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Talkin' Pets News

November 19, 2022

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestial Custom Dog Services, Mt. Roan, TN

Producer - Devin Leech

MFN Producer - Jayla Green

Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guests - David Frei co-host with John O'Hurley will join Talkin' Pets 11/19/22 at 5:20pm ET to discuss The National Dog Show on Thanksgiving Day

HOW TO HAVE A SAFE AND FUN HOLIDAY SEASON WITH YOUR FURRY FRIENDS an interview with Dr. Emily Stefan, Staff Veterinarian, VCA Animal Hospitals at 635pm ET on 11/19/22

 

A Georgia man is facing felony charges for running a sadistic dogfighting operation. According to a news release from the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, 55-year-old Vincent Lemark Burrell was arrested at his residence in Dallas, Georgia, on November 8 following a lengthy investigation that ties him to breeding, training and facilitating more than 100 dogs for dog fighting. After securing search warrants, detectives found 106 dogs, mostly pit bulls, at Burrell’s 1040 Old Cartersville Road residence. According to the authorities, the dogs were in various “states of existence.” Some dogs were emaciated, and others were described as “strong and extremely aggressive toward other dogs.”

The news release describes the pitiful existence the dogs were forced to endure:

Dogs were tied to trees, tied to metal stobs in the ground, and were kept without being properly hydrated and fed. These animals were tied to various things using large and extremely heavy logging chains and thick collars. Many of these dogs were basically left in the elements with little to no shelter for days on end.

They continue: Some of the dogs were housed in the basement of the home where the presence (along with the odor) of urine and feces was so strong, authorities had to wear protective equipment just to be able safely enter the home.  Conditions where dogs were being housed, both inside and on the exterior of this property, were not fit for humans, much less dogs.

Sheriff Gary Gulledge commented on the cruel situation: “In cases like these, we have to conduct a lengthy and thorough investigation. This is not something that we can just put together in a few days, cases like these are comprehensive and require us to work with many local, state, and federal entities. I am proud of the teamwork that has been exhibited in this case and I am thankful that these dogs are safe now. The dark and sinister world of dog fighting is a despicable culture that has no place in our world”

Individuals who participate in dogfighting activities do not care about the pain and suffering they inflict on the animals who are earning them money. The dogs who are maimed in fights rarely receive treatment for their wounds – in fact, it is common for the injured dogs to either be left to suffer or to be destroyed. Despite the abhorrent conditions these dogs are forced to endure, most somehow manage to maintain their sweet demeanor. The authorities said that the dogs found at Burrell’s property were seeking kindness. The authorities said, “The sad part is that the vast majority of these animals just craved the love and attention of the Deputies and Detectives that were on the scene.”

Of note, from the sheriff’s office: Burrell is currently being held in the Paulding County Jail without bond. Although this investigation is still in its infancy, we expect over one hundred additional counts against Burrell as this case continues to unfold. All of the dogs were placed with rescue agencies in order to facilitate their rehabilitation. If you are as sickened by dogfighting as we are, please add your name to the petition today! Countless dogs suffered because of Vincent Burrell’s despicable operation and they deserve justice. Visit www.animalvictory.org

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A Daytona Florida animal shelter announced an “operational shift” that impacts all dogs with a known bite history. According to a news release from the Halifax Humane Society, dogs with a “known propensity” for aggressive behavior, or who have a documented bite, will no longer be placed – they will be euthanized instead.

The animal welfare agency explains:

This will result in the euthanasia of dogs in our care currently, or in the future, that meet these parameters. It is our responsibility as a leader of animal welfare in our area to continue to place animals while prioritizing the best interest of the community and public safety.

According to Halifax Humane, this operational shift was made to ensure public safety, and to protect the shelter from being “crippled or shut down” if an adopted dog, with a known bite history, were to hurt someone. Though the agency is aware that this change is upsetting to many people, they ask for the public’s continued support, writing:

We understand the emotional impact the loss of lives has on everyone hearing about this. In turn, please understand the impact these decisions have on our staff and volunteers who care for and dedicate our lives to these animals daily. We ask for your continued support to further the mission for the sake of the thousands of animals Halifax Humane Society continues to save annually.

