Beloved pets also lost, displaced by mudslide

[Only now, after the human death toll has been tallied up, do we hear about the no-human casualties of the Oso slide.]


By MANUEL VALDES, Associated Press Published: Mar 31, 2014
DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) – After a rescue worker called her animal clinic saying dogs had been extracted from the destruction left behind by a massive mudslide, veterinary assistant Cassna Wemple and her colleagues raced to this small Washington town near the debris field.

They found one of the dogs at the fire station among a flurry of rescue workers and townspeople. Bonnie, an Australian shepherd, was wrapped in a comforter. She was muddy and had a broken leg in a splint. One of Bonnie’s owners had just died in the slide. The other had been pulled out.

“She was just very much in shock,” Wemple said.

In this rural community north of Seattle, Wemple said it’s common for residents to have plenty of animals, including pigs, horses, rabbits, chickens, dogs and cats. When the deadly slide struck March 22, beloved pets and livestock also perished.

The full number of pets and livestock killed may never be known. Authorities also don’t have a clear number of how many pets are missing or displaced by the slide, incident spokespeople have said. There are at least 37 horses displaced and at least 10 dogs that were missing, according to different animal services helping the recovery efforts.

“To know that their animals are lost and may or may not be found. It’s heartbreaking. It’s heartbreaking for the people and the animals,” said Dee Cordell of the Everett Animal Services.

Wemple said rescue workers could hear horses crying from the debris hours after the slide, but because of the unsafe conditions, rescuers couldn’t go in.

For those animals that survived, the community and outsiders have rallied in support with donations. Bag after bag of food for dogs, cats and chickens have filled up the rodeo grounds outside Darrington, which are serving as a makeshift shelter. At last count, it totaled nearly 45,000 pounds. On Saturday alone, 27 tons of donated food from Purina arrived.

Lilianna Andrews’s seven horses are now at the rodeo grounds. Their house wasn’t buried in the mud, but the displaced earth formed a dam, backing up the Stillaguamish River into a lake that rose waist-high in the house and as high as 10 feet in the barn.

“We got them out before they got any water on them,” the 13-year-old said after helping unload hay at the rodeo grounds on Saturday. “But they would have drowned. So we just had to evacuate them from the water, and they’ve been staying here ever since.”

The Andrews were in Seattle when a friend called to check on their whereabouts. When they realized it wasn’t just a small mudslide blocking the road, they hurried home. Their dog, cats and chickens are fine too, Andrews said, although they haven’t been able to get in to feed the chickens.

Volunteers are also tending to 20 horses that belonged to Summer Raffo, a farrier who died in the slide.

Wemple’s clinic, Chuckanut Valley Veterinary, treated three dogs hurt from the slide. One of those dogs, named Blue, had to have one of his legs amputated last week. His owner is still hospitalized. The owner’s daughter has visited the dog daily.

“He’ll be happier in the long run. No more pain in that leg,” Wemple said.

Bonnie’s owner was Linda McPherson, a retired librarian. She was in her living room reading newspapers with her husband, Gary “Mac” McPherson, when the slide hit. She died. He lived. Bonnie has been kept at the clinic for rehabilitation. At night, one of the staffers takes her home.

A memorial is planned for next week for Linda McPherson. Wemple said the staffer will bring the Australian shepherd to the memorial for a reunion with her surviving owner.


Associated Press writer Jonathan J. Cooper contributed to this report.

Action Alert: Don’t Let Abusers Cover Up Cruelty!

Kentucky: Don’t Let Abusers Cover Up Cruelty!

Just a few weeks ago, The Humane Society of the United States exposed horrific cruelty at a major Kentucky pig factory; including pigs locked into cages so small they couldn’t turn around and mother pigs being fed the remains of their diseased piglets. But instead of cleaning up their act, the state’s big meat producers are now trying to silence whistleblowers. The industry and its backers in the legislature are trying to sneak through an “ag-gag” law aimed at criminalizing anyone who exposes food safety violations or animal abuse on factory farms. Even worse, they have attached this poisonous provision to a formerly pro-animal bill.

Please call your legislators right away and ask them to oppose this undemocratic effort. Look up your legislator’s phone number here. You can simply say: “I am outraged that an ag-gag provision was sneakily attached to HB222. I urge you to stop the ag-gag provision, which would threaten animals and consumer safety.”

After making your phone call (please do not skip that crucial step!), personalize and submit the letter in the form below to automatically send a follow-up message to your legislators and Gov. Steve Beshear.


If You Eat Meat


If you eat chicken or pork, you’re supporting extreme animal abuse on factory farms;

If you eat beef, you’re supporting the livestock industry that kills bison, elk and wolves;

If you eat fish, you’re supporting the demise of our living oceans;

If you hunt, your selfish food choice robs a life and cheats a natural predator;

If you eat meat, you’re part of the problem instead of the solution;


Mom Left Kids In Frigid Car To Go Hog Hunting: Cops

A Florida mom was arrested after police say she left her two young children inside her car in near-freezing temperatures so that she could go hog hunting.

Kayla Shavers, of New Port Richey, was charged with child neglect on Thursday, WTSP reports.

The 31-year-old who said she went after the hogs because they had been tearing up her property, allegedly left her 9-year-old and 8-month-old alone in the car, which was not running, around 7 a.m. on Thursday. The temperature was 38 degrees, according to WPTV. The 9-year-old did not have a coat.

The 9-year-old called 911, saying he was cold and “a police car would be warmer,” according to Bay News 9. Police say they aren’t sure how long the children were alone in the car, but after arriving at the scene it was about 40 minutes before Shavers emerged from the woods, clad in camo.

“Kudos to that little 9-year-old boy,” Sheriff Chris Nocco told WTSP. Nocco says the boy may have saved the baby’s life.

Authorities say Shavers claimed she was close enough to the car to respond if her children needed help. She also allegedly said she left the keys in the car for the 9-year-old to turn it on if needed, but he apparently wasn’t able to do so.


Sick Second-Grader Wants to Make Others Suffer

Hopefully he–and his victims–won’t have to suffer much longer.


Aiming for a bear: 7-year-old Alto boy goes on hunt of a lifetime

By Sue Thoms January 06, 2014

ALTO, MI – Seven-year-old Wyatt Fuss has already enjoyed a Hunt of Lifetime – a bear hunt in the woods of North Carolina.

With help from an organization that arranges hunting and fishing trips for children and teens facing life-threatening illness, Wyatt recently spent a week at a hunting lodge with his brother and grandfather.

Alas, they saw no sign of bears. The animals were scarce because the weather was unseasonably warm for the area — near 80 degrees.

“All I got were three pigs and a deer,” Wyatt said. Still, he says he had a lot of fun: “I had the best time, even though I didn’t get a bear.”

“It was quite an experience,” said his mother, Jennifer Fuss.

Wyatt, a second-grader at Alto Elementary School, has battled a spinal cord tumor since he was 1 year old. He has undergone two surgeries to remove as much of the benign ganglioma tumor as possible and has received dozens of MRIs. The tumor causes, among other things, numbness in parts of his hands and arms.

But it doesn’t affect his aim.

“He’s quite a good shot – that’s what they tell me,” his mother said.

Wyatt lives on his family’s beef cattle farm in Alto with his parents, Jennifer and Gerald Fuss, his sister, Sophie, 11, and his brother, Dalton, 15. He began hunting at an early age, and it’s one of his favorite things to do, his mother said. He dreamed of going on a big-game hunting trip.

The family learned about Hunt of a Lifetime through a social worker with Hospice of Michigan’s Early Care program, which helps children with serious, chronic illness.

