EDITION OF TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2017 (PetPowellPress) Last day of February -- last day of Dallas Animal Services’ $14 adoption specials. It’s also, Holiday Insights asserts online, National Public Sleeping Day. Send a heads-up to Congress and the Texas Legislature.
Just kidding. I know those of you in elected service can take a joke. FYI: No February 29 until 2020.
SPCA GETS CUSTODY, OF COURSE
Remember that seizure of 421 animals in Caldwell County on Feb. 20? Yep, surprise, surprise, the person who was keeping them in a lousy condition surrendered in -- how’s this for coincidence? -- the 421st District Court in Lockhart on Monday. And keep reading until you see the part about the one dog. Will the SPCA need money to help care for all these mice, rats, snakes, guinea pigs, the 28 dogs, 26 rabbits, 2 miniature pigs, a tarantula, a turkey. 15 goes...the list goes on. Not one cat. But a lot of dead animals.
Among the live ones were 9 doves, 2 ducks and a turkey. The photo? Looked like pigeons to me, but I've never been either duck or dove hunting and I haven't seen a turkey up close in the quarter-century since I became a vegetarian.
According to a news release, the SPCA “waived restitution, and further agreed that one dog will be returned to its rightful owner, which is someone other than the individuals the animals were seized from. The animal owners waived their right to an appeal, so the animals will now be individually evaluated for potential placement or adoption on a case by case basis, with the exception of the one dog.”
Go to spca.org to see how to help with money or adoption or fostering. The SPCA has many opportunities for good people to help.
MOMMAS AND BABIES AT THE DAS
Kimberly Jones, who has sort of embrace the mission of reminding people that there are mommas and babies at Dallas Animal Services and they need help. Paloma (A0982668) is the white and tan dog listed as a “Fox Terrier.” She's about 2 and she has, as you can see, five puppies. They’re all at DAS waiting.
Then there’s the dog that Kimberly sent with this subject line: 911-SKINNIEST 1-YEAR-OLD MAMMA WITH 4 BABIES AT DAS.
That is definitely a Mamma in need!
Go to dallasanimalservices.org to see how to adopt or how to rescue. Google "spay" and "neuter" to see how to keep shelters that euthanize from having to face these decisions.
In our Monday edition, we posted a photo of a couch waiting for pickup at a North Dallas residence and guessed that, from the damage, it might have been the target of a dog suffering from separation anxiety. This prompted our friend Diane Combs, legendary dogfan and the human of Canine King of Public Relations, Larry the Dachshund, to sent a photo with a beloved dog who has now gone on. This, she says, is “my ‘innocent’ Jeff sitting on the couch he had been eating for the first few months he moved into his new home with me. After that, I put that couch out on the curb, moved out of the house the same day, moved into my current house and bought a new couch. Jeff never ate that one.” Jeff was a wander-up dog in the old neighborhood, so we don’t really know what he was accustomed to eating in his quiet moments. ... Click on that cartoon to make it grow big enough to read. The Hall of Fame Baseball Announcer Eric Nadel, the radio voice of our beloved Texas
Rangers, tweeted this cartoon with the question, “Any disagreement?” Responses, including one from readlarrypowell.com, were overwhelming of the “Play ball” variety. Time to get the retrievers ready to chase baseballs and find left-handed fireballers. ... In the meantime, we’re closing contemplations with this note from Dallas Animal Services’ Facebook page. Heartbreaking and in need of a hero. Dog only weighs 20 pounds and if you adopt on the last day of the month Tuesday, you can get her for less than a dollar a pound -- just 14 lousy bucks and she’s your dog. And you’re her human. How much better could things work out!