Happy Ending For Hope: Tortured Texas Dog Adopted

Hope, the dog found brutally tortured in Texas last week, has a new home. According to the Parker County Sheriff’s Office, the pug mix has been adopted by the family whose ranch she was first spotted wandering on.

Charlie and Kit Moncrief have agreed to adopt Hope, who continues to recover from what the Dallas Morning News described as “one of the worst cases of animal cruelty ever reported in the county.” Hope was found dehydrated, her mouth sealed shut with electrical tape and her tongue protruding. She had five large cuts that took more than 100 stitches to close.

Veterinarians at Bowie Drive Animal Hospital say that Hope, who is estimated to be between 3 and 4 years old, will make a full recovery, though she may need part of her tongue removed.

Hope’s story, coming the same week as a dog was put to sleep in Northern Ireland for looking like a pit bull, garnered worldwide media attention–and more than $35,000 offered for information leading to an arrest in the case. Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said they have investigated several leads but are still seeking the suspect or suspects involved.

“This is the bottom line,” Fowler added. “If they will torture a defenseless creature, what else are they capable of? We need to find the person(s) responsible for this.”

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39-Pound Cat ‘Meow’ Passes Away Due To Health Complications

Meow, allegedly the country’s heaviest feline,passed away over the weekend after developing respiratory complications.

The nation met the rotund kitty last month after his 87-year-old owner dropped him off at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter, claiming she could no longer care for him – no surprise, given that Meow tipped the scales at 39 pounds. The average cat Meow’s “height” weighs 8-12 pounds; an equivalent-sized human would weigh around 600 pounds.

The orange-and-white tabby became a media sensation, appearing on Anderson Cooper’s show and elsewhere in an effort to find a new home (and perhaps raise awareness of the country’s growing pet-obesity problem). But Meow’s high weight put him at risk of life-threatening complications, which sadly took his life before his new caretakers’ dietary measures could show a benefit.

And the situation had started to look brighter prior to last Thursday. The shelter examined Meow, ran a battery of tests, and outlined a weight-loss program; then Meow headed to a foster home, where he seemed to be content and exercising. Then the wheezing started, but that didn’t alarm Jennifer Steketee, the shelter vet who’d taken charge of Meow’s health and diet regime. It’s not unusual for obese animals or people to wheeze a bit when active, and Meow might have had seasonal allergies.

The symptoms worsened, though, and towards the end of last week, Meow was brought in for more tests, then admitted to an emergency veterinary hospital. Several specialists came in to consult on the unusual case, but to no avail. Everyone at the shelter, and many fans elsewhere, mourn his passing – but vets hope Meow’s legacy is a greater focus on pet health: “Obesity is not something to be ignored.”

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Source: Yahoo News

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