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Talkin' Pets News

May 4, 2024

Host - Jon Patch

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

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The AKC Museum of the Dog is thrilled to announce that Anthony Rubio, pet couturier and women’s wear designer, will host his inaugural “Pet Gala” at the AKC Museum of the Dog on Monday, May 20th. Tickets are available now!

Occurring three weeks after the Met Gala, the Pet Gala will feature re-creations of looks from this year’s event but designed for canines. The Pet Gala will include the iconic staircase red carpet, a runway show inside the Museum, and sit-down dinner.

"Having borne witness to the stunning fashions of the Met Gala for decades, it was instantly clear that the AKC Museum of the Dog is the only suitable home for Anthony Rubio's Pet Gala,” said Christopher Bromson, Executive Director of the AKC Museum of the Dog. “Just like the Met, the Museum boasts one of the world's most impressive collections of dog art. On May 20, it will be the steps of the AKC Museum of the Dog that brim with glamour, where breathtaking pieces will wind their way through our gallery. Together, we'll celebrate these creations for what they truly are: art."

Born and raised in New York City, Anthony Rubio has been in the fashion industry for twenty years and has been re-creating looks from the Met Gala for dogs for over a decade. His most famous re-creations include looks worn by Salma Hayek, Cardi B, Rihanna, Pedro Pascal, and much more. His designs have been featured in PEOPLE Magazine, Hola Magazine, The Daily Mail, and on Inside Edition and Access Hollywood. He is also a passionate advocate for animals.

“The designers for The Met Gala have months to create their looks for celebrities to shine on the red carpet. I have two weeks to recreate them and for dogs,” said Anthony Rubio. “When I design for my Fashion Week runway shows, it's all my aesthetic. For The Pet Gala, I have to figure out how to translate garments worn by humans onto our four-legged stars. Humans can suffer for their fashion, but dogs will not. Their comfort and safety is my top priority.”

 

To purchase tickets for the event, www.caninecouturebook.com

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Although the velociraptors of "Jurassic Park" fame are well known, they don't much resemble their historical counterparts. The movie velociraptors are portrayed as being 6 feet tall with scaly skin and incredibly fast, but real velociraptors were about as big as a medium-sized dog, measuring approximately 1.6 feet high and between 4.8 and 6.8 feet across, scientists say. They also moved slower and may have been feathered.

However, scientists believe they may have discovered a relative of the velociraptor that was two to three times larger-- a "megaraptor" -- which is closer in size to the film depiction, according to a new study published this week. "When [Steven] Spielberg made 'Jurassic Park', he blew up the velociraptors to make them scary. Real velociraptors are -- say -- about the size of coyotes," Dr. W. Scott Persons, a paleontologist at the College of Charleston and curator of the Mace Brown Museum of Natural History and one of the study's authors, told ABC News. "Yes, our animal is on par with the way raptors are depicted by Hollywood."

A large group of dinosaur tracks, about 240, were discovered in winter 2020 on the outskirts of Longyan in the Fujian province, in southeastern China, according to the study published Wednesday in the journal iScience published by Elsevier. "The giant raptor tracks were found as part of a much larger track site excavation," Persons said. "At this locality, we've got this huge mud stone deposit that is littered with all kinds of different dinosaur footprints, including lots of big herbivorous dinosaurs, lots of small herbivorous dinosaurs, several normal size raptors, and then they're the really big ones that just happened to be preserved there as well."

The team came across well-preserved tracks, about 14 inches long, which were unusual because the footprint featured just two toes. Persons said it is not usual to find a dinosaur footprint with one of the toes missing because the preservation of tracks is often incomplete. "But to have a whole left, right, left, right, left, right series of footprints, that's always missing the same toe on each foot is really unusual. And that is the telltale marker of the footprint of a dinosaur or a raptor dinosaur," he said.

The footprints are unique to raptors because their recognized curved claws were kept off the ground. The team determined the track were likely made by a relative of the velociraptor, which they've named Fujianipus yingliangi. Based on the footprints, the team was able to estimate Fujianipus was about 15 feet in total length, about two to three times the total length of the velociraptor. The team is hoping to keep working in the area to hopefully discover some skeletal material from the "megaraptor" and to pinpoint when it might have lived and what other animals might have existed during that time.

