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Goleta Man Arrested for Alleged Animal Cruelty

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Santa Barbara – 21-year-old Kyle Barbre of Goleta was arrested today, June 21, 2016, and booked at the Santa Barbara County Jail on a charge of Animal Cruelty. The arrest comes after an investigation by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office and Santa Barbara County Animal Services into allegations that Barbre had fatally injured his recently adopted, one-year-old Chihuahua dog named Floyd.

On May 23, 2016, an Animal Rescue Team representative received information about the alleged crime which had reportedly occurred around noon that day, The Animal Rescue Team representative called 911 at approximately 7:30 p.m. to report the incident. Santa Barbara County Animal Services personnel responded and initiated an animal cruelty investigation. The deceased dog’s remains were recovered and a necropsy was conducted. Due to the fact the animal was recently adopted through Santa Barbara County Animal Services on April 5, 2016, the agency requested the Sheriff’s Office take over as the lead investigative agency.

The Sheriff’s Office conducted a thorough investigation and based on the evidence obtained, detectives secured an arrest warrant. Today, at approximately 1:30 p.m., they contacted Barbre at his place of employment. He was transported back to the Sheriff’s Office, interviewed and then booked at the Santa Barbara County Jail for Animal Cruelty. Barbre is being held on $100,000 bail.

Coyote Rescue.

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Injured Coyote Gives Rescuers A Beautiful Surprise.

Recently, Animal Rescue Team received a call about an animal that shouldn’t have even been alive. The blind female coyote they met had suffered a gunshot to the head, accidental poisoning, a 30-foot fall into a dried-out riverbed, and dehydration.

The fact that she was alive at all was amazing in and of itself. But what happened after A.R.T brought her home was even more amazing…

When Animal Rescue Team workers brought her in, the coyote was in rough shape. The gunshot wound made her instantly go blind,
which led to her ingesting rat poison, falling into a riverbed, and becoming dehydrated.

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Rescuers immediately performed CPR on the coyote to keep her alive and miraculously, she survived the trip to their facility.
However, this wouldn’t be the only miracle the A.R.T staff would witness.

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Not long after A.R.T brought the coyote to safety, workers opened her pen one morning and
were astonished to find that she had given birth to four healthy baby coyotes!

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The pups will stay with their mother until they’re strong enough to survive in the wild on their own.

“Although she remains blind, she is the best mother we have ever witnessed,” the group posted on Facebook.

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The mother coyote, on the other hand, will stay with the rescue team until she recovers.
Then, she’ll be moved to a wildlife sanctuary, where she’ll be able to live out the rest of her life in peace.

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This coyote has been through such an incredible chain of events in the last month.
And what’s even what makes it even more incredible is how she’s been able to care for her new pups during her recovery. 

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For updates of this courageous coyote and to learn more about work that Animal Rescue Team is doing with wild animals, visit their Facebook page.

Amazed by this coyote’s incredible journey? Share this article with your friends on Facebook.

Injured Coyote Gives Rescuers A Beautiful Surprise.

Bobcat Trapping

 Thanks to your three years of help, on August 5, 2015 the California Fish and Game Commission voted 3-2 in favor of adopting a statewide ban on the pelt trapping of bobcats. But a few procedural steps remained before the ban could officially take effect, and paperwork delays very nearly resulted in yet another year of trapping. Ban supporters were doing some white knuckling as the 2015/16 bobcat trapping season, originally scheduled to open on November 24, 2015 was fast approaching. Happily, the final hurdle was overcome last Friday when the Office of Administrative Law approved the ban with enough time for the prohibitions to go into effect on November 20, 2015. Congratulations to each and every State DFW permitted Wildlife rescuers, and rehab facilities, Project Coyote, Project Bobcat, locals of Joshua Tree, and 3 of our State Department of Fish & Game Commissioners who voted to ban this horrid cruel and inhumane pelt trade.
For the good word from the California Fish and Game Commission:
To read a summary of the last three years:
Project Bobcat is a non-funded volunteer organization, originally created to achieve a ban on the pelt trapping of bobcats in California. Because that goal has now been accomplished, please expect a short period of radio silence. However, we consider the welfare of our state’s bobcats to be an ongoing concern and Project Bobcat will resume posting as new issues emerge.
Attached are several images of local bobcats our team rescued, and raised as orphans. All bobcats have been returned to the wild. We refuse to share release sites publicly due to the high volume of poaching. This years drought heavily impacted ALL State wide native wildlife, as well as us boots on the ground rescue and rehabbers. For those of you who did support all our efforts, this is a time for celebration and Thanks.Thank you,

Julia J. Di Sieno
Animal Rescue Team, Inc.
Executive Director, co-founder
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Wild Animals left Abandoned!


Rodenticides Can Harm Wildlife

Rodenticides Can Harm Wildlife
updated: Apr 18, 2015, 5:03 PM

By Animal Rescue Team, Inc.

Throughout California, the use of poison baits to control rodents has injured and killed hundreds or thousands of wild animals and pets. Predatory and scavenging birds and mammals like owls, hawks, raccoons, bobcats, mountain lions, foxes, skunks and coyotes that eat dead or dying rodents that have consumed these baits will also be poisoned. Pets will also eat dead or dying rodents and unprotected bait.

