Heartbreaking: Hopeless pup knows no one is coming for him at shelter

He has no name and no one has come to the Clayton County Animal Control in Ellenwood, Georgia.  A volunteer at the shelter describes this young dog’s tragic plight:

“This Is The Face Of HOPELESS! A Dog Stuck In A Shelter Day After Day. At 1st They Are Excited To Hopefully Get A Family Or Rescue But Each Day That Goes By Hope Slowly Slips Away. This Pup Doesn’t Have A Name, Nor A Fundrazr & Isn’t o n A Euth List But Surely Deserves To Be Rescued Or Adopted.”

*Intake Number: #171393
*Intake Date: 6-16-17
*Available Date: 6-24-17
*Breed: Pit Bull
*Gender: Male
*Age: Adult
*Size: Large
*Weight: 60 lbs.
*Shelter: Anvil Block (AB)

*PHONE: 1-(770)-347-0210

*Please Email Rescue: coordinator@claytoncountyga.gov
*FAX: 1-(770)-603-4199

If you need assistance in coordinating rescue please email:
Ccacpartners@gmail.com &

A Facebook page for this dog, described as calm and sweet, can be found here.  This boy is just looking for some love: he is available for public adoption. Please share his story with friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. Make sure to take a moment and watch his short video. This pup should not be “hopeless.” This boy should be home loving life and running and playing with his new family. Additional information can be found here.

(Photos and video courtesy of “hopeless” pup via Clayton County Animal Control volunteers)

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Dog run over twice and left for dead in Miami, Florida

Lucky, a medium sized brown and white male dog, was run over by a vehicle, not once but twice in the area of Miami, Florida. The vehicle ran over him once, then backed up and ran over him again. He was left for dead on the side of the road. Not only did he sustain severe nerve damage to his hind quarters which rendered him incontinent, but he also sustained blunt force trauma to his head and face breaking all of his teeth.

Lucky was taken to Miami Dade Animal Services where he was placed in isolation. It seemed the only option for Lucky was euthanasia until a kindly volunteer saw how sweet Lucky was and wanted him to be saved. She put out a plea to local rescues when JW Rescue and Friends of Coral Springs, Florida took Lucky under their wing.  Lucky was treated at the Pet House Animal Clinic where he had surgery to remove his broken and damaged teeth. He also underwent therapy for the inoperable nerve damage to his hind quarters. Unfortunately, Lucky did not regain control over his bowels and bladder and suffers blood leakage from his anus when overly active.  He had to wear diapers until they caused him an uncomfortable rash, so that was discontinued. JW Rescue and Friends worked very hard to help Lucky, but they eventually ran out of resources and options for him. No other rescue or sanctuary would take him in due to his disabilities.

Rescue Teamsters, the Florida division of Chinese Shar Pei Rescue, were Lucky’s next angels. They took him in and began their own therapies through a vet in Winter Haven, Florida who practices Eastern and Western medicine. The vet is quite optimistic that her methods will work as they have been successful in treating other dogs with similar problems to Lucky.

The therapy Lucky is undergoing is similar to acupuncture but on a constant basis. This same therapy was used on another dog who was incontinent, and he is completely continent now. On August 10th, 2017, Dr. Vargas reported that Lucky was doing very well. He is undergoing Aqua Acupuncture and walking on a treadmill to regain strength in his back legs.  Other therapies include going to the dog bone pool for aqua therapy. Eventually, 24k gold chips will be placed in Lucky’s body to help it realign. If the surgery is successful, he will be a normal dog and able to be adopted.

However, Lucky has a long road ahead of him.  Despite all he’s been through, Lucky is the true embodiment of resilience of spirit that dogs are known for. He loves to run, walk, play, and go to the beach with the volunteers and has an amazing zest for life. He doesn’t let his disability slow him down or dampen his will to live.

Rescue Teamsters has set up a page for Lucky on Pound Wishes for those who wish to donate toward his ongoing medical expenses. Although Rescue Teamsters is hopefully optimistic that the medical procedure and therapies will help Lucky regain his continence, there is a chance that it may not. If that is the case they will still be looking for a forever home or foster who is able to tend to the special needs of this very special dog.

