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12 Mar

Perth Truck Driver Pleads for Stolen Puppy's Safe Return

What kind of person steals puppies?!

Have you seen 9-week-old Yogi?

Trent, a truck driver from Perth, Australia, bought little Yogi, a great dane and mastiff cross breed, two weeks ago to be his companion on the road, according to a report by 9 News Perth. But Yogi was stolen from his truck parked at a Wangara shop last Saturday - in the brief time it took Trent to buy a sandwich. Trent is offering a $1000 reward for his safe return, according to Australia's Today show.

Find out what to do when your dog is stolen!

Watch what happens when Shorty from Pit Boss goes after a man accused of stealing a neighborhood dog:

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!

10 Mar

World's First All-Female Anti-Poaching Unit Fights for Rhinos in South Africa

In South Africa's Kruger National Park, the first all-female anti-poaching unit fights to save the endangered rhino, the majestic animal on the brink of extinction.

 

The Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit was founded by Transfrontier Africa, an organization mobilizing to protect and save rhinos and other wildlife in Balule Nature Reserve within Kruger. 

The unit is unique in that it is composed of woman, unarmed but trained in combat.  Twenty-fix Black Mambas and 23 armed guards protect the Balule region in South Africa, a country where a rhino is killed every seven hours. 

And, guess what? The program is WORKING — the reserve has not seen a rhino loss in ten months while another neighboring reserve has lost 23 rhinos in the same time.  Snare poaching has dropped by 90%.

 

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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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24 Feb

Dog Risks Life to Save Animal Friend

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A dog is battling for his life after trying to save the life of another dog. Patrick, a 2-year-old dog, was found in Santa Fe hovering over his litter mate, covered in punctures and wounds all over his face, head and upper body and legs.

Santa Fe Animal Control found Patrick along a country road Saturday morning in terrible shape. Now, it's a challenge for Patrick to make his way out of his kennel.

Santa Fe Animal Control believes Patrick got his wounds from a number of animals, possibly coyotes, who were trying to attack Patrick's animal friend.

"It was pretty clear he was determined to not leave the side of his friend," said Santa Fe Animal Shelter Director of Growth Evelyn Viechec.

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12 Feb

Remembering the Sochi Dogs, One Year Later

Leading up to last year's Sochi Winter Olympics, Russian animal rights activists accused city authorities of leading a campaign to exterminate stray dogs before the big events. Reports of the widespread culling of dogs put city and Olympic officials on the defensive. 

 

One year ago today! Crazy how big Jakey has gotten :) Photos: @robindmacdonald

A photo posted by gus kenworthy (@guskenworthy) on Feb 11, 2015 at 10:35am PST

The U.S. Olympic team entered Sochi searching for gold medals, but found a different prize. Several American Olympians, notably slopestyle skiing silver medalist Gus Kenworthy worked to adopt and help others adopt some of the more than 1,000 stray dogs, to avoid their untimely deaths. Kenworthy postponed his return home from the Olympics to get the necessary paperwork to allow him to adopt stay puppies that captured his heart in Russia.

His efforts gained great attention in the States, even from the likes of pop singer and animal-lover Miley Cyrus. The rest of America followed suit and welcomed the pups to America for adoption. Our good friends at the Washington Animal Rescue League were among the organizations helping the Sochi dogs find forever homes!

 

Watch Animal Planet LIVE's #PuppyCam 24/7!

23 Dec

Monkey Saves Electrocuted Friend

Tis' the season of giving, or saving...

A monkey at a train station in India was recently captured on film giving C.P.AWWWWWW to another monkey who was knocked unconscious after climbing on an electric wire.

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Commuters watched as the monkey spent 20 minutes trying to revive the monkey by hitting, biting, slapping and even dunking the monkey in water.

The heroic save was captured on mobile phone, with the stunning scene playing out in front of a group of amazed onlookers.

22 Dec

Monkey Saves Friend with "CPR"

 

How amazing is this video of a monkey in India reviving an injured member of his troop? The injured monkey was knocked unconscious after being shocked by high voltage wires and falling to the ground. His friend then administered the monkey version of CPR, which was to bite and dunk him under water to try to wake him up.

There was no mouth-to-mouth or chest compressions, and the manner might've lacked finesse, but it worked. The injured monkey eventually recovered and was able to walk away. 

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25 Nov

Six Reasons Why Animal Planet is Thankful

There are a lot of reasons why Animal Planet is thankful this year, but here are six reasons that stood out!

  1. YOU ALL WENT #IVORYFREE TO END ELEPHANT POACHING >> http://bit.ly/IvoryFree

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  2. WE DIDN'T GET ATTACKED BY LAMPREYS >> http://bit.ly/BloodLake

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  3. UBER BROUGHT US KITTENS FOR NATIONAL KITTEN DAY >> http://bit.ly/KittensonDemand

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  4. WE DIDN'T GET INFECTED DURING THE #ZOMBIE CAM OUTBREAK >> http://bit.ly/ZombieCamAPL

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  5. PIT BULLS & PAROLEES TOOK THE ALS CHALLENGE >> http://bit.ly/PBPALS

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  6. HOPE FOUND A WAY >> http://bit.ly/Hope4Hope

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7 Nov

Prepare Yourself for Cute Overload: Shedd Aquarium Rescues Orphaned Sea Otter Pup

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We couldn't send you off into the weekend without something ridiculously cute to look at, so enjoy awwing at the cuteness of Otter 681, who just arrived at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium as part of a joint rescue effort with the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the United States Fish and Wildlife Services.

The orphaned six-pound female pup arrived at Shedd last Tuesday after living the first four weeks of her life at Monterey Bay in order to make sure was stabilized.

"Pup 681’s situation was urgent. As an organization dedicated to marine mammal care and conservation, we were perfectly positioned to ensure that this little pup had a home, providing the long-term care needed to survive," Tim Binder, Vice President of Animal Collections for Shedd, said in a statement. "This rescued animal provides an opportunity for us to learn more about the biological and behavioral attributes of this threatened species and to encourage people to preserve and protect them in the wild."

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