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Talkin' Pets News

August 1, 2020

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jasmine Johnson - Jasmine the Dog Trainer

Producer - Matt Matera

Network Producer - Darian Sims

Social Media / Consultant - Bob Page

Special Guest - Dr. Lisa Pion-Berlin, ACHT, ACSW and President and CEO of Parents Anonymous, Inc. will join Jon and Talkin' Pets on 8/01/20 at 5pm ET to discuss the benefit of pets & kids during Covid-19


A group of researchers taught dogs to reliably sniff our COVID-19 — and it only took a week.

The study involved “eight specialised sniffer dogs” from the German military checking samples for the coronavirus. They were able to distinguish between samples from infected and non-infected individuals with an average sensitivity of 83 percent and a specificity of 96 percent.

This was after only a week of training.

The research was conducted by a team from the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover in cooperation with the Bundeswehr, the Hannover Medical School and the University Medical-Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf.

“This method could be employed in public areas such as airports, sport events, borders or other mass gatherings as an addition to laboratory testing, helping to prevent further spreading of the virus or outbreaks,” the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover stated.

The study was published in the journal BMC Infectious Diseases.


Baboons at a popular safari park have been spotted with knives, screwdrivers and even a chainsaw, according to reports.

The primates at Knowsley Safari Park in Merseyside are already known for their destructive abilities and have been pictured previously pulling things from visitors’ cars.

But now, some staff are concerned that the baboons are being given weapons “for a laugh” by park-goers, according to the Sunday Times.

One worker told the newspaper: “We're not sure if they are being given weapons by some of the guests who want to see them attack cars, or if they're fishing them out of pick-up trucks and vans.”

The worker said the animals sometimes go into people’s toolboxes to grab what they can, adding: “One of the baboons was seen lugging around a chainsaw.”

Another said some had been found with knives and screwdrivers and also questioned whether the baboons were being armed by visitors on purpose.

The baboons are already known for causing damage to people’s vehicles, with one mechanic telling the Sunday Times that they had repaired cars left damaged by the primates.

But the safari park said suggestions that the baboons were being armed with weapons was likely to be an urban myth, saying some tales had “grown in exaggeration” as they had been shared to make objects found in the animals’ enclosure “seem more exciting and unbelievable”.

Knowsley, which is home to animals including lions, tigers and rhinos, reopened on June 15.

Its website includes reassurance that measures to make it COVID-Secure are in place, including reminding guests: “If you take a drive through our Baboon Jungle, we’re unable to return any car parts that our cheeky baboons may take” whilst pointing out that a “car friendly route” is available.


The UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer has confirmed that the virus responsible for COVID-19 has been detected in a pet cat in the UK.

The infection was confirmed following tests at the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) laboratory in Weybridge on Wednesday 22 July.

Although this is the first confirmed case of an animal infection with the coronavirus strain in the UK, there is no evidence to suggest that the animal was involved in transmission of the disease to its owners or that pets or other domestic animals are able to transmit the virus to people.

The advice from Public Health England is for people to wash their hands regularly, including before and after contact with animals.

All available evidence suggests that the cat contracted the coronavirus from its owners who had previously tested positive for COVID-19. The cat and its owners have since made a full recovery and there was no transmission to other animals or people in the household.

Chief Veterinary Officer Christine Middlemiss said: Tests conducted by the Animal and Plant Health Agency have confirmed that the virus responsible for COVID-19 has been detected in a pet cat in England.

This is a very rare event with infected animals detected to date only showing mild clinical signs and recovering within in a few days.

There is no evidence to suggest that pets directly transmit the virus to humans. We will continue to monitor this situation closely and will update our guidance to pet owners should the situation change.

Yvonne Doyle, Medical Director at Public Health England, said: This is the first case of a domestic cat testing positive for COVID-19 in the UK but should not be a cause for alarm. The investigation into this case suggest that the infection was spread from humans to animal, and not the other way round. At this time, there is no evidence that pets can transmit the disease to humans.

In line with the general advice on fighting coronavirus, you should wash your hands regularly, including before and after contact with animals.

The pet cat was initially diagnosed by a private vet with feline herpes virus, a common cat respiratory infection, but the sample was also tested for SARS-CoV-2 as part of a research program. Follow-up samples tested at the APHA laboratory in Weybridge confirmed the cat was also co-infected with SARS-CoV2 which is the virus known to cause COVID-19 in humans.

