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Talkin' Pets News

October 20, 2023

Host - Jon Patch

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

Producer - Devin Leech

Network Producer - Jayla Green /Ben Boquist

Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guests - Hour 1 at 5pm ET - Alex Miller - Country Singer from American Idol releases a new album "Country" he will give away his CD while on the air

Hour 2 at 630PM ET - Janelle Babington Founder & CEO of Animal Victory - she will discuss and what is being done for the animals in Gaza

This Halloween, the renowned international pet food brand Vitakraft® is inviting pets and their parents to join the “Trick & Treat Halloween Costume Contest.” In a move to encompass the diverse array of pets cherished in homes everywhere, the contest welcomes cats, dogs, small animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, and hamsters, as well as birds such as parrots, canaries, love birds, and many more!  

Participation has been made effortless. Pet parents need only to post a photo or video of their costumed pet on social media and tag Vitakraft to enter. It’s an opportunity for all pets to shine!

Get inspired with this video entry example, a Halloween adventure with the feline duo Kona & Kai!

Meet these requirements by October 27th, and you could be one of the 20 lucky winners to receive a basket brimming with $100 worth of treats!

In the mix of this delightful contest, safety and enjoyment are prioritized. As part of the contest’s interactive nature, Molly DeVoss, a Certified Feline Training & Behavior Specialist, will share tips to ensure pets are safe and comfortable. For example, for cats, "During Halloween, there are frequent door openings as trick-or-treaters come and go. Make sure your cat doesn’t slip out by accident. If you don't confine your cat to a safe room, consider using a baby gate at the front door".

The “Trick & Treat Halloween Costume Contest” contest underscores Vitakraft’s commitment to all pets in the family. “Every pet, from playful puppies and kittens to chirpy birds and cuddly small animals, is part of the Vitakraft family. This contest is a delightful testament to the variety of pets we cater to with our extensive product range,” Miquel Gonzalez, Chief Marketing Officer at Vitakraft, explained.

To coincide with the Halloween festivity, Vitakraft is also unveiling the "Monster Value Pack Lick 'n’ Lap Snack." A delightful addition for the feline members of the family, just in time for Halloween.

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The water level at a major river port in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest has hit its lowest point in at least 121 years, as a historic drought upends the lives of hundreds of thousands of people and damages the jungle ecosystem.

Rapidly drying tributaries to the mighty Amazon river have left boats stranded, cutting off food and water supplies to remote jungle villages, while high water temperatures are suspected of killing more than 100 endangered river dolphins.

The port in Manaus, the region’s most populous city located where the Negro river meets the Amazon river, recorded a water level of 13.59 meters (44.6ft) on Monday, according to its website. That is the lowest level since records began in 1902, passing a previous all-time low set in 2010.

After months without rain, Pedro Mendonça, an Amazon rainforest villager, was relieved when a Brazilian NGO delivered supplies to his riverside community near Manaus late last week.

“We have gone three months without rain here in our community,” said Mendonça, who lives in Santa Helena do Inglês, west of Manaus, the capital of Amazonas state. “It is much hotter than past droughts.” Some areas of the Amazon have seen the lowest rain levels from July to September since 1980, according to the Brazilian government disaster alert center Cemaden.

Brazil’s science ministry blames the drought on this year’s onset of the climate phenomenon El Niño, which is driving extreme weather patterns globally. In a statement earlier this month, the ministry said it expected the drought will last until at least December, when El Niño’s effects are forecast to peak.

The drought has affected 481,000 people as of Monday, according to the civil defense agency in the state of Amazonas, where Manaus is located.

Late last week, workers from the Brazilian NGO Fundação Amazônia Sustentáve (FAS) fanned out across the parched region near Manaus to deliver food and other supplies to vulnerable village communities. The drought has threatened their access to food, drinking water and medicines, which are usually transported by river.

Nelson Mendonça, a leader in Santa Helena do Inglês, said although some areas were still reachable by canoe, many boats had not been able to travel on the river to bring supplies, and goods were being transported by tractors or on foot. “It’s not very good for us, because we’re practically isolated,” he said.

Luciana Valentin, who also lives in Santa Helena do Inglês, said she was concerned about the cleanliness of the local water supply after the drought reduced water levels.

“Our children are getting diarrhea, vomiting, and often having fever because of the water,” she said.


Acting on a request from the Douglas County Sheriff's Department, the Humane Society of Missouri's (HSMO) Animal Cruelty Task Force (ACT) – one of the nation's largest animal-rescue and disaster-response teams – conducted a rescue of 43 starving dogs from the property of a former commercial breeder in Douglas County, Missouri. The living animals are severely emaciated and suffering from various injuries and health conditions, and the remains of nine deceased dogs were also found on the property and recovered.

The rescue took place after a warrant was served by the Douglas County Sheriff to remove the dogs and give temporary custody to HSMO. A disposition hearing to determine legal custody will take place at 9 a.m. Nov. 9 at the Douglas County Court in Ava, Missouri.

Upon receiving the request – which included photos of sick and extremely emaciated dogs – HSMO worked quickly to round up and remove the animals. At least one of the dogs photographed on Monday died shortly thereafter, and its remains, along with those of eight others, were recovered by ACT. The ACT team was joined onsite by a staff veterinarian from the Missouri Department of Agriculture to view the condition of the dogs before their transport back to HSMO headquarters. 

"We're grateful to the Animal Health Division staff at the Missouri Department of Agriculture for lending assistance with this horrific situation and heart-wrenching rescue," said HSMO President Kathy Warnick. "The conditions at this property amount to one of the worst cases of animal neglect we've seen this year. The caring citizen who tipped off the Douglas County Sheriff's Department undoubtably saved the lives of many of these innocent dogs and gave them a second chance at life. We'll do everything in our power to ensure these sweet animals receive the care they need to fully recover and find loving forever homes." 

The rescued animals include 43 Shiba Inus of various ages and conditions. All of the animals are currently receiving emergency veterinary treatment and health evaluations.

Donations to help support the care of these dogs can be made on the HSMO website at To help care for the animals, HSMO is also asking the public for assistance through donations of blankets, newspapers, dog toys, dog beds or anything else that can make these animals' recovery more comfortable.

HSMO hopes to be awarded custody of the dogs at the Nov. 9 disposition hearing. If awarded custody, the dogs will be available for adoption after they have been given a clean bill of health by the veterinarians and evaluated by the animal behavior team. As the animals recover, medically and behaviorally, they will be made available for adoption on a case-by-case basis. There is no current timeline for when these dogs will be ready for their forever home, but interested adopters can check the HSMO website at to see when they become available.


Saint Louis, MO – On the afternoon of Friday, October 13, a 27-year-old Asian elephant named Rani passed away unexpectedly at the Saint Louis Zoo. According to a release from the zoo, Rani became agitated after hearing “vocalizations” from the herd, who had encountered a small, off-leash dog in the elephant area.

The news release explains the unusual situation:

At 3:39 p.m. on Friday, October 13, a small, unleashed dog was seen running in a non-public area near the Elephant Barn. While the Elephant Care team was working to contain the dog, its presence caused the elephant that was outside to become agitated. The Elephant Care team worked quickly to move the elephant indoors away from the disturbance.

The zoo said that Rani never saw or encountered the dog herself, but she did become agitated after hearing “the vocalizations from the herd.” The Elephant Care team saw Rani circle and vocalize, all within a very brief period, before collapsing.

Katie Pilgram-Kloppe, Zoological Manager of River’s Edge said:

“Rani was a special member of this elephant family group. She loved playing with her sisters Maliha and Priya. While growing up here in St. Louis, she got to learn from her own mom, Ellie, on how to be an amazing mother herself. She had a great relationship with her animal care team and all of the other elephants. When socializing with her family she made a unique squeaking noise that her daughter Jade also mimics.”

Michael Macek, Saint Louis Zoo Director, said:

“We are absolutely devastated. We ask for the community’s thoughts and support during this difficult time. Our team of professional animal care experts did everything possible, but we couldn’t save Rani.”

A necropsy of Rani’s body revealed “some preexisting changes in her heart.” It is unclear how significant these changes are.


Chandler, AZ – Last week, a judge denied April McLaughlin’s (aka Sydney Sierra Taylor McKinley) request to regain custody of dogs seized by officials who found them living in squalor. McLaughlin is facing 110 counts of animal abuse and cruelty resulting from extreme neglect of special needs dogs at a house on East Kesler Lane, Chandler. McLaughlin was operating a sham rescue organization called the Special Needs Animal Welfare League.

McLaughlin initially tried to get custody of 47 dogs who had been seized. She revised her request to 13 dogs that she described as her “personal family dogs.” But her request was denied.

The presiding judge said, “The dogs that you had, all of them were subjected to cruel neglect, so I am going to grant the seizing agencies request that these dogs not to be returned to you. You have forfeited your right to have these dogs.” McLaughlin has 14 days to appeal the judge’s ruling.

Animal Victory has created a petition to hold McLaughlin accountable for her abhorrent treatment of the dogs who were in her care. Visit for more information.


A badly neglected dog named Snickers was facing an untimely demise at Houston’s BARC animal shelter. But Snickers was rescued by Beeson Family Rescue before the unthinkable happened.

Unfortunately, Snickers is reported to be “extremely ill” with an upper respiratory infection.

Information about Snickers was posted to social media on Tuesday afternoon:

Snickers was saved from Barcs kill list. Within a day of leaving he started showing signs of having a URI (upper respiratory infection) ?. This emaciated, already sickly baby is extremely ill ? His breathing is labored ? He needs lots of prayers. He’s being hospitalized.

Snickers is being treated at Sienna Plantation Animal Hospital and concerned people are being asked to call the veterinary hospital to make a donation towards his care (under his foster’s name, Luiza Brach) at 281-778-5244.

Please keep Snickers in your thoughts and make a donation to his care if you are able.



Gardena, CA – A young dog at the Carson Animal Services facility is doing poorly after winding up homeless and stuck behind the bars of her kennel run. Hibiscus, a two-year-old Havanese mix, was taken in at the shelter facility on October 4 and it is clear that she is terrified and distressed.

At some point in her life, Hibiscus was loved. But today, she is just another terrified, unwanted shelter dog who is struggling at the animal care facility.

You can see the fear and trepidation in Hibiscus’ eyes. And because of her extreme fear, she will likely only be saved if a rescue group can step up to take her in.

On Tuesday, the Saving Carson Shelter Dogs Facebook page wrote:

Needs a FOSTER and RESCUE ?
She is about two years old and she came in Very upset. She’s starting to feel a little better but she’s going to need help quickly. Please share, she will need a Foster and rescue to save her.

You can help this terrified dog find the help she needs by sharing her adoption information. The more her profile is shared, the better her chances of being seen, and saved.

Located At: Los Angeles County Animal Control – Carson
Description: My name is Hibiscus.
I am described as a female, white and black Havanese mix.
Age: The shelter thinks I am about 2 years old.
More Info: I have been at the shelter since Oct 04, 2023.

Location: Los Angeles County Animal Control – Carson
Phone Number: (310) 523-9566
Address: 216 West Victoria Street
Gardena, CA 90248


Westmoreland, New York – More than 50 dogs are getting a second chance after being rescued from squalid conditions at a hoarder’s home. As reported by CNY Central, the beagle mix dogs range in age from puppies to 14-year-old seniors.

The seized dogs were taken to the CNY SPCA for care. Troy Waffner, the shelter’s CEO, commented on the terrible conditions the dogs were living in:

“The conditions of the house were deplorable with the dogs going to the bathroom on the floors and furniture, the smell of ammonia was almost toxic and the poor things were never let outside or even had open windows.”

The shelter updated Facebook followers about the situation, writing:

“The total count of dogs was 61! – That is on top of the 70 we already had!!
We appreciate everyone’s patience while our vet works to get these dogs ready to go to their forever homes, it will be a few weeks before everyone is ready.. We are keeping track of all the applications coming in!”

And let the public know that donations are needed to help care for the rescued dogs:

we need martingale collars, canned dog food, bleach and liquid laundry detergent. We can always use towels, blankets, toys etc

The owner of the dogs was not named publicly, but she was arrested and will have to appear in court to face charges stemming from the situation.


Australia – A brave man took on a large, muscular kangaroo who appeared to be trying to drown his dog.

The dramatic encounter was captured on video and posted to TikTok where millions of people viewed Mick Moloney‘s frightening encounter. According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Moloney was relaxing at the river with his Akita, Hatchi, when the dog disappeared.

When he searched the area he noticed a large kangaroo standing in the water, staring at him. Seconds later he could see the kangaroo had Hatchi in a headlock. He said, “Water was just gushing out of his mouth and he yelped quite badly.”

He initially tried to make a noise to frighten the animal enough to release his dog, but it didn’t work. He realized that he would have to enter the water to save his dog, but realized that it would not be easy, given the kangaroo’s size and muscles. He said:

“The muscles on this thing, I was like ‘this thing’s just got out of jail’ or something … it was jacked.”

Moloney set up his phone to capture the interaction and entered the river to save Hatchi. According to Moloney, he was able to “slap” the kangaroo, and then the duo “tussled” a bit in the water. At one point the phone was knocked into the water, but he was able to recover it.

In the end, everyone walked away relatively unscathed.

What would you do to save your dog?


Vancouver Island, British Columbia (Canada) – A bear with the munchies was caught on video at a convenience store in Lake Cowichan on Vancouver Island. Early Monday morning, the bear casually waltzed into the Tipton Gas Bar to browse the candy selection.

Mr. Bear, as he has fondly been referred to, strolled past the chocolate and set his sights on a bag of gummy bears. Jay DeGoesbriand, who was drinking coffee at his establishment, tells CBC News:

“Mr. Bear then went out in the parking lot and ate it.”

Jay and his wife, Karen, saw no aggression from the bear. Karen said:

“I know it’s a wild animal — I just wanted to give it a hug. I just thought it was awesome.”


Which states are batty for our favorite flying mammals?       To mark Bat Week starting Oct. 24, Pest Gnome ranked 2023’s Best States for Bat Lovers.
We compared all 50 states and the District of Columbia based on 3 categories. More specifically, we looked at each state’s number of bat species, viewing sites, bat rescues, and wind turbines, among 8 total metrics. The 10 best (and 10 worst) states for bat lovers,


Best States for Bat Lovers














Worst States for Bat Lovers










North Dakota


South Dakota

  • Some bat species hibernate, but others migrate for the winter, which could explain the many species roosting across the South
  • Texas flew to the top of our ranking with a 28-point lead over the 2nd-battiest state, California. The Lone Star state is home to the most bat species, 31.
  • 3 of the top 5 states — Texas, California, and Indiana (No. 5) — have abundant wind turbines, which are hazardous to their sizable bat populations. 
  • High numbers of wind turbines sent Iowa (No. 49) and North Dakota (No. 48) to the bottom of our ranking, alongside Alaska (No. 50) and Hawaii (No. 51) with the fewest bat species to spot. 
  • 10 states, including Tennessee (No. 12) and Alabama (No. 13), tied with 0 local bat rescues. Tennessee and Montana (No. 46) do not authorize licenses for bat rehabilitation. Meanwhile, California claimed the most bat rescues, 49, followed by Florida (No. 7), with 21.


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