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  BROWNIE'S SURGERY  (ADOPTED 10/07)

Brownie came from Murray County Animal Shelter in Gerogia  ( dog pound )  a few weeks ago.  He was a stray that got hit by a car and shattered his hip.  The dog pound workers and volunteers fell in love with him and collected donations so Brownie could have the surgery he needed.  The problem was he could not stay at the dog pound once surgery was over.  We took him into rescue and now he needs to have the pins removed.  He is scheduled for surgery this Friday October 12, 2007.  He is a 12 pound  ONE year old Chihuahua mix.  Most loving and wonderful little dog. Please donate to help us cover the expense of his surgery which is est. to be $500.00.  He will also be neutered at the same time. 

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Brownie is still in recovery room in this photo
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he has an endotreacheal tube in place. You can see where he had the pin removed on the right hip.

          BORN ON DOG POUND FLOOR
  ALL PUPPIES AND MOM HAVE BEEN ADOPTED!!!!!!!!

We knew the babies were going to be born soon and they were!  These photos below are taken as she was brought to the dog pound in Southern Ohio the day before yesterday. 7-7-07

Mama is a Bassett looking Dauchaund
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We have to wait and see what the heck the dad was!

Mama dog forced to have her babies on a cement floor in a dog pound!  July 9, 2007

The Mom and pups are safe tonight!
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Born on a dog pound floor during the night. Transported to safety when they were only hours old!

These babies will be up for adoption in 6 weeks!  The mom is a
Dauchaund mix.  with Bassitt Hound legs!  I am guessing their color will change as they are not all black.  They have tan legs as far as we can see.  Keep in mind they are only one day old.

COAL:  PUP FOUND WITH FRACTURED LEG IN MILL HOLLOW PARK

COAL IS A YOUNG BLACK LAB PUP FOUND WITH IN A PARK
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HE HAS A FRACTURED LEG AND IS NOW LEARNING TO WALK WITH A CAST ON HIS LEG.

Coal is a 16 week old PB Black Lab Pup. He was found in the middle of the Metro Park System in Vermilion OH ( Mill Hollow ) with a fractured rear leg. The park ranger knew he needed medical care and contacted us in the middle of the night. He was taken to the vet and based on his x-ray findings of a FRACTURED LEG we think he was thrown from a moving vehicle. The diagnosis is FRACTURED LEFT LEG - BLUNT FROCE TRAUMA. Little puppies are some what flexible and it would take a great trauma to cause this type of fracture. The vet put him to sleep and reduced the fracture and applied a long leg cast. X-rays were repeated to make sure everything was in place. He is on pain medication and we are assisting him with walking

HE IS A PLAYFUL - FUN LOVING - PUP WHO STILL HAS PUPPY BREATH!

The area of the park where Coal was found is isolated and at the bottom of a cliff with a river going through it. This little guy did NOT walk away from someone's home and end up in the bottom of Mill Hollow.

He was dumped - discarded - and thrown away to fend for himself in the winter ending up with a fractured leg. What is wrong with people?

UPDATE 4-11-07  COAL HAS BEEN ADOPTED CAST AND ALL!  THE DONATIONS WE RECEIVED ASSISTED IN PAYING  SOME  HIS MEDICAL BILLS. THANK YOU

        PATTY O'TOOL = ADOPTED       
Patty is Pit Bull mix.  that was abandoned in a rural area near Saint Francis Animal Sanctuary.  When a local police officer found her and brought her to safety.  I was told she is the 6th. Pit to be found in the same area within the last 2 years.  She has recently had babies and looks like she has had many litters in her short life.  Patty is a good dog and really acts better then some of the dogs we have had here for months!   BAD NEWS:  Patty was taken to the vet for her rabies vaccination and heart worm check.  She is Heart Wrom positive.  She also has the last part of her tail "degloved".  The hair and skin is missing as if you were to "take off a glove".  The vet said upon examination she would need to have that part of her tail removed.  This is an old injury and the bone is exposed.  Who knows what suffering this poor dog has endured.  Litter after litter of babies then dumped in the fields.  Through all this Patty is kind and trusting of humans. 
We were told the dead part of her tail could be removed during her spay.  This can not be done until her heart worm treatment is complete. 
 
Patty is the third heart worm positive dog we have received in the past few weeks.  Each dog that is HW +  has other complications and medical needs in addition to being HW +. 
UPDATE: MAY 4, 2007   PATTY is at the vet tonight where she was spayed. 
GOOD NEWS :  PATTY HAS BEEN ADOPTED AND WILL BE GOING TO HER FOREVER HOME RIGHT FROM THE VET.

Patty always has a smile on her face!
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She loves to walk on a leash and ride in the care. She will make someone a very great pet.

                      KELLY= ADOPTED!
This one year old black Lab was living in a farmer's field south of Toledo,Ohio.  When she was taken into the local dog pound they found she had been living on soy beans from the field where she was living.  When she went to the bath room it was all soy beans!  Kelly is very thin and under weight.  She has a large open wound on her front right leg.  This wound over time has caused the joint to become very swollen and it continues to bleed.  She has an open wound  on her tail that needs medical attention also.  Kelly is going to the vet 3-12-07 for an evaluation.  She came into rescue today 3-11-07.
UPDATE:   KELLY IS HEART WORM POSITIVE! SHE IS GOING TO RECEIVE TREATMENT IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS. 

THE WOUND IS LOCATED ON THE RIGHT FRONT LEG.
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THE JOINT IS VERY SWOLLEN AS YOU CAN SEE BOTH LEGS IN THIS PHOTO.

THIS WOUND IS OLD AND CONTINUES TO BLEED.
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KELLY WILL BE GOING TOTHE VET FOR AN EVALUATION 3-12-07 THE OPEN AREA SEEMS TO BE DOWN TO THE BONE

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      SAMMY & JAKE
 
THE 2 DOGS BELOW WERE REUNITED WITH THEIR DAD AND ARE NOW DOING GREAT!
 
 
 
I was contacted by the local police department and was given only minimal information.  I was informed some man was taken to the hospital and he left notes in various places all around his home  that said he wanted his animals to go to : Saint Francis Animal Sanctuary.  I was told he had my web site information from a computer stuck to his kitchen wall with several yellow post it notes all over.  He wrote detailed information on the names, ages, care instructions for each animal.  The police were at his home while people were cleaning it out and placing everything that he owned in the world at the curb.  People on the street sorted through his things and carried away his personal property that was left for trash pick up.  When I went into the home   the local authorities told  me he was taken to the hospital alive and that "they" had gotten to him while he was still alive. I do not know the story but I speculate it is some kind of attempted  suicide, I do not know if he is dead or alive at this point.  I got to his home and found 2 senior small dogs in a closet.   They were placed in the closet so they would not escape out the door  while the police were going in and out of the home.   The cat was locked up in a hall space.
The police gave me parts of the alleged suicide note pertaining only to the animals. So I would have the information.  As I opened the closet door I saw 2 small shaking and very frightened dogs looking up at me. These poor little guys just did not understand what was going on.  The smallest of the 2 Sammy still had his little red coat  on.  Sammy - 13 y.o. toy Poodle and Jake is 15 year old half blind dog. 
I was told by someone at the home the dogs diet consisted of "SPAGHITTIOS". Cans of spaghetti were found on the counter with a note attached that said " dog food ".
 
The dogs are not in any condition to receive vaccinations at this time.
 
The dogs were taken to Avon Lake Animal Clinic where they were found heart worm negative! Blood work looked good on both dogs which will permit surgery to be done.  Both need to have dental work done.  Both had infections and severely inflamed and red gums.  One of the dogs we could barley see the teeth due to the swelling and inflammation of his gums.  They have been placed on various antibiotics and anti fungal medications.  Surgery is tomorrow Sept. 29,2006.  We need about $500.00.
Both dogs are home tonight.  They are on antibiotics and the black dog Sammy had ALL  his teeth pulled ( 17 ) and the white dog, Jake had 9 teeth pulled.  They both had massive infections going on and have pain medication now due to the extractions.  The bill was not $500.00 like I thought, it is $468.75 for Sammy and $533.52 for Jake.  Oh my Gosh...GRAND TOTAL OF :   $1002.27   PLEASE CONSIDER SENDING A DONATION TO AVON LAKE ANIMAL CLINIC 124 MILLER RD. AVON LAKE, OH 44012  OR PHONE CREDIT CARD:  440-933-5297. 
 
 
BOTH DOGS HAD ST.  FRANCIS RELEGIOUS DOG  MEDALS ATTACHED TO THE COLLAR WITH THE RABIES TAGS.
December 2006  We still owe over $1,000.00 on these two dogs for medical services they had done!

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This is Sammy when she was found. SKIN AND BONES COVERED WITH A FUNGUS INFECTION.

