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Just in: Death sentence for dogs who fail test at ‘shelter’

Dogs who exhibit reactive behavior – or overly fearful behavior – will likely be put to death if they are held at one of the Los Angeles County Animal Services facilities in California. On Wednesday, the dire news was released on social media.

In a Facebook post, Saving Carson Shelter Dogs explained:

According to this Message, ALL dogs that fail their TEMPERAMENT TEST will not be made AVAILABLE to RESCUES ANYMORE and will be EUTHANIZED!!!! on their AVAILABLE DATE!!!

The TEMPERAMENT TESTS are NOT ACCURATE when testing dog’s Behavior given the way the Test is given!!

The message referred to in the Facebook post came from the Deputy Director of Animal Care, Danny Ubario – his letter states that “all animals deemed not safe for placement due to behavior will no longer be made available to rescues.” Volunteers will no longer receive information about animals who fail the shelter administered temperament tests and as soon as the animal’s holding period is up, they will be killed.

It is common for stressed, frightened and confused dogs to behave in such a way that temperament tests are failed…dogs out of the stressful environment quite often have a completely altered demeanor. According to this release, those frightened, stressed, depressed and confused dogs who don’t manage to pass the test will never have the chance to redeem themselves.

Petition created about this issue can be found here.

Concerned? Email the following individuals:

JUbario@animalcare.lacounty.gov

ACardona@animalcare.lacounty.gov

JGutierrez@animalcare.lacounty.gov

areal@animalcare.lacounty.gov


Heartwarming – reporter stops live coverage to save a drowning dog. Read the story here.

Outrage as video of ailing dog in animal control shared virally online

There is growing outrage over the care, or rather lack thereof, which was provided to a dog who was visibly ailing inside of a kennel run at an animal control agency in Mesquite, Texas. The reason for the anger is readily apparent after one views the pitiful footage showing a chocolate colored dog who is too weak to stand upright, swaying against a wall and surrounded by vomit.

The woman who tried to help the dog, who was being held at the Mesquite Animal Services facility, wrote:

I only saw his face for a second when I banged on the glass. He was too weak to even turn his head. He had no strength, was swaying back and forth supporting himself on the wall, and was drooling after having just vomited.

The woman wanted to take the sickly dog to a veterinarian for care, but she was denied. She explained:

I asked shelter staff if I could help, they said he was adopted. I requested to at least let me check him out, they said he was adopted. I said if I could try to get him medication, they said he had been adopted. I said I can take him to the vet and bring him back, they said he was adopted and was going to the vet on Monday, two days later. The “vet” was a neuter clinic.

She then shared the dog’s fate:

But he didn’t make it. We were told he had gotten better the next day. Today, they said they notified the adopters and the adopters made what they thought was the best decision for him. Conclusion: he’s dead.

According to the woman who has taken the situation public, the animal services staff refuses to comment on the situation – she wants others who are angry, like her, to demand this dog’s records – to see what truly took place inside of their facility.

Click here to access the city’s “report an incident” form.

Click here to read and sign a petition which was created on this dog’s behalf.

National Animal News on Facebook here.


Faithful dog takes a bullet to protect his family – read this hero’s story here.

Dog shot during home invasion

 

Homeless man and dog reunited: ‘My dog is in the pound’

There are angels everywhere! In Huntsville, Texas, a Good Samaritan reunited a homeless man with his dog; the woman’s story is truly inspirational. love-what-matters-2

Wilma Price had been leaving the local Walmart just a few days ago when she noticed a homeless man sitting on the side of the road holding a sign, “My dog is in the pound -help!” And so the woman stops; vastly familiar with the array of signs so often posted by the homeless stating “Lost my job,” or “I need a beer.” Something however tells Wilma to pull over, and as she hands the man her card, he tells her it would cost $120 to get his dog out of the pound.love-what-matters-3

Not sure if the homeless man was telling the truth and only having $8.00 in her wallet, Wilma verifies the story with the shelter and is told the man’s dog is in the shelter and why the fee to release him is so steep:

“I asked him why so much the pound said because $35 was for an impoundment fee; then they gave it rabies shots, got a heart worm test, and yes the dog was negative and put a flea prevention and they said yes the dog was in good shape; so now when I don’t have a dime to my name I call a dear friend and sponsor money and I tell her about this guy. She says we’ll go back and find out his story so I did; 30 years old and his name is Patrick. I talked to him for a few minutes and he told me his circumstances and stuff, and I told him – well I’m getting the money to get your dog out so let’s go down to the pound.”love-what-matters-4

And off they went to the shelter, paid the fees and Patrick was given the necessary paperwork to reclaim his dog:

“Franklin is the dog’s name; he was shaking when he came out of the pound he was so happy. Happy to see the man so sometimes you just have to dig deeper and do what’s right in your heart. That man loves that dog. On his backpack was the dog’s bowl and toys. He’s helping the dog against the world, the man was very very grateful he had tears in his eyes when the dog came out.”

Everyone has been in a bad situation; not necessarily as tragic as Patrick’s, but one never knows how paying it forward could mean the world to just one person.

“I know for a fact that man loves his dog, and he tried to give me the money he had collected. I wouldn’t accept it because maybe he can have some dinner tonight. He said his dog eats before he does. Wow that sounds like me too, I wish I had the money to get the man a room for a week and let him regroup him and Franklin, but unfortunately I don’t. All I can do is give him his dog and pray that life gives the man a break. I cried after the man and Franklin left. I dropped them back off in the Walmart parking lot in Huntsville, Texas. God please bless Patrick in Franklin tonight.”patrick-and-franklin

You are a hero Wilma – a person to celebrate for your kindness and compassion. More stories of kindness can be found on the Facebook page – Love What Matters. An update says the two are being helped.

