At first glance, the adult lanternfly is a beautiful spectacle with spotted, bright red wings and a little bumble bee-esque body. But as the species continues its trek across the U.S., federal and state officials have a unified message: If you come across the insect, kill it.
The lanternfly is an invasive species from China that wreaks havoc on agriculture. They aren’t physically harmful to humans, but they threaten everything from oak, walnut and poplar trees to grapes, almonds and fruit orchards. It was first detected in the U.S. in Pennsylvania in 2014, but it has now spread to at least nine states, primarily in the Northeast. Growing numbers have been spotted in New York City this summer.
A toxic blue-green algae that is potentially lethal to dogs has been found in three New York City park ponds––the latest place it’s cropped up after leaving a trail of sick and dead pets across North Carolina, Texas and Georgia.
According to the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, the blue-green algae was found in two Central Park ponds and another pond in Prospect Park.
Blue-green algae, also known as Cyanobacteria, is a microorganism that is caused by high nutrients, stagnant water, high temperatures and low oxygen, according to the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.
“Algae is a natural occurrence that blooms heavily in warm weather and sunlight. Most urban ponds have water high in nutrients like phosphorus, which encourage algae growth,” a statement said. “Most algae are harmless and are important parts of aquatic ecosystems, but blooms that produce blue-green algae (BGA) can be toxic.”
Momo could die if not adopted soon. Upon surrendering Momo to the shelter the owner lied on the surrender form. Claiming Momo is aggressive and has two previous bite history.
Yet upon behavioral examination, Momo did not seem aggressive.
Hello, my name is Momo. My animal id is #70412. I am a desexed male white dog at the Brooklyn Animal Care Center. The shelter thinks I am about 1 years 6 months old.
I came into the shelter as a owner surrender on 7/26/2019, with the surrender reason stated as animal behavior – aggressive towards people.
Behavior during intake: Momo had a soft and relaxed body during intake. He approached the counselor right away and began to lick the counselors hand and jump on the counselors lap. Counselor was able to scan for a microchip, collar and take a picture without any issues.
Date of Intake: 7/26/2019
Spay/Neuter Status: Neutered
Basic Information:: Momo is a 1 and a half year old neutered male that has no known current or previous medical concerns that the owner is aware of. Owner had Momo in the home since he was 2 months old but had to surrender due to Momo biting family members in the home
There are many people out there who lie on the intake form. Just so they don’t have to care for their companion anymore. Those that lie on the form need to realize that they are setting their companion up for the death penalty.
When surrendering an animal please be honest, with the receptionists. You will be surprised that more often than not people can be sympathetic to you. Knowing the difficulties of giving up a companion because of falling on hard times, forced to move and unable to care for due to failing health.
If you are in the New Hope area, and can adopt Momo, please help him out.
A New Jersey pizzeria that makes hundreds of pizzas a day found a way to make good use of all those boxes: put flyers on them to help reunite missing pets with their owners.
John Sanfratello, owner of Angelo’s Pizza in Matawan, said the idea is actually decades old. “In the past, as you know, milk cartons, they used to put missing persons on,” he told CBS New York. “I said, ‘Well, why can’t we do the same with pizza boxes?'”
Sanfratello said he got the idea after his neighbor’s cat went missing. Fortunately, the pet was found and it inspired him to help find other missing pets. Angelo’s is encouraging pet owners across the state to submit their flyers. Now, they are advertising two missing animals, a cat and a Seeing-Eye dog in training.
The puppy ran away from her yard to chase after another animal. Peggy Gibbon, director of canine development at Seeing Eye, said they tried everything to find the dog – except pizza boxes. “She’s been lost for three and a half weeks. We have been scouring the woods, posting flyers, she’s up on Facebook,” Gibbon said.