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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.
 
 
Image: Eky Studio / Shutterstock
 

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Group's Fight to Keep Gay Bull Alive Succeeds - Bull to be Given Sanctuary http://www.petmd.com/news/strange-but-true/groups-fight-keep-gay-bull-alive-succeeds-bull-be-given-sanctuary-32145


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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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Iranian Officials Cracking Down on Dog Ownership with Fines and Lashings http://www.petmd.com/news/strange-but-true/iranian-officials-cracking-down-dog-ownership-fines-and-lashings-32129


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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.
 
 
Image: Shutterstock
 

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Not a Tiger, But Wild Cat Still Roaming Outskirts of Paris http://www.petmd.com/news/strange-but-true/not-tiger-but-wild-cat-still-roaming-outskirts-paris-search-loses-urgency-3212-32128


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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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Fondness For Treats May Have Helped Cats Become Pets http://www.petmd.com/news/health-science/fondness-treats-may-have-helped-cats-become-pets-32126


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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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Spanish Town Deploys Dog-Poo Police http://www.petmd.com/news/strange-but-true/spanish-town-deploys-dog-poo-police-32095


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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:
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Dying Man's Condition Improves After Seeing His Beloved Dog http://www.petmd.com/news/health-science/dying-mans-condition-improves-after-seeing-his-beloved-dog-32093


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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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matsuemori@gmail.com : ) cute 10/30/2014 01:06pm that is so sweet. I hope he continues to feel better. Reply to this comment Report abuse 1


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German Hunters Angered by Proposed Ban on Shooting Cats http://www.petmd.com/news/strange-but-true/german-hunters-angered-proposed-ban-shooting-cats-32092


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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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Texas Ebola Patient's Dog will be Spared, Say U.S. Officials http://www.petmd.com/news/strange-but-true/texas-ebola-patients-dog-will-be-spared-say-us-officials-32086


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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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Dog of Spain Ebola Victim to be Put Down, Triggering Campaign http://www.petmd.com/news/strange-but-true/dog-spain-ebola-victim-be-put-down-triggering-campaign-32080


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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 4


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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).
 

Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)



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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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PARIS - A mayor in eastern France has refused to sign a license for two dogs named "Itler" and "Iva" who he claims are owned by an official from France's far-right National Front.
 
"I don't want to sign this licence ... of course 'Itler' and 'Iva' make you think of Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun, a dubious play on words," said Luc Binsinger, the mayor of the small town of Saint-Nicolas-de-Port.
 
"I have written to the local prefect to ask him what I can do. In the meantime, I'm not signing," he told AFP, adding he believed the owner of the two American Staffordshire Terriers was a local National Front official.
 
"It's completely mad. Stupid even," added Binsinger.
 
The owner had already secured an initial license -- required in France for dangerous dogs -- but the names had apparently not raised eyebrows at the time.
 
"It's not a question of how dangerous the dogs are, it's a question of principle," said Binsinger.
 
Neither the local prefect nor the owner could be immediately reached for comment.
 
There is in theory no restrictions on naming animals in France ... with one exception -- you cannot call a pig Napoleon, due to a law aimed at preserving the image of the Emperor which is still on the statute books.
 
Image (not of Itler and Iva): Hamik / via Shutterstock

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CamillaDias Naming your pets 10/06/2014 09:21am Now this is an interesting debate! Those names sure are a bit fishy though. On the other hand what does it matter? Defiantly going to explore this further. Reply to this comment Report abuse 3


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Update: Mars Petcare Recalls 22 Bags of Pedigree Dog Food http://www.petmd.com/news/alerts-recalls/mars-petcare-recalls-22-bags-pedigree-dog-food-31973


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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 6


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LONDON, (AFP) - The Wikimedia Foundation insisted Thursday it would not remove from its website a "selfie" taken by a mischievous monkey, despite claims from the British photographer whose camera was used that it breached his copyright.
 
David Slater says he is the owner of the photo of the grinning black crested macaque that went viral when he posted it online in 2011, and is threatening to sue Wikimedia for lost earnings of up to $30,000 (22,500 euros).
 
But the not-for-profit foundation, which oversees Wikipedia among other online resources, refuses to remove the picture from its bank of royalty-free photographs.
 
"Under US laws, the copyright cannot be owned by a non-human," Wikimedia spokeswomen Katherine Maher told AFP.
 
"It doesn't belong to the monkey, but it doesn't belong to the photographer either," she added.
 
Slater was with a party of Dutch researchers on a small group of Indonesian islands when the curious primates began rummaging through his possessions.
 
He described how one snatched his camera and began pressing the shutter button, in the process taking a perfectly composed selfie.
 
Slater argues that Wikimedia's defence is based on a technicality, and that there is "a lot more to copyright than who pushes the trigger on the camera".
 
