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Talkin' Pets News

June 6, 2020

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Gino Sassani - Lost World Reptiles

Producer - Zach Budin

Network Producer - Darian Sims

Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guests -Lydia Hiby, Animal Communicator and long time friend of Talkin' Pets will join Jon & Talkin' Pets 6/06/20 at 5pm ET to discuss your pets past & present

Robin Bennett, Co-Founder of The Dog Gurus and author of several books will join Jon & Talkin' Pets 6/06/20 at 630pm ET to discuss dog day cares & business's as they plan to reopen during Covid-19

 

A dog in New York state has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories announced.

It’s the first confirmed case of the infection in a dog in the U.S., according to a press release from the agency.

Samples from the dog, a German shepherd, were taken after it showed signs of respiratory illness. The dog is expected to make a full recovery. One of the dog’s owners tested positive for COVID-19, and another showed symptoms consistent with the virus, prior to the dog showing signs. A second dog in the household has shown no signs of illness; however, antibodies were also identified in that dog, suggesting exposure.  

Infections with the virus have been reported in a small number of animals worldwide, mostly in animals that had close contact with a person who was sick with COVID-19. At this time, routine testing of animals is not recommended, according to the release. State and local animal health and public health officials will work with USDA and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to make determinations about whether animals should be tested for the virus, using a One Health approach.  

USDA will announce confirmed cases each time the virus, known as SARS-CoV-2, is found in a new species.  All confirmed cases in animals will be posted here.

The initial dog tested presumptive positive for SARS-CoV-2 at a private veterinary laboratory, which then reported the results to state and federal officials. The confirmatory testing was conducted at NVSL and included collection of additional samples.

While additional animals may test positive as infections continue in people, it is important to note that performing this animal testing does not reduce the availability of tests for humans, according to the release.  

“We are still learning about SARS-CoV-2 in animals, but there is currently no evidence that animals play a significant role in spreading the virus,” the release stated. “Based on the limited information available, the risk of animals spreading the virus to people is considered to be low. There is no justification in taking measures against companion animals that may compromise their welfare.”

It appears that people with COVID-19 can spread the virus to animals during close contact,” according to the release. It is important for people with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 to avoid contact with pets and other animals to protect them from possible infection.  

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Four current and former chicken industry executives have been indicted in an alleged price-fixing scheme. Among those cited are Pilgrim Pride's CEO and a former vice president, as well the president and an executive of Claxton Poultry Farms. According to the unsealed indictment, the executives discussed confidential information about negotiations with fast food restaurants and grocery stores, then made similar bids from 2012 to at least 2017. In a statement, the Justice Department says the criminal investigation is ongoing.

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A Bay Area San Francisco man this week took a remarkable photo of a coyote not in its natural habitat: standing on the stone wall at the Golden Gate Bridge.

San Anselmo resident Jeff Cooperman told KPIX 5 reporter Joe Vazquez via email that he pulled his car into the overlook by the bridge after swimming at Aquatic Park when he saw what he initially thought was a dog standing on the overlook’s stone wall.

Cooperman had his camera and, like a number of people at the overlook taking pictures, decided to take a photo. As he approached the animal, he realized something else.

“I noticed it was pretty skinny for a dog. It was clearly a coyote,” wrote Cooperman. “It seemed pretty calm and stood there for a while while people snapped photos.”

Cooperman — who works in San Francisco for Top Golf as an animator —  didn’t have a telephoto lens, so he just kept shooting as he inched closer to the coyote.

“Much closer than I would have preferred,” said Cooperman. “He eventually jumped down and walked through the parking lot, totally comfortable around the people around him.”

The coyote quickly disappeared, but not before Cooperman had taken his photo to capture the moment for posterity.

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A young gray whale that was stuck in Twentymile River for a week made its way back into Turnagain Arm on Wednesday evening, Alaska biologists said.

The juvenile whale was first spotted along Turnagain Arm on May 25. Officials worried it was injured or sick because it was reported swimming in circles along the shore, said Julie Speegle, a spokeswoman for NOAA Fisheries in Alaska. Speegle said they hoped the whale would swim out into deeper waters as the tide rose on May 27, but instead it swam into Twentymile River, where it remained until Wednesday night. Speegle said it had likely wandered into the river either to feed on hooligan or because it was sick.

The whale was trapped in a small but deep portion of the river, just over a mile upriver from Twentymile Bridge on the Seward Highway. The river is shallow in many places, which made it impossible for the whale to free itself during low tide. The whale had an area 500 to 600 yards long in which to swim. Crews from the Girdwood Fire Department and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration checked on the whale through the week, trying to get photos and videos that would allow them to better assess its health. Speegle said they determined the whale is 27 to 30 feet long and appeared to be in poor or fair condition Wednesday. Gray whales can grow up to 49 feet long and weigh roughly 90,000 pounds.

Officials watched the whale Wednesday as the tide raised water levels in the river. Speegle said around 6:30 p.m., it was able to work its way free and turn around to swim out of the river. Officials kept viewers off the Twentymile Bridge and the boat ramp was closed to avoid spooking or stressing the whale.

As the whale returned to Turnagain Arm, it passed the Placer River and was on the side of the arm closer to Hope around 7 p.m., Speegle said. Crews looked for the whale in Turnagain Arm on Thursday but did not see it. The public can report any sightings of the whale or any stranded or injured marine mammal to NOAA’s hotline at 877-925-7773.

Gray whales are not common in Cook Inlet, but Speegle said they have shown up throughout the years. The inlet is known for swift tides, narrow channels and shallow water, which make it less than ideal for bigger whale species. Two gray whales died in Turnagain Arm by this time last year. Gray whales migrate 5,000 to 7,000 miles from Mexico and Southern California annually to Alaska, where they feed in the shallow waters of the Bering and Chukchi seas for the summer. The migration runs late February to May and Speegle said gray whales have been spotted this year in Alaska from Craig to Kodiak.

There was a significant spike in gray whale deaths last year, which caused the department to launch an investigation into the “unusual mortality event." More than 120 gray whales died along the North American coast last year and 48 were stranded in Alaska, according to NOAA data. The investigation will try to determine why so many whales are suddenly dying. Preliminary necropsies of some indicated they were emaciated. Four gray whales have died so far this year, near Anchor Point, Point Heiden, Yakutat and Cordova. Speegle said investigators are still determining what caused the whales to die.

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One week after the animal cruelty case against a Trumbull County mother and son was dismissed, the pair are now facing charges once again in a different court.

Ronata Phillips and Adam Keim pleaded not guilty Friday morning at their arraignment in Central District Court.

Last week, their case was dismissed in Newton Falls Municipal Court when it was determined the court lacked jurisdiction since Phillips’ home on Durst Colebrook Road is in Greene Township.

Charges of torture, animal cruelty and harmful pests were filed Tuesday in Central District Court.

It stems from when humane agents searched their property as part of an ongoing investigation into their animals’ conditions in October 2019.

At the time, agents seized 98 domestic, agricultural and exotic animals.

Carole Baskin, who became a household name after Netflix’s “Tiger King” spotlighted her years long feud with Joe Exotic, was awarded Exotic’s former zoo by an Oklahoma judge.

Baskin, who owns and operates Big Cat Rescue, sued Exotic’s business, Greater Wynnewood Development Group, and Shirley Shcribvogel, Exotic’s mother, in 2016.

The zoo is no longer controlled by Exotic, whose legal name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage. Exotic is currently serving a 22-year prison sentence for murder-for-hire plot against Baskin. The two have been longtime enemies, with Baskin accusing Exotic of animal abuse Exotic claiming Baskin was trying to ruin his zoo. Both accused the other of smearing their reputations.

Exotic was convicted in September and sentenced in January for the murder-for-hire scheme against Baskin, as well as for multiple violations of wildlife laws.

The court ruling Monday in the Western District of Oklahoma says the zoo must be vacated in 120 days and control must be handed over to Baskin’s Big Cat Rescue.

Baskin is also entitled to the buildings and vehicles on the land. The order requires “the removal of all zoo animals for the Zoo Land.” The park is now owned by Jeff Lowe, who was also featured in the Netflix documentary.

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Two giant pandas in Canada will be heading back to China because their main meal, fresh bamboo, was getting too difficult to find during the pandemic, officials at Calgary Zoo in Canada said.

The bamboo for Er Shun and Da Mao was flown directly from China and then, when the pandemic reduced flights, on transfers from Toronto, the zoo said Tuesday. But even those flights have been reduced, making the adult bears' favored food supply shaky.

Shipments have gone to the wrong place, delivery times have been longer and the pair just won't eat some of the bamboo, zoo officials said.

"We believe the best and safest place for the Pandas to be during these challenging and unprecedented times is where bamboo is abundant and easy to access," Calgary Zoo President and CEO Clément Lanthier said in a statement.

Bamboo composes 99 percent of the bears' diet, and each one eats about 88 pounds of it in a day, according to the zoo.

The duo arrived in Calgary in March 2018 after spending time at the Toronto Zoo. They were originally scheduled to stay in Canada for nearly four more years.

Both Pandas are expected to leave without goodbyes from the public because the zoo is closed temporarily. The city of Calgary is still under modified stay-at-home orders.

"This was an incredibly difficult decision to make but the health and well-being of the animals we love and care for always comes first," Lanthier said.

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A 9-year-old boy who disappeared Thursday while checking the mail at his Arkansas home was later found dead from an apparent dog attack, authorities said.

The boy’s body was found in a field near the family's home in the small town of Mount Vernon, north of Little Rock, the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

The boy’s mother went to look for him when he didn’t return after a few minutes on Thursday morning, the statement said. She called 911, and responding investigators found his body.

The statement said the mother had seen several dogs running from the field.

Two people were being questioned in connection to the boy’s death, and two dogs were taken by a local animal shelter, the statement said.

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