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Wake Forest University has been fined $35,000 for shortcomings found during a government inspection of its animal research laboratories, including failing to properly secure a macaque who escaped last summer.
The 8-pound female macaque — used to breed other monkeys for research purposes — got out of her cage at the Wake Forest Primate Center on June 29 and roamed the woods for 11 days before she was captured.
In response to a formal complaint by PETA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture conducted an initial inspection and cited Wake Forest University for failing to safely and securely house the monkey — a violation of the federal Animal Welfare Act.
Subsequent investigation led to the fines — posted this week on the USDA website — for that and five other violations.
The other violations include failing to ensure that personnel involved in experimental use of animals were qualified to perform their duties, insufficiently monitoring rabbits in which diabetes had been induced, and improper euthanization of rabbits.
The $2 million primate center, based on a 200-acre farm in southern Forsyth County, is the subject of a court battle between Wake Forest University and the University of California at Los Angeles, which hold a joint agreement to operate it.
Wake Forest has sued UCLA to terminate the agreement and recoup half of the 2012 operating expenses during the 2012 fiscal year, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.
UCLA has filed a countersuit accusing Wake Forest of financially mismanaging the research center and using vervet monkeys there for unauthorized research.
(Photo: By Lauren Carroll / Winston-Salem Journal)
Posted by jwoestendiek March 20th, 2013 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animal welfare, animals, citations, escape, fines, forsyth county, inspection, macaque, north carolina, peta, pets, primate center, research, usda, violations, wake forest, wake forest university, winston-salem
If you’re wondering why you’re hearing so much about spaying and neutering your pets these days — everything from low-cost clinics to fund-raising ”SPAY-ghetti” dinners — it’s because this is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month.
February will see a host of events across the country, all leading up to World Spay Day on Feb. 26, which promotes working together to bring an end to the euthanasia and suffering of homeless companion animals, feral cats and street dogs.
This year, PetSmart Charities is providing grants, under a program called “Beat the Heat,” to 61 clinics, aimed at spaying and neutering 15,500 cats. The Doris Day Animal Foundation is awarding a $75,000 grant to fund spay/neuter programs for pets in 16 towns and cities in 14 states.
The HSUS is partnering with the ASPCA to host a low-cost spay/neuter event for pets in East Harlem in New York City on Feb. 23. The Iowa Humane Alliance plans to host “Twenty Bunny Monday” on Feb. 25, a day reserved solely for spaying or neutering twenty rabbits. East Tennessee Spay Neuter hosted “Hunka, Hunka Furry Love” — featuring a singing dog named Melvis — over the weekend to sign up low-income clients for pet spaying and neutering.
And here in what’s my home base for now, Winston-Salem, N.C., scores showed up — including the young couple above doing their best Lady and the Tramp imitation — at a “SPAY-ghetti” dinner yesterday to raise funds to reimburse veterinarians who offer low cost spaying and neutering.
The dinner at the West End Cafe was sponsored by Humane Solution, an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that believes spaying and neutering is the key to reducing pet overpopulation and reducing euthanizations.
Humane Solution is a coalition of area shelters, including the Forsyth Humane Society, that relies solely on donations, grants, and fundraisers to make the low-cost spay/neuter program possible. The organization also sponsors rabies and microchipping clinics several times a year that help fund the program to help pay for spay/neuter surgeries.
As part of Forsyth Spay Day, on February 23, the organization will be handing out vouchers for spaying and neutering to qualified applicants at six different locations.
World Spay Day got its start as Spay Day USA in 1995, sponsored by the Doris Day Animal League. It now includes participants in 45 countries. Events include low and no-cost spay/neuter clinics for under-served communities, fundraisers to benefit spay/neuter programs and educational campaigns.
Since Spay Day’s inception, it is estimated that more than one and a half million animals have been spayed or neutered in conjunction with the campaign.
Its partners include The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International, the Doris Day Animal Foundation, the ASPCA, the House Rabbit Society, the Humane Alliance, the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, Petfinder, and PetSmart Charities. World Spay Day 2013 is sponsored by Abaxis. To find a World Spay Day event near you, visit worldspayday.org.
