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Investigation underway after puppy found with metal rod in head

An investigation is underway after the University of Veterinary Specialists in Pennsylvania received a 10-week-old puppy with a 5-inch metal rod through his head and eyes.

The UVS Express Pet Transport was dispatched on Friday for a suspected abuse case.

The dog is in stable condition and underwent testing to determine the severity of his injuries and surgical options.

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UPDATE: The puppy is in stable condition and awaiting surgery. We owe a huge thank you to the BIG EASY Animal Hospital...Posted by University Veterinary Specialists on Friday, February 3, 2017

"We are going to evaluate him to see if the metal rod damaged anything critical, and for surgical planning. Once we know that outcome, we will know how best to repair the damage," Chief Medical Officer Dr. Rory Lubold said in a release.

Lubold said it’s going to take several surgeries to remove the rod and repair the damage.

“Let's see if we can salvage his vision because at this point, I don't know if he'll ever be able to see again. We're going to do everything we can to save that,” Lubold said.

The UVS Cares Foundation will be covering the dog’s medical costs. Donations to the UVS Cares Foundation can be made by check or credit card by calling 724-717-CARE (2273).

“There's a lot of animals in our community and animals that come into our hospital where the owners don't have the funds available to help cases like this,” said Dr. Christina Chamberlain of the UVS Cares Foundation.

Firefighters help puppy stuck in an odd situation

A group of quick-thinking firefighters managed to save a puppy who got its head stuck inside a wheel.

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According to a Monday Facebook post, the Butte-Silver Fire Department in Montana were called to help an 8-month-old coonhound named Blaze. The puppy’s owner had let the dog play outside for a few hours, and found Blaze trapped with his head inside a wheel.

Firefighters say they used "a lot of coconut oil, patience, a lot of ear tucking and some powerful skin-pulling" to free Blaze’s head.

Blaze was uninjured after the ordeal, but had some minor swelling.

"Hopefully this was a valuable lesson for young Blaze, and we won’t have to respond to any more menacing incidents involving this playful puppy," the fire department said on the post.

SEE IT: Pet snake gets stuck in woman's gauged earlobe

An Oregon woman got an earful – literally – when her pet snake got stuck in her gauged earlobe.

According to CNN's Jeanne Moos, Ashley Glawe of Portland recently had her ball python, Bart, around her shoulders when the snake spotted her stretched ear piercing and darted into the hole.

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"I tried to get him out myself, and I knew I wasn't going to be able to without hurting him by pulling back against his scales," she told CNN.

The fire department responded but couldn't free the snake, so Glawe headed to the hospital emergency room. There, doctors numbed her ear, applied lubricant and worked on sliding the snake out.

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"They put string or something in between my ear and the snake and stretched my ear out more, then pulled him back through, and all was well," Glawe said.

Apparently, Bart was unfazed by the ordeal. 

"He acted like nothing even happened and was totally chill," Glawe said.

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Toddler forms special bond with orphaned baby cow

A special bond between a little girl and an orphaned calf is warming hearts across the country.

“They are just so cute,” Lacey Gray told ABC News. “My heart cannot even contain all of that love.”

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Gray is a professional photographer from Michigan City, Mississippi. She was hoping to do a photo shoot with a calf, and asked her husband’s uncle if she could borrow one of his.

“He laughed so hard. He said, ‘That is not how that works. You cannot just borrow a calf without the mom going crazy,'” recalled Gray.

The next morning, she got a call from him after one of his cows suffered an accident.

“The tone in his voice was clearly that something bad had happened. He said, ‘Do you really want a calf?'” said Gray. “He told me, ‘The mama fell and she’s not going to get up from it. She will die from this. I’m calling you to see if you want this baby, but you have to bottle-feed it several times a day.'”

Gray agreed, and soon the family fell in love with the calf. According to ABC News, Gray’s 2-year-old daughter, Kinley, instantly formed a special bond with the calf, now named Molly. Kinley loves to spend time with her new friend, feeding her and giving her kisses.

Kinley doesn’t even let the family’s dogs get close to Molly.

“She just has a connection with her,” Gray said Kinley and Molly. “I just hope that I can watch them grow all through Kinley’s childhood.”

Check out photos and videos of Kinley and Molly below:

If this doesn't melt your heart, I don't know what will. We love Molly Moo!!Posted by Lacey Rae Gray on Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The bond between these two is already a joy to watch! Molly and Kinley are already best friends.Posted by Delta Rose Photography on Sunday, January 22, 2017

Kinley wanted to feed Molly this morning. #morningswithmollymoo #mollymoomoo #cowsofig #moocow #bestfriendsPosted by Lacey Rae Gray on Sunday, January 22, 2017

Reggae, soft rock help dogs relax, study says

Putting together a playlist for your pup? New research could help you fetch some of Fido's favorite tunes.

In a recent study by the University of Glasgow and the Scottish SPCA, researchers found that dogs in kennels were less stressed when they listened to music – especially reggae and soft rock.

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"Overall, the response to different genres was mixed, highlighting the possibility that, like humans, our canine friends have their own individual music preferences," said Neil Evans, one of the study's authors.

Read more here.

Therapy cat named Duke Ellington lifts spirits on hospital visit

A cat named after a jazz legend hit all the right notes on a recent visit to a California hospital.

Duke Ellington, a serene black and white cat, made an appearance at UCSF Medical Center on Monday, delighting patients and staff. The hospital posted a video of the cat’s visit on its Facebook page along with the caption, “Our therapy cat, "Duke Ellington" Morris, brings furry snuggles and joy to critically ill patients in our intensive care unit! Our staff thinks he's pretty "purr"-fect too!”

