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When Canadian model Meagan Penman was traveling in Thailand this summer, she didn’t expect to go home with a dog. But when Penman was at the beach in Hua Hin, a paralyzed stray wandered up to her, dragging his back legs in the sand. 
 
Penman refused to leave the dog, and according to the Huffington Post, she took the dog back to her hotel and began calling around to local rescues to try to save his life.
 
She named the dog Leo and took him to a vet in Thailand where he was treated for bladder stones and an infection. The vets discovered that Leo’s back was broken. He had been hit by a motorcycle and was left to fend for himself. After multiple failed attempts to find a Thailand-based rescue to take the dog in, Penman decided to take him back to Canada. 
 
Penman started an online fundraiser and Facebook page to raise money for Leo’s transport to Canada. On October 17, the dog arrived in North America and Penman picked the dog up at the airport. 
 
Penman knew she wouldn’t be able to care for the dog in the way he needed. She searched for a foster home and found Jamie Smith of Sarnia, Ontario, who has been caring for Leo since he arrived in Canada. 
 
Leo’s care is expensive. He has regular appointments at Rapids Veterinary Clinic in Sarnia, and he may need surgery in the future. Leo has been gaining weight and has a new wheelchair to help him get around; he even chased his first squirrel in Smith’s neighborhood. 
 
For now, Smith is committed to fostering Leo and helping him lead a happy and healthy life. On Leo’s fundraising page, Smith says that she may be looking at adopting Leo, but is unsure whether she has the finances to provide for him throughout his life. 
 
But one thing is for sure — whether he lives with Smith or another family in Canada, Leo’s life will be infinitely better than the life he would have had if left on the beach in Thailand.
 
 
Image: Leo at the veterinarian, via the "Help Save Leo" Facebook page
You can see more images of Leo, from when he was found to where he is currently, here.
 





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MANAGUA - His corn and bean fields ravaged by drought, Nicaraguan farmer Leonel Sanchez Hernandez grudgingly found a new harvest: tarantulas.
 
He gets a little over a dollar for each of the hairy critters, which breeders sell overseas as pets. His take may not be much, but in Nicaragua, a dollar buys a kilo of rice or a liter (quart) of milk. And in just two weeks, Sanchez Hernandez, his aunt Sonia and cousin Juan caught more than 400 of the spiders.
 
The hunt is playing out in northern Nicaragua, which suffered severe drought from May to September. Sanchez Hernandez's fields were a total loss. The 27-year-old was skittish at first about poking around in underground nests, under rocks and in tree trunks in search of the feisty arachnids. But he donned thick gloves and mustered up the courage, because the alternative was to see his family go hungry.
 
"It is the first time we have gone out to look for tarantulas. We were a bit afraid, but we sucked it up and did it because of the drought," he told AFP.
 
Sanchez Hernandez has a wife and four kids to feed. His aunt is not well off, either — she is a single mother of five children, and was also hit hard by the drought.
 
Their loot secured, the pair traveled more than 100 kilometers (60 miles) to the outskirts of the capital Managua. There, they handed the tarantulas over to Exotic Fauna, a firm that started this month to breed the spiders for export. With approval from the country's environment ministry, the company is hard at work, setting up glass cases with sawdust beds as part of a project to breed 7,000 tarantulas.
 
"We plan to sell them at a price even higher than that of boas," which go for up to $8 apiece, said Exotic Fauna owner Eduardo Lacayo. Lacayo has invested more than $6,000 in the business. He got the money...
from selling turtles.
 
Customers in U.S., China
 
Tarantulas are carnivores that eat crickets, worms and newly born mice that breeders drop in their tanks — one tarantula per tank, so they don't fight and kill each other. "It is easier to handle a boa than a spider," Lacayo said.
 
Tarantulas are territorial and when they feel threatened, they bite and secrete a toxic goo that causes allergies and pain, he said.
 
The spiders abound in tropical and arid parts of Central America. Despite the fact that they are so common, lots of people are afraid of them. Females lay about 1,000 eggs when they give birth. The larvae come out in sacs, which the mother places in a spider web. Of that load, anywhere from 300 to 700 will hatch.
 
"We have customers who have confirmed they want this kind of species," Lacayo said, referring to clients in China and the United States.
 
