Prestigious award for Great Harwood vet who nursed neglected horse back to health

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A HORSE named Hope who was left for dead in a muddy field has been crowned a ‘Show Champion’ – and her new owner was named ‘Vet of the Year’ for nursing her back to health.

Vet Vikki Fowler was so horrified by the the animal’s condition when she visited land off Plantation Road, Egworth, she bought her.

Last month Hope’s former owner, Philip Davies, was found guilty of 52 counts of animal cruelty for mistreating the 16 horses.

A year on from the rescue, all the horses have flourished in loving new homes.

Hope as she was found in a field in Edgworth

And Vikki, 26, from Great Harwood, has been presented with an award by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) charity at the House of Commons for rescuing the three-year-old shire horse.

Hope had been was found collapsed with her legs tangled in barbed wire. She was cut free by onlookers and Vikki, who was the on call vet, was called.

Vikki said: “I thought she was dead. Her head was under the water and she was drowning.

“When we lifted her up with the crane I was convinced that she would not be able to stand.

She was extremely thin and she had no strength. A normal horse, trapped in barbed wire, wouldn’t just give up.”

Vikki advised Davies to put her into stables that day. But this advice was ignored and Hope was found collapsed again later that day.

The RSPCA was called to the scene and neighbours alerted Vikki.

The vet offered to take Hope off Davies’ hands, and after agreeing a price, Hope was taken to safety by Vikki that evening.

She said: “I have already shed a lot of tears over Hope. She needed a lot of love and care and attention.

“She was full of lice, mites and worms, and her feet were shocking. I was convinced she was going to have to be put to sleep, but she very slowly started to regain strength every day.

“He was extremely weak and malnourished. With good food and time she has come through.

“She has cost me thousands to nurse her back to health, but if I had left her, she would have died.”

Hope has just won the title of Overall Supreme Champion in the rescued horse class in a horse show. She is also expecting to start her riding preparation work in the next few weeks.

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Breeder who did this to his shire horses is fined £86,000 and banned from keeping animals for life – Updated, 31 October 2012

“This verdict isn’t what I was hoping for, I wanted him to have jail time, bxxxxxd”

Seventeen horses were forced to live in ‘appalling conditions’ by Philip Davies

Following the guilty verdict, he was ordered to pay £85,736 in RSPCA expenses and costs.

He was also tagged for 12 weeks under an 8pm to 7am curfew order and instructed to carry out 300 hours of unpaid work, as well as being disqualified from keeping horses indefinitely.

The RSPCA transferred most of the untamed horses to 300-acre stables in Hull for treatment and rehabilitation.

A further two had to be sedated before being taken to stables in Bolton. Hope remains with Miss Fowler.

Miss Fowler, 26, who picked up a Vet of the Year award in the House of Lords this week for her work on the campaign, said she was ‘delighted’ with the verdict.
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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.”

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New Owners Of Rescued Dog Reflect On Their Loving Pet, Hope

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“This is great news, so happy for Hope, knowing she is going to a caring loving home with the Moncriefs. I wish them every success in their new venture “Saving Hope” & to spread the mission of spay & neuter! Watch the video at the link below to see how well Hope looks now!”

WEATHERFORD (CBSDFW.COM) – On the Moncrief ranch near Weatherford there are no shortages of animals.

Dogs, horses and donkeys roam freely. And soon, Hope will join the family. She’s the pug mix dog that was found a couple of weeks ago on the Moncrief ranch.

“I just fell in love with her she put her little paw on my hand and I was like oh it’s was she’s just sweet,” says Kit Moncrief after visiting Hope for the first time.

She was stabbed multiple times, her snout was taped shut and her tongue was swollen and hanging out.

Hope found with mouth taped shut

“I was horrified, I don’t understand how people can do that to an animal,” explains Moncrief.

A few years ago, the Moncriefs say the unthinkable happened to them. Several of their animals were abused by someone.

They shot a pregnant mare and another mare and left her not dead,” says Moncrief. “They went down the road and shot three of our heifer’s and then cut their tongues out.

Since Hope was found on the Moncrief ranch, the Parker County Sheriff’s Office, which heads the investigation, thought it would only be appropriate for her to go back there.

“We are just excited for her to have a home where she will never have to worry again and be well taken care of and loved forever,” says Gloria Holmsten Kit’s daughter.

The Moncriefs have eight rescue dogs. Some are strays they haven’t had the heart to turn away. They think Hope will fit in just fine.

In fact, Hope’s story has inspired the family to start up a group called Saving Hope.