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Duke the therapy cat visits UCSF!Our therapy cat, "Duke Ellington" Morris, brings furry snuggles and joy to critically ill patients in our intensive care unit! Our staff thinks he's pretty "purr"-fect too!Posted by UCSF Medical Center on Monday, January 23, 2017  

The cat makes his rounds on a cart, and even managed to fit in a catnap during his visit.

 

Maverick, golden retriever who won hearts while battling cancer, dies

A 9-year-old golden retriever who won thousands of hearts with his sweet wagon rides throughout his Florida community as he battled cancer, has died, his owners announced Sunday.

Maverick died peacefully in his sleep Saturday night, owners Joey and Allison Maxwell, announced on his Facebook page, Everybody Loves Maverick.

“He gave no signs of being ill, and didn’t suffer at all. He simply went to sleep after dinner,” Joey Maxwell, of DeLand, wrote on the page. “Allison and I are absolutely heartbroken, yet we are at peace knowing that Maverick is now at rest.”

Maverick began making national headlines in October after workers at Maxwell’s local Lowe’s store helped make a wish for Maverick come true. Maxwell, who knew that his beloved dog’s time was short, wanted to take him on a wagon ride through town to visit friends, but could not find a wagon.

The staff at Lowe’s called area stores until they found a wagon for Maverick, who was unable to walk because of his illness. They had it sent to the store and put it together for him.

"Dear Lowe's Home Improvement, Lowe's, I cannot thank you enough for making this picture possible. Let me...Posted by Love What Matters on Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Maverick’s joyful rides through DeLand, during which he made many new friends, didn’t just bring him a following of nearly 14,000 people on Facebook. They also helped him pull off a brief remission of his cancer, including regaining some movement in his hind legs.

He had a good checkup at the vet as recently as Jan. 10. Photos and videos on Maverick’s Facebook page showed him eating, relaxing and playing with his toys.

The final video that Maxwell posted of Maverick was of him enjoying his breakfast on the morning of the day he died.

Posted by Everybody Loves Maverick on Saturday, January 21, 2017

Maxwell thanked Maverick’s followers for their love, kindness and support.

“You have all loved Maverick as though he were your own, and we know that ours are not the only hearts breaking today,” Maxwell wrote. “Please know that Maverick heard and felt all of your comments, well wishes and love. We read him every one we could and gave him every hug and kiss you sent his way.

“Today is going to be hard for all of us. Allison and I are thoroughly convinced that Maverick more than served his purpose during his brief time with us, and know that his legacy will live on.”

Good morning everyone. We are so incredibly sorry to have to share bad news with you all this morning. Last night at...Posted by Everybody Loves Maverick on Sunday, January 22, 2017

Michelle Obama takes dogs Sunny and Bo on final walk through White House

The Obamas will soon leave the White House for the last time as the president and first lady. Their eight years in the historic house is coming to an end.

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First lady Michelle Obama took the Obama’s Portuguese water dogs Bo and Sunny on what’s described as a final walk through the building the Obama’s have called home now since 2009.

Taking it in on one last walk through the People's House. pic.twitter.com/uaAn6j8Ygy— The First Lady (@FLOTUS) January 18, 2017

She tweeted out a short video of the stroll, as she walked with a dog on either side.

The Obamas received Bo as a gift in 2009 and added Sunny to the family in 2013.

Reward increases in case of dog found in Detroit with ears, nose cut off

The Michigan Humane Society is seeking the public’s help in a horrific case of animal abuse, and the reward for information has greatly increased.

The organization received a call from a concerned citizen in a Detroit neighborhood on Tuesday, and a rescue team located the injured Rottweiler mix and rushed him to an animal hospital after observing his severe wounds, according to a press release from the Michigan Humane Society.

The dog’s ears and nose were cut off, and the dog suffered lacerations to his legs and tail.  

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The Michigan Humane Society is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the...Posted by Michigan Humane Society on Wednesday, January 18, 2017

“It appears that someone purposely maimed this poor dog, which has caused it a great deal of suffering,” said Mark Ramos, a lead cruelty investigator for the Michigan Humane Society.

There is a reward being offered by the Humane Society for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals involved in the crime. Originally, the reward was $2,500 but as of Friday, the reward was $32,000 and growing. Those with information can call the hotline at 313-872-3401.

After receiving an overwhelming amount of support from the community, #MHS is excited to share that the reward to help...Posted by Michigan Humane Society on Friday, January 20, 2017

The dog, named Baron, is being treated for his severe injuries and is not available for fostering or adoption at this time, according to the Michigan Humane Society. Those who want to help can donate to the organization’s cruelty investigation team. Updates on Baron’s condition will be available on the Michigan Humane Society’s Facebook page.

Why pit bulls have a bad reputation

You may have heard bad things about pit bulls. More than 700 cities across the country have placed bans on the breed. Stories of attacks, bad behavior and strong bites have made people fear the once-beloved breed. 

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Experts say the culture of dog fighting has contributed to the pit bull's bad reputation. The dogs are often conditioned to make them more angry and aggressive. 

As of 2014, pit bulls were responsible for 68 percent of dog attacks and 52 percent of dog-related deaths since 1982. 

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However, before they were categorized as a fearful breed, pit bulls were popular as household dogs. They were known as loving protectors for children and families. 

Pit bulls make up a large number of sheltered dogs and are euthanized at high rates.

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