Monthly Archives: October 2021

City Employees Rescue Abandoned Puppy Stuck In PVC Pipe

Earlier this month, an abandoned puppy, in an uncomfortable predicament, was rescued by Mansfield, Texas, city employees. According to the city’s Parks & Rec Department, someone abandoned a puppy, who was stuck in a PVC pipe, outside of the Mansfield Animal Care and Control.

On October 19, the city agency said:

Shelter staff was able to bring him inside, calm and sedate the poor little guy while our park crews used their tools and precise skills to cut the pipe free. The pup we’ve named Parker (in honor of his knights in shining work boots!) is resting and will be bathed and given a thorough exam and a lot of love until he’s ready for adoption.

A photo of Parker, cleaned up and free from the pipe, was posted as well.

In a few weeks, Parker will be available for adoption (after he is neutered and has all of his vaccinations). The Parks & Rec Department commended the shelter staff for their good work,  writing:

Our staff at the shelter does amazing work with so many animals like this every day!! ❤️🐾❤️


Man Saves Kitten From Being Swept Away In Floodwaters

When a so-called “bomb cyclone” hit the Pacific Northwest over the weekend, a feral kitten almost didn’t survive after being caught up in floodwaters in northern California. But a good Samaritan was in the right place, at the right time, to save the kitten from being swept away.

As reported by Good Day Sacramento, Skip Campbell was with his wife on Sunday when they saw a small, gray kitten struggling in the rushing water near the Cottage Park Arden Arcade area of Sacramento.

Campbell rushed in to save the kitten, who nearly slipped beneath the water; he told the news agency:

“It started going under and just before I got it it was down a little bit low and I was able to bring it up and I just held it out here so I wouldn’t get bit or scratched,”

The water-logged kitten was dried off and warmed up and it should have a new home soon. The Campbells have said that many of their neighbors expressed interest in giving the little survivor a home.


Congress Demands Answers About Cruel Beagle Experiments Allegedly Funded By Taxpayers

Nearly two dozen members of Congress are demanding answers after the discovery that U.S. taxpayer funds may have been used to fund cruel experiments on beagles. The White Coat Waste Project, a non-profit organization, has stated that they discovered the beagle experiments after requesting documents through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); the documents showed that approximately four dozen beagles were killed in the experiments, which took place between 2018 and early 2019 in Tunisia.

The non-profit organization details what their investigators found about the alleged experiments:

“Our investigators show that Fauci’s NIH division shipped part of a $375,800 grant to a lab in Tunisia to drug beagles and lock their heads in mesh cages filled with hungry sand flies so that the insects could eat them alive. They also locked beagles alone in cages in the desert overnight for nine consecutive nights to use them as bait to attract infectious sand flies.”

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases division of the National Institute of Health, specifically Dr. Anthony Fauci, received a letter from Rep. Nancy Mace (R), which was also signed by both Democrats and Republican members of Congress, including Reps. Cindy Axne (D-Iowa), Cliff Bentz (R-Ore.), Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), Rick Crawford (R-Ark.), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), Scott Franklin (R-Fla.), Andrew Garbarino (R-N.Y.), Carlos Gimenez (R-Fla.), Jimmy Gomez (D-Calif.), Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.), Fred Keller (R-Pa.), Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), Lisa McClain (R-Mich.), Nicole Malliotakis (R-N.Y.), Brian Mast (R-Fla.), Scott Perry (R-Pa.), Bill Posey (R-Fla.), Mike Quigley (D-Ill.), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.), Maria E. Salazar (R-Fla.), Terri Sewell (D-Ala.), Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), detailing “grave concerns” about the experiments that were conducted on the dogs.

The letter asks questions, including:

How many drug tests, involving dogs, have been funded by NIAID since January 2018? 

And:

Has NIAID ever made any dogs available for adoption after the conclusion of an experiment or testing? If so, how many? If no, why not?

