LAS VEGAS -- The Lied Animal Shelter, a regional facility in Las Vegas, has closed its doors in an unprecedented move after a deadly outbreak of epidemic proportions of parvo, distemper and feline panleukopenia.
The shelter needs help in the way of donated blankets and towels. Officials are regrouping to see what other needs they have, including a foster program and the possible need for volunteer veterinary technicians. To volunteer to foster dogs and cats still arriving daily at the shelter that have not been exposed to disease, contact information is at the bottom of this story.
Because Lied is contracted by Clark County and the cities of Las Vegas and North Las Vegas, animal control officers are continuing to drop off strays, but no owner turn-ins are being accepted.
Before it shut down, more than 200 animals a day were received at the shelter, which is privately run. Its clinic provides low-cost vaccinations and spays and neuters to the public, all of which have temporarily halted. Adoptions are on hold as well, as is pet licensing, which the shelter also handles.
Because of the rampant spread of disease, hundreds of dogs and cats in the lost-and-found areas of the shelter at North Mojave Road have in recent days been put down. To make room for the continuing daily intake of dogs and cats, adoptable animals could also be put down, according to Diane Orgill, executive director of the shelter.
Incoming dogs are temporarily being housed in bungalows not attached to the shelter, and cats are being housed inside shelter rooms not contaminated.
The shelter, which originally opened in 1978 to serve the cities of Las Vegas and North Las Vegas, has been overcrowded since it began in July 2005 taking in dogs and cats from the unincorporated area of Clark County.
Breed specific rescue groups were contacted the evening before the shelter closed, advising them of dogs to pick up.
One rescuer, Oli Lewis, the southern Nevada representative for the St. Bernard Rescue Foundation, arrived the next day to rescue three St. Bernards.
“To walk past all those dogs on the way to getting my Saints out of there killed me,” she said. “I wish I could have taken more.”
Because some dogs and cats were dying inside the shelter, officials called the Humane Society of the United States for evaluation.
The move to shut down and also do mass euthanasias was a last resort, Diane said. That decision was made after a team put together by HSUS made the recommendations to shelter officials three days ago. Veterinarians from the University of California, Davis, accompanied by HSUS inspectors to the shelter.
“(The euthanizations) are being done to stop the spread of disease,” Diane said in a telephone interview. It’s a difficult time and not something employees wanted to happen, she noted.
A three-day plan of action, put together by HSUS, was immediately put into effect, which meant the euthanasia of any dogs and cats showing symptoms, she said. Employees, since the shelter shut down, have been assigned rooms where they are bleaching, cleaning, drying, re-cleaning and sealing the concrete floors.
A short-term plan includes, in part, ensuring kennels are kept clean to prevent the spread of disease in the future.
To offer to foster a dog or cat not exposed to the diseases, contact the facility at 702-384-3333, Ext. 4. To volunteer your time or services, contact the shelter’s volunteer coordinator, Terri Magnani, at 702-384-333, Ext. 6. To donate to the shelter, go online to http://www.liedanimalshelter.org/.
February 12, 2007 at 2:44 PM posted by: cathyscott
Gloria: My understanding is Lied has a minimum of 35 percent euthanasia rate, which goes up as the population increases. There's a foster program in place, but the numbers are fairly low. Rescue groups take dogs and cats out on a regular basis, but that, too, is not a large number (Best Friends has been one of those groups, rescuing small dogs from there over the last couple of years).
The shelter, on any given day, houses a total of 3,000 animals. It's been reported that as many as 1,800 dogs and cats have been euthanized since late last week. --CS
Cathy ~ Thank you for your professional reporting of such a painful story. My heart goes out to the animals and the staff.
Do you know if there are any statistics available about the number of animals who were being placed into homes or sent to other rescues out of the 200+ animals who were being brought into the shelter each day (before this tragedy happened)?
An outbreak of disease has forced the Lied Animal Shelter to temporarily halt all adoptions and euthanize some of its animals.
---------------------------------------------------------- The shelter is need of clean blankets and towels, which can be dropped off during the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. to the receiving area in the parking lot at the shelter. It is located at 655 N. Mojave Road, Las Vegas. ----------------------------------------------------------
Three highly contagious diseases were discovered in several animals Friday morning during a routine check of the shelter's cats and dogs.
Veterinarians immediately isolated the infected animals which are suffering from canine distemper, canine parvovirus and feline panleukopenia.
The diseases can be fatal. Shelter workers say the most difficult one to treat is the parvovirus.
"One, it can be very tough on puppies. It's very very difficult to get rid of. They've done tests where there's parvo on the cement surface and washed it over and over again with disinfectants and the parvo is still there," said Mark Fierro, Lied Animal Shelter.
Outbreaks of similar diseases, they say, have happened here in the past, but this is the first time they've locked the shelter down in an effort to isolate it and treat it fast.
Right now vets are checking all of the animals one by one -- and there are thousands of them down there.
Lied spokesman Mark Fierro says the disease can be treated, but it's expensive and hard to get rid of.
"For the past several weeks we have had experts who have been on site," said Fierro. "We are working with them to develop a three day plan and and longer term solutions which will permanently address containment of these types of diseases."
Animal rescue volunteers say they've been told several hundred animals have been euthanized, but Lied has not confirmed that number.
Fierro says this is the only shelter that accepts all animals; none are turned away, so the possibility of animals coming down with something is not out of the picture.
Additionally, the vaccination and spay/neuter clinics are closed to the public and will not reopen until the disease outbreak is under control. The community is encouraged to seek such services from local veterinary clinics in the meantime.
"We will address this issue and in solving it, we will become a better shelter," said Fierro. "We have taken this extraordinary measure in an attempt to protect the community's pets. We believe that we will be able to return to normal operations within the next three weeks."
The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People From "The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People" by David Niven Posted by: DailyOM Chapter One
Your life has purpose and meaning.
You are not here just to fill space or to be a background character in someone else's movie.Consider this: nothing would be the same if you did not exist. Every place you have ever been and everyone you have ever spoken to would be different without you.We are all connected, and we are all affected by the decisions and even the existence of those around us. Take the example of Peter, an attorney in Philadelphia, and his dog, Tucket. Tucket was very sick. Gradually he was becoming paralyzed by a tumor on his spinal cord.Peter could not find a veterinary doctor who could save his dog. Desperate to find someone who could help, he turned to a pediatric neurosurgeon. The doctor agreed to try to help Tucket, and in return he asked Peter for a donation to the children's hospital he worked in.Jerry has never met Peter or Tucket. Jerry is a blue-eyed, blond-haired, five-year-old boy who loves to eat mashed potatoes. Jerry also has tumors on his spine and in his brain.With help from the donation Peter made to the hospital, Jerry underwent successful surgery performed by the doctor to remove the tumors.Tucket's surgery was also a success.Studies of older Americans find that one of the best predictors of happiness is whether a person considers his or her life to have a purpose. Without a clearly defined purpose, seven in ten individuals feel unsettled about their lives; with a purpose, almost seven in ten feel satisfied.
Use a strategy for happiness.
We assume that happy and unhappy people are born that way. But both kinds of people do things that create and reinforce their moods. Happy people let themselves be happy. Unhappy people continue doing things that upset them.What is the first sign of a healthy business? A healthy business plan. That is the argument of the Strategic Management Center, a business consulting firm. They believe every business must define its purpose and then create a strategy to accomplish that purpose.This same approach can be used by people. Define what you want, then use a strategy to get it.Ironically, children are better at this than adults. Small children know when being cranky will get them an ice cream cone. And they know when being too noisy will get them a cross reaction from their parents. Children understand that there are rules and predictable patterns to life, and they use a strategy to help them get what they want.Living a happy life as an adult is like trying to get that ice cream cone as a child. You need to know what you want and use a strategy to get it. Think about what makes you happy and what makes you sad, and use this to help you get what you want.Happy people do not experience one success after another and unhappy people, one failure after another. Instead, surveys show that happy and unhappy people tend to have had very similar life experiences. The difference is that the average unhappy person spends more than twice as much time thinking about unpleasant events in their lives, while happy people tend to seek and rely upon information that brightens their personal outlook.
You don't have to win every time.
Ultracompetitive people, who always need to win, end up enjoying things less. If they lose they are very disappointed, and if they win it's what they expected would happen anyway.Richard Nixon was running for reelection as president in 1972. He directed his campaign staff to take all available measures to win as many votes as possible. Most famous, of course, were the break-ins they staged at Democratic Party headquarters in the Watergate building in order to plant bugging devices. But staff workers also engaged in an endless series of what Nixon himself labeled "dirty tricks." They would call up pizza parlors and order a hundred pizzas to be delivered to the office of an opposition candidate. They would hand out phony fliers telling people that an opponent's rally had been canceled. They would call meeting halls and cancel reservations opponents had made for events. Why did they do these things? Nixon was obsessed with winning-at all costs.The great irony was that Nixon was winning anyway and didn't need any of these tricks. But his inability to deal with the possibility of losing caused him to pursue these extreme methods and ultimately cost him the prize that he had so desperately pursued.Competitiveness can preclude life satisfaction because no accomplishment can prove sufficient, and failures are particularly devastating. Ultracompetitive people rate their successes with lower marks than some people rate their failures.
The foregoing is excerpted from The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People by David Niven.
Turtle carries his home on his back, and his question to you today is whether your life is weighed down with ?things? that serve no purpose. Everyone loves buying stuff, but do you use shopping, spending, and the acquisition of ?things? as a substitute for passion, conviction, commitment? It?s worth thinking about, isn?t it?
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To everyone who did sign my petition, I recently travelled to DC and got a private tour of Sen. Aikakas' office, met people who worked there, and toured private areas that are regularly reserved for people who work in the Senate building. While we were there, 'Tre Keo' also handed out flyers showing just some negative impacts that the proposed SUPERFERRY would bring to his hometown island and also shared his opinion on what he thought about it.
Again mahalo to everyone who did sign my first petition, we didn't stop the irreparable growth completely but I do think we made a little difference (some things did get changed/scaled down!) and that's great!
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