Four dogs sentenced to die after mauling 10-year-old girl

In Klamath Falls, four dogs have been ordered to be euthanized after they mauled a ten-year-old girl on June 1. Last Thursday, the Klamath County commissioners unanimously voted to kill the Mastiff dogs stating it was in the public’s interest to end their lives.

According to the Herald and News, dog owner, Vincent Berry has ten days to appeal the decision through the court system. Berry intends to file the appeal through Klamath County Circuit Court. The attack took place at Berry’s home where Berry’s neighbor, Alyssa Stevens, 10 had been playing with the four dogs in an enclosed yard while her father had been home next door. Deputies stated the child had been around the dogs many times, and there had never been any incidents. The dogs had never been reported to be aggressive or a menace to anyone in the past. Berry stated the child had no permission to be in his yard with the dogs.

Alyssa suffered serious injuries including a torn scalp, punctured lung and broken ribs. She remained hospitalized for several weeks.

Commissioners agree this has been a very difficult decision. No criminal charges were ever pressed against Mr. Berry, however the dogs were labeled “dangerous” and according to state law, the commissioners can order the dogs killed. The child’s father told authorities he didn’t see any alternative, considering the seriousness of the injuries inflicted upon his daughter.  Mr. Berry, however has proposed moving his dogs out of Klamath County to Washington where they would live in a very rural area. Evidence had not been provided how the dogs would be safely secured as to prevent any danger in the future. In the appeal, Berry will present his plan to safely keep the dogs separated.

Unless the case is appealed, the dogs will be die on August 21. The order also directs Berry to turn over a fourth dog not currently in custody; the other three dogs remain in custody. It had been previously reported that the other dog still with the family had not been involved in the attack.

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Yes, Dusty is a dog: Left to languish in agony and dumped at high kill shelter

Late Tuesday evening was just the beginning of the luckiest day in the short life of Dusty. How long he languished in the agony of his itchy and infected flesh is unknown; the friendly bulldog mix didn’t even have one hint of the color of his once luxurious, shiny coat.

Discovered in a small, rural shelter in South Texas with an unusually high euthanasia rate, Dusty’s run of luck started to take shape. Less than a month ago, most dogs were killed after the required “stray hold.” Fortunately a recent change in shelter procedures has allowed more rescue groups to participate – thus resulting in more adoptions and ultimate saves. Had Dusty been in the shelter a few short weeks ago, his story would never have been told. The young dog would have become a statistic in the 1.5 million shelter animals euthanized annually.

For two days Dusty suffered in the shelter, and fortunately his photo was tagged on Facebook; advocates rallied for his rescue and after pleading with the animal control personnel at the shelter, Dusty was released to Rescue Dogs Rock NYC and rushed to an emergency veterinarian:

“Maybe this was Dusty’s best day as we were alerted to his plight when he was dumped at the shelter and immediately agreed to help him. Sadly, Dusty is in very critical condition and upon rescue, Dusty had to be immediately transported to an emergency hospital for immediate and life saving medical treatment,” wrote Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC on  the group’s Facebook page. “We will do everything we possibly can to save his life.”

Dusty has been receiving a blood transfusion and remains on intravenous and appropriate pain medication. He will need 24/7 hour care and must remain at the hospital. To help Dusty, donations can be sent:
PO Box 101
NY, NY 10028

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Make sure to take a moment and watch the beginning of Dusty’s new life. How anyone can allow their dog to be in this condition is heartless.



Sir Troy: Abandoned in a cage on the streets and now sentenced to death at NYC shelter

How does a friendly, middle-aged dog with a wiggly butt in spite of his dermatological issues, dubbed Sir Troy, be abandoned in a crate and left along a residential street in Brooklyn wind up on Monday’s euthanasia list at New York City Animal Care Centers? Speaking with his expressive eyes on Monday morning, Sir Troy addresses everyone regarding his bad luck:

“…Please find me a home today. I heard them say my time is almost up. I loved my family, but they put me in a crate and left me on the streets. My nose poked through the wires as they walked farther and farther away until finally they were gone. My heart sank and I never saw them again.”

Although Sir Troy might no longer be that adorable little puppy with the black button nose and the playful paws, it is hoped someone can see past his bruised little body and capitalize on that heart just filled with kindness and love. A volunteer writes about this dog, who she says is impossible not to love.

“He is in need of some dermatological TLC, but his tail is such a wiggly blur and his eyes are so soulful that you’ll hardly even notice. He sees a friend in every new face, welcomes help scratching his itches and shows his thanks with kisses and paws-in-the-lap. He is super treat motivated, usually takes them like a gentleman, and already knows ‘sit.’ He’s been fine when we’ve passed other dogs on our walks, has been easy on the leash and seems housebroken. Most of all he’s impossible not to love.”

Follow Sir Troy’s Facebook page here. He is described as seven years old and weighing 58 pounds. This dog can be adopted out to anyone in the public, but will need medical treatment for alopecia and related skin conditions. A veterinarian examination is recommended to diagnose and prescribe treatment.

“Hi, I’m really hoping you will like me, that you will be my friend, that you will pick me even though I’m not looking my best right now. ..He has proven himself to be an absolute darling at the shelter. First, he simply knocked his assessment out of the park, getting ALL COVETED 1’s across the board and a platinum AVERAGE rating, meaning he is good to go to a family with kids and even other pups who are calm like himself. He walks beautifully on leash because, after all, life is not a race – you have to take time to smell the flowers! He sits so patiently and nicely for treats and has a smile that could light up the cloudiest of days. But Sir Troy knows that this is it. He has been on the list before and despite all his charm, and kindness…”

Share this boy’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. Don’t make Monday, this dog’s last day to see the sunshine and the smiling children at the park.

SIR TROY, A1120364 is available to be reserved on the ACC website until noon on Aug 7

SHELTER EMAIL (only if you can pick dog up personally)
Address: 2336 Linden Boulevard Brooklyn, NY New York
Operating hours: Adoption starts at noon till 8 p.m., (6:00 p.m. on weekends)

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London: Abandoned mother slated to die after owner left with her puppy

The abandoned mother dog was still producing milk when her owner tied her to a park bench and walked away with her puppy. And on Wednesday at approximately 1;00 p.m., London is now slated to die. She holds onto her “stuffie”, but who can really feel the extent of the emotional turmoil inflicted upon this dog after everything she knew was ripped away in just moments? To add to this girl’s death sentence at Brooklyn’s New York City Animal Care Centers,  concern her recent evaluation where her adoption status was changed to “New Hope” for “toy guarding.” 

Volunteer Rachel Bennette describes London:

“The first time I met her, completely full of milk, so recently having had puppies she was scared and didn’t want to come out with me, but she took my treats so gently, and was obviously grateful for them (she is skin and bones!) most recently, she was a different dog. So sweet and playful. I believe she originally had an average on her safer, which was changed to nh (New Hope) only for toy guarding. I didn’t witness this behavior at all, in fact you can see in the various videos she has that she relinquished the toy easily. However, it wouldn’t surprise me if she was showing an issue. She had her puppies taken from her, more than likely way too soon, and was dumped at a scary shelter. It’s surprising she’s even as loving as she is. She’s a tiny little thing, seems housebroken, appears to like other dogs and is full of personality.”

My name is LONDON. My Animal ID # is A1119481. “I am a female white and black am pit bull terrier mix. The shelter thinks I am about 4 YEARS old., approx 4 yrs old, weight 35 lbs, rated Rescue only – behavior determination and for CIRDC. While interacting in playgroup, London escalated to correction, lunging at the handler who used a spray bottle to interrupt.

A Facebook page for London can be followed here.

It is important to note upon intake on July 23, “London was very friendly and allowed the counselor to collar her and placed her head on the counselor lap.” On July 29, she was again evaluated and a staff member wrote:

“London honey, you are gorgeous. She’s a tiny little love bug with a big heart. Once I met London, I was in awe. She is so sweet and so kind. When I took London out, she had a loose wiggly body, and wagged her tail non-stop. London loves to be the center of attention. She likes to play around and burn out her energy. When in the play yard, we run around and London engages in play with her toys. She really loves her tennis balls. I can only imagine she dreams of pool full of tennis balls that she can lay her pretty self in one day and I tell you this much, she deserves it. As much as I enjoy this little lady’s company, I would love it if she can get a forever home, in which she wouldn’t have a worry or care in the world.”

