Dog thrown out of car on busy expressway

On Friday, June 3rd, 2017 a traveling motorist witnessed two African-American males throw a small dog out of their car on the East/West expressway in Orlando, Florida. The witness was very shaken by what she had seen and contacted the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, who in turn contacted Orange County Animal Control. Unfortunately, she was unable to get the tag number of the vehicle.

According to Animal Control, an officer responded but could not find the dog. Yet, over the course of several days more calls went into the Sheriff’s Office advising of a small black and tan dog roaming around the expressway. A deputy sheriff also went in search of the dog, but once again the pooch evaded rescue.

On Monday, June 5th, 2017, two Good Samaritans, Cathy Wagner and Jennifer Carr decided to look for the dog. Both ladies are staunch animal advocates and active in the animal rescue world.  After searching up and down the expressway in the vicinity where the dog was seen, with no results, they were about to give up. Jennifer then saw the dog peeking out from an area overgrown with weeds and bushes.  The dog was terrified and shaking badly. Luring her out with treats, Cathy and Jennifer were able to pick her up and place her in their vehicle. They rushed the dog to the vet where it was discovered she was approximately and year and a half old, had recently given birth and had one of her canine teeth missing. She was also extremely undernourished and emaciated. The vet and the two rescuers hypothesized that the dog was either used for fighting or breeding, and when she no longer served her purpose she was thrown from the vehicle in hopes of killing her.

Cathy and Jennifer named the dog Willow since she was found in an area overgrown with brush. Today Willow has gotten over her fear of humans and is a loving, affectionate dog whose tail is always wagging. She gets along okay with other dogs but not cats.  She has been vaccinated, spayed and is heart-worm negative. Willow is currently in a foster home, but she cannot stay there because she has already gone after two of the cats. She does, however get along with the Bernese Mountain Dog she shares the home.

If you can help Willow have a better chance at life, please contact and put “Willow” in the subject line.

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Showed up as bonded strays: Lenny and Louie begging to be rescued

Less than one week ago, Lenny and Louie showed up as strays together and have been inseparable ever since. They sleep together, eat together and seem to share in an affectionate bond when interacting. Both dogs have been described as extremely sweet; on Saturday they became available for adoption, however no one has stepped forward for either dog. Maybe the two escaped from their yard and went on a sightseeing tour before having been picked up as strays? If only their human would come and take them home where they belong.

#A5077487 “My name is LENNY I’m an approximately 7 year old male Chihuahua. I am not yet neutered. I have been at the Carson Animal Care Center since 6/13. I will be available on 6/17. You can visit me at my temporary home at C238.” Follow Lenny’s Facebook page here.

#A5077488 “My name is LOUIE I’m an approximately 3 year old male Chihuahua. I am not yet neutered. I have been at the Carson Animal Care Center since 6/13. I will be available on 6/17. You can visit me at my temporary home at CRECEIVING.” Follow Louie’s Facebook page here.

For more information about these two dogs, call Los Angeles County Animal Control – Carson at (310) 523-9566.

(Photos and video of  Lenny and Louie courtesy of Pet Harbor and Saving Carson Shelter Dogs)

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Redland, Florida a dumping ground for unwanted dogs

Redland, Florida is described as an area of many farms, and a mecca for agriculturists, botanists, and naturalists from around the world. The area is so wildlife friendly, it has been designated as a Wild Bird Sanctuary. But for all its natural beauty, there is a sinister side to Redland. Heartbreaking acts of cruelty to “man’s best friend” are committed daily; cruelty that is beyond comprehension.  There in the heart of the area, unwanted pets are dumped and abandoned to fend for themselves.

Rocky, abandoned in Redland

For years, individuals have driven to the secluded areas and thrown dogs and cats from their vehicles like unwanted garbage.  Oftentimes, the dogs run after the car until they can’t run any further and drop from exhaustion.  These poor animals, domesticated and used to home life are now sharing the terrain with wild animals including alligators, snakes, spiders, insects and countless other predators. With no source of food, they don’t stand a chance for survival.

