In Broad Daylight, Thief Steals Truck With Beloved Dog Inside And Doomed The Pup
One Sunday afternoon, David Mohr thought he was just running to the store to get donuts with his trusty pup, Roleaux. What he didn’t know, though, was that his day would be interrupted by tragedy…and nothing would ever be the same.
When David parked at the shop, he left his beloved dog Roleaux in his black Toyota Tacoma with the air conditioning on blast. He knew he would only be a few minutes, so he didn’t worry about his pup waiting on him inside the truck.
But then both the truck and the dog inside were snatched outside the shop in broad daylight.
David was then hospitalized for his injuries while the authorities rushed to find the truck with the stolen fur baby inside.
The desperate owner pled with the thief, asking her to return his dog to him. Even if she kept the truck, she needed to let his best friend go. He couldn’t walk or stand due to his pelvic fractures or internal bleeding, but all he could think about was his dog.
Then, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office made a terrible discovery — they were able to locate the thief, a 37-year-old woman named Leslie, but it was too late for Roleaux.
While attempting to flee with the stolen truck, at some point the thief parked it with the dog inside. In the heat of a Louisiana summer, Roleaux suffered and died, trapped in the stolen vehicle. The police discovered the poor pup dead inside the truck.
The suspect had no words for the cameras or journalists as to how or why she could commit a heinous crime. After all, she didn’t need to keep the dog, she could have simply let him go.
David, on the other hand, had plenty to say from his hospital bed. Overcome with grief, he tearfully told the world about the pup he was able to save from euthanasia once, but was unable to save him a second time. He shared pictures and photos of his perfect boy, unable to believe he was gone.
It’s sickening to think how selfish the thief must have been. Not only did she severely injure David, but she killed his dog, as well. Hopefully, time will heal David’s wounds and police will bring the thief to justice.
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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.
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.
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:
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.