67dead cats removed from a squalorous home in upstate New York
99live cats also removed from the grisly scene by local authorities
The details of this deeply sad tale are pretty unpleasant, be warned — Sheriff’s deputies responded to a neighbor’s complaint about a foul odor of cat urine and feces wafting from the home, only to find a bevy of living cats stacked in crates all the way to the ceiling, and the dead cats wrapped in plastic bags packed into the freezer. This is a horrible story, and one that particularly tugs on our hearts as animal lovers — charges are reportedly being weighed against the owner, who a worker at the animal shelter that has taken in the 99 survivors said had “a hoarder mentality.” source
» The secret world of cats: A test of the National Geographic Society’s Crittercam program, run by the University of Georgia, showed a couple of interesting things about kitties that we didn’t already know about — that, given the opportunity to go outside, they will kill, but they may not bring their prey back with them (something that happens only 23 percent of the time). “The results were certainly surprising, if not startling,” said the University of Georgia’s Kerrie Anne Loyd, in the understatement of the year. The study has prompted American Bird Conservancy president Dr. George Fenwick to estimate four billion animals per year — and 500 million birds alone — are killed by cats, whether domestic or feral. “Cat predation is one of the reasons why one in three American bird species are in decline,” Fenwick claims. That’s right, it’s Kitty’s fault.
pantslessprogressive said: The alleged news here is that, according to the BG, a woman has come forward saying she received dirty pictures. I say we should see the email exchanges from this AOL account.
» SFB says: Yeah, I’m not exactly trusting the info here. Who knows — maybe they’re not bluffing and they actually have something. But if they’re just showing pictures of cats and we’re hearing the background from Breitbart vs. a more-trustworthy source, it’s hard to get behind this. — Ernie @ SFB
Julian assange asserts his human dominance: So says German author Daniel Domscheit-Berg, writing in his new book about his experiences with WikiLeaks and Assange. Domscheit-Berg claims that while Assange stayed with him in 2009, the silver-haired Australian began to abuse and battle his tomcat, which is adorably named Herr Schmidt. “Julian would constantly attack the animal. He would spread out his fingers like a fork and grab the cat’s throat,” the upcoming book says. Assange does have a built-in excuse for this abusive behavior, though, if he can only prove that this cat was a bastard. source