“Sterilizing dogs and cats is the best way to stem the overpopulation of cats, dogs and other pets, and to prevent homelessness and suffering,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States. “World Spay Day allows caring people the world over to come together and raise awareness about the life-saving benefits of spaying and neutering …”
The HSUS is hosting a World Spay Day 2013 online Pet Pageant. Participants can upload their pets photo until March 19, and all proceeds will benefit local U.S. non-profit organizations participating in World Spay Day.
Posted by jwoestendiek February 11th, 2013 under Muttsblog.
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A one-foot-tall laboratory monkey is on the loose in North Carolina after escaping from a Wake Forest University research facility, and there are some concerns about how he’s going to react to tonight’s fireworks.
The 8-pound macaque was last seen Tuesday hiding in some tall trees in a residential area, doing her best to stay away from animal control officials seeking to capture her.
According to the Winston-Salem Journal, the 16-year-old breeding monkey has been at the Wake Forest University Primate Center, on Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s Friedburg Campus in Davidson County, since 2008. The primate center is on 38 fenced acres within a 200-acre campus.
She escaped Friday when a housing area was being cleaned. Officials believe the monkey — a crab-eating macaque — went through an open gate, then managed to open asecond gate in a chain link fence.
“She actually hit the latch — hit it just right,” said Richard Young, the director of animal resources and head veterinarian.
Animal control officers got their first call about the escape Monday — from a resident reporting a monkey in her backyard.
Wake Forest officials said they believed the animal hadn’t gone far, and were concentrating their search in and around the primate center.
As of late Tuesday, the officials had set seven traps, using oranges and bananas as bait, but the monkey had not been captured.
PETA says it has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, asking the agency to investigate the primate center for possible violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act.
“While we’re cheering for this monkey, who has gained independence from her captors just in time for the Fourth of July, Wake Forest’s ineptitude has led this monkey into a foreign environment that will be especially terrifying and dangerous as fireworks explode in the coming days,” PETA said in a statement.
“These intelligent, sensitive animals deserve better than to be confined to cages for decades and forced to breed, only to have their babies taken from them and subjected to painful and deadly experiments.”
Forsyth County Animal Control officer Ricky Beeson said officers hope to trap the monkey, but added tranquilizer guns would be used if necessary — possibly even real guns, if the monkey is posing a public safety risk.
(Photo: A Forsyth County Animal Control officer uses a spotting scope to search the woods in Clemmons for a missing macaque; by Walt Unks / Winston-Salem Journal)
Posted by jwoestendiek July 4th, 2012 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animal control, animals, breeding, clemmons, complaint, davidson county, escaped, fireworks, forsyth county, investigation, lab, laboratory, loose, macaque, monkey, north carolina, peta, pets, primate center, research, search, wake forest university, winston-salem
It still only exists in artist renderings, but another step toward building a dog park in North Carolina’s Tanglewood Park will come this weekend, with a Saturday “Bark in the Park” festival aimed at raising money for the project.
The Humane Societies of Forsyth and Davie Counties are sponsoring the event — Saturday (Oct. 1) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Activities will include a Doggie Jog, a Blessing of the Animals, expert advice from local vets and professional trainers, a mobile doggie spa, agility demonstrations and contests.
Local adoption and rescue agencies will also be on hand with adoptable animals.
The proposed dog park will be located on 2.3 acres in the park’s northern end, near the intersection of Clemmons and Harper Roads.
The Forsyth CountyCommissioners voted to approve the park in July, but with the caveat that it be completed by 2012.
Plans for the park include separate large and small dog lots, an area for obedience classes, watering stations & pet waste valets, an area to hose off dogs, and some type of water feature so the dogs can cool off during the warmer weather, according to the Dog Park at Tanglewood website.
The group has raised about $20,000 of its $150,000 goal, and it continues to seek funds, services and materials from individuals and businesses.
One huge donation came from Vulcan Materials Company, which contributed $11,000 worth of construction materials.
The project also received proceeds from a recent ”Pups in the Park” night at Winston-Salem’s minor league baseball park, home of the Dash.
Posted by jwoestendiek September 29th, 2011 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animals, bark in the park, davie county, dog park, dog park at tanglewood, dog parks, dogs, donate, forsyth county, fund raising, humane society, north carolina, pets, project, tanglewood, winston-salem
Dental repairs — not mine this time, but my mother’s — took me to nearby Pfafftown last week, about a 15 minute drive, during which I annoyed by mother by repeatedly prouncing the first silent “f” in the North Carolina town’s name.
The correct pronunciation is “Poff-town.” But I kept calling it “Puh-foff-town” and she kept correcting me, not realizing, at least at first, that I was doing it on pfurpose.
Dropping her off at the dentist, I returned to a spot we had passed by, which, though I had only gotten a brief glance, appeared to be an enchanted kudzu forest.
Just as I suspected, I found three canines. (There is no kudzu patch in which I cannot spot the shapes of dogs — though some, admittedly, are clearer than others.)
First, I saw a pfair of kudzu wolves, howling at the sky:
Back at the dentist, my mother was done and waiting for me, and, as pfate would have it, I learned a return trip was going to be necessary in the afternoon.
Ace, who mad missed out on the first jaunt, came along on the second, and after again dropping off my mother, we followed some signs pointing to C.G. Hill Memorial Park.
The park is a beautiful setting, with winding trails and a duck pond.
It also contains a hollow poplar tree in which, according to the county, a farmer once hid his cow and calf to save them from being poached by Union soldiers during the Civil War.
It has also been dubbed the “Loving Tree” – but we’re not sure, and the county’s website doesn’t say, whether that’s because it lovingly provided shelter, or because of hanky-panky that may or may not have taken place within its confines.
Looking at it, I’m not sure how it could have held a cow and calf, much less an amorous couple. Why the space is no bigger than an airplane’s restroom.
Rather than imagine the hijinks that might have occured within the tree, I pfocused on the pfair of ducks, becoming pfascinated with the pfretty rings of color around their eyes:
While at the park we ran into Thor, a three-year-old Chihuahua-rat terrier mix.
She filled me in on where people commonly let their dogs run unleashed — even though park rules require leashes — but, suspecting my mother might be pfinished with having her dental work installed, I didn’t have time to check it out.
One the way to drop her back home, I told her about the pfark, just down the road from Ronald Reagan High School. Now there was a pfresident.
“It’s pronounced ‘poff-town,’” she corrected me for the tenth time.
“Puh-false,” I retorted. It’s Puh-fofftown.”
She rolled her eyes, as if in pfain.
That was her signal she had pfinally had enough of that game.
I’m going to keep pronouncing it Puh-fofftown, though, with apologies to all the Puh-foffs that live there and who it is named after, because, just like dentists, I sometimes like to strike a nerve.
Posted by jwoestendiek September 16th, 2011 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animals, cg miller memorial park, chihuahua, dentist, dogs, forsyth county, kudzu, kudzu dogs, loving tree, north carolina, pets, pfafftown, pronunciation, rat terrier, road trip, thor, travels with ace
Winston-Salem — the town of my birth, and the place Ace and I are temporarily hanging — took two giant steps toward dog friendliness this week.
First, yesterday, the Forsyth County Commissioners passed an anti- tethering measure, which, while not all it could be, and while not going into effect for two years, will forbid tethering dogs in a manner that harms them.
And tomorrow, Winston-Salem’s minor league baseball team, the Dash, will open its gates to dogs for the first time.
Of course, Ace and I will be there.
It was back in July that I bemoaned the lack of dog friendly games at the local minor league park — a void which forced Ace and me (that’s him at the game, above) to go see the Greensboro Grasshoppers, a team with a long and dog-friendly tradition.
But a few weeks ago, as the season neared an end, Dash officials decided to let dogs into their new ballpark for the first time.
