Archive for March, 2010

Dog saved, Dog’s unwanted, Dog Killed, and Dog’s found

March 30, 2010

A dog spent 16 days out at sea alone after owner supposedly fell overboard. The private yacht had been traveling from Tauranga, New Zealand to Gisborn, his ship never showed up. The search and rescue ended after only 3 days. According to the article “March 28, the drifting ghost yacht was spotted near the Chatham Islands, 110 km from land, by a New Zealand Air Force Orion plane.” A ship in the area was sent to check it out, seas were too rough, and they had to wait a day to board. Upon boarding they found Juanita the sailors dog, very shaken up I might add. None the less the dog is OK and saved. Although without an owner which is quite unfortunate. Happy end for the dog though, I’m glad they found the ship. Read more by following the link, and if you click on the picture it will take you to the article as well.

In Japan dogs are more likely to be put down than saved in shelters, not far off from China but much more humane about it. According to the article, dogs are held for up to 7 days in a shelter. Problem being, that people are encouraged to buy from pet shops rather than adopt. Again it’s a status thing, purebreds are soo much more fancier and better. Although if you think about it, dogs are being abandoned by the same people that gave into the whole ‘purebred’ status thing. So technically most of them should still hold their status image except for the fact you’re saying it came from a shelter hmm…that’s a tough one to crack. Not to mention as the article states people treat buying dogs lightly, “As there are people who treat dogs as part of their family, there are also those who buy them for simple reasons like celebrating a daughters birthday.” Statistics in the article say that in one shelter 88 percent of dogs were put down in 2008. As opposed to the 6-9 percent put down in Britain. A country I might add that pushes for adopting from shelters rather than pet shops. To each their own, but at least they are working on the problem. Very sad though, however I will give props, they are much more humane than China and that is something to be said.Follow the link at the beginning of the paragraph or click the picture to get to the original story.

A man was sentenced for roasting an ex-girlfriends dog to death. This article gives more detail as to what happened. This article tells what the jury found. So I don’t think I have to say I’m mortified and very upset and mad about what happened but what they hay I’ll state the obvious I’m pissed, WTH?!? Not to mention if you read the sentencing on this, it is beyond horrific. “Kleiman got one year for killing the five month old Pekinese and five years for burglary.” 1 year for roasting a puppy alive?!?!? Like really, really really?????? So burglary is worse, not the whole he broke in to her apartment and used her oven to kill the puppy? Right that makes sense. The dog roasted alive in an oven for God knows how long and out of this mans 6 year sentence only 1 year is for killing the dog? I’m pleased he got 6 years compared to the short amount of time other puppy killers get, it’s better than nothing or better than him just getting the 1 year sentence. When you break it down to what the years were given for, 1 flipping year are you kidding me? THE DOG WAS STUFFED INTO AN OVEN!!! Can I say that loud enough because I don’t think caps is doing it justice. I hope you’re feeling some of what I’m feeling because that’s ridonkulous. He broke into her home, took the dog, stuffed it in an oven, turned it on, and left. The dog can’t open the door, his paws were probably starting to burn by the time this man left, I don’t even want to imagine any whines or barking that escaped the dog before his voice was stifled by smoke and slowly layed down on the burning grill of the inside oven to give up on life, but his brains probably fried before any of that happened so maybe he didn’t feel the pain, but he died. This poor innocent puppy died because of a pissed off ex-boyfriend. I couldn’t imagine how that puppy felt but I can imagine about  100 different ways it could have burned in that oven and it’s depressing as hell and the boyfriend got 1 year? Bullshit Shenanigans. That man deserves so much more time in jail than he got. Like when does burglary become more of a crime than leaving a dog to roast and melt alive??? Great country we live in here, amazing, awesome, superb. Love our legal system. Bah Humbug!

In other news AT&T is having a dog collar designed that will allow owners to track their dogs. The wireless provider is trying to research new ways to bring in revenue. “One of those being a wireless dog collar that could text or email an owner based on a dog’s position.” GPS for dogs, should be available later this year according to the article. Hopefully this will cut down on lost pets, assuming the dogs don’t lose the collar or have it taken from them…but it’s a good idea over all. For those pet owners not especially supportive of having a chip put into a dog. So there you go, alternatives to having a computer chip placed into your dog for locating purposes. Next step chips in kids, we’ll never lose them again! The picture links to a site that sells dog collars, personally if I got a GPS tracker in a dog collar I’d want a spikey one, maybe that’s how they’ll hide the wires etc. More over if a wire gets loose could that shock the dog? I wonder how that’s going to work, dogs loving water and all, and wires in their collar….this could get interesting.

Dogs Dogs and More Dogs

March 24, 2010

So this week I decided to try something new, instead of reporting on one subject, I decided to include a brief-ish paragraph on a few different articles in the news. Some good and Some bad.

So did you know in China, all’s you have to do to look rich is own a Tibetan mastiff? Crazy right using dogs for fashion and to show off wealth? According to the article in America these dogs only cost seven hundred dollars, but in China they can sell for thousands upon thousands. It’s kind of disgusting how they use dogs as status cues. I get that celebrities here use dogs to show off like Paris Hilton’s chihuahua but seriously in China? That’s a laugh and a half considering how they treat dogs on the streets. Dogs and cats are food items….”Dogs bark and whine behind high chain-link fences, some of them gnawing the wire so hard they bleed at the mouths while cats packed into crowded cages cower in fear if anyone approaches.” On the plus side according to several news articles including the one linked it talks about how legislation might pass that will ban eating cats and dogs so kudos for finally figuring that one out. They are also the country that decided to kill 36,000 stray dogs to get rid of rabies because I’m sure every dog had rabies right? China is most well known for it’s political party affiliations, but what really needs to be looked at is how they treat their animals, good job killing thousands of innocent animals but paying thousands to get a type of breed just to “look” rich. Man I tell you what I’m loving China more and more every day bahahaha.

This picture was found at this site.

The Iditarod ended with no dog deaths this year, an 1100 mile race that has been around since 1973. Fun fact did you know that the Iditarod trail was what was used by gold rushers? Once they were dropped off in port they had to use dogs to get to their final destination. Oof but could you imagine 1100 miles to run in the freezing cold? According to the first article, 6 dogs died in 2009 alone during this race. Out of the 55 racers that finished this year no dog died, I’m amazed and quite pleased. That’s quite a feat for dogs, 2 weeks, 1100 miles. “Mushers attributed their teams overall health to the relatively good trail conditions, low temperatures and the lack of a major storm.” Kind of makes me want to watch Iron Will again! Happy thoughts though, maybe one day I’ll get to watch this historical race in action, and hope that this no dog dying thing becomes a trend instead of a one year fluke. Also check out the Iditarod official webpage, I hope I get to write from these press releases one day that’d be awesome!

This picture was taken from this site.

Maximum seven years in prison for a couple who let 5 “vicious” dogs run loose and attack 4 children who were with their mother walking. According to the article one dog was shot when trying to attack a police officer, which I understand that’s a thing with them. Can’t find the article now but a few months back there was an article about how police men shot a chihuahua puppy who was patiently waiting on it’s owners doorsteps to arrive home when it bit a policeman trying to pick it up. Owners returned to a bloody door, and a “he bit me” from the police. It was a puppy chihuahua so I’ve no doubt in my mind they’d kill a “vicious” dog. I put quotes because I don’t believe any dog is inherently vicious, I believe they have to be trained or raised to be vicious. The rest of the dogs were rounded up and caged until they could match the dogs to the bites. The ultimate plan for the dogs rounded up is to euthanize them. Considering the extent of the attack I suppose I’ll let that slip but when the dogs are killed and the owners who made them that way only get a max of 7 years prison which oh by the way hasn’t been decided if that’s what they are getting, that seems pretty messed up to me. They could easily get more dogs when they are free and do the same thing again, the owners are at fault not the dogs, lock them up for life, should be attempted murder via dog. Yeesh!

I sincerely hope you learned something from my blog today, I know the format is different and there are more topics covered, but the links provided give a lot of information I feel. I also think I covered each topic well enough. Let me know your thoughts on the new format and whether or not you feel you learned anything from it and what I can do to change it, or go back to the old format. Thank you for your feedback.

Euthanasia Stats Abused

March 16, 2010

First off let me give a definition of euthanasia for those of you who don’t know or don’t fully understand. Euthanasia is the act of putting to death painlessly or allowing to die, as by withholding extreme medical measures, a person or animal suffering from an incurable, esp. a painful, disease or condition. That’s according to dictionary.com which is pretty spot on to what it is. For an animal that is in pain and has no chance of survival or their medical bills can’t be paid by any means the owner can opt to have their animal put down so they can die peacefully instead of living out their last few months in extreme pain.

Now as you might imagine a shelter that has lower euthanasia stats are going to be more appealing to the public. This means that they are virtually a “no kill” shelter their animals survive and they keep them well fed and taken care of until they are adopted. It’s especially appealing to an owner who has to give up their pet for financial reasons or whatever.  It also means that the shelter will get more donations for not killing their animals. If you were to compare two shelters one that has 50% kill rate vs. 6% kill rate. Who are you more likely to give your money to? I personally would go to the shelter that isn’t going to kill the animals, although the one that does might be doing it because they are underfunded so maybe giving them money would help more in cutting their kills.

