After numerous sightings, an elusive stray dubbed “Ducky” — because his snout was wrapped in duct tape — was snagged by animal control officers in western Maryland, and two men have been charged with animal cruelty in connection with his mistreatment.
Ducky, as he has been referred to on the “We Love Ducky” Facebook page, had eluded animal control officers and volunteers for a week.
On Sunday morning, though, he was found resting on the porch of a home in Lonaconing, according to the Cumberland Times-News.
The resident called the county 911 center, which dispatched animal control officials to pick up the dog. By Sunday afternoon, after biting one of the officers, Ducky was being treated at the Western Maryland Animal Hospital by Dr. John T. Fox, according to Elizabeth Care, a volunteer at Ark of Hope Rescue.
Sightings of Ducky had been reported Saturday on U.S. Route 40 near the Garrett County border. Ducky was first spotted near Corriganville more than a week ago.
“Overall, Ducky is in good health and is being treated for parasites,” said a veterinary technician at the animal hospital. Ducky is in quarantine, however, because of the bite, and will remain there for 10 days before a transfer to Ark of Hope.
“We will get him socialized and trusting people, then he will be put up for adoption,” said Care.
No one knows where the dog came from.
Updates on Ducky’s condition will be provided on the Allegany County Animal Shelter Management Foundation Facebook page.
To help with Ducky’s vet expenses, contact Ark of Hope Rescue at 301-478-3300, or by click here.
(Photos: from the We Love Ducky Facebook page)
Posted by John Woestendiek April 5th, 2011 under Muttsblog.
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Terisa Acevedo initially thought that Lola had somehow escaped the blaze and was wandering her neighborhood in Hyde Park. She posted fliers and walked the neighborhood, but, as weeks passed, her hope dwindled.
On Monday, nearly 30 days after the fire, Acevedo, a 24-year-old EMT and Northeastern University student, returned to the house and heard a scratching noise at the front door.
She yelled out her pet’s name and, as neighbors joined in, ripped off the plywood that had been placed over the home’s entrance.
“It was a miracle,” Acevedo told the Boston Globe, hugging her dog at the Angell Memorial Animal Hospital, where Lola is being treated.
(Photo: By Brian Adams / MSPCA-Angell)
Posted by John Woestendiek March 24th, 2011 under Muttsblog.
Tags: angell memorial hospital, animal, boston, dachschund, dog, dogs, fire, found, house, hyde park, lola, long haired, pets, reunion, reunited, survived, survives, survivor, terisa acevedo
No late fees will be charged.
In 1934, McKee, then a 13-year-old, checked out “A Dog of Flanders” by English author Marie Louise de la Ramee, from the Mount Clemens Public Library in Michigan.
Seventy-six years later, he found it among his possesions and mailed it back, according to an Associated Press report.
McKee, now 89, said in a letter to the library that he was initially “entranced by the book and kept it with my prized possession.” Later, it got lost in the shuffle of life until he recently discovered it.
“My conscience took over,” wrote McKee, who is former publisher of The Macomb Daily in Michigan, and now a winter resident of Chandler, Arizona.
“A Dog of Flanders,” an 1872 novel published under the pseudonym “Ouida,” is about a Flemish orphan named Nello who befriends an abused dog named Patrasche.
Library Director Donald Worrell Jr. said he was thrilled to get the book back.
In his letter, McKee said he estimated the fine on a book overdue for 76 years could total thousands of dollars. But Worrell said there won’t be a fine.
“We figure the story is better than the money,” Worrell said.
Posted by John Woestendiek December 22nd, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: a dog of flanders, arizona, book, books, donald worrell, fines, found, late fees, libraries, library, lost, macomb daily, marie louise de la ramee, mark mckee, michigan, mount clemens, novel, ouida, overdue, penalties, returned
The a 3-year-old, 70-pound red nose pit bull — sprung from an animal shelter in Alameda, California — was located at a Reno motel and placed in a local shelter.
An Alameda animal control officer will drive to Reno on Monday to retrieve Max, after which the dog will be destroyed, Alameda police Sgt. Jill Ottaviato said Friday.
