Python adopts maternal love towards 4 orphaned puppies

In Vadodara, India, rescuers were shocked when they rescued four orphaned puppies that had fallen into a well cuddled up and sleeping next to a six-foot long rock python. The snake, which routinely preys on small animals as rodents, birds and frogs seemed to have bonded with the six-week old puppies rescuers explained.

According to the Times of India, animal activist Neha Patel arrived in the village on Saturday and were told the puppies were trapped in a 70-foot deep well. One of the volunteers climbed into the well using a rope to lower him down and spotted the rare sight.

“The puppies had slipped inside the wall from a narrow passage and were trapped inside for the last four days. The python, who was in the well, could have easily preyed on them, but it rather cozied up to the pups. It was an unusual behavior by the python,” stated Patel.

Fortunately the puppies were all pulled out, and later the snake was rescued. Rock pythons are not poisonous but can injure large animals and humans with their nasty bites. Needless to say, rescuers were amazed by the relationship – it was as if the reptile had been protecting the puppies.

(Photo of snake screenshot via Times of India.)

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19 puppies rescued from fake dog rescue selling sick pets

In Irvine, California, a woman faces multiple charges of animal cruelty after allegedly setting up a fake dog rescue organization and selling puppies that were too young or sick. Megan Ann Hoechstetter was arrested on Friday after the Irvine Police Department stated she sold a sick puppy that died one week later to a local family. At least four other puppies sold to families or individuals have also died.Megan Hoechstetter

According to the Irvine Police Department, Hoechstetter, 42, of Seal Beach is suspected of operating  the “fake” rescue organization called Pawlosophy and possibly other bogus organizations:

“So she was advertising these animals online and selling them for hundreds of dollars apiece. She would find the customers that way, and she would then take these animals and sell them to people in parking lots and public places,” stated police spokesperson Kim Mohr.

Authorities have not  determined where the puppies were came from, however when they entered a hotel in Cypress where Hoechstetter had been living, 13 puppies were found. Another six puppies were rescued by Animal Services from a separate location. It is believed Hoechstetter obtained the puppies from Mexico. At this time it is still unknown how many more sick and dying puppies have already been sold to families. All 19 puppies, who are about 8 to 10 weeks old, are currently in the care of the Irvine Animal Care Center and receiving treatment. Authorities said the puppies will not be available for adoption at this time because of their fragile health.Megan Hoechstetter 2

Authorities are reminding everyone interested in getting a dog to be careful and be suspicious towards any group only communicating online. Meet the breeder, go to their home where the parents of the puppies can be seen. Interact with the puppies. Check for cleanliness and the condition of the puppy’s parents. Ask for veterinarian records.

In California, it is against the law to sell a puppy younger than eight-weeks of age. Hoechstetter is facing multiple felony and misdemeanor charges. Any victims or people with more information relating to this case are asked to contact Animal Services Supervisor Kim Cherney at 949-724-7091 or

(Photos of fake dog rescue screenshot via Irvine PD and Irvine Animal Care Center.)

Shelter searches for owner of stray dog found wearing service dog vest

Update: Reunited with owner!

On Saturday, the Tuscaloosa Animal Shelter reached out to the public for help locating the owner of a dog who was found wearing a service dog vest. The shelter’s post on Facebook reads:

We had a dog brought in as a stray last night that was wearing a service dog vest. No microchip and no information whatsoever on the vest. The dog was found on the University of Alabama campus near Buffalo Phil’s.

The post has been shared over 800 times and dozens of people have commented on the post, but nobody seems to know who the dog belongs to. Some people have suggested that the vest may have been put on the dog in order to “smuggle” her into the dorms – the mystery of who she rightfully belongs to has not yet been solved.

Anyone with information about this dog can reach the shelter at 205-752-9101.

