Wednesday, May. 14, 2008
TWO Pershore women are organising a special event for those interested in rabbits at the de Montfort Veterinary Hospital in Evesham at the weekend.
Bunny enthusiasts are invited to to along to the Merstow Green hospital between 2pm and 4pm on Saturday (May 17) when there will be a veterinary support team on hand to answer questions about keeping and looking after rabbits.
Diane Price and Charlotte Evans are keen to put across the message that rabbits can be much more than fluffy pets kept in a hutch at the end of the garden.
“They can be litter trained and make lovely house pets,” said Charlotte.
They are also keen to point out there are alternatives to buying rabbits from a pet shop.
“There are rescue centres full of rabbits all over the place, including several not far from Evesham,” she said.
“Taking on a rescue bunny can be such a satisfying experience – it’s great to be able to offer a new life to a timid older bunny and see him blossom.”
Friday, May. 9, 2008
A family’s concerns over their lost dog, Sonya, are now put to bed as she was found not far from where she escaped. She is currently resting at a veterinarian’s office until she can join her family in Thailand for a cheerful reunion.
Larry and Apollo Lavergne were planning to move to Thailand April 14. They scheduled an appointment with Animal Port Houston to pick up their animals and meet them at the airport the next day for their flight.
Animal Port Houston is an animal transit station located at Bush Intercontinental Airport, specializing in safe and gentle pet and animal shipping for local, domestic and international relocations.
“We were flying out April 15 and the night before, the kennel let the dogs out for a walk and to use the bathroom,” Larry Lavergne said.
“Our 9-year-old rat terrier mix, Sonya, is a fast runner and when she is in a new environment she tends to get scared and run. We warned Animal Port Houston about this when they picked the animals up that day.”
Sonya got loose from the handlers at the kennel but has since been found and is awaiting a reunion with her family who had to move to Thailand April 26.
The Lavergnes were notified late the night before their morning flight that one of their dogs had gotten loose, prompting them to delay the move in order to track her down.
“The next morning we went to Animal Port Houston to see what had happened. Then we made flyers and passed them out in case someone may have seen her running around. We received plenty of calls about sightings and thankfully she was found,” Larry said.
Wednesday, May. 7, 2008
Five family pets were honoured for their courage and loyalty on Monday, including a Saskatoon dog who is credited with saving the life of a newborn baby abandoned on a family’s back porch on a frigid February day.
The five pets — pooches hailing from Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan — were inducted into the Purina Animal Hall of Fame in Toronto after they all performed acts that ultimately saved the life of a human being.
Peeka, a five-year-old Lhasa Apso poodle, began to whine and bark incessantly at the back door of the family home on the morning of Feb. 3, 2007. Peeka would not let up until owner Ed Anderson decided to look outside and see whether there was a reason for the animal’s outburst.
There on the back porch, in the –29 C weather, Anderson spotted a sleeping infant girl, wrapped in a towel and a comforter.
Anderson called police while his wife, a registered nurse, cared for the baby.
Police searched for the girl’s mother, who finally came forward two days later. The woman, just 18, had given birth at home after keeping her pregnancy a secret from her family by wearing loose clothing.
Scared and confused, the new mother bundled up the newborn and took the baby to the doorstep of a home in her neighbourhood where she thought the child would be safe. Outside the Andersons’ house, she saw that the light was on and could hear a dog barking.
She put the six-hour-old baby down but didn’t ring the doorbell, expecting that someone would find the infant soon.
The mother was not charged, and her baby was taken into the custody of the Saskatchewan Community Resources Department.
The other pets inducted into the Purina Animal Hall of Fame include:
* Corey, a miniature schnauzer from North York, Ont., who dragged its owner, Jay Sobel, over to a neighbour’s yard while the two were on a walk in May 2007. The neighbour, 80-year-old Jack Turner, had fallen into his pool and was unable to get out, struggling under the weight of his wet, heavy clothing. Sobel pulled Turner from the chilly pool water and called an ambulance, and Turner was treated in hospital for hypothermia, as well as a mild heart attack. Now, whenever Corey walks by Turner’s house, Sobel says, the animal always checks whether Turner is OK.
* Freddie, a German shepherd from St. Catharines, Ont., who rescued its owner, Mike Hambling, after he fell through the ice near his cottage in Coldwater, Ont., last year. Hambling was trying in vain to pull himself out of the icy water and was starting to black out when he felt a strong tug at his wrist. Freddie’s leash was still wrapped around his arm, and Freddie pulled him out of the water and to safety.
* Maggie May, a weaten terrier from Winnipeg, who jumped on its owner’s chest and started licking her face frantically as she took a nap in November. Suann DeCourcey woke up and realized her carbon monoxide alarm was ringing, something she says she never would have heard if her dog hadn’t woken her up because she is deaf in one ear. DeCourcey and the dog escaped the house, which had filled with dangerously high levels of gas.
* Missy, a service dog from Hamilton, who was tasked with detecting her owner’s panic attacks and epileptic seizures. But last year, she started barking furiously at the side of her owner’s family friend, Barb Langley. Her barking alerted another friend to the fact that Langley was having a stroke. She was taken to hospital and credits her full recovery to the dog’s persistence.
A total of 138 animals have been inducted into Canada’s Animal Hall of Fame in the past 40 years — 114 dogs, 23 cats and a horse.
Fire officers rescued a horse which fell into the River Nene.
Firefighters spotted a horse trapped in a metre-and-a-half of water at the River Nene near the Rushden and Diamonds football ground in Irthlingborough (UK).
The horse had apparently fallen from a metre-high riverbank and was unable to climb up the steep side and get out.
John McClure, station manager for the east of the county, said: “Firefighters spotted the horse while returning from a training course and we got to the scene to try to coax it up the bank.
“But it was unable to make it by itself, and even when we managed to support it with ropes it still couldn’t make the climb.
“A few people who stopped off said they had noticed the horse over the weekend so it might have been there for a few days.
“Luckily, our Wellingborough crew have recently studied a course in animal husbandry at Moulton College, and they turned up along with a crew from Mereway who are trained in water rescues.”
The crews were able to calm the animal, secure him, and dug steps into the bank to help the animal find its footing, and with gentle persuasion the horse was able to climb up the bank about an hour after it was spotted.
The animal was back on firm ground by 4.30pm yesterday, before being taken to recover with an animal care specialist.
A witness said: “The poor thing looked frozen to death, but the crews did a fantastic job.”
Tuesday, May. 6, 2008
FOR most dogs it would have been the end of the line.
But a two-year-old terrier had a lucky escape when it was rescued from a section of track used by dozens of high-speed trains every day.
The dog was spotted by a kind-hearted train driver as it lay on the line near Meadowbank with an inch-long cut to the head.
The driver stopped his train and took the terrier on board during a training exercise.
He and a colleague took turns nursing it on a round-trip to Newcastle before handing it over to animal welfare inspectors on their return to Edinburgh.
The rescue on Thursday took place during testing for a new high-speed train due to be unveiled by rail company Cross Country Trains later this year.
Officials at the company said their staff had done “the honourable thing” by saving the animal.
A spokesman for Cross Country Trains said: “The driver noticed this dog on the line after departing from Craigentinny, although he originally thought it was just resting.
“However, after turning the train around at Waverley and heading back out of the city, he spotted it again and realised that it was injured.
“By stopping to pick the dog up, both the driver and his colleague saved it from suffering a horrific fate.
“Thankfully, the train they were in was on a training exercise and not carrying any passengers, so they were able to stop and carry it out of harm’s way.
“Once they noticed it was injured, they were determined to stop it from being hit by another train travelling at high speed. It was certainly the honourable thing to do.”
Animal welfare staff took the dog to their centre in Balerno to be treated for its head injuries.
John Toule, senior inspector with the Scottish SPCA, said: “It’s unlikely that it had been hit by another train before being found by the drivers, but it was obviously in pain and they decided to take it with them.
“It’s certainly very lucky that they did. Another train travelling at speed would certainly have hit this dog if it had not been picked up.
“Following treatment at our welfare centre, he appears to have recovered well from the ordeal and we have now taken him to a stray dogs home.”
Despite being classed as a stray, as it was not microchipped and did not have a collar, it is believed the dog had originally been a pet.
It was wearing a distinctive blue bandana that had a hole cut in it so that a leash could be attached and animal welfare officials are keen to track his owners.
They have also not ruled out the possibility that the dog could have been deliberately struck on the head and left to die on the tracks.
A spokeswoman for the Scottish SPCA said: “At present we don’t know how or why the dog came to be on the railway line. If there has been foul play we would wish to have the chance to prosecute those responsible or, if simply accidental, we would hope that he could be reunited with his owner.”