Countless dogs are left roaming the area, unattended, struggling to survive. The dogs that are not killed by traffic are poisoned, injured or shot by local workers and residents who don’t want them in their neighborhood. Many of the dogs starve to death or become infested with parasites, mosquito bites, and diseases which lead to their deaths. According to Redland Rock Pit Abandoned Dog Project, there are hundreds, maybe thousands of abandoned dogs inhabiting the area.

Redland Rock Pit Abandoned Dog Project, an official 501(c)3, was formed in 2015 by Ale Ochoa and five of her friends.  Ale Ochoa had heard that Redland had become a dumping ground for dogs. When she drove out there to see for herself, she was shocked to see sick, injured, and malnourished dogs everywhere. She and her friends began feeding the dogs every day. They set up a Facebook page in hopes that Miami Dade County Animal Services would get involved. Unfortunately, they did not take the situation seriously.

However, rescues from other areas answered the call for help and responded to Redland. Twenty volunteers from rescue organizations in Brevard County joined Ochoa and her friends in Redland and saved the lives of 23 dogs. Volunteers from nonprofit organizations across Florida have rescued more than 130 strays from Redland and relocated them to cities like Orlando and Tampa, Florida. Rescuers from Brevard County also collected more than $20,000.00 in donations to feed, vaccinate and care for the dogs that were rescued.

That was in 2015, but today in 2017 hundreds of dogs are still being dumped in the Redland area. They continue to face threats of injury, illness, disease, getting hit by cars, and becoming victims of dog fighting. Various rescue groups have tried to help. They have compiled countless haunting photos and videos of dogs; all shapes and sizes, sickly and undernourished sharing bowls of food put out by Redland Rock Pit Abandoned Dog Project. The dogs are friendly, though many are frightened and run from the rescuers.

The main question is; why isn’t more being done by government agencies such as Miami Dade Animal Services to help these dogs and to eliminate the problem? Why is the responsibility on nonprofit rescue groups such as Redland Rock Pit Abandoned Dog Project? The goals of Redland Rock Pit Abandoned Dog Project area are simple; to educate the public on the appropriate care of dogs, feeding and providing emergency care for abandoned and free roaming dogs while safely capturing and transferring dogs to reputable non-profit rescue organizations for re-homing, and to raise awareness for the plight of free roaming dogs in Miami-Dade County Florida.

Donations are very much needed to remove abandoned dogs from the dangers they are threatened with and give these terrified animals the safety they deserve so they can live and know full, happy lives. While many lives have been saved in the Redland, many are still being lost.

To learn more about or to donate to Redland Rock Pit Abandoned Dog Project visit their website:

There is also a YouTube video describing  the ongoing tragedy in Redland and the valiant efforts of rescue groups and concerned citizens to save these animals.


























Poor Betty so scared of leash, shelter volunteer tearfully carries her outdoors

When a volunteer from the Miami-Dade Animal Pet Adoption and Protection Center checked on Betty, the six-year-old frightened terrier mix hid in the back of her kennel. Gently clipping on the leash around the dog’s neck, she refused to move. Initially thinking, Betty was unable to walk, Ashely Lopez decided to carry her outdoors; no dog should have to spend all day in a cage just because she didn’t want to walk. And so Betty’s  sad story began to unfold:

“After carrying her outside, she sat happy in a corner watching the cars and the people pass,” Ashley stated as she gently scratched Betty behind the ears. “She let me pet her and sit with her. When it came time to put on the leash again, she ran away from me. This poor baby can walk just fine!”

And as Ashley’s heart broke piece by piece, she could only guess what may have been a terrible part of this senior’s past.

“She just hates being on a leash. I don’t doubt it was because her old family made her scared of the leash.”

Click here for the dog’s listing. Betty #A1880847. “I am a female tan and white Terrier. The shelter staff think I am about 6 years old and I weigh 64 pounds. I was found as a stray and I may be available for adoption on 06/17/2017.” Follow her Facebook pages here and here. Share this girl’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.

Betty needs a loving home where she can cuddle up in a comfortable bed and run free without a leash. Although her shelter notes Betty is six-years-old, she seems much older, and this dog deserves to live her last years in a home full of love and happiness. 

