It has been a long wait, but Kabang, the Filipino dog who lost the top half of her snout when she saved two young girls from an oncoming motorcycle, has received the first in a series of dental and facial surgeries.
On Tuesday, surgeons removed her two upper premolar teeth and reconstructed her left eyelid, according to the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine blog that is tracking her progress.
The mixed-breed dog, thought to be around 2 years old, was flown in October the California veterinary hospital, where vets discovered she also had vaginal cancer and heartworm.
That led to long delays before her planned facial surgeries – aimed not a rebuilding her snout, but at making it easier for her to breathe and avoid infections.
Kabang’s upper snout was torn off by the motorcycle’s spokes when she darted between it and the girls in December 2011.
Surgeons say, after a recovery period, a second and final facial surgery will take place later this month.
Kabang received six intravenous chemotherapy treatments for her venereal tumor and has completed her treatment for heartworm disease.
Once recovered from the surgeries, the dog will likely go back to Zamboanga City in southern region of the Philippines and be reunited with her owner, Rudy Bunggal, who took in Kabang as a stray puppy.
Witnesses say Rudy’s 9-year-old daughter, Dina, and her 3-year-old cousin, Princess Diansing, were crossing a busy street in the path of a motorcycle when the dog lunged at its tires.
After hearing of Kabang’s heroics and her plight, Karen Kenngott, a nurse in upstate New York, launched a fundraising drive to bring the dog to America to get the treatments she needs.
(Photo: Don Preisler / UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine)
Posted by jwoestendiek March 7th, 2013 under Muttsblog.
Tags: accident, animals, davis, dog, dogs, girls, hero, kabang, lost, medicine, motorcycle, pets, philippines, rescue, rudy bunggal, save, saving, school, snout, snoutless, surgery, uc davis, university of california, veterinary, zamboanga city
Animal advocates in Maryland will probably recognize a familiar face or two in this public service announcement, scheduled to premier this week at Maryland Humane Lobby Day.
The PSA will officially premier on Thursday, Feb. 21st, during the Maryland Humane Lobby Day event at the Maryland Statehouse and Legislative Buildings in Annapolis.
The event will include awards, briefings, and an opportunity for people who care about animals to meet directly with their elected officials.
Thirty-four states have established funding mechanisms to support spay/neuter programs, leading to significant reductions in their euthanasia rates. New Jersey witnessed a 61 percent decrease and New Hampshire saw a 75 percent decrease after implementing state programs. In New Hampshire, statistics showed for every dollar invested, $3.15 was saved in reduced costs for shelter care and euthanasia.
The Save Maryland Pets Spay Awareness PSA, directed and produced by Dani Englander, features some of Maryland’s most dedicated animal advocates, workers, officers, and friends.
Appearances are made by Del. Barbara Frush, sponsor of the Maryland spay/neuter legislation, and Sen. John Astle and Del. Ron George, co-sponsors of the bills.
Among the other animal lovers and advocates who appear are Carolyn Kilborn, Tami Santelli, Matt Wieters, Valerie Leonard, Michelle Kownacki, Caroline Griffin, and Wendy Cozzone. The video was filmed in Annapolis and Baltimore.
Posted by jwoestendiek February 18th, 2013 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: adoption, advocates, animals, annapolis, baltimore, bill, costs, dogs, funding, homeless, humane lobby day, legislation, lives, maryland, maryland votes for animals, neuter, pets, program, proposal, psa, public service announcement, save, save maryland pets, saving, spay, spay-neuter
Mary Elena Scott, 57, and her husband Howard Kuljian, 54, died at Big Lagoon, according to the Eureka Times-Standard.
Their bodies were recovered Saturday.
The couple’s son, 16-year-old Arcata High School student Gregory “Geddie” Kuljian – who was the first to go into the water after the family saw their dog, Fran, struggling in the waves – is still missing.
Students at Arcata High School honored Gregory Kuljian and his family yesterday by starting a Facebook campaign for people to “Wear Green For Geddie.” Green was the student’s favorite color.
U.S. Coast Guard officials said the search for Gregory Kuljian was suspended Saturday due to the fog and cold water temperatures.
Witnesses say the family of four was walking along the beach. One of them threw a stick in the water and the dog chased it. Seeing the dog in trouble, Gregory Kuljian entered the water and was able to grab the dog’s collar, but it fell off and the Gregory got swept up in the waves. The father entered the water after him, and the mother followed. All were unable to make it back to shore, according to the coroner’s office.
