Haunting photos of ‘walking skeleton’ prompts rescuers quick action

Two haunting photos of a “walking skeleton” have become etched in the mind of Jackie O’Sullivan, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. On Tuesday, came a call from a rural South Carolina shelter, accompanied by the images of a dog with no fur and nearly every bone jutting out of his body, as he just stood staring at the camera, as if to say, “I want to live; will you help me?”

Possibly one of the worst cases of starvation volunteers have ever seen, the feelings and emotions evoked from the photos were anger, sadness, heartbreak, helplessness and despair. Nevertheless, this dog has survived  living in the most horrific conditions imaginable.  No one can change the egregious circumstances this dog has survived, however he has been rushed to the organization’s emergency veterinary hospital where he is being treated for his extensive medical needs.

“We can try to make him whole again and give him a great future, if he survives,” Jackie stated. “We have named him Elliott.”

There is no information on Elliott’s owner. The emphasis is the dog’s survival.

To help  save Elliott donate here:
Ways to Donate:
PayPal: donate@rescuedogsrocknyc.org
Website: www.rescuedogsrocknyc.org/donate/
Rescue Dogs Rock NYC
PO Box 101
Gracie Station
New York, NY 10028

(Haunting photos of Elliott courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

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Pointer puppy surrendered at San Antonio shelter in heartbreaking condition

Just look at Sophia;  seven-month-old pointer puppy mix and most likely has never had a carefree day in her short life to play and romp in the yard as should any healthy young dog. Instead, the long term neglect from her previous owner, left her in this heartbreaking condition – emaciated, hairless and in horrible pain from  the endless scratching and open, infected sores.

When animal advocates were told about Sophia, and as her photos garnered attention on social media, Stacey Silverstein and Jackie O’Sullivan, co-founders of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC stepped up to help. As arrangements were underway to transfer the puppy to the organization’s partner emergency veterinary hospital for treatment, her departure from the San Antonio shelter was delayed:

“SOPHIA ABUSE CASE UPDATE: her case became a cruelty case today which delayed her release, but if her owner is held accountable for her horrific & heartbreaking condition, it’s worth it! She is now free to leave for our vet & we are working on transporting her now,” the organization posted late Tuesday evening.

Updates will be posted as soon as they are made available. In the meantime, a Facebook page for Sophia can be followed here.

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Website: www.rescuedogsrocknyc.org/donate/
Rescue Dogs Rock NYC
PO Box 101
Gracie Station
New York, NY 10028

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Photos and video courtesy of pointer puppy Sophia via Rescue Dogs Rock NYC



Saving Chinba: Owner could not afford to treat dog’s skin condition

When Harris County Animal Shelter volunteers in Houston, Texas spotted Chinba with his painful, bright red skin still wagging his tail, tears came to their eyes. His owners were not able to afford to treat his horrible skin condition. On the bright side, however one can only be glad they decided to bring the dog to the shelter instead of dumping him on the side of the road.

Now Chinba needs rescue.

“As much as it breaks our heart to even watch this video, bashing his previous owners won’t help save him! So please, we are BEGGING, help us save Chinba! He desperately needs a new name and a new start to his life.

In order to save him, we need a rescue group to take him on. Rescue groups run entirely off of donations so the number one thing we need help with us funds for his vet care.”

For a rescue group to save this one-year-old puppy, a local committed foster home is needed. Since he is in such terrible condition, someone will have to take care of him until he recovers and is ready for adoption. The rescue group will cover all expenses – just a warm home and some love is needed. Local Houston residents willing to give this young dog a chance at a better life, please contact the shelter. Please note, there has not been any definitive diagnosis of the pup’s skin disease.

Click here for this dog’s PetHarbor link. ID#A495069 “My name is CHINBA. I am a male, white and gray Setter/retriever. The shelter staff think I am about 1 year old. I have been at the shelter since Oct 10, 2017. For more information about this animal, call Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services at (281) 999-3191. Follow his Facebook page here. Share his plight with approved rescue organizations, family, friends and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.

