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Family dog shot in face by car thieves eluding police

In Dover, Florida, it is unknown if a family dog will survive after having been shot in the face protecting his family on Thursday after two strangers ran through the yard running from authorities.

According to WflaNews, Jim Ryans had been doing yard work at his home located on Blackjack Road with his three-year-old red-nosed pit bull named Roscoe, when the dog spotted two men running through the yard and went to the defense of his family. The men shot the pup in the face and kept running.

“Couple of young guys came running through and shot my dog in the head. I don’t know where they came from,” Jim stated. “I’m overwhelmed by it all. I couldn’t believe it happened like that.”

Ryans had no intention of letting the men get away with the heinous deed, and he chased them to a swampy area. Soon deputies from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office arrived to help. They were accompanied by K-9 officers who helped to apprehend the suspects, identified as Thomas Nolasco and Jonathan Lozada, who had been fleeing from authorities after stealing a truck.

AbcNews reports Lozada faces two counts of grand theft motor vehicle and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and one count of carjacking with a deadly weapon, robbery home invasion, discharged firearm from occupied vehicle, felon in possession of a firearm, carrying concealed weapon, aggravated assault with deadly weapon, and resisting officer without violence.

Nolasco is charged with grand theft of motor vehicle, resisting officer without violence and three counts of probation violation.

It has not been made clear if an animal cruelty will be added to the list of charges.

As of the last report, Roscoe had been bleeding through his nose. His condition remains critical. We can only wish and hope the dog survives. He is being treated and cared for at the Hillsborough  County Pet Resource Center.

(Photos of family dog shot in face via freeze shots AbcNews)

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Drowning puppy saved by unexpected hero

 

Three puppies stuck in hardened tar for hours

Three puppies had been stuck in hardened tar for hours in Udaipur, India; their hours left to live were limited until a Good Samaritan alerted the rescue organization Animal Aid Unlimited for a last ditch effort to help.

When the rescue team arrived, they could immediately tell the three little ones had been suffering in the black tar – unable to move and set to work on a plan.

“Three tiny angels were trapped in hardened tar. They were so completely stuck, they couldn’t move a muscle. It looked like they’d been engulfed for hours, and one little baby’s mouth was even stuck open. Neighbors had heard their heart-wrenching cries for help and had called Animal Aid,” the organization posted on their Facebook page.

And then the rescuers went into action.

“Prying them loose was impossible for the tense rescue team, so we had to cut the tar loose from the rocks below and bring the puppies and the tar and gravel they were stuck in back to the hospital. Determined volunteers and staff spent hours to soften the tar with oil and dish soap, with time out only to plant kisses on the puppies’ noses. Multiple warm baths later…and wow. For babies who had been on the brink of death, this is what happiness looks like.”

For the next few days, the one-month-old puppies were massaged with oil and bathed until all remains of the tar were removed. What makes the story even better – the mother of the babies was found, and all have been rejoined and kept until they are old enough to find new homes of their own.

Spend a few minutes and check out this glorious story of rescue – work like this is what we all love to see and read. The video has garnered worldwide approval.

(Photo of three puppies stuck in tar screengrab via YouTube video)

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Tethered and tangled dog protects her newborn puppies

On Monday, the St. Landry Parish Animal Control & Rescue shared one of the saddest but bravest stories on social media about a mother dog, both tethered and tangled, protecting her newborn puppies despite the worst conditions imaginable:

“I witnessed one of the saddest sights today. A momma dog tied out to a tree. Her tether so tight. She had nowhere to have her puppies. So she did the best she could. Covered in ants and mosquitoes. She never faulted her attention to her puppies…. as we untangled her, and she could move.
Her puppies still wet, as she attempted to protect each one. One was drowning, sadly. It lay in a pool of blood. Under all the puppies. This is the LIFE of a chained dog…a pregnant dog. SEIZED PROPERTY.”

The mother dog and her puppies were transported to the organization’s veterinarian partner, Bellevue Vet Clinic, where they are receiving emergency care. St. Landry Parish Animal Control & Rescue is reaching out to the community for help with the newborn puppies who need milk replacement. Esbilac  (complete diet for puppies fortified with vitamins and minerals).  Sadly, at this time, the mother dog, dubbed Libby is unable to successfully nourish her puppies.

