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This photo will melt your heart: Ohio shelter dog’s “freedom ride”

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Gregory and his rescuer Joe: Lovin’ life…

From Fox News: Gregory the beagle has become a local celebrity after a photo of the hound on his “freedom ride” went viral, his rescuer says.

Gregory was recently taken to the Franklin County Shelter and Adoption Center after he found running astray. While the hound was in relativity good health, his heartworm test came back positive and was subsequently placed on the shelter’s euthanasia list.

“I saw the shelter’s post and my husband immediately drove there to pick him up,” Schenley Hutson Kirk, co-founder of Hound Rescue and Sanctuary, told Fox News on Friday.

On the two-hour drive back to Findley, Gregory couldn’t contain his excitement. While new rescues are typically transported in a crate during the drive back to the sanctuary, she said, Kirk’s husband, Joe, let the pup ride safely tethered to the backseat.

“He [Gregory] was so overwhelmed and excited, he was licking Joe and being so affectionate,” Kirk said.

At a stop light, Joe decided to snap a picture of the pup on his “freedom ride.” At that same moment, Gregory snuggled up to Joe, tenderly looking up to his rescuer.

As of Friday afternoon, the photo, which Kirk shared on Facebook, garnered over 10,000 reactions and shares. “Never in our wildest dreams did we think this photo would go viral — we are speechless,” she said.

“He’s very laid-back, very happy-go-lucky, and his favorite thing to do is get lots of love from his people,” Kirk, who works to rescue hounds full-time, told The Dodo.

Gregory, who Kirk said has also shown her endless affection, is taking medicine to treat the heartworms. A family with two other rescue dogs has already applied and been approved to adopt Gregory once he fully recovers, Kirk said.

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Lena Dunham Gives Away Her Rescue Dog After Four Years With Him

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Bye, bye Lamby…

If you’ve ever gone to a shelter to adopt an animal, you know the process is intense (in most major cities). You are thoroughly scrutinized about your pet ownership background, your home, and your ability to care for a pet – especially a rescue animal that may have issues. After all, it’s a lifetime commitment. Well, in most cases…

From Yahoo: Lena Dunham has been showing off her two new puppies, Susan and Karen, everywhere from Instagram to the Tonight Show. So her fans were wondering what was up with Lamby, the rescue she adopted in 2013. The Girls alum gave them an answer on Wednesday: She gave away the troubled pup (a four-year old pup?) in March.

“A lot of you have been asking where Lamby is these days since he’s always been the star of my gram and I’ve been posting pics of my poodle girls,” Dunham wrote. “Well, you know honesty is my jam but this one has been really heartbreaking to talk about. But I feel I have to share that last March, after four years of challenging behavior and aggression that could not be treated with training or medication or consistent loving dog ownership, Lamby went to live at an amazing professional facility in Los Angeles @matt_thezendog where an awesome person named @therealdanishay (who is educated in a rescue dog’s specific trauma) loves him so hard.”

“Lamby suffered terrible abuse as a pup that made having him in a typical home environment dangerous to him and others- we needed to be responsible to ourselves, our neighbors and especially our beloved boy. Jack and I will miss him forever but sometimes when you love something you have to let it go (especially when it requires tetanus shots and stitches.)

“Someday I’ll really write about the pain and relief of letting Lamby go off and really be Lamby, biting and peeing in his own mouth and all,” she wrote. “There were so many lessons in it, about forgiving myself and loving with an open palm and giving in to a larger plan. Shout out to @jennikonner for listening to endless hours of Lamby pain, and especially my partner @jackantonoff for loving him even when he ruined floors and couches and our life. Jack knows what Lamby means to me and he let me come to the decision in my own time even when it made his days challenging. Susan & Karen will never be my first loves, but they are fuzzy and hilarious stuffing for the hole Lamby left and we cherish them deeply.”

Dunham adopted Lamby from the Brooklyn animal rescue BARC, and it made headlines at the time as he started showing up on her social media accounts. Oh, and in Vogue magazine spreads. The dog had an Instagram account with 17,500 followers, including fashionable ones like the editor-in-chief of Glamour mag, Cindi Lieve.

Issues arose almost immediately after Dunham brought home the dog, however, which she detailed in a piece for the New Yorker in March 2013. Lamby, which she described as “a golden sausage with the most human eyes I’ve ever seen on a non-human” and “perfect,” didn’t like her boyfriend, Jack Antonoff. The first night the dog, which had three homes before Lena’s, met the musician, he bit him.

“Tears stream down my face. What have I done?” Dunham wrote of having doggie regrets just two months after adopting the pooch. “We had such a nice life. The first real comfort I’ve known in so long. Nights were quiet and sweet, and we slept until whatever o’clock we wanted, then sat on the couch in our underwear and planned the day.” Nonetheless, she vowed to take care of the troubled pup. “‘I’m not going anywhere,’ I tell Lamby,” she wrote.

