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9 Apr

Stray Dogs Attend a Stray Care-Giver's Funeral Unannounced

After dedicating years of her life to taking care of strays, dogs and cats alike, 71-year-old Margarita Suárez, received an unexpected honor at her funeral.

Even though she was transported 830 miles from her home town, strays in Cuernavaca Morelos, Mexico, gathered to express their condolences. 

The workers at the funeral home hadn't seen anything like this before. 

Her daughter Patricia Urrutia said her "mom has always been good with all animals and people... Always fed the dogs on her block and the 20 stray cats that lived there." She even carried around bags of food for the strays she met. 

Maybe the food and love she gave to the strays around her home was the talk of the stray community all over Mexico? Who knows! Canine friends just wanted to come to pay respects and mourn the loss of this generous woman. 

"They stayed with my mother all day, and then at night they all stayed- but In the morning all the dogs vanished but one, but one hour before we brought my mom to be cremated the dogs came back and grouped around as if to say goodbye," Urrutia told ABC News. "I swear by God that it was beautiful, marvelous."

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2 Apr

April is National Dog Fighting Awareness Month

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Well, dog-gone! Who knew? Organized dog fights still take place in many parts of the country, even though it's a felony offense across all 50 states.

So, the ASPCA is asking animal advocates to #GetTough on this cruel and barbaric practice by speaking out and creating a social movement by using its hashtag and spreading the word throughout the month of April, and especially on National Dog Fighting Awareness Day (NDFAD) on Wednesday, April 8. 

"In recent decades, fights have become informal street corner and playground activities. Many people who participate in these fights lack even a semblance of respect for the animals, often starving and beating them to encourage aggressive behavior," the ASPCA said. 

It's crazy to think that even the dog owners involved come from every community and all backgrounds, with audiences including lawyers, judges and teachers and other upstanding community leaders.

The main reason people participate is because of the financial benefits, sometimes bringing home sums of $20,000 to $30,000 from dog fights. Using breeds like the Fila Brasileiro, Dogo Argentino, Tosa Inu, Presa Canario and the American Pit Bull Terrier, to carry out the brutal blood sport. 

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30 Mar

Pit Bull Comforts Frightened Deer (VIDEO)

Anyone that sees pit bulls as menaces to society hasn’t met Gotti the Pit Bull.

Don’t let the name fool you—Gotti has a sweet side that came out when a deer became stuck in his family’s garden fence in Greenville, NY. According to the YouTube user that uploaded the video, Gotti stayed by the deer’s side, licking its face and comforting the frightened creature, until animal rescue officials arrived.

Watch and let your heart turn to mush:

See what sweet and loving dogs pit bulls really are and watch heartwarming moments from Pit Bulls and Parolees, only on AnimalPlanet.com.

26 Mar

Animal Planet to Air Special Show Us Your Pits Episode of Pit Bulls and Parolees

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Are you in Pit Bulls and Parolees withdrawal yet? Another amazing season has come to a close and we’re already waiting for the next!

Over the past six years, we’ve followed Villalobos Rescue Center and their hundreds of dogs across California, to the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, where Tia and her crew have withstood hurricanes, wild fires, and the obstacles that come with running the world’s largest pit bull rescue. The fans have been there every step of the way, as we’ve witnessed the highs and lows that come with changing society’s perception of the world’s most misunderstood dog breed.

As a thank you from us, Animal Planet will air a special Show Us Your Pits episode of Pit Bulls and Parolees, featuring the #ShowUsYourPits pit bull photographs from YOU that we haven’t aired yet. Tune in Saturday at 10/9c for the special presentation that was made with the fans and their beloved dogs in mind. Your dog may even make a cameo appearance!

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20 Mar

Saturday's Going to the Pits! Pit Bulls & Parolees Season Finale Airs Saturday at 10/9c

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Are you a Pit Bulls and Parolees fan? Then cancel your weekend plans because Saturday is going to the dogs!

It’s all pit bulls, all day long tomorrow on Animal Planet. The festivities begin early at 9am with our all-day Pit Bulls and Parolees Viewers Choice marathon, featuring the show’s best episodes, as picked by the fans.

The night begins with at 9/8c with Pit Bulls and Parolees: Unleashed, featuring behind the scenes and never before seen footage from this season. It also features our own Tia Torres looking back on memorable moments and giving the fans insight into what they didn’t see on TV. It all leads up to our Pit Bulls and Parolees season finale at 10/9c, in which Tia, after risking her own life to help rescue an abandoned dog, finds herself at odds with a local shelter over the dog’s fate.