The letter highlights a particular procedure on the beagles which is concerning:

Of particular concern is the fact that the invoice to NIAID included a line item for ‘cordectomy.’ As you are likely aware, a cordectomy, also known as ‘devocalization,’ involves slitting a dog’s vocal cords in order to prevent them from barking, howling, or crying.”

Why were these experiments being conducted? It is reported that they were conducted to test an experimental drug on the dogs after they were infected with a mosquito-borne parasitic infection. As reported by Snopes, experiments on the vaccines were already conducted years before…which technically should have made the beagle testing unnecessary.

Snopes reports:

It is true that obligated funds were issued by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the amount of $424,555 for research conducted at the University of Georgia to test the efficacy of a potential vaccine for lymphatic filariasis on beagle subjects. However, it is unclear whether Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at NIH, personally approved the project. Research conducted on behalf of NIAID is funded in large part through annual funds allocated by Congress and the president. A University of Georgia spokesperson indicated that testing on dogs was, in fact, necessary, and that all humane standards set by applicable agencies were adhered to.

On Tuesday, after the creation of this article, HITC reports that NIH contacted the Daily Mail to let them know that the image of the beagles with their heads in mesh boxes was mistakenly attributed to NIAID. The statement says:

“The images of beagles were drawn from a manuscript published in July 2021 in the journal PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. The manuscript mistakenly cited support from NIAID, when in fact NIAID did not support this specific research shown in the images of the beagles being circulated.”

However, the agency’s spokesperson did confirm that vocal cordectomies are performed:

“Vocal cordectomies, conducted humanely under anesthesia, may be used in research facilities where numerous dogs are present.”

The denial that NIAID was involved in this particular experimentation has not deterred organizations from calling on NIH to halt animal experiments. The non-profit group, The Beagle Freedom Project, sent a letter to Dr. Fauci demanding an end to unnecessary animal testing.

A portion of the letter, which is published on TMZ, reads:

We are calling on YOU and your organization, the National Institute of Health to
immediately STOP funding any research that uses animals.
As I am sure you are aware, your very own agency published this very informative article by
respected M.D., M.P.H., Aysha Akhtar about The Flaws and Human Harms of Animal
Experimentation. Camb Q Healthc Ethics. 2015 Oct; 24(4): 407–419. In short, it states:
“….animal experimentation often significantly harms humans through misleading safety studies, potential abandonment of effective therapeutics, and direction of resources away from more effective testing methods. The resulting evidence suggests that the collective harms and costs to humans from animal experimentation outweigh potential benefits and that resources would be better invested in developing human-based testing methods.”

Read the full letter here.

On October 25, PETA issued a statement about the alleged beagle testing as well, and they want to see President Biden appoint a new director to NIH. PETA said:

It’s crucial that the president appoint a new NIH director who puts America’s health first and firmly says no to all the animal experimenters who have been driving policy at the agency for the last decade. The areas that can actually help humans must be funded, including epidemiological studies, in vitro work using human cells, integrative modeling and molecular simulations or three-dimensional printed human tissues, cell-based assays, and organs-on-a-chip.

Read the full PETA release at this link.

The White Coat Waste Project website details what their organization is about:

To STOP taxpayer-funded experiments on dogs, monkeys, cats and other animals, we must stop wasteful government spending. Our approach? Drain the swamp: cut federal spending that hurts animals and Americans.


Sweetest Adoption, How A Shelter Cat Named Nelson Mended A Broken Heart

The loss of a beloved pet can be devastating and for a time, it may seem that the hearts broken by the loss of a companion simply cannot be mended. But one woman in Niagara, New York, recently met a shelter cat that filled her hurting heart with joy.

The Niagara SPCA shared the sweet story of Mary, and a shelter cat named Nelson, on Wednesday, writing:

This was one of the sweetest adoptions we’ve seen in a while. While recovering from a broken heart due to the recent loss of her cat, Mary decided to pay us a visit. She walked into our cat room and as soon as she saw Nelson, she burst into tears. At first, we didn’t know what was the matter, but then she explained to us that Nelson is the spitting image of her cat who passed.

