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Bad To The Bone

by on Aug.27, 2012, under Animals, Crime, Family, Health, Nature

Michelle Busse of Arizona left her pet dog Carmela to fend for herself after she was struck by a car almost a year ago in Peroria, leaving her in agony from a partially severed front leg. Without medical treatment, the three year old Pit bull mix chewed her own leg off.

Busse took Carmela to a veterinarian after the accident, but refused treatment for the dog even after being offered a payment plan. She also refused to have the dog humanely euthanized. The three-year-old Pit bull mix chewed off its own leg and was left to walk around on a bloody stump. 

Vets who examined the wound said it was infected and the pit bull mix would have been in terrible pain from walking on an exposed bone.

Nearly a year after the accident, police received an anonymous report that the dog was suffering without medical attention and investigated.

When an animal control officer examined the female dog, she was missing the lower half of her front right leg and was walking on exposed bone and flesh.

A vet later removed the infected leg and Carmela is recovering at the Humane Society of Arizona.

Busse was charged with felony animal cruelty. Carmela recovered and was made available for adoption.

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Jack’s Cactus Attack

by on Apr.29, 2012, under Animals, Nature, Recreation

A couple of people hiking in Phoenix, Arizona heard whimpering sounds coming from the area of a nearby cholla cactus.

They discovered an eight week old Yorkshire Terrier mix.

After alerting the Arizona Humane Society they started removing the cactus spines.

“By the time we arrived on scene, the good Samaritans had actually removed him from the cactus and also removed about a five gallon bucket worth of spines,” Said Arizona Humane Society spokesperson Bretta Nelson.

He was taken to the AHS Second Chance Hospital where vets spent several hours removing the rest of the barbed spines.

The friendly puppy didn’t appear overly distressed by his situation, and was reportedly wagging his tail as the staff attended to him.

Cactus Jack, as he was named, is not expected to suffer any permanent injuries and is getting medication to prevent infection. He will be available for adoption soon.

It still doesn’t look as scary as Dog vs. Porcupine.

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Escaping From A Thorny Situation

by on Aug.25, 2011, under Animals, Food, Nature

 

Cats end up in trees for all kinds of reasons. Despite the stereotype, the fire department doesn’t rescue cats from trees. They can get down by themselves, when they feel like it.

When a friend woke up Curt Fonger to tell him one of his workers had seen a mountain lion chasing a bobcat, he drove out to the Sonoran Desert in Arizona to see if he could photograph them.

The friend told him, “It ran across the road in front of his car and climbed up a large saguaro cactus at the roadside, with the lion hot on its tail. The lion didn’t pursue the bobcat up the cactus but circled the base. It looked up at the bobcat, growled several times, then turned around and trotted back up from where it had come.”

When Fonger, 69, arrived, the bobcat was still perched 50 feet up on top of a Giant Saguaro Cactus, believed to be about 300 years old. It remained there for about six hours.

Curt, from Gold Canyon, Arizona, added: “When he came down he looked around and then trotted back towards the Superstition Mountains. Although it may be common for a bobcat to escape one of it’s major predators, it is very uncommon to have witnessed such an event first hand. I personally examined the base of the giant cactus after the bobcat had left. There was no hair or blood – only claw marks.”

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Halloween Carving

by on Nov.07, 2010, under Culture, Family, Kids, Parenting, Weapons

Halloween is almost a religious experience for some kids. You get free candy, and you can dress up as anything you want. The choices are endless.

A kid could move around discreetly dressed as a traffic barrel.

Or portray their favorite movie heroes.

A very creative kid could wear a costume within a costume. Here’s one portraying batdog.

Kids may start trick-or-treating early. You know the parents are “holding” the candy for them.

Not a costume

Halloween costumes are very gender specific. Girls still want to be witches and princesses, while boys like darker characters.

But not one 12-year-old from Surprise, Arizona.  He wanted to trick-or-treat as a “gay Justin Bieber”. His mother thought his redundant use of the term “gay” was disrespectful of the former Youtube sensation.

Gay Justin Bieber

His mother grounded him Halloween night after an argument, according to police spokesman Sgt. Mark Ortega.

He became belligerent after being grounded from trick-or-treating, grabbed a knife from his room, and threatened to kill her. She was able to disarm him without injury.

The 12-year-old was arrested on suspicion of threatening with a knife.

http://www.azcentral.com/community/surprise/articles/2010/11/04/20101104justin-bieber-costume-ban-knife-threat-arizona-abrk.html

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The Changing Color of Kids In Arizona

by on Jun.05, 2010, under Racism

An elementary school in Arizona is giving the Michael Jackson treatment to their poster boys.  The mural featuring the faces of kids who attend the school has been the subject of constant daytime drive-by racist screaming, from adults, as well as a radio talk-show campaign (by an actual city councilman, who has an AM talk-radio show) to remove the black student’s face from the mural, and now the school principal has ordered the faces of the Latino and Black students pictured on the school wall to be repainted as light-skinned children.

The Arizona Republic reports:

The project’s leader says he was ordered to lighten the skin tone after complaints about the children’s ethnicity. But the school’s principal says the request was only to fix shading and had nothing to do with political pressure.

The “Go on Green” mural, which covers two walls outside Miller Valley Elementary School, was designed to advertise a campaign for environmentally friendly transportation. It features portraits of four children, with a Hispanic boy as the dominant figure.

R.E. Wall, director of Prescott’s Downtown Mural Project, said he and other artists were subjected to slurs from motorists as they worked on the painting at one of the town’s most prominent intersections.

“We consistently, for two months, had people shouting racial slander from their cars,” Wall said. “We had children painting with us, and here come these yells of (epithet for Blacks) and (epithet for Hispanics).”

City Councilman Steve Blair spearheaded a public campaign on his talk show at Prescott radio station KYCA-AM (1490) to remove the mural.

In a broadcast last month, according to the Daily Courier in Prescott, Blair mistakenly complained that the most prominent child in the painting is African-American, saying: “To depict the biggest picture on the building as a Black person, I would have to ask the question: Why?”

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2010/06/04/20100604arizona-mural-sparks-racial-debate.html

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Vacation Snapshots

by on May.18, 2010, under Miscellaneous

After that long post about Microsoft — without any pictures to break up the monotony — I wanted to post something more entertaining.  So here are a couple of snapshots of me from one of my vacation trips:

I spotted this place in western Colorado.

And here I am in Arizona after a recent session of their legislature.

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