ARKANSAS, Jefferson County animals rescued from suspected puppy mill

February 27, 2014

This appears to be another photo op HSUS raid just in time for AR legislation time.

By Katherina Yancy, Reporter – bio | email

From the article:

Major Woods says it is estimated it will cost $100,000 to temporarily house all the animals at local shelters. “The couple will be issued citations, Class A misdemeanor for cruelty to animals. But I am confident in saying that based on the conditions and the animals, those charges will likely be upgraded to aggravated animal cruelty which is a felony.”….

Let’s do the numbers: 100K to “temporarily house” 183 animals, 121 of
them dogs, that’s about $546 per animal. That will buy one heck of a lot of
kibble, grooming and veterinary care! I wonder how quickly the animals will
be fit for “adoption” after they have been transported in the HSUS
Miracle Health Restoration Truck!

TEXAS department of licensing and regulation update

February 25, 2014

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation

The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation (Commission) adopted the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation’s (Department) revised enforcement plan at their meeting held September 20, 2013. The revision was posted in the Texas Register (39 TexReg 1291) on February 21, 2014.

The enforcement plan gives all license holders notice of the specific ranges of penalties and license sanctions that apply to specific alleged violations of the statutes and rules enforced by the Department. The enforcement plan also presents the criteria that are considered by the Department’s Enforcement staff in determining the amount of a proposed administrative penalty or the magnitude of a proposed sanction. The enforcement plan is revised to adopt the initial penalty matrix for the Licensed Breeders program.

The enforcement plan is revised to adopt the initial penalty matrix for the Licensed Breeders program, which was established by Acts of the 82nd Legislature, House Bill 1451, Regular Session (2011) which created Chapter 802 of the Texas Occupations Code.

A copy of the revised enforcement plan is posted on the Department’s website at . You may also contact the Enforcement Division at (512) 539-5600 or by e-mail at to obtain a copy of the revised plan.

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TEXAS Houston animal welfare groups hit the streets to rescue strays

February 23, 2014

Animal welfare groups hit the streets to rescue strays By Heather Alexander

Every week, volunteers with Corridor Rescue and other animal welfare groups hit the roads of Houston, their cars full of dog food, flea control and worm medicine, headed for the areas in the city known to be overrun with stray dogs.

On Saturday, Larissa Gavin and Katie Wing roamed the Dodson Park area, where a girl was recently bitten.
Volunteers discovered three female dogs, each with a litter of puppies,living at a pipe welding company in the area. The business owner wanted the roughly two dozen dogs gone, but there is nowhere for them to go.”It’s a brutal system,” Wing said. “We only take in the most
serious cases.The dogs with broken bones.”

While Sochi’s stray-animal problem stunned Olympic athletes and caused international outrage, Houston actually faces a far larger epidemic of strays, euthanizing roughly 85,000 animals a year because of overcapacity shelters and animal control officers who are unable to keep up with the breeding dogs already out on the street…..

…And recently, Rescue Pets Movement transported unwanted animals to Colorado, where there is a shortage of adoptable animals.

That approach brought BARC’s euthanasia rates to record lows last month, but the program is under threat as donor funding dries up….

Oklahoma to investigate the HSUS


Big news out of the Sooner State: Oklahoma Attorney General   Scott Pruitt announced yesterday that his office will investigate the fundraising of the Humane   Society of the United States. Speaking to the state farm bureau, Pruitt   said:

“I think there are many   across the state of Oklahoma when they give to the Humane Society they think   it’s going to local concerns. They believe they are actually benefiting an   organization that helps make sure animals are taken care of locally and at   the state level. And there’s a concern that that is not happening. As those   dollars go nationally, there is a concern, perhaps, that they’re not coming   back.”

That’s absolutely true.   Our polling has found that most of the public—and even HSUS donors—think that money given to HSUS largely   helps shelter pets. You know—the cats and dogs that HSUS liberally stuffs its   fundraising appeals with.

Instead, only 1 percent of HSUS’s budget is given to local shelters.

The case seems airtight.   You have the ads with dogs and cats that give off the impression that HSUS is   all about rescues and finding homes for animals, and you have the outcome of   what HSUS’s own donors think. In fact, most HSUS donors we polled think HSUS misleads people.

However, we’re sure   HSUS—which employs dozens of lawyers in-house with the money it deceptively   raises—will try to weasel its way out of any accountability for its   manipulative fundraising by saying that it never actively made misleading   statements. But according to the Federal Trade Commission, “Most   deception involves written or oral misrepresentations, or omissions of   material information.” (Emphasis added.)

Omission of material   fact—such as an ad that does not have a disclaimer that HSUS is not   affiliated with local humane societies and that HSUS does not run a single   pet shelter. According to copies of TV ads we received, between Jan. 2009 and   Sept. 2011 about 99% of HSUS’s ads did not have a disclaimer that it is   independent from local humane societies.

A full investigation into   the nitty-gritty is necessary and timely. General Pruitt has taken a bold,   and necessary, step toward keeping HSUS accountable. At the very least, the   outcome will hopefully result in significant monies going from HSUS to Sooner   shelters, which is likely where Oklahomans thought it was going in the first   place.

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The truth about the dog and cat food industry

February 16, 2014

More recalls occur daily as more and more tainted product reaches the shelves.  In an industry poorly regulated and poorly controlled, your pet’s health is often the last thing that’s considered.

What You Can Do To Protect Your Pet’s Health

The Awful Truth About The Dog And Cat Food Industry


Everyday dogs and cats, as well as other pets, suffer agonizing deaths because of negligence, irresponsible food handling practices, corruption, graft, and a general lack of oversight.  See what can be done.  Something has to be done to stop these practices.


Case study Eosinophilic ulcer (rodent ulcer) in a cat

Feb 17, 2014

Case Study: Eosinophilic ulcer (rodent ulcer) in a cat


1) What supportive measures should be implemented immediately in this case?

2) Is there any significance to the breed of cat involved in this study?

3) Rodent ulcers have historically been treated with steroids. Are there any possible reasons the treatment has not been effective, i.e., prednisone from previous veterinarians?

4) What parameters would you use to determine if this case should be treated or if the cat should be humanely euthanized?

5) What is a likely cause of the vomiting episodes?

Angie, a 4-year-old Persian cat, presented for a second opinion related to a lesion on her upper lip. She was not eating well and had previously been treated with steroids for her lip condition. The client reported she improved for a week or so after the steroid injection. She was an indoor cat. She was current on her vaccinations as well as deworming and FeLV/FIV (negative). She had been losing weight for about two months. The client reported today that she had begun to vomit her hard food almost immediately after eating.

Angie was bright and alert on presentation. She was very thin, weighing 4.2 pounds. Her hydration appeared normal. She had mild dental tartar. Her upper lip was grossly eroded to the point it had begun to expose her nasal cartilage. The erosion was covered in a yellow exudate. Her entire coat had broken hairs and areas of thinning. She had live fleas visible and substantial flea dirt present. Her skin did not appear inflamed or irritated other than the broken hairs which resembled chronic grooming. All other physical exam parameters were normal.

Differential diagnoses includes Flea allergy dermatitis; fungal dermatitis; eosinophilic ulcer; food allergy; skin pyoderma.

Diagnostic tests
FeLV/FIV (neg)
Internal organ function (all values wnl)
CBC (all values wnl)
Skin scrape (neg for mites)
Skin impression (neg)
Fungal culture (neg)