Almost a bad memory: Champ the starved dog moves on to foster home

Drum roll please!  Almost just a bad memory, Champ the intentionally starved dog, moved on to his medical foster home in Maryland on Saturday morning. For the next several weeks, while he continues his miraculous recovery, the 16-month-old Mastiff will be pampered and loved.

“The rumor mill is true! Champ is going to stay with me and Cakes for the next several weeks while he continues to recover. Me and Cakes can’t wait to show him the ropes and get him in the yard but until then, Mom and Dad said he needs time to decompress and get settled in and feel comfortable.

Champ is in good hands and is a total lovebug!”

 

Who can believe this is the Laurens, South Carolina dog barely two weeks ago, whose photo of the dog curled up in the dirt starving, near death and crawling with maggots went viral? Animal advocates were outraged as Champ’s terrible story of abuse and neglect unraveled:

“His heartbreaking story is that he is the victim of a breakup,” Rescue Dogs Rock NYC co-founder Jackie O’Sullivan posted on the organization’s social media page. “… since ‘he was not her dog’, she fed her dogs but not Champ.”

Are you wondering where Champ is being fostered? Think back to the beginning of 2017. An Isabella fawn and rust purebred Doberman had been brought into the county shelter in Kershaw City, South Carolina. He was severely injured, emaciated and scarred. Someone had cropped off his ears in an egregious home botched job, but that wasn’t the worst of it for this one-year-old dog. His back was completely bent over and contorted as he hobbled in pain. The shelter staff believed the clearly starved and abused puppy had escaped from the hell where he had been existing, and as he tried to eat a dead animal lying on the road to stave off his intense hunger, he had been struck by a car.

Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, and co-founder Jackie O’Sullivan came to Spencer’s rescue that day; the dog with a severed spine, and even though the costs to help him had been estimated to be extremely expensive, there was no hesitation to help:

“We took him because he was suffering, and he deserved to live,” Jackie posted to their followers on the rescue’s Facebook page. “It was the right thing to do, but we need your help. We put down a $3,000 deposit just to bring him in the front door. It is no wonder so many dogs can not be helped. In addition to the operation for his spine, his stomach is full of bones – which is another problem we will have to address.”

Spencer has since recovered and his amazing foster home (which became his permanent home) has now opened their doors to Champ. And with his orthopedic bed, Champ is getting settled in.

“We know there were lots of happy tears shed for this miracle boy as he moves on to the next stage of his journey. Onward and upward Champ! You got this!”

Read Spencer’s story here.

Spencer”s recovery was another miracle. Check it out:

It is because of so many generous people these extremely difficult rescues are possible. Help support Rescue Dogs Rock NYC.

Read previous coverage of Champ’s plight here.

And not to be outdone by Spencer’s story, check out Champ’s Sunday morning walk.

“Here is how Champ’s first day in a home went:
Champ had a variety of short walks yesterday, learning the neighborhood and we are happy to say he is able to quickly learn where he is living and is picking up on a routine. The other great news is that he is house broken. He ate 4x yesterday and continues to have a very healthy appetite. It is so true that when he wants to eat, he lets you know. Champ also had a meet and greet at the vet office yesterday and got an initial weigh in. He continues to gain weight and we will have a more detailed report after his vet appointment on Friday,” his foster family posted earlier Sunday morning.

Read more animal news on the National Pet Rescue Facebook page.

More news: Puppy rescued from beneath suffocating blanket in 90 degree heat – more here.


Border collie gets so excited watching herself on TV – watch the adorable video here.

Puppy reunited with mom – watch the heartwarming video here.

 

 

Emaciated Zeke ran into daycare center and miraculously rescued

No one knows where nine-pound Zeke came from, but on Thursday, the emaciated puppy innocently wandered into a daycare center in San Antonio. Moments later he quickly scampered away.

Volunteer animal advocates saw the three-month-old skeletal body covered in a thin layer of skin and fur and knew the puppy would not survive much longer; they went on a search to find him. Rescuers were able to join together, collaborated a basic plan and searched for hours. No one could find Zeke; many of the volunteers had to go home.

No way was this to be the end of the story for this frightened puppy. Two rescuers had no intentions of giving up – Zeke would surely have died.  And at 9:00 p.m., the rescue was a success. Zeke was captured and spent the night with his heroes.

Rescue Dogs Rock NYC have again stepped up to help. On Friday morning, just hours before the start of a long holiday weekend, Zeke was taken to the organization’s  partner veterinarian where he is receiving life-saving medical care and undergoing tests.

