Meow Mix jingle. In a statement, the high school characterized the behavior as a “mistake”. (Thanks Susan.)
The director of the municipal shelter in Dona Ana Co, NM was charged with two misdemeanors after allegedly refusing to disclose a dog’s microchip information to a county ACO. The dog had been impounded in connection with a livestock killing incident. The director has filed a tort suit against the county in response.
This person is dangerous and I can not fathom why Petfinder would have any association with someone who has caused so much harm to shelter dogs.
A comprehensive and excellent primer on the truth about PETA, especially useful to send to people you come across who are all, “But PETA helps animals, right?”.
The demand for animals by the animal mummy industry in ancient Egypt was so great that some animal populations were devastated and many of the animal mummies were actually faked.
David Attenborough explains in an interview why he is still passionate about documenting nature at age 89.
Posted by YesBiscuit on May 15, 2015
A long time volunteer at the Ewing Animal Shelter in NJ says she was walking a shelter dog when a health officer called her into the office, advised her that she would no longer be allowed to take dogs out, that “drastic changes” were afoot, and that if the vol didn’t like it, she could vote with her feet. When the vol asked about the policy changes, the health officer threatened to call the cops on her. The vol is concerned the shelter is going to abandon its no kill policy but the mayor says that’s a big fat lie. Oh and he really appreciates the volunteers:
“They think they can come and go into the shelter whenever they feel like it and go into the cages,” [Mayor Bert] Steinmann said. “That’s going to stop. It’s a liability on the town.”
(Thanks Clarice for the link.)
Case Update: The whistleblower at the Bullitt Co Animal Shelter in KY whose secretly recorded video resulted in the suspension of the director is now being investigated by the state police. Cops showed up at her house this week with a search warrant, seizing her cell phone, computers and other items. Sounds legit. (Thanks Clarice.)
A public safety officer in Pike Co, PA reportedly ran down two loose dogs with his vehicle, killing one, then shot the other one to death while he was trying to crawl away. The sheriff said the dogs had attacked some people, although he did not know the identities of any of them, and that the public safety officer “did the right thing” in killing the pets. The heartbroken owner who raised both dogs from puppyhood describes them as “sweet” and says they had never attacked anyone. (Thanks Arlene.)
Wyckoff, NJ – A cop showed up at the wrong address to investigate a burglary and ended up shooting the family dog to death. The police chief says the dog jumped out an open window and latched onto the officer’s boot. The officer fired 4 times, with 2 bullets hitting the dog. Neighbors who witnessed the killing say they were trying to tell the cop he was at the wrong house when he shot the dog from a few feet away then walked up to the wounded pet and shot him in the back at close range. The police chief is shielding the officer from the media. No disciplinary action was taken as a result of the killing. (Thanks Clarice.)
A super photo for a shelter cat being advertised for adoption on Facebook. (Thanks Casey.)
Posted by YesBiscuit on May 7, 2015
A family who took in a stray dog in Glynn Co, GA had her spayed and vaccinated but ultimately surrendered her to the county pound due to destructive behavior. As sometimes happens, the family changed their minds after surrendering the pet and returned the next day to retrieve her. Pound staff had already killed the dog for being “timid”. After a citizen’s complaint was filed, the county terminated the director, who had been on the job less than 2 weeks. But the county has 1001 excuses for killing animals so I wouldn’t hold out too much hope for whoever is hired next.
Amarillo, TX – Four ACOs working in the field lack current certifications and haven’t had them in years. (Thank you Clarice for the link.)
In Las Vegas, AC impounded a puppy with a severely mangled leg in need of amputation. The surgery was delayed for 72 hours with the shelter citing the stray holding period as the reason. The puppy has since been rescued, had her surgery and been adopted. (Thanks Clarice.)
Feline audiogenic reflex seizures aka “The Tom and Jerry Syndrome” connects sound sensitivity to seizures in senior cats.
Fifteen bison who escaped from a NY farm were shot to death by “hired guns” under supervision of county deputies and with permission from the owner. Determined to be a public safety risk, one animal was left “flailing in the creek” after being shot. (Thanks Susan.)
The state of MN has ended a $1.7 million moose research project which involved fitting both newborn calves and adults with GPS collars. More than a dozen of the collared calves were abandoned by their mothers and five of the collared adults died. (Thanks Clarice.)
Posted by YesBiscuit on April 29, 2015
An owner surrendered her house cat to a vet clinic in GA and staff called DeKalb Co AC to pick up the friendly pet. When a rescue group contacted the pound to ask about helping the cat, they were told the AC worker had dumped her in a park instead of bringing her to the pound. (A scenario which will undoubtedly delight the so-called animal welfare groups in favor of abandoning cats instead of sheltering them.) DeKalb Co says it was an oopsie, never happened before, workers will receive additional training… you know the drill. (Thanks Clarice for the link.)
