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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Abused dog ‘Hope’ headed to new ranch home in Parker County

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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Parker County Deputy shoots and kills large dog after it charges at him

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Parker County Sheriff’s Deputy shoots a large dog after it charged in his direction. The family pet immediately succumbed to its injuries.

The dog’s owners say the deputy overreacted, but Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said the dog’s viciousness left no other recourse.

Even so, Fowler said, “We’re extremely sorry about what happened.”

He said the deputy and deputy’s supervisor apologized to the woman, who told them the 90 pound yellow Lab had been “very aggressive the past two weeks and she didn’t know why.”

However, the owner, Sheyenne Knox told the Star-Telegram that her dog, named Johnny Cash, was not dangerous and was likely instinctively running to guard the front door when the deputy approached the home on Wednesday.

The deputy, whom Fowler did not identify, responded to a neighbors’ home after a report was received of two large aggressive dogs on her property. The neighbor said that she was afraid to go outside, authorities said.

Fowler says, upon the deputy’s arrival, “a big dog jumped on the side of his truck, barking and growling. He couldn’t get out.”

He waited for the dog to leave and talked to the woman, who said she believed the dogs belonged to a neighbor who lived a quarter-mile away.

The officer called for a tranquilizer gun and went to the residence. When he arrived, the tranquilizer gun had not arrived, but he didn’t see the dogs so he exited his vehicle to speak with the homeowner.

Knox said that she was inside asleep with her 7-month-old child when the deputy arrived and that she didn’t witness the shooting.

Fowler said the dog charged the deputy as he approached the door.

“Here it comes. This 100-pound dog was hell-bent to eat him up, coming at him, charging full speed. He was basically between the house and his vehicle, and he couldn’t get back to his vehicle,” Fowler said. “So the officer fired.”

Knox said the gunshots woke her up. Outside, she found Johnny Cash dead.

“I think it was excessive,” Sheyenne Knox said. “I’m sure Johnny was running and barking. I’ve seen him do it a million times when someone pulls down the drive. But he wasn’t running to attack or bite. He was a family dog.”

Sheyenne Knox acknowledged that, despite the countywide ordinance, her family let Johnny Cash and another dog run free on their Texas property. But she said that she lives on 100 acres on a dead-end street outside Weatherford and that only a few other houses are nearby.

“I realize we were in the wrong by not keeping him contained,” Sheyenne Knox said. “But he didn’t deserve to get killed.”

Fowler called the shooting unfortunate. But he pointed out that Parker County requires owners to keep dogs contained or on a leash at all times.

“If the dog was contained, we wouldn’t be having this conversation,” Fowler said. “I never want to see any animal hurt.”

Law enforcement in Parker County has an affinity for animals and has a long history of helping animals, he said. “It was just an unfortunate series of events,” Fowler said.

News Link:-http://www.examiner.com/article/parker-county-deputy-shoots-and-kills-large-dog-after-it-charges-at-him

 

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.

News Link:-http://www.examiner.com/article/texas-dog-struggling-to-survive-after-mouth-is-intentionally-taped-closed

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