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Shame on the Smoky Mountain News for repeating the biggest animal welfare myth in the south while reporting on the shelter situation in Jackson Co, NC:

In [northern] states with strict spay and neuter laws, there are fewer puppies and unclaimed animals in general, so the demand for animals is higher.

The latest in the continuing saga of scientific research into the origin of dogs: They invented themselves.

Pets appear to be growing in popularity with Iranians who consider them family, despite disapproval from conservative religious figures.

Cat ownership is on the rise in Japan while dog ownership is in decline.  They are roughly equal right now with cats expected to move into the top spot soon.

If you didn’t receive the Russian Orthodox cat cuddling priest calendar you were hoping for at Christmas, maybe you can buy this one.  (Thanks Karen.)

Why does a team of volunteers in OR help frogs cross the road?  Because they can.  (Thanks Valerie.)

Rat training ability: Excellent.  Building tiny equipment to train rats on ability:  Very excellent.  (Thanks Valerie.)

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Ownership of a dog adopted from the Athens-Clarke County Animal Shelter in GA is being disputed between the man who says he lost her and the woman who adopted her.  He says:  Dog got lost, he called shelter twice, they said they didn’t have dog, then he saw his dog’s picture on the shelter’s website, called again and was told the dog had already been adopted.  He FOIA’d the dog’s records to get the adopter’s information.  She says:  She adopted the dog in good faith then 3 months later this guy starts harassing her about getting his dog back.  She has filed a restraining order against the man.  The shelter says:  We followed the law.  (Thanks Clarice for the link.)

Syrian families have been ravaged by war.  Some have walked hundreds of miles with their dogs, hoping to find refuge.  Cats have been taken aboard rafts by their people.  Other cats, left behind when the owners were killed or forced to flee for their lives, are being cared for by a local resident.  Many animals have fared far worse.

A dog with a phony rabies certificate was imported from Egypt to the U.S. by a rescue group.  He turned out to be rabid.  The other 7 dogs and 27 cats who were imported with him were not infected.

Someone apparently brought more than 60 dogs to a remote, wooded area in Searcy Co Arkansas, poisoned them, then opened fire.  Fifty-six dogs were found dead, another one was grievously wounded and had to be euthanized by the game warden.  Four survivors have been captured and are being sheltered by the Searcy Co HS.  Volunteers are still trying to capture at least one other survivor.  Police are investigating.  (Thanks Susan.)

Researchers found that dogs may be capable of some form of empathy, which is apparently news to researchers.

Not the Xmas card you were expecting?

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A former employee at the Conway Area HS in NH has been charged with felony and misdemeanor charges after it was discovered she had allegedly been cooking the shelter’s books and pocketing the cash – to the tune of $10,000 in a period of months.  One of the expenses she allegedly used the HS’s funds for was an airline ticket to CO where she interviewed for a new job.  (Thanks Jan.)

After volunteers went to the media with concerns about a rescue in Canada, the rescue suddenly shut down. (Thanks Jan.)

The first ever litter of puppies conceived via in vitro fertilization has been born. The arrival of the seven pups brings with it the hope that researchers may be able to combine the procedure with gene editing in order to produce dogs free of inherited diseases.

For bowhead whales, 200 is the new 40.

Orphaned sloths, rockin’. (Thanks Clarice.)

Dear Santa, an update to my long standing Xmas list: not just a pony but a pony wearing a onesie.

Reminder:  Deadline for sending in photos for the Christmas Day post is December 21.

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Some commenters in the Open Thread have been following the case of the woman who posted a photo online of her dog with his mouth duct taped shut.  Now another woman taped her dog’s mouth shut and posted a photo, in solidarity.  Animal abusers gotta stick together.  Pun intended.

Reader Eucritta posted this link in the Open Thread and I wanted to share it again here:  an idea on identifying lost indoor cats at a distance, akin to eartipping neutered ferals.  Any thoughts?

Animals at a zoo in Germany are being killed, police are investigating.

Instagram photo of Prince Harry with a sedated elephant in Africa, posted with a personal anti-poaching message.

Bonus Prince Harry on Instagram.  (Mandatory.)

A police officer in OK picked up a lost donkey from a 50 mph road and gave him a ride in his police car.  Thing that made my morning: the officer talking about rolling down the window for the little donkey.

