Philly cop accused of dumping emaciated dog into trash

In a very disturbing incident, a Philadelphia police officer has been arrested for allegedly dumping an emaciated dog stuffed in a trash bag at a local park last November. According to the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Philly cop Michael Long, 33, was arrested on Thursday; the officer has been with the police force in the 18th District for 11 years. Long has been suspended for 30 days with the intent to dismiss

According to CbsLocalNews, Long dumped the three-year-old pit bull in Wissahickon Valley Park. He has been charged with one count of possession of an instrument of crime and one summary charge of animal cruelty.

On November 23, a woman had been walking with her own dog when she spotted an emaciated dog wrapped in a sheet and in a garbage bag with her head sticking out. The Good Samaritan contacted the SPCA. The dog dubbed Cranberry (because she was found near Thanksgiving) was brought to the shelter to receive veterinarian care.

“The dog had been micro-chipped, which led us to Mr. Long,” stated Pennsylvania SPCA Director of Humane Law Enforcement Nicole Wilson. “We found what we believe is the matching sheet in Mr. Long’s possession.”

When rescued, Cranberry was nothing but skin and bones and barely alive. She was administered life saving intravenous fluids and nutrients to save her life. Cranberry has since made a full recovery and has been adopted; she is living a great new life:

“She is currently living in a home in Malvern soaking up life as a couch potato very happy and most of her updated pictures come back exhausted by how happy she is,” stated Nicole.

Long’s arrest culminates an intensive investigation conducted by the Philadelphia Police Internal Affairs Unit. Hopefully Cranberry will get some justice. Sometimes, investigators just have to follow the evidence – no matter who might be involved.

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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 donate@rescuedogsrocknyc.org.

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

 

 

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Queenie: ‘Look at me now I’m standing’ says dog thrown away as trash

Barely one week after Queenie was discovered curled up in a small shed in Houston, Texas and few thought she would ever survive the first few nights at an emergency veterinarian hospital, the emaciated dog thrown away as trash, has now been able to take her first steps. The dog had been another victim of heartless neglect and when her photo was posted onto social media, Queenie’s heartbreaking plight went viral as the phrase  “a picture is worth a thousand words” so aptly described her.

Queenie had been suffering in silence until a  group of animal advocates coordinated her rescue with Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. From there she underwent  hours of surgery to remove and debride the dead and infected skin over her body. Her infections ran so deep that surgeons could see the tendons on her legs. She was then bandaged to protect her raw skin and continues to have  her dressings changed daily.

When the medical staff reported Queenie had started to eat on her own, advocates were encouraged – “hoping Queenie would continue to fight the fight,” the rescue organization’s Facebook posted. And on Thursday morning, Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, labeled Queenie a “true warrior” and updated her condition:

 “Queenie continues her miraculous road to recovery. Here Queenie stands and eats; something she loves to do. Every day she gets a little stronger. We here at RDR NYC NEVER GIVE UP. And here is why … Queenie had the will to live and her medical team agreed. NEVER did we discuss putting Queenie to sleep, because if she had the slightest glimmer of hope, which she did, to pull through her horrific, abusive past, we were going to make sure she had every medical advantage to do so. And now look at Queenie! Her road to a full recovery will be long and hard but worth every second, every minute so that Queenie can go on to live a beautiful life.”

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Photos and video of dog thrown away as trash courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. Watch for more updates as Queenie regains her strength.

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Annie, abandoned by owner and stuck in boarding since December

Seaside Bully Rescue, located in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida is a smaller rescue group but has had much success rescuing and adopting out many dogs over the past few years. According to their website they were founded on the belief that “our community and our animals are our number one priority.”

Their success rate is amazing as they make un-adoptable dogs their specialty. While some rescues will only help dogs or puppies they know they can easily re-home, Seaside Bully Rescue takes the time to evaluate each dog and try to find them the best forever home possible no matter how long it takes. They are not quick to accept labels of aggression etc. that are often placed on certain breeds and shelter dogs.  Unfortunately, since they are a small organization, their rescue dogs may take a little longer to place, so they are constantly filled to capacity.

In December 2016, Seaside Bully Rescue assisted with a seven-year-old black pit bull named Annie.  Although Annie was in Panama City, Florida, three hours away from Seaside Bully Rescue, they still intervened to help her. Annie’s hard luck story is like so many other dogs.  Her owner was homeless, so she was placed in boarding in Panama City.  Her owner has since disappeared leaving her abandoned and stuck in boarding for four months. Meanwhile funding for her boarding has run out.  Basically, she was surviving in boarding thanks to the help of Facebook friends who helped to pay.

