‘Obscenely vicious’ dog fighting ring busted: Abused and tortured dogs saved

Thirty-six pit bulls ranging in ages from one week to seven years have been seized in Wyandanch, New York; authorities called the breeding operation  as well as the conditions where the dogs lived, as “obscenely vicious.” More than half of the dogs rescued were puppies.

According to the Long Island News, the pit bulls were being trained and tortured for dog fighting rings. In September, the Suffolk police and the ASPCA removed dozens of dogs from two homes. On Thursday it was announced “Operation Bloodline” brought down the operation being run under the guise of a kennel. At a news conference, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman stated:

“Dogfighting is an obscenely vicious and cruel form of animal abuse that tortures animals and endangers the safety of the public. It’s barbaric, despicable, and illegal.”

As for the dogs, two had to be euthanized after they had been attacked by their mother. A third dog named Sophie had been so abused and tortured, no one could get near her and she had been a threat to anyone who tried to approach her. The dogs had all been chained and separated; none had any food or water and the ones suffering from bite wounds and other injuries had been left untreated. One of the dogs had a broken leg and another was emaciated. All of the dogs were covered in fleas, were filthy and had long nails – signs of having lived solitary lives and rarely off their chains.

Arrested were Richard Davis, 34, Martin Newkirk, 49, and Taikeem Wheeler, 26 for operating kennels out of their homes that were staging areas for dog fighting rings. Police also recovered dog fighting paraphernalia including breaking sticks to separate the dogs while fighting, heavy chains, weighted dog vests, treadmills and performance enhancing dietary supplements for the dogs, designed to increase strength and endurance as dog fighters. The three face  felony charges of animal fighting and animal cruelty.

The attorney for Wheeler denied all of the charges and stated the dogs were all personal pets including the dog Sophie who had been euthanized. All of the surviving dogs are currently in the care of the ASPCA, and it is hoped once they are healed, the dogs can be retrained and adopted.

Dogfighting is illegal in all 50 states. In New York, each charge can carry a maximum penalty of four years in jail and a fine of $25,000.

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Finally: Singapore dog owner sentenced to 20 months in prison for animal abuse

Described as the stiffest punishment for animal cruelty yet in Singapore, the owner of two dogs was sentenced to 20 months in prison on Thursday for abusing his pets and abandoning them leaving them to languish in slow, painful deaths.

According to ChannelNewsAsia, the Agri-Veterinary Authority of Singapore stated Yeo Poh Kwee, 45, was given the maximum sentence of 18 months in prison on one count of animal cruelty and 12 months on a second count. Both sentences will run concurrently. In addition, Kwee was also sentenced to two months imprisonment for pet abandonment and failure to license the dogs. Kwee has been banned from owning any pets for a year after he is released from prison.

Last November, authorities were informed about the tragic case of a toy poodle that had died after sustaining critical injuries. Kwee claimed the dog named Brownie had been injured when his head became lodged between a water pipe and the wall in his bathroom. Further investigation into the case, revealed Kwee never took Brownie to a veterinarian for treatment which ultimately resulted in the dog suffering and dying.

One month later, Kwee’s other miniature poodle, Yoyi, was found dead in a staircase landing at the apartments located on Teban Gardens Road. Bloodstains on the walls, steps and floors indicated the dog had suffered grave injuries. An investigation uncovered Yoyi belonged to Kwee who had brought the dog to the apartment complex to abandon him. Kwee had the dog leashed and ran down the steps starting from the 38th floor to the 19th floor dragging Yoyi as the defenseless animal slammed against the walls, floors and steps. When he realized the hind legs of the dog had been bleeding, he unleashed the dog and went home.

When asked why he abandoned his dog, Kwee stated he had been stressed because his neighbors had been complaining about the dog’s barking while he was at work.

The AVA encourages the public to report all cases of animal cruelty through their 24-hour hotline at 1800.476.1600.

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Rest in peace Brownie and Yoyi.


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Tears: Homeless dog’s unbearable heartache as she watched newborn puppies die

When a  very pregnant, homeless dog came into a rural Texas shelter, the least that should have been expected was to provide the mother dog with a clean kennel, a blanket and a safe place for her to safely deliver her puppies. Instead, “Momma Marble” as she would eventually be named, gave birth in a dirty cage – a place where no new lives should ever have been born.

And if it hadn’t been tragic enough that the emaciated Momma Marble had given birth to her puppies in an environment overrun with filth  and disease, the poor dog witnessed each and everyone of her newborn puppies die from the unsanitary conditions. One by one, someone would take them away from her as she  desperatelytried over and over again to lick them; hoping they would each just breathe again.

Days later there was nothing left for Momma Marble; the babies she coddled so lovingly were gone. Her fate had been set in stone on Monday, as she was scheduled to be euthanized. After all, she was filthy, missing clumps of her coat and gradually getting sicker day by day. As Momma Marble’s story went viral on social media, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC   had just been notified; Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of the organization, committed to saving the dog’s life.

“Tears, tears and more tears,” Stacey posted on the group’s Facebook page. “Marble is NOW SAFE and needs immediate medical care
She needs to feel love and to know her life is just beginning and her awful past is just a memory behind her.”

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98 Chihuahuas rescued from hoarder home in Eugene

In Eugene, Oregon, Greenhill Humane Society and Lane County Animals Services  rescued 98 small breed dogs -most of them Chihuahuas, from a hoarding situation in western Lane County on Monday. The owner voluntarily surrendered all of the dogs.

According to a press release from the Greenhill Humane Society, the dogs had been living in extremely overcrowded and unsanitary conditions both indoors and in outdoor pens.  The dogs “ranged in age from newborn to senior, including dogs that are pregnant and nursing.”

All of the dogs are currently in the Green Hill Road shelter and are receiving preliminary medical and behavioral evaluations; they are all being treated and cared for according to their needs. Each dog will be given a complete medical evaluation as well as rehabilitative care if needed. They will be spayed, neutered, vaccinated and microchipped before they are made available for adoption. Sasha Elliott, the Greenhill spokesperson added:

“Right now, financial support is needed to care for these animals. We will let everyone know when we are looking for adopters, but right now, basic care is critical. Without any known history of veterinary care, we are currently determining what each individual animal needs to start the next chapter in their lives happy and healthy.”

Donations can be made online at, via mail, or in person at either of Greenhill’s shelter locations. People interested in adopting should watch and Greenhill’s social media pages for updates.
(Photos of 98 Chihuahuas rescued via GHS)
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Haunting photos of ‘walking skeleton’ prompts rescuers quick action

Two haunting photos of a “walking skeleton” have become etched in the mind of Jackie O’Sullivan, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. On Tuesday, came a call from a rural South Carolina shelter, accompanied by the images of a dog with no fur and nearly every bone jutting out of his body, as he just stood staring at the camera, as if to say, “I want to live; will you help me?”

Possibly one of the worst cases of starvation volunteers have ever seen, the feelings and emotions evoked from the photos were anger, sadness, heartbreak, helplessness and despair. Nevertheless, this dog has survived  living in the most horrific conditions imaginable.  No one can change the egregious circumstances this dog has survived, however he has been rushed to the organization’s emergency veterinary hospital where he is being treated for his extensive medical needs.

“We can try to make him whole again and give him a great future, if he survives,” Jackie stated. “We have named him Elliott.”

There is no information on Elliott’s owner. The emphasis is the dog’s survival.

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Rescue Dogs Rock NYC
PO Box 101
Gracie Station
New York, NY 10028

(Haunting photos of Elliott courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

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Bonded siblings 14-years-old dumped at shelter brings tears to volunteers’ eyes

Shiba and Jesse have spent a lifetime together.  The bonded siblings have been raised together since they were just puppies, what could have happened 14 years later when their owner told them to jump into the car and arrived at the Carson Animal Care Center in California on Sunday? According to volunteers, Shiba and Jesse’s owners could no longer handle the responsibility of their two dogs. Tragically, just like an old couch, one short ride and a bit of paperwork, the lives of devoted companions no longer mattered.

