Update On The Green Acres Tragedy #Gilbert23

green acresThe Maricopa County Attorney’s Office has provided the following update in response to continued interest: “Deputy County Attorneys have completed their initial review of approximately 2,500 pages of documents.  Prosecutors have identified several discrete areas for follow up and clarification bye the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.  Review of a dozen additional discs of materials is underway.  There is no hard date on which a decision is expected.”

As most of you may know, there was an extremely heartbreaking tragedy in the County of Maricopa AZ this summer.  28 dogs were placed into the care of Green Acres Boarding Facility under the impression they were dropping their beloved pets off at a family friendly, cage free facility.  Sadly this was the last time they would see their pets alive.

These dogs were locked in a 9×12 shed with no air conditioning.  23 beloved family pets perished that day.  People returned to retrieve their pets only to be told they had died.  Many of the owners claim they were never even notified.

After this tragedy, the story made headlines across the country, prompting petitions across the internet.  Facebook pages dedicated to supporting the families who have lost their pets to this senseless act of ignorance.  Some are saying that due to the fact the son of Senator Jeff Flake is one of the four involved in the Green Acres tragedy, this issue was not being taken seriously enough by the Sheriff’s office nor the County Attorney’s office.  Both offices have stated they intend on being fair and just.  The Sheriff’s office has stated that they believe the four should be charged with felony animal abuse.

Many of the owners have now decided to take legal action against the unapologetic owners of this facility via the pursuance of a Civil Lawsuit.  Keep your eyes on the news for updates on this heart wrenching situation.

This tragedy has kick started a variety of rescue organizations, pet owners and fellow boarding facility owners to join together to do what they can to ensure something like this never happens again.  Please consider locating a pet sitter, someone who can come to your home and work with your pet in the comfort of their surroundings, when you go on vacation or are called out of town on business.  You should be able to form a personal relationship with the person you are leaving your family pet in the care of.

IMG_4815Did you know that Halloween is the second most nerve racking evening for your pets, coming in second to Fourth of July? It’s true, friends.  With Halloween fast approaching, it is a good idea to start prepping for the evening. There will be so commotion via loud noises, screaming and strangely dressed people. Your dog’s nerves will be shot. The best thing you can do for your pup is to leave him at home on this evening, however if you are unable to do so, you need to take precautions to keep your pet safe.

Tips to keep your dog safe while out walking the streets on Halloween night:


  • Keep him on a short leash, literally. This will keep them from jumping out in front of cars or even lunging at running children.  When animals get spooked, the fight or flight instinct kicks in.
  • Only dress your dog up in a costume, if you are certain he’s ok with it. If he’s not enjoying the costume, lose it. Most dogs get stressed when dressed up and they will already be on edge when on the street that evening. Don’t add to it. If you are dressing your dog up, please ensure the costume allows air flow and doesn’t cause any tripping hazards for your dog.  You should also make sure that the costume doesn’t restrict your dog’s movement or interfere with his vision.
  • Do not allow strangers (this includes monsters, witches and goblins, too) to approach your dog. He may react out of fear and that could end up being a disaster. Stay especially alert and be mindful about the lil ghosts and goblins coming up to your dog to pet him. Your pet will be nervous so, it is not a good idea to allow costumed kiddos to pet him.
    Know that there will be loud noises everywhere. Even the most socialized, confident dogs tend to go off the deep end when they encounter commotion and unusual situations.
  • If you’re going to dress up, keep in mind your pet may not recognize you. When you are out amongst the chaos, and your dog gets stressed, it’s best if he sees the “real” you and not the you cloaked by a scary costume.
  • Don’t walk up to front doors with Fido. Stay back and close to the curb. That front door is the biggest area of chaos there is on this night. Dragging Fido up there while trick- -or -treaters run amok is not a smart idea! Additionally, the homeowner may have pets of their own and your dog may upset that pet.


Best Way To Save On Holiday Travel 2014:

1658419_1489194024663169_4450491810601496623_oBook Your Travel Plans Now!

Holidays are quickly approaching. Are you planning a trip anywhere? Will it be via plane? If so you need to book now if you would like to snag that decent rate! Most people procrastinate which causes them to miss out on the chance to obtain the best rates possible.

There are a few tips and tricks that many people don’t realize when it comes time to booking that flight. Many people think the price is pretty solid across the board with perhaps a few dips in price here and there. Well that’s simply not true. There are some awesome deals to be had but you have to perform your due diligence early!

Here are some things you need to consider when you’re gearing up to make the flight reservation:

  1. Sunday is one of the most travels days. Most travelers book flights on a Sunday to get back home in time for work and school. Avoid flying on a Sunday.
  2. Don’t make your reservation within seven days of your departure. Your flight will most likely cost you a bundle as this is the window in which many business reservations are made. Business flights are most often last minute and they are incredibly expensive. Book as early as you can but avoid anything less than that eight day window!
  3. Do make your reservations three months out. This is a great way to secure a great rate.
  4. Book on a Tuesday AFTER three pm. Prices get slashed to compete with other airlines on this day.
  5. Try calling and speaking to a rep. You should specifically say you want to know what their best rate is for the time you want to travel. Also ask if there may be a cheaper flight if you changed date and time. See what they say!

