10 charged in Elizabeth dog-fighting ring; 17 dogs seized, authorities say

10 charged in Elizabeth dog-fighting ring; 17 dogs seized, authorities say
Article from NJ.com:

Acting Union County Prosecutor Grace Park said 10 people were charged with operating a dog fighting operation in Elizabeth. She said 17 dogs were recovered, some injured. (NJ Advance Media file photo)

ELIZABETH — Ten people were arrested this weekend when police broke up a dog-fighting ring and found 17 dogs kept in a city home, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace Park said today.

Nine city residents and a man from Irvington were arrested Saturday night after police raided a house on Magnolia Avenue and stopped a van in traffic nearby, Park said.

The dogs were located in the home, several of them with obvious injuries and most being kept in small, dirty, steel or plastic cages, Park said. Investigators also found a treadmill allegedly used to build up the dogs’ endurance levels in preparation for fights; a dog fighting ring stained with blood; various collars, chains, and harnesses; a pellet gun, marijuana, and a stolen ATV.

The arrests resulted from a joint investigation of the prosecutor’s Guns, Gangs, Drugs, and Violent Crimes Task Force, along with the New Jersey Society for the P…………………continues on NJ.com
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Watch this very good dog learn to catch food in slow motion
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Fritz the Dog has been practicing catching food in his mouth. It is going so bad. This video is so good.

A list of foods Fritz the Dog heroically attempted to catch

(1) A taco

(2) A piece of pizza

(3) A steak

(4) A hot dog

(5) A donut

(6) A meatball

Please, PLEASE watch the full video leave a comment telling this good dog he’s a good dog.

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Driver who intentionally struck pregnant dog with vehicle sought

Driver who intentionally struck pregnant dog with vehicle sought
Article from KPRC Houston:
HOUSTON –

Veterinarians are working to save a dog and her six to seven unborn puppies.

Suki was hit by a car near the intersection of Vivian Road and Bentley Street, in an area off the North Freeway dubbed the “Corridor of Cruelty.” It’s an area known as a dumping ground for animals who have no owners.

Volunteers with the rescue group Corridor Rescue Inc. were in the area feeding dogs on Thursday when they said they saw cruelty at its worst.

Suki was in the street, in the path of an oncoming truck.

“The feeders were trying to tell him, ‘Please, please, slow down!,’ but he didn’t. He did the opposite,” Helle Kastrup said.

Kastrup is a volunteer with the group and said the driver of the truck sped up and intentionally ran Suki over.

“Everything was so fast,” she said. “The dog was rolling around in the street and under the truck.”

The dog is now at the Vergi Animal Emergency Hospital on the Katy Freeway getting the treatment she and her unborn puppies need.

She has a lot of visible injuries but also a lot of internal ailments. She can barely walk, let alone stand and will need surgery on her pelvis after doctors deliver her puppies via Cesarean section in about two weeks.

“She was covered in motor oil,” said Dr. Julia Spade. “She has a lot of wounds o…………………continues on KPRC Houston
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Dog rescues 2 from rip current in California
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VENTURA, Calif. (WLS) —

“Good dog,” is an understatement when you’re talking about this heroic pooch in California.

Nico the Bernese mountain dog saved the lives of two swimmers caught in a rip current at a Ventura, Calif. beach.

The man and woman yelled for help, and Nico splashed right in, dragging them back to safety.

The grateful swimmers asked if Nico was trained as a rescue dog. His owners say no, they’ve never seen him do anything like it.

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Rescued Korean Meat-Farm Dogs Taken to Shelters for Adoption

Rescued Korean Meat-Farm Dogs Taken to Shelters for Adoption
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Nearly 60 dogs are recovering at the San Francisco SPCA after a long flight from South Korea. The dogs were rescued from a meat farm outside of Seoul, where dog meat is considered a delicacy. Bob Redell reports. (Published Friday, Mar 20, 2015)

Updated at 10:57 PM PDT on Friday, Mar 20, 2015

Most of the 57 dogs rescued from the butcher in South Korea are doing well at a San Francisco animal shelter and are getting ready to find new homes in the United States.

