Animal control seeks donations to help care for DeSoto puppy mill dogs

The DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office said the investigation into the puppy mill could lead to more charges for Romano and Polk.
Because of this, no further information can be released on the case, including information on specific dogs and the adoption process, the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office said.

The dogs are being cared for at DeSoto Animal Control but are in need of a few items.

If anyone would like to make donations, they can be sent to:

DeSoto County Animal Control
2048 NE McKay Street
Arcadia, FL 34266

Items needed include:

Science Diet dog food
Nylabones
Kong toys
Milk bone treats
Clean/new, thick blankets
Bleach
Liquid laundry detergent
— Read on www.winknews.com/2021/11/16/donations-needed-to-help-with-desoto-puppy-mill-dogs/

YouTuber Arrested After Attaching Dog to Balloons, Making Him Fly

A YouTuber has been arrested after attaching his dog to an assortment of balloons and briefly making him fly.

Per reports, including this one from BBC, 32-year-old Gaurav Sharma—whose YouTube channel had more than four million subscribers at the time of the incident—was arrested by police in India following a complaint by the regional animal welfare organization People for Animals.

The Delhi-based YouTube personality was seen in footage taken from a since-deleted video shared to his page letting go of the balloons-attached dog, named Dollar, as the pet briefly floats in the air toward the second floor of a nearby building. At that point, another person catches the dog while it’s floating, prompting audible cheers.

In a follow-up video dated May 23, the popular YouTuber—as reported by NDTV—claimed he had taken “all the safety measures” when planning the widely criticized footage. He also claimed he won’t repeat this type of content in the future, adding that he treats Dollar “like a child.” Judging by the comments on the apology video, however, many people are not convinced.

Read more: https://www.complex.com/life/youtuber-arrested-after-attaching-dog-to-balloons?

Cats Need Forever Home: Perkiomenville shelter

We need YOUR help Facebook friends! Our Perkiomenville shelter recently took in 22 cats when their owner realized they couldn’t provide the care that they required. This situation got out of control because the family didn’t have their cat spayed and before they knew it their feline population was out of control. These cats were all kept inside and they are reportedly litterbox trained and good with children. Many of them are very friendly & sweet and they range in age from 4 months to about a year of age. They will be spayed/neutered, FELV/FIV tested, vaccinated and microchipped prior to adoption. If you have been considering adding a cat to your home now is a great time to consider adoption. If you’re not in a position to adopt please share this post to help us find loving homes for these felines in need. This collage of pictures is just a few of many great cats that are in need of a home.
If you’re interested in meeting and potentially adopting one or two 🙂 , please fill out an application located on our website http://www.montgomerycountyspca.org If you’re not in a position to adopt please share their post to help us find them a great home. They are currently housed at our Perkiomenville facility.

More information and adoptable companions can be located here: https://www.facebook.com/montgomerycountyspca/

Humane Society president discusses the surge of pet ownership during the pandemic — and what animals can teach us – The Washington Post

Kitty Block, 56, is president and chief executive of the Humane Society of the United States and CEO of Humane Society International, an affiliate. Trained as a lawyer, Block has spent decades advocating on behalf of animal welfare, domestically and around the world.

During the pandemic, there’s been a huge surge in adopting pets. What do you think are the benefits of that trend, and also, maybe, the potential perils?
In a time of crisis, when people feel things are uncertain and people feel isolated or scared, to be able to bond with an animal is so important. For so many people, it wasn’t just: Oh, it’s convenient. I’m working from home. It’s: I need to have this kind of connection, this unconditional love. And [animals] provide that. That’s who they are. That’s what they do.
— Read on www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/humane-society-president-discusses-the-surge-of-pet-ownership-during-the-pandemic–and-what-animals-can-teach-us/2021/04/27/198f5bcc-9269-11eb-a74e-1f4cf89fd948_story.html

Texas Dog Awarded After Saving His Owner’s Life | PEOPLE.com

Many adopted dog owners will say that their furry friend rescued them, and in Astro the dog’s case it’s particularly true.

