Puppy’s leg amputated after suspected animal cruelty

An eight-month-old puppy had his leg amputated after the dog owner’s boyfriend became angry  after the pooch chewed up some of the couple’s belongings. According to the Moon Township Pennsylvania Police Department’s Chief Leo McCarthy told WpixNews, the puppy was just being a puppy and getting into mischief as puppies commonly do:

“The boyfriend was rather angry because the dog had torn the house up a little, like dogs do sometimes. Then he gave it an extremely powerful kick.”

The puppy, named Jinx, was removed from the home in Mooncrest last week. His rear right leg had been badly injured and was reported to have been broken even though the sweet puppy continued to wag his tail. Local animal rescuer, Jess Horvatin, was so angry about the apparent cruelty situation, she recorded a cellphone video of the abused puppy to make sure someone would be held accountable.

Sadly, veterinarians had to amputate the puppy’s leg, but he has already been re-homed and is reported to be recovering. Authorities state animal cruelty charges are pending although the suspect has not yet been named.

(Photo of puppy’s leg amputated via screenshot from WpixNews)

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Three-month-old puppy with broken ribs found hiding under car

A defenseless three-month-old puppy was brought into the Animal Care Centers of New York City on Monday needing immediate urgent medical care. The young pup had been found hiding under a car and suffered broken ribs. Radiographs have determined his ribs had been fractured along one side of his body – the injuries were consistent with having been kicked.Infiniti 2

The shelter put out a plea for an approved rescue organization to help with the puppy’s serious plight and contacted Rescue Dogs Rock NYC late Tuesday afternoon. Jackie O’Sullivan, co-founder of the rescue organization, had him rushed to the New York City emergency veterinarian hospital to stabilize him and relieve his intense pain. The most concerning problem, however was the chance his broken ribs could perforate a lung or other vital organs. Dubbed Infiniti, the puppy spent his first night in an oxygen chamber as he was having trouble breathing. Placed on a fentanyl drip (stronger than morphine) to ease his pain, he remained under constant supervision and care.

“We are saddened that someone would hurt an innocent puppy, but we are happy he is safe and out of harm’s way today,” Jackie commented on the group’s Facebook page detailing the puppy’s emergency situation. “He also has cherry eye, but that is minor right now compared to everything else he is going through.”Infiniti 3

On Wednesday morning’s update, Jackie reports Infiniti has been removed from the oxygen chamber and if his condition continues to improve, he will be able to be transferred to the organization’s primary veterinarian where he will continue his recovery until he is strong enough to recover in a foster home.

Infiniti’s life saving care is costing thousands of dollars. To help donate@rescuedogsrocknyc.org or www.rescuedogsrocknyc.org/donate/ or mail: RDR NYC PO BOX 101 NY, NY 10028.


Photos and video of three-month-old puppy, Infiniti courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)




View video here. Look how forgiving and loving this little guy is with the hospital staff.

Abused puppy seized by authorities after neighbor secretly videoed animal cruelty

In Jacksonville, Florida, an extremely brave, though frightened resident, secretly videoed a disturbing animal cruelty situation involving  a black and white puppy. As the abused puppy cried both in pain and fright, the egregious situation was videoed from a nearby shed. Pet Rescue North Inc., a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter in Jacksonville, soon became an important participant in rescuing the innocent little victim.

“We got this video on Wednesday without an address,” the organization stated on their Facebook page after the disturbing video had been sent to them.  “We couldn’t report it without it. The person that took it was extremely frightened of this man; that is why it was taken from a shed. By Wednesday evening, they contacted the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO). JSO took the report, and the Officer said he wasn’t going to let this drop- he gave his word.”

On Thursday, the puppy was still at the home, but legalities were needed as the Jacksonville Animal Care and Protective Services were in the process of obtaining a warrant based on the graphic video. By Friday morning, the puppy’s owner was served, and the puppy removed from the residence. From viewing the video, it appears as if the puppy may have defecated in the house, and when the owner picked the puppy up to punish her, the dog was so frightened, she defecated all over her back end. Obviously the owner became more infuriated. The man could be seen roughly handling the dog, using a hose to clean it, picking the puppy up by the neck, slapping and kicking her away – as the pup quickly ran away to hide. The puppy’s punishment wasn’t over however, as the yelling man grabbed the puppy again holding her by her neck and telling her “you’re going to learn.”

“He (puppy owner) indicated he is going to fight them to get the puppy back. So they (authorities) are not releasing his name. About the address he lives in a rental. And we gave our word to the person that took the video, we would not give out the address if they would give it to us to help the puppy. It is not going to help their situation. If we broke our word, no one would trust us enough to help them the next time they need help with an animal,” Pet Rescue North stated as they updated the news.

The rescue organization continued:

“We do want to know who this animal abuser is. We want a name with the face, so he doesn’t adopt an dog or cat. If you want to help please share his picture eventually someone will recognize him.”

Be the voice for those who cannot speak. A brave person stood up to defend this puppy. And another hero is honored and thanked by animal advocates everywhere.

(Photo via Pet Rescue North Facebook)

Video is grainy and hard to watch. Graphic … and may not be suitable for all viewing audiences.

Attacked puppy found lying in the grass bleeding from his head

A tiny puppy, barely able to figure out “what is what” in a lonely world was found lying in the grass bleeding from his head by a Good Samaritan late Saturday night. Searching for the owner or for rescue help, the kind man from Mission, Texas posted the puppy’s photos and a plea for help on his Facebook page:Marley RDR

“Anybody lost this puppy? I just found it outside in my yard. Puppy looks like it was beaten up. I can only take care of it until Monday. On Monday, if nobody claims it, animal control will be called. Unfortunately I can’t take care of it.”

When Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, was notified about the serious situation, who along with the help of area animal advocates, was able to arrange for the puppy to be transported to an emergency veterinarian clinic where he is currently fighting for his life. Dubbed Marley, the anemic, pint-sized fighter has undergone two blood transfusions. His condition continues to be marked as critical; on arrival the emaciated pup had been bleeding from his head and neck and covered in ticks and fleas. Marley 2 RDR

“Stepping into an emergency hospital is at a minimum $1000 just for supportive care,” Stacey explained to the rescue’s advocates on Facebook. “As can be seen by the video, Marley was attacked causing his injuries in addition to being covered in ticks and fleas and being dehydrated anemic and malnourished. What we would like to know is how did Marley end up like this? How can an innocent puppy just be running loose; most definitely for days if not a week or more? Right now Marley is in critical condition and has already received one blood transfusion at around 2 a.m. this morning. He is not eating yet and is very weak.”

Marley will remain at the emergency hospital indefinitely. To help with this puppy’s medical expenses, donations can be made by clicking here, or Paypal: donate@rescuedogsrocknyc.org.

(Photos of puppy found lying in the grass courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC.)

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Week old puppy with gaping bite wound found in dumpster

An injured newborn puppy, believed to be just a week old, was recently found in a Charleston, South Carolina, dumpster, reported Thursday’s ABC News 4. The puppy, dubbed “Walnut,” was found by a good Samaritan who transported her to Veterinary Specialty Care in Mount Pleasant.

The tiny pup was discovered with a “gaping” bite wound on her leg – according to her veterinary team, it is likely that the pup was bitten by her own mother and whoever owned her may have panicked and made a “rash” decision to discard Walnut in the trash container.

Fortunately, not only was little Walnut found, but she has been treated for her injury and she is expected to make a full recovery. Thanks to a charitable foundation established by Veterinary Specialty Care (Sam’s Fund) Walnut is receiving treatment, even though she does not have an owner.

If you are interested in donating to Sam’s Fund (read more about this foundation here) you can call animal hospital at 843-216-7554.

On a positive note – little Walnut is currently recuperating in a foster home and when she is old enough, she has an adoptive family waiting.

(photo screenshot via ABC 4 News)

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12-week-old puppy dropped on head now blind and paralyzed

A 12-week-old paralyzed Chihuahua puppy is having a very difficult time beginning her life. Brought into a vet hospital in Los Angeles on Sunday by her owner to be euthanized, the little one is also blind and deaf. It is suspected this may have been a neglect or abuse case. Veterinarians feel the puppy may have been dropped on her head causing extensive neurological damage. jasmin Gabay Kimball Chih 2

The puppy has just arrived at Dharma Rescue, an all breed cat and dog animal rescue located in Torrance, California. As of this time, the puppy’s prognosis is unknown, but she will be receiving further testing to assess what treatment will be the best. You can follow her story, which is just beginning today, on the organization’s Facebook page.

It is worthy to note that Dharma Rescue’s special program entitled DAWGS (Disable Animals Who Generously Serve) enrolls disabled and senior dogs and teaches them to be service dogs serving the community at schools, airports and senior senior centers. It will be interesting to follow this puppy’s future and watch how her life – no matter what her physical challenges – will do to make a positive difference in this world. Pet Rescue Report will be following this little pup’s progress, and we will let you know. To help with her veterinarian expenses, donations can be made by clicking here.

(Photos of paralyzed puppy courtesy of Facebook via Jasmin Gabay Kimball and Dharma Rescue)

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Puppy hogtied and stuffed in plastic bag tossed from moving vehicle

In Columbia, South Carolina, an adorable pit bull mix puppy is lucky to be alive. The little girl was discovered along a Richland County road hogtied, stuffed into a plastic bag and left to die. According to The State, the director of the Charleston based animal rescue group, Michelle Reid, of Valiant Animal Rescue & Relief had been notified about the situation after a witness saw the puppy thrown out of a moving vehicle.Valiant Animal Rescue 2

“We got an anonymous call from, actually a few sources, and that’s how we initially got involved,” stated Michelle. “Essentially her legs were bound together, and there was a noose placed around her neck, so every time she moved her legs, the noose would cut deeper into the front of her neck. Thankfully, there were a couple people that actually witnessed it happening, and they heard something crying, and they saw the bag moving.”Valiant Animal Rescue 3

When discovered, the female puppy was infested with parasites and had an infection from the noose which had cut into her neck. Her legs had been tied together with string, stuffed into a plastic grocery bag and thrown out onto the road as if someone intentionally wanted the puppy to suffer. Now dubbed Olivia, the puppy was  found wearing a pink collar and a yellow t-shirt.

On the organization’s Facebook page, a $1,000 reward has been offered to anyone that has information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for this cruel act.

 “I’ve been doing animal cruelty work for years and personally processed the evidence in this case as I do with all Valiant cases. This was not a quick easy task for someone to tie up a living creature in this manner. It was cold and calculated. It takes a certain kind of evil to do something like this. It was intended for this puppy to suffer immensely over time and eventually succumb and die. There is no excuse. This is pure evil!,” posted Michelle.Valiant Animal Rescue 4


The vehicle from which the pup was thrown is described as a white, older-model Ford Explorer with black rims and tinted windows. The Richland County Sheriff’s Department is investigating. Olivia is expected to make a complete recovery, but it will take time. To help with Olivia’s medical expenses, donations can be made by clicking here. You can also donate via PayPal at Arr_relief@yahoo.com or mail donations to Valiant Animal Rescue,  PO Box 13477, Charleston SC 29422.

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(Photos and video courtesy of Valiant Animal Rescue & Relief)




Pregnant pit bull left abandoned in hospital parking lot

Just before the 2016 Thanksgiving holidays,  a small black and white pregnant pit bull was abandoned in a hospital parking lot in Stockton, California. The poor dog was emaciated, and full of worms and fleas. The dog was picked up and placed in a boarding facility where she sat for three weeks, not knowing what her fate would be. Due to no interest from Northern California rescue organizations, the dog was going to be sent to a nearby animal shelter which may have resulted in her being put down due to the high intake of pit bulls.  A Good Samaritan, however intervened, and the dog was sent to Portland, Oregon into the care of Animal Coalition Unlimited.  There the dog was given the name “Pee Dee” in memory of Petey the pit bull who lit up the screen alongside of those famous “Little Rascals.”

When Pee Dee was taken to the Lake Grove Vet Clinic for her intake evaluation, it was discovered that she was five weeks pregnant.  Unfortunately, this put Animal Coalition Unlimited into an unexpected situation. They were prepared to take in and care for one dog, not multiple puppies. However, they refused to abort the unborn puppies for their own convenience. The first goal was to get Pee Dee healthy enough to give birth.  She had been totally neglected and emaciated, weighing in at a mere 36 pounds.   The veterinarian at Lake Grove Vet was extremely helpful and supportive in getting her the necessary nutrients to get her to a healthy weight to deliver her puppies.  An ultrasound detected seven puppies but on December 22, 2016 Pee Dee delivered 10 very healthy puppies.

Animal Coalition Unlimited, founded by and run by volunteers in 2014, takes a very unique approach to animal rescue and adoptions. For one, they do not charge any adoption fees.  However, they have certain stipulations for potential adopters under their Foster to Adopt Program. This method confirms the potential adopter can take care of the dogs and meet all of their future medical needs. Basically, the new owner gets to foster their pet for a period of time before officially adopting them. This ensures it is a good fit for both the person and the pet. This is in the best interest of the dog, because it gives the dog a better chance of being adopted by a good family without putting too much pressure on the adopters from the get go. They thoroughly interview and screen all applicants and follow this up with a home visit. With this program, Animal Coalition Unlimited can monitor the ongoing progress of the dogs, for approximately a six-month trial period. Their success rate with this program is very high.

Pee Dee’s puppies are the first in puppy adoptions for Animal Coalition Unlimited.  They will start accepting applications after the puppies have had their first series of puppy vaccines at eight-weeks old.   Although Animal Coalition Unlimited does not take any adoption fees for the puppies, the adopter will be required to deposit the spay/neuter surgery cost at the Lake Grove Vet Clinic prior to taking the puppies home when they reach 12 weeks old.

The rescue is seeking sponsorships from pet food manufacturers, vet clinics, and individual sponsors.  Pee Dee’s story recently caught the attention of a leading pet food company in Canada; PetCurean  has taken on Pee Dee and her puppies as their featured pets. The puppies have been getting the best nutrition possible to ensure they are healthy, playful and ready to become someone’s pet companion.

If you would like to give one of these puppies a new home or you would like more information on becoming a sponsor, please send requests to:


(Photo for article about pregnant pit bull courtesy of Animal Coalition Unlimited.)

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Update: 5-month-old Opie succumbs from abuse and neglect

In Fulton County, Georgia, the photo of Opie,  a neglected puppy, so emaciated and too weak to stand, had been emailed on Tuesday morning to Jackie O’Sullivan, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. Jackie was overwhelmed with sadness, but also with an intense anger as she relayed the heartbreaking story to Pet Rescue Report. Opie cover photo

Opie was a five-month-old puppy who never did anything to anyone, other than to have been born, yet someone hated him so much, they neglected him to near death. Weighing only ten pounds and with a body temperature not even registering on a thermometer, had it not been for the kind staff at the Fulton County Animal Shelter reaching out to Jackie and Rescue Dogs Rock NYC,  no one would have ever known the sweet little dog ever lived. And for the past four days, everyone at the animal hospital tried their best; from the veterinarians to the staff who 24/7 did everything they could to save his life. Tragically Opie remained in critical condition, despite intravenous medication, nutrition and plasma transfusions.

“We really thought he would turn a corner and get a little stronger every day, but unfortunately he pretty much remained in this weakened state,” stated Jackie. “Every possible test was conducted by our medical team to decipher if there were any underlying issues causing Opie’s weakness other than being emaciated. Each test performed was inconclusive for any abnormalities.”Opie 3

Early Saturday afternoon, Opie quietly passed away. It is suspected the puppy had just been so neglected before he was rescued and the damage had been too extensive for his tiny body to overcome.

“If only we found him sooner; we would have done anything for him, – anything to keep him alive,” Jackie posted on Facebook as she sadly updated the rescue’s supporters.  “We are saddened, we are defeated and we are angry. Opie’s life mattered, and he will never be forgotten.”

Rest in peace Opie. We are saddened that humans let you down. You were just a puppy with an entire life meant for you to enjoy.

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Update: 6-week-old puppy attacked by large dogs still critical

A six-week-old puppy attacked by three large dogs continues to fight for his life. According to Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, the critically injured tiny terrier remains at an Atlanta, Georgia specialty veterinarian  hospital. His latest scans and radiographs show multiple breaks on both sides of his jaw, upper jaw and through his nasal cavity. A surgeon at the hospital was quite surprised Benjie even survived; stating the broken nasal cavity goes right to his brain.Benjie 3

It was decided on Thursday, that surgery at this point, may do more harm than good. Because of his age, his bones are very soft and thin. He will be closely monitored and kept on pain medication, but is reported to be eating and drinking. Jackie O’Sullivan, co-founder of the rescue organization, states Benjie’s progress will be evaluated one day at a time as to his surgical needs.

“For now we are happy Benjie does not have to be put under again as he already was for the CT scan,” stated Jackie on her daily update of the tiny three pound puppy. “The medical team says he has fits of crying, and then he sleeps. They are, however happy that Benjie is alive and able to eat without a feeding tube.”

On Tuesday, the previous owners had taken Benjie to a veterinarian after he had been brutally attacked by three other dogs, but decided she didn’t want him anymore and left.

“Benjie was tossed like a stuffed toy! How could this have happened to Benjie, just an innocent baby? Because his owner failed him and failed to keep Benjie safe. Unnecessary suffering for a little 3 lb. baby because of negligence. The only positive here, is that the owner had enough sense to bring Benjie to a vet, hoping they could help somehow. She didn’t want him anymore though and just dropped him off. That’s when we were called,” explained Jackie.

Benjie’s plight continues to garner social media attention, bringing out the necessity of reporting any cases of suspected animal cruelty. Be the voices for those who cannot speak. And even though it’s hard to look at their pictures, without us fighting for them every day, their suffering will only continue. To continue helping Benjie, please click here to donate, or PayPal donate@rescuedogsrocknyc.org. Donations and checks can be sent to RDR NYC, PO Box 101, NY,NY 10028.

Photos of puppy attacked courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC.

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