Heartbreaking update – help came too late for Copper

There is heartbreaking news to share about a neglected, likely abandoned, pit bull dubbed “Copper.” Copper was found alongside an abandoned house in Michigan – though he was rushed to a veterinarian for care, help came too late and he did not survive.


The tragic news was released via social media on Friday morning:

Run free Copper. Thank you to the many who prayed, and to those who donated, and to the rescue who had agreed to take him, and especially to the loving staff at Healthy Paws, who worked feverishly to make this cold boy warm, comfortable, and save his life. Sometimes help comes too late. Run free beautiful boy w copper colored eyes. We loved you, and you mattered.

When animal control first discovered Copper, his mouth was full of dirt, he was so cold that his temperature would not register and he was shaking and non-responsive. Despite his pitiful condition, a spark of light in his eyes prompted his rescuers to work to save his life.


Every effort was made to save this castaway dog’s life – but help came too late.

Run free Copper.

(Photos via Patricia Trevino/Facebook)

Realtor fired for reporting abandoned and neglected dog in vacant house

In Lincoln Park, Michigan, a local realtor, showing a home marked on the Multiple Listing System as vacant, turned out to be the very spot a little Chihuahua had been abandoned in the basement living in a cage in its own feces and urine. Realtor Alison Reedy had been showing buyers the home when she came across the disturbing discovery. Alison reedy 2

According to WxyzNews, Alison called the listing broker who told her the current owners of the home were forced to move out and leave the dog at the home. She captured a photo of the dog in the cage, surrounded by it’s own waste in the cold and dark home, and called the Lincoln Park Police. An officer arrived and picked up the dog and took her to the local animal control.

So why did Alison lose her job as a real estate agent with Downriver Real Estate? According to Alison, who has been selling real estate for six years, she was in violation of an ethic’s policy for not calling her broker first to report the situation and posting the dog’s photo and what happened on social media. As for being fired as a result of Alison saving the dog, she has no regrets. Instead she states she has other and better opportunities in her future.Alison reedy 3

The Chihuahua’s owner could be facing animal cruelty charges.

(Photos of realtor fired via freezeshots courtesy of WxyzNews)

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Public’s help needed for answers on 6-month-old puppy chemically burned

The Kentucky Humane Society is asking for the public’s help identifying the owner of a six-month-old puppy injured that is suspected to have been chemically burned. The puppy, dubbed Alley, was found on Wednesday by Louisville Metro Solid Waste as they cleared debris from an alley in the area of 3326 Greenwood Avenue.

Discovered hiding under a bush with a severe leg injury, the Louisville Metro Animal Services were notified and rushed the puppy to their animal care center where veterinarians believe the dog may have suffered a chemical burn two weeks prior. An animal cruelty officer returned to the area – visited neighbors and investigated vacant homes, but no clues as to the identity of the owner have been found.

The Kentucky Humane Society has agreed to help Alley who was brought to the organization’s veterinarian staff early Thursday morning. In addition to the chemical burns, Alley also suffers from open wounds and missing skin. Stuck to her head and right front leg was a tar-like substance. Her wounds have been cleaned and bandaged, and she is receiving appropriate pain medication to ease her severe pain. At this time, Alley’s prognosis is unknown.

The public can help by donating online here. Anyone with information is asked to call Louisville Metro Animal Services at 502-473-PETS. Help Abbey get justice. Someone knows her previous owner and what happened. Be the voice for those who cannot speak.

(Photo of puppy chemically burned via Kentucky Metro Animal Services.)

Video of Abbey can be seen here. (Graphic and may not be suitable for all audiences)



Premiere of ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ cancelled amid animal cruelty reports

Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment have decided to cancel this Saturday’s premiere of “A Dog’s Purpose” after a disturbing video emerged on Wednesday, showing a German shepherd being forced into a raging current of water on the movie’s set while filming. Late Thursday, Universal released a statement stating the investigation “is still ongoing” and they have decided it is “in the best interest of “A Dog’s Purpose” to cancel this weekend’s premiere and press junket.

According to Variety, Universal Pictures is feeling the pressure from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) after the humane advocacy organization called for a boycott of the movie in order to send the message that dogs and other animals are not merely “props” for movies and should be treated humanely. The two companies issued the following statement:

“Since the emergence of the footage, Amblin has engaged with many associated with the production of the film, including safety personnel, trainers and stunt coordinators as part of their in-depth review. While we are all disheartened by the appearance of an animal in distress, everyone has assured us that Hercules the German Shepherd was not harmed throughout the filmmaking. We continue to support this film, are incredibly proud of it and will release it for audiences nationwide next Friday.

Because Amblin’s review into the edited video released yesterday is still ongoing, distributor Universal Pictures has decided it is in the best interest of A Dog’s Purpose to cancel this weekend’s premiere and press junket. Amblin and Universal do not want anything to overshadow a film that celebrates the relationship between humans and animals.”

In a previous statement, the companies have tried to reassure everyone that the German shepherd named Hercules had been rehearsed for the water scenes, but on that day he was in a panic. According to TMZ, who leaked footage of Hercules being forced into a pool that was meant to recreate rapids, the dog was forced in even though the video shows him desperately pawing at the bank in an effort to resist. When he is pounded by the waves and went under, the camera crew continued to shoot the film while crew rushed over to rescue the dog. A star in the film, Josh Gad, who voices for the main dog in the film tweeted in response to the controversy expressing how “shaken and sad” he was to see the disturbing video.

Read previous article here. (Photos for  premiere of  “A Dog’s Purpose” via Amblin Entertainment.)



Horse survived 6 weeks alone in snow after owner abandoned her

A six-year-old mare that had been abandoned in the deep snow in the back country at Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming, at the end of a hunting trip survived 6 weeks alone. According to her owner, BJ Hill, the proprietor  and operator of Swift Creek Outfitters and Teton Horseback Adventures, the horse named Valentine had become extremely ill and “had all the signs of dying.” At that point, Valentine was left on her own; Hill was sure a predator would have killed her in an area known for wolves.

Not so at all, because on December 14, the Jackson Hole News & Guide reported a trail groomer spotted the dark-coated mare, albeit extremely gaunt and pawing at the drifts to find any hidden grass,  standing out in the deep snow. He contacted the Shosone National Forest’s Wind River ranger station in Dubois. By the next morning U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer Dirk Chalfant found out who the horse belonged to and what had occurred:

“What I discovered is this horse had probably been in there for six weeks, and at a least three of those weeks it was probably in about five feet of snow and occasionally 30 below zero,” stated Chalfant.

And then came the plans for her rescue after Hill was told his horse had survived. Through ungroomed trails and snow still falling, Chalfant, Hill and Hill’s son loaded up some hay for Valentine and used a snowmobile to finally find her. When Valentine spotted her rescuers, she made it quite clear she had no intentions of being left behind again.

“She didn’t want to spend another night back there alone,” Chalfant said. “If we had to leave her and drive away, I think she would have been heartbroken.”

Thanks to the groomer who first spotted the horse, he was able to carve out a rough path and then the men built a road behind her. Attached by a lead rope, the snow was packed down by the men, as Valentine happily made her way out of Fish Creek Trail. For the next eight hours, the horse, at her own pace traveled nearly 20 miles through the deep snow; she had no “quit” in her. And when the men and Valentine reached the road, a trailer was ready to take her home to Pavillion.

Some true stories are just stranger than fiction. Welcome home Valentine.  (Photo of horse survived courtesy of US Forest Service.)

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Woman throws dog from bridge, claims ‘dogs can fly’

A woman, who has been taken for a mental health evaluation, claimed that “dogs can fly” before throwing a helpless Jack Russell terrier over the side of a Florida bridge on Wednesday. According to Thursday’s Sun-Sentinel, the dog somehow survived the fall, despite the estimated 50 foot drop from the Blue Heron bridge in Riviera beach.

A lifeguard at the park comforted the injured dog, whose name is “BJ,” until help arrived. Witnesses observed the dog in a great deal of pain after he was hurled to the ground, though one person did notice that he was trying to sit up. Amazingly, BJ did not break anything when he hit the ground, though he dislocated one leg and is in pain.

BJ was taken to the Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control and he will remain there, receiving care, for the foreseeable future. According to animal care and control, BJ was adopted from the shelter back in 2010 – the girl who is accused of hurling him from the bridge is part of his adoptive family. She may face charges for the cruel incident.

If the family chooses to surrender the dog, he will be put up for adoption, or transferred to a rescue group.

Cat’s body impaled by arrow

A feral cat in North Bergen, New Jersey, somehow survived having his body impaled by an arrow. The cat, dubbed “Sparky,” was discovered late last week by Kelly Shannon, who was feeding feral cats in the area. According to ABC 7 News, despite the arrow through Sparky’s body, the injured cat remained “sweet and calm” with those who interacted with him.

Sparky was taken to the Animal Clinic of Bayonne for care – amazingly, veterinarians discovered that the arrow somehow missed his vital organs. A fundraiser was established to raise money to cover Sparky’s veterinary expenses…as of Thursday, over $2500 was donated for the injured cat.


Sparky has a good deal of mending to do, but he is safe and receiving care – when he is healthy enough, he has a permanent home in Ohio to go to. Follow Sparky’s journey on Facebook here. Fundraiser here.

(Photos via Facebook)


Scrappy: Bait dog ripped apart and dumped to die

In Savannah, Georgia, the tragic story of a tortured dog continues to touch the hearts of animal advocates everywhere. Scrappy, as he has been dubbed, was covered in both old and new bite wounds. When discovered, he had been abandoned and left to die – had help not come in the nick of time, the dog surely would have welcomed death.Scrappy IPR

When Imagine Pet Rescue founder, Cindy McManus received the plaintive call for help last Friday, she was shocked at the dog’s condition. Scrappy had been the victim of dog fighting. The young dog didn’t want to fight, so his cruel owners used him as a “bait dog,” and Scrappy wasn’t ever allowed or able to fight back. Ripped apart, tortured, starved, infected with heart worms, and then he was abandoned.

