Physician in Texas accused of poisoning family’s dogs

A prominent physician in Odessa, Texas, is facing charges for allegedly poisoning several dogs. According to Thursday’s CBS 7 News, Dr. Robert Kevin Lynch, 54, is facing felony charges in connection with the death of two dogs, and the poisoning sickness to a third dog – according to Odessa American, Dr. Lynch confessed to the crime when questioned by the authorities.screenshot-864

Investigators were led to Lynch as a suspect thanks to surveillance footage which the dogs’ owners obtained from neighbors. Dr. Lynch is accused of stuffing raw meat with several substances which are known to be toxic to dogs. One of the poisoned dogs died from kidney failure and the other suffered cardiac arrest. According to CBS 7, Lynch had previously complained that the targeted dogs barked too much.


Lynch, a general surgeon, is facing felony animal cruelty charges for the incidents, which took place in late December. The Odessa American reported that Lynch was jailed on Thursday on $22,500 bond.

(Photos via screenshot CBS 7 News and the Odessa American)


‘Rescuer’ accused of abandoning dogs – several found shot dead at her home

A young woman who claims to have rescued over 100 dogs from Texas’ Fort Worth Animal Shelter, is accused of later abandoning the dogs. According to Thursday’s WBAP News, recently, multiple dogs were also found shot to death outside of the woman’s home in Arkansas.

The woman accused of abandoning the “rescued” dogs has been identified as Whitney Smither of Horatio, Arkansas. Smither’s boyfriend, Brian Moore, is accused of shooting the eight dogs which were found dead at her home. Moore is facing multiple counts of animal cruelty for the dogs’ deaths.

According to Dallas News, Moore claimed that he killed the dogs who had been rescued by Smither because they were infected with heartworms, and/or they posed a threat to humans or livestock; the dogs were apparently shot after Smither left Arkansas. Though Smither is listed as a suspect in the cruelty investigation, she has not yet been charged.

Dozens of dogs that Smither claimed to have rescued from the Texas animal shelter remain unaccounted for. On Wednesday, the rescue group Ark-La-Tex Animal Rescue, utilized social media in an effort to determine the fate of the dogs – the agency wrote:

We are reaching out to the rescue community, transporters, cross posters, fosters, volunteers, friends, and even family that may have any scrap of information that may tell us where any of the over 200 animals that came into the possession of Whitney Smither and Brian Moore between April 2016 and November 2016 might possibly be. Look through your old messages, texts, Facebook posts, receipts, and think hard, then contact me. Everything will be taken into consideration. We have to be the voices for the voiceless in this nightmare, because their one voice isn’t talking.

According to the WBAP report, Smither has “fled” to Indiana – charges against her are expected.

(Photo screenshot via Dallas News/Kerry Anechiarico)

Homeless man carrying his dog to protect paws from cold helped by angels

In Kamloops, British Columbia, the intense cold has been both a danger to both humans falling on hard times as well as their four-legged companions. On Sunday, a homeless man heading over to the Kamloops New Life Mission was spotted carrying his dog over his shoulders to prevent the dog’s paw pads from getting too cold. The dog was also wrapped in a blanket to help maintain his body heat.angels-animal-rescue-2

Never doubt there aren’t angels among us. On the Facebook page for Angel’s Animal Rescue – Merritt BC, words of gratitude went out to Mae and Chris Coventon for donating an insulated winter coat and booties to the dog named Rowdy. When the rescue organization caught up with the dog owner at the mission, the dog was given his new winter gear to help keep him warm and safe. An emergency appeal was also made asking for donations of warm clothes including jackets, gloves, hats and socks for humans.

On the organization’s Facebook page, advocates praised the dog’s owner with placing the needs of his beloved pet first:

Perkinz HighNoon Saw them last week. Didn’t know they were in need. I wish I coulda helped them with something. Well-mannered dog. I could tell he is well-loved.


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Sandy Hulme Kudos to the donors of the coat & boots…to the kind pet owner I praise you for putting your companion first!!!

How we love our dogs – doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor or in this case even if you’re homeless. There are no better friends than our dogs.

(Photos of homeless man carrying his dog courtesy of Angel’s Animal Rescue.)

New Life Community is also asking for food donations to save money for heat and electricity during the cold snap. Coffee, frozen foods or donations are welcome. It’s so difficult for those down on their luck to survive the frigid weather.  To help, please click here.

Nine dead dogs found in hoarder house

Nine dogs died before help arrived to a home in Benton County, Missouri. According to KMBC News, 31 dogs, who had been living in squalor, were rescued by the Animal Cruelty Task Force with the Humane Society of Missouri on Thursday.

According to a press release from the shelter, the deceased dogs appeared to have been partially eaten by other hungry dogs inside of the home. The shelter described the breeds rescued, and the various maladies they are suffering from:

Thirty of the dogs are Shih Tzu/Maltese-type mixes, ranging in age from 6 month old puppies to 12-15 year old dogs. One dog is a Labrador Retriever mix. The long-haired dogs are horribly matted with skin, ear and eye infections and internal and external parasites. Several are extremely thin and several are missing eyes. All of the dogs were living in a home with floors covered in feces and urine.

Kathy Warnick, president of the Humane Society of Missouri stated:

Obviously, these poor dogs have been suffering for a long time. Our first priority is for their safety, health and well-being. Our expert staff will do everything we can to rehabilitate them and find them the loving homes they deserve. In addition, our ACT will continue to investigate and develop evidence in this case toward recommending prosecution to the fullest extent of the law to the Benton County Sheriff’s Department and Prosecutor’s Office.”

The man who owned the dogs acknowledged that he was not able to provide proper care and he surrendered custody. The dogs are being examined by veterinarians and they will be treated for their ailments – as soon as possible, the dogs will be made available for adoption.

To aid in their socialization and recovery, the Humane Society of Missouri is requesting donations of toys for small dogs and gently-used, clean, stuffed cuddle toys. Donations of newspapers, towels, blankets and sheets also are appreciated. Donations may be dropped off at the Humane Society of Missouri’s Macklind Ave. Adoption Center, 1201 Macklind Ave., St. Louis, Mo. 63110.

Surrendered trio, including one blind dog, need a home together

Update: The dogs have been adopted (together!!)

A special threesome in Arizona is in need of a new home where they can live together. The trio, Tiny, Teddy and Lola, were surrendered by their family (who is unable to care for them any longer) and they are now waiting for a new family at the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control agency.

The shelter wrote:

This was a very difficult decision for the family and we ask that rather than making negative or unkind comments, we focus instead on trying to find the dogs a home where they can stay together.
They are all about five years of age. Tiny and Teddy are male Chihuahua mixes who are protective of their friend Lola. Lola is a very sweet pitbull/beagle mix who is blind.


A singular photo of the dogs provides clear evidence of their bond – look at the Chihuahua’s eyes as he stares adoringly at his blind companion, Lola. The shelter emphasized the need for the trio to find a home together:

Tiny and Teddy watch over her and help boost her confidence. They sleep snuggled up together and absolutely must remain together.

These bonded friends are available for adoption at the Mesa shelter which is located at 2630 W. Rio Salado Parkway. The adoption fee is $60 for all three dogs. They are not spayed and neutered so they will need to stay an extra day for surgery.

The shelter stated:

They would be best in a home without very small children due to Lola’s vision and the fact that tiny and Teddy do protect her. If you have a dog at home please bring them to the shelter and we can try an introduction. We don’t know how they are with cats.

Maricopa County Animal Care Facebook page here.

