The woman, named Audrey, said she was about to get into her car when a suspect assaulted her in front of her home, snagged her 7-year-old shih tzu, Sugar Daddy, and tried to steal her second shih tzu, Baby Doll.
“He caught Sugar Daddy, and he tried to get Baby Doll,” the woman, who wasn’t identified by her full name, told WXYZ. “He couldn’t get Baby Doll, she fought back. He took Sugar Daddy and left.”
A suspect, described as in his 20s, was waiting in the woman’s driveway, where the attack took place, and another suspect was waiting nearby in a car.
Surveillance video from a nearby school showed a car backing up to Audrey’s house on Detroit’s West Side, and what appears to be two men trying to steal the dogs.
Baby Doll ran from the men, and almost got run over by a garbage truck as she fled.
Audrey and her family members have put up flyers about Sugar Daddy’s disappearance and are offering a reward his return.
An Iowa couple whose dog was stolen when they were visiting San Antonio has gotten her back — though exactly how isn’t clear.
James Maschmann and his wife were visiting the city in February when they stopped to eat, parking their car at a Cracker Barrel and leaving their 4-year-old shih-poo inside, with the windows cracked.
When they returned, Katie Jo was missing along with Maschmann’s cellphone, according to the San Antonio Express-News
Last week, the couple posted an ad on Craigslist, offering $1,000 for the dog’s return. San Antonio police also issued an alert last week, releasing surveillance video of a white pick up truck seen in the parking lot and asking people to come forward with any information about Katie Jo.
Police haven’t said how Katie Jo was found, or whether anyone was charged in the theft.
But according to a Facebook page dedicated to Katie Jo’s return, the animal was recovered and returned early Monday:
“Katie Jo is home safe and sound!! Thank you to everyone for the thoughts and prayers! We are absolutely overjoyed to have her back!”
Posted by jwoestendiek March 19th, 2013 under Muttsblog.
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Bring author Dennis Lehane’s dog back to him and he’ll name a character in one of his next novels after you.
That’s the promise that Lehane made on his Facebook page after his beloved beagle disappeared from his Boston home this week.
WCVB.com reported that Tessa, went missing Monday, and was last seen around 4:30 p.m. that afternoon near a gas station in the neighborhood of Allston.
Lehane is the author of several best selling novels, including “Mystic River” and “Gone Baby Gone.”
He posted on Facebook that Tessa was microchipped, but that she wasn’t wearing any tags when she was left out in the yard and apparently jumped a fence and ran away.
“It’s possible she’s staying in some good Samaritan’s home right now or has tucked herself away on a porch,” Lehane wrote. “But if anyone sees her or knows of her whereabouts, please reach out to this page.”
The reward: “Naming of character in the next book for anyone who gets her back to us! (No, really!)”
“She’s smart, fast, and immeasurably sweet. She doesn’t have a mean bone in her body,” he posted.
Lehane was getting numerous suggestions from his Facebook fans, from hiring a doggie detective to assembling a beagle posse to search for Tessa.
Posted by jwoestendiek December 27th, 2012 under Muttsblog.
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The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever attacked a pit bull mix with an ax in Bradenton, Florida is up to $13,600 — thanks to a big donation from the co-creator of “The Simpsons.”
Hollywood writer, producer and director Sam Simon pledged $10,000 to the reward created to help find those responsible for leaving a 2-year-old red and white pit bull mix named Axel with a two-inch-deep gash in his head, apparently inflicted by an ax.
Simon is founder of the Sam Simon Foundation, which adopts dogs from shelters and trains them as hearing dogs for the deaf, and runs a variety of other programs aimed at saving the lives of dogs and enriching the lives of humans.
Simon announced the contribution Friday morning on the nationally syndicated radio show of Bubba The Love Sponge. (Bubba kicked in $1,000 as well.)
The donations brought the reward to over $13,000, according to the Bradenton Herald.
The veterinarian’s office reports that, except when under anesthesia, Axel’s tail has been wagging constantly.
The wound damaged the dog’s sinus cavity and while pieces of his skull had to be removed during the operation, he is expected to make a full recovery, veterinarian Luke Berglund said.
