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HSUS launches national puppy mill hotline

In Animal News on December 8, 2009 at 9:24 pm

Could there be a puppy mill in your community? Do you want to help, but you don’t know how or you may be afraid to do so? If you suspect puppy mill activity, you now have a place to turn for help: 1-877-MILL-TIP.

The Humane Society of the United States launched the first national puppy mill hotline during its third annual Puppy Mill Action Week (Nov. 30-Dec. 6). Started by the HSUS as a way to combat illegally and inhumanely bred dogs, the puppy mill hotline is designed to get information about cruel and unlawful activities at large-scale breeding facilities.

“Hundreds of thousands of dogs across the country are trapped in constant confinement their entire lives, producing puppies to profit the puppy mill owner,” said Justin Scally, manager of the HSUS Wilde Puppy Mill Task Force in a printed statement. “This tip line will be a vital tool to help free these dogs from a life of abuse.”

Working with law enforcement, animal shelters, and other agencies, the Puppy Mill Task Force develops cases, executes raids/rescues on puppy mill operations, and ensures enforcement of any laws that have been violated. Assembled in June 2009, the task force has already assisted in the rescue of more than 1,200 dogs and puppies from puppy mills across the United States.

The HSUS is encouraging people to report any suspicion of cruelty or unlawful activities involving puppy mills; to call the hotline with leads, especially those with “insider” information or even law enforcement officials.

To learn more about puppy mills and what you can do to help visit HumaneSociety.org/PuppyMills. —Megan Bender


Ask.com’s top pet questions

In Animal News on December 7, 2009 at 9:10 pm

In these days of the Internet age, pet parents are turning to search engines like Ask.com to answer some of their pressing questions. As the year comes to a close, Ask.com has released its top questions asked about pets:

Why do cats purr?
How long do dogs stay in heat?
Why do cats knead?
How do you potty train a puppy?
Do fish sleep?
What do lizards eat?
Can Guinea Pigs be trained?
How long do rabbits live?
Are dogs colorblind?
Can dogs take aspirin?

Curious? Visit Ask.com to search for the answers!

Diamond Pet Foods recall

In Animal News on December 2, 2009 at 4:36 pm

On Sept 23, Diamond Pet Foods announced a recall of their Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat and Premium Edge Hairball Cat Food. In 21 reported cases (confined to New York and Pennsylvania) these foods have led to a Thiamine Deficiency. Thiamine is a vitamin essential for numerous feline body functions and a deficiency can lead to gastrointestinal and neurological complications. If your cat has eaten these foods, keep an eye out for decreased appetite, vomiting, weight loss, falling, erratic walking and seizures. If left untreated Thiamine Deficiency may be fatal so please consult your veterinarian if you notice any of these symptoms. The good news is that no new cases have been reported since Oct. 19 and there is no need to be concerned about any of Diamond Pet Foods other products.

For more information, visit FDA.gov. —Sarah Hyde

Support shelter cats while shopping for kitty

In Animal News on December 1, 2009 at 6:23 pm

This holiday season The Refined Feline, a New York based cat furniture designer, is doing its part to ensure shelter cats are well fed during a time when donations are down. On Nov. 25 the luxury website launched the “Feed 500 Felines” holiday drive with the goal of feeding 500 cats from 10 shelters for 30 days while they wait to be adopted. So how can you help? The more products you buy from The Refined Feline website the more food they will donate. Finally! A philanthropic excuse to pamper your cat with a new gift while supporting the less fortunate felines out there. There are 12 eligible products to choose from, but there is no purchase necessary to vote for the shelter you would like to receive the donations. The top 10 shelters will split the funds evenly. Check out TheRefinedFeline.com to vote for shelters, track the progress of the drive, and purchase products. —Sarah Hyde