This is serious news, folks.
Will disappeared in the heart of a snowstorm. And after 19 months, his heartsick owner had finally assumed the worst.
And then, in a blink, the cat was back.
Last month, Norma Moore-Dingwell returned to her home in Prince Edward Island, Canada, to find Will waiting in her yard. When she opened the door for him, it might have seemed like the cat had just been on a 19-month bender. He made straight for bed.
“He remembered where his room was, so that was kinda nice,” Moore-Dingwell told CTV News.
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While the family is hailing his return as a miracle, Will’s condition suggests he may have blown through at least eight and a half lives to get back home.
“He was in pretty rough shape when they found him,” Dr. Dave Lister, a veterinarian at New Perth Animal Hospital, tells The Dodo.
Indeed, frostbite had claimed a piece of Will’s ear. He was hungry, thirsty and underweight.
But Will set to work feasting himself back to health.
“He gained half a pound in about two weeks,” Lister notes.
The cat may have also suffered from an acute cuddle deficiency. And again, Will wasted no time in remedying that.
“He was a very friendly cat that morning on the table,” Lister says. “He just sat there and took all the attention we gave him.”
New Perth Animal Hospital
Just don’t ask Will where he’s been. Lister could only cobble together a few clues about the cat’s long, strange trip.
Wherever he was, it was cold. Hence, frostbite.
There may have been other cats on the scene. Likely how he got ear mites.
And the food sucked.
“In his case, it didn’t look like he was being fed,” Lister says. “He was probably having to fend for himself by hunting.”
New Perth Animal Hospital
But, most importantly, wherever this cat spent the 19 months, it must have reminded him at last of one sobering reality: There’s no place like home.
A hearing scheduled Monday, August 22 regarding the Lancaster County District Attorney’s petition to suspend Susan Martin, an animal cruelty officer and executive director of the Lancaster County SPCA, has been canceled.
Martin, who was under fire for lack of oversight in an animal cruelty case involving a Boston terrier, has voluntarily resigned.
District Attorney Craig Stedman said in a statement, “We are confident this would have been the end result of the scheduled hearing. The order’s effect makes that hearing moot.”
Stedman said he looks forward to a more involved, professional, and collaborative approach to resolving animal cruelty matters, and stronger animal cruelty law enforcement in Lancaster County. He said he is “eager” to work with lawmakers to establish more stringent compliance when responding to animal cruelty.
“In addition, we are in the process of developing a countywide training regimen for all officers whom will be involved in these investigations,” Stedman explained. “I will be meeting with representatives from Humane Society of United States to begin this process in Lancaster County. I am confident that animals all over the county will be safe and more protected than ever before, prosecutions and investigations will be more professional, and decisions to charge or not charge more consistent and fair to everyone.”
According to Stedman’s office, he will not be making public statements regarding Martin or specifics about her work. President Judge Reinaker’s order, and Stedman’s petition for suspension, which was filed on Aug. 11, are public documents.
Libre, the 4-month-old dog, was found emaciated and with severe mange. He was rescued from a Lancaster County farm in July. Charges have also been filed against the dog’s former owner.
Despite record levels of dissatisfaction with the Republican and Democratic candidates, nearly 70% of Americans know nothing about the Green Party presidential hopeful Jill Stein, according to a recent Gallup poll.
Stein has consistently polled as the fourth-most popular option in the presidential race after Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and Libertarian Gary Johnson. In the most recent CNN/ORC poll, Stein received 5% support nationwide, 4 points behind Johnson, her nearest competitor.
Stein and her running mate Ajamu Baraka hope to change that Wednesday at the CNN Green Party town hall.
Past experience: She ran for president in 2012 with the Green Party and ran for Massachusetts governor in 2002 against former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Stein also ran for state representative in 2004 and Massachusetts’ secretary of state in 2006 as the Green-Rainbow candidate.
“If Donald Trump wins, Hillary Clinton deserves the blame because she knocked out Bernie Sanders through backstabbing & sabotage. #DNCleaks,” Stein tweeted.
“My campaign is the only one that’s not corrupted by lobbyists’ money, corporate money or super PACs, so I have the unique ability to stand for what the people need, not the banks,” she told CNN Tuesday. “I’m here to really empower people to let them know we can actually have those solutions that we need in order to move forward.”
In the news: Earlier this month, Stein dismissed anxieties that Russia could have been behind the Democratic National Committee hacking that has raised concerns of a foreign state or actor meddling in the US presidential election.
“This is routine,” said Stein, who added that there was “no question” WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is a hero. “This is what state departments do to one another.”
Surprising fact: Stein is a recording artist who has put out folk-rock recordings with the band Somebody’s Sister. She plays the conga, guitar and the djembe drum.
Top issues: Green jobs, campaign finance reform and increasing taxes on the wealthy.
Occupation: Associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, a left-leaning DC-based think tank
Past experience: Founding executive director of the US Human Rights Network, a network of more than 300 human rights organizations; served on several boards of human rights organizations, including Amnesty International.
“We’ve got to address in a real way the ongoing assault on black lives in the United States of America,” Baraka told CNN Tuesday. “It appears that police in the US seem to understand that they are able to operate with almost virtual impunity because they are not being prosecuted and they are not being convicted.”
“It is absolutely outrageous that we have a Democratic process in which we only have two choices and those choices are very, very narrow,” he also told CNN.
“The fact that Barack Obama will be standing in the shadow of Dr. (Martin Luther) King (Jr.), his presence conveying the impression that he somehow represents the values and self-sacrificing lives of Dr. King … should be taken as an insult by everyone who has struggled and continues to struggle for human rights, peace and social justice,” he wrote prior to the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.
Surprising facts: Baraka has military experience, unlike the candidates on the major party tickets. He served in Vietnam in the US Army.
In 1998, Baraka was one of 300 human rights workers honored by then-United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan.
Top issues: Criminal justice reform, ending racial discrimination and helping the working poor.
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Topics: Donald Trump, Green Party, Hillary Clinton, Jill Stein
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