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Jurors find man guilty of training dogs for vicious dog fight matches

After a one-week trial in a Manhattan federal court, a jury of five men and seven women found a Bronx man guilty of violating the animal welfare act and conspiracy for training dogs for vicious fight matches

On Friday, Rasheed Richardson, 29, charged with buying and training dogs to compete in fights to the end dogfighting matches, could be sentenced to ten years in prison. Jurors watched several videos of animal cruelty showing one vicious dog in training mauling another while that dog cried out in fear and intense pain.

Richardson had purchased the dogs out of state and trained them to be vicious and aggressive. He had planned to breed his own fighting dogs. In May 2017, police and animal rescue organizations searched the suspect’s Bronx home and found 11 caged dogs that had been kept in tight wooden kennels with small holes in the front so they could see the captive dogs next to them – a technique used to foster aggression. The dogs whined and cried – desperate to be freed. Another dog had been kept in a 55-gallon drum.

The ASPCA, the New York Police Department and the U.S. Attorney’s Office were able to bring Richardson to justice and shine more light onto the brutality of dogfighting. Of the 11 dogs rescued that day at Richardson’s home, five of the dogs were so aggressive, authorities stated they had to be humanely euthanized.

Rest in peace sweet dogs. We are sorry humans failed you.

If you see something that isn’t right, say something. It was a neighbor who complained about the constant barking coming from Richardson’s home that started the investigation.

(Photo of Richardson via screenshot New York Post)

Read previous article here.

Read more news on the National Pet Rescue page here.

Woman trapped dog inside of washing machine to gain Instagram followers – more here.

The cutest video you’ll see this week! Adorable otter has to cuddle her stuff in order to go to sleep – watch here.

Sweet kitten says thank you for being rescued – check out the video here.

Social media erupts over photos of dog leashed to back of Jeep

In Huntersville, North Carolina, a dog had been leashed to back of a cargo carrier on a jeep. When the disturbing photos of the dangerous situation were posted on social media Monday afternoon, animal advocates were quick to respond over their concern for the dog’s safety.

According to the Facebook conversations after the photos were shared, the driver of the gray vehicle had been spotted at a Chick-Fil-A in Huntersville. After taking photos, eyewitness Jamie Reynolds wrote,

“What jerk hauls their dog on a cargo carrier?”

Another person reported seeing the gray Jeep at a different location and called Animal Control and police who have been trying to locate the driver of the vehicle. In North Carolina, there are no laws requiring pets to be secured, and it is perfectly legal to transport a dog in the back of a pickup truck without securing its safety. If an officer, however, deems the pet to be in danger, an owner can be charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty.

The following information was posted on Facebook.

Let’s hope the dog is safe and the owner is reminded how dangerous this could be for his pet.

Read more news on the National Pet Rescue page here.

Yesterday: Puppy stolen from terminally ill child – read more here.

In other recent news – Homeless man and his dog receive help after attack – read more here.


Judge allows man caught on video abusing dog to retain custody – more about the case here.

The cutest video you’ll see this week! Adorable otter has to cuddle her stuff in order to go to sleep – watch here.


Sweet kitten says thank you for being rescued – check out the video here.

Woman traps her dog inside of washing machine to gain Instagram followers

An Instagram user in a social media stunt to garner more followers, trapped her dog inside of a washing machine as the terrified pooch tried desperately to escape. The short video and images of the woman’s West Highland terrier named Coco inside of the washing machine was condemned by social media users.

According to the Daily Mail,  the Argentinian dog owner, Tamara Rotman, posted the video and asked followers to respond yes or no to the survey question she “asked” her dog –

“Are you going to be really traumatized?”

The video and photos show Coco’s face pushed up against the glass door of the washing machine, and although Rotman states the dog had only been in the machine for a few seconds, she emphasized the machine had at no point been switched on. Sadly, Coco’s feet made the tumbler part of the machine rotate, and he continued to try and find a way to escape until Rotman opened the door.

Viewers condemned her action as abusive and demanded she be charged with animal cruelty. At that time, Rotman temporarily deleted her account because of the backlash, but opened it back up showing a photo of Coco happily playing.

“I have a dog called Coco who I love with all my heart. Everyone who knows me knows that I devote my life and much more to him,” Rotman wrote after she turned her Instagram account back on.

Rotman later apologized for her actions, and still insisted she loves her dog.

“Furthermore in the video I uploaded you could see him running out after two seconds, but the girl who made it public decided to cut that part out to make me look worse,” Rotman wrote on her Instagram page. “It was some innocent mischief that I didn’t think would have these consequences.”

Rotman admits to having received aggressive threats wishing horrible actions on her. Of course, those kind of bodily threats are never to be excused, but there is nothing cute about scaring or causing any animal to suffer harm – no matter how harmless she thought the action appeared.

(Photos and video of dog in washing machine via Instagram and Daily Mail)

Read more news on the National Pet Rescue page here.

Grieving orca finally releases her dead baby – more here.