Max’s co-owner Melissa Perry, 38, was found with the dog and was cited by Reno police for possession of stolen property, a misdemeanor, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. An arrest warrant was also issued for Perry in Alameda County Friday on charges of burglary and receiving stolen property.
Police say Perry and her boyfriend, Richard Cochran, 57, conspired to free Max from the Alameda shelter the day before he was to be euthanized in connection with having bitten two people.
Cochran appeared in an Oakland courtroom Friday on charges of second-degree commercial burglary and receiving stolen property, both felonies, and he is being held at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.
Perry, in a phone interview with the Chronicle Friday morning from Reno, said someone had tipped animal control officials to Max’s whereabouts.
“I don’t care about going to jail,” Perry said. “It’s not about me, it’s about Max. He’s my protector. That’s my companion. That’s my best friend.”
Perry said neither she nor Cochran had anything to do with the break-in at the animal shelter Wednesday — the day after an Alameda County Superior Court commissioner ordered Max destroyed.
But after the hearing, police say, Cochran bought a set of bolt cutters, and the couple’s pickup truck was seen on surveillance video taken outside the animal shelter the morning of the break-in.
Cochran told police that two other people were involved in the plot to free Max, but investigators said they now doubt that story.
“There are people all over this country who form strong emotional attachments to their pets, particularly dogs, and I think many people feel as though that dog, that animal, is part of their family,” said Demetrius Costy, Cochran’s attorney.
“The idea that a pet is going to be executed could cause someone to be very distraught,” Costy said, “which could lead someone to act out of character.”
Posted by John Woestendiek May 15th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: alameda, animals, attachment, bond, broken out, california, crime, custody, death row, dog, dogs, escape, euthanasia, euthanized, found, fugitive, max, melissa perry, news, ohmidog!, pets, pit bull, police, reno, richard cochran, shelter, sprung
(Update: Grazio has been found and returned to his owner. Fox News reports she received a call from a man in Catonsville who had the dog. “I can’t give specific details … but I thank him,” the dog’s owner said.)
Police have arrested a suspect in the heist of a Baltimore woman’s $4,000 puppy.
Catherine Bergholz, who described her nine-week-old puppy, Grazio, as a show dog, told police the dog was taken on Thursday.
“Can’t eat. I can’t sleep. I’m already up to smoking four packs of cigarettes a day,” Bergholz told WJZ-TV. “Just to think that someone would do this to me is horrible. That was not just a dog; that was my baby.”
Grazio is an American Bully, a breed established in the 1990s and not officially recognized by the American Kennel Club. The breed was created by crossing American Staffordshire terriers with American pit bull terriers.
While Bergholz was gone from her Curtis Bay home last Thursday, a man opened her door, grabbed the puppy and ran to his car, a witness told police. A nearby security camera took pictures of that car and police soon arrested Ronald Johnson. Johnson has told police he doesn’t know where Grazio is.
The owner is offering a reward for the safe return of the dog. Anyone with information is asked to call police.
Posted by John Woestendiek April 27th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: american bully, animals, baltimore, catherine bergholz, crime, curtis bay, dog, found, grazio, missing, news, ohmidog!, pets, puppy, returned, stolen, theft
A cat from New Mexico turned up unexplainedly in Chicago –1,300 miles from his Albuquerque home.
No one knows how he got there, but eight months after disappearing from his home in New Mexico, Charles was picked up by Chicago Animal Care and Control.
Fortunately, he was checked there for a microchip — and had one.
That still wasn’t the end of his troubles. His owner said she lacked the funds to go there and pick him up, raising the possibility that, after traveling so far, he would be euthanized.
Then another Albuquerque resident came to the rescue. Headed to Chicago on a trip, he agreed to pick up Charles and bring him back home.
Posted by John Woestendiek April 20th, 2010 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: 300 miles, albuquerque, animal control, animals, cat, cats, charles, chicago, found, lost, meandering, microchip, news, ohmidog!, pets, travel, trip, wandering
Tater Tot, a 6-year-old yellow lab, was found alongside the northbound side of Interstate 93 in New Hampshire, not far from where she had bolted after the car she was riding in rolled over Thursday evening, the Union Leader reported.
On Thursday, Trish Dale of Warren, Vt., suffered a concussion and a broken nose when she fell asleep and lost control of her car. Two of her four dogs, Tater Tot and Buddy, were in the back seat, and both ran from the car after the accident.
Buddy was found quickly, but Tater Tot disappeared.
When Dale’s husband, John Dale, put out word that he was going to search for the dog about 100 people, including Cassandra Gatsas, wife of the city’s mayor, showed up to help look.
John Dale said Gatsas, who is on the board of directors of the Manchester Animal Shelter, had sent out e-mails to people and had posted messages of Facebook.
“I thought how wonderful this is,” John Dale said. “Where in the world could something like this happen?”
The search party produced results: Judy and Bob Sylvia, a Manchester couple who decided to help look for the dog after reading about Tater Tot’s disappearance, spotted Buddy curled up near a fence by Exit 9, about a mile north of where the accident occurred.
He was reunited with his family Monday.
Posted by John Woestendiek March 30th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: accident, animals, bob sylvia, buddy, car, cassandra gatsas, dogs, found, help, john dale, judy sylvia, labrador, lost, manchester, mayor, missing, new hampshire, news, ohmidog!, pets, rescue, retriever, reunited, search party, tater tot, trish dale, yellow lab
His wife still hasn’t come home, but his dog has — in fact, as it turns out, Jesse James’ pitbull, CinnaBun, never left the premises.
Though reported lost — for the second time in two months — CinnaBun was in a storage room at James’ West Coast Choppers the whole time.
An update on the West Coast Choppers website reads: “We rarely go into our storage room in the production building but CinnaBun found her way in somehow. She’s back in the office and in high spirits.”
A missing dog report had been filed March 15 with HomeAgain, a company that monitors microchips in pets. HomeAgain sent emails yesterday to residents in the Long Beach area — in the vicinity of West Coast Choppers, where James kept CinnaBun.
James’s wife, Sandra Bullock, recently moved out of the couple’s home amid reports that James had an affair with a tattoo model.
Posted by John Woestendiek March 19th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: actress, affair, animals, celebrities, cinnabon, cinnabun, dog, found, home again, homeagain, jesse james, lost, missing, pets, sandra bullock, west coast choppers
A German shepherd who went missing in Virginia turned up in Florida.
Deacon was spotted weaving in and out of traffic with another dog in a DeLand neighborhood — more than 600 miles from his home, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
Deacon had been missing since two weeks before Christmas and his owners were convinced the 18-month-old dog was dead.
“My husband and I had grieved and had moved on. We had decided we were not going to get any more dogs,” said Pamela Holt of Stuart, Va.
In Florida, a convenience store clerk spotted two dogs in traffic and coaxed them into the store for their safety. Later they were placed in the city run Second Chance Kennel, where Deacon was checked for a microchip. He had one.
DeLand Animal Control Officer Gary Thomas contacted the agency that issued the microchip, which connected him to Holt.
“He asked me if my dog was missing and I told him that he is missing but that I am pretty sure he was dead,” Holt said. “He said, ‘No he is not dead. I am looking at him.’ ”
The Holt’s adopted Deacon last year from a shelter in Statesville, N.C.
They reunited last weekend.
“It remains a mystery about how Deacon traveled to Florida and how he survived until he was found,” DeLand police Deputy Chief Randel Henderson said.
(Photo: DeLand Police Department)
Posted by John Woestendiek February 26th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animal control, animals, deacon, deland, dog, dogs, florida, found, german shepherd, lost, microchip, microchipping, missing, news, owners, pets, reunion, reunited, stuart, virginia
This little beauty was found wandering the streets of Dundalk Saturday.
She was taken in by one good samaritan and passed along to another good samaritan, who is fostering her in Baltimore until a home can be found — either her original one or a new one.
She being called ”Ella.”
A spirited and loving mutt — my guess is a Rottweiler/Jack Russell mix …”Jack Rottsell?” — she was found just off Dundalk Avenue, near Sollers Point Road.
She was found without a collar or tags, is estimated to be about five months old and gets along wonderfully with other dogs.
If you’re interested in Ella, contact Lori at email@example.com
Posted by John Woestendiek February 22nd, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: baltimore, dog, dundalk, ella, found, found dog, loose, lost, lost dog, pup, puppy, rottweiler, stray, wanderer, wandering