Life reconstruction of the giant troodontid Fujianipus yingliangi, estimated hip height: 1.8 m.

iScience published by Elsevier Persons said there is another way that the new raptor is more similar to the velociraptors in "Jurassic Park" than the real-life velociraptors were.

"The velociraptors in 'Jurassic Park' are credited with being really, really fast, and it's true -- velociraptor is not an animal you could outrun," he said. "But the true Adonis is the group that our animal belongs to, they're the fastest of the raptors. They've got the longest shin bones and the longest foot bones out there. That equates to them covering more ground with every step. These are the real speedsters of the raptor family tree."

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Politicians and dog experts are criticizing South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem after she wrote in a new book about killing a rambunctious puppy. The story — and the vilification she received on social media — has some wondering whether she’s still a viable potential running mate for presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Experts who work with hunting dogs like Noem’s said she should have trained — not killed — the pup, or found other options if the dog was out of control.

Noem has tried to reframe the story from two decades ago as an example of her willingness to make tough decisions. She wrote on social media that the 14-month-old wirehaired pointer named Cricket had shown aggressive behavior by biting.

“As I explained in the book, it wasn’t easy,” she said on X. “But often the easy way isn’t the right way.” Still, Democrats and even some conservatives have been critical.  “This story is not landing. It is not a facet of rural life or ranching to shoot dogs,” conservative commentator Tomi Lahrenco posted online.

Several posters described Noem as Cruella de Vil, the villain from the Disney classic “101 Dalmatians.” A meme features a series of dogs offering looks of horror.

“I’m not sure which thing she did was stupider: The fact that she murdered the dog, or the fact that she was stupid enough to publish it in a book,” said Joan Payton, of the German Wirehaired Pointer Club of America. The club itself described the breed as “high-energy,” and said Noem was too impatient and her use of a shock collar for training was botched.

But South Dakota Democratic Senate Minority Leader Reynold Nesiba considered the disclosure more calculated than stupid. He said the story has circulated for years among lawmakers that Noem killed a dog in a “fit of anger” and that there were witnesses. He speculated that it was coming out now because Noem is being vetted as a candidate for vice president.

“She knew that this was a political vulnerability, and she needed to put it out there, before it came up in some other venue,” he said. “Why else would she write about it?” in her new book. Noem writes that she took Cricket on a bird hunting trip with older dogs in hopes of calming down the wild puppy. Instead, Cricket chased the pheasants, attacked a family’s chickens during a stop on the way home and then “whipped around to bite me,” she wrote.

Afterward, Noem wrote, she led Cricket to a gravel pit and killed her. She said she also shot a goat that the family owned, saying it was mean and liked to chase her kids. Democrat Hillary Clinton reposted a 2021 comment in which she warned, “Don’t vote for anyone you wouldn’t trust with your dog.” She added, “Still true.”

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Drivers in Washington state were in for a surprise when they spotted a group of zebras, possibly inspired their friend Marty from "Madagascar," galloping on the highway.

Washington State Patrol, in an email to USA TODAY, said that four zebras were on their way to Montana, when the driver of their trailer stopped off an exit to secure the trailer that had reportedly become unsecure. The four ‒ which included two adult mares, one stallion and one filly ‒ saw it as an opportunity and escaped from the trailer, running amok on the highway.

Cameron Satterfield, a spokesperson of the Regional Animal Services of King County, confirmed the same, adding that the three zebras who were corralled were returned to their owner, while the fourth remained at large.

Satterfield said that a "nearby good Samaritan with a horse pasture was able to help corral the zebras."

"The zebras' owner was able to bring their trailer to the pasture to pick up the three that were captured and make sure they were secured," Satterfield said via email. "No people were injured in the incident, and the three animals that were re-captured seem to be in good condition as well with no injuries."

An investigation report viewed by USA TODAY showed that the incident took place shortly before 1 p.m. Sunday. The owner of the four zebras, Kristine Keltgen was driving them from Winlock, Washington to Anaconda, Montana when she noticed the trailer's "floor mat flapping and dragging." As Keltgen stopped and opened the door of the trailer to adjust the mat, the zebras rushed out of the trailer and onto the roadway.

