Neglected and starved dog Lotus needs a new nose to live

A neglected and starved dog’s rescue efforts began on April 9 when a photo of the emaciated dog, with a mostly detached nose and an accompanying video, arrived at the Little League Rescue located in Hereford, Arizona. The dog, dubbed Lotus was ambulatory; she had open sores on her hips and other areas. Her nose had nearly fallen off, her ears were dried out and her gums were very pale. Although little is known about her past only; that she had been surrendered, her tragic story played out to rescuers and veterinarians at first glance.  

With the help of volunteers, Lotus was able to survive the trip and arrived at the organization’s veterinarian a few days later; from there the dog’s struggle to survive really began. With a feeding plan and treatment, Lotus started to improve, but along with her initial progress, a new set of health complications quickly followed. Because her body had been so depleted of all needed nourishment, only her vital organs survived; the dog’s ears and nose had suffered irreparable damage. Once she built up some strength, her nose fell off as her body tried to replenish its blood supply resulting in all of her wounds – ears and nose  becoming extremely vascular. Unfortunately once her nose fell away,  her nasal passage is so small, the dog is having a hard time breathing.

“This is quickly turning into a very desperate for help situation! She had this catheter placed yesterday as her wounds are healing and unfortunately that includes her nose. She needs a life-saving reconstruction of her nose. We have written multiple surgical centers but have not had any luck finding someone that can take this surgery on it. She has gained 7 pounds and is making great progress, but we are running out of time!,” the rescue organization posted on their Facebook page.

The Little League Rescue has been reaching out to the public asking for help finding a specialized surgeon who can help Lotus.

“I got a little sick to my stomach when I saw the numbers that are $5000-$6500 + or – . Not because I think it’s overpriced, these doctors are the best of the best and with that comes a price to match, but because it seems so unobtainable. This would include: blood work, pre-operative care, scoping, ct scan, surgical procedure, and post operative care. It’s a good feeling to know that they are confident in their skill but scary because the only other alternative is death.”

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Woman shot and burned neighbor’s two Siberian huskies for killing her Chihuahua

The Dickson County Sheriff’s Office in Dickson, Tennessee is investigating allegations of animal cruelty stemming from the deaths of three dogs – two Siberian huskies and one Chihuahua. According to WkrnNews, area resident, Larry Morrisett’s two Siberian huskies managed to elude the family’s electric fence; both dogs Sierra and Kenai took off on Easter Sunday. One of the neighbors say the huskies killed a woman’s Chihuahua.

While the woman has not been named by authorities, she has communicated with the press and allegedly admitted to killing Sierra and Kenai in order to protect her other animals. And when she called the sheriff’s department to remove the bodies of the dogs, she said they refused – so she burned their bodies in her backyard.

“I did not know who the owners were and I did not ask, the woman told reporters. “I was just left with two dead dogs in my yard.”

On the woman’s private Facebook page, she posted more about the disturbing situation:

“I lost my baby girl this morning. She suffered terribly too. She was attacked by two large dogs. Those two dogs are dead. That’s the only thing that is helping me feel better. It smelled like BBQ in my back yard today. Sheriff wouldn’t have the bodies hauled off so we put them in the burn out. Diesel burns real hot.”

As for the owner of Sierra and Kenai, Larry admits the dogs were off his property, and he would have had no trouble accepting and being responsible for the death of the Chihuahua, but he was never given the opportunity. In addition both dogs wore tags, and while he and his wife were looking everywhere for their dogs, Sierra and Kenai had already been killed.

Tennessee law does grant a person permission to shoot a dog if they present a threat to themselves or their livestock. Authorities are investigating if burning the dogs without notification is an offense. Meanwhile the Morrisett’s young children are heartbroken, and should dogs be killed for “vengeance?” What do you think?

