Pup’s life whose back was broken in dog attack ended in tragedy

In a heartbreaking tragedy in Houston, Texas, a pup’s life ended in tragedy on Saturday night because the very family she depended on to keep her safe, betrayed her after ignoring her injuries and left her to suffer for days without veterinarian care. It is believed the dog had been defending her newborn puppies when she was attacked by another dog who broke her back; leaving the mom paralyzed with an open wound that was never treated and soon became septic.Story to be told RDR

As soon as she was surrendered, the ailing dog was gently wrapped in a towel  by animal advocate, Leslie Ysuhuaylas, who contacted Rescue Dogs Rock NYC for help. The organization’s co-founder Stacey Silverstein, immediately authorized the dog be sent to the group’s emergency veterinarian partner where it was hoped her life could be saved. Tragically, her injuries were too severe; the young pup was in excruciating pain, had trouble breathing and could barely lift or move her head. After careful examination by the veterinarian staff, it was decided to humanely end the pup’s life. The damage to her ravaged body was too extensive.

Leslie reflects on this sweet dog’s life; the innocent victim’s eyes in the video were so full of sadness and pain:

 “I document everything, even the death. I want to remember every bit of detail of their life and their pain. I find it only fair to them. To at least remember they existed. To at least show the world they existed. Write their story and what they have been through. And to hate those that caused their deaths because they will not be the only ones. They are just the previous abused to the next. When you’re tired, when you want to silence down and take a break, remember them. I try to be as open as possible, give people the opportunity to love and care for these dogs. They are mine as much as they are yours. Please remember them until their last breath. They all have a story, an irresponsible owner, abandonment, abuse and neglect all caused by human hands . Some may consider this graphic, but this is reality, this has been my reality this week. Today was the first time I had to sign a dog to be euthanized, it was the hardest and easiest thing to do to relieve their pain.

Fly high little one .. You will never be forgotten.”

Leslie never learned the dog’s name; she was with her for such a short time, but posthumously dubbed her Angel. It is not known if animal cruelty charges will be pursued.

Three young puppies were surrendered with Angel. Once old enough, the puppies will travel to Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. At this time, Leslie is hoping a foster home in the Dallas area can be found to care for the puppies for the next four to five weeks. Click here to help.

To help Rescue Dogs Rock NYC with Angel’s veterinarian expenses and the care of the three newborn puppies, donations can be made by clicking here or Paypal Checks and other donations can be sent to RDR NYC, PO Box 101, NY, NY 10028.

(Photos and video of pup’s life ended in tragedy courtesy Rescue Dogs Rock and Leslie Ysuhuaylas.)


Kind hearts take time to help the freezing strays in Istanbul

Kindhearted people have taken time to help the freezing strays in Istanbul and all over Turkey. Stray dogs in the shopping areas have been given cardboard, blankets, food and towels to help them stay warm. Not a political mandated order to round up all the strays; it has been a collective effort of animal lovers and compassionate people coming together and providing comfort for those who cannot protect themselves.turkey dogs

On the Facebook page of Arzu Inan, the manager of the clothing store Penti described how they opened up their store in Istanbul to let the dogs come in and sleep:

“Unutmayın ki sadece gerçek sevgi ısıtır….” (Don’t forget that only true love warms up…), Arzu posted on her Facebook page.

While there are shelters for homeless people, even though statistics have already recorded the deaths of 20 people from the arctic conditions this past week, there are no shelters for the animals. Long haired dogs may be better able to withstand the cold, but what about the short haired canines shivering and trying to cuddle into balls to preserve their body heat? And that’s when the help came. Malls opened their doors. Even separate sanctuaries were made available for the stray cats. According to CNN Turks, one of the volunteers who gathered blankets and food for the strays stated:turkey dogs 2

“All of us, if we can help as much as we can, all the stray animals will be in good shape and the street animals need help all over the world.”

And even though Turkey seems so far away for people in the United States, our homeless pet issue is of major concern in our own backyard. While it is impossible to determine how many stray dogs and cats live in our country, estimates for cats alone range up to 70 million. In a world of troubling politics, there’s always that reassuring confidence that kindhearted people still roam the earth and speak for those who cannot talk. Why shop for a new companion when you can adopt? Turkey dogs 3

(Photos of Istanbul stray dogs via Facebook and Imgur)

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Farmer dumps newborn calf only minutes old not to waste its mother’s milk to sell

A dairy farmer in India, who tore a newborn calf away from his mother at birth because he didn’t want to lose a “rupee’s worth” of the mother’s milk, dumped the shivering infant along a rural dirt road. Fortunately, rescuers from the charity organization Animal Aid Unlimited in Rajasthan were called and rushed to the defenseless baby’s side; tears fell as they wrapped the baby in a blanket; he was in shock, unable to stand and still wet from the afterbirth.Newborn calf cover story

He was brought back to the Animal Aid Unlimited hospital and there he was named Dil – translated to ‘heart’ in Hindi. The calf was hand fed from a bottle, and thus his journey of survival began. The endearing video shows how Dil was so shaky on his legs as volunteers offered him his first drink of milk from a bottle – what he deserved from his mother, but sometimes adjustments just have to be made. Dil soon started to thrive.

The video continues with Dil growing and two months later, he is released into an area with other rescued calves as well as some adult cows. No one was sure how Dil would react – he had only known humans all this time as his surrogate mother and friend, but to everyone’s pleasant surprise, Dil jumped around with the others in pure excitement.Newborn calf cover

It is tragic to see male calves dumped, but according to the rescue, this is a common occurrence. It is the plight of almost every newborn calf around the world.  Since they will never produce milk, male dairy calves are of little or no value to the dairy farmer, and are ripped away from their mothers minutes after their birth and sent to veal farms. The veal industry is another cruel byproduct of the dairy industry.

(Photos and video courtesy of newborn calf  Animals Aid Unlimited)

Dil, however is a survival story. Watch his video and smile; this little guy didn’t go to market. “Whether a kitten or a calf, every life is precious.” To donate to this organization, please click here.


19 puppies rescued from fake dog rescue selling sick pets

In Irvine, California, a woman faces multiple charges of animal cruelty after allegedly setting up a fake dog rescue organization and selling puppies that were too young or sick. Megan Ann Hoechstetter was arrested on Friday after the Irvine Police Department stated she sold a sick puppy that died one week later to a local family. At least four other puppies sold to families or individuals have also died.Megan Hoechstetter

According to the Irvine Police Department, Hoechstetter, 42, of Seal Beach is suspected of operating  the “fake” rescue organization called Pawlosophy and possibly other bogus organizations:

“So she was advertising these animals online and selling them for hundreds of dollars apiece. She would find the customers that way, and she would then take these animals and sell them to people in parking lots and public places,” stated police spokesperson Kim Mohr.

Authorities have not  determined where the puppies were came from, however when they entered a hotel in Cypress where Hoechstetter had been living, 13 puppies were found. Another six puppies were rescued by Animal Services from a separate location. It is believed Hoechstetter obtained the puppies from Mexico. At this time it is still unknown how many more sick and dying puppies have already been sold to families. All 19 puppies, who are about 8 to 10 weeks old, are currently in the care of the Irvine Animal Care Center and receiving treatment. Authorities said the puppies will not be available for adoption at this time because of their fragile health.Megan Hoechstetter 2

Authorities are reminding everyone interested in getting a dog to be careful and be suspicious towards any group only communicating online. Meet the breeder, go to their home where the parents of the puppies can be seen. Interact with the puppies. Check for cleanliness and the condition of the puppy’s parents. Ask for veterinarian records.

In California, it is against the law to sell a puppy younger than eight-weeks of age. Hoechstetter is facing multiple felony and misdemeanor charges. Any victims or people with more information relating to this case are asked to contact Animal Services Supervisor Kim Cherney at 949-724-7091 or

(Photos of fake dog rescue screenshot via Irvine PD and Irvine Animal Care Center.)

Good Samaritan finds neglected poodle stuffed inside of gym bag

Whoever Ethel may have loved just days ago surely betrayed her. The senior, neglected and terribly matted miniature poodle had been stuffed into an old gym bag and abandoned on a Queens street in New York City. Had it not been for a Good Samaritan, who spotted the bag moving out of the corner of his eye on Thursday, it’s doubtful this suffering dog would even have survived one more day.

In the dog’s notes at the Animal Care Centers of New York City, Ethel’s tragic story was told:

“Finder came into QAC (Queens Animal Care) with a stray dog that was found inside a gym bag. Finder expressed that he got out of work and noticed a black and blue gym bag was moving. Finder looked in the gym and noticed a small dog. Finder stated he initially attempted to look for help, but he came right into QAC.”

Rescue Dogs Rock NYC stepped up on Friday morning to help the 12-year-old senior who barely weighed nine pounds. Emaciated and not able to stand, Ethel has been rushed to the organization’s partner veterinarian. Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, co-founder Jackie O’Sullivan, posted her thoughts on Facebook:

“Ethel is already showing signs of   Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex. No way were we leaving Ethel to rot any longer like a piece of trash. Ethel is a living being. She feels. She hurts. We are happy to report, Ethel is already on her way to our NY Vet partner for life saving medical care.”

To help with Ethel’s care, donations can be made by clicking here or directly to our PayPal

(Photo of Ethel the senior found in gym bag Animal Care Centers of New York City.)

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Beyond heartbreaking: 16-year-old senior shivers in fear at Miami shelter

It’s a beyond heartbreaking brief video; 16-year-old Brandie the senior shivers in fear at Miami-Dade Animal Services. Somehow this black and brown Pointer mix was picked up as a stray on January 3. Her family either abandoned or just gave up trying to find her. Tragically, Brandie’s situation is desperate as the shelter has called out to their participating rescue organizations for help.Brandie 2

And as if being a senior and being black and brown isn’t bad enough, Brandie has been tucked into one of the bottom dark cages in the adoption room where she is overlooked and ignored as plump little puppies capture all of the attention of would be-adopters.

“As she looked over to the people choosing puppies, I was observing the sad look in her eyes. The senior shivers in fear and just looks out of her crate to that people that don’t even see her black body in the dark cage,” one volunteer at the shelter observed on Thursday.

Click here for Brandie’s Pet Harbor listing. “I am a spayed female, black and brown Pointer mix. The shelter staff think I am about 16 years old. I have been at the shelter since Jan 03, 2017.” For more information about this animal, call Miami-Dade Animal Services at (305) 884-1101. Ask for information about animal ID number A0812176. A Facebook page for Brandie can be found here.

Watch Brandie’s short video and share her plight with approved rescues, friends, family and social media. She’s a senior – and at this time of her life deserves better than this. We are Brandie’s only hope. Please help. The Miami-Dade Animal Services is located at 3599 NW 79th Avenue, Doral, Florida 33166. Call (305) 884.1101 or email

Photos and video of senior shivers in fear by 4Love of Paws Miami:



Man arrested for pouring gasoline on cat and setting her on fire

In Montgomery County, Indiana, a 19-year-old surrendered to authorities on Thursday after admitting to pouring gasoline on a cat and setting her on fire. Police arrested Noah Riley on charges of animal cruelty.noah-riley-cat

The cat was discovered on Wednesday evening after having been hogtied tied by a rope near the Crawfordsville Municipal Airport after retired retired firefighter, Steve Wright noticed a flame shoot up from the field and quickly went to the area to investigate. Wright and neighbor Ethan York found the female cat drenched in gasoline. A firecracker laid on top of the bound cat; it had not exploded.

The Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County are caring for the cat. On the organization’s Facebook page, Misha Anderson, the director of the AWL put out an initial plea on Thursday morning to help find the culprit responsible for such a heinous act:

“Reaching out for the community’s help . Last night this girl was tied up with rope covered in gas and set of fire. She is fighting for her life as we speak. Here’s how you can help. There were witnesses to this horrible act . We are looking for someone that drives a smaller suv type vehicle silver in color but has front end fenders that are very dark may be black . We also will be starting to raise funds to cover her icu stay.”

According to Fox59News, Riley told police he had seen several media posts concerning the cat and wanted to “get the issue resolved.” A juvenile was also arrested in the case of pouring gasoline on the cat. Riley has been charged with one count of animal cruelty, a Level 6 Felony, and one count of animal cruelty, a Class A Misdemeanor.

As for the sweet cat, it is believed she survived because  landed in a mud puddle which seemed to have slowed down the fire or at the very least dampened her fur.

“Her ears are shriveled. Her fur is gone down to the skin…Your words, thoughts and prayers have helped energize our exhausted staff in this incredibly difficult time. She is a fighter and we will keep fighting for her,” the group posted on Facebook.

A neighbor has already offered to adopt the cat. To help with her medical expenses, please click here.

(Photo of suspect admitting to pouring gasoline on cat courtesy of AWL MC and booking photo)

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Stray Havanese guides bonded, blind mini pinscher along city street

An abandoned pair were rescued from the streets of Los Angeles on Friday and brought to the Downey Animal Care Center in California. Rescuers describe the very friendly ten-year-old Havanese pooch leading her blind friend, a miniature pinscher along the lonely streets; the dogs are extremely bonded. Both dogs appear to have been neglected, but their loyalty to each other keeps them hanging on. If only a home can be found for the pair so that they may live together for the rest of their lives.millie-on-thursday

Click here for the miniature pinscher’s adoption listing. “My name is Millie and I’m an approximately 10 year old female min pinscher.  I am not yet spayed.  I have been at the Downey Animal Care Center since January 6, 2017.  I am available on January 10, 2017.  You can visit me at my temporary home at D715. Animal ID: A5023670.

Click here for the Havanese adoption listing. “My name is Larry and I’m an approximately 6 year old male terrier.  I am already neutered.  I have been at the Downey Animal Care Center since January 6, 2017.  I am available on January 10, 2017.  You can visit me at my temporary home at D403. Animal ID: A5023668.

A Facebook page to follow the plight of these two bonded companions can be followed here. Advocates continue to pledge funds to help an approved rescue organization help these two very gentle and sweet little dogs. Share their stories with friends, family and social media contacts. We are all they have, and sharing saves lives.

(Photos of Havanese and mini pinscher via Animal Care of Los Angeles County. Video courtesy of Uyen Nguyen)

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Juveniles steal 16-year-old dog from backyard and kick it in the head

In Frankfort, Kentucky, three juveniles are under investigation for animal cruelty after a video posted on social media showed a 16-year-old dog being kicked mercilessly in the head.  On Wednesday, Sheriff Pat Melton stated his office had been notified through its Facebook page and phone calls by concerned citizens about the disturbing incident.

According to the State Journal, the three juveniles have been identified. Sheriff Melton described the situation:

“They evidently took this poor dog off its chain in the back of somebody’s yard, brought it to the street and then kicked it in the head. Fortunately, what I’ve been told, is the dog’s OK.”

And the sheriff had more words for the heinous crime:

‘It’s disgusting – just to be blunt. It is disgusting and it’s just totally inappropriate. I mean, I can’t believe somebody would do that to a poor, innocent little animal.”

It is expected charges will be filed soon. Animal advocate and rescuer Trudi Johnson identified the sweet 16-year-old dog, named Opal, as only weighing eight-pounds. Opal is lucky to have survived the attack.

“Special thanks to animal angel Trudi Johnson for spearheading the campaign to bring Opal’s abusers to justice and providing comfort and assistance to the family. Opal is safe now and back with her owners, but will likely need more medical treatment.”

To everyone helping to get the word out about the animal abuse, please make the call to the County Attorney’s office and do not let this die out. Phone: 502-223-1000.

(Photos and video of 16-year-old dog kicked in head via Trudi Johnson Facebook)

If you’re not angry enough at this kind of abuse, watch the short video. Please be warned the content is graphic and upsetting.



Arrested: Man accused of sexually abusing family dog for years

A man from Pensacola faces charges of bestiality after a member of the family reported ongoing abuse to the family dog. On Monday, Bradley Jean Hubbard, 23,  was arrested and charged with sexually abusing a bull dog mix named “Baby Girl.” According to the News Journal, Hubbard has resided with his father and his father’s girlfriend for the last three years.

A family member reported the disturbing situation after telling authorities she had witnessed the suspect take the dog into his room. The woman told police the assaults had been happening for years and had gone on more than 100 times. She stated she had witnessed the attacks through a hole in the man’s bedroom door as the result of a past violent outburst.

The woman described the dog whimpering in pain, and that the frequency of the sexual assaults had recently increased prompting the woman to notify police fearing the dog’s safety. When ever anyone would ask about the dog’s physical symptoms, Hubbard told them “Baby Girl” was in heat. She said she finally had enough, when on December 28, Hubbard allegedly came into her bedroom, grabbed the dog and took her into his bedroom after which she heard the dog crying out in pain and said she couldn’t take it any longer.

Baby Girl has since been removed from the home, and a veterinarian examination shows her genitalia abused consistent with rape. The report states the dog is very aggressive and only loyal to one person at a time. Can anyone blame her? In 2011, Florida passed a bestiality law. Read more here.

Hubbard remains at the Escambia County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bond. He faces charges of engaging in sexual conduct with an animal and causing pain and suffering.

(Photo of Hubbard charged with sexually abusing dog via Escambia County Jail)