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.

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Rescue Dogs Rock NYC
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Gracie Station
New York, NY 10028

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

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Dog swept out to sea rescued by coastguard during training session

A frightened and shivering cockapoo that had been swept out to sea off the northeast coast of Scotland was rescued after a coastguard crew working during their routine training session spotted the dog swimming.

According to the Facebook page of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the dog had been swimming in the Moray Firth on Sunday morning and had been on the verge of drowning when a member of the public reported the dog had been swept out into the sea.

“An emergency call was made reporting a dog which had ran into the water and started swimming out to sea near Cumminston, Moray…”

The pup had been in the water for 40 minutes when the UK Coastguard helicopter was able to locate him and alert the Moray inshore rescue boat based at Findhorn to the dog’s exact location. They pulled the dog onto the board and returned him to his owners who had been waiting on shore with the Burghead Coastguard Rescue Team.

“The dog was rescued, exhausted and having nearly drowned, and taken back into harbour where the crew and officers provided first aid until the owner could arrange to attend a local vet. Happily, the dog is doing well,” stated an organization’s spokesperson. “Never follow  animals into the water; they are much better swimmers than humans and generally can stay alive a lot longer than us and usually can make their own way out.”


In a few minutes the rescue was over and the helicopter returned to its Sunday training session.

(Photos and video via Facebook)

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Gravely injured mother fought off other dogs to protect her newborn puppies

When the gravely injured young, black and white retriever mother dog was surrendered on Wednesday to a high-kill rural shelter in Georgia, she was in severe pain. According to the owner, she had been attacked by other dogs; all she wanted to do was to protect her newborn puppies. Without medical care, her wounds became infected; the maggots could be seen oozing out of the open infected wounds on her slender body. Why her wounds were never treated or cleansed remains unexplained.

And if that wasn’t disturbing enough, where were her puppies she so desperately tried to protect in spite of her life-threatening injuries? It wasn’t until one day later that same person walked into the shelter and surrendered the dog’s six tiny puppies who also had maggots crawling over their tiny bodies. Rescue Dogs Rock NYC volunteered to help, and arrangements were immediately made to transport the family in peril to an emergency veterinarian in Georgia.

On Thursday morning, the mother dog, now named Sugar has been reunited with her puppies. Jackie O’Sullivan, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC updated the progress on the family’s plight:

“Mama now called Sugar was reunited with her 6 newborn puppies & they are all at our GA vet recovering. Mom is nursing, but she’s also on IV fluids & antibiotics for her infected wounds. Her wounds were clipped & cleaned last night. We are happy to report all are maggot Free!!! Sugar has 3 boys & 3 girls & we’ll post baby photos soon.”

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(Photos and video of Sugar and newborn puppies 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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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



Humans failed Kane: Found nearly lifeless in South Texas woods

Kane was discovered in the woods suffering and nearly lifeless on Sunday. Had it not have been for  random chance when a Good Samaritan found him, Kane would have died – likely no one would ever have known he lived except for the heartless owner who abandoned him in such horrible condition. The dog was carried out of the woods, brought to safety and immediately transported to the 24 hour emergency hospital in South Texas for life-saving medical care.

Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC didn’t hesitate to volunteer to help when contacted. She was shocked and worried, but most of all saddened to have to acknowledge Kane’s unknown owner could have been so negligent and heartless:

“We are sorry humans failed you so very badly,” Stacey wrote after posting videos of the dog’s rescue. “We can only hope we are not too late to save your life.  Whoever allowed you to spiral into this condition, should feel one-tenth of the pain you are feeling right now. We can only try to give you every chance at survival and pick up the pieces of your shattered life.”

Since Sunday night, Kane has had two blood transfusions and survived. He also suffers from a heart murmur, heart worm disease and several infections. Just looking at him is so very sad – a dog deprived of his dignity, his  health and his spirit while emaciated and hairless. His life hangs by a thread, but no one at the emergency hospital will give up as long as Kane keeps fighting.


Kane is the third dog in critical condition in this emergency  veterinary hospital right now in South Texas; Madge and Sandy are also there fighting for their lives at this very moment. Read both their stories here.

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Amazing rescue: Puppy suffered burns over 30% of her body from boiling water

It had been a terrible accident for an owner’s beloved puppy when she accidentally fell into boiling hot water in the village near Udaipur City, Rajasthan, India. Basanti’s owner called Animal Aid Unlimited for help the moment it happened; he found his dog who he had cared for since she was a puppy, hiding in an abandoned building – clearly in agonizing pain. Nearly 30% of her body had been badly burned.

When rescuers arrived, they saw the puppy’s legs and underneath her belly had severe injuries. The skin had started to become necrotic; life saving rescue treatment had to be done immediately or Basanti would have died.

The first order of business, as she arrived at the hospital was to ease her pain, and over a period of time to carefully remove the necrotic tissue to encourage new skin to grow.

Although the puppy was sedated during the painful bandage changes as her burned skin was methodically peeled, it wasn’t until one week later  when all of the burned tissue was finally removed and re-bandaged, did her healing really begin. Such a brave girl Basanti was – no matter how many medical procedures she endured, her tail never stopped wagging nor did her amazing personality, spirit and will to live not shine through.

And three-months later a new, energized puppy played in the yard. Check out the video.

(Photos screenshots via Animal Aid Unlimited)

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Heartbreaking abuse: 2-month-old husky brought to shelter with skull bashed in

In Phoenix, the police are investigating a report from Maricopa County Animal Care and Control concerning a 2-month-old husky puppy brought to the shelter on Friday night with a severe skull fracture and bleeding.

According to the Facebook page for the organization, the puppy was brought in unconscious and comatose. Two Pups Wellness Fund and Arizona Animal Rescue Mission stepped up to help, and the puppy was immediately transferred to the Phoenix Dog/Cat/Bird Hospital. The people who surrendered the puppy gave the shelter false information, and the police are now following leads to identify the person(s) responsible for the horrendous abuse.

“The hospital is cautiously optimistic that he will recover. We will update the public of his condition,” MCACC posted and are relying on the public and media to share the news and help find the responsible party.

Maricopa County Animal Care & Control (MCACC) – Adopt at pets.maricopa.gov any medical donations can go to Arizona Animal Rescue Mission; they along with Two Pups Wellness Fund are handling the expenses currently but this will be quite costly.

(Photos via MCACC)

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Get well soon little guy.



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Thieves rob families homes and pepper spray their dogs

In Raleigh, North Carolina, thieves have been reported breaking into area homes in Wake County;  not only stealing possessions, but have used pepper spray on the family dogs. When the thugs broke into the rear door of Clay Adam’s home on Labrador Drive at the end of September while he and his girlfriend had been at work, their home had been ransacked along with their possessions missing.

According to WralNews, when Clay returned home, he heard his dog whining from the back bedroom. When he entered the room, he saw that his dog had been maced.

“His body was like entirely pink – almost red,” Adams told news reporters. “His nose, right across the front of his nose, was bleeding, right across here because I guess he had scratched his nose trying to get it out. He was real red everywhere.”

And although a lot of the couple’s personal items were stolen, the pain his dog had to endure hit him the most.

Area residents are being asked to keep an eye out for these home intruders. One day later, another break-in occurred in Wake Forest – that dog was also maced and locked in a bedroom. The thieves pepper spray the dogs to keep them from protecting their homes or from barking. The spray can carry 10 to 20 feet, and once shot into the eyes of a dog, the animal suffers from incredible pain.

Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison stated any person able to hurt a dog that much would most likely injure people if they walked into their home accidentally while the burglary was in progress. Three people in the area have  been arrested for suspected burglarizing homes, however no one has been charged with these specific incidents. When apprehended, the thieves could also be charged with animal cruelty.

(Photos of family dogs pepper spray via screenshots WralNews)

The dogs are recovering.

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Polka Dance, puppy with an expressive face and sweet disposition, needs a home

Polka Dance, a nine-month-old, female Staffordshire/Dogo Argentino mix is known to her rescuers as the “dog with a million expressions.” When she was just a baby, little Polka Dance was the big sister to all her siblings. She was such a happy, go lucky puppy who got along well with her brothers and sisters.  When her siblings would bicker, like puppies often do, Polka would not get involved. She loved them all equally.

