My yellow lab, Honey, is recuperating from being bit by a rattlesnake yesterday early evening (after the vets’ offices were closed around here). She was curious about it, but a little wary, so it must have only reached her with one fang. Her face swelled up and her eyes were sunken and she laid in the first patch of grass she saw when we got home (rather than running around). But she is much better (considering) and finally ate something this morning.

Because of my hearing issue (tinnitus) I couldn’t hear it rattle, but I’m pretty sure she did since she reacted to that snake much more aggressively than she does to the bull snakes we see closer to home. It was hotter than usual that day, and because we were just going to go down and splash off in the creek, she was off-leash. I called her back from what I at first thought was a harmless bull snake, forgetting we were 10 miles further into the mountains, where ‘timber-rattlers’ are more common than bull snakes. She must have been half-heeding my warning calls and half-afraid of the snakes rattling warning. Still, it grazed her and drew some blood and gave the dog the message it was not a snake to be trifled with…
I think the poor snake may have been hurt by one of the cars in the nearby campground, or by a car or 4-wheeler using the old forest service road going along the creek it was coiled 5 feet from. That could explain why Honey didn’t seem to get a full dose of venom and was already recovering within an hour of being bit. Her main symptom was lethargy and a swollen face and leg. Her face was so puffy she looked more like a bull terrier (like Spuds Mackenzie) than a yellow lab.
Anyway, she’s laying low and taking it slow today, which is probably a good plan since it’s another hot one…

Rattlesnake den photo copyright Jim Robertson

Dog who lost both owners to coronavirus looking for loving home

EATONTOWN, N.J. — A dog in New Jersey is in need of a new family after both of her owners died from COVID-19 complications.

Che-Che was scared and shaking when she was brought to the Monmouth County SPCA over the weekend. The staff wore full PPE and kept her the 9-pound dog in isolation before giving her a bath with hot soap and water.

The rescue group said it wants to honor her family and those lost by finding Che-Che the perfect home, and calls are already pouring in.

The group said it already has a long list of people who are interested in her, and it will find a home where she will live out the rest of her life in peace.

Protocols have changed during the pandemic for the staff, but their work to care for Che-Che and all the other animals who are waiting for their forever home doesn’t stop — even with fewer donations coming in.

But as more people stay home, officials say the good news people are fostering and adopting as they look for companionship during these uncertain times.

For those who are financially strapped, just know that help is available for your pets. The SPCA also has a pet food pantry so people can pick up their food along with food for their pets.

Click here to learn more on how to adopt from the Monmouth County SPCA or call the adoption center at 732-542-5962 with any questions.

A pigeon that can’t fly befriended a puppy that can’t walk. Yes, it’s as cute as it sounds

Lundy (left) and Herman (right) are friends. Yes, they're a chihuahua and pigeon, respectively, but the species barrier hasn't stopped them from snuggling up at their Rochester, New York, rescue.

(CNN)Meet Herman and Lundy, recent cuddle buddies and rescue animals.

The two are an unlikely pair: Herman, a pigeon, suffered neurological damage more than a year ago. He can’t fly. Little Lundy, a newborn chihuahua puppy, can’t use his back legs.
But stick them together, and the two will snuggle up as though they were members of the same litter — or nest.
The two met through the Mia Foundation, a rescue organization in Rochester, New York, that rehabilitates animals with birth defects and physical deformities. Sue Rogers, the nonprofit’s founder, sends most of her rescues to foster homes around the US but keeps a few of them for school programs about bullying.
Their interspecies friendship has inspired scores of supporters to donate to the foundation. And the animals, Rogers said, make each other better.

Two rough beginnings

Herman was found over a year ago in a car dealership parking lot, where he sat on the pavement, unmoving, for three whole days. Eventually his rescuers realized the poor pigeon couldn’t fly.
Neighboring wildlife rescues said he couldn’t be rehabilitated and would need to be euthanized, so Rogers took care of him herself.
He now rests in a baby crib for some of the day, but she takes him outside daily to stimulate him.
Little Lundy, an infant chihuahua, is a new arrival. His breeders in South Carolina sent him to Rogers because he had trouble using his hind legs, a condition known as swimmers syndrome.
At just 6 ounces, he was small enough to fit in a shirt pocket. Rogers said she suspects Lundy’s difficulty walking is due to damage to his teeny spinal cord.

When Lundy met Herman

The two were bound to meet eventually. Rogers set them together while attending to Lundy and saw the way the two snuggled up almost immediately — Herman didn’t peck, and Lundy didn’t nibble.

Rogers snapped some pictures of their cuddles. The “oohs” and “ahhs” followed soon after.
People from every corner of the world flooded Rogers’ inbox with donations, messages of support and, naturally, pleas to adopt Lundy or the other cute pups in her care.
“I was blown away,” she said.
And the donations keep coming — the foundation raised $6,000 in two days, she said. That’s enough to cover the high-end cost of a veterinary surgery that many of her rescue animals require.

