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Woman stabbed by her dog, no one believes her

A Colorado woman had a difficult time convincing hospital staff and police that the gash on her arm was the result of her dog stabbing her.

Celinda Haynes told 7News Denver that the bizarre incident happened Wednesday. Her 1-and-a-half year old Chesapeake Bay retriever, Maya, has a habit of grabbing stuff off counters to play with. While in the kitchen, Maya grabbed a paring knife. Haynes tried to get the dog to let go of the knife, but Maya was stubborn, so Haynes placed treats on the ground to distract her. In the dog’s excitement, she reached over with the knife still in her mouth, slashing Haynes’ arm as she dove for the treats.

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Haynes suffered a forearm wound approximately 4 to 5 inches long and a quarter of an inch wide, which required several stitches. She sought treatment at a nearby hospital, but when she explained how the stab wound occurred, she was met with disbelief. Authorities were called to the hospital and then dispatched to her home to investigate what they suspected was a case of domestic violence.

In the meantime, Haynes’ husband, who had been at the DMV when the incident occurred, arrived home to find a “bloodbath” in the kitchen. Authorities then realized that Haynes had been telling the truth all along, as hard as it was to believe.

[Editor’s note: 7News Denver spells the dog’s name as Mia, but according to the owner’s Facebook post, the dog’s name is spelled Maya.]

Posted by Celinda Haynes on Thursday, September 15, 2016

People and Paws charity helps owners feed their pets

Animal lover Sandy Allen of learned about People and Paws — a Dayton, Ohio, nonprofit that distributes pet food that operates on donations from various businesses and individuals— more than a year ago. She visited the distribution center, founded and run by Joyce Ahmad, and has been a volunteer ever since.

"I liked what Joyce was doing, and I get direct contact with pet owners we're serving, which is very rewarding," said Allen, who performs many needed tasks.

"People and Paws doesn't judge people. Some may not have made the best decisions on how to spend their money, but that doesn't matter. The pet food we give out isn't meant to be the pets' only source of food, but as a supplement to help owners," Allen said.

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Like Allen, Ahmad and most of her 10 volunteers are seniors, although Ahmad's most loyal volunteer is her 11-year-old granddaughter, Natalya Sutaro, who's been helping since she was 4 years old. "She can run it as well as I can. She's taught me some things, and the other volunteers love her."

Youth from the juvenile courts bag food twice a month for community service. "Their probation officer has been with us since we started six years ago," said Ahmad, who said she started the service after watching a family on television dropping off two Labrador retrievers at a shelter because the couple couldn't afford their food.

"Their kids were sobbing, and I started sobbing," she recalls. "Then my husband told me to stop crying and do something." Since making that suggestion, her husband, Khurshid, has become chief finance operator of the operation, although Joyce says "we call him the FOC for 'free of charge.'"

Although the Ahmads live in Beavercreek, "I started in East Dayton because I work with local pastors and Christ Lutheran Church let us use a small area of the church. Later, Sandy's Towing on Valley Street saw us on the news, and let us use a larger space in their garage."

Last year, Ahmad bought a 188 square-foot garage. "We gutted it and converted it to our needs. It's just wonderful," she said.

People and Paws, a nonprofit that operates on donations from various businesses and individuals, also pays half the cost for spaying or neutering clients' pets. Although dog food donors are generous, "We always need dry cat food — we spend about $300 each month on that — gallon-size Ziploc bags, and we're in dire need of a van to pick up donations.

"In addition to donations, Centerville, Ohio, veterinarian Dr. Kathleen Grant does a Christmas food drive for us that's very helpful," Ahmad said.

"We've really grown, with 500 families currently registered to receive pet food; we distribute dog, cat and sometimes rabbit food to about 200 families each month," Ahmad said.

When they pick up their pet food, clients drop off two nonperishable food items that are collected by a local church for its human food pantry.

Ahmad said, "We don't take pets. Our goal is to keep them in loving homes with their families."

Anyone wishing to donate or assist should contact Joyce Ahmad at 937-912-5965 or email

Woman has message for ‘dirt bag’ who threw dog out of car

A Michigan woman has a message for the person who threw a sweet, scared dog out of the car Friday afternoon.

In a Facebook post, Danielle Cole said her husband was driving through the Allegan Township area, near a forested region, when he saw a person throw a dog out of their car and sped off. The dog tried to chase the owner’s car down but collapsed on the side of the road. It was not until the next day that Cole, her husband and a group of concerned citizens were able to lure the frightened little dog out of the forest.

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Cole expressed anger at the person who discarded the dog, saying, “How could you throw your dog out like a piece of trash? This handsome little guy is so sweet and loving, he loves my kids, especially my son, he likes my other dogs … You are a real scumbag, and you will answer to what you did one day.”

