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Rescue steps forward to help seriously injured pug

A two-year-old injured pug viciously attacked by other dogs was surrendered on Friday to the Downey Animal Care Center by his owners.  The shelter transferred the seriously injured dog to a private veterinarian where drains were placed in his head to drain the abscesses.

“…swollen dorsal head, possible rupture, abscess, laceration, ventral neck swelling, punctures and serious discharge,” has been included in the dog’s medical update.

On Friday, his family left him at the shelter, and his condition and photos were released by the shelter as they appealed for an approved rescue to help. Animal advocates have been actively sharing this little dog’s plight. On Monday, to the rescue came Leave No Paws Behind, Inc., and even though they have been inundated with medical cases for the last few days and the urgent need for more foster homes,

“… how can we just look away and pretend we did not see this sweet and innocent little fella who is in very critical condition?,” asked rescue founder Toby Wisneski on their Facebook page.  “I saw this post this morning, picked up the phone and yes, this little man will be boarding the LNPB Freedom Ride and will be rushed immediately to the Pet Doctors of Sherman Oaks for immediate medical care and evaluation.”

The dog’s care is expected to be extremely costly, but it is hoped donations will come in to offset some of the medical charges. To donate, please click here.

Updates to follow; this is a developing story and a heartwarming rescue intended to save another innocent life. Please note, there has been no information available at this time as to the attack or the owners concerning this dog.

Read the latest animal news on the National Pet Rescue Facebook page.

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Heartbreaking: Month old puppy’s ear cut off with scissors

In an egregious act of animal cruelty, a one-month-old puppy had to suffer through a cruel person cutting off his right ear with a scissors in Wichita, Kansas. The puppy, now dubbed Brooks, was immediately transferred to an animal hospital on Saturday.

According to the rescue group Beauties and Beasts, a $500 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the responsible person.

“This sweet baby boy is barely over a month old and was brought to the Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital of Wichita after he was found with his right ear cut off with a sharp object that appears to be scissors possibly used in an attempt at a heartless and cruel home crop job. The amazing team at the ER needs to preform surgery ASAP and we need your help to make this happen,” the rescue organization posted on their Facebook page.

When found, the puppy had a gaping wound on the right side of his head. The Wichita Police Department are currently investigating. Information or tips can be submitted to hfraizer@wichita.gov or by sending the rescue a message.

The rescue has appealed to the public to help pay for the medical attention and surgery Brooks requires. Donations can be sent to:

https://www.paypal.me/beautiesandbeastsinc

Www.beautiesandbeasts.org/donate

Checks can be mailed to:
All Dogs Bark-N-Play
CO: Beauties and Beasts
114 S. Pattie
Wichita, KS 67211

Get well soon Brooks.

(Photos of puppy’s ear cut off with scissors from Facebook Beauties and Beasts Rescue)

Read the latest animal news on the National Pet Rescue Facebook.

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Beaten and abused – dog gets second chance


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Two 13-year-old bears used for their bile freed from cage for first time

Two 13-year-old female bears used for their bile and who had been kept captive all their lives in dark steel barred cages in the Thai Nguyen province of Vietnam have been freed for the first time in their lives. Meet Hoa Tra and Hoa Lan; two lucky bear survivors, who for the first time felt grass under their paws and looked up into the sky to see the sun.

According to  News.com.au, the Asiatic bears were purchased in 2005 as cubs and were repeatedly poked and jabbed with syringes to extract their bile – part of the digestive system produced in the liver. The inhumane and painful procedure includes using a long needle injected into the bear’s abdomen. Often the procedure is carried out in substandard and unhygienic conditions, and the bears are administered huge amounts of antibiotics to keep them alive after infections commonly occur. Meanwhile the animals suffer from painful abscesses and sepsis – not to  mention their psychological problems from being locked up and regularly put through painful procedures.

Reports of bears fitted with “metal jackets” to keep their wounds open, catheters inserted with little or no anesthesia using during the “milking” procedures, emphasize the inhumanity and outright cruelty for these animals. Bear bile is sold on the black market, including Australia and is used to treat everything from sexual inadequacies, cancer to hemorrhoids. There is no scientific proof to prove any effectiveness.  Bear bile contains high levels of ursodeoxycholic acid; in modern times both herbal and synthetic alternatives provide the same medicinal properties.

Fortunately Four Paws Australia, an animal advocacy group was able to convince the owner to release the bears, even though he has denied using them to extract their bile that has since become illegal in the country in 2005. At least 900 bears remain caged in private bile farms across the country. In China, the illicit industry continues to flourish.

Rescuers have been placed in a tenuous position as they don’t want to discourage bear owners from turning over their bears, and therefore have made it a practice not to criticize. And so it came to be when Hoa Tra and Hoa Lan were sedated, carried from their cages and given a full medical examination. Besides their paws having been covered with thick skin, severe dental problems from chewing on the bars from malnutrition and boredom, these two bears have joined eight other rescued bears at the Ninh Binh sanctuary.

Check out the freedom video for Hoa Tra and Hoa Lan from Four Paws Australia. Here they are playing together for the first time in their lives and actually enjoying each other. Bears are just so forgiving. No warnings needed to view  – just watch and smile.

Read previous coverage of the bile bears here.

Read the latest animal news on the National Pet Rescue Facebook.

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Unlikely and adorable friends share a wonderful hug


A sweet reunion sure to make you smile!

Update on thug who laughed as he mowed down herd of emus in 4-wheeler

The young thug who laughed hysterically as he videoed himself purposely mowing down at least ten emus in a small town in South Australia was arrested on Friday. Jacob Macdonald, 20, has been identified as the alleged driver running the flightless birds over with his four-wheel-drive vehicle at more than 70 mph along a dirt road.

According to Australian Broadcasting Corp (ABCNews), Macdonald has been charged with four animal cruelty offenses, speeding and using his cellphone while behind the wheel of a vehicle. The 40-second video quickly went viral and had been posted on Facebook in order to help identify the person responsible for the egregious action and report the thug to authorities. At least ten emus were killed as they frantically tried to run for their lives.

“As the emus fell one-by-one MacDonald counted ‘one, two, three’ when each bird was hit. “This is f***ing great. I’ve got that one too … and that one!,” could be heard in the video.

The South Australian RSPCA had been notified and asked the public not to publicly shame suspects before charges had been levied. While trying to identify the alleged animal abuser, two other men had been mistakenly named and became victims of sharp criticism and ridicule.

In an interview with the West Australian, Macdonald stated the video was only meant for this friends, and it was no longer funny.

“It’s the biggest stuff up of my life. I’m not proud of it,” he stated.

He is scheduled to appear in court in Victoria in November.

Read the previous article.

A link to the Graphic and Disturbing video can be found here.

Read the latest animal news on the National Pet Rescue Facebook page.

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Inspiring – Neglected dog with massive tumor has undergone surgery. Look at her now!

Unlikely and adorable friends share a wonderful hug


A sweet reunion sure to make you smile!

Thug laughed as he purposely mowed down helpless emus in 4-wheeler

A young thug laughed hysterically as he videoed himself purposely mowing down at least ten emus in a small town in South Australia on Thursday. Jacob Macdonald, 20, has been identified as the alleged driver running the flightless birds over with his four-wheel-drive vehicle.

Soon after the video was posted and Macdonald was identified as the culprit, he deleted his social media accounts. The video was posted to Facebook by Fabio Galletti and showed a man wearing a cap and sunglasses clearly enjoying himself as he sped down the dirt road at 75 mph and counted down each bird after he ran them over during the 40 second massacre. Galletti stated he did not take the video, has nothing to do with the people involved, but wanted those involved to be identified and reported to authorities.

“As the emus fell one-by-one MacDonald counted ‘one, two, three’ when each bird was hit. “This is f***ing great. I’ve got that one too … and that one!,” could be heard in the video.