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The director/supervising ACO at the North Jersey HS Shelter, Vincent Asolese, has been fired after being charged with 14 counts of animal cruelty. An August inspection report of the facility describes sub-standard conditions and says that Asolese slit the throat of a fawn who was impounded on June 29, letting her bleed to death.

Lost Dogs of Wisconsin explains why a proposed bill which reduces the holding period for lost pets in shelters is harmful. (Thanks Clarice.)

AC seized 11 dogs and puppies from what they claim to be a “hoarding situation” in Lacey, Washington. The dogs shown in the video appear to be in good condition, despite the allegation that some of them were being starved. I know nothing about this case beyond the few details provided in the article but it’s problematic when authorities toss around the “hoarding” label without careful consideration.

After children were seen taunting a beloved neighborhood stray dog in Michigan and violent threats were made against him, a feral dog sanctuary took him in.  The article gives you a glimpse into the process of how feral dogs are acclimated to people over time at the sanctuary with the end goal being adoption.

1700 wild horses, bought for $10 each from the Bureau of Land Management by a single buyer, were sold to slaughter in Mexico at a high profit.  The government declined to prosecute.  (Thanks Terri.)

This piece may give you a new appreciation of pigeons.

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Volunteers with the HS of Marion Co in Florida left a dog named Rollin in a hot transport van for hours, causing his death.  The director told the local news it was an accident as the driver thought there was only one dog in the van (when in fact there were two) so believed it was ok to park the vehicle after one dog had been removed.  The director says protocol changes will be implemented as a result of the death, one of which may be requiring volunteers to look in all the van’s cages to confirm they aren’t leaving any dogs.  (Thanks Clarice for the link.)

On September 18 in Washington D.C., the Committee on Transportation and the Environment will hold a public roundtable regarding a proposal to round up and kill community cats along with other animals deemed “non-native”.  The No Kill Advocacy Center has written a letter in opposition to the proposal.  Comments may be submitted by emailing Ms. Aukima Benjamin, staff assistant to the committee.  (Thanks Nathan.)

An ACO in NC helped a lost, blind, deaf senior poodle get home to her NC owner after the dog was picked up on the street in MA.  (Thanks Kate.)

Positive reinforcement training fans now have an NFL team to root for:  The Seattle Seahawks.  (Thanks Karen.)

Some dumbass who lives a mile from an elementary school near Orlando, FL is keeping poisonous snakes in his garage inside homemade cages that fall apart when they get wet.  A king cobra, whose cage got wet when water leaked onto it, escaped.  The dumbass was given a warning for using improper materials on the cage and fined $366 for failing to report the deadly snake missing immediately.  Police have set box traps in the area in hopes of capturing the cobra but he’s been loose 2 weeks already.

The city of Houston says, “Bring your kids and guns to the zoo!”  An excellent plan with no possible downside.

Beagle goalie

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An anonymous whistleblower is accusing Jacksonville Animal Care and Protective Services of killing treatable animals, falsifying their records and turning away strays in need in order to make their numbers look good. (Thank you Clarice for the link.)

The Washington Co Animal Shelter in TN killed 276 cats last month because they had colds.  But the director falsely told the local paper the shelter is “no kill” because they don’t kill “healthy, sociable” animals.  (Thanks Jan.)

A family dog who was lost on a road trip was picked up by Caddo Animal Services in LA.  The owner, who is 8 months pregnant, lives in Houston so a local rescuer offered to drive the dog halfway to reunite the family.  But the pound director refused.  The owner says she asked multiple times to allow the dog to be released to the rescuer as she was experiencing pre-labor contractions and has another young child to care for but the director yelled and cursed at her in response.  She says her mother also called to request release of the dog to the rescuer out of concern for her daughter’s well-being but the director still refused.  For his part, the director says he never spoke with the owner and when he spoke with her mother, she “asked and begged and pleaded with us that we give the dog to the actual owner and not release it to a third party”.  The owner was forced to drive all the way to the pound in Shreveport to reclaim her pet.  (Thanks Clarice and Lisa.)

This article about a feline kidney transplant seems to adopt the posture that the donor cat was found in a shelter and probably would have been killed anyway so it’s fine to harvest him for parts.  Plus the family of the recipient is forced to adopt the donor cat, regardless of how anyone gets along so… it’s all good?  (Thanks Karen.)