Monday, May. 5, 2008
A Brighton (UK) family’s dog is safe after being rescued by firefighters from the Brighton Area Fire Department Monday.
Lieutenant Curt Ruf tells WHMI that a 12 year old St. Bernard apparently fell into a septic tank on Chilson Road, just south of Beck Road.
He says the dog was also blind but with some ingenuity from fire crews, they were able to rescue the dog.
Ruf says the only apparent injuries to the dog were some abrasions to its paws from trying to get out of the tank.
He says it’s undetermined how long the dog was in there since the hole was uncovered at around 7:30am and they didn’t get the call until after 10am.
Ruf says last they heard, the dog was taken to a family veterinarian and was doing well.
Wednesday, Apr. 2, 2008
A dog got stuck in a steep canyon in Beverley Glen (USA) Wednesday, prompting a dramatic and dangerous helicopter rescue.
L.A. firefighters were called to the 1900 block of north Bel Air Road in Beverly Glen after the dog’s owner reported the animal was hurt and stuck some 200 feet down an embankment.
The dog was placed in a harness and then in the arms of a firefighter. A helicopter lifted the two to safety, swinging and spinning along the way.
It’s still not clear how the dog got stuck in the ravine in the first place.
Monday, Mar. 31, 2008
A dog has rescued a tiny baby kangaroo, gently carrying it to safety in its mouth after the joey’s mother was killed by car.
Rex, the German short-haired pointer cross, was walking with his owner, Leonie Allan, near the Bells Beach in Torquay, on Australia’s south coast, when they passed a dead kangaroo.
The marsupials are often killed while crossing busy roads, so Mrs Allan thought nothing of it. But Rex sensed something and when Mrs Allan went outside later in the day, she saw the ten-year-old family pet pointing and went to investigate.
“I was worried he’d found a snake and called him back, but when he returned he dropped the joey at my feet,” Mrs Allan said.
“I was so surprised and delighted. Rex saved the day.”
The dog had found the four-month-old joey in the pouch of its dead mother and gently prised it out, carrying it back to his owner.
“He obviously sensed the baby roo was still alive in the pouch and somehow had gently grabbed it by the neck, gently retrieved it and brought it to me.”
The animals showed an instant fondness for each other, nuzzling and playing together, Mrs Allan said.
“The joey was snuggling up to him, jumping up to him and Rex was sniffing and licking him. It was quite cute.”
Most joeys whose mothers are killed by cars die in the same collision. Those who survive the impact are rarely able to fend for themselves outside the pouch and succumb soon after.
But the prospects of this kangaroo – named Rex junior after its saviour – are good. It will be hand-reared at a wildlife sanctuary until it is 18 months old, when it will be released into the wild.
Tehree Gordon, director of Jirrahlinga Wildlife Sanctuary, was amazed at the bond between the animals and said the fact Rex was so gentle with his younger namesake was proof that dogs – often criticised in Australia for killing native fauna – could live in harmony with local species if they were taught not to attack them.
“That Rex was so careful and knew to bring the baby to his owners, and that the joey was so relaxed and didn’t see Rex as a predator, is quite remarkable,” she said.
Thursday, Mar. 27, 2008
A golden retriever was rescued from icy waters in upsate New York Wednesday. Tracey the dog fell through thin ice while walking with her owners. You can watch the rescue in today’s Netcast.
The video was shot by a news crew and it shows the rescuee team using a raft and ropes to reach the dog. It took them about thirty minutes to reach the dog and pull her to safety.
Our next piece of video takes us to Los Angeles where a series of explosions left three people hurt. It happened near the Los Angeles International Airport last night.
Authorities say an underground explosion blew several manhole covers right off the ground. Two firefighters and a witness were hurt but the extent of their injuries is not known.
The manhole covers sat over an underground electrical vault, but investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the blast.
There was a wagging tail and plenty of sloppy dog kisses at the Saskatoon airport Thursday, after Leya the Bichon-Shih Tzu cross was reunited with her 78-year-old owner.
Calgary airline technician Russell Humphreys was there to hand the dog to her eager owner. He rescued Leya, who was separated from her Saskatoon owner, Kay Gall, in Calgary. Gall’s car had rolled on Deerfoot Trail Monday. The two doggy passengers, Leya and Angel, fled the wrecked Volkswagon Westfalia, leaving their owner trapped in her seatbelt waiting for help. By the time Gall was freed, the dogs were nearly out of sight.
“They were way down in the field quite a ways. They were just scared I guess,” said Gall. “One of the guys that stopped to help me after the accident went down there to see if we could catch them. . . . He came back and said he couldn’t get them. So I wanted to go get them, but the ambulance came and once they got a hold of me they wouldn’t let me go.”
Gall, who suffered a bruised knee and elbow, was forced to leave the damaged vehicle and lost dogs behind, taking an overnight bus home to Saskatoon.
A day after the crash, Humphreys, a Westjet employee in Calgary, spotted one of the dogs in a fenced-off area while he was driving around the airport.
“She was just a little spot . . . light against the dark background,” said Humphrey, who caught the dog in 45 minutes, after recruiting five others to help with the capture. “She’s a fast little dog when she gets going . . . It was like the OK Corral.”
After the dog was reported to animal control in Calgary, a quick check for a licence showed the dog belongs to Gall.
She received a call from her daughter in Calgary, with both good and bad news: Angel was dead after being hit by a car, but Leya would be returning to Saskatoon on Thursday.
The expectant owner was at the gate at the Saskatoon Airport, waiting for the flight to arrive. She stood as the plane pulled up to the airport, smiling and murmuring she’d “wish they would hurry.”
Leya and Humphreys came down, making their way towards Gall, as she called her dog’s name over and over. Reunited, Gall picked up the dog, tail wagging and shaking behind the lenses of local media.
“So you’re the man that found her,” said Gall. “Thank you very much.”
Humphrey, who owns a Shih Tzu himself, said that he requested to come back with the dog, to meet the owner.
“I thought I might as well put an end to the story,” he said. “I’m a pet owner myself, so I understand what (Gall)’s going through. I don’t get to be in the limelight very much, so this is really nice.”
He said the dog put on a whole new front when reunited with Gall.
“She’s been scared all morning,” Humphrey said to Gall. “Now she’s really excited. She’s a whole new dog.”
Although Gall and Leya were reunited, the dog’s owner couldn’t help but mourn the loss of her other canine.
“It’s nice to know that I still have the one, but it’s heart breaking because we don’t have Angel anymore,” said Gall.
WestJet spokesperson, Gillian Bentley said using the story for promotional material is a “considerable” option.
“I think this fit right in with our caring campaign,” she said. “But we’ll most likely use it internally.”
As the media fray and onlookers departed, Gall was left standing with the pup. She said she plans on going for a walk with Leya when they get home, but Humphrey said the relieved dog will probably want a little break after such a long week.
“She’ll sleep like a baby tonight. That’s for sure,” he said.
Tuesday, Mar. 25, 2008
A Metro police detective was on his way to work when he spotted a home on fire in north Nashville.
Detective Russell Thompson saw cars in the driveway of a burning home on 24th Avenue at about 9:45 a.m.
He was afraid someone was inside so kicked in the door. However, Thompson only found the family’s dog, Hallsey, which he carried outside to safety.
“I tried to tie him up in the back yard so he wouldn’t run around, but he kind of snapped at me, so I don’t know how grateful he was,” said Thompson.
No one was hurt in the fire, but the house was badly damaged.
A Brighton man’s love of nature may have helped save the life of a wild bobcat over the weekend.
Michael Marquez says he was on his way to Hartsel, Colo. to go fishing with a friend last Saturday morning when they came upon the large cat on the side of Highway 24.
Hartsel is located southwest of Denver in Park County.
As Marquez approached the bobcat, which was motionless but alive, they noticed it was lying next to a mouse that had been crushed –likely by a passing car. They assumed the bob cat had also been hit by a car or was perhaps sick.
The friend snapped several photographs as Marquez captured the cat in a fishing bag. They placed the animal in their vehicle and took it to a Division of Wildlife office in metro Denver. A game warden told Martquez that the cat was transported to Loveland for treatment.
FOX 31 has learned the animal will recover and be released back into the wild.
Marquez, a Colorado native, says he was motivated by his love of wildlife and would do anything to save an animal.
Monday, Mar. 24, 2008
Seth Brawner doesn’t have a fear of confined spaces. At 9 years old, he doesn’t generally mind getting dirty. He spends a lot of time on his grandparents’ farm and likes adventure. But on the night of Feb. 28, while all these attributes came in handy, it was his love of animals that mattered most.
On that cold Thursday night, Seth rescued a calf from a cave on a farm near where his grandparents, Ron and Doris Konkle, raise horses.
Ron Konkle was helping search for a herd of cattle that had been chased by coyotes when Seth’s mother, Jessica Brawner, called to ask her father what was going on.
Ron Konkle responded that a calf was stuck in a cave on a neighbor’s property in Shelby Township. Volunteers were trying to dig an opening large enough for someone to climb in and free the animal.
Seth and his mother drove out to the cattle farm around 9 p.m. They crossed over electric fences and trekked through a wooded area to join the search party at the entrance to the cave. After assessing the situation, Seth volunteered to crawl into the small opening.
“His mom said, ‘Do you think Seth can fit down in there?'” Ron Konkle said, recalling the event. “I said, ‘As long as it’s a baby animal.'”
Konkle tied a harness around his grandson, gave him a hat equipped with a flashlight and assured him he wouldn’t let go of the rope. Seth had to lie on his side to squeeze in the cave. He could hear his family and neighbors the entire time and said he wasn’t nervous, just determined to find the calf.
“I just kept inching down,” he said. “They kind of told me stuff to do.”
Seth would crawl a few inches, look around and pause to listen for the calf. He said the scariest part was the slight drop near the entrance because no one knew quite how far it was. They also didn’t know how far back the cave went or where the calf had ended up.
The agile 9-year-old eventually made his way to a large room in the cave where he could stand up. He later told his grandmother it would “make a cool clubhouse.”
Seth heard the baby animal before he saw it.
“I saw the calf’s head, but I thought it was another hole because it was black,” he said.
After realizing his mission was nearing completion, Seth tied a rope around the calf and led it toward the entrance to the cave. He lifted it out to the waiting crowd, where the animal was quickly reunited with its mother.
“They kind of forgot about me for a minute when they saw the calf,” Seth said.
“When we pulled the calf out, he said, ‘Now pull me out,'” Ron Konkle said. “I think he was ready to come out.”
The rescued calf has long since returned to its pasture, blending in with the other frolicking members of the Angus heard. Seth has returned to his normal routine as a fourth-grader at Lydia Middleton Elementary School and is enjoying spring break this week. Though he hasn’t been in any more caves lately, the experience may prove valuable in the future if he pursues a career as an explorer.
“I told him he’s a genuine spelunker now,” Doris Konkle said.
When a DeLand couple got the call from an animal shelter about their lost dog, they were surprised to hear the pooch was still alive.
Their golden retriever disappeared seven years ago. Charlie is now 14-years-old.
The animal shelter in Daytona Beach traced a microchip implanted in Charlie to Tim Olson and his wife in DeLand. Officials say the dog was dropped at the shelter with no information about a week ago.
Olson says Charlie jumped a fence in 2001 and didn’t come home.
Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008
Patti Dunbar says her 3-year-old black lab, Harley, has never been known to turn away treats and it shows. She just never thought it might put him in danger.
Dunbar said she was doing routine housework Wednesday afternoon when she saw two of her three canines exploring near the 60- by 80-foot pond at the back of her Whitmore Lake property.
Images of them submerged in the chilly water raced through her mind and she headed to the nearest door to order them away. But in just those few seconds, Harley – who is a bit overweight at 100 pounds – went through the thin layer of ice.
“You obviously don’t want them to drown and you don’t want to watch them drown either, so it was very scary,” said Dunbar, who immediately called neighbors to help.
A handful of residents from around her neighborhood just off of 7 Mile Road tried laying wooden planks to reach Harley, who while paddling to keep her head above water kept drifting farther from shore, Dunbar said.
Attaching her toys to long sticks in an effort to fetch her out also failed. After about 30 minutes, Dunbar, who is five months pregnant, considered jumping into the water herself, but called the Northfield Fire Department.
Donning special suits made for ice rescues, Lt. Abe Schneider and firefighter Scott Conklin went into the 17-foot-deep, man-made pond and pulled the weary canine to safety.
“She was paddling pretty hard and you could tell she was getting tired,” said Capt. Jay Keinecq , who was supervising the rescue. “If this were a person who had been in there that long they probably would’ve had a hard time. I think everybody lucked out.”
Harley was quickly comforted by a bevy of blankets and has shown no injuries or lasting effects from her 50-minute ordeal, a thankful Dunbar said by phone Thursday.
And she’s still loving her treats.
“She’ll always make sure she gets those, there’s no question about it,” Dunbar said.