Saturday, July 05, 2008

Not a Dog Day in the Philippines

In Kidapawan City, a dog was "sacrificed" to fend off a growing mass hysteria in the area. It was like X-Files. Twenty-one sheep inside the campus of University of Southern Mindanao (USM) in Barangay Sudapin killed. Then in nearby Manongol, three goats were killed. The Manongol people attributed the deaths to an aswang or, I love to say this, an indigenous vampire. So they armed themselves with torches and bamboo poles with a knife at the end. Then a boring veterinarian said dogs were responsible. Last night, the security guards of USM shot and killed one of the four dogs said to be killing those sheep. Why are there sheep in the school? And then one child in Manongol suddenly died after the dog was killed. Hmmm. Meanwhile in Romblon, the government banned the eating of fish because of fear that the fish might have bitten off the dead in Princess of the Stars. Oh sorry. They would have ingested endosulfan which was in the cargo. So what do the Romblon people eat now? Their pet dogs.
And finally, here's the AP report on that unruly cat named Lewis. I love the lede:

FAIRFIELD, Connecticut - A combative cat named Lewis who frightened the neighbors and got his owner into legal trouble two years ago has done so well under house arrest that the case has now been scratched.

The scratch-happy black-and-white cat drew widespread attention in 2006 after neighbors complained that Lewis' long claws and stealth allowed him to attack at least a half-dozen people and ambush the Avon lady as she was getting out of her car. Her servant, oops, owner, opted for a trial on the criminal charge rather than euthanize or declaw him. It became a national claws celeb, and some pet lovers even sported "Save Lewis" shirts.


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