With a little help from my friends: Starved dog Champ walks outdoors

In Laurens, South Carolina a starved and abused 16-month-old Mastiff named Champ continues to make the news across the country and beyond. His recovery defies all odds, and his Tuesday morning’s progress report and accompanying video posted by  Rescue Dogs Rock NYC is no different. It was less than a week ago, Champ was barely alive; little more than skin over a skeleton.  It was less than a week ago he was lying out in the dirt starving, near death and crawling with maggots.

And now Champ is up (with assistance) as physical therapy becomes part of his daily routine. His muscles are badly atrophied; no one knew how long he was unable to walk. He is now up and walking, gaining weight and getting stronger each day. The medical staff states his red blood cells are starting to regenerate, and his blood values are holding steady. It is hoped he will no longer need any blood transfusions.

“We are over the moon with his progress and recovery to date,” Jackie O’Sullivan, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC stated just moments before she posted the following video. “For the first time in a VERY long time, CHAMP is feeling what it’s like to be loved & cared for.”

Need a little more of Champ’s recovery? The following photo melted hearts as his ability to forget the horrors he endured from the hands of selfish humans and show his love and forgiveness.

Elizabeth James, the woman accused of starving Champ, has been issued a citation and arrested for animal cruelty. She is currently out on $15,000 bond.

To help with Champ’s medical expenses, please click here.

Read previous coverage of Champ’s plight here.

Follow more animal related news on the National Pet Rescue.

 

Shelter bids sad good-bye to skeletal dog who wandered into a fire station

A Florida animal shelter made the heartbreaking decision to do something humane for a skeletal dog who wandered into a fire station in Ybor City one week ago…let her go. The boxer, dubbed Misha, was brought to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay by firefighters from Tampa Fire Station 6.

The skeletal dog

Shelter staff took the skeletal dog under its wing with hopes to save her life – tragically, she continued to decline while in their care. Testing revealed that Misha was suffering from a variety of maladies, including heartworms, parasites and thyroid cancer. As Misha’s condition worsened, the humane society staff decided that it was time to free her from her failing body.

On Tuesday, the shelter wrote:

“The soul takes flight to the land that is invisible, and there arriving she is sure of bliss and dwells forever in paradise.” You fought hard, you fought well. We love you always, Misha 💔 #misha #WeAreHSTB#heartbroken

And Tweeted a poignant good-bye:

Sweet Misha is gone. All she’s suffered was just too much for her body. Thank goodness she found joy and love at the end. We were with her in her last moments. Our hearts are broken.

Video of Misha

 

More news and updates on the National Animal News Facebook page.


In the news yesterday: Investigation started after emaciated, dying horse found on property. Read more here.

Positive news: Intentionally starved dog continues to defy odds with progress – read the story here.


The cutest video you’ll see this week! Adorable otter has to cuddle her stuff in order to go to sleep – watch here.

Sweet kitten says thank you for being rescued – check out the video here.

Three men accused of 1,460 counts of having sex with dogs, horses, cow and goat

In Munson, Pennsylvania, a shocking discovery was made on Saturday as three men have been accused of 1,460 counts of allegedly having sex with dogs, horses, a cow and a goat. The men also face multiple charges of animal cruelty, endangering the welfare of children and the corruption of minors.

According to CbsNewsPittsburgh,  Terry Wallace, 41, Marc Measnikoff, 34, and Matthew Brubaker, 32, have been arrested. While serving a search warrant, police found a large volume of homemade videos. The Clearfield County District Attorney’s Office stated a 16-year-old boy living on the property at Mouse Lane told state police the men were all having sex with animals. The men used a V-shaped pen to trap the animals in order to have sexual intercourse.

The teen is currently in protective custody. The State Police and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals are caring for the animals and preparing to move them to a safe place.

The men are scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday. The investigation continues.

(Photos of men accused of having sex with dogs, horses et al via Clearfield County District Attorney’s Office)

Follow more animal related news on the National Pet Rescue.

In the news yesterday: Heartbreaking news about starved dog found in parking lot – more here.

The cutest video you’ll see this week! Adorable otter has to cuddle her stuff in order to go to sleep – watch here.

Sweet kitten says thank you for being rescued – check out the video here.

 

 

Heartbreaking: Dog’s loving glances towards the owner who betrays her

In a heartbreaking ten second video at an overcrowded Texas animal shelter in Paris, a dog’s loving glances towards her owner barely evokes any reaction. The dog stands as close to her owner  as she can looking for comfort, but the woman offers no kind gesture towards her loyal dog or the puppies surrendered on Monday afternoon.

