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Talkin' Pets News

June 15, 2019

Host - Jon Patch

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

Producer - Lexi Lapp

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guest - Kac Young author of The One Minute Cat Manager – Sixty Seconds to feline Shangri-La will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 6/15/19 at 5pm ET to discuss and give away her new book


Just over a year after first cryptically alluding to “multiple physical assaults” on the NCIS set, Pauley Perrette has shed more light on her claims — and in doing so put series lead Mark Harmon in the crosshairs.

In a tweet that didn’t appear to be in response to anything in particular, the NCIS alum said, “NO I AM NOT COMING BACK! EVER! (Please stop asking?) I am terrified of Harmon and him attacking me. I have nightmares about it.”

Two hours later, she followed that up with close-up photos of a crew member who, lore has it, was bitten by Harmon’s dog on-set in October 2016. (TMZ reported at the time that the crew member had been “roughhousing” with the then three-year-old pit bull mix, and required 16 stitches for his injury.)

“You think I didn’t expect blow back? You got me wrong,” Perrette’s second tweet read. “THIS happened to my crew member and I fought like hell to keep it from happening again! To protect my crew! And then I was physically assaulted for saying NO!? and I lost my job.”

CBS did not immediately respond to TVLine’s request for comment on Perrette’s June 7 tweets.

Perrette last appeared in NCIS’ penultimate Season 15 episode (aired May 8, 2018), in which Abby committed herself to following in fallen colleague Clayton Reeves’ footsteps by shepherding a charity for homeless women. Abby shared heartfelt, in-person farewells with everyone on the team… except for Harmon’s Gibbs, with whom she instead exchanged a conspicuously edited ASL good-bye across his front lawn:

Days after said NCIS sendoff, Perrette alluded on Twitter to “multiple physical assaults” on the CBS drama’s set, but declined to go into any detail. “I refused to go low, that’s why I’ve never told publicly what happened,” she wrote then. “I’m trying to do the right thing, but maybe silence isn’t the right thing about crime.”

She also claimed that a “very rich, very powerful publicity ‘machine'” was “keeping [her] silent,” and yet she cryptically maintained: “He did it.”

CBS at the time responded with a statement saying, “Over a year ago, Pauley came to us with a workplace concern. We took the matter seriously and worked with her to find a resolution. We are committed to a safe work environment on all our shows.”

Perrette is set to return to CBS in 2020, starring alongside Jane the Virgin‘s Jaime Camil in the midseason comedy Broke.

Austin, TX, is set to get a $16 million indoor dog park.

With over 50,000 square feet of off-leash space, the air-conditioned facility will be called Canine Commons, reports.

The news outlet quoted a press release saying the development will be “among the largest dog parks ever built.”

It will employ as many as 35 people and have retail space, a coffee shop and training areas.

The dog park is being planned by Corbyt and TACKarchitects, both based in Omaha, NE. They’re considering various sites in Austin, according to

An opening date has not been announced. Construction is expected to take about a year.

Canine Commons locations are also planned for Omaha and four other yet-to-be-named cities, according to

Dog urine may be undermining cities’ efforts to keep sewer systems from overflowing, a new study suggests.

Cities’ “green infrastructure,” such as street trees, helps to absorb rainwater, Popular Science notes. But these areas also happen to attracts lots of dogs that need to do their business.

And the urine might be making soil in those areas less absorbent because of its low pH and its nitrogen content, according to a study by Columbia University undergraduate and graduate researchers. It also may be causing the soil microbiome to become less diverse.

In areas such as sidewalk tree pits, ““the soils seemed barren, compacted, and the water from rainfall didn’t seem to penetrate very well,” ecologist Krista McGuire, who led the research, said of her reason for starting the project.

The researchers explained in their paper:

“Our study investigated the effects of canine urine on the urban soil microbial communities in a greenhouse experiment by treating Liriope muscari, a common plant found in New York City green infrastructure, with different concentrations of canine urine for 4 weeks in an experimental setting. We found that urine application significantly decreased total soil microbial biomass and microbial richness, and increased water runoff volume.”

