Wild tale of a puppy hurled from bridge into the water debunked

A Wisconsin man went to great lengths to get out of paying a surrender fee to an animal shelter. In fact, the man concocted a wild tale that screamed “animal cruelty,” for the puppy that he turned in to the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin.

The man who turned the black pup in to the animal shelter had told the staff that he witnessed someone hurling the pup off of Memorial Bridge while he was fishing. The puppy supposedly had survived the fall and then swam to the shore before being “rescued” and taken to the shelter for care.

As it turned out, the supposed witness to this cruel deed was actually the puppy’s owner, and he didn’t want to pay the shelter the surrender fee. On October 13, the animal shelter explained:

You heard it right – the finder of this poor little pup made up his grand story all because a family wanted to be rid of the puppy. They say they didn’t want to or couldn’t afford our $75 fee for surrendering a dog to the shelter, but lots of people surrender pets to us every year and have trouble affording our fee.

The shelter explained how they work with people who have limited funds:

In those cases we work with people on lowering or even waiving the fees. Those fees cover part of the cost of care, feeding, housing, providing medical treatments, microchips, spay/neuter, vaccines and more. But we often waive those fees because we never want affordability to be a factor in people utilizing our services. We are here to help pets and we’re here to help people. We do it every day.

And then condemned the lies:

Unfortunately this family never called, never asked for help and jumped straight to lying to our staff. That really hurt our staff. We take people at face value and we trust people. We’re here to help, but we can’t help if people don’t ask

It was the Janesville Police Department which uncovered the truth. In the Wisconsin State Journal, Sgt. Dean Sukus of the Janesville Police Department, explained:

“Since (the incident) was never originally reported to police, an officer obtained the name of the person who turned the dog in and told the story of the puppy being thrown into the river. After interviewing that person and other members of the household, it was discovered the story was a fabrication to avoid paying a fee to the Humane Society to surrender the dog.”

No charges will be filed since the man lied to the animal shelter rather than to the police.

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Rescued: Pile of puppies left on cold shelter floor for weeks

A pile of puppies huddled together in a Rio Grande Valley, Texas rural shelter for two weeks. When funds are scarce and families to adopt puppies are rare, decisions of life and death become stark realities – even for those so very young. Each of the six-puppies in the litter had been severely neglected, and each suffered with fleas, ticks, skin infections and mange. Each puppy was dehydrated and anemic – their skin itchy, red and raging; sadly there are few resources available for veterinarian care.

When Rescue Dogs Rock NYC was asked to help, co-founder Stacey Silverstein arranged to have the puppies transferred to the organization’s partner veterinarian hospital in Dallas.

“The shelter said it was easier to kill them and be done with it. We said no – not going to happen,” Stacey wrote as she posted the photos of the puppies on the rescue’s Facebook page. “So what did we do? We rescued them all!”


Five of the puppies have been treated and transferred to foster homes, however Jasmine remains in the emergency hospital in serious condition. Jasmine has already been given a blood transfusion costing $750; she remains on a 24-hour intravenous drip as her condition is so dehydrated and weak. Her prognosis is unknown, but she is being given every chance to survive.

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(Photos of pile of puppies left to die in shelter courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

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Authorities search for creep who tossed puppies over fence during middle of night

Can there be any other name  than “creep” for the person who tossed two tiny, defenseless puppies over a garden fence in the freezing cold during the middle of the night in West Yorkshire? On Saturday, the RSPCA released a closed circuit video of a man pulling the two pups out of a white carrier bag and tossing them over the wall into the garden of a home in Bradford.

An investigation has been launched, and the public is being asked to help with any information.

“The CCTV clearly shows a man walk past and then stop before holding a carrier bag over the wall and tipping it out into the garden. Then as he walks away, he pauses as the two tiny, disoriented puppies appear from underneath a bush and potter across the lawn,” stated Inspector Sally Bamforth.

According to the Mirror, the time stamp on the surveillance video indicates the two pups were dumped on September 28 at approximately 9:10 p.m. The footage shows the man who dumped the animals wearing a heavy coat, which meant it had been a cold as well as a rainy night. Not only were the puppies too young to be out in inclement weather, they were too young to be away from their mother. Both Lhasa Apso pups were nearly bald as they suffered from severe skin infections. How they survived their ordeal remains a miracle, according to RSPCA personnel caring for the little ones.

“Watching the footage is heartbreaking; anything could have happened to these little pups,” added Inspector Bamforth. Fortunately the homeowner discovered the puppies in her garden just a few hours later and called the animal welfare organization.

The puppies, a male and female are now in the care of the RSPCA Preston and have been named Pippin and Perdy. The two are very bonded and are behaving like happy little puppies. Anyone with information is asked to call 0300 123 8018.

Donations to help with their care can be made by visiting: www.rspca.org.uk/give.

(Photos of pups tossed over garden fence handouts from RSPCA)






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Woman sobs as she videoed owner dragging tired puppy down street on belly

In Great Yarmouth, England, a woman was so upset when she spotted a man walk past her with three dogs, including a tired puppy being dragged down the street on her belly, she videoed the disturbing scene to be used as future evidence. The woman sobbed as she witnessed the five-week-old Staffordshire bull terrier, named Fatsy, shaking, grunting and whining as her owner Robert Loombe dragged the little one down the street. The witness then turned the video over to the police, who tracked the owner down and charged him with animal cruelty.

On Friday, Loombe’s punishment was regarded by animal activists as a joke. According to the Mirror, Loombe was fined $400 and was not banned from owning animals in the future, although the Norwich magistrate barred him from owning Fatsy any longer. Loombe pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal and also admitted to possessing marijuana, but was not punished for the disturbing the peace offense.

According to witnesses, and Jade Barker who videoed the cruel situation, Loombe reacted angrily to people begging him to stop dragging the puppy along the sidewalk.

“I saw him dragging this poor little puppy behind him. I said that he needed to pick the puppy up and he told me to f*** off,” Jade stated. “So I just carried on walking and then saw him still dragging it across the road so its face collided with the high curb. I just thought it was so disgusting so I stood at the side of the Co-op and filmed him for 11 seconds. I was so upset that I was crying my eyes out.”

At least five other bystanders approached Loombe as he dragged the puppy more than 60 yards, but to each person, the nasty man reacted with rage telling people he was training the puppy how to walk on a leash by dragging it stating “you have to be cruel to be kind.”

The puppy had been one of a litter of seven puppies Loombe had at his home. At the time of his arrest, the police removed all of the dogs. On his Facebook page, which had garnered intense criticism,  has since been closed from public view, he insulted anyone who criticized him, but later added:

” I appreciate that I must me or nearly the most hated person in Norfolk & my behaviour/situation is nothing less than horrifyingly awful? I understand all of this & I mad a fu**ing massive mistake which I am/have paying for!!”

And as for Fatsy, she suffered a bloodied chin and a police spokesperson stated the mother dog and the puppies were at the Suffolk based Broken Halo Animal Rescue Center. Soon after the puppy’s father and two other puppies were brought to the rescue by a member of the Loombe family. All five dogs are currently in foster care and are due to be adopted. Fatsy is slowly recuperating from her ordeal.

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(Photos of tired puppy dragged via screenshots from video, Facebook and East Anglican News Service)

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Vladimir Putin kisses and hugs his new puppy given to him as birthday present

Not often does the world ever catch a glimpse of Vladimir Putin and his softer side, but on Wednesday he was given a belated birthday present from Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov during meetings in Sochi. As Berdymukhamedov picked the adorable ball of canine cuteness up by the scruff of the neck towards the flashing cameras, Putin, gently grabbed the little one, now named Verny and gave him soft cuddles and kisses. 

The name Verny means “faithful” in Russian. The alabai breed is a home-bred Turkmen mix of the Central Asian shepherd dog. The breed is officially listed as part of Turkmenistan’s national heritage. The dogs were originally bred for shepherding, protection and guard duty.

Putin turned 65 on October 7.

“We have a common friend.” Berdymukhamedov stated according to Reuters. “This is the world’s unique alabai dog. And today I bought this little alabai with me.”

Despite the sternness of Putin’s appearance, it’s a well known fact that he has a love for animals. There have been numerous photos of Putin feeding elk, holding kittens and playing in the snow with his dogs. This is Putin’s third dog given to him as a gift. There’s Buffy, a Bulgarian shepherd from Bulgaria’s premier and Yume, an Akita from a Japanese official. Putin also has been given horses as well as a tiger for gifts in the past.

(Photos of Vladimir Putin welcoming his new puppy via Reuters screenshot)

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Update: 2-month-old husky pup in medically induced coma after skull fracture

In Phoenix, police continue to investigate a report from Maricopa County Animal Care and Control concerning a 2-month-old husky puppy brought to the shelter on Friday night with a severe skull fracture and bleeding. The pup, dubbed BB Bear, has been placed in a medically induced coma after veterinarians determined he suffered a massive skull fracture.

According to the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control Facebook entry by Eva Boyle, authorities believe someone deliberately caused BB Bear’s injuries. If he recovers, he is likely to be blind and have no sense of smell; more permanent long term effects are possible.

“The vets at Phoenix Dog/Cat/Bird Hospital are doing EVERYTHING in their power to care for him and WE couldn’t be more grateful to the team there. A LOT of people, more than we could of imagined, have come forward to ask “what can we do?” The list of people wanting to give him a home is incredible. We do not know if he will EVER be available for adoption. We must first get him better and from there we will decide how we will place him in a forever.”

For anyone wanting to help, several options have been listed:

  • Medical expense donations can be made to Two Pups Wellness Fund or Arizona Animal Rescue Mission….please do not contact the hospital directly.
  • Report all abuse. If anyone knows who did this to the puppy, report it to the authorities
  • Adopt a shelter pet. This pup may never be ready for adoption and there are hundreds of pets ready for a new home. What a great way to honor this little guy’s uphill battle at survival.

(Photos of BB Bear in medically induced coma via Maricopa County Animal Care and Control)

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Heartbreaking abuse: 2-month-old husky brought to shelter with skull bashed in

In Phoenix, the police are investigating a report from Maricopa County Animal Care and Control concerning a 2-month-old husky puppy brought to the shelter on Friday night with a severe skull fracture and bleeding.

According to the Facebook page for the organization, the puppy was brought in unconscious and comatose. Two Pups Wellness Fund and Arizona Animal Rescue Mission stepped up to help, and the puppy was immediately transferred to the Phoenix Dog/Cat/Bird Hospital. The people who surrendered the puppy gave the shelter false information, and the police are now following leads to identify the person(s) responsible for the horrendous abuse.

“The hospital is cautiously optimistic that he will recover. We will update the public of his condition,” MCACC posted and are relying on the public and media to share the news and help find the responsible party.

Maricopa County Animal Care & Control (MCACC) – Adopt at pets.maricopa.gov any medical donations can go to Arizona Animal Rescue Mission; they along with Two Pups Wellness Fund are handling the expenses currently but this will be quite costly.

(Photos via MCACC)

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Get well soon little guy.



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‘Sub-human’ tried to drown 3 puppies and 3 kittens only a few days old

In a heartbreaking discovery from the Queensland animal welfare organization Off the Chain K9 Rescue, rescuers called out the “parasitic sub-human” who tried to drown three newborn puppies and kittens on Wednesday and then discarded the little ones like trash at a public rest stop. The kittens and puppies, soaking wet, had been stuffed in a pillowcase. 

On the organization’s Facebook page, founder Jess Otto posted the heartbreaking photos and explained the deep emotional scars felt by the rescuers who traveled 125 miles round trip to save the surviving puppies who still had their umbilical cords attached:

“It was a tragic find by a Toowoomba woman – kittens and a puppy drowned in a pillowcase. Two newborn puppies managed to survive the ordeal, and the woman cared for them until she was able to pass them on to Toowoomba animal rescue Off the Chain K9 Rescue.”

The two tiny survivors now referred to as “The Lucky Two” are fighting for their lives.

“This is heartbreaking,” Otto continued. “It hits you hard and right where it hurts. We’ve been emotional messes all day. We are tired, we are angry and we are sad. But we won’t give up! These guys stand a chance and we need your help to make it happen.We are extremely upset and worried about their mother. We also believe them to be kelpie x and it’s very unlikely that only three were in the litter so we are desperate for information that may lead us to others.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the rescue. It is not known why there were kittens drowned along with the puppies and how two of the tiny ones were able to survive.

The rescue needs donations to help. Anyone wanting to donate goods or money for the vet care would be greatly appreciated. In addition, the following is needed:

Puppy milk (we’ve issued colostrum) Wombaroo: https://www.amaroopet.com.au/…/Health…/Wombaroo-Dog-MIlk-1kg

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ACCOUNT 879567015

(Photos of puppies and kittens found in pillowcase left by subhuman via Facebook)

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Heroes save puppy found buried in mounds of trash

A young puppy, apparently abandoned with the trash, was rescued by heroes in Oroville, California. The shepherd mix puppy was discovered after a Recology employee heard cries coming from the mounds of trash and took the time to investigate, reported KRCR TV.

“As I am walking through the building I hear whining, whimpering,” said Recology employee, Will Smith, “I was trying to maneuver my way because it was dark.” Smith explained that he would have headed directly to his tractor to move the piles of trash if the lights had been on…it was sheer luck that he didn’t start up the heavy machinery and begin moving garbage.

Smith had to dig for a half hour before he got to the trapped puppy – he said that she was quiet and content after being rescued. Smith told the news station, “She stopped yelling. She laid her head on my chest. She was just happy.”

The pup was infested with fleas – so Smith bought flea shampoo and gave her a bath. The Recology general manager even paid for the pup to go to a veterinarian for an exam.

Another employee, Ryan Matousek, decided to adopt the puppy (now named Sierra) for his mom. Little Sierra went from unwanted and abandoned to loved. Great work!

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Police officer rescues puppy who was tossed onto busy roadway

On Monday evening, someone decided to throw away a puppy. The puppy had been tossed out of a vehicle with his leash still attached – fortunately, a citizen who witnessed the cruel incident was able to flag down a police officer who was helping a stranded motorist on I-270 and Morse Road in Columbus, Ohio.

According to the Columbus Police Department, Officer Dave Drenning quickly responded to the report of an abandoned puppy and he was able to rescue the little guy before he was hit by a car.

Officer Drenning and Officer Jennifer Alicea attempted to find the vehicle (described as a blue Toyota) which the good Samaritan reported seeing the puppy tossed from. Though unsuccessful in their attempt, the officers were able to spend some time bonding with the puppy in their cruisers.

According to the Department, the puppy was checked for a microchip and provided with food and water. Sgt. Aaron Ward added:


We named the puppy Officer Morse (because of where he was rescued Morse Rd. & 270). Officer Alicea found him a temporary home but I’m sure his forever home is coming soon. I will keep everyone posted on what happens next to Officer Morse.”

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