From ANIMAL PEOPLE, November
Mary Warner, almost 90, died recently at her home in Berryville,
Virginia. Originally from Minnesota, Warner won her first reputation in
animal protection by tracking down horse thieves. She began investigating
dog and cat theft, she recalled in 1992, only after she and her husband
retired to Virginia in 1974. "We finally got away from the horse thieves,"
she said, "and then our dog was stolen, right out of our yard." Warner
responded by founding Action-81, an anti-pet theft advocacy group named
for I-81, the truck route used by Appalachian bunchers to haul dogs to
laboratories along the Atlantic seaboard. For the rest of her life Warner
gathered pet theft reports, lobbied animal protection groups to act on pet
theft, and hounded her elected representatives. Warner recorded an
apparent boom in pet theft after New York in 1977 repealed a law that
obliged public shelters to surrender animals on demand to research
institutions. Eight other states, with 332 research facilities among
them, halted selling pound animals to labs by 1985. This increased the
demand for random-source dogs and cats from the midwest and south. Warner
contended that this, too, sent pet theft rates soaring--although changes
in teaching and testing methods had by then cut lab use of dogs and cats in
half from the levels of the 1970s. Some of the pet theft statistics Warner
used proved to have been inflated more than a thousandfold, but her
activity did help win passage of the 1990 Pet Theft Act, which amended the
federal Animal Welfare Act to require vendors of dogs and cats to labs to
keep records on each animal they sell. Taking effect in January 1993, the
Pet Theft Act enabled USDA inspectors to shut down more random-source dog
and cat dealers than remain in business. Of hundreds active when Warner
started, a mere 27 are left.
Ruth Young Manwaring, 73, died on September 18 in Needham,
Massachusetts. A former radio journalist and publicist for the American
Automobile Association, involved in many other branches of charity,
Manwaring was best known and remembered as longtime president of the Dog
Orphans shelter in Douglas, Massachusetts.
Patti Nickerson Manning, 40, was found shot to death at her home
in Richmond Township, Michigan, on September 21, after her second
husband Donald Manning, 44, told police he had killed her. Donald
Manning was charged with murder, held without bond in the Marquette County
Jail, and may face life in prison if convicted. Patti Nickerson Manning
had four children with her first husband, Dale Nickerson, whom she
divorced in the mid-1980s. On March 2, 1989, on a sub-zero day in
National Mine, Michigan, her five-year-old daughter Angie got off her
school bus between her own home and that of her grandparents, across the
street, and was fatally mauled by a Malamute/wolf hybrid who was adopted
from an animal shelter and given to her aunt Tammi Alderton by a boyfriend
five days earlier. Angie's partially eaten remains were not found for more
than an hour because each family thought she had gone to the home of the
other. After a series of bitter lawsuits among the family members,
Nickerson Manning fought for legislation to prohibit owning and breeding
wolf hybrids and other dangerous pets. Michigan finally adopted the law
she wanted in July 2000.
Phillip Glasier, 84, died on September 11. Introduced to
falconry by an uncle who let him make a pet of an African hawk eagle,
Glasier became a bird photographer and falcon trainer after World War II.
He eventually became personal falconer to Princes Philip and Charles.
Settling at Clifford Mesne, Gloustershire, with 12 birds in 1966,
Glasier opened the Falconry Center with 60 a year later. There Glasier was
among the first people to successfully breed kestrels, Indian tawny
eagles, African pygmy falcons, and American black vultures in captivity.
Glasier also introduced the use of falcons rather than shotguns, nets,
and poison to keep birds away from airfields. The Falconry Center was in
1979 retitled the National Birds of Prey Center. Although Glasier's 1979
book Falconry and Hawking is called "the bible of falconing," he liked
most animals better alive than dead, keeping a home full of pets including
ferrets and, at one point, a thoroughly tame deer.
Lisa O'Shea, 27, died on October 1 at the University Medical
Center in Reno, Nevada, after she leaped from her motorcycle on September
24 to try to rescue a German shepherd/chow mix and a Rottweiler who had
unwittingly plunged into a hot spring after jumping out of a pickup truck
in the Black Rock Desert near Gerlach. O'Shea, the dogs, and a companion
who also tried to help, Andy Crowell, 25, were all virtually boiled
alive. One dog died in the water; the other required euthanasia. Crowell
at latest report was still in critical condition.