Regardless however, to what extent are some shelters willing to go to keep their numbers down? I was quite horrified when I came across an article on MSNBC’s site titled “Animal Shelter Turned into ‘House of Horrors‘” kinda gets you wondering what the heck it’s talking about right?

Turns out the Toronto Humane Society which for those of you who didn’t know because I know I didn’t know before reading this article, bragged about having a 6% euthanasia rate. That’s superb for big cities that generally have much larger euthanasia rates. The problem with this particular shelter is that it had that little problem of animal neglect and abuse. Gee but who cares about the animals when they aren’t being put down prematurely right?

The article states the shelter is “a place where infections ran rampant, animals lived in filthy conditions, food was scarce and a no-euthanasia policy led to sick animals suffering and dying without adequate medical care.”

Now I’m all for not putting animals down I think it’s aweful that innocent animals are put down in shelters every day however, I’m not for animals living in horrid conditions for it. Not living in sanitary conditions and being sick all the time is no way to live for these animals. Even if the shelter owner meant to do good by not putting the animals down, they were doing more harm than help. No person would adopt a dog from there after seeing the conditions the animal was living in. If they aren’t going to be adopted and they are going to live in pain and sickness than why keep them alive? I know it sound harsh but you understand right? There are plenty of no-kill shelters, rescues, and other animal places that are able to keep their euthanasia rates down without making their animals live in pain so why not reach out to them for help if it became that serious of a problem? Or go the unfortunate unfair route and put the animal down, it’s sad and certainly not right but it isn’t any more ethical forcing an animal to live in the conditions they were forced into while at this shelter.

This isn’t to say that all shelters are scot free of horrors or full of horrors but there is a mix of them out there. As it says in this article while the Toronto shelter was being checked out by the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) the American SPCA were looking into allegations made at two shelters.

The allegations made were “At the Clarksdale-Coahoma County Animal Shelter in Mississippi, a facility built to hold 60 dogs was discovered in January to be crammed with 400 animals. At the city-run Memphis Animal Shelter, dogs were discovered starving and three supervisors were indicted in February on animal cruelty charges connected to the deaths of three terriers.”

It is a big deal in the way that when you go to a shelter you expect them to tell the truth and be humane. Their stats are most likely the truth but how humane they are, now that’s questionable. It’s sad to say that these establishments that we trust to take care of animals in need of help are betraying our trust. Yes they are horrible places for putting dogs down but can we fault them for not having the funding or space for their animals, no not really. It’s a sad horrible truth but sometimes what is best for the dog is putting them down. I really hate saying that I do. I would love nothing more than to save every animal from being put down but then I would be no better than a neglectful shelter or puppy mill, I wouldn’t breed the animals but they’d live in horrid conditions because of my lack of money and space. That’s where you really need to draw the line is, whats best for the dog. Clearly finding them a home is best but if the economy isn’t in the right place or he isn’t the cutest most snuggly dog in the shelter and doesn’t get chosen for so many months what is there really to do? I’d say send him to a rescue but they don’t work like that.

Heck there are still shelters with gas chambers, throw back to WWII right? It’s not humane it’s not fair and it’s not cool that innocent healthy cute lovable animals are put down every day but there just isn’t room for them. Ugh I’m kinda getting disgusted at myself for writing this but the truth hurts sometimes I suppose.

I don’t want to fault the animal shelter owner for trying to not kill all their animals especially if it was simply just trying to save their lives and for the love of the animal however it was inhumane and wrong in a lot of ways. If it was for money or for appeal, or just because the owner is sadistic and wanted to see the animals suffer it’s not cool to “save” an animal by making it live in just aweful conditions. That’s not saving it that’s cruel and unusual punishment. To top off no one wanting to love it or save it, it then has to live in bad conditions. Shelters like that make me sick, not that shelters that kill make me feel any better but I’d rather see what’s best for the dog done than have it live in a state like that.

Ok well I can’t talk about that anymore I am completely torn between saying don’t kill innocent dogs just because they can’t get love and saying that shelter owner should go to jail and never be allowed animals again. I don’t want to advocate for kill shelters nor advocate abuse in shelters. So on with the good story of the day.

The 3rd annual Dogs of Valor Winner was announced March 10th. This years winner was Kenai, a dog that is 14 years old and saved 7 adults, 2 kids, and 4 dogs from carbon monoxide poisoning in a vacation home they were all staying at. This Bernese Mountain Dog certainly is a dog of valor. I encourage you to click on the link and read his story.

