German shepherd puppy found in parking lot with severely injured back legs

Sammy is an adorable four-month-old German shepherd puppy with a serious problem. On Sunday, he was found in an Atlanta, Georgia grocery store parking lot barely able to move. Apparently Sammy had been hit by a car; one leg is literally crushed and the other is broken in multiple areas. 

The local shelter immediately reached out to Rescue Dogs Rock NYC for help, and Sammy has since been rushed to a partner Georgia emergency veterinarian hospital where he has been administered intravenous fluids and pain medication.

“Sammy’s medical team is scrambling to stabilize him while our orthopedic surgeon hopes to save at least one of his back legs,” Jackie O’Sullivan, the rescue organization’s co-founder stated on the group’s Facebook page.

It is unknown if Sammy accidentally escaped from his family’s yard, however the puppy is both emaciated and dehydrated indicating he had been scrounging around trying desperately to survive. And what does a four-month-old puppy know about living on the streets? 

“We are heartbroken for Sammy, but as always, we will do our best for him,” added Jackie.

Sammy is heading via private transport on Monday to an orthopedic surgeon specializing in difficult cases. To help with Sammy’s medical expenses, donations can be made by clicking here or PayPal: Donate@rescuedogsrocknyc.org or mail: RDR NYC PO BOX 101 NY, NY 10028.

(Photos of German shepherd puppy courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

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Check out his brief video here. Just watching this you will want to help this innocent little guy:

Woman killed trying to save her dog

A tragic situation in Allegan County, Michigan ended with a woman killed as she was hit by a car trying to save her dog on Wednesday night. The Michigan State Police responded to the accident at the intersection of 144th Avenue and 32nd Street where Jennifer Counterman, 45, had been hit.

According to MLive, Jennifer loved animals and her six-year-old yellow Labrador retriever named Dakota had been her best friend. Even Jennifer’s grown children joked how Jennifer cooked eggs every morning and traveled with Dakota wherever she went. Tragically, the woman was hit by a vehicle as she tried to help her dog who had been hit by a different car coming from the opposite direction.

“She died trying to save him from the middle of the road. She was my mom, my go-to person, my hero, my superman,” her son Tim Counterman told MLive. “She loved her animals, her kids, her family. She was just amazing.”

Dakota died also, and on Thursday he was buried in his favorite spot in the family’s backyard.

The case remains under investigation. Rest in peace Jennifer and Dakota. We are deeply saddened when we lose our compassionate friends.

(Photo of woman killed trying to save her dog courtesy family photo)

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Owner left senior dogs at high intake animal control agency – told staff that they were just “junkyard dogs.” Read their story and how you can help, here.

Man who taped Caitlyn the dog’s mouth shut sentenced for animal cruelty

On Friday, William Leonard Dodson was sentenced in one of the most disturbing animal cruelty cases ever presented in North Charleston. With Judge Markley Dennis, referring to Caitlyn’s torture as “hell on Earth” reported the Post and Courier, Dodson was given the maximum sentence for animal cruelty in South Carolina – five years.

“I’m not trying to be mean, but I wish I could give you more,” Judge Dennis told Dodson.

Although Dodson’s prison term will not be extended beyond the 15-year sentence on a federal gun and drug charges ordered on Thursday, advocates applauded the sentencing, stating the penalty sends a strong message to those who abuse and torture animals. The judge stated he would honor the prosecutor’s negotiations with Dodson’s public defender to serve the animal cruelty sentence at the same time as the federal punishment. During the hearing, Caitlyn’s story was told again as a crowd of animal advocates filled the courtroom.

The scar on Caitlyn’s snout is still very visible and few will forget when the dog was first rescued and brought to the Charleston Animal Society as Aldwin Roman, the director of anti-cruelty and outreach described how Caitlyn cried out in pain as veterinarians unraveled the electrical tape wrapped around her snout nine times. It is estimated the dog’s mouth had been taped shut for 36 hours. The dog’s veterinarian report described her muzzle as “markedly swollen with evidence of tape and her tongue as “significantly swollen, significantly bruised, discolored (dark purple) and oozing blood,” a court record stated. Dodson said he wrapped the tape around the dog’s mouth because she wouldn’t stop barking.

