When a picture speaks volumes: Dog shown thrown away like trash

Photos do speak volumes – “a picture is worth a thousand words.” On Saturday night, another innocent victim of heartless neglect was found curled up behind a small shed area near rural Houston, Texas. The dog suffered in silence, and whoever tossed him to the curb and threw him away as if he was a piece of garbage, will most likely never be found to be punished for such abject animal cruelty.

It was a group of animal advocates, organized by volunteer Leslie Ysuhuaylas, who found the suffering dog, and with many volunteers pulling together and coordinating her rescue with Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, that another innocent life has a new beginning.

“We have named this precious angel Queenie, because some day soon when she’s feeling much, much better, she will be treated like a Queen as a member of a loving family for the rest of her life,” co-founder Stacey Silverstein wrote on the organization’s Facebook page announcing the latest arrival to the shelter’s long list of survivors of neglect and cruelty.

Queenie is now resting comfortably at the organization’s partner veterinarian hospital where the emaciated dog has been diagnosed with a severe skin infection, double ear infections and anemia. To help with Queenie’s medical needs click here, Paypal -Donate@rescuedogsrocknyc.org.

(This is a developing story – updates to follow. Photo  of a picture is worth a thousand words for Queenie courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC and Leslie Ysuhuaylas)

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Severely neglected dog captured by animal control after 6-months on the run

For six-months, a severely neglected dog dubbed Boomer by area residents, had been roaming the wooded sections in the outskirts of Macon, Georgia, cleverly eluding anyone who came too close. Boomer aimlessly wandered searching for food, in an area well-known for dog fighting; no one knows how the puppy ever survived. On Friday, local officers from Animal Control captured the young dog; described to be in extreme pain from open wounds and festering sores covering his entire body. Peach County Animal Rescue  stepped up and offered to help.Boomer Halfway Home Rescue

Boomer has been rushed to Smith Animal Hospital where he remains in a sterilized environment because of his compromised immune system’s inability to fight off the infections and lacerations he has suffered for an extended period of time. Once healthy, Boomer will be transferred to Halfway Home Rescue Inc., and will travel to the organization’s home located in North Haven, Connecticut. At this time however, the extent of his medical needs are unknown and is expected to undergo long-term care before he is well enough to travel.

“Boomer broke our hearts when we first saw him! He was on the run for months and has a horrific skin condition that looks to be mange. He is completely terrified and has shut down,” stated the rescue organization on their fundraising page.

Boomer’s anticipated recovery and rehabilitation can be followed on Facebook by clicking here. His medical needs and his emotional needs will be tenderly addressed, and it is hoped advocates can help. Donations can also be sent  PayPal:halfwayhomeonline@yahoo.com
(Please use “Friends and Family” option when sending payment) or to Halfway Home Rescue Inc. PO Box 712, North Haven, CT 06473. Get well soon Boomer.

Photos of severely neglected dog Boomer courtesy of Halfway Home Rescue Inc.

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Overlooked and depressed, help needed to save Shorty

Shorty is a ten-year-old miniature Doberman pinscher who has been overlooked at the Inland Valley Humane Society. His plight has been labeled “red alert” for two reasons: one the dog has become extremely depressed and barely raises his head when potential adopters walk by, and secondly he has been at the shelter for over a month.Shorty the dog 2

Click here for Shorty’s adoption information:

Sex Male
Available on:
(Subject to change)
Feb 13, 2017
Rescue Date:
(Subject to change)
Feb 21, 2017
Control Number: I1267640

A Facebook page for Shorty can be found here. Share this dog’s information with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Photos indicate he gets along with other dogs. Why he hasn’t been adopted remains tragic – the video indicates he’s a friendly little dog. Additional information can be followed here. Contact the Inland Valley Humane Society located in Pomona, California at 909-623-9777 for fostering or adoption information.Shorty the dog 3

(Photos  courtesy of Lolys Menchaka)








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Dog owner tells shelter ‘dog needed to be disposed of’ like trash

In another heartbreaking case of a pet owner completely failing their best friend, a neglected seven-year-old dog was rescued just in time on Monday as animal advocates coordinated arrangements with Rescue Dogs Rock NYC.  At the Baldwin County Animal Shelter in Hartwell, Georgia, Rock had been scheduled to be euthanized after his former owners informed the shelter they had a “dog who needed to be disposed of” as if breathing, obedient and loving Rock had been yesterday’s trash.rock the disposable

“Disposed of? You mean like garbage?,” Jackie O’Sullivan, co-founder of the Rescue Dogs Rock NYC asked on the organization’s Facebook page in disgust and shock. “How shameful and how despicable. Despite his rotten owners, despite his condition, Rock approaches with tail wagging – walking under his own power.”

What was especially shocking  and disturbing was the huge, gaping untreated tumor the dog had above his leg which wrapped around his rear end. It appears to have been growing for an unknown length of time. Clearly the dog was in significant pain and discomfort and was immediately transferred to the rescue’s partner veterinarian for an examination and care. And on Tuesday, Rock was diagnosed as extremely anemic, and is currently receiving intravenous fluids. It has not been determined if he will need a transfusion, although that is still a wait and see option. The dog’s best chance will most likely be the amputation of his leg, however that cannot be performed at this time because the tissue surrounding the tumor is extremely infected.rock the disposable 3

“We will do everything possible to turn Rock’s life around, no matter what,” Jaekie posted on the organization’s Facebook page to update advocates and followers. “We are not going to let Rock be ‘disposed of’ without a chance of life. We don’t know what he is facing, but we do know that he deserves dignity, love and respect.”



To donate to help Rock, please click here. or directly to Paypal- Donate@rescuedogsrocknyc.org. If donating by check: RDR NYC PO Box 101, Gracie Station, NY NY 10028.

(Photos of dog needed to be disposed of courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

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Body of beloved animal-advocate found in river

The body of a beloved animal-advocate was recovered from the sandbar in the Flat Rock River in Columbus, Indiana, on Saturday morning. Though foul-play was initially feared, authorities now believe that 33-year-old Jacqueline (Kleine) Watts was not murdered, reported the Indy Channel.

On Friday, Watts had dropped her pets off with family members and she was supposed to meet up with her husband to head out for a trip to Washington D.C., but she never made it to her scheduled meeting place. After she was reported missing by family, Watts’ car was found, still running, with a door open, in a wooded area. Her body was found on Saturday about a half-mile away from the abandoned vehicle.

After word was released about the tragedy, Indy Rescue reached out via Facebook to update its followers about the woman who had died:

Jackie Watts had been with our rescue for 5 years, I believe, and was a member of our Board of Directors. She was so excited when we finally decided to go 501c3 last year and was the first one to respond “I can be there!” last week in a group text to check out a venue for our first big fundraiser.

The rescue agency touched on Watts’ compassionate nature:

Jackie was always taking home the really sick bunnies that she could nurture back to health, and if that wasn’t possible, she would many times keep them to their end. Even adopting a pair post mortem that she so dearly loved and nursed until they died. Just yesterday, Jackie was sitting on the floor of the Bunny Barn trying to help me give fluids to a long time bunny we believe to have cancer.

The rescue summed up with words of love for the friend and advocate who was lost:

We will always love you and will never forget you Jackie…. never.

The investigation into the circumstances surrounding Watts’ death continues.

(Indy Rescue FB Photo)




Heartbreaking little terrier at shelter ‘not feeling great’ needs help

The heartbreaking photo of Jello posted on the Facebook page of Saving Carson Shelter Dogs has been drawing an immense amount of concern. Apparently the adorable three-year-old, little terrier was brought into the shelter as a stray on March 1, and by his second day, his condition had deteriorated. There has not been any updated information as to what is wrong – just hundreds of posts by animal advocates pleading for an approved rescue organization to help with his rescue.Jello the puppy

Click here for Jello’s PetHarbor listing. “I am described as a neutered male, tan and blonde Terrier. The shelter thinks I am about 3 years old. I have been at the shelter since Mar 01, 2017.” For more information about this animal, call Los Angeles County Animal Control – Carson at (310) 523-9566. Ask for information about animal ID number A5037418. His Facebook page can be followed here.

Please note, no information has been made available by the shelter, however Jello is expected to be examined on Friday. Advocates have been pledging funds for an approved rescue organization in order to help with the dog’s medical expenses. Share this dog’s plights with friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.

Photos and video of the little terrier at shelter courtesy of Saving Carson Shelter Dogs.

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Puppy with broken legs recovering: Owner said she fell from porch

An 11-week-old puppy, with two broken legs, was abandoned in the foyer of the North Shore shelter of the Animal Rescue League/Western Pennsylvania Humane Shelter on February 21, reported the organization on their Facebook page. The puppy was discovered by a clinic client and immediately taken to the ARL/WPHS clinic to be assessed by a veterinarian.

The three-pound Yorkshire terrier’s legs were surgically repaired at the  Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center (PVSEC) the next day. And now over a week later, the adorable pooch dubbed Laney has been recovering in a foster home, although veterinarians fear she also suffered a head injury from the fall. She is not able to put any weight on her legs and still acts very lethargic. Her condition is being carefully monitored.

So what happened to Laney? After an investigation by the Pittsburgh Police Department, according to the Post-Gazette, the owner of the puppy was located – a mother of five young children who stated she received the puppy as a Christmas present. On the day Laney was injured, the mother told police her five-year-old son told her the puppy was “outside crying.” A two-year-old child in the home had apparently opened an upstairs window, and the puppy went out onto the roof of a porch and fell. The owner rushed the puppy to three different veterinarians who refused to work out a payment plan to treat the dog. There are no plans to press animal cruelty charges against the owner at this time.

According to the organization’s Facebook page, numerous people have contacted the rescue wanting to adopt or help. Her veterinary bills have exceeded $3,000 and donations are welcome.

“Our phone lines have been overwhelmed with tons of calls & we’d like to restate that it will be approximately 6 to 8 weeks until this poor pup will be ready for adoption. She has a long recovery & rehabilitation period ahead of her, but is doing quite well thanks to the outpouring of support from our community.”

For all who have offered to adopt Laney, the shelter asks that you check out all the other deserving dogs and cats who need homes. Adopt a shelter pet and tell the staff  “Laney sent you.”

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Photo of puppy with broken legs – Laney courtesy of Animal Rescue League/Western PA Humane Society.

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Pregnant shelter dog ‘Pumpkin’ gets herself stuck under shed

Very pregnant Pumpkin just didn’t realize the size of her belly when she crawled under a shed in the backyard of the Rogersville, Tennessee Hawkins County Humane Society on Wednesday for a short morning nap; oh dear, she couldn’t wiggle out!pumpkin stuck 2

“She was pitiful, crying and scared. We had to call an expert; he came and saved her. He had to jack up the building to save her. WHAT A HERO!!! Pumpkin thanked him with lots of kisses!!! He also fixed it so it won’t happen again,” the assistant manager of the shelter, Julie Baker posted on the organization’s Facebook page.

Everyday, the rescue dogs get to play in the shelter’s fenced in yard. As the dogs were being called inside, Pumpkin was no where to be found. It wasn’t until Julie heard the dog crying that she could follow the pitiful whining.  She had crawled under the shed headfirst, turned herself around and then got stuck. Because of the size of her belly, no one on the staff could even wiggle her out. And then came volunteer handyman, Joey Arnold to Pumpkin’s aid, who decided to jack up the shed so the dog’s belly wouldn’t be affected. All together, Pumpkin spent an hour trapped, but just like a dog – she waddled right, shook herself off, headed over to Joey with her tail wagging – and planted some nice wet kisses on her rescuer’s face.pumpkin stuck thanks

Ironically, the dog had been named Pumpkin when she arrived at the shelter because of her orange spots, but there is discussion about changing her name to Jackie – since her rescue entailed using a heavy duty car jack to lift the bottom of the shed in order to free the pooch. The three-year-old mixed breed pooch was found as a stray and is eligible for adoption or fostering now or after she gives birth to her puppies. Once the puppies are able to fend for themselves, they can be brought back to the shelter for adoption, if someone wants to just keep Pumpkin. According to the staff, Pumpkin gets along with  other dogs and has a great disposition. Interested in meeting this sweetheart or any of the other great dogs and cats? Contact the shelter at (423)272.6538.

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Puppy mill tragedy: Polo unrecognizable as a dog dumped to die

When Polo was brought into a North Carolina veterinarian’s office on Thursday by his owners to be euthanized, a rescue partner called Jackie O’Sullivan, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC and asked if they would help. Barely recognizable as a  dog, the purebred, five-year-old Shih Tzu weighs barely 10-pounds and had to have lived his short life in one of misery and neglect.Polo RDR

“Still think it’s okay to buy a dog from a puppy mill breeder?” asked Jackie on the organization’s Facebook page as veterinarians assessed the young dog’s horrible physical condition.

Although the details of Polo’s past life are vague and may never be known, it is disturbing to think the dog’s owner watched this pup’s health deteriorate and never sought help. His condition didn’t just happen after days, weeks, or even months. According to his treating veterinarian, these conditions occurred over years. What small amount of fur Polo even had left on his body was completely matted. He suffers from severe bacterial and yeast skin infections. His ears are infected, he has acute dental disease, and his nails are grotesquely overgrown.Polo RDR2

And when his family looked at him in disgust – only because they neglected him, Polo was thrown away as if he was yesterday’s trash. Now the little dog will truly get a second chance at life. He will be treated, both physically and emotionally, and when he is well enough, will be transferred to a foster home. To help with Polo’s new life, please click here to donate, or donate@rescuedogsrocknyc.org or RDR NYC PO BOX 101 NY NY 10028.

Photos courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC.

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Paralyzed shepherd found suffering lying in grass

On Monday night, a paralyzed shepherd in excruciating pain was discovered lying in the grass in a rough neighborhood of Dallas. No one can be sure what happened to the dog dubbed Hugey, but he was unable to move and very vulnerable, yet he carefully took treats – obviously to stave off his intense hunger. Shortly after finding Hugey, an urgent plea went out to Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. On the organization’s Facebook page, co-founder Stacey Silverstein posted the emergency call asking rescue advocates for help:Hugey 2

“He can’t move! He can’t get up! He is still on the streets and being fed! But he needs help! The plea for help said to at least take him to put him to sleep (PTS) but we have to try to save his life! We are unsure why he is unable to walk, but he is severely emaciated and weak. A senior who has probably suffered his entire life! He cannot die alone in the streets! He is being picked up and rushed to the emergency vet in hopes we are not too late!”

Late Monday night, Hugey was transported to the emergency veterinarian hospital where multiple tests and radiographs of his spine were performed. The good news is he has pain sensation in his legs and although everyone thought he was a senior, Hugey is actually only three or four years old. The German shepherd clearly has been living on the streets for an extended period of time and having a very hard time trying to survive. The bad news, however indicates this dog may have an extremely painful and life-threatening spinal infection known to be highly contagious to both humans and dogs.

Further test results will take at least a week to confirm his diagnosis, but all precautions must be met and Hugey must be kept in isolation until tests results are available. At the current time, the dog is being administered several antibiotics to combat the infections, high doses of pain medication and intravenous fluids.Hugey 3

Early Tuesday afternoon, Stacey updated Hugey’s condition, but insists Rescue Dogs Rock NYC will provide this dog with everything medically possible to survive and be given a second chance at life:

“He also suffers from various tick-bourne diseases as well. Hugey is extremely emaciated, his skin is very infected and his immune system is completely compromised. We have already spent a few thousand dollars on Hugey’s medical care. Hugey’s continued care will be ongoing and expensive to treat. When we were called in the middle of the night to help, we did not know the extent or complexity of the injuries, but we knew no matter what, we could not leave Hugey there to die.”

To donate to Hugey’s ongoing care, please click here  orPayPal at Donate@rescuedogsrocknyc.org.

Photos and video of paralyzed shepherd courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC.

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