Monthly Archives: April 2023

Kentucky Derby Contender Euthanized After Suffering Leg Injury During Training

Louisville, KY – A three-year-old Kentucky Derby contender was euthanized yesterday after suffering a leg injury during an early morning training run at Churchill Downs. According to multiple sources, Wild on Ice hurt his hind leg during the run and after being evaluated by veterinary professionals, he was euthanized.

The horse’s owner, Frank Sumpter, tells the El Paso Times:

“Wild On Ice gave us so many great moments. He’ll forever be remembered. It’s a sad situation. My heart goes out to the team, trainer Joel Marr and everyone who helped us get to this point. These horses give us so many great moments in life and our team puts in so many hours taking care of the horses. He had a fracture in his hind leg and it was determined he couldn’t be saved. Wild On Ice had so much heart.”

As reported by Bloodhorse, Wild on Ice fractured a bone in his left hock. Sumpter told the publication:

“I did not want my horse to be in pain. He was with the best vets in the country and they said it was in a seriously bad spot. I knew one day he would not be able to get up and be in so much pain. I know how God works, and I am already so blessed, me and my family. The Lord is a rewarder, so I know God has something special for us and it will be here in his time.”

Rest easy Wild on Ice.

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Historic Ruling – Judge Rules In Favor Of Banning Live Cattle Exports

Brazil – A historic ruling has taken place in Brazil and it has animal welfare advocates cheering. As reported by Reuters, Judge Djalma Gomes has banned the export of live cattle from all the country’s ports.

Gomes explained:

“Animals are not things. They are sentient living beings, that is, individuals who feel hunger, thirst, pain, cold, anguish, fear,”

The ruling follows a 2017 lawsuit to ban live cattle exports filed by the National Forum for the Protection and Defense of Animals.

Live animal exports are fraught with cruelty and death. Animals onboard ships are often mistreated, kept in squalor, and sometimes they are even thrown overboard (while still alive) if they get sick on the journey. Read more at this link to one of Animal Victory’s petitions to stop this practice.

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Reward Offered After Resident Finds Badly Burned Cat In Her Driveway

New Ken­sington, PA – A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for burning a cat. According to Frankie’s Friends Cat Rescue, a woman found a badly burned cat in her driveway and rushed the injured feline to a member of the rescue agency’s team.

The organization said:

Sadly we fully believe this cat was burned intentionally and are pleading for anyone with information to please contact us. We are offering a reward in an attempt to get this poor baby justice. We have faith that with love and care that he can and will overcome this.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to reach out to the rescue group at 724-889-7011. The rescue group is accepting donations for this cat’s care:

PayPal is
Venmo is @frankies-friends and the last four of the phone number is 7011

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Someone Taped Two Cats Inside Of A Box And Abandoned Them With A Note

Bloomfield, NJ – Two cats are safe after someone taped them inside of a cardboard box and abandoned them at an apartment complex. On Wednesday, the Bloomfield Animal Shelter posted a photo of the abandoned cats, recounting the situation:

We wish their owners contacted us beforehand. We would’ve helped with food if it meant they could stay in their home. Instead, this box was left at a busy apartment complex with no owner information. Now, we’re left to mend their broken hearts, rebuild their trust, and help them regain a healthy weight.
It’s only up from here boys!

People leaving comments on the animal shelter’s Facebook post are split with regards to the sad situation. Some people have expressed dismay that the cats were abandoned, stating “pets are family,” while others have stated that the cats’ former owner may have been facing their own food insecurity.

The shelter reminds area residents that they are there to help in times of need. Abandoning pets is never the right answer.

(Images via Facebook)

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Miracle Reunion For Dog Held At Texas Shelter For Over 300 Days

Austin, TX – A dog who spent 301 days at an Austin animal shelter was miraculously reunited with her family. The pit bull was known as Juicee at the Austin Animal Center, and she had been there since she arrived as a stray in June 2022.

In December, Juicee’s photo was added to the adoption center’s Spanish Facebook page, “Cubanos de Austin.”

Friends of Juicee’s owners found her photo and let them know where their dog was. Amazingly, the family had been told by a neighbor that Juicee (whose real name is Kardashian) had died.

As soon as Juicee’s family found out where she was, they traveled over 20 hours to reach her. And when Juicee saw them, there was no doubt that she was their long-lost pet.

An amazing reunion, made possible by social media and networking. Welcome home Juicee/Kardashian!!

Senior Cat Given Months To Live Makes A Miraculous Recovery And Finds A New Home

Lancaster, PA – A senior cat who was given months to live after losing his home because of his owner’s declining health has made a miraculous recovery and found a new home. On Tuesday, Humane Pennsylvania shared Reese the “miracle cat’s” incredible story.

According to the animal welfare agency, Reese was surrendered to the Lancaster Center for Animal Life-Saving after his owner’s health declined and that person was no longer able to financially support Reese’s care. The shelter writes of the cat’s concerning condition at the time he was surrendered:

Reese had significant scabbing, and missing fur, and was overweight and drooling excessively. One of our Veterinarians noticed an ulcerated mass under his tongue and quickly realized that Reese was most likely suffering from mouth cancer.

Reese went home with a hospice foster who took him to a different vet where his cancer diagnosis was confirmed, along with a one-to-three-month survival timeline.

Reese was returned to the shelter because he was not getting along with his hospice family’s other cats. But rather than declining in health, he seemed to be thriving. The shelter said:

While we continued our search for Reese’s forever family, he remained at the Lancaster shelter, where he began to thrive despite his terminal diagnosis. One of our amazing volunteers saw how Reese was progressing, and offered to cover the cost of a biopsy to see if the mass was cancerous.

Adding the amazing results of the biopsy:

After just five days, the results were in and the mass was COMPLETELY CLEAR of cancerous cells!!!

Just a few days later, Reese went home with his new forever family.

Animal Victory wishes you all the best Reese!

Continue reading: Blue is homeless at 14 years of age after her owner surrendered her to a busy shelter

Shelter Cat Adopted After Video About His Owner’s Death Hits Social Media

Broward County, FL – A shelter cat named Romeo found a new home after a video detailing his sad situation began circulating on social media. The friendly tabby cat wound up at the Humane Society of Broward County after his owner passed away.

According to the shelter agency, a neighbor took Romeo in for a short time, but allergies forced them to surrender Romeo to the humane society.

A heartbreaking note on Romeo’s cage detailed the death of Romeo’s owner, and how he was having a hard time adjusting to life without his best friend.

Romeo’s video went viral on TikTok and in short order, a new home for the orphaned cat was secured.


Oh Romeo 😔🥺 Romeo’s owner passed away… he lost his best friend 💔 Romeo was then taken in by a neighbor, but they became allergic. Now sweet Romeo is frightened and confused, living in a noisy shelter. His whole world changed, and so he hides in his bed, too scared to come out. To help this 5-year-old adjust to all of the changes in his life, he will be staying in a foster home. To meet him please call 954-989-3977 x.6 ❤️ #fyp #foryou #foryoupage #adoptme #cat #catsoftiktok #catlover #sadcat

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The shelter said, “Romeo was adopted!! 🙌❤️See the adoption video we just posted!”

Best of luck in your new home Romeo!

Continue reading: Blue is homeless at 14 years of age after her owner surrendered her to a busy shelter

SeaWorld Announces Death Of Rescued Sea Lion ‘Freeway’

San Diego, CA – SeaWorld San Diego has announced the death of a rescued sea lion named Freeway. The sad notice was posted to SeaWorld’s Facebook page on April 21:

It is with heavy hearts that we share “Freeway,” the rescued sea lion, passed away yesterday — surrounded with love from his devoted care and rescue teams. His adventurous spirit won the hearts of all San Diegans and he will be remembered for that and so much more.

According to SeaWorld, Freeway had contracted a “progressive disease” before he was rescued last year. Freeway received “extensive” care, but his health continued to deteriorate, forcing his caretakers to make the difficult decision to humanely euthanize him.

SeaWorld said:

We are grateful for the support of the community and all of Freeway’s fans who, like us, loved him so very much. We will miss him dearly

Rest in peace Freeway.

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Blue Is Homeless At 14 Years Of Age After Her Owner Surrendered Her To A Busy Shelter

Gardena, CA -A 14-year-old dog named Blue finds herself homeless in the twilight of her life. The elderly Cane Corso was surrendered to the Carson Animal Services facility on April 23 because her owner said they could no longer care for her.

The shelter notes state:

Good afternoon, I hope this email finds you better than well, we are seeking assistance in our friend Blue. Blue come to us as an owner surrender from the field on April 23, 2023 due to the owner being unable to care for Blue any longer. Blue is a 14 year old spayed Cane Corso and is available for public adoption and rescue. If you were able to assist us with Blue please let us know.

Age has taken a toll on Blue’s body.

Blue is a geriatric Cane Corso presented to the care center as an owner surrender. She is very thin and has difficulty walking on her pelvic limbs. She would benefit greatly from a loving environment for the duration of her time.

Video footage of Blue in her kennel run at the shelter reveals her fear and confusion. She is clearly distraught.

