pets en Intense ice coverage leads to dramatic animal rescues <p><strong>Update: 11:08 a.m., March 7, 2014</strong></p><p>The 14-year-old pup we wrote about earlier in the week was reunited with its owner (woman on the right):</p><p></p><p>From the Coast Guard's <a href="">press release</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Jodi Benchich of St. Clair Shores, Mich., visited with her 14-year-old pet “KC” at the Wilson Veterinary Hospital before taking him back home. The dog sustained frostbite on his paws and also lost a significant amount of weight during the time he was lost.</p><p>"KC is happy to be back home and is eating everything we give him," said a very happy Benchich. "We're forever grateful to the Coast Guard and hope to be able to thank the crew in person sometime soon."</p></blockquote><p><strong> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 16:08:10 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16722 at Intense ice coverage leads to dramatic animal rescues The city of Detroit is understaffed for its stray animal problem <p>The question of how many stray animals are in Detroit has been talked about ever since Bloomberg News put out this piece with the typical "Detroit is a hellhole" headline:</p><p><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em><strong>Abandoned Dogs Roam Detroit in Packs as Humans Dwindle</strong></em></a></p><p>Chris Christoff&nbsp;reported that the city had "as many as 50,000 stray dogs."</p><p><a href="">Michigan Radio's Sarah Cwiek reported</a> that other groups said there's no question that the number has been "wildly inflated."</p><p>Tom McPhee of the World Animal Awareness Society estimated there were between 1,000 to 3,000 stray dogs in the city.</p><p>Now, yet another estimate has been published.</p><p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 19:59:16 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16283 at The city of Detroit is understaffed for its stray animal problem Michigan says record number of animal shelters get grants from check-off program <p>More people are contributing to the Michigan animal welfare fund. That means the state was able to give more money to more animal shelters this year than before.</p><p>You can check the donation box when you file your state income taxes. This year $184,772 in grant money went to 22 shelters across the state. Fifty-six shelters applied for grants. Those applications totaled close to $480,000 in requests.</p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 20:36:09 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15819 at Michigan says record number of animal shelters get grants from check-off program Michigan senator proposes ban on owning monkeys <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - New legislation in Lansing would ban private ownership of monkeys, apes and lemurs.<br /><br />Sen. Rick Jones said this week that the average person doesn't have the necessary training or equipment to properly care for nonhuman primates. The Grand Ledge Republican's bill would apply going forward and allow current owners to keep their pets.<br /><br /><a href="">Jones cites a 2009 incident</a> when a Connecticut woman was mauled and disfigured by her chimpanzee.<br /> Sat, 09 Nov 2013 23:47:00 +0000 The Associated Press 15208 at Michigan senator proposes ban on owning monkeys Lilly the deer can stay in her Genesee County home <p>State wildlife officials have agreed to let a Genesee County family keep its pet deer.</p><p></p><p>Lilly the deer was born shortly after her mother was struck and killed in an auto accident. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>A family took the animal in and for the past five years has raised it as a pet.&nbsp; Lilly has the run of the house and the fenced-in yard.</p><p></p><p>But it’s against the law in Michigan to keep a deer as a pet. After receiving a complaint, the Department of Natural Resources tried to remove Lilly from the home.</p><p></p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 20:13:57 +0000 Steve Carmody 13220 at Lilly the deer can stay in her Genesee County home Most popular names for Michigan dogs and cats <p>Failing schools, emergency managers, and problems at nuclear power plants have populated Michigan headlines lately.</p><p>Important, but not very cheery.</p><p>We thought we'd lighten your Friday by sharing a few stats from <a href="" target="_blank">Banfield Hospital's State of the Pet</a> report. Here are a few of our favorites.</p><p> Fri, 10 May 2013 20:08:58 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12525 at Most popular names for Michigan dogs and cats Pet food contamination discovered by Michigan agency <p>The CDC issued a dog food recall last month after they found Salmonella contamination in some packages of Diamond Naturals Lamb and Rice Formula for Adult Dogs. The recall has since been expanded to <a href="">14 dog food brands</a>.</p><p>The contamination has led to human illnesses, according to the CDC.</p><p>From the <a href="">Associated Press</a>:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;People who became ill, the thing that was common among them was that they had fed their pets Diamond Pet Foods,&quot; said CDC spokeswoman Lola Russell.</p><p>Three people each were infected in Missouri and North Carolina; two people in Ohio; and one person each in Alabama, Connecticut, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia, the CDC said.</p><p>&quot;Our folks are really wanting people to be aware of it. They want to be aware that this is causing people to get sick because they may have product in their homes. For every one that is reported, there may be 29 others,&quot; Russell</p></blockquote><p>The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development says their Pesticide and Plant Pest Management division first discovered the problem on April 2.</p><p>They say as part of their &quot;routine retail animal feed surveillance&quot; they discovered Salmonella Infantis in a sample of the Diamond brand dog food.</p><p>From MDARD&#39;s press release:</p><blockquote><p>The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) and other public health agencies have partnered to identify human illnesses that are related to this outbreak using genetic &quot;fingerprints&quot; of Salmonella bacteria obtained through laboratory testing. MDARD and MDCH continue to work closely with other states, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in the investigation.</p><p>&ldquo;Safe animal feed is a vital component of the food chain and has a direct impact on food safety. This is an important case study on how animal feed safety and human health are connected,&rdquo; said Keith Creagh, MDARD Director &ldquo;MDARD&#39;s participation in the Food and Drug Administration&rsquo;s Rapid Response Team and animal feed safety programs has provided significant&nbsp; assistance in helping identify and reduce food&nbsp; and feed safety hazards.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>MDARD officials say Salmonella infections can be spread between animals and people, and that people should follow these tips when handling pet food:</p><ul><li>clean pet dishes with soap and warm water</li><li>wash hands after feeding pets and cleaning up their waste</li><li>use designated feeding utensils</li><li>keep pet food in original containers and at the proper temperatures (keep dry food dry)</li><li>canned food should be refrigerated after opening</li><li>keep infants and small children away from pet feeding areas</li><li>do not allow infants and small children to touch or eat animal food</li></ul><p>Your pet could have a Salmonella infection if it shows the following signs:</p><ul><li>lethargy</li><li>diarrhea or bloody diarrhea</li><li>fever</li><li>vomiting</li></ul><p>Officials say some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever, and abdominal pain.</p><p>Contact your veterinarian if your pet has consumed one of the recalled products and shows these symptoms. Fri, 11 May 2012 19:00:22 +0000 Mark Brush 7436 at Pet food contamination discovered by Michigan agency Vets warn: Lilies are toxic to cats <p>Lilies are popular home decorations this time of year.&nbsp;But the plants are highly toxic to cats.</p><p>Ingesting any part of a lily can cause kidney failure in cats, and can be fatal without emergency treatment.</p><p>Symptoms include vomiting, lethargy, and a lack of appetite.</p><p>Dr. Jennifer Aschenbrener&nbsp;is a veterinarian with Irwin Avenue Animal Hospital in Albion. She says it&rsquo;s&nbsp;important to contact your veterinarian immediately if you think your cat has eaten part of a lily.</p><p>&quot;They will most likely have you try to get induced emesis, which is vomiting, which also can be done at the vet clinic. Basically the biggest thing is to get the lily out of the system,&quot; she says. &quot;Without treatment, and sometimes even with treatment, it can be fatal. So it&rsquo;s very serious.&quot;</p><p>That&rsquo;s not the only harmful Easter tradition.&nbsp;Local animal advocates are warning against giving bunnies, chicks, and ducks as presents. Many of the animals end up in shelters once the novelty wears&nbsp;off.&nbsp;</p><p><em>-Alex Markel, Michigan&nbsp;Radio Newsroom</em></p><p> Sat, 31 Mar 2012 16:00:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 6850 at Vets warn: Lilies are toxic to cats Help for four-legged family members <p><a href="">Cascades&nbsp;Humane Society</a> in Jackson, Mich. offers pet food and supplies to families who are having financial difficulties. The pet food pantry helps families keep their pets and reduces the number of animals in need of new homes.</p><p>As part of our What&rsquo;s Working series, Michigan Radio&rsquo;s Christina Shockley speaks with Debra Carmody, executive director of Cascades Humane Society, about the pet food pantry program.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="">Sixty-two percent of US households</a>&nbsp;have at least one pet. Yearly pet care costs <a href="">can range from $500 to $800</a>&mdash;an expense that might be out of reach for families that are forced to downsize. &ldquo;When you see people coming to our agency and they have to relinquish their pets, it&rsquo;s heartbreaking,&rdquo; Carmody says.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 12 Dec 2011 11:00:33 +0000 Christina Shockley 5343 at Help for four-legged family members Expert to examine Michigan Humane Society practices <p>DETROIT (AP) - The Michigan Humane Society&#39;s board is bringing in an outside expert to evaluate how the organization decides which dogs go for adoption and which dogs are killed.</p><p>The Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press report the board voted Monday. Kelley Bollen, director of behavior programs for the Maddie&#39;s Fund Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, will evaluate &quot;canine evaluation protocols.&quot;</p><p>A broader examination could be considered later.</p><p>Four of 18 board members at the Michigan Humane Society have&nbsp; resigned since June amid questions about the rate of euthanizing dogs and cats. The organization&#39;s overall euthanasia rate has been 70 percent for the past four years, including 17,000 in 2010.</p><p>The organization defends its practices, noting it takes in all types of animals, including abused ones. Wed, 21 Sep 2011 18:29:32 +0000 The Associated Press 4245 at Expert to examine Michigan Humane Society practices Feral cat population probably not as large as reported <p>A Detroit newspaper reported there were 657,000 feral cats in the Detroit area. But that number might not be correct.</p><p>Kevin Hatman is with the <a href="">Michigan Humane Society</a>. He says he&rsquo;s not sure how accurate that number is. But he says there is a large population of wild cats in the Detroit area:</p> Wed, 01 Jun 2011 20:33:07 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 2712 at Feral cat population probably not as large as reported