Video footage from the incident, captured by passersby, shows the zebras trotting on the highway among cars and munching on grass before making their way to the backyard of a house near the highway.

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In the famous Schrödinger’s cat hypothesis, a cat in a box is both alive and dead until someone looks inside – and in the case of one mischievous cat from Utah discovered inside an Amazon return package, it was very much alive.

The cat, Galena, survived being shipped all the way from Lehi, Utah, across the US to California after sneaking into the package. Galena, six, an indoor-only cat, traveled more than 500 miles in a 3-by-3ft shipping container, according to NBC.

Galena endured six days of travel with no food or water, but was discovered in relatively good shape by an Amazon employee.

“Galena, our super shy indoor cat escaped today,” Clark wrote about Galena’s disappearance to a Facebook group for lost pets. “She’s a part of our family and has never been gone this long before.”

A week later, Clark and her husband got an astonishing notification from Galena’s microchip: the cat had been discovered in Los Angeles.

At first she thought the notification was a mistake. But Galena the cat had actually been mailed cross-country.

Brandy Hunter, an Amazon worker at a California warehouse, said co-workers informed that they had found a cat in a returned package, Hunter said on Facebook.

Hunter, who self-described as a “crazy cat lady”, took Galena in for the night, then to a local veterinarian.

When the vet scanned Galena’s microchip the Clarks were instantly notified, and the vet also called the Clarks to confirm Galena was now in their care.

The Clarks hopped on a plane and traveled to California to be reunited. While “much skinnier”, Clark confirmed Galena was “completely unharmed”.

“We’re in awe of all the tender mercies that have taken place. It’s a total miracle!” she posted.

She believes Galena may have gotten into the Amazon box while they were trying to seal the return delivery, she told the New York Times. Because the box already weighed more than 30lb, they did not notice the extra weight.

“She doesn’t meow a lot and she loves boxes, so for her, she was really happy in that moment, I’m sure,” Clark said. “Although I’m sure that wasn’t the case later on.”

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PALM BEACH COUNTY, FLORIDA: Alley Cat Allies is offering a reward of $7,500 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for killing several cats in the town of Lake Clarke Shores. According to investigators, the cats appear to have been shot. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Lake Clarke Shores Police Department at 561-964-1515 and ask for Lieutenant Fisher.

“Alley Cat Allies is seeking justice for the victims of this apparent serial cat killer and acting to protect more cats in the area from unimaginable cruelty,” said Coryn Julien, communications director for Alley Cat Allies. “The well-known link between animal cruelty and violence toward people also factors into the gravity of this crime, which must be taken very seriously and, once we have found the perpetrator, penalized to the fullest extent of the law.”

Investigators say each cat was found deceased in bodies of water in the area of Carambola Road and Carambola Circle of Lake Clarke Shores. The horrifying situation has been ongoing for weeks, with cats going missing as far back as several months.

Every animal deserves to be protected and safe from animal cruelty. All 50 states, including Florida and the District of Columbia, have enacted laws criminalizing acts of cruelty toward animals.

Again, anyone with information for the cruelty investigation is urged to contact:

The Lake Clarke Shores Police Department at 561-964-1515. Ask for Lieutenant Fisher.

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Listen up, American honey bees.

Those murder hornets you may have heard about being spotted in the United States ― you know, the ones that can kill hives full of you guys and are even lethal to humans with enough stings ― can be taken.

Or, as National Geographic’s “Hornets From Hell” puts it: “There is a place for payback.” It takes a sting operation, but not with your stingers.

Japanese honey bees fight back, by luring a murder hornet into their hive, then swarming it. The attack raises their collective temperature and essentially “cooks” the giant hornet to death.

The way Japanese bees deal with murder hornets is just brutal but satisfying. While sightings of the murder hornet have been few in the U.S. Northwest, better prepare now, bees.

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Candyman, is that you?

A North Carolina woman says she was blown away to discover a swarm of 50,000 honey bees in her 100-year-old house, after her toddler complained about hearing “monsters in the wall.”

