On death row because of boyfriend: Lifelong puppy pushed out door by owner

Susie Q may be on death row because of her owner’s boyfriend who just didn’t like her; the dog was just too old and too slow. Found wandering in the streets in Pasco County, Florida, the dog’s microchip led the shelter back to her owner. When contacted, the woman told shelter workers she didn’t want her dog back even though she had been with Susie Q since she was just a puppy. The heartbreaking story begins here:

“You got me as a puppy, when I was small and cute. You took such good care of me; you even let me sleep in your bed. You had me spayed and micro chipped. When I didn’t feel good, you would take me to the vet. You kept my shots up to date. You always told me what a good girl I was. We had so much fun.”

And why didn’t the owner want Susie Q to come home? When her boyfriend decided he didn’t want the dog around anymore, the woman kicked the dog outside, closed the door and finally Susie Q  just wandered away:

“Time marched on. My face grew grey, my step a little slower. You met a new friend, you two became close. I overheard him say that he didn’t like me or want me around. I was confused when you threw me out. I spent every day and night outside. As my body ached from the cold, hard ground, I could only think of how warm it was inside. I miss you Mom. I don’t know what I did so wrong.”

Fortunately, a Good Samaritan found her aimlessly wandering and took her to the shelter where she was named Annie; here at least she would be fed, safe from predators and traffic. She shook in her kennel and watched everyday for her mom to find her, but the real sadness came the next day:

“They found my chip this time. I was so happy when they told me that you would be here soon. You told them my name so they started calling me ‘Susie Q’,,, just like you do Mom. Time went by and I started to shake again. I wondered what was taking you so long. The shelter worker came and moved me into another kennel; in a quieter building. They call this building ‘A’. As she closed my kennel, she told me that she was sorry, that you were not coming. She said that you do not want me anymore. Mom, I don’t understand. You told them that you had me since I was a baby and that I am old now. You told them that I love other dogs and even cats. You also told them how I love farm animals. Mom, what did I do so wrong that I can’t come home?”

On Sunday, Susie Q has both rescue organization and adopter interest. Please continue to share her story until she is safely out of the shelter. And if dogs could talk and tell their story, how many would have repeated the sad plight of Susie Q? Be a responsible pet parent; make sure you are committed to the lifelong responsibility; guaranteed to be returned many times over with lots of love and loyalty.

Anyone wiling to adopt may email the shelter @ Please include Susie Q’s ID#A35691561. Email may be sent anytime but you must come in person to adopt. A Facebook page for this dog can be followed here.

Pasco Co Animal Services
19640 Dogpatch Lane
Land O’ Lakes, Fl

(Photos of dog at shelter because of boyfriend via Amy Miller Kruse)

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Caught on video: Three thieves try to steal a puppy from Ventura adoption event

Does anyone recognize these three individuals? A security video from a Ventura, California animal rescue organization captured three thieves attempting to steal a puppy Wednesday evening. According to the Facebook page of Paw Works, three individuals entered the adoption center located in the Pacific View Mall shopping center and tried to steal a fluffy little dog named Ripley.

The public is being asked to look at the photos and read the descriptions of the suspects:

Wanted individuals for theft:

1. White/Hispanic looking female. She is 5’4″ ish black hat, black shirt and blue jeans. Despite the appearance in the photo this was a female.

2. White/Hispanic male with a dachshund terrier mix.

3. White/Hispanic female with what looked to be a one month old tabby kitten with white paws.

Paw Works volunteers are concerned these people might be going around the area of Ventura stealing pets. The other pets the thieves were carrying did not come from Paw Works. Please contact the police or Paw Works if anyone had any information. Ripley is safe.

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Showed up as bonded strays: Lenny and Louie begging to be rescued

Less than one week ago, Lenny and Louie showed up as strays together and have been inseparable ever since. They sleep together, eat together and seem to share in an affectionate bond when interacting. Both dogs have been described as extremely sweet; on Saturday they became available for adoption, however no one has stepped forward for either dog. Maybe the two escaped from their yard and went on a sightseeing tour before having been picked up as strays? If only their human would come and take them home where they belong.

#A5077487 “My name is LENNY I’m an approximately 7 year old male Chihuahua. I am not yet neutered. I have been at the Carson Animal Care Center since 6/13. I will be available on 6/17. You can visit me at my temporary home at C238.” Follow Lenny’s Facebook page here.

#A5077488 “My name is LOUIE I’m an approximately 3 year old male Chihuahua. I am not yet neutered. I have been at the Carson Animal Care Center since 6/13. I will be available on 6/17. You can visit me at my temporary home at CRECEIVING.” Follow Louie’s Facebook page here.

For more information about these two dogs, call Los Angeles County Animal Control – Carson at (310) 523-9566.

