Goldie's got a big fan club

2013-01-24T18:45:00Z 2013-03-22T22:57:37Z Goldie's got a big fan clubBy JOHN SKIPPER Mason City Globe Gazette
January 24, 2013 6:45 pm  • 

MASON CITY — Goldie, the abused golden retriever taken in by the Humane Society of North Central Iowa, has a lot of friends and well-wishers.

Scores of them.

“When we came to work today, our answering machine was full and every other call today has been about Goldie,” said Sybil Soukup, executive director of the Humane Society.

“I’ll bet we’ve had a hundred calls.”

Goldie was abandoned by her owner, an evicted tenant of a house in Forest City and was left unattended for several weeks. Desperate for nourishment, she ate half her tail off.

Those who found Goldie were shocked by her filthy, emaciated body and tried to help her recover.

But after several days, they decided she should be put out of her misery. They were about to take her to a veterinarian to be euthanized when they received a call from the Humane Society offering to take her in.

Since then, Goldie has had surgery on her stub of a tail and is gaining some weight. She is alert and playful at the Humane Society.

She was one of eight dogs abandoned by the evicted tenants in Forest City. Homes were found for the other seven.

The animal cruelty was reported to authorities but  it is unclear who actually owned the dogs.

Public reaction to Goldie’s story, published online and  in Friday’s Globe Gazette, has been amazing, said Soukup.

“Not everyone has offered to adopt her but everyone is interested in her welfare.”

Soukup said news media from Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota have all contacted her.

“All the publicity not only spotlights the treatment of animals but also the kind of service we provide to the community,” she said. “And that’s helpful.”

Soukup said Goldie still has a ways to go in her recovery but might be ready for adoption by the end of next week.  

Whoever adopts her will have to monitor her closely and she’ll need ongoing veterinary support, she said.

Her adoption fee is $110.

 For more information,  interested persons can call the Humane Society at: 641-423-6241 or visit  online at:

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  1. kybo61
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    kybo61 - January 27, 2013 8:09 pm
    It's unlikely she chewed her tail for nourishment. It's more likely she did it out of stress from being left alone with no food and no companionship. Dogs who are desperate for food are more likely to eat their own feces, although that seems gross. All the same it's great that her story has touched many people and she will probably find a forever home. I do dog rescue in the Kansas City metro and we get all kinds of dogs, so best wishes for this pretty girl!
  2. luvmyfreedom
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    luvmyfreedom - January 27, 2013 4:08 pm
    Public, please investigate that link : a and the others within. Learn for yourselves. Dare to ask questions. This can be applied to any circumstance. Certainly your choice to either blindly follow or think for yourself.
    Think about, really think about the differences in stories, even between the Globe and the D.M. Register and then ask why? The reporters can only relay the info provided to them, is that not right?
  3. luvmyfreedom
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    luvmyfreedom - January 27, 2013 3:58 pm
    Why the attitude of don't one dare question a group about things that don't quite add up or make sense.? Were different "facts" given to different media accounting for different stories to enhance the drama? Just asking. As for the dog eating its tail due to starvation when it had access to food and water??????????????
    Here is a link about tail chewing:
    You will note that NOT EVER is hunger mentioned, nor in the other links.
  4. luvmyfreedom
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    luvmyfreedom - January 27, 2013 3:26 pm
    On one site ,when questions were asked about story differences in a couple of papers, that poster was told in so many words to NOT to ever question what one or her group does. Pretty much, how dare you question. Interesting comment for one of the questions asking if the dog really ate its tail when other food and water was available. Did they see the tail actually getting eaten or just a guess? It was learned that the dog did have a previous tail injury which would explain the tail chewing.
  5. chief
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    chief - January 26, 2013 6:57 pm
    Love Dogs........Please!!! The problem isn't figuring out who, it's where they went. Out of state.
  6. LoveDogs
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    LoveDogs - January 26, 2013 10:05 am
    Please!! The authorities can find out who these dogs belonged to and the renter of the home needs to be charged if he/she does not produce someone else's name then they are their dogs and they must to be charged with abandonment and neglect in the least.
    Come on as long as these people who do these things are never held accountable so there is no reason for them to change. Thank you to all who help save them.
    Adopt don't Shop when you are looking for a new 4-leg family member!
  7. RMunshower
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    RMunshower - January 24, 2013 7:29 pm
    this breaks my heart. seems like these people should be charged with animal cruelty. hope a loving family will give

    this breaks my heart. seems like these people should be charged with animal cruelty.hope a loving family will adopt Rosie and give her a home and loving family she deserves.

  8. mossie
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    mossie - January 24, 2013 7:29 pm
    they sould do that to the poeple like they did to the dogs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  9. ur_dream_girl
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    ur_dream_girl - January 24, 2013 12:55 pm
    Who does this to their pet? I'm heartbroken. Thanks to the landlord for helping Goldie, and no doubt he knows who Goldie's former owners were and turns them in. I wish I could adopt her myself and show her what a decent life is.
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