"I own the photo but because the monkey pressed the trigger and took the photo, they're claiming that the monkey owns the copyright," he said.
 
The dispute came to light on Wednesday when Wikimedia published its transparency report, which revealed that it granted none of the 304 requests to remove or alter content on its platforms over the
 
last two years.
 
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PETA Posts $15,000 Reward for Info Leading to Arrest of 'Squirrel Kicker' http://www.petmd.com/news/strange-but-true/peta-posts-15000-reward-info-leading-arrest-squirrel-kicker-31934


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WASHINGTON, AFP) - Animal rights group PETA posted a $15,000 reward Wednesday for information leading to the arrest of a shirtless man seen kicking a squirrel off the edge of the Grand Canyon.
 
Video of the unidentified male luring the squirrel to its widely-assumed death went viral earlier this week on YouTube, which has since taken it down.
 
"It is imperative to find anyone who commits sadistic and violent acts against a vulnerable being," said PETA director Martin Mersereau in announcing the reward.
 
"Animal abusers are bullies and cowards who look to victimize the most vulnerable, defenseless individuals available to them -- human or nonhuman -- and this man must be caught as soon as possible," he added.
 
It's not known when the low-quality video was made, but National Parks Service (NPS) spokeswoman Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski said it appears to have been shot along the Grand Canyon's heavily-touristed South Rim section.
 
"It's an ongoing investigation," she told AFP by telephone, adding that the man and a second, similarly bare-chested male seen in the 15-second video "could be long gone."
 
One of America's greatest natural wonders, the Grand Canyon National Park gets nearly five million visitors a year. Rules strictly forbid the feeding of its varied wildlife.
 
In the video, the man -- wearing dark shorts, a straw hat and no shoes -- is seen offering food to the squirrel, with the second man in boxer shorts in the background with a camera.
 
The man lures the unsuspecting rodent to the edge, then slips a running shoe onto his left foot and gives it a swift kick into the air and into the canyon, which is one mile (1.6 kilometers) deep and up to 18 miles (29 kilometers) wide.
 
In the United States, harassing wildlife is a federal offense that can result in six months in prison or a fine of up to $5,000.
 
Britain's Daily Mail newspaper quoted one Jonathan Hildebrand, who supposedly shot the video, as saying he had no part in the incident and did not know the two individuals.
 
"All I know is that they were French," he was quoted as saying, while PETA said "the perpetrator is rumored to be French or French Canadian."
 
Shedlowski, who could not recall any similar incident in the past, said: "As far as our investigation is concerned, they are two individuals."
 





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Tariq Hossenbux Hope they catch this guy! 10/05/2014 10:20pm I hope they catch him but it isn't likely that any law enforcement agency will spend time searching for him. I sometimes find Peta's views debatable but in this case I applaud them for standing up for this small animal. All living creatures deserve to be treated with respect. Reply to this comment Report abuse 1


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NEW DELHI, July 31, 2014 (AFP) - India has hired a group of monkey impersonators to scare the real marauding animals away from parliament and other key buildings in the nation's capital, officials said Thursday.

The "very talented" group of men has taken to wearing monkey masks, imitating their whoops and barks and hiding behind trees to ward off the aggressive animals, the head of the Delhi municipality told AFP.
 
Groups of monkeys, which are revered in the majority Hindu nation, roam freely around Delhi's streets where they trash gardens, offices and even attack people in their search for food.  
 
Concerns about the monkey population were raised in parliament where India's government was asked what it was doing to combat the problem.
 
An Indian minister said 40 trained men had in fact been hired to protect the raucous house, itself accused of monkey-like behaviour, from the animal intruders.
 
"Various efforts are being made to tackle the monkey and dog menace inside and around the parliament house," Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said in a written reply to a lawmaker's question.
 
"The measures include scaring the monkeys away by trained persons who disguise themselves as langurs (long tailed monkeys)."
 
"The New Delhi Municipal Corporation has hired 40 young persons for this purpose," Naidu added. 
 
The NDMC, the body tasked with providing civic services, said the men were "very talented" and had been trained to "closely copy" the noises and actions of the more aggressive langurs to scare away the smaller rhesus macaques. 
 
"They often wear a mask on their faces, hide behind the trees and make these noises to scare away the simians," NDMC chairman Jalaj Srivastava told AFP. 
 
Monkey catchers and their trained langurs used to be hired by wealthy home owners,  politicians and business people to patrol the streets to keep wild monkeys at bay.
 
But the government cracked down on the business last year after a court ruled that keeping monkeys in captivity was cruel.
 
With its lush lawns and gardens, monkeys are drawn to the streets around parliament, which is also home to top bureaucrats, business leaders and foreign embassies.





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