View Full Version : Shredders...warning not very pleasant but important...

8th August 2006, 03:21 PM
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Most "Please Fwd" emails are really spam, but this one comes from a well
>> respected Borzoi person, and veterinarian, Elizabeth A Coney, DVM of
>> Kentucky.
>> She wrote:
>>>Now - for every one of you that has a home paper shredder with an
>>>"auto on" feature, I want you to go turn it off and unplug the
>>>d**n paper shredder right now. Because night before last I was
>>>presented with a paper shredder containing most of the tongue, ripped
>>>out by the base, and a very pretty sweet 1 1/2 year old lab cross
>>>whose owners euthanized her.
>>>She always watched the paper go into the shredder, she thought it
>>>fascinating. The "auto on" feature means the shredder sits there
>>>waiting for something to get placed into it. Like an inquisitive
>>>I told them dogs can do fine without a tongue, they have to learn to
>>>drink and eat differently, but the owners didn't want to go there.
>>>The look in her eyes said, "I'm sorry, I guess I wasn't supposed to
>>>do that, it's all my fault". We all cried.
>> I cried when I read this, myself. In subsequent posts Beth says she has
>> learned that dogs who have lost more than half their tongues *don't* do
>> as
>> well as
>> she had been taught. According to the veterinary literature it is also
>> possible for animals to be injured other places than tongues - a Basset
>> lost an
>> ear, a long-haired cat most of the skin on its side, a kitten a foot,
>> etc.
>> She
>> didn't mention any human injuries, but I can't imagine that a toddler
>> would be
>> immune from either curiosity or injury!

8th August 2006, 03:48 PM
I just turned my shredder off...

8th August 2006, 04:55 PM
OMG that's awful. Mine is always switched off at the wall. I have always had this horrible thought of a furry ear getting itself in it :yikes

Cathy T
8th August 2006, 07:17 PM
I saw a story about this same line the other night on one of the news specials. A box had it's tongue shredded (he survived but has a ragged cut off tongue) and a little girl who lost her fingers to the knuckles. I unplugged my shredder after that. I'll plug it in to use it and then unplug it when I'm done. Not taking any chances.

Cathy Moon
9th August 2006, 02:10 AM
The shredder is now unplugged and up out of harm's way. Warned hubby, too.
Thanks so much for alerting us!! :thnx: