Manatee County Schnauzer Hoarding Case
After receiving a phone call from Animal Services asking for our help, Honor took in 12 emaciated Schnauzers that were surrendered to animal services after a hoarding situation had been discovered in Manatee County. Last year we helped with 46 of the rescues from the Venice hoarding situation so we thought we knew what to expect. Just when we thought a dog couldn’t be in any worse condition, we saw these poor Schnauzers at animal services today. The condition that these little dogs were living in must’ve been horrendous. They’ve never had a quality of life, and have never been a pet before. After getting them back to our ranch we realized we needed a vet immediately. Dr. Campbell from Westbridge Veterinary Clinic was there within minutes of our mayday call. It was discovered under all the matted hair and feces that these dogs are so emaciated, dehydrated and in such poor shape that they are going to need a lot to get them healthy. We have one special little girl, Grace Kelly that is in such bad shape. We will do everything we can to help her pull thru this but it is going to be a long road to recovery for her. We need your help with this group. These abused rescues all need dentals, blood work, vaccinations, spaying and neutering and that’s the part we can see. What we can’t see hopefully the blood work will tell us. If you’ve ever thought of donating to us before, please now is when we need your donations the most. These Schnauzers are so sweet and after just a few hours with us and a little food and treats, they already know that they’re in a better place.
Interested in learning more? Visit the Bradenton Herald’s article on the case here.
Alexandra ‘Lexi’ Brown
Too Young to Die: Alexandra ‘Lexi’ Brown
Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue was a second home for Alexandra “Lexi” Brown, 10. When she had free time, she went to the local shelter in Bradenton, Fla., with her mother for an hour or two to play with the dogs and cats. Before her death, she registered her parents and siblings as volunteers in the Rescue’s new Open Paw Program, a reward-based training system that focuses on teaching animals behaviors that might help them get adopted. In her memory, the shelter recently named the children’s portion of the program “Lexi’s Paw Pals.” “There was no doubt in my mind that she was going to grow up and do great things,” said Karissa Mayer, director of operations at the shelter. “She was going to make an impact.”
Lexi had an effect on the human population, too, said her mother Nikki Lowe: “She was the person who cheered everyone up.” For at least a year, Lexi had been asking neighbors and friends to sign her petition to ban puppy mills. She planned to send the request to President Obama. With $240 in savings, many children would buy the newest electronic gadgets or toys, but to Lexi that money meant the chance to start her own animal shelter or the ability to purchase a longed-for pot-bellied pig. She earned money by walking and bathing the neighborhood dogs with her friends.
She enjoyed science and dreamed of working with aquatic animals as a marine biologist. She often explored the turtle population in a friend’s backyard pond then researched online for additional information about the reptiles. Last year for a school science project Lexi wanted to bring a rooster and several chickens into her backyard. Her hypothesis: The chickens would lay eggs from the sound of a rooster. But when she realized roosters weren’t allowed in her neighborhood, she settled on a different experiment involving plants and fish. When she found spiders or lizards in her home, she carefully gathered them and set them free outdoors. “Anything that lived–an ant, insect, anything–you couldn’t kill anything or it would make her sad,” said her older half-brother Tyler Sambucci.
Lexi was found shot to death next to her father inside a vehicle on Jan. 14 near Toledo, Ohio.