The dog survived, later managing to get out of the water on its own.
(Photo: An Arcata High School student writes on a poster memorial for fellow student Gregory Kuljian; Arcata High School Pepperbox)
Posted by jwoestendiek November 27th, 2012 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animals, arcata, arcata high school, beach, big lagoon, dog, dogs, drowned, drownings, eureka, Gregory Kuljian, Howard Kuljian, humboldt county, Mary Elena Scott, ocean, orick, pacific, pets, rescue, save, saving, swept, waves
A Massachusetts couple drowned Monday after jumping off their pontoon boat to save their dog in Hampton Ponds.
Police said Daniel Cyr, 64, jumped in the pond to retrieve the couple’s West Highland terrier, Sadie, who had leapt off the boat.
Patricia Cyr, 61, went into the water– even though she couldn’t swim — to help her husband as he struggled in the water with the dog.
Daniel Cyr died at the scene while his wife passed away at a nearby hospital later Monday, the Boston Globe reported.
The dog, who survived, had been given to the couple by Daniel Cyr’s sister six weeks ago to replace a dog who had died a year ago. Sadie will be returned to the sister.
Posted by jwoestendiek August 22nd, 2012 under Muttsblog.
Tags: accident, animals, boat, couple, dog, dogs, drown, drowns, hampton ponds, husband, massachusetts, pets, rescue, sadie, saving, west highland terrier, wife
A recent CNN report raises questions about Operation Baghdad Pups, and the charity that oversees the program, SPCA International.
CNN, whose sister network presented a positive and heartwarming portrayal of the program last year, found that SPCA International spent nearly all $27 million it received in donations to raise more money through a direct mail company.
The report also said SPCA International “misrepresented” Baghdad Pups on its tax filings, and that it hired an officer for that program with a “questionable background.”
Two immediate thoughts:
One, in an ideal world, which of course we’re not in, it would have been nice of CNN, or even its less probing sister network, HLN, to do its digging before tugging at our heartstrings to the extent we cough up money.
Two, with animal charities becoming big business, where should the line be drawn when it comes to how much of the money they rake in actually goes to helping animals?
A charity needs to spend money to raise money, of course, but Bob Ottenhoff, president of the charity watchdog group GuideStar, told CNN that the SPCA International’s tax records raise “a number of red flags.”
“No. 1, there is an enormous amount of money going into fund-raising,” Ottenhoff said. “It’s not unusual for a nonprofit to fund-raise. In fact they need to fund-raise. But this organization has an enormous amount of fund-raising costs, certainly relative to the amount of money being spent.”
Of the $14 million raised in 2010, SPCA International reported it spent about $60,000, less than 0.5%, on cash grants to animal shelters across the United States. About $450,000 — about 3% of the total raised in 2010 — went to bring back animals from Iraq and Afghanistan as part of its “Baghdad Pups” program.
The CNN report seems to make much of the fact that most of those animals weren’t actual members of the armed services — but, from our coverage of the organization, it never seemed to making the claim that they were.
Baghdad Pups is a program that “helps U.S. troops safely transport home the companion animals they befriend in the war zone,” it states on the website.
As CNN put it, “the charity admitted that only 26 of the nearly 500 animals transported to the United States from Iraq and Afghanistan were actually service animals. The rest were stray animals … And those 26 service animals were not attached to military K-9 units but belonged to Reed Inc., a private contractor that built roads in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
While dogs abandoned by contracting companies have been a concern of the program, stray animals, as I understood it, were what the program was all about — seeing that, in cases where they bonded with soldiers, they had a chance to come home with them.
While the CNN report may have been barking up the wrong tree in that regard, it was on the money in other ways — namely, in looking at what happens to the money.
SPCA International funneled nearly all the donations to Quadriga Art, one of the world’s largest direct-mail providers to charities and nonprofits. The payments to Quadriga Art and its affiliated company, Brickmill Marketing Services, were for publicizing the organization and helping it raise more funds.
It is the same company hired by two veterans charities that spent tens of millions of dollars for its services, triggering a Senate investigation last month. One of the charities,Washington-based Disabled Veterans National Foundation, collected nearly $56 million in donations over the past three years yet paid Quadriga Art more than $60 million in fees, raising questions about whether it should retain its tax-exempt status.
SPCA International is still $8 million in debt to Quadriga Art, according to a spokeswoman for the direct-mail firm.
Lat week’s CNN report also brought up previous problems Operation Baghdad spokeswoman Terri Crisp encountered while working on behalf of animals.
