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Cat Found After 25 Days Lost In NYC Subway

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

GeorgiaGeorgia has survived New York City’s subway system.

This black seven-month-old kitten escaped into the subway and was found 25 days later by two track workers. And now she has been returned to her happy owner.

The cat was a bit thinner and had a scratch on her nose from her subway ordeal.

After hearing about the story of missing Georgia, track flagman Mark Dalessio and track inspector Efrain LaPorte had been diligently checking the area where Georgia had been spotted by a Con Ed worker on Wednesday.

Dalessio said, “As I was walking down the track, I was making cat sounds, meowing. I heard a ‘meow’ back and I thought it was LaPorte. I thought, ‘Wow, LaPorte is inspired.’ Then I heard it again. I looked down, and said, ‘It’s Georgia!’ ”


Man Receives Two Year Prison Sentence For Abusing Dog

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

Threats To Poison Feral Cats At Brooklyn Parking Lot

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

At the Caroll Gardens parking lot in Brooklyn, someone is threatening to poison the feral cats in the area.

One sign at the entrance to the parking lot reads, “Every time you place cat food here, I will soak it in ammonia.”

Another sign says, “The owner of this property insists that you stop feeding the cats here.”

Over the past few weeks, someone has left food for the cats and this has lured even more cats into the area. And now the signs threatening to poison the cats have appeared.

Many animal lovers said that the signs are horrible and are afraid that someone will actually poison the cats.


Death Row Dog Allowed To Go Home

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007


Duke, a six-year-old pit bull terrier, has been on doggie death row at an animal shelter in New York for the past four years. After allegedly mauling a neighbor’s dog in December 2003, a judge ruled that Duke was dangerous and that he should be put down.

A court decided that Duke should be destroyed for his attack on the other dog because of a law that took effect on January 1, 2004, which made dog-on-dog attacks subject to serious punishment.

Duke’s owners, Chanse and Denise Menendez, appealed the decision and their attorney said that state law did not allow euthanization in dog-on-dog attacks at the time of the incident in 2003.


Animal Shelter Employees Suspended For Alleged Stabbing Of Dog

Monday, December 17th, 2007

Pit BullTwo Buffalo Animal Shelter employees have been suspended after a worker allegedly slashed the throat of a pit bull during a holiday party.

The pit bull was treated for his injuries and is recovering and doing well.

The SPCA of Erie County is investigating the incident, and animal cruelty charges may be filed.

The animal shelter’s director was suspended for 30 days because of the incident, but officials confirmed that she was not present at the party. The director said she was extremely upset when she heard about what happened especially since it involved an animal control officer who has worked for the city for 28 years.

An employee who attended the party called the SPCA to report the incident. The pit bull was in his cage when the animal control officer cut him with a box cutter-like device.


National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

Animal Shelter

This week is National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week. The Humane Society of the United States launched this week in 1996 to celebrate and promote animal shelters and increase public awareness of animal welfare issues and shelter services.

One New York animal shelter sponsored an open house adoption event in celebration of National Animal Shelter Appreciation week, and they had a record breaking adoption day.

The Jefferson County Dog Shelter has not had an open spot for an animal for six months. This past Sunday, they had an adoption event. And workers at the shelter were surprised at the amazing results from the open house.

“I was so ecstatic. I got up at 7 a.m. this morning and got out there at 7:30 a.m.,” Jefferson County Dog Shelter Supervisor Todd Cummings said. “There was someone waiting here in line, believe it or not, waiting for a dog. By 10 o’clock there was about 35 people waiting in line to get into the building.”


Dog And Cat Honored For Saving Owners’ Lives

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

TobyToby, a 2 1/2-year-old golden retriever, and Winnie, a 14-year-old gray-eyed American shorthair, were named Dog and Cat of the Year by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for saving their owners’ lives.

Winnie saved her family from carbon monoxide poisoning by jumping on a bed and meowing to alert the family of fumes inside the home.

Toby, performed a modified Heimlich maneuver on his owner, when she choked on a piece of apple. Toby pushed her to the floor and jumped up and down on her chest until the piece of apple was dislodged.

Five humans were also honored for their brave acts toward animals in the past year, including a Bronx firefighter who saved a dog and cat from a burning building.


Rescuers Save First Ten Cats In JFK Airport Roundup

Thursday, November 1st, 2007


The controversy over feral cats at JFK Airport continues.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has begun rounding up cats that have been living near the Delta Airlines cargo area. Officials claim the cat food left out for the cats attract birds, and in turn, the birds pose a potential danger to aircrafts at the airport. After being rounded up, the cats have been dropped off at an Animal Care and Control shelter.

Many animal rescue organizations fear that the cats will be euthanized after being taken to shelters.

With combined efforts from the NYC Feral Cat Initiative staff, the Animal Care and Control of NYC, and caring volunteers, the first ten cats caught in the Port Authority’s roundup have been saved from being euthanized and have found foster homes. The cats will be evaluated to see if they can become house pets.


Woman Reunited With Dog After Offering Florida Vacation Reward

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

MikeyMore than two weeks ago Susan Roberti’s dog went missing.

Mikey, a 15-year-old Yorkie, disappeared from the front yard, and Roberti put up over 3,000 flyers around the neighborhood asking if anyone had seen Mikey. As a reward, she offered up her annual vacation to Orlando for bringing her beloved Mikey back.

Yesterday, Roberti received two phone calls from people saying that they saw Mikey running around in the neighborhood.

One person was able to grab Mikey while another took a poster down to see if he was the same dog.


Animal Welfare Groups Protest JFK’s Stray Cat Roundup

Friday, October 26th, 2007

Feral cat

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey not only are trying to fight terrorism, but they also are fighting against feral cats that live around Kennedy International Airport.

A colony of about 50 to 75 cats live in a parking lot near Building 67 at JFK Airport, which is part of the Delta Airlines cargo area. The cats have been cared for by airport employees and workers with cat rescue groups. Animal welfare groups have also taken many of the cats to get spayed or neutered. The colony sleeps in plastic packing containers and play around an old fuel tanker truck.

But now the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has prevented animal welfare groups from caring for the cats. Cat rescue workers and volunteers said that they were told if they did show up, they would be arrested.

A Port Authority spokesman said the colony of cats will be rounded up in the next few days and will be turned over to Animal Care and Control. He said none will be killed.

The spokesman added, “It’s a sizable population, and it’s creating a hazard for the aircraft. We wouldn’t for a second jeopardize the safety of the 46 million-plus passengers who use J.F.K. every year.”


Woman Offers Florida Vacation In Return For Missing Dog

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

MikeySusan Roberti is willing to do almost anything to find her missing Yorkie.

Mikey went missing more than a week ago from her fenced-in yard in Bronx, New York. Roberti, a nurse, is desperate to find her “baby”. She posted up 3,000 flyers in her neighborhood.

And she is even offering her annual vacation to Orlando to the person who can bring her back Mikey. She said she would rather stay home with her dog than go on vacation.

“It is not the same magnitude as the loss of a child, but it’s right up there,” she said. “It’s an emptiness; it’s like you lost a part of me.”


Dog Survives Fire By Hiding In Bathtub

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007


Jackson, a three-year-old Newfoundland, survived a house fire by hiding in the bathtub.

This 130-pound dog usually hangs out in the bathroom to avoid the hot weather, and in this case, it possibly saved his life.

When the fire started in the Credidio’s house, Jackson hopped into the bathtub. Firefighters found Jackson “actually sucking air out of the drainpipe, which is an old-school thing that a fireman would do.”

“That’s what really saved him, was getting his snout as low as he could and finding the drainpipe,” said one of the firefighters. “For a dog to make it through something like that was amazing.”

The firefighters said that Jackson looked up when they came in, but he was too scared to go with them. He seemed perfectly content with staying in the tub.


Officials Seek Those Responsible for Abandoned Reptiles

Monday, October 1st, 2007

gatorFifteen alligators and more than 100 exotic reptiles have been recovered in Suffolk County in the past 12 months, and the SPCA wants to know who’s responsible. They’re offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who are dumping the animals.

In the most recent incident, two teenage boys discovered a 3 1/2-foot-long alligator on a road in Wading River. Estimated to be between 3 and 4-years-old, the starving, dehydrated gator was found very near a supermarket, a pizzeria and an ice cream shop. There was also a pumpkin patch nearby. The boys placed the alligator in a watery container and turned it over to the Suffolk County SPCA, who in turn sent it to an out-of-state sanctuary.

SPCA Chief Ray Gross speculates, “What if a little kid went to pick a pumpkin and the alligator was sitting behind the pumpkin? There are so many things that could have gone wrong.”


Cow On The Loose In Queens

Thursday, September 20th, 2007

QueenieAnything and everything can happen in New York. A stray cow, dubbed Queenie, was spotted running around Queens, New York.

Dimitri Mitropoulous was driving by Queens Hospital Center when he saw the cow come out of nowhere. Queenie seemed to be feeding on a small patch of grass.

Mitropoulous called 911 and the operator asked what color the cow was. He said: “Are you joking? It’s a cow in New York City.”

The operator finally determined that Mitropoulous was not a prankster, and authorities began tracking Mitropoulous with a GPS device as he followed the cow in his car.

“We must have gone about 2 miles,” Mitropoulous said, “and it was running at a good pace for a while. I had to do 20 [mph] to keep up with it. I was driving right alongside. If I had a rope I would have grabbed him.”

Queenie was finally caught when she turned into a yard and was surrounded by more than a dozen police cars and Fire Department vehicles.

Authorities tried to lasso Queenie, but she gave up a good fight. She bucked, kicked and mooed as she was led towards a NYPD horse trailer.


Cat Survives 6 Hour, 300 Mile Trip On Bottom Of Car

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

This kitten definitely had a crazy ride and survived to tell about it.

Jersey, a six-week-old calico kitten, traveled from Jackson, New Jersey to Kingston, New York on the bottom of a car.

Her adventure started at a camping grounds in New Jersey. As a couple was packing up to leave, they heard a cat meowing but didn’t think anything of it.

They drove a few hours and stopped for breakfast, and again they heard a cat meowing. The couple pulled into a store and by chance, they parked next to a car with a dog inside.

The dog began to bark in the car, and Jersey started screaming, and the couple definitely knew a cat was in the car.

The couple and employees at the store crawled under the car and looked all around. One man finally spotted the kitten underneath the spare tire, which was on the underside of the car.


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