15-year-old dumped senior too scared to move from corner at Georgia shelter

In Polk County, Georgia, a 15-year-old senior was surrendered to the shelter by his owner. How does one explain to Butch, who has lived in one home all of his life, that his owner no longer cares if he lives or dies? Tragically, this senior seems to understand the betrayal; he lies in the corner of the his shelter cage and shakes, but refuses to budge. And there comes the real concern; who will want to adopt Butch?

Butch was surrendered to the Polk County, GA Animal Adoption and Recovery Shelter on October 16. He is listed as a Labrador retriever and boxer mix. When inquiring about this dog, please reference 36834619.

“This is Butch; he is 15 yrs old and was surrendered by his owner. He has done nothing but sit in his kennel since he’s gotten here and shake. Hopefully we will build up enough trust and can farther test this boy before it’s too late,” volunteer Shannon Hicks posted on Facebook.

On Saturday, Shannon was able to leash Butch and slowly began to walk out of the kennel. Within ten feet of the door, the poor guy became so scared and overwhelmed, he pulled his way back into the building.

“I just let him go back in, and he went into his kennel and laid back down in the corner. He didn’t growl or bite, but just got so scared that he didn’t want to walk or anything. We will keep trying but it’s tough in  this environment,” Shannon posted.

Share Butch’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. Additional information for Butch can be found here. Make sure to reference 36834619. We are all he has. Please help him find a safe home.

(Photos and video by Shannon Hicks)


Ignored by humans, helpless stray found carrying her dead puppy

Ignored by humans, the helpless stray fought a losing battle trying to keep her tiny puppies safe. When volunteers were notified of three tiny puppies roaming the streets, they acted as quickly as they could. Nighttime in the valley of south Texas can be dangerous.

Originally there had been six puppies. By the time they were all found, two had been hit by a car; one had just died. Two puppies had been captured and rushed to the emergency veterinarian near Dallas. One puppy is still missing. And most tragic of all – the mother dog had been found carrying a dead puppy in her mouth; she tried her best to protect her family.


Such is the plight of homeless dogs. Such was the plight of this mother who had been abandoned by her uncaring owner and left on the cold and dirty streets to fight her own way. Had it not been for the efforts of volunteers and Rescue Dogs Rock NYC who stepped up to help, unimaginable horrors would have  flooded the dog’s daily lives; most likely all of the puppies would have met untimely and painful deaths.

“This is their reality; the reality of homeless dogs – ignored by humans all over our country. Every day this is happening,” explained Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of the rescue organization. “Momma you did your best; it just wasn’t enough. We will now do our best to give this family a new beginning. They are safe with us a RDR NYC.”


Please check out the photos; their needs are immediate. All are safe at an emergency veterinarian.

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(Photos of stray found carrying her dead puppy courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

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Everyone is clamoring for shelter’s ‘smiling dog’

What does it take for a dog to get adopted? Sometimes a “story,” and other times something like an infatuation with a stuffed animal. For one dog in Waller, Texas, it’s a smile.

Everyone is clamoring to adopt one smiling dog who is at the City of Waller Animal Shelter and Rescue. The popular dog, named “Cheech,” arrived at the shelter on Thursday. In a Facebook post, the shelter wrote:

Y’all… this smiling dog we got in at the shelter yesterday is ridiculous! #ICantEven

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In short order, Cheech’s awesome grin created quite a stir – in fact, the post was shared over 1100 times!

On Saturday, the shelter addressed the dog’s popularity and reminded potential adopters that there are MANY dogs who are waiting for their forever homes:

If everyone fought over our other dogs like they are Cheech (the smiling dog) my life would be much easier 😂💙

We have plenty of available dogs for adoption, they’re all awesome and looking for forever homes. We’ve taken each of these dogs from the pound on their euthanasia dates, vaccinated and vetted them. Each come with a free spay or neuter, free rabies and Parvo vaccination, and a free vet check up.

Cheech already has multiple adoption applications pending – if you are interested in one of the other hopeful pets at the shelter, find the Facebook page for the City of Waller shelter here.

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Guardian dog braved fire to protect piglets

When a wildfire began burning property in Oroville, California, rancher Megan Brown had moments to wake her mother, and gather her dogs to evacuate. One dog, a two-year-old Great Pyrenees named “Luna,” refused to abandon the piglets that she was raised to protect.

According to Modern Farmer, Megan and her mother, Sharon, spent a sleepless night not far from their home – as they watched the flames, they were filled with despair that Luna and the two dozen (plus) pigs perished in the fire.

Amazingly, when the pair was able to return to the property the next morning, they found that Luna was still very much alive, as were the pigs that she was determined to save. Luna had kept the pigs safely out of harm’s way, “standing like a statue,” outside of the barn, and she was smiling at her owner when she returned. In a Facebook post, Brown wrote:

When I was able to get back on the ranch the morning after it burned, this smile greeted me at the pig pen. I won’t lie. I cried. #luna #verygooddog#guardiandog

The pigs’ faithful guardian was treated to a fair amount of spoiling after the danger passed – amazingly, Brown’s home did not burn down thanks to the efforts of the firefighters. Brown told Modern Farmer, “We lived and we shouldn’t have. The firefighters saved my bacon—literally—and my home. They went above and beyond. They deserve recognition for a job really well done.”

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Plea from Texas shelter for urgent care for six-month-old suffering puppy

A six-month-old suffering Shih Tzu remains in critical condition at a south Texas emergency hospital. On Thursday, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, Stacey Silverstein, arranged to have the tiny pup rushed to their organization’s partner veterinarian partner for life-saving treatment.

“This was the plea from the shelter,” Stacey posted on the group’s Facebook page. “Please help. 6-month old shi tzu puppy – very weak needs rescue immediately or he will be considered a mercy Euth.”


The puppy, who has since been named Chipper had entered the high kill shelter extremely weak, listless and lethargic. No one knew what had happened to him, but such a young life, how could he be doled out a death sentence with no information as to what had happened or what was wrong? The puppy’s Saturday morning update does not indicate any improvement, however no one has given up and he continues to fight for his life:

“Chipper remains in critical condition at the emergency hospital. We felt he deserved at least a chance to survive so we had Chipper rushed to the ER for life saving medical care… He’s on 24 hour IV , heat and had a blood transfusion overnight.”

Hopefully this puppy’s story is just beginning, and we will follow his progress. For now he needs everyone’s support.

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Adopted dog loses leg after alligator attack

A puppy, adopted from an Orlando, Florida, rescue agency, recently managed to survive a horrific attack by an alligator. According to Florida Today, Chloe, a mixed breed pup, managed to squeeze through some fencing while on a potty break in her backyard…her escape artistry put her in harm’s way in an area near the Ulumay Wildlife Sanctuary.

Jo Ellen Kleinhenz, Chloe’s owner, ran to the area after hearing horrible crying – she found her pup clinging to a branch with an alligator clamped on her body, trying to drag her into the murky water. Miraculously, the gator let go and the pup was rushed to a veterinarian for treatment of her severe injuries.

On September 26, the Courtenay Animal Hospital described the pup’s wounds:

Chloe has many very significant injuries, including broken bones, deep wounds, and worrisome lung changes from a near drowning incident when she was pulled under water.

This girl is a survivor though! She managed to hang onto a branch with her mouth to keep herself out of the water and stay alive. She was in surgery for 2.5 hours and did great!!

Fortunately, Chloe is a fighter and though she has since lost one of her legs, she is powering on “as if she never had four legs.” On October 9, the animal hospital shared a happy update about the resilient pup:

We tried really hard to save the foot that the alligator had chomped/crushed but it was not healing well and was causing her tremendous pain 😕. So we made the difficult decision to amputate her leg on Friday.
Chloe is already running around like she never had four legs! She seems to feel soooo much better without that painful foot. Less than 24 hours after surgery, she was already moving around really well and learning to potty on 3 legs. The hardest thing now is keeping her quiet & still enough to finish healing!

Chloe’s owner is inspired by her brave pup, she told Florida Today, “I feel like if everybody in the world had the same attitude that Chloe has, the world would be a better place.”

(Image via Facebook/Courtenay Animal Hospital)

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Police asking for public’s help with German shepherd starvation case

In Dodge City, Kansas, the police department is asking for the public’s help with finding the person responsible for animal neglect and cruelty starvation case of a German shepherd found on Tuesday. The  emaciated dog weighed only 27 pounds and when rushed to an emergency veterinarian scored a “1” out of a “5” for body condition indicating the lowest grade as to the dog’s condition.

According to the Dodge City Police Department’s Facebook page, the dog has already gained eight pounds since she arrived, and Dodge City Animal Control personnel have not found any underlying medical reasons why the dog could not eat.

“It’s not right. You wouldn’t want this to happen to your children; it shouldn’t happen to your pets either. It’s wrong either way you look at it, so people need to straighten up and do what’s right,” stated Dodge City Animal Control Supervision Laura Stein.

Police report the dog was found near Mulberry and Avenue H. According to Dodge County Police Department Chief Drew Francis, the owner of the dog faces animal cruelty charges, allowing a dog to run at large and not procuring a rabies vaccination or city license tag. The dog is currently under medical care and will not be available for adoption until her condition improves.

If the owner of the dog is found guilty of animal cruelty, he (she) could receive a jail sentence from 30 days to one year with a fine ranging from $500 to $5,000.

Anyone with information on this German Shepherd’s identity or her owner is asked to call the Dodge City Animal Shelter at 620-225-8180.

Help this dog find some justice. This just isn’t fair!

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Woman’s 14 dogs, rabbit and a pig, were all killed in horrific fire

A woman lost everything when wildfires consumed her home and property in Santa Rosa, California. Patti Meyer lost her home and belongings, but nothing hit her as hard as the loss of her beloved animals. According to the San Francisco Gate, Meyer’s 14 dogs, a rabbit and a pig, all perished when the fire consumed her home.

As the devastating fire approached, Meyer was evacuated from her home – though she begged for her animals to be brought to safety as well, the authorities could only save her. After arriving at a temporary shelter, Meyer reached out to her ex-fiance, Sean Mallary, to see if he could help in any way.

Mallary recounted Meyer’s distress, “She was hysterical, screaming she’d been evacuated and the dogs were still in the house. I jumped in my van and drove as fast as I could; there were giant oak trees blowing down on the highway. When I got there, the house was already burned to the foundation.”

Eight Bernese mountain dogs, as well as a litter of newborn pups, were among the dead – Meyer breeds the dog as a hobby. She told SF Gate what the dogs meant to her, “They were like my children. All that’s important to me, all that I want, would be for my animals to have gotten out.”

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Owner charged with beating dog with club to put dog ‘down’

A Sahuarita, Arizona man faces two felony counts of animal cruelty after he allegedly beat his dog with a club and then tried to choke it to put the dog “down.” Brian Daniel, 70, was arrested on Monday telling police he decided to kill his ten-year-old pug because it hadn’t eaten in two weeks, and he couldn’t afford to take the dog to a veterinarian for treatment.

According to the Tucson News, Daniel beat the dog with a club and then choked it, before shoving it in a bag. Law enforcement officers later found the dog and when freed from the bag the animal was still alive. The emaciated dog staggered towards the rear of the residence. Sahuarita Animal Care and Control arrived and removed another healthy dog as well as the pug. Both are in the care of the Humane Society in Tucson. There have been no updates on the dog’s condition.

Daniel was booked into Pima County Jail on suspicion of animal neglect resulting in physical injury and for intentional maltreatment of an animal.
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‘Obscenely vicious’ dog fighting ring busted: Abused and tortured dogs saved

Thirty-six pit bulls ranging in ages from one week to seven years have been seized in Wyandanch, New York; authorities called the breeding operation  as well as the conditions where the dogs lived, as “obscenely vicious.” More than half of the dogs rescued were puppies.

According to the Long Island News, the pit bulls were being trained and tortured for dog fighting rings. In September, the Suffolk police and the ASPCA removed dozens of dogs from two homes. On Thursday it was announced “Operation Bloodline” brought down the operation being run under the guise of a kennel. At a news conference, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman stated:

“Dogfighting is an obscenely vicious and cruel form of animal abuse that tortures animals and endangers the safety of the public. It’s barbaric, despicable, and illegal.”

As for the dogs, two had to be euthanized after they had been attacked by their mother. A third dog named Sophie had been so abused and tortured, no one could get near her and she had been a threat to anyone who tried to approach her. The dogs had all been chained and separated; none had any food or water and the ones suffering from bite wounds and other injuries had been left untreated. One of the dogs had a broken leg and another was emaciated. All of the dogs were covered in fleas, were filthy and had long nails – signs of having lived solitary lives and rarely off their chains.

Arrested were Richard Davis, 34, Martin Newkirk, 49, and Taikeem Wheeler, 26 for operating kennels out of their homes that were staging areas for dog fighting rings. Police also recovered dog fighting paraphernalia including breaking sticks to separate the dogs while fighting, heavy chains, weighted dog vests, treadmills and performance enhancing dietary supplements for the dogs, designed to increase strength and endurance as dog fighters. The three face  felony charges of animal fighting and animal cruelty.

The attorney for Wheeler denied all of the charges and stated the dogs were all personal pets including the dog Sophie who had been euthanized. All of the surviving dogs are currently in the care of the ASPCA, and it is hoped once they are healed, the dogs can be retrained and adopted.

Dogfighting is illegal in all 50 states. In New York, each charge can carry a maximum penalty of four years in jail and a fine of $25,000.

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