News reporter, cops and young boy rescue dog from busy traffic-filled street

When NBC news reporter, Pat Battle had been covering a news story in Hackensack, New Jersey on Friday and saw a small dog dart in and out of traffic, it was Pat’s first instinct to help. Just as quick as a flash of lightning, the black pup ran across the lawn in front of the Bergen County Courthouse and into traffic – just as everyone was leaving for the weekend. When Pat spotted a child about 50 yards away, she assumed it was the little boy’s dog; he had already been trying to catch her.

“The boy was calling her, I was calling her – she listened but she didn’t obey,” stated Pat.

And so it was time to engage more help, and just moments later a Hackensack police officer stopped his car to join in the effort to save the pooch who was oblivious to the increase in traffic and the dangers of getting hit by a vehicle. For the next 30 minutes, ten strangers worked hard to rescue the pint-sized pup. Count them – there were three police officers, three children and four adults who finally managed to corral the little ten-pound dog to safety.

It wasn’t over yet. Frightened from her scary jaunt, the Chihuahua hid underneath a dumpster. Sgt. Anthony DiParisi called for backup and the responding officers Sean Briggs and Jessica DeJesus lured the dog out with turkey and chicken. Snagged! Ironically the dog seemed grateful for the rescue and snuggled into the arms of Officer Briggs – the adorable little canine “jay-runner”  kissing, licking and wagging her tail.

The dog wore no collar, and therefore was transported to the Bergen County Animal Shelter where she will spend the next week and hopefully be reunited with her family. Maybe she just escaped from her home? If no one claims her however, that little boy who Pat met when she spotted the pup doing his marathon run – Ethan – said he and his mom would love to adopt the dog and name her “Go-Go” because she never stopped running until she felt the love.

Nice job Pat; no fake media here!

(Photos of news reporter and others save little dog screenshot via Pat Battle)

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Heartbreaking: Hopeless pup knows no one is coming for him at shelter

He has no name and no one has come to the Clayton County Animal Control in Ellenwood, Georgia.  A volunteer at the shelter describes this young dog’s tragic plight:

“This Is The Face Of HOPELESS! A Dog Stuck In A Shelter Day After Day. At 1st They Are Excited To Hopefully Get A Family Or Rescue But Each Day That Goes By Hope Slowly Slips Away. This Pup Doesn’t Have A Name, Nor A Fundrazr & Isn’t o n A Euth List But Surely Deserves To Be Rescued Or Adopted.”

*Intake Number: #171393
*Intake Date: 6-16-17
*Available Date: 6-24-17
*Breed: Pit Bull
*Gender: Male
*Age: Adult
*Size: Large
*Weight: 60 lbs.
*Shelter: Anvil Block (AB)

*PHONE: 1-(770)-347-0210

*Please Email Rescue:
*FAX: 1-(770)-603-4199

If you need assistance in coordinating rescue please email: &

A Facebook page for this dog, described as calm and sweet, can be found here.  This boy is just looking for some love: he is available for public adoption. Please share his story with friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. Make sure to take a moment and watch his short video. This pup should not be “hopeless.” This boy should be home loving life and running and playing with his new family. Additional information can be found here.

(Photos and video courtesy of “hopeless” pup via Clayton County Animal Control volunteers)

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Neighbor ran over dog with lawnmower for mating with his female dog

A friendly, three-year-old German shepherd mix was the victim of extreme animal cruelty recently after a neighbor pinned the dog to the ground and ran over his legs with a lawnmower for mating with the man’s female dog. Both dogs were just reacting to their natural instincts – shame on all owners who do not take the time to get their pets spayed and neutered.

It had been a fine summer day when the shepherd, named Mommam, ran and played in the residential neighborhood of Thanlang, Phuket, Thailand. Running over to mount the female dog, tragically the dog’s life changed for the worse in just a few minutes; the female dog’s owner became so furious that he grabbed Mommam, restrained him to the ground and ran over his legs with a lawnmower. Despite the dog’s intense pain and agony, he was able to pull away from his torturer and dragged himself over to the spot where he loved to take naps; he writhed in agony. Later that day when his owner found his dog – he was shocked.

Mommam’s injuries were severe and life threatening. Because his owner was not able to afford the emergency care for his dog, Soi Dog Foundation stepped up to help. The dog was rushed to a local veterinary hospital for treatment. His front leg had been completely severed, and it has since been amputated. His back right leg is currently being treated by Soi Dog vets, who hope they can save it.

As can be seen in the video below, once Mommam’s injuries were treated and his pain was brought under control,  his joyful spirit has returned. His tail is wagging, and he is able to walk – or jump – using his left legs alone.

An investigation by Thailand’s animal cruelty officials is currently underway. The person who attacked the dog is facing criminal charges.

Mommam desperately needs donations to cover his medical care. Please give today:

 Mommam’s recovery would not be possible without you. Thank you for helping him.

(Photos and videos of dog run over with lawnmower courtesy of Soi Dog Foundation Facebook)

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Dead thread means a dead dog – this puppy is in danger

What happens with a Facebook thread for a shelter dog is stagnant? A so-called “dead thread” can equate to a dead dog…a puppy named “Popeye” is in danger right now because nobody is sharing his adoption information.

The eight-month-old mixed breed puppy has been at the Riverside County Animal Control – San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus since July 5. Today, over a month later, he is still sitting in his lonely, concrete kennel run.

The puppy came to the shelter as a stray but his family never bothered to come and get him. Now, though he is described as “people and dog friendly” he may die. You can play a part in saving this adorable puppy’s life by taking a few moments to network his adoption information.

Networking saves lives – plain and simple. The more people who see his face, and hear about where he is, the better his odds are of being adopted or rescued.

Petharbor link for Popeye here.

Facebook thread here.

Riverside County Animal Control – San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus at (951) 358-7387
Ask for information about animal ID number A1376534

(Image of Popeye the puppy via Facebook)

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Dog run over twice and left for dead in Miami, Florida

Lucky, a medium sized brown and white male dog, was run over by a vehicle, not once but twice in the area of Miami, Florida. The vehicle ran over him once, then backed up and ran over him again. He was left for dead on the side of the road. Not only did he sustain severe nerve damage to his hind quarters which rendered him incontinent, but he also sustained blunt force trauma to his head and face breaking all of his teeth.

Lucky was taken to Miami Dade Animal Services where he was placed in isolation. It seemed the only option for Lucky was euthanasia until a kindly volunteer saw how sweet Lucky was and wanted him to be saved. She put out a plea to local rescues when JW Rescue and Friends of Coral Springs, Florida took Lucky under their wing.  Lucky was treated at the Pet House Animal Clinic where he had surgery to remove his broken and damaged teeth. He also underwent therapy for the inoperable nerve damage to his hind quarters. Unfortunately, Lucky did not regain control over his bowels and bladder and suffers blood leakage from his anus when overly active.  He had to wear diapers until they caused him an uncomfortable rash, so that was discontinued. JW Rescue and Friends worked very hard to help Lucky, but they eventually ran out of resources and options for him. No other rescue or sanctuary would take him in due to his disabilities.

Rescue Teamsters, the Florida division of Chinese Shar Pei Rescue, were Lucky’s next angels. They took him in and began their own therapies through a vet in Winter Haven, Florida who practices Eastern and Western medicine. The vet is quite optimistic that her methods will work as they have been successful in treating other dogs with similar problems to Lucky.

The therapy Lucky is undergoing is similar to acupuncture but on a constant basis. This same therapy was used on another dog who was incontinent, and he is completely continent now. On August 10th, 2017, Dr. Vargas reported that Lucky was doing very well. He is undergoing Aqua Acupuncture and walking on a treadmill to regain strength in his back legs.  Other therapies include going to the dog bone pool for aqua therapy. Eventually, 24k gold chips will be placed in Lucky’s body to help it realign. If the surgery is successful, he will be a normal dog and able to be adopted.

However, Lucky has a long road ahead of him.  Despite all he’s been through, Lucky is the true embodiment of resilience of spirit that dogs are known for. He loves to run, walk, play, and go to the beach with the volunteers and has an amazing zest for life. He doesn’t let his disability slow him down or dampen his will to live.

Rescue Teamsters has set up a page for Lucky on Pound Wishes for those who wish to donate toward his ongoing medical expenses. Although Rescue Teamsters is hopefully optimistic that the medical procedure and therapies will help Lucky regain his continence, there is a chance that it may not. If that is the case they will still be looking for a forever home or foster who is able to tend to the special needs of this very special dog.

If you are that special person, please email

To keep up with Lucky’s progress, visit his Facebook page






At 12 years of age, Rosie lost the only home she had ever known

At 12 years of age, a friendly dog named “Rosie” has lost the only home that she had ever known. On Wednesday, the Friends of West Valley Animal Shelter explained:

Rosie never thought that she’d lose the only home she’s known all her life. Life was good as she’s living her golden years with her family. But her world came to an abrupt end when her family had to surrender her and her siblings.


