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On death row because of boyfriend: Lifelong puppy pushed out door by owner

Susie Q may be on death row because of her owner’s boyfriend who just didn’t like her; the dog was just too old and too slow. Found wandering in the streets in Pasco County, Florida, the dog’s microchip led the shelter back to her owner. When contacted, the woman told shelter workers she didn’t want her dog back even though she had been with Susie Q since she was just a puppy. The heartbreaking story begins here:

“You got me as a puppy, when I was small and cute. You took such good care of me; you even let me sleep in your bed. You had me spayed and micro chipped. When I didn’t feel good, you would take me to the vet. You kept my shots up to date. You always told me what a good girl I was. We had so much fun.”

And why didn’t the owner want Susie Q to come home? When her boyfriend decided he didn’t want the dog around anymore, the woman kicked the dog outside, closed the door and finally Susie Q  just wandered away:

“Time marched on. My face grew grey, my step a little slower. You met a new friend, you two became close. I overheard him say that he didn’t like me or want me around. I was confused when you threw me out. I spent every day and night outside. As my body ached from the cold, hard ground, I could only think of how warm it was inside. I miss you Mom. I don’t know what I did so wrong.”

Fortunately, a Good Samaritan found her aimlessly wandering and took her to the shelter where she was named Annie; here at least she would be fed, safe from predators and traffic. She shook in her kennel and watched everyday for her mom to find her, but the real sadness came the next day:

“They found my chip this time. I was so happy when they told me that you would be here soon. You told them my name so they started calling me ‘Susie Q’,,, just like you do Mom. Time went by and I started to shake again. I wondered what was taking you so long. The shelter worker came and moved me into another kennel; in a quieter building. They call this building ‘A’. As she closed my kennel, she told me that she was sorry, that you were not coming. She said that you do not want me anymore. Mom, I don’t understand. You told them that you had me since I was a baby and that I am old now. You told them that I love other dogs and even cats. You also told them how I love farm animals. Mom, what did I do so wrong that I can’t come home?”

On Sunday, Susie Q has both rescue organization and adopter interest. Please continue to share her story until she is safely out of the shelter. And if dogs could talk and tell their story, how many would have repeated the sad plight of Susie Q? Be a responsible pet parent; make sure you are committed to the lifelong responsibility; guaranteed to be returned many times over with lots of love and loyalty.

Anyone wiling to adopt may email the shelter @ Adoptionpartners@pascocountyfl.net. Please include Susie Q’s ID#A35691561. Email may be sent anytime but you must come in person to adopt. A Facebook page for this dog can be followed here.

Pasco Co Animal Services
19640 Dogpatch Lane
Land O’ Lakes, Fl
813-929-1212

(Photos of dog at shelter because of boyfriend via Amy Miller Kruse)

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Dog thrown out of car on busy expressway

On Friday, June 3rd, 2017 a traveling motorist witnessed two African-American males throw a small dog out of their car on the East/West expressway in Orlando, Florida. The witness was very shaken by what she had seen and contacted the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, who in turn contacted Orange County Animal Control. Unfortunately, she was unable to get the tag number of the vehicle.

According to Animal Control, an officer responded but could not find the dog. Yet, over the course of several days more calls went into the Sheriff’s Office advising of a small black and tan dog roaming around the expressway. A deputy sheriff also went in search of the dog, but once again the pooch evaded rescue.

On Monday, June 5th, 2017, two Good Samaritans, Cathy Wagner and Jennifer Carr decided to look for the dog. Both ladies are staunch animal advocates and active in the animal rescue world.  After searching up and down the expressway in the vicinity where the dog was seen, with no results, they were about to give up. Jennifer then saw the dog peeking out from an area overgrown with weeds and bushes.  The dog was terrified and shaking badly. Luring her out with treats, Cathy and Jennifer were able to pick her up and place her in their vehicle. They rushed the dog to the vet where it was discovered she was approximately and year and a half old, had recently given birth and had one of her canine teeth missing. She was also extremely undernourished and emaciated. The vet and the two rescuers hypothesized that the dog was either used for fighting or breeding, and when she no longer served her purpose she was thrown from the vehicle in hopes of killing her.

Cathy and Jennifer named the dog Willow since she was found in an area overgrown with brush. Today Willow has gotten over her fear of humans and is a loving, affectionate dog whose tail is always wagging. She gets along okay with other dogs but not cats.  She has been vaccinated, spayed and is heart-worm negative. Willow is currently in a foster home, but she cannot stay there because she has already gone after two of the cats. She does, however get along with the Bernese Mountain Dog she shares the home.

If you can help Willow have a better chance at life, please contact denise.costa@tales4tails.net and put “Willow” in the subject line.


Body of missing teen has been found

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Walter Matthieu needs a hero: Dumped English bulldog suffering from heat at shelter

Perhaps it’s another reckless and irresponsible backyard breeder dumping dogs again? Local shelters have reported more than one English bulldog picked up as strays  recently in the area of  the San Bernardino City Animal Shelter. And now Walter Matthieu needs a hero as soon as possible.

“Walter is most likely from same breeder the other English Bullies have come from lately? Walter is so hot, misters on and he loves the water, has flea dirt? bleeding from back somewhere?,” wrote shelter volunteer Andrea Neyses on social media hoping to find a safe place for this suffering pup.

Temperatures are expected to reach record highs in the next few days, and Walter is so very hot. Although the misting elements are turned on and he loves the gentle cooling, this dog needs immediate rescue and medical attention. A Facebook page for this dog can be followed here. Click here for this dog’s PetHarbor listing. “I am a male, white and black English Bulldog mix. I have been at the shelter since Jun 17, 2017.” For more information about this animal, call San Bernardino City Animal Control at (909) 384-1304.
Ask for information about animal ID number A505100. Although this dog’s availability date is listed as June 24, he can leave with a medical release. 

San Bernardino City Animal Shelter
333 Chandler Place, San Bernardino, CA
Closed Sunday and Monday
Telephone: (909) 384-1304

Anyone wanting to foster a San Bernardino City Animal Shelter dog can look for information and fill out the form at http://sbcdogs.nvecs.com/ Applications are shared promptly with rescues. Foster me application:
http://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/Xb146eLBbi8Y9NcCke

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(Photos and videos via Andrea Neyses)

 

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Kids and dogs: Heartbreaking scene when mother tells her child the dog ‘is too old to adopt’

Nana, an extremely friendly seven-year-old American bulldog, was found as a stray on April 30 along the streets of Miami. When a shelter volunteer overheard the conversation between a mother and her young son, Nana’s advocate’s heart broke into a million tiny pieces. The child instantly fell in love with Nana, but what seemed an instant bond was never to happen:

“A child puts his hands on Nana’s window. Nana tries to give kisses through the glass. The little boy says, ‘mom I want this one.’ Mom replies, ‘she’s too old.'”

How tragic to think this really happened, but the dog’s story continues and gets even sadder. According to the shelter, Nana spent the rest of her day staring at the wall; sad and defeated as if she knew what the mother had said to her son.

“Nana deserves a second chance at life, and for the record, to this person who left this dog behind because she is ‘old’, Nana is just seven. She has a lot of love and life to give to a happy family. She is loved by everyone at the shelter. Her kennel card has hearts drawn on it with ‘very sweet girl’ in big letters,” the volunteer wrote on Facebook describing the heartbreaking scene.

This sweet girl can be adopted from Miami -Dade Animal Services located at 3599 NW 79th Ave., Doral, Florida. Please share her plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. When inquiring about this dog, reference #A1868703. Follow Nana’s plight on Facebook here.  An additional Facebook link found on Urgent Dogs of Miami can be followed here.

(Photos and video kids and dog too old to adopt via Urgent Dogs of Miami and Christina Mignon Pino)

 

 

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Showed up as bonded strays: Lenny and Louie begging to be rescued

Less than one week ago, Lenny and Louie showed up as strays together and have been inseparable ever since. They sleep together, eat together and seem to share in an affectionate bond when interacting. Both dogs have been described as extremely sweet; on Saturday they became available for adoption, however no one has stepped forward for either dog. Maybe the two escaped from their yard and went on a sightseeing tour before having been picked up as strays? If only their human would come and take them home where they belong.

#A5077487 “My name is LENNY I’m an approximately 7 year old male Chihuahua. I am not yet neutered. I have been at the Carson Animal Care Center since 6/13. I will be available on 6/17. You can visit me at my temporary home at C238.” Follow Lenny’s Facebook page here.

#A5077488 “My name is LOUIE I’m an approximately 3 year old male Chihuahua. I am not yet neutered. I have been at the Carson Animal Care Center since 6/13. I will be available on 6/17. You can visit me at my temporary home at CRECEIVING.” Follow Louie’s Facebook page here.

For more information about these two dogs, call Los Angeles County Animal Control – Carson at (310) 523-9566.

(Photos and video of  Lenny and Louie courtesy of Pet Harbor and Saving Carson Shelter Dogs)

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Check out Lenny and Louie’s video here. Share their plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.

 

Who betrayed Rocky? 13-year-old senior silky terrier abandoned and alone

On June 10, sweet little Rocky arrived at the Downey Animal Care Center in California. The nearly 14-year-old female silky terrier had been surrendered; to date her family never changed their mind nor have they showed up to comfort her.. And so she waits, shivering in fright with no idea why she has been abandoned nor why she is alone. shelter adoption listing. “My name is Rockie and I’m an approximately 13 years, 9 month old female silky terrier.  I am already spayed.  I have been at the Downey Animal Care Center since June 10, 2017.  I am available on June 14, 2017.  You can visit me at my temporary home at D701.” Make sure to reference A3165359 when inquiring about adoption or fostering. A Facebook page for this dog can be followed here.

It is not known if Rocky’s former family abandoned her because she is old. Sadly she presents with several medical issues; some apparently from neglect, but dogs are never to be viewed as old couches and thrown away when they actually need their families the most. Her medical records indicate the following:

Cataracts -OU
Yellow Debris and crusting AD
Mass on right hip, right side of chest. Flaky skin, hair loss behind both ears, and rear legs.

A/P- large palpable mass on right hip. R/o lipoma VS malignancy.

Cataracts
Dental tartar
Ceruminous discharge AU- r/o otitis externa vs Media

On medications.

Rocky can be released to an approved organization or a compassionate advocate after agreeing and signing a medical waiver. Surgery is not recommended at this time until there is a consultation with a licensed veterinarian because of the dog’s age. Check out Rocky’s short video. She is so frightened; can anyone help? Please share her plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Whether Rocky only has days, weeks or years, how is it fair to abandon her at a shelter? Advocates have been pledging funds to help an approved rescue organization with the dog’s veterinarian expenses. Sharing saves lives. To help Rocky, contact the Downey Animal Care Center at (562).940.6898.

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Photos and video courtesy of Sal Valdepena.

 

 

Redland, Florida a dumping ground for unwanted dogs

Redland, Florida is described as an area of many farms, and a mecca for agriculturists, botanists, and naturalists from around the world. The area is so wildlife friendly, it has been designated as a Wild Bird Sanctuary. But for all its natural beauty, there is a sinister side to Redland. Heartbreaking acts of cruelty to “man’s best friend” are committed daily; cruelty that is beyond comprehension.  There in the heart of the area, unwanted pets are dumped and abandoned to fend for themselves.

Rocky, abandoned in Redland

For years, individuals have driven to the secluded areas and thrown dogs and cats from their vehicles like unwanted garbage.  Oftentimes, the dogs run after the car until they can’t run any further and drop from exhaustion.  These poor animals, domesticated and used to home life are now sharing the terrain with wild animals including alligators, snakes, spiders, insects and countless other predators. With no source of food, they don’t stand a chance for survival.

Countless dogs are left roaming the area, unattended, struggling to survive. The dogs that are not killed by traffic are poisoned, injured or shot by local workers and residents who don’t want them in their neighborhood. Many of the dogs starve to death or become infested with parasites, mosquito bites, and diseases which lead to their deaths. According to Redland Rock Pit Abandoned Dog Project, there are hundreds, maybe thousands of abandoned dogs inhabiting the area.

Redland Rock Pit Abandoned Dog Project, an official 501(c)3, was formed in 2015 by Ale Ochoa and five of her friends.  Ale Ochoa had heard that Redland had become a dumping ground for dogs. When she drove out there to see for herself, she was shocked to see sick, injured, and malnourished dogs everywhere. She and her friends began feeding the dogs every day. They set up a Facebook page in hopes that Miami Dade County Animal Services would get involved. Unfortunately, they did not take the situation seriously.

However, rescues from other areas answered the call for help and responded to Redland. Twenty volunteers from rescue organizations in Brevard County joined Ochoa and her friends in Redland and saved the lives of 23 dogs. Volunteers from nonprofit organizations across Florida have rescued more than 130 strays from Redland and relocated them to cities like Orlando and Tampa, Florida. Rescuers from Brevard County also collected more than $20,000.00 in donations to feed, vaccinate and care for the dogs that were rescued.

That was in 2015, but today in 2017 hundreds of dogs are still being dumped in the Redland area. They continue to face threats of injury, illness, disease, getting hit by cars, and becoming victims of dog fighting. Various rescue groups have tried to help. They have compiled countless haunting photos and videos of dogs; all shapes and sizes, sickly and undernourished sharing bowls of food put out by Redland Rock Pit Abandoned Dog Project. The dogs are friendly, though many are frightened and run from the rescuers.

The main question is; why isn’t more being done by government agencies such as Miami Dade Animal Services to help these dogs and to eliminate the problem? Why is the responsibility on nonprofit rescue groups such as Redland Rock Pit Abandoned Dog Project? The goals of Redland Rock Pit Abandoned Dog Project area are simple; to educate the public on the appropriate care of dogs, feeding and providing emergency care for abandoned and free roaming dogs while safely capturing and transferring dogs to reputable non-profit rescue organizations for re-homing, and to raise awareness for the plight of free roaming dogs in Miami-Dade County Florida.

Donations are very much needed to remove abandoned dogs from the dangers they are threatened with and give these terrified animals the safety they deserve so they can live and know full, happy lives. While many lives have been saved in the Redland, many are still being lost.

To learn more about or to donate to Redland Rock Pit Abandoned Dog Project visit their website:

There is also a YouTube video describing  the ongoing tragedy in Redland and the valiant efforts of rescue groups and concerned citizens to save these animals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poor Betty so scared of leash, shelter volunteer tearfully carries her outdoors

When a volunteer from the Miami-Dade Animal Pet Adoption and Protection Center checked on Betty, the six-year-old frightened terrier mix hid in the back of her kennel. Gently clipping on the leash around the dog’s neck, she refused to move. Initially thinking, Betty was unable to walk, Ashely Lopez decided to carry her outdoors; no dog should have to spend all day in a cage just because she didn’t want to walk. And so Betty’s  sad story began to unfold:

“After carrying her outside, she sat happy in a corner watching the cars and the people pass,” Ashley stated as she gently scratched Betty behind the ears. “She let me pet her and sit with her. When it came time to put on the leash again, she ran away from me. This poor baby can walk just fine!”

And as Ashley’s heart broke piece by piece, she could only guess what may have been a terrible part of this senior’s past.

“She just hates being on a leash. I don’t doubt it was because her old family made her scared of the leash.”

Click here for the dog’s listing. Betty #A1880847. “I am a female tan and white Terrier. The shelter staff think I am about 6 years old and I weigh 64 pounds. I was found as a stray and I may be available for adoption on 06/17/2017.” Follow her Facebook pages here and here. Share this girl’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.

Betty needs a loving home where she can cuddle up in a comfortable bed and run free without a leash. Although her shelter notes Betty is six-years-old, she seems much older, and this dog deserves to live her last years in a home full of love and happiness. 

(Video and photos courtesy of Ashley Lopez)

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Video: Meet sad Betty. Please share her story and help her find a home.

Woman surrendered family pet and told her child to take a photo to remember their dog

Adopted!

At the Clay County Animal Care and Control in Green Cove Springs, Florida some days are just worse than others. On Tuesday morning, a woman surrendered the family pet and told the young child with her to take a photo so he could remember their dog.

“There are some crappy people out there,” thought shelter volunteer Andrea Cassman. “Good job turning in your dog with your 11-year-old child in tow and telling him to take a picture of the dog to remember her. Here is the dog in the kennel scared and confused. Her crate and bed are in the lobby,” stated Andrea nearly in tears.

Andrea had been helping with an adoption when the woman came in with the youngster asking for information how to surrender a dog.  At the time, they didn’t have the dog with them, but the woman explained to the shelter staff the dog had belonged to her daughter, but allegedly the daughter had moved away two years ago and left the dog with the mother. A few hours later, the woman returned with the dog; a ten-year-old sweet Labrador retriever named Duchess. The dog’s face dropped as she was placed in a kennel and watched her family walk away. Maybe she knew they would never return, but how does one explain that to a dog?

When the child asked his grandmother how he could remember their dog, the woman said “through a picture.”

“I thought she should see how the poor dog looked in the kennel. Duchess was lying there and crying; the dog actually had tears in her eyes,” Andrea told the Pet Rescue Report.

According to shelter notes, Duchess is good with children, other dogs and is curious around cats when she initially meets them. Please share her plight with friends, family and social media contacts; sharing saves lives. Follow her story here. For more information about Duchess, contact the Clay County Animal Care and Control located at  3984 FL-16, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043. Phone:(904) 269-6342.

(Photo and video of surrendered pet courtesy of Andrea Cassman)

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Desperate to be loved, Labrador abandoned for treatable tick infection

He’s scared and tense and this four-year-old Labrador retriever was found as a stray roaming the streets of Miami scavenging for food. His family has not come to the shelter looking for him, and each day Manoli grows more depressed. On Sunday, he was made available for adoption, but still no one stopped in front of his kennel to meet him.

According to the dog’s veterinarian notes from  Miami-Dade Animal Services, the following was noted:

“Pet is BAR. MM-Pink. Coat not taken care of. (shallow hair cover) Ehrichia positive, but stable not clinical ehrichia at this time. Unable to do full PE because of aggressive behavior. Pet will remain under observation and RX. If behavior improves, pet will receive full PE”

Click here for Manoli’s Pet Harbor listing. “I am an unaltered male, tan Labrador Retriever. The shelter staff think I am about 4 years old. I have been at the shelter since Jun 07, 2017.” For more information about this animal, call Miami-Dade Animal Services at (305) 884-1101. Ask for information about animal ID number A1879240. A Facebook page for this dog can be followed here. Share this dog’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.

(Photo of Labrador retriever at Miami Dade Animal Services courtesy of Urgent Dogs of Miami)

Miami-Dade Animal Services is located at 3599 Northwest 79th Avenue in Doral, Florida 33166. For more information, email: Pets@Miamidade.Gov

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Witnesses horrified as man hangs a dog from a fence