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:

Puppy’s leg amputated after suspected animal cruelty

An eight-month-old puppy had his leg amputated after the dog owner’s boyfriend became angry  after the pooch chewed up some of the couple’s belongings. According to the Moon Township Pennsylvania Police Department’s Chief Leo McCarthy told WpixNews, the puppy was just being a puppy and getting into mischief as puppies commonly do:

“The boyfriend was rather angry because the dog had torn the house up a little, like dogs do sometimes. Then he gave it an extremely powerful kick.”

The puppy, named Jinx, was removed from the home in Mooncrest last week. His rear right leg had been badly injured and was reported to have been broken even though the sweet puppy continued to wag his tail. Local animal rescuer, Jess Horvatin, was so angry about the apparent cruelty situation, she recorded a cellphone video of the abused puppy to make sure someone would be held accountable.

Sadly, veterinarians had to amputate the puppy’s leg, but he has already been re-homed and is reported to be recovering. Authorities state animal cruelty charges are pending although the suspect has not yet been named.

(Photo of puppy’s leg amputated via screenshot from WpixNews)

Get well soon Jinx. We hope you find some justice. Follow the Pet Rescue Report on Facebook.

Queenie: ‘Look at me now I’m standing’ says dog thrown away as trash

Barely one week after Queenie was discovered curled up in a small shed in Houston, Texas and few thought she would ever survive the first few nights at an emergency veterinarian hospital, the emaciated dog thrown away as trash, has now been able to take her first steps. The dog had been another victim of heartless neglect and when her photo was posted onto social media, Queenie’s heartbreaking plight went viral as the phrase  “a picture is worth a thousand words” so aptly described her.

Queenie had been suffering in silence until a  group of animal advocates coordinated her rescue with Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. From there she underwent  hours of surgery to remove and debride the dead and infected skin over her body. Her infections ran so deep that surgeons could see the tendons on her legs. She was then bandaged to protect her raw skin and continues to have  her dressings changed daily.

When the medical staff reported Queenie had started to eat on her own, advocates were encouraged – “hoping Queenie would continue to fight the fight,” the rescue organization’s Facebook posted. And on Thursday morning, Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, labeled Queenie a “true warrior” and updated her condition:

 “Queenie continues her miraculous road to recovery. Here Queenie stands and eats; something she loves to do. Every day she gets a little stronger. We here at RDR NYC NEVER GIVE UP. And here is why … Queenie had the will to live and her medical team agreed. NEVER did we discuss putting Queenie to sleep, because if she had the slightest glimmer of hope, which she did, to pull through her horrific, abusive past, we were going to make sure she had every medical advantage to do so. And now look at Queenie! Her road to a full recovery will be long and hard but worth every second, every minute so that Queenie can go on to live a beautiful life.”

Read the earlier story and see the dog’s earlier video by clicking here.

Photos and video of dog thrown away as trash courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. Watch for more updates as Queenie regains her strength.

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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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Brokenhearted 16-year-old Parson Rat terrier surrendered to shelter

Mandy is 16-years-old and is truly brokenhearted. The adorable Parson Rat terrier lies in her little bed at the Carson Animal Care Center staring at the wall; the senior seems to know she has been abandoned, and as she quietly shivers in fear, perhaps she wonders what she did wrong. Just watching Mandy’s short video, one can sense her confusion and the unmistakable depression already setting in.

Mandy was surrendered to the shelter on March 21. Her intake notes reflect the following comments:

“My former family who owned me for more than 5 years had to give me up because But they said that I spend most of my time indoors. I seem to be good with small children. I am house trained. I am good on a leash. I may need obedience class. I seem to get along well with dogs.”

Check here for Mandy’s Pet Harbor listing. “My name is Mandy and I am described as a spayed female, white Parson (Jack) Russell Terrier mix. The shelter thinks I am about 16 years old. I have been at the shelter since Mar 21, 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 A3444795. A Facebook page to follow this senior’s plight can be found by clicking here.

Share Mandy’s plight with approved rescue organizations, family, friends and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives, and every life counts. Senior dogs have more difficulty finding homes, but age truly doesn’t matter in return for having a best friend who promises never to reveal one’s most hidden secrets. Instead – Mandy is ready to be loved once again and could be just waiting for you. Please help.

Carson Shelter, Gardena, California
216 Victoria Street, Gardena, California
310.523.9566. Interested in fostering? If you are in LA, OC, SB, or Riverside County and can foster this dog, please take a moment to email ASAP to request an application. It would save their life!

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(Photos of Parson Rat terrier courtesy of Saving Carson Dogs)

Check out Mandy’s video:


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:

Cops keep beaten and abused puppy safe at police department over the weekend

In Manhattan, Illinois, police officers have a special soft spot in their hearts for dogs; especially for the defenseless. Over the weekend, the cops cared for a nine-month-old abused puppy which included feeding and walking her until animal cruelty charges could be pressed against her owner on Monday.

According to the Manhattan Patch, the puppy named Raven was brought into protective custody on March 10 after a witness saw her owner beat, kick and throw the dog to the ground. Police Chief Joseph Wazny stated the injuries to the puppy had been consistent with what the concerned citizen described, as the dog’s owner, Richard Winchell, 26, was seen abusing her.

On Friday, officers seized Raven, but were unable to meet with prosecutors or a judge until Monday, so the dog was made comfortable in a kennel at the police station after she was treated by a local veterinarian. On Monday, Raven was transported to the Will County Animal Control where she will remain until the case is resolved. It is hoped the judge will order the dog be turned over to a rescue group where she will be evaluated and be made available for adoption.

Winchell faces three counts of animal cruelty and is scheduled to appear in court on April 12.

(Photos of beaten and abused puppy and Winchell via Manhattan Police Department)

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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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Dog with belly ripped open when thrown in front of farm machine undergoes life-saving surgery

In South Texas, a disturbing act of animal abuse occurred late last week as rescuers reported a dog had been thrown in front of a piece of moving farm machinery. As a result of the intentional cruelty, the dog’s belly had been ripped open exposing his intestines, witnessed literally falling out of his body. When told of the egregious situation, an animal rescuer rushed to the dog’s aid and transported him to an emergency veterinarian hospital. 

“This dog was just found with his intestines dragging behind him and him starting to chew on them! This was intentionally done to him! He has puncture wounds, and the vet thinks he was picked up by machinery! We are desperately needing donations to get him into surgery! The vet cannot start surgery without $2400 put down!!! Even if I put everything I have it won’t be enough! Please help donate!,” posted Leslie Ysuhuaylas on her Facebook page as she cried out for help on Friday afternoon.

Knowing that Leslie needed a rescue organization to financially support the life saving surgery the dog dubbed Roman needed, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC was asked to help.

“Roman’s rescuer (Leslie) was scrambling for help and reached out to us to see if we could help. Of course, we could not let Roman die because of lack of funds,” stated Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of the organization, who often takes the most serious cases of abuse, neglect and cruelty under their wing.

That day, Roman had successful surgery to repair his “gutted” intestines and is now reported to resting comfortably at the Animal Medical Center of McAllen. There have been no suspects reported. His care adds up to more than $2,400. To help save more dogs just like Roman, please

Check out his before and after photos. Warning – photos are graphic. Photos of dog’s belly ripped open by farm machine courtesy of Leslie Ysuhuaylas and Rescue Dogs Rock NYC.

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Read another Rescue Dogs Rock NYC article about seriously injured Queenie fighting for her life.



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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