Grievously injured dog who ate rocks to survive is still showing fighting spirit

A grievously injured dog, found motionless beneath a train in Perry County, Kentucky, was near death when he was discovered a short time ago. But the Coonhound, dubbed “Rooney,” is showing his fighting spirit as he continues his difficult road to recovery.

Rooney is under the care of The Arrow Fund – on Friday, Facebook followers learned that the ailing dog is making progress:

Rooney is moving in the right direction!
His heart rate, blood pressure, and temperature are all in an acceptable range . He is eating everything that is offered to him and they have increased his amount hoping for him to gain weight now that he is stabilized.

Before being found, Rooney ate rocks in a desperate attempt to survive. When he was first brought to an emergency veterinarian, his maggot-infested body was so frail and weak that surgery to remove the rocks was (and still is) impossible. Fortunately, some of the rocks are passing naturally.

The agency wrote:

 Rooney thankfully did pass a large amount of rocks through his stool today. Remember this poor boy ate rocks just to survive.

Rooney has a long way to go, but he is moving in the right direction. Keep fighting for your life Rooney!

Donations can be made to and checks may be mailed to The Arrow Fund P.O.Box 1127 Prospect, Kentucky 40059.

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Prior story about Rooney here.

(Images The Arrow Fund)

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Cruel improvisation of weaning plate for baby calf stirs ire with animal advocates

In Joubertina,  located on the eastern cape of  South Africa, the SPCA Assisi Humansdrop, came to the aid of a baby calf on Friday. Inspector Benjamin received a complaint about a cow with a “wooden device” tied to her face. When the inspector arrived at the field, he was shocked. Wooden logs had nails facing outward from the mouth of the calf.

Inspector Benjamin tried to remove the contraption from the calf, but was unable and therefore drove into the town where he could locate the owner of the calf. After searching for more than 40 minutes, the owner was located:

“What is that thing for?,” the inspector asked.

The owner told the inspector his calf had grown up, however it wouldn’t stop nursing from his mother. He devised the contraption so whenever the calf would try to nurse from his mother, the nails would stick the mother in her belly and she would kick the baby away.

According to the Atlantic, on most farms, calves are weaned from their mother when they’re about six months old. The little ones are introduced to a new diet, a new environment, and they have to learn new rules of social organization with their fellow calves. As weaning is necessary on cattle farms because the mothers are quickly re-bred, and if a mother is still nursing her previous calf while gestating a new one, energy is taken away from the growing calf within the mother cow’s body. 

No doubt there is significant stress when separating a mother cow from her calf, some beef farms have been taking a more humane approach. Just one of the many alternative approaches is “fenceline weaning”—also called “nose to nose weaning”—because it seems more humane than traditional. Mothers and their calves briefly live on opposite sides of a slatted metal gate once separated. The mothers are led into the pastures everyday, but allowed to return to the barn area to check on their babies. Every day they can touch, smell and call to each other, but the baby can not reach to nurse. After ten days, the mother comes back to the barn less and less to check on her baby – and when the calves no longer call out for their mothers and are eating well, they are moved on to new pastures.

Weaning rings are a  sad reality of both dairy and beef farming, but humane and compassionate treatment should never be condoned. Even a nylon calf weaner, (costing $2.00 each) is durable and easy to apply. It can be left on for a few days and then removed. No calf should have to walk around with a log attached to his face.

Animal advocates expressed their outrage concerning the farmer after he was just issued a warning and ordered to remove the device. According to Inspector Benjamin, the calf could not even graze. Many of the comments echoed these feelings:

Kerry: “The scary thing is, it’s a crude version of a device that is commonly used by farmers worldwide, anyone know that??? My question is why is everyone throwing a fit about this, but quite happy to drink the milk, eat the meat etc. from sources that practice the same barbaric methods???? Because we don’t see it, it comes beautifully packaged on our supermarkets shelves!!!”

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(Photo of baby calf via SPCA Assisi Humansdrop)

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Stray dogs are turning blue – toxic substance to blame

Stray dogs in Mumbai, India, are turning a rather shocking color – according to One India, many of the dogs in the area have fur which has turned blue. Toxic, industrial dye, which was dumped into the Kasadi river, not only discolored the dogs’ fur, but one of them was left blinded.

According to activists, the toxic substance is coming from a factory which dumps the dye directly into the water – though the area is cordoned off, dogs manage to get into the water while trying to cool down or drink. Dogs impacted by the toxic dye are being treated by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals – they will be released in the same area after treatment.

The company believed to be responsible for releasing the dye into the water is under investigation – they have been ordered to stop dumping toxins into the water and threatened with a shut down if they do not comply.


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Search is on for man beating dog whose agonizing howls echoed for miles

The Soweto Animal Rescue has called out for the public’s help to find the man responsible for the brutal beating of a dog in south Johannesburg, South Africa on Thursday.

According to the Southern Courier, Jerry Selwane, speaking for the rescue organization,  witnesses described hearing the agonizing howls of the dog echoing for miles. After the man, filmed in the video, finished beating the dog unmercifully, he walked away. The dog limped away to hide in obvious agony. Although Selwane has not been able to pinpoint the area where the egregious abuse occurred, he wants the culprit arrested and charged with animal cruelty.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Soweto Animal Rescue and Advisory Center or call 084.911.9459.


