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, .

Miami-Dade animal rescue is investigating the case.

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41 dogs killed in Greenbrier fire, 60 survived

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GREENBRIER, Ark. (KTHV) – Forty-one dogs died in a Faulkner County mobile home fire, according to county authorities.

Faulkner County Deputies say the elderly couple that lived in the home escaped safely but 41 dogs did not make it out.

Police say they received the 911 call around noon Friday. When they arrived, they found the charred remains of the animals inside and approximately 60 more dogs that survived outside. Most of them were small breeds, including chihuahuas and miniature dobermans. Police then called investigators to the scene.

Though investigators are still working to determine what caused the fire, Greenbrier Fire Chief Cody Fulmer said it may have started by a wood stove at the front of the trailer. It was apparently fully engulfed by flames when crews arrived.

“The ignition of the fire, the way it started, that might play into whether charges are filed,” says David Hall with the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office.  “I will say the dogs that were not injured in the fire are not malnourished. They looked well taken care of. They had been fed. They had been watered, (they were fine) other than being confined to a small space.” 

Hall says the remaining animals have been seized for their own safety until investigators can determine whether there is some type of criminal intent involved in this case. At least nine animal rescue organizations have taken the dogs into their custody.

Hall says while he was on scene, several neighbors in the area presented him with pictures or descriptions of their own missing dogs, suspecting that they may be at this home. But Hall said none of those descriptions matched the animals seized from the property this afternoon.

Fulmer says the structure was being used as a grooming service for dogs.  Animal rescue organizations are helping the dogs who survived.

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Devastating End For Leah, The Dog Rescued in Texas fire

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Dog rescued in Texas has died

“OMG…Can’t see for tears!!. That’s it, not posting any more tonight in honour of Leah…I was only writing about her the other day, cried then too, due to the fire–fighters efforts to keep her alive! The fire-fighters worked so hard & seemed to get her breathing again, I can’t begin to imagine their grief, along with the family’s!”

“My heart is heavy with pain, I don’t even know the dog, but I get attached just through writing about them! But, its time for Leah to run free & wild just like she did when she was a puppy. Once over Rainbow’s Bridge, she will have no pain, only pleasure & she will see all your friends too. Plus when it’s time her family will be re-united with her, for lots of cuddles…God Bless you sweet heart, you will be missed by so many & never forgotten, especially by the fire-fighters that tried to save you…I bet their shedding tears too!  R.I.P Leah xxx”

The heart-warming tale of a dog rescued by Arlington, Texas fire-fighters has turned tragic.

According to Wednesday’s publication ofWFAA News, the dog, named “Leah,” who was saved from a fire thanks to the efforts of a dedicated team of fire-fighters, has since passed away.

Initially, the prognosis for the dog’s recovery was promising.

Fire-fighters worked for an hour to revive the dog who was trapped inside of a house which was engulfed in flames.

But the damage to the dog’s body proved too much and she died on Sunday as a result.

Another pet, a cat, also died in the devastating blaze.

Those who learned of the fire-fighters  efforts were touched by their compassion and dedication to the ailing dog – Leah’s untimely death does not take away from their heroic efforts.

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Dog set on fire – Man arrested over animal cruelty attack in Maghaberry

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“I was just about to post the original story (I’m still behind) when I saw they had arrested an animal…anybody that sets a dog on fire for their own sadistic pleasure & entertainment can’t be called human!! I hope it’s not long before they find the other one, if indeed their were 2 of them who committed this heinous attack. But, I doubt very much he will be charged & receive the maximum 51 weeks in jail; abusers rarely do! It will probably be 20 weeks & possibly a fine, or both…I know what I would like to do to the cowardly little SXXT & I’m betting I wouldn’t be the only one!”

Police investigating an attack in which a dog was set on fire in County Antrim have arrested a 21-year-old man.

A three-year-old collie dog, called Cody, suffered serious injuries after it was doused with flammable liquid and set alight in Maghaberry nine days ago.

The PSNI had appealed for information about two men who were seen with the dog on Trummery Lane, close to a quarry at about 10:00 BST on 26 August.

The man was detained on Tuesday morning on suspicion of animal cruelty.

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Suspects wanted over dog set on fire in Maghaberry

Police investigating an attack on a dog in Maghaberry have issued descriptions of two people they want to question.

The three-year-old collie dog was doused with flammable liquid and set on fire

The three-year-old collie suffered serious injuries after it was doused with flammable liquid and set alight on Maghaberry Road on Sunday.

A police spokeswoman said two males were seen with the dog at 10:00 BST.

One is described as having dark hair and a faint moustache.

He was carrying a bottle of Buckfast and is said to have had an aggressive demeanour. Both are said to be of thin build with broad shoulders and between 5ft 8in and 5ft 10in tall. 

The second person is thought to have been carrying a white plastic bag.

Police believe they may have been at a house party in Maghaberry the night before, and have appealed for anyone who may recognise the descriptions to contact them.

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Related – 27 August 2012

A dog has been set on fire by two teenagers in Maghaberry, County Antrim.

The attack happened on Sunday morning and the three-year-old collie has suffered serious injuries.

British and Irish Lions rugby international Stephen Ferris is a friend of the dog’s owners.

Stephen Ferris is a friend of the dog’s owners

He described the attack as “inhumane” and said the dog is “fighting for its life”.

I was up at the north coast on Saturday and came home to a pretty horrific story of a good friend of mine who lives at the bottom of the village of Maghaberry,” he said.

“Unfortunately his dog, a wee collie called Cody, was set on fire using lighter fluid on Sunday morning.

“I think it is just vandalism of the nastiest sort. “The dog is as friendly as they come. “Hopefully the poor thing can pull through.”

Mr Ferris said the owner of the dog had two small children and that the incident was “pretty disturbing” for the whole family.

“Getting your dog set on fire is a terrible thing to wake up to on a Sunday morning,” he added.

Mr Ferris said he hoped those responsible for the attack would be caught.

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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.’

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Adopted By The Man Who Saved Him, Dog Set On fire Inspires Change In Animal Welfare Laws

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“It took the horror & pain of one little pups suffering & the determination of the man who saved him, to make those in power, sit up & amend animal laws. I & thousands more like me, will be forever grateful to Dr.James & Gucci for all the hard work they have done! Fighting for tougher animal laws is no easy task, I often wonder if I will ever see the day, when sentient beings are given the kindness, love, respect & protection, they so greatly deserve!! Watch the video to see Gucci, his picture doesn’t do him justice!!”

Dr. Doug James was in front of his Alabama home when he heard the screams of a puppy in distress. Moments later, he saw a horrific act that changed his life – and the life of the dog he saved.

James says he’ll never forget that fateful evening when he came upon a group of teen thugs beating a puppy. As he approached them, they set the dog on fire.


“I heard the noise down the street, I heard the little puppy yelping. They were slapping him around, a little three-month-old puppy. Slap, slap, slap. All of a sudden he just burst into flames and I went running down there yelling, I thought how could anybody be that cold blooded,” he said. “He was totally on fire. They had squirted his face with lighter fluid and his whole body was on fire. I said, ‘Did you burn that dog?’ Of course it was obvious that they did, the poor puppy was on fire.”

James and a neighbor extinguished the burning dog after his assailants fled. He rushed the suffering canine to a local vet for treatment.

“I was just thinking the cruelty involved there. This dog is not going to make it through the night, the cold blooded nature of the whole thing. I just couldn’t believe it, he did. The next day he was like my little Marine dog, he just kept on going,” James said.

While it was clear that the abused dog would never look the same again, he was otherwise unharmed, and recovered quickly. When he did, James took him home.

“I rescued him and then I kept him. I kept the dog, and I guest the rest is history,” James added. Gucci and his story of torture and survival inspired change as James started pushing for stronger animal cruelty laws in Alabama. Many were moved by his tale, and James fully believes that Gucci was born with a purpose.

“He was special, you know, because he had been through so much. He was a great human resource, he was a great greeter. I said many a time: if he was human he would be governor. He could just work a crowd. At one stop in north Alabama people waited an hour for him. When he arrived it was like a rock star was there, they cheered him,” James laughed. “It was just so much fun.”

Gucci and James spent the next 16 years together working tirelessly on behalf of animal abuse victims. When he passed away, James had him cremated. To this day, he still misses his companion.

“I had him cremated and he’s in a little cedar box in my hallway, and I give him his good morning and his good night kiss just the way I always did. He was just such a good dog, he was.R.I.P Gucci x

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Dog dies after being intentionally burned by teenagers – Video

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“R.I.P Princess, I’m lost for words…& disturbed at how often this is happening!”

Deondra Peterson says there are few words to describe the teenagers who doused her dog, Princess, with lighter fluid and burned her last Saturday. The five month old husky/chow mix survived the attack, but died Monday afternoon after her injuries got worse.

“It’s evil. That’s sick .That’s very sick,” said Peterson.

Florence police say witnesses saw five or six teenagers pour lighter fluid on Princess near Iola Jones Park on Oakland Avenue.

Peterson says her dog ran into the home right after the attack, but she didn’t even realize it was Princess.

“I smell something burning so I’m checking around my house cause I’m thinking something outside might be on fire. A little boy walks by and was like oh yea, your dog was just on fire in the projects.”

Peterson says she can’t understand who would be so cruel to do that to her dog.

“You know how hot it was that day. I don’t understand what made yall want to set a dog on fire in a 104 degrees like you don’t think she was hot enough and then she was a chow and husky. She had a bunch of hair and you going to set her on fire and everybody take a turn squiring lighter fluid on a dog.”

Audrey Yon didn’t witness the attack, but was driving to work when she saw Princess on fire.

“I was on my way going to work and I see this dog was on fire. I say oh my God and I didn’t see a police in sight. I say Lord who done that,” said Yon.

Peterson says she cleaned Princess to take her to a veterinarian, but she ran under the house and stayed there until Monday.

Peterson crawled under the home and got Princess, but by then it was too late.

“I crawled under the house to get my dog. Like, I don’t know too many people’s, anybody else would have let their dog just die. I couldn’t do it. I didn’t want her to suffer. She smelled like her inside was just rotten. She smelled like a dead dog already but she was still alive,” Peterson explained.

She called the Florence City Animal Control to come get Princess and she died hours later.

“If you’ll set a dog on fire, imagine what they’ll do to another human. I don’t feel like people like that need to walk around.”

Officers say they have good leads on the teenagers believed to be involved. When arrested, they will be charged with Animal Cruelty.

If you have any information on this  crime, you’re asked to call the Florence Police Department at (843) 665-3191.

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Deondra Peterson says there are few words to describe the teenagers who doused her dog, Princess, with lighter fluid and burned her last Saturday.

Animal cruelty ‘beyond belief’ in Coatesville

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COATESVILLE — Firefighters and local police made a grisly discovery early Saturday morning after they were called to a suspected trash fire in the 300 block of Coates Street, according to officials.

Once the flames were extinguished, emergency responders found the fire had burned a small dog. It is unclear whether the dog was alive or dead when the fire started, fire officials said.

Chester County SPCA spokesman Rich Britton said during a news conference Saturday that the dog appeared to be a male Yorkshire terrier or a similar mix and was 3 to 5 years old. The dog’s owner is unknown.

Chester County SPCA spokesman Rich Britton holds a picture of a dog similar to the one found burned in Coatesville early Saturday morning.

Britton had a photograph of a dog that he said likely was similar to the burned animal.
Coatesville Detective Kevin Campbell said evidence was collected and police and Animal Protective Services are actively investigating the incident.

“Foul play is suspected. This dog was dumped in the middle of nowhere,” Campbell said. “(We) don’t know if the dog was alive at the time it was burned or if it was killed prior to and then dumped and burned for whatever reason or to cover up what happened.” Campbell said he has not seen anything like this in his 15 years as a police officer.

Animal Protective Services officer Craig Baxter said he got a call at 3:15 a.m. and was shocked at the condition of the dog upon initial examination.

“In the eight years that I’ve been here I’ve never seen something so horrific,” Baxter said. “How someone could do this to a small animal is beyond my belief.”

Investigators said the animal was found burning in an area away from any houses.
Animal Protective Services officer Cheryl Shaw performed the initial examination of the dog’s body. She said it weighed about 15 pounds and had silver, black and tan coloring. The dog was almost completely charred from the fire, Shaw said.