The majority of the people commenting on the shelter’s Facebook post have expressed anger and dismay over the decision.

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Shy Wolf Sanctuary Education & Experience Center is pleased to announce that the organization was awarded a $4,650 grant from the SeaWorld Conservation Fund. The relief effort was part of an Emergency Grant made to 10 Florida zoological and wildlife rescue organizations impacted by Hurricane Ian.

 “SeaWorld is proud to support our fellow zoological and rescue facilities affected by Hurricane Ian,” said Dr. Chris Dold, President of the SeaWorld Conservation Fund. “We are all part of an essential wildlife care ecosystem, and we are grateful to have the ability to step up and help others who share our commitment to protecting wildlife.”

 “As our community recovers from this devastating storm, we have been actively cleaning up and restoring the Sanctuary for our resident animals,” said Deanna Deppen, Executive Director of Shy Wolf Sanctuary. “We are excited to receive a grant from the SeaWorld Conservation Fund to assist with this ongoing effort that will take months to complete.”

 Following Hurricane Ian, Shy Wolf Sanctuary worked with its partners in Collier, Lee, and Charlotte County to support the rescue of captive-bred exotic and non-releasable wildlife. The sanctuary serves as a home to rescued animals, providing them with necessary care and treatment. Animals are evaluated and those deemed pet quality are placed for adoption to forever homes.

 The Sanctuary is also making plans for a campus expansion, which will have a CAT 5 hurricane shelter to protect Southwest Florida’s pets and animals in future storms. This shelter will be designed to house the Shy Wolf resident animals as well as the pets of community members and first responders. The organization has a kick-starter campaign on GoFundme to jumpstart the design and site development.

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The Texas State Aquarium (TSA) implemented emergency housing to care for numerous loggerhead sea turtles stranded in South Texas. Due to the number of sea turtles in need of rehabilitation, the Aquarium activated, for the first time in its rescue history, an unprecedented contingency plan and relocated its sea turtle rescue operations to a building owned by the Port of Corpus Christi, located 1 mile away from the current Rescue Center. Since July, the Aquarium has cared for more than 40 loggerhead sea turtles and is currently housing 27 large loggerhead sea turtles that were relocated to its rescue program from other rescue facilities in the region. Each of these sea turtles weigh around 150 to 200 pounds each and were found either injured or exhibiting an indication of ill health or abnormal behavior.  “The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is grateful to the Texas State Aquarium and Port of Corpus Christi for stepping up quickly with a creative solution” said Mary Kay Skoruppa, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Sea Turtle Coordinator for Texas.  “With approximately 125 sick loggerheads needing care in Texas since April, our partner rehabilitation facilities soon reached capacity.  Without the quick action from the Aquarium and the Port, we would have been faced with transporting loggerheads to out-of-state facilities, a costly operation that would have put additional stress on the turtles.”  The number of loggerhead sea turtles the Aquarium is caring for surpassed the available space and capacity previously designated for this effort. Since April, more than 400 loggerhead strandings have been recorded in Texas, which is about three times more than any previous year for this region. Affected turtles have been underweight or emaciated, and an underlying cause has not been determined.  In July, the TSA Wildlife Rescue Center received 17 loggerhead sea turtles from the Amos Rehabilitation Keep - ARK at UT Marine Science Institute (ARK) in Port Aransas, Texas. Initially, the Aquarium adapted the current Wildlife Rescue Center’s pool to fit as many loggerhead sea turtles as possible. In September, more sea turtles arrived and due to limited space in the current rescue center, 13 patients were transported to the Aquarium's main campus.  To make space to rehabilitate the sea turtles, rescue staff repurposed a dam flood control system, originally designed to protect the facility from hurricane flooding, into a sea turtle habitat. Loggerhead sea turtles are aggressive towards each other and must be housed in separate spaces to remain safe. Due to the size and space needed to house each sea turtle, the Aquarium adapted the flood control system into two 20 ft x 70 ft pools that can hold up to 24 sea turtles each. The rescue team utilized dividers to create individual spaces of approximately 60 sq. ft. per sea turtle. In mid-September, representatives from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Padre Island National Seashore, and NOAA Fisheries reached out to the Aquarium and asked to house more stranded loggerhead sea turtles that needed to be relocated from other rehabilitation facilities to the Aquarium. At this point, the Aquarium had completely run out of space and reached out to the Port of Corpus Christi, who immediately leased a 26,000-square-foot building, known as the Striker building, to the Aquarium. On September 29, 2022, the Aquarium’s operation and rescue staff began to set up dam flood control systems that hold approximately 40,000 gallons of water in the Striker building to accommodate all the sea turtles. As of October 13, 2022, the Aquarium’s rescue team moved all the rescued loggerheads from the current rescue center and the Aquarium main campus over to the Striker building.  “The Aquarium’s Wildlife Rescue Team’s unique ability to adapt and respond to emergency events of this scale is remarkable.”  said Texas State Aquarium President and Chief Executive Officer, Jesse Gilbert. “We are glad we were able to assist our partners at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries in the caring and housing of this vulnerable species, and we can’t wait to see these sea turtles swim off into the Gulf and continue on their journey in life.” So far, the Aquarium has released 12 rehabilitated loggerhead sea turtles and will continue to rehabilitate and care for the remaining turtles until they are healthy enough to be released back into the Gulf of Mexico. This unusual sea turtle stranding event shows the importance of having an adequate space that can respond to wildlife emergencies of this nature. The 26,000 sq ft new Port of Corpus Christi Center for Wildlife Rescue at the Texas State Aquarium will be crucial for wildlife conservation efforts and will increase the Aquarium’s capacity for wildlife rescue and response. The New Center is set to open to the public in early March of 2023.

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AKC Family Dog magazine is thrilled to announce that the January/February 2022 issue, the Sniffer Issue, has earned Folio Magazine’s 2022 EDDIE Award for Best Magazine in the category of Full Issue > Consumer > Animals > Pets.

The Folio: Eddie & Ozzie Awards is the most prestigious recognition program in the publishing community, recognizing excellence in editorial content and design across print and digital media. “We are very grateful to receive this award from Folio Magazine,” said Mara Bovsun, Managing Editor of AKC Family Dog. “We work hard to make this magazine enjoyable for readers and being recognized is a huge honor.”

AKC Family Dog provides insight and tips on how to provide the best care for your best friend, from hands-on training techniques to common behavior problems, to inspiring and entertaining stories about our canine companions. The January/February 2022 issue, “The Sniffer Issue”, featured stories of a police bloodhound on the job, a canine tracking killer whale scat on the high seas, a Rat Terrier seeking lost pets, and the art of teaching your dog to forage truffles.

AKC Family Dog was launched in 2003. Released on a bimonthly schedule and available in both print and digital formats, the publication offers a broad range of columns, departments and feature articles from award-winning writers and nationally recognized behaviorists, veterinarians, and experts. The magazine includes inspiring profiles of exceptional dogs and the people who love them, articles documenting the world of dog sports, and vital “how-to’s” for dog owners.

To learn more about the AKC visit www.akc.org

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Days ago, hikers discovered a family of dogs who appear to have been abandoned in the desert near Las Vegas. According to the Southern Nevada Animal Rescue League, the mother dog appears to have given birth after she was abandoned; by the time they were discovered, two puppies had already died. On the day the dogs were found, the rescue agency said:

EMERGENCY SITUATION⚠️⚠️‼️
This morning some hikers came across a family of cattle dogs abandoned out in the desert. It seems as though mom delivered the pups while out in the desert. Two puppies were already deceased when help arrived, 5 still alive but not out of the woods as the desert nights are near freezing. We hope we got to this family in-time.

