Stubbs, the cat who serves as honorary mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska, is back home and recovering from injuries inflicted by a town dog.
Stec said Stubbs will be cared for at a house connected to the back of the store for a few days before returning to his regular sleeping spot — in his bed on top of a freezer. There, Stubbs sleeps in a mushing sled piled with furs of fox, caribou, beaver and lynx.
Stubbs was mauled by a loose dog in Talkeetna, 115 miles north of Anchorage, on Aug. 31. The attack left Stubbs with a punctured lung, a fractured sternum, bruised hips and a deep gash on his side.
Stec said she knows the dog that attacked Stubbs, and that she reported the attack to animal control officials.
The community of 900 elected the orange and beige cat mayor in a write-in campaign 15 years ago. There is no human mayor in the town.
Stubbs greets customers at the store, but also ventures over to the tavern next door, where he often is served a water and catnip concoction in a wine glass. The dog attack was not his first scare. He has been shot with a BB gun, fallen into a fryer vat and once rode on a garbage truck before jumping off, the AP reported.
The cat’s popularity has increased since his hospitalization. Two walls of the general store are covered with cards and letters to him, donations toward his medical care have come in from around the country, and get-well messages have been posted on his Facebook page, which has almost 22,000 “likes.”
On Facebook, Stubbs reports : ”While at this point in time it is impossible to know whether my attack was politically motivated, I do hope that the government will seriously consider providing me with some Secret Service protection in the future to assist in preserving my remaining 8 lives. I am thankful for the opportunity to continue leading the great town of Talkeetna onwards to brighter tomorrows.”
(Photo: Stubbs’ Facebook page)
Posted by jwoestendiek September 12th, 2013 under Muttsblog.
Tags: alaska, animal hospital, bitten, cat, cat mayor, dog, home, honorary, injured, lauriestec, mauled, mayor, nagley's general store, recovering, released, stubbs, stubbs the cat, talkeetna
Blade, the German shepherd police dog who was mistakenly shot by a police officer Sunday appears to be recovering nicely, judging from this Baltimore Sun video.
The Sun’s Peter Hermann reports on his blog, Baltimore Crime Beat, that Blade suffered a gunshot in the left shoulder from a .40 caliber handgun.
Officer Steven W. Sturm, Blade’s handler, told reporters outside the Falls Road Animal Hospital that the dog might be able to go back to work. “He’s a tough dog,” Sturm said.
Blade was shot while pursing several people who bailed from a car whose driver evaded a traffic checkpoint. The dog’s handler released Blade from his leash and commanded him to track down the running suspects. A police officers who was approaching from the other direction, was attacked by the dog and fired his weapon, not knowing it was a police dog.
“They were just both in the same spot at the same time, and Blade was doing what he was taught to do,” Sturm said. He added, “It’s dangerous because unlike us … we see somebody with a gun or a weapon, or whatever, we will get out of the way. Dogs react totally the opposite. They go. No matter what they see, they’re going to be going unless we call them off.”
Posted by jwoestendiek November 11th, 2009 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: baltimore, blade, dog, falls road animal hospital, german shepherd, gunshot, K-9, officer, police, recovering, recovery, shot, shoulder, steven sturm, wound
A witness saw youngsters in West Baltimore throwing bricks at the kitten, then setting her on fire. When the cat rolled on the ground and put the flames out, the youngsters reignited her.
The kitten rescuers named Gabrielle has been being treated for weeks at Spay Maryland hospital in Catonsville, with Recycled Love footing the bill.
“She is very comfortable and has a healthy appetite,” Karen Reese with Recycled Love says.
(Photo courtesy of Recycled Love)
Posted by jwoestendiek August 27th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: abuse, animal cruelty, baltimore, cat, fire, gabrielle, gasoline, recovering, recovery, recycled love, set on fire, twice, West Baltimore