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Chris Jonason's newest classes Contact Chris at: wavetrekrescue@yahoo.com for more info. All locations are Index, WA
February 16-18 Technical Animal Rescue Level 1
February 19-20 Technical Animal Rescue Level 1
February 21-22 Technical Animal Rescue Level 2
April 24-26 Technical Animal Rescue Level 1
April 27-28 Technical Animal Rescue Level 2

Contact MarySchoenfeldt at mschoenfeldt@ci.everett.wa.us for the following. Locations are in Everett, WA.
March 5 Compassion Fatigue Educator Workshop. This class leads to Certification as a Compassion Fatigue Educator through Green Cross.
March 6, 7 Field Traumatology Workshop. Non-Traditional First Responders (Animal Control, SAR) and Volunteers are often placed in a position of direct interaction with those who are emotionally impacted by sudden, unexpected events.


This in from Jennifer Woods: January 14, 2009
One horse was injured and a power line was downed when two pickup trucks hauling horse trailers collided about 12;15 p.m. Tuesday near Willows (California). Five other horses were shaken up, but not injured, according to Jamie Cook, who transported the horses away from the scene. She took one to veteranian LeRoy Burnham's office, where it was stitched up and released, a spokeswoman at the office said.

Ben Azevedo, 47, of Elk Creek was traveling westbound on Highway 162 when he saw a vehicle moving rapidly northbound on Road D toward the intersection. Marvel Marisa Murphy, 27, of Lostine, Ore., "blew through the stop sign and we hit her," Justine Smith, a passenger in Azevedo's vehicle, said.

Azevedo said, "I saw her coming, so I slowed down." He also said he tried to go around the vehicle, but Murphy "must have hit the brakes and we center-punched" the horse trailer.

One of his two horses was left upside down but was fine after being uprighted. The injured horse was stuck in Murphy's trailer, which had to be uprighted to get the horse free.

Hollie Johnson, administrative analyst for the city was parked near the intersection, eating her lunch when the accident happened. "I heard screeching and saw a horse trailer sliding alone on the ground. It was noisy," she said, adding she thought Murphy's truck "was going to make it to my car." She immediately called her office and asked them to alert police and fire personnel, she said. California Highway Patrol officers and the Kanawha Fire Department arrived shortly after the call. The downed power line resulted in small grass fire along the highway, which was easily extinguished. It also caused power interruptions to some 500 customers in the area, a Pacific Gas and Electric representative at the scene said. He said most customers would have power within an hour and a half, but it would about three hours for all service to be restored. CHP Officer Scott Johnson said Murphy showed no signs of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Jenny Key in Colorado sent this story of a fast moving wildfire in her area in January. Everything worked out because people were prepared. Excellent coverage, including video of the fire and slideshows. http://www.9news.com/news/article.aspx?storyid=107384&catid=188

Laurie Loveman sent in the following great stories.
www.eagletribune.com/punewsnh/local_story_015020237.html A successful rescue in NH
www.lakeelmoleader.com/articles/index.cfm?id=9071§ion=news Training in MN

********************* Rebecca Gimenez sent in this story from the Inauguration Parade, of an injured horse. Brooke Vrany of Days End Farm, Scotlund Haisley of HSUS, and Lt. Col. John Scott of the U.S. Army Veterinary Services rescued Mouse, a parade participant. Apart from the feelings involving the rescue, what an experience to drive down the Inauguration Parade route escorted by Secret Service agents! http://www.wtop.com/?nid=25&sid=1581771

Rebecca also sent this story of a pig rescue in TN. She received the following letter from Rich Hoyle of The Pig Preserve in Jamestown, TN. www.thepigpreserve.org . Pictures at the end of the letter. Great rescue by Jeff Galloway!

My wife and I operate a small pig sanctuary in Jamestown, TN (Fentress County). We take in abused/abandoned pigs...both potbellied pigs and farm pigs. Most of the farm pigs are allowed to roam free on our Preserve if they are physically able to do so. One of our goals has been to allow pigs to live as natural a life as they are able once they arrive here. Of course, we provide barns for shelther and a custom milled feed for all the animals along with all necessary veterinary care.

We normally do not accept pigs during the winter months. It takes time, patience and space for a new pig to fit into one of the many social groups of pigs that roam The Preserve. It is not fair to the pig to try and introduce a new pig into a herd during the winter months.

But, against our better judgement, we took in a young (800 pound) farm pig late this past December.

Phil the Pig was originally an FFA project for a high school in Florida. Gotten as a piglet, Phil was being raised as a class project. Unfortunately, not long after his arrival, some kids broke into the school and beat Phil badly using a hoe handle and a cinder block. His skull was badly crushed. A local small animal rescuer took Phil, provided him with extensive veterinary care and nursed him back to health. However, as Phil grew she became less able to care for him. In early December Phil broke his caretaker's hand when she tried to feed him in a small pen. She pleaded with us to take Phil and give him the space and freedom he needed.

When Phil arrived here just before Christmas it was our intention to place him in one of our small pastures where we could observe him before turning him out on the main portion of The Preserve. But just before Phil arrived we took in a large Yorkshire sow and her baby along with two very young Hampshire babies. There was simply no room in the small pasture or barn for Phil. We already have a number of older, compromised potbellies and four compromised farm pigs living in the barn.

So...when Phil arrived we offloaded him into the main portion of The Preserve but provided a temporary shelter for him away from the areas where the other farm pigs normally roam. Phil did fine for several days. But, apparently, one of our bands of marauding "teenage" farm pigs found him and scared him.

We found that Phil had fallen into one of our rocky pond overflows and was, essentially, stuck. It wasn't until we tried to extricate him from his predicament that we discovered that his previous caretaker had neglected to inform us that Phil is almost completely blind.

In the process of trying to get Phil out of his situation he and I both took a tumbled down a rocky pond overflow. Phil slightly injured his right rear leg. He is still ambulatory, but his right rear leg is very sore. Luckily, I suffered only bruises and a few sore muscles in the event.

My problem is that now Phil has managed to get himself down a steep bluff to a small, muddy delta at the apex of our largest pond. He has a huge pond in front of him and very steep, rocky and muddy bluffs on the other three sides. I have erected a tarp over him and I have been hand carrying hay, bedding and feed to him twice a day. But the area he is lodged in stays wet and muddy and it is only a matter of time before Phil succumbs to exposure. He is not eating...probably due to stress...and I am getting seriously concerned for his survival.

I have been trying for over two weeks to get Phil out of his predicament. All attempts to get him to "walk out" have only served to stress him to a dangerous level. He fights any attempt to get him to walk uphill and the poor footing only causes him to slip and slide back down the hill. Trying to get him out of his situation under his own power seems to be a losing proposition. If he were a normaly pig...with full vision...he could probably navigate his way out of his current location. But his blindness coupled with his sore leg and high level of stress make this a virtual impossibility for him.

Our local vets do very little work with the larger pigs and are not much help. I can procure Telazol, Ketamine and Rompun from them to sedate any pig I need to work on or move. But that is about the extent of their desire to help.

I cannot get either of my farm tractors closer than 200+ yards to Phil due to the steepness of the steep terrain and the mud from all the recent rains and snow.

I had originally thought that I would sedate Phil, strap him to a home made pallet and try to pull him up out of the ravine he is in. But I simply don't have the equipment or the knowledge to do this procedure safely. I spent 30 years as a firefighter and paramedic and have a good working knowledge of ropes and rope systems, but Phil's predicament has got me stumped. I have been unable to come up with a plan to move him to safety without a very real risk of injuring or killing him.

Of course, being a small, grassroots, non-profit sanctuary our resources and finances are limited. But I was wondering if you had any suggestions or places I could turn to for assistance?

From Jennifer: A sad story.

A six-month-old, male Przewalski's horse died at the National Zoo's Conservation and Research Center in Front Royal, Va. Friday, Jan. 30 due to a fractured neck. The cause of injury remains undetermined-staff closely observing the horse in the moments preceding its death did not notice any unusual behavior that would have caused the injury.

Staff directed the colt into a chute system leading into a trailer which would transport him and a six-month-old filly to a new pasture on Friday afternoon. The animal walked onto the trailer-as it had many times previously-without exhibiting any signs of stress or injury. Following protocol, staff checked on the animals a few minutes after they entered the trailer. Staff found the colt unconscious, but it was still breathing. The horse was quickly transported to the Center's veterinary hospital where veterinarians attempted to resuscitate him, but he died a short while later. A subsequent necropsy report showed that the horse had sustained a fracture of the fourth cervical vertebrate in his neck.

The colt was born in July, sired by a 9-year-old stallion named Frog, the most genetically valuable Przewalskiŝs horse in the North American breeding program. Its mother came from Europe to breed with Frog in order to boost the breeding program. The Przewalskis horse is a horse species native to China and Mongolia that was declared extinct in the wild in 1970. Currently, there are approximately 1,500 of these animals maintained in zoological institutions throughout the world and in several small reintroduced populations in Asia.

