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Animals often made news for the darndest reasons. Usually the items were used as humorous fillers, but occasionally the stories were incredibly sad. Here's a sampling of animal-related stories from 1933, though the strangest — and most infuriating — involved a Missouri man's effort to stage an African-style safari using, as targets, lions he purchased from a bankrupt circus. That shabby story has its own page.
They're at the post ...
Brooklyn Daily Eagle, July 26
Monkeys as jockeys to the greyhounds will be introduced for the first time in New York at the Mineola greyhound track next Thursday evening. They will ride in one race as a starter.
 
No dance marathons for him
Brooklyn Daily Eagle, July 10
Magistrate August Dreyer today decided monkeys cannot go dancing after sundown in Long Island City. He fined Luciano Tropolito $5 for permitting his monkey to dance at the end of a leash at 11 p.m. Saturday.

Tropolito is an organ grinder living at 19 Grove Street, Flushing. Walter Hiltsinger, an agent for the ASPCA told the magistrate that making a monkey dance at 11 p.m. constituted cruelty to animals. The magistrate agreed.

“When the sun goes down, the monkeys go in,” he said.
 
Leave those ears alone
Syracuse Journal, May 24
From Arthur Brisbane’s Today column:

The American Humane Association rejoices because five states, Pennsylvania the latest, make it unlawful to clip dogs’ ears. Clipping is brutal, and an insult to nature which is supposed to have spent millions of years in developing different ears from heavy, drooping Bloodhound ears to the alert ear of the Terrier. But man, apparently, must clip something. And the rule is that if you cut off the tail, don’t clip the ears. If you clip the ears, do not cut off the tail.
 
Speaking of bloodhounds ...
Syracuse Journal, December 26
LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (INS) — A marauder who invaded the farmhouse of Al Gilster can thank the cold wave for his liberty today.

And the bloodhounds put on his trail by Sheriff G. Eilley were being treated for frost-bitten noses.

Gilster grabbed the intruder, but he got away when the farmer went to get his shotgun. Gilster called the sheriff as the robber sped over snow-covered fields in a 12-degree below zero dawn.

The sheriff’s two bloodhounds stayed with the scene for only a mile, when they retired with frozen muzzles.
 
Long live the king
Syracuse Journal, August 1
TULARE, California (INS) — Supremacy of a king snake over a rattlesnake was established today at Springville, near here, after a battle between two of the species.

The king snake had an easy time disposing of the rattler, first choking it to death and then eating it.
 
Maybe he was a Republican
Troy (NY) Times, August 31
WASHINGTON (AP) — Harry William Johnson is telling his friends to beware of White House dogs. He explains that while passing the mansion yesterday he reached through the fence to pat Major, President Roosevelt’s German shepherd. Major bit him. Seven stitches were taken in the lacerated fingers of Johnson’s right hand.
 
A hairy situation
New York Evening Post, December 16
CHICAGO (AP) — For clues to solve the slaying of Robert Frank, a printer, police had a few strands of dog hair, found on a muffler about the dead man’s neck.

They scoured the neighborhood until they found a dog whose hair matched their clues.

Following the animal home, they arrested four inmates of the place — two men and two women.
The men, the police said, confessed.
 
Mass murder
Buffalo Courier-Express, February 7
OAK RIDGE, New Jersey, February 6 — A granite boulder today marked the grave of the thirteen pedigreed Dachshunds poisoned in Fred Vodegel’s kennels in North Hackensack while being groomed for exhibition in the Westminster Kennel Club’s show in New York City next week.

With two automobiles of mourners following a truck conveyed the eight caskets to the grave dug on the Vodegel estate at Little Russia, five miles from here, last yesterday.

No word was spoken as the caskets were lowered into the grave, but as the first shovelful of dirt was thrown upon the coffins, which were covered ith evergreens and flowers, Vodegel fired a shotgun three times. That military honor is accorded dogs of repute that die in Germany, he said today.

The names of the dogs will be inscribed on the granite boulder. And as the search for the poisoner continues, above the names will be carved “Murdered.”
 
Lady, just pay the tax
Syracuse Journal, August 17
Claiming her pet was a coyote and not a dog, a woman attempted to dodge the dog licensing tax when she tried to get her animal out of the pound Wednesday without buying a tag. Her statement was overruled, however, and she left after paying a fee of $5.25 and a $2 penalty for not having a license.
 
Never milk a clumsy cow
Niagara Falls Gazette, December 16
MONMOUTH, Illinois (AP) — Death came oddly to John F. Collins, a farmer of near Roseville.
A cow fell on him while he was milking the animal.
Collins was smothered to death beneath the beast.
 
Free Willy, the Prequel?

New York Sun, December 20
Harry Lewis feared today that his 55-ton whale had been kidnapped. The whale, on a 65-foot truck, left Chicago Friday and was last seen crossing the Indiana-Ohio border the next day. Lewis said the whale was worth $25,000.

“And it’s not only the money,” he lamented. “I love that whale.”

 
Talk about a good provider
Greenfield (MA) Recorder-Gazette, October 31
AGASSIZ, British Columbia (AP) — Dauntless Doreen, with 356 down and one to go, cackled defiance today and went into her famous crouch, confident of equaling the world’s egg-laying record.

