The remains of Petty Officer Jon Tumilson lie in state in his hometown of Rockford, Iowa. His dog, Hawkeye, was led to his casket to say goodbye. Thirty-five year old Tumilson died on August 6th when a rocket-propelled grenade downed a helicopter, killing 30 Americans and eight Afghans. The picture speaks for itself.
These are men, women, and animals who have made selfless sacrifices of their time to save animals or people with their courage, determination, valor and their love. "Selfless" is the quality of unselfish concern for the welfare of animals and humans while acting with less concern for themselves. I honor such hero's.
Hero Saves Turtle at Sea: Thrilling Video Clip
Watch as a man kayaking Oman’s remote southern coast comes upon a sea turtle tangled in a discarded fishing net. Abandoned fishing nets and plastic litter are a huge problem along Oman’s 1,600 kilometers of coastline, especially in the more remote regions that are rarely visited. While there is so much work to be done to clean the coastal waters and beaches, we can all take heart in this small act of kindness that has set one very grateful turtle on his way.
One Man Stops, Dozens of Others Walk Past Shivering Dog
Written by Ed Kostro of Illinois
The new year had started on a very sad note — there was another very sad phone call concerning a tiny dog apparently dumped in a big city park. “She really looks sad, lonely, and frightened. Have you got time to come out here?” How could I refuse? “I’ll be right there.” And when I got there, she immediately broke my heart. She was forlornly sitting there at a snow-covered baseball diamond, trembling uncontrollably, and so very sadly watching numerous people who were very happily walking their happy canines all about.
“When we first spotted her, she was frantically racing all around the park, as if she were looking for someone. Now, she’s just been sitting there, as if she’s given up.” I slowly approached her, and she didn’t move a muscle. So I bent down and I softly stroked her furry little head. And now, she very sadly looked up into my eyes with the saddest pair of canine eyes that I had ever seen. Definitely dumped here by someone, I thought to myself.
She Couldn’t Even Lift Her Tail
She didn’t protest or attempt to run off when I put a lead around her neck, and now I saw what extremely terrible shape she was in. Her fur was extremely matted and filthy, and gobs of frozen feces clung to her tiny backside. She was so matted up and covered in caked-up poop that she couldn’t even lift her tiny tail from between her grossly matted legs.
As I led her away, several people asked me what I would do with her now. “This poor little girl definitely needs some TLC and a hot soapy bath.” And soon, she and I were on our way to my vet’s office. As I drove there, she quickly crawled into my lap for some extra warmth, and she finally stopped trembling. At the vet’s office, they took one look at her and said “Poor little thing! She’s definitely had a very rough time of it. What will you call her?” And I soon replied, ‘Little Pooh.’
Of course she had no collar, no tags and no micro-chip. Dumped dogs
usually don’t; and, of course, she had not been spayed. I spent several
days attempting to determine if anyone were looking for her; and of
course, no one was. Little Pooh now spent the next week at the animal hospital being
cared for, fed, shaved, bathed, spayed and vaccinated. When my wife and
I went to pick her up, I didn’t even recognize her; she looked
completely different, and much happier, than when I had first seen her
in the park.
As we drove home, Little Pooh clung to my wife’s chest very closely, and she kept kissing my wife’s cheek. And now, her tiny little shaved tail was even wagging with joy. When we arrived back home, our other rescued street orphans immediately took a liking to her, and she to them, and she was soon very happily cavorting about with them in our backyard.
One of our neighbors eventually arrived to take a look at her, and she soon shouted: “Oh, My God! A Little Poodle! My best friend and her husband recently lost their beloved 16-year old poodle, and they’ve been looking for another one!” Very soon, our neighbor’s friends arrived at our home, and it was definitely love at first sight for both of them and for Little Pooh. She very quickly had a loving new home. And this is my favorite kind of rescue story. (See a photo of Little Pooh all cleaned up)
Meet an American Veterinary Crime Fighter: Dr. Ernie Rogers, Animal CSI
Call it CSI — for animals. The New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ newest hire is forensic veterinarian Dr. Ernie Rogers, DVM, Ph.D., an expert in investigating animal abuse and solving crimes against dogs, cats and the occasional alligator. He’s also the first employee with that title on the agency’s payroll. At a time when few industries are gaining jobs, animal welfare officials say that veterinary forensics and animal crime scene investigators are bright spots in the field. The SPCA credits the upswing to shows like Animal Planet’s Animal Cops, as well as heightened media coverage of abuse cases.
As he joins the agency’s law enforcement division, we chatted with Dr. Rogers about what it means to be a forensic veterinarian — and the crimes against animal-kind he helps solve on a day-to-day basis.
Q: What type of training did you need to get into the field?
A: Dr. Ernie Rogers: "I went to medical school and got my degree in veterinary medicine, and then I got a Ph.D. in pharmacology and toxicology. I'd always wanted to work with the police force, so I started by working with police dogs.
Part of what you need is a scientist who can view the crimes from the point of view of an animal: Is it poisoned? What was it poisoned with? How long has it been dead? How long has it been decomposed? That’s normally what a medical examiner does, but that’s what I do."
Q: Why are we seeing an influx in animal crime scene investigations?
A: "People are becoming more and more aware of animal crime and how it affects their lives. A lot of animals that have been stolen out of yards have been used as baiting animals in dog fighting, for example. There's also 'trunking,' which is when they put two dogs in the trunk of a car and drive around. Then they open the trunk and the last dog living is the 'winner.' ”
Departed but notable dogs of 2011
Leo, a Vicktory Dog (one of the Pit Bulls from Michael Vick’s “Bad Newz Kennelz) passed away the week of December 18th from a seizure disorder. Leo worked with cancer patients as a therapy dog. He visited cancer patients weekly revealing a playful, loveable dog, and bit of a clown. After Bad Newz Kennels, Leo went on and passed his Canine Good Citizen test as well as the Therapy Dogs International test. He even won an achievement award for his work from the Animal Farm Foundation.
Vicktory Dogs are the dogs who overcame horrific beginnings to become loving companions and some became therapy dogs. Being one of Michael Vick’s dogs from his Bad Newz Kennelz – his dogfighting racket – many of these dogs were suffering from serious psychological and emotional trauma. Their “vicktory” was overcoming the trauma and learn how to play, to relax, and to love.
She was also a hero. She was awarded as the top American Hero Dog for 2011 by the American Humane Association, and in 2002, won the United Kingdom Dickin Medal for her bravery. This honor was bestowed posthumously for Roselle died on June 26 of this year. She was the dog who guided her blind owner down 78 flights of stairs at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. On that day, Michael Hingson and his guide dog, Roselle, worked in the World Trade Center on the 78th floor of Tower One. They were both in the office when American Airlines flight 11 crashed into the other side of the building 18 floors above them. Roselle did not panic; she remained focused on guiding Hingson down 78 floors to the ground. She was also a calming presence for others trying to descend to safety. Once on the ground, through the smoke and dust, Roselle guided Hingson to a subway entrance and even waited for the command to descend the stairs. She was also a good friend just doing her job. Remaining loyal at the side of her owner.
Another 9/11 hero. Charlie, a former member of the NYPD K-9 Unit who scoured the rubble at Ground Zero after the World Trade Center attacks, died in January natural causes, just short of his 13th birthday. Charlie was 13 months old and untrained when he arrived from the Czech Republic to join the NYPD K-9 unit. After training, Charlie patrolled the five boroughs in eight-hour shifts. As a patrol dog, he was trained to detect human scent, and on any given day could go from hunting a felon to searching for a lost child. He was just a year into his job when the 9/11 World Trade Center disaster happened. Charlie was quickly cross-trained into Search and Rescue to work the wreckage at Ground Zero. Charlie worked until age 7, when his handler requested the department retire him. He remained with his handler in her home during his retirement until he peacefully passed on.
She didn’t scale 20 feet wreckage at Ground Zero. She didn’t bring a burglar to ground, or keep a sex offender at bay. She also didn’t save her family from a devastating fire. Nala died after being hit by a car near the Atlanta airport at the beginning of 2011. She escaped her crate being transferred between flights from California to Germany on Delta Airlines in December 2010. When her story hit The Consumerist, many offered to help search for her. There were volunteers in Atlanta walking the area with her owner, Alisa Miller. Many followed this blog for updates. It was a crushing blow when her body was found along a stretch of highway near the airport. And here it is a year later, and that pain I had when I got the email Nala was dead still hurts. Nala was a loved family member. A dog doesn’t need to be any greater than that. It’s wonderful we have hero dogs and dogs defying the worst man can dish out. But all they ever want, or are contented to have, is a home. That is what all dogs want. They want the comfort of their people. The warmth of a home with a bed, good food, quiet time with pets and hugs, trips to the park, playtime, and squeaky toys!!!
Celebrate your dog! Love your animals – your bestest friends! Shower them with all the love your heart can give. When you love an animal, it awakens the best you have. http://fortheloveofthedogblog.com/article/just-a-dog-story/notable-dogs-of-2011
They will be our friends for always and always and always. – Rudyard Kipling
Caring for Pets of the Homeless
Woman recognizes need and provides help to animal owners on the streets
When Genevieve Frederick visited New York City in 2006, she saw a homeless man on the sidewalk, begging. Lying next to him was a dog. Frederick wondered why a guy who can barely feed himself would have a pet. "Then the answer became obvious," she recalls. "Pets are loyal, nonjudgmental companions that provide comfort and even protection and warmth. They may be a homeless person's only companion."
See also: Tails of love.
From that seemingly insignificant incident, Frederick, now 64, embarked on a mission that resulted in the founding of Pets of the Homeless, an organization that provides food and veterinary care for pets of homeless people throughout the United States and parts of Canada.
Determined to help, Frederick launched Pets of the Homeless in 2007. She started by asking her dog's veterinarians, Gary Ailes and Woody Allen, to collect pet food donations. The local media picked up the story, and on the first day of collection, the donations filled a 55-gallon trash can.
Since then, other businesses have joined the effort, and drives have spurred contributions. At last count, more than 79 tons of pet food have been donated. In August, the organization sponsored its latest drive — the second national Give a Dog a Bone week, which encouraged people to bring pet food donations to a site near them.
Sirius. Gone Too Soon.
He was named after the brightest winter star in the Northern Hemisphere – Sirius the Dog Star. A star of legend and mythology. K-9 Sirius was a yellow Labrador Retriever,born in January 1997. He became an Explosive Detection Dog upon graduation from the Port Newark K-9 Center on July 15, 2000, he was assigned Badge #17 and was partnered with Officer Dave Lim of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police K-9 Unit. Lima and Sirius were stationed at the World Trade Center where they often searched hundreds of trucks and vehicles each day, as part of America’s “War on Terrorism”. Sirius was the only police dog killed by the terrorists on September 11, 2001. On the morning of September 11, 2001, Sirius and Officer Lim were at their Station located in the basement of Tower Two. Lim heard an explosion and assumed a bomb had gone off, not knowing that it was actually the first hijacked airliner that crashed into WTC Tower One. Officer Lim went to aid evacuation of people from the building and left Sirius in his Kennel, thinking 1) it would be easier to have two free hands, and 2) Sirius would be safe in Tower Two basement. He promised Sirius he would be back.
Officer Lim failed to return for Sirius. Becoming trapped in the falling debris of Tower One, he wasn’t rescued until five hours later. Lim tried to make his way to the basement but was stopped by other rescue workers for it was two dangerous. Four months later, on January 21, 2002, recovery teams at Ground Zero located Sirius’s remains. It was determined Sirius was killed instantly when the tower collapsed. Officer Lim was there when recovery teams found Sirius. Everything stopped and everyone saluted while Lim and other officers carried his dog’s body from the wreckage – draped with the American Flag.
A Memorial Service for Sirius was held on April 24, 2002 at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey. Earlier that month, Sirius had been posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross at the British Embassy in Manhattan. Almost one hundred police dogs wearing badges covered by black ribbon as far away as California attended and filed past the wooden urn containing the ashes of Sirius, each stopping to salute. Seven officers fired a 21-gun salute. FBI Special Agent Gerry Fornino, who had been in charge of searching for evidence and personal belongings at the Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island, presented Officer Lim with Sirius’ metal water bowl, which had been pulled from Lim’s car.
The bowl had been inscribed with Sirius’ shield number and the words: “I gave my life so that you may save others.” He was a loyal and courageous dog. He was also a good friend. Rest in Peace, Sirius. Your memory will be added to the legend of the star that shares your name. Shiny and Sparkly and Splendidly Bright, Here One Day, Gone One Night – from Michael Jackson’s Gone Too Soon.
Update: There is now a Sirius Courage Award. The first two Sirius Courage Awards will be presented by Lt. David W. Lim posthumously to the family of SGT Zainah Caye Creamer, USA, and to the family of Petty Officer First Class John Douangdara, USN. The awards will be presented during the 9-11 Working Dog Recognition Ceremony at Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011.
For Gallantry, We Also Serve
Animals have aided man in battle and disaster ever since ancient times. Medals of Honor have been bestowed upon men and women for heroism and bravery for decades, but never to animals. Only the United Kingdom has a medal strictly for animals that have served above and beyond in war and disaster. The Dickin Medal. A medal which is equivalent to the Victoria Cross, and the Congressional Medal of Honor here in the USA. It’s the only one of it’s kind.
The Dickin Medal was instituted in 1943 in the United Kingdom by Maria Dickin to honor the work of animals in war. Maria Dickin was the founder of the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA), a British charity that provides care for sick and injured animals of the poor. Maria established the award for any animal displaying bravery and devotion to duty whilst serving with the British armed forces or civil emergency services. The medal was awarded 54 times between 1943 and 1949 to 32 pigeons, 18 dogs, 3 horses and a cat for their heroism during World War II.
One recipient of the Dickin Medal was Rip, a dog made homeless after the Luftwaffe attack on East London in 1940. He attached himself to an Air Raid unit that had started to feed him scraps as they sifted through rubble looking for victims. Rip demonstrated a remarkable ability at digging out survivors – almost supernatural. He was never trained as a search and rescue dog. Rip just *dug into* work and found numerous survivors. He had the ability to withstand exploding bombs, air raid sirens, fire and smoke. This led authorities to later train dogs formally to trace casualties. The last animal to receive the Dickin Medal during war time was Tich, a mixed breed dog that served with the 1st Battalion King’s Royal Rifle Corps between 1941 and 1945.
In 2002, the award went to Apollo, a search and rescue dog who served with the K-9 unit of the New York Police Department. Apollo and his handler were called in to assist with the rescue operations after the attacks. They arrived at the World Trade Center fifteen minutes after the attack, making Apollo the first search and rescue dog to arrive at the site after the collapse of the World Trade Center. At one point, Apollo was almost killed by flames and falling debris. However, he survived, having been drenched after falling into a pool of water just before this incident. Undaunted, Apollo shook off the debris and immediately started working.
A dog mourns and says goodbye to his owner, a soldier killed in action.
This is a true story of a hero and inspiration to China
In 1924, Hidesaburō Ueno, a professor in the agriculture department at the University of Tokyo, took in Hachikō as a pet. During his owner's life, Hachikō greeted him at the end of each day at the nearby Shibuya Station. The pair continued their daily routine until May 1925, when Professor Ueno did not return. The professor had suffered from a cerebral hemorrhage and died, never returning to the train station where Hachikō was waiting. Every day for the next nine years the golden brown Akita waited at Shibuya station. The permanent fixture at the train station that was Hachikō attracted the attention of other commuters. Many of the people who frequented the Shibuya train station had seen Hachikō and Professor Ueno together each day. They brought Hachikō treats and food to nourish him during his wait. This continued for nine years with Hachikō appearing precisely when the train was due at the station.
Hachikō died on March 8, 1935, and was found on a street in Shibuya. After decades of rumors, in March 2011 scientists settled the cause of death of Hachiko. The dog had terminal cancer and a filaria infection (worms). There were also four yakitori sticks in Hachiko's stomach, but the sticks did not damage his stomach or cause his death. Hachikō's stuffed and mounted remains are kept at the National Science Museum of Japan in Ueno, Tokyo.
To read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hachik%C5%8D
The Dog That Cornered Osama Bin Laden ... not your standard K9
When U.S. President Barack Obama went to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, last week for a highly publicized, but very private meeting with the commando team that killed Osama bin Laden, only one of the 81 members of the super-secret SEAL DevGru unit was identified by name: Cairo, the war dog.
Cairo, like most canine members of the elite U.S. Navy SEALs, is a Belgian Malinois. The Malinois breed is similar to German shepherds but smaller and more compact, with an adult male weighing in the 30-kilo range.
German shepherds are still used as war dogs by the American military but the lighter, stubbier Malinois is considered better for the tandem parachute jumping and rappelling operations often undertaken by SEAL teams. Labrador retrievers are also favored by various military organizations around the world .
Like their human counterparts, the dog SEALs are highly trained, highly skilled, highly motivated special ops experts, able to perform extraordinary military missions by sea, Air and Land (thus the acronym). The dogs carry out a wide range of specialized duties for the military teams to which they are attached: With a sense of smell 40 times greater than a humans, the dogs are trained to detect and identify both explosive material and hostile or hiding humans. The dogs are twice as fast as a fit human, so anyone trying to escape is not likely to outrun Cairo or his buddies.
The dogs, equipped with video cameras, also enter certain danger zones first, allowing their handlers to see whats ahead before humans follow. As I mentioned before, SEAL dogs are even trained parachutists, jumping either in tandem with their handlers or solo, if the jump is into water. Last year canine parachute instructor Mike Forsythe and his dog Cara set the world record for highest man-dog parachute deployment, jumping from more than 30,100 feet up the altitude transoceanic passenger jets fly at. Both Forsythe and Cara were wearing oxygen masks and skin protectors for the jump.
As well, the dogs are faithful, fearless and ferocious incredibly frightening and efficient attackers. When the SEAL DevGru team (usually known by its old designation, Team 6) hit bin Ladens Pakistan compound on May 2, Cairos feet would have been four of the first on the ground. And like the human SEALs, Cairo was wearing super-strong, flexible body Armour and outfitted with high-tech equipment that included doggles specially designed and fitted dog goggles with night-vision and infrared capability that would even allow Cairo to see human heat forms through concrete walls.
Jim Slater was a canine handler on the Winnipeg Police Force when he crafted a Kevlar protective jacket for his own dog, Olaf, in the mid-1990s. Soon Slater was making body Armour for other cop dogs, then the Canadian military and soon the world. The standard K9 Storm vest also has a load-bearing harness system that makes it ideal for tandem rappelling and parachuting.
Just as the Navy SEALS and other elite special forces are the sharp point of the American military machine, so too are their dogs at the top of a canine military hierarchy. In all, the U.S. military currently has about 2,800 active-duty dogs deployed around the world, with roughly 600 now in Afghanistan and Iraq. Here's the link to a dandy photo essay about U.S. war dogs that just appeared in the journal Foreign Policy. Several of the photos I have included here are from Foreign Policy, as you will see.
As for the ethics of sending dogs to war, that's pretty much a moot point, don't you think? If its ethical to send humans into combat, then why not dogs? At least the U.S. now treats its war dogs as full members of the military.
Gill Dalley Awarded The 2011 Canine Hero Of The Year Award...
Phuket, Thailand. June, 2011. Gill Dalley, a director of Phuket’s iconic Soi Dog Foundation has been named the first Asia Pacific Canine hero. Sponsored by the China based Genlin foundation.
