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Two Canon City, CO police officers opened fire on a dog after one of the officers was “attacked”, but sustained no injury, during a response to a domestic violence call.  The dog later died at a veterinary clinic.  The police press release about the killing thanked other first responders for their assistance with the call:

“Without their help, this incident may not have gone as well as it did.”

(Thanks Davyd for the link.)


The Klamath Humane Society in OR is another facility that changed its name in recent years to bypass the common misconception among animal lovers that HSUS provides their funding. Now called the Klamath Animal Shelter, a spokesman explained to a local paper that the name was changed “because the National Humane Society provides no money for homeless pets.”


In the Caucasus Mountains, researchers find sheepdogs aren’t so much keeping the wolves at bay as they are chatting them up, inviting them in for drinks and let’s see where the night takes us.


France moves towards legal recognition of pets as “sentient, living beings”, a change from their current status as “personal property”.  (Thanks Arlene for the link.)


Fave read of the week: Excerpts from the essay “Why Look at Animals?” which examines the relationship between humans and animals over time.  (Thanks Valerie.)


Magical photographs of snails.  Yes, magical.

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What is your local shelter doing to prepare for kitten/puppy season this spring when shelters are hit with very high intake levels?  The Washington Co shelter in VA is emptying out its facility in advance by offering free adoptions for a month.  Awesome.

In Newnan, GA, a retired couple has fostered more than 100 dogs during the past 2 years for the local pound because they say they have the time, space, resources and desire to save lives.  Gee, wouldn’t it be great if the local pound director adopted that same attitude?

A NC shelter dog being shipped to ME was lost by the transport company when she wriggled free from her collar.  The dog was found injured 2 days later.  The new owners were cited by ME state police for allowing the dog to run across I-95.  (Thanks Clarice for the link.)

Diamond Pet Foods has settled a class action lawsuit brought by owners whose pets were sickened and/or died after consuming Diamond products tainted with salmonella in 2012.

Spotted salamander porn – NSFW.  (Courtesy of Valerie, because where else would I get this stuff?)

Headline of the week, posted on April 1st no less (but apparently not a joke):

La. state senator opposes anti-cockfighting bill, saying it hurts legitimate ‘chicken boxing’

Mercifully the state senate took the issue seriously and refused to support Senator Guillory’s claim that chicken boxing is just like human kickboxing. Guillory’s proposed chicken boxing exemption was defeated 29 – 8. Also: chicken boxing. (I had to say it one more time because obviously.)

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There is an update on the Lawrence, IN pound case where the sole ACO neglected pets to death and the police department in charge never bothered to check.  The ACO pleaded down to 4 animal neglect charges and probation.  (Thank you Clarice for the link.)

30 people, including an asthmatic 84 year old woman, showed up to swing a sledgehammer at the Medina Co gas chamber destruction celebration in OH. (Thanks Casey for the link.)

A Baltimore police officer has been charged with animal cruelty after allegedly beating his girlfriend’s 7 month old puppy to death and texting her a photo of her pet’s dead body.  Can we dip this guy in red paint to alert non-psychopaths he may come across in life that they are in imminent danger?  (Thanks Clarice.)

A 54 year old zoo employee dying of cancer in Holland was granted his final wish to say goodbye to the animals.  One of the giraffes walked to his bedside and gave him a kiss.  (Thanks Valerie.)

Smithsonian video: Poaching leads to psychological damage in elephants.  (Thanks Valerie.)

A place to take refuge, when needed.  (Thank you Clarice.)

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A Nevada puppy owner says Douglas Co ACOs strong-armed her into surrendering her puppy for killing due to exposure to another pup who tested positive for rabies.  (Thank you Clarice for the link.)

Authorities appear to be citing gambling as a motive in the case of the “Lucky Dog” scam in Boggs Mountain, Georgia where the shelter director was taking cash donations to keep dogs alive, pocketing it, then killing them anyway.  (Thanks Clarice.)

Rowan Co, NC voted to phase out use of its gas chamber for killing shelter animals.  Beginning April 1, the county will only kill “aggressive” dogs and cats in the gas chamber and that practice will end after workers receive additional training.  (Thank you April for the link.)

Matthew Power, the author of this piece describing how poachers killed a turtle advocate in Costa Rica, reportedly died this week on assignment in Uganda.

A woman describes a powerful connection she experienced with some deer after falling on a walk.  (Thanks Valerie for the link.)

The irresponsible public helps a snapping turtle to cross the road safely.  (Thanks Valerie for this one as well.)

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The city of Houston, which kills most of its homeless pets, estimates there are between 600,000 and 1.2 million homeless dogs and cats on the streets there.  The same article, appearing in the Houston Chronicle, says that there is a “shortage of adoptable animals” in CO. This will no doubt come as a shock to the “unwanted” dogs and cats being taken to kill rooms in CO pounds today.  (Thank you Clarice for the link.)

“Forsaken No More” is a paper on Pitbull facts by animal advocate Aubrie Kavanaugh.  It may be useful to other shelter reform advocates who are battling Pitbull stereotypes and myths in their own communities.

The SPCA of Northern Nevada is using a blood test to determine which incoming dogs need vaccinations and which already have sufficient antibodies to protect them from contagious diseases.  (Thanks Clarice for the link.)

A boy in a rural area of the Philippines wants to open an animal shelter when he grows up.  He’s putting a downpayment on the effort now.

Eighteen cats were treated to a $35,000 home renovation by their owner in CA.

A woman in Germany allowed her horse to come inside the house during a recent bout of severe weather.  He liked it.

Finnish reindeer are getting their antlers spray painted with reflective paint in an effort to make them more visible to motorists.  (Thanks Valerie.)

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The Rowan Co ACO who tortured an injured pet in NC “was following procedure” according to the county AC supervisor.  The ACO will nevertheless be sent to sensitivity class and the county has ordered stretchers for use in picking up injured pets in future.  (Thank you Clarice for the link.)

Someone shot out the windows at the Fort Bend Co pound in Texas after it oops-killed 2 owned dogs.  Police have “no motive” for the shooting, which happened at night during non-business hours.  I do not under any circumstances endorse shooting out windows as a means of protest but the police must be drunk if they are claiming no known motive.  (Thanks Chris for the link.)

Manatee Co will investigate itself after numerous citizens complained about the length of time (5 years) it took Animal Services to respond to cruelty complaints regarding a rescue farm in FL.  The farm was raided last week and approximately 300 animals were confiscated.  The owners plan to contest the confiscation.  No charges have been filed.  (Thanks Salette.)

As if baby penguins don’t face enough obstacles, now climate change is getting all up in their grill.

Why this blog takes trolls seriously, now with added science!  (Thanks Valerie for the link.)

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Three elderly nuns walked into a NY pound intending to adopt the neediest dog in the place.  They went home with a 9 year old Pitbull named Remy.

The city of Sochi in Russia contracted a pest control company to shoot or poison stray dogs in order to uphold its “responsibility to the international community” ahead of the Olympics, which open today. A group of rescuers has been frantically trying to save as many dogs as possible.

A cat hater is suing the city of Albuquerque over its TNR program, claiming it’s a violation of cruelty laws.  (Thanks Elaine.)

Post at Caveat about getting people who love their dogs to work together for the sake of dogs.

A dog with unusual coat markings at Texas A & M vet clinic.  (Thanks mikken for the link.)

Someone stole a rare owl from a bird sanctuary in WA.

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An unlicensed transporter who was allegedly bringing sick pets from GA shelters to CT without health certificates was charged with 28 counts related to an “illegal pet adoption operation” by CT authorities.  The state Department of Agriculture seized 10 cats and 2 dogs and took them to a vet clinic where 2 of the cats were euthanized due to illness.

The AP wins the award for WTF Word Choice with this lede: “A Central Texas police department has fired its animal control manager amid allegations of poor care and treatment of creatures in a shelter.” (Thanks Kim for the link.)

Shelter dogs have been trained to find illegal elephant tusks and rhino horns.  The dogs work in airports, shipping centers and ports.

Hundreds of snakes, many dead, along with a large number of rodents were found in the home of a CA school teacher.  The snakes were starving to death in unheated plastic bins.  Authorities arrested the owner on suspicion of animal cruelty.  No word on what happened to the animals.  (Thanks Kerry for the link.)

Children’s book illustrators contributed to a new book by drawing their favorite animals.

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A stray Pitbull at the Greenville Co pound in SC was found with an old photograph of a man tucked inside his collar.  No one has identified the dog, who may be killed for convenience at the discretion of the pound.

The long, strange saga of CT dog importer Fred Acker continues to be long and strange.  The latest:  after being found guilty on 15 counts of neglect in connection with dogs seized from an unheated barn in November 2012, Acker received a suspended sentence from a Litchfield Superior Court judge and won’t serve a day in jail.  He is due in court later this month to face 17 counts of animal cruelty in Milford.  (Thank you Clarice for the link.)

Willamette Animal Rescue’s president and two board members were charged with more than 100 counts of animal neglect last year in OR. The 149 dogs they had imported from out of state were taken in by other rescues. When asked by a reporter, a spokesman for the Porterville police department in CA, which runs the pound, could not say exactly how many dogs had been transported to Willamette Animal Rescue. The number appears to be several dozen, at least.  (Thanks Kathryn for the link.)

A TN woman says the Humane Alliance of Rutherford County took her chihuahua for training. The owner called for a progress report and was told she would not be getting her dog back. A reporter called the rescue’s director, Penny Jekot, to inquire what she planned on doing with the dog and was told, “That’s none of your business woman.” (Thanks Arlene for the link.)

Book Review:  The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide  (Thanks Valerie for the link.)

Photographer’s breathtaking portraits of captive primates   (Thanks Valerie.)

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The set up:  The Guilford Co pound killed 51% of its dogs and cats in 2012.  The pound has a policy dictating death for all Rottweilers, Pitbulls and Chows, regardless of health or temperament.
The punchline, courtesy of the local paper: “Guilford County offering pet responsibility classes”

A cat rescue group in CA asks why the Lancaster pound is killing cats when there are so many empty cages.  (Thanks Leslie for the link.)

Indianapolis ACOs confiscated pets left out during a recent snowstorm and issued more than 70 citations to owners.  Several dogs froze to death.  (Thanks Arlene for the link.)

Journalist Glenn Greenwald is also a rescuer of street dogs in Brazil.  (Thanks Karen F. for the link.)

ScienceyNew information on the origins of cat domestication.

The etymology of the expression “Screw the pooch”


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