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Six dogs perish in hot security van in North Carolina

Six dogs, said to be German shepherds and Belgian Malinois, perished this month after overheating inside of a security firm’s van. According to Thursday’s WAVY News, the dogs were part of the Academi Training Facility in Moyock, North Carolina.

The privately-owned training facility owned the dogs who were specially trained for security work. Several handlers were fired after the tragic incident, which took place earlier this month. According to WTKR News, several dogs (according to an anonymous insider, the number was 12) had been placed inside a van which was equipped with an air-conditioning unit.

The handlers had hoped to cool down the dogs, but something with the cooling system went awry and by the time anyone checked on the dogs again, six were dead. A necropsy confirmed that the dogs who died perished from effects of the heat – outdoor temperatures at the time were reported to be in the 90s.

Constellis, a provider of security services, owns Academi. Paul Donahue, COO of the company, told WAVY News that four training facility employees have been fired as a result of the deadly incident. An internal investigation into the situation was conducted and no malice on the part of the employees was found – but a violation of company procedures resulted in the employees’ termination.

Details about the incident have been held under wraps for most of the month – an inside source was able to spark local media to investigate just this week.

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German shepherd pup dumped at shelter after enduring motor oil treatments for mange

Is is hard to believe Pancho is a German shepherd barely one-year-old? According to the Harris County Animal Shelter Volunteers, this sweet, young dog had been surrendered on Saturday because he refused to eat; that’s after months and months of homemade treatments including having being doused with motor oil to rid him of mange.

“This dog sat in someone’s backyard, getting worse and worse over the last three months, enduring homemade mange treatments like motor oil and a purple dip. Apparently along the way he stopped eating too, probably because he was just too damn miserable.

He is one year old. This is Houston, y’all,” a Harris County shelter volunteer wrote on their organization’s Facebook page.

When brought in, Pancho weighed 69 pounds; a dog his breed and his size should average in the 96 pound range. And when Pancho, curled up in the back of a pickup truck, arrived at the shelter, his owner called his demodectic mange incurable, and that was the reason she had decided to surrender him to the shelter.

On Monday evening, Vals Pals submitted a rescue tag for Pancho. Funds will be needed to help with his medical expenses. Click here to help Pancho realize life is much better than what he has known for the first part of his life.

(Photo of Pancho after motor oil treatments)

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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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Tragic update on German shepherd puppy found in parking lot with broken legs

Over the weekend, a four-month-old emaciated German shepherd puppy was found in an Atlanta, Georgia grocery store parking lot barely able to move. Apparently Sammy had been hit by a car; one leg was literally crushed and the other had been broken in multiple areas. 

When the local shelter called Rescue Dogs Rock NYC for help, co-founder Jackie O’Sullivan immediately arranged for the dog to be transported to an emergency local veterinary hospital where he was administered intravenous fluids and pain medication. On Monday, private transportation was arranged to bring Sammy to New York City where specialty veterinarian orthopedic surgeons would try and save at least one of the puppy’s back legs.

And on Tuesday morning Sammy underwent surgery. Tragically, there will be no happy ending for Sammy:

 “With the heaviest of hearts we must let you all know that sweet Sammy arrested and passed during surgery today,” Jackie posted on the organization’s Facebook.  “He was apparently run over by a car recently which crushed one back leg  and left the other broken in several places. He was stabilized for a few days and then needed surgery to try to save at least one of his back legs.

The medical team was able to get him back once, but he unfortunately arrested again and was gone. This beautiful 4-5 month old baby had his entire life ahead of him and had done well until the end of his surgery.”

Fly with the angels Sammy. We regret that someone let you down – you were just a puppy and your owner never kept watch over you. Rescue Dogs Rock NYC and all their volunteers, followers and supporters tried their best to save you.

“We are so sorry this happened to you sweet angel and that your life was cut short. We will never forget you and will always love you,” added Jackie.

Read the previous story about Sammy here. (Photos of Sammy the German shepherd puppy courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

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German shepherd puppy found in parking lot with severely injured back legs

Sammy is an adorable four-month-old German shepherd puppy with a serious problem. On Sunday, he was found in an Atlanta, Georgia grocery store parking lot barely able to move. Apparently Sammy had been hit by a car; one leg is literally crushed and the other is broken in multiple areas. 

The local shelter immediately reached out to Rescue Dogs Rock NYC for help, and Sammy has since been rushed to a partner Georgia emergency veterinarian hospital where he has been administered intravenous fluids and pain medication.

“Sammy’s medical team is scrambling to stabilize him while our orthopedic surgeon hopes to save at least one of his back legs,” Jackie O’Sullivan, the rescue organization’s co-founder stated on the group’s Facebook page.

It is unknown if Sammy accidentally escaped from his family’s yard, however the puppy is both emaciated and dehydrated indicating he had been scrounging around trying desperately to survive. And what does a four-month-old puppy know about living on the streets? 

“We are heartbroken for Sammy, but as always, we will do our best for him,” added Jackie.

Sammy is heading via private transport on Monday to an orthopedic surgeon specializing in difficult cases. To help with Sammy’s medical expenses, donations can be made by clicking here or PayPal: Donate@rescuedogsrocknyc.org or mail: RDR NYC PO BOX 101 NY, NY 10028.

(Photos of German shepherd puppy courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

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Fire at breeder’s barn kills two pregnant German shepherds

Two pregnant German shepherds, one who was in the midst of delivering her puppies, were killed in a devastating fire which tore through a Saco, Maine, breeder’s training barn on Thursday morning. According to the Press Herald, Doreen Metcalf, owner of Timber Ridge Farm, tried to free the dogs, but the smoke in the area of the two pregnant shepherds was too thick, and she was unable to save them.

After the deadly blaze, a Facebook post was made to followers of Timber Ridge Farm:

Today TR and the world lost two beautiful, intelligent, sweet girls. Vera (sable) and Atte (black). The dog training building burned, and although Doreen worked to get all of her dogs safe, these two were overcome by smoke inhalation. We love these two girls so much and we will miss them every day for the rest of our lives. We thought our hearts had broken at the loss of Uhdelle in November. It turns out that a heart is one of those things that can repeatedly break.

According to WGME News, it took firefighters over an hour to bring the fire under control; the training barn was completely destroyed. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation – it is not considered to be suspicious.

The same breeding facility faced tragedy in November 2016 when one of their dogs, a female named “Uhdelle,” was stolen and then dumped away from the breeder’s property. The dog, who was said to be “terrified” and running for hours, was then struck and killed by a car. Read the heartbreaking story at this link.

(Image screenshot via Timber Ridge Farm FB page)


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German shepherd with leg hacked off left whimpering in the snow on the mend

After a brutal attack on an eight-year-old German shepherd last week, found on the streets of Bucharest with her leg hacked off, her teeth pulled out and her tail snapped off, is now on the mend announced the International Aid of the Protection and Welfare of Animals (IAPWA). The dog, named Spirit, who had been left for dead, had also been sexually abused; the knife used was left at her side, and it is suspected the egregious cruelty had been done by the “Bucharest Butcher” who still roams free.Spirit the GS2

Spirit was found by animal advocate Anneka Svenska who heard the dog softly whimpering in the snow.

“To have that in front of you was harrowing. We were all in shock. I couldn’t believe someone could do that, especially the way she had been sexually violated,” stated Anneka. “She was shaking. There were tears running down her face. The vet said they see this kind of thing all the time; it’s not a one off. They get horrific victims of abuse, and they can’t do anything about it.”

According to MetroNews, Anneka regularly feeds the strays in her neighborhood. She fears the attack on Spirit was personal, and who thinks the dog was abandoned in plain sight on purpose, with the intention of the crime being made public to serve as a message not to feed stray dogs. Spirit underwent emergency surgery at the rescue center of the Dog Rescue Romania and will be traveling to her new life in Britain as soon as she is able. Veterinarians, staff and animal advocates are amazed how trusting towards humans Spirit remains. An investigation remains active; it is hoped the responsible culprit(s) can be apprehended and brought to justice.

The charity “The Faith Project” emerged last year dedicated to saving dogs all over Romania. The project offers neutering and education across the country. Just a few days before Spirit was rescued, advocates made the grisly discovery of three puppies brutally killed on the same street. It is estimated there are more than 60,000 abandoned dogs in Bucharest. Donations to help these dogs can be made to the International Aid for the Protection and Welfare of Animals. 

(Photos and video of German shepherd with her leg hacked off and accompanying info courtesy of Tom Ross and the IAPWA.)

Check out the video of Spirit’s recovery. There is a great reason she was named Spirit!

