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Talkin' Pets News

February 24, 2024

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Gino Sassani - Singer & Founder of Lost World Reptiles - Tampa, FL

Producer - Devin Leech

Network Producer - Paul Campos

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“Petflation” ⁠— meaning inflation in the pet products and services sector ⁠— hit 4.7% in January, according to a new report from John Gibbons, the Pet Business Professor. That was down from 5.1% in December but significantly higher than the overall U.S. inflation rate of 3.1% for the month. In a blog post, Gibbons outlined the specific situation for various segments of the pet industry, including food, supplies, services and veterinary.

He noted:

Petflation is slowing, but it is still strong, with the 4th highest rate for January and 2023 had the 2nd highest annual rate in history. It is also 1.5 times the National CPI. In 2021 it was only 75% of that rate. Even if it slows to 0%, you can’t ignore the fact that inflation is cumulative. Pet prices are 20.9% above 2021 and 26.1% higher than 2019. Those are big lifts. Since price/value is the biggest driver in consumer spending it is likely to affect the Pet Industry. The Non-Vet Services segment will be the least impacted as it is the most driven by high income CUs. Supplies and Veterinary will likely see a reduction in purchase frequency. Food is the most needed segment so the response will be complex. It could include a movement to online shopping, switching to private label or even downgrading the quality of food.


Nationally-recognized middle Tennessee rescue, Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary, will observe its twelve-year anniversary with a special Senior Prom event this April.  The Old Friends Geezer Gala will take place on Friday, April 5, 2024 at the Treemont Mansion (4125 Saundersville Road, Old Hickory, Tennessee) from 6:00 until 9:00 PM.

Festive, formal/semi-formal attire is encouraged for this heartwarming prom-themed event that honors our cherished canine companions and the joy they bring to our lives, so bust out your best prom attire for an incredible cause—senior dogs!—and dance the night away.

Local on Live 2’s Larissa Wohl will serve as emcee for the event.  The event will feature dinner, drinks, a live auction, silent auction, and more. Items on the auction are still being added, but will include a house concert by Country music artist Allie Colleen, a private wine night with Grand Ole Opry star Jeannie Seely at her home on the Cumberland, backstage Opry tickets, a stay at the Kelsey Montague Art Experience, and more. Tickets are now available.  Additional information about the Old Friends Senior Prom event is available by visiting:

Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary is a Forever Foster Home-based Sanctuary in beautiful Mount Juliet, Tennessee.  Dedicated to providing lifetime homes for senior dogs, Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary strives to raise awareness of the joys and challenges of living with older dogs.  Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary generally houses 120 senior dogs at the Sanctuary as well as others in temporary and Forever Foster homes.  A 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary is centered on a mission that what is important is not the quantity of time the dogs in its care has—but rather the quality of life the organization can provide for them.

For more information about Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary, please visit:


Three-time Olympic equestrian rider Shane Rose has avoided a suspension for wearing a mankini which could’ve cost him a spot at the 2024 Paris Games. A complaint was registered with Equestrian Australia (EA) and Sports Integrity Australia after Rose took part in the fancy dress event at the Wallaby Hill Extravaganza in the Southern Highlands on February 11.

He wore three costumes on the day - a gorilla suit, a Duffman beer suit and the G-string swimsuit made famous in the film Borat - and the latter saw one concern raised by a female attendee, forcing EA to investigate. The organisation found he did not breach the sport’s code of conduct and will be free to compete in Paris.

Rose won silver medals at the 2008 and 2020 Olympics, plus bronze in 2016, all in the teams eventing. “It’s a great relief to get it to happen and prepare for Paris as best I can,” Rose told the SMH. “I’ve got an event in New Zealand which is only two and a half weeks away.”

Asked whether he would be wearing a mankini at the next event, he said: “I think I might just take a back seat and let people go their hardest.”

The disciplinary panel recommended: - For Equestrian Australia to work with clubs and stakeholders to assess minimum dress standards for future events;

- For Equestrian Australia to review the education modules for the High Performance program to ensure they’re fit for purpose.

