Petunia made us cry, yet despite her condition her tail happily wags

Meet Petunia; her shelter photo made us cry on Thursday. Just look at her; eyes closed, skin burning red and itchy. The young dog had been found wandering in a desolate area scavenging for food. Animal control officers brought her to the shelter in Moreno Valley. Despite her condition, her tail happily wags.

Severe neglect has her covered in demodectic mange  and skin infections, Petunia is hardly the “doggy in the window” families come to the shelter to adopt. Stories like Petunia’s happen much too often, but this time, Paw Prints in the Sand Animal Rescue intervened, and one happy little pooch was on her way to safety. Along with the generous help from Hope for Paws, Petunia makes her freedom debut:

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After veterinarian treatment for her condition, baths with special shampoos, topicals, supplements and a good diet, even a few days has made a marked improvement on Petunia’s health. Rescue founder, Kelly Reeves, posted an update on Sunday:

“Miss Petunia stylin’ in her PPITS shirt! It’s a little big on her, but we didn’t want it to rub her skin too much. She’s still super itchy and scratching, which is creating wounds that could cause additional infection…”

And as with girls and their clothes, Petunia donned a new look just hours later – pajamas sent by one of her new fans.

We will be following this girl’s journey back to health and post more photos as her skin improves, her coat grows back and guaranteed she turns into a beautiful dog – all the time with her tail happily wagging.

Want to help? Want to become involved?

“We are looking for some compassionate friends to help us save lives by opening their homes to an animal in need! We can’t save lives without loving foster homes, so if you’re located in S. California and don’t mind a furry friend crashing at your pad for a bit, let us know! We cover all medical, provide supplies, provide training if necessary, and network our rescue pets via online services and live adoption events.”

To learn more, go to www.PPITSrescue.org/foster.

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Pasco Fire Rescue: ‘Values every life’ as jar removed from fox’s head

In Pasco County, Florida, an adorable little fox must be very grateful to his rescuers after a jar stuck on his head was finally removed. The little guy had been spotted wandering behind a Florida fire station on Tuesday, but no one could catch him. That’s when a local wildlife animal rescue team were called in for help.

According to the Facebook of the Pasco County Fire Rescue, Station 26 in Wesley Chapel sprung into action to rescue the little critter so he could rejoin his family. With the help of the animal rescue, humane traps were set and he was safely captured. Medical attention was administered and when the little guy was strong enough, he was released back to the wild. Rescuers named him Miracle – we can all see why, as the jar was carefully removed from his head and he bounced back to health.

The photos were shared on the Pasco County Fire Rescue’s Facebook page with the following heartwarming statement:

“Pasco Fire Rescue values every life, and will work hard to protect it.”

Don’t ever get discouraged – there are many angels out here helping those who can not speak.

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Meet ‘Pork Roll’: Neptune cops rescue wandering pig at Dunkin’ Donuts

On Friday, the Neptune Township (New Jersey) police posted a humorous yet compassionate story on their Facebook page about “Pork Roll,” a lost pig wandering near a local Dunkin’ Donuts store.

Over the Memorial Day weekend, the pig had been spotted wandering through the neighborhood. No one wanted to take a chance the little guy could get hurt or even struck by a vehicle. The story told by the department began like this:

“Police Officers are expected to wear many hats during their shift that go far beyond enforcing laws. Officers might need to mediate conflicts between roommates, treat patients until EMS arrives, and sometimes they even need to wrangle a pig or two. Yes, we at the Neptune Township Police Department are well aware of the irony, but this is the truth. Over the holiday weekend, P.O. Blewitt responded to a report of a pig running loose in the area of RT 33 and RT 35.”

And as the police arrived, the tension mounted:

“Upon arrival, he found “Pork Roll” running hog-wild, most likely looking for an evening coffee and donut from Dunkin’ Donuts. He managed to catch the well-fed hog and take him into custody for questioning and to provide him with a job application as our new mascot. Shortly after, he was whisked away by the Monmouth County SPCA for safekeeping until he was later retrieved by his owner.”

Be assured that Pork Roll has been returned to his family.

In addition, Monmouth County has been working towards better protections for our animal friends. The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and Monmouth County SPCA have teamed up to introduce the Animal Cruelty Hotline. This hotline is specifically for reporting of animal abuse or mistreatment. Concerned citizens can call the number 24/7 to report tips on possible animal cruelty directly to the detectives that investigate these concerns. Callers can remain anonymous, but are asked to provide as much information as possible to aid the investigations. If you have a concern regarding possible animal cruelty, call 877-898-PAWS (877-898-7297).

We hope you had a fun ride in the police car Pork Roll.

