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Pit Bull That Was Stabbed 7 Times Finds Loving New Home with Ex-Cop Who Saved Her

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May 18 was a fairly normal day for Brad Chambers of Portsmouth, Virginia, as he worked with his landscaping crew, but it took a turn early on that no one could have predicted.

As he waited in traffic to get to the next customer, he spotted a puppy dart into the road and hide, terrified, under his car.

“I quickly got out to guide her out of harm’s way, when I noticed she was covered in blood,” he wrote on the Facebook fundraiser page he started shortly after the incident. “Upon a closer look, I saw many deep flesh wounds covering her body and a very scared and weak look across her face.”

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Chambers, a former police officer, was one of the best people to have discovered her. He had the training and the equipment to act quickly and save the pup’s life before she bled out from the seven wounds she’d allegedly sustained being stabbed by her former owner.

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“I pulled out my massive bleeding trauma kit that I always have with me, in case of emergency,” he continued. “While I applied gauze and quick clot to hold in as much of the massive amounts of blood she was losing, my crew called 9-1-1. We kept the sweet girl alert, as she fought for her life in those critical moments. Soon an ambulance arrived to rush her to the animal hospital.”

The pit bull mix was rushed into emergency surgery, where it was discovered that not only had she suffered multiple lacerations, but both her carotid artery and trachea had been nicked, causing expensive complications.

“The stab wound penetrated so deep into her neck that it damaged her trachea,” Chambers told WTVR, according to People. “It was air escaping her trachea into her lung and chest cavity around her heart.”



If Chambers hadn’t found her and quickly stopped her bleeding, she wouldn’t be alive.

The ex-cop stated online that he had immediately paid for her medical costs out of pocket because he’d been so touched by her plight, but he also said he was getting married in a month, and the unexpected costs had put a dent in their funds.

Apparently, he wasn’t the only one touched by the pup’s sad tale, and people donated to the cause to the tune of over $29,000.

Chambers said the excess would be used for various charitable causes, including pursuing legal action against the person who’d stabbed the puppy. The responsible party has been taken into custody.

The abuse hasn’t seemed to turn the pup off of humans, though, and she has a sweet and trusting demeanor.

“She’s one of the most loving dogs I’ve ever met,” Chambers said. “She’s recovered almost fully from all the surgeries and she’s got a ton of energy, and her loyalty is pretty solid.

“This is a dog who needs to find a place that everyone around her is going to benefit from her lovingness, and yeah, I love dogs … This is a dog that I get to share the next multiple seasons of my life with and all the memories that are to be had.”

To everyone’s delight, Chambers has adopted the dog. Now named “Smoke,” the puppy is in a much better home than she was before, and Chambers has plans for her to become a therapy dog.



“We are overjoyed to share the news that Smoke is coming home!” Chambers posted on Facebook on May 25. “She is such a fighter, having to fight more than any dog should have to. But now Smoke can look forward to just being a carefree pup!

“We cannot put into words how overwhelmed and blown away we have been this past week by how absolutely generous, thoughtful, and powerful the dog-loving community has been. You have rallied around this sweet pup and YOU truly saved her life.”

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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After Seeing Kids Playing Basketball with Milk Crate, Officers Go Above and Beyond to Get Them Real Hoop

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They say necessity is the mother of invention, and when you’re a kid with limitless imagination, many things are possible. That was certainly true of a group of kids in one Chicago neighborhood whose love for basketball was great enough that they found what they could to set up a basketball court: a small cement slab and an old milk crate. It was enough for a time, even if it wasn’t regulation. But that all changed after some Chicago Police Department officers spotted the kids. The story that resulted was heartwarming enough that Chicago Police Superintendent David O. Brown had to tweet the story. “Officers from @ChicagoCAPS06 noticed a group of children in the neighborhood playing basketball using a milk crate as their hoop,” Brown wrote on Monday. “The officers saw an opportunity to help the kids with their game, so they got together to buy them a new hoop and basketballs.” Officers from @ChicagoCAPS06 noticed a group of children in the neighborhood playing basketball using a milk crate as their hoop. The officers saw an opportunity to help the kids with their game, so they got together to buy them a new hoop and basketballs. 🏀🏀🏀 pic.twitter.com/xxpP3wwLT7 — Chicago Police Superintendent David O. Brown (@ChiefDavidBrown) June 21, 2021 Two officers lugged the boxed gift to the porch where another officer stood as a woman covered a young man’s eyes, removing her hands to reveal the surprise. The boy, upon seeing the brand-new basketball hoop immediately shouted “thank you!” and started bouncing up and down with excitement. These #ChicagoPolice officers surprised the kids with their new hoop and took time out to assemble it for them. pic.twitter.com/xbWRdtrCGh — Chicago Police Superintendent David O. Brown (@ChiefDavidBrown) June 21, 2021 “Is that a little bit better?” one of the officers asked. “Yeah!”…

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'Chunk' the Golden Retriever Missing for 2 Weeks Finally Found by NJ Troopers Swimming in the Bay

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The last two weeks have been turbulent for a family in Brick, New Jersey, after their beloved 3-year-old golden retriever ran off and disappeared. Jim Zangara had been on his boat with Chunk, the dog, and paused to talk to another boater. Looking for Chunk, he realized the dog had gotten off the boat. “And all of a sudden I looked to see where he was, and he was in the woods a little bit,” Jim told the Asbury Park Press. “And I said, ‘Come here, Chunk,’ and he had his toy in his mouth, turned around and boom. And for no reason.” “He’s very timid. He always has been. So maybe something scared him and that’s why he took off. It was very odd for him to do what he did.” “LOST DOG — Sunday 6/6/21 at F-cove,” Marie Puzio Zangara posted on the Lost Dogs in Ocean County Facebook page. “His name is Chunk, and he’s scared. Last spotted running back into the woods/marsh behind Mantoloking Rd. Please call 973-945-9299 or Brick PD if spotted! Please don’t chase — he’s very skittish — he will run.” Posts were shared across many relevant lost and found groups online. People kept their eyes open for the large dog, and his family waited and wondered if they’d ever see him again. As the days passed, Marie’s fears grew. “This past week has been tough,” she told NJ Advance Media. “No one had seen him since the eighth day he was missing. I was worried maybe he had gotten hit by a car or was off in the woods where we couldn’t find him or someone had grabbed him.” But then, on Tuesday morning, he was spotted, and it took multiple people on land and sea to get…

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