The dog’s carcass has been sent for a necropsy that will determine the animal’s cause of death and whether it was alive when it was burned.

“If this turns out to a criminal act, let me tell you, we’re going to go out there and we’re going to do everything we can with the Coatesville Police Department to bring this person to justice,” Britton said.

Britton and Shaw both emphasized that any unwanted animals can always be brought to the SPCA’s shelter — no questions asked.

“We’re not going to judge anybody. Please, if you don’t want your animal or can’t keep it for whatever reason, bring it to us,” Shaw said. “We will take it in; we will take care of it. Don’t do anything of this type. We don’t want any animal in harm’s way.”

Investigators ask anyone who is missing a dog similar to the burned animal or who has any information regarding this incident to call the Coatesville Police Department at 610-384-2300 or the Chester County SPCA at 610-692-6113, ext. 213.

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Dog Found Set On Fire In Coatesville

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Police and members of the Chester County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals are investigating the gruesome discovery of a dog that had been put in a bag and set on fire early Saturday morning in Coatesville.

According to police, a passerby had reported what appeared to have been a trash fire shortly after 2:30 a.m. Saturday, but responding firefighters discovered it was actually a dead dog that had been put in a bag and set on fire.

They said testing is needed before they can determine whether or not the dog had been alive or dead before it was set on fire.

Coatesville Police detective Kevin Campbell said he had never seen anything like this in his 15 years of police work. He said they expect foul play was involved, as the dog was “dumped in the middle of nowhere.”

He added that evidence was collected at the scene, which they hope will lead them to those responsible.

Officials with the Chester County SPCA said the dog appears to have been a young adult male Yorkshire Terrier or a mixed breed. Photographs had been taken of the dog, but they said they thought they were too disturbing to release to the public.

Investigators have not been able to locate the animal’s owner and are asking anyone with a dog matching that description to contact the Chester County SPCA.

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Animal complaints filed against owner of puppies saved from fire

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“3 cheers to those fire man, true heroes to man or beast – Well done guys!!”

HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP — Township animal control officials have issued summonses for 11 counts of failure to obtain a dog license and one count of animal cruelty to the owner of 18 dogs rescued from a house fire April 2.

Court complaints were filed against township resident Ramona Burnett by animal control officer Belinda Ogitis on Wednesday, township administrator Paul Pogorzelski said yesterday. Municipal court officials confirmed that the complaints were filed, and that a court date of April 24 had been set for Burnett.

Firefighters battling a house fire on Pennington Road in Hopewell Township Monday evening saved 15 puppies from a burning house, outfitting them with canine oxygen masks and setting up a makeshift animal hospital and kennel in the front yard of the house

Police this week ruled that the fire was the result of a scented candle left unattended and closed the case on their joint investigation into the cause of the fire conducted with the Hopewell Township Bureau of Fire Safety, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and the county fire marshal’s office.

“The fire was determined at this point as not suspicious,” said township police Lt. Tom Puskas. “We believe that it was accidental and was related to some scented candles that were in the room.”

The evening house fire exposed the puppies to thick smoke. They were rescued one by one and treated on the front yard of the home by firefighters and paramedics. One puppy died, but the two people who lived in the rental property made it out safely.

Pogorzelski said the animal cruelty complaint was filed because matted hair was found on the tail of one of the dogs, and veterinarians at SAVE Animal Rescue in Princeton described it as “potentially dangerous.”

“I think that they felt that (the puppies) should have been cared for differently, and therefore a summons for cruelty was issued,” Pogorzelski said.

Matt Stanton, spokesman for the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NJSPCA), said matted fur, especially on a dog’s tail, can become serious and lead to infection and the eventual amputation of the tail if left untreated. He also said that charges are typically considered more serious when recognized by a veterinarian.

“If the veterinarian raised the red flag,” he said, “it means a little more because you have a doctor who is trained to see this stuff.”

Court officials yesterday said that the complaints are akin to a municipal ordinance violation and would likely bring just fines, similar to a petty disorderly persons complaint.

Pogorzelski said six of the dogs are currently in Burnett’s possession, while eight remain at SAVE’s kennels.

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