‘Just junkyard dogs’: Owner never bothered to leave their names

In Lancaster, California, a heartless owner arrived at the shelter on Thursday morning dragging a pair of seniors behind him he called “just junkyard dogs.” And to make the frightening ordeal even worse for the two pooches, the owner couldn’t even find it in his hearts to leave the dogs’ names with the shelter. Tragically, the dogs were split up and then placed in separate kennels. Who can even imagine their sadness and confusion?

The ten-year-old  Labrador retriever mix and her eight-year-old brindle pit bull  cross have both been scheduled to be euthanized on Monday. The Labrador retriever can be released immediately if adopted; the pit bull mix will be required to pass a temperament evaluation before being released. Rescue volunteer, Sal Valdepena interacted with the dogs at the Lancaster Animal Care Center on Saturday morning:

“Surrendered as a “junkyard dog” completely terrified of the human hand, yet this beautiful girl loves human attention and affection. She warmed up quickly as I petted her; she wasn’t sure how to react. She was so happy running like a little old lady and getting sun on her beautiful frosted face. It breaks me inside knowing she’s euthanasia listed. I hope she felt love and happiness. I won’t give up until the last second. I love you Maggie, and I write this sitting on the floor of the shelter bawling my eyes out. You didn’t deserve the kind of life you had. I’ll keep fighting angel. I love you so much. Please share Maggie; she’s set for euthanasia without ever knowing love isn’t suppose to hurt.” Follow this dog’s plight here as her story is shared with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media.

Click here for Maggie’s adoption listing. A5041578 “I don’t have a name yet and I’m an approximately 10 year old female Labrador retr.  I am already spayed.  I have been at the Lancaster Animal Care Center since March 16, 2017.  I am available on March 16, 2017.  You can visit me at my temporary home at L429.”

And then there is her bonded brother. His life apparently had never been happy, and then he was dumped by his owner after years of abuse and neglect. Although he was also frightened when first touched, all he wanted was some kindness and an affectionate scratch or two behind his ears. Click here for his  senior adoption listing.  A5041572 “I don’t have a name yet and I’m an approximately 8 year old male pit bull.  I am already neutered.  I have been at the Lancaster Animal Care Center since March 16, 2017.  I am available on March 16, 2017.  You can visit me at my temporary home at L420.” 

A composite Facebook page for both dogs can be followed here.

Antje Stobbe “They are both fixed, there is no reason they should have been separated! and NO info was gathered on either of these poor seniors; their chances of getting adopted is virtually zero!”

The dogs remain at Lancaster Animal Care Center located at 5210 W. Ave I in Lancaster, California. Phone: 661.940.4191.

Photos and video of junkyard dogs courtesy of Sal Valdepena and Antje Stobbe.

(Please note the kennel reference number for the male may be incorrect. Please check with volunteers for corrections. All they have left is us. Please share their stories and help them find a safe home.

“Junkyard dogs” video:

Update on Hank: Dog holding his toy facing death at NYC shelter

It was a photo of a happy pooch named Hank, wagging his tail and carrying a favorite stuffed toy in his mouth, at the Brooklyn Care Center for New York Animal Care that attracted the attention of thousands and thousands of animal advocates. Following the dog’s viral photo came the question – “Could life be anymore innocent?” Sadly, the answer was sobering; Hank had been facing humane euthanasia on Wednesday afternoon.

After two days of nail biting pleas and thousands of “shares” on social media, Friday evening, however was one for celebration. Hank safely left the building. Not long after the pup happily padded out the front door of the shelter, Animal Care Centers of New York City posted the smiling pup’s photo with his new mom:

“Check out Hank! He’s spending his first night with his new family. Many thanks to Sav-a-Bull for making this wonderful connection!”

It wasn’t long before volunteer Julie Carner posted the good news on the dog’s Facebook page. Many thanks to all of the advocates who shared his story. Many thanks to everyone for caring about a dog, who because of his misunderstood breed and prejudice, always deserved a chance to be loved and cherished. And many thanks to the staff at Animal Care Centers of New York City who worked very quietly behind the scenes to help a dog in need. 




Check out Hank’s freedom video courtesy of Animal Care Centers of New York City:

Annie, abandoned by owner and stuck in boarding since December

Seaside Bully Rescue, located in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida is a smaller rescue group but has had much success rescuing and adopting out many dogs over the past few years. According to their website they were founded on the belief that “our community and our animals are our number one priority.”

Their success rate is amazing as they make un-adoptable dogs their specialty. While some rescues will only help dogs or puppies they know they can easily re-home, Seaside Bully Rescue takes the time to evaluate each dog and try to find them the best forever home possible no matter how long it takes. They are not quick to accept labels of aggression etc. that are often placed on certain breeds and shelter dogs.  Unfortunately, since they are a small organization, their rescue dogs may take a little longer to place, so they are constantly filled to capacity.

