Saturday, September 13, 2008

Carol Crocker's Rescue

We would like to introduce you to a wonderful woman in Alabama. She has vetted and cared for animals brought to her by folks in a rural area without a local shelter. The number of dogs is currently 101, including some with special needs.

The area is being developed, neighbors complained and the very county responsible for bringing many of these animals to her has taken her to court and she has to get rid of all but 3 dogs or they will be confiscated and killed.

She lost a number of dogs and cats when her home burned to the ground last year and she can't afford to rebuild, so she has lived in her garage and taken showers with a hose. But the animals have not suffered neglect.

She has not requested anything for herself, only homes for the dogs before they are confiscated. Help is arriving.

Drop by and read some of Carol Crocker's story.

We googled Carol and found the fire that destroyed the Alabama shelter was arson.

***** Important Mars pet food update*****

Mars Pet Food Recall Announced 9/12/08

Mars Pet Food announced a voluntary recall of many brands of dog food and cat food on 9/12/08 due to "potential contamination with Salmonella". The recall only affects products sold in the United States.

Products affected include Old Roy Dog Food, Pedigree Dog Food, Special Kitty Cat Food and several lesser known brands including Members Mark Pet Foods and Wegman's Pet Foods. The press release states: "Salmonella can cause serious infections in dogs and cats, and, if there is cross contamination caused by handling of the pet food, in people as well, es pecially children, the aged, and people with compromised immune systems."

For the full list of products and UPC code and further information visit here.

Quoting the Mars Pet Care website: "The company stopped production at the Everson facility on July 29, 2008 when it was alerted of a possible link between dry pet food produced at the plant and two isolated cases of people infected with Salmonella Schwarzengrund." Let me repeat - ‘the company stopped production on July 29, 2008'.

From Mars Pet Care's action of ‘stopping production' on July 29, 2008 - ten days later an initial limited recall was announced (Pedigree Dog Food only sold in Southern California and Las Vegas, Nevada); 34 days after this, the recall was updated, now including many products sold all across the United States. A total of 44 days passed from when Mars Pet Care states they stopped production, to the recent recall announcement covering 105 different brands, sizes, and varieties of dog food and cat food.

Remember, at the Pet Food Safety meeting the FDA held this past spring, the director of the FDA proudly announced that the action response time for the pet food industry is better than that of the human food side. Hmmmm.

Mars states they are "continuing to work collaboratively with the FDA to determine the nature and source" of the salmonella. The release does not state when Mars contacted the FDA regarding the possible contamination.

If you are anyone you know is feeding their pet a dog food or cat food made by Mars Pet Care, please take notice of this recall and take the necessary precautions.

Wishing you and your pet the best,

Susan Thixton
Truth About Pet Food
Petsumer Report


  1. You didn't leave a link, but we googled her. They ruled the fire Arson that burned her house down and killed 50 animals. Some people can be so cruel.

  2. We are so sad to think someone delibertly set fire to her home and killed 50 animals. We do so hope all the remaining animals find loving homes. We are going to read the articles now. ~S,S & C

  3. People are so stoopid -

    My mom is ashamed of her species tooooooo often -

    Let's just hope none of these 'people' ever need help -

    Thanks fur sharing the story -


  4. What a horrible story about the shelter. And what will the people in the county do now that they don't even have her to rescue the animals?

  5. Oh dat's awful.

    Fanks fur the info bout the foods too.

  6. In an effort to reach as many people as possible I have posted at Daily Koss crediting JFF. Links and information provided by JFF see their post Carol Crocker's Rescue.

    I included a poll and so far most of the voters support the rescue and the comments have been positive.

  7. Sank yoo fur puttin dis up! Dis iz great dat yoo iz postin so much info. I preciate all dat yoo iz doin!

  8. Fanks about da pet food recall info - we posted on our bloggie too!

  9. Sad, sad, sad, sad, sad...
    We talked to our pet store.

  10. What a sad comment on human beings - except for Carol. Sometimes I wish that animals were in charge of the world.

    And thanks for the tip on the pet food. It's getting scary.


  11. What a sad comment on human beings - except for Carol. Sometimes I wish that animals were in charge of the world.

    And thanks for the tip on the pet food. It's getting scary.


  12. Humans never cease to amaze us in the ability to be stupid and evil....
    Fortunately some also never cease to amaze us in their ability to be smart and compassionate...
    One can only hope the second batch will grow....
    We posted the winning Dare and I Dare You to accept the challenge!

  13. That is so sad. Thank you for the food recall update.

  14. My mom has seen this sort of thing happen a couple times. We don't understand how people can be so incredibly and thoughtlessly cruel--as if these beings had no feelings or couldn't feel pain. We hope and pray that she can be helped. We will do what we can.

    love & wags,

  15. Why must all the kindhearted people always face with such a cruel decision by the authority? This is getting to be rather disturbing. I hope she can get help for all the animals soon.


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