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June 2, 2009 Posted by | Just One More Pet, Pet Adoption, Pet Blog, Pets, responsible pet ownership, Stop Euthenization | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dog Peeks Into the Abyss of Death and Wags Tail


Dog stabbed 13 times licks the faces of caregivers

By JACK NOYES Updated 11:17 PM PDT, Tue, Apr 14, 2009

“Simone” was found Sunday morning by Rancho Cucamonga city workers assigned to clean up graffiti. The pup was barely alive.

A 32-pound beagle mix was left for dead in a graffiti strewn alley after some punk stabbed the pup 13 times.

She lived to wag her tail about it.

“Simone” was found Sunday morning by Rancho Cucamonga city workers assigned to clean up graffiti. The pup was barely alive. A city veterinarian said the canine suffered stab wounds to the neck and body and was found suffering hypothermia after loosing a great deal of blood.

Simone underwent 2 hours of emergency surgery at the new surgical facility at Rancho Cucamonga Animal Care and Services Department. The dog needed 23 staples and sutures. Astonishingly, her esophagus, vital organs and arteries were not punctured.

Simone is expected to make a full recovery and to be put up for adoption.

“Despite her terrible ordeal, Simone is a sweet and affectionate girl who is still able to wag her tail and lick the faces of the veterinary staff. We hope to find her a loving home if she recovers,” Animal Services Director Joe Pulcinella said.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Rancho Cucamonga Station, is currently investigating this crime. Anyone with any information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Rancho Cucamonga Police Station at (909) 477-2800 or WE-TIP at 1 (800) 78-CRIME.

The Animal Care and Services Department is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who is guilty of this cruel and senseless act.

The attack occurred sometime before 8:11 a.m. the morning of Sunday, April 5th, near the intersection of Redhill Country Club Drive and Carnelian Street. 

For additional information, please contact the Rancho Cucamonga Animal Care & Services Department at (909) 466-PETS (7387). Donations for Simone’s care can be sent to: The Animal Care and Adoption Center, PO Box 807, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91729-9963. Please make checks payable to the Community Foundation and put Animal Center in the memo line.

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April 15, 2009 Posted by | Animal Abandonement, Just One More Pet, Pet Abuse, Pets, Stop Animal Cruelty | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Xylitol Warning For Dogs

True Story – 


Warning to all dog owners – pass this on to everyone you can.  Last Friday evening, I arrived home from work, fed Chloe, our 24 Lb. Dachshund, just as I normally do.  Ten minutes later I walked into the den just in time to see her head inside the pocket of Katie’s friend’s purse.  She had a guilty look on her face so I looked closer and saw a small package of sugar-free gum.  It contained Xylitol.  I remembered that I had recently read that

sugar-free gum can be deadly for dogs so I jumped on line  and looked to see if Xylitol was the ingredient.  I found and checked the first website (above) and it was on the list.  Next, I called our vet.  She said to bring her in immediately. 

Unfortunately, it was still rush hour and it took me almost 1/2 hour to get there.  Meanwhile, since t his was her first case, our vet found another website to figure out the treatment.  She took Chloe and said they would induce her to vomit, give her a charcoal drink to absorb the toxin (even though they don’t think it works) then they would start an iv with dextrose.  

The xylitol causes dogs to secrete insulin so their blood sugar drops very quickly.  The second thing that happens is liver failure.  If that happens, even with aggressive treatment, it can be difficult to save them.  She told us she would call us.  Almost two hours later, the vet called and said that contents of her stomach contained 2-3 gum wrappers and that her blood sugar had dropped from 90 to 59 in 30 minutes.  She wanted us to take Chloe to another hospital that has a critical care unit operating around the clock. We picked her up and took her there.

 They had us call the ASPCA poison control for a case number and for a donation, their doctors would direct Chloe’s doctor on treatment.  They would continue the IV, monitor her blood every other hour and then in 2 days tested her liver function.  She ended up with a central line in her jugular vein since the one in her leg collapsed, just as our regular vet had feared.  

Chloe spent almost the entire weekend in the critical care hospital.  After her blood sugar was stabilized, she came home yesterday.  They ran all the tests again before they released her and so far, no sign of liver damage.  Had I not seen her head in the purse, she probably would have died and we wouldn’t even have known why.  

Three vets told me this weekend, that they were amazed that I even knew about it since they are first learning about it too.  So I am sharing this with info about Xylitol and dogs with everyone.  It may save another life.  

Thanks to BJ at the AARP Community Dog Group!!

September 10, 2008 Posted by | Just One More Pet, Pets, Success Stories | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment