Rescue steps forward to help seriously injured pug

A two-year-old injured pug viciously attacked by other dogs was surrendered on Friday to the Downey Animal Care Center by his owners.  The shelter transferred the seriously injured dog to a private veterinarian where drains were placed in his head to drain the abscesses.

“…swollen dorsal head, possible rupture, abscess, laceration, ventral neck swelling, punctures and serious discharge,” has been included in the dog’s medical update.

On Friday, his family left him at the shelter, and his condition and photos were released by the shelter as they appealed for an approved rescue to help. Animal advocates have been actively sharing this little dog’s plight. On Monday, to the rescue came Leave No Paws Behind, Inc., and even though they have been inundated with medical cases for the last few days and the urgent need for more foster homes,

“… how can we just look away and pretend we did not see this sweet and innocent little fella who is in very critical condition?,” asked rescue founder Toby Wisneski on their Facebook page.  “I saw this post this morning, picked up the phone and yes, this little man will be boarding the LNPB Freedom Ride and will be rushed immediately to the Pet Doctors of Sherman Oaks for immediate medical care and evaluation.”

The dog’s care is expected to be extremely costly, but it is hoped donations will come in to offset some of the medical charges. To donate, please click here.

Updates to follow; this is a developing story and a heartwarming rescue intended to save another innocent life. Please note, there has been no information available at this time as to the attack or the owners concerning this dog.

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Facebook group exposing the inhumane practice of pound seizures

A little-known, yet longtime practice referred to as “pound seizures” is getting some exposure and negative backlash thanks to a Facebook group known as “Stop Pound Seizure in Alabama.” Their focus is to shine the light on the Russell County Phenix City Animal Shelter practice of giving healthy, unclaimed dogs to Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine to be used in experimental procedures.

The American Anti-Vivisection Society define pound seizures as the “sale or release of dogs and cats from a pound or shelter to a research, testing, or educational facility.” This practice started in the 1940s when many state laws were passed that required pounds and shelters to release dogs and cats to research laboratories.   According to a 2016 study by the Humane Society of the United States, only 18 states ban pound seizures.

“Stop Pound Seizures in Alabama” feels it’s time for these laws to be changed as they are not only inhumane but antiquated.  They feel that Tuskegee is not open to or receptive to more modern methods of surgical practice and training, that other veterinarian schools are using.  Instead, the University obtains hundreds of young, healthy, adoptable dogs from Russell County Phenix City Animal Shelter every year; practices surgical experiments on them and then kills them.

In an interview with an anonymous graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine, WRBL Channel 3 News in Columbus, Georgia  learned what goes on behind closed doors and how many students are traumatized by these practices. According to the student, perfectly healthy dogs are having their eyes removed, amputations, foreign bodies placed in their throats and then euthanized when the experiment is over.

The student also stated that the University accepts an average of 15 dogs every two weeks, which are then kept in quarantine until they are used in the experiments. Many of the students expressed their concerns regarding performing unnecessary surgeries on healthy animals, but their concerns were ignored, and they were made to feel if they did not cooperate they would face being expelled.

Other insiders have expressed their concern with how the animals are being cared. They claim the dogs are not socialized and are only fed one cup of food per day regardless of size. The animals do not receive any medical care for any injuries they may have when they arrive or develop while they are in custody.

Imagine if you were a resident of Russell County/Phenix City Alabama, and your dog escaped and ended up at the shelter and from there was transported to the University to be experimented on and killed. This happened to the Hively family when their seven-year-old dog Sheba escaped.  By the time they tracked her down to the Russell County Animal Shelter, her seven-day stray hold was up.

Tina Hively soon discovered that Sheba had been sent to the Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine to be used in surgical training practices.The Hivelys say they were shocked to think their beloved pet had been taken to be test subject. Tina made several calls to the vet school and was finally able to speak with a professor who confirmed Sheba was in their kennel.

Sheba was sent back to Russell County to be reunited with her family. When Tina asked the Russell County Shelter direct questions as to what had happened to her pet, they offered multiple, vague answers. Tina Hively is happy they got Sheba back however, there are so many families whose pets are never found.  They would all be shocked and infuriated if they knew their beloved animals were going to be experimented on and then killed.

The Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine claims all allegations made against them are false and they stand behind their current practices claiming they are not outside the law. Often what’s legal is not what is humane. The next step is getting the laws changed.

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Puppy found chained to a rail car

A puppy is lucky to be alive after someone abandoned her – leaving her chained to a rail car in Wisconsin. According to WQAD, the pup was found by two train engineers who were traveling between Galesburg, Illinois and La Crosse, Wisconsin.

