Dog rescued with grotesque 20-pound tumor on his leg

There are few words to express the anger and disgust at such egregious animal cruelty and neglect. In southeast Dallas, Texas, Shadow was brought into a high-kill shelter by Animal Control with a monstrous sized tumor on his leg which weighs more than 20 pounds. At first glance, one would have thought there had been a black garbage bag tied around the dog’s lower leg – not so!  And this poor dog, whose growth weighs more than half of the emaciated senior’s body weight, was left to live like this for an unspecified amount of time. This condition didn’t happen overnight.

Rescued on Sunday by Dallas Dog RRR Rescue.Rehab. Reform, volunteers have expressed their anger directed towards anyone who may have seen Shadow and looked the other way. The words on the organization’s Facebook page addresses the appalling apathy and indifference to the needs of a  gentle and kind dog.

“… and no one to help. People staring at him in disgust and leaving him there to die, letting this tumor consume him. Shame on all of you who looked away. This senior should have been spending his golden years in front of the fireplace warm and loved. Instead, he was brought in by animal control to a kill shelter. No humanity of passion…”

Shadow’s tumor is bleeding and he will needs immediate medical care. Dallas Dog RRR have partnered with Second Chance Rescue NYC and Tall Tails Rescue to help with Shadow. According to the rescue organization, criminal charges are expected to be pressed against the dog’s owner.

To help with Shadow’s expenses, donations can be made by clicking here.

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Paralyzed dog from high kill shelter undergoes emergency surgery

Harley was abandoned at a high-kill rural shelter in Texas on Thursday where dogs with medical problems are the first to be euthanized. Just two-years-old, the tiny terrier was paralyzed; he dragged his hind quarters and had no control over his bladder, yet when volunteers met him, the pup was so happy and content, he didn’t allow his disability to interfere in his pure zest for life.harley the paralyzed 4

His advocate at the shelter took him home after he arrived, because she knew if she left him over night, she would never see him again… And then Rescue Dogs Rock NYC was contacted, and co-founder Stacey Silverstein coordinated rescue efforts to transfer Harley to South Texas Veterinarian Specialists:

“X-rays have been taken and they show no broken bones. The next step is an expensive MRI to determine whether Harley‘s spine is fractured,” posted Stacey on Friday, and then further testing was ordered.Harley the paralyzed2

It was not known if the injury was recent or if it had been an older injury. On Friday afternoon the diagnosis came in.

“Harley just had an MRI which revealed 2 bulging discs on each side of his spine. The only hope Harley has to ever walk again is to have surgery right this very moment to repair the discs. Since his injury occurred more than 24 hours ago, his chances are 50/50 that the surgery will help , but we must try,” Stacey updated the organization’s Facebook page. “Harley deserves every chance at walking again and we hope you agree. The estimate is attached, and the surgery will be between $3500 and $5000.”

And the decision was made to do all that could be done for the paralyzed dog, and just an hour later, surgery was performed. It was the dog’s only chance to regain feeling in his legs and be able to walk again. Harley will remain at the veterinarian hospital for a few days; it will be a wait and see if he gets movement in his hind quarters. No matter what the outcome, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC will make sure Harley lives the best life possible.

Photos and video of paralyzed dog courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC.

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This was Harley’s video when he was rescued on Thursday:


First used to breed: Then tortured as bait dog just to be thrown away

A seven-year-old American bulldog has never been treated with love or respect. First used to breed puppies to sell for a profit and when she no longer could produce litter after litter, she was forced into another victimizing role; Jessy became a bait dog. The scars on her face, her body and her legs bear the reminders of the misery she endured.Jessy cover

And then she was thrown away; no identification tags, no microchip and no one ever came looking for her. Brought to the Miami-Dade Animal Services Pet Adoption and Protection Center on February 1, Jessy is in need of a home or a foster family. A shelter volunteer offers the following observation:

“She is so gentle and wants to be loved so badly. She comes and sits with you hoping that you will scratch her all over. After being so abused, you would think she hates people, but she wants the attention of her very own human. She shouldn’t be so abused at her age.”