As to to the brightest part of the morning, was Caitlyn’s appearance as she happily ran around at the Animal Society chasing balls, appreciating the smiling faces of visitors and loving life.

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You can catch the entire video and reaction from the Charleston Animal Society below. Although there was disappointment that the five years Dodson was sentenced to prison on Friday morning wasn’t added on to sentence, but most are convinced that Caitlyn did find some justice:

Colorado animal control refuses to return long time family pet claiming it’s a wolf-hybrid

In Aurora, Colorado, the family of a black German shepherd named Capone, rescued nearly a decade ago, is being held captive by Aurora Animal Control as they claim the dog is a wolf-hybrid.

According to KdvrNews, Tracy Abbato, the owner of ten-year-old Capone, rescued the dog from the Adams County Animal Shelter where he was classified as a German shepherd mix. The family’s veterinarian also agrees, but someone at the Aurora Animal Control insists the dog is a wolf-hybrid. On February 24, Capon jumped the fence in the family’s yard – the first time in seven years since the family lived in the neighborhood. That day Aurora Animal Control picked Capone up, and when his family went to the shelter to claim in, they were refused.

“They say he is a hybrid-wolf now and don’t want to release him back to us because he is an exotic animal,” Tracy explained.

It seems Animal Control has concluded the dog acts like a wolf hybrid which includes his mannerisms, behavior and physical characteristics. Tracy doesn’t have a doubt in her mind that Capone is a domestic German shepherd blend. Meanwhile the city is running a DNA test to determine his breed. It is not clear when results are due back  – at which time if Capone has any wolf blood in him, he could be ordered to be euthanized or transferred to a sanctuary.

Besides Capone’s two canine companions missing him at home, are Tracy’s children as the dog is considered a beloved family member.

“I don’t understand. This dog has a loving caring home,” Tracy told KdvrNews. “People who abuse dogs, leave them outside in 2-degree weather, how do they still have their dogs?

The family has hired an attorney who will appear in court and ask that the dog be allowed home until the results of the DNA tests are available. Tracy faces charges of allowing a dog to run at large, keeping an aggressive animal and keeping an exotic/wild animal.

(Photo of dog suspected by AC to be a wolf-hybrid – family supplied)

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Rescued pup repays his owner by saving him from home fire

In Jackson, New Jersey, the dog Jim Zimerla rescued from an animal shelter proved to be man’s best friend. On Sunday, the Labrador retriever, named Marley woke his favorite human up at 3:00 a.m. as a fire blazed inside of their mobile home.

According to Wave3, Jim had been fast asleep with his hearing aids out, when  the five-year-old Marley jumped up on Jim’s bed to awaken the man. As the exit had already been blocked by the fire, Jim had to think fast and opened the bedroom window. First he pushed the dog out before jumping out himself:

“There was no thinking, it was just get to the window. I was able to get it open and you know put him out the best I could and I jumped out,” Zimerla said.  “If it wasn’t for Marley, Marley’s my hero. It’s just as simple as that, Marley’s my hero. I knew when I got the dog we were meant to be. The love that I got for him, he just returned it tenfold, and then I gave him a steak the next night.”

As Jim and his relatives help to get life back together for the two “besties,” Marley is staying with a friend while Jim lives temporarily in a nearby hotel. The two just can’t wait to get back together, and really who can blame them? How many times have we heard about rescued dogs returning the favor? May there be thousands and thousands more stories just like this. Need a new best friend?  Adopt a dog from a shelter – someday he may save your life too.

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Family’s stolen dog dies just a week after being found

A dog who was stolen from his family in Coweta County, Georgia, was found, but died just a week after being reunited with his family, reported CBS 46 News. Max, a purebred Yorkshire terrier, disappeared after he managed to slip out of his owner’s home.

