Category: Pet People

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Man Forced to Wear Sign for Animal Cruelty

This is a little creative, but perhaps quite effective for some people...........

Jul 22, 8:26 PM (ET)

HOPWOOD, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania man said he endured more than he expected when he agreed to an unusual sentence for an animal cruelty conviction.

Ulysses Zimmerman, 22, of Point Marion, pleaded guilty to animal cruelty for allegedly neglecting his dog, denying it veterinary care and strangling the animal.

But Zimmerman didn’t pay a fine or spend time in jail. Instead, he stood at a busy intersection in South Union Township Thursday, wearing a sign that read, “I Plead Guilty ... Animal Cruelty is a Crime ... My Dog’s Name WAS Salt and Pepper.”

Zimmerman was supposed to stand at the intersection for eight hours, but Robin Moore, the Fayette County Humane officer who devised the sentence, allowed Zimmerman to leave early because of all the abuse passing motorists hurled at him.

“Everybody started screaming at me and cussing me. I got there at 9:30 a.m., but Robin said at noon that she’d heard enough and that I could leave,” Zimmerman said.

Zimmerman denies he intentionally hurt his pet.

Posted by rosevine69 on 07/28 at 04:41 AM in Pet People
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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Any musicians out there with song writing talent and a dog?

In case anyone may be interested....I wish I had the talent for this kind of thing.....a $200,000 home makeover is always a good thing!!!

Cottonelle is offering a
chance to win a $200,000 home makeover by celebrating your dog in song!

1. Write a song about the extraordinary relationship you and your family
with that very special member of the family, your dog.
2. Complete the entry form. Simply enter your information and print out a
copy to submit and a copy for your records.
3. Perform your song. You have two ways to participate:
1) Videotape your performance and mail it in along with your entry

2) Perform live at one of our local auditions. To find out if there’s
an audition being held near you, check back soon, we will be listing the
audition locations on the website soon!
For complete details on this contest, please visit the website at

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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Still vaccinating your pet every year? That may not be necessary and could even cause harm

sidebar-I took Buddy and Nala to the vet recently because they had to be kenneled. Kennels require Rabies, distemper, parvo. (at least the one I use does) I took them to 2 different vets at the same hospital. Nala’s vet gave all requested vaccines no questions asked. Buddy’s vet gave a whole big explanation about pets being OVER-vaccinated. He convinced me to go with a “titer” for the distemper and parvo. The kennel DID accept the posative titter as valid in place of the actual vaccination....

By Kim Campbell Thornton
Special to
Updated: 10:48 a.m. ET July 18, 2005
Vaccinations have saved many pets’ lives over the years, but they aren’t without risk. Now, with new research showing that immunity may last longer than once thought, veterinary experts say it’s safer to decrease the frequency of most shots that typically have been given every year.

Side effects from vaccinations range from mild itching and swelling to anaphylactic shock leading to death. Cats may develop vaccine sarcomas, which are cancers that develop at the site of the injection. And dogs may develop certain autoimmune diseases

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Sunday, July 10, 2005

Airlines start reporting animal deaths, injuries

I always wondered what it would be like to fly with my dogs, apparently “risky” at best....


Ten animals were killed, injured or lost by six U.S. airlines in May, the first month for which carriers were required to report to the government.

A large dog escaped his kennel in the cargo hold of an Alaska Airlines flight and killed an Abyssinian cat named Tango in one of the four deaths reported Thursday by the Transportation Department in Washington, D.C. Five animals were injured, and one was lost, the report says.

“It’s been a hidden secret for so long how many animals are lost, hurt and killed,” said Barbara Listenik, a Brooklyn, N.Y., artist who campaigned for the reporting requirement. “That’s why I fought so hard for this.”

In April 2000 Congress enacted the law for airlines, which transport about 500,000 animals a year. The information, which the government will disclose monthly, “will help consumers make informed decisions about whether and how to travel with pets,” the Department of Transportation said.

A dog and rat arrived dead on Continental Airlines Inc. flights due to natural causes, the report says. A Sheltie named Kelly was put to death after ingesting a toxic substance, possibly antifreeze, on a US Airways Group Inc. flight, the report says.

Injuries and a loss were reported by Northwest Airlines Corp., Continental, Alaska Air Group Inc.’s Alaska, Frontier Airlines Inc. and Delta Air Lines Inc.’s Comair.

“Obviously one injured or killed pet or animal onboard an aircraft is too many,” said Jack Evans, spokesman for the Air Transport Association, a Washington trade group whose members include major U.S. carriers. The 10 incidents reported show problems are “the exception rather than the rule,” he said.

Posted by rosevine69 on 07/10 at 09:05 AM in Pet People
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Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Greatest Dane - Now a Guinness record holder, Gibson retains his roots as a therapy dog


Some of them stood, the weight of their bodies bolstered by the steel walkers beside their feet.

Some of them sat in wheelchairs, their eyes as big as gauze pads.

They scanned the glass doors recently looking out from Meadow View Manor, waiting for their own brush with fame.

“As soon as they hear Gibson’s coming, they gather around the front door,” said Maureen Betancourt, the activities director at the Grass Valley nursing home. “He’s developed quite a following.”

The world’s tallest dog, as certified by the Guinness Book of World Records, Gibson stands 43 inches high at the shoulders.

As soon as Gibson padded in, followed by owner Sandy Hall, the small knot of white-haired men and women peeled back the years, erupting into cheers and clapping as if they’d just been visited by Artie Shaw.

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Monday, May 23, 2005

Buyer Beware

Advocate Group Spreads Puppy Mill Awareness

Alicyn Leigh 04/29/2005 12:23 pm
The ugly truth behind most pet stores is that they’re importing pets from either puppy or kitten mills, which exist solely to raise animals for cash, usually subjecting the animals to a litany of cruelty. But until consumers are educated enough to permanently cease purchasing their pets from these stores, the animals�not the dubious breeders�will be the ones who suffer.

Lancaster County, Pa., deep in the heart of Amish country, is one of this unscrupulous industry’s key locations�there are puppy mills all throughout the area, including some of the nation’s largest and most notoriously grim facilities. That’s why an advocate group also in the region, Puppy Mill Awareness Day, has made blowing the whistle on this shameful business their sole quest. Among other events, the group holds a yearly Awareness Day designed to better inform the public

Posted by rosevine69 on 05/23 at 06:16 AM in Pet People
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Sunday, May 15, 2005

Pit bull roundup begins in Denver

On first day of effort, city’s animal control officers seize 12 dogs

By David Montero, Rocky Mountain News
May 10, 2005
Officer Lorraine Pacheco didn’t know what to expect Monday - the first day of Denver Animal Control’s enforcement of the city’s ban on owning pit bulls.
“At first, I was like, do I even want to come into work today,” Pacheco said from behind the wheel of her city-issued white van.

“People not wanting to give up their dogs, saying ‘I love my dog, why are you taking him?’ It’s not a witch-hunt.”

It is the law, though.

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Friday, May 13, 2005

This home is protected by paw power

A great dane saves his family from theft....

Published Online May 12, 2005

URBANA � Rena Jones said she and her husband Drew have no intention of loaning their Great Dane to law enforcement in the wake of his recent fame.
“He’s not for hire. He’s our pet. We certainly feel very proud and relieved that we had more protection than we thought we did,” Jones said.
She was referring to the job that Max, their almost 8-year-old dog, did in protecting them from a masked man who police say broke into their home on Barnes Street in Urbana early Saturday.
Jones and her husband were sleeping about 1:45 a.m. when Max, who sleeps at their feet on their waterbed, head oriented toward the door, let out a “more aggressive, more intense” growl than he normally does when something is awry.
They were aware that Max was standing over an object in the corner of their bedroom that they suspected was a bunny or a bird that one of the cats dragged in..............

Posted by rosevine69 on 05/13 at 12:54 PM in Pet People
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Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Shelter Showcase

For any one in the area looking for a new pet, or just an interesting fun day outdoors.....!
(of course MAGDRL will be represented at this event!)

Saturday & Sunday, May 21-22 - Shelter Showcase Expo
Sponsored by Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter
12:00 - 4:00PM
Liberty Science Center
251 Phillip Street
Liberty State Park
Jersey City, NJ 07305
(201) 200-1000

The Shelter Showcase Expo is a celebration of pet adoptions. It will feature pure and mixed breed dogs, cats, puppies, kittens, guinea pigs, ferrets, hedgehogs and birds for adoption.

Meet animal shelters and rescue groups from across New Jersey and learn about picking the right pet, volunteer opportunities and Liberty Animal Shelter’s low cost spay/neuter program in conjunction with People for Animals.

Join us for two days of fun and support shelters and non-profits in your area!

Posted by rosevine69 on 05/10 at 10:01 AM in Pet People
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Thursday, April 14, 2005

Video clip of interview with M-A Great Dane Rescue…

Great Dane Rescue
Written by Stacey Cohan
Created:4/13/2005 9:21:01 PM

Posted by rosevine69 on 04/14 at 01:48 PM in Pet People
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