Dog’s face and the desperate look in his eyes plead for help

Chester is the tragic face of dog fighting. The desperate look in his eyes pleaded for help; surely the monsters who subjected this innocent victim to hell never cared. Surely the monsters who subjected this innocent victim to this hell never loved a dog. Odds are he was used as a bait dog.

And on Thursday afternoon, a rescue volunteer walked into a rural Texas shelter and knew Chester deserved more than an untimely death. From the moment the rescuer entered the dog’s kennel, he slowly approached her as he left a trail of blood behind him. For once in a long, long time, Chester felt a soft human touch, and then he slowly retreated back into the corner of his cage and began to lick and tend to his wounds. When contacted, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC stepped up; co-founder Stacey Silverstein explained the situation on the organization’s Facebook page. She could not refuse to help:

  “He had lived through this before, injured with puncture wounds from dog fighting. Chester was covered in blood. He was covered in scars. His body told us his past and through his eyes showed us his pain.”

Chester has been rushed in for emergency medical treatment. Let’s hope this poor dog survives. To help with this latest case of extreme abuse and cruelty, donations for the dog’s care can be made by clicking here or PayPal at

(Photos of Chester’s face and desperate look courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC and Leslie Ysuhuaylas)



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Dog breeders organize wolfhound dog attacks for title of Champion of Breed

Owners and breeders of Asian shepherds brought their dogs to a stadium in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on Sunday in an organized dog fight competition aimed at finding the dogs best suited to improve the breed. According to the Daily Mail, twelve breeders watched their dogs fight each other as they vied for the title of Champion of Breed.Wolfhounds fight 2

The countries of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan are both very similar in culture, society, religion and language. Formerly part of the USSR, the countries are located in Central Asia. Dog fighting is legal in both countries and often witnessed by dozens of spectators as well as the dog breeders themselves; many even video the egregious battles between the massive Kyrgyz wolfhounds.

Dog fighting competitions are also popular in China, and spectators seem to have no trouble watching the dogs tear each other apart; the fights are not stopped even when both dogs are bleeding and seriously injured. The shocking photos released have drawn harsh criticism and disgust from Westerners.

(Photos of fighting wolfhound dogs screenshots via the Daily Mail)

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Severely neglected dog captured by animal control after 6-months on the run

For six-months, a severely neglected dog dubbed Boomer by area residents, had been roaming the wooded sections in the outskirts of Macon, Georgia, cleverly eluding anyone who came too close. Boomer aimlessly wandered searching for food, in an area well-known for dog fighting; no one knows how the puppy ever survived. On Friday, local officers from Animal Control captured the young dog; described to be in extreme pain from open wounds and festering sores covering his entire body. Peach County Animal Rescue  stepped up and offered to help.Boomer Halfway Home Rescue

Boomer has been rushed to Smith Animal Hospital where he remains in a sterilized environment because of his compromised immune system’s inability to fight off the infections and lacerations he has suffered for an extended period of time. Once healthy, Boomer will be transferred to Halfway Home Rescue Inc., and will travel to the organization’s home located in North Haven, Connecticut. At this time however, the extent of his medical needs are unknown and is expected to undergo long-term care before he is well enough to travel.

“Boomer broke our hearts when we first saw him! He was on the run for months and has a horrific skin condition that looks to be mange. He is completely terrified and has shut down,” stated the rescue organization on their fundraising page.

Boomer’s anticipated recovery and rehabilitation can be followed on Facebook by clicking here. His medical needs and his emotional needs will be tenderly addressed, and it is hoped advocates can help. Donations can also be sent
(Please use “Friends and Family” option when sending payment) or to Halfway Home Rescue Inc. PO Box 712, North Haven, CT 06473. Get well soon Boomer.

Photos of severely neglected dog Boomer courtesy of Halfway Home Rescue Inc.

