30,000 animals destined to be fur set free – police search for whoever did it

On Sunday, over 30,000 animals who were destined to become nothing more than fur pelts were set free from a farm in Minnesota. According to the New York Daily News, the authorities believe that animal-rights “radicals” may be to blame for the release of the minks.

The animals were being held at Lang Farms near Eden Valley – whoever released the mink did so under cover of darkness. Stearns County Sheriff Don Gudmundson, who is quoted in the Star Tribune, commented on the situation, “These nitwits think they are doing something good.” He explained why he is disgusted, “A large number will starve to death. They weren’t taught to hunt by their mother. Others will get run over on the road.”

There is concern that the animals, which can travel for “miles and miles,” may wreak havoc on the surrounding native wilderness area.

Lang Farms wants anyone who spots a mink to call them at 1-320-453-4750.

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Update on rescuer who disappeared in North Carolina

On July 1, an important, and wonderful, update about the 24-year-old woman who disappeared while on a break from her job at a Starbucks at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina, was released. Allison Cope, with Change of Heart Pit Bull Rescue in Raleigh was found alive in Virginia Beach, Virginia, reported WNCN News.

An official statement about Cope’s discovery was made by the Raleigh-Durham International Airport:

 “Late last night (Saturday, July 1), the Airport Authority Police Department was notified that Allison Cope was found alive in Virginia Beach, Va., by the Virginia Beach Police Department. We have no additional details at this time.”

Change of Heart Pit Bull Rescue also released a brief statement:

Allison has been found. She is under medical care and we are so thankful to all who kept searching for her! Thank you for helping!!!!

Original story about Cope’s mysterious disappearance at this link.

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Read about the terrified dog that accidentally died while trying to escape fireworks. Please be careful with your pets this holiday weekend.

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Man dragging dead animal shot by someone who thought it was a dog

Washington authorities are searching for the person who shot a man in rural Mason County who was dragging a dead animal. According to Q13 News, the animal that the man was dragging was a dead raccoon – he had found the carcass and intended to put it in a crab pot as bait.

But someone who saw the unusual scene apparently thought that the man was dragging a dead dog and decided to dole out vigilante justice – shooting the man twice in the leg.

According to KOMO News, the bizarre incident took place last Sunday along Highway 3 north of Allyn – the shooter, and others had confronted the man about the dead animal, believing that the raccoon was actually a deceased dog.

Now the authorities are seeking information about the person who took matters into their own hands – the suspect was in a dark-colored Ford extended cab truck, model year 1992 to 1997, with a canopy. If anyone has information about the truck, suspect or the overall situation, they are asked to contact the Mason County Sheriff’s Office at 360-427-9670 x327. Of note, the authorities have stated that the suspect is considered to be armed and dangerous and should not be confronted by members of the public.

Read about the terrified dog that accidentally died while trying to escape fireworks. Please be careful with your pets this holiday weekend.

Miserable stray discovered in parking lot

Arrested: Health care worker who beat 94-year-old woman feeding dog

Authorities in Memorial Village, Texas, have arrested the home health care worker who was recorded on a webcam repeatedly striking a 94-year-old woman she was responsible for caring for in the senior’s home.  The aide, Brenda Floyd, 59, was arrested on Friday morning.Healthcare worker attacks

According to a social media post from CrimeStoppers of Houston,  Floyd is currently in jail. The organization updated concerned citizens earlier in the morning on their Facebook page:

“Crime Stoppers of Houston worked with Memorial Villages Police Department and Chief JD Sanders on this case. This woman has been #captured and is now behind bars.  Thank you to all involved!”

The health care worker had been caring for her elderly patient, Dorothy Bratten, who suffers from Alzheimer’s and is barely able to speak. A video surveillance camera, installed the previous evening by Bratten’s family after they became concerned about bruises on the elderly woman’s body, told the tragic and disturbing story. On January 1, Floyd was supposed to be helping Mrs. Bratten when the aide spotted the old woman feeding her cute brown dog scraps of food. Floyd became infuriated as the gaunt, old lady fed her little dog remnants from her own food; striking the fragile woman at least five times in the head, berating her and then striking her again.

AbcNews reports multiple tips had flooded into the Memorial Village Police Department about Floyd’s location, however it is not clear who turned her in and under what circumstances she was arrested. This is a developing story – more details to come as we receive updates.

(Photo of health care worker Brenda Floyd via CrimeStoppers of Houston.)

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Home health care worker beats 94-year-old woman for feeding dog

Authorities in Memorial Village, Texas are searching for a home health care worker who was recorded on a webcam striking a 94-year-old woman she was responsible for caring for in the senior’s home. Identified as Brenda Floyd, she became infuriated as the gaunt, old lady fed her little dog some scraps from her own food.Brenda Floyd

Floyd is currently wanted on assault with bodily injury to an elderly and disabled person. According to FoxNews, the victim Dorothy Bratten suffers from Alzheimer’s and is barely able to speak. The video, however tells the tragic and disturbing story. On January 1, Floyd was supposed to be helping Mrs. Bratten when the aide spotted the old woman feeding her cute brown dog scraps of people food.

“Why you feed the dog,” Floyd could be heard on the video yelling.

And then the aide could be seen striking the old woman with the snow-white hair five times to the back of her head.

“Get your a** up and go to f***ing bed,” Floyd could be heard screaming at the defenseless woman. “Go ahead, damn it!”

The frail woman slowly rises to her feet with obvious difficulty, but Floyd still wasn’t done berating her.

“I said, why do you feed the dog human food? Why do you keep feeding the dog human food?,” and when the old woman denied it, Floyd became   angrier. “Shut the f*** up! Yes, you did! Stop lying to me, bitch.”

