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Family finds missing dog 14 months later

When their mixed-breed dog Kanga escaped from a kennel in November 2012, about ten miles from their home, the Koprowski family spent months searching for her.

The northwest-side family searched neighborhoods, checked in with local kennels and scoured lost-dog postings on Craigslist. All to no avail.

"She had to go through the winter of 2012, she had to go through the summer, which was really hot, monsoons, rattlesnakes, so we weren’t very hopeful," Nancy Koprowski said about Kanga.

They hoped for the best, that a kind family had taken her in, but knew that after being lost in the desert for so long the odds were against her.

But it wouldn’t be the first time Kanga beat the odds.

Read more: Family finds missing dog 14 months later.


Iraq War dog living comfortably in Chicago suburbs

It has been almost 10 years since Bashur the dog left a war zone in Iraq for a quiet home in the Chicago suburbs, and in that time, a lot has changed.

Once small enough to fit in the palm of the Army officer who rescued her from a life in the wild, she has grown to a 110-pound hulk. Once attuned to the faint noise of distant but rapidly approaching rockets, her radar now locks onto deer and foxes.

But one thing is still the same. Bashur remains a paragon of faithfulness — only now, the center of her world is the officer’s father, Hampshire car dealer John Fenzel.

“She’s a character,” Fenzel said the other day. “Not a lovey-dovey lap dog, but super loyal.”

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Video: Man survives 46-vehicle crash, rescues dog

Fox 2 News Headlines


Calls and emails have been coming into the Fox 2 newsroom about a dog rescued from a deadly chain reaction crash in Indiana. Sadly, his owner is one of three people who died. A local man is working to find the dog a home. (He says no more calls are needed. Enough people have expressed interest in adopting Sparkie.)

Click on the video player to watch Robin Schwartz’s report.

There was wreckage as far as the eye could see Thursday on I-94 near Michigan City, Indiana. 46 cars, SUVs and semis collided during a sudden white out. Bob Sharpe of White Lake was in the pile up that killed a man from Chicago and a couple from Grand Rapids and left more than two dozen others injured. We spoke to Bob by phone.

"The accident scene was massive carnage," he told Fox 2. "I was the lucky one. I came to a stop behind a bunch of vehicles that were crashing in front of me, vehicles were passing me and crashing behind me and I didn’t get touched."

Read more: Local man survives 46-vehicle crash, rescues dog – Fox 2 News Headlines.


Video: Dog shelter sleuths seek to reunite dogs with their owners

Beth Smith walked by the dachshund once, then twice.

The dog was injured; it could barely move its hind legs. And its muzzle and face bore superficial cuts, as though it had tangled with a cactus or perhaps another dog.

Many of the strays brought into Maricopa County Animal Care and Control have such marks from their time on the street. But Smith, an animal-care technician at the shelter, was noticing other things, too.

The dachshund’s unusual coloring caught her eye; she knew the dappled look was prized among admirers of the breed. And there was something else. Despite the little dog’s obvious pain and bedraggled face, its eyes were bright.

This dog had a home, Smith knew. And she needed to find it. Read More


Mystery person drops off 50 dogs outside 2 animal shelters in Canada

RICHMOND, British Columbia, Aug. 31 (UPI) — Animal protection officials in British Columbia say someone abandoned 50 dogs outside two shelters.

Thirty-eight dogs were found in cages at a shelter in Richmond and a dozen more were left outside one in Westminster, the Richmond News reported.

Carol Reichert, executive director of the Richmond Animal Protection Society shelter, said the dogs, mostly smaller dogs such as terriers, Yorkie and Chihuahua crossbreeds, appeared to be in relatively good health.

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Video: Detroit grapples with stray dog epidemic

Detroit (CNN) — Nineteen-year-old James Johnson found a young pit bull puppy running up Seven Mile Road in Detroit this week. He took her in and named her Trina.

It’s not the first stray dog Johnson has found on the streets of Motor City. Four years ago, he found an emaciated pit bull he named Campsite hiding beneath a trailer.

In America’s biggest bankrupt city — currently more than $18 billion in debt and home to 70,000-plus vacant structures — there is another problem: Tens of thousands of stray dogs roam the streets.

As many of Detroit’s residents struggle to get by, many of its dogs are left abandoned — scavenging for food wherever they can find it.

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More than 100 puppies rescued from 14 Missouri "puppy mills" will be up for adoption on Long Island this Saturday.

“PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. (WPIX) – More than 100 puppies rescued from 14 Missouri ‘puppy mills’ will be up for adoption on Long Island this Saturday.

The dogs are currently under the care of the North Shore Animal League America (NSALA), which announced Tuesday that the dogs from their partner, National Mill Dog Rescue, had arrived. Before they go up for adoption, all the animals will be spayed or neutered and given full medical checkups.

‘Puppy mills’ are companies that breed dogs for sale to pet stores and are not illegal.”

Full story:More than 100 puppies rescued from 14 Missouri “puppy mills” will be up for adoption on Long Island this Saturday. – WPIX


Flight to Freedom for Puppy Mill Dogs – Ohio Dog Auction

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Last week, Humane Police Officers with the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals filed criminal complaints against six Pennsylvania commercial dog breeders after agents and volunteers purchased twelve dogs at a dog auction in Holmes County, Ohio on October 7, 2009. There is clear evidence as set forth in the criminal complaints that the dogs have been victims of deliberate cruelty. This is the first time any law enforcement agency has brought abused breeding dogs back into their state of origin and filed charges against the breeders who harmed them.

PSPCA agents drove unmarked trucks from Philadelphia to the rural town of Baltic, Ohio in Holmes County, to attend the auction, where some of Pennsylvania’s largest commercial dog breeders had sent almost four hundred breeding dogs to be sold at auction. At the same time, investigators from Main Line Animal Rescue flew a private plane, on loan from a generous supporter of MLAR, to Holmes County to attend the same auction. On board was a licensed veterinarian who provided invaluable assistance, examining dogs inside the auction and later dogs purchased by agents and volunteers. Less than two hours after leaving the auction house, several of the dogs purchased were back in the Philadelphia area, passengers on the private plane. PSPCA agents drove through the night to bring still more dogs back to Philadelphia to be evaluated and examined at our Erie Avenue facility. The dogs are receiving extensive medical treatment at this time.

At the auction, hundreds of frightened breeding dogs transported from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania were numbered and stacked to the ceiling in small fetid cages as hundreds of buyers, comprised mainly of Amish dog breeders, made their way through the narrow aisles of the crowded auction house. The majority of the breeding dogs sold were then transported to puppy mills in Ohio and in other states. Many of the filthy, terrified dogs for sale that day were registered with either the American Canine Association or America’s Pet Registry, Inc. – the names of the controversial registries posted on the outside of the dogs’ cages.

The Pennsylvania SPCA and Main Line Animal Rescue urges Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell to investigate/question the state inspectors who walked by these animals during routine inspections of the kennels involved and did nothing to help them. We also ask that the Governor hire a qualified veterinarian to accompany inspectors during inspections – one who will take the time to thoroughly examine each and every dog in Pennsylvania’s problematic commercial dog breeding kennels. The PSPCA will reach out to the Holmes County prosecutor’s office and ask them to investigate the sale of sick and injured dogs at the Dog Auction at the Farmerstown Sale Barn in Baltic, Ohio.

Legislation is pending in Ohio (Senate Bill 95 and House Bill 124) which would prohibit such auctions in the future as well as efforts to place a ballot initiative before Ohio voters banning dog auctions altogether.

The Pennsylvania SPCA is the largest animal welfare organization in Pennsylvania and has been dedicated to fighting animal cruelty throughout the Commonwealth for over one hundred years. Main Line Animal Rescue has been in the forefront of raising awareness to the plight of puppy mill dogs and was featured on Oprah’s ‘puppy mill show.’

Lamb McErlane PC, a law firm located in West Chester, Pennsylvania, has been assisting the Pennsylvania SPCA and Main Line Animal Rescue in dealing with these complex legal issues. A conviction on any or all charges could result in the immediate revocation of PA state kennel licenses as stated in PA’s new dog laws.”


Aviators lend wings to pet-rescue effort

“Joe Ornato and Mimi Peberdy are taking dog rescues to new heights. The couple flew Wolfie in their light plane from Roxboro, N.C., to Chesterfield County Airport yesterday, where another pilot picked up the German shepherd mix and transported her to New Jersey on her way to her new home in Massachusetts.”

Aviators lend wings to pet-rescue effort | Richmond Times-Dispatch


Iowa: Lawmakers favor restraints on puppy mills

“Photos of dogs with matted fur, fleas, blackened teeth and crippled legs confined in breeders’ cages that are too small prompted outrage among state lawmakers of both parties Tuesday.”

Des Moines Register