A Monster Bound Him Up And Threw Him Away- But The Monster Was Forbidden To Win

We will never understand what goes through an animal abuser’s mind. Time and time again, we are left speechless– and in tears.

For one man, who did the unthinkable, justice is thankfully being served.

Jimmy, the pup in our story, is truly a warrior. What he survived is miraculous.

Maybe he understood he had so much to live for. His torturous fate was about to turn into a blissful life.

He just had to hang on…

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Jimmy was found clinging to life by a sheriff’s deputy on a cold night in Jefferson County, Missouri.

The deputy was patrolling the area when he saw the pup on the side of the road. Jimmy was shivering and starving, laying in a ditch.

Upon closer inspection, the deputy realized that Jimmy was also bound with tape to his paws and muzzle.

Had the deputy not arrived at that time, Jimmy wouldn’t have survived for very long. His abuser made sure of that.

But now life for Jimmy was about to turn around.

The deputy rushed Jimmy to the Ivan Animal Hospital. The little fighter proved fierce!

Jimmy had every intention of getting through his ordeal and proving to his abuser that he would never win.

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Then came a break in the case!

“The deputy having that forethought to save that duct tape and took it back to the evidence lab and the techs worked on it for hours and they were able to slowly peel that duct tape apart and they found a fingerprint on the sticky side of it,” Grant Bissell, a spokesperson for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, told FOX 2 News.

The fingerprint led authorities to Paul Garcia. He has since been arrested and charged with animal cruelty.

Authorities believe he bound Jimmy up and then threw him from his car and into the ditch.

Garcia is currently in custody. His motive is unclear. He doesn’t even seem to be Jimmy’s owner.

Authorities are working on putting the entire story together.

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For now, we are just happy that Jimmy survived and is persevering! 

“His prognosis looks very good,” Laura Ivan, the vet at Ivan’s Animal Hospital told Fox 2 News.

“He has a little bit of a residual head tilt which basically implies that he is off-balance a little bit, which when they tilt their head they’re actually seeing straight ahead of us. But he’s been happy, he wags his tail a lot, he’s active, he’s eating.”

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We will keep you updated on Jimmy’s recovery and on Garcia’s trial. Check Jimmy, the warrior, out in the video below!

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“Jimmy” is doing much better. This is a look at him at the animal hospital where he’s being treated.We want to get him back to his owners. Right now he is NOT available for adoption.Please call 636-797-5515 if you know his family.

Posted by Jefferson County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, February 14, 2019

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Reverse Sneezing In Dogs – What to do…

Does this sound familiar? Your dog suddenly starts making loud snorting sounds—over and over again, in quick succession.

Do you start wondering, did they swallow something they shouldn’t have? Can they breathe?!

Chances are, you’re experiencing the infamous “reverse sneeze.”

Veterinarians often see dogs whose owners rushed them in for an emergency appointment after finding them standing with their elbows apart, head pulled back, and eyes bulging as they snort or gasp repeatedly.

Yet for the vast majority of these dogs, a vet visit was unnecessary.

Reverse sneezing looks and sounds scary the first time you encounter it. However, it’s a fairly common and harmless respiratory event for dogs.

Read on to learn how to identify reverse sneezing, what causes it, and how to tell the difference between a harmless reverse sneeze and something else.

What is reverse sneezing?

A reverse sneeze is pretty much what it sounds like: a sneeze that happens in reverse! The above video is a good example of what it looks and sounds like.

In a regular sneeze, air is rapidly pushed out through the nose. In a reverse sneeze, air is rapidly, and noisily, pulled in through the nose.

It occurs in spasms lasting anywhere from a few seconds up to a minute and sounds like snorting, snuffling, and even gagging. See the above video for an example.

Because of the sounds their dogs make while reverse sneezing, many people mistakenly think their dog is choking. However, a reverse sneeze is almost as normal and harmless as a regular sneeze.

What causes reverse sneezing?

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There’s no single cause for a reverse sneeze. Like regular sneezing, it’s often triggered by an irritation or inflammation in the nose, throat, or sinuses.

It often occurs when dogs wake up from a nap, or after eating, when their breathing pattern may have rapidly changed. It’s also caused by irritants in the airway—anything from dust to an inhaled hair!

Some dogs experience more frequent reverse sneezing in springtime when the air is full of pollen and other allergens.

Others reverse sneeze more in the winter, when sudden temperature changes between outdoors and indoors cause the nasal passages to contract.

Another common cause of reverse sneezing is pressure on the throat and neck. A too-tight collar, or straining against the leash, can irritate the throat and lead to a reverse sneeze. That’s just one more reason to consider a harness for your dog.

Finally, some dogs reverse sneeze after exercise, or when they’re overexcited. This is particularly common among brachycephalic, or short-nosed, breeds like pugs and bulldogs.

When they get worked up, they may inhale their elongated soft palates into the throat, triggering an episode of reverse sneezing.

How to end a reverse sneezing episode

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Reverse sneezing is super-common, and it won’t hurt your dog. However, some dogs become anxious during a reverse sneezing episode, and a lengthy episode may be uncomfortable.

You can help your dog recover from a reverse sneezing episode by remaining calm yourself. If you get anxious, your dog’s anxiety will increase, too. So, stay calm, and show your dog there’s nothing to panic about.

If your dog is experiencing a particularly long episode of reverse sneezing, you may be able to ease or end the episode by:

  • Gently massaging your dog’s throat
  • Briefly covering their nostrils, which will cause them to swallow and potentially stop sneezing
  • Depressing their tongue with your hand to help open airways
  • Some vets suggest gently blowing in your dog’s face

In the vast majority of cases, there’s no need to intervene. Reverse sneezing doesn’t last long, and your dog will be perfectly normal after it stops.

When you should go to the vet

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As mentioned, reverse sneezing rarely requires veterinary treatment. As soon as the sneezing episode stops, the situation is resolved. However, if episodes increase in frequency or duration, you should call the vet just in case.

You should also seek treatment if your dog’s reverse sneezing is accompanied by other respiratory symptoms or if they have any unusual discharge from their nose.

Occasionally, chronic reverse sneezing can be a symptom of more serious issues. These include nasal mites, foreign objects in the airway, respiratory infections, and tracheal collapse.

If you’re concerned about the intensity of your dog’s reverse sneezing, take a video to show the vet. They’ll be able to determine potential causes.

Most dogs experience episodes of reverse sneezing at some point in their lives. For the vast majority of dogs, it’s a common, temporary, harmless reaction with no lasting aftereffects.

Of course, it still sounds unsettling to our human ears! But now that you know what reverse sneezing is, you’ll be less likely to make an unnecessary vet visit.

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