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Dog gets new legs after being attacked with sword

A dog in Thailand has been given two new legs. 

Cola was 9 months old when a man with a sword chopped off his legs, ABC in Australia reported. A neighbor of the owner punished the dog for chewing a pair of shoes.

The dog's owner offered his neighbor money to pay for the ruined shoes, but the neighbor came back that night with a sword. 

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The attacker said in court that it was an accident and was sent to detention for a month, according to news reports.

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The case was reported to Soi Dog Foundation, an animal welfare group in Asia, which helped save Cola's life.

Cola was fitted with a wheeled harness to help him get around as he healed. He also walked, or hopped, on his back legs. 

But new prosthetics help Cola run and play.

<script>(function(d, s, id) {  var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];  if (d.getElementById(id)) return;  js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id;  js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&amp;version=v2.7";  fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script>After having his two front legs hacked off with a sword, Cola shows the world he can rock prosthetics!Please join the Emergency Response Team today so that other dogs like Cola can be given the lives they deserve. Click here -> ert.soidog.org/cola to join now.Posted by Soi Dog Foundation on Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Cola also found a new home. The foundation's owner John Dalley and his wife Gill have taken Cola into their home. Gill Dalley and Cola have something in common. She is also a double amputee after losing her legs when she contracted a rare bacteria while rescuing a dog from a flooded field in 2004, ABC reported.

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Rollerblade wheels and PVC give ‘Boo' the Dachshund a new lease on life

When Osceola Animal Services found Boo in June, his back legs were paralyzed and covered with sores, and his owner had confined the dog to a crate covered with a tarp.

The owner told deputies that Boo hadn’t walked in more than a year and had never been taken to a vet, Osceola County Animal Services said.

Eventually Boo’s owner surrendered him to Animal Services where he became “an example of what love and attention can do,” the department said.

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Feeling bad for the long-haired Dachshund mix, an intern with Animal Services’ Veterinary Assistant Program decided to do something about Boo’s mobility issues.

Getting some recommendations from a veterinarian, Sophia Vermeulen took some PVC pipe and rollerblade wheels and constructed Boo a cart and sling for his back legs.

Now, the little black pooch has become a fixture at Animal Services and can often be found in an inflatable pool with Vermeulen doing water therapy.

Considering Boo’s condition when he came to the shelter, seeing the two splashing and playing in the water is “something no one would have imagined a month ago,” Animal Services said in a release.

“The little guy has made amazing progress,” Animal Services director Kim Staton said. “All because of the passion of the staff and volunteers who work here.”

Vermeulen is currently fostering Boo.

Animal shelter out of cat food, asks for public's help

Three hundred cats at Seattle Humane need your help.

The non-profit shelter is in the middle of kitten season, and staff is asking for help getting food for all the cats and kittens for whom they’re trying to find homes.

As of Tuesday afternoon, their pet food bank was completely out of cat food.

“Ordering it is best,” Seattle Humane’s Marketing Communications Manager Jenna Pringle said. Using the Seattle Humane link through Amazon also gives the organization a portion of the overall sale, part of the Amazon Smile program, she said.

Use this link to order on Amazon. The shelter’s address for shipping is 13212 S.E. Eastgate Way in Bellevue, zip code 98005. People also can drop off food there.

This weekend, Seattle Humane is hosting Catapalooza, a two day discounted adoption event Saturday and Sunday at their Bellevue headquarters.

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“We have lots of kittens,” Pringle said. “But lots of times our older cats can be overlooked by the kittens.”

Older cats’ personalities are pretty well established, and they don’t always require as much attention as kittens, she said.

The Seattle Humane Pet Food Bank provides free pet food and supplies to low-income seniors and community members living with cancer or HIV/AIDS so they can keep their pets when they need them most.

The program currently serves more than 300 families in King County, staff said.

Through August 2, Seattle Humane adopted 3,515 cats and dogs in 2016.

WATCH: Man discovers family of bears in his home, freaks out

Rodney Ginn uploaded frightening footage from his home in Mammoth Lakes, California, to Facebook on Saturday.

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The video shows the moment a bear comes running through his home and climbs up the staircase.

“We have a bear inside of our house right now,” Ginn says in the viral video.

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You can hear the bear for a split second and then watch as Ginn runs away. Even though Ginn tries to flee, he doesn’t stop recording. You can see the bear run up the stairs. Luckily, Ginn was able to shut the door in time, avoiding the animal.

After hearing the bear leave, Ginn and his friend leave the room.

“Dude, I thought it was you,” Ginn said to the other man who was with him.

Ginn uploaded a photo to Facebook showing the bear and saying that two of her cubs joined the party, as well.

According to Ginn, the bear and her cubs managed to leave the house on their own through one of the doors of the house.

(h/t Mashable)

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WATCH: Toddler reads bedtime story to pit bulls in adorable viral video

An adorable video of a Kansas toddler reading a bedtime story to his two pit bulls has gone viral.

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According to KCTV, Jenna Bearde's rambunctious pit bulls, Ronnie and Macy, are full of energy – that is, until her 2-year-old son, River, reads to them and sends them to dreamland.

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“He started reading to them and it ended up being instant,” Bearde, a Spring Hill resident, told KCTV last week. “I pulled out the video camera and started shooting.”

The video, originally shared on Bearde's Facebook page for Ronnie, a rescue dog, has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times. 

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Man creates hilarious 'family dog contract'

Having a dog is a lot of responsibility, which parents often remind children before they get a family dog.

But one man wanted to make sure his family understood the commitment involved in getting a pet.

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Reluctant to let his children get the dog they were asking for, the dad created a "family dog contract."

The man posted the contract, which includes 13 rules to which each family member had to agree before getting a dog, on Reddit.

Some of the rules are standard, like making sure the animal goes to the bathroom in the side yard and keeping its nails clipped so it doesn't scratch the floor.

But some of the rules aren't ones that you might expect.

"Dad never has to pick up dog poop. Ever. The dog’s poop is picked up at least (three times) per week by children to Dad’s satisfaction," the contract says.

The contract also says: "The dog does not receive organic, gourmet or special diet dog food. All parties agree that plain old dog food is fine."

The document was signed by every member of the family.

In the comments where the picture was originally posted, the man updated the situation, saying that the family got a dog two weeks later and all the rules were followed.

"Everyone (including Dad) adores the dog, which has been a fantastic addition to (though not member of) our family," he wrote.

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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

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. 

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.

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."

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