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FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2017
Another ‘binned’ kitten
saved by local family...
City motorcycle cops’ Riverland operation...
BIKE BLITZ PAGE 24
SCORES of Adelaide police officers
descended on the region this week
to put Riverland motorists under the
microscope – and issue fines to law
An SA Police (SAPOL) spokes-
person said the officers were from
SAPOL Adelaide’s road policing
section, however declined to divulge
exactly how many made the trip.
The spokesperson said the
increased police presence was part
of a statewide traffic operation called
Operation Belt Up taking place dur-
ing May and focusing on seatbelt
non-compliance offences in rural/
Many Riverland motorists were
also subjected to drug and alcohol
tests at various locations, including a
station set up adjacent to Bunnings in
Berri for consecutive days.
SAPOL said results from
Operation Belt Up or the alcohol and
drug testing were yet to be released.
However, one Riverland small
business owner contacted the Murray
Pioneer this week to voice his
concerns regarding the significant
increase in policing numbers during
the local ‘blitz’.
Continued page 2
Candise Mastanduono, 9, instantly bonded with rescued kitten Alissa after she was dumped in a Glossop rubbish bin and left to die. Candise and her mother Sammi believe Alissa’s dumping
may be connected to other cases. PHOTO: Christian Longobardi
AN attempted kitten-killer has
struck again after a Glossop
family rescued a dumped feline
and nursed it back to health.
The family believes the
kitten, Alissa, may be from
the same litter as two kittens
dumped in a Loxton rubbish bin
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A face that’s hard to read
with PAM PERRE
A DETAIL of the article headed ‘Riverland
diversity celebrated at state awards’ in Friday’s
Murray Pioneer was incorrect.
In the article, Riverland Youth Theatre general
manager Danyon De Buell was incorrectly quoted
by the Pioneer as saying, “Many people were in
their native dress...”.
Ms De Buell in fact said: “Many people were in
their cultural costumes...”
The Pioneer apologises for the error.
Harmony Day state
APPARENTLY I have one of
those faces that are just hard
I’ve been told that several
times in my 26 years.
Actually, I’m either told that
I’m very hard to read, or that I
am the easiest person to read in
the world, depending on who you
Usually the latter kind of per-
son will proceed to either make
assumptions about me, and my
current mood (they usually get
100 per cent of it wrong) and
The truth is, the only time that
people can truly see right through
me is when I’m lying.
Usually I do this thing (some-
thing I’ve deduced that I picked
up from my dad) where the side
of my mouth turns upwards into
a little (totally unwanted) smirk.
It made things extremely difficult
when the child-version of me
tried to get myself out of trouble
with my parents.
Having a hard-to-read-face can
have its benefits.
Firstly, I would be a total boss
at poker (should I ever actually
learn how to play the game... the
last time I played I ended up with
two jokers in my hand, and while
at the time I didn’t know that
was an impossible hand to have,
I certainly knew it wouldn’t get
me the pot of candy that we were
On the flip side, having a hard-
to-read face has many a down
People make assumptions
about my emotional demeanour
or thought process, and while
much of the time they mean well,
it’s usually not as spot on as they
My regular resting face is set
What that means is that I con-
stantly look as though I’m two
beers down, laying on a beach,
watching the Hawaiian waves roll
in and contemplating the serenity
The truth is (and anyone who
either knows me, or has read
more than one of these columns
would know this as fact) the
majority of the time, my mind
has about 35 hamsters in hard
hats running around trying to find
the evacuation route, while large
sirens are sounding in the back-
ground, and 12 mathematicians
are trying to remember the square
route of pi as they correct each
Point is, you can never assume
how a person is feeling, what a
person is thinking, how much a
person cares, or what their out-
ward emotions are truly reacting
More often than not, their out-
ward anger, sadness or happiness
is in response to a thought process
they have going on in their heads
– not necessarily to the situation
of person in front of them.
You can never know what a
person is responding to, or feel-
ing, unless they truthfully speak
Unfortunately, though, much
of the time people only say what
they think others want them to
Dumped in a plastic bag and left to die...
‘Bin’ kittens need a home
HOMES are being sought
for two kittens callously
dumped in a rubbish
bin and left for dead in
Noises were heard
coming from a bin situ-
ated along East Terrace,
in Loxton’s main shop-
ping precinct, and the kit-
tens were found tied up
in a green plastic shop-
The local council’s
dog catcher took them
to the nearby Riverland
Veterinary Clinic, where
senior veterinary nurse
Mel Reichelt described
the kittens as “cold and
wet” and “covered in
grease and rubbish”.
“But body-wise their
voices were strong, so
they’d obviously fed
quite well from their
mother up until (they
were dumped),” she said.
“I washed them,
warmed them up and
gave them a feed. Every
two hours, for the next
couple of days, I had to
make sure they were fed
and toileted and kept nice
and warm to see if they
Ms Reichelt said it
was unclear how long
the kittens – a male and a
female – had been inside
“They were 10 to 14
days old, their eyes were
just opened – but there’s
no real telling how long
they had been in there,”
Ms Reichelt said.
“ The female kitten had
a couple of abscesses,
but we’re not too sure if
that happened while they
happened prior to that.
“There were a couple
of nasty little wounds, but
they’ve healed pretty good
after a few courses of
medication. She’s recov-
ering really well now.”
Ms Reichelt took the
kittens home to nurse
them back to health.
They are now six to
seven weeks old and in
the process of being
Ms Reichelt said she
is looking for a loving
home for them.
“It would be nice for
them to go to one home
together, but I know that
can be a big ask,” she said.
“I haven’t given them
names, because I thought
that their new owners
might like to do that.
“ They are happy, live-
ly, cheeky and playing.”
Ms Reichelt urged
locals to avoid situations
such as dumping kittens
by de-sexing their ani-
Anyone interested in
providing a home to one
or both kittens should
contact Ms Reichelt at
the Riverland Veterinary
Clinic’s Loxton branch
(phone 8584 6617).
Riverland Veterinary Clinic’s Mel Reichelt with the two
kittens rescued from a rubbish bin in Loxton’s main
street. PHOTO: Pamela Perre INSET: When rescued, the
kittens were described as “cold and wet” and “covered
in grease and rubbish”.
Noises were heard
coming from this bin in
East Terrace, leading to
the discovery of the two
l Murray Pioneer, 28/3/17
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