Federal ban forces dog owners to leave their pets behind when fleeing Puerto Rico

As if escaping the island of Puerto Rico hasn’t been stressful enough for Americans who can no longer cope with the lack of electricity and the necessities of life, citizens from the island have been ordered by federal authorities to leave their pets behind.

According to the Daily Beast, commercial airlines are not allowing family pets weighing more than 20 pounds to accompany them out of Puerto Rico. Federal authorities have taken control of cargo compartments to transport supplies and unless the pet can fit into the cabin of the aircraft and weighs less than 20 pounds, they are forced to stay behind. Sylvie Bedrosian, president of the Pet Friendly Puerto Rico stated more than 2,000 pets have been left behind because of the embargo.

“I understand that most planes coming from the U.S. to Puerto Rico are filled with goods, but what bothers me most is that planes leaving the island are mostly empty. Why take custody of an empty cargo?” Bedrosian questioned.

The No Pet Left Behind Fema Act after Hurricane Katrina “authorizes FEMA to provide rescue, care, shelter, and essential needs for individuals with household pets and service animals, and to the household pets and animals themselves following a major disaster or emergency.” Still the federal ban has continued to be ignored.

“Our animal shelters were already at full capacity before the hurricane and now beginning to feel the burden that María left behind,’ Bedrosian said. “Our rescue missions have completely changed. We used to wonder for abandoned pets on the streets and now have to worry about those left on the airports.”

As of Wednesday Jet Blue and Southwest have been allowing up to eight pets on board at a time, but that doesn’t provide any solutions for dogs weighing over 20 pounds. United Airlines stated the embargo has been waived for them until the end of the month.

“United removed your pet embargo via charge until October 31 You can call 1-800-575-3335 to make your reservation.”

Pet Friendly PR, with the help of the Sato Project have been helping to not only help stray dogs find new homes by flying them to various rescue organizations in other states, but also have been helping pets and families to be reunited with special projects and flights:

“Call to action! We have been inundated with messages and emails from people who want or need to leave Puerto Rico but refuse to leave their dogs behind. We applaud you for your compassion and for standing by your family members and we want to help keep families together.
The Sato Project has secured a small private plane on Thursday that will fly to PR with humanitarian supplies. We want to send that plane back to NJ filled with owned animals. We have space for approximately 8 crates.”

To help these shelters – remember none of them have power and are struggling to help these pets, donations can be sent by clicking here and here. 

(Photos via Sato Project and Pet Friendly PR)

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Dog owner charged with dragging 2 dogs behind motorized scooter

In Van Buren, Arkansas, a local man has been arrested and charged with dragging his two dogs behind a motorized scooter. The dogs are now recovering, but not after having tolerated frightening abuse and cruelty. Paul Chavez has been arrested and charged with aggravated animal cruelty.

According to 5NewsKfsm, police in Crawford County received a report that two dogs had been abandoned and left tied to a stop sign one block off of Highway 282. Almost Home Shelter Rescue founder Rebecca Kascubowski described how the pads of the dogs’ feet had been torn. The larger dog, the Great Pyrenees, was protective of the smaller mixed breed pooch, and while being treated by a veterinarian had been making sure his little pal was safe.

The dogs have since been named Prince and Big P. After their recovery, the dogs will be ready for adoption, and since they do seem quite bonded, it is hoped the two can find a home together. For more information about Prince and Big P, please click here.

(Photo of Prince and owner charged with dragging dogs via screenshot News5 and Almost Home Shelter Rescue)

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Dog swept out to sea rescued by coastguard during training session

A frightened and shivering cockapoo that had been swept out to sea off the northeast coast of Scotland was rescued after a coastguard crew working during their routine training session spotted the dog swimming.

According to the Facebook page of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the dog had been swimming in the Moray Firth on Sunday morning and had been on the verge of drowning when a member of the public reported the dog had been swept out into the sea.