In a viral//www.tiktok.com/@classashley/video/7361099627036265771"> video, Ashley Class, who goes by //www.tiktok.com/@classashley">@classashley on TikTok, showed off the un-bee-lievably massive beehive that was discovered behind the walls of her daughter’s room.

“What nightmares are made of,” the mother captioned the post from last week, which has since garnered more than 9 million views.  The TikTok video shows an image from a thermal camera highlighting the hive behind the wall. It then cuts to a shot of a gaping hole in the same wall, where swarms of bees can be seen crawling in the woodwork.

“When your daughter has been hearing ‘monsters’ in the walls,” she wrote over the clip. “Turns out it was 50,000 bees buzzing.” Class said she noticed a few bees hanging around the house but didn’t think much of it. “We noticed a couple bees when we were outside playing with the kids and then as the days progressed, we saw more and more and we thought, ‘That’s a little strange,’” Class told “Good Morning America.

Class said the beehive looked “almost like a man in the wall by the shape of it.” Her husband, Chris Class, added that the hive was so large that it “took up the entire wall space.” TikTok users swarmed comments section to share their thoughts on Class’ horrifying experience.  “I would honestly rather have monsters in the wall than to have 50k bees,” one person wrote.

Another sympathized with her, writing, “Omg this happened to me in an apartment years ago. Management didn’t believe me for months until honey started coming through the wall! They would be so loud at night i thought I was crazy!”

“This is literally my worst nightmare,” someone else added. Class was able to safely get rid of her unwanted houseguests after hiring a beekeeper.

“Day 1: Beekeeper removed 20,000 bees and 100+ lbs (45kg) of honeycomb from the wall. He found the queen and is able to safely take the hive to a new home,” Ashley Class said in a //www.tiktok.com/@classashley/video/7361172114918968619">follow-up video.

She told GMA that after the beekeeper opened up the wall to extract the bees, they “didn’t even have time to get [her daughter’s] stuff out of the room.” After many social media users questioned how the family didn’t notice the bees, Ashley //www.tiktok.com/@classashley/video/7361213924017966378">replied: “It only takes a couple bees and a swarm that you might not be able to see to become a colony that’s 50,000 bees.” She said she and the beekeeper “didn’t realize how many bees” were initially in the wall despite the thermal camera showing “a lot of activity.”

Sharing an update in a //www.tiktok.com/@classashley/video/7363663979576741166">clip on Tuesday, Ashley said her family is working on returning to “normalcy” as they clean up their home following the aftermath of the bees.

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The American Kennel Club (AKC®), a not-for-profit organization, the world’s largest purebred dog registry and leading advocate for dogs, is pleased to honor the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) K-9 Unit with the AKC Canine Officer Program Award.

The AKC Canine Officer program was designed to recognize the extraordinary work that dogs in a public service role for government agencies perform on daily basis to keep our nation safe. The AKC is proud to acknowledge the skill and dedication of these dedicated four-legged officers and their handlers. 

“We are strongly committed to protecting the heritage and qualities of working dogs, which is a driving force behind the AKC Patriotic Puppy Program – a program to address the shortage of US-sourced detection dogs by providing breeders the opportunity to work closely with experts on raising candidates for explosives detection work,” said Sheila Goffe, Vice President of AKC Government Relations. “The duties performed by the USCP K-9 Unit are vital to the safety of our nation, and we are extremely proud that five AKC Patriotic Puppy graduates are serving in the USCP! We are thrilled to honor these highly trained detection dogs and their handlers.”

For more than 50 years, the USCP K-9 Unit has helped protect the Congress around the clock, the President of the United States during State of the Union Addresses and Inaugurations, as well as heads of state from around the world. During the concerts on July 4th, Memorial Day and Labor Day, the teams help to secure the Capitol Grounds. To this day, the United States Capitol Police K-9 Unit is still one of the lead Federal agencies for explosive detection.

To nominate a Canine Officer, visit https://www.akc.org/celebrates/canine-officers/.

