And What of the Animals?

What of animals suffering from 'smart' meter radiation, unable to voice their pain?

Originally posted at the La Mesa Patch, an El Cajon woman describes her torturous experience with smart meters and the impacts on her dogs, begging for help, in her own words:


August 29, 2011

San Diego Gas & Electric

P.O. Box 25111

Santa Ana, CA 92799-5111

To Whom It May Concern at SDG&E

Smart Meter Complaint Department

I have made three prior telephone requests advising SDGE of the serious side effects concerning my health since the installation of the smart meter device at my home. Three different individuals came out to my house on three separate occasions, all armed with the same propaganda, the same zero concern for my health or the safety of my home.

I was told, “I don’t know. You are the only one that has complained.” (A false statement.)

I was also told, “The smart meter is not causing any problems to your home.” (Another false statement.)

I am a 49-year-old woman and I have never before experienced any of these problems in either this home, or any other home that I have lived in, prior to the smart meter installation.

I came home one day after work, and they had just finished installing my smart meter. I did not think anything of it. I had received a notice a few weeks prior, indicating that a smart meter was going to be installed.

That same evening I awoke between 2:00 and 3:00 in the morning, with ringing in my ears, dizziness, tingling at the upper part of my head that turned into a headache and then nausea. There was also a horrible feeling of uneasiness that I had never experienced before and that prevents me from going back to sleep at night — every night.

One of my dogs awoke at the same time, wandering the hallways whining and crying. This dog refuses to sleep inside at night now, as the pulsed radiation also makes him sick. This dog had slept at the foot of my bed since the day I brought him home until the night the smart meter was installed. I have numerous friends and family who will testify to this, if called to do so.

The same scenario occurs whenever I sleep in my home, a home that I worked six or seven days a week for most of my life to be able to afford, and now you, the utility company, is FORCING PULSED RADIATION where I live and sleep, which if you do your homework and read the numerous articles that have been published by scientists who were not paid off by a utility company, you will see that radiation causes cancer and I will not stand for a cancer causing device to be attached to my home.

I was gone for two weeks on two occasions over the summer, and I sleep fine whenever I am away from my home. I was in Peru for two weeks without these problems and also in Alaska, where I had no trouble sleeping, no trouble concentrating, no dizziness, no ringing in my ears, no tingling at the upper part of my head that turned into headaches.

I also have noticed a strange humming and buzzing in my home around the appliances, coming from the computer, and around all the intercom panels in my home. I’ve had three people out from SDGE and they all heard the humming and buzzing and told me to turn the intercom down all the way and then I would not hear it.

I asked them, “How do you explain this? This humming and buzzing was not ever here before the smart meter installation? My kitchen appliances never hummed and buzzed before the smart meter installation.” I told them, “I don’t think my house is safe. This is not normal.”

And I just got the blank stare, the “I don’t know what to tell you, “ and the “No, I cannot remove the smart meter.” I begged them to return my house and home which I loved back to normal, to please, please remove the smart meter and install the old analog meter that worked just fine and that I never had a problem with. The blank stare and the, “No, I cannot do that,” was the only answer I could get out of these people.

I asked one of the gentlemen what his job was at SDGE, as it appeared he had no training as an electrician and was not capable of answering any of my questions. He told me, “Well, my job is to handle questions from people like you.” I then replied, “I thought you said I was the only one that complained.” Of course, he quickly departed after that. We all know that if he had told me anything different, he would have lost his job.

I want the same remedy that Northern Californians have received. I pay my utility bills just like they do and I want to be treated with the same remedy that [they] received: IMMEDIATE REMOVAL OF MY SMART METER AND REMOVAL OF SMART METERS SURROUNDING MY HOME.

How can the utility commission and the utility companies treat Southern Californians who are being made sick by smart meters any different than customers in Northern California? They cannot. This is a formal request for removal of the smart meter illegally attached to my home and to the homes around me.

Copies of this letter are going out to as many people, organizations, and government agencies as I can send it to, so you can’t drop this one in the trash and say you never got my letter.


Richard and Diane  XXXXXXXXXXX



Addendum, an email from Diane:

Yes, it [is] very sad.  I have two dogs and it seems the smart meter bothers one of the dogs more than the other.  I came home from work one afternoon and I saw the utility company truck pulling away.  I had received a notice two weeks prior that they were going to install a smart meter, but I really did not think too much about it.

That very first night, my dog wandered the hallways whining and crying.  … I have learned that the smart meter is more active at night.  My dog’s face went completely white within a two week period.  Usually this happens more gradually.  He was also diagnosed with arthritis after two weeks of the smart meter forced radiation and he refuses to sleep inside at night now.  He just can’t stand it.  Which never, ever happened before.  He always slept at the foot of my bed in the years prior.

I believe the smart meter is slowly eating away at our health, slowly killing us.  I found there is nowhere to run, because all over the United States they are installing these radiation machines on homes.  I read on the internet of people selling their homes and moving out of state, only to find that within weeks of moving to a new home a smart meter was slapped on their home when they were at work.

Of course, the utility company came out and told me that none of my problems or the changes in the home were caused by the smart meter.  They absolutely refused to investigate or own up to any responsibility at all.  They just looked at me, shrugged their shoulders, and told me that I was the only one that had complained.

I BEGGED them to put my old meter back on for the sake of my home, the health of my pet and myself and they absolutely refused.  I had three different individuals out to my house, telling them about the problems since the very first night of the smart meter installation.  They refused to accept responsibility, because if they changed out my meter or accepted responsibility for me, they would have to do it for all the others that complained.

One of them I think did feel sorry for me and he made a call to a supervisor two or three times to his visit to my home and each time he was told absolutely no, that he could not remove my meter and put the old analog meter back on.  I’m sure he would have lost his job if he had gone ahead and done what was right.  I do not know how these people sleep at night, knowing they are slow-killing us.

I do know that evil flourishes when good men do nothing, which is why we all have to stand up and do whatever we can to fight this, especially for the innocents that cannot defend themselves:  our pets, infants in the womb, children, the elderly.  They cannot fight for their right to live in a radiation free environment, so we have to do it for them.

My dog used to LOVE to go on long walks.  He is a retired greyhound and spend the first part of his life in a cage, and so I used to be able to take him on long walks. Since the smart meter was installed (within a two-week period of time) he is only able to go on very short limited walks now due to swelling in his joints (which is a common complaint for a lot of people after smart meter installation).

This all practically happened over night.  It was not a gradual progression, where he gradually got older and declined.  It was very sudden and not natural at all.  I am 49 years old and have pets since I was a child and we all watch our pets gradually get older and understand this.  THIS WAS NOT NATURAL FOR A DOG IN PERFECT HEALTH TO GO from one who loved life to a state of torture the very first night that smart meter was installed.

I know my dog, I know my house, I know myself and none of these have been the same since the smart meter installation.

(reproduced with permission)


Note: Opting Out means getting rid of the wireless smart meter – we think that turning off the transmitters inside (a Northern CA utility proposal) is not enough. We recommend opt-outs that involve nothing less than return to safe mechanical analog meters. To date, only a (forced) proposal has been made by PG&E, in Northern California. No utility has had a formal opt-out plan yet approved by CPUC.

The federal government does not require wireless or smart meters. The state CPUC falsely claims that the federal gov’t has mandated smart meters. CPUC has authorized smart meters to be placed on every home in California (not required). The utilities in CA claim that smart meters are mandated, rather than authorized. No one in CPUC or utility companies admit that wireless was selected as the cheap option, without health and safety testing.

Utility and CPUC science is outdated and full of industry-produced information that is non-scientific and tainted by conflicts of interest. Michael Peevey, President of the regulatory commission to oversee the California utilities (CPUC) is a Southern California Edison Vice President, retired.

On Sept. 14th, 2011 CPUC will hold an Opt-Out Workshop which all major utilities in California have been ordered to attend, to discuss potential opt-out solutions, including SDG&E. Without strong public pressure, such as we have seen in Northern and Central CA, it is doubtful an opt-out plan will be developed for Southern Californians, as the CPUC says it has not had enough complaints, to date, to warrant it. In Northern CA, 44 municipalities have taken out ordinances or a position against smart meters. In Southern California, 2 have done so (Santa Barbara city and County) (Center for Electrosmog Prevention).

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21 Responses to And What of the Animals?

  1. Soapbox Jill says:

    Animals do react to transmitting utility meters. After the electric AMR meter went in on our house a couple years ago (it sends a signal six times/day), our dog started whining at night, for weeks. He already had a thyroid condition. But he seemed more nervous. Then in 2010 our town put in water meters that pulsed from everyone’s basement every 5 seconds. Even tho’ our house was exempted due to my doctor’s request (I knew I was sensitive, already couldn’t use a cell phone, etc.), I got sick when our neighbors’ meters went in. And our poor dog then started sleeping more and more, and we found out he had developed Addison’s disease (adrenal failure). But there were other “puzzling” symptoms, especially a sodium/potassium imbalance in his urine. The doctor then said maybe he had a rare diabetes that a dog gets from head trauma. Our dog had had no head trauma. His coat also greyed more than you would expect for an active, healthy 6-year-old. His health got worse until one day he could not even raise his head. The vet center couldn’t rehydrate him or get his strange sodium levels in range. He was suffering, and we had to say goodbye. (Even tho’ I told the vet about the meters as a potential reason, he did not accept or believe it.

    Wild creatures in range of these toxic emissions will also suffer.

  2. Soapbox Jill says:

    my blog link was wrong on my previous comment. trying again. thanks.

  3. Bob Lamonica says:

    Under “Are there any health effects?”, paragraph 3, last sentence:

    Further, research has not been able to provide support for a causal relationship between exposure to electromagnetic fields and self-reported symptoms, or “electromagnetic hypersensitivity”.

  4. Bob Lamonica says:

    You might consider using your real name.

    “The subject, a female physician self-diagnosed with EMF hypersensitivity…” I would assert auto-suggestion as the cause of any successful “occurrences” of “EMF hypersensitivity” in that study.

    See At end: “For example, Pacific Gas & Electric, which uses smart meters from General Electric, says that its smart meters transmit for only approximately 45 seconds per day. ” Troll handle”RobertWilliams” has a post at the bottom. Then, Lastly,

    You can’t have a smart grid without smart end points. Go SmartMeters!

    • It was a double blind study that measured physiological response from electromagnetic fields. You sir, are in denial, and are cheerleading for a destructive, fascist program that is making people miserable, ill, and homeless. By the way, those 45 seconds a day are split into 15-20,000 spikes of microwave radiation 24/7.

    • Josh says:

      The point of the study design was to rule out auto-suggestion as the cause of the observed physiological responses. It was double-blind.

      The conclusion of the study was that, for the individual studied, various biological parameters changed in direct response to EMF exposure.

  5. People have the ability to ignore their feelings, or rationalize things in a way which allows them to believe the benefits of microwave technology outweigh any reported risks.

    Pets do not have these same “skills” and will behave according to how they feel.

    • Soapbox Jill says:

      Hi, Smarter Meters,
      thanks for the additional link on this. BTW, our county 4H group trains dogs (and horses) at the county fairgrounds and guess what was put smack dab in the middle of the grounds – a cell phone mast. Smart meters also pepper the grounds (for electric).
      Kids have complained of dogs acting unfocused in training and at shows held there. Well, duh. I can only stay there briefly myself, and think also about all those young kids and all the animals at the fairgrounds. The mast is in spitting range.

      • Our 4 year old retriever would bark at me whenever I talked on the phone. I always assumed she just wanted my attention. After I started measuring RF, I got rid of the cordless phones, replaced them with a corded models, and her barking stopped IMMEDIATELY.

        I would urge anyone, especially people with pets, to avoid wireless products in their home. Besides the obvious things like phones, baby monitors, routers, and computers, be aware that newer printers, scanners, TVs, DVD/BlueRay players, and of course, anything with “Smart” on the label, may emit strong fields of RF, even when not in use. Not to mention, microwave ovens aren’t good for you, your food, or your pet.

        One last thing. If you have a broadband modem, even if you are plugged in using an ethernet cable, it is likely still transmitting a wireless signal. There’s an indicator light showing wireless status. You can disable the WiFi in your router settings, usually by typing (may vary) into a browser and turning off the radio.

  6. Judie says:

    if I turned off the wifi would my pc still work?

    • if you get a wired ethernet connection, my friend. the future is wired.

    • Jim says:

      Just to clarify, what he was saying is that if you have a cable modem or DSL router that includes a wifi feature, you can go in and turn it off if you are not using the wifi feature. As long as your computers are wired to the router/internet directly, then your computers should work as usual.

      This saves you the cost of replacing the router with one that doesn’t have a wifi feature.

      A wifi router will generally send out a small “broadcast” packet several times a second even if it’s not being used.

      • Redi Kilowatt says:

        The broadband or DSL modems do not transmit wifi themselves, it is the wifi routers that do the transmitting.
        Simply don’t use a router, or use a standard router and ethernet cables if you need to use peripheral devices far away from your computer.
        Using wifi for sending documents to a printer is not a good idea at all, especially documents that contain sensitive and proprietary information.

  7. Judie says:

    I am not very knowledgeable about computers in general so how do I know if I have wifi?

  8. Hi Diane,
    Thank you for speaking up. You are a courageous woman. It’s clear the units are causing health problems. Sensitive people suffer more than others but everyone is at risk. The photo of your dog touched me deeply. I am a healing intuitive and animal communicator. I offer my services to you and your family free of charge. Bless you.

  9. Gina D. says:

    Since they have installed a smart Meter at our house, all the squirrels & crows are gone from the area by the meter…… I purchase a Himaylan Salt lamp which is suppose to neutralize the ions…I think it is working, I sleep better & don’t feel or here the buzz nose as much…!

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  11. Heather says:

    Seven months ago I moved into a rental house in Santa Cruz, CA that has a smart meter. At the time, I didn’t give it any thought. I did however notice the bedroom closet had a very musty smell and thought there may have been mold within the walls.
    A couple of months after moving in, I began having restless nights, tossing and turning all night long. I felt congested in the mornings and would have mild headaches (and I never get headaches). I dismissed it as stress related. Then about three months ago, one of my cats starting wheezing. I work for a veterinary hospital, so I took her in right away. After several types of blood tests, x-rays and an ultrasound, they could not find anything wrong with her. Her larynx became inflamed and the wheezing turned into a horrible wet cough and she could barely eat or drink. After weeks of antibiotics and various medications, there was no change. Then two weeks ago I came home to find her struggling to breathe and ended up having to put her down.
    My other cat has become very restless and is losing weight and my dog has very runny eyes, which she never had before. So I starting thinking all of this was possibly from breathing in mold spores? I called my landlord and asked her if there had been any mold and she assured me there had not.
    Then last week a client came into my vet office and mentioned last year her dog had been very sick and no one could find out what was wrong with it. During that time, just by coincidence, she was having her smart meter removed and said that literally within 48 hours of the meter being removed, her dog’s symptoms started resolving.
    So now I am left to wonder …. are the symptoms my pets and I experiencing due to the smart meter?

    • Stop Minnesota Meters says:

      I have a friend with a dog that developed that same kind of runny eyes from a WiFi router box. Why not cover up your smart meter and see if your dog/cat gets better? I would think that it is from the smart meter.

  12. Candace L. Gosselin says:

    We already have one of the miserable things – it was installed with no warning. It keeps one of my dogs up all night – we go away and he sleeps all night in the motor home but NOT at home, here he pants and paces half the night keeping us awake too.2

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