Just a baby: Someone needed to save Morris, the puppy’s life

Meet Morris; this ten-month-old English bulldog and Boston terrier blend is adorable. How he ended up at the overcrowded Devore Animal Shelter is not understood, but no puppy should be exposed to the frightening experience of an open admission shelter where illness too often leads to humane euthanization.

Click here for Morris’ adoption information: “I am a neutered male, white and brown English Bulldog and Boston Terrier. The shelter staff think I am about 10 months old. I have been at the shelter since May 16, 2017.” For more information about this animal, call San Bernardino County – Devore Shelter at (909) 386-9820. Ask for information about animal ID number A672475. A Facebook page following this puppy’s plight can be found here or here.

Share this pup’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. Advocates have been pledging funds to help a rescue organization with expenses. Don’t let Morris fall through the cracks; his future depends on all of us.

(Photo via Friends of Freddie – Saving Devore Shelter Animals)

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Three-pound puppy Calypso rescued from disturbing case of neglect

Meet Calypso; just a five-month-old Chihuahua who weighs three-pounds and who tries to scratch with every step she takes. What was once a simple case of mange and easily cured by bringing the puppy to a veterinarian for treatment, this innocent little one’s condition was ignored.  And over months – not just days, Calypso continued to suffer. On Friday, Second Chance Rescue NYC Dogs came to her rescue.

“There are no words for the shape Calypso arrived in today. She’s only 5-6 months … Her eyes are watering constantly from all the irritation. This has developed over months, not days…. how this happened, how someone watched this happen, how long has this baby been suffering? She’s under medical watch now, antibiotics, pain meds, small frequent meals…”, the group posted to their Facebook page to update their followers after the puppy’s disturbing photo was posted.

Demodectic mange in dogs is a common infestation of the dog’s skin composed of tiny, cigar-shaped, eight-legged mites that live and feed in the hair follicles. It is not as severe as Sarcoptic mites (often called scabies), and many times can resolve itself, however dogs with suppressed immune systems can present with more serious cases. With Calypso, her mange has been compounded by a severe skin infection accompanying a possible blood infection; attributed to neglect. The puppy is now being treated and will remain at the organization’s veterinary partner until she is strong enough to be fostered. 

To help with Calypso’s care, donations can be made here  or by mail to Second Chance Rescue, PO Box 570701 Whitestone, New York 11357.

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(Photo and video courtesy of Second Chance Rescue NYC Dogs)

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Terrified 4-month-old puppy tries to sleep his fears of the shelter away

For anyone who claims they can’t find a puppy to adopt from a shelter and purchases their new best friend from a pet store, a breeder or a puppy mill supplier, check this little guy out. This terrified 4-month-old puppy desperately tries to sleep his fears away. Why would such a cute puppy wind up at Carson Animal Care? Was he an Easter present to a child? Did the family figure out puppies need attention and care? Did the family get bored and impatient with having to train and care for this little one?

Click here for this pup’s Pet Harbor listing. “I am described as a male, white Poodle – Miniature. The shelter thinks I am about 4 months old. I have been at the shelter since Apr 20, 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 A505214. A Facebook page for this dog can be followed here.

Share this puppy’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. Before deciding to bring a dog into your home, look at this photo carefully – an adorable puppy who was tossed aside after just a month or so in his first home. Either make the commitment to them or buy a stuffed animal. Their lives matter.

Carson Shelter, Gardena, California
216 Victoria Street, Gardena, California

Photos and video of 4-month-old puppy courtesy of Saving Carson Shelter Dogs.

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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:

Hundreds of animals found in deplorable conditions at North Georgia puppy mill

It began on Wednesday evening with an anonymous call from an area resident in the north Georgia county of Habersham complaining about excessive dog barking. What officers discovered, when they arrived at the property was both shocking and deplorable. They encountered a puppy mill; hundreds of animals had been lined up in rows – barely existing in plastic tubs filled with their own feces and urine. Some were so matted, they could barely walk, eat or  relieve themselves. Many of the puppies suffered from eye, ear and skin conditions.  According to the Humane Society of the United States,  the Habersham County Department of Animal Care and Control immediately secured a warrant for the property and called the Animal Crimes unit with the HSUS for assistance.

By early Thursday morning, HSUS staff members, law enforcement officials, and local humane groups raided the property. They seized more than 350 dogs, cats, and other animals from squalid, deficient conditions. Donkeys, a horse, bunnies, chickens, ducks, geese, goats, sheep, and an alpaca were found on the property searching for food and clean water.

Working side by side with Habersham County and with support from Cashier’s Highland Humane Society, RescueBank, Greater Good, Save the Horses, Cornerstone Animal Hospital, Humane Society of North East Georgia, Northeast Veterinary hospital, PAWS Bryson City, Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement and other neighboring welfare organizations, the dogs have been removed as well as the other animals.

In the Humane Society of the United States press release, 

“We never expected to discover something of this magnitude in our own backyard,” said Madi Hawkins, director of HCACC. “I’m grateful to our dedicated and compassionate staff who have been on scene over 24 hours and will continue to be here until the last animal is rescued. This is a heartbreaking situation, and it’s not an easy task to be present to witness this kind of cruelty.”

The HSUS and Cashiers Highland Humane are safely transporting the dogs, cats, bunnies and birds to a temporary emergency animal shelter, where they will be thoroughly examined by teams of veterinarians and receive any necessary immediate medical care. Rescue Bank is providing the necessary food for the dogs. The horse and farm animals  are being transported to Horse Inc.

The case remains under investigation. There are still estimated to be more than 10,000 puppy mills operating in the United States. The challenge is to close them all down – how these animals are forced to live is beyond reprehensible.

(Photos and video of puppy mill in North Georgia courtesy of HSUS, Frank Loftus) To donate to this organization, please click here.

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Video of puppy abuse winds up with two MTSU college football players suspended

In Murfreesboro, Tennessee, two football players from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) under investigation for animal cruelty, have been temporarily booted from the team. In a video posted to Justin Akins’ Snapchat account last month, Shalom Alvarez can be seen hitting a defenseless puppy.

When the incident was first reported by WsmvNews, head coach for the team Rick Stockstill initially stated that the players told him the puppy urinated inside and they were disciplining it. Stockstill referred to it as a “teaching moment” and said he pointed out how disciplining the pet by hitting it could become a social media disaster. In the Snapchat video, which a concerned citizen copied to their Ipad, authorities state  Shalom Alvarez, who is a linebacker for MTSU’s football team, can be seen hitting the dog. Police said he grabbed the puppy out  from underneath the bed and forcefully hit it at least five times. The puppy is heard crying in pain with each hit. Akins then posted the following comment under the video:

 “[Expletive] said you don’t pay rent.”

MTSU Athletic Director Chris Massaro agreed the actions captured on the video were indeed disturbing. In a statement to the Daily News Journal, he announced:

“We welcome the inquiry by the Rutherford County Pet Adoption and Welfare Services. We have high expectations of conduct of our student-athletes. Coach Stockstill has suspended these players until the inquiry is complete and they will perform community service to the benefit of local animal welfare efforts.

The puppy did not belong to either football player. The pooch named ‘Rocko” belongs to another MTSU player – Daryl Randolph. There have not been any arrests.

(Photo of video by MTSU football players via Snapchat freezeshot)

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Unstable 4-month-old pup who falls and drags herself rescued from death sentence

In rural Georgia, it’s not that county shelters want to euthanize adorable little puppies like Cassie when they are brought in, but the lack of funding prohibits spending the amount of money needed to diagnose many of the physical problems abandoned, stray or homeless pets face. And so humane euthanization was to be the fate of  an unstable four-month-old puppy; that is until Jackie O’Sullivan, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC was asked by the shelter on Friday afternoon to help:

“Cassie can stand, but then loses control and falls; it is much easier for her to drag herself then stand. She is very weak when standing and the movement of walking, she gets unstable falls and drags herself,” explained Jackie as the group posted photos and short videos of Cassie struggling to stand upright.

Beautiful Cassie’s life does matter and she will be spending the weekend at the Georgia emergency veterinarian hospital where she has already been administered steroids hoping that will help. Her testing will be completed on Monday, and then veterinarians will know what the next step to her recovery and rehabilitation will involve. A short video has been attached. Meanwhile advocates are asked to keep their fingers and toes crossed for this sweet puppy’s recovery.

To help with Cassie, PayPal: Donate@rescuedogsrocknyc.org or www.rescuedogsrocknyc.org/donate/ or mail: RDR NYC PO BOX 101 NY NY 10028.

(Photos and video courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

Video of Cassie still at the shelter. Her condition seems to have improved since she has been at the veterinarian hospital, although she is still quite unsteady on her legs.


In the nick of time: Ingrid, 8-week-old puppy found with intestines exposed

Rescue Dogs Rock NYC named the eight-week-old puppy Ingrid on Wednesday morning. According to the organization’s co-founder, Jackie O’Sullivan, their South Carolina shelter partners asked for help. The friendly little pooch, barely weaned from her mother, had been brought into the shelter by animal control officers who winced, just knowing the pain the puppy had to have been suffering. She was rushed to an emergency veterinarian.

When Ingrid arrived at the hospital, veterinarians stated it is the worst prolapsed rectum they have ever seen; surgery for the puppy has been scheduled.

“The tissue on the tissues hanging out is partly necrotic and surgery is needed right now even though it comes with risk,” Jackie told advocates and rescue followers on Facebook after posting the heartbreaking photos of the tiny pup. “…another puppy suffering that did not get immediate medical care and was left for days like this where her tissue started to die off.” 

Unfortunately there is no way to know what or why this happened. Could the damage have been caused by an overload of internal parasites that caused Ingrid to strain or was it something else? The puppy’s prognosis is unknown, however crossing fingers and toes for Ingrid’s survival  are appreciated.

Rescue Dogs Rock NYC   takes on some of the most abused and at risk dogs from kill shelters and provide these animals with life-saving veterinarian care and rehabilitation until they are ready to find loving homes. Please help – only through the generous donations can dogs just like Ingrid have a chance. Had they not stepped forward to help, Ingrid would have died.

Updates to follow.

PayPal: Donate@rescuedogsrocknyc.org or www.rescuedogsrocknyc.org/donate/ or mail: RDR NYC PO BOX 101 NY NY 10028

(Photos of Ingrid with her intestines exposed via Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

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Tragic update on German shepherd puppy found in parking lot with broken legs

Over the weekend, a four-month-old emaciated German shepherd puppy was found in an Atlanta, Georgia grocery store parking lot barely able to move. Apparently Sammy had been hit by a car; one leg was literally crushed and the other had been broken in multiple areas. 

When the local shelter called Rescue Dogs Rock NYC for help, co-founder Jackie O’Sullivan immediately arranged for the dog to be transported to an emergency local veterinary hospital where he was administered intravenous fluids and pain medication. On Monday, private transportation was arranged to bring Sammy to New York City where specialty veterinarian orthopedic surgeons would try and save at least one of the puppy’s back legs.

And on Tuesday morning Sammy underwent surgery. Tragically, there will be no happy ending for Sammy:

 “With the heaviest of hearts we must let you all know that sweet Sammy arrested and passed during surgery today,” Jackie posted on the organization’s Facebook.  “He was apparently run over by a car recently which crushed one back leg  and left the other broken in several places. He was stabilized for a few days and then needed surgery to try to save at least one of his back legs.

The medical team was able to get him back once, but he unfortunately arrested again and was gone. This beautiful 4-5 month old baby had his entire life ahead of him and had done well until the end of his surgery.”

Fly with the angels Sammy. We regret that someone let you down – you were just a puppy and your owner never kept watch over you. Rescue Dogs Rock NYC and all their volunteers, followers and supporters tried their best to save you.

“We are so sorry this happened to you sweet angel and that your life was cut short. We will never forget you and will always love you,” added Jackie.

Read the previous story about Sammy here. (Photos of Sammy the German shepherd puppy courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

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Read about the miracle dog Queenie who few expected to survive her horrible ordeal. Everyday she gets stronger.

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)

Get well soon Jinx. We hope you find some justice. Follow the Pet Rescue Report on Facebook.