Second Noah is PLEASED to announce that a County commissioner and chairperson has lost her bid for re-election! She has been a major obstacle in our efforts to stop pound release. Two other commissioners that supported pound release chose not to run. We look forward to working with the remaining incumbents and the FOUR NEW commissioners to finally stop this inhumane use of live animals from our county.
It has come to our attention that several dogs have disappeared in our area recently. Many were Beagles. A senior tricolor Beagle from the Swiss Alpine subdivision near Evart, missing since April 11. A brindle marked medium length haired mix, female, missing since june 9, from Orono Rd/Mackinaw Trail, Reed City. NO ONE has seen these dogs since. Needless to say the owners are heartsick.
As long as pound release is permitted here, or ANYWHERE, animals will disappear. Bunchers work the areas where this practice is permitted. They prey on unsuspecting owners, answering free pet ads, or even STEAL them. Beagles and other short haired breeds are prime specimens for research. PLEASE, PLEASE, demand your public officials stop pound release. NOW!
Protect your pets by keeping them safe in fenced yards or kennels. Supervise their outings. Never leave them outside when not at home. Spay or neuter them to reduce their urge to roam. Be sure they are wearing collars and I.D. Better, have them microchiped as well. Notify your animal control and rescue shelters IMMEDIATELY if they become lost. Have a recent picture for I.D. purposes. If you see a lost animal, try to confine it, and call animal control or the owner
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY
Cold weather is finally ssettling in here in northern Michigan as well as most of the country. Be careful when winterizing your vehicles. Antifreeze is highly toxic to dogs and cats, as well as any wildlife in the area. Clean spills immediately and thoroughly. Store antifreeze out of reach of animals and children.
As little as one teaspoon of antifreeze can kill a cat, as little as four teaspoons will kill a 10 pound dog.. If you suspect that your pet or child has ingested antifreeze, call your vet or local poison control immediately.
SEVERE WEATHER can be deadly for your pets. If they must be outdoors for any length of time, provide shelter and dry bedding for your dog or cat. Straw makes a good bedding, just change it frequently. Always provide fresh clean unfrozen water too. And if the temperature drops below zero, bring your pets indoors. After all, they're family too!
Every 15 seconds a woman is battered. (National Coalition Against Domestic Violence)
In 3 surveys in women's shelters in Wi and Ut in the late 1990s an average of 74% of pet owning women reported that a pet had been threatened, injured or killed by their abuser. (Ascione 1995 and 1997 and Quinlisk 1995)
The 1995 Ut survey also found that children witnessed the animal abuse in over 60%of the cases and 32% of women reported that one or more of their children hurt or killed a pet.
A history of animal abuse was found in 25% of aggressive male criminals. 30% of convicted child molesters, 36% of those who assaulted women and 46% of those convicted of sexual homicide.
(Information courtesy of First Strike Campaign of HSUS)
The above information is part of our efforts to educate the public of the connection between animal abuse and human violence.
COUNTY WIDE ALERT
It has come to our attention that Osceola county animal control has two microchip scanners, but they don't use them! These scanners locate an implanted microchip in your pet to help it get home again if lost. Implants cost around $65 and are an excellent way to help insure your pet is returned to you. Osceola county animal control has scanners. When I asked, they told me they only scan the "good ones". Excuse me, but who gave them the right to determine if my or your pet is "a good one"? What exactly IS a good one? A purebred? All of my dogs are mixes, except for Kaila, and all are pieces of my heart. I love them all every bit as much as someone else loves his purebred.
I am asking all Osceola county residents to contact their commissioners to DEMAND that animal control immediately begin scanning ALL animals that are brought into the pound. Only when animal control uses the resources available will animals be returned to owners and not euthanized or sent to research.