First State Animal Center & SPCA celebrates National Pet Day

First State Animal Center - SPCA joins Delaware lawmakers to declare April 11 as National Pet Day to increase awareness of animal welfare issues

 

Kent County – Delaware        The 147th General Assembly in the State of Delaware has declared April 11, 2014 as National Pet Day to help increase awareness of animal welfare issues and adoptions throughout the state.  First State Animal Center-SPCA joins animal welfare programs across the state and country to promote the many programs that animal adoption centers and humane shelters provide, especially in the area of spay and neuter programs.  

"We commend the General Assembly for joining our efforts in increasing awareness of spay and neuter programs, which  lower the numbers of unwanted pets and pet overpopulation, " said J. Kevin Usilton,  Executive Director of the First State Animal Center - SPCA.  The declaration also recommends pet adoptions whenever possible.

Since October 1, FSAC-SPCA has made 957 successful pet adoptions.  Before cats and dogs are available for adoption, they are vaccinated, micro-chipped, and spay or neutered. FSAC-SPCA has also reunited 735 animals (mostly dogs) with their worried owners; the organization has the highest return-to-owner rate in the nation at a 45 percent success rate.

“When a family is ready for a companion pet, we highly recommend that the family consider visiting their local animal shelter, such as the FSAC-SPCA, and adopting the animal, giving it a second chance of life in what we hope is a forever home,” Usilton said. “While many of our dogs are mixed breeds, we will often have purebred animals – Saint Bernards, Labrador retrievers, poodles and yorkies available to adopt. We also have a nice selection of cats available for adoption, and sometimes we have exotic animals, such as pot-bellied pigs, parrots, ferrets, and lizards.”

Usilton added that the General Assembly's focus on spay neuter programs is timely - First State Animal Center - SPCA has three cat spay neuter clinics schedule on April 14April 21, and April 28.   The surgery cost is $75 for a female and $55 for a male.  This cost includes a rabies Vaccine.  Additional procedures provided at cost.  The public can call to schedule at 302-943-6032.

Delaware Animal Care and Control, is a division of the First State Animal Center – SPCA, which enforces animal welfare laws throughout the entire state and the City of Wilmington. Since January, Animal Control has handled 2802 cases involving rabies control, appropriate housing, and animal cruelty. DEACC has offices in all three counties and the city of Wilmington, and DEACC officers answer calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

The mission of the First State Animal Center and SPCA is twofold: we protect animals from people, by prevention of cruelty and suffering, rescue of the trapped or injured, emergency medical treatment, temporary housing for homeless animals and the reduction of homeless pet overpopulation through targeted spay/neuter and education programs; and we protect people from animals through our commitment  in placing only stable, safe and well-adjusted animals into homes where they will thrive while simultaneously educating the public about responsible pet guardianship.

Milford man found guilty of cruelty charges

Pet cocker spaniel dies from infection due to extreme matting of hair; owner convicted of cruelty to animals,  receives $1,000 fine and Level 2 probation

 

 Kent County – DE -- Captain Sherri Warburton, Chief of Delaware Animal Care and Control (DEACC), announced that Bobby Smith, 60, of Milford was found guilty of Cruelty to Animals on March 18, 2014.  

The case stems around a neglect complaint received by DEACC on September 6, 2013 about “Brewster,” an adult male cocker spaniel dog that was in poor condition upon arrival to a professional groomer. The dog was then transported to a local animal hospital. Brewster soon died from complications stemming from severe matting. On September 10, 2013, FSAC-SPCA shelter veterinarian Dr. Leah Tammi determined that the severe matting had entombed both ears, causing a fatal infection.

Tammi also reported that because of the severity of the matted hair, “Brewster” was unable to close his eyes. Approximately nine pounds of matted fur was removed from “Brewster” at the time of his death. DEACC Sergeant Kim Schnares investigated the case and arrested Smith on September 10, 2013 for Cruelty to Animals. 

“It is a very sad situation,” said Captain Warburton. “Years of neglect caused dirt to build up so much in the dog’s coat that it caused a deadly infection from which the dog could never recover.”

Warburton said that the veterinarian determined that the massive size of the hair matting entombed both of the dog’s ears inside of the matting, which had pulled the right ear over and across the top of the dog’s head where the massive mat had consumed the left ear as well. One of the ears was full of infection, puss, and maggots. Both of the eyelids were pulled open and back to where the eyes were bugged out and the dog was unable to close its eyes.

Warburton added that the responding officer on the case, Sgt. Schnares did a good job building a strong case against Smith.

Smith was sentenced by the Honorable Judge Robert B. Young, Kent County Superior Court to 1 year Level 5 incarceration, suspended for 1 year Level 2 probation, and fined $1,000.00 plus court costs. He is also prohibited from owning or possessing animals for five years.

Warburton encouraged anyone who may know of situations involving animal cruelty or other animal neglect to contact DEACC at (302) 698-3006, option 1.

Delaware Animal Care and Control is under the auspices of the First State Animal Center – SPCA. Delaware Animal Control is the enforcement agency for Title 3, Title 9 and Title 11 laws pertaining to animal welfare. Title 3 pertains to rabies control; Title 9 pertains to housing and dangerous dogs, and Title 11 pertains to animal cruelty.

The mission of the First State Animal Center and SPCA is twofold: they protect animals from people, by prevention of cruelty and suffering, rescue of the trapped or injured, emergency medical treatment, temporary housing for homeless animals and the reduction of homeless pet overpopulation through targeted spay/neuter and education programs; and they protect people from animals through their commitment  in placing only stable, safe and well-adjusted animals into homes where they will thrive while simultaneously educating the public about responsible pet guardianship.

 

Delaware Animal Control needs help in horrific cruelty case

Delaware Animal Care and Control needs public’s help with solving horrific crime against animals off Smith Bridge Road in Wilmington

 

Contact Sherri Warburton, Chief of Delaware Animal Care and Control
(302) 698-3006, option 1 or e-mail.

Sherri.warburton@cj.state.de.us

 

 

March 21, 2014 -- Delaware Animal Care and Control requests the public’s help with information on the following: The bodies of an adult intact male American pit-bull canine, 1 dove and 2 chickens were found together by rail road workers in a secluded area off of Smith Bridge Road in Wilmington, DE.  The canine has a deep laceration on his neck and the birds were decapitated.  Any information provided by the public will be confidential in locating the individuals responsible. Please call (302) 698-3006, option 1 if you have any information that would help this case.

Delaware Animal Care and Control is under the auspices of the First State Animal Center – SPCA. The mission of the First State Animal Center and SPCA is twofold: they protect animals from people, by prevention of cruelty and suffering, rescue of the trapped or injured, emergency medical treatment, temporary housing for homeless animals and the reduction of homeless pet overpopulation through targeted spay/neuter and education programs; and they protect people from animals through their commitment  in placing only stable, safe and well-adjusted animals into homes where they will thrive while simultaneously educating the public about responsible pet guardianship.

Sherri Warburton hired as chief of Delaware Animal Control

Sherri Warburton hired as chief of Delaware Animal Control

Kent County, DE – Delaware Animal Control, under the auspices of the First State Animal Center - SPCA (FSAC-SPCA) has hired Sherri Warburton as Chief Animal Control Officer. Captain Warburton brings with her years of experience in animal control, having worked with the former Kent County SPCA as an operations-training lieutenant/field sergeant from 2006-2010. Before rejoining the state’s largest animal welfare and adoption facility as Chief of Animal Control, Warburton was a probation and parole officer for the State of Delaware. She will oversee Animal Control in all three counties, plus the City of Wilmington.  Delaware Animal Control is the enforcement agency for Title 7, Title 9 and Title 11 statewide, and other laws pertaining to animal welfare. Title 7 pertains to dog control – rabies vaccination enforcement, licensing, strays, etc.; Title 9 pertains to dangerous dogs, and Title 11 pertains to animal cruelty.

“I am honored to lead the men and women of Delaware Animal Care and Control in serving the citizens of Delaware,” Warburton said. “When we help an animal, we are also helping a family and in turn, making a positive impact in the community.  We educate families on how to take better care of their pets, if we have received a complaint about how a dog might be treated. If the family can no longer care for the dog, or if it is an apparent cruelty case then we know we can give the animal a better place to live at the Animal Center and hopefully, be able to adopt it out to a family that can take care of it.”

