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Published: Thursday, January 15, 2015 @ 4:26 PM
Updated: Thursday, January 15, 2015 @ 4:26 PM
— An abandoned baby was saved from a certain freezing death because of a stray cat that is now being hailed as a hero.
According to the New York Post, Masha, a long-haired tabby, climbed inside a box discarded at the entrance of an apartment block in Russia and discovered a baby boy. Instead of being scared away, she stayed with the baby, keeping him warm. Health officials believe the baby had been left outside for a few hours on a day when temperatures were several degrees centigrade below zero.
Obninsk city resident Irna Lavora says she heard Masha "meow" for help.
Published: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 @ 2:06 PM
Updated: Saturday, January 06, 2018 @ 9:00 AM
— A kitten born with two faces has died.
Bettie Bee was born Dec. 12 in South Africa with a rare congenital condition called craniofacial duplication, The Dodo reported. The kitten was born with two noses, two mouths and three eyes. While Bettie Bee received special care and was initially thriving, she died 16 days after birth after developing pneumonia.
Published: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 @ 4:08 PM
ATLANTA — George, a black shepherd-lab mix with a white chest and brindle paws, slipped his leash and took off during a walk with a dog sitter on Christmas 2015 in Atlanta.
Owners Julianne Green and Matt Furniss were informed of the news while visiting New York for the holidays. Devastated, they cut their trip short so they could begin searching.
Nearly 17 months later, they can finally stop.
A microchip company called the couple last week to tell them George had been picked up in Atlanta’s Oakland City neighborhood — about six miles from their Reynoldstown neighborhood — and was scanned in at Fulton County Animal Services.
They raced to the shelter. Green was expecting George to be sick, injured or aggressive. But then they saw him.
“He came right up to us and was so lovey and happy,” she said Tuesday. “And it was like he wasn’t gone for one and a half years.”
Green and Furniss were thrilled, but so were hundreds of others.
George had gained a following since the couple posted about his disappearance on Nextdoor in December 2015. Many missing-animal posts are on the online forum, but George was a special case. Neighbors helped put up flyers, checked in and posted any time there was a suspected sighting.
Eventually, the sightings slowed. A naysayer on Nextdoor said the dog couldn’t have survived the winter and advised people to stop posting about him. The couple donated George’s belongings, but remained hopeful.
Green thinks people became invested in George’s story because he went missing on Christmas and because he kept darting between neighborhoods. Despite the occasional sightings, the then-2-year-old dog was skittish and didn’t recognize his name being called.
The couple — who adopted George from the Humane Society in Atlanta after a bad flood hit South Carolina — had only owned him for two months.
When Green shared the news that George had been found to Nextdoor, the post got more than 230 “thanks” and more than 100 comments in less than a week.
Since his return, the couple has since found out their dog is heartworm positive, and have started a GoFundMe to raise money for George’s treatment. Over $1,000 has been raised toward its $3,000 goal.
“He has become a local celebrity,” the fundraising page says. “Chances are when we meet a new neighbor, they have already heard a piece of his journey.”
The couple said they’re “eternally grateful” for the neighborhood’s support.
Published: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 @ 11:08 AM
LOVELAND, Colo. — Colorado animal control officers received an unusual call from a concerned citizen Thursday: Dozens of tame, friendly rats were on the loose.
The Larimer Humane Society told the Reporter-Herald it received a second call about roaming domesticated rats Friday. That's when the Humane Society's animal protection and control team headed to Fort Collins to search for the rats in two designated nature areas.
Part of the search-and-rescue effort was streamed live on Facebook. An official used peanut butter cookies his children made to lure the rats out, where they were captured in nets, according to the Larimer Humane Society. The rescue mission took approximately an hour, the Reporter-Herald noted.
We have rescued 60+ pet rats that were abandoned in natural areas in Fort Collins. The cold and local wildlife put these abandoned animals in danger. If you have any information on this case please call Animal Control at 970.226.3647 ext 7. pic.twitter.com/DTWb54oJg5— LarimerHumaneSociety (@LarimerHumane) December 22, 2017
With temperatures dipping into the single digits, rescuing the rats was a priority. Officials say the rodents appeared to be in good shape, other than being cold and hungry.
In all, more than 80 rats were rescued, officials say. It is believed the rats were owned and abandoned by the same person. The owner could face animal cruelty charges, a humane society spokesperson said.
Published: Monday, December 04, 2017 @ 6:19 AM
— Some people say they would do anything to protect their pets, but a Holliston, Massachusetts, man kept his promise to his dog – even if it meant getting arrested.
Peter Rogaishio's Thursday started like any other, until his family's beloved Doberman, Thor, was run over by two vehicles.
"I heard a big bang and then a few seconds later I heard a howl that just made the hair on the back of my neck stand up," said Rogaishio. "He was lying on the street, so I dragged him off to the side of the street and called 911."
Holliston police tried to find a way to get Thor to an animal hospital, but the dog was still bleeding on the side of the road half an hour later.
In a desperate attempt to save his pup's life, Rogaishio put Thor in the back seat of his car and rushed to the vet, even if that meant illegally passing other vehicles and speeding.
"I wasn't even thinking, I was just trying to get through the traffic safely," Rogaishio said.
However, it didn't take long before a Natick police officer spotted Rogaishio's aggressive driving on West Central Street and chased him for more than a mile.
Natick police then set up a roadblock on Hartford Street, making it clear they were on to Rogaishio.
Man arrested for speeding while rushing to take beloved dog to the hospital https://t.co/cndfcFgXeS— Boston 25 News (@boston25) December 3, 2017
With their guns drawn, police handcuffed Rogaishio and were ready to send him to jail when they saw Thor in the car.
"They finally looked in the truck and saw the dog. They jumped in and took the dog and then took me to jail," said Rogaishio.
The good news, however, is that Thor, despite his three broken legs, is expected to survive.
Rogaishio also has been released from jail.
He tells WFXT that, despite the craziness of it all, he did what he had to do.
"He's such a good dog, a loving dog. I would do anything to save him," said Rogaishio. "We got him at two months old and that's all we have. He's just a delight. He's a joy to my heart. He's my everything."