Winston Salem’s minor league team, when it was known as the Warthogs and based in its old stadium, had dog-friendly days now and then. But for the Dash, which opened its new stadium last year, it’s a doggie debut.
Tickets are $15 and reservations are recommended. Proof of vaccination is required. Dogs will be restricted to the lawn behind left field.
The Dash will be playing the Salem Red Sox, and the event, called ”Pups in the Park,” will benefit the Forsyth County Humane Society. A portion of proceeds will also go to a planned Dog Park at Tanglewood.
The Humane Society’s Regional Outreach Vehicle for Education and Rescue will be at the ballpark Wednesday, along with some adoptable pets.
The event is also sponsored by Carolina Pet Place, a local boarding, bathing and grooming facility for pets.
Tickets can be reserved by calling Sarah Baumann in the Winston-Salem Dash ticket office at 336-714-6878.
Posted by jwoestendiek August 30th, 2011 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animals, baseball, dog, dog friendly, dogs, first, forsyth county, greensboro grasshoppers, humane society, minor league, north carolina, pets, pups in the park, winston salem dash, winston-salem
It’s not the outright ban some were hoping for, but the Forsyth County Commissioners last night approved limiting the practice of chaining or tethering dogs.
The board, by a 4-3 vote, approved an amendment to the North Carolina county’s animal-control ordinance that will make it illegal to tether a dog in such a way as to harm the animal.
The limits won’t go into effect for two years, to allow for a period of public education, the Winston-Salem Journal reported.
The county’s animal-control advisory board had recommended a total ban on tethering.
Once the two-year grace period is over, it will be illegal to tether dogs in such a way that puts them at risk of choking or other injury, or if it causes the dog to behave neurotically or aggressively.
Posted by jwoestendiek August 30th, 2011 under Muttsblog.
Tags: amendment, animal control, animals, anti-tethering, ban, behavior, chaining, choking, commissioners, dogs, forsyth county, harmful, injury, limits, north carolina, ordinance, pets, risk, tethering, tying, winston-salem
Supporters of a law that would ban tethering dogs for extended periods filled the Forsyth County Commission meeting last night.
No one at the meeting spoke against a ban of the practice, but scores showed up in support of it, including Spiderman’s aunt.
Academy Award nominee Rosemary Harris Ehle, a member of the Forsyth County Humane Society and a Winston-Salem, N.C., resident for 42 years, can be seen in the Fox News video above.
Forsyth County is in the process of writing up a proposed ordinance that could be approved by the end of the month, but even if passed, it would not fully go into effect for at least two years.
“I know there have to be guard dogs, but they don’t have to be chained to a stake. They should be able to move around,” Ehle said.
Posted by jwoestendiek August 9th, 2011 under Muttsblog.
Tags: actress, animal control, ban, chained, chaining, county commission, forsyth county, law, meeting, proposal, rosemary harris ehle, tethering, unchain forsyth, winston-salem
The push to end dog tethering in Forsyth County, North Carolina, goes before the county commissioners tonight.
Animal groups in Forsyth County have been patiently working for years to build support for a law that would make it illegal to leave dogs tied up for long periods of time.
At tonight’s meeting, though the issue is not listed on the commissioners’ formal agenda, a large turnout of dog advocates are expected to show their support for the proposal. The meeting, at the County Government Center at 201 N. Chestnut Street, starts at 6 p.m.
If a measure were approved, Forsyth County, which includes Winston-Salem, would join 12 other North Carolina counties that have passed tethering bans.
Those behind the proposal — including the Forsyth County Humane Society, Furever Friends, Save the Animals, Dogs Deserve Better and the Coalition to Unchain Dogs — say public opinion seems to be strongly in their favor.
An on-line survey by the Winston-Salem Journal showed 64% of the public approved of a ban, and the county animal control department has recommended one.
Numerous studies have shown that chained dogs — in addition to often suffering from being tethered — are more likely to bite adults and children than those who are not chained.
More details are available on the Unchain Forsyth Facebook page
Posted by jwoestendiek August 8th, 2011 under Muttsblog, videos.
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