UPDATE, May 28: The News & Observer is reporting that the future looks bright for the research dogs:...arrangements have been made for three of them already. And enough people have called in that the other six will be placed in homes, too...Thank you BB for the tip. Original Post:Dogster is reporting that nine research dogs … Continue reading Research Dogs in Need – Raleigh, NC
From the Columbia Star:Chance, an eight-month male pit bull, and Carmella, a one- year female pit bull graduated from obedience school, the second phase of the rehabilitation in the Humane Society's program to get them ready for a new life with a permanent family. Chance and Carmella were put on the fast track of the … Continue reading SC Works Toward Helping and Banning Pit Bulls Simultaneously
In my never ending quest to find a great dog food, I recently looked at a premium (AAFCO approved) brand of so-called "natural" kibble which advertised that it contained no ground corn. I know this is an important issue for some pet owners as they don't want to feed corn due to potential allergies and/or … Continue reading Pet Food Ingredient Breakdown – #1
I tried to get answers to my previously posted questions regarding the aflatoxin contaminated mystery ingredient in livestock feeds recalled by Purina Mills. Specifically, I asked Purina:1. Which ingredient it is they are talking about2. Who the supplier is3. What other companies might be facing the same problem (as indicated in Purina's own statement)4. Was … Continue reading Purina – Got Aflatoxin?
When Purina declined to go public with their aflatoxin contaminated livestock feed recall in March, they figured out (by May) that didn't look so good. So they tossed up a fancy worded statement on their website. Well Purina, the fact that your company is not answering queries or providing information to reassure dog and cat … Continue reading Hello Purina? Anyone Minding the Store?
Purina's recall of aflatoxin contaminated animal feed earlier this month has been widely reported to the public - not by Purina, who chose to contact their dealers directly - but by bloggers, including Petsit USA. From Purina's recall (which they call a "retrieval") statement: "Our investigation and product testing identified one ingredient of concern, which … Continue reading Don’t Touch That Pet Food
We often hear about the high kill rates of animal shelters in the South. The Columbia Animal Shelter in South Carolina for example has an approximate 80% kill rate (the 20% save rate includes owner redemptions). State or locally funded shelters in North Carolina averaged an approximate 77% kill rate for the years 2001 - … Continue reading Homeless Pets Languish Due to Lack of Animal Control in Rural South
Two volunteers from the Cherokee County Animal Shelter told the County Council last month that animal control officers have been killing shelter pets using an illegal method - intracardial injections on animals which have not been sedated. SC state law outlines the accepted methods of euthanasia and injections into the heart of a fully conscious … Continue reading Whistleblowers on Cruelty at South Carolina Shelter
Attention 8 year old kid attempting to cuddle that Guinea Pig: This is the police. We have you surrounded. Come out with your hands up!Read the full article here.
The tragic death of Eight Belles at Saturday's Kentucky Derby is being reported by some as an unfortunate reality that is part of horse racing. Wrong. While any athlete can suffer a life ending injury during competition, that's a risk they choose to take for themselves - if they're human. And you can bet that … Continue reading More on Eight Belles and… The Big Picture