UPDATE: Article on Time growing short for Duke, a pit bull terrier, as he seeks reprieve after 3 years on death row

Duke is free!!! 

BAY SHORE,N.Y – This past April I posted an article about a pit bull terrier named Duke who had spent 3 years on death row where he was confined to a Long Island animal shelter.  At the time of my post Duke was waiting the decision of what was his last appeal as to whether he would be put down or allowed to to go home as a free dog. 

The whole case started because Duke had bitten a neighbor’s dog and the neighbor filed a complaint.  The neighbor hadn’t asked that Duke be put down only that he be constraint to his house but it was the judge in the case who ordered Duke to be euthanized. 

Anyway, I have been trying to find out what finally happened and after doing a bit of searching I was able to get in touch with Duke’s owner and she responded with

“Duke is home”!!!!att8-20071125_014929.gif    

I had written her and told her that I had posted the article on my blog and that several people had been quite interested to learn of his fate and have since written her and thanked her and told her I would post her response.  From the sounds of it all I’m sure she had quite a few responses to write to but I did write her and thanked her for taking the time to respond and let me know so I could post the wonderful outcome. 

You can read my original article at : https://flagranny2.wordpress.com/?s=duke

Pit Bulls Break Into Washington Woman’s Home and Maul Her

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

GIG HARBOR, Wash. —  Two pit bull terriers broke into a house through a pet door Tuesday and attacked a woman in her bed, mauling her badly, a Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman said.

The woman was able to grab a gun and try to shoot the dogs, then break away from the attack and lock herself in her car, where she called 911, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

The woman, who was not immediately identified, was taken to a hospital in Tacoma, where she was listed in serious condition.

Officers planned to talk to the dogs’ owner.

The pit bulls also killed a neighbor’s Jack Russell terrier, which entered the house during the attack, Troyer said.

“The thought is that the Jack Russell heard noise in the neighbor’s house, came in and was attacked by the dogs,” Troyer said.

Firefighters responded first, locking the dogs in the house, treating the woman and calling for an ambulance.

Officers “had to pepper spray and fight the dogs until they were detained. We almost had to shoot them on site,” Troyer said.

The dogs were taken to a Humane Society and will probably be destroyed, he said.

It was not immediately known why the dogs entered the house, whether the woman had dogs of her own or what set off the attack.

What is it about a “pit bull” that makes it such a wonderful pet?  Don’t yell at me yet, I’m a pet owner and a pet lover of all kinds I just don’t see what it is about the pit bulls that make them such a great pet.  Regardless of how nice they can be they all have that inate instinct to attact to kill but the problem is one never knows when that instinct is going to show up. Owners can have one for a long time with no problem at all but it only takes one time to set them off and this dear pet dog that has been a perfect pet has totally upset and ruined at least one person’s life and possibly the dog’s owner if it becomes necessary to have the dog put down”  ….flagranny2 ]

Dog Shoots Owner in the Back in Memphis, Tennessee – was it something his owner said?

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

 If this hadn’t been an accident and the dog’s owner in critical condition, with  Michael Vick’s case regarding “dog fighting” this could have been a story about a dog taking a stand and having a say just what he thinks about the case. 

Unfortunately it was an accident and his own is in critical condition.  Now the owner’s finace is afraid for the dog once his owner gets out of the hospital.   A Memphis, Tenn., man is in critical condition Wednesday after his dog shot him in the back.

Police say King George, a 150-pound Great Dane, accidentally knocked a .22-caliber pistol off his owner’s end table around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday. The gun went off, hitting his 21-year-old owner in the back, MyFOXMemphis.com reports.

Click here to watch the MyFOXMemphis.com report.

“I knew he was smart, I didn’t think he was that smart,” the victim’s fiancee, Miesha Lucas told MyFOXMemphis.com. “He was always protective. I didn’t think he would be like that.”

Police refused to name the victim as they do not plan to file charges in the shooting, which they’ve ruled as accidental.

Lucas told MyFOXMemphis.com that she fears what her fiance will do to the pet once he gets out of the hospital.

The shooting occurred in the Raleigh section of Memphis.

Cat Has Skills Of Grim Reaper

Cat Appears To Predict Death In Patients

POSTED: 8:41 am EDT July 26, 2007

PROVIDENCE, R.I.Oscar the cat seems to have an uncanny knack for predicting when nursing home patients are going to die: He curls up next to them during their final hours.

