Treats on the Internets

An incoming police chief in NC was responding to a dangerous weapon call at a home when he encountered a dog and owner.  The officer shot the owner in the leg while reportedly attempting to shoot the dog.  He then left the victim while he made a call on his cell phone.  The dog has been impounded by Forsyth Co AC.

The Huntington-Cabell-Wayne pound in WV makes it harder for pets to get out alive by restricting rescue access.  (Thank you Clarice.)

The Plaquemines Animal Welfare Society in LA is a limited admission no kill facility.  Its director was arrested this week for allegedly pocketing adoption fees and donations to support a prescription drug habit.  The director was the only person with access to the cash from April 2012 to June 2013.  Approximately $40 grand has gone missing in 2013 alone.  (Thanks Anne for the link.)

Mitch Schneider is taking over as interim director at the Nevada Humane Society.  Bonney Brown is stepping down as director next month.  (Thanks April.)

Bobcat fever, spread by American dog ticks and lone star ticks, can be fatal to domestic cats.

Feathers as a pet food ingredient and the possible dangers for pets with kidney problems.

6 thoughts on “Treats on the Internets

  1. Drug testing shelter employees, especially those handling large sums, might be appropriate. But how could anyone get away with this for so long?

    1. I don’t think drug testing would address the real problem. For one thing, if it’s a prescription drug and the person has a prescription, you still won’t know whether or not there’s a real problem without doing some further digging, and that’s going to get into some serious privacy issues. Also, some people use illicit drugs on their own time with their own money in ways that don’t negatively affect their work. If you have insomnia and you need a good night’s sleep to perform well at work, is using marijuana to get to sleep really worse than using Ambien? Furthermore, many people embezzle for reasons other than drug use, so drug testing won’t catch those people.

      I think the real problem, and the reason she was able to get away with it for so long, is one person having access to all the money with no oversight. Somebody should have been checking all along to make sure the deposits matched the money coming in.

    2. It takes a person of low moral/ethical character to steal from the company, regardless of drug use. Don’t let folks use “drugs made me do it” as an excuse to cover for low moral & ethical character. A good person just wouldn’t do it.

    1. Karen, I noticed this in the comments to the story:

      “This animal shelter has always been known to be one of the worst and most overcrowded in Middle TN. Part of that is due to the military dumping dogs when they get transferred, deployed, or finally get post housing.”

      I’m not sure if you’re still living in the area. But if so, maybe there’s a way to get word to soldiers at Fort Campbell that the organization Dogs on Deployment arranges short- and long-term fostering, as well as adoption, for pets (not just dogs) of military personnel facing deployment:

      @DogsonDeploymnt (note that the last “e” is missing)

      DOD was founded by two military spouses in 2011. From the organization’s home page:

      “Military members nation-wide confront a multitude of problems during their career. The last problem they want to worry about is what to do with their beloved family pet when it’s time for them to deploy. Many service members have limited, to no options for their pets when they have to go overseas and many have relinquished their pets to shelters when they have nowhere else to go. Dogs On Deployment is a 501(c)(3) national non-profit which provides a central online database for service members to search for individuals or families who are willing to welcome a Dog On Deployment into their home for the length of their owner’s deployment.”

      1. What a great way to support the troops, or rather a troop’s dog. Sign me up! Oops, no, I have enough already, for now. Maybe later?

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