The best way to control rodents and protect wildlife and pets is to use non-chemical means of rodent control, such as exclusion and sanitation, when possible. If rodenticides are used, it is important to protect both pets and wildlife by following the label directions of any rodent baits you purchase, and only purchasing those that are legal for the pest you are trying to control. Because of documented hazards to wildlife, pets and children, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation has restricted public access to some of these materials in California. As of July 1, 2014, rodenticide products containing the active ingredients brodifacoum, bromadiolone, difethialone and difenacoum are only to be used by licensed applicators (professional exterminators). Products containing these four chemicals should not be on any store shelves where consumers could buy them. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency additionally implemented a nationwide ban on consumer use of products that do not comply with safety requirements (www.epa.gov/pesticides/mice-and-rats/) in January 2015.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has also seen an increase in the number of strychnine-related wildlife losses in recent years. Strychnine is only legally used to control pocket gophers and must be placed underground in gopher burrows. Strychnine should not be used to control mice, rats or ground squirrels. Any above-ground use of strychnine may lead to unintentional poisoning of wildlife and pets, and may lead to enforcement action by CDFW, the appropriate County Agricultural Commissioner, or both.
Protect your wild neighbors, pets and children from accidental poisoning. Choose non-chemical pest control methods. If you must use pesticides, do so very carefully and follow all label directions.

How do rodent baits harm wildlife and pets?

It’s possible for wildlife and pets to consume the poison directly. However, it’s more common for some animals to receive a secondary exposure from anticoagulant rodenticides. A secondary exposure occurs when wildlife or pets consume dead or dying rodents that have eaten the rodent bait. Wildlife that can be affected by secondary poisoning include owls, hawks, eagles and mammals such as raccoons, foxes, bobcats, mountain lions and coyotes. Tertiary poisoning has also been documented, when two collared mountain lions died of anticoagulant ingestion after eating coyotes that had eaten poisoned rodents. Bromethalin is an acute poison and can kill wildlife that consume it. Several raccoons and skunks have died from eating bromethalin bait and it is critical that it either be used only indoors or in tamper-resistant bait stations.
How can I protect wildlife and pets, but still control rodent pests?
The most effective and safest ways to address rodent issues are through exclusion and sanitation. Seal off any rodent entrances to your home, remove debris from your yard and make pet food inaccessible to rodents. Traps can also be effective in removing rodent pests. If you use rodent bait, it is important to follow label directions carefully and immediately dispose of any rodent carcasses that result. Rodent baits with the active ingredients brodifacoum, bromadiolone, difethialone and difenacoum are very toxic and persistent and have been found widely in non-target wildlife. They are still legally available to professional exterminators, but to protect wildlife, please encourage those you employ to use other means of control.
Why are brodifacoum products so dangerous for wildlife and pets?
Brodifacoum, bromodialone, difenacoum and difethialone are toxic to rodents in a single feeding. However, the rodent will not die until several days after feeding and may continue to ingest more poison. The poison is then available to a predator or scavenger that eats the rodent. If the exposed rodent does not die, the poison can persist in its body for several months, and any animal that eats the rodent will ingest the poison.

How do these rodent baits work?

Brodifacoum, bromodialone, difenacoum and difethialone are second-generation anticoagulants. Warfarin, chlorophacinone and diphacinone are first-generation anticoagulant rodenticides. Both kinds of anticoagulant rodenticides work by preventing blood from clotting. Animals that ingest them die from internal hemorrhaging (bleeding) several days after ingesting the material. While the mechanism of all anticoagulants is similar, second-generation products (brodifacoum, bromadiolone, difenacoum and difethialone) are much more toxic and persistent, so they pose a much greater threat to non-target wildlife. Bromethalin and strychnine are neural toxicants. Cholecalciferol is an acute rodenticide that causes kidney failure.
How do you know rodent baits are poisoning wildlife?
Since 1994, CDFW’s Wildlife Investigation Laboratory has confirmed at least 400 cases of wildlife poisoning from anticoagulant rodent baits. Brodifacoum was the poison most frequently detected. Species harmed include coyote, gray fox, red fox, San Joaquin kit fox, fisher, raccoon, fox squirrel, bobcat, mountain lion, black bear, Hermann’s kangaroo rat, bald eagle, golden eagle, Canada goose, great-horned owl, barn owl, red-shouldered hawk, red-tailed hawk, Cooper’s hawk, turkey vulture and wild turkey.Since animals typically retreat to their dens, burrows or other hiding places in the final stages of anticoagulant poisoning, the number of non-target wildlife killed by these compounds is likely to be much greater than we know. Field monitoring of wild populations of bobcats, mountain lions, coyotes, San Joaquin kit foxes, fishers and raptors confirm widespread exposure to predatory and scavenging wildlife.
Can I control rodent pests without using poison baits?
Yes! The most effective rodent control program uses exclusion techniques (sealing the places where rodents enter your home) and sanitation (removing plants and objects that attract rodents and potential habitat such as ivy or wood piles); animal removal is used only when necessary. More information on controlling mice, rats and field rodents is provided on the University of California Integrated Pest Management website.

I found a dead raccoon (or other small wild animal) in my yard. What should I do?

First, do NOT touch it bare-handed. Wildlife can carry diseases and parasites, so always wear protective clothing – especially gloves – before handling dead or dying animals of any kind. If you’re in an urban or suburban area, you can call your city or county animal control office with detailed information about the animal’s appearance and condition. Even if they don’t have the staff to come retrieve it, they may like to know about it, as the one you found may not be the only one.
If I think my pet has been poisoned, what should I do?
If your pet is having seizures, is unconscious or losing consciousness, or is having difficulty breathing, phone ahead and take your pet to your local veterinarian or emergency veterinary clinic as soon as possible. If you know that your pet has had access to rodenticide, bring this information with you – especially the name of the product and active ingredient(s) – as it will help the veterinarian effectively treat your pet.
More Information

Rodent Control Information from UC Integrated Pest Management
USEPA Safer Rodenticide
General information, educational tools, projects, links to other sources: Raptors Are The Solution (RATS) (RATS is a project of the non-profit Earth Island Institute.)



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