Federal ban forces dog owners to leave their pets behind when fleeing Puerto Rico

As if escaping the island of Puerto Rico hasn’t been stressful enough for Americans who can no longer cope with the lack of electricity and the necessities of life, citizens from the island have been ordered by federal authorities to leave their pets behind.

According to the Daily Beast, commercial airlines are not allowing family pets weighing more than 20 pounds to accompany them out of Puerto Rico. Federal authorities have taken control of cargo compartments to transport supplies and unless the pet can fit into the cabin of the aircraft and weighs less than 20 pounds, they are forced to stay behind. Sylvie Bedrosian, president of the Pet Friendly Puerto Rico stated more than 2,000 pets have been left behind because of the embargo.

“I understand that most planes coming from the U.S. to Puerto Rico are filled with goods, but what bothers me most is that planes leaving the island are mostly empty. Why take custody of an empty cargo?” Bedrosian questioned.

The No Pet Left Behind Fema Act after Hurricane Katrina “authorizes FEMA to provide rescue, care, shelter, and essential needs for individuals with household pets and service animals, and to the household pets and animals themselves following a major disaster or emergency.” Still the federal ban has continued to be ignored.

“Our animal shelters were already at full capacity before the hurricane and now beginning to feel the burden that María left behind,’ Bedrosian said. “Our rescue missions have completely changed. We used to wonder for abandoned pets on the streets and now have to worry about those left on the airports.”

As of Wednesday Jet Blue and Southwest have been allowing up to eight pets on board at a time, but that doesn’t provide any solutions for dogs weighing over 20 pounds. United Airlines stated the embargo has been waived for them until the end of the month.

“United removed your pet embargo via charge until October 31 You can call 1-800-575-3335 to make your reservation.”

Pet Friendly PR, with the help of the Sato Project have been helping to not only help stray dogs find new homes by flying them to various rescue organizations in other states, but also have been helping pets and families to be reunited with special projects and flights:

“Call to action! We have been inundated with messages and emails from people who want or need to leave Puerto Rico but refuse to leave their dogs behind. We applaud you for your compassion and for standing by your family members and we want to help keep families together.
The Sato Project has secured a small private plane on Thursday that will fly to PR with humanitarian supplies. We want to send that plane back to NJ filled with owned animals. We have space for approximately 8 crates.”

To help these shelters – remember none of them have power and are struggling to help these pets, donations can be sent by clicking here and here. 

(Photos via Sato Project and Pet Friendly PR)

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Tears: Homeless dog’s unbearable heartache as she watched newborn puppies die

When a  very pregnant, homeless dog came into a rural Texas shelter, the least that should have been expected was to provide the mother dog with a clean kennel, a blanket and a safe place for her to safely deliver her puppies. Instead, “Momma Marble” as she would eventually be named, gave birth in a dirty cage – a place where no new lives should ever have been born.

And if it hadn’t been tragic enough that the emaciated Momma Marble had given birth to her puppies in an environment overrun with filth  and disease, the poor dog witnessed each and everyone of her newborn puppies die from the unsanitary conditions. One by one, someone would take them away from her as she  desperatelytried over and over again to lick them; hoping they would each just breathe again.

Days later there was nothing left for Momma Marble; the babies she coddled so lovingly were gone. Her fate had been set in stone on Monday, as she was scheduled to be euthanized. After all, she was filthy, missing clumps of her coat and gradually getting sicker day by day. As Momma Marble’s story went viral on social media, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC   had just been notified; Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of the organization, committed to saving the dog’s life.

“Tears, tears and more tears,” Stacey posted on the group’s Facebook page. “Marble is NOW SAFE and needs immediate medical care
She needs to feel love and to know her life is just beginning and her awful past is just a memory behind her.”

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Two frightened husky puppies abandoned at Fresno park with sad note

Alone and afraid, two shivering husky puppies had been abandoned at Woodward Dog Park in Fresno, California on October . For three hours, the puppies waited and watched the other dogs, the children and the people coming and going, but no one familiar walked by. Whoever had left them up, left them with a box of dog food, toys and a heartbreaking note pleading that whoever found and rescued them would not split them up – as the two were extremely bonded and depended on each other for comfort.

“Hi – our names are Jada (black) and Layla (brown) we are nice 1 year-old dogs. Please don’t split us up. Layla gets scared without her sister.”

Kati Asi had been at the park when she realized the dogs had been abandoned. She contacted the park manager Mona Ahmed, an ASPCA volunteer, according to AbcNews,

“I was angry,” Asi said. “I wish that they might have given a reason because then I would understand more, but to just leave their names not even tell us if they have their shots or if they’re spayed, I think is kind of mean,” she said.

Ahmed has a nonprofit called Fresno Furry Friends, which helps to run the dog park, and in the ten years the park has been open, Jada and Layla are the 14th and 15th dogs left there. Ahmed said all but one of the dogs have since been re-homed. It’s truly heartbreaking to see these two dogs’ young lives turned upside down – surely they were loyal to the very people who betrayed.

Both dogs are currently in foster care. For more information concerning adoption, contact Mona Ahmed at

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2-month-old abused husky puppy in medically induced coma waking up

The Maricopa County Animal Care and Control and the Arizona Animal Rescue Mission shared an update on the abused 2-month-old husky puppy named BB Bear on their Facebook pages Sunday night.

“Sunday Update on our sweet amazing BB Bear aka Phoenix…..Phoenix is rising!!!!!!
Today our amazing miracle boy has drank water from a bowl and in this video you will see he is beginning to eat. It may be hard to see for some, but keep in mind he is still heavily sedated. This is a HUGE step in the right direction. He still has such a long way to go rebuilding his skills, but this is so promising. We knew he was a fighter and because of the BB Bear community, supporting, loving and donating we have all come together to give him a chance at life. Today is a great day for all.”

The puppy had been placed into a medically induced coma after he had been brought into the shelter with a severe skull fracture and inter-cranial bleeding. According to the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control Facebook entry by Eva Boyle, authorities believe someone deliberately caused BB Bear’s injuries. Although the puppy is still heavily sedated, he has been eating and drinking on his own which is an excellent sign towards his long road to recovery.

Although veterinarians were unsure if BB Bear would be left blind and possibly lose his sense of smell, the latest neurological testing indicates the adorable little ball of white fluff may not have suffered any damage to his brain stem. He still might be able to recover over time.

“Yesterday we were given some of the most hopeful news yet. Three top neurologist from around the country have reviewed BB Bears records. All have stated that because of where the injury to the skull was, it appears that there was no damage to the brain stem. The area of the brain that was affected given his age, HAS the ability to rejuvenate over time.”

“This is a HUGE step in the right direction,” the Facebook post about the pup’s recovery stated. “He still has such a long way to go rebuilding his skills, but this is so promising. Today is a great day for all. Tears of joy from all of us at AARM, Two Pups Wellness Fund and Phoenix Dog/Cat/Bird Hospital.”

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(Photo of 2-month-old husky puppy via AARM)

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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.

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






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Two lonely dogs take comfort in one another at frightening shelter

Neither dog had ever seen each other prior to having been picked up as strays in San Antonio, Texas. No matter – it’s all the cold, lonely harsh truth of how abandoned dogs really feel when left at a shelter. Their expressions reflected their despair. Hopeless, depressed and scared to death what was slated to happen next, the two bonded together for comfort. Maybe they sensed it; both of them had been on the schedule to be euthanized at the overcrowded shelter.
Rescue Dogs Rock NYC‘s co-founder Jackie O’Sullivan is not unfamiliar with the heartbreaking expressions of the nearly broken souls.
“We took one look at this photo and couldn’t look away without taking action to help these two dogs,” stated Jackie. “We were able to get them to  safety, and they both need extensive medical treatment. Both have been transferred to the organization’s San Antonio vet partner.”
Welcome Barney the Basset hound and Raphael, the shepherd. You will never be alone again.
(Photo of lonely dogs via Facebook and RDR NYC)
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Update: Dog beaten, stabbed and stuffed in suitcase has died

In Hollywood, Florida, the dog who has garnered support from across the country after he was found stuffed in a blue suitcase with his paw sticking out behind an abandoned building has died.

Ollie, the one-year-old pit bull, died Thursday evening at the VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital. The devastating news has been posted on the hospital’s Facebook page:

“All of the staff at VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital are sad to confirm that Ollie the pit-bull, passed away last night at 8:30pm due to the trauma of his injuries. Our team of specialists, emergency doctors and staff worked for over an hour to keep Ollie with us. His body simply could not overcome the inflammation and damage to his body caused by his horrific ordeal.

The outpouring of love we have seen over the last few days in support of Ollie is an affirmation of the true goodness in people. Detectives are still investigating the crimes committed against Ollie in the hopes that the perpetrators of this grotesque brutality will come to justice.

We share in the mourning of this sweet and innocent animal that gave only love, even in the darkest moments.”

The medical staff performed CPR for about an hour when Ollie began to show signs of distress. Dr. Nicole Patterson, the vet at VCA stated the dog’s injuries were just too traumatic for him to recover, although the medical staff had remained optimistic until Thursday evening when his condition quickly went downhill.

The dog had been stabbed 50 times, beaten and stuffed inside a suitcase. Ollie underwent surgery Tuesday. He had another operation on  Wednesday to suture several wounds on his back.

“Thank you everyone who have responded and reacted to the wonderful media coverage about this horrific incident. We’ve received more than 400 emails and 75-80 phone calls asking for an update, wanting to foster/adopt or how to donate. We have reached and more than exceeded our goal for his vet care. So thank you all,” posted Grateful Paws Dog and Cat Rescue who stepped up to care for the dog after authorities reached out for help.

Anyone with information about who is responsible is asked to call the Hollywood Police Department at 954.967.4411 or Broward County Crimestoppers at 954.493.TIPS. The responsible person(s) could face up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine if found guilty of felony animal cruelty. PETA is now offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who hurt Ollie.

Rest in peace Ollie.

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A drowning dog’s plea for rescue is answered

In the area of Udaipur, Rajasthan, India, volunteers from Animal Aid Unlimited are always busy bringing relief to suffering animals. A drowning dog’s plight was no different, and her rescue was nothing short of a miracle as a frightened and very tired dog knew her time was soon running out. Either she had fallen or been dropped into a 70 foot deep well; there was no place for her to climb nor was there any place for her to rest. Either she kept paddling or she would surely drown.

When Animal Aid Unlimited volunteers arrived, it appeared the Lab had been struggling to stay afloat for hours. She repeatedly grabbed the rocks on the side of the well with her bleeding claws; one piece of jagged rock held out her only hope of resting. She had nearly lost her strength, when Ganpat rigged himself up with a harness, rope and quickly navigated down the treacherous side of the rocky well.

And when she saw Ganpat, the dog knew her prayers had been answered. Quickly she swam towards him, moved willingly into the net brought to safely lift her to safety and so another life was saved. Watch her amazing rescue as we remind ourselves of the goodness and compassion of so many people we want to thank for their kindness towards all that cannot speak.

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(Photos of drowning dog via screenshots from YouTube)






Gravely injured mother fought off other dogs to protect her newborn puppies

When the gravely injured young, black and white retriever mother dog was surrendered on Wednesday to a high-kill rural shelter in Georgia, she was in severe pain. According to the owner, she had been attacked by other dogs; all she wanted to do was to protect her newborn puppies. Without medical care, her wounds became infected; the maggots could be seen oozing out of the open infected wounds on her slender body. Why her wounds were never treated or cleansed remains unexplained.

And if that wasn’t disturbing enough, where were her puppies she so desperately tried to protect in spite of her life-threatening injuries? It wasn’t until one day later that same person walked into the shelter and surrendered the dog’s six tiny puppies who also had maggots crawling over their tiny bodies. Rescue Dogs Rock NYC volunteered to help, and arrangements were immediately made to transport the family in peril to an emergency veterinarian in Georgia.

On Thursday morning, the mother dog, now named Sugar has been reunited with her puppies. Jackie O’Sullivan, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC updated the progress on the family’s plight:

“Mama now called Sugar was reunited with her 6 newborn puppies & they are all at our GA vet recovering. Mom is nursing, but she’s also on IV fluids & antibiotics for her infected wounds. Her wounds were clipped & cleaned last night. We are happy to report all are maggot Free!!! Sugar has 3 boys & 3 girls & we’ll post baby photos soon.”

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Rescue Dogs Rock NYC
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New York, NY 10028

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(Photos and video of Sugar and newborn puppies courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

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A new life begins for Ollie – dog stabbed and locked in blue suitcase

Desperate cries from an abused dog led police to a suitcase behind an abandoned building in Hollywood, Florida on Tuesday morning about 1:00 a.m.. And there police spotted a dog’s paw sticking out of the blue hard textured suitcase. Ollie, the young pup had been left for dead.

The dog had been stabbed 50 times, beaten and stuffed inside a suitcase. Ollie underwent surgery Tuesday at VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital. He had another operation on  Wednesday to suture several wounds on his back according to his vet, Dr. Nicole Patterson.

“Thank you everyone who have responded and reacted to the wonderful media coverage about this horrific incident. We’ve received more than 400 emails and 75-80 phone calls asking for an update, wanting to foster/adopt or how to donate. We have reached and more than exceeded our goal for his vet care. So thank you all,” posted Grateful Paws Dog and Cat Rescue who stepped up to care for the dog after authorities reached out for help.

When Ollie is released from the veterinary hospital, the rescue organization is reaching out for some specialized assistance:

“#1: HE IS GOING TO BE FINE — He had a surgery yesterday to stitch up the wounds on his head (to the bone) and today had surgeries to address the wounds on his chest and torso. Another surgery may be necessary in a day or so.
#2: When he is ready to leave the hospital, rather than a foster home, we prefer to place him in an adoptive home. He will have to go back to Hollywood Animal Hospital for frequent bandage changes and follow-up visits, so we are preferring to keep him nearby. IF you are interested in adopting, please download our application:
#3: He is new to us – we do not know how he is with children, cats and really, other dogs. Right now, he is still pretty heavily sedated, so his behavior with dogs he meets at the hospital could be drug induced and not totally accurate – YET. And since we have no history on him, we will CANNOT place him in a home with small children.
#4: His tail was wagging this morning. “

Jan Milbyer, founder of Grateful Paws, stated in her 18 years of doing animal rescue, this was one of the most horrific cases of abuse she has ever experienced. Updates for Ollie will be available on the organization’s Facebook page. Anyone with information is asked to contact Hollywood Police at 954.967.4411 or Crimestoppers at 954.493.8477.

A GoFundMe fundraiser has been set up to help with Ollie’s medical expenses.

(Photos of dog discovered in suitcase via Facebook)

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