Dog thrown out of car on busy expressway

On Friday, June 3rd, 2017 a traveling motorist witnessed two African-American males throw a small dog out of their car on the East/West expressway in Orlando, Florida. The witness was very shaken by what she had seen and contacted the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, who in turn contacted Orange County Animal Control. Unfortunately, she was unable to get the tag number of the vehicle.

According to Animal Control, an officer responded but could not find the dog. Yet, over the course of several days more calls went into the Sheriff’s Office advising of a small black and tan dog roaming around the expressway. A deputy sheriff also went in search of the dog, but once again the pooch evaded rescue.

On Monday, June 5th, 2017, two Good Samaritans, Cathy Wagner and Jennifer Carr decided to look for the dog. Both ladies are staunch animal advocates and active in the animal rescue world.  After searching up and down the expressway in the vicinity where the dog was seen, with no results, they were about to give up. Jennifer then saw the dog peeking out from an area overgrown with weeds and bushes.  The dog was terrified and shaking badly. Luring her out with treats, Cathy and Jennifer were able to pick her up and place her in their vehicle. They rushed the dog to the vet where it was discovered she was approximately and year and a half old, had recently given birth and had one of her canine teeth missing. She was also extremely undernourished and emaciated. The vet and the two rescuers hypothesized that the dog was either used for fighting or breeding, and when she no longer served her purpose she was thrown from the vehicle in hopes of killing her.

Cathy and Jennifer named the dog Willow since she was found in an area overgrown with brush. Today Willow has gotten over her fear of humans and is a loving, affectionate dog whose tail is always wagging. She gets along okay with other dogs but not cats.  She has been vaccinated, spayed and is heart-worm negative. Willow is currently in a foster home, but she cannot stay there because she has already gone after two of the cats. She does, however get along with the Bernese Mountain Dog she shares the home.

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Walter Matthieu needs a hero: Dumped English bulldog suffering from heat at shelter

Perhaps it’s another reckless and irresponsible backyard breeder dumping dogs again? Local shelters have reported more than one English bulldog picked up as strays  recently in the area of  the San Bernardino City Animal Shelter. And now Walter Matthieu needs a hero as soon as possible.

“Walter is most likely from same breeder the other English Bullies have come from lately? Walter is so hot, misters on and he loves the water, has flea dirt? bleeding from back somewhere?,” wrote shelter volunteer Andrea Neyses on social media hoping to find a safe place for this suffering pup.

Temperatures are expected to reach record highs in the next few days, and Walter is so very hot. Although the misting elements are turned on and he loves the gentle cooling, this dog needs immediate rescue and medical attention. A Facebook page for this dog can be followed here. Click here for this dog’s PetHarbor listing. “I am a male, white and black English Bulldog mix. I have been at the shelter since Jun 17, 2017.” For more information about this animal, call San Bernardino City Animal Control at (909) 384-1304.
Ask for information about animal ID number A505100. Although this dog’s availability date is listed as June 24, he can leave with a medical release. 

San Bernardino City Animal Shelter
333 Chandler Place, San Bernardino, CA
Closed Sunday and Monday
Telephone: (909) 384-1304

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(Photos and videos via Andrea Neyses)



Woman surrendered family pet and told her child to take a photo to remember their dog


At the Clay County Animal Care and Control in Green Cove Springs, Florida some days are just worse than others. On Tuesday morning, a woman surrendered the family pet and told the young child with her to take a photo so he could remember their dog.

“There are some crappy people out there,” thought shelter volunteer Andrea Cassman. “Good job turning in your dog with your 11-year-old child in tow and telling him to take a picture of the dog to remember her. Here is the dog in the kennel scared and confused. Her crate and bed are in the lobby,” stated Andrea nearly in tears.

Andrea had been helping with an adoption when the woman came in with the youngster asking for information how to surrender a dog.  At the time, they didn’t have the dog with them, but the woman explained to the shelter staff the dog had belonged to her daughter, but allegedly the daughter had moved away two years ago and left the dog with the mother. A few hours later, the woman returned with the dog; a ten-year-old sweet Labrador retriever named Duchess. The dog’s face dropped as she was placed in a kennel and watched her family walk away. Maybe she knew they would never return, but how does one explain that to a dog?

When the child asked his grandmother how he could remember their dog, the woman said “through a picture.”

“I thought she should see how the poor dog looked in the kennel. Duchess was lying there and crying; the dog actually had tears in her eyes,” Andrea told the Pet Rescue Report.

According to shelter notes, Duchess is good with children, other dogs and is curious around cats when she initially meets them. Please share her plight with friends, family and social media contacts; sharing saves lives. Follow her story here. For more information about Duchess, contact the Clay County Animal Care and Control located at  3984 FL-16, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043. Phone:(904) 269-6342.

(Photo and video of surrendered pet courtesy of Andrea Cassman)

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Desperate to be loved, Labrador abandoned for treatable tick infection

He’s scared and tense and this four-year-old Labrador retriever was found as a stray roaming the streets of Miami scavenging for food. His family has not come to the shelter looking for him, and each day Manoli grows more depressed. On Sunday, he was made available for adoption, but still no one stopped in front of his kennel to meet him.

According to the dog’s veterinarian notes from  Miami-Dade Animal Services, the following was noted:

“Pet is BAR. MM-Pink. Coat not taken care of. (shallow hair cover) Ehrichia positive, but stable not clinical ehrichia at this time. Unable to do full PE because of aggressive behavior. Pet will remain under observation and RX. If behavior improves, pet will receive full PE”

Click here for Manoli’s Pet Harbor listing. “I am an unaltered male, tan Labrador Retriever. The shelter staff think I am about 4 years old. I have been at the shelter since Jun 07, 2017.” For more information about this animal, call Miami-Dade Animal Services at (305) 884-1101. Ask for information about animal ID number A1879240. A Facebook page for this dog can be followed here. Share this dog’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.

(Photo of Labrador retriever at Miami Dade Animal Services courtesy of Urgent Dogs of Miami)

Miami-Dade Animal Services is located at 3599 Northwest 79th Avenue in Doral, Florida 33166. For more information, email: Pets@Miamidade.Gov

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Chicago intervention program saves ailing puppy owner couldn’t afford to help

There were tears in the eyes of a dog owner in the parking lot at Chicago Animal Care and Control on Thursday afternoon, as a man sat in his car hugging an apparently ailing puppy lying helplessly in the back seat. The dog wasn’t feeling well, and the man didn’t have the money to take him to a veterinarian for help. According to shelter volunteer, Lindsay Joy, the man had been to the shelter, then to a vet (no money – no treatment) and then back at the shelter.

“I pulled in and saw him pacing back and forth, with his hands on his head clearly distraught as his options to surrender or go home and hope for the best,” stated Lindsay as she watched anticipating she would be calling one of her rescue friends to help save a dog after being surrendered.

The puppy was quite lethargic as he slept quietly in the back seat. Because he was so young, Lindsay worried the dog could have had a multiple of issues – perhaps even parvo. That’s when Lindsay learned a lot more about the pup’s owner as the two waited for additional help. The man works two jobs in order to pay the way for his teenage daughter’s college expenses. The puppy, named Gray, was the man’s first dog, and the reason he runs home every day to walk, feed and love; calling Gray “his only son.”

“He actually had to walk out on a client to get to Gray when his girlfriend mentioned the dog wasn’t being his normal self. I didn’t want to pry into his life,” Lindsay continued, “but I believe he is a caregiver for the elderly; he was dressed in his uniform with a stethoscope around his neck.”

“I get so used to seeing people carelessly drop off their animals,” Lindsay stated, “and now here’s a man who just wants his dog to live and I felt so hopeless.”

And then there was help; leave it to animal advocates and their larger than life compassion plus the burning desire to make a difference for each – one dog at a time. Chicagoland Rescue Intervention & Support Program CRISP, came to the rescue. The relief on the man’s face melted Lindsay’s heart, and immediately the dog’s owner headed to the veterinarian and promised to call when he arrived at Countryside Veterinary Care.

The man gave a play by play accounting of what was going on with his dog, and expressed how happy, but surprised at how others showed such kindness in a world sometimes just so unexpected. He offered to take everyone out to dinner after he gets paid next week. Gray was sent home with medication; fortunately he was parvo negative and his x-rays looked fine. It is possible Gray ate something he wasn’t, and this first time dog owner was given some expert feeding and care advice. By the time Gray and his human returned home, the puppy was already acting more like himself.

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Please share this wonderful story of a puppy who can now look forward to a “tomorrow.”

Photo of Chicago puppy via courtesy of Lindsay Joy.

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Family allowed to adopt another dog after their newly ‘rescued’ pet died from heat exhaustion

A Phoenix family will be allowed to adopt another dog after their newly “rescued” pet died on the way home from heat exhaustion. The young pit bull named Adler had just been adopted from the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control earlier this week. Adler collapsed and died after walking home with his new owner – approximately four miles away.

According to AzFamily, Maricopa County Animal Care and Control director Mary Martin admitted making the dog walk in the extreme heat of the day for an extensive amount of time was certainly stupid, but insists that provided with additional education and guidance, the family should be allowed to adopt another dog.

“We can help them be successful or we can shun them. I choose to help them be successful,” stated Martin.

That decision has caused an extreme reaction from the public with many advocates expressing their ire on social media. Martin says the incident brings forth a new awareness of the dangers of heat and dogs.  Shelter workers will now be asking prospective pet parents if they have a way to safely transport the animal home. Temperatures in Phoenix this week have been ranging from 99 to 110 degrees. Anyone living in areas of unbearable heat should exercise their pets early in the morning or late in the evening. Keep exercise periods brief, and make sure pets have cool water and a comfortable place to rest at all times. If a dog shows symptoms of heat fatigue, let them rest and confer with a licensed veterinarian. Here are the symptoms to watch for in extreme heat according to PetMD.

  • Panting
  • Dehydration
  • Excessive drooling (ptyalism)
  • Increased body temperature – above 103° F (39° C)
  • Reddened gums and moist tissues of the body
  • Production of only small amounts of urine or no urine
  • Sudden (acute) kidney failure
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Irregular heart beats
  • Shock
  • Stoppage of the heart and breathing (cardiopulmonary arrest)
  • Fluid build-up in the lungs; sudden breathing distress (tachypnea)
  • Blood-clotting disorder(s)
  • Vomiting blood (hematemesis)
  • Passage of blood in the bowel movement or stool
  • Black, tarry stools
  • Small, pinpoint areas of bleeding
  • Generalized (systemic) inflammatory response syndrome
  • Disease characterized by the breakdown of red-muscle tissue
  • Death of liver cells
  • Changes in mental status
  • Seizures
  • Muscle tremors
  • Wobbly, incoordinated or drunken gait or movement (ataxia)
  • Unconsciousness in which the dog cannot be stimulated to be awakened

(Photo of Adler who died from heat exhaustion via Maricopa County Animal Care and Control)

What do you think? Should the family be permitted to adopt another dog?

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Old and too afraid to get out of her bed, does that mean Spammy should die in a shelter?

UPDATE: Rescued! 😉

Meet Spammy; she’s 15-years-young and is no longer wanted by her family because she’s too old. Does that mean this dog should die  alone in a strange room with strangers holding her down while she quietly gasps for her last breath? Her owners said she was ill – but not even a short explanation provided as the family Spammy knew her entire life, walked away with barely a “good dog” pat on her head.

And that may very well be the plight of this senior Jack Russell terrier. Click here for her Pet Harbor adoption listing. “My name is Spammy and I am described as a spayed female, white and brown Jack (Parson) Russell Terrier. The shelter thinks I am about 15 years old. I have been at the shelter since Jun 06, 2017.” For more information about this animal, call Los Angeles County Animal Control – Carson at (310) 523-9566. Ask for information about animal ID number A5074731. Follow her Facebook page here.

A volunteer who met this frightened little dog offered the following information on Tuesday:

“SPAMMY is 15 and her family dropped her off and said she was Ill. She can’t see well and she is so confused; she hasn’t moved from that bed. Please help her, she will break your heart.”

Please share this senior’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. At the current time, the Carson Shelter has 160 dogs needing help. Please consider adopting or fostering your next best friend. (Photos and video of Spammy courtesy of Saving Carson Shelter Dogs.)

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Check out this frightened little one’s short video and help her find a safe and loving place to spend her last days, her last months or even another year.

Dog dragged into shelter against his will, heartless owner just didn’t care

UPDATE: as per Christina Dickson: “I updated everyone on this dog. Long story short Miami Dade Animal Services no longer takes owner surrenders as walk ins; this lady was a walk-in and she admitted that this was her dog she has been given an appointment to come back and surrender the dog at a later date.”

The owner has an appointment to surrender her dog on June 19th. Hopefully she will change her mind; nevertheless we are confident Christina will do her best to help this dog and continues to help. Stay tuned.

As to the “real” Tito, here is his Pet Harbor listing. Please share his story. This boy still needs a home. Follow his Facebook page here.

As Tito’s owner dragged her dog into the lobby of the Miami-Dade Animal Services on Monday, animal advocate and shelter volunteer Christina Dickson’s heart broke into a million pieces. Tito knew! This was not the place he wanted to be, and with all his might, but still as gentle as a lamb, Tito pulled back, as if begging the woman he knew as his human companion to leave the building and return home. Without a doubt, Tito loved her.

Still it was not to be. Christina spoke with Tito’s owner, who stated the dog had been a stray who the family took in and fed. Their female dog had become hostile towards Tito and refused to even let him eat. Perhaps if Tito was neutered, he would no longer be perceived as a threat to the family’s other dog? Perhaps if Tito was neutered, in the end there would be no more accidental puppies who most likely would wind up in a shelter just like their dad? Trying so hard to keep Tito with his owner, Christina even offered free veterinary services for the dog’s sterilization; his owner declined, and Tito’s death sentence would soon become a reality if no one came to the shelter to adopt him.

The dog’s Pet Harbor listing describes him as follows: (Please note this ID# has not been confirmed as of this time. Edits will be provided if there are any submitted changes)

“I am an unaltered white and cream American bulldog. I have been at the shelter since June 5. The staff thinks I am about two years old.” For more information on this dog, contact the Miami-Dade Animal Services at 305.884.1101. Make sure to reference ID#A1878910.

A Facebook page for this boy can be followed here. Share this dog’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.

(Photos and video of dog dragged into shelter via Christina Dickson)

Watch Tito’s heartbreaking video as he is being surrendered by his owner:

Emergency rescue as workers save 9 pups and their mom from flooding drainpipe

For three days, volunteers had been desperately working to save a family of ten puppies and their mother who had taken up temporary refuge in an old drainpipe in a rural area of Dallas, Texas. As described by rescue volunteer for Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, Leslie Ysuhuaylas stated the mother dog had been living in the abandoned area since November; there she delivered two litters; only one puppy from a previous litter seemed to have survived.

What the mother dog had not anticipated this time, however were the pouring rain storms predicted for the area which would soon flood – including the drain where she thought her six-week-old puppies had been safe from predators and other dangers. The puppies were discovered accidentally while on a rescue mission for a different dog, and as the volunteers entered the drainage area they heard the puppies crying:

“We went in and mom started growling when we approached,” Leslie stated. “We weren’t equipped to be in there; there was limited lighting and we had no idea what type or size of dog we were dealing with or the number of  puppies hiding there. So we went out back out to plan getting them out before it started to rain.”

While rescuers set humane traps to capture the family and waited patiently to bring the little ones to safety, the downpours began. They went back into the drain, but the darkness and the flooding made any attempts to find the puppies nearly impossible.

“We thought the puppies had died,” Leslie told the Pet Rescue Report, “but 15 minutes later one came out with his head just above the water, ten minutes later another came out, and in another 15 minutes came JJ out; his head had been underwater and his body barely afloat. We started doing CPR and took him to the fire station for oxygen, but it was too late.”

The group were immediately able to catch the mother dog, and she eagerly jumped into the car. When rescuers returned that evening, four more puppies were spotted, but the frightened little ones scattered into the nearby woods – not before two more were safely captured. The next morning another one was trapped, and the last remaining sibling ran out of the tunnel trying to rescue his trapped brother.

“He (the last puppy) stayed in the tunnel all day, and we had no idea where as there are several branches in the tunnel where he could hide.”

And then the rains began to fall again – this time harder and the water from the tunnel quickly moving anything in its path to the nearby creek. And on Monday morning, when almost all hope had been lost for the rescue of the last puppy, he somehow had found safety in one of the bigger tunnels. You can watch his rescue in the attached video.

“They are all heading to the vet today as a family, while we attempt to trap the only surviving puppy from mom’s previous litter who has been living in the woods with his family. There have been limited sightings of him as we focused on his younger siblings. This entire family has lived a very difficult life, and have only survived so long because the babies have a very strong and caring mother that has ensured their safety and protected them through the difficult weather and predators. She has raised strong-willed puppies and survivors!”

All of the puppies and their mother have been transferred to the partner veterinarian for Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. A three-week temporary foster home  as well as  donations are needed. If you are in the Dallas area and can help, please contact Leslie. Please donate for the surviving family members via PayPal at or

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(Photos and video of drainpipe puppies courtesy of Leslie Ysuhuaylas and Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

Check out the drainpipe area where volunteers dared to enter in order to save the lives of these desperate puppies:

Baldwin Park shelter volunteer cried as she caressed tiniest one-eyed victim of heartless neglect

A seven-year-old poodle lies curled up in her kennel cage at the Baldwin  Park Animal Care Center in California. Missing an eye, terribly matted and pretending to be asleep, a shelter volunteer couldn’t help but be drawn to the tiny victim of heartless neglect. Picked up by Animal Control as a stray on June 2, she is expected to be available for adoption on June 6. Her online story begins when Karen Klink met her on Saturday:

“This lovely lady from Baldwin Park animal shelter building four, was just ‘pretending to sleep.’ One eye gone, matted fur, either obese or other issues… I quietly approached her and she came to me in a loving manner. Not knowing anything about her injuries, I carefully petted her and held her for a while. No fear or aggression, just love.”

A Facebook page can be followed here or here. Certain pictures break our  heart; what this seven-year-old dog must have been through while on the street fending for herself is hard to imagine. In her kennel cage however, she tries to act as if she were invisible, but at the slightest touch she quietly inches over for affection and reassurance that all will be fine. She’s a broken little dog who desperately needs to be rescued. Share this dog’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.

Click here for this dog’s adoption information: “I don’t have a name yet and I’m an approximately 7 year old female poodle min.  I am already spayed.  I have been at the Baldwin Animal Care Center since June 2, 2017.  I will be available on June 6, 2017.  You can visit me at my temporary home at B407.” Animal ID: A5073451.

(Photos of poodle victim of heartless neglect via Karen Klink)

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 A5073451
4275 North Elton Street
Baldwin Park, CA 91706
Monday- Thursday: 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday-Sunday: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m

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