Easter reminder: It’s illegal to buy, sell or dye chicks, ducklings, baby rabbits in San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO – While chicks, ducklings and baby rabbits could make your Easter celebration cuter, it is illegal to buy, sell or dye them in San Antonio. Animal Care Services is reminding locals that the sale of baby animals as holiday novelties is illegal in San Antonio. “It is illegal for any person to sell or offer for sale, barter, lease, rent or give away baby chicks or ducklings or rabbits less than 8 weeks old as pets or novelties,” the city’s animal laws state. It’s also against the law to dye or stain baby chicks, ducklings or rabbits, or even have animals that have been colored, according to ACS. The only exception to the “Easter animal” law applies to licensed hatcheries or businesses raising the animals for commercial purposes.
Big cats seized from Bexar County home were not properly cared for, San Antonio zoo says
Fish & Wildlife are investigating the recent cases involving big cats seized and spotted in Bexar County-area neighborhoods this month. The big cats taken by authorities were not in good health, said Tim Morrow, president and CEO of the San Antonio Zoo. That’s not normal.”AdThe animals will be cared for by the San Antonio Zoo until they are sent to an animal sanctuary, Morrow said. A month ago, a tiger cub was also taken from a home in southwest Bexar County. If enacted, the bill would make it illegal to own tiger petting facilities and exotic big cats.
Dog reunited with family thanks to ACS Facebook volunteers; here’s how you can help other lost pets
SAN ANTONIO – Animal Care Services announced a new program on Monday to help reunite pet owners with lost animals by using the power of social media. ACS officials are calling the effort “The ACS Lost & Found Pet Network,” a closed Facebook group that reviews digital flyers of pets brought into the municipal shelter and cross-referenced with the pets in the care of ACS staff. Gypsy’s family was able to send the group a message and was reunited with her, marking the group’s first successful reunion. Ad“Gypsy is our first official reunion and we’re thrilled, said Lisa Norwood, ACS’ public relations and outreach manager. Currently, the group has close to 100 members, however, the group is always looking for new partners.
Elsa, the tiger rescued in Bexar County, now at home in Northeast Texas sanctuary
She has settled in, she’s comfortable, she’s playing, she’s exploring.”The six-month-old cub, weighing 79 pounds, also is now on a proper diet with more of the nutrients she needs. Almrud said she’s just grateful that Elsa was rescued just as frigid weather was bearing down. Although it’s illegal to have a tiger in Bexar County, the people who had Elsa only face a misdemeanor. In Texas, SB 641 will be re-introduced this year that was stalled in committee during the last legislative session. She said it would prohibit the private possession of dangerous wild animals that is still legal in much of Texas.
ACS rescued 200 pets from the cold last week and now looking for their owners
The city's Animal Care Services is looking to find homes or the owners for hundreds of animals it rescued during last week's severe winter weather. Shannon Simms, the director of ACS, said the city shelter rescued about 200 animals. ACS typically does not deliver pets to owners but made an exception last week. Owners looking for their pets can first visit the ACS website to find photos of all of the animals in the shelter's care. Norwood said pet owners may have to wait upon arrival because the shelter is only accepting visits by appointment due to the pandemic.mysanantonio.com
200 animals rescued from winter storm by San Antonio Animal Care Services ready for adoption
click to enlarge Pexels / Aloïs MoubaxIn the wake of last week’s history-making winter storm, some 200 animals have been placed in the adoption system in San Antonio, awaiting a new life.San Antonio Animal Care Services Interim Director Shannon Sims told local TV station KENS5 Tuesday that ACS staff braved record-breaking weather conditions to rescue animals left in the cold. "Getting from one call to the next was pretty perilous and painstaking," Sims told KENS5. I would say probably about 70% of those were associated with some sort of lack of shelter.”In the most dire instances, ACS crews found animals chained up in the snow with no food, their only source of water frozen solid. In such cases, crews can legally remove the animal, because they know it will otherwise die.The 200 animals rescued during the winter storm are now awaiting adoption into forever homes. "With a little bit of love and care, these animals turn into great adoptable pets," Sims told KENS5.sacurrent.com
San Antonio Animal Care Services shares cold weather preparations
Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty ImagesWhenever freezing temperatures make their way to San Antonio, we always hear about the four Ps — people, pipes, plants and pets. City of San Antonio Animal Care Services want residents to put an emphasis on protecting pets from the incoming cold weather. With low temperatures forecast to be in the 20s, ACS has a warning for pet parents, "Violators face zero tolerance during extreme weather events. So how can you protect your pets from the frigid weather? Purchase an insulated doghouse or build a protective enclosure that shields your pet from the elements and gives them a safe, warm place to rest," ACS said in a press release.mysanantonio.com
Affidavit: Man arrested after allegedly strangling dog to death, saying it 'died from depression'
A 40-year-old man accused of strangling his dog to death told officials the pet died from depression, according to an arrest affidavit. On Aug. 8, Rose's neighbors saw him carrying his dog Rocky but it appeared to be dead, the affidavit said. When asked about it, Rose told his neighbors the dog died after taking it for a walk one last time. Rose told ACS the dog "died from depression" and was unsure how it died, the affidavit said. An autopsy performed a month later determined the dog had died from mechanical asphyxia due to strangulation, according to the affidavit.mysanantonio.com
Biogen Agrees To Pay $22 Million To Resolve Alleged False Claims Act Liability For Paying Kickbacks
Biogen sells Avonex and Tysabri, which are approved for treatment of multiple sclerosis. As part of the scheme, Biogen identified for its vendor, Advanced Care Scripts (ACS), certain patients in Biogen’s Avonex or Tysabri free drug program. Medicare paid the remaining portion of the patients’ Avonex or Tysabri claims. The government alleged that Biogen engaged in this conduct in the first quarter of 2011 for certain Avonex patients, and in the second and third quarters of 2012 and 2013 for certain Tysabri patients. In a separate settlement announced today, ACS has agreed to pay $1.4 million to resolve its role in the above-referenced conduct.justice.gov
