Dog rescued with grotesque 20-pound tumor on his leg

There are few words to express the anger and disgust at such egregious animal cruelty and neglect. In southeast Dallas, Texas, Shadow was brought into a high-kill shelter by Animal Control with a monstrous sized tumor on his leg which weighs more than 20 pounds. At first glance, one would have thought there had been a black garbage bag tied around the dog’s lower leg – not so!  And this poor dog, whose growth weighs more than half of the emaciated senior’s body weight, was left to live like this for an unspecified amount of time. This condition didn’t happen overnight.

Rescued on Sunday by Dallas Dog RRR Rescue.Rehab. Reform, volunteers have expressed their anger directed towards anyone who may have seen Shadow and looked the other way. The words on the organization’s Facebook page addresses the appalling apathy and indifference to the needs of a  gentle and kind dog.

“… and no one to help. People staring at him in disgust and leaving him there to die, letting this tumor consume him. Shame on all of you who looked away. This senior should have been spending his golden years in front of the fireplace warm and loved. Instead, he was brought in by animal control to a kill shelter. No humanity of passion…”

Shadow’s tumor is bleeding and he will needs immediate medical care. Dallas Dog RRR have partnered with Second Chance Rescue NYC and Tall Tails Rescue to help with Shadow. According to the rescue organization, criminal charges are expected to be pressed against the dog’s owner.

To help with Shadow’s expenses, donations can be made by clicking here.

Photo of dog with 20-pound tumor courtesy of Dallas Dog RRR Rescue.Rehab.Reform. Follow the Pet Rescue Report on Facebook.





Sick puppies dumped on Detroit highway

Last week three puppies, sick with the deadly Parvo virus, were dumped in a blue bin along a highway in Detroit, Michigan. One of the puppies did not survive the illness. After the pups were discovered, the Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue penned an open letter to whoever was responsible for abandoning the puppies:

To the owner of the puppies that were dumped on the East Side of Detroit in a blue bin: All three of the puppies are sick with parvo and the female has now died from the disease. If you have more puppies in your home it’s likely that they too have parvo and will die without treatment so we are offering you the opportunity to do the right thing and bring in any other sick puppies to our vet’s office with no questions asked.


On Tuesday morning, the non-profit rescue agency indicated that the two surviving puppies (Pooh and Tigger) were showing signs of improvement:

Our sweet pups recovering from Parvo are continuing to improve! We are praying that they will continue to get better. Poor guys have been in quarantine in the hospital and will be ready to get out and play in a few days.

Click here to access the fundraiser for these puppies.

More about Parvo:

According to PetMD, Parvo is a highly contagious disease which more frequently impacts puppies who are between six weeks and six months old. Symptoms of the viral infection can include: Vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, and lack of appetite (anorexia). Parvo can also impact a puppy’s heart and cause death.

The Parvo virus is unfortunately hearty and it can live in the ground soil for up to a year. Dogs can become infected by the deadly virus by sniffing stool from a dog who is sick – one of the only disinfectants which is known to kill the virus is household bleach.

It is important to keep your dog properly vaccinated against this highly contagious virus.

Puppy abandoned in a Texas mailbox – read more about this here.

Puppy locked in a mailbox

Skin and bones dog left chained out in the cold

Owners of a neglected dog dubbed “Buster,” will likely face criminal charges for the conditions they forced their pet to exist in. The skin and bones dog was discovered in Howell, New Jersey, on the end of a chain, no food or water in sight – forced to suffer in the harsh cold and rain. According to the Monmouth County SPCA, Buster “barely resembled a dog.”

On February 13, the shelter described the pitiful conditions which Buster had endured before help arrived:

Last week, an anonymous call was made to Animal Control in Howell, who quickly notified the Law Enforcement Division of the Monmouth County SPCA. When we arrived on scene, we saw an animal that once may have resembled a dog, but was now skin and bones, barely able to stand and looking completely out of hope. Buster had been chained outside in the harsh cold and rain with no shelter and no visible food or water. Buster was completely emaciated and dehydrated and at first glance, his future looked very grim.

After being released from his chain, rescuers rushed Buster to MCSPCA where a medical team jumped into action to help. Buster was provided with IV fluids and pain relievers for his visibly swollen joins. During his veterinary assessment, it was discovered that Buster was infested with fleas, suffering from both ear and skin infections and his mouth was full of “rotted teeth.”