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11 Mar

Five Malnourished Pit Bulls Rescued from Bronx Apartment

NYPD cops from the Bronx responding to reports of a domestic dispute ending up finding another type of crime: animal cruelty.

Members of the 49th Precinct’s conditions team found five starving and malnourished pit bulls at an apartment in Williamsbridge last Thursday, according to a New York Daily News article. Upon entering the home, the cops found zero food or water dishes in the entire apartment.

The pups were brought to the 49th precinct station house where they were fed and given water before being given to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for further treatment.

The couple to whom the cops were originally responding were both arrested and charged with animal cruelty.

No animal should go hungry. Watch as Tia and crew rescue a starving pit bull:

Watch Pit Bulls & Parolees every Saturday at 10/9c!

9 Mar

Florida Dog Shot Twice, Tied to Railroad Tracks, THANKFULLY Rescued

A dog that was shot twice then tied to railroad tracks in Tampa, Fla., was saved by police officers who responded to reports of gunfire last Wednesday.

The 1-to-2-year-old mixed breed, named Cabela, had been shot in the neck and shoulder and tied to railroad tracks with a belt, according to The Huffington Post

After being freed, Cabela was taken to the Tampa Bay Veterinary Emergency Center. It was initially believed she might have needed a leg amputated, but according to TV station WTSP, vets at the center put stainless steel hardware in her leg, thus saving it. 

The Tampa Police Department has asked for help in locating suspects in this case and has encouraged anyone with information to call 813-265-4043. For information on how to help Cabela, please visit the TBVEC site.

Watch another tearful rescue below:

For more amazing rescues, watch Pit Bulls & Parolees Saturdays at 10/9c!

6 Mar

Prosthetic Boot Gives Pit Bull Another Chance At Life (VIDEO)

Seven months ago, a pit bull named Girlie Girl was left paralyzed after getting hit by a car. Today, after months of rehabilitation, she is walking and looking for her forever home.

Things didn’t come easy for this sweet pit bull from Arkansas. While she regained the use of her legs over time, one of her hind paws remained paralyzed. That’s when Josh Ketelsen from the Snell Prosthetic and Orthotic Laboratory entered and decided to donate this time and services to building Girly Girl a prosthetic boot.

Get some tissues for this one:

For more on Girlie Girl, visit The Dodo.

And for more feel-good pit bull moments, watch videos from Pit Bulls & Parolees.

27 Feb

Dog Found Frozen to the Ground is OK, but Reminds Us of These Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe in Cold Temps

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Calling all pet owners! It's cold. But we don't need to tell you that. What you should know is that animals think it's cold, too. And sometimes, it's just way too cold for them to be outside.

Little Elsa, a chow-mix from Ecorse, Mich., was found frozen in her backyard on February 17.

Luckily, a neighbor heard her cries and checked on her, otherwise, she'd still be frozen, tangled and bleeding! 

"It took about a half an hour to get her unfrozen from the ground," Patricia Trevino of the River Rouge Animal Shelter told myFOXdetroit. "They had to pour warm water on her. Her two legs were frozen. The side of her face and her side, she was literally laying [sic] frozen to the ground," myFOXdetroit reports.  

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She's being treated for frostbite at Healthy Paws Veterinary Medical Center, but her rescuer Patricia Trevino says that "she may lose a leg or two," myFOXdetroit reports.

Elsa's story is a perfect example of why keeping your dog outside 24/7 is a bad idea in the winter; it's just not safe. 

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26 Feb

Pit Bull Who Survived Abuse Wears Cute Doggie Outfits

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A pit bull entered Atlanta's Fulton County Animal Services last summer, covered in skin abrasions, home-cropped ears and a sweet personality.

Diamond, a brown and white pit bull with a huge smile, caught the attention of volunteer Neely Conway.

"When I saw Diamond, I was immediately brought to tears," Conway said in a recent Huffington Post interview. "When I took her outside I couldn't stop crying. This sweet animal had suffered so much, but was approaching dogs and humans with such a loving and gentle demeanor. I knew she needed to be saved."

Conway looked for rescue groups to help find Diamond a foster home; a safe situation she envisioned that would lead to her adoption. But Conway was having trouble finding a home for the abused pit bull, who may have looked scary to some.

Everything changed when Conway wrote a blog post about Diamond and shared it on Reddit.

The post was forwarded to Melinda McGuire, who wasn't in the market for a new dog. Regardless, the photos caught McGuire's heart forever.

"All I can say was something grabbed my heart when I saw Diamond's picture, and even sitting here now looking over at her I still feel it," McGuire told The Huffington Post.

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