Pet Scoop: “The Rock” Gives $1,500 to Save Abused Pup, Donkey Gets a Ride in Police Car

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A puppy named for Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is getting help from the celebrity he was named for.
A puppy named for Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is getting help from the celebrity he was named for.

Actor Helps His Little Namesake

When Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson heard about a puppy who’d been rescued from abuse and suffered from heart trouble, he didn’t hesitate to help. The wrestler-turned-actor helped save the abandoned 4-month-old pup who rescuers had named for him with a $1,500 donation toward life-saving surgery. "Stay strong lil' Rock! Let's get you taken care of, healed up and feeling better for Christmas. Plus you have a VERY cool name to uphold;). Got your back," the actor wrote on a GoFundMe page set up by Saving Spot Rescue. The group has now surpassed its goal and raised $6,000 for the puppy. Any unused funds will go to help the other 60 dogs in the rescue’s care. The Rock’s generosity comes about two months after a sad incident where his own puppy passed away after eating a poisonous mushroom. — Read it at Today

Cat Gets Prosthetic Legs

A cat who was found as a kitten at a Nevada campground with injured hind legs is making strides after a rare procedure to give him implants and titanium prosthetic legs. The design of the implants allows for Vincent’s bone to grow onto the titanium shafts to support his weight. But because the shafts are exposed to the environment, his dedicated owner has to be vigilant about applying an antibiotic spray to prevent infection. Vincent, who’s now 3 years old, had his first surgery in February 2014, another a year later and has since had more treatments. "I anticipate that he'll be jumping and doing really normal cat things very soon," said Dr. Mary Sarah Bergh, the veterinary orthopedic surgeon from Iowa State University who attached the cat’s prosthetic legs and has overseen his rehabilitation. Bergh said she “couldn’t be happier with how he’s doing at the current time.” — Read it at Science Daily

Police Save Woman and Dogs From Icy Reservoir

Police in Mantua, Utah, came to the rescue of a woman and her two dogs, who had fallen through ice that was just beginning to form on the Mantua Reservoir. The police were called at about 9 a.m. Sunday by a city water employee who saw the woman and her dogs when he was making his rounds in the area. The police officers who responded used a water-rescue device to lift Rebecca Peterson and her dogs to safety. On Wednesday, the officers were recognized by PETA for the dramatic rescue with a “Compassionate Police Department” award. — Read it at Good 4 Utah

 Norman, Oklahoma, police Officer Kyle Canaan rescued a miniature donkey found wandering on a rural road.
Norman, Oklahoma, police Officer Kyle Canaan rescued a miniature donkey found wandering on a rural road.

Mini Donkey Rescued by Police

With some pushing, pulling and the promise of food, a Norman, Oklahoma, police officer managed to get an unusual suspect into the back seat of his patrol car. Squishy, who prefers to ride with his head out the window, is a miniature donkey. He was spotted wandering on a rural road Tuesday morning by a local woman who said she had a pen for Squishy but no way to get him there. So, Officer Kyle Canaan responded and gave the donkey a lift. She said she’ll keep Squishy if an owner doesn’t come forward. — Read it at CBS News

Dog Finds Kittens Left in Box

Two kittens in Connecticut have a dog to thank for saving their lives. The 3-month-old brother and sister kittens were found in a box that was taped shut and left in a field. It was discovered by a dog who was out for a walk with his owner Tuesday. “When the dog went closer to it, the box started meowing,” said Groton, Connecticut, Police Lt. John Varone. The kittens appear to be healthy and friendly despite their ordeal. “They’re wonderful playful kittens. They were definitely somebody’s pet at some point,” said animal control officer Christine O’Brien. If the kittens’ owner is found, they could face cruelty charges. As for the cute kittens, they’re expected to be adopted quickly once they’re ready for new homes. — Watch it at NBC Connecticut


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