Pit bull and his owner still living a nightmare after 3 1/2 years

An ongoing case in Charlottesville, Virginia has pit bull lovers and animal advocates across the nation and around the world up in arms. Toni Stacy and her pit bull Niko have been living a nightmare since December 2014 when Niko was seized by the Albemarle County Animal Control in Virginia.  He has been imprisoned for three and a half years  based on allegations that he killed a cat.

According to Toni and other witnesses, it all started when Niko accidentally escaped from his home. Toni chased after him and found him at a neighbor’s house. The neighbor claimed her cat was dead, and Niko was the guilty one. However, no one saw the dog kill the senior cat, and there were no puncture wounds on the cat’s body, nor was there blood anywhere on Niko’s mouth to indicate he had attacked and killed another animal.  The cat was never taken to the vet nor was a necropsy performed to prove Niko was the killer.

Despite lack of evidence, Niko was deemed vicious and locked up in December of 2014. And he is still there today. The case has gone through the appeals process and is now awaiting a hearing in the Supreme Court of Virginia. According to Toni Stacy, Niko’s owner, who has owned the dog him since he was seven-weeks-old and he grew up alongside a four-year-old child and other animals, has never once showed any signs of aggression toward anyone. To prove Niko’s innocence further, Toni had him assessed by a dog behaviorist who also deemed Niko as non-aggressive.

However, the Albemarle County Animal Control Office is standing strong on labeling Niko a dangerous dog and want him killed. Many rescues have offered to take Niko in, but he is refused his freedom. To inflict further pain and suffering on Niko, he is no longer allowed out of his kennel for exercise thanks to a decision handed down by the Director of Animal Control. When Niko first arrived at the Charlottesville /Albemarle SPCA, he was allowed out of his cage for walks and play time with Toni. He was suffering from so much anxiety he needed to be medicated. Toni was only allowed to visit him once a week and when she did, Niko just looked at her through the cage and cried, his spirit broken and his anguish obvious.

This was nothing short of animal cruelty; keeping a dog in a cage all day and night. Even if a dog is accused of a crime, they still deserve to be treated humanely and their physical and emotional needs met. Human prisoners who have committed far more heinous crimes than allegedly killing a cat, are allowed time in the exercise yard. Why should a dog, another living being not be allowed these same allowances?

According to Toni Stacy and her attorney Elliott Harding, they went to court on March 29, 2018 and unfortunately, they did not win their case in the appellate court. However, they are appealing to the Supreme Court. On a good note, Toni did get outside visits granted for Niko when she visits him, and is allowed to take him out into the exercise yard.

Niko’s case is eerily like the case of Tony the Pit Bull in Clifton, Arizona who was executed in 2012 based on zero evidence that he killed a neighbor’s dog. He was made the scapegoat since he was a pit bull when all evidence pointed to a coyote killing the dog.  Once again there were no witnesses and no medical evidence linking the dog to the crime.

Many are taking a stand for Niko and have launched a petition on his behalf on Change.org

https://www.change.org/p/supreme-court-of-virginia-please-over-turn-niko-s-death-sentence

https://www.facebook.com/groups/prayersforniko/.

This injustice is happening repeatedly not only in this country but all over the world.  There is a certain breed specific prejudice and hysteria taking place which is causing countless dogs to be killed and the rights of their owners totally disregarded.

 

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Starving and full of ticks, two shepherds wandered the streets for weeks

Two starving dogs – one just an eight-month-old puppy, covered in ticks, roamed the streets in San Bernardino, California for weeks. The shepherds dodged getting hit by vehicles in traffic, scavenged for food and searched out human companionship whenever anyone would approach either one. Sadly, no one stopped, until finally an unnamed hero, who had seen the dogs wandering in the area, sent animal advocate, Andrea Neyses the photos of the two beautiful young German shepherds in dire need of rescue.

“Someone did stop,” Andrea wrote on her Facebook page. “a hero who had seen these shepherds wandering too long sent me these pics and called animal control who picked up last night and the animal control truck was VERY full. Not everyone has room to take strays home, but we can all do something.”

