Tears: Homeless dog’s unbearable heartache as she watched newborn puppies die

When a  very pregnant, homeless dog came into a rural Texas shelter, the least that should have been expected was to provide the mother dog with a clean kennel, a blanket and a safe place for her to safely deliver her puppies. Instead, “Momma Marble” as she would eventually be named, gave birth in a dirty cage – a place where no new lives should ever have been born.

And if it hadn’t been tragic enough that the emaciated Momma Marble had given birth to her puppies in an environment overrun with filth  and disease, the poor dog witnessed each and everyone of her newborn puppies die from the unsanitary conditions. One by one, someone would take them away from her as she  desperatelytried over and over again to lick them; hoping they would each just breathe again.

Days later there was nothing left for Momma Marble; the babies she coddled so lovingly were gone. Her fate had been set in stone on Monday, as she was scheduled to be euthanized. After all, she was filthy, missing clumps of her coat and gradually getting sicker day by day. As Momma Marble’s story went viral on social media, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC   had just been notified; Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of the organization, committed to saving the dog’s life.

“Tears, tears and more tears,” Stacey posted on the group’s Facebook page. “Marble is NOW SAFE and needs immediate medical care
She needs to feel love and to know her life is just beginning and her awful past is just a memory behind her.”

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(Photos of homeless dog Momma Marble courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

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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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PayPal: donate@rescuedogsrocknyc.org
Website: www.rescuedogsrocknyc.org/donate/
Rescue Dogs Rock NYC
PO Box 101
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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2-month-old abused husky puppy in medically induced coma waking up

The Maricopa County Animal Care and Control and the Arizona Animal Rescue Mission shared an update on the abused 2-month-old husky puppy named BB Bear on their Facebook pages Sunday night.

“Sunday Update on our sweet amazing BB Bear aka Phoenix…..Phoenix is rising!!!!!!
Today our amazing miracle boy has drank water from a bowl and in this video you will see he is beginning to eat. It may be hard to see for some, but keep in mind he is still heavily sedated. This is a HUGE step in the right direction. He still has such a long way to go rebuilding his skills, but this is so promising. We knew he was a fighter and because of the BB Bear community, supporting, loving and donating we have all come together to give him a chance at life. Today is a great day for all.”

The puppy had been placed into a medically induced coma after he had been brought into the shelter with a severe skull fracture and inter-cranial bleeding. According to the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control Facebook entry by Eva Boyle, authorities believe someone deliberately caused BB Bear’s injuries. Although the puppy is still heavily sedated, he has been eating and drinking on his own which is an excellent sign towards his long road to recovery.

Although veterinarians were unsure if BB Bear would be left blind and possibly lose his sense of smell, the latest neurological testing indicates the adorable little ball of white fluff may not have suffered any damage to his brain stem. He still might be able to recover over time.

“Yesterday we were given some of the most hopeful news yet. Three top neurologist from around the country have reviewed BB Bears records. All have stated that because of where the injury to the skull was, it appears that there was no damage to the brain stem. The area of the brain that was affected given his age, HAS the ability to rejuvenate over time.”

“This is a HUGE step in the right direction,” the Facebook post about the pup’s recovery stated. “He still has such a long way to go rebuilding his skills, but this is so promising. Today is a great day for all. Tears of joy from all of us at AARM, Two Pups Wellness Fund and Phoenix Dog/Cat/Bird Hospital.”

Donations can be made on the organization’s website www.azanimalrescue.org.

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(Photo of 2-month-old husky puppy via AARM)

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Ocala police remove 56 dogs and a toddler from ‘deplorable’ home

The Ocala, Florida police joined forces with Marion County Animal Services, Florida Department of Children and Families and the Ocala Code Enforcement department to remove 56 dogs and a three-year-old toddler living in “deplorable” and unsanitary conditions in a home located on Northeast 12th Avenue. The dogs were covered in their own excrement; some were emaciated and completely matted.

According to the Facebook page for the Ocala Police Department, the three-year-old child as well as a man and a woman were removed from the stench filled and filthy home on Thursday. The previous day officers had been called to the home after numerous reports of a stench emanating from the back of the brick home. At the door, a woman told authorities, there were 15 dogs in the home, but they were going to be relocated to a kennel. She also indicated she had been caring for her elderly father who suffered from dementia.

Later that afternoon, code enforcement officers arrived and spotted fresh urine underneath one of the front doors. A vehicle with no license plates sat in the yard which is a violation of the city code. After hearing dogs barking, Animal Services were notified. Officers were granted permission by the woman at the door to enter the home and determined the conditions were unsafe for the child as well as the animals.

On the organization’s Facebook page, the following update to the disturbing discovery was posted:

“EMS responded to check on the elderly man living in the home and he has been medically cleared. The child has been placed safely in the care of a relative.

The dogs have been brought back to the Animal Center, where they will receive health assessments from a veterinarian. Marion County plans to move forward with a petition for custody and the dogs will not be eligible for adoption until legal custody has been approved by the court.”

Marion County Animal Services has reached out to the public for help with these dogs, and are grateful for all the people who have stepped up offering to adopt the dogs, however the dogs must go through the legal process first. Want to help?

“The dogs will be with us at Marion County Animal Services, under our veterinarian’s care, until further notice.
Some have asked what they can do to help our shelter. We would welcome some small (launderable) dogs beds. We also have online donation options. Now is also a good time to sign up to be a foster family, a volunteer, apply for employment, and to adopt! It is Adopt-a-Dog month and we’ve reduced our adoption fees by half through October.
Click here to see how you can help-http://www.marioncountyfl.org/departments-agencies/departments-a-n/animal-services/how-can-i-help.”

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(Photos and video via Marion County Animal Services the Ocala Police Department)


Photo of dog lying nearly lifeless on social media prompts emergency rescue

A heartbreaking photo of a dog lying nearly lifeless in LaGrulla, Texas appeared on a social media page from Craigslist early Wednesday morning.  The person posting the photograph asked for advice how to treat the dog; no doubt in anyone’s mind however she needed emergency care immediately. 

The woman asking for help said she wanted to keep the dog she referred to as Sandy, and despite numerous inquiries from several different rescue volunteers, the woman would not disclose the location of the dog. For the entire day, excuses ran the gambit of using home remedies, her uncle in Houston was a vet and was coming to her home six hours away, and  then insisting the dog’s condition was not “that bad.”

When evening rolled around however, the woman finally revealed where the dog was located, and when a rescuer drove hours last night to find Sandy, the dog was no where around. On Thursday morning Sandy was found; she had been walking down the street in the middle of the road.

The real story of Sandy’s plight might forever be a mystery; she certainly can’t tell her own story. Had she belonged to this woman (who kept referring to Sandy as “my dog”)? Had she been dumped again because the woman couldn’t afford the veterinarian care? Fortunately, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC volunteered to help.

Late Thursday, an  afternoon update on Sandy’s condition has been posted on the Facebook page. Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of the organization described the husky’s condition:

“Here is Sandy at the Emergency Hospital being admitted. She is critical and suffering from anoplasmosis, severe mange, tick disease, anemia and she’s a skeleton, among other medical issues. Clearly, she has lived a tormented life and has been completely neglected to a point that very well might cost the dog her life. Sandy needs an immediate life saving blood/plasma transfusion if she has any chance at survival; at the cost of $1500. Her estimate is $3000, at this hour and climbing. Please help us to help this dog.”

To donate to Sandy’s care, please:

Go to rescuedogsrocknyc.org/donate
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POBox 101
NY NY 10028

(Photos and video courtesy of Leslie Ysuhuaylas, social media and Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

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‘Sub-human’ tried to drown 3 puppies and 3 kittens only a few days old

In a heartbreaking discovery from the Queensland animal welfare organization Off the Chain K9 Rescue, rescuers called out the “parasitic sub-human” who tried to drown three newborn puppies and kittens on Wednesday and then discarded the little ones like trash at a public rest stop. The kittens and puppies, soaking wet, had been stuffed in a pillowcase. 

On the organization’s Facebook page, founder Jess Otto posted the heartbreaking photos and explained the deep emotional scars felt by the rescuers who traveled 125 miles round trip to save the surviving puppies who still had their umbilical cords attached:

“It was a tragic find by a Toowoomba woman – kittens and a puppy drowned in a pillowcase. Two newborn puppies managed to survive the ordeal, and the woman cared for them until she was able to pass them on to Toowoomba animal rescue Off the Chain K9 Rescue.”

