Horse survived 6 weeks alone in snow after owner abandoned her

A six-year-old mare that had been abandoned in the deep snow in the back country at Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming, at the end of a hunting trip survived 6 weeks alone. According to her owner, BJ Hill, the proprietor  and operator of Swift Creek Outfitters and Teton Horseback Adventures, the horse named Valentine had become extremely ill and “had all the signs of dying.” At that point, Valentine was left on her own; Hill was sure a predator would have killed her in an area known for wolves.

Not so at all, because on December 14, the Jackson Hole News & Guide reported a trail groomer spotted the dark-coated mare, albeit extremely gaunt and pawing at the drifts to find any hidden grass,  standing out in the deep snow. He contacted the Shosone National Forest’s Wind River ranger station in Dubois. By the next morning U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer Dirk Chalfant found out who the horse belonged to and what had occurred:

“What I discovered is this horse had probably been in there for six weeks, and at a least three of those weeks it was probably in about five feet of snow and occasionally 30 below zero,” stated Chalfant.

And then came the plans for her rescue after Hill was told his horse had survived. Through ungroomed trails and snow still falling, Chalfant, Hill and Hill’s son loaded up some hay for Valentine and used a snowmobile to finally find her. When Valentine spotted her rescuers, she made it quite clear she had no intentions of being left behind again.

“She didn’t want to spend another night back there alone,” Chalfant said. “If we had to leave her and drive away, I think she would have been heartbroken.”

Thanks to the groomer who first spotted the horse, he was able to carve out a rough path and then the men built a road behind her. Attached by a lead rope, the snow was packed down by the men, as Valentine happily made her way out of Fish Creek Trail. For the next eight hours, the horse, at her own pace traveled nearly 20 miles through the deep snow; she had no “quit” in her. And when the men and Valentine reached the road, a trailer was ready to take her home to Pavillion.

Some true stories are just stranger than fiction. Welcome home Valentine.  (Photo of horse survived courtesy of US Forest Service.)

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Scrappy: Bait dog ripped apart and dumped to die

In Savannah, Georgia, the tragic story of a tortured dog continues to touch the hearts of animal advocates everywhere. Scrappy, as he has been dubbed, was covered in both old and new bite wounds. When discovered, he had been abandoned and left to die – had help not come in the nick of time, the dog surely would have welcomed death.Scrappy IPR

When Imagine Pet Rescue founder, Cindy McManus received the plaintive call for help last Friday, she was shocked at the dog’s condition. Scrappy had been the victim of dog fighting. The young dog didn’t want to fight, so his cruel owners used him as a “bait dog,” and Scrappy wasn’t ever allowed or able to fight back. Ripped apart, tortured, starved, infected with heart worms, and then he was abandoned.

“I sit here tonight and ask myself over and over ….. HOW is dog fighting EVER OK??? What part of us as human beings find this a ‘SPORT’ or ‘ENTERTAINMENT’?????? …. DON’T WORRY Scrappy… you will NEVER HAVE TO FIGHT AGAIN….. or be subject to the ‘human failures….’ YOU ARE SAFE now and we will HEAL your wounds…,” Cindy posted on the organization’s Facebook page asking for help to save Scrappy.Scrappy IPR3

And in a personal message to the sweet canine victim, and statements aimed directly at the cruel people who inflicted this egregious cruelty, Cindy added:

“I have so little words to cobble together to even express what you have been through sweet boy… used as a BAIT DOG…your injuries made me sob… you sweet boy did NOT deserve this… all because you refused to fight… you suffered the ultimate consequences… your ear almost ripped off… your entire head mangled all because someone chose to “profit” from your existence… I hope they suffer far worse than you have… but Yes Scrappy… you are safe now… and loved and WE will HEAL you

Scrappy is currently at the group’s emergency veterinary partner, Savannah Animal Care. His recovery needs will be extensive, and it is estimated he will need numerous sutures to close the wounds on his face and body. Despite the pain and torture Scrappy has endured,  he showers his rescuers with love and kisses. Scrappy has forgiven and holds no grudges.

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Wishing you a speedy recovery. (Photos of Scrappy courtesy of Imagine Pet Rescue)

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Firefighters rescue dog from burning house

In Washington, D.C. firemen and emergency rescue personnel rescued a dog from a burning house on Monday afternoon. The large three-year-old Italian sheepdog named Cesare, had become trapped in the two story home located on Kingle Street in northwest Washington.

According to WjlaNews, the rescuers began life saving efforts at the scene to get Cesare breathing. He was then transferred to Friendship Animal Hospital where he has been listed in critical condition. One firefighter suffered a minor bite while helping the dog. Firefighters are hoping Cesare survives after he was found unconscious in the smoky kitchen.

“We rushed him out to the backyard and began resuscitation efforts,” stated Vito Maggiolo, spokesperson for DC Fire/EMS.

The Washington News reports the dog had been exposed to a lot of heavy smoke. Cesare was administered first aid to reverse the effects of carbon dioxide poisoning; the Cyanokit is used on humans and dogs. At this time, the dog has been undergoing oxygen therapy. His owner, Peter Garrett thanked the firefighters in a tweet.

“A lot of people have pets – people care for their pets. So we try to treat their pets with as much care as we would a citizen,” stated Maggiolo.

Wishing you a speedy recovery Cesare. (Photos of dog rescued from burning house via the DC Fire/EMS)

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Van carrying rescue dogs involved in deadly crash

In Pueblo, Colorado, a van carrying rescue dogs from Houston to several Colorado shelters was involved in a deadly crash early Friday morning. The driver of the van, Charles Roberts, 59, was killed; his son Jared who had been sharing the driving survived the crash. The van had been transporting dogs from Houston’s BARC – a trip volunteers made once a week to save countless lives of stray and unwanted dogs.

According to Channel 9 News, Jeff Richey, the owner of Farfel’s Farm and Rescue in Boulder, the dogs are transported and cared for by Rescue Pets Movement. Five vans bring 150 dogs to Colorado every Friday. A nine-pound Schnauzer Yorkie, heading to Richey’s rescue is still missing.

The Pikes Peak Humane Society is currently caring for 23 of the 26 dogs believed to have been in the van when the deadly crash occurred. A few of the dogs have been treated for minor injuries. Three dogs are still missing. Colorado State Patrol tweeted out a picture of the missing dogs. If found, please call 719-544-3005.

According to the Facebook page of Rescued Pets Movement, a GoFundMe page has been set up for Charles Roberts. The group also updated their supporters as to the terrible tragedy:

“… At this time, we do not know how the accident occurred. To say we are grief stricken is an understatement. We are doing our best to determine what happened and how we can help the family. We hope to set up a gofundme page for the family to help them with their terrible loss. Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.

Concerning the dogs, three got loose during the accident, and we have contacted the fosters of those dogs. The rest of the dogs are all safe and unharmed. Our friends in Colorado jumped when they got the call and are helping us search for the dogs. Pike’s Peak Humane Society has been instrumental in caring for the dogs and helping us in this time of crisis.”

(Photo of rescue dogs involved in deadly crash via Twitter)

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Good Samaritan finds neglected poodle stuffed inside of gym bag

Whoever Ethel may have loved just days ago surely betrayed her. The senior, neglected and terribly matted miniature poodle had been stuffed into an old gym bag and abandoned on a Queens street in New York City. Had it not been for a Good Samaritan, who spotted the bag moving out of the corner of his eye on Thursday, it’s doubtful this suffering dog would even have survived one more day.

In the dog’s notes at the Animal Care Centers of New York City, Ethel’s tragic story was told:

“Finder came into QAC (Queens Animal Care) with a stray dog that was found inside a gym bag. Finder expressed that he got out of work and noticed a black and blue gym bag was moving. Finder looked in the gym and noticed a small dog. Finder stated he initially attempted to look for help, but he came right into QAC.”

Rescue Dogs Rock NYC stepped up on Friday morning to help the 12-year-old senior who barely weighed nine pounds. Emaciated and not able to stand, Ethel has been rushed to the organization’s partner veterinarian. Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, co-founder Jackie O’Sullivan, posted her thoughts on Facebook:

“Ethel is already showing signs of   Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex. No way were we leaving Ethel to rot any longer like a piece of trash. Ethel is a living being. She feels. She hurts. We are happy to report, Ethel is already on her way to our NY Vet partner for life saving medical care.”

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(Photo of Ethel the senior found in gym bag Animal Care Centers of New York City.)

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Sometimes even heroes need a helping hand

We live in a society where celebrities are idolized, and athletes are considered modern day heroes.  But what about all the unsung heroes – those working behind the scenes, going unnoticed day in and day out, working to ease the pain and suffering of others yet never getting any reward or recognition?  And what about those who always extend a helping hand without deliberation or question? Sometimes these unsung heroes themselves are the ones who need a helping hand.

Maria Marcal, a woman in her 50s has been passionate about dog rescue her entire life. She dedicated her time and compassion for animals for many years in the rescue community and also helped out at the Downey Animal Care Center in Los Angeles County, California. Unfortunately, during this time, Maria’s mother fell ill will Alzheimer’s which escalated to dementia. Maria set aside all of her rescue work to take care of her mother full-time.  Then to make matters worse, Maria was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer and will have to undergo chemotherapy and surgery.