Trade in tarantulas, which can live many years in captivity, is one of the ways Nicaragua is trying to diversify its exports by taking advantage of its rich biodiversity. The country is the second poorest in the Americas, after Haiti.
 
The first to get the bug was Ramon Mendieta, owner of an exotic animal farm in Carazo department, south of the capital. He sells around 10,000 tarantulas a year to clients in the U.S. and Europe. Mendieta, who has been at it for three years, says profit margins are thin because production costs are high. These costs include special care that the tarantulas need to protect them from parasites while in captivity.
 
But there is competition out there. Chile sells a species of tarantula that is less ornery than the Nicaraguan ones. Colombia and the United States are also market players.
 
"There are a lot of people that love to have them at home, some as pets and others because they like danger," said biologist Fabio Buitrago of the Nicaraguan Foundation for Sustainable Development.
 

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Natura Pet Products initiated a limited voluntary recall of dry cat and dry ferret food due to a formulation error that left these products with insufficient levels of vitamins and minerals.
According to a release from Natura, there have been no reports of animal health issues, but these products did not meet company quality standards. Natura said no other EVO® products or lots are being affected.
 
The problem was discovered during the investigation of an ingredient inventory discrepancy. Only the five lots listed above are affected. These lots were distributed through independent retailers in CA, GA, MI, MN, NV, PA, TX, VT and Canada, as well as online.
 
The following Natura Pet Products are being recalled:
 
PRODUCT                 EXP DATE         LOT CODE
EVO® Grain Free Turkey & Chicken Formula dry cat & kitten food              02/19/2016         4300A700D2
EVO® Grain Free Turkey & Chicken Formula dry cat & kitten food              02/20/2016         4301A700A4
EVO® Grain Free Turkey & Chicken Formula dry cat & kitten food              02/20/2016         4301A700B4
EVO® Grain Free Turkey & Chicken Formula dry cat & kitten food              02/20/2016         4301A700C4
EVO® Grain Free Ferret Food                                                                 02/19/2016         4300A700D3
 
Retailers have been contacted and instructed to immediately withdraw these lots from store shelves. Consumers who purchased the product should discontinue using the product immediately and discard. In the release, Natura apologized for the inconvenience caused by this incident and said they are taking immediate corrective action as a result of their investigation.
 
Pets can become ill if they lack vitamins for prolonged periods. Early signs of vitamin deficiency may include decreased appetite, lethargy, vomiting and weight loss. If treated promptly, vitamin deficiency can be successfully reversed. The presence of excess minerals in these products poses no health concern.
 
For more information, consumers can reach Natura Consumer Relations at 1-855-206-8297, Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM EST or visit www.evopet.com.
 





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TOKYO - Japanese police have arrested a former pet shop worker for allegedly abandoning 80 dogs, dead and alive, in the countryside, officials and reports said Wednesday.
 
Masaki Kimura, 39, admitted that he had been paid 1 million yen ($8,500) by a breeder to dispose of the miniature dachshunds, toy poodles, and corgies.
 
He gave them no food or water, Jiji Press reported, and all but eight of the animals died in the wooden crates he was using to transport them, initially with the intention of selling them.
 
When he discovered so many had perished, he decided to dump them in isolated parts of Tochigi, north of Tokyo.
 
"I took the dogs from an acquaintance who said they would quit breeding, receiving 1 million yen from the person," Kimura told police, according to the Mainichi Shimbun newspaper.
 
"The dogs died when I was transporting them by truck after putting them inside wooden boxes," he was quoted as saying.
 
Police began investigating after the rotting bodies of dozens of dogs were found at two different spots — a riverbed and a forest — earlier this month. Kimura handed himself in at a police station last week, telling officers, "I regret what I've done," media reports said.
 
A spokesman for Tochigi police told AFP he was being questioned on suspicion of violating laws on animal rights, river management and waste disposal.
 
Small dogs are popular pets in Japan, but the issue of animals abandoned by their owners frequently makes the news.
 
 
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DUBLIN - An Irish bull destined for the slaughterhouse because he appears to be gay has been saved following a campaign supported by the co-creator of "The Simpsons," animal rights activists said Tuesday.
 
Benjy's failure to inseminate even one of a herd of cows in which he was mixing rendered him useless on his County Mayo farm, and the farmer decided to send him to the abattoir.
 
But after a story in the local newspaper and a campaign picked up by animal rights groups and a gay magazine, the Charolais-breed bull can now look forward to ending his years in an English animal sanctuary.
 
More than 250 people donated money to buy Benjy from the farmer. Among them was Sam Simon, co-creator of the hit U.S. animation series "The Simpsons," whose
£5,000 (6,250-Euro; $7,800-U.S.) donation proved decisive.
 
"All animals have a dire destiny in the meat trade, but to kill this bull because he's gay would've been a double tragedy," said Simon, a philanthropist and animal activist.
 
The producer, who has terminal cancer, said he was pleased to help "make Benjy's fate a sanctuary rather than a sandwich," according to a statement issued by animal rights group PETA.
 
PETA worked with Ireland's Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN) and gay website TheGayUK, who set up a crowdfunding website and campaign to save Benjy on social media.
 
More than £4,000 had already been raised by members of the public. With Simon's contribution, that total rose to £9,000 — enough to buy the bull and arrange his transportation to the Hillside Animal Sanctuary in England next month.
 
However, ARAN spokesman John Carmody told supporters that any extra funds would help the sanctuary in its work.
 
"What could be better than to present Benjy with a Christmas gift that will literally last a lifetime, by giving him a one-way ticket to freedom," he said.
 
 
 
Image: A young Charolais bull (Not Benjy), by Pixavril / Shutterstock
 

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kbonanno13 So i wonder if Benjy deci 11/21/2014 12:48pm So i wonder if Benjy decided to be gay ???? or was he born that way....maybe some thing in his gene's.....
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TEHRAN - Dog lovers in Iran could face up to 74 lashes under plans by hardline lawmakers that would ban keeping the pets at home or walking them in public.
 
A draft bill, signed by 32 members of the country's conservative-dominated parliament, would also authorise heavy fines for offenders, the reformist Shargh newspaper reported.
 
Dogs are regarded as unclean under Islamic custom and they are not common in Iran, although some families do keep them behind closed doors and, especially in more affluent areas, walk them outside.
 
Iran's morality police, who deploy in public places, have previously stopped dog walkers and either cautioned them or confiscated the animals. But if the new bill is passed by parliament then those guilty of dog-related offences could face lashes or fines ranging from 10 million rials to 100 million rials ($370 to $3,700 at official rates).
 
Patting dogs or coming into contact with their saliva is seen as "najis" — direct contact and behaviour that leaves the body unclean — in the Islamic republic.
 
"Anyone who walks or plays with animals such as dogs or monkeys in public places will damage Islamic culture, as well as the hygiene and peace of others, especially women and children," the draft law states.
 
Confiscated animals would be sent to zoos, forests or the wilderness, it said.
 
Hardliners in Iran's parliament are worried about an "invasion" of Western culture, including satellite television and the Internet, with dog ownership also being seen as un-Islamic.
 
The law, however, would exempt police, farmers, and hunters from the penalties, which are mostly aimed at dog owners living in apartment buildings in big cities such as Tehran, according to the Shargh's report on Thursday.
 
Senior officials have warned against dog ownership, including Iran's police chief General Esmail Ahmadi Moghaddam who two years ago said his officers would "deal with those who carry dogs in public."
 
A similar law was proposed three years ago but after studying the bill lawmakers in the 290-member parliament dismissed it, citing more important legislation on the draft agenda.
 
 
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PARIS - French officials on Friday scaled down a frantic hunt for a mysterious big cat prowling on the outskirts of Paris after scotching earlier fears it was a tiger.
 
Sightings of a large feline padding around wooded areas only 40 kilometres (25 miles) east of Paris on Thursday sparked a desperate search operation involving at one point as many as 200 police and soldiers, backed by a helicopter.
 
Authorities initially claimed it was a tiger but subsequent investigations on the animal's tracks showed it was probably much less dangerous. Experts from the national hunting and wildlife office and a nearby big cat park said: "We can exclude the presence of an animal from the tiger species."
 
They added though that "the feline is still being hunted".
 
An official source told AFP that the search had been scaled back for the moment and the helicopter grounded although forces remained "mobilised" in case of a fresh alert.
 
