Sunday, April 23, 2017

Bellingham WA or anywhere: Violations in Public Spaces - Dog Owners Aren't the only Guilty Parties

Boulevard Park

The City ordinance for the prohibition of smoking in public places cited on the NO SMOKING sign above is BMC 8.16. From my attempt to search for it, I am not sure the citation for the #Bellingham Municipal Code cited above for pet waste is the correct number nowadays. From my walks along the #SouthBayTrail I don't notice any other signs installed that are meant to discourage smoking, or to notify the public regarding the fines that could be imposed on violators. There should be more signs about such violations disturbing the public order along the trail, #BoulevardPark and all over town.

The #Dutch have invented a drone system for identifying #dog waste and #robots are dispatched to clean it up. I thought that was an extremely interesting news item although I consider drones to be #litter in many respects.

People who leave pet waste bagged along the trail should change this habit. Leaving pet waste whether bagged or unbagged is incredibly #rude and illegal. Dog owners could easily attach a receptacle on their dog's leash or in their own backpack to contain it in the same way as there are receptacles on leashes to hold new bags.

Just this month I noticed two ladies walking their three dogs at Boulevard Park without picking up the poo. I also informed a transient along #SouthBayTrail that smoking is not permitted anywhere along the trail 24/7 (and that tresspassers are not allowed on the #BNSF private land). With an increasing amount of new residents, tourists, and transients rapidly arriving from other places there is a great need to inform and educate.

The City of Bellingham has widely promoted removal of pet waste as an important priority for many years, and more notices (including updated BMC citation?) should be distributed, but pet waste is not the only common #violation that needs rectifying. People who smoke on sidewalks contrary to the 25-foot distance they need to be from buildings need to be prevented from doing so or held accountable. Sidewalk smoking is a significant problem for many other pedestrians trying to walk along without feeling ill from the smoke. Humans who urinate and defecate in public places or as they tresspass on other people's private property also need to be held accountable. There are a host of disturbances where #violators seem not to be contacted by law enforcement, but they definitely should be. From my experience, not everyone in the police department even knows that cigarette littering is illegal. People who spit on sidewalks should be fined. #Spitting has historically caused the spread of #tuberculosis. Any litter is a violation and fines should be imposed. According to the Clean Water Act, the only legal thing that should enter a storm drain is rain. The fine for dropping #cigarettes is steep and the strict #Washington State laws prohibiting the dropping of lit smoking materials should be posted all over with mention of the monetary penalties that could and should be enforced. It is not an unachievable habit for #smokers to carry their own portable #ashtrays just as they are able to carry their #tobacco products and lighters or matches.

There are many regulations for the common good that people violate all the time and which #law #enforcement should address. More efforts should be put into the correction of people setting off fireworks; removing or deliberately harming wildlife at Boulevard Park and other such sites; pouring tons of #pesticides and #herbicides and placing bait boxes on their properties; creating horrific #noise disturbances; #abandoning #pets; #dumping trash; and conducting frequent casual car sales.

I guess they are called "quality of life" ordinances, tragedy of the commons, or other terms to that effect. Millions of people violating public order prohibitions have historically and will continue to violate nature and the public health of human communities unless everyone else raises the issues and insists upon action.



Friday, April 21, 2017

Garland TX: URGENT! Scared, depressed A221597 #Pointer mix? was saved from being hit by a car NOW IN KILL SHELTER!


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From: "Kelly" <kittypaws20@gmail.com>
Date: Apr 21, 2017 12:12 PM
Subject: Garland, TX: $25 + prepaid adoption - Scared and depressed. ID A221597 CUTIE saved from being hit by a car NEED HELP!!]
​​I'll donate $25 to the rescue that saves her.

From: Kelly Haferkamp
Date: Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 4:32 PM
Subject: Garland, TX: Scared and depressed. Now at Shelter! ID A221597 CUTIE saved from being hit by a car NEED HELP!!

My neighbor went to check on this sweet girl earlier today and called me very concerned about her wellbeing.  He said she wouldn't even look at him, was shaking, very frightened and depressed. She wouldn't come to the gate and stayed in the sad cinder block cell they put the dogs in.
Also​ of concern is that  he asked one of the staff how much time she'll be given with the prepaid adoption in place. The employee told him that only meant that when her hold was up the people who paid the fee would be able to adopt her and if they didn't want her the fee wouldn't cover adoption for anyone else!!