Warburton said that animals are considered part of a family, but that families need to know the responsibility of taking care of a dog. Puppies grow, she said, and suddenly the dog needs to be walked and cared for regularly, and not all families are equipped or up to the task of providing that care and attention.  

“On the other hand, my officers deal with aggressive animals as well, and community safety is our top priority,” Captain Warburton said.

 “We are very pleased that Captain Warburton has rejoined our animal rescue family – she’s a great addition to our leadership team,” J. Kevin Usilton, Executive Director of FSAC-SPCA said. “She brings with her familiarity of our organization, a great work history and she is highly knowledgeable of and effective in the animal control arena.”  Warburton will oversee a staff of 24 officers and 6 dispatchers.

Warburton, a native of Idaho, received her bachelors of science in Justice Studies at Lewis-Clark State College, in Lewiston, ID, where she also received an associates in behavioral science. Warburton, also a veteran of the United States Coast Guard,  lives in Clayton with her husband David, cat "Pepper", and dogs "Sam" and "Chloe'". 

 The mission of the First State Animal Center and SPCA is twofold: they protect animals from people, by prevention of cruelty and suffering, rescue of the trapped or injured, emergency medical treatment, temporary housing for homeless animals and the reduction of homeless pet overpopulation through targeted spay/neuter and education programs; and they protect people from animals through their commitment  in placing only stable, safe and well-adjusted animals into homes where they will thrive while simultaneously educating the public about responsible pet guardianship.

First State Animal Center & SPCA accepted into the 2014 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge

 First State Animal Center - SPCA accepted into the 2014 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge - aims to save more lives with a chance to win $100,000.

Contact:  Lisa S. Chase, (302) 943-6032, ext. 123, l.chase@fsac-spca.org

fKent County, DE --The First State Animal Center - SPCA (FSAC-SPCA) has been accepted into the 2014 ASPCA Rachael Ray $600K Challenge, now in its fifth and final year through the ASPCA.   The animal welfare and adoption facility applied in January to be a part of the competition, and was accepted, along with 49 other shelters across the United States, through a highly competitive process.

FSAC-SPCA has an aggressive goal to save more than 600 cats and dogs in just three months during June, July and August 2014, nearly double what it did in 2013.  FSAC-SPCA is one of 50 animal shelters across the United States in the competition, which is spearheaded by the renowned talk show host and celebrity chef, Rachael Ray. All of the contestants are working towards the same goal - save more animals – during the months of June, July and August 2014 – than they did over the same three-month period in 2013. Last year’s competing shelters saved more than 56,000 cats and dogs during the contest, an increase of 12,050 over the same period in 2012. 

The ASPCA and Rachael Ray will award a $100,000 grand prize to the shelter contestant that achieves the greatest increase in lives saved during this three-month period. The contestant that does the best job of engaging its community members in helping to save more animals will win $25,000. Those organizations that do the best in their divisions will be eligible for between $10,000 and $25,000 in additional grants. In total, $600,000 in grant funding will be awarded for increases in animal lives saved, as well as a photo contest and general participation. 

The FSAC-SPCA has a unique strategy to win which includes holding adoption events in all three counties, and going on daily speaking engagements through the state of Delaware, hopefully with adoptable cats and dogs in tow.

"We are nicely situated in a small state like Delaware, where we can be in any part of the state within one hour's drive," said J. Kevin Usilton, Executive Director. "We are calling on the entire state of Delaware to provide that community support and awareness for us to meet the Challenge. With community support, the First State Animal Center - SPCA will have a chance to win valuable grant funding from the ASPCA. If we achieve the greatest increase in lives saved compared to the other contestants, we win a $100,000 grant from the ASPCA and Rachael Ray to support our continued life-saving work.  If we do the best job of engaging our community in saving more lives, we win the $25,000 Community Engagement award. Most importantly, we will adopt out more cats and dogs into their loving forever homes. " Usilton said that if the center wins the grant, it will use the monies for capital improvements.

