SAD UPDATE: Emaciated Dog Left To Fend For Himself In Extreme Cold

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UPDATE 12th December:-

It is with a heavy heart that we announce that Francis has passed away. He left peacefully during surgery, and we are thankful that he did not die on the cold streetIf only for a short time, he knew what it meant to be loved and cared for. From the bottom of our hearts, we are forever grateful for your support of Francis and all of the others we have yet to rescue as we trudge along through this frigid weather. Francis’ rescue story is below…

December 10, Life for a dog dubbed “Francis,” has been hard. When the biting, bitter cold hit St. Louis, Mo., what was formerly difficult became nearly life-ending.

Rescuers with Stray Rescue of St. Louis came upon Francis on Tuesday; the beleaguered senior dog was clearly in distress and in need of immediate help.

Francis’ skeletal body was gently lifted from the frozen ground and he was carried to a vehicle which would transport him to an emergency veterinary team.

As the temperatures dip below freezing, our worries rise. During this extreme weather, the deck is stacked against even the healthiest of street dogs. Sadly, there are also other, more susceptible four-legged friends out there – senior dogs and puppies who really struggle to survive in the elements. As soon as Randy and Donna knew he was in the best hands possible, they were out the door and back in the rescue Jeep again.

The elderly shepherd, who is estimated to be 10 years of age, was placed on I.V. fluids, provided with oxygen and warmed with heated blankets.

The rescue agency captured video of Francis’ first moments at the veterinary hospital; it is painfully evident that the dog is defeated, exhausted and on the brink of nearly giving up altogether.

Francis is not yet out of the woods, but today, for the first time in far too long, he is warm, safe and receiving the compassion and kindness that he deserves.

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Randy and Donna hit the streets like they do every day and, with the temperatures turning bitter cold, their typical sense of urgency was even greater. Responding to another call, they turned down an alley. As they drove, Donna shouted to stop the car. They simultaneously saw the frigid, defeated body of a Shepard Mix, and Randy jumped out of the car – knowing right away that this dog needed to get warm… immediately. Randy named him Franics, as in Franics of Assisi, patron saint of animals. This sweet old dog needs all the help he can get.

Rushing back to the Stray Rescue Trauma Centre, Randy called ahead to alert the vet staff about what he was bringing back.Watch the video below to see an intimate look at Francis arriving at the shelter and our amazing vet team jumping into action.

Francis Rescue

Published on 10 Dec 2013

Rescuing Francis from frigid winter temperatures. See the entire story

Please keep thinking positive thoughts for Francis, and we will post updates as they become available. You can make a difference right now by contributing to his medical care, and the medical care of future rescues as we fight to save as many as possible this winter. During this critical time, the need is greater than ever.

Thankfully, because of the generosity of the Stray Rescue family, hope is never far away during this season of giving. Please click the link below to donate to The Stracks Fund, our emergency medical fund.

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Four arrested on animal abuse charges

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Troutdale police arrested four people on animal abuse charges Monday evening, May 21, after they allegedly left their dog on a leash tied to the handle of their Jeep’s passenger door and dragged it 600 feet through a truck stop parking lot.

Clockwise from top left: Launa Jean Dickerson, Nicholas A. Falkenhagen, Justin Edward Rinde and Allen Michael Cook

A witness who was at a restaurant in the 700 block of Northwest Frontage Road told The Outlook she saw the Jeep and the pitbull, which was trying to keep up with the speed of the Jeep as it drove through the parking lot.

The witness said the Jeep stopped and a passenger, who had a snake wrapped around his neck, got out. The passenger took the dog off the leash and put it in the Jeep.

The witness said the Jeep’s occupants sat in the parking lot and tried to wash the blood off of the dog’s bloody paws and put socks on them. Several bystanders tried to help them, she said.

The witness said a female passenger seemed upset and distraught about the dog.

The witness said she called police at 8:12 pm

When police arrived they found the pitbull mix, Rhino, bleeding heavily from his paws. A veterinary exam found that Rhino lost most of his footpads and nails.

Police said the dog’s leash was tied to the Jeep’s passenger-side door in the parking lot next to McDonald’s before the Jeep drove to the truck stop. The suspects reportedly told police that they had forgotten about the dog being tied up before they drove away.

The dog’s owner, 20-year-old Launa Jean Dickerson of Portland, reportedly purchased the dog from Craigslist about two weeks ago. Police said Dickerson initially refused to have her dog treated.

Officers eventually took Rhino to a 24-hour veterinary clinic in East Portland. Rhino was treated overnight and was picked up by Multnomah County Animal Services, which has him in safe custody.

Police arrested Dickerson and Allen Michael Cook, 20, of Portland; Nicholas A. Falkenhagen, 21, of Milwaukie; and Justin Edward Rinde, 21, of Portland.

Police said all four suspects are living out of the vehicle, a green 1992 Jeep Cherokee. Police also recovered a rabbit, two kittens, a hamster and a snake, which were taken into custody by animal control.

All four suspects were lodged at the Multnomah County Detention Center. Dickerson was later released on her own recognizance.

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