Shelter posts warning after half dozen dead dogs brought in for disposal

An animal shelter in Sacramento, California, has posted a warning to area residents about dogs dying in the heat. On June 21, the Front Street Animal Shelter posted an image of a dog, in a bag, on a gurney, along with a few sad words about the sad reality of dogs being left to suffer in the heat.

The Facebook post reads:

The stark reality of hot weather affecting animals left without shade or fresh water is real at Front Street. So far this week, at least 6 dogs have been brought to us for “disposal” and we can only imagine how many more are out there.

According to the shelter, the dog wrapped in the black tarp is a purebred bulldog who died because of a lack of basic care, and being left in the heat.

Tips provided by the animal shelter include:

Please help us end the unnecessary suffering. Make sure your pets have a place to stay cool, out of the sun. Always provide fresh, clean, cool water. We understand that not all dogs get to live inside, but if you have an outdoor dog, remember that they still need your care.

Remember – if you are hot, your pet is hot. Please do your utmost to keep your pet comfortable when the temperature climbs.

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Men on bikes forced dog to run until she collapsed and then beat her

A tragic experience for a dog forced to run behind two men on bikes almost ended in her death would it not have been for the kind efforts of two Good Samaritans who rescued the five-year-old white pit bull mix on Thursday evening off the streets of Detroit’s east side.

According to the the non-profit animal rescue, Detroit Dog Rescue, two men were seen on bikes near St. Paul Avenue and Bellevue Street with the dog running behind them. When she couldn’t keep up and collapsed, the men tried to get the dog to stand by beating her. When those cruel efforts proved fruitless, they left her lying helpless on the ground.  Gently picked up and reassured, her rescuers turned her over to Detroit Dog Rescue (DDR).

On Friday,  the dog dubbed Penelope, was rushed to Oakland Veterinary Referral Services in Bloomfield Hills where veterinarians have been trying to stabilize her, however there seem to be many mitigating factors leading up to her poor physical condition. On the rescue organization’s Facebook page, Penelope’s initial prognosis indicated the following:

“She has bruises on her, is completely dehydrated, and seems to be giving up. We are getting fluids in her now and learning more about her story.”

Unfortunately the dog’s update on Saturday morning hasn’t offered the hopes of recovery advocates have been hoping to read. Not only had the dog been forced to have litter after litter of puppies, she also tested positive for heartworms.

“… there are concerns about her uterus. It’s very possible that she will be going into surgery to correct the neglect she’s received her whole life. Heartworms complicate things immensely, so our team of doctors and Kristina made the decision to go ahead and do an echocardiogram today. Will keep everyone updated.”

Anyone with any information about Penelope and the person(s) involved in this cruel situation is urged to send DDR a message through Facebook or call 313-458-8014. To help with Penelope’s medical expenses, please click here.

Get well soon Penelope. Everyone is rooting for you. (Photos via Detroit Dog Rescue)

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Dog thrown out of car on busy expressway

On Friday, June 3rd, 2017 a traveling motorist witnessed two African-American males throw a small dog out of their car on the East/West expressway in Orlando, Florida. The witness was very shaken by what she had seen and contacted the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, who in turn contacted Orange County Animal Control. Unfortunately, she was unable to get the tag number of the vehicle.

According to Animal Control, an officer responded but could not find the dog. Yet, over the course of several days more calls went into the Sheriff’s Office advising of a small black and tan dog roaming around the expressway. A deputy sheriff also went in search of the dog, but once again the pooch evaded rescue.

On Monday, June 5th, 2017, two Good Samaritans, Cathy Wagner and Jennifer Carr decided to look for the dog. Both ladies are staunch animal advocates and active in the animal rescue world.  After searching up and down the expressway in the vicinity where the dog was seen, with no results, they were about to give up. Jennifer then saw the dog peeking out from an area overgrown with weeds and bushes.  The dog was terrified and shaking badly. Luring her out with treats, Cathy and Jennifer were able to pick her up and place her in their vehicle. They rushed the dog to the vet where it was discovered she was approximately and year and a half old, had recently given birth and had one of her canine teeth missing. She was also extremely undernourished and emaciated. The vet and the two rescuers hypothesized that the dog was either used for fighting or breeding, and when she no longer served her purpose she was thrown from the vehicle in hopes of killing her.

Cathy and Jennifer named the dog Willow since she was found in an area overgrown with brush. Today Willow has gotten over her fear of humans and is a loving, affectionate dog whose tail is always wagging. She gets along okay with other dogs but not cats.  She has been vaccinated, spayed and is heart-worm negative. Willow is currently in a foster home, but she cannot stay there because she has already gone after two of the cats. She does, however get along with the Bernese Mountain Dog she shares the home.

If you can help Willow have a better chance at life, please contact denise.costa@tales4tails.net and put “Willow” in the subject line.


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Woman operates on her dog with a kitchen knife because she couldn’t afford vet

A woman from Iowa faces animal neglect and cruelty charges after authorities accused her of performing surgery on her dog with a kitchen knife in her living room because she was not able to afford veterinarian charges. Sarah Diane McMenamin, 26, has been charged with animal neglect causing serious injury or death to her dog.

According to the WtaeNews,  McMenamin had taken her dog to Iowa State University VetMed after the dog became very ill. Doctors told McMenamin her dog had an obstruction and needed immediate surgery, and without the operation, the dog might need to be humanely euthanized. The surgery estimate was $2,000; the woman stated she didn’t have the money. On June 1, she arranged to have her dog euthanized at a different clinic, but never showed up for the appointment. Veterinarians became worried the dog wasn’t getting the needed help and informed police asking them to do a welfare check on the dog.

When police arrived at the Arbor Street home, McMenamin told authorities that she performed surgery that morning to remove the obstruction from her dog using a paring knife and tongs. She said she did not think the dog had an obstruction, but that the dog might have consumed rat poison, and she wasn’t able to afford the vet costs. And why did McMenamin think she could operate on her dog successfully? The woman told police she grew up on a farm castrating pigs and thought she could safely perform the operation. Police reported McMenamin had caused “unjustified pain, distress or suffering” resulting in the death of her dog.

McMenamin is currently free on $1,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Monday. If found guilty of the charges, she faces the maximum of a year in prison.

Rest in peace poor dog. What a horrible death you must have suffered.

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James: Dog with head crushed on one side rescued from south Texas shelter

James is the heartbreaking case of a dog who has suffered far too much during his very short life, but animal cruelty has no limits. Sadly few of the criminals are ever punished and even fewer are ever arrested. And so this defenseless pint sized pup was rescued from a high kill south Texas shelter by Rescue Dogs Rock NYC who received a call from shelter volunteers who had been present when James had been brought in with a swollen eye and his head crushed in on one side.

No one knows what happened to this dog, but he was quickly whisked off to the organization’s partner veterinarian hospital where he was given emergency medical treatment to stabilize his condition. James has since been transferred to New York City where he remains in the hospital under constant care. Diagnostic testing has revealed blunt force trauma to his head causing the skull fracture that literally collapsed part of his head as well as inflicting trauma to his eye. Sadly, his eye had to be removed.

In addition, James will need surgery on his hind leg as he limps when he walks; all of this abuse and poor James is only two years old and weighs ten pounds.

“The suffering he has endured is unimaginable,” Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC posted on the organization’s Facebook page Thursday morning. “We need your help to give James everything he needs and deserves to bring him one day to a place of health and well-being. Right now he will remain at our New York veterinary hospital indefinitely.

Go to http://rescuedogsrocknyc.org/donate

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Police investigate heinous cruelty crime after Chihuahua suffered severe burns

In Cache, Oklahoma, police are asking for the public’s help finding the person(s) responsible for the severe burns a tiny Chihuahua suffered after she disappeared from her yard on Tuesday evening. According to the department’s Facebook page, a $250 reward has been offered by CrimeStoppers for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the culprit.

The owner states she let her two dogs out for a quick bathroom break, and ten minutes later heard one of the dogs yelping as if she was in pain. The woman hurried to the backyard and couldn’t find her three-year-old Chihuahua named Pixie. She left her yard, searched the area and finally found the little dog on her front step suffering from severe burns over one-third of her body. The dog was quickly rushed to an emergency veterinarian, and police were notified. Sentiments about the disturbing animal cruelty crime were offered on the police department’s Facebook:

“The fact that anyone would do such an evil and nasty thing to a small innocent dog, is nothing more than the definition of evil. If you have any information regarding this case, please contact the Cache Police Department immediately. Like and Share this post to get the word around! This is a felony, immoral and a heinous crime, and we will catch whomever is responsible.”

Tragically, Pixie died Friday morning. Authorities have interviewed individuals and persons of interest. They will continue to investigate until this crime is solved. The incident took place in the 700 block of North 4th Street in Cache. Anyone interested in donating to the reward, please contact the Cache City Hall at 580-429-3354.

Rest in peace Pixie. We hope you find justice.

(Photo of Chihuahua suffering severe burns courtesy of Cache Police Department)

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Puppy left inside of hot car while man shopped will be returned to her owner

The man who decided to leave his young puppy inside of a parked car, on a day when the temperature was 99-degrees outside, will be allowed to retain custody of his pet. According to WSBTV News, despite the cruel nature of the incident, 20-year-old Chandler Allen Bulle is being allowed to keep his pet.

In a statement to KVUE News, Detective Craig Struble expressed disappointment with the judge’s decision to return the puppy, whose name is Annabelle:

The Manor Police Department is extremely saddened and disappointed with the court’s ruling today that ordered the release of ‘Annabell’ to the owner. The Manor Police Department wishes the best for Annabell and hope she lives a happy and healthy life.

The puppy, a German shepherd mix, had been left for 30 minutes inside of Bulle’s car, which was parked outside of a Walmart store in Manor, Texas. Without police intervention, the puppy would have likely died from heat stroke.

Though the judge has decided that Bulle can retain custody, the man is still facing a charge of animal cruelty for his poor decision last weekend.

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Officer accused of kicking a dying dog

A police officer with the Painesville Police Department in Ohio is accused of a despicable act of cruelty towards a dying pit bull. The alleged situation was posted to the department’s Facebook page by someone who claims to have witnessed the dog being kicked in the head as she lay dying on the ground.

A portion of the witnesses’ post to the Facebook page explains what allegedly happened:

I’m so lost for words for what happened yesterday. A beautiful pitbull got hit in front of my work yesterday, grateful many people stopped to see if she was okay unfortunately she was dying I sat there petting her head for her last breath makin sure she knew she wasn’t alone. Some nice person gave her a sheet to be covered with so she could be comfortable. As the painesville police officer arrived he then grabbed the dog by her legs kicked her in the head n threw her in the truck of his cruiser.

The damning post has generated a great deal of outrage and the department has indicated that an investigation into what happened has been started. On Friday morning, the department issued a post to its Facebook page about the incident:

Regarding the incident that involves one of our officers. We currently have 3 of the department’s supervisor’s working actively as we look into this incident in detail. We are in the process of contacting everyone who was on scene, and are reaching out to the parents of the children who witnessed this. We have already spoken to the owners, and more information will follow this afternoon. Thank you to those who have helped us looking into this and relayed what occurred we greatly appreciate your time.

Sincerely, Acting Chief Dan Waterman

According to WKYC, the department has reached out to the dog’s owner with apologies over what happened.

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‘Cowardly person’ abandons sick dog outside of shelter during pouring rain storm

An elderly Shih Tzu was abandoned outside of the Calgary Humane Society on Wednesday night. And if that wasn’t tragic enough to leave a defenseless dog all alone tethered to a pole, the “cowardly person” walked away from the ailing dog during a pouring rain storm.

According to the organization’s press release, surveillance footage, which was not clear enough to identify the culprit, the dog not only suffered from a large open mass on his hind leg, he also had been in end stage renal failure. Sadly, the dog was in severe pain and veterinarians decided to humanely euthanize the dog.

The Calgary Humane Society is asking for the public’s help. Brad Nichols, Senior Manager of Animal Cruelty Investigations stated:

“This was a truly cowardly act. To abandon an animal in inclement weather rather than fulfil his/her legally obligatory animal care duties is an act that will not be tolerated in Calgary. We hope public tips will point us in the right direction so we can hold the offender accountable.”

Watch the YouTube video and if you recognize the dog or the person abandoning the dog, contact Calgary Humane Society at 403-205-4455 or www.calgaryhumane.ca/cruelty

Rest in peace little one. We are so sorry you were abandoned in the time of your greatest needs. We hope you find justice.

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Good Samaritans make heartbreaking discovery: Two infected, neglected dogs left alone

The Grant County Animal Shelter is asking for the public’s help identifying the owner of two infected, neglected dogs left alone and found by Good Samaritans on Wednesday. The dogs were rushed to a veterinarian where emergency medical care treatment was started for their painful wounds and mange. 

“We would like to know what kind of human being allows this to occur to innocent animals? If this is not neglect/animal cruelty- than we don’t know what animal cruelty is,” the shelter posted on their Facebook page. These two dogs were brought in yesterday as strays and were taken to a veterinarian and he has never seen a case this bad in his whole career. This didn’t happen over night and these dogs have suffered unimaginably! They wail in pain if you touch their skin, they have open sores, and are in horrible condition!

The vet doesn’t even know if they can be saved because their condition is so grave, but they are being treated, and we are trying to do the very best for them.”

According to WlwtNews, Animal Control Officer Pat Michaels, worries that the dogs, who might be Cocker Spaniels may not survive. Describing the pups, Michaels stated:

“His skin looked like it was made of stone and the other dog, which was a female, if you reached out to touch her, she would just scream. It sounded like a banshee screaming,”

On Thursday, the rescue group, Recycled Doggies stepped up to help the Grant County Animal Shelter who has limited funds. Both dogs, now dubbed Andy and Annie have been placed in foster care; both dogs suffer from extreme cases of mange and other skin infections as well as malnutrition and overall neglect. 

“They are safe tonight in one of our foster homes where they got soft blankets and yummy food and will learn what it’s like to be loved and taken care of,” the rescue group posted after naming the two dogs. “They’re a bit uncertain right now about their new lives and they’re very uncomfortable due to the condition they are in, but they’re on medication and we hope they will be on the mend very soon. We don’t know their breed yet – one guess was Cocker spaniel, but it’s impossible to tell. Annie weighs 12 pounds and Andy weighs 14 pounds, but they are both underweight.”

And for the first time in a long time, both dogs have comfortable beds, ate their dinners and took their medication. To help with their care, please click here.

Anyone with information about the dogs is asked to call police or the shelter at 859-824-9403. To donate to the Grant County Animal Shelter and replenish their funds in order to help the next serious case of neglect and abuse, please click here.

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