Dog has ‘Lassie-style moment’ when she sniffs out puppies in recycle bin

It was a canine good deed, described as a “Lassie-Style Moment,” on the Facebook page of Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary in southwest England earlier this week, when a woman’s dog out for a walk sniffed around and discovered a trio of puppies abandoned in a recycling bin. The dog barked to convey her message to her human when she found the shivering eight-week-old border collie puppies. The two males and one little female pup had been left to fend for themselves in an area identified as Failand Woods.Lassie puppies 2

“Luckily a dog out walking sniffed them out, and in a true ‘Lassie style moment’, alerted her owner to rescue them, thank goodness as we truly feel they wouldn’t have survived a cold winter’s night. They were brought in to us for safe keeping and they will be heading into foster care this afternoon after a full vet check,” the sanctuary wrote on Facebook as they described the “Lassie-style” rescue- reminiscent of the puppies similar breed.

The little boys now bear the names of Carlos and Tosca; the female has been dubbed Mabel. Rescue manager, Sarah Schranz fears the pups may have been a Christmas present someone quickly tired of, but since their adorable photos have spread through social media and all over the Internet, the puppies have had dozens of adoption offers.

Animal advocates, and of course those of us who couldn’t get enough of the utter cuteness, donated puppy food, blankets and toys. The trio are all expected to be going to new their new homes next week.

How we love happy endings.

(Photos and video of Lassie-Style Moment pups courtesy of Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary)

Check out how cute these puppies are in this short video:

Dog removed from home after someone threatened to shoot him

Recently, someone posted a cruel message on social media – threatening to shoot a dog if he wasn’t picked up and taken away. The horrible threat was posted to the Saline County Online Yard Sale Facebook group (and later removed) and it quickly caught the attention of dog-lovers who were horrified.

On Friday, the Saline County Arkansas Sheriff’s Office Facebook page alerted followers that the dog in question was out of harm’s way:

This morning Saline County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jack Campbell was able to locate the black lab which was shown on many social media pages yesterday.
The dog was found to be healthy and in good spirits.
The SCSO is happy to report that the dog is safe and has been transported to the Humane Society.

The good news for the unwanted dog continued – according to the Humane Society of Saline County, the dog did not have a microchip and nobody had reported a missing dog matching his description, so he was able to leave with his new family, reported THV 11 News.

Doomed dog: Irresponsible owner told shelter, ‘You might as well kill her’

A young dog was completely and utterly let down by her former, irresponsible owner, who told an animal shelter, “you might as well kill her.” The dog, named “Xena,” lived her life outside – without training, without supervision, without vaccinations, licensing or ever having been spayed.

Suffice to say, left to her own devices, Xena got herself into trouble and she did not have a responsible owner to help her afterwards. Xena is the type of dog who is highly motivated by movement (shepherd and border collie owners will understand what this means!). On two of the occasions when Xena was gallivanting outdoors without supervision, her propensity to chase after moving objects got the better of her.

In instance number one, she chased after someone mowing his yard and nipped at his pant leg. On instance number two, Xena, again unsupervised, chased after a child on a bicycle (which of course was overly enticing because it was moving). The nips resulted in nasty designations (dangerous dog) and hefty fines.

Xena’s owner did what she always did – let her dog down. Xena was taken to a shelter and staff was told that they “Might as well kill her.” Fortunately for Xena, someone took a chance on meeting her before her period of quarantine expired (at which time she would have been put down) – despite the frightening signs outside of her kennel run warning of a dangerous dog inside.

Xena’s angel described the first encounter, “When I first approached – entering her kennel without fear nor hesitation – I was immediately met by this sweet girl who gingerly took treats from my hand, kissing my fingers in appreciation before burying her head in the crook of my arm, struggling to deposit her entire 66-pounds in my lap.”

