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Chihuahua dressed as ‘It’ clown takes over social media

In Rochester, New York, there’s no shortage of Stephen King’s popular novel “It” fans. In fact, a 13-year-old blind Chihuahua named Wiskey might be a huge follower – that is according to the pint sized pooch’s human, Mercedes Murray.

According to  Mercedes’ Facebook, who admits to being  an avid horror movie fan, especially likes the character of Pennywise. And for those unfamiliar with the book or the movie, that creepy Pennywise is the dressed up clown that reeks havoc wherever he appears. According to CBS News, the little pooch gets dressed in an outfit everyday, and appropriately dresses up for every holiday.

As pictured, Mercedes decided on the Pennywise persona for Halloween, and even though she can’t sew well, she obviously has a great imagination.

“I can’t sew, but I took a lot of hours to figure it out. I sewed the little sleeves. I made sure he had three ruffles, I got the balloon,” Mercedes stated.

And then came the clown hair wig made by gluing tiny pieces to a sock. Next came the perfect setting as he posed in front of a drain pipe. Why … of course!

“The first people to share it were in different countries so I really underestimated the power of the internet and social media, really underestimated it,” said Murray.

And after more than 123,907 shares (as of yesterday’s count), Wiskey now has his own “fun” page on Facebook. After all Halloween can be fun for our pets too – as long as we are all very careful. Some pets just don’t want to get dressed up, but that’s okay too!

(Photo via Facebook)

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The pain of loss can be intense, be it the loss of a human loved one, or a dear pet. The gripping pain caused by the overwhelming emotions which accompany a great loss may feel intense enough to cause death…as it turns out, in some situations, people can actually die from a broken heart.

There is something known as takotsubo cardiomyopathy, or “broken-heart syndrome,” and though it’s typically not fatal, it can be. A woman named Joanie Simpson had all of the hallmark signs of a true heart attack after her dog, Meha, died. According to the Washington Post, Simpson even had to be airlifted to a Houston hospital for care after she went to an emergency room with “classic signs” of a deadly heart attack.

As it turned out, after cardiologist Abhijeet Dhoble and his team performed various tests, they found Simpson’s arteries were clear and that she was instead a “very concise, elegant case” of broken-heart syndrome. This week, Simpson’s 2016 case was detailed in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The case supports what many people already know – losing a beloved pet can be every bit as devastating as the loss of a human loved one. Simpson wasn’t surprised to learn that her cardiac “episode” was an effect of broken-heart syndrome. She said, “I was close to inconsolable. I really took it really, really hard.”

According to the Mayo Clinic, the syndrome is more likely to impact women, especially menopausal women, more than men. Read more about this syndrome here.

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‘Jerk of the week’ surrenders 15-year-old dog to shelter because he was moving

On October 4, Shaq was surrendered to the San Bernardino City Animal Control because his owner moved into a new apartment whose policy prohibits large dogs. The unaltered male tan and black Chow Chow mix is 15-years-old. His chances of being adopted about about “zero,” angry shelter volunteers called out. Try to explain to Shaq why his owner, dubbed “jerk of the week,” abandoned him; no one has yet been able to logically explain to any of the volunteers who fight the endless battle for these loyal pets. Who can explain the betrayal they all must feel as they too often sit and wait to be euthanized in the busy, overcrowded shelter? For sure, they don’t want to die.

Perhaps you can help? Click here for Shaq’s Pet Harbor listing. “My name is Shaq and I am an unaltered male, tan and black Chow Chow mix. Shelter staff think I am about 15 years old. I have been at the shelter since Oct 04, 2017.” For more information about the adoption process, click here: Animal Control. Note that the last adoption will start at 4:30 pm. For more information about this animal, call: San Bernardino City Animal Control at (909) 384-1304
Ask for information about animal ID number A508460.

Share this dog’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. A Facebook page advocating for his rescue can be followed here. Help Shaq forget the “jerk of the week” who just dropped him off and  didn’t care enough to search for an apartment that permitted larger dogs.

Check out his video by Cindy Willis. Look how great he looks for an older guy. Please give this boy a chance. He was even wagging his tail at the volunteer while she was videoing him:

Someone broke into man’s home and shot his dog several times

On Friday, someone broke into a man’s home in Atlanta, Georgia, and shot his beloved dog several times. The man, who has asked to remain anonymous, told WSBTV News that his pit bull, “Coco,” was his best friend.

Coco’s owner had left his home to run an errand nearby…when he returned, he found his door kicked in, multiple items missing, and his dog in a bedroom, soaked in blood because a burglar had repeatedly shot her. He told the news agency, “She was laying on the back in the corner and it was just full of blood.”

Coco was taken to a veterinarian for care – they found four gunshot wounds. The injuries were devastating and ultimately proved to be fatal. Despite receiving care, the seven-year-old dog died after one of her surgeries. The devastating news was posted to a fundraiser created to help cover veterinary costs:

I’m sorry to write Coco didn’t make it after her 2nd surgery today as hoped, and passed away. Also sad- most of the vet bill still isn’t covered, so I’m leaving the fundraiser open until it is. Thanks so much for everyone’s generosity.

The authorities are investigating – anyone with information is asked to  call the Atlanta Police at 404-614-6544.

(Image via GoFundMe)

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Senior dog let outside for potty break is stabbed to death in yard

On Friday night, a Washington family’s senior dog was let outside for a potty break and someone committed an evil act of cruelty which left the dog dead. According to KOMO News, Paul Hense’s 10-year-old poodle, “Mickey,” was let out into the fenced backyard, but he didn’t come back inside after a few minutes like he usually does.

Hense told KOMO, “I was 20 yards away in the house with the door cracked and I heard nothing.” Someone had stabbed Mickey all the way through his body and part of the skin along his back was gone. A veterinarian stated that it appeared to be intentional injuries from a person.

The fence in Hense’s backyard borders the Interurban Trail in Edmonds – Hense wonders if Mickey barked at someone, or if something more sinister is at play. He told KOMO, “If the dog was the target that’s bad enough, but what if the dog wasn’t the target? What if the house or the people in the house was the target? So that’s what I’m trying to find out.”

The local authorities are investigating the cruel situation.

(Screenshot via KOMO News)

More news and updates at the National Animal News Facebook page.

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Family’s dog ‘filleted’ open by cruel monster

An Oregon family’s dog was filleted open by a cruel individual. According to Friday’s KATU News, the awful incident happened last weekend in the Coleman family’s backyard in The Dalles. The local animal control has been alerted to the heinous deed and owner Jenny Coleman stated that the animal control officer was, ” just sick about it, Blue is such a sweet dog.”

Blue’s injuries are significant – someone sliced him open from his anus to his testicles. Coleman said that her veterinarian has never seen anything like it before. On a GoFundMe account, the damage to Blue was recounted by his family:

On Sunday, August 20th at approx. 12:15 pm our baby, Blue, was brutally attacked . I was at work and I recieved a desperate plea for help from my 16 year old daughter “Mom, Blue is bleeding all over the house, I don’t know what to do”. Blue was cut from his anus to his testicles.

Blue is recuperating from the severe injuries and the local authorities are continuing to investigate this terrible case of animal cruelty.

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Dog muzzled by pet-sitter dies from suffocation

A pet-sitter in Pennsylvania is facing charges for cruelty to animals after a dog that she was watching suffocated in a muzzle that she had placed on him. According to Friday’s CBS Pittsburgh, a dog named “Tucker” was left in the care of Erin McGough back in July.

McGough claims that the dog bit her so she got a muzzle from her own dog and placed it on Tucker – she told the news agency why, “I went and I got the muzzle, and I put the muzzle from my dog onto [Tucker] because I don’t want to be bit, and I didn’t want my daughter to get bit.”

Unfortunately, the muzzle did not fit properly and Tucker somehow got out of his yard and ran away. The next day, Tucker’s body was found not far from his home…he was dead because he suffocated in the muzzle, which did not allow him to pant or breathe properly.

McGough claims that she never meant for this to happen and that it was nothing more than a tragic accident. She stated, “I was horrified … It wasn’t an intentional act on my part.”