(Photos and video of  Lenny and Louie courtesy of Pet Harbor and Saving Carson Shelter Dogs)

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Poor Betty so scared of leash, shelter volunteer tearfully carries her outdoors

When a volunteer from the Miami-Dade Animal Pet Adoption and Protection Center checked on Betty, the six-year-old frightened terrier mix hid in the back of her kennel. Gently clipping on the leash around the dog’s neck, she refused to move. Initially thinking, Betty was unable to walk, Ashely Lopez decided to carry her outdoors; no dog should have to spend all day in a cage just because she didn’t want to walk. And so Betty’s  sad story began to unfold:

“After carrying her outside, she sat happy in a corner watching the cars and the people pass,” Ashley stated as she gently scratched Betty behind the ears. “She let me pet her and sit with her. When it came time to put on the leash again, she ran away from me. This poor baby can walk just fine!”

And as Ashley’s heart broke piece by piece, she could only guess what may have been a terrible part of this senior’s past.

“She just hates being on a leash. I don’t doubt it was because her old family made her scared of the leash.”

Click here for the dog’s listing. Betty #A1880847. “I am a female tan and white Terrier. The shelter staff think I am about 6 years old and I weigh 64 pounds. I was found as a stray and I may be available for adoption on 06/17/2017.” Follow her Facebook pages here and here. Share this girl’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.

Betty needs a loving home where she can cuddle up in a comfortable bed and run free without a leash. Although her shelter notes Betty is six-years-old, she seems much older, and this dog deserves to live her last years in a home full of love and happiness. 

(Video and photos courtesy of Ashley Lopez)

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Video: Meet sad Betty. Please share her story and help her find a home.

Videos posted on Facebook of Sudbury area dog abuse leads to arrest of suspects

The Greater Sudbury Police Service in Ontario charged two people on Wednesday evening with animal cruelty related to videos which had been circulating on social media of a dog being abused. According to the, two videos posted to Facebook on Wednesday showed a young woman hitting a dog repeatedly and shoving its face into what appeared to be feces. The woman was shown beating a white pit bull with her fist – blaming the dog for eating cat food. Facebook users had been circulating the names of the couple they said posted the disturbing videos, that is until the social media accounts were deleted.

Police asked for the public’s help, and on Wednesday, the police posted updated information on Twitter as well as their Facebook page announcing two suspects had been charged with animal cruelty. Staff Sergeant Peter Orsino released the following statement:

“The greater Sudbury Police criminal investigation unit have arrested two individuals with respect to the video clip that was released earlier today. There was a 20 year old male and an 18 year old female arrested for cruelty to animals. The dogs that were involved in this incident have not been located yet. We are seeking the public’s assistance in locating those dogs. The criminal investigation unit have received additional tips with respect to other things that these suspects have been involved with and that is in the early stages of the investigation.”

On Thursday morning came more good news; the dogs and cats allegedly abused have been located. In an early tweet, the Sudbury Police announced the pets had been located. Soon after that, more details of the rescue were made public:

“All of the animals that were associated to the residence have been located, three kittens and two dogs, one of which is the dog in the video, Chico. The dogs were found in the care of two separate people, who kept them safe until officers attended. The three kittens were located inside of the residence. The animals are safe and with animal care professionals. The animals all appear to be doing well and will be examined by a veterinarian as a precaution. We would like to thank the public for all of its assistance with this matter, including the sharing of information through our social media platforms.”

The names of the suspects have not been made public at this time. An investigation continues.

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(Photos and videos of Sudbury animal abuse courtesy of Sudbury Police.)





WARNING: Video is disturbing and may not be suitable for all viewing audiences.


Pitiful puppy who appears to be ‘made out of stone’ comforted by his brother

The pitiful puppy peeked out beneath his blanket; his big brown eyes begging for help. He had been brought into the South Carolina shelter as a “stray” yet he could not stand or walk. Rescue Dogs Rock NYC were notified and immediately went into action. Arrangements were made to send the defenseless puppy, dubbed Jeremy to the organization’s emergency veterinarian hospital. His condition appeared so grave, no one even knew if Jeremy was a boy or a girl.

“Our hearts are breaking for Jeremy,” stated Jackie O’Sullivan, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC.  “He looks like he is made of stone with those sad eyes peering out begging for help. They got a central line in, and he’s getting albumen (protein) and blood transfusions along with dextrose. His body temp is low again. He did not deserve this.”

And so Jeremy’s ultimate fight for his life began. On arrival, his red blood cell count was extremely low and his body temperature of 94 barely registered. Even with blood transfusions, his blood count has not remained constant. His skin is so damaged from the mange and dehydration, it had been nearly impossible to insert a catheter, and the decision was made to rush Jeremy to a specialty hospital where a central line had to be inserted; the only hope the puppy had to survive in order for medical professionals to administer transfusions, fluids and medication.

“Jeremy survived the night which is a win,” Jackie posted on the organization’s Facebook page early Wednesday afternoon to update supporters and advocates.  “He’s now had two blood transfusions and an albumin transfusion. His glucose is still up and down so he remains on a feeding tube. You can see he’s up a little bit. We learned late yesterday that he has a brother at the same shelter; also with mange but in much better shape. Joshua is on the way to the same vet, and we hope and pray seeing his brother will give Jeremy the perk up he desperately needs!”

Late in the afternoon, Joshua arrived at the veterinarian’s office, and he quickly padded right in to see his brother as if to comfort him. The touching reunion brought tears to the eyes of the staff as Joshua softly nuzzled his sick brother as if reminding him to keep on fighting for his life.

“…even though Jeremy remains pretty out of it, we hope he found comfort in knowing he is not alone. He remains on IV, heat and a feeding tube. Please pray for this precious abused puppy to have the strength to pull though. We promise him a wonderful life if he can just hang in there,” Jackie wrote.

PayPal: or website: or mail:
Rescue Dogs Rock NYC
PO Box 101
NY, NY 10028

(Photos and video of pitiful puppy Jeremy courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

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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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Cool or cruel: Viral photo of shaved Husky

Is the photo of a shaved Husky cool or cruel? When a photo of a fully-shaved husky (except for his head) went viral on Twitter this week, people were stunned, and many just didn’t know how to react to the more than “freaky” picture. It was tweeted on Thursday by a Twitter user who goes by Omona Kami. He wrote:

 “If you’ve never seen a husky with absolutely no body hair then here you go. Enjoy”.

And so began the Internet discussion. It didn’t take long before comments started to roll in. Some people thought the photo had been a product of “photoshop” while others defended the dog’s owner stating the pooch may have been prepared for surgery, had fleas or that he may have rolled in tar or glue – making it necessary to shave his coat. Many more people, however worried his coat had been shaved as a joke.

“This isn’t cute. It will not keep them cooler in the summer, it will permanently damage their coat, increases the risk of sunburn and skin cancer, it will not decrease their shedding, it will not help with your allergies,” one person commented.

According to the South Florida Siberian Husky Rescue, the advice not to shave your dog comes strongly worded:

“… The Siberian Husky should never be clipped / shaved except in medical emergencies. Yes, there are “professional” groomers out there who will tell you to shave your Husky. They will even do it without asking your consent! There are vets who will tell you to shave your Husky. These vets are uninformed about the breed.

Dogs do not sweat like humans. Their cooling process is done via panting from the mouth, sweating at the paws and cooling the blood in their ears. Shaving the dog does nothing to keep the dog cool. It just makes the human feel better when looking at the coated dog.
The Siberian Husky has little to no pigmentation in its skin. If you shave the Husky, you expose it to the sun without protection. Now you have a dog that can come up with a variety of skin problems including skin cancer. Another reason to NOT clip / shave your Husky is that the fur acts as a protection against insects and parasites. You remove that protection the dog is exposed to even more insect problems than he would have had if he had been allowed to keep is protective coat.

Furthermore, if you clip / shave a Husky it will eventually ruin the coat and disturb the proper shedding process. Resource: Ted Greenlee”

Double coated dogs shed; brush them everyday, but be realistic there will be hair in your home. If shedding in a home is a problem, then the Siberian Husky is not a dog for you.

What do you think? Was it cute or cruel?

(Photo of shaved Husky via Twitter)

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Leave it to NYC dog owners: Creative ways subway pets ride in bags

The New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority (aka the subway) is one of the best ways to maneuver through the city streets without owning a car or sitting in traffic. Although the city is known to be pet friendly, certain rules for public transportation exist – new rules about dogs having to be carried in bags passed into law despite a lot of growling and barking. Obviously the law was enacted so a person’s dog wouldn’t annoy other passengers; you know someone who might not like dogs! Could that be?

For pooch parents with smaller dogs, it has always been pretty routine, so the latest law wasn’t much of a hardship. Service dogs and emotional support dogs are still allowed as long as they are identified and leashed, but what about the big dogs?  After all, lots of people have big dogs and quite frankly, don’t they get to accompany their people too? And while many big dog owners have turned to Uber for those long trips to the park, never underestimate the spunk of the more creative pup parents who now legally ride the subway.

Delving into the particulars of the carry-on bag requirements, big pup parents checked to be sure there were no maximum sizes designated for dog carriers. Therefore, New Yorkers have cleverly delved into the more original interpretations of dog “carriers.” Most fellow passengers on the subway are supportive; the ingenuity, the humor and the faces of the dogs absolutely bring about more smiles than we could even imagine. Sure, there might be a “grumpy lumpy” traveling the subway once in awhile who turns his back on the clever owners and their adorable canine pals, but from pit bulls in duffel bags to poodles in beach bags, no one can ever underestimate the ingenuity of dog lovers.

(Photos of subway dogs in bags via Twitter and Facebook)

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Rescued cow cries for her baby after he is left behind – watch the emotional reunion here.