A dog allegedly stolen from her owner at a New York park has been found dead.
The beloved cocker spaniel was stolen right before owner Lora Panossian's eyes at Crocheron park in Queens on Sunday, after two men allegedly punched her in the stomach.
The New York Daily News, who first identified the woman as 29-year-old Lora Panossian, said the thieves stopped her on a walk around 10 p.m. to talk with her about the dog.
It took two and a half hours to remove a seemingly infinite amount of dirty, matted fur. It was hardened and heavy, weighing five pounds.
But the horrific circumstances of Harry's rescue by a shelter in Kansas City, Missouri, don't end there. The Chow Chow is missing most of his nose and he's partially blind due to scarred corneas from his eyelashes growing into his eyes, reports FOX 4 KC.
Underneath all that fur, staff at the KC Pet Project found a sweet but emaciated dog, who suffered like this for far too long.
When actress Rachel Brosnahan saw an elderly dog alone and struggling in a Santa Fe, New Mexico, dog park, she knew she had to do something.
The Manhattan and House of Cards star was walking with her own two pups when she spotted the dog who appeared to be dehydrated.
"He kept trying to stand up on his front legs, but his back legs had totally given out, we thought he was injured," Brosnahan, who is filming the second season of Manhattan in Santa Fe, told KRQE News 13. "The poor guy had just been toasting out there I think. We brought him some water and called Animal Services."
Duck, duck, duck ... dog?
Meet Dug, the rescue dog who helps his owner, farmer Matt McDougal, raise massive amounts of ducks on his farm in Canada.
McDougal tells Inside Edition that the pooch was trapped in an apartment in a big city for the first 15 months of his life, so being outdoors with the birds is a treat (not the kind you swallow, since all of the ducks seem to be accounted for).
If you're swimming at the Jersey Shore, look out for the Man o' War.
Authorities with the Harvey Cedars Beach Patrol say one of the deadly Portuguese jellyfish-like creatures, also called the Man of War, washed up on shore on Sunday, and they have advised beachgoers to swim with caution.
"When the wind is coming from the northeast, warm water from the Gulf Stream comes to shore," reads a Facebook post with a photo of the electric-colored creature. "With the warm water, often comes seaweed & critters from down south. Always be aware of your surroundings in the ocean & always swim near a lifeguard."
It took a horrific travel experience to open Matthew Fiorillo's eyes to the power of pets. He was at an airport, and his flight was delayed for five excruciating hours.
"Tempers were flaring, and this woman walked by with a Maltese, and I just watched this wave of calm come over everybody," he tells PEOPLE. "I said, 'Wow, I have to implement this at the funeral home.' "
After two months, Lulu the goldendoodle is definitely part of the team at both of Fiorillo's Ballard-Durand funeral homes in White Plains and Elmford, New York. The dog is also a part of his family, too – when she's not working, she's his dog.
When People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals learned that a backyard breeder was trying to get out of the business by selling their animals on the Internet, the organization had to step in.
PETA negotiated a deal with the breeder to take all the animals, who were living in deplorable conditions.
"The cages were elevated off the ground, but there were just piles of feces underneath all of them," says veterinarian Heather Rally, in this video released by PETA. "One of the first things that I noticed was that there was an animal that was already dead in his cage."
A quadriplegic cat from Lancaster, England, is bringing attention to pets with disabilities in a very unique way: through his love of trains.
Twice a week the cat – who has no feeling from the neck down – visits the Lancaster train station with his owner to watch the trains pass by. He's become so well known to staff there that they have named him the station's official mascot, according to the Lancaster Guardian, who first reported the story.
"When a train pulls into the station Toby's eye's light up and his ears prick up and he just focuses on the train," the cat's owner, Julie Wilding, tells PEOPLE in an email. "His eyes never leave it. He loves it when the doors open and all the people get off and waits for them to close again and also enjoys it if anyone comes over to say hello and give him a head tickle."
Jessica Gutierrez's reunion with her dog Cookies couldn't have been any sweeter.
Five years ago, Cookies went missing from Gutierrez sister's New Mexico home while the owner was away on military duty in Afghanistan, and she thought the dog was gone forever.
But thanks to a microchip, the pup was identified 1,000 miles away in San Diego and returned to Gutierrez in Kansas City on a flight, ABC News reports.
They were put outside like trash.
A mother cat and her four kittens were found in a sealed crate left next to recycling bins in Kirton, England – without food, water, or fresh air.
The terrified group was discovered on Wednesday when a volunteer for Lincs Ark animal rescue heard the cat's cry as she was donating clothes at a nearby charity bin, according to The Standard, who first reported the story.