Buster’s life of suffering and misery is gone – today he is recuperating in a quiet environment where he is surrounded by people who care for him. His many maladies are being treated and he is being provided with comforts that he could have never previously imagined.

Donations to help Buster with his ongoing veterinary needs can be made at this link to the shelter.

The Monmouth County SPCA addressed the charges which Buster’s former owners will be facing and commented on donations for his ongoing care:

Our Law Enforcement team works hard to make sure cruelty like this is brought into the light. Buster’s former owners will be facing criminal charges so that he can be brought to justice. All money donated towards Buster will go directly to his treatment. If we raise more than the cost of the care for Buster, you can rest easy knowing your donation will help another animal just like him!

(Photo via Monmouth County SPCA)

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Tragic ending for dog who was rescued from a miserable existence on the end of a chain – click here to read more.

Emaciated dog has died

Annie is sick and getting sicker…urgently needs out of animal control

Update 2/9/17: Safe!

A beautiful three-year-old pit bull mix, dubbed “Annie,” is sick, and despite medication, she is getting sicker. Annie is being treated for an upper respiratory infection at the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control facility in Mesa, Arizona, but the stress of being in the noisy kennel, coupled with her lack of one-on-one attention, is worsening her health.

Annie is sick

This week, the Facebook page, MCACC East Dogs, posted a video of Annie (which clearly shows how stressful and loud it is in her kennel run), along with a few words about her condition:

We posted Annie last week (see video in comments). The difference is heartbreaking. She is being treated for a URI, but her symptoms are worsening. We are doing our best to help this girl out while she is in the shelter. The vet added a 2nd antibiotic in hopes that it will help, but Annie really needs to get out of the shelter and into a warm, calm, quiet home.

Imagine feeling horrible, and having no way to truly rest and recover. Imagine being alone and scared and sick…imagine Annie’s current situation. Please help this dog get the help that she desperately needs by sharing her adoption information.

  • Petharbor link here
  • Facebook thread here
  • Maricopa County Animal Care & Control – East Valley Animal Care Center at (602) 506-7387
    Ask for information about animal ID number A3870675
  • Click here to view video on Facebook


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Ten-week-old puppy found with metal rod in his skull

A ten-week-old puppy is doing remarkably well, despite being found with a metal rod through his skull. On February 3, University Veterinary Specialists detailed how the injured puppy was found:

The UVS Express Pet Transport was dispatched to Bentleyville, PA to assist with a 10-week-old puppy that presented with blunt force trauma to his head as well as both eyes. The proper authorities have been contacted, and an investigation is underway.


Despite the apparent gravity of the situation, the puppy is doing well after undergoing surgery over the weekend to remove the metal rod. UVS posted a video of the recuperating puppy, and a few words about the successful procedure:

We are so happy to share this update!
A successful surgery was performed last night, and the puppy is doing well. He has vision in one eye, and will need further monitoring to determine if vision in his other eye can be saved. Watch the video and look at him go!

Financial assistance for the case is being provided by The UVS Cares Foundation. Donations can be made to The UVS Cares Foundation by check or credit card by calling: (724) 717-CARE (2273).

(Photos via UVS Facebook page)

Body of emaciated dog found in trash

A press release has been issued by the RSPCA regarding the discovery of an emaciated, young pit bull who was discarded in the trash. According to the animal welfare agency, the skeletal remains were found in a bag in South East London by someone walking a dog on January 28.

The young dog, estimated to be around one year of age, was found in Fairlawn Garages in Cherry Orchard Estate, Charlton. RSPCA Inspector Callum Isitt said:

“This was a gruesome discovery for this passing woman, who was walking her children home.
The dead dog was inside a black bin bag, with his head hanging out the top.

The inspector added:

“This was a callous way to treat an animal – just chucking him away like rubbish – but what is especially concerning to me is the neglected state that the dog was in and what may have led to his death.
He was massively skinny, to the point of emaciation, and had very long nails. My guess is that it is likely he was starved to death.”

According to the authorities, the dog did not have a microchip and he was wearing a red fabric and choker-style collar. Anyone with information is asked to call the RSPCA at 0300 123 8018.

(photo via RSPCA)

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Man arrested – accused of throwing starved dog in dumpster

A Tennessee man has been arrested for a heartbreaking act of cruelty – accused of allowing a dog to starving to death before tossing the dog’s body into a dumpster in Clarksville. According to Thursday’s publication of Clarksville Now,  34-year-old Renaldo Marable was observed throwing the emaciated dog’s body into a dumpster on January 30 – the man told someone that the dog had frozen to death.

Starved dog thrown into dumpster

After the authorities removed the dog’s body, a necropsy was performed in Nashville- the findings revealed that the dog had been starved to death. The findings of the necropsy resulted in Marable being charged with aggravated animal cruelty and they enabled the authorities to remove an addition five dogs, also malnourished,  from his property.

Marable was arrested and held on a $5,000 bond.

(Photo/booking photo and screenshot via Clarskville Now)

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Rescued dog dead after adopter had neighbor shoot him

A rescue dog, who was adopted from a no-kill animal shelter in West Virginia, is dead after his adopter had a neighbor shoot the dog. According to the Tri-State Update, Sam Rife shot the pug mix, named “Bernie,” at the request of Amie Bowling, who adopted the small dog from Little Victories Animal Rescue Shelter in October.

Rife told the publication that Bernie was “a mean little dog,” who bit several people. It is Rife and Bowling’s claim that Bernie was mean which has prevented the county prosecutor from pressing charges. On Monday, the animal shelter stated, “Putnam County Prosecutor Mark A. Sorsaia says it is common practice for people who live in WV to shoot their family dog if it shows sign of aggression. No charges should be filed.”

The no-kill agency also provided their own description of the dog who was killed with a pistol, “Bernie, a 15 pound Pug was not aggressive as witnessed by hundreds who came into contact with him, my staff, veterinarians, and the adopter herself!” The shelter added, “we love him and are so sad he was murdered for unfounded aggression as we at Little Victories have in our contract to accept the animal back, 3 days after the last checkup we were told he was happy and healthy…and then were advised children found his body in the woods.”

A neighbor told the local news agency that Bernie would often come to her home to get away from cruelty at his home, and to receive affection – she noted that he was a “gentle” dog. No word on why Bowling did not adhere to her contract to contact the shelter if things were not working out well. In the meantime, no charges are expected against Bernie’s killers.

(Photo via Little Victories Animal Rescue FB page)

Someone shot family’s dog – left her to die on porch

The authorities in Multnomah County, Oregon, are hoping to find out who left a Corbett family’s dog to die from a gunshot wound. According to Thursday’s KATU News, “Mariah,” a five-year-old Cocker spaniel, was found on Tuesday, bleeding from a head wound on the porch of her family’s home after someone shot her between the eyes.

Mariah’s owner, Victoria Purvine, told KATU what could be seen on the injured dog’s x-ray, “You could see that it looked like someone had pointed and it had gone through and lodged down. She added, “You deliberately shot her between the eyes… It’s not like this was an accident. You had to have wanted to do that and I don’t understand that.”

Purvine told KATU that Mariah weighed just 17-pounds and noted that her size wouldn’t make her a threat to anyone, so she is baffled as to why someone would decide to pull a gun and deliberately shoot her.

The Purvines moved to the rural area of Corbett to enjoy their freedom – they told KATU that they now “feel like they need to live behind a fence.” Multnomah County Animal Services is leading the animal cruelty investigation. Anyone with tips should call animal services, or the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.

(Photo screenshot via KATU)

Dog dead after men in truck fire gun at owner’s home

A dog was killed when men in a truck fired a gun towards the dog’s owner’s home in Anna, Texas. The Collins County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release about the cruel incident on Friday, seeking information from the public about the men who are behind the cruel shooting.

According to the sheriff’s office, two men were inside of a white single cab pickup truck on January 24; the truck was parked near the victim’s home. Around 4 p.m., the authorities were alerted to a report of shots being fired at the two dogs living at the victim’s home on County Road 368. The targeted dogs included a Great Pyrenees and a Saint Bernard – the Saint Bernard, named “Chico,” did not survive after a bullet struck his neck.

Anyone with information about this cruelty case is asked to call Investigator Lanier at 972-547-5182 or submit a tip to the Collin County Sheriff’s Office website.

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