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Talkin' Pets News

August 6, 2022

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jasmine the Dog Trainer - Tampa Bay, Florida

Producer - Philip Staub

Network Producer - Ben Boquist

Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guest - "Free Puppies" opens in theaters next week and Director Samantha Wishman joins Talkin' Pets 8/6/22 at 5pm ET to discuss the film

Pet grooming businesses have been hit by break-ins at least seven times in recent weeks.

The crimes happened during overnight hours between late June and late July, KXAN-TV reports.

Eliana Thormann owns Mod Mutt Salon and Sniff Grooming Studio, both of which were broken into. About $600 in cash was stolen.

“It’s not just the cash register that’s taken,” she said. “It’s the emotional … like how violated you feel.”

That’s in addition to “the whole ordeal … rescheduling clients, vacuuming all the glass shattered on the ground,” Thormann said.

Barkin’ Creek Dog Kitchen and Bath was also hit by burglars. CEO Jeffrey Springer said several thousand dollars in cash was taken.

Surveillance video for most of the stores showed a suspect “smashing something through the glass door, going straight to the cash register, and walking out with it,” according to KXAN.

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If what doesn't kill you truly makes you stronger, then Titan is the strongest turtle in the ocean.

The juvenile Loggerhead turtle has been gashed by a boat propeller, had part of his front flipper bitten off by a shark, and was being attacked by a different shark when two New Jersey fishermen intervened, saved him and called Sea Turtle Recovery, a group that rescues and rehabilitates turtles before returning them to the ocean. Tuesday morning, Titan was among eight turtles returned to the sea after being nursed back to health over the winter and spring.

“To see Titan go back into the ocean after being hit by a boat, bitten by a shark and fighting off another shark is just amazing,” said Brandi Biehl, co-executive officer of the group. “There truly is no tougher turtle in the world than him.”

Based in the aptly named Turtle Back Zoo in South Orange, New Jersey, the group began taking in and treating sick or injured turtles in Dec. 2016. Including Tuesday's releases, they have now healed and returned 85 turtles to the ocean.

Most of the turtles fell victim to what is called “cold stunning,” the near-shutdown of their organs due to lingering in waters that become too cold for them instead of migrating to warmer waters in the winter. November and December are particularly busy months for the group.

Others were injured by boats or sharks, or developed other illnesses. Six of the eight are Kemp's Ridley turtles, an endangered species. Titan and another turtle, Petunia, are Loggerheads. One of the rescued turtles, Princess, was found stranded on the beach in Sandy Hook just after Thanksgiving, barely alive. A sea turtle's body temperature should be above 65 degrees; hers was 37 when she was found.

Other rescues include Donashello, who stranded in Dec. 2020 after large lung lesions caused him to float, and he failed to migrate south before the water became too cold. He was in critical condition for months, but eventually recovered. Willow also was cold stunned and emaciated when she foundered on the shore. She refused food for over a month, but eventually resumed eating and recovered.

Slater was found on the beach at Sandy Hook with a front flipper that had to be amputated after being mangled by a boat propeller. But he is expected to do fine in the ocean with just three flippers, as others in his condition have been studied and found to do well despite their limitations, the group said.

Stone was found in December, also barely alive. His heart nearly gave out four different times during rehabilitation, requiring a type of turtle resuscitation. Petunia stranded with eye damage that has since healed. She is one of a few turtles outfitted with a radio tracking device that will be used to monitor her movements in the ocean. Cortez stranded in critical condition last December and also had a torn ligament in his front flipper that has since healed. Sea Turtle Recovery still has four turtles remaining in its northern New Jersey recovery facility that are not yet ready to be returned to the sea.

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 On July 20, while the blazing Las Vegas sun was out in full force, 50-year-old Raul Carbajal put medical tape around his husky puppy’s muzzle and then went into the air-conditioned interior of the Bellagio Resort to gamble. Carbajal left his muzzled puppy inside of his Mercedes, which was parked on the top floor of the Bellagio parking garage; the temperature on this day reached 113 degrees. An alert Bellagio security guard noticed the puppy inside of the parked car and the pup was removed through the vehicle’s sunroof.

The Las Vegas Metro Police (LVMPD) responded to the parking garage and arrested Carbajal. You can hear the anger in the arresting officer’s voice as he places the California man in handcuffs and puts him into the patrol vehicle while asking the man if he “realized how hot it is outside.” The officer added, “You had the vehicle off, windows up, and you had tape around your dog’s mouth.”

It is a miracle that this puppy is alive. Carbajal put tape around his muzzle, preventing him from panting to cool his little body. He left him in a car, parked in the direct sunlight, on a day that climbed to 113 degrees. If not for the alert security guard, this puppy would be dead. On July 28, the Las Vegas Metro Police said that the pup was STILL receiving veterinary care for the July 20 incident. It goes without saying that even though the puppy survived, he suffered tremendously during the two hours of agony inside Carbajal’s car.

Carbajal is facing a felony charge for willful, malicious torture of an animal, and we need your signature to ensure that he gets the maximum punishment for his deplorable act of cruelty.

We the undersigned demand that Raul Carbajal is held responsible for leaving a puppy inside of his parked vehicle for two hours while he gambled inside an air-conditioned casino. We are petitioning for Carbajal to receive the maximum punishment allowable by law for the felony charge of willful, malicious torture of an animal and we want him to be permanently prohibited from owning or residing with animals.

On August 2, Animal Victory spoke to LVMPD Officer 1306, and she advised that said that she could not reveal ANY details, including the whereabouts or condition of the puppy while the case is active and open. The case is active and under the Regional Justice Center for Clark County. We have been informed that the preliminary court date is scheduled to take place on October 25, 2022.

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A baby Masai giraffe born weeks ago at the Senaca Park Zoo in Rochester, New York, has been euthanized. On Friday, the zoo released information about the difficult decision to humanely euthanize the calf, who was born on July 12 with a congenital abnormality of his front fetlock joint.

Dr. Chris McKinney, Zoo Veterinarian explained:

“The calf was showing additional signs of degradation. He was increasingly lethargic, nursing less, and showing signs of stress, which indicate decline in the quality of life. While some fetlock issues can heal, the calf’s limb abnormality was especially pronounced.”

Because giraffes bear most of their weight on their front legs, recovering from joint abnormalities is difficult.

Seneca Park Zoo Director Steve Lacy said that the staff is mourning the calf’s death:

“Our animal health and animal care staff are heartbroken. Our staff worked around-the-clock doing everything we possibly could to ensure viability. The level of care the calf received was nothing short of exemplary. I would like to also thank our colleagues at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Bronx Zoo, and San Diego Zoo, as well as Dr. Noha Abou-Madi from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, for their expert guidance and invaluable input to the care of the calf.”

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Medical science is nowhere near overcoming death, but it might be closer to delaying harm in dying and seriously damaged organs. The New York Times reports that Yale University researchers successfully revived cells in the organs of pigs that had been dead in the lab for an hour. Hearts started beating, and the pigs' bodies didn't stiffen like they normally would. 

The team mixed the animals' blood and an artificial hemoglobin with OrganEx, a solution that includes anti-inflammatory medicine, nerve blockers (to prevent a return to consciousness), nutrients and drugs that fight cell death. The project is a follow-up to a years-old breakthrough where the scientists revived dead pigs' brain cells using a precursor solution, BrainEx. After that finding, the group wondered if it could revive an entire body.

The work isn't close to helping human patients. Further studies will show if the organs are functioning. Researchers will also have to gauge the effects of OrganEx without nerve blockers, and eventually test their work on humans. There are ethical concerns that pigs might regain brain function, and it's not clear just when it would be viable to experiment with people. If synthetic blood isn't yet ready for emergency rooms, this is even further away.

The ramifications could be huge if and when solutions like OrganEx are suitable for humans, though. They could extend the viability of organ transplants — it might be possible to collect healthy organs long after the moment of death. That, in turn, could make more transplants available and save additional lives. The technology could also limit the damage to organs after serious heart attacks and strokes. Ideally, this will give people a fighting chance to recover from potentially fatal conditions.

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A lost species of iguana has been ‘born again’ on the Galápagos Islands for the first time in nearly 200 years. The Galápagos Island land iguana was last spotted on Santiago Island more than 187 years ago. Ecologists determined that the reptiles were locally extinct.

But three years ago, thousands of the creatures were reintroduced to the islands - and new images prove that the lizard is breeding once again. "Two centuries later, land iguanas are born again on Santiago Island,” a Galápagos National Park spokesperson said. The Galápagos Islands used to teem with reptiles.

Located 1000 km west of Ecuador, the archipelago was made famous by English naturalist Charles Darwin’s 1835 expedition. When Darwin visited, he recorded a massive number of land iguanas. However, they had disappeared by the early 20th century, with local populations decimated by feral pigs and dogs.

The lizards survived on nearby islands, but in small numbers. They are listed as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. To help protect the species, the Galápagos National Park authority decided to reintroduce them to Santiago island. In 2019, they released more than 3000 of the reptiles on Santiago - a process that Galápagos National Park director Danny Rueda Cordova has described as a “great success.”

"187 years later we witness again a healthy population of land iguanas, with adults, juveniles and neonates on Santiago Island,” he said. "This is a major conservation achievement and strengthens our hopes of restoring islands that have been severely affected by introduced species.”  The mission to restore the Galápagos Islands is not over.

According to the World Wildlife fund, their unique ecosystems are threatened by illegal fishing, non-native species, and more than 160,000 tourists every year. However, recent months have seen positive developments on the island. In 2019, scientists spotted the ‘fantastic giant tortoise’ - for the first time in more than a century.

The finding of one alive specimen gives hope and also opens up new questions, as many mysteries still remain The last known specimen was found in 1906. "The finding of one alive specimen gives hope and also opens up new questions, as many mysteries still remain," said researcher Adalgisa Caccone.

Last week, scientists discovered two flamingo nests in an isolated lagoon. The birds had not been spotted for more than 20 years.

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Pet turtles purchased online have given 15 people salmonella in 11 US states, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

Usually, more common sources of infection are through food, like raw chicken, but this time it’s contact with mini reptiles that has led to an outbreak.

People infected with the bacteria develop diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps within six hours to six days of being exposed. The illness lasts between four to seven days and most of those infected this time were children.

After speaking to ill people and doing laboratory tests, the CDC determined that turtles bought from the internet with shells less than 4 inches (10cm) were causing the infection.

The sale of these tiny reptiles as pets was banned in the US more than 40 years ago because they were known to spread salmonella through their droppings, water from their tanks or even simply people touching them and not washing their hands. In the early 1970s, there were an estimated 280,000 infections every year, mostly in small children.

Most of the people involved in the current outbreak reported that they had bought the turtles online - despite the federal ban on the sale of these animals as pets. Over half purchased them from the same website.

And this time around, the CDC suspects that the outbreak is actually larger than the number of reported cases. Many people don’t seek medical help for a salmonella infection and so can’t be tested for the bacteria. Bad cases can be life-threatening so you should call your healthcare provider if you experience severe symptoms.

The CDC says people should only buy turtles with shells longer than 10cm and to make sure they are getting them from reputable pet stores or rescues. If you already have a pet turtle, you should always wash your hands after touching, feeding or caring for it. You also shouldn’t kiss, snuggle or eat around these pets.

Adults should take extra care to make sure that young children are taking proper hygiene precautions. But the CDC also adds that turtles are not suitable pets for children under five, adults over 65 or those with weakened immune systems. This is because they are more likely to get infected by the germs that these animals can carry.

Reptiles like bearded dragons, geckos and turtles carry the bacteria as part of their natural microbiome. They don’t get sick from it but it can be dangerous for humans.

“Don’t toss your turtle,” if you decide you can no longer care for it, the health organization says. Instead, reach out to your local pet store or reptile rescue.

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In a historic vote, Italy has made protecting the environment part of its constitution.

The Italian parliament approved a law that means the state must safeguard ecosystems and biodiversity “in the interest of future generations.”

The changes to the constitution also mean that health and the environment must be protected by the economy. The new law states that private industry can no longer impact the climate. The protection of animals has been recognized too.

The inclusion of the environment and animals in the Italian constitution has been hailed as significant for the country’s future by both politicians and activists.

Italy's Minister for Ecological Transition Roberto Cingolani adds that the achievement allows Italy to have “well-defined rules” for protecting the planet - especially as today’s actions will have consequences on future generations.

“Today's vote represents a historical fact,” says Donatella Bianchi, president of WWF Italy.

“Finally, environmental protection becomes a fundamental principle of the Republic to which future legislation will have to be inspired and to which past legislation will have to adapt.”

She goes on to say that the constitutional amendment is an “important first step” to harmonising Italy’s legal system with environmental principles developed at a European and international level.

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Crows in Sweden are being trained to pick up cigarette butts that are littering the streets.

Near Stockholm, the birds are being recruited to help with this persistent waste problem. A device designed by startup Corvid Cleaning rewards crows with a small amount of food for every butt they bin. It provides positive reinforcement that encourages these intelligent birds to repeat the behaviour.

Crows can do jobs, share knowledge and even mourn their dead. Some studies suggest that they could be the smartest animals on the planet besides primates with a level of reasoning equal to a seven-year-old. They were chosen for the job precisely because of their intelligence, the man behind the innovative idea, Christian Gunther-Hanssen told Swedish news agency TT.

“They are easier to teach and there is also a higher chance of them learning from each other. At the same time, there’s a lower risk of them mistakenly eating any rubbish.”

He goes on to add that the wild birds are taking part in the trial on a “voluntary basis.”

Cigarette butts are the most abundant form of plastic pollution in the world. Currently, The Keep Sweden Tidy Foundation says that these persistent pieces of plastic pollution make up around 62 per cent of the litter.

The estimated cost of picking up each butt is around 12 cents, using the crows instead would reduce this to just 3 cents.

And it isn’t the first time crows have helped with a waste problem. In 2018, the Puy du Fou theme park in the west of France taught crows to pick up cigarette butts and other small pieces of litter in return for food.

The idea stemmed from the park’s falconry display where the birds picked up roses and brought them to a ‘princess’ in a castle.

At the time Nicolas de Villiers, head of the park, told AFP that it was also about showing “that nature can teach us to take care of the environment.”

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