SAMMY

This is Sammy today.
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3 months after medication, good food and several baths Sammy is looking good.

     

Sammy is a female Cocker mix that came into rescue a few weeks ago.  She was found in someones drive way when she walked up and collapsed from pure exhaustion, dehydration, starvation, illness abuse and neglect.  I think that says it all.  This poor girl weighed just over 30 pounds!  She has sparse hair and what looked like mange turned out to be a fungus infection over her entire body.  She has growths that look like large warts over her back and neck. Sammy was in luck when the heart worm test came back negative.  The vet said her dental situation looked like she "chewed rocks"  because her teeth are all broken up and cracked.  She is on antibiotics and anti fungal medication at this time.  THE NEXT FEW LINES SUMS UP OUR FEELINGS :   "WE FIND BEAUTY IN THE MOST INCOMPREHENSIBLE PLACES AND THE OTHERWISE HOMELY FACES.  IT IS OUR GIFT TO SEE BEYOND THE DIRT, TERROR, SADNESS AND DEFEAT AND FIND THE TRUE SOUL THAT LIES WITHIN, WE ARE RESCUE."  If you would like to donate even a small amount to help this poor girl out please send donations to AVON LAKE ANIMAL CLINIC 124 MILLER RD. AVON LAKE, OH 44012 C/O SAMMY
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ADOPTING SAMMY PLEASE CONTACT US AT 440-897-2662
 
SKIN INFECTION UNDER CONTROL.  SAMMY IS GETTING READY TO GO BACK TO THE VET FOR HER SPAY, DENTAL, AND GROWTH REMOVAL ( SEVERAL )  ON HER BACK AND SIDES.
 
SAMMY IS NOW OUR HOUSE DOG - SHE IS HOUSE TRAINED AND VERY MUCH LOVES A WARM PLACE TO CURL UP AT THE END OF THE DAY.
 

BORN IN AN  AMISH BACK YARD PUPPY MILL THIS BABY HAS BEEN ADOPTED! SEPT. 28,2006

ISSIE POO HAS A CLEF LIP AND WAS NOT FOUND TO BE
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ADOPTABLE AT AN AMISH AUCTION. SHE HAS A WONDERFUL HOME NOW.

GAYLORD WAS ADOPTED AND LIVING THE LIFE OF A KING!  ( OR SHOULD WE SAY DUKE? )  

Gaylord is recovering and doing well
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He is only about 1 to 1 1/2 years old

Gaylord ( aka Duke ) at his new home.
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Gaylord was hit by a car and taken to a dog pound where he was left to be but to sleep. He found his way to rescue and now has a chance at a good life with a family of his own someday.

Left side of hip FHO done
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Right hip fracture repaired with a metal plate
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URGENT!  Jan. 26, 2006 Sponsors needed.   This is Gaylord.  He was rescued from the Pike County Dog Pound in southern Ohio.  This dog is 1 year old and was hit by a car.  He was found crawling around and taken to the dog pound to be put to sleep.  A rescue person posted his story on the Internet and Gaylord found his way to Saint Francis Animal Sanctuary after a full day of being transported from car to car and from one side of the State to the other.  He was taken to the Avon Lake Animal Clinic last night and he has a fractured right pelvis.  The has a severely dislocated left hip.  The vet called last night and said he could not put the left hip bone back in the socket.  He is going to remove the head of the femur on the left side and he will need 2 months of rest to let the fractured pelvis on th right side mend.  Gaylord has been a wonderful trooper through this all.  He was in the pound suffering for days before we could get him transported.  When the x-rays were taken we also found out he has been shot several times as we see bee bees around the fractures.  This poor 1 year old has been through ENOUGH!  If you can sponsor Gaylord or send a donation to help cover the vet cost please send a contribution to Avon Lake Animal Clinic  124 Miller Road Avon Lake, OH 44012.  C/O Saint Francis Animal Sanctuary.  The estimated cost of Gaylord's surgery is $1,400.00.  We will do what ever it takes to give this little guy a chance at a good life.  He is a fighter!
UPDATE 1-26-06 
Gaylord is on his way to Worthington, OH north of Columbus, OH.  He is going to have a total hip replacement  tomorrow on the dislocated  hip side and he will have a plate an screws  placed on the right side to fix the fracture.  This poor dog was shot, hit by a car and left at a pound to die.  He then traveled all over Ohio in  what has to be a lot of pain, ( catching a ride in a dog transport  ) finding his way to Vermilion, OH  This poor boy is only about 1 year old and he deserves a second chance to be loved and  a member of a family someday! Sponsors or donations can still be forwarded to Avon Lake Animal Clinic for his hip replacement and surgery. Now his surgery is going to be $2,500.00
UPDATE 2-24-06  Gaylord is going GREAT.  He is walking around like it never happened.  THANK YOU to all of the people that donated money to help this little guy get back on his feet!

       STARVING MOM TRYING TO  SAVE  
                      HER 8 BABIES
  We received an URGENT - URGENT  e-mail requesting help with this family.  The double use of the word " URGENT " usually means the dog runs a  risk of euthanasia   because the pound is full.  Owner surrender dogs are the first to die because the pound does not have to give the dog a mandatory waiting period.   The mom is a black and tan Coonhound mix.  She has 8  three week old babies that look like the dad may have been a Lab.  The owner took her and her babies to the pound in southern Ohio and just left them all!   The dog pound said her name is "Olive".  Olive is trying her best to feed and look after her babies so much that it is starting to take its toll on her body.  She is basically starving to death while feeding these pups.  Poor nutrition, less then optimal living conditions and no one to love her except for her babies, Olive looks very sad.  Well,  hang on Olive because we agreed to take you and the kids into rescue!  A rescue transport is in the works as we speak ( thanks Anita rescue transport coordinator for central Ohio ).  The mom and babies will be given much needed medical attention and LOVE.  No longer will she want for anything.  The babies will be up for adoption when they are old enough and if you would like to adopt a rescued pup and put a happy ending to this sad story - please contact Saint Francis Animal Sanctuary.  You can come out and pick your baby in advance. 
 

Olive and her 8 babies at the dog pound
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This is the pound photo we saw when we agreed to take her into rescue.

8 puppies will be in rescue soon. ( POUND PHOTO)
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Please call if you would like to adopt a pup when they are old enough. Come out and pick one out now

We operate on donations and any donation is very appreciated.  If you would like to make a donation for Olive's medical care  and the 8 kids please send to :  Avon Lake Animal Clinic C/O Olive  124 Miller Rd. Avon Lake, OH 44012

                   RESCUED JUNE 10, 2006
Olive is the featured "Pet of the Week " in the Lorain Morning Journal (June 14th, 2006)

The puppies seem to be fat and healthy
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All resting well in a safe place tonight!

The mom is sure glad she has a soft bed tonight
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and the food here is not bad either !!

 June 10, 2006 The mom and babies have arrived at Saint Francis Animal Sanctuary.  The babies are cute as could be!  They are in isolation right now.  The mom is in worse shape then we anticipated, her bones are sticking out of her hips, ribs, and shoulders.  She has scars and pressure sores  on her back and boney areas where she looks like she has been laying on cement. Updates to follow. 

The babies have a plastic kids pool to sleep in.
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They are so small I had little heads sticking out of the chain link in the kennel !!

UPDATE 6-30-06 OLIVE HAS GAINED 9 POUNDS IN THE PAST FEW WEEKS AND LOOKS GREAT.  SHE IS GETTING A FULL DENTAL AND SPAY TODAY.  IF YOU WOULD LIKE A VERY SMART DOG THAT DOES NOT BARK  AND GOES OUT SIDE TO DO HER BUSINESS CONTACT US ABOUT ADOPTION.  OLIVE IS GETTING THE SECOND CHANCE SHE DESERVED IN LIFE!  SHE IS A GREAT DOG.

We got the OK from the vet today
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The vet said the pups are 5 to 6 weeks old and ready for adoption now!
This is our isolation kennel
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The mom and babies will be kept here for now pending a vet check.
These are real cuties
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This little girl is 2 pounds 1 ounce.

Jelly Bean ( Prissie)
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Rescued February 2004 from the dog pound

Jelly Bean ( Prissie ) 13 year old female Chihuahua rescued from the local dog pound when her owner died and the family did not want her any longer.

Jelly Bean was found in a kennel at the local pound after her beloved owner of 11 years died and the family members no longer wanted her.  The pound gave her a bath because she was covered in urine and then placed her back in a cold metal kennel in the middle of winter. She could not stand to reach the food or water dish which was too high.  Her nails were too long for her to walk and she had a severe mouth infection from rotten teeth.  The infection was so bad she developed osteomylitis which caused her little lower jaw to fracture during the necessary  dental proceedure.  She had kennel cough from the other dogs at the pound and then  developed pneumonia.  The family that took her to the pound never signed the "owner release" papers so we were told  she had to wait a mandatory 3 days before anyone could adopt her.  The dog pound said that was the rule and they would not release her.  Knowing she would never survive the waiting period in her current condition the local news paper was contacted to come to the pound and take pictures for a story. With the publicity that would result on this sick dog that was not being cared for at the dog pound  they decided to  release her to us and she was taken to an  animal hospital where she underwent 2 surgeries and survived kennel cough, osteomylitis, pneumonia and a uterus infection. During her recovery she developed congestive heart failure.  She was in the intensive care unit at the animal hospital on and off for months.  She is now healthy and living in a play pen on a heating disc to maintain her body temperature.  She eats  Bil-Jac frozen dog food 3 times a day, heated to room temperature and broken into small pieces.  She uses the bathroom on chux diapers that have to be changed daily.  Jelly Bean loves to be held and never stops wagging her tail when you talk to her.  She is 2.2 pounds and we call her our little miracle. She has been with us almost 2 years. Below is a current picture of Jelly Bean.

Jelly Bean in her red t-shirt
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Her weight is now up to 2.2 pounds.

Rufus was skin and bones when we found him
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Rescued February 2004

Rufus - Senior GSD rescued from the local pound  in February 2004.

While on a walk through at the local dog pound we stumbled on this gem, a diamond in the rough!  Rufus was placed in a back kennel at the pound, it was dark and located at the end of the room.  He was one of the last dogs you would see if you were going to look for a dog to adopt. Probably because he was so large and had multiple problems, all working against him.  He has a frost bitten right ear that has frozen in a fixed deformed position, bending over like a pig ear treat.  He is basically a darker German Shepard and we all know the darker or black dogs are the least likely to be adopted from a situation like a dog pound. Rufus was nothing more then hair  covering  his large bones with no body fat.  He had  many growths all over his neck, back and sides.  They can only be described as thumb nail size warts, one of which was open and bleeding from him chewing on it.  Rufus sat proped up against the back wall of his dark cell with his head in a down position.  He had long given up on standing or walking to the front of his cage only to see the people walking by and shaking their heads saying      " poor thing".  His depression was so evident that when he looked up to see who was now stairing at him only his eyes moved and his head remained down. You just knew what he was thinking, " goooo  ahead - pass me by - everybody else does".  Then his big brown eyes would drift back down to the floor of his cell. Rufus was rescued that cold winter night and taken to a local animal hospital.  He was given a diagnosis of thyroid problems, mal-neutrition and almost 25 growths of some sort located all over his body.  Rufus also has a "mental problem" as we found out the hard way.  When rufus finds a car or truck door open he gets in and turns into a Cujo.  He sits up in the front seat and if you reach in to pull him out he shows his teeth and growls in the most Cujo looking way.   Poor Rufus has spent many hours sitting in a car with the doors open out in our driveway, waiting for him to get tired of sitting in the vehicle.  The only way he comes out of a vehicle is on his terms, he has to go for a ride any where.  We have driven him around the block and back to satisify his strange behavior problem.  He then jumps out of the vehicle and  resumes his normal disposition, a well behaved wonderful dog.   Rufus's growths have all been removed with laser surgery, he  has doubled his body weight and he now has a wonderful coat of hair.  If you ever visit us just get out of the car quickly and for God's sake close the car door. Below is a current photo of Rufus.

Rufus has gained weight and looking good!
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Frost bite deformed his right ear in a bent position

 Butch came to us from southern Ohio. He is about 9 years old but the vet thinks he is much younger based on physical exam of his teeth, eyes and physical condition. Butch has a long story but the the long and short of it is that his human dad is ill and could be going into a nursing home soon. Butch's human parents no longer could keep him. When he came into rescue and left them I was told his dad sat on the couch sobbing because his buddy was being taken away. They tried to give Butch to a guy they knew and even paid for his food. They found out 6 months later when they saw Butch for the first time he was a skeleton and his chain that he was tied to, had embedded in his neck so far he had to have it surgically removed. They took the dog back and got him healthy again, then poor Butch was heart worm tested while looking for a rescue and he was found to be positive. This elderly couple could not afford the treatment and Butch's days were numbered. A postal worker that knows them posted his story on the net and he found his way to us. Butch has had his heart worm treatment and is doing great. The vet said he is a "wonderful dog to work with". If you are looking for a dog, you don't want to miss this one. His heart worm treatment , neuter and vaccinations will be over $600.00. This little guy is worth every penny. I am keeping his human parents updated and we would like anyone adopting this guy to do the same. His adoption fee is $150.00 and you will be getting one heck of a good dog! Home inspection required.
UPDATE 4-20-06
ADOPTION PENDING!  BUTCH IS HEADED TO NY !!!
Butch is now living in NY and has a wonderful Mom, Thank You Susan Davis. 

ARNOLD THE SAINT!

Arnie the St. Benard 3 years old at the dog pound
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Rescued November 2005

This is the dog pound picture of  Arnie ( Arnold ) the Saint Bernard. He is 3 years old and he is a plump 191 pounds.  His owner did not want him any longer and took him to the dog pound.  Arnie has been  tied out side for 3 years, his entire life.  His coat is rough and hair is missing in some areas with dry cracked skin over most of his body.  Arnie had both eyes infected secondary to inverted eye lids.  He has severe arthritis in his back legs which makes him a little grumpy now and then.  He had a urinary stricture and was hospitalized for a few days to correct this.  Arnie is scheduled to have surgery to correct his eye lids which will not only give him back his full eye sight but hopefully reduce the chance of chronic eye infections. He was said to be a little cage aggressive while at the pound but 2 baths and a few antibiotics later, we have a different opinion of him.  Today he slept in a bed ( human bed ) for 3 hours then when it was time to get up he did not want to move.  What do you do with a 191 pound dog that does not want to get out of a queen size bed?  The answer:  NOTHING !  We let him sleep 3 more hours.  When hunger got the best of him, he got up!  Thank you for all the donations that got Arnie this far with his medical treatment.  He is neutered, up to date on all shots and heart worm negative.  Arnie is on his way to a better life. UPDATE 4-24-06 PHOTOS BELOW. 

ARNOLD GETTING A SPRING HAIR CUT 4-24-06
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HE WILL SURE FEEL MUCH BETTER WITH HIS NEW HAIR CUT. GROOMING TOOK 4 HOURS!!!

ARNOLD'S COAT WAS MATTED AND HE WAS HOT!
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ARNOLD LIVES IN THE HOUSE AND ALL THAT HAIR JUST GOT TO BE TOO MUCH FOR HIM!

                             TUFFY
                                                  February    2006
SURPRISE: TUFFY IS ONLY ABOUT 5 YEARS OLD!  HE JUST LOOKED OLD BECAUSE HE WAS SICK! HE IS DOING GREAT AND THE VET SAID HE WILL BE BACK ON HIS FEET IN NO TIME!

Tuffy is looking for a home that will love him forever!

TUFFY ( TOUGH GUY )
He has been through a lot for being such a little guy.  He is about 5 pounds and still on some medication. Now that he is getting his hair back and feeling better he would like a home of his own.  He loves doggie beds and loves to eat!  He gets along with all the small dogs here.  His skin condition was never contagious, it was most probably due to years of neglect, poor nutrition and abuse.  His little body just could not take it and he developed demodectic mange. Demodectic mange is not contagious to humans but it is the hardest (and more often, takes the longest) to treat.   A dog with a healthy immune system usually won't have visible signs (no visible signs or symptoms, usually no problem). When the immune system is low, the mites uncontrollably start dominating. Tuffy is now getting his hair back and physically well. 

                             UPDATE 2/2006
Meet "Tuffy" .   This dog was rescued from a dog pound in central Ohio.  He was found by 2 ladies curled up  in the middle of a road when they were driving.  He was on the yellow line sleeping in the freezing cold winter weather. Tuffy was taken to the dog pound where he touched the heart of the dog warden, she let him stay past his time.  An urgent e-mail went around to the rescue groups asking for someone to help him.  Tuffy found his way to the sanctuary with mange that is causing most of his little 7 pound body to be covered with scabs and hair loss.  His toe nails were so long the  will have to be trimmed at the vet. He also has kennel cough and will be heart worm checked next week.  We were told he may be blind but he seems to be able to see things.  This little guy is sleeping well tonight as he has had his first medicated bath treatment for mange and is now on antibiotics.  He is resting well safe and warm.

Tuffy 5 YEAR OLD Chihuahua
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He was rescued from a dog pound in central Ohio
Tuffy came into rescue February 3, 2006
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He is missing most of his hair and has scabs over his body

FAWN      ADOPTED 1/2006

This is Fawn she is new to rescue and came to us the day before Christmas Eve 2005.

Fawn came to us the night before Christmas Eve.  How could we say there was no room at the inn?  She was found at a drug house and the story we were told is that her owner had moved out of the house and left her.  The other people that lived in the house did not feed her for over a month.  They let her go hungry while feeding another dog that belonged to a person still  living at the  rented house.  The house had no running water as it had been shut off for over 2 weeks due to non payment.  They did not even let her outside so she could use the bathroom, when she would crawl to the door and urinate on the floor she was kicked across the room and yelled at for doing so. A girl that was a friend of a friend visiting the people at the house asked about the dog and told the guy who had dog food and was feeding his own dog if he would give her food she would pay him $5.00.  The man eagerly took the money and shoved it in his pocket, she never saw the dog get any food.  The starving pup was in a corner of a room where drinking and drugs were being done.  She shivered and kept her head down hungry, thirsty and cold. The girl worried all night about the pup she had seen and went back to the house the next day.  She asked if she may have the pup and was told "go ahead and take it, we were going to turn her loose in the back yard and use her for target practice - she looks like a baby deer."   So the night before Christmas Eve she came to our home and we held her until she stopped shaking.  She drank until she was not thirsty.  She ate a small amount of food which quickly filled her  stomach that had been empty for so long.  She slept on a pillow bed and was warm and safe, the day before Christmas Eve we named her Fawn.

Fawn - dehydrated and near death when she arrived
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She was shaking and flea infested

Fawn is a  12 pound Min-Pin, female and about 4 to 5 months old. We think she still has all her baby teeth. Her ears are not clipped and her tail is not docked.  She will be spayed, wormed and her shots will be up to date before we release her.  Fawn is looking for an inside home and a kind and loving human to care for her.  She has a tendency to be a little food aggressive when the other dogs walk by her food dish but has never been people aggressive for any reason.  She is just a pup!.  She loves to sleep in bed and be warm. If you are interested in adopting Fawn please fill out the adoption application.  The adoption fee is $200.00 to help pay for vet expenses.

Abigail Beagle ADOPTED 1-2-06

This little girl was rescued from the dog pound on August 18, 2005. The vet thinks she is about 4 years old.  She had all her shots and was due to get spayed but she had a case of kennel cough that was picked up while at the dog pound.  We needed to wait for her to get better and then she could have the operation. Little did we know she was expecting a litter of pups.  So we had 6 puppies born October 5, 2005.  All have found the most wonderful homes!  Mama dog is lean and has lost all her baby fat now. She runs around like a pup and loves to play with dog toys of any kind.   She is UTD on her shots and heart worm negative.  She was spayed and had her dental work done  6 weeks after the puppies were born.  She is a love of a dog and wants to be near her humans all the time but will sleep and eat in her crate without a problem.  She may have came from some hunter that lost her in the fields one day but she sure likes living in the house now.  She will not be adopted out to hunt any longer.  Loves children and gets along with other dogs big and small.  The adoption fee for this dog is $125.00 to help  pay for vet expenses.

Beauty 12 year old German Shepherd Dog.
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Owner surrender - they just did not want her any longer she was on her way to the pound.

Rex a 5 year old Beagle was not wanted
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after his human dad got married and they had to move. Thanks Clevelandk911 for placing Rex

Angel is about 7 year old female long hair Chihuahua mix.  She is a little on the chubby side.  Angel is new to rescue her family did not want her any longer, plain and simple as that!  She is spay, shots up to date, heart worm neg. and micro chipped.  Angel has been passed around from owner to owner and really needs  a family that will give her a home for the rest of her life.  She has a little patch of hair missing on her back that has been like that for 2 years or longer?  No idea what happened to her.  She has a little beat up stuffed animal that she keeps with her like a security blanket. If you would like to adopt Angel and give her a forever home please call us at 440-897-2662.

Lady ( shown below ) was a stray and found herself looking for a place to have puppies one winter day several years ago.  She made her way into a barn and the old man and his wife let her stay.  They fed her and gave her straw to keep the pups warm.  Lady had 8 beautiful babies and they all seem to look like her, a PB Treeing Walker Coon Hound.  The old man sold her pups for $50.00 each and then not needing or wanting the mother any longer sent her to the pound.  We got her just about an hour before she was to be taken to the dog pound and she has been with us since 1999.  The old man and his wife named her "Gipsey" because she wandered in to the barn one day to have her pups.  When I looked at her that first day, I leaned over and started to pet her head and I said to her " your not a Gipsey are you?  Your a lady"  and that is how she got her name.

Lady is a PB Treeing Walker Coon Hound
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UPDATE: JAN. 15,2006
This little girl was found wandering the rail road tracks in Hartford, Indiana.  She was almost hit by a train when the police were contacted.  The people driving the train thought she might have been a skunk with rabies or injured because she was not moving around too much but they could see she was alive.  She was taken to a dog pound but some rescue group in Indiana caught up with her and took her into rescue.  No one wanted to adopt her because she was very old and they told me they were having a hard time placing her. The rescue group that had her was a large breed rescue group. They asked me if I would take her.  She came to us in a rescue transport going from Indiana to the New England States.  What a cutie!  She will be up for adoption after she has her dental done which is very much needed. I doubt she will have many teeth left.  Her shots are UTD and she is H/W negative.  Check back for updates.  Her name is " Indi-anna" She weighs 6 pounds.  UPDATE:  SHE IS READY FOR ADOPTION.   Indi had her teeth cleaned and some removed. All her shots are UTD and she is a little joy to have here at the house.
Her adoption fee is $125.00
ADOPTED JAN. 29, 2006 THANK YOU LINDA FROM CLEVELAND HTS.

THIS BABY WENT TO HER FOREVER HOME
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JAN 29, 2006

This baby girl ( shown below ) was abandoned when her owners moved out and left her in a fenced area located in the back yard of a rental house.  A neighbor tossed food over the fence to feed her for 3 weeks.  When we picked her up she was cold, hungry and very much not trusting humans.  She has been adopted thanks to Lake Erie German Shepherd Rescue and Shannon Moss.

Lacy is a 1 year old PB German Shepherd Dog
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This is a photo of Lacy as she was found in the back yard of an empty house

 Senior Chihuahua mix missing several teeth and her tail had been cut off.

Lamb Chop was abandoned in a housing development
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She was drinking out of a creek and eating food that neighbor kids would give her before we got her

Moses was put back up for adoption after he started fighting with the other bigger dogs in his adopted home.  He almost lost his life at one point because he forgot he was only a 5 pound Chihuahua!  He started to get even by marking his spot on everything he could find in the house to lift his little leg on.  His adopted mom thought she was going to have to put him to sleep because no one wanted him.  He came to me from southern Ohio almost 2 years ago.  He loves his small dog friends in the house but will still try to pick a fight with the St. Bernard if he comes close!!!! Poor little guy.  ANYONE ASKING THE QUESTION " HOW MUCH FIGHTING CAN A 5 POUND CHIHUAHUA DO? " HAS NEVER OWNED A CHIHUAHUA BEFORE!!

Moses is a 5 pound Chihuahua
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He was put up for adoption after fighting with other dogs in the family.

ROSIE LOU  ADOPTED 3-18-06

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This is Rosie Lou she is a one year old pure breed Bassett Hound.  Her owner went off to college and she was no longer wanted.  She gets along well with the other dogs.  House trained, shots up to date, heart worm negative, spay ( on 3-24-06), wormed and micro-chipped.  This long baby is a real lover.  She wants to be held and kissed.  She would like a new mom and dad and a home of her own. Rosie's adoption fee is $200.00

Rex 8 month old Shepherd / Lab mix.
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Rex was found just walking down a busy highway minding his own business when he was spotted by a lady that works at a vet clinic.  She took him to work and they gave him the once over!  His owner could not be located and no one was looking for him.  The girl that found him spent a great deal of time working with him on basic commands over the next few weeks.  He is about 8 months old.  Neutered, all shots up to date, micro-chipped.  He is heart worm negative and on heart worm medication.  Rex needs a family and a yard with a fence.  This is one very loving dog.

REX ADOPTED 3-18-06

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Oshe is not currently up for adoption.  He will stay with us.  He came from CA on a trip last fall.  He is 1 1/2 years old.

Black Lab/Boxer mix. PUPPY!
ADOPTED!

16 weeks old- Lab / Boxer? mix.
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This little black Lab came into rescue 3-22-06. He is UTD on shots and wormed. He is playful and your typical 16 weeks old puppy. He could stand to gain a few pounds and I am sure he will with a little food and a lot of love. We do not see any other breed in him he just looks like a Lab ! ( could be Boxer mix??) He is about 22 pounds. We were told his owner had to move and left him at the pound. He is sure glad to be out of the pound and playing with all kinds of new friends however he would like a home of his own. Please call 440-897-2662 if you would like to adopt this little guy.