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Man posed as veterinarian, performed surgery on pregnant dog who died: Cops
Author of the article:Associated Press
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Published Aug 11, 2023 • Last updated 1 day ago • 1 minute read
Osvaldo Sanchez is charged with animal abuse
Osvaldo Sanchez is charged with animal abuse and practicing veterinary medicine without a license.
NAPLES, Fla. — A southwest Florida man was arrested Friday for claiming to be a veterinarian and performing surgery on a pregnant dog who died of complications from the procedure, authorities said.


The man was a licensed pet groomer but not a licensed veterinarian, the Collier County Sheriff’s Office said in a social media post.


A 61-year-old Collier County man, Osvaldo Sanchez, was charged with animal abuse and practicing veterinary medicine without a license.

The 6-year-old Chihuahua named Sugar died following the surgery in May. Sugar’s owners had been introduced to the man as a veterinarian and reached out to him because the 6-pound (2.7-kilogram) dog appeared to be having difficulty delivering her puppies, the sheriff’s office said.

The man came to the owners’ home and performed a cesarean section on Sugar in a converted ambulance. He removed a stillborn puppy and charged $600, according to the sheriff’s office.

After Sugar became ill from an infection a week later, her owners took her to an emergency pet hospital where staff told her that the incision was closed with string or thread instead of standard suture material. They said that could have contributed to her infection. Sugar died hours later.

“A doctor at the emergency pet hospital told detectives a C-Section is not an uncommon surgery on pregnant dogs and that had a qualified veterinarian performed the procedure on Sugar she likely would have survived,” the sheriff’s office.

The man’s case hadn’t yet been placed in an electronic docket at the Collier County court clerk’s office so it was unknown if he had an attorney who could comment.


 

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Rescued walrus calf that was receiving cuddles as part of his care in Alaska dies
Author of the article:Associated Press
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Published Aug 11, 2023 • 2 minute read
In this photo provided by the Alaska SeaLife Center, a Pacific walrus pup rests his head on the lap of a staff member after being admitted to the centre's Wildlife Response Program in Seward, Alaska, on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2023.
In this photo provided by the Alaska SeaLife Center, a Pacific walrus pup rests his head on the lap of a staff member after being admitted to the centre's Wildlife Response Program in Seward, Alaska, on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2023. PHOTO BY KAITI GRANT /THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
JUNEAU, Alaska — A walrus calf found on its own miles from the ocean on Alaska’s North Slope last week and who received cuddles as part of his care after being rescued died on Friday.

“While often rewarding, wildlife rescue is inherently unpredictable and comes with it the possibility of great loss. For those that dedicate their lives to animal care, this is the hardest part of the job,” the Alaska SeaLife Center, the nonprofit research facility and public aquarium that was caring for him, said in a statement online.


The Pacific walrus calf, taken in by the centre on Aug. 1 after being found by oil field workers a day earlier, was struggling with a number of health issues, such as nutrient malabsorption. In the day before his death, he faced other complications, such as hypoglycemia and gastrointestinal problems, the centre said.



“Though our animal care teams worked tirelessly to provide round-the-clock critical care treatments, never leaving his side, the calf ultimately succumbed to his condition,” the centre said. A necropsy is planned.

The brown, wrinkly-skinned baby was believed to be about one-month old. The centre last week said that in an effort to mimic the near-constant care a calf would get from its mom, the walrus was receiving “round the clock ‘cuddling”‘ to keep him calm and to aid in his development. The centre described the cuddling as trained staff giving the walrus “the option to have a warm body to lean up against, which he has been taking advantage of almost constantly.”

The range of the Pacific walrus includes the northern Bering and Chukchi seas, but the walruses are occasionally observed in areas like the Beaufort Sea to the northeast, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

The calf was found about 6.4 kilometres inland from the Beaufort Sea, in Alaska’s extreme north. A “walrus trail,” or track, was seen on the tundra near a road where the walrus was found. But it was unclear how, exactly, he got there, the centre has said.
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Surgery waiting-list deaths up 49%, according to year-over-year comparison
Almost 2,100 patients waiting for surgery passed says new data

Author of the article:Jane Stevenson
Published Aug 15, 2023 • Last updated 2 days ago • 1 minute read
The Ontario Medical Association wants standalone not-for-profit surgical centres to be used to clear the province’s backlog. It’s a good idea but it won’t be the short-term solution Ontario needs, writes Brian Lilley.
The Ontario Medical Association wants standalone not-for-profit surgical centres to be used to clear the province’s backlog. It’s a good idea but it won’t be the short-term solution Ontario needs, writes Brian Lilley.
The number of patients who died while waiting for surgery increased 49%, according to a year-over-year comparison ending on March 31, 2023.


SecondStreet.org found 2,096 died while on surgery waiting lists in the fiscal year running from April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023, compared to 1,417 in the previous fiscal year — April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022.


“Government data shows that despite spending more and more money, there has been a steady increase in waiting list deaths in Ontario over the past seven years,” said SecondStreet.org President Colin Craig in a statement.

“Some will blame this on COVID, but health care in Ontario was in a crisis situation long before COVID. We’re seeing some positive health reform in the province, but there’s more work to do.”

SecondStreet.org has been researching waiting list deaths across Canada since 2020 and recently won a challenge with Ontario’s Information Commissioner to force Ontario Health to release more data on waiting list deaths.


“The Ontario government’s decision to partner with private clinics is a positive step that could help address this problem,” Craig said in a statement.

“When Saskatchewan partnered with private clinics, their wait times went down substantially. Ontario could also let patients choose between using the public system or paying for health care at non-profit and private clinics. That would take pressure off the public system and would save patients from having to drive to Quebec or the United States for timely treatment.”

The same data shows deaths of those waiting for a diagnostic scan (MRI/CT) are up 27%, according to the same year-over-year comparisons.

SecondStreet.org launched in 2019 to focus on researching how government policies affect everyday Canadians.
 

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Another possible solution is to require surgeons to have the same qualifications as politicians.

Might not do the success/survival rate much good, but wait times will plummet!
 

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Lolita the orca dies at Miami Seaquarium after half century in captivity
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Published Aug 18, 2023 • 1 minute read

MIAMI — Lolita, an orca whale held captive for more than a half-century, died Friday at the Miami Seaquarium as caregivers prepared to move her from the theme park in the near future.


The Seaquarium posted on social media that Lolita — also known as Tokitae, or Toki — started exhibiting serious signs of discomfort over the past two days. Seaquarium and Friends of Toki medical team began treating immediately and aggressively, but the 57-year-old orca died from an apparent renal condition, the social media post said.


“Toki was an inspiration to all who had the fortune to hear her story and especially to the Lummi nation that considered her family,” the Seaquarium post said. “Those who have had the privilege to spend time with her will forever remember her beautiful spirit.”

Animal rights activists have been fighting for years to have Lolita freed from her tank at the Miami Seaquarium. The park’s relatively new owner, The Dolphin Company, and the nonprofit Friends of Toki announced a plan in March to possibly move her to a natural sea pen in the Pacific Northwest, with the financial backing of Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay.

Lolita retired from performing last spring as a condition of the park’s new exhibitor’s license with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She’s not been publicly displayed since. In recent months, new upgrades had been installed to better filter the pool and regulate her water temperature.

Federal and state regulators would have had to approve any plan to move Lolita, and that could have taken months or years. The 5,000-pound (2,267-kilogram) had been living for years in a tank that measures 80 feet by 35 feet (24 meters by 11 meters) and is 20 feet (6 meters) deep.
 

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Phil Lind, who helped build Rogers as a director and executive, dies at 80
Lind joined the company in 1969 as programming chief

Author of the article:Canadian Press
Canadian Press
Published Aug 21, 2023 • 2 minute read

Phil Lind, who helped build Rogers Communications Inc. as an executive and board member, died Sunday on his 80th birthday.


Rogers chair Edward Rogers said Lind worked for Rogers for 54 years, including nearly 40 with his father and helped build the company into a telecom and media powerhouse.


“He has been involved in every key decision in the company’s history and we are forever grateful for his countless contributions,” he said in a statement.

“Phil has been a constant steady force for over five decades. We will miss his deep devotion, relentless determination, and sage counsel.”

Lind joined the company in 1969 as programming chief when it owned two radio stations and had about 10,000 cable subscribers.

He went on to become a key adviser to Ted Rogers and serve in various positions including senior vice-president of programming and planning.


Lind, who was most recently vice-chair of the board, was also a member of the advisory committee to the Rogers Control Trust, which controls the company.

Former prime minister Brian Mulroney said Lind’s death represents “a great loss for Canada.”

