Left for dead in Tracy ditch, pup now looking for a home

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“OMG…wouldn’t surprise me if this was done by kids…unfortunately some parents aren’t fit to have children! Their behavior can manifest itself through to the child, who then doesn’t know how to deal with the things they have seen or felt; thus they take their rage out on defenseless animals or smaller kids etc Please if anyone know’s anything, contact the local police!!”

TRACY Larry the puppy had a bad start on life. Found in a Tracy ditch last month, he had been abused, his right eye poked out, and was left in the dirt to die.

But the Labrador pup is resilient, and after being treated for his injuries, is now looking for a new home.

“Our foundation was contacted after an anonymous good Samaritan found the puppy and took him to the local animal shelter,” said Larry Hite, founder of the Noah’s Ark Foundation.

“Seeing his injury, shelter staff took him to the local vet and that’s when we got the call. When I saw him I knew I couldn’t walk away. I felt so sorry for the little guy that I ended up paying most of his vet bills out of my own pocket,” Hite said. “His right eye could not be saved.

The pup was nicknamed Larry after Larry Hite, both of whom are blind in their right eye.

Noah’s Ark, a non-profit, was formed by Hite, a Tracy resident, in January. The goal of the foundation is to rescue sick or injured animals and be able to cover their medical costs. The average surgical cost for a dog could run $600 to $800, and in one case it was upwards of $1,000,” Hite said.

The foundation has helped both dogs and cats in multiple cities including Dublin, Brentwood, Tracy and Stockton. It has also been featured on the morning news show “Good Day Sacramento.”

After surgery, the pup was placed in the care of Sharon Silbert, a member of Noah’s Ark.

“Larry is just a love,” she

said. “He gets along great with other dogs and even cats. He has a mellow personality, which is rare for a puppy. He’s very playful, housebroken and has manners. Who ever gets him is going to get a wonderful dog.”

This past week, Larry traveled to Dublin where he will remain in foster care with Tri-Valley Animal Rescue until a home can be found for him. Larry is current on his shots and has also been micro-chipped.

“He has so much energy and loves to play,” said Chris Stein who is now fostering the injured puppy. “When you watch him play you realize that he doesn’t even know he had this injury. And, on top of that, he is highly intelligent.”

Stein plans to bring Larry, recently re-named Raider, to their pet adoption fair which is held Saturdays in downtown Pleasanton at the Farmer’s Market. For information on adopting him, call Stein at 925-461-4347.

News Link:http://www.contracostatimes.com/bay-area-news/ci_21176512/left-dead-tracy-ditch-pup-now-looking-home

GRAPHIC WARNING: Dog’s horrific slaying stuns community

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“OMG…whatever piece of scum committed this crime needs to be caught asap. They are a danger not only to animals but also to society, who knows if this is the first crime? The dog was found were people let their animals play…surely somebody saw something? If anyone has any information, even if you think it’s not relative, it may be & may help catch the POS who executed this heinous crime; please contact Sacramento police!”

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SACRAMENTO, California (KOVR) – Investigators are trying to figure out who tormented and tortured a dog to death in California.


Officials in West Sacramento, who shared photos of the dead dog to people who live near where it was found, said it is the worst case of animal cruelty they have ever encountered.

“The snout was all puffed out, had blood coming out of the nose, so it was real bad,” said Richard Dunbar, who saw the photos that are so graphic that they aren’t being released to the public.

One woman, who also saw the photos, said they were so extreme that she started crying and had to run back in her house.

Yolo County Animal Services Officer Michael Nevis said the mixed breed Chihuahua’s legs were bound together, two in the front and two in the back. In addition, Nevis said the dog’s mouth had been tied shut and that its neck had been broken.

Nevis said in his 13 years of service, this is the worst case of abuse he has seen because of how it was seemingly planned.

“I think the method, the way that somebody actually sat down, planned how. ‘Let me tie this dog up, let me tie the dogs mouth to keep it from yapping’ — and then literally strangling the dog to death,” said Nevis. ”Not only not able to breathe, but unable to move either.”

The dog, whose body was found in a field during a litter collection, just twenty yards from where some dog owners let their pets run free.

Folks in the nearby park said they hope authorities figure out who did this and bring them to justice.

Investigators have not identified the owner of the dog.

News Link:-http://wtvr.com/2012/07/29/graphic-warning-dogs-horrific-slaying-stuns-community/

Authorities kill 2 bison that roam out of Yellowstone National Park and into SE Idaho

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BOISEIdaho — Idaho officials have killed two bull bison that roamed out of Yellowstone National Park, citing concerns over the spread of brucellosis to cattle.

A spokesman for the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office said one bison was killed Saturday and another Thursday in Island Park in southeastern Idaho. The area is about 15 to 20 miles west of the park.

In a statement the Idaho Department of Agriculture said the state’s policy requires wild bison to be either killed or moved because of the possible spread of disease. Brucellosis can cause pregnant animals to miscarry their young. There have been no recorded instances in the wild of bison transmitting brucellosis to cattle.

