Thursday morning roundup: It’s a busy week!

December 10, 2009 at 1:50 pm Leave a comment

The news piles up faster than the snow around here! Well, almost.  Depends where you live.

Massive Oregon dog rescue underway: This story just broke yesterday afternoon.  As many as 100 dogs and puppies were saved from a particularly awful hell in eastern Oregon.   The details of what the dogs and puppies endured are grim,  but it looks like they’re in for a merry Christmas, starting immediately. Dogster has the  details, and the Oregon Humane Society could likely use some help.

Animals left at risk by foreclosure: A tough story from here in New England, my neck of the woods, where we are shoveling the white stuff this week.  In Rhode Island, a farm was foreclosed on by Wells Fargo Bank, which immediately started ignoring the safety and welfare of the 136 animals on the farm.  The owner, Dan McKenzie, is rightfully upset that the horses, pigs, llamas, cats, dogs, sheep and goats (among others) aren’t being given food and water, and are simply being left to their own devices.  Dan wants back onto his farm to take care of them.   However, Wells Fargo won’t let him care for his own animals, even though they’ve shown no inclination to do so themselves.   As The Consumerist tells us (with a link to the Providence Journal Bulletin), it’s ugly.  The RISPCA, and even URI’s Vet Care program have gotten involved.    I’ll update this story as it develops, hoping for a happier ending.

Lose the risk, not the pet: The FDA is seeing a Salmonella outbreak linked to frogs and other amphibians, now showing up in 25 states.  Kids are being affected the most.  FDA issued a reminder on Tuesday with the following points to bear in mind:

  • If your family is expecting a child, remove any reptile or amphibian from the home before the infant arrives.
  • Keep reptiles and amphibians out of homes with children under 5 years old, the elderly, or people with weakened immune systems.
  • Do not allow reptiles or amphibians to roam freely through the house, especially in food preparation areas.
  • Do not clean aquariums or other supplies in the kitchen sink. Use bleach to disinfect a tub or other place where reptile or amphibian habitats are cleaned.
  • Always wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after touching any reptile or amphibian, their housing, or anything (for example, food) that comes in contact with a reptile or amphibian or its housing.
  • Be aware that Salmonella infection can be caused by contact with reptiles and amphibians in petting zoos, parks, child day care facilities, or other locations.
  • Watch for symptoms of Salmonella infection, such as diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. Call your doctor if you or your family has any of these symptoms.

Common sense precautions will almost always keep you and your family safe. Hand-washing is basic to all preventive measures, so be sure your entire family knows it, and acts accordingly.

Speaking of the FDA, as Gina pointed out in a previous post, they’re getting all widgety these days. Good for them, sort of.

Common sense vs. the Kennel Club, continued: Terrierman has a delicious update on the Kennel Club in the UK in the what-were-they-thinking aftermath since the airing of “Pedigree Dogs Exposed” on BBC. Virtually all of the Kennel Club’s complaints have been dismissed.  The debate rages on.

0leilaniHow much should rescues spend on really sick strays? Pet Connection BFF Dr. Patty Khuly explores this tough issue on her Dolittler blog, but please read the comments, too. They might as good (or even better?) than the original post!

A double shout-out to Dog Star Daily: I’d like you to check out not one but two thought-provoking posts from Dog Star Daily. Same site, different authors and completely different topics. First, Dr. Ian Dunbar asks a question that had never occurred to me before: Can too much socialization ruin a puppy? The answer isn’t what you might think. Then, Eric Goebelbecker examines the numbers crunched in a study on Confrontational Dog Training Methods.

A tough man with a soft spot for furry non-offenders: I wouldn’t leave you without some good news. Generally, stories about Maricopa County Sheriff/Media Darling Joe Arpeio (”America’s Toughest Sheriff”) make me roll my eyes. Let’s just say he likes attention. However, Omidog! has a heartwarming story about how the tough Sheriff runs a kind, and very cool no-kill shelter. Literally cool –  it’s air conditioned, which is handy when you live in Arizona. The Sheriff’s shelter is called MASH: Maricopa Animal Safe Haven. Prisoners help run the shelter, and there’s a fascinating dichotomy between the conditions where prisoners are housed (no A/C) and those of the rescued animals (nice and cool). And you know something? The prisoners are ok with that. When asked their reaction, one female prisoner gestured toward the animals and said “They didn’t do anything wrong. I did.” Perspective. I like that.

And finally, to add to your holiday shopping list, consider a book noted by Heckled by Parrots about an African Grey.…


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