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Shepherd mistakenly flown to Japan by United returns on corporate jet

A German shepherd, accidentally flown to Japan instead of his planned destination, returned back to the United States on Thursday evening. United Airlines flew the dog named Irgo back to his home on a private corporate jet; estimated to have cost more than $90,000.

Kara and Joseph Swindle’s 10-year-old German shepherd was supposed to be on a flight to Kansas City  – but on Tuesday, when they went to the cargo facility to pick him up, they were presented with someone else’s Great Dane. The Great Dane was supposed to be on a flight to Japan, but it appears that someone mixed up the kennels and shipped Irgo there instead. The airline issued a statement to KCTV News:

“An error occurred during connections in Denver for two pets sent to the wrong destinations. We have notified our customers that their pets have arrived safely and will arrange to return the pets to them as soon as possible. We apologize for this mistake and are following up with the vendor kennel where they were kept overnight to understand what happened.”

In spite of all the confusion however, the Swindle family is more than delighted their dog is home. Late Thursday evening, Irgo arrived at the Wichita airport reports CbsNews.

United has apologized for the mix up, but the family wants more, and that includes a policy to make sure this kind of mistake doesn’t happen again. For four days, the family worried about their dog. There have not been any explanations from United how this happened, but to say the dogs were switched during their connection in Denver.

And of course,  United Airlines continues to cope with a public relations nightmare following the death of a puppy who was placed in an overhead storage compartment.

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Climber who left injured dog on mountain to die blasted by critics

A climber from North Lanarkshire, Scotland is being blasted by critics on social media after he left his injured dog to die a slow, painful death on a Scottish mountain after she collapsed during a hike.

According to the Daily Mail, Paul Finnegan had been hiking along the 3,073 feet Beinn Squlaird mountains with his 12-year-old border collie, Meg when the dog collapsed and lost the use of her legs. When a storm began and the wind and rain violently tore through the rough and dangerous terrain, Finnegan and his friend said they could no longer carry Meg and abandoned her. The pair said they had no other option.

A mountain rescue team sympathized with Finnegan’s decision to leave Meg, but did not say it was either the right or wrong choice. Social media, however has had a different view and have accused Finnegan of being “heartless and a coward.”

On Facebook, Karen Mills posted the sad news after a five-day intense search to find the dog:

“The owner and his friend appeared on the hill at 2pm and set out on foot to their last know location from that fateful night and I received a simple message from them stating they had found Meg and it wasn’t good news. We haven’t had any more contact about this since and as you can appreciate, everyone who I’ve been liaising with and sharing the work load on the mountain, are as gob-smacked as I am. I am not casting aspersions or making assumptions…this is what has happened.

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart, that I share my last update, that Meg is no longer with us. I’m sorry it is not better news. It’s a devastating piece of news after days of hard work, community, well wishing, support and team work.”

The posts kept coming – calling the dog’s abandonment “pure cruelty” to raging and sad. In an attempt to mitigate the flood of criticism, Finnegan’s family members responded:

“Paul never left Meg for dead. Paul had no signal and tried his hardest to carry her. Between him and his friend he carried her for as long as possible while falling and fighting against the wind and the rain.”

Despite claims that Finnegan never went for help or searched for Meg, the post from his relatives disagreed and stated that Finnegan has had to cope with his decision. Still some basic questions remain unanswered. Why would any responsible dog owner take a senior dog on a grueling hike up a mountain? Surely there were health signs – perhaps arthritis? Astute owners can see the changes in the condition of their dogs as their best friends age. Why didn’t Paul Finnegan pay attention to the signs?

A Justice for Meg group has been created on Facebook in order to give everyone a place to discuss their thoughts.

Rest in peace Meg.

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Too old to adopt a puppy: 70-year-old woman denied Yorkie mix

All she wanted to do was adopt a one-year-old Yorkie mix from Fluffy Dog Rescue,  but she was denied. The dog rescue organization that adopts dogs to people living in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois just didn’t think Mary, who is a 70-year-old vibrant woman, would be a suitable pet parent.

According to Fox News, Mary sent in an application to adopt the adorable pooch who was being fostered  near her Illinois home. The response from Fluffy Dog Rescue was, to say the least, a bit unsettling with them stating the organization has “a philosophy of ‘adoption for life’… we feel there are other dogs that may be more suitable for you. In your case it would be a dog aged three or older.”