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Family of missing child credits their pit bull, Penny for keeping her safe

Charlee Campbell, 2 and her pit bull named Penny are safely home. On Saturday, a neighbor of the Lebanon Junction, Kentucky stated he had been sitting on his couch Saturday when he saw the little girl, who had been missing for two days, playing in his backyard.

According to WalbNews, Charlee, who is autistic, disappeared on Thursday morning with the dog. Charlee lives with her grandmother and had still been in her pajamas. For 36 hours the little girl could not be found, but miraculously turned up just 500 yards from her own home. Bullitt Fire Chief Erik Butler said he had been at Charlee’s grandparents’ home when Penny showed up shortly before Charlee was found.

“This is our hero right here,” Campbell said. She believes Penny stayed with the little girl the entire time she was missing. “When my dog didn’t come home, and my baby wasn’t home, she was not going to leave that baby until she got here.”

Authorities and volunteers had searched everywhere, and it’s still hard to believe no one found the child or the dog. And then they appeared. People are calling it a miracle. The Bullitt County Sheriff’s Office posted the good news on their Facebook page:

“Charlee’s amazing survival story continued tonight when she walked up on a porch on Roy Layne Road this evening. The homeowners realized who she was and contacted authorities. She has no obvious serious injuries but did appear dehydrated and had some tick bites. She is en route to the hospital for evaluation. Ironically, her dog returned home on its own a few minutes prior to Charlee approaching the homeowners. We cannot thank enough the firefighters, EMT’s, dispatchers, search teams, other public safety agencies and the volunteer searchers from the community. Bullitt County residents always step up to help each other.”

An investigation into what happened continues.

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Woman sends injured turtle to wildlife hospital via Uber

A woman from Bonita Springs, Florida found an injured mud turtle who needed emergency treatment earlier this week. Unable to leave her job to drive the injured animal to Arx Wildlife Hospital, the woman took action and ordered an Uber to help out with transportation.

On Wednesday, Kate Kimball posted the following on her Facebook page below a photo of the injured turtle. (Oh how we love this woman!)

“Found an injured turtle in the road this morning… did not have time to take him to the wildlife hospital so I called an Uber for him! He’s on his way Conservancy of Southwest Florida!”

 

According to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Kate called ahead and explained to the staff what had happened, the turtle’s injuries and where and when she had found it. And yes, the turtle arrived safely. It is hoped the turtle can be treated for his injuries and released back into the wild.

The Arx Wildlife Hospital requests Good Samaritans who find injured animals to call ahead in order arrangements can be made. Many thanks to the heroes who are able to think out of the box and help those who cannot speak.

“Approximately 3,800 injured, sick and orphaned native animals are admitted to the von Arx Wildlife Hospital each year. Most of those injuries stem from interactions that involve humans – including car strikes, domestic pet attacks, window collisions, fishing line and hook injuries, gunshots, and toxicosis.”

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North Easton man charged with abandoning five kittens in ‘steaming hot’ crate

A North Easton, Massachusetts man has been charged with abandoning five kittens in a crate along Wrentham busy roadway. On Thursday, police arrested Alex T. Rodriquez, 32 and charged him with five counts of animal cruelty.

According to the Wrentham Police Facebook page, a woman found the five kittens on the side of Interstate 495. The four-week-old kittens became known as the “495 Five” and were taken to the King Philip Animal Rescue in Plainville where they are currently being fostered. They have since been treated for fleas and were being fed by volunteers.

In an all out effort to find the person responsible for abandoning the kittens, their photos were shared on Facebook asking anyone with information to come forward. Several witnesses supplied police with more information leading to the arrest of Rodriquez.

“Shortly after Wrentham Police posted this incident, several witnesses came forward, including people who had been in the process of adopting the kittens. Upon seeing the Wrentham Police Facebook post, they recognized the kittens and came to the police station.

A thorough police investigation followed and concluded there is probale cause to charge Mr. Rodriguez with five counts of Cruelty To Animals, M.G.L. Chapter 272, section 77.

Mr. Rodriguez will be summonsed to court for arraignment at a date to be scheduled by the Wrenthan District Court.”

(Photos of the five kittens Facebook King Philip Animal Rescue)

And to bring smiles to your faces, check out the “495 Five” and how absolutely adorable they are and how they are thriving:

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Phoenix’s story: Dog dying in gutter turns out happiest of endings

Phoenix’s story might not have had a happy ending had the timing been different, but when volunteers from Animal Aid Unlimited showed up after they received an emergency call that a dog had been lying in a sewage ditch and drowning, the team of determined rescuers set forth on a mission to save a young dog.

Although Phoenix had only been lying in a foot of water, she was so very close to drowning.

Bubbles could be seen as her nose dipped below the water; her strength drained from her struggles and the intense pain she suffered. Perhaps five minutes later and left unattended, Phoenix would have died.

As she was lifted from beneath the sewer, her back leg hung lifelessly. She most likely had been struck by a vehicle which broke her leg. She had climbed into the shallow, cool water to ease her suffering and to stop the bleeding.

Once brought back to the emergency hospital at Animal Aid, veterinarians stated the young dog was in shock; her pulse weak and hypothermia had set in. Phoenix’s leg needed to be amputated; it was badly infected and necrotic, but she was too weak to undergo surgery. For days, her life hung in the heavens – it had been a balancing act to help her regain some of her strength, stave off the infection and keep her pain tolerable.

Three days later, Phoenix was ready to undergo surgery and have her sepsis leg amputated.

Fast forward to weeks later – no slowing down being a tripod. Make sure you watch the video to the end; smiles and more smiles are guaranteed.

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Man in Guatemala returns to volcano-struck home to rescue his dog

Guatemala resident Ignacio Lopez Benitez returned to his volcano-struck village near El Rodeo to rescue his dog on Monday. The volcano erupted on Sunday sending hot lava and heavy ash down the slopes – killing dozens of people who thought the flow of lava would be slow – thus giving residents time to evacuate their homes.

According to the Telegraph, by Monday evening, Benitez stated he returned to his home to recover some of his personal belongings, but above all wanted to rescue his little dog Brava.

“I lost everything; my family is alive thanks to God. They are burned but alive. I rescued some clothing and the rest God will take care of that, and my dog who is my whole soul,” stated Ignacio while carrying his treasured dog tightly in his arms.

Ignacio stated he was overwhelmed with happiness after finding that Brava had survived; the pooch was just as ecstatic to find his human, and even though the dog was covered in ash from the volcano, both seemed as if they would make a new start together.

Tragically, the death toll has been counted at 69 and is expected to increase as rescue workers have tried their best to cover the affected area around the Fuego volcano. Residents cried for their lost relatives in  the village of San Miguel Los Lotes while villagers of several affected communities gathered in temporary shelters in Escuintla.

We can only hope more families and their pets survived. Our thoughts and hopes are with everyone.

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Unbelievable: Leopard climbs makeshift ladder to escape 20-foot well

It happened in central India, and a witness captured the unbelievable scene on video as a three-year-old leopard struggled to stay afloat in a 20-foot deep well in Dhundi Village located in Madhya Pradesh.

 

According to the MsmNews video, local villagers and forest rescue services teamed up  after the wild cat was spotted submerged in the well after it fell while searching for food. Lokesh Nirapure, assistant director of forest services in the area directed his staff to collect ropes and build a makeshift ladder.

 

“As mercury rises, the wild animals stray into human habitats in search of water. The villagers said this leopard had been spotted several times near the water bodies and wells recently. Leopard sightings have become more common in the area as drought pushes the big cats into human habitats in search of food and water,” stated Nirapure.

 

The mobile phone video shows the men lowering a 20 foot bamboo ladder into the well as the animal continued to stay afloat. And then in an unbelievable feat of intelligence, the cat slowly climbed up the ladder to safety. Once on land, he quickly ran into the forests.

(Photos of leopard climbing ladder via screenshots captured from video and Caters News Service)

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Abandoned dog with ‘free’ marked on her side finds loving home

Good news for a dog found Friday with “free” and “free to good home” written on her side and head with a permanent black market has been adopted. On Wednesday, the Ross County Humane Society in Chillicothe, Ohio made the announcement.

Someone wrote free on abandoned dog

Marvella, a Labrador retriever mix had been abandoned in Yoctangee Park. Photos of the dog sparked outrage across the country followed by a ton of offers to adopt her. More than 30 applications flooded in from across the country.

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“After sorting through the hundreds of applications we received from across the nation, Linette Wrightsel and her family will be giving Marvella a loving and stable home. We would like to thank Brothers Pressure Washing & Window Cleaning for donating to cover her adoption fee as well as the entire public who has donated to her care! Please remember that in any shelter on any given day there are dogs who have been given away as “free to good home” and are awaiting their forever home, just like Marvella,” Sarah Contrell with the Ross County Humane Society wrote on Facebook.

There is no doubt that Marvella is an extremely sweet dog. Now she has a home and will be loved and cared for – just as she deserves. Save a life and find your new best friend. Go to the nearest shelter and adopt.

The Chillicothe Police have started an investigation into who abandoned Marvella. They currently have a person of interest.

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