On August 1, however life didn’t progress smoothly for London.

“London has growled and lunged at a handler while in playgroup when she was interrupted correcting another dog during a play session.”

Publicly adoptable dogs can be RESERVED via if you can get to the NYC ACC “in person” within 48 hours to complete the adoption process and bring home your dog.

If you cannot get to the shelter in person, please message Must Love Dogs – Saving NYC Dogs for assistance with filling out applications with rescues to foster or adopt both publicly adoptable or Rescue Only dogs. Please share London’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.

Video of London:

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Help two-month-old neglected puppy in Texas shelter

Only two-months old and horribly neglected, who can help this puppy left alone to suffer in a San Antonio, Texas shelter? Although she is nearly unrecognizable as to her breed, the nameless little one is described as a yellow and white Labrador retriever mix.

Pet Harbor adoption listing: “I am a female, yellow and white Labrador Retriever blend. The shelter staff think I am about 9 weeks old. I am currently available for foster, rescue, or adoption.”
To adopt me, call (210) 207-6666 or email
To foster me, call (210) 207-6669 or email
If you are with a rescue group, call (210) 207-8173 or email

For more information about this puppy, call San Antonio Animal Care Services at (210) 207-4PET. Ask for information about animal ID number A444540. A Facebook page for this puppy can be followed here.

Please share this pup’s plight with approved rescue organizations, family, friends and social media contacts. Advocates have been pledging funds for an approved rescue to help. The Texas shelter has not confirmed the puppy’s diagnosis as to her skin condition. Anyone interested in helping, is encouraged to call for more information. Sharing saves lives.

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Toto: Puppy struck by car on NYC ‘euth’ list needing costly surgery

On July 25, Toto was brought to the New York City Animal Care Center in Brooklyn. The one-year-old black and brown Rottweiler mix had been struck by a car resulting in a severe pelvic fracture. Despite his pain, Toto allowed all handling. The medical staff at the shelter reported the following:

“Allows all handling. Drinking water, ate small amount of food. Medical staff observed normal urination. Resting, appears comfortable, in cage EENT: Teeth clean, pink moist mm, eyes clear, no ocular or nasal discharge, ears wnl HL: Normal RR/rE MSI: No attempts to stand, swelling of RH limb Assessment: hit by car–pelvic fx. left acetaculum, right ischium, bladder appear intact on rads Appears comfortable, stable at this time Plan: Continue to monitor while at BACC. Continue with LRS, rimadyl and hydromorphone Prognosis: fair with surgery SURGERY: Temporary waiver due to trauma.”

Toto has not been able to stand without assistance and even though he seems to have been well cared for, no one came to the shelter to claim him. With surgery his prognosis has been listed as “fair,” however the shelter is unable to afford the expensive orthopedic surgery and follow-up rehabilitation for Toto. On Friday evening, Toto was therefore placed on the euthanasia list.

“TOTO – A1119689 – Brooklyn – Rescue Only

Animal advocates have been pledging funds for the dog who could only be released to an approved rescue organization. By 3:00 Saturday afternoon, not one rescue had stepped forward to help. When volunteers reached out to Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC for one last hope in order to save the life of the sweet puppy, Stacey agreed. At 3:00 p.m., the news of Toto’s rescue was reported on the group’s Facebook.

“Toto was scheduled to die today at the NYC ACC because he was hit by a car, sustaining multiple fractures of his hip pelvis and leg, and he needs multiple expensive surgeries to survive and walk again. The shelter is unable to provide the care he needs so he was placed on the ‘Euthanasia List’ today. He could only be saved by a rescue partner due to the severity of his injuries. Sadly, due to the expensive surgery Toto needs to survive. NOT ONE rescue group stepped up for poor Toto. There we were at 3 pm today having to make another leap of faith to help Toto.”