(Video and photos courtesy of Ashley Lopez)

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Heartwarming: Chicago police rescue dog from Lake Michigan

It was a four car crash on Monday, Chicago police handled on Lake Shore Drive near Ohio Street Beach. One car swerved in front of a SUV setting off a chain reaction for two more vehicles striking each other. In one of the vehicles, a frightened dog jumped out and ran away – all towards Lake Front Trail and in his panicked state jumped into Lake Michigan.

According to CbsNews, it was time for Chicago policemen to be canine heroes; one officer was able to pull the large black and white dog out of the lake. Moments later, the dog tried to run away again, but the persistent men in blue, and that’s why we love our compassionate officers so much, chased after the scared pooch until they could get him calmed down and safely leashed.

Two people involved in the crash were transported to the hospital complaining of back injuries. It would seem the rescued pooch avoided any injuries. He did however make a few new friends.

Many thanks to the good guys from Chicago’s finest. These are the men and women who risk their lives to keep people and their pets safe.

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Check out his short video: (video captured by AbcNews helicopter)


Great Pyrenees shot by his owner who threatened to ‘finish him off’ rescued

In Morristown, Indiana, a four-year-old Great Pyrenees was shot by his owner on May 28th; the dog wasn’t fatally injured, but he was so frightened he quickly ran away and avoided all contact with humans. His owner is alleged to have threatened to “finish him off” if he found his dog. Ten days later, the dog named Roscoe has a second chance for a new life.

According to the Indy Great Pyrenees Rescue, the dog had been a livestock guardian for sheep, but during his short tenure had been denied any veterinarian care or human attention. Roscoe didn’t even know he had a name, but once the sheep were sold and his owner made plans to move away – obviously Roscoe was not part of any future plan. In pain – both emotionally and physically Roscoe ran and ran. Finally, the dog staked out his “new” home all alone nearly a mile from where he used to live; this time Roscoe lived in a barn.

As the community had been made aware of the dog’s injuries, FIDO Lost Dog Recovery  (Friends of Indianapolis Dogs Outside), a local dog advocate group who helps lost dogs and provides them with food, shelter, etc. for dogs living outdoors, volunteers helped and engaged the community to set up a humane trap to capture the dog. For ten days, volunteers baited the trap with tasty food, and finally on Wednesday evening, Roscoe was captured.

The dog is now undergoing veterinary care and remains on intravenous antibiotics. The bullet did exit so he will not require surgery, but Roscoe is suffering from a severe infection as well as being heartworm positive. The dog’s medical care is estimated to cost more than $4,000.

Although his previous owner told Animal Control, his dog attacked him and had been aggressive, volunteers and veterinary staff have not seen any troubling signs of behavioral issues.

Donations can be sent to a GoFundMe page here.

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Lost senior dog euthanized hours after being found by good Samaritan

Read about the dog who was euthanized within 2 hours of being brought to the local shelter. His family is heartbroken.

Chicago intervention program saves ailing puppy owner couldn’t afford to help

There were tears in the eyes of a dog owner in the parking lot at Chicago Animal Care and Control on Thursday afternoon, as a man sat in his car hugging an apparently ailing puppy lying helplessly in the back seat. The dog wasn’t feeling well, and the man didn’t have the money to take him to a veterinarian for help. According to shelter volunteer, Lindsay Joy, the man had been to the shelter, then to a vet (no money – no treatment) and then back at the shelter.

“I pulled in and saw him pacing back and forth, with his hands on his head clearly distraught as his options to surrender or go home and hope for the best,” stated Lindsay as she watched anticipating she would be calling one of her rescue friends to help save a dog after being surrendered.

The puppy was quite lethargic as he slept quietly in the back seat. Because he was so young, Lindsay worried the dog could have had a multiple of issues – perhaps even parvo. That’s when Lindsay learned a lot more about the pup’s owner as the two waited for additional help. The man works two jobs in order to pay the way for his teenage daughter’s college expenses. The puppy, named Gray, was the man’s first dog, and the reason he runs home every day to walk, feed and love; calling Gray “his only son.”

