Couple charged in case of dog who starved to death

A couple in Iowa has been charged in an animal cruelty case involving a young dog who was starved to death. According to Tuesday’s QC Times, 27-year-old Troy Worby,  and his wife, Reille, co-owned the two-and-a-half-year-old shepherd mix, dubbed “Hope,” who died not long after being abandoned in mid-February.

Hope was discovered abandoned by a dumpster outside of the Friends of the Animals shelter – aside from her obvious skeletal state, Hope’s body had urine burns and she was covered in feces. The condition of her body indicated that she had been confined in a small space for an extended period of time.

Hope was taken to a veterinary clinic by a Tipton Police Officer, but she died not long after her arrival. Troy Worby is charged with animal neglect causing death, as well as a charge for abandonment of an animal. His wife is facing a charge for animal neglect causing death.

After Hope died, a necropsy was performed on her body – the results confirmed that she died of starvation and dehydration. According to the QC Times, Troy Worby admitted that he frequently forgot to feed his dog.

(Tipton Police Dept. photo)




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Skin and bones dog left chained out in the cold

Owners of a neglected dog dubbed “Buster,” will likely face criminal charges for the conditions they forced their pet to exist in. The skin and bones dog was discovered in Howell, New Jersey, on the end of a chain, no food or water in sight – forced to suffer in the harsh cold and rain. According to the Monmouth County SPCA, Buster “barely resembled a dog.”

On February 13, the shelter described the pitiful conditions which Buster had endured before help arrived:

Last week, an anonymous call was made to Animal Control in Howell, who quickly notified the Law Enforcement Division of the Monmouth County SPCA. When we arrived on scene, we saw an animal that once may have resembled a dog, but was now skin and bones, barely able to stand and looking completely out of hope. Buster had been chained outside in the harsh cold and rain with no shelter and no visible food or water. Buster was completely emaciated and dehydrated and at first glance, his future looked very grim.

After being released from his chain, rescuers rushed Buster to MCSPCA where a medical team jumped into action to help. Buster was provided with IV fluids and pain relievers for his visibly swollen joins. During his veterinary assessment, it was discovered that Buster was infested with fleas, suffering from both ear and skin infections and his mouth was full of “rotted teeth.”

Buster’s life of suffering and misery is gone – today he is recuperating in a quiet environment where he is surrounded by people who care for him. His many maladies are being treated and he is being provided with comforts that he could have never previously imagined.

Donations to help Buster with his ongoing veterinary needs can be made at this link to the shelter.

The Monmouth County SPCA addressed the charges which Buster’s former owners will be facing and commented on donations for his ongoing care:

Our Law Enforcement team works hard to make sure cruelty like this is brought into the light. Buster’s former owners will be facing criminal charges so that he can be brought to justice. All money donated towards Buster will go directly to his treatment. If we raise more than the cost of the care for Buster, you can rest easy knowing your donation will help another animal just like him!

(Photo via Monmouth County SPCA)

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Tragic update on emaciated dog rescued from life on a chain

A tragic update has been released about an emaciated dog who was rescued from a miserable existence on the end of a chain. The dog, dubbed “Ruby,” was taken in by the Ohio SPCA and treated for the multitude of maladies caused by her sad life of neglect.

Unfortunately, despite finally being offered love and care, the toll of being starved for so long claimed her life. ABC 6 reported that Ruby was euthanized on Monday after a surgery was performed to help correct an intestinal issue which had manifested from her ongoing starvation.


The Ohio SPCA notified Facebook followers of the devastating loss shortly after Ruby’s death:

Heaven has gained an angel. At approximately 3:45 a.m. this morning, the battle became too much for Ruby. The heartbreaking decision was made to let her cross the Rainbow Bridge. Victoria was with her and held Ruby close and told her how much she was loved. Three MedVet technicians were also with her. One had a hand on her and the other two held a front paw. Ruby crossed the Bridge peacefully.

