Animals are a big part of Trinity Village. We share our lives with both pets and wildlife here, so this is a page of information
concerning our four legged friends.
Feral cats are prolific breeders, and if fed without management,
can multiply rapidly. An unneutered tom can impregnate 450 female cats, while an unspayed female and her kittens can collectively
produce hundreds of cats within just a few years. A pair of breeding cats and their offspring can exponentially produce over
400,000 cats in 7 years, according to the San Diego Feral Cat Coalition.
A colony of unneutered/unspayed feral cats can produce a
number of problems, including:
* frequent and loud noise from fighting and
* strong foul odors from unneutered male cats
* damage to planted items from fecal waste
* visible suffering from dying kittens and
* decline in population of native wildlife
* increased danger to human and domestic pet
cat scratch fever, flea infestations,etc.
To deal with a large feral cat colony here in the Village,
concerned citizens formed a committee to trap and alter feral cats (Charlene Lundblade, Mary Brown, and Cindy Gatioan).
Individual efforts had been made to deal with the problem, but it was an expensive and overwhelming task. To help support
their efforts, the TVIA board approved funding for a Feral Cat Project. Thus far the TVIA sponsored Feral Cat Project
members have trapped and altered 10 cats( 3 of which were pregnant). In addition, a litter of 6 kittens and some slightly
older cats have been adopted.
For more information on the Feral Cat Project, contact Cindy
629-3503, Mary 629-3793 , or Charlene 629-4208.
* See the TIMES STANDARD (5/21/2011) front page article “Feral Cats Identified as Possible Willow
Creek Rabies Source”
We love our pets and often think of them as our children.
Are we prepared if our dog or cat goes into cardiac arrest? Dogs and cats don’t have heart attacks , but several conditions
can stop their hearts. For example, a blow to the chest from a fall or car accident, temperature extremes (heatstroke), suffocation
(choking or drowning), or diseases like heartworm may cause a pet to go into cardiac arrest.
The Trinity Village Voice’s website
<gotrinityvillage.com> has a pet CPR guide available on this “Animals” Page (see below) along with a Pet Information
/ Persmission to Treat Form. The simple CPR directions from the guide will empower pet owners and provide some peace of mind.
Hopefully no pet owner will be faced with such a pet emergency. However, knowing what to do if such an emergency occurs
can mean the difference between a pet’s life or death.
Aid Companion for Cats and Dogs by Amy D. Shojai (great advice from more than 80 top veterinarians)
Summer Pet Safety
Dogs and cats have a harder time cooling down during the long hot days
of summer because they do not perspire. They release body heat by panting and through the pads of their feet. Some breeds
such as bulldogs, Boston terriers, pugs, Persian and Himalayan cats ,have a more difficult time panting because of their snub-nose.
It is important to limit their time outdoors and never leave them in a car---it can reach well over 100 degrees within minutes.
Make sure they have plenty of shade and fresh water. Keep your home cool. According to Gregory Hammer, DVM, president of
the American Veterinary Medical Association, your pet displays signs of heat stress (heatstroke)---heavy panting,rapid
pulse, vomiting, lethargy---lower the body temperature immediately by applying cool, wet towels, and call your vet.
their owners, animals can sunburn. Light colored cats and dogs are especially at risk for skin cancer. Apply a pet-safe SPF 15
or 40 sunscreen from to the bridge of a dog’s nose and to the tips of both dogs’ and cats’ ears to prevent
them from burning. Since cats often try to wipe creams off, you may have to use a flea spray with SPF instead.
bites can lead to serious allergic reactions and skin
problems for your pet during all four seasons of the yea. Ticks
are active nearly all year round here and can transmit
Lyme disease in this part of the country and Rocky Mountains spotted fever elsewhere. These diseases cause
joint pain and neurological problems in animals. Dr. Hammer recommends a daily comb-through to check for fleas and ticks.
For fleas use a flea and tick shampoo, but be sure to get your vet’s advice about this as well as his or her recommendation
of a flea/tick collar or a flea/tick monthly solution. He cautions that you should never use a flea and tick solution made
for dogs on cats because they contain permethrin, which can be fatal to felines.
are the agents of transmitting the deadly heartworm,
especially to dogs (cat infection rate is only 1 to 5 percent of that in dogs). The heartworm is a parasitic roundworm
that is spread from host to host through the bites of mosquitoes. The disease when unchecked causes death by congestive heart
failure. See your vet about a year round monthly medication which is the best defense against heartworm.
herbicides, and insecticides can bring death to your
pet if it chews into packages containing them. Veterinary toxicologist Steven Hansen, DVM, director of the ASPCA Animal Poison
Control Center recommends that you store concentrated products in areas inaccessible to pets. If your pet ingests toxins,
call Animal Poison Control immediately (888-426-4435). Antifreeze tastes sweet to animals. Dr. Hansen warns that kidney failure can develop
within hours of ingesting it. He recommends that you use a less toxic antifreeze made with propylene glycol, not ethylene
glycol ( the label will say ”dog safe” ); store it securely and watch for car leaks. If your pet ingests antifreeze,
take him to the vet immediately.
Salmon poisoning ( caused by salmonid fish and
other fish that swim upstream to breed) is preventable by cooking all fish before feeding your dog. If you are
outdoors hiking, camping, or near streams and rivers where salmon spawn, keep a close eye on your dog. Do not let him or
her run free to insure that no fish carcasses are ingested. If you suspect your dog has ingested raw fish, see you vet immediately.
Winter Pet Safety
During the winter, cats that are outside look for warm places to sleep. Many times they will find shelter under the hood
of a vehicle like your car. The cat could be injured or possibly killed if the engine is started. It is a good idea to bang
on the hood or make loud noises before you start any vehicle.
Dogs often lose their scent in the snow and can become lost or confused. Make sure they always wear their ID tags. If
you normally groom your dog and keep their hair cut short, be sure to let it grow longer in the winter. This is especially
true if they are outside only pets. If you house your pet outside, be sure they have adequate shelter. A dog house with plenty
of blankets and that is small enough to retain heat is ideal
A Note About Dogs
Trinity County Animal Control Officer, Christine Edwards, says, "What dog owners need to remember, is if their dog
damages someone's property, or attacks another animal or person, that owner is criminally responsible for a misdemeanor, with
possible fines, a jail sentence, and the cost of all damages. With a bite, they will most likely loose all homeowners insurance,
and have to get rid of the dog in order to get new insurance. The dog can be taken away, and possibly euthanised. People who
have been attacked, or their animals attacked, or even harassed, should file a report of the incident so it can be put in
the record. An attack doesn't need a bite or an injury to be filed. And if you even just warn or complain to a neighbor about
their dog, call the sheriff to have that put in the record. Animal control will call the dog's owner and verify your complaint."
Additionally, a dog owner can be sued in civil court. California imposes strict liability on the owner of a dog, and a
dog does not get one free bite. The dog bite statute says the risk of a dog unexpectedly biting a person is to be borne by
the person who has chosen to own that dog, even when the owner is not at fault in any way and has no reason to know that the
dog is vicious. The statute is designed..."to prevent dogs from being a hazard to the community."
Dog Tethering Bill Passed by Governor Schwarzenegger
Starting January 1st, 2007, SB 1578 prohibits dog owners from the cruel practice of tethering their pets to a stationary
object for more than 3 hours a day. Dog owners can be cited if their dog is tied up for any extended period. Tethering a
dog will result in an infraction or misdemeanor, depending on the offense, punishable by a fine not to exceed $1000 per dog
and/or up to six months in the county jail.
"This bill helps protect dogs from cruelty, and enhances public safety by preventing aggressive animal behavior that
can result from inhumane tethering," says Governor Schwarzenegger. Keeping dogs chained is inhumane and a threat to
the safety of the confined dog, and other animals and humans. Dogs that are chained develop physical and psychological problems.
Owners that keep their dogs on a chain are less likely to clean the area of waste. Frequently chained dogs suffer from
sporadic feedings and empty water bowls. In addition, dogs that are kept continuously chained become neurotic,unhappy and
often are aggressive---to neighbors, other animals, and often even toward their owners.
Lt. Steve Knight head of Animal Control for Humboldt County says, "Dogs that are chained up all their lives often
develop health and behavioral problems. It is unfair for a dog to live like that. It can even create a dangerous situation
where the dog becomes abnormally protective of what little space it has. The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office has already
begun actively enforcing this new law."
Unfortunately, many dog owners are not aware of this new law and will probably continue the practice of tying or chaining
their dog to a doghouse, fence, tree, etc. You can help by telling your friends and neighbors about the new regulations,
and by calling your local animal control agency if you know of any animals that are being tied up for long periods.
For information about this new law call the Animal Control Agencies in your area.
Trinity County Animal Control 623-1370 or the Sheriff 623-2611
Humboldt County 445-7251
Blue Lake 668-5895
Rio Dell 764-5754