In December 2016, Seaside Bully Rescue assisted with a seven-year-old black pit bull named Annie.  Although Annie was in Panama City, Florida, three hours away from Seaside Bully Rescue, they still intervened to help her. Annie’s hard luck story is like so many other dogs.  Her owner was homeless, so she was placed in boarding in Panama City.  Her owner has since disappeared leaving her abandoned and stuck in boarding for four months. Meanwhile funding for her boarding has run out.  Basically, she was surviving in boarding thanks to the help of Facebook friends who helped to pay.

According to Annie’s original owner, she’s an aggressive pit bull that cannot be around kids or cats. However, Seaside Bully Rescue strongly believes that since Annie has been away from her owner for four months, she may have mellowed some or changed her personality.   The rescue believes these behaviors were possibly brought about by jealousy, protectiveness and possibly some prey drive. Annie has never had a professional assessment done by a trainer or dog behaviorist; just by her owner.  What Annie desperately needs is a rescue that has the resources and the funding to hire a trainer to meet and work with her; not only to give her a professional, educated assessment but to also curb some of these negative behaviors to make her more adoptable.  Annie would do best in a home where she is the only dog.

Currently Annie is in boarding at Critter Care in Panama City, Florida.  Her boarding costs are $20 a day.  If you can contribute to Annie’s boarding, donations can be called in to 850-726-0838. If you are a rescue and can take Annie or are willing to adopt her, please contact Patti Florida on Facebook or Ann Winicki McClemore.

Or post on Annie’s Facebook thread

Annie is just one of many dogs saved by Seaside Bully Rescue. As mentioned prior, they are a small rescue and rely solely on donations. In addition to helping Annie please also consider donating to their fundraising site at:

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Innocence of a dog and his stuffed toy as he faces death row in hours

The reality of the happy pooch named Hank is he faces euthanasia at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday in New York City. His favorite past time is lying in the playground at the Brooklyn Care Center for New York Animal Care and watching everything that is happening around him. Hank loves carrying around his stuffed toy. Could life be anymore innocent? Everyone who has interacted with Hank sings his praises:

Volunteer says Rachel Bennett: “I have spent time with Hank and he has the grumpy dog look down pat. But he’s really such a sweet, happy boy who loves treats and attention. He seems very house trained and according to his notes does better with female dogs or should be the only dog in the home.”

Another volunteer writes: “He loves back scratches, and being spoken to and responds happily to the smallest attentions. Hank seems house trained and knows the commands “sit” and “give paw” and will eagerly do both for a treat. Hank is such a character it’s hard not to fall in love with him.”

A Facebook page for this sweet dog can be followed here. “My name is HANK. My Animal ID # is A1106247. Brooklyn Center, NY. I am a neutered male black and white pit bull, 12 months old, Weight 53, weight Average.” Please share Hank’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Dogs listed on “death row” only have a few hours to be rescued. An additional Facebook page can be followed here which includes his complete evaluation.

Publicly adoptable dogs can be reserved via if you can get to the NYC ACC “in person” within 48 hours to complete the adoption process and bring home your dog. More information can be found at the link. Shelter contact information:
Phone number (212) 788-4000

Brooklyn Shelter: 2336 Linden Boulevard Brooklyn, NY 11208

(Photo of Hank carrying around his stuffed toy via Julie Carner)


Make sure to watch his video. You will fall in love:

Rescuer pens angry message to owners of young Akita dumped at shelter to die

Just two years ago, a family purchased a beautiful Akita puppy, but apparently never made any plans for the dog’s future just in case they would not be able to care for him. On March 20, Raiden was surrendered to the Miami-Dade Animal Services – an open admittance shelter that averages taking in more than 28,000 dogs annually. 

Andrea McNee, the animal rescuer coordinator at South Florida Animal Rescue Network, a Florida non-profit serving dogs and horses in need in the South Florida area, penned a special message for Raiden’s owners after her heart broke as she watched the young dog shaking uncontrollably in his cage, knowing that he had been abandoned by the family he loved. Andrea’s heart wrenching note stated:

“To the family who dumped Raiden #A1777880 at our local KILL shelter, I hope this post reaches you. Two years ago you thought buying an Akita puppy was the coolest thing ever but didn’t plan what to do with him in the event of having to move. Now he sits there shaking like a leaf, because even though he is a good boy he knows you have left him there to die. He has not eaten or potty; he simply can’t move because he is petrified. We want to help but we may not be able to. There are alternatives to a kill shelter that you probably didn’t consider because it is easier to think that another wonderful family will adopt him. Sorry to break the news but the REAL WORLD doesn’t work that way. The commitment you made to Raiden the day you brought him home as a cute puppy has been broken; you failed him.”

Don’t buy a dog unless you can make a lifelong commitment. These sentient beings aren’t stuffed toys; they love their families. And when it’s no longer an option to keep that best friend, do some work to find him a new home where he will be safe and loved. Notify breed specific rescue organizations, call relatives and friends, ask people to share the news and locate a family who will give your dog a great home. Dropping your dog off at an open shelter is often a death sentence. Some things in this world are “just not right.”

Follow Raiden’s Facebook page on the Urgent Dogs of Miami here. When surrendered, because his family was moving, Raiden’s behavior was normal. Since then he has been reported to be fearful, and he has not been taken out of his kennel. He is no longer on the adoption floor. For interested fosters, adopters  and approved rescue organizations, make sure to reference:

(A1777880) I am a male brown Akita.

The shelter staff think I am about 2 years old.

I was turned in by my owner and I am available for adoption.

  • 3599 NW 79 Ave
  • Doral, Florida 33122
Phone (305) 884-1101

Photos courtesy of Urgent Dogs of Miami. Watch video here:

Cops rescue pup destined for Asia meat market again in NYC during blizzard

A four-year-old pooch, who had been rescued after having been destined to be dog stew in the Asia illegal dog meat market, was rescued a second time after she ran away from the rescue organization in Manhattan during last Tuesday’s blizzard. According to the Animal Haven in SoHo, Pandy, the mixed-breed adorable pup had been on her walk early that afternoon when she became spooked and bolted away from her handler:

“She was being walked today by one of our incredible volunteers in the winter storm and got away from him. We are heartbroken and have been searching all over the city in the bitter cold and snow. She was lost in Soho at the corner of Grand and Lafayette and was last seen on 18th Street just north of Union Square about an hour ago. She is microchipped and wearing a purple collar with a leash attached. Please note that Pandy is extremely shy and may try to run if you approach her,” the group posted on their Facebook page.

And so frightened little Pandy ran nearly 40 blocks to the entrance of the Lincoln Tunnel where she could easily have been killed in the heavy traffic, but fortunately she was spotted by our boys and girls in blue – this time by the Port Authority of New York and the New Jersey Police Department as she was just about to enter into the tunnel. The officers weren’t aware of Pandy’s plight, but were able to grab her dragging leash and transported her to the ASPCA on East 92nd Street. From there Pandy was were able to be identified and returned to the rescue group via her microchip.

Pandy suffered from the cold and bleeding paws; she seemed to need some extra love from volunteers and the police – everyone was happy to oblige. After all, Pandy had already traveled more than 8,000 miles to come to New York and ran 2.5 miles in the city during the snowstorm. What a lucky little dog!

(Pandy photos saved from Thailand meat market courtesy of Animal Haven, Port Authority Police Department

For more information about adopting Pandy, click here or call 212.274.8511.

Could it be that Pandy has nine-lives just like her feline friends? What a story this pup could tell if she could only talk.

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DNA tests confirm suspected wolf-hybrid is just a dog

A Colorado German shepherd that has been in custody at Aurora Animal Control since February, after he was found roaming the neighborhood without a collar and was suspected as being a wolf-hybrid, is just a dog. According to DNA tests, Tracy Abbato’s family 11-year-old German shepherd, “doesn’t have an ounce of wolf in him.”

“I want everyone to know he is not a wolf at all,” Tracy told Kdvr-Tv. “We all knew it from the start.”

The Abbato family adopted Capone from the Adams County Animal Shelter ten years ago. Shelter officials stated he was a German shepherd mix. The family’s veterinarian agreed. A problem, however started when Capone jumped the fence of his home and was picked up by Animal Control, who based on the dog’s looks, his behavior and his mannerisms, classified him as a wolf-hybrid – not allowed in Aurora. Officials refused to release the dog to his family until a DNA test was done – and for the last five weeks, Capone has been held in a kennel cage; his family only permitted to visit with him a few minutes each day.

It is expected to take a few more days before Capone will be returned to his family. Tracy was also charged with allowing her dog to run at large and owning an aggressive animal. A judge is expected to make the decision by Wednesday. And although Tracy admits the situation has been emotionally draining on the entire family, she was encouraged by the hundreds of thousands of animal advocates and dog lovers throughout the nation who came to the family’s support. Now all they can think of is getting Capone home.

“Poor guy… I don’t know what he was going through in there, but I’m sure he’ll be so excited to come home and see us and his furry brothers. I just want him to come home now. It’s time for him to come home,” stated Tracy.