“An emergency call was made reporting a dog which had ran into the water and started swimming out to sea near Cumminston, Moray…”

The pup had been in the water for 40 minutes when the UK Coastguard helicopter was able to locate him and alert the Moray inshore rescue boat based at Findhorn to the dog’s exact location. They pulled the dog onto the board and returned him to his owners who had been waiting on shore with the Burghead Coastguard Rescue Team.

“The dog was rescued, exhausted and having nearly drowned, and taken back into harbour where the crew and officers provided first aid until the owner could arrange to attend a local vet. Happily, the dog is doing well,” stated an organization’s spokesperson. “Never follow  animals into the water; they are much better swimmers than humans and generally can stay alive a lot longer than us and usually can make their own way out.”


In a few minutes the rescue was over and the helicopter returned to its Sunday training session.

(Photos and video via Facebook)

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Rescued: Pile of puppies left on cold shelter floor for weeks

A pile of puppies huddled together in a Rio Grande Valley, Texas rural shelter for two weeks. When funds are scarce and families to adopt puppies are rare, decisions of life and death become stark realities – even for those so very young. Each of the six-puppies in the litter had been severely neglected, and each suffered with fleas, ticks, skin infections and mange. Each puppy was dehydrated and anemic – their skin itchy, red and raging; sadly there are few resources available for veterinarian care.

When Rescue Dogs Rock NYC was asked to help, co-founder Stacey Silverstein arranged to have the puppies transferred to the organization’s partner veterinarian hospital in Dallas.

“The shelter said it was easier to kill them and be done with it. We said no – not going to happen,” Stacey wrote as she posted the photos of the puppies on the rescue’s Facebook page. “So what did we do? We rescued them all!”


Five of the puppies have been treated and transferred to foster homes, however Jasmine remains in the emergency hospital in serious condition. Jasmine has already been given a blood transfusion costing $750; she remains on a 24-hour intravenous drip as her condition is so dehydrated and weak. Her prognosis is unknown, but she is being given every chance to survive.

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(Photos of pile of puppies left to die in shelter courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

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Gravely injured mother fought off other dogs to protect her newborn puppies

When the gravely injured young, black and white retriever mother dog was surrendered on Wednesday to a high-kill rural shelter in Georgia, she was in severe pain. According to the owner, she had been attacked by other dogs; all she wanted to do was to protect her newborn puppies. Without medical care, her wounds became infected; the maggots could be seen oozing out of the open infected wounds on her slender body. Why her wounds were never treated or cleansed remains unexplained.

And if that wasn’t disturbing enough, where were her puppies she so desperately tried to protect in spite of her life-threatening injuries? It wasn’t until one day later that same person walked into the shelter and surrendered the dog’s six tiny puppies who also had maggots crawling over their tiny bodies. Rescue Dogs Rock NYC volunteered to help, and arrangements were immediately made to transport the family in peril to an emergency veterinarian in Georgia.

On Thursday morning, the mother dog, now named Sugar has been reunited with her puppies. Jackie O’Sullivan, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC updated the progress on the family’s plight:

“Mama now called Sugar was reunited with her 6 newborn puppies & they are all at our GA vet recovering. Mom is nursing, but she’s also on IV fluids & antibiotics for her infected wounds. Her wounds were clipped & cleaned last night. We are happy to report all are maggot Free!!! Sugar has 3 boys & 3 girls & we’ll post baby photos soon.”

To help with this lucky family:
Rescue Dogs Rock NYC
PO Box 101
Gracie Station
New York, NY 10028

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(Photos and video of Sugar and newborn puppies courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

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Saving Chinba: Owner could not afford to treat dog’s skin condition

When Harris County Animal Shelter volunteers in Houston, Texas spotted Chinba with his painful, bright red skin still wagging his tail, tears came to their eyes. His owners were not able to afford to treat his horrible skin condition. On the bright side, however one can only be glad they decided to bring the dog to the shelter instead of dumping him on the side of the road.

Now Chinba needs rescue.

“As much as it breaks our heart to even watch this video, bashing his previous owners won’t help save him! So please, we are BEGGING, help us save Chinba! He desperately needs a new name and a new start to his life.

In order to save him, we need a rescue group to take him on. Rescue groups run entirely off of donations so the number one thing we need help with us funds for his vet care.”

For a rescue group to save this one-year-old puppy, a local committed foster home is needed. Since he is in such terrible condition, someone will have to take care of him until he recovers and is ready for adoption. The rescue group will cover all expenses – just a warm home and some love is needed. Local Houston residents willing to give this young dog a chance at a better life, please contact the shelter. Please note, there has not been any definitive diagnosis of the pup’s skin disease.

Click here for this dog’s PetHarbor link. ID#A495069 “My name is CHINBA. I am a male, white and gray Setter/retriever. The shelter staff think I am about 1 year old. I have been at the shelter since Oct 10, 2017. For more information about this animal, call Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services at (281) 999-3191. Follow his Facebook page here. Share his plight with approved rescue organizations, family, friends and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.

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Deplorable: ‘A lot of dogs are in this condition’ police officer told angry neighbor

“A lot of dogs are in this condition,” a San Benito, Texas police officer told a concerned and worried animal advocate after a neighbor reported starving and severely neglected dogs in deplorable conditions that had wandering the area searching for scraps of food to stay alive. Everyday the neighbor tries to help and feed the dogs, but their physical condition steadily deteriorates:

“They are emaciated, severely matted and barely surviving! The neighbor posted for help! The owners saw her post and got extremely upset,”  posted animal rescuer Leslie Ysuhuaylas. “The San Benito police was called and a report was made. Their response was ‘a lot of dogs are in this condition.’ They think this is acceptable! These dogs are dying slowly! These dogs need to be taken away! For them to think this is okay is the exact reason why there are so many neglect and abuse cases in the Rio Grande Valley! Please help get these dogs out of this house! There are three dogs in this house all in the same pathetic condition.”

According to local contacts, the only shelters in the area are high-kill facilities. There is, however interest from a local rescue group, but authorities need to cooperate; private citizens or rescue organizations can not just steal someone’s dog(s). As of this time, the owners have not agreed to surrender the dogs. Advocates are encouraged to call:

San Benito Police: (956)361.3880
Report number: 201700017724

Follow the discussion on Facebook by clicking here. Please share the plight of these desperate dogs with friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. Should a rescue organization step up to help with the assistance and permission of local authorities, funds will be needed to help with veterinarian costs and rehabilitation.

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(Photo of dog in deplorable condition via Leslie Ysuhuaylas)

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Dog trapped in Mexico City earthquake pulled to safety scared but unhurt

The crowd cheered late Tuesday afternoon as a Golden retriever was pulled from the rubble of the Mexico City earthquake – scared but alive and unhurt. The dog was carefully lifted out of the rubble in the Alvaro Obregon area, and as he was picked up and placed into the arms of a nearby rescuer, the crowd cheered and applauded. And as the dog was carried to safety, multiple kindness and happy tears exploded from the faces of survivors and rescuers alike as the dog was given tiny pats on the top of his head.

At least 217 people have died after the devastating 7.1 magnitude quake struck. All day rescuers have been frantically searching the rubble in the area of a school hoping to find some of the missing young children. One of the most desperate rescue efforts was at a primary and secondary school in southern Mexico City, where a wing of the three-story building collapsed. According to AbcNews,  the bodies of 21 children and four adults have been discovered at the site stated Mexico’s Education Minister Aurelio Nuno said. Eleven people have been rescued, and three people are still missing — two children and a teacher.

On Wednesday, rescue dogs accompanied harnessed workers wearing helmets, forming bucket brigadesand passing up pieces of debris as they searched for survivors. At one point, the rescue crews dropped listening devices into a hole amid the rubble of the collapsed structure and attempted to send in a rescue dog to sniff for survivors.

(Photos of dog saved in Mexico City earthquake via Facebook and AbcNews)

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Virginia Beach resident charters plane to rescue cats and dogs ahead of Hurricane Maria

Sali Gear, co-founder of the Island Dog Rescue in Virginia Beach, which specializes in saving dogs from the U.S. Virgin Islands, chartered a plane to save 300 animals on Tuesday – just ahead of Hurricane Maria – a Category 5 hurricane heading for the Caribbean islands again.

