Bonded Mastiff and Rottie languished at Texas kill shelter until…

Years of abuse and neglect made up the lives of a bonded Mastiff and his Rottweiler friend. Both had been surrendered to a Texas kill shelter, and even though other rescue organizations had been trying to rescue the two dogs, none were able. On Saturday, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC stepped in to save Alvie and Ally.

The dogs were rushed to the organization’s south Texas veterinarian partner where they were administered immediate and urgent medical care; both were so bonded to each other, they needed to heal and stay together.

The Neopolitan Mastiff, Alvie, is not doing well; the years of abuse have taken its toll on her body after delivering multiple litters and little aftercare. Rottweiler Ally seems to be faring better. Both dogs are undergoing comprehensive testing  On Monday morning, rescue co-founder, Stacey Silverstein updated their condition.

“Here they are at our South Texas Vet Partner receiving life saving medical care
As you can see, Alvie has suffered years of neglect and is in very critical medical condition
What a stunning dog and to be allowed to deteriorate to such neglect 
They both are having a full medical work up, including blood work , diagnostic testing , X-rays
Ally seems to be in much better physical shape, but it’s to soon to know for sure
We are so glad they have each other as they are clearly BONDED and they will REMAIN TOGETHER.”

More updates to come. Their medical care will be extremely expensive. Donations help to save lives.

(Photos courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

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Beaten and abused – dog gets second chance

From horrific cruelty to the beach – inspiring!

Intentionally starved ‘Champ’ brings hope for change in animal cruelty laws

Champ, the intentionally starved dog, continues to flourish at his Maryland foster home. After four-and-a-half-weeks, he has gained 30 pounds – with another 30 to go, but what a difference. He loves his walks, he loves to roll in the grass, and he carefully watches for any scraps to fall from the kitchen counter.

Who can believe this is the Laurens, South Carolina dog whose photo of him curled up in the dirt starving, near death and crawling with maggots went viral? Animal advocates were outraged as Champ’s terrible story of abuse and neglect unraveled. His journey began on August 14 when he was rescued.

“His heartbreaking story is that he is the victim of a breakup,” Rescue Dogs Rock NYC co-founder Jackie O’Sullivan posted on the organization’s social media page. “… since ‘he was not her dog’, she fed her dogs but not Champ.”

The Justice for Champ Facebook page has garnered nearly 48,000 fans who have been following the dog’s recovery. His photos  tell his story. From the shiny coat, to the friendly outings with other dogs he meets along the way to the hugs and smiles he gives to his foster parents, Champ is a survivor. It is the story of a dog who nearly died, was saved by Rescue Dogs Rocks NYC; and look at him now!

Not only does Champ bring hope that elected officials will see some of the “before” and “after” photos and enact stricter animal cruelty punishments, but also pass new laws prohibiting chaining and legislate to set reasonable  and humane standards of care for all companion animals.

Check out Champ’s video to see where his heartbreaking story started and where he is today. Champ is the hope for the abused, neglected and abandoned.

Keep up with the latest animal news by following the National Pet Rescue on Facebook.

Previous coverage of Champ here.

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Adorable! Dog got the zoomies at an office

Video of dog that ingested meth leads to his remarkable rescue

A viral video of a small dog alleged to have been high on meth near Redlands, California had been posted on social media by his owner; the woman cried out for help on Sunday.

“My poor puppy is high! I don’t want to give her back to an addict… what do I do? someone please help,” the young woman posted on her Facebook page along with this video.

Fortunately it wasn’t long until help arrived. Through a series of volunteers and transport, the dog was transported to an emergency veterinarian and treatment was immediately ordered. Dream Fetchers,stepped up to cover the expenses.

According to the woman who posted the video, she had been in treatment at a sober living facility. Unfortunately, she had left her dog with her ex-boyfriend who she stated was a “meth head.” When the woman went with her young son to the park on Sunday to visit the dog, she videoed the dog’s behavior and asked a friend to post it on social media asking for someone to help. It is not known how long the dog suffered, or if the dog had accidentally ingested the drug or if it had been a deliberate animal cruelty act, but because of the kindness of strangers, this little pup will heal and be adopted out to someone who will give him a better life.

Check him out now:

On Monday, this adorable and very lucky little guy will be transferred to Animal Hope and Wellness.

To help Dream Fetchers with their remarkable rescue efforts, donations can be made by clicking here.

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Miracle surgery performed to save Boston terrier puppy

A miracle surgery was performed to save a Boston terrier puppy thanks to Destiny for Dogs and the North American Veterinary Heart Center in Jupiter, Florida.

Destiny for Dogs, founded by JoAnn Goodrich in West Palm Beach, Florida is a 501 (c) 3 dedicated to helping senior citizens keep their pets in the home, and if that is impossible, then re-homing them to responsible caregivers. Their mission statement reads “Destiny for Dogs is dedicated to assisting seniors in keeping their beloved dogs in their homes.”

Destiny for Dogs is non-breed specific and relies on fosters to care for the dogs in their rescue. They not only rescue dogs from owners or families who can no longer care for their deceased family member’s dog, but also from shelters. Their goal is to find loving forever homes for the dogs regardless of age, health, or behavioral issues.

All dogs taken in by the rescue are fully vetted, spayed or neutered, up to date on shots and microchipped. All dogs also receive a wellness check before being placed in a foster home. Once the dogs are in their foster homes, they will be evaluated, loved and nurtured to prepare them for their new family and their second chance at a happily ever after life.

Recently, Destiny for Dogs committed to saving Scarlett, a nine-week-old 3.2 pounds Boston terrier puppy. Scarlett had a level six heart murmur and a large opening between the two major blood vessels leading from her heart. Because of her enlarged heart, it was pressing on her esophagus, making it difficult for her to breathe and filling her lungs with fluid.

Destiny for Dogs was told by a veterinarian, due to the lungs being filled with fluid, surgery was not an option at the time.  Sweet Scarlett was dying.  Another rescue, however advised JoAnn about Dr.Augusta Pelosi, a veterinarian and cardiologist in Jupiter, Florida.  Dr. Pelosi is the co-founder and Medical Director of the North American Veterinary Heart Center. JoAnn called them immediately, and Scarlett went in for miraculous, life saving surgery.

It took a village to get this little dog through surgery. Dr. Carpenter provided the medicine to reduce the fluid in Scarlett’s lungs, so she could undergo the surgery.  He then, personally delivered her to the North American Veterinary Heart Center where Dr. Pelosi performed the life saving open heart surgery on Scarlett. To everyone’s joy and amazement, the little puppy pulled through like a trooper.

Watch her video here

Scarlett is doing well now but will need another echo-cardiogram in three months and is also on medication. As of now, her medical expenses are up to $7,000.00 There is a Facebook fundraiser going on for Scarlett’s medical bills.

Donations can also be sent directly to Destiny for Dogs through Paypal on their website

or by sending checks to:

Destiny for Dogs

326 Macy Street

West Palm Beach, Florida 33405

If everyone pulls together, tomorrow will be another day for this brave little Scarlett.


Spa treatment for dog who spent 13 years on a chain…

Helping to keep pets safe during Hurricane Florence

Pet owners are encouraged to have a disaster plan for Hurricane Florence, which includes pets.  Reports circulating social media of dogs and cats being abandoned on the sides of the roads as families evacuate cut to the bottom of our hearts. Aren’t pets part of the family?

In 2005, during Hurricane Katrina’s evacuation from the Superdome in New Orleans, families had been standing in line trying to get a seat on a bus waiting to escape the terrible conditions. Among the panicky people was a little boy who held on to his small, white fluffy dog named Snowball. Both the little boy and the dog were scared and hungry, but the situation worsened when a police officer grabbed the little boy’s dog – telling the crying child his pet was not allowed on the bus. Snowball was pried out of the child’s hand as the child screamed “Snowball, Snowball,” and then the little boy vomited as he became overcome with grief. The world reacted.

There have been safety measures enacted since the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act in 2009 (PETS) requires plans for the evacuation of pets in addition to people. The bipartisan initiative requires the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to ensure that state and local emergency preparedness plans include the needs of household pets and service animals before, during and after a major disaster.

It is important to know, however the bill does not guarantee that hotels and motels must accept pets although many make exceptions during this time. The bill reads:

“Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act of 2006 – Amends the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to require the Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to ensure that state and local emergency preparedness operational plans address the needs of individuals with household pets and service animals prior to, during, and following a major disaster or emergency.

Authorizes the Director to: (1) study and develop plans that take into account the needs of individuals with pets and service animals prior to, during, and following a major disaster or emergency; and (2) make financial contributions, on the basis of programs or projects approved by the Director, to the states and local authorities for animal emergency preparedness purposes, including the procurement, construction, leasing, or renovating of emergency shelter facilities and materials that will accommodate people with pets and service animals.

Authorizes federal agencies to provide, as assistance essential to meeting threats to life and property resulting from a major disaster, rescue, care, shelter, and essential needs to individuals with household pets and service animals and to such pets and animals.”

It is advised to call the hotel before and ask if pets are permitted, however hotels are required to accept service animals. Check out these pet friendly hotels in North and South Carolina.

To get ready for Hurricane Florence,  reach out to friends and relatives not in the danger zone for help. Make sure to have all emergency necessities for your pets including food, water, bowls, leashes, pet carriers, cat litter, medicines and medical records especially indicating dates of rabies and distemper vaccinations.

When on the road with your pets, keep them leashed or in carriers. Any pet can panic and try to escape, bite or scratch. Stay calm – this is the best way to keep your pet calm. Shelters and rescue groups hundreds of miles away have been taking in pets from up and down the Carolina coast. Foster homes and adopters are stepping up to make more room in shelters and rescue organizations.

If you have been thinking about adopting or even just fostering a pet while Hurricane Florence bears down, this is the time. Never have so many pets needed a helping hand and a big heart more than they need now. If you want to assist and can’t adopt, monetary donations are the top priority.

Check out the information offered on the Hurricane Florence Small Animals Facebook page.

Read the latest animal news on the National Pet Rescue Facebook page.

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Dog groomer charged with animal torture for cropping ears of puppies

In Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, a dog groomer has been charged with animal cruelty for illegally cropping the ears of four miniature schnauzer puppies without proper pain medication often “leaving the puppies crying and screaming” an employee told authorities. Charges were announced on September 6.

According to a news release from the Pennsylvania’s SPCA Humane Law Enforcement Team, Joan Huber, 82, of Montgomery County, has been charged with felonies which include four counts of aggravated cruelty to animals -torture and four counts of aggravated cruelty to animals- causing serious bodily injury or death.

Huber is alleged to have cropped the ears of four puppies on April 29 with scissors or razor blades without fully sedating the dogs. According to Nicole Wilson, the Pennsylvania SPCA Director of Humane Law Enforcement,

“These dogs suffered through this traumatic experience for no other reason than an outdated view of aesthetics. Whatever anyone may feel about the issue of ear cropping, no one would imagine that a purported lover of Schnauzers would slice off these puppies’ ears without proper anesthetic or pain management as alleged in this case.”

The four 3-month-old puppies were found at a kennel in Union County after a search warrant was executed. The pups had all recently undergone ear cropping which is only legal when performed by a licensed veterinarian under anesthesia as required by law in Pennsylvania.

The puppies have since all been treated, recuperated and adopted. Be the voice for those who cannot speak. Pennsylvania SPCA’s Cruelty Hotline can be contacted at (866) 601-SPCA. Tips can be left anonymously.

A preliminary hearing for Huber is scheduled for 8 a.m. October 4. Huber denies all charges.

(Photos of illegal cropping ears via PASPCA)

Read about the latest animal news on the National Pet Rescue Facebook.

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Something awful was tied around Teddy’s muzzle for a long time

Something awful had been tied around Teddy’s muzzle for an extended period of time. The deep, sharp wounds cut clear down to his bones; the infection was deep and the young dog’s pain had to have been intolerable.

(Graphic photo below may not be suitable for all viewers)

On Monday, the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PSPCA) introduced Teddy Jr. to their followers on social media. In mid-August, the dog had been found as a stray with a serious injury to his muzzle. Teddy Jr. had been taken to a nearby county shelter. When notified, officers from the PSPCA picked him up and immediately transported him to the shelter’s hospital for emergency treatment and assessment.

“When he arrived, we were all shocked by what we saw – Teddy Jr. had a wound all the way around his muzzle with bone exposure. We knew he was in pain, and that time was of the essence, so our surgeon cleaned the deeply infected wound and closed it, and thus began a waiting game to see how Teddy would recover,” the organization posted on their Facebook page.

In just two weeks, Teddy Jr. has made an amazing recovery. He loves his surgeon, Dr. Nau and everyone he is introduced to – as long as it is slow. Who can blame him? Because of his terrible experience, Teddy Jr. can be fearful of people at first, but “when he loves you, he LOVES you.”

Teddy Jr. is a story of hope and healing.  If only all dogs involved in cruelty situations could have equally happy endings. We must not give up – there are angels out there helping all the time.

Teddy did have a microchip and charges are pending further investigation.

To help with Teddy Jr’s care and other needy pets, donations can be made by clicking here.

(Photos of something awful around Teddy’s muzzle via PSPCA)

Read about the latest animal news on the National Pet Rescue Facebook.



Bay Shore man charged with starving dachshund ‘Miss Pretty’

A Bay Shore, New York man has been charged with animal cruelty for starving his seven-year-old dachshund “Miss Pretty.” Detectives with the Suffolk County SPCA and the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department arrested Craig Tenzer on Friday and led him away in handcuffs.

According to a press release from the Suffolk County SPCA,  Tenzer, 50, was charged with severe neglect. Miss Pretty was found to be severely emaciated and living in a condemned house. The dog was seized and transported to an emergency animal hospital for medical treatment. Her condition has not yet been updated.

Chief Gross stated that animal cruelty will not be tolerated in Suffolk County. Tenzer is scheduled to appear in court on November 17, 2018. The case is being turned over to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

If you witness animal cruelty, say something! Contact the Suffolk County SPCA at 631.382.7722.

Get well soon Miss Pretty. You deserve better.

To help with Miss Pretty, donations can be made by clicking here.

(Photos supplied courtesy of Suffolk County SPCA)

Read the latest animal news on the National Pet Rescue Facebook page.

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Look at me now: Abused Gus once shot with pellets and shoelace around his neck

As if he’s saying, “look at me now,”  Gus is that once abused dog in Houston rescued last week ago after an animal advocate spotted the puppy in  dire need. Advocates rushed to help; the stray’s head had swollen to at least twice its normal size as he wandered through the neighborhood scavenging for food and relief from his pain.


On her social media page, animal rescuer Laura Jean cried out for help:

“SOS!!! Dead dog walking he wouldn’t come to me and I was only pushing him into traffic. Thanks to all the cars who didn’t stop who could’ve helped me get him to safety. He was last seen going into an apartment complex and I gave my info to some residents. One said he is usually around but in the back. I was unable to find him. If anyone can dedicate some time to look for him, please let me know.”

Gus’ story and his heartbreaking photos quickly went viral opening up the eyes of the nation as to the crisis of homeless dogs in Houston. Tears flowed down the cheeks of rescuers and advocates alike – just grimacing in the thought what Gus, in his short nine-months of life, must have endured. A shoelace had been tied tightly around his neck and embedded causing trachea damage. In addition, x-rays showed at least 25 pellet bullets had riddled through his defenseless body. Surgery was performed to revise the scar tissue while his condition remained critical for days. Still, Gus had that will to live.

“But now all of a sudden, everyone I meet is good to me. Everyone asks how I am doing,” Gus might be saying if he could speak. “People touch me with kindness and love. I just knew that there had to be a better life, but I had no idea it could be this good.”

Yes, Gus is one of the lucky dogs where fate stepped in along with Laura Jean who spotted him just in time. Stepping up to help Gus with his long journey of healing, Houston K-911 Rescue has been helping along with generous donations coming in to help with Gus’ expensive medical care.

And on Friday, Gus was released from the veterinary hospital. What may be considered a double chin now, Gus is barely recognizable as his head has returned to nearly its intended size. The burning pain in his neck is slowly subsiding. His foster parent is Marina Harrison, an employee of the vet hospital where Gus received life-saving care and treatment. Marina will make sure his bandages are changed and his laser therapy continues.

“Is this all just a dream or is this really my life?,” Gus continues. [as if he is speaking] “Can people really care this much? I love you all and my one wish is that more hurt and lonely dogs on the streets get to know this love like I do now.”

Check out Gus as he gets ready to leave the hospital.

Help Houston K-911 Rescue save more dogs just like Gus, donations can be made by clicking here.

Read previous articles about Gus beginning here.

Read the latest animal news on the National Pet Rescue Facebook page.

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From intentionally starved to the ‘luckiest’ dog in the world

Champ, the once intentionally starved dog from Laurens, South Carolina, might be considered the “luckiest” dog in the world. Comfortably settled in his foster home in Maryland, the gifts continue to flood in.

Everyday is a new day for Champ. Going for walks and sniffing along the way with a family who loves him; is it any wonder he feels like the “luckiest” dog in the world?

Now the trips to the veterinarian don’t require Champ to stay overnight anymore. The prods and the pokes of needles are nearly finished. His progress continues to be amazing, and everyone at the office loves him. Champ is the “luckiest” dog in the world.


“Do you see that number???!!!!

Weight 73 lbs.
Pcv is at 37
Hemoglobin is normal

We are cutting back on his iron supplement and starting to mix in puppy food to get some more weight on him. Skin test won’t come back for 21 days. Didn’t appear to have mites. Suspects the hair loss is a secondary reaction to malnutrition. He had an ear infection and is on meds for that. Overall, he’s on the right path. He goes back in 2 weeks for a recheck. Everyone LOVED him!”

Many thanks from Champ to Rescue Dogs Rock NYC for making this dog’s journey possible.

Read previous coverage of Champ here.

Another dog that made a remarkable recovery:

Read the latest animal news on the National Pet Rescue Facebook page.

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