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.”

Are you happy that Hope is finally headed to a new and loving home after the ordeal she endured? Do you know of other stories similar to this one? Share them with us to inspire change in others!

Source: Yahoo News

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Dog Put To Sleep For Resembling Pit Bull Breed

Despite a global outcry from animal rights activists, a dog was put to sleep in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on Wednesday because city officials said he looked like a pit bull.

The 7-year-old pug-nosed dog, Lennox, was at the center of a two-year legal battle between his owners and the Belfast City Council. The city’s dog wardens seized Lennox in 2010, claiming he was a dangerous “pit bull-type dog,” according to The Associated Press. Pit bulls are illegal in the United Kingdom. Lennox’s owners argued he was not only not dangerous—he was not even a pit bull. In court, Lennox’s owner Caroline Barnes said the dog had never bitten anyone, but that she would muzzle him around strangers.

The case sparked outrage among animal rights groups, inspiring a “Save Lennox” campaign and an online petition that collected more than 200,000 signatures. Some people—including celebrity dog trainer Victoria Stilwell—offered to adopt the dog in the United States, where pit bulls are legal. But last month, a senior appeals court in Northern Ireland upheld a lower court ruling that called for Lennox to be put down.


On Tuesday, Lennox’s owners released a statement on their Facebook page, saying they were denied the opportunity to “say goodbye”:

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all again for your messages of support. We are sorry to say at the present time Belfast city council seem to be intent on killing our boy. Despite previous assurances otherwise, we have been denied the opportunity to say goodbye. We have also been told that we cannot collect his body and bring Len home. We have been informed however that we will receive “some” ashes in the mail.

What is your opinion regarding the Belfast Council’s decision to euthanize poor Lennox? Did the dog deserve to die just because he resembled a pit bull? Share your opinions with us!

Source: Yahoo News

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