Saturday, September 16, 2006

Pets and Adhesives

From the ASPCA newsletter:

STICKY SITUATIONS: 740% INCREASE IN CASES OF PETS INGESTING POLYURETHANE GLUE Imagine this scenario: a young boxer pup chews open a tube of polyurethane glue, accidentally left out when his owners were doing home repairs. The pup swallows some of the glue, and the next morning, he refuses breakfast and begins vomiting. His swollen abdomen seems tender to the touch. The concerned owners rush their pet to the local animal hospital, where they discover a large mass in the pup’s stomach. Surgery is required to remove the softball-sized lump of expanded and solidified polyurethane glue.

Unfortunately, this scenario has played out many times all across the country. Since 2005, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center has managed more than 135 cases involving exposure to adhesives containing diphenylmethane diisocyanate. But what’s more astounding? This number represents an increase of more than 740 percent since 2002! Whether this is due to the growing popularity of do-it-yourself projects, or to the increased use of this kind of adhesive, the importance of alerting pet owners is clear.

A dog consuming even small amounts of adhesive containing diphenylmethane diisocyanate can experience serious problems, as the product expands in the warm, moist environment of the stomach, forming a porous mass of glue,” explains the APCC’s Dr. Steven Hansen, Senior Vice President and board-certified veterinary toxicologist. “This mass can block the gastrointestinal tract and cause a life-threatening surgical emergency.”

As diphenylmethane diisocyanate may not always be listed on the label, pet owners should consider any expanding adhesive product a potential hazard, and should take care to keep these products out of their animal companions’ reach.

If you suspect that your pet has ingested adhesive containing diphenylmethane diisocyanate—or any other potentially dangerous substance—call your veterinarian or the APCC's emergency hotline at (888) 426-4435 for round-the-clock telephone assistance. For more pet poison prevention tips, please
visit APCC online.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Who can Investigate and Who can make an Arrest

The following information was provided by the ASPCA:

New Jersey

Statutes of New Jersey

Authority to Investigate Cruelty**

Law enforcement officers: Yes
Humane Law enforcement officers: Yes
Agent of a society for the prevention of cruelty to animals: Yes

Authority to Make Arrests***

Law enforcement officers: Yes,
See N.J. Stat. Ann. §4:22-44(a) (2006)
Humane Law Enforcement officers: Yes,
See N.J. Stat. Ann. §4:22-44(a) (2006)
Agent of a society for the prevention of cruelty to animals: No, but may issue summons.
See N.J. Stat. Ann. §4:22-11.1 (2006).

Any humane law enforcement officer, or any sheriff, undersheriff, constable, certified animal control officer, or police officer may make arrests for violations of cruelty to animal laws, and may arrest without a warrant any person found violating the animal cruelty laws and take such person before the nearest judge or magistrate as provided in this article.
See N.J. Stat. Ann. §4:22-44 (2006). See also 4:22-44.

An agent for the society of the prevention of cruelty to animals is empowered to issue summons and direct humane law enforcement officers to make arrests and enforce all law and ordinances enacted for the protection of animals, and to investigate alleged acts of cruelty to animals. See
N.J. Stat. Ann. §4:22-11.1 (2006)

Humane Officer/Animal Control Officer/Investigator(Qualifications, Powers, Training, Badges/Certification/Firearms)Qualifications:- A Humane law enforcement officer is an agent authorized and appointed by the board of trustees of a county society for the prevention of cruelty to animals or of the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of cruelty to animals, and duly commissioned by the Superintendent of State Police to possess, carry, or use a firearm while enforcing any law or ordinance for the protection of animals while on duty or on call, and who has satisfactorily completed the firearms training course approved by the police training commission and other training courses required.
See N.J. Stat. Ann. §4:22-11.1 (2006)


A sheriff, undersheriff, constable, police officer, certified animal control officer or humane law enforcement officer of the New Jersey Society for the prevention of cruelty to animals or of a county society for the prevention of cruelty to animals, may enter any building or place where there is an exhibition of the fighting or baiting of a living animal or creature, where preparations are being made for such an exhibition, or where a violation otherwise of animal fighting crimes is occurring, arrest without a warrant all persons there present, and take possession of all living animals or creatures engaged in fighting or there found and all implements or appliances used or to be used in such exhibition.
See N.J. Stat. Ann. §4:22-47 (2006). See also 4:22-47.

All state, county, and municipal law enforcement agencies and all county and municipal health agencies shall, upon request, make every reasonable effort to assist the humane law enforcement officers and agents of a county society for the prevention of cruelty to animals or the New Jersey Society for the prevention of cruelty to animals in the enforcement of all laws and ordinances enacted for the protection of animals.
See N.J. Stat. Ann. §4:22-11.12 (2006).

Each county society for the prevention of cruelty to animals shall require that its humane law enforcement officers and agents satisfactorily complete training courses.
See N.J. Stat. Ann. §4:22-11.8 (2006).- The police training commission, in collaboration with the New Jersey society for the prevention of cruelty to animals, shall develop or approve a training course for animal protection law enforcement, which shall include instruction in:

- The law, procedures, and enforcement methods and techniques of investigation, arrest, and search and seizure, specifically in connection with violations of state and local animal cruelty laws and ordinances; - Information and procedures related to animals, including animal behavior traits and evaluation of animals at a crime scene;- Methods to identify and document animal abuse, neglect, and distress; and- Investigation of animal fighting.
See N.J. Stat. Ann. §4:22-11.11(a)(1)-(4) (2006)
- Every agent and Humane law enforcement officer appointed shall satisfactorily complete the animal protection law enforcement training course within one year after the date of the agent or officer’s appointment.
See N.J. Stat. Ann. §4:22-11.11(b) (2006).

