Have you seen this? It's great video of a full-grown lion giving love to his rescuer. Click here. It's amazing.
The following has been sent around widely, and according to Dr. Sara Pizano, head of Miami-Dade Animal Services, it's an incorrect interpretation. Read the letter first, then her response when I asked her about it: Florida In the wake of Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters, microchipping has been identified as one of the most effective methods for reuniting pets with their owners. This is especially important in Florida Florida Microchips are also a vital tool for animal control agencies, aiding in the reunification of owned animals who are picked up and thought to be strays. The Florida Board of Veterinary Medicine needs to be reminded that the leading cause of death among pets is not disease, parasites or injury. Sadly, it's the euthanasia of lost pets who cannot be identified.
Dear Florida Animal Advocates,
At its March 18 meeting, the Florida Board of Veterinary Medicine will be considering a proposal that would strip animal control agencies and animal shelters in
The following has been sent around widely, and according to Dr. Sara Pizano, head of Miami-Dade Animal Services, it's an incorrect interpretation. Read the letter first, then her response when I asked her about it:
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters, microchipping has been identified as one of the most effective methods for reuniting pets with their owners. This is especially important in Florida Florida
Microchips are also a vital tool for animal control agencies, aiding in the reunification of owned animals who are picked up and thought to be strays. The Florida Board of Veterinary Medicine needs to be reminded that the leading cause of death among pets is not disease, parasites or injury. Sadly, it's the euthanasia of lost pets who cannot be identified.
Says Dr. P:
Says Dr. P:The Board of Veterinary Medicine is trying to make microchipping a medical procedure and the debate is whether or not the vet has to do or if it can be under the ‘direction’ of a vet. If it has to be a vet, there are many, many shelters who don’t have full time vets so they wouldn’t be able to microchip. The Florida Animal Control Association opposes this and will be represented.
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This is a great little story - with really heartwarming photos - of a boxer that adopted a kid (as in: baby goat). Click here to see the happy pair.
K-9 handler to surrender on animal cruelty charge
Officer accused of allowing his police dog to starve to death faces two felony charges.
Posted on Mon, Mar. 10, 2008BY DAVID OVALLE
Miami Officer Rondal Brown, suspected of allowing his police dog to starve to death, will surrender Monday morning to face criminal charges.
Brown, a popular veteran K-9 handler, had been relieved of duty as police internal affairs detectives and prosecutors probed the death of Dynasty, a 4-year-old bloodhound that specialized in finding missing persons.
When the dog was taken to the veterinarian in January 2007, she weighed more than 60 pounds. When she died in November, she weighed 33 pounds, investigators believe.
The Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office declined to comment.
Brown, 48, will face charges of cruelty to animals and an offense against a police dog, both third-degree felonies.
''Any and all false allegations or charges which may be lodged against Officer Ron Brown will be vigorously defended and refuted,'' his attorney, William Matthewman, said Sunday. ``It is utter nonsense for anyone to claim that Officer Brown intentionally harmed or killed his police dog, Dynasty. Officer Brown was devastated by the death of Dynasty and continues to grieve for Dynasty.
Brown will be the second K-9 officer in Miami-Dade County to be charged with the death of his dog partner. Both cases are considered rare.
Miami-Dade Sgt. Allen Cockfield was arrested last year after authorities say he fatally kicked his German shepherd, Duke. Cockfield pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial on charges of animal cruelty and killing a police dog, a third-degree felony.
Brown was hired by Miami police in 1987 and has spent most of his two decades working with police dogs. He is married to Florence Edwards Brown, a Broward County sheriff's deputy.
His personnel file contains no major allegations of misconduct. He boasts more than 30 letters of commendation. In a recent evaluation, a superior wrote:
''Officer Brown maintains a bloodhound in top condition, ready to respond to person searches for children and elderly missing persons,'' and, ``K-9 work is dirty. Officer Brown maintains a professional appearance at all times.''
Before he came under investigation, Brown had been on desk duty because of heart problems.
Dynasty was donated to the department in 2004 by a foundation created to honor slain 9-year-old Jimmy Ryce.
Kidnapped and murdered in 1995, Jimmy had been the subject of an intense police manhunt. The Jimmy Ryce Foundation believes bloodhounds might have helped find the boy sooner.
With extremely sensitive noses and droopy skin and ears that sweep the ground to kick up scents, bloodhounds offer police departments unique weapons to find missing persons.
Dynasty's breeder, Pam Andrews, told The Miami Herald last month that the extremely loyal bloodhounds will often stop eating if their handler is not around.
''Bloodhounds love humans. They want to be with people to the death. They [do searches] for no other reason than to please the handler,'' Andrews said.
By JIM FITZGERALD
Associated Press Writer
YONKERS, N.Y. … (AP) … Police found the bodies of two pit bulls in trash bags behind a college and also rescued 15 caged dogs, some scarred and emaciated, at a house with a dogfighting pit in the basement.
Police Commissioner Edward Hartnett said there was some evidence the two discoveries were connected to each other and to two other pit bulls, crippled from dogfights, found in January in
a trash bin at a gas station. One of those dogs died.
"It's something going on all over the country,'' the commissioner said of dogfighting. "There are certain people in our society who find this type of activity entertaining.''
The scarred, dead dogs found Wednesday were in black garbage bags behind the College of Mount St. Vincent, just over the Bronx line from Yonkers. The discovery of the 15 pit bulls in Yonkers came during a Tuesday night raid by narcotics police, Hartnett said.
Besides cocaine, drug packaging and nearly $16,000 in cash, the police found a 3-foot-high Plexiglas fighting enclosure, treadmills for dogs, weighted neck chains for training, a whip and syringes used for medicating the animals, officials said.
The garage was filthy with excrement and no food or water was available to the 15 caged dogs and some were scarred and emaciated, said Ken Ross, of the Westchester County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which was called in on the case.
"The condition of the dogs, the conditions they were living in, it was cruel,'' Ross said. Hartnett said there was "a significant amount of blood'' on the treadmills.
Two men were arrested on drug possession charges, Hartnett said.
(This story is highly reminiscent of the Lava saga, which became a great book by another Marine, Lt. Col. Jay Kopelman. )
Dog Saved By Marine Gets Permanent Home; Dog Finds Something To Bark About After Marine Rescues Him From Iraq: He's Heading To Calif.
SAN DIEGO, Feb. 22, 2008
(AP) It began with a simple act of kindness to save an abused, injured dog from becoming one more victim in the Iraq war.
But what followed for Marine Maj. Brian Dennis and the mutt was a tale of friendship and loyalty that spanned miles and overcame long odds _ one set to take a turn Friday with the anticipated arrival here of the Marine's best friend.
"This dog who had been through a lifetime of fighting, war, abuse ... is going to live the good life," Dennis told his family in an e-mail from Iraq.
The tale unfolded in October, a few months after Dennis deployed to Iraq from San Diego to work as part of the military team building infrastructure along the Syria-Iraq border and training Iraqi forces to take over. Dennis, 36, of St. Pete Beach, Fla., had volunteered for the assignment. It was a departure from his role as a fighter pilot. He had seen the country from the air, but it was different on the ground.
Dennis wrote stories home about the reciprocal relationship that desert dogs, strays wandering outside border towns, had with Iraqis.
"The dogs get to eat the Iraqi scraps and have a home in the middle of the desert," he wrote in an e-mail. "The Iraqis get an incredible early warning system; these dogs hear anything approaching from miles away and go nuts and scramble to defend their territory."
While on patrol in the Anbar province, Dennis spotted what appeared to be a gray and white, male German shepherd-border collie mix. He named the dog Nubs after learning someone cut the ears off believing it would make the dog more aggressive and alert.
Within weeks, Nubs was greeting Dennis during routine patrol stops along border communities. The Marines fed him bits of their food and by November, the Marine and his unit were keeping an eye out for the dog, which routinely chased their Humvees when they departed.
Life on the run, however, was taking a toll on the dog. He had lost a tooth and been bitten in the neck. In late December, Dennis found Nubs near death in freezing temperatures. The dog had been stabbed with a screwdriver. Dennis rubbed antibiotic creme on the wound and slept with Nubs to keep him warm.
"I really expected when I woke up for watch he would be dead," Dennis wrote. "Somehow he made it through the night."
Dennis thought he had seen the last of the dog days later when his squad headed back to its command post some 65 miles away. He couldn't take the dog with him and watched as it tried to follow the Humvees away from the border.
Two days later, while Dennis and a comrade were working on a Humvee, he looked up and saw the dog staring at him. "Somehow that crazy damned dog tracked us," he wrote Jan. 9.
But the reunion was short lived. Military policy prohibits having pets in war zones, and Dennis was given four days to get the dog off the base or kill him. The decision was easy: Nubs was going to San Diego. The logistics, though, were anything but easy.
With help from his Iraqi interpreter, Dennis managed to find a Jordanian veterinarian to get the care and paperwork needed to get the dog to the states. He also negotiated the red tape to get Nubs across the border into Jordan. His family and close friends helped raise the $3,500 needed to get the dog from Amman, Jordan, to San Diego, said his mother, Marsha Cargo.
"I just can't believe it. Out there in the middle of nowhere these two find each other," Cargo said.
A colleague in San Diego agreed to care for the dog and have it trained until Dennis returns in March from Iraq.
"We anticipate a real steep learning curve for Nubs," Capt. Eric Sjoberg said. "We want him to learn to just be a dog."
For now, though, Dennis will settle for the knowledge that Nubs is finally safe _ and waiting for his master to follow him.
I refuse to watch it, but I'm glad that an uproar about it has triggered a military investigation. If a US Marine actually did what this appears to show, he should be court marshalled. Period. Either he's a sociopath or war has perverted his humanity beyond redemption. Either way, he shouldn't be in uniform or in the service. (I vote for lobbing HIM off a cliff...)
Here's a suggested letter that you can send to a long list of big-wigs, from Kinship Circle:
Be counted. Send a letter. E-petitions don't work...
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3/4/08: The Marine Who Tossed The Puppy
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UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
Brigadier General Robert E. Milstead, Jr.
Director, Marine Corps Public Affairs
Division of Public Affairs - Command Element
CMC (PA), Headquarters Marine Corps
3000 Marine Corps; Pentagon 4B548
Washington, DC 20350-3000
ph: 703-614-1492/4080/8010; fax: 703-697-5362
General Michael Hagee, 33rd Commandant of the Marine Corps
ph: 703-614-1034; fax: 703-614-2358
MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII
Colonel Mark A. Dungan, Commanding Officer
Richard A. Kirby GS12, Staff Secretary
Office of the Commanding Officer
Marine Corps Base Hawaii
Box 63002; MCBH Kaneohe Bay, HI 96863-3002
ph: DSN-457-8877, 808-257-8877
Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Public Affairs Office
c/o Community Relations Section
Marine Corps Base Hawaii
Box 63002; Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii 96863-3002
ph: 808-257-8840, 808-257-8875
Military Police Department, Marine Corps Base Hawaii
Box 63062; Kaneohe Bay, HI 96863
Provost Marshal: 808-257-2103, ext 330
Provost Sergeant: 808-257-2103, ext 328
Criminal Investigation Division: 808-257-1305
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
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U.S. Department of Defense ASK A QUESTION/SEND A COMMENT:
Dr. Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense
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Gordon R. England, Deputy Secretary of Defense
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United States Defense Leaders and Marine Corps:
Thank you for addressing the Marines recently videotaped taunting a
defenseless puppy. I urge you to aggressively investigate this crime and
take prompt punitive action.
As you know, a man identified as David Motari dangles a black and white dog
by the scruff of the neck, cooing: "Cute little puppy." Another unnamed
soldier baby-talks: "Ah, so cute, so cute...little puppy." To the horror of
global Internet viewers, Motari then hurls the animal over a cliff into a
rocky gulch. The dog, who looks about 12 weeks old, squeals while flying
through the air. We hear a thud below, signifying the dog's certain death.
"That was mean Motari," the unknown Marine jokes. Motari shrugs and grins.
The question is not WHO the victim is, but WHAT is done to him or her.
Criminologists view the brutality of an act, regardless of the victim's
identity, as a precursor to future violence. Animal cruelty is a key trait
in the American Psychiatric Association's criterion for conduct disorders.
David Motari displays characteristics associated with sociopaths.
I respectfully ask the Military Police Department of Hawaii, where Motari is
stationed, to conduct a thorough probe. If Motari and other suspects are
apprehended, please advocate maximum penalties for aggravated cruelty and
intentional killing of a companion animal. Certainly, Motari and his
accomplice ought to undergo psychological counseling.
This is not the first video leak of soldiers tormenting animals in Iraq. I
hope this case prompts Defense Department officials to make regulatory
changes for animals in war zones. Specifically, I encourage the DOD to:
* Insert an anti-cruelty clause in the Universal Code of Military Justice.
* Utilize non-lethal vaccination to cope with rabies in war zones.
* Permit soldiers to bring vetted pets back to the U.S. with them.
The men in the video do not represent other brave men and women who serve
our country. This is all the more reason to pursue rigorous judicial action
against the few who sully America's moral repute.
Thank you for holding animal abusers accountable for their violent crimes.
The next Whisker Mixer, a party for pet lovers and their four-legged friends, will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 9, in the outdoor patio of Stick & Stein, 28 Krome Ave. in downtown Homestead.
The Whisker Mixer is a Key West-style, afternoon fundraising party held monthly to pay for the rescue and spay/neuter of homeless animals. Admission is $5 per person; well-behaved dogs are admitted for free.
Following the doggie strut, partygoers this month will vote for the Best Speaker or Singer, Best Trick, Mr./Ms. Congeniality and The Muttliest. Prizes will be awarded.
For the dogs' best friends, a 50/50 raffle will be held, along with drawings for door prizes donated by local merchants, including Schnebly Redland's Winery and Robert Is Here.
Cookout fare and beverages will be available for purchase. Food includes a hamburger or hot dog plate for $5 with choice of two: potato chips, potato salad, cole slaw or homemade baked beans. Beverages are available from the bar.
The Whisker Mixer is hosted by Homestead-based Friends of Gummi East, and sponsored by Stick & Stein of Homestead and Key West.
For more information, call Pam at (239) 398-8538.