Archive for the ‘Dogs’ Category

Attorneys Say Pet Food Lawsuits Near Settlement

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

Michael Ferrara Jr. of Ferrara Law Firm in New Jersey, along with co-counsel in Chicago and San Francisco are representing a dozen plaintiffs in their suits charging that tainted food caused death or injury to pets.

Ferrara said that the cases are likely to be resolved soon, and Menu Foods’ lawyer said that the parties have made substantial progress during mediation.

Both sides said a settlement could be a few weeks away.

On Feb. 19, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidated suits from around the nation, finding they involve questions of fact common to 31 cases already assigned to U.S. District Judge Noel Hillman, who sits in Camden.


Nature’s Variety Releases Statement About Instinct Chicken Meal Formula

Monday, March 10th, 2008

InstinctOn February 27, Nature’s Variety released this statement about their Instinct Chicken Meal Formula due to customer complaints about dogs having loose stools and occasional vomiting:

Recently, some of our customers who are feeding Instinct™ Chicken Meal Formula grain-free kibble for dogs have experienced loose stools and occasional vomiting. If your dog has experienced this and your bag of Instinct Chicken Meal Formula displays a “best if used by” date of 1/3/09 or 1/10/09, you may return it to your retail store for a replacement or refund. The “best if used by” dates are located on the back of the package.

Please be assured, Nature’s Variety has not changed the formulation of Instinct Chicken Meal Formula grain-free kibble for dogs. However, recent changes in production facilities caused these two code dates of product to differ enough from our previous product to cause some digestive upset in some dogs.


Residents Donate Pet Food To Animal Shelter After Mars Stop Donations

Monday, March 10th, 2008

South Carolina residents have chipped in to donate hundreds of bags of pet food to the Anderson County animal shelter. Mars, Inc., maker of Pedigree pet food, told the shelter it was ending gifts of pet food to their shelter.

Mars, Inc. was the shelter’s main primary food supplier, and around 300 pets have been affected by this stop in donations.

The shelter was running low on pet food and asked the community for help. Numerous people brought in bags of pet food, and some even braved bad weather to bring in their donations.

The shelter manager said she is uncertain why Mars, Inc. decided to stop donating pet food, and unless the shelter can find another corporate sponsor, the shelter will need to rely on the community for help. She was also told that the decision to cut back on the food donation program was company wide and other shelters were affected.


Itchmo Reader Dog Picture

Monday, March 10th, 2008


Picture sent in by Karen.

Arden’s first snow — this three-month-old mini doxie loves scampering in the snow. Although she practically needs to swim to get through it, especially when they got about 9 inches of snow in Western Connecticut.

German Police Dogs Wearing Shoes To Protect Paws

Sunday, March 9th, 2008

Dog shoesPolice dogs need protection too. And the police dogs in Duesseldorf, Germany are getting some extra protection for their paws.

The dogs now patrol with protective shoes on because too many glass shards left by people drinking were harming the police dogs.

“We wondered how can we protect our dogs’ feet against glass,” said Andre Hartwich, a police spokesman. “We looked on the Internet and found these shoes.”

The police handlers paid $89 for the shoes which are the same types of shoes that dogs who walk on ice in Alaska wear.

The police dogs take about a month of training to get used to wearing the shoes.

Source: CNN

Alabama Veterinary Malpractice Lawsuit Dismissed After Lawyers Back Out Of Case

Saturday, March 8th, 2008

Joan and Gary Smith had filed a lawsuit against Theodore Veterinary Hospital and veterinarian Carl D. Myers in March 2007. They claimed negligence in the death of their 3½-year-old French mastiff and show dog named Razz.

The couple stated that they were entitled to a large amount of money because Razz was a rare breed and was in demand.

Earlier last month, Mobile County Circuit Judge Michael Youngpeter ruled in favor of Myers and said that the Smiths had not presented any evidence that Myers’ conduct fell below the standard level of care provided by the veterinary profession.

Defense attorney Marshall Gardner said, “It’s been our contention from Day 1 that the lawsuit was meritless. We’re very pleased for Dr. Myers. He got some bad publicity out of this when it wasn’t warranted.”

The Smiths’ ran into some problems when their attorneys backed out of the case, and they filed no response to the judge’s motion for a judgment.


Indian Kashmir To Poison 100,000 Stray Dogs To Control Rabies

Friday, March 7th, 2008

IndiaHundreds of dogs have already been poisoned by Indian-Kashmire officials. Their mission is to kill all of the city’s 100,000 stray dogs to control the rabies problem and the risk to humans.

India, with the world’s rabies fatality rate, has struggled to control the millions of stray dogs.

Animal rights activists protested against the slaughter and said the killing of the dogs is illegal and cruel, and that the problem should be handled in other ways.

But city officials are continuing on with the poisonings. Dr. Riyaz Ahmad, who is organizing the poisonings, said, “These dogs have become a big nuisance and they are threatening humans.”