The story generated wall-to-wall coverage in France on rolling news channels. Local paper Le Parisien splashed a picture of the animal on its front page with the headline: "The unbelievable tiger alert."
 
But the threat level was downgraded on Friday, with the local director of public safety, Chantal Baccanini, saying there was "no danger for the general population".
 
It's between a domestic cat and a bigger feline," said Eric Hansen from the national hunting and wildlife office ONCFS.
 
The mayor of the town of Montevrain, where the animal was first spotted on Thursday, estimated that the animal weighed around 70 kilogrammes (150 pounds). But Hansen said it was likely to be about half this weight and probably "not dangerous".
 
Despite deploying around 100 police, firefighters and soldiers immediately after the sightings, the search proved fruitless. Torrential rain hampered the scaled-down hunt later Friday.
 
A footprint, initially thought to be that of a tiger, was spotted early Friday morning at the unlikely location of a service station near the A4 motorway. France's traffic centre also said a "stray animal" had been spotted nearby and urged motorists to exercise caution on the motorway.
 
Tiger or no tiger, Montevrain resident Jean-Francois Ameur was taking no chances as he told his 12-year-old son to wait for a neighbour to pick him up from school in a car. "It's been running for 48 hours and it hasn't eaten, so yes, I'm worried," said Ameur.
 
'Hysteria' Grips Locals
  
Meanwhile, officials were still scratching their heads as to where the feline could have come from.
 
A local woman sounded the alarm early on Thursday morning after spotting the animal in the supermarket car park. Several more people later came forward saying they had seen a "tiger" on the prowl.
 
"It's becoming hysteria. That was to be expected," said a police source.
 
More than 100 police officers and firefighters armed with tranquiliser guns had spent Thursday combing the area in the Seine-et-Marne district to the east of the French capital. A dog trained in tracking bears and large game was even brought in to help with the search.
 
Authorities defended their response, which included ordering citizens to stay indoors and posting police at schools. "We were talking about a tiger. This is an animal that is potentially extremely dangerous. Our mission is to measure the response in relation to the potential risk," said Frederic Mac Kain, a top official from the nearby town of Torcy.
 
 
Image: (Not the cat being searched for) European Lynx / Ana Gram / Shutterstock
 

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Washington - A mild manner and a fondness for fatty treats like fish or meat scraps may have helped cats evolve into the tame yet independent-minded pets they are today, researchers said Monday.
 
After that, it was people's preference for cats with certain appearances, like white paws, that played a key role in winnowing down the 38 species known today, said a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
 
"Using advanced genome sequencing technology, we were able to shed light on the genetic signatures of cats' unique biology and survival skills," said Wes Warren, associate professor of genetics at the Washington University School of Medicine.
 
Domestic cats "only recently split off from wild cats, and some even still breed with their wild relatives. So we were surprised to find DNA evidence of their domestication," he added.
 
By comparing domestic cat genes to other cat breeds, as well as wildcats and other mammals, certain differences stood out.
 
For instance, tigers and domestic cats each have the uncanny physical ability to eat lots of fatty acids without the resulting heart disease and cholesterol that such a diet would have on humans.
 
In fact, cats need meat in order to thrive, whereas most other carnivores can and do survive on a diet of plants, grains, and legumes.
 
"The team found particular fat-metabolizing genes in carnivores such as cats and tigers that changed faster than can be explained by chance," the university said in a statement.
 
"The researchers did not find such changes in the same genes of the cow and human, who eat more varied diets and would not need such enhancements."
  
Senses and Genetic Selection Keys to Domestic Cats' Evolution
  
Cats rely less on smell than dogs do when it comes to hunting, but they have better nighttime vision and hearing, the study found. Cats also have more genes related to the ability to sense pheromones than dogs, a trait that helps them to find mates even at a considerable distance.
 
Pet cats showed clear signs of genetic selection in traits related to memory, fear conditioning, and stimulus-reward learning, suggesting that more docile cats were likely preferred as pets. Genetic selection for appearance was also evident, particularly in recent generations.
 
"Unlike many other domesticated mammals bred for food, herding, hunting, or security, most of the 30-40 cat breeds originated recently, within the past 150 years, largely due to selection for aesthetic rather than functional traits," said the study.
 
