New smartphone app developed to combat animal cruelty

November 26, 2014

Please cross post to all regions. Please read the last 2 paragraphs, it pretty much sums up the raids that will be forthcoming. Please note there is NO WARRANT issued either for such action. Nor is there any provision for factual charges just a ‘whistleblower’ with a cell phone app. no accountability. Also and most importantly, there is absolutely no guidelines for what CONSTITUTES the abuse, cases of tartar on the teeth can be classified as abuse, as can nails not trimmed to what the HSUS or NSA says is abuse.

Also it is very important in paragraph 3 that HSUS is obviously providing the ‘dedicated employee’ as they are also the ones who are training the NSA.

Also please note in the last paragraph, the animal is removed and you have no say in the matter, you are guilty until proven innocent. We have tried to warn everybody this was coming, now it has arrived. veloped-to-combat-animal-cruelty

By Michael Goldberg,, @mgoldberg on Twitter

Posted: 11/24/14, 9:37 PM EST | 0 Comments

A new smartphone app has been launched to combat animal cruelty and help police investigate and prosecute those who commit animal abuse.

The ICE BlackBox application – which is free and available for both iPhone and Android phones – allows people to record video of animal cruelty and then send that footage directly and securely to the National Sheriffs’ Association.

“A dedicated employee reviews the footage, determines if the content is indeed animal cruelty, and then, if it is animal cruelty, it’s sent to local law enforcement to investigate,” explained Kaitlin Sanderson, a spokesperson for the Humane Society of the United States.

The HSUS has teamed up with the NSA’s National Law Enforcement Center on Animal Abuse, as well as the Cesar Millan Foundation – whose namesake is the renowned dog trainer and author known as “The Dog Whisperer” – to develop and promote the phone app.

“When the video is submitted to the NSA, an agent funded by the Humane Society of the United States will go into action and alert the local authorities, local county animal services to retrieve the animal and the district attorney to file charges,” according to the NSA’s website….

Finesse vs force: How cats and dogs drink

November 25, 2014

Finesse vs. force: How cats and dogs drink Cats’ drinking style is all about finesse, while dogs are a little bit messier, according to research that analyzed the fluid dynamics of lapping up liquid. Cats drink by inserting their tongues into fluid and pulling them straight out, creating a column of fluid that enters the mouth. A dog smashes the end of its tongue against the water, causing a portion of the liquid to separate from the rest, which the dog then catches before it has a chance to fall back to the bowl — and the floor. The work could prove valuable in technology that relies on fluid dynamics. Discovery (11/24)

How physicians address animal bites

November 25, 2014

How physicians address animal bites One percent of emergency department admissions are due to animal bites, according to physician Margaret Fisher. Dog bite cases are far more common than those involving cat bites. Children are most often the victims in such cases, and they’re usually bitten by an animal in the home, according to Fisher, who outlines the approach physicians should take to treating bites, including a discussion of rabies and possible bacterial infections. Educating people about how to prevent bites is key, she said. Healio (free registration)/Infectious Diseases in Children (11/24)

LOUISIANA Moreauville impoundment and euthanasia of banned breeds to begin 12/1

November 24, 2014

AKC News Press Center

Louisiana Alert: Impoundment and Euthanasia of Banned Breeds to Begin in Moreauville 50 (Monday, November 24, 2014)

Last month, the Board of Aldermen of Moreauville, Louisiana, a village of approximately 1,000 residents in Avoyelles Parish, passed a draconian breed-specific vicious dog law that bans the ownership of “pit bulls” and Rottweilers. No exceptions are provided to the ordinance, including for service, therapy, or emotional support dogs. Little public notice was provided when the ordinance was considered. Starting on December 1, town officials will enforce the ordinance by confiscating each dog of the targeted breeds and euthanizing them within 30 days regardless of whether or not a dog has previously exhibited any dangerous behavior

Furthermore, Moreauville officials recently approved to pay for city officials to be certified in using tranquilizer rifles to subdue targeted dogs. The American Kennel Club strongly opposes the Moreauville vicious dog ordinance, and encourages all concerned dog owners to call and email the Moreauville officials below and urge them to repeal this unnecessary and extreme law.

AKC’S POSITION ON DANGEROUS DOG CONTROL LEGISLATION: The AKC supports reasonable, enforceable, non-discriminatory laws to govern the ownership of dogs. We support laws that: establish a fair process by which SPECIFIC dogs are identified as “dangerous” based on stated, measurable actions; impose appropriate penalties on irresponsible owners; and establish a well-defined method for dealing with dogs proven to be dangerous. The American Kennel Club strongly opposes any legislation that determines a dog to be “dangerous” based on specific breeds or phenotypic classes of dogs.

A recent media report indicates that there have been no documented dog attacks in Moreauville. However, in the same report, one alderman indicated his willingness to reconsider the ordinance if a strong enough outcry to its severity is expressed. Therefore, it is vitally important that all concerned dog owners call and email the Moreauville officials (listed below) and respectfully urge them to repeal the village’s new drastic vicious dog ordinance. Click here for a sample letter to use when contacting elected officials to express opposition to breed-specific legislation.

