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. 




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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)

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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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Seniors bond to comfort each other in a final bid of love

How tragic that these seniors were brought into the Lancaster Animal Shelter in California when they needed their families most. The unlikely pair weren’t brought in together, but this 11-year-old Labrador retriever and 16-year-old French poodle have created a senior bond. These pretty girls need someone to help them, and although they haven’t been bonded for any length of time, wouldn’t it be wonderful to see them adopted together?

Click here for the adoption listing for the poodle. “I don’t have a name yet and I’m an approximately 16 years, 5 month old female poodle min. I am already spayed. I have been at the Lancaster Animal Care Center since February 28, 2017. I will be available on March 10, 2017. You can visit me at my temporary home at L325. Animal ID: #A1188931.”

Click here for the adoption listing for the Labrador retriever. “I don’t have a name yet and I’m an approximately 11 years, 6 month old female labrador retr. I am already spayed. I have been at the Lancaster Animal Care Center since March 2, 2017. I will be available on March 13, 2017. You can visit me at my temporary home at L325. Animal ID: #A3437577.”

Their Facebook page can be followed by clicking here. Please share their plights with approved rescue organizations, family, friends and social media contacts. There has been no interest in either of the dogs. We must not let this happen. Sharing saves lives. Advocates have been pledging funds to help with expenses payable to an approved rescue organization. Please don’t let their last photo read – “nobody came.”

(Photos of seniors bond courtesy Sal Valdepena)

For more information on adopting, fostering or volunteering, contact the Lancaster Animal Care Center located at 5210 W. Ave. I, Lancaster, California. Phone: 661.940.4191.

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Warning: Dog died after eating corn cob found while on her walk

A two-year-old dog died after ingesting a corn cob she picked up while on her walk. Devastated owner, Joanne Palmer, 46, from Chester, Cheshire in the United Kingdom had no idea her dog Saffy, had eaten the vegetable until a week later when her dog became deathly ill and died; the corn cob had ripped through her internal organs.

According to the Daily Mail, Joanne had no idea how deadly the vegetable could be and is now urging everyone to be very careful and dispose of corn cobs properly, so what happened to her tiny Cavachon won’t happen to another dog. The tragic story of Saffy has gone viral after Joanne’s post on Facebook:

“Saffy must have eaten the corn on the cob while we were out on a walk. She was fine until one week later when she began violently vomiting at home. Both myself and husband, Johnny, 42, first thought she had been poisoned. The vets told us they could feel something hard in her stomach and prepared to operate. But unbeknownst to us, the core of a cob had travelled through her intestines like a cheese grater. And despite their best efforts, she started to bleed and died later that day. We were left heartbroken, and it wasn’t until last week that we found out it was due to a lodged cob. We had to pay extra for a toxicology report, but I’m so thankful we now know her cause of death so we can warn other owners.”

Since posting Saffy’s story, Joanne’s post has been shared more than 20,000 times. Dog owners all know how quickly our four-legged friends can slip something they’re not supposed to have in their mouths while out on their walks. People throw food around and dogs – with their terrific sense of smell, can find so many “delightful to them morsels” to chomp on. Maybe this corn cob became fatal to Saffy because she was so small, but why take a chance? Be safe – keep your eye on Fido at all times.

(Photo of Saffy via Facebook)

Rest in peace Saffy.

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Owner cried after being evicted from home and forced to surrender shepherd Chato

Chato is a ten-year-old male German shepherd who was painfully surrendered to the Carson Animal Care Center on Monday. In a heartbreaking separation, Chato’s owner cried as he left his best friend behind. The two had met ten years prior when the dog was sick in the shelter and lost an eye. Their love was undeniable, but life stepped in, and this time it wasn’t kind. The man had been evicted from his home and will be living in his car. Trying to do what is best for his dog and knowing life in a car for a dog is not a viable alternative, Chato has become an unintentional victim.

