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DNA testing for dog poop on the rise in Seattle area

DNA testing for dog poop on the rise in Seattle area

Dog Ate My Homework

SEATTLE (AP) — Frustrated with dog owners who refuse to clean up after their pets, an increasing number of apartments in Seattle are opting to use DNA testing to identify the culprits.

The Seattle Times reports (http://bit.ly/1HxGgb2) that a company called BioPet Vet Lab from Knoxville, Tennessee, is providing its PooPrints testing kits to 26 apartment and condo complexes and homeowners associations in the region.

Erin Atkinson, property manager at Potala Village Apartments in Everett says the messes are all over.

“There was poop inside the elevators, in the carpeted hallways, up on the roof,” Atkinson said. “They’re lazy, I guess.”

That’s why, since February 2014, tenants have been paying a “one-time fee of $29.95 for DNA testing.”

BioPet says in the past five years, the DNA test has been used in nearly 1,000 places around the country, and it’s especially popular in Miami, Dallas, Los Angeles and other large cities.

The marketing took a little longer to reach the Northwest, but King-Snohomish-Pierce counties are opportune sites. They are home to about 811,000 dogs. Seattle has 50 percent more dogs than kids, the Times said. One study said the average dog poop weighs one-third of a pound and the dogs in that three-county region are responsible for about 268,000 pounds of droppings a day.

Atkinson says that after some initial fines, DNA testing is working at her complex, with two dozen or so dogs.

“One person was fined five times in one week,” she said. “That’s over $500. Now people clean up after their dogs.”

The fines added up this way: $59.95 to have the poop tested, and $50 to the complex for the hassle of collecting the sample.

Atkinson says that residents at the complex are “mostly on board” for having their dogs’ DNA tested.

Zombie Cat: Buried Kitty Believed Dead, Meows Back to Life

Zombie Cat: Buried Kitty Believed Dead, Meows Back to Life


PHOTO: Bart, a cat in Tampa, was struck by a car, buried, and later re-appeared, injured but alive on his owners porch.
Bart, a cat in Tampa, was struck by a car, buried, and later re-appeared, injured but alive on his owner’s porch.

A cat in Florida that was hit by a car and then buried is apparently back from the dead.

“I was so shocked,” owner Ellis Hutson told ABC News. “I didn’t know really what to do.”

And today, Bart the cat is having surgery at the Humane Society to repair his jaw and remove his eye.

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“We have seen many amazing cases at our full-service veterinary clinic, but this situation may take the cake,” the Humane Society of Tampa said on its website.

The cat’s owner, Hutson, 52, said he found Bart the cat two weeks ago in the middle of the road, lifeless in a puddle of blood.

Hutson said he asked his friend to help bury the 23-month old cat, because the landscaper was so distraught after losing a companion he’s had since he was a kitten.

“We were so close, I couldn’t stand to bury him,” Hutson said. “I put him on the shoulder of the road and went and got David. He dug a hole and covered up the cat with dirt. I witnessed him bury the cat.”

Five days later, the cat showed up in a neighbor’s yard alive, but weak, dehydrated and in need of medical attention.

“I open the door and my neighbor’s standing there with the cat in her hand,” Hutson said. “She said, ‘Bart is not dead.’ I said, ‘That’s impossible. We buried Bart.'”

Bart has been treated for a broken jaw, open facial wounds and a ruined eye. The Humane Society veterinarians expect him to recover and be able to return home after recovering a couple days.

“This is unbelievable. I don’t have any explanation for it,” Hutson said.

Hutson said he will pay for the surgery costs for the cat. The total cost for the care of Bart, including today’s surgery and post-operative care, will be around $2,000, the Humane Society said.

Hutson’s neighbor Dusty Albritton started a GoFundMe page to raise money for the cat’s medical expenses.

“I saw him with my own eyes. I know he was dead. He was cold and stiff,” Albritton told ABC News.

Albritton’s cat died the same day with similar injuries.

“We figured he was hit by the same car,” she said.

“Now my kids believe their cat will also rise from the dead,” she said with a chuckle. “But I told them I don’t think so.”

When she discovered the resurrected Bart, she said he acted “like he’s in no pain whatsoever.”

“The only thing I can think of is that this is God’s miracle. And I thought, why five days later? If Bart was alive before, he would have come to our homes earlier. All I can think of is that God created animal life on the fifth day.“

Bart was a kitten from Hutson’s girlfriend’s cat. He said this has been an emotional ordeal for him and his girlfriend, but he hasn’t tried explaining the situation to his two-year old daughter.

“As a two-year old, she doesn’t understand any of this either,” he said.

NY Mayor De Blasio Banned From Holding Groundhog After Last Year’s Cold-Blooded Murder

NY Mayor De Blasio Banned From Holding Groundhog After Last Year’s Cold-Blooded Murder


The Mayor who killed Groundhog Day.