If you are that special person, please email rescueteamsters@gmail.com.

To keep up with Lucky’s progress, visit his Facebook page






UPDATE: Hero saves Liverpool dog videoed being kicked in the face

His name is “Sconehead,” and this adorable little Jack Russell terrier mix brought tears to the eyes of online readers Wednesday afternoon after  viral video footage had been posted showing the dog being kicked in the face and terrorized by his owner.

Just moments ago, Michael Lamb, 42, of Liverpool was hailed a “hero” after news that he rushed to Sconehead’s rescue yesterday after the vicious attack w outside of his supermarket in Toxteth. According to the Liverpool Echo, Lamb has spoken out and revealed he has already been instrumental in finding a home for the battered pup now named Sconehead.

The dog’s owner was videoed kicking his dog in the face. The disturbing footage, videoed by a Good Samaritan and later posted on social media, showed the dog owner slamming his foot into the face of the brown and white pup along the street of Park Road late in the afternoon. The witness had been walking down the street when he saw the man drag the dog off the bus and kick it from side to side. The dog was terrified and was trying to wiggle out of its leash, but the man kept yanking the defenseless pooch.

And soon the dog’s hero felt it was time to defend the abused pooch and came to his rescue. Lamb, who owns  Maggie’s Farm Organics, has since been keeping the dog safe.

“My main care was for that dog. I’m a father and I’ve got a little daughter. I was getting messages after the attack saying, ‘Do you know about this fella?’ and I did. I thought ‘I’m not having this. I shut the shop and walked up there, knocked two or three times, and I could hear the dog barking. My first impression was ‘I am taking that dog away from you’,” stated Lamb.

All of this had been happening in public, and it was then Michael convinced the owner to surrender the dog after noticing blood on Sconehead’s face. And less than one day, Sconehead has changed from a terrified little pooch into a “chill lad” who doesn’t want to leave Michael’s side.   Although Michael can’t keep the little guy, even though the RSPCA said he can keep  Sconehead, a neighbor – just a few doors up from the shop has already fallen in love.

“I know the girl who is going to have him. I wouldn’t just give him to anyone. I have had many people asking and saying ‘I will have him, I will have him’ but this way I can see him every day,” Michael told the news media.

Kerry Thomas will be Sconehead’s new mom telling the Echo it “was love at first sight.” She will be changing his name and is thinking about calling his Mick after his rescuer.

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There has been no information if the previous owner will be charged with animal cruelty, however police have confirmed an investigation continues.

Read the previous account here.

The original video can be viewed here.

(Photos contributed and screenshot via the Echo)

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Show host Chelsea Handler bids heartbreaking farewell to her rescue pooch

While all dogs are special, some dogs just etch their ways into our hearts that somehow bond us together for all eternity. Show host Chelsea Handler explains her special relationship with her rescue pooch as she bid a heartbreaking farewell just two days ago.

The 42-year-old gave a tear-filled sendoff to her dog named Tammy – affectionately called Bear.

“I lost my bear today. She was struggling and I couldn’t bear to have her fight anymore. Anyone who believes a dog doesn’t change your life has never rescued one. I only had two years with Tammy but she made sure I never went to bed without hearing her paws mount my stairwell two paws at a time. If my door was closed, she slept outside of my room like a security guard. Dogs give you something you never knew was missing until you rescue one. I love you bear. Thanks for being such a girl. I will get another dog that needs a home, and it will remind me every day how much I miss you. Lub, lub, lub @realTammyHandler,” Chelsea wrote on Instagram.

Tammy was a frequent fixture on Chelsea’s shows where she would just lie quietly and soak up all the news and drama of the day. Rescued from the streets of Mexico, the photos of the two together made our hearts smile. Sadly Tammy had been suffering from renal failure; on Friday the two parted. One day later, Handler, who is currently in South Africa, shared a photo of a rainbow on Saturday, August 12, writing:

“Rainbows are the best sign the person you loved the most is with you. #tammytime”.

Rest in peace Tammy. You were truly loved. Chelsea’s other rescue dog, Chuck misses you too.

(Photos of Chelsea Handler and Tammy via Instagram and FB)

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53 dogs seized in dog fighting ring bust in Lansing, Michigan

On July 27th, 2017, a dog fighting ring was busted in Lansing, Michigan. Fifty-three dogs were seized from multiple locations as well as dog fighting paraphernalia. The investigation began in April 2017 and culminated at the end of July 2017 with the arrest of a father and daughter. Both are facing criminal charges in Ingham County. Corey Devon Henry 47, and Synquiss Tairee-Devon Antes 26, were arraigned on multiple felony counts of animal fighting.

According to the Lansing State Journal, Henry faces 10 felony counts, including animal fighting, possession of fighting animals or equipment and animal cruelty, and five misdemeanor licensing counts. Antes faces nine counts of animal fighting, a felony, and a misdemeanor count of failing to license a dog.

Animal fighting is punishable by up to four years in prison upon conviction.

A hearing to determine whether there is enough evidence for Henry and Antes to stand trial on the charges is set for August 18th, 2017 in Lansing’s 54A District Court. Until then, the dogs are being housed at two different county shelters. Forty-three dogs are at the Ingham County Animal Control and the other teh are housed at the Eaton County Shelter. The dogs are being held at undisclosed auxiliary shelters to protect them from falling into the wrong hands again. Currently, the county is seeking donations of money and food to help care for the animals.

Unfortunately, because the dogs came from a fighting ring, a petition has been filed in the Ingham County Court to have the dogs euthanized. If a judge finds that a dog “lacks any useful purpose and poses a threat to public safety,” it will be euthanized. The hearing for the fate of the dogs will be held on August 25th, 2017, also in Lansing’s 54A District Court.

Since the fate of the dogs was announced, efforts have been made nationwide to save them. According to several pit bull advocates, the dogs are victims in this case, and victims should not be punished. Many advocates are pushing for the judges to allow the dogs to be evaluated by experts. Only a thorough evaluation process will determine how many of them can be rehabilitated and become household pets.

The Anti Dog-Fighting Campaign has set up an advocacy team to collect letters on the dogs’ behalf.  They are asking that all letters be sent via email to savethemipits@gmail.com and they will forward them to the correct judge. There is also a dedicated Facebook page  which also includes a wish list for the shelter.

A petition has been set up to save the 53 dogs from euthanasia.

Donations for the Ingham shelter can be dropped off at 600 Curtis St. in Mason, Michigan. For information call (517) 676-8370. The Eaton shelter, at 756 Courthouse Drive, can be reached at (517) 543-5755. Anyone who believes they lost a pit bull that may be among the group seized during the investigation can email a photo of the dog to reportanimalcruelty@ingham.org.

Despite a lack of signs that any of the dogs were ever household pets, shelter staff will pursue any potential leads with the photos they receive.

The case against Henry and Antes is ongoing and more charges are expected to be filed.

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Update: Pup abandoned next to Bailey chair and left with stuffed toy

Near University Park, Florida, a young dog was abandoned just one week ago, when her unknown owner tied her to the Bailey chair she needed to help her survive. A note was attached explaining the dog suffers from  megaesophagus, a lifelong condition in which the esophagus doesn’t move food into the stomach. She must be fed in a Bailey chair, in which the food is pulled by gravity into the digestive system. Her heartbreaking photo suggests she knew she was no longer wanted; her stuffed toy was perched on top of the chair.

It was feared had the dog been transported to the nearby shelter, there would not be sufficient funding or assistance to help, and she would not survive. Local shelter volunteer, Cris Ferreira, along with an army of animal advocates, shared the heartbreaking situation about a dog with a disability needing help, and another success story emerged thanks to social media.

Orlando rescue group, BullyUpRescue, stepped up. And as if somethings in life are just meant to be, Reva Fedigan,  who lost and misses her own dog, Maddie, similarly affected with megaesophagus, will foster Izzy until the perfect home becomes available:

 “WELCOME IZZY!! Izzy was abandoned at a dog park w/a note attached. She, just like my beloved & very missed Maddie, has Megasophagus. We’ll love her and take care of her until that perfect home is found. Izzy will NEVER be abandoned again!”
To help this organization with expenses for Izzy, donations can be made by clicking here.
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(Photos of Izzy with her Bailey chair via BullyUpRescue and Cris Ferreira-Reed)

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People watch in horror as dog dangles from apartment balcony

People standing beneath an apartment balcony in Tampa, Florida, watched in horror as a dog dangled between the balcony’s slats. According to WFLA News, good Samaritans called the police for help, but until the authorities arrived, it was a terrifying wait.

The people gathered below the dog, along with the responding police officers, decided to take action to ensure that the pup would survive if he fell to the ground below. Someone got a sheet and the good Samaritans held it below the second-story balcony in anticipation of the dog’s fall.

Sure enough, the dog finally fell through the slats – but the sheet caught him and amazingly, the dog was not injured. Cheers broke out in the crowd once it was determined that the pup had survived the harrowing plunge to the ground. One of the witnesses told WFLA, “I’m just thankful that God placed them in the right place at the right time and they were able to save this dog successfully.”

Even though the dog appeared to be okay, someone took him to a veterinarian for a precautionary exam. Great rescue Tampa heroes!!

(Screenshot via WFLA News)

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Puppy tossed out of car in front of Detroit Dog Rescue

Authorities and rescuers in Detroit, Michigan, are asking for the public’s help identifying the men seen on surveillance video pulling up in a SUV and within moments pushing a defenseless puppy out of their vehicle and leaving. The disturbing event occurred on Friday, outside of the Detroit Dog Rescue located on the corner of Harper and Somerset, on the city’s east side. Fortunately an employee of the rescue spotted the puppy before he could run out into traffic and get injured or killed.

“They didn’t even bother to knock on our door. Instead they simply pushed the dog out of the car and sped off leaving Mickey alone, confused and almost wandering into the busy traffic on Harper Avenue.”

According to the Detroit Dog Rescue’s Facebook page, the puppy has been dubbed Mickey; he is underweight and in generally poor health. Mickey’s ribs are protruding, and he has a bite and an abscess on one side described the rescue organization’s Kristina Rinaldi.

“When you have these animals that are roaming the neighborhood they are in danger and again it’s a public safety hazard,” Kristina told Fox News.

The rescue has offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to the identification and prosecution of the two men seen in the video responsible for abandoning Mickey. Let’s face it – there’s a right way and a wrong way to surrender a pet – and the wrong way is tossing them out into the street. Animal abandonment is a crime and punishable by a $1,000 fine and 93 days in jail. Anyone with information is asked to call 313-458-8014.

“We would like to thank Detroit Animal Care and Control for helping us with this case. The vehicle has been described as a burnt orange SUV. This is our 8th animal abandonment case today and DDR is caring for all the animals. We are asking for your assistance. If you can, please help by donating to DetroitDogRescue.com/donate.”

Dumped! All of these babies were dumped at animal control’s doorstep in the middle of the night.  (another litter dumped by an unknown irresponsible owner)They need help. At this time they are barely able to eat on their own and need help with vet care. Please help.

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London: Abandoned mother slated to die after owner left with her puppy

The abandoned mother dog was still producing milk when her owner tied her to a park bench and walked away with her puppy. And on Wednesday at approximately 1;00 p.m., London is now slated to die. She holds onto her “stuffie”, but who can really feel the extent of the emotional turmoil inflicted upon this dog after everything she knew was ripped away in just moments? To add to this girl’s death sentence at Brooklyn’s New York City Animal Care Centers,  concern her recent evaluation where her adoption status was changed to “New Hope” for “toy guarding.” 

Volunteer Rachel Bennette describes London:

“The first time I met her, completely full of milk, so recently having had puppies she was scared and didn’t want to come out with me, but she took my treats so gently, and was obviously grateful for them (she is skin and bones!) most recently, she was a different dog. So sweet and playful. I believe she originally had an average on her safer, which was changed to nh (New Hope) only for toy guarding. I didn’t witness this behavior at all, in fact you can see in the various videos she has that she relinquished the toy easily. However, it wouldn’t surprise me if she was showing an issue. She had her puppies taken from her, more than likely way too soon, and was dumped at a scary shelter. It’s surprising she’s even as loving as she is. She’s a tiny little thing, seems housebroken, appears to like other dogs and is full of personality.”

My name is LONDON. My Animal ID # is A1119481. “I am a female white and black am pit bull terrier mix. The shelter thinks I am about 4 YEARS old., approx 4 yrs old, weight 35 lbs, rated Rescue only – behavior determination and for CIRDC. While interacting in playgroup, London escalated to correction, lunging at the handler who used a spray bottle to interrupt.

A Facebook page for London can be followed here.

It is important to note upon intake on July 23, “London was very friendly and allowed the counselor to collar her and placed her head on the counselor lap.” On July 29, she was again evaluated and a staff member wrote:

“London honey, you are gorgeous. She’s a tiny little love bug with a big heart. Once I met London, I was in awe. She is so sweet and so kind. When I took London out, she had a loose wiggly body, and wagged her tail non-stop. London loves to be the center of attention. She likes to play around and burn out her energy. When in the play yard, we run around and London engages in play with her toys. She really loves her tennis balls. I can only imagine she dreams of pool full of tennis balls that she can lay her pretty self in one day and I tell you this much, she deserves it. As much as I enjoy this little lady’s company, I would love it if she can get a forever home, in which she wouldn’t have a worry or care in the world.”

On August 1, however life didn’t progress smoothly for London.

“London has growled and lunged at a handler while in playgroup when she was interrupted correcting another dog during a play session.”

Publicly adoptable dogs can be RESERVED via http://www.nycacc.org/PublicAtRisk.htm if you can get to the NYC ACC “in person” within 48 hours to complete the adoption process and bring home your dog.

If you cannot get to the shelter in person, please message Must Love Dogs – Saving NYC Dogs for assistance with filling out applications with rescues to foster or adopt both publicly adoptable or Rescue Only dogs. Please share London’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.

Video of London:

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Inconvenient dogs: ‘We don’t want our pets anymore -going on vacation’

In Moncks Corner, South Carolina, owners have been abandoning their pets to go on vacation. For the past few weeks the Berkeley Animal Center has seen an influx of abandoned cats and dogs at its gates dropped off at night and non-business hours.

Live5News spoke to Berkeley Animal Center’s spokesperson, Hannah Moldenhauer, who expressed her concern for all the cats and dogs being left behind – including the pets coming in that are pregnant.

“This is not a place where people can board their animals,” Moldenhauer said. “We’ve even had people who have called over the phone and said we want to drop off our animal, we’re going on vacation for a few weeks and we don’t really want our pet anymore. Well, you shouldn’t have gotten a pet in the first place.”

In recent weeks, the pet population in the shelter has increased to 80 dogs; the normal capacity is 69 dogs and 51 cats. The shelter is taking in five new pets a day. To help the animals find new homes, adoption fees have been discounted. For cats over two years old, there is no fee; under the age of two, cats can be adopted for $10. Dogs over the age of two are also able to be adopted for $10; under the age of two are $15.

The shelter is also asking the community to volunteer and foster some of the pets as well as send in donations. And if you’re not interested in finding a dog or a cat for a lifelong pal, there are also rabbits who need homes.

The center is hoping to install a surveillance camera system. It is illegal to abandon a pet by just tying them to the gate or dropping them off on the side of the road during off-hours. Come on – you irresponsible pet parents – don’t get a dog or a cat if you think that going on vacation is a reason to abandon your loyal pal.


Please share this article and encourage friends and neighbors to come visit the adorable pets at the Berkeley Animal Center. Follow the organization on their Facebook and check out the faces you are sure to fall in love with and arrange a visit.

The center does take animal surrenders, however, the owner must schedule an appointment to drop the pet off to prevent overcrowding.

(Photos of pets left behind while their previous families went on vacation via Facebook Berkeley Animal Center)

The Bekeley Animal Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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