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Authorities with the city of Deltona, Florida obtained a search warrant and entered the home of a couple to find they were well over the 5 pet limit.  The Halifax Humane Society seized 114 cats and killed 108 of them despite a city spokesman’s claim that only a few were sick:

[Lee] Lopez said a few cats suffer from feline Leukemia, but more seemed well fed and healthy.

The man who lived at the residence considered the cats family.  His wife threatened to hurt herself as her pets were being taken away so she was transported to a mental health care facility.  (Thank you to the reader who sent me this story.)


Photos posted online show animals in filthy cages at the Lucedale pound in MS but the mayor says the photos are not representative of conditions at the facility.  The pound reportedly keeps intact male and female cats together but the mayor describes that as a funding issue.  So everything’s good I guess.  (Thanks Clarice.)


One shelter worker’s revelation regarding “perfect” adoption applicants.  (Thanks Anne.)


As the supply of seals, the regular food of polar bears in the Arctic, dwindles due to climate change, scientists have observed starving bears eating dolphins who have been drawn to the area by unusually warm waters.  (Warning:  graphic photos at link.)


The white man who called 911 to complain of black teenagers at a pool in Texas is a convicted felon whose crimes include animal torture.  In 1999, the man reportedly beat cows and pigs bloody with wooden boards and pulled the limbs off baby turkeys before spray painting the farm animals.  (Thanks Anne.)


Uber, but for the bravest among Florida’s forest dwellers.

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An ACO in TX picked up a dog who had gotten out of his fenced yard during an afternoon storm and left him at the Williamson Co Regional Animal Shelter noting the dog appeared healthy.  When the owner came the next morning to reclaim her pet, she was told the dog had been found dead in his cage and no one knows what happened.  The shelter posted a picture of the dead dog on its website and apparently no one knows how that happened either.  A necropsy will be performed to try and determine what caused the dog’s death.  (Thank you Clarice for the link.)


A NC pet owner has filed a lawsuit against Columbus Co alleging that the pound killed his pitbull before the 72 hour state mandated holding period had expired.  The county claims the dog was aggressive and the killing was legal.  (Thanks Clarice.)


Just before proposing a mandatory spay-neuter ordinance specifically targeting pitbulls and pitbull mixes to the Beaufort Co Council in SC, Tallulah Trice, director of the county pound, went ironic:

It’s not the breed we’re going after.

Trice said 90% of the animals killed at the pound are pitbulls and added:

People just can’t adopt them.

Well I guess not. Since you’re killing them like it’s going out of style.


NJ is considering a bill that would require people accused of animal abuse to either pay whatever amount the local shelter demands for care or forfeit their animals before they ever get a chance at trial.


A blind woman’s guide dog hurled himself between her and an oncoming bus.  Both were injured but will be ok.  The dog and his person were upset when they had to be separated because dogs are not allowed in ambulances.  They ought to change that rule.


Just an octopus walking around with coconut shells to use as a portable hideout.  (Thanks Valerie.)

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In Mississippi, an 87 year old veteran who was struggling financially tried to take care of a number of dogs who had been abandoned in the woods on his property.  The county sheriff’s department showed up with staff from an area pound and good old HSUS to seize the dogs.  The dogs took off when the uh, help arrived but 11 were captured.  The dogs were reportedly flea-infested and suffering from mange and eye infections.  The money quote:

The ones that are healthy will be put up for adoption.

Which sounds like it might be none of them.  Well done, as usual.


The city of Pawhuska, Oklahoma hired a new dog catcher 5 months ago and cha-ching:

For the first five months of 2014, the city brought in $146 in fees and tags. Compare that to the past five months with the new officer, the total goes up to $3,700.

A witness reportedly saw the officer unlatch the gate on a fenced yard and attempt to remove the dog who lived there from his crate.  Dog catcher, dog stealer – eh, what’s the diff?  (Thanks Clarice for the link.)


Case Update:  The pound director in Bullitt Co, KY who was secretly filmed using racial slurs and making sexist remarks at work has been fired.  The county also decided to fire the whistleblower because that’s how that works, right?  (Thanks Clarice.)


A K9 officer with the Hialeah police department in Florida was suspended with pay after he reportedly left two police dogs in his hot car for hours.  Both dogs were found dead.  (Thanks Susan and Anne.)


An Illinois veterinarian who reportedly lost her license last year continued to perform surgeries on clients’ animals in her kitchen.  County deputies conducting a welfare check found the home covered in feces and filled with dozens of live, caged animals as well as dead, bagged animals.  All the animals were removed by authorities and charges are pending.  (Thanks Arlene.)


Kansas City Pet Project does right (and right and right) by a dog separated from her person far from home.  This is one for the manual on sheltering.  (Thanks Anne.)


Last week, spider rain.  This week, worms.

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A nonprofit that runs the pound in Calhoun Co, AL is opposed to legislation requiring shelters to make their kill stats available to the public.  They do kill animals and admit that hundreds more fell over dead in their cages at the facility last year.  But the nonprofit blames the uncaring, uneducated public for the killing and supports legislation which would punish pet owners and prevent many people from legally having pets.  (Thank you Clarice for the link.)

Former employees of Orange Co Animal Care in CA allege that the department was and is run by people focused on generating revenue – sometimes through unethical means such as fabricating an abuse report on a pet showing no signs of abuse.  (Thanks Clarice.)

The director of Indianapolis Animal Care and Control was placed on indefinite leave pending an internal investigation after only a few months on the job.  The city refused to disclose any details regarding the investigation.  The director then resigned and the city has named a sergeant from the police department as his replacement.  (Thank you Jan.)

The Lancaster Co SPCA killed 14 dogs in response to a reported distemper outbreak at the shelter.  (Thanks Clarice.)

A Los Angeles firefighter was found guilty of battery with serious bodily injury and assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury after he assaulted a woman for feeding stray cats in his neighborhood. He reportedly dragged the woman from her car and beat her so severely that she doesn’t remember the incident. He tried to lie his way out of it but surveillance camera footage captured the assault and refuted his claims. (Thanks Anne.)

Protesting factory farms:  you’re doing it wrong.

Next time you feel disappointed in your local weather forecast, be thankful at least you’re not getting spider rain.

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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.

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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.

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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.)

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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.)

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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

Computer bugs

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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.


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