German shepherd in life-or-death situation brought to vet clinic by police officer

A young German shepherd dubbed “Army” is lucky to be alive. Recently, the handsome, one-year-old dog was found with grievous injuries by a police officer in Santa Ana, California.

The compassionate officer took the injured dog to a vet clinic and the veterinarian reached out to the German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County for help. Maria Dales, director of the rescue agency told the Pet Rescue Report about the call the organization received from one of their veterinary partners:

Initial diagnosis was two broken front legs, apparently hit by car.  We had to make a life or death decision right then as to whether or not we could help, so we took a leap of faith.

X-rays taken at the veterinary hospital revealed that Army had serious fractures in each of his front legs – the preliminary estimate to help Army recover is $7800. Though the dollar amount is staggering, the rescue group feels that Army deserves the chance to live out the rest of his life and they are hopeful that other people will feel the same way.
Army has had surgery and metal plates were placed in his broken legs, along with metal screws to hold the plates in place – the young dog required two weeks in the hospital on “strict bed rest.” Just this week, Army was able to leave the veterinary hospital to continue his recovery at a foster home.
Army is fitted with “big, clumsy” splints, but he has a sweet enough temperament that he allows his foster family to change his bandages and give him medication without protesting.
Army has weeks of recovery ahead of him, but he is expected to be available for adoption in early July. Anyone interested in helping the rescue organization who made the decision to step up and save his life can make a donation at this link.

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Men’s attempt to shoot and bury dog in the woods thwarted by officer

Two men, who were preparing to shoot a dog and then bury the dog’s body in the woods in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, were thwarted in their attempt to commit the cruel act when an observant DNC officer caught sight of them in late March. According to Wednesday’s publication of Mlive, the men had already dug a hole to bury the dog in when CO Chris Lynch of DNR District 2 approached them.

Lynch was first told that the men were burying a dead dog – but he discovered that the hole in the woods only contained an empty box. The men later admitted that they intended to shoot an old dog and then bury the dog’s body in the hole. Lynch observed the dog and noted that the dog appeared to be healthy – the men were advised that they should take the dog to an area animal shelter.

According to the report, the men later admitted that killing the dog and burying the body in the woods was “probably weren’t the smartest thing to do.”

The dog was surrendered to a shelter and placed up for adoption – the men faced “enforcement action” for the loaded gun that was inside of their vehicle.

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Dog believed to have been protecting owner when beaten to death with a bat

A dog in Harveys Lake, Pennsylvania, is believed to have given his life while trying to protect his owner from a man who launched a violent rampage with a baseball bat last week.  According to WNEP News, last Tuesday, 34-year-old Charlie Ide allegedly went after his mother, Andrea Ozovek, with a baseball bat.

When the dog, a mastiff who Ide’s mother had rescued and nursed back to health, tried to defend Ozovek from her son, the man beat the dog to death with a baseball bat.  Harveys Lake police Charles Musial recounted to the Citizens Voice what the woman told him when he arrived at the home where the violence erupted last Tuesday, “As soon as I walked in, the first thing she said to me was, ‘The dog saved my life.'”

The faithful dog suffered life-ending head trauma in the attack – Ozovek was seriously injured as well, suffering a broken arm, lacerated head and a brain bleed.

Ide was taken to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility where he is being held without bail.

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Surrendered dog is so scared that she won’t walk

A dog named “Miracle” is in need of a miracle. The three-year-old mixed breed terrier was surrendered to the Carson Animal Services facility in California on March 11 and video taken shortly after she lost her family reveals the depth of her terror.

The video posted to Facebook is accompanied by words of explanation:

Sweet MIRACLE is so scared she won’t walk and she urinated when the staff were petting and reassuring her.

The following information was taken from Miracle’s intake paperwork:

My former family who owned me for more than a year had to give me up because they did not have enough time to spend with me. But they said that I spend most of my time outdoors, but it’s not ideal. I have not been housetrained. I am learning how to walk on a leash. I am just learning obedience skills. I should be the only pet in the house.

Miracle has so many things against her…she is scared, she is recommended to be the only pet in the household, and she is a pit bull mix…three strikes against a dog who has no control over her current situation.

Please help Miracle out of the Carson Animal Services facility by sharing her adoption information.

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Long Island man sentenced to jail for throwing dog from third story window

A Long Island man has been sentenced to jail after throwing a Chihuahua out of a third story window in August 2016. Dorian Quezada, 21, pleaded guilty to aggravated animal cruelty in front of Queens Criminal Court Judge Toni M. Cimino last month.

On Wednesday, Acting Supreme Court Justice Suzanne Melendez sentenced Quezada to one year in jail, and subsequently banned him from owning any animal for five years following his incarceration. According to QNS, an eyewitness saw Quezada walking away from the window moments after the dog fell and landed on the ground. The shocked witness ran over to the dog who was whimpering in pain; the was bleeding from his mouth, suffered a broken leg and dislocated ankle from the fall.

“It’s hard to imagine that someone would do something so cruel to their pet,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement.

In a positive advancement towards the protection of animals that advocates  actively continue to demand, Quezada will be required to register with the Department of Health as a convicted animal abuser and will be barred from adopting any pets from city shelters, rescue groups or pet stores.

Since the arrest and conviction of Quezada, the Chihuahua has recovered and has been adopted by a loving family.

(Photo of Chihuahua thrown from third story window  via Facebook and not of dog in story)

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Abandoned – emaciated dog left tied to fence when owners moved

An emaciated dog has been taken in at the San Bernardino City Animal Shelter (California) after being abandoned by her owners. On Tuesday, the Save SBC Shelter Pups Facebook page explained the terrible way that the dog was betrayed by her owners:

DARLING was tied to fence and owners moved!!!
At the vet in bad shape!!
Help DARLING needs a rescue ASAP!
ID #A502134
Available NOW to a rescue

Shelter notes:


Please network on Darling’s behalf – help find a rescue agency to take her in.

San Bernardino City Animal Shelter
333 Chandler Place, San Bernardino, CA
Closed Sunday and Monday
Telephone: (909) 384-1304






Rescuers blacklisted from shelters after dogs found dumped in another county

Two animal shelters in Arizona have blacklisted “rescuers” from pulling dogs from their facilities after it was revealed that dogs pulled from one animal control agency had been dumped months later at a different shelter in another county. On Wednesday, ABC 15 News reported about a couple associated with Kim’s Caring Hearts Rescue and accusations that they are responsible for the failed rescues.

Kimberly Kulpa is one of the alleged “fake” rescuers who has been red-flagged from the Pinal County Animal Shelter and Maricopa County Animal Care facility. This week, social media has been circulating a warning about the “rescue” agency tied to the alleged dog dumping – the warning reads:

911 SPECIAL NETWORKING!!…..PLEASE HELP AND PLEASE SHARE!!…..From November 2016 to January 2017 Kim’s Caring Heart Rescue (belonging to Kim Kulpa) Director Michalel Polnoff dumped at Pinal County Animal Shelter (6) dogs …..THESE TWO STILL ALIVE AND STILL THERE! …..PLEASE OPEN YOUR HEART & YOUR HOME ……ADOPT >>> RESCUE >>>> FOSTER…..SHARE SHARE SHARE!!!

PLEASE if you have any idea where any of the other dogs are that this rescue disposed of please let the public know so that we can help. They could be at any animal shelter across the united states. PLEASE If you can have your local animal shelters check their records for the above mentioned names. PLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION

God Bless Pinal County Animal Care Director, Staff and Volunteers!!

Reporters with ABC 15 News attempted to reach the rescue group operators at the agency’s address, but discovered that the house had recently been vacated. According to the news agency, the driveway was littered with trash and a padlock is on the door.

A Google search reveals that the Facebook page for Kim’s Caring Hearts Rescue has been deleted.

(Watch the ABC 15 news clip here)


Shelter seeks information after second German shepherd found deceased

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) is seeking information from the public after finding two German shepherds discarded in suspicious manners within a close proximity of time. According to the shelter, a dog’s body was found on Sunday, February 26, on the 1st Line EHS, north of Highway 89 in Mulmur Township.

The dog is described as black and dark tan in color – a brown towel was partially beneath the dog’s body. The body of the German shepherd “type” dog was so badly decomposed that a gender determination could not be made. There was no microchip, or collar, on the dog’s body.

According to, another German shepherd was found in a ditch in Erin on February 25 – that dog, a female, was wrapped in garbage bags. Like the dog found in Mulmur, there was no identification on the deceased dog’s body.

“Our investigation at this time is to find out if this was an act of animal cruelty,” says Alison Green, Senior Inspector, Ontario SPCA. “We are asking anyone who may have witnessed anything unusual in that area to come forward.” The Ontario SPCA has requested that any helpful information be called in to 310-SPCA (7722) immediately.

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Dog, starved to the brink of death, found in Branford

An emaciated dog, starved to the brink of death, was found this week in Branford, Connecticut. The heartbreaking situation was revealed to followers of the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter Facebook page on March 6:

The post begins with words of warning about the painful photos of the horribly neglected dog:


This is one of the worst cases of animal cruelty we have seen.

According to the shelter, around 11 a.m. on Monday morning, a woman stated that she was driving on Rte 1 in Branford, by the Big Y Plaza, when she was a dog walking, and then falling down. The woman stopped her vehicle and loaded the skeletal dog into her car for transport to the animal shelter.17190727_1375939399111073_3063517267592366657_n

The shelter is hoping that someone will recognize the dog and help provide information about who is responsible for her deplorable state of health. According to the veterinary specialists, the dog, dubbed “Hope,” has been starved for two to three months and she was within 24-48 hours of dying when she was found. Initial blood work has not revealed any infections or diseases – indicative of purposeful starvation on the part of whoever owned her.

On Wednesday, the shelter updated Facebook followers about Hope’s condition:

Here is the Hope Update for today. We will try to post an update each day between 12-7pm.

First Thank you to everyone who has shared Hope’s story, donated, called or inquired in some way on Hopes behalf.

Today brought better news than yesterday. At about 4 p.m. Hope finally was able to stand. As you can tell from the look on her face she is still uncomfortable. She is eating 1-2 tablespoons an hour and she is receiving 24 hour care. Her body temperature went from 96 degrees yesterday to 101 at 4 p.m. The recovery process for Hope will be long and she is still at a critical stage right now, but we are all feeling more optimistic seeing her stand today.

It is believed that Hope is a Labrador retriever/pit mix, but her skeletal condition makes an absolute determination difficult. Hope is believed to be 5-8 years of age and she is not spayed. Hope’s body shows signs that she was 17021617_1376948669010146_9014598871151326159_nconfined to a crate, or on a hard surface for an extended period of time (pressure sores)

The shelter has stated that a reward is offered for information leading to an arrest in this cruelty case:

Today we have received a very generous offer of a REWARD from Eric and Allison Maass of $2500.00 for information leading to the arrest of whoever is responsible. We will keep all information confidential.

Find the animal shelter Facebook page here.

(Photos via Facebook)


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Owner charged – waited too long to euthanize suffering old dog

A dog owner in Rhode Island is facing a charge of “unnecessary cruelty” for failing to take an elderly, suffering dog to a veterinarian to be euthanized in timely manner. According to WITN News, it is not believed that malice was to blame, but rather an inability to let go.

The dog, an 18-year-old pit bull mix named “X,” was emaciated, semi-comatose, could no longer walk and had bed sores by the time that Carlos Catano took him to a veterinary hospital to be euthanized. The veterinarian contacted the Rhode Island SPCA to report the situation based on the elderly dog’s dismal condition when he was finally brought in to be put down.

Though Catano apparently loved his pet too much to say good-bye, E.J. Finocchio, of the Rhode Island SPCA, told WITN News that they were not able to turn a blind eye to the dog’s suffering. He stated, “We can’t turn a blind eye on something like this and just let it pass because of sympathy.” However, Finocchio did express empathy for X’s owner’s inability to end his pet’s life – he stated, “Letting go is very, very difficult.”

What are your thoughts? Should it be illegal to “let nature take its course?”  Should loving pet owners be required to euthanize a cat or dog when the quality of life has ended? Do you believe that there is a double standard for pets versus people – given that in most states, people suffering with age related issues, or disease, are typically unable to have their life humanely ended?

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(Photo of X via screenshot WITN News)

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