Steer who made the ‘great escape’ in Brooklyn no longer slated for slaughterhouse

The young steer slated for a New York City slaughterhouse, but not before making his “great escape” has been rescued. On Wednesday, “Shankar” – the bull, whose name means one who can “bring about happiness or prosperity,” has already been settling into his new home at Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue. 

According to the New York Daily News, police corralled and tranquilized the panicky bull that escaped a slaughterhouse and knocked over a one-year-old child as he ran as fast as he could into Prospect Park. The little boy suffered only minor injuries. An emergency unit associated with the police were able to corner the calf inside of the Parade Grounds, and fortunately two hours after the animals “great escape” officers shot him with a tranquilizer dart and put him safely into a horse trailer to be taken to the city’s animal care facility.


It has not been determined how the bull escaped, but once social media started to react to the plight of the young animal, advocates reached out to the Wantage sanctuary for help. Shankar will be in quarantine for at least a month to make sure he is healthy. After that, this lucky boy gets to live his life out in a sanctuary instead of being pressed into a hundred burgers. And that’s no bull.

 “His worst day and his BEST day intersected yesterday. What a beautiful baby he is. Guessing he was stolen from his Mother yesterday and sent to slaughter on the same day. He saved his life and didn’t even realize it at the time!” stated one  happy advocate after watching Shankar’s freedom video.

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(Photo of steer who escaped slaughterhouse via Facebook.)

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Dog swept out to sea rescued by coastguard during training session

A frightened and shivering cockapoo that had been swept out to sea off the northeast coast of Scotland was rescued after a coastguard crew working during their routine training session spotted the dog swimming.

According to the Facebook page of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the dog had been swimming in the Moray Firth on Sunday morning and had been on the verge of drowning when a member of the public reported the dog had been swept out into the sea.

“An emergency call was made reporting a dog which had ran into the water and started swimming out to sea near Cumminston, Moray…”

The pup had been in the water for 40 minutes when the UK Coastguard helicopter was able to locate him and alert the Moray inshore rescue boat based at Findhorn to the dog’s exact location. They pulled the dog onto the board and returned him to his owners who had been waiting on shore with the Burghead Coastguard Rescue Team.

“The dog was rescued, exhausted and having nearly drowned, and taken back into harbour where the crew and officers provided first aid until the owner could arrange to attend a local vet. Happily, the dog is doing well,” stated an organization’s spokesperson. “Never follow  animals into the water; they are much better swimmers than humans and generally can stay alive a lot longer than us and usually can make their own way out.”


In a few minutes the rescue was over and the helicopter returned to its Sunday training session.

(Photos and video via Facebook)

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Pony evacuated from Santa Rosa fire in backseat of owner’s Honda Accord

On Monday, Lauren Mesaros had been faced with a life or death situation as the fires of Santa Rosa steadily crept towards her property. Knowing she had to evacuate her three horses and only having a trailer that would accommodate two, she knew she had to think fast. She couldn’t leave her pony behind.

With the fire less than a mile away and neighborhoods across the railroad tracks already completely destroyed by the fire, Mesaros, a registered nurse, loaded her two horses into a trailer borrowed from one of her friends. Unfortunately, her pony Stardust couldn’t fit. What was Lauren to do? Well, Stardust would have to come along in her car – a Honda Accord. And with the help of a carrot and a friend, who Lauren refers to as a “horse whisperer,” Stardust climbed into the back seat and they were off.

Lisette Hall Frye, a neighbor snapped the over the top adorable photo and sister-in-law Cindy Lundin Mesaros posted it to her Facebook page. Fortunately the winds shifted and thus far, Lauren’s property has been saved from significant damage. The three horses were transferred to Wind Horse Ranch in Sebastopol until the fire is over.

And as for Lauren’s car – Stardust may have left his mark, and the car may never smell the same again, admitted Lauren. But the good news – all four of them are safe.

(Photo of pony evacuated from Santa Rosa fire in owner’s Honda Accord Facebook via Lisette Hall Frye.)

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Dog stranded in flames from Santa Rosa fire waits at family’s burned-down home

The wild fires of Santa Rosa spread so quickly, there was barely anytime for the Weaver family to escape – the flames closed in and there was no choice but to evacuate. And from this once enchanted part of California’s beautiful wine country, families had no choice – it was life or death and time to just get into their vehicles and leave all of their personal possessions behind.

It wasn’t known why the family dog Izzy ran away the very moment Jack Weaver and his family were ready to leave. They desperately called out to her, but Izzy was gone. And so they left their home and their dog behind with tear-filled eyes and empty hearts. Becky Jean Widen posted the story on Facebook:

“Just a heartwarming story to share in the middle of all this devastation. My parents woke up with flames surrounding their house in Wikiup Bridgeway and had seconds to get out. In the chaos of trying to escape, my parent’s dog Izzy ran from them. My mom couldn’t chase after her without risking her own life.”

The dangers were all around them, but what would become of Izzy?

“They had to drive through walls of flames and across a burning bridge to get to Mark West Springs Road and to safety. They lost everything, but my mom was most devastated about leaving Izzy.  My brother and husband were determined to try to get back to my parents property to see if by some miracle Izzy survived. They were turned away by police officers, but if you know my brother Jack or husband Patrick…neither one likes to be told no. They ended up hiking just under 3 miles to my parent’s property. This video shows the last part of their hike up to my parent’s house. It’s a little long, but the ending is worth the watch.”

The video shows the burnt out trees as the men labor towards their family home. Calling Izzy, the men make it to the gate of the the property which was still standing although the entire structure of their house was gone – crackling ruins and just burnt out memories were all that remained. But all was not lost; it had to have been a miracle. There was Izzy! She bounced happily towards her family – tail wagging in pure delight.

“When she came running around – you can probably hear it in my voice – we were shocked and ecstatic,” stated Jack.

The video continues to garner shares from across the country and has been putting smiles on faces in spite of the losses suffered by so many people and their pets and livestock. Interestingly, there was not a burn on Izzy. And now she is back where she belongs.

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(Photos from Santa Rosa fire by Jack Weaver and Becky Widen. Video by Becky. Check it out; it will make you smile:

Owner wanted dog with tumor euthanized – shelter saves him instead

A young dog, just one year of age, was recently dropped off at a Kentucky animal shelter with instructions from his owner to have him euthanized. The dog, named “Clyde,” had a huge tumor on his body – six pounds in fact. According to veterinarians who examined Clyde, the tumor had likely been growing over half of his life, reported WLWT News.

Thanks to HART Animal Rescue, Clyde is getting a second chance at life – the rescue group picked Clyde up from the Gallatin County Animal Shelter where he had been given a death sentence by his prior owner. Shari Wyenandt, with HART, told WLWT the callous way his family had surrendered him:

(they) literally dropped off, instructed to euthanize, then he turned away, turned around and walked away.

Fortunately, the shelter staff wanted more for this cast-aside dog – they searched for a rescue agency to take him in and HART Animal Rescue answered the call. Clyde has already undergone surgery to remove the massive tumor and when he has recuperated, he will be made available for adoption.

Tumor removal

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A drowning dog’s plea for rescue is answered

In the area of Udaipur, Rajasthan, India, volunteers from Animal Aid Unlimited are always busy bringing relief to suffering animals. A drowning dog’s plight was no different, and her rescue was nothing short of a miracle as a frightened and very tired dog knew her time was soon running out. Either she had fallen or been dropped into a 70 foot deep well; there was no place for her to climb nor was there any place for her to rest. Either she kept paddling or she would surely drown.

When Animal Aid Unlimited volunteers arrived, it appeared the Lab had been struggling to stay afloat for hours. She repeatedly grabbed the rocks on the side of the well with her bleeding claws; one piece of jagged rock held out her only hope of resting. She had nearly lost her strength, when Ganpat rigged himself up with a harness, rope and quickly navigated down the treacherous side of the rocky well.

And when she saw Ganpat, the dog knew her prayers had been answered. Quickly she swam towards him, moved willingly into the net brought to safely lift her to safety and so another life was saved. Watch her amazing rescue as we remind ourselves of the goodness and compassion of so many people we want to thank for their kindness towards all that cannot speak.

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Vladimir Putin kisses and hugs his new puppy given to him as birthday present

Not often does the world ever catch a glimpse of Vladimir Putin and his softer side, but on Wednesday he was given a belated birthday present from Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov during meetings in Sochi. As Berdymukhamedov picked the adorable ball of canine cuteness up by the scruff of the neck towards the flashing cameras, Putin, gently grabbed the little one, now named Verny and gave him soft cuddles and kisses. 

The name Verny means “faithful” in Russian. The alabai breed is a home-bred Turkmen mix of the Central Asian shepherd dog. The breed is officially listed as part of Turkmenistan’s national heritage. The dogs were originally bred for shepherding, protection and guard duty.

Putin turned 65 on October 7.

“We have a common friend.” Berdymukhamedov stated according to Reuters. “This is the world’s unique alabai dog. And today I bought this little alabai with me.”

Despite the sternness of Putin’s appearance, it’s a well known fact that he has a love for animals. There have been numerous photos of Putin feeding elk, holding kittens and playing in the snow with his dogs. This is Putin’s third dog given to him as a gift. There’s Buffy, a Bulgarian shepherd from Bulgaria’s premier and Yume, an Akita from a Japanese official. Putin also has been given horses as well as a tiger for gifts in the past.

(Photos of Vladimir Putin welcoming his new puppy via Reuters screenshot)

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Heroes rescue tiny puppy who was stuck in a car engine

A tiny puppy is lucky to be alive, and lucky that some well-equipped heroes were able to free her from a rather frightening predicament. According to Fox 8 News, Robin Haas of Surry County, North Carolina, had stopped at a Walgreens when she heard an unmistakable sound which made her stop in her tracks.

From a nearby car, parked in the same lot, was the sound of a crying puppy. She told Fox 8, “There’s no mistaking that little puppy whine.” The pup, who was stuck in the engine compartment, was in luck – Haas is a welding instructor at Surry Community College.

Haas reached out to her students for help and Caleb Costner answered the plea for assistance. Costner stated, “I didn’t believe it at first. I didn’t even see it in there, but Robin told me it was down there.” The pair worked side-by-side to move engine parts and extract the puppy from where she was holed up.

Amazingly, the puppy was not harmed – despite being in the engine compartment for what was determined to be a 45 minute trek. The car owner told Haas that she doesn’t have any pets and was at a loss for how the puppy got into her car.

The puppy was not only rescued, but she has a new home with one of Haas’ students. Student Michelle Kirkman told the news station, “Ms. Haas came in holding her this morning and she was all covered in grease and shaken and scared and I fell in love.”

(screenshots via Fox 8)

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One man’s cross-country journey to adopt dog missing two feet

An Oregon man fell in love with a young dog who is missing his two hind feet. Recenty, Jim Havlinek embarked on a lengthy journey from Salem, Oregon to Pennsylvania to adopt the Chow mix, named “Nubz.”

Nubz lost his feet in a tragic manner…the pup was born to a dog kept at a Missouri puppy mill and due to the stressful conditions which the dogs were forced to exist in, his mother chewed off the puppy’s feet.  Laura Magruder, veterinarian at Evergreen Veterinary Hospital, explained to KGW:

“Puppy mills typically have a lot of caged animals. They don’t have a lot of access to moving around. We don’t know if it was the extra stress of the puppy mill or maybe she just wasn’t ready to be a mom, but she ended up taking it out on her puppies unfortunately.”

The loss of paws never hindered Nubz spirit or his zest for life. Havlinek watched Nubz from afar through Facebook posts and videos, and he could see that the pup was just like any other dog. He stated, “he’s just got such a great personality,” adding, “He doesn’t feel like he’s any different from any other dog.”

Nubz made the trek back to Oregon and now enjoys an amazing life with Havlinek’s other two “very spoiled” dogs.

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Amazing rescue: Puppy suffered burns over 30% of her body from boiling water

It had been a terrible accident for an owner’s beloved puppy when she accidentally fell into boiling hot water in the village near Udaipur City, Rajasthan, India. Basanti’s owner called Animal Aid Unlimited for help the moment it happened; he found his dog who he had cared for since she was a puppy, hiding in an abandoned building – clearly in agonizing pain. Nearly 30% of her body had been badly burned.

When rescuers arrived, they saw the puppy’s legs and underneath her belly had severe injuries. The skin had started to become necrotic; life saving rescue treatment had to be done immediately or Basanti would have died.

The first order of business, as she arrived at the hospital was to ease her pain, and over a period of time to carefully remove the necrotic tissue to encourage new skin to grow.

Although the puppy was sedated during the painful bandage changes as her burned skin was methodically peeled, it wasn’t until one week later  when all of the burned tissue was finally removed and re-bandaged, did her healing really begin. Such a brave girl Basanti was – no matter how many medical procedures she endured, her tail never stopped wagging nor did her amazing personality, spirit and will to live not shine through.

And three-months later a new, energized puppy played in the yard. Check out the video.

(Photos screenshots via Animal Aid Unlimited)

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