A year later, Dunham posted a photo on Instagram of her bleeding behind, which Lamby bit. She revealed that it was the second time the dog had bit her. Gawker ran a piece blasting the actress, saying the dog should be taken from her due to insufficient care. She defended her doggie care on social media.

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Firefighters Bring Cat Back to Life After Pulling it From Burning House

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Dog Swims Over 6 Miles to Reunite With Family After Falling Off Boat in Lake Michigan

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Edward and Kristin Casas photo

Edward and Kristin Casas photo

From ABC News: A dog that recently fell overboard in the middle of Lake Michigan apparently swam over six miles back to shore and walked over 12 miles more to a campground where she was reunited with her family the following day.

Edward Casas, 56, told ABC News today that he had been boating with his wife, 49-year-old Kristin Casas, on Sunday, when they encountered a mechanical problem.

Edward said he believes their son’s 10-month-old puppy, Rylee, must have fallen overboard while he was down in the engine room figuring out the issue and his wife was on top of the boat steering.

“Our hearts just sank,” he said. “We were gone for maybe 10 minutes, and then we couldn’t find her anywhere on the boat and she was nowhere to be seen in the water.” Edward said he immediately made a “‘mayday dog overboard’ call over the radio.”

One of several fishermen who responded to the call connected Edward to his wife, Lynn Fiedor, who runs a volunteer group in the area called the Lost Dog Search Team.

Fiedor told ABC News today that when she learned Rylee was training to be a search-and-rescue dog and that she was a Belgian Malinois — a working breed known for its intelligence and athleticism — she “had no doubt in her mind” the pup would “find her way back to shore.”

“From there, it was just a matter of getting the word out as much as I could so that everyone in the area would be looking for this dog when she got to shore,” Fiedor said. She explained that she called the local sheriff’s office, park rangers, Coast Guard and even posted an alert to her group’s Facebook page.

Though no one had reported seeing Rylee Sunday evening, Fiedor said hope came in the form of a call the following morning.

“A lady said she had seen the dog going into the Platte River Campground,” Fiedor said. “It was amazing. She literally swam over six miles and walked over 12 miles more through the woods.

Fiedor immediately alerted Edward and Kristin about the sighting, and the couple was able to drive to the campground area thanks to a local harbormaster who let them borrow his truck.

Fiedor then explained to the couple the best ways to attract lost dogs and had the couple mark their scent around the truck before lying down with Rylee’s food and toys.

Just a little while after Edward started squeaking one of Rylee’s favorite toys while laying on the ground, the pup emerged from woods and joyfully greeted at them, Fiedor said.

Edward told ABC News there “was a lot of sobbing and a lot of hugging.”

Edward and Kristin Casas photo

Edward and Kristin Casas photo

“Let me tell you, I’m not the kind of guy that cries but oh did this make me cry,” he said. “I am so proud of this dog and so proud of and grateful for Lynn [Fiedor].”

Kristin told ABC News today, “Lynn is truly an angel walking on Earth with us — heart of gold, tenacity, relentless, loving and determined. … Just like Rylee!”

The couple added that their 18-year-old son away at college, Colin Casas, technically owns Rylee and that he was also relieved after hearing the good news.

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Cat rescued in rubble several days after Italy earthquake

One lucky kitty/Photo ENP

One lucky kitty/Photo ENPA

Via NY Post: She likely used up a few of her nine lives, but Gioia – Italian for “joy” – lived up to her name when she was rescued more than five days after Italy’s devastating earthquake.

The poor cat was battered, bruised and dehydrated when she was pulled out of the rubble of her home in hard-hit Amatrice and reunited with her overjoyed owner, The Local reported.

Daniela fled her home on Aug. 24 when the 6.2-magnitude temblor rocked her town, where 193 people perished – from a total of 292 across central Italy. The distraught woman could not find the hiding Gioia before fleeing, though, and was unable to return to look for her because her home was destroyed during a powerful aftershock.

“Please find her, she’s all I have left,” Daniela pleaded to firefighters, as they scoured the ruins of her home.

After Gioia spent almost six days buried without food or water, however, the chances of finding her alive were slim to none.

But miraculously, a worker sifting through the rubble with a bulldozer spotted the terrified kitty. Rescuers grabbed her and carried her to the street, where they gave her water.

“Vets have examined the cat, who is dehydrated, but she will survive,” Italy’s animal protection agency, ENPA (Ente Nazionale Protezione Animali) , said in a statement.

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ENPA photo

So far, more than 200 animals have been rescued from collapsed buildings in the earthquake’s aftermath.

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CHP Officer rescues a pelican!

Photo courtesy of the CHP

Photo courtesy of the CHP

From Sacramento Bee: A California Highway Patrol officer, a former falconer, captured a pelican wandering near westbound Interstate 80 in Truckee this week.