The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC), along with co-sponsors the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), today announced the re-launch of the Habitattitude™ educational campaign during the Reduce Risks from Invasive Species Coalition’s (RRISC) agency fair on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Habitattitude is a non-regulatory collaboration between industry groups and government agencies that is designed to increase awareness of the risks posed by non-native species in the environment and to positively impact consumer attitudes and practices.

“Sometimes well-intentioned pet owners who can no longer care for their companions think the best thing to do is to release them ‘back to nature',” said Mike Bober, president and CEO of PIJAC. “With the renewed focus of Habitattitude, PIJAC, USFWS and NOAA are targeting and educating animal lovers earlier in their search for their perfect pets so they make wise choices before they bring them home, increasing the likelihood of a life-long relationship.”

The campaign’s centerpiece is the Habitattitude.netwebsite, which has been renewed with an emphasis on current environmental concerns and modern audiences from its original focus primarily on aquatic invasive species. Sponsors PIJAC, USFWS, and NOAA updated the site to appeal to younger generations with their appetite for visually engaging media platforms, and also to address the growing popularity of reptiles including Burmese pythons, iguanas and Argentine tegus as pets. provides guidance for proper pet selection and care, along with sections on aquarium fish and water gardening. The new section on reptiles and amphibians addresses the variety of species and basic considerations and requirements for habitat, diet, and health concerns. Another new component focuses on animals and plants in classroom education, and caring for them outside the home environment, in response to concerns about the potential for classroom pets to be released at the end of a school year.

Organizations and individuals including government agencies, academic institutions, and classroom teachers who are involved in pet care, invasive species or environmental preservation concerns are invited to sign up on to become partners and download graphics, posters and other artwork to demonstrate their commitment to promoting responsible pet care and a healthy environment.


A tiny three-pound Yorkie was rescued by a good Samaritan from a Massachusetts dumpster after being “thrown away like trash,” according to the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA).

The little dog’s savior was on Blue Hill Avenue in the Boston neighborhood of Dorchester on May 21 when they spotted the Yorkie, near death, in a dumpster.

The MSPCA reports the dog was matted, extremely dirty and very thin, having not eaten in at least a week. He required immediate IV fluids after bring rushed to Angell Animal Medical Center.

“His fur was matted and dirty and he was extremely thin, dehydrated and neurologically impaired — likely due to severe nutritional deficiency,” Dr. Hannah Marshall said of the dog, believed to be between two and three years old. “He perked right up after about an hour (following IV fluids) and he has been wonderful ever since,” she said”

Authorities say the dog was neither tagged nor microchipped, making it impossible to identify his owner and hold them responsible for animal cruelty charges.

The little Yorkie has since been named “Oscar.”

Oscar has been in the care of MSPCA’s adoption center staff, and has been improving in the three weeks since being discovered. He’s scheduled to undergo an extensive dental cleaning before being placed in a new home, the MSPCA reports.

“Somebody felt that throwing this dog away like trash was the best way to get rid of a pet they no longer wanted — and that’s especially tragic when there are organizations, such as ours, that will always welcome an animal in need ,” said MSPCA adoption center associate director Anna Rafferty-Foré.

“It’s always shocking to see this level of disregard for animals — in this case a dog that was literally thrown away like garbage,” she added. “Oscar could easily have died in that dumpster and we’re relieved and grateful that he’s been saved.” The MSPCA is asking those interested in adopting to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

LA’s most in-demand kitten lounge debuts in West Hollywood! The lounge will be a fabulous, Instagrammable place where visitors can relax, drink coffee and enjoy fun kitty playtime with 3-to-6-month old kittens and, while there is no obligation, if they fall in love, they can bring one home! Our goal is to save more than 500 kittens. The idea is from Crumbs & Whiskers, the team that brought the first Cat Cafe to California.

