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Local News February 14th, 2008

Puppy Mill Closes - Pups Arrive at Helen Woodward Animal Center

The owner of a puppy mill that was closing planned to dump the pups and "breeding stock" in the desert to starve to death or become coyote food.

40 of these dogs and puppies have been rescued. All of them are dirty and smelly. The first 10 of 40 dogs and puppies rescued from a folding "puppy mill" operation arrived at Helen Woodward Animal Center Wednesday. Several had their vocal cords clipped, some had been used as "breeding stock", and others were losing fur. But all appear in good spirits and are expected to survive.

"Some have lived their lives in cages where their only purpose was to make puppies," says HWAC spokesman John Van Zante. "The older ones have never eaten solid food. They have matted fur and smell like horses, but they're not suffering and full recovery is expected." Rescuers told of a breeding pair that had been tied to a stake in a yard. The male had been beaten so badly that he was euthanized. The female and pups survived.

Van Zante explains that the dogs and puppies, all small-breeds, came from an out-of-state puppy mill that was ceasing operation. "We're told that the breeder planned to dump them in the desert to starve to death or become coyote food. A rancher persuaded the breeder to let him take the animals and provide an in-between home until they could be turned over to a rescue group. That group contacted Helen Woodward Animal Center."

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HWAC Operations Manager Jen Matos says, "When one of the adults stopped feeding her two puppies they were placed with another female that already had 2 pups. The 'surrogate' mom is now caring for all four. We're testing to see if others are pregnant."

Matos says, "These dogs are not for everyone. Our immediate plans include medical treatment. Some will have their matted coats shaved. Vaccines will be updated and each will be altered and micro-chipped before adoption. After that they're going to need lots of love and patience, training, rest, and time to rehabilitate. Just like the Marine Corps, we're 'looking for a few good families' that are able to make that kind of commitment."

Van Zante says, "When you go to a pet store there's a good chance that this is how your puppy began life. If you're buying from the breeder, you're supporting the puppy mill industry. Period!"

For more information about adoption or to make a donation to Helen Woodward Animal Center's "Emergency Medical Fund" call 858-746-4117, visit the Center at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe, or log on to www.animalcenter.org.

Mission Federal Credit Union in Vista Show They Have Heart in Raising Money for Local Guide Dog

Just in time for Valentines Day, the team at Mission Federal Credit Union’s Vista branch, located at 985 Escondido Avenue, Suite 106, show they have heart by raising funds to help Ozzie, a Golden Retriever Labrador mix, who is an integral part of the lives of special needs children at California Avenue Elementary School, who in turn hold Ozzie dear to their hearts. The employees raised $400 for the canine’s yearly veterinary insurance policy.

Ozzie brightens up the lives of the children and staff at California Avenue and overall, enhances their learning experience. California Avenue is devoted to meeting the special needs of the students, who face a multitude of different disabilities and require an adaptive learning environment. Ozzie’s therapeutic skills training helps the students connect and respond within their classroom environments in a positive and meaningful way.

When the staff at Mission Federal Credit Union’s Vista branch heard that his insurance policy needed to be covered, they volunteered to raise the money that can assist with covering the cost of any major medical issues or treatments.

Oceanside Nears Completion of Search for Airport Developer

It has narrowed down to two choices of developers for the Oceanside airport. That’s the report from a panel charged with that responsibility.

City council officials are anxious to find an airport operator and get on with running the 55 acre airport, which is located just north of Highway 76 and west of Foussat Road, near the San Luis Rey River.

The council decided several months earlier to keep the city-run facility open for at least another 15 years and to seek a developer that would upgrade the hangars, offices and other structures on the south side of the property. City staffers were also asked to look at ways to build houses or shops on the north end of the airport site.

In the request for proposals issued in October, city officials said they wanted the developer to agree to a 20- to 30-year lease on the site and to pay 10 percent of the annual gross revenues from the airport and its operations to the city.

In addition, the city wanted the developer to pay the city $740,500 over 12 years to pay off a state loan that was used to build 11 hangars at the airport, and $486,000 over 15 years to pay off a loan from the city's general fund. Other concessions were sought as well. The council met last night. We hope to have an update next week.

Smoking Ban on Oceanside Beaches and Parks Earns Award from Youth Groups

On May 2, 2007, the Oceanside City Council voted 4-1 in favor of banning smoking in its parks and beaches. Oceanside is now the largest city in North County to ban smoking at its beaches and parks.

Last night, local Oceanside youth from the North Coastal Prevention Youth Coalition and Project REACH, programs of the Vista Community Clinic, presented an award to the City of Oceanside in recognition of their decision.

It is estimated that Americans toss (or litter) 175 million pounds of cigarette butts each year. Toxic chemicals in these butts pollute the land and the oceans, sometimes killing the animals and marine life that accidentally ingest the butts. The San Diego Parks and Recreation Department spends hundreds of thousands of dollars each year picking up litter, most of which is cigarette butts.

San Marcos All Veterans Memorial Phase one to Begin

photoThe San Marcos All Veterans Memorial Committee announced today that they have achieved a fundraising milestone and will go out to bid on the construction of the first phase of the memorial at Helen Bougher Park including the Wall of honor, benches, sidewalk and the lighted American flag. The committee anticipates completion of the first phase by Veterans Day 2008.

There are still memorial tiles available for purchase to honor anyone who served honorably in the United States Armed forces. The cost ranges from $150 to $400 for the largest tile size. You can visit www.mikepreston.com to view the artist’s rendering and information on tile purchases.


Carlsbad Sinkhole On Target for Repair

With an estimated $625,000 committed to solve the problem, Carlsbad city officials say they believe the huge sinkhole along Tamarack Avenue may be completely repaired by early March.

The giant hole in the ground was discovered by city employees on January 7th after a city alarm system announced that a water line was suddenly losing pressure. Upon arrival inspectors found an access road into the Calavera Hills RV storage area and part of the surrounding hillside had collapsed into a stream channel some 50 feet below. The RV storage area is home to about 180 motor homes and a live-in caretaker. Initially, vehicles couldn't leave the facility, but the city has built a temporary road extension to allow vehicles into the storage area as construction work continues.

The Angel’s Depot Launches Soup Month Drive

Angel’s Depot, an organization that provides Emergency 21-Meal Boxes free to senior citizens living in poverty in San Diego County has launched a soup drive for the month of February. Area residents are asked to donate cans of soup to help in this drive. Each food box will receive four cans of soup.

For further information, contact The Angel’s Depot at 760.599.7093 or go to their website: www.theangelsdepot.org.

 

 

 

 


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