The CHP got a call about an injured bird on the highway. Officers arrived about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday to find the pelican on a hill beside the freeway. When CHP Officer Troy Griesemer approached the bird, it flew off between the first and second lanes on the highway, dodging a car to get to the other side, he said. The bird was not injured but appeared tired, he said.

“He looked tired from flying, so I knew I could get a hold of him,” he said. “This isn’t the first bird I’ve caught. I knew what to look for, how he was going to react and how he would try to defend himself.”

Griesemer said he has caught a red-tailed hawk and eagles.

Pelican going for a ride!/CHP Photo

Pelican going for a ride!/CHP Photo

After Griesemer caught the pelican, it was placed in the back seat of the car and taken to the CHP office, where it sat for about an hour. The pelican was then taken to the Truckee Police Department animal shelter before being picked up by a wildlife rescue team.

Though it’s not common for CHP officers to have to catch wild animals, they have rescued a fawn, an eagle and others, officials said.

Sallysue Stein, board president of Gold Country Wildlife Rescue in Loomis, said the primary reason the CHP sometimes makes animal rescues is because wounded or confused animals pose a substantial traffic risk. She said she could easily imagine a confused pelican on the side of the highway causing a wreck.  “He could have saved human lives by doing that,” Stein said.

Griesemer also appeared to know what he was doing, Stein said after reviewing pictures that the CHP provided of the officer holding the bird’s large beak away from his face while wearing a pair of heavy gloves.

With its stripped-down interior and cage, the back seat of a patrol car makes a pretty good substitute for an animal carrier, she said.

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Dog with no legs leaves South Korea for new life in Arizona

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In this Saturday, March 12, 2016 photo, Chi Chi, a golden retriever mix, lays down in the yard of her new home in Phoenix. The 2-year-old dog has spent two months in a veterinary clinic in Seoul learning how to live with prosthetic paws. (AP Photo/Terry Tang)

In this Saturday, March 12, 2016 photo, Chi Chi, a golden retriever mix, lays down in the yard of her new home in Phoenix. The 2-year-old dog has spent two months in a veterinary clinic in Seoul learning how to live with prosthetic paws. (AP Photo/Terry Tang)

Via AP: A dog that was left in a garbage bag behind a meat market in South Korea has a new life — and new limbs — on the other side of the world in Arizona.

Chi Chi, a golden retriever mix, hit the ground walking but not quite running Saturday at her new home in Phoenix. The 2-year-old dog spent two months in a veterinary clinic in Seoul learning how to live with prosthetic paws. Now she will be living with Richard and Elizabeth Howell and their 12-year-old daughter Megan. “She can run. She can walk,” Megan Howell said. “She can pretty much do anything a real dog can do except go up the stairs.”

Chi Chi was shepherded over by Los Angeles-based Animal Rescue, Media & Education, or ARME. Chi Chi, which means “loving” in Korean, was likely intended to be slaughtered for food, president Shannon Keith said.

Ju Yu, who heads an animal rescue group in South Korea, said the dog was found among the garbage outside a meat market in the countryside. In Korea, dogs are considered a traditional delicacy and have only recently become popular as pets. Chi Chi’s legs were bound with wire. Her tendons and bone were visible.

The rescuers whisked the dog away to the veterinary clinic where it was determined that for any chance of survival, all four legs would need to be amputated. Afterward, the dog was fitted with prosthetics.

ARME has been showcasing Chi Chi’s recovery on YouTube and Facebook, which is how the Howells learned about her. Ardent supporters of rescuing dogs, they were initially just going to give money.

In this Saturday, March 12, 2016 photo, Richard Howell carries Chi Chi, a golden retriever mix, at his home in Phoenix. The 2-year-old dog has spent two months in a veterinary clinic in Seoul learning how to live with prosthetic paws. (AP Photo/Terry Tang)

In this Saturday, March 12, 2016 photo, Richard Howell carries Chi Chi, a golden retriever mix, at his home in Phoenix. The 2-year-old dog has spent two months in a veterinary clinic in Seoul learning how to live with prosthetic paws. (AP Photo/Terry Tang)

“When it came down to it, the biggest need was that she needed a place to live,” Richard Howell said. “I think ultimately as we progressed with her story, we just felt a connection with her. Chi Chi is different. She might actually change the world.” The family has three other dogs.

The Howells know Chi Chi will require a team for the rehab she has ahead of her, Elizabeth Howell said. “We are still in the process of figuring out what she needs,” she said. “She’s already got some appointments this week.”

Chi Chi’s apparent triumph over adversity, however, could make her the perfect therapy dog. “Maybe she can encourage people who have to have amputations themselves like soldiers and kids,” Richard Howell said. “We want to use her story to make the lives of humans better. I think if we do that, we’re doing something positive in the world.”

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