Photographer’s fostered pups featured in adorable photo shoot

When three newborn puppies were taken in as fosters by photographer Kelly Frankenburg, of 11 Sixteen Photography, they became the subject of some incredibly adorable photos – photos which Kelly hopes will find them awesome homes.

Kelly specializes in newborn photos – typically of the human sort. But after the two-week-old puppies (don’t worry, her family is caring for mama dog as well) came to stay at the Frankenburg home, she couldn’t resist doing a newborn puppy shoot as well.

She told People what inspired her (aside from the obvious – capturing amazing photos of these little ones),

I thought if people could see past them being homeless shelter dogs, if they could see how adorable they are, that they would be more likely to get adopted.”

She added:

“If I can use my talents to showcase them in a way that catches the eye of a potential adopter, then I’ve done my job. Shelter dogs are just as good as breeder dogs, and I want to raise awareness for all these wonderful shelter animals who need good homes. I hope that people see my pictures and click on the shelter website, whether to adopt these dogs or maybe they see another animal they might be interested in.”

The puppies, and Mama “Paris,” are available for adoption through Virginia’s  Richmond Animal Care and Control. Right now, Love Bug, Tito and Messi, are too young to leave their mom, but in just under six weeks, they will be ready to be adopted. Undoubtedly, their adorable photos will help them find amazing homes in no time at all.

Mama Paris

Kelly hopes that people will be inspired to not only adopt a shelter dog, but perhaps to open their home and foster dogs (puppies too!) in need.

You can visit the Richmond Animal Shelter’s Facebook page here. 

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Puppy tossed out of car in front of Detroit Dog Rescue

Authorities and rescuers in Detroit, Michigan, are asking for the public’s help identifying the men seen on surveillance video pulling up in a SUV and within moments pushing a defenseless puppy out of their vehicle and leaving. The disturbing event occurred on Friday, outside of the Detroit Dog Rescue located on the corner of Harper and Somerset, on the city’s east side. Fortunately an employee of the rescue spotted the puppy before he could run out into traffic and get injured or killed.

“They didn’t even bother to knock on our door. Instead they simply pushed the dog out of the car and sped off leaving Mickey alone, confused and almost wandering into the busy traffic on Harper Avenue.”

According to the Detroit Dog Rescue’s Facebook page, the puppy has been dubbed Mickey; he is underweight and in generally poor health. Mickey’s ribs are protruding, and he has a bite and an abscess on one side described the rescue organization’s Kristina Rinaldi.

“When you have these animals that are roaming the neighborhood they are in danger and again it’s a public safety hazard,” Kristina told Fox News.

The rescue has offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to the identification and prosecution of the two men seen in the video responsible for abandoning Mickey. Let’s face it – there’s a right way and a wrong way to surrender a pet – and the wrong way is tossing them out into the street. Animal abandonment is a crime and punishable by a $1,000 fine and 93 days in jail. Anyone with information is asked to call 313-458-8014.

“We would like to thank Detroit Animal Care and Control for helping us with this case. The vehicle has been described as a burnt orange SUV. This is our 8th animal abandonment case today and DDR is caring for all the animals. We are asking for your assistance. If you can, please help by donating to”

Dumped! All of these babies were dumped at animal control’s doorstep in the middle of the night.  (another litter dumped by an unknown irresponsible owner)They need help. At this time they are barely able to eat on their own and need help with vet care. Please help.

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Update on two-week old puppies screaming in pain ‘dumped’ at vet office

In a disturbing and heartbreaking report from Rescue Dogs Rock NYC earlier Tuesday afternoon, three puppies, estimated to be no more than two-weeks-old were literally “dumped” at the reception desk of one of the Georgia partner veterinarian offices. The defenseless little ones were described as screaming in pain. Besides having been much too young to be separated from their mother, the puppies were crawling with maggots and with deeply infected gashes over their tiny bodies. 

According to Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, one of the puppies died during the evening; the best that could be done was to try and save the other two.

Early Wednesday, the two remaining puppies, now dubbed Napoleon and Caesar, remain in critical condition although they are fighting to survive the abuse, most likely they have been suffering since the day they were born. The medical team has been able to cleanse their wounds, and able to destroy the maggot infestation ravaging their  bodies; the little guys are still listed as critical.

“The little ones are resting comfortably now,” posted Stacey on the organization’s Facebook page. “The deep infected gashes remain on their little bodies, and they are being treated with medication and laser treatments.”

The puppies have a long, uphill battle. Donations are needed to help with the costs.

PO Box 101
NY NY 10028

(Photos and video of puppies screaming in pain courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

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2-week-old puppies screaming in pain ‘dumped’ at Georgia vet office

In a disturbing and heartbreaking report from Rescue Dogs Rock NYC earlier Tuesday afternoon, three puppies, estimated to be no more than two-weeks-old were literally “dumped” at the reception desk of one of the Georgia partner veterinarian offices. Besides having been much too young to be separated from their mother, the puppies were crawling with maggots, riddled with gashes and what they had to have endured in their short lives, is perhaps too frightening to even imagine.

