Mother, girlfriend lock 6-year-old boy in dog cage

Mother, girlfriend lock 6-year-old boy in dog cage
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A Georgia mom and her girlfriend locked a 6-year-old child in a dog cage, poured syrup over him and covered him in cat litter, according to authorities. VPC

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Girl sees face for first time following dog attack
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A 7-year-old girl is out of the operating room and working to recover after a brutal dog attack.

Mark Rivera, WTSP 7:20 p.m. EDT April 28, 2014

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Mom Bites Dog’s Ear Off to Save Child From Vicious Pit Bull Attack

Mom Bites Dog’s Ear Off to Save Child From Vicious Pit Bull Attack
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We often say we would do anything for our children, anything to protect them. Thankfully that isn’t always put to the test but one mother was forced to do the unthinkable to save her child’s life. Chelsi Camp and her 2-year-old daughter Mackenzi Plass were playing outside their home in Alvin, Texas. Camp was dog sitting a neighbor’s dog and she was introducing the pit bull to her daughter. The pit bull seemed friendly (like many pit bulls — many dogs — are) but something changed in the pup and he attacked the toddler. Mackenzi was bitten all over her body, most serverely to her head and face.

Camp first shoved her fist into the dog’s mouth to try to release the dog’s bite from her daughter and unable to overpower the pup, she bit his ear off. It sounds extreme, but in the moment this mom’s instinct took over to do whatever it was she needed to do to save her child.

More startling than the mother biting the dog’s ear off is the wounds all over Mackenzi’s body. I cannot imagine the sheer terror this child and mother felt when this was happening.

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From Russia With Dog: Check Out the Spot Subaru Is Bringing to US
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You’d think a car company wouldn’t run a spot showing a pooch run over by one of its vehicles, right? Wrong.

But Subaru of America will be pushing a spot created by Russian agency Smetana in St. Petersburg that depicts just that scenario. There is, of course, a surprise twist: The dog set the whole thing up in order to steal a Subaru and take it for a wild ride.

The commercial, for Subaru’s importer in Russia, starts off as a typical dash-cam video — which are ubiquitous in Russia — showing a woman driving down a dark road…………………continues on AdAge.com
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‘Royal Dog of Madagascar’ to Join Westminster Pack

‘Royal Dog of Madagascar’ to Join Westminster Pack
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A hardy Hungarian hunting dog and a pet known as the “royal dog of Madagascar” will join the pack at the Westminster Kennel Club show next year, organizers announced Friday.

The kennel club said the wirehaired vizsla and the coton de tulear will be eligible to compete for the first time in the New York show next February.

The wire-haired vizsla is a medium-size breed developed to hunt in northern Hungary’s cold winters and rough terrain. It’s related to the vizsla, which has a smooth coat.

The coton de tulear is a small, cheerful companion dog with a long, white, cotton-like coat.

“While they differ in exercise and grooming needs, both are sweet, loyal, loving family companions,” said Gina DiNardo, a spokeswoman for the American Kennel Club, the governing body for Westminster and many other canine events.

Breeds are added to the prestigious Westminster dog show after they are recognized by the AKC. Recognition requires having several hundred dogs of the breed nationwide, among other criteria. With the newcomers, there are now 180 AKC-recognized breeds.

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Legislator attacks vague dog laws
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Jon Offredo, The News Journal 11:54 p.m. EDT April 25, 2014

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Dad with Alzheimer’s Briefly Regains Speech With Family Dog

Dad with Alzheimer’s Briefly Regains Speech With Family Dog
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A New Mexico woman whose father gradually lost most of his speech as his Alzheimer’s advanced, says spending time with the family pets often coxes small snippets of conversation from the ailing man.

Lisa Abeyta’s father, Charles Sasser, of Alburqurque, N.M., was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, a degenerative disease affecting memory, about four or five years ago, but only began to lose his speech in the last six months to a year, she said.

Abeyta has written about the family’s struggles with the disease numerous times on her blog, but it was a video Abeyta posted Thursday to YouTube and Reddit that moved thousands of strangers to share their own personal journeys with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Courtesy Lisa Abeyta

Charles Sasser and Pat Sasser at home on Thanksgiving 2013.