The equestrian community was overwhelmingly supportive of Rose with many changing their Facebook profile pictures to Borat when he was initially stood down.

Three-time Olympian Wayne Roycroft said in a Facebook comment: “Shane, I apologise for the action taken by EA you have contributed to the equestrian community more than any one I know, not to have full support of EA is shameful, from my point of view my actions whilst on that board was first and foremost was to support the atheltes (sic) there is no way you should be under suspension.” Rose later removed his initial apology in an attempt to “de-escalate” the issue.

“Equestrian Australia has an obligation to look into any concerns of this nature that comes from the community,” EA CEO Darren Gocher said in a statement. “Having now thoroughly reviewed the incident and spoken to relevant parties, Equestrian Australia has confirmed that there was no breach of the code of conduct by Shane Rose.

“We take the recommendations on board and will move quickly to ensure the relevant actions are taken. Our sport is made up of wonderful individuals and we have plenty to look forward to in the year ahead. “Shane has reflected on the incident, has apologised and understands the high standards expected of everyone involved in our high-performance program.”


A "death ship" carrying thousands of cattle whose foul smell caused a stink in top tourist city Cape Town is expected to continue its voyage to Iraq later on Tuesday, port officials said.

The ship, en route from Brazil and carrying an estimated 19,000 cattle, docked in Cape Town on Sunday, bringing with it a nauseating odour that permeated the city centre. Some residents thought a large nearby sewerage works had conked out or their nostrils were being assailed by domestic plumbing problems, a Reuters witness said.

A local city councillor, however, confirmed that the smell was indeed from the "Al Kuwait" vessel, which was immediately boarded by inspectors from the National Council of Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA).

Transnet said the vessel docked for animal feed, vessel stores, bunkers and medical assessments on the bovines.

The NSPCA, which campaigns against the live transport of animals, dubbed the vessel a "Kuwaiti death ship" and attributed the smell to the awful conditions animals endured, having spent two and a half weeks on board, with a build-up of faeces and ammonia.

"The faeces that the cattle were standing is already basically up to the top of their hooves in some pens," Grace le Grange, a senior inspector who boarded the vessel, told Reuters.

"In general the cattle themselves were not in a physically bad condition in terms of weight-wise, but our concern is what happens when they get back onto the ocean," she said.

Le Grange said several animals had to be euthanised due to injuries.


Indianapolis, Indiana – On July 28, a young dog named Deron was adopted from Indianapolis Animal Care Services. Just nine days later, his bloodied body was in a plastic bag, stuffed into a trash can at the home of the couple who adopted him.

Details provided by witnesses provide grim insight into Deron’s final moments. As reported by WTHR News, witnesses told the police that they:

“saw a man holding a knife while the dog was hanging from the front porch by a leash. The witness told police the man stabbed the dog and then placed a trash bag over the dog’s head. The witness said three people were outside watching as the man stabbed, suffocated and tortured the dog.”

On July 7, the animal shelter promoted Deron for adoption on Facebook, writing in part, “I’m an energetic, affectionate guy! I think I give the best kisses.” A month after that post was made, the affectionate dog who gave the best kisses was dead after being stabbed, strangled, and stuffed into the trash.

On the afternoon of August 6, multiple witnesses phoned the police to report the abuse that they saw. IMPD Officer Nickolas Smith responded to the home located in the 700 block of North Bosart Avenue and saw two women, identified as Sierra Makin and Denita Hughes, cleaning blood off of the porch.

One of the witnesses had reported that the dog was put into the trash, prompting Officer Smith to investigate – he found a trash can in an alley and after looking inside the bags, discovered the bloodied body of the two-year-old dog, along with a bloody steak knife. Officer Smith returned to the porch and attempted to stop the women from destroying more evidence.

Makin tried to flee, running into the home and slamming the door shut. Inside, Officer Smith was met by 19-year-old Zech Thomsen, who tried to stop handcuffs from being placed on Sierra Makin.

