Freezing and badly injured dog ‘scooped’ up by Richmond shelter officer

In Richmond, Virginia, the sight of a shivering dog so badly injured she could barely help herself to stand up, has everyone shaking their heads in sad disbelief, knowing someone most likely intentionally abandoned her in frigid temperatures to suffer a slow painful death.

According to the Facebook page of the Richmond Animal Care and Control, the badly injured dog was found Tuesday morning on N. 33rd Street.

 “She was freezing and badly injured from what appears to be multiple bite wounds (both old and new). Officer Jones scooped her up and transported to VVC, where the team was able to stop the hypothermia and safely sedate to begin cleaning her up.”

The dog’s injuries appear to be quite severe, and at this time it is unknown if her eyesight can be saved.

“What they uncovered will require weeks of carefully managed wound care. We do not know if her eyes are salvageable and if her body will be able to fight the infection that has already set in. We need your help.”

The organization is asking anyone with information to contact the Richmond Animal Care and Control at 804.646.5573. The shelter is also in need of donations to help in this poor pup’s recovery. This poor dog didn’t do anything wrong – please share her story; we are confident someone will recognize her. Doesn’t she deserve justice?

(Photo of badly injured dog via RACC)

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Police searching for person who cut puppy’s tongue out

Authorities in York, South Carolina are asking for the public’s help finding the person(s) who severely abused a young puppy and cut his tongue out earlier in November.

According to WbtvNews, an 18-month-old puppy was found in the area of Madison Street and Lowry Row on November 19 after a woman and her boyfriend witnessed what appeared to be a group of people fighting. When spotted, the group ran away. Police were dispatched to the area and discovered a cold and shivering puppy tied up to a tree.

Noah’s Arks Rescue immediately came to the dog’s aid:

“There are no words to describe the horror this sweet 18-month-old Lab/Pitbull Mix has endured. Animal Control in York County was called on Sunday about a dog that was tied to a four-foot pole off of O’Lowry Road in York, SC. The temperature dropped down to 30 degrees during the night, and this sweet pup was not picked up until Monday afternoon around 4:00 PM. He had no food or shelter,” the organization posted on their Facebook.

Briggs was then transported to a veterinarian hospital where he could not eat or drink; his tongue had been cut out. Apparently used for dog fighting, the dog suffered bite wounds over his face, feet and legs. A microchip revealed a past owner, but when contacted, the woman stated she had given the dog away to a man.

Dogs can lead good lives even after their tongues have been removed as a result of trauma. As his mouth heals, he is being taught how to eat raw meatballs that are very slippery. During this learning period, he is being fed bone broth with gelatin added; this is cut into cubes, and that is how he is learning to eat without a tongue.

York County continues their investigation. Anyone with information about dog fighting or knows anything about the past history of this dog, whose name was Kemba at the time, is asked to contact the York County Sheriff’s Department at 803.628.3059.

Doesn’t Briggs deserve justice? Someone must know something.

(Photos of Briggs via Facebook)

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Investigation by Animal Services of video showing dog on treadmill chasing a pig

Miami-Dade Animal Services continue to investigate a video taken by a neighbor who is worried a dog could be in danger. According to News7, the exclusive video was turned over to Animal Services, and a neighbor, Odalys Fernandez, who lives behind the home, knows exactly what she witnessed. First she spotted a dog running on an apparently home made treadmill; the dog had his head down and appeared very tired.

“And then I saw a pig. There was a pig in there as well,” Odalys stated.

The pig had been in a separate cage in the backyard, and there was no way the dog would have been able to get to the animal, however it seemed as if the dog had been chasing the pig in the Southwest Miami-Dade backyard for a long period of time. In addition to the dog and the pig, there were four people in the backyard – including one young child. Several cages of dogs were also set along the perimeter of the yard.

Odalys is convinced the dogs were being trained to fight; why else would any dog be trained on a treadmill with another animal in front of it being chased.

“I like dogs and I like people and what they did to those dogs. I don’t like it. And when I saw that one dog with all the mosquitoes on top of the bite that he had…”

And then over a month ago, one morning the fence to the backyard was down and all of the dogs, their cages, the equipment and the pig were gone. Although Miami-Dade Animal Services has the video and the facts about the possible dog fighting training operation, nothing has been done – or at least the investigators aren’t commenting.

What a tragedy this could be for nine dogs and a pig.

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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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Outrage at ‘tradition’: Dogs pitted to fight wild boars to the death in Indonesia

In  a remote area of Java in Indonesia, crowds still gather around a makeshift arena lined with a bamboo wall to watch dogs fight wild boar to the death. Participants in  the village claim the blood-curdling “sport” known as “adu bagong” or boar fighting, is important to preserving  their tradition for hunting.

According to Reuters, the bloody battles using dogs began in the 1960s when wild boars invaded the area and were hunted by dogs to help farmers protect their crops. Since then the fighting has become more of a disgusting sport with the winner earning a grand prize of  $2,000.

“It used to be very simple, not like now when the dogs are trained,” said Nur Hadi, head of Hiparu, a participant in the fighting. “From there it’s been handed down and has even become part of tradition and culture.”

Participants say the contests test the hunting abilities of their dogs; to animal rights groups the practice is nothing less than dog fighting. With this activity however, if the boar survives the fight which doesn’t end until one of the animals is injured, once healed the boar gets to fight in the arena again, For the losers, they are butchered and sold for meat.

Animal rights groups insist the practice is nothing more than animal cruelty and should be banned. In a statement to the Independent, Wendy Higgins, spokesperson for Humane Society International stated:

“The vicious and exploitative fighting of dogs and wild boars in Indonesia is a disturbing spectacle that must be condemned. Watching animals savagely fight each other must never be considered entertainment, nor excused as culture. Not only is it extreme animal cruelty, but it debases us as humans to promote such barbarity as fun. Any tradition that requires a sentient being to become a victim of violence should be consigned to the history books.”

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Seriously disfigured dog likely bait dog victim suffers broken jaw

Early Saturday morning, the New York Police Department from the 113th Precinct in Jamaica Queens, reached out to the rescue organization New York Bully Crew for help. A disfigured dog was discovered in serious condition; compassionate police officers wanted the severely injured pup to have a chance. He had been found in a field in Jamaica where he was left to die a slow, painful death. It is suspected the dog, now dubbed Springfield by his rescuers, had been the victim of a dog fight. The details are currently being investigated, but the graphic photos of his injuries speak for themselves.

A police escort helped to transport Springfield to an emergency veterinarian for life-saving treatment. The kindness and humanity of the officers have not gone unnoticed. On the rescue’s Facebook page, volunteers thanked the police for going above and beyond to help a victim who cannot speak for himself:

“We thank them for their dedication and kindness and their daily effort to help ALL! Stay tuned for more updates as we receive them… This is one of THE WORST cases we have been involved with…”

On Saturday afternoon, Springfield was rushed into surgery. Dr. Tomas Infernuso performed the operation for the dog’s broken jaw that had been pushing up into his nasal cavity. Both his nose and jaw had to be reconstructed; his body still riddled with bite wounds.  His condition remains critical, and he is currently being transferred to an emergency veterinarian hospital for round the clock care. 

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(Photos and video of seriously disfigured dog Springfield from Facebook)

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Police search for 3 teens who tossed a tiny dog to a chained large dog

Police are currently searching for three teenagers in the East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania area who are alleged to have tossed a tiny dog to a pit bull that had been chained to a tree along Pocahontas Road in Stroud Township on Friday afternoon.

According to the A.W.S.O.M. animal shelter,  Stroud Area Regional Police, stated a witness saw the boys throw the small tan terrier to the black and brown brindle pit bull. The larger dog attacked the tiny dog and as the witness approached, the teens fled the scene. The Good Samaritan rushed the dog to the shelter. Sadly the Cairn terrier died. At this time, it is not known where he came from or who is owner might be.

