Villalobos Rescue Center steps up to help 39 pit bulls sentenced to death

In a landslide of emails and media attention, the Villalobos Rescue Center, founded by Tia Torres of Pit Bulls and Parolees, announced Wednesday on social media they were stepping up to help the pit bulls in the St. Landry Parish shelter who had been marked to be euthanized. Just days ago, the Louisiana shelter  stated the dogs described as “unwanted,”  had no interest:

“Starting Wednesday February 15…we will sadly have to euthanize 39 pit and pit type dogs. They have not been claimed…they are unwanted. They are every color..Every size. The one thing they have in common…The word PIT. Each dog has been posted ….Each dog is unique …(PLEASE keep your negative comments to yourself …we are trying to save these dogs …With this post…your negative comments DO NOT HELP) SLPAC Opelousas La 337-948-6184,” had been posted on their Facebook page.

Unfortunately the dogs – many of them suffering from neglect and abuse with medical and behavioral issues are not permitted to be adopted by the public, but rather need approved rescue organizations to take them. Tia clearly states the Villalobos Rescue Center is not taking in the dogs, but has offered their help:

“We are NOT taking in the 39 Pit Bulls so I want that to be clear. So these dogs STILL NEED YOUR HELP. We have our own small rural shelter to take care of in Assumption Parish. But we do want to help St. Landry Parish Animal Control & Rescue find the responsible and legit Pit Bull rescues as well as helping set up some temporary facilities so that they can hold these dogs longer.”

Tia’s message continued:

“I will be going out to the St. Landry Parish Animal Control & Rescue later this week to meet with the kind folks there and discuss a good game plan. But in the interim, those of you who have plastered our FB pages, bombarded us with emails and phone calls….now’s YOUR chance to help us to help them. If you are a rescue group that is able to take on the responsibility of even one of these Pit Bulls, feel free to email us at: We are going to help with transportation and possibly medical expenses (we’re working on that now).”

Please note that Tia strongly urges animal advocates, readers and dog lovers to hold off on the negativity towards the plight of the dogs at the St. Landry Parish shelter. It is help that is needed for these dogs at this time, and everyone is needed to help save the dogs. Please everyone – we all have opinions, but these dogs have no one except all of us. Tia is standing up to help – the least we can all do is join in and make this a better world for 39 lives who need us more than anything now. If you can help, please email

Photo courtesy of St. Landry Parish Animal Shelter.

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Rainbow Animal Rescue stages massive rescue from Robeson County Animal Shelter

In the United States alone, millions of dogs and cats enter animal shelters every year. More than 50% of the animals in these shelters are euthanized due to overcrowding and lack of fosters or adoptive homes.  Playful, healthy, good-natured dogs, cats, kittens and puppies are put down at a frightening rate simply because no one wants them. Although some shelters have adopted the no-kill model, we have miles to go before we can achieve the status of a No Kill Nation.

Over $2 billion is spent annually by local government offices to shelter and ultimately destroy 8-10 million adoptable dogs and cats. Robeson County Animal Control, located in St. Pauls, North Carolina, has one of the highest kill rates in the nation.  They have recently had a higher influx of animals due to the recent devastation brought about by Hurricane Mathew.

Rainbow Animal Rescue located in Halifax, NC did a massive rescue from Robeson in January 2017. All told, they rescued 72 dogs in the month of January; 30 were from Robeson. They went in planning to pull only 15 dogs, but when they arrived they saw so many animals desperate to be saved that they pulled 30+ dogs and puppies between January 11th and January 17th. Rainbow Animal Rescue is a 501 (c) 3 no-kill rescue based in North Eastern North Carolina. Their mission is to help as many unwanted, abandoned and mistreated animals in North Carolina and the surrounding areas as possible.  All pets rescued are either fostered in a home environment or housed at the new Animal Rescue and Adoption Center based in North Eastern NC, until they find a suitable home.   They take animals from the county dog pounds such as Halilfax County Animal Control as well as from private pet owners who can no longer care for them.

