Animal shelter nightmare: inspectors discover 36 dead cats and dogs at decrepit New Territories facility as rescue mission continues

• Eight cats and 28 dogs found dead ‘on the ground, beds, cupboards or in cages’

• Inspector believes many died of thirst, starvation or disease

As many as one-fourth of the nearly 150 dogs and cats found at a ramshackle animal shelter in New Territories were found dead, with many of the animals believed to have been starving in their final days. Spokeswomen for the police and the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said on Sunday that 110 animals were rescued in the two-day operation at the Stray Wonderland shelter in Ta Kwu Ling. The spokeswomen said 74 dogs and 36 cats were saved from the shelter. Of the 36 dead animals that were discovered – including skeletons and rotting bodies – 28 were dogs and eight were cats.

Read more: Animal Shelter Nightmare

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Don’t Dump Animals On The Street

There are advocates out there driven by emotions instead of logic. These advocates are a danger for animal kind. A friend of ours encountered such a person on a public forum. While defending responsible owners for surrendering their beloved companions to a shelter, because they fell on hard times. Losing a job and forced to move out of state, to a place that has restrictions, is all too familiar to our friend.

The moment that our friend defended the owner was the very moment an irrational advocate lunged at her verbally.

Stating: ” I would rather go hungry and die before placing my fur kids in the shelter. I would even rather see them running free on the streets” among other hateful words.

Okay, let’s make some things very clear here about dumping your animals on the streets.

First Your animals are domesticated, they have no clue how to survive without human intervention.

Second, not everyone is kind to strays or homeless beings. Rocks are thrown, people put poison in food or water. Dog fighters pick up strays to use as baiting. Some people even shoot to kill.

Third, if cruel people don’t get a hold of the now new stray that you just casually dumped. The elements will, by which we mean your dumped companion can die from exposure. Heat, cold, other animals and or cars. Not to mention the slow painful way to die by way of starvation.

Fourth, on top of all that if your companion isn’t spayed or neutered, what do you think happens? The stray population grows, and the majority of the time it causes a FERAL colony. Which is not only dangerous for the general public yet also dangerous for the animals.

Yes, most shelters kill to make room. Others use a fostering program to make room. And about a third are a pet store affiliated facility that makes room for new animals by giving animals to pet stores, such as PetSmart and Petco.

People have options when it comes to surrendering their animals for any legitimate reasoning.

Dumping them on the street IS NOT and SHOULD NOT be one of those options.

Those who advocate for dumping on the street are those who have no true compassion for animal life. Streetlife is full of suffrage and it’s no place for any living beings.

So please, use the shelters, or find a home for your companions. Just don’t dump them on the streets.

Dangerous Foods To Avoid

Alcohol

Alcoholic beverages and food products containing alcohol can cause vomiting, diarrhea, decreased coordination, central nervous system depression, difficulty breathing, tremors, abnormal blood acidity, coma and even death. Under no circumstances should your pet be given any alcohol. If you suspect that your pet has ingested alcohol, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center immediately.

Avocado

Avocado is primarily a problem for birds, rabbits, donkeys, horses, and ruminants including sheep and goats. The biggest concern is for cardiovascular damage and death in birds.  Horses, donkeys and ruminants frequently get swollen, edematous head and neck.

Chocolate, Coffee and Caffeine

These products all contain substances called methylxanthines, which are found in cacao seeds, the fruit of the plant used to make coffee, and in the nuts of an extract used in some sodas. When ingested by pets, methylxanthines can cause vomiting and diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures and even death. Note that darker chocolate is more dangerous than milk chocolate. White chocolate has the lowest level of methylxanthines, while baking chocolate contains the highest.

Citrus

The stems, leaves, peels, fruit and seeds of citrus plants contain varying amounts of citric acid, essential oils that can cause irritation and possibly even central nervous system depression if ingested in significant amounts. Small doses, such as eating the fruit, are not likely to present problems beyond minor stomach upset.

Coconut and Coconut Oil

When ingested in small amounts, coconut and coconut-based products are not likely to cause serious harm to your pet. The flesh and milk of fresh coconuts do contain oils that may cause stomach upset, loose stools or diarrhea. Because of this, we encourage you to use caution when offering your pets these foods. Coconut water is high in potassium and should not be given to your pet.

Grapes and Raisins

Although the toxic substance within grapes and raisins is unknown, these fruits can cause kidney failure. Until more information is known about the toxic substance, it is best to avoid feeding grapes and raisins to dogs.

Macadamia Nuts

Macadamia nuts can cause weakness, depression, vomiting, tremors and hyperthermia in dogs. Signs usually appear within 12 hours of ingestion and can last approximately 12 to 48 hours.

Milk and Dairy

Because dogs do not possess significant amounts of lactase (the enzyme that breaks down lactose in milk), milk and other dairy-based products cause them diarrhea or other digestive upset.

Nuts

Nuts, including almonds, pecans, and walnuts, contain high amounts of oils and fats. The fats can cause vomiting and diarrhea, and potentially pancreatitis in pets.

Onions, Garlic, Chives

These vegetables and herbs can cause gastrointestinal irritation and could lead to red blood cell damage. Although cats are more susceptible, dogs are also at risk if a large enough amount is consumed. Toxicity is normally diagnosed through history, clinical signs and microscopic confirmation of Heinz bodies.

Raw/Undercooked Meat, Eggs and Bones

Raw meat and raw eggs can contain bacteria such as Salmonella and E. coli that can be harmful to pets and humans. Raw eggs contain an enzyme called avidin that decreases the absorption of biotin (a B vitamin), which can lead to skin and coat problems. Feeding your pet raw bones may seem like a natural and healthy option that might occur if your pet lived in the wild. However, this can be very dangerous for a domestic pet, who might choke on bones, or sustain a grave injury should the bone splinter and become lodged in or puncture your pet’s digestive tract.

Salt and Salty Snack Foods

Large amounts of salt can produce excessive thirst and urination, or even sodium ion poisoning in pets. Signs that your pet may have eaten too many salty foods include vomiting, diarrhea, depression, tremors, elevated body temperature, seizures and even death. As such, we encourage you to avoid feeding salt-heavy snacks like potato chips, pretzels, and salted popcorn to your pets. 

Xylitol

Xylitol is used as a sweetener in many products, including gum, candy, baked goods and toothpaste. It can cause insulin release in most species, which can lead to liver failure. The increase in insulin leads to hypoglycemia (lowered sugar levels). Initial signs of toxicosis include vomiting, lethargy and loss of coordination. Signs can progress to seizures. Elevated liver enzymes and liver failure can be seen within a few days.

Yeast Dough

Yeast dough can rise and cause gas to accumulate in your pet’s digestive system. This can be painful and can cause the stomach to bloat, and potentially twist, becoming a life threatening emergency. The yeast produces ethanol as a by-product and a dog ingesting raw bread dough can become drunk.

Sources: American Veterinarians Association, HSUS, ASPCA, WebMD- pets.

Leash Laws: Are For Everyones Safety

The care of companion animals starts with obeying laws put in place. Not only do these laws protect other people yet they also protect your companions. They protect them from running off, protect them from attacking or being attacked.

When laws of this magnitude are broken it can wind up deadly for all companions. For instance, some states are a one bite law. If found guilty that companion is euthanized. No matter who instigated the situation.

On top of the companion being euthanized, some municipalities/government consider taking it a step further by writing up a ban on whichever animals they see as likely to be vicious.

This is why it is important to follow and understand laws as well as understanding the consequences behind the neglect to follow laws. It only takes one person to make it problematic for everyone else.

As it is many are dealing with restrictions and or bans on Pit Bull type dogs, because a select few of people were irresponsible. Those few didn’t train, didn’t follow rules and or didn’t socialize their companion. Others have used them for entertainment and greed in underground dog fights.

This caused a mass massacre in CO. Which people are still seeking justice and an emendation to the current laws. In order to make changes for any animal to have a chance at life, there needs to be a compromise between community and government.

To us, Breed-specific legislation (BSL) is a bad idea. It punishes everyone and not just those who are at fault. This is where the law needs to change. It should only restrict those responsible for any damage that may have been done from owning any animal.

More to the point those people should also pay for damages since they were responsible for the well being of the community and animals.

As we said leash laws are very important to follow to keep everyone safe from drastic consequences.

Some leash laws that we know of include muzzles, a short leash of 5ft and a tag of colors, alerting others whether they are easily startled, aggressive and or in training.

In order to check your laws, talk with police or check your local government website.

In our next post, we will be going over dangerous foods since that is the next problematic area.

Animal Lives Matter

The lives of animals matter, yet some think otherwise. Some think human life is greater than that of Animal Life, and that animals deserve zero rights to life.

We are in the age of technology, where we do not need to experiment on animals just to find a cure for some kind of ailment. We are capable of finding cures through virtual reality through a combination of a computer program, mathematics and yes, even virtual chemicals. It is no longer science fiction, it is science fact.

Yet here scientists sit in a laboratory studying and testing on living beings who are unable to say stop. Who are unable to say you are hurting us, who are scared and in pain every day of the week.

I write this in disgust of an article that was shared with me on Facebook, of how the Government just gave the go-ahead to experiment on live dogs.

The US government has decided to press ahead with controversial experiments on dogs, despite critics in congress and elsewhere attacking them as cruel and unnecessary. The department for veterans affairs (VA) has approved the continuation of the testing, which it says will help doctors find new ways to treat wounded soldiers, according to USA Today.

Researchers running the experiments will remove sections of the dogs’ brains that control breathing, sever spinal cords to test cough reflexes and implant pacemakers before triggering abnormal heart rhythms. All the dogs involved will ultimately be euthanized.

These experiments are otherwise known as Vivisection. Here’s the article: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/dogs-experiments-veterans-affairs-us-government-fatal-animal-congress-a8616861.html

What is Vivisection?