 

 

All she says is

“I know you’re hurting.”

Video:

The mother dog has a painful bleeding mass under her arm. Three of her puppies have died and one is missing.

A Facebook page can be followed here. A shelter volunteer offers the following information:

“Mama and her 3 puppies just OSR [Owner surrenedered] to the #ParisTxShelter! Puppies are 5 weeks old. Owner stated that she could not afford medical care. There is a huge mass on her chest. She is bleeding. She has surrendered several dogs before. There were 7 puppies but she only brought in 3. 3 died and she can’t find the other one. Another couple came in to surrender two puppies while she was here and owner tried to take them!  Mom and puppies need help ASAP.”

 

Please share this heartbreaking situation with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Donations are currently being pledged for rescue Sharing saves lives. Won’t you take a moment and send this to a friend? An additional link to this dog’s story can be followed here.

Email Humaneassoclc@gmail.com if you can help.

(Photos and video of loving glances by dog courtesy of Leslie Ysuhuaylas)

Follow more animal related news on the National Pet Rescue.

In the news yesterday: Heartbreaking news about starved dog found in parking lot – more here.

The cutest video you’ll see this week! Adorable otter has to cuddle her stuff in order to go to sleep – watch here.

Sweet kitten says thank you for being rescued – check out the video here.

 

 

And he’s standing: Intentionally starved dog Champ defying all odds

In Laurens, South Carolina a starved and abused 16-month-old Mastiff named Champ continues to defy all odds. Less than one week ago,  Rescue Dogs Rock NYC were alerted to Champ’s desperate plight and immediately jumped in to try and save his life.

“His heartbreaking story is that he is the victim of a breakup,” the rescue’s co-founder Jackie O’Sullivan posted on the organization’s social media page. “… since ‘he was not her dog’, she fed her dogs but not Champ.”

The emaciated pup has continued to fight to survive. His preliminary prognosis was critical. He had not been fed for at least 30 days and left tied up outside to suffer a slow, torturous death. Fortunately, a concerned neighbor contacted Animal Control. The dog was rushed to an emergency veterinarian for life saving treatment and since transferred to a specialty veterinarian hospital where he continues to receive 24/7 care.

As recently as Friday, his blood still had not been regenerating and more transfusions were part of his treatment. Over the weekend, Champ has made some impressive improvements, and his blood work has been holding steady at normal values.

“If it drops again, he is still not able to produce on his own, but so far so good,” Jackie O’Sullivan, co-founder of the rescue posted early Monday morning. “He also remains on a couple GI protectants to heal his stomach and GI from the ulcers caused by the hookworm infestation.”

It is perhaps the inspiration of the day that has been making animal advocates cheer. Although Champ is not out of the woods and because of the damage done, it will be a long process until Champ is better, he was standing; he even took a few steps with help.

Elizabeth James, the woman accused of starving Champ, has been issued a citation and arrested for animal cruelty. She is currently out on $15,000 bond.

To help with Champ’s medical expenses, please click here.

Read previous coverage of Champ’s plight here.

Follow more animal related news on the National Pet Rescue.

In the news yesterday: Heartbreaking news about starved dog found in parking lot – more here.

The cutest video you’ll see this week! Adorable otter has to cuddle her stuff in order to go to sleep – watch here.

Sweet kitten says thank you for being rescued – check out the video here.

 

Violet: Surrendered at 20-years-old when her family became homeless

On Sunday, Violet was surrendered to the Carson Animal Care Shelter when her family became homeless. While it’s almost unimaginable that anyone could part with their 20-year-old dog, try explaining that to this senior shepherd who doesn’t seem be able to take her eyes off the front of her shelter cage looking for her family to return.

“Check out Violet’s video. She has lost everything. It has been so hot, she is not going to do well in the shelter and she needs help FAST! Please SHARE for her life; she’s SO special and a FOSTER or ADOPTER would save her. Thanks!”

#A5211222 My name is VIOLET and I’m an approximately 20 year old female German Shepherd. I am already spayed. I have been at the Carson Animal Care Center since 8/19. I will be available on 8/19. You can visit me at my temporary home at C106. My former family who owned me had to give me up because they were moving.”

German Shepherd  AGE:20 years
Female (S)  ARRIVED:8/19
AVAILABLE ON: 8/19
Carson Shelter – 310-523-9566
M-TH 12pm-7pm, F-SU- 10am-5pm
216 W Victoria St. Gardena, CA 90248

(Photo and video courtesy of Saving Carson Shelter Dogs.) Share Violet’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. INTERESTED IN FOSTERING? If you’re in LA, OC, San Bernadino or Riverside County and would like to apply to foster a Carson pup, please visit CarsonFosters.com to complete the online foster application.

Follow rescue work for Violet on Facebook.

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In the news yesterday: Veterinarian left family’s dead dog in their driveway – read the story here.

Strange news: 88 year old man set fire to a raccoon because the animal ate his mangoes – read more here.

The cutest video you’ll see this week! Adorable otter has to cuddle her stuff in order to go to sleep – watch here.

Sweet kitten says thank you for being rescued – check out the video here.

Lansing veterinarian dumps owner’s dead dog on their driveway

In a shocking home surveillance video, a devastated family is trying to deal with the death of their one-and-a-half-year-old dog after a Lansing, Michigan veterinarian dumped the dog’s body on their driveway.

According to WlnsNews, the owners of the dog, who wish to remain anonymous on media reports, had taken their young pit bull named Moose to the Riverfront Animal Hospital after the dog had been repeatedly vomiting and listless. The veterinarian prescribed medicine for Moose and asked the family to report back to him the next day about their dog’s condition, but Moose was not getting any better, and in fact seemed worse.

The vet originally treating Moose suggested the family get in touch with Comprehensive Animal Hospital, and when they did, Dr. Bola Agbona stated he was going to administer intravenous fluids for the dehydrated dog. The family states Dr. Agbona told them to leave and he would be in touch with them later that day, however there was no word.

The following day was utterly devastating:

“He (Moose) was in the driveway … in a bag. It’s completely strange that the first vet he was fine and then he gets there, we leave and all of a sudden he’s gone,” stated the dog’s owner.

Dr. Agbona has a different version of what happened and explained the family could not afford medical care and the dog died while the family was standing in the lobby. He said the family drove away and he wasn’t sure what to do with the dog’s body, and tried to call the family. When no one answered, he took the dog to the family’s home and left the dog’s body in the driveway. It was Dr. Agbona’s way of “helping the family out” he stated.

There has been a complaint filed which will be forwarded to the Lansing veterinarian board to determine what will happen next.

You can read the comments on the Facebook page of the Comprehensive Animal Hospital here. What do you think?

Read more news on the National Pet Rescue page here.

(Photo of Lansing vet incident via WlnsNews video screen grab)

The cutest video you’ll see this week! Adorable otter has to cuddle her stuff in order to go to sleep – watch here.

Sweet kitten says thank you for being rescued – check out the video here.

 

Lincoln Parish K9 killed in pursuit of shooting suspect

In tragic news for the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana, a K9 officer was killed on Saturday while pursuing a shooting suspect as the man ran into a wooded area.

According to the organization’s Facebook page, Vincent Robertson, 58, was a suspect in the shooting of a woman in her head in an apartment on Friday. The woman’s condition has not been released. When deputies arrived at the apartment on Texas Avenue in Monroe, Robertson fled away on foot. K9 Officer Boco chased the suspect into the nearby woods around 2:00 a.m. Moments later, deputies heard a series of five to seven gunshots, and Boco was missing. His body was found at 3:45.

“Boco died heroically helping to apprehend a suspect in order to keep our community safe.

We would sincerely like to commend all of the agencies who were involved in this incident, which include the Louisiana State Police, Monroe Police Department, Ruston Police Dept., Ruston Fire Dept, Louisiana State Fire Marshall’s Office, and Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office Reserve Unit. We appreciate the efforts of all personnel involved in this unfortunate event.”

Rest in peace Boco. You died a hero.

(Photos of Boco and Richardson via LPSO)

Robertson remains in the Lincoln Parish jail and has also been charged with animal cruelty.

Read more news on the National Pet Rescue page here.

Woman trapped dog inside of washing machine to gain Instagram followers – more here.

The cutest video you’ll see this week! Adorable otter has to cuddle her stuff in order to go to sleep – watch here.

Sweet kitten says thank you for being rescued – check out the video here.

 

Intentionally starved dog ‘Champ’ showing improvement

In Laurens, South Carolina a starved and abused 16-month-old Mastiff named Champ continuing to fight for his life at an emergency veterinarian hospital has made national news. Earlier in the week, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC were alerted to Champ’s desperate plight and immediately jumped in to try and save his life.

“His heartbreaking story is that he is the victim of a breakup,” the rescue’s co-founder Jackie O’Sullivan posted on the organization’s social media page. “… since ‘he was not her dog’, she fed her dogs but not Champ.”

Since Wednesday, when Champ was rescued by a neighbor who took a stand against animal cruelty and notified Jon Giles Gilmer, with Laurens County Animal Control, the emaciated pup has been fighting to survive. His preliminary prognosis was critical. As recently as Friday, his blood still had not been regenerating:

“Champ’s blood-work confirms his numbers are still way off & there is no regeneration at this time. There will likely be another blood transfusion in the next day or so. His spirits are up a bit, likely because he knows he is SAFE & that we are trying to help him! He is eating a little bit of chicken!

Champ will continue to get round the clock care for as long as he needs it!”

Video:

Periodic updates of Champ’s condition has animal advocates cheering the slightest improvements. On Thursday evening, he was snuggled into “comfy jammies” since he has no body fat or muscle tone, in order to keep him warm.

And on Friday dog food was not to be on the menu for Champ’s dinner, but thanks to one of the veterinarian technicians, the boiled chicken appealed to his discerning palate.

Saturday brought smiles to the staff at the animal hospital – guess who had scrambled eggs?

“Yum, I really enjoyed my breakfast. I’m feeling a little bit better and I know these nice people are helping me. I can’t stand or walk yet, but baby steps. I am grateful for all  the love and support,” Champ expressed with his huge brown eyes.

Elizabeth James, the woman accused of starving Champ, has been issued a citation and arrested for animal cruelty. Her court date is scheduled for October 19, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. at the Laurens County Courthouse in Laurens, South Carolina.

To help with Champ’s medical expenses, please click here.

Read previous coverage of Champ’s plight here.

Follow more animal related news on the National Pet Rescue.

In the news yesterday: Heartbreaking news about starved dog found in parking lot – more here.

The cutest video you’ll see this week! Adorable otter has to cuddle her stuff in order to go to sleep – watch here.

Sweet kitten says thank you for being rescued – check out the video here.

 

Abused 8-month-old shepherd left in cage in veterinarian’s office for weeks

No 8-month-old shepherd should look like this. The Trio Animal Foundation in Chicago was asked  by the Garrido Stray and Rescue Foundation to take on Brady and the shepherd puppy’s medical care.

Animal advocates  agree just looking at this German shepherd puppy makes our hearts hurt. Fortunately, his new life began on Monday as the 8-month-old shepherd’s story began to unravel.

“This poor 8 month puppy has not only been abused by his previous owner but left in a cage at a vet for weeks until someone would pay the $179 bill. I can promise you that we will be looking into it.

Brady is this puppy’s new name, as his former name was disgusting. It truly showed the character of his previous owner,” posted the Trio Animal Foundation on their social media page.

Video#1

Brady is 20-pounds underweight. At this time, the emphasis is on nutrition and his severe skin condition. He is being administered two weeks of oral medications as well as medicated baths to make him more comfortable. Since he apparently lacks socialization skills, the staff will be working on Brady’s trust issues.

“I know that we have a lot of German Shepherd supporters out there, and I am sure that you have never seen a case like Brady’s. It is so sad to say that we are so used to seeing cases like this in pitbulls but are truly blown away when we see it in another breed… so unfair on so many levels.”

In addition to the multiple skin issues, Brady’s eyes continue to bother him. Parts of his skin feel like sandpaper while other parts of his skin tissue is paper thin and bleed when he scratches – a puppy just looking for some relief.

“The only time Brady looks like he finds any relief is when he is rubbing his face on you or burying his head in your arms. To think that he has been in such bad shape for so many months is incomprehensible… he is a frickin’ puppy!”

Video#2

Any donations can be made at www.trioanimalfoundation.org. If you are making a donation via a smartphone and are unable to earmark your donation, please forward your receipt to sue@trioanimalfoundation.org

Videos and photos courtesy of Trio Animal Foundation.

Follow more animal related news on the National Pet Rescue.

In the news yesterday: Heartbreaking news about starved dog found in parking lot – more here.

The cutest video you’ll see this week! Adorable otter has to cuddle her stuff in order to go to sleep – watch here.

Sweet kitten says thank you for being rescued – check out the video here.