Despite an outpouring of support from the public, time is running out for four dogs found starving and tied to a tree in Columbia, Tennessee last month.
The four, described as “American Shepherd-Bulldogs,” were all set to go to a rescue organization, but on Christmas Eve the plan fell through, News Channel 5 reports.
Now, unless another rescue can be found, the dogs are facing the end of the road — an outcome they weren’t far from when they were found.
“I was physically ill when I saw their intake pictures,” said Sonja Rine with Pet Pals of Maury County Organization.
“They were vomiting rocks and twigs because that is all they had eaten and they were all attached to one tree,” said Councilwoman Debbie Matthews, who is also trying to help them find a home.
An animal control officer spotted the dogs tied to a tree in their owner’s backyard last November. The owner told the officer the dogs hadn’t been fed in “a couple of days.” A judge ordered the owner to give the dogs up and donate $100 worth of dog food to the shelter.
He has yet to do so, but others in Columbia have stepped forward with donations.
“What a little love can do, it’s an amazing thing,” said Matthews.
The dogs are about a year old. They’ve tested heartworm positive, and have some other medical issues, so they need to go to a rescue before they can be adopted individually.
“They have tried so hard, they have such a will to live, they forgive. They don’t hold a grudge,” said Rine. “It’s gonna happen, it’s just gonna happen they deserve it,” said Rine.
Posted by jwoestendiek December 29th, 2011 under Muttsblog.
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Believed to be the first dog to be fitted with prosthetic paws on all four legs, Naki’o is a red heeler who suffered severe frostbite after his foreclosed upon family abandoned him in Nebraska.
At just five weeks old, Naki’o and his littermates were taken to an animal shelter in Nebraska, according to IncredibleFeatures.net.
Veterinary technician Christie Tomlinson organized a fundraiser to have Naki’o — who previously got around by scooting on his belly — equipped with prosthetics on two legs.
The prosthetics, which allow him to run, jump and swim, were designed and fitted in a procedure by Martin Kaufmann, founder of Orthopets. After equipping him with the devices on two legs, Orthopets decided to complete the process for free.
It was the first time they’d fitted an animal with a complete set of new legs.
Naki’o adapted quickly to walking on four prosthetics, and it reportedly just took him a few days to be able to run.
The prosthetics are built to mimic the muscle and bone of dog limbs, allowing them to do everything a normal dog would do.
Posted by jwoestendiek June 23rd, 2011 under Muttsblog, videos.
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Margaret Bucher has five dogs.
The town she lives in only allows four.
That, after the village board turned down her pleas Monday night, leaves Margaret with only a couple of options — ditch one of her beloved canines, or get the heck out of Wheeling, Illinois.
Bucher on Monday did her best to get an exemption from the rule, bringing a letter of support from her mail carrier, and a letter ”written” by her dogs: “Please let us stay in our home. We are house dogs and live in a clean home. We have to depend on our owner to fight for us. She loves us very, very much.”
Only a handful of people attended the meeting, and only one person spoke out on Bucher’s behalf, according to the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago.
Trustee Robert Heer blamed Bucher for “creating a circus atmosphere … You talked to every radio station and newspaper you could.” (Does Wheeling restrict the number of media outlets one can speak to, as well?)
“Laws are for all people,” Heer added. “You come with this idle threat of moving. If you choose to leave, then leave.”
Village officials had given Bucher until April 1 to give up one of her dogs or face a fine of between $50 and $500 per day. Officials later extended the deadline to give Bucher time to work out a plan. But Bucher said she couldn’t possibly choose which of her five dogs – a Pomeranian, two Maltese, a shih tzu and a Maltese/shih tzu mix – she would give up to comply with Wheeling village code.
If the village doesn’t let her keep all five dogs, she said, she’ll move.
Posted by jwoestendiek April 7th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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