Don’t just stop at his story though follow this link to read about all the other runner up dogs and their stories of valor. From dogs that saved owners to neighbors, to sons and more.  The human and animal bond truly is strong and I feel that by reading these stories it will more than make up for all the sad stories I write about.

Poisoned in Their Own Yards

March 9, 2010

Ever joked about poisoning your neighbors dog just because you find them to be annoying? I personally never have but a lady that works in the same building as me did…don’t worry she was just kidding and venting but still pissed me off. So much so that I went home that night and looked up the effects of rat poison on dogs. This lady said her neighbors dog is never bounded and always goes in her yard to take a dump, the neighbors never pick it up. Fine talk to the neighbors or find a safe way to get the dog to stop, her way of venting was thinking up ways to just make the dog sick so they wouldn’t want to come back. That’s the part that got me curious, would rat poison simply make the dog sick or would it do more damage. Apparently it’s the latter of the two. Rat poison attacks the blood stream, goes for the different organs and makes them shut down, if it’s taken in a high enough dose.

The problem with this is, you don’t always know if your dog was in fact poisoned on purpose or if they simply caught the wrong rat. Rat poison within their prey. That can just make them sick. Dogs can survive being rat poisoned or being given anti-freeze but only if it’s caught in time and has plenty of medical attention.

There are two recent stories in the news about dogs dying of rat poison, one in Hawaii where a mans dog died and was only found to have rat poison in it’s stomach after a post-mortem autopsy. And a news broadcast about two dogs that were rat poisoned, one of the dogs died. In both cases the poisoners were not caught, and that’s the problem with dogs being rat poisoned on purpose, if a dog is allowed to wander around a neighborhood it could be they themselves got into the stuff on their own or they were given it on purpose but there is no way to prove who did it. If it is done in someones yard, it might be a little easier to find who did it especially if a certain neighbor has been complaining of the dog recently but if there is no hard evidence there isn’t much the police can do.

As highlighted in this site it is important to know what type of poison it is and how much your pet ingested. Without that information a vet can’t treat properly. If you think your pet has been poisoned in any way don’t wait go in immediately!

The unfortunate thing is symptoms can go unnoticed as highlighted in this story written by an owner who’s dog came extremely close to dying but survived because it was caught just in time.

In a blog “written” by a dog there are many different poisons and other household dangers described.

Summer is almost upon us which means more people will be outside, as well as their dogs. There are many poisons and dangers to dog’s that need to be looked out for but can’t be avoided such as spider and snake bites, fish hooks, and bugs. Clearly being outside is a danger to dogs and it’s not to say keep your dog inside and leash him whenever he’s outside but watch out for symptoms and call your vet as soon as you think something is wrong. Better safe than sorry right?

Basic symptoms of rat poisoning are:

The following symptoms are often observed in a dog who eats rat poison:

  • Pale Gums
  • Weakness
  • Bloody Nose
  • Blood in the Urine
  • Blood in the Feces
  • Coughing Up Blood
  • Internal Bleeding
  • Distended, Firm Abdomen (due to internal bleeding)
Not in the U.S but according to the site I pulled this picture from, poisoning dogs is like a sport to people in peru.
It’s a short post but I just couldn’t believe that anyone I know would ever threaten a dogs life even if they hate dogs. Especially when their intent would be to just make a dog sick when rat poison attacks more than just the digestion system of a dog. It’s something that happens everyday either by accident or on purpose but rat poison is no laughing matter and it really irked me that she was making light of the issue.
At the school I go to, there was a guy in a wheel chair his dog was named skittles, I can’t remember exactly what skittles did for him I think maybe retrieved items for him maybe? But whatever the case was his last semester at the school skittles was poisoned on purpose. This was a disabled persons helper dog that was poisoned. The reason I know it was on purpose is because the poison was in food that was left outside this guys dorm room. A place that Skittles could easily get to. If it can happen at a small university in the middle of nowhere to a disabled man’s dog, what stops it from happening anywhere else. Skittles survived after a lot of vet bills and meds, but it was still sad because for a few months he wasn’t on campus to help out and make people happy.
It’s a problem, for the most part intentional..no but it’s something that happens and people need to be aware of it especially as the summer months come upon us and more rodents appear. Maybe the next time you hear someone making light of giving rat poison to a dog maybe inform them that it isn’t just a matter of making them sick it’s a matter of killing the dog if the dosage is too much for the dog. It’s a serious problem and it isn’t anything to make fun of.  Isn’t my longest or most imformative entry but I hope by checking out the other sites you have been made aware of the issue and are a little bit more informed.
To end on a light note, a dog was rescued from falling in a ice frozen river. By the time authorities got to the river the dog was hypothermic. Officials were however able to warm the dog up and save it.

