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Emaciated dog rescued after chewing own foot off to escape leash

A dog was left tied up in Middleboro so long it eventually chewed off its own foot to get away, the MSPCA says.

An MSPCA officer found Maverick, an emaciated German Shepherd, on July 12 and rushed him to an animal clinic so veterinarians could begin to treat the wound to his right back foot.

Maverick was eventually transferred to MSPCA's Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston for continued treatment.

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Officials say Maverick has rope burns and scars on his other legs, indicating he has been been tied up before.

"Clearly he had been entangled by his own leash many times in the past; unfortunately, he was unable to free himself this last time," Officer Chelsea Weiand explained.

Weiand, the officer who found Maverick, said he had probably been tethered and unattended for at least a whole day before he hurt himself.

Kevin Kennedy, Maverick's owner, has been charged with felony animal cruelty for neglect and failure to pursue necessary veterinary care, police say.

Veterinarians say normally they would amputate the dog's leg, but Maverick has such advanced hip dysplasia that he wouldn't be able to walk without a leg.

A surgery is planned for July 27, after which Maverick will recover in the hospital for up to 10 days before he will be up for adoption.

Maverick's surgery is expected to cost over $5,000 and the MSPCA's Boston adoption center is asking for donations.  To donate, click here.

“I have been working here for six and a half years. I have literally never seen, this is the most disturbing thing I've ever seen,” adoption center manager Alyssa Krieger said. “All he has left is the base pad of his paw. All of the toes are gone and the toes were sticking out. Where he had chewed them off. It was just absolutely horrifying.”

Anyone interested in adopting Maverick can contact the MSPCA's Boston adoption center directly atadoption@mspca.org.

Cat food recalled for salmonella, listeria risks

A Portland company issued a recall in June over possible listeria and salmonella contamination. 

Radagast Pet Food, Inc. recalled Rad Cat Raw Diet products, sold in 8, 16 and 24 ounce tubs, as well as given in 1 ounce sample cups. 

The company recalled the foods due to threats of salmonella and listeria contamination. Handling the products and not washing hands afterward could spread the bacteria to humans. 

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

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Pets with Salmonella or Listeria monocytogenes infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some pets may have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

The FDA third party contracted lab found two lots of Grass-Fed Beef tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, one lot of Free-range Chicken tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, and one lot of Free-range Turkey tested positive forSalmonella and Listeria monocytogenes. As a precautionary measure, we are voluntarily recalling three products produced in these four lots.

All affected lot codes 62384, 62361, 62416, and 62372 and Best By dates are located on the lid of all products packaged in tubs and on the bottom of the sample cups.

The following recalled products were distributed in western Canada and all US States except in Hawaii and Mississippi.

 BrandUPCSize Lot Number Best By Date  Rad Cat Raw DietGrass-Fed Beef  851536001241  8oz 62384  2/6/2017   Rad Cat Raw DietGrass-Fed Beef  851536001258  16oz  62384  2/6/2017  Rad Cat Raw DietGrass-Fed Beef  851536001265  24oz  62384  2/6/2017  Rad Cat Raw DietGrass-Fed Beef  Sample  1oz  62384  2/6/2017            Rad Cat Raw DietGrass-Fed Beef  851536001241  8oz  62361  1/8/2017  Rad Cat Raw DietGrass-Fed Beef  851536001258  16oz  62361  1/8/2017  Rad Cat Raw DietGrass-Fed Beef  851536001265  24oz  62361  1/8/2017  Rad Cat Raw DietGrass-Fed Beef  Sample  1oz  62361  1/8/2017            Rad Cat Raw DietFree-Range Chicken  851536001036  8oz  62416  3/14/2017  Rad Cat Raw DietFree-Range Chicken  851536001043  16oz  62416  3/14/2017  Rad Cat Raw DietFree-Range Chicken  851536001050  24oz  62416  3/14/2017  Rad Cat Raw DietFree-Range Chicken  Sample  1oz  62416  3/14/2017            Rad Cat Raw DietFree-Range Turkey  851536001005  8oz  62372  1/21/2017  Rad Cat Raw DietFree-Range Turkey  851536001012  16oz  62372  1/21/2017 Rad Cat Raw DietFree-Range Turkey 851536001029 24oz 62372 1/21/2017

If you have the cat food, you're being asked to not return them to the store, but rather , throw them away. To get a refund, fill out the claim form at www.RadFood.com and return the form to the store where you purchased it for a refund.

