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 would 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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Police investigate heinous cruelty crime after Chihuahua suffered severe burns

In Cache, Oklahoma, police are asking for the public’s help finding the person(s) responsible for the severe burns a tiny Chihuahua suffered after she disappeared from her yard on Tuesday evening. According to the department’s Facebook page, a $250 reward has been offered by CrimeStoppers for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the culprit.

The owner states she let her two dogs out for a quick bathroom break, and ten minutes later heard one of the dogs yelping as if she was in pain. The woman hurried to the backyard and couldn’t find her three-year-old Chihuahua named Pixie. She left her yard, searched the area and finally found the little dog on her front step suffering from severe burns over one-third of her body. The dog was quickly rushed to an emergency veterinarian, and police were notified. Sentiments about the disturbing animal cruelty crime were offered on the police department’s Facebook:

“The fact that anyone would do such an evil and nasty thing to a small innocent dog, is nothing more than the definition of evil. If you have any information regarding this case, please contact the Cache Police Department immediately. Like and Share this post to get the word around! This is a felony, immoral and a heinous crime, and we will catch whomever is responsible.”

Tragically, Pixie died Friday morning. Authorities have interviewed individuals and persons of interest. They will continue to investigate until this crime is solved. The incident took place in the 700 block of North 4th Street in Cache. Anyone interested in donating to the reward, please contact the Cache City Hall at 580-429-3354.

Rest in peace Pixie. We hope you find justice.

(Photo of Chihuahua suffering severe burns courtesy of Cache Police Department)

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‘Cowardly person’ abandons sick dog outside of shelter during pouring rain storm

An elderly Shih Tzu was abandoned outside of the Calgary Humane Society on Wednesday night. And if that wasn’t tragic enough to leave a defenseless dog all alone tethered to a pole, the “cowardly person” walked away from the ailing dog during a pouring rain storm.

According to the organization’s press release, surveillance footage, which was not clear enough to identify the culprit, the dog not only suffered from a large open mass on his hind leg, he also had been in end stage renal failure. Sadly, the dog was in severe pain and veterinarians decided to humanely euthanize the dog.

The Calgary Humane Society is asking for the public’s help. Brad Nichols, Senior Manager of Animal Cruelty Investigations stated:

“This was a truly cowardly act. To abandon an animal in inclement weather rather than fulfil his/her legally obligatory animal care duties is an act that will not be tolerated in Calgary. We hope public tips will point us in the right direction so we can hold the offender accountable.”

Watch the YouTube video and if you recognize the dog or the person abandoning the dog, contact Calgary Humane Society at 403-205-4455 or

Rest in peace little one. We are so sorry you were abandoned in the time of your greatest needs. We hope you find justice.

Photos of cowardly person dropping off elderly Shih Tzu via the Calgary Humane Society.

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Good Samaritans make heartbreaking discovery: Two infected, neglected dogs left alone

The Grant County Animal Shelter is asking for the public’s help identifying the owner of two infected, neglected dogs left alone and found by Good Samaritans on Wednesday. The dogs were rushed to a veterinarian where emergency medical care treatment was started for their painful wounds and mange. 

“We would like to know what kind of human being allows this to occur to innocent animals? If this is not neglect/animal cruelty- than we don’t know what animal cruelty is,” the shelter posted on their Facebook page. These two dogs were brought in yesterday as strays and were taken to a veterinarian and he has never seen a case this bad in his whole career. This didn’t happen over night and these dogs have suffered unimaginably! They wail in pain if you touch their skin, they have open sores, and are in horrible condition!

The vet doesn’t even know if they can be saved because their condition is so grave, but they are being treated, and we are trying to do the very best for them.”

According to WlwtNews, Animal Control Officer Pat Michaels, worries that the dogs, who might be Cocker Spaniels may not survive. Describing the pups, Michaels stated:

“His skin looked like it was made of stone and the other dog, which was a female, if you reached out to touch her, she would just scream. It sounded like a banshee screaming,”

On Thursday, the rescue group, Recycled Doggies stepped up to help the Grant County Animal Shelter who has limited funds. Both dogs, now dubbed Andy and Annie have been placed in foster care; both dogs suffer from extreme cases of mange and other skin infections as well as malnutrition and overall neglect. 

“They are safe tonight in one of our foster homes where they got soft blankets and yummy food and will learn what it’s like to be loved and taken care of,” the rescue group posted after naming the two dogs. “They’re a bit uncertain right now about their new lives and they’re very uncomfortable due to the condition they are in, but they’re on medication and we hope they will be on the mend very soon. We don’t know their breed yet – one guess was Cocker spaniel, but it’s impossible to tell. Annie weighs 12 pounds and Andy weighs 14 pounds, but they are both underweight.”

And for the first time in a long time, both dogs have comfortable beds, ate their dinners and took their medication. To help with their care, please click here.

Anyone with information about the dogs is asked to call police or the shelter at 859-824-9403. To donate to the Grant County Animal Shelter and replenish their funds in order to help the next serious case of neglect and abuse, please click here.

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Shocking abuse: Dog sexually assaulted with broom handle

In Arlington, Virginia veterinarians are sharing the details of  what happened to a beagle mix, and how she was assaulted with a broom handle, one of the worst cases of animal abuse and cruelty they have ever seen. When Homeward Trails Animal Rescue decided to tell the story of a recently rescued dog from a shelter in Isle of Wight County, the organization didn’t want to do it for the shock value; instead as a message of compassion and kindness helping those who cannot help themselves:

 “We brace ourselves for sad stories in this work. We try to move through that part and get to the part where we get to balance that equation with outstanding love and care. Like Mr. Rogers used to tell his preschool viewers, ‘When you see something really scary on the news, look for the helpers. There are always helpers.’ Well. The story of the abuse of Huggles is a very disturbing one, and we are sorry to have to tell it to you. But we need to be the helpers.”

And so when Huggles came into the shelter in mid June, she had been in pain and appeared to have had a uterine infection. Veterinarians spayed her and started her on a series of antibiotics, and even though for the short time she improved, it wasn’t long before her condition worsened. When her foster mom noticed Huggles had been bleeding heavily from her vulva and had become listless, she consulted with the rescue’s partner veterinarian.

Shocking news! Radiographs performed showed the dog had been assaulted with a broom handle; the plastic part of the handle had broken off inside of her causing a “horrific infection.”

“There is no other explanation for the internal damage the vets saw, and the handle inside this dog,” posted Homeward Trails Animal Rescue on their Facebook page. “It is hard to live in a world where people do this kind of thing. And we can all just crumple to the floor and give up. Or we can give into rage. Or we can make the only sustaining choice, the only choice that makes it possible to keep going: We can be the helpers.”

Fortunately Huggles was treated in time, and now she is on the road to a healthy recovery. There has been no information about the person responsible for the heinous deed. Huggle had been brought into the shelter as a stray. A $200 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) involved.

Although there have been a few people on social media suggesting the dog’s story was too disturbing to post on social media, Homeward Trails Animal Rescue stated they appreciated the feedback, however while needing to raise the necessary funding for the dog’s expensive surgery and her aftercare, also on the agenda was making the public more aware of promoting efforts for stricter penalties for animal abuse and cruelty.

“Unless people are aware of actual incidents such as this one, they may not feel efforts to promote stricter penalties are worthwhile. And sadly, if we are to help these animals over choosing to euthanize them due to costs, we must rely on our wonderful, understanding supporters who make it all possible. And we do take great care not to post graphic photos that most would find offensive, including in this particular case. And sadly, we had many graphic photos.”

Get well soon Huggle. As soon as veterinarians give this dog a clean bill of health, she will be available for adoption.

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Sad little Grace Anne: No one adopts her because she’s ‘ugly’

Had Grace Anne been full of baby fur with fluffy little paws and a curled up tail, potential adopters would have stopped at her kennel the moment they saw her. Puppies have the easiest time finding homes – even at the overcrowded Harris County Animal Shelter located in Houston, Texas.

‘”Grace Anne’ is just a baby. Like our friend Gregory last month, she doesn’t know she is ugly. She just knows that no one stops to look at her. Do you see her? She’s 4 months old. She craves love. Easily treatable demodex mange. Adoptable or donate for rescue and offer to foster.”

Shame on the person who called this four-month-old Grace Anne their puppy before she became sick and tossed her away like an old shoe. According to the shelter, the mastiff mix is so very itchy. Her skin has turned bright pink, she’s nearly bald and what’s left of her coat has turned yellow. Demodex is a common infestation of a puppy’s skin comprised of tiny, cigar shaped, eight legged mites that live and feed in the hair follicles and oil glands. Aside from the mange, GraceAnne also has a secondary skin infection that will have to be treated.

Click here for the puppy’s Pet Harbor listing. “I am a female, tan Mastiff. The shelter staff think I am about 9 weeks old. I have been at the shelter since Jun 20, 2017.” For more information about this animal, call Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services at (281) 999-3191
Ask for information about animal ID number A486553. A Facebook page for the puppy can be followed here.

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Milford man arrested for stabbing girlfriend’s 2 dogs after domestic argument

A Milford, Delaware man has been arrested by the Delaware State Police after authorities stated he stabbed his girlfriend’s two dogs after a domestic argument. Police responded to a call at a North Union Church Road residence on Wednesday involving a fight between Denzel L. Brown, 27 and his girlfriend.

According to the Delaware Online, troopers were able to settle the argument between the couple when the woman secured her two pit bulls inside their crate and left the home. While Brown had been waiting outside of the home for his ride to pick him up, he went back into the house to gather some of his personal belongings. Minutes later he walked outside, stating the dogs had been fighting with each other, and he stabbed both of the animals with a knife.

Brown was arrested and charged with possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, two counts of animal cruelty and criminal mischief. He was transferred to the Sussex Correctional Institution in lieu of $16,100. bond.

The Delaware Animal Control removed the deceased dogs from the home. Rest in peace dogs. We are sorry your lives ended so soon; it just wasn’t fair and we hope you find justice somewhere down the line.

Photo of Milford suspect via Delaware State Police

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Sicko animal abusers cut off donkey’s tail

There are just too many mentally sick people in the world. In a recent animal cruelty report, beyond any rational explanation, a donkey’s tail was completely severed in a nighttime attack in the animal’s paddock. According to the Animal Shelter in Little Haven, Pembrokeshire, United Kingdom, who were asked to help because the owners could not afford the expensive care and treatment, the jack donkey named Eeyore was left with the bone exposed and spinal fluid oozing out of his open wound.

Natalie Thomas, at the Green Acres Animal Rescue, called the action on Eeyore as the “worst case of cruelty we’ve ever seen.” On the organization’s Facebook, Thomas explained what had happened and the course of action now planned to help the donkey.
“The owners, with vet advice have tried to get this to heal but sadly extensive surgery is the only way this can be resolved, and the owners were struggling so they asked for help… Immediately after arrival we called in the vets from Cotts Equine Hospital being specialist in the field, we wanted to know what our options were; they confirmed that there is bone exposed and the injury is leaking spinal fluid. The only option is surgery to removed part of this bone, and using the skin left sew up to give him a ‘docked tail’ look. It’s a fairly skilled operation…”
The Haverfordwest center’s supporters read about Eeyore’s terrible plight on Facebook and within 24 hours funds for the expensive operation had been raised. The BBCNews reports the operation for Eeyore is scheduled for early next week, and when he is completely healed he will be ready for adoption.

“When Eeyore is all healed he should have another 15 or 20 years of life left to enjoy,” stated Thomas. “He is such a wonderful, gentle animal. Despite being in a lot of pain he stands calmly as we change his dressing every day and he loves all the volunteers. I can’t thank our supporters enough for their help.”

Although the surgeons and Green Acres Animal Rescue will not be able to “pin the tail on the donkey,” Eeyore will heal and the ten-year-old donkey enjoy years to “hee haw” in delight.

Police have been notified, but there have been no clues as to the responsible person(s). Will they do it again to another animal or will they progress in their cruelty and hurt humans next? Someone must know; be the voice for those who cannot speak.

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