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Pit Bulls and Parolees

19 Jan

Persistent Rescue Pit Bull Tries to Cartwheel

Forget monkey see, monkey do! This friendly pit bull, Oakland, has high ambitions after watching his human sister Kailyn nail a series of impressive cartwheels. 

Unfortunately, the 18-month-old pup isn't nearly as graceful or coordinated and just sort of stops-drops-and-rolls instead. Oakland doesn't quit however, giving the gymnastic trick a few more valiantly adorable tries. 

Oakland's owner, Jacqueline Sloan has since created a Facebook page for her pooch in hope of building awareness for pit bulls and helping improve their struggling reputation.

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14 Jan

Pit Bull Who Lived Through Hell Finds Someone Who Knows What That's Like

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from thedodo.com)

Hope the pit bull was rescued from unimaginable pain and waited nearly a year for her forever home.

Hope was found by Animal Care And Control (ACC) NYC in June 2014, wandering the streets in the Bronx covered in bruises, open wounds and her own blood. It was clear that she had been used as a bait dog for dog fighting, as many of her injuries appeared to be from a whip or a wire. She was also covered in bite marks.

Sweet little Hope was only 2 years old when she was found, and yet she had already been through so much pain. Second Chance Rescue NYC pulled Hope from the shelter and vowed to help her find the happy ending she deserved.

 

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12 Jan

Dog Living in Junkyard Had No Idea His Owner was Still Looking for Him

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(Guest post by Christian Cotroneo from thedodo.com)

For more than a year, they fed the solitary dog who was frequently spotted in a Georgia scrapyard.

The dog was nearly impossible to catch, so Kera Bagwell and Stephanie Sparks of Marietta contented themselves to leave him food twice a day.

Little did the women know, the drifter dog had a family. He was missed terribly.

And his name was Bear.

Kelly Thomas and Ted Kupferman lost Bear in 2013, according to a report from Atlanta-based 11Alive News. Bear, a rescue dog, was startled after being involved in a car accident. He bolted into the woods. And despite hours and days of searching and calling his name, Bear didn't come home.

"I spent 12 hours that day and evening, searching for him, calling his name, combing the area," Kupferman told USA Today, "And could find absolutely nothing."

He never gave up looking.

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12 Jan

Pit Bull Found Tied to Pole Never Lost His Love for Snuggling

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(Guest post by zainabakande from thedodo.com)

This pit bull was found tied up to a pole in Philadelphia back in 2014 — and he's been looking for a permanent place to call home ever since.

When Mickey, approximately 3 or 4 years old, was first found by the Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia (ACCT Philly), he was missing fur from mange (a skin disease caused by parasites) and had a clubfoot, according to the Street Tails Animal Rescue (STAR) group, which pulled him from the public shelter. When Mickey first came to STAR, he was a frightened, anxious dog — he was also broken and depressed.

Through STAR, Mickey was placed into two different foster homes.

Since his rough start has left him prone to stress, it's hard for Mickey to get along with other dogs. Mickey wasn't a good match with another dog in the first home, and in his second home, his parent was relocating and had to give him back up. Mickey returned to STAR, where he was living in the basement of the rescue, all alone and away from his fellow rescue brothers and sisters.

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5 Jan

Dog Who Had Legs Cut Off Shocks Everyone With Her Recovery

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from thedodo.com)

Some animals experience such horrors, it's nothing short of a miracle when they survive.

When Scooter was found in Thailand in March, her legs had been removed and her spine was broken. There's no way to know why this was done to Scooter, but she had been dragging her broken body around for at least 3 months before she was rescued, causing terrible infections along the underside of her body.

When she was finally brought to safety, it was clear only a miracle dog could have survived what Scooter went through.

Scooter was rescued by the Soi Dog Foundation, where Willow Sullivan found her. Sullivan runs an animal sanctuary and rescue called Willow's Wings in New York, and had adopted from Soi Dog Foundation before. "One night I was looking on the Soi Dog Facebook page and I came across the post on Scooter. I barely finished reading and immediately sent an email," Sullivan told The Dodo.

Sullivan first started Scooter's adoption process in August, and on September 29 she finally arrived in the U.S. Even though she was saved from unspeakable horrors, Scooter's journey to health and happiness was far from over.