“As popular as cats have been at the Cafe, we think the kittens will be even more in demand, and even more adorable, if that’s possible,” says founder and CEO Kanchan Singh. “It’s a place where you can get away from the stress of the city, traffic, your job, and instead just enjoy some kitten therapy.”

Reservations are now available online at the Crumbs & Whiskers website. Visitors can choose between a 30-minute kitten experience and a 70-minute extravaganza. Walk-ins will be limited availability if space permits. Bookings are expected to go quickly. As before, our partner Froma on Melrose will offer a limited menu so visitors can preorder food and drinks to enjoy during their sessions.

The L.A. Kitten Lounge comes on the heels of C&W’s immense success with the nation’s very first pop-up Kitten Lounge in Washington, DC. There, adoptions exceeded expectations, with more than 200 applications for kitten adoptions submitted in the first month alone, with about five requests for each of the 30 kittens in the lounge at any one time. Both D.C. and L.A. lounges are designed to coincide with “kitten season.” It’s a time of year when an influx of stray kittens overloads animal shelters nationwide. Many cannot handle the costs and responsibilities of caring for so many kittens, resulting in thousands of euthanizations. In fact, about 860,000 cats are euthanized each year. By serving as a sort of a foster home where kittens and people can interact, Singh hopes the effort will save more than 500 kittens. The kittens at the new L.A. Kitten Lounge are provided in partnership with Stray Cat Alliance, a local nonprofit.

Between its two cat cafes and the new pop-up Kitten Lounge, Crumbs & Whiskers has already facilitated almost 1,000 cat and kitten adoptions with nearly 2,200 saved from the risk of euthanasia. More than $28,500 has been donated to various charities and nonprofits.

Over 40% of Greenland experienced melting yesterday, with total ice loss estimated to be more than 2 gigatons (a gigaton is equal to 1 billion tons). While Greenland is a big island filled with lots of ice, it is highly unusual for that much ice to be lost in the middle of June. The average "melt season" for Greenland runs from June to August, with the bulk of the melting occurring in July.

To visualize how much ice that is, imagine filling the National Mall in Washington DC with enough ice to reach a point in the sky eight times higher than the Washington Monument. The sudden spike in melting "is unusual, but not unprecedented," according to Thomas Mote, a research scientist at the University of Georgia who studies Greenland's climate.

"It is comparable to some spikes we saw in June of 2012," Mote told CNN, referring to the record-setting melt year of 2012 that saw almost the entire ice sheet experience melting for the first time in recorded history. This much melting this early in the summer could be a bad sign, indicating 2019 could once again set records for the amount of Greenland ice loss.

Mote explained how snow and ice melt off the Greenland ice sheet, especially early in the season, makes it easier to for additional melt to occur later in the summer. White snow and ice, which is bright and reflects the sun's rays back into space, reduces the amount of heat that is absorbed and helps to keep the ice sheet cold (a process known as "albedo").  "These melt events result in a changed surface albedo," according to Mote, which will allow more of the mid-summer sun's heat to be absorbed into the ice and melt it.  According to Mote "all signs seem to be pointing to a large melt season," and he is far from the only scientist to think so.

Jason Box, an ice climatologist at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, predicted in late May that "2019 will be a big melt year for Greenland." Box pointed out that this year had unusually early season melt days in April, and the melt season was "happening about three weeks earlier than average, and earlier than the record-setting melt year of 2012."

A persistent weather pattern has been setting the stage for the current spike in melting, according to Mote. "We've had a blocking ridge that has been anchored over East Greenland throughout much of the spring, which led to some melting activity in April -- and that pattern has persisted." That high pressure ridge pulls up warm, humid air from the Central Atlantic into portions of Greenland which leads to warmer temperatures over the ice. The high pressure also prevents precipitation from forming and leads to clear, sunny skies.

