Meet Oogy. He was used for 'bait', to train fighting dogs, and he survived.
"When Oogy was four months old and weighed thirty five pounds he was tied to a stake and used as bait for a Pit Bull. The left side of his face from just behind his eye was torn off, including his ear. He was bitten so hard a piece of his jaw bone was crushed. Afterward, he was thrown into a cage and left to bleed to death.
I am not a religious man, but I can only conclude that at that moment God turned around and paid attention. The police raided the facility, found Oogy, and took him to Ardmore Animal Hospital, where Dr. Bianco stitched him up and saved him. This coincided with the last weekend of life for our cat, Buzzy, who was 14 at the tine. My sons and I had taken Buzzy to AAH for his last visit. The staff had gathered Buzzy in when out comes this pup to be walked that looked like nothing more than a gargoyle. He covered us with kisses. The boys and I fell instantly in love with him."
the rest of it is here:
I've never read the story of a bait dog that lived to tell the tale before* so I thought I'd post a happy story.
I just remembered another one, a puppy used as bait by the dealer that owned him and went on to become a drug sniffing dog and won medals, he was a pit bull named popsicle and his story is here:
Popsicle the drug sniffing super dog
when found (left for dead in a freezer)
after winning one of his 'significant seizure' medals
edit: Oogy is a dogo argentina, which are larger than pit bulls. Popsicle is a pit bull and he is a good representation of how big they generally get.
Here is a story from 2002 on his 10th anniversary. So much good has been done in his name.
"April 15th, 2002 marked the 10th anniversary of Pasado's death. Pasado the donkey, the 21-year-old beloved fixture at a Seattle area park died after three teen boys had snuck into Pasado's pasture that April night. They attempted to ride him and when he resisted, they began beating him with tree branches the size of clubs. When he fell and could no longer walk, they tied a noose around his neck and pulled him up a tree, strangling him to death. Workers at the park discovered him hanging from the tree the next morning. That day, Pasado's Safe Haven, was founded.
No one could believe such a thing could happen in Bellevue, Washington. The sprawling, high-tech campus of Microsoft was just five minutes from Kelsey Creek Farm, where Pasado died. Bill Gates, its founder, lived only minutes away. Things like this just didn't happen here.
Compounding the horror was the reality of the penalty the three boys would face: breaking and entering - the choice of the prosecutor because it carried a far greater sentence than beating an animal to death. What the community didn't know was that Washington State's anti-cruelty laws hadn't been updated in over 100 years.
The public was outraged. The news was front page headlines for days. To answer the outcry, The Washington State Senate held hearings to gauge public sentiment and examine how the anti-cruelty laws could be updated. A hearing was set for a Tuesday night. I left work early to attend..."
more at link
also, the note on the website from today about this:
I remember when this happened. It's a horrible story that still makes me cry, but when I think of how many incredible things have been done in his name by Pasado Safe Haven, including all the animal rescue they and other groups did during Katrina, I know that he did not die in vain.
The result, this week, was a Grand Jury indictment of Officer Mike Minton and Deputy Chip England for aggravated cruelty to animals. According to Mimi Hunley, Asst. Attorney General who met Mark that first fateful day in the schools of St. Bernard Parish, "This is a felony and the most serious of all the crimes they (the Grand Jury) could have indicted them for."
Details and the history of the case:
I've been thinking about these guys over the last month and just wanted to post a few photos of people trying to save both their pets and themselves during the aftermath of the hurricane. I know it's late but it's weighing on my mind since during this time the animals down there were suffering so badly. This time last year the pets left at the St. Bernard Parish Schools had not been found yet, I think that happened around the late part of October (see here):
All in all it's estimated that around 200,000 domestic animals were left behind during Katrina.
a dog faithfully waiting near his master, who didn't make it :
this is Bill Harris, who stood on a chair in his flooded house holding his cat until they were rescued. He passed away after the storm and Miss Kitty was adopted by a rescuer.
Christopher Acosta and his dog Mercedes, the lone surviving animal at PGT Beauregard Middle School where the animals were shot by St. Bernard Parish deputies after their families had taken refuge there.
I have tons more pictures but just looking at these puts me on emotional overload. May we never forget.
I don't know if anyone is following this besides me but a law firm has agreed to take the case of one of the owners of the pets slaughtered at PGT Beauregard Middle School by St. Bernard Parish police officers after their owners were forced to leave them there.
I found this on the Pasado Safe Haven website today:
"August, 2006 Clark & Associates, a Gulf law firm, has agreed to take on the case of John Bozes. They plan to sue St. Bernard Sheriff Stephens, the Department, and two other officers on behalf of the loss of Angel Girl."
Here is Bozes posing with a picture of Angel Girl, as well as Bullet, who was also one of the dogs shot at that school.
The fact that they have mentioned the suit being brought against the officers tells me that their reliable witness must have held up. My impression is the LA A.G. is trying to run the statute of limitations down for a criminal case by being uncooperative but it's hard to know for sure what their motives are. John Bozes found out about his dog's fate by watching the report on CNN that Anderson Cooper did about this. Angel was one of the first cadavers they showed on that broadcast. I had found messages from someone working on his behalf to find the dogs on the Nola.com website dating from right after the families were all forced by police to abandon their pets and leave the school; this man really loved his dog and I am so glad that they are pursuing this. All in all around 30 or 40 animals were shot or otherwise killed by officers at three schools, they were shot in the body cavity and left to suffer, and many were shot multiple times at close range in places like the shoulder, knee, etc.... Angel and Bullet both were tethered when they were killed, so obviously they were not out of range and could have been shot in the head but apparently that was too kind for the officers to consider.
The whole history of the case is here (includes autopsy results of some of the animals):
pictures of the bodies of animals as found by rescuers are here:
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