Today’s news bag contained several dog-related items I thought you might like to know about.
First up, a hero from Des Moines: USA Today reports on Capone, a stray who had moved 18 months before into a home where Angela Fulmer and her nine children live. The Min Pin/Chihuahua/Whippet mix wouldn’t stop barking, which is unusual for him, Fulmer said.
Although it was 1:30 in the morning, and Fulmer was tired, she went to check on the dog and found he was barking about a microwave plug that was on fire! By the time Fulmer and Capone got all nine children out of the home, flames had reached the kitchen ceiling.
The family lost everything and had to move into two apartments because they couldn’t find a temporary home large enough to house the whole gang. Unfortunately, the landlord wouldn’t allow pets, and Capone had to stay with relatives. They expect to move into their new 5-bedroom home later this month.
Capone has been entered into the American Humane Hero Dog Awards, with semifinalists to be announced May 17th.
In other news, WDIV out of Detroit, brings us the story of an aggressive dog who was running at elementary school students in the city. When police arrived, the dog began charging them. Although they tried to corral the dog with a dog stick, the encounter ended with the animal being shot. No children or officers were injured.
You may have seen an online video showing a 23-year old Army veteran tying her service dog to a tree, then shooting the dog with a rifle. Marinna Rollins has now been found dead, and police suspect suicide. CBSNews has the details of this heartbreaking story from Fayetteville, NC.
And finally, the Chicago Tribune has a feel-good story about 68 dogs who were recently taken from an illegal breeding operation (a/k/a a puppy mill) and placed in the care of Lake County Animal Control and Adoption. Good people from ChicagoLand, and even as far away as Texas, have been donating food, gift cards, cleaning supplies, and towels to help the shelter support this large influx of new dogs. A GoFundMe account has been set up to handle additional donations. The dogs will be made available for adoption after they are no longer needed as evidence in the criminal case; however, the shelter will only adopt to families who live within 50 miles of their location.
Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!