Thursday, July 20, 2006

Two New Must-See Videos

Please make sure Mrs. Bondi and all the others holding dogs from owners get this video. No bad owners are still fighting after 10 months. I get more pissed everyday . Where is the "put-yourself-in the-other's-shoes" mentality that should have resulted from Katrina? Didn't these people happen to notice that it was just as devastating as if someone had nuked the place?

This video is hard to watch. This is raw footage from Dana who many of us tried to help find her dog for months and months. In the opening you can see her dog for a second. Then Dana worries about her beloved pet pig BARELY as the water comes up. (Barley was later found drowned) Later you will be almost amazed at how fast and how far the water comes up leaving the family in the attic. After a blue pause be sure to watch as the family goes back to the house. Many of us know that Dana did everything she could to get the dog out with her but it came down to an almost impossible situation for the family. This story was played out for thousands of residents whose dogs could not evacuate with them. The Coutures for instance stayed with Master Tank and Nila for 5 days after the levees broke and then put them safely in the attic where they were just fine and came back to get them as quick as possible.

PLEASE WATCH THIS Mrs Bondi and hope you never have to go through such a terrible event, do everything you could to save your dogs and then have them shipped off by people who accused you of abandoning your dogs when that is the exact opposite of what you did. You must be one tormented chick to keep that dog. You are not 1/3 the person these people are. I despise you for your arrogant attitude. What are your lifes hardships that compare to the devastation these people have experienced?, and you would hold this dog from them! Go help the Coutures rebuild their house and lives and quite promoting yourself on TV.

Here is Dana's story in her own words (from a previous post).

Her Video is Here:
Dana's Rising Floodwaters in Saint Bernard's Parish (Quicktime, 50MB, 10:49)
This is a huge movie file. For best results, right click and save to your desktop (instead of attempting to view it directly in the browser window.)

The second video recounts the animals still being searched for:
Somewhere Out There (WMV, 8MB, 10:49)

Shame on those who have fought these Katrina animal lovers. Do you not understand the relationship between animals and the people who love them.

Here is another one that is just as disturbing. This man is one of the nicest men you would ever hope to meet. This is from www.bestfriend.org

Elderly Katrina victim fights to be reunited with his closest companion.
July 1, 2006 : 12:00 AM
Malvin Cavalier has filed suit in Pennsylvania for the return of his beloved poodle, Bandit.


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Photo: Malvin Cavalier and his grandson pose with Bandit during happier times.
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In the past few years, 86-year-old Malvin Cavalier has lost his wife, his home, and the community where he has spent a lifetime.

Now, his dearest wish is to see his dog, Bandit, again.
THIS POST IS CONTINUED IN THE COMMENTS SECTION. SEE SECOND COMMENT FOR REST OF STORY.

16 Comments:

At 10:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do not understand Pamela Bondi and Rhonda Rineker and Lisa Fox and Lynne Welsh and Humane Society of North Texas and the others who will not return pets that belong to someone else.

Instead of reaching out to fellow humans who have been through hell and back by offering them and their pets a helping hand, they offer instead a punitive slap in the face.

It's disgusting.

 
At 12:42 PM, Blogger EricsDogBlog.com said...

Continued from Post.....

“I had Bandit over 10 years. Bandit and I were so close together, and after my wife died in 2003 we got closer together, I didn’t have nobody else,” Cavalier says. “I really just want Bandit back before I leave this earth. I ask almighty God, I pray hard for it every night.”

The last time Cavalier saw Bandit, a miniature poodle, was right before Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. Making a last-minute decision to evacuate to the Superdome, Cavalier left Bandit in their 9th-Ward home with big buckets of dry food and water, and a door ajar in case the dog needed to leave the house.

Weeks later, Bandit was rescued from the New Orleans floodwaters about a mile from Cavalier’s home. Cavalier has now filed a lawsuit to reclaim Bandit from Lisa Fox, a woman in Pennsylvania who has reportedly adopted the dog.

Agonizing decision to leave Bandit behind.

Cavalier struggled with the decision to evacuate without Bandit.

“I felt bad, real bad,” Cavalier says about leaving hsi dog behind. “They weren’t taking animals at the Superdome, other than that, I would have taken Bandit anywhere, but I wasn’t going to leave him on the street.”

Cavalier says Bandit slept inside with him, and rarely went outside except to go to the bathroom, or help Cavalier do yard work. In fact, he says, he and his dog were almost never apart.

Cavalier and his dog talked frequently, and Cavalier vividly recalls his last conversation with Bandit: “I patted him on the head, and said, ‘Well, Bandit, I can’t take you to the Superdome, because they already broadcast, don’t bring any animals to the Superdome, only human beings. You just hole up here, you’ve got plenty of food – a whole bucket of food that will last a week. I’ll see you in a couple of days when this storm has passed over.’”

But Cavalier didn’t return in a few days. After six terrifying days in the Superdome that he was lucky to survive, he was bused to Dallas, Texas, where he was housed with a group of evacuees in an old jail. Now, he lives in Houston, while he waits for a FEMA trailer to be placed in his yard so he can finally go back home.

Like most New Orleans residents, Cavalier never dreamed that the levees would break, leaving his raised house with five feet of water. He never dreamed that it would be many weeks before authorities would even allow him to visit his neighborhood. And he never dreamed that his dog would end up in Pennsylvania, with a new owner who refuses to return him.

“Bandit is a special dog to me in my life, and why would she try to keep me from enjoying my dog? I wouldn’t do that to her, no way, I’m not that type of man,” he says.


Photo: Bandit is pictured at the Lamar-Dixon temporary shelter in September, 2005.

Bandit's journey.

Since Bandit was rescued, the dog has also had a long and complicated journey.

At first, he was taken to for a few days to the Lamar-Dixon staging area in Gonzales, Louisiana, operated by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). On September 25, Bandit’s picture was posted on Petfinder, along with rabies tag numbers that definitively identified him as Mr. Cavalier’s dog.

According to Cavalier’s lawsuit, paperwork shows that Bandit was taken from Lamar-Dixon by Peter McKosky, a representative of the Chenoa Manor Animal Shelter, and transported to Pennsylvania in late September along with a number of other animals.

In order to take Bandit, McKosky signed agreements with HSUS promising that Bandit would be held at Chenoa Manor until September 30, after which time he could be placed in a foster home. However, under the agreement, the foster home was required to hold the dog until October 15, and return the animal to his owner if claimed before that date. (See tomorrow’s story from The Legal Animal examining the legality of these agreements)

Malvin Cavalier’s son, Marcus, located Bandit’s picture on Petfinder on October 13, and contacted Chenoa Manor requesting his return. He was later told by phone that the dog had never been kept at Chenoa Manor and had been retained by McKosky, the complaint says.

According to the lawsuit, McKosky refused to return Bandit, suggesting that Malvin Cavalier had been irresponsible in “abandoning” the dog, and therefore did not deserve him back. The complaint alleges that McKosky later transferred the dog to Voices for Animals, an animal rights association in Pennsylvania, which subsequently allowed Fox to adopt the dog.

Cavalier aided in lawsuit.

After failed attempts at negotiating for Bandit’s return, Cavalier filed a “complaint in replevin” against Fox, an equitable action seeking the return of Bandit, rather than monetary damages.

Cavalier’s efforts to reclaim Bandit have been aided all along by members of a grassroots group known as the Stealth Volunteers, which specializes in helping to reunite lost Katrina pets with their owners.

Stealth volunteer Sandra Bauer, a resident of Canada, has been trying to aid Cavalier throughout his struggle to reclaim Bandit.

Bauer says that through her work with Stealth she has talked to many owners whose stories have touched her deeply, but that she was particularly moved by the story of Cavalier and Bandit.

“This is a man who had his best friend taken away from him for reasons not of his own choosing, and it seemed like such a simple thing to bring back a little happiness in his life. After everything he’d been through and all he had lost, it seemed like such a simple thing to return his dog – it is incomprehensible that it could be so difficult,” she says.

Cavalier and his representatives have never been able to speak to Fox directly about returning the dog, and have not even been able to locate her to serve her with the lawsuit. In fact, they are still searching for hints to the whereabouts of Fox and Bandit.

Fox is being represented by Pittsburgh attorney Carolyn Flamm, who says she has a policy of not discussing active cases and would not comment on whether her client was willing to return Bandit.

“All I can say is that we were at the point of amicably resolving this case, and the interference of the Stealth Volunteers has been counterproductive to the resolution of this case,” she says, declining to be more specific about what she means by “interference.”

Flamm says she was in the midst of trying to schedule a settlement conference, but that it was cancelled, and she doesn’t know at this point if it will be rescheduled.

