Elbert County wild animal sanctuary euthanizes nearly a dozen of lions, tigers and bears

The Lion’s Gate Wild Animal Sanctuary near Denver, Colorado euthanized all eleven of its animals after the Elbert County commissioners denied the refuge’s repeated request to move the wild animals to an 80 acre plot of land south of Elizabeth. Instead the animals were all killed on April 20 citing recurring flooding on the property deemed the conditions unsafe.

According to the Denver Post, Commissioner Grant Thayer said a unanimous vote denying the special-use permit to move the sanctuary was made because “it was felt the community impact would best be served.” A previous vote to move the facility was denied in 2006. According to local politics,  housing wild animals was not appropriate in a area known for horses. Neighbors complained about lions roaring at night and the possibility of the wild animals escaping. Lion’s Gate owners, Joan Laub and Peter Winney, argued that the animals at the sanctuary were old and posed little risk. In addition they would erect a ten-foot high electrified fence. As to the lions roaring, the owners stated the two lions roared once a day and just for an insignificant amount of time. Still the special permit was denied and all of the animals were killed.

On Wednesday, the executive director of the Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone, Minnesota sent out a letter expressing “their hearts break knowing these were senseless deaths of animals that deserved so much more compassion.” The Denver Post reports Tammy Thies, executive director of the organization, stated they had accepted animals from Lion’s Gate in the past and euthanizing these animals this month was a “selfish move” that “had nothing to do with the welfare of the animals.”

(Photos of Elbert County euthanized wildlife via the Denver Post and Lion’s Gate Wild Animal Sanctuary)

Rest in peace; we all regret you had to die.

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Wanted: Two men who abandoned severely injured dog on patio of restaurant

Authorities continue to search for two men who abandoned a severely injured dog on the patio of a fast-food restaurant in Brampton, Ontario. Surveillance cameras captured the images of the men, and the information has been released by the Peel Regional Police in what has been described as abandoning a small Yorkshire terrier with such severe injuries, the dog had to be humanely euthanized by a veterinarian.

According to the Toronto Sun, the two men were caught on camera hanging out at the McDonald’s restaurant patio located at Sandalwood Parkway on April 15 for eight hours. When they left, employees found the small Yorkie and rushed it to a veterinarian. The security video shows the men arriving at 3:00 a.m. and then leaving at 10:45 a.m. The incident was not reported to the police until four days later, and police have not revealed if the dog was being abused while at the restaurant. Regardless, who abandons a dog that was in dire need of medical help?

As for the men’s description, one man has a medium complexion, short dark hair and a full beard. On that day, he was wearing a gray sweater, black pants, and red and black Nike shoes. The second man is only described as having a medium complexion. If anyone recognizes the men or the dog, contact the police at 905.453.2121 ext. 2133 or Crime Stoppers at 1.800.222.8477,

Help this little dog find justice.

(Photos of two men who abandoned severely injured dog courtesy of Peel Regional Police)

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Yorkie dumped at police station by woman who said she had to go to work

A tiny Yorkie has been named Hollywood after the Hollywood Police Department in South Florida where she was dropped off by a woman who told the officer she had to “go to work.” According to CbsMiami, Rose Mone, from the Hollywood Police Department, doesn’t necessarily believe the woman’s story, but at the very least the silky Yorkshire terrier is getting a new start after suffering some serious medical issues now being addressed:

“Basically she just came in and said she had to go to work; said she was busy,” stated Mone. “She found it over there some where and put the dog over here on the chair and walked out and that was it. I knew he needed help right away because he was not going to make it thru the day.”

So Rose called the Glimmer of Life Pet Rescue  in Davie who described the little dog as extremely sick when they first picked him up.

“I think if he would have went to animal rescue they would have put him down because he was so sick,” stated Ed Degelsmith from the rescue organization. “He couldn’t walk, he was crying. (Veterinarians) …”put a catheter in him so he could pass some urine, X-rayed him. It showed he’s loaded with kidney stones…”

Even when the dog was in pain and crying, he still wanted to be picked up and hugged. On Monday afternoon, Hollywood was reported to be undergoing surgery for his kidney stones.

“I just got off the phone with Paul from Hometown veterinarian and he advised that Hollywood is on the operating table as I write this. They are going to do the stone removal first assess him and then neuter him if he’s in good enough shape then clean his teeth…”

To help with Hollywood’s recovery, a Go Fund Me page can be found here where updates are made available as they happen. Get well soon little one. We hope you make a speedy recovery.

(Photo of Yorkie dumped via Facebook Glimmer of Life Pet Rescue)

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Heartbreaking: Abandoned senior reaches out to volunteer for reassuring hug

Near Orlando, Florida, a 12-year-old abandoned senior doesn’t want to die. On Sunday, Orange County Animal Services named him Leon, but a “rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” When shelter volunteer, Cris Ferreira Reed met him, her heart broke as the lonely dog reached out for a reassuring hug. And for a frozen moment in time, bonding with this neglected dog unraveled a bit of his story:

“This guy is 12 yrs old. He has no name yet, but I’ve been calling him “GRAYSON”. He has had a rough life and his skin needs some severe TLC. He also has no teeth; like many seniors he doesn’t hear well, walks slow and seemed not to care about me, so I hugged him… And suddenly, he hugged me back. He buried his face on me and enjoyed the kindness. He is also good with all dogs. Please help me share him for a home to spend his last days.”

Click here for this boy’s adoption listing. Animal ID: A375382    Room No.: WD71  “Hi, the Shelter named me Leon. I am an approximately 12 year old brown and tan male.  I have not been tested for heartworms. I weigh approximately 52 pounds. I have been at Orange County Animal Services since Friday, April 21, 2017. If you are looking for me, please come to Orange County Animal Services at 2769 Conroy Rd., Orlando, FL. The phone number is (407)836-3111.” A Facebook page for this senior can be followed here.

As to the dog’s medical records available, please note the following:

“Meet Leon! This cutie is in need of rescue due to age and medical: “Skin/Coat: hair loss and warts all thru head and trunk/body Location/Type of wounds/hairloss (if applicable): Ambulation: gait abnormality rear legs due to arthritis Elimination:No Additional observations: Bilateral cataracts but animal can still see well Assessment: Old arthritic dog Recommendation(s): Rx Rimadyl 100 mg bID for 5 days, and posible an outcome when time is up” “Additional observations: scratching at intrascapular area Assessment: reported fleas Recommendation: request Activyl with kennel. LH/DVM” Please let us know if anyone can take him!”

It continues to sadden advocates when dogs, when at the time in their lives need their families the most, they are abandoned or surrendered, but be the person who can make a difference. Whether Leon has one week, one year or more, he deserves better. Share his plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.

(Photos of dog who reached out for reassuring hug courtesy of Orange County Animal Services and Chris Ferreira Reed.)

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‘I don’t need a dog’: Note left with elderly dog abandoned in a cold, wet field

Early Saturday morning in South Yorkshire, United Kingdom, Alan Webster of the volunteer Yorkshire Pet Ambulance service had been doing a fundraising activity when he spotted an elderly dog abandoned in a cold, wet field near Oldcotes Car open market. She was left alone – cold, shivering and afraid; chances are she had been dumped the night before or even longer. Next to the dog named Tessa, were all of her belongings – a blanket, a plastic bag full of food and water and a note.

“The dog was so cold and so upset that we put a tin of rice pudding on using a stove in our van and it downed the lot. It’s totally, totally wrong that someone’s abandoned an old dog like this,” Webster posted on the organization’s Facebook page.

The note left with Tessa was stated:

“The dog Tessa is 12 years old and is not my dog. My neighbor told me that Tessa is chipped. My neighbor asked if I would take charge of Tessa as my neighbor has planned a new life in Canada. Reluctantly I said yes but I know I will not keep Tessa. Tessa likes tea, coffee and watered milk. Tessa’s first meal is a 11:30 am. My neighbor has now gone to Canada. My neighbor was happy thinking Tessa is good hands.

Sorry for the above but I don’t need a dog.”

When found, Tessa had been resting on the soaking wet blanket, but it doing better since her rescue. Hundreds of people have sent messages with offers to help as well as multiple adoption offers.

“We wish to thank everyone for their interest in the abandoned dog this morning – it’s impossible to reply to everyone in person.
At the moment she is at the vets and we will update everyone as soon as we know more.
Regards Alan”

Hopefully Tessa’s veterinary exam will go well and she will be transferred to Netherlands Kennels on Kilnhurst Road in Rotherham for adoption.

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(Photos of Tessa, the elderly dog  via Yorkshire Pet Ambulance Facebook )

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‘Dog on a chain here dying’: New York City rescue group comes to aid of desperate puppy

On Saturday afternoon, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC received a desperate plea to save an abandoned dog found tied to a chain brought to a rural Tifton, Georgia shelter.

“There’s a dog on a chain here dying if you want to come get him. He’s emaciated, covered in fleas, can’t stand or walk and his gums are white,” was the tragic message.

Unfortunately rural shelters do not have the money to treat emergency cases and without an approved rescue organization stepping forward to help, the dog would have to be humanely euthanized. And with no hesitation, Jackie O’Sullivan, the co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, made immediate arrangements to transfer the dog they dubbed “Bear” to the nearest emergency veterinarian hospital.

“We will not stand by and let him die,” Jackie posted on Facebook notifying advocates what had just happened. “He deserves better and he will get better. This is not okay – not by a long shot.”

When Bear arrived at the hospital,  his red blood cell count was extremely low and had he not been given a life saving blood transfusion on Saturday night, he would have died by Sunday morning. Bear was so anemic and dehydrated, staff veterinarians had difficulty finding a vein for intravenous support. Early this morning, Bear began to eat and was able to stand for a short time; all good signs. The sweet dog continues his fight to live.


To help Bear and other emergency cases that continue to come into Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, PayPal: or or mail: RDR NYC PO BOX 101 NY NY 10028

(Photos and video of Bear – the dog on a chain courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

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4-month-old abandoned puppy wandered for days with gaping hole in his face

As everyone headed home on Friday evening preparing for a restful weekend, a frantic 911 call came into Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. A four-month-old puppy had been picked up by animal control in San Antonio, Texas with a life-threatening injury. Part of the pup’s face had been ripped off; leaving a gaping hole. No one knows how the injury happened, however it is suspected he was attacked by another dog. What do young puppies know about defending themselves at such a young age? 

For five days, the defenseless puppy was reported to have been wandering around an abandoned home. Finally an area resident called animal control; had that not happened, it is likely the dog dubbed Nelson would have died. By the time animal control found him, Nelson was in shock; his facial wounds were infected and already rotting away.

“We cannot imagine why people waited so long and allowed Nelson to suffer so,” stated Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of the rescue organization. 

And in coordination with animal advocate Leslie Ysuhuaylas, transportation was arranged to the Callaghan Road Animal Hospital where surgery was performed on Saturday to clean and close the puppy’s injuries. Nelson is now resting comfortably; perhaps the first time in his very short life. In all fairness to the area residents, it is possible no one saw the puppy’s injuries, but what happened to Nelson’s owner?

Rescue Dogs Rock NYC are often called upon to help seriously abused and at risk dogs from kill shelters and provide these special companions with specialized medical care – often running into thousands of dollars. To help Nelson and more dogs in similar serious circumstances, donations can be made to PayPal: or or mail: RDR NYC PO BOX 101 NY NY 10028.

(Photos of puppy with gaping hole in his face courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

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Police release photo of couple who allegedly left their dog starve and freeze to death

In a very disturbing act of animal neglect, cruelty and abuse, authorities released a photo on Wednesday of the couple who allegedly left their dog starve and freeze to death early last month. Authorities believe the two people pictured may have been the owners of “Luna” – a dog found behind a city owned abandoned property in Newburgh, New York. According to the  Hudson Valley News, the pit bull was frozen and had starved to death in a locked crate in the Orange County city.

A joint investigation with the City of Newburgh Police Department and the Hudson Valley SPCA continues, hoping to capture the responsible person(s) in the heinous and heartless crime. The photo, supplied by police, is from a security camera and is of poor quality, but it is hoped someone recognizes them – either the way they are standing or via their blurry facial photos.

Neighbors along Carter Street were the ones to call police.  Area resident Anthony Denizard made the heartbreaking discovery and partially blames the city of Luna’s death. On his Facebook page, Anthony tells the story:

“At 3:30 today my neighbor called me concerned about a horrible smell coming from behind a building owned by the City of Newburgh. As we head over searching for source of smell, we found a cage covered with  Plywood and inside we found an abandoned dead dog. And it looks like his death was caused by cold and hunger. We could tell he has been dead for a few days. It’s such a disgrace. Apparently there were many times this dog could have been helped since City of Newburgh worker/s have come to the place many times to check on the property or do maintenance. But it looks like they did not walk to the back nor checked property in its entirety at all. It seems they only paid attention to the front of the property, since we saw them parked on the front of the house multiple times! Other neighbors could have helped the dog and set him free had he not been covered with plywood. This is indignant-my anger and feelings about all this are hard to explain in words! I’m going to ask aggressors to take a moment and place themselves inside the cage and experience feeling Helpless, hopeless and hope for a stranger to come and help you before your time runs out. This is such an atrocity to dogs! Please advocate to stop this crimes towards dogs and report of such doings to the local authorities.”

Rest in peace Luna. We are sorry humans failed you so badly. On the Hudson Valley SPCA Facebook, one person commenting, stated they have seen these homeless people holding up signs begging for money. A $2,000 reward is now being offered in the case.

(Photo of Luna – left their dog starve via Anthony Denizard Facebook)

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Wisconsin woman allowed her dogs to eat puppies

In a disturbing case of animal cruelty in Crandon, Wisconsin, a woman has been arrested for allegedly allowing her dogs to eat puppies and the dead body of a horse. According to authorities, Patty Kirker, 52, was charged on Wednesday with 156 counts of animal mistreatment for failing to provide the animals with food and water; six of the counts are felonies.

An investigation of Kirker’s “puppy mill situation” had been launched earlier in the year after more than 80 complaints were filed. In a report from WsauNews, Kirker’s home had two feet of dog feces on the floor. On March 17, authorities seized 40 wolf-hybrid dogs and horses from the woman’s property. In the criminal complaint, the Forest County District Attorney Chuck Simono cited two unnamed witnesses who told police they had seen adult dogs eating young puppies on the properties as the animals had to resort to any means to stave off their starvation while Kirker did not feed them.

Also, in the complaint were details of the “deplorable conditions” with a description of three puppies being killed by other dogs, and of one puppy having been eaten. Then there were two horses kept in a trailer for more than three weeks with no food while dogs ate a horse’s carcass. Another dog terrorized an older neighbor and attacked the woman’s cat. Four horses and one pony died on the property.

And then there were more horrific details of two dogs walking around with embedded collars, Kirker kicking dogs and some of the animals biting her back, chained dogs that were never fed and a blind horse running into “trees and things.”


Kirker also faces charges in a conspiracy to smuggle drugs into the county jail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 3. Kirker’s attorney denies the allegations are not true and will fight the charges. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals are caring for the rescued animals.

(Photo of suspect alleged to have allowed her dogs to eat puppies via Forest County Sheriff’s Office booking photo)

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Critically neglected and abused, starving dog swallowed metal object to stave off hunger

An emergency call from animal advocates early Wednesday morning to Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, from a shelter in Douglas, Georgia, described a critically neglected and starving dog brought in as a stray. According to the shelter veterinarian, the dog dubbed Stewart, needed emergency surgery to remove a metal object in his stomach that showed up on a radiograph – an item he may have eaten to stave off his intense hunger. Urinating blood and possibly going into kidney failure, the five-year-old dog’s survival depended on emergency care and surgery.

“Who allowed Stewart to spiral into this horrific condition?,” asked the organization’s co-founder, Jackie O’Sullivan as she quickly made arrangements to have Stuart transferred to the rescue’s partner veterinarian in Georgia.

Just one look at the dog, anyone could tell he had been severely neglected and abused for an extended period of time. Stewart is weak, dehydrated and emaciated which complicates his situation, and it is hoped he will be able to withstand the medical intervention he needs to save his life. He is being stabilized with intravenous fluids and appropriate pain medication.

Updates on Stewart will follow as information becomes available. For now, everyone is asked to wish him well and hope he can survive his previous abuse.

“We will do everything medically possible to save his life,” Jackie reassured everyone on Facebook Wednesday afternoon. 

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(Photos of Stewart who swallowed metal object courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

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