EDITION OF THURSDAY, JULY 19, 2018 [PetPowellPress] Here we are in the middle of the weather that everybody talks about but nobody does anything about.
I awoke Wednesday morning about 4:45 a.m. and thought I heard our recently revamped air-conditioning unit straining to keep up with the heat. I think the challenge was in my mind. Knock on wood.
Let me interrupt me -- clever, eh? -- to tell you that in this edition we’re going to discuss a dog formerly named Bobo who is now named Caleb and has had the infestation of ticks removed from his ears thanks to some animal advocacy teamwork. That’s Caleb, now with improving ears.
And we’re going to discuss some legal news in two cruelty cases involving the work of the SPCA of Texas.
Don’t you just love it when the SPCA investigators nail the bad guys?
That second photo? Why that’s my editor, The Senator, about to make a point while, as you may suspect, the mind of his apprentice, Simon, begins to wander. Simon -- never mind the camera’s illusion -- is nearly twice the size of The Senator -- Simon grew swiftly and either largely or extra-largely in the six-months since we were bottle-feeding him. I used their photo to illustrate the opening segment because they are, indeed, a couple of cool cats. They are examples of why people should adopt stray cats and unwanted kittens. You’ll get luckier with a cat than you ever do with Lotto Texas.
Both of those guys are worth a million bucks and then some. Make an offer -- no less than 7 figures each. Firm, though both cats are well-fed.
LET’S TALK TICKS:
THAT MAKE LIFE MISERABLE
Last weekend, KERA-FM’s Saturday morning show, The Peoples Pharmacy, did a whole hour on ticks and Lyme disease. It was there that we learned that Lyme Disease is named for Lyme, Conn., a town which had a giant outbreak in 1975. Yep, that recently. Also, don’t think you’re protected by passport -- there are ticks all over the planet. IPlease read on:
FROM EAST LAKE: The East Lake Veterinary Hospital sent a video of an interview with Kim Hartson “as she shares how Lyme Disease has completely turned her life upside down.” She was diagnosed in 2017 and, the note reads, “now faces a daily, uphill battle just to live her life with increasingly worsening symptoms.”
East Lake adds, “Although preventatives and medications can help treat our pets, there are no such solutions for people if Lyme Disease is not caught early.” Here’s the VI|DEO. And if you are concerned about protecting your pets from Lyme Disease, give East Lake a call at 214-342-3100.
NOW, THE MESQUITE CHALLENGE AND THE DALLAS DOGRRR HELP with a wonderfully sweet dog then known as Bobo. You see here the photos distributed to potential helpers by Loralei Meland, the Animal Shelter & Rescue Coordinator at Mesquite Animal Services. Known as Bobo when surrendered on the 17th, he is about 3 or 4 months old. He’d been “surrendered in the field," then given immediate medical care and nutritious food. How did Loralei describe this dog? “He is insanely sweet.”
Now, as you can see from one of the photos, our prairie ticks, bless their hearts, can crowd into an ear and fill it up.
Or they can coat a dog’s back and escape the canine scratching. And they can really damage a dog’s system.
Lorelei put us in touch with Jeanne Saadi, Mesquite Manager of Animal Services, who wrote a very caring note to us about this “insanely sweet” dog and the man who had him. “We are happy to report that Bobo was transferred to Dallas DogRRR within about an hour after the dog was impounded.
“We know a lot of people are angry with the dog’s condition. Without giving away any private information about the person who surrendered, I want people to know that the gentleman was quite elderly and may have had some memory or mental health challenges. He found the dog not long ago and we believe he thought he was doing his best to care for the dog. This was not an intentional case of neglect, but rather an individual who also needs some help himself and probably was not able to recognize how bad Bobo’s condition was.
“It’s easy to vilify caretakers when dogs are found in this condition, but we really want the social media world to understand that every story is different and the important thing now is that Bobo’s immediate and long-term future are going to be much brighter than his past and present.” [LARRY ASIDE: As you probably know, Dear Readers, Dallas DogRRR has done magnificent work to live up to those three Rs -- Rescue. Rehab. Reform.]
Here is a VIDEO OF CALEB as he is undergoing a portion of his rehabilitation. This shows the overwhelming challenge this poor pup has been facing.
Jeanne’s note continues with charity from the heart, “In this field, we often hear people with big hearts see stories like this and say, ‘I hate people’ and I admit I’ve said it myself, but we have to remember that without people we wouldn’t have rescuers or fosters or adopters or advocates. I love people and we see far more stories of selflessness and compassion toward the animals in our care than we do of intentional neglect or cruelty.”
The folks at Dallas DogRRR says Caleb is “responding well to initial treatment and while still a bit tired and weak, he's eating and drinking! His skin scrape was negative, so that means all the hair loss is a result of the constant itching and scratching at all the ticks and fleas that were on him. He will be getting bathed to help remove the fleas/ticks, so his makeover is in progress!”
And a foster home is needed! See how to foster at www.dallasdogrrr.org/foster and email an offer to foster at email@example.com. Remember, none of this is cheap -- that’s why you can also see how to donate at https://www.dallasdogrrr.org.
Also, Mesquite still has lots of dogs and cats that need homes. To help the animals at the Mesquite shelter, email firstname.lastname@example.org. The shelter is at 1650 Gross Road in Mesquite. Call 972-329-8735.
TWO SPCA LEGAL MOVES
ON BEHALF OF ANIMALS
CASE A -- ON MONDAY, MELONDY STEWARD entered a plea of guilty to a third-degree felony charge of Cruelty to Non-Livestock Animals. That’s far too sanitary a description of what she admitted to doing. On New Years’s Day, 2017, she and a dog’s owner had an argument and Steward used a metal bat to beat the dog. The dead dog is a small terrier-type. The savage attack caused, according to the SPCA case, “the dog to bleed profusely, seize involuntarily, urinated and defecate.” The owner called the Dallas Police Department which investigated this “incident of domestic violence.” The owner took the dog to an emergency vet clinic where it “was later euthaized due to the extent of its injuries.” Multiple skull fractures, the vet said. On January 4, 2017, the SPCA investigator “interviewed the owner as well as the suspect and witnessed the scene of the beating, where blood spatter, urine and feces were still present. The suspect admitted to owning a metal baseball bat, but denied beating the dog and would not allow the investigator to see the metal baseball bat.” On January 5, working with a search warrant, investigators “found the bat in the suspect’s closet” and tests later linked material on the bat to the dead dog. So, on Monday, 18 months or so after the crime, Melondy Steward avoided a jury trial and trial in front of the judge by entering a guilty plea. She was sentenced to four years of probation -- with the sentence beginning on April 30, 2018. [LARRY ASIDE: Feel free to send your comments to me at email@example.com. We’ll compile them. And, maybe, consider helping the Texas Humane Legislation Network to convince the Texas Legislature to make the penalty for such horrific crimes dramatically worse than they are now. This won’t be the last person who kills an animal in anger.]
CASE B: The SPCA’s news release sets the scene: “On April 12, 2018, the owner of the cat in Southeast Dallas heard a gunshot, and shortly after, found their cat bleeding in the street with what appeared to be a gunshot. The owner asked a neighbor about the incident, and the neighbor admitted to owning a .22 caliber rifle, but denied shooting the cat. After further conversation between the owner and neighbor, the neighbor admitted to shooting the cat and the owner called the Dallas Police Department, which dispatched crime scene technicians and opened an animal cruelty case.” On July 17, the SPCA of Texas “filed a charge of Cruelty to Non-Livestock Animals” against the neighbor with the rifle. That’s a third degree felony. The case will go before a grand jury next in hopes of securing an indictment. The prosecution is being handled by the Dallas County District Attorney’s office.
To report suspected cruelty or abuse to the SPCA of Texas, call 214-742-SPCA (7722) or visit www.spca.org/abuse. To support the SPCA’s hard work investigating cases of abuse, neglect, mortal battering or fatally shooting animals, go to www.spca.org/helptheanimals.
ANTI-CRUELTY; THE TEXAS HEAT
THROW THE BOOK AT ‘EM? Yes, Readlarrypowell.com endorses the anti-cruelty work of the SPCA -- and while the fact that the investigations team even has to exist makes me sad about my home state, I get great joy when they make a case against somebody who is mean to animals. For some of these villains, a jail cell is too good and probation is way too light. Sometimes I think of probation as playing to a tie -- in order to get probation revoked, the villain has to commit another violation. Hard to break some of society’s laws if you’re in the slammer -- nobody steals a car or holds up a convenience while they’re considering life in their room at the Graybar Hotel. ....
NOW, LET ME RESUME my Weather Whining. For those of you reading from somewhere outside-of-the Great Southwest Sizzleland, \terrifying thoughts of failing a/c units may occur from about mid-June through mid-September in our part of the stove. And there is the terror of waking in a sweat, hoping that you’re just experiencing a spooky nocturnal reaction to -- in an attempt to lower the temperatures, we’ll borrow from Ebenezer Scrooge -- a “crumb of cheese” rather than the expensive and soul-crushing horror of a crashing a/c unit that quit “blowing cold.” (FYI: Photo from 1938 film A Christmas Carol. Different kind of night sweats.) So, a half-hour or so after waking, and as I was wondering about the future of many things in my morning insomniacal darkness, I heard 820AM WBAP’s veteran weatherman Brad Barton forecast “Excessive Heat Warnings likely Thursday through Sunday.” At this WBAP site on Wednesday you’d see predictions of highs from 106 to 110 through Sunday. The lows wouldn’t dip (how’s that for a winter word) below the mid-80s. Naturally, I’ll take time out from my whining to ask if anyone has special tricks for keeping dogs and cats cool. We pay the electric bill -- that’s our trick. And, now and then, I’ll let my cat The Senator nap in the crisper drawer in the refrigerator. I’m kidding. I’m kidding. That’s The Senator snoozing in front of a high-speed fan after he made careful notes on those cards about how I can improve my writing. He wore himself out. I don’t know where Simon is -- he has his own car and a cellphone. I’m kidding.
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