Side Effects of Rimadyl in Dogs

In the past you may have seen television commercials showing previously lame dogs jumping and running about like young puppies. These commercials were promoting Rimadyl, a drug introduced in 1997 by Pfizer Chemical for the treatment of hip dysplasia and arthritis in dogs. What the commercials carefully avoided was any mention of the side effects of Rimadyl in dogs.

Today it’s no longer possible to see those commercials because the advertising was halted by Pfizer for good reasons. As a dog owner, we are indebted to dogs like Montana, a six-year-old Siberian husky who had stiff legs. Montana was prescribed Rimadyl by his veterinarian and at first the drug appeared to work well. But then Montana lost his appetite, wobbled when he walked, and finally was unable to walk at all. He began vomiting and had seizures; eventually his owner was forced to put him to sleep. An autopsy was performed which showed the presence of liver damage that could only be associated with a harmful drug reaction.

Drugs for pets are big business in the United States, as well as in many other countries where pet animals are valued. It is estimated that world-wide, the sale of these drugs total more than 3-1/2 Billion dollars annually. Rimadyl is one of the bestselling drugs included in this estimate.

Rimadyl has been prescribed for more than four million dogs in the United States alone, and has earned Pfizer tens of millions of dollars. After introducing the drug, the company ran full-page magazine ads and a public-relations campaign that resulted in 1,785 print stories, 856 radio reports and more than 200 television news reports of the benefits of Rimadyl. What dog owner whose beloved pet was suffering from arthritis or hip dysplasia wouldn’t want such a “miracle drug” for their pet?

But Rimadyl has also resulted in many debates and intense arguments between veterinarians and pet owners who were furious that they were not warned of the risks of giving their pets Rimadyl.

After Montana’s owner contacted Pfizer and the Food and Drug Administration to complain about the early and untimely death of her dog, Pfizer offered to pay her $ 440 in what they called “a gesture of good will.” Today we can be thankful that Montana’s owner was insulted by Pfizer’s offer and their lawyers’ stipulation that she tell no one about the payment (or bribe as some would call it). She refused to sign any of Pfizer’s proffered documents and would not accept any money. She felt it was an affront both to her and to the memory of Montana to absolve Pfizer of any blame.

As additional reports of serious reactions and the deaths of many dogs started pouring into the FDA, the agency recommended that Pfizer list “death” as a possible side effect in a warning letter to veterinarians and also place a warning on the drug labels. Pfizer indicated this “would be devastating to the product” and after much stalling, eventually was forced to put the word “death” on Rimadyl’s labels and notify all veterinarians in writing.

The strongest blow to Pfizer’s inappropriate labeling and advertising was the FDA’s requirement that they mention the same warning on their television ads. When given an ultimatum about their commercials mentioning “death” or else pulling the ads, Pfizer chose to stop all television ads for Rimadyl. Although this came too late to save the life of Montana, he and his owner should be credited with bringing pressure to bear on the FDA and Pfizer and forcing them to begin warning of the possible serious side effects of Rimadyl.

Since the introduction of Rimadyl in 1997, the FDA has received reports of more than 1,000 dogs that died or had to be put to sleep, and 7,000 more that had serious adverse reactions after taking the drug.

Despite these serious side effects, the FDA has not ordered the removal of Rimadyl from the marketplace. The FDA requires safety and efficacy testing for animal drugs just as it does for human drugs. However, animal drug tests are conducted with a much smaller number of test subjects. Pfizer used about 500 dogs in their trials of Rimadyl, which is less than one fifth the number of subjects used in most human-drug trials. During Pfizer’s Rimadyl trials, some dogs developed unusual liver-function readings and one young beagle tested on a high dose of the drug died.

Neither the FDA or Pfizer found these effects alarming, and the drug was subsequently approved. A consumer group has mounted a campaign against Pfizer called BARKS, which stands for ”Be Aware of Rimadyl’s Known Side-effects.” Hopefully this organization will be able to influence more dog owners to carefully consider very seriously whether or not to have Rimadyl prescribed for their pet dog.

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Assisi Veterinary Hospital Offers Deal for Pet Dental Care Month

Malverne, NY (PRWEB) February 12, 2014

February is Pet Dental Care Month and Assisi Veterinary Hospital is celebrating by offering 25 percent off on dental care for pets. Pet owners can stop in to Assisi Veterinary Hospital on Hempstead Avenue in Malverne and ask about the discount on dentistries (scale and polish only, x-rays and extractions additional).

Most pet owners are aware of the importance of diet, exercise and vaccines when it comes to their pets, however, most neglect to understand the importance of a pet?s dental health. Veterinarians find that one of the most common health problems in pets is periodontal disease. Veterinarians estimate that as many as 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats will suffer from periodontal disease by the age of 3.

The veterinarians at Assisi Veterinary Hospital want to stress the importance to pet owners of brushing their pet?s teeth regularly. Only 1 percent of pet owners claim to brush their pet?s teeth regularly. Brushing and the use of chew toys and treats will keep pets healthy and help lower overall veterinary costs. Brushing can also prevent dental infections in pets from spreading to organs such as the kidneys and heart.

The professionals at Assisi Veterinary Hospital take pet dental care very seriously. They understand that oral hygiene is a crucial part of maintaining a long and healthy life for pets. Take advantage of the opportunity for 25 percent off pet dental care throughout the month of February and stop in to Assisi Veterinary Hospital or call 516-256-0022 to make an appointment.

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Assisi Veterinary Hospital is a full-service, state-of-the-art facility offering the very best in high-quality care for all pets? needs. With their fully-licensed, caring and kindhearted staff, they will care for pets as if they were their own. The animal hospital boasts a staff of more than 18 fully-trained professionals. Assisi also offers services such as pet boarding and pet grooming. For more information, please visit their website at

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A place of passing

“I’m never going back,” I have heard more than one pet owner say. They are talking about the office of their veterinarian, a person with whom they have built a relationship for years, someone they like and trust. But their pet died there, and the painful memories are too strong. So strong for some people that they go and find a new vet, even if they liked their old one just fine.

It’s one of the reasons I like having the option that I offer, of performing in-home euthanasia and pet hospice with Paws into Grace. Because I know more than anyone that as much as the client hated the office that one time, many pets hated it every time. That can be pretty upsetting for some families.

Which leads to the next concern, one I hadn’t thought of until a client voiced it to me. “I don’t want to go to the vet office, but I can’t euthanize my pet at home,” she said. “I can’t have that memory associated with my house.” So sometimes those clients end up decamping to a third party location, a park or a beach. And I respect that decision, though I would encourage those who feel that way to think on it a little while before making up their minds. Here’s why:

1. The precedent has been set in human hospice for staying at home.

The gold standard in human hospice, for those who have adequate support systems in place, is for people to pass at home whenever possible. That is by far the most comfortable place for a patient, in familiar surroundings. I was with my grandfather when he quietly died on a rented hospital bed in the living room he called his own for 40 years. He hated hospitals and I’m pretty sure had we put him in one, he would have haunted us all.

2. Moving an ill pet can be a challenge.

Pets who are very ill can be nauseated, painful, disoriented, and uncomfortable. This goes for people, too. How many times have we been down with the flu and known that we should probably go to the doctor but we feel too rotten to move? Same goes for pets. Add in mobility issues and it is just one more stress for owners, especially with very large pets or very upset cats- no matter the destination.

3. Your home is deafeningly, loudly, overwhelmingly a place of comfort.

This is the place Kekoa died:


But unlike a vet office where I might only have a handful of memories, I see this place every day and I don’t look at it as the place my dog died. I look at it as my living room, the place we opened Christmas presents, the place Brody plops down while I’m writing. It also happens to be the place Kekoa chose to settle down and leave this earth, because she knew as well that this is a happy place.

And you know what? It still is. I am glad she chose our sun dappled living room. At home, when I administer a pet’s sedation, they choose where they want to be: outside, in the kitchen, in mom’s lap. People find comfort knowing their pet selected the place they are most at home.

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I’ve only been in this house a year and it’s had more than its share of sadness. I am looking at the floor where Kekoa died while sitting on the couch where Apollo died. I actually drove him home from the specialty hospital as quickly as I could- after he got lots of pain meds, so he could curl up on my lap after everyone got a chance to say goodbye.