Over the past week or two, that high pressure ridge got even stronger as another high pressure front moved in from the eastern U.S. (the one that caused the prolonged hot and dry period in the Southeast earlier this month). Melt periods like the current one are not unprecedented; Mote noted previous ones in 2012 as well as 2007 and 2010 (all major melt years). But he pointed out that until recently, they were unheard of, according to Mote "we didn't see anything like this prior to the late 1990's." If these extreme melt seasons are becoming the new normal, it could have significant ramifications around the globe, especially for sea level rise. "Greenland has been an increasing contributor to global sea level rise over the past two decades," Mote said, "and surface melting and runoff is a large portion of that."


A Texas woman who took a photo of a live alligator with a knife in its head said she and her neighbors are concerned about the animal's well-being.

The gator was spotted in the Orchard Lakes Estates, Houston ABC station KTRK reported.

"I feel like somebody did this on purpose," said Erin Weaver, who took the photo of the animal.

Weaver, who has been living in the community for six years, told KRTK she sees alligators "almost every morning."

"Never have I seen them aggressive or even defensive," she added. "If you walk by and startle them, they just go under water."

A photo of the alligator with the knife in its head had been circulating on social media, and neighbors who saw it wanted to help.

"I don't want to see an alligator swimming around with a knife in his head and suffering," Weaver added.

According to Weaver, a Texas Parks and Wildlife game warden is expected to evaluate the alligator on Monday.

Brazos Bend State Park Attendant Chris Bishop told KRTK the gator isn't in pain and could live with the knife in its head for some time.

A coyote suspected of attacking a mother and her 4-year-old son in Fairfield Thursday was shot and killed, police said. 

The victims had only minor injuries. The 37-year-old woman was walking in the area between the tennis courts and the Fairfield Community Pool near the woods at about 7 p.m. 

Someone else let her know a coyote was following behind her. When the mother from Fairfield turned around, the coyote pounced on top of her. She fell, with the stroller going down with her.

The coyote bit her on the back of the leg and then turned toward the child, police said. The animal bit the boy on the right leg, but onlookers ran to their aid and chased the coyote away. 

Police shut down the park and started hunting the animal. Among them was Sgt. Frank Tracey. He was driving down Big Piece Road when he saw a shadowy figure resembling a coyote. He grabbed his M4 patrol rifle and entered the yard where he saw the animal.

All he saw was a cat, at least at first. Then he saw the coyote not far behind, emerging from behind a pool. The animal started moving toward Tracey, so the sergeant fired several shots and killed the beast.

The Associated Humane Society took the coyote's body to test it for rabies.

Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center released a statement . According to center officials, they believe trespassers are young people who paddled in from Lookout Creek and then got onto their boardwalk and the native animal area.

The center believes the trespassers first tried to take their bald eagle, Flora Nooga. Bald eagles are federally protected migratory birds, and while she was unsettled by the intrusion, officials say the bird does not appear to have been hurt.

When that didn't work, officials believe they moved on to Evi's space.

"We originally presumed she had been trafficked for the illegal exotic animal trade," said Reflection Riding officials in a statement Thursday, "We now believe Evi fought back against the criminals and was able to escape before she could be stolen. Federal law enforcement is now working the case alongside TWRA."

The nature center says they believe Evi is now missing in the Lookout Mountain area, and they're asking people NOT to approach the bobcat if you see her. Instead, take a picture of the area, and send the pic along with your contact info directly to Evi's keeper, Taylor Berry at 423-309-9969.

Wildlife Director Tish Gailmard says bobcats showing up as house pets has become a popular problem. "She does not make a good pet. She's a wild animal, and extremely powerful," said Gailmard. Reflection Riding says they are letting the forest calm down in the area where they believe Evi is currently. The center says they're grateful for the many community members who have reached out to them, concerned for Evi's wellbeing.

The nature center is asking community members for donations they say will help them mobilize more trained professionals to work with law enforcement to find Evi.

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