Badges:- A county society for the prevention of cruelty to animals shall adopt a badge, which shall be the authority for making arrests and which shall be easily distinguishable from the badge adopted by the New Jersey society for the prevention of cruelty to animals. See N.J. Stat. Ann. §4:22-11.7 (2006) Yes,
See N. J. Stat. Ann. §4:22-44(a) (2006)
Prohibited ActionsNone listed

*Check with the local municipality for more specifics.**Law enforcement can arrest if anti-cruelty law exists.***Department of Police or local SPCA/Humane Society only unless noted

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Pets in Housing Bill, Intro. No. 13, New York

For those of you in the New York City area, the Humane Society of the U.S. has put out an all points bulletin regarding an important community meeting on Wednesday, May 17, 2006 from 6-8pm at The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center at 208 W. 13th Street ( between 7th and 8th Avenues ), Room 410.

The meeting will be with Council Speaker Christine Quinn who has the power to make or break this bill. Your help is needed to pass this bill, and you can do so by attending yourself or by informing people about this important meeting. Speaker Quinn must know that there are people who care about the issue of living with cats and dogs in a city environment.

The Pets in Housing Bill, Intro. No. 13 provides that once a landlord waives a renter's no-pet clause, the renter can replace the deceased or relocated pet with another pet of the same species. That is, the no pet-pet clause is waived for the entire tenancy, not just for the lifetime of one pet. If, your no-pet clause was waived and you had a pet for a period of time, and the pet dies or was relocated, you can automatically adopt a new pet of the same species, eliminating the need to choose between your apartment or pet.

Any questions, contact Joyce L. Friedman at 1-718-807-6748 or email her at

Do you part. Attend, voice out, or spread the word.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

New Jersey SPCA Chapters

Information is power. The information below, with your participation, can help rectify a bad situation, namely animal cruelty. Listed below are phone numbers for the chapters of the SPCA in New Jersey at the county level. Also listed is the main office at the state level. If you can't reach your local chapter, call the police. If you see cruelty, make the call. Here is the information:

1119 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
800-582-5979 or 732-247-0433



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Monday, May 01, 2006

Chocolates and Dogs, A Bad Mix

You have probably heard it before, but unfortunately some have not...that chocolates and dogs don't mix. Spread the word. Why is it harmful? Chocolate is made with cocoa beans. Cocoa beans contain methylxanthine alkaloids in the form of theobromine and caffeinea and they are toxic to dogs. It is said that we, human beings, stop eating chocolates before we reach toxic levels, but dogs will go on consuming the stuff. Dark chocolates are the worse and white chocolate is the least harmful. But, hey, just forget about it!

There is talk about the amount of chocolate consumed vis-a-vis the weight of the dog before the chocolate consumption becomes toxic, but I'd say it again---just forget about it. Just don't feed your dog chocolates. They are too fatty anyway. As for
symptoms of chocolate poisoning, here they are: from vomiting, diarrhea to panting, excessive thirst, constant urination, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, and seizures. And, of course, the grand daddy of them all is death. Severe cases will be fatal. The smaller the dog, the lesser the amount of chocolate consumed for poisoning to occur.

If your dog accidentally ate chocolates, try to induce vomiting within the first two hours. I have always had difficulty with this particular advice. How do you induce a dog to vomit? I don't know. I'd say, ascertain the type of chocolate eaten and take the dog to the vet asap. pronto.

Making the move...

Well, it's a beautiful day here in New Jersey. On days like these, I sit out on the front lawn and enjoy the sun and the warmth of spring. Heck, even my 8-pound chihuahua is out there sunning herself. Only a year and a half ago, she was in a dreadful situation at a high-kill animal shelter, and now she is laid out on a lush green lawn with her eyes closed in total relaxation and enjoyment. The saying, " It's a dog's life " is not necessarily a bad one. But, there are plenty of cases where a dog or any animal's life is unacceptable because they live in pain.

I'd like to help but what I can't understand is why the Bergen County Animal Shelter never called back about my application to become a volunteer. Calling them doesn't turn the key either. I reckon they are already fully staffed with kind-hearted animal-lovers like myself. What else can I do but to give monetary assistance if I can't give my time and effort. To this end, I give $20 a month to the ASPCA via Visa card, and I also donate small amounts of money to needy animal shelters in the general area. Every little bit helps.

I have come to realize that being sympathetic to animals, or being an outright animal-lover, doesn't mean that one is taking an important step towards animal welfare. Many people who geniunely love animals do not help out. I feel that to commit an act of kindness requires a leap of faith or conviction on the part of the individual. What I am saying is that there is resistance, or stasis, towards committing an act of kindness. What is an act of kindness? That would be like giving money to animal welfare organizations, or providing a temporary shelter for a dog or cat (fostering), or going out on a limb and intervening in a situation that is cruel to an animal. I feel that even good-hearted people need to be nudged or convinced towards an act of kindness, that helping is not hard to do. There's no reason to be shy about it. Go and do it. There are actual living creatures who will benefit from your kindness.

I continually surf the websites of animal shelters and decide which one would be the recepient of the small amount of money or goods that I can give away that month. All of them need help. I am doing something about what is in my power and control, and many out there are doing their share as well. Think of it as a great gift to yourself---to give to the animals. An animal shelter is never okay; they are not sailing along contently. Help is always needed and welcome. You really have to take your hats off to those people who are on the frontlines against animal cruelty. We are blessed by their presence and by their selfless work.