Surrendered to shelter in garbage bag, but there’s more to Alexa’s story

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Just a puppy and saved in the nick of time, Alexa is now resting comfortably at a partner veterinarian for Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. The organization stepped in on Friday when rescuers at a southern Texas high kill shelter spotted the dog as they were leaving. After having been surrendered, the puppy had been carried to the rear of the building to be placed in a kennel awaiting humane euthanasia; sick dogs at this shelter are killed immediately. The dog bled when touched; it was because of her raw skin. Of course, there had been no doubt Alexa had been neglected and mistreated, but there is more to her story. 

Just days before, two college women found the pup as a stray scavenging around looking for scraps. They picked her up and brought her home; the women wanted to help:

 “We actually found ‘Alexa’,” stated Clarissa – one of the young women who found the puppy. “She was a stray and we took her in but working full time and being full time students we knew we couldn’t care for her. I’ve never taken care of a dog with mange; we gave her penicillin but knew that she needed much more care than we could offer. I called the shelter, which in all honesty thought that they would help treat her. The reason she was in a bag was because we were just trying to avoid blood stains in the vehicle. As she has already left some blood stains on the couch at home. We were actually very relieved rescue was there when we got there. We didn’t know that they were going to put her down. I have a dog of my own and love it to pieces, took him the other day for pink eye. So before everyone thinks we were so horrible for leaving her in a bag, that wasn’t the case. That’s the day we got informed about the amazing work…”

Clarissa continued:

“I felt horrible for this dog. And in all honesty I would have left her in the shelter thinking they would have helped her out. I had called before taking her in. I was told that as long as she tested negative for heartworms they would treat her. Rescue was the one that informed us she would be put down. But the bag was the one thing we had at hand, children are in and out of our vehicles so the last thing we wanted was for there to be blood where they sit. Not that we meant it in a malicious way.”

The puppy is in serious condition and had been in excruciating pain. Her skin is completely devoid of fur; Alexa looks like a burn victim. While being transported in the car to the veterinarian, her rescuer described the puppy ” as just being content lying down and resting.” When they carefully picked her up out of the car to take her inside to the veterinary hospital, everything Alexa touched was covered in blood. She is now receiving life saving emergency care.

Rescue Dogs Rock NYC has again come to the rescue of a dog who would have been immediately euthanized had they not stepped in. To help, donations can be made via PayPal Via PayPal at or

Photos courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC.

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19 replies
  1. susispot says:

    Please dear Lord, touch her with your healing hands. Give her a chance for a loving home with a great family? Amen. To RDRNYC. I know your heart is solid gold.

  2. Sara-Patricia Ann Mason says:

    I also pray she will be saved and healed. Thank you and blessings to the women who took her in, It’s so sad that the shelter wasn’t willing to really help her. Thank God for RESCUE DOGS ROCK NYC. Please donate for her care–I am going to.

  3. Jennifer says:

    Great job and st Francis of Assisi please reach out to the Alexa and heal her up and for the college kids who rescue her. Great job again and no problem with the garbage bag. Jenn

  4. Donna Hawkins says:

    The girls could have used blankets! Shame on the shelter for lying to them ! They do it all the time ! Sounds like the girls didn’t bring her in the building, odd.

  5. Nancy Raymond says:

    THANKS TO RESCUE DOGS ROCK. NYC for saving this poor dog – if it weren’t for them Alexa would be dead. Now Alexa needs the safe loving home she never had – PLEASE someone step up and adopt her, you will never regret it.

  6. Gisele mikala says:

    Why in the name of God someone would do this evil act to a poor innocent creature….may that person receive the worst kind of punishment


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