But the Stray Cat That Had Peanut Butter Container Stuck On its Head Gives Birth to Four Kittens
TUESDAY, March 21, 2017 – A cat saved from a peanut-butter-container predicament on Monday never recovered from her gravely ill situation. But she presented shelter employees with a surprise Tuesday morning.
Riverside County Animal Services officer Carra Mathewson responded to a concerned resident’s plea for assistance Monday afternoon. The resident, Alyssa Cline, and her nephew, discovered the cat in their yard with a plastic, peanut butter container stuck on its head.
Officer Mathewson used a handheld, mechanical tool to remove the jar without injuring the cat. Unfortunately, she discovered that the cat was badly infested with maggots and rushed the cat to the San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus where her veterinary colleagues examined and treated the cat. They nicknamed her Skippy.
Unfortunately, Skippy’s health continued to deteriorate. Despite her worsening condition, she gave birth to four kittens.
Skinny Feline Now Receiving Veterinary Treatment
MONDAY, March 20, 2017 – A Riverside County Animal Services officer rescued a skinny cat that had got its head stuck inside a plastic peanut butter container.
Officer Carra Mathewson rushed to a home in the unincorporated community of Homeland Monday afternoon where she met with two concerned residents. One of the residents, Alyssa Cline, tried to use a pair of scissors on the thick container, but her scissors broke.
“The officer came in and saved the day,” Cline said in a telephone interview. “She got here so fast and she got that jar off like it was nothing.”
Ms. Cline, 23, said her nephew had initially spotted the cat near their property. “He told me, ‘look at this silly cat – it’s got its head stuck.’ I’m definitely an animal lover, so I wanted to help. I didn’t think it was cute. I need to get out and help that cat right away. I did not want the cat to die. I didn’t think it could hang on much longer.”
She and her nephew, Charlie Isaac Delarosa, managed to wrangle the cat and place it inside a crate in their garage of the home located on Ritter Avenue near McWade Avenue. That’s when Alyssa Cline tried to use her scissors to no avail. But Officer Mathewson showed up with some heavier-duty equipment she keeps at the ready: a Leatherman, multi-tool device.
Animal Control Officer Gets Great Help from Locals
FRIDAY, MARCH 3, 2017 – A Riverside tire shop crew played a major role in helping an animal control
officer save a dog from drowning on a rainy day earlier this week (Monday Feb. 27).
A crew member at CT (Cali Touch) Motorsports contacted Riverside County Animal Services after school children told them that a small dog slipped down a storm drain into a deep wash at the corner of Cypress Avenue and Wohlstetter Street.
Officer John Hergendreder arrived and immediately realized the situation was a tough one. The female Chihuahua was trapped on an island of debris inside the storm channel, but both sides of the wash had high safety fences. The walls of the wash were about 15 feet high and did not feature concrete ramps that would give him an easier way to reach the dog.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2017 – The following information is provided to our county residents as an FYI. The information is from the California Department of Food and Agriculture.
The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) reported (on Mon 13 Feb 2017) that a horse from San Diego County, which was previously stabled at the HITS show grounds, in Thermal, California, tested positive for equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1).
A 10-year-old Warmblood gelding in San Diego County displaying neurologic signs of urine dribbling and hind-limb ataxia (incoordination) was confirmed positive for equine herpesvirus-1 by the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory, the state's regulatory laboratory," the department said in a statement. "Based on the clinical signs and positive laboratory test, this horse meets the case definition for equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy (EHM), a condition which requires regulatory action.”
MONDAY, JAN. 30, 2017 – A woman suffered severe injuries after a friend’s dog attacked her early Sunday (Jan. 29) morning.
The attacked happened at about 6:30 a.m. in the 4600 block of Filly Lane in the city of Jurupa Valley. The victim, a 42-year-old woman, is a friend of the dog owner. For some unknown reason, the dog attacked her and would not let go.
As the attacked continued, the owner of the dog grabbed a shovel. Unfortunately, the owner may have accidentally hit the victim over the head with the shovel, instead of his dog. Eventually the dog released her. The victim suffered lacerations to her right arm and a serious wound on her head.
She remains hospitalized at a Riverside-area hospital. The victim tried to take herself to the hospital, but pulled over at a small market and called a nearby friend to help her.
As many of you know, Friday (Jan. 20) featured a powerful storm that was dumping rain all over Southern California. Hard rain. Sometimes it came down in buckets.
At about 2:30 p.m. on Friday, we received a call from the Riverside County sheriff's department about two horses stuck in the mud in the Woodcrest area. Two animal control officers responded, followed by a third officer. The horses were found in a corral with water rushing through, essentially dividing the corral in half.
The ...fencing around the property had fallen down and water was eroding the ground around the animals at an alarming rate.
We made contact with the horses' owner who arrived to the scene. The three officers and the owner made their way to the animals, although that was not the easiest task because the officers were forced to wade through waist-deep muddy water in one spot.
FRIDAY, JAN. 20, 2016 – Animal control officers responded to a cattle-truck crash south of Blythe on Thursday (Jan. 19) and helped round up injured and a few loose heifers.
The crash happened at about 11:30 a.m. on Highway 78, near Ludy Boulevard, in an area south of the Blythe city limits. Thirty-seven cattle died in the wreck.
“It was probably the worst I’ve seen,” said Lt. Oliver White, an officer based out of Riverside County Animal Services’ Blythe Animal Shelter. “We’ve never dealt with a cow truck accident – something I’ve been saying for 10 years – but knew was bound to happen. It was just a matter when, because so many cows come through here.”
California Highway Patrol responded to the wreck first. Then a call went in to Riverside County Animal Services and Lt. White and officer Justin Mays arrived to assist. According to the CHP incident log, the truck had overturned. The cause of the accident is being investigated by the CHP.