(Photos of homeless man  and dog reunited via Wilma Price)

To help, donations can be made here.

Follow the National Pet Rescue on Facebook.

 

Bonded dogs surrendered by owner with terminal cancer find a new home

Two beautiful, bonded dogs named Bruno and Caramel— 18 and 17 years-old respectively were surrendered on Thursday to the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter BARCS, because their owner has stage-four cancer, and has been transferred to a hospice facility. Unfortunately, there were no living family members equipped to take in Bruno and Caramel, and so they were brought to BARCS in hopes of finding them a new, loving special person.

Bruno’s medical needs, including arthritis and dental disease, would demand extra care. The two extremely bonded dogsbarcs-senior needed to go to a new home together with a new family able to attend to their special needs.

And then their plight was shared on Facebook:

“An angel who, despite being made aware of Bruno’s medical issues (arthritis, severe dental disease), is willing to say, ‘Sweet babies, a shelter is not where your story ends. You have been loyal to your mom for nearly two decades, and so you will not spend another day uncertain of who will be by your side. I will get you guys out of the shelter and care for you no matter how much time you have left.’”

As Bruno and Caramel’s story went viral on Pet Rescue Report, numerous inquiries were received by the shelter.  And as with the miracle of social media, in less than one day, Bruno and Caramel were headed to their new home. Thankfully, the duo only had to spend a few hours at the shelter.

And their new family? Bruce Miller-Crumrine read their story, and the dog lover just couldn’t resist. Bruno and Caramel will live out their lives with lots of love and attention. The two will explore and sniff in a big yard with a swimming pool in case Bruno wants to try some water therapy for his arthritis.

What a comfort it must be for the dog’s owner – knowing that her two best friends will forever be loved. And we loved helping. That’s how we roll here.

Follow the National Pet Rescue on Facebook.

 

 

Surrendered to high-kill shelter: Dog’s collar removed and replaced by a rope

He’s just a little guy with a tragic story. As his collar seems to have been removed and replaced by nothing more than a rope tied around his neck, a three-year-old Chihuahua will be very lucky if he finds his way out of the front door of the Baldwin Park Animal Care Center in California.

Click here for this little one’s adoption listing.  #A4999572. “I don’t have a name yet and I’m an approximately 3 year old male chihuahua sh.  I am not yet neutered.  I have been at the Baldwin Animal Care Center since October 4, 2016.  I will be available on October 8, 2016.  You can visit me at my temporary home at B210.” A Facebook page for this dog can be followed here as advocates share his story with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts.

Volunteers who have met this dog state he is extremely sweet – even during the stress of this heartbreaking situation.

Chihuahuas like him struggle to leave the shelter system Alive… Why? Because he’s not a tiny Chihuahua, he’s not a puppy, and he’s in an area that dumps dogs by the bus loads. So let’s help him beat the odds,” states  the Chi’s advocate Sal Valdepena. “Something about seeing a dog brought to a shelter just destroys me.”

To help this proud little pooch, contact the Baldwin Park Animal Care Center located at 4275 N. Elton Street in Baldwin Park, California. Call (626)962.3577.

Follow the Pet Rescue Report on Facebook.

 

Dogs cast aside because of new baby in the house

On August 22, two dogs were cast aside because there was a new baby in the house. The dogs, Homer and Bentley, had a normal life until the day that they were taken to the Carson Animal Services facility in Gardena, California, and left behind by their owner.

On August 22, the Saving Carson Shelter Dogs Facebook page explained:

HOMER and BENTLEY are brothers and they just had the worst day of their lives. They were surrendered to the Shelter because of a new Baby in the family and these beautiful boys have now lost their home, their family and probably each other. They have beautiful personalities, very treatable skin conditions and sweet, gentle energy and they need help now, the Shelter is Completely FULL! Please SHARE, a FOSTER or Adopter would save them.

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Five long weeks have passed and Homer and Bentley are still homeless – while it is fortunate that these beautiful dogs are still alive, it goes without saying that they are confused and heartbroken over the sudden upheaval in their life.

Please help Homer and Bentley find a new family by taking a moment to share their adoption information.

  • Petharbor link for Bentley, ID#A4985684 here
  • Petharbor link for Homer,  ID#A4985681 here
  • Los Angeles County Animal Control – Carson at (310) 523-9566
  • Facebook thread here
  • All inquiries about these dogs must be made directly to the animal services facility

Find all recent articles on the Pet Rescue Report here.

Heartbroken senior dog: Returned 9 years after adoption

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Update: Rescued by Guide Us Home GSD Rescue!

A senior dog has found herself homeless, nine years after she was adopted from an animal services facility in California. The dog, an 11-year-old German shepherd mix named “Nena,” was adopted from the Baldwin Park Animal Services facility on July 5, 2005 – on July 2 of this year she was brought back and surrendered.

The sudden upheaval in this dog’s life has taken a toll…Nena recently had a visitor who noted that the senior dog was so heartbroken that she would not even get up off her her bed.

Nena could use the help of strangers to find a new family to take her in. The Baldwin Park Animal Services facility is busy and unwanted pets are put down for space.

Adoption information:

(photo via Facebook)