For instance, the Birman cat breed likely developed its characteristic white paws because humans chose to breed cats that looked the same. In the random population of cats, the genes that lead to the gloving pattern are only seen in about 10 percent of felines.
  
Cats As Beneficial Rodent Killers
 
About 600 million cats exist on Earth. The earliest archeological evidence of cats living with people dates back 9,500 years to the Mediterranean island of Cyprus.
 
Archeological evidence of cats as pets has also been found in China from as far back as 5,000 years ago.
 
Cats are believed to have worked their way into humans' everyday lives during agricultural periods in history, when their work as killers of rodents and vermin would have been prized.
 
"Most cats were likely bred for rodent control, and only later for pigmentation," said study co-author Michael Montague, in an email to AFP.
 
"In a sense, tameness would need to be one of the initial behavioral differences between wildcats and domestic cats, and perhaps the ultimate driver of domestication."
 
 
Image: Mamz Images / Shutterstock

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Tariq Hossenbux Big on Junk Food 11/15/2014 07:08pm Cats are definitely bigger on junk food treats with salt and fat than dogs in my experience. They act like they are on drugs to get the treats! Reply to this comment Report abuse


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Looking for love online has never been easier. With advancements in technology, getting hooked up with your perfect match is as simple as swiping a finger on your smartphone or tablet.
 
But we’re not talking about finding your next hookup on Tinder or sorting through your connections on Match.com. We’re talking about discovering the adoptable pet of your dreams on the new iPhone app from AllPaws. 
 
AllPaws.com, a growing pet adoption website, announced the launch of its new, easy-to-use app that allows iPhone users to search and view photos of more than 200,000 dogs and cats available for adoption from shelters nationwide. 
 
On the new adoption app, users can view detailed pet profiles and photos, choose from multiple search filters, save searches, add pets to a “favorites” list and contact shelters directly from the mobile platform. Users can also help pets get adopted by sharing photos and pet profiles via social media websites including Facebook and Twitter. 
 
“AllPaws.com is already a best in class product on the Web, as hundreds of thousands of people each month have embraced our online dating style approach to pet adoption, and we’re extremely excited to expand our offering through the launch of a fun and engaging app for iPhone users,” said Founder and President Darrell Lerner.
 
“We have created an app that is fun to play with while simultaneously providing the functionality to actually help users find a new pet to adopt,” added Kimberly Bouton, who worked as the product lead on the new offering. “The AllPaws iPhone app makes the process of finding a new pet easier than ever.”
 
The free app is now available in the Apple Store.
 
 

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MADRID, Oct 16, 2014 (AFP) - A Spanish town is deploying citizen street patrols and actors dressed as detectives to combat an invasion of dog droppings.
 
Actors in Sherlock Holmes costumes will spend the next two weeks pressing the case for cleaner sidewalks in Getafe, on the outskirts of Madrid. Then patrols will take to the streets to report any poo-petrators to the real police.
 
"Residents asked for this," said a spokeswoman for the mayor's office. A study in September, she said, showed an average of 7.8 pieces of dog excrement every 100 metres (yards).
 
The operation, dubbed "Canine Watch," takes inspiration from a similar clean-up programme in Colmenar Viejo, to the north of Madrid.
 
 
Image: Composite of images by Nikiteev_Konstantin and KPG Ivary / Shutterstock
 
Related:
Can Dog Poop Spread Disease? In Short, Yes
 
 

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Every pet lover knows and understands the bond between a dog and his human. It is an incredibly special connection that heals all wounds and lifts all spirits. And medical workers in a Kentucky hospital are experiencing that amazing, heartwarming love first-hand with one of their patients and his dog.
 
According to The Dodo, James Wathern was admitted to Baptist Health Corbin a few weeks ago and the man’s condition continued to worsen over time. Wathern was near death and had stopped eating. But the dying man made one last request to the staff members at the facility — he wanted to see his dog.
 
Despite the hospital’s no-pets policy, the workers rallied together and partnered with Know-Whitley Animal Shelter to track down Wathern’s dog, an aging, one-eyed Chihuahua named Bubba. 
 
Bubba was turned over to the shelter around the same time Wathern was admitted to the hospital. A foster family stepped up to take care of Bubba, and the shelter and the family agreed to help make Wathern’s wish come true. 
 