Cole urged others to share the post so “maybe the dirt bag will see this post.”

Her post has been shared over 50,000 times.

To the dirt bag that threw his dog out in the Allegan forest on 48th street Friday at about 3:30pm. Let me tell you what...Posted by Danielle Cole on Sunday, September 18, 2016

Boy who sneaked into neighbor's garage to hug dog gets pet of his own

A Lousiana boy who made headlines for being caught on camera cuddling a neighbor's dog recently welcomed his own furry friend to the family.

Josh Breaux and his family recently acquired Drake, a two-and-a-half-month-old dog that came from a nearby family whose son left for college, WTVD reported.

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Hollie Breaux Mallet was reviewing surveillance footage from a camera she had set up in her garage when she saw a boy run up and hug her dog, Duchess. He ran away after the encounter. Mallet said she saw the boy repeat the act multiple times earlier this summer.

"Every now and then when he rides his bike he will quickly come and love on my dog or play fetch real quick, but always leaves quick like he doesn't know if he should be here," Mallet wrote on Facebook. "I'd like to tell him he's welcome to stay and play, she loves the attention."

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A video Mallet posted on Facebook garnered more than 4 million views, and among those that saw the footage was the boy's mother, Ginger Clement Breaux. 

Attn Neighbors! Anyone know who this sweet little boy is?  Every now and then when he rides his bike he will quickly...Posted by Hollie Breaux Mallet on Monday, May 30, 2016

She said her son, Josh, was the secret snuggler.

"Josh talks about your dog all the time," Breaux wrote in a comment on the video. "Every time we pass he looks to see if she was sitting where he could see her. (I) just didn't know he was doing things like this."

Breaux said that her family had had a dog named Bella since Josh was an infant, but she died last year.

"Things have been busy and Josh is active with after-school activities, so we have not jumped back into taking on the responsibility of starting all over again with a new pup quite yet," Breaux wrote. "It will happen though!"

WTVD reported that Josh Breaux and Drake are "inseparable."

Surprised my babies with our new pup! Meet Drake! 𾌧Josh was in shock and literally almost cried. (Was hiding his face in the pillows) Janie kept asking "is it really ours?"Posted by Ginger Clement Breaux on Friday, September 16, 2016

'Zombie Cat' adopted by foster family after legal battle

A cat that was mistaken for dead and buried alive, only to crawl its way out of the grave, has a new lease on life.

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay announced Wednesday that Bart, who was nicknamed “Zombie Cat,” was formally adopted by his foster family, WFLA reported.

The determined feline had been the center of a lengthy legal battle since the January 2015 incident. Owner Ellis Hutson claimed that the cat was hit by a car, believed to be dead and was buried on the side of the road. The cat showed up in a neighbor’s yard, five days later, sporting wounds and covered in maggots. The Humane Society of Tampa Bay took in Bart and cared for him.

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Bart lost an eye and had surgery to repair a broken jaw. He has remained in the custody of the humane society for 20 months.

Hutson sued the Humane Society of Tampa Bay to try to get his cat back, claiming that the agency was trying to maintain custody of Bart for fundraising purposes. The Humane Society said facts in the case placed doubt on Hutson’s account, and that he failed to seek immediate care for Bart after he emerged from the grave.

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The legal battle ended on Wednesday, and the humane society was granted legal ownership of Bart. But that lasted just a few hours, before Bart’s foster family officially adopted him. The humane society released a statement on its website about the latest developments:

“To many he became known as ‘Zombie Cat,’ but to us he’s always been nothing short of a miracle. Not because we believe he rose from the dead, but because his gentle spirit, will to survive and resilience in the face of extreme trauma embody all that we love and admire about animals. He is truly an ambassador for second chances and continues to inspire people the world over. We love you, Bart, always and forever.”

Bart's news!Posted by Humane Society of Tampa Bay on Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Australian woman spends hundreds to save pet goldfish

An Australian woman shelled out hundreds of dollars to save her pet goldfish after the fish accidentally swallowed a large pebble and started to choke.

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The pebble became lodged in Conquer the ranchu goldfish's throat after the fish accidentally ate it from his tank, Brisbane Bird and Exotics Veterinary Services said Thursday in a Facebook post.

In images shared by the veterinary service, the black rock can clearly be seen inside the fish.

<script>(function(d, s, id) {  var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];  if (d.getElementById(id)) return;  js = d.createElement(s); = id;  js.src = "//;version=v2.7";  fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script>Recently our patients have been keeping us particularly busy! Just last week we had a client with a fishy problem!...Posted by Brisbane Bird and Exotics Veterinary Services on Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Conquer's owner, 21-year-old Emma Marsh, told The Courier Mail that she took her 1-year-old pet to Brisbane Bird and Exotics Veterinary Services in Greenslopes, Queensland, after she saw him choke.

"I treat fish like they're any other pet," she told the newspaper.

Veterinarians put an anesthetic into Conquer's water to keep him asleep as they examined him.

"He was making excessive mouth movements trying to dislodge it," veterinarian Emma McMillan told The Courier Mail. "If we did nothing he would have starved to death."

McMillan removed the pebble, which was about 8 or 9 millimeters long. Conquer is only about 5 centimeters long, the vet said.

The fish was kept overnight for recovery and was released back to Marsh.

The ordeal cost Marsh $500 ($376 USD) -- $100 ($75 USD) for the emergency consultation and $400 ($301 USD) for the anesthetic and overnight stay, according to The Courier Mail.

"So far (he) has stayed out of any more trouble," according to Brisbane Bird and Exotics Veterinary Services.

Neighbors save 30 rabbits from fire that destroyed home

A neighborhood came together to save more than two dozen rabbits from a burning home – while the animals' owner was at a rabbit show.

Paul Leasure, the owner of the house, got a frantic phone call Monday afternoon telling him that his Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, home was on fire.

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Everyone who lives near Stroughton Beach Road knows that Leasure raises rabbits, so when the flames broke out, neighbors raced down to his property in whatever way they could. One neighbor came on his all-terrain vehicle, and another came on his lawn mower.

Don Gavulvich arrived before firefighters and headed inside.

"The neighborhood came together and we pulled all the rabbit cages out," Gavulvich said.

They ended up saving 30 rabbits and the family dog. Leasure's home and most of his belongings are destroyed, but he and his neighbors are grateful it was not worse.

"He still has everything that means everything to him. He's got his health, he's got his girl, he's got his rabbits, which means everything to the man," Gavulvich said.

Leasure said he is thankful for his neighbors who jumped into action for him.

"I'd do the same for them. I'll tell you what. I'd do the same for them," he said.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

Dogs rescued from Louisiana floods to help teach Florida inmates life skills

Historic flooding in Louisiana left thousands of people homeless. Many of them found temporary homes in shelters, but many pets were not as fortunate.

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"There are very few pet friendly shelters, so unfortunately some people have no choice -- they can't bring their dogs or cats or animals with them," said Jen Deane of the nonprofit Pit Sisters.

On Monday, WJAX met Allie and Atlas. They, along with Zoey, Collette and Boudin, were displaced by the flooding in Louisiana. Deane coordinated with other organizations to help bring them to Jacksonville, Florida.

"(We're) working on getting them vet care, getting them spayed and neutered, vaccinated and ready to go," Deane said.

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The dogs' journey doesn't end there. All five will participate in the Teaching Animals and Inmates Life Skills, or TAILS, program.

"What we've heard from the inmates that participate is (that) they learn patience, they learn team work, they learn responsibility,"  Deane said.

As the dogs become accustomed to Florida, the rescued animals will be the ones doing all the rescuing.

"We've seen firsthand folks that have changed completely just by interacting with one dog," Deane said.

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And it's a win-win situation because once the dogs complete the program they'll be trained, which helps them become more adoptable.

"The TAILS program is a huge lifesaving effort. One of the top reasons for folks turning in their animals to shelters is training," Deane said.

After the dogs finish their eight weeks of training for the TAILS program, they'll be available for adoption. Pit Sisters is also looking for sponsors to help pay for the training the dogs will receive.

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Dog lost in Italian quake found alive after 9 days buried in rubble

A Golden Retriever and his owners reunited Friday, nine days after the dog was buried in rubble left when a 6.2-magnitude earthquake shook Italy on Aug. 24.

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Tipped off by the sound of the dog's barks, firefighters found Romeo buried under a pile of rubble, The Associated Press reported.

"We immediately began moving masonry from where the barking was coming from and, incredibly, we got to him and he was in pretty good condition," a fireman involved in the rescue told Italy's ANSA news agency.

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"Luckily some beams had fallen in a way that they were holding up the weight of everything above them, leaving Romeo with a little niche that he was able to survive in."

Italy's fire and rescue service, Vigili del Fuoco, shared video of the rescue on social media.

Romeo appeared nonplussed by the sudden change in his surroundings, although his tail was wagging.

"He's in great shape," one of the firemen said as others cheered.

Romeo seemed relaxed as a fireman gave him his first sips of water in days before he was reunited with his tearful owners, according to Agence France-Presse.

Romeo was sleeping on the first floor of a home in the village of San Lorenzo a Flaviano when the earthquake hit in the early morning hours of Aug. 24. His owners, who were asleep on the second floor, managed to get out of the home, AFP reported. Romeo, however, was trapped.

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His owners searched for hours before fleeing from the area due to the ongoing danger of aftershocks.

Nearly 300 people died when the earthquake struck. Hundreds of people were injured by the quake and thousands more displaced.

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