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Dog Saved After Being Shut in a Doghouse and Left on the Street

Warning: This story is not for the squeamish. It’s one of the more disgusting and heartbreaking things that you’re likely to read today. My insides are writhing just writing about it.

Apparently someone in Los Angeles wanted to get rid of a dog. Instead of handing him off to a friend, dropping him off at a shelter, or even just letting him roam the streets where he might at least be able to find some food and water and fend for himself, they deliberately made sure that he would be miserable for a long time and probably die in misery. They did that by putting him in a crude dog house, nailing it shut, and abandoning it on the street.

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The doghouse that Walter was found in.

The dog house sat on the street for at least three days before a police officer found it and alerted the Ghetto Rescue FFoundation.

"He was just cowering in the back," founder Alison Featherstone told ABC News. "His head was down. He was pushed so far into the wall. It was almost like he was trying to run, but there was nowhere else he could go. He just looked like a defeated dog."

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Walter huddled in the back when he was first found.

The GRFF has named the dog Walter Worthy Higgins. He appears to be about three years old and a Shepherd-Chow mix. Walter has obviously undergone a lot of trauma, beyond being locked in a box for three days. There were bite marks and scars on his body, and his leg was swelling from an infection. Despite everything he's been through, Featherstone describes him as a sweet and affectionate dog. "He let our volunteer pet him … coax him (out)," she told NBC News. "He absolutely is a sweet dog."

Currently, Walter is receiving medical treatment for his injuries. "If anyone attempts to claim him as their dog, they will have a lot if explaining to do, and we all know no one will claim him," GRFF wrote in a Facebook post. "Our volunteer saw an extremely sad, terrified and clearly abused dog."

Best of luck to the GRFF, and to Walter, whose life can only get better from here on.

Via ABC News, NBC News, and GRFF

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Pet Food Recall: Limited Quantity of Nutrisca Dry Dog Food

Tuffy’s Pet Foods, Inc. has issued a recall of a limited amount of 4 pound bags of Nutrisca Chicken and Chick Pea Recipe Dry Dog Food.  The official FDA report is below and can also be found here.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 11, 2015 – Perham, MN – Tuffy’s Pet Foods, Inc. of Perham, MN is voluntarily recalling specific lots of 4 lb. bags of Nutrisca Chicken and Chick Pea Recipe Dry Dog Food because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Tuffy’s manufactured the product for Nutrisca.nutrisca

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products. Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers. Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.  No Salmonella-related illnesses in people or animals have been reported to date in association with these products.

The recalled product was distributed in the 4 lb. bags nationwide to distributors, brokers, retail stores, and internet retailers. The recalled product is limited to Nutrisca Chicken and Chick Pea Recipe Dry Dog Food in 4 lb. bag sizes, bearing UPC Code “8 84244 12495 7″ (found on lower back of the bag). Products included in the recall are identified by the below first 5 digits of the Lot Code (found on upper back of the bag) and “Best by Dates” (found on upper back of the bag). No other bag sizes or other Nutrisca dog food, cat food, biscuits/treats, supplements or other products, are affected by this announcement.

First five digits of Lot Codes:
4G29P, 4G31P, 4H01P, 4H04P, 4H05P, 4H06P

Best By Dates:
Jul 28 16, Jul 30 16, Jul 31 16, Aug 03 16, Aug 04 16, Aug 05 16

The recall was initiated after a routine sampling program by the Ohio Department of Agriculture revealed the presence ofSalmonella in one 4 lb. bag of product. The company is coordinating this voluntary recall with the FDA, and is issuing the recall action out of an abundance of caution.

Consumers who purchased the 4 lb. bags of the dry dog food product subject to the voluntary recall (as identified above) should stop using the product, discard it in a safe manner (example, a securely covered trash receptacle), and contact Nutrisca at the number below for further information.

For consumer information or questions regarding this voluntary recall, please contact Nutrisca at 1-888-559-8833.

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