Crisp, who appeared on CNN’s sister network, HLN, last year with two dogs rescued from Iraq, is the former head of a California-based animal rescue charity called Noah’s Wish. It took in $8 million in contributions to support its work “rescuing and caring for the animal victims of Hurricane Katrina.” An investigation by the California attorney general was looking into whether that money was being used for that purpose when a settlement was reached in 2007.
Crisp, while not admitting to any wrongdoing, agreed to return $4 million in donations, and to not ”serve as an officer, director or trustee or in any position having the duties or responsibilities of an officer, director or trustee, with any non-profit organization” for five years.
Posted by jwoestendiek July 18th, 2012 under Muttsblog, videos.
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Thirty-eight-year-old Jodi Kvien Opatz of Valley City called authorities Friday morning, asking for help getting her spaniel out of the river, near the Little Dam.
Dispatchers told her to wait for help to arrive, but Kvien Opatz said she was going to try to save the dog, said Valley City Fire Chief Gary Retterath.
“It was almost like a family member or a kid to her,” Ratterath told DL-Online. “You risk your life for someone you love, and she loved (the dog). I guess I believe that is what went through her mind.”
While crews were retrieving the woman’s body, the dog managed to pull itself out of the river, Retterath said.
Once the woman’s body was pulled from the river, the dog jumped back in and drowned.
“By the time we got to it, it was too late,” Retterath said. “It got into the undercurrent of the dam.”
(Photo: From the Facebook page of Jodi Kvien Opatz)
Posted by jwoestendiek May 14th, 2012 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animals, dies, dog, dogs, drowning, drowns, Jodi Kvien Opatz, little dam, north dakota, pets, river, save, saving, sheyenne, spaniel, valley city
That amazing network of humans that transports dogs from places they are not wanted to places where they might find a better life has lost one of its members.
When Bugg did not show up to hand Elyse off for the next leg of her journey, the organization Rescue Road Warriors did some checking and got the grim news from state police.
Bugg’s vehicle had spun out of control in the freezing rain and slammed into a center median, bursting into flames.
Bugg was described by friends as a warm, friendly, cheerful woman who was dedicated to animals, according to Examiner.com.
Donations in Bugg’s memory can be made to Tucumcari Animal Hospital, 101 N. 10th St., Tucumcari, NM 88401.
Posted by jwoestendiek February 13th, 2012 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: accident, adoptions, amarillo, animals, car, catherine bugg, crash, dogs, donations, elyse, i-40, ice storm, lifeline, lives, network, pets, puppy, rescue, rescue road warriors, road warriors, saving, transport, tucumcari, video
The Portland Press Herald described Sherwood Campbell as a large man who adored his small dogs.
Sixty-four and living with his parents, upwards of 300 pounds, Campbell (shown above in a family photo from the 1990s) died Tuesday night while trying to save his dogs from his burning home in Canton, Maine.
Firefighters found Campbell’s body Wednesday morning at the entrance to his second-floor bedroom, the body of his dog Whomper with him, relatives told the Press Herald. His second dog, a Pomeranian named Little Dog, also died, as did his parents’ miniature pinscher, Muppet.
Campbell’s parents, both in their 80s, were not at home at the time because his father was hospitalized in Portland with a heart condition. The state Fire Marshal’s Office is still trying to determine what caused the fire, which started in the kitchen.
Mark Blanchette, Campbell’s brother-in-law, who lives across the street, said Campbell ran over Tuesday afternoon, his face covered with soot, yelling that the house was on fire.
Blanchette followed Campbell across the street, and tried to stop him from entering the home.
“He shoved me out of the way and went after the dog,” Blanchette said. “I kept telling him the dog’s not worth it.”
Blanchette said he grabbed Campbell’s leg, but Campbell, who he said weighed 300 to 400 pounds, kept going up the stairs, pulling Blanchette as he went.
“I held it as long as I could,” Blanchette said. “I had to let him go.”
Campbell was a fan of the Boston Red Sox and collected baseball cards, the Press Herald reported. He worked for 20 years in a nearby Bass shoe factory, but left due to health and eyesight problems.
“He just loved his dogs,” said his sister, Cindy Holland. “They were his world.”
Posted by jwoestendiek February 10th, 2012 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animals, attempt, Canton, died, dogs, fire, home, house, killed, little dog, maine, muppet, pets, rescue, saving, sherwood campbell, whomper
There will always be a sourpuss or two who points out “it’s only a dog” and complains it’s a waste of taxpayer money, but I like this trend of rescue workers saving dogs — and capturing their own heroics on video.
