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Wysong dog food recall due to mold

Wysong is recalling some of their dry dog food due to excessive moisture, which may cause mold.

The following batches of Wysong Canine Diets Maintenance™ and Senior™ have shown above acceptable moisture levels and may contain mold.

Wysong Maintenance™: lot #: 090617
Wysong Maintenance™: lot #: 090624
Wysong Maintenance™: lot #: 090706
Wysong Maintenance™: lot #: 090720
Wysong Senior™: lot #: 090623

We ask that if you have received any of these Wysong products to please not feed them, and contact Wysong for product replacement.

Subject: Product Replacement

Alternatively, please return or exchange at the store from which you purchased the product. Credit will be issued via our Distributors to the Retailer.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

(Thanks to PetistUSA for letting us know about this one.)

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Italian dog breeds in NYC Columbus Day Parade

This year New York’s Columbus Day Parade, on October 12, will include Italian dog breeds.

New York, NY – The American Kennel Club® is proud to announce its participation in the 65th Annual Columbus Day Parade, the world’s largest celebration of Italian-American culture, on Monday, October 12th from noon to 3:00 p.m. on Fifth Avenue between 47th and 79th streets. For the first time ever the parade will include a procession of rare Italian dog breeds, recognizing Italy’s great contributions to the dog world and celebrating the upcoming Meet the Breeds event at the Javits Center on October 17th and 18th where pet lovers can meet 200 breeds of dog and cat.

The one million parade spectators will enjoy a contingency of over 30 marchers and 13 furry friends including the Bergamasco, an ancient shepherding breed with a striking coat of dense, flat mats that reach the ground; as well as the Cirneco dell’Etna, an ancient dog used in Sicily for rabbit hunting; the Lagotto Romagnolo, a dog from Northwest Italy with thick curly hair and a history dating back to the 16th century and the only two native Italian gun-dog breeds, the Bracco Italiano and Spinone Italiano.

Read the rest of Italian Dog Breeds and the American Kennel Club Say ‘Ciao’ to New York City in the Columbus Day Parade.

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New York City ordered to create more animal shelters

New York City is lacking in animal shelters and a judge has ordered the city to build more.

The ASPCA applauds a decision by the New York State Supreme Court to uphold a 2000 law mandating the existence of full-service animal shelters in all five New York City boroughs.

In last week’s ruling, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Marilyn Shafer gave the City 60 days to come up with a plan to implement the law(PDF) which will ultimately allow for more animals to be adopted and fewer to be euthanized.

While the boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island are each outfitted with New York City Animal Care and Control shelters, the Bronx and Queens have only part-time animal receiving centers. Animals in these two boroughs are routinely sent to Manhattan and Brooklyn, where shelters quickly reach capacity, resulting in the euthanasia of healthy pets. Although funds were allocated for a full-service shelter in each borough, the City has not yet taken steps to purchase sites in the Bronx and Queens.

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NYC residents forced to give up dogs

dog-pit-bullDue to new regulations in New York City, dog owners living in public housing must either move or give up their dogs.

Tyson was a tough-looking, head-turning dog — a 60-pound, year-old Staffordshire bull terrier with a silver-gray coat and blue eyes. But the only thing tough about him was his name, his owner said.

Tyson followed commands, never bit anyone and liked to put his paws on people’s heads to play with their hair. “He was a big baby,” said his owner, Marc Hernandez, 20, who had had Tyson since he was a puppy of 7 weeks.

Yet one day in May, Mr. Hernandez, a student at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, took Tyson to an East Harlem animal shelter, where he reluctantly and tearfully surrendered him. The problem was not Tyson’s behavior, but his home: Mr. Hernandez lives in one of New York City’s public housing projects, where a ban on pit bulls and other large dogs went into effect May 1.

The ban, one of the strictest for any public housing authority in the country, prohibits residents from keeping pure-bred or mixed-breed pit bulls, Rottweilers and Doberman pinschers, as well as any dog, with the exception of service dogs, expected to weigh more than 25 pounds when grown.

Read more of Large Dogs in Public Housing Are Now Endangered Species.

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Animal sanctuary threatened by Los Angeles wildfires

As wildfires burn in the Los Angeles officials have ordered area residents to leave. However, in spite of the orders, Tippi Hedren is staying at her animal sanctuary and hoping for the best.

Thick black smoke hovers overhead as dozens of lions, tigers and other large cats roam actress Tippi Hedren’s animal sanctuary, seemingly unfazed by a wildfire raging only a mile away.

Fire officials ordered Hedren, who starred in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 horror classic “The Birds,” to evacuate the Shambala Preserve days ago. But she sees no need to load up the animals yet.

“Nobody wants lions and tigers going down the road,” Hedren, 79, told The Associated Press on Tuesday in a phone interview from her home on the preserve in northern Los Angeles County.

“We’ve never had to do that. I’m knocking on wood right now. We’ve been through floods, fires, incredible things Mother Nature has the capability of handing us.”

Hedren, mother of actress Melanie Griffith, said she has spoken with the Fire Department and has steel crates and trailers ready to move the 64 big cats if the fire gets closer to the property. In addition, the preserve conducts fire clearance every six months and has a 22,000-gallon water tank, a lake, firefighting pumps and backup generators.

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Dog survives after being thrown off roof

Brooklyn dog survives after fall

A dog named Oreo survived after being thrown off the roof of a six floor building in Brooklyn.

NEW YORK – A New York City man has been arrested, accused of throwing his one year old dog from the roof of a six-floor city housing project in Brooklyn, critically injuring the animal.

Joseph Pentangelo, assistant director at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, says surgeons reassembled the terrier mix’s front legs.  All four of the dog’s limbs had to be surgically repaired with plates and screws. She also suffered internal bruising and damage to her lungs

“This was unquestionably an act of cruelty,” he said.

The 45-pound dog, named “Oreo” by investigators, is able to walk again.

“She is healing, but it is a long road ahead,” Pentangelo said.

ASCPA officers arrested 19-year-old Fabian Henderson on Friday on felony charges of aggravated cruelty to animals and reckless endangerment. His lawyer’s name was not immediately known.

Read more about Oreo.

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NYC dog walker also makes dog treats

NYC dog sitter is now in the dog treat businessA New York City dog walker and dog sitter has started his own dog treat company.

On any afternoon, Jack Walker can be seen in a T-shirt, jeans and shell-toe Adidas sneakers chatting with neighbors and walking a few furry friends around Fort Greene.

Mr. Walker, 65, who lives on Cumberland Street, spends his days as a dog walker and music composer. And soon he will unveil Papa Jack’s organic dog treats, with daughter April Walker.

Mr. Walker says the idea came after a weekend of dog sitting.

“The owner brought a home-made version of her dog food, which wasn’t very appetizing to the dog,” he said. “So I took the idea, got rid of some of the stuff she had included and decided to try and improve upon it.”

Read the rest of He’s Dogs’ Best Friend.

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Are guinea pigs the newest fad pet to own?

guinea-pigThanks to Disney’s new movie, G-Force, guinea pigs may be the next fad pet to own.

After the debut of popular movies including “Marley & Me” and “Beverly Hills Chihuahua”, public demand has skyrocketed for the movie’s pet stars. Then, sadly, after a few months, countless said “it” pets are surrendered to shelters because they don’t automatically act like the well-trained actors of the silver screen.

The new Disney movie “G-Force,” which opened last week, stars a squad of specially trained, computer-generated guinea pig spies. Some guinea pig rescue groups have already posted pleas to parents to “just say no” when their young children beg for a furry little rodent of their own. It’s a common misconception that guinea pigs make good starter pets; in reality they are simply too fragile for young children.

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The Dog Museum of America

Founded in New York, the Dog Museum of America is now in St. Louis, and boasts some of the most famous works of art depicting dogs.

The Dog Museum of America is not only the only fine arts museum devoted to the dog in the United States, it is the only such museum in the world dedicated to man’s best friend.

It was founded in New York in 1982 and was moved to St. Louis in 1986. It is housed in the historic Jarville House (1853) in Queeny Park.

The museum owns close to 2,000 works of art — paintings, sculptures, ceramic figurines, pastels, prints, drawings and photographs — fewer than half of which are on display at any given time, director Barbara Jedda McNab says.

Several works are by major 19th century artists, including canvases by Sir Edwin Landseer, Queen Victoria’s favorite painter, and sculptures by Antoine-Louis Barye, the leading French animal sculptor.

For more, visit the Dog Museum of America website.

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