Many of these animals lost their lives to cruelty or neglect. Others died while helping enrich peoples lives or creating new laws to protect other animals from cruelty. These little angels will be greatly missed for their presence, love, devotion, inspiration and compassion. There are a few people too who lost their lives for the love of an animal as well.







Beloved, Heroic Arizona Police K9 ‘Pays the Ultimate Sacrifice’ In the Line of Duty

A beloved police dog died in the line of duty last week saving the lives of two hikers that were injured. Per national protocol, K9 Amigo will be honored this week for “his ultimate sacrifice.” A beloved and heroic police K9 “paid the ultimate sacrifice” last week when he died from heat exhaustion after saving the lives of two hikers in Arizona, according to a press release. K9 Amigo, a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois, reportedly died from heat exhaustion after tracking down two suspects in response to a 911 call from two injured hikers lost in Kingman, Arizona. It is with deep sadness that the Kingman Police Department reports that K9 Amigo paid the ultimate sacrifice and has succumbed to his injuries,” reads the press release. Before dying, Amigo was able to help locate and rescue the two hikers from the top of the mountain range by White Cliffs. They were transported to the Kingman Regional Medical Center with minor injuries.

When his partner, Officer Adam Simonsen, noticed signs of heat exhaustion, Amigo was taken to a local veterinary clinic before being transferred to the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in Las Vegas, Nevada later that evening for more advanced care. Sadly, despite some improvement seen upon arrival, Amigo’s condition suddenly declined and he “suffered a sudden medical event and passed away at approximately 10:30 a.m.”

K9 Amigo draped in the American flag for his return home.(Photo courtesy of Kingsman Police Department)

“This is a very sad occasion. The bond between our handlers and their dogs is very strong and the officer is devastated by the loss. While they are working dogs, these animals also become a close and important part of the individual police officer’s family as well as the rest of the KPD family. Clearly, we have lost one of our own,” Chief of Police Robert J. DeVries said. Amigo, who had served with the Kingman Police Department for one year, was certified in narcotics detection, tracking and handler protection.

The beloved K9 is credited with numerous narcotics arrests, including a 50-kilo cocaine bust in February. In what can only be described as touching, “officers and staff are en route to Las Vegas to bring Amigo home to rest. Once they reach Kingman City limits, Amigo’s body will be escorted by the Kingman Police Department to Cerbat Cliffs Animal Hospital where he will remain until laid to rest.” The police department will host a memorial service next week in accordance with a national protocol in a K9 Line of Duty Death. “The Kingman Police Department wants to thank the Kingman community and the public for the outpouring of support we have received. We ask that you keep Amigo, his partner Officer Simonsen and his family, and the KPD family in your thoughts,” said the police department said in its statement.




This could have been avoided. Drug Detection Dog Dies After Handler Leaves Him In Hot Car

Rest in peace, Totti.

A two-year-old drug-sniffing dog with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections has died after being left alone in a hot car.  Totti, a yellow Labrador retriever, was left inside his trainer’s vehicle last Thursday, according to a DOC public statement. The handler, Sgt. Chad Holland, stored some things in a vehicle around 12:15 p.m. and did not realize until until 2:44 p.m. that Totti was inside the car as well, Amy Worden, DOC spokeswoman, told PennLive.

Totti was still conscious at that point and staff tried to cool him down with ice and a hose before taking him to a veterinarian. Though veterinary workers managed to stabilize his body temperature, Totti’s heart rate remained too high. He died several hours later. “DOC employees are extremely saddened by this tragic event,” the statement reads. The DOC did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Huffington Post.

Pets are more at risk from extreme hot temperatures than humans since they can’t sweat. And temperatures inside a parked car can rise much faster than many people realize, this chart from the American Veterinary Medical Association shows. Children are also extremely susceptible to the heat because they produce more heat relative to their size than adults do, and their abilities to cool themselves by sweating aren’t fully developed, emergency medicine doctor Nathan Allen told Web MD. A pending bill in the Pennsylvania legislature would make confining a dog or cat in a hot car a criminal offense, and give authorities the legal power to remove the animal from the vehicle, according to the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

But while Pennsylvania does not currently have any laws that specifically address leaving animals in hot cars, it is “illegal to deprive an animal access to shelter which will protect the animal from elements and preserve body temperature,” Sgt. Nicole Wilson, field supervisor with the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, told HuffPost. Wilson was unable to comment on the specifics of Totti’s case, but noted that “we have successfully prosecuted cases where animals were left in cars during extreme temperatures suffering harm as a result. This story has been updated to include Wilson’s remarks.



RIP Sweet boy because you will suffer no more. See video below.

Death of 'the world's saddest polar bear': Arturo, who prompted a worldwide campaign to free him from Argentinian zoo after falling into depression when his partner passed away, dies two years later

  • Arturo was the last captive polar bear in Argentina and died aged 30 
  • He had been a popular Mendoza Zoo resident since the age of eight
  • Campaigners wanted to move him to Canada to a 'more suitable zoo' 
  • A petition two years ago gathered more than a half-million signatures 
  • The zoo director at the time said Arturo was too old to be safely moved
  • His partner Pelusa died of cancer in 2012 and sent him into depression



You will suffer no more: RIP sweet gorl, you will suffer NO more. 

Beatrice will be on her way to New York City today.         Rescue Dogs Rock NYC

Dubbed Beatrice, the deaf pit bull mix has been in excruciating pain from the pure hell she lived prior to yesterday when she became part of the Rescue Dogs Rock NYC organization. In what seems to be multiple heinous acts of cruelty, Beatrice suffers from both a prolapsed uterus and rectum. According to veterinarians, only some kind of evil human action would cause this kind of injury.

“Beatrice is a dog who has been ‘used and abused,'” stated Stacey Silverstein, of the Rescue Dogs Rock NYC organization as the group prepared to transport Beatrice to New York City on Thursday to meet with specialized veterinary surgeons to help map out the dog’s extensive surgeries and reconstruction required to save her life. Jackie O’Sullivan, co-founder of the rescue stated: “Beatrice is lucky to be alive. She has suffered silently for God knows how long. She’s been violated, used and abused and just had to ‘take it.’ Well, that part of Beatrice’s life ends right now. The doctors say she will need multiple surgeries to repair all the damage. How much physical and mental abuse can one being endure? Once, we’ve done everything medically possible for this sweet, broken dog, what will we be left with? That we don’t know. We know she is very sweet, but how can one endure all of this torture and abuse without being affected?”

The rescue and rehabilitation of Beatrice is a task the all volunteer group of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC happily accept and embrace. The dog’s veterinary care and surgeries will be very expensive, but every life is worth saving, and Beatrice deserves better than the hell she has been forced to endure for most of her short life. At this time, the rescue organization has not been given any information where Beatrice came from, except that another dog from the same home, had been turned in last year with a severely prolapsed uterus.


In Memory of our loved Pets

DSC00110

This is our sweet Megan. She blessed our lives for 15 years. We miss you baby girl. May you rest in Peace.

DSC00483

This is Onzo he was rescued by my Father in law from a friend that passed away. He now has joined his owner over the Rainbow bridge. We miss you Onzo.


 

Lifetime ban from owning animals imposed on Christchurch teenager Logan Smoor ....RIP Sweet Baby

Six-month-old puppy Kia had to be euthanised due to the severity of her injuries and neglect at the hands of Logan Smoor.

A Christchurch teenager has been jailed following one of the worst acts of cruelty Canterbury SPCA staff have seen. Logan Smoor​, 18, was jailed for 15 months and given a lifetime ban from owning animals when he was sentenced on two charges of ill-treating animals in the Christchurch District Court on Friday. Judge Jane Farish​ said she did not want to put any more animals at risk, and ordered forfeiture to the SPCA of any animals Smoor owned now. He was also sentenced on four charges of assaulting a woman, and damaging a bus.

Smoor was left in charge of a cross-breed puppy, named Kia, while his father was overseas. When his father returned he found the puppy in distress and took her to the SPCA. The puppy had 11 fractures, including two to her lower jaw, several head and rib fractures, and three of her legs were fractured. Kia had no sight in her right eye, and was starving. The veterinarian said the puppy would have been in pain, and could not have been given food or water by Smoor. The puppy had to be destroyed to end her suffering.

Smoor also admitted killing his pet rat by slamming it into its cage, where it died instantly. Judge Farish issued a protection order for a woman, who at various times had been slapped, burnt with a lighter, punched, and scratched with a knife by Smoor. Smoor had damaged the windows of a bus, saying the driver had been speeding and he thought it would show him he was breaking the law. Judge Farish said Smoor’s psychiatric reports said he had a specific learning disability, poor relationship skills, and showed aggressive behaviour towards others. It said he would not be capable of living independently.

Judge Farish said sentenced Smoor to 15 months’ prison and ordered him to pay reparation of $2676 for the bus. The Canterbury SPCA welcomed Smoor’s sentence, saying the attack on the puppy was “absolutely horrifying” and one of the worst acts of cruelty it had seen. Animal welfare inspector Claire Ripper said the SPCA dealt with many incidents of animal abuse and neglect, but the severity of Kia’s injuries “made this one of the most distressing cases I’ve ever dealt with”. “It is terrible to think that Kia suffered such excruciating pain that even basic bodily functions such as eating, drinking and urination, would have been difficult to do and undoubtedly caused her further pain and distress,” she said.

The SPCA had recorded a significant increase in animal welfare complaints across Canterbury over the last year, with half relating to dog and puppy abuse or neglect, he said.




My dear friend Frisky …I will always remember you and miss you

Dear Frisky,

I sit here to day remembering you with tears in my eyes. You brought me so much happiness. You have been gone for so long but the pain is still fresh in my heart. I will always remember you and know you are still with me in my journeys.

Your story is not like any other. we gave each other so much love and this love continues today 30 years plus since you left me.

We first met at the barn you lived in all by yourself for your first few years of life. You were scared and didn’t want us to catch you, you could say you were wild and not very social at all. We wanted you because we knew you would be happy with us at our house and were lonely in that cold and dirty barn.

When Dad caught you, we put you in a small cage and you didn’t like that at all. I remember you screaming all the way home. When we arrived at the house we let you out. You ran into the dining room and under the china closet. Every day I tried to get close to you but you were scared and didn’t want to get close to us. Then one day I held out my hand and you purred and put your head under my hand. The second you touched me I fell in love with you. After about two weeks you felt comfortable enough to come out and sit with me on our couch. we got to know each other well. Petting you while you purred and licked my hand.

You loved the toys I bought you. I remember a toy mouse with cat nip, boy did that make you happy. Just like you made me happy. When I got into trouble and was punished to my room you were there to lick the tears from my face. ( This is what I remember most about me and you.) It was like you saving me from sorrow just like we saved you.

I pray for you still today and hope you are at peace in a happy place. Now we have three rescued dogs. ( I know you didn’t like dogs too well) but they are good dogs and needed a home just like you did.

I just wanted to write this letter to you to honor you, because you were so special to me in my young life and still today. I can still feel your warmth and smell your tuna breath, I Love you Frisky….Until we meet again….



Maggie The Kelpie, ‘World’s Oldest Dog,’ Dead At 30. See a video below

A Kelpie that may have been the oldest dog ever died in her bed on Sunday in Woolsthorpe, Australia. Brian McLaren told the local Weekly Times newspaper that his dog Maggie lived to the remarkable age of 30.She was still going along nicely last week,” McLaren reportedly said. “She was walking from the dairy to the office and growling at the cats and all that sort of thing.”

According to the American Kennel Club, Maggie would have been about 164 years old in human years (the American Veterinary Medical Association said the whole 1 dog year = 7 human years thing is a myth). Last year, 7 News Perth did a story on Maggie, who at the time was believed to be 29 years old. “We’re good friends,” McLaren told the station. “We’ve grown up together.” He said Maggie was deaf, but in otherwise good health. Until two days ago.

“The best thing about it is the last couple of weeks I was petrified I was going to have to put her down, and that was going to break my heart,” McLaren told Australia’s ABC News. “I’m so pleased she went the way she went.” McLaren recalled the dog’s loyalty, saying that Maggie would wait for the kids to come home from school each day. “When the kids were growing up they’d get off the bus at 4:10 p.m. and if they weren’t, she’d be there barking at 4:15,” McLaren told ABC McLaren doesn’t have any documents that prove Maggie reached 30, but said she joined the family when his son — now 34  was just 4 years old.

See Video Below:



This scumbag pounded puppy with chair until it passed away!


A man has been booked and charged after viciously destroying his six-month-old puppy during an argument with a friend. The incident took place in Wayne, New Jersey. Authorities were alerted about a disturbance on Travelo Drive and responded immediately. Upon arrival, they were informed by the caller that a conflict had unfolded inside the house between the owner and the person making the call.

It was during this conflict that 23-year-old John Varcadipone put down the puppy. Upon entering the house, officers were shocked to discover the body of the lifeless puppy on the floor inside, with blood all over the place. The New Jersey SPCA also arrived at the scene.

The witness recalled that Varcadipone felt the need to blow off some steam and started pounding the defenseless puppy with a kitchen chair. The pet was had no where to escape and had no way to survive the cowardly attack. Varcadipone was not at the residence when officials arrived. He was found at Chilton hospital, where he was treated for his injuries, before being shipped to the Passaic County detention center, where he is currently being held on a $75, 000 bond.

Source: http://abc7ny.com/1255303/

 

Evil monster that pounded dog until she passed way! RIP Bailey!


A post published on Facebook informs viewers about the terrible fate of the dog in the photo, Bailey. She was regarded as the perfect family pet, but she met her end after falling into the wrong hands. The person responsible for this attack is Jon Kovash, who pounded this defenseless dog multiple times until Bailey gave up on life. The reasons behind the attack remain unknown. What is certain is that authorities need to launch an investigation and have this man brought to justice immediately.