Since that time, Xena has been vaccinated and altered and she completed an intensive month-long training program where she exhibited “exemplary behavior.” Unfortunately, Xena needs more help. A fundraiser established to help Xena explains:

We have reached the point where Xena’s training is concluding, and must find her a receiving rescue, foster, or knowledgeable and responsible adopter. In order to facilitate that success, we are asking for your help to raise funds to cover a year’s worth of surety bond and to reimburse the rescuer who used his mortgage payment to cover her training costs. Although we are convinced that Xena would pass a re-evaluation of her “dangerous dog” determination with flying colors, under Minnesota law she would most likely NOT be given that opportunity for at least a full year, given her two-incident history.

Xena deserves a chance to be a beloved companion to a responsible owner. Please click here to read more about how you can help make that dream a reality.

Note: All donations are being processed under the auspices of the Lake Superior Humane Society (Knife River, MN) – a registered 501(c)(3) organization, and donors will receive a tax-deductible receipt for their generosity.


Physician in Texas accused of poisoning family’s dogs

A prominent physician in Odessa, Texas, is facing charges for allegedly poisoning several dogs. According to Thursday’s CBS 7 News, Dr. Robert Kevin Lynch, 54, is facing felony charges in connection with the death of two dogs, and the poisoning sickness to a third dog – according to Odessa American, Dr. Lynch confessed to the crime when questioned by the authorities.screenshot-864

Investigators were led to Lynch as a suspect thanks to surveillance footage which the dogs’ owners obtained from neighbors. Dr. Lynch is accused of stuffing raw meat with several substances which are known to be toxic to dogs. One of the poisoned dogs died from kidney failure and the other suffered cardiac arrest. According to CBS 7, Lynch had previously complained that the targeted dogs barked too much.


Lynch, a general surgeon, is facing felony animal cruelty charges for the incidents, which took place in late December. The Odessa American reported that Lynch was jailed on Thursday on $22,500 bond.

(Photos via screenshot CBS 7 News and the Odessa American)


GTS Husky Rescue struggling to keep their doors open

When GTS Husky Rescue was founded in 2014, their goal and mission was to save arctic breed dogs from high kill shelters across the nation. Although specializing in these breeds, they have also taken in and helped others when space allows.

Located in Jupiter, Florida, GTS Husky Rescue is a 100% no-kill shelter strictly run by volunteers with no paid staff members.  All dogs stay either on the ranch or with a foster until they can be adopted. Those dogs that are deemed “unadoptable” due to behavior problems or medical issues, are either kept at the ranch or placed in long-term foster homes while they are rehabilitated.  According to the statement on their website, they are “dedicated to improving the lives of helpless dogs.”

Unfortunately, their dedication to fulfilling that statement has gotten them in to some dire financial straits; almost to the point where they may have to close their doors. This is due partially to having taken on so many dogs with extreme medical conditions and behavioral issues needing training that funding has become scarce. Because they are a 501©3, they strictly rely on donations.

Two of their rescue dogs in 2016 had been hit by cars; both needed extensive hip surgery and physical therapy.  One dog Corinna had to have cancer removed and required treatment for heartworm and a fungal infection.  Along with her physical ailments, Corinna is also terrified of people which required work with a behaviorist.  Sasha, another GTS Husky Rescue dog, came with severe food and toy aggression which also required training and work with a behaviorist. Thai, has had all her cancerous tumors removed, but also needs a trainer due to biting issues. All of these dogs came from high kill shelters, and all could not be adopted out because of these issues. If it weren’t for GTS Husky Rescue they would surely have been destroyed.

To end the 2016 year, GTS took on two more hard luck cases; Noel, a German Shepherd/Husky mix from Palm Beach County Animal Control who had a fractured pelvis and Jacob who has neurological issues.

Jacob, a two-year-old male Husky was at Miami Dade Animal Services (MDAS) who in turn called on GTS to rescue him. After his neuter surgery, it took him 24 hours to wake up, which is highly unusual. When he finally did wake up, his head was tilted and he could not walk straight. GTS contacted a neurologist for Jacob. The neurological exam proved to be inconclusive, so the next step is an MRI and a spinal tap. Unfortunately, when GTS was asked by MDAS to take Jacob, it was unbeknownst to them that he had any afflictions at all. Per MDAS, he was a healthy dog.   However, when reaching out to Jacob’s original owner, she confirmed he had been experiencing seizures which is why she turned him over to MDAS. She did not disclose this to MDAS.