The video captured the moment Charles Sasser, a Korean war veteran, began to speak to the Abeyta’s family dog, Roscoe, at their home. Abeyta, a tech entrepreneur, says that she has seen her father “coo” and talk to his…………………continues on ABC News
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Score One For Fido: Airport Adds $ 75000 Dog Potty
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Service dogs Jello, right, and Cricket sniff around the new Service Animal Relief Area at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport. (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Mandi Wright) Credit:

Dogs in the skies can look forward to an easier bathroom break when flying to Detroit.

Most dog bathrooms in airports require dog and owner go outside the secure area, reports petfriendlytravel.com. This means they have to come back through security after the dog “does his business.”

Beginning this week, after a $ 75,000 Service Animal Relief Area addition, four-legged flyers who frequent the Detroit Metropolitan Airport can take their potty break inside the secured area of the airport, making travel easier for both animal and owner.

Most of the dogs who use the airport bathrooms are service dogs. That’s because service dogs are allowed to fly inside the plane cabin and move through airport terminals. People flying with dogs for other reasons (moving, vacationing, dog shows), can fly with their dog in the plane’s cabin only if the dog meets the airline’s size requirements. Otherwise, they fly in cargo.

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Man leaves $1000 tip for dog’s surgery

Man leaves $ 1000 tip for dog’s surgery
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Christina Summitt’s 16-year-old stepson hugs Tucker before his surgery.
  • A customer left Christina Summitt a $ 1,000 tip
  • He told her to put it toward her dog’s surgery
  • “Good people do exist,” Summitt said

Tell us the good stuff! Go to CNN iReport to share your stories of people helping others, showing kindness and acting heroically in big ways and small.

(CNN) — Good people, not to mention good tippers, do exist. Christina Summitt knows that for sure now after what happened Saturday night.

The paw-print tattoo on Summitt’s wrist often leads to conversations with strangers about her love of animals; she’s a volunteer with a pit bull rescue group and spends lot…………………continues on CNN
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N. Texas deputy accused of shooting man’s dog to death gets fire
Article from Dallas News … – FOX 4 News:
After Candy died, Middleton began a campaign on Facebook that is getting national attention and said she was killed for no good reason.

Last week, someone broke into Middleton’s house. He was on his tractor when the deputy arrived to investigate.

Middleton could see Candy in the bed of his truck, and when the deputy walked up to the house, Candy jumped down. She was barking, and then Middleton lost sight of her.

“The officer comes down and says, ‘Sir, I’m sorry, I shot your dog — she charged me,’” said Middleton. “I became very hysterical and very upset…I said, ‘No, no, no…you shot my baby.’”

Candy was more than just a pet to Middleton — the 2-year-old Blue Heeler was his work partner, always by his side.

After the shooting, the deputy called for backup, and Middleton pulled out his phone and started recording.

What I’m saying is the man pulls up without cause and shoots my dog,” Middleton can be heard saying in the video.

“Your dog charged me, buddy,” the deputy says.

“No, no,” says Middleton.

“I got it on dash cam man; your dog charged me,” says the deputy.

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Child mauled by family dog in Essex

Child mauled by family dog in Essex
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A toddler mauled by a dog Tuesday in Essex suffered serious injuries, Baltimore County police said.

The incident happened in the unit block of Barnacle Court just before 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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An initial investigation indicated a 2-year-old boy was in the home when a family pet, a 3-year-old brown pit bull named Midnight, attacked him.

“Units responded to a call for an animal complaint. When we got here, we were told that the family dog, which is a pit bull, apparently just attacked the 2-year-old child, and it was attached to his face,” said Baltimore County Police Lt. William Watts.

During the struggle to get the dog off the child, family members killed the dog, detectives said.

“I understood John had to use his knife to take the dog down. I know it was a hard decision,” said neighbor Phil Thomas.

Police said the boy was flown to Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore with serious but non-life-threatening injuries to his face.

It was a tough scene to look at for people who got close.

“It was a crime scene. That’s what it looked,” said neighbor Kisha Griffin.

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Neighbors Want Dog Euthanized After Girl Attacked
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Mom Mourns Infant Mauled By Pit Bulls

2-year-old girl died after she was attacked by a pair of pit bulls Saturday afternoon in South Chicago.

