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Dog Rescued From Abandoned Well

Saturday, October 6th, 2007

luckydog.jpgLucky the dog is recovering after firefighters rescued him from an abandoned well. The 20-pound German shepherd and Chow mix might have been trapped for up to a week in the heavily-wooded area off of Northeast 21 Court in Citra, Florida, according to Marion County Fire Rescue spokeswoman Heather Danenhower.

Delma Pons, 66, who lives near the area, reported yesterday having heard barking for about a week. Firefighters searched the woods and used chain saws to cut a 25-foot path to the well, Danenhower said. They found the dog, which they nicknamed Lucky, trapped in the 6-foot wide, 20-foot deep well.

Firefighter Daniel Jodoin used an extension ladder and safety-line to reach the skinny dog.


Demand For More Detailed Ingredient Labels On Pet Food

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

Pet FoodDo consumers really know what’s in the can when they buy food for their cats and dogs?

Some pet owners and animal advocate groups say no. Obscure labeling requirements keep shoppers in the dark, and glossy packaging or advertising, showing meals styled to look like human cuisine, lead people to believe they are treating their beloved animals to quality food.

Federal legislators, concerned about the recent recalls involving contaminated pet food and treats, are calling for more guidelines for labeling. A food and drug safety bill passed late last month includes requirements that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration draft pet food labeling standards within the next two years, implement more controls on manufacturing plants and devise early warning systems when problems are discovered. Current standards are administered by each state and may vary slightly.

Some veterinary nutritionists are pushing for the new labels to look more like those on human-grade foods and to include calorie counts, as the number of overweight companion animals grows. Dr. Kathryn Michel, an associate professor of nutrition at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, said it can be difficult for consumers to tell exactly what is in the food and treats they give to their pets, how long it can safely stay on the shelf, and the quality of the ingredients.


Officer Used Taser On Dog To Break Up Fight

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

A Miami-Dade police lieutenant used a Taser stun gun to break up a fight between English bulldogs.

Lt. Shawn Browne was driving by an auto shop in the early morning hours when he heard “what sounded like screaming.” Browne saw three large dogs attacking “what appeared to be a person.”

Three English bulldogs, Butch, Nya, and Lilo, appeared to be attacking another dog named Mariah.

”Many attempts to divert their attention away from the dog failed,” Browne wrote in his report.

A security guard used pepper spray on the dogs which caused Nya and Lilo to stop, but Butch continued. Browne stated that Mariah was bleeding profusely from her wounds.


Man Smuggles Pet Monkey Under His Hat Onto Airplane

Thursday, August 9th, 2007

MonkeyNo longer is it cat in the hat, but it is monkey under the hat.

A man was able to smuggle his pet monkey onto an airplane. He kept the fist-size primate under his hat until passengers spotted it sitting on his ponytail.

The monkey adventure began in Lima, Peru. The man boarded a Spirit Airlines flight to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. After he landed the next morning, the man waited a few hours before catching a connecting flight to New York’s LaGuardia Airport.

During the flight, passengers around the man noticed that the one-foot tall monkey had come out from beneath his hat. They asked if he realized that there was a monkey on him.

His monkey is a pygmy marmoset which typically lives in forests and eats fruit and insects.

For the rest of the flight, the monkey sat in the man’s lap and was well-behaved.

When the plane landed, Port Authority officials were waiting for the man and his monkey. He was taken away for questioning. It is uncertain if the man will face any criminal charges.


Pet Food Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Procter & Gamble

Friday, August 3rd, 2007


On Monday, Chicago attorney, Larry D. Drury, filed a class action complaint against Procter & Gamble in the U.S. District Court for New Jersey over tainted cat food allegations.

The suit (Johnson v. The Procter & Gamble Company, et al.) stems from claims that Iams brand cat food allegedly caused renal and kidney problems for cats that consumed the food.

The cat food suit alleges unfair trade practices, negligence, strict liability, and unjust enrichment against Procter & Gamble and several other defendants.

Procter & Gamble is also named as one of the defendants in a pet food class action lawsuit filed in the state of Florida.

Source: Legal Newsline

USDA Proposes To Confine Hemingway House Cats

Monday, July 30th, 2007

Hemingway Cat

The controversy over the polydactyl cats that reside at the Hemingway House and Museum continues.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is proposing that these beloved Hemingway cats be treated like performers in a zoo or circus. The agency wants the museum to obtain an animal exhibition license. This would require staff to “protect” the cats from being in contact with the “spectators”, and the cats would be cages after their “daily performance” ends when the museum closes at 5pm.

A spokesperson for the USDA said the agency was not insisting on individual cages for the cats. The agency recommends that “enclosures be set up so other animals can’t enter and the cats can’t get into the street.”

The spokesperson also said that she couldn’t comment on specific changes proposed at the museum because the case has become a legal matter. The museum has challenged the USDA designation in district court, which has sent the case back to the parties to seek a negotiated solution.


Nationwide Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Pet Food Companies For Misleading Consumers

Thursday, July 26th, 2007


A nationwide class action lawsuit has been filed in a federal court in Miami against pet food companies and retailers and alleges the industry misleads consumers about the ingredients they use.

Attorney Jeffrey Maltzman (pictured here with his dog Napa) says that the pet food industry markets their food as though it is people food when “the reality is that what they’re getting is the parts of beef people consider inedible — leftover hooves, heads, bones.”

The lawsuit targets 14 major pet food companies and a wide variety of major brands and names.

