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July 24 2020

Is This Really a Human-Sized Bat?

A giant bat the size of a human hanging out in the Philippines? Well, aside from the novel corona virus, in 2020, this year I’ve so far reported how due to the shut down wild animals have appeared in cities, like a greater one-horned rhino meandering through a town in Nepal; the plague occurring in…

July 12 2020

Chicago Shelter Scene Now; Decoding Your Cat and Veterinary Professionals Against Puppy Mills

Listen HERE to this week’s Steve Dale’s Pet World on WGN Radio show with Emily Klehm, CEO of South Suburban Humane Society describes not only what’s going on at her shelter but also talking about the overall Chicago shelter scene – and so far, so great. Adoptions and fosters remain way up. Klehm comments on…

June 28 2020

Catching Up with Former CACC Executive Director Susan Russell; Training Dogs to Sniff out COVID-19

Whatever happened to Susan Russell, past executive director of Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC)? I talk HERE with Susan, now in Philadelphia, on my Steve Dale’s Pet World show on WGN  Radio. Russell, a few years ago, turned around CACC. But what she did, she was only able to do because she pushed and…

June 22 2020

Dangerous Rabbit Virus Killing Pet and Wild Rabbits

Following the novel corona virus which cause COVID-19, and then killer hornets, there’s now a fatal illness affecting rabbits, Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease. Unlike some rabbit illnesses, this one affects both domestic and wild species, and it’s heartbreaking. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), in February 2020, animal health officials detected rabbit hemorrhagic…

June 11 2020

Zoos on the Edge: Conservation Programs Cut While Trump Administration Makes Matters Worse

One of the greatest values zoos offer, and increasingly so, has been to study, to protect and even reintroduce animals into the wild. However, due to their doors being closed because of the novel corona virus, budget cuts may be targeted to these programs. And simultaneously in the United States, the Trump Administration removes lots…

June 9 2020

How the SARS CoV-2 Virus Likely Began in a Wet Market

What’s the latest on where the novel corona virus, SARS CoV-2 first originated? On my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show, I talk with Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States. She explains first what a wet market or animal market is. “These crowded markets with stressed, scared wild…

May 19 2020

It’s More than a Sense of Smell; Dog’s Nose is a Heat Sensor

We know that a dog nose can identify illegal drugs and explosives, not to mention to even identify various cancers. Dogs are even successfully being trained to detect COVID-19. However, until now, no has thought about dogs identifying if a person has a fever. In California, so-called fire chaser beetles of the genus Melanophila, commonly are…

May 12 2020

Treatment for COVID-19: Investigating Llamas and Pangolin

Desperate to seek a treatment for COVID-19, researchers are now studying a llamas and a species which few have even heard of, called pangolin. The pangolin is an anteater like mammal that’s covered with scales, which all species are highly endangered because they are so often illegally trafficked to wet markets where their scales are…

May 10 2020

Horse-Drawn Carriages No More in Chicago; Beverly Hills Dog Show on WGN Radio

Jodie Wiederkehr of the Chicago Alliance for Animals discusses why the non-profit tells all about the group’s long pursuit to ban horse drawn carriage rides in Chicago on my Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show on WGN.  Listen HERE to the podcast Wiederkehr  says their goal wasn’t to have people believe them – their goal…

May 5 2020

Giant Hornets Could Turn on One Another

Here’s the good new about giant killer hornets, which have arrived into the U.S. from Asia, when they have nowhere else to turn for food, they turn on one another. And heads will roll, literally. Their preferred preference of attack is decapitation. The bad news is that the largest hornet on earth much prefers a…

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