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Talkin' Pets News

August 29, 2020

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestial Custom Dog Services

Producer - Kayla Cavanaugh

Network Producer - Darian Sims

Social Media / Consultant - Bob Page

Special Guests - Kathy Guillermo, SVP of PETA's Horse Racing Department will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 8/29/20 at 535pm ET to discuss the upcoming Kentucky Derby and it's affects on the lives of race horses.  Charles Cutter, author of Bear Bones: Murder at Sleeping Bear Dunes will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 8/29/20 at 621pm ET to discuss and give away his novel


 The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals released new data showing that more than 4.2 million pets in the U.S. are likely to enter poverty in the next six months as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. With the potential for a sustained national unemployment rate of 10 percent, the total number of animals living in poverty with their owners could rise to more than 24.4 million dogs, cats, horses and other animals. That would be a 21 percent increase in the number of animals living in poverty compared to pre-COVID estimates as of February 2020.

“The economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis on families could create severe challenges and consequences for millions of pets,” said Matt Bershadker, ASPCA president and CEO. “We need to help families care for and keep their animals at home when appropriate by improving access to critical medical services, pet food, and supplies in communities that need them most. Because of the deep bond between pets and people, and the severe impacts of poverty on both, the future of animal welfare lies in providing these services and working collaboratively to ensure financial conditions never put pets in jeopardy or prevent pet owners from experiencing the joy and companionship that comes from having animals in their lives.”

ASPCA research shows that a lack of affordable veterinary care and limited access to spay/neuter services are important potential contributors to pet relinquishment and that many of these challenges can be effectively alleviated with improved access to resources. Responding to these insights, the ASPCA has launched programs and partnerships in Los Angeles, Miami and New York City to make veterinary care more accessible and affordable and improve the health and welfare of dogs and cats. The ASPCA provides partially and fully subsidized care to dogs and cats, including preventive services like vaccinations, treatment for infections and other minor issues, urgent care for sick animals and spay/neuter surgeries. In addition, the ASPCA Animal Hospital in New York City offers advanced care services for pets in low-income households. With this continued work, the ASPCA strives to serve as a foundation for the development of new, more affordable medical protocols that can be shared with the veterinary community to elevate welfare efforts across the country.

Additionally, the ASPCA works with lawmakers to expand pet-friendly housing policies by removing housing barriers for low-income and homeless pet owners and recently called on policy makers to limit eviction proceedings during the pandemic to ensure that people and pets have a safe and secure place to call home as the COVID-19 crisis unfolds.

In March, the ASPCA launched its $5 million COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Initiative to bring lifesaving services to pet owners and animals most in need and provide $2 million in grant funding to more than 50 animal welfare organizations across 30 states. As part of its response effort, the ASPCA launched regional pet food distribution centers in several cities to provide more than 1,800 tons of emergency food for dogs, cats, and horses to struggling owners. By providing access to free pet food, supplies, veterinary care, emergency boarding and information, the ASPCA is comprehensively addressing the most urgent needs of pet owners and animal shelters across the country, helping to keep animals safe and healthy. Since launching its COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Initiative, the ASPCA has helped more than 268,000 dogs, cats and horses across the country.


Two alligators were stolen from a pet store in Indiana County, PA.

They were taken Aug. 8 from Pearce’s Pet Place in White Township. One of the alligators was a 6-foot female and the other was a 4-foot male.

Together the animals were valued at about $2,000. But they weren’t for sale, according to the Tribune-Review.

Trooper Cliff Greenfield said, “We believe the suspect or suspects lifted or pulled the alligators from the enclosure, which was a wooden-type box with a hinged, screened lid.”

Police are looking for leads in the case.

Call PSP Indiana @ 724-357-1960 w/ tips.


Michigan State Police say they seized 11 miniature horses and seven horses this week.

In a press release, Michigan State Police say several of the miniature mares were pregnant. All horses were transported to a local boarding facility and will be evaluated by a veterinarian.

Michigan State Police troopers from the Gladstone Post seized 134 dogs from a puppy mill Monday.

Troopers say they were sent to check for a horse in the road Monday and ended up busting a puppy mill at a residence in Delta County’s Maple Ridge Township. No further details about the location were released.

Sixty-five adult dogs and 69 puppies were seized. Troopers say many of the dogs were pregnant or recently had a litter of puppies. Some of the dogs were suspected of being malnourished. The investigation continues and the dogs will be evaluated by a veterinarian.

Possible criminal charges are being sought with the Delta County Prosecutor’s Office.

Investigators were assisted by the Delta Animal Shelter in taking possession and housing the animals. The Delta County Sheriff’s Office also assisted at the location.

In a Facebook post, the Delta Animal Shelter is asking for donations to help the dogs.


A female penguin couple have become parents to a newly hatched chick at one of Europe's largest aquariums.

Penguin "super moms" Electra and Viola adopted, incubated and raised an egg from another couple at Oceanogràfic València in Valencia, Spain, according to a statement on the aquarium's website. They are one of the aquarium’s three gentoo penguin couples to welcome a chick during the current breeding season.

“Although same-sex couples are common in more than 450 species in both zoos and nature, it's the first time this has happened in our aquarium,” Oceanogràfic València stated on its Facebook page. "Welcome to the world, little one!"

It all began when penguin caregivers noticed the pair showing signs that they were ready to reproduce, like constructing a nest out of pebbles. After observing this behavior, the aquarium decided to give the couple a fertile egg to raise.

Electra and Viola are not the first same-sex penguin couple to make international headlines over the past few years.

Sphen and Magic, a gay penguin "power couple" at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium in Australia were given a second egg to foster last year after successfully fostering their first in 2018.

At Sea Life Aquarium London, longtime duo Rocky and Marama made headlines last July after adopting a chick, and then the moms made news again in September when their baby became the world’s first “genderless” penguin chick.

And in September 2018, two male penguins at a Denmark zoo nabbed a chick while its mother was swimming. The zoo staff returned the little one to its biological parents soon after, but took heed of the couple’s nurturing affect and found an egg for them to raise.


A U.S. judge in New York has invalidated rule changes put in place by the Trump administration that scaled back a century-old law protecting most American wild bird species despite warnings that billions of birds could die as a result.

U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni's ruling Tuesday criticized the administration's argument that the Migratory Bird Treaty Act only applied to the intentional killing of birds and not “incidental” killing from industrial activities.

“It is not only a sin to kill a mockingbird, it is also a crime,” Caproni wrote in her ruling, citing Harper Lee's “To Kill a Mockingbird." ”That has been the letter of the law for the past century."

Caproni, who was nominated to the Southern District of New York by President Obama in 2012, disagreed with the Trump administration's interpretation of the law.

“There is nothing in the text of the (Migratory Bird Treaty Act) that suggests that in order to fall within its prohibition, activity must be directed specifically at birds,” she wrote. “Nor does the statute prohibit only intentionally killing migratory birds. And it certainly does not say that only ’some' kills are prohibited.”

More than 1,000 species are covered under the law, and the changes have drawn a sharp backlash from organizations that advocate on behalf of an estimated 46 million U.S. birdwatchers.

“The Trump administration’s policy was nothing more than a cruel, bird-killing gift to polluters and we’re elated it has been vacated,” said Noah Greenwald, endangered species director at the Center for Biological Diversity, which was one of the plaintiffs.

The 1918 migratory bird law came after many U.S. bird populations had been decimated by hunting and poaching — much of it for feathers for women’s hats.

It was one of the country’s first major federal environmental laws, enacted just after the conservation movement embodied by President Teddy Roosevelt had emerged as a new force in American politics.


Germany may soon roll out a law requiring dog owners to walk their pets at least twice a day.

The regulation would be included in the Hundeverordnung, or Dogs Act, the Guardian reports. It’s being introduced by Julia Klöckner, Germany’s agriculture minister.

Dogs would have to be taken outside for at least an hour a day in total.

The concern is that many of the country’s more than 9 million dogs are not getting adequate exercise and attention.

“Dogs are not cuddly toys,” Klöckner was quoted saying. “They also have their own needs, which need to be taken into account.”

Klöckner’s goal is to introduce the law next year. The proposal is now a hot topic in Germany.

“I find it patronising to be told how long I should take my dog out for,” one dog owner was quoted saying. “And who is going to check up on me?”


A Texas woman said a domestic violence situation with an ex-boyfriend in Florida led to the loss of her beloved dog. Ashley Taylor got her chocolate lab, Tuesday when the pup was eight weeks old.

She packed her bags in 2018 and moved to Florida with Tuesday to begin a relationship with a man. “Silly me. I was like, 'oh here’s prince charming coming to sweep me off my feet'," Taylor said.

Taylor said the abuse with her ex-boyfriend began early in the relationship. She said she tried to leave by couch surfing, renting rooms on Craigslist, and even staying at a domestic abuse shelter, but when she was told she couldn't bring Tuesday she went back to her ex-boyfriend. “When I went back to him it was the worst mistake of my life," Taylor said.