Hunt of a Lifetime Foundation was started by Tina Pattison, a Pennsylvania mom who was unable to get her son’s wish for a moose hunt arranged through another wish-granting organization. Hunting outfitters and the tiny town of Nordegg in Alberta, Canada, came forward and provided a hunt of a lifetime for her son, Matt, six months before he died of cancer.

The organization went all-out for Wyatt’s trip, Jennifer Fuss said. Wyatt, Dalton, and their grandfather, Doug Klahn, spent a week at Buffalo Creek Lodge near Clinton, N.C. Before the trip, Wyatt enjoyed a $400 shopping spree for hunting gear at Cabela’s. (Photos here: )

The hunters stayed in a lodge at a couple’s farm from Dec. 16-21, were served hearty meals and were brought to a hunting blind each day. Also staying at the lodge was another boy on a Hunt of a Lifetime trip.

Neither boy saw a bear. Jennifer Fuss wonders if her son would have been scared if he did. After he shot a boar in the hind quarters, his grandfather told him, “If you shoot a bear in the butt, we need to run.”

“I think that scared him a little bit,” she said.

But Wyatt said if he saw a bear, “I would have shot it.”

The three boars he shot weighed 45, 80 and 92 pounds. A taxidermist has volunteered to stuff the boars at the Ultimate Sport Show at DeVos Place in March.

Overall, Wyatt’s health is good, his mom said. His biggest issue now is dealing with sleep apnea, caused in part by the tumor. But his latest MRI in October showed no sign of growth, and the doctor said he can wait a year for the next scan.

“That was really good news,” she said.

Sue Thoms covers health care for MLive/The Grand Rapids Press.

Feral Pigs Trapped and Sold to Canned Hunts

[As usual, no mention that the feral pigs situation is the result of humans introducing them onto game farms for hunting to begin with. Instead they blame the pigs.]…

Oklahoma weekend hunting news:

Feral hog hunting is becoming big business in Okla. The hogs continue
to overrun Okla. and they can be found in all 77 counties.
An Okla. hunter states that he would feel uncomfortable about shooting
a whitetail deer behind a high fence. But he has no ethical dilemma about
feral hogs. “All of them should be blindfolded and executed for crimes
against nature.”

The feral hogs have caused millions of dollars in property damage across
the state and can spread disease. The Okla. state Dept. of Agriculture
has cautioned hunters to wear gloves when cleaning feral hogs and to
cook the meat thoroughly.

There have been pastures uprooted by wild hogs and they frequently
destroy golf courses and ravage corn and hay fields. A pack of wild pigs
have even toppled the headstones of a rural cemetery. [Oh my.]

They have become such a menace that Okla. has even legalized hog
hunting from helicopters.

Wild pigs are good for one thing. They are fun to hunt a/w the owners
of a wild hog hunting company. The Okla. residents, both avid big game bow hunters, were looking to satisfy their hunting appetite when the big game season closed and so
they started hog hunting in Okla.
One of the co-owners states “What we enjoyed most about it was you
can do it year-round.”

They had so much fun hunting hogs that they decided to open their
hog hunting business.
The co-owner states “We were looking for ways to get involved in
the hunting business for several years because that is what we love to
do. It is our passion.”

They bought 120 acres in Okla. and put a fence around it. They are
now building a clubhouse so their customers will have something to do
between morning and evening hunts.

They buy feral hogs from Okla. trappers and keep around 300 on the
grounds. This number insures a good chance of success, but still feels
like a hunt. The co-owner of the business added “There are so many pigs in the
southern half of our state, we literally have people beating our door down
trying to sell pigs.”

They persuaded a friend, who used to chase hogs with them on his
visits to Okla., to give up guiding for bear, elk, and mountain lions in
Idaho and move to Okla. to manage the business.
The guide added that wild hogs are not the most difficult animal he has
ever hunted, but they are more challenging than most people think because
they are a lot smarter than people think they are.