Mary had been searching for a little companion to travel with her – even to place under an airplane seat while she went visiting. Her husband had passed away a few years ago, and Mary thought a little dog could give her that companionship to help with the lonely days.

” I think they made a very poor judgment, in the fact they don’t know me,” stated Mary.

Mary’s daughter couldn’t believe the pup wasn’t to be adopted by her mother obviously because of her mom”s age, but the rescue was unrelenting in its own defense stating. In a response to her daughter’s questioning, the rescue wrote:

“… we have established a formula for our older applicants to do our best to accomplish this. With that said, your mother fits into a category of only being able to adopt a dog that is three years or older… There are many rescues out there that will sell anyone a dog without a care of what might happen to them. We are not that rescue.”

For so many of us involved in animal rescue, we know that age should never be the deciding factor. After all, animal lover Betty White has just celebrated her 96th birthday. Did any of the representatives from the rescue ask Mary questions about her health if age was a concern? Tragically, young people adopt dogs and young people die before their dogs. The positive part of adopting out to retired people is the time they can devote to a forgotten pet. Get real Fluffy Dog Rescue – you might want to reconsider such narrow mindedness.

(Photo of 70-year-old Mary and the dog she wanted to adopt via FB)

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NYC police break into car to rescue freezing chihuahua

It was barely 10-degrees in Manhattan on Saturday evening when policemen felt compelled to break into a car and rescue a freezing chihuahua shaking uncontrollably.

According to the New York Post, witness Matteo Prandoni said the tiny pooch named Mary would have died had the cops not intervened.

“The dog was in such a shock and freezing he didn’t bark, Matteo told the Post. “The dog got as close as possible to the jacket of the officer (who helped rescue him) to look for warmth.”

Haoyang Chen, 23, has been identified as the owner of the freezing pup and was charged on Sunday with the illegal confinement of an animal in a vehicle. He has been ordered to appear in court on February 23. Chen adopted the dog with his girlfriend at the beginning of December and claims he loves the pup and would never do anything to risk her safety. He claimed the dog was not freezing, but shakes when she is scared of strangers.

“She is different from other dogs. Mary always feels scared and shakes,” Chen stated.

First Precinct officers were flagged down by a concerned passerby who saw the dog locked in the blue Saab and was worried about the animal’s welfare. A NYPD Emergency Service Unit managed to pry the car door open to rescue the dog. A note was left in the vehicle for the owner to report to the 1st Precinct station. Many thanks to our men and women in blue for helping everyone in danger.

Mary has been placed with Animal Care and Control. Chen says he will try to get Mary returned to him.

So we have a tiny short-haired chihuahua in a vehicle shivering in 10-degree weather and she wasn’t in danger of hypothermia? You be the judge. Please keep comments civil.

(Photos -screenshot via Matteo Prandoni)

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A puppy’s final moments: Shelter ‘misfit’ hung his head when nobody came

Rudolph is barely out of “puppyhood”, but on Saturday afternoon the Manhattan facility of New York Animal Care Centers will end his life. Deemed as a shelter “misfit” there were no presents under the tree awaiting an exciting Christmas morning. There was no warm fire place to snuggle near and although the weather has been frightful, no snowflakes were to be felt on his tongue as he played outside with a loving family.

This young dog leaves the world today wondering what he did wrong. An attendant will lead him down a quiet hall, and within moments a life once full of promise and love will forever be gone.

A volunteer familiar with this pup had this to offer:

“Rudolf looks like a little choir boy in his kennel. He is so gorgeous and angelic looking.He likes caresses, a scratch on his nose and takes duck jerkies gently from my fingers. Outside, though, he pulls , jumps, runs, twirls and plays like he was the only ballerina on stage, one that was not trained at the New City Ballet…He can sit(briefly) for a treat or a ball or a toy, his eyes full of excitement, his tail wagging but springs quickly into his Jack in the Box outfit…Yes, our Rudolf is full of life and needs some curbing to have his enthusiasm channeled into activities dog and owner can fully enjoy together. If you are an active owner and feel that Rudolf would make the ideal pupil for you to train and build into a state of the art pet.”

