2012 brought Massachusetts to the forefront in several pet-related stories.
The most important was Governor Patrick’s signing a landmark animal welfare
legislation in August that disallows breed-specific banning throughout the state, as well
as prohibiting “gas chambers” for euthanasia, and the first law of its kind to protect pets
in domestic abuse cases.
In October, a heroic Golden Retriever saved the day in Sandwich when he broke free
from the leash he and his sibling were tied to, and walked back home to alert his worried
owners, after having been trapped in the woods and missing since late September. Baxter,
the younger of the two dogs, found his way home and brought his owner back to the woods where big brother, Bailey, was trapped by the leash that had become entangled in dense brush. Both dogs lost a lot of weight, but are safe and back with their family.
Also in September, a Gardner family made headlines when their cat was accidentally euthanized
instead of getting a flea bath, at a too-busy vet’s office in Gardner. The mix-up seemed to occur
because the appointment for the flea bath was made by a woman by telephone, but her son brought the cat in at approximately the same time another cat was expected to be brought in by a young man to be euthanized. Paperwork was given to the woman’s son, and he mistakenly signed authorization for the cat to be euthanized.
September was a busy month! Dozer, a male pit bull dog was stolen from Attleboro Pets Shelter
and made TV news throughout the Boston and New England area. Dozer was eventually found
and returned to the shelter where he had lived for over a year. The publicity did get Dozer a proper “forever home” in the end.
A Hull family also made headlines when their 6-year-old bulldog, Cooper, died while staying at a
daycare facility the family had previously not used. The dog died on its birthday, which made the
story that much more poignant. Bulldogs like Cooper can overheat more easily than other dogs, due to brachycephalic features which make it more difficult for them to breathe. Such dogs should not be exposed to hot days and lots of activity, for example.
Fairy DogParents’ founder, Marlo Nae Manning, was nominated for CNN Hero, and didn’t get chosen as “the” CNN Hero of 2012 but got to rub elbows with some celebs in Hollywood! Her non-profit 501c3 organization helps prevent dogs from being surrendered to shelters. Fairy DogParents provides assistance with food, medical and other needs for qualified dog recipients in Massachusetts.