“We hope we can spread our story and our mission to spay and neuter your dogs and to adopt because there are so many dogs in shelters,” says Gloria.

Hope is recovering at Bowie Drive Animal Hospital in Weatherford.

It will be a least a week or more before she joins her new family.

As for the investigation, the Parker County Sheriff’s Department says they had a few leads but nothing panned out.

The reward for anyone with any information about what happened to Hope has now reached $35,000.

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Hope is headed to her new home.

Hope Recovered Well Photo Star-Telegram

Parker County officials said that the dog, found July 9 with her snout taped shut and her tongue protruding, was released from an animal clinic to her new owners Tuesday afternoon.

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Reward offered in second case of dog found with mouth taped

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A $5,000 reward has been offered for information in a Kaufman County crime in which a dog was found dead Friday afternoon with its mouth taped shut.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas posted the reward this weekend after the female pit bull mix was discovered deceased in Kaufman County.

The reward is for the arrest and conviction of the person or people who taped the dog’s mouth.

The dog’s body was taken to the SPCA of Texas‘ Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in Dallas, where a veterinarian will perform a necropsy to determine the cause of death.

Kaufman County authorities continued their investigation Sunday.

“We’re still in the very early stages,” said Pat Laney of the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Department. “It’s just a horrible crime.”

Authorities provided no other details in the case. Hot temperatures in North Texas pose a major problem for animals.

“Dogs pant to keep cool,” Maura Davies of the SPCA of Texas said Sunday. “If they can’t do that, it’s certain they would be in critical condition very quickly.”

Authorities could not speculate on why someone would tape a dog’s mouth shut.

“There is a well-documented link between animal cruelty and human violence,” said SPCA of Texas President James Bias in a news release. “Helping the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Department bring the person or people who did this to justice will help stop the cycle of abuse.”

The SPCA of Texas points out that animal cruelty is often an early warning sign of violent tendencies that will be acted out against people. Childhood cruelty to animals has been linked to later antisocial and aggressive behavior in several retrospective studies, according to the SPCA.

The Kaufman County case is the second high-profile animal abuse case this month involving the taping of a dog’s mouth.

Hope survived God bless her!

In Parker County, a dog nicknamed Hope was found in early July with her snout taped shut and her tongue protruding. With her snout wrapped with electrical tape, Hope was unable to drink, eat or pant for more than 24 hours, authorities said.

But Hope survived.

A $35,000 reward has been offered for the arrest and indictment of the suspect or suspects who tortured her.

Authorities said Hope is expected to be at an animal clinic for several weeks before she will be released to the care of her new owners, Charlie and Kit Moncrief, on whose ranch Hope was found.


Hope The Dog found abused in Parker County – showing improvement

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Hope is getting better and she could be heading to her new home in about three weeks.

That’s the word from Parker County authorities Tuesday on the dog that was found a week ago with her snout taped shut and her tongue protruding. With her snout wrapped with electrical tape, Hope was unable to drink, eat or pant for more than 24 hours, authorities said.

How Hope was found, her tounge swollen from the tape wrapped around her mouth. She also had around 100 stitches to close cuts on her back!

A $35,000 reward has been offered for the arrest and indictment of the suspect or suspects who tortured her.

No one had been arrested as of Tuesday morning.

On Monday, officials at Bowie Drive Animal Hospital said that the constriction of the tape compressed Hope’s skin against the bone creating a loss of blood supply. She is being treated with antibiotics to prevent infection.

Peeling of her skin around her snout, called sloughing, also has started and she’s being treated with hydrotherapy for that. Hope will undergo hydrotherapy for about 10 days.

Authorities said Hope is expected to be released in about three weeks to be cared for by Charlie and Kit Moncrief, on whose ranch Hope was corralled last week

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Texas dog struggling to survive after mouth is intentionally taped closed

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A dog in Weatherford, Texas is struggling to survive today. The female dog, now known as “Hope,” was discovered on Monday morning on Baker Road.

It was readily apparent that Hope was suffering.

Her tongue was swollen and hanging outside of her mouth, but she was too frightened to allow herself to be captured.

After great effort on the part of several concerned individuals and animal control, the victimized dog was captured. The severity of her injuries soon became apparent – someone had used tape to clamp her mouth shut and in the process, they left her tongue trapped outside of her mouth.

Hope’s closed muzzle and her inability to use her tongue nearly claimed her life.

Dogs do not sweat like people – instead, they use their tongues to help their body cool down. Unable to use her tongue to pant, Hope’s body temperature rose to a life-threatening 105.7 degrees.

According to Dr. Buchanan with the Bowie Drive Animal Hospital , Hope will likely lose a portion of her tongue because it was secured outside of her mouth for so long.

Hope’s injured tongue and elevated body temperature were not her only issues. The veterinarian also discovered numerous gashes on her body – enough that 100 stitches were required to suture her back together.

Right now, the Parker County Sheriff’s Office  is looking for the person responsible for this horrific case of animal abuse. Anyone with knowledge about this case is urged to call 817-594-8845 or Crime Stoppers Hotline at 817-599-5555.

Donations are being accepted by the Parker County Sheriff’s Office for Hope’s veterinary care.

Checks can be mailed to the Parker County Sheriff’s Office at 129 Hogle Street Weatherford, Texas 76086, Attn: Deputy Danie Huffman.

Anyone who wants to donate to Hope’s reward fund will need to contact Deputy Danie Huffman at 682-229-2358.

Hope’s veterinarian has indicated that she is able to eat and drink without assistance, she will survive.

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Abandoned, starving dog rescued from Florida road

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“OMG…I just can’t understand how cruel a person must be to leave a dog like this….I hope they find the owner & give him/her what for!”

On June 2, a good Samaritan discovered an emaciated German shepherd in LaBelle, Fla. According to a story published Wednesday at Fox 4 News, the dog was “lifeless” when she was found alongside of the road.

It is believed that she had been abandoned and left to fend for herself.

The dog was brought to the Caloosa Humane Society for care. Suffice to say, her condition was dire.

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According to the Humane Society, the dog, now known as “Hope”, registered a temperature of just 95 when she arrived. She was covered in fleas, infested with parasites and terribly anemic.

Hope was immediately provided with life-saving IV fluids and a blood transfusion. Though it was touch and go for the first 24 hours, those caring for her now believe that she is going to pull through.

Today, not quite a week from the day that she was found, Hope has gained five pounds. Amazingly, that is still less than half of what is considered to be her normal, healthy body weight.

Currently, she is receiving several small meals throughout the day to help her gain weight and rebuild her stamina.

When Hope first arrived, it was readily apparent that she had been scavaging on anything that she could find in a desperate attempt to stay alive – in fact, when she defacated at the shelter, it was a pile of sand that she eliminated.

But the horror of her recent past is behind her.

Today, Hope is safe and being well cared for. As soon as she has physically recovered from her near-death ordeal, the family that found her will be adopting her

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‘Thinnest Dog ever seen alive’ by RSPCA

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“OMG…Take a good look at this dog, somebody watched her slowly waste away…but did nothing to help…words fail me! Somebody must recognize this poor dog, do the right thing and get the person that let this happen, pay for it!!”

The Staffordshire cross was left to die in a cardboard box dumped in a lay-by — and when she was found she did not even have the strength to lift her head to eat or drink.

She weighed just over a stone — HALF the healthy amount for her breed — when handed in at an RSPCA centre on May 16.

Workers in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, bound her in bubble wrap because she was too weak to stay warm.

The dog, named Hope by staff and aged about 18 months, was put on a drip in a bid to save her.

After several days she had regained enough strength to feed and is now expected to fully recover.

RSPCA vet Anna Parry said: “I’m no stranger to abused and neglected animals but this is the thinnest dog I’ve ever seen alive.”

The charity hopes to bring a prosecution. If you can help with information, call 0300 1234 999.

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Reward For Information On Animal Cruelty Case

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“Come on guy’s…Somebody must know something, anyone you know jad puppies who suddenly vanished or does anyone know of a Shepard Mix that had puppies that have now disappeared??  Please look at the picture in the related link below. The reward started at $500 when the news was first posted (see related link at below)”

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — The Whatcom Humane Society is offering a $5,000 reward for any information that leads to the conviction of those responsible in a horrific animal cruelty case.

On April 1st, an animal control officer found two shepherd mix puppies lying in an embankment in the 4000 Block of Lummi Shore Drive on the Lummi Indian Reservation.

One puppy was dead and the other was critically injured, says Whatcom Humane Society Executive Director Laura Clark.

Somebody severely beat the dogs, causing skull fractures and other injuries, she added.

The surviving puppy, which Humane Society Staff have named “Hope,” is receiving 24-hour emergency care and treatment.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to contact the Whatcom Humane Society Animal Control & Rescue Department at 733-2080 extension 3017, or call Lummi Law & Order at 384-2266.

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