Since arriving on Monday, Libby has given birth to four more puppies – making a total of 12 surviving puppies.

The case is under investigation and animal cruelty charges are being pursued.

(Photos of Libby tethered and tangled with her newborn puppies via St. Landry Parish Animal Control & Rescue)

To help with the puppies, the formula can be purchased from Amazon and delivered to:

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(337) 948-6184
Donations also can be called in directly to the veterinarians office:
St. Landry Parish Animal Control & Rescue Please, call in to her vet 337-942-7126.

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Man rushing seriously injured dog to vet arrested for speeding

In Holliston, Massachusetts, a man who truly loves his dog risked arrest and jail for speeding after his Doberman pinscher had been run over by two vehicles on Thursday morning.

According to Fox25 Boston, Peter Rogaishio’s nightmare began when he heard a loud bang outside of this home.

“I heard a big bang and then a few seconds later I heard a howl that just made the hair on the back of my neck stand up,” stated Peter. “He (his dog Thor) was lying on the street, so I dragged him off to the side of the street and called 911.”

Even though the Holliston police were trying to coordinate a way to get Thor to the vet, a half-hour later the seriously injured dog was still lying on the side of the road bleeding profusely. And in an attempt to save his beloved dog’s life, Peter picked up Thor and placed the dog in the back seat of his vehicle to rush him to the vet.

Speeding and weaving his way through traffic in a desperate charge to get emergency treatment for his critically injured dog, just moments later Pete’s erratic driving was noticed by a Natick police officer who then initiated a chase for over a mile. When Pete didn’t stop, police set up a roadblock, and when the dog owner finally was forced to stop, guns were already drawn by officers who had no idea why the man was driving that way. Officers were ready to take the man to jail when they saw Thor in the car.

“They finally looked in the truck and saw the dog. They jumped in and took the dog and then took me to jail,” said Rogaishio.

The police took Peter’s truck and rushed Thor to the Emergency room at IVG MetroWest in Natick. The police did recognize that the extenuating circumstances that led him to drive in that fashion, however he did endanger other lives of motorists. At his hearing the following day, Peter was ordered to complete a traffic safety course in the next two months.

Although a very scary situation for Thor, Rogaishio and the police, all worked out well. Pete was released from jail, Thor is expected to recover despite three broken legs and the officers helping are all safe. Thor has been part of the family since he was two months old and means everything to Pete.

A GoFundMe account has been established to help Pete with his dog’s medical expenses.

What extraordinary measures would you take if placed in a similar circumstance with your pet?

 

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More than 160 Pomeranian dogs rescued from truck in Nevada

In Las Vegas, authorities discovered more than 160 Pomeranian dogs abandoned in a U-Haul truck on Wednesday evening. Investigators believe the 164 dogs were abandoned in the 3000 block of Tonto Street in Sandy Valley by a California “backyard” breeder.

According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, the Clark County Animal Control transported all of the dogs to the Animal Foundation Las Vegas where they will be held for the required 72-hour hold period pending the arrival of the owner. All of the dogs will be medically evaluated and groomed and are expected to be made available for adoption in the next several weeks. The dogs appear to be in generally good health although they were dirty. They range in ages from three months to 12-years.

The dogs had no food, water or ventilation when they were found left in crates – three to five dogs in each crate. The driver of the vehicle was a woman from San Bernardino, California and has been described as a “backyard breeder” although her identity has not been made public. Supposedly the woman loaded all of the dogs into a truck and left California after hearing her property was to be inspected.

 

As of Thursday, no arrests or charges have been filed, however the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police are continuing their investigation in conjunction with Clark County Animal Control and San Bernardino authorities.

(Photos of 160 Pomeranian dogs via screenshots by Fox News)

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Firefighters rescue trapped dog from huge tortoise hole

In a Phoenix, Arizona suburb, a dog chasing a cat found himself in a rather precarious situation, or at least his owner thought so, on Wednesday, after running into a tunnel which had been dug by a giant tortoise in his backyard.

According to KatuNews, the dog’s owner, Toby Passmore called Chandler firefighters for help to unearth the six-foot deep tunnel, and with shovels and a city backhoe, were able to dig a hole large enough for Toby to peek in and look for Rubin, his German schnauzer terrier. Toby was then able to crawl into the hole to see his dog “was willfully inside the hole,” where he had cornered the cat.

Firefighters held Toby’s ankles as he pulled his dog to safety – which may have not been the case, but nevertheless, one dirty pooch is fine. Firefighters left the hole open so the cat could exit when he felt like it also.

We do love our firefighters – they are heroes to those who cannot speak also.

Photo of dog stuck in tortoise hole via Chandler Fire Department

 

Check out the video; it’s definitely smile worthy:

 

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$100,000 bond set for man accused of torturing ‘Ollie’ the dog

On Thanksgiving morning, the man accused of torturing “Ollie” the dog in Hollywood, Florida stood in front of Judge Betsey Benson who ordered his bond set at $100,000 due to the seriousness of the crime. Brendan Evans, 31, has been accused of causing the violent  abuse and torture of a pit bull found in a blue suitcase.

According to the Sun Sentinel, private attorney Sarah Anne Mourer, representing Evans, was not surprised at the high bail set, although an aggravated animal cruelty charge is a  third degree felony and bond can be set between $5,000 and $50,000. Evans was arrested on Wednesday. Ollie the dog, had been discovered on October 10, in an alley; he had been stuffed in a blue suitcase – only his paw stuck out. The dog was barely alive, but veterinarians had hoped to save his life.

The dog suffered from more than 50 stab wounds. 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.

Hollywood Police spokesperson stated Ollie’s case was one of the most horrific cases of animal cruelty officers had ever seen. Despite the best veterinary care, the love and encouragement volunteers and well-wishers around the world offered, Ollie succumbed to his injuries two days later.

When authorities arrived at Evans’ home and confronted him with the DNA evidence about Ollie as well as the discovery of mutilated animals with blood symbols  scrawled on the walls, Evans allegedly told police he had the right to torture the animals because he had been practicing voodoo and considered himself a voodoo priest.

(Photos of the man accused of torturing Ollie via screenshot of booking photo)

Evans has previous convictions not related to this arrest.

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Update: Shelter opts to terminate pregnant dog’s full term puppies

Three-year-old pregnant Miss Bella had been overwhelmed with confusion and fright at the Carson Animal Care Center. The poodle and Maltese mix to have been available for adoption on November 14, quickly created a social media outrage. Very close to having her puppies, the dilemma worried advocates:

“Saving Carson Shelter Dogs The county policy is to spay/neuter all dogs that leave the shelter. If one is pregnant and a private party wants to adopt, that dog will be spayed and the unborn babies will be aborted. This dog is way too far along and the babies are almost full term. They will have to individually euthanize each one if the adopter goes through with the adoption. If they release their hold to adopt her, a rescue organization can save her and they will allow her to go out pregnant. The shelter called the adopter, but they haven’t called back yet was the latest….”

Several approved organizations offered to rescue Miss Bella, care for her puppies when they are born and then adopt them out through their programs, however on Monday, an update posted on Saving Carson Shelter Dogs Facebook became worrisome:

“Update: 11/13/17 2:00pm PST. I just left the shelter. The Carson Shelter manager told me the dog is going to be spayed tomorrow. She will not be made rescue only. He is aware there is a rescue willing to take but that’s his final decision. The dog will be spayed tomorrow meaning the unborn puppies are going to be killed.”

Advocates were asked to politely contact the shelter and ask that Bella be allowed to leave with an approved rescue organization. And on Tuesday came the good news:

“Sal Valdepeña Update – We will be pulling mom unspayed today. A million thank yous to everyone fighting so hard for her.”

Then came the announcement everyone was waiting for:

” The Carson Animal Care Center just called me, and the shelter will be releasing her to us Harlee’s Angels unspayed. She will be allowed to have her babies and once she’s ready she will be spayed. This is all because you wonderful people Cared. Thank you, Sue Flemings Jessica Brooklyn Janice Kerrigan Lee Stevens Shawna Hamon Tere Molina Kacey Montoya Cheryl Hanna  and her village of supporters. I’m so thankful that county admin is working with us. This is the way to do it.”

This sweet dog has been renamed Melissa. Many thanks to Carson Animal Care Center for making this dog a priority.

Read this dog’s previous story here.

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Hero pit bull attacked by bears in Ft. Lauderdale protecting owner’s daughter

In Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a three-year-old pit bull is being treated for her injuries at the Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists after she was attacked by bears in the Big Cypress Indian Reservation in northwestern Broward County while protecting her owner’s daughter on Friday night.

The female dog,  an American pit bull terrier, named Mary Jane, is being treated in the intensive care unit. Mary Jane’s owner said she had been visiting her daughter on Friday night when the dog was attacked by three bears. Just prior to the attack, Mary Jane ran off – presumably to protect her owner’s daughter.

Mary Jane was originally taken to Lakeside Animal Hospital in Plantation and then referred to LVS for treatment. She is being treated for deep puncture wounds covering most of her body. At this time, veterinarians are administering fluids, providing pain medication and giving her antibiotics to ward off any infections. There is a concern about air in her chest cavity caused by the wounds and trauma.

 “While we consider Mary Jane to be lucky and think her prognosis is good, we are still cautious about the air in her chest and the potential for the development of infection,” said Dr. Ashley Villatoro, a veterinarian at Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists.

And as a warning to everyone, it is always best to be aware of our surroundings and always remain diligent:

“Most importantly, this should be a lesson to all who live in South Florida that we have a presence of wildlife that can easily harm or injure a pet. Whether we’re talking bears, panthers, bobcats, alligators, venomous snakes, wild boars or bufo toads, we certainly have our share of deadly wildlife to continually be on the lookout for,” added Dr. Villatoro.

Get well soon Mary Jane. You are a hero.

(Photos LVS press release)

 

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Mean-spirited human makes fun of puppy-mill survivor: Owner pens open letter

In “An open letter to the man who made fun of my dog,” a proud dog parent addressed a mean-spirited passer-by who laughed at the appearance of her dog  – a dog who had survived eight years of having been a victim of a puppy mill and used repeatedly for breeding until she was finally rescued.

The photo of Lulu appeared on Imgur.com and related an incident when a person,

“who almost fell down laughing and posed the question ‘What the *f-word* is that thing?’ as I was carrying Lulu into the pet store to get a new harness.”

Lulu’s human openly admits admits her dog has a funny look, but why be so mean? Does it make all of us wonder what this person would say to a parent of a child?

“I wished you hadn’t ducked into the diner so quickly once you realized that I heard you,” Lulu ‘s owner writes. “I wasn’t mad. I’m not naive, nor am I stupid. I know Lulu has a silly little face. She makes me laugh every day.”

This had been Lulu’s first trip out of the house besides veterinarian visits:

“It was a big trip for both of us. I wish you would have asked to see her or pet her so I could have told you about her. I could have educated you about puppy mills and animal abuse. You would have seen how sweet she is. You would have understood that Lulu looks the way she does because of 8 years of neglect and abuse. And that isn’t funny.”

Lulu’s owner pointed out that Lulu, despite all the mistreatment she has had to endure, she is still an extraordinarily kind dog:

“Not that you should be sad. I personally find it inspiring that after all she’s been through she isn’t mean. It’s amazing to me that every day she trusts me a little more; and that simply being able to finally pet her, after a hear and a half, fills me with so much joy.”

Lulu isn’t the first special needs dog this amazing rescuer has welcomed into her home and her heart either:

“i would have told you about how she initiated my love and desire to care for senior and special needs dogs. And that once I realized that she needed a companion, I met my best friend Cas, a senior dog who happens to be missing a leg. And how adopting Cas introduced me to the rescue group that I now foster for. She started me on a journey that I never imagined for myself, and that’s pretty cool. It makes me smile!”

And at the end of Lulu’s owner open letter, there was a thank you:

“So thank you, somewhat rude guy, for reminding me how lucky I am. I’m sorry you didn’t get to meet Lulu. What knows what wonderful things she might have inspired YOU to do.”

The letter was signed “????”

(Photo via Imgur)

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