Human kindness needed: Confused senior dog brings tears to shelter staff

Dara is a nearly blind ten-year-old dog. The confused senior needs human kindness; her struggle as she tried to understand what had happened to her at a noisy shelter brought tears to the eyes of the shelter staff. Details of her arrival at the Inland Valley Humane Society in Pomona, California are at the best quite murky, but her immediate future lies in peril. There won’t be a list of potential adopters, and doesn’t she deserve better?

“Today Dara and I experienced what we probably both needed. Human kindness. One of the kennel attendants ‘Jacob’ went out of his way to help me get pictures and video of sweet Dara. He got choked up, which in Turn got me choked up. We both witnessed a senior dog so confused. A terrible, terrible sight. The unfamiliar sounds of an animal shelter, the cries of other dogs is enough to make any animal sad, but for a blind senior the sadness is unbearable,” wrote shelter volunteer Sal Valdepena.

Dara struggles to walk and needs to be examined by a veterinarian. She can barely stand for any length of time. Most likely this poor dog has been neglected and needs to know that humans can offer much more than pain. An adopter would be ideal; a foster home would work too.

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Follow Dora’s Facebook page here. Share Dora’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. For more information, contact the Inland Valley Humane Society and S.P.C.A. 909 623-9777 —
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(Photos and video of Dara who deserves human kindness courtesy of Sal Valdepena)

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UPDATE: Man beat his dog with bat for eating his Whopper burger

In Dartmouth, Massachusetts, the owner of a dog arrested and charged with animal cruelty is alleged to have beaten his dog with a bat because the pooch ate his Whopper burger. On Friday, a press release posted  on the Dartmouth Police Department’s Facebook,  stated Greg Ostiguy, 50, had been witnessed beating a dog inside of a vehicle with a baseball bat. When authorities arrived, they determined the dog had been injured.

The dog was found in the front seat of the vehicle and noticeably frightened and physically shaking. He was transferred to the Anchor Animal Hospital in Dartmouth and is expected to make a full recovery.

According to the Providence Journal, Ostiguy’s public defender stated her client is a former Marine and suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder  (PTSD). Past criminal records indicate Ostiguy had been convicted of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault on a police officer as well as a past animal cruelty offense.

Bail was set at $5,000 cash and Ostiguy ordered not to own or care for any animals until the case is resolved.

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Emaciated dog locked in plastic container and abandoned in motel room

Police in Roswell, Georgia discovered a small dog locked in a plastic container with no food or water and abandoned in a motel room on Wednesday afternoon. The Chihuahua mix had been left in a Studio 6 Motel located on Old Dogwood Road and discovered when housekeeping entered the room to clean.

The personnel who discovered the dog stated he was “emaciated and malnourished.” The pup was transferred to the Chattahoochee Animal Clinic and is receiving treatment. Police said the dog had been locked in a Tupperware plastic container and left  inside a drawer;  the dog had no access to food and water

“We are in the news once again. Great news is that the pup has had a great rebound and is under the care of a rescue!”

According to the AJC, police have issued a warrant for Alton Coates, 38; he is wanted for aggravated animal cruelty. Anyone with information about Coates is asked to call 911 or Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404.577.8477.

The dog has been transferred to Fulton Animal Control where he already has a new family waiting to adopt him.

(Photos screenshots via AJC and Facebook)

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Again: Police break window to save a puppy in hot car

Near Pensacola, Florida a deputy and his trainee broke the window of a hot car on Saturday afternoon to rescue a puppy locked inside. The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office described how the puppy was in danger of dying from the heat as outside temperatures registered 92 degrees.

 “The driver of the vehicle could not be located and the puppy was squealing, panting heavily, and in distress. Due to the continued state of panic and distress of the puppy, Deputy Matheny broke the driver’s side window to rescue the pup. DST Waters gave the dog water and placed her in a cool patrol car until Animal Control arrived and took custody.” the department posted on their Facebook page.

The owner of the puppy, William Sparkman, 25, was located and charged with animal cruelty. He was taken to the Escambia County Jail and released later that day on a $1,000 bond.

Heat related deaths are preventable. Make sure to check your vehicle before leaving. Let pets stay at home during the summer where it is cool and they are safe.

(Photos of puppy rescued from hot car courtesy of Escambia County Sheriff’s Office)

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Someone left a 4-month-old puppy in this condition at a park

A 4-month-old puppy abandoned in a Dallas park and rescued on Monday morning by Rescue Dogs Rock NYC most likely has never experienced one day of kindness from her heartless owner.  Tragically,Penny has experienced the cruelty that too often accompanies being unwanted, starved and neglected. She had been taken to a nearby shelter where she curled up and prepared to die on a cold, filthy concrete floor.

“Just a puppy and this angel has already felt, experienced the hard core cruelty of this world and how we treat another living being – like garbage with no care of respect,” co-founder of the rescue organization, Stacey Silverstein posted on Facebook explaining how Penny was found.

The puppy is currently at a partner veterinarian hospital and is reported to be fighting for her life. Her skin is like that of a burn victim as it is red, infected and oozing pus. Penny is too weak to stand and just lies lifeless. At this point she is barely alive, and a staff of veterinarians are trying their best to help.

“She is barely alive; we hope we are not too late,” Stacey posted along with the heartbreaking photos of Penny.

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(Photos of 4-month-old puppy left to die courtesy of RDR NYC)

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Labrador retriever gets 11-inch branch stuck in her throat

In Warwickshire, England a Labrador retriever is lucky to be alive after an 11-inch branch became stuck in her throat and pierced her stomach. Three-year-old Willow was very fortunate to have survived after she was rushed to an emergency veterinarian for life-saving surgery.

According to the Bilton Veterinary Center in Rugby, Willow had been out for her walk with her owner Helen Speirs when the woman heard her dog let out a “blood curdling cry.” The 11-inch stick Willow had been playing fetch with at the park lodged itself under her tongue and half way down her throat. Veterinarians were able to remove it by sedating the patient and making a small incision in her neck to carefully pull the stick out.

Fortunately, Willow has made almost a full recovery, however veterinarians are warning dog owners that throwing sticks could lead to injuries – possibly even fatal. The video, released on Facebook, has been viewed more than 12,000 times.

“Willow the Labrador had been playing with a stick when she caught it awkwardly and it ended up impaling her into the mouth.”

Warning: The video shows graphic surgical procedures. Click here to view.

(Photo and video of 11-inch branch stuck in dog’s throat via Bilton Veterinary Center)

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Starved and beaten, bait dog left to die has strong will to survive

On Thursday evening, Shawn Wise and her ten-year-old daughter found a dying dog lying on the roadside in Prichard, Alabama. Although she reached out for the local police and the local animal control, no one responded. When Shawn went public on social media on her Facebook page, animal advocates began to reach out.

 

By nightfall, the dog was receiving veterinarian care at Medvet, located on Government Street. Dubbed Miracle and despite whatever atrocities the dog had endured, his sweet and gentle disposition surpassed his horrible and painful injuries.

Video #1 of Miracle’s injuries when he arrived at veterinary hospital:

Shawn has five dogs at this time and was not prepared to take on the financial burden, but she stated neither her heart nor her soul could allow her to leave the dog on the side of the road to die.

“He is at MedVet. The bill is up to $2500 right now,” Shawn wrote. “I have to pay $700 tonight. They think they can save him, but he will not be ‘pretty.’ He did not make a move when Dennis picked the maggots off of his face. I have cried to the point I am out of tears.”

Miracle’s veterinarians are convinced the dog had been used as a bait dog, and he is expected to need extended care.

“My ten-year-old daughter was there when we found him, and she named him Miracle. It would mean the world to me and my family for this dog to live and be an example of why animal cruelty must come to an end. In the event donations exceed Miracle’s vet bills, donations will be donated to the Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) for another sweet pup with extraordinary needs,” Shawn wrote. (Make sure to reference Miracle)

By Friday morning, Miracle was already showing signs of recovering. His face is still being cleaned and one of the wounds on his leg will require stitches.

 

More news to follow as this sweet dog hopefully makes a complete recovery. Get well soon Miracle.

Support the GoFundMe account for Miracle here.

(Photos and video by Shawn Wise and Fox News)

 

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United Airlines to resume carrying cats and dogs with new restrictions

United Airlines announced that it will resume carrying cats and dogs to travel to their destinations in the cargo area of planes again beginning this summer. After tragedies earlier this year – one from a family flying from Houston to New York ordered to place their puppy in an overhead bin resulting in the 10-month-old French bulldog’s death, which brought thousands of negative criticisms, the airline is trying to change their image. In that same week, a dog bound for Kansas ended up in Japan, however the dog was successfully sent to his destination without injury. The airlines apologized for both incidents and studied its policies for better pet care.

Effective June 18, United Airlines will implement new policies and customer requirements. United will no longer allow passengers to book a cargo hold spot for any “brachycephalic” ( short-snouted) or “strong-jaw dog breeds.” A list on the website bans dogs from American pit bull breeds to Shih Tzus and includes both Burmese and Persian cats.

In addition, the airline will also restrict dogs and cats on flights in the cargo area from May 1 through September 30 at Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Phoenix and Tucson airports because of the heat of summer. In a statement rolling out the new restrictions aimed at giving United Airlines “PetSafe” program a more positive spin, Jan Krems, United’s vice president of cargo stated:

“As we continue our review process to ensure that we are always doing what’s right, we are committed to making significant improvements in our program and adhering to the best practices of animal comfort, well being and travel on behalf of our customers and their pets.”

The airlines has been working closely with American Humane and still includes in-cabin pet travel. All rules can be found by clicking here.

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Extradited vet accused of implanting liquid heroin into puppies

A veterinarian, extradited to New York City, pleaded not guilty in court on Tuesday to  implanting liquid heroin into puppies for a Colombian drug trafficking ring. Andres Lopez Elorza, 38, arrived at JFK airport on Monday afternoon.

 

According to KhqNews, Elorza had been arrested in Spain in 2015 and extradited to the United States. He has been charged with conspiring to import and distribute heroin. Authorities in the United States allege Lopez, a Venezuelan veterinarian, alluded capture for ten years before he was arrested in 2015 trying to smuggle heroin into the United States by “sewing” the drugs into puppies.

 

In 2005, Elorza had been working at a clinic in Medellin, Colombia when police found 6.6 pounds of heroin implanted into several Labrador, Basset hound and Rottweiler puppies. The dogs were rescued, but three of the puppies died from infections as a result of the implant surgery.

“Traffickers will go to great lengths,” stated DEA Special Agent in Charge James Hunt. “These guys are evil geniuses in ways to think and hide the drugs, secret them. This case was exceptionally heinous.”

The drug traffickers, whose distribution network went from New York City to Miami, used multiple methods to move the heroin – the puppies just being one of their evil schemes.  The seven  surviving puppies were adopted to families in Colombia; one of the dogs, Heroina, a Rottweiler,  became a drug  sniffing dog for the Colombian police.

 

“As alleged in the indictment, Elorza is not only a drug trafficker, he also betrayed a veterinarian’s pledge to prevent animal suffering when he used his surgical skills in a cruel scheme to smuggle heroin in the abdomens of puppies,” stated United States Attorney Richard Donoghue.

If found guilty, Elorza faces a mandatory prison sentence of ten years and possibly imprisonment for life. Let’s hope so.

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Best freedom ride picture of rescued dog EVER!

Never for even a moment think a dog doesn’t know his life has been saved. Meet Gregory, from Hancock, Ohio, in the best freedom ride picture of a rescued dog EVER! The adorable pooch’s life changed for the better on Tuesday – rescued from a scheduled euthanasia appointment at the local shelter because he tested heart worm positive.

HOUND Rescue and Sanctuary posted the photo of appreciative Beagle Gregory and much adored Joe on their way home from the shelter. He will be seeing the organization’s veterinarian soon and will be starting his heart worm treatment. Hopefully Gregory will recover and be made eligible for adoption to a family who will provide him with the love and care he deserves.

 “We are asking as well, for Prayers and Blessings for Healing for this sweet boy! It is a pleasure to be able to Welcome Gregory and Help him on his way to a Healthy and Happy Life!www.houndrescueandsanctuary.com. Please consider a tax deductible Donation to help Gregory! www.paypal.me/HOUND.”

“What a Great photo of Gregory and my Husband Joe on their way home from the shelter! This is what makes it all worthwhile! This is why we Rescue!”

Many wishes for Gregory’s complete recovery and hoping the photos made everyone smile today.

(Photos of  best freedom ride from HOUND Rescue and Sanctuary)

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