Fourteen pitbulls were “rescued” from what appears to have been a dogfighting operation in LA. Police were conducting a drug raid when they discovered the injured and abused dogs. The dogs were taken to East Baton Rouge Animal Control where they were immediately photographed as evidence then killed. Ignorant bastards.
The USDA APHIS Wildlife Services killed 2.7 million animals last year, including 16 “pets or livestock” and 1001 “feral or free-ranging” dogs and cats. (Thank you Arlene for the link.)
Poland – Resident shelter cat helps pets receiving vet care to heal. (Thanks Lisa.)
A few brief excerpts from the 2015 International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants Feline Behavior Conference.
The most interesting cat paintings of artist Louis Wain, who was schizophrenic.
Animal sculptures made of salvaged plastic
Posted by YesBiscuit on April 23, 2015
Animal control in Roswell, NM picked up a stolen, microchipped dog whose owner was looking for her but failed to contact the owner. Instead, AC put the dog on the kill list. The owner, who lives 200 miles away, was able to redeem her pet thanks to rescuers who posted the dog’s photo on Facebook. (Thank you Clarice for the link.)
The manager of the Hawkins Co Humane Society in TN is seeking forfeiture of 16 dogs and 2 birds after staff “rescued” them from their home. The owners were critically injured in a car accident and have been hospitalized. Now their animals are being stolen. (Thanks Adrianne.)
BSL in Salina, Kansas trying to break up another family as owner vows to fight for all local families that include pitbulls. (Thanks Lis and Anne for the links.)
Case Update: The vet at the Franklin Co pound in Ohio who allegedly mishandled dogs in order to fail them on behavioral tests so he could kill them has quit his job. (Thanks Clarice.)
The irresponsible public wanted to help a lost, starving dog in the Washington mountains but had to think outside the box when hot dog lures failed. They were successful and are now trying to find the dog’s owner. (Thanks Mary.)
How dogs sniff and why they get so much information from it.
Posted by YesBiscuit on April 13, 2015
Case Update – The recently fired/charged with cruelty Martin Co pound director is suing to get his job back because: he wasn’t properly trained, his co-worker is a dummy and a druggie and the dog he shot in his cage was a monster pitbull owned by lowlifes. (Thank you Clarice for the link.)
Case Update – The GA high school teacher who had students hold down two cats while he removed their testicles will not be charged and county residents are encouraged “to accept the incident as a learning experience”. (Thanks Clarice.)
The Tri-Cities pound in WA saw its intake halved last year. The director is completely clueless as to how that happened and apparently uninterested in finding out. (Thanks Mary.)
A bill banning gas chambers in SC shelters has stalled in the House because legislators worry that implementing the bill would be too costly even though gassing is a more expensive killing method and shelters are already killing via injection anyway.
The Board of Health in Niagara Co, NY voted two months ago to support a TNR program to humanely manage and reduce the feral cat population. The board recently voted unanimously to reverse its position after a vet on the board cited opposition to TNR from veterinary groups and the CDC. (Thanks Arlene.)
Best Friends bought a gym in Kanab, UT. (Thanks John.)
Plot Twist: Cop comes across loose pitbull, normal human behavior ensues. (Thanks Anne.)
Posted by YesBiscuit on March 30, 2015
New resource for shelter pet advocates: The website Saving 90 lists communities that self-report saving 90% or more of the animals in their shelters.
Case Update: The ACO in Elgin, OK who lied to the owner of a dog he had gassed to death using the exhaust from his truck has been fully reinstated. No charges were filed despite the fact that the dog was mutilated before being killed and dumped into a dead animal pit at the unlicensed facility. The city council says it supports the ACO and believes the community does too because a council member heard there was a petition with 600 signatures on it somewhere, which nobody ever saw, supporting the ACO. Also, the pound is going to have its floor painted. (Thanks Clarice for the link.)
The Maine Department of Agriculture requires pet food companies to pay a surcharge in order to sell their foods in the state. The money funds a spay-neuter program which helps low-income families get their pets fixed. Supporters of the surcharge say it costs pet owners an additional 36 cents over the course of a year. The governor wants to eliminate it but supporters say that will result in increased cat intakes at shelters which means increased cat killings. Because I mean – hey, more cats. Whatcha gonna do?
Gir, a 30 year old miniature horse in Clackamas Co, OR, accidentally got out of his stall one night last month and wandered onto a neighbor’s property. The neighbor called the sheriff’s office and a deputy came and shot the pet to death. The deputy told the owners Gir had been hit by a car and had two broken legs but a necropsy found the horse was in excellent condition and had not been injured outside of the gunshot wounds to the head. The Clackamas Co sheriff’s office is investigating itself in the matter. And:
The Oregon Humane Society can’t confirm if it started, and then stopped, an animal cruelty investigation into Gir’s shooting.
Sounds legit. (Thanks Bonnie for the link.)
Robert Durst admitted dismembering his neighbor in 2001 and is currently charged with murdering an associate. His brother believes that Durst practiced killing and disposing of remains on seven Alaskan malamutes before his first wife disappeared under mysterious circumstances in 1982.
The AP had a good story this week on street dogs who have been taken in by state organizations in Cuba. I especially love the photo of Vladimir.
Posted by YesBiscuit on March 20, 2015
The director of the Rowan Co pound in NC says the facility can never become no kill. An enabler explains that Rowan Co is in the stupidsouth while in utopianorth, they have no problems because magical spay-neuter. (Thanks Lisa for the link.)
A veterinarian at the Cherryland HS in MI says the unlicensed employee who injected a kitten with Fatal Plus and put him in the freezer did everything right, despite the lack of license and the fact that another employee found the kitten alive inside a bag. The vet blames the state for not telling him he needed to have his kill techs licensed. (Thanks Clarice for the links.)
A complaint filed with the Oregon Department of Justice alleges that a pet charity has been fundraising for abused animals it doesn’t have, including in one case, a deceased puppy. The charity’s founder says the complaint was filed by someone who is just jealous because she created National Cat Day (Alert: There is a National Cat Day, apparently.) Also: stalking, smear campaign and stuff. (Thanks Jan.)
Some dumbass brought his dog to a skate park in Beaverton, Oregon and let him run loose. When the dog failed to respond to a voice command, the guy hurled the dog 15 feet onto the concrete pad, causing him to go lame. Police charged him with abuse and say he works at a doggie daycare, but they don’t know which one. I’m totally huh because I thought only animal lovers get jobs working with animals.
A carpenter at a San Francisco construction site took a raccoon who had been trapped by exterminators and set him free. The employer wanted the raccoon killed and fired the carpenter for stealing.
A special agent from the DEA testified to a Utah senate panel that if the state approves medicinal use of marijuana for patients meeting certain guidelines, bunnies will get baked. (Thanks Nathan.)
Posted by YesBiscuit on March 11, 2015
In 2009, a woman wrote a letter to Klein Animal Shelter in Texas and sent copies to the AC offices in the cities of Jacksonville and Tyler as well as Smith Co – all of which contracted with Klein. In the letter, she mourned the needless death of a kitten she had adopted from Klein. Klein sold her as a 9 week old kitten but the adopter’s vet said she was actually a severely malnourished 4 month old. The kitten, named Twiggy by the adopter, succumbed to the effects of starvation just 4 days after the adoption. In the letter, the woman asked that Klein re-examine its practices and stated that Twiggy would have been better off on the street than at Klein. In 2015, three employees of the facility were arrested and charged with animal cruelty.
Case update: Two ACOs from Orange Co, CA who slit an injured deer’s throat while refusing help from a veterinarian at the scene have been fired from their jobs. The DA declined to bring charges against either man. (Thank you Clarice for the link.)
Case update: In an agreement with prosecutors, the animal cruelty charges against the former director of the Hunterdon Co Humane Animal Shelter in NJ will be dropped in 12 months so long as she gives up managerial control of the facility and agrees to other unnamed conditions. She will remain on the board and continue fundraising for the wealthy organization. (Thanks Clarice.)
Two of the dogs “rescued” from the troubled Helmetta pound in NJ were sent to the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area where they were reportedly killed for behavior despite evaluations from a behaviorist who determined the dogs were not aggressive outside their cages. (Thanks Clarice.)
An ACO from the Memphis pound was called to help stray dogs living at an abandoned property near Mayor Wharton’s home. One of the dogs was reportedly in desperate need of veterinary care. The ACO initially refused to do her job and only finally removed the one dying dog after an animal advocate begged her for help. But when the local news called the mayor’s office about the story, Memphis ACOs were quickly sent to the property where they captured one dog and set traps for the remainder. The ACOs will supposedly monitor the traps so the dogs don’t suffer and/or freeze to death in the inclement weather. (Thanks to everyone who sent me this story.)
Hunt Co, TX – Some manly man with a gun shot his neighbor’s two dogs when they came into his yard, photographed their bodies, then bragged about it on Facebook. He has been suspended from his job with the Union Valley Fire Department and a county constable is investigating the case. (Thanks Mike.)
A therapy dog who visits veterans in a transitional housing program in Pittsburgh uses his whole body to help heal people he meets. (Thanks Steve.)
Posted by YesBiscuit on February 26, 2015