It’s happened at least twice on Wednesday, so I can officially call it a trend.
In Fargo, North Dakota, a dog named Jake, clinging for dear life to a chunk of ice, was pulled from the partially frozen Red River by a fire department rescuer wearing a cam.
And in Lincoln County, N.C., the unidentified dog above was carried to safety after being stuck on a dam in the fast-moving South Fork River — all captured by a fire department member filming from the riverbank.
“This is B-Roll video that was shot at the scene of a rescue of a dog off of a low head dam in Lincoln County,” reads the description of the rescue. ”Rescue crews successfully rescued this dog off of the dam and he was taken to a local vet for evaluation and treatment of a head injury and possible hypothermia.”
The video, like the one in Fargo, was posted on YouTube, for the public to see and the media to grab.
What with cutbacks to staff at newspapers and televisions stations, and an increasing reliance on reader/viewer-submitted news, this works out well all the way around. Citizens get served and protected and entertained. Firefighters, police and rescue personnel get some good publicity. The news media gets somebody else to do its work for free.
Come to think of it, it serves us bloggers pretty well, too.
So keep saving those dogs, and putting out those fires, and don’t forget to send us some B-Roll.
Posted by jwoestendiek December 30th, 2011 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: animals, b-roll, cameras, cams, communications, dam, dog, dogs, emergency, fargo, fire departments, government, heroes, heroics, lincoln county, lincolnton, news, news media, north carolina, north dakota, personnel, pets, rescue, rescued, river, saved, saving, south fork river, supplied, trend, video
More than 100 baby squirrels from North Carolina’s coastal regions will be growing up in North Carolina’s mountains after being rescued during Hurricane Irene.
I’ll have to admit that, in my worries about humans and dogs during natural disasters, I’ve never once found myself thinking, “What about the squirrels?”
But some people do, among them Herta Henderson, a certified wildlife rehabilitator for the Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter, and Nina Fischesser, director of the Blue Ridge Wildlife Institute at Lees-McRae College.
Fischesser coordinated the pickup of the coastal Carolina squirrels, and Henderson did the driving, toting the babies across the state.
Henderson arrived in Winston-Salem last week at 3 a.m., with about 130 babies in her van — an occurence duly noted in the Winston-Salem Journal.
(And just in case you didn’t believe me when I told you yesterday, in our discussion on the six degrees of separation, how small-worldy Winston-Salem is, consider this. When Ace and I went out for a beer last night, after starting our post on the squirrel-savers, we ran into the reporter who wrote the Journal’s story, who we’d never met before.)
The squirrel babies were found in Hubert and Newport and are now staying with squirrel foster parents, recuperating before they are released in Avery, Transylvania, Henderson and Swain counties in western North Carolina.
Transylvania County includes the town of Brevard, whose unusual white squirrels we told you about not long ago.
Henderson said the baby squirrels started being spotted during the Irene clean-up, after their nests were blown down.
The rehabilitation and relocation of the gray squirrels will take several months, said Fischesser, who took nearly 50 baby squirrels back to the college, where they will be kept in a lab while they recuperate.
“We will look at their overall health and determine what their immediate medical needs are and put them on a diet of formula. Once they’re weaned, we can introduce them to solid foods and they will go outside,” Fischesser said.
She acknowledged that some people might question saving squirrels traumatized by natural disasters — but that’s only natural.
“Why save a squirrel?… It’s a common animal, it’s not endangered … The reason is that in part we are here to take care of other animals and that’s our motivation, but we’re also a public service. People find an animal and they don’t have a place to take it.”
One couple came from Asheville to pick up about 80 of the squirrels to distribute to other certified rehabilitators across the Piedmont and mountain regions of the state.
“It’s amazing what you do for your critters,” said Janice Burleson, who had converted her living room into an animal triage unit.
“They’re aspirated, water-logged and cold,” Burleson said of her new wards. “They’re going to need heat and antibiotics, and we’ll need to get them hydrated with some formula a little at a time. But, after that, it just takes a little TLC.”
(Video: Jacob Carah / Winston-Salem Journal)
Posted by jwoestendiek September 8th, 2011 under Muttsblog.
Tags: beach, blue ridge wildlife institute, disasters, Herta Henderson, hurricane, hurricane irene, lees-macrae college, mountains, natural, nature, nina fischesser, north carolina, outer banks wildlife shelter, relocation, rescuing, saving, squirrels, wildlife