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Unconscious Puppy Gets 2nd Chance

Puppy Found Unconscious at Lowell Folk Festival, Now in League’s Care

08-07 Ramona Laying DownThe League has offered to provide care, training and safe haven to this special puppy saved by Lowell police and a pair of Trinity Ambulance EMT‘s after being dragged behind her owner on a leash at the Lowell Folk Festival on July 28. When the police found the puppy, now named Ramona, she was unconscious, laying on her side, with her eyes rolled back in her head – she was barely breathing.

Despite her horrific experiences, Ramona is a very spirited pup. Her internal strength is probably what helped her survive the tragedy of her abuse on the day of the Lowell Folk Festival.  On the other hand, her feisty nature also means that she is a very exuberant and energetic puppy who could use a little “good manners 101” when interacting with other dogs and people.

It’s possible that Ramona was taken from her brothers and sisters and mother too young, because she does not know how to appropriately behave with other dogs.  Additionally, we do not know what other abuses she may have suffered during her young life that shape how she behaves with people today.  She lunges at other dogs and does not know simple commands or show any sign of listening to people.

To help Ramona get on the right track we’re immersing her in daily play group with other dogs, and individual training, using positive, reward based training while she is still young enough to learn during her critical impressionable period (up to four months of age).

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We are teaching Ramona to understand basic commands like “sit.” Help us continue training Ramona and other dogs like her by donating today.

We know Ramona is smart and has a good nature. By giving her some “total immersion” training over the next few weeks and a lot of TLC, we hope to help shape her into a confident, well socialized dog who will be a safe, family dog when she grows up to the big dog that she is going to be!  After a couple of weeks of training, we expect that she will be able to move to a foster home where she will live with another dog,  continue her positive training and learn how to behave in a home setting.

As you may know, we operate the Center for Shelter Dogs, which is at the forefront of improving quality of life and behavior for dogs in animal shelters throughout the country. The programs we provide for our dogs’ entertainment can be found on the Center for Shelter Dogs website.

Court actions can take a while, so we are not sure when or if Ramona will be available for adoption. Anyone wishing to help support her care and other dogs like her can donate now.

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Philbert Update: Cat Lost Leg Due to Illegal Trap

Many of you have been asking for an update about Philbert. On June 28th we shared this brave cat’s story with you. He had been found caught in an illegal trap in Athol, MA. Thanks to our Rescue Team’s efforts and those of Athol Animal Control and the Foster Hospital for Small Animals at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, Philbert’s life was spared, however,  his leg did have to be amputated. We’d like to thank everyone who donated to help us with his care.

07-27 Philbert_ThumbPhilbert is recovering well – he’s affectionate, but prefers quiet interaction. We’re trying to create a home-like setting for him and are not keeping him in a cage. Philbert has hours of human companionship every day and is receiving excellent care.

We still have no leads on who set or owns the trap, so if you have any clues that could help us in our case please contact our Law Enforcement Department.

Reminder: Anyone who finds an empty trap is warned to not touch it, and asked to call your local police, animal control officer, or the Massachusetts Environmental Police at 800.632.8075 to report the trap. If you find a trap with an animal in it, contact the League’s Rescue Team at 617.426.9170.

Read Philbert’s story.


Breaking News: Cat Caught in Illegal Trap, Rescued

A cat that was caught in an illegal leghold trap in Athol and rescued last Thursday by the League’s Rescue Team is back at our shelter recovering from an amputation. Thanks to our Rescue Team’s efforts and those of Athol Animal Control and the Foster Hospital for Small Animals at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, this traumatic tale will hopefully have a positive ending. We need your support  to help cover the approximately $2,000 needed for post-op care for the cat.

What happened: On the morning of Thursday, June 20, the League’s Rescue Services Team received an urgent call from Athol Animal Control requesting assistance with a stray cat they found under a porch that had an illegal leghold trap clamped to one of its legs. Rescue Services caught and transported the cat to Tufts, where veterinarians had to amputate the cat’s leg due to the extent of its injuries. The cat was transferred Tuesday to the League’s shelter in Boston where it will be housed and monitored during the required isolation period. Results are still pending to confirm whether this cat might have rabies or other infectious diseases, so human contact is being limited at this time.

“The surgery went smoothly and we expect that the cat will be able to do all the things it did before,” said Dr. Emily McCobb, D.V.M., a board certified veterinary anesthesiologist and director of the Shelter Medicine Program at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. “Animals are able to recover from amputations quickly and are able to resume normal activity, especially cats. While the cat was in our care, we were able to manage his pain and also get him neutered, which is an important aspect of care for free-roaming cats such as this one.”

trapWatch out for and report traps: The Animal Rescue League of Boston would like to remind the public to keep an eye on their outdoor pets during the summer, and to report any traps they might find. The trap in this case is known as a “leghold trap” which is intended to catch bobcats or fox. These types of traps are illegal in the Commonwealth.

Anyone who finds an empty trap is warned to not touch it, and asked to call your local police, animal control officer, or the Massachusetts Environmental Police at 800.632.8075 to report the trap. If you find a trap with an animal in it, contact the League’s Rescue Team at 617.426.9170.

Anyone interested in donating to the League to support care for animals such as this and others is encouraged to do so at arlboston.org , 617.426.9170×615, or advancement@arlboston.org.


Reward Offered for Information Regarding Sandwich, MA Animal Cruelty Case

PR Contact: Marci Tyldesley, marci@capepr.com/ (508) 317-4345

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Mr. Paws

The Animal Rescue League of Boston is working with the Sandwich, MA Police Department to locate and apprehend the person responsible for the Thursday, May 16 or Friday, May 17 shooting of “Mr. Paws,” an almost two-year-old orange and white domestic short haired cat owned by a Sandwich family. The cat’s owner found Mr. Paws on the 17th outside her house on Pierre Vernier Drive alive but paralyzed from the waist down. He was taken immediately to Oceanside Animal Hospital where, after extensive tests, he was euthanized because of his poor prognosis for recovery. The family is devastated and confused about why anyone would shoot their beloved pet. The League’s Center for Animal Protection, which is assisting in the forensic analysis of this case, and Sandwich PD are anxious to identify who is responsible for this act to prevent him or her from abusing other animals.

A $500 reward is being offered by the League for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the responsible party. If you have any information related to this case, please call 617.226.5610.


Paisely, The Kitten, And Girl Who Found Her Reunite
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Myra, Paisley and Naomi (Boston shelter supervisor)

Many of you have been asking for an update about Paisley, the kitten found wrapped in two plastic bags in a garbage can in Roxbury. Well, we have something even better for you!

We invited Myra, the 5 year-old girl who heard the kitten crying and alerted her mom who called the League, for a special tour of our Boston shelter and a surprise reunion with Paisley! Paisley has been in foster care for the past two weeks and has grown and filled out. Myra was so excited to see Paisley again and was thrilled to hear that she has already been adopted and will be going to her forever home very soon.

On her tour Myra got to see all of the animals at our shelter, meet our Rescue Team, and she received a special “thank you” from our Director of the Center for Animal Protection, Lt. Alan Borgal.

Thank you Myra for being mature beyond your years and for caring about animals so much!

Keep up the great work. You are a star!

Myra & Paisley

Myra & Paisley


Update: Oliver Twist, Neglected Puppy Goes For A Walk
Oliver walks with Lex. Photo: Christine Barton

Oliver walks with Lex. Photo: Christine Barton

Thank you all for your support and concern about Oliver Twist. This severely neglected puppy who was found by a FedEx delivery man in Dorchester is so sweet and friendly. His progressive re-feeding program is going well and he is loving all of the attention from our volunteers and staff. One of our volunteers took these fabulous photos of him, sporting a red fleece jacket to keep his frail body warm when he went on a walk on Friday. Our veterinarians are checking him on a daily basis to make sure that he is gaining weight at an appropriate speed.

Our law enforcement department has been actively seeking information in the neighborhood of Dorchester where he was found. We still need your help! If anyone has any information regarding the severe neglect and cruelty toward Oliver please call our Anti-Cruelty Law Enforcement Department at 617.226.5610.

Please consider a gift to help Oliver today!

Our rescue and law enforcement teams receive no government funding – We rely entirely on the support of people like you.

For those of you who have already donated, THANK YOU!

OliverPhoto: Christine Barton

Oliver
Photo: Christine Barton


UPDATE: Severely Neglected Puppy Found

04-03/2013 UPDATE On Oliver The Severely Neglected Puppy

Oliver receives a bath.

Oliver receives a bath.

Oliver’s condition has stabilized. He spent the night at our Boston shelter and was treated for a skin infection. He is on a progressive re-feeding schedule and is eating on his own. He’s also getting lots of love and attention from our staff. For now, we do not know how long his road to recovery will take.

Please consider a gift to help Oliver today!

As you can imagine, there has been a great deal of interest in Oliver, and there is already a long list of potential adopters. Please call our adoption line to speak with an adoption agent about putting your name on the list or feel free to visit our website to see all of the amazing dogs we currently have available for adoption! Your support is much appreciated.

04-03/2013 Breaking News: Severely Neglected Puppy Found

The Animal Rescue League of Boston is requesting your help regarding the severe neglect and abuse experienced by a 5-6 month-old puppy found shivering in Dorchester late this morning by a FedEx driver. The League’s Rescue Service Team responded and found the dog, who has been named Oliver Twist.

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The frail puppy approached our Rescue team when they called to him as if he knew they were there to help. Due to the severity of Oliver’s condition they rushed him to the League’s Boston shelter for immediate medical attention.

Oliver is severely emaciated – lacking fat and muscle, his bones jut through his skin. On the Purina body condition scale in which 9 is obese and 1 is extremely emaciated – Oliver scored less than 1. In addition, Oliver was covered is his own urine and feces, had overgrown nails and was diagnosed with a bacterial infection.

Oliver1We need your help! If anyone has any information regarding the severe neglect and cruelty toward Oliver please call our Anti-Cruelty Law Enforcement Department at 617.226.5610.

“April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month, and this case is a perfect example of why we must come together as a community to prevent abuse of helpless animals,” said League President Mary Nee.

Please consider a gift to help Oliver today!

Our rescue and law enforcement teams receive no government funding – We rely entirely on the support of people like you.

With your help, the Animal Rescue League of Boston can end animal cruelty, abandonment and neglect. This is a large promise but it has been our mission since 1899.

Our promise-we will put your dollars to work immediately to end the suffering of animals like Oliver.


April is Prevention of Cruelty To Animals Month
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Brian, our Rescue Services Manager holds, Paisley.

Here at the League we see animals from all walks of life, who have come to us under a variety of different circumstances. Just this past Friday our rescue technicians picked up a 5 week-old kitten that was found inside two plastic bags in a garbage can in Roxbury. Some concerned citizens,  a 5 year-old girl and her mom, heard the kitten’s cries and alerted the League. The little girl decided to name the kitten “Paisley.” A law enforcement officer was present at the time of the pickup and has obtained evidence from the scene. The kitten is now doing fine and is in foster care.

The League’s Center for Animal Protection is committed to investigating crimes against animals and protecting animals from neglect and abuse. We work closely with animal control departments throughout the state and log thousands of miles each year investigating animal abuse and neglect. We receive no state or federal funding and operate as a full-time Humane Animal Law Enforcement Agency at no cost to Massachusetts taxpayers.

We encourage members of the public and other agencies to contact us if they suspect that animals are being cruelly treated, or are in imminent danger of abuse or neglect. Our phone lines are monitored seven days a week, including holidays.

If you see any signs of animal cruelty please contact us. By doing so, you could be saving an animal’s life!


A home for the holidays?

Yesterday, in yet another animal cruelty case, the League rescued two starving puppies who were loose on the streets of Boston.

They can’t talk, so we don’t know how they escaped – whether they broke free or if they were just abandoned – but their young bodies show clear signs of starvation and neglect. They are familiar with people, so we believe that someone is responsible for their condition.

The puppies, now named Donner and Blitzen, are now safe in the care of the League’s veterinarians and receiving food, water and medical attention. Thanks to the support of donors like you, one day we’ll be able to find them a loving home. But it will be a long road to recovery.

Our Law Enforcement department is investigating the case. “This constitutes felony cruelty against an innocent animal,” says Lt. Alan Borgal, director of the Center for Animal Protection at the League. “We are counting on the public to step forward with information to help bring the person or persons responsible to justice.”

We are able to care for these dogs, and others just like them, because donors like you give what you can to pay for their care. With thousands of donors, every gift counts, so please make a gift online today.

How do you feel about this story? Leave a comment below. We’ll post updates on the blog to keep you informed of their progress.

 

 

UPDATE: Donner and Blitzen in the news

Boston.com asks readers to help cover the costs of their rehabilitation.

Fox News has more video of the dogs.

MBTA riders read about the dogs on the front cover of the Metro today.