But right now, it’s the place my dog is chewing up a toy and my son is doing his homework. This is our home, where life happens. And I feel good about that.

Want more info or to know if anyone in your area provides this?

Not all veterinarians even know this service exists, and information can be hard to come by. Here are two national databases of veterinarians that offer this service:

The International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care

Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement

Here in America’s Finest City of San Diego, you can of course reach me or my wonderful colleagues through Paws into Grace.

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My Favorite Newborn Essentials

10 Essential Newborn Products

The word on the streets is that at 12 weeks, an infant makes the transition from the title of ‘newborn’ to the title of ‘baby.’  That means that in less than 2 weeks, little Essley is no longer a newborn.  Is it weird that that makes me a little sad?  I’m so excited for all of the firsts and milestones that lie ahead, but it’s bittersweet to watch her grow so quickly.  Admittedly, the newborn phase has been somewhat of a blur (do you ever get to sleep again?!), but I have definitely learned a lot along the way.  And one of the biggest lessons has been that products you actually need for a newborn are very few.  I think a lot of first time parents naturally feel an urge to get lots of ‘stuff’ in advance of baby being born (guilty!), but in reality, you don’t require much beyond food, minimal clothing, and a place for the baby to sleep.  I have, however, found that there is a handful of items that have proven very useful for us in these first few weeks/months, and I decided to put together this guide to share with you guys.  This is not a sponsored post; these products are ones that I genuinely recommend based on my own experience.  All babies (and parents!) are different of course, but these 10 items worked particularly well for us, and if we ever have another baby, these are the products that we will absolutely be using again.

1. WubbaNub – We picked up the giraffe WubbaNub on a trip last fall because a friend’s baby had one and loved it.  It turns out that Essley loves it too – so much that it rarely leaves her side. It’s an easy, effective way to soothe, and the attached stuffed animals makes it much harder to lose than regular pacifiers.

2. Boppy – This nursing pillow is like the breastfeeding mother’s sidekick.  Seriously.  It makes every position easier, it’s easy to carry from place to place, and it’s comfortable for both mommy and baby.  It’s especially helpful to me for those middle of the night feedings when I’m so exhausted and bleary eyed that I can’t think.  I like the organic cotton peapod cover the best – it’s soft and the design is simple and sweet.

3. Aden + Anais Swaddle Blankets – These muslin blankets are quite possibly the most versatile blankets in existence.  We use ours to swaddle, to keep Essley warm without overheating her, as a car seat cover for indoors when we’re running errands, and even as oversized burp cloths. 

4. ERGObaby Carrier – I didn’t use a carrier at all for the first few weeks, but now that she’s a little bigger, I’m realizing how invaluable our Ergo is.  It’s a great way to be able to work and to get things done around the house but still have baby close. Some people also swear by slings and wraps, and we also have a Moby Wrap for Essley.  But the Ergo is my go-to carrier.  There is also an infant insert you can get for the inside for a perfect fit for newborns.  

5. Arm’s Reach Mini Arc Co-Sleeper – This bassinet attaches to the parents’ bed so that you’re able to safely sleep right next to your newborn.  Being able to have Essley so close to me at night (perfect for night nursing and easy cuddle access) but still in her own space has been invaluable.  It’s definitely not the most attractive piece of baby furniture ever, but purpose and practicality won out over visual design for me with this product. 

6. NoseFrida – When I was pregnant, I read somewhere that this crazy contraption from Sweden was the absolute best way to keep babies’ noses booger-free.  And it’s true.  Combined with saline mist, this thing is a lifesaver.  It puts the bulb style nasal aspirator that the hospital gave us to shame.

7. Boudreaux’s Butt Paste – This diaper rash paste works wonders and isn’t full of icky chemicals.  It also smells really, really good. 

8. Cloth Diapers as Burp Rags – If you have a puker (we do!), I recommend having lots of burp rags on hand.  We got handed down some really cute, extra soft ones, but cloth diapers are cheap and work just as well.  A friend recommended I grab a pack before Essley was born, and it might just have been the best $ 9 I’ve ever spent.

9. Zippered Sleep and Plays – Truth be told, there isn’t much I love more than dressing Essley up in pretty outfits for outings or pictures, but when we’re home, she lives in these.  They’re cute and they’re easy.  I like the snapped ones too, but after lots of daily outfit changes (newborns are messy), your fingers will thank you for the zippers.  These are also great because you don’t have to pull anything over baby’s head. 

10. Dr. Brown’s Bottles – Although I am breastfeeding (and exclusively feeding Essley breast milk), I did starting pumping bottles a few times a week a few weeks ago so that others can feed her as well.  Dr. Brown’s bottles are designed with a vent that provides vacuum-free feeding (most similar to breastfeeding), and also reduces air bubble oxidation of the milk to help preserve vitamins and lipids.  We actually tried another type of bottle one day and she kept scrunching up her face and unlatching from the nipple.  She loves her Dr. Brown’s!

I hope this little guide proves useful for those of you who are pregnant or with new babies.  For those of you with kids (or nieces/nephews, or friends with kids, or grandbabies!), what are your favorite must-haves for newborns? 

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Solving A Problem With The ABCs

Cutie jumping up.

Let’s look at the ABCs series thus far, especially this post, and see how we can apply the ABCs to solving a real problem.

I started a new basic class this Saturday and a few of the dogs jump up when they meet people, as one might expect for adolescent dogs. In the following class hour, a Canine Good Citizen class, another adolescent had the same issue with the polite greeting test.

I like this problem as an example for the ABCs because the components in the formula are clear and easy to identify.

Antecedent -> Behavior -> Consequence

Person Approaches -> Dog jumps up onto person -> Attention is given to dog

The antecedent is "person approaches". It’s not "dog sees person." This is because the dog cannot be part of the antecedent. In more complex situations the tendency might be to describe an antecedent with the dog included such as "the dog sees another dog" but that won’t work since one of our most powerful measures in solving a problem is controlling the antecedents, either as part of a behavior modification plan or even permanently. It we put the dog in the antecedent we’ve lumped the problem together and solving it becomeS more complicated.

In this case we are going to control the antecedent in two ways: we are going to avoid greetings as much as possible until we can better control them, and while we are training we will carefully control how quickly people approach and how close they will come.

The behavior is the easiest component to identify. The dogs I worked with Saturday were all exuberant "teenagers" that love people and really want to let them know that when they meet them.

After our rather long talk about counter-conditioning and desensitization (go to the category page scroll down a bit) it is worth noting that when we see the relaxed/goofy body postures, wagging tails, and what most observers would call "happy dogs" we know that these dogs are not reacting to the approaching people with fear or aggression and that CC&DS is not what is called for. We don’t want to change how they feel about people, we want to change how they react to them.

The consequence is what often confuses people. For these dogs just getting to the people is reinforcing enough to maintain the behavior. Hugging someone who is holding up their hands and saying "Stop! Get off! Down! Enough!" isn’t reinforcing for us, but that’s not the point. It is for the dog and it is maintaining the behavior.

So how do we apply the formula to this problem?

I already mentioned controlling the antecedent. Obviously this is not a viable long-term strategy. Short term we need to curb greetings because the reinforcement is strengthening the behavior, but this is a temporary step.

In this case changing the consequence is tricky. The only way we could keep the "A" and the "B" and alter the outcome would be to make greeting people unpleasant, and this could have obvious side effects. If we teach the dog that greeting some people results in something bad, he will become wary and maybe even defensive around strangers.

But there is a way to manipulate the situation: if the dog (like most) makes it obvious that he will jump up before the person arrives, we can have them stop or move away when he does this. This is the common "red light/green light" or "yo-yo" drill that many trainers use in classes. Done effectively, it actually becomes a way to use DRI to fix this problem.

  1. Our dog is on leash, held by his owner. Sitting at his side.
  2. Person approaches, dog gets out of sit. Person turns (dramatically if possible) and walks away.
  3. Repeat several times.
  4. Eventually, person approaches, dogs holds sit! Person continues to approach. When very close dog gets up. Person moves away.
  5. Eventually, person approaches, dog holds sit all the way until person reaches team and can greet human.

