Hybrid wolves reportedly doing well at sanctuary. Waiting for Luna’s DNA test.

Observer-Reporter.  Kathie Warco  October 17, 2017

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The wolf dogs removed from a Bentleyville home in August are reportedly doing well as their former owner awaits a summary trial on charges he had them in his Bentleyville home without required permission from the state.

Frederick Frameli, 67, of 120 Spring St., was charged by a state Game Commission wildlife officer with three counts of keeping wolf hybrids without a permit. He was scheduled for a summary trial last month at the same time as a court proceeding into cruelty to animals charges filed against him by the humane officer for Washington Area Humane Society. But the trial on the charges regarding the hybrid wolves was delayed until DNA results were available on the animals. District Judge Curtis Thompson found Frameli guilty on 12 counts of animal cruelty. He was fined and ordered to make restitution to the humane society. Thompson also banned Frameli from owning a dog for three years.

Agents with the humane society, accompanied by Game Commission officers, served a search warrant Aug. 23 at Frameli’s home in response to a complaint from one of his neighbors of possible animal cruelty. They seized four suspected wolf hybrid dogs, as well as 11 German shepherd or German shepherd-type dogs. A veterinary technician at the humane society testified during the Sept. 27 animal cruelty trial that full evaluations of the dogs were done and indicated the animals were either severely or notably underweight. Frameli surrendered all of the animals.

The hybrid dogs were taken to the Wolf Sanctuary of Pennsylvania in Lititz, Lancaster County, where the DNA tests were conducted.

DNA tests came back as positive for Akeela, Gianni and Kaya all having a percentage of wolf in their DNA, said Kelly Proudfit, executive director of the humane society. The sanctuary is awaiting results of the test on the animal called Luna.

“They are doing great,” Proudfit said of the four animals. “They have doubled their weight since being admitted into the sanctuary.

“They are healthy now, and stable,” she added. “They will be moved into a natural habitat sanctuary at the center soon for a nice, stress-free, happy life.”

Frameli’s summary trial is now scheduled for Nov. 14 before Thompson.

Understanding the Role of the Attending Veterinarian Under the Animal Welfare Act. “FREE” Presentation available.

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USDA Animal Care has posted on its website a presentation that explains the role of attending veterinarians under the Animal Welfare Act.

Proper veterinary care is vital to ensure that regulated animals receive humane care and treatment, so Animal Welfare Act regulations require regulated entities to have a full-time veterinarian on staff or to contract with an attending veterinarian to develop a written program of veterinary care.

“The role of the attending veterinarian is critical, and this presentation thoroughly outlines the full extent of that role,” said Dr. Nora Wineland, director of APHIS’ Center for Animal Welfare.

The presentation is available here, under the Educational Materials subheading.

https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalwelfare/CAW   Scroll down midway and click the highlighted Attending Veterinarians link for the FREE course

If not us – Who? If not now – When?

So here it is….the aftermath.  The hurricanes have passed.  Crisis is over.  We go back to our lives. How normal everything is on all the wolfdog groups.  People are showing off pics of their pretty wolfdogs.  Wolfdog questions are being asked, answers are given.  Petty bullying is back.  Judgmental acrimonious behavior in full swing. Life goes on right?

It goes on until those affected in Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico walk out the front doors of homes not theirs; either a parent’s house, a friend’s house or their children’s house if one is so fortunate…or we walk out of our houses (those that still have them!)  and see the big trees that have fallen, see the water still reddish from being off for over a week.  We sop the water off the floors and put fans to dry the walls.  We call out for our missing four legged friends that were lost in the storm and only here silence.  Our Puerto Rican brother’s and sister’s spend another night looking at the stars to light their nights.  Those of us that lost our jobs during this hurricane or lost work…pray for a miracle to pay next month’s bills. It all seems so surreal watching the world we live in and the world on Facebook.  All so simple…like rebooting a computer.

I am one of the fortunate ones.  We had hurricane force winds, rains, trees feeling down all around us…no power or water for 7 days, a house full of family and friends and we survived intact.  Long distance friends and family talk about how we all dodged a bullet and aren’t we glad it was not that bad. It was a bad storm.  Many of my friends lost their homes, their pets, their livelihood.  One acquaintance lost her life.  For those safe, warm and dry…….platitudes are not welcome in our home!

So what is the point?  Do I want the wolfdog community to be in perpetual mourning and grief?  Do I want thousands more PM’s stating how “sorry they are” for the situation? Do I want  another fundraiser?  Do I want yet another meaningless hashtag “we stand with florida/texas/puerto rico (which means ABSOLUTELY NOTHING when you have no water….electricity..or home).

Simply in a word..No.

I see at least 10,000 active in wolfdog community on Facebook, I see Wolfdog Radio with over 25,000 listeners.  I see people still crushed in spirit, still hurting standing fierce, tall, proud and silent as if to say “we are still here –we are alive!”

Everyone out there that is reading this blog…..and on Facebook.   When you PM someone…look at the menu on the PM screen….do you see that coin with the dollar sign?   Did you know you can send money?  $1, $5 any amount and with no charge to an individual person (image below!)

