Saturday, June 27, 2009

Vet fined £10,000 ($15,000 USD) for illegally docking puppies' tails

Vet pleads guilty to docking tails of puppies after an investigation by the RSPCA

A Rothley vet has been prosecuted and fined for illegally docking tails of a number of Rottweiler and Doberman puppies.

Ade Jolaosho, 56 was last week fined £10,000 after he pleaded guilty to illegally docking the tails of nine Rottweiler and six Doberman puppies in a case brought by the RSPCA.

Rottweilers are not an authorized breed and although Dobermans are, these were to be used as guard dogs, which is not an authorized use. The court rejected his argument and said that he had enough experience to understand the legislation.

“This case shows that vets must make sure that they understand this and do not dock tails of other puppies.”

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Meet and greet homeseeking Rottweilers !!

If you'd like to meet some of the "Rotties" being offered for adoption by North East Rottweiler Rescue & Referral, now's your chance!

The nonprofit organization, which covers all of the New England states, northern New Jersey, and parts of southeastern New York, doesn't operate a shelter, so you usually have to make an appointment to meet their dogs, after having submitted an adoption application.

NERR&R adheres to the following objectives:

  • Educate with regard to responsible ownership including but not limited to training, husbandry, breeding and health practices.
  • Preserve the Rottweiler breed through education, rescue, placement and other services.
  • Rescue and re-home Rottweilers who are not a detriment to the breed.
  • Offer consults to people with Rottweilers having difficulty finding housing or insurance.
  • Assist other rescue organizations in their endeavor to achieve similar goals.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Rottweiler Adopts Wolf Cub

Ulrok, an 18 month old rottweiler has adopted his young pal, an eight week old wolf, Beldaran, since she was rejected by her parents at only a few days old.

Ulrok has been playing the protective father role for Beldaran for the last two months since she was rejected only days after she was born.

They sleep together, frolic in the sun and even howl at the moon in unison - and their unlikely union brings a smile to the face of everyone who sees them.

Beldaran, who weighs just five pounds, was adopted by the Rottweiler when she was just four days old at the Kisma Preserve in Mt Desert, Maine, USA, after she was rejected by her parents.

Since then the unlikely pair have been inseparable in everything they do.

Ulrok - a rescue dog whose previous owners imported him from Europe and gave him up when they couldn't cope - and his new love eat, drink, play and sleep together.

Ulrok and Beldaran spend all of their time together at the reserve where they are cared for at the centre's sanctuary. The organisation takes in creatures of all breeds and all sizes.

Heather Grierson is the director at the Kisama Preserve in Maine, America, where the pair are living. Ms Grierson stated:

‘It’s a true love story that has touched the hearts of everyone who visits. You just can’t be in a bad mood when these two are around.’

‘Ulrok stepped up. It worked out brilliantly. He would clean her and, when she was making whimpering noises he would bound over to investigate.’

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Rottweiler Juno, Police's Top Dog Retires

Rottweiler Juno has worked as a police dog and has helped collar more than 200 people has retired.

Rottweiler Juno, who served with Wiltshire Police for six years, was used to track offenders from crime scenes and search buildings and open areas for suspects.

The seven-year-old also helped seek out missing people and search for lost items.

Rottweiler Juno will spend the rest of his life being cared for by a rottweiler rehabilitation charity in Chippenham.

PC Parsons, his handler, stated: “He has earned his retirement and although it’s not possible to keep him with me, I know he is not far away and will visit him regularly."

Full Article - Swindon Advertiser - UK June 19, 2009

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Man who Shot Rottweiler turns himself in

The man suspected of shooting his dog and leaving it to die in North Bend has turned himself in after authorities received several tips about his identity.

The man acknowledged that he tried to kill the 4-year-old Rottweiler because the animal wouldn't behave and he couldn't afford paying a veterinarian to euthanize the animal. The dog was found tied to a log about 20 feet down an embankment in an area popular for recreational shooting.

After asking for the public's help in the case, animal control officers fielded 11 tips on their hot line. Intentionally shooting a dog and leaving it to suffer is a class C felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison or a $10,000 fine.

The dog survived for four days after having surgery, but was paralyzed and unable to recover from its injuries. The dog had to be euthanized.

The suspect was questioned and released, pending charges. His name has not been released.

Animal control authorities stated that low-cost obedience classes are available and that owners could also give the dog to animal control officers, who could work with volunteers to find the animal a home.


Rottweiler Puppy swallows eight golf balls --- shocking x-ray! (VIDEO)

Wally, an eight-month old Rottweiler puppy, wasn't acting right, but his owners didn't know what was wrong with him. Until he threw up three golf balls.

At the vets, x-rays were taken of the ailing pup and made a shocking discovery: there were five more golf balls in Wally's tummy.

Apparently, the puppy had been mistaking the golf balls for treats and sneaking them when no one was looking.

Emergency surgery was performed to remove the golf balls.

Incredibly, the veterinarian estimated that the golf balls were in Wally's stomach for at least a week.

Article: Fox News


Friday, June 12, 2009

Rottweiler shot left for dead - $12K Reward Offered

The Humane Society and Pasado's Safe Haven are offering a $12,000 reward to anyone who finds the person who shot and abandoned a dog. The dog was wearing a pinch collar and was tied to a log.

The dog, a four year-old Rottweiler, was found tied to a log about 20-feet down an embankment near what is described as a popular unofficial shooting area.

In a statement Animal Control said the dog survived the initial injuries, but had to be put down four days later when it became clear the dog would never fully recover. Before being shot, the dog was seen riding in the back of a dark-colored pickup.

Anyone with information is asked to call King County Animal Control at 206-296-3939.


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Police find evidence of dog fighting in Louisville, KY

A mutilated Rottweiler found in the trash can in this park, often when the dog loses, obviously the Rottweiler lost, they'll either throw the dog away in the trash can or on the side of the road.

It is a gruesome crime, which police believe is happening around Jefferson County. Louisville Metro Police believe dog fighting is taking place here and they need your help stopping this deadly sport.

If you know about any incidents in your neighborhood, contact LMPD at 574-LMPD (5673). Dog fighting is a Class D felony in Kentucky.

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Rottweiler Plays Large Role in Teen’s Life

Heather Jones has a special bond with Della, the Rottweiler. The Rottweiler can predict when Heather is about to have a seizure.

Sometimes there’s just no explanation. How can a dog detect in advance a child is going to have a seizure - especially a dog that hasn’t been trained to do so?

There’s no doubt Heather Jones & Della, a 4-year-old Rottweiler, have a special bond. Heather has been showing Della, owned by Mike & Robin Wheeler, at American Kennel Club events.

Though these two have a relationship, no one knew how close until Heather wound up in the hospital last week after suffering a series of seizures.

While at the hospital, Della alerted those in the critical care unit when Heather was having a problem catching her breath. When Heather was released from the hospital Della went to the girl’s home and while there would pace and whine when she sensed an impending seizure.

Before Della arrived at the hospital, Heather was pale and lethargic, Jones said. Within an hour of the dog’s arrival, Heather’s color had improved and she was more alert.

Della later returned to her owners’ Temple home and later the dog began to pace and could not be calmed. Wheeler called Jones and asked her to check on Heather. A few minutes later, Heather had a seizure.

“That told me neither time nor distance transcends the bond between these two,” Jones said.

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Rottweiler Bites Testicles of an Attacker

A Swedish court convicted the man for aggravated assault for attacking his girlfriend with a knife, BUT that his sentence was reduced because the woman's rottweiler bit him in the testicles.

The woman told the court her rottweiler attacked the man after he stabbed her twice from behind. The Rottweiler was stabbed twice in the throat after damaging the man's testicles.

The Helsingborg District Court said the 32-year-old man received only a one and a half year jail sentence for aggravated assault. Court officials stated the man would have received a harsher sentence if not for the suffering caused when he was injured by the woman's Rottweiler.

Full Article - May 28, 2009

Newburgh,NY - Two accused of starving their Rottweiler

A man and woman have been charged in connection with the abuse of Rottweiler.

Officials from the Dutchess County SPCA were called to a home to investigate a dog thought to have starved to death. The 10-year old Rottweiler was very thin and not moving.

Susana Pazimo, 54, was arrested at the scene and a criminal complaint was filed against Wilfredo Tobart, for their role in allowing the dog, Sasha, to become emaciated and dehydrated.

Pazimo relinquished the dog to the custody of the SPCA. She is now under the care of Veterinarian Dr. Liz Higgins.

A neighbor contacted the SPCA to report a dead dog. SPCA officers investigated and found an emaciated Rottweiler chained outside. The dog appeared to have died until one officer noticed her blink. Sasha was transported to the DCSPCA and examined by a veterinarian.

The dog weighed about 49 pounds. It was estimated that a dog of her size should weigh about 70 pounds.

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An abused Rottweiler's nightmare turns into dream

Australia- Nellie, a rottweiler or rottweiler cross, was starved, brutalized and sexually abused before being dumped in September 2007.

Nursed back to health, Nellie is now “living like a princess”, according to relatives of her adoptive family of 18 months.

Lyn and Dale Sayner, a couple of Victorian rotty lovers, paid thousands of dollars towards Nellie’s veterinary work and took her into their home in September 2007 after they saw her story on the internet.

It is said that although Nellie had improved physically, mentally and emotionally, she still bore the scars of her earlier mistreatment. An she’ll go and hide in another room if she doesn’t know you.

All those involved with Nellie’s rehabilitation still hoped her attackers would one day be punished.

Full Article - May 31, 2009

Firefighter rescues Rottweiler from House Fire

A firefighter has been hailed a local hero after rescuing a Rottweiler from a blaze at a house in Bury.

Pet insurance customers may have heard the story of Andy Roberts from Ramsbottom Fire Station, who hit the headlines after using mouth-to-mouth to keep the pet pooch alive after it was caught up in a fire.

Although the family had escaped from the blaze at their house, the animal was found lying unconscious inside the property and needed Mr Roberts' quick thinking to bring him round.

The firefighter said: "I cleaned his mouth out and resuscitated him, it was just a case of changing human biology to animal."

Mr Roberts's bravery has now been acknowledged by the Bury branch of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), which presented him with a certificate of recognition for his actions.

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Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Did Police really have to Shoot Rottweiler? By standers say NO!!

Witnesses to a Sunday incident in which Lafayette police officers wounded a dog after it bit one of them said the shooting could have been avoided.

The incident began when officers were called to a gas station about a disturbance between a man and a woman. Upon arrival, they found Mr. Stapleton walking away with a dog on a leash.

Mr. Stapleton and others who said they were present offered a different version, portraying one officer acting aggressively and using profanity to address both Stapleton and bystanders. Stapleton stated he had left the gas station after being attacked without provocation by an intoxicated woman who is known to cause problems.

He said he left to get away from the woman and was walking to his home with the Rottweiler, named Beauvoir, on a leash beside him. Stapleton stated he saw an officer armed with a Taser stun gun approaching him and he immediately put his hands in the air and leaned toward a fence, but held onto the leash.

Stapleton stated that when the officer arrived, he was told in a profane manner to let the dog go or “I’m going to Taser you.” Stapleton stated he pleaded to be allowed to tie Beauvoir up because he feared it would bite someone if he let it go — but he was not allowed to.

A friend, said he arrived with Stapleton’s roommate, after they heard about what was going on. He stated he saw Stapleton leaning against a fence with his hands in the air, officers surrounding him. He was submitting His friend stated. He wasn’t resisting. He then said he heard Stapleton repeatedly asking the officers to let him tie up the dog. The friends roommate added he planned to take Beauvoir, which belongs to another individual, whom the two know.

But Charles said officers refused to allow him to take hold of the dog. Stapleton then let go of the leash. “When they rushed me and put me up against the fence, that’s when he bit one of the officers,” Stapleton said. He said the police officer did not fire at the dog at first and appeared to wait until Stapleton reached for the dog’s leash. “The police did not give me no warning or nothing,” he said. “They shot two times past my head and hit the dog.”

Stapleton also denied the officers’ account that they tried to give the dog to a woman bystander. He said the woman they’re referring to was his elderly neighbor who had accompanied him to the store.

Stapleton said officers allegedly were ordering her away from the scene. After the dog was located, His friend and others put it in his vehicle and took it to a veterinarian with its owner, who had arrived on the scene.

The Rottweiler owner stated the bullets struck Beauvoir near the neck and shoulder. The dog survived.

“I am not trying to cause trouble for police, but I just think that this was such a simple thing” that was handled poorly, The owner stated.

Statpleton stated after the shooting officers first told him he was under arrest, but later said they would release him after he wrote a statement. He said he laid out his version of the events and handed the statement to the officer.

Shortly afterward, the officers returned and told him he was under arrest for disobeying their commands, or resisting arrest. The department ordered an internal affairs investigation — customary after a weapon is fired.

The investigation found the officers acted appropriately and were justified in firing at the dog to control its aggression.

Full Article - June 4, 2009

Man convicted of Trap Death of Neighbors Rottweiler

An Anchorage Alaska man will serve 10 days in jail for setting a trap that killed his neighbor's 4 year old Rottweiler.

Christian Kasprzyk, 41, pleaded no contest Thursday to animal cruelty charges. Kasrzyk was also fined $500 for the November 2008 death of the dog.

The neighbor's Rottweiler got caught by the trap designed to catch small game. The Rottweiler ran back to his owners, shrieking and thrashing wildly, and died several hours later.

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Men left Rottweiler in car for 15 hours while they visited friend

Two men whose dog, belived to be a Rottweiler, died after being left in a car overnight near the Canada-U.S. border are facing charges of animal cruelty.

Authorities stated yesterday that the dog was left in a car in a parking lot to visit a friend.

The dog was left alone in the car without food or water for about 15 hours," Authorities stated. When they returned, the dog was dead. The large breed dog was believed to be a Rottweiler. Other people then reported the incident to the RCMP.

The dog's body was sent to the Department of Agriculture for a necropsy (the animal equivalent of an autopsy), which determined that the dog died due to excessive heat and a lack of food and water.

A spokesman for the SPCA in Fredericton, stated this case serves as a reminder to pet owners that they should not leave animals unattended in a car, especially during the hot summer months.

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FDA Approves First Canine Cancer Therapy

Pfizer Animal Health Receives Approval for PALLADIATM

MONTREAL--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pfizer Animal Health today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first canine cancer therapy in the U.S. – PALLADIATM (toceranib phosphate) – which was developed by Pfizer to treat mast cell tumors in dogs. Pfizer made the announcement to veterinarians attending the 2009 American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) Forum and Canadian Veterinary Medical Association Convention.

“Pfizer Animal Health is proud to bring the first canine cancer therapy approved by the FDA to U.S. specialists, their patients and caregivers,” said George Fennell, vice president, Companion Animal Division, Pfizer Animal Health. “In the weeks and months ahead, Pfizer will introduce PALLADIA to boarded specialists to expand the body of clinical experience with this new therapy. The experience gained during this time will enable us to support veterinarians more effectively when we make the product available for purchase in early 2010,” Fennell said.

Pet caregivers should continue to consult with their local veterinarians about options for their dogs with cancer, who may then refer appropriate cases to specialists for treatment with PALLADIA.

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