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the time period of this recall. The recall was issued on June 23, 2016, according to the company's website. 

Puppy that once tested positive for heroin, meth now has a forever home

A puppy that tested positive for methamphetamine and heroin after his owner was arrested on drug charges has found a new home.

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According to the Los Angeles Times, the 7-month-old puppy, Bubba, went up for adoption Wednesday after making a full recovery. A family "rushed over" to O.C. Animal Care in Orange, California, and adopted him, the Times reported.

"We are so excited for Bubba!" O.C. Animal Care posted on Facebook. "He found his perfect match today, and after a tumultuous start in his young life, this little guy is finally getting the happily ever after he deserves. O.C. Animal Care staff will miss you, but we are so excited for the wonderful life you have ahead of you. Congratulations to Bubba and his new forever family!"

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We are so excited for Bubba! He found his perfect match today and after a tumultuous start in his young life this little...Posted by OC Animal Care on Wednesday, July 20, 2016

One member of Bubba's new family is a former police officer, the Times reported.

“It’s kind of unique that Bubba came in due to an arrest by a police department and is adopted by a retired police officer,” Ingram told the Times. “I think that’s great.”

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In March, police found Bubba in a hotel room amid used needles and narcotics as they served Joshua West, 40, an arrest warrant, according to CBSLA.com.

Workers with O.C. Animal Care immediately noticed Bubba, a terrier mix, was acting “lethargic,” according to CBSLA.com. The conducted a urine test on the dog, and he tested positive for meth and heroin.

West was arrested and charged with drug possession. 

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Indiana animal shelter urging 'Pokemon Go' players to walk dogs

An animal shelter in Muncie, Indiana, is asking "Pokemon Go" users to walk shelter dogs while they play the game.

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The augmented reality game encourages players to get up and out while they hunt for Pokemon characters.

"Pokemon Go" collects GPS information from players' smartphones to place Pokemon in locations that are within walkable distances. Many characters are placed in public places.

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The Muncie Animal Shelter started the volunteer program Tuesday after the shelter director, Phil Peckinpaugh, was inspired by his 6-year-old daughter, Ruthie, and his 7-year-old nephew, who both play the game, ABC News reported.

"I started playing with Ruthie, and it was actually pretty fun," he told ABC. "Then the other day, while on my way to work, I noticed droves of young people walking around playing this game. I thought, 'Wouldn't it be great if all those people were walking with our dogs?'"

Peckinpaugh created the program Pokemon Dogs to push his idea. 

He created a flier and posted about the program on the shelter's Facebook page.  The Facebook post has been shared more than 25,000 times.

Come out to the Muncie Animal Shelter between 10am-5:30pm any day and walk an adoptable dog as you hunt for Pokemon and hatch eggs!Posted by Muncie Animal Shelter on Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Peckinpaugh said lots of people have already begun participating in the Pokemon Dogs program. 

"There's been an incredible response, and it's just kind of taken off," he said. "We even had to go and buy more leashes this morning."

Peckinpaugh said about 75 adoptable dogs can be taken out for walks.

"Just swing by and come to our front desk and ask for the Pokemon Dogs," he said. "And then, you know, maybe you even fall in love and come back and adopt that dog one day."

Dog gets adorable mugshot at Florida jail

A Florida dog had to go through police protocol Monday after authorities brought her in with no information tags.

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Inside Edition reports that the dog, named Willow, was found Monday by Tarpon Springs police and taken to the police station to be “booked and processed” in order to get the word out that she was found. The police Facebook page posted a mugshot of the dog to let citizens know she was safe.

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According to police, Willow was "very cooperative with officers and probably one of the most friendly prisoners we've ever had in custody." She was released on bond later that day when her owners came to claim her and take her back home.

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Read more at Inside Edition.

Britain's 'Chief Mouser' bids snarky adieu to departing PM Cameron

A new prime minister is moving into 10 Downing Street, but one well-known resident has no intentions of leaving.

Larry the Cat, who has the official title of “Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office,” will stay on and serve under Britain’s new prime minister, Theresa May.

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The feline’s snarky reaction to the exit of David Cameron and the arrival of May were captured on the cat’s unofficial Twitter account.

Larry was adopted from a rescue in 2011 after a rat was spotted around the 10 Downing Street property -- a scene the BBC captured on live television. According to Cameron, Larry hasn’t exactly been great at his job, but the cat doesn’t seem to be worried about losing it.

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Man gives dying dog the trip of a lifetime

A man, heartbroken after his dog’s devastating diagnosis, is giving his best friend the trip of a lifetime.

Robert Kugleris driving cross-country with his chocolate lab, Bella. Last May, Kugler took Bella to the vet for a shoulder injury. He was devastated when vets told him that shoulder injury was actually cancer. She was 9-years-old at the time.

Great...now she'll never go car camping again. #glamorous #diva #queen #tripawd #keys #lovethisdog #bella A photo posted by Robert Kugler (@robkugler) on Jul 8, 2016 at 7:15am PDT<script async defer src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script>

“They said, ‘This is the worst news I could give you; she has advanced osteosarcoma and it’s already in her lungs so you need to either take her leg today or put her down,'” Kugler told WOWT.

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Kugler decided to amputate Bella’s leg.

How bout them #blueridgemountains  #bella #tripawd #northcarolina #asheville #labsofinstagram @adventures_with_dogs #labrador #mountains A photo posted by Robert Kugler (@robkugler) on Jun 28, 2016 at 2:02pm PDT<script async defer src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script>

He had just finished school, so instead of starting work, he decided to travel with Bella.

Kugler, a Marine Vet, started by taking Bella to the Marine Corps Ball in Chicago, but the pair just kept travelling east.

From a couple weeks ago...Bella's long overdue first playtime in a water tank out in a pasture. She absolutely loved it. Asked for help in, and was just content to stay once she was. #labrador #countrylivin #dogsofinstagram #bella #tripawd #dogs #iphonesia A photo posted by Robert Kugler (@robkugler) on Jun 15, 2016 at 9:49am PDT<script async defer src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script>

“I feel like right now this is my purpose. It’s the chapter in my life right now is just exploring with my dog,” said Kugler.

Vets gave Bella just 6 months to live, but now it has already been 14 months.

You can follow their journey by clicking here.

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Veterinarians warn owners to keep pet paws off hot pavement

Hot weather can be hard on humans, but pet experts said it can be even worse for pets.

Veterinarians say the ground temperature is even hotter than the air above it, and it can cause some serious long-term damage to pets' paws.

A veterinarian at Banfield Pet Hospital said the hot weather will essentially burn off the pads on dogs’ feet within minutes.

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The pads on the underside of dogs’ paws act as both feet and shoes at the same time.

Veterianarians in Tulsa expect to see between 10 and 20 dogs with burned pads due to the extreme heat in the region.

They recommend pet owners walk dogs on grassy and muddy areas to avoid serious injury when they take their pets out while temperatures are near 100 degrees.

Rescue kitten who had both eyes removed making remarkable recovery

A kitten slated to be euthanized now has a second chance, thanks to a determined team of veterinarians.

Braille the kitten was found abandoned in Philadelphia in June.

According to the Facebook page, Braille the Blind Kitten, she was five weeks old and weighed just 0.7 pounds.

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She was brought the the Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia with an upper respiratory infection. The infection was so bad that it spread to her eyes.

Posted by Braille the Blind Kitten on Friday, July 1, 2016

A worker at the shelter saved her from euthanasia.

Veterinarians had to remove both her eyes, so she is now completely blind.

Posted by Braille the Blind Kitten on Sunday, July 3, 2016

She is being cared for by Sara and Erin, who say she is making an amazing recovery.

They say she recently started purring and is growing into a curious, playful kitten.

Better every day 🤗 Baby Braille is doing fantastic! She is officially off pain meds and is happy as can be. There are only trace amounts of any discharge at all from her infected eye. We are SO HAPPY! Here is a video displaying her amazing hunting skills. She is so curious about the other cats and can't wait to interact with them. She knows their scents, and as soon as those stitches come out we are going to let them "officially" meet.. Not just by accident, as seen in the last few seconds of this adorable video. Have a great night everyone, lots of head bonks and purrs from our family to yoursPosted by Braille the Blind Kitten on Sunday, July 3, 2016

Officer rescues motherless kittens stuck in RV

Kittens stuck in the back of an RV were rescued Thursday by an Animal Control officer.

According to the Pierce County Auditor, the kittens were pulled from the RV’s engine bay.

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The kittens are recovering at a local veterinary hospital.

Authorities did not release ages or conditions.

Motherless kittens found in RV engine bay, rescued by Animal Control Officer Wheeler. Babies are recovering at the veterinary hospital.Posted by Pierce County Auditor's Office on Thursday, July 7, 2016

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