According to Annie’s original owner, she’s an aggressive pit bull that cannot be around kids or cats. However, Seaside Bully Rescue strongly believes that since Annie has been away from her owner for four months, she may have mellowed some or changed her personality.   The rescue believes these behaviors were possibly brought about by jealousy, protectiveness and possibly some prey drive. Annie has never had a professional assessment done by a trainer or dog behaviorist; just by her owner.  What Annie desperately needs is a rescue that has the resources and the funding to hire a trainer to meet and work with her; not only to give her a professional, educated assessment but to also curb some of these negative behaviors to make her more adoptable.  Annie would do best in a home where she is the only dog.

Currently Annie is in boarding at Critter Care in Panama City, Florida.  Her boarding costs are $20 a day.  If you can contribute to Annie’s boarding, donations can be called in to 850-726-0838. If you are a rescue and can take Annie or are willing to adopt her, please contact Patti Florida on Facebook or Ann Winicki McClemore.

Or post on Annie’s Facebook thread https://www.facebook.com/copper1818/posts/706427186203576?comment_id=710415035804791&notif_t=feed_comment_reply&notif_id=1489813112159530.

Annie is just one of many dogs saved by Seaside Bully Rescue. As mentioned prior, they are a small rescue and rely solely on donations. In addition to helping Annie please also consider donating to their fundraising site at:

https://www.youcaring.com/seasidebullyrescue-680911

Or via Paypal to seasideanimalrescue@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Badly injured dog escapes death row thanks to Good Samaritan

When a four-year-old Shepherd/Husky mix named Mason arrived at the San Antonio Animal Care Services, he was in bad shape medically and on death row.  He had wounds all over his head and on two of his legs. One back leg was possibly fractured. To further add to his misery, he had live maggots in his flesh. The shelter’s first inclination was to amputate his leg. Sadly, Mason has been through the shelter system more than once. There is a record that he was adopted previously from the San Antonio shelter.

San Antonio resident and animal rescuer, Cheri Kliewer heard of Mason’s plight, so she immediately put out a plea on Facebook for help in saving him.  Cheri has been instrumental in saving many of the death row dogs from the San Antonio shelter. Cheri’s first goal was to prevent Mason’s leg from being amputated if possible. She was given special permission by the shelter to take him to the Callaghan Road Hospital. There Mason was x-rayed, evaluated and cleaned up.  After his appointment, he had to go back to death row.  He was placed on the urgent list which meant he could be killed at any time.   His last available day was 03/10/17.

When Cheri went back to the shelter a few days later, Mason’s leg looked worse – with the bones in his foot showing.  The shelter was adamant about amputating the leg.  The only way Mason and his leg could be saved was for Cheri to pull him immediately, although there was no foster available. But Cheri was not going to give up on Mason. She collected donations so she could pull him and get him into boarding at the Callaghan Hospital where he could receive ongoing care for his leg. The vet determined Mason was going to be fine medically and did not have any broken bones as originally thought.  His leg could be saved by keeping it clean and changing the dressing daily.  It was determined that his injuries were caused by being attacked by a dog or multiple dogs.

Despite all his medical issues, Mason is heartworm negative.  He is also very friendly with other dogs.  Cheri currently has him in boarding at Callaghan Road Hospital, but is desperately seeking a rescue, foster or adopter for him. According to Cheri, Mason has been on his own for a while so he will need plenty of TLC. He is a curious boy who loves giving kisses.

If it wasn’t for a Good Samaritan not giving up on him, Mason would not only have had his leg amputated, but possibly also been euthanized due to his time at the shelter expiring. Cheri Kliewer fought very hard to save Mason’s life and his leg. Now she needs help. Please share Mason for a rescue, foster or adopter.  If you cannot foster or adopt please consider donating to Mason’s medical/boarding fund.

There is an account set up for him at Callaghan Road Hospital under the name Cheri Kliewer. Donations can be called in to 210-647-1101 or via the following direct Paypal link  paypal.me/ckliewer

 

 

 

 

 

Three-month-old puppy with broken ribs found hiding under car

A defenseless three-month-old puppy was brought into the Animal Care Centers of New York City on Monday needing immediate urgent medical care. The young pup had been found hiding under a car and suffered broken ribs. Radiographs have determined his ribs had been fractured along one side of his body – the injuries were consistent with having been kicked.Infiniti 2

The shelter put out a plea for an approved rescue organization to help with the puppy’s serious plight and contacted Rescue Dogs Rock NYC late Tuesday afternoon. Jackie O’Sullivan, co-founder of the rescue organization, had him rushed to the New York City emergency veterinarian hospital to stabilize him and relieve his intense pain. The most concerning problem, however was the chance his broken ribs could perforate a lung or other vital organs. Dubbed Infiniti, the puppy spent his first night in an oxygen chamber as he was having trouble breathing. Placed on a fentanyl drip (stronger than morphine) to ease his pain, he remained under constant supervision and care.

“We are saddened that someone would hurt an innocent puppy, but we are happy he is safe and out of harm’s way today,” Jackie commented on the group’s Facebook page detailing the puppy’s emergency situation. “He also has cherry eye, but that is minor right now compared to everything else he is going through.”Infiniti 3

On Wednesday morning’s update, Jackie reports Infiniti has been removed from the oxygen chamber and if his condition continues to improve, he will be able to be transferred to the organization’s primary veterinarian where he will continue his recovery until he is strong enough to recover in a foster home.

Infiniti’s life saving care is costing thousands of dollars. To help donate@rescuedogsrocknyc.org or www.rescuedogsrocknyc.org/donate/ or mail: RDR NYC PO BOX 101 NY, NY 10028.

 

Photos and video of three-month-old puppy, Infiniti courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

 

 

 

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Owner cried after being evicted from home and forced to surrender shepherd Chato

Chato is a ten-year-old male German shepherd who was painfully surrendered to the Carson Animal Care Center on Monday. In a heartbreaking separation, Chato’s owner cried as he left his best friend behind. The two had met ten years prior when the dog was sick in the shelter and lost an eye. Their love was undeniable, but life stepped in, and this time it wasn’t kind. The man had been evicted from his home and will be living in his car. Trying to do what is best for his dog and knowing life in a car for a dog is not a viable alternative, Chato has become an unintentional victim.

Click here for Chato’s Pet Harbor listing. “My name is Chato and I am described as a neutered male, black and tan German Shepherd Dog mix. The shelter thinks I am about 10 years old. I have been at the shelter since Mar 13, 2017.” For more information about this animal, call Los Angeles County Animal Control – Carson at (310) 523-9566. Ask for information about animal ID number A3724798. A Facebook page for this dog can be followed here.

Share this dog’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. For more information, contact Carson Shelter located at 216 Victoria Street, Gardena, California.(Photos for this dog courtesy of Saving Carson Dogs on Facebook.)

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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  PayPal:halfwayhomeonline@yahoo.com
(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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Worried Claremont resident finds emaciated puppy curled up in doorway of backyard shed

In the Claremont section of Baltimore, Maryland, a concerned homeowner notified authorities on Saturday morning, he found a frightened and emaciated puppy curled up in the doorway of the backyard shed behind his house. He explained the door had been broken, and the puppy must have entered during the cold night trying to keep warm. Especially troubling was the pup barely moved; she was weak, dehydrated, hungry and softly crying in pain. Somewhere a human failed her and nearly starved her to death.choban 2

When Rescue Dogs Rock NYC volunteered to help, they contacted their rescue partners at Baltimore City Animal Control who were able to get out to the  property and transport the puppy, dubbed Choban, to Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Center (BARCS). From there the dog’s critical condition hastened her transfer to an emergency veterinarian hospital where her body score was evaluated as barely a “1” on a “1 -9” scale. Choban was cold to the touch – a huge cut on her face extended from her eye to her nose, her forehead had abrasions, and the wound on her left leg continued to bleed.choban 3

“You can see every bone in her tiny body,” stated Jackie O’Sullivan, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC on the organization’s Facebook page as she described what happened to Choban. “Poor baby. What must she have been thinking each day when she woke up? Another day without food; another day of pain in her empty tummy. Our hearts were broken by her condition and seeing just how timid she was. We couldn’t get a good photo because—while very sweet—she wanted to curl up in the back of her transport crate.”

Choban is currently at the emergency veterinarian where her medical bill estimate for the first 48 hours will be $1,800. To help, please click here, Paypal at Donate@rescuedogsrocknyc.org or RDR NYC PO BOX 101 NY NY 10028.

(Photos of emaciated puppy Choban courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

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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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