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Sam, the golden retriever, jumped into the Merrimack River for a swim, when he was suddenly swept away. With the help of his owners voice, as well as the firefighters, Sam was able to be rescued quickly and reunited with his best friend.
When I first read about this heroic dog, I was looking forward to an uncomplicated story of a loyal dog helping its owner. Unfortunately, I feel this owner wasn’t so deserving of this amazing dog, who risked her life.
A pit bull named Lilly, from Shirley, Massachusetts, pulled Christine Spain away from the tracks as a freight train was coming towards them. Spain was unconscious at the time, so Lilly began to do what she thought best, pull her owner from the tracks and placing herself in harm’s way. The engineer of the westward-bound train saw Lilly pulling Spain in the early morning hours of May 3rd, and although he had tried to stop, he was unable to do so before hitting Lilly and leaving Spain unharmed.
As the train passed, the train’s wheels sliced through Lilly’s right foot, fractured her pelvis in numerous locations and caused various other internal injuries.
When EMTs arrived at the scene, Lilly was covered in blood but still standing guard over her owner, who had collapsed next to the tracks while walking home from a friend’s house.
This is when I began to get angry. Why did the woman pass out and why was she walking home in the very early morning hours? My assumption is that Christine endangered her dog because she was drunk and unable to stay conscious.
Spain’s son, Boston police Officer David Lanteigne, transferred Lilly from an emergency animal hospital in Acton to Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston. In fact, Lanteigne is the one who adopted Lilly three years earlier, for his mother, in the hopes that it would help curb her drinking! AHA! While I may be wrong, this just makes me feel more confident in my original assumption. Obviously, Lilly loves the woman and wanted to save her life, but it was because of Spain’s irresponsibility that Lilly was even in that position.
“Lilly’s recovery from this horrific ordeal is my top priority right now and I’ll do everything possible to get her back home to us,” Lanteigne said.
At this point, we know that Lilly’s foot could not be saved and her right front leg had to be amputated. Luckily, the veterinarian said she should be able to walk once she fully recovers.
To make a donation to Lilly’s care and treatment, click here.
- Humpback Whales Protect a Gray Whale from Killer Whales (psychologytoday.com)
- Hero Dog Pulls Unconscious Owner From Train’s Path (huffingtonpost.com)
- Pit Bull Pulls Unconscious Owner From Path Of Oncoming Train (boston.cbslocal.com)
- Pit Bull Pulls Owner From Railroad Tracks And Loses Own Leg In Process (thecrimsoncrow.com)
- Watch: Pit Bull Takes Hit, Saves Owner From Train (abcnews.go.com)
- Dog pulls owner off railroad tracks (wave3.com)
A miraculous story about a one-year-old female Pit Bull has surfaced from Buzzard’s Bay, Boston and has led to a search for the two tenants who previously lived in the apartment that hosted the female dog and her 4-month-old puppy. Both dogs were left in the apartment as early as 2 months prior, without food or water.
After starving for too many months, the one-year-old decided to leap 3 stories below in search of food. Although she did break her hip and back, she received immediate surgery and is expected to fully recover thanks to the vets at a nearby Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists.
Both dogs are under care and being treated for malnutrition, but are luckily in the hands of people who care and are encouraged to help due to their amazing story. The police in New Bedford are also investigating this as well as the Animal Rescue League officials.
Animal Control Officer Emanuel Maciel described the apartment, saying: ‘It was flea infested. The third floor was flea infested – feces all over the floor.
‘Urine spots all over the floor, same thing on the first floor it was devastating to see the conditions these animals were living.’
Jennifer Wooliscroft, director of communications for the Animal Rescue League of Boston, told the Boston Globe: ‘We see this too much.
‘These dogs are often so resilient and nice when they really have no reason to be nice at all.’
- Mutt Saves 3-Year-Old From Pit Bull Attack (foxnews.com)
- Pit bull shot, killed by Everett police after attack (heraldnet.com)
AUGUSTA, Maine—One of three men charged in a triple-killing in western Massachusetts claimed to be a vampire and Satanist after an assault in which he licked a teenager’s blood in Maine. Caius Veiovis (KYE-us VAY-oh-veese), then known as Roy Gutfinski, served almost 7 1/2 years in prison in Maine for charges including elevated aggravated assault after he and his 16-year-old girlfriend cut a teenager’s back with a razor and kissed as they licked the blood. The 1999 injury required 32 stitches to close. The Kennebec Journal reported (http://bit.ly/pYmquV) Gutfinski claimed to be a vampire and a Satan worshipper. His name was changed while in prison. He’s now one of three men charged in Massachusetts in a triple killing. His lawyer declined comment to The Associated Press during a court hearing Monday.
Meet Caius Veiovis.