Usilton said that the community can help by volunteering to help the center and its adoption events and at peak times when the center is busiest during the summer months, donating money, inviting center officials to come speak to civic groups, hosting events, and spreading the word about the Challenge.  To learn more how to help the First State Animal Center meet this challenge, call Lisa Chase at (302) 943-6032, ext. 123, or e-mail her at L.Chase@fsac-spca.org.

All her life, Rachael Ray has been an advocate for animals and a supporter of animal welfare groups. Her love for animals and for her pit bull, Isaboo, inspired her to create a pet food called Nutrish® to raise money for animals in need.  Ray donates her proceeds from the sale of Nutrish® to organizations like the ASPCA so they can implement programs like the $100K Challenge and support shelters and animal organizations around the country.

The mission of the First State Animal Center and SPCA is twofold: they protect animals from people, by prevention of cruelty and suffering, rescue of the trapped or injured, emergency medical treatment, temporary housing for homeless animals and the reduction of homeless pet overpopulation through targeted spay/neuter and education programs; and they protect people from animals through their commitment  in placing only stable, safe and well-adjusted animals into homes where they will thrive while simultaneously educating the public about responsible pet guardianship.

 

First State Animal Center-SPCA holding Vaccination Clinics, Monday, March 3th, 6 p.m.– 8 p.m., and Monday, March 17th, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The First State Animal Center-SPCA will hold two vaccination clinics in March -  on Monday, March 3rd, from 6 p. m. - 8 p. m., and Monday, March 17th, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Rabies, distemper and bordatella are $15 each, microchipping is $25. Bring prior vaccine history for each animal to receive a 3- year rabies vaccine. The clinic will be held in the holding bay, the large tan warehouse at Animal Control, next door to the FSAC-SPCA, located on Cochran Drive, Camden, DE.

Please have your pets’ paperwork with you to determine the best vaccine schedule for your pet. We do not give vaccines to pets under 8 weeks old. The rabies vaccine will not be given to animals under 16 weeks old.

Please note the following price schedule for New Vectra (for flea & tick):

Cat - $43.00
Dog 2-20 lb - $47.00
Dog 21-55 lb - $48.00
Dog 56-95 lb - $50.00
Dog over 95 lb - $51.00

All dogs must be on a leash and all cats must be in a carrier. Aggressive dogs must stay in the vehicle but may have to wait to be vaccinated. Individuals and families are responsible for their pets; bring water, waste bags and a muzzle if needed. We accept cash, checks and Visa/MC. Parking is in our fenced lot beside the tan building or in front. There is NO PARKING on the street. Please dress warmly and keep your pets safe. No appointments are taken – it is first-come, first-serve

The mission of the First State Animal Center and SPCA is twofold: they protect animals from people, by prevention of cruelty and suffering, rescue of the trapped or injured, emergency medical treatment, temporary housing for homeless animals and the reduction of homeless pet overpopulation through targeted spay/neuter and education programs; and they protect people from animals through their commitment  in placing only stable, safe and well-adjusted animals into homes where they will thrive while simultaneously educating the public about responsible pet guardianship.

Information about the First State Animal Center and SPCA, a non-profit, charitable organization, can be found at www.fsac-spca.org

Is Delaware Animal Welfare moving in the right direction to save more animals? Here are the statewide Statistics starting in 2006. You can see that with the passage of the State's Shelter Standards Law in 2010, that the door to help animals was closed to many animals. Where are those animals?

To achieve a No Kill State we must have resources for providing all animals with safe places.  These places must be located throughout the State to give our human residents resources in their neighborhoods.  The Safe places can then help the animals find temporary placements until forever homes are located.  Shelters should never be used to house animals long term.

Lets help animals together.

Entire Delaware Shelter Statistics (This is a tally of all shelters in Delaware)

Year             Intake           Euthanized          Euthanized Rate

2006            20,856          11,562                    55.44%
2007            24,196           10,714                     44.28%
2008            19,102             7,547                    39.51%
2009            22,438            9,388                   41.84%
2010            20,596            6,042                    29.34%
2011              16,217             4,872                    30.04%
2012            13,596             2,093                    15.39%

February 3 Vaccination Clinic

First State Animal Center-SPCA holding Vaccination Clinic, Monday, February 3rd, 6 p.m.– 8 p.m.

The First State Animal Center-SPCA will hold a vaccination clinic on Monday, February 3rd, from 6 p. m. - 8 p. m.

Rabies, distemper and bordatella are $15 each, microchipping is $25. Bring prior vaccine history for each animal to receive a 3- year rabies vaccine. The clinic will be held in the holding bay, the large tan warehouse at Animal Control, next door to the FSAC-SPCA, located on Cochran Drive, Camden, DE.

Please have your pets’ paperwork with you to determine the best vaccine schedule for your pet. We do not give vaccines to pets under 8 weeks old. The rabies vaccine will not be given to animals under 16 weeks old.

Please note the following price schedule for New Vectra (for flea & tick):

Cat - $43.00
Dog 2-20 lb - $47.00
Dog 21-55 lb - $48.00
Dog 56-95 lb - $50.00
Dog over 95 lb - $51.00

All dogs must be on a leash and all cats must be in a carrier. Aggressive dogs must stay in the vehicle but may have to wait to be vaccinated. Individuals and families are responsible for their pets; bring water, waste bags and a muzzle if needed. We accept cash, checks and Visa/MC. Parking is in our fenced lot beside the tan building or in front. There is NO PARKING on the street. Please dress warmly and keep your pets safe. No appointments are taken – it is first-come, first-serve.

The mission of the First State Animal Center and SPCA is twofold: they protect animals from people, by prevention of cruelty and suffering, rescue of the trapped or injured, emergency medical treatment, temporary housing for homeless animals and the reduction of homeless pet overpopulation through targeted spay/neuter and education programs; and they protect people from animals through their commitment  in placing only stable, safe and well-adjusted animals into homes where they will thrive while simultaneously educating the public about responsible pet guardianship.

Information about the First State Animal Center and SPCA, a non-profit, charitable organization, can be found at www.fsac-spca.org

Keep your pets safe in cold weather and snow

First State Animal Center –SPCA provides life-saving tips for caring for animals during snow storm and cold weather

Contact: Lisa Chase, l.chase@fsac-spca.org, (302) 943-6032, ext. 123

Dover, DE -- With impending bitterly cold temperatures, strong winds and significant accumulation of snow forecast, the First State Animal Center – SPCA (FSAC-SPCA), asks that dog and cat owners to make every effort to keep their pets safe, warm and dry. Ideally, the pet should remain inside the owner’s home. However, those who must keep their pets outside follow the following specifications for the humane handling, care and treatment of their pet dogs and cats.

All outdoor housing facilities for pets should be structurally sound and safe for the animal, and the housing facility should fit the pet securely and restrict other animals from entering. The facility, or dog house, should preserve body heat, and keep them dry during the snow. Additional bedding needs to be provided for the animal when the temperature falls below 35 degrees or less. Some type of rubber/cloth covering, such as a thick, textured rug (kitchen or car mat) should be adhered to the door of the housing structure, to keep the snow out, but in such a way that the animal can get in and out of. The owner must check on the pet often during the storm, ensuring the pet has thawed water, and that it can go to the bathroom.  Adding a little sugar to the pet’s water will add calories to the pet’s diet, as they burn up more calories trying to stay warm.

If a pet owner has to keep the animal outside during bad weather, the owner must check regularly the pet’s water dish, to make sure the animal has access to fresh, thawed water, and additional bedding, which must be wood chips or straw, NOT blankets- the use of blankets is also against the law. “If the animal gets wet, so will the blanket, making the situation worse, possibly deadly-- for the animal,” FSAC-SPCA officials said.  

The mission of the First State Animal Center and SPCA is twofold: they protect animals from people, by prevention of cruelty and suffering, rescue of the trapped or injured, emergency medical treatment, temporary housing for homeless animals and the reduction of homeless pet overpopulation through targeted spay/neuter and education programs; and they protect people from animals through their commitment  in placing only stable, safe and well-adjusted animals into homes where they will thrive while simultaneously educating the public about responsible pet guardianship.

Information about the First State Animal Center and SPCA, a non-profit, charitable organization, can be found at www.fsac-spca.org