Rescue steps forward to help seriously injured pug

A two-year-old injured pug viciously attacked by other dogs was surrendered on Friday to the Downey Animal Care Center by his owners.  The shelter transferred the seriously injured dog to a private veterinarian where drains were placed in his head to drain the abscesses.

“…swollen dorsal head, possible rupture, abscess, laceration, ventral neck swelling, punctures and serious discharge,” has been included in the dog’s medical update.

On Friday, his family left him at the shelter, and his condition and photos were released by the shelter as they appealed for an approved rescue to help. Animal advocates have been actively sharing this little dog’s plight. On Monday, to the rescue came Leave No Paws Behind, Inc., and even though they have been inundated with medical cases for the last few days and the urgent need for more foster homes,

“… how can we just look away and pretend we did not see this sweet and innocent little fella who is in very critical condition?,” asked rescue founder Toby Wisneski on their Facebook page.  “I saw this post this morning, picked up the phone and yes, this little man will be boarding the LNPB Freedom Ride and will be rushed immediately to the Pet Doctors of Sherman Oaks for immediate medical care and evaluation.”

The dog’s care is expected to be extremely costly, but it is hoped donations will come in to offset some of the medical charges. To donate, please click here.

Updates to follow; this is a developing story and a heartwarming rescue intended to save another innocent life. Please note, there has been no information available at this time as to the attack or the owners concerning this dog.

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Intentionally starved ‘Champ’ brings hope for change in animal cruelty laws

Champ, the intentionally starved dog, continues to flourish at his Maryland foster home. After four-and-a-half-weeks, he has gained 30 pounds – with another 30 to go, but what a difference. He loves his walks, he loves to roll in the grass, and he carefully watches for any scraps to fall from the kitchen counter.

Who can believe this is the Laurens, South Carolina dog whose photo of him curled up in the dirt starving, near death and crawling with maggots went viral? Animal advocates were outraged as Champ’s terrible story of abuse and neglect unraveled. His journey began on August 14 when he was rescued.

“His heartbreaking story is that he is the victim of a breakup,” Rescue Dogs Rock NYC co-founder Jackie O’Sullivan posted on the organization’s social media page. “… since ‘he was not her dog’, she fed her dogs but not Champ.”

The Justice for Champ Facebook page has garnered nearly 48,000 fans who have been following the dog’s recovery. His photos  tell his story. From the shiny coat, to the friendly outings with other dogs he meets along the way to the hugs and smiles he gives to his foster parents, Champ is a survivor. It is the story of a dog who nearly died, was saved by Rescue Dogs Rocks NYC; and look at him now!

Not only does Champ bring hope that elected officials will see some of the “before” and “after” photos and enact stricter animal cruelty punishments, but also pass new laws prohibiting chaining and legislate to set reasonable  and humane standards of care for all companion animals.

Check out Champ’s video to see where his heartbreaking story started and where he is today. Champ is the hope for the abused, neglected and abandoned.

Keep up with the latest animal news by following the National Pet Rescue on Facebook.

Previous coverage of Champ here.

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Dog left tied to tree in Brooklyn with sign reading ‘take me’

It happened in Brooklyn when a Good Samaritan spotted a dog left tied to a tree with a sign reading ‘take me.” On Monday morning, Eric Maus had been walking dogs when he spotted Mamas, a seven-year-old pit bull, chained to a tree in Prospect Park.

According to the New York Post, the sign that hung from the tree stated,

“Take me. I’m a great dog. Don’t let my size scare you. I’m sweet.”

Of course, the dog lover couldn’t just walk away and when he asked the dog where her owner was, Mamas just looked at him quizzically as if to say, “I wish I knew. I’ve been waiting.” Maus and neighbors untied her from the tree and noticed she had been urinating blood, but were able to get the help of the Sean Casey Animal Rescue who is helping her and nursing her back to help.

Once she’s recuperated, the black and white – oh so adorable pooch, will be ready for a home where she will never again worry about being abandoned.

Many thanks to Eric and neighbors for being a hero to one of our four-legged friends in need of help.

(Photos of dog tied up with “take me” sign via screenshot NY Post)

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Emma tried to hide in the corner of Texas shelter: This puppy got lucky

Emma Tee tried to hide in the corner of a Texas shelter; this was to be her last stop in the medical ward before a cart arrived to move the neglected nine-month-old puppy to the back room for euthanasia.  On Friday, her story had been destined to begin and end as follows:

“Emma Tee sits in a Texas kill shelter, in horrendous medical condition.
She’s on the cold and dirty, germ infested floor which is so sad
She is at the end of the road here.
Hairless, her limbs are swollen from infection, deep sores and gashes all over her body
We don’t know who did this to her, who allowed this to happen to her
She lies curled up tight, in a little ball hoping she can hide away in the shelter walls
Sadly, it’s just the opposite, there’s no hiding as she’s in the sick ward , where those dogs are first to be Euthanized.”

Emma Tee is one of the lucky ones. Rescue Dogs Rock NYC were asked to help this puppy, and at that moment the puppy’s life changed. She is currently safe and recovering at the organization’s San Antonio veterinary partner. Her skin is badly infected, her legs and feet are so swollen, she can barely walk, and the open sores all over her body are just a small indication of the misery and neglect this young puppy has suffered in her short life.

Emma Tee is expected to make a complete recovery.

To help with Emma Tee’s recovery and the beginning of her new life, donations can be made by clicking here.

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Dog stuffed in garbage bag and thrown off highway found alive

In Glasgow, Kentucky, a local resident said her dog unexpectedly began to whine and bark on Sunday evening, indicating something was wrong. Moments later, the Good Samaritan spotted an abandoned dog on the side of the highway inside of a black garbage bag.

According to the Barren River  Animal Welfare Association, Karen Smith Clark believes the dog was intentionally dumped in the trash bag, and it was all too apparent the dog had been severely neglected.

“…we saw what we thought was a tiny fawn, upon getting closer we found this: It is Distressing to say the least: this poor dog looked to have had been thrown from a window of a vehicle, in a trash bag. Sorry. We rushed back home to get food, water, and gloves. In lieu we called Animal Control. When we got back the dog was leery but not aggressive to me at all, he wanted water. It was so distressing our dog was crying and whining”…

Rescue coordinator Connie Greer has been caring for the dog now named Arthur. The friendly pooch suffers from mange and other related skin conditions. He will be treated with antibiotics and when he is feeling better, will be eligible for adoption.

“Arthur is up and eating and moving around wagging his tail this morning. He has briefly been evaluated by Dr. Thomas. She reports he has a bad yeast infection with hair loss all over his body, mange and is slightly emaciated. She sees no additional visible signs of any other issues. Obviously he is going to need a lot of TLC and recuperation…”

On Monday, Arthur was already feeling better.

“At this time, Arthur has mange, a yeast infection, significant hair loss, and is quite thin, but he has started treatment and is improving drastically. He is not available for adoption at this time because we expect his treatment will take 4 months.”

If you would like to donate to Arthur’s recovery as well as the other dogs in need, please click here.

Donations can also be made through PayPal at or at  the shelter directly or mailed to BRAWA 175 Trojan Trail Glasgow, KY 42141.

(Photos of dog found in garbage bag via Barren River Animal Welfare Association)

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Dog deliriously happy after being freed from chain

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Helping to keep pets safe during Hurricane Florence

Pet owners are encouraged to have a disaster plan for Hurricane Florence, which includes pets.  Reports circulating social media of dogs and cats being abandoned on the sides of the roads as families evacuate cut to the bottom of our hearts. Aren’t pets part of the family?

In 2005, during Hurricane Katrina’s evacuation from the Superdome in New Orleans, families had been standing in line trying to get a seat on a bus waiting to escape the terrible conditions. Among the panicky people was a little boy who held on to his small, white fluffy dog named Snowball. Both the little boy and the dog were scared and hungry, but the situation worsened when a police officer grabbed the little boy’s dog – telling the crying child his pet was not allowed on the bus. Snowball was pried out of the child’s hand as the child screamed “Snowball, Snowball,” and then the little boy vomited as he became overcome with grief. The world reacted.

There have been safety measures enacted since the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act in 2009 (PETS) requires plans for the evacuation of pets in addition to people. The bipartisan initiative requires the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to ensure that state and local emergency preparedness plans include the needs of household pets and service animals before, during and after a major disaster.

It is important to know, however the bill does not guarantee that hotels and motels must accept pets although many make exceptions during this time. The bill reads:

“Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act of 2006 – Amends the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to require the Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to ensure that state and local emergency preparedness operational plans address the needs of individuals with household pets and service animals prior to, during, and following a major disaster or emergency.

Authorizes the Director to: (1) study and develop plans that take into account the needs of individuals with pets and service animals prior to, during, and following a major disaster or emergency; and (2) make financial contributions, on the basis of programs or projects approved by the Director, to the states and local authorities for animal emergency preparedness purposes, including the procurement, construction, leasing, or renovating of emergency shelter facilities and materials that will accommodate people with pets and service animals.

Authorizes federal agencies to provide, as assistance essential to meeting threats to life and property resulting from a major disaster, rescue, care, shelter, and essential needs to individuals with household pets and service animals and to such pets and animals.”

It is advised to call the hotel before and ask if pets are permitted, however hotels are required to accept service animals. Check out these pet friendly hotels in North and South Carolina.

To get ready for Hurricane Florence,  reach out to friends and relatives not in the danger zone for help. Make sure to have all emergency necessities for your pets including food, water, bowls, leashes, pet carriers, cat litter, medicines and medical records especially indicating dates of rabies and distemper vaccinations.

When on the road with your pets, keep them leashed or in carriers. Any pet can panic and try to escape, bite or scratch. Stay calm – this is the best way to keep your pet calm. Shelters and rescue groups hundreds of miles away have been taking in pets from up and down the Carolina coast. Foster homes and adopters are stepping up to make more room in shelters and rescue organizations.

If you have been thinking about adopting or even just fostering a pet while Hurricane Florence bears down, this is the time. Never have so many pets needed a helping hand and a big heart more than they need now. If you want to assist and can’t adopt, monetary donations are the top priority.

Check out the information offered on the Hurricane Florence Small Animals Facebook page.

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It was the end of the line for 18-week-old Bebe until fate stepped in

It had been the end of the line for a four- and-a-half-month-old puppy. Bebe seemed lifeless, rejected, shut down and homeless with no hope of ever finding a home. Barely beginning her life, the puppy had already suffered so much; one look at her, and it was apparent that she had been a victim of extreme neglect and abuse.

Video#1. Suddenly Bebe heard a voice, but was that human calling her?

When asked to help, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC didn’t hesitate. Co-founder Stacey Silverstein stepped forward to give Bebe hope.

“Lying on the dirty, germ infested shelter floor waiting to die, Bebe knew her fate. We assume Bebe was a happy puppy at some point in her life, but things certainly turned for the worse … and now she was left abandoned and sick in a kill shelter waiting to die,” Stacey posted on the organization’s Facebook page along with the puppy’s heartbreaking photo.

“We took one look at her video, and we knew we had to help.”

Bebe suffers from dehydration, a serious skin infection, anemia and dehydration. She is currently at the organization’s San Antonio veterinarian partner receiving urgent medical care.

“Her eyes are full of puss, her ears are cracked and stiff from neglect –
Her body hairless and covered in sores
She’s shaking from being so weak 
Thank goodness we rescued her when we did as she was in horrific condition
Bebe has already had IV fluids and a medicated bath to soothe her skin.”

Bebe, however was not the only innocent young victim of abuse and neglect at that shelter. Kennel mate Bobo, who is just eight months old, also has suffered. He looked up as Bebe was getting ready to leave. Look closely, and note this puppy’s eye is missing. How did that happen? And so Bobo would not be left behind.

“We plan to literally give them their life back by bringing them to a place of health peace and well being,” added Stacey.

Video#2: Bebe’s kennel mate Bobo would not be left behind.

Please help Bebe and Bobo

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Something awful was tied around Teddy’s muzzle for a long time

Something awful had been tied around Teddy’s muzzle for an extended period of time. The deep, sharp wounds cut clear down to his bones; the infection was deep and the young dog’s pain had to have been intolerable.

(Graphic photo below may not be suitable for all viewers)

On Monday, the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PSPCA) introduced Teddy Jr. to their followers on social media. In mid-August, the dog had been found as a stray with a serious injury to his muzzle. Teddy Jr. had been taken to a nearby county shelter. When notified, officers from the PSPCA picked him up and immediately transported him to the shelter’s hospital for emergency treatment and assessment.

“When he arrived, we were all shocked by what we saw – Teddy Jr. had a wound all the way around his muzzle with bone exposure. We knew he was in pain, and that time was of the essence, so our surgeon cleaned the deeply infected wound and closed it, and thus began a waiting game to see how Teddy would recover,” the organization posted on their Facebook page.

In just two weeks, Teddy Jr. has made an amazing recovery. He loves his surgeon, Dr. Nau and everyone he is introduced to – as long as it is slow. Who can blame him? Because of his terrible experience, Teddy Jr. can be fearful of people at first, but “when he loves you, he LOVES you.”

Teddy Jr. is a story of hope and healing.  If only all dogs involved in cruelty situations could have equally happy endings. We must not give up – there are angels out there helping all the time.

Teddy did have a microchip and charges are pending further investigation.

To help with Teddy Jr’s care and other needy pets, donations can be made by clicking here.

(Photos of something awful around Teddy’s muzzle via PSPCA)

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Look at me now: Abused Gus once shot with pellets and shoelace around his neck

As if he’s saying, “look at me now,”  Gus is that once abused dog in Houston rescued last week ago after an animal advocate spotted the puppy in  dire need. Advocates rushed to help; the stray’s head had swollen to at least twice its normal size as he wandered through the neighborhood scavenging for food and relief from his pain.


On her social media page, animal rescuer Laura Jean cried out for help:

“SOS!!! Dead dog walking he wouldn’t come to me and I was only pushing him into traffic. Thanks to all the cars who didn’t stop who could’ve helped me get him to safety. He was last seen going into an apartment complex and I gave my info to some residents. One said he is usually around but in the back. I was unable to find him. If anyone can dedicate some time to look for him, please let me know.”

Gus’ story and his heartbreaking photos quickly went viral opening up the eyes of the nation as to the crisis of homeless dogs in Houston. Tears flowed down the cheeks of rescuers and advocates alike – just grimacing in the thought what Gus, in his short nine-months of life, must have endured. A shoelace had been tied tightly around his neck and embedded causing trachea damage. In addition, x-rays showed at least 25 pellet bullets had riddled through his defenseless body. Surgery was performed to revise the scar tissue while his condition remained critical for days. Still, Gus had that will to live.

“But now all of a sudden, everyone I meet is good to me. Everyone asks how I am doing,” Gus might be saying if he could speak. “People touch me with kindness and love. I just knew that there had to be a better life, but I had no idea it could be this good.”

Yes, Gus is one of the lucky dogs where fate stepped in along with Laura Jean who spotted him just in time. Stepping up to help Gus with his long journey of healing, Houston K-911 Rescue has been helping along with generous donations coming in to help with Gus’ expensive medical care.

And on Friday, Gus was released from the veterinary hospital. What may be considered a double chin now, Gus is barely recognizable as his head has returned to nearly its intended size. The burning pain in his neck is slowly subsiding. His foster parent is Marina Harrison, an employee of the vet hospital where Gus received life-saving care and treatment. Marina will make sure his bandages are changed and his laser therapy continues.

“Is this all just a dream or is this really my life?,” Gus continues. [as if he is speaking] “Can people really care this much? I love you all and my one wish is that more hurt and lonely dogs on the streets get to know this love like I do now.”

Check out Gus as he gets ready to leave the hospital.

Help Houston K-911 Rescue save more dogs just like Gus, donations can be made by clicking here.

Read previous articles about Gus beginning here.

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Houston we have a problem: Suffering stray dogs and few stop to help

Everything is bigger in Houston, but Houston we have a problem. On the exciting sides are professional sports programs, cultural opportunities and dining pleasures, but nonetheless there are many problems affecting man’s best friends; suffering stray dogs wandering around the city and few stopping to help.

On Thursday, animal advocate Laura Jean posted the collage of dogs found  and rescued within a two mile radius of a dog whose photo and story quickly went viral this week. Gus, a stray dog, whose head had swollen to at least twice its normal size, wandered through the neighborhood scavenging for food and relief from his pain. A shoelace had been tied tightly around his neck; he had been shot with pellets at least 25 times.

“All these dogs were found and rescued within 2 miles where I found Gus,” Laura Jean wrote. “All found over 3 years just by ME. In a TWO MILE RADIUS. This collage doesn’t include the ones I have seen dead, who got hit by cars – including a puppy with a collar just yesterday.”

“We don’t have a dog problem, we have a people problem,” Laura Jean explained.

Stray dogs wander the streets in 100 degree temperatures weaving in and out of traffic, begging for food and even approaching citizens practically begging to be helped. Hundreds of cars passed by as Laura Jean tried to help, yet not one person stopped. Some of the dogs rescued were found at gas stations, walking up to individuals, but no one even turned around.

In Houston, stray dogs are a problem. Drive through SunnySide, Fifth Ward or the Third Ward. Many people don’t even want to drive in these neighborhoods – imagine how a lost, abandoned or injured dog must feel? They shake in fright, hide in vacant basements and look like skin stretched over their skeletons, yet humans ignore them and leave them to suffer.

“Seeing a loose dog on the street in NOT normal,” states Laura Jean. Waiting 3-4 days for animal control to pick up a dead dog is NOT normal. Animal control coming out ONLY for bite cases in NOT normal. 100+cats/dogs on a shelter euthanasia list of ONE day is NOT normal. 300-400 animals at ONE shelter is NOT normal… “

And the list goes on.

“A puppy dead in the street is NOT normal. A public shelter refusing intake and asking rescuers/good Samaritans to leave suffering strays on the streets in NOT normal. Chaining a dog up to a tree is NOT normal. Picking up a stray and finding out it’s been shot with a bullet or even pellets is NOT normal.”

Just yesterday, Laura Jean had been out to rescue ONE dog at a local grocery store in SunnySide, and within 30 minutes spotted seven more strays in dire need of help. Tragically there are so few solutions for these pets – not nearly enough low cost or free spay and neuter services, few fosters available and shelters refusing to take strays. And so these innocent victims of irresponsible and neglectful humans suffer the consequences.

Houston – we have a problem. Rescued Gus was one of the lucky dogs, but there are many still out waiting for their day.

Check out Gus’ updated video here:

“I hope Gus’ Journey is a wake up call for our Mayor and city because it’s time for Houston officials to wake the hell up,” Laura Jean told Pet Rescue Report.

Laura Jean is part of Mush Mesh Animal Rescue,  however does much of her work independently. Donations for the rescue organization can be made here.

” If anyone would like to help Laura continue saving the forgotten street dogs

For anyone who is moved by what I do and would like to help me and all the dogs I rescue….

Most of the items are for trapping…. Always in need of Viennas the wysiwash is to sanitize from parvo/coccidia. Gotta stay safe, you know?

I don’t have the salary to be spending what I do on the items I need to rescue/trap dogs so if anyone would like to purchase an item, THANK YOU

And thanks Samantha for pushing me to make this list”

Make a difference in a dog or cat’s life. Get involved.

Read more on Gus’ story here.

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