Mrs Dalley, who with husband John and a dedicated group of staff and volunteers, run the dog rescueoperation on Phuket and surrounding provinces, receives USD$10,000[Baht302,000] from the award, which is the first China based award promoting canine welfare in the Asia Pacific region.
Mrs Dalley is donating the USD$10,000 [Baht302,000] award money to the Soi Dog Foundation save the shelter fund.
In 2008 Gill Daley became the first non-Asian to be awarded Asian of the Year for her work with Soi Dog Foundation. In 2004 she contracted septicemia while rescuing a dog from a flooded water buffalo field and lost both her lower legs, and almost her life. The Soi Dog Foundation needs to raise 5 million before November, to avoid closing the 250 dog shelter and veterinary clinic and having to move off Phuket.
The SPCA citation for the award said it was “in recognition of your tireless efforts in dog rescue, rehabilitation and adoption in the area.” Mrs Dalley was flown to Chengdu, China to accept the award. Soi Dog is in a desperate race to raise by October the remaining 5 million, half the value of the shelter land at Mai Khao in Phuket’s north-east, otherwise it is earmarked to be sold to commercial interests. 5 million has already been raised.
Commented John Dalley: “ Gill’s award is a fantastic recognition of her dedication towards the sterilization of more than 32,000 dogs on Phuket and caring for dogs kept at the shelter because they are unfit to return to where they come from.
To read more: http://www.soidog.org/en/news/general/canine-hero-of-the-year-award/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Soi+Dog+Supporters+Newsletter+No1&utm_content=Soi+Dog+Supporters+Newsletter+No1+CID_aa6c7050d615b3a9bfb41842704f7614&utm_source=Email+marketing+software&utm_term=Read+more
Tiffany Jantelle Tiffany and her friends stopped to aid a dying dog at the side of a road in Franklin Twp., New Jersey. Tiffany was hit by a speeding truck coming up the road. She died later that night from severe head injuries. The driver of the truck stopped, got out, and with an “OH SHIT” got back in his truck and left the scene. Three days later Brian McCauslin was arrested outside Harrisburg, PA and is in police custody waiting extradition to New Jersey. Tiffany Jantelle loved and cared for animals all her life. She died caring for an injured dog on the side of the road.
Taylor Stinchcomb For her 13th birthday, Taylor Stinchcomb adopted a 4-year-old Doberman pinscher from an animal shelter and named him Romulus. The two were inseparable. Romulus became ill with cancer and the family discussed putting the dog to sleep. Taylor was so distraught that she and her girlfriend loaded Romulus into her parent’s minivan without permission and fled the house. Both were 15 years old with no driver’s license. With her friend driving, the van flew off a rural road and struck several trees and a utility pole. Taylor and Romulus were killed in the crash, while the driver suffered minor injuries. Taylor was active as a volunteer in the community, loved animals, played softball, active in her church youth group, and had many, many friends. She planned to spend the summer helping the poor.
By Andrea, June, 2011 To read more: http://fortheloveofthedogblog.com/news-updates/losing-my-religion
A Little Boy's Best Friend, Missing Boy Rescued - VIDEOJanuary 31st, 2011 |
Late Saturday afternoon in Dickson County, TN, a six-year-old little boy went missing and as any missing child story is beyond tragic and scary, what make this one a bit more heart-wrenching is that this little boy, Caleb Walker, is autistic and went missing wearing only a pair of shorts, no shoes or shirt. He’d been outside playing with his trusty dog, Milo, by his side when he wandered away and luckily for him when he went missing Milo went with him.
Needless to say, search teams went all out looking for little Caleb, searching on foot, with K-9 teams and from the air. Six hours later one of the K-9 teams found Milo who led them to Caleb. Caleb was safely returned to his worried family, little worse for wear and little Milo is being hailed as a hero for staying by the boy’s side and leading his rescuers to him. Good dog Milo!!
ASPCA on the Front lines: Anatomy of a Raid
Readers of News Alert know that the ASPCA’s Field Investigations and Response (FIR) Team deploys many times a year to rescue animal victims of cruelty, abuse and neglect around the country. Here’s an inside look at how we execute these large-scale raids and rescue hundreds of animals at a time.
Investigation and Planning
An ASPCA Regional Director of Field Investigations and Response gets a call requesting that we help rescue animals in an abusive situation, and the wheels of a raid are set in motion. The FIR Team is especially in demand for criminal investigations, but “where there are animals in need, that’s our priority,” says Jeff Eyre, Northeast Regional Director of Field Investigations and Response. An essential and early component of a raid’s early planning, notes Allison Cardona, ASPCA Operations Director, is ensuring that the team has established legal grounds. “Just like with a human crime, we need to have probable cause,” she says.
When the Regional Director and Operations Director have coordinated a cohesive plan, the team springs into action. That often involves constructing a temporary shelter from scratch—and it can’t always be out in the open in a criminal case, says Tim Rickey, head of the FIR Team.
Raid and Forensics
Once the FIR Team is ready to carry out the raid, “we have pretty strict protocols on how we approach things,” says Tim Rickey. Accompanied by veterinary professionals, the team arrives on the property and immediately sets to work taking a full inventory of the animals, listing where the animals came from on the property and notating any scars or injuries—all evidence for criminal proceedings.
