Springfield firefighter comforts dying dog after freeing pet from under a log

A Springfield firefighter comforted a dying dog after police and the fire department responded to a call from a neighbor in the 100 block of N.Hillcrest Road about the dog trapped under a heavy log. According to the Springfield Fire Company’s Facebook, two officers climbed down a slope and tried to move the log. It was too heavy, and so they called the fire department for help.

Buddy, a 12-year-old Gordon Setter had escaped from his fenced in yard on Monday. His worried owners searched all over for their senior dog including posting notices, checking online and notifying police. Because of Buddy’s age, he was also nearly deaf and blind which made it harder for the dog to find his way back home or for his family and rescuers to locate him. On Tuesday afternoon, however, according to, Buddy was found. He had wedged himself under a log; no one can figure out how it happened. Perhaps the dog had been seeking shelter from the heavy rains on Monday evening?

Most likely trapped for more than 24-hours, Buddy still remained calm as firefighters used a hydraulic ram to lift the log. Within 20 minutes the dog was freed; Firefighter Bob Tracey administered oxygen to the dog as he laid down next to Buddy, giving him a small amount of water and gently patting him for reassurance.

And with the tenderness reflected of our most admired and brave firefighters and police, Buddy was gently placed in a Springfield patrol car and rushed to an emergency veterinarian hospital where the dog was reunited with his family before the decision was made to humanely euthanize him.

Many thanks to our brave men and women who protect not just us, but our beloved four-legged companions. Rest in peace Buddy; you will be missed.

(Photos of Buddy’s rescue courtesy of Springfield Fire Company)

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Owner bred Golden retriever and then decided he didn’t want the trouble

Charlotte, a Golden retriever mix, was an owner surrender at a high kill animal shelter in rural Texas on Saturday. Her story has been told much too often – just a different day, a different shelter and a different dog. Her owner had intentionally bred her, but as the time became closer for Charlotte to give birth to a litter of ten new lives, her owner decided Charlotte and her puppies were too much trouble; hence they were sent to the nearest shelter.

When Rescue Dogs Rock NYC were notified about Charlotte, the organization stepped forward; Charlotte and her puppies would soon be safe.  And just one day after her rescue, Charlotte caught a ride to New York City where a foster family will care for her until she gives birth. Her endearing video demonstrates just how content and sweet her disposition is despite the recent confusion in her life.

On Monday, however an animal cruelty report stuck its ugly head out while the dog was being examined at the organization’s partner veterinarian hospital:

 “Charlotte was shot multiple times while she was pregnant,” Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC posted on their Facebook page to update followers. “Charlotte was at the vet today, and her sonogram clearly shows bullet fragments in her belly. We do not know at this time if the babies have been affected; the sonogram showed ten heartbeats.”

No one can even guess the reason why anyone would have shot this beautiful, friendly and extremely gentle dog. As of Monday’s report, Charlotte’s puppies are due in less than a week. Follow the story of Charlotte and her soon to be born puppies on Facebook. Updates will follow.

(Photos and video of Golden retriever courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

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Tortured and shot, poor dog ‘Buddy’ lived outside of a store while strangers ignored his pain

In South Texas, an abandoned, tortured and shot dog lived outside of a store. No one knows how long “Buddy” had been sleeping next to the wall, however no one ever stopped to help him despite every inch of the puppy’s body had been covered in mange and scabies. Then there were the bird shots Buddy survived -along with  pellet gun assaults and even a .22 rifle. Who can figure out why Buddy became the enemy; just a kind dog who would quietly approach strangers and with his soft brown eyes, timidly look up as if begging for a kind word and a scrap of food. Buddy, however did have one friend – the small white dog who stayed by his side providing some comfort to the endless days and nights of loneliness and pain.

And finally there came help. On Sunday, a social media plea circulated when Lizbeth Pereyra-Bollinger from McAllen, Texas posted the dog’s near hopeless situation on her Facebook page and asked for help. The plight of the two tortured dogs quickly garnered support and as plans were being formulated to raise funds for the dogs’ medical care, Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC agreed to help.

“There is not an inch of his body that is not infected. His only friend has been right by his side. This boy is being rushed to the emergency room right now. He’s in grave condition. We have to try and save his life; he deserves every chance we can give him …,” stated Stacey.

Late Sunday, the dog’s update – although still extremely serious expressed some hope:

“Update on Buddy, he is heartworm negative, has scabies, and mange (obviously) but he has also been shot several times, with a pellet gun, bird shot from a shot gun, and probably a .22,” wrote Lizbeth on her Facebook page. “The vet said he is not sure how he has made it this far. But we want to thank everyone for their donations, and prayers, especially a wonderful God sent individual from Montana, Ms. Janice, who donated a large sum to Buddy’s treatment! Buddy will need lots of prayers and lots of love. We also couldn’t leave his friend behind. And she is also getting treatment as well. Thank y’all once again, hopefully Buddy will pull through and he can be happy. Buddy has been accepted to Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. If you like to donate to his recovery please donate to or donateRescue Dogs Rock NYC.”

How desperately tragic it was for so many people just to walk by this dog and never stop to help. Be the voice for those who cannot speak. Report animal neglect and cruelty. Don’t allow abandoning Buddy or any pet outside of a store as acceptable. 

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Showed up as bonded strays: Lenny and Louie begging to be rescued

Less than one week ago, Lenny and Louie showed up as strays together and have been inseparable ever since. They sleep together, eat together and seem to share in an affectionate bond when interacting. Both dogs have been described as extremely sweet; on Saturday they became available for adoption, however no one has stepped forward for either dog. Maybe the two escaped from their yard and went on a sightseeing tour before having been picked up as strays? If only their human would come and take them home where they belong.

#A5077487 “My name is LENNY I’m an approximately 7 year old male Chihuahua. I am not yet neutered. I have been at the Carson Animal Care Center since 6/13. I will be available on 6/17. You can visit me at my temporary home at C238.” Follow Lenny’s Facebook page here.

#A5077488 “My name is LOUIE I’m an approximately 3 year old male Chihuahua. I am not yet neutered. I have been at the Carson Animal Care Center since 6/13. I will be available on 6/17. You can visit me at my temporary home at CRECEIVING.” Follow Louie’s Facebook page here.

For more information about these two dogs, call Los Angeles County Animal Control – Carson at (310) 523-9566.

(Photos and video of  Lenny and Louie courtesy of Pet Harbor and Saving Carson Shelter Dogs)

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Poor Betty so scared of leash, shelter volunteer tearfully carries her outdoors

When a volunteer from the Miami-Dade Animal Pet Adoption and Protection Center checked on Betty, the six-year-old frightened terrier mix hid in the back of her kennel. Gently clipping on the leash around the dog’s neck, she refused to move. Initially thinking, Betty was unable to walk, Ashely Lopez decided to carry her outdoors; no dog should have to spend all day in a cage just because she didn’t want to walk. And so Betty’s  sad story began to unfold:

“After carrying her outside, she sat happy in a corner watching the cars and the people pass,” Ashley stated as she gently scratched Betty behind the ears. “She let me pet her and sit with her. When it came time to put on the leash again, she ran away from me. This poor baby can walk just fine!”

And as Ashley’s heart broke piece by piece, she could only guess what may have been a terrible part of this senior’s past.

“She just hates being on a leash. I don’t doubt it was because her old family made her scared of the leash.”

Click here for the dog’s listing. Betty #A1880847. “I am a female tan and white Terrier. The shelter staff think I am about 6 years old and I weigh 64 pounds. I was found as a stray and I may be available for adoption on 06/17/2017.” Follow her Facebook pages here and here. Share this girl’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.

Betty needs a loving home where she can cuddle up in a comfortable bed and run free without a leash. Although her shelter notes Betty is six-years-old, she seems much older, and this dog deserves to live her last years in a home full of love and happiness. 

(Video and photos courtesy of Ashley Lopez)

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Video: Meet sad Betty. Please share her story and help her find a home.

Perth man who stabbed beloved Lab in park walks away with slap on the wrist

A 37-year-old Perth man  from Mirrabooka, Australia, charged with killing a four-year-old Golden Labrador retriever at the Perth park of Apple Blossom Polyantha Reserve, received no more than a slap on the wrist according to animal activists. Jayde Paul Rowan pleaded guilty to stabbing the dog to death last month.  On Thursday, Perth Magistrate Steven Heath handed him a seven-month suspended sentence.

According to the News Hub,  on May 17,  the dog’s owner, Bridgette, 22, had been exercising her two dogs, Luna and Choco, off leash when she noticed a man leaning over Luna.

“Within a split second Luna was on the floor. I thought she was just submitting, wanting to play,” Bridgette stated. “The man bent down. I didn’t hear any snarls, growl, yelps or barks. I thought everything was fine.”

One moment later, however the awful truth became a painful reality. Bridgette ran up to the man to make sure the small dog he had been walking was not being annoyed by Luna, but as she approached, the man put his hood up and mumbled something Bridgette said she could not understand. The man  walked away before jumping the fence and then broke into a run to escape.

“I got closer. I realized she was on the floor, blood all over her. I just dropped and started screaming and screaming… I picked her up and lay her on top of me and felt her heart and I couldn’t feel her breathing; she was gone within seconds,” she cried. ‘Luna was my baby… she was my first dog.”

According to Rowan, who claims to be an “animal lover,” told the judge he had been walking his seven-month-old puppy when he pulled out a knife and killed Luna. He stated Bridgette’s two dogs circled his puppy, and he perceived their action as a threat. His defense lawyer stated his client had not meant to kill Luna, but just scare her away, however there was more to Rowan’s story. Ten years before, Rowan owned a 13-year-old dog who had been fatally attacked by  two dogs in a park, and when he encountered Luna surrounding his puppy, it was “an instantaneous reaction.” His lawyer acknowledged that his client had no intent to “cause serious harm.” Judge Heath believed him.

After court, a very distressed Bridgette spoke out telling Channel 7News  she is afraid to go anywhere in public because she lives in fear:

“I don’t even want to go to the local shops, because I feel scared of what could possibly happen to me because this man thinks it’s okay to carry a knife and the judge has made him think it’s okay to carry a knife,” Bridgette said.

Bridgette may appeal the ruling.

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Rest in peace Luna.  (Photo of Luna stabbed by Perth man via WAPolice and screenshot via News 7)

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Woman surrendered family pet and told her child to take a photo to remember their dog


At the Clay County Animal Care and Control in Green Cove Springs, Florida some days are just worse than others. On Tuesday morning, a woman surrendered the family pet and told the young child with her to take a photo so he could remember their dog.

“There are some crappy people out there,” thought shelter volunteer Andrea Cassman. “Good job turning in your dog with your 11-year-old child in tow and telling him to take a picture of the dog to remember her. Here is the dog in the kennel scared and confused. Her crate and bed are in the lobby,” stated Andrea nearly in tears.

Andrea had been helping with an adoption when the woman came in with the youngster asking for information how to surrender a dog.  At the time, they didn’t have the dog with them, but the woman explained to the shelter staff the dog had belonged to her daughter, but allegedly the daughter had moved away two years ago and left the dog with the mother. A few hours later, the woman returned with the dog; a ten-year-old sweet Labrador retriever named Duchess. The dog’s face dropped as she was placed in a kennel and watched her family walk away. Maybe she knew they would never return, but how does one explain that to a dog?

When the child asked his grandmother how he could remember their dog, the woman said “through a picture.”

“I thought she should see how the poor dog looked in the kennel. Duchess was lying there and crying; the dog actually had tears in her eyes,” Andrea told the Pet Rescue Report.

According to shelter notes, Duchess is good with children, other dogs and is curious around cats when she initially meets them. Please share her plight with friends, family and social media contacts; sharing saves lives. Follow her story here. For more information about Duchess, contact the Clay County Animal Care and Control located at  3984 FL-16, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043. Phone:(904) 269-6342.

(Photo and video of surrendered pet courtesy of Andrea Cassman)

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Dog thrown out of car near expressway tried to jump back on vehicle but instead owner sped off

On Sunday evening, a woman driving a silver SUV stopped along the service road at 97th Avenue of the Van Wyck Expressway in Queens, New York and pushed a frightened German shepherd out of her vehicle. The panicky dog, knowing something was terribly amiss, jumped up on the car trying to get back in, but instead, the woman sped off leaving the dog alone just feet away from the busy highway.

A young woman and her boyfriend witnessed the heartbreaking situation and turned their vehicle around to help; who could just leave a defenseless dog in such a precarious position? The couple stated the dog was so scared, they stayed with her for two hours until police finally arrived. The story, however didn’t end there for the dog the couple dubbed “Honey.” With the arrival of the police, the noise of the squad car and the flashing lights, Honey panicked again; she ran into traffic and was struck by a vehicle. The collision degloved her paw, fractured her right front leg and shattered her hip. And now, along with the dog’s emotional suffering came critical physical injuries.

Rescue Dogs Rock NYC learned of Honey’s desperate story on Monday when staff from the New York City Animal Care Centers notified the rescue organization asking if they could help. Honey needed emergency medical assistance, and she needed to be rescued immediately. Simultaneously Jackie O’Sullivan, the co-founder of the organization, received a private message from the witnesses who found Honey; begging for help to save the dog’s life. The couple had already bonded while waiting the two hours until authorities arrived.

“When no other rescues stepped up for Honey right before 6:00 p.m., we committed to her to save her life, despite knowing that she requires expensive orthopedic surgery and that we likely won’t be able to raise the money for,” stated Jackie. “But we took Honey because she did not deserve to die, and because it was the RIGHT thing to do! Why should this poor innocent dog suffer one more minute let alone pay with her life?”

Honey has been transferred to the organization’s partner veterinarian and is currently receiving life saving emergency treatment. She is indeed lucky to be alive. To help, PayPal: or website: or mail: Rescue Dogs Rock NYCPO Box 101, NY,NY 10028.

Someone knows who dumped this dog. The silver SUV had Ontario license plates. Help Honey get justice, and turn the woman in for illegally abandoning her dog.

(Photos of dog thrown out of car near expressway, courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC )

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Maybe he wasn’t pretty? Dog struck by a car left on side of road alone for hours

Saturday had been a long day for an abandoned dog in North Houston; it was a miracle he survived. There it was – a dog struck by a car, and instead of stopping, the driver sped away; leaving the dog for dead. Covered in cuts and wounds, dragging his leg while helplessly crying for someone to rescue him from the excruciating pain, he made it to the side of the busy roadway, curled up into a tight ball, and for hours he tried to sleep away the agony. No one stopped, people walked around him, yet no one came to help.

“It was two hours and no one helped him,”  stated animal advocate Leslie Ysuhuaylas until a Good Samaritan  arrived at the scene where the dog dubbed Pinto had been found. “He is not an adorable breed, but he still deserves help. He could be half dead and people would still not care because he’s a pit bull. He’s in horrific pain and deserves help.”

When Leslie notified Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, Stacy Silverstein, co-founder of the organization, immediately stepped up to help. Pinto was transported to an emergency veterinary hospital in Spring, Texas Saturday night. Radiographs taken at the hospital showed the dog sustained a shattered pelvis and left broken leg. An orthopedic surgeon will review his diagnostics and formulate a plan for surgery. For the last 12 hours, Pinto has been receiving intravenous medication and fluids for hydration. He has cuts and abrasions, including a cut on his lip which is dangerously infected. Tragically some of the injuries Pinto suffers from are old and most likely from his past of living on the streets and having been abused.


Follow Pinto’s story on Facebook. Ironically, despite the animal abuse and cruelty Pinto must have suffered in his past, all he wanted to do was kiss, hug and be cuddled by the humans who offered their help. 

Updates will follow, but for now his recovery is estimated to cost thousands of dollars. Please help Pinto get well. Donate here: Http:// or Paypal:

(Photos and video of dog struck by a car courtesy of Leslie Ysuhuaylas and Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

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Pomeranian’s throat slit from side to side while her owner slept

In Ooralea, Australia, local resident Carrie Ison had been asleep in her Maykby Diva Drive home last Saturday when an unknown heartless animal abuser entered her backyard where her tiny Pomeranian’s throat had been slit from side to side. According to Carrie’s Facebook page, her veterinarian has since confirmed it had been an intentional act inflicted by a person.

The Pomeranian, named Chewy has miraculously survived and continues to undergo treatment. Carrie stated the disturbing incident occurred in  the late hours of the night or very early on Sunday morning. She now wants to warn all of her neighbors as well as the entire community reminding everyone – that no matter how safe you might think your fenced-in yard is for your pet, just don’t take the risk and keep them inside.

“I’m being asked to inform everyone in the Ooralea area in Mackay of hat’s happened. My dog was hurt on Saturday night/Sunday morning; his head was basically slashed from left to right,” Carrie wrote on her Facebook. “I have had multiple vets tell me that in their professional opinion this was not created by another dog or animal. I have been absolutely beside myself not knowing what’s happened.”

“Keep your little dogs/cats inside at night. Thanks to Better Pet Vets for taking care of my boy and getting him back on his feet.”

Anyone with information about this apparent act of animal cruelty is asked to contact local police. Help Chewy find some justice. Get well soon little pup.

(Photos of Pomeranian’s throat slit via Carrie Ison’s Facebook page)

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Puppy abandoned in cardboard box

Read about the puppy discovered in a sealed cardboard box.