The same theme holds true for pet sitting here at Bella’s.  If you’re going away and need us to pet sit, call us as soon as possible!  It’s always first come, first service and when we are booked, we are booked.

969146_10201208518159358_1708774410_nEarlier this year there were a large number of Prairie dogs that had passed away in the Doney Park area of Flagstaff, Az. Public health services got involved and ran tests to determine the cause. Upon review of the test results it was determined that the fleas found on the Prairie dogs were carrying the bacteria that caused the Plague.

The Plague was responsible for the decimation of more than half of the population in Europe in the mid 14th century. It has popped up throughout the centuries afflicting the disease along its path. It has been determined that rats are a common denominator causing the spread of this disease. They are carriers of the bacterial infection which is passed along to fleas who have bitten them. The fleas transmit the bacteria and the host becomes infected.

To this day rats still carry this disease in various populations across the world. As a modern society we are not finding the same degree of illness and deaths tied to this Plague as has been the case in the past. Documented cases run between 1,000 to 2,000 a year. There are many reasons why we are able to keep it at bay. The invention of antibiotics and the degree of hygiene we practice in this day and age are a remarkable advantage in combating the Plague.

Since fleas transmit the plague it is very important you take preventative measures to protect your pets:

  • Keep your environment clean. Make it unappealing for rodents.
  • If you see any dead animals report them to your local shelter or public health department.
  • Use a non-toxic insect repellent to keep fleas at bay.
  • Keep your pet safe with regular natural flea and tick control treatments.

Keep an eye out for signs of infection:

  • Painful, swollen lymph nodes that may abscess
  • Fever and inflammation
  • Vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration
  • Anorexia and visible weight loss
  • Enlarged tonsils, swelling in the head and neck area

To date, there are not any known problems here in the valley. AzCentral reports that, “Even if the disease runs rampant in rodents, it’s not a huge threat to humans, because living conditions are more sanitary today than they were in the Middle Ages. Humans rarely come into contact with rats, unlike centuries ago, when the creatures were a large part of living conditions.”


How to Pay for High Veterinary Bills

Veterinary BillsIt’s every pet owner’s biggest fear: Your dog gets gravely ill or is involved in an accident, and his life is in danger. Maybe the injury or illness is treatable, but it comes with expensive veterinarian bills. How are you going to pay for that? But how could you not pay for it? If the unthinkable occurs and your pet requires pricey medical care, here are some ways to pay for treatment.

Get Pet Insurance Beforehand

Pet medical insurance enables pet owners to insure their pets should the need for surgery or medication arise. Pet insurance can give you the financial ability to follow through with veterinarian recommendations and help to cover the cost of procedures or treatment for a wide variety of medical complications. Pet medical insurance may also cover the cost of diagnostic tests and specialized treatment. According to a study by Pet Plan Pet Insurance, 40 percent of all pet insurance claims are made concerning chronic conditions that last more than a year. Consider getting long-term medical coverage for your pet now, so it’s there if it’s needed.

Payment & Assistant Programs

In cases where unexpected health incidents occur to uninsured pets, pet owners often scramble to come up with the money for their pet’s medical bills. If you don’t have the money saved up and accessible, other options include:

  • Get a grant. There are grant programs available that can help to pay for unexpected medical costs for pets. Nonprofits organizations such as The Pet Fund provide financial assistance to pet owners in an attempt to prevent the unnecessary euthanization of injured or ill pets. In addition to offering financial aid to those in need, they also offer education and information about preventative care that can help pet owners to avoid preventable health issues.
  • Ask your vet. Maybe your vet offers a payment plan on approved credit. Many local assistance programs are also available, and your veterinarian can point you toward the most time-efficient options.
  • Raise the money yourself. You could sell unused household items, exercise equipment or collectibles on Craigslist or eBay, or hold your own garage sale. If you receive regular payments from an annuity or structured settlement, you may be able to sell some or all of your future payments to a company like J.G. Wentworth for a lump sum of cash now.
  • Borrow from family or friends. This option is tricky, because borrowing money can often strain close relationships. Huffington Post offers some good tips on how to ask to borrow money from family or friends.


Crowdfunding platforms such as Give Forward offer pet owners the opportunity to create online fundraisers to help cover high veterinarian bills. This provides an easy way for friends, family and even concerned strangers to contribute to the cause. Successful crowdsourcing requires updates, personal videos and more, but also allows owners to show the world how much their pet means to them and their family.

Take a look at this list if you are looking for a vet in N Scottsdale

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