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Pit Bull Shot by New York Police Recovering, Not Ready for New Home – Yet

Pit Bull Shot by New York Police Recovering, Not Ready for New Home – Yet

Originally posted 09/04/2012 10:30AM

Three weeks ago, Star the pit bull was lying on the street in Manhattan's East Village, her cries barely heard over the voices of onlookers, who shouted, "Why'd you do that?"

It's a scene that unfolds in a graphic video: Star is barking and distressed trying to protect her owner, who's seemingly passed out on the ground. She runs toward a policeman. Then he shoots her.

But Star survived. Now, she's getting ready to find a new home.

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Filed Under: Dogs, Hero Pets
Credit: Courtesy Mandi Hein
Boy Starts 'Lick It List' for Dying Service Dog

Boy Starts 'Lick It List' for Dying Service Dog

Originally posted 08/17/2012 09:10AM

Earlier this week, the Merriam-Webster added the term "bucket list" to its vocabulary, describing it as "a list of things that one has not done before but wants to do before dying."

Already, the word is being redefined.

One 11-year-old boy from Canada is thanking his service dog in a very special way during the final days of the Jack Russell terrier's life.

Cole Hein set up a "Lick It List" for his 14-year-old dog Bingo, who was given to his family in 2005 by the Ontario-based National Service Dogs due to an undiagnosed medical condition that causes Cole to stop breathing.

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Filed Under: Dogs, Hero Pets
Credit: Helen Woodward Animal Center
Cat Shot in Head with BB Gun Stays with Her Kittens

UpdatePosted 06/24/2012 08:00AM

Cat Shot in Head with BB Gun Stays with Her Kittens

Originally posted 06/20/2012 03:30PM

Cats are known to be fiercely protective of their young, but one new mother didn't realize her own instinct – until it hit her in the head.

A Los Angeles County-based animal rescuer spotted a dirty, malnourished cat hovering over her five kittens last week, and didn't suspect that there was anything seriously wrong when the cat hissed as she approached. The cat was just behaving the way mothers do.

When the cat and her weeks-old litter were taken to the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., however, doctors noticed something out of the ordinary: the mother cat had been shot in the head with a BB gun. The BB entered through the top of her head and ended up behind her ear; her matted hair had covered up the wound.

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Filed Under: Cats, Pet News, Hero Pets
Credit: Angell Animal Medical Center
Pit Bull Saves Owner from Oncoming Train

Pit Bull Saves Owner from Oncoming Train

Originally posted 05/12/2012 11:00AM

When her owner was in trouble, an 8-year-old pit bull named Lilly immediately stepped in to save her, pulling her unconscious body off of train tracks in Shirley, Mass., on May 4 as an oncoming train approached, and instead, taking the hit for her.

The train's conductor, who couldn't slow the freight train in time, initially thought he had struck and killed the woman, named Christine Spain, and her dog, but when he surveyed the scene, he saw that Spain had been dragged to the side, while Lilly had sustained severe injuries as a result of the collision. The pit bull's right front leg was de-gloved, meaning all of the skin and muscle had been removed, and X-Rays would later show she had sustained multiple fractures in her pelvis.

When Spain's son, police officer David Lanteigne, arrived on site, he helped tend to Lilly, and later stayed by her side as she was transported to Boston's Angell Animal Medical Center, where she is now in recovery.

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Wednesday's Funny Video: This Dog Can Be Your Hero

Originally posted 04/06/2011 12:00PM



Not only can he get you out of a tight spot, he can kiss away the pain.

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Crisis in Japan: American Search Dogs Lend a Helping Paw

Crisis in Japan: American Search Dogs Lend a Helping Paw

Originally posted 03/14/2011 05:00PM

They are the red and blue teams, six pairs of canine disaster search teams trained to find survivors in the rubble. Red and blue, called upon by the USAID and deployed to help with reconnaissance and primary searches in Japan.

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Credit: Courtesy of Pat Kaynaroglu
Special Education Teacher Helps Kids Train Rescue Dogs

Special Education Teacher Helps Kids Train Rescue Dogs

Originally posted 01/14/2011 07:45AM

The first time Pat Kaynaroglu met one of her pupils, she was taken aback by his instant proclamation.

"I hate you!" he said.

Undeterred, Kaynaroglu asked the boy what he did like. He said he liked dogs. She promised him that they would become experts on dogs together.

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Filed Under: Dogs, Pet News, Hero Pets
Credit: Courtesy of Stacey Bogdan
Dog Helps California Teen Keep Her Diabetes In Check

Dog Helps California Teen Keep Her Diabetes In Check

Originally posted 11/03/2010 01:00PM

Like many 13-year-olds, Ashley Bogdan loves to be social. She hangs out with her girlfriends, meanders through her local mall and relishes taking a dip in the pool any chance she gets. But this California girl is not like most middle-schoolers in one respect: Ashley is diabetic and must test her blood-glucose levels multiple times a day to prevent them from becoming dangerously low.

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Filed Under: Dogs, Pet News, Hero Pets
Credit: Timothy Devine
'People-Centered' Animal Sanctuary Helps Pet Owners in Crisis

'People-Centered' Animal Sanctuary Helps Pet Owners in Crisis

Originally posted 10/26/2010 03:45PM

In the summer of 2008, as the housing market collapsed and families found themselves dealing with banks foreclosing on their homes, Laura Pople heard that animal shelters were overwhelmed with the unwitting victims of the real estate crisis: pets.

"I thought, 'There's got to be someone doing something about foreclosure pets,'" Pople tells PEOPLE. "As an animal owner myself, the thought that I would have to give up my animals was devastating to me."

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Filed Under: Pet News, Hero Pets
Credit: Courtesy of Barbara Chepaitis
U.S. Soldiers Rescue Wounded Eagle in Afghanistan

U.S. Soldiers Rescue Wounded Eagle in Afghanistan

Originally posted 09/29/2010 07:45AM

Mitch is a Steppe eagle that cannot fly. His brown wings, permanently injured, no longer soar through the air. Still, Mitch is about to head from Afghanistan to New York, thanks to the help of a few caring soldiers.

The bird will travel on a military flight with one of his rescuers, a U.S. Navy SEAL operator, as well as with Maj. Eileen Jenkins, the veterinarian who has cared for him in recent weeks. He will likely meet staff members from the office of Senator Charles Schumer, who were instrumental in coordinating the efforts to find him a home outside of Afghanistan, and then he will finally arrive at his new digs, the Berkshire Bird Paradise Sanctuary in Petersburgh, N.Y.

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