After their car tires were repeatedly punctured over the past six months, residents of the English town Brampton were relieved to find the culprit.
A border collie, named Jess, would sink its teeth into tires on a daily basis throughout the neighborhood. It’s rumored that the dog was hit by a car and has since taken its revenge on other people’s tires.
“Apparently it was run over about and 18 months ago and it seems to have a thing about cars,” Anne Taylor, who caught the dog on camera, said.
Though many of the neighborhood’s residents had seen Jess near their cars, they believed she had merely been sniffing them. It wasn’t until Taylor took a closer look at the footage that she realized Jess was biting them.
The owner was contacted and genuinely surprised that Jess had been wreaking havoc throughout the neighborhood. He has since promised to keep his dog on a leash.
A 1-year-old Dachshund, named Camila, is dressed up by owner Valery Palma to attend her first birthday party in Mexico City.
Palma, a single 35-year-old lawyer,blew out the one candle for Camila on a cake from an exclusive bakery, baked in the shape of a big bone.
An estimated 40 million Mexicans considered to be middle class are having fewer children than their parents did and starting families later in life. That leaves more disposable income and, to many, pets are taking the place of children, reports animal behaviorist Reman Medina.
"This goes beyond a trend," he said. "People see their dog as part of the family."
Since 2008, sales of pet-related products have grown an average of 13 percent a year, to $2.2 billion last year, according to market research firm Euromonitor International.
"We're seeing the growth of this idea in which a dog is an alternative to children," said Raul Valadez Azua, a paleozoologist at the National Autonomous University in Mexico City.
"People are no longer having children at a young age ... because they can have a different lifestyle with luxuries they know they will no longer be able to afford once they have children," said Zorayda Morales, an analyst with De La Riva Group, a market research agency.
DOGS ALSO MORE PAMPERED IN WORKING-CLASS AREAS
Dogs have become more popular and pampered in working-class areas also, reports. Newsday.
Neighborhood street markets feature ever-greater quantities of dog products such as shampoos, brushes and elaborate leashes and collars.
"It doesn't depend on class, it depends on commitment, said Medina, who is also one of the founders of MEDICAN, Mexico's first animal hospital with a hyperbaric chamber, used to accelerate the healing of wounds and infections.
"People without a lot of money are sometimes better clients than the upper classes. Some show up and want to barter for care of their pets. They will say, 'I don't have money, what can we do? I'm an upholsterer and I can reupholster your chairs in exchange for treatment.'
CULTURAL SHIFT TOWARD ANIMALS PROMPTED BY ACTIVISTS
It's a startling cultural shift in a country where a dog's life has long meant days chained to the roof of the house, says Newsday.
Mexico has an estimated 20 million dogs or more, many of them roaming the streets hunting for food in the trash or spending their days shut up in apartments by owners who see them simply as living burglar alarms.
Last year, the problem gained international attention when authorities said five people had been killed by a pack of feral dogs in the Cerro de Estrella park in Iztapalapa, a poor eastern neighborhood of Mexico City.
Authorities captured some 50 dogs near where the attacks took place and brought them to a pound, prompting demonstrations by animal rights activists that pushed officials to put the dogs up for adoption.
PET THEFT BECOMING A PROBLEM
At the other end of the scale, owners of pure-bred dogs are being hit by robbery and kidnapping of animals worth thousands of dollars in some cases.
Nurse Karla Gutierrez's dog walker was out with her 4-year-old Golden Retriever, Hebe, and several other dogs in February when two men held him up at gunpoint.
"They told him, 'the dogs,' and he let Hebe's leash go so she could run away, “But my girl just curled up into a ball and they grabbed her and another Golden," Gutierrez said.
Gutierrez has since plastered her neighborhood with posters of Hebe, with the caption "Stolen."
"I am still crying for her almost every night," Gutierrez said. "I'm trying to live my normal life, playing soccer and riding my bike, but I can barely do it."
According to doctors at Arizona animal shelters, the state’s new medical marijuana laws have had some unintended consequences.
Speaking with KCTV, Emergency Animal Clinic’s Dr. Billy Griswold claimed that the number of animals showing up at veterinary clinics after ingesting marijuana has more than doubled since the new laws went into effect. At Emergency Animal Clinic alone, which operates out of five locations in the greater Phoenix area, veterinarians are reporting over 24 cases of pets that have ingested marijuana each month.
Although pets can have an upset stomach or act more sedate after ingesting marijuana, the drug is neither toxic to animals nor a serious threat to any animal’s long-term health.
While many of these cases occur accidentally after a pet finds its way into an owner's stash, some individuals are purposefully feeding animals the drug. The Huffington Post reported on the case of Laura Bugni-Daniel, a Los Angeles woman who began feeding her sick 12-year-old bulldog medical marijuana in order to ease his pain.