Check out his short video – look how sweet he is:





Ocala police remove 56 dogs and a toddler from ‘deplorable’ home

The Ocala, Florida police joined forces with Marion County Animal Services, Florida Department of Children and Families and the Ocala Code Enforcement department to remove 56 dogs and a three-year-old toddler living in “deplorable” and unsanitary conditions in a home located on Northeast 12th Avenue. The dogs were covered in their own excrement; some were emaciated and completely matted.

According to the Facebook page for the Ocala Police Department, the three-year-old child as well as a man and a woman were removed from the stench filled and filthy home on Thursday. The previous day officers had been called to the home after numerous reports of a stench emanating from the back of the brick home. At the door, a woman told authorities, there were 15 dogs in the home, but they were going to be relocated to a kennel. She also indicated she had been caring for her elderly father who suffered from dementia.

Later that afternoon, code enforcement officers arrived and spotted fresh urine underneath one of the front doors. A vehicle with no license plates sat in the yard which is a violation of the city code. After hearing dogs barking, Animal Services were notified. Officers were granted permission by the woman at the door to enter the home and determined the conditions were unsafe for the child as well as the animals.

On the organization’s Facebook page, the following update to the disturbing discovery was posted:

“EMS responded to check on the elderly man living in the home and he has been medically cleared. The child has been placed safely in the care of a relative.

The dogs have been brought back to the Animal Center, where they will receive health assessments from a veterinarian. Marion County plans to move forward with a petition for custody and the dogs will not be eligible for adoption until legal custody has been approved by the court.”

Marion County Animal Services has reached out to the public for help with these dogs, and are grateful for all the people who have stepped up offering to adopt the dogs, however the dogs must go through the legal process first. Want to help?

“The dogs will be with us at Marion County Animal Services, under our veterinarian’s care, until further notice.
Some have asked what they can do to help our shelter. We would welcome some small (launderable) dogs beds. We also have online donation options. Now is also a good time to sign up to be a foster family, a volunteer, apply for employment, and to adopt! It is Adopt-a-Dog month and we’ve reduced our adoption fees by half through October.
Click here to see how you can help-http://www.marioncountyfl.org/departments-agencies/departments-a-n/animal-services/how-can-i-help.”

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(Photos and video via Marion County Animal Services the Ocala Police Department)


Hairless dog with horrific case of mange wagged her tail the moment rescuers appeared

A hairless dog suffering from a horrific case of mange lived under an abandoned car in a tiny village located near Rajasthan, India. Her condition was so grave, villagers had called Animal Aid Unlimited; it was feared Pepper as the sweet dog had been named, would die soon because the infections from her sores had taken a desperate toll on her body. Yet, Pepper wasn’t willing to give up.

“She wore her heart on her sleeve,” representatives from the rescue organization posted on their Facebook page when they arrived to rescue her. “This darling street dog made our rescue team smile ear to ear the way she crawled out from under a car, desperately troubled by mange, not only, we think, to get a biscuit, but because her heart was so full of love.”

And yes, Pepper crawled right out from underneath the car – her tail wagging happily and graciously wanting to be hugged and loved in return.

Veterinarians for the organization said Pepper would have soon died had she not been rescued. And when brought back to the hospital, she was treated with intravenous fluids and medications to mitigate the damage being done to her ravaged body. Calming and cooling salves were applied, and twice a week for the next month, Pepper stood patiently while given medicated baths to help heal her wounds and encourage the regrowth of her soon to be new coat.

Her medical regime included all inoculations, virus control and spaying. Check out how Pepper paid her rescuers back with her love. Can you believe she has a black coat?

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(Photos screenshots of hairless dog Pepper via YouTube video)

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Dog owner banned for life from owning pets after causing unbearable suffering

Daniel Gerrard Taggart of Portaferry, North Ireland, has been banned for life from owning any pets after a court found him guilty of causing nearly unbearable suffering to his young dog. A veterinarian reported Taggart’s golden doodle had the worst case of toenail overgrowth he had ever seen in over 13 years of practice.

According to the BBC News, the dog was seized in January 2016 by the Ards and North Down Borough Council‘s animal welfare organization. A veterinary evaluation of the dog estimated the dog had not received any exercise in a year-and-a-half – explaining that the dog’s nails would have taken at least that amount of time to grow to such an egregious and painful length. Taggart was found guilty of failing to take reasonable care of his dog to ensure its good health.

