first_imgThe dog is tended to by vets after bull wire was found embedded in its neck.An investigation has been launched after a collie dog was found with bull wire embedded in its neck.Animal welfare officers believe the wire may have been used to keep the dog tied to a fence.The dog was found by a member of the public close to a beach in the vicinity of Erraroey, Falcarragh. The local dog warden initially responded to the call and ISPCA Inspector Kevin McGinley was called in to investigate.The length of heavy duty fencing wire which was wrapped around the dog’s neck is believed to have been used to tether the animal.The wire which was embedded in the dog’s neck.The wire had cut into the dog’s flesh leaving a deep open wound when found on Thursday last.The female collie, who is aged approximately 2 to 3 years, is currently being treated in a local veterinary surgery. When fit, she will be taken to the ISPCA’s National Animal Centre to complete her rehabilitation. “This is a very serious injury” commented Inspector McGinley, “but we are confident that she will make a full recovery.“We would appeal for anybody who may have information as to the origin of this dog to contact the ISPCA on 1890 515 515”. SICKENING – DOG FOUND WITH BULL WIRE EMBEDDED IN ITS NECK was last modified: January 27th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:COLLIEDOGFalcarraghISPCAKevin McGinleylast_img read more

Be on the lookout for prognosticating groundhogs next week

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Early spring hopefuls will soon flock to the nearest prognosticating groundhog to gain meteorological insights into the weeks ahead. Known as Groundhog Day, the U.S. tradition builds upon old German lore associated with predicting the spring weather on Candlemas, also known as the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Feast of the Presentation of our Lord Jesus commemorating the presentation of Jesus at the Temple on Feb. 2.If Candlemas be fair and bright,Winter has another flight.If Candlemas brings clouds and rain,Winter will not come again.Somewhere along the line someone added the hibernating groundhog and its shadow to the Candlemas tradition and Groundhog Day was later adopted in the U.S. in 1887. While Pennsylvania has the longest running tradition, Ohio is home to two groundhog meteorologists.From Ohio History Central: “Buckeye Chuck is one of two groundhogs in Ohio known for predicting the arrival of spring. A native of Marion, Ohio, Chuck began predicting spring’s arrival in the 1970s.“From late September until early April, Buckeye Chuck spends his time hibernating. On Feb. 2, against his will, Chuck emerges from his sleep to predict the weather. In 1979, the Ohio legislature made Buckeye Chuck Ohio’s official groundhog.“Using groundhogs to predict the weather came from Germany. A long-held German tradition states that if a hibernating animal sees its shadow on Feb. 2, six more weeks of winter will occur. In the United States, this tradition evolved into Groundhog Day. Generally, wild groundhogs live to only two years of age while domesticated ones commonly live to ten years of age. While groundhogs rarely live more than a decade, some people contend that Buckeye Chuck is the same groundhog that has predicted the weather for almost 30 years.”Jim Noel, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, predicts a warmer wetter than normal winter ahead with a late last freeze date.“Going forward for the remainder of winter it looks a little warmer and wetter than normal with still significant swings in weather patterns,” Noel said in a recent CORN Newsletter. “The early outlook for spring planting season suggests a slightly warmer than normal season with precipitation normal or slightly above normal. Some planting delays would be possible. Historical data suggests a slightly later than normal last freeze date.”Will the weatherman and the weather groundhogs of Ohio agree? Only time will tell.last_img read more