Her latest comments follow an article about the case in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette last week, in which Flamm said she thought there was a good chance the case would be settled amicably.

Bauer says that without specifics, she can't comment on the alleged interference by Stealth Volunteers. She did say that as Cavalier’s authorized representatives, she and another Stealth Volunteer, Cindi Nicotera, have gone through lengthy efforts to try to negotiate the return of Bandit.

When there was a concern about how Bandit would travel, Bauer says she arranged for him to either be in the cabin of a plane, or to travel by RV with Bauer and Nicotera. At one point, she says she even had a plane ticket booked, but then the expected reunion fell through again.

A question of respect?

To Bauer, it is a question of fundamental justice and respect.

“This man is a senior citizen and so is the dog, and the two of them deserve to spend their twilight time together after a decade of a shared life,” she says, adding that a family member is prepared to take Bandit if Cavalier gets to a point where he can no longer care for him.

“To me, it is a question of respect for the relationship between these two senior gentlemen, the man and the dog, a question of respect for seniors in general, and a question of respect for someone who had lost everything else, to bring back that piece of his heart,” Bauer says.

For his part, Cavalier just misses the dog who used to always be by his side. And he is sure that Bandit misses him.

He says that on those rare occasions when he would leave Bandit, say for a trip to the supermarket, the dog would be so excited when he returned that he would tear around the house and yard in celebration.

“I guarantee if Bandit would see me right now, he’d probably do the same thing,” Cavalier says.

If you would like to contribute to the legal fund to reunite Mr. Cavalier and Bandit, you may do so by emailing questions, or sending money through Paypal, to this address: banditlegal@yahoo.com

 
At 12:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

While I welcome the opportunity to know about these individual cases, and how to respond/help.

But I also think it is a tragic shame that the onetime mass readership of this blog, many of us concerned for animal welfare in general, has been lost while so many dogs with no homes suffer & die.

Fo example, thousand of pets were surrendered to animal control, and then killed, when their owners who were going on holiday. One group in Georgia, who has saved over a thousand dogs, went under just at that crucial time because of a lack of support.

And now anmails have been left to starve to death in Israel & Lebannon...

Please do not dimiss your readers, like above, when they ask for a wider content. This blog could have made a real difference --and perhaps there are enough readers left to still do so.

 
At 12:57 PM, Anonymous Eric Rice said...

Ok, what in the heck do you think it is like being on this end and getting comments like this. I get over 200 emails everyday about animals in distress. I have spent thousands of dollars getting animals out of Roicy, Georgie, WV and a dozen other situations...I send money to just about every emergency that comes up...I am not dismissing anyone but be realistic. I have a full time job as an executive of a very fast paced company, a real estate business, 20 of my own rental properties, a farm with 17 dogs on it, a computer hard drive that got wiped out 2 days ago and more issues than you could even begin to imagine... I am lucky to get to the blog once every two weeks. I wish one person could solve all the animal problems but I nor anyone else can. If I put up the hundreds of requests I get almost weekly the readers would be depressed like I am about all the animals that can't be saved. This blog was and is about the people of New Orleans and their animals. When that is over I will make it into something else. I never wrote anything dismissive about anything or anyone...but I can't even begin to address the fact that 10x per day some hoarder or one of 10,000 animal controls have some dogs that are begin to die. People like Best Friends do an outstanding job of working on those issues. My heart right now is with the Coutures and with Malvin and his poor dog Bandit. The country has FORGOTTEN New Orleans and I do not plan on doing that by moving on till the job is finished. Leaving Malvin, and the Coutures and Dana and others to fend for themselves would be the most dissatifying thing in the world to me. I guess it is my fault that some rescue in Georgia shut down...what about the ones in CA, WV, and 50 others states and countries. One day I will get to those topics but right

I love the comment about it being two weeks between posts...Come live my life for a minutes....3 hours sleep, 300 emails daily just at my home email, parents that have not seen me in a year... I am lucky to get to the blog once a month...

Again, I appreciate everyone concerns for animals and I support over 10 groups...however taking the fact out that people, government, and society finds it ok to kill and allow to be killed thousands of animals per day on me not constantly writing about it on my blog is rather rude. At this time I had (had since my computer hard drive is now gone) over 800 emails of things people wanted on the blog...




While I welcome the opportunity to know about these individual cases, and how to respond/help.

But I also think it is a tragic shame that the onetime mass readership of this blog, many of us concerned for animal welfare in general, has been lost while so many dogs with no homes suffer & die.

Fo example, thousand of pets were surrendered to animal control, and then killed, when their owners who were going on holiday. One group in Georgia, who has saved over a thousand dogs, went under just at that crucial time because of a lack of support.

And now anmails have been left to starve to death in Israel & Lebannon...

Please do not dimiss your readers, like above, when they ask for a wider content. This blog could have made a real difference --and perhaps there are enough readers left to still do so.

 
At 1:29 PM, Anonymous Eric Rice said...

Be sure to read to bottom about how hot a PR commodity Katrina dogs were.

Changes at Humane Society dismay some, please others

File photo by CHARY SOUTHMAYD
Rick Chaboudy, longtime director of the Humane Society of Pinellas, abruptly left in early May. Directors are searching for a replacement.


By LESTER R. DAILEY

CLEARWATER – The winds of change have been blowing through the Humane Society of Pinellas since its longtime director Rick Chaboudy abruptly left on May 5. But opinions differ as to whether that’s good or bad.

“It has become a chaotic mess,” said Jane Somers, who was recently fired as the shelter’s volunteer coordinator. “The working environment has become so stressful and hostile that people are getting fired and getting sick from stress.”

The official reasons for her termination, Somers said, were violating “specific company policies” and excessive absenteeism, which she attributes to job-related stress. But she believes the real reason was for criticizing the shelter in an interview with a St. Petersburg Times reporter.

Approximately one-third of the shelter’s 36 paid employees have quit, been fired or given their two-week notice since Chaboudy left, as have several volunteers, according to Somers. Kim Trimmer, the shelter director, was demoted, and later canned, after eight years on the payroll. Kennel supervisor Nancy Turcotte was axed after allegedly arguing with 12-year volunteer Karen Mazurek, wife of the shelter’s interim director, Bill Mazurek, over a dog adoption.

While declining to comment on specific cases because of a policy against discussing personnel matters, Jack Geller, chairman of the Humane Society board of directors, said that in any organization the grumblings of a few disgruntled former employees should be taken with a grain of salt.

“Everybody is making a big deal about nothing,” Geller said. “We have a new work ethic and some people don’t want to work. Some people don’t like change. Some people put themselves ahead of the animals … The animals have to be primary in all moves. I feel very comfortable that what we’re doing is right for them.”

Among other changes, Geller said, the society will be run more like a business because, unless sound business practices are instituted, it won’t survive to serve the animals. According to IRS records, the society had income of $1.36 million and expenses of $1.2 million in 2004.

There have been some informal merger talks between the SPCA Tampa Bay and Humane Society of Pinellas, said Beth Lockwood, executive director of the SPCA in Largo. But both Lockwood and Geller said no merger is imminent.

The Humane Society has launched a nationwide search for Chaboudy’s replacement, Geller said, and in the meantime, the society’s board has complete confidence in Mazurek, who volunteered at the shelter for 10 years and served on its board for seven years before taking over as interim director.

“Bill (Mazurek) is doing a fantastic job,” Geller said. “He has a full-time job (as a senior project manager for a medical device company) and works at least 40 hours a week at the Humane Society, yet he and his wife have taken a lot of abuse and had their integrity questioned.”

Why Chaboudy suddenly left after more than 20 years at the society is a mystery. His friends said he is “dying to tell” his side of the story, but can’t because his severance package contains a four-month moratorium on talking to the press. Geller would neither confirm nor deny the existence of such a moratorium.

Speculation is that Chaboudy left in connection with two dogs from New Orleans, a St. Bernard named Master Tank and a shepherd-mix named Nila, which were owned by Steven and Dorreen Couture and were among the 288 animals Chaboudy brought to the Humane Society of Pinellas after Hurricane Katrina. Master Tank was fostered, and later adopted, by Pam Bondi of Tampa, and Rhonda Rineker of Dunedin did the same with Nila.

When Bondi and Rineker refused to return their dogs, the Coutures sued and named the Humane Society as a co-defendant. Ceily Trog, the animal control manager for St. Bernard Parish, La., said Chaboudy and the Humane Society wanted the dogs as a fundraising gimmick and had no interest in reuniting them with their rightful owners.

“Everyone knows the reason for the HS (Humane Society) of Pinellas County’s grandstanding,” Trog wrote in an e-mail distributed to reporters at a June 27 press conference the Coutures held at Pinellas County Animal Services in Largo. “It is the donation dollars that rolled in off the backs of our residents’ suffering. The St. Bernard ‘rescued’ from St. Bernard Parish was the hottest property around. The whole of St. Bernard Parish had been wiped out; our residents lost everything and here there were several rescue groups fighting over Master Tank because they all knew how valuable he was to their bottom line. It was like the HS of Pinellas County won the lottery when they were the lucky ones to get Master Tank.”

Trog added that, if the society really cared about the 4-year-old dogs which had been together since they were puppies, it would have kept them together “as rescue groups are required to do,” instead of separating them.

Saying that he “can’t talk about Katrina dogs” or personnel matters, Geller would not say if there was any connection between the Coutures’ dogs and Chaboudy’s departure.

 
At 4:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous at 12:35 p.m. should start their own damn blog on their own damn time if they think they can do a better job than this one.


Kudos to you Eric for working to keep the plight of Katrina's forgotten in the spotlight. Keep up the good work on this and all the other things you work on that "anonymous" knows nothing about and probably couldn't come close to matching even if they tried.

 
At 10:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eric, the majority of animal rescue groups like DRDR got off the ground because of the united efforts to save animals after Hurricanes Katrina & Rita. Unfortunately they unselfishly plunged right in with their hearts and there was no time to stop and make sure they could maintain the pace and survive. The Best Friends site gives excellent advice for anyone wishing to set up a shelter or santuary (or to rescue animals from kill-shelters). The good works of so many individuals has saved 1,000s of innocent lives, but as you yourself so well knows, it is too easy to start pouring your own funds into the cause!! And eventually it breaks down... Perhaps with experience and wisdom gained, they can figure out a way to start-up again, or funnel the donations into spay/neuter low-cost clinics and better public awareness and education campaigns!

Which brings me back to the reason why we were all united in our efforts here on Eric's site at the end of Aug/begininng of Sep 2005... Are we to NOW ABANDON these victims and say "Ho hum they are merely yestedays old boring news and why can't we just move on with it already?!" Well HEL-LO news flash, in some ways we are ALL AS Americans responsible for the loss of these poor pets and the pain and anguish of their still desperatlely searching families!! And IF WE DO NOT keep speaking out and making our voices heard, the next major disaster to hit any of these 50 United States, might find each and every one of us missing our beloved pets... to unscrupulous groups, self-serving shelters, and holier-than-thou self-righteous wealthy individuals who refuse to give them back!

AND finally has EVERYONE actually taken the time to go back through Eric's site and SEE the many OTHER animal rescues across the country he has stood-up and advocated for?! Keep up the great work Eric, the majority of those who visit here greatly appreciate and support you in your unselfish dedication and best efforts to continue the fight for ALL the innocent victims of Katrina.

 
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At 5:27 AM, Anonymous Eric Rice said...

If anyone wants to research and write about the plight of animals in Lebanon I will put it up. I can only imagine it is as bad or worse than Katrina.

Eric

 
At 3:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the person objecting to the blog being devoted to issues such as Master Tank and Nila...
Does it really matter which animal is helped, which is spotlighted on a website? All are deserving, all in need, to chose one over another requires the wisdom of Solomon. Eric is just one man - a heck of a hero but still just one person, writing his own thoughts in his own blog. We are fortunate that he chose to share them online. He was the voice of reason in a world gone mad. Bottom line: This is ERIC'S blog and if he wants to talk about his navel lint it is his perogative!
Instead of giving him grief, why dont you send him the infornmation YOU want to see put online.

I have been asked why we spend so much effort on animals when there are children in need. My answer to you is the same one I give to them. It is a choice that each individual must make based on the dictates of their own conscience. If you choose to look to the bigger picture, I am thrilled that there are individuals such as yourself willing to do so. For myself (and folks like me) - there is a need to personalize, we have to take the hands on (starfish) approach and help the one individual that we can. All those singles add up too.

 
At 8:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Eric,

Here is some information on the situation in Lebanon/Israel, along with some links for news. Feel free to use any or all of it, or discard it if you get something better.

-L


Please note that I am NOT taking sides in the dispute: I have emphasized what is happening in
Lebanon as owing to outside access being virtually cut off they have some unique problems (such
as no incoming supplies). Keep in mind that there are people on BOTH sides who are risking their lives to help the animals affected by the war.