As reported by 8 News Now, a male dog actually led the hikers to his family. And he was thankful that help had finally arrived, licking the rescuers’ faces to show his gratitude. It is a miracle that any of the dogs survived given the frigid night temperatures and the presence of desert predators.

The male dog is already in a foster-to-adopt home, but the mother and her newborn pups will not be ready for approximately eight weeks. If you are interested in adoption, you can complete an application at www.snarllv.org.

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Vandalism freed thousands of mink at a rural northwest Ohio farm, leaving an estimated 10,000 of the small carnivorous mammals unaccounted for Tuesday evening, the local sheriff said. So many minks were killed crossing a nearby road that a plow was brought in to help clear the carcasses away, said Van Wert County Sheriff Thomas Riggenbach.

The property owner initially estimated 25,000 to 40,000 mink were released from their cages at Lion Farms, Riggenbach said. But he said employees at the farm were able to corral many of the ones that remained on the property, which is less than 15 miles from the Indiana state line. He declined to discuss any potential motive for the overnight vandalism or say whether any suspect has been identified as his office investigates.

A farm manager told CBS Fort Wayne, Indiana affiliate WANE-TV someone left a spray-painted message with the letters "ALF" and the phrase "we'll be back."  A group known as the Animal Liberation Front had claimed responsibility for releasing a much smaller number of mink at the farm years ago, the Times Bulletin in Van Wert reported.

Calls to a phone number listed for the farm were unanswered Tuesday, and it wasn't accepting messages. The sheriff's office initially warned residents in the area to be cautious with poultry flocks, small pets and koi ponds that the mink might attack, but later said the freed mink are considered domesticated and likely lack the skills to survive in the wild.

The sheriff urged people who spot them not to approach them and to contact the farm or trappers for recapturing. He said residents who want to hunt or trap mink must make sure they understand the related rules and exemptions that apply in their area.

WANE spoke with Joseph Buddenberg, who it says is a member of the North American Animal Liberation Press Office who claims to have released animals from farms before.

Buddenberg provided insight into the mindset of those who break out animals from farms, the station says. "The only humane thing to do when you visit a fur farm is to open every cage and liberate all the animals," WANE quotes him as saying.

Buddenberg, who spent two years in federal prison for breaking out animals, told WANE He once traveled across the country with another person in an attempt to "liberate" fur farms and release animals. Buddenberg claimed people who do such things are trying to free animals from poor conditions and "filthy, tiny wire cages."

In response to assertions that the mink won't survive in the wild because they're domesticated, Buddenberg said "they talk out of both sides of their mouth." "They say these animals can't survive, but then they also say they're hunting and killing every animal within a 20-mile radius," Buddenberg said. "So which one is it?"

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A Michigan woman has been charged after a month-long investigation into 29 cats that were abandoned at an animal hospital overnight.

Kathy Jasinski, 51, of Grawn was arraigned in 86th District Court on charges of abandonment and cruelty of 25 or more animals on Tuesday.

The Leelanau County Sheriff’s Office had been investigating the abandonment for weeks.

The cats, which were suffering a wide range of medical issues due to possible abuse and neglect, were ditched at VCA Cherrybend Animal Hospital on Cherrybend Road in Leelanau County’s Elmwood Township between 7 p.m. on Oct. 5 and 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 6.

Deputies arrived on scene and assisted the hospital staff with the cats, which ranged from several weeks to several years old and had been placed into four cages and left outside.

Jasinski is scheduled for a preliminary exam in early December, officials said.

Many area residents expressed disappointment in the charges on social media, noting that the woman tried to bring the animals to a shelter instead of abandoning them in the woods or along a roadway.

But deputies say it’s important to follow proper protocols when leaving animals at shelters.

“People who are no longer able to take proper care of their pets to contact their local Humane Society or their veterinarian to make the proper arrangements necessary for the wellbeing of the animals,” a statement reads.

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On November 29th, Giving Tuesday, consider donating to Kennel to Couch (K2C), a pit bull advocacy group that teams with shelters and community partners to help pull pit bulls from shelters and provides the resources needed to encourage the adoption of their sponsored pups. Pit bulls are one of the most common breeds to end up in shelters and the least likely to get adopted.

Kennel to Couch’s unique approach focuses on getting one animal from each of its partner shelters adopted at a time: the dog who has been at the shelter the longest and is most at risk of being euthanized. This approach is 100% effective.

Their mission is two-fold:

  • Work with partner shelters to prevent sponsored animals from being euthanized due to overcrowding, thus giving furry friends the time needed to find their furever home, while speeding the time it takes for adoption using highly targeted digital marketing.
  • Eliminate stereotypes associated with pit bulls by teaming with community partners and nationally-recognized programs to provide support and professional training assistance to the loving families who adopt their dogs.

Kennel to Couch is currently partnered with five shelters in four states, with plans to double their reach in 2023 and ultimately expand to all 50 states. “Every adoption saves not just one dog, but all the other dogs who are able to have a space at the shelter because that long-term resident found a home,” said Thomas Bohne, founder and President of Kennel to Couch. “With your help on November 29th, Kennel to Couch can amplify our voice and expand our footprint, helping more dogs make the much-needed transition from the kennel to the couch.”

This November, pledge to Kennel to Couch. Learn more at kenneltocouch.org and follow them at Facebook.com/KenneltoCouch.

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This week at the 19th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES, the Parties just voted on three proposals to increase protection for sharks and rays threatened by the fin trade.

The first proposal, for the family of requiem sharks to be listed on CITES Appendix II, was adopted on a vote of 88 in favor and 29 opposed. To be adopted, two-thirds of the votes must be cast in favor. Listing these species on CITES Appendix II means that trade must be regulated to ensure that it is not detrimental to the survival of the species.

The decisions are preliminary and need to be confirmed late next week.

After the vote, Rebecca Regnery, senior director of wildlife for Humane Society International released the following statement:

“CITES is the best chance we have the address the ravaging of shark populations throughout the world’s oceans for the shark fin trade. This vote indicates how many countries realize the extreme threat this trade poses to sharks and rays and to healthy oceans. For wide ranging species like these, a global solution is needed and CITES is our best chance for providing that. If the adoption of this proposal is upheld next week, this landmark proposal, which adds 54 species of requiem sharks to Appendix II, provides the opportunity to save countless animals given the hundreds of millions of sharks and rays currently being killed to satisfy the shark fin trade.”

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At the 19th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES, the Parties voted on a proposal to increase protection for the common hippopotamus from the trade in their ivory teeth and other body parts.

The proposal, which was to annotate the CITES Appendix II listing of the species to establish a zero-export quota for wild specimens for commercial trade, was defeated on a vote of 56 in favor, and 56 opposed. To be adopted, two-thirds of the votes must be cast in favor.

The decision is preliminary and needs to be confirmed late next week.

After the vote, Sophie Nazeri, program coordinator of wildlife for Humane Society International released the following statement:

“Although hippos live in 38 African countries, 31 of these countries have small, meaning less than 5,000, or very small, meaning less than 500. These populations are threatened by poaching for their teeth which are laundered into the legal ivory trade. Unfortunately, the Parties, especially the EU which cast its 28 votes against the proposal, have ignored the pleas of hippo range States for help and left open an avenue used by wildlife traffickers. If there is any legal hippo ivory trade, hippos will continue to be poached for their ivory. We are particularly shocked by the decision by the European Union to oppose the proposal, which is a vote in support of continued wildlife trafficking. We will be working to overturn this preliminary decision and bring the original proposal to a vote in the final days of the meeting.”

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