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Pinal County authorities investigate viral photo of dog hanging from truck by collar

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate a series of disturbing photos captured by a driver in the San Tan Valley late last week of a dog hanging by its collar on the side of a white pickup truck as the vehicle headed down a dirt road. The teen tried to get the pickup truck driver’s attention but could not and later returned to the location after notifying authorities. Pinal County dog hanging FB

According to AZCentral News, the sheriff’s department reported the situation had been an unfortunate accident. Navideh Forghani, a Pinal County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson, stated:

“The driver of the truck did not realize the dog fell out of the bed of the truck. The investigators are looking thoroughly into this case to determine it it was truly an accident or something else.”

When the photos of the Great Dane, later identified as Pearl were posted on the sheriff office’s Facebook page, the discussion became extremely divisive and angry with people demanding justice for the dog. The posts and discussion were soon deleted. Pearl’s owner said the dog had been on a puppy play date with another dog when the accident happened. The woman who owned Pearl, but declined to give her name, said she was “upset and distraught” over the loss of her family pet. As she recalled the tragic events, she said Pearl usually laid down in the back of the pickup, and she didn’t see anything odd in her side mirrors. When she arrived at her destination, the woman found Pearl’s lifeless body hanging from the side of the truck:

“I was freaking out and I was giving her CPR and mouth to mouth,” she said. “I was trying to get her to breathe.”

Tragically the dog’s neck was broken. The distraught owner claims she has been receiving threats against herself; people have been posting her personal information and have been driving by her home where she also trains Great Danes as service partners as well as breeding and selling them.

Channel 12 News reports the Arizona Humane Society spokesperson Bretta Nelson warns pet owners that horrifying situations  like this could easily happen.

“Your pet could have ridden with you 100 times but you just never know what’s going to happen. A lot of pet owners aren’t going to want to hear that you really shouldn’t allow pets to put a good portion of their heads or bodies out the windows,” stated Nelson. “They could try to jump out of a moving vehicle and injure themselves or get hit by another vehicle.”

And now Pearl’s owner has to live with this tragedy, and has responded to the intense criticism stating:

‘Trust me, if I had any idea that this could have happened, I would have done something different.”

What are your thoughts? Should there be laws against dogs riding in the back of open pickup trucks? Is it dangerous for pet owners to allow their dogs to hang out the windows of their vehicles? How do we make it safer for our canine companions to travel ?

Photos via Facebook capture. Rest in peace Pearl. We are sorry humans let you down.

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Heartbroken child pens note to shelter as family dog surrendered

A spiral notebook filled with pages and pages of instructions addressed to the new owner of his dog named Rhino Lightning, written by a heartbroken child, after his dog was surrendered to a shelter ended with,

“Please tell Rhino that I love and miss him every night.”Rhino Lightning letter 1

Just one week ago, the three-year-old adorable brindle Boxer was surrendered to the Humane Society of Utah. The family had adopted the sweet dog six months ago, but the energetic pooch proved too rambunctious for the family with several small children and would unintentionally knock them down while playing. Maybe he wasn’t the best fit for the family, but nevertheless one young child was so saddened he wanted to make sure the dog’s new family knew all about him; and in a good way:

“Hi, if you are reading this you must own Rino now. He was my puppy. I really hope he is in a good inviorment. (sic) I really miss him. I wish he new (sic) that he was a preaty (sic) puppy…Please tell my ‘striped dream’ that love him and miss him every night.

Also included were the child’s observations about Rhino slobbering, loving cuddles as well as loving to sleep under the blankets. The child warned the dog’s new family not to give him tennis balls because he chews them up, doesn’t like the snow and in the summer is not a fan of swimming. Also Rhino doesn’t like cats, but he is “honestly just adorable.”Rhino Lightning letters

The Humane Society of Utah is looking for a new home for Rhino. Because he is a lively guy, children in the home should be at least eight-years-old. (Fill out an adoption application, if you’d like to be considered.)  According to the shelter, Rhino is a bit nervous in his kennel, but does fine when he is outside and able to romp around. He is house-trained and has a special liking for peanut butter.

On the organization’s Facebook page on Sunday, Rhino was scheduled to have a “meet and greet” with an interested family, but on Monday morning, his adoption photo stating he is still available for a lucky family remains on the website.  (updated at 10:55 p.m.) Please share Rhino’s story with friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.

(Photo of Rhino described by heartbroken child courtesy of Humane Society of Utah.)

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Terrified Golden retriever attacked by pack of dogs as people watched

In Dallas, Texas a terrified Golden retriever was mauled by a pack of stray dogs at a rural trailer park. Residents from the mobile home development stated there was nothing they could do; everyone was afraid to get too close, and so they watched in horror as the gentle dog was nearly torn apart. When the crowd was finally able to ward off the attack and scare the dogs away, the injured retriever ran and hid underneath one of the mobile homes. Covered in blood and badly wounded, Goldie had no intentions of ever coming out.Goldie RDR

The helpless dog laid in shock until neighbors were finally able to get him out from underneath the trailer. Goldie was extremely weak and reeked of a rancid odor – the result of his multiple infected wounds. Brought to a local kill shelter, he never would have had a chance to survive without the help of animal advocate, Leslie Ysuhuaylas who called Rescue Dogs Rock NYC and asked if they would step up for the dog’s  survival and his emergency treatment.Goldie RDR2

Goldie has been transferred to the organization’s partner veterinarian hospital in the  Dallas/Fort Worth area. Once Goldie is treated and his condition is stable, he will need an approved foster home. If interested, please contact Rescue Dogs Rock NYC here.

To donate to Goldie’s care, please click here or PayPal to Donate@rescuedogsrocknyc.

Photos and video  of Golden retriever courtesy of Leslie Ysuhuaylas and Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. It is not known who Goldie belonged to, but obviously his family didn’t care or was not financially able to help him. What we do know however is that Goldie will never be afraid again.

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Dog rescued with grotesque 20-pound tumor on his leg

There are few words to express the anger and disgust at such egregious animal cruelty and neglect. In southeast Dallas, Texas, Shadow was brought into a high-kill shelter by Animal Control with a monstrous sized tumor on his leg which weighs more than 20 pounds. At first glance, one would have thought there had been a black garbage bag tied around the dog’s lower leg – not so!  And this poor dog, whose growth weighs more than half of the emaciated senior’s body weight, was left to live like this for an unspecified amount of time. This condition didn’t happen overnight.

Rescued on Sunday by Dallas Dog RRR Rescue.Rehab. Reform, volunteers have expressed their anger directed towards anyone who may have seen Shadow and looked the other way. The words on the organization’s Facebook page addresses the appalling apathy and indifference to the needs of a  gentle and kind dog.

“… and no one to help. People staring at him in disgust and leaving him there to die, letting this tumor consume him. Shame on all of you who looked away. This senior should have been spending his golden years in front of the fireplace warm and loved. Instead, he was brought in by animal control to a kill shelter. No humanity of passion…”

Shadow’s tumor is bleeding and he will needs immediate medical care. Dallas Dog RRR have partnered with Second Chance Rescue NYC and Tall Tails Rescue to help with Shadow. According to the rescue organization, criminal charges are expected to be pressed against the dog’s owner.

To help with Shadow’s expenses, donations can be made by clicking here.

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Wisconsin pup rescued after floating on ‘iceberg’ in local river

In Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, a group of firefighters rescued a black dog spotted floating on an iceberg for hours along the icy waters of the Wisconsin River Monday. It was not known how long the black Labrador retriever named Milo had been caught on the ice floe, but witnesses had seen him several miles upriver earlier in the day.Kilbourn fd2

According to Channel3000, the Kilbourn Fire Department and Wisconsin Dells police officers worked together to rescue the dog from the 20 feet wide iceberg before he floated towards the spillway of the dam. The location where Milo was pinpointed had been south of Chula Vista in a narrow bend, popularly known as Devil’s Elbow and where rescuers were not initially able to reach him.

Rescuers decided on using a friend’s 14-foot boat and attached a motor after improvising a safe place to launch having to chop away more of the ice.  By this time, the sun had already set and night began to fall, making the rescue attempt even more difficult. Five firemen dressed in cold water safety gear left the shore using their flashlights to help them find Milo. When they approached the dog, he was frightened, and no amount of coaxing could get him off the ice. Finally firefighter Adam Hickey jumped on the ice and picked up the dog placing him into the boat.

Once back at shore, Milo was taken back to the fire station – warmed up and fed. The Dells Police Department posted Milo’s photo on their Facebook page, and it wasn’t long before his human, Toriana Gutierrez saw her dog’s picture. It seems Milo and his pal Kilo had escaped from their yard earlier in the day. Kilo returned soaking wet, but Milo never came home.

Luckily for all involved, Milo has been returned home safely, the firemen and the police officers are all safe and of course our heroes, and what could have been a tragedy turned out to have a happy ending. Welcome home Milo.

Photo of dog rescued from iceberg courtesy of Kilbourn Fire Department.

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Video of guard at Delhi university beating dog to death goes viral

A disturbing video went viral on social media Friday afternoon, showing a guard at Delhi Technical University brutally beating a dog to death with a stick. According to DNAIndia, the dog had harmed “10 to 12 students” when a guard for the school located in Rohini repeatedly hit the dog over the head.Guard beats dog cover

“We have registered a case in this connection under relevant provisions of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and IPC on complaint of an NGO. The accused guard of Delhi Technical University(DTU) is absconding,” said MN Tiwari, DCP Rohini.

Ayesha Christina of NGO Neighbourhood Woof , a non profit helping stray dogs, reported the egregious incident to the police and posted the video on her Facebook page which showed the guard hitting the dog’s head with a stick. Students at the university set up a protest stating  “right now, we will not compromise and are united on two points: the guard be handed over to police custody and that the person/ authority who instructed the guard be caught and booked as well.”

According to the Daily Pioneer,  the accused guard identified as Satish Kuman and other guards had killed many stray dogs at the order of the school’s administrators and security in charge. It is suspected the body of the dog had been buried somewhere on campus. Although school officials contend the dog may have had rabies and had bitten several students, advocates stated that in no way forgives the act of animal cruelty.

 “I explained to the administration that all dog and dog bite related issues can be discussed. As the organization responsible for this side of town, I will personally handle the issue. Neighbourhood Woof will get the dogs on the campus sterilized and vaccinated.”

Since then. the DTU administration has  conceded the crime is unpardonable.

(Photos and video of dog beaten to death at Delhi Technical University screenshots via Facebook)

(Warning: The video is extremely disturbing and may not be appropriate for all viewing audiences.)

 

Paralyzed dog from high kill shelter undergoes emergency surgery

Harley was abandoned at a high-kill rural shelter in Texas on Thursday where dogs with medical problems are the first to be euthanized. Just two-years-old, the tiny terrier was paralyzed; he dragged his hind quarters and had no control over his bladder, yet when volunteers met him, the pup was so happy and content, he didn’t allow his disability to interfere in his pure zest for life.harley the paralyzed 4

His advocate at the shelter took him home after he arrived, because she knew if she left him over night, she would never see him again… And then Rescue Dogs Rock NYC was contacted, and co-founder Stacey Silverstein coordinated rescue efforts to transfer Harley to South Texas Veterinarian Specialists:

“X-rays have been taken and they show no broken bones. The next step is an expensive MRI to determine whether Harley‘s spine is fractured,” posted Stacey on Friday, and then further testing was ordered.Harley the paralyzed2

It was not known if the injury was recent or if it had been an older injury. On Friday afternoon the diagnosis came in.

“Harley just had an MRI which revealed 2 bulging discs on each side of his spine. The only hope Harley has to ever walk again is to have surgery right this very moment to repair the discs. Since his injury occurred more than 24 hours ago, his chances are 50/50 that the surgery will help , but we must try,” Stacey updated the organization’s Facebook page. “Harley deserves every chance at walking again and we hope you agree. The estimate is attached, and the surgery will be between $3500 and $5000.”

And the decision was made to do all that could be done for the paralyzed dog, and just an hour later, surgery was performed. It was the dog’s only chance to regain feeling in his legs and be able to walk again. Harley will remain at the veterinarian hospital for a few days; it will be a wait and see if he gets movement in his hind quarters. No matter what the outcome, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC will make sure Harley lives the best life possible.

Photos and video of paralyzed dog courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC.

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This was Harley’s video when he was rescued on Thursday:

 

First used to breed: Then tortured as bait dog just to be thrown away

A seven-year-old American bulldog has never been treated with love or respect. First used to breed puppies to sell for a profit and when she no longer could produce litter after litter, she was forced into another victimizing role; Jessy became a bait dog. The scars on her face, her body and her legs bear the reminders of the misery she endured.Jessy cover

And then she was thrown away; no identification tags, no microchip and no one ever came looking for her. Brought to the Miami-Dade Animal Services Pet Adoption and Protection Center on February 1, Jessy is in need of a home or a foster family. A shelter volunteer offers the following observation:

“She is so gentle and wants to be loved so badly. She comes and sits with you hoping that you will scratch her all over. After being so abused, you would think she hates people, but she wants the attention of her very own human. She shouldn’t be so abused at her age.”

Sadly, Jessy is giving up on life. In her shelter cage, she barely lifts her head when anyone passes by. A Facebook page following her plight can be found here or here. Animal advocates have been pledging funds to help with veterinarian and other expenses to an approved rescue organization. Share this girl’s story with friends, family and social media contacts. Make sure to reference A1848583.Jessy 2

Contact: Pets@miamidade.gov with identification number to check: availability/status/request medical records. New location: 3599 NW 79th Avenue, Doral, Florida 33166. For information on transportation contact Steve Nash at (954) 774-0934 (by text or phone call); don’t allow a little distance stop you from saving Jessy.
(Photos of Jessy, the American bulldog used to breed and be bait dog courtesy of Urgent Dogs of Miami.)
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Neighbor rescues puppy left to die in Utica dumpster

In Utica, New York, a five-month-old puppy was stuffed in two plastic bags and thrown into a dumpster and left to die last Saturday. Had it not been for a man and his daughter, who heard the cries of the puppy from their apartment, the tiny Dachshund might not be alive today. The family immediately called 911 to report the puppy’s loud whines, but when no one arrived to help, the man and his daughter went outside to investigate for themselves. As reported by WktvNews, the two found the puppy wrapped in a quilt inside of two sealed trash bags shivering.

According to Christopher Thornton, who found the puppy now dubbed Oscar, the black and brown pooch’s tongue was already purple, and he was nearly lifeless when he first found him.

“When I opened the bag and saw him he was barely moving. He was yelping at a lower tone than what we heard earlier,” Christopher stated.

On the same day Oscar was rescued, Animal Cruelty Officer Bill Pulaski stated a call came in from a woman very early in the morning, who wanted someone to come to her home to pick up a puppy she stated she could no longer care for – just hours later Christopher Thornton found Oscar. A man and a woman have since been arrested and charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty for abandoning the puppy. During the interview, however the couple stated that the dog was already dead when they put him in the dumpster.

Oscar was named after Oscar the Grouch character from Sesame Street who lived out of a trash can. The puppy is currently in the custody of the SPCA in Central New York. Oscar is now very happy and healthy, and it might be that Christopher Thornton may want to adopt Oscar!

(Photo of Oscar the puppy found in Utica dumpster screenshot via TwcNews.)

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Beagle dies despite rescue efforts after falling through icy pond

In Holliston, Massachusetts, despite heroic rescue efforts by the fire department and volunteers, a beagle did not survive on Friday after falling through the ice at Linden Pond. According to the Holliston Fire Department, a report came in about the dog struggling to get out of the icy water. When rescuers arrived, the dog had fallen below the surface.Holliston Fire Department 2

Personnel from Ladder 1 and Engine 1 deployed the Rescue Alive! sled to attempt a recovery. The men, dressed in cold water suits were quickly able to located the dog named Toby, using the sled to bring him back to shore. According to the WickedHollistonLocal news, a firefighter was able to resuscitate the dog and rushed him to the animal hospital just minutes away where two veterinarians tried to keep the dog alive. Tragically Toby died.

There is no way to tell how safe a frozen river or a pond is by looking at it. Even if one part is strong enough for people or their dogs to walk, there is absolutely no guarantee the next step won’t be the fatal one. Anyone who falls through the ice – our pets included, quickly face a life or death situation. The cold is capable of stopping one’s heart – just from the shock. At the very least, the icy fall can quickly render someone breathless and therefore helpless. Our dogs depend on their humans to be safe. Of course, it is human nature to want to allow our dogs to run free – they love it, but remember you could be signing your dog’s death sentence as well as your own. Be a good dog parent, and keep your dog leashed at all times when out for a walk this winter.

Rest in peace Toby.

Photos courtesy of the Holliston Fire Department.

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