Whether or not marijuana can be beneficial to a pet’s health is still undetermined, largely because there has not been much research into the field. With the increased adoption of medical marijuana laws, as well as the legalization of the drug in states like Colorado and Washington, further studies are likely to continue into marijuana’s medicinal potential for all species.
No posing with dead sharks. They might actually be alive.
The warning came after an Australian teen was photographed posing astride a dead shark washed up on Marcoola Beach on the country’s Sunshine Coast.
The 10-foot-long shark had been found dead earlier in the week, prompting many curious locals to come see it “in real life.” The blonde teen posed straddling and spooning the shark while a dog stood near.
Marcoola resident Chris Atkinson took his three sons to see the shark, a rare sighting for locals.
"Two of them weren't game enough to get close. It still looked alive," he said. "I think everyone was surprised to see a shark that big wash up here."
Underwater World Sea Life Mooloolaba fishes curator Kate Willson said that touching sharks is a bad idea — the big fish could very well still be alive and dangerous.
"We believe that it has just recently died, as looking at the fin it's not bent over so it doesn't appear to have been dead for that long," she said.
"The seasonal migration for the species of shark is in March and April, and they migrate from New South Wales so it is possible that it was migrating and possibly got washed onto the beach in high tide."
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service investigated and documented the scene before workmen buried the carcass deep in the sand, out of the reach of teenagers eager for curious new selfies.
The shark is believed to be a bronze whaler.
A Texas couple claims they found the famous chupacabra Sunday night after it walked into a trap in their backyard.
“I hunted coons for 20 years with dogs and I ain’t never seen nothing looks like that right there,” Arlen Parma, who captured the creature, said.
The animal has a hairless back, large claws and a terrible growl.
Brent Ortego, a wildlife diversity biologist from Texas Parks and Wildlife, said he believes the animal is some kind of small canine. A canine could include a coyote, dog or fox. He added that the animal probably has mange, which would account for its loss of hair.
"[Chupacabra has] never been proven to be a unique species,” Ortego said. “It was always something out there that allegedly either caused harm or threatened to cause harm to people or their livestock.”
The canine is currently staying at the Parma household until someone can discover what it is exactly.
After years of protests by animal-welfare activists, the Los Angeles Shriners announced last week that they will not use performing animals in this year’s Shrine Circus, scheduled April 11-13, the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
It will be the first time in 88 years that the fundraising Shrine Circus in Los Angeles will be animal free, according to Ed Stewart, president of California-based PAWS.
“PAWS commends the Shriners for making the decision to present a fundraising event that does not rely on the use of performing animals,” said Ed Stewart, a former Hollywood animal trainer with more than 30 years of experience caring for elephants and other exotic animals.
Shriners groups across the country have been hosting fundraising circuses since 1906. Each individual Shriners group hosts its own circus, leasing animals from a number of businesses.
Dan Patterson, posting on forcechange.com, reminds us that, according to bornfreeusa.org, the “USDA has cited Shrine Circus animal exhibitors for failing to provide veterinary care; failing to provide adequate food, water, and shelter from the elements; and failing to handle animals in a manner that ensures their safety as well as public safety.”
“Shrine Circuses provide aerial acts, clowns, rides, games, and other forms of entertainment. Performing animals are not even needed to entertain and to raise funds,” states forcechange.com, which is collecting signatures on a petition of commendation for the Los Angeles Shriners.
“ If the circus is a success maybe other Shriners groups will feel compelled to stop using animals in their own circuses. That would be a great triumph for animal rights in America,” Patterson notes.
“No matter the Shriners’ reason for deciding to go animal-free this year, it’s an important sign of the times,” Ed Stewart said. “Animal circuses are inhumane, outdated and they should be a thing of the past.”
The Shrine Circus is scheduled April 11-13 in the Al Malaikah Shrine Center in Los Angeles and promises games, rides and amusements aplenty, according to the group’s website. The funds raised are mainly used to support the Shriners Children Hospitals.
“PAWS will be there to support it,” Stewart said.
Two Texas teens have been arrested Wednesday on felony animal cruelty charges after they allegedly killed a dog, a cat and three kittens in a “cult style manner.”
Authorities began an investigation after a dog went missing near County Road 769, and arrested 17-year-old Mark Ainsworth and 18-year-old Delaney Walters. The teens have been charged with five counts of animal cruelty to “non-livestock animals.”
According to a press release from the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office, an 8-year-old Australian cattle dog, named Camo, was found tied to a tree and had been skinned, Fox8 News reported.
Further investigation reveals that the two teens also tortured and killed a cat and three kittens in a “satanic-type” ritual.
“The animal went through a lot of torture,” Sheriff Jason Bridges said. “It was skinned. Some of the parts were removed. We all love animals. We all love him and they weigh heavy on our hearts and to see what these animals went through and the way they were tortured is sad.”
During a police interview, the two teens reportedly confessed to killing the animals. Investigators later found video and photographs of the crimes.