The case has been reported to the World Organisation for Animal Health in line with international commitments. There have been a very small number of confirmed cases in pets in other countries in Europe, North America and Asia. ---------------------------------------

The New York state Senate has passed a bill that would ban the sale of cats, dogs and rabbits by pet shops.

the legislation would still need approval from the state Assembly before landing on the governor’s desk. It’s not yet known when it might appear on the agenda, the Albany Times Union reports.

If the bill passes, it could affect about 80 stores statewide that are licensed to sell pets.

The bill was sponsored by State Senate Deputy Majority Leader Michael Gianaris, a Democrat from Queens.

“Our four-legged companions should be treated with respect, not like commodities,” he said.

An organization called People United to Protect Pet Integrity opposes the legislation. The group has said that adopting a rescue pet “can come with more uncertainty than what proponents have suggested results from purchasing pets at stores,” according to the Times Union.


Scam artists are targeting would-be pet owners online, the Arkansas attorney general warns.

In many cases, they’re posting ads on free buy-and-sell websites and use endearing photos of animals they have no intention of sending, or may not even own, according to a press release from state AG Leslie Rutledge.

“Con artists see families considering a new pet as an opportunity to get into Arkansans’ wallets,” Rutledge said. “We have seen scam artists using fake email addresses to trick consumers into paying additional fees for shipping the animals via air travel when these cons do not even have a pet for sale.”

Rutledge and the Federal Trade Commission released the following tips to avoid falling victim to a scammer selling a pet that does not exist:

Visit the breeder or rescue group in person offering the pet. Responsible individuals and organizations will allow potential customers to tour their facility.

Arrange to pick up the animal from a kennel instead of meeting the breeder at a potentially unsafe location. Do not rely on the breeder to ship the animal, and never pay for shipping.

Search the user’s profile for warning signs that it may be a scam. Fake breeder websites can often look real because they steal content from legitimate rescue sites. Look for duplicate sites by copying a line from the website into a search engine and looking for identical wording elsewhere on the Internet.

Check the organization’s references. Talk to others who have purchased pets from this breeder and the breeder’s veterinarian.

Research prices for the breed you are interested in adopting. If someone is advertising a purebred dog for free or at a deeply discounted price, you could be dealing with a fraudulent breeder.

Pay for the puppy with a check or credit card. If a breeder pressures for a wire transfer or prepaid debit card payment, it is probably a scam.

Rutledge encourages Arkansans to do their research regarding adopting and purchasing pets. If you have questions about a potential pet shipper, the International Pet and Animal Transportation Association provides a list of trusted shippers across the world.

For more information and tips to avoid scams and other consumer-related issues, contact the Arkansas Attorney General’s office at (800) 482-8982 or visit


Danish Grammy award-winning composer and pianist Bent Fabricius-Bjerre, known internationally as Bent Fabric, who had an international hit in 1962 with the tune “Alley Cat,” has died. He was 95.

His family confirmed that Fabricius-Bjerre died on Tuesday after fighting cancer.

Fabricius-Bjerre penned and played an instrumental for a Danish television show “Omkring et flygel” (Around a Grand Piano) which became a hit in his native Denmark in 1961.

A year later, his international stage name became Bent Fabric and the hit was released worldwide as “Alley Cat.”

The cheerful and simple tune won a Grammy Award in 1962 for Best Instrumental and the album on which the instrumental featured sold over 1 million copies.

Considered the Grand Old Man of Danish pop music, he wrote dozens of scores for films and television shows. In 1950, he founded a record company that had Danish artists in its fold. It later became a film production company. He sold it in 1996.

Thoughout his career, Fabricius-Bjerre received scores of honors, including a lifetime achievement award in 2017 from the HARPA Nordic Film Composers, according to his website

Born Dec. 7, 1924, in Copenhagen, Fabricius-Bjerre is survived by his third wife, Camilla Padilla Arndt, and four children from his first marriage.


Kate Beckinsale was baffled to find a fan had anonymously left a rabbit on her doorstep on Tuesday.

“Why do we got an adult rabbit?” she asks a person filming her looking at the bunny in a cage in an Instagram Stories video. “What the f*** is going on?”

Beckinsale was afraid the black and white bunny, named Marvel, would bite her if she picked him up.

She told her social media followers to never send an unsolicited pet to someone’s house and scolded the sender for leaving the rabbit outside on “a boiling hot day where it could have been left outside to roast to death.”

Beckinsale, who often posts funny videos of her cats, said she has since found Marvel a home without felines.

“We have found a loving home for Marvel without cats but it was quite a shock and I think pretty unsettling for Marvel too,” she told her Instagram followers.

“Appreciate so much the good wishes but please please don’t send anyone an animal as a present or a joke or really at all,” she said.

A record 212 land and environmental defenders were killed last year, equivalent to an average of more than four per week, according to a new report from NGO Global Witness. The figure makes 2019 the deadliest year on record for activists defending land and water resources from mining, agribusiness and fossil fuel interests, said Global Witness in a report published Wednesday. This represents a significant spike from 164 killings in 2018, and the true number is likely far higher, said the NGO, adding that cases often go undocumented. Defenders are those who take a stand against environmental and human rights abuses driven by the exploitation of natural resources, according to Global Witness.

Colombia was the deadliest country in 2019 with 64 killings — up from 24 in 2018 — and was 30% of the global total last year. Next on the list was the Philippines, with 43 killings. Brazil had 24 and almost 90% of the killings took place in the Amazon region.

Seven of the top ten worst affected nations are in Latin America, where more than two thirds of total killings took place. The region has consistently been the worst affected since Global Witness started gathering data in 2012. It is also home to Honduras, the country with the largest percentage increase in killings, which jumped from four in 2018 to 14 last year.

Europe remains the least affected region, with two killings in Romania related to illegal logging. Seven killings were recorded in Africa, but verifying cases is a problem in the region, said Global Witness. Mining was the deadliest sector, with 50 people killed, followed by agribusiness with 34. Asia was a hotspot for attacks related to agribusiness, representing 85% of the global total. Of this number, nearly 90% took place in the Philippines. There were also 24 killings related to logging, an 85% increase compared to 2018 and the largest spike of any sector.

Many campaigners are also silenced by arrests, lawsuits, threats and violent attacks, according to the report, and indigenous peoples are disproportionately affected. In 2019, 40% of defenders killed were indigenous, despite the fact that these communities represent just 5% of the global population. “Agribusiness and oil, gas and mining have been consistently the biggest drivers of attacks against land and environmental defenders — and they are also the industries pushing us further into runaway climate change through deforestation and increasing carbon emissions,” Rachel Cox, campaigner at Global Witness, said in a press release.   ----------------------------


A Winnipeg man is out for revenge after a giant fish took a chunk out of his wife’s leg in northern Ontario. 

Terry Driver and his wife Kim were relaxing with a group of friends on the beach at North Star Village along the Winnipeg River near Minaki, Ontario, about a three-hour drive east from Winnipeg, around 4 p.m. that day when Kim, standing in chest-deep water, let out a scream. 

“All of a sudden she just said, ‘Someone’s got my leg,’ and then started screaming and her arms went up, and she went underwater and we all kind of stood there in complete disbelief and didn’t know what was going on,” Terry recalled.

It turned out the culprit was a muskellunge, or muskie, a fish that’s highly sought out because of its rarity and size. The freshwater fish can grow up to 6 feet long and weigh more than 50 pounds.  “Nobody’s ever seen one T-bone someone’s calves.” “It was a pretty traumatizing experience for all,” Terry said. Kim is recovering from her extensive wounds at home.

“I looked down and I saw the fish’s head, which looked like an alligator, and it just grabbed it and it moved me from side to side and then it pulled me under,”. 

John DeLorenzo, owner/operator of the Niagara River Guide Service, said muskie attacks are extremely rare. A member of the pike family, muskies don’t eat often and when they do, they typically go for larger prey fish. 

DeLorenzo said the fish are easily spooked and will typically swim off as soon as a person makes a splash in the water, although they can occasionally be drawn to something shiny like a piece of jewelry.

He said expert fishers will try for days on end to get their hooks on a muskie. Because of their rarity, most who manage to catch one will release them back into the water after they’ve measured it and taken their obligatory selfie. As it turns out, the catch-and-release game can go both ways. 

“They do have a pretty big mouth and a pretty big set of teeth, even for an average size 30-pounder,” DeLorenzo said. “They’ve got a pretty good mouth, they can definitely wrap their mouth around somebody’s leg.”

Kim plans to return to the hospital for a follow up in three weeks, and for another assessment in six weeks, after which she will likely have to undergo plastic surgery to repair her lost skin. 

The Drivers are avid anglers who have been going to the area for years, and they won’t let the terrifying attack keep them away. Kim will stay out of the water, but Terry is a man on a mission. “I might throw a couple of muskie lures in that particular area and see if I can get a little bit of payback,” he said.

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