He added “They are a lot harder to kill, especially for a bow hunter.
It is just the way God made them. They are a tough animal.” [Meaning, they suffer longer than most animals these psychos like to kill...]524958_3325028303604_654533903_n

NY bans boar hunting

By Associated Press

October 23, 2013

ALBANY — New York wants to head off a potential rampage by wild, Eurasian boar by banning their import and use in so-called “canned hunts.”

Gov. Cuomo signed a bill on Tuesday that outlaws hunting Eurasian boars, now done in fewer than 20 commercial hunting facilities statewide.

The new law prohibits not just hunting, but importing and breeding the animals and releasing them into the wild. They can weigh up to 300 pounds. By 2015, possession of a Eurasian boar will be a crime.

The effort is intended to end the destruction of farmland by boars and their threat to pets. They’re considered an invasive species and have created havoc in Southern states, where they go by the names razorbacks, Russian boars, and feral swine.

The Buffalo News reported the wild boar populations are growingimagesCALYDLG2 mostly because of hunting preserves that attract hunters with a guarantee of getting their game in a fenced-in area.

Also see:

The HSUS has more on canned hunting here: and here:


Rodeo man killed in hunting accident in Mendocino National Forest

[Any resemblance the victim might have had to a wild pig was purely coincidental, yet that's exactly what he was mistaken for by another hunter who shot him from 70 yards away]…

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NORTH COAST, Calif. – A Rodeo man died on Thursday when he was shot while hunting in the Mendocino National Forest.

Edgardo A. Godoy, 52, was hunting near Covelo when another hunter shot and mortally wounded him, according to a report from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office.

At around 3:30 p.m. Thursday the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to mile post marker 11.2 on Road M1, located in the Mendocino National Forest, near Covelo, regarding the hunting accident, officials said.

Upon arrival sheriff’s personnel learned from a witness that a member of a hunting party saw a wild pig approximately 70 yards uphill and across a ravine from his location. Not seeing Godoy, the hunter shot at the pig.

When the hunter went to the area where he last saw the wild pig, he located Godoy, who had suffered a single gunshot wound, officials said.

The witness – whose name is being withheld as the investigation is continuing – immediately rendered aid to Godoy and called for help on his handheld radio. Other hunters quickly arrived at which time they assisted in rendering first aid as well, according to the report.

Godoy was moved to the M1 Road where first aid was continued until medical personnel from Cal Fire US Forest Service arrived. Sheriff’s officials said medical personnel from Cal Fire and the US Forest Service rendered aid to Godoy for at least 10 minutes, at which time a medical team from CalStar landed to assist.

When the medical flight team arrived, Godoy was pronounced dead, the sheriff’s office reported.

Upon further investigation it was determined that Godoy received a single gunshot wound to the lower abdomen, officials said.

The agency said the names of the witnesses and other involved parties to this incident are currently being withheld as the investigation into the shooting continues.

[Another] Teen shot in hunting accident

[Bad enough that so many fathers are out to corrupt their young teen's natural affinity toward animals, but at least they could be sure to unload the weapons at the end of the day just so no one gets shot while packing them back into their vehicle.]

A 13-year-old Fort Worth boy is expected to recover after being shot in an apparent hunting accident near Whitney over the weekend.

The teen was packing up after hog hunting with his father and another father and son in the 300 block of Hill County Road 1263 around 9 p.m. Saturday, September 21, when the shooting occurred, according to Hill County Sheriff’s Office reports.

A weapon apparently discharged as the group was loading gear into the back of a vehicle, according to Lieutenant Kyle Cox. The boy was struck by a bullet in the lower abdomen.

He was transported to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth by CareFlite air ambulance and is reported to be in good condition, according to Lieutenant Cox.

Whitney Fire Rescue first responders were called to the scene, along with Sergeant Adam Tovar of the Hill County Sheriff’s Office and Game Warden Doug Volcik.

Everyone in the group resides in Fort Worth but owns property locally, according to sheriff’s office reports.

Lieutenant Cox said the shooting is currently being investigated as an accident and no charges have been filed at this time.