Ahmad added,”We have placed orders for the poison and then we will launch a large-scale drive. For the time being we are doing it with stocks we have.”


Paraglider And Chihuahua Rescued From Tree In Australia

Friday, March 7th, 2008


An Australian paraglider and Emma, his four-year-old chihuahua were rescued from a tree more than 100 feet above the ground when they became entangled in a tree.

Paul Hansen strapped Emma to his chest with a cloth sling and launched the paraglider, but the pair became stuck in a tree right after taking off.

Hansen was able to send text messages with his cell phone to friends and his friends called the police.

Police, firefighters and volunteers searched through thick bushes before finding the two stuck in the branches of a tree.

Authorities climbed the tree and put a harness around Hansen and lowered him to safety.

Hansen said, “I was pretty worried. I was very cold and I didn’t have any pain medication. I’ve been fighting cancer for the past seven years and I was starting to go into withdrawals because I’m on a fairly high dose of morphine for the tumor pain.”


Itchmo Reader Dog Picture

Friday, March 7th, 2008


Picture sent in by Kristin.

Mia, a pug, and Dutchess, a Shepherd/Lab mix, laughing it up.

Ellen DeGeneres Becomes Owner Of Halo Pet Food Company

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

HaloHalo, Purely For Pets recently announced that talk show host Ellen DeGeneres has become an owner of the all-natural pet care company. The announcement comes at a time when Halo is expanding its product line and retail presence for its all-natural pet food and pet care products in the U.S. market. The company has expanded distribution with a variety of major retail chains such as Whole Foods and Petco.

“I can’t tell you how honored I am to be a part of a company that believes in treating your pets as well as you treat yourself,” said DeGeneres. “Everything about Halo is great. I’ve been using all of their products long before I decided to invest in the company. I attribute my shiny coat to their all-natural supplements.”

She added, “If you love your pets, you only want the very best for them, and this food is the highest quality. And if you forget to go to the grocery store, you can actually split a can with your dog. If you’re going with the lamb, I’d recommend a nice Pinot.”


Itchmo Reader Dog Picture

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008


Picture sent in by Marla.

Hotspur and Illyria.

Investigation Into Video Of Marine Throwing Dog Off Cliff In Iraq

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

The United States Marine Corps is investigating one of its own after a YouTube video showed a Marine apparently throwing a puppy off a cliff in Iraq.

The Marine Corps called the video “shocking and deplorable and is contrary to the high standards we expect of every Marine.”

Marine spokesman Maj. Chris Perrine said the soldier in the video was believed to be based in Hawaii and he added, “We do not tolerate this type of behavior and will take appropriate action.”

The video looks like it was shot by a cell phone camera. The Marine holds the black and white puppy by the neck and says, “Cute little puppy, huh?”

He then throws the dog over the cliff and the Marine shrugs his shoulders while another Marine laughs and says “That’s mean. That was mean, Motari.”


Amber Alerts For Cats And Dogs Help Reunite Pets With Owners

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

Amber Alert

For most people, when a beloved pet goes missing, owners will post up fliers, search around the neighborhood, or offer up rewards.

But now, there are several services that aid pet owners in their search for their missing cat or dog.

For Rebecca Backer, her six-year-old Labrador Mooch went missing for more than two weeks. She called animal shelters, put up fliers, and searched all over the neighborhood with no luck. Backer didn’t think she would ever find Mooch again.

Then Backer found out about, a nationwide Internet-based company that specializes in finding lost pets. helped Backer by calling all of her neighbors with a pre-recorded message of what Mooch looked like and who to call if they found him.

A country club owner had received one of those calls, had seen Mooch around the country club, and contacted Backer. Mooch, hungry and a bit thinner, was finally reunited with Backer.


Quick Hit: Maryland House Approves Increase In Penalties For Animal Fight Attendance

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

In a message I received this morning, Maryland Delegate Gerron Levi states:

“I wanted to write you all and let you know that the House Judiciary Committee voted out HB 719 with some amendments that increase penalties for the offense. Under the revised House bill, dogfight and cockfight attendance would remain a misdemeanor offense, but it would now carry a maximum one year jail term, increased from 90 days, or a maximum $2,500 fine, increased from $1,000. The bill has now passed the House of Delegates and awaits action by the State Senate.”

I am hopeful this will pass the state Senate. Maryland officials are, for the most part, in support of such legislation.

I am keeping my fingers crossed.

Nutro Pet Food Plant Protest

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

This past weekend, residents of Victorville, CA organized a protest against Nutro’s pet food plant in the area. Residents have complained about the odors coming from the plant since the plant opened in May 2006 and want the plant to be shut down.

The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District gave Nutro another year to get rid of the rotten smell.

Residents have even said that they have to run inside their house to get away from the smell.

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