 

More cruelty in India as driver chains stray dog to car and drags it over a mile

In New Delhi, India another egregious case of animal cruelty occurred on Friday night when the driver of a car is alleged to have chained a stray dog and dragged the helpless animal for over a mile in the Jubilee Hills section of Hyderabad.

According to the India Times, an animal activist witnessed the cruelty and intervened by rescuing the dog. Sravya Varma, a volunteer for NGO People for Animals (PFA) rushed the critically injured dog to the Animal Care Clinic at Banjara Hills for emergency treatment and then to the rescue where the pup is still fighting for his life.

“The dog, which suffered internal bleeding, is in critical condition,” a PFA spokesperson stated. “Also the canine has suffered injuries all over the body, including a fracture on one of its legs.”

The Jubilee Hills Police Department has since seized the vehicle as the investigation continues. A case was registered under “Sections 336 of the IPC and the Prevention of Cruelty Act, 1960.”

Let’s hope this dog gets some justice.

(Photo of dog in India dragged screenshot via the India Times)

Read more news on the National Pet Rescue page here.

Grieving orca finally releases her dead baby – more here.

 

 

Volunteers rally to save dogs during distemper outbreak in Texas shelter

It was a tragic scene at Garland Animal Services this week after 27 dogs were diagnosed with distemper. At least six dogs had to be euthanized, but there has been hope for many as volunteers rallied to help and save as many as they could. Distemperis extremely contagious, and all of the dogs needed to be moved out of the shelter so the facility could be thoroughly cleaned.

Volunteers from Plano to Austin came to the rescue.  Tzu Zoo Rescue  brought a RV to hold dogs while the healthy animals from those testing  positive for distemper could be separated.  Austin Pets Alive also pitched in to help.For dogs who could not be moved away by helping rescue organizations, a temporary shelter was set up inside of a covered garage where the city keeps its stockpiles of coating for icy roads.

Until 10:00 Friday evening, volunteers worked to install the temporary kennels – a triage section has been set up to treat the infected dogs. And then there are  dogs who desperately need help. Garland Animal Services still has 42 dogs that need to go to rescue in order to begin a deep clean. If you are a rescue that can provide assistance, please contact the shelter today.

Check out the video that shows how people really do make a difference. We are truly proud of everyone are helping. Please don’t stop now.

Check out the shelter’s Amazon wish list here.

Read more news on the National Pet Rescue page here.

Dumped dog is dead just weeks after she was adopted from CA shelter – learn more here.

Dumped dog dead just weeks after being adopted from shelter

Husky found tied to log near Erie Canal

In Rome, New York, a white husky type dog was discovered tied to a log near the Erie Canal. On Thursday, animal cruelty investigators from the Central New York SPCA announced they are looking for help from the public identifying the dog or his owners.

According to WktvNews, the dog was discovered by Rome Animal Control on July 30 at the end of Luquer Street. It is believed the dog was intentionally tied up and left to die. The latest report states the dog is doing well. The dog has been named River.

“We’re taking it very seriously because it’s cruel,” stated Dee Schaefer, a CNY SPCA representative. “She could have drowned, if she was not able to get on top.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact CNY SPCA cruelty investigators at 315.454.3469 or send an email to crueltyinvestigations@cnyspca.org. This poor dog deserves justice – we can help.

(Photo of dog found tied to log near Erie Canal from CNY SPCA)

Read more news on the National Pet Rescue page here.

Dumped dog is dead just weeks after she was adopted from CA shelter – learn more here.

Dumped dog dead just weeks after being adopted from shelter

 

Dog thrown from car onto Florida turnpike: Remains sweet and loving

Referred to as the “turnpike baby,” had it not been for a Good Samaritan in the Orlando, Florida area, another sweet dog surely would have died lying on the side of the road of the Florida Turnpike.

Forever Bully Love Rescue  has confirmed they are helping the dog, and she is being treated at the Crystal Creek Animal Hospital. The veterinarian staff have named her Athena.

“It has been confirmed that she was not only thrown from a moving vehicle but that she was shot in the chest several times with a BB gun,” the rescue posted on their Facebook page. “Thankfully the BB shots haven’t caused any major damage.”

In addition, Athena suffered severe road rash, open wounds and an extensive amount of soft tissue damage.

“She is in a lot of pain and unable to walk due to the damage to her paws and trauma she has endured. X-rays revealed no broken bones or internal injuries,” the update revealed.

The dog will remain in the hospital on intravenous fluids, antibiotics and pain medication. Blood work results are expected at any time.

Meet Athena here. Could any dog be sweeter?

In spite of how Athena is feeling, she continues to be sweet and loving. She has forgiven the heartless cruelty inflicted upon her for no reason. Her rescuers are determined to make sure this girl recovers and never has to suffer again.

(Photos and video via Facebook of Furever Bully Love)

To help with Athena’s mounting medical expenses, donations can be made:

Donations can be made via PayPal:
https://www.paypal.me/FureverBullyLove

Or directly to vet at 407.203.0741
7:30 am -7pm

Donations are tax deductible

Read more on National Pet Rescue by clicking here.

Caught red-pawed…watch this dog’s adorable reaction after being caught with a bucket in his mouth!

Read about the owner more concerned with his broken car window than his dog stuck in the awful heat.

Is Mani abused or loved? Dog delivers milk to villagers everyday pulling cart.

 

Stranded pooch named Willie Nelson rescued by coolest Myrtle Beach cop

As if Myrtle Beach, South Carolina isn’t one of the coolest vacation spots in the southeast, it should also brag about its police officer who rescued Willie Nelson – yes admittedly this Willie Nelson is an adorable pooch.

It happened on Wednesday when the little pup had been on a chasing ducks campaign at Barc Park South in the Market Common; he swam too far and ended up in the middle of the pond on a small island. Oh what to do, oh what to do?

Along came Myrtle Beach Cpl. Tommy Hunt who came to the dog’s rescue. According to the Myrtle Beach Online, the officer paddled out on a surfboard to retrieve the little guy. In the video, Willie is sitting in front of the paddling officer as the two near the safety of the shore.

Cheers of excitement can be heard as Willie and his family are all safely reunited. Check out the video the Myrtle Beach Police posted on their Facebook page. Why not stop by their page and congratulate the team – it takes a village.

Video:

Read more on National Pet Rescue by clicking here.

Read about the owner more concerned with his broken car window than his dog stuck in the awful heat.

Is Mani abused or loved? Dog delivers milk to villagers everyday pulling cart.

 

Florida Keys man accused of slamming tiny dog down flight of stairs

A Florida Keys man has been accused of slamming a small dog down a flight of stairs and possibly causing “long term nerve damage” stated Monroe County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday.

According to the Facebook page for the MCOS, Sean Booth Chidester, 35, of Marathon was arrested on Tuesday evening by an officer from the Florida Highway Patrol just hours after the sheriff’s office issued an alert that Chidester was being sought in an animal abuse and cruelty case.

On Monday evening, Chidester was alleged to have had an argument with a woman, when the suspect “picked up Penny above his head with his arms fully extended and slammed the dog to the ground from the top of a set of stairs.” Penny, a miniature pinscher, was rushed to an emergency veterinarian hospital where she continues to suffer from serious injuries.

“The woman estimated the dog fell about 10 feet in total.

X-rays of the dog were taken. The veterinarian stated there were multiple fractures of the dog’s pelvis. The vet added the dog may have suffered long-term nerve damage. The vet added the dog may be unable to urinate on its own and may require a catheter.”

Chidester remains in the Monroe County Jail in lieu of a $5,000 bond. His arrest record dates back 15 years in three different states. His most recent arrest in Monroe County came in 2016 when he was charged with aggravated battery in which he knew or should have known the victim was pregnant.

(Photo of Florida Keys man accused of animal cruelty from Facebook page of  Monroe County Sheriff’s Office)

Read more on National Pet Rescue by clicking here.

Body of dog found inside of dumped cage – read more here.

Dead dog found in cage

Dog dragged behind vehicle after jumping out of the back of truck – read more here.

Abuse or love for Mani? Dog delivers milk twice daily by cart in India

Meet Mani. According to his family, the eight-year-old dog is loved, however most viewers have accused the owner of animal cruelty.  In a village in southern India, the dairy farmer named Thangavelu attaches a cart to his dog, made with lightweight pipes, and loads the cart with two large milk jugs that he travels around delivering milk to the local villagers twice a day. 

According to the video from Caters/AP News, Mani makes his milk deliveries, much to the delight of the children and adults. The dog also carries groceries for his family. The person filming Thangavelu with his dog, stated Mani even pulled his daughter’s wedding carriage.

Mani was rescued by his family when he was just a few days old and learned the family trade by following his owner on his twice daily route. At the end of the day, Mani receives a bath and is rewarded with biscuits and milk.

Social media comments are nearly all in agreement that  the video shows the dog is being abused. Dogs aren’t made to haul heavy loads. One can only imagine how the dog’s back must hurt. Even his face looks stressed and miserable viewers state. Comments such as the following express the urgency for animal cruelty prevention laws.

“That dog has about 45 pounds. He is not supposed to carry more than four or five pounds. Those cruel people who claim that they love their dog, should use their brain and think… if that carriage is heavy for them, how on earth could be ok for a 35 pound dog? Shame for those heartless people.  The dog has a very expressive look. This dog hardly can cope with the situation, and look at his ears. Unhappiness and pain… shame!”

 

 

(Besides carrying the milk, he also pulls the young child sitting on the cart)

(Photo and video via Caters and YouTube)

Check out the video. What do you think?

Read more on National Pet Rescue by clicking here.

Body of dog found inside of dumped cage – read more here.

Dead dog found in cage

Dog dragged behind vehicle after jumping out of the back of truck – read more here.