The shelter has indicated that they are fighting to see Ruby’s abusers face serious repercussions for the ongoing neglect. The Ohio SPCA stated:

Ruby’s case appears to still not be in the correct hands in order for a felony charge to be filed. We are making sure that it is. Contrary to what a law enforcement official believes, this was serious harm done to a companion animal which means the owner should be charged with a 5th degree felony. Hopefully, we will have more answers by tomorrow. We are not giving up.

Prior article about Ruby at this link.

(photos via Ohio SPCA)

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Body of emaciated dog found in trash

A press release has been issued by the RSPCA regarding the discovery of an emaciated, young pit bull who was discarded in the trash. According to the animal welfare agency, the skeletal remains were found in a bag in South East London by someone walking a dog on January 28.

The young dog, estimated to be around one year of age, was found in Fairlawn Garages in Cherry Orchard Estate, Charlton. RSPCA Inspector Callum Isitt said:

“This was a gruesome discovery for this passing woman, who was walking her children home.
The dead dog was inside a black bin bag, with his head hanging out the top.

The inspector added:

“This was a callous way to treat an animal – just chucking him away like rubbish – but what is especially concerning to me is the neglected state that the dog was in and what may have led to his death.
He was massively skinny, to the point of emaciation, and had very long nails. My guess is that it is likely he was starved to death.”

According to the authorities, the dog did not have a microchip and he was wearing a red fabric and choker-style collar. Anyone with information is asked to call the RSPCA at 0300 123 8018.

(photo via RSPCA)

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Breeder banned for 15 years after horrible conditions were found at facility

A breeder has been slapped with a 15 year ban after investigators found horrible conditions for the dogs who were in her care. On Friday, the Scottish SPCA (SSPCA) issued a release about the investigation which led to the ban on 55-year-old Morag Jackson of Stonehouse.

According to the SSPCA, there were 36 dogs and puppies who had been forced to live in two wooden sheds and a garage. Inspector Joanne Boyle stated, ”

“A West Highland terrier hidden away in a carrier had a severe skin complaint and also had alopecia. She had no access to light, food or water. The canines were being kept in disgusting conditions, the bedding was soaked with urine and there was a lot of feces.”16473891_10154065563606876_1251463902124767155_n

In addition to the poor living conditions, the investigation revealed that the dogs had been forced to consume filthy water and food tainted with “debris.” Inspector Boyle commented on the poor condition of the dogs who had been in Jackson’s care:

“The dogs had a series of health ailments which could have been easily treated with veterinary treatment. A number of the dogs had a lice infestation and bad skin conditions which would have been causing them a lot of pain and discomfort.

Jackson had attempted to appeal the court’s decision, but she lost her bid to continue breeding. Inspector Boyle said:

“We welcome the fact that Jackson has been dealt with by the court and the sentence handed down. We hope she will give serious consideration about her suitability to care for other animals in the future.

“Thankfully, the dogs have now received the proper treatment and have made a full recovery.”

(Photos via SSPCA Facebook page)


Badly neglected dog could barely move when he was found

Days ago, a badly neglected dog was discovered in Leisure City, Florida. The young dog, estimated to be just two or three years of age, was so weak when he was found that he could barely move. After a plea was posted to social media, Redland Rock Pit Abandoned Dog Project, Inc. 501(c)3 responded – the agency described the pitiful condition of the neglected pup, “when he was found he was weak and defeated unable to stand or walk.”


A village of people have come together on behalf of this sad castaway dog who has been dubbed, “Cayden.”  Redland Rock Pit Abandoned Dog Project, Inc., stated:

PETS BROWARD immediately stepped up as soon as they learned about Cayden….definitely an extraordinary organization that is working on saving our redland dogs

Knowles Animal Clinics also offered to give this gentle giant the best treatment possible and they went above and beyond when caring for him.


Pets’ Broward updated Facebook followers about Cayden’s condition:

He has severe demodex mange and also pretty severe anemia, but both are being treated and he should make a full recovery! This poor guy is just 2-3 years old and extremely emaciated at 67 lbs! If you would to donate to his care, you can make the donation directly to Knowles Animal Clinic.

Things are looking up for this abandoned and neglected dog – he has a rescue commitment (NAIA No Animal In Anguish Pet Rescue) and from here on out, he will never know hunger, pain and loneliness again.

Donations can be phoned directly to Knowles Animal Clinic at (305) 279- 2323 – please reference Cayden.


Senior ‘stray’ dog appears to have never known love

A senior dog, who is listed as a “stray” at the Los Angeles Animal Services – East Valley Shelter (California) appears to have never known love. The dog, believed to be a 12-year-old toy poodle, was taking in at the open-intake shelter on December 12, and already, his pitiful condition has captured the attention of social media users who want nothing more than to see him saved, and shown love.

Early Tuesday morning, the rescue agency, Leave No Paws Behind, Inc. reached out to Facebook followers with a plea for help:

THIS… I have no words EXCEPT we would like to see him celebrate this Holiday Season in a warm and loving home with a loving and life saving LT Hospice foster  If you are in the So Ca area and can help us make his Christmas wish come true, please e mail

The senior boy appears to have lived a sad life – his body is old, and suffering from the effects of age and a lack of care. Please help him find a safe place to go by sharing his information.

Petharbor link here.

DOG – ID#A1672118/Los Angeles Animal Services – East Valley Shelter at (888) 452-7381
Ask for information about animal ID number A1672118

Facebook thread here.

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Dead and dying dogs in yard where family enjoyed BBQ

A surreal situation greeted rescuers who were on hand to remove dead and dying dogs from a woman’s property in Long Island, New York. According to Monday’s publication of the New York Daily News, the family who owned the severely neglected dogs was enjoying their own BBQ feast in the midst of the starving, and dead, animals.

Dead and dying dogs found at home

The owner of the dogs, 35-year-old Veleda Bailey, told animal rescuers that she “ran out of food” for the dogs a week earlier – one dog, who was chained to a tree, was already dead and four others were slowly starving to death. The Suffolk County SPCA has charged Bailey with animal cruelty.

In a press conference,  SPCA Chief Roy Gross commented on the horrible situation:

“It was sheer indifference, these animals are just loving creatures who want affection. How can you do that to an animal?”


Linda, a volunteer with Almost Home Animal Rescue and Adoption, commented on the surreal situation that a volunteer discovered while in the area:

One of our volunteers noticed a dead dog, chained to a tree and knew we needed to act NOW. The SPCA was immediately notified with the town and police department. Dogs were taken away to an emergency vet. The family’s kids were playing in backyard with dead dog like nothing happened. Family was barbecuing hamburgers with  starving dogs around them.

The starving dogs are no longer in the custody of the woman who so badly neglected them and child protective services was called about the children who were in the home, and playing in the yard where the dead dog was chained.Woman accused of neglecting dogs

Donations for care can be made to the Babylon Animal Shelter at 631-643-9270. Donations are also being accepted at Almost Home (click here).


Three-legged dog left to die on side of road

A three-legged dog, in a pitiful state of health, was left to die by the side of a road. According to the non-profit agency, Big Fluffy Dog Rescue, the dog, dubbed “Marigold,” likely would have died if not for the efforts of a good Samaritan who stopped and got her help.


The Tennessee-based rescue organization outlined the neglected and discard dog’s multitude of health issues:

While I am disgusted with the people that passed her by, I am more appalled by her condition. She has had multiple litters of puppies, her nails are beyond redemption, she is bald, emaciated, partially blind, her ear is split in half and you will notice that she is missing a leg. She is dehydrated, her blood chemistry is way out of whack and she is unable to walk at the moment, but the vet thinks she will walk again.

Marigold is recuperating from her ailments at an area veterinary hospital. The rescue agency which has taken her under its wing voiced frustration over the woeful treatment that too many unwanted pets are subjected to:

I am so incredibly tired of the irresponsible and absolutely soulless monsters out there whose solution to an unwanted dog is to dump it as if will stumble into some magical fairy kingdom where it will live out its days with Tinkerbell and the lost boys.

Donations for Marigold’s care can be made to the rescue agency at this link.

(Photos Big Fluffy Dog Rescue)