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5 Jan

Man Sees Trash Bag Moving and Finds the Most Heartbreaking Surprise

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(Guest post by Sarah V Schweig from thedodo.com)

A heart-stopping video recently posted to Facebook distills the opposite extremes of human nature in just a few seconds.

The footage shows a man approaching a plastic bag that appears to be slightly moving.

He's careful to cut open the part of the bag that's been tied together, closing off what's contained.

And just a second later, the head of a little black puppy pops out, looking confusedly around.

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30 Dec

Dog Lost His Home and His Teddy Bear, But Just Got So Much More

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from thedodo.com)

It's not being needy if all you want is a home to be loved in.

When a dog named Needy was abandoned at the Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia (ACCT), he was left with the only thing that brought him comfort — his beloved teddy bear. Needy clung to the teddy bear like his life depended on it … until that was taken from him, too.

Needy was surrendered on November 11, and waited all through November and December for someone to come and save him. His former owners told the shelter that he was a great dog who knew a bunch of commands, and it's unclear why they decided to give him up in the first place. No one who has met Needy understands it, either.

"He is very loved at the shelter by all his volunteer friends and was making everyone he met fall in love with him," Kimberly Cary, a volunteer with rescue group Chester County Dog Tails, told The Dodo. "The volunteers say he is shy but he warms up to you and loves resting his head on your shoulders and is very loving and playful!"

Even though Needy's teddy bear helped him cope with being abandoned, he wasn't allowed to keep it. "The shelter took his teddy bear away from him shortly after he was given up because they said it was not one of the 'approved' types of toys allowed," Cary said. Certain types of toys may be considered choking hazards or undesirable for other reasons by shelters.

And so Needy waited, homeless and without his favorite bear, for someone to see how wonderful he is.

Finally, someone did.

Needy was rescued on Tuesday by Diamonds in the Ruff Rescue, a huge step towards finally finding his forever home. The rescue saved Needy in honor of one of their other rescue dogs, Kermit, who passed away on Christmas Day. They renamed Needy to Fozzie Bear, because Fozzie is Kermit's best friend in The Muppets.

As if being rescued wasn't great enough, volunteers helped give Fozzie something incredible — brand new teddy bears. After they saved him, the rescue put a call out to the community asking people to donate teddy bears for Fozzie, and everyone pulled through for him.

He may not have a home yet, but slowly Fozzie is learning what it truly means to be loved again, and can now wait for his forever family in the company of all the teddy bears he could ever want.

If you would be interested in adopting Fozzie Bear, you can contact Diamonds in the Ruff Rescue for more information. If you'd like to adopt a pet of your own, you can go to Adopt-a-Pet.com for more information.

When she encounters on frightened pup, Tania pulls all the moves from her dog rescue playbook. She puts all the lessons learned from her pro Mama to use to get this sweet dog to trust her.

30 Dec

He Showed Up on Just the Right Doorstep Christmas Night

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(Guest post by Christian Cotroneo from thedodo.com)

It was chance that brought this dog to a sympathetic doorstep on Christmas Day.

And chance that carried him to the care and attention he so desperately needed. So this battered holiday orphan was given the name Chance, after being found wandering a yard in Michigan City, Indiana, with broken bones and a mouth taped shut.

"Friends and I were celebrating Christmas when a stray dog came into the back yard," a poster claimed on Reddit.

Warning: Mildly graphic image below

Chance was rushed to North Central Emergency Veterinary Center. Then Sherri Christopher of animal rescue group Guardians of the Green Mile got the call.

She was at home, eating Chinese food on Christmas Day, and nursing another battered dog — a refugee from the fighting ring named Edwin — when the veterinarian called.

A dog had been brought in by a Good Samaritan. Both hips broken. Foam coming out of his nose. He could scarcely breathe. The surgical costs would be high. Would the Guardians be able to help?

"And I said, 'Absolutely, we're going to stand up for this guy. He's got the will. We've got the backing.'"

A mass of dead tissue had to be removed from Chance's mouth. His upper lips were almost gone completely, rubbed down to his gums. And those broken bones? The group believes his hips were stomped on.

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The bones will eventually mend. So too, his mouth. All that remains is his heart. But already Chance is showing every sign of healing that, too.

"His personality was really what saved his life," Christopher tells The Dodo.

His tail never stopped wagging.

