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More to Mayflower than meets the eye

Mayflower is a 7-year-old Charolais Bovine heifer and one of the two cows that live at SC CARES. I’ve been hesitant to write about her because of the circumstances that are involved in factory farming and the fact that so many people are unaware of what actually takes place in the lives of “food industry” animals. It’s not “Old McDonald had a farm” anymore. Mayflower was born on the slaughterhouse floor to her mom that had been producing milk for probably between five and eight years. In the dairy industry cows are impregnated (usually artificially) so that their bodies will produce milk. A lot of people are not aware of the fact that just like humans, a mother’s milk is only in supply when she is birthing a baby so heifers are continually impregnated so that they will continue to make milk. They’re also given hormones to keep milk production plentiful and of course antibiotics to keep them healthy enough to continue. Their milk is then taken from them to be sold in grocery stores for humans rather than fed to their offspring for which it was intended. Between 5-8 years the heifer’s body is no longer able to continue this pace and these cows, called “spent”. They are then slaughtered for their meat and in most cases ground for hamburger since they’ve been unable to move about like they should for most of their lives; their muscles are usually atrophied and tight. One of the byproducts of this industry are the calves they produce after being impregnated. If the calf is female she may be put with a nursing mother to be raised and replenish the dairy industry once she’s of age. If the calf is male they are in most cases used for veal farms.

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Animal Tales | All about Lilly

Himalayan Cat’s name is Lilly... as Realtors we sold her owner’s house five years ago. Lilly is 8 years old, loves to lay in the sun by the front door. We rescued Lilly before she went to Humane Society because her owner passed soon after the house sold.

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Animal Tales | All about Lexi

Hi my name is Lexi Van Gogh. I am a 6-year-old cocker spaniel and I live with my daddy and mommy in Longs, S.C. We just moved here from Clemmons, N.C. and I would like to introduce myself as “The New Sheriff in Town.”

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Animal Tales | All about Whiskey

We had Whiskey since he was 9 months old, way too young to be taken from his mother. He was a first generation Sphynx Cat – not all Sphynx Cats are hairless. Whiskey had a soft peach fuzz coat.

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Alligator attacks retired police dog, dog bites back

A retired Palmetto, Florida police dog survived an alligator attack. Owner Chris Leister said he was taking down a basketball hoop when he heard a tussle by the water behind his home home. Arek emerged from bushes with a rip and tear on his paw. It turns out he was bitten by what neighbors have described as a 9-foot alligator. Trappers told Leister that Arek must have bitten the alligator back because one that big would not have let go easily.
Amaris Castillo Bradenton Herald
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Alligator attacks retired police dog, dog bites back

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Fire department rescues kitten from fire

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