For the first time, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals-Los Angeles awarded its Hero Dog award to a cat. Tara, an adopted cat, body-slammed and then chased away a chow mix that was attacking 6-year-old Jeremy Triantafilo. The incident was caught by security cameras, and the footage went viral. The dog was later euthanized. KOMO-TV/KOMO-AM (Seattle)/The Associated Press (6/19)
way to go kitty! Who says cats don’t bond to their owners like dogs do? The owners of this cat say that it is a constant companion to the child. Cat love.
In a partnership with the World Wildlife Fund and wildlife watchdog group TRAFFIC, Indian officials have trained more 14 German shepherds to help fight tiger poaching. Interpol estimates the global wildlife black market is worth $20 billion, and tigers feature prominently because they are coveted for their bones and coat. The dogs will help handlers find animal products and injured animals. Quartz (6/22)
Ohio notified all exotic pet owners in the state who haven’t gotten a permit for their animals to quarantine the animals until further notice. The owners were required to get a permit under a law passed in 2014 after a man released dozens of exotic animals before committing suicide. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.)/The Associated Press (6/23)
Leonardo, a lion taken as a cub from his mother prematurely and given as a gift to a girl, has arrived at a Colorado sanctuary. He is the first of two dozen animals including big cats, monkeys, a bear, a coyote and a peccary that are scheduled to make the move. Most of the animals were abused or abandoned in Mexico, where animal circus acts were recently outlawed. The Denver Post/The Associated Press (6/24)
U.S. snakes are being ravaged by Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola, a fungus that shares some characteristics with the agent that causes white-nose syndrome in bats, experts say. Both diseases persist in a variety of environments and affect a number of species. It’s not clear if all U.S. snake species are susceptible to O.ophiodiicola, but among those that are, mortality is 100%. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (6/25)
Dog owners in Washington state should be watchful for dead salmon along riverways, because the fish may carry a microorganism that is deadly to dogs if they are not treated. Veterinarian Jessica Casey, who says she treats three to five cases of salmon poisoning weekly, advises owners to seek treatment immediately for dogs who develop diarrhea because the condition is treatable, but only if caught early. KATU-TV (Portland, Ore.) (6/22)
Boulder Dog Food Co.’s Chicken Sprinkles dog food in 3-ounce packages has been recalled for possible salmonella contamination. The recalled bags have a “best by” date of May 14, 2016, and were distributed in Maryland, Washington state and Colorado. Salmonella in pet food can make pets and people ill with severe gastrointestinal symptoms. Food Poisoning Bulletin (6/21)