It is clear that this man has no moral values and neither humans nor animals are safe with this monster roaming free. He was last seen around Bonner, Missoula County, Montana. Help find him as soon as possible and ensure charges are filed.

What did poor Bailey ever do to deserve this? I am truly shocked and speechless and I can only hope Jon will face the consequences of his actions!

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1705551506366951&set=a.1429384947316943.1073741830.100007363530258&type=3&theater



Emaciated 'tiny dinosaur' found with deceased owner


Rest in peace sweet baby you will missed greatly  by your Mom but you will see her again in another life.



You will be remembered here" Speck". I wish they had tested the racoon before they ended your sweet little life.

Rest in peace Speck

A mixed breed dog, rescued from a dumpster by a car wash in Ocoee, Florida, was euthanized at the local animal services facility this week because of what else was in the trash container with her, reported Thursday's Orlando Sentinel. The dog, dubbed "Speck," was put down because there was also a dead raccoon in the dumpster and officials feared that the wild animal may have died from rabies.

After being removed from the dumpster, Speck was taken to the Orange County Animal Services facility and she was mistakenly not quarantined from other animals, or people. In fact, the friendly dog caught the attention of one volunteer in particular because of her sweet demeanor and love of belly rubs. That volunteer, Melissa Rowzie, had hoped to see Speck find an adopter, but Rowzie learned later that Speck had been exposed to the dead raccoon and the facility had deemed her unavailable for adoption or rescue.

Dil Luther, manager of Orange County Animal Services, commented on the shelter oversight that allowed Speck to interact with visitors, who had not been warned about the potential rabies risk, "Under normal circumstances, no one outside of staff would have handled the animal." The facility has referred to the oversight as a "hiccup" in the system.

Speck was put down on Wednesday and her body was sent to be tested for rabies. The facility does not believe that other dogs, or people, were put in danger from Speck. Meanwhile, the volunteer who hoped to see Speck find a home, expressed her sorrow about Speck's death on Facebook, "It hurts my heart to write this post to inform everyone that the sweet girl I was working on saving didn't make it.

"http://www.examiner.com/article/dog-found-dumpster-put-down-because-of-what-she-was-found-with




Hundreds honor Ohio police dog killed protecting human partner



CANTON, Ohio Officer Ryan Davis returned to the scene of the crime, reluctantly. Last weekend, he and his partner were investigating an alarm at a grocery store in Canton, Ohio. It was the middle of the night, and there were signs of a break-in. “We just started working our way through the grocery store,” Officer Davis explained. On the police scanner, Davis was heard describing the scene. “A roof door is completely off,” he said. Then: “Shots fired! Shots fired! My partner’s been shot.” Davis’ partner was a German shepherd named Jethro. And he was more than just a police dog. The Davis family got Jethro at eight weeks old. He grew up as both a family pet and a K-9 officer, every day seamlessly transitioning from pillow to police work and back again.

Until last weekend, when he charged that burglar, and took three bullets. “I’m here because he did what he did,” Davis told CBS News. He said the dog saved his life.


Ohio burglar sentenced to 45 YEARS behind bars for killing police dog Jethro after judge called his actions ‘intolerable’

Kelontre Barefield, 23, pleaded guilty to shooting K-9 officer Jethro

  • He also pleaded guilty to multiple unrelated burglary and robbery charges 
  • Judge sentenced him to 34 years for killing Jethro and 11 for other charges 
  • Jethro was shot by Barefield in January while responding to grocery store
  • Barefield’s actions were called ‘intolerable’ by an Ohio judge  
  • Kelontre Barefield (pictured), 23, has been sentenced to 45 years in prison after pleading guilty to shooting dead police dog Jethro. He also pleaded guilty to unrelated burglary charges

An Ohio man who killed a K-9 officer has been sentenced to 34 years for shooting the dog and 11 years for additional crimes. Kelontre Barefield, 23, pleaded guilty to both shooting K-9 officer Jethro and four unrelated burglary charges and an aggravated robbery charges, according to the Stark County Clerk of Courts. Barefield’s actions were called ‘intolerable’ by Stark County Common Pleas Judge Kristin G. Farmer. She said Barefield violated ‘the safety and security of this county and the people sworn to protect it’.



Slain French Dog ‘Diesel’ To Be Awarded Medal For Gallantry


A French police dog named Diesel, who died during an apartment raid targeting Abdelhamid Abaaoud, alleged mastermind of the November 13 Paris attacks, will receive a posthumous medal of honor for her bravery. The honor comes from the U.K.’s leading veterinary charity, People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals, (PDSA), which will award Diesel the Dickin Medal, recognized as the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross, in the New Year. “Diesel is a truly deserving recipient. His gallant actions helped to protect human life in the face of imminent danger,” PDSA Director General Jan McLoughlin said in a statement. 

Note: Diesel was actually a female dog, “chienne,” meaning “female dog,” and not “chien,” a male dog. In spite of that, this hashtag went viral.

Je-Suis-Chien

Photo Credit: Youtube video

Diesel, a 7-year-old Belgian Malinois, served with the French National Research, Assistance, Intervention and Deterrence special anti-terrorism force (RAID). 

On November 18, five days after the Paris attacks that killed 130 people, the French national police forces took part in a security operation in the Paris suburb of St-Denis.  That morning armed officers began searching an apartment where the suspected leader of the Paris attacks, along with six other terrorists, was staying. Sporadic gunfire was coming from the apartment, and when it stopped, the decision was made after a few minutes to send in Diesel to see if the zone was clear.  Here’s the official PDSA announcement, from Diesel’s handler:

“He (sic) did a tour of the first room, then he went into the second room and dashed forward. I think he’d found someone. Then I lost sight of him and the gunfire started again.

“His role was to open the way for the rest of us. He uses all his senses to detect if anyone is present and if he can get to them, to go and bite them. If not, he stands and barks to indicate where the person is hiding.

“I had absolute confidence in him, and him in me. Both of us knew how the other would behave in the situation.”

Diesel was pronounced dead from multiple gunshot wounds at 10am.



 

Boston Police K-9 Unit has passed away

Boston Police K-9 Unit announces the passing of retired BPD EOD K-9 Jerry. Jerry had a long ten year career serving the City of Boston and enjoyed two years of retirement with his handler (pictuered in the middle) PO Watson and his family. Thank you Jerry for your service.




Ysabel and many others euthanized at a shelter in Cleveland Ohio

Ysabel and many others euthanized when Rescue and Foster stepped up. Cleveland County Animal Shelter under fire after new manager kills good dogs

Ysabel was one of the many dogs that Cleveland County Animal Control has put down while having legitimate rescue and fosters. Ysabel was showed to be people friendly and dog friendly but when rescues contacted the shelter on the euthanization date, animal control reported that she was indeed not people friendly or animal friendly when many amazing volunteers have said and shown otherwise.

Ysabel is one of the MANY victims that are being euthanized due to the new shelter manager and workers that have expressed a dislike for "pitbulls" or bully breeds. They have listed non-bully breed related dogs as a "pitbull" and move their euthanization date closer than the others. Many of these dogs have been dog friendly, people friendly, PUPPIES and ready for a good home, but this shelter didn't think they needed to be around.

RIP Sweet babies.. Rainbow bridge is going to be waiting with open arms.




American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards Law Enforcement Dog of the Year K9 Lakota has crossed the rainbow bridge.

  Today December 2015, we are saddened to report the news that 2013 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards Law Enforcement Dog of the Year K9 Lakota has crossed the rainbow bridge. Lakota was given a full police escort and was saluted along the path of the motorcade by officers representing three counties in Georgia. Our thoughts are with his partner Officer Travis Fox and his family. We salute both him and K-9 Lakota for their exceptional service and courage.

Thank you for your courage and services to the American people. My heart goes out to your human family.



Sicily, Italy.. This dog didn't deserve to die and be left like this. Be this dog's voice !! Sign the petition to help prosecute the one who did this.
I'm sorry I don't have a current picture of this sweetie but I bet this is what he may have looked like.
 

A helpless dog was tied with a rope against the back of a car and pulled around for miles, before being dumped on the side of a busy road in Caltanissetta, Italy. A local animal rescue organization was immediately alerted and came to the scene. The dog had his front legs still tied to a rope, was bleeding from his injuries and was suffering immensely. Unfortunately, rescuers had no time to ship the dog to a vet and the pooch passed away in their arms. Some evidence has been collected from the scene, but since it was dark, investigations are expected to be carried out in the next few days.

Please speak up for this poor soul. Sign now and demand a full investigation into this matter. Do not let the authorities bury this case and help bring justice to this innocent dog!

http://www.yousignanimals.org/Dog-dragged-behind-car-and-left-to-DIE-on-the-side-of-busy-road-deserves-justice-Sign-NOW-t-5536


Rest in peace sweet baby..



Man Admits To Adopting Dog Off Craigslist, Burning Her Alive

A 27-year-old Virginia man plead guilty to the shocking torture death of his own dog, an act of cruelty that a veteran animal controller officer called "one of the worst cases" she had ever seen. The charred remains of the dog, a pit bull named Lucky, were first discovered by firefighters responding to a small brush fire in May.

After the fire was put out, the dog's body, nylon rope, a muzzle and a can of lighter fluid were found at the scene, The Virginian-Pilot reports. Investigators later determined Lucky had been burned alive.  Using a microchip recovered from Lucky's body, authorities were able to track down the dog's owner, 27-year-old Arthur M. Vieira, who reportedly adopted Lucky off Craigslist after her previous family could no longer afford to care for the dog.

According to police, Vieira initially said he had given the dog away, and then that she had run away, before finally admitting he'd tied Lucky's feet together, muzzled her snout, doused her with lighter fluid and set her on fire. Vieira then claimed he had punched Lucky after she bit him, and burned her body thinking she was dead, WTVR reports. "I can't even begin to comprehend why somebody would do something like this. I don't think any of us can," animal control officer Meghan Conti told WVEC in August. "If a person's capable of taking a living, breathing animal and torturing it in this manner, what else are they capable of doing?" Vieira now faces up to seven years in prison on charges of felony animal cruelty, misdemeanor obstructing justice and misdemeanor dumping companion animals on private property. His sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 13 2016.

"I intend to ask for the maximum," prosecutor David Laird told The Pilot.

RIP sweet baby girl. You have lots of love in rainbow bridge and will never feel pain again.

 

India: A KILLER HAS SHOT LADY ON THE FACE!!!

How do you call someone capable of shooting a friendly girl point blank on the face? KILLER!
LADY skull is broken ...
and she has hundreds of metal pieces all over her face. She is fighting for her life!

UPDATE 23 of June… 

Lady is dead. 

If you are reading this you are probably aware of the tragic events surrounding Rockett. Rockett was rescued from India, paralyzed, and he came to us for treatment and rehabilitation. 

He was the most beautiful dog.. so full of life… It was love at first sight. From the moment Lady and Rockett met they became inseparable. But Rockett´s came with a terrible baggage. Upon arrival he was tested against all infectious diseases. He came up negative and in perfect state of health other than his paralysis.  It was a false negative. Rockett was carrying distemper that he had been incubating while on India. Shortly after his arrival he fell sick and died just three days after he developed symptoms…

IMG_2229

But like in a Greek Tragedy our little fallen hero didn't die alone. Lady also contracted distemper and started showing symptoms just two days ago. An specially virulent strain of the virus, its progress jumped over two of the diseases known stages, going straight to the neurological phase. 

1912269_830137367010762_4909718544177780381_o

It caught us completely by surprise and no matter how hard we tried the brutal strength of the virus took Lady away from us today. 

We are totally devastated by both Lady´s and Rockett´s deaths. Two incredible dogs that had gone to hell and back. Two incredible fighters whose stories moved the hearts of thousands…  and now they are both gone. 

IMG_1729

http://blog.myletsadopt.com/2014/04/23/help-us-save-lady-a-young-baby-shot-on-the-face/



Kevin Smith Shares Tribute to Dog He Lovingly Cradled Before Death



Director Kevin Smith, aka Silent Bob, is grieving the loss of his senior dog Mulder, who died just hours after a final photo was posted of him being lovingly held by his bereaved human. On Wednesday morning, Smith shared the heartbreaking news of Mulder’s impending death on his social media pages. Mulder’s sister, Scully, died in 2012, and Smith’s family was devastated by their most recent loss.

He’s gone. RIP Mulder, my Buddy-Man. Thank you for 17 years of sheer joy and affection. It took a dog like you to make me a better person.

2.13.15 - Director Kevin Smith Shares Touching Tribute to His Deceased Dog3

RIP Sweet Boy.. Rainbow bridge is waiting for you with loving arms..




Police K-9 killed along with suspect after chase

‘We have heavy hearts right now,’ chief says


Falko  








A Toledo Police K-9 was shot and killed and a man died Wednesday after the dog and its partner chased a pair of suspected car thieves into a vacant house in East Toledo. A news conference is scheduled today to address the fatal shootings of the K-9 and the man who police say shot the dog. One suspect died and police apprehended the other after the dog was shot.

The police officer who handled the K-9 is Samantha Snowberger. Late Wednesday night, police officers lined a path leading away from a vacant East Toledo house, hands on hearts, as Falko’s body was wheeled out and taken away with a police escort. The small crowd on the scene remained hushed at the sight, some removing their hats or taking cell phone video. Officer Snowberger placed her hand on the dog’s body as her colleagues embraced her. "We just lost a police officer," Chief Kral said. "That dog is a police officer. We're taking it hard, ... We have heavy hearts right now."