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We couldn't help but admire that giant $60K check and those smiling faces... Since April 1, Hubbard Country WUBE (B-105)/Cincinnati has been running its "Canine Comfort" campaign, shining a spotlight on something truly special -- Cincinnati Children's Animal-Assisted Therapies, which provides emotional support and unconditional love for the little warriors battling illnesses in the local community. As of today, B-105 has raised $60,044 for this most worthy cause!

"We are thrilled to have raised $60,044 for the Canine Comfort program at Cincinnati Children's," says Grover Collins, B-105 Program Director. "The Canine Comfort program provides such valuable support and comfort to the children and families going through difficult times at Cincinnati Children's. This donation will help ensure the program can continue making a positive impact on the lives of pediatric patients."

"From the day we heard about Canine Comfort, we knew the B-105 audience would want to help," said Patti Marshall, Operations Manager of Hubbard Cincinnati.

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GlobalVetLink, the leading provider of compliance solutions for the veterinary sector, is thrilled to announce the launch of its groundbreaking Commercial International Health Certificates (IHCs) feature. This innovative addition to the GVL Compliance Assistant Platform redefines the preparation process of International Health Certificates for commercial pet transportation, ensuring veterinarians can navigate the complexities of pet travel with unprecedented ease and accuracy.

Commercial pet transportation presents unique challenges and stringent requirements, mainly when pets are transported without their owners or in larger groups. Recognizing the need for a specialized approach, GlobalVetLink's new feature assists by intelligently identifying and compiling all necessary country-specific requirements and documents, significantly simplifying the Commercial IHC process. Traditionally, creating an IHC could take a veterinarian four or more hours due to the amount of research and preparation needed. With the GVL Compliance Assistant, IHC preparation is drastically reduced to 10 minutes or less, saving veterinary clinics hours of valuable time.

"Our mission at GlobalVetLink has always been to streamline and enhance the efficiency of veterinary practices through innovative technology," said Stacey Noe, GlobalVetLink's Director of Product. "With the introduction of our Commercial IHCs feature, veterinarians have a robust tool at their fingertips, empowering them to manage the complexities of commercial pet transportation confidently."

The GVL Compliance Assistant Platform's latest enhancement is more than just a feature; it's a comprehensive solution designed to alleviate the burden of paperwork, reduce the risk of errors, and ensure compliance with international regulations for commercial pet transportation. By automating and streamlining the process, veterinary professionals can focus more on animal care and less on administrative tasks.

Veterinary professionals using the GVL Compliance Assistant Platform can now access the Commercial IHCs feature, which gives them the confidence and knowledge to successfully complete all necessary paperwork for commercial pet movements. This development benefits the veterinary community and enhances pets' overall safety and well-being during international transportation.

For more information about the GVL Compliance Assistant Platform and its new Commercial IHCs feature, visit www.globalvetlink.com.

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In a significant blow to the illegal live pet trade, Thai law enforcement agencies, acting on intelligence provided by the Wildlife Justice Commission, have executed a significant operation on 1 May 2024. The operation resulted in the arrest of six suspects and the seizure of 1,076 radiated tortoises and 48 lemurs, concealed within 41 boxes and 11 cages respectively, while being transported in a four-vehicle convoy in Chumphon Province, Southern Thailand. Additionally, a further 179 radiated tortoises, 30 primates, and three juvenile crocodiles were seized following the search of a farm connected to the suspects. Valued at over USD 2 million on the black market, this seizure underscores the severity of the impact of wildlife trafficking on endangered species. Radiated tortoises and all lemur species are listed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Appendix I, meaning that trade in specimens of these species is permitted only in exceptional circumstances. Both species are native to Madagascar and are highly sought-after commodities in the global illegal pet trade market.

These recent arrests are part of an ongoing joint investigation conducted by Thai law enforcement agencies, including the Department of Special Investigation (DSI), Department of National Parks (DNP), Natural Resources and Environmental Crime Suppression Division (NED) of the Royal Thai Police, Royal Thai Customs, and Attorney General’s Office (AGO), alongside international partners such as the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in collaboration with the Wildlife Justice Commission. The investigation is focused on dismantling a transnational organised wildlife trafficking network operating in Thailand, with linkages stretching across Africa, Asia, and South America. This network specialises in the illegal trade of testudines, reptiles, and small mammals for the international illegal live pet trade. The arrests, coupled with the financial loss resulting from the seizure, are expected to have a profoundly disruptive impact on the ability of the network to continue its trafficking activities.

The Wildlife Justice Commission is supporting the investigation by providing critical intelligence to the task force, shedding light on the nefarious activities of the network. Evidence and intelligence resulting from the operation is expected to assist the Wildlife Justice Commission in building a more comprehensive intelligence picture of international supply networks involved in the live pet trade. Olivia Swaak-Goldman, Executive Director of the Wildlife Justice Commission, lauded this joint effort, stating, "The Wildlife Justice Commission extends its heartfelt congratulations to Thai and international law enforcement authorities on this monumental achievement. We commend the unwavering dedication and collaborative spirit demonstrated by all involved in dismantling this illegal pet trade network. This operation represents the largest reported seizure of radiated tortoises in Thailand and the largest globally since 2018. This resounding success sends a clear message that wildlife trafficking will not be tolerated, and perpetrators will be brought to justice." The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has indicated that 33 lemur species are Critically Endangered, with over 98% of lemurs facing extinction in the next 20 years, mainly due to deforestation and hunting. Similarly, the population of radiated tortoises has undergone a catastrophic decline and is now ranked Critically Endangered by the IUCN Red List, with an estimated population reduction of 80% over the past two decades. The live pet trade is a growing multi-million-dollar industry fuelled by increasing demand for rare species. Since 2016, the Wildlife Justice Commission has been at the forefront of the fight against this illegal trade. Working in cooperation with law enforcement authorities, the Wildlife Justice Commission has disrupted trafficking networks in Asia and the Middle East and now, with this latest case, has helped rescue over 10,000 live animals including turtles and tortoises, big cats, orangutans and chimps. 

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San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance conservation and care team leaders recently visited China and met Yun Chuan (pronounced yoon chu-an) and Xin Bao (pronounced sing bao) the two giant pandas to be cared for by San Diego Zoo.

“It was an honor to see Yun Chuan and Xin Bao in person and meet our conservation partners caring for them at the Wolong and Bifengxia Panda Bases,” said Dr. Megan Owen, vice president of conservation science at San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance. “Yun Chuan’s lineage has deep connections to the San Diego Zoo and we’re excited by the prospect of caring for them.”

Xin Bao is a nearly four-year-old female giant panda who was born in Wolong Shenshuping Panda Base. She is described as a gentle and witty introvert with a sweet round face and big ears. Her name means a “new treasure of prosperity and abundance.”

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance leaders were in China meeting with conservation partners from China Wildlife Conservation Association on prospective research programs to protect and conserve giant pandas and their habitat. They also met with giant panda care specialists to discuss and collaborate on specialized care and nutrition programs for pandas.

The date of Yun Chuan and Xin Bao’s exact arrival in San Diego is not yet known, as San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is working through the necessary steps with its U.S. and Chinese conservation partners, looking forward to a prospective arrival this summer.

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance has a nearly 30-year conservation partnership with leading conservation institutions in China focused on protecting and recovering giant pandas and the bamboo forests they depend on. These include critical findings on giant panda reproductive behavior and physiology, nutritional requirements, habitat needs and genetic research among other areas of focus. The efforts include developing a giant panda milk formula and, with our partners, other neonatal conservation techniques that dramatically increased survival rates for nursery-reared cubs from 5% to 95%, the first successful artificial insemination of a giant panda outside of China and contributing valuable expertise to efforts led by Chinese scientists to track wild giant pandas at the Foping National Nature Reserve using GPS technology. These collaborative efforts contributed to the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List downgrading the giant panda from Endangered to Vulnerable in 2021.

Although the conservation status of the giant panda is improving, there is still much work needed to ensure they remain on the path to recovery with healthy populations and flourishing ecosystems. The conservation collaboration between San Diego Zoo Wildlife Association and China Wildlife Conservation Association aims to improve giant panda population health and resilience in some of the smallest and most isolated populations vulnerable to extinction and loss of genetic diversity.

