Someone locked a puppy inside of a mailbox

Someone locked a puppy inside of a mailbox outside of a veterinary hospital in Buna, Texas, over the weekend. The deplorable act of cruelty was made public by the Buna Animal Hospital on February 12. The veterinary hospital posted the following message on its Facebook page early Sunday morning:


Images of the puppy were not made public, but there is promising news for the abandoned pup. Several hours after the veterinary hospital’s initial Facebook post, a heartwarming update was made to the page:

Mailbox puppy will be ok. Has a new home. Thanks for all the prayers for this baby.

One day later, indication that the local authorities are working on investigating the case of abandonment:

Jasper County Sheriff’s office is on the case. They are working hard to identify the person seen on security video abandoning the puppy. We can see the man’s dark gray 4 door F250 with dented side on the bed and his face. Thank you for all you do Jasper County Law enforcement!

Find Buna Animal Hospital on Facebook here.

More recent news here.

(Photo via Pixabay free images)

Emaciated dog discovered on the end of a chain, in harsh winter weather – read more here.

Skin and bones dog was left chained in the cold

Wanted: Ohio woman who killed an innocent puppy

An Ohio woman is wanted by the authorities. According to Tuesday’s Fox 8 News, 19-year-old Deanna Caraballo has pleaded guilty to a felony cruelty to animals charge, resulting from the death of an innocent puppy, but she failed to show up in court.

Caraballo found herself in trouble with the law when she slammed an eight-week-old puppy to the ground in mid-September. The abusive action, which broke the puppy’s neck, resulted in the death. The puppy, named “Smokey,” belonged to Caraballo’s boyfriend – the couple had been arguing before the situation took a deadly turn.

On Monday morning Caraballo was supposed to show up to court for her sentencing under Goddard’s Law (which makes first time animal cruelty in Ohio a felony offense when serious physical harm is inflicted on a companion animal).

Anyone with information about Caraballo’s whereabouts is asked to call 216-505-9214. PAWS Ohio has offered a $500 reward for information leading to this woman’s location – read more at this link.

Please share this article widely – social media is a powerful tool. 

Please comment on this terrible situation below.

Prior article about the puppy’s death at this link.

This week a landscaper in Georgia was being sought by the authorities after a witness caught him engaging in a sexual act with a dog – click here to read more.

Man who ran no-kill animal rescue arrested on 114 pornography charges

According to Thursday’s WRAL News, a North Carolina man who ran a self-described no-kill animal rescue has been arrested on 114 pornography charges. The Hoke County man, identified as 70-year-old Stephen Spear, is facing multiple charges for sexual exploitation of a minor.

Spear’s no-kill animal rescue, The Haven – Friends For Life shelter, was at the center of a huge animal cruelty investigation in January 2016. Dozens of dead animals were found on the Raeford area property and 600 animals were seized by officials. At the time of the raid on the “no-kill” rescue agency, the ASPCA described the horrific conditions that the animals were forced to exist in:

“The animals were kept in filthy kennels, cages, outdoor pens and paddocks, many without protection from the elements. Many animals are suffering from untreated medical issues including open wounds, severe upper respiratory disease and emaciation.”

This is not Spear’s first run-in with the law for pornography related charges – in 2009, he was charged with 18 similar counts while he was working as a teacher at a community college. Spear was arrested and jailed on a $228,000 bond.

(Booking photo)



Puppy and cash stolen from rescue group

Over the weekend, someone broke into a Brighton, Colorado. rescue group’s facility and stole a puppy, and cash. The thief (or thieves) broke into the Lifeline Puppy Rescue on Saturday and took the group’s money for renovations, as well as a 10-week-old mixed breed puppy named “Teddy.

On February 5, the rescue agency reached out to Facebook fans with a request for help:

PLEASE SHARE and help bring Teddy home! Someone broke into our shelter early on Saturday morning and stole him right out of his kennel. Teddy is a 10 week old black (or a very dark gray) Border Collie/Pit Mix with a little white spot on his chest and needs medication.

16508601_1567345363279850_8042304281234256009_nAccording to the rescue agency, Teddy is already neutered and microchipped – he is described as “very sweet.” Whoever broke into the facility did so before rescue workers showed up to prepare for an adoption event that day. The priority for Lifeline Puppy Rescue is to get Teddy back, safe and sound.

Anyone with information about this crime, or Teddy’s whereabouts, is asked to call 303-655-9696 or the local authorities.

(Photos via Lifeline Puppy Rescue FB page)

More stories on Facebook at this link.

All recent articles here.

Puppy recuperating after being found with metal rod in his skullread more here.




Man arrested – accused of throwing starved dog in dumpster

A Tennessee man has been arrested for a heartbreaking act of cruelty – accused of allowing a dog to starving to death before tossing the dog’s body into a dumpster in Clarksville. According to Thursday’s publication of Clarksville Now,  34-year-old Renaldo Marable was observed throwing the emaciated dog’s body into a dumpster on January 30 – the man told someone that the dog had frozen to death.

Starved dog thrown into dumpster

After the authorities removed the dog’s body, a necropsy was performed in Nashville- the findings revealed that the dog had been starved to death. The findings of the necropsy resulted in Marable being charged with aggravated animal cruelty and they enabled the authorities to remove an addition five dogs, also malnourished,  from his property.

Marable was arrested and held on a $5,000 bond.

(Photo/booking photo and screenshot via Clarskville Now)

Chicken found tending to adorable kittens – read more here.




Public’s help wanted identifying cruel cat dragger

Authorities in Los Angeles are asking the public for help identifying the woman caught on camera cruelly dragging a cat on a leash. A witness took photos of the woman cat “dragger” last Friday on Van Nuys Boulevard and Sherman in Van Nuys. The cat was dragged at least four blocks.

According to KtlaNews, one witness identified as Shifrah, stopped her car and demanded the woman leave the cat alone and stop dragging him:

I was disgusted and I was horrified,” said Shifrah. “The cord is around his neck, and she’s just pulling him. You know he was trying to get away from her.”

Shifrah then called 911 and continued to follow the woman. The situation soon became more disturbing as another witness got out of her car, also telling the cat dragger to release the animal.

“Another lady got out of her car and she walked up to this woman abusing this cat on a leash and she’s telling her to leave the cat alone,” stated Shifrah. “She ripped the blonde wig off the abuser’s hair. So now they’re kind of arguing; you’re seeing fists flying a little bit. The cat is either dropped or thrown to the ground. The mean lady is saying ‘give me my wig, give me my wig,’ and then she tasered the nice lady. I see flashes of light and she’s tasering the lady, and then that’s when the fight kind of ended.”

The suspect ran away leaving the cat. A good Samaritan brought the injured cat to the East Valley Animal Shelter where she has been dubbed Mischief and is currently receiving treatment.

Anyone with information is asked to call Los Angeles Department of Animal Services at 888-452-7381. Help Mischief find justice. Please share this story; someone knows this woman’s identity.

(Photo of cat dragger from LA Dept of Animal Services)

Follow the Pet Rescue Report on Facebook.


Woman searching for lost dog fatally shot by elderly man

An elderly man in Manatee County, Florida, is accused of fatally shooting a woman who was helping her family search for a lost dog. According to Wednesday’s publication of the Bradenton Herald, 83-year-old Eugene F. Matthews allegedly killed the woman with a handgun after the woman’s daughter, and her son-in-law, knocked on Matthews’ door around 7 p.m. on Tuesday evening.

The victim, identified as 65-year-old Rebecca Rawson, was still in her car when Matthews allegedly turned the gun in her direction – she was hit by a bullet that went through the car windshield. According to the Associated Press, nobody else at the scene was injured in the bizarre situation.

Matthews was taken into custody and he is facing a charge of second-degree murder.

(Booking photo via Manatee County Sheriff’s Office)

Stolen shelter puppy found, couple arrested and charged

A puppy, stolen from a shelter in Lake County, Florida, has been found and the couple accused of stealing her were arrested and are now facing charges. According to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services Department, the eight-month-old pup, named “Kendrick,” is back safe and sound.

Animal Services updated worried Facebook followers on Friday:

Thanks to the amazing and quick detective work of LCSO, we’ve safely recovered Kendrick and our suspects are in custody!

The puppy was taken by a couple identified as Justin Geoffrey Kates, 28, and Michelle Ashley Barbee, 29, on Thursday afternoon. Shortly after the theft, Animal Services took to social media to try and find the missing puppy, as well as the people accused of stealing her – a Facebook post read:

Yesterday afternoon our shelter had a theft occur during business hours of a 8 month old bull dog puppy mix named Kendrick. Obviously when something like this occurs we have to make sure we are accurate on the facts of how this occurred and who is responsible. After investigating with our resources and witness statements we have obtained photos of the responsible parties . Please know that we are actively looking for this puppy and the two pictured individuals.

According to the Central Florida Wire, tips led the authorities to Kates and Barbee – the couple’s motive for stealing the puppy is unclear.

Update on missing dogs stolen by pet-sitter

There is news to report on the two dogs who were stolen by a pet sitter in September 2016. After an article was published to the Pet Rescue Report, one of the dogs has been recovered  – alive and for the most part, well. On Friday, the Facebook page which was established to help bring the missing dogs (Bella and Rosie) back to their owner, posted the joyous news to page followers.

The post describes how Ekemini Udoh, the dogs’ owner, first got the news that one dog had possibly been found:

Around 11 a.m, I was about to step in the shower to prepare for my daily routine of the Bella and Rosie search when I got a call from someone who claimed to have one of my dogs. I had been through this before so I wasn’t really enthusiastic about it. I asked for a picture and I looked like it could be Bella but I wasn’t too sure so I asked for another one. He agreed to meet at Petsmart and wanted to remain anonymous as is his choice.

The man claimed that he had purchased the young dog two weeks ago at a mall from a white man in Chester County. Udoh met up with the man at the pet store and she felt that the tiny pup that he presented to her could not be Bella…but they decided to have her scanned for a microchip at the store, just in case. She described her subsequent shock.

The shock that went through my bones when the chip read as Bella was indescribable. Immediately I fell on floor and started screaming. I couldn’t believe that this little one was my Long lost Bella. I put her on the scale and her weight was 4.8 lbs. Amidst my joy was sadness. How did Bella get this way? How does a little puppy lose over 2 lbs of body weight in 3 months? She’s supposed to have gotten bigger and not smaller.

She continued:

The kind gentleman was paid his money back for the purchase by an amazing person who didn’t even know me. I scheduled Bella’s check up and she had a lot of tartar and was very skinny and dehydrated. Otherwise, she is fine. She didn’t seemed like she was abused, except maybe underfed. She knew my couch and my bed instantly. She starts barking at herself in my dresser mirror. When I put out food for her. She gobbled it up immediately. She still knew most of her tricks. She was her old self. I didn’t even recognize my own dog. Had it not been for the chip, I would have asked the guy to go home with his dog.

Bella is now home, safe and sound, but Udoh worries about Rosie, especially after seeing Bella’s condition after her time away from home – she wrote:

I am even more determined to double my efforts and do whatever it takes to get my baby back to me and her sister. I urge the person or person(s) who has my Rosie to do the same thing this wonderful person did and return her to us. I have cried and suffered enough.

Follow the continued search for Rosie at this link to the Bella and Rosie Facebook page.

Pet sitter stole, then sold, hospitalized owner’s dogs

Two young dogs were stolen, and then sold, by a pet sitter. The dogs, Bella and Rosie, have been missing since September 2016. According to the dogs’ owner, Ekemini Udoh, the cruel incident took place while Udoh was hospitalized.

Udoh told the Pet Rescue Report, “Bella and Rosie were stolen and sold in September 2016 by the pet sitter, Barry Maurice Sharpe, while I was in the hospital. He was arrested on December 20, 2016 on two counts of felony larceny dogs. I don’t know where or to whom they were sold to and I am trying to get their story out there in case someone or anyone has seen them or has any information that might be useful in finding them.”

Pups stolen by pet sitter

The pups, who were just nine months old when they were taken, were last seen in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Both pups are Pomeranian/Poodle mixes who are already spayed and micro-chipped. According to Udoh, there is a $2,000 reward offered for the safe return of Bella and Rosie.


On December 26, a Facebook post was made to the Bella and Rosie Facebook page:

The reward money for anyone who helps us find Bella and Rosie is now $2,000 cash or cashier’s check only!!! I couldn’t care less about how you came into possession of the dogs, why you are in possession of the dogs or who or where you got the dogs from. I just want my dogs back. The real criminal has already been arrested and that’s the only person who deserves it. Most importantly, you must be prepared to show recent pictures and videos of the dogs and willing to meet in a public place.