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Mom protects 2-year-old daughter by biting off dog’s ear

Mom protects 2-year-old daughter by biting off dog’s ear
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Chelsi Camp says while she doesn’t have physical strength on her side, she knew she had to do something when her two-year-old was attacked by a dog. VPC

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Metro police raid dog-fighting ring
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Metro animal control examines a dog seized from a fighting ring in Bordeaux

Adam Tamburin, atamburin@tennessean.com 10:42 a.m. CDT April 22, 2014

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Service Dog Guides Marathon Bombing Victims Through A Grim Year – NPR

Service Dog Guides Marathon Bombing Victims Through A Grim Year – NPR
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Jessica Kensky lost a leg in the Boston Marathon bombing. When she says, "Brr, I'm cold," Rescue the assistance dog knows to bring her the blanket.i i

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Hospital dogs making friends fast
Article from Boston Globe:

On April 16 last year, the morning after, Mike Hurley walked into the surgical waiting room at Boston Medical Center, into a tense and dazed crowd of people desperate to hear how their loved ones were doing. And he brought with him a simple question: Do you want to pet a dog?

The answer was no. No one wanted to pet his dog.

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All of a sudden, the whole idea felt ridiculous to Hurley. He wasn’t a therapist. He was a clinical engineer, a quiet member of the hospital support staff for 14 years, the guy from the basement who came to fix the machines. What was he thinking walking into that room with his dog?

Hurley politely told the families he would be available all day, and took Dexter, his 9-year-old boxer, to his office in the basement. Just before lunch, he grabbed Dexter’s leash, took a hard swallow, and returned to the waiting room with the same question: Would anyone like a visit from Dexter?

This time, he got a very different answer. One woman said she would. Then another. Then it snowballed. “Everyone could see what he does, which is he greets you lik…………………continues on Boston Globe
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Woman Reunited With Dog, TV Snatched on 1st Date

Woman Reunited With Dog, TV Snatched on 1st Date
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A woman has been reunited with her Yorkshire Terrier and flat-screen TV that were snatched during her first date with a man she met online.

The woman called police early Saturday to say that her dog, Violet, had been tied by its leash to the TV, and both were left in the front yard of her Dover home, the Daily Record of Parsippany (http://dailyre.co/1eNpgE1) reported. Violet appeared to be in good health.

Authorities say the pair met on a dating site and went out for the first time Thursday night. After returning home, the woman said she became occupied in another room, leaving the man alone. When she returned, he was gone — and so were her dog, valued at $ 4,000, and her TV, worth about $ 3,000.

The woman said she knew the man only as “Joel” and believed he lived in Elizabeth. Police said Saturday that they know the man’s identity and that charges could be filed, though the investigation is ongoing.

Police said the man used the woman’s cellphone, so they dusted it for fingerprints. They also checked other locations that the short-lived couple visited on their date.

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Dogs get their day: Easter egg hunt draws dozens of hounds
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The Easter Bunny poses for pictures with Henny LaLinde and her dog Nacho… (Mark Randall / Sun Sentinel )

April 19, 2014|By Susannah Bryan, Sun Sentinel

OAKLAND PARK — It was no place for a bunny — not even a human dressed as one.

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Family dog Hershey senses seizures

Family dog Hershey senses seizures
Article from Lehigh Acres News Star:
Cristela Guerra, cguerra@news-press.com 10:07 p.m. EDT April 18, 2014

“Breathe Gavin…Don’t forget to breathe,” his mother says in the background of a home video. “Are you excited Gavin? Who’s here?”

Light streams in on the boy standing just inside the front door of his house barefoot in a blue polo and flannel shorts. Breathing heavily, he clenches his fists, open and close, open and close. Brandi Lawrey laughs and asks if he needs his inhaler.

In that smile, all you see is teeth.

“Hersheeeey!” Gavin says in a squealing high pitch.

“Come here Hershey!” he claps his hands.

The snorting, curly black-haired toy poodle rambles into the house sporting a red vest and a license almost the size of his he…………………continues on Lehigh Acres News Star

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The Criminal Mastermind Behind a Car Vandalism Spree Turned Out To Be A Dog
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Brampton Car Vandal Slashing Tires Turns Out to Be a Dog – TIME TIME
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