Off camera, Floyd is heard striking the woman several more times while yelling at her. The scene is utterly heartbreaking to watch.

The family installed the camera on New Year’s Eve, after becoming concerned about frequent bruises on the elderly woman. The Memorial Village Police is asking for the public’s help finding Floyd, 59, who is described as a Caucasian female with black hair and brown eyes, weighing approximately 215 pounds and 5’2″ in height. She has no past criminal history and had been working for the family for the last three years. The family stated they trusted her and had even helped her buy a car.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for Floyd’s arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call 713.222.TIPS (8477) and reference CRIMES (274637). All information remains confidential.

(Photos and video of home health care worker via screenshots Memorial Village Police Department)

Entire video can be viewed here:

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Frozen fox discovered in Danube River

A fox, frozen solid in a block of ice extracted from the Danube River, has been put on display by a German hunter who hopes to warn others of the dangers of the icy river. According to ABC News, the hunter found the frozen fox earlier this month and he put the deceased animal on display in Fridingen.

As temperatures plunge across much of the nation and many parts of the world, many ponds, lakes and rivers have been covered with ice. Some water sources have a thick covering of ice, but many areas are only thinly covered and animals (and people) who venture into harm’s way run the risk of plunging into the frigid water when the ice gives way.

Officials warn people who observe an animal who has fallen through an ice-covered body of water to contact the authorities for assistance.

(Photo/screenshot via AP Oddities Twitter)


Sanctuary for animals struck in war-torn Aleppo


A sanctuary, home to animals who have been abandoned in war-torn Aleppo, was struck on November 15 and several of the animals residing at the shelter perished. A video, posted on November 15, was posted to Twitter with a sad caption…

Though the bombing claimed the life of one dog (Hope), and more than one cat, Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel, the man who has dedicated his time to care for the creatures who are trying to survive without their families, is alive, reported the Huffington Post.

The Twitter account for Il Gattaro D’ Aleppo stated:

They bombed our house of cats Ernesto today: they killed some of our cats, also killed our beautiful dog Hope!

Photos of some of the animals who did not survive accompanied words of sorrow:

This is our shelter today … we don’t have words, only pain ! Rip our beautiful sweet soul.

The future of the sanctuary is uncertain amidst the ongoing violence in the area. Several cats are still alive…and still in need of care. As reported in Shelter Me, donations for the sanctuary can be made to Donazioni@speranza-hopeforchildren.org


‘Tens of thousands’ of livestock feared dead in flood waters

According to CBS News, the human death toll from Hurricane Matthew stands at 36 lives – tragically, the huge storm has claimed the lives of more victims, who have not yet been found. According to Wednesday’s publication of the Washington Post, “tens of thousands” of livestock are also feared dead beneath flood waters that have not yet receded around factory farms in North Carolina.

Agencies dispatched to assess the flooded areas found multiple buildings which had held various types of livestock, including pigs and poultry – countless animals are believed to have drowned while confined inside of the buildings.  Rick Dove, with Waterkeeper Alliance, told The Washington Post that there are likely “millions” of dead chickens in the flood waters.

The damage is not yet over…as reported by EcoWatch, waters continue to rise in the area and more damage is expected.

The governor has stated that officials will work to remove carcasses from the area to avoid water contamination. Read more about this dire situation here.

(Video via YouTube/Russell Jinnette)


Mike VI tiger mascot of LSU dies after cancer battle

In a very sad news report from the Bayou, LSU’s  beloved tiger mascot Mike VI died on Tuesday after he was humanely euthanized in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. According to LSU Sports, the school issued a statement that Mike VI was euthanized in his “night house” on the Baton Rouge campus by Dr. David Baker of the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine.lsu-tiger-tiger-died-2

The 11-year-old Bengali-Siberian tiger had been diagnosed with a rare form of aggressive, incurable cancer in May; a fatal tumor had developed behind his eye growing bigger than a baseball in just months. Originally treated with radiation, it was hoped Mike could live for one or two more years. A CAT scan showed the tumor  and his cancer had spread.  The sad announcement triggered a wave of online tributes posted  on Facebook.

“Thanks for the memories and all the joy you brought to the #LSU family,” tweeted Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards.

Fans and followers of Mike are encouraged to share their “memories, stories and photos” of Mike with everyone.

Mike was two-years-old and 420 pounds when he arrived at LSU. He had been a gift from an animal sanctuary and lived in a 15,000 square foot enclosure next to Tiger Stadium. A new search is on at animal rescue facilities for a Mike VII.

Rest in peace Mike VI; you will be missed.

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(Photos LSU Facebook)

Veterinarian charged with sex trafficking

A veterinarian in Baldwin, Wisconsin is facing charges after he allegedly participated in sex-trafficking. According to Monday’s KARE 11 News, 60-year-old Brian Lee Kersten allegedly brought young Chinese women to the United States and forced them to engage in prostitution.

Kersten’s alleged activity was uncovered when someone reported suspicious activity at a Woodbury Extended Stay hotel in late July. Thanks to an undercover sting operation, a young Asian woman, who barely spoke English, was found in a hotel room and upon questioning, she revealed that she had been promised a job working at a massage parlor prior to winding up engaged in prostitution.

According to the Star Tribune, customers for illegal hotel hook-ups are often solicited through Backpage.com and other internet sites. The allegations against Kersten were confirmed when a relative told investigators that the suspect “visited his prostitute in China,” and alleged that he had brought young girls back with him for the purpose of prostitution.

The “staff” portion of the Baldwin Veterinary Center website has been deleted – according to multiple sources, the website had stated that Kersten was practicing veterinary medicine for 25 years.