The puppy

According to the news agency, a dispatcher alerted Allen Au and his coworker Michael Ortega to the troubling situation – a report had been made that a puppy was chained to a rail car in Prairie Du Chien. Sure enough, when the duo arrived to the area, they found the abandoned puppy chained to the train.

The rescue

Fortunately there is a very happily-ever-after for this abandoned puppy. The engineers freed her from the chain and offered her food, water and most importantly – love. The pup was skinny and “very hungry,” but those days are gone. Michael Ortega has decided to give the abandoned pup a forever home with his family in Bettendorf. Today the puppy is known as Lucky, aka Lulu.

Enjoy your new life Lucky!

(Screenshot of abandoned puppy via WQAD)

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Pet dog transferred from shelter to vet school for experimental surgery and likely death

An Alabama family’s pet dog wound up at an animal shelter and then she was turned over to a veterinary school where she was going to be used for experimental surgery and likely…death. As reported by WRBL News, the Hively family’s seven-year-old dog Sheba was first taken in at the Russell County animal shelter – when her stray hold was up, she was transferred to the Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine.

What happened?

By the time that Sheba’s family learned that their pet was at the county shelter, it was too late – she had already been handed over to the veterinary school. According to the news agency, Tina Hively could not get definitive answers out of the shelter about the whereabouts and fate of Sheba, so she turned to social media for help.

Hively said, “By that time I was desperate and started posting on Facebook groups to ask anyone if they had an idea what I could do.” Hively was ultimately directed to the Stop Pound Seizure In Alabama Facebook group where she learned about pound seizures and the likelihood of pets being used in experimental surgeries.

Saving Sheba

The family began an earnest quest to find Sheba at the veterinary school. Hively was eventually able to reach a professor at the school who was able to help, and Sheba was found in one of the holding kennels. Amazingly, the family was able to get their pet back from the school and bring her home.

The horror stories

Had Sheba not been located, it is likely that she would have been operated on and then killed. A former student at the veterinary school has spoken out about the traumatic situations the students were forced to participate in. The student told WRBL:

There have been eye enucleations (ie. removal), there are amputations, there have been where they’ll place a foreign body in the dog’s throat, wait a couple hours, and then we have to go in and retrieve the foreign body.”

The anonymous informant commented on the dogs’ demise:

“I mean, come terminal surgery day we were all in tears. I was a basket case. These animals, you know, they trust you. Even when they’re in kennels and in pain, they’re still looking at me, at us, for comfort and I had to betray them. It was sickening and very traumatic.”

The woman told WRBL what the school told the students:

“They try and make it seem like these are unwanted animals and they were scheduled for euthanasia anyhow, but when you start seeing dogs come in with collars still on them, I mean you as a student are mortified because you could have potentially done unnecessary surgery on this dog and euthanized it and it was someone’s pet.”

Veterinary school statement

There are alternatives to operating on live animals – but the school stands by its practice. The veterinary school provided a statement to the news agency:

College of Veterinary Medicine’s Dean stated:

“Our use of animals to prepare the next generation of veterinary practitioners is endorsed by many professional and industry groups that regulate our use of animals as part of our teaching efforts. These groups, as well as schools of veterinary medicine across the country, regard this type of surgical experience essential to preparing skilled, future veterinarians.”

-Dr. Ruby Perry, Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine

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Heartbreaking: Month old puppy’s ear cut off with scissors

In an egregious act of animal cruelty, a one-month-old puppy had to suffer through a cruel person cutting off his right ear with a scissors in Wichita, Kansas. The puppy, now dubbed Brooks, was immediately transferred to an animal hospital on Saturday.

According to the rescue group Beauties and Beasts, a $500 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the responsible person.

“This sweet baby boy is barely over a month old and was brought to the Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital of Wichita after he was found with his right ear cut off with a sharp object that appears to be scissors possibly used in an attempt at a heartless and cruel home crop job. The amazing team at the ER needs to preform surgery ASAP and we need your help to make this happen,” the rescue organization posted on their Facebook page.

When found, the puppy had a gaping wound on the right side of his head. The Wichita Police Department are currently investigating. Information or tips can be submitted to hfraizer@wichita.gov or by sending the rescue a message.

The rescue has appealed to the public to help pay for the medical attention and surgery Brooks requires. Donations can be sent to:

https://www.paypal.me/beautiesandbeastsinc

Www.beautiesandbeasts.org/donate

Checks can be mailed to:
All Dogs Bark-N-Play
CO: Beauties and Beasts
114 S. Pattie
Wichita, KS 67211

Get well soon Brooks.