The filly that was also being transported sustained no injury and is in good health.

This last story is from Prakash Gogoi, who is a welfare assessor at the Brooke Hospital for Animals in India. Prakash says, "This will reflect an Indian scenerio, how animals face problems and our preparedness to keep them safe from such a difficult situation."

Hello everyone, I am Noorie, a seven year old horse mare and I am narrating the rescue story of my good old friend Chhailo, a nine year old horse mare who accidentally fell in an open sewer manhole. Manholes are protected by a manhole cover, a plug designed to prevent accidental or unauthorized access to the manhole. Since they are quite heavy and contain a lot of iron, petty thieves steal them to sell off the iron illegally which fetches them a fairly high price. At the same time, these open manholes pose a serious safety threat to the lives of humans and animals equally. Chhailo and I have been friends for over five years now. Shri Ram, our poor owner had bought me when I was three years old; I still remember the day when he had first introduced me to Chhailo; she was a beautiful horse who had recently turned five but had begun to show signs of overwork. Shri Ram's family resided in a slum in the suburbs of NOIDA while we were put up in a vast vacant plot adjacent to the slum. Shri Ram was a man of limited means and had a large family to support; besides his wife, he had seven daughters and a son to look after. He also owned two buffaloes which formed the backbone of the family’s limited sources of income. Chhailo had gradually started to support the family by transporting goods from and to nearby places as well as fetching fodder for the two buffaloes.

The fateful incident which I am narrating took place on the afternoon of 3rd September 08. We were grazing near our so called shed when suddenly Chhailo’s hind legs slipped into the open sewer manhole; she panicked and tried to kick herself out of the manhole but the more she wrestled, the more she began to get stuck in the small opening. I stood there helplessly watching the terror in Chhailo's eyes; by now she was half down in the eight feet deep manhole and badly bruised.

After about half an hour, Shri Ram noticed Chhailo lying stuck in the manhole and immediately rushed to help her out. He could literally see the cry and pleading in Chhailo's eyes to be rescued. He however realized that the situation was beyond his control and immediately shouted for help. Soon, neighbours gathered around and tried to pull the horse out by tying a rope around its chest and back but it did no good and the horse became more frantic. Shri Ram then called a heavy duty vehicle (JCB) used at construction sites to demolish structures and clear the debris. Within an hour, the vehicle arrived and swung into action; the noise of the vehicle and onlookers only made Chhailo panic more. But soon, the vehicle did its work and evacuated Chhailo from the manhole by digging the earth and breaking the manhole from one side.

Shri Ram and Chhailo both were relieved; Chhailo however was traumatized by the incident. She was also badly bruised and injured during this while. Within some time, an emergency vehicle reached the site; it was a vet from Donkey Sanctuary, an animal welfare organization. They administered Chhailo primary treatment and referred her case to SPCA, another animal welfare organization for further follow up treatment and care. The SPCA vet accordingly attended Chhailo for the next two days but her condition did not improve. The vet realized that the horse needed more specialized treatment and care and therefore referred the case to Dr. Brijesh. Meanwhile, the Donkey Sanctuary vet also informed Dr. Brijesh, Manager cum Veterinary Officer of DEWU NOIDA about the incident. When Dr. Brijesh first examined Chhailo, she had little hope that she would recover as she was badly injured and traumatized by the incident. He began the further treatment and talked to Shri Ram and told him that Chhailo had little chance of surviving as three vital days had passed.

Dr. Brijesh, however assured Shri Ram that he would try his best to save Chhailo. And so Chhailo's treatment continued for the next full week; Shri Ram also did his best to \ensure Chhailo's speedy recovery. Within two weeks of the incident, Chhailo had recovered fully; Shri Ram was thankful to Dr. Brijesh and the other vets for their timely and coordinated action.


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A case for sprinklers, sent in by Laurie.
Firefighter Irv Lichetenstein, who has more than 27 years in the fire service, reminds us, "No building with a properly designed, installed and operating sprinkler system has ever been lost. It is interesting to note that the worst high rise fire in Philadelphia's modern history was reportedly extinguished by less than 10 sprinkler heads opening up when the fire finally reached a sprinklered floor. That was after it had killed 3 firefighters and destroyed about $150 million of building that was not sprinklered."


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