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Bronx, NY – A horrifying situation is taking place in public housing in the Bronx, and the local authorities are apparently turning a blind eye to it. According to local sources, an illegal dogfighting ring, involving using live cats as “bait” to train fighting dogs to kill, has been operating in the Gun Hill and Parkland housing projects for “years and years.”

The Little Wanderers NYC non-profit cat rescue organization has been trying to draw attention to the terrible situation, but their efforts have been frustratingly fruitless. The group expressed their growing frustration with the criminal activity in a public social media post in mid-April, writing:

We have discovered a cesspool of serious issues that demand urgent attention. This has been going on for years at this location. NYCHA residents have reported the attacks to the local 47th Street Precinct and there has been NO INVESTIGATION.

In video posted to Facebook, a tan pit bull can be seen viciously attacking a helpless black and white cat who fights valiantly to survive. A man can be heard encouraging the dog…repeatedly telling her to “shake it up,” and “good girl, shake it Chyna, shake it,” as the cat pitifully cries in agony. This abhorrent cruelty has been going on for years, and nobody is stopping these criminals from continuing to capture cats and use them as bait for their dogs. In a Facebook post, Little Wanderers NYC writes:

There are videos all their own social media(!!) training their animals to attack and kill friendly cats and laughing about it. Many types of dogs are beaten and abused and trained to attack people and other animals. Bronx NYCHA residents are scared to come forward. How is this possible?

In another video, a man can be seen grabbing a kitten in the hallway of an apartment building and shoving the fragile baby into a bag before walking away. Innocent cats are being caught and fed alive to dogs who are being trained to engage in horrific dog fights. The entire situation is stomach churning, yet nobody of authority seems to care. If you are appalled by this barbaric, criminal activity, please add your name to the petition today! Together we will put pressure on the local authorities and demand that they bring this violence to an end!

Target: Commanding Officer 47th Precinct and New York City Housing Authority

We the undersigned demand that the 47th Precinct do their job and conduct a full investigation. These people are ruthless, and they must be stopped. This petition acts as our collective endorsement for these individuals to face true consequences for their actions.  Dogfighting is a despicable activity that has no place in our society and these people must be held accountable for the harm and suffering they inflict on innocent dogs who are forced to partake in their “business,” and the innocent cats who are being sacrificed to support their abhorrent blood sport.  Visit www.animalvictory.org for more information.

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Investigators at the Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (VMBS) have found the frequency of health condition diagnoses of purebred and mixed-breed canines are mostly equal. Results of their new study were recently published in the Frontiers in Veterinary Science.1,2 According to the investigators, it’s a common belief that purebred dogs are more prone to disease than mixed-breed dogs, but their study results debunked this myth. Research also found that certain canine breeds are prone to specific diseases, despite frequency equality in purebred and mixed-breed health condition diagnoses.1,2

