Archive for July, 2008

Golden Retreiver Nurses Tiger Cubs It’s another one of those stories of surrogate mom-hood. This time at the Kansas City zoo.

The three tiger cubs were born on Saturday and their own mother quickly stopped taking care of them. Luckily for the newborn tiger cubs, Isabella the Golden Retriever, had just recently weaned her litter of puppies and had no problem taking on the cubs.

Zoo owner Tom Harvey says, “The timing couldn’t have been any better.”

Although it’s not something that happens very often, it does happen and I’ve done quite a number of stories about dogs playing surrogate mom to cats, bigs one and small ones.

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Please Tell Me Why….

Beagle under experimentation

Tell Me Why . . .
does no one hold me when I cry?

They say we are a good-natured breed,
cheerful and easy to get along with,
that to be happy there is little we need

A place to have fun and not much more,
good food, a warm spot to sleep, and love
but I won’t get that down on this floor.

I was brought here when I was fairly young —
a gawky, healthy pup and though it’s been a while
I still recall starlight and the bright, warm sun

I remember running on grass and gazing at the sky
I had litter mates once and we would tumble and play
now there are dogs I can’t see, but I hear them cry

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Junior HortonJunior Horton, owner of Horton’s Pups in Hillsville, VA is known for running one of the biggest puppy mills in Virgina and the November 2007 raid, made him notorious and vilified. Charged and convicted on 40 charges: 14 for animal cruelty, 25 for animal neglect and one for failure to obtain a dog license, Horton got what I would call a slap on the wrist sentence.

The judge in the case, General District Court Judge Edward Turner suspended 12 years of jail time for the misdemeanors and suspended much of the fines associated with the criminal charges. For the 14 counts of cruelty, he suspended $2,250 of each of the $2,500 fines. For the 25 counts of neglect, he suspended $450 of each of the $500 fines. He imposed the mandated $25 fine for the charge of failing to obtain a dog license. The total for all fines amounted to $4,750.

Over 700 of the over 1000 dogs seized from Horton were rehomed but Horton can still run his business although with no more than 250 dogs.

Not satisfied, Horton appealed his conviction but thankfully Circuit Court Judge Brett Geisler upheld the lower court’s ruling and imposed the same sentence.

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Shih Tzu seized from Lester FarmerLester Farmer, 54, of 6612 Bridgersville Road, Elm City, NC, has been charged with 7 counts of felony animal cruelty, one for each of the dogs that were seized from his home. Farmer bred Shih Tzus but the dogs that authorities rescued bore no resemblance to any Shih Tzus I’ve ever seen!

Hairless, diseased, infected, these poor dogs are in horrible shape and if they do all recover, it will take months.

Wilson County Animal Enforcement officers seized the dogs and transported them to For the Love of Dogs, a non-profit shelter and clinic, at 5146 Quaker Road in Wilson.

“This is one of the worst groups I’ve ever had the opportunity to help,” said Max Fitzgerald, who operates the shelter.

The shelter is trying to nurse the dogs back to health. All have severe mange, likely caused by months of neglect in a poor environment, according to veterinarians.

“These dogs were in some of the worst shape we’ve seen,” Fitzgerald said.

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Hammer, neglected Golden Retriever

Update 1/2/09 – It Really is a Happy New Year for One Abused Dog – VIDEO

This is Hammer, a sweet and beautiful Golden Retriever. Unfortunately his life up until now has not been one to envy. All he wanted was love and all he got was neglect and a heavy chain embedded up to an inch deep in his neck!

The photos taken several days ago when Hammer arrived at the vet’s office to treatment, were gruesome. He’d been chained to a tree outside a trailer in Proctorville, Ohio. that was where he lived and that was where he stayed. You’ll see his ‘home’ in the video below.

“I’m so angry and mad. If the owner had just paid attention to the dog once a day for just five minutes, he would have noticed the problem! Said Dr. Steve Mahnken with Best Friends Animal Hospital in Winfield.

Dr. Mahnken doesn’t mix words when expressing his rage over the neglect of this loveable Golden Retreiver–Hammer. The dog arrived at his animal hospital in Winfield three days ago with a heavy chain imbedded in his neck!

“The link was partially buried in his neck and I had to cut it to slip it out. You’re talking a half to one inch. I could stick my finger in up to my first knuckle,” said Dr. Mahnken.

In photos taken before the tedious surgery to remove the chain. You can see the links have become a part of hammer’s neck-a process the vet says takes at least five to six months to happen. Dr. Mahnken says the infection was so advanced, it’s stomach-turning.

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Rainbow Bridge Return

The little dog arrived at the Rainbow Bridge, and a pack of dogs rushed up to greet him. He braced himself, expecting a fight, but this was the first pack that wagged their tails and kissed him instead of attacking him. It was beautiful here, and everyone was nice to him. None of them had been born in a puppy mill, like he had, and used for dog-bait fighting and left to die in a shelter because he was a mix-breed battle-scarred cur and wasn’t cute. They explained why they were waiting for their humans who loved them.

“What is love?” he asked, and God let him go back to earth and find out. Warm, and dark, he squeezed in with the others and waited for the day to be born. Scared, he held back as long as he could, but finally got dragged out, by his hind feet. Hands without fur held him gently and rubbed him dry and opened his mouth and guided him to a warm nipple with milk. He didn’t get a good hold on it, because one of his big fat brothers pushed him aside. The human hand moved the other puppy to another nipple and held his body, so he could drink.

“Ahhh, that’s better, ” he thought, and drank until his jaws got tired and he curled up to sleep next to his warm hairy mother. “I remember this,” he mused… “Too bad I’ll have to grow up to be hit, left out in the cold and rain, and used for dog-bait fighting, and die as an unclaimed rescue dog. I remember what it’s like, being a dog.” he thought sadly.

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Raley & Hoochie

Update 2/9/09 – Justice for Raley and Hoochie? PETITION

UPDATE 8/1/08 – See Video Below – Lawyer Takes the case, hopes to up charges for Comins.

Although it’s been some time in coming, Chris Comins, the man who maliciously shot Chris Butler’s two Huskies, will be facing animal cruelty charges.

The charges stem from a May 19th incident when Chris Butler was out walking his Huskies, Raley and Hoochie, and the dogs got away from him. Butler has never denied that that dogs should not have been off lead but that does not give someone the right to shoot and shoot and shoot at them, especially when the owner shows up, begging the shooter to stop, begging to spare the dog’s lives.

You can read the full background on the story HERE, as well as see the full video of the incident that was taped by a tourist.

Chris Butler has been in touch with me and sent me some pictures of his beautiful dogs, as you can see above. That was a happier time before they were maimed and injured.

He also left the following comments with the original story;Chris Butler and Hoochie

I am the owner of the dogs. You people need to do your homework on Chris Comins. He should be in prison for pointing a laser sighted gun at a kids head.By the way, you will be disappointed to hear, that Mr. Comins is being charged with animal cruelty. He did what he did because he wanted to do it and he loved every minute of it and now his murderous behavior is going to be held up for the world to see.


Both my dogs are at home and are healing. Chris Comins shot Hoochie after I looked him in the face and begged him to stop.I have been contacted by Chris Comins ex wife and the father of the boy that was threatened. He has been described to me as a alcoholic,violent,abusive, racist gun obsessed monster. ALWAYS on the lookout for a fight. Road rage incidents, airport security, Orlando magics game. Lives as if the laws do not apply to him. I have been contacted by the most unlikely people and I have yet to hear one decent word about him. Read the rest of this entry

A six month old Boston Terrier puppy was thrown from the Atlantic City Expressway overpass on July 24 at approximately 11 pm. The body of the puppy in a black plastic bag was found on the roadside.


Carl Galioto, chief with the N.J. SPCA is offering $1,000 of his own money for information leading to conviction of this crime, additional funds are coming in from New Jersey Aid for Animals, the Animal Law Coalition and Pawtographs of Cherry Hill for a total of $1550 in reward monies.

The puppy, with distinctive black-and-white markings, was discovered just before midnight on Thursday by a motorist who heard a thump on the roof of his Jeep Cherokee as he emerged from a tunnel, said officials from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The driver stopped to investigate. He found the dog’s battered and bloody carcass on the connector road to the Expressway near mile marker 0.8 in Atlantic City.

“There’s no way that dog fell off,” Nancy Beall, president of the Atlantic County SPCA, said in an interview yesterday. “There are two fences – one of which arches over the roadway.

“Somebody had to fling her over those fences,” Beall said. “It looks like she was thrown over head first.”

The 6-month-old puppy died on impact of massive head injuries, Beall said.

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Horror at Boulder Creek Breeder – VIDEO

The scene at a Boulder Creek breeder's property Updates Posted Below

Update 7/30/09

Update 7/31/08

Update 8/6/08

See Update – 8/28/08 – $50K Arrest Warrant Issued

Police investigated a Boulder Creek house after a called called about “animals crying in pain”. A horror scene greeted them at the property on the 100 block of Hartman Creek Road. Thirty-eight emaciated, scarred dogs, skulls, bones and dead dogs were found.

Many dogs were found locked in small cages covered in their own urine and feces, others were running loose over the property. Puppies as young as only two days old were rescued. One old dog was found in the cab of a truck where it had probably been living for a year or two, the cushions were torn up, covered in urine and feces, no food or water. Inside the house, animal control and sheriff’s department investigators found one dog locked in a crate with no food or water and a dog that weighed only half what it should have.Momer dog and puppies rescued from Boulder Creek breeder

The dogs were a mix of Cane Corsos, Rottweilers, Labs and other mixed breeds. The owner of the property, whose name was not released, had previously been running ads in the newspaper for puppies. the man was not licensed to have a kennel or breed and sell puppies.

“He was advertising Cane Corsos for sale in the San Jose Mercury News and the San Francisco Chronicle,” said Todd Stosuy, animal control manager, who is familiar with the ads. None of the ads was in the Mercury News on Monday. Dog experts say prices for Cane Corsos start at about $1,200.

And this is not the first time this man has come under scrutiny but it is the first time anything is being done.

Santa Cruz County knew of problems at the property six years ago, in 2002. In fact, animal services sought a warrant to inspect the property to investigate allegations of animal mistreatment. In 2005, county planning department investigators cited the owner for code violations including operation of a kennel.

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New Program Aims To Stop The Dogfight

The Humane Society of the United States has a new pilot program aimed at giving dogs trained to fight a second chance at life.

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