Selma Blair has adopted a wonderful pit bull

Actress Selma Blair has adopted a wonderful pit bull who she describes as a “kind and dear girl.” The canine addition to Blair’s family was announced on the 45-year-old actress’ Instagram account (@therealselmablair) on Wednesday.

Adopted dog, Cappy

Blair introduced her new pup:

And so we have begun another dog love adventure. Cappuccino Houston (Cappy) entered our lives a few weeks ago. She is a shy dog, and much patience and work is being done. But, already bonded with Arthur, she is a kind and dear girl. She is almost still a pup herself. And has already weaned her own babies. Now she has another needy young one. Arthur. And it is just what we all wanted. Thank you for all the help @angelcitypits #nkla

In August, Blair said good-bye to her family’s beloved dog, “Ducky,” who died in a “terrible accident.” Ducky, a 13-year-old Chihuahua mix, had been adopted by Blair back in 2015. After Ducky’s tragic passing, Blair asked for the beloved dog’s help in finding a new companion.

“Please send us our next dog. With the spirit of you and wink. Our hearts are broken.”

Enjoy your new life Cappy – congratulations Blair family!

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‘It’s disgusting’: Woman screams about a military service dog in restaurant

A screaming woman’s profane viral rant at  restaurant employees in a Delaware restaurant was caught on video and has since gone viral. The woman, who was dining at Kathy’s Crab House & Family Restaurant, was filmed yelling at a group of people arguing that having a service dog in the dining room is “nasty,” and that there should be a “separate section” for people with animals.

Army National Guard veteran Bill Austin and his service dog JP had been dining at the restaurant when the woman screamed about the dog in front of Austin and his family.

“I’m leaving because the food is nasty and there’s a dog,” the woman yelled.

Immediately an employee defended Austin and JP -who helps his owner struggle with PTSD and wakes the veteran up when his past battles reoccur in frightening nightmares:

“He’s alive because he fought for our country,” the employee answered back to the irate woman.

The woman however had no intentions of letting the argument subside or just leaving. Instead she snapped back:

“Congratulations. My husband’s dad did too! My husband’s dad fought for the f*****g country! So what? It’s still nasty to me! It should be a separate section for a f*****g animal.”

And with even more complaints, the woman continued to yell and finally left with another man. Authorities are investigating, but it is not clear at this time if any charges will be pursued.

The Americans With Disabilities Act allows service dogs to accompany their handlers inside restaurants and all public buildings. People from all over the world have responded to the YouTube video supporting Austin and offering to buy both the veteran and his dog a meal. Not long after the embittered words and tragic scene occurred, the restaurant posted a sign outside of the restaurant:

“Service Dogs Welcome”

On Wednesday afternoon, the restaurant responded to the disturbing incident from the unidentified woman on their Facebook page apologizing to the public and using the situation as a teaching experience:

“We would like to express at this time how sorry we are over the embarrassing turn of events that occurred earlier this week in our restaurant, here in Delaware City.

It is unfortunate that some of the public are not familiar with federal regulations regarding service animals, which, in fact, do permit service animals into establishments such as grocery stores, public buildings and restaurants, giving aid and comfort to their masters in their time of need.

That being said, we would like to take what may have been perceived as a negative incident and turn this into a positive opportunity, by educating and enlightening the public about the role of service animals and how they help and serve many returning veterans who have suffered serious wounds and injuries, as well as those veterans suffering from PTSD.

So, at this time, we would like to announce that we will be sponsoring a fundraising effort for veterans and service animals thru the Montana Wounded Warriors. We would like to enlist your help as a sponsor, volunteer, or as a donor and help us enlighten and educate the public as well as to help those veterans in need.

Details need to be finalized at this time, but as they come together, we will make additional announcements to keep you apprised of our progress.

Thank you”

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Photo about service dog via YouTube

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Dumped at shelter in trash bag: Owner ordered dog euth’ed because of fleas

Why else would a family dog have fleas or intestinal parasites if not from neglect? And so the reason sweet Canela was brought to the clinic of  Compassion Without Borders in Mexico in a trash bag and ordered to be euthanized by her owner because she had parasites had been  a very disturbing and tragic story. Of course, the southern California based non profit organization had no intentions of ending the sweet dog’s life for a condition that could be easily treated, and months later Canela is now healthy, happy and ready to come to California to find her “forever” home.

Tomorrow,  Compassion Without Borders will have the opportunity to transport Canela and 59 other dogs out of Mexico – the organization’s biggest international rescue to date. Canela and 28 other dogs still need transport sponsorship; cost is just $150 to help a dog and save a life.

Kiwi and Mango were also brought into the Mexico clinic a few weeks ago. Both were covered in mange and had a very difficult time beginning their lives. Volunteers and staff fell in love with them instantly. They received the care they needed and are now ready to begin their lives. Won’t you help?

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(Photos and videos of  dog in trash bag, Kiwi, Mango and video courtesy of Compassion Without Borders)

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Dogs left behind on Barbuda after Hurricane Irma struggle to survive

The entire population of 1,800 on the Island of Barbuda has been evacuated to Antiqua, but the most vulnerable have been left to struggle behind. Days after Hurricane Irma destroyed homes and lives, the hasty exodus left behind cats, dogs, horses and herds of farm animals – no food or water in sight for these poor souls to survive.

According to Time, a few trucks driven by volunteer organizations, having been trying to help. More than a 100 hungry dogs, feared to resorting to acting feral because they are so hungry, jumped at the food being thrown their way.

The Category 5 storm destroyed the island – no more palm fronds, wrecked homes, roofs collapsed and an island in crisis waiting for government intervention to prevent the rampant spread of disease like Zika or typhoid keeps local citizens from trying to rebuild their island comprised of 62-square miles. Officials hesitate to allow residents back onto the island.

Sadly, without their owners, the dogs are starving to death. Karen Corbin, the President of the Antiqua and Barbuda Humane Society states the feral dogs will eventually attack horses, goats and other farm animals to survive. World Animal Protection has teamed up with Corbin to help.

“Barbuda was completely destroyed,” Karen says. “All the people were evacuated to Antigua and the animals are alone. There are dead animals everywhere and the smell is overpowering. I saw dogs and pigs starting to act feral and threaten other animals.”

“I saw a lot of baby goats and sheep and they are foraging along with horses and donkeys what little grass is left. I’m worried that the dogs and even pigs will start hunting or harassing the farm animals. We need to get in there and separate the dogs first – put them somewhere as a temporary shelter and feed them.

“Then we need to think of how to help the farm livestock, whether it’s food, emergency veterinary care or shelter. This is a long-term project – the animal needs cannot be overstated.”

Meanwhile volunteers have been walking through the island trying to help residents who were forced to evacuate without their companions reunite pets and parents.

“Our team has been driving around Barbuda giving abandoned, needy animals food and water.

We took Ivory the dog, Irma the kitten, and Tiger the cat to Antigua and Barbuda Humane Society, where they’ll be safe and able to recover.

Some evacuated pet owners gave a list of names of the animals’ they wanted us to find. Ivory the dog is one of these, so he’ll soon be reunited with his family. Others will eventually be rehomed.”

Check out some of the rescue stories on the organization’s Facebook page. There are heroes everywhere. Stop by their page and thank them for helping if you get a chance.

Your support could help save scared and starving animals in Barbuda and other hurricane-ravaged islands. It’s a race against the clock but, together, we can help them through the worst. Click here to Donate now. 

(Photos of animals struggle to survive via Facebook and World Animal Protection)



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Necropsy reveals likely reason dog killed his owner while film crews watched

A necropsy on a dog revealed the likely reason that he fatally mauled his owner while a stunned film crew watched earlier this year. According to Tuesday’s publication of The Independent, the bull terrier named “Major,” had apparently ingested a large amount of drugs before attacking his owner, 41-year-old Mario Perivoitos, at the man’s home in London.

The horrifying incident took place in March while a BBC film crew was filming Drugs Map Britain, a documentary about drugs. Major turned on his owner after the man began having a seizure, which is believed to have been brought on by his own consumption of cocaine.

The veterinarian who performed the necropsy on the dog’s body commented on the drugs found in Major’s system, “The dog was eight times the drug drive limit.” It is believed that sometime prior to Perivoitos having a “fit,” the dog consumed a dangerous amount of illicit drugs and they caused him to become “provoked” by his owner’s seizure.

The dog was euthanized after the deadly incident.

(Stock image via Pixabay)

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Dog who accompanied rescuer to Texas found dead

A Texas man who headed to the Houston area to do his part to rescue families stranded in flood waters stemming from Hurricane Harvey wound up losing his beloved dog. According to Fox Houston, David Scherff and his bulldog “Frank,” went to Katy to do what he could to help the residents who were in trouble.

Scherff told Fox Houston about the surreal situation he encountered upon his arrival:

“We met up with a friend of mine, got the boat, went to Houston. We started doing what we could. It was unreal. Everything was underwater, raining real hard. Time was of the essence when we got there. It really was.”

In the midst of helping, the boat that Scherff and Frank was on stopped with a sudden jolt after hitting something in the water – Frank was thrown overboard and disappeared. The worst was confirmed when Frank’s body was found, after extensive searching, days later in the same area where he was thrown out of the boat.

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(Image via GoFundMe)

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Homeless, cancer-stricken woman searches for stolen dog

A homeless woman, stricken with cancer, is desperately searching for her missing companion dog who was stolen from a friend’s yard in Riverside, California. According to Friday’s NBC Los Angeles News, on August 9, the Pomeranian-mix, named “Clyde,” vanished from the gated yard of her friend’s home – he hasn’t been seen yet.

Julie Treadwell, who is dealing with ovarian cancer (for the third time), is devastated that her dog is gone – she told the news agency, “It’s been really hard. I’m really depressed. It’s made me sick; my cancer cells are acting up more now.” She added “I feel empty inside.”

Treadwell managed to scrape together $100 for a reward – anyone with information about the missing dog is asked to reach out to the Riverside Police Department at 951-826-5700.

(Screenshot via NBC Los Angeles)

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Airline turned away man with dog – man went home to ride out storm with pet

A Florida man who hoped to get out of the destructive path of Hurricane Irma went to the airport with his beloved dog, hoping to catch a flight to anywhere outside of the danger zone. According to the Huffington Post, because the dog was not in a carrier, the man was turned away.

Matt Varga, owner of “Meeka,” had tried to find a pet carrier, but every store that he visited (10!!) was sold out. In a Facebook post, Varga’s sister blasted the airline for their apparent lack of compassion in a time of crisis:

American Airlines My brother Matt Varga had a ticket to evacuate Irma and was denied boarding because he didn’t have a standard pet carrier. Glad that American Airlines has a heart for people (and their precious puppies) in Miami.

Unlike Cynthia Anderson, the Florida woman who drowned her puppy in an airport toilet after an airline refused to let her board the plane with him, Varga decided to stick with his pet and go home to ride out the storm.

Best of luck Matt and Meeka!!

(Image screenshot via CNN)

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Animal Welfare Agency, ‘our call to action had nothing to do with rumors’

The Best Friends Animal Society has updated their petition, asking for the Houston SPCA to be held accountable to a list of “life-saving guarantees” for the dogs rescued after Hurricane Harvey, to relfect that it had “nothing to do with the unsubstantiated rumors” which have been circulating about the Houston SPCA’s plans to kill pit bulls.

The animal welfare agency wrote:

Update: We want to be clear that our call to action regarding the HSPCA has nothing to do with the totally unsubstantiated rumors that have been floating around the internet that the HSPCA is killing animals in Beaumont. 

The wild he-said-she-said gossip began on the evening of the 2nd as the HSPCA took over the management of the temporary animal shelter at the Ford Center. Best Friends has not, and is not accusing the HSCPA of killing animals during the storm or the chaos immediately following.

Allegations that the Houston SPCA intends to put down the rescue pit bulls have been widely circulated on social media for the past several days. The shelter has denied those rumors and issued a release about the allegations:

The Houston SPCA has been the subject of a vicious and false rumor that claims that we are euthanizing the very animals we are currently rescuing. This is unequivocally false. Our teams on are on the ground working tirelessly to rescue, care for and reunite pets with owners displaced by this catastrophe.

Despite the Houston SPCA’s denial of the rumors and the Best Friends update stating that their petition has nothing to do with the rumors, many people still fear that pit bulls will be euthanized before owners have a chance to reclaim them.

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Outrage by dog lovers as court orders dogs’ ‘debarked’

Animal lovers are outraged after a Jackson County, Oregon court ordered a couple’s Tibetan mastiffs must be “debarked” – have their vocal chords surgically removed, due the noise the dogs have created for the neighbors because of their barking.

According to WsbtvNews, neighbors Debra and Dale Krein filed complaints against the dogs they claimed “barked uncontrollably for long periods of time while the defendants were away from the residence.” Karen Szewc and John Updegraff, the owners of the dogs, argued the six dogs that live on the farm are vital to the family business because the dogs barking scare off predators that can kill their livestock. The family and their dogs live on a 3.4 parcel of land with sheep, goats, chickens – all of which adds a small annual income.

“We do not have the dogs to harass the neighbors,” testified Szewc. “We have the dogs to protect our sheep.”

The barking started in 2002, but the Kreins did not sue their neighbors until ten years later. They told the court the barking would begin at 5:00 a.m. and continued for hours – even after Szewc and Updegraff left their home for the day. The Kreins were deprived of sleep, forced to turn the volume up on their television and stated their children didn’t want to come home from school. The family had audio recordings to prove their case.

In 2015, the Kreins were awarded $238,000 after they argued the barking had been disruptive to their lives. Even after the Kreins won their case, however they continued to argue that the judgment against the dog owners didn’t stop the dogs from barking in the future. Judge Timothy Gerking agreed and ordered the dogs be “debarked” surgically – devocalization involves cutting the vocal chords.

The Oregon Humane Society states it is inhumane and unnecessary to remove an animal’s primary means of communication. Six states have outlawed the procedure under certain circumstances. Supporters of the surgical operation state it can save dogs and cats with issues from being euthanized and still allows animals to express themselves with soft or muffled barks or meows.

Szewc said they had one of their dogs “debarked” in 2010, and the results were disastrous when one cougar ran off with six lambs in one week. The ruling was made by a three-judge panel of the Appeals Court. Read the opinion here.

Szewc is unsure how she will proceed – as whether or not to appeal the decision.

(Photos via Facebook)

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