Because of her expressive face and sweet, loving disposition, Polka was the first of the litter to get adopted. Unfortunately, it was not the happily ever after everyone was hoping for.  The older couple who adopted her were wonderful, caring people, What the rescue didn’t know was; the couple’s son who lived upstairs had an aggressive miniature pinscher. Polka Dance was attacked during her first two weeks with her new family.

Polka, who was so easygoing with her own siblings did not expect another dog to come charging toward her while she was just quietly sniffing around her new yard, trying to get familiar with her new surroundings.  She had never been exposed to any mean dogs until that day, and she herself doesn’t have a mean bone in her body. Animal Coalition Unlimited picked her up from her adopters the day after the incident. But sadly, the attack left a lasting mental scar that was not easy to heal.  Polka Dance, who had loved all other dogs became scared of them and reacted by barking excessively, warning all new dogs she met to stay away from her.

Would she ever attack another dog? Most likely not. When reunited with her siblings after several months, she got along well with all of them and other dogs she was familiar with. She will bark at people she has never met before. It’s one of the strong traits of her breed; she is a loyal companion who will bark to tell strangers to stay away from her people.

Secondly, after she was returned from her first home with the miniature pinscher, she was placed in a temporary foster for two months. The foster lived far from the city so Polka was not exposed to new people. Despite her rough start, Polka gets along with almost all respectful dogs, and shared and a kennel bed with her foster housemates and siblings with no problem.  However, she will need some space and time when meeting people for the first time. This sweet girl needs someone who is willing to help undo the undesirable experiences she had during her short stay with the people who had her.

Her next adopter will have to be willing to work and gain her trust. Once she connects with a person, she will be super affectionate and shower you with love.  She lived with a cat and a small dog at her first foster home (from age 10 to 16 weeks), she was fine with them. Polka Dance is currently in a boarding facility and is fully potty trained.  She is available through the Animal Coalition Unlimited Foster to Adopt Program.

Polka Dance will go to her new foster or adopter with a 42” double dog door dog crate, a bag of grain free Petcurean dog food, her Canine Equipment brand walking gear and all of her favorite toys.

Visit her page on the Rescue Me websitehttp://muttambassador.rescueme.org/.

To schedule a meet and greet with Polka Dance, please fill out the application form: https://goo.gl/forms/xh4lxvWEK8JLiOlx2

Animal Coalition Unlimited does not adopt their dogs out on a first come first serve basis but rather on the philosophy of finding the most fitting home for each dog. If interested in Polka Dance please send an email to muttambassador@gmail.com.

For updates on Polka Dance, visit the Animal Coalition Unlimited on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/animalcoalitionunlimited/.

If you cannot adopt Polka Dance, but would like to donate to her care and boarding please send all donations viahttps://squareup.com/store/GivingPLEDGE/.



Heartbreaking: Dog repeatedly bred by dope addicts to pay for drugs

No one knows how long Ethel lived in the remote section of a trash filled yard in south Texas. She had been tethered with a thick chain and repeatedly bred so that her dope addict owners could sell her puppies for drugs. Too often starved and abused, it made no difference to Ethel’s owners – her puppies were worth money, and the sooner they were separated from their mother, the sooner their dog could be bred again.

Even though there had been multiple complaints about the dog’s emaciated body and Animal Control had been summoned for a welfare check several times, the conditions never seemed to be egregious enough for Ethel to be taken away from the crack house where she lived and the tiny circle where her chain reached and her puppies nursed. At times Ethel would cry out – hoping someone would hear and help her.

It was weeks before rescuers could finally get Ethel and her puppies away from their abusive environment; no one would give up. Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC helped to formulate the plans and was ready to provide the dogs with the medical and emotional care they would all need.

 “…one day, there was a brief moment which allowed our team to move in and rescue Ethel and her most recent litter of puppies. The photos show Ethel and her puppies at the time of rescue. This family is safe now, and under our care. The rescue took weeks, but we were successful in removing the dogs from the nightmare they were all living every day.”

Donations to help this family can be made: rescuedogsrocknyc.org 
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(Photos of dogs living with owners using dope courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

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