This is obviously an ideal scenario, mainly because I didn’t want to write another 500 words just describing the scenario. (I need to film this with a green dog and then edit the heck out of it.)

By starting with a sit and using getting up it as the criteria for having the person move away we focused on what we wanted instead of what we didn’t want.

Sometimes having the handler reward the dog with food is appropriate. Sometimes it adds to the dog’s excitement and makes things worse. Sometimes it even takes the dog’s focus completely off the exercise. It depends. In this rosy scenario attention was the main reinforcer and I went with it.

How long did it take? With the dog in the CGC class I was able to actually do this procedure in a few minutes. But this was a dog that had already passed a basic class and had a strong history of reinforcement for sitting. Pick a behavior that your dog is already proficient at when using this kind of problem solving.

What problems have you had success with solving? What problems have you stumped? What do you think of this approach to problem solving? Let me know in the comments!

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STOP …item 2.. Brown Pelican throats slit (12 December 2013) — WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGES BELOW …item 3.. Man Headed To Jail For Starving Dog (Dec 12, 2013) …

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Charter boat captain Jim Sharpe was on his dock in Summerland Key, Florida. last Friday when he noticed a brown pelican with its throat slit, making it almost impossible for it to swallow fish.

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"She’s had a very large loss of bone to her mandible, to her left side as well," said Siri’s surgeon at S.R.V.S, Dr. Brian Martin. "We’re going to do a partial mandibulectomy and then do some skin reconstruction to try and restore her normal oral cavity so she can eat."

Dr. Martin says he’s hopeful Siri will make a full recovery

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By: Kara Duffy
December 3, 2013

Dothan, AL- It’s been a littler more than a week since Linda Miller and her grandchildren found the dog, who they’re now calling Siri, in Cypress, Florida.

"I found her behind an empty house and when I got back there, I looked at her face and I was like, ‘Oh my God,’" Miller said.

Siri was emaciated, bleeding and struggling to stay alive. She had been shot in the face with a shotgun.

"I called my husband crying and I said, ‘I know we can’t do this, but if you saw him you’d cry too,’ and he said, ‘Honey, do what ya got to do,’" Miller said.

Miller then loaded up Siri and another stray into her truck and headed home.

She then reached out to, ‘For The Love Of Alex Inc.’ on Facebook; an organization that helps fund charitable vet care for animals in need.

On Tuesday, Siri underwent surgery at the Southern Regional Veterinary Specialists in Dothan, Alabama.

"She’s had a very large loss of bone to her mandible, to her left side as well," said Siri’s surgeon at S.R.V.S, Dr. Brian Martin. "We’re going to do a partial mandibulectomy and then do some skin reconstruction to try and restore her normal oral cavity so she can eat."

Dr. Martin says he’s hopeful Siri will make a full recovery.

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"Quality of life is what’s priority right now and I think we can get her back to eating well and her body condition, in time, will improve as she does," he said.

As for Miller, she has a strong message for whoever did this to Siri.

"If you are that person, please get help and if you know who this person was, listen; they will turn on a child, or an adult. If somebody could put food on a gun and do this to a dog, they will do it to your child."

Officials with ‘For The Love Of Alex Inc.’ say they’re reaching out to Animal Control in hopes of taking legal action against whoever did this.

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… Throats of birds appear to have been deliberately cut
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Charter boat captain Jim Sharpe was on his dock in Summerland Key, Florida. last Friday when he noticed a brown pelican with its throat slit, making it almost impossible for it to swallow fish.

Each time the pelican tried to swallow, the ballyhoo would fall out of its large pouch and onto the ground.

‘It looked like the pelican’s throat had been cut with a knife,’ he told the Miami Herald.


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Cruel cut: Veterinarian Don Harris, head of the Avian and Exotic Animal Medical Center in Miami, performs surgery to repair a brown pelican’s pouch that appears to have a chunk of it intentionally cut out

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Depraved behavior: A brown pelican was found in the lower Florida Keys with a chunk of its pouch intentionally cut out

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A 10-inch clean slit reached from the point of the bird’s beak, all the way back to the glottis.

‘The windpipe was dangling from the bird’s neck, almost like it was breathing out of a snorkel,’ Veterinarian Don Harris, director of the Avian & Exotic Animal Medical Center in Miami, told the Herald.


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Several more brown pelicans have been turning up in the area with the same injury, and Maya Totman, director of the Florida Keys Wildlife Rescue, said she fears there’s a person or group of people out there doing this to innocent animals.

‘We’ve seen a lot of ripped pouches, but never anything like this,’ she said.

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Rescuer: Captain Jim Sharpe of Sea Boots Charters on Summerland Key found this brown pelican on the dock with a large chunk of its pouch cut out, which prevents it from eating

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It’s not clear how the bird was maimed but it is possible that the bird was slashed from the inside.

Harris agreed that the cuts on the pelican brought in by Sharpe appeared to be intentional.

‘I firmly believe it to be malicious,” he told the paper, even likening the lacerations to ‘a Colombian necktie’ — in reference to a method of murder that began during the Colombian civil war.

Totman said she found one dead pelican and four others with their throats slit on Cudjoe Key on Sunday.

‘If we don’t catch them soon they are going to die from starvation a terrible death,’ she said. ‘This is so sad. So sad.’

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Beautiful bird: This is how the Brown Pelican should appear in breeding colors with it’s translucent pouch extended

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How it should be: Pelicans sit on a sandbar on the beach of the Florida Keys

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Brown pelicans are a fixture at Florida marinas and other coastal areas. While they are delightful to many, Sharpe says they are not beloved by all fishermen.

‘They can be aggravating and try to grab your fish if you are fishing out of a boat,’ he said. ‘But I can’t imagine anybody deliberately maiming them, even though they can be a nuisance.’

On Sunday, a fisherman reported seeing several live brown pelicans with their pouches cut near Venture Out resort on Cudjoe Key. It’s separated from Summerland Key by a bridge.

The brown pelican is federally protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. It’s also on Florida’s protected list as a species of special concern, the Herald reported.

‘They can be aggravating and try to grab your fish if you are fishing out of a boat,’ Harris said. ‘But I can’t imagine anybody deliberately maiming them, even though they can be a nuisance.’

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…..item 3)…. Man Headed To Jail For Starving Dog …

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Posted: Thu 6:57 PM, Dec 12, 2013…

Following a cal from a new tenant, a Tallahassee Animal Control officer found Diamond the pit bull dead in April.

The dog was chained to a tree in the 600 block of Dent Street.

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A necropsy determined Diamond died of starvation.

"When there’s so many resources and other options to intentionally leave a living breathing being that feels pain like you and I do on the end of a chain to die a slow death is horrendous," said Kate MacFall, the Florida Director of the Humane Society of the United States.

"Usually we’re able to get involved before it gets to this point, but on occasion, we do get calls where the dog is already dead," said Lieutenant Jeff Doyle of Tallahassee Animal Control.

Investigators determined Diamond belonged to 33 year old Terrance Barber.

They found when Barber was evicted from his home, he simply left Diamond chained to a tree.

Barber was offered a plea deal in the case, but he turned it down.

Instead, after nearly four hours of deliberation, a jury found Barber guilty of animal cruelty.

He’s been sentenced to 6 months in jail, two years probation and no pet ownership during the probation.

"A lot of times when we do get charges, there’s a plea offer and it’s usually taken," said Lieutenant Doyle. "This was somewhat unique that it went to a jury trial," he said.

Barber has a criminal history in Leon County dating back to when he was 19 years old.

In 1999 he was charged and later convicted of felony cocaine and cannibas possession.

The next year, he was again charged and later convicted of the same charges.

In both cases, he violated probation.

Now he’s been convicted of animal cruelty.

"We’re pleased to see there’s going to be justice for Diamond," said Lieutenant Doyle.

"I hope it deters someone from commiting a crime like this," said MacFall.

According to court records, Barber must turn himself in to the Leon County Jail to begin serving his six month jail sentence by 5 p.m. on Friday.

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MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A judge sentenced a Georgia man to three years in prison for throwing a dog off a motel’s second-floor balcony.

Cobb County Judge Steven Schuster imposed the sentence Friday on Marcell Sibley.

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The Smyrna man told the judge he felt bad about what he had done and doesn’t know why it happened.

