Pit bull that survived death row and cancer now needs a home

Dennis, a brown and white pit bull terrier is a survivor. Not only was he lucky enough to escape death row at the Hillsborough County Animal Shelter in Tampa, Florida, but he has also had health challenges in his six years; a dog twice his age has not experienced. Dennis had ear infections that went untreated and robbed him of his hearing and then a diagnosis of cancer. However, sweet, friendly Dennis is so happy to have a second chance at life he is not going to let any of this break his spirit.  According to his foster Adam Keehnle, Dennis is a happy go lucky 60 pound lapdog who “talks” to everyone he meets.

Dennis’s journey started in July of 2016, when Lisa Palo and her rescue partner, Linda Perrigoue pulled him from the jaws of death at the shelter. Two groups, Save the Animals, Save the World and Friends of Hillsborough County Animal Shelter, FOHCAS,  banded together to raise funds for his care. It was believed at the time, that his ear infection and heartworm positive status were both easily treatable.

It was soon discovered that although Dennis was heartworm negative, his chronic ear infections not only caused him to be deaf, but also created an open wound on his neck which would not heal. Both were treated with round after round of antibiotics, but they stubbornly persisted and worsened. Then to make matters worse, seemingly overnight, Dennis developed a large lump on his leg.  That is when the vet gave the grim diagnosis of cancer. Linda and Lisa took him to two specialists; one who treated the Stage 2 mast cell cancer with Prednisone and Benadryl; that thankfully responded to treatment. Because the tumor responded so well, the vet was confident that the cancer was curable. And the other said that for his ears and neck a complex surgery would be required. It was determined that all of his issues be addressed with one expensive surgery performed by Dr. Matt Oakes at Tampa Bay Veterinary Specialists.

Dennis was not out of the woods yet.  Lauren Contino, founder of Save the Animals Save the World put out a plea for Dennis asking all “angels” to:

“Please help Dennis get well! He needs surgery to save his life. He is one of the many animals we have saved! Donate for Dennis to save his life…let’s get him healthy before the holidays.”

The wonderful folks at Friends of Hillsborough County Animal Services paid their maximum grant too. Linda and Lisa set up a You Caring to help pay for the expensive surgery and Lauren Contino continued her plea. Since then, Dennis has undergone two surgeries. The first was to remove the cancer from his leg and to try to resolve the chronic ear infections in both ears by removing the eardrums. The surgery was successful until early February 2017 when the neck wound reappeared.  Specialty veterinarian Dr. Oaks performed another surgery, during which yet another issue was found.  Apparently, Dennis had suffered a trauma in his earlier life that completely destroyed the saliva glands on one side of his face. Talk about bad luck!

Despite all of these setbacks, Dennis began to recover. All seemed well until February 15th, 2017 when Dennis tore all his stitches out.  He was once again rushed to Dr. Oakes, who stapled the wound shut. Everyone crossed their fingers that this was the last bump in the road for this courageous dog. On March 5th, 2017, Dennis got the staples out. His foster and rescuers were happy to announce that he is now cancer free and the ear infections are gone. He completed his last round of meds and FINALLY, Dennis is ready for a forever home.

Due to the chronic ear infections that went untreated until he was saved last July, Dennis is functionally deaf. He needs to be with a family that understands his special needs and his love of attention. Lisa Palo and Linda Perrigoue are still responsible for covering his food and medical costs until Dennis finds his forever home. Please help them help Dennis by contributing to his Fundraiser.


For the first time in his short life, Dennis is a healthy dog.  He is truly thankful to everyone who helped with his rescue and medical treatments.  It truly took a village!! Everyone who meets him falls in love with him and he repays them with big, sloppy kisses.

Please help this sweet dog continue a life of happiness and health.  And most importantly please help him find his forever home.
















Utah woman drowns in swift current trying to save her dogs

In a sad story, a Millcreek, Utah woman drowned on Sunday afternoon as she tried to save her dogs from a raging creek. According to FoxNews, Liudmilla Feldman, 58, and her husband had been walking their dogs near Parley’s Creek when the dogs ran into the water and became caught up in the current.

Lt. Dan McConkey of the Unified Police Department explained what happened:

“The dogs went into the water and got caught in the current; she went in to rescue the dogs; she got caught up in the current. It doesn’t take much to lose your balance and fall into this water and be swept down. This creek runs quick, with the runoff it’s starting to run really fast.”

Several witnesses jumped in hoping to rescue Liudmilla. One Good Samaritan was able to grab the woman by her foot and pull her out of the water. Other witnesses began CPR, but she had been under water for more than 90 seconds and was unable to be resuscitated. Police emphasize it is important for people walking their dogs near Parley’s Creek to keep their dogs leashed. This year experts state the creek is especially dangerous because of the runoff.

Mr. Feldman and the two dogs are expected to recover. Rest in peace Liudmilla.

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Yorkie dumped at police station by woman who said she had to go to work

A tiny Yorkie has been named Hollywood after the Hollywood Police Department in South Florida where she was dropped off by a woman who told the officer she had to “go to work.” According to CbsMiami, Rose Mone, from the Hollywood Police Department, doesn’t necessarily believe the woman’s story, but at the very least the silky Yorkshire terrier is getting a new start after suffering some serious medical issues now being addressed:

“Basically she just came in and said she had to go to work; said she was busy,” stated Mone. “She found it over there some where and put the dog over here on the chair and walked out and that was it. I knew he needed help right away because he was not going to make it thru the day.”

So Rose called the Glimmer of Life Pet Rescue  in Davie who described the little dog as extremely sick when they first picked him up.

“I think if he would have went to animal rescue they would have put him down because he was so sick,” stated Ed Degelsmith from the rescue organization. “He couldn’t walk, he was crying. (Veterinarians) …”put a catheter in him so he could pass some urine, X-rayed him. It showed he’s loaded with kidney stones…”

Even when the dog was in pain and crying, he still wanted to be picked up and hugged. On Monday afternoon, Hollywood was reported to be undergoing surgery for his kidney stones.

“I just got off the phone with Paul from Hometown veterinarian and he advised that Hollywood is on the operating table as I write this. They are going to do the stone removal first assess him and then neuter him if he’s in good enough shape then clean his teeth…”

To help with Hollywood’s recovery, a Go Fund Me page can be found here where updates are made available as they happen. Get well soon little one. We hope you make a speedy recovery.

(Photo of Yorkie dumped via Facebook Glimmer of Life Pet Rescue)

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Wisconsin woman allowed her dogs to eat puppies

In a disturbing case of animal cruelty in Crandon, Wisconsin, a woman has been arrested for allegedly allowing her dogs to eat puppies and the dead body of a horse. According to authorities, Patty Kirker, 52, was charged on Wednesday with 156 counts of animal mistreatment for failing to provide the animals with food and water; six of the counts are felonies.

An investigation of Kirker’s “puppy mill situation” had been launched earlier in the year after more than 80 complaints were filed. In a report from WsauNews, Kirker’s home had two feet of dog feces on the floor. On March 17, authorities seized 40 wolf-hybrid dogs and horses from the woman’s property. In the criminal complaint, the Forest County District Attorney Chuck Simono cited two unnamed witnesses who told police they had seen adult dogs eating young puppies on the properties as the animals had to resort to any means to stave off their starvation while Kirker did not feed them.

Also, in the complaint were details of the “deplorable conditions” with a description of three puppies being killed by other dogs, and of one puppy having been eaten. Then there were two horses kept in a trailer for more than three weeks with no food while dogs ate a horse’s carcass. Another dog terrorized an older neighbor and attacked the woman’s cat. Four horses and one pony died on the property.

And then there were more horrific details of two dogs walking around with embedded collars, Kirker kicking dogs and some of the animals biting her back, chained dogs that were never fed and a blind horse running into “trees and things.”


Kirker also faces charges in a conspiracy to smuggle drugs into the county jail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 3. Kirker’s attorney denies the allegations are not true and will fight the charges. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals are caring for the rescued animals.

(Photo of suspect alleged to have allowed her dogs to eat puppies via Forest County Sheriff’s Office booking photo)

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Update: 20-year-old spaniel Sonoma dumped at shelter by owner

As he waited for his owner to return, Sonoma was terrified and confused in a caged kennel at the Carson Animal Care Center. On April 18, the 20-year-old spaniel, obediently walked into the shelter with the one person he trusted his entire life; he had no idea this would be the last time he would ever be with her. It was the supreme betrayal of loyalty. A volunteer standing at the counter overheard the following heartbreaking conversation moments before Sonoma was led away:

“SANOMA spent his entire life with the woman that just left him at the shelter. She felt he was too old and she would come home to find him swimming in the pool because he is DEAF and BLIND! He is completely confused about what is happening to him; it must be so scary. He needs help now! Please share for his life, he’s such an angel.”

On Wednesday, Sonoma was welcomed into the family of Frosted Faces Foundation. 

“…but ultimately, it doesn’t matter when, how, or why you surrendered your dog. At any age, the only languages a dog will ever know are fierce loyalty and love. There is nothing one can say to explain to your dog all of the reasons you feel your decision of abandonment is justified, and that is why we operate Frosted Faces Foundation.”

And so the senior has started his new life – all 20-years of him. With the help of rescue volunteers, Teresa Molina and Vicki White, the happy dog’s butt wiggled and he took his freedom walk on Wednesday afternoon – just hours after his heartbreaking story garnered attention on social media.

“Meet Frosted Face Sonoma whose days will go on, his heart will heal, and we will be his advocates- me, his new family, all of you. Where anger meets love, we act,” stated the group on their Facebook page.

Then came a bath, scratches behind the ears and some reassuring words that this dog is in a better place. Then came the light green bow tie, a delicious meal to take the edge off and finally a soft bed to rest his weary soul. Welcome home Sonoma; you are one of the lucky ones.

To help Frosted Faces Foundation help more dogs, donations can be made here. Sonoma will need $25/month sponsoring Fans, please register at www.frostedfacesfoundation.org/fans/. If you are interested in being Sonoma’s Forever Foster (medical expenses covered) or Forever Family (adoption with $500/year major medical grant), please apply right away at www.frostedfacesfoundation.org/apply/.

Photos courtesy of Frosted Faces Foundation. Previous story here.

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After long life on streets, critically wounded dog finds the ultimate kindness

Life is difficult for street dogs in the small villages near Udaipur, Rajasthan, India. Dogs often have to scrounge for a few scraps of food just to survive, and even if critically wounded are forced to quietly suffer while hiding from their predators. Friendly villagers feed many of the stray; it becomes a way of life when few can afford to have their dogs spayed and neutered. Still there are the rescuers who bring forth the heartwarming stories about dogs who never would have had a chance if not for the ultimate kindness; medical and emotional intervention.

Animal Aid Unlimited came to help Edith – an elderly street dog whose wound on her back was so severe and infected, no one even knew why she was still standing and able to walk. What survival instincts mean to our canine friends is often incomprehensible, but rescuers followed her down the street and wanted to help. When they gently laid a blanket over her eyes, Edith didn’t try to escape – she stood still and with a nervous wag of her tail allowed herself to be lifted up and brought back to the hospital area. 

It is not known how Edith survived all these years nor how many close encounters she risked during her long life on the street. She had been the mother of many litters and had walked the streets alone for much of her life. After weeks of intense treatment however, lots of quiet rest and a small army full of compassionate rescuers, check out the beautiful and elegant Edith of today.

Photos and video of critically wounded Edith courtesy of Animal Aid Unlimited.  To help Animal Aid Unlimited with more incredible rescues, donations can be made by clicking here.

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Stray mother dog traveled 2 miles a day to scavenge food to feed her puppies

Not much could be stronger than a mother’s love for her babies – and particularly a stray mother dog who area residents say traveled two miles a day to scavenge food so she could feed her puppies? And that’s when Krystle Woodward, the owner and founder of Pinky Paws Animal Rescue in Fowler, California was told about the neglected dog who had been seen wandering in the area and then mysteriously heading back to care for her newborn puppies.

Krystle had heard about the stray nearly two months ago, but no one had been able to capture her, and it wasn’t until last Thursday that life would change for a devoted canine mom, dubbed Betty Boop and her ten tiny puppies:

 “I trapped Betty Boop on my break at work. To find she later escaped. Thurs on my lunch break, hubby rushed with the van we trapped and saved Betty Boop. After 30 people saw her over the past 3-4 weeks scavenging for food in city limits to go far back miles in the country to feed her pups. Then after work I stayed late night at the vet. Had to make sure she didn’t have infection. I cried all night after Dr said she was nursing. I kept thinking about all those pups suffering a painful death starving,” Krystle wrote on the organization’s Facebook page.

By Friday, however Betty Boop continued trying to escape; she ran outside and tried to climb the fence. The nursing mom had to try anything to get back to her puppies. And so Krystle’s mission to find the puppies commenced. According to YourCentralValley, the puppies were found underground in the basement of an abandoned home. Woodward called her friend’s son, Kenneth Stoen, a Freemont Elementary School student, to help rescue the pups from underground.

All of the ten puppies are healthy and have been named -Amber, Citrine, Copper, Jade, Jasper, Onyx, Opal, Pearl, Rubyloo and Sage.

“Just her trust in me to show me where her puppies were,” said Woodward. “It really touched my heart that’s why I love them so much and we’re their voice.”

The puppies will be available for adoption on May 1. Let’s help find these babies some homes; will be giving their first shots. They are 6 weeks old. 
There are seven girls and three boys. One boy is black and two are brown. They are pit mixes.
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(Photos and video of stray mother dog and her puppies courtesy of Pinky Paws Animal Rescue)


Check out how Betty Boop trusted her rescuer and led her to the puppies:

Hundreds of animals found in deplorable conditions at North Georgia puppy mill

It began on Wednesday evening with an anonymous call from an area resident in the north Georgia county of Habersham complaining about excessive dog barking. What officers discovered, when they arrived at the property was both shocking and deplorable. They encountered a puppy mill; hundreds of animals had been lined up in rows – barely existing in plastic tubs filled with their own feces and urine. Some were so matted, they could barely walk, eat or  relieve themselves. Many of the puppies suffered from eye, ear and skin conditions.  According to the Humane Society of the United States,  the Habersham County Department of Animal Care and Control immediately secured a warrant for the property and called the Animal Crimes unit with the HSUS for assistance.

By early Thursday morning, HSUS staff members, law enforcement officials, and local humane groups raided the property. They seized more than 350 dogs, cats, and other animals from squalid, deficient conditions. Donkeys, a horse, bunnies, chickens, ducks, geese, goats, sheep, and an alpaca were found on the property searching for food and clean water.

Working side by side with Habersham County and with support from Cashier’s Highland Humane Society, RescueBank, Greater Good, Save the Horses, Cornerstone Animal Hospital, Humane Society of North East Georgia, Northeast Veterinary hospital, PAWS Bryson City, Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement and other neighboring welfare organizations, the dogs have been removed as well as the other animals.

In the Humane Society of the United States press release, 

“We never expected to discover something of this magnitude in our own backyard,” said Madi Hawkins, director of HCACC. “I’m grateful to our dedicated and compassionate staff who have been on scene over 24 hours and will continue to be here until the last animal is rescued. This is a heartbreaking situation, and it’s not an easy task to be present to witness this kind of cruelty.”

The HSUS and Cashiers Highland Humane are safely transporting the dogs, cats, bunnies and birds to a temporary emergency animal shelter, where they will be thoroughly examined by teams of veterinarians and receive any necessary immediate medical care. Rescue Bank is providing the necessary food for the dogs. The horse and farm animals  are being transported to Horse Inc.

The case remains under investigation. There are still estimated to be more than 10,000 puppy mills operating in the United States. The challenge is to close them all down – how these animals are forced to live is beyond reprehensible.

(Photos and video of puppy mill in North Georgia courtesy of HSUS, Frank Loftus) To donate to this organization, please click here.

Check out the video. No animal should have to live like this:


Ironic twist: Owner arrested and puppy knows his own crate as ‘jail’

An adorable and extremely clever German shepherd puppy knows his own crate as jail. “Go to jail” the puppy’s owner would yell, and the seven-month-old  would run into his crate and sit. Ironically, Sonny’s owner was subsequently arrested and landed in jail. A volunteer from the Carson Animal Care Center in California tells the dog’s sad story:

“His owner is in jail, and he abandoned this puppy he called Baby Boy. His neighbors brought him into the shelter, and they say he is a smart, sweet, amazing puppy great with everyone. He is also crate trained, and when his owner wants him to go into his crate he would say ironically “GO TO JAIL” and Baby Boy would do it.. He needs help fast.”

Click here for this puppy’s PetHarbor link. “I am described as a male, brown and white German Shepherd Dog. The shelter thinks I am about 7 months old.
I have been at the shelter since Apr 12, 2017. I am not yet neutered. I will be available on 4/16. You can visit me at my temporary home at C348.  For more information about this animal, call Los Angeles County Animal Control – Carson at (310) 523-9566. Ask for information about animal ID number A5049752. A Facebook page advocating for this puppy’s rescue can be followed here.  If interested in fostering this dog, and you are in LA, OC, SB, or Riverside County, email CarsonfosterS@gmail.com ASAP to request an application. 

Carson Shelter, Gardena, California
216 Victoria Street, Gardena, California

(Photos and videos courtesy of Baby in jail via Saving Carson Shelter Dogs)

Check out his video. What an amazing puppy, but he is so frightened. Please share his plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. (Please note he has also been referred to as Sonny)

Dog owner fabricated homemade muzzle from a soup can charged with animal cruelty

In Lincoln, New Hampshire, a still unidentified man turned himself in on a warrant issued by the Lincoln Police Department for cruelty to animals after allegedly muzzling his dog with an old soup can and electrical tape. According to the police organization’s Facebook page, a concerned citizen brought a dog into vet clinic where the pup had been a previous patient.

According to the examining veterinarian, the dog had sores on his mouth and nose from the fabricated homemade muzzle consisting of a soup can taped around the dog’s mouth. The dog also appeared much thinner, after having lost a significant amount of weight in a short period of time. With the assistance of the veterinarian clinic, as well as statements from witnesses, police charged the dog’s owner with two counts of Class B misdemeanor animal cruelty.

Lincoln Police Officers Arcieri and Storey processed the subject when he surrendered to authorities on April 7. The man has been released on $500 personal recognizance and issued a court date.

The good news … the concerned citizen who brought the dog to the veterinarian clinic in January is caring for the dog and states the dog is fine.

Read about the elephant who had a wire cruelly tied around her trunk.