Police said the funeral was meant to show that sometimes an officer’s best friend is “just a dog.” In 2015, a statue honoring police dogs killed in the line of duty was added to the Law Enforcement Memorial near Heinz Field in Pittsburgh


Read more at http://www.toledoblade.com/Police-Fire/2015/08/12/Police-K-9-killed-along-with-suspect-after-chase.html#QkGmm5mKh3rXw1YD.99



K9 Ike suffered fatal stab wounds during an apprehension in the area of Fruit Valley Road and Laframbois Road at approximately 6:00 pm.

Officers were investigating a suspicious person call in the area when they encountered a subject wanted on multiple warrants. The subject resisted arrested and Ike was released for an apprehension. The subject stabbed Ike multiple times in the chest, head, and neck before being taken into custody.

Ike was transported to DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. His wounds were too extensive and he had to be euthanized early the next morning. K9 Ike had served with the Vancouver Police Department for three years.

Condolences may be sent to:

Chief James McElvain
Vancouver Police Department
605 E Evergreen Boulevard
Vancouver, WA 98661




Man holding his dog who died from smoke inhalation in Cape Town. Picture taken after firefighters brought her out.

RIP Sweet Baby..


I wish to GOD police officers would think/talk before they shoot an animal.

Burberry Shot By A Police Officer

This is a picture of Burberry and Ian. 6/26/15 At 5:00 in the morning police showed up to the wrong address, Ian Andersons home. Burberry the service dog, whom Ian would take to see kids affected by autism and down syndrome, approached one officer slowly. The officer greeted him by petting him, Burberry then approached the other officer in the same manner who proceeded to jump back and draw his fire arm, when the dog continued to advance he was fatally shot in the head. The police officer refused to tell Ian who was broken down over his best friend and companion, or the other officer exactly why he shot Burberry but instead repeatedly told them to wait for a higher ranking officer to arrive. This disturbs me, anyone can be given a gun and permission to use it... please share this story and read into it yourself because everyone should know, everyone should realize they have the power and the right to keep law enforcement in check.


RIP sweet boy.



Reprimand Alabama cop that forgot police dog inside hot car, leaving him to DIE!

A police dog passed away after an officer forgot him in a heated car for hours. Mason, will be dearly missed.

Corporal Josh Coleman left the pooch in the scorching hot vehicle without even bothering to leave the window open. He went to attend a hurricane preparation conference and completely forgot about his voiceless companion. It was only after about three hours than Coleman returned to his car to discover Mason in extremely bad shape. Unfortunately, Mason did not survive and crossed the rainbow bridge as a result of heat-related causes. The Gulf Shores Police Department in Alabama had recently celebrated Mason’s third birthday.

Rest in Peace sweet boy. The police forse will be loosing a vary valuable officer because of someone irresponsible.



Tranquilizers For Tessa


A Police Officer in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada shot and killed Josh Strickland's (resident of small town Amherst) non-aggresive, family and community loved dog in her own backyard.  This officer and some members of the department are lying about the facts of why and how Tessa the dog was shot despite several eye witnesses that say that Tessa was in her own backyard and was non - aggressive.  In fact she was playing. 

RIP little Tessa: You will be missed greatly by your human parents.



Dog dies after regular grooming at Petco


POWHATAN, Va. (WRIC) – A Virginia woman is heartbroken and shocked after she says her dog died while being groomed at Petco on May 29.  Allison Marks came to pick up her 2-year-old golden retriever from his appointment and found him dead. She said a veterinarian told her Colby Jack died from a heat stroke. Marks believes the groomer washed her dog, then left him inside a heated cage dryer for an extended period. "It's like losing a child," said Marks. "I don't want anyone else to go through what I'm going through."

RIP Colby Jack. You were young but had parents that loved you.


Lakeland Florida boy 17, accused of beating puppy to death with a stick. The puppy's' name was Bruce.


A 17 year-old Lakeland boy is accused in the disturbing beating death of a puppy. Polk County Sheriff's Office investigators say the dog's owner, Brandy Siniad, left her 10-month-old, chihuahua-dachshund mix named Bruce in the care of a neighbor on June 16.

The neighbor let the dog outside and then heard the dog barking. The neighbor walked outside and saw two males running away from her backyard and the dog on the ground with injuries, according to an arrest affidavit.

RIP little guy. Rainbow Bridge is waiting with open arms and love for you.



His name was 'Wayne'

This week, a severely injured husky mix was brought to the Carson Animal Control facility in Gardena, California, by his owner. The six-year-old dog had been hit by a car. On Thursday, the volunteer-run Facebook page, Saving Carson Shelter Dogs, wrote:

My friends at the shelter think I am about 6 years old. I came to the shelter after I was hit by a car and while injured bit owner, as an owner surrender.  Below is the link, let them know what you think. 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Saving-Carson-Shelter-Dogs/171850219654287

Rather than taking the dog to a veterinarian, the owner decided to surrender their injured pet to the animal control facility who took no better care of Wayne.

ADVERTISING

Wayne, suffering from injuries from the impact of the car, sat alone in a kennel run in quarantine. Wayne was provided with pain medication at the facility, but no other veterinary care. Thanks to his former owner's decision, Wayne died alone; the staff had decided that he was suffering and that it was in his best interest for euthanasia after they let him sit all alone.

Wayne is no longer in pain - he is no longer alone. Rainbow bridge has him now.

Wayne deserves to be remembered - Rest in peace.


https://www.facebook.com/171850219654287/photos/ms.c.eJwtzsENREEIAtCONgqK2n9j68yfeHoJAYO5B82UKfQLJpwWpLcZrm0AKb28jr0zhoRVfpba1xDyOeJaeMbM9
DD4bJ~;1nG3X8~;Kp21dx~_qL3tyJ3E3Ms760ut139A4OPJtY~-.bps./435209226651717/?type=1&theater




A Dog Daddy Remembers His Amazing Dog

    Losing a pet is something that’s challenging for any owner. As a veterinarian, the passing of my patients is an inevitable conclusion to our relationship that I strive to stave off until their quality of life has been significantly compromised.

Recently, one of my longest-term Los Angeles patients, Maui, was put to sleep in the comfort of her own home, surrounded by her canine and human family members. Although Maui’s exact mix of breeds was never known, she looked like a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Greyhound. I knew Maui both in sickness and in health and am grateful to have gotten to know her and her doting daddies. Here is Maui’s memorial as written by one of those dads, Michael Rozales:

My life changed on a sunny fall day in November. I went to the Santa Monica Animal Shelter, and like all the shelters where they allow you to just walk up and down the aisles of cages, all the dogs are usually barking all around you. But not this time. Sitting quietly and staring up at me was a scrawny 25 pound black labby-houndy looking dog with huge floppy ears and big brown eyes. She just looked at me with this cocked head and wagging tail, so I asked to take her out to play and to get to know her. We played, we sat, we ran, and she loved when I rubbed her all over — especially on her big soft ears. I can’t recall how long we spent together in the outdoor pen that first time but I knew she was coming home with me.

   From the moment she entered our lives, she was loved by all. All our friends, our awesome roommates through the years with their dogs, and anyone else who would meet her would always comment as to what a great disposition she had. She loved everyone and almost all dogs. Yes, she was stubborn at times, did nervous pees anytime I came home or someone came through the door those first few months, threw up in my car from my driving, and was growing into and becoming what would eventually turn into an almost two decade long run of pure amazing unconditional love and affection. When you were feeling down or sad, Maui would cuddle with you; just rubbing her ears made everything okay. When her little sister Chloe, a tiny, four-pound Papillon, arrived, Maui showed the same unfettered love and attention she was awesome at giving.

 I’m sure all owners say their dog was the best, but she was one of a kind and she was our best. We will miss her terribly, but she is in a much better place now. We won the lottery with her, as did she with us and everyone else in her life. We love you forever and ever and all eternity, Maui. Now go eat all the cat poop you want, baby!

XOXO

Your Daddies



Victory dog Lance is gone but will never be forgotten. He had been one of Micheal Vick's Victim Dogs. Rest In Peace Sweet Boy.



During the night of May 5th, a truly amazing dog peacefully crossed the Rainbow Bridge in his sleep. Lance was 10 years old and in the loving home of Victoria and George, the couple who’d waited years to make this much-loved dog part of their family.

Lance was one of 22 dogs who came to Best Friends after being rescued from the property of NFL player Michael Vick in 2007. They were dubbed the Vicktory dogs and no one personified that more than Lance did. Just one year ago, after years of hard work and practice with Dogtown staff, and the family whose dedication to him never wavered, he aced his Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test. Because Lance was required by a court order to pass the CGC test before being placed in a home, it was truly a life-changing victory.

Today, though his friends at the Sanctuary were sad to hear the news of his passing, they're remembering Lance and celebrating his life, his hard-won accomplishment, and his journey to a home where he was safe, wanted and, above all else, loved. “My muscles were hurting from smiling so much on the day he went home,” says Dogtown caregiver Jacquie Bushway-Speer. To Lance, the world was a big, scary place even five years after his rescue. But Jacquie found something she could do with Lance that he really enjoyed: golf cart rides.

Now Lance may be gone, but he will be forever loved by those who were lucky enough to know him, and to share with him a piece of their hearts. On the morning after Lance’s crossing, George wrote a heartfelt note on Lance’s Facebook page: “Please remember the love and happy times in his life and not the bad. Lance has loving caregivers, family, friends, and pack. He was loved by everyone that he met. He had such a kind and gentle soul.”

http://bestfriends.org/News-And-Features/News/Forever-Loved/?utm_source=BSD&utm_medium=email&utm_content=CTA&utm_campaign=Best+Friends+News



PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Oregon Zoo announced Monday that 31-year-old Asian elephant "Rama" was euthanized.


Rama, son of the Oregon Zoo's most well-known elephant Packy, suffered a leg injury 25 years ago and veterinary staff recently determined the pain and mobility issues associated with the injury had become too much for the elephant to bear, according to zoo spokesman Hova Najarian.

Najarian said Rama was born April 1, 1983 to Packy and Rosy, Oregon's first elephant. He said Rama was known "for his sweet disposition and Jackson Pollock-like painting technique." His paintings (such as the one pictured below) were even put on display in the Pearl District's Mark Woolley Gallery.

Facebook: Share your condolences


http://www.kgw.com/story/news/local/animal/2015/03/30/oregon-zoo-elephant-rama-euthanized/70691758/


FRECKLES! VICTIM OF Pasco County ANIMAL CONTROL ABUSE! DEAD!

Freckles suffered for 8 days in the PASCO COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL SHELTER, FLORIDA. She was denied medical care, laid in her urine, had maggots in her eye, was covered in fleas and filth -- while healthy animals are terminated. She was adopted by a concerned citizen who took her immediately to a vet after getting her water and food which she desperately consumed--the vet and new owner had her put to sleep because she was described as "too far gone." And yet? Pasco County Animal Control walked by her and let her suffer without a word. This is animal abuse, and when one animal suffers...at the hands of the state...we all suffer.

Rest in PEACE boy, you suffer no more.




Soldier, wife charged with drowning puppy


— A Fort Bragg soldier and his wife were charged Thursday in what Cumberland County authorities called a horrific case of animal cruelty. John Garrett Burrow is accused of tying the legs of an 8-month-old puppy together, attaching the feet to the dog's nose with military parachute cord and tossing the dog into McFadyen Lake in Fayetteville.

The lab mix, named Riley, had run away from home on at least two occasions and had reportedly been injured, authorities said. The dog's body washed up on the shore of the pond on Jan. 2. Burrow had posted on Facebook shortly after Thanksgiving that Riley was being treated in Charlotte for a broken femur. But he and his wife later claimed they couldn't afford the veterinarian bills. Burrow, 22, of 440 Georgetown Circle, was charged with felony cruelty to animals. Kelsey Caroline Burrow, 20, of the same address, was charged with being an accessory after the fact, which is a misdemeanor.

Bond for John Burrow was set at $10,000, provided he would be released to his unit commander. He is expected to make his first court appearance Friday. Kelsey Burrow was released under a $2,000 unsecured bond.

RIP Sweet baby.. No more suffering for you..



Charges: Smiling for camera, Princeton man records torture, killing of pet dog



A Minnesota man was arrested Monday after police received video footage of him torturing and killing his girlfriend’s dog.

Anthony R. Sather, 24, was charged with felony animal torture in Sherburne County District Court on Wednesday, after his girlfriend found three videos of Sather assaulting her 3-to-4-year-old Shiba Inu husky on his computer.

RIP Sweetie



RIP Little Bunnie

I can't find the petition but this is still disturbing anyways. The rabbit did not deserve this. I hope that KARMA comes visit each one of these guys !!


A family rabbit was stolen from Durham province,UK. The thieves filmed themselves while torturing the rabbit to death and later throwing it out the window. The thugs were apprehended.


This Dog's Final Day Proves We Should Live Every Day Like It's Our Last


  

The Roberts family knew they had to put their beloved dog, Duke, to sleep after the cancer began to take over his body. So, they decided to make his final day on Earth his most special.

Duke, a black Labrador living in Houston, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in his leg a few years ago, KSL notes. Osteosarcoma is the most common bone cancer in dogs. The tumors associated with the illness are aggressive and readily metastasize. Duke had his front leg removed, but the tumor only grew bigger and ultimately started to separate his ribs, making him increasingly uncomfortable.

His owner, Jordan Roberts, scheduled his euthanizing with a Houston veterinarian for Monday, July 7, according to KSL. But before saying goodbye to Duke, the family decided to take him out to enjoy the finer things in life. Roberts asked her friend and animal lover, photographer Robyn Arouty, to capture the pup's final moments.

Duke ate hamburgers; he frolicked in a water park; he spent the day surrounded by the ones he loved most.

"It was beautiful, really. One thing just fell into the next," Arouty explained in an email to The Huffington Post. "[The day] started with the hamburgers, then the boys came over, then other friends, etc. The splash park was spontaneous. And then Duke walked under 'The Rainbow Bridge,' which is ironically also a term used for the place where pets go when they die. I felt honored."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/14/dog-last-day-robyn-arouty_n_5585074.html




RIP: Look in your neighborhood to see if you know this dog and due this poor dog justice by catching this monster.

An abused puppy found in North York with broken ribs, severe chemical burns and elastic around its muzzle is the worst case of animal cruelty a Toronto vet has ever seen.


The hunt is on for a person in Toronto who abused a Labrador puppy so severely it had to be put down. The small, male dog suffered multiple broken ribs and chemical burns to about 30 per cent of its body, including its head, ears and feet. It was found on a residential property in North York last Friday with an elastic band around its muzzle that was so tight it caused extreme swelling and prevented the dog from opening its mouth.

It was found to have multiple broken ribs, internal damage and chemical burns to about 30 per cent of its body. “I suspect there was some blunt trauma to the dog, it may have been kicked or hit with something and I suspect there were burns possibly from a chemical poured over the dog,” Sparling said. The black Labrador-cross was not aggressive towards staff and continuously rubbed its infected face on its side, whimpering, she said. The dog’s body has been sent to a veterinary laboratory for a post-mortem examination to discover the full extent of its injuries.

OSPCA inspector Brad Dewar said if a person was convicted of animal cruelty under the OSPCA Act they could face a maximum penalty of two years imprisonment, a $60,000 fine and be prohibited for life from living with, caring for, or owning an animal.

The severity of this particular case meant it was likely charges could also fall under the criminal code, he said. OSPCA conducted 18,000 animal cruelty investigations last year, including pets that had been neglected to the point of starvation, physically abused and even set on fire.

“This case definitely is one that could have been avoided and this animal has suffered as a result of it,” Dewar said. Anyone with information about the dog has been asked to call CrimeStoppers through Tattletails, a program developed to encourage the reporting of animal abuse or neglect, on 1-800-222-8477.

http://www.thestar.com/news/crime/2014/10/17/lab_puppy_abused_so_severely_it_had_to_be_put_down.html


Hank

It is with a very heavy heart that I write this today. Just last week we featured our beloved Hank for tbt. He was with us a year before being adopted by Helen and her family. He was finally "home".
Last night, Hank was shot in front of Helen by a neighbor. I won't elaborate on the horrible details, but I hope what you take from this is that no matter how much we love and protect our four-legged family members, they can be gone in the blink of an eye. Life is short, cherish it and never take it for granted. Animals have no rights and we must continue to be their voice and to stand up and fight for them.
Helen, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers as you suffer the loss of Hank. Hank was so unique and was loved by everyone who met him. Thank you for giving Hank a wonderful life during the time that you had him.
RIP Hank...forever in our hearts.   https://www.facebook.com/THEPITBULLCREWDOGRESCUE?fref=photo




Very sad this is in Oregon.. RIP Grace.

This is Grace - the little horse with the big spirit. Deputy Lee Bartholomew of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office in Oregon saw her in this condition, and decided she might die if he didn't immediately enter the property to rescue her.

Her owners said that his action violated their rights, and the county argued that his actions were legal under the under the emergency aid exception, which provides that an officer can enter property without a warrant if someone is in danger. Grace, argued her owners, wasn't "someone" "she was property".

The Oregon Supreme Court sided with Deputy Bartholomew and Grace, ruling that he acted within the law in making sure this painfully starved horse did not die. Her former owners were convicted of animal cruelty and sentenced to jail time.

Grace passed away at age 28, but not before she knew love, a full belly, and tender care. God bless you, Deputy Bartholomew, and rest in peace on green fields forever, Grace.

http://ulcnewsblog.com/2014/08/28/deputy-lee-bartholomew-saving-grace-from-rev-david-stembaugh-universal-life-church-world-headquarters/


I know this is older but in any case, this poor Elephant needs to be remembered.
She looks so frightened. This is what this website is all about.. Remembering the poor souls lost.

Honolulu: This is Tyke:

Tyke

Just before an August 20, 1994, circus performance at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center, Tyke, an African elephant, killed a trainer, seriously injured a groomer, and fled the arena, running through the streets of Honolulu for more than 30 minutes.

After law enforcement shot Tyke with 86 bullets, she collapsed dead in the street.

Whips, tight collars, muzzles, and sedation are often used to control the animals, and they are punched, kicked, whipped, and screamed at when deemed "uncooperative." When intelligent, frustrated animals rebel against abuse, they attack trainers and sometimes lash out at bystanders, which the Blaisdell Center witnessed when abused and frightened Tyke fought back.

There is a video also: http://www.peta2.com/achievements/the-day-tyke-fought-back/?utm_campaign=0814%20Tyke%20Mission%20EA&utm_source=peta2%20E-Mail&utm_medium=Alert


IKKA died and now is at rainbow Bridge



It is with great sadness and regret that we inform everyone of IKKA's passing earlier today. The probable cause was due to the rapture of her exposed anal glands. No words can describe how we feel after hearing the terrible news. The angels had lifted you up IKKA. We will see you soon.

https://www.facebook.com/petsrainbowbridge/posts/667099160023107

 

Veterinarians view x-ray, tell rescuers 'they have never seen anything this bad'

March 4, 2014 The person who rescued Zeus has issued a statement that he has passed away. Zeus, the young Labrador retriever mix who was rescued from an animal control facility in Abilene, Texas, on Monday, has been examined by a veterinarian...and the prognosis is dire. The troubling x-rays help explain the dog's extremely labored breathing.

On Monday evening, Zeus, who has a massive tumor on his back, was admitted to the veterinary hospital - he is being kept comfortable with the help of oxygen and I.V. fluids. Though Zeus' prognosis for recovery is slim, his rescuers stated:

Zeus was surrendered to the animal control facility on Feb. 28 after they discovered that he would require expensive veterinary care for the mass that was discovered on his back - the care was beyond their means.

RIP Sweet Boy

 

 17-year-old German shepherd named Rocky (Wish I had a better picture of Rocky)

A 17-year-old German shepherd named Rocky had been living and sleeping in an area filled with feces and urine. Rocky was emaciated and malnourished, weighing only 47 pounds. According to Aldridge, he didn't have the money to take his dog to the vet even though Rocky had recently been losing weight. The dog was infested with fleas and had a large tumor hanging between his legs.

When authorities searched the area, they only found an empty food and water bowl. The only dog food available for Rocky was in a plastic bag full of insects.

Rocky was seized by the Pinellas County Animal Services. Sadly, Rocky's condition was so severe, he was humanely euthanized.

Aldridge was taken to the Pinellas County Jail and bond was set at $5,000. He has since been released.

Rest in peace Rocky, your in a better place now pain and neglect free.

                                                                                                                                              This is Just plain sad.. I can only imagine this poor dog is confused and feels betrayed.. I hate stupid people..

Senior dog devastated after owner surrenders him to get a new 'younger' dog.. Then he passed away.

 

An elderly, golden Labrador retriever was surrendered to the Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control in Lancaster, Calif., on March 10, and today, he spends his days crouched on his bed, shaking in terror.

Apparently, the nine-year-old dog was left at the animal control facility because his prior owner was getting "new, younger dogs."

The senior, named "Manny," is confused and depressed...at first glance, he appears to be sleeping on the cot in his kennel run...upon a closer look, you can see that instead, his eyes are closed and he is shaking in terror.

Heartbreaking news about senior Labrador named 'Manny'

Few dogs of late have garnered as much interest as a senior Labrador retriever named "Manny." Sadly, after settling into his foster home and enjoying his first secure, peaceful rest in days, he inexplicably passed away.

 RIP Manny.

 

Police dog killed in line of duty in Portland Oregon. He was part of an elite team.

In March 2014, the Portland Police Bureau announced its newest K-9 recruit. Mick. The dog was shot and killed Wednesday during a gunfight in SW Portland: "It's official! Police dog candidate "Mick" passed his state certification and has earned the radio call sign of K-93! Not only that, but he already has 3 captures under his belt all of which occurred on the same day within a 10 hour time period. Capture #1 was a suspect wanted for Interfering with a Peace Officer where Mick found him hiding in some bushes. Capture #2 was a wanted fugitive who ran from officers in East Precinct. Within 20 minutes of Capture #2, "Mick" knocked it out of the park locating an auto theft suspect who crashed a stolen vehicle "Mick's" handler had been chasing during a lengthy high speed pursuit!"
Portland Police Bureau
 

Law enforcement agencies in Oregon rely on more than 100 dogs to help them track criminals, sniff out drugs, find bodies and help in arson investigations. Highly trained, each dog is paired with one officer, with whom they work and live. The bond between the two is strong.

"Our dogs are our partners," said Sgt. Rhonda Sandoval, a 19-year veteran of the McMinnville Police Department and treasurer of the Oregon Police Canine Association. "They become part of our lives and our families." A trainer who's worked with two police dogs, Sandoval was saddened to hear about the Portland canine struck in the line of duty.  "It's horrible," Sandoval said. "My heart goes out to the handler."

The association does not keep statistics on the number of police dogs in Oregon that have been injured or killed. But Sandoval said they are just as vulnerable as the handler. The dogs are trained to obey their handler and not react to gunfire. "One of our standards is to make our dogs go neutral to gunfire," Sandoval said. "If things go south and there is a shooting situation, we don't want to worry about what our dogs are doing. We want them to remain under control even in a gunfire situation."

The canine killed early Wednesday in Portland was a German shepherd. Belgian malinois are also commonly used in police work. Both are bred for law enforcement work.  Oregon imports most of its police dogs from Europe, which has a long experience in training the animals. From the get go, they undergo extensive training.  "Most dogs have 360 hours of training before they ever hit the road," Sandoval said. "Then there's maintenance training of 16 hours a month – per discipline."

Patrol dogs, like the one killed Wednesday, are trained in tracking people, searching for evidence, protecting handlers and apprehending suspects. To help officers make an arrest, they bite and hold but do not chew up suspects. Each trained dog costs between $7,000 and $10,000. The Oregon Police Canine Association certifies them, making them pass tests every year. Sandoval said patrol dogs have difficult jobs.

"It's hard work for the dogs," Sandoval said. "They go out and track for hours and miles. They fight our bad guys sometimes. Agility is part of the training. They have to be able to jump fences." They're also in the firing line, as are their handlers.  The dogs usually start their careers between 2 and 5 years old. Most of them retire at 10. "You'll get the rare dog that works longer, but they tend to retire at 10," Sandoval said.

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2014/04/police_dog_killed_in_line_of_d.html



In Memory Of Paul Walker.
November 13, 2013.


Remembering Paul Walker & His Love for Animals





The Fast & Furious star, who died Saturday in a car crash, also loved animals, a passion deeply documented on his social media accounts. From pooches to sharks, he certainly left his mark on the animal kingdom.

Paul Walker loved the ocean, cars and staying active. He was a family man, whose 15-year-old daughter, Meadow, moved from Hawaii to California so she'd be closer to her father. He dedicated much of his life to charity and, of course, his fans.


beloRelated: Paul Walker’s Charity To Receive Proceeds   From ‘Fast & Furious 6′ Home Video Haul


 

 "Justice for Roxy": Petition seeks jail sentence for Bristol woman who left dog to die.


Roxy was locked up in a kitchen and abandoned by her owner - trainee lawyer Katy Gammon. Roxy spent six days clawing at the kitchen door until finally she went blind, slipped into a coma and died. The five-year-old boxer was eventually found, maggot-infested, 10 weeks later. The traumatized RSPCA inspector was forced to scrape this tragic creature off the floor with a shovel.
Read more:
http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/Roxy-s-death-Petition-seek-jail-dog-s-owner/story-20844381-detail/story.html#ixzz2wz1N48FT

RIP Sweet Girl. Your suffering is over.

 

Dog thrown from van bound with rope and wire

PHOENIX (KSAZ) -

A horrible case of animal cruelty is under investigation in the west valley after a dog was left tied up and abandoned near 61st Ave. and Indian School Road. Jarvis Johnson told FOX 10 he made the sad discovery after he heard someone throw something out of a vehicle.

"..came outside.. I was trying to figure out what was going on at that time.  I went around the corner, came over here, saw the dog tied up with the cord around his neck and the cord to his leg." Neighbors tried to help the little Chihuahua, but he turned aggressive.  

"We tried to pick up the dog and the dog kept snipping at us, but we can see at the back of its leg it was bleeding a lot like something was sticking out," said Johnson. Police later rescued the dog, which was taken to an emergency vet to be checked out. The man who found the dog called police and told us he couldn't believe someone could do something like this.

Unfortunately, the Arizona Humane Society says the dog had to be put down on Tuesday because of extensive injuries, including pelvis fractures, a spinal fracture and diminished use of the legs.

There's no information on any of the suspects.  If you have any information about this case, contact the Phoenix Police Department at 602-262-6151 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.

Rest in peace sweet little one.

 

Heartbreaking Update: Emaciated Garfield Hts. boxer has died

    GARFIELD HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) -            

An emaciated boxer dog found wandering the streets of Garfield Heights last week during a snow storm has died. Named 'Little Girl' by volunteers, the female boxer was nearly starved to death and had multiple injuries.  Animal Warden Ed Jamison tells 19 Action News that Little Girl passed away in her sleep. Her owner, Navada Williams, is facing several charges, including animal cruelty. Williams will be in court on March 26.

 

 

These are the worse kind to read about. Jan 18, 2014 Bloomington family pit bull kills four year old Kara Hartrich.

UPDATE: The four year old girl has been identified as Kara E. Hartrich.  McClean County coroner found that she died of massive blood loss after she was bitten by at least two of the family pit bulls.
The reporting from the local news outlet describes dog attacks as rare in Bloomington despite the recent severe pit bull mauling of a couple in 2012 who were delivering phone books and despite the fact that there have been attempts and proposals made to ban pit bulls since 2005.
RIP Kara
a smiling happy girl who loved to sing and dance
RIP sweetheart.

 



Justice for Xena. We will not accept anything less than full prosecution and punishment under law. This sweet girl was cut open in her tummy so her owner could retrieve his drugs.



What a monster and I hope he rots in prison.
Mr. Jack Dugan

Rest in peace sweet girl. You will be avenged..


 

RIP Tony, You Will Never be Forgotten 

             

My dog Tony's story..., Over the past seven months Tony, a friendly healthy-minded canine half pit bull and half Sharpei, who was raised as more of a family member than a pet, has been in the pound until June 18th, 2012, he was put to sleep because Judge Grace Nabor denied our appeal and the stay of execution, because he was accused of killing the small pet of his neighbor. Tony may be gone, but he will not be forgotten. Please continue to help us in our fight for Justice for Tony. Thanks

Rest in peace boy.


Cisco was shot at the wrong address of a domestic disturbance call.

On April 14 my best friend, Cisco, a Blue Heeler, was gunned down by an APD officer that was at the wrong address of a domestic disturbance call.

I was in my backyard, playing frisbee with my dog, Cisco. When I went to get something from my truck in the driveway, I was met by Officer Griffin, who pulled out his gun and told me to put my hands in the air. Cisco came out of the yard behind me and started barking when he saw the officer. Unable to restrain Cisco because I was being held at gunpoint, I told Officer Griffin that Cisco would not hurt him and begged that he not shoot him. The officer shot and killed Cisco anyway.

My dog didn't deserve to be shot. He deserved better. I believe the people of the City of Austin deserve better. Cisco's death is a tragedy that cannot be undone, but justice can be served. Please sign this petition asking that APD Officer Griffin, who showed no remorse for wrongfully killing Cisco, be held accountable.

The Austin Police Department also needs to take steps to make sure officers don't kill any other innocent dogs by improving training and adopting a policy that only allows the use of lethal force on animals as a last resort.

Sign the petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/justice-for-cisco-dog-killed-by-austin-police-department?utm_campaign=CvOlYHViga&utm_medium=email&utm_source=action_alert

Rest in peace sweet boy.



Puppy Doe: A Craigslist victum.

On August 31st 2013, a young, small, female dog named ‘Puppy Doe’ was found brutally tortured in a Quincy, Massachusetts park, and we were all left wondering who could let this happen to any animal. The dog’s injuries were so violent and severe that the only humane thing to do was to euthanize her. She had been starved, burned, stabbed, and limbs pulled from her joints in what’s been described as a “medieval’ style torture.

It was later determined that the original owner of the dog had to give her up for undermined reasons. According to media reports, the owner decided to put the dog, named Kiya, up for adoption on Craigslist. Craigslist is often a go-to source for animal abusers looking for victims because it is anonymous and there is no accountability or screening process like regular shelters and rescue groups provide. I'm asking Craigslist to change their policies on these re-homing ads, and only allow registered shelters and rescues to post adoptable pets so it is never again a part of tragedies like what happened to Puppy Doe. The before and after pictures of "Puppy Doe" speak for themselves. How many more times does this have to happen before Craigslist stops allowing people to give their pets away to strangers without any background checks or accountability?


Rest in peace sweet baby girl. rainbow bridge will take good are of you and love you till the end of time.


 

This is really sad considering it is a SHELTER to help animals. The shelter is in New York and they are famous for turning healthy adoptable dogs into dead dogs. NYCACC


On Thurs, March 15th, just one month after walking out the front door, Beatrix was back at ACC.  But she wasn’t the same dog. She was brought in at deaths door – emaciated, hypothermic with a body temp of 92.6.  She was dull, depressed, covered in bloody diarrhea.  She was covered in bite wounds.  Multiple bite wounds.  Our sweet tiny Beatrix was attacked by dogs, her neck so badly bitten that blood gushed from her wounds. Bandages were placed on her neck with pressure to staunch the flow of blood. Warm IV fluids were given to raise her temp. We immediately posted her and put out a desperate plea “Someone please help her.”  A rescue called in and was told she was being treated.  For 2 days, no new information surfaced. ACC sent out no pleas. We learned today that Beatrix did not make it, that she is gone.  At some point she was transferred to a vet but it was too little too late. The wounds she suffered were too severe. She had lost too much blood.

Will we ever know which it was – carelessness or ruthless intent?  Probably not but the bottom line is the same either way.  NYCACC adopted Beatrix out. Once out of their “care” she was starved and abused. Her flesh was torn from her body by her own kind. She was brought back, her tiny body clinging to life. And now, she is gone.  Beatrix was failed. Beatrix was betrayed. She is gone, but she will certainly not be forgotten. We will remember her.
Beatrix's thread on Urgent: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=365822880097264&set=a.172404072772480.42595.152876678058553&type=3&theater

To ask NYC and the ACC what they will do to find those responsible for Beatrix's death, please fill out the form here: http://www.urgentdeathrowdogs.org/how-you-can-help/how-togroup1/act.htm


  Why We Euthanize. These poor souls need to be remembered for the despair and neglect they have suffered. May rainbow bridge show them the way to the best dog park in the galaxy. Written by PETA

In my first year working at a grossly substandard animal shelter in Maryland, I forced myself to go in early to euthanize dogs by holding them in my arms and gently helping them escape an uncaring world without trauma or pain and to spare them from being stabbed haphazardly—while they were fully conscious, terrified and aware—in the general vicinity of their hearts with needles blunt from reuse and left to thrash on the floor until they finally died by the callous people who would arrive later to do the job.

I always wonder how anyone cannot recognize that there is a world of difference between painlessly euthanizing animals out of compassion—aged, injured, sick, and dying animals whose guardians can't afford euthanasia, for instance—as PETA does, and causing them to suffer terror, pain, and a prolonged death while struggling to survive on the streets, at the hands of untrained and uncaring "technicians," or animal abusers.

Diamond was suffering from a painful facial tumor that was slowly eating away at his face
wound

 

Sasha had a severely infected bite wound.
wound

 

It's easy to point the finger at those who are forced to do the "dirty work" caused by a throwaway society's casual acquisition and breeding of dogs and cats who end up homeless and unwanted, but at PETA, we will never turn our backs on neglected, unloved, and homeless animals—even if the best we can offer them is a painless release from a world that doesn't have enough heart or homes with room for them. It makes it easy for people to throw stones at us, but we are against all needless killing: for hamburgers, fur collars, dissection, sport hunting the works. PETA handled far more animals than 2,124 in 2008. In fact, we took in more than 10,000 dogs and cats and work very hard to persuade people to spay and neuter their animals and to commit to a lifetime of care and respect for them. We go so far as to transport animals to and from our spay/neuter clinics, where they are spayed or neutered and given vet care, often for free! Since 2001, PETA's low- to no-cost spay-and-neuter mobile clinics, SNIP and ABC, have sterilized more than 50,000 animals, preventing hundreds of thousands of animals from being born, neglected, abandoned, abused, or euthanized when no one wanted them. And on a national level, PETA is focusing on the root of the problem through our Animal Birth Control (ABC) campaign.

Big Girl was still alive when a field worker found her
Still Alive

 

If anyone has a good home, love, and respect to offer, we beg them: Go to a shelter and take one or two animals home. The problem is that few people do that, choosing instead to go to a breeder or a pet shop and not "fixing" their dogs and cats, which contributes to the high euthanasia rate that animal shelters face. Most of the animals we took in and euthanized could hardly be called "pets," as they had spent their lives chained up in the back yard, for instance. They were unsocialized, never having been inside a building of any kind or known a pat on the head. Others were indeed someone's, but they were aged, sick, injured, dying, too aggressive to place, and the like, and PETA offered them a painless release from suffering, with no charge to their owners or custodians.

Every day, PETA's fieldworkers help abused and neglected dogs—many of them pit bulls nowadays and many of them forced to live their lives on chains heavy enough to tow an 18-wheeler—by providing them with food; clean water; lightweight tie-outs; deworming medicine; flea, tick, and fly-strike prevention; free veterinary care; sturdy wooden doghouses stuffed with straw bedding; and love.

What we see is enough to make you lose faith in humanity. One pit bull we gained custody of, named Asia, looked like a skeleton covered with skin when PETA released her from the 15-pound chain she had been kept on for years. Asia suffered from three painful and deadly intestinal obstructions, which prevented her from keeping any food down. She faced an agonizing, lingering death, so our veterinarian recommended euthanasia to end her suffering. We pursued criminal charges against those responsible for her condition, leading to their conviction for cruelty to animals. That is just one of the dozens of cases we see every week.

The majority of adoptable dogs are never brought through our doors (we refer them to local adoption groups and walk-in animal shelters). Most of the animals we house, rescue, find homes for, or put out of their misery come from miserable conditions, which often lead to successful prosecution and the banning of animal abusers from ever owning or abusing animals again.

Santana had facial injuries so serious that his right eye was swollen shut and his jaw was ripped and hanging
Facial Injuries

 

This dog was suffering from advanced cancer
Cancer

 

As long as animals are still purposely bred and people aren't spaying and neutering their companions, open-admission animal shelters and organizations like PETA must do society's dirty work. Euthanasia is not a solution to overpopulation but rather a tragic necessity given the present crisis. PETA is proud to be a "shelter of last resort," where animals who have no place to go or who are unwanted or suffering are welcomed with love and open arms.

Please, if you care about animals, help prevent more of them from being born only to end up chained and left to waste away in people's back yards, suffering on mean streets where people kick at them or shoo them away like garbage, tortured at the hands of animal abusers, or, alas, euthanized in animal shelters for lack of a good home. If you want to save lives, always have your animals spayed or neutered.

Written by Ingrid E. Newkirk  http://www.peta.org/b/thepetafiles/archive/2009/03/30/Why-We-Euthanize.aspx

 

Ace is DEAD (in Detroit)Dog-Killing Bureaucrat.

Hopefully Bruce King’s buns will be served up on a platter to the Judge.

Bruce King, General Manager, Environmental Health Service for the City of Detroit, that oversees Detroit Animal Control, issued a statement today to the press.  They went ahead and killed Ace.

Dog-Killing Bureaucrat.  Picture from his Twitter Account.

Storm’s thataway, Detroit.

http://fortheloveofthedogblog.com/animal-advocacy/ace-is-dead-in-detroit

Rest in Peace "Ace" short for Ace Hardware.  Rainbow Bridge has you now.

 


No Justice For Rocco


     

On the left: What he may have looked like all grown up if given the chance.

On February 16 a call went to animal control about a "dead dog" in the back yard of Ms. Tucker Clementon home. Officer T. Cooper of the NJSPCA responded to the case and Rocco was found dies in the yard. The Pit-bull was taken for a necropsy. This was to be performed by Dr. Heather Lingley. Rocco had a heavy burden of whipworm and also heartworm. He also had circular erosion in the inner lining of his intestines or ulceration likely from the heavy parasite load.  There was no fat surrounding the heart which is the very last fat store to be used up by an animal caused by starvation.  Dr. Lingley states "the patient succumbed due to starvation; the starvation was compounded by the parasite burden, intestinal worms and heartworms".

Judge Larsen made his decision in September, 2011 in Berlin Borough Municipal Court.  Ms. Tucker was charged with two Disorderly Persons for Depriving a Living Creature of Necessary Sustenance and Failing to Provide a Living Creature with proper food. Mr. Brandon (Shroeder) Tucker was charged with two Disorderly Persons for Depriving a Living Creature of necessary Sustenance and Cause or Procure by any direct or indirect means any such acts to be done. The NJSPCA felt that these people would be held accountable for their horrible act of intentional neglect of this poor dog. The NJ State Statute allows for Jail time when found guilty for this crime.   Judge Larsen stated this was a torturous way to die, it did not happen in a brief period of time, it was long term and there was no excuse why they did not take the dog to the vet or to the shelter or anyone that would have helped out.  He also stated he was merging the one ticket into the other for each defendant. This means that they would only have one count each.  Ms. Tucker was sentenced to do 10 days community service and Mr. Brandon Tucker was sentenced to perform 14 days of community service.  Due to their economic position they were only fined minimum 250.00 each.  Officer T. Cooper of the NJSPCA asked that the Prosecutor request the other dogs in the home be turned over due to their economic hardship. Ms.Tucker stated the other dogs are fine and have been to the veterinarian. by No Justice For Rocco on Saturday, September 10, 2011

www.njspca.org                         OR                     http://www.njspca.org/Does%20the%20punishment%20fit%20the%20crime.html

Posted by Facebook under No justice for Rocco


OUR LITTLE GIRL IS GONE.. Sadly dear little Hanako lost her battle with pneumonia on Saturday night. She is a great loss to everyone.


Hanako was such a cheerful soul & never complained. We knew her as an independent, fiesty little girl who never made a sound, but was determined to do everything her own way. We never knew what caused her injuries, but in the end they were not what took her away. She arrived at Soi Dog suffering from pneumonia and was recovering. Unfortunately it came back finally causing her lung to collapse. She did get away from the Soi Dog clinic for 10 days and came to live with us at our house in Phuket.

We will always remember her visits to the beach, she seemed so happy there rolling in the sand. Her brave attempts at learning to walk caused lots of interest amongst passers by & she just loved the attention. When we picked her up she just cuddled into us & pressed her head under our chin trying to get as close as possible. On Hanako's behalf we would like to thank everyone especially Dr Su who spent hours caring for her & hundreds of you who sent get well wishes. She may have been little & disabled but she sure left her mark on those who met her. Her infectious smile & interest in everything around her belied her frail body. Hanako's life was short but we will never ever forget her. Rest peacefully sweetheart. Lots of love mum & dad. xxx (Cindy & Derek).


Rest In Peace Hanako. Her inspiration will live on.
I know Mum and Dad will miss her greatly.

 

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.


No justice for Ben. Dog killed in Alberta Canada with an illegal snare.

Ben out in the park for the day

Ted was Lorna and Ed’s son. Ben was Ted’s dog. Ted adopted him from the pound after hearing about this big gentle guy from his boss. Ben had been at the pound for three weeks. They were buddies. Ted trained Ben. They played together. And together, they climbed the nearby mountains in their spare time. They were best friends.

Ben and Ted

John McWilliams purposely and negligently set an illegal snare trap in a publicly accessible park that should not have been where it was. And by these actions, he killed Ben. Thirty feet from Lorna, Ben was strangled in such a way that he could not even cry out for help. At trial today in Cochrane, a slap on the wrist was handed down by the judge in this case. The stakes were a maximum fine of $100,000 and/or two years in jail plus the loss of his hunting license. But the judge fined John McWilliams $300.

Rest in Peace Ben.. I'm sure you and Ted are both together now and having lots of fun together.


A Mother’s Grief

Just before Christmas, a resident of Welcome Bay in New Zealand was woken in the middle of the night to a sorrowful howling.  When he investigated, he found a dog along an estuary frantically carrying dead puppies in her mouth.  It appears someone had taken her puppies, stuffed them in a shopping bag, and flung them into the water.

The mother dog was frantically pulling her dead, two-day old pups out of the water – crying and pacing up and down the banks obviously searching for others, or consumed in grief. The local SPCA retrieved the mother dog and the dead puppies.  While at their shelter, she howled for 12 straight days.  The SPCA knew who owned the dog but they could not prove the owners were the ones that killed her pups. It was a deliberate act of cruelty. 

Animals are quite capable of forming a bond that transcends the simple need for food and shelter.  When you strike out at a living being, especially a mother with their young, you are striking out at the most powerful force on earth. We humans are so dependent on Love that my mind just – stops – when I try to reason on why some people would strike out against it in such a cruel manner.  Two entities were destroyed here; a mother and her children.  Doesn’t matter what the species. And don’t think for a minute that grief is an emotion strictly reserved for humans.

Faith was put up for adoption and is now residing in a good home far, far away from Welcome Bay, NZ.  By Andrea,


Last week two beautiful young women lost their lives all for the love of a dog.  Both deaths were tragic and senseless.

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. 

Brian McCauslin

By Andrea, June, 2011 To read more: http://fortheloveofthedogblog.com/news-updates/losing-my-religion

 

Puppy sexually abused dies. Her name was Charity.

Charity is on the right.

Three Pit Bull puppies only a few months old were surrendered to a North Carolina animal shelter injured and in pain with the man who dropped them off stating "the big dogs down the road got to them". Through other information collected by members of the rescue community, a witness too afraid to come forward and a vet assessment the unthinkable would be discovered about what really happened to these puppies. These innocent beautiful puppies were bred by a man intending to fight them and/or sell them to dog fighters but the reason for their surrender was that he caught his 13 year old son committing sexual acts on them. The shelter was going to euthanize the dogs, however, a rescue group stepped in to try to save them. They were named Charity, Hope and Faith.

Rest in Peace Charity. You will be greatly missed by Faith and Hope.


Woman Squeezes Lifetime of Love into One Week Kudos to you



Annie

Annie had never known happiness. She had been beaten, neglected, and starved all of her life, and then she was dumped at a shelter to die. Annie waited on death row, terrified and lonely, crying every night for someone to help her. She was very ill, and the pound asked if I was willing to take her. Yep, I’m on my way.

Annie Has the Best Week of Her Life. I brought Annie home with me. I looked at her… so broken, so sickly, so unsure of whether she could trust… and I cried. I sobbed uncontrollably for Annie. Over the sad life she had led, the abuse she had endured, and now the life she would never have, thanks to the worthless people who never cared for her.  While I was bawling like a baby, Annie walked over and licked my tears, as if to say: “Don’t be sad. It’ll be okay.” This precious, wounded soul was comforting me. This girl, who had never known compassion in her life, was consoling me. And so, I got up, stopped my crying, and vowed to give her the best week of her entire life. No more crying. Not around Annie. She deserves to know only happiness now. That week, Annie slept in the bed with me. She ate the best food. She played as much as her little heart could stand. She laid next to me on the couch for belly rubs. She laughed at funny movies with me. That week, Annie was special. That week, Annie was home, for the first time in her life.

Know That I Love You

“Know that I loved you. Know that you mattered. Know that you finally belonged to someoneyou were everything to me. You will never really be gone, because you will live forever in my heart. Thank you for sharing your last days with me. It was truly an honor to love you.” As the drugs entered Annie’s veins, she looked up at me one last time, and her eyes said, “Thank you for not letting me die there in that shelter. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for showing me what life could be like... for giving me a family. I always wanted one. I love you.” She died on September 14, 2010. But the week before her death, she finally lived

To read more about Ashley Owen Hill's rescue work and to support her mission, please visit  Lucky Dog Rescue Blog. (See her blog in my Animal Lovers Blog communities" )

Rest in Peace Annie, You were finally loved and I for one am glad it was before you could die in a shelter. Kudos to you Ashley.

Soi Dog 

Why Why Why? - A Poem By Gill Dalley

Only 2 weeks ago my wife, Gill called me from the shelter in floods of tears in sheer frustration after a dog was brought to the shelter. This dog had been in this condition for weeks yet nobody called us until too late.  One cannot imagine the pain he was suffering. You can read a poem Gill wrote in two angry minutes with tears pouring from her eyes. Please consider sponsoring one of the dogs or cats in Soi Dog's care: Sponsor A Dog Or Cat Today.

A Preface From John Dalley


You keep on walking by………… Why Why Why?

I have been like this for months & you keep walking by…………

You do not help me you just keep walking by…………

You do not see my hunger or thirst you just keep walking by……

You do not see my pain you just keep walking by…………

When you do see me & all you feel is disgust

Why Why Why………

I come near you for help you chase me away

Why Why Why

My cancer tumors grow as does the pain, you ignore me

Why Why Why

You are many humans but are not humane?

Why Why Why

Today my pain has gone as I am taken from this world, to the next, for the first time in my life I was stroked & kissed as I slipped away………

Why did I have to wait until my last minutes to feel love

Why Why Why

   

Rest in Peace Little Unknown Doggie. God will make sure you suffer no more.


Dog doused in gasoline, set on fire Baltimore, MD (US)

 
A city police officer describes it as one of the worst things she's ever seen. A pit bull was set on fire in northwest Baltimore and no one was coming to to the dog's aid. They've named her Phoenix, for rising out of the ashes. She would have been euthanized immediately, but a special fund at BARCS provided immediate, expensive care to keep her alive. The one-year-old pit bull should not be alive after someone doused her in gasoline and set her on fire Wednesday afternoon."She was fully in flames. There were people around but nobody was doing anything, so I got out of the car, took off my sweater and started hitting her to put the fire out," Officer Teel said. "The pads of her feet and burnt off and she's standing on them, walking to people and still wagging her tail," said BARCS Executive Director Jennifer Mead-Brause. A Baltimore police officer found her and put out the flames, but Phoenix didn't survive. She was euthanized five days later. (See the article in Pending cases)

 

Rest in peace Phoenix


The senseless heart breaking loss of Big Girl. She was only 6 months old. See her tribute video below. PS: I still can't find who it was that was convicted?

                      Big Girl

 Here is what she may have looked like before she was found like that. 

Her name was Big Girl, but there was almost nothing left of her. She was so still, so slight, and so cold to the touch that field workers thought that she was already dead. But the tiny 6-month-old pit bull was still alive. Barely. Big Girl never knew the love and care that we wish every dog experienced; by the time we arrived, she had endured prolonged, incomprehensible agony. When we found her collapsed on the ground, she weighed less than the chain she was tied to. She had clearly been starved—she was a pile of bones and had raw, mostly hairless skin with absolutely no body fat. A veterinarian later told us that Big Girl's stomach contained nothing but dirt, leaves, a piece of corn cob with two kernels on it, and a piece of dry, caked fecal matter. Big Girl had been left to suffer for so long that she had begun to decompose. Four different generations of maggots were eating away at her body. When we gently peeled her off the ground, she moaned. She could not see us or hear us, but we hope she knew that we were there to help her. We sent Big Girl off to heaven with kind words and a gentle lethal injection. 

P.S. The man responsible for Big Girl's horrific condition (as well as that of another dog, who suffered from a vaginal prolapsey) was charged and convicted for the condition of both dogs, and he was prohibited from owning animals. I hope Prison did better at hurting this guy, than the law did.

Written by Jeff Mackey: http://www.peta.org/b/thepetafiles/archive/tags/Big+Girl/default.aspx

 Rest in Peace Big Girl. At last your suffering ends.


The Latest in the Search for Nala Lost At Atlanta Georgia Airport. The Search for Nala Ends – Sadly



Delta Airlines is responsible for another heartbroken owner.  And this new lost dog report comes from none other than The Consumerist.  Alisa Miller is currently in Atlanta searching for Nala with concerned citizens who has been helping Alisa look for her lost pet – and faithfully providing us with updates.  They are currently following up on leads of Nala Sightings.  It has been a long and tough time for them.  Fortunately, the media has picked up on Nala and broadcasting Alisa’s plight on finding her lost pet.

This is a crushing blow.  She was found yesterday along highway I-75, dead.  Not only is this a blow to Alisa and Brian Miller, Nala’s owners, but to everyone that engaged in searching for her, and followed the story.   Our hearts grieve. 

What is lovely never dies, but passes into other loveliness, star-dust, or sea-foam, flower or winged air. – Thomas Bailey Aldrich

http://fortheloveofthedogblog.com/news-updates/the-search-for-nala-ends-%E2%80%93-sadly
Rest n Peace Nala. You will be missed forever by your family.


I'm sorry I do not have a good picture of Xixi but...

Foshan CHina Dog Abused, Eyes Gouged Out, Genitals Cut Off

Read more: http://www.chinasmack.com/2010/pictures/foshan-dog-abused-eyes-gouged-out-genitals-cut-off.html/comment-page-1#comment-94675

Rest in Peace Xixi your life with GOD will bring a much better life for you.


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.

Departed

Daddy

Cesar Milan’s pit bull and constant companion died peacefully in February at the age of 16. Daddy was once owned by rapper Redmond.  He gave Daddy to Cesar Milan when Daddy was 4 months old because he thought he could not care for the dog properly.  Daddy had a remarkable tolerance for all dogs of all sizes and temperaments.  Daddy never reacted to aggressive dogs and that non-reactive temperament was contagious.  Nervous, aggressive dogs always calmed down in Daddy’s presence.  Daddy became the perfect assistant in rehabilitating dogs with aggression issues. Not only did Daddy have influence on dogs, he could also influence humans.  He could read emotions like a book and always offered love to someone having the blues.  No matter how bad a day you were having, if Daddy showed up, he left a happy human because he made you play with him and give him belly rubs.  Daddy could really make you forget what was eating at you.

Miss Ellie

Miss Ellie, a blind, Chinese Crested Hairless dog with the lolling tongue died in June at the age of 17.  Her “striking” appearance helped her win Animal Planet’s “World’s Ugliest Dog” contest in 2009. Miss Ellie only had a couple of back teeth, cataracts in both her eyes, and practically no hair. She was kept in a kennel for most of her life and when her original owner saw no purpose for her, she was given up. When she was rescued, she knew no commands and was not housebroken. She began a new life appearing in shows at the Comedy Barn in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and was featured on the Animal Planet cable show Dogs 101. She also appeared on billboards and in commercials. She became the “spokesdog”  for homeless, unwanted dogs spreading the message that “there are plenty of wonderful rescue dogs out there just waiting for a chance.” She also helped raised more than $100,000 for animal charities, including the Humane Society.

Chance

He was found strung up with a steel cable hanging from a tree, poisoned by antifreeze, and being beaten by his owner. A nearby neighbor heard Chance’s cries and called 911. His owner was arrested, tried, and sentenced for felony animal cruelty. He spent time recovering with Wishbone Pet Rescue before being adopted by a loving family. During the 20 months with his new family, he was a delight and the happiest dog alive. He loved playing with a ball, splashing in the pool, sleeping with two pillows next to his family, and other doggie delights such as…squeaky toys!  He lived the perfect dog’s life. But the abuse Chance was subject to in the hands of his former owner left him with kidney disease that would follow him through the rest of his days.  He left this earth in August when he went into renal failure. Chance is chronicled here at Wishbone News. The last entry ends with Chance’s death.

They are heroes, survivors, and good friends. They will stick by your side today, tomorrow and every day after that. They will also remain by your side after they are gone. If any dog decides to speak tonight, they will have one thing to say.

No heart in all this earth will love you more than mine.

Source: http://fortheloveofthedogblog.com/news-updates/notable-dogs-of-2010


The Killing of Bear-Bear In An Animal Park

Ryan and Rachel Reitaliata saw their Husky dog Bear-Bear, venture out with a family member on a routine, fun trip to the dog park for some friendly frolic and exercise.  But Ryan and Rachel didn’t expect the evening would end being in an animal hospital and hearing there is nothing they could do to save their dying dog.

An off-duty police officer and his wife went to the Quail Run Community Dog Park in Severn, Maryland at about 6:30 p.m. with their leashed German shepherd.  At some point, Bear-Bear came over to the German shepherd to play.  When play got a little rough, the police officer told Bear-Bear’s guardian, Stephen Kurinij, to remove his dog.  Before Stephen could react, the officer pulled out a gun, stepped back, and fired into Bear-Bear.   The pistol-packing jerk used a Glock 9mm with hollow-point bullets. 


