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Dog Stolen from Woman at New York Park Found Dead

Dog Stolen from Woman at New York Park Found Dead

Originally posted 06/30/2015 05:40PM

A dog allegedly stolen from her owner at a New York park has been found dead.

The beloved cocker spaniel was stolen right before owner Lora Panossian's eyes at Crocheron park in Queens on Sunday, after two men allegedly punched her in the stomach.

The New York Daily News, who first identified the woman as 29-year-old Lora Panossian, said the thieves stopped her on a walk around 10 p.m. to talk with her about the dog.

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Pizza Delivery Man Helps Neglected Puppy

Pizza Delivery Man Helps Neglected Puppy

Originally posted 06/30/2015 04:30PM

Someone deserves a hefty tip!

A pizza delivery man in Orlando, Florida, went beyond the call of duty this weekend when he helped an injured puppy he saw while delivering a pie.

WKMG News 6 reports that Central Florida authorities were notified on Sunday about the injured pooch, who apparently resided at the home where the man made a delivery.

When Animal Services responded to the call, the owner surrendered the puppy to them. The owner claimed that his dog had sustained the wound on her left front leg from another dog in the neighborhood. An investigation is pending, the report said.

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Filed Under: Animal Charities, Dogs
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Rihanna Brings Home Puppy from Club Bathroom

Some Stars Have All the Luck: Rihanna Goes to Club Bathroom, Finds Adorable Puppy to Bring Home

Originally posted 06/29/2015 11:35AM

I'm four five seconds from wildin' because Rihanna just brought home an adorable new puppy.

The "B–––– Better Have My Money" singer, 27, picked up her new pet at an unusual place: the club.

Rihanna was out on Sunday night when she came across a tiny fluffy dog pawing around the bathroom alone, reports Refinery 29.

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Filed Under: Dogs, Rihanna
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Artist Mark Barone Paints Portraits of 5,500 Euthanized Dogs to Raise Awareness About the Plight of Shelter Animals

Artist Mark Barone Paints Portraits of 5,500 Euthanized Dogs to Raise Awareness About the Plight of Shelter Animals

Originally posted 06/26/2015 05:00PM

Stacked ten high, they span the length of two football fields and outsize Michelangelo's famous Sistine Chapel ceiling paintings. But for Jacksonville, Florida, artist Mark Barone and partner Marina Dervan, the collective masterpiece of thousands of 12x12 portraits dubbed An Act of Dog is more than a work of art – it's a heartfelt call to action.

"A camera can't give an image soul," Barone says in the trailer for the upcoming PBS documentary on the project. "But an artist can."

To that end, Barone set out to paint the soulful faces of 5,500 shelter pets that were euthanized over the past few years – each portrait representing one of the 5,500 dogs lost to America's kill shelter system daily. That's 1.2 million dogs put down each year because shelters are simply out of space and the animals are out of time.

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Missing His Nose and Partially Blind, Matted Chow Chow Sheds Five Pounds of Fur

Originally posted 06/26/2015 03:00PM

It took two and a half hours to remove a seemingly infinite amount of dirty, matted fur. It was hardened and heavy, weighing five pounds.

But the horrific circumstances of Harry's rescue by a shelter in Kansas City, Missouri, don't end there. The Chow Chow is missing most of his nose and he's partially blind due to scarred corneas from his eyelashes growing into his eyes, reports FOX 4 KC.

Underneath all that fur, staff at the KC Pet Project found a sweet but emaciated dog, who suffered like this for far too long.

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House of Cards Actress Rachel Brosnahan Helps Save a Dog's Life

Originally posted 06/26/2015 01:20PM

When actress Rachel Brosnahan saw an elderly dog alone and struggling in a Santa Fe, New Mexico, dog park, she knew she had to do something.

The Manhattan and House of Cards star was walking with her own two pups when she spotted the dog who appeared to be dehydrated.

"He kept trying to stand up on his front legs, but his back legs had totally given out, we thought he was injured," Brosnahan, who is filming the second season of Manhattan in Santa Fe, told KRQE News 13. "The poor guy had just been toasting out there I think. We brought him some water and called Animal Services."

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The Cutest Photos from Take Your Dog to Work Day

The Cutest Photos from Take Your Dog to Work Day

Originally posted 06/26/2015 01:15PM

In offices around the nation, productivity is plummeting – and not just because it's Friday.

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Therapy Dogs Bring Smiles to South Carolina After Church Tragedy

Therapy Dogs Bring Smiles to South Carolina After Church Tragedy

Originally posted 06/26/2015 09:35AM

Midpoint in the sorrow following the church shootings last week in Charleston, South Carolina, big slobbery dog kisses helped to spread comfort among the emotionally wounded.

As thousands of people rallied at a park across the bridge from the city on Sunday to honor the victims, Porsha (a St. Bernard) and George (a labradoodle), certified therapy dogs with the nonprofit, all-volunteer HOPE Animal-Assistance Crisis Response, went to work communicating peace and love in their own way.

Handlers Cindy Becker and Julie Scott say that their dogs offer relief to everyone – from first responders to trauma victims, to children who just want a kiss and a wag. "We let people approach us," says Scott told PEOPLE. "Our dogs offer unconditional comfort, even if it's just five minutes with this loving, calming animal."

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Adopt Me! Keena Is One Brave Girl

Adopt Me! Keena Is One Brave Girl

Originally posted 06/26/2015 09:00AM

Home. Some pets never have one to call their own. We'd like to help change that by introducing you to an extraordinary adoptable pet every week. Today, meet Keena, a pup that was scooped up from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, where the tribal council began rounding up stray dogs late last year.

Whether this mutt knows it or not, she is very lucky – many of the strays found roaming the reservation have been killed, according to the Rapid City Journal. She was saved by LightShine Canine and hitched a ride to Sarah's Treasures Rescue in Watertown, South Dakota, in November.

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Filed Under: Animal Charities, Dogs
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Two Dogs Left in Car on Sweltering Day Saved By PEOPLE Reporter, Police and Firemen

Two Dogs Left in Car on Sweltering Day Saved By PEOPLE Reporter, Police and Firemen

Originally posted 06/25/2015 06:15PM

On June 23, PEOPLE reporter Diane Herbst found two dogs locked in a hot car with the windows shut and decided to take action. This is her first-person account of what happened.

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