Dog thrown out of car near expressway tried to jump back on vehicle but instead owner sped off

On Sunday evening, a woman driving a silver SUV stopped along the service road at 97th Avenue of the Van Wyck Expressway in Queens, New York and pushed a frightened German shepherd out of her vehicle. The panicky dog, knowing something was terribly amiss, jumped up on the car trying to get back in, but instead, the woman sped off leaving the dog alone just feet away from the busy highway.

A young woman and her boyfriend witnessed the heartbreaking situation and turned their vehicle around to help; who could just leave a defenseless dog in such a precarious position? The couple stated the dog was so scared, they stayed with her for two hours until police finally arrived. The story, however didn’t end there for the dog the couple dubbed “Honey.” With the arrival of the police, the noise of the squad car and the flashing lights, Honey panicked again; she ran into traffic and was struck by a vehicle. The collision degloved her paw, fractured her right front leg and shattered her hip. And now, along with the dog’s emotional suffering came critical physical injuries.

Rescue Dogs Rock NYC learned of Honey’s desperate story on Monday when staff from the New York City Animal Care Centers notified the rescue organization asking if they could help. Honey needed emergency medical assistance, and she needed to be rescued immediately. Simultaneously Jackie O’Sullivan, the co-founder of the organization, received a private message from the witnesses who found Honey; begging for help to save the dog’s life. The couple had already bonded while waiting the two hours until authorities arrived.

“When no other rescues stepped up for Honey right before 6:00 p.m., we committed to her to save her life, despite knowing that she requires expensive orthopedic surgery and that we likely won’t be able to raise the money for,” stated Jackie. “But we took Honey because she did not deserve to die, and because it was the RIGHT thing to do! Why should this poor innocent dog suffer one more minute let alone pay with her life?”

Honey has been transferred to the organization’s partner veterinarian and is currently receiving life saving emergency treatment. She is indeed lucky to be alive. To help, PayPal: or website: or mail: Rescue Dogs Rock NYCPO Box 101, NY,NY 10028.

Someone knows who dumped this dog. The silver SUV had Ontario license plates. Help Honey get justice, and turn the woman in for illegally abandoning her dog.

(Photos of dog thrown out of car near expressway, courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC )

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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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Xavier: 4-year-old German shepherd forgotten outside and thrown away as trash

Xavier has been suffering for an extended period of time. The four-year-old German shepherd, his regal breed barely recognizable because of prolonged neglect and the loss of his once glorious coat, was never given a name. How he wound up at a county animal shelter in south Texas is not known, but it was to become the luckiest day of Xavier’s life.

Rescue Dogs Rock NYC were called on Tuesday morning and asked if they would help; it was a matter of life or death. The dog’s condition was heartbreaking; his gentle personality and his pleading eyes begged for one more chance. Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of the organization needed to tell the dog’s story:

” I think if Xavier could speak, he would tell us he has been suffering for so long and was at the end of the road,” Stacey began. “I need medical attention if I’m going to survive another day. I hope you think I’m worth being saved. I never had a name until today, because I was thought of as garbage and left outside to rot; instead of being treated like a living, breathing being.”

Described as very friendly and a dog who obviously holds no grudges, Xavier has been transferred to the organization’s partner veterinary hospital for life saving treatment.

“Today the angels swooped in and said they would try to save me, and they gave me the name of Xavier.”

Hundreds of comments on the Facebook page for Rescue Dogs Rock NYC shared their disgust and disbelief that any dog could be so ignored and neglected. How does any human wake up in the morning, look outside at a young dog like Xavier and make believe nothing is wrong? How does any human not feed their dog?  How is it that neighbors, family or anyone just passing by didn’t notice the condition and call for help? Sadly these unanswered questions nearly cost Xavier his life. It is hoped he will survive; his condition is critical.

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(Photos of Xavier courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

Xavier’s immediate care includes treatment for his skin, eyes, ears and even his feet. Everything hurts this poor dog. Follow his plight on the organization’s Facebook. To help, donations can be made toHttp:// or through  Paypal:




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4-month-old German shepherd puppy cried as owner punched it outside of home

In Yucca Valley, California, a four-month-old German shepherd puppy cried and whimpered as his owner held him down and repeatedly punched him  numerous times outside of his home on Wednesday afternoon. An eyewitness called 911 to report the man allegedly staggering down Antelope Trail and Barberry Avenue kicking the defenseless animal.

When police arrived at the home of Charles Lathrop, 60, deputies saw Lathrop standing in front of the garage, outside of his Barberry Avenue home holding the puppy down while striking it with his fist. “The puppy was crying and trying to get away from Lathrop,” stated a press release according to Z107.7News.  Lathrop was arrested and transferred to the Morongo Basin Jail and has been charged with one felony count of willful animal cruelty. He admitted to the deputy that he punched the dog about 20 times because he was detoxing off heroin. Bond  has been set at $50,000.

Animal Control seized the puppy who has been reported to have been seriously injured.

