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Published: Friday, April 27, 2018 @ 3:17 AM
EAST FREETOWN, Mass. — A dog in Massachusetts is on the mend after she was attacked in her backyard by a hawk.
"She was just covered in blood -- her chest, back, butt, everything was covered in blood; couldn't even see where she was bleeding from," Nascimento said.
Nascimeno said her neighborhood has had problems with hawks over the past few years.
“(Daisy) had two claw marks on one side. The other side they figured when the hawk picked her up and found out she was too heavy, dropped her and ripped the whole side skin off her," Nascimento said.
Daisy was taken to an animal hospital in Rhode Island for surgery on her puncture wounds and broken leg.
"Wild animals can do a lot of damage, especially if they're hungry. Small dogs or cats can be injured or killed," said Dr. Russell White with the Ocean State Veterinary Specialists.
White has been caring for Daisy and has advice for all pet owners.
"It's really important for those smaller animals, especially when they go outside, to make sure they're staying close to the house or in an enclosed area even though though those animals can get in to injure them keeping them away from exposed is a good recommendation," White said.
White said Daisy is expected to make a full recovery.
Published: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 @ 2:44 AM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 8:15 AM
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Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 6:28 PM
— Years after fighting for our country in Iraq, Cherice Jackson found herself in another fight – this time for her best friend, her therapy dog Ms. Pooh.
Jackson said two pit bulls mauled Ms. Pooh to death and she couldn’t stop it.
“I spent probably 20, 30 minutes trying to wrestle her from him,” Jackson told Channel 2’s Justin Wilfon. “It’s probably the worst thing I’ve ever seen. I felt like I couldn’t do anything. I feel like I failed her."
She said shortly after taking her dog out for a walk early Friday morning in her Decatur neighborhood, the pit bulls attacked.
Jackson suffered cuts and bruises, but her dog was gone.
“When I was finally able to get ahold of her and get her in the house and see the damage they did to her, it hurt … because she was my baby,” Jackson said.
DeKalb County Animal Control set a trap with the hope of catching the pit bulls that animal control believes are strays.
Jackson suffers from PTSD and her dog comforted her after she came home from war.
Blake Rashad, the founder of the Top Dog Canine Foundation, told Wilfon he was about to evaluate Ms. Pooh to see if the therapy dog could become Jackson’s service dog.
“That’s what these dogs do. They bring her anxiety down. They help with depression,” Rashad said.
For now, Jackson’s heartbroken that she couldn’t save the life of the dog that made her life so much better.
“She’s like … been everything to me,” Jackson said.
The Top Dog organization is now raising money to pay for a new service dog for Jackson.
DeKalb Animal Control continues to look for the dogs responsible, but so far, no luck.
Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 6:02 PM
ORLANDO, Fla. — Video shows a confrontation that erupted after a deaf pregnant woman said a man punched her and her service dog as their Frontier flight was taxiing to a gate at Orlando International Airport.
The family of the man said it was all a misunderstanding.
Hazel Ramirez admits that her fiancé, Matthew Silva, tackled Timothy Manley in the terminal early Thursday.
But she said that was after Manley punched her service dog.
She told police the attack happened after the flight from Colorado Springs, Colorado, landed in Orlando when "the larger service animal took up more space than Timothy felt it deserved."
Ramirez, who is deaf, spoke to WFTV Friday evening through a sign language interpreter.
"My fiancé started yelling at the man and said, 'Don't you ever touch our dog. Don't touch a service animal ever,'" she said. "'That's not OK.'"
Video shows Ramirez and her fiancé respond by angrily signing at Manley.
Petrini Manley, Timothy Manley's wife, told WFTV her husband accidentally swatted the great Dane when it startled him, but he couldn't convey that to Ramirez's fiancé.
She said her husband is an animal lover who would never intentionally harm a dog.
Petrini Manley said her son recorded video that shows Silva kicking her husband in anger -- proof that Silva was the aggressor.
But Ramirez, who is 20 weeks pregnant, said it didn't escalate into a tackle until Manley punched her in the stomach after her fiancé shouted at him.
"That's when my fiancé just became furious, because he put his hands on me and the kid and the dog," she said.
She said her fiancé was trying to keep everyone there until police arrived, but Manley's family said it never understood that and instead felt they were being held hostage.
Petrini Manley said Silva is the one who got violent first, even causing her glasses to break.
The Orlando Police Department has handed over the case to the FBI since the incident happened on a plane.
Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 9:47 AM
Updated: Friday, May 18, 2018 @ 3:29 PM
— The University of Dayton plans to build a new facility on South Main Street that will become the home of the Dayton Development Coalition, the Dayton Foundation and the college’s Fitz Center for Leadership in Community.
The new building at 1401 S. Main St. will be located between Emerson’s Helix Innovation Center and Universal 1 Credit Union. It will be 38,000 square feet and will include offices for each organization along with shared meeting spaces, according to UD.
Details for the project are still being worked out, but the university plans to start construction later this year. Once construction has begun, the new facility will take only a year to build, said UD provost Paul Benson. He declined to say how much UD will spend on the new building.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for the community and for these organizations,” said UD president Eric Spina. “Each views the needs and opportunities of the Dayton community from very different perspectives, and each offers unique resources to aid community and economic development.”
Both the foundation and the development coalition have signed letters of intent to lease space in the new facility, according to UD. Both the Dayton Foundation and the Dayton Development Coalition are currently located downtown in Kettering Tower.
The new building will put the DDC within steps of General Electric’s $51 million EPIScenter, which opened in 2013, and Emerson’s $35 million Helix Innovation Center built in 2016.
“As we work to grow and recruit businesses to the Dayton region and State of Ohio, this new facility and the surrounding area will allow us to highlight some of our region’s best success stories,” said Jeff Hoagland, chief executive officer of the DDC. “We remain committed to Dayton’s urban core, and the DDC will remain in the greater downtown area.”
The Dayton Foundation works with local colleges, and the new building’s location will allow the organization to develop a deeper relationship with UD, said Michael Parks, president of the Dayton Foundation. Being right on campus, Parks said, will allow the foundation to “leverage the talents of the University’s faculty, staff and students more broadly on leadership initiatives and other community projects.”
UD’s Fitz Center for Leadership will also occupy part of the new building, a decision that was made to increase space and accessibility for the center, Benson said. The center’s programs include UD’s Rivers Institute, Semester of Service and Dayton Corps., among other things, according to the university.
The new building will also put its tenants just over a block away from the former Montgomery County Fairgrounds, which UD jointly purchased with Premier Health last year. UD and Premier each paid $5.25 million of the $15 million purchase price.
The 38-acre fairgrounds redevelopment is one of the most anticipated projects in recent Dayton history. Though Premier and UD have not made a final decision for the fairgrounds, they’ve proposed a number of ideas that include housing, retail and green space.
With the exception of one corner, the fairgrounds purchase gave UD complete control over the intersection of Stewart Street and Main Street, and UD leaders believe it’s a corridor that is poised to become even more prominent over time.
“We see Main Street, which is already so important for the city, becoming increasingly important to the future of Dayton,” Benson said. “So the proximity to GE and Emerson is important, but the proximity to the fairgrounds is especially important.”
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