Astro received an award on Friday from Texas’ El Paso Fire Department (EPFD) and El Paso Animal Services for saving his owner’s life during a medical emergency last week. His award for the heroic act included a medal and a dog-friendly cake, according to KTSM.
— Read on people.com/pets/texas-hero-dog-gets-award/

Lost Dog in Harleysville, PA

Lost

NAME: Sam

STATUS: Lost

SEX Female

Species: Dog

MESSAGE FROM OWNER: ”Please let us know if you see Sam. She ran off into the woods near our home on Groff Mills Rd. Sam is friendly and will come if you have a stick for fetch or food. Please call if you see her: 610-945-4971. Thank you!”

DESCRIPTION: Medium sized brown dog with big ears. She is friendly!

AREA LAST SEEN: Harleysville, PA 19438

NEIGHBORHOOD LAST SEEN: Salford Mills

Last seen on: 07/03/2020

COVID-19 And Companions

From the W.H.O.

Several dogs and cats (domestic cats and a tiger) in contact with infected humans have tested positive for COVID-19. In addition, ferrets appear to be susceptible to the infection. In experimental conditions, both cats and ferrets were able to transmit infection to other animals of the same species, but there is no evidence that these animals can transmit the disease to human and play a role in spreading COVID-19. COVID-19 is mainly spread through droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks.

It is still recommended that people who are sick with COVID-19 and people who are at risk limit contact with companion and other animals. When handling and caring for animals, basic hygiene measures should always be implemented. This includes hand washing after handling animals, their food, or supplies, as well as avoiding kissing, licking or sharing food.

More recommendations are available on the OIE website : https://www.oie.int/en/scientific-expertise/specific-information-and-recommendations/questions-and-answers-on-2019novel-coronavirus/

WHO continues to monitor the latest research on this and other COVID-19 topics and will update as new findings are available.

If you have COVID-19 please take precautions. As listed above and please stop 🚫 abandoning your companions!!

ASPCA Removes 29 Animals from Arkansas Property

Right now, the ASPCA is removing 29 dogs from a dilapidated property in Arkansas, upon the request of a local animal shelter and the Sheriff’s office.

The dogs’ owner was completely overwhelmed and admitted that the sheer number of animals was too much to handle. There was no electricity on the property, or adequate shelter to keep all the dogs safe and warm at night. Realizing that it had become a bad situation for the well-being of the animals, the pet owner, local animal shelter and local authorities collectively reached out for help.

These dogs will be transported to the ASPCA emergency shelter, where they will provide them with a warm bed, medical treatment, behavioral assessments and continued care.

If you would like to donate to help them finance their efforts, you can do so on their website: Donate to the ASPCA

ASPCA Removes 29 Animals from Arkansas Property

Right now, the ASPCA is removing 29 dogs from a dilapidated property in Arkansas, upon the request of a local animal shelter and the Sheriff’s office.

The dogs’ owner was completely overwhelmed and admitted that the sheer number of animals was too much to handle. There was no electricity on the property, or adequate shelter to keep all the dogs safe and warm at night. Realizing that it had become a bad situation for the well-being of the animals, the pet owner, local animal shelter and local authorities collectively reached out for help.

These dogs will be transported to the ASPCA emergency shelter, where they will provide them with a warm bed, medical treatment, behavioral assessments and continued care.

If you would like to donate to help them finance their efforts, you can do so on their website: Donate to the ASPCA

Responsibility With Dogs That Have History

Lately, there have been many news stories where the dog bites another dog or dog bites a person. Many of these dogs have been “adopted” from a rehabilitation rescue centre. I see two problems here with this issue, as my friend and I were discussing over the phone this morning. Rehabilitation rescue centres are supposed to do background checks of a prospective adopter. Some are failing to do these checks, which leads to these dogs who are still being rehabilitated to be set up for failure. Right, well we can’t all blame the Rehabilitation rescue centres either. When the blame now resides on the adopter for neglecting the past history their new dog has. Think about it for one moment if you would, the title in the rescue centre says “Rehabilitation” – common sense would dictate to you that this dog is in the rehab centre for a reason. An issue with his or her past, that led to this point. Now, if the Rehabilitation centre did their JOB correctly, they would have given you a history of the dog’s issue, so you can take proper precautions to prevent any repetitive issues.

Therefore, as my friend is now facing – if a dog bites your dog and the owner knows this dog has a history of “biting” yet didn’t take proper precautions. Then we have a major issue on our hands and a dangerous situation. I don’t care how big or small your dog may be, all breeds of dogs will have an aggressive streak and will have history, and will repeat the offence if you do not properly take precautions. If your dog bites another dog, then that IS YOUR FAULT, no one else.
It is your responsibility as the new guardian to take steps that prevent these accidents! The steps you need to take to prevent these accidents are the following, and yes some of these steps I dislike, however, is necessary.

  1. Muzzles – they are a must do if said dog has a history
  2. Leashing – bite history dogs must be on a strict leashing, hate to say it but it must be 4 to 5 ft and no more. I’ll explain why – this will help you bring the dog closer to you quicker then a longer leash if you suspect your dog is about to lunge. Even if your dog is muzzled they can still do damage!
  3. Avoid – Avoid areas, places and other that would place your dog in a situation that would cause them to bite! For example – if you know your dog is “dog aggressive” STEER CLEAR of dog parks, friends or family with dogs of their own.
  4. If another dog is charging at your dog – You stand firm and calm and yell, NO to the other dog. Sometimes this will stop the charging, other times not. So what do you do in this situation? Well, common sense for those who do walk their dogs daily is to bring deterrents, because as we know, walking our dogs although nice, can be hazardous. Be prepared, bring pepper sprays, or a backpack full of clothes or a blanket.

Pepper sprays – are non-lethal and in most cases will deter the other dog from attacking. While the dog is semi-occupied by the pepper spray, walk away slowly always watching that dog for his next move. If he charges again, the backpack with clothes or a blanket in it should now be placed in front of you as a shield from snapping teeth. Get it? It’s soft non-harmful and will protect you from being bitten. Push the dog back with that backpack, keep at it while keeping your dog from fighting. This will eventually tire the other dog out. Walk away slowly, yet DON’T turn your back on that dog.
There is also air horns the loud noise may deter the other dog from attacking. If not then it will surely make them lose focus if they’re already fighting.

These are non-lethal methods, other methods involve walking sticks, break sticks etc. Which is NOT really necessary. These sticks tend to injure the dogs more so than the actual attack.
The main thing to prevent any dog attack is to watch for the body language seen in chart below:

If this is the body language you see an unleashed dog having- AVOID, do not even step forward, go the other way while keeping an eye on that dog. Common sense. If you miss these signs (which isn’t even possible!) Then you are placing your dog and yourself in danger, period.

Another scenario – little dog runs up to the big dog in an aggressive stance, and you see this yet do nothing. Well, what do you think will happen? You as a guardian have failed, and in this instance, the big dog will hurt the little dog with one bite. Not to mention, you have just allowed the big dog to initiate a DOMINANT TRAIT, which has just thrown any training you may have done out the window. – Square one all over again.

Yes, I’m one of those “pack mentality” thinking people. Because the fact is, dogs are “pack” animals and having a “pack” animal in your household, you do need to show who the boss is. You should be the alpha and show it in your step/presence by acting quick and smart when these things happen. By STEPPING between your dog and the attacking dog. It is YOUR JOB as guardian and Pack Leader to protect your companion or pack, depending on how many dogs you may have… Any logical behavioral trainer would and will tell you this.

In summary – When adopting any dog with past issues, ask for HISTORY. Be PREPARED, AVOID situations. PROTECT your dog from other dogs. Do your JOB and don’t blame others for your mistakes. It’s YOUR RESPONSIBILITY just as it’s the other person’s responsibility.

Also – If you know your dog has issues with others, ALWAYS HAVE A LEASH ON, period.