Update: Dogs accused of killing 22-year-old Virginia woman euthanized

The two dogs accused of mauling to death a Virginia woman  while she had been out in the woods walking this week have been euthanized. On Sunday morning, the Law Offices of Matthew Albert Esq. posted the tragic news on Facebook:

“UPDATE: dogs have been killed. Confirmed by the sheriffs department. I will leave this up for awhile and then delete the post as it obviously is no longer applicable. I think a grave injustice has been done here, and a murderer may be walking free… but there is no undoing it at this point. What a tragedy. I apologize for getting people’s hopes up… all reports were that euthanasia was pending… not that it had already happened…”

Prior to the news, the law office had been hoping to get the dogs to safety:

“Our rescue (Against All Oddz Animal Alliance Inc.) and law practice will be seeking to get these dogs out of harms way ASAP so that this lovely woman can Rest in Peace….”

Bethany Lynn Stephens, 22, was found dead, in what has been described as a “grisly” scene last Thursday evening – two days after she was last seen taking her two bully breed dogs for a walk in her Goochland neighborhood. According to the Richmond Times Dispatch, Bethany’s father found her body being guarded by the “very large, brindle-colored pit bull dogs.” Goochland County Sheriff James L. Agnew, stated in his nearly 40 years in law enforcement, he had never seen anything quite like this. At the scene, police gathered shredded pieces of clothing covered with blood for evidence.

Many animal behaviorists, friends of Bethany and veterinarians believe there was much more to this story. A family friend, Barbara Norris told CBS6News, that she did not believe the dogs would kill Bethany; both dogs slept with her in bed every night.

“Those dogs would not attack her,” Barbara said. “They’d kill you with kisses.”

Dr. Amy Learn, a veterinarian who did not know Bethany nor the dogs, also found it very strange for dogs to overtly attack their owner unless there was some kind of provocation leading to the dogs’ aggression which caused fear.

“Was there somebody else there? Were they being attacked by somebody? Were they trying to defend themselves and their owner from somebody else, from a wild animal? Was it actually something else that attacked the owner? Were there stray dogs, coyotes [or] something else in the woods?” Learn asked during the Cbs6News interview.

Dogs can’t talk, and we may never know the real story why Bethany died and her dogs killed shortly afterwards. May you all rest in peace. Surely more could have been done to discover the real truth. Bethany and her dogs deserved so much more.

(Photo of Virginia woman and dogs via FB)

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Homeless man just wants his ‘Lamb of God’ pup saved from euthanasia

In the Dallas Municipal Court in Texas, a yellow Labrador retriever named Lamb of God, life remains in limbo as animal lovers, city officials and an impressive list of attorneys came to the pooch’s defense on Monday. Last month,  Lamb of God was ordered to be destroyed by Judge Michael Acuna after the dog bit a 13-year-old boy, who the owner said just got his face too close to the protective pooch.

Sean Baugh, the homeless man who is dog’s owner, contends she is a good dog. According to NewsCw33, there are people who disagree how good Lamby really is – city attorneys and staff at the Dallas Animal Services including a veterinarian state the dog is a “ticking time bomb.”

Lamby, however has worked her big brown eyes and her desperate tale into the hearts of animal lovers and activists throughout the country – so much so she has attracted a most prestigious legal team who have stated a homeless man with no legal training and expertise was no match for the city’s attorneys who convinced the judge to make the decision to kill the dog. City attorneys cited cases where the dog had bitten three people in the last year, contending they could not release the dog to a sanctuary since the judge had deemed the dog a threat to public safety.

A lead activist in the huge movement to save the dog’s life said the child continued to put his face in front of the dog despite Baugh continually warning the child’s mother asking her to tell the kid to stop.

On Monday, the lawyers met with Judge Acuna for 90 minutes with lots of questions; it was not clear which way the judge was leaning. The lawyers – two former Dallas County prosecutors cast doubt on the boy’s case using the photos of the boy’s face. And to add to the impressive credentials of Lamby’s legal team, came Don Feare, an animal rights attorney and professor who pleaded with the judge:

“Don’t take advantage of the disadvantaged.”

As to the dog’s background, Baugh, a panhandler, would dress his dog up in costumes with hats and sunglasses and offered her to pose in photos with people for a few coins in the downtown area of Deep Ellum. Although there have been multiple stories of Baugh abusing the dog, he denies all the allegations and refers to the dog as having been bestowed upon him as a gift from God. In March 2016, he said he found the “mangy” dog scavenging through the streets, and for the last two years, Lamby has never been hungry and always has a safe shelter.

“People didn’t see when it’s cold outside and I only have one sweater, the dog gets it,” Baugh said. “People didn’t see my little puppy waking me up with kisses.”

And so the battle seems to be two-fold. The child was seen by witnesses taunting the dog. Come on, we all know not to get in a dog’s face – especially a strange dog, and surely a 13-year-old kid dangling a dollar bill in the face of an unknown dog should have been enough for his mother to stop the inappropriate behavior. Combine that with a homeless man who may have abused the dog, then pops the questions?

“Is the dog to blame? Does she have to pay for human errors with her life? Where is our humanity?”

Will Lamby get a reprieve or will she die? Will Lamby be returned to her owner? Will Lamby get a new home at a sanctuary?

We’re waiting.

(Photos of Lamb of God via Facebook, Kattie Vittetoe)

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Help: How can these 2 homeless seniors not break your heart?

In San Antonio, Texas, two bonded seniors were surrendered by their owner. Sadly they are way overdue and have already been spared once from having been humanely euthanized. How can these two homeless seniors not break your heart?

 

 

457842 Vicky and 457843 Nanny are two older gals who need a loving home to live out their senior years. Maybe it will take some time for these girls to warm up to a new person in their lives, but isn’t it worth it to have such beautiful companions? Vicky is described as a Staffordshire  terrier blend and about eight-years-old weighing 40 pounds. Her best friend Nanny, is an American bulldog blend who is 13-year-old and weighs 35 pounds. Don’t let them lose their lives in a shelter backroom.

 

Follow their Facebook pages here and here. Share their stories with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. Their owner let them down – we can do better together.

 

Needs Commitment: To adopt, foster, or rescue, please email: placement@sanantoniopetsalive.org

(Photos of homeless seniors via SAPA and Sara Waszo)

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Drowning puppy saved by unexpected hero


Nobody wanted this skinny hurricane survivor, until a reporter gave him a helping hand

Graphic: Shocking injuries to attacked dog now being prepped for surgery

We have come to find out there are very few quiet days for animal rescue organizations, and Wednesday was no different for Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, a non profit whose goal focuses on the needs of urgent animals and provide them  emergency or specialized medical care they need and deserve.  A dog with shocking injuries arrived at a partner veterinarian hospital in South Carolina.

What happened to Foxy is heartbreaking; the senior Labrador retriever is currently receiving pain medication and is being prepared for surgery. Her story begins:

“Seeing this made our hearts literally hurt,” stated Jackie O’Sullivan, co-founder of the rescue organization. “Foxy is a sweet 12-year-old Lab mix who was attacked by another dog in South Carolina. She came into our vet, and there were two options – she could have been euthanized or admitted to the hospital for surgery.”

Foxy’s owner brought her to the veterinarian to be euthanized, however the hospital asked the owners to surrender her, and they would reach out to a rescue organization for help. The owners agreed.

“Foxy is being prepped for emergency surgery now because we could not say no! This is not her fault! She is an otherwise sweet, happy family dog!,” Jackie wrote on Facebook. “We understand this is graphic, but we could not let Foxy die because of this. She is an innocent victim who deserves to get help.”

Updates as to the dog’s condition will be provided as soon as possible. To help:

PayPal: Donate@rescuedogsrocknyc.org or www.rescuedogsrocknyc.org/donate/ or
RDR NYC
PO BOX 101
NY NY 10028

Video is extremely graphic and may not be suitable for all viewing audiences. It is what happened to a dog – the victim of having been attacked.

(Photos and video of Foxy’s shocking injuries courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

 

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Albino dog receives special care to avoid injury or worse…

 

No one stopped to help street dog hit by car and scrounging to survive

Sylvie had been tossed onto the streets like yesterday’s trash. For months, residents in the San Antonio, Texas neighborhood ignored the street dog who had lacerations all over her body, barely any coat with scabs covering her raging red skin and emaciated body. Still Sylvie scrounged around for food; she so wanted to live and find her way home.

And then the unthinkable happened. Sylvie had not been paying attention to the dangers of the street and was struck by a vehicle – injuring her hind leg so badly, she couldn’t put any weight on it. Still no one stopped to help her; that is until a Good Samaritan spotted her on the streets and called for assistance. Animal Control officers arrived, and Sylvie was brought to the San Antonio Animal Shelter; at the very least she was finally off the streets, given some food and had a safe place to sleep – at least for a few days.

Who would want a nearly bald Border collie mix; a poor suffering dog only one-year-old? That was when animal advocates contacted Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC and asked for help:

“As we know, the shelter is not a safe haven and without help from a rescue to save Sylvie, she would not survive,” explained Stacey on Wednesday afternoon after posting the photos of the emaciated and hairless young dog on the rescue organization’s Facebook page. “We saw Sylvie and decided we could not let her suffer another moment and contacted the shelter and agreed to help her – just an innocent puppy who didn’t ask to be disregarded like dirt.”

Sylvie has been transferred to Rescue Dogs Rock NYC partner veterinarian, where for the first time in a long time, Sylvie is being treated with kindness and able to sleep  a full night without fear of being harmed. At this point, Sylvie is listed in critical condition.

To help Sylvie:

Go to http://rescuedogsrocknyc.org/donate
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Donate@rescuedogsrocknyc.org

(Photos  of street dog Sylvie courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

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Owners brought ailing dog to vet to be put down, but veterinarian decided to save dog’s life instead

 

 

 

 

Shelter favorite of staff and volunteers – yet still on list to die tomorrow

What chance does Raider have to be rescued and live the rest of his life in a loving and comfortable home?  He’s a ten-year-old pit bull mix who was brought in as an owner surrender. Although he is a favorite of the staff and volunteers, he’s scheduled to die.  Not listed on the website and hidden in the back of the shelter, how is anyone to even know Raider’s life counts?

We continue to question how our shelters fail so many dogs. Why hasn’t the Downey Animal Care Center opened an investigation to charge Raider’s owner with neglect? Look how undernourished he is? Doesn’t he deserve better? Why is there no information as to his history – knowing if he likes to be with children, likes other dogs or even chases cats? Wouldn’t a pet profile help him find a home?

 

Instead the shelter had planned to euthanize Raider on Tuesday; shelter volunteers Sal Valdepena and Iris Bassas Avila were able to secure an extension for one more day. Advocates continue to pledge funds for an approved rescue organization to help. Share this dog’s plight with friends, family and social media contacts. We are his last chance. Just one more share, just reach out to one more person and that can mean the difference between life and death for this dog. Won’t you help?

Follow his Facebook page here.

When calling Downey Animal Care Center, make sure to reference A5126370. Downey Animal Care Center (562) 940-6898

(Photos and video of favorite dog Raider courtesy of Sal Valdepena and Iris Bassas Avila.)

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Disturbing photo of shepherd at Dallas shelter on bloody choke pole

A terrified German shepherd’s photograph showing her attached to an animal control bloody choke pole appeared on a Pet Harbor listing on Friday. The disturbing photo stated the three-year-old sable colored  shepherd mix had been brought in as a stray and would be on hold until November 14. On a later description, Dallas Animal Services posted additional information:

“There are some behavior concerns. When she was caught, she was exhibiting aggressive behavior and for the safety of our officers a catch pole was used when handling her. She bit the catch pole which caused injuries to her mouth. Any rescues that might be interested will need to reach out to us asap so we know there is interest for her.”

Shortly after the original photo had been posted, it was replaced by another one – obviously less threatening and more compassionate. Unfortunately no one knows why the dog acted aggressively; too often rescue organizations are afraid to make the commitment. For this young dog, one can only hope an organization reaches out to help her. Had she been protecting puppies? Had the animal control officers acted aggressively towards her? Had someone tried to hurt her just before the animal control officers showed up? No one has the answers; she’s just a dog who has met up with incredibly back luck and needs a miracle to save her. Please share her plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives; we are all that she has in the world.

Click here for the dog’s latest Pet Harbor photo and listing. 

“I am a female, sable German Shepherd Dog mix.

The shelter staff think I am about 3 years old.

I have been at the shelter since Nov 10, 2017.

If I may be your missing pet, please contact Dallas Animal Services direct by calling the number below or by emailing DASLost@DallasCityHall.com as soon as possible.”

For more information about this animal, call Dallas Animal Services at (214) 670-6800. Ask for information about animal ID number A1014016. To follow her Facebook discussion, please click here. or here.

(Dog on choke pole via Dallas Animal Services)

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Dog belonging to reality star’s family bites child – but family decided to keep their pet

Terrified: This is where Harvey sits just shaking and trembling

When a picture paints a thousand words, Harvey’s heartbreaking photo reminds all of us of the despair and terror dogs experience when brought into an animal shelter. This young male pup sits like this even as staffers enter his kennel cage to clean. He is clearly terrified!

What a tough young life Harvey must have experienced, and he’s barely a year old.  If only he could speak? His owner no longer wanted him and with barely a flourish of the man’s pen signing away his rights to his young dog, Harvey’s death sentence was signed. Can we help this dog find some love?

Click here for Harvey’s Pet Harbor adoption listing. “I am described as a female, white and black Pit Bull Terrier. The shelter thinks I am about 1 year old.
I have been at the shelter since Nov 03, 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 A5127115.

Harvey’s Facebook page can be followed here. Share this dog’s plight with approved organizations, family, friends and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.

BALDWIN PARK ANIMAL CARE CENTER
4275 North Elton Street
Baldwin Park, CA 91706
PHONE: 1-(626)-962-3577
HIT “5”, THEN “4” THEN “2” TO SPEAK TO SOMEONE.

If interested in helping Harvey, make sure to call immediately and speak to a supervisor and inform her of your interest in adopting this dog. He needs a special loving and trusted home. This dog’s life is at risk. He is at a kill shelter and can be euthanized at anytime.

Recent update indicates the following:
“Kennel card says MALE but shelter website says FEMALE. If you can foster email LaAdopt@gmail.com for information.”

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This awesome dog helped save two teens sinking in the mud!

 

Hopeless dogs in kill shelter: Irina’s skin had hardened like cement

Irina’s coat had once been brown; that is of course when she had a coat. After months and months of mange which turned into long time neglect, Irina’s skin had hardened like cement. It didn’t matter anymore because the animal shelter in South Texas  doesn’t have the funds to help the dogs. And there they all wait; the hopeless, the sick and the scared. So many injured dogs are thrown together, and all are at the mercy of the person who signs their death sentences if no one comes to claim them.

“Irina (the brown dog) was brought to our attention due to her severe medical condition,” Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC posted on the group’s Facebook page Sunday morning. “She is hairless, weak, covered in mange with a badly injured leg.”

If Irina was to have a chance to survive, she would need life saving medical care, and Stacey agreed. But, the other dogs in the kennel needed help as well, and Stacey couldn’t leave them behind as they were all clearly suffering from various medical issues.

“Just look at all those scared faces. We have committed to helping these angels. We cannot stand by and allow them to suffer anymore,” Stacey explained.

It is expected the veterinarian care for these dogs will be extremely expensive as they are all very ill. Can you help?

Please help by donating:

rescuedogsrocknyc.org
PAY PAL
donate@rescuedogsrocknyc.org
MAIL
PO BOX 101
Ny NY 10028

(Photos and videos courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

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Chunky little Ruby: Friendly but coughing and slated to die today in NYC shelter

NO interest yet! Ruby has until 3:00. Please share her story.

No one knows for sure how Ruby ended up as a stray. It seemed to have just happened one sad day, and her life was to be changed forever. A volunteer tells Ruby’s story:

 “One morning she woke up and her life as she knew it was gone. She wandered around the park with the saddest little face, yet nobody seemed to notice. Until a young boy became her hero and thought her life mattered. She happily followed him to the shelter where she met even more people – she was so excited at that moment in time. But today she sits on death row after catching the shelter’s cold – today she will die unless someone cares. NOT RESERVED – RUBY WILL BE KILLED .”

And so it begins – this young dog’s last hours that will quietly wind down with a final breath. Her only hope is to find someone who is willing to either find an approved rescue organization, foster home or adopter who will swoop in today to save her. A volunteer who interacted with this delightful dog had this to report:

 “Ruby is a chunky dream girl! She was surrendered as a stray but looks well cared for and is very friendly and outgoing. She was well behaved and affectionate with her 14 year old finder (what a gal!). She seems housebroken, is super treat motivated, and absolutely lights up at the sight of a toy. She is a delight to be with and the shelter feels she will fit into a home with an average amount of dog experience. She has kennel cough and needs to find a foster or adopter.”

Details for Ruby:

Hello, my name is Ruby. My animal id is #10689.
I am a female tan dog at the Brooklyn Animal Care Center.
The shelter thinks I am about 3 years 1 weeks old.
Weight: 63.2 lbs
Rated Average (will fit into just about any home)

Follow Ruby’s plight here. Ruby has been friendly and tolerant at the shelter and did well in dog play groups; even with pushy and exuberant puppies.

“Ruby is such a winner that we just can’t let her lose. Please share her to the moon and back for a new home and family for the holidays and then some!!”

Share Ruby’s story with friends, family, rescue organizations and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. Just a few hours left to save this precious life; miracle needed!

If you would like to adopt a dog on the “To Be Killed” list, and you CAN get to the shelter in person to complete the adoption process  within 48 hours of reserve, you can reserve the dog online until noon on the day they are scheduled to die.  The Brooklyn, Staten Island and Manhattan information  is provided below. Adoption hours at these facilities is Noon – 8:00 p.m. (6:30 on weekends)

“To be Killed” dogs RESERVE LINK: https://newhope.shelterbuddy.com/Animal/List

(Photos and video via Animal Care Centers of NYC, Julie Carner and Must Love Dogs)

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