Local Rescue Group Sets Off To Save Will, The Great Dane

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A three-year-old Great Dane was hours away from dying when Southwest Great Dane Rescue (SWGDR) in Fla., came to his aid.

When animal services picked him up, they had no idea what was wrong with the dog. They just knew he needed help and fast.

Will The Great Dane

The gentle giant had bloated and gone into torsion. If it wasn’t for SWGDR and John Mullins, the volunteer who picked him up, the dog wouldn’t be alive today.

“In the middle of the night our volunteer went over to animal services to pick him up,” said Vikki Eagan president of SWGDR. “The dog’s stomach had descended and he was just not doing well.”

Once under the care of SWGDR, veterinarian Dr. Beth Brown from West Coast Veterinary Center, examined him and took some x-rays. She prepared the dog for surgery.

“When Dr. Brown opened him up, she saw the bloat and that the stomach had twisted,” said Eagan. “The splint had also burst and it was evident this poor dog had been sick for days.”

The surgery took over three hours. One hour alone was dedicated to emptying dog’s stomach content.

According to Dr, Brown, when the dog was on the table he picked up his head and looked at her with the softest eyes she had ever seen. He showed so much will to live and because of that, his name is now Will.

“Dr. Brown said she was going to do whatever it took to save him,” said Eagan.

Will spent one week in intensive car. At first he couldn’t get up or walk, but with the help of the volunteers and his now foster mom and vet tech Christina Pelletier, Will is doing much better.

“Will came in weighing around 98 pounds,” said Pelletier “A Dane of his stature should weight 135-140 lbs.”

Will has a long road to recovery, but Pelletier and SWGDR are doing what they can to help him. His medical costs are now in the thousands and his care is not over yet.

Will requires a specialty diet of canned food, enzymes, vitamins and freeze dried meat. Val Clows of Holistic for Pets has donated these items. She will also supply Will with Rx dry diet, when he is ready to transition to eating that type of food.

“Will is so determined to live,” said Eagan. “As long as he keeps fighting, we are going to be right there with him.”

If you would like to learn more about Will, contact SWGDR Facebook page. If you would like to help Will, donations can be sent to:

3005 65th Street E
Bradenton, FL 34208
West Coast Veterinary Center
c/o Will
7910 State Road 72
Sarasota, FL 34241
PayPal on the website at swgdr.org

News Link:-http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2013/05/local-rescue-group-sets-off-to-save-will-the-great-dane/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LifeWithDogs+%28Life+With+Dogs%29

SWGDR web site:- http://www.swgdr.org/

Phoenix Update: One Of The Teens Who Burned Jack Russell Terrier Pleads Guilty

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“I don’t know whether to call it victorious or not, both evil bxxxxxxs are blaming each other, it’s all contradiction…will they go to prison? Doubt it, at all…read on….”

Today is another victorious day on the road to justice for Phoenix – one of the two teens who burned the Jack Russell Terrier puppy in Buffalo has pleaded guilty to a felony count of aggravated animal cruelty.

Diondre L. Brown, 17, admitted that he acted as a lookout for Adell Zeigler, 19, while he doused the puppy in lighter fluid and set him ablaze.  He has pleaded guilty to the highest charge for which he could have been convictedZeigler has also been indicted today on the same charge.

Brown could serve a two-year term in prison, but may avoid hard time altogether if he continues to cooperate.  Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita III was not pleased at this prospect. “He better not get off, he must serve time for what he did to an innocent puppy;they both should be sent to prison as an example, to show others crimes like this will not be tolerated”

“People may ask ‘How come setting an animal on fire is the lowest felony?’” Sedita asked. “Anybody who engages in such behaviour, if proven in a court of law, is twisted.  And they should be appropriately punished.  My problem is I can only enforce the laws the way these laws are written.  I can’t enforce them the way I wish they were written.” “Quite clearly the laws need to be re-written, these heinous crimes should be amongst the highest felony’s!”

Prosecutors suggested Brown get youthful offender status for his “minimal” participation in the puppy-torturing. “Standing by & watching someone set fire to a puppy, is just as F-ing sick, obviously same mentality as Ziegler, if he wasn’t he would have stopped it before it began!”