Rosie is a victim of both irresponsible owners and an imperfect system. Her brother Buddy (A1642134) the suspect in the case, whose crime was that he got out of their home, scared a passerby and caused the person to fall and injure himself. (note: their family failed to keep them safely contained in their home and the dogs have gotten out in the past).

Rosie no longer at home – today she spends her time alone, surrounded by concrete walls and a metal fence. Rosie needs a second chance – a warm and loving home where she can spend her days in comfort, rather than in fear.

Rosie must be adopted outside of the Los Angeles city limits. You can help Rosie find her happily-ever-after by sharing her adoption information.

She’s at the South LA Shelter, 213-485-0214.
ROSIE – ID#A078661

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Severely injured puppy abandoned at elementary school

This week, a severely injured puppy was abandoned at Monterrey Elementary School in San Bernardino, California. The puppy, dubbed “Chance,” was picked up by a good Samaritan and taken to the city pound. Before Chance could be taken in, a woman who volunteers from time to time with the Poochmatch rescue agency, intercepted him.

Chance was taken to Dr. Sig at Loma Linda Animal Hospital for an exam – the findings are nothing short of heartbreaking. According to Dr. Sig, Chance has a badly infected broken jaw and it appears that someone poured battery acid on his face.

The rescue group updated Facebook followers:

Chance, after his final examination, with the immeasurably kind and compassionate Sedna from LLAH. He had to be anesthetized because he was in so much pain he couldn’t allow anyone to examine him. First Chance has to recover from his infection, then he will have an orthopedic surgery done to insert a plate in his jaw, to aid it in healing correctly. He has a long diet of wet food ahead of him. The infection has spread and he most likely will lose his right eye. Dr. Sig said that while the battery acid may have been accidental – so-called “outdoor dogs” playing with things they shouldn’t (and wouldn’t if they were inside) – there is NO question that a twisted human broke his jaw as the break is too high to be accidental.

It goes without saying that Chance has a long road to recovery ahead of him, and his rescuers will be faced with tremendous veterinary bills. Anyone interested in helping Chance with his bills can make a donation at this link to the rescue group.

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Mesa police officer rescues dog stuck in canal after chasing ducks

In Mesa, Arizona, a police officer rescued a dog who leaped into a canal when he spotted some ducks swimming and decided it was his canine prerogative to chase them. The dog’s owner, John, a Vietnam War veteran suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), rushed down the steps to save his dog, but within moments he lost sight of Sparky as the pup drifted farther downstream. John thought his dog was lost forever and drowned.

According to the City of Mesa Police Department’s Facebook page, an observant citizen spotted Sparky swimming back and forth in a panic about 30 minutes later and called the police. Officer Goodrich arrived at the scene and was able to pull Sparky out with the use of a catch pole. Concerned for the dog’s health and safety, Sparky was transported to a nearby animal hospital. Because he was microchipped, his owner John was contacted and two were soon reunited.

Ten years ago, John adopted Sparky after the dog’s original owner passed away from cancer, and as John stated,

“It was actually Sparky ‘who took me in.’ Sparky is my guy. He’s my mental health. If I had sight of him in that canal, it would have been ‘both’ of us in there.”


Today, Sparky is recuperating from his scary experience. When asked how it feels to have a second chance with Sparky,

“I can’t thank everyone enough. It’s all wonderful. It’s a miracle,” stated John.

Thanks to the concerned citizen, VCA Animal Referral and Emergency Center of Arizona, and great efforts performed by Officer Goodrich, the Mesa Police Department is honored to be part of bringing Sparky and his family together again.

(YouTube and screenshots of Sparky rescued from canal via Bryan Yeager and Channel 12 News)

Stop by the Facebook page of the City of Mesa Police Department and thank the officer for being a great guy and a hero to those who cannot speak. We love our brave officers who value the lives of all our citizens – even the four legged ones.

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Toto Update: Puppy slated to die at NYC shelter after struck by car

On July 25, Toto was brought to the New York City Animal Care Center in Brooklyn. The one-year-old black and brown Rottweiler mix had been struck by a car resulting in a severe pelvic fracture. Despite his pain, Toto allowed all handling. Toto had not been able to stand without assistance and even though he seemed to have been well cared for, no one came to the shelter to claim him. With surgery, his prognosis had been listed as “fair,” however the shelter was unable to afford the expensive orthopedic surgery and follow-up rehabilitation for Toto. On Friday evening, Toto was therefore placed on the euthanasia list.

“TOTO – A1119689 – Brooklyn – Rescue Only

When volunteers reached out to Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC for one last hope in order to save the life of the sweet puppy, Stacey agreed. At 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, the news of Toto’s rescue was reported on the group’s Facebook.

“Toto was scheduled to die today at the NYC ACC because he was hit by a car, sustaining multiple fractures of his hip pelvis and leg, and he needs multiple expensive surgeries to survive and walk again. The shelter is unable to provide the care he needs so he was placed on the ‘Euthanasia List’ today. He could only be saved by a rescue partner due to the severity of his injuries. Sadly, due to the expensive surgery Toto needs to survive. NOT ONE rescue group stepped up for poor Toto. There we were at 3 pm today having to make another leap of faith to help Toto.”

Toto arrived at the organization’s partner specialty hospital on Saturday evening. Sadly the puppy is unable to walk and has no control over his bowels or bladder. A catheter has been placed in his bladder to prevent urine buildup, however the medical team is worried the puppy might have injury to his spince. At this time, the doctors are hoping his inability to hold his urine and bowels are due to trauma. He has been placed on steroids hoping the medication will reduce the swelling.

“We were worried when we pulled Toto to safety from the NYCACC about raising money for his surgery, and now we face an even greater obstacle, whereby Toto will need an MRI of his spine at the cost of $2500 before we can even contemplate surgery,” Stacey posted on Facebook concerning the puppy’s medical update. “It’s not Toto’s fault he was running loose on the NYC city streets and hit by a car. He was found by Animal Control and deemed a stray and brought to the city shelter to die.”

Stacey admits that Rescue Dogs Rock NYC had not been in the position to help Toto on Saturday after taking in so many critical cases within the last week, but they couldn’t just let the puppy die. A YouCaring link has been established to help raise the funds for Toto. Please help Toto and make it possible for Rescue Dogs Rock NYC to continue rescuing the most critical cases of abuse and neglect. If they don’t, who will?

It’s not TOTO’S fault he was running loose on the NYC city streets and was hit by a car !!!
He was found by animal control and deemed a stray and brought to the City shelter to die


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Heartbreaking: Surrendered dog’s seizures likely due to ingesting drugs

In a heartbreaking scene on Friday afternoon, the pet adoption and animal shelter, Concho Valley PAWS rushed to help a dog now dubbed Hope, who had been surrendered by her owner after they claimed they could not care for their dog who was having seizures. Just as she entered the organization’s office located in  San Angelo, Texas, Hope had a severe seizure. 

The dog was immediately brought to the Main Street Veterinary Clinic where veterinarians suspected Hope had ingested a drug; “possibly methamphetamine, cocaine or large quantities of nicotine.” Two adults held the dog down on the examination table until the anti-seizure medications began to take effect. Hope’s heart rate had been alarming and her seizures were intense. Once sedated, the seizures stopped, and intravenous fluids were given to flush out the pollution from her system. 

This happened after hours, and PAWS has submitted a urine test for a toxicology report to determine if this was the result of cruelty or abuse. It is a “wait and see” for Hope to see if she survives or if there is any permanent damage, however on Saturday morning the news was brighter. On the organization’s Facebook page, the dog’s photo indicated a much healthier pup, and her report was encouraging:

“Update: Hope made it through the night! She is drinking and walking. She is alert and so, so sweet. We’re hoping and praying for no seizures now that she is no longer sedated.”

As a precaution, E-cigarettes pose a significant threat to dogs. These devices vaporize a liquid mix of glycerin, propylene glycol, nicotine, and flavorings; in states where marijuana is legal, THC may be among the ingredients. The liquid, often called e-juice, comes in sweet flavors which can attract dogs. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center includes cigarettes and nicotine on its list of poisonous household products, and warns that e-juice used to recharge device cartridges contains enough nicotine to kill a dog. Symptoms of nicotine poisoning include severe vomiting, depression, an elevated heart rate, decrease in blood pressure, seizures and respiratory failure.

To donate for Hope’s emergency care, testing and assessment, please click here. If the prognosis is good, Hope will be spayed, vaccinated and be made available for adoption.

(Photos and video of Hope having seizures via Concho Valley PAWS)

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