Sadly, it may be a crime to be an active puppy unlucky enough to have arrived at the Manhattan shelter. Judge for yourself as you watch the video as an animal control officer engages in puppy frolic. Sure Rudolph needs manners, but…

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More information can be found by clicking here.

RUDOLPH ANIMAL ID 16843 MANHATTAN ACC

“Estimated to be 12 mos old, 70 lbs
Large Mixed Breed Cross, WHITE / BROWN MALE
My health has been checked.
My vaccinations are up to date.
My worming is up to date.
I have been microchipped.”

Upon intake, Rudolph was very high energy jumping on counselor and police. Pulling on leash and trying to smell everything. Allowed all handling. Summary:: Rudolph was active, social, and allowed handling. Recommendations:: No children (under 13)
Recommendations comments: No children: Due to the high level of jumping and mouthing seen at the care center, we recommend an adult only home.

Date of intake:: 12/24/2017

Spay/Neuter status:: No

Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Stray

Date of assessment:: 12/26/2017

HOW TO RESERVE A “TO BE KILLED” DOG ONLINE (only for those who can get to the shelter IN PERSON to complete the adoption process, and only for the dogs on the list NOT marked New Hope Rescue Only). Follow our Step by Step directions below!

Shelter contact information
Phone number (212) 788-4000
Email adoption@nycacc.org

**PLEASE NOTE – YOU MUST USE A PC OR TABLET – PHONE RESERVES WILL NOT WORK! ***

STEP 1: CLICK ON THIS RESERVE LINK: https://newhope.shelterbuddy.com/Animal/List
Step 2: Go to the red menu button on the top right corner, click register and fill in your info.
Step 3: Go to your email and verify account
Step 4: Go back to the website, click the menu button and view available dogs
Step 5: Scroll to the animal you are interested and click reserve
STEP 6 ( MOST IMPORTANT STEP ): GO TO THE MENU AGAIN AND VIEW YOUR CART. THE ANIMAL SHOULD NOW BE IN YOUR CART!
Step 7: Fill in your credit card info and complete transaction Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC)nycacc.org

(Photos of Rudolph the misfit via Must Love Dogs and Julie Carner)

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Golden retriever survives being hit by car and spending night frozen to ground

Who can explain the strong will to survive for a dog who survived having been hit by a car and then spending the night frozen to the ground in Flint, Michigan?

According to AbcNews12, the Golden retriever had been seen while in the roadway and hit by a vehicle on New Year’s Eve.

“The witness heard the impact, looked out, heard the dog cry, looked out to run to her backyard. As soon as he entered her backyard, he went and laid down at the back of the yard and didn’t move for over 24-hours,” stated Bill Healey, the founder of the Streethearts Animal Rescue.

The dog spent the night crying and the next day when the witness found the dog, she called 911.  Healey arrived at the home where he wrapped the dog in a blanket, but when he tried to pick the pooch up, only the blanket moved.

“I actually had to peel him off the ice,” described Healey.

The dog has been named Feliz; his injuries have been described as follows:

“Feliz has a bad break, very close to the socket. X-rays will accompany him in the morning but it will probably take an orthopedic surgeon to make a determination if his leg can be saved. He has no organ damage, his values are very good. His sugar was a little low but that has been compensated for. Other than that, he’s got a mild eye infection which will be easy to treat. The biggest thing facing this boy right now is the next couple of days until he can be seen by an orthopedic surgeon. He will be transferred in the morning to animal veterinary hospital just to hold him over the holiday until we can get him in to someone else.”

On Wednesday, Feliz has been reported to be doing much better and is standing on three legs with the assistance of a belly band. He has started to eat; the first time in two days. It is hoped the dog’s owner comes forward, or if not – hopefully someone will  want to adopt this dog.

To help with his medical expenses,  PayPal with email streethearts.animal.rescue@gmail.com or  call the vet where the dog will be transferred to today and make your donation there:

Veterinary Medical Hospital 810-732-000.

Get well soon Feliz.

(Photos of Golden retriever via Facebook Streethearts Animal Rescue)

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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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After beloved dog died, doctors confirmed that woman’s heart nearly broke

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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