Thanks to a witness, his owners, Michelle and Patrick Tunnell, learned that a woman had stopped to pick up little Max not far from their yard. Patrick Tunnell is a sheriff’s investigator and he put his skills to work to help locate the family’s missing pet.

Tunnell found a groomer in the area who put him in touch with a woman who had brought a dog matching Max’s description into the business for a grooming session. The Tunnells tracked down the woman who told them that she had bought Max from someone for just $60. The Tunnells also learned that the dog transaction took place an hour after Max slipped out of his home.

The woman who bought Max had specifically chosen a location with a security camera because she knew that she was buying the dog from a stranger and wanted proof of what had taken place in case there were problems down the line…her precautionary measure paid off and the local authorities were able to review surveillance footage to determine that Amber Chunn was behind the dog theft. Chunn is now facing a charge for theft

Though Max was recovered and a woman was charged, the family could not celebrate the recovery of their beloved pet for long. The stress of being stolen and rehomed was so great that little Max died (from stress related issues) just a week after coming home.

Now the Tunnells are advocating that all pet owners ensure that their companions are microchipped (Max wasn’t) to help prevent thwart pet-napping thefts. If Max would have had an embedded chip, the groomer may have picked up on the dog-napping crime right away.

(Images via screenshot CBS 46)


Update on 12-year-old dog who wound up at animal control, rejected by her family. Read more here.

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Heartbreaking farewell as soldier drapes American flag over body of his canine partner

It was a heartbreaking moment when a U.S. Air Force soldier held his beloved German shepherd that served alongside him until the very end last week and . As reported by Inside Edition, Air Force Staff Sgt. Kyle Smith found out that his former partner-turned-pet had to be humanely euthanized because of a severe disease affecting the very quality of the devoted dog’s life. And so an American flag helped to pay the proper respect for a military hero.Soldier drapes flag over mil 2

For nearly Bodza’s entire 12-years of life, the German shepherd served the United States as a military dog. In 2012, the canine hero was paired with Smith while in deployment in Kyrgyzstan. And when Bodza was retired by the government a few years later, Smith was there to adopt him; since then the two have seen each other through a number of life’s challenges, but that was alright – anyone with a love for their dog knows the loyalty to each other. Bodza loved life- he loved long car rides, chasing shadows, licking windows when he became excited and the companionship of his human friend:

“My boss said, ‘Hey, go check your Jeep,'” Smith recalled. “They went out and put a bowl, a brand new leash and two collars, and they put [Bodza] at the back of my Jeep. I got to take him home the same day he retired.”

So when years later, Bodza had trouble jumping into Smith’s jeep, it was originally thought the dog suffered from age related arthritis or hip dysplasia – so common with German shepherds. Smith monitored the dog’s condition for months, but when his front legs weakened and the dog would slip beneath his own legs, further testing was performed. Bodza was diagnosed with degenerative myelopathy, an incurable disease that affected his spinal cord, and Smith was forced to make the difficult decision to euthanize Bodza.

“I held him in my arms the entire time. I’ve never cried that much my entire life. It was the saddest thing — he was dragging himself along the tile floor because it was hard to maneuver. Instead of putting him on the table, I had a minute with him on the floor,” Smith explained. “I just kept holding him, rubbing and kissing his head, telling him, ‘I’m going to miss you.’ “My boss immediately said, ‘Where’s your American flag? You should have one in your building. Find it for me now.'” Smith said.

They then draped the flag over Bodza’s body, in recognition for his service to the country. And so we lose another American hero, but he was honored just as all those who serve our country should be. Rest in peace Bodza. You served our country as a hero.

(Photos of Bodza draped with American flag via Inside Edition)

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18 dead dogs found inside of home – last owner died decades ago

Update 3/8/17: It was initially reported that 18 dogs were found at the residence – that number has been changed to 21. There are unconfirmed reports that the dogs were all pit bulls and that they were being held inside of crates.