“There are several well-known diseases that frequently occur in specific dog breeds,” Kate Creevy, DVM, MS, DACVIM (SAIM), chief veterinary officer of the Dog Aging Project— a collaborative, community scientist-driven data-gathering research initiative—and a professor in the department of small animal clinical sciences at VMBS, said in a news release.1 “This has helped perpetuate the misconception that all purebred dogs are more prone to disease, but that is not the case.” Investigators with the Dog Aging Project surveyed the owners of 27,541 companion dogs of which 50.6% were mixed-breed dogs and 49.4% were purebred dogs.2 The research revealed that some of the most common diagnoses such as ear infections or osteoarthritis (OA) occur in both purebreds and mixed-breed dogs. “Out of the 53 medical conditions that owners reported, 26 did not differ significantly between mixed-breed and purebred dogs,” Creevy said.1 According to the study data, 25 breeds make up about 60% of the purebred dog population within the Dog Aging Project. Those breeds include, in order of popularity in the study, Labrador retriever, golden retriever, German shepherd, poodle, Australian shepherd, dachshund, border collie, Chihuahua, beagle, Pembroke Welsh corgi, boxer, Shi Tzu, miniature schnauzer, pug, Havanese, Cavalier King Charles spaniel, Great Dane, greyhound, Boston terrier, Siberian husky, Shetland sheepdog, English springer spaniel, Australian cattle dog and Doberman Pinscher.1,2 Fifty-three unique medical conditions make up the top owner-reported medical conditions within the top 25 breeds in the study. “The medical conditions reported by owners of purebred dogs varied considerably,” Creevy said.1 “However, some conditions appeared frequently in the top 10 reported health conditions by breed.” Across the 25 most popular breeds, those 10 conditions were: dental calculus, dog bites, extracted teeth, Giardia, OA, seasonal allergies, ear infection, heart murmur, fractured teeth and cataracts.1,2 For mixed-breed dogs, the most common reported conditions were highly similar, with cataracts and heart murmur being replaced by torn or broken toenail and chocolate toxicity. Additionally, some conditions, such as dental calculus and OA, appeared with roughly the same frequency in both purebred and mixed-breed dogs. Other conditions were more common in one than the other; extracted teeth and dog bites were more common in purebreds vs ear infections in mixed-breed dogs.1,2 Ultimately, one of the most important findings from the study is that dog breed is only one aspect of pet health to consider when creating a pet’s care plan or researching what kind of dog to adopt. “People should consider many factors when choosing a dog, including environment, lifestyle, social interactions and physical activity that will be available to the dog,” Creevy said.1 “Planning for both preventive veterinary care and medical care as the dog ages is also prudent. Dog owners should also talk with their primary care veterinarians about the kinds of medical problems to which their new dog might be particularly prone based on breed, size, sex, etc.” The study also showed that some of the most common reasons owners take their dogs to the veterinarian have little or nothing to do with breed. “Dental disease, allergies and osteoarthritis are among the most common conditions for all dogs,” Creevy said.1 “Owners should work with their primary care veterinarians on a plan to manage dental health. Regular exercise and maintaining lean body weight may help delay, prevent or lessen the impact of osteoarthritis.”

Although the study is one of the largest cross-sectional studies of canine health, researchers at the Dog Aging Project are not finished with examining its findings. “We were surprised by the number of owners who reported that their dogs had experienced a bite from another dog,” Creevy said.1 “More investigation is needed to determine what this means and what particular factors might put an individual dog at risk.”

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To enhance the safeguarding of the livestock sector against the risk posed by highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza, the USDA is collaborating with federal partners to implement several measures starting April 29, 2024. These actions aim to proactively address the virus, limit its transmission, and mitigate potential impacts.

The following measures have been released by the USDA:

Mandatory testing for interstate movement of dairy cattle

  • Prior to interstate movement, dairy cattle are required to receive a negative test for Influenza A virus at an approved National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) laboratory.
  • Owners of herds in which dairy cattle test positive for interstate movement will be required to provide epidemiological information, including animal movement tracing.
  • Dairy cattle moving interstate must adhere to conditions specified by APHIS.
  • As will be described in forthcoming guidance, these steps will be immediately required for lactating dairy cattle, while these requirements for other classes of dairy cattle will be based on scientific factors concerning the virus and its evolving risk profile.

Mandatory reporting

  • Laboratories and state veterinarians must report positive Influenza A nucleic acid detection diagnostic results (e.g. PCR or genetic sequencing) in livestock to USDA APHIS.
  • Laboratories and state veterinarians must report positive Influenza A serology diagnostic results in livestock to USDA APHIS.

According to the USDA, the virus spread has been identified between cows within the same herd, from cows to poultry, between dairies associated with cattle movements, and among asymptomatic cows that have tested positive. On April 16, APHIS microbiologists detected a change in an H5N1 sample from a Kansas cow, suggesting potential adaptation to mammals. However, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)’s analysis found this change common in mammalian infections, posing no new public risk.

Since March 2024, authorities, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the USDA, CDC, state veterinary and public health officials, and the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) labs have been investigating the appearance of HPAI H5N1 virus in dairy cows. More recently, several cats from dairy farms experiencing the virus have been reportedly infected. The CDC has issued recommendations for veterinarians in evaluating and handling feline patients potentially exposed to the virus.

For more information, visit the USDA website or view the Federal Order.

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