When their dog Scamp was hit by a car, a Washington state family checked his seemingly lifeless body, then put him under a wheelbarrow, planning to bury him the next morning.
Paul McKinlay, 61, had been speaking with his son in his front yard in Yelm when Scamp, an 8-month-old Yorkie-shih tzu mix (not Shiatsu, as ABC News reported) slipped underneath the fence and ran into the street.
McKinlay heard a yelp and a thud and arrived at the street to find the dog motionless and the female driver crying.
“We checked to see if we felt any breathing out of his nose, and we couldn’t feel any heartbeat,” said Reta McKinlay.
Her husband wrapped the dog — who they’d brought home for their granchildren this summer — in a blanket. They placed his body under an overturned wheelbarrow so no animals could get to him, with plans to bury Scamp in the morning.
Then, they broke the news to the 6-year-old twins — granchildren who live with them.
“[Paul] was going to bury him the next morning so we went into the house and just told the kids the dog had gotten hit by a car and that he had gone to heaven like in that movie, ‘All Dogs Go to Heaven.’ My grandson was crying. He asked if [Scamp] evaporated like in the movie and I said, ‘Yes, that’s what happened.’”
But when Paul McKinlay went outside the next morning and lifted up the wheelbarrow, Scamp was sitting up.
Four days and $3,000 in vet bills later Scamp, who’d suffered a concussion, broken teeth and a possible jaw fracture, was brought home by the McKinlays — much to the suprise of their twin granchildren, who, just in case Scamp didn’t make it, hadn’t initially been told that the dog was still alive.
Mrs. McKinlay said her husband had been “distraught” that he left Scamp out in the cold, but vets told the couple that the cold temperatures could have kept the dog alive, by keeping his brain from swelling.
“Sometimes God’s just not ready to take something away,” she said.
Posted by jwoestendiek December 16th, 2011 under Muttsblog, videos.
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Parker, 4 years old, disappeared from his owner’s home in Jacksonville Beach.
Four weeks later his body, after apparently drifting free, was found — too decomposed, police say, to determine a cause of death.
Kevin Brown, Parker’s owner, said Tuesday the First Coast Crime Stoppers reward pledges have climbed to $10,000, and a Beaches businessman said he’s throwing in another $5,000, according to the Florida Times-Union.
“I’ve had calls from all over the country. It’s amazing, just the outcry and support that we’ve been getting,” Brown said. He teaches marine science and is assistant football coach at Fletcher High School. His wife, Brenda Brown, is a sign language teacher at the Beaches school.
So far $2,500 in actual funds have been received for the reward, but Crime Stoppers Executive Director Wyllie Hodges said he expects that figure to climb dramatically.
The dog was found by a passerby in the creek off Nightfall Drive in Neptune Beach, just north of the Browns’ home.
Neptune Beach businessman Louis Stuart Jr. said he’s offering $5,000 for any leads that could end in a conviction in the killing. Stuart is the founder of a nonprofit animal rescue organization.
“I couldn’t believe someone could do that to a dog,” he said. “It’s the most heinous crime I’ve ever seen committed to an animal.”
Anyone with tips can call Crime Stoppers at (866) 845-TIPS (8477).
Posted by jwoestendiek August 25th, 2011 under Muttsblog.
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Sticky has a new home.
The cat that was duct-taped and dumped in a North Philly yard was adopted by a family Tuesday afternoon, according to Pennsylvania SPCA officials.
The family, which asked to remain anonymous, was selected out of nearly 100 animal lovers who had expressed interest in giving the gray cat a home.
PSPCA officers arrested James Davis Sunday for allegedly duct-taping the cat from its neck to its tail and dumping her in a North Philadelphia yard last week. He faces up to two years in prison on an animal cruelty charge.
The PSPCA received a tip identifying Davis as the culprit, then a few hours later got a call from Davis himself, admitting to the crime, NBC News in Philadelphia reported.
Davis reportedly lost both his father and a brother to murders in recent years.
Last week, the SPCA had offered a reward of $2,000 after the female cat was found wrapped in duct tape.
Posted by jwoestendiek September 30th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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