As soon as possible, the FIR Team brings the animals to safety using transport vehicles. The team currently has two—one 40 feet and one 28 feet—but they’re ordering two more this year. “Surprisingly, the actual removal part is the quickest for us,” says Rickey. “Our team can go in and remove 300 or 400 animals in less than a day.”
Sheltering and Treatment
The animals are greeted at the temporary shelter by a medical team, animal handlers and a general staff. They go through triage—where vets examine them and do any necessary emergency treatments, as well as take notes on the animals’ overall condition and lay out a treatment plan.
When the ASPCA becomes the legal guardian of rescued animals, we aim to place them in loving homes, both through our extensive network of shelter partners and rescues and through adoption events of our own.
“We want to approach investigations in a really holistic way and be a resource to local organizations,” Rickey says. So when the dramatic rescue work is done, the ASPCA sees all the details of a case through to the end.
An inseparable pair: dog collapses and dies after army handler is killed
Tributes flow in to the British soldier who worked with his dog to defuse bombs in Afghanistan. Colleagues said army dog handler Liam Tasker was inseparable from his spaniel, Theo, and so it was to the end. When Lance Corporal Tasker was shot dead in southern Afghanistan, his dog survived the shooting only to suffer a fatal heart attack when it returned to the British base at Camp Bastion. Tasker, 26, was on patrol north of Nahr-e-Saraj in Helmand province on Tuesday with the spaniel, which was trained to search for arms and explosives, when they were caught in gunfire. He died from his injuries. He was described as having a "natural empathy with dogs". His successful operations "undoubtedly saved many lives", the Ministry of Defence said. The army has about 400 dogs trained to sniff out explosives and weapons but the ministry declined to say how many were deployed in Afghanistan.
His family said: "He died a hero doing a job he was immensely passionate about. We are so proud of him and everything he's achieved."Among many tributes, Liam Fox, the defence secretary, said: "From the accounts made by his military colleagues and his family, I understand that he was a dedicated and highly capable soldier, whose skills in handling dogs were second to none. He and his dog Theo had saved lives and for this, we will be eternally grateful."
A total of 358 UK military personnel have died in Afghanistan since 2001.
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Notable Dogs of 2010
There are thousands of dogs out there that have made a difference in the life of a human. Thousands that protect and serve. Thousands that have suffered abuse, torture, and neglect. Thousands that have said goodbye.
The German Shepherd dog that led authorities to a fire at his owners’ property in April 2010. Buddy’s owner, Ben Heinrichs, was working on a vehicle in his workshop outside the family home in Caswell Lakes, Alaska when a spark from a heater ignited gasoline. Ben Heinrichs suffered flash burns to his face and second-degree burns to his left hand, and the fire became fully-involved in the workshop. Heinrichs set his dog loose with the intention to have the dog get help. A state trooper dispatched to the scene had difficulty finding the address because the squad car’s GPS device wasn’t working. The trooper then sighted Buddy on the road one mile away from the Heinrichs home and decided to follow the running dog on a hunch Buddy was on a “mission”. The chase was captured on the trooper’s dashcam. View the dashcam video. Buddy was officially honored by the community police department in recognition of his bravery and intelligence. Buddy received a silver-plated dog bowl inscribed with a trooper badge, a giant rawhide bone, and a letter describing Buddy’s heroic actions.
During this past summer, Rebecca Northern took a dive into her pool to cool off after a hard day of chores. She miscalculated the pool depth, struck her head on the concrete bottom and broke her neck . Partially paralyzed and in pain, Rebecca probably saw her life flash before her eyes. But the real “flash” was the quick action of her little Jack Russell terrier, Selena. From the edge of the pool, Selena wedged herself under Rebecca’s armpit and kept her moving to the steps in the shallow end. The little dog barked, and growled and refused to give up until Rebecca was safe. Rebecca had fractured her seventh vertebra. She was flown by helicopter to the University of Tennessee Medical Center, where she had surgery to replace the shattered bone. No doubt Selena has been enjoying these past months with extra treats, intense spoiling, and most likely – squeaky toys!
If 11-year-old Austin Forman has an “angel”, it comes in the form of a Golden Retreiver. In early January 2010, Austin was collecting firewood outside his family’s home in the Fraser Valley, B.C. When Austin reached the back door of his home, his pet dog, Angel, started to bark furiously. As Austin turned to check it out he was met with a nightmare. He saw Angel intercept a charging cougar. The animals fought viciously under a porch until the RCMP arrived. They arrived just when it looked like Angel was losing the fight – the cougar was gnawing at Angel’s bleeding neck. The cougar was shot dead and Angel was badly injured. In fact, everyone thought her dead. Angel required surgery and stitches to repair puncture wounds and a skull fracture. Angel recovered from her wounds and has been receiving big, fat, juicy steaks, and Austin was told never to dawdle around his chores again. Am quite sure Austin didn’t argue.
Winner of the 2010 AKC Humane Fund Award, Nike, an 11-year old German Shepherd Dog, spent almost a lifetime serving the citizens of New Castle County, Delaware, along with his partner, Senior Corporal Mark Tobin. And it was quite the decade of service. Nike and his handler was responsible for the seizure of 1.6 million dollars worth of drugs and 161 apprehensions ranging from murder to burglary. Including the discovery of a knife that had been used to commit a homicide and led to the authorities charging the suspect with murder. With expert tracking ability, he found a 12-year old who had overdosed just in time to save her life – in a driving rainstorm, a six-year old autistic boy who had disappeared in 97 degree heat, and an Alzheimer’s patient who had wandered away from home wearing only a nightgown on a frigid, windy night. The team also spotted a two-year old child walking alone on a busy street. Nike was able to track back to the child’s father, who was later arrested. Nike is now retired living with Officer Tobin. But he still rushes to the door when Tobin leaves for work expecting to be included in a busy day as a police officer. I guess there is no taking the “police officer” out of this dog.
2010 Missouri Mill Dog Rescue - 40 Saved
Dogs Arrived at the Animal League on Tuesday September 21, 2010
North Shore Animal League America played a vital role in the rescue of 40 mill dogs that were saved from an inhumane commercial breeding facility in Missouri, thanks to generous support from News Corp.
The dogs, which are mainly Shih-Tzus and other Mutt-i-grees®, arrived at the Animal League on Tuesday, September 21, 2010.
The dogs are currently receiving complete medical and behavioral
evaluations and any necessary medical care. As they become ready, they
will be placed for adoption at the Animal League’s pet adoption
headquarters in Port Washington, NY. http://www.animalleague.org/rescue/pet-rescue-programs/puppy-mill-rescue/puppy-mill-rescue-archives/2010-missouri-40.html
Honor All Our Soldiers.
This holiday weekend between the cookouts, parades, and the extra day off, please take some time to remember our Military Heroes. The men and women who died for our country, and the ones currently on tour of duty overseas. Also take the time to remember our Military Working Dogs. America’s war dogs are trained to recognize booby traps, mines tunnels, weapons caches, and warn troops about ambushes. They saved thousands of lives by their service. They served in WWII, Vietnam, Korea, Operation Desert Storm, and they are still used today overseas in the Middle East.
Around the United States, there are many memorial sites dedicated to Military Working Dogs.
The Alabama War Dog Memorial at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile, Alabama.
Faithful Partner – Guardian of the Night at Eglin Air Force Base in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida.
Hartsdale Pet Cemetery War Dog Memorial, Hartsdale, New York.
West Coast War Dog Memorial at the March Field Air Museum in Riverside, California.
The War Dog Memorial. Village of Streamwood Memorial Park, Streamwood, Illinois.
Barrington War Dog Memorial, Barrington Cemetery, Barrington, New Hampshire.
U.S. War Dog Memorial at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Holmdel, New Jersey.
War Dog Memorial at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Soldier’s Best Friend. Bristol Twp. War Dog Memorial at the Bristol Township Municipal Building, Bristol, Pennsylvania.
To learn more about Military Working Dogs, here are a few great sites to visit:
Only in Oregon: Oregon Firefighters Rescue 1,500-Pound Camel From Sinkhole
The camel rested on its side for about one hour after being rescued then stood up and walked back to his barn, McAdoo told the station. A veterinarian said the animal looked uninjured. "It could have been our kids," Kim Dilworth, the camel's owner, told Fox 12 Oregon. "And Moses is [like] our child."
FoxNews.com The Associated Press contributed to this report.
League Pet Rescue
Across the U.S., the Animal League responds to the call from other shelter and rescue groups that are forced to destroy animals as a means of population control, and we respond to the cries of so many dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens in peril that count on us to save their lives.
Our Rescue Efforts
As the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization, our hands-on work in animal rescue is unmatched, and we’re very proud that our efforts have rescued, nurtured, and adopted close to 1,000,000 animals to date.
Learn more about…
Puppy Mill and Purebred Rescue
Natural Disasters & Emergency Pet Rescue
New York/Tri-State Rescue
If you'd like to help, sponsor, or adopt: http://www.animalleague.org/rescue/
Cat stranded on Carver Bridge rescued
Ulli Neitch, a member of the rescue team, rappelled over the bridge railing onto the cement footing about 7 feet from the railing, said Kathy Covey, one of the six rescue team volunteers who went to the bridge. Neitch spent 20 minutes gaining the cat's confidence, then was able to grasp the cat, put it into a cloth bag, and lower it safely to the river bank.
Rescuers estimated the cat had been stranded on the bridge for five days. Covey said the gray and white cat was friendly and healthy, but dirty and very hungry. The cat, which had no visible identification, was taken to Oregon Humane Society for medical evaluation. If the owner is not found, the cat could placed up for adoption in a few days. The animal rescue team is supported entirely through private donations to the nonprofit Oregon Humane Society and receives no tax dollars, Lytle said.