In an already tumultuous week for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, more bad news arrived at his desk this morning: The Staten Island Zoo announced it will not trust de Blasio to handle its groundhog following last year’s tragedy, when de Blasio dropped a poor groundhog who later died of internal injuries.

Instead of picking up the animal, the zoo will place the groundhog in a Plexiglas case for all to observe and admire. The zoo is not only forbidding the current mayor from the tradition, but all future mayors as well.

In other words, de Blasio literally killed a tradition that began more than four centuries ago. How will the fine people of New York know when to plan their annual closet turnover from flannels and pea coats to vintage sundresses and jean shorts?

For his part, de Blasio said he thinks the zoo’s decision is a good idea.

“I think reform is needed,” de Blasio joked. “I welcome a new approach… I must say, last time, there was not an overwhelming amount of preparation and orientation before I was handed him. May he rest in peace.”

The Washington Free Beacon commends zoo officials for shielding future groundhogs from a cold-blooded killer who would most assuredly strike again if given the chance.

Palin To PETA: Where Were You When Obama Ate Dog?

Palin To PETA: Where Were You When Obama Ate Dog?

Sarah Palin has fired back at PETA, after the animal rights organization slammed the former Alaskan governor for the photo she posted of her son Trig standing on top of the family dog.

“It’s odd that anyone—let alone a mother—would find it appropriate to post such a thing, with no apparent sympathy for the dog in the photo,” PETA said in a statement. “Then again, PETA, along with everyone else, is used to the hard-hearted, seeming obliviousness of this bizarrely callous woman, who actually thought it appropriate to be filmed while turkeys were being slaughtered right behind her in full view of the camera.”

Now, Palin has fired back at the animal activists, pointing out their blatant hypocrisy when dealing with celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres and “Heroic” Barack Obama.

Dear PETA,

Chill. At least Trig didn’t eat the dog.

Did you go as crazy when your heroic Man-of-Your-Lifetime, Barack Obama, revealed he actually enjoyed eating dead dog meat?

Here is Palin’s entire Facebook post calling out PETA.


PETA released a second statement following Palin’s barrage but sidestepped the entire point Palin was trying to make while taking a cheap potshot at Palin’s one time remark that she can see Russia from her house.

“PETA simply believes that people shouldn’t step on dogs, and judging by the reaction that we’ve seen to Sarah Palin’s Instagram photo, we’re far from alone in that belief. Palin’s Facebook response shows us that she knows PETA about as well as she knows geography. Yes, we campaign against the Iditarod because when the dogs aren’t being driven—sometimes to death—most live chained or inside cages for their entire lives. And we’re a vegan organization, so we sit on pleather couches, wear stylish vegan kicks, and consider fish friends, not food.(Also, by the way, we just sent a case of vegan caviar to Vladimir Putin—and no, you can’t see his house from yours, Ms. Palin.) We have no reason to believe that the Palin companion animals aren’t ordinarily pampered, and we wish the entire family a peaceful and humane 2015.”

Care for Dallas Ebola patient’s dog topped $27K

Care for Dallas Ebola patient’s dog topped $27K

Ebola Virus Nina Pham dog sick Dallas Texas nurse hospital
Ebola survivor Nina Pham is reunited with her dog Bentley at the Dallas Animal Services Center in Dallas Nov. 1, 2014.

Since the Ebola crisis first touched down in the U.S., the public has asked what the price tag is for such an emergency response. On Wednesday, Dallas officials publicly revealed it cost the city a total $155,000 to respond to the health crisis of Ebola patients 0 through 2.

Nearly $27,000 went to care for Nina Pham‘s dog Bentley, a King Charles Spaniel, which included comfortable bedding, toys and boarding at decommissioned naval air base while his owner was sick. Pham was the first of two nurses infected with the virus after caring for Thomas Eric Duncan — patient 0 — who died in early October.

City officials released a statement Wednesday outlining the expenses incurred since Thomas Eric Duncan was admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in September. Duncan died about a week later. Shortly after that Pham and her colleague, nurse Amber Vinson, fell ill.

The Texas Department of State Health Services says it incurred about $1.28 million in costs. The cost to Dallas County and Texas Health remain unclear.

The cost to care for Pham’s dog will be offset by $19,000 in grants and donations.

Health officials on both state and federal levels have stressed that creating the right facilities, acquiring the right equipment and training health care workers for Ebola-readiness is a public health priority despite its hefty price tag. Only 10 patients so far have been treated for the virus in the U.S.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a list of hospitals with designated Ebola treatment centers though without information on how much funding was provided on the federal and state levels.

