Caught on video: Three thieves try to steal a puppy from Ventura adoption event

Does anyone recognize these three individuals? A security video from a Ventura, California animal rescue organization captured three thieves attempting to steal a puppy Wednesday evening. According to the Facebook page of Paw Works, three individuals entered the adoption center located in the Pacific View Mall shopping center and tried to steal a fluffy little dog named Ripley.

The public is being asked to look at the photos and read the descriptions of the suspects:

Wanted individuals for theft:

1. White/Hispanic looking female. She is 5’4″ ish black hat, black shirt and blue jeans. Despite the appearance in the photo this was a female.

2. White/Hispanic male with a dachshund terrier mix.

3. White/Hispanic female with what looked to be a one month old tabby kitten with white paws.

Paw Works volunteers are concerned these people might be going around the area of Ventura stealing pets. The other pets the thieves were carrying did not come from Paw Works. Please contact the police or Paw Works if anyone had any information. Ripley is safe.

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Sad little Grace Anne: No one adopts her because she’s ‘ugly’

Had Grace Anne been full of baby fur with fluffy little paws and a curled up tail, potential adopters would have stopped at her kennel the moment they saw her. Puppies have the easiest time finding homes – even at the overcrowded Harris County Animal Shelter located in Houston, Texas.

‘”Grace Anne’ is just a baby. Like our friend Gregory last month, she doesn’t know she is ugly. She just knows that no one stops to look at her. Do you see her? She’s 4 months old. She craves love. Easily treatable demodex mange. Adoptable or donate for rescue and offer to foster.”

Shame on the person who called this four-month-old Grace Anne their puppy before she became sick and tossed her away like an old shoe. According to the shelter, the mastiff mix is so very itchy. Her skin has turned bright pink, she’s nearly bald and what’s left of her coat has turned yellow. Demodex is a common infestation of a puppy’s skin comprised of tiny, cigar shaped, eight legged mites that live and feed in the hair follicles and oil glands. Aside from the mange, GraceAnne also has a secondary skin infection that will have to be treated.

Click here for the puppy’s Pet Harbor listing. “I am a female, tan Mastiff. The shelter staff think I am about 9 weeks old. I have been at the shelter since Jun 20, 2017.” For more information about this animal, call Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services at (281) 999-3191
Ask for information about animal ID number A486553. A Facebook page for the puppy can be followed here.

Share this little one’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives, and this puppy needs our help.

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Check out GraceAnne’s video below. This puppy is so sweet; surely someone wants to take her home and help her become beautiful again:

Franklintown woman abandons puppies in remote area hoping ‘someone would find them’

A Franklintown, Louisiana woman has been charged with animal cruelty after a police officers spotted the woman abandoning a litter of puppies in a remote area. On Monday evening, Lieutenant James Holmes from the Franklinton Police Department observed a vehicle fleeing from the area; moments later the officer found several puppies near the road.

According to the Franklinton Police Department’s Facebook, officers stopped the vehicle and Rita Mooney admitted she had abandoned the puppies in hopes someone would find them. The puppies have been turned over to the Humane Society of Louisiana, and after they are evaluated by a veterinarian, will be made available for adoption.

Mooney has been charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty and released until her court date in August. Interested in adopting an adorable puppy? Contact the Humane Society of Louisiana here.

(Photo of Rita Mooney and puppies via Franklinton Police Department Facebook)

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Emergency rescue as workers save 9 pups and their mom from flooding drainpipe

For three days, volunteers had been desperately working to save a family of ten puppies and their mother who had taken up temporary refuge in an old drainpipe in a rural area of Dallas, Texas. As described by rescue volunteer for Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, Leslie Ysuhuaylas stated the mother dog had been living in the abandoned area since November; there she delivered two litters; only one puppy from a previous litter seemed to have survived.

What the mother dog had not anticipated this time, however were the pouring rain storms predicted for the area which would soon flood – including the drain where she thought her six-week-old puppies had been safe from predators and other dangers. The puppies were discovered accidentally while on a rescue mission for a different dog, and as the volunteers entered the drainage area they heard the puppies crying:

“We went in and mom started growling when we approached,” Leslie stated. “We weren’t equipped to be in there; there was limited lighting and we had no idea what type or size of dog we were dealing with or the number of  puppies hiding there. So we went out back out to plan getting them out before it started to rain.”

While rescuers set humane traps to capture the family and waited patiently to bring the little ones to safety, the downpours began. They went back into the drain, but the darkness and the flooding made any attempts to find the puppies nearly impossible.

“We thought the puppies had died,” Leslie told the Pet Rescue Report, “but 15 minutes later one came out with his head just above the water, ten minutes later another came out, and in another 15 minutes came JJ out; his head had been underwater and his body barely afloat. We started doing CPR and took him to the fire station for oxygen, but it was too late.”

The group were immediately able to catch the mother dog, and she eagerly jumped into the car. When rescuers returned that evening, four more puppies were spotted, but the frightened little ones scattered into the nearby woods – not before two more were safely captured. The next morning another one was trapped, and the last remaining sibling ran out of the tunnel trying to rescue his trapped brother.

“He (the last puppy) stayed in the tunnel all day, and we had no idea where as there are several branches in the tunnel where he could hide.”

And then the rains began to fall again – this time harder and the water from the tunnel quickly moving anything in its path to the nearby creek. And on Monday morning, when almost all hope had been lost for the rescue of the last puppy, he somehow had found safety in one of the bigger tunnels. You can watch his rescue in the attached video.

“They are all heading to the vet today as a family, while we attempt to trap the only surviving puppy from mom’s previous litter who has been living in the woods with his family. There have been limited sightings of him as we focused on his younger siblings. This entire family has lived a very difficult life, and have only survived so long because the babies have a very strong and caring mother that has ensured their safety and protected them through the difficult weather and predators. She has raised strong-willed puppies and survivors!”

All of the puppies and their mother have been transferred to the partner veterinarian for Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. A three-week temporary foster home  as well as  donations are needed. If you are in the Dallas area and can help, please contact Leslie. Please donate for the surviving family members via PayPal at or

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(Photos and video of drainpipe puppies courtesy of Leslie Ysuhuaylas and Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

Check out the drainpipe area where volunteers dared to enter in order to save the lives of these desperate puppies:

Surveillance camera videos man abandoning box of emaciated puppies in parking lot

On May 31, at approximately 7:00 p.m. surveillance cameras for a business in St. Elmo, Tennessee showed two people in a bright blue new Dodge Ram 1500 truck stop in a parking lot. The blue truck pulls to the end of the lot and stops at the entrance to the building. One of the occupants opens the door on the passenger side, goes to the back of the bed of the truck, picks up a cardboard box and then places it down. He then hurries back into the truck and takes off.

According to the McKamey Animal Center, two emaciated Plott hounds. In a statement to NewsChannel 9, Jamie McLoon, executive director of the rescue organization stated:

“The video, certainly, demonstrated that there were individuals that had unloaded this box of puppies at this business… “the dogs are under treatment right now at the veterinary clinic… they are alive and they are being treated. We see more puppies getting abandoned in the summertime. Often, they’re not injured or ill, they’re just surplus that people wanted to get rid of.”

Authorities are asking for the public’s help identifying the individuals. 

“Animal Abandonment is against the law and in this case the animals were in extremely poor condition and needed immediate veterinary care.
. § 39-14-202. Cruelty to animals (3) An offense under subdivision (f)(2) is a Class B misdemeanor. (g)(1) Cruelty to animals is a Class A misdemeanor. (2) A second or subsequent conviction for cruelty to animals is a Class E felony. (3) Violation of any prohibition or restriction imposed by the sentencing court pursuant to subdivision (e) is a Class A misdemeanor.”

If you have any information on these individuals please contact McKamey Animal Center at 423- 305-6500.  You can also leave tips anonymously at 423-305-6508 or email

(Photos from surveillance camera via McKamey Animal Center and Channel 9 News)

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The video can be viewed here. Do you recognize this vehicle or the people in the truck?


UPDATE: Eight-month-old puppy starved and shot survives emergency surgery

It’s Thursday afternoon and she’s up on her feet; she may now be a “tripod” but Mindy is one puppy miracle. Not only did the eight-month-old puppy survive emergency surgery, she’s up and walking around with her tail wagging and available for sloppy hugs and kisses.

On Wednesday afternoon, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC received a plea from a rural South Carolina shelter asking for help with an emaciated, stray eight-month-old puppy. Described by the shelter as in “generally poor condition” and unable to put any weight on her hind leg, the nature of the puppy’s injuries were shocking:

“…when Mindy got to our SC vet, the horrifying discovery was made that she’d actually been SHOT,” posted Jackie O’Sullivan, the organization’s  co-founder, on Facebook. “You can see the bullet fragments that shattered her femur. And you can see tissue hanging out of the open wound. There are no words to describe the rage this makes us feel. This sweet, innocent 25 pound puppy starved and shot! It’s truly sickening and makes us wonder what has happened to the human race.”

Just hours later, Mindy’s life hung by a thread. Her leg had swelled to twice it’s normal size when examined; veterinarians determined it had become infected, and if she was to live, her leg would have to be  immediately amputated during emergency surgery. At approximately 6:00 p.m., Mindy underwent surgery, even though she was not regarded as a good candidate, because of her emaciated condition and with blood work results showing she was likely septic. There was no time to waste; the puppy’s life had been slipping away.

On Thursday morning, Pet Rescue Report received the news that Mindy survived surgery; in fact she had surpassed all expectations:

“She’s doing well. Her red blood cell count went up to 32; her temperature remains low in the normal range and although she was touch and go prior to surgery, she rebounded very well. The vet made the right call to amputate her leg; it had been causing sepsis (life threatening illness caused by the body’s response to an infection.)”
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Check out Mindy’s miracle recovery. If only all serious cases of neglect and abuse could have resolutions like this:

4-month-old German shepherd puppy cried as owner punched it outside of home

In Yucca Valley, California, a four-month-old German shepherd puppy cried and whimpered as his owner held him down and repeatedly punched him  numerous times outside of his home on Wednesday afternoon. An eyewitness called 911 to report the man allegedly staggering down Antelope Trail and Barberry Avenue kicking the defenseless animal.

When police arrived at the home of Charles Lathrop, 60, deputies saw Lathrop standing in front of the garage, outside of his Barberry Avenue home holding the puppy down while striking it with his fist. “The puppy was crying and trying to get away from Lathrop,” stated a press release according to Z107.7News.  Lathrop was arrested and transferred to the Morongo Basin Jail and has been charged with one felony count of willful animal cruelty. He admitted to the deputy that he punched the dog about 20 times because he was detoxing off heroin. Bond  has been set at $50,000.

Animal Control seized the puppy who has been reported to have been seriously injured.

Authorities are asking anyone with additional information to contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Morongo Basin Station at (760)366-4175.

There have not been any updates on the puppy’s condition.

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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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