And Now There Is This

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Henry County Courthouse, Napoleon, Ohio

New ordinance readings would change the way stray cats and dogs live in the small city.

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Lucky birds; they can fly!

It is proposed that feeding and watering stray cats and dogs should be against the law. When this ordinance passes its required three readings in public city council session, or is unscrupulously passed in one “emergency” legislative reading, citizens will no longer be allowed to feed, or water, a stray cat, or dog, no matter where the stray cat, or dog, is located within city limits. A first offense of same will result in the person being charged with a minor misdemeanor. Fourth degree misdemeanor charges would follow after further offenses by the same individual.

A former humane society director claims this new policy will force stray cats and dogs who previously have partially lived off handouts to hunt through more and more garbage locations in order to survive.

While the city would enforce this new legislation, it also would seek government grant funding to finance a trap, spay/neuter, release program at the price of $150 per animal surgically altered. That would mean citizens still would be held to non-feeding/watering legislation after treated animals are released with no capability to reproduce.

What is the point of the cost of alteration, altogether, if these animals can’t be fed even after reproductive capability is lost? And, would the surgical program really be handled with care?

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The numbers versus the need, alone, say the alteration program wouldn’t be very effective because trapping would become a massive undertaking manned by… who? That part of the problem takes precedence over even the troublesome cost of the program for one small city — $150 per animal. Realistically, how much continuing funding is available in grant form from the government for this kind of operation?

What are we really trying to control? Is it animals, or citizens?

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Credit:
Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

Heaven and Earth

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Kittens:
“We don’t know where we are. Buddy thinks we may have landed in Kitten Heaven because there are a lot of other kittens here who don’t seem to remember too much of a life.

“We know we were separated from our Mother and run into a small, hot container. Then we took a ride…

“Now we’re somewhere strange. We hear our Mother’s cries, but we can’t find her, and she can’t find us. We miss her warm body and her cuddling and her milk.

“It all happened so quickly. We barely had learned to climb on our board pile home and to play with one another.

“Everything now is different and frightening. We wonder how long it will last. How long will it be before we see Mother again?”

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Tiger Mom. Bursting with milk and waiting on Earth to find her babies.

“The thing most wrong with the animal kingdom is the human animal that controls it.” – BA Helberg

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Credit:
Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

National Mutt Day

In honor of US National Mutt Day, here is my adopted sweetie-pie, Cee-Cee, also known as BUCKEYE TUT-HUT-NUT-MUTT at http://www.chickensoupforbuckeyes.wordpress.com :

 

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Cee-Cee came to live forever with me in October of 2010. She was in a foster home after being removed from a shelter one day away from her meeting with the Needle Man.

God bless those willing to act as foster parents for the sake of getting more dogs permanently adopted. Bonnie and Dale saved Cee-Cee for me!

Cee-Cee says, “Thanks, everyone, for giving me a second chance! Love you, Mom!”

A Tale of Ill Will

A young Newfoundland poses beside her favorite subject -- water. In recent history, the only Newfie to win at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show was "Josh", in 2004.

A young Newfoundland poses beside her favorite subject — water. In recent history, the only Newfie to win at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show was “Josh”, in 2004.

The Kennel Club circuits were the backdrop for the writing of author Albert Payson Terhune in his book Lad: A Dog, first published in 1919, with the copyright renewed in 1947. Lad was a collie, and Terhune let him do some of the thinking in his tale of dog shows and collie ways.

Dog show villians always appeared in Terhune’s stories.

But I’m not sure that any of Terhune’s bad guys were as bad as the secret poisoning perpetrator(s) that allegedly penetrated this season’s Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden on February 12, 2013. Dog owner Lynette Blue, who owned Cruz, a prized Samoyed contestant, continues to insist that someone poisoned her pet deliberately while he competed at MSG.

Cruz died four days after the Westminster show while competing in Colorado. Cruz’s death on February 16 has not been the subject of much interest outside the dog show world…unfortunately.

Perhaps we need to revisit Terhune’s long ago messages.

 

Rodney

This is Rodney, a “gentle, sweet” dog destroyed by medical experimentation, according to PCRM (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine).

Rodney’s photo by PCRM — received 6-26-2012.

 PCRM asks in one of its latest correspondences for concerned citizens to keep this picture of Rodney, who was abused in medical experimentation, “suffered so needlessly”, and was finally put to sleep when he had “no more to give” to serve as “a reminder of all the animals you can save by supporting PCRM”. Click on http://www.PCRM.org .

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