Besides the lifetime ban from keeping or having any involvement with animals, Taggart was sentenced to jail for three months which was suspended for a year and fined approximately $1,300 including court costs. A clear message against animal cruelty was intended to be sent; stating such behavior towards pets will not be tolerated.

The dog has since recovered and has been adopted to a new family and is doing well.

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(Photos via the Ards and North Down Borough Council)

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Amateur vet stops dogs from barking by slicing their vocal chords at local market

An unlicensed veterinary surgeon and his assistant in Chengdu, China are under investigation by police after local townspeople lodged complaints that operations to slice the vocal chords of dogs were being performed on an outdoor table in a local flower and bird market.

As shocking images of the man, identified only as Zeng and his assistant performing the operations on dogs for owners who wanted to keep their dogs from barking went viral on social media, animal advocates questioned the credentials of the man as well as the hygiene involved in performing the surgical procedure known as “debarking.”  The photos spread across social media Weibo outraged internet users.

“You can’t just pull out its teeth if a dog likes to bite,” one reader stated.

According to the Metro, the operation itself only takes five minutes costing the pet owner between 50 and 100 yuan (US$7.60-15.20) for each dog.  The procedure involves reaching into the dog’s throat while the animal’s mouth is held open using a string tied to its teeth. The vocal chords are then cut; leaving the dog with a hoarse or muted bark. The dogs were sedated with an injection in one of their legs.

In one instance, Zeng used the same set of surgical tools on at least ten of the dogs. He claimed to have learned the “skill” at a pet store he had previously been employed. One pet owner stated she was satisfied with the operation and would rather have had her dog’s vocal chords pulled out than having to constantly hear the dog bark or having to give her pet away. None of the pet owners who said they were satisfied with the procedure expressed  interest in actually training their dogs.

Chinese regulations state that anyone who performs medical procedures on an animal must have a licence. Zeng’s tools have been confiscated and an investigation has been launched.

(Photos of dogs losing their vocal chords screenshots via AsiaWire)

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Outrage by dog lovers as court orders dogs’ ‘debarked’

Animal lovers are outraged after a Jackson County, Oregon court ordered a couple’s Tibetan mastiffs must be “debarked” – have their vocal chords surgically removed, due the noise the dogs have created for the neighbors because of their barking.

According to WsbtvNews, neighbors Debra and Dale Krein filed complaints against the dogs they claimed “barked uncontrollably for long periods of time while the defendants were away from the residence.” Karen Szewc and John Updegraff, the owners of the dogs, argued the six dogs that live on the farm are vital to the family business because the dogs barking scare off predators that can kill their livestock. The family and their dogs live on a 3.4 parcel of land with sheep, goats, chickens – all of which adds a small annual income.

“We do not have the dogs to harass the neighbors,” testified Szewc. “We have the dogs to protect our sheep.”

The barking started in 2002, but the Kreins did not sue their neighbors until ten years later. They told the court the barking would begin at 5:00 a.m. and continued for hours – even after Szewc and Updegraff left their home for the day. The Kreins were deprived of sleep, forced to turn the volume up on their television and stated their children didn’t want to come home from school. The family had audio recordings to prove their case.

In 2015, the Kreins were awarded $238,000 after they argued the barking had been disruptive to their lives. Even after the Kreins won their case, however they continued to argue that the judgment against the dog owners didn’t stop the dogs from barking in the future. Judge Timothy Gerking agreed and ordered the dogs be “debarked” surgically – devocalization involves cutting the vocal chords.

The Oregon Humane Society states it is inhumane and unnecessary to remove an animal’s primary means of communication. Six states have outlawed the procedure under certain circumstances. Supporters of the surgical operation state it can save dogs and cats with issues from being euthanized and still allows animals to express themselves with soft or muffled barks or meows.

Szewc said they had one of their dogs “debarked” in 2010, and the results were disastrous when one cougar ran off with six lambs in one week. The ruling was made by a three-judge panel of the Appeals Court. Read the opinion here.

Szewc is unsure how she will proceed – as whether or not to appeal the decision.

(Photos via Facebook)

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Update: Dog with huge ulcerated tumor undergoes surgery

It had been one week ago when Second Chance Rescue NYC Dogs announced to their supporters a small beagle was in critical need of rescue after arriving at the New York City Animal Care Centers with a huge ulcerated tumor – one so large volunteers were taken aback and in shock.

“The tumor is one of the worst we have ever seen on a dog before. This poor animal suffered for a long long time, carrying around this huge tumor which is attached to his head. How can anyone look at a dog like this, and not do anything to help him? We are completely appalled and heartbroken that Kratos suffered for so long in this condition,” the organization posted on their Facebook page.

According to the shelter, the eight-year-old pooch dubbed Kratos, was brought in as a stray, however it is suspected whoever brought him into the shelter knew far more than they claimed. His surgery had been postponed because he had been showing signs of an upper respiratory infection, which he most likely picked up at the shelter. His medical team wanted to make sure he was in good condition to be put under anesthesia; as surgery is always a risk for any dog.

On Friday morning, Kratos’ life changed – and for the better.

“… we have some beautiful news and photos to share with you all….. Kratos is tumor free. It is with such joy that we share the good news with you all. His surgery was a success, the huge tumor was removed from his head yesterday afternoon. He did very well during the procedure, and he is up and feeling well this morning. The doctors did a phenomenal job, thank you Dr. Jill Caruso- Faithful Friends Animal Hospital in Brooklyn, for taking such amazing care of our boy. We are overjoyed that Kratos is free from that hideous tumor that was causing him pain and discomfort for so long. Dr. Jill reported that she was able to get good margins around the tumor, and it was closed up beautifully.”

Kratos is now resting and is expected to go to his foster home over the weekend and begin his rehabilitation. You can follow this lucky dog’s recovery and the joy advocates and rescue personnel feel knowing they have saved another precious life.

Read previous article here.

Photos of dog with ulcerated tumor via Second Chance Rescue NYC Dogs.

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Veterinarians remove 6.4 pound tumor from miniature poodle

Oreo, an adorable and extremely friendly poodle had a 6.4 pound tumor removed less than one week ago after he was surrendered by his owner earlier in August.

Struggling just to walk,  the suspected lipoma weighed nearly one third of the six-year-old dog’s total body weight – 26 pounds. Although he will need further surgery to remove the excess skin, in just one week since his two hour surgery, Oreo is feeling like a new dog – and now he weighs just 19 pounds with the tumor finally gone. Here is his story.

According to the rescue group, Poodle Rescue Connecticut, the dog’s neglectful owner never bothered to take the dog for any kind of medical treatment. In addition to the heavy mass entangled in mats and soaked in the dog’s own feces and urine, Oreo also struggled with a severe flea infestation as well as Lyme disease. While waiting for preliminary testing to be done to ensure the dog would be a successful candidate for surgery at the Watertown Animal Hospital, the shelter’s director, Daryl Masone had observed Oreo sleeping in his kennel. Oddly enough, the pup had adjusted to the growth and used his tumor as a pillow while he slept.

On Tuesday, Poodle Rescue updated Oreo’s progress on their Facebook page. Results of the pathology have not been received yet, but this is one happy and perky little pooch.

“Hi everyone! It’s me Oreo! I’m starting to feel pretty darn good! I did a little run/walk today! I had my big bandage change today and I heard them telling Daryl I’m doing incredibly well. Tomorrow they will be taking out my drains (not much drainage!!!) and My Mom can take me home…I saw her today and I got incredibly excited to see her!!! They said I’ll go home tomorrow!!! Yippee! Thanks go to Dr. Kerbin and vet staff at Watertown Animal Hospital! Thank you all for your incredible donations, well wishes, new bed and snacks! I feel like I’m a KING!!!”

Get well soon Oreo. You’re an adorable little star. May you live a long and healthy life from this day forward.

Donations for Oreo’s continued care can be made by clicking here.

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(Photos of dog with 6.4 pound tumor via Poodle Rescue Connecticut)

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