Tears: Homeless dog’s unbearable heartache as she watched newborn puppies die

When a  very pregnant, homeless dog came into a rural Texas shelter, the least that should have been expected was to provide the mother dog with a clean kennel, a blanket and a safe place for her to safely deliver her puppies. Instead, “Momma Marble” as she would eventually be named, gave birth in a dirty cage – a place where no new lives should ever have been born.

And if it hadn’t been tragic enough that the emaciated Momma Marble had given birth to her puppies in an environment overrun with filth  and disease, the poor dog witnessed each and everyone of her newborn puppies die from the unsanitary conditions. One by one, someone would take them away from her as she  desperatelytried over and over again to lick them; hoping they would each just breathe again.

Days later there was nothing left for Momma Marble; the babies she coddled so lovingly were gone. Her fate had been set in stone on Monday, as she was scheduled to be euthanized. After all, she was filthy, missing clumps of her coat and gradually getting sicker day by day. As Momma Marble’s story went viral on social media, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC   had just been notified; Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of the organization, committed to saving the dog’s life.

“Tears, tears and more tears,” Stacey posted on the group’s Facebook page. “Marble is NOW SAFE and needs immediate medical care
She needs to feel love and to know her life is just beginning and her awful past is just a memory behind her.”

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Texas man found his young puppy hanging from a tree

A Texas man is mourning the loss of his eight-week-old puppy, “Sue,” who he found hanging from a tree in his yard on Monday. According to KHOU News, 18-year-old Cole Gilmore made the heartbreaking discovery after returning home from work.

Gilmore told the news agency that his dogs had all been taken off of their chains and were running free in his yard…the puppy, a Catahoula-Black Mouth Curr mix, was hanging in a tree from a nylon string. Gilmore contacted the authorities in Lampasas, but he claims that the deputy told him a police report filing was not necessary.

Lampasas County Sheriff Jess Ramos has stated that the case will be investigated, “as far as we can take it.” Sheriff Ramos claims that Gilmore did not want to file a police report.

The puppy’s owner is offering a reward for information leading to whoever is responsible for the heinous act of animal cruelty.

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Wanted: Person who threw dog out of moving car

Wanted: Whoever is responsible for throwing an ailing dog out of a moving car in Henry County, Georgia. According to Fox 5 Atlanta News, on Thursday,  witnesses observed a large dog being tossed from a moving car on Zach Hinton Parkway and Highway 41 in McDonough.

The dog, a Rhodesian Ridgeback, was picked up by animal control on Thursday night, and then taken in by a Rhodesian Ridgeback rescue group on Sunday. Niki DeVito, with the rescue agency, said that a veterinary exam revealed that the dog was suffering from pneumonia, and megaesophagus, a condition which makes it difficult for dogs to swallow food and water properly. Dogs suffering with this disorder often aspirate food, which can lead to deadly pneumonia.

By Monday, the rescue group determined that the abandoned dog, with the debilitating disorder, was suffering and would not have a good quality of life, so he was euthanized.

Whoever callously tossed the dog aside was reported to be driving a white Chevrolet Impala with Florida plates. The authorities have determined that the vehicle had been stolen from a rental car agency.

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Cat broke all of his teeth trying to free his paw from hunter’s snare trap

A frightened black and white male cat broke all of his teeth trying desperately to free his paw from a snare trap after it unmercifully snapped down leaving the feline in excruciating pain. On Monday, the Doghouse Sanctuary in Banbridge, County Down, Northern Ireland received a call to rescue the cat dubbed Twinkles; he was rushed  for emergency veterinary treatment at Iveagh Veterinary Clinic.

It is not known if Twinkle will need to have his leg amputated. According to the Sun, the animal welfare organization is insisting that all traps be banned, even though ones like this are still legal.

“These kinds of traps, in all forms, are cruel, inhumane and ineffective,” the group stated. “They are often set illegally anyway, under the current regulations, and to expect the lowlifes who set them to abide by the new rules is pathetic. Eighty per cent of the animals caught in them are not the target animal and that is true in this case. It is as effective as putting the animal you want to hurting a crowd of other animals, closing your eyes and shooting.”

