Pregnant dog burned alive, gets help from local animal rescue group

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"OMG...this is beyond sickening, I can't see the dog walking willingly into fire, so she was either burnt or doused in some type of chemical; on purpose. I pray they catch the scum that did this & will keep her in my prayers, in the hopes that all her pups make it & she finds a forever loving home!" 

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – A pregnant dog that was severely burned is doing much better after being taken in by a local animal rescue group.

“Someone did something unkind to this very sweet dog,” says Donna Casamento with Big Dog Ranch Rescue.

Pregnant dog burnt is carrying puppies

It’s something so unkind, it’s horrific to view.  Nina, a terrier mix, has second to third degree burns on her chest, all the way down to her legs.

“It’s been a very very sad situation. We weren’t sure when we first got her how the burns happened,” said Casamento.

But Donna thinks Nina’s burns may have been intentional. And what makes this worse, she’s pregnant.

“Whether she walked into a fire on the ground, like a fire pit or was pushed into a fire pit. Dogs don’t walk into those kind of situations,” she said.”

Now the race is on to save the unborn dogs while Nina recovers. “It’s somewhat difficult for us to tell exactly if the puppies are still alive yet,” Casamento said.

Nina was brought up yesterday from Miami-Dade rescue.  Veterinarians here are taking care of her around the clock. “Every couple of hours, she’s getting this applied to her and then several baths throughout the day,” said Donna. “We’re giving her pain medication about every three or four hours at this point.”

The hope is eventually to find her and her babies, a loving home. “In spite what she’s been through, all she wants to do is sit with her head in our lap and get love. This is a great dog,” she said.

Vets say once Nina becomes comfortable, they’ll be able to perform an ultrasound to see if the puppies are alive. They’re asking the community to help with donations for Nina’s care. Find out how you can help at their website, http://www.bdrr.org/ .

Miami-Dade animal rescue is investigating the case.

News Link:-http://www.wptv.com/news/region-c-palm-beach-county/west-palm-beach/pregnant-dog-burned-alive-gets-help-from-local-animal-rescue-group

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Video: Fireworks Prank Leaves Indy Forever Scarred: Reward Offered

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“This is just heartbreaking…I will never comprehend what fun, humans get by torturing something that can’t speak for itself; nay scream out for help!! All I do know is they are cowards, bullies, always picking on those they know can never tell; of the pain inflicted upon them. I hope the heartless bastards that did this suffer third degree burns at some point in their pitiful lives; for only then will they realise the pain they caused to Indy. I will be praying for his good health to return & hope he soon finds a loving forever home! Watch the video, look into his eye’s, see his pain? It just bloody kills me inside, that I can’t take away his pain, knowing his suffering was caused by human hands…well the hands of some sick evil, cold-hearted psycho’s; to be precise. Those who abuse animals & children don’t have it tattooed on their foreheads; so please, always be vigilant!!

On July 5th, 2013, a 2-year-old Staffordshire named Indy, was found wandering the streets of Van Nuys, Calif. He was badly injured from what seems to be a cruel July 4th fireworks prank. Indy was found with third-degree burns over half of his body.

Photo Credit: S.T.A.R.T Shelter Transport Animal Rescue Team

When the dog was found on the streets, he was taken to East Valley Animal Shelter and on July 9 S.T.A.R.T Shelter Transport Animal Rescue Team stepped in to save Independence – Indy for short.

Veterinarians believe that fireworks were strapped to the dog’s body and then lit.

“It was a deliberate and horrific act. It was done out of malice,” S.T.A.R.T. Rescue co-founder Rene Ruston told NBC Los Angeles. “It’s hard to see a dog like that in so much agonizing pain and he doesn’t deserve it.”

According to Dr. Daniel Slaton, fire from the fireworks went down Indy’s legs. The dog tried escaping the strapped pyrotechnics but as he walked, he burnt the bottom of his feet.

