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Talkin' Pets News

August 12, 2017

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Maria Ryan - DogGone Positive

Producer - Zach Budin

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Executive Producer - Bob Page

Special Guest - David Baron, author of American Eclipse, will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 8/12/17 at 5pm EST to discuss and give away his book just in time for the August 21, 2017 Eclipse


Pearl River County Animal Control Officer Danny Joe Slade responded to a call concerning a stray pit bull in poor condition. It was later learned that the dog belonged to residents at 6801 Highway 11 in Picayune, which was close to where Slade found the pit bull.

After arriving on the scene, Slade said he noticed the dog was in “very, very poor condition.”

Slade said the owners told him the dog had been missing for over a week. It appeared as though the animal was suffering from malnutrition. The pit bull’s ribs, spine and skull were visible through its skin, due to alleged starvation and neglect.

Slade said the investigation determined the owner had four dogs. In addition to the pit bull Slade found, another dog was in “borderline condition.”

He added that the owner has been warned various times about keeping dogs on leashes and preventing them from roaming the neighborhood without supervision.

Once Slade transported the malnourished pit bull to the Pearl River County SPCA, he gave the owner an animal neglect and leash law violation citation for the malnourished dog and a warning for the care of the other dogs. Slade said he gave the owner seven days to take better care of the other dogs so their health could improve, or they will be confiscated. For legal reasons, and because the case is still ongoing, Slade declined to release the name of the owner.

Although numerous staff at the PRC SPCA said the pit bull’s condition is still life-threatening, they are doing everything they can to bring it back to a healthy state.

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A Cambridge University tweet linking to information defending the increasing number of animal experiments its scientists had conducted between 2013 and 2016 created a “storm of protest” yesterday among animal activists.

According to an article in the Cambridge News, the testing of monkeys, marmosets, and macaques’ in the city are most controversial.

Cambridge against AstraZeneca Planning (CAP), a collaborative venture opposed to the multi-national pharmaceutical company, AstraZeneca’s testing lab based on Cambridge Bio Medical Campus, is reportedly planning to launch a “Twitter storm” in response to what they deem to be the university’s “flippant” attitude towards animals.

“These cold statistics mask incredible animal suffering. It is shameful that Cambridge University continues to be a major user of animals in experiments. The use of animals in research is outdated and fundamentally flawed, failing to reliably predict potential human effects,” stated Tim Phillips, National Anti-Vivisection Society campaigns director.” Our universities should be championing modern research techniques not living in a cruel past.”

As per the data released by the University, “in 2013 a total of 36 monkeys were tested, 42 the following year, 59 in 2015 and 52 last year.”

Mice, zebrafish, sheep and guinea pigs were also among other animals tested that were referenced in the report.

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Endangered North Atlantic Right whales have experienced a shocking number of fatalities in 2017, causing alarm among biologists and conservationists for their depleting population of only 500 animals.

Yesterday, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) was on Martha’s Vineyard conducting a necropsy (animal autopsy) on the most recently reported dead Right whale. Sadly, initial findings from the investigation showed lesions consistent with entanglement wounds, though further tests are still pending.

Earlier this year, in April, IFAW led another investigation into the death of a young female Right whale in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and other stranding network partners. Her necropsy showed obvious signs of blunt force trauma indicative of a vessel strike.

The majority of recent Right whale fatalities have occurred in Canada’s Gulf of St. Lawrence. Since June 7, 2017, at least ten deceased North Atlantic Right whales have been discovered there. The cause of death for at least two of the whales was determined to be blunt force trauma from a vessel strike and one death occurred from entanglement in fishing gear.

The death rate of this endangered species is so alarming, Fisheries and Oceans Canada closed down several snow crab fishing areas in the Gulf of St. Lawrence early in an effort to reduce the risk of whale’s encountering fishing gear.

Rerouting shipping lanes and reducing ocean noise are also suggested solutions to reduce the number of fatalities. Sonic Sea, an Emmy-nominated documentary created by IFAW and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), delves into the crisis of ocean noise and its impact on marine mammals.

In addition to raising awareness about the problems ocean noise causes with marine life, IFAW also partnered with several marine conservation organizations to create the mobile app, Whale Alert, to notify mariners of nearby whales. The app notifies mariners of whales nearby, allowing vessels to adjust speed and direction to avoid harmful collisions with whales.

IFAW is just beginning a project in collaboration with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution that will summarize mortality patterns in the North Atlantic right whale population over the past 12 years to better help policy-makers institute protections for this endangered species.