(Photos of puppy’s ear cut off with scissors from Facebook Beauties and Beasts Rescue)

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Man arrested after cutting off dog’s tumor to avoid veterinary bill

A South Carolina man was arrested after he admitted to cutting a tumor off of his elderly dog’s body…to avoid paying a veterinarian for performing the surgery. According to 14 News, when 59-year-old Carson Lamar Cowles learned how much a veterinarian would charge to remove a tumor from his elderly dog’s abdomen, he decided to take care of the procedure at home.

The cruel situation

Cowles’ 15-year-old dachshund was allegedly “operated” on by her owner. The man phoned various veterinary offices to find out how much it would cost to have them stitch her back up. It was a veterinarian who alerted Lexington County animal service officials about the alleged crime.

After investigators were alerted to the situation, they obtained a search warrant and found the elderly dog at Cowles’ home on the 4000 block of Fish Hatchery Road. The dog was removed from Cowles’ custody and has received treatment from an actual veterinarian. Two other dogs were also taken from Cowles’ home and are being cared for by one of his family members.

Statement from officials

Lexington County Animal Control Director Roy Mefford told the news agency:

Pet ownership is something we take seriously,” Lexington County Animal Control Director Roy Mefford said.

“There are resources that are available for pet owners struggling to afford medical care for their pets so that animals don’t suffer from not receiving treatment from licensed professionals. Animal abuse is not tolerated in this County.”

Repercussions

Cowles was arrested on Wednesday and taken to the Lexington County Detention Center – he is facing a felony charge for animal abuse. He could spend up to five years behind bars if he is convicted.

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Two 13-year-old bears used for their bile freed from cage for first time

Two 13-year-old female bears used for their bile and who had been kept captive all their lives in dark steel barred cages in the Thai Nguyen province of Vietnam have been freed for the first time in their lives. Meet Hoa Tra and Hoa Lan; two lucky bear survivors, who for the first time felt grass under their paws and looked up into the sky to see the sun.

According to  News.com.au, the Asiatic bears were purchased in 2005 as cubs and were repeatedly poked and jabbed with syringes to extract their bile – part of the digestive system produced in the liver. The inhumane and painful procedure includes using a long needle injected into the bear’s abdomen. Often the procedure is carried out in substandard and unhygienic conditions, and the bears are administered huge amounts of antibiotics to keep them alive after infections commonly occur. Meanwhile the animals suffer from painful abscesses and sepsis – not to  mention their psychological problems from being locked up and regularly put through painful procedures.

Reports of bears fitted with “metal jackets” to keep their wounds open, catheters inserted with little or no anesthesia using during the “milking” procedures, emphasize the inhumanity and outright cruelty for these animals. Bear bile is sold on the black market, including Australia and is used to treat everything from sexual inadequacies, cancer to hemorrhoids. There is no scientific proof to prove any effectiveness.  Bear bile contains high levels of ursodeoxycholic acid; in modern times both herbal and synthetic alternatives provide the same medicinal properties.

Fortunately Four Paws Australia, an animal advocacy group was able to convince the owner to release the bears, even though he has denied using them to extract their bile that has since become illegal in the country in 2005. At least 900 bears remain caged in private bile farms across the country. In China, the illicit industry continues to flourish.

Rescuers have been placed in a tenuous position as they don’t want to discourage bear owners from turning over their bears, and therefore have made it a practice not to criticize. And so it came to be when Hoa Tra and Hoa Lan were sedated, carried from their cages and given a full medical examination. Besides their paws having been covered with thick skin, severe dental problems from chewing on the bars from malnutrition and boredom, these two bears have joined eight other rescued bears at the Ninh Binh sanctuary.

Check out the freedom video for Hoa Tra and Hoa Lan from Four Paws Australia. Here they are playing together for the first time in their lives and actually enjoying each other. Bears are just so forgiving. No warnings needed to view  – just watch and smile.

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Update on thug who laughed as he mowed down herd of emus in 4-wheeler

The young thug who laughed hysterically as he videoed himself purposely mowing down at least ten emus in a small town in South Australia was arrested on Friday. Jacob Macdonald, 20, has been identified as the alleged driver running the flightless birds over with his four-wheel-drive vehicle at more than 70 mph along a dirt road.

According to Australian Broadcasting Corp (ABCNews), Macdonald has been charged with four animal cruelty offenses, speeding and using his cellphone while behind the wheel of a vehicle. The 40-second video quickly went viral and had been posted on Facebook in order to help identify the person responsible for the egregious action and report the thug to authorities. At least ten emus were killed as they frantically tried to run for their lives.

“As the emus fell one-by-one MacDonald counted ‘one, two, three’ when each bird was hit. “This is f***ing great. I’ve got that one too … and that one!,” could be heard in the video.

The South Australian RSPCA had been notified and asked the public not to publicly shame suspects before charges had been levied. While trying to identify the alleged animal abuser, two other men had been mistakenly named and became victims of sharp criticism and ridicule.

In an interview with the West Australian, Macdonald stated the video was only meant for this friends, and it was no longer funny.

“It’s the biggest stuff up of my life. I’m not proud of it,” he stated.

He is scheduled to appear in court in Victoria in November.

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Thug laughed as he purposely mowed down helpless emus in 4-wheeler

A young thug laughed hysterically as he videoed himself purposely mowing down at least ten emus in a small town in South Australia on Thursday. Jacob Macdonald, 20, has been identified as the alleged driver running the flightless birds over with his four-wheel-drive vehicle.

Soon after the video was posted and Macdonald was identified as the culprit, he deleted his social media accounts. The video was posted to Facebook by Fabio Galletti and showed a man wearing a cap and sunglasses clearly enjoying himself as he sped down the dirt road at 75 mph and counted down each bird after he ran them over during the 40 second massacre. Galletti stated he did not take the video, has nothing to do with the people involved, but wanted those involved to be identified and reported to authorities.

“As the emus fell one-by-one MacDonald counted ‘one, two, three’ when each bird was hit. “This is f***ing great. I’ve got that one too … and that one!,” could be heard in the video.

Friends say Macdonald “went off the rails” after his latest breakup with his girlfriend. According to  Daily Mail Australia, Macdonald defended his actions for killing the birds he referred to as a “mob” stating the emu population had been out of control and destroying local crops because they had been scavenging for food. He also contended the birds had been suffering from diseases and needed to be killed.

As social pressure increased and more people helped to identify Macdonald, he admitted he was wrong and tried to tell people he had never made any animal suffer before this. Police have confirmed Macdonald has been interviewed and is expected to be charged with aggravated animal cruelty, tormenting animals, destruction of protected wildlife and a number of vehicle and traffic related offenses including using a cellphone while driving.

The disturbing video can be viewed here. CAUTION: The video is extremely graphic.

The RSPCA South Australia continues to investigate.

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Millions of chickens and thousands of pigs drowned from Hurricane Florence

Millions of chickens and thousands of pigs drowned in Hurricane Florence flooding in North Carolina, and animal casualties continue to rise as more farmers have been returning to their property and surveying the catastrophic damage.

According to the Evening Standard, the number of waste lagoons continue to increase. The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services estimate 3.4 million chickens and turkeys died with 5,500 hogs perishing in the flood waters. Some farmers, in preparation for the anticipated flooding moved their animals to higher ground, but the flood conditions exceeded all estimates.

In a press release, Sanderson Farms from Monday, the company announced there had been no human injuries or loss of life.

“Out of 880 broiler houses in North Carolina, 60 have flooded. Another six houses experienced damage and will be unable to house broilers until repairs are made. In addition to the affected broiler houses, four breeder houses out of a total of 92 in North Carolina flooded. At this point, none of the Company’s 33 pullet houses have reported serious damage. As a result of these losses, the Company estimates that approximately 1.7 million head of broiler chickens out of an average live inventory of approximately 20 million head, ranging in age from six days to sixty-two days, were destroyed as a result of flooding. In addition, approximately thirty farms, housing approximately 211,000 chickens per farm, in the Lumberton, North Carolina, area are isolated by flood waters and the Company is unable to reach those farms with feed trucks. Losses of live inventory could escalate if the Company does not regain access to those farms.”

Sanderson Farms is one of the largest poultry producers in North Carolina.

Perdue Farms reported partial losses of two of their chicken farms and stated that they had moved birds from low-lying areas before the storm. The flooding damage far surpassed expectations.

Out of 9 million hogs born and raised in North Carolina, 5,500 pigs drowned in flooding as farm buildings filled up with water. The slow moving storm is responsible for 16 rivers overflowing with more anticipated today. According to CNN reports, at least 25 hog lagoons containing animal feces and urine have suffered damage or have completely breached. The North Carolina Pork Council stated they moved thousands of animals to higher ground.

Check out the following video:

(Video and photos of pigs drowned via Daniel Turbert Facebook)

(More photos of chickens drowned via Mandy Lee Facebook)

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