Due to having to take care of her mom full time and pay for her own mounting medical bills, Maria has been placed in a difficult financial situation.  All of this has culminated to an eviction from the home she and her mom and her four dogs have lived in for many years in Orange County California. Maria is devastated not only for herself and her mom, but for her four dogs.  Where can they go if she is homeless?  Who will take care of them while she has surgery? All of this and the fact that she has had to leave mementos, family heirlooms and personal belongings behind to move in to a motel with her four dogs has Maria stressed and disheartened.

Many in the rescue community upon hearing of her plight gave generously to her fundraiser, however she still needs help. Marie is continuing to reside in a motel with her four dogs until a permanent housing solution can be found. Until then she needs financial assistance for day to day living while she continues her chemotherapy treatments. Although she has applied for disability and other services, it takes time for those services to be approved and become effective. Heroes are not only the ones you see on television, receiving medals and awards for their acts of heroism. They are everyday people who sometimes fall on hard times and need the help of others to lift them up.

Maria Marcal has spent her life caring for others, please help her get through this difficult time.

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“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

-Mahatma Gandhi

GTS Husky Rescue struggling to keep their doors open

When GTS Husky Rescue was founded in 2014, their goal and mission was to save arctic breed dogs from high kill shelters across the nation. Although specializing in these breeds, they have also taken in and helped others when space allows.

Located in Jupiter, Florida, GTS Husky Rescue is a 100% no-kill shelter strictly run by volunteers with no paid staff members.  All dogs stay either on the ranch or with a foster until they can be adopted. Those dogs that are deemed “unadoptable” due to behavior problems or medical issues, are either kept at the ranch or placed in long-term foster homes while they are rehabilitated.  According to the statement on their website, they are “dedicated to improving the lives of helpless dogs.”

Unfortunately, their dedication to fulfilling that statement has gotten them in to some dire financial straits; almost to the point where they may have to close their doors. This is due partially to having taken on so many dogs with extreme medical conditions and behavioral issues needing training that funding has become scarce. Because they are a 501©3, they strictly rely on donations.

Two of their rescue dogs in 2016 had been hit by cars; both needed extensive hip surgery and physical therapy.  One dog Corinna had to have cancer removed and required treatment for heartworm and a fungal infection.  Along with her physical ailments, Corinna is also terrified of people which required work with a behaviorist.  Sasha, another GTS Husky Rescue dog, came with severe food and toy aggression which also required training and work with a behaviorist. Thai, has had all her cancerous tumors removed, but also needs a trainer due to biting issues. All of these dogs came from high kill shelters, and all could not be adopted out because of these issues. If it weren’t for GTS Husky Rescue they would surely have been destroyed.

To end the 2016 year, GTS took on two more hard luck cases; Noel, a German Shepherd/Husky mix from Palm Beach County Animal Control who had a fractured pelvis and Jacob who has neurological issues.

Jacob, a two-year-old male Husky was at Miami Dade Animal Services (MDAS) who in turn called on GTS to rescue him. After his neuter surgery, it took him 24 hours to wake up, which is highly unusual. When he finally did wake up, his head was tilted and he could not walk straight. GTS contacted a neurologist for Jacob. The neurological exam proved to be inconclusive, so the next step is an MRI and a spinal tap. Unfortunately, when GTS was asked by MDAS to take Jacob, it was unbeknownst to them that he had any afflictions at all. Per MDAS, he was a healthy dog.   However, when reaching out to Jacob’s original owner, she confirmed he had been experiencing seizures which is why she turned him over to MDAS. She did not disclose this to MDAS.

GTS Husky Rescue is hoping Jacob can go on to be a healthy dog, but this is not a realistic hope unless he can be completely diagnosed and treated. All of this will be very costly.

Although GTS Rescue does not like to rescue beyond their means and capabilities, they have taken on two very expensive medical cases within a few weeks. They are committed to these dogs now, so they must stay the course until both dogs are completely well. Because GTS Husky Rescue has taken on so many hardship cases from all over the nation, their vet bill is enormous. They put out a plea for help so they can keep their doors open and continue to help homeless dogs, blind dogs, breeder dogs, hoarder dogs and even owner surrenders which many rescues do not take in.

The organization completely relies on donations to vet the dogs, upkeep the ranch, feed the dogs and maintain their vaccinations and medications. Since they opened in 2014, GTS Husky Rescue has saved the lives of 400 dogs that otherwise would have died because no one else wanted them.

(Photo courtesy of GTS Husky Rescue)

To donate to GTS Husky Rescue, or to view adoptable dogs, or for fostering and volunteering opportunities visit their website

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Puppy suffers broken leg after man throws it over fence

In Okeechobee, Florida, authorities are searching for the man who threw a six-month-old puppy over the fence. A man, driving a four-door pickup truck, pulled up to a fenced in area at animal control on Tuesday and threw the dog over the fence. When discovered, the dog had suffered a broken leg. She has since undergone

According to the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, on January 3, the truck driven by a stocky Hispanic male arrived at the Okkeechobee Sheriff’s Office Animal Control, backed up to the fenced area and threw the puppy over the six-foot high fence topped with barbed wire. During the week, the area is used as a play area for dogs. The exceptionally sweet, female puppy, described as a Cur mix, sustained a rear broken leg. The shelter’s video showed her lying in the yard all night with her broken leg and no food or water until she was discovered early the next morning by shelter

Nala’s New Life Rescue has stepped up to care for the pup, now dubbed Jenny. Her leg was repaired at the expense of the foster home who is caring for Jenny, however the animal advocate is in no financial position to pay for the surgery. To help, donations can be made by clicking here.

The suspect’s truck is described as a Ford, two tone dark blue/gold on bottom. Anyone identifying this person or the truck is asked to call Deputy Rusty Hartsfield at 863.763.3117.

(Photos of puppy thrown over the fence with broken leg courtesy of Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office and Nala’s New Life Rescue.)

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Dog nearly drowned in icy pond after 911 dispatcher refused to send help

In Denver, Colorado a 911 dispatcher told a caller they didn’t handle animal rescues, and told the woman to hang up and try dialing 311. Meanwhile, the frantic witness, Jenny Benz wanted to help a dog after it fell into the freezing water at Wash Park pond and nearly drowned.

“I call 911 and my first response from them was, ‘We don’t handle animal calls,'” stated Jenny. “And I said, ‘Well, I think Fire handles animal calls.”

The near tragedy occurred on Friday afternoon when the pooch named Francis hightailed it out to the park pond in pursuit of some ducks. It wasn’t long before the dog fell through the ice. According to KhouNews, after calling 311, Jenny was told to call a park ranger, but since the park ranger would likely not respond, she was instructed to leave a voicemail.

“I was scared. I mean, we’re watching all this and I felt like I couldn’t do anything to help this poor animal. I didn’t want to be watching a dog die while someone decided who the right person to call would be,” Jenny said.

Luckily another person was able to get in touch with the fire department who quickly came out to rescue shivering Francis. Within minutes, the dog was safely in the rescuer’s raft. Francis is expected to make a full recovery.

As to the situation, both the Denver police and the fire department, have explained the dispatcher likely was not familiar with the protocol or the rules for saving an animal in an emergency situation. Many animal lovers would risk their own lives to save a pet – tragically a young man in Oklahoma died trying to save his dog from an icy pond. Read about that tragic story here.

Please be reminded that leash laws are made to protect dogs and people. Obey the law and maybe even save your beloved pooch’s life one day (or your own) just by being careful. Follow the National Pet Rescue on Facebook.

(Photo of dog nearly drowned screenshot via Dan Berman)


Sheriff rescues cat pinned at top of closed garage door

In Donaldsonville, Louisiana, a sheriff’s deputy rescued a cat pinned with the top half of his body in a closed garage door. The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office posted the photo of the cat named Bella to their Facebook page drawing gasps from readers and concerned

Be not afraid however, because retired Deputy Mike Scott immediately responded to the situation.

“A cat had been stuck between a garage door of a residence and the wall. Never in all my years (34) was I prepared to encounter what I saw upon my arrival,” Deputy Scott posted on Facebook.

Fortunately Deputy Scott has a lot of help from neighbors and friends.

“The neighbors were very helpful as we cautiously removed the upper frame molding that allowed some space for us to remove the cat. With a joint effort with neighbors we were able to remove the cat alive.”

Not long after the amazing rescue, Bella’s owner returned home. He had been buying lumber to repair damage from the recent floods and suspected the cat had been asleep on the garage floor when he left. Miraculously Bella escaped unscathed. How many lives do you think Bella gave up for that situation?

Deputy Mike Scott worked 34 years for the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office and retired as a captain over uniform patrol in 2011. After two years of retirement he returned as a part time officer.

“It’s a privilege to be on the streets with these much younger criminal justice professionals,” said Deputy Scott. “I like to be able to assist with taking calls like such so that the younger deputies can stay available for criminal complaints and investigations.”

We’re always glad to honor a few good men Deputy Scott. Thank you for your service.

Photos of cat pinned in garage dog courtesy of Facebook page Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office.

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