(Photos of Siberian huskies via Wncn News and family submitted photos)

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Dog owners get jail sentences in case of tortured Shih Tzu, Elvira

The former owners of a severely neglected and tortured Shih Tzu, living in Clinton Township, Michigan received stiff sentences in court on Wednesday after appearing before Macomb County Circuit Judge Edward Servitto. Demico Knight, 21, was sentenced to six months in jail while his mother Sonja Sturdivant, 49, was sentenced to 90 days in jail for the abuse of Elvira.

According to the press release issued by N.B.S. Animal Rescue, Knight, Sturdivant and Christopher Penn, 36, Sturdivant’s husband were also sentenced to 18 months probation and were ordered to pay restitution. The three defendants pleaded no contest to felony animal torture.

The severely neglected Shih Tzu, with clumps of matted hair covering her eyes, paws and restricting her circulation, had been brought into the Macomb County Animal Control on Halloween, by a man saying he found the dog as a stray. The seven-year-old defenseless dog was dubbed Elvira and had to be shaved from over one pound of mats and knots, had untreated broken back legs, had been missing her front foot, was partially blind and needed extensive dental surgery. A subsequent investigation revealed the man who brought Elvira into the shelter was one of her owners. 

What was really peculiar about this case is the family owned another dog who lived upstairs and was treated like a pampered pet. For some reason, however, Elvira was out of favor with her family, and the sweet little dog existed in the basement in her own feces and urine, never walked and hardly fed or ever washed or brushed.

Elvira has been recovering at the N.B.S. Animal Rescue; the organization’s Facebook page followed the little dog’s journey slowly back to health.  Since being entrusted with her care Elvira has undergone four major surgeries in an effort to give her a better quality of life. Her ulcerated left eye was removed; her left hind leg had pins inserted to try to stabilize the hock due to the ruptured tendons; a bone graft was completed from her pelvis, and a plate and screws were inserted into her leg to try to fix the broken bone that had not healed. Elvira has also undergone sessions of various alternative therapies for pain management including: hydrotherapy, chiropractic therapy, laser therapy, targeted electromagnetic pulse therapy, and shock wave therapy. She has also been fitted with a prosthetic limb for her front left leg, carpal support wraps for her other two legs with ruptured tendons, and a wheelchair.

And with all of this, the little dog’s foster parents say she never stops wagging her tail.

“While in our eyes the punishment doesn’t quite fit the crime, we are extremely pleased with the sentencing that was handed down by Judge Servitto,” wrote Rebecca Akins, president of the the N.B.S. Animal Rescue. “Elvira’s case will help pave the way for stricter laws and increased sentencing consequences that send a message to others in Macomb County. Animal abuse and animal torture will not be tolerated.

The organization continues to raise money for Elvira’s care. To date, more than $11,600 has been spent on the dog’s veterinary care. A YouCaring link can be found here.

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Heartless thug arrested for throwing and kicking pillowcase of puppies into storm drain

A Florida man, videoed by his neighbor stuffing a litter of puppies into a pillowcase and then kicking and throwing them into a storm drain, was arrested this week by the Jacksonville Police.  Ernest Martin, 39, has been accused of six counts of animal cruelty for the abandonment of animals in public without providing for their welfare. According to News4Jax, Martin was caught on camera last September cramming the six puppies he stole from his stepfather into the pillowcase.

Martin is then seen tossing the puppies one by one over a fence and walking to the storm drain in the street. There he   tries to push all the puppies. into the drain. As they struggle to escape, Martin kicks them back into the hole.

The witness, who videoed the disturbing scene, couldn’t believe anyone could be so callous:

 “He throws them real high into the air and over the fence and they’re hitting the ground. He came back outside with some pillow cases, grabbed the puppies up one by one, came out here to the drain and started shoving them into the drain. When they started moving around, he was kicking them, trying to shove them back into the drain.”

Fortunately all six puppies were rescued and survived the attack; one of the puppies lives with Martin’s stepfather and family members have adopted the others.  According to Martin’s mother, her son suffers from schizophrenia and stated her son thought they were tiny demons.  Martin remains in jail in lieu of a $90,000 bond.

(Photos of suspect and pillowcase full of puppies via Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and freezshot of witness video)

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Heartbreaking cruelty: Cat found impaled by arrow

Police are searching for the person who impaled a cat with a sharp object and an arrow early on Wednesday morning. The heartbreaking cruelty was discovered by a hotel employee on the 800 block of Collins Court in Miami Beach, who found the yellow cat with an arrow through his head and another sharp object sticking out of his neck. According to Channel 7News, the frightened and fatally injured cat had been hiding under a dumpster.

The cat is one of four that live behind the Franklin Hotel on Collins Avenue and have been taken care of  by the hotel’s former owner who is now offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of  the responsible person(s). It was Georgio, a hotel employee who found the cat named Strush hiding.

“I hear, ‘meow, meow,’ so, over here, right here,” Giorgio said. “You see – look, look – you see the blood right here, right there. He had an arrow in the head.”

The cat was rushed to Dr. Rachael Johnson, a veterinarian at VCA Alton Road Animal Hospital. Strush suffered terribly as the arrow penetrated behind one of his eyes and came out his mouth. Rescue staff said the cat was non-responsive upon arrival. Sadly, Strush had to be humanely euthanized.

Miami Beach detectives are looking for the person or people behind the animal cruelty. Anyone with information is urged to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Help Strush find justice.

Photos of cat impaled by arrow courtesy of Miami Beach Police

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Vallejo woman finds three trash bags with dead dogs stuffed in them

It was a disturbing discovery in Vallejo, California for a woman walking her dog near an embankment off Columbus Parkway. A local resident, Carine Peters had been walking her German shepherds away from Blue Rock Springs Park when her dogs nosed their way into the nearby bushes. That’s when Carine spotted three black plastic garbage bags – dogs stuffed inside of them and a few dead bodies lying nearby.

According to Fox News, the bodies of the dogs had been deteriorating, but Carine was able to identify their breeds  and stated there were between 10 and 12 dogs – some looked like Labrador retrievers, poodles, spaniels, and all seemed to have been well-groomed. None of the bodies wore any collars or had identification tags.

“These animals lost their lives to something sick and depraved. I don’t know what happened. Were they bait dogs for fighting? Is there some individual out here that is killing dogs?, stated Carine who found the dogs in mid-February.  Of course I want a full-blown homicide investigation; they say there’s nothing to test, or to look at. In my mind there is.”

Even though she reported the grisly scene, it took a long time for Animal Control officers to arrive at the spot, and by then the weather and coyotes had caused most of the evidence of lost lives to disappear. The Vallejo Police Department and Animal Control have refused to investigate.   What Carine did find, however were two poles found near the dogs’ bodies. One of the poles had a box cutter blade attached to it. Was that used to kill the dogs, Carine wondered? The other pole had a scissors type head to it; black fur and plastic still entangled.

The Center of Animal Rescue and Education of Solano County has stepped up to help; believing the dogs were once someone’s pets. The organization is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the responsible person(s) involved in this heinous deed.

(Photo of Vallejo woman finds dogs in garbage bags screenshot via Fox News and Kron4News)

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Garbage collectors make astonishing discovery in trash pile

Garbage collectors made an astonishing discovery in Daytona Beach, Florida, on Monday. According to Click Orlando, the workers noticed an unusual box sitting with a pile of garbage that was destined to wind up at an area landfill.

Thankfully the workers investigated and they discovered tiny, three-week-old kittens who had been thrown away. The discarded kittens were bundled up and taken to the non-profit ARNI Foundation for care. On April 24, the organization updated Facebook followers about the newcomers:

Meet our 4 newest babies! This box was left out with piles of trash on north Halifax today. Thank god the trash men opened the box and saw there were 4 tiny kittens!! Some amazing people rescued them and now they are safe!! After some food and formula they should be ok!!! They were starving!!!

All of the kittens are safe and sound today – eating well and being cared for until they are old enough to be adopted. Great work to everyone involved in saving their young lives!