Lebanon

One of the main humane groups in Lebanon is “Beruit for the Ethical Treatment of Animals” (BETA). (Note: They are not affiliated with PETA). Beruit’s shelters are/were in some of the hardest hit parts of Lebanon, and one of their dog shelters took a shrapnel hit. One dog was injured, however all dogs survived. Beta has managed to get access to an old pig farm in the mountains, and all 130 dogs have been moved there away from the shelling. eRnovations are continuing to the farm to accomodate BETA’s needs. The kittens have also been moved to a safer location, however the cats are still in the same shelter, but were still reported safe on July 24.

A BETA general plea for help can be found at http://animals.beirut.com/viewNew.php?ID=212,
along with information as to how you can donate. There are a number of pictures on the page as
well. They are also taking animals in off the street. Look at the last picture on the page to see the state of the dogs that they are pulling off the street.

Beta volunteers are also risking their lives to retrieve animals from a zoo in Beruit
http://beta.beirut.com/viewNew.php?ID=213

Beta reports that “The necessary goods to care for our animals are becoming more difficult to
find, and what is available is now becoming more expensive due to their scarcity” and that “With
the country shut down, all of our in-country fundraising projects have been forced to stop.”

Please take time to make a donation at their donation link to help them out:
http://beta.beirut.com/donate.php


Israel

One dog has been reported killed in Hafia, another reported injured. Stray animals in Haifa are being left without food and water. People are trying to get to the shelters each day to feed and water animals, however it isn’t always possible. People are being asked to leave out food and water. Many of the shelters are inundated with abandoned animals, but local pet food
manufacturers are apparently being generous with food donations. An organization call “Let
Animals Live” reportedly drove to Haifa through the shelling to bring back dogs and relieve the
crowding in the shelters.


For Updated News:

Best Friends has a “Special Report” section where they are giving updates on the situation as
they become aware of them. Go to the Best Friends homepage at http://www.bestfriends.org and
click on the link that says “Crisis in the Middle East: Animals in Need”


Evacuations

American, Canadian, and British Evacuees are being told to leave their pets behind. Best Friends
has a comprehensive list of email addresses and sample letters to send the media and government
officials at http://network.bestfriends.org/dc/news/6171.html

Please take a few minutes to let them know that it is not acceptable to tell people to leave their pets behind.

 
At 10:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Better to light the candle for one lost dog than to curse the darkness of man's indifference. Saving just one dog won't save the world but it will surely change the world for that one dog." -Richard Clyde Call "Save a homeless puppy, rescue an older dog"

Keep lighting those candles Eric.

 
At 5:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is a further update on the situation in the Middle East. As before, please note that I am NOT taking sides in the dispute: Keep in mind that there are people on BOTH sides who are risking their lives to help the animals affected by the war.

Beta has continued rescuing animals from the zoo in Beruit, and some of those animals have now made their way into the hills to their new shelter. They are also picking up any abandoned animals that they see, and are transporting them to their new shelter in the mountains. Cats are still in Beruit, but are so far safe. Beta members are also still in Beruit (some have refused to leave so that they can continue to care for the animals), and are putting out containers of food and water.

Lebanon is also facing a serious environmental disaster, as a bombed oil facility has been leaking thousands of of tons of oil onto the coast. Along with the usual damage to wildlife caused by the oil spill, the Lebanese coast is an important nesting ground for the endangered green sea turtle, putting this year's young turtles at great risk. Funds earmarked for the environment are being used for relief work, and much of the environmental cleanup may need to wait until after the war. More at http://network.bestfriends.org/middleeast/news/6379.html

In Israel, several groups are rounding up abandoned pets, and shelters are running out of space. Some people are making runs into areas where bombing continues (risking their own lives) to rescue dogs and cats left in homes. Both dogs and cows have been reported killed by the bombing, and they are seeing animals wounded by shrapnel. People in Israel are also leaving food and water for abandoned animals, and are encouraging those remaining in the area to do the same.

Best Friends is collecting donations to be sent to Beta (Beruit for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). You can find their donation site at http://network.bestfriends.org/middleeast/news/6355.html Best Friends is also regularly giving updates on the animals situation in the Middle East -- Follow the link from their homepage at http://www.bestfriends.org

-L

 
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