Click here for Chato’s Pet Harbor listing. “My name is Chato and I am described as a neutered male, black and tan German Shepherd Dog mix. The shelter thinks I am about 10 years old. I have been at the shelter since Mar 13, 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 A3724798. 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. For more information, contact Carson Shelter located at 216 Victoria Street, Gardena, California.(Photos for this dog courtesy of Saving Carson Dogs on Facebook.)

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Abused puppy seized by authorities after neighbor secretly videoed animal cruelty

In Jacksonville, Florida, an extremely brave, though frightened resident, secretly videoed a disturbing animal cruelty situation involving  a black and white puppy. As the abused puppy cried both in pain and fright, the egregious situation was videoed from a nearby shed. Pet Rescue North Inc., a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter in Jacksonville, soon became an important participant in rescuing the innocent little victim.

“We got this video on Wednesday without an address,” the organization stated on their Facebook page after the disturbing video had been sent to them.  “We couldn’t report it without it. The person that took it was extremely frightened of this man; that is why it was taken from a shed. By Wednesday evening, they contacted the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO). JSO took the report, and the Officer said he wasn’t going to let this drop- he gave his word.”

On Thursday, the puppy was still at the home, but legalities were needed as the Jacksonville Animal Care and Protective Services were in the process of obtaining a warrant based on the graphic video. By Friday morning, the puppy’s owner was served, and the puppy removed from the residence. From viewing the video, it appears as if the puppy may have defecated in the house, and when the owner picked the puppy up to punish her, the dog was so frightened, she defecated all over her back end. Obviously the owner became more infuriated. The man could be seen roughly handling the dog, using a hose to clean it, picking the puppy up by the neck, slapping and kicking her away – as the pup quickly ran away to hide. The puppy’s punishment wasn’t over however, as the yelling man grabbed the puppy again holding her by her neck and telling her “you’re going to learn.”

“He (puppy owner) indicated he is going to fight them to get the puppy back. So they (authorities) are not releasing his name. About the address he lives in a rental. And we gave our word to the person that took the video, we would not give out the address if they would give it to us to help the puppy. It is not going to help their situation. If we broke our word, no one would trust us enough to help them the next time they need help with an animal,” Pet Rescue North stated as they updated the news.

The rescue organization continued:

“We do want to know who this animal abuser is. We want a name with the face, so he doesn’t adopt an dog or cat. If you want to help please share his picture eventually someone will recognize him.”

Be the voice for those who cannot speak. A brave person stood up to defend this puppy. And another hero is honored and thanked by animal advocates everywhere.

(Photo via Pet Rescue North Facebook)

Video is grainy and hard to watch. Graphic … and may not be suitable for all viewing audiences.

Colorado animal control refuses to return long time family pet claiming it’s a wolf-hybrid

In Aurora, Colorado, the family of a black German shepherd named Capone, rescued nearly a decade ago, is being held captive by Aurora Animal Control as they claim the dog is a wolf-hybrid.

According to KdvrNews, Tracy Abbato, the owner of ten-year-old Capone, rescued the dog from the Adams County Animal Shelter where he was classified as a German shepherd mix. The family’s veterinarian also agrees, but someone at the Aurora Animal Control insists the dog is a wolf-hybrid. On February 24, Capon jumped the fence in the family’s yard – the first time in seven years since the family lived in the neighborhood. That day Aurora Animal Control picked Capone up, and when his family went to the shelter to claim in, they were refused.

“They say he is a hybrid-wolf now and don’t want to release him back to us because he is an exotic animal,” Tracy explained.

It seems Animal Control has concluded the dog acts like a wolf hybrid which includes his mannerisms, behavior and physical characteristics. Tracy doesn’t have a doubt in her mind that Capone is a domestic German shepherd blend. Meanwhile the city is running a DNA test to determine his breed. It is not clear when results are due back  – at which time if Capone has any wolf blood in him, he could be ordered to be euthanized or transferred to a sanctuary.

Besides Capone’s two canine companions missing him at home, are Tracy’s children as the dog is considered a beloved family member.

