Cancer Survivor Runs 105 Miles in 24 Hours to Raise Money for Rescue Dogs

A cancer survivor in Dexter, Michigan, raised thousands of dollars for rescue dogs over the weekend by running four marathons in 24 hours. “I just wanted to give you a quick update in terms of how the race went. I did survive,” 59-year-old Dan Egeler told ABC News. “You know what made it worthwhile was the support I got from

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Florida Dog Rescue Charters Flight to Rescue More Than 120 Dogs From Puerto Rico

A K9 rescue organization saved the day for more than 100 Puerto Rican dogs on Oct. 9 by chartering a flight to rescue the animals. Big Dog Ranch Rescue of Loxahatchee Groves, Florida, arranged the return of around 125 dogs from Santuario Canita, Puerto Rico’s largest dog sanctuary. It is hoping that this is the first of many such flights, according to 24-7 Santuario Canita had become overrun and was struggling to cope with more than 800 dogs in residence. The island itself is actually thought to have more than half a million dogs, and sadly there is a very high kill rate for unwanted animals. Big Dog Ranch Rescue decided to step in and do all it could. (Illustration – Concept Photo/Shutterstock) The reduction in numbers at Santuario Canita will allow them to better care for their current numbers. Any extra funds will help provide for a mass sterilization program to curb unwanted future population increases. Big Dog Ranch Rescue operates as a nonprofit, focusing mainly on the southeastern states of America. However, it has also saved many dogs from international disaster zones, such as the hurricane-battered island of Puerto Rico. With around 98 employees and an army of volunteers, Big Dog Ranch Rescue can home up to 600 dogs on its “campus.” Each animal gets a medical exam, is microchipped, and is spayed or neutered. There is a quarantine facility, a veterinarian clinic, and even special mom and pup rooms. There is also plenty of space for the dogs to explore and enjoy. Big Dog Ranch Rescue is the largest cage-free no-kill dog rescue in the United States, according to its website. It “was founded on the idea that every dog deserves to live and, most importantly, to live a full and happy life.” They claim to have rescued more than 8,000 dogs alongside their island partners, working closely with them since the hurricane devastation of three years ago. The website further states that they are “currently fundraising in order to charter as many cargo planes as it takes to get these dogs stateside to receiving rescues all over the eastern United States.” We would love to hear your stories! You can share them with us at

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Utah Legislator: If You Don't Want to Be Attacked by Police Dogs, 'Stay Home'