The resistance continued…Makin struck the officer in the face with her fist and then bit him on the arm, drawing blood. Another officer who arrived to assist was struck in the back of the head by Thomsen.

Both individuals were eventually arrested and, now they are facing charges of torturing or mutilating a vertebrate animal, animal abandonment/neglect, resisting law enforcement, and battery of a public safety official. Visit for more information.


Rankin County, Mississippi – In 2022 a Mississippi woman sacrificed an innocent cat for entertainment. Eternea Williams, who went by TeeDy Wms or E on social media, videotaped her dogs killing a defenseless cat; streaming the live video on Facebook.

In the video, Williams tells her dogs, “Tonight we feast!” while taunting them with the caged cat until they are in a frenzy. She proceeds to open the crate door, allowing the terrified cat to be mauled to death.

It is a horrific scene and revealing of the woman’s depraved mind. In Defense of Animals lead campaigner, Doll Stanley, spearheaded the effort to identify the woman and get the crime reported to the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department.

Animal Victory is standing with In Defense of Animals to get District Attorney John K. Bramlett, Jr. to prosecute Williams and hold her accountable for this despicable act of cruelty.

Visit to follow this case.


Compton, CA – A Compton man, reported to be a pit bull breeder, was fatally mauled at a residence on Friday morning. According to sources, a 911 call was made around 8 a.m. by a woman who said her 35-year-old boyfriend was severely injured.

The man, whose identity has not been released, was found dead in one of the dog kennels in the backyard of the Thorson Avenue property; 13 dogs and puppies were found on the property.

Sheriff’s Lt. Michael Gomez said, “Our victim was in the backyard, apparently feeding them, and it sounds like they attacked him ultimately he succumbed to these injuries.”

According to Fox 11 News, the victim was breeding the pit bulls “for a living” on the property. The dogs have been seized; it is unclear what their fate will be. The authorities are investigating.


Cumberland County, PA – A dog who was locked in a garage and left to die is getting her second chance. Two days ago, Speranza Animal Rescue posted images of the emaciated dog, dubbed Ramona, writing: We were contacted late last night regarding a dog that had been discovered locked in a garage …no food. water or heat. Abandoned. Left to die. A very slow and miserable death. It is clear that Ramona has suffered greatly and that it is a miracle that she was able to survive. The animal welfare agency writes:

We think she is a German Shepherd. But honestly we can’t be sure because of the condition she is in. But we know one thing for sure. This girl is a WARRIOR. A FIGHTER.
And we are going to now show her there was a reason she fought. A reason she survived.

As reported by WGAL News, the Pennsylvania State Police are conducting an investigation to see if anyone will be charged for neglecting Ramona. In the meantime, she is in good hands, receiving life-saving care.

Donations for Ramona’s care can be made to the rescue group:

Venmo @speranzarescue

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1216 Brandt rd

Mechanicsburg pa 17055


Houston, TX – A Texas rescue group is fighting to save the life of a dog who has suffered unimaginable cruelty. The dog, dubbed Valentino, was abandoned and he is skeletal because he cannot eat…because someone cut his tongue out. This week, Make a Stand Bully Rescue said:

Our new guy is incredibly emaciated. So much so that he can barely stand or lift up his head, although he so desperately wants to. The veterinarian who worked his case today contacted out to a specialist at Gulf Coast, who has experience with dogs who have had their tongues partially or fully removed, often as a course of treatment for various oral cancers. In the good, ideal cases, a dog re-learns how to eat and drink water. But in a bad case, the prognosis can turn poor, very quickly.
This kiddo has *no* remnants of a tongue, at all. But it is deemed an old injury that has “healed” (meaning, it’s not a new wound or something that needs to be treated). It’s just gone. But the next – and possibly more alarming and heart & gut wrenching part – is whether he was intentionally starved… or was just unable to learn how to eat after this cruel torture he endured. If it’s the latter, his longterm prognosis isn’t good. Follow this story at


A horse has been rescued after it was seen galloping along the shoulder of I-95 in Philadelphia early Tuesday morning.

