UPDATE: Terrified dog dragged by her neck and legs with rope into shelter

At the Harris County Animal Shelter, the heartless family of a frightened Labrador retriever tied a rope around her neck and legs and dragged her into the shelter. The “family,” still in their slippers, yelled at their terrified dog named Maya – angry  and impatient that she wasn’t walking into the high kill shelter willingly. And they yelled her name twice “Maya, Maya” as if that was to encourage the panicky pet to summarily obey. Her tail tucked tightly between her legs, her eyes wide with fright – her owners continued to drag her into the shelter. Not a tear was shed; the family’s little boy; not only a witness to the heartless act, but also a young participant pushing Maya as she tried to hold her ground and resist. 

And all of this was caught on video:

“We watched the video yesterday as this was happening and we just lost it,” Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC explained on the group’s Facebook page just one day after Maya’s terrible ordeal. “We were so disgusted at Maya’s family, who didn’t even look back and even care that Maya was losing everything. They actually pushed her into the shelter as she resisted. At least have some type of compassion about surrendering your dog.”

On Thursday afternoon, Maya was freed! She is now safe and at the rescue’s Houston veterinary partner. She will need to be spayed, vaccinated, and treated for heart worms (positive reading). Maya is a two-year-old Labrador retriever mix, is good with other dogs and has lived with children. At this time however, Maya is described as extremely stressed, sad, fearful and depressed. Who can blame her?

Many thanks to Leslie who advocated for Maya and Carol who transported her out of the shelter. You are heroes. If you missed the video, scroll down to view. (Photos of the terrified dog Maya courtesy of Leslie, Carol and Rescue Dogs Rock NYC.

Read her previous story here.

To help Maya, PayPal: Donate@rescuedogsrocknyc.org or www.rescuedogsrocknyc.org/donate/ or mail: RDR NYC PO BOX 101 NY NY 10028

79 replies
  1. Barkley's Mom says:

    Again, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC to the rescue!!!!!!!! Thank you so much I know you will find her a good home and loving family!

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  2. Red says:

    At least this sweet girl will hopefully get a LOVING family. HOWEVER!!! This family’s name should be put on a list and banned from ever owning, adopting or living anywhere with a pet. If you surrender your pet, you should surrender any future chances of owning another….. THIS SHOULD BECOME A LAW!! Put these peoples name on a list somewhere!
    They are such low life’s to push and tug and shove this scared baby!!!!! I couldn’t even watch all of this, it tore my heart out.

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    • Graham says:

      ANYBODY who SURRENDERS(!) an animal, like these jerks, should have to provide:

      NAME:
      ADDRESS:
      PHOTO I.D:
      PHONE NBR:
      REASON:

      BEFORE the facility can accept the animal!
      I know this idea could have bad side effects BUT IT’S A START!
      Thanks, G

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  3. Mary Ann Clark says:

    Those parents should have their child removed from them because they are teaching him to be cruel to other living creatures!

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  4. barbara westerberg says:

    Horrible sick to my stomach reading the story. Hopefully this beautiful Dog will have a happy ending .

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  5. Jennifer mendieta says:

    Well the great thing that will come out of this is the son will abandon the parents the parents will die alone and Maya will have a great life

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  6. Melissa Gurley says:

    Everyone should see there faces plaster it everywhere so maybe it will stop them from getting another dog and doing the same thing

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  7. Sherry says:

    RESCUEDOGSROCK, I continue to love you for the good you do. You are giving Maya the chance she deserves; a life where she will be loved. Those people were ice cold and should NEVER be allowed to own another animal.

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  8. Althea says:

    I am so relieved this dog was saved! Saw that video of her being surrendered, just made me cry, to me a pet is for life! Thank You!!!

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  9. Donna Z. says:

    Thank GOD!!!! Is was sick to my stomach when i watched the video of her forced surrender yesterday and thank you to this rescue for saving her precious life. I will never understand people like this with such black, stone cold hearts and ….just so selfish. This rescue is wonderful and will make sure Maya is placed into a loving home that she had always deserved. Bless you!

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  10. susispot says:

    I hope that child is haunted by nightmares of his hand in this truly sad changing of “hands”. Maya is MUCH better off now.

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  11. Phyllis Carlino says:

    It breaks my heart to watch the video of Maya being dragged into the shelter by her family. But it is truly wonderful to know she is on to better things and hopefully a forever family that will give her a home and the love and understanding she needs now. Thank you for all you have done for her and for letting us know what has happened to her. Will never forget Maya.❤????

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    • linda says:

      Wondered the same thing. From seeing her tail tucked tightly between her legs she must have been yelled and possibly “spanked” constantly. These people obviously have no patience for owning a pet.

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    • pennysdachshund says:

      Ellen: I have to commend you on your well phrased state to (Rev Y.) how very true and thought provoking it was… She needs spiritual assistance for her distorted and obsessive compulsion to preach the scripture, even though NOT one person on this site has professed to her that anyone is grateful or gives 2 cents for this unwanted retroact!!

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      • linda says:

        Pennysdachsund ha ha IKR? I am one of the “unsaved” she accused me of being. My concern is for ALL ANIMALS. It’s all about humanity toward animals in need! My missions as well as yours is to help animals that need rescuing, fostering and adopting. It’s unfortunate that Rev. Ray has lost all perspective what it is to be an animal advocate.TO THE REST OF YOU KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

  12. Sara-Patti Mason says:

    This is one of the most disgusting and saddening stories I have ever read (and I could not bear to watch the video). People who could behave this way don’t deserve to have pets or children for that matter–they’ll just teach them to be heartless too. I hope they get what they deserve for this. Bless you Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, and Stacey Silverstein, you are a woman after my heart! Will donate.

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  13. Kelly says:

    …Or gets to a foster asap! I would love to take her if I can! Live in East Tennessee! BUT THANK YOU to everyone who got her out and rescued her from that horrible placen

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  14. Julie Enos says:

    Thats awful bad. To abuse a dog right inside a shelter. Didn’t anyone at the shelter see this happening? Or did the shelter find out when they saw the video? I am thankful the rescue had room for her. It is possible these people were already abusing her at their house. Now she can be safe. Hopefully a family can adopt her.

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  15. Deborah J. says:

    I get SO angry about those who display such mean, hateful, cruel, attitude about leaving a dog or cat behind. I don’t understand how anyone with a conscious can leave an animal to a animal shelter and NOT wonder what the heck is going to happen to the animal? Such a Chicken Sh– family that left this poor dog behind and did not even care.

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  16. Pamela D'Angio says:

    Just by looking at the owners you can tell they nothing but trash. When someone throws away an animal I wish nothing more that their parents should have thrown them away when they were an infant. Low class POS. Hope this dog gets a better home those jerks.

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  17. Roselyne CORNETTE says:

    Pauvre amour, ceux qui t’ont servis de maîtres ne méritent pas que tu les aient aimé un jour. J’espère que tu trouveras une vraie famille qui saura de donner tout se que tu souhaites. Quand aux maîtres, qu’ils finissent tous en enfer.

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  18. Emma williams says:

    I am so greatful there are people who care because there are way to many POS people out there. Thank you for caring and helping her.

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  19. Barbara Carrino says:

    This Family need immediately to be talk to about how they went in like it was nothing. Not a care in the world . Just another day they need to be reprimand.. a possible Fine! And told they will be on a list of Neglectors and will never to own a dog????????????????????????????

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  20. Margaret mcardle says:

    That’s great news, that poor dog been worrying about her since I watch it I have a black lab which took a year and half to get her to trust us and seeing maya brought it all back. Thank you for saving this beautiful girl as for her last owners put than in the Shelter And kill then scam bags hope that their never allowed To get any more animals your hero,S from the uk

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  21. Nancy Raymond says:

    THANK YOU Rescue Dogs Rock NYC for coming thru once again for a dog that needed your help. Hopefully, Maya will get a forever home – she deserves to be treated like a family member.

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    • Sherry says:

      Yes, Rescue Dogs Rock! We love you and need to CLONE you because there needs to be a lot more organizations doing what you do! You guys are outstanding!

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  22. Cynthia Como says:

    Thank you Rescue Dogs Rock NYC!!! I could not get this story out of my mind! Beyond sad and so very cruel! This rescue is AMAZING!!!