(Images via ARNI Foundation)

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Elbert County wild animal sanctuary euthanizes nearly a dozen of lions, tigers and bears

The Lion’s Gate Wild Animal Sanctuary near Denver, Colorado euthanized all eleven of its animals after the Elbert County commissioners denied the refuge’s repeated request to move the wild animals to an 80 acre plot of land south of Elizabeth. Instead the animals were all killed on April 20 citing recurring flooding on the property deemed the conditions unsafe.

According to the Denver Post, Commissioner Grant Thayer said a unanimous vote denying the special-use permit to move the sanctuary was made because “it was felt the community impact would best be served.” A previous vote to move the facility was denied in 2006. According to local politics,  housing wild animals was not appropriate in a area known for horses. Neighbors complained about lions roaring at night and the possibility of the wild animals escaping. Lion’s Gate owners, Joan Laub and Peter Winney, argued that the animals at the sanctuary were old and posed little risk. In addition they would erect a ten-foot high electrified fence. As to the lions roaring, the owners stated the two lions roared once a day and just for an insignificant amount of time. Still the special permit was denied and all of the animals were killed.

On Wednesday, the executive director of the Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone, Minnesota sent out a letter expressing “their hearts break knowing these were senseless deaths of animals that deserved so much more compassion.” The Denver Post reports Tammy Thies, executive director of the organization, stated they had accepted animals from Lion’s Gate in the past and euthanizing these animals this month was a “selfish move” that “had nothing to do with the welfare of the animals.”

(Photos of Elbert County euthanized wildlife via the Denver Post and Lion’s Gate Wild Animal Sanctuary)

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Two dogs found decapitated on railroad tracks in Colorado

Two family dogs, who escaped from their home, were found deceased and decapitated, on railroad tracks in Mesa County, Colorado, last week. On Tuesday, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) issued a release stating that an investigation had revealed that the dogs were decapitated when a train struck them.

MCSO explained:

A train conductor with Union Pacific confirms seeing the two deceased dogs on the tracks the morning of April 19th. The dogs were noticeably dead and intact before the train passed by. Unfortunately, the train was moving too fast to stop and move the bodies of the dogs out of the way.

The dogs, BB and Calypso, had escaped from owner Christin Ormond’s fenced yard on the night of April 15 – their bodies were found on the evening of April 19.

Though it has been determined how the dogs were decapitated, it remains a mystery as to how the dogs died. The sheriff’s office is asking for the public’s help to determine how the dogs died, and how their bodies wound up on the tracks.

Anyone who saw the dogs on or around the train tracks, or anyone with these dogs, is asked to call the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 242-6707 or call Crime Stoppers at 241-7867. Information reported to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest can earn you up to $1,000 cash reward and you will remain completely anonymous.

According to MCSO, two people were seen in a dark green Pontiac (possibly a late 90s or early 00s model) in the area – the sheriff’s office would like to find these people and question them about the dogs.

(Images MCSO)

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Tiny Yorkie almost died after eating hot dogs stuffed with nails

In Lake Delton, Wisconsin, a three-year-old Yorkshire terrier nearly died after eating hot dog pieces stuffed with nails outside of the family’s apartment complex. According to WkowNews, the hot dogs were scattered going up a stairwell and while out for her walk, the pooch named Clarice snatched them up and ate some.

Clarice’s owner, Tom Deakin, thought it was rather strange to see the pieces of meat strewn around the area, and said in the back of his mind he thought someone may have been trying to poison the dogs. It didn’t take long before Deakin had to rush his dog to an emergency veterinarian. There, Dr. Sam Steinich found six nails in her stomach and colon.

Clarice had emergency surgery to save her life which lasted more than two hours. She is now recovering and will remain on a soft food diet until she heals. The apartment complex has issued a warning to all pet owners about the disturbing incident. Lake Delton police have not commented about the situation, although they do have a person of interest who is scheduled to be interviewed.

(Photos of Yorkie found eating hot dogs stuffed with nails via screenshot WkowNews)

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