Maltzman explains that what actually goes into the food is misleading and is based on “false advertising.” He says that the term “meal” can be confusing for pet owners because many don’t understand what it truly means. He says that meal comes from a rendering plant that grinds up leftover parts, or diseased or sick animals unfit for human consumption, and it is superheated. Matlzman states that elements of a chemical used to euthanize pets has been found in some rendering plants.

When asked about this, the Pet Food Institute spokesman said their members “have certified that they do not use any dogs or cats in their products.”


Dining With The Dogs

Monday, July 9th, 2007

Dog dining at restaurantDogs like to dress up and go out for a nice dinner sometimes (well not the dressing up part, but they like the eating part).

People have been dining with their dogs at dining establishments for years. Some restaurants go above and beyond for our canine friends and provide doggie menus and special treats.

While pet owners enjoyed spending a night on the town with their dog, some other patrons were not so happy. In Miami, some diners complained about sitting next to dogs. In Chicago, about two years ago, the department of health started to crack down on restaurants allowing dogs.

Luckily for dog owners, legislature is on our side. Last year, Florida Governor Jeb Bush signed a bill that would allow local governments permission to allow outdoor dog dining. In Illinois, a similar bill was approved by the House and the Senate and is expected to be approved by Gov. Rod Blagojevich.


Humane Society Seeks Class Action Lawsuit Against Florida Pet Store

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

Wizard of Claws

The Humane Society is asking a Florida judge to certify a class action lawsuit against Wizard of Claws, a Florida pet store, for allegedly selling sick, mill-bred puppies. This would be the first class action lawsuit that the Humane Society would have filed in their 53-year history.

“Wizard of Claws is a very bad actor but is an example of a nationwide problem,” said Jonathan Lovvorn, vice president of the animal protection litigation for the Humane Society of the United States. “In this case we had so many people — members and others — complain to us that we started looking at it.”

The Florida pet store sells dogs also on their popular website and they also list numerous celebrities as satisfied customers. People can browse through pictures of puppies and find a puppy they want to buy. Wizard of Claws’ mission statement is “to provide World Class unique dogs that set the standard of excellence.”

Jim Anderson, the owner of Wizard of Claws, tells ABC News he’s innocent and is being unfairly targeted. Anderson says that his pet store is one of the best kennels in the world, and that he is the victim of the Humane Society’s vendetta against pet stores.

“Their goal is to close all pet stores in the country. They don’t want one pet store open,” Anderson said. “I have a model facility.”

More on the class action lawsuit after the jump.


Dog May Have Been Used As Bait To Train Fight Dogs

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

Warning: This story may disturb some readers.

Two-year-old Benson was found abandoned on the side of Route 10 in New Jersey. When authorities came to investigate, they found this Labrador and greyhound mix passive and “scared to death” with more than 50 bite marks all over his body. There were old scars and fresh wounds up and down his legs and on his face and head area.

Animal welfare experts suspect that Benson was used as “bait” to train fight dogs which would also explain Benson’s submissive and passive demeanor.

The Humane Society is offering a $2,500 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the abusers.

Benson was treated at a local animal clinic and after a few days of TLC, his affectionate and gentle personality is showing. He will soon be available for adoption.

Source: The Star-Ledger

(Thanks Debbie)

Miami Police Sergeant Charged With Killing His K-9 Dog

Friday, June 1st, 2007

Warning: This story may disturb some readers.

A police officer has been arrested on the charge of killing Duke, his K-9 dog. Last year, the man was accused of killing his dog when Duke suddenly collapsed during a training exercise. Eyewitness accounts and testimonials said that they saw the police officer kick Duke numerous times, and then Duke convulsed and became lifeless. A medical examiner said that the kicking caused a lethal disturbance in Duke’s cardiac rhythm. The police officer was charged with animal cruelty and killing a police dog and he will be relieved of his duty without pay.

Scientists Trapping Feral Cats to Save Threatened Rabbits

Friday, May 25th, 2007

The population of endangered marsh rabbits in the Lower Keys, Florida is dwindling. Their Latin name is Sylvilagus palustris hefneri in honor of Hugh Hefner because he financed research for these rabbits and they were placed on the endangered species list in 1990. Really.

To help keep the marsh rabbits from being extinct, biologists are using a cat trapping program to save the rabbits. 30-40 traps were recently set out to attract cats that come near the marsh rabbit’s habitat in the hopes of decreasing the number of cats that prey on the rabbits. Some people are concerned about the welfare of the cats and even have protested by dressing up in cat suits and holding protest signs near the area. Officials say that the cats will be “humanely trapped alive” and brought to a no-kill shelter in the area.

Jacksonville Humane Society Destroyed By Fire

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

LuckyOn Saturday, April 7, the Jacksonville Humane Society was destroyed by a fire. There were 176 animals in the shelter at the time, and unfortunately, 95 out of the 100 cats in the shelter and a number of dogs died.

One cat was actually buried under the rubble and when crews were searching the debris, he popped out of the duct work and only walked away with a bad cough and some singed whiskers, but he will be okay. He has been named Lucky (pictured here).

The Jacksonville Humane Society is estimating renovations will cost about $1 million and is looking for any financial donations. If you would like to donate, you can either make an online donation or donate at any Wachovia Bank branch or you can send it in to 8464 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32216. When donating, please reference account number 2000034081857 and the Jacksonville Humane Society Fire Rescue. So far, over $30,000 has been donated to the organization. Our hearts and thoughts go out to all of the brave animals.

Thanks to Andrea at for the tip.

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