Monthly Archives: January 2013

Sick and Miserable Kitty Rescued off the Streets

This is Aggie on the first day that she was found.

This is Aggie on the first day that she was found.

These are the kind of pictures that make your heart melt – and explain why animal rescue workers do what they do. This five-week-old baby named Aggie arrived at AC PAW in June of 2012 after she was found in the middle of the street in Eastport. She was very thin and suffering from a very bad respiratory infection as well as an eye infection.  Continue reading


Allegations Surface Involving Wexford County Animal Shelter Actions

When the cries of dogs and cats in agony echo down the halls of the Wexford County Animal Shelter (which is under the management of the Sheriff’s Department), former part-time animal shelter attendant Kathy Rodgers Dennis says that they come from animals who are being euthanized by heart sticking (intracardiac injection) without being sedated first. This kind of euthanasia is an inhumane way to kill an animal who is not comatose or heavily sedated. A needle and syringe containing sodium pentobarbital is passed through the chest wall and layers of muscle into the heart. When an animal is not sedated, it is a very difficult procedure because their body is in motion. It’s not uncommon for the person administering the injection to miss and accidentally puncture the lungs, causing them to fill up with fluid. Instead of what’s supposed to be an immediate euthanasia, the animal suffers greatly before they die. In a shelter environment, there is no reason for this to be done on an otherwise healthy dog. In a clinic setting, it would only be needed when an animal has circulatory problems. Dr. Bonnie Beaver, a veterinarian and professor of veterinary medicine who is considered a euthanasia expert by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has said in her writings, “Intracardiac injections are difficult to administer effectively on a fully conscious animal because in the animal, the lungs and the heart are constantly moving.” When this type of euthanasia is not done accurately, the animal will flop around in a desperate attempt to fight for it’s life, possibly biting those around him and suffering a longer, very painful death of suffocation. Continue reading

Treats from China Slowly Being Removed from Shelves

According to the FDA, over 500 dogs have died over the last there years as a result of several different brands and varieties of tainted chicken treats from China. A lot of people in the animal welfare and rescue fields have been sharing this information with each other and as many people as they can. However, getting any real progress from either the FDA or from the companies themselves (voluntary pulling their own products) didn’t seem to be moving along at all – or not nearly fast enough to save the lives or more dogs. Finally, there have been some voluntary recalls with these products.

Reports since December 17, 2012 of dead dogs linked to these treats exceeded 500 – and that was over a period of three years. THREE YEARS! Did they not learn anything from the massive pet food recall we went through in 2007??  And yes, that was CHINA. Yet, here we are again. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine (FDA CVM), over 2600 dogs have been sick from eating imported chicken jerky treats! Poor Cali (below) is one of the many dogs who died from eating these tainted treats. Click here for more on her story.

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Cadillac Police Department Says Goodbye to K-9 “Bo”

from Fox 32 News


The Cadillac Police Department shares sad news with the community. They announced that they had to put one of of their German Shepherds from their K-9 unit, to sleep recently. Click here for more on the story.

Accused Animal Abuser Found Not Guilty


A department of Natural Resources employee who was accused of animal cruelty was found not guilty in district court Jan 15th. David Prosch of Buckley was accused of not properly feeding his two horses. He was also accused of leaving a halter on the mare for too long, causing a scar on the horse’s nose. Both horses were seized from the man’s home in Buckley and taken to Horse North Rescue where they recovered.

A Special Adoption Event for Special Cats and Dogs

Love Me Because…I am older, I am overweight, No one taught me better, I have medical issues, I have attitude, I am special, I need you…

On February 2, 2013 from 12-5pm at Hood’s Doit Best in Wyandotte, P.A.W.S. of Michigan will host the 4th Annual Love Me Because Pet Adoption Event, specifically for animals that are harder to adopt because of their unique traits or behaviors. Last year’s event found homes for 20 needy animals and raised $5300 for P.A.W.S. of Michigan who made a donation to rescue group Pound Pals as well as The PAWS Clinic Karma Fund.


We all have our quirks, and so do animals. Unfortunately for the four pawed, when they are different they are often unwanted as well. Their own individual distinctions and identities sometimes cause them to live in cages far longer than their smaller, younger, counterparts. Kittens, calicos, the very sweet natured, the well behaved, all get adopted first, leaving behind the overweight, the older animals, the Plain Jane’s and Tabby Tom’s; the ones with health problems, the animals with behavior problems, who really only have behavior issues because no one took the time to teach them better manners in the first place.  Sometimes animals just have their own attitude. They all need someone who will love them because they are this way, who will accept them and cherish them just the way they are. Continue reading

Up for Adoption…

Are you thinking about looking for a new friend to bring into your home? Here are some great dogs to take a look at. Please share these with all of your animal friends too!


Holden is an older black lab that arrived as a stray. He’s being treated for his skin right now. He has a yeast infection which has resulted in hair loss on his chest and neck. He’s on medication and should be able to grow his hair back. He will be more  handsome than ever! He is very good natured, great with other dogs and just a very friendly guy. He also loves to be outdoors. He’s been at the shelter awhile and deserves a chance in a loving home – please share Holden. Thank you so much! If a rescue can help him, that’s wonderful! Continue reading

New Year’s Resolutions for Dog Owners — One Per Month

Here are 12 goals aimed at making you a better pet parent in 2013.

Did you know four out of five people who make resolutions break them by the end of January? The main reason for resolution failure is setting so many goals that trying to stick to them becomes arduous. A little trick that has worked for me (and my dog): Space your goals out to one per month!