Friends say Macdonald “went off the rails” after his latest breakup with his girlfriend. According to  Daily Mail Australia, Macdonald defended his actions for killing the birds he referred to as a “mob” stating the emu population had been out of control and destroying local crops because they had been scavenging for food. He also contended the birds had been suffering from diseases and needed to be killed.

As social pressure increased and more people helped to identify Macdonald, he admitted he was wrong and tried to tell people he had never made any animal suffer before this. Police have confirmed Macdonald has been interviewed and is expected to be charged with aggravated animal cruelty, tormenting animals, destruction of protected wildlife and a number of vehicle and traffic related offenses including using a cellphone while driving.

The disturbing video can be viewed here. CAUTION: The video is extremely graphic.

The RSPCA South Australia continues to investigate.

Read the latest animal news on the National Pet Rescue Facebook page.

Yesterday in the news: Woman allegedly hit dog, dragging him to his death, and then went to restaurant without checking on pup she hit. The story here.

Inspiring – Formerly starved dog, Champ, brings hope for change in animal cruelty laws – more here.

Dog refuses to leave shelter without her best friend


Dog found with 46-pound tumor!

Intentionally starved ‘Champ’ brings hope for change in animal cruelty laws

Champ, the intentionally starved dog, continues to flourish at his Maryland foster home. After four-and-a-half-weeks, he has gained 30 pounds – with another 30 to go, but what a difference. He loves his walks, he loves to roll in the grass, and he carefully watches for any scraps to fall from the kitchen counter.

Who can believe this is the Laurens, South Carolina dog whose photo of him curled up in the dirt starving, near death and crawling with maggots went viral? Animal advocates were outraged as Champ’s terrible story of abuse and neglect unraveled. His journey began on August 14 when he was rescued.

“His heartbreaking story is that he is the victim of a breakup,” Rescue Dogs Rock NYC co-founder Jackie O’Sullivan posted on the organization’s social media page. “… since ‘he was not her dog’, she fed her dogs but not Champ.”

The Justice for Champ Facebook page has garnered nearly 48,000 fans who have been following the dog’s recovery. His photos  tell his story. From the shiny coat, to the friendly outings with other dogs he meets along the way to the hugs and smiles he gives to his foster parents, Champ is a survivor. It is the story of a dog who nearly died, was saved by Rescue Dogs Rocks NYC; and look at him now!

Not only does Champ bring hope that elected officials will see some of the “before” and “after” photos and enact stricter animal cruelty punishments, but also pass new laws prohibiting chaining and legislate to set reasonable  and humane standards of care for all companion animals.

Check out Champ’s video to see where his heartbreaking story started and where he is today. Champ is the hope for the abused, neglected and abandoned.

Keep up with the latest animal news by following the National Pet Rescue on Facebook.

Previous coverage of Champ here.

Stunning video shows paddle boarder’s encounter with orca!


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Beagle pup was tied to a pole and beaten in Bronx

A four-month-old beagle puppy was tied to a pole and beaten in the Bronx on Monday. According to the rescue organization that stepped up when Animal Care Centers of New York City called to help, the adorable little pooch suffered “severe injuries.”

On Monday, the Looking Glass Rescue, posted the puppy’s photo and shocking details as supplied by the shelter.

” We have this super cute and sad puppy that we are hoping to get out of here as soon as possible, possibly from trauma. The police officers who brought him said that someone called and said they witnessed the dog being beat and ties(sic)  to a pole. Unfortunately, there is not enough evidence to pursue a cruelty investigation.”

EENT: Droopy eyes, cannot open right eye, severe periocular swelling OU, ears clean, no nasal or ocular discharge noted

CBC:
1-Anemic-r/o normal for puppy vs. blood loss vs. anemia of chronic dz unlikely
2-Leukocytosis:
-Lymphocytosis-r/o normal puppy
vs.inflammation/infection vs. other
-Monocytosis
-Eosinophilia”

Additional medical information about the puppy was also included.

The president of the rescue, Jody Harris-Stern, is now caring for the puppy renamed Cleo. She suffers from severe facial swelling, an abscess on top of her head extending down to her eye, a fractured bone under her eye and “symmetrical breaks” in her cheeks likely caused by blunt trauma. The puppy also has cuts and wounds on her head, neck and shoulders.

“WE WILL  STOP AT NOTHING TO GET THIS BABY FIXED UP. WE NEED YOUR HELP. NOT SUGARCOATING THIS – HE WILL NEED A LOT OF TESTING WHICH MEANS $$$$.
PACK, WE NEED YOU NOW MORE THAN EVER…IVAN NEEDS YOU. PLEASE DONATE WHAT YOU CAN,” Jody posted on the organization’s Facebook page.

Fortunately Cleo is a little fighter reports NbcNewYork. Her medical bills have already surpassed $5,000. To help please click here.

Read the latest animal news on the National Pet Rescue Facebook page.

These adorable best friends are sure to make you smile!


These unlikely friends are too adorable for words

Bonded pair deserted at 14-years-old in desperate need of help

When their family moved, Oscar and Boba were deserted and sent to Carson Animal Care in California. The 14-year-old bonded dogs had never been away from their home or their family. And if life couldn’t throw any more lemons at these two sweet dogs, the shelter separated them – each in a different building. Neither one knows where the other dog is – neither one can be comforted by each other.

“#A5219560 My name is OSCAR and I’m an approximately 14 year old male Dachshund. I am not yet neutered. I have been at the Carson Animal Care Center since 9/16. I will be available on 9/16. You can visit me at my temporary home at C230. My former family who owned me for had to give me up because they were moving.”

Video:

“#A5219565 My name is BOBA and I’m an approximately 14 year old male German Shepherd. I am not yet neutered. I have been at the Carson Animal Care Center since 9/16. I will be available on 9/16. You can visit me at my temporary home at C109.”

Dachshund and German Shepherd  AGE:14 years
Male  ARRIVED:9/16
AVAILABLE ON: 9/16
Carson Shelter – 310-523-9566
M-TH 12pm-7pm, F-SU- 10am-5pm
216 W Victoria St. Gardena, CA 90248

Video:

Video 2 for Boba:

Follow their Facebook page here. Please note the dogs’ status has been listed as URGENT. Share their plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.

Read the latest animal news on the National Pet Rescue Facebook page.

(Photo and videos of deserted seniors courtesy of volunteers at Saving Carson Shelter Dogs)

These adorable best friends are sure to make you smile!


These unlikely friends are too adorable for words

Judge denies first of its kind lawsuit for abused horse to sue owner

A Washington County judge in Oregon ruled that an abused horse can not be a plaintiff and therefore cannot sue his previous owner for the expensive and ongoing medical care needed since he was rescued in March 2017. Circuit Court Judge John Knowles issued his ruling on Tuesday:

“The court finds that a non-human animal such as Justice lacks the legal status or qualifications necessary for the  assertion of legal rights and duties in a court of law.”

Justice, the abused horse had been a party to the lawsuit filed earlier this year against his former owner, for the costs of his medical care including his pain and suffering. According to animal advocacy group, Animal Legal Defense Fund, this case was the first to allow animals the legal right to sue their owners in court for $100,000 in both economic damages and future care. The horse’s owner Gwendolyn Vercher was found guilty of first-degree animal neglect leaving Justice outside and not feeding him.

When rescued, Justice was 300 pounds underweight and  suffered from penile frostbite. Vercher repaid many of the horse’s medical expenses.

“Horses, like Justice, are intelligent animals with the capacity for rich emotional lives. Oregon law already recognizes Justice’s right to be free from cruelty – this lawsuit simply expands the remedies available when abusers violate animals’ ‘legal rights,’” explained Animal Legal Defense Fund Executive Director Stephen Wells.