Look into their eyes. The confusion and heartbreak are all that can be seen. Although they are in the same kennel today, that will likely change in a day or two. Carson Animal Care Center does not support keeping bonded pairs together with the thought that the dogs will have an easier time finding a home if they do not have to be kept together. And so, after having lost the only home they have ever had, on top of everything else, they will be separated and their spirits further broken apart.

Pet Harbor info for Shiba: A5121549:

“My name is SHIBA and I’m an approximately 14 year old female German Shepherd. I am already spayed. I have been at the Carson Animal Care Center since 10/15. I will be available on 10/15. You can visit me at my temporary home at C318. My former family who owned me for had to give me up because they just weren’t up for the responsibility of a pet. Follow Shiba’s Facebook page here.”

German Shepherd  AGE:14 years
Female (S)  ARRIVED:10/15
Carson Shelter – 310-523-9566
M-TH 12pm-7pm, F-SU- 10am-5pm
216 W Victoria St. Gardena, CA 90248

Pet Harbor info for Jesse: A5121545:

My name is JESSE and I’m an approximately 13 year old male German Shepherd. I am already neutered. I have been at the Carson Animal Care Center since 10/15. I will be available on 10/15. You can visit me at my temporary home at C318. My former family who owned me for had to give me up because they just weren’t up for the responsibility of a pet. Follow Jesse’s Facebook page here.

German Shepherd  AGE:13 years
Male (N)  ARRIVED:10/15
Carson Shelter – 310-523-9566
M-TH 12pm-7pm, F-SU- 10am-5pm
216 W Victoria St. Gardena, CA 90248

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Dog owner charged with dragging 2 dogs behind motorized scooter

In Van Buren, Arkansas, a local man has been arrested and charged with dragging his two dogs behind a motorized scooter. The dogs are now recovering, but not after having tolerated frightening abuse and cruelty. Paul Chavez has been arrested and charged with aggravated animal cruelty.

According to 5NewsKfsm, police in Crawford County received a report that two dogs had been abandoned and left tied to a stop sign one block off of Highway 282. Almost Home Shelter Rescue founder Rebecca Kascubowski described how the pads of the dogs’ feet had been torn. The larger dog, the Great Pyrenees, was protective of the smaller mixed breed pooch, and while being treated by a veterinarian had been making sure his little pal was safe.

The dogs have since been named Prince and Big P. After their recovery, the dogs will be ready for adoption, and since they do seem quite bonded, it is hoped the two can find a home together. For more information about Prince and Big P, please click here.

(Photo of Prince and owner charged with dragging dogs via screenshot News5 and Almost Home Shelter Rescue)

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Newborn puppies fall through grate at Texas shelter and drown

In a South Texas shelter, negligence of the staff resulted in the loss of four tiny lives less than two weeks ago. The German shepherd and Rottweiler mix, with her ten newborn puppies, had been surrendered to the high kill shelter, and instead of giving the family a bed where the mother dog could safely nurse her puppies, she and the litter were left on the concrete floor. There was no blanket; not even a plastic pool to contain the puppies as they blindly wandered in their concrete prison searching for each other for warmth and comfort, while trying to nuzzle and nurse from their mother.

And then the unthinkable occurred. Because of the shelter’s negligence, four of the babies easily fit through the kennel grates and fell into the drain below

which had been filled with water from hosing down the kennels. The little ones drowned a slow and painful death.

“A volunteer witnessed this and immediately removed the mom and her surviving newborn puppies out of the shelter to safety,” Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC wrote on the organization’s Facebook page. “The shelter did nothing except watch it happen. It’s supposed to be a safe haven for the homeless animals that come into it, but in fact, it’s quite the opposite here, and this family probably was better off on the streets.”

Knowing how helpless this little family was at the time and being aware of this tragedy, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC stepped forward and brought the family to safety. The mother dog, now named Zelda and her surviving six puppies, have all been safely moved and are now in foster care. Since rescue Zelda and her family are doing well, and all of the puppies are thriving. It is expected they will be ready to travel in a few weeks and will be brought to New York City to await their exciting adoptions.

Please check out Zelda. She weighs 50 pounds and is a year-and-a-half-old. She is reported to be fantastic with children, dogs and cats. Please consider adopting this beautiful young dog. Apply here for Zelda and her pups:


Please HELP
PO BOX 101
NY, NY 10028

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2-month-old abused husky puppy in medically induced coma waking up

The Maricopa County Animal Care and Control and the Arizona Animal Rescue Mission shared an update on the abused 2-month-old husky puppy named BB Bear on their Facebook pages Sunday night.

“Sunday Update on our sweet amazing BB Bear aka Phoenix…..Phoenix is rising!!!!!!
Today our amazing miracle boy has drank water from a bowl and in this video you will see he is beginning to eat. It may be hard to see for some, but keep in mind he is still heavily sedated. This is a HUGE step in the right direction. He still has such a long way to go rebuilding his skills, but this is so promising. We knew he was a fighter and because of the BB Bear community, supporting, loving and donating we have all come together to give him a chance at life. Today is a great day for all.”

The puppy had been placed into a medically induced coma after he had been brought into the shelter with a severe skull fracture and inter-cranial bleeding. According to the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control Facebook entry by Eva Boyle, authorities believe someone deliberately caused BB Bear’s injuries. Although the puppy is still heavily sedated, he has been eating and drinking on his own which is an excellent sign towards his long road to recovery.

Although veterinarians were unsure if BB Bear would be left blind and possibly lose his sense of smell, the latest neurological testing indicates the adorable little ball of white fluff may not have suffered any damage to his brain stem. He still might be able to recover over time.

“Yesterday we were given some of the most hopeful news yet. Three top neurologist from around the country have reviewed BB Bears records. All have stated that because of where the injury to the skull was, it appears that there was no damage to the brain stem. The area of the brain that was affected given his age, HAS the ability to rejuvenate over time.”

“This is a HUGE step in the right direction,” the Facebook post about the pup’s recovery stated. “He still has such a long way to go rebuilding his skills, but this is so promising. Today is a great day for all. Tears of joy from all of us at AARM, Two Pups Wellness Fund and Phoenix Dog/Cat/Bird Hospital.”

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(Photo of 2-month-old husky puppy via AARM)

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Family’s dachshund drowned in violent act of cruelty during home robbery

In South Townsville, Australia a $2,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the violent beating and drowning of a family’s beloved miniature dachshund during a robbery in their home in Hermit Park.

According to the Townsville Bulletin, Scott McWilliams and Vernon McIlroy had been in Sydney for the weekend; a house sitter had been in charge of caring for their pets. When the sitter arrived on Sunday and went into the backyard, she found one of the family’s dog, Paris, had been beaten and drowned in the pond. The dog’s claw marks showed she had struggled for her life while being held under the water.  Their other dog  Astrid was found unharmed, but shaking in fear.

Paris most likely barked, which would have motivated the thieves to take violent action so as not to arouse suspicion with neighbors. Senior Sergeant Graeme ­Patterson stated that detectives thought the robber jumped over the back fence and tried to break into the house.

Mr. McWilliams and Mr. McIlroy have decided to move and leave their terrible memories of what happened to Paris behind. This was the fourth time the men have been affected by crime since they arrived in 2014. A portrait of Paris will be painted by Brisbane artist Stephen Gallagher, as a way of remembering and hopefully to help with the healing process of such a heinous crime.

“We moved to Townsville to settle and find a place that we could really call home, but it doesn’t feel like home when you’re not safe in your house,” they said as reported in the Daily Mail. 

Local resident Robin Kitchin has offered the $2,000 reward labeling the intruders as “gutless cowards.” Kitchin feels the pain the couple are feeling and hates animal cruelty, stating this would be an opportunity for the justice system to dole out the strictest punishment and maximum penalty.

Anyone who witnessed the ­incident or anything suspicious on Queens Rd between 6am and 6pm on Sunday should phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Rest in peace Paris. We hope you get justice. Someone must know something.

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