Archive for the ‘Houston’ Category

Stray Dog Found Spray-Painted

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

Spray-painted dogA wandering dog was found spray-painted all over his body in San Antonio. An animal control officer found the Jack Russell terrier and officials say that damage could have been done to the dog’s eyes and skin if the paint seeped in. So far, the dog is okay.

Animal control employees want to catch whoever did this to the innocent dog and say that: “San Antonio shouldn’t stand for anybody who treats an animal in this matter. It’s against city law.”

A family that stopped by the shelter has already fallen in love with the dog and want to adopt him after the standard 72-hour waiting period.

Sound familiar? In May, vandals spray-painted Wiley, a dog, with the message “Go Home” on his body.


Dogs Seized From Texas Home

Monday, June 25th, 2007

Dogs Seized From HomeWarning: This story may disturb some readers.

Bastrop County Animal Control seized eight surviving and four dead dogs from the front yard of a Texas home last week. Neighbors had been complaining about dogs being chained in front of the house and the conditions of the dogs since January.

One resident said that dogs were being chained up outside of the house since late January. She also stated that in March, there were 13 dogs chained outside with no food, water or shelter. Puppies were also locked in crates outside in the sun without water or food. Pictures were taken of the dogs and affidavits were sent to animal control documenting the conditions.

More on the investigation after the jump.


Kitten Rescued By Security Guards

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

Rescued Kitty

Thank goodness for Good Samaritans. Two off-duty security guards saw a young couple tie a calico cat to railroad tracks in San Antonio, TX. The couple drove off, and the two security guards pulled up to the tracks to see the cat’s hind legs tied down with a shoelace. They untied the cat, caught up to the couple’s car and got their license plate number. The couple got away when the man pulled out a gun and pointed it at the security guards.

More information about the case after the jump.

(Thanks Jennifer)


Poodle Saves Owner From Pit Bulls

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

KayseeKaysee, a poodle, may look like a lap dog, but she definitely has the heart of a lion.

Two weeks ago, she says, her neighbor’s pit bulls rushed at her and her sister while they stood in the driveway. Her sister fainted.

That’s when Kaysee came to the rescue.

“Kasey saw my sister on the ground and she saw the pit bulls and she came right out and jumped at them into their mouth.”

Kaysee saved her owner, but she put her own life in danger. She was treated by her vet and her bills will exceed $900.

Kaysee’s owner is frustrated that nothing can be done since the law “says a dog must attack a person before it can be declared dangerous.” But in Houston, there is new city ordinance that allows Animal Control to hold a hearing to decide whether dogs can be restrained or euthanized even if the dogs have not attacked a person.

Houston Chronicle Criticizes FDA For Tacit Approval Of Toxic Foods

Sunday, May 20th, 2007

This editorial takes the FDA to task for releasing tainted food into the food supply and raises the alarm on milk protein concentrate. We’ll let the Houston Chronicle speak for themselves:

Unfortunately, some livestock could not be recalled since they were already on their way to your plate.

The Food and Drug Administration’s response? Not to worry, there is no scientific evidence that eating melamine is bad for humans, so no grocery recall is necessary.

Consumers have now unwittingly joined their pets as subjects in a massive food safety experiment.

This is hardly the first case of an illegal byproduct getting dumped into the U.S. food system with the tacit approval of the FDA.

Milk protein concentrate, which enters the United States as an industrial-grade ingredient to make adhesives and which has never been subject to consumer-safety testing or given Generally Regarded as Safe (GRAS) status by the FDA, is now found in hundreds of adulterated cheese products, candies, chips, nutritional drinks and other processed junk foods.

For powerful corporations like Kraft, it is much more lucrative to import milk protein concentrate to make Velveeta, Mac n’ Cheese or Kraft Singles and hope pliant FDA officials turn a blind eye than to pay U.S. family dairy farmers a fair price for real domestic milk.

The Million Dollar John

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007

Dog on a ToiletWhat else does a dog that has everything need? A dog toilet. A 55-story luxury condo development (units are priced from $550,000 to $3.8 million) in Austin, TX is offering its residents a dog park with a self-cleaning doggie toilet (located on the 10th floor of the building). The toilet is flushed with the floor and has a mechanical scraping blade. “It’s got a cleansing flush system that has a chemical aroma that attracts the dog,” Scott Ziegler, the architect, said. “It’s a stainless-steel plate, 18 inches square, and that’s the surface that the dogs are attracted to when the dog does his business. Then you hit the fob, an electronic key, and a little scraper scrapes the dog’s residue into the sanitary system. And it cleanses it.” Just hope that toilet never gets clogged up.

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