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  23. Beth says:

    This dog was not properly taken care of if she has heartworm and needs to be spayed! Why is the family not fined for this neglect. NOTHING is going to change until the laws change. It is sick and sad to see such a fractured connection these people have with animals. That little boy is a bully in the making and the parent should be sterilized!

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      • pennysdachshund says:

        Where Is Texas/ Where is Florida, South Carolina, Arkansas, Louisianna , !!! This last incident took place in Harris county Texas, I believe because the state wasn’t even mentioned in the new article about this Horrific of dragging that poor lab into the shelter with rips, the Bastards and their mom yelling at her all the way… I BET these BASTARDS EACHAND EVERY ONE OF THEM WENT out and got a PUPPY!!!

      • Sherry says:

        I don’t understand why the shelter did not report them for this animal cruelty that they blatantly engaged in as a family right at the shelter. Shelters should have some sort of record about people that get tired of their dogs and turn them back in , only to go pick out a different puppy that will someday suffer the same fate. People that treat animals this way should be banned from getting new or different pets, because obviously pet ownership is nothing more than a whim to them. Asshole family.

      • pennysdachshund says:

        How very Right YOU are !!! Many of the people at those shelters are volunteers, so those poor mistreated animals have a kind and caring person to ” be there for them the animal ” when these total MORIFIC IDIOTS RELINQUISH their” Cherished ” pet!!!

  24. sandra spalletta says:

    wtf were they thinking what was the reason they were giving her up and why did they treat her so cruely i bet thats the way they treated her at home THANK GOD SHE WILL BE A MUCH HAPPIER LADY FAR AWAY FROM THEM I WISH YOU THE BEST OF LUCK SWEETHEART I LOVE YOU BUNCHES

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    • Pamela D'Angio says:

      Melanie did you contact Harris County Animal Shelter for the dog? I know this dog would have a happy life for all this poor dog has been through and you sound like a wonderful person.to adopt the dog.

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  25. Tracy Whitcomb says:

    That family needs to be charged with this abuse. There was no reason for the treatment that she was put in. I hope she finds a family that will love her and give her a wonderful life.

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  26. Belle says:

    Ugh! I hate people who want a dog just because they it’s what everyone else does & for all the wrong reasons…days or weeks later they either regret or forget about gods beautiful creature.
    This happens way too often. Heartless sons of B’s. I bet they will go and adopt another. There should be a law where it is recorded and documented how you kept care of your pet.
    This poor baby. If I had my own land I would go as far as I possibly could to adopt this wonderful dog who is in desperate need of love.
    Right now I’ll continue to pray for all
    The abused pets in the world.

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  27. C.W4Real says:

    She was never tied by her legs. The person who filmed this (wasn’t Liar Leslie ) confirmed this. I am glad she got out, but there is no reason to lie to try and get bigger donations. That’s low, and dishonest, and those who know the Truth won’t donate for just that reason .

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    • Barkley's Mom says:

      The people that pull these dogs have nothing to do with the post, they aren’t the ones posting the facts, or lack there of. Don’t punish the rescue for mistakes in an article by not donating for a homeless pet. Who are you hurting?

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    • pennysdachshund says:

      DO you think there is a possibility the two Women that Share these Stories with thousands (just might get misinformation at times while publishing the post) What a cynical and 4Real ASSHOLE “U” are!!! or is that UARE A 4 REAL CLASS AAASSHOLE!!!! You saw the video DID THE FKING MEXICANS TO SENT BACK TO MEXICO !!! The post was 93 % totally authentic as the heading stated. FOR CHRIST SAKE LEAVE IT BE YOU perfict PRICK!!!

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  28. Sara-Patricia Ann Mason says:

    To Beth who commented on the South: I grew up in Florida, and you are right. Some Southerners are heartless and cruel, but let me tell you, I absolutely ache for these loving pets who are so abused, wherever it occurs. I saw animal abuse growing up, and I hated it. I pray for and donate for these animals. If I had the $, I would adopt them all and prosecute the abusers as far as the law allows. It’s not just the South. I am a true Southerner, but I would save them all if I could.

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