“He actually had to walk out on a client to get to Gray when his girlfriend mentioned the dog wasn’t being his normal self. I didn’t want to pry into his life,” Lindsay continued, “but I believe he is a caregiver for the elderly; he was dressed in his uniform with a stethoscope around his neck.”

“I get so used to seeing people carelessly drop off their animals,” Lindsay stated, “and now here’s a man who just wants his dog to live and I felt so hopeless.”

And then there was help; leave it to animal advocates and their larger than life compassion plus the burning desire to make a difference for each – one dog at a time. Chicagoland Rescue Intervention & Support Program CRISP, came to the rescue. The relief on the man’s face melted Lindsay’s heart, and immediately the dog’s owner headed to the veterinarian and promised to call when he arrived at Countryside Veterinary Care.

The man gave a play by play accounting of what was going on with his dog, and expressed how happy, but surprised at how others showed such kindness in a world sometimes just so unexpected. He offered to take everyone out to dinner after he gets paid next week. Gray was sent home with medication; fortunately he was parvo negative and his x-rays looked fine. It is possible Gray ate something he wasn’t, and this first time dog owner was given some expert feeding and care advice. By the time Gray and his human returned home, the puppy was already acting more like himself.

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Photo of Chicago puppy via courtesy of Lindsay Joy.

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Rescued pup reunites with firefighter who saved her – read the heartwarming story here.

Dog dragged into shelter against his will, heartless owner just didn’t care

UPDATE: as per Christina Dickson: “I updated everyone on this dog. Long story short Miami Dade Animal Services no longer takes owner surrenders as walk ins; this lady was a walk-in and she admitted that this was her dog she has been given an appointment to come back and surrender the dog at a later date.”

The owner has an appointment to surrender her dog on June 19th. Hopefully she will change her mind; nevertheless we are confident Christina will do her best to help this dog and continues to help. Stay tuned.

As to the “real” Tito, here is his Pet Harbor listing. Please share his story. This boy still needs a home. Follow his Facebook page here.

As Tito’s owner dragged her dog into the lobby of the Miami-Dade Animal Services on Monday, animal advocate and shelter volunteer Christina Dickson’s heart broke into a million pieces. Tito knew! This was not the place he wanted to be, and with all his might, but still as gentle as a lamb, Tito pulled back, as if begging the woman he knew as his human companion to leave the building and return home. Without a doubt, Tito loved her.

Still it was not to be. Christina spoke with Tito’s owner, who stated the dog had been a stray who the family took in and fed. Their female dog had become hostile towards Tito and refused to even let him eat. Perhaps if Tito was neutered, he would no longer be perceived as a threat to the family’s other dog? Perhaps if Tito was neutered, in the end there would be no more accidental puppies who most likely would wind up in a shelter just like their dad? Trying so hard to keep Tito with his owner, Christina even offered free veterinary services for the dog’s sterilization; his owner declined, and Tito’s death sentence would soon become a reality if no one came to the shelter to adopt him.

The dog’s Pet Harbor listing describes him as follows: (Please note this ID# has not been confirmed as of this time. Edits will be provided if there are any submitted changes)

“I am an unaltered white and cream American bulldog. I have been at the shelter since June 5. The staff thinks I am about two years old.” For more information on this dog, contact the Miami-Dade Animal Services at 305.884.1101. Make sure to reference ID#A1878910.

A Facebook page for this boy can be followed here. Share this dog’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.

(Photos and video of dog dragged into shelter via Christina Dickson)

Watch Tito’s heartbreaking video as he is being surrendered by his owner:

Emergency rescue as workers save 9 pups and their mom from flooding drainpipe

For three days, volunteers had been desperately working to save a family of ten puppies and their mother who had taken up temporary refuge in an old drainpipe in a rural area of Dallas, Texas. As described by rescue volunteer for Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, Leslie Ysuhuaylas stated the mother dog had been living in the abandoned area since November; there she delivered two litters; only one puppy from a previous litter seemed to have survived.

What the mother dog had not anticipated this time, however were the pouring rain storms predicted for the area which would soon flood – including the drain where she thought her six-week-old puppies had been safe from predators and other dangers. The puppies were discovered accidentally while on a rescue mission for a different dog, and as the volunteers entered the drainage area they heard the puppies crying:

“We went in and mom started growling when we approached,” Leslie stated. “We weren’t equipped to be in there; there was limited lighting and we had no idea what type or size of dog we were dealing with or the number of  puppies hiding there. So we went out back out to plan getting them out before it started to rain.”

While rescuers set humane traps to capture the family and waited patiently to bring the little ones to safety, the downpours began. They went back into the drain, but the darkness and the flooding made any attempts to find the puppies nearly impossible.

“We thought the puppies had died,” Leslie told the Pet Rescue Report, “but 15 minutes later one came out with his head just above the water, ten minutes later another came out, and in another 15 minutes came JJ out; his head had been underwater and his body barely afloat. We started doing CPR and took him to the fire station for oxygen, but it was too late.”

The group were immediately able to catch the mother dog, and she eagerly jumped into the car. When rescuers returned that evening, four more puppies were spotted, but the frightened little ones scattered into the nearby woods – not before two more were safely captured. The next morning another one was trapped, and the last remaining sibling ran out of the tunnel trying to rescue his trapped brother.

“He (the last puppy) stayed in the tunnel all day, and we had no idea where as there are several branches in the tunnel where he could hide.”

And then the rains began to fall again – this time harder and the water from the tunnel quickly moving anything in its path to the nearby creek. And on Monday morning, when almost all hope had been lost for the rescue of the last puppy, he somehow had found safety in one of the bigger tunnels. You can watch his rescue in the attached video.

“They are all heading to the vet today as a family, while we attempt to trap the only surviving puppy from mom’s previous litter who has been living in the woods with his family. There have been limited sightings of him as we focused on his younger siblings. This entire family has lived a very difficult life, and have only survived so long because the babies have a very strong and caring mother that has ensured their safety and protected them through the difficult weather and predators. She has raised strong-willed puppies and survivors!”

All of the puppies and their mother have been transferred to the partner veterinarian for Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. A three-week temporary foster home  as well as  donations are needed. If you are in the Dallas area and can help, please contact Leslie. Please donate for the surviving family members via PayPal at or

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(Photos and video of drainpipe puppies courtesy of Leslie Ysuhuaylas and Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

Check out the drainpipe area where volunteers dared to enter in order to save the lives of these desperate puppies:

Baldwin Park shelter volunteer cried as she caressed tiniest one-eyed victim of heartless neglect

A seven-year-old poodle lies curled up in her kennel cage at the Baldwin  Park Animal Care Center in California. Missing an eye, terribly matted and pretending to be asleep, a shelter volunteer couldn’t help but be drawn to the tiny victim of heartless neglect. Picked up by Animal Control as a stray on June 2, she is expected to be available for adoption on June 6. Her online story begins when Karen Klink met her on Saturday:

“This lovely lady from Baldwin Park animal shelter building four, was just ‘pretending to sleep.’ One eye gone, matted fur, either obese or other issues… I quietly approached her and she came to me in a loving manner. Not knowing anything about her injuries, I carefully petted her and held her for a while. No fear or aggression, just love.”

A Facebook page can be followed here or here. Certain pictures break our  heart; what this seven-year-old dog must have been through while on the street fending for herself is hard to imagine. In her kennel cage however, she tries to act as if she were invisible, but at the slightest touch she quietly inches over for affection and reassurance that all will be fine. She’s a broken little dog who desperately needs to be rescued. Share this dog’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.

Click here for this dog’s adoption information: “I don’t have a name yet and I’m an approximately 7 year old female poodle min.  I am already spayed.  I have been at the Baldwin Animal Care Center since June 2, 2017.  I will be available on June 6, 2017.  You can visit me at my temporary home at B407.” Animal ID: A5073451.

(Photos of poodle victim of heartless neglect via Karen Klink)

For more information about this animal, call:
Los Angeles County Animal Control – Baldwin Park at
(626) 962-3577
Ask for information about animal ID number A5073451
4275 North Elton Street
Baldwin Park, CA 91706
Monday- Thursday: 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday-Sunday: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m

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