 

You can make a PERSONAL gesture.   All of you KNOW some one, one individual person that has been DRASTICALLY affected by the hurricanes, you KNOW someone who is in pain and needs help. Send them 1 dollar…send them $5.00 dollars.  When you go to McDonald’s – instead of getting Double Triple Quarter Pounder…get something on the dollar menu and send someone you know the other dollar.  This is something we ALL can do. We have to do it. We need to do it.  Sometimes just knowing that someone out there gave you their hard-earned dollar…means more than you will ever know.

A past president gave a speech that is pretty apropos:

“We have to ask ourselves if we do nothing, where does all of this end. Can anyone here say that if we can’t do it, someone down the road can do it, and if no one does it, what happens to the country? I know it’s a hell of a challenge, but ask yourselves if not us, who, if not now, when?”

Let’s rise to this challenge.  Right know wolfdogs face an uncertain future. Legislation is being passed like a knife through soft butter.  But we are not soft butter.  We have skins of steel and strong hearts.  We leave no one behind, we walk through hell together and what hurts one ….hurts all of us – Humankind and Wolf-kind alike.   Let the week of September 25th be the week where we reach out and help as many individuals that have been affected one on one.  Everyone of us can do this.  You can do this.  I can do this.  We can do this.

Deanna Moose

Owner/Producer Wolf Dog Radio

County Board Bans Residents From Keeping ‘Wild and Exotic’ Animals as Pets

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by Chris Teale September 20, 2017.  Arlington County, Virginia ARL News story.

Arlington County, Virginia residents are now prohibited from keeping various “wild and exotic” animals as pets, including alligators, squirrels and skunks, but can keep non-venomous snakes and hedgehogs.

Anyone who already owns a banned animal will be grandfathered in but must immediately contact the Animal Welfare League of Arlington to register their pet. Current owners will then be able to legally keep their pets through the registry.

The County Board voted unanimously on Tuesday for the new restrictions, which take effect immediately. Anyone found in violation of the new rules could be fined up to $500 a day.

The following animals are banned, according to Arlington County.

  • Non-human primates (monkeys, chimpanzees, etc.)
  • Raccoons
  • Skunks
  • Wolves or wolf hybrids
  • Coyotes
  • Squirrels
  • Foxes
  • Leopards
  • Panthers
  • Tigers
  • Lions
  • Bears
  • Wild cats including hybrids (like bobcats, lynx and caracals)
  • Ratites (flightless birds)
  • Crocodilians
  • Venomous snakes, venomous reptiles
  • Any other warm-blooded mammal that can normally be found in the wild state
  • Scorpions other than those in the Pandinus groupwhich are permitted
  • Centipedes of the Scolopendra group
  • The following spider groups: Latrodectus (widow spiders); Loxosceles (recluse spiders); Dipluridae (funnel-web spiders); Phoneutria  (banana spiders aka wandering spiders); Ctenizidae (trap-door spiders); Sicarius (sand spiders); and Theraphosidae (tarantulas), except for Theraphosids native to North and South America and Brachypelma smithi (Mexican redknee tarantula), which are not permitted

Non-venomous snakes are not banned, but the Board set standards for care, handling and enclosures for snakes that weigh more than 25 pounds. That is a change from the previous iteration of the ban in March, which had intended to ban ownership of non-venomous snakes weighing more than 10 pounds.

Each snake must have a microchip and have an enclosure that prevents escape but allows freedom of movement within it.

“What began as a seemingly straightforward effort to ban exotic pets in Arlington became much more complex and nuanced as the process evolved,” County Board chair Jay Fisette said in a statement. “Ultimately, through a lot of conversation with the community, we were able to adopt a Code amendment that reaches a practical balance of the input received from all sides and is enforceable.”

Rabbits, rats, mice, ferrets, hamsters, gerbils, chinchillas, hedgehogs, sugar gliders and guinea pigs bred in captivity are permitted as pets. Also allowed as pets are all domestically bred or legally imported birds — other than flightless ratites — plus non-venomous snakes, non-venomous reptiles, amphibians and fish.

County staff said the decision aligns county and state law, and now allows local animal control officers to take actions that previously could only have been taken by state officers.

USDA, TDA: More Food Help on the Way for Households Hit by Harvey. USDA Office of Communications.

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 7, 2017 – Families affected by Hurricane Harvey will soon be able to receive food packages containing nutritious, high-quality foods–100 percent grown and produced on farms in the U.S.–known as USDA Foods, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Texas Department of Agriculture announced today.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the food boxes families will receive are a short-term measure designed to address an immediate need for food until a longer-term solution is ready to be put in place.

“People in Texas are hurting,” Perdue said. “And we at USDA are working hard with the State of Texas and our private sector partners to make sure that households displaced in the aftermath of this epic storm get the food they need.”

The Disaster Household Distribution program is approved to start on Sept. 8. The Texas Department of Agriculture will work directly with its partners, the Feeding Texas and local food banks, to issue food boxes to participants located in presidentially declared disaster areas.