The Massachusetts man, 31, and two cohorts are facing murder and kidnapping charges in connection with the deaths of three men, one of whom was expected to testify against one of the accused killers in an upcoming criminal trial.
Veiovis and his codefendants are connected to a Hells Angels chapter, according to investigators. The three men were scheduled to be arraigned this morning in District Court.
This is highly unattractive and from my understanding, serves absolutely no purpose. If anything, it seems to me that these bulges on his face would cause more damage if hit. Can anyone explain the purpose??
After the city of New Bedford, Massachusetts was alerted that there were roosters in the basement of a local barbershop; no one expected that they would be dealing with a religious barber, who had an explanation.
Owner William Camacho, 41, was one of three men in the city who practiced a religion known as Palo Mayombe, which is an Afro-Carribean religion that is often compared to Santeria. Although it is more accurately described as the world’s most powerful and feared form of black magic, to those who are interested. Either way, Camacho did admit that he was involved in animal sacrificing, specifically, that of birds.
While fessing up to his religious hobbies, he explained that he did not partake in any of these activities in the actual barbershop. In fact, he was in the middle of moving and needed a place to bring the birds. Ironically, the dead rooster that was found in the basement had died of natural causes.
Camacho had said that he took the birds to countryside to commit the sacrifices. He believes that these birds allow him to communicate with Spirits and Gods and has even said, “These birds are sacred; they’re basically saints.’’ When attempting to justify hiding the birds at his shop, he asked what he was “supposed to do while (he) moved? Take (his) saints and throw them in a storage unit?’’
Along with the rooster that had been dead for two days, there were the other birds that were being held at the shop, Bad Boyz Cutz, which included: five caged birds and two pigeons. There was also an alter with an array of hacksaws.
Mayor Scott W. Lang had made a point of assuring everyone that Bad Boyz Cutz was not shut down due to Mr. Camacho’s religious beliefs, but rather the health and safety of his current or potential clients. They still are not fully confident in the fact that the sacrifices were occurring outside of the business and need to ensure this is not happening before the business can be re-opened.
In the meantime, the body of the rooster will be sent to Tufts University to be examined. Based on the results of the necropsy, they will decide whether they need to to move forward with an animal cruelty case, which could be big trouble for Camacho. Frankly, right now he’s in enough trouble as it is.
He seems to not be aware that as of now his shop has been closed and will be waiting on his actions to be re-opened. In fact, he’s planning on suing the city because he feels that his civil rights have been violated. Right now he should focus more attention on getting his shop in good enough condition to pass a health examination. They would like Camacho to clean the basement and keep birds out of it, for good.
Even after Camacho makes the necessary changes, it will still be up to the state Division of Professional License whether Mr. Camacho’s barber license will be suspended.
Huffington Post – The Obama administration publicly announced Monday that it has denied immigration rights to Bradford Wells and Anthony John Makk — a gay couple in San Francisco that has been married for seven years — and ordered the deportation of Makk to his native Australia, according to SFGate. Makk applied for permanent residency as a spouse of a U.S. citizen when his visa expired, but he was denied, as his same-sex marriage is not federally recognized.
Makk is the primary caregiver to Wells, who suffers from AIDS. The couple has lived together for 19 years and legally married in Massachusetts in 2004.
Although President Obama announced just last month that he would fight to repeal the controversial Defense of Marriage Act that bans same-sex marriage, his administration cited that very act in the decision.
Until the act is repealed, the White House has vowed to enforce it on a case-by-case basis. In this case, Makk has lived in the United States for more than 20 years, owns a San Francisco business, has no criminal history, has never lived here illegally and is the primary caregiver to his husband.
The timing of the deportation is especially stressful for the ailing Wells, who suffers from advanced AIDS and was rushed to the emergency room in June with symptoms of a heart attack, according to SFWeekly. Wells could join Makk in Australia, but he would be forced to give up his medical insurance.
I’m married just like any other married person in this country. At this point, the government can come in and take my husband and deport him. It’s infuriating. It’s upsetting. I have no power, no right to keep my husband in this country. I love this country, I live here, I pay taxes and I have no right to share my home with the person I married. Anyone can identify with the horror of having the government come in and destroy your family when you’ve done nothing wrong, and you’ve done everything right, followed every law.
Makk will be forced to leave the country by August 25.
UPDATE: On Tuesday afternoon, Anthony John Makk and Bradford Wells announced that they will be appealing their Defense of Marriage Act visa denial, as reported by SF Weekly. SF Weekly also reported that Nancy Pelosi has reached out to urge the Obama administration to reconsider the decision. Her office released the following statement: “Leader Pelosi has formally contacted USCIS on behalf of her constituents and will be working to exhaust all appropriate immigration remedies that are currently open to pursue.”