In the video filmed from a vehicle, you can hear the horse's hooves galloping on the pavement and see its mane flowing in the wind.

The video was filmed around 4:45 a.m. by Angelo Palmer as he was heading to work. He leaned out of the window of a shuttle bus to capture the horse galloping on the highway. 

"He picked up speed and he was doing like 40 miles an hour at that time," Palmer said.   

Palmer's colleague, Deborah Rogers, was struck by its beauty.  "He was in full stride," Rogers said. "It was the most majestic thing I've ever seen." 

Philadelphia police said the horse was first on Kelly Drive and then somehow made its way onto I-676 before reaching I-95 north. Rogers and Palmer said they first noticed the horse on I-676 before I-95. 

"I just prayed for a minute and said, 'Help this animal if you can,'" Rogers said.  Pennsylvania State Police, who patrol the interstate highways, were trying to rescue the horse.

Chopper 3 later spotted the horse off the highway in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia, tied up and with a State Police cruiser nearby. Fletcher Street Urban Riding Club, a nonprofit devoted to horsemanship in the city's Strawberry Mansion section, said the horse escaped from their stable. 

A spokesperson says at last check, the stables and stalls were locked. While they are looking into how this happened, they suspect vandalism may be a possibility and will be adding cameras.

"The horse was smart. It looked like it knew where it was going," said Wayne Bond, who is a supporter of the stable and was there to help rescue the horse off the Allegheny exit in Port Richmond.

"We don't know what happened, so at the end of the day, we got the horse back," Bond said.   The Fletcher Street Outback Riding Club says horses and kids are the most important thing and that's why their organization exists.

They say they offer a safe place for kids all over the city and beyond. "They learn about the horses, they clean up after the horses, they learn how to ride them, things of that nature," Bond said. The kids are also thinking about naming the horse "I-95."

The Riding Club said the horse was taken to the vet and was resting at its stable on Fletcher Street in Strawberry Mansion. 


With the annual vector season coming up, University Products recently underscored the critical importance of early vaccination against bovine anaplasmosis to reduce herd losses. Offering a sensible and budget-friendly solution for cattle farmers nationwide, the University Products Anaplasmosis Vaccine has been field-tested for over 20 years and provides superior protection against this devastating endemic disease.

"Anaplasmosis remains a longstanding challenge for the cattle industry," said Gene Luther, Director of University Products. "It significantly impacts the health and productivity of herds every single year and it hits hard in the spring, summer and fall especially, when insects like ticks and biting flies begin to flourish, spreading disease. So you don't want to wait until your herd is already infected before you start thinking about preventive measures. Start now. Especially since the FDA has imposed stricter rules for antibiotic use."

University Products' vaccine stands out for its affordability, with per-dose costs nearly half that of diagnostic lab testing, and also for its effectiveness in reducing clinical symptoms associated with anaplasmosis.

Getting Ahead of Vector Season: Navigating Regulatory Changes

The importance of timely and effective disease management strategies is highlighted by recent draft guidance from the Food and Drug Administration concerning antimicrobial drugs given to food -producing animals. Those drugs, previously much easier to get, now require veterinarian approval and administration.

The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) also weighed in on the potential challenges of implementing new FDA guidelines, which now also require duration labeling for products treating anaplasmosis. NCBA Chief Veterinarian Dr. Kathy Simmons warned that such labeling was problematic at best, stating: "Some of these diseases that are vector borne see variations in the vector season based on the climate that you're raising cattle. They may not be able to give a specific duration. They may have to publish a maximum duration and that won't be easy either."

Of this specific concern, Gene Luther from University Products said, "This just underscores the many challenges our industry faces when dealing with bovine disease. But fortunately, our vaccine is already a straightforward, reliable solution. Our vaccine can be used in any climate, during any season."

Some General Spring Calving Vector Recommendations:

  • Vaccinate herds for anaplasmosis, if not previously done.
  • Continue other vector measures for the herd like fly and tick control programs.
  • Check spraying equipment, dust bags, and oilers, and obtain needed chemicals or tags for fly and tick control.
  • Consider professional controlled-burns and/or chemical sprays to keep excessive weeds and brush in check. Always contact professionals for these mitigation measures.

The Bottom Line: Economic Benefits of Vaccines

"Our vaccine's affordability enables more small and mid-sized cattle farmers to protect their herds too," said Gene Luther. "While minimizing financial strain. That's who we try to reach first – who we try to help the most: farmers who do not have enormous corporate budgets to work with. These folks need help that is immediate and cost effective."

The University Products vaccine does not prevent infection, but when properly used, significantly reduces clinical signs in at-risk animals. The vaccine requires only two doses in the first year, with one annual booster each year thereafter, and is safe to use in any stage of bovine pregnancy.

A detailed description of the vaccine and its method of administration is publicly available for PDF download. For more information on vaccine availability for ranchers and veterinarians, please contact University Products directly.

About University Products LLC

Based in Louisiana, University Products specializes in USDA approved (for experimental use) bovine vaccines. Their anaplasmosis vaccine minimizes clinical signs in at-risk animals, is safe during pregnancy, and requires two initial doses plus annual boosters. The company is also researching vaccines for bovine babesiosis and theileriosis. Veterinarians can inquire about availability by emailing directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Last March, Voiles says he was cycling into the French Quarter to sell his artwork when he came upon a dead opossum in the middle of the street. As he pulled over to avoid hitting the roadkill, Voiles realized one patch of hair on the bloodied animal was moving in a separate direction: a newborn baby. “That little patch was Saffron, climbing on top of the Mama,” Voiles recalls. “He was too small to even open his eyes, ‘bout the size of my thumb.” Voiles scooped up the baby and took him home, nursing the marsupial to health with an eye dropper of formula, he says. As Voiles tells the story now, he gets choked up. The last time he saw his beloved pet was over a week ago, just a few blocks from where the animal was rescued — only this time, Saffron was locked in a cage in the back of a Department of Wildlife and Fisheries vehicle, driving in the opposite direction. “I’ve never felt this helpless. I want my baby back,” he says.

Saffron the opossum was confiscated on Saturday Feb. 11 by Wildlife and Fisheries agents, as part of a Mardi Gras crackdown on illegally-owned exotic pets in New Orleans. Other seized animals included a 10-foot-long python and two other mega snakes that have become fixtures on Bourbon Street. Voiles, however, says he doesn’t solicit his pet for transactional photo-ops. Rather, the wild animal — who perches on his shoulder unleashed, occasionally donning a blue knit sweater — is a “family member.” “When I realized he wasn’t legal, it was too late, he was already domesticated and couldn’t go back,” Voiles says. “I don’t encourage people to keep wild pets. I just love him.” Now, Voiles is fighting to win his opossum back. A petition demanding Saffron’s return has received nearly 3,000 signatures. His owner hopes that public pressure may be enough to convince authorities to at least reveal the animal’s whereabouts.

Luckily for Voiles, there is some legal precedent for the pair’s reunification. In March of 2023, officials confiscated a Bucktown family’s beloved pet nutria, after a Times-Picayune profile on the rodent’s cushy lifestyle caught the eye of authorities. Public outcry ensued. Wildlife and Fisheries agents eventually struck a deal with the nutria’s owners: If they could follow a list of requirements, including regular veterinary checkups and caging in public, Neuty could come back. (Not only was the rodent returned to his suburban family home, but the entire ordeal elevated Neuty to celebrity status: He rode the Krewe of Argus float as Grand Marshall during Mardi Gras.) Voiles, however, worries he won’t be so lucky. “That family that had the nutria rat, they was born and raised here. They had a store and everything,” Voiles, who moved to New Orleans in 2009, says. “I don’t know so many people, I just rent my house. These animals is what I have.” The self-taught artist makes his living selling Fleur-de-lis artwork in the French Quarter and washing dishes on the Steamboat Natchez. He fears that if authorities inspect his home — which he has struggled to pay for since the death of his long-term roommate in November — it won’t be deemed large enough for the animal.

“I’m scared if they do some kind of financial background thing, I won’t pass,” he says. After nine sleepless nights, Voiles is still unsure of Saffron’s fate. A potential lead claiming the opossum was being stored at LSU’s veterinary school turned out to be a dud. “I can tell you with certainty: LSU does not have the opossum and we never did,” the communications manager for the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine said on the phone. Although Voiles was issued a criminal citation for possession of an exotic animal, he says authorities are not returning his calls.   When contacted the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, a spokesperson said they cannot comment on active cases. For now, Voiles calms himself down by focusing on the happy memories. “Saffron does this thing I call ‘schlubbing,’ where if he likes you, he’ll grab your ankles with his little opposable thumbs, and he’ll kiss your legs and hug on you. Like ‘love’ and ‘slobber.’” he says. “I miss that.”


Hvaldimir the whale escaped from the Russian Navy, and his future is being charted by the scientists and veterinarians at charity OneWhale in conjunction with the Norwegian government. For years, the headlines have read, “nobody knows what to do with him,” but now hope is on the horizon for Hvaldimir. After years of uncertainty, his future is being charted by the Norwegians, along with the scientists and veterinarians of his non-profit, OneWhale.

 It has been a long, uncertain path toward freedom. First, he had to escape. In April of 2019, a beluga whale was first sighted by fishermen in northern Norway wearing a harness. He tugged at the local fisherman’s boat fenders to get their attention.  Once freed, everyone expected the whale to swim away, but the friendly creature instead swam to Hammerfest, Norway, where he was named Hvaldimir by locals. Arriving into Norway at the same time, American filmmaker Regina Crosby Haug began documenting the whale and investigating his mysterious past. 

 While filming, Crosby Haug realized Hvaldimir’s life was at risk. “Here was a beautiful, innocent soul, who didn’t choose any of this.” She recalls. Soon after she created OneWhale, a non-profit with the mission to protect Hvaldimir. Although OneWhale’s focus is on getting Hvaldimir back into the wild, other organizations have offered proposals to place Hvaldimir in captivity or leave him at risk.  Yet so many unanswered questions remained about this whale’s past. Was he really a military whale, or simply a therapy whale as once reported? Many people laughed at the notion that Russia’s spying was a threat.  However, in February of 2022, that changed, and the world looked on in shock as Russia invaded Ukraine. Other countries bordering Russia were suddenly on high alert, including Norway.  Within months, there were reports of dolphins being used in Russia’s war machine. And soon undersea explosions crippled Nord Stream 1 & 2 gas pipelines. Could it have been by trained whales who mapped out the sea-floor with cameras? Or even forced to plant the explosives? 

 Although Hvaldimir was free, he was not safe. He has been struck by propellors and boats, and in the Spring 2023, Hvaldimir suddenly traveled hundreds of miles to Oslo, Norway’s capital. Experts theorized that he is now of mating age and actively searching for other whales. Hvaldimir soon became emaciated due to a lack of food in the industrial waters. Crosby Haug recalls, “Those months could have been a death sentence to Hvaldimir, but we reached out to Norway's Directorate of Fisheries and have been working on a solution ever since.”  The solution, backed by scientists, veterinarians, and NOAH, Norway’s largest animal rights organization, allows Hvaldimir to be relocated to the arctic islands off the coast of Norway, which is home to over 500 wild belugas. 

 Victoria Pine Vinje, a Norwegian Marine Biologist, and arctic whale scientist explains “Belugas are known for highly social and welcoming behavior, so Hvaldimir should have a good chance of integrating.”  Frank Bakke Jensen, the Director of The Fisheries Directorate, indicated that they are willing to allow Hvaldimir’s move to a wild pod. “I am open to the idea if OneWhale and its partners can secure the necessary permits and funds.” Says Jensen.  But time could be running out for Hvaldimir. He is currently living on southwest coast of Norway and the spring mating season is coming fast. Crosby Haug explains, “We’re doing everything possible to be ready, hoping that 2024 will be Hvaldimir’s year.”


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