Indy is currently being cared for atWestlake Village Animal Hospital. Dr. Richard Grossman, well-known burn specialist, founder of the Grossman Burn Center, and animal advocate, was called in to help with Indy’s surgeries. Indy is expected to stay at the hospital for approximately six weeks to repair the extensive damage caused to his body and legs.

Indy is expected to recover from the burns. Sadly he will be left with some disabilities and will need rehabilitation. Eventually he will recover and move into a forever home where he will be loved unconditionally.

S.T.A.R.T. is offering a $1,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of those who injured Indy.

To follow Indy’s road to recovery, visit S.T.A.R.T Rescue Facebook page. Warning, there are graphic images of Indy’s injuries on the page.

If you would like to help Indy you can make an online donation or mail a check to:

S.T.A.R.T.
PO Box 4792
Valley Village, CA 91617

Donations should be sent as “Personal and Gift” so no charges are taken out. Please write INDY in the memo.

 Warning Viewer Discretion – Does Shows Burns On Dog

Indy The Sweet Dog With Severe Burns

Published on 7 Jul 2013

WARNING – The images in this video are graphic.
UPDATE 7/9/13: Indy has gotten to a vet through the Good Samaritan Program and has been seen by a burn specialist. He is having surgery tomorrow and will have to remain in the animal hospital for several weeks. He will be rescued by START Transport Rescue this week. START is going to need donations to help cover his vet care and rescue costs.
Please donate to START to help with Indy’s vet care here:http://startrescue.org/

Graphic Image: Twelve Year Old Facing Jail Time For Dog Abuse

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“If this sick little shit isn’t severely punished now, then you can expect to be reading more stories of animal abuse; committed by him! A hard time in Jail, is what’s needed, nothing less will do!!”

A 12-year-old Louisiana boy is facing jail after admitting to pouring scalding water on a stray dog.

The Sabine Parish Humane Society was informed that a stray dog may have been injured at the Timbers Apartment Complex in Many, LA.

Joe Dewil of the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office says a boy admitted to burning the dog with boiling water because she kept getting into their trash.

she suffered first and second-degree burns on much of her back, ear and left hind leg

“How somebody could do it. Like, why? Why would you want to do it?” asked Hunter Tarpley, who works summers at SPHS.

The six-month-old stray black Lab puppy is being called Amazing Grace, given the fact that she was so friendly and playful with her rescuers just hours after receiving such a horrific injury.

“Just horrible, but she was still wagging her tail, running and jumping,” Tarpley said. “A dog that can survive that, pretty amazing.”

Though she suffered first and second-degree burns on much of her back, ear and left hind leg, she seems to be recovering quite well.

“She is getting bathed once a day and we put ointment application on twice a day,” said Jack Ross of SPHS. “I was kind of surprised to see the extent of it, but I was more amazed at the fact that she was still very friendly, and likes humans and hasn’t been soured on the human race yet.”

The boy will soon be in court to determine his punishment for simple cruelty to animals, which for a child his age could carry a six-month jail sentence or a fine up to $1,000.

“It’s a serious crime because you’re intentionally inflicting harm on an animal,” Dewil said.

Once Amazing Grace’s injuries have healed, she will be up for adoption. Several people have already expressed an interest in her, but nothing has been decided yet. If you would like more information or to adopt, please visit the Sabine Parish Humane Society.

“That’s the amazing thing about a dog, you know,” said SPHS Manager Lisa Butler. “No matter what you do to them or how they’re treated, they’ll always turn around and love again. They don’t hold grudges.”

Video & News Link:-http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2013/07/twelve-year-old-facing-jail-time-for-dog-abuse/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LifeWithDogs+%28Life+With+Dogs%29

Doctors in Veterinary, Human Medicine Team to Give Burned Horse a Second Chance

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“This is amazing to say the least, & the owners of Northstar obviously love him like one of their own children; like I do my horses! Some owners would have just had him put down, but not Northstars parents! I truly hope all this works & Northstar will soon be able to go out into a field, lay down & have a good roll. I hope the bastards that set fire to him experience the same injuries at some point, however it happens, I just want them to feel what burn pain is; so may they rest in Hell!”

COLUMBUS, OhioThe unlikely pairing of an equine veterinarian and a burn surgeon is providing a second chance at a normal life for a horse that was doused in flammable liquid and set on fire late last summer.

Northstar, purposely set on fire, perpetrators not found

The Ohio State University doctors and their teams have partnered to perform two skin graft procedures on the American Paint Horse named Northstar, who suffered severe burns to almost half of his body when the abuse occurred.

The same instruments used in a typical human burn surgery were used for the horse’s grafting procedures. The clinicians removed ultrathin sheets of skin from Northstar’s chest and expanded them with a meshing tool before placing the grafts across an enormous wound spanning the horse’s back.

When he arrived in Columbus on Sept. 5, Northstar had exposed bone at the base of his neck as a result of the burns. Skin damage extended from his neck to the base of his tail and along both of his sides. No suspect has been identified in the case.

The doctors’ collaboration – not to mention the unusual size of the back wound – has provided a rare learning experience for both clinicians and their colleagues.

“There’s been a lot of trial and error with the challenges of how to bandage him, what the most appropriate antiseptic is for cleaning the wound bed, and the biology of burned tissue in a horse,” said Samuel Hurcombe, assistant professor of veterinary clinical sciences and the leader of Northstar’s care team.

Veterinary experts got the healing off to a good start with relentless wound management, a series of smaller skin grafts and the implantation of cell cultures in the wound bed. These procedures were performed to bring top-layer skin tissue to the central area of the expansive wound bed on Northstar’s neck and shoulders, where all his skin had burned away.

Surgeons treat horse like human burn victim

To address the large wound across the horse’s back, Hurcombe consulted longtime trauma and burn surgeon Larry Jones at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center. The two observed one another’s surgeries and studied human- and veterinary-medicine journal articles before teaming to accelerate Northstar’s care.

Jones, associate professor of clinical surgery and director of the Burn Center at the medical center, led the two larger skin graft surgeries. Early on, he encountered a significant challenge: how deep to set the tool that would peel off the donor skin.

“We want to take the top layer of skin but we also need a portion of the second layer, the dermis,” he said. After Jones consulted with Hurcombe and the two conducted more research, “I knew I had to take a graft that’s about twice as thick as one I would take if I were operating on a human.”

The team then ran the graft through a mesher that cut holes in the graft skin and allowed for expansion of the graft to about four times its original size. “When the graft takes, the holes will fill in from skin cells growing from the edges,” Jones said.

They dressed the wounds with bandages containing medical-grade silver, which functions as an antibiotic, to speed healing of the grafts and the donor sites.

At this stage of the horse’s recovery, more than half of the initial wound is healed, with the repair resulting from both the various skin grafting procedures and normal closure along the edges of the damaged skin.

Burn victim, set on fire

Northstar will likely undergo a series of additional sheet graft surgeries to completely heal the wound. Multiple grafts are often required for extensive human burn injuries, as well.

“It’s a slow process but even in the time we’ve been caring for him, he has made remarkable progress,” said Hurcombe, a specialist in equine emergency and critical care. “From a welfare standpoint, his psychology is great and after what he’s gone through, the fact that he is still so trusting of people is pretty amazing.”

While he initially appeared to be a dark horse for recovery, Northstar persevered through weeks of daily cleansing and removal of dead and infected tissue followed by the application of antiseptics, honey, aloe and silver sulfadiazine cream, a common human burn treatment, to his damaged tissue.

In yet another application of human medicine in veterinary care, the team has treated Northstar with gabapentin (sold under the brand name Neurontin), a medication used for neuropathic pain in humans, to treat the severe itching and nerve-related pain that is typical in burn patients as they recover. “I take this medication for pain, I really hope it’s helping Northstar!!”

Northstar, who turned 7 in January, is a “young, naughty boy” and would love nothing more than to toss himself to the ground and roll on his back to scratch that persistent itch, Hurcombe said. So the horse is gently tethered to keep him standing and he wears a cradle that immobilizes his neck several hours throughout the day. He is also covered in bandages and wears what is called a full-body “sleazy” covering that is typically seen on show horses.