Vivisection, operation on a living animal for experimental rather than healing purposes; more broadly, all experimentation on live animals. It is opposed by many as cruelty and supported by others on the ground that it advances medicine; a middle position is to oppose unnecessarily cruel practices, use alternatives when possible, and restrict experiments to necessary medical research (as opposed, for example, to cosmetics testing). Surgery on animals without anesthesia was once common; many people, most significantly René Descartes, claimed that animals did not really feel pain. The testing of certain chemicals on animals to find the lethal dose still occurs.

Is Vivisection Against The Law?

Simply put it is very legal in the United States. Although highly controversial, to where activists have gone to jail for sabotaging the experimental torture. Which I truly tip my hat to them, for the courage it takes to make those rescues happen.

Right now, these dogs and other animals are going to need everyones help, escaping from the hell that will be taken place. We must raise our voices. Write, tweet, and call into the legislation, the Senate as well as the house of representatives. In order to halt the atrocities from happening to these animals.

No animal deserves to be treated with such malice, just so some cure can be found. Animal lives matter. Moreover, it is about time that our government realizes just how much they matter.

As always, when contacting officials, be diplomatic and state facts. Keep persisting, no matter how many times they may hang up, or walk away. Vigilant Persistence will save lives.

(Article was written by Mary Robbins and shared with us)

Find your Senator: https://www.senate.gov/general/contacting.htm

Legislators and more: https://www.nationalpriorities.org/take-action/contact-your-representative/

Shelters Experience Alarming Rates Of Lost Pets

Throughout the USA shelters are experiencing an alarming rate of lost pets, since the start of the 4th of July. Even though, advocates and shelter PR personnel have placed information on how to keep companion animals safe. It is apparent that the information fell on deaf ears.

In a majority of states, media reports have also circulated animal injuries and deaths due to irresponsible use of fireworks and neglecting the companion’s anxiety levels.

It’s 2019 and it seems that people are continuing to be ignorant of facts. Which places animals lives in immediate harm. When will a majority of people learn that even animals have emotions, feelings, and mental health disorders?

These neglectful actions are taken a toll on precious lives. We as a community must band together, to once again educate the masses on companion care.

In the days to come, we will be working on just that. By way of information posts pertaining to animal care, animal training, and animal health.

As of now, shelters are asking for owners to come forward to claim their family members. Therefore, if you have lost a companion animal please check the shelters.

Butler County, PA: Police Are Looking For Tamara Rusz

Now police in Butler County, Pa., want the woman, identified as Tamara Rusz, to pay for her alleged animal cruelty, charging her with 21 felony counts, as the Butler Eagle newspaper reports.

In June, 21 cats in carriers were found in the Winfield Township woods. The cats were left there to starve and die.

Rusz is accused of leaving 21 cats in carriers and bins to starve and die in the Winfield Township woods – a property owned by her mother, Marilyn King.

Lawniczak, the humane officer on this case, is asking anyone who sees or knows the whereabouts of Tamara Rusz, whose last known address was a post office box in Mars, Pa., to call 911.

These cats deserve justice for the horror they have endured. This cruelty cannot go unpunished. All animal life is precious and as logical human beings, we are responsible for that life. We are supposed to cherish and guard these precious animals. However, there are those who would rather see harm done. In this case, it is up to those who have compassion for life to do what we can to protect the life put on this Earth.

If you know where Ms. Rusz is please call the cops, and turn her in.

A Fourth Of July Reminder

Keep your pets as safe as possible today and tonight.

Leave pets at home unless you are going to a friend/families house that is well prepared for animal guests…

Keep them away from grills. As they can get hurt when spooked.

Make them feel comfortable at all times when the fireworks start. By placing them in a room with distractions, such as toys, treats and a TV or Radio on.

If they should escape making sure that they have an ID tag on them at all times with up to date information to contact you. Is a must have!

🎆Happy 4th Of July everyone.🎆

All animals removed from hoarder home in Livingston Parish

PORT VINCENT – The Humane Society of Louisiana says it’s helping relocate dozens of animals, including dogs, goats and chickens, after they were found packed in tight, poorly-kept spaces.

According to the Humane Society, Livingston Parish Animal Control workers were called to the Port Vincent home last week. The owner was reportedly charged with simply cruelty to animals.

Authorities said there were 99 animals living on the property – half inside the owner’s home.  Sixteen dogs, 14 cats, and ten chickens were found inside, police said. Outside, 8 goats, 46 chickens and five ducks were found.

The Port Vincent Police Department said Alva Marino was charged with cruelty in connection with the case.

Read more – WBRZ2: Animals Removed from Hoarder.

Fourth Of July And Pets

Please be aware that on the 4th of July Companions are the most vulnerable. On this day, Companions go missing, due to the loud noises of fireworks going off. It is the highest percentage of missing companions of any other holiday.

In order to prevent this from happening, precautions are a must. Microchipping pets should be a priority and if you can’t microchip, there are alternatives.

Having a collar and tag with your address and phone number is a must. Keeping your companions inside in a safe secluded room, with food and water. Tv or radio on to drown out the loud noise. Have toys as well.

Make them comfortable as possible to make them feel safer.

Companions are family and we must do everything we can to prevent harm. This goes for any and all types of companions.

Have a happy fourth and remember to stay safe.