“I don’t understand. This dog has a loving caring home,” Tracy told KdvrNews. “People who abuse dogs, leave them outside in 2-degree weather, how do they still have their dogs?

The family has hired an attorney who will appear in court and ask that the dog be allowed home until the results of the DNA tests are available. Tracy faces charges of allowing a dog to run at large, keeping an aggressive animal and keeping an exotic/wild animal.

(Photo of dog suspected by AC to be a wolf-hybrid – family supplied)

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Blind dog missing for 7 days found in nearby forest

A blind dog that wandered away from her family’s Boulder Creek, California home and into the nearby forest area of the Santa Cruz mountains has been rescued. The blind Labrador retriever named Sage wandered away on February 24 after her owner, Beth Cole, thought the dog had been brought into their house that night.

According to the Santa Cruz Sentinel, the 12-year-old Lab wandered into the forest. When the family realized Sage was missing, neighbors and friends searched day and night, and not only were they worried about the dog surviving the cold temperatures, but mountain lion attacks had been reported more than usual in the immediate area.

And then on the eighth day of the dog’s disappearance, neighbor Dan Estrada and his friend Victor Lopez had been hiking behind their home when they spotted what they thought was a garbage bag in the water. It wasn’t until the men got closer did they realize it was Sage lying lifeless in the stream with her chin barely out of the water. As Estrada carefully lifted her up, Sage picked up her head noticing Estrada’s dogs, but was too weak to walk on her own.

Estrada stated he was overcome with emotion at that moment:

“When we saw she was alive, I jumped in the stream and hugged her. Man, it was really emotional. It had been dry that week and the new rain was moving in,” said Estrada. “When we found her she didn’t have the energy to lift herself out. That stream bed would have been flowing during a rainstorm. My wife and kids were waiting for us at the top. Everyone was crying.”

Estrada carried Sage out of the woods – the blind dog is responding well and is expected to make a full recovery.

Estrada turned down the reward offered by the family and asked that the $1,000 be donated to the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter. Sage is doing well, and her family is very grateful for all the help and support. What a lucky dog you are Sage!

There still are a lot of great people in this world helping those who can not speak for themselves. Dan and Victor – you are awesome heroes!

(Photos pf blind dog Sage courtesy of Dan Estrada)

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Awesome Motorsports tech rescues tiny Chihuahua from drowning

On Monday, a tiny blonde Chihuahua accidentally slipped down into a storm drain at the corner of Cypress Avenue and Wohlstetter Steet in Riverside, California and would have drowned had it not been for a crew of dog loving heroes from Animal Control, CT Motorsports and a construction worker. Chihuahua's hero

According to the Riverside County Department of Animal Services, local children spotted the dog paddling furiously through a swift current and called Officer John Hergendreder for help. When he arrived, he noticed the female Chihuahua was trapped on an island of debris inside the storm channel, but both sides of the wash had high safety fences. The walls of the wash were about 15 feet high and did not feature concrete ramps that would give him an easier way to reach the dog.  Using a cat carrier, a rope and some treats to attract the puppy, Officer Hergendreder lowered the carrier with a rope, but the contraption scared the dog as she fell backwards into the moving current.Chihuahua's hero 2

That’s when the crew members of  Cali Touch Motorsport brought out another ladder in the hopes they could help bring the dog to safety.  The dog was initially able to hang onto the later, but soon become very tired; that’s  when Juan Rodarte climbed down the ladder and was able to secure a rope around the dog’s neck. Safely in the arms of Officer Hergendreder, the dog was quickly transported to the Jurupa Valley shelter where she has been examined and is reported to be doing fine. Officer Hergenreder said he was humbled by the awesome work of the CT Motorsports crew and the construction worker. It was a group effort saving an innocent little life, and all of these men who stepped up to the task.chihuahua's hero 3

Nothing like a crew of very cool guys who go the extra mile to save a pooch in need. You are all heroes. The pup is expected to be available for adoption in a few days.

(Photos and video of Motorsports tech and Chihuahua courtesy of Riverside County Department of Animal Services)

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