On Friday, the dogs, mostly puppies, were being sent to four adoption agencies in San Francisco, the East Bay, Marin and Sacramento. The dogs NBC Bay Area

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Woman sues dog walker who lost pit bull after ‘flipping out’
Article from New York Post:

The most hated dog walker in New York has finally been revealed.

The Manhattan man who allegedly “flipped out” last month and lost Sugar — a beloved pit bull mix who has become a social media celebrity — has been outed in court papers as Tommy Doerr, a 46-year-old East Village resident.

Bogle was in London on business when the incident took place.Photo: Chad Rachman

Devastated dog owner Morgan Bogle, 33, is suing Doerr for negligence in Manhattan Supreme Court.

She went to court against Doerr “because he refused to speak to me,” Bogle told The Post.

“I have tried to play detective for three and a half weeks, and the reality is we just don’t know” what happened to the tan-and-white, 4-year-old Sugar, said Bogle.

Bogle, a vegan fashionista, is offering a no-questions-asked $ 10,000 reward for the dog’s safe return. The dog’s missing posters seems to be papered on every pole in M…………………continues on New York Post
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New Study to Investigate Whether Dog Saliva Can Help With Allergies

New Study to Investigate Whether Dog Saliva Can Help With Allergies
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It turns out that man’s best friend might could also hold a key to lessening those pesky allergic reactions.

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DNA Tests Help California Shelter Speed up Dog Adoptions
Article from ABC News:

A quarter of the dogs taken in by one California animal shelter look like Chihuahuas. So how do you make a pet stand out when it’s similar to so many other dogs at the shelter? Check the DNA.

The Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA in Burlingame, a 30-minute drive south of San Francisco, began free DNA tests under the slogan “Who’s Your Daddy?” Scott Delucchi, the shelter’s senior vice president, came up with the idea to speed up adoptions of Chihuahua-centric dogs.

Because pets become part of the family, the $ 50 tests allow owners to find out the background of their pooches and certain traits they could exhibit. The tests also allow the shelter to get creative by coming up with clever breed names that can boost adoption odds.

For example, the Chihuahua-Australian shepherd-Jack Russell terrier-collie became a “Kiwi collier”; a Yorkshire terrier and beagle mix became a “Yorkle”; and a golden retriever-miniature pinscher-Chihuahua was proclaimed a “golden Chinscher.”

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Video Shows Medford Man Allegedly Tossing Girlfriend’s Dog

Video Shows Medford Man Allegedly Tossing Girlfriend’s Dog
Article from Boston.com:

Boston.com Staff | 03.17.15 | 8:05 PM

A Medford man is facing three felony animal-cruelty charges after his neighbor filmed him allegedly abusing a dog on three separate occasions, according to a Medford Police statement.

Police identified Ryan Baker, 32, as the person throwing the dog in the above video, which police released Tuesday. Police also have video from the neighbor of Baker dragging the dog by its leash, punching it, and kicking it.

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The neighbor reported Baker and turned over his footage to police Sunday. Police said the dog, “Bullet,” a young, 40-pound pit bull, belongs to Baker’s girlfriend and is only at his residence on weekends. Police said the dog shows signs that it fears Baker in the videos.

Ryan Baker’s booking photo.

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Police Dog Bites Black Man
Article from The New Yorker:
Studies show that dogs reveal the hidden prejudices of the officers who deploy them. Credit Photograph by Scott Olson / Getty

The Department of Justice’s report on the Ferguson Police Department is full of eye-catching numbers that reveal a culture plagued by significant racism. Statistically significant. For instance, nearly ninety per cent of the people who prompted a “use of force” by the F.P.D. were black. Even among such skewed percentages, there are some standouts. Among cases in which a suspect was bitten by an attack dog and the suspect’s race was recorded, what percentage were black?

