American Humane concludes investigation into ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ footage

On Friday, the American Humane Association released the findings of an investigation into the seemingly damning behind-the-scenes footage of the movie, “A Dog’s Purpose.” According to American Humane, the investigation into allegations of animal cruelty was completed by a third-party which concluded that the video released by TMZ was “heavily edited” and it mischaracterized the actual events that took place on the set.

The release states:

The decisions by the individual or individuals who captured and deliberately edited the footage, and then waited longer than 15 months to release the manipulated video only days before the movie’s premiere, raise serious questions about their motives and ethics. The findings of the independent investigation confirm that no animals were harmed in those scenes and numerous preventative safety measures were in place.

According to the release, the investigation confirmed that the dog in the concerning scene was “treated with great care, attentiveness and respect.” And it was noted that the scene, which shows the German shepherd showing signs of stress, did not proceed as was insinuated by the edited video footage.

Dr. Kwane Stewart, the veterinarian who heads American Humane’s “No Animals Were Harmed” program stated:

American Humane is at the forefront of combating cruelty to animals through our rescue efforts, support of anti-cruelty raids, and work to improve conditions for animals around the world. It is disappointing that the public was misled by a manufactured controversy promoted by a radical organization like People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals with a mission to remove animals from films and other parts of our lives. We are the first to address and fight cruelty and abuse, and no such things happened on the set of ‘A Dog Purpose.’”

Read more about the investigative findings here.

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Juveniles steal 16-year-old dog from backyard and kick it in the head

In Frankfort, Kentucky, three juveniles are under investigation for animal cruelty after a video posted on social media showed a 16-year-old dog being kicked mercilessly in the head.  On Wednesday, Sheriff Pat Melton stated his office had been notified through its Facebook page and phone calls by concerned citizens about the disturbing incident.

According to the State Journal, the three juveniles have been identified. Sheriff Melton described the situation:

“They evidently took this poor dog off its chain in the back of somebody’s yard, brought it to the street and then kicked it in the head. Fortunately, what I’ve been told, is the dog’s OK.”

And the sheriff had more words for the heinous crime:

‘It’s disgusting – just to be blunt. It is disgusting and it’s just totally inappropriate. I mean, I can’t believe somebody would do that to a poor, innocent little animal.”

It is expected charges will be filed soon. Animal advocate and rescuer Trudi Johnson identified the sweet 16-year-old dog, named Opal, as only weighing eight-pounds. Opal is lucky to have survived the attack.

“Special thanks to animal angel Trudi Johnson for spearheading the campaign to bring Opal’s abusers to justice and providing comfort and assistance to the family. Opal is safe now and back with her owners, but will likely need more medical treatment.”

To everyone helping to get the word out about the animal abuse, please make the call to the County Attorney’s office and do not let this die out. Phone: 502-223-1000.

(Photos and video of 16-year-old dog kicked in head via Trudi Johnson Facebook)

If you’re not angry enough at this kind of abuse, watch the short video. Please be warned the content is graphic and upsetting.



Neighbor shoots family’s Pomeranian four times

In Sydney, Australia, a 66-year-old man faces aggravated animal cruelty charges for shooting a family’s ten-year-old Pomeranian multiple times. At first the dog’s owner thought his dog had been bitten by a snake.

The tragic offense took place right before Christmas in western Sydney.

According to NTNews, the tiny pooch was rushed to a nearby emergency veterinarian where radiographs revealed the dog had four bullets lodged in its spine, lung and rib cage. Veterinarians were not optimistic about operating on the dog named BJ – not knowing if he would survive surgery. Miraculously the pooch survived and has since been returned to his family where he is recuperating.

During an investigation following the shooting, police arrived at a nearby property located in Cecil Park, and interviewed a 66-year-old man and his 14-year-old grandson. In a search of the property, authorities discovered the air rifle matching the caliber of the bullets used to shoot the dog. The unidentified man has been charged with the unauthorized use of a firearm as well as the animal cruelty charge. He is scheduled to appear in court in February.

Get well soon BJ. No reason has been provided for the man alleged to have shot the dog.

(Photo of Pomeranian (not one in article) courtesy of Pomeranian Adopt Rescue Me!)

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Former tenant locked emaciated dog in closet to die

An emaciated dog was discovered on Wednesday locked in a closet in Oklahoma City for what authorities believe to have been two weeks. He had been locked in an apartment unit after the tenant had been evicted and changed the locks.

According to AbcNews6, cleaning personnel entered the vacant apartment to clean it, and heard noise coming from the closet. When they opened the door, feces was everywhere, and the dog had no food or water. Forever Yours Dog Rescue has stepped forward to help, dubbing the one-year-old pooch, “Clark Kent.” Executive director of the organization, Michelle Owens posted on the group’s Facebook page:

“… He is currently at Animal Wellness Clinic. He had blood work yesterday. He is heartworm negative thank goodness. His feet are flat due to lack of nutrition and exercise. Clark is around 1-year old and will be in the animal hospital for a few more days. We will need a foster home for him when he is released.”

The dog should weigh between 40 to 45 pounds and weighs less than half at this time. Michelle believes the former owners of the dog purposely intended the dog to die of starvation – why else would they have locked him in a closet and changed the locks on the apartment door when they left? The dog is currently recovering at the Animal Wellness Center in Oklahoma City and is being fed several small meals a day.

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(Photo screenshot of emaciated dog via AbcNews)

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Angel: A dog’s cries for help were never answered

Angel was the name given to a beautiful purebred Akita discovered dying in her backyard at an Irvington, New Jersey residence on Wednesday evening. When a call came into the Associated Humane Popcorn Park Shelter, an officer from the Newark facility was immediately dispatched. He was met by the person who cared enough to call about the suffering dog. angel-died

And this dog’s story is heartbreaking. As the officer was led to the part of the yard where Angel was found lying all huddled up behind some debris, the emaciated dog had burrowed herself into a pile of leaves trying to stay warm. A small room was attached to the residence where she could go if she wanted to be indoors, but it was covered in feces and garbage – no place for any dog to rest or find shelter.

The officer gently lifted Angel “out of the nightmare that she had been living in and brought her to the safety of a warm van.” She was immediately transported to a veterinary hospital in Fairfield where it was hoped her life could be saved. Tragically, that was not to be. Although veterinarians had been alerted to the pup’s arrival and tried to do everything they could to stabilize her, the cruelty and neglect resulted in her vital organs shutting down. She was made comfortable, content and loved; a few hours later Angel died.angel-died-2

We wonder how this can happen or how can anyone just stand around and do nothing while watching any animal suffer? The Good Samaritan who called the Associated Humane Popcorn Park Shelter told the officers she had repeatedly called the city’s animal control officers with her concerns about the dog, but apparently nothing was ever done for Angel.

It is a tragedy that Associated Humane Popcorn Park Shelter tells us that stories so similar to Angel’s are all too familiar.

“You cannot imagine how often animals died cold, hungry and alone, but so many times, our staff tries so hard to at least show them care and love that they likely had never experienced. These sad stories are not something that you get used to, and the faces of these animals are not faces that you soon forget,” the organization posted on their Facebook page.

We all must be the voices for those who cannot speak. When you suspect animal cruelty or neglect, don’t turn your head. Keep making those calls, reach out to social media and help the next “Angel” survive her nightmare and find a loving and responsible human to call her own.

There has been no information posted as to her owners and a subsequent investigation of animal cruelty. Rest in peace sweet girl. We hope you find some justice.angel-died-4

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(Photos of Angel courtesy of AHS)

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Abandoned dog, ‘Zena’ refused to be touched until she could no longer run

For two weeks, would be rescuers tried everything to capture Zena, but the terribly neglected dog no longer trusted any humans, and with all her natural instincts and wit, eluded even the kindest gestures of food offerings. That is – until one day when the dog was too weak, too hungry and too sick to resist anyone’s efforts. In the city of Burleson, Texas – on a quiet street – Zena fell off of her legs and just curled herself into a ball; waiting for death to finally relieve her of her suffering. zena-rdr-2

And then on Wednesday night as the temperatures dipped below freezing, the abandoned pup, who once had a home but no longer remembered, didn’t move.

“She laid there for whomever wanted her could take her. She just gave up. Rescue Dogs Rock NYC has picked her up,”  Stacy Silverstein, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC updated animal advocates following the dog’s heartbreaking story on Facebook.zena-rdr-3

Zena has been rushed to the organization’s partner veterinary hospital where she is now receiving life saving medical care.

Photos courtesy of Leslie Ysuhuaylas and Rescue Dogs Rock NYC.

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Check out Zena’s video. Who could have been so mean as to allow this to have happened to this poor, defenseless dog?

Dead dog found in gift bag ‘don’t open til Christmas’

A grizzly discovery of a dead Shih Tzu  with a broken neck, leg and teeth by a good Samaritan in a gift bag, marked “don’t open til Christmas” has initiated an intense investigation by the RSPCA in Prenton, Merseyside, United Kingdom. According to the Daily Star, the female black and white pup also sustained puncture wounds to her lower jaw and legs, a prolapsed eye and extensive bruising. Authorities stated the dog must have endured prolonged suffering.

The dog was found on December 19 in a trashcan, and several clues to this suspected case of egregious animal cruelty have been released by officials, hoping someone will provide information to authorities to find the responsible person(s) involved. Detective Inspector Julia Bowden and Inspector Anthony Jones of the RSPCA in Wirral released the following details:

“…When a vet examined her body we found she had extensive bruising, multiple puncture wounds to the lower jaw and legs, recently missing and broken teeth, a broken rear leg, fractured neck and a prolapsed eye. We are keeping an open mind as to what may have happened, but I am keen to find out what happened in this little dog’s final moments.”

The press release continued:

“Someone must recognize her and is clear she must have suffered immensely.”

Authorities confirmed a pink hoody (XXL) with “Discover Life Club” was also found in the Christmas bag with a piece of red carpet. Inspectors do not think the dog had been hit by a car and are concerned how this tragedy happened.

