Animal Rescue said many of the puppies were emaciated and badly dehydrated, “struggling to survive by scavenging for food and shelter at the local dump.

”We got a call from a lady way up north, about a 10-hour drive, from High Level,” AARCS executive director Deanna Thompson told Global News on Friday. “She works in the community up there and just said that a large number of unspayed female dogs that had littered recently were in need of homes.

“So we sent a crew up there and were pretty flabbergasted to find as many animals as we did. We were able to bring in 48.”

The rescue was carried out with help from Northern Alberta’s New Beginnings Animal Rescue Society. Thompson said some of the puppies were found at the local dump; others were surrendered willingly by owners there.

“They wanted us to find them good homes,” Thompson said, explaining a lack of spaying and neutering resources in some communities makes it hard to house the pets.

Thompson said the group of animals included a mom and her 11 newborn puppies—the 12th one unfortunately passed away before making it back to the Calgary society. That mother and litter went to a foster home in central Alberta, where they will stay until the puppies are older.

The rest came back to the shelter for examination by vets and were vaccinated and de-wormed by the AARCS medical team. Thompson said they’ll be up for adoption in the next month or so when their health improves.

“They’re doing well,” she said. “All will be going to foster homes to gain some weight. They’re all very social, no problems there.

“We’ll get them spayed and neutered and then out for adoption in time for Christmas.”

A loyal dog is said to have died from a broken heart after she was abandoned at an airport by her owner.

The distressed pet - named 'Travelling Cloud' by veterinarians who cared for her - wandered around for a month before finally being rescued by an animal shelter, but by then it was too late.

After being dumped at the airport, the dog spent days walking through the terminal apparently looking for her owner, who was believed to have left on a flight. Witnesses say the animal eventually stopped looking and spent its last days at the airport laying in a corner of the terminal.

Passengers and workers offered food, but she eventually stopped eating and didn't respond to treatment before she died. The heart-wrenching story of the devastated dog happened at Palonegro airport near Bucaramanga, Colombia.

Vets who did a check on the dog after she died labelled the cause of her death as depression. Dr Alejandro Sotomonte told Noticias RCN that the dog was no more than two years old, had a normal weight and did not show any signs of a serious illness.

It was said that the dog had been seen walking in a hurry and sniffing people at the airport as if she was looking for something or someone. Dr Sotomonte said: "It is presumed that she had an owner and a home and that they abandoned her because the dog never left the airport." The dog - called 'Nube Viajera', which translates to 'Travelling Cloud' - did not have a collar and did not appear to be a stray.

Vets said the malnourished dog eventually gave up looking for its owner and barely moved from a corner of the terminal where it would lay on the floor. In her final days, she didn't bother to look for food due to her 'broken heart' - causing her condition to deteriorate - and was rescued when someone finally alerted a local animal rescue group, it was reported.

By that point the dog was so weak she could barely stand. Dr Sotomonte Nino said: "The dog's health deteriorated in a matter of 48 hours, even though we gave her food and medicine via intravenous injection.

"She fell into sadness and depression and did not survive."

Stewart is leading the charge to slaughter America's wild horses and burros over the opposition of 80 percent of Americans," said Suzanne Roy, AWHC Executive Director.

"Putting his deputy at the helm of the agency charged with protecting these national icons is like putting the wolf in charge of the chicken coop."

"Americans don't want the government to be in the horse slaughter business, and Interior Secretary Zinke should appoint someone to lead the Bureau of Land Management who is committed to protecting, not destroying, America's historic mustangs," Roy concluded.

Roy added that the long-term leadership for this agency, which manages 245 million acres of public land in the West, should be determined through a full and transparent confirmation process, not a late-in-the-day political appointment by the secretary.

In July, the U.S. House of Representatives issued what AWHC called a "death warrant" when it passed the "Stewart Amendment" to a 2018 spending bill that would allow for the destruction of wild horses and burros the BLM considers to be surplus. The Senate has yet to weigh in on the subject, but if it concurs, the amendment could lead to the killing of more than 90,000 wild horses on the range and in holding facilities.

Stewart and Zinke are pushing for the destruction of America's mustangs to appease the special interest livestock lobby, which views wild horses as competition for cheap taxpayer subsidized grazing on public lands. (Public lands ranchers pay $1.87 per animal per month to graze livestock on public lands while the going rate for private land grazing in the West is $22.60.)

Livestock industry groups like the National Cattleman's Association are lobbying for the killing and slaughter of wild horses and burros on public lands even though 80 percent of BLM land grazed by livestock has no wild horses present on it.

AWHC is calling on Congress to reject the Stewart amendment in favor of appropriations language that would require the BLM to use non-lethal birth control to manage America's wild herds, as recommended by the National Academy of Sciences. The Senate is expected to release its 2018 Interior Appropriations bill later this month.

President Donald Trump said he is putting a decision to allow imports of elephant trophies on hold after a torrent of criticism.

Trump's reversal came hours after his administration released a rule on Friday to allow hunters who kill elephants in Zimbabwe to bring their trophies back to the United States, which had been banned by the Obama administration.

"Put big game trophy decision on hold until such time as I review all conservation facts," Trump tweeted.

"Under study for years. Will update soon with Secretary Zinke. Thank you!"

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said in a statement that he had spoken with Trump and "both believe that conservation and healthy herds are critical." He said the "issuing of permits is being put on hold as the decision is being reviewed."

Early word of the planned change had drawn protests from conservationists, who said it could deplete already at-risk elephant populations.

It also caused a social media firestorm, with opponents posting photos of President Donald Trump's sons Donald Jr. and Eric, avid hunters, posing with dead wild animals.

"President Trump and I have talked and both believe that conservation and healthy herds are critical,” he said. “As a result, in a manner compliant with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations, the issuing of permits is being put on hold as the decision is being reviewed."

It is unclear whether Zinke is reviewing the elephant decision only or the lion decision as well.


U.S. wildlife officials began issuing permits for lion trophies hunted in Zambia and Zimbabwe ABC News confirmed today.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials said the decision was made after concluding that regulated hunting would help the survival of the endangered species in the wild.

The African lion population has decreased 42 percent in the past 20 years, according to the African Wildlife Foundation. The officials did not provide any additional details about what new information led to the decision to issue permits to import lion trophies from those countries. The Fish and Wildfire Service said it takes at least 45 days to get a permit approved so it’s unclear if any have been granted since they began accepting applications.

In 2016, the Fish and Wildlife Service placed African lions on the endangered species list for the first time due to the "dramatic decline of lion populations in the wild." The designation says that imports of African lions will "generally be prohibited" but still allows the government to issue permits to import the species "such as when it can be found that the import will enhance the survival of the species." There is an estimated 17,000 - 19,000 African lions remaining in the wild.

In addition to Zambia and Zimbabwe, the government allows permits for wild lions and lions from managed areas in South Africa and is reviewing policies about importing lion trophies from Mozambique, Namibia, and Tanzania.

A U.S. Fish and Wildlife spokesperson said they found that "legal, well-regulated sport hunting" can benefit conservation by providing incentives to local communities and generating revenue that can be directed to conservation programs, saying that the programs in Zambia and Zimbabwe will enhance the survival of the species in the wild. They began issuing permits to import lion trophies

In addition to Zambia and Zimbabwe the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service allows permits to import trophies from hunted wild lions and lions from managed areas in South Africa and is reviewing policies about importing lion trophies from Mozambique, Namibia, and Tanzania.