The shelter is bursting at the seams with unwanted pets. Even dogs who are young and healthy are being euthanized because of space constraints. Please share Blue’s information and help her beat the odds and find a place to spend the remainder of her days.

ID# A5548967
Located At: Los Angeles County Animal Control – Carson
Description: My name is Blue.
I am described as a spayed female, black Cane Corso.
Age: The shelter thinks I am about 14 years old.
More Info: I have been at the shelter since Apr 23, 2023.

Adoption profile here.

Location: Los Angeles County Animal Control – Carson
Phone Number: (310) 523-9566
Address: 216 West Victoria Street
Gardena, CA 90248

Note: All inquiries about this dog must be made directly to the shelter. Animal Victory is not the point of contact and has no affiliation with this dog or the shelter facility.

Cat Adopted After Former Owner Took Her To Vet To Be Euthanized For Litterbox Issues

Dutchess County, NY – A cat who was nearly euthanized at the request of her former owner has a new lease on life Her name is Lulu and her former owner wanted her put down because she was having litterbox issues.

Fortunately, the veterinarian intervened and convinced Lulu’s owners to surrender her to the Dutchess County SPCA. And less than a week ago, the animal welfare agency let Facebook followers know that Lulu had been adopted, writing:

LULU HAS GONE HOME! ⭐Today, Lulu found her new family, who drove hours to meet her and pick her up. We couldn’t be more thrilled that she has found her new home where she will be loved and cherished. 

Explaining why Lulu was having issues, and who stepped up to assist:

Our medical team determined that Lulu’s outside-the-box peeing was caused by urinary crystals, which we treated with a special diet.
Once Lulu’s story reached the public, some very generous organizations offered to help her. 🎁
World’s Best Cat Litter donated a wonderful care package for Lulu to bring home to her new family. They are also donating a pallet of their “Picky Cat” litter to the cats in the shelter!
The Cathy Kangas Alliance for Animals donated 3 months of Lulu’s prescription food!

You can read the original story about Lulu at this link.

(Photo of Lulu via Facebook)

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Six Cows, Whose Tongues Were Removed, Died Mysteriously In Texas

Madison County, TX – On April 19, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office issued a news release about the death of six cows who were mutilated. According to the release, the cows, all found in different locations, were found with strange signs of mutilation, including the removal of the tongue.

The authorities described the condition of a six-year-old longhorn-cross cow who had been found lying on her side, deceased, and mutilated on a ranch:

A straight, clean cut, with apparent precision, had been made to remove the hide around the cow’s mouth on one side, leaving the meat under the removed hide untouched. The tongue was also completely removed from the body with no blood spill.
It was noted there were no signs of struggle and the grass around the cow was undisturbed. No footprints or tire tracks were noted in the area.

While investigating the six-year-old Longhorn’s death, similar cases were found in other areas. The sheriff’s office said:

five other similar occurrences involving four adult cows and one yearling were reported along the area of OSR running into Brazos County as well as Robertson County. Each incident occurred in different locations, pastures, and herds.

Noting the similarity of their condition:

The other cows were found in the same condition, lying on one side with the exposed side of their face cut along the jaw line and the tongue, once again, completely removed. On two of the five cows, a circular cut was made removing the anus and the external genitalia. This circular cut was made with the same precision as the cuts noted around the jaw lines of each cow.

No tracks or footprints, or signs of struggle, were found in the area where any of the cows were found. The cause of death remains a mystery.

Information needed

Please notify the Madison County Sheriff’s Office if you or someone you know observes any similar occurrences. Anyone with information on these cases please contact Investigator Foster at 936-348-2755 during business hours.

Continue reading: Dog who waited over 730 days for a home has been adopted

Grievously Injured Elephant Dies At Karachi Zoo

Pakistan – A grievously injured elephant named Noor Jehan has died following health issues stemming from her fall into a pond last week. The 17-year-old African elephant died at Pakistan’s Karachi Zoo over the weekend.

The global animal-welfare organization, FOUR PAWS, had been trying to save Noor Jehan’s life. Less than a week ago, the organization wrote of the elephant’s dire condition:

Update: We are saddened to say that Noor Jehan’s life still hangs in the balance.
The responsible authorities have set up a committee of national and international experts and veterinarians and have given the mandate to advise on how to proceed with Noor Jehan’s future. Until the government has formed a decision, we are still doing our best to help ease her suffering but unfortunately, the decision ultimately lies with the authorities.

On April 14, the organization recounted the situation that left Noor Jehan in her life-or-death condition:

Yesterday, we received an urgent call about the elephant, who was laying in the pool in her enclosure and couldn’t get up by herself. Thanks to the local team’s hard work under our supervision, we managed to get her out of the pool and provide emergency medical treatment. Today, Noor Jehan is still weak and resting on the sand pile next to the tree.