​That's not the policy but it's scary that the employees don't know that. ​
Unfortunately he didn't get the employee's name.
​Here's the pic he took.​ [the lower left photo in collage above]



TO TAG FOR YOUR RESCUE GROUP PLEASE SEND AN EMAIL TO rescue@garlandtx.gov
(garlandtx.gov)
BE SURE TO PUT ID# IN THE SUBJECT LINE!
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From: <boeck@sherpaenergy.com>
Date: Tue, Apr 18, 2017 at 1:57 PM
Subject: Garland, TX: Now at Shelter! ID A221597 CUTIE saved from being hit by a car NEED HELP!!]
To:

THE FAMILY THAT SAVED THIS SWEETIE FROM BEING HIT BY THE CAR YESTERDAY HAD TO TAKE HER TO THE SHELTER, HER ID A224597.  THEY JUST HATED TO DOING THAT BUT THEY ARE HEADING OUT OF TOWN AND COULDN'T KEEP HER. 
BUT THEY HAVE OFFERED TO PRE-PAY HER ADOPTION FEE FOR REPUTABLE RESCUE (SO VETTING CAN BE DONE AT THE SHELTER) OR FOR SOMEONE INTERESTED IN ADOPTING HER BUT DOESN'T HAVE THE MONEY RIGHT NOW TO ADOPT. CONTACT boeck@sherpenergy.com, if you are rescue interested in this offer or know someone who wants to adopt this sweet girl. TO TAG FOR YOUR RESCUE GROUP PLEASE SEND AN EMAIL TO rescue@garlandtx.gov(garlandtx.gov) BE SURE TO PUT ID# IN THE SUBJECT LINE!
This baby is very young, looks to be pointer/cattle dog mix?
She is very, VERY sweet, a bit shy.  She looks scared, she had a rough day yesterday running through traffic and with the horrible thunder storms going on.
See her laying sweetly at the house yesterday, other picture is her now at the shelter. : ( THE family has called the shelter today, no one has come to claim her. She is on stray hold and then will be evaluated for adoption...if she is marked fearful, she will be put on the URGENT LIST, with the shelter full, will not have much time. SOOO  RESCUES TAKE A LOOK AT THIS SWEETIE AND SEE IF YOU CAN HELP HER. THANKS! if not pleeeeeeeeeeeeeease NETWORK! FB POST TO SAVE HER! THANK YU=OU!
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Garland, TX: Now at Shelter! CUTIE saved from being hit by a
car NEED HELP!!
From: Kelly <kittypaws20@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, April 18, 2017 1:37 pm
To: undisclosed-recipients:;

This sweetheart is now at the shelter. Garland Animal Shelter is very full so she could really use a safety net. Her ID is ID#A221597

TO TAG FOR YOUR RESCUE GROUP PLEASE SEND AN EMAIL TO rescue@garlandtx.gov
(garlandtx.gov)

BE SURE TO PUT ID# IN THE SUBJECT LINE!
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From: Kimberly Jones <kimberlyaj4@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, Apr 17, 2017 at 5:53 PM
Subject: Fwd: NEW PIC! GOING TO THE SHELTER FIRE! GARLAND, TX. CUTIE saved from being hit by a car NEED HELP!!]]]
To:
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From: <boeck@sherpaenergy.com>
Date: Apr 17, 2017 4:26 PM
Subject: NEW PIC! GOING TO THE SHELTER FIRE! GARLAND, TX. CUTIE saved from being hit by a car NEED HELP!!]]]
To:

JUST GOT A NEW PICTURE OF THIS SWEETIE! PLEASE TAKE A LOOK, CAN YOU HELP? IF NOT, PLEEEEEEEASE NETWORK! FB POST! KEEP HER FROM THE SHELTER, POINTER/LAB MIX? VERY PRETTY!!!!!
CONTACT INFO.
Bill or Delores 972-495-4608, OR CELL 214-417-9077
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: GOING TO THE SHELTER FIRE! GARLAND, TX. CUTIE saved from being
hit by a car NEED HELP!!]]
From: <boeck@sherpaenergy.com>
Date: Mon, April 17, 2017 4:17 pm
To:


HELP, IN ABOUT AN HOUR IF NO ONE CAN HELP THIS BABY IS HEADING TO THE SHELTER. : (
SORRY FORGOT TO GIVE 

Subject: FIRE! GARLAND, TX. saved from being hit by a car NEED HELP!!
From: <boeck@sherpaenergy.com>
Date: Mon, April 17, 2017 3:56 pm
To: 


THIS SWEET BABY WAS RUNNING PANICKING DOWN A BUSY STREET IN GARLAND, KINGSWOOD/BELTLINE AREA.
A WONDERFUL PERSON STOPPED HER CAR AND OPENED THE DOOR TO STOP THE DOG FROM CROSSING INTO TRAFFIC AND SHE/HE JUMPED RIGHT IN. HE/SHE IS SOOOOO SCARED! IT'S RAINING, LIGHTING AND THUNDER. SHE/HE IS VERY SWEET, BUT NO TAGS. :(  
THESE PEOPLE CAN'T KEEP HE/SHE, WILL HAVE TO CALL ANIMAL CONTROL. ANYONE SAVE THIS BABY BEFORE HE/SHE IS TAKEN TO THE SHELTER? POINTER/LAS MIX??? VERY PRETTY!!!
SORRY THAT'S NOT THE BEST PICTURE.
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Fwd:
From: 2149527680@vzwpix.com
Date: Mon, April 17, 2017 3:48 pm
To: boeck@sherpaenergy.com



Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Carthage IL: Mabel the blk and tan hound mix needs rescue! Sweet young social butterfly

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From: westhancockk9 <westhancockk9@mchsi.com>
Date: Tue, Apr 18, 2017 at 6:10 PM
Subject: Carthage, IL: Mabel needs saved! Sweet young hound mix!
To: westhancockk9 <westhancockk9@mchsi.com>

Carthage, IL: (Hancock County dog pound) Mabel is a sweet under a year old blk and tan hound mix.  She is absolutely a social butterfly with everyone!!!  If you can help save this girl, please contact westhancockk9@mchsi.com.  She will be euthanized if not rescued! 4/17/17
We also have a breeder wanting to turn over:
2 female beagles, 5 & 7yrs
1 female boxer, 1yr
1 female german shepherd, 2yrs
1 female Victorian bulldog, 1yr



CA and beyond: Dog Food Recall Alert - pentobarbital - Cocolicious - Party Animal Dog Food, Inc

Bowl, Dish, Pet, Cat, Plate, Empty, Food
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From: Rescue Hub <hub@farescue.org>
Date: Tue, Apr 18, 2017 at 2:33 PM
Subject: Dog Food Recall Alert
To: "[NETWORK]" <hub@farescue.org>


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Dear Fellow Dog Lover,

Because you signed up on our website and asked to be notified, I'm sending you this special recall alert. If you no longer wish to receive these emails, please click the "unsubscribe" link at the bottom of this message.
Party Animal, Inc. of West Hollywood, CA, has announced it is voluntarily recalling specific lots of its canned dog foods because they tested positive for the euthanasia drug, pentobarbital. 
To learn which products are affected, please visit the following link: 
Please be sure to share the news of this alert with other pet owners.
Mike Sagman, Editor
The Dog Food Advisor
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Charlotte NC: Adopt Greyson the Special Needs Grey and WhiteTuxedo

4/19 Greyson is still seeking qualified adopters.
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4/11 - Greyson still needs his furever family. Please apply for this wonderful cat if interested.
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4/6 POST
4/6 Greyson is accepting applications from potential adopters. Please contact Melba if you would like to be his furever family.


Sir Greyson is a Star! He has noisy breathing caused by a megaesophagus, but other than that he is healthy and totally ready for a forever family. Travel to an approved home is fine.  Greyson's Petfinder listing is at:

On Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 10:45 AM, Melba Tarlton <melbatarlton@yahoo.com> wrote:
Greyson is a very handsome boy who was rescued by a wonderful lady who noticed him outside one day on his last leg. She scooped him up and took him to the vet right away. Greyson had a few scratches on his head and was breathing loudly. The vet determined Greyson has megaesophagus. They took x-rays, and did CT scan. The great news is other than the loud breathing caused by the esophagus, he is very healthy! His bloodwork was great, he tested negative for feline leukemia/aids and was recently neutered. His organs look normal. His heart function is normal also. We elevated Greyson's water and food bowls as this was recommended to help him better process food/water. His foster mom has taken great care of him, he is feeling great, and his small head wounds have healed up.

Greyson loves attention and being brushed. He will meet you at the door with meows and excitement at your return! He loves hanging out with you and being a great friend and companion. He loves all people, young and adult. This is a very loving and sweet boy! We think he would be best as the only pet in the home and no small children. He's fine with calm dogs. He has energy and personality! Greyson makes you laugh with his cute ways. He is also calm and loves chilling out with you and taking naps. This is a special kitty!

Contact:  melbatarlton@yahoo.com

P.S. If you would like to contribute to the expenses that the rescue incurred on behalf of Greyson, please view his YouCaring that was set up when he was rescued in January:
https://www.youcaring.com/greysongrayandwhiteabandonedmalekittyingreatneed-750222