Funds are needed to help pay for Toto’s surgery. Earlier Saturday morning, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC also accepted an emaciated mother dog with her three remaining puppies into their care. That family is currently being administered emergency treatment in a veterinarian hospital in south Texas.

Emergency donations can be made via YouCaring. 

Funds can also be donated via website:

Or mailed to Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, PO Box 101, New York, New York 10028.

(Photos via Rescue Dogs Rock NYC and Sandra Anta Adie)

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Saving Halo: On death row and affected with pneumonia, rescuers step in for miracle save

The chocolate and white ultra friendly Halo came to the New York City Animal Care Center on July 12, as a surrendered pet. For five years, Halo had been a loving and faithful family member, but when her owner made the decision to move, Halo was not part of the plan.  On Sunday evening, she was placed on “death row” when her health deteriorated; Halo had been diagnosed with pneumonia. And so another pit bull mix in the overcrowded, open admission city shelter was doomed. What were her chances even though volunteers previously sang her praises?

“Rich chocolate mousse with whipped cream on top. She has been hand-dipped in the delicious liquid and came out, it seems, as a very nice family dog, good with children and other dogs, and welcoming of strangers. She has been beautifully cared for, owns a full but nice figure, and is dressed elegantly in a perfect and shiny coat. She’s got some training up her sleeve, walks peacefully on the leash, sits on command, comes when called, does her business outside the care center, and eats very politely from my hand. She even ran after the ball, caught it and almost brought it back to me. Halo is understandably at little wary at the care center. My camera is not making things easier for her as Halo is not too keen about this object blocking my face. She is hand shy, but take away the iPhone or the lens, and Halo will feel much more comfortable and attuned to bond with her caretaker. No paparazzi for Halo. Halo needs to be known a little bit more.,” one volunteer wrote on Facebook.

As to Animal Care’s evaluation, it was suggested Halo be made adoptable to the general public, however it was advised that she be placed with an experienced owner, but as the best laid plans to find the dog a suitable foster situation or home became a life or death situation, Halo’s photo and her physical condition caught the attention of animal advocates. When a volunteer went to the shelter on Sunday evening to visit Halo, the report was heartbreaking:

“I went to see her tonight. She did not even want rotisserie chicken. She has an IV in and the ABX of course. She is sicker than yesterday, trembles at times, her nose is red and drips, she has big bout of cough and she was falling asleep on my lap between spells…It hurts to see her like this, so vibrant and now so sick. She was happy to have company and let herself go against my body.She probably can recover with proper care but vet care is costly and that would stop many rescuers already burdened by so many expenses. She is a good gal, though and it is so sad that a sweet dog like her will not get to see another day. She definitively should not be given another day at the shelter. She needs proper vet care.”

As of Monday morning, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC were able to have Halo moved to the organization’s partner veterinarian. Jackie O’Sullivan, co-founder of  the rescue updated the dire situation:

“She is just arriving at our vet now, so we will update as soon as we hear. She is very sick & has stopped eating so we hope we are in time. She entered NYC ACC at 50lbs & has now dropped to 43.5lbs.”

Donations are needed to help Halo. PayPal: or website: or mail:
Rescue Dogs Rock NYC
PO Box 101
NY, NY 10028

Check out Halo before she became deathly ill. What a beautiful and friendly pooch:



Hillsborough County euthanizes young dog by mistake

The Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center in Florida is currently under negative scrutiny for the wrongful killing of a dog named Loki. In September 2016, the 8-month-old black and white American Staffordshire terrier was picked up as a stray.  He had a history with the Pet Rescue Center as a dog who had been adopted, returned, then re-adopted before coming back as a stray. In October, he disappeared from kennel reports.

WFLA Channel 8  reporter Steve Andrews interviewed Tamar Barry of Rescue Me Tampa. She stated it was unusual to have a dog just disappear from kennel reports.  As a rescue, they rely on the kennel reports so they can see notes about each dog to aide them in getting eligible, adoptable dogs out of the shelter. Ms. Barry reached out to the Pet Rescue Center director Steve Trebatoski asking about Loki’s status.  He responded via email stating Loki had been euthanized on October 5, 2016, but due to an error it wasn’t entered into the computer until October 6, 2016.

