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Jacksonville man charged with cruelty after puppy found covered in blood

A Jacksonville man has been charged with animal cruelty after a puppy was found covered in blood inside of a box outside of an Eastside home on Friday. Keyunon Smith, 23, has been arrested. According to authorities the puppy was a victim of extreme cruelty, and when found was bloody, appeared malnourished, had lumps on its head and suffered from a broken jaw.

According to News4Jax, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office found the room where the puppy had previously been kept and reported there was blood all over the walls and the floor. Police say Smith’s girlfriend called police to report the puppy had been abused; it is not known if she will be charged with animal cruelty. The couple have denied the charges, and told police they did not know how the dog was injured.

Investigators reviewed a surveillance camera mounted on a neighbor’s home, and in one of the videos, a man matching Smith’s description was spotted going in and out of the room where the dog had been kept. The room was nearly empty, and there were no objects in the room that could have injured the dog.

Neighbors reported they had witnessed the puppy playing inside of the fenced yard, but it had only been there less than two weeks. There have been no updates on the pup’s condition.

This is a developing story.

(Photo of Jacksonville man charged in animal cruelty puppy case via Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office)

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Man charged in stabbing death of dog stuffed in suitcase -Ollie -voodo priest

In Hollywood, Florida, a 31-year-old man has been charged in the stabbing death of the dog found stuffed in a blue suitcase. Brendan Evans was arrested on Wednesday after the October 10 incident when Ollie the dog was found almost dead, with his paw sticking out of a suitcase behind a building in an alley on Lee Street.

According to NbcNews, when detectives entered the apartment of Evans, they discovered a gruesome scene, including mutilated rats, bloody symbols on the walls and indications a satanic type of ritual had been performed. When interviewed, Evans told police  he considers himself a voodoo priest, claiming he had the right to torture the animals as he was practicing voodoo.

“Hollywood detectives have seen and investigated some animal cruelty cases before but none as horrific as we have seen in this case of Ollie,”stated Hollywood Police spokesperson Miranda Grossman. “In the freezer’s top shelf, several frozen rats were observed. The first white rat appeared to have had its legs removed and a circular piece of scalp was removed from the top of its head. A second dead white rat with a severed tail was located on the top level with white wax attached to its body,” the police report stated.

Another rat was found decapitated and police also reported finding two cat paws in the freezer.

“It appeared that something within the stove was bleeding and struggling inside the oven, smearing suspect blood while the over door was closed. Small tufts of fur were visible to the eye on the oven grate,” the police report added.

And on the top of Evans’ dresser had been a shrine of candles, melted wax, blood and fur; there police found one of the Crime Stoppers flyer of Ollie ripped in half.

In a separate report by a Delray police officer, in June a person selling kittens filed a complaint that Evans bought two kittens and days later called asking for more kittens. In Fort Lauderdale, a police report in February indicated Evans tried to kill a mother duck and her ducklings; when questioned at the time, Evans said it was his religious right to practice voodoo.

Ollie had been stabbed 50 times, beaten and stuffed inside the suitcase. He had severe lacerations to the top of his head as well as his body and had been wearing a red collar. The cruelty inflicted upon this dog sent shivers through the country. A reward had been offered just shy of $60,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for such a heinous deed. More than $100,000 in donations had been raised for Ollie; Grateful Paws collected $40,000 to help pay his medical bills.

Investigators confirmed DNA from Evans was found on the suitcase. In addition, police found a dog tooth in his wallet and also has a criminal history. In 2012, he was arrested by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office for domestic battery and is currently on probation for bank robbery

Evans has been charged with Aggravated Animal Cruelty.

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Two dogs dead and one barely alive in abandoned trailer tied to doorknob

The sole surviving dog, left tied to a doorknob that was rescued from an abandoned trailer in Bogalusa, Louisiana, is slowly recovering and has cause to celebrate Thanksgiving. In an inspiring rescue post, just perfect for the season of gratefulness, the Humane Society of Louisiana, posted the following good news on their Facebook page:

“We sincerely thank Dr. Liza Ledet and the great staff at Mandeville Animal Hospital for always stepping up to help when it is needed most.

You may recall that MAH took in and cared for dozens of animals who survived the Great Flood of 2016 at no cost and just yesterday took in “Thea,” a victim of terrible animal abuse!

We thank and congratulate our friends at MAH for the great services they provide our animal brethren and the generous spirit they exemplify. Well done, MAH!!”

The disturbing story began on Sunday when a man who was burning trash behind his home noticed a terrible smell emanating from the trailer next door. When he looked in the window, he saw the dead bodies of two dogs and a third dog barely alive that had been tied to a doorknob. Officers from the Humane Society of Louisiana arrived and rescued the dog now named Thea. (Baby Rescue) Thea was transferred to the Mandeville Animal Hospital and is being treated for heartworm disease, anemia, and hook and whip worms infestation. Without being rescued when she did, Thea would have likely died, still tied to a door knob.

According to the WafbNews, the Humane Society of Louisiana contacted the owner of the abandoned trailer – an elderly woman who said she had rented the trailer out to a man who promised to fix it up in lieu of paying rent.

“…We are confident that Thea will make a full recovery and that the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office will arrest the individual responsible for this crime and charge him with three counts of felony cruelty to animals,” wrote the rescue organization on Tuesday.

 

 

HSL has established a fund to help pay for Thea’s (Baby Rescue) medical care. Donations can be made online here. For more information, visit HSL’s Facebook page.

(Photos of surviving dog left tied to a doorknob courtesy of  HSL and Mandeville Animal Hospital)

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Owners walked out of shelter while terrified poodles going through intake procedure

Friday was the worst day in the lives of Osito and Pebbles. Who knew where the bonded poodles were going when invited to go for a car ride? Who knew, as their trusted mom and dad carried them into the shelter and told the staff they had decided to surrender the dogs, because they were having “personal problems”?  And then who knew, it would soon be the most heart wrenching moments for Osito and Pebbles as they were going through the stressful intake process and without a kiss, without a hug and without a word, the only family they ever knew walked out of the room and disappeared.

The very bonded senior dad and daughter need help, and it would be perfect if they could find a home to be together.

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#A3376231 “My name is OSITO and I’m an approximately 12 year old male Poodle Mini. I am already neutered. I have been at the Carson Animal Care Center since 11/17. I will be available on 11/17. You can visit me at my temporary home at C407. “Follow Osito’s Facebook page here. Osito has been reported to have a serious heart murmur. The two dogs remain in the medical ward where they can rest and be together.

#A3972074 “My name is PEBBLES and I’m an approximately 9 year old female Poodle Toy. I am not yet spayed. I have been at the Carson Animal Care Center since 11/17. I will be available on 11/17.” Pebbles’ Facebook page can be followed here.

ARRIVED:11/17
AVAILABLE ON: 11/17
Carson Shelter – 310-523-9566
M-TH 12pm-7pm, F-SU- 10am-5pm
216 W Victoria St. Gardena, CA 90248

INTERESTED IN FOSTERING? If you are in LA, OC, San Bernadino, or Riverside County and would like to apply to foster a Carson dog, please visit www.carsonfosters.com to complete a foster application. It would save their life!

Please share their story with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. It works! We have proven it over and over again, and are proud to continue because sharing saves lives.

(Photos and videos of terrified poodles courtesy of volunteers from Saving Carson Shelter Dogs)

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‘Don’t look away’: No one stopped to help dog lying on the cold harsh streets until …

“Don’t look away” were the words echoed by a animal rescuer after a Good Samaritan stopped to comfort a dog curled up on an old decrepit mat out on the cold harsh streets near the border of Mexico in Texas.

“Look long and hard at these photos,” Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, begged as she posted the disturbing pictures on the organization’s Facebook page of abuse and neglect.  “You will understand the cruel and heartless world we live in. How this dog is no better than the garbage on the streets that surround her while she lies on the street just waiting to die…”

 

Meet Mila; had it not been someone kind who picked her off of the streets on Monday, she likely would have suffered until finally succumbing to all that was medically wrong. For months, Mila, her name abbreviated for the Spanish word Milagros which means Miracle, lived at an abandoned auto shop; it remains a miracle and mystery how she survived this long.

By Monday evening, Mila had started her road to recovery. Immediately rushed to an emergency veterinarian, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC has committed to helping this dog to recover; although it will be a long one, it’s one day at a time for now:

“DAY 1 : Mila has a multitude of ailments, heartworm positive, tick born illness, anemic , dehydrated , anoplasmosis , skin infection , hairless and emaciated. In addition her paws are inflamed and she can barely walk. ”

“You can see every rib on her emaciated body. She’s a complete mess from head to toe. We look at her and just want to cry and cry.”

Everything medically possible is being done to save Mila’s life. More updates will follow.  To help with Mila’s recovery:

 

Go to http://rescuedogsrocknyc.org/donate
Pay pal
Donate@rescuedogsrocknyc.org
Mail
PO Box 101
NY NY 10028

(Photos of “Don’t look away’ courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

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Elderly dog lived in home with her dead owner ‘for weeks’

The Harris County Animal Shelter rescued an elderly dog who had been living with her deceased owner “for weeks.” According to the Facebook page of the Harris County Animal Shelter Pets in Need, deputies with the sheriff’s department found the body of a dead man in the home on Firesage Drive in Humble on Sunday after neighbors called authorities and asked if they could do a welfare check on the older man. People in the area had been worried after not hearing or seeing the man for weeks.

A 13-year-old greyhound dog in “good health” was found in the home and brought to the shelter. Click here for her Pet Harbor listing.

“I am a female, black and white Sighthound. The shelter staff think I am about 9 years old. I have been at the shelter since Nov 19, 2017.” For more information about this animal, call Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services at (281) 999-3191. Ask for information about animal ID number A497677.

The dog had not been given a name, and was listed to be on a six-day hold pending members of the family coming to claim her. On Monday evening, however the news announcement made everyone smile:

“497677 UPDATE: SO HAPPY to report she left with a rescue today!

Video shot SUNDAY 11/19. INTAKE: brought in 11/19. Such a sad story… Owner died about a month ago. This dog has been home with their deceased owner for a month. Owners body was just found today so pup was brought to shelter.”

One dog off to a rescue organization, but there are still many beautiful pets who need to share the same kind of fortune. Check out the  Harris County Animal Shelter  located in Houston, Texas:
www.countypets.com  See pictures of ALL animals. Please call shelter staff with questions: 281-999-3191 Press 0. Phone Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm (Closed 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm) TO ADOPT you must go TO THE SHELTER: 612 Canino Road, Houston, TX 77076.

(Photo and video of elderly dog in home alone “for weeks” via Harris County Animal Shelter)

Check out the greyhound’s video – happy images.

 

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Volunteers rescue wild horse stuck in cattle guard

It happened on Saturday afternoon when a Nevada Highway Patrol officer discovered a Virginia Range stallion stuck in a cattle guard near Silver Springs. The wild horse had fallen through the grates trapping his legs.

According to the Facebook page of Willis Lamm, North Lyon Country Fire Protection, Central Lyon County Fire Department and the Nevada Animal Emergency Network assisted in the complicated and very tricky rescue effort:

“This one was by far the scariest and trickiest. NHP reported a wild horse stuck in a cattle guard on US-95A at Damon’s curve.

Cattle guard rescues are my worst nightmare. You have to work up close in a dangerous situation. One wrong move and someone gets hurt or the horse breaks a leg and has to be put down. NHP did a great job keeping the Lookie Lous away. Our crew was assisted by Brittany and Linda from LBL Equine Rescue, and some really great crews from North Lyon County Fire and Central Lyon County Fire.”

A citizen familiar with horses placed his jacket over the horse’s face to help the animal stay calm. All four legs had been stuck in the castle guard, and rescuers used a prying bar to free the horse’s hooves and then used a sling to roll him over to help him get his legs in position to stand up.

“The foreleg looks bad but the real challenge involved the hind which was jammed between the top metal strap and a T-plate under the grate. It was wedged tight,” Lamm explained.

At times the horse would fuss and struggle, but sometimes nibbled on hay which helped to keep him calm.

“We decided to get the front leg free first. The risk was that the horse might try to get up and snap his hind leg. We maintained control of the front legs with webbing and finally was able to re position the horse just enough to pry his hind hoof free.”

After the horse was successfully freed from the cattle guard, the horse stood up, shook himself off while looking around and gracefully trotted away. Let’s hope he warns the rest of the herd about cattle guards. How cool is that?

Many thanks to our rescue heroes.  You guys rock! Share the news; everyone needs a reason to smile.

