Owner sought for dog who was rescued from cold canal

On Sunday, a wayward dog was rescued from cold water in a Fresno area canal. The dog, a husky, was trapped in the cement-sided waterway and unable to escape on her own – thanks to first responders with the Fresno Fire Department, the husky was rescued.

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The Fresno Fire Department Tweeted about the dog’s rescue on Monday:

Fresno Fire’s Engine 1 crew rescued a dog that trapped,scared & hypothermic from a canal yesterday at Cedar/McKinley. Dog was taken to vet.

The dog is safe and receiving care, but her true owner is being sought. Though she was wearing a collar, there was no identification, or microchip found.  According to KMPH News, the dog will be transferred from the Cedar Veterinary Clinic to the Central Valley SPCA on Tuesday if nobody comes forward to claim her as their own.

(Photos screenshots via KMPH News)

Missing husky found beaten and drowned

In Randolph County, North Carolina, a family is grieving over the tragic news of their missing husky found dead. On Saturday night, the dog’s owner received the devastating news from the person who found their beloved Siberian husky named Toby.

“She just said that he had drowned in the pond and that they had pulled him out and she had taken his collar off and she described what the collar looked like,” stated Shannon Rice to Fox8News.

Toby had been missing since last Wednesday, and the family did all they could do to find him.  The last time they had seen the playful pooch he had been romping happily in the snow. They put up signs all over, offered a reward, notified local shelters and posted Toby’s photo and information on social media groups hoping someone had seen their dog. When Shannon’s sons recovered Toby’s body, the dog’s face was unrecognizable. His head had been bashed in as if he had been beaten to death.

Shannon plans to file a police report as to her one year-old dog’s tragic fate, but for now she is frightened just living in the neighborhood, and really who can blame her? Anyone with information about Toby is asked to contact authorities in Randolph County.

Rest in peace Toby.

(Photo of missing husky via family)



Firefighters rescue dog from burning house

In Washington, D.C. firemen and emergency rescue personnel rescued a dog from a burning house on Monday afternoon. The large three-year-old Italian sheepdog named Cesare, had become trapped in the two story home located on Kingle Street in northwest Washington.

According to WjlaNews, the rescuers began life saving efforts at the scene to get Cesare breathing. He was then transferred to Friendship Animal Hospital where he has been listed in critical condition. One firefighter suffered a minor bite while helping the dog. Firefighters are hoping Cesare survives after he was found unconscious in the smoky kitchen.

“We rushed him out to the backyard and began resuscitation efforts,” stated Vito Maggiolo, spokesperson for DC Fire/EMS.

The Washington News reports the dog had been exposed to a lot of heavy smoke. Cesare was administered first aid to reverse the effects of carbon dioxide poisoning; the Cyanokit is used on humans and dogs. At this time, the dog has been undergoing oxygen therapy. His owner, Peter Garrett thanked the firefighters in a tweet.

“A lot of people have pets – people care for their pets. So we try to treat their pets with as much care as we would a citizen,” stated Maggiolo.

Wishing you a speedy recovery Cesare. (Photos of dog rescued from burning house via the DC Fire/EMS)

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Blind senior faces the wall day and night with little hope for adoption

Her name is Luna, and the blind senior Chihuahua was brought in as a stray on January 12. Lucky for Luna, she was chipped and her family was called; unlucky for Luna, her family didn’t want her anymore. A volunteer, brought to tears just 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!!”

And her advocate continued:

“She is age 10, blind as a bat, grumpy. That may be the good news!! She is tiny anyway and probably has no teeth so her bites, if she follows through on those growls, will probably amount to little more than being gummed!”

Luna’s Pet Harbor listing can be found here. “My name is Luna and I am described as a female, tan Chihuahua – Smooth Coated. The shelter thinks I am about 10 years old. I have been at the shelter since Jan 12, 2017. For more information about this animal, call Los Angeles County Animal Control – Baldwin Park at (626) 962-3577. Ask for information about animal ID number A5025190.  A Facebook page to follow her plight can be found here. Share Luna with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. We are Luna’s only hope.

(Photo of Luna courtesy of Jackie Gibbons Tomlinson.)

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West Virginia woman threw a puppy out of moving car on Interstate

A West Virginia woman faces animal cruelty charges after authorities state she threw a puppy out of the window while in the back seat of a moving car along Interstate 85 in Spartanburg County, South Carolina on Sunday. Luckily the dog survived the cruel act, however suffered abrasions and possibly a broken front leg.

Tracy Nicole Carr, 26, had been in the vehicle with her sister, who asked Carr to hold the puppy because it had become restless and was trying to climb into the driver’s lap. According to The State, a report from the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office stated the sister heard the window roll down and then heard a thud.  She reached into the back of the car to find the puppy and found out the puppy was no longer there. Carr told officers the window had accidentally rolled down, and after the puppy “fell out,” she “hoped the dog’s head exploded on the ground so that it died without feeling pain.”

Environmental Enforcement Director Jamie Nelson stated the puppy was picked up by Animal Control and taken to an emergency veterinary clinic.

Carr was recently released from the Georgia Department of Corrections and was being driven home. If found guilty of ill treatment of an animal for a first offense, Carr faces up to 60 days in jail and/or a fine from $100 to $500.Carr remains in the Spartanburg County Detention Center and in lieu of a $1,000 bond.

(Photo of Carr who allegedly threw a puppy out of a moving car by Spartanburg County Detention Center booking photo.)

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Dog killer sentenced to prison time

A Texas dog-killer has been sentenced to prison time. According to Monday’s Fox 26 News, 39-year-old Damon Lee Dozier will spend seven years behind bars after pleading guilty to animal cruelty for stabbing his dog to death in November 2015.

Dozier’s dog, a young pit bull named “Xena,” was found with the knife still impaled in her body several days after the stabbing took place. According to reports, the dog was still alive for some time after Dozier plunged the blade into her side…bite marks were found on the knife, though the dog never successfully pulled the weapon out of her body.

According to KHOU News, Dozier blamed the violent act of cruelty on an argument that he had with his girlfriend…he was mad that she seemed to love dogs more than him; he was also reported to be high on the day of the stabbing. According to Fox 26, Dozier has previous felony convictions, including assault causing bodily injury.

Dozier must serve at least a quarter of his sentence before he will be considered for parole.

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Formerly abused dog, found in a cornfield, adopted after 2 years in shelter

A dog with a sad past is looking forward to a brighter future – the dog, named “Baby,” lived in an abusive home before she was found nearly two years ago in a cornfield with her litter of puppies. Baby and her puppies were taken to Indiana’s Madison County Humane Society after being discovered and after a short while, the pups found new homes.

Things turned around for Baby after her story was featured on RTV 6 News – a couple who learned about the troubled dog decided that they could offer her the loving home that she deserved. On January 14, Sheila and Michael Massie took the long-time shelter resident home. The Madison County Humane Society let its Facebook followers know that Baby was on her way to an actual home:

Today’s the day Baby’s been waiting for! Her new mom and dad drove from Bloomington to come pick her up and take her to her forever home! Baby had been with us for almost 2 years after being found in a cornfield, giving birth to her puppied. We found out a year later that she was abused in her previous home. But pity her no more! She’s hit the jackpot with this family! She will be one spoiled rotten pupper.

Dog gets a home after nearly 2 years in shelter According to RTV 6 News, Baby will be enjoying her new home with “kitty brothers and sisters,” and her own screened in porch when the weather is conducive for indoor sunbathing.

Enjoy your loving home Baby!

(Photos via Madison County Humane Society Facebook page)

Pup’s life whose back was broken in dog attack ended in tragedy

In a heartbreaking tragedy in Houston, Texas, a pup’s life ended in tragedy on Saturday night because the very family she depended on to keep her safe, betrayed her after ignoring her injuries and left her to suffer for days without veterinarian care. It is believed the dog had been defending her newborn puppies when she was attacked by another dog who broke her back; leaving the mom paralyzed with an open wound that was never treated and soon became septic.Story to be told RDR

As soon as she was surrendered, the ailing dog was gently wrapped in a towel  by animal advocate, Leslie Ysuhuaylas, who contacted Rescue Dogs Rock NYC for help. The organization’s co-founder Stacey Silverstein, immediately authorized the dog be sent to the group’s emergency veterinarian partner where it was hoped her life could be saved. Tragically, her injuries were too severe; the young pup was in excruciating pain, had trouble breathing and could barely lift or move her head. After careful examination by the veterinarian staff, it was decided to humanely end the pup’s life. The damage to her ravaged body was too extensive.

Leslie reflects on this sweet dog’s life; the innocent victim’s eyes in the video were so full of sadness and pain:

 “I document everything, even the death. I want to remember every bit of detail of their life and their pain. I find it only fair to them. To at least remember they existed. To at least show the world they existed. Write their story and what they have been through. And to hate those that caused their deaths because they will not be the only ones. They are just the previous abused to the next. When you’re tired, when you want to silence down and take a break, remember them. I try to be as open as possible, give people the opportunity to love and care for these dogs. They are mine as much as they are yours. Please remember them until their last breath. They all have a story, an irresponsible owner, abandonment, abuse and neglect all caused by human hands . Some may consider this graphic, but this is reality, this has been my reality this week. Today was the first time I had to sign a dog to be euthanized, it was the hardest and easiest thing to do to relieve their pain.

Fly high little one .. You will never be forgotten.”

Leslie never learned the dog’s name; she was with her for such a short time, but posthumously dubbed her Angel. It is not known if animal cruelty charges will be pursued.

Three young puppies were surrendered with Angel. Once old enough, the puppies will travel to Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. At this time, Leslie is hoping a foster home in the Dallas area can be found to care for the puppies for the next four to five weeks. Click here to help.

To help Rescue Dogs Rock NYC with Angel’s veterinarian expenses and the care of the three newborn puppies, donations can be made by clicking here or Paypal donate@rescuedogsrocknyc.org. Checks and other donations can be sent to RDR NYC, PO Box 101, NY, NY 10028.

(Photos and video of pup’s life ended in tragedy courtesy Rescue Dogs Rock and Leslie Ysuhuaylas.)


Deputies bust large dog-fighting operation

According to Sunday’s WKRG News, deputies busted a large dog-fighting operation this weekend. The suspected dog-fighting ring was located at property along the Mississippi and Alabama state line.

Washington County Sheriff Richard Stringer noted that several agencies were involved in the investigation which led to multiple arrests. According to WFSA News, 26 people were placed under arrest in the Saturday night raid – those arrested are facing felony charges.

WKRG provided a list of some of the individuals who were arrested in the raid:

KENNETH BELL 1/15/2017
DARRYL BERRY 1/15/2017
SHARON BERRY 1/15/2017
LATRELL GRAY 1/15/2017
BRIAN D. JOHNSON 1/15/2017
DERICK JONES 1/15/2017
KEMMA KIRBY 1/14/2017
THELMA KIRBY 1/14/2017
ANA SPOTTS 1/15/2017
SHARON TATUM 1/15/2017
KENYORA TODD 1/15/2017

Several dogs were seized in the raid – the sheriff is hoping that the dogs are capable of being rehabilitated.

(Photo via WKRG News)

If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by to help ‘Dizzy’ the dog

A staggering number of people are homeless in New York City. The problem becomes even more heartbreaking as temperatures plummet, and those who have canine companions are not permitted in local shelters. Still the love for their dogs often remain constant; lending a hand to those who need it most does the heart “good.” Meet Dizzy, a one-year-old pit bull mix and his homeless human best friend Docc.

On Saturday afternoon, good Samaritan Lisa Anne Bakal posted a photo of Dizzy and Docc on her Facebook page. The two were sitting inside at the Union Square Station located on 14th Street huddled together near the L train. The two stay in the general vicinity, and sometimes they settle in near Astor Place. Below their picture, Lisa posted their story:

“He told me he saved him from an abusive man down in Tennessee when he was a 3-month-old puppy. He saw the man beating the puppy and offered to take him. Dizzy has been with him ever since. They are all each other have, and he told me whatever money he gets, he makes sure his dog gets what he needs before he (the human) does.”

Thankful for all of her blessings, and the dogs she is able to care for at her home, Lisa gave Docc $50 and told him she would share his story with all of her rescue friends in the hopes Dizzy can get dog food, water, blankets and more supplies the two need to survive the New York City winter. Dizzy is a size large in clothing.

“I wanted to cry for this man,” stated Lisa.” I was holding back tears thinking how he gives anything possible for his dog, while people who have the means give their dogs up in the blink of an eye. If anyone is in the area, please consider helping them. I passed two other homeless guys, also with pitties.”

There is no doubt that dogs are our best friends. Be the voices for those who cannot speak.

(Photo of Dizzy and Docc courtesy of Lisa Anne Bakal)

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