Ainsworth and Walters remain in Nacogdoches County Jail, and are currently being held without bond.
Camo had been part of a nearby family who said he was a rescue dog.
“He had a heart of gold,” the owner said. “He loved children very much. He was very smart.”
The unnamed woman said Camo would walk with the children to the bus stop every morning and wait for them to return.
“Sometimes it shows up in children or adolescence and it is what we call conduct disorder and that’s one of the criteria; aggression towards people or animals,” licensed counselor Debra Burton, who believes the teen may be mentally ill, was quoted by The Inquisitr as saying.
Burton has not interviewed the teens who were arrested for killing the neighborhood pets. She says conduct disorder is just an example.
Pima County is in the south central region of Arizona. The County seat is in Tucson, where the greatest percentage of its 980,263 population is centered. It is predicted that by 2015, the population will be 1,132,440 in this desert area.
As the human population increases, of course, so does the pet population. The County has decided to let the voters at the general election in November decide if they want to invest $22 million for an improved animal-care center.
The following is posted on the County website.
The vote comes as Pima Animal Care Center has embraced modern animal care practices that have helped save the lives of more animals at the center, which cared for nearly 24,000 pets last fiscal year. As the only open-admission shelter in the County, Pima Animal Care Center takes in all animals that are presented to the shelter in need.
While the live release rate has increased from 55 percent two years ago to 76 percent this fiscal year to date, it also means the Center is keeping more animals at the shelter and keeping them longer while they wait for new homes.
The Board of Supervisors in the fall approved the construction of a tent as a stopgap measure to reduce overcrowding and meet space demands.
The proposed $22 million facility would help Pima Animal Care achieve industry best practices and would cost only about $4 annually for the homeowner of a house at the median value of about $150,000.
County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry said taxpayers should remember that Pima County is paying down general obligation bond debt quickly--at a rate of $50 million a year--so they may not even notice an increase.
Volunteer Cathy Neuman thanked the Board for its past support but said even with the tent in operation there are still some kennels with four or five dogs. Overcrowding means more pet get sick and are under stress, she said. Adding, “There are not many, if any, bond issues that come forward that are a matter of life and death--but this one is!”
Supervisor Richard Ellis said the new facility is worthy of voter consideration.
One of the most important things we have to do here is to move to a new model of service that will be more humane and put us in the modern age of animal care, he said.
How would you vote?
Source: Pima County
UW-Madison has been fined more than $35,000 by the USDA for seven violations of federal animal research treatment standards, the university announced Monday.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture assessed the fines for violations from 2007 to 2013, reports the Wisconsin State Journal.
The violations include the deaths of a research dog in 2009, a research gerbil in 2009 and a pregnant research monkey in 2012. In another incident, from 2012, a research cat suffered burns during anesthesia but recovered fully, according to the university.
In each incident, the actual deaths or injury to animals did not trigger the citations but rather the university’s handling of the cases, which was found to violate the federal Animal Welfare Act, the Journal reports.
The dog’s death was not communicated properly to a supervising veterinarian, the USDA found. The gerbil’s death was related to inadequate daily observations. The monkey’s death did not lead to adequate retraining of the veterinarian who oversaw the surgery. The cat’s burns resulted from improper handling, the report states.
Two other violations cited inadequately maintained facilities. Another was for expired or improperly labeled medications.
The new fine comes in the wake of repeated high-profile allegations of animal abuse by animal-rights groups against the university in recent years. UW-Madison has more than 7,000 people certified to work with animals in more than 50 facilities, Dan Simmons.reports.
“The U.S. Department of Agriculture has now confirmed what UW-Madison has long denied,” said Justin Goodman, director of laboratory investigations for PETA.
The university said it accepted the fine and has taken steps to prevent further violations.
“We believe the corrective actions made by UW-Madison in response to these events and the fact that most of the citable events did not directly affect animal welfare resulted in a relatively small fine,” the university said in a statement.
Stop Animal Exploitation Now claims it has evidence of further animal welfare abuses by researchers, and has asked for a new federal investigation of UW-Madison.
A retired soldier recently reunited with the German shepherd that served alongside him in Iraq. For obvious reasons, the video has quickly gone viral.
Retired Air Force Sergeant David Simpson and his dog Robbie secured the streets of Iraq together for four years. However, their relationship came to end when Simpson retired last year and Robbie had to continue serving.
“It was very tough to go through,” Simpson said. “Having to say goodbye, that is heartbreaking.”
When Simpson discovered that Robbie was also retiring, he immediately bought a $2,000 plane ticket to Germany to adopt the dog.
In the video, it’s obvious that Robbie remembers Simpson, as the dog barrels toward Simpson and lands in his lap.
In more recent footage, Robbie can be seen happily running around Simpson’s backyard.
“My goal for him is to allow him to have as much fun and relaxation for the rest of his life,” Simpson said. “I just want him to enjoy his retirement.”