Sadly, Jessy is giving up on life. In her shelter cage, she barely lifts her head when anyone passes by. A Facebook page following her plight can be found here or here. Animal advocates have been pledging funds to help with veterinarian and other expenses to an approved rescue organization. Share this girl’s story with friends, family and social media contacts. Make sure to reference A1848583.Jessy 2

Contact: with identification number to check: availability/status/request medical records. New location: 3599 NW 79th Avenue, Doral, Florida 33166. For information on transportation contact Steve Nash at (954) 774-0934 (by text or phone call); don’t allow a little distance stop you from saving Jessy.
(Photos of Jessy, the American bulldog used to breed and be bait dog courtesy of Urgent Dogs of Miami.)
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Beagle dies despite rescue efforts after falling through icy pond

In Holliston, Massachusetts, despite heroic rescue efforts by the fire department and volunteers, a beagle did not survive on Friday after falling through the ice at Linden Pond. According to the Holliston Fire Department, a report came in about the dog struggling to get out of the icy water. When rescuers arrived, the dog had fallen below the surface.Holliston Fire Department 2

Personnel from Ladder 1 and Engine 1 deployed the Rescue Alive! sled to attempt a recovery. The men, dressed in cold water suits were quickly able to located the dog named Toby, using the sled to bring him back to shore. According to the WickedHollistonLocal news, a firefighter was able to resuscitate the dog and rushed him to the animal hospital just minutes away where two veterinarians tried to keep the dog alive. Tragically Toby died.

There is no way to tell how safe a frozen river or a pond is by looking at it. Even if one part is strong enough for people or their dogs to walk, there is absolutely no guarantee the next step won’t be the fatal one. Anyone who falls through the ice – our pets included, quickly face a life or death situation. The cold is capable of stopping one’s heart – just from the shock. At the very least, the icy fall can quickly render someone breathless and therefore helpless. Our dogs depend on their humans to be safe. Of course, it is human nature to want to allow our dogs to run free – they love it, but remember you could be signing your dog’s death sentence as well as your own. Be a good dog parent, and keep your dog leashed at all times when out for a walk this winter.

Rest in peace Toby.

Photos courtesy of the Holliston Fire Department.

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Pregnant pit bull left abandoned in hospital parking lot

Just before the 2016 Thanksgiving holidays,  a small black and white pregnant pit bull was abandoned in a hospital parking lot in Stockton, California. The poor dog was emaciated, and full of worms and fleas. The dog was picked up and placed in a boarding facility where she sat for three weeks, not knowing what her fate would be. Due to no interest from Northern California rescue organizations, the dog was going to be sent to a nearby animal shelter which may have resulted in her being put down due to the high intake of pit bulls.  A Good Samaritan, however intervened, and the dog was sent to Portland, Oregon into the care of Animal Coalition Unlimited.  There the dog was given the name “Pee Dee” in memory of Petey the pit bull who lit up the screen alongside of those famous “Little Rascals.”

When Pee Dee was taken to the Lake Grove Vet Clinic for her intake evaluation, it was discovered that she was five weeks pregnant.  Unfortunately, this put Animal Coalition Unlimited into an unexpected situation. They were prepared to take in and care for one dog, not multiple puppies. However, they refused to abort the unborn puppies for their own convenience. The first goal was to get Pee Dee healthy enough to give birth.  She had been totally neglected and emaciated, weighing in at a mere 36 pounds.   The veterinarian at Lake Grove Vet was extremely helpful and supportive in getting her the necessary nutrients to get her to a healthy weight to deliver her puppies.  An ultrasound detected seven puppies but on December 22, 2016 Pee Dee delivered 10 very healthy puppies.

Animal Coalition Unlimited, founded by and run by volunteers in 2014, takes a very unique approach to animal rescue and adoptions. For one, they do not charge any adoption fees.  However, they have certain stipulations for potential adopters under their Foster to Adopt Program. This method confirms the potential adopter can take care of the dogs and meet all of their future medical needs. Basically, the new owner gets to foster their pet for a period of time before officially adopting them. This ensures it is a good fit for both the person and the pet. This is in the best interest of the dog, because it gives the dog a better chance of being adopted by a good family without putting too much pressure on the adopters from the get go. They thoroughly interview and screen all applicants and follow this up with a home visit. With this program, Animal Coalition Unlimited can monitor the ongoing progress of the dogs, for approximately a six-month trial period. Their success rate with this program is very high.

Pee Dee’s puppies are the first in puppy adoptions for Animal Coalition Unlimited.  They will start accepting applications after the puppies have had their first series of puppy vaccines at eight-weeks old.   Although Animal Coalition Unlimited does not take any adoption fees for the puppies, the adopter will be required to deposit the spay/neuter surgery cost at the Lake Grove Vet Clinic prior to taking the puppies home when they reach 12 weeks old.

The rescue is seeking sponsorships from pet food manufacturers, vet clinics, and individual sponsors.  Pee Dee’s story recently caught the attention of a leading pet food company in Canada; PetCurean  has taken on Pee Dee and her puppies as their featured pets. The puppies have been getting the best nutrition possible to ensure they are healthy, playful and ready to become someone’s pet companion.

If you would like to give one of these puppies a new home or you would like more information on becoming a sponsor, please send requests to:

(Photo for article about pregnant pit bull courtesy of Animal Coalition Unlimited.)

If you cannot adopt but want to help this mama dog with her puppies, you can visit their wish list at:

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Rainbow Animal Rescue stages massive rescue from Robeson County Animal Shelter

In the United States alone, millions of dogs and cats enter animal shelters every year. More than 50% of the animals in these shelters are euthanized due to overcrowding and lack of fosters or adoptive homes.  Playful, healthy, good-natured dogs, cats, kittens and puppies are put down at a frightening rate simply because no one wants them. Although some shelters have adopted the no-kill model, we have miles to go before we can achieve the status of a No Kill Nation.

Over $2 billion is spent annually by local government offices to shelter and ultimately destroy 8-10 million adoptable dogs and cats. Robeson County Animal Control, located in St. Pauls, North Carolina, has one of the highest kill rates in the nation.  They have recently had a higher influx of animals due to the recent devastation brought about by Hurricane Mathew.

Rainbow Animal Rescue located in Halifax, NC did a massive rescue from Robeson in January 2017. All told, they rescued 72 dogs in the month of January; 30 were from Robeson. They went in planning to pull only 15 dogs, but when they arrived they saw so many animals desperate to be saved that they pulled 30+ dogs and puppies between January 11th and January 17th. Rainbow Animal Rescue is a 501 (c) 3 no-kill rescue based in North Eastern North Carolina. Their mission is to help as many unwanted, abandoned and mistreated animals in North Carolina and the surrounding areas as possible.  All pets rescued are either fostered in a home environment or housed at the new Animal Rescue and Adoption Center based in North Eastern NC, until they find a suitable home.   They take animals from the county dog pounds such as Halilfax County Animal Control as well as from private pet owners who can no longer care for them.

Sadly, and unexpectedly all the dogs rescued from Robeson suffered from Parvo, respiratory illness or were HW positive. Rainbow Animal Rescue knew the risk when taking on so many dogs from Robeson, but they could not turn them away. Of the adult dogs rescued, half were heartworm positive and have started their first phase of treatment. Those that were heartworm negative have found placement.   One of the senior dogs, named Vince, unfortunately cannot be treated with a fast kill method as he would only have a 50-60% survival rate. He must be treated with a slow kill method.

The veterinarians are working round the clock using the best methods available such as Cerenia,  metronidazole, Theraflu and probiotics to treat the various ailments the different dogs are suffering. All of the medical expenses have wiped out the emergency savings account for Rainbow Animal Rescue. Due to this financial setback, they have limited funds which lessens their ability to help other shelter dogs.   Please help Rainbow Animal Rescue care for the sickly dogs they have taken the responsibility of saving and assist them with their continued rescue efforts.

Visit their website at

Donations can be paid via Paypal at or called in directly to Williamston Vet Hospital by calling 252-792-3000. Some of the dogs and puppies rescued have succumbed to their illnesses. According to a representative from Rainbow Animal Rescue it is a painful decision to let them pass. The only consolation is the puppies experienced loving arms when taking their last breaths; the truly bittersweet side of rescue.














Woman sobbed as she surrendered her two bonded dogs to ‘save her marriage’

On Sunday, a heartbreaking scene played out at the East Valley Animal Shelter as a woman sobbed as she surrendered her two bonded dogs, leaving a seasoned volunteer shaking her head and hoping the two dogs involved will be adopted soon. A young woman entered the shelter with two beautiful dogs – handsome Australian shepherds. Both dogs were from the same litter and had been part of her family for the last six years since they were just weeks old. And on this day the dogs were surrendered:

“The reason she gave was to ‘save her marriage,'” shelter volunteer Sherry Brewer posted on her Facebook page as she advocated for help placing the dogs in a secure and safe home – hopefully together. “I wanted to say to her that she’ll never be able to have the same feelings for her husband again, because she’ll have to live with the guilt of giving her precious dogs up.”

The dogs – CALI (A1679910) and DINGO (A1679911) – are very bonded. Cali is described “as a spayed female brown and brindle Australian shepherd. She is six-years-old and weighs 80 pounds. Her brother, Dingo is a black Australian shepherd and weighs 76 pounds.” Sherry describes both the of the dogs as very unique looking – their adoption listing photos don’t do them any justice. Both dogs have been well cared for, have beautiful coats and the female Cali, has blue eyes.

“I wanted to tell her she would be better off saving her dogs and relinquishing her husband. I just walked away with a heavy heart, hoping they will be adopted together, ” Sherry sadly ended her post.

The East Valley Animal Shelter is located at 14409 Vanowen, Van Nuys, California.  Phone: 888-4LAPET1 or 888-452-7381, FAX 818-756-9110.

Photos of woman sobbed as she she surrendered her two dogs via County of Los Angeles Animal Services.


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Ouch! Officers rescue 89-pound dog that fell into 6 foot hole

Animal control officers in San Ysidro, California had quite the unusual rescue on Tuesday afternoon after a 89-pound dog fell into a six-foot hole. Rescuers rushed over to the remote location after receiving a call from the  U.S. Customs and Border Protection that a dog that had fallen into a hole.big Dog big rescue 2

According to CBSNews, Officers Joshua Nix and his partner Officer Peterson arrived at the construction site near the border, and there he was – a huge pit bull sitting at the bottom of the hole not moving at all. Of course, there was no way to know if the dog was friendly, so the men took precautions and used their training as to reading a dog’s body language to get an idea of the dog’s disposition. One of the officers called the dog, slowly lowered his hand into the hole and felt safe the dog wasn’t aggressive.

“The dog wasn’t moving, wasn’t barking when we arrived. At that point in time, when Officer Peterson jumped down into the hole, the dog became alive, started being more animated, very friendly dog, and we were able to lift it up at that time,” explained Officer Nix.

The men fashioned a harness  with their ropes to lift the dog out of the hole. Slowly the 89-pound pooch made it to the top and to safety. He shook the dust off of himself , he wiggled his behind and wagged his tail as if it was just another doggy adventure, the rescuers reported. A very friendly dog, the officers said he was just full of kisses and happy to be free.

Fortunately, someone heard the dog barking, as the area was remote; had the U.S. Customs’ officers not been informed of the dog’s dilemma, he may have died in the hole.

“It’s a great feeling, it gives you great job satisfaction,” Officer Nix said. “Not everyday do you get to do something like that, but on those days it does happen – it really makes you feel like you’re making a difference, and it’s a really good feeling.”

Since his rescue, the dog, who is six years old with no identification has since had some good food, water and a soft bed to sleep. If his owners don’t come forward, he will be available for adoption today. Click here for adoption information.

(Photos of the 89-pound dog courtesy of County Animal Services.)

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Read more about amazing dog rescues here after two dogs fell through the ice in a river yesterday.

Unwanted, neglected, used and tossed away

Unwanted, neglected, used (likely for breeding) and apparently tossed away like garbage. A dog dubbed “Bessie” has obviously led a hard life and now, she is alone and in pain behind the bars of a kennel run at the Carson Animal Services facility in Gardena, California.

Who would want to save Bessie’s life? She is the picture of sadness…the image of neglect. Her body shows signs of being bred time and again and her eyes so hopelessness and despair. On January 25, the volunteer-run Facebook page, Saving Carson Shelter Dogs, wrote:

Sweet BESSIE has had a very hard life and showed up with a leg injury and looking terrible. She is RESCUE ONLY and very uncomfortable and she needs help NOW! Please SHARE for her life, she is VERY special and a FOSTER and RESCUE would save her.

It seems that nobody has ever truly cared for this dog – right now, she is relying on the kindness of strangers to save her life.

Petharbor link here.

Los Angeles County Animal Control – Carson at (310) 523-9566/Ask for information about animal ID number A5026417

Facebook thread here.

If you are in LA County and can foster this dog, please take a moment to fill out an application at

Dog rescued from South Korean meat farm used to sleep standing up

A heartbreaking video filmed by the Humane Society of Tampa Bay showed one of the 200 rescued dogs from a South Korean dog meat farm sleeping standing up because she didn’t know how to lie down on a bed.Harriet the dog 3

The dog named Harriet, a three-year-old Jindo, was rescued last week from a dog meat farm in Wonju, South Korea. The traumatized dogs were all flown to Humane Society animal shelters in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom to be rehabilitated and prepared for their adoptions. Fifteen dogs were brought to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Particularly heartbreaking, was watching Harriet as she tried to figure out if she was permitted to curl up on the pink and black soft blanket beneath her.

Staff have speculated the dogs had been accustomed to sleeping standing up because the cages were so crowded. In the video, Harriet could be seen closing her eyes and dozing off as she sat on her blanket nearly falling over. A staff member spent the day showing Harriet how to relax; the video finally shows the sweet dog curled into a ball sleeping on the comfortable blanket.Harriet the dog 2

“Even though our Korean pups are doing well and beginning to adjust, they are still suffering from the horror they endured. These dogs have been on an arduous journey and still have a long way to go, but we are hopeful that wagging tails and snuggley beds will become their norm,” posted the Humane Society on their press release discussing the progress of the rescued dogs into their new lives.

(Photos of South Korean meat farm rescued dogs courtesy of Humane Society of Tampa Bay.)

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Check out Harriet’s short video. It will make you cry and then make you smile.  Be the voices for those who cannot speak. To help the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, please click here.