Sadly, and unexpectedly all the dogs rescued from Robeson suffered from Parvo, respiratory illness or were HW positive. Rainbow Animal Rescue knew the risk when taking on so many dogs from Robeson, but they could not turn them away. Of the adult dogs rescued, half were heartworm positive and have started their first phase of treatment. Those that were heartworm negative have found placement.   One of the senior dogs, named Vince, unfortunately cannot be treated with a fast kill method as he would only have a 50-60% survival rate. He must be treated with a slow kill method.

The veterinarians are working round the clock using the best methods available such as Cerenia,  metronidazole, Theraflu and probiotics to treat the various ailments the different dogs are suffering. All of the medical expenses have wiped out the emergency savings account for Rainbow Animal Rescue. Due to this financial setback, they have limited funds which lessens their ability to help other shelter dogs.   Please help Rainbow Animal Rescue care for the sickly dogs they have taken the responsibility of saving and assist them with their continued rescue efforts.

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Donations can be paid via Paypal at or called in directly to Williamston Vet Hospital by calling 252-792-3000. Some of the dogs and puppies rescued have succumbed to their illnesses. According to a representative from Rainbow Animal Rescue it is a painful decision to let them pass. The only consolation is the puppies experienced loving arms when taking their last breaths; the truly bittersweet side of rescue.














Everyone overlooks Ruin Creek dogs: Yes, their lives count

Listed at the Ruin Creek Animal Protection Society, an organization dedicated to helping homeless animals, eight dogs have little chance to live much longer. They all have names however, and their lives all matter. Sadly, everyone overlooks them, but not today!  Meet Dino, Ski-Bo, Mr. Sir, King, Bella, Rocki, Waldo, and of course Chief. Is it because some of the dogs are pit bull mixes, have some medical needs or need specific homes that they may be condemned to death? All life is precious, and each and every one of these dogs just want to be loved.ruin creek 1

Ski-Bo, King and Chief have been at the shelter the longest, and tragically the dogs are showing dog aggression – much of their behavioral issues stemming from being kept in kennels for too long. The dogs are listed as “rescue only” which makes their plight even more urgent, but advocates have answered the call many times before helping what others have labeled “death row” or not adoptable pets.

An advocate for these special dogs sets out her plea on Facebook hoping approved rescue organizations will step forward, supporters will pledge funds to help the dogs and animal advocates will share their stories:ruin creek 2

“These are sweet and loving animals that because of medical needs and their selective behavior, or because they are pit/or mixed they are continually over looked for literally months now. Time is not on their side, and we may start losing them soon. We believe in these animals, we know they are good natured, attentive and deserving dogs. If everyone could help us reach out to the rescue community hoping to find room for just one more deserving dog that may need a little extra guidance. Please note that these animals are in a chaotic shelter environment and are not spayed/neutered. If anyone is interested we may have some funding to help with training. Please don’t be shy.”

For more information about these dogs, please contact if you can help: The Facebook page for the Ruin Creek Animal Protection Society of Henderson North Carolina can be followed here. (Please note this is not the shelter)ruin creek 3

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Dog rescued from South Korean meat farm used to sleep standing up

A heartbreaking video filmed by the Humane Society of Tampa Bay showed one of the 200 rescued dogs from a South Korean dog meat farm sleeping standing up because she didn’t know how to lie down on a bed.Harriet the dog 3

The dog named Harriet, a three-year-old Jindo, was rescued last week from a dog meat farm in Wonju, South Korea. The traumatized dogs were all flown to Humane Society animal shelters in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom to be rehabilitated and prepared for their adoptions. Fifteen dogs were brought to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Particularly heartbreaking, was watching Harriet as she tried to figure out if she was permitted to curl up on the pink and black soft blanket beneath her.

Staff have speculated the dogs had been accustomed to sleeping standing up because the cages were so crowded. In the video, Harriet could be seen closing her eyes and dozing off as she sat on her blanket nearly falling over. A staff member spent the day showing Harriet how to relax; the video finally shows the sweet dog curled into a ball sleeping on the comfortable blanket.Harriet the dog 2

“Even though our Korean pups are doing well and beginning to adjust, they are still suffering from the horror they endured. These dogs have been on an arduous journey and still have a long way to go, but we are hopeful that wagging tails and snuggley beds will become their norm,” posted the Humane Society on their press release discussing the progress of the rescued dogs into their new lives.

(Photos of South Korean meat farm rescued dogs courtesy of Humane Society of Tampa Bay.)

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GTS Husky Rescue struggling to keep their doors open

When GTS Husky Rescue was founded in 2014, their goal and mission was to save arctic breed dogs from high kill shelters across the nation. Although specializing in these breeds, they have also taken in and helped others when space allows.

Located in Jupiter, Florida, GTS Husky Rescue is a 100% no-kill shelter strictly run by volunteers with no paid staff members.  All dogs stay either on the ranch or with a foster until they can be adopted. Those dogs that are deemed “unadoptable” due to behavior problems or medical issues, are either kept at the ranch or placed in long-term foster homes while they are rehabilitated.  According to the statement on their website, they are “dedicated to improving the lives of helpless dogs.”

Unfortunately, their dedication to fulfilling that statement has gotten them in to some dire financial straits; almost to the point where they may have to close their doors. This is due partially to having taken on so many dogs with extreme medical conditions and behavioral issues needing training that funding has become scarce. Because they are a 501©3, they strictly rely on donations.

Two of their rescue dogs in 2016 had been hit by cars; both needed extensive hip surgery and physical therapy.  One dog Corinna had to have cancer removed and required treatment for heartworm and a fungal infection.  Along with her physical ailments, Corinna is also terrified of people which required work with a behaviorist.  Sasha, another GTS Husky Rescue dog, came with severe food and toy aggression which also required training and work with a behaviorist. Thai, has had all her cancerous tumors removed, but also needs a trainer due to biting issues. All of these dogs came from high kill shelters, and all could not be adopted out because of these issues. If it weren’t for GTS Husky Rescue they would surely have been destroyed.

To end the 2016 year, GTS took on two more hard luck cases; Noel, a German Shepherd/Husky mix from Palm Beach County Animal Control who had a fractured pelvis and Jacob who has neurological issues.

Jacob, a two-year-old male Husky was at Miami Dade Animal Services (MDAS) who in turn called on GTS to rescue him. After his neuter surgery, it took him 24 hours to wake up, which is highly unusual. When he finally did wake up, his head was tilted and he could not walk straight. GTS contacted a neurologist for Jacob. The neurological exam proved to be inconclusive, so the next step is an MRI and a spinal tap. Unfortunately, when GTS was asked by MDAS to take Jacob, it was unbeknownst to them that he had any afflictions at all. Per MDAS, he was a healthy dog.   However, when reaching out to Jacob’s original owner, she confirmed he had been experiencing seizures which is why she turned him over to MDAS. She did not disclose this to MDAS.

GTS Husky Rescue is hoping Jacob can go on to be a healthy dog, but this is not a realistic hope unless he can be completely diagnosed and treated. All of this will be very costly.

Although GTS Rescue does not like to rescue beyond their means and capabilities, they have taken on two very expensive medical cases within a few weeks. They are committed to these dogs now, so they must stay the course until both dogs are completely well. Because GTS Husky Rescue has taken on so many hardship cases from all over the nation, their vet bill is enormous. They put out a plea for help so they can keep their doors open and continue to help homeless dogs, blind dogs, breeder dogs, hoarder dogs and even owner surrenders which many rescues do not take in.

The organization completely relies on donations to vet the dogs, upkeep the ranch, feed the dogs and maintain their vaccinations and medications. Since they opened in 2014, GTS Husky Rescue has saved the lives of 400 dogs that otherwise would have died because no one else wanted them.

(Photo courtesy of GTS Husky Rescue)

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Dog ‘Scarface’ who attacked woman over sweater euthanized

In Tampa, Florida, the dog that attacked a woman and her family as they tried to put a sweater over the dog’s head has been euthanized. Hillsborough County spokesperson, Kara Walker stated the dog named Scarface posed a high threat to the public. The dog also suffered several severe stab wounds around his neck and head inflicted by the woman’s

According to the Tampa Bay Times, the tragedy began on Friday in the Highland Pines neighborhood after the dog’s owner, Brenda Guerrero, 52, was attacked outside the home as she tried to put a sweater on the dog. As the woman’s husband ran to help his wife, the dog turned on him too. Then the couple’s 22-year-old son was attacked as he repeatedly stabbed the dog. The family were able to flee to safety.

Authorities used a taser and bean bag gun along with a tranquilizer weapon to subdue the dog. The family were taken to the hospital after suffering from serious dog bites.

Scarface did not have a history of aggression. Sadly, we will doubtfully ever know the full story, and it was a tragic story for both a family and their once beloved dog. Rest in peace Scarface.

Photos via screenshots by AbcNews.

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Terrified Quarter hides in rear of his kennel wrapped in his red blanket

Quarter is a terrified little pup who has been moved to the back of Carson Animal Shelter where few would be adopters ever visit. On December 19, the five-year-old Chihuahua was surrendered to the shelter. A volunteer had tears in her eyes as she watched Quarter’s heart break:

“Sweet Quarter was very attached to his mom and when he was surrendered today he became very fearful when they did his intake. He is now in the medical building, and he needs help fast to find a home for the holidays…”

Click here his Pet Harbor listing. “My name is Quarter and I am described as a male, brown and white Chihuahua – Smooth Coated. The shelter thinks I am about 5 years old. I have been at the shelter since Dec 19, 2016.” For more information about this animal, call Los Angeles County Animal Control – Carson at (310) 523-9566. Ask for information about animal ID number A502031. A Facebook page can be followed here as advocates share his tragic plight with rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts.  A foster family could save his life.

According to shelter notes, Quarter seems to be good with children, but it is unknown how he does with other pets. He is not house trained nor has he been taught to walk on a leash. He will need obedience training. No matter how attached Quarter may have been to his owner, it is disappointing to realize there was little time spent helping this terrified pup become a good canine citizen.

(Photo of terrified Quarter courtesy of Saving Carson Shelter Dogs)

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Check out this dog’s short video. Who can blame this tiny little guy from being scared and nervous with all the noise, strangers and everything familiar gone?

When their owner passed away, not one family member offered any help

In Valencia County, New Mexico, three dogs may soon breathe their last: this desperate situation was certainly not their fault when their owner passed away. For over a month, the emaciated black Labrador retriever along with two shepherds had been left alone in a home. There was no food or water. It was hoped family members would have stepped forward to save them. No one ever offered.valenica-county-homeless-pets-2

Sadly the dogs have experienced trauma; making all three very fearful and therefore aggressive. Staff and volunteer have reported the dogs bark and growl when anyone approaches their kennels, and although they can not be adopted out to the public, it is hoped an experienced rescue organization will volunteer to help.

A Facebook page can be followed here. Advocates have been pledging funds payable to an approved rescue to help with medical and behavioral expenses. All three of the dogs were emaciated. Now they need a holiday miracle to step in and give them a second chance at life and happiness. Please share their plights with family members, friends and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives, and these dogs deserve better than what they have been experiencing at the most stressful time of their lives.valenica-county-homeless-pets-3

For more information, about the tan German shepherd mix listed as eight-years-old, refer to ID33627. For information about the black Labrador retriever mix estimated to be nine years old, refer to ID33625. For information about the black and brown four-year-old German shepherd mix, refer to ID33626.

The deadline for these dogs is Friday.  For more information how you can help, contact the Valencia County Homeless Pets or contact the Valencia County Animal Shelter located at 1209 Hwy 314 Los Lunas, New Mexico 87031. Please contact them at 505-866-2479 if you are interested helping these dogs.

(Photos of dogs when their owner passed away via Valencia County Homeless Pets)



Rescue emergency: Life has not been kind to Alfred

Just a year-and-a-half of age, Alfred has not had a kind life. Found wandering the streets of Miami in search of scraps of food, Animal Control brought him to Miami-Dade Animal Services where staff veterinarians helped to soothe the gentle dog’s pain. Did this kind-hearted dog have to fight out on the streets just to survive, or did someone use him as a bait dog to train fighting dogs? Although no one will ever know for sure, Alfred’s short life has been a struggle. According to his medical intake notes, the American bulldog has extensive injuries:

“Pet presents for an evaluation of an injury – quiet, alert, responsive and euhydrated… he has multiple punctures, lacerations, scars and wounds in various stages of healing around the neck, head and ears. The wounds are infected and draining pus… Wounds were cleaned and treated with chlorohexidene. Administered Rimadyl..” alfred-the-dog

A PetHarbor link for Alfred can be found here. “I am an unaltered male, brown and white American Bulldog. The shelter staff think I am about 1 year and 6 months old. I have been at the shelter since Dec 17, 2016.” For more information about this animal, call Miami-Dade Animal Services at (305) 884-1101
Ask for information about animal ID number A1838625. A Facebook page with Urgent Dogs of Miami  can be followed here. Advocates have been pledging funds to help with the dog’s medical expenses which will be turned over to an approved rescue organization. Please share this dog’s plight with friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.

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(Photos of Alfred courtesy of Urgent Dogs of Miami)

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Abandoned on street, Rotti too scared to move as he cries in his kennel

Bruce used to be someone’s friend, someone’s partner and someone’s companion. The Rottweiler was found abandoned on a street in Miami and brought to  Miami-Dade Animal Services. The staff and volunteers were brought to tears as Bruce needed help to return to his kennel cage; he just didn’t want to stand up and walk.  Craving attention from anyone close by, he has been described as very loving and very friendly – sadly he seems to have given up. While in his kennel he cries, as if hoping his family will hear his plea and rescue him. Perhaps there just ought to be stricter laws protecting dogs against such emotional abuse?bruce-the-florida-dog

Click here for Bruce’s Pet Harbor listing. “I am an unaltered male, black and brown Rottweiler. The shelter staff think I am about 6 years old. I have been at the shelter since Dec 14, 2016.” For more information about this animal, call Miami-Dade Animal Services at (305) 884-1101. Ask for information about animal ID number A1837765.

“Bruce is very sick and lethargic and as you can see, he’s too ill to even walk on his own. This poor angel was picked up as a stray and who knows how much he suffered on the streets to end up this way? He most likely had a family and like many dogs in Miami, ended up on the streets, discarded, abandoned and unwanted,” has been posted on the Urgent Dogs of Miami Facebook hoping to find a rescue organization to help.

A volunteer told his story on Saturday:bruce-the-florida-dog-2

“Rottie angel in need will die tomorrow because he has given up !
Shelter sent out a plea for his life !!!
He is very sweet .. and sleeps long hours dreaming that his family will take him home .. he howls in seeking attention !!!
He loves belly rubs .. he’s very sweet.
Volunteer favorite !!!
Let’s share him far and wide !!!”

Share Bruce’s plight with approved rescue organizations, family, friends and social media contacts. This dog will be euthanized on Monday if a rescue isn’t procured. Advocates have been pledging funds to help with his medical needs. More information can be found on his Facebook page. We are his only hope. Sharing saves lives.

(Photos and video of Rotti abandoned on street courtesy of Urgent Dogs of Miami)

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