UPDATE: Hope The Abused Pug, Doing Well & Helping Other Dogs

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Hope, a pug mix that was found badly abused in Texas in July, is recovering well with her new family the Moncriefs.

Not only is Hope living a happy life now, she and the Moncriefs are helping other dogs in need.

Hope as she is now

Hope was found in July with electrical tape wrapped around her snout and her tongue swollen and protruding out of her mouth. Her new owner Kit Moncrief recalls Kit’s condition, “I saw her at the vet the week they brought her in, and I was horrified. I mean, number one,  her nose was terrible, and you could see the bone in her nose.

She was cutliterally somebody tried to cut, with a hatchet or an ax, cut her head off – she had a hundred and some odd stitches all around her head.” The search still continues for whoever is responsible for her torture. A $35,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.

Although the search continues for Hope’s abuser, Hope continues to get better and adjust to her new Life.

Hope when she was found

The Moncriefs along with other have started The Saving Hope Foundation, a non-profit organization created in honor of animals like Hope.

The organization’s main goal is to help end animal euthanasia in shelters in America by helping people afford their pets and not surrender them.

Hope is now not only recovering and doing well, but helping other dogs in need.

The Moncrief’s brought her to Wag pet boutique in Fort Worth, Texas on Thursday for a “Meet Hope” event, which included three rescue groups on site with adoptable pets. Nearly 50 people packed the boutique to see Hope, including the animal control officers who rescued her and the veterinarian who worked on her, Rhonda Sears.

Hope and Sears had a joyous reunion, as Hope jumped onto Sears giving her hugs and kisses. Although Hope was the worst case Sears had seen in her 13 years as a vet, now she sees Hope is very happy, “Look at her now! She’s a good girl, and got the light in her eyes,” Sears said.

Hope seems to be settling in well at her new home with the Moncriefs. “She’s just come to our house like she’s always belonged there,” Moncrief said. Tons of people applied to adopt Hope, and the Moncriefs are thankful that Hope came home with them, “She’s been a blessing to us,” she said, “You save ‘em once, and they save you a hundred times over.”

News Link:-http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2012/09/update-hope-the-abused-texas-pug-doing-well-and-helping-other-dogs/

 

Family dog shot and killed after Fort Worth police officer responds to the wrong house

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“I think the police are getting a bit trigger happy when it comes to dogs. I understand if their going to a house with potential crack heads & a yard full of pit-bulls! But to mistake a border collie for a pit-bull…well, he needs glasses because those dogs don’t look alike in any way shape or form, check out the pictures I added for reference” If the police are worried then why don’t they carry a tranquilizer or stun gun as well as their usual gun, for instances like this?? It would then give either the police or the owner the option to take further action!”  

Fort Worth, Texas— Cindy and Mark Boling are trying to understand why their dog, Lillie, a Border colliemix they’ve had for five years is now dead — shot and killed in their own yard by a Fort Worth police officer.

For reference this is a Border Collie Dog

“He literally has ripped our hearts out”, Cindy Boling said.

Saturday afternoon, the couple had just returned home from shopping and was unloading their truck. The back gate was open and Lillie and the couple’s other dog, Gracie, were in the driveway with them.

The couple says a Fort Worth police officer showed up and was walking toward the house. The dogs went to meet him.

“I started saying yelling my dogs don’t bite please don’t hurt them. They’re going to come down and just greet you and I’ll grab them up and put them in the backyard, Boling said.

Mark caught up to Gracie but Lillie ran up on the porch where the officer was standing.

For reference this is a Pit Bull

They say within seconds the officer pulled out his pistol and shot Lillie in the back.

“My dog was standing there looking like I got a new friend and he turned and shot her in the back”, Mark Boling said.

The dog ran to the backyard where she died within minutes.

The officer was at the house by mistake. He was sent to 4917 Norma Street on a copper theft call. But instead, he showed up two blocks away at the Boling’s address which is 4717.

Sylvia Benavides is a neighbor of the Bolings and came to the scene after hearing the gunshot.

“I guess the officer that had shot Lillie I heard him say to the other one he said I was at the wrong house. I shot their dog and he said I thought it was a pit bull“, Benavides said.

The Bolings say they didn’t get an apology and don’t expect to get one, but they do want answers so this doesn’t happen to someone else.

“My main concern is if he’s going to shoot an animal like that how is he going to react then in a real situation with a weapon”, Mark Boling said.

“We did everything in the world always to protect our girls. We never accounted for a man walking up our driveway with a gun and killing out little girl, our little Lillie”, Cindy Boling said.

Here’s what Officer Daniel Segura with the Forth Worth Police Department had to say about the shooting:

“The officer responded as an assist unit in the investigation of a copper theft offense that occurred in the 4900 Block on Norma st. The assist officer started looking for suspects in the surrounded area from the offense location; he stopped at 4717 Norma where he made contact with an adult male, the officer waited by the driveway when suddenly two dogs started barking at the officer and in an aggressive manner charged towards his direction. The officer ran towards a pillar and asked the male repeatedly to call back the dogs. The officer jumped on top of the pillar and continued pleading the male to call the dogs back. As the dogs were getting closer to attack/bite the officer, the officer fired his duty weapon striking the dog closest to him.

No arrests were made in reference to the copper theft call.”

News Link:-http://www.the33tv.com/news/kdaf-family-dog-shot-and-killed-after-fort-worth-poice-officer-responds-to-the-wrong-address-20120527,0,2162589.story

Fishermen: We Killed Alligator in Self-Defense

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“Oh come on, have you seen the size of these guys? What was he doing with a gun, saying he took it along so it wouldn’t get pinched is a bit of a lame story….unregistered boat, illegal hunting…perhaps the wife wanted some new croc shoes!”

Two Fort Worth fishermen charged in the killing of a large alligator say they were protecting themselves and never intended to commit any crime.

Keyon Ivory, 31, and his friend, Patrick Miller, 34, said they panicked when they encountered the gator while fishing earlier this month along the Trinity River near the Fort Worth Nature Center.

“I was in the front seat here, steering,” Ivory said, pointing to his small bass boat.

Suddenly, he saw the alligator rising from the water, he said. He said it was “a huge one; I mean, bigger than the boat we were on.”

The boat is 10 feet long. The alligator was 11.

“I was scared. I was very scared,” Miller said. “When it started coming towards us, that’s when we really got scared.”

The men said they feared for their lives and jumped out of the boat.

“I instantly panicked,” Ivory said. “My heart raced a beat, you know. I mean us, everyday guys, we don’t see something like that on the water every day.”

Miller admitted that he shot the gator with a gun he brought to protect himself. He said he brought the gun with him because it was new and he didn’t want someone to steal it from his car.

Ivory then called 911 to report what had just happened.

“We tried doing the right thing,” Miller said.

“Oh my God, it’s a huge alligator,” one of the men said in the 911 call. “He is in the water right now.”

Ivory and Miller waited for sheriff’s deputies to arrive and said they fully cooperated.

But later, Texas game wardens investigated and found that what the men did was a crime.

The men initially claimed in the 911 call that they had been attacked, but the investigation revealed they were not attacked, said Texas Parks and Wildlife Department spokesman Mike Cox.

Ivory got tickets for having an unregistered boat and not having life preservers.

Miller was cited for illegal hunting and fined $5,300.

He said he cannot pay the fine.

“We just don’t want to go to jail,” Ivory said.

Both men apologized for what they did, even though they thought at the time they were protecting themselves, they said.

“Most of all, we have our remorse for it,” Ivory said. “I want to apologize, like I say, over and over again to the Nature Center about it because we’re not no poachers. We would never harm anything. We would never shoot an innocent bird.”

They both said they have had nightmares since the incident.

Animal experts say most alligators do not pose a threat to people.

News Link:-http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Fishermen-We-Killed-Alligator-in-Self-Defense-153883165.html

Danilow: The face of animal cruelty in Fort Worth

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As the day begins, we sort through hundreds of photos and links covering the intake for the day before. We think the lists are growing longer each time. We see dogs picked up as strays, dogs surrendered by owners for few reasons, dogs left behind in vacant houses or yards, dogs tossed off bridges, found almost dead on the road, some of them starving, some of them sick, some of them barely able to walk; some just lost and wandering, wondering why they have been abandoned and why the world is so cruel.

This is the life of rescuers.

But little can prepare one for the horror of seeing a dog clinging to life as the result of dog fighting.

Nathan was one of these who brought me to my knees. Last week a fellow rescuer found Nathan, a lonely, sad pit bull at Fort Worth Animal Care and Control. His face was rotting off. He had been used as a “bait dog” and had endured so much trauma and injury without any veterinary care that his flesh was falling off his face and gangrene had set in everywhere.

His nose was torn away and there was a hole into his skull where his nose had been; his mouth was not discernable. His teeth had been sharpened to make him inflict harm on his tormentors and make them fight harder. He could barely stand, and he was skin and bones. The pads of his feet were hard and calloused where he was most likely chained on cement for a very long time.

He probably never knew warmth. We know he never knew kindness. His eyes bore a sadness I will never be able to wipe from my memory.

Nathan was whisked away to the vet’s office where reconstructive surgery would begin. A day later, Nathan’s poor, emaciated, abused, tortured body gave up. His spirit left his broken life and he crossed the bridge to wherever dogs have a better chance at love.

There is an ugly undertow swirling in Fort Worth. It is the face of dog fighting often accompanied by drugs, gambling, prostitution and the darkest of all human activities. It goes on in garages and fields and old warehouses, anywhere people can gather without being subjected to the law, where spectators jeer and cheer and drink in the violence of sheer blood and horror.

Small children are often seen in these crowds.

Rescuers know the neighborhoods and the signs: dogs on chains, dogs being beaten, dogs being bred indiscriminately in back yards and sold to fight. The number of stolen dogs in Fort Worth is rising, many being used and tortured to create bloodlust in dogs to be used to fight.

The sweet, gentle dogs who refuse to fight are used as bait while their faces and necks are torn open and ripped apart. Sometimes their mouths are taped shut so they can’t fight back. Once they give up they are tossed aside in gutters, left on back roads to die alone or wrapped in garbage bags and thrown in the city dump.

Many of these tortured souls die a long and painful death, suffering for hours or days waiting for their final breath to come and release them from their hell.

We have a problem and its face is cruelty. If you know about abuse and do not speak up, you become an accessory to the crime. Wake up, Fort Worth. We have a problem.

“This reduced me to tears, these people aren’t human, having children watch…that’s the next generation of abusers!!  Do you think their going to care about animals having witnessed so many horrific fights?  If they live in a neighbour hood full of gangs, street crime & fights,  how does one go about teaching them it’s wrong?”

 The parents obviously don’t care, if they allow their children to witness such gruesome acts towards animals… So perhaps the education system should step up?.  Scrap the biology class’s that teach kids how to cut up frogs & mice,  stop those schools that let the kids dissect cats;  what purpose does that serve apart from giving kids idea’s on how to abuse the family pet!!

“The curriculum should teach the kids about living breathing animals, including animal welfare, the farming & agricultural industry, mammals & how some animals are on the brink of extinction due to human interference & global warming  etc.   Hopefully, some will then go on be the next generation of animal advocates instead of animal abusers!!”

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