Siamese Cats Seized in Taylor County, FL

I wanted to share this as I think the hoarder should be charged as there were 63 cats and only 22 could be saved. This happened in Taylor County Florida which is a few counties away from where I live.
Siamese Cats Seized, “Feces Everywhere”
Most cats were euthanized, but the rest are up for adoption

Posted: 7:09 PM Apr 11, 2011
Reporter: Julie Montanaro
Email Address: julie.montanaro@wctv.tv

April 11, 2011 by Julie Montanaro

Dozens of cats must be euthanized in a Taylor County animal neglect case and nearly two dozen more must now find new homes.

Those cats were seized by animal control in February more than a year after the investigation first started.

Diane Mohamete couldn’t take her eyes off a cat named Poe. He’s one of eight Siamese cats now living in the lobby at Animal Aid. The cats seized by animal control officers in Taylor County who found them living in deplorable conditions in a shed behind a Perry motel.

“I think it’s awful. I think it’s really said that animals get treated like that. I’m a big animal lover so when I see that, it breaks my heart,” Mohamete said.

Photos show from whence they came. Reports from Taylor County Animal Control say there was a child’s swimming pool completely filled with feces and feces and urine in every corner.

The officer’s report says she had to repeatedly excuse herself to get fresh air “because my throat and chest burnt so badly from the smell.”

Animal control coordinator Carrie Tucker says she seized 63 cats. More than three dozen were so ill or feral that they had to be euthanized, she said, and 22 more were sent here to Tallahassee‘s Animal Aid to be nursed back to health in hopes of finding good homes.

“We had a lot of diarrhea, which was treated and they’re all coming along nicely. They were a little thin, but they’ve put on weight and are doing much better,” said Margo Garcia, practice manager at Animal Aid.

So far 13 of the Siamese or Siamese mix cats have been adopted, but these eight are still waiting for a fresh start and another is still fighting to survive.

According to Taylor County’s Animal Control Coordinator, the cats’ owner did try to clean up and get the cats vaccinated, but by February of this year admitted she didn’t have the money to take care of them. The owner has not been charged with any crime.

If you are interested in adopting one of the cats, contact Jackie at Animal Aid (850) 386-4148.

Below is the link for the video.

Siamese Cats Seized, “Feces Everywhere”.

Wolves

=^.^=  In doing my research last night about the brown recluse I decided to cover another animal that has a bad rap sheet .. wolves.

Now I personally find them to be beautiful mysterious creatures, but they are often hunted down and killed for no reason other than for what they are… animals. So I wanted to present facts about wolves as well as some information about the wolf relocation project.

(Taken from http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/wolf/)

Photo: A gray wolf in the snow

Wolves are legendary because of their spine-tingling howl, which they use to communicate. A lone wolf howls to attract the attention of his pack, while communal howls may send territorial messages from one pack to another. Some howls are confrontational. Much like barking domestic dogs, wolves may simply begin howling because a nearby wolf has already begun.

Wolves are the largest members of the dog family. Adaptable gray wolves are by far the most common and were once found all over the Northern Hemisphere. But wolves and humans have a long adversarial history. Though they almost never attack humans, wolves are considered one of the animal world’s most fearsome natural villains. They do attack domestic animals, and countless wolves have been shot, trapped, and poisoned because of this tendency.

In the lower 48 states, gray wolves were hunted to near extinction, though some populations survived and others have since been reintroduced. Few gray wolves survive in Europe, though many live in Alaska, Canada, and Asia.

Red wolves live in the southeastern United States, where they are endangered. These animals actually became extinct in the wild in 1980. Scientists established a breeding program with a small number of captive red wolves and have reintroduced the animal to North Carolina. Today, perhaps 100 red wolves survive in the wild.

The maned wolf, a distant relative of the more familiar gray and red wolves, lives in South America. Physically, this animal resembles a large, red fox more than its wolf relatives.

Wolves live and hunt in packs of around six to ten animals. They are known to roam large distances, perhaps 12 miles (20 kilometers) in a single day. These social animals cooperate on their preferred prey—large animals such as deer, elk, and moose. When they are successful, wolves do not eat in moderation. A single animal can consume 20 pounds (9 kilograms) of meat at a sitting. Wolves also eat smaller mammals, birds, fish, lizards, snakes, and fruit.

Wolfpacks are established according to a strict hierarchy, with a dominant male at the top and his mate not far behind. Usually this male and female are the only animals of the pack to breed. All of a pack’s adults help to care for young pups by bringing them food and watching them while others hunt.

Map

Map: Wolf rangeWolf Range

Fast Facts

Type:
Mammal
Diet:
Carnivore
Average life span in the wild:
6 to 8 years
Size:
Head and body, 36 to 63 in (91 to 160 cm); Tail, 13 to 20 in (33 to 51 cm)
Weight:
40 to 175 lbs (18 to 79 kg)
Group name:
Pack
Protection status:
Endangered
Size relative to a 6-ft (2-m) man:
Illustration: Wolf compared with adult man

(Taken from http://fangedwolf.tripod.com/Wolf.htm)

Hunting

The pack relies heavily on group hunting, as they are usually quite a bit smaller than their prey. They need co-operation and coordination in order to feed the pack sufficiently. They rely on their sense of smell heavily; which is said to be 100 times greater than our own, to hunt. They can travel great distances while hunting. They have great stamina and strength, and can travel far for extended periods. Some wolves have been clocked at traveling 24-28 miles per hour. Although they cannot maintain great speed for any length of time, they seem to be able to trot indefinitely at about 5mph.

In winter wolves use frozen rivers and lakes as travel routes. They also can travel between 15-25km in a single night. Usually wolves eat all that they kill, gorging themselves, as they did not know when their next meal would be. Wolves will often go for days without food, and then can eat up to 100lbs of meat at a time. Crows and ravens have been known to help wolves find food. The wolves make the kill, and gorge themselves, and the ravens get the leftovers. It is an unlikely partnership, but one that works.

Common Misconceptions

(taken from http://www.aws.vcn.com/wolf_myth_legend_misconception.html)

MISCONCEPTION 1 – MAN’S FEAR OF WOLVES COMES FROM MYTH AND LEGEND

It’s true that there are story book tales of the “Big, Bad Wolf.” Is this the real reason that there is fear and hatred toward wolves? Research doesn’t support such a claim. This author has spent hundreds of hours in research and interviews with people who have had personal experiences with the wolf and there was not one time a person alluded to a myth or a legend. They spoke of what they saw with their own eyes.

MISCONCEPTION 2 – WOLVES ARE ENDANGERED THEREFORE WE MUST RECOVER THEM THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES

“Endangered” to most people simply means “few in number.” But that is not always the case. Animals can number in the thousands, be in no danger of extinction and still be listed as “endangered” on the ESA. Such is the case with the wolf.

The Evil Brown Recluse

=^.^= *shudders*

First off, I don’t care for spiders.. I find them mostly creepy. I will take a non poisonous snake any day over a daddy long legs or any type of non poisonous spider.. ugh.

I was going to write about how evil the brown recluse is.. but then in my research found that where I live.. scientifically the recluses don’t exist. So I wanted to cover the fear, myth and hype over this spider and end on a cautionary note. These are dangerous spiders.. but only if you live in the area they are in. My best suggestion if you have to be in the woods or do any type of yard work near woods, wear lots of protective clothing, if you have to go into the attic, turn on the light 30 minutes prior to going up there. They love the dark and will scramble away from light.

So without further ado.. here’s my research.


How to id them:

(taken from http://www.brownreclusespider.org/brown-recluse-spider-identification.htm)

The loxosceles reclusa, also known as brown recluse spider or violin spider, is a small-sized arachnid of approximately 7-12mm (1/4″ – 1/2′) long. The color of the brown recluse spider is generally brown. Its body shows a peculiar cephalothorax with a dark brown violin-shaped spot; the legs are light brown and the oval-shaped abdomen is dark brown, yellow, or greenish yellow. The most important characteristic is the presence of 3 pairs of eyes in the cephalothorax. Normally, all spiders have 4 pairs (8 altogether).

More info on Identifying them

(Taken from http://spiders.ucr.edu/recluseid.html)

A brown recluse has a dark brown violin shape on the cephalothorax (the portion of the body to which the legs attach).  The neck of the violin points backward toward the abdomen.  However, what you should look at instead is the eye pattern of 6 eyes in pairs with a space separating the pairs.  Most spiders have 8 eyes in two rows of four.

Here are the things that describe a brown recluse spider (but some other spiders have a few of these characters too).  There are pictures below to illustrate what is NOT a recluse.

  • Six eyes arranged in pairs, with one pair in front and a pair on either side.
  • A dark violin shape on the cephalothorax.
  • Uniformly light-colored legs – no stripes, no bands
  • Uniformly colored abdomen which can vary from cream to dark brown depending on what it has eaten, however, it will never have two colors of pigment at the same time.  (The little discoloration on the spider above left is the heart which can be seen through the thin skin.)
  • No spines on the legs, only fine hairs
  • Recluses make small retreat webs behind objects, never out in the open.
  • It is about 3/8 of an inch in body length.



Where to find them:

(Taken from http://www.brownreclusespider.org/brown-recluse-spider-location.htm)

The brown recluse spider, as well as other species of Loxosceles, is a native of the USA. Nevertheless, other non-native species can be found in a small number of areas in the country, such as the Loxosceles spider rufescens or Mediterranean recluse.

Brown recluse spiders are mainly found in the central Midwestern states southward to the Gulf of Mexico, especially in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri.

Important: these spiders can and do spread, travelling inside boxes and packaging.

Inside homes, the brown recluse spider can be found in any of the following places: dark spots within baths, dormitories, garages, closets and cellars, vent and heating conducts, seldom used clothes/shoes. They can nest in stored clothes, old books, boxes, furniture, toys, carpets, coatings, corners and cracks.

Typical outdoor habitats of the brown recluse spider: storage places, underneath rocks or inside hollow trunks.


Below is a location map of where they are normally found:

(taken from http://dermatology.cdlib.org/DOJvol5num2/special/recluse.html)

Recluse Spider Populations
The darkly shaded area of the map shows the distribution of the brown recluse spider (modified from the distribution map of Gertsch and Ennik, 1983). Additional limited populations may be found around the margins of the shaded area. The other 10 species of native recluse spiders are found in the striped area in the southwestern U.S.

(Taken from http://spiders.ucr.edu/recluseid.html)

Several important things:

  1. Check the map to see if you live in an area that is supposed to have recluse spiders.  If you do not live in any of the colored areas in the map, then it is HIGHLY UNLIKELY that you have a recluse spider.  It is POSSIBLE but incredibly unlikely.
  2. Because so many people have mistaken markings on a spider as violins, this is NOT a reliable characteristic for a non-arachnologist.  You need to look at the eye pattern.
  3. Even if you have a recluse, bites from them are extremely rare, despite all the stories.    Many of the really graphic nasty wounds you see on the internet as recluse bites can also be other conditions like necrotizing bacteria and pyoderma gangrenosum.  Ninety percent of brown recluse bites are not medically significant, heal very nicely often without medical. intervention and treatment for most brown recluse bites is simple first aid (RICE therapy – Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation).  Many conditions are misdiagnosed as recluse bites when their cause is something else like infection, bad reaction to medication, diabetic ulcers, Lyme disease, or other underlying medical conditions.

The worst part about these spiders is their bite.

There are no lack of graphical images of brown recluse spider bites on the internet.. and since I wanted to keep this as informative and non-creepy as possible (believe me I got freaked about the pictures of the spider itself).  I’ll provide a less graphic one.

(Taken from http://www.emedicinehealth.com/spider_bite_brown_recluse_spider_bite/page3_em.htm)

Brown recluse spider bites often go unnoticed initially because they are usually painless bites. Occasionally, some minor burning that feels like a bee sting is noticed at the time of the bite. Symptoms usually develop two to eight hours after a bite. Keep in mind that most bites cause little tissue destruction.


If you think you have been bitten by a recluse, seek medical attention that day.

I hope this has been informative and educational.. if not a bit creepy.