According to the shelter, the resemblance between Nelson and Mary’s prior cat was “uncanny,” but there was more to the encounter that made the pair’s meeting special. The shelter wrote:

To say Nelson has been a bit of curmudgeon here would be an understatement. He definitely gave our staff a run for their money and the cat we knew wasn’t the cat that sat calmly and sweetly on Mary’s lap. It was as if he were saying- this is my person. 

It was clear that Mary and Nelson were destined to meet one another. Thanks to a fee-waived adoption event, Mary and Nelson found one another, but as the shelter stated, it doesn’t mean that Nelson is worth less, in fact, he is priceless to his new owner, Mary.


 

Whale Lovers Celebrate As Mother Humpback Is Freed From Crab Trap Line

Whale lovers are celebrating the news that a mother humpback whale, who was entangled in a crab trap line, is free. Tensions were high on October 7 when Sydney Dixon, Zodiac operator for Jamie’s Whaling Station and Adventure Centre, noticed a whale named Pinky who was tangled up in approximately 50 feet of rope and a crab buoy in Barkley Sound, B.C.

Strawberry Isle Marine Research Society reached out to the public for help after learning that the whale was entangled in the rope:

Important, please share!

There is currently an entangled humpback whale in Barkley Sound. DFO have been notified of the situation. The entanglement is to either Pinky (BCY0452) or her 2021 calf. Pinky is a regular visitor to Barkley Sound, often the most frequently seen whale in the area. Images to aid ID have been included in this post. It is important that you do not try to disentangle the whale, but contact DFO immediately using 1-800-465-4336, or use VHF Ch. 16.

By October 15, the research society had good news to share with concerned individuals who were monitoring the situation:

GOOD NEWS: PINKY IS FREE!
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Last week, Pinky (BCY0452) was identified as entangled in Barkley Sound. Thanks to the initial reporting from SIMRS staff and @jamieswhalingstation and the subsequent relocation efforts from @simrs_tofino , @subtidaladventures , DFO, RCMP and local water-folk and whale-lovers like @lynettelaperouse and @pacificnereid, Pinky was later tracked, monitored and is now free from any visible entanglement!

Now that Pinky is free, it is expected that she will migrate to breeding grounds in Hawaii.

Boaters who notice a whale in distress are encouraged to immediately contact DFO’s marine mammal response network at 1-800-465-4336; if possible, stay with the whale until help arrives.


One Of Escaped Maryland Zebras Found Dead In Snare Trap

One of the zebras who escaped from a breeder’s farm in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, has been found dead. According to multiple sources, the escapee was discovered deceased in an illegal snare trap that was set up not far from the farm where the zebras has escaped.

Nobody knows who set up the trap, and whoever did could be facing charges.

A total of three zebras escaped around the first of September from Jerry Holly Exotics, whose description online, states: “WE are an EXOTIC BREEDER that specializes in: Red Fox, Gray Fox, Arctic Fox, Fennec fox, Kinkajous, Sugar Glyders, Hedgehogs, Chinchillas, Otters, Raccoon, and Skunks. We offer QUALITY, HAND RAISED , PRE-SPOILED kits. If you are looking for a QUALITY PET you have come to the right place. We sell animals that can be legally obtained to all 50 states in the USA.”

There are still zebras on the loose. Prince George’s County Animal Services Chief Rodney Taylor shared advice with anyone who might come in contact with the zebras, telling ABC 7 News:

“They won’t attack you. Please do not try to corner them or try to catch them. They’re not used to being handled by humans, so they will kick — zebras do bite — so please if you happen to see them, just give us a call and let us know, but please stay away.”

Anyone who spots a zebra is asked to call Animal Services Division at 301-780-7200.


 

Police Officer Adopts Tiny Kitten That He Cared For After Pursuit

In early September, a tiny kitten found herself in the midst of a wild and scary ride with her owner, who was running from the police in Bellingham, Washington. The woman’s reckless drive came to an end when she hit a curb and damaged her car.

Thanks to Officer Bussdieker, the kitten who had survived the harrowing ride was cared for until employees of the Whatcom Humane Society were able to respond.

In the short time that Officer Bussdieker spent with the kitten, a bond was created. So much so, that he decided that the kitten should be a permanent part of his family. On October 13, the Bellingham Police Department wrote:

We have a wonderful update to a story we posted a couple of weeks ago which ended with Officer Bussdieker taking care of a tiny kitten he rescued after a pursuit. While the kitten was safely handed over to the Whatcom Humane Society at the end of the evening, it seems Officer Bussdieker got quite attached to his new little partner……whose new name is Moony.

Officer Bussdieker and his family were chosen to be little Moony’s family after an adoption application was completed. Suffice to say, this little bundle of fur stole the right heart!

Welcome home Moony!


Skeletal Horse, Abandoned In The Desert, Was A Former Racehorse

 

A skeletal horse, abandoned in the Arizona desert, is slowly recovering from extreme malnutrition. The horse was found in a field near Gila Bend, and rescuers with Hope Ranch Arizona were alerted to her presence. In a fundraiser, the rescue group recounted how they were informed about the ailing horse:

Yesterday evening we got a call from some good people (and the help of a police office). They reached out to our Ranch about a horse they spotted in an open field that was sick and possibly injured. We immediately jumped into action and headed their way. When we came across this sweet horse, that had apparently been left to fend for herself. She appeared relieved and immediately started to drink the water we brought for her.

As reported by AZ Family, the rescue group believes that the horse, dubbed Blessing, had been on her own for upwards of four to six months, and she lost 600 lbs.

The people who took the skeletal horse in made a shocking discovery about her past…she has a lip tattoo and a brand that reveal that she was a former racehorse whose name was Pleasing Dom, and she was born in 2012.

Though Blessing’s history is somewhat known, it remains a mystery who left her to die in the desert. But today she is safe and receiving the love and care that she needs to recover. You can support her recovery by making a donation to this fundraiser.


 

Family Of Legally Blind Child Adopts Blind Cat, Seeing Eye Kitten, And Mother Cat

A special trio of cats has found a new home with a family who drove all the way from Ohio, to Sioux City, Iowa, to adopt them. The feline threesome was in the care of the Sioux City Animal Adoption and Rescue Center, who was on a mission to find the cats the perfect home.

The cats are unique…one cat was born with no eyes, the other, presumed to be the blind cat’s mother, has medical issues, and the third, a kitten, was added to the mix in order to serve as a seeing eye cat to the kitty with no eyes.

The Nestor family read about the cat trio in People, and their story resonated with them…especially because their own son is legally blind. Amy Nestor tells NWA Homepage:

“We have one in college; we have a 14-year-old that’s in high school, and then we have a 12-year-old that’s in 6th grade. And our 12-year-old, Joshua, is legally blind. He is absolutely thrilled. He loves animals, in fact, I think he’s going to do something with animals in his life. He is just bouncing off the walls excited.”

Joshua’s dad, Paul, said:

It was real special to tell him, because you always worry about your child fitting in, wherever he’s at, and to know that he’s not alone, and he can help this animal who’s completely blind.”

On Sunday, the animal shelter commented on the adoption, writing:

Today is bitter sweet to say farewell to our special needs friends who have over come so much to FINALLY find their “FUR EVER” home. THANK YOU to their wonderful new family who drove here from Ohio to take them home. Although we will miss them, it is heartwarming to know they will be safe and loved. We had over 20 amazing applications from all over the country(even Australia) who wanted to welcome them into their homes.
To the unsung heros in this story, the Animal Control Officers that saved them, to the staff and volunteers who cared for them, The Veterinarians who treated them and the office personnel and media who made this possible. For those who can not speak for themselves. THANK YOU !!!!!


Woman In Coma After Jumping Into Hot Spring To Try And Save Her Dog

A young woman is in a coma, and her dog has died, after a tragic incident in Yellowstone National Park. On October 4, 20-year-old Laiha Slayton rushed into 190-degree hot spring water after her Shih Tzu, Rusty, fell in.