Taylor said she and her ex would get into arguments with calls ending to 911. She said her boyfriend owned the house and she was led off in handcuffs. While Taylor was incarcerated her ex took Tuesday to the Manatee County Animal Shelter. She was listed as a stray since Taylor's ex was not the owner.

The standard policy consists of a five-day hold on an animal while the staff tries to locate its owner. Hans Wohlgefahrt with the shelter said that's what they tried to do.

“We were able to trace the microchip back to Ms. Taylor, but her contact information that was attached to the microchip was old numbers in Texas. They were all out of date," Wohlgefahrt said.

According to the shelter's intake record, the same day Tuesday was taken in, a lab rescue said they would take her in after the standard five-day policy hold.

However, on Tuesdays' intake record it was noted not to disclose which lab rescue she would be given to. The intake record is a public document with information that should be freely available.

Wohlgefahrt said the mention not to disclose the lab rescue was added after Taylor inquired about where Tuesday was taken and was told to file a public information request. “It was obviously a difficult situation, but if we would have had someone reach out to us on behalf of Ms. Taylor," Wohlgefahrt said.

Taylor said she wasn't able to contact the shelter or lab rescue until April and by then it was too late. Contracts had been signed and Tuesday was now legally in the hands of a new family the lab rescue had placed her with.

“They have just taken my animal and said, okay, she’s in better hands,". Taylor said she will not give up her fight and is now seeking legal action.


Thousands of birds killed by wind farms could be saved with a simple solution, painting just one of the turbine blades black. Scientists from the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research found that it reduced the number of birds killed by around 70 per cent.

Birds, bats and other flying creatures often die when they fly into the large white poles and blades. Despite having incredible eyesight, birds are not very good at seeing things head-on. This means that the white blades can blur in the birds’ vision as they approach them making them practically invisible. The scientists involved in the study believe that painting a blade black reduces this “motion smear” and gives them time to avoid a collision.

Bird deaths are considered one of the main impacts of wind farms and has led politicians, like US President Donald Trump, to claim that wind farms are “bird graveyards” as an argument against the use of more renewable energy.

However, deaths by wind turbine are often overstated and they are far less likely to kill birds than other threats like cars or even domestic house cats. But this doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be doing everything possible to reduce the impact that wind farms can have on bird populations.

As wind energy becomes more common, the number of birds killed is only likely to increase which makes finding an effective, cheap solution important.

Smøla wind farm in Norway has been trialling the solution since 2013. It is one of the largest onshore wind farms in the country with 68 turbines and a number of deaths of white-tailed eagles have created opposition.

Four turbines had a single blade painted black and were then compared with four more control turbines which were left white.

“Before the experiment, six white‐tailed eagles were found dead at to‐be‐painted turbines but after painting none,” researchers said in the report. When compared to the control turbines, there was a 70 per cent drop in the number of birds that have been found dead. Certain kinds of birds benefited more, including large birds of prey like the white-tailed eagle.

Visual queues, like a single black blade, seemed to increase visibility and may allow birds time to avoid an impact. The team hopes that the findings from this single site can be used to trial the paint job elsewhere and work out whether it could be a viable solution to the problem of birds striking wind turbines.


To some, it may seem like just a small gesture. 

But there’s no doubt that it meant the world to this cold, lonely pup.

The other day, Fernando Gabriel and his brother, Felipe, were about to ride the subway in São Paulo, Brazil. When Felipe went to purchase the tickets, however, someone caught his eye.

“He saw a dog shivering in the cold,” Gabriel told The Dodo. "It was the coldest day of the year."

Yet, as Gabriel looked on puzzled, his brother began to undress.

“I noticed my brother taking his backpack off his back and started filming,” Gabriel said. “He continued. He took off his jacket, sweatshirt and put his shirt on the puppy who was very cold. He did it spontaneously. It was very moving.”

Felipe wasn't expecting anyone to notice that act of kindness, but his brother's video has since gone viral.

"I rarely post anything to my feed," Gabriel later wrote. "But it deserves to be shared."

Turns out, the shirt he gave the dog was actually one of his favorites, to which Felipe said: "It looks better on him."

Later on, while passing through the station again on their return trip, Felipe and his brother looked for the dog with the intention of taking him home with them. But by then, the pup had moved on — a little warmer, no doubt, thanks to the shirt, and the love shown to him.

Felipe told The Dodo he regrets not being able to do more for the dog that day, but that he still hopes others might take inspiration to help others like him.

"There is no way to change the world — but for the things in your reach, you can," he said.

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