Authorities are asking anyone with additional information to contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Morongo Basin Station at (760)366-4175.

There have not been any updates on the puppy’s condition.

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Save Garvey: Lonely shepherd softly whimpers in his kennel at busy California shelter

One can only imagine how lonely Garvey (Snowpea) has been. For the last 72 days, he has been at the Carson Animal Care Center, yet no one has come to his rescue; neither a foster nor an adoption offer. When he arrived at the shelter, he was so frightened and overwhelmed, he just curled up in the corner – hoping he would wake up at his home, and all this would have been a bad dream. Sadly, that was not to be reality.  A volunteer, who has interacted with him, gives us a peek at this dog’s personality:

“GARVEY doesn’t bark or jump around but this week he started to gently cry when we stop by his kennel to visit. After almost 3 months in the shelter he is desperately begging for help in such a sweet, gentle, heartbreaking way. He is amazing and his shy personality is incredibly lovable. Please SHARE for his life, he’s SO special and a FOSTER or ADOPTER would save him. Thanks!”

Click here for this boy’s Pet Harbor listing.  “My name is Snowpea and I am described as a neutered male, yellow and white German Shepherd Dog mix. The shelter thinks I am about 5 years old.
I have been at the shelter since Mar 11, 2017.” For more information about this animal, call Los Angeles County Animal Control – Carson at (310) 523-9566
Ask for information about animal ID number A5040062. Follow his Facebook page here or here.

Share this dog’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. Even though the shelter has been crowded to capacity, the staff, friends and volunteers want this sweet guy to find a home. We are his only hope.

(Photos and video courtesy of Saving Carson Shelter Dogs)

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Good Samaritan and police officer rescue stray German shepherd in labor

In Southfield, Michigan, it was a bittersweet Mother’s Day for a German shepherd dumped in the city and in active labor. All alone on Saturday, the dog began to deliver her puppies. Two dead newborns laid beside her when a Good Samaritan found the dogs; she called and brought the dog to the Southfield Police Department. According to WxyzNews, it was the kindness and compassion of Southfield Police Officer Bob White, who rushed the mother dog to the veterinarian while she was still in labor.

When the veterinarian called Almost Home-NO KILL Shelter, the mother dog had one surviving puppy, however she had been so distraught, the newborn was unable to nurse. Named Nevie with her tiny puppy Nolan, both dogs needed rescue:

“We searched for a foster. Poor beautiful Nevie only had one living puppy left. She needs the warmth and love as only a loving home could provide. Beth our loving foster came through. Nevie appears to be in shock. She is displaying a sense of depression we have never experienced. She will need a lot of support,” reported the organization on their Facebook update. 

Maybe the mystical powers of “Mother’s Day” motivated the beautiful shepherd to bond with her puppy. On Sunday, the happy announcement came:

“Our sweet Mommy Nevie is now bonding with her little baby. She is feeding Noland who is actually Natalie. Foster mom Beth did everything she could to comfort Nevie and give her confidence. She is now nursing her baby!”

The new family will be scheduled for a complete physical on Monday; both will have all that they need including vaccines, testing and well-care until the puppy is ready to be weaned, spayed and made available for adoption. For now on it’s a “happily ever story” for Nevie and Natalie.

To donate, please go to: and make a donation on PayPal at  If you would like to send a check to Almost Home, PO Box 250692, West Bloomfield, Michigan 48325 Please specify donation is for Nevie and Natalie.

(Photos of Nevie and Natalie via Facebook)

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Florida police dog found dead inside of parked patrol car

In Melbourne, Florida a police dog was found dead inside of a parked patrol car outside of the Brevard County Courthouse on Friday. The German shepherd, named Diesel was discovered about 7:30 in the evening; the patrol vehicle belonged to an officer from the Sebastian Police Department. On the department’s Facebook, the sad announcement stated:

“As many of you have heard we suffered a tragic loss of one of our beloved K-9’s on Friday April 28, 2017. The incident occurred in Melbourne Florida. The situation is being investigated by the Melbourne Police Department and when their investigation is over, an administrative investigation will occur here with the Sebastian Police Department. Our entire department is saddened by Diesel’s tragic death; please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. More information will be released when available.”

Authorities have not released any information as to how long Diesel had been left in the car, but the National Weather Service reported temperatures in the afternoon at 88 degrees. One can only imagine how hot the car’s interior temperature had climbed. Melbourne police and Brevard County Animal Control are also taking part in the investigation. Detectives suspect  the officer, who is known to leave his K-9 at home when going to court, forgot that the dog was in the SUV. The officer arrived at the courthouse on Friday at 11:00 a.m.

According to the Sebastian Daily, some of the police vehicles are equipped with alarms if the temperatures rise to a dangerous level, but the officer had the SUV turned off. Area residents who know the officer, say the he has two other dogs that are used as pets; one dog is retired, and the other had been injured while on-duty. As of this time, the officer’s name has been withheld pending the investigation. It has been reported he is “devastated” by Diesel’s death.

(Photos of police dog via Sebastian Police Department Facebook)

Rest in peace Diesel. We are sorry humans let you down.

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Desperate woman found burned German shepherd and had nowhere to turn for help

In Los Angeles, a desperate woman discovered a severely burned German shepherd on Monday morning, and initially had nowhere to turn. Shocked and upset by the dog’s condition, the Good Samaritan immediately took the injured dog to a nearby veterinarian who, after examining the dog, gave her no option other than to euthanize the dog she had already named Charlie. As for Charlie however, he immediately bonded with the woman – following her every step; knowing this was the human who would help him, and he desperately needed someone to ease his pain and loneliness. 

Completely heartbroken and defeated, the woman left the veterinarian’s office with Charlie right by her side; perhaps an omen from somewhere in heaven suddenly appeared. In an instant, another person handed the Good Samaritan a piece of paper; on it was written the contact information for  Westside German Shepherd Rescue’s. When the call came in, rescuers knew they had to step up and help.

“We can only imagine how Charlie’s skin had been burned and the pain he is feeling, but through it all, he has remained loving and faithful,” the rescue organization wrote on their Facebook page as the photos of the injured shepherd appeared.

Charlie has been transferred to the organization’s partner veterinarian where he is currently receiving the best of care. Updates will be provided as more information is made available. To help with Charlie’s medical needs, donations can be made by clicking here or by check. Please mail to WGSR 3016 S. Hill St., Los Angeles, CA 90007.

Get well soon Charlie. Everyone is hoping for the best. Photos of burned German shepherd courtesy of Westside German Shepherd Rescue.

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Beautiful bonded German shepherds having very tough time at crowded shelter

Two bonded German shepherds seem to be having a very tough time at the Carson Animal Care Center in California. Whether they were abandoned or lost, no one has yet to come forward to claim the beautiful dogs. It is thought they could be a mother and daughter pair – thus accounting for their very close relationship.

Click here for Tyra’s Pet Harbor adoption listing. A5054165  She is a two-year-old German shepherd who has not been spayed. She arrived at the shelter on April 26 and will be available for adoption on April 30. A Facebook page for Tyra can be followed here.

Click here for Treena’s Pet Harbor adoption listing. A5054159  She is a five-year-old female German shepherd who has not been spayed. She arrived at the shelter on April 26 and will be available for adoption on April 30. A Facebook page for Treena can be followed here. For further information on these dogs, contact the Carson Animal Care Center located at 216 Victoria Street in Gardena, California. Phone: 310.523.9566. Can you blame these dogs for being afraid with all the barking and strangers everywhere? Share their plights with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.

(Photos and video of bonded German shepherds courtesy of Saving Carson Shelter Dogs Facebook)

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Big Dog Ranch Rescue reaches out for three last chance dogs scheduled to die at shelter

Three last chance dogs were lucky enough to have been rescued from the open admission Miami-Dade Animal Services on Monday. Barely one day after a holiday weekend, the kennels were crowded, the barking of frightened dogs deafening, and innocent lives were scheduled to die. Big Dog Ranch Rescue was there; the rescue angels who provide love and devotion to the most vulnerable.

Rescuing is not a job for the faint of heart – meet volunteer Jennifer Paige DiCaprio, who frequently shares the freedom walks of the last chance dogs. Her soft, reassuring voice puts them quietly at ease, and with each and every team member at Big Dog Ranch Rescue, the ultimate purpose continues – saving the dogs. And on Monday morning, first came two German shepherd blends – Tim and Tanya. Both dogs were so scared, Tim kept his face tightly tucked into the corner of his kennel cage; Tanya barely moved.

“There are days we are grateful that some of these dogs are unable to speak because we probably couldn’t bear to listen to their past, ” the organization posted on their Facebook. “If Tim and Tanya were not rescued by 4:00 p.m. today, they would have been euthanized. We would not let that happen, and in a few  weeks we will be sharing photos of the adjusting to their new life and trusting the world, but they have a long way to go before we get there. Right now they need a trusting foster and a lot of medical care which we are assessing right now. They are very traumatized and will need a lot of love and support. But even in a short time they have come along way with the staff loving support.”


And in addition to the traumatized German shepherds came the addition of Arnold. This adorable four month old puppy had been hit by a bicycle and had been agonizing in pain. He was left, so young to suffer a disabling injury alone. Arnold is on his way to the organization’s veterinary partner where he will receive the emergency help he needs. And then – this adorable little dog, with the happily wagging tail despite his injuries, will be available for adoption and find a life of love, play and companionship.

But now he is on his way to receive amazing veterinary care by our doctors. Arnold will not suffer anymore and hopefully he will make a quick recovery. Then he has his whole life ahead of him, injury-free, where a new family can cherish his resilience and protect him from harm. Thanks to the Rescue, soon this puppy will be able to love, play and run around again!

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Photos and video of three last chance dogs, courtesy of Jennifer Paige DiCaprio and Big Dog Rescue Ranch.

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