So what can we do if we are not able to bring a lost, abandoned or injured dog into our home?

“Stop and call for help,” Andrea added. “Share these dogs so they go to good homes, donate to your local rescues and shelters. Visit shelter dogs. I take pics and visit them – no greater feeling than when I see how happy the animals are to see me.”

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Video #2 Check out how friendly she is in this short video.

 

For more information on these two dogs, email the San Bernardino City Animal Shelter rescue coordinator, Jennifer Van Ness at Vanness_je@sbcity.org. Reference the following identification numbers:

A516120  and A516107

Black shepherd Pet Harbor

“I am a female, black and white German Shepherd Dog. Shelter staff think I am about 8 months old. I have been at the shelter since Jul 12, 2018. If I am not claimed, after my stray holding period, I may be available for adoption on Jul 19, 2018.

Tan shepherd Pet Harbor

I am a female, tan and black German Shepherd Dog. I have been at the shelter since Jul 12, 2018. If I am not claimed, after my stray holding period, I may be available for adoption on Jul 19, 2018.

San Bernardino City Animal Shelter is located at 333 Chandler Place, San Bernardino, CA. They are closed on Sunday and Monday. Telephone: 909 384.1304.

Both dogs have been examined and treated by veterinarians. Follow their Facebook page here.

(Photos and videos of shepherds courtesy of Andrea Neyses)

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Police investigating viral video of Warren man skinning a dog

In what could be one of the worst videos circulating through social media showing a man skinning a dog, is currently being investigated by the Warren Police. The viral video and photos posted on social media Friday by the man’s 18-year-old son are nothing short of animal cruelty and especially revolting.

According to WkycNews,  the post has caused outrage as multiple calls are coming into police. Reports from people living in the area and acquaintances of the son who posted the video, state this happened months ago. The son wanted everyone to know what his dad and his girlfriend has supposedly done to his dog.  it is not known if the pit bull was dead or alive when it was skinned.

A photo of the dog alleged to have been killed was also posted.

Anyone with information is asked to contact authorities at (330) 841 2512. Updates to follow as more information becomes available. Pet Rescue Report has opted not to show the video or the more graphic and disturbing photos.

Rest in peace poor dog.

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Labrador retriever dies from saltwater poisoning after day at the beach

In the Tampa area of Florida, Chris Taylor had to humanely euthanize his beloved Labrador retriever on Wednesday after the dog suffered saltwater poisoning. Just two days earlier, the dog named O.G. had been healthy and happily swimming and playing at the beach.

Taylor, 29, and seven-year-old O.G.  frequently went to the beach in Dunedin, Florida. According to WFLA, Monday was no different as the two headed to Honeymoon Island State Park Dog Beach. After the two left the beach, Taylor began to notice symptoms that something was wrong when O.G. seemed a “bit wobbly.”

The dog then began to have diarrhea, and Taylor thought perhaps O.G. may have overdone it at the beach and needed some rest to feel better. The next morning the dog seemed to have been feeling better, but two days later, O.G. stopped eating and Taylor rushed him to the veterinarian hospital where the dog was diagnosed with swelling of his brain, dehydration and seizures from ingesting saltwater. He would not recover.

Pet Poison Hotline  warns dog owners that

 “salt poisoning in dogs and cats results in clinical signs of vomiting, diarrhea, inappetence, lethargy, walking drunk, abnormal fluid accumulation within the body, excessive thirst or urination, potential injury to the kidneys, tremors, seizures, coma, and even death when untreated.

“… it is important to get them to the vet as soon as possible so the careful administration of IV fluids, electrolyte monitoring, treatment for dehydration and brain swelling, and supportive care” necessary can begin.”

Dogs often mistake saltwater for fresh water and dog owners are reminded to bring plenty of fresh water to the beach and to carefully monitor their dogs intake of saltwater paying special attention to symptoms of diarrhea, vomiting or fatigue. Veterinarians suggest dog owners limit their pets visits to the beach to just a few hours.

Rest in peace O.G.

