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AHS Press Conference: Abused Puppy Reunited with Good Samaritan

Written by: Kimberly Ring

Cats from the Case Recovering With Rescue Group

Today, the Arizona Humane Society and the Tempe Police Department hosted a joint press conference to provide an update on the horrific cruelty case involving Raine, a puppy beaten with a metal rod, and two cats also found with injuries in the same home. In a heartwarming surprise, Raine was reunited with the Good Samaritan who rescued him to live out his new life!  

Read the Arizona Humane Society's Statement:

“Every year, there are a handful of rescues that capture the heart of our community. Raine is one of those cases, and more than 300 people expressed interest in adopting the adorable Golden Retriever puppy who was beaten, nearly to death, with a metal rod. But there’s one person whose interest holds a special place in the hearts of the Arizona Humane Society’s animal cruelty investigators, staff and local law enforcement that helped Raine. One brave woman spent weeks searching for the source of the heartbreaking howls and cries, and she helped lead the police to the criminal responsible for Raine’s injuries. She also led police to two other pets, cats who were in need of extreme medical care. She’s a hero. She saved his life. And she wanted to be his mom. We’re not going to hold a drawing for Raine. The woman who saved his life is going to continue to give him a great one. It’s an extraordinary case, and this is an extraordinary situation and we feel that this is the right thing to do. Our hope is this story will inspire everyone in our community to report animal abuse. Victims depend on us, and we depend on the community to help be their voice. It is with sincere gratitude that we thank the many people who expressed interest in adopting. For every Raine that enters our door, there are dozens of other pets whose stories of rescue, abuse and neglect inspire us every day. Learn more about fosteringadopting or making a lifesaving gift to an animal in need."  

Read the Good Samaritan's Statement:

"I will always remember the night that I finally found where the source of the puppy's cries were coming from. I had been searching for weeks and ironically enough, I wasn't even supposed to be in the state. In a series of unrelated events, I ended up being in town. I can honestly say now that I don't think Raine would have lived through that night. One very important thing that I just want to say is that when it comes to animal abuse and cruelty, these animals cannot speak for themselves. They rely on us to be their voice in times of need. It's okay to be sad, scared, and angry when witnessing animal cruelty. But the one thing that is not okay is to turn your back on those who need us most. So I just want to ask the public, if you witness or hear something, don't ignore it. Take action. Write down any details or use the camera on your phone to record and take pictures. And then from there, call local law enforcement or the Arizona Humane Society for help. There are organizations and agencies that take animal cruelty very seriously and will support you through this process. Thank you."  

About the Cats:

Both of the rescued cats were treated and cared for in our Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital™ and continue to recover from their medical conditions. One of AHS’ longtime rescue partners, Rescuing Animal in Need (RAIN), has taken both of the cats into their care. We are grateful for their support and partnership.

What to do if You Suspect Animal Cruelty:

We take animal abuse very seriously and so should you. If you notice any signs of animal cruelty taking place, please report it immediately by calling our Emergency Animal Medical Technicians™ at 602.997.7585 Ext. 2073. Services are free and available daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. If there is an emergency after hours, please call your local police department. We respond to all animal emergencies and cruelty investigations in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe and Gilbert. If you need to report an animal cruelty case in another Valley city, please visit our Report Animal Abuse Now page for the appropriate phone numbers.
January 27, 2017