Month by month, set a goal of something you will do with or for your dog, and then make it happen. At the end of 2013, you and your dog will have achieved 12 goals. Click here for a month-by-month goal calendar for you and your pooch.

Firms Withdraw Chicken Jerky Pet Treats Over Antibiotics

Two of the nation’s top retailers of chicken jerky dog treats are voluntarily withdrawing several popular brands after New York state agriculture officials said they may be contaminated with unapproved antibiotics. Nestle Purina PetCare Co. officials announced Wednesday that they’re withdrawing Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch brand dog treats until further notice. Officials at Milo’s Kitchen, which is owned by the Del Monte Corp. of San Francisco, announced they are voluntarily recalling the firm’s Chicken Jerky and Chicken Grillers home-style dog treats from shelves nationwide. Click here for the rest of the story.

Accused Animal Abuser Faces Judge

The Presque Isle County woman accused of starving dozens of animals was back in front of a circuit court judge on Monday. Christine Thompson plead not guilty to one felony count of animal abuse, and withdrew her private attorney, requesting a court appointed one instead. Click here for the rest of the story.

Little Traverse Bay Humane Society Receives Pit Bull Grant

Thanks to a $20,000 grant from the PetSmart Charities, the Little Traverse Bay Humane Society in Harbor Springs will continue to offer free sterilizations for pit bulls and pit bull mixes. The sterilizations are offered through a program called the “Pit Stop Program.” Click here for the rest of the story.

Update on Grand Traverse County Negotiations with Cherryland Humane Society to Board their Dogs (Editorial)

Grand Traverse County and Cherryland Humane Society (CHS) are still in negotiations about the possibility of the Humane Society taking over the boarding of the County’s dogs. It looks like the talks are moving along and a decision might be reached soon. For an update on those negotiations, please click here.

Current County Facility Housing Animal Control.

Current County Facility Housing Animal Control.

Cherryland Humane Society

Cherryland Humane Society

After reading the proposal that was submitted to CHS by the county, I am publicly endorsing this plan and urge pet owners in Grand Traverse County to do the same by emailing their county commissioner. You can find your county commissioner at this link. Or better yet, email ALL of the commissioners.

If you don’t know who your county commissioner is, please open this pdf 2011 Apportionment Plan.

It appears that the only sticking point at the moment may be a money issue. I urge the county to  continue to negotiate with CHS because what they are offering to the county IS of great value to the dogs who will be in their care and to the taxpayers of our county. The conditions for the dogs would HUGELY improve, both in their comfort and care. In addition, the taxpayers would be better served by having the dogs in a facility which has better hours for the public to reclaim their animals and it will allow the animal control officers to be on the road more. CHS will be taking on a lot of added work regarding the care of the dogs and the administrative duties they will be handling. I believe further negotiations will result in an agreement that will be a win-win-win situation for the county, CHS and the dogs. Continue reading

Michigan Humane Society Visits Northern Michigan Shelters in Hopes of Future Collaborations to Help Michigan Pets

Since taking on her new position of Director of Statewide Initiatives with the Michigan Humane Society in October of 2012, Linda Reider has visited 34 Northern Michigan shelters (see the full list is below). According to Linda, the goal of these visits was to learn firsthand the needs, challenges, and successes of the shelters and animal welfare groups across the state. The MHS plans to bring additional resources where needed to help shelters and placement groups in Michigan meet the needs of the animals requiring care in their local communities.

Linda meets with Ed and Cindy at Grand Traverse Animal Control

Linda meets with Ed and Cindy at Grand Traverse Animal Control

Animal controls, humane societies, foster-based placement groups, wildlife rehabilitation centers, and other types of animal welfare organizations are critical components of Michigan’s web of assistance for animals. Michigan Humane Society (MHS), under the umbrella of the Michigan Partnership for Animal Welfare (MPAW), will provide training and mentoring where it is most needed, establishing new communication platforms among groups, enabling inter-agency animal transport, and acting as a central resource for the state. Continue reading

Oakwood Pet Memorial Center to host Pet Loss and Grief Seminar for Area Professionals

Oakwood Pet Memorial Center understands the grief associated with the loss of a pet.  Their pet loss business not only serves the pet parents in Northern Michigan but they are also proud to partner with local veterinarians as a valuable resource for their pet death care services. petparentsbookcoleenellis

“While we are certainly a resource to pet parents in our community in the loss of their beloved pets, being death care professionals we are also a resource to our local veterinarians and their clinics.  It’s an honor to have Coleen Ellis with us as we host this informational two-hour seminar on pet loss and grief for pet care professionals tocoleenimage help further their knowledge and comfort in being with a family during this very emotional time.  The free two hour seminar Pet Loss & Grief: Understanding the Changing Pieces will be Tuesday, January 15, 2013, at the Great Wolf Lodge Conference Center,” Mike DePuy, owner of Oakwood Pet Memorial Center commented.

All local pet care professionals are invited to attend this valuable seminar.  Conducted by Coleen Ellis, deemed by Kates-Boylston and the American Funeral Director as “THE pet loss pioneer,” attendees will find the seminar to be not only informational but full of valuable information on how to best understand the emotions that a grieving pet parent family is experiencing in the loss of a beloved pet.  The course is approved for two hours of RACE certified continuing education credits.

Contact Mike DePuy at 231-649-3963 or  for more information. And click on the calendar section of this website for times and information as well.