Click here for more pictures of Oscar

 [Oscar is better at predicting death than the people who work there, said Dr. Joan Teno of Brown University, who treats patients at the nursing home and is an expert on care for the terminally ill.

She was convinced of Oscar’s talent when he made his 13th correct call. While observing one patient, Teno said, she noticed the woman wasn’t eating, was breathing with difficulty and that her legs had a bluish tinge, signs that often mean death is near.

Oscar wouldn’t stay inside the room, though, so Teno thought his streak was broken.  Instead……]    Full Story

Dog Removed from Washington State Voter Rolls After 3 Elections

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Has our elections simply gone to the dogs?  Jane Balogh thinks so after sending in a registration form with her dog’s name on a phone bill for identification and his “paw print” for the signature.  The dog actually received 2 absentee ballots for school board elections as a result. 

The dog’s owner proved her point, dog-1,  county officials-0.  I’ll bark to that.

SEATTLE —  Duncan M. McDonald is finally off the vo rolls after the Australian shepherd-terrier mix was sent absentee ballots for three elections.

King County Elections Director Sherril Huff said she canceled the voter registration Tuesday for the dog owned by Jane K. Balogh, 66, who registered her pet to protest a change in the law that she said made it too easy for non-citizens to cast ballots.

Balogh put her phone bill in the dog’s name, then used that as identification when she mailed in the registration form in April 2006. In November, she wrote “VOID” across Duncan’s ballot and returned it with an image of a paw print on the signature line.

She admitted the ruse when an election official called, but the dog was still sent absentee ballots for school bond elections in February and May.

“Quite frankly, the process did take too long, and it should have been addressed after the November election,” said Bobbie Egan, an elections office spokeswoman.

County election procedures are being reviewed to provide speedier action against voting fraud, Egan said.

The removal came three weeks after Balogh was charged in King County Superior Court with making a false or misleading statement to a public servant, a misdemeanor. She pleaded not guilty to the charge in June.

A sheriff’s investigator wrote that she admitted registering the dog under false pretenses “to make a point that anyone could vote, even an animal.”

A preliminary court hearing was pending.

Woman Killed by Her Own Pet Dog

Monday, June 18, 2007

CONNERSVILLE, Ind.  —  A one-year-old chow mix apparently turned on its owner, killing her with bites to her throat and arm, authorities said.

Phyllis G. Carroll, 63, was mauled by one of her two black chow mix dogs around 7:30 p.m. Sunday, said Fayette County Coroner Joe Todd.

Both dogs were seized and will be destroyed at the request of the victim’s family, he said.

Carroll kept the dogs, a male and female from the same litter, in a yard behind her home in Connersville. There were no witnesses, but Todd said authorities believed the male dog, which was the larger of the two, attacked Carroll.

The dog bit Carroll in the arm as she carried treats out from the house, then bit her throat after she fell to the ground. Eight sets of bite marks were found on Carroll, Todd said.

She bled to death from her wounds, he said.

Friends said Carroll had become increasingly afraid of the aggressive dogs, Todd said.

“In 34 years of investigating deaths I have never, ever had a vicious animal attack that resulted in the death of the victim,” he said.

Company to Open Nursing Home for Pets

TOKYO (June 13) – Japan will get its first nursing home for dogs with round-the-clock monitoring by doctors and a team of puppies to help aging pooches feel younger, a pet products company said Wednesday.

Owners pay $800 a month to keep their dogs at the Soladi Care Home for pets, which opens Friday, according to a joint release by Soladi Co. and the Endo Veterinary clinic in Tochigi, eastern Japan.

Veterinarians at the home will offer round-the-clock monitoring and residents will be fed specially fortified food, the release said.

The home, which can accept 20 dogs at one time, will also employ puppies to play with the aging dogs to help them keep fit and feel younger, the release said.

Analysts say that a boom in pet ownership in Japan, coupled with better health care and a more balanced diet, has led to a surge in elderly pets in Japan.

That has spurred doting owners to turn to vitamins, aromatherapy and even acupuncture to help their companions through their old age.

Artist eats dog to protest alleged animal cruelty

CNN.com
POSTED: 8:29 p.m. EDT,
May 30, 2007

In my book I can think of better ways of protesting without going to this extreme to get a point across.  To me this is just as cruel, if not worse.

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LONDON, England (AP) — A British performance artist has eaten part of a corgi — the breed of dog Queen Elizabeth II favors as pets — to protest the alleged mistreatment of animals by the royal family.

