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Investigators in tears as victims of dog cruelty case rescued in horror house

Investigators were reduced to tears in a dog cruelty case on Tuesday and had to return to their vehicles to regain their composure, as they removed dogs from one of the worst cases of animal abuse and neglect they had ever witnessed. In an ongoing investigation in middle Georgia, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC were asked to take two of the dogs – victims of a prolonged period of starvation. On Tuesday morning, two emaciated dogs who had been lying chained in the hot sun, with no food or water were to be released:

“They were finally able to be released despite an ongoing investigation, and we were taking Peaches and another in similar condition – Sasha,” Jackie told Pet Rescue Report.  “Sadly, we received word this morning that Sasha passed away over night. There are really no adequate words at times like this. We are sad, sickened, too angry for words and heartbroken. This did not need to happen. This is sadistic torture. These dogs were denied food and trapped outside on chains. They were prisoners; dying a slow and agonizing death day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute.”

 

As volunteers and animal advocates mourned the loss of Sasha, Peaches  arrived at the emergency  veterinarian hospital and continues to fight for her life.  At this time she is too weak to stand or walk, and if she survives, she has a long road back. Blood work has been completed, and she is currently on intravenous fluids receiving a plasma transfusion. Sadly, the dog is loaded with parasites, making her fight to survive even more challenging.

 

Update: On Wednesday morning, Peaches is responding. Let’s hope she continues her long road to recovery.

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Rescue Dogs Rock NYC
PO Box 101
NY, NY 10028

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(Photos and video of dog cruelty case courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC.)


She lost her eyes but is doing something incredibly special now – watch a heartwarming video here.


She was dying on the street, but look at her now! Inspirational rescue story here.

Spanish province steps closer to banning barbaric bullfighting misery

The Spanish areas of the Balearic Islands which includes Majorca, Minorca and Ibiza passed new legislation on Monday ending some of the bullfighting misery by banning matadors from killing bulls in the arenas and have made it illegal for the animals to endure physical or psychological damage. The province in now one of several in Spain that continue to move forward with laws banning the egregious blood “sport.” In 1991, the Canary Islands, a law passed to protect bulls  including a clause against animal abuse in bullfights or local fiestas.

According to Reuters, the law demands bullfighters  and bulls to be tested for drugs both before and after the fight. Bullfights will be limited to a maximum of ten minutes, a parliament spokesman said. In the past, bullfights in Spain involved six specially bred bulls in fights against matadors for 20 to 3o minutes. The matadors would then drive a sword through the bulls’ shoulders and stab them through their hearts. The new legislation states the bulls will be vet checked after the fight and returned to the ranch where they were raised.

In 2016, the Balearic Islands tried to ban the practice, however Spain’s constitutional court put an end to the action ruling they did not have the authority to ban the sport. Although the new law is not a complete ban, it is a victory for advocates fighting against the disturbing animal cruelty inflicted upon the bulls in the past.

In Spain, bullfights, which have been deeply embedded into the country’s culture – “la fiesta nacional” continue to lose steam in popularity as an increasing amount of public outcry demands the blood sport to finally come to an end.

(Bullfighting photo via Animal Guardians)

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Check out this dog’s amazing transformation after finding a great home! Click here for the uplifting story.


Cookie’s foster family prepared for the day when she went to her forever home, but the adopters failed to show! Nicki, the foster mom, scrambled to find their phone number. But when she looked closer at Cookie’s file, she was absolutely stunned by what she saw written on the pages.
Read the touching story here.

Bride-to-be struck by car trying to rescue foster dog

A 24-year-old woman was struck by a car and is lucky to be alive after running into traffic trying to save one of her rescue dogs that had darted out of the garage at her home. The San Angelo, Texas bride-to-be, Bianca Rodriguez had been at home, on a break from work, on July 19 when she saw the dog quickly run out into the road.

“I got to the ground and I was calling her name, and she was coming towards me, and I don’t remember what happened after that, Bianca told Fox News.

The woman was rushed to Shannon Hospital where she suffered a fractured nose, lost teeth and a broken ankle. The police report stated Bianca failed to yield the right of way as she ran onto the road. As to what happened, the mother of a one-year-old child admits to having acted on impulse and apologized to everyone worried about her. With the help of friends and colleagues, Bianca is hoping to have her dream wedding in three months as originally planned.

