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Oklahoma woman assaulted by dog abuser

Yorkie choked by owner: KFOR News
An Oklahoma woman who witnessed an alcoholic vagrant choke his Yorkie was assaulted after confronting him. It bothers me when I see irresponsible people with dogs such as this one. They can’t even care for themselves yet they have pets. I have no compassion for these individuals. If you do witness someone abusing a pet please do not confront them. This man was obviously intoxicated and not safe to approach. Call the police and photograph them or make a video recording.

Cocker News

Indiana: Cocker thrown from car, UPDATE

Bambi post op
Bambi after surgery: WLKY News
Bambi's X-ray
Bambi's X-ray: WLKY News

Bambi made it through her critical period! Bambi had surgery Monday to repair a fractured pelvic bone receiving six screws and a metal plate. Her recovery will take 8 weeks and she may have permanent weakness in her left hind leg. She suffered nerve damage causing her to drag that foot. It’s likely she will always have chronic pain or numbess in that leg. Bambi’s surgery was estimated at $6,000. If you would like to make a donation please visit the Shamrock Foundation.

No one has been charged yet with this crime although the authorities have a “person of interest.”  The Humane Society of River Valley, Indiana is offering a reward leading towards the arrest and conviction of persons responsible.

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Cocker News

Indiana: Cocker thrown from car

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Authorities are looking for an older model army green four door sedan with vinyl top. Two men were seen throwing a cocker spaniel from highway 135 then turned the car around to hit it. The 1-2 year old cocker spaniel suffered severe injuries including a crushed pelvis. The next 72 hours are critical for her survival. Harrison County Animal control is accepting donation for “Sandy’s” veterinary treatment. Call them at (812) 267-5636

UPDATE: A Mr. Austin? at the Harrison County Animal Control let me know that “Bambi” is expected to make a full recovery–She has been renamed again. He says phone calls have been coming in all day for Bambi. Bambi is being treated at the Louisville Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Services. A fund has been started by The Shamrock Foundation. Donations can be sent to the following address:

Shamrock Arrow Fund
PO Box 24033
Louisville KY 40224-0033

Update 3/22/2011:  WHAS11 in Kentucky is reporting Bambi is doing well after surgery.  She had one plate and six screws attached to her pelvic bone.

Dog News

CCW Permit Holder Shoots Dogs

It happened in Miami, Florida.  George Doughty fired upon two loose dogs in his neighborhood; both belonging to his neighbor. One dog was fatally wounded while the pregnant Rottweiler survived.  Florida’s laws on concealed weapons are very clear.  You may only use a concealed weapon to protect yourself from “death or serious bodily harm.”  Was this the case or was this the result of a neighbor dispute?  Mr. Doughty said he fired on the two after they attacked him and his dog. The fact that Mr. Doughty had previously threatened to kill his neighbor’s dogs does not bode well either. Doughty made the threat after his own dog was attacked by the two.  Doughty said he would kill his neighbor’s dog’s if he saw them “walking around.”

As a CCW holder and dog owner myself, I don’t think Mr. Doughty acted in a prudent manner.  There’s only one purpose for using a concealed weapon and that is to protect your life.  There are many action’s Mr. Doughty could have taken instead:

  • Knowing that they had a history of running loose he could have avoided the area.
  • Ran away
  • Yelled at them or yelled for help

Also, assuming the dog’s were attacking him or his dog:

  • Used pepper spray
  • punched or kicked them

I see Mr. Doughty’s actions resulting as personal conflict with his neighbor.  I think he’ll have a tough time if his neighbor ever decides to take him to court.  Both my dog and I have been attacked numerous times out on walks and have always managed without the use of a firearm.  Just out of curiosity, what kind of injuries did Mr. Doughty sustain?  Was he treated at a emergency room?


Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Use of Deadly Force for Lawful Self-Defense

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NBC Miami: Walking Rottweiler Opens Fire on Charging Dogs


Quantifying the Human-Animal Bond

The relationship between humans and animals is as complex and diverse as the Earth herself. Animals have long shared a deep and meaningful bond with humankind from being a food source to serving as a trusted friend and Soul companion.

According to a Gallup lifestyle poll 6 out of every 10 Americans share their lives and home with some kind of animal companion and it is estimated that Americans spend over 36 billion dollars per year on pet care.

The reasons for having an animal companion vary widely. Some people love animals for their unconditional love and treasure the companionship. Some need service animals such as Seeing Eye horses and therapy dogs. Some animals are actually in the job force such as canine cops and truffle seeking pigs.

While the reasons for having an animal companion vary, we all have one thing in common…a unique bond or attachment that we have for animals. This bond or attachment will determine how you treat and interact with your pets. Below is a scale that will help you determine how you define and quantify the unique relationship you share with each of your pets. It will also allow you to understand other people’s relationships and attitudes towards animals with more clarity and understanding.

  1. Level 1 – Cruelty/Abuse
    • If you are reading this article you most definitely are not a level 1. People at this level have no respect for animal life. Animal torture, abuse or abandonment is a common practice. Animals are regarded as lowly beings to be tolerated and used.
  2. Level 2 – Ambivalence
    • Level 2 is characterized by people who have a pet but could care less about it. Perhaps their child desperately wanted a dog so they succumbed. Basic care is given but neglect is common and health issues are probably not addressed. The animal will often be left to its own devices and will likely suffer from a variety of behavioral, emotional and physical issues.
  3. Level 3 – Responsible/Traditional care
    • This is probably the most common type of human/animal relationship exhibited. The animal is an important member of the household and is well provided for as far as food, shelter and medical care. However there isn’t a strong emotional attachment.
  4. Level 4 – Family Member
    • People characterized as a level 4 consider their pets to be members of the family. The animal is involved in day to day activities and enjoys the best food, comfort and care that its caretakers can afford. There is a strong emotional attachment between the pet and his/her human.
  5. Level 5 – Soul Companion
    • Some people share close, intimate and profound bonds with their animal companions. Someone at a level 5 considers their companion to be an equal and relies on their companion as a close and trusted ally and friend. It isn’t uncommon for such people to ask advice from their trusted friend. They often believe that their time together involves a deep spiritual commitment.

There aren’t any hard lines between the levels. These are just guidelines to provide you with a broader understanding of the intricate human/animal bond and with the relationship you share with your pet.

Which category do you find yourself in? Do you have any judgments about the other levels? If so what are they? Do you have a desire to strengthen and deepen the bond between yourself and animals? If so, how do you think this will benefit you? The world?

A greater understanding of the emotional bond you have with your pet will lead you to a greater understanding of yourself, your motivations and your Soul path. As the human species grows and evolves so too does its relationships with itself and other beings.

A deeper compassion for animals will serve to lead humanity toward solving many of our social issues such as war and abuse. As you interact with your animal companion today think of him/her not as a pet but as an agent of social evolution.

Becky Kimes is a Divine Animal Healer and Initiator of Enlightenment who specializes in working with people to overcome their grief when losing an animal companion. Visit her today at http://divinehealingforanimals and sign up for her free, weekly ezine Animal Connections where you’ll receive valuable article, inspirational stories, and be introduced to professionals dedicated to enriching and enhancing the lives of animals.

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