After body camera footage showed that a Salt Lake City police officer had sicced a dog on a cooperative suspect, an internal audit revealed what Mayor Erin Mendenhall described as "a pattern of abuse": In two-thirds of the 27 cases where a police dog had bitten someone since 2018, the use of force was questionable enough to consider criminal charges against the officers. The scandal prompted state legislators to propose a bill that would codify the appropriate use of police dogs. But state Sen. Don Ipson (R–St. George) has a simpler solution: If people don't want to be attacked by police dogs, he said last week, they should "stay home." Ipson made it clear that he was not keen on the proposed legislation. "I don't have a lot of sympathy," he told fellow members of the Utah Senate's Judiciary, Law Enforcement, and Criminal Justice Committee. "We don't want to harm the public. But if they don't want to get bit, stay home." There are a few problems with Ipson's stance. First of all, Jeffery Ryans, the 36-year-old man who was bitten in the incident that prompted Salt Lake City to review the use of police dogs, was smoking a cigarette in his own backyard when he was accosted by cops on April 24. They were there because someone had called 911 after hearing Ryans arguing with his wife, who had obtained a protective order against him. According to Ryans, he had moved back in with his wife weeks earlier at her invitation. She told him she had asked that the protective order be lifted, but he did not realize it was still in force because her request was pending. Whatever the circumstances of the encounter, body camera footage obtained by The Salt Lake Tribune clearly showed that Ryans was cooperating with police when Officer Nickolas Pearce told his dog to attack. "Get on the ground!" Pearce shouted. "Get on the ground, or you're going to get bit!" Ryans crouched, then kneeled on the ground with his hands in the air. Pearce nevertheless set the dog on Ryans, who said, "I'm on the ground! I'm on the ground! Why are you biting me? I'm on the ground! Stop! Ow! What the fuck?" But as far as Pearce was concerned, the dog was doing exactly what he was supposed to do. "Good boy," Pearce said. Last month Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill charged Pearce with second-degree aggravated assault, a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Ryans "wasn't resisting arrest," Gill said. "He certainly wasn't posing an imminent threat of violence or harm to anyone, and he certainly wasn't concealed. He was fenced in an area and was being compliant." Even if Ryans was not on his own property when he was attacked, of course, Pearce's use of force would have been excessive. "It is absolutely appalling that Sen. Ipson would make such a terrible statement in support of police violence," Lauren Simpson, policy director at the Alliance for a Better Utah, said in response to the legislator's comments. "Suggesting that people should just 'stay home' if they don't want to experience police brutality is truly one of the more obscene things to be uttered recently by a sitting lawmaker in Utah." Contacted by the Tribune, Ipson revised his position. "Ipson apologized for misspeaking by saying Utahns should stay home if they want to avoid being bitten by police dogs," the paper reports, "but he stood behind his underlying argument—which is that committing crimes puts people at risk of encounters with law enforcement." And then, apparently, all bets are off. "I'm 73 years old," Ipson said. "I've never been threatened by a K-9 dog. If you don't want to have a confrontation with a police officer or a K-9 dog…you don't break the law." Ryans, who plans to sue the Salt Lake City Police Department, has a somewhat different perspective. The injuries that Pearce's dog inflicted on his lower left leg, which caused infections as well as nerve and tendon damage, required multiple surgeries and lost him his job as a train engineer. "I felt like a chew toy," he told the Tribune. "I didn't know why this was happening to me. That's what was going through my mind: Why?" Ryans, who is black, thinks his race helps explain the police response. "People need to know black lives matter," he said. "Everybody matters, but you can't just treat people differently because of their religion or their skin color. I developed myself to get to where I'm at right now. I should have the same respect as others. We don't get it." The attack on Ryans is reminiscent of a case that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit heard in 2018. Alexander Baxter, a burglary suspect arrested in 2014, alleged that Nashville cops sicced a police dog on him while he was sitting on the ground with his hands in the air. Even if that was true, the 6th Circuit ruled, the officers "did not violate clearly established law" and were therefore entitled to qualified immunity. In other words, the court said Baxter was not allowed to sue police under 42 USC 1983 for the same alleged behavior—siccing a dog on a nonresisting suspect—that Utah prosecutors thought was clearly felonious. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review Baxter's case. Justice Clarence Thomas dissented. "I have previously expressed my doubts about our qualified immunity jurisprudence," he wrote. "Because our §1983 qualified immunity doctrine appears to stray from the statutory text, I would grant this petition." [embedded content]

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36 Dogs Seized From Tacoma Home by Sheriff’s Department in Animal Cruelty Investigation

Earlier this month, Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and animal control officers seized 36 dogs from a Tacoma home as part of an ongoing investigation into animal cruelty, reports Q13Fox. Fifteen of the dogs seized were puppies, each less than 12 weeks old, Komonews notes. Authorities visited the Midland area property, which is in the 9000 block of Portland Avenue, Tacoma, on Oct. 14. They had been alerted to the alleged animal abuse by concerned members of the public. (Courtesy of Pierce County Sheriff’s Department) The response from the sheriff was prompted by reports of a large number of dogs being kept, the operation of an illegal kennel, and the owner shooting animals with a pellet gun. Video footage from a drone was also provided. Pierce County Sheriff’s Department noted on Facebook that they had visited the same property previously for a similar incident. In December 2019, around 50 dogs were seized from the same address after a warrant was issued for animal cruelty and dog fighting. At that time, the homeowner was arrested. (Courtesy of Pierce County Sheriff’s Department) Elmer James Givens Jr., the property’s owner, later went to court in an effort to get those dogs back. The judge ruled against Givens Jr., according to Q13Fox. The court put an order in place, preventing Givens Jr. from owning more than five dogs while the matter was under investigation. Though he was never charged for the first incident, the seized dogs were rehomed, according to the Sheriff’s Department. No arrests were made during this month’s search, and the investigation is still ongoing, while the dogs were examined by veterinarians for parasites and scar-like marks to determine if they were caused by puncture wounds or pellets. (Courtesy of Pierce County Sheriff’s Department) (Courtesy of Pierce County Sheriff’s Department) We would love to hear your stories! You can share them with us at

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Mother Of Four Is Mauled To Death By Pack Of Dogs In Alabama

A mother of four from Alabama was shockingly and tragically mauled to death by a pack of at least seven dogs while out for a walk on Monday, three days before she was set to celebrate her 37th birthday. Daily Mail reported that Ruthie Mae Brown was attacked by the animals at around 2pm in the town of Nauvoo, and

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‘Not just a dog bite’: why India is struggling to keep rabies at bay

Global health The government is being urged to dispel myths and ensure drugs are available – and take responsibility for the millions of stray dogs

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