“As a lot of you know, my dogs got out Wednesday around 4pm in front of our house on College Hills. Our husky got ran over by a truck and I got hit by a Chevy Cruise. I shattered my ankle, fractured my nose, split open my lip, have severe burns on my body from laying on the asphalt waiting for the ambulance , and lost 2 of my front teeth. My dogs are perfectly fine, but I will be out of work for the next 2-3 months without pay. Conner and I are so grateful for our families helping us with Brynlee, and still plan on getting married October 28, 2017. We appreciate any and all help of various types. Thank you all so much!”

Bianca said the driver of the car stopped immediately to make sure she was alright. The crash report said the driver was cited for driving with an invalid license. Her dog has been treated for injuries and is expected to make a full recovery. The dog she had been fostering is doing fine.

(Photos  of bride-to-be hit by car via screenshot via Fox News and Go Fund Me)

To help with Bianca’s medical bills, a GoFundMe account can be found here.

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Check out this dog’s amazing transformation after finding a great home! Click here for the uplifting story.

Heartbreaking senior: What kind of life has ‘Wrinkles’ endured?

Found wandering the streets of Los Angeles and picked up by Animal Control on Sunday, animal advocates continue to question why neighbors and area residents never reported the condition of Wrinkles wherever he once lived.  The condition of the  13-year-old Chinese Shar Pei is shocking; is there no one who ever cared for this dog? And in this case, he was lucky to wind up at the Baldwin Park Animal Shelter. At the very least he will be fed and safe; at least for now.

Click here for the dog’s adoption listing. “My name is Wrinkles and I am described as a neutered male, tan Chinese Sharpei. The shelter thinks I am about 13 years old. I have been at the shelter since Jul 23, 2017.” For more information about this animal, call Los Angeles County Animal Control – Baldwin Park at (626) 962-3577. Ask for information about animal ID number A5088201.

A Facebook page to follow the plight of this dog can be found here.Share this dog’s photos and story with friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. He is expected to be available for adoption on August 2. 

Baldwin Park shelter  is open for adoptions seven days a week. The facility is located at  4275 Elton Street, Baldwin Park, California 91706. Phone: 626 430 2378.

(Photos of Wrinkles by Pat Gregoire)

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Back to life! Watch an incredible video of a dog being saved by firefighters here.


Cookie’s foster family prepared for the day when she went to her forever home, but the adopters failed to show! Nicki, the foster mom, scrambled to find their phone number. But when she looked closer at Cookie’s file, she was absolutely stunned by what she saw written on the pages.
Read the touching story here.

Saving Halo: On death row and affected with pneumonia, rescuers step in for miracle save

The chocolate and white ultra friendly Halo came to the New York City Animal Care Center on July 12, as a surrendered pet. For five years, Halo had been a loving and faithful family member, but when her owner made the decision to move, Halo was not part of the plan.  On Sunday evening, she was placed on “death row” when her health deteriorated; Halo had been diagnosed with pneumonia. And so another pit bull mix in the overcrowded, open admission city shelter was doomed. What were her chances even though volunteers previously sang her praises?

“Rich chocolate mousse with whipped cream on top. She has been hand-dipped in the delicious liquid and came out, it seems, as a very nice family dog, good with children and other dogs, and welcoming of strangers. She has been beautifully cared for, owns a full but nice figure, and is dressed elegantly in a perfect and shiny coat. She’s got some training up her sleeve, walks peacefully on the leash, sits on command, comes when called, does her business outside the care center, and eats very politely from my hand. She even ran after the ball, caught it and almost brought it back to me. Halo is understandably at little wary at the care center. My camera is not making things easier for her as Halo is not too keen about this object blocking my face. She is hand shy, but take away the iPhone or the lens, and Halo will feel much more comfortable and attuned to bond with her caretaker. No paparazzi for Halo. Halo needs to be known a little bit more.,” one volunteer wrote on Facebook.

As to Animal Care’s evaluation, it was suggested Halo be made adoptable to the general public, however it was advised that she be placed with an experienced owner, but as the best laid plans to find the dog a suitable foster situation or home became a life or death situation, Halo’s photo and her physical condition caught the attention of animal advocates. When a volunteer went to the shelter on Sunday evening to visit Halo, the report was heartbreaking:

“I went to see her tonight. She did not even want rotisserie chicken. She has an IV in and the ABX of course. She is sicker than yesterday, trembles at times, her nose is red and drips, she has big bout of cough and she was falling asleep on my lap between spells…It hurts to see her like this, so vibrant and now so sick. She was happy to have company and let herself go against my body.She probably can recover with proper care but vet care is costly and that would stop many rescuers already burdened by so many expenses. She is a good gal, though and it is so sad that a sweet dog like her will not get to see another day. She definitively should not be given another day at the shelter. She needs proper vet care.”

As of Monday morning, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC were able to have Halo moved to the organization’s partner veterinarian. Jackie O’Sullivan, co-founder of  the rescue updated the dire situation:

“She is just arriving at our vet now, so we will update as soon as we hear. She is very sick & has stopped eating so we hope we are in time. She entered NYC ACC at 50lbs & has now dropped to 43.5lbs.”

Donations are needed to help Halo. PayPal: donate@rescuedogsrocknyc.org or website: www.rescuedogsrocknyc.org/donate/ or mail:
Rescue Dogs Rock NYC
PO Box 101
NY, NY 10028

Check out Halo before she became deathly ill. What a beautiful and friendly pooch:

 

 

Heartbreaking: 3 tiny dogs tried so hard to protest owner from dragging them into Miami shelter

It was a heartbreaking sight on Saturday afternoon as three tiny dogs tried so hard to keep their owner from dragging and surrendering them to the Miami-Dade Animal Services. The two senior Chihuahuas and their bonded friend, a tan Basenji videoed were pulled through the lobby of the shelter and tried with all their strength to put the “brakes on” with their tiny feet. Still, there didn’t seem to be much they could do as their lives are now in serious peril.

And in one stroke of the pen, the dogs were sentenced to death unless they are adopted or fostered. Here they are:

Meet Marissa A1890143: Basenji “I am a female brown and white Basenji. The shelter staff think I am about 10 years old. I was found as a stray and I may be available for adoption on 07/26/2017.

Meet Bronx A1890147: Smooth coated Chihuahua “I am a male chocolate and white Chihuahua – Smooth Coated. The shelter staff thinks I am about 10 years old. I was found as a stray and I may be available for adoption on 07/26/2017.

Meet Golden A1890145: Smooth coated Chihuahua  “I am a female brown and white Chihuahua – Smooth Coated. The shelter staff thinks I am about 10 years old. I was found as a stray and I may be available for adoption on 07/26/2017.

Share these three dogs with friends, family, approved rescue organizations and social media contacts. Facebook pages advocating for their rescue and pledging funds can be followed here and here.

Sharing saves lives. Please note the dogs are described as “strays” in their PetHarbor descriptions. According to shelter volunteers, the dogs are listed this way to give them more time in the public eye to find homes. Surrendered pets can be euthanized at any time. Again, we do not know the circumstances the dogs were surrendered or if their owner had an emergency situation, however planning for the future of our pets in cases of dire reflect responsible ownership.

For more information about these dogs and how to adopt, contact Miami-Dade Animal Services
Pet Adoption and Protection Center
3599 NW 79th Ave, Doral, FL 33166

Adopters and rescues are responsible for evaluating the dog to make sure that he or she is a good fit. We cannot be held responsible for incorrect information or health/behavior of the dogs.

Per BSL (Breed Specific Legislation), pitbulls and pitbull mixes CANNOT be adopted by Miami-Dade county residents. UDOM (Urgent Dogs of Miami) is against BSL and advocates for pitbulls but we have no control over this legislation.

MDAS website: http://www.miamidade.gov/animals/

(Video by Nadia Lu Bass)

(Photos of the dogs dragging via Pet Harbor and Urgent Dogs of Miami)

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The video of the owner dragging the dogs into the shelter:

Virginia Tech responds to online petitions against Vick’s induction to Hall of Fame

Virginia Tech has responded to two online petitions which had hoped to stop Michael Vick’s induction into the college’s Hall of Fame.  The former Virginia Tech quarterback has been named one of five athletes in the university’s Hall of Fame class of 2017.  According to Wdbj7News, three days later, alumna Jennifer Breeden created an online petition to revoke the honor. Two online petitions have garnered nearly 70,000 signatures.

In 2007, Vick was sentenced to prison for 23 months for running a dogfight operation near Richmond, Virginia. Vick’s prison sentence was longer than his two co-defendants, after he lied to the judge about his involvement. Although he said he accepted responsibility for his actions at the time, U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson accused Vick of being “less than truthful.”

In one of the most disturbing animal cruelty cases involving dog fighting, innocent dogs were brutally tortured and killed by electrocution, hanging, drowning and via other violent means if they didn’t perform well in the rings. Vick denied he had ever been directly involved in the egregious suffering of the dogs, but his co-defendants told a different story. Along with his prison term, he was fined $5,000 and was ordered to serve three years of probation.

On Friday, Virginia Tech responded to the complaints with the following press release:

“Mr. Vick’s induction into the university’s sports hall of fame acknowledges his tremendous achievements as a student athlete—who some will say was the greatest in the history of the university.

We understand that there are those who do not and will never agree with this decision.

In considering Mr. Vick’s nomination to our sports hall of fame, the criminal activities in which he engaged, his subsequent conviction, and time he served for his crime were also considered.

And it was informed by the remorse he has shown since that conviction, the work he is currently engaged in to advance animal welfare issues, as well as his efforts to help our current student athletes, based on lessons he’s learned in his own life, make positive choices as they begin their adult lives.

This in no way condones the actions for which he was convicted.

The university remains dedicated to the protection of animal health and welfare and embodies great care and compassion for all living animals.”

Some Vick fans continue to defend him and tell animal advocates it’s time to move on, but no matter how many times football fans repeat the “forgive and forget” mantra, most people are unaware of the details of the cruelty inflicted upon these dogs. Many of the dogs from Vick’s Bad Newz Kennels were able to be rehabbed and cared for after they were seized in April 2007, but what about the unnamed innocent victims not as well publicized.

Donna Reynolds is the co-founder of Bay Area Doglovers Responsible About Pitbulls (BAD RAP), known for rescuing and rehabilitating pit bulls. In case anyone forgot or didn’t know the details and why so many compassionate people find Vick’s nomination so offensive, note Reynold’s  blog entries:

“The details that got to me … involve the swimming pool that was used to kill some of the dogs. Jumper cables were clipped onto the ears of underperforming dogs, then just like with a car, the cables were connected to the terminals of car batteries before lifting and tossing the shamed dogs into the water. We don’t know how many suffered this premeditated murder, but the damage to the pool walls tells a story. It seems that while they were scrambling to escape, they scratched and clawed at the pool liner and bit at the dented aluminum sides like a hungry dog on a tin can.”

Reynold continued the heartbreaking blog post:

“…my mind’s image of a little black dog splashing frantically in bloody water … screaming in pain and terror…brown eyes saucer wide and tiny black white-toed feet clawing at anything, desperate to get a hold. This death did not come quickly. The rescuer in me keeps trying to think of a way to go back in time and somehow stop this torture and pull the little dog to safety. I think I’ll be looking for ways to pull that dog our for the rest of my life.”

And that is just one example of what happened and how Vick tortured and laughed at the dogs’ pain and agony. And that is just another reason why animal advocates have voiced their disappointment at Virginia Tech. It’s the horrific fate of all those dogs buried in the ground at Bad Newz Kennel that reminds all of us that the forgiveness is owed to those dogs as well as the ones who were lucky enough to have been freed from Vick’s hell on earth.

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This dog was stuck for hours before being found – find out where at this link to his story.


Where did this pit bull end up after being stolen from a shelter? Watch the video here.

 

Trial scheduled to begin for man suspected of mutilating ‘Puppy Doe’

Few can forget the heartbreaking story of Puppy Doe, the young dog whose short, tortured life garnered a media frenzy in 2013 as police searched for the culprit responsible for the egregious mutilation of the young pit bull. Radoslaw Czerkawski, who has been in custody for larceny, is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday as the trial finally gets underway.

According to the Boston Herald, Czerkawski’s trial will commence at the Norfolk County Superior Court in Dedham where the suspect faces 12 counts of animal cruelty, including the infliction of heinous injuries on the dog who was found in a Quincy park, close to where Czerkawski had been caring for an elderly woman. Prosecutors stated Czerkawski had found the dog free of charge on Craigslist and spent weeks torturing the two-year-old pooch by stabbing her in the eye, burning her, pulling her limbs from the joints and slicing her tongue in half like a serpent. The despicable treatment was described as “medieval torture.”

A large crowd of animal advocates and protesters are expected to gather outside of the courthouse:

“People are going to be traveling in from out of state,” explained Deanna Terminiello, director of Pawsitively Puppy Doe. “People are taking vacations to be here. They’ve been waiting for this day for a long time. Hopefully justice is finally served for the barbaric abuse she endured throughout her life.”

Puppy Doe’s injuries were so severe she had to be humanely euthanized just days after she was rescued.

In 2015, Czerkawski was found guilty of stealing $130,000 from the elderly woman he had been hired to care for after answering an ad to be a caretaker. The woman died on August 31, 2013 – the same day Puppy Doe was found lying on the grass in heartbreaking agony.

Czerkawski was sentenced to three to five years in prison for stealing $130,000 and to another three to five years for taking $4,500 from St. Lawrence Martyr Parish in New Bedford, where he had lived temporarily in 2012.

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Video for Puppy Doe to remind all of us we need to be the voices for those who cannot speak.

Dog’s cries of sadness longing for help out of overcrowded Miami shelter

The cries of sadness as Duke longs for help out of the overcrowded Miami-Dade Animal Services are heartbreaking. How can anyone explain to a friendly, two-year-old German shepherd mix that no one wants him nor has anyone come to even visit him lately? Duke just doesn’t understand, but when someone approaches his kennel cage, he wags his tail in delight – hoping against hope you’re the one to unlock his prison doors and take him for a walk, play fetch or better yet – a car ride to his new home.

Duke’s Pet Harbor description:

“A1882215) I am a male tan and black German Shepherd Dog mix.

The shelter staff think I am about 2 years old and I weigh 70 pounds.

I was found as a stray and I may be available for adoption on 06/23/2017.”

And so Duke waits. Shelter volunteer, Marta Sanchez posted the following about this sweet pooch:

“Super handsome, eager and friendly. 70 # not one of the barkers here in pod K. Wags and looks at me longingly.”

Click here to view Duke’s short video. Share this dog’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. Follow Duke’s Facebook page here . For more information about this animal, call Miami-Dade Animal Services at (305) 884-1101
Ask for information about animal ID number A1882215.

(Photos and video of dog cries of sadness via Marta Sanchez and Risa Lombardi)

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Man arrested for leaving his dog in a hot car while he attended a concert

In Oakland, Pennsylvania, a New York State man was arrested and jailed on Wednesday night after police state he went to a Phish concert and left his dog in the hot car for hours. Drew Davis faces charges of animal cruelty, possessing contraband, disorderly conduct, aggravated assault and resisting arrest.

According to WtaeNews, Davis, 36,  had been attending the concert at Oakland’s Petersen Events Center. The dog, a Presa Canario brindle, had been locked inside the car with no water. The windows were cracked a few inches, but police say it was about 80 degrees with high humidity. The dog appeared “dehydrated, hot and scared” as seen lying in the backseat on top of clothing and trash.

After evaluating the situation and the dog’s apparent distress, police broke two side windows to free the dog. When Davis returned to his vehicle, he was argumentative and combative with officers, asking them what happened and where was his dog? Police informed Davis his dog needed veterinary treatment; the owner disagreed and stated he had driven from Louisiana without any problems.

The scene between Davis and the police drew a large crowd, and people leaving the concert cheered the police for arresting the dog owner. Davis was arraigned on Thursday and is currently free on bail.

(Booking photo)

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Men spot gear floating in the water and discover that a baby is trapped inside! Read the story here.


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