Abandoned mother dog discovered lying on top of trash bag containing her dead puppy

In rural southeast Dallas, Dowdy Ferry Road has become a dumping ground for abandoned dogs from their irresponsible owners.  Tragically the area has become the sad reality for the canine victims of animal cruelty or the ones simply not wanted anymore. When a heartless owner abandoned Edessa, a young mother dog, after stuffing her dead puppy in a trash bag, the dog’s maternal instincts kicked in; she carried her tiny offspring everywhere she went while scavenging for food. And in that area, the depressed but loyal dogs sit by the roadside, waiting for their families to return; during this time of utter confusion and desperation so many of them wander out onto the highway and are hit by cars.

Earlier this week,  Edessa was found lying on top of a garbage bag. The underweight dog was covered in ticks; the bag she protected smelled like death. And in the bag were the remains of her decomposed puppy – his jaw with baby teeth and pieces of his tiny coat. Edessa was one of the lucky ones; an animal rescuer discovered her, and did everything she could to ensure her safety when she brought her to Dallas Animal Services. Unfortunately Tuesday was to be Edessa’s last breath; the shelter was packed, and this girl was scheduled to be euthanized.

“Today, I met that lady who cried when I came there to save Edessa. No dog should endure the horror of carrying her dead decomposing puppy around in a plastic bag; still her mothering instincts trying to help her baby. Edessa is now safe at the vet getting the needed medical attention she deserves, grooming out the smell of her rotting puppy from her fur that was stained with decomposed blood and flesh as she laid on her to protect her,” posted Robin Linn, president of Safe In Texas Animal Rescue on her Facebook page.

According to Robin,  two-year-old Edessa has been administered Bravecto after more than 100 ticks were removed. So far her blood work has been normal, and she has been receiving medication to help with any potential tick infestation complications; she has tested negative for Ehlichia.

A foster home is still needed for this Edessa. Thus far her vet bills have added up to $400. To donate to her care, please Paypal through

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Tecumseh man arrested for torturing his dog for two days

A Tecumseh man has been charged with animal abuse after admitting to torturing his small dog for two days. According to an arrest affidavit, an Ozark County deputy arrived at the home of Brandon Patterson, 33, located on Highway PP after a complaint the man had been abusing his dog.

The Ozark County Times reports the deputy found Patterson on his back porch; both Patterson and the porch were wet. It had not been raining. The officer saw a small dog inside of a crate which had been sitting on the bottom of a metal garbage can. The dog was wet and lying on its side in apparent distress, trying to breathe while gasping and crying out in distress. At that time, Patterson admitted to the officer he had been “mean” to his dog for the last two days, and he was sorry.

In a disturbing description of what had occurred with the defenseless little pooch, Patterson said he put the dog in the trashcan and filled it with water. He forced the dog to swim until it became so exhausted it couldn’t swim anymore. Then he would dump the water and let the dog out, however he repeated the process several times. As if that wasn’t cruel enough, there was still more torture. While the dog was trying to swim for its life, Patterson pushed it under with his hand – all the while the little dog trying to survive until the dog bit him in the hand. One time he put the lid on top of the trashcan; keeping the dog swimming in complete darkness with only a small space of air between the top of the water and the lid of the can.

In a subsequent interview, Patterson stated he didn’t know why he or what he did to his dog. The deputy took the dog to a local veterinarian where it was treated for pneumonia and has since been released to a family member.

Patterson remains in the Ozark County Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash only bond. He has been charged with animal abuse by torture while the animal was alive, a class E felony. He was also charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, marijuana, and the attempt to manufacture a controlled substance. If convicted, Patterson could face up to four years in prison.

(Photo of Tecumseh man who tortured his dog via Ozark County Jail booking photo)

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‘Appalling and immoral’ act of cruelty after kangaroo shot and posed on side of road in chair

Authorities have called the disturbing discovery of a kangaroo shot dead on the side of a road and posed in a chair in Melbourne an “appalling and immoral” act of animal cruelty. The marsupial was discovered by a woman who spotted the animal on her way to work while driving on Plenty Road, Mernda in May.

According to the EsperanceExpressAustralia, the kangaroo had been posed tied to the chair, dressed in a leopard print outfit and holding a bottle of ouzo. The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning released the photo on Tuesday morning, calling on the public for help finding the person(s) responsible for such an egregious deed.

“This is appalling and immoral behavior,” stated DELWP Senior Investigator Mike Sverns. “The kangaroo had been shot at least three times prior to it being arranged in the chair. It would have taken some times to stage the kangaroo in that position on the side of the road. We are certain that someone would have seen something, given the public area and traffic flow of this main road.”

Investigators stated the animal had been shot three times in the chest with a small caliber gun. It is believed the kangaroo had been killed somewhere else and then brought to this scene – no one knows why. Duct tape was found at the location; all evidence will be thoroughly tested via forensic examination.  Unfortunately the killing of wildlife has increased.


Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers on (1800) 333 000.

(Photo of kangaroo shot and posed via DEPWP)

Penalties for killing wildlife can call for up to two years in prison and fines from $7,500 to $36,500.

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German shepherd pup dumped at shelter after enduring motor oil treatments for mange

Is is hard to believe Pancho is a German shepherd barely one-year-old? According to the Harris County Animal Shelter Volunteers, this sweet, young dog had been surrendered on Saturday because he refused to eat; that’s after months and months of homemade treatments including having being doused with motor oil to rid him of mange.

“This dog sat in someone’s backyard, getting worse and worse over the last three months, enduring homemade mange treatments like motor oil and a purple dip. Apparently along the way he stopped eating too, probably because he was just too damn miserable.

He is one year old. This is Houston, y’all,” a Harris County shelter volunteer wrote on their organization’s Facebook page.

When brought in, Pancho weighed 69 pounds; a dog his breed and his size should average in the 96 pound range. And when Pancho, curled up in the back of a pickup truck, arrived at the shelter, his owner called his demodectic mange incurable, and that was the reason she had decided to surrender him to the shelter.

On Monday evening, Vals Pals submitted a rescue tag for Pancho. Funds will be needed to help with his medical expenses. Click here to help Pancho realize life is much better than what he has known for the first part of his life.

(Photo of Pancho after motor oil treatments)

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Fort Calhoun man banned from owning pets after dog dies when left out in subzero weather

A Fort Calhoun, Nebraska man, whose emaciated dog died after it was left in subzero temperatures with wind chills to match, has been banned from owning or caring for any pets for the next five years. According to the Pilot-Tribune & Enterprise, Jason Franke. 42, pleaded no contest in May to intentional animal cruelty – a Class 1 misdemeanor, after a plea deal. In addition, Judge John E. Samson sentenced Franke to 18 months probation, a $1,000 fine and ordered him to serve 250 hours of community service at an animal shelter.

Washington County Attorney Scott Vander Schaff asked the judge to sentence Franke to jail.

“He believes the trigger is he didn’t come home on a snowy night. This happened over a period of time,” Schaff argued at the Washington County District Court on Tuesday.

In January, Franke was charged with animal cruelty and neglect resulting in the death of one of his dogs. Washington County Sheriff Department deputies were called by a neighbor in reference to an animal cruelty report. Upon their arrival, authorities found the dog, named Daisy deceased and another dog running around in the yard. The temperatures had been recorded in the single digits with wind chill factors below zero; neither dog had access to any shelter, food or water. The deceased dog was described as a large dog with short, gray fur. Although the neighbor tried to feed the dogs, the dog that died appeared “sickly.

All that could be found to protect the dogs from the inclement weather at the property located on County Road 28 was an outbuilding that had a hole in it. The small dog that survived was able to squeeze into the protected area, however the big dog couldn’t fit and was left out in the brutal weather – both malnourished and freezing to death.

Franke apologized to the judge stating he made a huge mistake and wished he could bring Daisy back – doesn’t happen Franke, and Daisy’s life ended because of your neglect and abuse. Rest in peace Daisy.

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Dog’s front paws missing in ‘horrific’ animal abuse case

In Spring, Texas, a dog named Liberty had been up for adoption from the Montgomery County Animal Shelter; her front paws were missing. The staff at the shelter had hoped her handicap had been the result of a birth defect. She had been picked up as a stray in Porter; no owner has been identified. On Thursday, the Texas Animal Society, who stepped forward to help Liberty find a home and foster her, released the news that the dog’s “horrific” injuries had been from abuse.