“He acted as the lookout; whereas Mr. Ziegler, we believe is the principal actor,” Sedita said.  “And given his pronounced and severe psychiatric trauma he has gone through, I felt it was appropriate,” Sedita said of the youthful offender recommendation.

Brown’s attorney, Andrew C. LoTempio says his client suffers from post-traumatic stress since witnessing the brutal 2005 quadruple homicide of his mother, uncle and family friends.  But to many, this is no excuse for participating in such a heinous act.

Brown says his uncle Adell is completely responsible for what happened.

“I was telling him to stop. Why do you have to kill the dog?” Brown said in a telephone interview from the Erie County Holding Center. “Why didn’t he stop him??”

Zeigler told police that his nephew was the culprit, “Because he’s already got felony [convictions] and doesn’t want that kind of [prison] time on him,” according to Brown. “They are both blaming each other, they were both there so both should receive the same punishment”

It is still unknown who the puppy belonged to and how he came to be in the possession of Zeigler and Brown.

Phoenix is still recovering, and doing better every day.  His ears have been amputated and he has received skin grafts for the most damaged parts of his body.  He is scheduled for another skin graft Thursday.  His left hind leg is in a cast, and may need to be removed because of a bone infection.

“You can already see the behaviour change from a few weeks ago until now … He loves to be silly and play and maybe question your authorities sometimes, just like little two-year-old do,” said Rebecca Wagner, Phoenix’s primary veterinarian.  “[He] barks at other dogs, he wants to play with his toys.  He accepts a lot of attention from basically anyone who wants to give it to him.”

Many are hoping for the chance to adopt Phoenix, but for now, they will have to wait.

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Buffalo Teens Allegedly Confess to Burning Puppy

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(Video to follow) “Remember little Phoenix , did a post on him a couple of weeks ago, link at bottom. I am so happy someone snitched on these 2 little Bxxxxxd’s ! If the law doesn’t get this case right now; seeing as they already have jaded pasts… these 2 will likely grow up to be abusive thugs, rapists or murderers…so get it right…send them down for the full prison term allowed. They are sick ,lethal, sadistic, warts that you have to be rid of!”

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Two Buffalo teenagers were arraigned in court Wednesday morning, in connection to the burning of a 16-week-old dog named Phoenix.

Sick, Sadistic, Twisted, Evil Psycho’s

In court, 19-year-old Adell Zeigler and 17-year-old Diondre Brown, both from Buffalo, were charged with felony aggravated cruelty to animals. Ziegler was remanded without bail Wednesday because he has a prior felony and is on parole for robberyBrown was remanded on $20,000 bail.

Prosecutors say they have strong cases against both teenagers, who they say have violent reputations.

According to NYS law, a person is guilty of aggravated cruelty to animals when, with no justifiable purpose, he or she intentionally kills or intentionally causes serious physical injury to a companion animal with aggravated cruelty.  “Aggravated cruelty” is conduct which is intended to cause extreme physical pain or is done or carried out in an especially depraved or sadistic manner. “Couldn’t have put it better myself, so do the right thing & send them down, NO bloody stupid probation for these 2 malicious warts”

“This is a terrible act of cruelty. One that should never happen at any time” said Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.

Police said Phoenix was found burning on Herman Street last month. Since then detectives have followed every lead. But a break in the case came over the weekend when someone called in a key tip. Authorities arrested Zeigler and Brown late Tuesday night.

“Both made admissions to what they did. They said they hung the dog about three feet in the air. They doused him with lighter fluid and we’re not sure which one set him on fire,” said Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda.” Heinous MF‘s…Nobody does this kind of thing unless they are really fxxxxd up in the head & get’s off on torturing innocent beings that can’t answer back!”

Zeigler’s mom didn’t want to comment. But Brown’s grandmother, Robin did. She said her grandson did not do the crime. She said the night of the incident he told a family member, “You won’t believe what my uncle, Adell did.“Right ok love…did you see those pigs fly over the other day too?!!”

Robin said, “He kept telling me ‘Grandma, I didn’t do it.’ He says ‘Grandma, you know I didn’t do it.'” said Robin Brown, the defendant’s grandmother. “And the next thing I know they came out and said he signed something saying he did it. So when I went back to talk to him I said ‘Why would you do that?’ I mean you said you didn’t do it.” “Sorry love your grandson is not the perfect little angel you seem to think he is!”

The men could face up to one-and-one-third to four years in prison. Commissioner Derenda says police have identified the owner of the dog and have taken a statement.

News Link:-http://www.wivb.com/dpp/news/crime/Teens-face-judge-in-puppy-burning-case


Puppy’s injuries lead to investigation of Fort Collins boarding facility

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Animal Protection and Control has opened an investigation against a Fort Collins boarding and training facility following a complaint from a Fort Collins family.

Tiffany Brown of Fort Collins said her 13-week-old purebred German shepherd puppy, Baron, suffered blunt force trauma and injuries that resulted in the surgical removal of the dog’s eye after boarding at American Dog School, 5809 Strauss Cabin Road, over the weekend. Animal Protection and Control confirmed Monday it is investigating the incident.

When Brown picked up Baron from the facility Sunday after a weekend stay, she said the puppy’s right eye was “bulging from the socket and looked dead.”

Brown said American Dog School owner Tami Carrasco had told her the dog had been fine a few hours before and that she hadn’t seen any sign of trauma.

Carrasco told the Coloradoan that she had been with or near Baron all weekend and did not notice any signs of trauma or injury until 5 p.m. Sunday, when she retrieved him for the Browns.

“He was running and rooting around all weekend,” she said. “He’s a great puppy. I would have rushed him to the hospital if I had seen anything wrong.” She’s owned American Dog School for 20 years.

I have this business because I love dogs,” she said. “I would never, never hurt a puppy … I feel horrible. I love that puppy. I brag about him all the time.”

When Brown took Baron to Colorado State Veterinary Teaching Hospital on Sunday evening, she was told Baron’s injuries were at least 24 hours old.

A veterinarian with the hospital told the Coloradoan that Baron’s injuries were a minimum of 24 hours old and that the puppy had suffered blunt force trauma similar to the severity a dog would experience in a “head-on collision with a car.”

Medical records do not lie,” Brown said.

Carrasco said she’s already received multiple prank calls since the story broke Monday evening and fears what publicity about the incident will do to her business — which she maintains is not at fault.

Baron, now a year old,

Baron, now a year old,

I’m worried that people will throw me in with the abusive dog trainer,” Carrasco said, referring to the case of Ryan Matthews, the former Loveland dog trainer who pleaded guilty to animal abuse at his training facility. “I would never hurt a dog. This scares me. I feel like I’m going to wake up with a burning cross in my yard.”

Brown bought Baron from Adel Haus German Shepherds, a breeding facility in Julesburg, as a companion dog for her five children, with the intent of also showing him and enrolling him in service dog training school.

The family had searched for a dog for more than six months and was “more than willing” to pay $2,400 for their dream dog — which included both personality and physical attributes.

“We immediately fell in love with him,” Brown said. “It was about finding that perfect puppy.”

Shortly after bringing Baron home in August, Brown began taking him to training at American Dog School and said she began working with Carrasco. After five or six training sessions, the Browns left Baron for a weekend stay.

“We had a good rapport,” she said. “She was really good with Baron … I felt totally comfortable with leaving him there. I don’t know what happened, but something did.”

After Baron’s surgery to remove the eye Monday, Brown hoped to take him home Monday evening. But the “young warrior,” as his name means, has a long row to hoe, she said.

“He’s still not out of the woods,” she said. “We’re just praying he has a full recovery. He’s definitely battled it out and shown his stuff. He has a battle scar now.”

Anyone with information regarding this investigation should contact Animal Protection and Control at (970) 226-3647, ext. 7.

News Link:http://www.coloradoan.com/article/20120910/NEWS01/309100029/Puppy-s-injuries-lead-investigation-Fort-Collins-boarding-facility?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE&gcheck=1&nclick_check=1

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