Over the weekend, Sali and her supporters chartered the plane stating she had to do it because “it had to be done.” According to the Pilotonline, Sali grew up in the islands and had been back to the Virgin Islands since Hurricane Irma had devastated the area just two weeks ago. Many of the animals had been left homeless and had been scrounging the deserted areas looking for food.

At 2:00 a.m. on Tuesday, the animals arrived in Norfolk, Virginia:

“Dawn Balcazar After much much planning stateside and much planning and work in St Thomas and St Croix, about 300 dogs and cats were shipped on a 727 out of the USVI to Norfolk VA. The plane landed today at around 2 am! A great feeling and so glad to have helped out with this. Island Dog Rescue is continuing to raise funds for this flight.”

On the organization’s fundraising page, the following updates have been posted:

“Over 300 animals were evacuated  from the Virgin Islands on Monday Sept 18 th. The animals are currently in Virginia on Sali Gear’s ranch. She needs supplies, donations and help walking dogs. Please send Island Dog Rescue a message on Facebook if you would like to donate your time or any supplies.

We need to all come together to support Sali’s epic evacuation in a time of dire urgency. She came thru for so many people and animals so let’s please help her and her organization recuperate the $122,000 mission.”

Once brought to Sali’s farm, the rescued dogs and pets somehow knew they had been saved and eagerly wagged their tails and licked the hands of volunteers. Local rescue groups had been picking up animals and taking them to new homes in places like Pittsburgh, North Carolina and Boston. More local residents have volunteered to help walk and care for the dogs.

“Thank you so much for all the donations! It has been overwhelming to see the generosity of our community. Please be patient and understanding with slower correspondence from us. Our volunteers are exhausted. Thank you for all you are doing to help! At this time, we have plenty of supplies and food, etc! Please consider a monetary donation if you are so inclined to help. We still have significant fundraising to meet the expenses of this effort.”

Our thoughts and prayers to everyone struggling to survive this devastating hurricane. Many thanks to the heroes who go beyond all of our expectations to help those who cannot speak nor can cry out for help. Read more about the Island Dog Rescue and how you can help here.

(Photos of pets rescued before Hurricane Maria hit via Facebook)

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18-year-old dog with decaying teeth found wandering in Rhode Island

Treasure was rescued on Saturday; an 18-year-old dog found wandering in a Central Falls, Rhode Island backyard with decaying teeth, matted fur and large tumors. A $2,000 reward is now being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for allowing a pet to become this neglected and abused.

According to the Facebook page of the  Friends of Central Falls Animal Shelter, the dog was rushed to the Central Avenue Vet Clinic where Dr. Tuesdale and his staff stood ready to help:

“The Clinic technically was closed when I arrived but Doctor Truesdale stayed, and he began accessing (sp) the dog and giving her a desperately needed haircut! As he was working on her, her teeth were literally falling out. Her mouth wasn’t aligned, and for a few minutes he was suspicious of a broken jaw, but it turns out her teeth were bothering her so much she couldn’t close her mouth. Once they fell out, you could see she was far more comfortable. She may be as old as 16- 18 years old. She has large mammary tumors, which are more than likely caused by never being spayed,” Tia Torres described on the group’s Facebook page.

And why was she named Treasure?

“I felt it only right to give this little girl her identity right away. Everyone welcome Cf’s Treasure! One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” stated Tia.

On Monday afternoon, Treasure was discharged from the hospital. She is now in a foster home, sponsored by Friends of Homeless Animals. If anyone would like to donate towards Treasure’s bill, you can either call the clinic directly to call in a credit card payment #508-761-8525, or you can send a check made out to William Truesdale DVM to the police station in care of animal control at 160 Illinois Street in Central Falls, RI 02863. If any money is taken in over the amount of Treasure’s bill, it will be added to the Central Falls medical account at the vet clinic to be used on the next dog or cat in need.

(Photos of 18-year-old dog via Friends of Central Falls Animal Shelter)

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Check out Treasure’s video as she slowly improves:


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