It began as an innocent walk in the park: A 9-month-old, 60 lb. German Shepherd mix went out for a stroll with her owner before spending 30 minutes alone in the backyard. When the dog reentered the house, her owner noticed that her eyes were rolling back and that her gait was uncoordinated. She also defecated in the house.
At the critical care facility, things only got worse: the pup was drooling, feverish and began seizing and vomiting. That was when veterinarians discovered the root of her illness: blue-green algae. The owner confirmed that the algae had been present in a backyard pond.
After 18 hours of critical care, including emergency intubation and ventilation for respiratory failure, the dog’s life was saved. She was discharged after three more days in the hospital, and fortunately, she is now back to her normal, happy self. But blue-green algae can form almost anywhere and can be a danger to any unsuspecting pet parent. That’s why the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) wants to keep you informed about this toxic bacterium.
Members of the phylum Cyanobacteria, blue-green algae usually form on or near bodies of water during warm weather months. It is typically found in ponds and lakes, but can also be present in oceans, fresh water, damp soil, backyard fountains and even on rocks. Dogs can develop poisoning when they drink from or swim in contaminated water sources. If consumed, blue-green algae can cause severe neurologic or liver signs. Signs of blue-green algae toxicity include:
Prevention is key. Don’t allow your pets to drink from stagnant ponds, lakes or other bodies of water that have bluish-green scum on the surface or around the edges. Blue-green algae cells can also stick to a pet’s fur and be ingested when the animal cleans itself, so think twice before allowing your pet to jump into a body of water.
If you think that your pet is ill or may have ingested a poisonous substance, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435 immediately!
The ASPCA is pleased to announce a new collaboration with the New York City Police Foundation’s Crime Stoppers program, which will allow the public to easily and anonymously provide information about animal cruelty crimes in New York City’s five boroughs. Crime Stoppers offers rewards of up to $2,500 for tips leading to an arrest and indictment.
“By working with Crime Stoppers we are giving New Yorkers the means and motivation to stop dangerous criminals and giving animal victims a better chance to survive and recover,” says Matt Bershadker, President and CEO of the ASPCA. “While countless New Yorkers reported suspected animal cruelty last year, a program like Crime Stoppers will be an invaluable tool to help the NYPD continue to solve animal cruelty cases and bring perpetrators to justice.”
We’re excited to see this new initiative in action, and to bolster our commitment to ending animal cruelty in New York City and nationwide.
The ASPCA removed the animals from the tragic scene and transported them to a temporary shelter, where they have spent the last few weeks receiving medical care, behavioral enrichment and the kindness they so desperately needed. Now, with some heartwarmingly happy reunions under our belt, we are ready to begin searching for loving forever homes for hundreds of the animals rescued in this case. Animals like Lucy, Emma, Ashley, Fiji and Della.
Lucy is a very friendly pit bull mix who was found with her litter of five puppies, all of whom were gravely ill due to the shelter’s neglectful conditions. Sadly, the puppies did not survive—veterinary experts confirmed their cause of death as parvovirus, a highly contagious disease which could have been prevented by vaccinations. Lucy survived, and this sweet mama is now looking for a loving family to call her own.
Emma is a sassy senior who was discovered with skin infections and an ingrown collar. She was in so much pain that she would yelp as veterinary experts treated her wounds. Emma has recovered from her medical issues, and she is now a cheerful dog who loves people and is sure to make some lucky adopter very happy.
Ashley is a sweet 12-week-old Pointer mix who nearly died of distemper, a virus that affects a dog’s respiratory, gastrointestinal and central nervous systems. After receiving much-needed treatment and vaccines at the ASPCA’s medical unit, Ashley’s overall health improved and she recently joined the other dogs at our temporary shelter. She is shy at first, but is looking for an individual or family to give her a good home.
Fiji is a grey, domestic short hair cat who veterinary experts thought was blind due to her severe eye infection. With medical treatment and care, Fiji’s vision improved greatly, and the curious kitten has come out of her shell. With a bright future ahead, Fiji is eager to find a family who will love her forever.
Della is a senior dog who is blind, but that doesn’t hold her back! She is a very sweet pup who is fond of being petted and handled. The ASPCA is planning to take Della to a specialist to see if she is able to regain some of her vision, but what she wants most is a home to call her own.
Tell all your friends: Today, July 21, is No Pet Store Puppies Day!
We need your help raising awareness about the tens of thousands of dogs who live their entire lives in puppy mills—large-scale, commercial breeding facilities where profit is placed above their wellbeing—where they are often kept in tiny, overcrowded cages in dreadful conditions and without access to proper veterinary care, exercise, food, water or human interaction. You already know that puppy mills are a national animal welfare problem, but today is a great opportunity to inform your friends, family and community about what really happens at puppy mills and remind them that most pet stores puppies come from puppy mills.
Here are a few easy ways you can help puppy mill dogs right now and encourage others to take a stand against puppy mill cruelty, too. First, visit our revamped No Pet Store Puppies website and be sure to sign the pledge that you won’t buy anything from pet stores that sell puppies—and ask your friends and family to do the same!
Then, watch the video below featuring Molly and her adorable pup, Joey, to learn why you shouldn’t shop at pet stores that sell puppies. To make sure this message about puppy mill cruelty reaches as many people as possible, please share it with your networks on Facebook and Twitter.
With your help, we can reach millions with this important message!
We refuse to rest until every single mill dog is safe, but we can’t do it without your support. Help the ASPCA continue our fight against puppy mills, and all animal suffering, by making a donation today.
When the ASPCA rescues animals from puppy mills, hoarding situations, dog fighting rings, natural disasters and other emergencies, we rely on animal shelters and rescue groups nationwide to assist with the placement of rescued dogs and cats for adoption. These ASPCA Response Partners provide former victims of cruelty with the opportunity to experience lives as beloved pets, and without their help, our capacity to assist animals across the country would be diminished.
Over the past year, five of our Response Partners went above and beyond in answering our call to help cruelty victims in need. In recognition of their efforts, we would like to acknowledge the following organizations for their outstanding work in recent sheltering and rescue operations:
Montgomery Humane Society of Montgomery, Alabama
Cedar Bend Humane Society of Waterloo, Iowa
Margaret B. Mitchell Spay/Neuter Clinic of Bristol, Virginia
Quincy Humane Society of Quincy, Illinois
Angels of Assisi of Roanoke, Virginia
Thank you to these five organizations—and to all of our amazing Response Partners nationwide! We are grateful to these organizations for making hundreds of animal adoptions possible.