A hundred per cent.

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Police Announce Arrests in Case of Dog Tied to Train Tracks

Police Announce Arrests in Case of Dog Tied to Train Tracks
Article from ABC News:

Cabela, a 1-year-old mixed breed dog who was rescued after being shot and tied to railroad tracks in Tampa, has captured a nation’s heart, while police have announced four arrests in connection with the dog’s abuse.

“Cabela was shot because she wouldn’t fight,” said Andrea Davis, a Tampa Police spokeswoman.

A photo of the bloodied dog in a police officer’s arms was widely circulated earlier this month.

Police have received thousands of messages in the case, including adoption offers, via phone calls, emails and through social media.

Cabela is being cared for at Tampa Bay Veterinary Emergency Service. Doctors initially thought Cabela’s leg would have to be amputated, but they were able to save her leg.

Cabela will make a full recovery, Davis said.

The dog had been used for fighting and didn’t do well, officials said, and that’s why she was marked for death.

On Thursday, police said 18-year-old Darnell Devlin and 21-year-old Kenny Bell each face two counts of possession of a dogfighting dog. The arrests came after a search warrant of a home where Cabela had lived. Detectives discovered two more dogs that were used for…………………continues on ABC News
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Meet Smiley: The Adorable Therapy Dog Born Without Eyes
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Dog walker loses woman’s pit bull after meltdown

Dog walker loses woman’s pit bull after meltdown
Article from New York Post:

It’s every dog owner’s nightmare.

An East Village woman entrusted her beloved pooch to a neighborhood dog walker while she was on a business trip — and he lost the pet in the cold, she told The Post on Tuesday.

Bogle was in London on business when the incident took place.Photo: Chad Rachman

“I’m absolutely devastated. I want my dog back. I seem like I’m holding it together, but I’m not. I’m on the verge of a complete breakdown,” said Morgan Bogle, 33, who owns a vegan fashion company.

Bogle said she trusted her longtime dog walker to care for her sweet pit bull mix, Sugar — a rescue animal she adopted in The Bronx four years ago — while she flew to London on business last week.

But the man flipped out while she was away, kicking the front door of her apartment Monday while shouting and swearing, witnesses said.

“He was screaming, ‘F–k you! Let me in the f–king house now!’ ” a witness said, adding that Sugar was nowhere in sight.

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Dog owners sue Purina, say food poisons, kills pets
Article from Detroit Free Press:
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Rabid dog may have exposed other animals at Zilker Park

Rabid dog may have exposed other animals at Zilker Park
Article from KXAN.com:

AUSTIN (KXAN) – A dog confirmed to have rabies spent about three hours at Zilker Park earlier this month, animal public health officials warn.

The black and white Border Collie mix is 9-10 months old and played fetch with its owner near the sand volleyball courts. The dog did not drink from any public watering areas. However, it may have sniffed other dogs with nose-to-nose contact.

The dog was not vaccinated against rabies according to animal control officials. It started to show symptoms on Feb. 12, several days after the park visit on Feb. 8. Animal Services determined the dog was infectious when it was at the park.

Officials with Austin Animal Services say the virus can only be transmitted through oral fluids into wounds, cuts, or membranes like the mouth, nostril or eyes.

The Austin/Travis County Health & Human Services says the dog was contagious and was later put down. Symptoms of rabies can take 3 to 8 weeks to develop. During that time the virus travels through the animal’s nerves to the spinal cord and brain, then to the saliva. However, the illness can be prevented after an exposure through one or more vaccinations.

Animal Trustees of Austin offers affordable care and vaccines, including the rabies shot.

“There’s just really no excuse not to have it ,and legally you have to,” said Marissa Kilgore, a vet-tech and…………………continues on KXAN.com
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Lawsuit Claims Beneful Dog Food Kills Pets
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A new lawsuit claims that Beneful dog food may be killing its customers’ four-legged friends.

Complaints about Beneful date back several years, ABC News
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Girl, 2, Mauled To Death By Dog In West Mifflin

Girl, 2, Mauled To Death By Dog In West Mifflin
Article from CBS Local:

WEST MIFFLIN (KDKA)- Police are investigating a deadly dog mauling that left a 2-year-old girl dead in West Mifflin.

The attack took place around 8:45 p.m. Sunday at a home on Fleetwood Drive.

A pit bull bit Taylynn Devaugh, 2, of Forest Hills.  She was rushed to Jefferson Memorial Hospital, where she later died from her injuries.

Little Taylynn DeVaughn was a lively toddler. Her father says she was his little pride and joy and loved her family a lot.

But now, she’s gone after a pit bull mix mauled her at her mom’s sister’s boyfriend’s house on Fleetwood Street in West Mifflin.

“She’s just a lovely person, loves everybody,” said Cory DeVaughn, Taylynn’s father.

He says the whole family was at the house Sunday night. He said he was cooking dinner in the kitchen when all of a sudden, the dog attacked his daughter.

“I came out of the kitchen. He dropped her and she was gone, bleeding from here,” Cory said.

When police and paramedics got to the scene, they transported her to Jefferson Regional Hospital where she was pronounced dead around 9:30 p.m. On Sunday. The dog was taken to a local kennel where it will be quarantined for a minimum of 10 days. It’s unclear why the dog attacked Taylynn.

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Santa Cruz County horror: 2 dogs stuffed in sandbags, tossed from car
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Two people hospitalized after dog attack

Two people hospitalized after dog attack
Article from Las Vegas Review-Journal:

Two people were hospitalized Friday after a woman was attacked by neighborhood dogs in front of her northeast valley home, Las Vegas police said.

Police responded and fatally shot one of the dogs.

The call came in about 9:50 a.m. of four dogs that knocked down a 65-year-old woman in her front yard in the 900 block of Looking Glass Lane, near Bonanza Road and Sloan Lane.

Police said the woman suffered lacerations to her face and both arms and was taken to University Medical Center with severe injuries.

A next-door neighbor, who police said tried to intervene with a baseball bat, was bitten in the arm and also taken to University Medical Center. His condition is not known.

Two patrol officers each shot once at one of the dogs, police said. The dog died.

All of the dogs belonged to a neighbor who lived a few houses down from the woman. It was not immediately clear whether the owner will face any charges.

Police described the dogs as “pit bull and mixed breed.” Clark County Animal Control has placed the remaining three dogs in its custody.

Review-Journal photographer Bizu Tesfaye contributed to this report.

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Abused dog found trapped inside nailed-shut dog house in South Los Angeles
Article from KABC-TV:

SOUTH LOS ANGELES (KABC) —

Living under a piece of plastic on 83rd Street and Grand Avenue, Willis Rollins, a homeless man, thought he had seen it all: piles of trash, abandoned mattresses.

Then earlier this week, he spied a dog house left in a lane of traffic. What was inside left him disgusted.

“It’s inhumane,” Rollins said.

The dog house had been nailed shut. It sat for three days until a curious LAPD sergeant from 77th Street Station alerted a rescue group, Ghetto Rescue FFoundation. When they peered inside, two plaintive eyes looked back.

“He was just cowering in the back. His head was down. He was pushed so far into the wall. It was almost like he was trying to run, but there was nowhere else he could go. He just looked like a defeated dog,” said Alison Featherstone, who helped start the group.

The dog is a 3-year-old shepherd-chow mix, a muscular 57 pounds. Video shows the dog resisting an animal control officer, who had to pull hard to remove the dog from his crude refuge. Surprisingly, he didn’t nip, much less bark.

“He didn’t growl. He didn’t do anything,” Featherstone said.

His wounds reveal a painful history. His legs were bitten and some of the wounds were infected.

“They actually had to sedate him to shave him and clean the wounds,” Featherstone said.

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