Liberty’s treating veterinarians stated the dog was in  a”very poor emaciated condition.” The rescue posted her update on their Facebook page:

“Our vet stewed over her all day and decided he better do x rays. The news is as horrific as we imagined. It is not a birth defect. She was either amputated, hit by a car and drug, injured and chew. He was only 100% sure, this was abuse.

There may be an amputation involved and positive at least one prosthesis required.”

Liberty is no more than one-year-old. In her favor, the dog is heartworm negative and even though she has open wounds all over her body, treatment with antibiotics, wound care and special booties will make her more comfortable.

“Liberty is quiet and subdued and has been neglected in the basics of care. Time will hopefully heal her mind and body.
Liberty will stay at the Vets office today and will be bathed, cleaned up and her wounds will be treated and cared for. Tonight she will go home with her foster Mum and start recovery.
The care of liberty will take time and be ongoing, she will need either a specialty wheelchair or prosthetic limbs made especially for her needs.”

To donate to Liberty’s care and her future needs in order to help this dog live a better life than her horrible past, donations can be made by clicking here.

(Photos courtesy of Texas Animal Society, Christi Watson Fauver, Alicia Segari)

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Text message depicting abused dog sparks a firestorm of controversy

A text message sent in error to the wrong recipient has started a firestorm of controversy nationwide and has concerned animal lovers questioning the actions or lack thereof of the Palestine, Texas police department. According to a story posted in the Palestine Herald on May 15, 2017, a Facebook posting depicting a dog bound around the mouth and legs with duct tape went viral sparking outrage.  It was also stated in the Herald that the person sending the text message worked for the Palestine Independent School District.

It all started when an unknown male received a text message from an unrecognized sender showing the dog bound to a small wooden post.  According to animal activists, this is an antiquated method to force one animal to breed with another. Upon further research, the phone number where the photo originated is registered to Eugene Carr.

Carr’s name has been linked to multiple sites on Google offering breeder pit bulls. On October 8, 2016 Eugene Carr advertised a breeder dog. Alongside the advertisement was a photo showing a fawn colored female pit bull restrained to a similar wooden post with a male dog behind her. In April of 2016, a similar post offered stud services via a male pit bull for $700.00. The name was Carr, and the contact number was the same.

Palestine interim Police Chief John Herod declined to confirm the name of the suspects, only stating it was an ongoing investigation of possible animal cruelty. The Palestine Independent School District also stated on its website that it is investigating one of their employees in connection with the case. In their public statement, they disclosed that one of their employees was allegedly engaging in animal cruelty through improperly breeding dogs and evidence of this was sent via a text message.   Although the claim is not school-related, it does involve a school employee, and they will investigate the situation thoroughly. In the interim, the employee whose name was not disclosed has been relieved of their duties.

Animal advocate Lola Olive has been following the case since it first appeared on Facebook. When voicing her concerns to the Palestine Police Department, she received the following response:

“The case is still being investigated. It is not over, yet. You stated that the Carrs were infamous for ‘exploiting dogs’. Do you have more evidence than the original post’s single picture? If there is more information than the original Facebook post that you have, would you mind sharing it? The original poster has ignored our attempts to contact him/her and since deleted the original post. We have been investigating what we can in our jurisdiction and have contacted other agencies that have been investigating this case as well. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.”

This author has also reached out to the Palestine Police Department and interim Chief Herod but has not yet received a response. Concerned citizens can contact the Palestine Police Department at 903-729-2254 and ask them to investigate Eugene Carr, his wife and their friends.








Men on bikes forced dog to run until she collapsed and then beat her

A tragic experience for a dog forced to run behind two men on bikes almost ended in her death had it not have been for the kind efforts of two Good Samaritans who rescued the five-year-old white pit bull mix on Thursday evening off the streets of Detroit’s east side.

According to the the non-profit animal rescue, Detroit Dog Rescue, two men were seen on bikes near St. Paul Avenue and Bellevue Street with the dog running behind them. When she couldn’t keep up and collapsed, the men tried to get the dog to stand by beating her. When those cruel efforts proved fruitless, they left her lying helpless on the ground.  Gently picked up and reassured, her rescuers turned her over to Detroit Dog Rescue (DDR).

On Friday,  the dog dubbed Penelope, was rushed to Oakland Veterinary Referral Services in Bloomfield Hills where veterinarians have been trying to stabilize her, however there seem to be many mitigating factors leading up to her poor physical condition. On the rescue organization’s Facebook page, Penelope’s initial prognosis indicated the following:

“She has bruises on her, is completely dehydrated, and seems to be giving up. We are getting fluids in her now and learning more about her story.”

Unfortunately the dog’s update on Saturday morning hasn’t offered the hopes of recovery advocates have been hoping to read. Not only had the dog been forced to have litter after litter of puppies, she also tested positive for heartworms.

“… there are concerns about her uterus. It’s very possible that she will be going into surgery to correct the neglect she’s received her whole life. Heartworms complicate things immensely, so our team of doctors and Kristina made the decision to go ahead and do an echocardiogram today. Will keep everyone updated.”

Anyone with any information about Penelope and the person(s) involved in this cruel situation is urged to send DDR a message through Facebook or call 313-458-8014. To help with Penelope’s medical expenses, please click here.

Get well soon Penelope. Everyone is rooting for you. (Photos via Detroit Dog Rescue)

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Woman operates on her dog with a kitchen knife because she couldn’t afford vet

A woman from Iowa faces animal neglect and cruelty charges after authorities accused her of performing surgery on her dog with a kitchen knife in her living room because she was not able to afford veterinarian charges. Sarah Diane McMenamin, 26, has been charged with animal neglect causing serious injury or death to her dog.

According to the WtaeNews,  McMenamin had taken her dog to Iowa State University VetMed after the dog became very ill. Doctors told McMenamin her dog had an obstruction and needed immediate surgery, and without the operation, the dog might need to be humanely euthanized. The surgery estimate was $2,000; the woman stated she didn’t have the money. On June 1, she arranged to have her dog euthanized at a different clinic, but never showed up for the appointment. Veterinarians became worried the dog wasn’t getting the needed help and informed police asking them to do a welfare check on the dog.

When police arrived at the Arbor Street home, McMenamin told authorities that she performed surgery that morning to remove the obstruction from her dog using a paring knife and tongs. She said she did not think the dog had an obstruction, but that the dog might have consumed rat poison, and she wasn’t able to afford the vet costs. And why did McMenamin think she could operate on her dog successfully? The woman told police she grew up on a farm castrating pigs and thought she could safely perform the operation. Police reported McMenamin had caused “unjustified pain, distress or suffering” resulting in the death of her dog.

McMenamin is currently free on $1,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Monday. If found guilty of the charges, she faces the maximum of a year in prison.

Rest in peace poor dog. What a horrible death you must have suffered.

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James: Dog with head crushed on one side rescued from south Texas shelter

James is the heartbreaking case of a dog who has suffered far too much during his very short life, but animal cruelty has no limits. Sadly few of the criminals are ever punished and even fewer are ever arrested. And so this defenseless pint sized pup was rescued from a high kill south Texas shelter by Rescue Dogs Rock NYC who received a call from shelter volunteers who had been present when James had been brought in with a swollen eye and his head crushed in on one side.

No one knows what happened to this dog, but he was quickly whisked off to the organization’s partner veterinarian hospital where he was given emergency medical treatment to stabilize his condition. James has since been transferred to New York City where he remains in the hospital under constant care. Diagnostic testing has revealed blunt force trauma to his head causing the skull fracture that literally collapsed part of his head as well as inflicting trauma to his eye. Sadly, his eye had to be removed.

In addition, James will need surgery on his hind leg as he limps when he walks; all of this abuse and poor James is only two years old and weighs ten pounds.

“The suffering he has endured is unimaginable,” Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC posted on the organization’s Facebook page Thursday morning. “We need your help to give James everything he needs and deserves to bring him one day to a place of health and well-being. Right now he will remain at our New York veterinary hospital indefinitely.

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