Misplaced Anger and Household Pets

March 2, 2010

So I’m just a little shocked by the news I read this week. A women’s boyfriend, tormented her dog with a broomstick as well as threw a space heater at it and then stabbed the dog several times after the dog tried to bite the man….This boyfriend has a history of tormenting the dog with a broomstick. Now if I were her I would have told him not to do that in fact I would have gotten very pissed off if someone I was dating felt the need to torment my dog. I mean that doesn’t show much for his character or for how he treats others. I personally would have dumped him if he kept nagging the dog like that because it isn’t right. On top of that though he stabbed the dog in front of her and her 15 year old son. Ya that guys a winner, I’d love to bring him home to the parents. You can check out the story by following this link. Granted it is a small article and it doesn’t say anything from the girlfriends point of view but I’d like to know if she ever told him to stop. Otherwise I would have started poking him with the broomstick and been like how do you like it? Oh what you don’t, ok well I’m betting the dog isn’t very appreciative either and sooner or later he’s going to attack and it’s going to be your fault. What an idiot, who honestly thinks a dog won’t attack if he’s being abused or mistreated in some way. Dog’s might not be the smartest animals out there but they are smart enough to know when they aren’t being treated right and will attack. So here’s a hint, don’t terrorize a dog and if you do, don’t be surprised when he tries to fight back…what an idiot!

This story actually leads into the 2nd story of abuse I wanted to talk about. Only this time it isn’t about a boyfriend but about the owner of a chocolate lab called coco who was strangled and later died from her injuries. These might not seem connected at first but this article also talks about how men with spousal or child abuse are more likely to abuse pets and animals.

Read more about this by following either this link from a newspaper or to this link which is where I originally found the info and picture.

“He told us that he pinned the dog down by the neck and throat for 20 seconds while the puppy defecated and urinated on itself in panic or because it started to lose consciousness, we don’t know,” said Lt. Dan DeSousa with SD County Animal Services.

That was the beginning to the article I linked previously. Could you imagine though what set this man off to just go at his dog like that? Since he has a history of violence it literally could have been nothing. And yet it doesn’t matter that this man has a history of spousal abuse he can still buy a dog and go at it whenever he feels.

The worst that can happen as stated in the article “If convicted, Warner may be punished with up to three years in a state prison, one year in a county prison or fined $20,000.” Doesn’t seem like a lot for killing an animal.  What’s to stop him when he gets out from getting another pet and killing that or getting out and finding a person and beating up on them.

This is just stupid, abuse is a clear sign of bad character, and yes I realize that Coco didn’t have much of a chance, it was her owner. I know that saying she didn’t have much of a chance sounds mean, but I feel for her, I do. I really hope the bill discussed in the article will  help to protect animals like Coco from being abused like that in the future.

But for the 1 year old pitbull that was stabbed by her owners boyfriend. I think that would tip off anyone that maybe he’s not so nice. I realize people end up with spouses that abuse them all the time. But if there are signs of abuse before you’re put into a permanent situation, why would you do it? Why would you let that continue?

I don’t know I guess all this is more or less about who to let into your life permanently. If you don’t want your dog to be abused outside the house then why allow it in the house? What these 2 men did was out of line and wrong in so many ways. Not to mention that it will lead to something more, for dogs everywhere I hope that the man who killed Coco never gets another dog and for that women who watched her pitbull get stabbed I hope she doesn’t bring that man back into her home because chances are she or her child will be next.  How a man treats his dog can be an indicator of how he’ll treat people.

In other news though getting away from abusive men and animals, “Beagle Pups doing well after being abandoned in the snow. ” The article starts off with “The beagle mix dumped in the snow last month to give birth to her seven “pupsicles” has made an impressive recovery, said Meg Stephenson, executive director of Animal Friends Humane Society.”

The owner has turned himself in and will appear in court March 3rd. At least he knows he has done wrong, minus 2 pups the mother and her remaining 5 pups are doing just fine. Not all men are evil he knew enough to turn himself in despite abandoning his dog in the snow to give birth.

Also My sister is running her first Half Marathon and is collecting donations for PAWS Chicago. All the runners are raising money to donate to this cause. “In September 2007, PAWS Chicago celebrated a milestone by opening the Midwest’s first No Kill, cageless, state-of-the-art Adoption Center for dogs and cats in Lincoln Park.” This information and the chance to donate to the cause can all be done by going to TEAM PAWS CHICAGO 2010. It’s for a good cause and what better way to help animals then to find them forever homes through a no-kill shelter!