Mayor Timmy Lemoine, along with Alderman Oscar P. Goody, Jr., Alderman Felix Benjamin, and Alderman Penn Lemoine, and Police Chief Scott Lemoine, may be reached at:

Moreauville City Hall 9898 Bayou Des Glaises St. Moreauville, LA 71355 (318) 985-2338

The AKC Government Relations Department (AKC GR) will provide updates to this story as developments occur. AKC GR may be reached at (919) 816-3720, or via email at

Marker could signal feline renal disease months to years earlier, study finds

November 21, 2014

Marker could signal feline renal disease months to years earlier, study finds

A newly identified biomarker known as SDMA can be used to identify kidney disease in cats an average of 17 months earlier than standard tests, according to research by veterinarians at Oregon State University and IDEXX Laboratories published in The Veterinary Journal. “Damage from it is irreversible, but this is an important advance, in that we should be able to identify the problem earlier and use special diets to slow the disease,” said OSU veterinarian Jean Hall. (11/20)


Chagas disease remains under US physician radar

November 21, 2014

Chagas disease remains under U.S. physician radar In general, U.S. physicians still view Chagas disease as an exotic disease contracted in foreign countries, but increasingly, research is proving that assumption wrong. The CDC estimates that 1 in every 300,000 Americans are infected, and a study found the protozoan parasite that causes Chagas disease, Trypanosoma cruzi, in Texas shelter dogs. The disease can cause severe and debilitating cardiac disease in people, and diagnosis and treatment are difficult. Horrors blog (11/20)

LOUISIANA hunting with dogs under attack on Kisatchie isatchie/19196371/

Hunting with dogs under attack on Kisatchie Jimmy Watson 8:14 p.m. CST November 17, 2014

The Louisiana Sportsmen Alliance, LLC is considering litigation against the U.S. Forest Service due to a decision to ban hunting with dogs in the Kisatchie National Forest this hunting season.

LSC director Don Gohmert said his organization will re-file a complaint to include individual plaintiffs who have been hurt by the decision after he said the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals “chided the USFS for neglecting to raise the standing issue until appeal.”

“We feel this is an attack on our hunting heritage, because our desire is to protect all hunters, whether or not they hunt with dogs,” Gohmert told The Times. “We believe it’s the beginning of erosion of hunting rights on Kisatchie.”

An attempt to contact the USFS forest supervisor on Monday was unsuccessful.

The 604,000 acres of Kisatchie winds through Grant, Natchitoches, Winn, Rapides, Vernon, Claiborne and Webster parishes. In the past, hunting with dogs has been allowed on 369,000 acres of the forest….

KANSAS, Spring Hill repeals breed ban

November 18, 2012


Spring Hill Kansas has repealed their ban on ³pit bull dogs.² The old law, which was passed in 2008, defined a pit bull dog as follows:

Any pit bull dog.  (1) ³Pit bull dog² means:

  1. The bull terrier breed of dog;
  2. The Staffordshire bull terrier breed of dog; c. The American pit bull terrier breed of dog; d. The American Staffordshire terrier breed of dog; e. Dogs of mixed breed or of other breeds than above-listed which breed or mixed breed is known as pit bulls, pit bull dogs or pit bull terriers; f. Any dog which has the appearance and characteristics of being predominantly of the breeds of Bull terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier, American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier; any other breed commonly known as pit bulls, pit bull dogs or pit bull terriers; or a combination of any of these breeds.



The penalties for violation were severe, with fines of up to $2,000 and up to 179 days in jail.  This ordinance was rare, in that it included the reasoning for the original passage of the ban.


³1. That as a breed of dogs, all pit bulls are inherently dangerous.

  1. That the possession of pit bulls within the City poses a significant threat to the public¹s health, safety and welfare.
  2. That numerous instances of attacks by pit bulls have occurred against members of this community and attacks by pit bulls in surrounding communities have resulted in serious injuries.
  3. That protective measures by pit bull owners are inadequate to protect the public from attacks by these animals.²



On November 13th, the city council approved the final reading of an ordinance to repeal the breed ban.  The issue was originally raised at a previous meeting and the city took on the task of investigating the issue.

Topeka, Kansas¹ dangerous dog law was selected for review.  The council notes <>

mention Topeka¹s breed neutrality, and the issues they had found with their former breed discriminatory law and the cost to tax payers.

Topeka had a breed discriminatory law that was repealed in 2010 <>.

It makes sense that the Spring Hill Council would look at the information from there, considering that Topeka had a committee that spent substantial time and energy reworking the animal control ordinances.

The breed neutral law goes into effect after its publication in the local news.  The new law will prohibit any dog that is declared dangerous, based on the actions of the animal, and not it¹s perceived

Zoonotic diseases carried by pets

November 19, 2014

Zoonotic diseases carried by pets Although rare, it’s possible for dogs and cats to transmit pathogens to people, writes veterinarian Joanna Bronson. Dr. Bronson provides an overview of the more common zoonotic diseases pets may carry. The best way to safeguard pet and animal health is to practice good hygiene, keep pets vaccinated, use parasite prevention on pets and be sure they receive regular veterinary exams, Dr. Bronson writes. The Daily Reporter (Coldwater, Mich.)