A Reward of R1000 to any information which might lead to the identification and arrest of the suspect

We appeal to any member of the public who might know of the identity of the suspect to contact our anonymous and confidential number on 0849119459 with any information which could lead to his arrest

We are confident that he will soon be captured and the dog saved.
Please Share far and wide finally someone, either a friend, neighbour, brother, sister, cousin, enemy, etc might recognise him.”

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(Photo of man beating dog via screenshot from Soweto Animal Rescue Center)

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Neighbor ran over dog with lawnmower for mating with his female dog

A friendly, three-year-old German shepherd mix was the victim of extreme animal cruelty recently after a neighbor pinned the dog to the ground and ran over his legs with a lawnmower for mating with the man’s female dog. Both dogs were just reacting to their natural instincts – shame on all owners who do not take the time to get their pets spayed and neutered.

It had been a fine summer day when the shepherd, named Mommam, ran and played in the residential neighborhood of Thanlang, Phuket, Thailand. Running over to mount the female dog, tragically the dog’s life changed for the worse in just a few minutes; the female dog’s owner became so furious that he grabbed Mommam, restrained him to the ground and ran over his legs with a lawnmower. Despite the dog’s intense pain and agony, he was able to pull away from his torturer and dragged himself over to the spot where he loved to take naps; he writhed in agony. Later that day when his owner found his dog – he was shocked.

Mommam’s injuries were severe and life threatening. Because his owner was not able to afford the emergency care for his dog, Soi Dog Foundation stepped up to help. The dog was rushed to a local veterinary hospital for treatment. His front leg had been completely severed, and it has since been amputated. His back right leg is currently being treated by Soi Dog vets, who hope they can save it.

As can be seen in the video below, once Mommam’s injuries were treated and his pain was brought under control,  his joyful spirit has returned. His tail is wagging, and he is able to walk – or jump – using his left legs alone.

An investigation by Thailand’s animal cruelty officials is currently underway. The person who attacked the dog is facing criminal charges.

Mommam desperately needs donations to cover his medical care. Please give today:

 Mommam’s recovery would not be possible without you. Thank you for helping him.

(Photos and videos of dog run over with lawnmower courtesy of Soi Dog Foundation Facebook)

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German shepherd starved to the brink of death and abandoned on road

Earlier this week, someone discovered a starved German shepherd who was abandoned on a road in central Arkansas. The good Samaritan who made the disturbing discovery initially feared that the motionless dog had been hit by a car…as it turned out, the dog was simply too weak to move.

The abandoned, skeletal dog was rushed to the Jacksonville Animal Shelter, who in turn rushed him to an emergency veterinarian for critical, life-saving care. Rocky Ridge Refuge, who is shared this emaciated dog’s plight, recounted the German shepherd’s dismal condition and what was initially recommended to the shelter staff:

 After the first night at vet, the shelter was told to consider euthanasia, as his chances looked so bleak. But Hedy Wuelling, the shelter director, felt he deserved more time. He is a young dog and tests have shown that he has no disease or issue apparent to cause the extreme emaciation. All evidence points to deliberate starvation at this point. Over the last few days he has managed to hold his head up and eat and drink a bit on his own. Still too weak to sit or stand on his own, but definitely improving.

The badly neglected dog, dubbed “Apollo,” will be moved to Rocky Ridge Refuge for care once he is stabilized, but it is unknown, due to his extraordinarily poor state of health, when that will be. In the meantime, donations can be made to the animal shelter which is fighting for his life (or directly to the veterinary hospital).

Information as follows:

He is at Dr. Misak’s (Jacksonville Animal Hospital) where an account has been set up for him under the name Apollo. If you would like to donate to Apollo’s care, please go by Dr. Misak’s, or you can donate via Paypal at Your donation is tax deductible and 100% will go to Apollo’s vet bills. Thank you!

(Images via Rocky Ridge Refuge)

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Blind, maggot infested ShihTzu found wandering the streets: Owner arrested

In a tragic and heartbreaking situation, a blind, maggot infested ShihTzu was found wandering the street in Citrus County, Florida on Sunday. According to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, two more dogs were found living in “very horrific” conditions. The animals were seized; on Wednesday, their owner was arrested.


The ShihTzu named Trixie was found by a Good Samaritan who brought her home and called the authorities. The Facebook page of the Citrus County’s Sheriff’s Office tells the disturbing story:

“This past Sunday evening Animal Control Officers seized three dogs, two of which were in very, very horrific condition. A 9 lb Shih Tzu was found in the road wandering a neighborhood.”

“A good Samaritan held the dog to keep it safe and waited for ACOs to arrive. The dog is totally blind (and was in the middle of the street) but worse than that was the body condition of the dog. She was severely underweight but she also had mats and dreadlocks caked and encrusted with feces and urine hanging from 95% of her body that, when shaved off by the vet, weighed 3 lbs AND HAD MAGGOTS LIVING UNDER THE MATTED FUR. The vet and her staff said they’ve never seen any case this bad. They even dug a piece of 5” wire out of one of the dreadlocks.”

The description continued:

“The ACOs that responded knocked door to door and eventually found a neighbor that recognized the dog and showed them where it lived but the owners were not home. Two additional dogs were found in the back yard, one of which was paralyzed in her back end and unable to stand or walk, was also badly matted and blind. The third dog only showed minor signs of neglect but ACOs later learned she hadn’t been there nearly as long as the other two.”

The chow mix and pit bull also showed signs of neglect. Veterinarians who examined the dogs stated they had never seen a case of neglect as what happened to Trixie. The chow was also blind and paralyzed in his rear quarters. The pit bull was in better condition, however also showed signs of neglect.

Joi-Marie Richheimer, 45, of Crystal River was arrested on Wednesday and faces two felony counts of animal cruelty. The dogs are currently under veterinarian care. Little Trixie has been bathed and cleaned up – she is reportedly feeling much better.

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(Photos via Citrus County Sheriff’s Office of dog wandering street)

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Someone wrapped 2 dogs in plastic and left them in a parking lot

Someone wrapped two dogs inside of a plastic bag and left them in the parking lot of a New Haven, Connecticut, Target. According to Wednesday’s WTNH News, someone spotted the dogs on Monday and brought them to a local animal shelter before the unthinkable happened.

The dogs were examined by a veterinarian who determined that they had been neglected before they were abandoned at the parking lot. Both of the dogs were severely infested with fleas, one has a heart murmur and both are suffering from advanced dental disease.

The abandoned dogs now have names, Amelia and Dharma, and they are receiving much needed care through the Animal Haven Inc. rescue agency. On August 16, the rescue group updated Facebook followers about the dogs:

Dharma and Amelia have a little way to go due to neglect and being found in a plastic bag left in a parking lot! However they are being examined today and obviously look pretty content with less itching and having full bellies ❤️🐾❤️❤️ They have severe dental disease, are not spayed, serious flea infestation, and poor lack of nutrition which has resulted in walking badly. Thank you to the amazing team at Guilford Animal Medical Center

Donations for these neglected dogs can be made at this link to the rescue group’s website.

(Screenshot via WTNH News and FB page for Animal Haven Inc)

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Authorities search for driver who abandoned puppies on side of road: Some run over

In Jefferson County, Alabama, authorities are asking for the public’s help identifying the driver who abandoned a litter of puppies by Little Cove Way and Alliance Road in the western part of the county.

According to the, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, a witness posted on social media a dark colored vehicle possibly a Chevrolet with a sticker on the the left back bumper, saw the person drop off the puppies on the side of the road and even run over some of them while speeding away:

“…they didn’t even have sense to put them far enough away from the car as to not run them over,” a Facebook post stated from the motorist who saw the heartbreaking ordeal.

Two of the puppies were killed and two were injured. The rest are now being cared for by the man who found them. The Greater Birmingham Humane Society announced a reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person involved in this case of animal cruelty:

“The GBHS is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual that dumped a litter of puppies out of a car on Monday in Alliance and then ran over them killing two. If you have any information, please call Crime Stoppers, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at 205-328-9311 or the GBHS at 205-942-1211. You may remain anonymous. We are accepting donations towards to reward – please consider donating through the button below or on our website: Thank you for your support as we continue to fight for the animals who have no voice!”

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(Photos of abandoned puppies run over via screenshots Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office)

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Update: Roxie continues to fight for her life under emergency care

When a 911 call came into the Rescue Dogs Rock NYC organization early Monday morning from Manhattan’s New York City Animal Care Center, Jackie O’Sullivan was shocked and in tears. A friendly stray had been nearly strangled to death by her chain collar. The rescue organization asked the city shelter if they would release Roxie before her stray hold was over – this friendly pup needed emergency help.

Roxie was transported by Jackie, co-founder of the rescue group, from the shelter to the organization’s  Brooklyn veterinarian partner where the dog has been examined, assessed and treated. Her condition, although serious, continued to improve even though veterinarians stated Roxie would need surgery on both eyes. It is suspected she previously had cherry eyes and that is what ruptured as a result of the chain that had been strangling her. The staff believe her eyesight might still be viable – it’s just too soon to know for sure.

All was going well for Roxie, as she thoroughly enjoyed her first bath, and her future seemed to be taking a positive path, but on Thursday morning, Roxie took a turn for the worse:

“…. tongue swelling. She had been improving and you can see her eyes look better, but she’s been losing blood since (at least) Sunday when she entered NYC ACC after being strangled by that awful chain,” stated Jackie as Roxie was carried into the specialty veterinarian hospital in Brooklyn. “She bruises very easily and her blood is not clotting properly. That’s all we know as of now. She started to choke on her tongue when she arrived, and they rushed her into the back to start emergency treatment.”

Roxie has been receiving both blood and plasma transfusions. The latest update on Thursday evening indicates the dog will be administered another transfusion. Please say a prayer for Roxie – she didn’t deserve to be abused and mistreated. She deserves to live and be loved; we can only hope that is possible.

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Photos and video of dog strangled courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC

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