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Dog’s face and the desperate look in his eyes plead for help

Chester is the tragic face of dog fighting. The desperate look in his eyes pleaded for help; surely the monsters who subjected this innocent victim to hell never cared. Surely the monsters who subjected this innocent victim to this hell never loved a dog. Odds are he was used as a bait dog.

And on Thursday afternoon, a rescue volunteer walked into a rural Texas shelter and knew Chester deserved more than an untimely death. From the moment the rescuer entered the dog’s kennel, he slowly approached her as he left a trail of blood behind him. For once in a long, long time, Chester felt a soft human touch, and then he slowly retreated back into the corner of his cage and began to lick and tend to his wounds. When contacted, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC stepped up; co-founder Stacey Silverstein explained the situation on the organization’s Facebook page. She could not refuse to help:

  “He had lived through this before, injured with puncture wounds from dog fighting. Chester was covered in blood. He was covered in scars. His body told us his past and through his eyes showed us his pain.”

Chester has been rushed in for emergency medical treatment. Let’s hope this poor dog survives. To help with this latest case of extreme abuse and cruelty, donations for the dog’s care can be made by clicking here or PayPal at donate@rescuedogsrocknyc.org.

(Photos of Chester’s face and desperate look courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC and Leslie Ysuhuaylas)

 

 

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Abuser of Caitlyn the dog sentenced to 15 years in federal prison

In Charleston, South Carolina, the man who committed one of the most heinous acts of animal cruelty to a puppy dubbed Caitlyn by tightly duct taping her muzzle so she couldn’t bark, eat or drink nearly two years ago, has been sentenced to prison for the next 15 years. William Leonard Dodson, 43, was sentenced  in United States District Court on Thursday, however on an unrelated charge. 

A press release by United States Attorney Beth Drake stated:

“Evidence presented at the change of plea and sentence hearings established that officers with the North Charleston Police Department initiated a traffic stop on Dodson and Dodson fled on foot. As Dodson ran from law enforcement, he threw a loaded Beretta 9 mm handgun, along with marijuana and cocaine, which law enforcement recovered after Dodson was apprehended. Dodson has multiple prior felony convictions, including four prior conviction for possessing of narcotics with intent to distribute.”

According to the Post and Courier,  Dodson’s sentence is the end result stemming  from the drugs and gun possession charges. Having a record of multiple past felonies, the 15-year sentence was the mandatory minimum term. His sentence is scheduled to be followed up with two years of probation. The charge carries up to life.

And now as to the animal cruelty charge, the Charleston Animal Society posted on their Facebook page, that a hearing will be held Friday morning in the case of Caitlyn:

“THE Animal Abuse Case Heard ‘Round the World:
~~~Caitlyn finally gets justice!~~~~
Friday, March 24th 10am
Charleston County, SC Courthouse
MEDIA ALERT: Caitlyn Abuser to be Sentenced in Court on Animal Cruelty Charges
William Leonard Dodson Sentencing Scheduled for 10am on March 24th

WHO: William Leonard Dodson, 42, of Quitman Street in North Charleston plead guilty to a felony charge of ill-treatment of an animal last August, for taping the muzzle of the staffie-mix female dog, Caitlyn, in May 2015.
WHAT: His sentencing for the plea will take place Friday, March 24. Dodson faces from 180 days to five years in prison and a fine of $5,000. Dodson also faces charges in unrelated cases involving drugs and weapons.
WHEN: March 23, 2017 at 10AM
WHERE: Charleston County Courthouse, 100 Broad St, Charleston, SC 29401
WHY: Justice for Caitlyn the dog”

The Staffordshire bull terrier’s story went global after she was found with her tongue sticking out and swollen in June 2015. The electrical tape had been wrapped around her snout nine times. During an investigation into Caitlyn’s egregious cruel treatment, a witness told authorities that Dodson had complained the puppy barked too much after purchasing her for $20. When the dog broke free of her chain, she wandered off and was found as a stray. During her rehabilitation, Caitlyn lost part of her tongue and underwent repeated surgeries to enable her to recuperate. The dog has since become the namesake for abused animals through the Charleston Animal Society; her fund pays for veterinary care for dogs involved in cruelty and neglect cases.

 

Dodson’s faces between 180 days and five years in prison along with a fine of $5,000.

Click here to see Caitlyn’s message from 2015. She has since been adopted and lives with her human family and canine pal Oreo.

 

Queenie: ‘Look at me now I’m standing’ says dog thrown away as trash

Barely one week after Queenie was discovered curled up in a small shed in Houston, Texas and few thought she would ever survive the first few nights at an emergency veterinarian hospital, the emaciated dog thrown away as trash, has now been able to take her first steps. The dog had been another victim of heartless neglect and when her photo was posted onto social media, Queenie’s heartbreaking plight went viral as the phrase  “a picture is worth a thousand words” so aptly described her.

Queenie had been suffering in silence until a  group of animal advocates coordinated her rescue with Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. From there she underwent  hours of surgery to remove and debride the dead and infected skin over her body. Her infections ran so deep that surgeons could see the tendons on her legs. She was then bandaged to protect her raw skin and continues to have  her dressings changed daily.

When the medical staff reported Queenie had started to eat on her own, advocates were encouraged – “hoping Queenie would continue to fight the fight,” the rescue organization’s Facebook posted. And on Thursday morning, Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, labeled Queenie a “true warrior” and updated her condition:

 “Queenie continues her miraculous road to recovery. Here Queenie stands and eats; something she loves to do. Every day she gets a little stronger. We here at RDR NYC NEVER GIVE UP. And here is why … Queenie had the will to live and her medical team agreed. NEVER did we discuss putting Queenie to sleep, because if she had the slightest glimmer of hope, which she did, to pull through her horrific, abusive past, we were going to make sure she had every medical advantage to do so. And now look at Queenie! Her road to a full recovery will be long and hard but worth every second, every minute so that Queenie can go on to live a beautiful life.”

Read the earlier story and see the dog’s earlier video by clicking here.

Photos and video of dog thrown away as trash courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. Watch for more updates as Queenie regains her strength.

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Teen shoots horses for fun playing ‘American Sniper’ real life video game

In Iron Mountain, Michigan, a 19-year-old man has been accused of shooting two horses, after admitting to authorities he had been playing the video game “American Sniper” before going outdoors to shoot the animals in a real life video game. According to the Iron Mountain Daily News, Luke Endjamin Wool, allegedly told authorities he shot a draft horse on February 24 and then shot and injured the second horse on March 16. The investigation from the March 16 incident tied the first horse’s death to Wool; that horse died as a result of severing a main artery after breaking its leg.

Wool told police he shot the second horse because it “laughed” at him and “draft horses are supposed to be in pairs.”

On Monday, Wool was arraigned in Iron County Trial Court. The owner of the horses, Chuck Battan stated the surviving horse had been in surgery to remove bullets from his flank quarter. The family have been horse owners for the past 42 years and have never had an incident of anyone shooting their animals. The 2,500-pound male horses performed in horse-pulling competitions and some farm work.

Wool lived rent free with his pastor and when they were out of town, Wool figured out how to get five guns and ammunition out of the safe.

If convicted on all counts, Wool faces the maximum of 18 years in prison for the discharge of a firearm in or at a building, a ten-year felony, and two counts of killing or torturing animals, each a four-year felony.  He is currently being held in jail pending a $10,000 bond.

(Police photos of Luke Wool allegedly dressed playing “American Sniper”)

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Woman under investigation as disturbing image of puppy being crushed by a python appears online

A woman who posted an image online of her pet Royal python crushing what appeared to be a very young puppy to death is currently under investigation by the Seprona animal protection unit of the Guardia Civil in Granada, Spain. According to the Local, a volunteer at a local animal shelter came across the photo after reading an online advertisement offering the snake for sale.

When the worker went undercover and posed as a prospective buyer, she asked about the photo of the snake showing the puppy being crushed. The woman allegedly admitted she had been feeding her snake puppies, birds and kittens. Royal pythons crush their prey to death until they can no longer breathe.

The owner of the snake could face felony charges of animal abuse. The non venomous reptiles can live for 30 years while kept in captivity and generally grow to a length of five feet. Considered friendly, they are the most popular pet snakes in the world.

(Photo of Royal python via screenshot of Local)

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Thailand sea turtle fed 11 pounds of coins by tourists died

A sea turtle in Thailand, who rose to Internet fame after veterinarians surgically removed 915 coins from her stomach, died on Tuesday morning. Named “Omsin” which translates to “Piggy Bank” in Thai, the beloved turtle had been expected to live after the surgery performed two weeks ago, but tragically passed away announced the Bangkok Post.

Omsin lived in a turtle pond in the town of Sri Racha where people would toss coins into her pond as a symbol to bring good luck – much like people have done in Trevi Fountain and ponds across the world. The problem with Omsin however – is the turtle had been eating the coins, and yes surgeons counted 915 of them to be exact. They had collected in a heavy ball that cracked her ventral shell leading to an acute infection. A seven-hour surgery followed as surgeons removed the coins one by one.

According to the Chulalongkorn University Facebook page, veterinarians thought she was well on her way to recovery from the March 6 surgery, but on Sunday morning the turtle began to breathe too slowly and was rushed to intensive care where an infection in her intestines was found. A second surgery was not successful.

“We are all very sad,” stated the Nantarika Chansue, the head of the aquatic animal research department. “We tried our best, but due to her physical weakness and multiple complications including toxicity in her blood system, she couldn’t make it.”

In Thailand, turtles are viewed as a symbol of longevity, and even though Reuters reports that vets are planning a necropsy to figure out her exact cause of death, why make it so complicated? How about people stop throwing coins in the pond for turtles to eat? How tragic and so easily avoidable – Omsin was only 25-years-old and could have lived to be 100-years-old!

(Photos of Thailand sea turtle Facebook via Chulalongkorn University)

Oh how stupid these mortals be!

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Cops keep beaten and abused puppy safe at police department over the weekend

In Manhattan, Illinois, police officers have a special soft spot in their hearts for dogs; especially for the defenseless. Over the weekend, the cops cared for a nine-month-old abused puppy which included feeding and walking her until animal cruelty charges could be pressed against her owner on Monday.

According to the Manhattan Patch, the puppy named Raven was brought into protective custody on March 10 after a witness saw her owner beat, kick and throw the dog to the ground. Police Chief Joseph Wazny stated the injuries to the puppy had been consistent with what the concerned citizen described, as the dog’s owner, Richard Winchell, 26, was seen abusing her.

On Friday, officers seized Raven, but were unable to meet with prosecutors or a judge until Monday, so the dog was made comfortable in a kennel at the police station after she was treated by a local veterinarian. On Monday, Raven was transported to the Will County Animal Control where she will remain until the case is resolved. It is hoped the judge will order the dog be turned over to a rescue group where she will be evaluated and be made available for adoption.

Winchell faces three counts of animal cruelty and is scheduled to appear in court on April 12.

(Photos of beaten and abused puppy and Winchell via Manhattan Police Department)

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Puppy tossed in dumpster with shopping cart thrown on top of her

In a heartbreaking case of animal cruelty in Peachtree, Georgia, a puppy was left for dead in a dumpster on Sunday. Christie Salois, the companion animal manager of Petco, found the pup in the trash bin behind the store – a shopping cart intentionally tossed on top of the dog to keep her from escaping:

“…I saw her in an aisle, tears streaming down her face and anointing a brown pup she cuddled, ‘I just found her in our dumpster,'” Christie told BullyWag Inc., the rescue organization who was immediately called to help.

Christie had gone outside in the morning, and when she opened the door to the garbage receptacle saw two tiny  dark eyes looking up at her. The puppy’s left eye had a huge red wound. And immediately the woman scooped the pup up into her arms and called the Sharpsburg area rescue for help. At the time, however Steven Cartwright, a volunteer with BullyWag had been at Petco with a greyhound rescue:

“Let’s put the pup in a pen next to the greyhound group. Maybe someone will want her,” and from there the puppy had “an unceasing flow of folks playing with her, showing kindness only minutes after such evil was done to her,” the rescue group posted on their Facebook page.

BullyWag has named the adorable pooch Christy – after the person who rescued her. The pup appeared quite healthy, however her eye has a severe injury, and it is not known if she may lose that eye in the future. For now, the affectionate pup is headed to a foster home and if her health checks out, the one-year-old puppy will be available for adoption.

BullyWag, Inc. I’m sharing my post about Christy the Petco dumpster dog. Petco is a good friend of Bully Wags. And this act was vile; as an APD detective, I’ve investigated crimes done by sick minds & this particularly bothers me for a few reasons: the perp chose a pet store dumpster, but not in hopes of her being found alive because they threw a shopping cart on her, trapping & concealing her. We need to be vigilant if this SOB strikes again.”

Anyone with information about this act of animal cruelty is asked to notify authorities. To help with Christy’s eye surgery, donations can be made here. (Photos of puppy tossed in dumpster from BullyWag,Inc Facebook.)

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Outrage on Chinese social media as live rabbit left hanging behind vehicle

A motorist in Kunming, an area located in Southwest China, was both surprised and upset after seeing a live rabbit  swinging back and forth from the back of an SUV. The photos quickly circulated through China’s social media with viewers trying to decide if the act was more animal cruelty or an attempt for the driver of the car to hide his license plate.

According to the Shanghaiist, most web users were disturbed over the apparent animal cruelty, however some of the wry humor left readers disgusted and irate. Comments ranging from the man “tenderizing the bunny” or “mixing exhaust fumes adding to the taste of the meat” were met with angry comments about the man in the car being intentionally cruel to a defenseless animal and making the bunny suffer egregious fright and pain.

“The driver should be hung from the back of a big truck to let him see how it feels,” stated one reader commenting on the disturbing photo.

Perhaps to add insult to injury, noting the lack of concern and callousness of authorities as to animal cruelty, was the report to the Kunming Police who stated they had launched an investigation as to the incident, however officials were only concerned with the driver covering up his license plate. Obviously animal cruelty has no limits in Kunming. There have been no updates on the condition of the bunny or even if he survived the abuse.

(Photo of live rabbit hanging from SUV via Shanghaiist link of photos via social media)

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Dog with belly ripped open when thrown in front of farm machine undergoes life-saving surgery

In South Texas, a disturbing act of animal abuse occurred late last week as rescuers reported a dog had been thrown in front of a piece of moving farm machinery. As a result of the intentional cruelty, the dog’s belly had been ripped open exposing his intestines, witnessed literally falling out of his body. When told of the egregious situation, an animal rescuer rushed to the dog’s aid and transported him to an emergency veterinarian hospital. 

“This dog was just found with his intestines dragging behind him and him starting to chew on them! This was intentionally done to him! He has puncture wounds, and the vet thinks he was picked up by machinery! We are desperately needing donations to get him into surgery! The vet cannot start surgery without $2400 put down!!! Even if I put everything I have it won’t be enough! Please help donate!,” posted Leslie Ysuhuaylas on her Facebook page as she cried out for help on Friday afternoon.

Knowing that Leslie needed a rescue organization to financially support the life saving surgery the dog dubbed Roman needed, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC was asked to help.

“Roman’s rescuer (Leslie) was scrambling for help and reached out to us to see if we could help. Of course, we could not let Roman die because of lack of funds,” stated Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of the organization, who often takes the most serious cases of abuse, neglect and cruelty under their wing.

That day, Roman had successful surgery to repair his “gutted” intestines and is now reported to resting comfortably at the Animal Medical Center of McAllen. There have been no suspects reported. His care adds up to more than $2,400. To help save more dogs just like Roman, please

Check out his before and after photos. Warning – photos are graphic. Photos of dog’s belly ripped open by farm machine courtesy of Leslie Ysuhuaylas and Rescue Dogs Rock NYC.

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Read another Rescue Dogs Rock NYC article about seriously injured Queenie fighting for her life.