Dog fighting for survival after spending eight days lying by dead owner

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“Oh…this is just heartbreaking, that is one little dog who has, what I wish all dogs could have…Love…unconditional love from the owner to to the dog, from the dog to the owner! Praying the little guy will make it & hopefully, find room in his heart to love & be loved again…watch the video at the link below! 

Vets are battling to save the life of a dog who is believed to have spent up to eight days lying beside the body of his dead owner.

The devoted Jack Russell cross, aptly named Jack, was discovered extremely emaciated and dehydrated at the pensioner’s side last week.

But, despite being hours from death, the loyal nine-year-old pet was devastated to be prized away from the remains of the 72-year-old woman, who had adopted him from a rescue home five years ago.

The identity of the deceased owner is being closely guarded until all family members have been informed of her passing, but she is understood to be a retired nurse who moved to Scotland as a young woman.

Worried friends visited her remote countryside home at Kinnell, near Arbroath, Angus, when they hadn’t heard from her in over a week before finding her dead.

The cause of the woman’s death is unclear as yet, but it is understood she died of natural causes.

Jack was rushed to a local veterinary practice, where he has spent the last few days undergoing intensive treatment.

He is now being cared for at the Arbroath home of Ian Robb, founder of the Help for Abandoned Animals Charity, who said on Wednesday that the dog’s condition is still “touch and go”.

Mr Robb said: “The wee man is not out of the woods yet. He is a very, very sad wee boy at the moment.“He was found by this lady’s side and we believe he could have been there for eight days. We think he was less than a day from death.”

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UPDATE: Escaped steer near MU is shot after injuring man – Columbia Missourian

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COLUMBIA — A 1,300-pound Angus steer escaped from the MU slaughterhouse Tuesday morning, injuring one man as it ran along Paquin Street. The steer was ultimately killed by campus police.

MU police Capt. Brian Weimer said John Brune was injured while he was trying to help police corral the animal at the Paquin Street side of the University Avenue parking garage.

Brune was taken by ambulance to University Hospital with a head injury. He is in serious condition, said Cheri Ghan, a spokeswoman for the hospital.

A call reporting the loose animal was received at 8:26 a.m., according to an MU Police Department news release.

The steer had jumped a fence while being unloaded at a slaughterhouse at East Campus Road and Rollins Street. The facility is operated by the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

The animal was first spotted in university parking lot CG1, but officers, MU’s College of Veterinary Medicine staff and the steer’s owner, Duane Brune, were unable to contain it.

An eyewitness reported seeing the steer running across lawns on Rosemary Lane at 9:10 a.m. with MU police officers in pursuit.

The steer continued to zigzag across College Avenue toward East Campus. Authorities tried to tranquilize it but were not successful.

After the injury, the officers’ primary concern shifted to stopping the runaway steer before someone else got hurt.

“Luckily, no one else was hurt,” Weimer said.

Pursuit of the steer continued for about 90 minutes and ended when it was shot three times by an MU police officer just before 10 a.m. It was downed behind a house in the 1500 block of Anthony Street. The animal also damaged two campus police cars when it ran into the sides of the vehicles.

Dusty Nagy, an assistant professor with the College of Veterinary Medicine, said  typically, both tranquilizing and euthanizing are not needed to capture or contain a loose  animal.

UPDATE: Escaped steer near MU is shot after injuring man - Columbia Missourian

“Once you have animals in a heavily populated area, things get tricky, ” Nagy said.

Clara Pike, 94, who lives in the house on Anthony Street where the steer died, was eating breakfast when she was startled by loud bangs.

After hearing the sound of shots, she said she looked outside to see the animal lying in her backyard.

The process of removing the steer from behind Pike’s residence began at 10:30 a.m. with a tow truck wench. A cable pulled the steer through the yard, up a ramp and onto a flatbed  trailer provided by the veterinary school.

Weimer said this is not the first time livestock has escaped from the area.

The steer’s remains will be handled at the discretion of CAFNR and Duane Brune, Weimer said.

Nagy said the animal is not suitable for consumption.

UPDATE: Escaped steer near MU is shot after injuring man – Columbia Missourian.

Rare Kindness: Farmer Saves Cows from Slaughter & Provides Idyllic Life

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Traveling with a neighbor to pick up some cows he bought, I ended up with a beef cow of my own. Minnie, a Brangus (a cross between an Angus and a Brahma) was among the 25 other cows my neighbor had bought. The owner asked him if he wanted this one cow who didn’t calve last year. When a cow misses a calving, very often they are “culled” because the farmer can’t take the chance she’ll miss again, costing him too much money.

“No, I really don’t want her,” my neighbor said.

The owner then said that he’d just have to “send her off” himself.

I don’t know why, but I felt sorry for the old girl and piped up “I’ll take her!” and so my neighbor loaded her onto his trailer with his newly aquired cows and off we went back home. I have a small farm with a few milk cows and I just couldn’t imagine what I was going to do with a beef cow, especially one that couldn’t have calves, but I did know I couldn’t stand the thought of her being slaughtered. She had a shiny, jet black coat and big, beautiful eyes, and I soon found out she was very tame and liked to have her tail scratched.


Since Minnie was a cow that couldn’t have calves, I just let her out with the other cows and my bull figuring I just had a big pet. Nine and one half months later, Maxwell, her new little bull calf, was born. It also turns out she’s a great milker, too. She was very easy to train to be milked, and gives a very rich, white milk. Since then she’s had another calf named Maynard, a daughter named Molly, and just last month had a little boy named Mutt.

Because she was crossed with a dairy bull, her sons make great oxen, with long legs and powerful muscles, who can, therefore, live long and useful lives with someone who can use these big, beautiful animals to help around the place and eat hay when there’s nothing else to do. As for the heifer calf, I’m training Molly to go through the milking stall with the other cows, and now I’m figuring out a way to start a school to train oxen (and their owners).

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