According to a news release from national park officials, the woman and her father had stopped near the hot spring and when they exited their vehicle, the dog also got out and ran into the water of Maiden’s Grave Spring near the Firehole River.

But Slayton’s efforts to save her pup were in vain. Not only did Slayton get burned badly enough that she had to be placed into a medically induced coma to allow the third-degree burns over much of her body to heal, but Rusty’s burns proved to be fatal.

In the release about the tragic incident, park officials offered safety advice for visitors:

The ground in hydrothermal areas is fragile and thin, and there is scalding water just below the surface. Everyone must remain on boardwalks and trails and exercise extreme caution around thermal features. Learn more about safety in thermal areas at go.nps.gov/yellsafety.
Visitors: While in the park, protect your pets by physically controlling them at all times. Pets must be in a car, crate or on a leash no more than six feet long. They are not allowed on boardwalks, hiking trails, in the backcountry, or in thermal areas.


Orphaned Gorilla Dies In The Arms Of Ranger Who Saved Her 14 Years Ago

In 2007, an infant mountain gorilla was discovered clinging to the body of her dead mother, who had been killed by militia who were hunting for bushmeat. The two-month-old baby, dubbed Ndakasi, was whisked to safety by Andre Bauma, a ranger who became her life-long friend.

Ndakasi was brought to the Senkwekwe Center in Virunga National Park, where she stayed for the remainder of her life.

On October 5, Virunga National Park broke the news of Ndaski’s passing to Facebook followers, writing:

It is with heartfelt sadness that Virunga announces the death of beloved orphaned mountain gorilla, Ndakasi, who had been under the care of the Park’s Senkwekwe Center for more than a decade. On the evening of 26 September, following a prolonged illness in which her condition rapidly deteriorated, Ndakasi took her final breath in the loving arms of her caretaker and lifelong friend, Andre Bauma.

In a release from the national park, Ndakasi’s friend, Andre Bauma, commented on the impact the gorilla made in his life:

“It was a privilege to support and care for such a loving creature, especially knowing the trauma Ndakasi suffered at a very young age. One could say that she took after her mother, Nyiransekuye, whose name means “someone happy to welcome others.” It was Ndakasi’s sweet nature and intelligence that helped me to understand the connection between humans and Great Apes and why we should do everything in our power to protect them. I am proud to have called Ndakasi my friend. I loved her like a child and her cheerful personality brought a smile to my face every time I interacted with her. She will be missed by all of us at Virunga but we are forever grateful for the richness Ndakasi brought to our lives during her time at Senkwekwe.”

You can learn more about supporting gorilla conservation at this link.


Firefighters Notice Distraught Mother Turkey, Then Find Her Baby In A Storm Drain

In mid-September, a distraught mother, in need of help, caught the eye of firefighters with East Contra Costa Fire Protection District’s Station 52. The mother in need was a turkey who was upset about her baby, who had fallen into a storm drain behind Station 52.

The fire department recounted the moments leading up to their intervention:

“Yesterday we noticed a female turkey who seemed obsessed with one of the district vehicles in the parking lot behind Station 52. Because the Station 52’s crew was so busy running emergency calls (21 runs yesterday), they never got a chance to investigate. Throughout the day in the heat she stayed nearby. Even when the vehicle was moved she stayed near that same spot.”

Thanks to the keen ears of fire aides Matt Wyatt and Alex Olmedo, the sound of peeping was heard from a storm drain near the distraught turkey. The pair got creative with their effort to coax the chick out of the drain pipe – the department explained:

“They pulled the grate up and found her chick had fallen inside the deep drain. They were able to coerce the chick out of the drain pipe by playing turkey sounds on the speakers in Matt’s truck. They then blocked the chick from going back into the pipe with some cardboard. The chick was soon reunited with its mom.”

The unusual rescue resonated with followers of the fire department’s Facebook page – the post was shared 6k times and over 1.3k comments were left.

Great job Matt and Alex!