Good Samaritan finds neglected poodle stuffed inside of gym bag

Whoever Ethel may have loved just days ago surely betrayed her. The senior, neglected and terribly matted miniature poodle had been stuffed into an old gym bag and abandoned on a Queens street in New York City. Had it not been for a Good Samaritan, who spotted the bag moving out of the corner of his eye on Thursday, it’s doubtful this suffering dog would even have survived one more day.

In the dog’s notes at the Animal Care Centers of New York City, Ethel’s tragic story was told:

“Finder came into QAC (Queens Animal Care) with a stray dog that was found inside a gym bag. Finder expressed that he got out of work and noticed a black and blue gym bag was moving. Finder looked in the gym and noticed a small dog. Finder stated he initially attempted to look for help, but he came right into QAC.”

Rescue Dogs Rock NYC stepped up on Friday morning to help the 12-year-old senior who barely weighed nine pounds. Emaciated and not able to stand, Ethel has been rushed to the organization’s partner veterinarian. Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, co-founder Jackie O’Sullivan, posted her thoughts on Facebook:

“Ethel is already showing signs of   Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex. No way were we leaving Ethel to rot any longer like a piece of trash. Ethel is a living being. She feels. She hurts. We are happy to report, Ethel is already on her way to our NY Vet partner for life saving medical care.”

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(Photo of Ethel the senior found in gym bag Animal Care Centers of New York City.)

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Shelter owner sentenced to prison for killing 2,000 dogs and cats for profit

The president of an animal protection shelter in Torremolinos, Spain has been sentenced to prison for three years and nine months after running a shelter that euthanized over 2,000 animals in a slow and horrific manner to increase her personal profits. Carmen Marin Aguilar administered low dosages of a euthanasia drug into the muscle tissue instead of intravenously so that she could save on costs resulting in the dogs and cats suffering long, excruciating deaths.

The animals were reported to have writhed and howled in pain for hours. Investigators claimed the woman disconnected security cameras and played loud music to mask the sound of the suffering animals. In addition. Marin also operated a veterinary clinic with no certifications. People trusted her with the lives of their pets.

According to the Lawyer Herald, the Malaga court fined Carmen $20,800 for falsifying documents and animal cruelty. A janitor, Felipe Barco Gamez, at the Parque Animal Shelter in Torremolinos where the egregious deaths were ordered, was sentenced to prison for one year and ordered to pay a fine of $3,785. The pair were accused of killing 2,183 dogs and cats between January 2009 and October 2010 to reduce costs and increase their personal profits. During her trial, Auilar denied “exterminating” the animals the court described as the “massive and indiscriminate” killings of healthy pets at the shelter.
In addition to her prison sentence, Aquilar is banned from working with animals for the next three years.
(Photo of shelter owner sentenced to prison screenshot Spanish News Today)

Outrage over teen’s photo showing dead dog posed next to rifle

In Sheridan, Arkansas, animal advocates continue to express their outrage after a photo and video were posted onto social media showing a teen kneeling in the bed of a pickup truck with a rifle and a dead dog strangled by the neck.  The photo originally posted on SnapChat was later posted to Facebook with the following caption:

“You’ve been a very bad dog.”

And if that photo of a  dead, small white fluffy dog wasn’t upsetting enough, there was more. Another short video showed a different teen throwing a cat by the tail into a fan about seven feet away. In the video, the screaming and terrified cat runs away after landing on the unforgiving concrete floor. No one knows if the cat died or if he needed veterinary attention.  According to KhTv11, Grant County Sheriff Ray Vance states an investigation is going on, but was unable to comment on the situation at this time. Investigators say they will turn the evidence over to the prosecutor’s office, who will make the final determination. Both suspects are listed as minors.

The post showing the cat being tortured made its way to the desk of Shelter Cat Rescue founder, Carolyn Criner Shuff. A report has been filed with authorities. Facebook posts claim the photo of the dead dog had been taken during the summer and not posted to social media sites until November, and that the dog was already dead. Nevertheless, the two incidents remain under investigation. Follow up on this developing story will continue as information is made available.
(Photo of outrage over teens’ photo via Facebook and KhTv11 edit)
Following is the video as the teen tortures the cat. Be warned that this video is very disturbing:

Images of dog being dragged by truck sparks online outrage

In East Malaysia, photos of a dog being dragged by a truck has sparked online outrage. The disturbing photos were posted online by Facebook group, the Brotherhood of Sabah Sarawak, a community organization with more than 37,000 followers, who states they “will fight back no matter how hopeless.”sabah-dog-dragged-2

And tragically, in this distressing situation, a dog is spotted being dragged behind a truck at what is believed to be located at Jalan Pandaruan. A police report has since been made against the driver of the truck, and the incident is now under investigation with charges possible under Sarawak’s Cruelty to Animals Prevention Act of 1963. According to the New Straits Times, Police Chief Deputy Superintendent Abang Zainal Abidin Abang Ahmad stated authorities have tracked down the driver shown in the photos posted on the organization’s Facebook.

“When men have no feelings… this event is happening d limbang recently… Let’s give this man pamos,” the group posted. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact authorities. Cruelty knows no geographic boundaries, and it’s up to each person to help make this a more humane world.

East Malaysia or Malaysian Borneo is also known as Sabah – and the Facebook group is a local representation of a responsible and compassionate community helping to fight for justice for people and animals.

Photos of dog dragged by truck courtesy of Facebook page Brotherhood of Sabah Sarawak.



Dog found lying in a crate freezing, swollen and in pain

In Dallas, Texas, rescuers were shocked when they spotted a shivering dog curled up inside of a crate lying near the edge of a lonely road. He was a dog who obviously experienced the worst of humanity, but late on Saturday night his luck would finally change. His rescuer, Leslie Ysuhuaylas had spotted him before in the isolated area where irresponsible owners too often abandon their dogs and leave them to fend for themselves. Benny, as he was dubbed, had previously eluded capture. This night however was different; the critically injured pup had just given up; he painfully crawled into the crate and waited for

“Laying in a crate in freezing temperatures, shaking. He has avoided capture before, but tonight he could barely move. His face swollen and his skin ripped from his leg almost to the bone. He has given up. Tonight was supposed to be his last night. He is being rushed to the emergency room right now in critical condition,” Leslie wrote on her Facebook page asking advocates for help for Benny and his canine buddy.  “He has infections in the wound, infection in his genital area, but the swelling is what needs to be determined and watched. Poor guy was crying while we were there and his wound was dripping pus. You could see down the skin.”

And Rescue Dogs Rock NYC immediately stepped up to help. Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of the organization, made arrangements to send Benny to a partner veterinarian emergency hospital where the dog continues to fight for his life. Early Sunday morning, Benny’s update indicates he remains gravely ill:dog-in-a-crate-3a

“Benny is in critical condition and was admitted last night and remains at the Emergency Hospital in Dallas Texas today. This video is so heart wrenching as Benny cries out in pain. The open hole on his leg is infected and is so deep , the bone is exposed. Benny is on an IV as he is completely dehydrated weak and starved. X-rays were taken of Benny‘s leg and chest. His head is very swollen and the medical staff are continuing to run tests to figure out why. As you can see it cost the rescue close to $2300 just for the night. Benny will get the very best care but we need your help,” Stacey posted on Facebook.

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Photos and video of dog found lying in a crate courtesy of Leslie Ysuhuaylas and Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. Benny’s companion was also rescued and is currently in foster care. Betty, a chocolate Labrador retriever is currently being transported to the veterinarian hospital for a full checkup. She had also been hanging out in the same area – possibly for weeks. Once Betty gets medical clearance and receives all of her vaccinations, she will be transported to New York City. If anyone is willing to foster Betty until she is adopted, please contact Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. (Betty is in the foreground with Benny in the box moments before both were rescued.)betty-with-rdrnyc







Video of Benny’s rescue can be viewed here:

Dog owner banned for life from having any pets in ‘horrendous’ cruelty

A 23-year-old woman has been banned for life from ever owning or caring for any pets after she abandoned her two dogs and purposely left them to die without food or water. Andrea Davies walked away from her apartment leaving her two Labradoodles, Koda and Hachi, locked in the kitchen of her former home in Stepney Grove, Liverpool. As she walked out the door with no intentions of ever returning, she left the dogs a bucket of water and a bag of dog treats.andrea-davies-2

On Friday, a judge at the Liverpool Magistrates Court told Davies,

“This was one of the most horrendous cases of neglect we have seen in this court and no animal deserves to die or be treated in this manner.”

Davies had previously pleaded guilty to animal neglect in December at an earlier hearing. According to the Mirror, RSPCA inspectors discovered the animals’ emaciated bodies months later in an advanced state of decomposition. Both dogs died of dehydration and starvation. Necropsies of the dogs confirmed neither dog had consumed any food for months and had been left to fend for themselves. Davies never told anyone about Koda or Hachi and never reached out for help. RSPCA Inspector Helen Smith was at the home when the dogs’ bodies were found:andrea-davies-3

“When I entered, I found 90 per cent of the kitchen floor was covered with feces and rubbish. Then I saw the dogs, dead. It was heartbreaking finding these poor dogs in this awful way; they must have endured a great deal of pain and distress as they died alone…We hope by bringing this matter to court, we have achiever some sort of justice for Koda and Hatchi.”

In addition to the lifetime ban on ever having any pets, Davies was sentenced to a 16-weeks jail term suspended for 18 months, ordered to attend a 20-day rehab program, will be monitored for a mandatory curfew and fined $800.

(Photos of dog owner banned for life in cruelty case via RSPCA handouts)

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Tortured dead dog found lying in chair on curb

In Tuscon, an animal cruelty investigation has been opened after a dead dog was found on Friday lying across an old recliner at the curb. When a call came into the Pima Animal Care Center, officers were dispatched to 8800 E. Broadway Boulevard.

According to NewsKgun9, Animal Control was notified after a viewer of the news station sent a message asking for help:dog-left-on-chair-dead-2

“I was on my way to the McDonald’s and stopped when I saw a dog laying in a recliner set out for donation. I thought it was a stuffed dog, a toy. I got closer and noticed its mouth was gagged shut with a sock and there was blood soaked on the sock. A few other people stopped too and one of them called 911, but they transferred her to animal control. She had to leave but I got her name and number. The animal control came at the same time as the donation collection truck. Animal control checked for a chip and the dog did have one. They said they will investigate the owner. No report was filed. None of our contact info was collected. They just put the dog in a black trash bag. So I decided to call KGUN9.

Authorities  are treating his death as a matter of animal cruelty and on their website cited the following information:

“We’re actively working with TPD to bring justice to this poor dog,” said José Ocaño, PACC’s director of operations. “This cruelty case is devastating to our community and we won’t rest until justice is served.”

On the organization’s Facebook page, authorities acknowledge the heartbreaking photos and is asking the community for help:

“You may have heard about the badly abused dog who was found deceased this morning. We know this story and images are heartbreaking to you, as they are for us. We are working in full cooperation with Tucson Police Department to find justice for him. This is an active investigation, and we will update you as we can.”

If you have any tips or information regarding this dog’s death, please contact the 88-CRIME hotline at 520-882-7463.

Rest in peace sweet dog. We are sorry humans failed you.

(Photos of dead dog via TPD and NewsKgun9 screenshots)

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Couple face charges in torturous death of their dog

A Niagara couple have been accused of causing unnecessary suffering to a four-year-old American Eskimo dog named Kingston.  Police were called to the Welland Inn  in Welland, Ontario one week ago in reference to  a report of a gravely injured dog.  Police and  the Welland Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals searched the hotel and found the dead dog. Kingston was taken away for examination.

The owners, Krystina Paonessa, 22, and her boyfriend, Jeffery Tisi, 31, were arrested on Wednesday according to ChChNews,  Disturbing descriptions described the dog died a torturous death. Paonessa advertises on the Internet site Pawsitter as a dog walker and sitter.  Tisi’s criminal record reflects a charge of assault 10 months ago.krystina-paonessa-jeffery-carlos-tisi

A necropsy of the dog was performed at the University of Guelph which confirmed he died of severe head trauma. The St.CatherinesStandard  stated further testing for a more exact cause of death has been scheduled, and testing will be done on tissue and cells.

Paonessa is not allowed to be within 25 meters (82 feet) of any animal and must undergo a substance abuse assessment. According to court documents, Tisi is also in violation of a probation order. The case remains under investigation. Police ask anyone with information is asked to contact 905-688-4111 ext. 3300.

(Photos of torturous death of Kingston and owners via Facebook)

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Neighbor shoots family’s Pomeranian four times

In Sydney, Australia, a 66-year-old man faces aggravated animal cruelty charges for shooting a family’s ten-year-old Pomeranian multiple times. At first the dog’s owner thought his dog had been bitten by a snake.

The tragic offense took place right before Christmas in western Sydney.

According to NTNews, the tiny pooch was rushed to a nearby emergency veterinarian where radiographs revealed the dog had four bullets lodged in its spine, lung and rib cage. Veterinarians were not optimistic about operating on the dog named BJ – not knowing if he would survive surgery. Miraculously the pooch survived and has since been returned to his family where he is recuperating.

During an investigation following the shooting, police arrived at a nearby property located in Cecil Park, and interviewed a 66-year-old man and his 14-year-old grandson. In a search of the property, authorities discovered the air rifle matching the caliber of the bullets used to shoot the dog. The unidentified man has been charged with the unauthorized use of a firearm as well as the animal cruelty charge. He is scheduled to appear in court in February.

Get well soon BJ. No reason has been provided for the man alleged to have shot the dog.

(Photo of Pomeranian (not one in article) courtesy of Pomeranian Adopt Rescue Me!)

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Starved dog Chi Chi ate her own puppies to survive

In Brooksville, Florida, a starved dog named Chi Chi, left heavily chained up in the backyard of her home with no food or water, ate her own puppies to survive. Hernando County Sheriff’s Office made the grizzly and heartbreaking discovery after authorities were called by a neighbor, to a home on Leonard Street, who claimed he had been bitten by one of the dogs. deandre-goodson-2

According to BayNews9, animal control officers arrested Deandre Goodson, 21 for one count of animal cruelty. Three dogs were found tied up without water, but Chi Chi had been suffering the worst. Her ears were mutilated, and she had multiple bites over her entire emaciated body. When discovered, the dog was too weak to walk. In a statement released on Tuesday, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office stated:

“Authorities were able to contact Goodson by phone who agreed to meet deputies at the Hernando County Animal Services offices in Brooksville. Goodson said a friend Breon Wyatt had given him the dog about a year ago. He indicated the dog got out of the yard a couple of months ago and he had only recently found Chi Chi and brought her back home. ..

“Goodson confirmed Chi Chi gave birth to two puppies about two weeks ago, but she had eaten them.”

Goodson told authorities he fed Chi Chi regularly, but had no idea why she seemed starved. He explained the dog’s injuries were a result of the other dogs attacking her, but had not taken her to the vet for treatment. The dog is currently receiving medical attention.

Goodson remains in jail in lieu of a $5,000 bond.

(Photos of starved dog Chi Chi Hernando County Sheriff’s Office)

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