If you read the Bank Behaving Badly post, you need to see this update, from a TD Bank spokesperson.
"The demo has been put off until tomorrow. They are already working with Animal Control and have been trapping the cats for the last few days. The contractor has been very cooperative with the neighbors on this.''
She sent this earlier:
"We have NOT foreclosed on this property. The City, not us, ordered the demolition because they deemed the structure unsafe. It is our understanding that as part of the City's process for issuing demolition permits, an inspection of the building must be performed to ensure no living things inhabit the structure, and finding as such the City ordered the demolition. That said, if the contractor enters the building to begin demolition work and finds the opposite, TD Bank has requested that they contact Animal Control.''
Jennifer Morneau, Public Relations Manager, Commercial and Small Business Corporate and Public Affairs
This is all I know: Dog brought in to Planned Pethood this morning, shot by a law enforcement officer.in her own yard. Sh's a Lab mix. She belongs to someone but the owner isn't reachable. She will die in a matter of hours unless she gets to an ER clinic. Planned Pethood can't pay for it, so they need money. They're located at 13749 NW 7th Ave. 305-687-7729. Thanks in advance if you can help.
Got this email from a Miami Beach community activist:
"At 6PM tonight, Channel 10 TV News will report on a protest by South Beach residents of TD Bank's demolition of an abandoned building before removing a colony of kittens.
Bulldozers are on site to demolish the long-neglected, abandoned and dilapidated historic Hotel Simone building, 321 Ocean Drive, on Wednesday, Aug. 11.
On April 21, 2010, the county Unsafe Structures Board upheld the demolition order of the City of Miami Beach Building Official finding that the building is an imminent danger to the adjacent fifty-unit condo building and to the public. In spite of neighbors' repeated complaints to the city that the structure harbors a colony of kittens that would be trapped during demolition, TD Bank, the owner in foreclosure, is ignoring its responsibilities. ''
Sam is 10, and his owner is moving to New York and can't take him. Poor guy. Contact: Jim Lister 954.646.2092 Email: JimRunning@aol.com.
From Jim Lister, who has had Sam for 9 of his 10 years: "Sam is 85-90 lbs, trained as a guard dog. though less a Guard Dog now, he still has strong protective traits...I need to find a home for Sam, transition him. He's trained to his cage, but when I'm home he has access to roam the yard and lanai area, though he spends most of it in his cage. His records are all up to date and he's been the best dog I've ever owned; obedient, loving disposition and deserving of someone that will be able to give him their time and attention, though he doesn't need a lot.''
He's in excellent health.
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This is from a string of emails that have come my way. I'll start with the (very) bad news. And my profound sympathy to the person who had to endure this tragedy.
"IT was horrible…July 20th, I got home from work and my sister has just gotten home and let [the dogs] out back to run around and pee. She went upstairs and had just gotten in the shower so I went to open the back door and they didn’t come right away. So I went upstairs, changed into my pj’s and came right back down. I went to bring them in and Maddy came right in (my bulldog) which is usual, and then I continued calling Roxy. She came walking in really slow, but that’s what she usually does, then all of a sudden she threw up. I brought her the water bowl and she wouldn’t drink and she threw up again. All of a sudden she started shaking and peeing and pooping and having a seizure. I was panicking screaming for my sister but she was in the shower and couldn’t hear me. I was literally screaming at the top of my lungs. So I picked her up took my spare key without any clothes or purse and ran out the door. I drove to the nearest animal hospital open which was all the way in Doral and by the time I got there it was too late, she died in my arms. They think she ate or licked a toad. The saddest day of my life.''
Now for some advice, from blog reader Allyson:
The poison can actually become addictive if they survive. But then they keep going after the toads. Towel and Benadryl. The Benadryl only gives you a few minutes extra of time, but it can make all the difference.''
Also: There's a pet ambulance service. PET MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION, PHONE NO. 305-338-0669. I spoke to Adrian, a vet tech, who operates it. He said,"This is a service wherever you want to go, to any clinic, in an emergency or on a regular basis if you're not able to bring the dog because it's too big or you don't have a car.''
Adrian said it's a 24/7 operation: "a real ambulance,'' but for the moment - because of regulatory issues - the only emergency assistance they can provide onboard is oxygen, but they're working on being able to use IVs and other equipment.
Click here for comprehensive information about bufo toads (and how to minimize the chance that your dog will get hold of one).
Search & Rescue Announces Customized Animal
Airboat Ready for Rescue Operations
Tampa, FL - July 12, 2010 - Florida-3 Airboat Search & Rescue (FL3ASAR), a search and rescue organization based in Hillsborough County, today announced the delivery of a 20 foot airboat customized for animal rescue efforts.
The specialized craft, manufactured
by Diamondback Airboats, will be the airboat dedicated to FL3ASAR’s specialized
program, the Animal Rescue Team, for the emergency rescue and evacuation of
pets, animals and livestock in flood-affected
The new Animal Rescue
Team airboat has a three rudder system instead of the normal two and has only
one row of seats, not two. The three rudder system allows for better steerage
and the removal of the front seat provides added deck space for a larger working
area and more animal cage storage. The drop down "Grass Rake" facilitates the
transportation, delivery and retrieval of necessary supplies and/or equipment
for animal rescue.
The Animal Rescue Team
is available to state and federal agricultural and wildlife agencies; national,
state and local humane societies, and veterinary
Kevin Rodriques, Team
Commander, stated, “Within 24 hours, FL3ASAR can be
deployed to anywhere in the nation. All of our airboat operators are US Coast Guard Captains,
Department of Interior Airboat certified and hazmat qualified. We
have the equipment and the manpower to be a valuable resource in any search and
rescue efforts, including the BP oil spill rescue activities.”
FL3ASAR is a
division of Airboat Search & Rescue, Inc (a not-for profit organization).
FL3ASAR was formed after lessons learned in the aftermath of the flooding in