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(Photo for Capone just a dog confirmed by DNA tests via family)

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Seniors bond to comfort each other in a final bid of love

How tragic that these seniors were brought into the Lancaster Animal Shelter in California when they needed their families most. The unlikely pair weren’t brought in together, but this 11-year-old Labrador retriever and 16-year-old French poodle have created a senior bond. These pretty girls need someone to help them, and although they haven’t been bonded for any length of time, wouldn’t it be wonderful to see them adopted together?

Click here for the adoption listing for the poodle. “I don’t have a name yet and I’m an approximately 16 years, 5 month old female poodle min. I am already spayed. I have been at the Lancaster Animal Care Center since February 28, 2017. I will be available on March 10, 2017. You can visit me at my temporary home at L325. Animal ID: #A1188931.”

Click here for the adoption listing for the Labrador retriever. “I don’t have a name yet and I’m an approximately 11 years, 6 month old female labrador retr. I am already spayed. I have been at the Lancaster Animal Care Center since March 2, 2017. I will be available on March 13, 2017. You can visit me at my temporary home at L325. Animal ID: #A3437577.”

Their Facebook page can be followed by clicking here. Please share their plights with approved rescue organizations, family, friends and social media contacts. There has been no interest in either of the dogs. We must not let this happen. Sharing saves lives. Advocates have been pledging funds to help with expenses payable to an approved rescue organization. Please don’t let their last photo read – “nobody came.”

(Photos of seniors bond courtesy Sal Valdepena)

For more information on adopting, fostering or volunteering, contact the Lancaster Animal Care Center located at 5210 W. Ave. I, Lancaster, California. Phone: 661.940.4191.

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Heartbreaking: Abandoned 15-year-old Yorkie at shelter with medical needs

It’s a rhetorical question asked over and over again in the rescue world – how does it come to be that a 15-year-old dog nearly blind and with medical needs winds up as a stray? And so it happened again, to an obviously neglected senior Yorkie, and now the frightened, lost and confused little dog shivers in the medical section of Carson Animal Care.

Click here for this tiny dog’s Pet Harbor listing. “I am described as a male, tan and unaltered Yorkshire Terrier. The shelter thinks I am about 15 years old. I have been at the shelter since Mar 13, 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 A5040425.  A Facebook page to follow this dog’s plight can be found here. Please share his story with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. This dog certainly has been capturing the attention of animal advocates:

“…hard to fathom someone could drop this little guy off anywhere outdoors to fend for himself? Covered in fleas, scratching uncontrollably and this is how he gets to spend his senior years …”

For additional information contact the  Carson Shelter located at 216 Victoria Street, Gardena, California. Phone: 310.523.9566.

(Photo for Yorkie courtesy of Saving Carson Shelter Dogs)

Watch this dog’s video here:

Update on Aurora Animal Control holding family dog claiming to be ‘wolf-hybrid’

In Aurora, Colorado, the family of a black German shepherd named Capone, rescued nearly a decade ago, is being held captive by Aurora Animal Control as they claim the dog is a wolf-hybrid. In the city of Aurora, it is illegal to own any wild animal hybrid, although Colorado law states as long as a dog is at least 1% domesticated, it’s legal. Aurora’s local law, however overrides the state law.

Tracy Abbato, the owner of ten-year-old Capone, rescued the dog from the Adams County Animal Shelter where he was classified as a German shepherd mix. The family’s veterinarian also agrees, but someone at the Aurora Animal Control insists the dog is a wolf-hybrid. On February 24, Capone jumped the fence in the family’s yard – the first time in seven years since the family lived in the neighborhood. That day Aurora Animal Control picked Capone up, and when his family went to the shelter to claim in, they were refused.

According to Channel 9News,when Tracy asked Animal Control to be more specific as to why they think Capone is a wolf-hybrid, the explanation was vague at the least:

“They said he has characteristics of a wolf,” Abbato said, “I asked what those characteristics were. They didn’t give me any explanation other than he was aggressive.”

Michael Bryant, associated with the Aurora Animal Shelter, said officers think the dog could be a hybrid based on “experience and behavior” but did not go into the details of the case because it’s under investigation. The DNA test results are expected to take two weeks. Meanwhile, the family’s young children are taking the separation very hard – Capone used to sleep with them at night. The family faces charges of having an aggressive animal and for the dog running at large. Maybe the dog was frightened when caught by Animal Control? It all seems rather peculiar for Capone to be characterized as “aggressive” when he has been with the same family for ten years and sleeps with 11-year-old Ciara Abbato every night.

Just putting all of this into perspective, a family who cares and loves their dog has to spend time and money fighting to get their dog back based on an opinion, while animal cruelty and neglect run rampant in this country?

The family is expected to appear in court on Wednesday to answer to the charges.

(Photo of Capone held by Aurora Animal Control submitted by family)

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