Mark McGowan dined on corgi meatballs Tuesday at a table set up on a London street in hopes of drawing attention to media reports that Prince Philip, the queen’s husband, had beaten a fox to death during a hunt. The event was broadcast over a live radio program.

Yoko Ono, featured on the same radio program, also tasted a bit of the dog, McGowan said. Ono’s spokesman did not immediately return calls or e-mails seeking comment.

“We love our animals in Britain,” McGowan told AP Television News. “Why is it then that we then allow people — especially people who are supposed to be ambassadors for this country — to treat animals with such disrespect?”

Buckingham Palace declined to comment, and Britain’s top animal-protection charity said there was no evidence to support the claim that Prince Philip abused the fox.

To make the corgi more palatable, it was minced with apple, onion and seasoning, turned into meatballs and served with salad.

McGowan said the corgi he consumed had died recently at a breeding farm and had not been killed for the purposes of the protest. He did not say what the dog had died from.

“I ate three lumps of it. But I spat two of them out, so I really ate one and a half of them,” McGowan said.

The stunt was aired during the Bob and Roberta Smith radio program, broadcast at a London-based arts station.

The queen has a particular fondness for corgis, and they have the run of Buckingham Palace — even during formal state events.

Cute Puppies Being Used to Scam People Out of Money (don’t be a victim!)

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

LOS ANGELESThe Council of Better Business Bureaus and American Kennel Club are warning that cute puppies are being used to scam people out of money.

Fraudulent Web sites, MySpace postings and print ads are asking people to help save puppies in desperate straits by sending money overseas, The Los Angeles Times reports.

“It’s like the Nigerian advance-fee scams we’ve been seeing for years, except with the face of a puppy,” Steve Cox, a council vice president, told the newspaper.

The sites and ads usually show bulldog puppies that are said to have become stuck in Nigeria, Cameroon or other countries and are offered free to new owners. A variation offers the expensive purebred English bulldogs at vastly discounted prices, the Times reports.

Victims eventually were asked to send hundreds of dollars to cover expenses such as shipping, customs, taxes and inoculations.

Some reported paying more than $1,500. But no matter how much was paid, no puppies arrived, the Times reports. And even the pictures of the pooches likely are fraudulent. In the last couple of months, local business bureaus across the country increasingly have been getting complaints, Cox said.

In Ohio, Kim McDonald and her son chose an English bulldog online, sent e-mails inquiring about the pooch, and received messages that the dogs were in Nigeria, the Times reported. They chose a puppy named Emma that was being offered for free. McDonald sent $350 to cover all costs, including shipping. She later received an e-mail asking for $200 more for customs fees to clear the puppy through London.

She called the breeder, who told her that operation didn’t handle English bulldogs at all. McDonald then e-mailed the “agent” in Nigeria asking for her money back. But there was no reply.

“We had gotten so excited about this little puppy that was coming,” she told the Times. “We were so sad.”

Cat survives trip from China in cargo crate

Feline chews through box, spends at least 35 days amid motorcycle gear

Updated: 4:53 p.m. ET May 12, 2007

I found this article very interesting as I didn’t think cats could survive 35 days without food but then pets always seem to amaze me. I thought this was an intereting article to share, especially for pet owners like me.

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. – After Eric Congdon opened a crate from China and discovered a cat inside, coming up with a name for the furry stowaway was easy.

China the cat had chewed through one of the boxes before it left Shanghai on April 3 and spent at least 35 days on a ship inside the container filled with motorcycle gear.

“I saw something in the container move,” Congdon said. “I turned up the headlights on the fork lift to get a better look.”

That was when he saw the cat cowering in a corner, weak but still alive. Congdon, owner of Olympia Moto Sports in Hendersonville, said he and a co-worker called the county’s animal services when the cat would not let them near.

A co-worker of Congdon’s plans to adopt China, as animal service workers are calling her, if she checks out with a veterinarian. North Carolina law says any animal coming into the country must be vaccinated and quarantined for six months.

“We have to take precautions,” said animal services manager Brenda Miller.

How could China survive for so long on no food and water?

“Usually we say that animals can only survive a few weeks without food and only a few days without water,” said Raleigh veterinarian Michelle Misavage. “The theory is that cats have such good kidneys their bodies adjust to the lack of water and somehow they received small amounts of moisture from condensation.”

Information source: MSNBC.com