Archive for the ‘News for Cats, Dogs & Owners’ Category

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.


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.”


Shortage Of Rural Veterinarians Affecting Food Inspection System

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

VetsA shortage of veterinarians who treat farm animals or work as government inspectors could threaten the nation’s food system.

The biggest shortage is in the Farm Belt, the rural areas in the Midwest that produce a lot of the nation’s meat.

An increasing number of veterinarians are choosing to live in cities and treat pets instead of living in rural areas and working with farm animals.

Gregory Hammer, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association said, “We’re in a crisis situation. We don’t have enough rural veterinarians to be a first line of defense against animal diseases.”

The federal government is offering bonuses and covering moving expenses to lure more vets to work in food safety.

Michael Gilsdorf, head of the National Association of Federal Veterinarians, said, “There are so many vacancies that you’ve got one veterinarian doing the job of three.”


Cape May Council Compromises On Feral Cat Ordinance

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

CatsIt’s been a year long battle between bird lovers and cat lovers.

Cape May, New Jersey is one of North America’s prime bird-watching spots, and bird lovers have been trying to protect the endangered shore birds like the piping plover from feral cats on the beach. Cat advocates wanted to leave the cats at the beach.

This week the City Council has made a compromise between the bird lovers and the cat lovers and have approved a plan to move the feral cat colonies 1,000 feet away from the beach.

Federal environmental officials had threatened to withhold funds for the beach if the city refused to protect the birds.

Councilwoman Linda Steenrod said, “It’s important to protect our beaches. At the same time, it’s important to protect life. That means all life. I think we have a good compromise.”


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.”


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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Dog Adopts A Different Kind Of “Kid”

Monday, March 3rd, 2008


Billy the boxer has love for all sorts of animals.

He has adopted an abandoned baby goat as his “kid.” Billy has taken over the parental role for 12-day-old kid named Lilly. He even sleeps with her, licks her and protects her at the wildlife center where she lives.

Lilly was abandoned by her mother when she was just several hours old and was then adopted by Billy. She was the smallest of a litter of three kids, and her mother abandoned her because she could only take care of the two stronger ones.

Over the last month, Billy and Lilly have been inseparable.

Billy’s owner said, “Lilly follows Billy around which is really quite amusing to watch and Billy sleeps with the goat and cleans her mouth after she feeds.”

Source: Daily Mail

Man Dies When Trying To Rescue Cat In Tree

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

BuehlerScott Buehler had a soft spot for animals, and he was trying to help one when he fell to his death from a tree.

Buehler, a 27-year-old foreman who had received firefighting training, climbed up a tall cypress tree to save a neighbor’s stranded cat. But while rescuing the cat, he fell 35 to 40 feet and died.

Neighbors said the cat had been in the tree for two days meowing.

Buehler was able to grab the cat, but then some branches snapped and he lost his balance and fell off the tree.

Firefighters tried to save his life, but he later died at the hospital.


Study Shows Robot Dogs Help Nursing Home Residents As Much As Real Dogs

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

RobotA sophisticated robotic dog could be a good companion for your dog-loving grandmother who can’t care for a living pet, a new Saint Louis University study suggests.

The researchers compared how residents of three nursing homes interacted with Sparky, a living, medium-sized mixed breed, and Aibo, a dog robot once manufactured by Sony.

“The most surprising thing is they worked almost equally well in terms of alleviating loneliness and causing residents to form attachments,” said William A. Banks, M.D., professor of geriatric medicine at Saint Louis University.

“For those people who can’t have a living pet but who would like to have a pet, robotics could address the issue of companionship,” Banks said.


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