According to law, the traps are intended to capture wild animals that have become pests, however they are meant to be checked every 24 hours, and the captive animals released from the torturous pain and humanely destroyed.

Although Twinkle is not out of danger yet and veterinarians continue to take a “wait and see” how his paw heals as to whether it will have to be amputated, an update on the shelter’s Facebook page late Tuesday afternoon seemed more optimistic:

“Twinkle had a comfortable night with pain relief ,he is going to be sedated to have his bandages changed and wound cleaned .he is showing some interest in food but still on drip early days to see if all is ok with his leg x.”

Get well soon Twinkle.

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98 Chihuahuas rescued from hoarder home in Eugene

In Eugene, Oregon, Greenhill Humane Society and Lane County Animals Services  rescued 98 small breed dogs -most of them Chihuahuas, from a hoarding situation in western Lane County on Monday. The owner voluntarily surrendered all of the dogs.

According to a press release from the Greenhill Humane Society, the dogs had been living in extremely overcrowded and unsanitary conditions both indoors and in outdoor pens.  The dogs “ranged in age from newborn to senior, including dogs that are pregnant and nursing.”

All of the dogs are currently in the Green Hill Road shelter and are receiving preliminary medical and behavioral evaluations; they are all being treated and cared for according to their needs. Each dog will be given a complete medical evaluation as well as rehabilitative care if needed. They will be spayed, neutered, vaccinated and microchipped before they are made available for adoption. Sasha Elliott, the Greenhill spokesperson added:

“Right now, financial support is needed to care for these animals. We will let everyone know when we are looking for adopters, but right now, basic care is critical. Without any known history of veterinary care, we are currently determining what each individual animal needs to start the next chapter in their lives happy and healthy.”

Donations can be made online at www.Green-Hill.org, via mail, or in person at either of Greenhill’s shelter locations. People interested in adopting should watch www.Green-Hill.org and Greenhill’s social media pages for updates.
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Haunting photos of ‘walking skeleton’ prompts rescuers quick action

Two haunting photos of a “walking skeleton” have become etched in the mind of Jackie O’Sullivan, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. On Tuesday, came a call from a rural South Carolina shelter, accompanied by the images of a dog with no fur and nearly every bone jutting out of his body, as he just stood staring at the camera, as if to say, “I want to live; will you help me?”

Possibly one of the worst cases of starvation volunteers have ever seen, the feelings and emotions evoked from the photos were anger, sadness, heartbreak, helplessness and despair. Nevertheless, this dog has survived  living in the most horrific conditions imaginable.  No one can change the egregious circumstances this dog has survived, however he has been rushed to the organization’s emergency veterinary hospital where he is being treated for his extensive medical needs.

“We can try to make him whole again and give him a great future, if he survives,” Jackie stated. “We have named him Elliott.”

There is no information on Elliott’s owner. The emphasis is the dog’s survival.

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Two frightened husky puppies abandoned at Fresno park with sad note

Alone and afraid, two shivering husky puppies had been abandoned at Woodward Dog Park in Fresno, California on October . For three hours, the puppies waited and watched the other dogs, the children and the people coming and going, but no one familiar walked by. Whoever had left them up, left them with a box of dog food, toys and a heartbreaking note pleading that whoever found and rescued them would not split them up – as the two were extremely bonded and depended on each other for comfort.

“Hi – our names are Jada (black) and Layla (brown) we are nice 1 year-old dogs. Please don’t split us up. Layla gets scared without her sister.”

Kati Asi had been at the park when she realized the dogs had been abandoned. She contacted the park manager Mona Ahmed, an ASPCA volunteer, according to AbcNews,

“I was angry,” Asi said. “I wish that they might have given a reason because then I would understand more, but to just leave their names not even tell us if they have their shots or if they’re spayed, I think is kind of mean,” she said.

Ahmed has a nonprofit called Fresno Furry Friends, which helps to run the dog park, and in the ten years the park has been open, Jada and Layla are the 14th and 15th dogs left there. Ahmed said all but one of the dogs have since been re-homed. It’s truly heartbreaking to see these two dogs’ young lives turned upside down – surely they were loyal to the very people who betrayed.