Altho I don't agree with how they do some things but at least they ARE doing something with hearts in the right place.
Current animal rights prisoners of conscience
2 November, 2011
Mel Broughton (A3892AE)
Tom is one of the second UK SHAC 6 trial campaigners and has been sentenced at Winchester Crown Court to 4 years on 25-10-10 for conspiracy to blackmail HLS and other companies involved with HLS. Tom has asked to be not listed anymore, as it wants to concentrate on his studies. He thanks everyone for all the letters of support he has had.
What you can send: Only stamps and cheques/postal orders made out to ‘HMP Services’ with Tom’s name and number and the sender’s details on reverse. Also you can email using: www.emailaprisoner.com
Gavin Medd-Hall (A3624AD)
What you can send: stamps (12 in letter); Self-addressed envelopes, cheques/postal orders made out to ‘HMP Headquarters’ with Gavin’s name and number and sender’s details on reverse. (Please remember that Gavin has poor eyesight and will appreciate if you write in clear, large writing). Also you can email using: www.emailaprisoner.com
Heather Nicholson (A3158AJ)
What you can send: Cheques/postal orders made out to 'HMPS', Write Heather's name and number on the back. Stamps & an SAE. Also stationery and blank cards, no parcels. Also you can email using: www.emailaprisoner.com
Sarah Whitehead (A8369CE) - Moved & new number - 10-07-11
Sarah has been in prison since 30th June 2008, after
being sentenced previously to two years for removing a beagle from a
garden where it was kept muzzled in a wooden cage and regularly
beaten. Support page
What you can send: Postal orders made out to 'The
Governor'. Books, stationery, stamps; an SAE. Write Sarah's name and
number on the back. Also you can email using: www.emailaprisoner.com
For more information or to send letters of support, email his support at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Support site: http://grupohastaelfinal.wordpress.com
The Top Dogs of Super Bowl
It’s the second biggest eating day of the year with parties galore, multi-million dollar commercials shown exclusively for the game, and this year’s half-time act is The Who. Even those like me who don’t know the difference between a touchdown and a field goal, will be watching the game on TV.
But not everybody participating in the Super Bowl is a football player, a fan, or a TV camera person. Working the game are the bomb-sniffing dogs of The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF). These K-9 teams are working side-by-side with other federal, state and local law-enforcement officers to keep the football teams and fans safe throughout this event. These very special teams of trained dogs and their handlers are working to prevent any terrorists or criminal lunatics from planting explosives in or near the Sun Life Stadium in Miami. These are the best canine teams in the country, and they have been training and preparing all year for this event.
ATF’s program, which began in 1986, uses only Labrador Retrievers. The dogs are supplied by the Guiding Eyes for the Blind, the Guide Dog Foundation, and Canine Companions for Independence. These dogs are used because they are totally at ease in crowds. They attend a 10-week training program with their handlers that are conducted at the ATF Canine Training Center in Front Royal, Virginia. The dogs are taught what scents to alert their handlers to gunpowder, firearms, and a variety of explosives and components that could be used to make a bomb. Handlers learn what clues the dog gives when he scents one of these components and how to read the dog’s alerts. Once the K-9 teams complete the ATF basic training course, they begin their field work and continue to train on a daily basis.
Any major event the draws large crowds also demands the presence of the ATF K-9 Teams. They are routinely used in criminal investigations and at high profile security events where their expertise is needed. The ATF has also used its explosives detecting teams at other special events including the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, the Presidential Inauguration, the G-8, the World Series, NASCAR, and the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.
So serve up the chili, pretzels, cheese and crackers, enjoy the game and may your favorite team be the winner. Just keep in mind that patrolling along the 50 yard line, in and around the stadium are specially trained dogs helping to keep the event safe.
Help the Animal Rescue Team
Your donation to The HSUS Animal Rescue Team supports our work to save animals from disasters and animal cruelty and to help prosecute their abusers.
Every year we remove thousands of animals from puppy mills, animal fighting operations, out-of-control hoarders, and any situation—hurricanes, floods, tornadoes—where animals suffer.
Then we work with veterinarians, volunteers, and rescue and shelter partners across the country to get the animals healthy and on a path to their new homes.
Donations to the Animal Rescue Team will be used to:
- Provide a fully-equipped response team to rescue animals and care
for them until they can be placed with rescue groups, in shelters, or in
- Provide assistance to local communities and law enforcement so that
they can respond to disasters and urgent cases of animal cruelty, and to
build local capacity for future cases.
- Fund an investigations unit composed of former law enforcement
agents and experts on illegal animal cruelty, animal fighting, and puppy
mills so that we can work with law enforcement to shut down the worst
operations for good.
- Train law enforcement and prosecutors nationwide on taking action
against criminals who harm animals, either with active malice or through
- Fund and promote our reward fund that provides up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of animal fighters and other animal abusers
- Provide care for animals seized in animal cruelty and fighting
cases. Without this assistance, police are often reluctant to pursue
cases involving large numbers of animals.