When Justice was rescued, the Quarterhorse and Appaloosa stallion had been starved and suffered from frostbite, lice and rain rot. Because of the extreme neglect, the horse has been permanently physically and psychologically scarred requiring specialized care for the rest of his life.

According to Oregon Live,  the court argued the case would open a “flood” of lawsuits filed by animals.

“Such a finding would likely lead to a flood of lawsuits whereby non-human animals could assert claims we now reserve just for humans and human creators such as business and other entities.”

Justice remains at Sound Equine Options, an Oregon non-profit horse rescue, and his medical needs remain a barrier for him finding a permanent home as well as the continuing costs of his care. The Oregon Supreme Court has recognized that animals should be considered individual “victims” in animal cruelty cases, however they are still classified as property.

Will the Animal Legal Defense Fund appeal? Surely the time for animals to have a voice in court is coming.

(Photo of abused horse Justice via ALDF)

Read the previous coverage here.

Keep up with the latest animal news on the National Pet Rescue Facebook page.

These adorable best friends are sure to make you smile!


These unlikely friends are too adorable for words

CEO for Cheyenne Animal Shelter suspended for using pepper spray on puppy

Cheyenne Animal Shelter CEO Bob Fecht has been suspended after community outrage when an eight-month-old shelter puppy was abused with pepper spray in what the Cheyenne Animal Shelter director called a “training exercise.”

In an emergency meeting held on Monday night, the Board of Directors suspended Fecht for 60 days without pay. He must also provide, within 30 days, an acceptable plan of action to restore the trust of the shelter with the community.

“The Board of the Cheyenne Animal Shelter unanimously adopted a policy that does not support the use of animals in pepper spray training exercises. The decision to use an animal, aggressive or not, in pepper spray training as a way to simulate a realistic scenario and demonstrate its effectiveness for employee safety is one that the Shelter Board feels was not justified and cannot support. After reviewing all of the facts of both incidents, the Board feels confident that the decision to use an animal for pepper spray training was not made with the intent to cause harm or inflict punishment on the animal. However, it also feels that the decision was rash and made without proper consideration of alternative training methods. Mr. Fecht, as the CAS CEO, is expected to demonstrate and ensure that all decisions he makes with regard to the organization uphold and protect the organization’s mission.”

The statement continued stating the Board of Directors will closely review and monitor the corrective action.

“The Shelter Board, beginning immediately, will be closely involved with reviewing and implementing corrective action. The Shelter Board understands that loss of trust has resulted from these incidents and will work tirelessly to do better by the organization and the community beginning with requesting a best practices audit and improving community input. The Shelter is already working to review and improve measures to ensure employee safety.

The work of the Cheyenne Animal Shelter is never ending. We appreciate your support and comments. Please feel free to contact us at ShelterBoard@caswy.org.”

Following the Board’s decision, Fecht released a statement apologizing for what happened and the heated controversy surrounding the abuse of the nine-month-old puppy. The shelter volunteer and foster coordinator Marissa Cox had been bitten by the pit bull mix named Tanner. Animal control officers were able to put the dog back into his kennel, and Cox was treated for her injuries.

The following day Fecht ordered officers to bring Tanner, along with another dog meant to agitate Tanner, to the back of the shelter telling all the employees that no one was to video what was to take place.  Fecht ordered Cox to use pepper spray on Tanner once the dog was agitated. Cox refused, however another officer complied. Tanner was sprayed until he coughed up blood, and then the dog was hosed off with water, brought back to his kennel and euthanized 24 hours later.

According  to  Kgwn, Fecht stated he never meant to cause injury or damage to Tanner, nor was there any intent to tarnish the reputation of the shelter adding his primary goal was to protect employees.

“…upon reflection I realize that the decision I made was a personal and emotional reaction on my part and I sincerely regret not having considered alternatives before acting,” Fecht stated.

Rest in peace Tanner. The abuse you had to endure was heartbreaking.

Be the voice for those who cannot speak.

Read the previous coverage here.

Read the latest animal related news on the National Pet Rescue Facebook page.

These adorable best friends are sure to make you smile!


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