Video -who can resist?: Shelter dog Baron needs a home

At the Harbor Animal Care Center in San Pedro, California, a three-year-old German shepherd poses proudly for his picture. This handsome pooch, dubbed Baron, is described as “smart as a whip and very alert.” According to the shelter staff, Baron knows his sit command and accepts offered treats like a gentleman. He is food motivated, may on occasion need correction, but a calm environment, a knowledgeable human companion and lots of love surely would help this boy become a perfect canine citizen.

Baron has displayed cage aggression, but once out of his kennel, he does fine. Since he appears to be food motivated, his subsequent training might just be a breeze.

“… guaranteed you will never tire of looking at his handsome face Please consider rescuing or adopting Baron,” has been posted on this boy’s  Facebook page.

Pet Harbor listing can be viewed here. “I  am an unaltered male, black and tan German Shepherd Dog. The shelter thinks I am about 3 years old.
I weigh approximately 78 pounds. I have been at the shelter since Dec 19, 2016.” For more information about this dog, call the Los Angeles Animal Services – Harbor Shelter at (888) 452-7381. Ask for information about animal ID number A1673339Click here to donate to this organization Share Baron’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.

For more information about this dog, contact:
Harbor Animal Care Center, San Pedro, CA
Direct Line 310.548.2632
Kennel Supervisor, Gerald Hill,
City cell: 213.305.8312

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Misunderstood German shepherd that may cost him his life

He’s handsome and his looks could “wow.” Tragically, the misunderstood German shepherd named Jake may not make it out of the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control Downey.  Animal Control officers labeled Jake as aggressive; Jake was uncooperative when he was picked  up from his owner’s home – officers had to use a catch pole.

According to shelter notes on Jake, the staff had been unable to give him vaccinations or an exam, however on November 5, updated notes indicate he was approachable, showed no aggressive behavior and “sniffed as any dog would do.” As to Jake’s background, he has been a backyard dog – most likely missing the proper socialization skills.

Notes from Jake’s previous owner conflict with the shelter’s initial assessment stating Jake was great with people and children. He had only been out on a leash one time. They turned him in due to a neighbor that had a problem with him.

In order to help Jake, he will need to be rescued by an approved organization, and in the plight of this misunderstood German shepherd, a volunteer at the shepherd has offered the following information:

“When I met Jake, he didn’t bark, lunge or even pay attention to me. Jake was very overwhelmed and shut down. He was suspicious and untrusting. He ignored my treats I threw at him. He just stayed laying down.
Relentlessly, I finally got this hunk to give me the time of day. It never was about my hot dogs, he could care less about them. I just kept calling his name, his owners gave him. By the time I left, I got this big sturdy hunk sitting for me, leaning in for scratches, and wincing for me to take him away.”

A Facebook page for Jake can be followed here. Share Jake’s story with friends, family and social media contacts. No dog is “one size fits all” and this boy needs our help. Reference #A5007107. Phone: (562) 940-6898.

(Photo of misunderstood German shepherd via Desi Lara)

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Viral dog abuse video on Facebook results in dog seizure

A video circulating on Facebook, which appears to show dog abuse, resulted in the seizure of a Newport News, Virginia, dog owner’s German shepherds by animal control. According to Monday’s WAVY News, the video was virally circulating on social media over the weekend.

The video appears to show a man beating two German shepherds who are inside of an outdoor kennel enclosure. The video, captured by a neighbor, appears to show a man repeatedly striking the dogs. The dogs belong to Ahmed Elsafty, who denies the abuse allegations against him.

Elsafty told WAVY News that he was merely making a “loud clapping” sound to scare the dogs after they jumped on a friend’s child. He stated, “I never beat the dog, you know. I was just disciplining the dog like, ‘Stop, don’t do that,’ you know.”

On Monday, the Newport News Police Department posted an update about the situation to its Facebook followers:

UPDATE: Animal Control Officers obtained a search warrant and a seizure petition for the dogs in the video. With the assistance of NNPD, the two German Shepherds were seized by Animal Control, and the dogs are currently being held at the animal shelter until we go to court. The owner has been charged with two counts of animal cruelty.

According to WAVY, a trainer who previously worked with Elsafty’s dogs has stated that she has witnessed the man hitting his dogs in the past and she intends to testify at Elsafty’s hearing.

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