The $13,600 reward, which will be given to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved
Axel is being given pain medicine and antibiotics, and will undergo treatment for heartworms this week. Based on his other scars, it’s possible he was used in dogfights or as a bait dog.
Anyone with information about the incident, or interested in fostering Axel, can call Manatee County Animal Services at 941-742-5933 ext. 8314. Tips can also be reported to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office at 941-747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-634-TIPS(8477).
Posted by jwoestendiek December 3rd, 2012 under Muttsblog.
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Sheriff’s officials say a bassett hound found severely burned in a ravine in Ventura County had been doused with lighter fluid and set on fire.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department was asking for the public’s help Tuesday in finding whoever was responsible. The dog — who was three years old and named Buddy — died from his injuries.
“We are sad it occurred, and we are trying to get past it right now,” James Delgado, Buddy’s owner, told the Ventura County Star.
A neighbor in the 1000 block of Mesa drive in the unincorporated area of Camarillo Heights saw the fire early Saturday and contacted the fire department. Arson investigators collected evidence from the scene and interviewed the dog’s owner.
“The torture that poor animal suffered — it makes you sick,” said Jolene Hoffman, shelter director of the Ventura County Humane Society in Ojai. “The cruelty that goes on — it still completely blows you away no matter how much you see or how much you witness.”
The Ventura Crime Stoppers (800-222-8477) will pay up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Callers may remain anonymous, and calls are not recorded.
Posted by jwoestendiek November 1st, 2012 under Muttsblog.
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A bloody and dirty blob of fur found in a sealed plastic trash bag in downtown Louisville this week has been cleaned up enough to reveal he is a Maltese, treated for fleas, anemia and pelvic fractures, and given the name Karma.
Authorities suspect, based on his injuries, that the 3-1/2-pound dog was thrown from a car window.
A $2,500 reward is being offered by the Humane Society of the United States for information leading to an arrest.
Wave3 News reports that the dog was dumped Tuesday at the intersection of Chestnut and Louisville streets.
A woman stopped at a traffic light heard a noise, got out of her car, ripped the bag open and found the dog inside.
Rebecca Eaves of the Shamrock Pet Foundation said the dog was “”absolutely covered in flea nests, severely anemic, parasites inside and outside, the whole nine yards.”
Dr. Scott Rizzo of Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners said Karma has pelvic fractures, likely the result of being thrown or dropped onto the concrete.
Believed to be 2-3-years old, the dog was originally thought to be a brown terrier mix, but once cleaned up he was revealed to be white.
“He’s a little Maltese and he’s white,” Dr. Rizzo said. “You never would have thought that when he came in.” He said Karma’s fractures may be able to heal without surgery.
Anyone with information is asked to call Metro Animal Services at (502) 363-6609.
The Shamrock Foundation’s Arrow Fund (P.O. Box 24033 Louisville, KY, 40224) is collecting donations for Karma’s medical care.
Posted by jwoestendiek October 26th, 2012 under Muttsblog.
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How big of a reward would you post for the safe return of your lost dog?
A couple in Warren, Texas, is offering $50,000 — and putting their house up for sale to come up with the money.
Their dog Sir, a chocolate Lab, has lived with the couple for five years.
Charlie Parker said he and his wife have no children, and that Sir was like a child.
The dog disappeared from their property on September 15.
The couple posted fliers at local businesses, but they have yet to hear anything, according to KFDM. (Click the link to see the video report.)
When he disappeared, Sir was wearing a camouflage collar, the Parkers say.
Anyone with information is asked to phone (409) 547-2297 or (409) 200-6008.
Posted by jwoestendiek October 11th, 2012 under Muttsblog.
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Tech XX, the English bulldog that served as mascot at Louisiana Tech University, died of heat stroke after being left out in the heat Sunday.
Though initially reported missing, the four-year-old English bulldog was left outside by an employee, who has since been fired, according to the veterinarian that cared for the dog.
The employee, according to news reports, tried to cover up the dog’s death.
“Tech XX was a member of our immediate family and a daily part of our lives for the past four years,” Patrick Sexton said in a statement. “We are devastated over the circumstances of his passing, and there will be a large void in our hearts for some time to come. As with any family member, we will spend considerable time grieving his passing.”
In a statement, the university said that since becoming the mascot in 2008, Tech XX got superior care from Sexton’s team.
Tech XX’s predecessor, Tech XIX, was retired in 2007 because of health concerns after suffering heatstroke, the university said on its website.
Originally, a worker said he let the dog out to go to the bathroom and the dog went missing, said Sexton, who kept Tech XX at his home. Dozens of students and residents searched for the dog, and rewards were posted.
For four days, the employee kept Tech XX’s death, and location, a secret, according to the Shreveport Times.
“That employee unfortunately chose to handle it the wrong way and attempted to cover it up,” Sexton said. “Due to this negligence, the employee is no longer employed by Sexton Animal Health Center.”
Tech XX was owned by the school’s Student Government Association, the president of which, Will Dearmon, said, ”It’s extremely disappointing and sad news this happened to our beloved Tech XX.”
“We’ll work through that in the coming days and there will be a Tech XXI, but right now our hearts are broken,” he added.
Posted by jwoestendiek August 2nd, 2012 under Muttsblog.
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Once she recovers from her injuries, she’ll be adopted by the owners of the Texas ranch where she was found.
Hope was the subject of a day-long search. She was found — with numerous cuts and her jaws bound shut with electrical tape — on a ranch owned by Kit and Charlie Moncrief.
“We’re lucky to have her,” Kit Moncrief told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “It’s a natural fit. We’ve adopted quite a few dogs, and we were just horrified at the abuse this dog endured.” Hope will be living there with horses, and eight other adopted dogs.
“I can’t think of a better family for Hope to belong to,” said Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler, whose office continues to investigate the dog’s apparent torture. A $35,000 reward, including $25,000 from the Texas Humane Alliance, is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction.
Hope was found last Monday by Debbie Williams, who, after hearing reports about an injured dog wandering the area, joined in a search being conducted by animal control officials and other residents. Along with her husband, she corraled Hope in a brushy area on the Moncrief ranch in Weatherford.
The dog was dehydrated, suffering from blood loss and scared, Williams said. Hope required about 100 stitches to close four cuts, and she lost a small piece of her tongue, according to the veterinarian who treated her.
Kit Moncrief said she expects Hope will get along with the animals at the ranch. “Adopted animals are smart,” she said. “They know they’ve been given another chance and they tend to love each other.”
(Photo: Vet tech Rhonda Sears, shown with Hope, who’s wearing a necklace sent to her by supporters in Garland, Texas; courtesy Parker County Sheriff’s Department)
Posted by jwoestendiek July 16th, 2012 under Muttsblog.
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The Pennsylvania SPCA has upped the reward to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of whoever doused a young female pit bull with gasoline and set her on fire last weekend.
The dog, named Chloe, died Sunday, about an hour after she was discovered on the 700 block of Gray Street in East Germantown and taken to an animal hospital in central New Jersey.
“This is an extreme case of animal abuse,” said Lisa Germanis, head veterinarian at the Pennsylvania SPCA’s Shelter Hospital.
Chloe was originally taken to the PSPCA shelter. But the extent of her burns and injuries led to her transfer to a rescue facility in Lambertville operated by Animal Alliance NJ.
Investigators say the dog appeared to have been doused with an accelerant and set on fire.
She suffered extreme burns on her entire body.
Veterinarians at the Pennsylvania SPCA’s Shelter Hospital evaluated Chloe, treated her burns and gave her pain medications before transferring her.
Investigators with the PSPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement Department say they located the dog’s owner and believe Chloe lived near the location where she was discovered.
According to NBC10 in Philadelphia, investigators also believe there are multiple witnesses who have information on the people or person responsible. Authorities ask that anyone with information call the Pennsylvania SPCA Anti-Cruelty Hotline at 866-601-7722 (SPCA).
Posted by jwoestendiek June 27th, 2012 under Muttsblog.
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