Amid a police investigation and a public outcry, animal rights activists have returned the puppy they seized from a homeless man in Paris last month, according to news reports.
Activists from Cause Animale Nord, an animal rights group based in Lille in northern France, snatched the puppy in September from a homeless man on a street in central Paris. Members later said the homeless man had drugged the dog and was using it to assist him in begging.
The incident was caught on camera and, since being posted on Facebook and elsewhere, it has been viewed more than 1.7 million times.
A petition on the website Change.org calling for an investigation into Cause Animale Nord’s actions has been signed by nearly 250,000 people.
A police inquiry was launched a on September 25, according to The Telegraph.
The president of Cause Animale Nord — seen taking the dog on the video — was brought in for questioning, but released after promising to return the dog to its owner.
The group had placed the dog in foster care, and was offering it for adoption for a fee of €175.
Posted by John Woestendiek October 6th, 2015 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: animal rights, cause animale nord, dog, france, homeless man, investigation, lille, organization, paris, petition, police, puppy, return, returned, returns, seized, taken, video, viral
Gotta hand it to Max.
The German shepherd has come up with a far healthier alternative to toilet bowl water.
His owners posted this video on YouTube a couple of weeks ago.
We can only hope that they are as vigilant at keeping his water bowl full as they are at posting on social media.
In any event, Max shows himself to be one smart dog, who has learned not only where to find cool, freshly filtered water, but knows his left from right well enough to avoid being bombarded with ice cubes.
A French animal rights group is being criticized after a video surfaced of its president and at least two cohorts taking a puppy away from a homeless man in Paris.
He and another activist from the Lille-based group can be seen wrestling the man and taking his dog away.
More than 225,000 people have signed a petition to launch an investigation into the group’s action and have the dog returned to its owner.
Blanchard wrote in a post on Cause Animale Nord’s Facebook page that the dog was not being properly cared for and that it had been drugged by the man to stay calm.
He said there were signs the dog was being mistreated, including dilated pupils and abnormal crying, though in the video the only crying the dog does is after it is seized by Blanchard.
Blanchard says the snippet of video unfairly paints the group in a negative light.
We’d say he managed to do that all by himself.
(Photo of the seized dog from Cause Animale Nord’s Facebook page)
Posted by John Woestendiek September 29th, 2015 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: animal rights, animals, anthony blanchard, cause animale nord, dog, dogs, france, french, group, homeless, homeless man, organization, paris, pets, president, puppy, seized, seizes, steals, stolen, video
You’d think, as regurgitory (is that even a word?) as the Internet is, photos and videos of Eugene Bostick’s doggie train in Fort Worth would have gone viral years ago — given it is about the cutest thing ever.
Now, thanks to Facebook, Buzzfeed and the like, what Bostick created 15 years ago to give a joy ride to his rescued dogs (nine at last count) is finally getting the attention it deserves.
Twice a week, Bostick, 80, cranks the train up and allows his dogs — Wally, Buddy, Daisy, Jack, Mickey, Ms. Nell, Chubby, Clyde and Bonnie — to take their place in their assigned seats for an hour-long ride around his 11-acre property.
If you think that sounds like a lot of work for an 80-year-old, don’t worry — Eugene gets help from his 87-year-old brother Walter “Corky” Bostick.
Eugene, a retired Union Pacific railroad employee, built the train cars with 55-gallon fiberglass barrels, and his John Deere tractor serves as the engine.
“Oh, they just love it,” Corky Bostick said. “Every time he takes the covers off, they start jumping and barking, ready for the ride.”
Eugene Bostick hooks a wooden ramp to the cars to help some of the older dogs in.
Only two of the dogs have ever tried to jump out — Bonnie and Clyde, brother and sister, who are now kept leashed into their cars.
While you can find videos of the train on YouTube from nearly as far back as three years ago, it was only last week that the train claimed its place in popular culture.
“We got a call from New York one morning telling us the video had gone viral,” said Patricia Bostick, Eugene’s wife. “The phone hasn’t stopped ringing.”
Most of the calls are from the news media, which somehow didn’t learn about the train until social media helped them out.
“Oh, I’m in good health,” Eugene told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “So I guess I’ll be driving them around for as long as I can.”
The Bosticks have collected the dogs over the years as strays, some of them abandoned around their property near downtown Fort Worth.
Eugene and his brother also tend to more than 30 other animals — domestic and not so domestic — including goats, rabbits, geese, ducks, fish, cats, squirrels, raccoons and coyotes.
(Photo by Bob Booth from the Star-Telegram)
Posted by John Woestendiek September 28th, 2015 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: animals, barrels, bonnie, buddy, buzzfeed, chubby, clyde, daisy, dog, dog train, dogs, eugene bostick, facebook, fort worth. texas, jack, mikey, ms. Nell, pets, photos, rescued, ride, social media, strays, train, video, viral, wally
In her defense, forethought and consequences are concepts that may not be fully understood by Jenelle Evans.
That would explain, among other things, why the star of this season’s “Teen Mom 2″ on MTV let her dog play with lit fireworks, videotaped it, posted it on social media and says she would do it again — except maybe for the posting on social media part.
The homemade video, which she has since deleted, showed the reality TV star tossing a lit firework into her yard as a voice seems to encourage her dog, Jax, to fetch it.
Some reports say the voice is that of her son, Jace, who Evans gave birth to at age 16.
After she posted the video, animal lovers gave Evans a richly deserved verbal pounding, and she took it down.
A snippet of the video aired on TMZ, along with an interview with Evans, who defended her actions by saying she has seen similar footage of animals playing with fireworks on “America’s Funniest Home Videos.”
That, she said, makes it acceptable.
She told TMZ she was not encouraging the dog to go after the firework, and that the incident has been blown out of proportion.
“Anything I do is going to be so such a big deal to everyone else, because I’m on TV. If I wasn’t on TV you guys wouldn’t give a shit right now.”
“Teen Mom” is a spin-off of the MTV documentary series “16 & Pregnant.”
It follows the stories of four girls from the first season of 16 & Pregnant who are “navigating the bumpy terrain of adolescence, growing pains, and coming of age — all while facing the responsibility of being a young mother.”
Posted by John Woestendiek July 7th, 2015 under Muttsblog.
Tags: 16 and pregnant, animals, backlash, dog, dogs, fireworks, fourth of july, jace, jax, jenelle evans, july 4, mtv, pets, reality show, safety, social media, star, teen mom, teen mom 2, uproar, video
Here’s a public service announcement that takes the story of Hachiko — the Japanese dog who waited at a train station for his master every day for nine years after he died — and gives it what is possibly an even more tear-jerking spin.
“The Man And The Dog” was created by director Rodrigo Garcia Saiz for Fundación Argentina de Transplante Hepático, Argentina’s liver transplant foundation.
It shows a loyal dog who follows the ambulance that takes his owner away to the hospital — not unheard of in real life — and then waits, and waits, and waits.
We won’t say any more than that, so as not to spoil the ending.
Garcia Saiz, who’s been called “one of the world’s leading Spanish language commercial directors” by Ad Week, has directed other hard-hitting PSAs worth viewing, including the distracted-driving spot “Discussion” and the anti-bullying spot “Playground,” according to o the advertising publication Little Black Book Online.
Posted by John Woestendiek May 22nd, 2015 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: ambulance, animals, argentina, death, dog, dogs, fath, foundation, Fundación Argentina de Transplante Hepático, hachiko, hospital, liver, loyalty, organ transplants, pets, psa, public service announcement, rodrigo garcia saiz, tearjerker, transplant, video
That Boston terrier who boarded a city bus and went on a 20-mile ride in Houston last month has landed in a forever home, according to news reports.
The dog, as you can see in the surveillance video above, hopped on the bus in northwest Houston with some other passengers, though he didn’t belong to any of them.
Twenty miles later, at Metro’s downtown transit center on Main Street, he exited the bus with other passengers — one of whom escorted him to the transit authority police station.
“He was a very friendly little guy. He was very sociable. But he was a gentleman,” Metro Police Officer Ida Schoener told KHOU.
Schoener, on her lunch break, took the dog to the Bayou City Veterinary Hospital, which agreed to care for the dog — by then nicknamed “Metro” — until an owner or foster family could be found.
“He’s pretty calm but also excited to go out on walks,” said Bayou City veterinarian Kristy Kyle. “He is not afraid of the world. We’ll put it that way.”
The transit authority released surveillance footage recorded on a camera on the bus of the dog being welcomed on board, as well as footage of the dog arriving at the transit center.
After no one called to claim the dog, a Boston terrier rescue group was called and a temporary home was found.
There, the dog’s long strange trip finally came to an end, the veterinary hospital reports, when the person serving as his foster parent decided to adopt him.
Posted by John Woestendiek April 13th, 2015 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: adopted, animals, bayou city veterinary hospital, boarded, boston terrier, bus, dog, dogs, foster, houston, metro, news, passengers, pets, public transportation, rescue, shelter, stray, surveillance, transit, video