IFAW has long advocated for Right whale protection and has worked alongside industry and government to implement best practices to help ensure their survival.

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New scam targeting owners of lost pets

A Texas woman is learning a hard lesson - that sometimes there are people who try to profit from misery.

Late last month, Rachel Dean's cat mysteriously disappeared from the front porch where he would take his daily afternoon nap.

"He's an old boy and he wouldn't wander off on some grand adventure," she said.

Named Romeo, for his affectionate personality, Dean rescued him several years ago.

The day after he vanished, she put up fliers throughout the neighborhood, with Romeo's picture and her phone number. Five days ago, she received a voicemail. A man asked if there was a reward for Romeos return.

The next call she received she said was from a man who claim to have her cat. That begin a series of text messages over several days.

"I asked him to send me a picture," Dean said. "It was of two cats and a cage, and none of them look like Romeo. He told me he had five other cats too, and later message me that in all there were 50 cats."

Growing suspicious, Dean googled the pictures and found they were generic images on the Internet.

Then came the offer she said.

"He told me I could get Romeo back for $300. He also offered to finance the payments over eight months. For one moment, I actually believe that he might have Romeo."

That hope has now vanished. She reported her missing cat and what she suspects was a scam to Dickinson police.

A police spokesman said that it appears the phone number that was being used is a spoofed number, and it's being used by a scammer. He also said that Dean has done everything right by questioning what she was being told, and not sending any money.

Dean also wants to warn other pet owners. "I don't want some sweet grandmother who has lost her pet to fall for this and send money and never see her pet again."

"He told me that this was his business," she said. "That they were in the business of reuniting lost pets with their owners for a price. I don't believe they have Romeo at all."

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Animal Charity blames drug epidemic for surge in neglected pets....

An Animal Charity in Ohio is seeing an uptick in the number of pets neglected and left behind as a result of the drug epidemic.

A two-year old mixed-dog named Cody is currently in the care of Animal Charity. Executive Director Lisa Hill said when Cody came into their facility that's when she realized that so many pets are the unnoticed victims.

"I didn't even put it all together like that until this week when we saw Cody and his owner and it was like so many animals are affected by this too," said Hill.

Cody, formerly named "Codeine" came from a home Animal Charity officials suspect drugs were used.

"His owner was thinking she hadn't fed him in two days, and it was clearly more like two weeks," said Hill.

Often times, Animal Charity said people want to help but pets can become forgotten.

"The neighbors do the best they can because they'll feed them when they're gone and just hope they come back, and eventually they don't come back," said Hill.

If you're interested in adopting Cody, call Animal Charity at 330-788-1064.

They also encourage people to call if they see an animal that appears abandoned or neglected.

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Back to school season can trigger anxiety in some pets....

While the back-to-school season may be a time of fun and excitement for students and parents alike, for the four-legged members of the family, it can be a time of stress and even sadness.

Pets who have grown accustomed to the extra attention and time with their owners over summer break may find themselves anxious with all the extra alone time on their hands — or rather, paws...

It’s really not an uncommon problem, as all, cats and dogs are particularly vulnerable to any change in their schedules, and dogs in particular, thrive on stimulation and interaction with their owners. Suddenly finding themselves with nothing to do or no one to interact with when the kids are back in school, pets may feel forced to find other ways to entertain themselves, which may include excessive barking or meowing, gnawing on shoes, raiding the garbage, eating houseplants and scratching furniture.

If your pet is suddenly having house-training “accidents,” barking or howling more often, pacing, digging or trying to break out of the yard, it could be a sign that the animal is having a hard time adjusting to the new family schedule.

A good strategy is to avoid an abrupt change in your pet’s routine would be, in the weeks before school, gradually introduce your pet to short periods of separation. If it’s too late for that, you might try giving your dog or cat a treat every time you leave the house to help them develop positive feelings about being alone, or there are also toys in which you can put treats to make the dog or cat ‘work’ to get (the treat) out — this is a good way to keep them interested or entertained, as well as rewarding them with a treat for their efforts.

Playing with your dog or cat before and after school is a good way to help ease them into their new routine, although when the duties to “let the dog out” falls upon the children, it’s just as important if not moreso for the kids to stay with and watch the pets.

It can be frustrating for pet-owners when their dog or cat has difficulty getting used to the new home routine, but don't be impatient as the pet should eventually adapt.

Scolding or punishing your dog or cat for the bad behavior because of — I’ll call it separation anxiety — could make it worse, so be patient as they’re getting used to the new routine. If the problems continue, educate yourself about pet separation anxiety and talk to your veterinarian about your options.

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