Hunter finds 6 abandoned puppies with ‘Shoot Me’ on box

In an isolated area, two hours away from Dallas, Texas, a hunter and his wife came upon a most disturbing situation in the woods on December 30. The couple stumbled upon an old cardboard box with the words “Shoot Me” sprawled across the outside. As the hunter’s wife bent down to see what was in the box, she was shocked to find six helpless puppies still alive in the wet box filled with feces, urine and vomit.underdog-project-puppies-2

The puppies were emaciated and starving, and as the wife began to make a plan and call the Underdog Project, a Dallas rescue organization, the woman’s husband wanted to shoot the puppies. And as he cocked his gun, ready to brutally end the lives of each and every puppy, because the words “Shoot Me” on the box perhaps signaled a bizarre message to him, the man’s wife was able to keep the puppies safe until rescuers arrived.underdog-project-puppies-3

According to the Underdog Project who reached out to Pet Rescue Report on Tuesday afternoon, the puppies initially suffered from hook and tapeworms. When found, they had diarrhea with bloody stools and had been vomiting.  The pups are currently being treated for coccidiosis.

No one knows who left the puppies in the woods – there is no question the heinous, heartbreaking animal cruelty act would have left all of them to die slow, excruciating deaths. Volunteers say it is unimaginable how someone could be so heartless to abandon a litter of innocent lives with the words, “Shoot Me.” Be the voices for those who cannot speak. Anyone with information is asked to notify authorities.

(Photos of abandoned pups with Shoot Me on box courtesy of Underdog Project.)

Donations to help the puppies can be made by clicking here.

Pet owners relax – police aren’t authorized to arbitrarily shoot your dogs

After a judge recently ruled that police in Michigan were allowed to utilize deadly force against two dogs who were inside of a Battle Creek home (which was being searched for evidence of drugs), social media and beyond erupted in outrage over the implication that the police had been given the green light to enter homes and kill pets. According to KSPR News, pet owners can relax – nothing had changed to give the authorities the right to arbitrarily shoot pets who are inside of homes. There has been no “new” federal law giving the police the right to shoot a dog just for barking at an officer.

Corporal Cathy Ussery with the Greene County Sheriff’s Office stated, “We don’t go around, arbitrarily shooting at any defenseless animal.” In the case of the two dogs who were fatally shot in Battle Creek, the dogs’ owners failed to prove that their pets were not being aggressive in that particular situation. Ussery explained that an officer’s decision to use deadly force depends on what is encountered inside of a home – she stated, “If we are being attacked by an animal we have to do what is needed to protect ourselves and other people.”

Ussery reminded concerned individuals that many police officers are pet owners themselves and they realize that pets are family to many people – adding that shooting a pet would usually be a “last resort.”


Pup with paralyzed hind legs rescued from street in Beirut

When researching the number of stray animals in the United States alone, the results are staggering and disheartening. Per the ASPCA Pet Statistics, approximately 7.6 million animals enter shelters across the nation annually; 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats. Of these animals, 2.7 million will be euthanized. According to the World Animal Awareness Society 90% of dogs born in the U.S.A will never find a permanent home.

But even more tragic is the stray dog population on a global scale. According to World Health Organization (WHO) the estimated total worldwide is somewhere between 20,000,000 and 600,000,000. In cities, such as Beirut, Lebanon there are no laws to protect animals so abuse, torture, and neglect run rampant.

One dog, appropriately named Lucky, was indeed fortunate enough to get out of Beirut alive, thanks to the efforts of a good Samaritan and a rescue group in Alberta, Canada. Lucky’s journey started when she was found on the side of the road in Beirut with both of her hind legs paralyzed. It is unknown if she was born this way or if it was the result of abuse or being hit by a car.  Whatever the circumstances, Lucky was left on the side of the road like garbage. While many people passed her by, going about their day to day activities, only one person stopped.

The woman who rescued Lucky works very hard to help homeless animals in Beirut. She knew that Lucky’s only chance was to get out of Lebanon.  Since April 2016, Lucky has been in boarding and foster care in Beirut. One of the fosters put a post about Lucky needing a foster or adopter outside of Lebanon. Just One More Animal Rescue and Recovery, a foster based rescue group operating out of Swan Hills, Alberta, Canada saw the post about Lucky and knew immediately they wanted to help.

Lauri Restad,  the president of the rescue and her vice president Tammy Stals, knew their first step was to set up a fundraiser to get Lucky to Canada from Beirut. They put out a request for donations starting in October 2016 to cover the transporting fee and necessary paperwork and Lucky arrived in Alberta, Canada on December 12th, 2016. Lucky’s first stop before going to her foster was at the home of Tammy Stals. Because it was -­20 degrees when Lucky arrived, Tammy bought a little coat for her to wear and a warm blanket. It will take some time for Lucky to get used to the Canadian climate.

Now that Lucky is in Canada, she can get the medical help she needs to be able to walk again. Lucky does have a cart with her to help her mobility. She is only able to stand and walk on her own for a few seconds. She will most likely require surgery and therapy to possibly restore the function of her paralyzed hind legs. She is currently incontinent, and it is not definite that she will be able to use her back legs again. But Lauri and Tammy feel confident that she will recover and be able to walk again. Despite not having the use of her back legs, Lucky is a sweet, happy dog and will be ready for adoption once all her medical needs are taken care of.

Funding is still needed for Lucky’s medical. All funds collected since October have gone toward the fees to get her out of Beirut to Canada.

(Photo of pup with paralyzed hind legs Lucky’s Journey)

If you would like to be part of Lucky’s miracle and recovery, donations can be sent to the rescue’s Paypal account at:

For updates on Lucky and to see her journey from Beirut to Canada, visit her Facebook page at;














Abandoned dog, ‘Zena’ refused to be touched until she could no longer run

For two weeks, would be rescuers tried everything to capture Zena, but the terribly neglected dog no longer trusted any humans, and with all her natural instincts and wit, eluded even the kindest gestures of food offerings. That is – until one day when the dog was too weak, too hungry and too sick to resist anyone’s efforts. In the city of Burleson, Texas – on a quiet street – Zena fell off of her legs and just curled herself into a ball; waiting for death to finally relieve her of her suffering. zena-rdr-2

And then on Wednesday night as the temperatures dipped below freezing, the abandoned pup, who once had a home but no longer remembered, didn’t move.

“She laid there for whomever wanted her could take her. She just gave up. Rescue Dogs Rock NYC has picked her up,”  Stacy Silverstein, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC updated animal advocates following the dog’s heartbreaking story on Facebook.zena-rdr-3

Zena has been rushed to the organization’s partner veterinary hospital where she is now receiving life saving medical care.

Photos courtesy of Leslie Ysuhuaylas and Rescue Dogs Rock NYC.

Please donate via PayPal at or or mail to RDR NYC, PO Box 101, NY, NY 10028





Check out Zena’s video. Who could have been so mean as to allow this to have happened to this poor, defenseless dog?

Badly neglected dog could barely move when he was found

Days ago, a badly neglected dog was discovered in Leisure City, Florida. The young dog, estimated to be just two or three years of age, was so weak when he was found that he could barely move. After a plea was posted to social media, Redland Rock Pit Abandoned Dog Project, Inc. 501(c)3 responded – the agency described the pitiful condition of the neglected pup, “when he was found he was weak and defeated unable to stand or walk.”


A village of people have come together on behalf of this sad castaway dog who has been dubbed, “Cayden.”  Redland Rock Pit Abandoned Dog Project, Inc., stated:

PETS BROWARD immediately stepped up as soon as they learned about Cayden….definitely an extraordinary organization that is working on saving our redland dogs

Knowles Animal Clinics also offered to give this gentle giant the best treatment possible and they went above and beyond when caring for him.


Pets’ Broward updated Facebook followers about Cayden’s condition:

He has severe demodex mange and also pretty severe anemia, but both are being treated and he should make a full recovery! This poor guy is just 2-3 years old and extremely emaciated at 67 lbs! If you would to donate to his care, you can make the donation directly to Knowles Animal Clinic.

Things are looking up for this abandoned and neglected dog – he has a rescue commitment (NAIA No Animal In Anguish Pet Rescue) and from here on out, he will never know hunger, pain and loneliness again.

Donations can be phoned directly to Knowles Animal Clinic at (305) 279- 2323 – please reference Cayden.