“Little Zeke is only 9 pounds at 3.5 months old. He should weigh at least 15 pounds,” co-founder Stacey Silverstein posted on the organization’s Facebook page. “This poor guy had a horrible beginning in life, but we will make sure that is all changed!”

To help:

www.paypal.me/rescuedogsrocknyc

Read more animal related news on the National Pet Rescue Facebook page.

In the news yesterday: Groomer accused of strangling customer’s pets – more here.

More news: Puppy rescued from beneath suffocating blanket in 90 degree heat – more here.


Border collie gets so excited watching herself on TV – watch the adorable video here.

Puppy reunited with mom – watch the heartwarming video here.

Charity and SuzyQ – all they have left are each other

Charity and SuzyQ arrived at the Jackson County Animal Shelter in Gautier, Mississippi from a bad situation. Charity, a bully mix and her bonded pal SuzyQ, miniature pin and chihuahua mix, are all they have left; both had been severely covered in fleas, undernourished and suffering from demodex mange.

The adoption coordinator, Maridee Bond Mallette captured the two embracing as they seemed to be assuring each other that everything would be fine.

“When I walk by their cage they are always laying in different funny positions together,” Maridee wrote. “They love each other. It breaks my heart to see them taken away from each other. There are so many that come in like this, and I just don’t understand why people don’t take care of their pets.”

The dogs are both available for adoption. On Tuesday, Maridee was able to trim their nails. Both dogs are currently being treated for demodex and have been gaining weight. Share their plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.

They are available for adoption. 4400 Audubon Lane Gautier, MS 39553. 228-497-6350.

More news and updates on National Pet Rescue here.

In the news yesterday: Man accused of slitting throat of his mom’s dog – read more here.

More news: Bears held captive for decades moving to sanctuary – read more here.


Border collie gets so excited watching herself on TV – watch the adorable video here.

Puppy reunited with mom – watch the heartwarming video here.

Owner charged with felony cruelty: Tragic update for starving dog ‘Finney’

In Cook County, Georgia, the dog dubbed “Finney” who was discovered severely malnourished at a home where deputies apprehended fugitive murder and robbery suspect, Caleb Day, died on Monday afternoon. Veterinarians worked for days trying their best to save the dog, but his physical condition had deteriorated too much for him to survive.

“We are simply heartbroken to have to post, our Finney has lost his battle,” posted the  Humane Society of Valdosta/Lowndes County “We got the call he was declining and we were rushing to be with him, but he passed away about five minutes before we got there. He was surrounded by the vets and staff. His little body had endured too much before we got him and despite how hard he tried; it just simply gave out.

To our Finney, you will forever be part of our hearts. You mattered to so many. We will continue to fight for you. We love you Finney. We will see you again one day at the bridge.

We will be sending Finney for an autopsy. We want any and every charge to stick that possibly can.

To say we are heartbroken is an understatement. We do apologize in advance if we are a little slow in responding. When you give everything and it still isn’t good enough, really takes it out of you.”

Charges against Finney’s owner have been upgraded to two felony animal cruelty charges. Ashley Hernandez, 31, was arrested on Monday at her home located on Gallie Lissimore Road. She originally faced misdemeanor charges until Finney died. On Monday afternoon, she was taken to the Cook County Jail and awaits her first court appearance.

Rest in peace Finney. We hope you find justice. If found guilty of two felony animal cruelty counts, Hernandez could face up to five years in prison.

Read the previous coverage here.

Get more news by reading the National Pet Rescue here.

Positive news: Chubby cat who stole the heart of the nation has found a new home – read more here!

Border collie gets so excited watching herself on TV – watch the adorable video here.

 


Puppy reunited with mom – watch the heartwarming video here.

Abused 8-month-old shepherd left in cage in veterinarian’s office for weeks

No 8-month-old shepherd should look like this. The Trio Animal Foundation in Chicago was asked  by the Garrido Stray and Rescue Foundation to take on Brady and the shepherd puppy’s medical care.

Animal advocates  agree just looking at this German shepherd puppy makes our hearts hurt. Fortunately, his new life began on Monday as the 8-month-old shepherd’s story began to unravel.

“This poor 8 month puppy has not only been abused by his previous owner but left in a cage at a vet for weeks until someone would pay the $179 bill. I can promise you that we will be looking into it.

Brady is this puppy’s new name, as his former name was disgusting. It truly showed the character of his previous owner,” posted the Trio Animal Foundation on their social media page.

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Brady is 20-pounds underweight. At this time, the emphasis is on nutrition and his severe skin condition. He is being administered two weeks of oral medications as well as medicated baths to make him more comfortable. Since he apparently lacks socialization skills, the staff will be working on Brady’s trust issues.

