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Menu Foods Pet Food Continues To Go Back Onto Store Shelves

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

Menu Foods

Wegmans, a grocery chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia and Maryland, is restocking their store brand wet cat and dog food on their shelves.

And Menu Foods makes about 60% of Wegmans’ pet foods.

After the Menu Foods pet food recalls occurred in March, Wegmans sent a Quality Assurance Team to the Menu Foods plant in Pennsauken, New Jersey. The manufacturing plant was inspected, and the team left convinced that Menu Foods had excellent manufacturing and safety practices in a clean and secure facility. The two companies spoke about new requirements regarding testing and ingredients to increase food safety and agreed that all pet food products made for Wegmans would meet these new standards.

Menu Foods said they have made every effort to replace all Chinese ingredients sources with domestic sources (US and Canada) as a first choice.


PETA Campaigns Against Dog And Cat Breeders

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

PETA sign

This billboard in New York is part of PETA’s campaign against cat and dog breeders.

Over the next few months, PETA will be posting up billboards and putting out the message that people should not buy animals from breeders or pet stores. They want to emphasize to the public that millions of animals are dying in shelters, and when a person buys a pet from a breeder or store, that means one less home for a shelter animal.

PETA says the real villains are the animal breeders. They state that breeders are contributing to the animal population epidemic in the country and are also making a profit off of it.

In response to PETA’s campaign against them, some breeders have fought back and said that responsible breeders are not the cause of animal overpopulation problems. They also said that many breeders help breed rescues and animal shelters.


Illinois Extends Domestic Violence Protection to Pets

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007


Sometimes the only surprise a new law gives me is that it did not already exist. On the topic of animals, my most popular mental question is “What do you mean the law doesn’t…?”

A recent example: “What do you mean the law doesn’t extend restraining order protection to pets?” A handful of states do offer such protection, and Illinois joined them in August when the governor signed HB 9 into law (effective January 1, 2008).

Rep. John A. Fritchey of Chicago originally introduced the legislation in May 2006. Also in 2006, Maine made history as the first state with such a law, followed by Vermont and New York.

Itchmo covered a Connecticut law passed earlier this year. According to the Humane Society of the United States, bills are pending in other states including Michigan and Wisconsin. As I write, California bill SB 353 waits for Gov. Schwarzenegger’s signature, and a New Jersey bill if passed would offer a pet protection order against someone already found guilty of animal cruelty.


Rocker’s Cat Forced To Smoke Crack Cocaine

Saturday, September 8th, 2007

Pete Doherty’s Cat Forced To Smoke Crack Cocaine

A picture of a cat addicted to crack cocaine was leaked by friends of the frontman for the band The Babyshambles. Pete Doherty, who was dating Kate Moss, is said to be regularly getting his cats high on drugs. “They said it PASSES OUT with its paws in the air, suffers MOOD SWINGS and even thinks it can FLY,” according to the description in the UK’s The Sun tabloid. The leaked picture of the cat Dinger — named after a slang term for a syringe — is shown above.


Trouble, Helmsley’s Dog, May Be In For Some Trouble

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

TroubleLife is not so rosy for a dog that was just left a $12 million trust fund.

Leona Halmsley left Trouble, her eight-year-old Maltese, a $12 million inheritance after she passed away last month. Her brother, Alvin Rosenthal, was asked to care for Trouble. Helmsley left Rosenthal $15 million and a percentage of her charitable trust.

It is reported that Rosenthal has expressed that he is not interested in caring for Trouble. It is unknown if Helmsley’s grandson and second choice to take care of Trouble, David Panzirer, will step in.

Trouble is currently staying at the Helmsley’s Connecticut mansion and is being cared for be employees at the 28-room estate.

Helmsley had also wanted Trouble to be buried with her at the Helmsley mausoleum at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.

But the cemetery says state law forbids animal remains to be buried in human graveyards.


America’s Fastest Chihuahua

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007


She may be on the small side, but Maddy from New York City showed she is definitely the top dog. On Sunday, she prevailed over 14 other pint-sized contenders to take the title of America’s Fastest Chihuahua in the PETCO Unleashed national finals.

The 2-year-old pup, weighing in at a mere 4-1/2 pounds, came out on top of the pack of the nation’s fastest Chihuahuas – including national champions from the last two years – covering the 1/18th furlong (35-foot-long) track in 2 seconds.

Never mind that Maddy is half poodle. Petco says even half-Chihuahuas are welcome.

“We knew she was a strong contender; she is very fast and focused. Last year she choked and this year she came out on top,” said pet parent Sue Yee.

Maddy’s key to success was lots of love and intense training, including sprinting, racing up stairs and swimming, said Yee who plans to give champion Maddy a huge treat when they return to the Big Apple.

Photo: Petco

Rottweiler Nurses Abandoned Kittens

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007


Jade, a three-year-old rottweiler has a soft spot for kittens.

Bonnie Donaldson, a New York resident, is grateful for her cat-loving dog. Her calico cat, Lulu, was hit and killed by a car earlier this month. The driver who hit her cat drove away without stopping.

But Lulu was not the only one to suffer. She had a litter of week-old kittens back at the house that needed to be fed. Donaldson bottle-fed the kittens in Lulu’s absence.

Also, Jade took the loss of her friend Lulu personally. She was whining and panting a lot. Donaldson said Jade knows that Lulu is gone.

So, 80 pound Jade decided to help her departed friend’s kittens. She continued to whine outside of Donaldson’s bedroom door. When she finally let the rottweiler in, she ran straight for the kittens and picked them up. She laid them down by her nipple and began to nurse them. She hid the tiny kittens underneath her body to protect them.


NEW RECALL: Krasdale Gravy Dog Food Recalled By Mars Petcare

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

Krasdale Gravy dry dog food sold in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania has been recalled by Mars Petcare.

The Krasdale Gravy brand dry dog food is being recalled because of a potential Salmonella contamination, which can cause serious infections in dogs and cats.

Here is the recalled Krasdale Gravy pet food information:

Product: Krasdale Gravy dry dog food
Size: 5 pound bag
UPC Code: 7513062596
Best By Date: July 16 & 17, 2008
Best By Date Location: Back of bag
Affected Stores: Various stores located in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.

Full press release below.

(Related News: Red Flannel brand dog food was also recalled due to salmonella risk.)


New York Dog Magazine Stops Printing

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

New York DogThe New York Dog was touted as a Vanity Fair for dog lovers. It featured dog fashion, health, nutrition, and biting humor. When the magazine debuted in September 2004 in Central Park, the media went haywire for the magazine. Even Washington Post described the magazine as the publishing success story of the year and a “jaw-dropping” hit.

But now, not even three years later, The New York Dog has stopped publishing. Their last issue was in April. And there also has been bit of a sticky situation with John Ryan, the president and CEO of Gatsby Publishing, the company that owns The New York Dog and their sister magazine, The Hollywood Dog.

Ryan said the magazine stopped publishing because of trouble collecting money from advertisers. He explained that nonpayment from advertisers have led the magazine into debt. The magazine has had to write off $250,000 in debt and is trying to get $110,000 more through a debt collection agency. Ryan admitted he was unprepared to collect the large amount of money. He is still hopeful that the magazine will relaunch with new investors.

In contrast to Ryan’s story, employees at The New York Dog say that the downfall of the magazine was because of Ryan himself and his horrible business practices. An advertising executive, Janice Ridge (who contacted us about this story), said the magazine struggled not because of nonpayment from advertisers but because Ryan was a disaster.


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.


Michael Vick Dog Fighting Investigation Timeline

Saturday, July 28th, 2007

This is a timeline of the Michael Vick dog fighting investigation as complied from the Vick indictment and news reports on the dog fighting case. The timeline refers to the following people: Michael Vick, Purnell A. Peace, Quanice L. Phillips, and Tony Taylor. They go by the nicknames of “Ookie”, “P-Funk” or “Funk”, “Q”, and “T”.

Listed in reverse chronological order:


Dispute Over ASPCA’s Effectiveness And Spending

Friday, July 27th, 2007


“Animal Precinct”, a reality show on Animal Planet channel, sheds the spotlight on the ASPCA police unit that specializes in rescuing animals victimized by cruelty in New York City. The show has given Americans new insight into animal abuse, raised money for the society and elevated the stature of their officers.

While there are many positive effects from the show, some animal welfare activists say it shows a level of enforcement that does not accurately depict what really happens on the streets.

The activists say that the ASPCA is struggling to respond to a growing number of cruelty complaints, driven in part by the popularity of the show. Cruelty complaints have risen 70 percent since 2000. Yet the budget for the society’s police force of 18 officers remains small, about 6 percent of the ASPCA’s $58 million spending plan.

Some critics complain that the Humane Law Enforcement division is shortchanged. They say that this program is the heart of the mission but only receives a small part of the budget. They question why ASPCA spends more on marketing than the Humane Law Enforcement division.

The Communications Department, which handles advertising campaigns, operates the Web site and creates member publications, received $6.3 million in 2005, nearly twice as much as Humane Law Enforcement, according to the society’s tax return for that year, the latest available. The ASPCA said its 2006 return was not ready yet.

Even though the ASPCA police force unit has grown in the past several years, officials do acknowledge that they still don’t have the resources to put more than two officers on the night shift, answer the cruelty hot line after 6 p.m. or call back every person who reports a case of abuse in a city with 5 million animals.

“If they are going to profit from the TV show, they should hire more officers,” said Gary Perkinson, a former A.S.P.C.A. manager and one of several people who say officers never responded to reports of abuse they had phoned in.

Officials for the A.S.P.C.A., a nonprofit group that does not receive government funding, call the criticism unfair, asserting that the “animal cops” have never been more effective, that the unit’s budget has been increased and that arrests are up significantly over prior years.


9/11 And Katrina Search Dog Dies Of Cancer

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

9/11 And Katrina Search Dog Jake Dies Of CancerJake the black Labrador was abandoned on a street with a broken leg and a dislocated hip 11 years ago. The 10-month-old puppy would eventually grow up to rescue injured people from Ground Zero and disasters such as building collapses, earthquakes, hurricanes, floods and avalanches.

[Jake eventually became] one of fewer than 200 U.S. government-certified rescue dogs — an animal on 24-hour call to tackle disasters such as building collapses, earthquakes, hurricanes and avalanches.

Jake’s owner, Mary Flood, put him to sleep after a painful battle with cancer on Wednesday after a final stroll through the fields in Utah, and a swim in the creek near their home. Some people attribute cancers in humans and pets who worked around Ground Zero to the debris and particles that filled the air. It’s unknown if Jake’s tumor was related to his time spent in lower Manhattan.


States With Dangerous Dog Legislation Weigh Public Safety With Rights Of Dog Owners

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007


Earlier this month, the state of Virgina established the online Virginia Dangerous Dog Registry. This site allows residents to find dogs in their county that have attacked a person or an animal, and that a judge has decided could cause injury again. Two pictures of the dog (front view and side view), address of the owner, and the incident are public information on the registry.

Officials in Virginia created this registry after dogs killed a toddler and an 82-year-old woman in separate incidents during the past two years. The registry was created for the state to deal with dogs deemed dangerous. 33 states and the District of Columbia hold owners legally liable if their dogs injure or kill.

Under Virginia’s new law, dogs must wear a special “dangerous dog” tag, and when he goes out in public, he must also wear an orange “danger” collar. The owner must also display a dangerous dog sign in the window of the house. Also, a $100,000 liability insurance policy on the dog must be bought. All of this is in effect “until proof of death of the animal.”

Amidst the growing legislations, lawmakers struggle to balance between the fine line of public safety without invading the privacy and property rights of dog owners. Many national dog owner and veterinarian associations say the specific breed bans are difficult to enforce and ineffective since, they say, if one breed is banned, dog owners seeking aggressive dogs will simply begin fostering fierceness in other breeds.


Four Kittens Rescued From Torrential Rains In Queens

Monday, July 2nd, 2007


Four stray 4-week-old black and white sibling kittens were struggling to keep from drowning in the fierce rain, thunder, and lightning in their Queens alleyway they call home.

Residents in the neighborhood worked together to save the young kittens. One man was running around with one kitten under his arm, one on his shoulder and trying to rescue the other two. After saving all of the four kittens, the man wrapped the kittens in a towel and placed them in a cardboard box next to the heater to warm them up. Unfortunately, their mother was nowhere to be found.

More on the kitten rescue after the jump.


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