A cinematic history of dogs

This kiddie pool in NJ was just right.

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Twice in one week!  Maybe I’ll get a raise – or a pay cut, depending on your perspective I guess.

A Topeka police officer, previously jailed for killing a person while responding to a false alarm call, encountered a 26 pound dog while responding to another false alarm call last month.  Josie was the beloved pet of an elderly couple who rescued her off the streets as a puppy 6 years ago and kept her in the yard by means of an invisible fence.  When the officer entered Josie’s backyard, he says he felt like he was in imminent danger of attack so he shot her to death.  The police department attempted to hide the officer’s identity but failed to redact his signature at the bottom of a public record.  (Thanks Clarice for the link.)

At the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, researchers have discovered a way to get more accurate results when performing quick tests to monitor blood glucose levels in diabetic dogs and cats.  Their findings may inspire further research to see if the same benefits are applicable for human diabetic patients.

At Camp Rudder in the Florida panhandle, Army Ranger students are trained to identify and handle reptiles which are housed at the school.

A woman was pulled over by police on the Autobahn in Germany with a Shetland pony on a bed of straw in her hatchback.  She said she was driving 300 miles to meet the owner.  She was escorted to the nearest police station where the pony was let out and given water.  The police contacted the owner who showed up to collect the pony in a proper trailer.

Not to be outdone, a motorist was stopped by police in England for having 2 bald tires.  And of course they wanted to inquire about the sheep in the car.  The man explained that some people take their dogs with them on car rides and he takes his sheep.  They were on their way to a drive-through to get some food.  And off they went.

If you’re in Arkansas and need your teeth cleaned, this place might be good.  (Thanks Clarice.)

I love the animation in this video (if you don’t like the music, you can always watch it on mute).

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Kevin Myrick, an ACO with Iberville AC in Louisiana, was sent to the scene of a car accident on July 5 to pick up a loose dog.  In the official report on the incident, ACO Myrick stated someone had run over the dog by the time he arrived.  But at some point afterward, he reportedly told several co-workers, including at least one supervisor, that the dog was not friendly so he chopped him up with a machete.  He has since been fired and arrested. (Thank you Clarice for the link.)

A Pennsylvania woman who had her animals seized in January 2014 by the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area under shady circumstances has been fighting in court ever since.  Although the HS filed criminal charges against the owner, the DA refused to prosecute.  In December 2014, the court ordered the HS to return her animals but by then, the HS had already killed some and sent others out of state.  And in May 2015, a judge ordered the HS to pay the woman $3500 in legal fees.  (Thanks Brenda.)

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is reportedly cracking down on rescues, requiring them to adhere to the same standards (all surfaces must be non-porous, etc.) required of municipal shelters.  Cat trees, newspapers, cardboard boxes and anything wooden are all against regulations and some groups are shutting down as a result.  (Thanks Lita.)

A former employee at the Memphis pound alleges she was targeted by director James Rogers because of her religious beliefs.  In one incident, she says he required her to recite scripture to prove she was being true to her faith.  (Thanks Arlene.)

Another study to fuel the War on Cats.  And the sensible version.  (Thanks Valerie.)

Delta, American and United Airlines have all banned the transport of buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion and rhino “trophies”, making it that much harder for rich, killy Americans to get animal body parts to decorate their walls and compensate for their own dead body parts.

Everyone loves this clip of Laura the lizard popping bubbles.  (Thanks Karen.)

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Sea World announced the death of a 3 week old baby beluga born in captivity, referring to her as “it”, thanking people “for their thoughts and support during this difficult time for our team” while failing to mention the mother at all.  Also:  fuck Sea World.

Commentary on the grand jury’s failure to indict the TX veterinarian who shot a cat to death with an arrow and bragged about it on Facebook.  (Thanks Loran.)

One of the candidates for mayor of Memphis has caught the attention of animal advocates.  (Thanks Claire.)

A pet shop in Brazil put shelter puppies and kittens in its cages for one day and gave them away to customers.  (Thanks Lisa.)

The ceremonial burial of a bobcat 2000 years ago in IL leads to speculation that the animal was kept as a pet by Native Americans.

I wonder how long this gator was walking around Manhattan before anyone noticed.

Abandoned chicken church now serving as lover’s lane.  (Thing I’ve always wanted to write.)

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