“I know that we have a lot of German Shepherd supporters out there, and I am sure that you have never seen a case like Brady’s. It is so sad to say that we are so used to seeing cases like this in pitbulls but are truly blown away when we see it in another breed… so unfair on so many levels.”

In addition to the multiple skin issues, Brady’s eyes continue to bother him. Parts of his skin feel like sandpaper while other parts of his skin tissue is paper thin and bleed when he scratches – a puppy just looking for some relief.

“The only time Brady looks like he finds any relief is when he is rubbing his face on you or burying his head in your arms. To think that he has been in such bad shape for so many months is incomprehensible… he is a frickin’ puppy!”

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Any donations can be made at www.trioanimalfoundation.org. If you are making a donation via a smartphone and are unable to earmark your donation, please forward your receipt to sue@trioanimalfoundation.org

Videos and photos courtesy of Trio Animal Foundation.

Follow more animal related news on the National Pet Rescue.

In the news yesterday: Heartbreaking news about starved dog found in parking lot – more here.

The cutest video you’ll see this week! Adorable otter has to cuddle her stuff in order to go to sleep – watch here.

Sweet kitten says thank you for being rescued – check out the video here.

 

Loyal parrot remained on man’s shoulders while being rescued from mud

In a most unusual rescue situation for fire fighters, a loyal parrot remained on his owner’s shoulders while the two of them had to be rescued from waist deep mud in a Belleville, Illinois park.

The parrot perched on the man’s shoulders is a regular sight around the area, but on Sunday afternoon the parrot flew off and landed in the middle of a mucky, recently dredged lake – he was stuck! So what’s a best friend to do? That’s right – the man, “Uncle Johnny” waded into the thick mud up to his waist to help, and moments later Uncle Johnny was stuck too!

According to the Belleville News Democrat, a passerby heard the man yelling for help and called the Belleville Fire Department. It took 15 minutes for the crew to stretch a series of ladders to reach Uncle Johnny and his parrot – who steadfastly hung on to his human’s back.

No one was hurt, and Fire Chief Tom Pour can write this up as one of the oddest rescues he has ever participated.

(Video and photos of  man and parrot rescued via Belleville FD)

Check out the video:

Read more news on the National Pet Rescue page here.

Woman trapped dog inside of washing machine to gain Instagram followers – more here.


The cutest video you’ll see this week! Adorable otter has to cuddle her stuff in order to go to sleep – watch here.

Sweet kitten says thank you for being rescued – check out the video here.

 

Heartbreaking Shiba Inu mix with horrendous injuries needs rescue help

The shelter staff and volunteers at the Polk County Georgia Animal Adoption and Recovery Shelter posted the heartbreaking video of a white Shiba Inu puppy who came in on Monday as a stray. She was immediately taken to the shelter’s veterinarian for emergency care.

Animal advocate Shannon Hicks describes the frightened puppy and is asking the rescue community for help.

“She came in with horrendous wounds. She has what looks like an injury to her face and back. Her back is very raw and open. She also has markings around her muzzle that (in my non expert opinion) looks like someone used something to hold her mouth together – again I am not a vet but that’s exactly what the wound makes me think. I hope I am wrong because that is just sick.”

Check out the Shiba Inu puppy’s video. She is so frightened and defeated; all she wants to do is find a way to disappear. Notice, even with her severe and painful injuries, she shows no aggression.

Because of her injuries, this Shiba Inu is listed as rescue only. Follow her plight here. Please share her information with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.

(Photos and video courtesy of Shannon Hicks)

She will be on stray hold until Monday. Reference #39385370

1215 Veal St (585.82 mi)
Cedartown, Georgia 30125
(770) 749-8908

Read more news on the National Pet Rescue page here.

Yesterday: Puppy stolen from terminally ill child – read more here.

In other recent news – Homeless man and his dog receive help after attack – read more here.


Judge allows man caught on video abusing dog to retain custody – more about the case here.

The cutest video you’ll see this week! Adorable otter has to cuddle her stuff in order to go to sleep – watch here.


Sweet kitten says thank you for being rescued – check out the video here.

Sheriff’s office confirms Spencer County Animal Shelter froze kittens to death

In Spencer County, Indiana, an investigation has been launched this weekend after a former employee, Bridgett Wilson stated she was ordered to put live kittens into the freezer at the Spencer County Animal Shelter to end their lives. The American Veterinarian Medical Association states hypothermia is both an unacceptable and inhumane method of euthanasia.

According to TriState News, on Monday afternoon, Spencer County Sheriff’s Office Detective Chris King stated four live kittens were placed in the freezer during one of the incidents as reported by Wilson. At this time it is unknown how many animals were euthanized this way. King and Spencer County Deputy Prosecutor Tom Pulley stated an investigation will be taken over by the state, and it is likely the Indiana State Police will continue to investigate the disturbing allegations.

Bridgett Wilson had been hired to help the animals at the shelter, and working with the animals had been her dream come true. Although she noted that there hadn’t been many efforts to adopt out pets or contact other rescues to help out, Wilson still thought she could make a difference. And then one day, Spencer County Animal Control Officer Christina Payne told her to put a live kitten in the freezer to euthanize it. She refused.

“The first time I was given an option to either just put it in a bag and put it in the freezer with no sedation, nothing because I’m not a vet. I don’t have the license to dog be able to do that,” Bridgett explained as to why she didn’t follow the order.

On another occasion, she was ordered to put a live kitten that had been hit by a car into the freezer. Bridgett refused both times, and even though she brought the complaints to board members, nothing was ever done.

Read previous coverage here.

Read more news on the National Pet Rescue page here.

Yesterday: Puppy stolen from terminally ill child – read more here.

In other recent news – Homeless man and his dog receive help after attack – read more here.


Judge allows man caught on video abusing dog to retain custody – more about the case here.

The cutest video you’ll see this week! Adorable otter has to cuddle her stuff in order to go to sleep – watch here.


Sweet kitten says thank you for being rescued – check out the video here.

Hidden in shelter quarantine, Calista needs help now

RESCUED by Coastal German Shepherd

Calista has been hidden in the quarantine area of  Carson Animal Care since Monday.  Who would even guess this friendly German shepherd is only four-years-old? What kind of life did she have before she was picked up as a stray? How could anyone look at their dog day after day and allow her condition as a once beautiful German shepherd to deteriorate like this?

Follow Calista’s Facebook page here. Notes on her health indicate the following:

” I called the shelter. Skin scrape was negative for mange. She had really bad fleas when she came in. No real diagnosis except for dermatitis and generalized alopecia (hair loss). Also, her teeth are very worn down.”

Volunteers all love her. Check out her video here:

#A5207496 I’m an approximately 4 year old female German Shepherd. I am not yet spayed. I have been at the Carson Animal Care Center since 8/6. I will be available on 8/10. You can visit me at my temporary home at C117.

German Shepherd  AGE:4 years
Female  ARRIVED:8/6
AVAILABLE ON: 8/10
Carson Shelter – 310-523-9566
M-TH 12pm-7pm, F-SU- 10am-5pm
216 W Victoria St. Gardena, CA 90248

Fostering can save lives too. If you’re in LA, OC, San Bernadino or Riverside County and would like to apply to foster a Carson pup, please visit CarsonFosters.com to complete the online foster application.

(Photos and video of Calista courtesy of Saving Carson Dogs)

Read more news on the National Pet Rescue page here.

Dumped dog is dead just weeks after she was adopted from CA shelter – learn more here.

Dumped dog dead just weeks after being adopted from shelter

Teens in South Carolina used Snapchat to video drowning kitten ‘just for fun’

Two teens from South Carolina faced felony animal cruelty charges on Thursday after authorities claim they used Snapchat to video the attempted drowning of a six-week-old kitten.

According to the Herald,  the ginger kitten named Layla, was rescued by police and animal rescue volunteers from Kerry’s Cats after someone saw the video and informed authorities. Layla was rushed to the Southern Charm Animal Hospital where veterinarians stated the defenseless kitten suffered from head trauma and signs of strangulation.

On the Facebook page of Southern Charm Animal Hospital, Layla’s update included the following happy news:

“Little Layla is resting comfortably and healing well tonight.”

When deputies arrived at the scene, the teens, aged 13 and 15, originally denied torturing the kitten, however later changed their story admitting one of the boys hurt the kitten while the other kid videoed the situation on Snapchat. When asked why, they stated they “were just having fun.” Their names have not been released because of their age.

South Carolina law stipulates an animal torture conviction can be punished by a $5,000 fine and a minimum of 6 months to five years in jail. It is not known what punishment minors might be sentenced if found guilty by a judge.

Once Layla is feeling better, she will be available for adoption.

(Photo of tortured kitten videoed on Snapchat in South Carolina screenshot via the Herald)

Read more on National Pet Rescue by clicking here.

Caught red-pawed…watch this dog’s adorable reaction after being caught with a bucket in his mouth!

Read about the owner more concerned with his broken car window than his dog stuck in the awful heat.