            Rest in Peace Bear-Bear


A Cocoa woman, who neighbors said loved her dog, abandoned him in a crate for two months and then told investigators she knew it would starve to death. Cocoa police on March 13 arrested Christine Dawn Abrams, 29, on a charge of cruelty to animals in the death of her two-year-old German Shepherd, Ella. She is at the Brevard County Jail and faces a $1,000 bond. Neighbors told police they were concerned that they had not seen Abrams or Ella for several months. "It was unusual for Abrams to be away from her home for any length of time," neighbors said. One neighbor peeked through a window of Abrams' home on Peachtree Street and spotted the dead canine inside a locked metal crate. Police searched for Abrams for five hours and found her at a new address on Parapet Drive, less than six miles from her former residence. Note: the abuser did go to jail.

           Rest in peace Elle



Remembering Barry Horne

This post is dedicated to the late English Animal Liberation activist Barry Horne. Barry died 10 years ago today and although I never got to privilege of knowing Barry, or even writing to Barry, I feel like I knew him. If you are not familiar with Barry Horne, I encourage you to keep reading. Barry came into the animal liberation movement at the age of 35. This age is typically seen as an ‘older’ age for someone getting into the movement, but his actions proved to make up for his late start….countless times.

Barry is known for his hunger strikes that he engaged in while serving time in prison. Although he partook in a handful of hunger strikes, four of these hunger strikes stood out more than others. Barry Horne used hunger strikes as a tactic to bring animal suffering, in most cases, animal vivisection to the forefront of the publics eyes while also urging the British government to end the industry. Barry’s hunger strikes inspired others to take action into their own hands, and animal liberation direct actions were happening all over the world in the name of Barry Horne.

Hunger strikes aside, Barry was very well known for his actions in the name of animal liberation. Barry is said to be a huge reason that Rocky the once captive Dolphin was released into the ocean in 1991. Barry partook in an animal research conference disruption at Exeter College, Oxford where he helped overturn tables, and smash 50 bottles of vintage claret, a fancy red wine. He also partook in the animal liberation rescue of 82 beagles, and 26 rabbits from Interfauna, in Cambridge in 1990. In 1991, Barry was sentenced to three years for possession of explosive substances. The time spent behind bars did not deter his illegal activity, if anything it just made him more dedicated.

Prisoner Support Groups

Anti Vivisection groups

Direct Action News

Miscellaneous

  • Greyhound Muses Poems, stories and information about the king of all dogs, the magnificent Greyhound.
  • Jill Phipps Memorial website. A site dedicated to the life and beliefs of Jill Phipps, who was killed by an animal transport lorry whilst protesting against live exports.
  • Greyhound Action. A grassroots non-hierachical group campaigning to stop greyhound racing forever.


The love of a dog: Last Minutes With "Oden"
Last Minutes With Oden is a short documentary chronicling the end of one dog's struggle with cancer and the effect it had on those close to him. Jason speaks emotionally of the unconditional love his companion showed him and how it taught him to love in return. 

Rest in Peace Oden. You will be greatly missed

See Video below:


Williamsburg Animal Control (Wayne Perkins) Kills Dog

Wayne Perkins

"I would never call our animal control ever again," Rains said, "Honest to God I wouldn't because I would be afraid this would happen, and I'm afraid that it's happened many times before that nobody knows about." Rains and others who cared for Bugsy say since the his death, many have told them they would have adopted the dog if they had known he was in danger. Now some hope Bugsy's death will encourage more adoptions and animal control reforms. 


 Rest in Peace Bugsy

 

 Justice somewhat served...

This one is a little twisted..

The St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office has filed a Petition Alleging Delinquency against Vincent B. Hunter, Jr., 18, of South Bend IN, in connection with the November 9, 2009, burglary of a home on West Bonds Street. During the burglary, the homeowners' sheepdog, "Linus," was shot and killed.

Because Hunter was under 18 years of age at the time of the alleged crimes, he has been alleged to be a delinquent child, committing the following acts that would be felonies of committed by an adult: Count I: Burglary, a Class B felony. Count II: Animal Cruelty, a Class D felony

Sentence: A jury found 18-year-old Hunter guilty of burglary, a Class B felony, and of killing a domestic animal, a class D felony, in November. On Wednesday, Hunter appeared before Judge John Marnocha and faced as many as 23 years in prison. In a press release, the St. Joseph County prosecutor’s office said it asked that Hunter be sentenced to 10 years for burglary and three years for killing the dog. Marnocha, however, sentenced Hunter to 10 years for burglary and 18 months for killing Linus but ordered the sentences to run concurrently. With good behavior, Hunter could be freed from prison in less than six years. Marnocha also ordered Hunter to pay $1,000 in restitution.
... more...
Read more: Pet-Abuse.Com - Profile http://www.pet-abuse.com/profiles/17146/#ixzz1ATO0Fk7z

Rest in Peace Linus
 


This horribly mutilated "Bait" dog has a story. Her name was Gypsy

Back in April, 2005, Gypsy was found lying along a Gaston County highway in North Carolina. This female pit bull was barely alive with shattered limbs, blood seeping from wounds, emaciated, and no strength or will to walk.  The Good Samaritan that found her took the dog’s limp body and brought her to Eastridge Animal Hospital. They pretty much guessed she was used in dog fights.  Her ears were chopped off and she had bite wounds all over her body.  The tissue around the wounds were rotting with pus.  She couldn’t even eat – she hurt so bad.   The dead tissue around her mouth had rotted away leaving no lips to cover her teeth.  It gave her the appearance of perpetual snarling. 

The veterinarians at Eastridge Animal Hospital decided she could be saved, but it would take a lot of surgery and a lot of money.  The Tri County Animal Rescue stepped in and asked to please save her for they would find a way to pay for it. The first thing they did was to amputate her right, front leg.  The rotting flesh was cut away and stents were sewn into her skin to allow her wounds to drain.  As painful as these surgical procedures were, she After a months stay she returned to the Tri County Animal Rescue to begin life as a real dog.  She was spayed and house trained.  She played and ran with other dogs just as if she had all four legs.  She showed no anger, only love and kisses. 

This is Gypsy one year later.   You can tell by this picture what love and care did for this dog.  A rescue, a veterinary practice, a University hospital, and thousands in donations from a caring public managed to bring this girl back from the brink of death to a happy and proud dog.

For the next 4 ½ years she lived with her friends at the Tri County Animal Rescue, loving life.  One morning in December 2009, a volunteer discovered Gypsy had died.  It was a shock to her friends and caretakers for she showed no signs of any illness. I can only offer this one explanation: God touched her, and she slept.

 Rest in Peace Gypsy

 


This is a different type of Angel we lost. He gave his life to save a dog.

Teen Dies Trying to Rescue Dog

Clayton BarnardThis story is sad and heartbreaking but touching.  Far too often I write stories, absolute horror stories about today’s youth, killing and abusing innocent animals but here’s a story of a teen who loved animals, one stray in particular, so much that he lost his life trying to save the dog’s.

Clayton Barnard of Bienville, LA, was a pretty typical 13 year-old boy. He loved outdoors and a day off school meant a day of fishing with a buddy and a stray dog that had attached himself to Clayton. Clay and his friend were walking along the road, on the way to a store to get worms to go fishing at a nearby pond. A woman who knew the boys stopped to give them a ride and they hopped in the open back of the truck. As she was pulling off the shoulder, the little stray, described as a terrier mix, hopped out of the truck and Clay went after him. Family friend, Jeff Howard wasn’t surprised that Clay went after the dog. “From my understanding, it was a stray that he liked,” Howard said. “It was a pretty dog. It was hanging around with him.” Clay’s friend hollered out to warm him about the oncoming truck but Clay was more intent on getting the little dog than anything and didn’t hear his friend. “As soon as the dog jumped out, he jumped out and the truck was there. He bailed out to get the dog. He didn’t see the dump truck coming. It happened just that fast,” said Howard. The dog survived but sadly, Clay did not. Now named “Little Man,” a nickname that his aunt always called Clay, the dog is now staying with his aunt. My heart goes out to his family who lost this wonderful young man, a young man who had a bright shining future ahead of him.  There are no words but may his last action be a tribute to him, to his selflessness and love for animals.  I know nothing more about him except that but to me, that in itself says volumes.

To read more:  http://fortheloveofthedogblog.com/news-updates/teen-dies-trying-to-rescue-dog

 

Skittles Will Be An Inspiration To Us All...

Hi there - my name is Skittles! I'm just 10 weeks old, and I'm a male Labrador Retriever mix. I like to run and jump and play and chase my tail and roll around. But even though I'm just a baby, I have to be careful playing because I'm sick. Do you know what pulmonic stenosis is? I didn't know until I was diagnosed with it. Pulmonic stenosis is a valvular heart disease where there is a narrowing of a pulmonary vessel that constricts blood flow. This results in not enough blood flow to the lungs. I also have an upper respiratory infection, causing further stress inside my chest. Some days, I don't feel very well at all. Without you, many of us wouldn't be able to get better. My heart may be a little broken, but it still feels love - and it still feels gratitude. Thanks for being there for me.

Not Long after the surgery... 

Skittles went to a specialist to correct his condition with a surgical procedure called a balloon valvulplasty. The surgery itself went well; however, it was discovered that Skittles also had an atrial septal defect (a type of congenital heart defect), which caused Skittles to go into cardiac arrest. The surgeon tried everything he could for Skittles, but sadly, our sweet puppy could not recover. We know that every day is another opportunity to save as many lives as humanly possible, and that is what we intend to do.

 

Benny, who once was chained...

304prayersbenny10 The great thing about this photograph is that it shows Benny the Dog walking along without restraint. Nobody asked for a tribute to Benny on Prayers and Passages, but I think he represents shelter animals well in his story and in his demeanor and, sadly, in his fate. Why that is remarkable is this: He had lived his life on a chain. There has to be some prayer to make this passage easier to take. I just felt that Benny’s life and death should not be something that happened and nobody noticed. So sad that it’s too late to pat that big ol’ dog head and tug those ears.

Rest in Peace Benny

 



He was rescued out of 7 horses he was the worse.

Watch Second Chance's story.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HH1IbSCTt1w

Updated on December 29: We are devastated to report that Second Chance was recently euthanized due to a severe and untreatable case of colic, a gastrointestinal condition that is a leading cause of death in horses. Our hearts go out to his family. Although he is no longer with us, his life will continue to inspire us in our campaigns to end animal neglect and fight other large-scale abuses inflicted on animals.

                                 Rest in Peace Second Chance


Saint Bernards Suffering, Matted, in Johnstown,  

                 


Tamira C. Thayne founder of Dogs Deserve Better, went to the scene of reported dog abuse in Johnstown, PA around 7 pm, Thursday night, July 30, 2009. She and a fellow rescuer witnessed a tragic scene of three poorly cared for dogs, two of them St. Bernards, living behind an apparently abandoned storage building. The dogs' condition reportedly appeared poor at best.

           St. Bernard in need of medical attention
                
 Rest in Peace, Boy.          


This is a picture of Oreo just minutes before her death.
This is a picture of Oreo just minutes before her death.  Doesn’t she look aggressive?  Dangerous?  A threat to the public? 


Sad follow up to this story...

ASPCA Issues Statement on Euthanasia of Oreo November 13, 2009

ASPCA Media Contact

Oreo was a victim of cruelty at the hands of Mr. Henderson.   As is customary at the ASPCA, the dog underwent a series of comprehensive behavior evaluations.   The outcomes of these evaluations were all the same:  the dog was not able to be placed in a home.  Despite extensive behavior rehabilitation efforts undertaken by ASPCA staff, Oreo continued to lunge, growl, snap and attempt to bite.    She could not be socialized with other dogs for fear of an attack—her aggression toward other dogs was clearly evident during her evaluations.  For the safety of the individuals at the ASPCA, the other animals, and Oreo herself, she had to be kept in relative isolation, and daily contact with her was kept to a minimum of essential, and highly-trained, personnel.  In fact, employees were even directed to refrain from making sustained eye contact with Oreo so as to not incite aggression.

Rest in Peace, Precious Oreo.

http://www.aspca.org/pressroom/press-releases/111309.html

 

Grimes Arrested for
Helping Dying Chained Dog

Tammy Grimes, founder of Dogs Deserve Better, was arrested September 11, 2006 for helping a dying chained dog named Doogie who could not stand in East Freedom, Pennsylvania.  

Here is the background info:

We got a call from Kim Eicher in East Freedom 9/11/06, crying because Doogie hadn't gotten up since Saturday. She had been calling the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society since Saturday to no avail. We told her we aren't law officers, and she needed to call the Humane Officer. We told her to make sure she left a message, very clearly, about the problem. Then we got another call about the same dog, from another person who passes him every day. At that point we called Kim back to see if she'd heard from the Humane Officer. She had not, was very, very upset and we were very worried about him, so we promised her we'd go out and see what we could do.

When we arrived, we took photos and video of Doogie. We initially thought he was dead, as he was not moving and his back was to us. We found out that the people were not home to talk to about him, so I made the decision that I would not leave him lying there on the cold wet ground for one moment longer, and I would accept all consequences of my decision.

Doogie died shortly after his rescue.

Rest in Peace Doogie

 

Dutchess, 

Hodges stood by silent as the family frantically searched for the dog,Dutchess putting up missing posters. On the 31st of July, a foul smell led them to her, stuffed in the ceiling of the basement. Their beloved dog was dead. She’d been killed by blunt force trauma to the head. Now, a year later, the story comes to light.

Apparently Hodges got upset when he saw Dutchess trounce on a kitten and killed the dog. “He kicked the dog, he hit the dog on the head and threw it out of the room” and the dog died, Defense lawyer John Boyd said. “He panicked and hid the dog in the ceiling.” This cruelty abuser was sentenced to jail. 

   Rest in peace ol girl Dutchess

 

His owners miss him terribly.

On December 30th a male German shepherd/blue heel mix dog was found dead with a rope around it’s neck and dumped on the Colorado National Monument. Steven Romero  was sentenced today to the maximum prison term of three years.  Romero was also ordered to pay a $500 fine, and $343.68 in restitution to the owners of Buddy.

Rest in Peace Buddy


Bulldog Puppy Brutally Beaten to Death 

Sire This adorable bulldog puppy pictured here is… or was, Sire, and at the tender age of only 5 months old he was brutally beaten to death for a puppy accident. Last week, his owner, Bobby Loggins, dealt approximately 30 blows to the head of this poor puppy after it urinated on the carpet.

 Rest in peace little guy.

 

 

Animal Cruelty Through the Eyes of a Child

Reese - Photo of Reese courtesy of CCSPCA A few weeks ago, a dog’s owner gave up her dog, Reese, after she lost her home. Last Saturday night, a resident of Southland, NJ called authorities to report a truck that was dragging a dog tied to its bumper. It was Reese, the dog given up a few weeks before. An outpouring of sympathy and outrage came from all over the country. The dog, though severely injured, is recovering and authorities think they are close to an arrest. 

  Rest in Peace Reese


Remembering Baxter, therapy dog extraordinaire

November 29, 2009 | 12:00 pm

We're deeply impressed by therapy dogs, animals that brighten the lives of the people whose lives need brightening the most. Guest blogger Janet Kinosian shares the story of one such dog, Baxter, who passed away recently after years of helping the patients at a San Diego hospice.

I was scheduled to meet Baxter Bussey, the world's oldest therapy dog, who at 19 1/2  was still working (despite the pain of arthritis) two or three times weekly at the San Diego Hospice and Institute for Palliative Medicine. That meeting never happened because Baxter died the week before our scheduled rendezvous. Luckily, though, I was able to still encounter him via his emotive YouTube video, which pretty much tells Baxter's powerful story and shows his amazing gift in a snapshot.  As an end-of-life therapy dog doing highly sensitive and compassionate work, Baxter comforted those who lay dying and in pain, helping them on their transition from life to death, sometimes in their very last hours. 

Rest in peace Baxter, you will be missed by many

 


   Cubby The Bear

In 2006, Troy Gentry the country music star pled guilty and received a slap on the wrist fine and no prison time. At the time, Gentry made a pitiful public apology in which he mainly blamed those around him.  Gentry never admitted that he had knowingly and intentionally killed a tame bear, pretending that his victim, Cubby was wild.

Gentry said: Four years ago I was charged for illegally tagging and  taking the hide of a black bear across state lines. For that, I paid a $15,000 dollar fine, served a period of probation and gave up my rights to hunt or fish in the state of Minnesota for 5 years.  At that time I apologized for the crime that I committed but failed to apologize to the public for the unethical way the bear was taken.

There's no one who feels as bad about this as I do.  I have beaten myself up about this over the years.  I made a mistake, a bad decision and it has been an embarrassment to both me and my family.  I have learned my lesson and have paid a huge price personally and professionally.  Since this happened, I know in my heart that I am a
different and better person.

I am not proud of what I did and I am truly sorry.

-Troy Gentry

Rest in peace Cubby.


The ugliness, the absurdity, the illogic that is Denver Colorado's Ban on Pit Bulls.
Denver's Municipal Code Section 8-55, "Pit Bulls Prohibited" enables City officals to legally kill dogs based on breed ONLY and not individual actions or behavior.
Since 2005, Denver has killed over 3000 dogs...

See the video below about this: 


About eight young dogs were put to death at the Surry County after being found at Michael Vicks fighting compound. They were killed "by hanging, drowning and/or slamming at least one dog's body to the ground." 

 What a coward

 

Welcome to Animal Chaplains.com!
~  Bringing people of faith together for the love of animals.  ~

We offer pet loss bereavement resources, information about Animal Chaplains, Chaplain training, animal ministries, pet memorial and funeral services, animal blessings, and we provide an on-line spiritual meeting place for animal lovers.  Please stay and look around awhile!  We're glad you're here!

  • We offer support resources for people who are bereaved over the loss of an animal they have loved.
  • We have a guest book on almost every page of our site, as well as a blog.  Please tell us all about the animals in your life. 
  • We provide spiritual readings, multi-faith animal blessings, and stories to inspire animal lovers everywhere!

  • To read more or if you need help: http://www.animalchaplains.com/

     

     
    Serving our pet loving Rapture believing friends since 2009

    You've committed your life to Jesus. You know you're saved.  But when the Rapture comes what's to become of your loving pets who are left behind?   Eternal Earth-Bound Pets takes that burden off your mind. 

    We are a group of dedicated animal lovers, and atheists. Each Eternal Earth-Bound Pet representative is a confirmed atheist, and as such will still be here on Earth after you've received your reward.  Our network of animal activists are committed to step in when you step up to Jesus.

    We are currently active in 26 states, employing 40 pet rescuers.  Our representatives have been screened to ensure that they are atheists, animal lovers, are moral / ethical with no criminal background, have the ability and desire to  rescue your pet and the means to retrieve them and ensure their care for your pet's natural life.  

    We currently cover the following states:
    Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington,West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

    Thank you for your interest in Eternal Earth-Bound Pets. We hope we can help provide you with peace of mind.


    Please visit our FAQ page 
    http://eternal-earthbound-pets.com/Home_Page.html

    {Note:  Income generated from Google advertising on this site is donated to community food shelves / food banks in Minnesota and New Hampshire}


    Ten Tips on Coping with Pet Loss

    by Moira Anderson Allen

    Anyone who considers a pet a beloved friend, companion, or family member knows the intense pain that accompanies the loss of that friend. Following are some tips on coping with that grief, and with the difficult decisions one faces upon the loss of a pet.

    1. Am I crazy to hurt so much?

    Intense grief over the loss of a pet is normal and natural. Don't let anyone tell you that it's silly, crazy, or overly sentimental to grieve!

    During the years you spent with your pet (even if they were few), it became a significant and constant part of your life. It was a source of comfort and companionship, of unconditional love and acceptance, of fun and joy. So don't be surprised if you feel devastated by the loss of such a relationship.

    People who don't understand the pet/owner bond may not understand your pain. All that matters, however, is how you feel. Don't let others dictate your feelings: They are valid, and may be extremely painful. But remember, you are not alone: Thousands of pet owners have gone through the same feelings.

    2. What Can I Expect to Feel?

    Different people experience grief in different ways. Besides your sorrow and loss, you may also experience the following emotions:

    • Guilt may occur if you feel responsible for your pet's death-the "if only I had been more careful" syndrome. It is pointless and often erroneous to burden yourself with guilt for the accident or illness that claimed your pet's life, and only makes it more difficult to resolve your grief.
    • Denial makes it difficult to accept that your pet is really gone. It's hard to imagine that your pet won't greet you when you come home, or that it doesn't need its evening meal. Some pet owners carry this to extremes, and fear their pet is still alive and suffering somewhere. Others find it hard to get a new pet for fear of being "disloyal" to the old.
    • Anger may be directed at the illness that killed your pet, the driver of the speeding car, the veterinarian who "failed" to save its life. Sometimes it is justified, but when carried to extremes, it distracts you from the important task of resolving your grief.
    • Depression is a natural consequence of grief, but can leave you powerless to cope with your feelings. Extreme depression robs you of motivation and energy, causing you to dwell upon your sorrow.

    3. What can I do about my feelings?

    The most important step you can take is to be honest about your feelings. Don't deny your pain, or your feelings of anger and guilt. Only by examining and coming to terms with your feelings can you begin to work through them.

    You have a right to feel pain and grief! Someone you loved has died, and you feel alone and bereaved. You have a right to feel anger and guilt, as well. Acknowledge your feelings first, then ask yourself whether the circumstances actually justify them.

    Locking away grief doesn't make it go away. Express it. Cry, scream, pound the floor, talk it out. Do what helps you the most. Don't try to avoid grief by not thinking about your pet; instead, reminisce about the good times. This will help you understand what your pet's loss actually means to you.

    Some find it helpful to express their feelings and memories in poems, stories, or letters to the pet. Other strategies including rearranging your schedule to fill in the times you would have spent with your pet; preparing a memorial such as a photo collage; and talking to others about your loss.

    4. Who can I talk to?

    If your family or friends love pets, they'll understand what you're going through. Don't hide your feelings in a misguided effort to appear strong and calm! Working through your feelings with another person is one of the best ways to put them in perspective and find ways to handle them. Find someone you can talk to about how much the pet meant to you and how much you miss it-someone you feel comfortable crying and grieving with.

    If you don't have family or friends who understand, or if you need more help, ask your veterinarian or humane association to recommend a pet loss counselor or support group. Check with your church or hospital for grief counseling. Remember, your grief is genuine and deserving of support.

    5. When is the right time to euthanize a pet?

    Your veterinarian is the best judge of your pet's physical condition; however, you are the best judge of the quality of your pet's daily life. If a pet has a good appetite, responds to attention, seeks its owner's company, and participates in play or family life, many owners feel that this is not the time. However, if a pet is in constant pain, undergoing difficult and stressful treatments that aren't helping greatly, unresponsive to affection, unaware of its surroundings, and uninterested in life, a caring pet owner will probably choose to end the beloved companion's suffering.

    Evaluate your pet's health honestly and unselfishly with your veterinarian. Prolonging a pet's suffering in order to prevent your own ultimately helps neither of you. Nothing can make this decision an easy or painless one, but it is truly the final act of love that you can make for your pet.

    6. Should I stay during euthanasia?

    Many feel this is the ultimate gesture of love and comfort you can offer your pet. Some feel relief and comfort themselves by staying: They were able to see that their pet passed peacefully and without pain, and that it was truly gone. For many, not witnessing the death (and not seeing the body) makes it more difficult to accept that the pet is really gone. However, this can be traumatic, and you must ask yourself honestly whether you will be able to handle it. Uncontrolled emotions and tears-though natural-are likely to upset your pet.

    Some clinics are more open than others to allowing the owner to stay during euthanasia. Some veterinarians are also willing to euthanize a pet at home. Others have come to an owner's car to administer the injection. Again, consider what will be least traumatic for you and your pet, and discuss your desires and concerns with your veterinarian. If your clinic is not able to accommodate your wishes, request a referral.

    7. What do I do next?

    When a pet dies, you must choose how to handle its remains. Sometimes, in the midst of grief, it may seem easiest to leave the pet at the clinic for disposal. Check with your clinic to find out whether there is a fee for such disposal. Some shelters also accept such remains, though many charge a fee for disposal.

    If you prefer a more formal option, several are available. Home burial is a popular choice, if you have sufficient property for it. It is economical and enables you to design your own funeral ceremony at little cost. However, city regulations usually prohibit pet burials, and this is not a good choice for renters or people who move frequently.

    To many, a pet cemetery provides a sense of dignity, security, and permanence. Owners appreciate the serene surroundings and care of the gravesite. Cemetery costs vary depending on the services you select, as well as upon the type of pet you have. Cremation is a less expensive option that allows you to handle your pet's remains in a variety of ways: bury them (even in the city), scatter them in a favorite location, place them in a columbarium, or even keep them with you in a decorative urn (of which a wide variety are available).

    Check with your veterinarian, pet shop, or phone directory for options available in your area. Consider your living situation, personal and religious values, finances, and future plans when making your decision. It's also wise to make such plans in advance, rather than hurriedly in the midst of grief.

    8. What should I tell my children?

    You are the best judge of how much information your children can handle about death and the loss of their pet. Don't underestimate them, however. You may find that, by being honest with them about your pet's loss, you may be able to address some fears and misperceptions they have about death.

    Honesty is important. If you say the pet was "put to sleep," make sure your children understand the difference between death and ordinary sleep. Never say the pet "went away," or your child may wonder what he or she did to make it leave, and wait in anguish for its return. That also makes it harder for a child to accept a new pet. Make it clear that the pet will not come back, but that it is happy and free of pain.

    Never assume a child is too young or too old to grieve. Never criticize a child for tears, or tell them to "be strong" or not to feel sad. Be honest about your own sorrow; don't try to hide it, or children may feel required to hide their grief as well. Discuss the issue with the entire family, and give everyone a chance to work through their grief at their own pace.

    9. Will my other pets grieve?

    Pets observe every change in a household, and are bound to notice the absence of a companion. Pets often form strong attachments to one another, and the survivor of such a pair may seem to grieve for its companion. Cats grieve for dogs, and dogs for cats.

    You may need to give your surviving pets a lot of extra attention and love to help them through this period. Remember that, if you are going to introduce a new pet, your surviving pets may not accept the newcomer right away, but new bonds will grow in time. Meanwhile, the love of your surviving pets can be wonderfully healing for your own grief.

    10. Should I get a new pet right away?

    Generally, the answer is no. One needs time to work through grief and loss before attempting to build a relationship with a new pet. If your emotions are still in turmoil, you may resent a new pet for trying to "take the place" of the old-for what you really want is your old pet back. Children in particular may feel that loving a new pet is "disloyal" to the previous pet.

    When you do get a new pet, avoid getting a "lookalike" pet, which makes comparisons all the more likely. Don't expect your new pet to be "just like" the one you lost, but allow it to develop its own personality. Never give a new pet the same name or nickname as the old. Avoid the temptation to compare the new pet to the old one: It can be hard to remember that your beloved companion also caused a few problems when it was young!

    A new pet should be acquired because you are ready to move forward and build a new relationship-rather than looking backward and mourning your loss. When you are ready, select an animal with whom you can build another long, loving relationship-because this is what having a pet is all about!



    Make a free website with Yola