Another elephant named Madhubala is still being held at the Karachi Zoo. FOUR PAWS is hoping that the elephant can be transferred to a “more species-appropriate location as soon as possible, to prevent another potential tragedy.”

Rest in peace Noor Jehan.

(Feature image via screengrabs from YouTube video)

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Dog Who Waited Over 730 Days To Be Adopted Finally Finds A Home

North Myrtle Beach, SC – Staff at the Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach is celebrating the adoption of one of their long-term residents, Fireball. The lovable pooch spent more than two years at the facility, but she finally got the chance to say goodbye.

Fireball’s story began circulating on social media and the added attention led a couple to submit an application. On Monday the shelter told WMBF News:

“Fireball will be the 8th dog they’ve rescued! Fireball absolutely fell in love with them, and she is looking forward to the loving home that has a wonderful yard for her to sunbathe and play in when she wants some fresh air. There was a lot of ugly crying today, but we are so happy for Fireball!”

Congratulations Fireball!

You can find the prior article about Fireball at this link.

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Shelter Makes Heartbreaking Announcement About Kitten ‘Adopted’ By Dog

Jackson County, Michigan – Earlier this week, the Jackson County Animal Shelter made a heartbreaking announcement to its Facebook followers. According to the animal welfare agency, the kitten adopted by a shelter dog named Kela has passed away.

The agency said:

It’s with a heavy heart today that we let you know Kela’s adopted kitty has passed away.

Shelter staff believes that the kitten had a genetic problem that caused his death, but they expressed gratitude that he was perfectly loved until his last breath, writing:

We are comforted to know that he was always warm, always had a full belly and was completely content for the short time we were lucky enough to have him. Kela loved and cared for him as if he were her own and we couldn’t have asked for a better caregiver.

We are grateful to have had the chance to share their special story with you, even though we all hoped the story would not have ended so soon.

From our hearts to yours ❤️

Original article about Kela and her kitten here.

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Over 800 Days Without A Home – Will October Ever Be Loved?

La Mesa, CA – A handsome, good-natured dog in California has been waiting for a home of his own for over 800 days. His name is October, and he is with the Animal Pad in La Mesa.

Attention was finally given to the overlooked pooch after a video of his sad plight was posted to TikTok. According to the animal welfare agency, nobody has EVERY applied for October.


October is our only long term dog that has never gotten an adoption application. He is looking for a foster or adoptive home as the only pet. October is crate and potty trained. He loves people, playing fetch, and toys. Currently located in San Diego, CA at The Animal Pad. #fosterme #rescue #animalrescue #dogrescue #fyp #rescuedogsoftiktok #adoptme #transformation #fosteringsaveslives #rescuedog

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More than 3100 people commented on the TikTok video, but in the weeks that have passed since it was published, nobody has taken October home.

You can learn more about October at this link to the organization’s website.

From his bio:

Education: Good with bathroom and crate training. Currently working on leash training. Needs continued training for leash reactivity toward other dogs.

Favorite Activities: LOVES tennis balls and squeaky toys. Loves his lick mat with yogurt or peanut butter. Loves to meet new people and could play all day.

Looking for: A loving home with a patient family who will continue to maintain his training. He will do best as the only pet in a home with a secure backyard.

Note: All inquiries about this dog must be made to the Animal Pad. Animal Victory has no affiliation to this organization, or the dog. Thank you.

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14 Kittens Rescued After Being Abandoned In Rubbermaid Container

Chesterfield County, VA – More than a dozen young kittens are safe after someone abandoned them in a Rubbermaid container that was left outside of a vacant animal shelter facility. On Monday, April 17, Lynne Layton, owner of Smitty’s Cat Rescue animal shelter, visited the group’s former building and found the tote of kittens.

Layton tells WRIC News what she found when she went to check on the property:

“I looked down and there were faces. I didn’t know at the moment that there were 14.”

On the same day, she made a post to the rescue’s Facebook page:

So this happened today. I stopped by the old place as I do every day and sitting inside was this Rubbermaid tub with 14 yes I said 14 kittens. Well I got them home gave them all Baths gave them a soup of kitten food and formula bottle fed a couple. They are not feral and to cute for words. They are warm with full tummies tucked in a playpen next to my bed…… it’s gonna be a long kitten season.

Layton wants the public to know that they should not leave their cats at the old facility. She shudders to consider what would have happened to the abandoned kittens if she didn’t return to the shuttered property to check, telling the news agency:

“What if I had not come here? Those kittens would have died in there.”

Find the rescue group’s Facebook page at this link.

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