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Lynn Co Animal Services in Texas recently announced plans to start killing dogs after 72 hours.  The director killsplained that the public is irresponsible, nobody wants to kill animals, blah cetera.  After the local news ran the story, so many stupid irresponsible public jerks called wanting to adopt, Lynn Co had to refer the unwashed masses to other shelters in the area.  (Thanks Clarice for the link.)

Second Chance Dogs, a rescue that reportedly pulled a lot of dogs from Ashe Co Animal Control in NC, has severed ties with the facility because another rescue beat them to a “very adoptable litter” of puppies last month.  Second Chance was annoyed that AC didn’t turn the other rescue away and hold the pups at the pound, I guess you know, in case Second Chance might want to sell them.  Plus shelters are really swell environments for puppies so.  Second Chance got so much angry feels and decided to punish all the dogs at the Ashe Co pound by refusing to help any ever again.  (Thanks Lisa.)

Some of you have seen this in the Open Thread but I wanted to mention it here too:  A heartbroken owner who filed a lost dog report with Prince George Co Animal
Services in VA says she doesn’t harbor any ill will toward the shelter despite the fact that they forgot to file her report, impounded her dog, failed to find his microchip, then sent him to a rescue group.  The rescue director is jerking the owner around so shamefully that it’s embarrassing to be the same species.  (Thanks Clarice, et al.)

Nat Geo answers readers’ questions about cat behavior.  Note:  Even if you aren’t particularly interested in reading the article, you probably want to look at the super excellent kitten picture at the top of the page.  (Thanks Steven.)

Pilots broke the rules when flying evacuees from the Fort McMurray fire in Canada by accepting every pet who came with their family including dogs, cats, rabbits, hedgehogs, chinchillas and frogs. The pictures of the pets on board the plane are awesome. (Thanks Karen.)

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In January, NY state inspectors found that the Islip animal shelter was sending strays out with rescues and adopters without holding them for the mandated 5 day holding period so their owners could reclaim them.  In February, the shelter director was caught on audio tape telling a puppy’s owner that her pet wasn’t at the facility then, after she apparently thought the owner had hung up, telling staff to lie about the puppy as he was being backdoored to a rescue.  The town allowed the director to retire instead of being fired.  She should be in jail.  (Thanks Clarice for the link.)

U Got the Look:  Shelter dogs in Ohio dressed up like Prince.

Officials at a middle school in Louisiana decided hell yes it’s appropriate to put a student’s service dog’s picture in the yearbook with all the other attendees.  (Thanks Claire.)

Pets help people in so many ways – this autistic child seemed to come out of her shell after getting a cat.  The photos accompanying the article are beautiful.

Dear All Police, Use these officers as your role models. Thx.  (Thanks mikken.)

Possible picture to give to your stylist next time you get a haircut.  (Thanks Claire.)

Hullo!  A humpback whale feeding at a marina in Alaska.

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Two days in a row!  So treatsy!

Tyler Kelly, a former marine who relies on his dog Thor for emotional support in coping with his PTSD, says King George Co AC in Virginia told him death was the only option for his beloved pet after the dog was accused of killing a neighbor’s chickens and attacking a calf.  He’s hoping to save Thor’s life:

“If they do put him down, they’re going to be killing a part of me too,” Kelly said.


The AVMA is among those who filed an amicus brief in support of a boarding kennel being sued by dog owners who allege the company’s negligence resulted in the death of their dog Lola, who had been adopted from a shelter  The owners are seeking to recover the $67,000 they paid to vets trying to save Lola:

In its brief, the company summed up its view of Lola like this: She was free, she never generated revenue, and the [owners] didn’t do anything that increased her value to the public.

“The mixed-breed dachshund had no special training or unique characteristics,” the kennel argued, “other than that of ‘family dog.’”

Shame on the AVMA and all the other supporters of this company who make a living off the fact that pets are valuable family members which cause their people to shell out money for their care.  The Supreme Court of Georgia is considering the case.


A Mississippi man was caught on video dragging his dog behind his pickup truck. He pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor cruelty charge and will not serve any jail time. The dog survived and is recovering at a veterinary clinic.


A SC man who allegedly shot his two dogs then fled the state has been arrested in Arkansas.  One dog survived the shooting.  The other, who was tied to a tree, died.


What if you know your dog doesn’t like to be hugged but you can’t always stop yourself from doing it anyway, even when you try sooooo hard? (Asking for a friend)

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Intake and killing are both down at Anchorage ACC in Alaska.  In 2005, the shelter took in roughly 9300 animals and killed 34% of them.  In 2015, they took in less than 4500 animals and killed 15%.  The cages are mostly empty now.  My question:  if most of the cages are empty, why are they killing 15% of their animals?

Shelter dogs labeled, and often mis-labeled, as pitbulls were found in a recent study to face longer stays before being adopted and were more likely to be killed.

Stay with me here:  A vet in GA was using an outdated, second-hand hyperbaric chamber to administer oxygen treatment to an arthritic dog named Casanova.  He placed a battery operated fan, which the manufacturer says should never under any circumstances be placed inside the chamber, inside the chamber.  Something, probably the fan which should never under any circumstances have been there, caused a spark and ignited the oxygen.  The chamber exploded and Casanova was killed.  The owner and her 4 year old son, who were waiting in the next room for Casanova, expected an apology or at least a phone call from the vet.  Instead, the vet told the owner Casanova must have started the fire.  (Thanks Clarice for the link.)

Researchers find, among other things, differences between the way women and men play with their dogs.  (Thanks Claire.)

Good news and bad news about unicorns.

I would watch an action movie about this octopus.

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The shelter director credited with making lifesaving a priority at the Benson, AZ shelter has resigned after the good ol’ boys packed her bags and set them by the door.  The volunteers have reportedly quit too.  (Thanks Clarice for the link.)

Michigan InHumane keeps importing dogs and cats from the south while local pets in need are sent to the kill room.

Remember the seemingly suspicious goings-on surrounding the Helmetta pound in NJ?  It’s gotten some kind of worse.  Like Peyton Place worse.  (Thanks Clarice.)

Headline of the week: People upset after dog crate tethered to back of car; city rules unclear

Stray kitten to park visitor:  I adopt you now.  (Thanks Claire.)

Friendly reminder:  Wild animals are not performance props.

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ABC7 reports that the only dogs who get walked at the Chicago pound are the dozen or so deemed “adoptable” and housed in a special area.  The rest are locked away from the public, left to get sick and suffer in filthy cages before they are killed for no reason.  (Thanks Clarice for the link.)

Former Boulder City pound director/shelter pet thrill-killer Mary Jo Frazier made bail.  Check out the photo at the link.  Freaks gonna freak.  (Thanks Clarice.)

PETA gets asked about puppy killing, which they report to the state of VA that they do quite a lot of annually, responds with wife beating analogy.  (Warning:  photos of dead pets at link.)

A Buddhist monk who stopped his car on a side road in Oregon to do a little obedience training in a new environment with his dogs was violently attacked by a man screaming “Fuck Muslims”.  Come on, people.

A little visual test.

Kitten movie trailer (audio NSFW).  (Thanks Karen.)

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The director of the Houlton Humane Society in Maine resigned after police opened an investigation into the death of Harley, one of several special needs pets in her personal care.  The director posted on social media that she had found a home for Harley but an employee found the dog’s body in the freezer at the HS.  She later claimed the dog had fallen down the stairs at her home and that she had fabricated the adoption story to avoid judgment from others.  (Thank you Clarice for the links.)

A woman claiming to be a Lab rescuer in CT has been charged with third degree larceny for allegedly taking money from people who believed they were adopting shelter dogs she was saving.  She allegedly never produced the dogs.  (Thanks Clarice.)

CT ACOs are calling for state regulation of rescues and private shelters.  Approximately 20,000 animals were imported, mostly from the south, to the small New England state in 2014 by state licensed importers.  Many animals wind up in private, unregulated shelters.  A few of these places have been raided by police resulting in animal cruelty charges.  (Thanks Clarice.)

The Maryland Natural Resources Police are investigating the deaths of 13 protected bald eagles found on farm land and have offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to a conviction in the case.  (Warning:  dead bird photo at link.)

While the Memphis pound continues to kill animals, Memphis Pets Alive has been holding low cost microchip clinics and fundraisers for a new building.  MPA also trapped 60 cats for World Spay Day and took them for neuter surgery.  (Thanks Ona.)

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The director of the long-troubled Maricopa Co pound in AZ is quitting his job on Friday.  Some shelter watchdogs believe the resignation is in response to the latest controversy plaguing the director:  a 22 year old lost dog who was killed upon impound and whose owner came in minutes later to reclaim her beloved pet.  (Thanks Claudia and Clarice for the link.)

A man who has multiple prior convictions for disorderly conduct has again been charged with disorderly conduct along with animal cruelty after he was seen on surveillance cameras choking and throwing a dog at the IL animal shelter where he was performing community service.

Golden Retrievers were recently imported from Puerto Rico to Chicago and from Istanbul to Tennessee.  Last I heard, both Chicago and Tennessee were still killing for convenience because you know, too many dogs, not enough homes – except ASTERISK too many homes, not enough Golden Retrievers, apparently.  (Thanks Ona.)

Anderson Co, SC – The owner of a 2 year old female Boxer who was found starved and shot in the head multiple times will not face any charges.  The owner, whose identity is being protected by authorities, reportedly explained that the dog had bitten his wife so he decided to shoot her.  The dog, now in the care of a rescue group, is blind from her injuries.

Photographer captures the precious bond between homeless children in Bangladesh and their dogs.  (Thanks Billy.)

Juvenile apes in Rwanda find and destroy traps set by poachers.  (Thanks Valerie.)

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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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