Man at South Side home where 135 roosters, hens were discovered is facing a weapons charge
On Tuesday, San Antonio police executed search warrants at both homes located in the 300 block of W. Ansley Boulevard. FIND OUT FIRST: Get San Antonio breaking news directly to your inboxSims said most of the roosters and hens are in good condition, which is not uncommon with fighting roosters. According to Sims, roosters are housed in San Antonio before taken to rural areas for fights. ACS spokeswoman Lisa Norwood said the South Side properties had "no legal means for those numbers" of roosters and hens. San Antonio police and ACS did not say if arrests were made in connection with the birds found at the homes.mysanantonio.com
San Antonio dog gets 'emotional' reunion with owner after 7 years
Animal Care ServicesA local dog was reunited with its owner after nearly seven years thanks to the "power of a microchip," according to a recent Facebook post from Animal Care Services (ACS). ACS stated in its Monday post that a stray named Honey entered the shelter last week. Employees found a microchip on Honey, showing him registered to someone who adopted him years ago.mysanantonio.com
Animal Care Services rescues fox found on top of a cabinet at San Antonio College
Animal Care Services officers rescued a fox that was found perched on top of a cabinet in an office at San Antonio College last week. The fox made its way into the ceiling vents to get into the Moody Learning Center, ACS said in a Facebook post on Monday. The fox was then transported the animal to Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation, Inc. for further examination. Once cleared as healthy, ACS released the fox at Brackenridge Park at the request of the staff at Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation. ACS said to expect to see more wildlife as the weather gets cooler and warns to maintain a safe distance.mysanantonio.com
San Antonio's Animal Care Services reaches 92% live-release rate, the highest in its history
click to enlarge Unsplash / Jamie StreetSan Antonio has gone to the dogs — in a good way.Last week, officials with San Antonio's Animal Care Services (ACS) said it ended its fiscal year with the highest live-release rate for animals in its history, KSAT reports Officials also told the station that the 92% live-release rate makes ACS one of the "most successful animal shelters" in the state.The live-release percentage is calculated using the total of all pets that are adopted, rescued, transferred to another shelter or returned to their owners after being lost.The numbers aren't insignificant, either. ACS adopted out more than 6,000 pets last fiscal year and helped save an additional 10,597 animals through partnerships with rescues and sister shelters, according to officials.Officials also said that out of the 27,194 animals brought to the shelter, 2,204 were euthanized, the lowest rate in the shelter's history.sacurrent.com
ACS looking for individual who left kitten to drown in San Antonio River
Investigators from the city's Animal Care Services are searching for the person who tossed a kitten into the San Antonio River last month to drown. According to a news release, ACS said a resident was feeding birds by the Aresenal Bridge, located at 479-499 E. Arsenal St., on Sept. 22 when they saw an unidentified person get out of a car and throw a purple soft-sided pet crate into the river below before speeding away.mysanantonio.com
Dog dumped in front of San Antonio Animal Care Services caught on camera
SAN ANTONIO Surveillance cameras at the City of San Antonio Animal Care Services building caught a small dog being dumped in front of the building this week, according to shelter officials. The dog, which the staff named Flash, was seen running around the parking lot before running onto the freeway officials said. ACS officials checked the surveillance camera footage and saw Flash had been dumped outside the shelter. Flash tried to follow that person driving away, which is when we noticed him running around our parking lot, officials said in a Facebook post. Wed like to encourage those seeking assistance with a pet to please reach out to us before giving up.Dumping a pet is never the answer, officials said.
ACS Asking San Antonio Residents to Donate Blankets to Keep Animals Warm
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San Antonio's Animal Care Services Celebrates the New Year with a Car Dealership-esque Adoption Deal
New year new mew.The City of San Antonio's Animal Care Services (ACS) is advertising a deal for anyone who's resolved to make new friends this year. From local politics and culture to national news that hits close to home, San Antonio Current has been keeping San Antonio informed for years. Its never been more important to support local news sources. If quality journalism is important to you, please consider a donation to San Antonio Current. Every reader contribution is valuable and so appreciated, and goes directly to support our coverage of critical issues and neighborhood culture.sacurrent.com
Adopt UFOs (cats, dogs) for $15 or less this weekend at Animal Care Services
SAN ANTONIO - City of San Antonio Animal Care Services is offering an adoption special for UFOs (Unquestionably Furry Occupants). Dogs will be available for adoption for just $15, and cat adoption fees will drop to just $5 Friday through Sunday. The adopt-a-thon is spoofing the "Storm Area 51" event, which went viral on social media for jokingly urging people to take over the military facility in Nevada where conspiracy theorists say aliens and their spaceships are held. Shelter pets are out of this world," said ACS live-release manager Bethany Colonnese. All pets are available on a first-come, first-served basis and will have already been vaccinated, dewormed, sterilized, and implanted with a microchip.
How to get involved through community service in San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO - This article is sponsored by Martinez & Associates. San Antonio is a great place to volunteer and there are several opportunities for residents to get involved in activities that will enhance our community. City of San Antonio Development ServicesDo you have a calling to help make the city beautiful? San Antonio Food BankThe SAFB serves 58,000 people each week and distributes 74,000,000 meals each year. If you're in a group or an individual, there are many opportunities to volunteer the San Antonio Food Bank.