The clinicians hope that Northstar will have a complete layer of skin coverage by his 8th birthday. The road ahead is a long one, both physicians acknowledge. The location of his back wound is a tricky one to treat because even with secure bandages from his neck to his tail, the horse anatomy in the location of the burn is such that Northstar’s every movement slightly disturbs the grafted areas.

“His skin graft take is a little less than what I am used to in humans,” Jones noted. “But as Dr. Hurcombe reminds me, considering his hospital bed is in a barn, he is doing very well.

“I view Northstar in the same way as I do any of my other patients. I just want him to get better and go on and live his life as a horse.”

Northstar’s owners live in northwestern Pennsylvania, where police have investigated the burning incident as a criminal case.

“All the owners want is for him to be happy, pain-free and able to live his life with his pasture mates,” Hurcombe said. “He is bright and alert, he interacts with people and he can eat and drink and do all the things that a horse can normally do as far as function. And he has been telling us through his behaviors that he wants to live. ”

News Link:http://www.newswise.com/articles/doctors-in-veterinary-human-medicine-team-to-give-burned-horse-a-second-chance?ret=/articles/list&category=medicine&page=1&search%5Bstatus%5D=3&search%5Bsort%5D=date+desc&search%5Bsection%5D=10&search%5Bhas_multimedia%5D=

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4-Month-Old Puppy Set on Fire in Dallas – Video – 2 hours ago had set back!

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“OMG…2 hours ago poor Justice had a set back, please see end of post for statement”

“Heartbreaking, poor Justice will be in my prayers! I can’t begin to understand the excruciating pain he must be in. Why are there so many EVIL humans born without a heart or soul. I hope the Evil monsters who did this will soon be caught & this time are dealt some proper jail time, not just the usual 30 days…if that! I want to say more but would like to stay on WordPress also, so I will leave it up to those who love animals the same as I, to know what I am thinking!!”

If I’ve ever had anything to depend on in my life, it’s my dog. “Man’s best friend” doesn’t even begin to describe the relationship I have with my dog. Big dog, small dog, pit bull, chihuahua — I have a heart for them all. And it’s stories like this one that truly break my heart.

The public is being asked to help identify suspects accused of setting a four-month-old lab-terrier mix puppy on fire in the Pleasant Grove neighborhood in Dallas.

WFAA Channel 8 in Dallas is reporting the puppy was doused with lighter fluid and set on fire at an apartment complex. Witnesses said they saw a group of teen boys attempting to strangle the puppy before setting him on fire. A witness ran over and used a t-shirt to put out the fire before calling for help.

A 4-month-old Lab-mix puppy is fighting for his life after being doused with lighter fluid and set on fire last week

The puppy, named “Justice” after another dog that was set on fire three years ago, suffered second- and third-degree burns on most of his body. One leader of a Dallas animal rights group said he is “cautiously optimistic” Justice will survive.

Anyone with any information can call 214-373-8477. The SPCA added a $5,000 reward for information that brings Justice’s torturers to justice. I can only hope this happens very soon.

A truly heartbreaking story, but if I’ve learned one thing about dogs in my life, it’s that dogs are resilient creatures, and they’ll love until the very end. It looks like Justice is no different.

News Link:-KNUE101.5 News

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Set-Back for puppy – 2hours ago

Thursday DFW Rescue Me released a statement:

“We have had a setback in Justice’s prognosis.  During a procedure last night, his vets discovered that his entire abdomen was burned worse than previously diagnosed. His vet team has consulted with Texas A&M Small Animal Hospital (one of the most cutting edge treatment centers in the country), and Justice is being transported to A&M this afternoon.  He is on pain medication and is sedated during treatments. 

“As a group, we at DFW Rescue Me, along with his vets, are very sensitive to the amount of pain he is in and his tolerance of the treatments. If at any time the most humane option is to release him from this world, we will do it.  Until that point, we plan to fight along with him on his path to a wonderful new life.”

News Link:-5NBCD News

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