Authorities said the bison killed Thursday was along the shoulder of U.S. Highway 20 near The Nature Conservancy‘s Flat Ranch. The bison killed Saturday was north of Mack’s Inn.

The Nature Conservancy in a statement said the bison killed Thursday was shot by an employee of the Idaho Department of Agriculture and was not on land owned by the conservancy.

“Our staff and volunteers in Idaho are saddened about this unfortunate situation and the death of the bison,” the group said in a statement that also noted its bison conservation efforts.

The Idaho Department of Agriculture did not return a call from The Associated Press on Sunday.

It’s unclear when authorities last killed a bison in Idaho.

Darrell Geist with the Buffalo Field Campaign, an advocacy group based in West Yellowstone, Mont., said the last one he investigated involved a bull killed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in August of 2009, also near the Flat Ranch.

He said bison could be entering Idaho a number of ways from Yellowstone National Park, including along Targhee Pass. He noted the region used to be a major bison migration corridor, and some bison are still drawn to it.

“It’s their instinct to migrate, and there are some bison that still retain these ancient migratory routes, almost like a map,” he said. “They know where to go and they find it again.”

News Link:http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/7e4fdf9f39b64c8087223646c437acc2/ID–Idaho-Bison-Shot


Horrific blaze kills conservationist and three baboons at South African animal rescue centre

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An horrific blaze has destroyed a baboon rescue centre killing a renowned conservationist as well as three animals.

Rita Miljo was renowned for helping to reintroduced packs of baboons into the wilds of South Africa

Rita Miljo, who reintroduced packs of baboons into the wilds of South Africa, died in the fire which destroyed much of the headquarters of the sanctuary she built, an official said.

Karl Pierce, a director with the sanctuary said the 81-year-old died in the small apartment she kept above the clinic of the Centre for Animal Rehabilitation and Education in the bush of Limpopo province.

Also killed in the fire were three baboons including Bobby, the first chacma baboon she rescued and nursed back to health in 1980 after spiriting her away from a national park without a permit, Mr Pierce said.

The fire broke out around 8pm yesterday after volunteers and workers left the centre for the evening, he added.

No one else was injured in the blaze, which consumed the clinic, offices and a house on the property, about 250 miles north east of Johannesburg. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

While Ms Miljo no longer ran day-to-day operations of the centre, which cares for more than 400 baboons, she remained a constant presence and a figurehead for the organisation she founded in 1989.

‘Everybody’s still in shock about this,’ Mr Pierce said.

Born in Germany in 1931, Ms Miljo arrived in South Africa in the 1950s. In a 2008 article about her in the Washington Post Magazine, she said helping baboons taught her ‘why people behave the way they do’.

‘Chimpanzees can be deceitful, just like humans, whereas baboons haven’t learned that yet,’ she said. ‘So what you learn from the baboons is the truth about yourself.

Chimpanzees have already learned to find beautiful little excuses for their behaviour.’

In South Africa, baboons have a troublesome reputation.

In Cape Town, they are known for raiding cars and frightening tourists. Baboons are a protected species under South African legislation but their aggressive pursuits of food have led to conflicts with residents.

Ms Miljo nursed orphaned and injured baboons back to health, then pioneered ways of reintroducing whole troops of cared-for baboons back into the wild, her centre said.

In 1994, the centre released 10 hand-reared baboons back into the wild.

A year later, seven had survived and integrated back into the wild population, the centre said, a success as many thought the cared-for baboons would not be able to adjust.

Ms Miljo is survived by a brother who lives in Botswana, Mr Pierce said. Her first husband, Lothar Simon, and her 17-year-old daughter died in 1972 in a plane crash.

Despite personal tragedies in her own life, she remained focused on her work to help sick and injured baboons. 

When asked in 2008 where the body of one of the baboons she sheltered would be buried, she offered a quick answer: ‘I remember where each one is and that’s where I’m going to be buried too.’

Read morehttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2180325/Rita-Miljo-death-Horrific-blaze-kills-conservationist-baboons-South-African-animals-rescue-centre.html#ixzz226swhkqF

Horse Found in Deplorable Conditions in Bethany, CT

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“Find the POS that ignored this poor mare, leaving her to stand in feces for months…Arrgghh…they make me so bloody angry…I bet this was purely a case of the owners, just couldn’t be arsed to muck out, probably bought as a garden ornament, or for a child who got bored with it etc. Please find the people who did this,  make them pay, & make sure they can never own any animals ever again!”

In a case of terrible neglect, a mare in Bethany, CT was seized by Animal Control after she was discovered standing in a stall in about 3 feet of manure, urine and mud.

The horse, Cheyenne, a pinto, had not taken a step since winter, judging by the condition of her feet, which were so overgrown, they curled up and around towards her legs.

Crusted in manure, dirt and fungus, Cheyenne had trouble walking as she was removed from her deplorable prison.