(Screenshot via CBS Pittsburgh)

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Someone left a puppy in backpack in the back of a random truck

Someone left a pit bull puppy, stuffed inside of a backpack, in the back of a random truck in Tampa, Florida. Perhaps the person responsible hoped that the pup would find a good home, or maybe they just no longer wanted to be bothered with caring for a pet.

Fortunately, the puppy was discovered by a kind man. According to Thursday’s WFLA News, Jerry Murray, a U.S. Air Force veteran, is the owner of the truck where the pup, dubbed “Zeus,” was found. He told the news agency, “I’m standing here like this and I hear a noise and I look in the back and we meet eyes.”

Zeus was in good hands – Murray was not in the position to keep the abandoned puppy himself (already the owner of several of his own dogs) but his wife found the Second Chance Friends Rescue Group, which was able to take Zeus in.

The rescue group introduced Facebook followers to their new charge on Wednesday:

You guys saw the puppy in a backpack dumped in somebody’s pick up truck??? Well, this kid will never see the inside of a backpack or the bed of a truck again.

Please welcome Zeus to Second Chance!

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to the kind people who found him and cared for him and allowed us to rescue him. The world needs more people like you.

Zeus is justifiably uncertain about things thanks to his traumatizing experience, but he is in a foster home and learning that it’s okay to trust. As soon as he gains some much needed confidence, he will be made available for adoption.

Find the rescue group on Facebook here.

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Deaf puppy killed after chewing man’s shoe

A deaf puppy was shot and killed after he ate a Florida man’s shoe – according to Tuesday’s WOKV News, the nine-month-old pup, named “Kilo,” was gunned down by a man dating his owner’s sister.

In a petition seeking justice for Kilo’s death, the puppy’s owner recounted what happened on August 15:

My deaf 9 month old American Bullador (Kilo) was shot and killed by my wife’s (Linda Duncan)  sisters’ (Brenda Duncan) boyfriend (Jerrold Burnham) for chewing up his shoe while left at the house by himself. Not only did he go overboard but he tried to claim the dog bit him and he shot in self defense which does not support the evidence.

The local Jacksonville authorities did find evidence supporting the shooter’s claim that the puppy tried to attack him, in fact, not only did the man have no physical evidence of being hurt by the pup, but the bullet wounds indicate that the puppy was shot in the back.


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The shooter has been cited for the shooting, but Kilo’s owners don’t feel that the punishment fits the crime. Duncan told WOKV, “I want him to go to jail for murdering my dog,” Duncan said. “If he’s going to shoot a dog over a pair of shoes, who else is he going to shoot?”

Find the Justice for Kilo petition here.

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Dog stabbed multiple times seeks help from woman who found him

“He came over, he just looked at me like ‘I need your help’ and I just cried.” Words spoken by the woman who found a grievously wounded dog who was stabbed multiple times in Oklahoma City. According to KFOR News, the pit bull has injuries on his body which indicate that he was stabbed almost 20 times.

The dog, dubbed “Valor,” was found on the afternoon of August 18 outside of an apartment complex. The good Samaritan recounted what happened on a YouCaring Account which has been set up to help pay for Valor’s veterinary care:

“my mother called out to me that there was a dog outside my patio doors, bleeding. I had my phone in my hand, to call possibly animal control and walked outside. When I encountered the dog, it was bleeding from it’s head and my mom had ahold of his leash which I took from her and walked him away from my child to be safe. I then called 911.”

Jon Gary, the city’s animal welfare superintendent, told the news agency that the dog had to undergo emergency surgery for his injuries – he suffered internal damage, as well as injuries to his hind quarters.


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Nobody knows who is behind this cruel incident, but the authorities are investigating. Valor will be released from the veterinarian’s care soon – at that point in time, he will be headed back to the animal shelter. The woman who initially discovered him hopes to be approved to offer Valor a medical foster home while he recuperates from his injuries.

Find Valor’s Facebook page here.

YouCaring fund here.

More news and updates at the National Animal News Facebook page.


 

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