Hello Cat Lover,
Here's what's in this issue:
Mummified cat found in ceiling...
NewYork teen gets jail for kitten's death...
Pet food info...
Web sites to explore...
A smile for you...
NEWS FOR CAT LOVERS
Mummified cat found in ceiling at Toronto Humane Society:
TORONTO — Investigators said Friday they had found
a mummified cat in the ceiling of the Toronto Humane
Society offices. The cat was found in a live trap, meant
as a humane method of catching an animal, but it had
apparently never been checked.
The humane society's controversial president, chief
veterinarian and general manager were arrested and
charged with animal cruelty Friday after a six-month
investigation. Officials said dozens of "disease-infested"
animals were left to die in their cages rather than being
euthanized. Animals were not given adequate food and
water, officials said.
To me, it's also tragic that these people are DEFENDING
themselves. They actually believe they've done nothing
Thanks to Andy for sending this story.
Bronx teen gets 2 years in jail for killing a kitten.
A 17-year-old Bronx girl has pleaded guilty to attempted
burglary and animal cruelty for killing a kitten in a 500-degree
Authorities say Cheyenne Cherry and a 14-year-old
friend ransacked a Bronx apartment in May before putting
the kitten named Tiger Lilly in the oven, roasting it to death.
Under terms of the plea agreement, Cherry will be sentenced
to two years in jail. She also can't own any pets for three years
after her release. A previous guilty plea by Cherry had been vacated.
The 14-year-old received a sentence of 18-months in juvenile jail
after she pleaded guilty to burglary and animal cruelty in August.
The animal suffered "an agonizing death," according to ASPCA
official Joe Pentangelo.
"I think what was done cries out for justice," Pentangelo said
after the incident. "It's a shame that this kitten had to suffer like
this. For the kitten to get caught up in whatever was going on
with them is a tragedy."
Thanks to Al for sending this in!
CAT FOOD NEWS
Another pet food recall (It just never ends!)
Diamond Pet food, Premium Edge, recalled in Sept. for insufficient
thiamine. No further incidents since 10-19. Can lead to gastro
intestinal, then neurological problems, then death.
Affected locations: eastern states.
The company updated information on the recall on Tuesday,
saying it has confirmed 21 reports of thiamine deficiency in
New York and Pennsylvania and the pet food was distributed
in 18 states altogether. These states include Maine, New
Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania,
Virginia, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina,
Georgia and Florida. The affected cat food was pulled from store
shelves on Sept. 23, according to the company. No incidents have
been reported since Oct. 19.
For a full refund, consumers can return the recalled cat food to
the place it was purchased. For more information, consumers
can call 800-977-8797.
Senate Committee approves US food safety bill
Release Date: Tuesday, November 24, 2009
A Senate Committee recently unanimously approved a revamped
set of US food safety laws, which, under the FDA, also impact petfood.
The bill is expected to be on the Senate floor sometime next year,
according to reports.
The committee approved the legislation with just a few changes:
* Authorizing the federal government to provide funds to help
states comply with food safety
* Protections for whistleblowers
* Requiring the government to consider organic standards
The House earlier approved the same bill, which would increase
FDA regulatory powers, such as allowing it to order a food recall.
http://bit.ly/4E9bZj (How to report a petfood complaint)
Help Feed Shelter Animals
Don't forget to visit these sites as often as you can
to click on the shelter-feed links. There is no cost to you
to do this, but it can only be done once per day.
http://www.theanimalrescuesite.com/ (Just click to donate)
http://pets.care2.com/i?p=868775137 (click to donate)
http://www.freekibblekat.com/ (Answer a trivia question...
even a wrong answer gives a donation.)
You can sign up for their daily reminders, too, if you need
a little nudge, like I do.
WEB SITES to explore
Vet writes new book on cat care:
Nationwide veterinarian directory:
Flea Control Secrets
Pet Poison Helpline
(How to move when you have pets)
(Because every cat deserves to be comfortable!)
(Information about getting pet insurance)
A SMILE FOR YOU
Play with these virtual pets on your computer:
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Check out the video on my website, at the bottom of the page.
If you want to see more videos, go to my blog:
and then go clear to the bottom of the page, where I have
a "Video Bar" with several cat videos that change out every
so often. So there is always a fresh one there in case
you need a cat video fix and can't wait for the next Kitty Times!
TAKE ACTION TO HELP ANIMALS IN NEED
5 quick, easy ways to help rescue pets NOW! http://bit.ly/1YfBeo
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