Officer shoots dog near elementary school

Officer shoots dog near elementary school
Article from WJXT Jacksonville:
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. –

A dog that had been roaming near Crystal Springs Elementary School on Friday was shot by a police officer at a home near the school, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

Administrators at the Westside school on Hammond Boulevard called police about the dog, a pit bull, which had gotten loose from its home on Crystal Springs Road and was seen near the school bus stop.

The officers responding to the call found the dog and kept an eye on it while they waited for animal control to arrive. The dog walked down the sidewalk, and they followed it to its home.

When officers tried to approach the dog near the back fence, the dog turned and attempted to bite one officer’s hand.

“The officer took one step back, drew his service weapon, fired one round in a downward direction and apparently shot the dog in the upper jaw,” JSO Lt. Richard Elkins said. “The dog ceased the attack at that point in time (and) the officers withdrew.”

The owner of the dog is wondering why her dog had to be shot in the first place.

Susan Smith describes her pit bull as a big gray baby.

“He’s a big baby. A big baby. He thinks he’s about 5 pounds,” said Smith.

Brutus, 7, may not be small, but Smith said he’s never gotten out and never hurt anyone, whic…………………continues on WJXT Jacksonville
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A child and an adult who suffered dog-bite wounds were both taken to the hospital
Article from Sun Sentinel:

When a dog pounced on a boy and began biting him, the child’s relatives and a neighbor rushed to the boy’s aid, witnesses say.

They beat the dog with a skateboard, broom and belt — anything they could find — to stop the animal Saturday afternoon. Yet the canine was difficult to fend off. The attack sent the boy and an adult relative, both of whom suffered bite wounds, to the hospital.

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Dog rescued in Texas but lost near Midway is found safe

Dog rescued in Texas but lost near Midway is found safe
Article from Chicago Tribune:

A dog rescued in Texas and bound for a home in Elkhorn, Wis. that disappeared after it slipped out of its harness near Midway Airport last week was found Tuesday night and is on its way to Wisconsin.

Madison, a Doberman rescued earlier this month, somehow got free of her harness near Midway Airport Friday afternoon, and had not been seen since Saturday night, said Lauren Kelliher, vice president of Illinois Doberman Rescue Plus, which helped coordinate the dog’s travel to Wisconsin.

“We are just so happy,” said Kelliher.

Larissa Gavin, who found Madison and arranged a flight in a private jet to Midway, said that the woman who found Madison Tuesday night went to a grocery store this morning and saw a flier about the missing dog, then called Illinois Doberman Rescue Plus to say she had Madison.

Gavin had been “hoping for a miracle” since the dog she rescued early this month disappeared.

Gavin had been driving around a neighborhood in Houston on Jan. 5 with the founder of a rescue group, stopping to offer food to dogs and talking to people about bringing their dogs in during the cold weather, when they happened upon three unleashed puppies, Gavin said in an email last week.

The two found the puppies’ mother, Madison, nearby, and three days later were able to take custody of the dogs and take them to to a veteri…………………continues on Chicago Tribune
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Mysterious photo found in dog’s collar
Article from CNN:

An old black-and-white photo was found tucked inside the collar of a stray dog in South Carolina.
An old black-and-white photo was found tucked inside the collar of a stray dog in South Carolina.
An old black-and-white photo was found tucked inside the collar of a stray dog in South Carolina.
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Lancaster mourns death of dog control officer
But David R. Horn was the kind of dog catcher who would take home a stray pup that couldn't find a home, return the mischievous ones to their owners and delight in teaching children how to take care of pets. So it came with shock and sadness to the …
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Dog rescued in Texas goes missing near Midway Airport

Dog rescued in Texas goes missing near Midway Airport
Article from Chicago Tribune:

A dog rescued in Texas and bound for a home in Elkhorn, Wis. goes missing near Midway Airport Friday afternoon.

A dog rescued in Texas and bound for a home in Elkhorn, Wis. disappeared after it slipped out of its harness near Midway Airport Friday afternoon, according to volunteers with animal rescue groups.

“I am just beside myself,” Larissa Gavin, who found Madison and arranged a flight in a private jet to Midway.  “I am just hoping for a miracle at this point.”

Gavin had been driving around a neighborhood in Houston on Jan. 5 with the founder of a rescue group, stopping to offer food to dogs and talking to people about bringing their dogs in during the cold weather, when they happened upon three unleashed puppies, Gavin said in an email.

The two found the puppies’ mother, Madison, nearby, and three days later were able to take custody of the dogs and take them to to a veterinarian for examination. One of the puppies had a broken femur, and Madison showed signs of having been injured, Gavin said.

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Buddy, dog lost 6 years ago, returned to owner
Article from New York Daily News:

Anthony DelMundo/New York Daily News

Ben Choi (left) and Stephen Choi with their dog Buddy, who went missing six years ago.

A pet owner’s happy reunion Thursday with his long-lost dog left a Queens man — who has been caring for the pooch for nearly six years — in tears.

Ben Choi got his Pekingese, Buddy, back after 78-year-old Alfred Hayek was coaxed into handing the canine over by two private detectives who negotiated the release.

“Finally, I got my dog back after five years and 10 months,” said Choi, 30, of Queens. “I’m just speechless.”

Buddy appeared docile back in Choi’s arms, revealing nothing in his expressions of his long ordeal.

“I’m sure Buddy is happy too,” said Choi, a Con Edison worker. “Right now I’m gonna take him to a vet, make sure he gets the shots and care he needs and definitely give him a bath.”

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