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West Nile update: 2nd horse, more birds, skeeters test positive in CoCoCo

Brentwood remains high risk area; Antioch’s risk lowered.

The Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District is reporting one horse, one group of mosquitoes and six dead birds that have tested positive this past week for West Nile virus in the county. The horse and the mosquitoes were from Brentwood. Two of the birds were from Brentwood, two from Antioch, one from Concord, and one was from Danville. Brentwood remains a high risk area for West Nile virus infection in Contra Costa County.
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Posted on Friday, October 10th, 2008
Under: Birds, Horses, Mosquitoes, Mosquitofish, West Nile virus | 2 Comments »

Was Eight Belles’ death at Kentucky Derby due to drugs, inhumane practices?

The ASPCA issued the following statement on the tragic death of a racehorse — Eight Belles — at the 2008 Kentucky Derby last weekend:

“The fragile nature of thoroughbred racehorses and the stress and rigors that the industry subjects on these animals is loudly evidenced in the tragic death of Eight Belles who, as we saw, was euthanized after both of her front ankles collapsed just after coming in second at the Kentucky Derby,” said ASPCA President & CEO Ed Sayres.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 6th, 2008
Under: Horse Racing, Horses | 7 Comments »