(Photos courtesy of Willis Lamm)

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Heartbreaking: Dog’s eyes filled up with tears after being dumped by owner

Meet Cinnamon; her eyes filled up with tears after she was surrendered. When a volunteer at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Control met the sad dog who had recently given birth to a litter of puppies that had been taken away from her, Sarah’s heart broke:

“Some ass dumped this poor mama at the shelter, minus her babies. Every time I stopped to talk to her and say I was sorry her eyes would fill with tears (check out reaction at -:13). Heartbreaking!!

For Cinnamon’s Pet Harbor adoption listing, please click here“I can be identified by Animal Care & Control as A1131036. I appear to be an unaltered female, brown Pit Bull Terrier. The shelter staff think I am about 7 years old and I weigh 89 pounds. I was picked up in Charlotte. I have been at the shelter since Nov 08, 2017. I am available for adoption.” For more information about this animal, call  Animal Care & Control, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department at (704) 336-7600.

Cinnamon’s plight has been shared more than 1,500 times. Just share her information one more time after viewing her video; whether it be to an approved rescue organization, family, friends or social media contacts. She just needs one special person in her life. And if you’re wondering how this dog acts?

Sarah Jennings Sleime ” Crushing. (when watching the dog’s video) She was super sweet too. A volunteer came to take her for a walk, and she waited patiently for them to put on the leash and she wagged her tail.”

Check out her video. (reaction at -:13)

 

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Humane society launches investigation after man fired for protecting dog

The Dodge County Humane Society launched an investigation on Thursday after claims of animal cruelty posted by a fired employee went viral on social media. Joey Bergmanis, of Fremont, Nebraska, wrote the post on his Facebook page and accused the children at the Jefferson House, a shelter for at-risk youngsters, of beating, choking, sexually abusing and feeding the support dog, named Meelo, harmful table scraps.

Joey claims he was fired last week for trying to save the dog from the abuse; the dog’s owner contends his dog is well cared for and happy. According to WowtNews, a witness has confirmed the allegations of the two-year-old Labradoodle’s mistreatment with the children using shoes to abuse Meelo. Hannah Stednitz lived at the Jefferson Home earlier in the year:

“They would hit him on the head, super hard, probably about five or six times,” said Hannah Stednitz. “It was forceful – like really forceful, I think it was bad. Honestly. I’d say he’s been mistreated at the Jefferson House,” she added.

At the Jefferson House, there is a conflicting story. Donna Dostal denies the dog is mistreated. She said a veterinarian examined Meelo on Wednesday and gave the dog a clean bill of health.

“He’s our dog. He’s part of the family,” Dostal stated.

Dostal claims the children and staff are now being threatened after reading social media posts animal advocates plan on stealing the dog and taking him away – putting Meelo at risk, but also the children in the home

Before Bergmanis was fired, he would often take Meelo home with him; no doubt the two had a close and very bonded relationship.

“My bosses told me ‘you love Meelo more than the kids,’ and I said ‘absolutely right I do’,” Bermanis posted on Facebook.

“…The only way I can explain it, is that me and Meelo are pals, friends. I don’t see him as a pet, but as my friend. I love him, and he loves me and something very powerful happens when an animal places their trust in you.”

And he did report the alleged abuse to the Dodge County Humane Society doing what the law requires for anyone suspicious of an animal being mistreated. The investigation continues, however the dog remains at the Jefferson Home.

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125 exotic birds stuffed into drain pipes in illegal smuggling of wildlife

In Jakarta, Indonesia, four men have been charged with smuggling 125 exotic birds which allegedly had been stuffed into drain pipes for the purpose of illegal wildlife trade. Authorities stated 41 white cockatoos and 84 ecletus parrots were discovered squeezed into the plastic pipes which were sealed at each end by wire.

According to the BBCNews, Indonesia is home to the largest illegal trade of birds, where they are trapped in the jungles and sold in giant avian markets abroad as pets and status symbols.  Separate raids in different parts of eastern Indonesia led to the arrests of the men. Yahoo News reports the birds may have been headed to the Philippines linking the suspects to “a parrot smuggling network there.”

White cockatoos are native to Indonesia’s North Maluku province and are listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Statistics bear out just 43,000 and 183,000 white cockatoos are left in the world, however their numbers continue to quickly decrease because of poaching and trapping.

If found guilty, the men face jail sentences of up to five years and fines of 100m Rupiah ($7,400).

(Photos of exotic birds via AFP screenshots)

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Owners brought ailing dog to vet to be put down, but veterinarian decided to save dog’s life instead

 

 

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