April 30, 2014
April 30, 2014
|A family’s shocking discovery led authorities to raid a well-respected veterinary clinic in Texas last Tuesday.
Camp Bowie Animal Clinic was investigated immediately when a couple alleged their beloved dog, Sid, was alive, caged and subjected to abuse long after they were told he had been euthanized for health reasons last October, according to the local CBS affiliate.
Marian Harris, Sid’s owner, gave the vet, Dr. Lou Tierce, permission to put the dog to sleep but was shocked to receive a horrifying call six months later from a former clinic employee who told her Sid was still alive and “imprisoned in a cage,” the report says.
Harris and her husband stormed into the clinic and found their pet caged in the back room.
“The betrayal is so incredibly intense that nothing you have prepares you for the emotions. There’s anger, there’s joy that you have your dog back, there’s betrayal of this intense trust. And so it’s just really hard to camp on one particular emotion,” Harris told reporters.
The couple immediately took Sid to another vet to be looked at. It turns out the dog never needed to be euthanized at all and was allegedly being kept to be used for blood transfusions. The clinic is under investigation to see if any other animals have been harmed.
Many of the clinic’s long-time clients came to the doctor’s defense, saying he was an incredible vet. One man even said he would have let him operate on his own body.
Some of the workers at the facility said that the whistleblower, Mary Brewer was a disgruntled former employee looking to cause trouble.
“Police in Fort Worth and attorneys are still deciding if they will file any criminal animal abuse charges,” according to the Daily News.
“He was able to walk and jump in the back of my minivan so it was an excitement to be reunited,” Harris told CBS News 11.
A happy ending to a shocking ordeal.
April 29, 2014
TX: Ag commissioner candidate faults rival on bill to allow horse sale for slaughter http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/headlines/20140422-ag-commissioner-c andidate-faults-rival-on-bill-to-allow-horse-sale-for-slaughter.ece http://tinyurl.com/lcmzf9y Ag commissioner candidate faults rival on bill to allow horse sale for slaughter By BRITTNEY MARTIN Austin Bureau firstname.lastname@example.org Published: 22 April 2014 09:47 PM Updated: 22 April 2014 09:48 PM AUSTIN – Agriculture commissioner candidate Tommy Merritt is drawing attention to rival Sid Miller’s past support for horse slaughter, noting in a mailer to Republican primary voters that Miller introduced measures in the House to legalize the sale of horses for eventual human consumption. Miller, a former Republican representative from Stephenville, offered bills in 2003 and 2007 that would have allowed the sale of horse meat for consumption in foreign countries. Miller’s goal was to keep open the two horse slaughter plants in Texas to provide a “more humane” option than plants in Mexico. “In Mexico, it’s not humanely done. It’s done under horrid conditions,” said Miller’s campaign strategist, Todd M. Smith. The bill “was to provide a means for people to have a humane and tightly controlled and regulated means of euthanizing horses under the supervision of a veterinarian and the watchful eye of the state of Texas.”…
April 23, 2014
Oklahoma Senate approves farming, ranching rights measure http://www.tulsaworld.com/homepagelatest/oklahoma-senate-approves-farming-ra nching-rights-measure/article_b4e19be6-c9bf-11e3-aa98-0017a43b2370.html http://tinyurl.com/m7dsghr Oklahoma Senate approves farming, ranching rights measure Posted: Monday, April 21, 2014 By Barbara Hoberock World Capitol Bureau OKLAHOMA CITY – A proposal that would let voters decide whether to enshrine the rights of farmers and ranchers in the Oklahoma Constitution is headed to a legislative conference committee. The Senate on Monday passed House Joint Resolution 1006. The measure, if approved by voters, would guarantee the rights of farmers and ranchers to engage in farming and ranching practices. “The Legislature shall pass no law which abridges the right of farmers and ranchers to employ agricultural technology and livestock production and ranching practices,” the measure states. Critics say the proposed amendment is overly broad and could lead to pollution and animal abuse….. snip …”This is a very dangerous bill,” said Cynthia Armstrong, Oklahoma state director of the Humane Society of the Untied States. “It certainly gives sweeping protections that are vague to an entire industry that directly impacts our environment, public health, food safety and animal welfare. I think it has no business making its way to the ballot.”…
April 23, 2014
Distressing news out of El Dorado, KS. What started out as talks to repeal a ban on pit bulls has turned to talks on regulating MORE breeds. http://blessthebullys.wordpress.com/2014/04/23/talks-on-repeal-turn-to-talks-on-more-regulation-in-el-dorado-kansas/
April 22, 2014
Deadly dog attack has Terrebonne council considering changes
Posted on April 21, 2014 at 5:17 PM
Updated today at 5:17 PM
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HOUMA, La. — After a deadly dog attack claimed the life of a 4-year-old Houma girl, Terrebonne Parish officials are looking at stricter dog laws.
Two camps have formed in this parish-wide debate. Some are calling for stricter dog laws, while others want to keep the current rules in place without singling out specific breeds.
On March 25, police were called to the apartment complex where a mother had barricaded herself in a bathroom with her daughter after the 4-year-old was attacked by the family’s dog.
Police say the toddler was mauled by their 130-pound pit bull mix. She suffered facial and head injuries that she would later die from. Police had to shoot the dog dead after it charged at officers.
The incident has sparked a debate about whether or not to change current Terrebone Parish dog laws.
Right now, a dog is labeled as dangerous if it bites or severely injures anyone, kills another animal or behaves in a way that requires defensive action.
Current law does not single out any specific breed. Some believe that should be the case. Terrebone Parish Councilman John Navy is pushing for steeper fines for those who neglect specific breeds like pit bulls.
“When I say fine, I’m talking about if an animal owner is not caring for their animal properly, yes, that’s fine,” Navy said. “Let’s show them that we’re serious about this, because then you oppose threats upon other innocent people.”
The parish police and procedure meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. Navy expects the dog law debate to head to the full council later this week.
April 22, 2014
City looking at tougher rules for dog owners
Posted: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 12:50 am
By T.J. AULDS
LEAGUE CITY — The city is considering changing its animal ordinance to make it tougher on owners of vicious dogs.
Some on the City Council suggested ways to make the city unwelcoming for owners of pit bulls.
The proposed changes to the city’s vicious animals ordinance come less than a month after a pit bull mauled a 2-year-old girl.
April 22, 2014
Some Infectious Diseases Hitting Cats, Dogs Harder
By Ken Niedziela
Veterinary Practice News
Posted: April 16, 2014, 2:45 p.m. EDT
What’s Behind Uptick?
Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), canine Lyme disease and feline upper respiratory infection (URI) have become more prevalent over the past five years in U.S. pets. Banfield Pet Hospital epidemiologist and senior research manager Sandi Lefebvre, DVM, Ph.D., offered insight into the data spikes.
• FIV: “One possible explanation is that more cats are being exposed to the virus than they have in the past, through lifestyle or history. For example, it’s possible that more cats are going outdoors than they did in the past. … Another possible factor contributing to the increase is the fact that, according to the American Pet Products Association, more people are adopting cats from animal shelters as well as taking in stray cats as pets. … Another theory is that more owners are adopting cats that are known to have an FIV infection, because they realize that FIV is not necessarily a death sentence. It is also possible that the virus is simply becoming better at infecting cats.”
• Lyme disease: “Our data show that during the same period of time in which an increase in Lyme disease infection was observed, the prevalence of tick infestation also increased. Since Lyme disease is transmitted by ticks, it makes sense that the more ticks there are, the greater the risk of Lyme disease and other diseases that are carried by ticks.”
• URI: “The prevalence of upper respiratory infection in cats is slowly increasing—up 18 percent in five years—and this is disappointing given the availability of effective vaccines to prevent many of these infections. Specifically, feline herpesvirus 1 and feline calicivirus are both included in the standard vaccines recommended by major vaccine advisory groups for all cats starting at kittenhood. At this point we have no explanation for the increase in infections. … The reasons could involve fewer cats receiving follow-up booster vaccines after they complete their kitten series of vaccines.”
Oklahoma, New Hampshire and Kentucky each earned the unenviable distinction of possessing the highest rate of infection for one of three common pet diseases, a Banfield Pet Hospital study revealed Tuesday.
Nationwide, the three ailments appear to be rampant. The prevalence of feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), canine Lyme disease and feline upper respiratory infection (URI) jumped by 48, 21 and 18 percent, respectively, over a five-year period.
The study, summarized in the State of Pet Health 2014 Report, looked at what Banfield veterinarians found during examinations of 2.3 million dogs and 470,000 cats in 2013.
The Portland, Ore., chain operates more than 850 hospitals in 43 states. The study lacked data for the seven states where Banfield is absent: Alaska, Hawaii, Maine, North Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming.
“This year’s report features an exclusive look at the infectious and emerging diseases affecting the overall health of our pet population,” said Sandi Lefebvre, DVM, Ph.D., a Banfield epidemiologist and senior research manager.
Here are highlights from the State of Pet Health 2014 Report:
Oklahoma cats were at the highest risk of contracting feline immunodeficiency virus in 2013, with 1 in every 128 testing positive for the slow-acting disease, which has no known cure and only a moderately successful vaccine.
One in every 300 feline patients nationwide was found to be infected with FIV, and males were three times as likely to have the disease.
FIV is spread during mating, cat fights and from an infected mother to her kittens.
What is a cat owner to do? Banfield recommends blood-testing a cat before it is introduced to a multicat household, keeping cats indoors and isolating them from infected felines.
After Oklahoma, the highest risk of FIV was in Iowa, Arkansas, South Carolina and Indiana.
The northeastern United States remained the traditional home of tick-borne Lyme disease in 2013. One in every 15 New Hampshire dogs was found to be infected with the bacterium that causes Lyme disease, Banfield reported.
Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Pennsylvania ranked second through fifth.
Maine and Vermont likely would have made the list if Banfield had a presence in those states. The Companion Animal Parasite Council, which tracks infections, reported similar rates there.
Lyme disease is zoonotic, so pet owners and anyone else bitten by a blood-sucking deer tick can fall ill, too. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported up to 300,000 confirmed or probable cases of Lyme disease in people in 2012.
Lameness, fever and lethargy are typical signs of Lyme disease in dogs. A blood test can confirm exposure to the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi.
Banfield recommends protecting dogs through vaccinations and the use of flea and tick collars and preventives.
Cats are largely resistant to the disease.
Ten in every 100 cats checked at a Banfield clinic in 2013 had an upper respiratory infection, compared with 8 out of 100 in 2009.
URI covers infections of a cat’s nose, sinuses or throat. The conditions originate with organisms present in bodily fluids and may be transmitted through coughing, sneezing, grooming and contaminated objects such as food bowls, Banfield stated.
Kentucky was No. 1 in URIs in 2013, with nearly 1 in every 7 cats affected. Close behind were Indiana, Utah and South Carolina.
Up-to-date vaccinations help fight upper respiratory infections. Cat owners can do even more by keeping their pets away from unvaccinated felines, Banfield stated.
• Canine parvovirus: New Mexico was far and away the leader in reported parvovirus infections, with 1 in 85 dogs being diagnosed in 2013 with the highly contagious but preventable disease. The national rate was 1 in 290 dogs—a number that remained stable from 2009 to 2013. Texas and Nevada had the second- and third-highest rates of parvovirus, which has an effective vaccine.
• Feline leukemia virus (FeLV): Seven of the 10 states with the highest rates of FeLV were in the Southeast, led by Alabama, Louisiana and South Carolina. Idaho topped the nation with 1 in every 112 cats found to be carrying the disease, which is passed through bodily fluids. Feline leukemia virus has no known cure, but some cats fully recover. A vaccine is available.
• Ear mites: One in every 45 cats seen by a Banfield veterinarian in 2013 harbored the tiny insects, which feast on ear wax and skin oils. Infected cats frequently scratch their ears or shake their heads. Dogs are at lower risk of contracting ear mites, which easily pass from pet to pet through direct contact or contaminated objects. Veterinary and over-the-counter topical treatments are available. South Dakota, Iowa and Alabama were the top three states for mite infestations.
• Giardia: Microscopic parasites found in the lining of a dog’s small intestine are called giardia, which are ingested through contaminated food, water and feces. The disease, giardiasis, was most prevalent in 2013 in Kentucky, Iowa, Massachusetts and New Jersey. The national rate of giardia infections dropped by 14 percent from 2009 to 2013—from 1 in every 178 dogs to 1 in every 208. Giardia may be eliminated with antibiotics or deworming medications, but no vaccine is available.
• Kennel cough: Canine infectious tracheobronchitis is a highly contagious respiratory infection that in 2013 affected 1 in every 36 dogs less than a year old. The disease rate has remained steady over the past five years. Kentucky was the leader in kennel cough in 2013, with 1 in 40 dogs of all ages being diagnosed with it. Utah and Florida ranked second and third. The national rate was about 1 in 175 dogs. The disease is treatable, but vaccines are highly effective.
Dogs poisoned by tainted meatballs at park
Boulder County, Colo., officials believe three dogs ingested rat poison in meatballs laced with the toxin and placed at a local park. The dogs are receiving veterinary care. Officials urge any owners whose dogs may have been exposed to the meatballs to seek veterinary care. Two of the meatballs are undergoing chemical analysis at Colorado State University, and another is being tested for human DNA at the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. Daily Camera (Boulder, Colo.) (4/15)