GTS Husky Rescue is hoping Jacob can go on to be a healthy dog, but this is not a realistic hope unless he can be completely diagnosed and treated. All of this will be very costly.

Although GTS Rescue does not like to rescue beyond their means and capabilities, they have taken on two very expensive medical cases within a few weeks. They are committed to these dogs now, so they must stay the course until both dogs are completely well. Because GTS Husky Rescue has taken on so many hardship cases from all over the nation, their vet bill is enormous. They put out a plea for help so they can keep their doors open and continue to help homeless dogs, blind dogs, breeder dogs, hoarder dogs and even owner surrenders which many rescues do not take in.

The organization completely relies on donations to vet the dogs, upkeep the ranch, feed the dogs and maintain their vaccinations and medications. Since they opened in 2014, GTS Husky Rescue has saved the lives of 400 dogs that otherwise would have died because no one else wanted them.

(Photo courtesy of GTS Husky Rescue)

To donate to GTS Husky Rescue, or to view adoptable dogs, or for fostering and volunteering opportunities visit their website

For an opportunity to donate only, visit their fundraiser here:






Outrage over video showing dog chained to top of cage on Florida Interstate 95

A video on Facebook posted late Wednesday afternoon has animal advocates outraged and rightly so. In Flagler County, authorities are now investigating the driver of a vehicle that showed a dog chained to the top of a metal cage traveling down Florida Interstate 95 headed toward Flagler in Florida. Within 21 hours the video garnered over 264, 000 views and 4,500 shares from the Facebook page of Brenna Cronin who originally posted the disturbing event with the following comment:

“Just saw this asshole driving down 95 with a dog with the letter S carved into his leg chained to the top of a cage….does anyone know this vehicle? Got off on 100 going towards flagler ( wasn’t able to get his plate).”

A person did respond to the video on Facebook Thursday morning with the following response: (spelling errors as written and copied)

“It was yesterday and that is my vechile. The reason the dog is not in the cage is because he prefers it on top. Also the brand on him isn’t the way them branded them before. Our dogs ad well taking care of. And there is nothing illegal with anything we did.  We hog hunt you don’t have to like or agree with what we do. He is also is unable to fall off the dog box.’

According to First Coast News, the owner of the dog, Jeremy, stated he had already been in contact with the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office as well as Flagler County Animal Control and explained he uses dogs to hunt for hogs. Jeremy also stated his dog likes to ride on top of the cage, and that the dog is harnessed and chained so he will not fall off. As to the “S” carved on the dog’s leg, the dog’s owner states the dog was branded as a puppy.

Animal Control is currently investigating.

(Photo and video of dog chained to cage via Facebook Brenna Cronin)

Check out the short video. Who wouldn’t be upset seeing that?

President Obama’s dog accused of biting visitor in the face

On Monday, a White House visitor, described as a “family friend” of the Obama’s, was apparently bitten in the face by the First Family’s dog; TMZ broke the news on Thursday.

According to the publication, Sunny, a four-year-old Portuguese water dog, is responsible for the bite, which left the female visitor with a wound to her face. The girl’s cheek wound required stitches, and the bite may leave a scar, but other long-term complications aren’t anticipated.

Obama's dog accused of bite to teen's face

The un-named bite victim was attempting to give Sunny a kiss (apparently an unwanted kiss) when the bite took place. While people typically enjoy showing affection with hugs and kisses, many dogs do not appreciate the close face-to-face contact (especially from strangers!) and experts warn that such actions may lead to…you guessed it, bites.

According to TMZ, the White House has not commented on the unfortunate incident.

(Photo screenshot via TMZ/Twitter and Pixabay Free Images)