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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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Case Update: The now former Gwinnett Co ACO whom witnesses say brutally beat a friendly dog with a chokepole last summer will be charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty.  (Thank you Clarice and Susan for the link.)

Case Update:  The former director of the Lawrence Co Animal Shelter in AL, where hundreds of animals were found suffering in horrible conditions, will be charged with 16 misdemeanor counts of cruelty to an animal and 1 misdemeanor count of animal abuse.  (Thanks Brie.)

Case Update:  Chance, the dog who was impounded in Wilson Co, NC and whose owners were given the runaround when they attempted to redeem him, is dead.  The Wilson Co sheriff returned Chance’s body to his family for burial and issued a statement praising his facility, claiming it is used by the state to show other counties “the way an animal shelter should be operated”.  (Thanks Clarice.)

A dog owner is suing the city of Detroit alleging that after her pet was seized in connection with a bite incident and kept for more than a week at the pound, he came home with a collapsed trachea and pneumonia.  The pet subsequently died.  Note:  This is a different case than the one I reported on earlier this week. (Thanks Clarice.)

Two media whores are once again in the news over allegations that Sea World sent an undercover staff member to PETA meetings to try to incite illegal activity.  It’s impossible to tell who’s lying when all you’ve got to choose from is lying liars, but here’s hoping the tangled web keeps the two twits occupied for a little while, for the animals’ sake.

An 18 year old Austin man was found dead in his vehicle with snake bites on his wrist.  The man’s family owns an exotic pet store and a pet cobra is suspected in the man’s death.  A dead cobra was found in the same parking lot as the man’s vehicle.

The Brookfield Zoo near Chicago had a tank housing 4 southern stingrays and 50 cow-nose rays, all born in captivity, whom the public could pet and feed.  An oxygen pump failed in the tank last week, killing all the animals.

And this one, because: Naked drunk guy found in barn cavorting with hogs. Again. “I just like pigs,” he tells cops.


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Case Update:  The owner of Porkchop, the neutered, vaccinated and bathed kitten who was killed upon impound by Mobile Co, AL for being “feral” in 2013, filed a lawsuit against the county.  Part of that lawsuit includes newly released video evidence from the pound reportedly showing that Porkchop was not feral and simply fast-tracked to the kill room in violation of the mandatory holding period law.  (I have not watched the video because it appears from the description that it may show Porkchop being killed.)  The workers responsible for Porkchop’s unlawful killing are still employed at the pound.   (Thank you Clarice for the link.)

After one cat at the Denton Animal Shelter in TX was diagnosed with calicivirus, the decision was made to kill 87 kittens and 10 cats at the facility.  The police department which oversees the shelter used the mass killing as an opportunity to remind the irresponsible public to vaccinate their pets and donate money.  No word on how the unwashed masses have responded to the advice.  (Thanks Mike.)

A shelter medicine vet recently toured the outdated Porter Co, IN shelter and found conditions to be inhumane.  County officials have yet to take meaningful action on building a new facility, despite having $157 million in the bank from the sale of a hospital in 2007 and an offer of another $1 million from an anonymous donor.  (Thanks Arlene.)

A Salt Lake City police officer allegedly shot a dog to death last year while the dog was in his own yard.  The owner has been trying to file a lawsuit against the officer but state law requires him to put up a bond for the estimated cost of the officer’s entire defense and court costs in advance.  (Thanks Laura.)

Good idea: ACOs in Franklin Co, Ohio are leaving notices posted in public places where they pick up loose dogs so their owners can find them. (Thanks mikken and Daniela.)

A debate on whether cats are truly domesticated animals.

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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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