“This was an extremely violent attack. It looked like his mid-side was completely ripped open. His intestines and pancreas was hanging out. It kind of looked like a shark attack. He had huge bite marks from the canines of the pit bull’s teeth deep into him. He was ripped up really bad,” said Rich Homar, A.W.S.O.M. director.

Awsom called the State Police and Stroud Regional Police and were met at the scene. The dog that had been tied to the tree was no longer there.

The three boys have been described as  older teens and African American. They were last seen running down Pocahantas Drive and possibly into Blue Mountain Lake Estates. One of the boys wore red basketball shorts.

Anyone with information is asked to call Awsom at 570-421-3647, or sent an e-mail at  Help this innocent dog find some justice and possibly save another dog being taught to fight and kill. Bring these people to justice.

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Reward of $6,200 for information on emaciated dogs found in Darby

In Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, a $6,2oo reward has been offered by the Humane Society of the United States ($5,000) and Justice Rescue for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the responsible party. Just days ago, a passerby discovered two severely injured and emaciated dogs in Penn Pines Park located at Hilldale and Providence Roads.

The abandoned dogs, which police believed were the victims of dog fighting, were covered in scars as well as fresh bite marks. According to Justice Rescue founder Russ Harper, he considered this one of the cruelest cases of animal cruelty he had ever seen. When discovered, one of the dogs could not stand – and only move her head; the other dog had fresh bite wounds on her neck.

“They were almost dead,” Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood stated. “And whoever dumped them threw them out, then threw dog food next to them. It was like adding insult to injury.”

Chitwood referred to the unknown abusers as “dirtballs.” The dogs dubbed Gracie and Layla have a heartwarming and tender bond. As Harper stayed with the dogs, and Gracie’s temperature finally rose, she cried out in pain.

“It was the most horrible sound you could ever hear,” Harper said. “And then the other dog came over and just put her head on her.”

As to the progress of the dogs’ health, the organization posted the following update on their Facebook page:

“Both are still critical but Layla is barking more and moving around. All she wants is love. Such a sweet girl. She has a long road to go. It’s sad how she expects to be abused until you show her love. Gracie is still very very critical. You can see the stress and pain in her eyes. Very sad.  

Anyone with information is asked to call the Upper Darby police at 610.734.7693.

Photos of Gracie and Layla and reward of $6,200 via Facebook Justice Rescue)

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70 starving dogs found: Georgia cops say worst case ever seen

The Polk County Police Department are investigating “ the worst cruelty to animal cases” they have ever seen. According to the department’s Facebook page, police officers and animal control personnel are helping 60 to 70  starving dogs found living behind a home on Cash Town Road in Aragon – 50 miles from Atlanta.

Police Chief Kenny Dodd stated the dogs, which appeared to be bulldogs or mixed breeds, were malnourished and some had been injured. As he walked through the expansive property, he continued to find chained dogs. Most of the dogs had no shelter, food or  water. The fire department pulled onto the property to make sure all the dogs were provided with water until they could be removed from the property.

“These dogs are not vicious,” Chief Dodd stated. “I have petted everyone of them myself. This breaks your heart.”

On Tuesday, the dogs were being removed from the property. Officers and animal control stayed at the property all night to guard the animals and keep them safe. There have not been any details provided about the owner of the dogs, however sources report an arrest has been made.

 “I wanted the public to see how these dogs were being treated,” said the chief. He hopes homes can be found for all the dogs.

These dogs are in serious need of angels. The following was posted earlier:

Polk County, GA Animal Adoption and Recovery Shelter.UPDATE as of 10:30pm we just received word that we will be taking on 65 dogs! Our shelter will not hold even half of that! I need RESCUES ONLY at 569 Cash town rd Aragon Ga at 12p. Please do not come early as the police will still be working. We will need you to bring a GA RESCUE LICENSE and A letter from the license holder saying an amount of dogs that you can take under their license! Please message me with questions or amounts you can take we need them out immediately!”

Anyone who would like to donate food for the dogs, please contact Polk County Animal Control at 770-749-8908. Thank you to everyone who brought food to the scene last night. You kindness is very much appreciated. Please share this story and help all of these victims find safe homes.

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Fox Sports hires convicted animal abuser Michael Vick as studio analyst

Former quarterback and convicted animal abuser Michael Vick has a new job with Fox Sports. Go figure! On Sunday, Vick will serve as a studio analyst for Fox NFL Kickoff – the show that leads into Fox NFL Sunday. According to USA Today, Vick will be making regular appearances on the show as part of his new job.

“I’m very excited,” Vick stated. ‘over the last seven or eight months, I’ve done a lot of interviews, and I think I’ve gotten better as I’ve been put in those situations more often… You have to be careful because anything you say can go viral.”

Vick retired as a member of the Atlantic Falcons. His tenure with the team was interrupted after his 2007 conviction for his role in dog fighting that sent him to prison. To the public, Vick remains a controversial figure after serving 19 months in prison. Fox executives barely mentioned that part of Vick’s life, although in April, Fox commentator  Tucker Carlson appeared on Sean Hannity’s show.

“Anybody who looks into how he mistreated these dogs and personally tortured them to death gets upset and I overspoke. I’m not comfortable with the death penalty under any circumstances. Of course I don’t think he should be executed.” Carlson, however did go on to say, “But I do think what he did is truly appalling.” He also added that he “has a lot doubts” on Vick’s true intentions.”

And what about the dogs? Many of them never received any justice; fortunately some were saved and went on to lead wonderful lives. Just in case Fox Sports forgot since  Vick’s egregious dog fighting history and conviction only rated one sentence in their press release about Vick’s new job, here’s a bit of the heartbreaking, inhumane and cruel treatment some of these dogs suffered by Vick’s own admission.

For anyone who has ever forgotten what happened, in 2007 Vick and three other men were indicted on charges related to an illegal dog-fighting ring known as “Bad Newz Kennels.” Although some fans will tell animal advocates to forgive and forget, and that Vick showed remorse for those convictions, it was the degree of inhumanity, cruelty and downright sadistic treatment of the dogs who did not win as fighting dogs and the degree and torture the innocent animals endured by Vick’s own hands that rocks so many people to the core of human decency.

Donna Reynolds is the co-founder of Bay Area Doglovers Responsible About Pitbulls (BAD RAP), known for rescuing and rehabilitating pit bulls. In case anyone forgot or didn’t know the details and why so many compassionate people find Vick’s latest career move so offensive, note Reynold’s  blog entries:

“The details that got to me … involve the swimming pool that was used to kill some of the dogs. Jumper cables were clipped onto the ears of underperforming dogs, then just like with a car, the cables were connected to the terminals of car batteries before lifting and tossing the shamed dogs into the water. We don’t know how many suffered this premeditated murder, but the damage to the pool walls tells a story. It seems that while they were scrambling to escape, they scratched and clawed at the pool liner and bit at the dented aluminum sides like a hungry dog on a tin can.

Reynold continued the heartbreaking blog post:

“…my mind’s image of a little black dog splashing frantically in bloody water … screaming in pain and terror…brown eyes saucer wide and tiny black white-toed feet clawing at anything, desperate to get a hold. This death did not come quickly. The rescuer in me keeps trying to think of a way to go back in time and somehow stop this torture and pull this little dog to safety. I think I will be looking for ways to pull that dog to safety for the rest of my life.”

Concluding his interview on Friday, for Fox Sports with USA Today, Vick added:

“I have never criticized guys, but I will be critical. Great players understand that. I’ve seen the reactions from my teammates watching shows in t he team lounge when they disagree with something. I’m a credible guy and I think people will respect that.”

What are your thoughts? Please feel free to weigh in, but asking everyone to remain respectful.

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