UPDATE: Yorkie’s mouth bound with elastic left at animal clinic

In West Palm Beach, Florida, the one-year-old Yorkie whose mouth had been bound with elastic for days is making a slow recovery. On Monday, the sweet little dog dubbed Pixie, by her rescuers had started to eat on her own. Paws 2 Help founder Eve Van Engel has been feeding Pixie Gerber’s baby food.

“Pixie update! As of this morning, she is eating on her own. But she still has a long recovery ahead of her.”

On Sunday, the dog was dropped off at a local animal clinic with the Yorkie’s mouth tied shut with an elastic hair tie. The band that bound the seven-pound dog’s muzzle had been tied so tightly that it cut a 3/4 inch gash which had penetrated the bone. Accompanying the disturbing photo of Pixie  posted on social media when she arrived at the clinic, her tragic past began to unravel:

“One-year-old Yorkie mix, (we’ve named Pixie). She is fighting for her life, body wrecked with infection from the injuries she has endured when she had her mouth tied tight in an effort to stop her barking.. We are unsure of the last time she was able to even eat..

As far as we have established, she was living in a cage outside on a concrete patio, she had been passed from person to person for her short life. Her condition is currently GUARDED, we are attempting to get the infection under control, and see if we can get her to eat. If she survives another 18 hours, and still cannot eat, we will plan on operating and inserting a feeding tube.”

Pixie still remains in guarded condition as she fights a severe infection. No information has been made available as to animal cruelty charges in this case. All information has been turned over to the authorities.

(Photos of Yorkie’s mouth bound with elastic via Paws 2 Help and WPEC screenshot)

Donations to help Pixie can be made by clicking here.

Read Pixie’s original story here.

Read about the prison sentence handed down to Caitlyn the dog’s abuser. 

Mean and heartless woman accused of killing son’s Yorkie in tumble dryer

In southern Austria, authorities are investigating the murder of a teenager’s beloved Yorkshire terrier allegedly tossed into a tumble dryer and roasted alive by his mother. According to the Journal,  Silvia Schmidt, 49, originally claimed the dog named Gizmo had been left dead in a plant pot next to her front door when she returned home late last week. In addition, she stated she found a note attached to the still warm corpse of her 15-year-old son’s beloved dog:

“Still warm and tumble dry!”

After a thorough investigation however, police stated Schmidt admitted to have accidentally killing the dog. In a report from the Express, she stated she had not noticed the dog sleeping in the laundry basket of wet blankets when she dumped everything into the dryer. She then set the heartbreaking display of Gizmo’s dead body on the front porch to blame her neighbors; all of whom she had arguing.

“She wanted to blame her neighbor in order not to have to confess to her son what had really happened,” police said in a statement, adding that she now faces charges.

She now faces lying to the police and animal cruelty. It is still not known if the dog’s death was an intentional act or an accident.

Rest in peace Gizmo. You must have suffered so much and had to have been so frightened. We are sorry a human let you down.

(Photo not Gizmo. Photo from Save A Yorkie Rescue)

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German shepherd puppy found in parking lot with severely injured back legs

Sammy is an adorable four-month-old German shepherd puppy with a serious problem. On Sunday, he was found in an Atlanta, Georgia grocery store parking lot barely able to move. Apparently Sammy had been hit by a car; one leg is literally crushed and the other is broken in multiple areas. 

The local shelter immediately reached out to Rescue Dogs Rock NYC for help, and Sammy has since been rushed to a partner Georgia emergency veterinarian hospital where he has been administered intravenous fluids and pain medication.

“Sammy’s medical team is scrambling to stabilize him while our orthopedic surgeon hopes to save at least one of his back legs,” Jackie O’Sullivan, the rescue organization’s co-founder stated on the group’s Facebook page.

It is unknown if Sammy accidentally escaped from his family’s yard, however the puppy is both emaciated and dehydrated indicating he had been scrounging around trying desperately to survive. And what does a four-month-old puppy know about living on the streets? 

“We are heartbroken for Sammy, but as always, we will do our best for him,” added Jackie.

Sammy is heading via private transport on Monday to an orthopedic surgeon specializing in difficult cases. To help with Sammy’s medical expenses, donations can be made by clicking here or PayPal: or mail: RDR NYC PO BOX 101 NY, NY 10028.

(Photos of German shepherd puppy courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

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Check out his brief video here. Just watching this you will want to help this innocent little guy:

Yorkie fighting for her life after dropped off at animal clinic with her mouth tied shut

In West Palm Beach, Florida, a one-year-old Yorkie continues to fight for her life after she was dropped off at a local animal clinic with her mouth tied shut with an elastic hair tie. The band that bound the seven-pound dog’s muzzle had been tied so tightly that it cut a 3/4 inch gash penetrating the bone.

According to Paws 2 Help founder Eve Van Engel, it is unclear who is responsible for the apparent animal cruelty to the dog now dubbed Pixie.

“We have submitted the little information that we have to Animal Care and Control, we hope that they will be able to investigate and find out more information, and the owners,” Eve posted on the organization’s Facebook Sunday afternoon.

What is known so far is suspicious however very sketchy. Two women dropped the dog off at the clinic on Saturday afternoon; each woman having a conflicting story and neither stating they knew who tied the dog’s mouth shut. One woman stated the dog had belonged to her father, but when a neighbor continued to complain the dog wouldn’t stop barking, that neighbor came over and tied the pooch’s muzzle shut. It is not known how long the band had been on the dog, however Pixie suffers from an extensive infection. All that can be established is the dog had been living in a cage outside on a concrete patio and apparently had been passed from one person to another during her short life.

The staff is trying to tempt Pixie to eat – and have been offering her baby food.

“If she survives another 18 hours and still cannot eat, we will plan on operating and inserting a feeding tube,” the clinic stated.

To help with Pixie’s medical expenses, donations can be made here.

(Photo of Yorkie with mouth tied courtesy of Paws2Help)

Paws2Help is a small privately run non profit animal clinic providing services since 1997. They are open seven days each week, and employ four full time doctors see 100 cases each day. Clinics are very busy and an appointment is recommended. Surgeries are always pre-arranged.

Read about Caitlyn the dog’s abuser and his prison sentence. 


Hung by his neck and left to die cat breaks his own leg to escape

In what veterinarians have labeled a deliberate and horrible act of animal cruelty to a young, friendly cat in Bundaberg, Australia, the rescuer involved stated she was brought to tears just trying to understand how anyone could do such a heinous act. The cat had been hung by his neck and left to die; somehow he was able to free himself, but not before breaking his leg.

According to the rescue organization, Best Friends Feline, owner Nikki Chapple stated the 18-month-old cat’s story began when he was a stray – just living on the streets barely able to scrounge for food while he tried desperately to survive. And as bad as that life was, it soon became even worse:

“One day someone gets hold of you and you’re unsure what’s going on as you don’t overly fear humans usually you adore pats and are friendly with them, but this human was not so friendly. He used some rope or string to hang you by your neck and left you to die. You struggle gasping for air, frightened at what was happening to you, scared and betrayed. Your survival depended on you getting free, so you give it all you have and break your leg so severely it now drags around under your body as you get about but you were free. Injured, alone and in pain, someone discovers you and takes you to the local pound where they figure out your back story and put a call out for someone to help you.”

Chapple had been notified by Red Collar Rescue after the cat’s story that he had been hung by his neck and left to die had been posted on social media. Although the rescuer knew the cat’s recovery would be expensive, her plight just broke Chapple’s heart. On Wednesday night, when she finally met the cat she named Odyssey (after the ordeal he had been through), Chapple cried.

“The skin was gone from around his neck. It looked like your typical collar injury, but thinner so it must have been a tiny piece of rope,” she wrote on social media. “He had worn away the hair around his paws; it was bloody and underneath his leg was an ulcerated sore. Someone had deliberately done this or another suggestion was a dog fighting ring used him as bait.”

Poor Odyssey had been dragging his front left leg behind him, and sadly his leg could not be saved. Odyssey successfully survived the amputation and is already reported to be doing quite well as a tripod. Nikki updated the cat’s followers on Facebook – now presenting the story of a rescued kitty; hopefully with a new life ahead of him:

“I brought him home yesterday afternoon, and all he wanted to do was smooch me endlessly while purring non stop . He is on heavy pain meds so likes laying down with his head in your palm while you hold his paw with your other hand.”

Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Odyssey is available for adoption. Donations to help cover his veterinarian expenses are appreciated in order for more cats in bad situations can also be rescued. Donations can also be sent to:

Commonwealth Bank
Account Name: Best Friends Felines
BSB : 064171
ACC: 1045 6758

ABN: 55 433 833 458

Photos of Odyssey hung by his neck and left to die courtesy of Best Friends Feline.

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UPDATE: Volunteer pens angry message to owner after young Akita dumped at shelter and left to die

Just a few days ago, Andrea McNee, the animal rescuer coordinator for South Florida Animal Rescue Network, a Florida non-profit serving dogs and horses in need in the South Florida area, penned an angry message to the owners of a young Akita surrendered to Miami-Dade Animal Services – an extremely crowded open-admittance shelter. As Andrea watched the young dog shaking uncontrollably in his cage – knowing he had been abandoned and his family would not come back for him, she felt obligated to address that family and wrote the heart wrenching note:

“To the family who dumped Raiden #A1777880 at our local KILL shelter, I hope this post reaches you. Two years ago you thought buying an Akita puppy was the coolest thing ever but didn’t plan what to do with him in the event of having to move. Now he sits there shaking like a leaf, because even though he is a good boy he knows you have left him there to die. He has not eaten or potty; he simply can’t move because he is petrified. We want to help but we may not be able to. There are alternatives to a kill shelter that you probably didn’t consider because it is easier to think that another wonderful family will adopt him. Sorry to break the news but the REAL WORLD doesn’t work that way. The commitment you made to Raiden the day you brought him home as a cute puppy has been broken; you failed him.”

The volunteer’s words resonated throughout social media as Raiden’s photo, showed the dog sadly waiting behind the bars of his cage for the family who would never return. Just one day later however, Raiden’s future changed. On Wednesday, the lonely pup had already been neutered and adopted. Late that afternoon Raiden headed home with his new family.


Our canine companions are life long commitments. Be a responsible pet parent – spay and neuter and make sure you keep your promise to keep your pets safe. That’s how we roll!

(Photos of young Akita Raiden courtesy of Andrea McNee)

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Neighbor’s cellphone video of dog being severely beaten leads to owner’s arrest

A concerned and compassionate woman used cellphone video to record her neighbor severely abusing his dog in Deuil-la-Barre (near Paris) France earlier in March; leading to the owner’s arrest. The disturbing video showed the four-year-old American Staffordshire terrier being kicked, punched and beaten with a stick as his owner cornered the defenseless dog in the corner of the balcony. 

On March 10, the woman begged the man to stop – yelling from the window of her apartment, however the man ignored her pleas and continued to abuse the dog named Loco.

“I tried several times to get this man to stop by calling out, but it didn’t work… Seeing the man continue these acts, I took my phone and I filmed it,” the woman who wanted to remain anonymous told the rescue organization, Foundation 30 Millions d’Amis, who came to Loco’s rescue.

When authorities arrived at the man’s apartment, Loco was immediately taken into custody and was taken to their shelter in Seine-et-Marne. According to a statement by the organization, although the dog survived his owner’s ruthless attacks, Loco was reported to be in “bad shape overall.”

“He was probably beaten for a long time and had a number of scars, notably on his ears. We suspect he was burned with acid,” stated volunteers at the shelter where Loco was being treated and helped.

The dog’s owner has been charged with animal cruelty and is scheduled to appear in court in September 2017. Loco is now available for adoption. Contact the shelter at 01 64 00 15 45.

(Photo of dog being abused via cellphone video courtesy of Foundation 30 Millions d’Ami)

Video is disturbing:

‘Just junkyard dogs’: Owner never bothered to leave their names

In Lancaster, California, a heartless owner arrived at the shelter on Thursday morning dragging a pair of seniors behind him he called “just junkyard dogs.” And to make the frightening ordeal even worse for the two pooches, the owner couldn’t even find it in his heart to leave the dogs’ names with the shelter. Tragically, the dogs were split up and then placed in separate kennels. Who can even imagine their sadness and confusion?

The ten-year-old  Labrador retriever mix and her eight-year-old brindle pit bull  cross have both been scheduled to be euthanized on Monday. The Labrador retriever can be released immediately if adopted; the pit bull mix will be required to pass a temperament evaluation before being released. Rescue volunteer, Sal Valdepena interacted with the dogs at the Lancaster Animal Care Center on Saturday morning:

“Surrendered as a “junkyard dog” completely terrified of the human hand, yet this beautiful girl loves human attention and affection. She warmed up quickly as I petted her; she wasn’t sure how to react. She was so happy running like a little old lady and getting sun on her beautiful frosted face. It breaks me inside knowing she’s euthanasia listed. I hope she felt love and happiness. I won’t give up until the last second. I love you Maggie, and I write this sitting on the floor of the shelter bawling my eyes out. You didn’t deserve the kind of life you had. I’ll keep fighting angel. I love you so much. Please share Maggie; she’s set for euthanasia without ever knowing love isn’t suppose to hurt.” Follow this dog’s plight here as her story is shared with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media.

Click here for Maggie’s adoption listing. A5041578 “I don’t have a name yet and I’m an approximately 10 year old female Labrador retr.  I am already spayed.  I have been at the Lancaster Animal Care Center since March 16, 2017.  I am available on March 16, 2017.  You can visit me at my temporary home at L429.”

And then there is her bonded brother. His life apparently had never been happy, and then he was dumped by his owner after years of abuse and neglect. Although he was also frightened when first touched, all he wanted was some kindness and an affectionate scratch or two behind his ears. Click here for his  senior adoption listing.  A5041572 “I don’t have a name yet and I’m an approximately 8 year old male pit bull.  I am already neutered.  I have been at the Lancaster Animal Care Center since March 16, 2017.  I am available on March 16, 2017.  You can visit me at my temporary home at L420.” 

A composite Facebook page for both dogs can be followed here.

Antje Stobbe “They are both fixed, there is no reason they should have been separated! and NO info was gathered on either of these poor seniors; their chances of getting adopted is virtually zero!”

The dogs remain at Lancaster Animal Care Center located at 5210 W. Ave I in Lancaster, California. Phone: 661.940.4191.

Photos and video of junkyard dogs courtesy of Sal Valdepena and Antje Stobbe.

(Please note the kennel reference number for the male may be incorrect. Please check with volunteers for corrections. All they have left is us. Please share their stories and help them find a safe home.

“Junkyard dogs” video:

Man who taped Caitlyn the dog’s mouth shut sentenced for animal cruelty

On Friday, William Leonard Dodson was sentenced in one of the most disturbing animal cruelty cases ever presented in North Charleston. With Judge Markley Dennis, referring to Caitlyn’s torture as “hell on Earth” reported the Post and Courier, Dodson was given the maximum sentence for animal cruelty in South Carolina – five years.

“I’m not trying to be mean, but I wish I could give you more,” Judge Dennis told Dodson.

Although Dodson’s prison term will not be extended beyond the 15-year sentence on a federal gun and drug charges ordered on Thursday, advocates applauded the sentencing, stating the penalty sends a strong message to those who abuse and torture animals. The judge stated he would honor the prosecutor’s negotiations with Dodson’s public defender to serve the animal cruelty sentence at the same time as the federal punishment. During the hearing, Caitlyn’s story was told again as a crowd of animal advocates filled the courtroom.

The scar on Caitlyn’s snout is still very visible and few will forget when the dog was first rescued and brought to the Charleston Animal Society as Aldwin Roman, the director of anti-cruelty and outreach described how Caitlyn cried out in pain as veterinarians unraveled the electrical tape wrapped around her snout nine times. It is estimated the dog’s mouth had been taped shut for 36 hours. The dog’s veterinarian report described her muzzle as “markedly swollen with evidence of tape and her tongue as “significantly swollen, significantly bruised, discolored (dark purple) and oozing blood,” a court record stated. Dodson said he wrapped the tape around the dog’s mouth because she wouldn’t stop barking.

As to to the brightest part of the morning, was Caitlyn’s appearance as she happily ran around at the Animal Society chasing balls, appreciating the smiling faces of visitors and loving life.

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You can catch the entire video and reaction from the Charleston Animal Society below. Although there was disappointment that the five years Dodson was sentenced to prison on Friday morning wasn’t added on to sentence, but most are convinced that Caitlyn did find some justice:

Puppy’s leg amputated after suspected animal cruelty

An eight-month-old puppy had his leg amputated after the dog owner’s boyfriend became angry  after the pooch chewed up some of the couple’s belongings. According to the Moon Township Pennsylvania Police Department’s Chief Leo McCarthy told WpixNews, the puppy was just being a puppy and getting into mischief as puppies commonly do:

“The boyfriend was rather angry because the dog had torn the house up a little, like dogs do sometimes. Then he gave it an extremely powerful kick.”

The puppy, named Jinx, was removed from the home in Mooncrest last week. His rear right leg had been badly injured and was reported to have been broken even though the sweet puppy continued to wag his tail. Local animal rescuer, Jess Horvatin, was so angry about the apparent cruelty situation, she recorded a cellphone video of the abused puppy to make sure someone would be held accountable.

Sadly, veterinarians had to amputate the puppy’s leg, but he has already been re-homed and is reported to be recovering. Authorities state animal cruelty charges are pending although the suspect has not yet been named.

(Photo of puppy’s leg amputated via screenshot from WpixNews)

Get well soon Jinx. We hope you find some justice. Follow the Pet Rescue Report on Facebook.