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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Touch and go for severely injured dog found beneath train

A severely injured dog, starving and near death, was found beneath a train in Perry County, Kentucky, this weekend. The Coonhound, dubbed “Rooney,” was picked up and transported for emergency veterinary care under the wing of the Arrow Fund.

The non-profit agency described Rooney’s dismal condition:

The maggot infestation and nests were unlike anything I have seen. Layers upon layers of maggots embedded in his skin. We ended up having to shave this baby over a drain to try to get the majority of them off. His wounds are many and severe. Infection is present. We are fighting hard to keep his temperature up. It has been 91.3 for most of the day, it is now at 94.5, still cold. He has a bear hugger on him to help him. A technician is assigned just to watch him.

An ultrasound revealed that the starving dog had resorted to eating rocks beneath the train out of sheer desperation…Rooney has low blood counts and has required blood and plasma transfusions. Suffice to say, Rooney’s condition is literally “touch and go.”

Rooney’s condition remains critical – he is, however, receiving the best possible treatment and care. Individuals hoping to help the Arrow Fund cover Rooney’s veterinary expenses can make a donation:

Donations can be made to and checks may be mailed to The Arrow Fund P.O.Box 1127 Prospect, Kentucky 40059.

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Puppy died at grooming salon during ‘routine bath’

A couple’s puppy died at a Greenville, North Carolina, grooming salon during what was supposed to be a “routine bath.” Now, the local authorities are investigating the business for possible felony animal cruelty, reported Wednesday’s WNCT News.

Bruno, a five-month-old English Bulldog, died after visiting the Yuppy Puppy salon on Monday morning – something terrible happened to the pup during the visit. The couple stated that they received a call from someone at area veterinary hospital stating that Bruno was “bleeding from the mouth,” and was in “critical condition.”

Shortly thereafter, the pup was gone – his owner stated that Bruno was healthy and that he had been to the veterinarian just a week before and no issues were found. The owner, who is currently remaining anonymous, told WNCT about his pup, “Very energetic and playful. He was a little rambunctious. He liked to play with other animals, very friendly. He loved to lay on your lap.”

The Greenville Police Department has confirmed that other complaints have been made about this same business and the Yelp reviews are not great (click here). So far, the business has declined to comment on Bruno’s death – a necropsy on the puppy’s body will help determine the true cause of death, and whether or not charges will be forthcoming.

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Owner surrendered dog shakes uncontrollably at high kill facility


A terrified, owner-surrendered dog is tearing the heart out of volunteers who are witnessing his terrible fear. The black and white dog, ID#A384699, is so frightened at the Orange County Animal Services facility in Orlando, Florida, that he is shaking in fear.

The volunteer-run Facebook page, Rescue Me Orlando Shelter Dogs wrote:

He’s an owner surrender sitting at the shelter, terrified!! Pacman (A384699) is only 4 years old and clearly has never known comfort or safety. He cowers in the kennel and tries as hard as he can to curl up in a ball & disappear. He shakes uncontrollably.


Basically, he’s scared to death. As he should be…he’s in a high kill shelter. He’s heartworm positive and will need pledges for his treatment. Please help us share this baby!! Let’s find him some stability, safety and love

You can help this dog (Pacman) find comfort and safety by taking a moment to share his adoption information. Petharbor link here.

Orange County Animal Services at (407) 254-9150
Ask for information about animal ID number A384699

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Torture? Family’s missing dog found with holes and fractures on body

One day after a York County, South Carolina, family’s dog disappeared, she returned home with injuries which indicate that she may have been the victim of torture. According to Tuesday’s Fox News, the one-year-old dog who belongs to Armanda Bruce and her fiancé Samuel Hamilton has strange and devastating injuries which happened during her short time away.

The veterinarian who examined Diamond, a pit bull mix, discovered that she had holes in her paws and one of her legs, as well as a shattered hip and fractured femur. The injuries were so severe that one of Diamond’s legs had to be amputated.

Diamond isn’t the only dog in the area to disappear and return with injuries – according to the report, a neighbor’s dog vanished and returned home with injuries which were severe enough that the dog had to be put down.

The local authorities are investigating the case of possible animal cruelty.

(Screenshot via Fox News)

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Dog nearly died from massive flea infestation

Did you know that fleas could be deadly? Those horrid little parasites are more than itchy and annoying, they can literally kill if allowed to breed and infest a pet’s body. The BC SPCA highlighted the danger after a dog was surrendered to them with a massive flea infestation.

According to the animal-welfare agency, a senior terrier named “Rascal,” arrived at their shelter with such a tremendous infestation of fleas that he lost approximately 85 percent of his blood.

“I think people understand that fleas can cause itchy skin and irritation, but they often disregard those discomforts,” says Tina Heary, BC SPCA senior animal protection officer. “But many don’t seem to realize that flea infestations can cause a serious threat to the health and well-being of their animals. Fleas feed on blood, which is why poor Rascal was in critical distress when he came into our care. He was literally dying from fleas.”

Rascal had to get blood transfusions to survive – today, the gentle senior dog is in foster care, recuperating from his near-death experience. “The BC SPCA is grateful to the animal hospital and to Dr. Ken Langelier, whose time-sensitive critical care ensured Rascal had the best chance of survival,” Heary said.

Owners are encouraged to discuss the various flea control options for their pets to help prevent them from suffering like Rascal did.

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Grandmother charged after 2 dogs fatally mauled toddler

A grandmother in Hart County, Georgia, is facing a second-degree murder charge after her dogs fatally mauled her grandson. According to WSBTV News, the two-year-old boy was attacked and killed by 70-year-old Sandra Adams’ two dogs, described as pit bulls, on Tuesday.

The little boy, whose identity has not yet been released, was being cared for by Adams at the time – the grievously injured child was rushed to an urgent care center, but the wounds proved to be fatal. According to WSPA News, in addition to the second-degree murder charge, Adams is also facing charges for cruelty to children second degree and involuntary manslaughter.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) has indicated that Adams has been cited “multiple times” by the local authorities for an ordinance maintaining disorderly animals. The dogs were seized and will be put down after a 24 to 48 hour period of observation, reported 11 Alive News.

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Charges or not? Decision reached after utility worker kills dog in yard

Last Friday, a utility worker contracted to do surveying for AT&T fatally shot a dog who was inside of her yard in Livonia, Michigan. According to Monday’s Fox 2 Detroit News, the man who fired the gun will not face any charges.

According to the shooter, a man who works for Metro Engineering Solutions, the dog lunged at him from a yard next door to where he was attempting to read a meter. The dog, named “Katie,” was in her own yard which was surrounded by an invisible fence.

According to the prosecutor, the worker had no way of knowing that the dog was contained by an invisible fence, so he was within his rights to shoot her. AT&T has released a statement about the tragic situation which ended the dog’s life:

“1. We expect our employees to comply with all applicable laws.
2.  We are aware of the situation, reviewing the circumstances and surrounding facts, and conducting our own investigation.  Once that investigation is complete, the Company will determine whether any additional action regarding its employee is necessary.
3.  We’ve instructed our employee to fully comply with local police in all respects, if requested.
4. The Company is also prepared to fully cooperate with the police, if requested.
5. At this stage, the Company has not been advised by the police as to whether they believe that any laws have been violated.
6. If and when such a determination is made, the Company will be prepared to take that fact into consideration.”

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Man who hurled dogs from parking garage sentenced to prison

An Illinois man has been sentenced to prison time for throwing two dogs from the roof of a parking garage. According to the Chicago Tribune, 23-year-old Edward Hanania was sentenced to five years in prison for the cruel incident in May which claimed the life of one dog and severely injured another.

On Friday, after Hanania pleaded guilty to aggravated animal cruelty, Judge Colleen Hyland sentenced him to five years for the felony animal cruelty crime, in addition to six years for violating his probation on an “unrelated” drug conviction. The sentences are to be served concurrently.

The dogs that were hurled from the hospital’s parking garage were not even Hanania’s.  Oak Lawn police stated that Hanania falsely claimed he owned the two poodles after the dogs were found wandering the streets. When the woman who found the dogs posted an ad on social media, Hanania went to her house, gave her a $20 reward and claimed the dogs were his. The next day he dropped both dogs off the fifth floor of the hospital’s parking lot. The disturbing incident was caught on video surveillance.

The next day he dropped both dogs off the fifth floor of the hospital’s parking lot. The disturbing incident was caught on video surveillance. One of the dogs died and the other – a year-old named Angel survived; he suffered bruised lungs and a broken leg.

Animal welfare advocates who have been following this case are pleased by the outcome, and Oak Lawn police Chief Randy Palmer stated, “I would say that justice was served.”

Prior article about this case here. 

(Booking photo via Daily Southtown)

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Tragic end for small dog found wrapped in garbage bag

Life has ended tragically for a small dog who was found wrapped in a garbage bag and discarded in a dumpster in Staten Island, New York. According to Friday’s ABC 7 News, the injured dog, dubbed “Patricia,” had been found by good Samaritans on Wednesday evening.

The abandoned and discarded Yorkshire Terrier was rushed to a veterinarian for urgent care, but she was so badly injured that she had to be humanely euthanized. The ASPCA confirmed Patricia’s death on Friday.

Nobody knows how long the six-pound dog was in the Charleston area dumpster before she was found – whoever threw her away may have knowledge of how her little body came to be so broken and investigators want to get to the bottom of the animal cruelty case.

Anyone with information about this tragic situation is asked to call NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

(Screenshot via ABC 7 News)

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