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Woman’s rescued pit bull saves her from home invasion

A rescued pit bull is being credited for saving her owner from a home invasion in Louisville, Kentucky on Monday. Kelsey Leachman had been watching television on Monday evening when her pit bull named Layla became agitated and ran into the kitchen.

According to WAVE News, Layla started barking and growling indicating to Kelsey something was just not right. Moments later Kelsey stood facing an intruder in her kitchen, and as she ran for the door to escape, the intruder knocked her to the floor.

“The whole time Layla was barking and biting his legs and going crazy, and I was kicking and screaming,” stated Kelsey.

Fortunately Layla biting the man while Kelsey struggled and forcibly pushed him out of the door worked. Police were able to track the man to a nearby high school parking lot where he likely left his vehicle and walked over to Kelsey’s home. What really mattered, however is that Layla knew something was wrong and protected her human companion.

Layla was adopted two years ago, when at the time, she had been starved and covered in fleas and ticks.The two are always together, and one could easily say they have lovingly rescued each other.

The suspect has not been apprehended, but has been described as a six-foot male, mid 30s with a buzz style hair cut.

You’re a hero Layla. Good job!

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Starving puppies abandoned on side of road in cardboard diaper box

Had it not been for a Good Samaritan who noticed a cardboard diaper box on the side of the road in San Bernardino and stopped to investigate, two tiny puppies would have died. For days the eight-week-old pups sat in feces, urine and filth. They had no water, food or shelter. Who can even imagine anyone having such disrespect for life?

 

“The man found the puppies and reached out on Facebook when someone told him to contact me,” Faith Easdale, founder of the rescue group Dream Fetchers stated. “Can you imagine how thirsty they were in this heat? Can you imagine how hungry these already starving babies were? Scared and wondering what’s happening? Feeling weak and fading. And a kind person takes you out of that box!”

The puppies had spent at least two days in the box and when rescued were dehydrated and lethargic. They were rushed to the  Camino Pet Hospital.

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When the puppies arrived at the hospital, the brindle collapsed from dehydration; he was able to be revived with intravenous fluids. Both are very weak, but reported to be in stable condition. They are also being treated for hook and round worms. It may be premature to guess at their breed, but thus far the majority has leaned towards Boxers.

“I guess at the point someone can do this they really aren’t human anymore,” Faith added. “We all have a battle. We are their only chance. Use your voices and fight the abuse.”

Updates to follow.

To help these puppies and others in need, donations can be sent to:

#Dream Fetchers: Project Rescue

http://www.dreamfetchers.org/dreamfetcher…/DF_Donations.html

(Photos and videos of puppies found in diaper box courtesy of Faith Easdale)

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Update: Dog with broken jaw waited in Texas parking lot for help

In the middle of the night on Tuesday, a dog with a broken jaw hovered near a parked car in McAllen, Texas; his jaw stuck open and bleeding profusely. The pain was so excruciating, there seemed to have been no relief; that is until a kind couple spotted him and called out for help. Rescue Dogs Rock NYC immediately agreed, and the little dog whose life was saved outside of Little Caesars Pizza, was rushed to Pet Doctor 911 on Tuesday evening.

Caeser has since been transferred to the rescue organization’s San Antonio veterinarian at Callaghan Road AnimHospital.  Surgery is scheduled for Friday morning to repair his severely fractured mandible in three places. It is estimated the dog will need at least two surgeries to repair the damage.

“Caeser is lucky to be alive,” Rescue Dogs Rock NYC co-founder Stacey Silverstein stated on the dog’s update. “Caeser cannot eat or use his mouth even to drink water and is being fed through a feeding tube at this time.

According to the veterinarian evaluation, Caeser is only four months of age. It has been stated the puppy has been a victim of blunt force trauma with experienced medical professionals saying there can be no other explanation consistent with the injuries the dog has suffered.

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More updates to follow.

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Puppy trapped six-feet down in sewer pipe rescued by firefighters

A five-week-old puppy was rescued in Charlotte, North Carolina this morning after falling six-feet into a sewer drain early Thursday morning. According to Charlotte firefighters, the miniature poodle became stuck in the drain on Evergreen Terrace taking rescue workers nearly two hours to save the frightened little pooch.

Water service was shut off in the area as officials dug two holes in order to monitor which end the puppy fell and how deep. A “Plan B” option would have followed the puppy’s trail into the main line enabling a way for rescuers to catch her.

The puppy has been returned to her owner and is reported to be doing well.

Many thanks to the Charlotte firefighters. You heroes rock!

(Photos courtesy of Charlotte Fire Department)

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Owner shot dog in head with crossbow because he broke his chain

The man who shot his dog over the weekend in the head with an arrow from his crossbow in Jones County, Mississippi after the dog broke its chain and eluded capture, has been arrested and charged with aggravated animal cruelty. Shawn Nichols, 26, allegedly admitted to authorities he shot the dog intending to kill it.

According to the Facebook page of the Southern Cross Animal Rescue, photos of the dog, now named Monk, with the arrow through his head had been shared over social media. Rescue teams and the Jones County Sheriff’s Department were able to capture the dog and rushed him to emergency surgery. Fortunately the arrow had not penetrated the dog’s skull; instead it had become lodged in the muscle on top of the dog’s head.

Authorities found a bow target at Nichols’ home and confirmed he owned the crossbow. The press release from the Jones County Sheriff’s Department included the following information:

“The deputies were able to get a phone number off of the dog’s collar. They called and determined the dog owner was Shawn Nichols, 26 of Laurel. When they arrived at Nichols’ residence they noticed a bow target in the backyard and asked Nichols if he owned a crossbow, he said he did. Nichols also admitted to shooting the dog with the crossbow because he had broken his chain and would not allow Nichols to catch it. Nichols went on to say he thought the arrow would kill the dog and did not mean for it to suffer.

Nichols was taken into custody and charged with Aggravated Animal Cruelty – 1st offense, which is a misdemeanor. Nichols will appear at Jones County Justice Court on July 10, 2018 at 1pm for a plea hearing.”

 

Monk continues to recover and has been placed in a foster home.

“SCAR-Southern Cross Animal Rescue The vet guessed his age to be 3-4 years old (it’s hard to know for sure bc of so many of his teeth being worn completely down). He’s a very calm, stoic, and gentle dog. He has not yet been tested with other dogs. The jury seems to be out on whether he is a Catahoula Cur or a bluetick mix.”

If you want to donate to Monk’s care, you can donate on PayPal here:
www.paypal.me/scarofms

Or mail donations to
PO BOX 2007
Laurel Ms
39442

(Photos of dog shot with arrow from crossbow via Facebook SCAR)

Get well soon Monk. You are a lucky guy and we wish you the best.

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Jet Blue crew administers oxygen in flight to dog in distress

A three-year-old French bulldog showing signs of hypoxia and in  apparent breathing distress while on a Jet Blue flight from Florida to Massachusetts on Thursday, was rescued by some very responsive and compassionate crew members.

According to ABCNews, the Frenchie named Darcy began having breathing difficulties, and her owner, Michele Burt noted the dog’s tongue had turned blue.

“We all are affected by cabin pressure and oxygen fluctuations, human, canine and feline, etc., but the fact that the Attendants were responsive and attentive to the situation my have saved Darcy’s life,” Michele wrote on Facebook with photos of Darcy receiving oxygen from a plastic mask.

I placed the mask over her face, and within a few minutes she became alert and after a short time she didn’t want the mask. I believe Renaud and Diane saved a life, some may reduce the value of the life because Darcy is a canine, I do not.”

The crew member, Renaud Fenster stated he saw the dog out of her crate during the flight and having a French bulldog of his own, noticed the dog didn’t look well as she panted very rapidly and uncontrollably. First he thought the dog had been overheating and brought some ice, but when that didn’t seem to help, he notified the captain that he needed to use oxygen. The dog felt better almost immediately.

Many thanks to the awesome crew of Jet Blue who went out of their way to help.

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