Watchman of apartment complex intentionally set sleeping puppies on fire

In New Delhi, India another egregious case of animal cruelty occurred on Monday when the watchman of an apartment complex in Bowenpally, Hyderabad, intentionally set a pair of sleeping puppies, barely two-and-a-half-months old, on fire burning nearby bushes. The superintendent, identified as Ramakrishna, went to set brush on fire knowing that the mother and the two puppies had been resting in that spot.

According to India Samvad, the disturbing act of cruelty happened at the Satya Sai Enclave. An eyewitness  described the upsetting scene:

“One of the puppies was burnt to death on the spot while the other sustained 40 percent burns. The mother managed to escape, but the watchman knew that the puppies and their mother were sleeping under the bushes in an open plot when he went to light the bushes.”

The surviving puppy was immediately transferred to a local emergency veterinarian hospital, however he died two days later as a result of his injuries. In a complaint to the the animal welfare organization, Ramakrishna has been charged with animal cruelty under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act of 1960 and provisions of the Indian Penal Code. Unfortunately the punishment in India for animal cruelty is barely more than a slap on the wrist and a ridiculously low fine.

When will India wake up and protect the animals? As has been proven, animal torture and cruelty is often just a preamble to cruelty to humans.

Rest in peace little ones. Photo used are not the sleeping puppies involved in this terrible tragedy. (Photo courtesy of Unsplash via Pixabay.)

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Puppy swallows 8-inch knife

A 12-week-old puppy is alive today, despite swallowing an eight-inch long knife. The amazing, albeit bizarre, situation was recounted in a press release from the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA).

According to the agency, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, named “Macie,” somehow ingested a kitchen knife without her owner’s knowledge. Owner Irene Paisley, of Glasgow, was alerted to a problem with Macie began strange noises. Paisley described the situation:

“Macie was making a squeaking sound – I thought she’d swallowed part of a toy. Then she was sick, but there was no sign of a toy and she started choking.”

Paisley was rightfully concerned and rushed her ailing pup to PDSA’s emergency out-of-hours provider Vets Now for care. The frightening situation was made clear after x-rays were taken of Macie’s abdomen. PDSA described what was found:

The knife handle had passed through Macie’s stomach and into her intestines, while the tip of the knife was still in her gullet.

xray of knife in Macie body

Macie beat the odds – following emergency surgery to remove the kitchen knife, the puppy was showing signs of her pre-injury self. PDSA Vet, Emily Ronald, said:

“I’ve never seen an x-ray like Macie’s. She was extremely lucky to survive. Her saving grace was that she swallowed the handle-end first – the blade-end would undoubtedly have pierced her organs, likely causing fatal injuries. The morning after surgery, she was bouncing all over the place as if nothing had happened. Macie has been back for frequent check-ups over the past two weeks and we’re pleased she’s recovering and healing well.”

Expressing her gratitude to PDSA, Irene said:

“Although she’s only young, Macie is already a big part of the family. She brings us so much joy and happiness, and means the world to the children. Without PDSA, she wouldn’t have received her life-saving treatment and wouldn’t be here today.”

Vet Emily added:

“Macie is just one of the lucky pets to benefit from PDSA’s emergency service which has received generous funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Thanks to their support we’re able to provide thousands of life-saving treatments across the UK.”

(Photos PDSA and screen shot via 5News)

West Virginia woman threw a puppy out of moving car on Interstate

A West Virginia woman faces animal cruelty charges after authorities state she threw a puppy out of the window while in the back seat of a moving car along Interstate 85 in Spartanburg County, South Carolina on Sunday. Luckily the dog survived the cruel act, however suffered abrasions and possibly a broken front leg.

Tracy Nicole Carr, 26, had been in the vehicle with her sister, who asked Carr to hold the puppy because it had become restless and was trying to climb into the driver’s lap. According to The State, a report from the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office stated the sister heard the window roll down and then heard a thud.  She reached into the back of the car to find the puppy and found out the puppy was no longer there. Carr told officers the window had accidentally rolled down, and after the puppy “fell out,” she “hoped the dog’s head exploded on the ground so that it died without feeling pain.”

Environmental Enforcement Director Jamie Nelson stated the puppy was picked up by Animal Control and taken to an emergency veterinary clinic.

Carr was recently released from the Georgia Department of Corrections and was being driven home. If found guilty of ill treatment of an animal for a first offense, Carr faces up to 60 days in jail and/or a fine from $100 to $500.Carr remains in the Spartanburg County Detention Center and in lieu of a $1,000 bond.

(Photo of Carr who allegedly threw a puppy out of a moving car by Spartanburg County Detention Center booking photo.)

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Dog has ‘Lassie-style moment’ when she sniffs out puppies in recycle bin

It was a canine good deed, described as a “Lassie-Style Moment,” on the Facebook page of Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary in southwest England earlier this week, when a woman’s dog out for a walk sniffed around and discovered a trio of puppies abandoned in a recycling bin. The dog barked to convey her message to her human when she found the shivering eight-week-old border collie puppies. The two males and one little female pup had been left to fend for themselves in an area identified as Failand Woods.Lassie puppies 2

“Luckily a dog out walking sniffed them out, and in a true ‘Lassie style moment’, alerted her owner to rescue them, thank goodness as we truly feel they wouldn’t have survived a cold winter’s night. They were brought in to us for safe keeping and they will be heading into foster care this afternoon after a full vet check,” the sanctuary wrote on Facebook as they described the “Lassie-style” rescue- reminiscent of the puppies similar breed.

The little boys now bear the names of Carlos and Tosca; the female has been dubbed Mabel. Rescue manager, Sarah Schranz fears the pups may have been a Christmas present someone quickly tired of, but since their adorable photos have spread through social media and all over the Internet, the puppies have had dozens of adoption offers.

Animal advocates, and of course those of us who couldn’t get enough of the utter cuteness, donated puppy food, blankets and toys. The trio are all expected to be going to new their new homes next week.

How we love happy endings.

(Photos and video of Lassie-Style Moment pups courtesy of Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary)

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Tempe man accused of severely beating puppy with metal rod

A Tempe, Arizona man has been arrested and faces charges of felony animal cruelty for severely beating his  three-month-old puppy with a metal rod. A neighbor reported hearing sounds resembling an animal in distress since November, but couldn’t pinpoint the location until this week when she located which apartment a puppy was howling in distress.tempe-man

According to Channel12News, police arrested Shundong Hu, 21, on Wednesday. The woman told police she witnessed Hu striking the Golden retriever puppy repeatedly with a metal rod while it remained in a metal cage. The pup suffered severe injuries including multiple skull and cheek fractures, lacerations, a broken tooth, wounds to his head and nose and swelling of both eyes.

When police searched Hu’s apartment on Wednesday, they also found two cats – both had appeared to have been abused also. The cats were removed from the apartment and are currently being cared for with the puppy at the Arizona Humane Society.tempe-man-3

In a press release, the Tempe Police Chief Sylvia M. Moir thanked the witness and 1st Pet Veterinary Hospital Arizona & Humane society for caring for the puppy. The puppy is expected to recover.

(Photos of puppy beaten with metal rod courtesy of Tempe Police Department)

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5-month-old puppy’s stomach filled with sock, plastics and strings

A 5-month-old puppy found emaciated, shivering and hiding underneath a car and saved by Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, was once again rushed to the emergency veterinarian hospital on Wednesday evening.kringle-2-starving

 “We are very concerned with his lack of energy. We made the decision to leave him there overnight to have round the clock care. He was extremely dehydrated and had no desire to do anything but sleep,” explained Jackie O’Sullivan to advocates on the organization’s Facebook page.

On Christmas Eve, while images of sugarplums danced in everyone’s heads, the emaciated five-month-old puppy hid beneath a car. All curled up along a lonely street and trying his best to stay warm, the only way he survived was scrounging around for food in dumpsters. When brought into the local shelter, advocates reached out to Rescue Dogs Rock NYC for emergency help. The puppy, whose every rib could be counted and attached to his protruding spine and hip bones, was appropriately named Kringle. Who could have imagined any dog going to the bathroom  and his stools would be full of plastic bags, clothing articles and pieces of aluminum foil?kringle-2

When rescued, Kringle weighed less than 17-pounds, and with close monitoring, x-rays of his stomach and medication, the sweet puppy who melts into anyone’s arms as soon as he is picked up, had been slowly making progress with frequent small meals. Ultrasound testing has not found the exact source of his internal bleeding, but veterinarians suspect he may have an ulcer after having ingested so many foreign objects.

“The vet techs reported that he passed a wrapper of some sort and some more string overnight, but the good news is he still has an appetite! We will update as soon as we hear the results,” stated Jackie’s update on Thursday afternoon.

To help with Kringle’s medical bills, donations can be made by clicking here. Hang in there Kringle. (Photos of 5-month-old puppy Kringle courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

Watch Kringle’s latest video prompting Jackie to rush the puppy to emergency care:

Abused Doberman puppy with severed spine rescued

Spencer was Wednesday’s 911 call for Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. The Isabella fawn and rust purebred Doberman was brought to the county shelter in Kershaw City, South Carolina. The one-year-old puppy was emaciated, scarred and wounded. His ears had been cropped in a half-witted home slicing debacle, but that wasn’t the worst of it for young Spencer. Something terrible happened to his back.spencer-the-dog

“Why does he look bent in half? Why can’t he stand properly? Did he escape an abusive situation only to be hit by a car? We will never know his full story, but Spencer’s life didn’t just go downhill today! He didn’t come from anywhere good,” explained Jackie O’Sullivan, co-founder of the New York City based rescue organization who often specialize in the most severe cases of abuse and cruelty. 

When brought into the shelter, Spencer was in horrific condition as blood dripped down his face as he hobbled around in pain. And with all of those painful obstacles facing the Doberman, it didn’t stop him from being friendly to everyone he met; both human and canine. Rushed to the rescue’s partner specialty veterinarian, extensive X-rays and an examination by a neurologist determined the dog’s spine has been severed. His only hope for survival is immediate surgery once he is stabilized. Estimates for the operation and intensive care are between $5,700 and $7,000.

“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-the-dog-2

According to veterinarians, the Doberman probably escaped from whatever hell he had been living. Clearly starved and abused, he had been eating a dead animal trying to stave off his terrible hunger pains when he was hit by a car. Tragically, that driver never stopped to help either.

Spencer has a long and difficult uphill battle ahead, but his short life of abuse and neglect are over. From this day forward, this puppy will have the best of care and hopefully be able to look forward to a long and happy life. To help, please click here,  or here.

(Photos of Spencer and video courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

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Hunter finds 6 abandoned puppies with ‘Shoot Me’ on box

In an isolated area, two hours away from Dallas, Texas, a hunter and his wife came upon a most disturbing situation in the woods on December 30. The couple stumbled upon an old cardboard box with the words “Shoot Me” sprawled across the outside. As the hunter’s wife bent down to see what was in the box, she was shocked to find six helpless puppies still alive in the wet box filled with feces, urine and vomit.underdog-project-puppies-2

The puppies were emaciated and starving, and as the wife began to make a plan and call the Underdog Project, a Dallas rescue organization, the woman’s husband wanted to shoot the puppies. And as he cocked his gun, ready to brutally end the lives of each and every puppy, because the words “Shoot Me” on the box perhaps signaled a bizarre message to him, the man’s wife was able to keep the puppies safe until rescuers arrived.underdog-project-puppies-3

According to the Underdog Project who reached out to Pet Rescue Report on Tuesday afternoon, the puppies initially suffered from hook and tapeworms. When found, they had diarrhea with bloody stools and had been vomiting.  The pups are currently being treated for coccidiosis.

No one knows who left the puppies in the woods – there is no question the heinous, heartbreaking animal cruelty act would have left all of them to die slow, excruciating deaths. Volunteers say it is unimaginable how someone could be so heartless to abandon a litter of innocent lives with the words, “Shoot Me.” Be the voices for those who cannot speak. Anyone with information is asked to notify authorities.

(Photos of abandoned pups with Shoot Me on box courtesy of Underdog Project.)

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Abandoned dog ‘Tad’ ate carpeting and debris just to survive

When left in the backyard of an abandoned Detroit home by his owners to die, the one-year-old black and white puppy, later dubbed Tad, tried his best just to survive. Fortunately a neighbor who lived nearby and realized the falling temperatures could mean life or death to the dog, contacted local authorities who in turn asked Happy Days Dog and Cat Rescue for help.

On a freezing morning, just days before Christmas, the bull dog and Labrador retriever mix was transferred to their organization’s veterinarian partner at Wilson Veterinary Hospital. Besides Tad being emaciated, he was covered in ticks and anemic, however those were not his only physical problems. The dog had been bleeding internally, and as he was administered intravenous therapy, further tests indicated he had been eating the garbage left within his reach – including bits of metal, carpeting and other debris.

According to Fox2Detroit, Tad hadn’t had any food for a month.

“He could not stand; he was too weak. There was debris everywhere; there was metal on his X-rays,” stated rescue volunteer Patricia Ford who didn’t think the dog would have survived two more days had he been left where his owners had deserted him – just leaving him there all alone to die.

It is not known if Tad will need surgery to remove all of the blockages if they do not resolve naturally, but this dog is lucky – he is getting a second chance. The owners have not been located. To donate to Tad’s care, please click here.

(Photos of Tad courtesy of Happy Days Dog and Cat Rescue.)




Caged and confused, puppies cling to each other in holiday sadness

While lucky dogs with homes of their own are unwinding from the holiday toys and treats, two caged and confused puppies cling to each other in a cage at the overcrowded San Bernardino City Shelter. Barely a year-old, the Jack Russell mixes, dubbed Tiny Tim and Candy Cane, cuddle and stay close to each other for reassurance at all times. A rescue volunteer offers the following observation:tiny-tim-and-candy-2

“Staff has been in kennel and petted, and they have never growled or bit but they are warming up to people..fear…Tiny Tim and Candy Cane are barely a year old; Jack Russel Terrier mix haven’t seen much human kindness, caught in a cage. Probably not had much love or touch from humans. I watched staff pet and the tension and fear just went away. There was never growling or biting. It was like they expected to be hurt and when touched their fear went away.”

A Facebook page following the plights of Tiny Tim and Candy Cane can be followed here. It is possible Candy Cane could be pregnant. Advocates state the dogs have been wandering the streets for a year until they were captured. Pet Harbor link A500325 for Tiny Tim “I am a male, brown and white Jack (Parson) Russell Terrier mix. Shelter staff think I am about 1 year old. I have been at the shelter since Dec 16, 2016.” Pet Harbor link A500324 for Candy Cane “I am a female, black and white Jack (Parson) Russell Terrier mix. Shelter staff think I am about 1 year old. I have been at the shelter since Dec 16, 2016.” Both dogs have been available for adoption and rescue since December 23. Their fates depend on advocates to share their stories with approved rescue organizations, families, friends and social media.tiny-tim-and-candy-3

Sharing saves lives. Help Tiny Tim and Candy Cane into 2017 with lots of love and the promise of a new life.

San Bernardino City Animal Shelter
333 Chandler Place, San Bernardino, CA
Closed Sunday and Monday
Telephone: (909) 384-1304

(Photos of puppies cling to each other courtesy of Lois Chisholm)

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