Couple Has The Best Reaction After Stray Dog Crashes Their Wedding

Marília and Matheus, who live in São Paulo, Brazil, had been hoping for an outdoor wedding last month, but the weather that day had other plans. With a storm rolling through, bringing with it heavy rains, the couple decided to move the ceremony under a tent. However, Marília and Matheus, and their numerous guests, weren’t the only ones hoping to stay dry.

While those in attendance settled into their seats, a random stray dog strolled in too seeking shelter and attention. Being a closed event, however, people tried to evict the muddy-pawed pup — though he didn’t stay out for long.

“As the ceremony started, to everyone’s surprise, it was the dog who came in when the bridal chorus began to play,” Marília told The Dodo. But the biggest surprise was yet to come.

Woman Drags Dog Behind Her From Scooter Until His Paws Bleed, Laughs About It – I Love My Dog So Much

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A woman in Bakersfield, California was caught on surveillance video riding at least 15 mph on an electric scooter, dragging a dog behind her on a leash until his paws bled.

The surveillance system that captured the horrific scene belonged to James Dowell, who posted the video on his Facebook page. The video quickly went viral, causing an uproar from people all over the country.

The woman stopped her scooter when she was confronted by two cyclists, one of whom was Brandon Sanders. Sanders described the incident and confrontation on his Facebook page, saying he watched the woman drag the dog, who was lying on his side, at least 100 yards.

Sanders followed the woman all the way back to an apartment and confronted her. She responded with “Sh*t happens, just like with kids!” Then she posed for a picture, sporting a big smile while holding the bloody dog.

She then told Sanders that she was going to call the police on him for harassment, but Sanders called the police first.

The little mixed-breed pup, named Zebra, was picked up by Animal Control Services and has received medical attention for his injuries. He’s expected to make a full recovery.

Upon further investigation, the Bakersfield police learned that the woman in the video is not the owner of the dog. With that being said, Zebra will remain in the care of the legal owner.

According to Bakersfield Now, the woman with the scooter has hired an attorney who issued a statement:

“We have been 100% cooperative with the Bakersfield Police Department and their investigation. My client loves animals, especially Zebra, the dog who was shown in the video. We are confident that once law enforcement has concluded their investigation that this will be ruled an isolated incident. The dog is doing great and expected to have a full and short recovery.”

The police are continuing to investigate the incident, and will not release the identity of the woman during an open investigation.

Sanders hopes his post will bring awareness to others about these types of actions. “We need to be more aware of what we expose our pets to and do our best to always keep them safe,” he wrote.

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89-Year-Old Woman Has Knitted 450 Blankets & Sweaters For Shelter Dogs

Shelter volunteers come in many forms. Some walk dogs, others help match adopters with the perfect pet, and some – like Maisie Green – use their talents to provide a little extra comfort to animals in need.

At 89-years-young, Maisie has managed to knit approximately 450 cozy blankets and sweaters for the pups awaiting forever homes at the Dogs Trust Basildon shelter.

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“I love knitting and I love dogs, so this combines both wonderfully,” Maisie told the . “It takes me three days to knit a blanket and one day to knit a doggy coat.”

The generous senior donates her knitted creations to the shelter three times a year. Her family drives her there and helps unload each batch of sweaters and blankets. Dogs like “Daniel the Spaniel” have been among the lucky recipients of knitted items donated to Dogs Trust over the years.

“It keeps me busy and often I like to knit whilst watching television,” Maisie said. “I’m delighted to be helping the four-legged residents at the centre in some way.”

Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity with 20 Rehoming Centres across the UK and Ireland. They care for over 16,000 stray, unwanted and abandoned dogs each year. 

H/T to The Basildon Standard

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Laws Protecting Dogs Left Outside in the Cold | Libre’s Law

Libre’s Law is one of the new laws protecting animal rights

And one of the many new laws protecting dogs left outside in the cold

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Pennsylvania Governor, Tom Wolf worked to strengthen laws protecting dogs left outside in the cold, this past June. His work including passing Libre’s Law.

Now, under Libre’s Law, a dog cannot be left leashed for longer than 30 minutes in cold weather temperatures below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Libre’s Law also prohibits dogs from being leashed alone outside for longer than 30 minutes in temperatures above 90 degrees. This is similar to many hot car laws passed in previous years.

People found violating these laws could be fined up to $750 and face up to 3 months of jail time. Even more severe violators face felony charges and fines up to $15,000, according to the news publication, “The Sacramento Bee.”

Pennsylvania is not the only state taking measures to create new laws protecting dogs from being left outside in the cold.

Other states including, New Jersey, Ohio and Washington D.C. have also worked to pass new legislation to enforce punishment against animal cruelty.D.C. Mayor, Muriel Bowser recently signed the Standard of Care for Animals Amendment Act of 2017 in October. This act “establishes under what extreme weather conditions that keeping animals outside would constitute cruelty to animals.”

Many people also consider Libre’s Law to be the catalyst for creating more laws protecting dogs left outside in the cold.

Libre’s Law is also one with a special story. The law was named after Boston Terrier puppy, Libre, who was found abandoned at a farm last winter. Libre has made a full recovery and has started a greater conversation about laws protecting dogs left outside in the cold and animal rights as a whole.

As colder weather approaches, it’s really important to keep these laws in mind and be aware of what you can do if you see an animal in need!

Here’s what you can do if you see a dog left outside in the cold

We turned to our friends at the Humane Society for advice, and this is what they suggest if you see a pet left outside in the cold.

#1 Report What You See. 

Also, be sure to take note of the time, date and your exact location, along with the types of animals involved. Cell phone photos and videos are highly encouraged.

#2 Contact Your Local Animal Control Agency or the County Sheriff’s Office

Next, present your complaints and evidence gathered to the resource officer on duty. Be sure to make a respectful follow up within a few days if the situation hasn’t been remedied.

#3 Get Expert Advice

Lastly, the Humane Society also suggests contacting the HSUS or emailing them directly. Because they are not a law-enforcement agency, they cannot take legal action, but are there to provide expert counsel.

Looking for more ways to keep your dog warm this winter?

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