“Phil was a true pioneer in Canada’s cable and wireless industry and he left an indelible mark on our country. His success in business was only matched by his passion for the arts and a deep obligation to his country through his many philanthropic endeavours,” he said in a statement on Sunday.

“Canada lost a great leader today.”

The company said Lind played “an integral role in every major transaction” in Rogers’ history, right up to its $26 billion deal to acquire Shaw Communications Inc., which was completed in April.


It described Lind as “a tireless advocate for multilingual, multicultural and specialty programming,” adding he championed Canada’s independent film and television sector, founded CPAC, and was “the driving force” behind Rogers’ acquisition of both Sportsnet and the Toronto Blue Jays.

“Phil was truly a great businessman, passionate sports fan, and a strong advocate for the Blue Jays within Major League Baseball,” said the team’s president emeritus Paul Beeston.

“He understood the value of sports and was instrumental in keeping the team in Canada along with Ted Rogers. He was a great friend and colleague who will be deeply missed.”

Rogers Sports and Media president Colette Watson said the company lost “a cable giant and legend.”

“Beyond his long list of business accomplishments, Phil was a fierce advocate for the advancement of women,” she said in a statement.

“He was progressive in his views, and I personally owe my entire career to him for his mentorship, his guidance and his tutelage. Phil believed strongly in the power of multiple voices and the importance of the democratic process. He used his role and his influence to create positive change in our country.”
 

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Phil Lind, who helped build Rogers as a director and executive, dies at 80
Lind joined the company in 1969 as programming chief

Author of the article:Canadian Press
Canadian Press
Published Aug 21, 2023 • 2 minute read

Phil Lind, who helped build Rogers Communications Inc. as an executive and board member, died Sunday on his 80th birthday.


Rogers chair Edward Rogers said Lind worked for Rogers for 54 years, including nearly 40 with his father and helped build the company into a telecom and media powerhouse.


“He has been involved in every key decision in the company’s history and we are forever grateful for his countless contributions,” he said in a statement.

“Phil has been a constant steady force for over five decades. We will miss his deep devotion, relentless determination, and sage counsel.”

Lind joined the company in 1969 as programming chief when it owned two radio stations and had about 10,000 cable subscribers.

He went on to become a key adviser to Ted Rogers and serve in various positions including senior vice-president of programming and planning.


Lind, who was most recently vice-chair of the board, was also a member of the advisory committee to the Rogers Control Trust, which controls the company.

Former prime minister Brian Mulroney said Lind’s death represents “a great loss for Canada.”

“Phil was a true pioneer in Canada’s cable and wireless industry and he left an indelible mark on our country. His success in business was only matched by his passion for the arts and a deep obligation to his country through his many philanthropic endeavours,” he said in a statement on Sunday.

“Canada lost a great leader today.”

The company said Lind played “an integral role in every major transaction” in Rogers’ history, right up to its $26 billion deal to acquire Shaw Communications Inc., which was completed in April.


It described Lind as “a tireless advocate for multilingual, multicultural and specialty programming,” adding he championed Canada’s independent film and television sector, founded CPAC, and was “the driving force” behind Rogers’ acquisition of both Sportsnet and the Toronto Blue Jays.

“Phil was truly a great businessman, passionate sports fan, and a strong advocate for the Blue Jays within Major League Baseball,” said the team’s president emeritus Paul Beeston.

“He understood the value of sports and was instrumental in keeping the team in Canada along with Ted Rogers. He was a great friend and colleague who will be deeply missed.”

Rogers Sports and Media president Colette Watson said the company lost “a cable giant and legend.”

“Beyond his long list of business accomplishments, Phil was a fierce advocate for the advancement of women,” she said in a statement.

“He was progressive in his views, and I personally owe my entire career to him for his mentorship, his guidance and his tutelage. Phil believed strongly in the power of multiple voices and the importance of the democratic process. He used his role and his influence to create positive change in our country.”
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Town of Goderich mourns second mayor in one year
Local politicians are faced with filling their leader's shoes for the second time in a year

Author of the article:Calvi Leon
Published Aug 19, 2023 • Last updated 1 day ago • 3 minute read

As tributes pour in for their late mayor, Goderich politicians are faced with filling their leader’s shoes for the second time in a year.


Two mayors have died in office in the Lake Huron town since last summer, including 73-year-old Myles Murdock, who died Friday following a battle with cancer.


Murdock’s death came almost exactly a year after former mayor John Grace died in a boating incident at his family’s fishing resort on Aug. 9, 2022.

A native of Goderich, Murdock served two terms in civic office as councillor and one as deputy mayor before being elected mayor last fall.

Deputy Mayor Trevor Bazinet said he will assume the role of acting mayor until council decides how to fill the mayoral vacancy.

Councillors will fill Murdock’s position either by electing a colleague — likely Bazinet — or by holding a byelection, he said.

“Let’s say I was appointed. Then the deputy mayor position becomes open,” Bazinet said. “So council can appoint a new deputy mayor or go with another election and then that seat would become vacant for a councillor position.”


Bazinet said council will hold off announcing its plans until after Murdock’s funeral Aug. 28, out of respect. He said it’s difficult speaking about future plans because he and Murdock were so close.

“I knew about the health issues, but this one still hurts. It’s a punch to the stomach,” Bazinet said.


“He was more than just a colleague to me. He was my teacher in high school and he was my coach in high school basketball. We developed a friendship like no other.”

A husband and father to one, Murdock was diagnosed with stomach cancer in January and had just finished radiation therapy, Bazinet said. He’d been admitted to hospital with pneumonia shortly before his death.

Murdock is remembered by colleagues, town officials and community members as a dedicated leader who worked hard to tackle issues facing the town of 8,000.


“Myles had so much passion for Goderich, he pushed all of us to be better and think bigger; this year’s vibrancy is because of his efforts to inspire,” the Goderich Business Improvement Area wrote on Facebook.

Added Mayor Jim Gin of Central Huron, in a statement released by the neighbouring municipality, “Myles spent his professional and political career focused on the betterment of others.”

The two were close friends for more than 40 years. “I’m very grateful for the years spent with Myles, both personally and professionally,” Gin said, adding Murdock will be “dearly missed.”

Murdock was admired for his mentorship during his more than 40 years as a high school teacher and coach.

“Mr. Murdock was a great teacher and could always be seen out in the community supporting the town and our youth,” one person wrote on Facebook in response to a post announcing his death.


Wrote another former student: “He will always hold a special place in my heart as my favourite high school basketball coach and teacher — tough and soft all in one package.”


Several Huron County municipal buildings and schools will lower their flags to half-mast to honour Murdock.

Describing Murdock as irreplaceable, Bazinet said he and council will work hard to continue his legacy.

“He’s influenced others in his life to get involved in the community. For a person like myself, other council members and people in the community, they know when we lose someone like a Myles Murdock, that people need to start stepping up.”

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Four die in fall from scissor lift at home under construction in Quebec
The two older victims -- a 53-year-old woman and a 60-year-old man -- were the parents of one of the younger ones

Author of the article:Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press
Published Aug 20, 2023 • Last updated 1 day ago • 2 minute read

A rural community in Quebec’s Bas-St-Laurent region was in mourning on Monday after four family members died in a tragic home construction accident over the weekend.


Investigators said two men and two women were atop a scissor lift around 4 p.m. on Saturday in St-Léandre when the device toppled for an unknown reason.


Sixty-year-old Marco Roy and his partner Jocelyne Bouchard, 53, were killed, as were Émerik Chénard, 27, and his partner Kim Blouin, 24.

Police said the older two victims came from Rivière-du-Loup and that the younger two were from St-Léandre, a town of less than 400 people just southwest of Matane.

St-Léandre Mayor Steve Castonguay said on Facebook that the entire town is in shock and is mourning the victims.

“There are no words to express the pain of this tragedy that takes our breath away,” the mayor’s message said.

“The municipality of St-Léandre is in shock. We can only stand in solidarity with the families affected and face this tragedy with courage and resilience.”


Parti Québécois MNA Pascal Bérubé, whose riding includes the town of St-Léandre, expressed his condolences to the Maridel dairy farm, which has been owned by the Blouin family for several generations.



“My thoughts are with the family and loved ones,” he said, posting a group photo from his visit to the farm a year ago.

Several neighbouring towns and agricultural organizations also expressed condolences on social media, including the Institut de technologie agroalimentaire du Québec, which said Blouin had graduated from its college-level agricultural management program in 2019.

The Fondation de la santé de Rivière du Loup, a heath-care foundation, said Roy was a former board member, and praised both him and Bouchard as “beautiful, sweet and generous people.”

The couple were also avid salsa dancers who were well known in the local latin dance community, according to an online post by Salsa Rivière-du-Loup.

The Sûreté du Québec said the victims fell several metres when the construction lift toppled over. Chenard was declared dead at the scene, while the other three were taken to hospital but did not survive their injuries.

A police spokesperson said Monday that the force has no further information on what caused the equipment failure. The Quebec coroner’s office is also investigating the deaths, and the Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST) was advised of the event.
 

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Four die in fall from scissor lift at home under construction in Quebec
The two older victims -- a 53-year-old woman and a 60-year-old man -- were the parents of one of the younger ones

Author of the article:Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press
Published Aug 20, 2023 • Last updated 1 day ago • 2 minute read

A rural community in Quebec’s Bas-St-Laurent region was in mourning on Monday after four family members died in a tragic home construction accident over the weekend.


Investigators said two men and two women were atop a scissor lift around 4 p.m. on Saturday in St-Léandre when the device toppled for an unknown reason.


Sixty-year-old Marco Roy and his partner Jocelyne Bouchard, 53, were killed, as were Émerik Chénard, 27, and his partner Kim Blouin, 24.

Police said the older two victims came from Rivière-du-Loup and that the younger two were from St-Léandre, a town of less than 400 people just southwest of Matane.

St-Léandre Mayor Steve Castonguay said on Facebook that the entire town is in shock and is mourning the victims.

“There are no words to express the pain of this tragedy that takes our breath away,” the mayor’s message said.

“The municipality of St-Léandre is in shock. We can only stand in solidarity with the families affected and face this tragedy with courage and resilience.”


Parti Québécois MNA Pascal Bérubé, whose riding includes the town of St-Léandre, expressed his condolences to the Maridel dairy farm, which has been owned by the Blouin family for several generations.



“My thoughts are with the family and loved ones,” he said, posting a group photo from his visit to the farm a year ago.

Several neighbouring towns and agricultural organizations also expressed condolences on social media, including the Institut de technologie agroalimentaire du Québec, which said Blouin had graduated from its college-level agricultural management program in 2019.

The Fondation de la santé de Rivière du Loup, a heath-care foundation, said Roy was a former board member, and praised both him and Bouchard as “beautiful, sweet and generous people.”

The couple were also avid salsa dancers who were well known in the local latin dance community, according to an online post by Salsa Rivière-du-Loup.

The Sûreté du Québec said the victims fell several metres when the construction lift toppled over. Chenard was declared dead at the scene, while the other three were taken to hospital but did not survive their injuries.

A police spokesperson said Monday that the force has no further information on what caused the equipment failure. The Quebec coroner’s office is also investigating the deaths, and the Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST) was advised of the event.
yeah, i don't know what a scissor lift is either.
 

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Do we know what they were doing on top of the lift?
could be they were trying to escape that dairy air, when suddenly someone's derriere let something escape putting them above that low exposure limit at which point there just wasn't enough O2 for all of them and well, you know, sh!t happens.
 

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Peacock adored by Las Vegas neighborhood fatally shot by bow and arrow
Author of the article:Associated Press
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Published Aug 25, 2023 • 1 minute read
Pete the Peacock
Pete the Peacock was killed in Las Vegas.
LAS VEGAS — A beloved Las Vegas neighborhood peacock was killed with a hunter’s bow and arrow, and authorities are trying to find who was behind it.


Animal Protection Services officers are investigating the death of Pete the peacock, a pet that belonged to a resident in a gated neighborhood, KVVU-TV reported Thursday.


Felicity Carter, a neighbor, told the TV station that she found the bird against a fence with an arrow sticking out of him. She then took him to a veterinarian who specializes in exotic pets.

She said the staff rushed to treat him, even looking into getting a blood transfusion from another peacock. They found Pete had actually been shot twice.

“This was just such a senseless crime, and I don’t understand how anybody can just be so morbid and just shoot a defenseless animal,” Carter said.

Several neighbors say they are heartbroken. They loved to feed the bird or just watch him strut.

The neighborhood’s homeowners association sent out an email asking residents to check their surveillance cameras for any video footage that could help catch the killer.

In Las Vegas, animal cruelty is a misdemeanor offense with a penalty of up to six months in jail and a maximum $1,000 fine.