When Ms. Barry asked why Loki was euthanized, there was no response.  Standard procedure at the Pet Rescue Center is to indicate the cause for euthanizing such as an unprovoked bite. Tamar Barry requested to see all of Loki’s records However, not all the records were sent.  Information was purposely withheld.  Ms. Barry demanded all records be released as they belong to the public and the taxpayers who are not only paying to maintain the shelter but for euthanizing the animals in its care.

The full story of what happened to Loki came out in the disciplinary records of former employee Christa Lepisto who failed to follow procedure and as a result Loki was mistakenly euthanized. Pet Rescue Center director Scott Trebatoski issued the following statement to WFLA;

As the only open-admission shelter in Hillsborough County, the Pet Resource Center takes in approximately 20,000 dogs and cats every year. Even though Pet Resources established a best-practice protocol with multiple checks-and-balances to reduce the likelihood of errors, the dog was euthanized in error. Immediately, corrective action was taken with the employees involved. A post-incident assessment was done to determine how this incident occurred. Policies and protocols were assessed and revised with updated procedures now in place.”

He did not address whether the Pet Rescue Center actually withheld public records. Loki didn’t have a chance in his short life. He was adopted, brought back, adopted out again, ended up as a stray then killed for no reason. Apologies, disciplinary action or brushing the truth under the carpet will never bring Loki back.

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Dog’s cries of sadness longing for help out of overcrowded Miami shelter

The cries of sadness as Duke longs for help out of the overcrowded Miami-Dade Animal Services are heartbreaking. How can anyone explain to a friendly, two-year-old German shepherd mix that no one wants him nor has anyone come to even visit him lately? Duke just doesn’t understand, but when someone approaches his kennel cage, he wags his tail in delight – hoping against hope you’re the one to unlock his prison doors and take him for a walk, play fetch or better yet – a car ride to his new home.

Duke’s Pet Harbor description:

“A1882215) I am a male tan and black German Shepherd Dog mix.

The shelter staff think I am about 2 years old and I weigh 70 pounds.

I was found as a stray and I may be available for adoption on 06/23/2017.”

And so Duke waits. Shelter volunteer, Marta Sanchez posted the following about this sweet pooch:

“Super handsome, eager and friendly. 70 # not one of the barkers here in pod K. Wags and looks at me longingly.”

Click here to view Duke’s short video. Share this dog’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. Follow Duke’s Facebook page here . For more information about this animal, call Miami-Dade Animal Services at (305) 884-1101
Ask for information about animal ID number A1882215.

(Photos and video of dog cries of sadness via Marta Sanchez and Risa Lombardi)

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Norman: Help to change shelter dog’s heartbreaking anguish to big Doxie smile

Norman is a senior Dachshund that has had the unfortunate luck to wind up at an open admission shelter. Tragically, the San Bernardino City Animal Shelter is overcrowded, and therefore dogs entering the system need to be placed in foster homes, approved rescue organizations or with adopters as quickly as possible. All kennels are full as is the receiving area; there is nowhere to place the new intakes. Irresponsible owners continue to surrender their dogs. Lives will be lost for lack of space.

What really happened to 10-year-old Norman is confusing; some say he was dumped at the shelter, others say he was a stray, however another source states Norman was confiscated from his former home and owner. Nevertheless, this senior needs a loving home. A volunteer described him:

NORMAN ID #A505669″

A Facebook page to follow this dogs’ heartbreaking plight can be found by clicking here. Click here for Norman’s Pet Harbor listing. “I am a male, brown and black Dachshund min. Shelter staff think I am about 10 years old. I have been at the shelter since Jul 06, 2017. If I am not claimed, after my stray holding period, I may be available for adoption on Jul 21, 2017.” Share this dog with approved rescue organizations, friends. family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives, and isn’t Norman’s life worth saving? You bet it is!

For more information contact:

San Bernardino City Animal Shelter
333 Chandler Place, San Bernardino, CA
Closed Sunday and Monday
Telephone: (909) 384-1304
Rescues please email Jennifer , the SBC rescue coordinator with ID asap if interested in helping .
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