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.)
Posted by YesBiscuit on February 26, 2014
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.)
Posted by YesBiscuit on February 16, 2014
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.
Posted by YesBiscuit on February 7, 2014
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.
Posted by YesBiscuit on January 31, 2014
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.)
Posted by YesBiscuit on January 25, 2014
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.)
Sciencey: New information on the origins of cat domestication.
The etymology of the expression “Screw the pooch”
Posted by YesBiscuit on January 16, 2014
A former employee at the troubled Campbell Co pound in TN who spoke out about abuse she witnessed is suing the county over her termination. (Thank you Clarice for the link.)
Animal advocates in Union Co, NC are trying to help a mule living on abandoned property after animal control refused to intervene. (Link submitted by Barbara.)
Kim Campbell Thornton points out there was an average of one pet food/treat recall every 11 days in 2013 and explains how the proposed FDA regulations may help make pet food safer.
Researchers find evidence of dogs’ ability to sense variations in the earth’s magnetic field which may explain their uncanny navigation abilities.
A CO man out hunting with his friends at night was shot to death after being mistaken for a coyote by a member of his party.
All I need is this water slide and a steady supply of ducklings.
Posted by YesBiscuit on January 9, 2014
Authorities seized more than 100 dogs from what they are calling a puppy mill in Colbert Co, AL earlier this month. The homeowner reportedly took some of the dogs out of state prior to the raid and has refused to reveal their location. (Thanks Laura for the link.)
In November, Franklin Co sheriff’s deputies seized 253 animals, mostly rabbits, from a Missouri home. The owner was charged with 21 counts of misdemeanor animal abuse. This month, a judge ordered the animals returned stating he would have agreed with the seizure had children been involved but:
“The issue is not neglect of children however, it is neglect of animals.”
The animals have not been returned to the owner and remain in the care of the HS of Missouri which is vowing to keep them by any legal means possible.
The Los Angeles PD wants to improve the city’s reputation and includes being compassionate to animals in that effort. (Thanks Arlene for the link.)
I’d never heard this before but apparently England engaged in a massive pet killing campaign prior to WW II. I guess this isn’t the kind of doc the History Channel is clamoring to produce.
Don’t bogart that puffer fish.
Posted by YesBiscuit on December 31, 2013
Researchers have found that dogs may have “facial recognition skills, similar to humans” including the ability to distinguish facial images of family members from those of strangers.
A Memphis couple fostered a dog named Stewie for months through the Desoto Animal Rescue Society and filled out an adoption application for him. When they returned him for neutering the rescue refused to give him back to the couple, claiming they were unfit to own a dog because they left Stewie on the balcony for hours. The couple denies the allegations and both sides have retained lawyers in the matter. (Thanks Ona for the link.)
The tangled web that is greyhound racing in Iowa (Thanks Liz for the link.)
News piece on circovirus in dogs. (Thanks Arlene.)
Charles Dickens received as a gift a letter opener, the handle of which included his cat’s taxidermied paw.
Game of Thrones fans and sea slug fans unite! <——sentence I’ve always wanted to type
Shelter pets are helped by compassionate people. Sometimes caring people need help too. This page explains risk factors, warning signs and what to do if you suspect someone is at risk for suicide. If you need someone to talk to, help is available 24/7.
Posted by YesBiscuit on December 24, 2013
Nathan Winograd on the double standard employed by animal groups who rake in donations by promoting the human-animal bond yet are ready to destroy the actual human-animal bond by breaking up families via elimination of shelter holding periods for stray pets.
A private shelter in Brazoria Co, TX was closed due to the director’s poor health and 70 dogs who have been exposed to distemper are now struggling to survive in unheated outdoor pens. Volunteers are trying to care for the dogs. (Thanks Michele for the link.)
Pet owners in the Florida Keys will now have a safe place to take their entire families for shelter during hurricane evacuations. (Thank you to a reader for the link.)
Elizabeth Taylor’s 1974 letter to her “lovely lost cat”, Cassius.
Musicians who have cancelled shows at Sea World in the post-Blackfish era: Barenaked Ladies, Willie Nelson and Heart.
Daily updates from NOAA on the recent mass stranding of pilot whales in Florida.
The widespread myth that sharks don’t get cancer has cost many sharks their lives. Scientists have documented cancer in at least 23 species of sharks, including most recently the Great White.
Reminder: The deadline for photos for inclusion in the Xmas day post is December 21.
Posted by YesBiscuit on December 10, 2013