Rest in peace little one. Anyone with information is urged to contact the RSPCA Wirral.

(Photo of dead pup in gift bag provided by RSPCA Wirral)

Abandoned pup waited on family’s discarded chair in snowy weather

An abandoned pup waited for more than a week for his family to return in the Michigan cold. All that had been left of his former family was an old wooden chair and brown cardboard boxes, but still he waited. According to the animal rescue group, Detroit Animal Welfare Group, who helped to save him, the emaciated and injured pitbull mix dubbed Olli-Loo,dog-left-in-snow-detroit-2

“…was all curled up as tight as he could get.”

On Tuesday, Terri Looby, a volunteer with the D.A.W.G., along with other volunteers went searching for the abandoned pup reported to have been hanging around the area of Redford. And in that 19 degree weather, with the winds blowing making it seem even colder, Terri found Olli-Loo. There he was, cuddled in a tight ball, trying desperately to stay warm on the old chair poised at the curb – trash and remnants of a family’s past life littering the street. No sooner had Terri greeted the pup than the friendly pooch’s tail started to wag;  he was ready to be saved. Moments later, Olli-Loo jumped into his rescuers’ car.

According to Inside Edition, Terri was just so moved by the dog’s loyalty:

“I think it took me a good 45 minutes to feel my toes when I got out of the cold,” she said. “To see a dog so loyal to his family to sit in a chair in the freezing cold to wait for them to come back… it still breaks my heart.”

According to neighbors, the family had been evicted from their apartment and originally left two dogs; one of the puppies they came back to claim, however Olli-Loo wasn’t so lucky.

“He left Ollie-Loo with the trash. He’s so full of love; he doesn’t care who you are, he’ll give you kisses, that tail never stops wagging, he’s never barked — the only time we heard him cry or make a whimper, was when we left. He just wants to be loved,” stated Terri.

When examined by the vet, Olli-Loo, estimated to be a year-and-a-half-old, had a broken leg in addition to having been emaciated. He has been placed in a foster home where he follows his new human everywhere. This boy isn’t taking anymore chances of losing his companions. He still is a bit nervous that he is going to be abandoned, but is receiving lots of love and attention to reassure him his future will be

D.A.W.G do need donations to help pay for Olli-Loo’s broken femur repair surgery and other ongoing medical expenses. A YouCaring page can be found here.

Get well soon Olli-Loo. If interested in giving this sweet boy a permanent home, contact D.A.W.G. here.

(Photos of abandoned pup courtesy of D.A.W.G)


Couple stabbed dog 15 times after tying its legs to its neck

Authorities in Springdale, Arkansas have arrested a couple and charged them with aggravated animal cruelty after they allegedly stabbed their family dog 15 times. According to ArkansasMatters, Timothy Triggs, 42, and Stacey Deleon, 46, were arrested on Tuesday after police responded to a call from the landlord of an apartment located on N. West End where he found a large amount of blood inside of the garage. An air conditioning worker had been installing the units when he found the blood.

Officers followed the trail to a shallow grave where they made the grisly discovery of a dog whose legs had been tied to its neck with a red shoestring and stabbed 15 times on its head, neck and chest. Police also found a “bloody knife with a bent tip and a hammer with blood hair on it.”

Triggs and Deleon had moved out of the apartment, and when interviewed, the couple admitted to stabbing their dog and “putting it down” because he was sick. Deleon admitted the dog had suffered and told police she had closed her eyes while stabbing him hoping he would die quickly. Neither of the two ever contacted a veterinarian.

Both have been booked into the Washington County Detention Center.

Rest in peace innocent victim. (Photos of couple stabbed dog 15 times courtesy of Washington County Detention Center)

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Skeletal dog left to die and rejected by heartless owner

Found roaming the streets of Atlanta, Georgia on Tuesday, Quincy is another tragic tale of the plight of a shelter dog thrown away by his heartless owner as if he was an old couch. Had it not been for a Good Samaritan who called the animal shelter for help, the skeletal dog would have closed his eyes in one final breath – a gentle, sentient being left to wither and die when he was no longer wanted.quincy-rdr

When found, Quincy had been wearing his collar with identification information. Full of hope that his family had been worried about their dog, shelter staff quickly called the dog’s owner. Yes, Quincy had been missing for over a week, but the callous reply that followed just shattered hearts of even the most stoic shelter staff:

“No thanks. We don’t want him back!”

Rescue Dogs Rock NYC have stepped up to help Quincy who was reported to be in critical condition. His coat is completely matted, but beneath it all every rib sticks through the skeletal dog’s loosely draped skin; he has suffered tremendously while fighting the dropping temperatures with no shelter, food or water.

“Our hearts are shattered right now,” stated Jackie O’Sullivan, co-founder of the rescue organization. “Quincy is a skeleton and he looks so sad, so weak and so defeated. Our hearts are shattered. This is so unfair.”

On Tuesday evening, Quincy was rushed to the emergency veterinarian hospital where he remains in critical condition. Donations are needed to continue helping these critical cases. Click here to donate,  or PayPal

Watch Quincy’s  heartbreaking video here: