‘Just junkyard dogs’: Owner never bothered to leave their names

In Lancaster, California, a heartless owner arrived at the shelter on Thursday morning dragging a pair of seniors behind him he called “just junkyard dogs.” And to make the frightening ordeal even worse for the two pooches, the owner couldn’t even find it in his hearts to leave the dogs’ names with the shelter. Tragically, the dogs were split up and then placed in separate kennels. Who can even imagine their sadness and confusion?

The ten-year-old  Labrador retriever mix and her eight-year-old brindle pit bull  cross have both been scheduled to be euthanized on Monday. The Labrador retriever can be released immediately if adopted; the pit bull mix will be required to pass a temperament evaluation before being released. Rescue volunteer, Sal Valdepena interacted with the dogs at the Lancaster Animal Care Center on Saturday morning:

“Surrendered as a “junkyard dog” completely terrified of the human hand, yet this beautiful girl loves human attention and affection. She warmed up quickly as I petted her; she wasn’t sure how to react. She was so happy running like a little old lady and getting sun on her beautiful frosted face. It breaks me inside knowing she’s euthanasia listed. I hope she felt love and happiness. I won’t give up until the last second. I love you Maggie, and I write this sitting on the floor of the shelter bawling my eyes out. You didn’t deserve the kind of life you had. I’ll keep fighting angel. I love you so much. Please share Maggie; she’s set for euthanasia without ever knowing love isn’t suppose to hurt.” Follow this dog’s plight here as her story is shared with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media.

Click here for Maggie’s adoption listing. A5041578 “I don’t have a name yet and I’m an approximately 10 year old female Labrador retr.  I am already spayed.  I have been at the Lancaster Animal Care Center since March 16, 2017.  I am available on March 16, 2017.  You can visit me at my temporary home at L429.”

And then there is her bonded brother. His life apparently had never been happy, and then he was dumped by his owner after years of abuse and neglect. Although he was also frightened when first touched, all he wanted was some kindness and an affectionate scratch or two behind his ears. Click here for his  senior adoption listing.  A5041572 “I don’t have a name yet and I’m an approximately 8 year old male pit bull.  I am already neutered.  I have been at the Lancaster Animal Care Center since March 16, 2017.  I am available on March 16, 2017.  You can visit me at my temporary home at L420.” 

A composite Facebook page for both dogs can be followed here.

Antje Stobbe “They are both fixed, there is no reason they should have been separated! and NO info was gathered on either of these poor seniors; their chances of getting adopted is virtually zero!”

The dogs remain at Lancaster Animal Care Center located at 5210 W. Ave I in Lancaster, California. Phone: 661.940.4191.

Photos and video of junkyard dogs courtesy of Sal Valdepena and Antje Stobbe.

(Please note the kennel reference number for the male may be incorrect. Please check with volunteers for corrections. All they have left is us. Please share their stories and help them find a safe home.

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Update on Hank: Dog holding his toy facing death at NYC shelter

It was a photo of a happy pooch named Hank, wagging his tail and carrying a favorite stuffed toy in his mouth, at the Brooklyn Care Center for New York Animal Care that attracted the attention of thousands and thousands of animal advocates. Following the dog’s viral photo came the question – “Could life be anymore innocent?” Sadly, the answer was sobering; Hank had been facing humane euthanasia on Wednesday afternoon.

After two days of nail biting pleas and thousands of “shares” on social media, Friday evening, however was one for celebration. Hank safely left the building. Not long after the pup happily padded out the front door of the shelter, Animal Care Centers of New York City posted the smiling pup’s photo with his new mom:

“Check out Hank! He’s spending his first night with his new family. Many thanks to Sav-a-Bull for making this wonderful connection!”

It wasn’t long before volunteer Julie Carner posted the good news on the dog’s Facebook page. Many thanks to all of the advocates who shared his story. Many thanks to everyone for caring about a dog, who because of his misunderstood breed and prejudice, always deserved a chance to be loved and cherished. And many thanks to the staff at Animal Care Centers of New York City who worked very quietly behind the scenes to help a dog in need. 

 

 

 

Check out Hank’s freedom video courtesy of Animal Care Centers of New York City:

Fire at breeder’s barn kills two pregnant German shepherds

Two pregnant German shepherds, one who was in the midst of delivering her puppies, were killed in a devastating fire which tore through a Saco, Maine, breeder’s training barn on Thursday morning. According to the Press Herald, Doreen Metcalf, owner of Timber Ridge Farm, tried to free the dogs, but the smoke in the area of the two pregnant shepherds was too thick, and she was unable to save them.

After the deadly blaze, a Facebook post was made to followers of Timber Ridge Farm:

Today TR and the world lost two beautiful, intelligent, sweet girls. Vera (sable) and Atte (black). The dog training building burned, and although Doreen worked to get all of her dogs safe, these two were overcome by smoke inhalation. We love these two girls so much and we will miss them every day for the rest of our lives. We thought our hearts had broken at the loss of Uhdelle in November. It turns out that a heart is one of those things that can repeatedly break.

According to WGME News, it took firefighters over an hour to bring the fire under control; the training barn was completely destroyed. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation – it is not considered to be suspicious.

The same breeding facility faced tragedy in November 2016 when one of their dogs, a female named “Uhdelle,” was stolen and then dumped away from the breeder’s property. The dog, who was said to be “terrified” and running for hours, was then struck and killed by a car. Read the heartbreaking story at this link.

(Image screenshot via Timber Ridge Farm FB page)


In the news today – Philadelphia police officer accused of dumping emaciated dog in the trash. Click here for the story.


Mini cow moves in with rescued dogs – read the heartwarming story here.

Man who taped Caitlyn the dog’s mouth shut sentenced for animal cruelty

On Friday, William Leonard Dodson was sentenced in one of the most disturbing animal cruelty cases ever presented in North Charleston. With Judge Markley Dennis, referring to Caitlyn’s torture as “hell on Earth” reported the Post and Courier, Dodson was given the maximum sentence for animal cruelty in South Carolina – five years.

“I’m not trying to be mean, but I wish I could give you more,” Judge Dennis told Dodson.

Although Dodson’s prison term will not be extended beyond the 15-year sentence on a federal gun and drug charges ordered on Thursday, advocates applauded the sentencing, stating the penalty sends a strong message to those who abuse and torture animals. The judge stated he would honor the prosecutor’s negotiations with Dodson’s public defender to serve the animal cruelty sentence at the same time as the federal punishment. During the hearing, Caitlyn’s story was told again as a crowd of animal advocates filled the courtroom.

The scar on Caitlyn’s snout is still very visible and few will forget when the dog was first rescued and brought to the Charleston Animal Society as Aldwin Roman, the director of anti-cruelty and outreach described how Caitlyn cried out in pain as veterinarians unraveled the electrical tape wrapped around her snout nine times. It is estimated the dog’s mouth had been taped shut for 36 hours. The dog’s veterinarian report described her muzzle as “markedly swollen with evidence of tape and her tongue as “significantly swollen, significantly bruised, discolored (dark purple) and oozing blood,” a court record stated. Dodson said he wrapped the tape around the dog’s mouth because she wouldn’t stop barking.

As to to the brightest part of the morning, was Caitlyn’s appearance as she happily ran around at the Animal Society chasing balls, appreciating the smiling faces of visitors and loving life.

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You can catch the entire video and reaction from the Charleston Animal Society below. Although there was disappointment that the five years Dodson was sentenced to prison on Friday morning wasn’t added on to sentence, but most are convinced that Caitlyn did find some justice:

Puppy’s leg amputated after suspected animal cruelty

An eight-month-old puppy had his leg amputated after the dog owner’s boyfriend became angry  after the pooch chewed up some of the couple’s belongings. According to the Moon Township Pennsylvania Police Department’s Chief Leo McCarthy told WpixNews, the puppy was just being a puppy and getting into mischief as puppies commonly do:

“The boyfriend was rather angry because the dog had torn the house up a little, like dogs do sometimes. Then he gave it an extremely powerful kick.”

The puppy, named Jinx, was removed from the home in Mooncrest last week. His rear right leg had been badly injured and was reported to have been broken even though the sweet puppy continued to wag his tail. Local animal rescuer, Jess Horvatin, was so angry about the apparent cruelty situation, she recorded a cellphone video of the abused puppy to make sure someone would be held accountable.

Sadly, veterinarians had to amputate the puppy’s leg, but he has already been re-homed and is reported to be recovering. Authorities state animal cruelty charges are pending although the suspect has not yet been named.

(Photo of puppy’s leg amputated via screenshot from WpixNews)

Get well soon Jinx. We hope you find some justice. Follow the Pet Rescue Report on Facebook.

Philly cop accused of dumping emaciated dog into trash

In a very disturbing incident, a Philadelphia police officer has been arrested for allegedly dumping an emaciated dog stuffed in a trash bag at a local park last November. According to the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Philly cop Michael Long, 33, was arrested on Thursday; the officer has been with the police force in the 18th District for 11 years. Long has been suspended for 30 days with the intent to dismiss

According to CbsLocalNews, Long dumped the three-year-old pit bull in Wissahickon Valley Park. He has been charged with one count of possession of an instrument of crime and one summary charge of animal cruelty.

On November 23, a woman had been walking with her own dog when she spotted an emaciated dog wrapped in a sheet and in a garbage bag with her head sticking out. The Good Samaritan contacted the SPCA. The dog dubbed Cranberry (because she was found near Thanksgiving) was brought to the shelter to receive veterinarian care.

“The dog had been micro-chipped, which led us to Mr. Long,” stated Pennsylvania SPCA Director of Humane Law Enforcement Nicole Wilson. “We found what we believe is the matching sheet in Mr. Long’s possession.”

When rescued, Cranberry was nothing but skin and bones and barely alive. She was administered life saving intravenous fluids and nutrients to save her life. Cranberry has since made a full recovery and has been adopted; she is living a great new life:

“She is currently living in a home in Malvern soaking up life as a couch potato very happy and most of her updated pictures come back exhausted by how happy she is,” stated Nicole.

Long’s arrest culminates an intensive investigation conducted by the Philadelphia Police Internal Affairs Unit. Hopefully Cranberry will get some justice. Sometimes, investigators just have to follow the evidence – no matter who might be involved.

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Dog’s face and the desperate look in his eyes plead for help

Chester is the tragic face of dog fighting. The desperate look in his eyes pleaded for help; surely the monsters who subjected this innocent victim to hell never cared. Surely the monsters who subjected this innocent victim to this hell never loved a dog. Odds are he was used as a bait dog.

And on Thursday afternoon, a rescue volunteer walked into a rural Texas shelter and knew Chester deserved more than an untimely death. From the moment the rescuer entered the dog’s kennel, he slowly approached her as he left a trail of blood behind him. For once in a long, long time, Chester felt a soft human touch, and then he slowly retreated back into the corner of his cage and began to lick and tend to his wounds. When contacted, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC stepped up; co-founder Stacey Silverstein explained the situation on the organization’s Facebook page. She could not refuse to help:

  “He had lived through this before, injured with puncture wounds from dog fighting. Chester was covered in blood. He was covered in scars. His body told us his past and through his eyes showed us his pain.”

Chester has been rushed in for emergency medical treatment. Let’s hope this poor dog survives. To help with this latest case of extreme abuse and cruelty, donations for the dog’s care can be made by clicking here or PayPal at donate@rescuedogsrocknyc.org.

(Photos of Chester’s face and desperate look courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC and Leslie Ysuhuaylas)

 

 

Short video can be viewed here:

 

Abuser of Caitlyn the dog sentenced to 15 years in federal prison

In Charleston, South Carolina, the man who committed one of the most heinous acts of animal cruelty to a puppy dubbed Caitlyn by tightly duct taping her muzzle so she couldn’t bark, eat or drink nearly two years ago, has been sentenced to prison for the next 15 years. William Leonard Dodson, 43, was sentenced  in United States District Court on Thursday, however on an unrelated charge. 

A press release by United States Attorney Beth Drake stated:

“Evidence presented at the change of plea and sentence hearings established that officers with the North Charleston Police Department initiated a traffic stop on Dodson and Dodson fled on foot. As Dodson ran from law enforcement, he threw a loaded Beretta 9 mm handgun, along with marijuana and cocaine, which law enforcement recovered after Dodson was apprehended. Dodson has multiple prior felony convictions, including four prior conviction for possessing of narcotics with intent to distribute.”

According to the Post and Courier,  Dodson’s sentence is the end result stemming  from the drugs and gun possession charges. Having a record of multiple past felonies, the 15-year sentence was the mandatory minimum term. His sentence is scheduled to be followed up with two years of probation. The charge carries up to life.

And now as to the animal cruelty charge, the Charleston Animal Society posted on their Facebook page, that a hearing will be held Friday morning in the case of Caitlyn:

“THE Animal Abuse Case Heard ‘Round the World:
~~~Caitlyn finally gets justice!~~~~
Friday, March 24th 10am
Charleston County, SC Courthouse
MEDIA ALERT: Caitlyn Abuser to be Sentenced in Court on Animal Cruelty Charges
William Leonard Dodson Sentencing Scheduled for 10am on March 24th

WHO: William Leonard Dodson, 42, of Quitman Street in North Charleston plead guilty to a felony charge of ill-treatment of an animal last August, for taping the muzzle of the staffie-mix female dog, Caitlyn, in May 2015.
WHAT: His sentencing for the plea will take place Friday, March 24. Dodson faces from 180 days to five years in prison and a fine of $5,000. Dodson also faces charges in unrelated cases involving drugs and weapons.
WHEN: March 23, 2017 at 10AM
WHERE: Charleston County Courthouse, 100 Broad St, Charleston, SC 29401
WHY: Justice for Caitlyn the dog”

The Staffordshire bull terrier’s story went global after she was found with her tongue sticking out and swollen in June 2015. The electrical tape had been wrapped around her snout nine times. During an investigation into Caitlyn’s egregious cruel treatment, a witness told authorities that Dodson had complained the puppy barked too much after purchasing her for $20. When the dog broke free of her chain, she wandered off and was found as a stray. During her rehabilitation, Caitlyn lost part of her tongue and underwent repeated surgeries to enable her to recuperate. The dog has since become the namesake for abused animals through the Charleston Animal Society; her fund pays for veterinary care for dogs involved in cruelty and neglect cases.

 

Dodson’s faces between 180 days and five years in prison along with a fine of $5,000.

Click here to see Caitlyn’s message from 2015. She has since been adopted and lives with her human family and canine pal Oreo.

 

What happened to Capone after DNA results were revealed?

After DNA results came back showing that a German shepherd mix named “Capone” was just a dog, not a wolf hybrid as alleged by Aurora Animal Services, what happened? The dog who was impounded for nearly a month was finally released to his relieved owners on Wednesday afternoon.

Capone’s owners had to go to court to address multiple charges that stemmed from their dog’s yard escape on February 24 – the family pleaded guilty for having a dog at large, failing to have Capone vaccinated against Rabies and not having the dog registered with the city, reported WTSP News. Despite the family’s guilty plea, the court fees and fines (including impound fees) were dropped.

As part of the agreement made between the city and Capone’s owners, a six-foot privacy fence will be constructed around the family’s yard – until that is completed, the dog must be inside or leashed. Capone could still be at risk of being seized by Aurora Animal Control if his owners, at any point in the coming year, are convicted for having an aggressive or dangerous animal.

Prior article about Capone at this link.

(Screenshot via 10 News)


Adorable puppy gets braces – check out the adorable photos at this link.


Saddest dog in the world – undergoes an amazing transformation. Watch here.

Queenie: ‘Look at me now I’m standing’ says dog thrown away as trash

Barely one week after Queenie was discovered curled up in a small shed in Houston, Texas and few thought she would ever survive the first few nights at an emergency veterinarian hospital, the emaciated dog thrown away as trash, has now been able to take her first steps. The dog had been another victim of heartless neglect and when her photo was posted onto social media, Queenie’s heartbreaking plight went viral as the phrase  “a picture is worth a thousand words” so aptly described her.

Queenie had been suffering in silence until a  group of animal advocates coordinated her rescue with Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. From there she underwent  hours of surgery to remove and debride the dead and infected skin over her body. Her infections ran so deep that surgeons could see the tendons on her legs. She was then bandaged to protect her raw skin and continues to have  her dressings changed daily.

When the medical staff reported Queenie had started to eat on her own, advocates were encouraged – “hoping Queenie would continue to fight the fight,” the rescue organization’s Facebook posted. And on Thursday morning, Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, labeled Queenie a “true warrior” and updated her condition:

 “Queenie continues her miraculous road to recovery. Here Queenie stands and eats; something she loves to do. Every day she gets a little stronger. We here at RDR NYC NEVER GIVE UP. And here is why … Queenie had the will to live and her medical team agreed. NEVER did we discuss putting Queenie to sleep, because if she had the slightest glimmer of hope, which she did, to pull through her horrific, abusive past, we were going to make sure she had every medical advantage to do so. And now look at Queenie! Her road to a full recovery will be long and hard but worth every second, every minute so that Queenie can go on to live a beautiful life.”

Read the earlier story and see the dog’s earlier video by clicking here.

Photos and video of dog thrown away as trash courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. Watch for more updates as Queenie regains her strength.

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