The two tiny survivors now referred to as “The Lucky Two” are fighting for their lives.

“This is heartbreaking,” Otto continued. “It hits you hard and right where it hurts. We’ve been emotional messes all day. We are tired, we are angry and we are sad. But we won’t give up! These guys stand a chance and we need your help to make it happen.We are extremely upset and worried about their mother. We also believe them to be kelpie x and it’s very unlikely that only three were in the litter so we are desperate for information that may lead us to others.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the rescue. It is not known why there were kittens drowned along with the puppies and how two of the tiny ones were able to survive.

The rescue needs donations to help. Anyone wanting to donate goods or money for the vet care would be greatly appreciated. In addition, the following is needed:

Puppy milk (we’ve issued colostrum) Wombaroo: https://www.amaroopet.com.au/…/Health…/Wombaroo-Dog-MIlk-1kg

National Bank
BSB 084961
ACCOUNT 879567015

(Photos of puppies and kittens found in pillowcase left by subhuman via Facebook)

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Heartbroken rescuer pens open letter to owner of struggling dog in ditch

On Wednesday, near Gray Court, South Carolina a rescuer received a call about a struggling dog desperately trying to walk along the side of a busy country road. The dog’s condition was shocking; not only was he emaciated, but his eyes were so infected, it was doubtful he could even see – yet he continued to stumble down the road. Who can even imagine where he was headed or how he even had the strength to continue?

Rushed to an emergency veterinarian, the dog dubbed Journey by his rescuers, has been diagnosed with kidney failure, severe infections, intestinal worms, undernourishment and severe dehydration. Estimated to be 10-years-old, Journey’s eyes are sunken in, and it is unknown if he will regain his sight.

Odds seem to be against him in his fight to survive, but he wants to live. He has been administered intravenous fluids, antibiotics, vitamins and life sustaining medications and supplements. He is currently being cared for by his rescuer – 24/7.

On social media, the dog’s rescuer, Audra Root penned an open letter to Journey’s owner. It began:

“I could not believe what I was looking at as I approached the ditch I’m for sure your dog laid down to die in. A fairly busy road I’m sure you other cold hearted people witnessed him struggling to walk, with only bones showing, no vision but a fight to live more then I’ve ever seen before. His fight was leaving his old worn body as you probably sat with a full meal and no regard to the life you allowed to suffer. No part of my being can understand such disregard for life. I’m not a cruel person but I hope one day you find yourself alone, homeless with no food or no one.”

Journey’s condition was heartbreaking:

 “Then maybe you can feel an ounce of the suffering you brought this old soul. Thanks to you his kidneys are failing to a degree we’re unsure he can come back from, but I’m fighting like hell because you didn’t. Infection raging his already deteriorated body, worms eating his insides, his eyes sunk into the back of his skull that have to be flushed all day. He does not even have the strength to eat. He can’t walk without wobbling and laying down. I hope I never cross your path but I hope you cross the path of another cruel person. I firmly believe we reap what we sow.”

No matter how cruel Journey’s owners may have been, there’s still hope:

“As I carry your dog’s old body, syringe feed him and give him love my anger deepens yet so does my fight for him. Other people came together for an animal they never met. But you couldn’t even give him the decency to find help for an animal you were supposed to love. I hope you see his face and can’t sleep but I bet you won’t, you saw his face and did NOTHING. The pit of hell isn’t even good enough for you.”

(edited only for clarity)

Follow Journey’s progress here.

More information is available here.

(Photos of struggling dog in ditch via Audra Root)

Donations can be called into Dr. Wade Hampton 864.244.1658 orPayPal skittle462001@yahoo.com.

Happy ending for special needs cat who was left to die behind Chinese restaurant

Puppies pulled from a tar pit!

Dudley deserves a chance

Dudley, a 9-month-old Staffordshire and Argentine Mastiff mix puppy deserves a chance; the  chance to call a forever home his – a chance to prove to someone what a great dog he is and a chance to be some lucky person’s companion animal.

