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Harley spent 10 years living in deplorable conditions in a puppy mill before he was rescued and adopted by a loving family. Although the
Chihuahua was in poor health and even missing an eye, the battered pup has gone on to help others — and on Saturday he won the
American Humane Association’s American Hero Dog Award for his efforts. He inspired the “Harley to the Rescue” campaign, which has raised money to save and provide medical care for more than 500 other dogs from puppy mills — in just the last two years. And Harley isn’t merely lending his name to the cause. He goes out on the rescue missions himself, and has a special way of communicating with the scared
dogs he helps. Harley also works to raise awareness about puppy mills at public events and in schools, where he loves the attention he gets. He topped seven other amazing canine finalists to win the award at a star-studded event that will be broadcast nationwide on Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on the
Hallmark Channel. — Read it at
PLUS: Harley wasn’t the only one to be honored at the awards show Saturday. American Humane also named its Hero Veterinarian and Hero Vet Technician. After tens of thousands of votes from the public, Dr. Annette Sysel won the Hero Vet award for her voluntary work as president of the
Bauer Research Foundation, which promotes the human-animal bond. She answers thousands of emails from pet owners whose pets have cancer, directing them to specialists, clinics and clinical trials that might help that specific pet. She’s also done significant research on feline and canine cancers, and is working on a simple test to help identify cancer earlier. Vet tech Julie Carson of
Pima Medical Institute in Phoenix, Arizona was recognized for her work in starting Vets’ Pets, a group of volunteers helping homeless and at-risk veterans take care of their pets. — Read from at the
American Humane Association
Earlier this month, a police
dog in Reading, Pennsylvania, was airlifted to
Penn Vet’s Ryan Veterinary Hospital after he fell about 20 feet while on the job. Cody survived thanks in part to the planning that was put in place by Dr. Cindy Otto, who now runs
Pet Vet’s Working Dog Center. Cody’s handler responded quickly and he was rapidly airlifted and given a red blood cell transfusion. Otto initiated the airlifting program after another tough case where a police dog was shot and had to rely on slower ground transport. — Read it at the
A Bennett’s wallaby joey named Pip was found abandoned in his exhibit at the
Wildlife Reserves Singapore on May 31. His keepers tried unsuccessfully to reunite him with his mom, but ended up hand raising the joey. They created a makeshift pouch for him using a reusable yellow shopping bag with a towel sewn inside to keep him comfortable and warm. Now six months old, Pip has started to venture outside of his yellow home. Within about a year, his keepers expect him to become more independent, and they’ll eventually reintroduce him to the wallaby mob at the
zoo. — Read it at
An Associated Press reporter facilitated an emotional reunion between a black
Labrador Retriever and her displaced owner last week. The reporter, Brian Skoloff, met Lawrence Ross, 76, at a shelter for residents who’d been evacuated from Middletown, California, because of the massive wildfires there. Ross fought back tears as he told Skoloff how worried he was about his dog, Thumper. Skoloff asked Ross to show him where his house was on a map, and promised to go look for Thumper when he went back into the evacuated area to scout for more stories. Skoloff said Ross’ house was somehow unscathed by the fire. The reporter walked the property for more than an hour, fearing the worst, until he found Thumper in a crawlspace. “She leaped into my lap, licked my face, then rolled over on her back as I rubbed her belly and I cried,” Skoloff wrote. He put Thumper in his car and called Ross to tell him his dog was safe while he was on the way back to the shelter. Thumper sprang from the car, her whole body wiggling with joy, when she saw her very grateful owner. — Read it from the
AP via Newsday
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