After several dogs died at the Huntsville pound in AL this month, the director, who is also a veterinarian, issued a plea for fosters to take dogs. Many of the dogs were suffering from a respiratory virus (vaccination upon intake, anyone?) and a bacterial infection and she wanted them out of the building so her staff could properly clean (maybe they should have been cleaning properly all along?). She told the local news that owners of vaccinated dogs needn’t worry about taking in her sick dogs from her contaminated facility (!) and threatened to kill the dogs if the public didn’t step up. (Thanks Brie and Adrianne for the link.)
The Clayton Co pound in GA killed 23 animals last Thursday, 7 of whom were slated for rescue. The pound director claims he didn’t know the pets were going to rescue and says he’s continuing on his path to making the pound no kill. Which seems to be going super. (Thanks to everyone who sent me this story.)
A rescue volunteer in Macon, GA was arrested on a burglary charge related to her work with the rescue. The group had learned she was keeping animals at an abandoned home without electricity or running water but after she was jailed, the vol refused to reveal the animals’ location. The group was eventually able to find the home and save 15 cats and 1 dog who were left in small carriers inside the hot home. One cat had already died. The vol has been charged with 17 counts of aggravated animal cruelty, all felonies. (Thanks Arlene for the link.)
Scientists agree: everyone loves cute animals, even toddlers. It’s apparently a trait we’re born with, which makes you seriously wonder how pound workers can kill adorable animals for a living instead of doing their actual jobs. (Thanks Valerie for the link.)
In February 1953, one of Ernest Hemingway’s beloved cats was gravely injured. Hemingway shot him to end his suffering then wrote this letter about it.
Cat feeding unit designed for multi-cat homes uses facial recognition software to dispense food fairly and prevent piggy kitties from taking over the world. (Thanks Valerie.)
A dog rescue romance novel, free on Kindle. Alternate titles, I has them: Rawhide and Prejudice, 50 Shades of Bichon Frise, A Walk to Remember for 8 Seconds and Then I Need Another One… (Thanks Karen for the link.)
Housekeeping note: I sincerely wish I could write about all the stories people send me but that just isn’t possible. This is one of the reasons I put up an Open Thread every week or so. Please feel welcome to use the blog’s most recent Open Thread to share stories and links any time. Just because there aren’t enough hours in my day to write about the story you sent does not mean it’s not worth sharing. The Open Thread is the place where you can tell your own animal related story, if you like. To find the current Open Thread, scroll down and locate the Recent Posts section in the sidebar. Click on Open Thread. You are magic.