On October 11, staff members and volunteers brought Bubba to Wathern’s hospital bed and handed the small dog over to his faithful friend. According to the Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter Facebook page, Wathern started to cry as soon as he saw his dog again. Bubba snuggled up next to his companion and the two just began to enjoy their time together. 
 
A few days after the first visit, hospital workers saw a drastic improvement in Wathern’s condition. Chief nurse Kimberly Probus told reporters that Wathern has been more “lucid and engaged” since seeing his dog. 
 
 

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Image: James Wathern and his dog Bubba from the Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter via Facebook
 





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BERLIN, Oct 09, 2014 (AFP) - German hunters are up in arms over a proposed law that would prohibit them from shooting cats, a practice they say helps save birds and rodents.
 
The hunters' federation of the rural state of North Rhine-Westphalia defends the practice on environmental grounds, saying on its website that a wild cat can "kill up to 1,000 birds" a year.
 
But a new law, due to be presented to the regional parliament before the end of the year aims to move tabbies out of their crosshairs.
 
Environment ministry spokesman Wilhelm Deitermann  said under current legislation dating from the 1930s, hunters can target cats which venture more than 200 metres (650 feet) from a house or prowl fields and the edges of forests.
 
But the ministry, headed by ecologist Johannes Remmel, argues that the damage caused by cats "does not justify such regulation."
 
The legal change spells good news for local felines. During the last hunting season shooters in the state killed "about 8,000 cats," Deitermann told AFP.
 
 
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WOJCIECHOW, Poland, Oct 09, 2014 (AFP) - A lion cub who was abandoned at birth by his parents has been cuddling up to a shaggy-haired sheepdog and mother-of-five at a private zoo in Poland.
 
Parys was born last week at the small zoo in the eastern town of Wojciechow to a mother who showed no interest in nursing him, and a father who gave him one lick and then walked off.
 
"Animals sometimes abandon their young, as do humans from time to time," zoo owner Krzysztof Zerdzicki told AFP. "When I picked up the little guy, the lioness came over to me and tapped me with her head as if to say, 'take care of him'. And then she left."
 
Zerdzicki entrusted the black-spotted cub to his pet dog, Carmen, an Old English Sheepdog that had just given birth to her own litter of five a few days before.
 
"She was surprised at first, but she took it well," Zerdzicki said.
 
"She's been taking care of him, licking him, nursing him. His brothers and sisters have also accepted him as one of their own."
 
But there are differences. More ravenous than the puppies, Parys has been getting extra meals and will be put on a meat diet next month.
 
 
Image: (Not the lion cub from the story) Sharon Haeger / Shutterstock

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WASHINGTON - The pet dog of a Texas healthcare worker who was infected with Ebola while caring for a Liberian patient will not be killed, US officials said Monday.
 
The American answer to the question of what to do with a dog whose owner gets Ebola contrasted starkly with what happened in Spain last week, when authorities there put down an infected nurse's dog.
 
"The healthcare worker had a dog, and we want to make sure we respond appropriately," said David Lakey, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services.
 
"And so we are working hard to find a location to care for the dog and a location where we can have the proper monitoring of the dog."
 
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings also told USA Today that the dog would be spared.
 
"The dog's very important to the patient and we want it to be safe," he was quoted as saying.
 
On Wednesday, Spanish authorities put down Excalibur, the pet dog of a nurse hospitalized with Ebola after she treated two missionaries who died of the disease in Madrid.
 
The dog had been put to sleep "to avoid suffering," a statement from the Madrid regional government said.
 
The decision sparked protests from animal rights groups, some of whom scuffled with police outside the apartment where the dog had been left by his owners when they were taken into quarantine.
 
Experts say there is a risk that canines may carry the deadly virus, but no evidence that they could infect humans.
 
More than 4,000 people have been killed by Ebola in West Africa since the beginning of the year.
 
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MADRID - Health authorities on Tuesday ordered the death of the dog owned by a Spanish health worker infected with Ebola in Madrid, triggering a campaign to save him by her husband and animal rights activists.
 
The husband, Javier Limon, who has been placed in quarantine, contacted local media to object to the decision by Madrid's department of health.
 
"They told me that if I didn't give authorization, they would get a judicial order to enter my home by force and sacrifice the dog," he told El Mundo newspaper.
 
The authorities said in a statement there was a risk the dog could be "a carrier of the virus even without showing symptoms", and that it could "expel the virus in its fluids with a potential risk of contagion".
 
Romero said the dog, Excalibur, was isolated at home with a stockpile of food and water and could relieve himself outside.
 
The story triggered a petition and some heated responses on Twitter, under the hashtag #SalvemosAExcalibur (#SaveExcalibur).
 
Animal rights group Pacma said there was no evidence of the Ebola virus being transmitted from dogs to humans.
 
"He should be examined and placed in quarantine, and treated if necessary," said Javier Moreno, a co-founder of Pacma.
 
 
Image: Villa Pepa Protective Association / via Facebook

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mcpogo Spanish Expertise My Paw! 10/09/2014 05:54pm Only in Spain! If their line of BS were true this IMPORTANT vector for infection would be broadcast all over by CDC Atlanta. Victims loved ones are already traumatized, now these idiot Spanish Health Authorities want to traumatize even further those left behind. Why is it, that the Spaniards are so quick always to kill everything as a solution? Check Bull Fighting, the Mayans, the Aztecs, the Spanish Inquisition, etc. Reply to this comment Report abuse 4


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Jakk’s Pacific, Inc. and KONG have voluntarily recalled two lots of dog treats from PetSmart stores due to non-toxic mold growth.
 
The following KONG dog treats are being recalled:
 
KONG Jumbo Aussie Sticks Beef
Item Code: 75559
Best Before Dates: 01/30/16 and 01/31/16
 
KONG Jumbo Aussie Sticks Lamb
Item Code: 75560
Best Before Dates: 01/30/16 and 01/31/16
 
According to a company letter obtained by Pet360, the mold is non-toxic and only affected the two lots listed above. It was discovered in the Jakk’s warehouse, where KONG Jumbo Aussie Sticks are manufactured. Both dog treat product lots affected by this recall are in the process of being destroyed. The small amount of product that shipped to PetSmart has been proactively withdrawn from their warehouses and removed from all shelves.
 
To date, no consumer complaints have been received by KONG. If you have KONG Jumbo Aussie Sticks that are affected by this recall, you are advised to return it to PetSmart for a full refund.
 





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Tariq Hossenbux Could Happen to Anyone 10/05/2014 10:14pm It could happen to any manufacturer of pet food. No reason to stay away from Kong here. So long as the treats are made in North America of course. Reply to this comment Report abuse 6


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Bravo! is recalling select lots of Bravo! Turkey and Chicken pet foods for dogs and cats because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
 
The following Bravo! pet food products are being recalled due to potential Salmonella contamination:
 
RAW FOOD DIET BRAVO! TURKEY BLEND FOR DOGS AND CATS
Product Number: 31-102
Size: 2 lb. (32 OZ) plastic tubes
Best used by date: 11-05-15
UPC: 829546311025
Keep Frozen
 
BRAVO! BLENDS ALL NATURAL CHICKEN BLEND DIET FOR DOGS AND CATS
Product Number: 21-102
Size: 2 lb. (32 OZ) plastic tubes
Best used by date: 08-11-16
UPC: 829546211028
Keep Frozen
 
The following Bravo! pet food products are being recalled because they were manufactured in the same manufacturing facility or on the same day as products that tested positive:
 
PREMIUM TURKEY FORMULA BRAVO BALANCE RAW DIET
Product Number: 31-405
Size: 5 lb. (80 OZ) 2.3KG plastic tubes
Best used by date: 11-05-15
UPC: 829546314057
Keep Frozen
 
BRAVO! BLENDS ALL NATURAL CHICKEN BLEND DIET FOR DOGS & CATS
Product Number: 21-105
Size: 5 lb. (80 OZ) 2.3KG plastic tubes
Best used by date: 08-11-16
UPC: 829546211059
Keep Frozen
 
The recall was initiated after routine testing by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture revealed the presence of Salmonella in two lots of product. This batch tested negative by a third party independent laboratory prior to release for distribution to consumers. The recalled product was distributed nationwide beginning on November 14, 2013 to distributors, retail stores, internet retailers and directly to consumers. The product can be identified by the “best used by date” printed on the side of the plastic tube.
 
Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
 
No additional products affected by this recall. The company has received no reports of illness in either people or animals associated with these products to date.
 
Customers who have purchased the recalled pet food can return to the store where purchased and submit the Product Recall Claim Form available on the Bravo website www.bravopetfoods.com for a full refund or store credit.
 
For more information on the Bravo! recall, you can visit www.bravopetfoods.com or call toll free 1-866-922-9222 Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (EST).
 

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WARSAW – A pair of amorous Polish donkeys have recovered their right to make love in public after a local official sought to keep them apart.
 
The scandal erupted earlier this week when zoo-goers saw the animals, which have already produced six offspring over their decade together, coupling in plain view. Two appalled mothers expressed outrage over the act at the zoo in the western city of Poznan, complaining that the scene was unsuitable for young eyes.
 
They found a sympathetic ear in local councillor Lidia Dudziak, from the opposition Law and Justice (PiS) party, who wasted no time in tackling the issue. Persuaded by her arguments, zoo management rapidly put up a fence between the donkeys, Napoleon and Antonina.
 
But the decision drew snickers and made headlines across the country. Napoleon was pictured in one of the tabloids with a long black bar across his eyes, as is the custom with photos of [criminal] suspects in Polish media, and another across his private parts.
 
The four-legged fornicators soon garnered a wave of sympathy. Experts spoke of the dire psychological consequences of a thwarted donkey libido, while thousands of web users signed a petition to reunite the couple.
 
On Thursday, zoo management issued an apology and backtracked, inviting the public to visit the reunited donkeys.
 
"It was never our intention for any animals to feel uncomfortable because of their natural behavior," the zoo said in a statement on its website.
 
 
Image (not of Napoleon and Antonina): Jan Yfver / Shutterstock

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UPDATE: Mars Petcare has announced an expansion of the voluntary recall. The recall still affects 22 bags shipped to Dollar General across four U.S. states, but it now is being expanded to 55-pound bags of PEDIGREE® Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food products sold in Sam's Club in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. The following recall information has been updated to reflect this change.
 
Mars Petcare announced a voluntary recall this week for a small number of their Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition dog food packages. 
 
The recall is limited to 22 bags that were sold in Dollar General Stores in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee, between the dates of August 18-25. The 55-lb bags were sold in Sam's Club locations in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio between the dates of August 14-30. The affected bags were scheduled for recall after it was discovered that they may contain fragments of metal.
 
The specific brand of dog food is:
 
PEDIGREE® Adult Complete Nutrition
Dry dog food
15-pound bag
UPC Code 23100 10944
Lot Code (found near the UPC Code) 432C1KKM03
“Best Before” date 8/5/15
Sold in Dollar General Stores (Click here to see affected store locations)
 
PEDIGREE® Adult Complete Nutrition
Dry dog food
55-pound bag
UPC Code 23100 10731
Lot Code (found near the UPC Code) 432E1KKM03
“Best Before” date 8/7/15
Sold in Sam's Club stores (Click here to see affected store locations)
 

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No other Mars Petcare or Pedigree pet foods were affected, no injuries or illnesses have been reported, and the facility’s production line has been shut down pending resolution.  
 
If you are one of the customers who purchased this product, do not feed it to your pet. Mars Petcare is recommending that customers either discard the remainder of the food, or return the bag of food to the Dollar General Store or Sam's Club it was purchased at for a full refund or replacement.
 
For more information on the recall, call 1-800-305-5206 or visit www.pedigree.com/update
 
You can see the original press release here: Mars Petcare US Announces Voluntary Recall and the updated press release for the extension of the recall here: PEDIGREE® Adult Complete Nutrition Limited Recall Due to Metal Fragments
 
 

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Silimaure I fed my dogs. Purina ONE 10/01/2014 11:12pm Purina ONE SmartBlend Vibrant Maturity, 7+ Senior Formula Dog Food is what I fed my dogs. One started vomiting pools of blood and the other also started vomiting. After spending almost 400 dollars at the Vets to save my dogs life, we found her stomach was very burned. She is now on meds to heal her stomach. We will not feed our dogs anymore of Purina foods like this. Reply to this comment Report abuse 8


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