Meet Spike, officially the world’s oldest living dog

Spike has been officially the world's oldest dog since December 7, 2022. | PLUS: Six Arrested In Dog Fighting Bust; 4 Dogs Rescued

CNN — Spike, a 23-year-old chihuahua mix from Ohio, has been named the world’s oldest living dog by Guinness World Records (GWR).

Born in November 1999, Spike achieved canine bragging rights on December 7, 2022, with a certificate proving he was “at least 23 years and 7 days old” at the date of verification in the village of Camden.

Spike’s owner, Rita Kimball, has had him for almost 14 years, after finding him abandoned in the parking lot of a grocery store in 2009, GWR explained in a statement sent to CNN on Friday.

“He had been shaved up his back, had blood stains around his neck from a chain or rope, and looked pretty rough,” Kimball said.

After a grocery store clerk told her the dog had been there for three days, Kimball took the then 10-year-old pooch home to her farm.

“Spike was a name for a large dog. My guy was small, but he had the attitude of a big dog.” 

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“Spike jumped right in and sat on the seat, as if he knew where we were going. It was meant to be,” Kimball said in the release … READ MORE. 

Delaware Office of Animal Welfare Announces Sixth Arrest In Connection With January 8th Dog Fighting Bust; 4 Dogs Rescued

Division of Public Health | January 20, 2023

DOVER, DE (Jan. 20, 2023) – The Delaware Division of Public Health’s (DPH) Office of Animal Welfare (OAW) announces the arrest of a sixth man involved in a Seaford dog fighting incident from January 8. OAW charged Laurel, DE, resident Ronnell Jacobs, age 45, with three felony counts related to dog fighting, and two misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty.

This arrest is in addition to the five previous individuals arrested on January 8 who have since posted bail.

Ronnell Jacobs is currently being held without bail for a Violation of Probation related to his January 12 arrest on dog fighting and animal cruelty charges, but not as a result of the charges themselves, for which he was released on his own recognizance.

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He remains incarcerated at Sussex Correctional Institution. He is ordered to have no contact, possession, or ownership of any animals pending the outcome of the case. Mr. Jacobs was arraigned on Jan 12 on the following charges:

  • Two counts owning, possessing, keeping or using an animal for the purpose of fighting
    One count being present at an animal fight
  • Two counts of cruelty or neglect to animals

On January 8, Delaware State Police (DSP) and OAW responded to the 2600 Block of Lonesome RD in Seaford for suspicious activity and found multiple people at the property actively engaged in dog fighting. Five people were apprehended at the scene, while others fled on foot.

During the investigation, OAW officers discovered information concerning the identity and location of Jacobs, who fled the scene at the time. He was found to be under the supervision of the Department of Corrections’ Probation and Parole Office and wearing an ankle monitor.

A review of the suspect’s location on the date and time of the dog fighting incident place put him at the Lonesome RD property.

On January 12, OAW obtained a search and seizure warrant for the suspect’s Laurel residence, where 4 dogs were seized, two of which were found chained in the woods behind the home and had injuries consistent with dog fighting. The dogs are in the care of Brandywine Valley SPCA.

Upon seizure, two dogs required emergency veterinary care. One of the dogs that required emergency veterinary care was determined to be unable to recover from their wounds and euthanized. The dogs are being monitored and evaluated by BVSPCA medical staff.

To date, 18 dogs were rescued as a result of this investigation. Three dogs have died, two dogs have been adopted. The other dogs continue to recover; some soon ready for medical and behavior evaluation before they are released to be adopted.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding this case should contact OAW at 302-255-4646.


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