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September 11, 2014
Regarding Becky Robinson's commentary on animal cruelty, Anne Arundel County should come out of the Dark Ages and into the compassionate era where all creatures are treated with respect ( "Anne Arundel's cruel cat policy," Sept. 4). Trap, neuter and release is the modern way. We in Canada employ this technique and it is working great. James Cosgrave - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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Sports Digest | October 12, 2014
Laurel Park $100,000 Sprint more likely for Ben's Cat Owner-trainer King Leatherbury said Saturday that he is leaning toward entering Ben's Cat in the $100,000 Sprint at next Saturday's Jim McKay Maryland Million but won't make a decision until he handicaps both the Sprint and $125,000 Turf. Ben's Cat, who could become the first horse to win four Maryland Million races, is pre-entered in both races. Leatherbury, 81, says that if his decision is clear-cut, he will not cross-enter the horse, as he did last year.
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NEWS
March 1, 2013
Regarding your article on how many birds are killed each year by ordinary house cats, when our cat was alive we put a tiny bell on her collar so she could explore the outdoors while giving birds plenty of warning that she was close by ("The destructive invasive species purring on your lap," Feb. 26). It was extremely effective at preventing her from killing birds. While I'm sure a leash would have been more effective, the practice seems unlikely to take hold any time soon. Bells are easy to use and are found at local pet stores.
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Sports Digest | October 11, 2014
Laurel Park Ben's Cat could be first to win 4 Md. Million races Ben's Cat has a chance next Saturday at Laurel Park to become the first horse to win Jim McKay Maryland Million races in four different years. After victories in 2010, 2011 and 2012 in the Turf Sprint, the King Leatherbury homebred finished second in the Turf a year ago after the Turf Sprint was eliminated. Leatherbury has cross-entered his star in the Sprint and Turf. The 8-year-old has won 27 of 43 starts, with earnings of $2,175,990.
NEWS
May 4, 2010
Cecil County health officials say a feral cat that bit a Delaware resident in Rising Sun has tested positive for rabies. Authorities said the animal was displaying rabies symptoms and was being put in a carrier to be taken to a vet when it bit the person. The cat was euthanized and tests confirmed it was positive for rabies. The bite victim and Delaware health officials were notified. The victim received treatment against the disease, which can be fatal. Health officials remind residents to vaccinate their pets against rabies and to stay away from wild and stray animals.
FEATURES
By Kim Fernandez, For The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2013
Bridget Gregory loves many things about her cat, Curtis, but finds his feet among his funniest features. "Curtis is a polydactyl cat, meaning he has more than five toes on one paw," says the 11-year-old Towson resident. "He has six!" Bridget's family adopted Curtis the 24-toed cat from the animal shelter last year and say he's about a year and a half old. "Curtis is very, very friendly and likes being the center of attention," says Bridget. Given the chance, he meanders into neighbors' homes for a visit and loves meeting new people and being loved by family and friends.
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By Frank D. Roylance, The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2010
As steeped as he is in the data linking cat parasites and mental illness, Robert Yolken still owns two cats. He's Toxoplasma-positive, too, but he has no plans to get rid of his family pets. "I don't want anyone to be too hard on cats," he says. But like anything else, he adds, "there are safe ways of dealing with things, and unsafe ways." The first advice he offers cat owners is to keep their animals indoors. It's access to wild rodents and birds that poses the highest infection risk for your cat. "Unless you've got a lot of mice inside your house, the chance of [an indoor cat]
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By Nicholas Fouriezos and The Baltimore Sun | October 19, 2013
Ben's Cat came within a neck of setting a new Maryland Million record for victories, but fell short as Ellendale Racing's Roadhog pulled ahead in a photo finish in the $125,000 Maryland Million Turf. Both horses finished the one-mile course in 1:27.06. Ben's Cat trailed early, but was second going into the turn. In the final stretch,  Ben's Cat -- trained by King Leatherbury -- pulled ahead but was then outpaced by the lunging Roadhog. nfouriezos@baltsun.com twitter.com/nick4iezos
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By Carrie Wells and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
A rabid cat bit a person at Pocomoke River State Park this week and health authorities are encouraging anyone who had contact with the animal to contact them. The Worcester County Health Department said an adult was bitten by the cat at the Milburn Landing campground area in the Snow Hill park on Monday. The cat was found, euthanized and sent for rabies testing, which was later confirmed by a state lab, health officials said. The cat was a medium adult male, dark gray in color with white under its chin and belly and four white feet.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2011
Goodness knows if one of our pets is having a medical emergency, we'd want to do anything to make sure whe could get help -- and as fast as humanly possible. But a couple in Britain is drawing fire for calling the UK's version of 911 for their cat. Making matters worse, they might have told a bit of a fib to get the ambulance to their house. According to this report in the Telegraph , the couple called 999 and told the operator they needed the service to "revive their five year-old.
NEWS
October 5, 2014
The problem of feral cat overpopulation cannot be solved with trap, neuter and release programs ( "Cat that closed Glen Burnie school moved to animal rescue shelter," Sept. 5). Such initiatives merely repeat the irresponsible human behavior of dumping and abandonment that caused the problem in the first place. Municipalities that embrace TNR are encouraging more dumping and abandonment. Unfortunately, with approximately 80 million free-ranging cats in the U.S., no one will ever be able to sterilize enough of them to have any significant impact on cat populations.
NEWS
October 4, 2014
Grant Sizemore's recent letter ( "Feral cats pose a serious health threat to humans," Sept. 26) betrays a fundamental misunderstanding of statistics and serves as a textbook example of how such misinterpretations can lead to poor public policy. According to Mr. Sizemore, the Labor Day weekend closing of an Anne Arundel County elementary school, the result of animal control officers' search for a stray cat who'd wandered inside, "demonstrated prudent concern for the health and well-being of students.
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By Alison Knezevich and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
Baltimore County health officials say a rabid cat was found and captured near Delight Road in Reisterstown this week. The male cat, found Monday, is a gray, tiger-striped tabby, and officials say it may have had a limp while it was in the community. The health department is urging anyone who had direct exposure to the cat between Sept. 14-Sept. 28 to seek medical treatment and contact county health officials immediately. People can contact the health department at 410-887-6011 during the day, or at 410-832-7182 after 4:30 p.m. alisonk@baltsun.com twitter.com/aliknez
NEWS
October 1, 2014
In response to reader Grant Sizemore's letter, I agree that any animal bite is dangerous and that schools should respond with caution to one that enters their building ( "Feral cats pose a serious health threat to humans," Sept. 26). It is very unlikely that a feral cat would attack unless cornered and threatened, however. And I strongly disagree with his dismissal of a Trap-Neuter-Return strategy to minimize the number of homeless or feral cats. First, no one wants to see fewer cats on the streets more than the people practicing TNR, and they at least are doing something about it by choosing a humane approach to the problem that they can live with.
NEWS
October 1, 2014
I am all for the feral cats Let it be noted that I am not talking at all about the feral cat in the school, however ( "Feral cats pose a serious health threat to humans," Sept. 26). I do know that the American Bird Conservancy bitterly despises all feral cats and would willingly kill them all. The Department of Natural Resources in Maryland is also very antiquated in their concepts about these cats and would also kill them. I have worked with feral cats and kittens - rescuing them, getting them medical checkups, needed shots and gradually turning them into some of the kindest and most loving animals that I have ever known.
SPORTS
Sports Digest | September 28, 2014
Laurel Park Dreamsgonewild upsets Ben's Cat In a blanket finish, Dreamsgonewild ran down the speed and held off Ben's Cat to win the $100,000 Laurel Dash, the last of six turf stakes Saturday at Laurel Park. The 12-race card featured five open stakes races on the turf and the Jameela Stakes for Maryland-bred and/or -sired runners. Dreamsgonewild, a speedy son of Freud who was ridden by Trevor McCarthy and trained by Bruce Alexander , covered the 6-furlong distance in 1 minute, 7.99 seconds, just a few tenths off the course record of 1:07.29.
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The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2012
Question: How do I train my adorable but irascible cat to let me pet her tummy? Answer: Just as not every person likes being tickled, not every cat likes belly rubs. But if your kitty isn't thrilled by your attempts at affection, there's hope. It will just take a bit of patience and simple classical conditioning. Don't ever forget that cats are sharp. Play these games when kitty is calm and happy, and don't push her to a point of discomfort. First, you'll need to find her very favorite treats.
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By Kim Fernandez, For The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2014
My 3-year-old cat keeps jumping on my kitchen counters and I really don't want him there. A friend suggested a shock mat, but I'd rather not do that. Is there a kindler, gentler way to train him to stay off the kitchen counters? You're wise to be cautious of things like the shock mats, because they can cause an already-skittish animal to become so turned off that they avoid the area altogether. Similarly, squirt bottles or yelling can convince her she doesn't want to be near you - but that the counters are safe when you aren't around.
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Sports Digest | September 27, 2014
Et cetera Ben's Cat seeks third Laurel Dash victory Ben's Cat will run today in the $100,000 Laurel Dash with a chance to move ahead of Hall of Famer Safely Kept in earnings among Maryland-breds. The Dash is one of six stakes races on the 12-race card. The card will feature five open stakes races on the turf and the Jameela Stakes for Maryland-bred and/or sired runners. All the races drew double-digit fields. The Laurel Dash drew 11 entries, including one on the also-eligible list.
NEWS
September 26, 2014
In late August, Richard Henry Lee Elementary School in Glen Burnie had to close its doors because a feral cat had found its way into the building. In closing the school, officials demonstrated prudent concern for the health and well-being of students. Feral cat activists bemoaned the caution exercised by officials, charging that officials had reacted to the feral cat sighting with the severity of a bomb threat after a teacher caught a glimpse of the animal loose without a hall pass ( "Anne Arundel's cruel cat policy," Sept.
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