“I sit here tonight and ask myself over and over ….. HOW is dog fighting EVER OK??? What part of us as human beings find this a ‘SPORT’ or ‘ENTERTAINMENT’?????? …. DON’T WORRY Scrappy… you will NEVER HAVE TO FIGHT AGAIN….. or be subject to the ‘human failures….’ YOU ARE SAFE now and we will HEAL your wounds…,” Cindy posted on the organization’s Facebook page asking for help to save Scrappy.Scrappy IPR3

And in a personal message to the sweet canine victim, and statements aimed directly at the cruel people who inflicted this egregious cruelty, Cindy added:

“I have so little words to cobble together to even express what you have been through sweet boy… used as a BAIT DOG…your injuries made me sob… you sweet boy did NOT deserve this… all because you refused to fight… you suffered the ultimate consequences… your ear almost ripped off… your entire head mangled all because someone chose to “profit” from your existence… I hope they suffer far worse than you have… but Yes Scrappy… you are safe now… and loved and WE will HEAL you

Scrappy is currently at the group’s emergency veterinary partner, Savannah Animal Care. His recovery needs will be extensive, and it is estimated he will need numerous sutures to close the wounds on his face and body. Despite the pain and torture Scrappy has endured,  he showers his rescuers with love and kisses. Scrappy has forgiven and holds no grudges.

To help, donations can be made by clicking here or via Paypal adopt@imaginepetrescue.org.

Wishing you a speedy recovery. (Photos of Scrappy courtesy of Imagine Pet Rescue)

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Watchman of apartment complex intentionally set sleeping puppies on fire

In New Delhi, India another egregious case of animal cruelty occurred on Monday when the watchman of an apartment complex in Bowenpally, Hyderabad, intentionally set a pair of sleeping puppies, barely two-and-a-half-months old, on fire burning nearby bushes. The superintendent, identified as Ramakrishna, went to set brush on fire knowing that the mother and the two puppies had been resting in that spot.

According to India Samvad, the disturbing act of cruelty happened at the Satya Sai Enclave. An eyewitness  described the upsetting scene:

“One of the puppies was burnt to death on the spot while the other sustained 40 percent burns. The mother managed to escape, but the watchman knew that the puppies and their mother were sleeping under the bushes in an open plot when he went to light the bushes.”

The surviving puppy was immediately transferred to a local emergency veterinarian hospital, however he died two days later as a result of his injuries. In a complaint to the the animal welfare organization, Ramakrishna has been charged with animal cruelty under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act of 1960 and provisions of the Indian Penal Code. Unfortunately the punishment in India for animal cruelty is barely more than a slap on the wrist and a ridiculously low fine.

When will India wake up and protect the animals? As has been proven, animal torture and cruelty is often just a preamble to cruelty to humans.

Rest in peace little ones. Photo used are not the sleeping puppies involved in this terrible tragedy. (Photo courtesy of Unsplash via Pixabay.)

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Update: Angry blind senior who faced the wall begins anew

Ten-year-old Luna, a blind senior Chihuahua figured out her family didn’t want her anymore.  Brought in as a stray to California’s Baldwin Park Animal Shelter on January 12, Luna had been microchipped, but when called, her owner no longer wanted her. For the first five years of Luna’s life, she had been living with the family she loved. Then cataracts developed, and her sight slowly began to fade away. When her family no longer had time for her, they gave her to another family, and the next five years went quite well – that is until Luna went completely blind. Suddenly the blind senior ended up in a cold cell – dogs barking, strangers talking to her, and she was just plain scared and miserable. There she was – betrayed again.Luna the blind senior

A volunteer, brought to tears watching the frightened sightless Chihuahua who seemed to have given up on life, posted the following on Facebook hoping to attract attention for Luna’s desperate rescue plight:

 “Sh*t out of luck little blind chi who just faces the wall and growls when anyone approaches! She has about as much chance of getting adopted as she has of driving a car. To make matters worse, she is at the back of the shelter and a non-public medical building so no one’s ever going to get to see her. I thought she was incredibly cute though and pray that maybe some kind soul will take pity on her and her grumpy predicament and get her the heck out of there!!”

When Pet Rescue Report shared Luna’s heartbreaking story, social media and kind animal advocates did the rest; they shared the tragic plight of a dog who just got old and lost her eyesight. Just two days later, came the senior’s big break; Hand in Paw came to Luna’s rescue.

“We learned of her story just yesterday, and we were able to help her because a wonderful woman has stepped forward as a committed and experienced, special-needs foster. She is not one bit aggressive and she loves to be touched. She just wants to be safe, surrounded by warmth and calm. Welcome, Luna…your future is bright with us, and we will NEVER stop loving you,” Piper Wood, the organization’s founder posted.Hand in Paw Luna

“I’ve fallen in love with this girl, Luna. She is one of the most precious dogs I’ve ever met! The fear and apprehension are gone. All she has left is love and affection, which is all she will ever receive from now on. This before and after is heartbreaking, but it is proof that kindness and compassion create miracles.”

Welcome home Luna. The group is investigating if Luna’s eyesight can be restored, but no big deal if that’s not possible. Many thanks for everyone who shared this dog’s story. (Photos of blind senior courtesy of Hand in Paw Rescue.

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