Dudley’s life started out with some hard knocks. His mom was found abandoned in a hospital parking lot just before Thanksgiving 2016. She was extremely emaciated when Animal Coalition Unlimited took her in. However, on December 22, 2016 she gave birth to Dudley and his nine siblings. All of them were healthy thanks to the Coalition and a very caring and attentive vet. Today Dudley is a 9-month-old, energetic puppy. Although small in size, he is all muscle and weighs approximately 56 pounds. At his full growth, he’ll be about 70-75 pounds.

Dudley is currently in a temporary foster setting but will need a long-term foster or an adopter. He is described as loving car rides and makes a well-mannered travel companion. He gets along well with the adult female dog who lives with his foster mom and some cats but does not do well with other male dogs.  He also shares the residence with two young boys ages 7 and 10 whom he adores.  He will do well in a home with children over 5 years of age. In addition to his love of kids and car rides; Dudley takes treats very gently and is extra careful when taking them from the hands of children.  He is crate trained and almost 100% potty trained.

Dudley needs a lot of daily exercise to keep him entertained and happy. He loves long walks and the opportunity to run in a fenced in secure area. A fenced in yard is a must for fostering or adopting this high energy pup.  When he doesn’t get enough exercise, or is left alone for long periods of time he becomes depressed, bored or frustrated.  However, he is not hyperactive, just curious about his environment. Dudley will do well in a home with an adult female dog to set an example for him as well as a home with a large yard or a country setting.  He comes with his no pull specialty harness and all of his favorite toys.

If interested in Dudley, please visit his page on Rescueme; http://mastiff.rescueme.org/Oregon?17-09-21-00002.

Or email muttambassador@gmail.com with questions regarding Dudley.

To donate to the continued upkeep of Dudley and his siblings and the other dogs in Animal Coalition Unlimited’s care visit their donation site at https://squareup.com/store/GivingPLEDGE/.

Dudley, like any other puppy born into this world deserves a chance. Although his mom was neglected and dumped in a parking lot, she was given a second chance by the rescuers who took her in.  Please be the one to give Dudley his second chance at life.

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A tale of two kitties

During a late summer thunderstorm, which is very common in Central Florida, two tiny kittens were found crying in the rain; their eyes sealed shut with infection. Neither cat could see which way to go due to their temporary blindness. They just laid there in fear getting drenched in the downpour. Thankfully a good Samaritan happened to see them huddled up near a trash can.  She immediately picked them up and bundled them in her shirt to warm them and took them into her house.

The kittens were dried off and placed on a heating pad. Upon examination of their eyes, they both had severe infections and the oozing had caused their eyes to be sealed shut.  The rescuer went to work cleaning their eyes with a warm, wet cloth until they could both see again, but they were still in danger. Both were about 2 weeks old and not completely weaned. Every four hours they were bottle fed, and every hour their eyes were cleaned.

The rescuer began to search for a cat rescue. Candy’s Cats Inc. located in Ocoee, Florida immediately offered to help. Candy Sullivan, founder of the cat rescue, called her vet and got an appointment set up for the kittens to be seen. She also called on a foster who was skilled in caring for such young kittens. After treatments for their eyes, and in the excellent hands of their foster mom Myrna, both kittens, now named Minky and Pepper are thriving.

Candy’s Cats Inc, is known in the Central Florida area as the rescue who will take in hard luck cases, cats and kittens who are maimed, ill or about to be euthanized.

According to their website, Candy’s Cat mission statement reads:

“We love our cats, and we’d love for you to experience that love, too, by providing a safe, forever home for our cats, who come in all sizes, shapes and condtion.  Each and every cat is tested for feline leukemia and feline aids, provided with age appropriate vaccinations, spayed or neutered (we believe in kitten spay/neuter); most are microchipped and they are all treated for medical conditions they each are diagnosed with while in our care.”

Candy’s Cats is currently teaming up with the Pixel Fund, another animal advocacy group for a big adoption event. The “Fall in Love” adoption event will be held at Headquarter Honda located at 17700 State Road 50, Clermont, Florida on Saturday September 23rd, 2017from 11am to 4pm.

Visit http://www.candyscats.com/.  to learn more about this amazing rescue, see their adoptable cats and kittens and donate to help kittens like Minky and Pepper.

“The smallest feline is a masterpiece.”
                             -Leonardo da Vinci

Minky, thriving in foster care

Pepper after her eyes have healed.