“It makes me very angry and it makes me very sad,” said Karen Lombardi, Animal Control Officer, “that someone would let this happen.” Lombardi says they discovered the horse in this Bethany barn deep in the woods off Cheshire Road.

Dr. Stacey Golub, an acquaintance of the author stated, “Her feet are overgrown. Her skin is in poor condition from the crusted manure that she was living in.”

Once she is fixed up and rehabilitated, Cheyenne will make a wonderful addition to a caring person’s family. She is a beautiful girl with a sweet nature, despite all she has been through. Cheyenne is recovering at Locket’s Meadow Farm Animal Rescue & Sanctuary in Bethany.

Cheyenne was found standing in manure up to her knees.
Cheyenne was found standing in manure up to her knees.
“Everything is going to be gradual and in stages. She’ll come out the other side and she’ll be okay,” said Kathleen Schurman of Locket’s Meadow. “Whatever job she’s going to have we won’t know for a long time.”

For equine veterinarians such as Dr. Golub, this is unfortunately not a new sight. “It never gets easier, you know you just try to do the best you can and try to help the ones and we know we can’t help them all. We can’t save them all,” she said.

“You know, if people are observant and do something when they see there’s a problem. If they suspect there’s an issue, they need to report it.”

For Cheyenne, her future will hopefully only get brighter.

News Link:http://www.examiner.com/article/horse-found-deplorable-conditions-bethany-ct

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Records obtained via FOIA show that in May, 32 dogs and cats died at the Memphis pound, 2 escaped, and a total of 972 animals were killed. Among them were 34 puppies and kittens who were killed for being too young, 1 dog listed as too old, 7 dogs were heartworm positive, 1 cat was feral, and 577 pets were killed for time/space. None of these is a medically hopeless condition. In June, 27 dogs and cats died at MAS, 2 went missing, and a total of 1123 animals were killed. Again, the vast majority were killed for time/space.  In both months, hundreds of pets were killed without any classification on the reports.

I would like to think that no one at MAS would allow the killing of pets for “time/space” unless every other alternative had been fully explored and exhausted.  However, knowing that the pound continues to turn…

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Parker County Deputy shoots and kills large dog after it charges at him

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Parker County Sheriff’s Deputy shoots a large dog after it charged in his direction. The family pet immediately succumbed to its injuries.

The dog’s owners say the deputy overreacted, but Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said the dog’s viciousness left no other recourse.

Even so, Fowler said, “We’re extremely sorry about what happened.”

He said the deputy and deputy’s supervisor apologized to the woman, who told them the 90 pound yellow Lab had been “very aggressive the past two weeks and she didn’t know why.”

However, the owner, Sheyenne Knox told the Star-Telegram that her dog, named Johnny Cash, was not dangerous and was likely instinctively running to guard the front door when the deputy approached the home on Wednesday.

The deputy, whom Fowler did not identify, responded to a neighbors’ home after a report was received of two large aggressive dogs on her property. The neighbor said that she was afraid to go outside, authorities said.

Fowler says, upon the deputy’s arrival, “a big dog jumped on the side of his truck, barking and growling. He couldn’t get out.”

He waited for the dog to leave and talked to the woman, who said she believed the dogs belonged to a neighbor who lived a quarter-mile away.

The officer called for a tranquilizer gun and went to the residence. When he arrived, the tranquilizer gun had not arrived, but he didn’t see the dogs so he exited his vehicle to speak with the homeowner.

Knox said that she was inside asleep with her 7-month-old child when the deputy arrived and that she didn’t witness the shooting.

Fowler said the dog charged the deputy as he approached the door.

“Here it comes. This 100-pound dog was hell-bent to eat him up, coming at him, charging full speed. He was basically between the house and his vehicle, and he couldn’t get back to his vehicle,” Fowler said. “So the officer fired.”

Knox said the gunshots woke her up. Outside, she found Johnny Cash dead.

“I think it was excessive,” Sheyenne Knox said. “I’m sure Johnny was running and barking. I’ve seen him do it a million times when someone pulls down the drive. But he wasn’t running to attack or bite. He was a family dog.”

Sheyenne Knox acknowledged that, despite the countywide ordinance, her family let Johnny Cash and another dog run free on their Texas property. But she said that she lives on 100 acres on a dead-end street outside Weatherford and that only a few other houses are nearby.

“I realize we were in the wrong by not keeping him contained,” Sheyenne Knox said. “But he didn’t deserve to get killed.”

Fowler called the shooting unfortunate. But he pointed out that Parker County requires owners to keep dogs contained or on a leash at all times.

“If the dog was contained, we wouldn’t be having this conversation,” Fowler said. “I never want to see any animal hurt.”

Law enforcement in Parker County has an affinity for animals and has a long history of helping animals, he said. “It was just an unfortunate series of events,” Fowler said.

News Link:-http://www.examiner.com/article/parker-county-deputy-shoots-and-kills-large-dog-after-it-charges-at-him


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