Both dogs are currently in foster care. For more information concerning adoption, contact Mona Ahmed at com2com66@yahoo.com.

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Puppy abandoned with pizza and a note

On Sunday, someone decided to abandoned their puppy, along with a note and some pizza, on a resident’s stoop in East Falls, Philadelphia. The black pup was tied to a step, beside a note of explanation and a bag of pizza.

Facebook user Justin Hanley posted to the East Falls Rant Your A$$ Off Facebook group on October 15:

Need advice/help. Somebody tied up their dog and abandoned her on my front step, with a note (attached) and a bag of pizza. Who handles abandoned/lost dogs? spca?? This is heartbreaking stuff

The note accompanying the pup provided few clues about why she had been left alone:

“Please take me home. I’m a girl named Diamond. We can no longer keep her in our home. Thank you.”

According to Philly.com, Hanley was unable to keep the abandoned pup himself, but his post generated dozens of comments, and ultimately a home for the dog. His updated post read, “UPDATE: glad to report Diamond has found a home. Thanks for all the advice/messages. Faith in humanity restored.”

Residents in the area are encouraged to call the Pennsylvania SPCA’s animal cruelty hotline at 866-601-7722 if they find an abandoned animal.

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‘Skin and bones’ dog abandoned in an alley

Early last week, an emaciated dog, described as nothing more than “skin and bones,” was abandoned in a north Wichita, Kansas, alley. According to KSN News, the young pit bull was dumped under cover of darkness in an alley in the 1800 block of North Arkansas.

A resident saw a 1990s model blue minivan dump something out of their vehicle and went outside to investigate. The good Samaritan, identified as Vinnie Currie, discovered that it was a severely malnourished young pit bull, barely clinging to life, who had been abandoned.

The rescue agency, Beauties and Beasts, Inc., was contacted to assist with the badly neglected dog, who has since been named Aadya, meaning “Goddess of the 5 elements.” According to the rescue group, a veterinary exam revealed that Aadya had been subjected to long-term neglect and abuse. Her paws were burned from urine and her overgrown toenails were filled with feces – signs that she had been confined in a cage.

An x-ray also revealed that the young dog had resorted to eating a corn cob in a desperate attempt to survive – the cob had created a blockage which was threatening Aadya’s life. Despite her frail state of health, Aadya had to undergo emergency surgery to remove the blockage. Amazingly, despite the odds stacked against her, she survived.

skin and bones dog abandoned

Though the road to recovery will be long, the young dog is making positive strides in the right direction. On Monday, the rescue group commented on Aadya’s progress:


This sweet girl is making great strides- she is doing SO much better today! Miss Aadya is now in a foster home, getting lots of love and attention. She will never be neglected again. Snuggling up in her little sweater, and with her new foster family. We are so proud of you, and can’t wait to see how beautiful your second chance at life will be.

The authorities are continuing to investigate this case of animal cruelty. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (316) 267-2111 or WPD animal services at (316) 350-3360.

A fundraiser for the ongoing veterinary care for this young dog can be found here.

(Image via Beauties and Beasts Inc., Facebook page)

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Boarding facility and owner charged after death of dog

A Virginia boarding facility, and the business’ owner, are facing charges following the death of a dog who was badly injured at the kennel in August. According to WTKR News, an investigation was launched after a dog named “Fenway,” suffered horrible injuries while staying at Coastal Dog Services in Newport News.

The boarding facility’s owner, Rick Tvelia, has claimed that his staff believes that Fenway suffered his injuries after his collar got stuck in fencing. Shortly after the incident, a statement about the deadly situation was released, “The dog’s collar got stuck in a fence and the dog ‘in a panic’ injured itself trying to free itself.”

By the time that Fenway was seen at a veterinarian, he had a raging infection and his kidneys were compromised. Despite extensive (and expensive) veterinary care, the young died passed away.

At the conclusion of the Newport News Animal Services’ investigation it was determined that charges were warranted. Tvelia is facing two counts of cruelty to animals and two counts of a boarding establishment failing to meet the adequate care requirements.

While investigating the situation, the animal services agency also resulted in charges for a June incident which claimed the life of a dog named “Bruce.” Details about that case have not been released.

Prior article about Fenway can be found at this link.

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