UPDATE: Once healthy puppy returned to Baltimore shelter near death

Had it not been for the extraordinary efforts of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC late last week, Rupert’s story would never have been told; the one-year-old emaciated puppy – too weak to stand or barely lift his head had to be rushed to the organization’s specialty veterinarian hospital for emergency life-saving treatment. Just five days later, Rupert remains at the hospital, and although he is still in need of around the clock care and monitoring, the veterinarians and staff remain moderately optimistic.

On Tuesday morning, Jackie O’Sullivan, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock updated the puppy’s condition on the organization’s Facebook page:

“…he’s able to stand for short periods with some support. He’s gone from 23 to 24.5lbs which is not a lot, but yesterday’s abdominal ultrasound ruled out any major issues. He remains anemic, EPI & other possible GI issues have been ruled out, but the medical team believes he has a bleed somewhere in there. Rupert was also full of parasites which he’s being treated for. The last concerning thing is that he has a nodule on one of his lungs. They are hoping the nodule is infection related, but of course worst case, it could be cancer.”

Six-months ago, Rupert had been adopted by a family from the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS). The energetic and healthy six-month-old puppy happily frolicked into his new owners’ arms – positive his young life would be one of love. Sadly, that was all too short-lived.  Late last week, Rupert was returned to BARCS as a skeleton; he could not stand or walk and was close to death. An animal cruelty investigation was initiated. According to the adopter, their puppy would eat, but he just didn’t gain weight. When adopted, Rupert weighed 33 pounds; when brought back to the shelter, the emaciated puppy weighed 22 pounds.

To help this dog, donations can be made to PayPal: Donate@rescuedogsrocknyc.org or www.rescuedogsrocknyc.org/donate/ or mail: RDR NYC PO BOX 101 NY NY 10028.

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Latest video of Rupert trying so hard to walk again. Feel better little guy.

Surrendered to shelter in garbage bag, but there’s more to Alexa’s story

Just a puppy and saved in the nick of time, Alexa is now resting comfortably at a partner veterinarian for Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. The organization stepped in on Friday when rescuers at a southern Texas high kill shelter spotted the dog as they were leaving. After having been surrendered, the puppy had been carried to the rear of the building to be placed in a kennel awaiting humane euthanasia; sick dogs at this shelter are killed immediately. The dog bled when touched; it was because of her raw skin. Of course, there had been no doubt Alexa had been neglected and mistreated, but there is more to her story. 

Just days before, two college women found the pup as a stray scavenging around looking for scraps. They picked her up and brought her home; the women wanted to help:

 “We actually found ‘Alexa’,” stated Clarissa – one of the young women who found the puppy. “She was a stray and we took her in but working full time and being full time students we knew we couldn’t care for her. I’ve never taken care of a dog with mange; we gave her penicillin but knew that she needed much more care than we could offer. I called the shelter, which in all honesty thought that they would help treat her. The reason she was in a bag was because we were just trying to avoid blood stains in the vehicle. As she has already left some blood stains on the couch at home. We were actually very relieved rescue was there when we got there. We didn’t know that they were going to put her down. I have a dog of my own and love it to pieces, took him the other day for pink eye. So before everyone thinks we were so horrible for leaving her in a bag, that wasn’t the case. That’s the day we got informed about the amazing work…”

Clarissa continued:

“I felt horrible for this dog. And in all honesty I would have left her in the shelter thinking they would have helped her out. I had called before taking her in. I was told that as long as she tested negative for heartworms they would treat her. Rescue was the one that informed us she would be put down. But the bag was the one thing we had at hand, children are in and out of our vehicles so the last thing we wanted was for there to be blood where they sit. Not that we meant it in a malicious way.”

The puppy is in serious condition and had been in excruciating pain. Her skin is completely devoid of fur; Alexa looks like a burn victim. While being transported in the car to the veterinarian, her rescuer described the puppy ” as just being content lying down and resting.” When they carefully picked her up out of the car to take her inside to the veterinary hospital, everything Alexa touched was covered in blood. She is now receiving life saving emergency care.

Rescue Dogs Rock NYC has again come to the rescue of a dog who would have been immediately euthanized had they not stepped in. To help, donations can be made via PayPal Via PayPal at donate@rescuedogsrocknyc.org or www.rescuedogsrocknyc.org/donate/.

Photos courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC.

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Puppy with mangled leg followed kids home: NY rescue comes to his aid

A puppy with a severely mangled leg followed kids home from a bus stop in Poteet, Texas on Thursday. The damage to his swollen and bleeding back leg resulted in exposed bone. Had the pup spent any time in the nearby shelter, he would have been euthanized because of lack of funds for emergency veterinary care. Instead another life has been saved. 

On Thursday evening, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC arranged to have the Texas Heeler mix transferred to their veterinary partner; he has been named Marlon. It is not known how this puppy hurt himself, and it is still unclear whether his paw and his leg can be saved.

“We shudder to think the pain this baby is in,” posted the rescue’s co-founder Stacey Silverstein. “We are hearing the bones in the paw ‘aren’t connected.'”


To help Marlon and the other emergency cases at Rescue Dogs Rock NYC,  donate@rescuedogsrocknyc.org or www.rescuedogsrocknyc.org/donate/ or mail: RDR NYC PO BOX 101 NY NY 10028

(Photos and video of Marlon with a mangled leg courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC and Leslie Ysuhuauylas)

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Most adorable kitten with deformed legs waiting for ‘purr-fect’ home

Meet River – this adorable kitten was likely born with her front deformed legs, but she doesn’t let her disability stop her. And what could be more inspiring than a beautiful kitten who is happy just as she is? The staff at the Bedford County Humane Society have no doubt fallen in love with her. River walks upright and has no trouble motoring around – just being too cute!

Bedford County Humane Society is located in Everett, Pennsylvania. Within one hour of River’s photos having been posted on the organization’s Facebook page Wednesday afternoon, hundreds of people have been “awwing” and “cooing” about her. Of course, she has special needs, and will require a home with a very patient and loving family.

Please share River’s story with friends, family and social media. Contact the Bedford County Humane Society directly with any questions about this kitten. We are all looking forward to meeting her new family.

(Photos of kitten with deformed legs via Facebook)

Contact information:

1108 Lutzville Road

Everett, Pennsylvania 15537Highlights info row image

(814) 623-8968
Hours 1:00PM – 5:00PM
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Traffic on busy freeway halted to save terrified kitten

Traffic on a busy freeway was halted in order to safely remove a terrified kitten. According to Gulf News, the frightening situation unfolded in Abu Dhabi last Thursday.

The video, which shows Abu Dhabi’s Civil Defense team moving in to rescue the tiny feline, has gone viral on social media. According to NESN News, traffic police worked with the rescuers to shut down four of the eight lanes on the busy roadway in order to ensure that the kitten would not be killed by a vehicle.

The great lengths taken to save the wayward kitten are indeed heartwarming – every life matters. Great work on the part of officials in Abu Dhabi!

(Video Gulf News/Facebook)

Man accidentally shoots his wife while killing neighbor’s dog – read what happened here.

Wife accidentally shot by man who shot neighbor's dog

15-year-old charged with shooting family’s friendly dog in the head

A neighborhood teen has been charged with shooting a family’s friendly dog in the head on Thursday afternoon in the Marquette Park area of Chicago. The dog’s owner Maritza Galindo let her two dogs out into the yard for a bathroom break, but within minutes Luna somehow got out of the yard. As soon as they realized it, the family went searching for their dog.

“Everybody knows her in the neighborhood,” Maritza told reporters from the Chicago Tribune.  “Here in the neighborhood, kids next door with come to Luna and play with her because they know she is not bad … She’s a pit bull terrier and that’s the thing; people always think they’re bad dogs by looking at them. They think they’re dangerous, but it all depends on how you raise them.”

Maritza’s three young children – aged 3, 7, and 8 miss their dog, but have not been told Luna had been shot in the head and is awaiting surgery. All they know is that their best friend has been hurt.

Police in the neighborhood did hear a gunshot on Thursday afternoon, and when they arrived, they found the injured dog; a 15-year-old boy had been spotted running from the scene. Officers caught up with the teen and found him holding the gun. He told authorities he was scared the dog was going to hurt him, although there has been no evidence Luna ever showed any aggression. The youth has been charged with five felonies for shooting Luna – which include the aggravated use of a weapon without a state firearms identification care, theft, criminal damage of a domestic animal, aggravated cruelty to animals and reckless discharge of a firearm.

Chicago Animal Care and Control released Luna back to her family, who rushed their dog to the family vet where an X-ray showed the bullet was lodged between the dog’s eyes and would require surgery to remove it. The family was given some pain medication for their dog, but finances precluded them from affording the operation estimated to cost between $1,500 and $8,000. On the brink of tears, Maritza thought her dog was going to die – the dog she has raised from a puppy with her kids.

On Friday, Chicagoland Rescue Intervention and Support Program (CRISP) stepped in to help. With the cooperation of One Tail at a Time, a donor has been found to help pay some of Luna’s surgery. A YouCaring page can be found here. She is scheduled for surgery on Monday at MedVet; the family hopes she survives and just wants her back.

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4-month-old abandoned puppy wandered for days with gaping hole in his face

As everyone headed home on Friday evening preparing for a restful weekend, a frantic 911 call came into Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. A four-month-old puppy had been picked up by animal control in San Antonio, Texas with a life-threatening injury. Part of the pup’s face had been ripped off; leaving a gaping hole. No one knows how the injury happened, however it is suspected he was attacked by another dog. What do young puppies know about defending themselves at such a young age? 

For five days, the defenseless puppy was reported to have been wandering around an abandoned home. Finally an area resident called animal control; had that not happened, it is likely the dog dubbed Nelson would have died. By the time animal control found him, Nelson was in shock; his facial wounds were infected and already rotting away.

“We cannot imagine why people waited so long and allowed Nelson to suffer so,” stated Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of the rescue organization. 

And in coordination with animal advocate Leslie Ysuhuaylas, transportation was arranged to the Callaghan Road Animal Hospital where surgery was performed on Saturday to clean and close the puppy’s injuries. Nelson is now resting comfortably; perhaps the first time in his very short life. In all fairness to the area residents, it is possible no one saw the puppy’s injuries, but what happened to Nelson’s owner?

Rescue Dogs Rock NYC are often called upon to help seriously abused and at risk dogs from kill shelters and provide these special companions with specialized medical care – often running into thousands of dollars. To help Nelson and more dogs in similar serious circumstances, donations can be made to PayPal: Donate@rescuedogsrocknyc.org or www.rescuedogsrocknyc.org/donate/ or mail: RDR NYC PO BOX 101 NY NY 10028.

(Photos of puppy with gaping hole in his face courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

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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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Big Dog Ranch Rescue reaches out for three last chance dogs scheduled to die at shelter

Three last chance dogs were lucky enough to have been rescued from the open admission Miami-Dade Animal Services on Monday. Barely one day after a holiday weekend, the kennels were crowded, the barking of frightened dogs deafening, and innocent lives were scheduled to die. Big Dog Ranch Rescue was there; the rescue angels who provide love and devotion to the most vulnerable.

Rescuing is not a job for the faint of heart – meet volunteer Jennifer Paige DiCaprio, who frequently shares the freedom walks of the last chance dogs. Her soft, reassuring voice puts them quietly at ease, and with each and every team member at Big Dog Ranch Rescue, the ultimate purpose continues – saving the dogs. And on Monday morning, first came two German shepherd blends – Tim and Tanya. Both dogs were so scared, Tim kept his face tightly tucked into the corner of his kennel cage; Tanya barely moved.

“There are days we are grateful that some of these dogs are unable to speak because we probably couldn’t bear to listen to their past, ” the organization posted on their Facebook. “If Tim and Tanya were not rescued by 4:00 p.m. today, they would have been euthanized. We would not let that happen, and in a few  weeks we will be sharing photos of the adjusting to their new life and trusting the world, but they have a long way to go before we get there. Right now they need a trusting foster and a lot of medical care which we are assessing right now. They are very traumatized and will need a lot of love and support. But even in a short time they have come along way with the staff loving support.”


And in addition to the traumatized German shepherds came the addition of Arnold. This adorable four month old puppy had been hit by a bicycle and had been agonizing in pain. He was left, so young to suffer a disabling injury alone. Arnold is on his way to the organization’s veterinary partner where he will receive the emergency help he needs. And then – this adorable little dog, with the happily wagging tail despite his injuries, will be available for adoption and find a life of love, play and companionship.

But now he is on his way to receive amazing veterinary care by our doctors. Arnold will not suffer anymore and hopefully he will make a quick recovery. Then he has his whole life ahead of him, injury-free, where a new family can cherish his resilience and protect him from harm. Thanks to the Rescue, soon this puppy will be able to love, play and run around again!

To help with the care of Tim, Tanya and Arnold, please go to https://www.bdrr.org/specific-dog.

Photos and video of three last chance dogs, courtesy of Jennifer Paige DiCaprio and Big Dog Rescue Ranch.

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Check out Tim’s video here. Soon he will feel better:

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: