Missing husky found beaten and drowned

In Randolph County, North Carolina, a family is grieving over the tragic news of their missing husky found dead. On Saturday night, the dog’s owner received the devastating news from the person who found their beloved Siberian husky named Toby.

“She just said that he had drowned in the pond and that they had pulled him out and she had taken his collar off and she described what the collar looked like,” stated Shannon Rice to Fox8News.

Toby had been missing since last Wednesday, and the family did all they could do to find him.  The last time they had seen the playful pooch he had been romping happily in the snow. They put up signs all over, offered a reward, notified local shelters and posted Toby’s photo and information on social media groups hoping someone had seen their dog. When Shannon’s sons recovered Toby’s body, the dog’s face was unrecognizable. His head had been bashed in as if he had been beaten to death.

Shannon plans to file a police report as to her one year-old dog’s tragic fate, but for now she is frightened just living in the neighborhood, and really who can blame her? Anyone with information about Toby is asked to contact authorities in Randolph County.

Rest in peace Toby.

(Photo of missing husky via family)



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.)

Dog has ‘Lassie-style moment’ when she sniffs out puppies in recycle bin

It was a canine good deed, described as a “Lassie-Style Moment,” on the Facebook page of Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary in southwest England earlier this week, when a woman’s dog out for a walk sniffed around and discovered a trio of puppies abandoned in a recycling bin. The dog barked to convey her message to her human when she found the shivering eight-week-old border collie puppies. The two males and one little female pup had been left to fend for themselves in an area identified as Failand Woods.Lassie puppies 2

“Luckily a dog out walking sniffed them out, and in a true ‘Lassie style moment’, alerted her owner to rescue them, thank goodness as we truly feel they wouldn’t have survived a cold winter’s night. They were brought in to us for safe keeping and they will be heading into foster care this afternoon after a full vet check,” the sanctuary wrote on Facebook as they described the “Lassie-style” rescue- reminiscent of the puppies similar breed.

The little boys now bear the names of Carlos and Tosca; the female has been dubbed Mabel. Rescue manager, Sarah Schranz fears the pups may have been a Christmas present someone quickly tired of, but since their adorable photos have spread through social media and all over the Internet, the puppies have had dozens of adoption offers.

Animal advocates, and of course those of us who couldn’t get enough of the utter cuteness, donated puppy food, blankets and toys. The trio are all expected to be going to new their new homes next week.

How we love happy endings.

(Photos and video of Lassie-Style Moment pups courtesy of Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary)

Check out how cute these puppies are in this short video:

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:



Outrage over video showing dog chained to top of cage on Florida Interstate 95

A video on Facebook posted late Wednesday afternoon has animal advocates outraged and rightly so. In Flagler County, authorities are now investigating the driver of a vehicle that showed a dog chained to the top of a metal cage traveling down Florida Interstate 95 headed toward Flagler in Florida. Within 21 hours the video garnered over 264, 000 views and 4,500 shares from the Facebook page of Brenna Cronin who originally posted the disturbing event with the following comment:

“Just saw this asshole driving down 95 with a dog with the letter S carved into his leg chained to the top of a cage….does anyone know this vehicle? Got off on 100 going towards flagler ( wasn’t able to get his plate).”

A person did respond to the video on Facebook Thursday morning with the following response: (spelling errors as written and copied)

“It was yesterday and that is my vechile. The reason the dog is not in the cage is because he prefers it on top. Also the brand on him isn’t the way them branded them before. Our dogs ad well taking care of. And there is nothing illegal with anything we did.  We hog hunt you don’t have to like or agree with what we do. He is also is unable to fall off the dog box.’

According to First Coast News, the owner of the dog, Jeremy, stated he had already been in contact with the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office as well as Flagler County Animal Control and explained he uses dogs to hunt for hogs. Jeremy also stated his dog likes to ride on top of the cage, and that the dog is harnessed and chained so he will not fall off. As to the “S” carved on the dog’s leg, the dog’s owner states the dog was branded as a puppy.

Animal Control is currently investigating.

(Photo and video of dog chained to cage via Facebook Brenna Cronin)

Check out the short video. Who wouldn’t be upset seeing that?

Teen in viral video kicking a dog to volunteer with rescue group

In Wichita, Kansas, a teen accused of beating and kicking a dog caught on a viral video will be volunteering with a local animal rescue group. The teen’s mother turned her son into authorities. beauties-and-beasts-inc

According to KsnNews, the witness who videoed the situation has agreed to help the teen after the dog, named Dragon, was surrendered to animal services on Monday. Randi Carter, who runs Beauties and Beasts Inc, and has been a dog trainer for 11 years, spotted the boy and his brother walking down the street and recorded the boy hitting and then kicking the dog.  The video went viral after it was posted online.  On the organization’s Facebook page, Randi posted:

“Offender is a minor and will be coming under my wing to volunteer and teach him about owning and training dogs. Thank you all for caring.”

Randi stated the teen will clean kennels and learn how to care for and treat dogs with kindness and respect. To help this organization save more dogs and be their voices, donations can be made by clicking here. Many thanks to Randi Carter for being the voice for those who cannot speak.

Read previous story here.

Photos and video kicking a dog courtesy of Beauties and Beasts Inc.

Check out the original video. Warning: Graphic and may not be suitable for all viewing audiences

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)

Puppy suffers broken leg after man throws it over fence

In Okeechobee, Florida, authorities are searching for the man who threw a six-month-old puppy over the fence. A man, driving a four-door pickup truck, pulled up to a fenced in area at animal control on Tuesday and threw the dog over the fence. When discovered, the dog had suffered a broken leg. She has since undergone

According to the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, on January 3, the truck driven by a stocky Hispanic male arrived at the Okkeechobee Sheriff’s Office Animal Control, backed up to the fenced area and threw the puppy over the six-foot high fence topped with barbed wire. During the week, the area is used as a play area for dogs. The exceptionally sweet, female puppy, described as a Cur mix, sustained a rear broken leg. The shelter’s video showed her lying in the yard all night with her broken leg and no food or water until she was discovered early the next morning by shelter

Nala’s New Life Rescue has stepped up to care for the pup, now dubbed Jenny. Her leg was repaired at the expense of the foster home who is caring for Jenny, however the animal advocate is in no financial position to pay for the surgery. To help, donations can be made by clicking here.

The suspect’s truck is described as a Ford, two tone dark blue/gold on bottom. Anyone identifying this person or the truck is asked to call Deputy Rusty Hartsfield at 863.763.3117.

(Photos of puppy thrown over the fence with broken leg courtesy of Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office and Nala’s New Life Rescue.)

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Check out sweet Jenny’s video.


Shelter owner sentenced to prison for killing 2,000 dogs and cats for profit

The president of an animal protection shelter in Torremolinos, Spain has been sentenced to prison for three years and nine months after running a shelter that euthanized over 2,000 animals in a slow and horrific manner to increase her personal profits. Carmen Marin Aguilar administered low dosages of a euthanasia drug into the muscle tissue instead of intravenously so that she could save on costs resulting in the dogs and cats suffering long, excruciating deaths.

The animals were reported to have writhed and howled in pain for hours. Investigators claimed the woman disconnected security cameras and played loud music to mask the sound of the suffering animals. In addition. Marin also operated a veterinary clinic with no certifications. People trusted her with the lives of their pets.

According to the Lawyer Herald, the Malaga court fined Carmen $20,800 for falsifying documents and animal cruelty. A janitor, Felipe Barco Gamez, at the Parque Animal Shelter in Torremolinos where the egregious deaths were ordered, was sentenced to prison for one year and ordered to pay a fine of $3,785. The pair were accused of killing 2,183 dogs and cats between January 2009 and October 2010 to reduce costs and increase their personal profits. During her trial, Auilar denied “exterminating” the animals the court described as the “massive and indiscriminate” killings of healthy pets at the shelter.
In addition to her prison sentence, Aquilar is banned from working with animals for the next three years.
(Photo of shelter owner sentenced to prison screenshot Spanish News Today)