The dog had permanent injuries but survived. It’s now living with a new family in Florida.

WSB-TV ( ) reports a security camera captured images of a man grabbing a small dog by the neck and hitting it.

He then puts the animal in a crate and throws it off the balcony to the concrete parking lot below.

A witness found the animal alive and saved it.


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Grumpy Vet is not amused

I was debating going to SXSW this week, but as it didn’t come to fruition I needed to rely on my husband’s reporting back to let me know all the stuff going on and if it was really worth the four figure ticket price.

“They have animal stuff here,” he said. “You can get your picture taken with Grumpy Cat.”

Really? I asked him.

“Yes,” he said. “There were lines out the door last year. She’s here again.”

“The cat is at a tech conference?” I asked again, trying to get my brain around it.

“Yep,” he said. “They swear she is fine with it, though.” Oh, OK then. Have you ever been to a show like this? I’m a primate and I barely escape without an anxiety attack.

Now look, I try to remind myself not to be the hand wavy finger shaking vet, and those of you who know me, know I tend to give a lot of passes to people when it comes to doing things with your pets. Dress up your dog here and there, OK. Have a pet who likes to show off and skateboard or whatnot and clearly enjoys the bonding time? Go for it. And I would even try, within reason, to understand an occasional appearance here and there for a specific purpose. Within reason.

She’s Fine With It

At what point does ‘occasional’ become too much? I guess it’s an individual thing. My definition of within reason is different than other people’s, sure, but I suppose that is why the internet is such an interesting place to hold discourse. I’ve found a line I would not cross.

Let’s take a look at Grumpy Cat’s Wikipedia, “According to the Bundesens, Tardar Sauce is a normal cat “99% of the time”. Photo sessions are only once a week, and handling by strangers is limited.  At SXSW (2013) Tardar Sauce made limited two-hour appearances each day as Grumpy Cat.

Aaaaand she’s back again.

People tell me all the time their pet is happy when their ears are plastered against their head and they are 2 seconds from snapping. Just because you say it, just because you believe it, doesn’t make it so. The absence of actively trying to escape doesn’t mean you’re fine with it; I once saw a rabbit sitting on a red carpet surrounded by cameras and dogs sitting stock still while it waited to get eaten. I wasn’t thrilled that time, either.

If you’re going to exploit your cat’s genetic defect for millions of dollars, I’m not going to stop you, but at least be honest enough to say yes, this is what I’m doing. Because you can swear this is to the cat’s benefit all you want, but truth of the matter is I can’t think of a single feline I’ve met in my lifetime who would enjoy getting passed around to strangers while on a boat ride. Come on. This does not require an advanced degree to know. It simply involves having met any cat.

I know I’m not the only one who is a little skeeved out by this, and it’s not just people in the animal profession going “ummm…”. It’s too bad that every time someone tries to say, “Hey, you know…?” they’ll get drowned out by people calling them crazy animal activists or whatever similar marginalizing thing they can come up with, but I’m OK with that. When tech guys are telling PETA, hey, I think you got this one wrong, you know something very Carroll-esque is going on. We’re all mad here.

Not Neglect, But Not Exactly Altruistic Either

Let me be clear: I do not think the owners are abusive, or neglectful, or horrible people. I do not think the cat is being pushed to death’s door and needs to be removed by animal control. Compared to all the real and horrible animal abuse going on out there, this cat has it made. But let’s not kid ourselves and say this is the life she would have chosen or even that this is not stressing her out.

Thanks to reddit, we’ve seen all sorts of strange-looking animals launched into internet stardom, from shepherds with 2 noses to cats with no faces. Strange sells. Sure, altruism abounds and people’s hearts are in the right places generally speaking, but let’s not pretend this is anything other than what it really is:


Our generation’s circus sideshow.

So go enjoy the show, I told my husband, but I don’t need a picture of you with Tardar Sauce. One less person she has to ‘meet’.

Pawcurious: With Pet Lifestyle Expert and Veterinarian Dr. V.

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Just like Anna, I also would like to help by donat…

Just like Anna, I also would like to help by donation. How do I contact then? Via BAD RAP?

Maybe Carol and Peter can pay in Craig's list and provide the link here.

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