The stench of something dead led the authorities to a home in Hampton, Virginia, on Monday morning. According to WJLA News, inside of the otherwise vacant house were the bodies of 18 dead dogs…and one dog who was still alive.

Neighbors in the area have told news outlets that they were unaware that anyone was residing at the house and they assumed that the structure was empty; records indicate that the last homeowner died back in the mid-1980s.

13 News Now reported that someone saw a man doing yard work at the house not long ago – but everyone seems to be baffled by the gruesome discovery behind the house’s closed doors. The local animal control agency has started an investigation into the sad situation.

(Screenshot via 13 News Now)


12 year old dog, who was “lost” in the desert, in need of help after being rejected by her owners – read more here.

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Blind cow devastated after best friend died – read the story here.

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Advocates in England and Wales calling for five year jail terms for animal abusers

Animal cruelty should carry a five year maximum jail sentence says Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, a rescue organization claiming current “animal cruelty sentences are a joke.” The current  six months in prison for the gravest acts of animal cruelty such as torturing an animal to death is utterly inadequate” and “laughable” if it wasn’t so shocking, advocates claim.

According to the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home comprehensive report on animal cruelty and punishments for convicted persons, the following results reflect:

  • England and Wales has the lowest sentence for animal cruelty in Europe – six months in prison plus a fine
  • Almost every state in the United States and every OECD nation in the survey punishes extreme animal cruelty more severely than England and Wales.
  • Northern Ireland has a maximum sentence for 5 years
  • 65% of people polled believe the maximum sentence should be increased
  • 6-months for animal cruelty compares badly with 5 years for fly tipping (illegal trash dumping) or 7 years for theft.

Claire Horton’s, Chief Executive for Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, campaign has drawn the support of the RSPCA and the League Against Cruel Sports whose position is if a more serious punishment isn’t pushed through, animal abusers will continue abusing animals. According to the Telegraph, Parliament will discuss a Private Member’s Bill on Friday. The average prison term for someone convicted of animal cruelty in the United Kingdom is 3.3 months, with only one offender in ten ever jailed. More abusers commonly get away with probation, light fines or community service. In January, new guidelines were introduced to make stricter punishments for the most serious cases.

Five year prison terms would bring the United Kingdom on par with Northern Ireland and Ireland, as recommended in a November report by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee on animal welfare. In the United States, sentences can be similar, but again, how many times do judges uphold the stricter punishments? Bottom line – until animal cruelty is treated as a genuine threat to humans and animals, abusers still too often run free. What do you think?

(Photo for advocates want five year jail terms courtesy of Battersea Dogs & Cats)

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Emaciated ‘bag of bones’ found collapsed on busy roadway

On a busy road in Maidstone, Kent, United Kingdom, passing motorists couldn’t help but notice a young hound described as a “bag of bones” lying off to the side. On February 16, Good Samaritans stopped and rushed the dog dubbed Snoopy to an emergency veterinarian. Barely weighing 22 pounds, the friendly dog is now reported to be  steadily recovering. Bag of Bones

According to the Express UK, the RSPCA, whose description referred to as a “bag of bones,” stated two-year-old Snoopy is one of the skinniest dogs they have ever rescued. The dog was originally mistaken for a pile of rags dumped on the side of the road.

“Snoopy was curled up and collapsed in the curb of the busy street when she was found,” stated RSPCA Officer Rosie Russon. “The people who found her said they mistook her for a pile of rages, she was so still, and they had to swerve to miss her.”Bag of bones 2

Snoopy has been slowly gaining weight, and no medical condition was found to have explained the degree of emaciation. Authorities state the dog was intentionally starved and likely had been caged in a small space as injuries to her tail are consistent with having been locked up in a small space. It is hoped Snoopy continues to recover; shelter staff say she is a very sweet dog who has had a rough start in life, but she seems ready to forgive and move on. Her treatment continues at Leybourne Animal Center in Kent. Get well soon Snoopy.

(Photos of Snoopy screenshots via Express UK and RSPCA)

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