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For updates on Chance's road to recovery and information on when he will be ready for adoption, follow Guardians of the Green Mile on Facebook. Not every battered dog chances upon the right doorstep. There are a few ways you can report animal abuse online. You can also help support dogs like Chance by making a donation to Guardians of the Green Mile here.

Tia's day started with a bang when she's found a poor dog named Curtis with a gunshot wound in the back of his head. She races him to the vet before it's too late.

29 Dec

He Was Only Allowed Out of the Basement on Weekends

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(Guest post by Christian Cotroneo from thedodo.com)

You'll forgive Aneo for being a bit in the dark about the way things work in life. He's never been crate trained. He knows no commands. He isn't housebroken.

He never had a chance.

For most of his life, Aneo's sole domain was a basement, according his admission profile at Animal Care & Control of New York City. The basement was where he tore up bags, barked at unknown noises above his head — and piled up feces.

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The pit bull mix was a present, gifted when he was just 2 weeks old. He soon became the ultimate throwaway, banished to the basement.

Except for Saturdays and Sundays, when he was allowed outside to see the light of day. Maybe that's why Aneo, despite the staggering deprivation he endured, kept a light on in his heart.

When his owner finally surrendered Aneo to Animal Care & Control of New York City three years later, he didn't seem like a dog who spent most of his life underground.

"Aneo is a big grey teddy bear," wrote an animal control staffer in an adoption profile after meeting him. "He is such a sweet tempered, calm and patient dog. When he takes a treat from you he does so with the utmost delicacy and he walks like a gentleman on the leash."

There is, however, a glaring tic in Aneo's personality, the staffer notes: "He really, really does not like to be returned to his kennel after a walk."

Indeed, for a dog who only greeted the sun on weekends, returning to the kennel must have felt like a life sentence.

Only Aneo was sentenced to death.

It's not like there are many options for a 3-year-old dog who never learned the basics of life. And although the city-funded New York City Animal Control doesn't turn away any animals, the sheer numbers result in some 6,000 dogs being euthanized every year.

Make no mistake. Aneo needs work. Essentially, all the work his errant owner chose not to put into his "present."

 

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But the animal welfare group Furbridge thinks he deserves a real chance at life. The group has pulled him from death row. Now, Aneo desperately needs a foster home.

If you live in the tri-state area and think you could offer Aneo the home he seems to have waited his entire life for, visit the Furbridge website.

Tia Torres and her Villalobos team realize that the fight to save dogs is more urgent than ever -- and the fight now extends far beyond the bustling city of New Orleans.

26 Dec

Dog Saved From Life of Violence is Stolen Back by Dogfighters

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(Guest post by Hudson Hongo from thedodo.com)

This weekend, police rescued an injured pit bull from the bloody world of dog fighting, only for criminals to pull him right back in.

On Saturday, officers responding to a noise complaint stumbled upon a massive dog fighting event in Putnam County, Florida. According to police, about 100 people fled the scene, leaving behind 39 vehicles, 20 dogs and at least one firearm. 

Animal control officials euthanized one gravely injured dog and took the others to their facility, but on Sunday, thieves cut through a chain link fence to steal back a pit bull believed to be a champion.

"He was basically the winner," animal caretaker Cindy Brown told WJAX-TV. "He had a few punctures, but nothing like the [dog who was put down]."

Authorities say they've contacted 20 people in connection with the dog fighting ring, but all 20 have denied being directly involved, claiming they were spectators.

Florida has some of the toughest animal cruelty laws in the country. Even attending a dog fight in the state is a felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison, but so far no arrests have been announced. The Dodo has reached out to police for comment and will update this story if we learn more.

"It's going to be quite an involved investigation simply because of the number of people and what was going on there," a Putnam County Sheriff's Office spokesperson told WCJB-TV. "We have to be able to prove that the people were there watching the dog fight and not doing anything else, and when they all run into the woods in the middle of the night, that's a bit of a problem."

Authorities say investigations into both incidents are ongoing. Anyone with information about the robbery or the dog fight off Azalea Lane in west Putnam County can contact the Putnam County Sheriff's Office.

To learn more about how you can take action against dog fighting, visit the Humane Society's website here.

Because of bad past experiences with law enforcement and Villalobos, Tia is nervous about meeting the task force in charge of eliminating dog fighting in New Orleans.

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