In November, President Obama asked Congress to approve an extra $6.18 billion in emergency spending to combat the Ebola virus. Under the White House’s recommendation, $4.64 billion would be used for immediate needs, while $1.54 billion in contingency funding would ensure there are resources available to respond to the outbreak both in the United States and abroad.

Dog of Dallas Nurse May Have Ebola

Dog of Dallas Nurse May Have Ebola

by Kristin Tate, Breitbart.com

Nina Pham, 26, Dallas Nurse with Ebola Virus
Nina Pham, 26, Dallas Nurse with Ebola Virus
HOUSTON, Texas — The first person to contract Ebola in the U.S., a female nurse, is being treated at Dallas’ Texas Presbyterian Hospital but her dog remained in her apartment for over 24 hours following her diagnosis. It is possible that the pet has Ebola — CDC studies have found that dogs may carry and be a source of the deadly virus.

The Ebola patient is Nina Pham, a nurse who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan. Duncan was a Liberian man who brought Ebola into the U.S. and then died as a result of the deadly virus.

Pham’s dog remained in her apartment until Monday afternoon, when officials moved the dog out of the building with a three-vehicle caravan. The driver of the van was wearing a respirator at the time.

A Dallas Public Information Officer told Breitbart Texas that the dog is now in the hands of the City of Dallas.

Despite the fact that the canine may be infected with the virus, it will reportedly not be put down. Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings told the Wall Street Journal, “This dog is an important part of the family to our health care worker. We want to make sure the dog is in a safe place.”

A 2001/2002 CDC study looked at 439 dogs from areas of Gabon, a place heavily afflicted by Ebola. Most of the dogs had contracted the disease from licking up vomit or eating other infected animals.

Scientists ultimately found that canines who contract the disease are able to pass it on through urine, feces, and saliva. Researchers reportedly said, “Given the frequency of contact between humans and domestic dogs, canine Ebola infection must be considered as a potential risk factor for human infection and virus spread. Human infection could occur through licking, biting, or grooming.”

While Pham’s dog is not showing Ebola signs at this time, that does not mean the animal isn’t carrying the virus. The CDC study found that infected dogs can remain asymptomatic, despite testing positive for Ebola.

Researchers wrote, “Asymptomatically infected dogs could be a potential source of human Ebola outbreaks and of virus spread during human outbreaks, which could explain some epidemiologically unrelated human cases. Dogs might also be a source of human Ebola outbreaks.”

World’s on fire, but hey, Obamacare for pets!, ‘This a joke?’

World’s on fire, but hey, Obamacare for pets!, ‘This a joke?’

by  bizpackreview.com

pet meds Senator Chuck Schumer
Senator Chuck Schumer

Is Senator Chuck Schumer really suggesting Obamacare for pets?

Not exactly, but he’s pushing a bill that plants the government’s nose firmly into the veterinarian health care industry.

The unpopular New York senator and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., are announcing legislation that would mandate veterinarians write prescriptions to pet owners instead of forcing the owners to purchase from the doctors themselves, often at a higher cost than pharmacies.

It’s not like there is anything really important going on in the world right now, so let’s find out how well the announcement tweet went for the “clueless” liberal senator:

@SenSchumer Glad you have time to screw around with this rather than dealing with the collapse of border security.

Blue DuPage @BlueDuPage
Thanks for not losing sight of our Veterinary health crisis despite the distraction of the genocide in @SenSchumer

So if I put Dog on my VA Paperwork I will be able to get my Medications? @SenSchumer

nannid62 @nannid62
@SenSchumer Please tell me that this is a joke?

Jalen @GOPMommy
Our southern border is being swarmed. Iraq. Israel. Putin. And THIS is your concern?!? Are you trolling?!? @SenSchumer @SenBlumenthal

Jimbo Maukee @connmarkey
@SenSchumer @SenBlumenthal you two jmokes are embarrassing. World’s on fire but hey! ObamaCare for pets!


Dog lover stabs and kills her dog

Dog lover stabs and kills her dog

Texas patient died of mad cow-related disease, CDC says

Texas patient died of mad cow-related disease, CDC says

mad cow

Health officials say a Texas patient is the fourth person in the United States to die of a rare brain disorder that is believed to be caused by consumption of beef products contaminated with mad cow disease.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says in a statement that recent laboratory tests confirmed a diagnosis of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in the patient.

The CDC says that in each of the three previous U.S. cases, infection likely occurred outside the U.S. And the center says the Texas patient’s history included extensive travel to Europe and the Middle East and suggests the infection occurred outside the country.

The CDC says that worldwide more than 229 variant CJD patients have been reported, with a majority of them in the United Kingdom and France.

The Texas Department of State Health Services says there are no state public health concerns or threats associated with the case. The CDC and DSHS are investigating.

The CDC says there is no known treatment for the disease and it is invariably fatal.