Lundy needs to get stronger to be adoptable

Herman will likely stay in Rogers’ care for the rest of his life. She’s hopeful Lundy stays strong and survives.
“With animals born with defects, there’s a chance we could lose them,” she said. “So we don’t want to make anyone really excited. But now I think we’ve gotten a thousand emails asking, ‘Please, don’t ever separate those two!'”
One of Lundy’s rescuers fell in love with him while traveling with him to Rochester, so he may already have a new home lined up. The question, then, is if Herman will ask to tag along too.

Picture Rocks woman is charged with felony in trapping, killing of neighbors’ dog

An off-duty animal control officer who admitted to shooting and killing her neighbors’ dog at her Picture Rocks home in October has been charged with a felony.

Marilyn Hendrickson, 27, was arraigned in Pima County Superior Court on Wednesday after she was indicted earlier this month on one count of killing a domestic animal without consent, a fifth-degree felony. A judge entered a plea of not guilty on Hendrickson’s behalf.

The Arizona Daily Star reported in early November that Hendrickson, an animal control officer for Marana, trapped and killed the dog, Buddy, days earlier after a monthslong dispute involving her neighbors, Tiffany and Justin Bara, and her former employer, the Pima Animal Care Center.

A criminal case was investigated by the Pima County Sheriff’s Department.

Hendrickson told the Star that she carried out her actions out of desperation after months of what she perceived as inaction by PACC officers.

Records show she called PACC at least five times after more than a dozen of her chickens were killed and her goats were attacked — and blamed her neighbors. She told the Star she installed surveillance cameras and caught a dog on video attacking her goats.

A Marana spokeswoman told the Star in December that Hendrickson was no longer employed by the town.

Both Hendrickson and the Baras said they discussed the incident, but talks about replacing the chickens fell through. Tiffany Bara acknowledged her three dogs would escape from the yard, despite efforts to patch their fence, pack holes they dug and block the fencing with a kennel. Court records show the Baras were also charged with multiple counts of violating leash laws, dogs chasing livestock and for the dogs biting animals.

After the incident, Kristen Hassen, PACC director of animal services, stressed her officers always responded and did everything they could when Hendrickson called and that they would have done so again if Hendrickson had kept Buddy in the trap. She called the incident tragic and avoidable.

Hendrickson was booked into the Pima County jail on Wednesday. She is scheduled to appear in court next on March 16.

Adam Crook, accused of beating his dog to death, claimed he was euthanizing the animal

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Adam Crook is accused of killing his dog in Melrose Friday night. (Melrose Police)

The 44-year-old Melrose man accused of beating his dog to death with a rock claimed he was euthanizing the animal.

Adam Crook was arraigned Tuesday in Malden District Court on a charge of cruelty to an animal in connection with the killing of his dog, authorities said.

“In this case, the defendant allegedly struck his dog, Derby, multiple times in his backyard,” Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said. “After being certain the dog was deceased the defendant allegedly buried it behind his home.”

According to a police report reviewed by the Boston Herald, Crook claimed his dog was 17 years old and he had discussed euthanizing the animal with a friend who is a veterinarian.

Crook told police he decided to kill the dog Friday while his son was away, the Herald reports. Crook put Tylenol PM in the dog’s food.

The newspaper cited a police report that said Crook wanted to make sure the dog was dead, so he grabbed a rock and struck the dog in the head several times.

Crook showed police where the dog was buried, the Herald reports.

Police said Crook dragged his dog from his home into the backyard Friday night and struck the dog in the head with a large rock several times.

“The defendant then allegedly retrieved a shovel from his home and subsequently buried the dog,” the district attorney’s office said.

On Sunday, police executed a search warrant at Crook’s home and located the dead dog and other evidence. The dog’s body was taken to the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University by the Law Enforcement Liaison for the Animal Rescue League Alan Borgal.

“The defendant’s alleged actions are truly disturbing,” Melrose Police Chief Michael Lyle said. “This arrest would not have been possible without the close collaboration among our officers and our partners with the Animal Rescue League and federal law enforcement.”

The Herald reports a home health care aide saw Crook strike the animal. Crook hog-tied the dog outside his home, the newspaper reports.

The shelter refused to euthanize her dog. What she did next was ‘despicable,’ cops say

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Florida woman caught on video putting dog in truck of car

A Florida woman was arrested after a passerby caught her on video putting her dog into the trunk of a car and driving away. The woman had attempted to get the dog euthanized at a local shelter but was turned away. 

Sarah Ann Perry no longer wanted to keep her dog. So on Wednesday, the Cocoa, Florida, woman brought him to her local shelter.

Things went downhill from there.

According to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, after the folks at the facility said they were full, she asked to have the mixed breed pet named Neptune, euthanized. The shelter told her they did not euthanize animals and turned her away.

“She became extremely angry,” said Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey on the agency’s Facebook page.

Ivey then shows video, shot by a concerned citizen in the shelter’s parking lot, of what Perry did next: She jerks Neptune’s leash and shoves him into the trunk of her car.

Investigators soon tracked down Perry at her home, and took her into custody for the “despicable way she treated this poor helpless pet,” the sheriff said. The charge: animal cruelty, a felony.

As for Neptune, the dog was examined and found to be in very poor health and extremely malnourished.

According to a police report, his ribs, lumbar, vertebrae, pelvic bones and other bones were “visible from a distance.”

Neptune is being cared for at the Brevard County animal care center. Perry was released after posting $2,000 bond.