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Talkin' Pets News

September 2, 2017

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Dr. Suzanne Topor - Livingston Animal & Avian Hospital

Producer - Lexi Lapp

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Executive Producer - Bob Page

Special Guest - Dr. Brian Beale of Nat Geo Wild's Animal ER will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 9/02/17 at 5pm EST to discuss his 2nd year of following extreme veterinary cases on Nat Geo Wild

 

Paris Hilton recently gave her 15.9 million Twitter followers a look at her dogs' home — and it's extravagant! She posted a set of three pics and wrote: "My dogs live in this two-story doggy mansion that has air conditioning, heating, designer furniture, and a chandelier. Loves it." The tweet generated quite a response. So far it's garnered more than 20,000 likes along with 7,600 retweets and 714 comments. Some users expressed their amazement with messages such as, "Where do I apply to be a dog?" But many others thought the doghouse was too lavish. One wrote: "Wow. This just reinforces that rich people have nothing better to do with their money. Why not donate to a shelter for the homeless instead?"

The New York Daily News wrote that in 2016, Hilton "revealed she had seven dogs, among a number of other pets like ferrets, flying squirrels and a pig." As a pet-business owner, you probably won't be selling many doghouses this fancy. (OK, none whatsoever.)

But the tweet and its response show how important it's become in our culture to pamper our pets, with celebrities taking the trend to an extreme. Many pet owners, particularly millennials, are more than ready to give their pets a taste of luxury on a smaller scale. After all, pet-industry spending for 2016 totaled $66.75 billion, up from $60.28 billion in 2015, according to the American Pet Products Association.

So yes, Hilton's dogs are living the good life. But so are lots of other pets nationwide, and their enthusiastic owners represent a huge business opportunity.

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An unlicensed pet shop owner has been sentenced for failing to ensure the needs of a protected animal.

Alexandru-Constantin Ghita, of Old Reading, Harrow, was convicted of two counts of landing an animal, one count of trading an unlicensed pet shop and one count of failing to ensure the needs of a protected animal at Hendon Magistrates’ Court. He was banned from keeping any animals for five years and fined.

On Sunday, 18 June police were called to an address in Waller Drive, Northwood, to reports of a suspected burglary in progress. Officers attended and found no evidence of a break but did discover six young puppies running loose in a cluttered garage with no natural light or water.

The puppies, four French bulldogs and two pugs, were taken into police possession under the Animal Welfare Act. A veterinary surgeon determined they had originated from abroad and were under-age to have been lawfully imported. The case was referred to Animal Health Inspectors from the City of London Corporation who ordered that the puppies be placed into quarantine.

Ghita, a Romanian national, brought the puppies into the country claiming they were gifts for his friends. However, the dogs were placed in adverts online offering them for sale. Ghita pleaded guilty to all counts and the dogs will now be re-homed through the Dogs Trust.

Inspector Paddy O’Hara, of the Met’s Status Dog Unit, said: “Ghita kept these animals in poor conditions without any consideration for their needs.

Paula Boyden, veterinary director for the Dogs Trust, said: “We are delighted to see that this case has resulted in a prosecution and hope this significant outcome will act as a deterrent to other criminals. “Our recent investigation into the puppy smuggling scandal has shown that sadly, three years after we first highlighted the issue, puppies are still being illegally imported via the Pet Travel Scheme and sold to unsuspecting consumers. “In 2015 we set up our Puppy Pilot scheme which has funded the quarantine costs of over 500 illegally imported puppies before responsibly re-homing them through our re-homing centres. We very much hope that pet travel legislation will be revised to ensure that this sickening trade is stopped.”

Keith Bottomley, Deputy Chairman of the City Corporation’s Environmental Services Committee, said:“Importing and selling animals illegally is a crime we take very seriously. We will always enforce animal health and welfare legislation robustly. “By working collaboratively with the Metropolitan Police Service’s Taskforce, and with the expertise and powers of our Animal Health Officers, we have been able to investigate a broader range of offences than one agency could do alone.”

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In support of the people and pets affected by Hurricane Harvey, the AKC Humane Fund has donated $10,000, through its “Sandy Fund,” to the city of Houston to aid in relief efforts. The donation was made to the Greater Houston Community Foundation and the Hurricane Harvey Relief fund created by Mayor Sylvester Turner.

The AKC Humane Fund’s “Sandy Fund” allows AKC clubs and affiliated organizations to provide assistance for pets and their owners in their own communities during a time of disaster.

“We at the American Kennel Club and AKC Humane Fund are deeply saddened by the severe damage caused by Hurricane Harvey,” said Doug Ljungren, President of the AKC Humane Fund. “We will continue to do everything we can to support relief efforts in the aftermath of this storm.”

In addition to the monetary donation, the AKC Humane Fund has donated an AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer to the city of Houston. The AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailers help to create a safe, temporary home-base for at least 65 pets during the first 72 hours after a disaster is declared. The trailers house and deliver essential animal care items including crates and carriers, AKC Reunite microchips and an AKC Reunite universal microchip scanner, bowls, collars and leashes as well as fans, lighting and generators; cleaning supplies and maintenance items. These supplies can be used as co-location shelters, where people can evacuate with their pets, as well as emergency animal shelters for displaced animals.

Learn more about how to get involved in AKC Pet Disaster Relief at www.akcreunite.org/relief. To donate to the AKC Humane Fund’s Sandy Fund or any other programs, visit www.akchumanefund.org.

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AKC Reunite is pleased to announce a second Challenge Grant has been created by the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America Charitable Trust, which will match donations to AKC Reunite's Pet Disaster Relief Fund dollar for dollar for a total amount of $10,000 from their trust to support efforts for the families and pets in Texas and Louisiana affected by Hurricane Harvey.

This challenge grant follows the initial challenge grant from Barbara and Bob Amen (Delegate, Greater St. Louis Training Club) that began on Tuesday, August 29, 2017. The goal was met and exceeded within 24 hours. That grant also matched donations to AKC Reunite's Pet Disaster Relief Fund dollar for dollar for a total donation of $10,000 from the Amen family to support efforts for those affected by Harvey.

“We were thrilled by the generous response of the AKC community to the Amens’ challenge.  And we are very thankful to the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America Charitable Trust for starting this second challenge grant,” said Tom Sharp, AKC Reunite President and CEO.  “The American Kennel Club and AKC Reunite’s commitment to helping the victims of Hurricane Harvey continues. We know there is a long recovery road ahead and we intend to help in any way we can.”

Two AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailers have been deployed in Dallas and Ft Worth, Texas to help evacuees from the storm, and AKC Reunite will continue to help shelters caring for pets displaced by the storm. To donate securely online, go to www.akcreunite.org/donate.

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An ongoing earthquake swarm at Yellowstone volcano is now one of the biggest ever recorded, with over 2,300 tremors since it began in June. As of August 30, 2,357 earthquakes had been recorded. The most powerful in recent weeks was magnitude 3.3; it took place on August 21.

The most powerful in the current swarm was a magnitude 4.4, which was recorded on June 15. Most of the earthquakes were in the magnitude 0 or 1 range, with a further 181 recorded at magnitude 2 and 11 at magnitude 3. Another 53 were less than 0, meaning they were very small events that could be detected only with sensitive earthquake-monitoring instruments.

Jamie Farrell, a research professor at the University of Utah, which is involved in monitoring seismic activity at Yellowstone, told Newsweek that the swarm was “nothing out of the ordinary” and that it had “slowed down significantly but does occasionally have little bursts of activity that lasts for a few hours.”

Still, the ongoing swarm is now one of the longest and largest on record. The largest swarm ever recorded was in October 1985; it lasted for three months and included more than 3,000 earthquakes. There was another large swarm in 2010, when more than 2,000 events were recorded over a month.

Thousands of earthquakes take place at Yellowstone every year. Swarms are when numerous earthquakes take place over the course of weeks or months, with no clear sequence of main earthquakes and aftershocks. They do not, as normal earthquakes sometimes do, signal an eruption is forthcoming.

The U.S. Geological Survey currently lists the volcano alert level at Yellowstone as normal, and the aviation color code—indicating a potential risk to flights—is green.

Discussing the ongoing swarm at Yellowstone at the end of June, Jacob Lowenstern, one of the scientists in charge of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory, told Newsweek, “Yellowstone has had dozens of these sorts of earthquake swarms in the last 150 years it’s been visited. The last volcanic eruption within the caldera [crater] was 70,000 years ago. For magma to reach the surface, a new vent needs to be created, which requires a lot of intense geological activity.”

Lowenstern added, “The volcano alert level remains at green. As outlined in our response plan, USGS Circular 1351, we would need to see considerably more and larger earthquakes, combined with contemporaneous ground deformation, steam explosions and changes in gas and heat discharge, prior to moving the alert level. None of that has occurred.”

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A swan had to be rescued from a herd of cattle that struck and trampled on it in the grounds of Blarney Castle in what the estate’s garden manager described as a “surreal” scene.

The bizarre incident unfolded before the lens of Irish Examiner photographer Dan Linehan on the grounds of the castle, when the swan landed in a field of Limousin cattle.

As tourists looked on, the cattle first surveyed the swan, but when he then hissed at the cows they took off in his direction.

The swan failed to fly away, despite numerous attempts and was butted and stamped on by some of the cows.

As tourists tried to distract the cattle Adam Whitbourn, garden manager at the Castle for the past 12 years, managed to lean over the fence and drag the swan out of the line of fire.

Adam said the swan had only landed in the field from Blarney Lake due to a territorial dispute with another swan. After a brief “standoff” the cattle ran directly for the bird.

There was no adult bull in the field and Adam said the attack was likely because the cows would not have seen a swan before and believed it posed a threat to their calves, meaning the herd’s “defensive instincts” kicked in.

“Nature can be cruel,” he said.

Adam had previously worked for the RSPCA in the UK for a year and as the tourists distracted the cows he pinned the swan’s wings and carried him to safety.

“He was quite exhausted at this point,” “I put him back in the lake and have checked on him twice. He’s sitting there looking bedraggled so I’m hoping it’s a happy ending.” Said Adam

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