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Couch dog: Starving bait dog languished in rain and cold and no one stopped to help

Near the Mexico border in Texas, Duke was abandoned, and while he quietly padded around the neighborhood the critically injured dog found an old couch thrown out at the curb awaiting trash pickup. The two-year-old pit bull’s teeth had been filed down to nubs – some had been mercilessly removed. He had scars, open wounds and a raging infection, and he jumped onto the old soft couch, and there he curled up into a tight ball and wished for a better day.duke the couch dog

Duke was a surviving bait dog – the area well-known for dog fighting. His  advocate, Leslie Ysuhuaylas, told his story:

“His home, a dirty couch thrown out onto the curb – just like him. He was covered in infections, parasites and his teeth had been pulled and filed down. For a week the survivor stayed there. People in the area called him ‘couch dog.’ They watched him each day and night sitting on the old couch – only to move if someone tossed him a morsel of food.” duke the couch dog2

Perhaps adding to the tragic plight of Duke is that no one stopped. How many people drove by and felt pity, yet refused to help? Just by his appearance, it was obvious the dog’s medical needs were urgent.  Still Duke slept on the old couch; in the rain and in the cold. The couch became his home. On Friday, with Leslie’s help, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC  saved Duke, and he is officially off the couch. He has been rushed to a veterinarian in Dallas where the dog is now receiving the help he deserves.

“Duke is now receiving intensive medical treatment,” Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC wrote in an update on the organization’s Facebook page about Duke on Friday afternoon. “The dog is completely hairless, his skin is severely infected – red and raw. He is anemic, dehydrated, weak and covered in ticks and fleas. This two-year-old was used as a bait dog as his teeth have been filed down and pulled. When we were alerted to Duke and heard his story, and how this dog so desperately wanted to live, we could not turn our backs on him.”duke the couch dog 3

No one knows who owned Duke before he escaped from the hell where he lived for his short life, but his future looks brighter. To help with this dog’s medical expenses, please click here or Paypal

Photos courtesy of Leslie Ysuhuaylas and Rescue Dogs Rock NYC.
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Deputies bust large dog-fighting operation

According to Sunday’s WKRG News, deputies busted a large dog-fighting operation this weekend. The suspected dog-fighting ring was located at property along the Mississippi and Alabama state line.

Washington County Sheriff Richard Stringer noted that several agencies were involved in the investigation which led to multiple arrests. According to WFSA News, 26 people were placed under arrest in the Saturday night raid – those arrested are facing felony charges.

WKRG provided a list of some of the individuals who were arrested in the raid:

KENNETH BELL 1/15/2017
DARRYL BERRY 1/15/2017
SHARON BERRY 1/15/2017
LATRELL GRAY 1/15/2017
BRIAN D. JOHNSON 1/15/2017
DERICK JONES 1/15/2017
KEMMA KIRBY 1/14/2017
THELMA KIRBY 1/14/2017
ANA SPOTTS 1/15/2017
SHARON TATUM 1/15/2017
KENYORA TODD 1/15/2017

Several dogs were seized in the raid – the sheriff is hoping that the dogs are capable of being rehabilitated.

(Photo via WKRG News)

Rottweiler dragged across parking lot at shelter left to die

Less than one week ago, a heartless man drove his pickup truck onto the parking lot at the Bullock County Humane Society, dragged a grievously injured Rottweiler out of the bed of the truck, removed her collar and dumped her. It was in the wee hours of the night that Hope was left to die a slow, torturous death. Fortunately help arrived in the nick of time.troy-animal-rescue-project

A surveillance video at the Alabama shelter caught the tragic scene, and the man responsible for abandoning the dog has been questioned by the Union Springs Police Department. He has not been charged with any wrongdoing.

So what happened? By the time Hope was found early the next morning, she was already septic from open bite wounds  which had been left untreated for at least a week. One of her legs had a severe infection and was swollen to twice its normal size. Either she had been used as a “bait dog” to teach other dogs to fight, or she had been a dog being trained to fight. Nevertheless, Hope didn’t work out for the dog fighters – lucky for her. When rescued, she couldn’t stand or even lift her head. Immediately transferred to the to Taylor Crossing Animal Hospital in Montgomery, veterinarians didn’t even think she would survive.

Troy Animal Rescue Project stepped forward that day and offered to help. On the organization’s Facebook page, Hope’s prognosis was posted:

“First starting, Hope is a fighter. Our vet said she follows them around with her eyes and that she wants to live. We are giving her every possible chance to beat this infection. Earlier today, she received a plasma transfusion. This is meant to boost her ability to fight the infection. Although her white blood cell count only came up marginally, her albumin levels came up considerably. Blood work was also run and thankfully, there are no signs of organ failure from the sepsis. She had X-rays run of her head, neck, heart, lungs, and legs. Nothing is broken thankfully. Her left front leg is the one with the major infection. Once she is stabilized, that leg will have to be amputated- as the infection has literally rotted to her bone. Hope also did something amazing – she ate and drank tonight! If she keeps eating and drinking on her own, it will help a lot.”

troy-animal-rescue-project-2Hope continues to make slow progress. The pain is subsiding; she is being treated with laser therapy, and despite the cruelty and pain inflicted upon her, all she wants to be is loved and lavish affection on everyone she meets.

As to the person seen on the video dropping Hope off, he told the Union Springs Police Department he found the dog and dropped her at the shelter to get her help. He stated he took her collar because he wanted to use it, but then threw it away. While Hope may never get any justice, it seems she may be on her way to a new life. Be the voice for those who cannot speak. If you witness animal cruelty, speak up – call the police.

Get well soon Hope. To help Troy Animal Rescue Project with Hope, please click here. (Photos of Rottweiler via Troy Animal Rescue Project)

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Neglected puppy’s ear fell off after she was attacked by dogs

A neglected puppy with painfully infected open bite wounds has been making a slow recovery, yet she never stops wagging her tail nor looking for hugs and kisses. And such is the story of Little Bear, who was surrendered to the Flint, Michigan’s Gennessee County Animal Control in such serious condition, the shelter director ordered the staff to rush the puppy to their veterinarian for emergency life saving treatment. As the wound was lanced to drain the infection, most of the puppy’s ear fell off; the tissue had become necrotic.little-bear-puppy-2little-bear-puppy-4

Little Bear’s life has had a very rough beginning. According to the rescue, Happy Days Dog & Cat Rescue,  who has stepped forward to help, a woman surrendered the seriously injured puppy on October 29, telling the shelter staff Little Bear had been viciously attacked by other family dogs. The pup’s throat and ear had been torn open. In addition, the neglected puppy suffered multiple bite wounds all over her body; and for days the wounds had been left untreated.

Earlier this week, Little Bear underwent her first surgery. The happy news was posted on the organization’s Facebook page to update supporters:

“She came through this first procedure with flying colors! She had a lateral ear resection, also called a ZEPP procedure. The ear flap was also removed along with all the surrounding dead tissue. We are hoping that through this procedure her hearing in that ear will be preserved, although there is a great deal of swelling at this point so it is too early to tell.”little-bear-puppy-3

It is expected the puppy will need additional surgery and skin grafts, but everyone is amazed how far Little Bear has progressed. When first brought into the vet, it was suggested the puppy be humanely euthanized due to the extent of her injuries. Animal advocates said no – they wanted to give her a chance, and what a survivor she has turned out to be. Although she still has a long road to recovery, her prognosis looks better every day.

It is not known if the previous owner will be facing animal cruelty and neglect charges. For now, volunteers and advocates are concentrating on Little Bear.

To help with the puppy’s care, click here for the GoFundMe link.

(Photos of neglected puppy via Happy Days Dog & Cat Rescue)

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Young dog rescued without a tooth in his mouth

In Kershaw County, South Carolina, shelter workers made a disturbing discovery while rescuing a dog suspected of having been involved in an illegal, organized dog fight. After a call from a local resident reporting a badly injured, stray dog needing help, Animal Control arrived at the location and couldn’t find the dog until they set food out and patiently waited. And then Chase appeared – a five-year-old innocent victim of an egregious “sport” left to starve without a tooth in his mouth and languish in pain when he was no longer useful. chase-the-bait-dog-2

“Poor guy has his ear almost ripped off, had a huge swollen abscess on his neck  and the question of the hour is ‘where are his teeth'” asked Jackie O’Sullivan, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC who have taken charge of Chase’s recovery and rehabilitation. “How in the heck could he even defend himself? Who would do this? He’s all gums and no teeth! Disgusting!”chase-the-bait-dog

Not long after Chase was rescued, Animal Control was called out again in connection with suspicious dog fighting activity. And this time another dog was discovered with serious injuries. That dog has been reported to be under the care of another rescue organization.

“You rescue one 911 and there’s another right after! We must rely on you, our amazing supporters for financial help or we are finished! The same shelter got another dog just hours ago from the same location! Clearly something VERY bad is going on there and needs to be shut down,” explained Jackie.

Chase has been transferred to the organization’s partner veterinarian in South Carolina where he is currently being treated. To donate to Chase’s rescue expenses, please click here. PayPal: or mail:RDR NYC PO Box 101 NY, NY 10028.

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(Photos of without a tooth from Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)



Tortured dog becomes innocent victim of dog fighting bait practice

Marshmallow was used as  a bait dog; her sweetness and kindness unprecedented, but greed and cruelty know no boundaries. Who could even imagine an innocent and passive dog restrained and thrown into a  fighting arena as “bait” to train fighting dogs, yet the tortured dog became another innocent victim of dog fighting bait practice.bait-dog-jackie

On Saturday, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC‘s co-founder Jackie O’Sullivan, received a call from a local  shelter in Columbia, South Carolina asking for emergency help. A three-year-old dog badly injured dog had been brought into the shelter with open wounds and abscesses. The shelter had been working to get the dog released; sections of her face and neck had been ripped apart.bait-dog-jackie-2

Marshmallow was immediately transferred to the organization’s partner veterinarian where she has been receiving 24/7 care including surgery to  repair some of her most serious injuries.

“We are committed to helping her not overcome her physical wounds, but her emotional wounds also. Everyone who has met her says she is the sweetest dog-of course she is. It made her the perfect mark for these cruel abusers,” stated Jackie.

While dog fighting remains a serious issue in the South, the heinous “sport” can pop up anywhere. Be vigilant – report all suspicious activity of animal abuse. Be the voice for those who cannot speak. Tragically, cases like Marshmallow still happen much too often; her photos reflect her suffering. You are forever safe sweet angel, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC promise you that.bait-dog-jackie-5

(Photos of dog fighting bait practice via Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

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Dog tossed from moving car when he refused to fight

A one-year-old Dogue de Bordeaux may have been done a favor on Friday when a heartless culprit tossed him from a moving car in a rural part of Kershaw County, South Carolina. According to Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, who stepped forward and rescued the dog from the local shelter, it is believed he may have been involved in a dog fighting operation, and was tossed from the car because he refused to fight. The gaping injury on his front leg is consistent with having occurred during a dog fight.

Now dubbed Pierre, the dog who was covered in ticks, has been described as extremely sweet and mellow – obviously no candidate for a dog fighting ring. Rushed to the organization’s partner veterinary hospital in South Carolina, Pierre is now being treated for his injuries.pierre-rescue-dogs-rock-2

“Whoever tossed him out of that car has no idea the favor they did him,” stated Jackie O’Sullivan, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. “He was saved from a horrible life; (dog fighting) of that we have no doubt. Please keep Pierre in your thoughts, and pray for his recovery both physically and mentally.”

Pierre is another emergency case the New York City based rescue has undertaken. Their goal is to focus on the rescue of these urgent animals and immediately provide them emergency or specialized medical care. In many cases, these rescuers reach beyond vet care and get these animals rehabilitated as needed using trainers and behaviorists to help overcome issues related to past trauma.

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(Photos of dog tossed from moving car courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)