North Carolina resident Tammie Hedges took in 17 dogs and 10 cats from pet owners who had to leave their homes in coastal areas to get away from Hurricane Florence.
Her efforts landed her in jail, USA Today reports.
Hedges, who owns the donation-based animal rescue center Crazy's Claws N Paws, housed the animals in a structure that was not registered as a shelter, according to the newspaper.
But she's also accused of a dozen counts of practicing medicine without a veterinary license.
1 count of administering amoxicillin to Big Momma, 1 count of administering Tramadol to Big Momma, 3 counts of administering amoxicillin to a white Siamese cat, 3 counts of administering a topical antibiotic ointment (triple antibiotic from Dollar Tree) to a white Siamese cat, 3 counts of administering amoxicillin to a cat known as Sweet Pea, 1 count of administering amoxicillin to an unnamed black kitten, and 1 count of solicitation to commit a crime.
After being contacted by Wayne County Animal Control, Hedges handed over the animals, according to USA Today.
Spanky and Pippin are literally party animals in the Los Angeles nightlife scene.
The Nigerian Dwarf goats are professional party-goers, bringing their special brand of magic to city celebrations and starry soirees.
So-called goat mom Scout Raskin, a lifelong animal lover and former child actor, set up Party Goats LA in early 2017 and charges $99 an hour to bring her goats to a party or event.
One of the most popular interactions with the goats at parties is to have them jump onto revelers’ backs while they kneel on all fours.
Student Torian Mylott, 20, said the experience was fun and therapeutic.
"They're so friendly and they're just so nice to be around, because you can definitely tell they love humans and they are just a lot of fun," she said.
Despite being the same breed and age, the goats have very different personalities, Raskin says.
"Usually people at parties have their favorites. Some people love Pippin because he's really cute, but he's the cute dumb one," Raskin said. "And then some people really like Spanky because he's more chill and quiet and they feel like they can connect with him more."
The goats are unfazed by loud music and crowds of people, Raskin said.
"We've been to parties with DJs where there's loud music and I myself was concerned about how they would react to it. Pippin fell asleep and was totally calm and chill and fine in that environment, and it didn't really seem to hurt their ears or anything like that," she said.
Before hitting the town, Raskin dresses the goats in purple, lace-cuffed velvet jackets and neckbands and wraps their horns in brightly colored tape, for decoration and safety.
Chattanooga, TN-based Ark Pet Spa and Hotel is starting a franchising program.
The business currently has three locations in Chattanooga and another in the Atlanta area, the Times Free Press reports.
Plans call for opening franchise locations across the Southeast.
Founded in 2006, the Ark offers boarding, daycare, grooming, training and a "small but well chosen" selection of retail products, according to the company's website.
"These service lines help to reinforce each other, allowing us to offer to our busy human customers the convience of only having to make one stop for their pets needs while providing top tier services and products for their pets," according to the site.
"We'll show you how to be in it and make a very good living," Jay Floyd, founder and CEO of the firm, told the Times Free Press.
New York state has passed a law prohibiting the leasing of pets.
The practice of leasing companion animals "has resulted in balloon payments and predatory interest rates that lower income pet owners cannot afford," according to a press release from the office of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.
"As a result, pets are repossessed, traumatizing both owners and their pets," the release continues. "The amended law will prohibit the use of a dog or a cat as security for payments in contracts and financing agreements with pet dealers."
"As I've learned firsthand, pets quickly become members of your family, and it is unconscionable that there are unscrupulous sellers who would use pets as collateral," Cuomo said. "I'm proud to sign this legislation that will end this predatory practice once and for all."
The legislation was signed by Assemblyman Matthew Titone (D-Manhattan) and Sen. Carl Marcellino (R-Nassau County).
Titone said, "We are not talking about cars or furniture here. These are our pets that we have opened our homes and hearts to. We cannot allow this practice, which commodifies our companions without much regard for their mental well-being - while also deceiving New Yorkers - to continue any longer."
Marcellino said, "I thank Governor Cuomo for signing this legislation into law, ensuring that no pet owner or pet have to experience this harmful practice ever again."
Owners of pets like ball pythons and parakeets may worry that the pet-services industry is focused on cats and dogs, but new survey results from Pet Sitters International reveal an increase in the number of professional pet sitters offering care for fish, cage pets, birds and reptiles and amphibians.
PSI, an educational association for professional pet sitters, found in its 2018 State of the Industry Survey that more pet-sitting companies are serving a wide variety of pets. This year’s results indicate a significant increase in the number of PSI members offering services for:
- Fish (from 60.9 percent in 2016 to 82.7 percent in 2018).
- Cage pets, such as guinea pigs and hamsters (from 57.5 percent to 79.6 percent).
- Birds (from 60.9 percent to 78.3 percent).
- Reptiles and amphibians (from 39.2 percent to 61.5 percent).
There was also an increase in the number of pet sitters offering care for livestock (from 26.3 percent in 2016 to 37.9 percent in 2018), horses (from 20.1 percent to 28.2 percent) and exotic pets (from 2.9 percent to 7.6 percent).
“We were happy to see these numbers increase,” said Beth Stultz-Hairston, PSI’s vice president of marketing and operations. “While many of our members have long offered services for a variety of pet types, it appears the demand is growing for more pet sitters to make these standard services.”
PSI’s 2018 State of the Industry Survey also revealed that cats rule when it comes to professional pet-care services, with 97.3 percent of responding pet sitters now offering services for cats, surpassing the 96.2 percent who offer services for dogs. In 2016, 96.1 percent indicated they serviced dogs and 95.5 percent indicated they serviced cats.
“We are glad more and more pet owners are recognizing the benefit of securing professional pet-sitting services — whether they need care for their chinchillas, cats or pet birds,” said PSI President Patti Moran. “With the growth of the pet-sitting industry, pet owners are able to leave their pets at home when they travel and do not have to rely on untrained or unwilling friends, family members or neighbors for their care.
Yellowstone National Park rangers are seeking information after a Saturday report that a man had fired a shotgun at wolves that were chasing his dog east of Sedge Bay, along the East Entrance road.
Rangers who responded to the scene found no evidence of injured wolves but they did find shotgun shells, according to a park press release.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Yellowstone Tip Line at 307-344-2132.
Park Service officials took the opportunity to remind the public that although possession of a firearm in a national park is legal, firing a gun or hunting in Yellowstone National Park is not allowed.
A 67-year-old Springfield woman told animal control officials that she’s overwhelmed by the growing number of felines living inside her 850-square-foot home.
Debra Perryman has 80 Bengal cats, a breed resembling a more exotic animal such as a leopard. Perryman said she started out with just two — a male and a female purchased in 2013 for $2,000 each — with the intention of breeding them. But after the first litter was born in 2015, she was too attached to the kittens to let them go. From there, her collection has grown — and she seemingly remained under the radar of animal control or other authorities until two neighbors reported her to Springfield police.
“We received two complaints,” Springfield animal control officer Brian Austin said. “The number of cats was greatly exaggerated. The number we received initially was close to 300 cats. We’ve learned that’s not necessarily the case. But there are a heck of a lot of cats here, obviously.”
A neighbor also complained about the smell, which was detectable from the sidewalk outside the home. Austin is giving Perryman a chance to reduce the number of cats to a “reasonable number” in a reasonable amount of time. Perryman believes that number is 20 cats; Austin believes it’s closer to four or five, he said. City and state laws do not limit the number of cats a person may have.
The city of Springfield has offered to assist in the re-homing and adoption of the felines. People interested in adopting one of the cats can call community outreach coordinator Chris Solares at 541-735-5788. Perryman said she is ready to accept the city’s help in finding homes for some of her cats, but she insists her situation was born out of love and her intentions are good. She devotes each day to caring for the cats.
Austin agreed that the cats are all well cared for, well fed and well watered. Perryman said she goes through 50 pounds of food every two days. She also treats the cats to canned food, goat’s milk and homemade meals, such as scrambled eggs and chicken, daily. “They’re well socialized, I’ll say that. They are better socialized than I thought they were going to be,” Austin said. He only saw two litter boxes inside of the home. Two also were visible in the driveway. The cats are trained to urinate on a plastic mat, Austin added, but they also appear to be urinating in other places, including a dustpan while Austin was inside the home. There is no carpet in the house, only hardwood and linoleum flooring.
“Any long-term exposure to the interior of this house, I can’t imagine it being anywhere near good for lungs or (the) respiratory system whatsoever,” Austin said. “I was in there for about 25 to 30 minutes and my throat is already not feeling the best right now.” Bengal cats sell for between $1,000 and $10,000, according to bengalcatclub.com. It is unknown how many of the cats the woman has sold, but she told Austin she planned to downsize.
Fayetteville neighborhoods have been swarmed by large, black mosquitoes in recent days.
Robert Phillips walked onto the porch of his Eastover home to water flowers Tuesday night and was almost immediately swarmed by aggressive mosquitoes.
Worse yet, Phillips said, one type of mosquito was among the biggest he’s ever seen — at least 3/8 of an inch long.
“A bad science fiction movie,” he said. “They were inundating me, and one landed on me. It was like a small blackbird. I told my wife, ‘Gosh, look at the size of this thing.’ I told her that I guess I’m going to have to use a shotgun on these things if they get any bigger.”