Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Heartbreaking note Attached To A Dog given up for Adoption

Rhino dog, Rhino lightning story

A dog which was given up for adoption has a note from the owner in a notepad hanging from his collar and it was written by a child. The family's daughter wrote a 15-page note in a tiny spiral notebook which has details and instructions that would be helpful for Rhino's new owner.

It started with “Hi, if you’re reading this you must own Rhino now. He was my puppy. I really hope he is in a good environment. I really miss him. I wish he knew that he was a pretty puppy," she wrote.

The girl's family gave up the dog because it has several small children. The family admits the decision was heart-wrenching. They said they only had the 3-year-old dog for five months, having picked him up from the shelter themselves. They loved him very much however, the dog was too big and too energetic for their young children.

The girl also included his favorite toy which is a green Nerf ball but never give him a tennis ball since he rips them apart. The girl also ask the new owner to not rename him. “His full name is Rhino Lightning (then your last name). Please don’t rename him.”

Rhino's new owner is Melanie Hill of Clearfield, she went to the Humane Society looking for a dog. When she saw Rhino it was love at first sight. She took Rhino home to Davis County -- along with the note pad and the detailed instructions. Hill said she doesn't know anything about Rhino's previous owner, but she wants the girl to know Rhino will be loved by her family and his name will stay the same.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Drug Company Disputes Owners' claims that their Popular Flea Medication Killed Pets


Merck, a drug company disputes Channel 2’s Jim Strickland documents that shows dog owners believe the drug called Bravecto is connected to the death of thousands of pets worldwide. 

Bravecto, is a dog chew that is very powerful and effective with only one dose it can kill fleas and ticks for three months. Pharmaceutical giant Merck says it's safe and effective, but the number of dog owners who think otherwise is growing.

Donna White of Buckhead one of the pet owners who are blaming the drug said "I believe that Bravecto killed my dog. That's the only thing I changed his entire life." Her dog named "JoJo" vomited the first two times she gave him Bravecto, which is a known side effect. But 12 hours after the third dose, he had to be rushed to the veterinarian for emergency CPR. It didn't work and JoJo died.

Chris Weber said his dog, Truck, suffered for weeks after dose number three. Then one day, "He put his head in the bowl, turned back and looked at me and collapsed at my feet," Weber told Strickland. Weber euthanized his dog on Thanksgiving Day.

In a letter to veterinarians, Merck said of the dog deaths featured in their investigation: “There were no necropsies performed...the pet owners declined.”

However, Chris Weber of north Fulton County told Strickland that he never got the option of necropsy.

“Merck has not done absolutely anything for me. I was told that after their veterinary professional speaks with mine that they would be calling me. I never heard a word,” Chris Weber said.

The owners of two other dogs who made allegations against Bravecto told Strickland that their dogs were already buried before necropsies could be performed.