“Texas has a true friend in the USDA and Secretary Perdue,” Commissioner Miller said.  “In my conversations with him during this crisis he has assured me that Texas will have whatever it needs to recover and he’s made it happen. I can’t thank him enough.”

The food banks will utilize their current network of pantries to distribute foods in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. Each of the packages will contain 25-30 pounds of USDA Foods and will be based on existing shelf-stable items in identified food banks.

For more information on the program, please visit: www.squaremeals.org or contact: HarveyInfo@texasagriculture.gov.

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REMEMBER the victims of Hurricane Harvey and those in the path of Hurricane Irma by helping TODAY.

Tomorrow our great nation and the world remembers and pays our respects to the thousands of family members affected and those that lost their lives in  9/11 remembrance ceremonies.  Everyone remembers where they were on Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001.

Everyone will also remember where they were at the beginning of the 2016 hurricane season.  Hurricane Harvey devastated Southern Texas and Louisiana in late August.  Hurricane Irma has just made landfall this morning and is the largest, most powerful Hurricane EVER, unleashing that power on all of Florida.  MILLIONS…..look at that again…..MILLIONS of Americans have and will be impacted for decades.

We can not sit back and do nothing.  Everyone knows someone who has been or is being affected by these weather nightmares.  Next time you go thru the drive up window of your nearby fast food chain or consider which brand of liquid refreshment to purchase – consider this:  PLEASE consider taking the money you would be spending and put that money to an exceptional use, that of assisting someone that is and will be in need.  Stand proudly like the magnificent animal stands in the photo for this posting. 

National Lupine Association, a 501c3 organization, started a Disaster Relief Fund 15 years ago to aid their member and non-members that are in need of assistance.  We at Wolfdog Radio ask that you visit their website at http://www.floridalupine.org/index-6.html.

PLEASE read that page and follow the very easy directions to make your TAX DEDUCTIBLE donation to assist the many that will be in need, from the devastation of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.  Praying for those in Florida and the southeastern States that will be impacted by the monster storm named Irma.  THANK YOU for your generosity.

 

 

Know the LAW when traveling with pets during major disasters.

H.R.3858 – Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act of 2006

https://www.congress.gov/bill/109th-congress/house-bill/03858 

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To amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to ensure that State and local emergency preparedness operational plans address the needs of individuals with household pets and service animals following a major disaster or emergency.

THIS WAS PASSED INTO LAW.  HOTELS/MOTELS MUST ALLOW PETS AND SERVICE ANIMALS IN THEIR BUSINESS AND ROOMS DURING A MAJOR DISASTER OR EMERGENCY NO MATTER WHAT THEIR CORPORATE POLICY MIGHT BE.

Hurricane Harvey: WDR Update.

Wolfdog Radio and its listeners have taken the bull by the horns and have sent some much needed items to Jerry and Donna Mills, with more to follow from WDR very shortly.

Wolfdog Radio started a GoFundMe account for Hurricane Harvey which we will be closing so that the efforts to raise monies for Jerry and Donna Mills, who lost EVERYTHING in their home and pretty much have the clothes on their back plus a very few things they grabbed when they had to leave Tuesday night from their home and property, can be better coordinated as described below.

We fully support and hope that everyone wishing to assist Jerry and Donna utilize the National Lupine Associations’s Disaster Relief Fund EASY to use site found here: http://www.floridalupine.org/index-6.html  (scroll down and click “donate” (option 2))  which will ensure they receive the entire amount as NLA has a cap on funds a party can receive UNLESS the donator specifies the donation to go to a specific person. PLEASE donate today. All donations are tax deductible.

 

Wolfdog Radio is also very appreciative of Nancy LaPorta Brown and Full Moon Farm, who have graciously allowed Wolfdog Radio to partner with them in seeking donations from businesses and corporations to better serve the needs of Jerry and Donna and possibly others who are in so much need from the devastation from Hurricane Harvey.

Wolfdog Radio asks that anyone that wishes to ship or send anything to Jerry or Donna to PLEASE contact Greg Largent at glargent@wolfdogradio.com, PM or text me or call me, as Wolfdog Radio would like to make those shipped donations tax deductible and to co-ordinate the materials ship to addresses and for required record keeping of tax deductible donations.

THANK YOU ALL!

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

My name is Greg Largent.  I am a Producer with Wolfdog Radio.  In light of Hurricane Harvey’s making landfall sometime within the next 9 – 12 hours and the projected devastation from upwards of 30 inches of rain, hurricane winds of 125+ MPH and the horrific flooding that is forecast from this storm making landfall near Corpus Christi, Wolfdog Radio has started this GoFundMe account to assist wolfdog owners that will be impacted by Hurricane Harvey.  This storm system may possibly make it’s way back into the Gulf sometime Tuesday and making a second landfall near Houston.
100% of the proceeds from your donations, minus the GoFundMe charge, will be distributed to those wolfdog owners impacted the most.WolfdogRadio.com provides an avenue for the discussion of topics relative to wolfdogs and wolves.  An accounting of the funds will be made on the Wolfdog Radio webpage for open accounting purposes. PLEASE donate!! Stand with the ANIMALS and help Wolfdog Radio assist them after this catastrophic storm passes. THANK YOU!!