EDITION OF TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2017 (PetPowellPress) As December speeds along, we present this edition of readlarrypowell.com. From Cattle to Cats, and Dogs, too -- those are our topics. Here goes:
THE ROUNDUP FOR JUSTICE
Well, goodness, on Monday the SPCA of Texas and the Hopkins County Sheriff’s office teamed to seize 200 to 400 “allegedly cruelly treated, starving head of cattle” near Sulphur Springs. The owner was arrested and charged with felony cruelty to livestock animals, a state jail felony. Could get up to two years in state jail with a fine of up to $10,000.
The SPCA says the custody hearing, 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 13, will be in the Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace courthouse, 128 K Jefferson, in Sulphur Springs, with Judge B.J. Teer presiding. This project is ongoing -- all of the cattle couldn't be rounded up on one day -- they were on six different properties. Two were euthanized. Remains of others were found on the property. You can see other photos HERE.
According to the SPCA, after receiving “multiple complaints of animal cruelty” regarding these cattle, both the Hopkins County sheriff and the SPCA “attempted to work with the owner” to bring conditions into “compliance with the Texas Health and Safety Code.” When the owner “refused to provide sufficient appropriate food, water and care”, the SPCA says the seizure was begun.
You can see how to help the SPCA keep its cruelty investigations mission vibrant at spca.org.
AN APPEAL TO HELP
FAMILIES OF KITTENS
This appeal arrived in our inbox from a few sources. The original person wants to remain anonymous. She wrote: “Can someone or group help this little family of one momma and 8 kittens?
“The second momma of one of the litters was killed crossing the road for food. These babies are in a terrible place but thankfully, are still small enough to be tamed.
“They are located in Dallas next door to the Thrift Store on NW Hwy and right before Webb’s Chapel.” [LARRY ASIDE: Spay/neuter. Spay/neuter. Spay/neuter. Any rescuers have any suggestions for helping these cats. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. This probably isn’t a trap-neuter-return situation.]
MYLO CONTINUES TO WAIT
AND HERE’S HIS LIVELY MOVIE
We mentioned Mylo in an earlier edition -- he’s the Shepherd/ Husky mix who was the focus of a cruelty case. He’d been adopted, then was kept caged in despicable conditions in an apartment in Denton. He’s 68872 at the Denton McNatt Animal Shelter and he’s available to rescue only. We learned about him from Denton tipster Amy Poskey who says testing shows he’s dog-friendly. And the video HERE shows he’s human-friendly, too.
He needs a human to work on his ability to trust and love. The most heartbreaking description (never mind the criminal behavior of the human) was that Mylo had become a “spinner” as a result of the constant kenneling.
To offer to take him into rescue or to help him, email the shelter at email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org,
email@example.com, and/or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also email Amy at email@example.com. Call the shelter at 940-349-7594.
CONTEMPLATIONS: Holiday Insights online reports that December 5 is “Bathtub Party Day” and “Bathtub Party Day is a copyrighted holiday. It was created and is provided, courtesy of the great folks at Wellcat.com.” ... The site notes that December 5 is also “Repeal Day,” celebrating the day that the 21st Amendment to the Constitution ended Prohibition in 1933. There’s a Texas connection: Writer H. Allen Smith, a famous New York-based author, claimed to have taken the first legal drink after Prohibition ended. He later moved to Alpine and was a big part of establishing chili cookoff challenges in Texas. You can look him up! ... We mentioned, in Monday’s article about the In-Sync Exotics Bake Sale (Monday, Dec. 11, in Dallas), that the facility has lots of big cats and two lemurs. As you may know, lemurs come from Madagascar off the southeast coast of Africa. And they are not cats, though one authoritative source describes them as “primates that look something like a cat crossed with a squirrel and a dog.” Thus, Dear Readers, I am surprised that they are not running wild and multiplying in the Trinity River bottoms after our local knuckleheads decided to try to breed ‘em and sell ‘em. Never happen in Dallas -- our knuckleheads are way too smart for that, right?
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