Her coach, trainer and owner, M. H. Ruttledge of Sandis, British Columbia, will know tomorrow whether the White Leghorn hen has tied the record set by Drone V in 1930. Drone accomplished 357 eggs in 365 days, which is the closest to non-holiday egg-layhing in barnyard history.

Doreen equaled the record, which years later was beaten by a hard-working hen who laid an incredible 364 eggs in 365 days.

 
Three eggs in one
New York Sun, July 28
FLEMINGTON, New Jersey (AP) — A white leghorn hen, owned by W. P. Forner, a farmer living here, recently laid an egg with three yolks; two contained within an outer shell and one in an egg within the egg. The egg measured five inches long and 3 inches through its greatest diameter. It weight 8 ounces, Fourner said.

But the tast of producing an egg of this size was too much for the hen and she was sick for three days. Forner reports she is now on the road to recovery.
 
A dog by any name ...
Buffalo Courier-Express, April 23
NEW YORK, April 22 (AP) — That old judicial system of settling an argument over ownership of a dog by asking the disputants each to call the animal did not work this time. The claimants to this dog were Michael McHugh and Dr. Louis Friedmark.

“Call him,” siad Magistrate Casey to McHugh.

“Here, Patty!”

The dog ran to McHugh. Then Dr. Friedmark tried it.

“Here, Teddy.”

The dog ran to him.

Then a court attendant got in on the fun.

“Here, Mickey.”

The dog wagged his tail and went to him, too.”

The magistrate reserved decision.
Animals often made news for the darndest reasons. Usually the items were used as humorous fillers, but occasionally the stories were incredibly sad. Here's a sampling of animal-related stories from 1933, though the strangest — and most infuriating — story involved a Missouri man's effort to stage an African-style safari using, as targets, lions he purchased from a bankrupt circus. That shabby story has its own page.
Put him in a kennel
New York Sun, January 11
Isaac Whitbey’s talent at barking like a dog cost him $10 in Night Court last night. He was arraigned by Patrolman Patrick Sheedy of the West 30th Street Station on the complaint of Mrs. Jeannette Fator.

Whitbey and Mrs. Fator live at 420 West 29th Street. She charged that Whitbey had struck her when she objected to his pastime of keeping her five dogs in a howling, yapping uproar by emitting his realistic barks.

Whitbey tried to explain it all to Magistrate William A. Farrell.

“You see, Mrs. Fator and I were friends,” he said. “We live across the hall. It was just a joke. I started to bark and her five dogs joined in. After a while she asked me to stop. Then she hit me over the head with a milk bottle. I became indignant and struck her.”

He then offered to give a barking demonstration, but Magistrate Farrell declined his offer.

“What kind of a joke is that, you honor,” Mrs. Fator asked, “keeping those dogs barking for two hours and punching me on the nose when I objected?”
 
Sorry, folks, the show's over
Brooklyn Daily Eagle, September 6
WATKINS GLEN, New York (AP) — Watkins Glen lost its latest attraction today with the departure of its celebrated deer from the rocky ledge it had occupied for the past ten days.

Scorning the temporary bridge that had been erected for its exit, the deer, under the gentle urging of two park employees, made its way cautiously down the precipitous bank into the stream that flows through the Glen, crossed to the opposite side, ambled to the top of the bank and soon disappeared into the woods.
 
Which one is Ringo?
Syracuse Journal, October 16
ROCK CREEK, British Columbia — It rained beetles here yesterday. The downpour of tiny brown insects last intermittently for three hours. The beetles had wings, but seemed unable to use them.
 
Well, it's around time!
Syracuse Journal, July 20
ELIZABETH, New Jersey (INS) — Teddy, a brown and white puppy who lived 18 days in a line of six-inch sewer pipes during which time he crawled hundreds of feet, was recuperating today on eggnogs. His owners, a family of truck gardeners, thought him lost, but were puzzled the strange noises coming from underground. They dug up 100 feet of the pipe, getting him out.
 
Sergeant learned too well

Brooklyn Daily Eagle, November 27
For four years Jerry Loria, 25, had trained his police dog, Sergeant, to act quickly against burglars. He taught the dog to leap at an intruder’s throat and to hold on

When he left his home, 42 Warren Street, last night, he did so with a certain sense of security. his wife, Josephine, would be safe. If anything should happen, Sergeant would protect her.

Then at 1 a.m. today, Loria came home. All lights were out and Mrs. Loria asleep in bed. Loria let himself quietly into the house and then, not to disturb his wife, slipped off his shoes and started to his room in the dark. Suddenly there was a low growl and an angry watchdog leaped at him.

Sergeant remembered what he had been taught, and his fangs buried themselves in his master’s throat. Loria fought back and shouted for help. Mrs. Loria, aroused from bed, switched on the lights, saw what had happened and tried to call off the angry dog, but without effect.

Her screams brought Patrolman William Williams of the Hamilton Avenue Station on the run, and the policeman finally beat the dog unconscious.
Meanwhile, radio cars brought other policemen and an ambulance arrived from Long Island College Hospital.

Dr. Ingene removed Loria to the hospital, where he was in a serious condition, with his throat slashed by the animal’s fangs and his face torn.

The dog was taken to the police station, where, as he revived, he leaped at a group of policemen and was finally shot to death. The body was turned over to the board of health to be examined for possibile indications of rabies.

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