Monthly Archives: June 2021

Russian Ice-Breaker Crew Rescues Dog Stranded On Arctic Ice Fields

Last week, a young Samoyed was rescued from arctic ice-fields in northern Russia by the crew of an ice-breaking ship. Sailors aboard the Alexander Sannikov icebreaker discovered the dog wandering on the ice near the village of Mys Kamenny.

Yegor Agapov, the ship’s captain, said that the dog approached the side of ship…perhaps looking for someone to save her. The crew lowered a ladder to the ice and the dog, named Aika, climbed aboard without assistance.

The crew was able to make a call to the closest village and learned that Aika’s owner was searching for her after she ran off during a walk. Svetlana Chereshneva, Aika’s owner, told CNN:

“The dog didn’t go anywhere without us, we have no idea how she got there.”

The ship’s crew was able to safely get Aika back to the village, where she was reunited with her grateful owner.

Watch the video of the rescue effort at this link.


Animal Control Officer Reunites Blind Dog, Missing For Two Years, With Stunned Family

A 10-year-old blind dog has been reunited with his family thanks to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Animal Care and Control officer. The dog, named Juice, disappeared more than two years ago, but thanks to the microchip that his family got for him, officer Kathleen Caffray was able to make an unlikely reunion possible.

Officer Caffray told Your Basin News about her visit to Juice’s family:

“When I asked if they had a dog missing, they said, ‘No, we don’t have a dog,’ and I was like, ‘You don’t own Juice?’ And they’re like, ‘Oh my gosh! Juice?! Juice has been missing for two years!’”

Juice was picked up as a stray just three miles away from his family’s home – so close that Officer Caffray was able to go in person to let them know that their dog has been found. Where Juice has been for all of this time remains a mystery.

A wonderful reminder of the importance of microchips AND keeping the information up to date. Sometimes miracles really dog happen.

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Police K9 Killed, Officers Injured, In Violent Shootout With Suspect

A veteran police K9 with the Braintree, Massachusetts, police department was killed, and two officers were injured, in a violent shootout with a domestic violence suspect on June 4. The K9, named Kitt, accompanied officers who were searching a heavily wooded area adjacent to McCusker Drive. The team was searching for a suspect who was believed to be armed with multiple handguns.

According to a press release from District Attorney Michael Morrissey, Kitt was killed, and two officers injured, when the suspect, later identified as Andrew Homen, opened fire. Homen was killed in the exchange.

After Kitt’s death, the department issued a statement about the K9:

K9 Kitt started with us 12 years ago. Going through K9 patrol school, you came out…guns blazing…during your service you apprehended countless criminals, often in the dead of night…through thick brush, and insane weather. You found bad guys, wandered elderly, firearms and other ballistic evidence.
You were never shy to help out at K9 Demo’s or our Citizen Police / Junior Police Academies.
You also never declined a moment to be showcased on our social media
We will forever miss and remember you buddy. Free Time….
K9 Kitt
EOW 6/4/21

The department also recognized the loss of Kitt in a Tweet:

Free Time Kitt. We will forever miss you and always remember the good times we shared with you buddy. You went out a lion, protecting your dad and his partners. K9 Kitt EOW: 6/4/21 #braintree #workingdog

Police Officer Matt Donohue, one of the injured officers, was released from the hospital a day after the shooting. Officer Bill Cushing, Kitt’s handler, remains hospitalized with serious injuries.

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Reward Offered After Cat Doused In Gasoline

Michigan’s Humane Society of Saginaw County is offering a sizeable reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever doused a cat in gasoline earlier this month. The orange and white tabby cat, dubbed Milo, suffered chemical burns causing “severe skin injuries” from the gas. He has also suffered mental trauma. Humane Society of Saginaw County President Liz Quarm said:

“Mentally, sudden and or loud movements startle and frighten him but in general he is a happy sweet boy. He loves to just sit by you and watch TV.”

Donors who want to find the person responsible for hurting Milo have raised enough money for a $3,500 reward. Information about this case can be called in to the Tittabawassee Township police and/or made to the Humane Society on Facebook. Tips can also be anonymously submitted to the Humane Society by calling 989-501-8672.

Milo will be made available for adoption after he is healed and healthy enough to undergo his neuter surgery.

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