According to Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, the hospital staff were in shock, as even the most stoic of doctors and technicians were drawn to tears. When one of the puppies died, they could only try to do their best to help the other tiny survivors.

“We are in shock and disbelief at how these two week old puppies could have endured such abuse to the point of near death,” Stacey posted on the organization’s Facebook page.  “There were 3 puppies and one has already died, so now there are 2 fighting for their lives at this very moment. They have deep gashes all over their bodies, emaciated, skin infected and completely dehydrated with pale gums .They will need around-the-clock care to even have a chance at survival.”

No information has been released as to where these puppies came from or where their mother might be. The rescue community is being asked to help with their medical expenses.

“We cannot do this without your help,” Stacey said. “We appreciate any and all help. How could we say no and not give these little ones a chance – no matter what?”

To donate:
Mail:  RDR, PO Box 101
NY NY 10028

(Photos and videos  of puppies dumped at vet office courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

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Franklintown woman abandons puppies in remote area hoping ‘someone would find them’

A Franklintown, Louisiana woman has been charged with animal cruelty after a police officers spotted the woman abandoning a litter of puppies in a remote area. On Monday evening, Lieutenant James Holmes from the Franklinton Police Department observed a vehicle fleeing from the area; moments later the officer found several puppies near the road.

According to the Franklinton Police Department’s Facebook, officers stopped the vehicle and Rita Mooney admitted she had abandoned the puppies in hopes someone would find them. The puppies have been turned over to the Humane Society of Louisiana, and after they are evaluated by a veterinarian, will be made available for adoption.

Mooney has been charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty and released until her court date in August. Interested in adopting an adorable puppy? Contact the Humane Society of Louisiana here.

(Photo of Rita Mooney and puppies via Franklinton Police Department Facebook)

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Update: Emaciated puppy discovered in dumpster

An emaciated puppy continues to fight for his life at a veterinary clinic after public works employees in Detroit, Michigan, found him thrown away like trash. The frail, black puppy was rushed to Healing Care Animal Hospital in Allen Park; weak, starved and dehydrated, but fighting his hardest to stay alive. When discovered the pup’s prognosis was bleak:Public works employees find puppy thrown away like garbage

“…we’ve named this little boy Aaron, after the frantic DPW worker who called pleading for help. He and his crew were passing by when a man flagged him down saying he was cutting grass at a house and found this baby in the trash.
He had a body temp of 94 when I arrived at the vet with him,” posted Patricia Trevino on Facebook. “He tested neg for parvo. He vomited water shortly after we arrived. It was difficult to get blood because he’s so extremely dehydrated. They finally drew it via his neck. His kidney function is very compromised which could be due to Lepto virus or being left with no food or water for extended periods of time resulting in dehydration. The results from the Lepto test will be back tomorrow. In the meantime he’s being kept in isolation, with IV, and has a warming wrap on. His temp is up to 99, but not sure he can hold that.”

The puppy had been discarded in a dumpster like unwanted garbage by someone with a heart of stone – exactly how Aaron managed to survive remains a mystery. Yet in this cloud of misery and suffering, there has appeared a ray of sunshine.  An update on the dog’s condition Tuesday morning presents a promising prognosis:

“I’m happy to say that last night Aaron was standing and wanting to come out of his cage. This morning the vet said he has eaten, and his body temp is up to 101 on its own. He’s a fighter! Results of Lepto test aren’t in as of yet.
He will be going to rescue later this morning. His foster is a veterinarian herself. Thank you to all who offered to take this little boy who was thrown away like garbage, and left for dead.”

Aaron will be heading to Lucky Day Animal Rescue located in Grand Blanc, Michigan.

Get well soon Aaron. Read the previous article about this pup here.

(Photos and video of dumpster puppy courtesy of Patricia Trevino)

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Just plain cruel: Owner flings young puppy off balcony for chewing on laptop cord

A Gurgaon, India resident faces animal cruelty charges after allegedly throwing his four-month-old puppy off the balcony because it damaged his laptop. The cruel incident occurred Tuesday evening as a neighbor heard the puppy crying in pain. According to India Today, it had been an  act of revenge after the puppy dropped the laptop while playing with it and had chewed through the Internet wires.

The four-month-old puppy suffered a fracture on her right front leg. One of the neighbor’s and the owner’s wife brought the puppy to a pet hospital where surgery will be required to set the broken bone. The owner of the dog, Phillip Maxwell fled the scene after the dog was found and the story of her injuries circulated through the neighborhood as told by Maxwell’s wife.

“Generally we love her, but that day, it really damaged the whole laptop, chewed up wires and everything,” stated Dora Maxwell. “My husband got angry and flung it.”

As is well known, puppies will be puppies, and it is the responsibility of their owners to keep anything that could harm their pet or be destroyed by their curious and playful little pal, out of the dog’s reach. Puppies don’t know what they can chew on – make sure they have plenty of toys and safe bones to keep them occupied. Keep puppies confined to an area where they can’t get into mischief. If a pet owner cannot commit to the responsibility of being a compassionate, educated and patient puppy parent, get a stuffed animal. No puppy deserves this kind of treatment.

Unfortunately, in India, animal cruelty laws are much too lax.  Section 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 has provision for a maximum fine of Rs 50 (75 cents) and punishment of three months only. Section 429 of the Indian Penal Code, which regards killing and maiming of an animal, gives a maximum punishment of five years that has so far not been given to anyone. Shame on you India!

(Photos of puppy tossed off balcony screenshots via India Today)

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Cruelty investigation underway after healthy puppy returned to shelter near death

Hardly a day goes by without a 911 emergency for the volunteers at Rescue Dogs Rock NYC.  Thursday afternoon was no different; Rupert’s near death story was told, and had it not been for some quick intervention, the one-year-old puppy’s life would have been over.

Rupert had been one of the lucky ones, or so he thought when he was adopted by a family from the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) in November. The energetic, six-month-old puppy happily frolicked into his new owners’ arms – positive his young life would be one of love and care by his new family. Sadly, that was all too short-lived. Just days ago, Rupert was returned to BARCS as a skeleton; he could not stand or walk and was thought to have been close to death. According to the adopter, their puppy would eat, but he just didn’t gain weight. When adopted, Rupert weighed 33 pounds; when brought back to the shelter, the emaciated puppy weighed 22 pounds.

Upon arrival, BARCS rushed the dog to their veterinarian, and there he remained until Thursday because his condition had not been stable. Rescue Dogs Rock NYC stepped forward for this emergency, and Rupert has been transferred to the organization’s emergency care veterinarian partner. 

“This is beyond upsetting but we are happy to report there is an investigation,” Jackie O’Sullivan, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC posted on their Facebook under the disturbing photos of the severely emaciated puppy.  “Now let’s hope something comes of it!”

Rupert has a long road ahead of him and he is not out of the woods.

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Three-pound puppy Calypso rescued from disturbing case of neglect

Meet Calypso; just a five-month-old Chihuahua who weighs three-pounds and who tries to scratch with every step she takes. What was once a simple case of mange and easily cured by bringing the puppy to a veterinarian for treatment, this innocent little one’s condition was ignored.  And over months – not just days, Calypso continued to suffer. On Friday, Second Chance Rescue NYC Dogs came to her rescue.

“There are no words for the shape Calypso arrived in today. She’s only 5-6 months … Her eyes are watering constantly from all the irritation. This has developed over months, not days…. how this happened, how someone watched this happen, how long has this baby been suffering? She’s under medical watch now, antibiotics, pain meds, small frequent meals…”, the group posted to their Facebook page to update their followers after the puppy’s disturbing photo was posted.

Demodectic mange in dogs is a common infestation of the dog’s skin composed of tiny, cigar-shaped, eight-legged mites that live and feed in the hair follicles. It is not as severe as Sarcoptic mites (often called scabies), and many times can resolve itself, however dogs with suppressed immune systems can present with more serious cases. With Calypso, her mange has been compounded by a severe skin infection accompanying a possible blood infection; attributed to neglect. The puppy is now being treated and will remain at the organization’s veterinary partner until she is strong enough to be fostered. 

To help with Calypso’s care, donations can be made here  or by mail to Second Chance Rescue, PO Box 570701 Whitestone, New York 11357.

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(Photo and video courtesy of Second Chance Rescue NYC Dogs)

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Heartless thug arrested for throwing and kicking pillowcase of puppies into storm drain

A Florida man, videoed by his neighbor stuffing a litter of puppies into a pillowcase and then kicking and throwing them into a storm drain, was arrested this week by the Jacksonville Police.  Ernest Martin, 39, has been accused of six counts of animal cruelty for the abandonment of animals in public without providing for their welfare. According to News4Jax, Martin was caught on camera last September cramming the six puppies he stole from his stepfather into the pillowcase.

Martin is then seen tossing the puppies one by one over a fence and walking to the storm drain in the street. There he   tries to push all the puppies. into the drain. As they struggle to escape, Martin kicks them back into the hole.

The witness, who videoed the disturbing scene, couldn’t believe anyone could be so callous:

 “He throws them real high into the air and over the fence and they’re hitting the ground. He came back outside with some pillow cases, grabbed the puppies up one by one, came out here to the drain and started shoving them into the drain. When they started moving around, he was kicking them, trying to shove them back into the drain.”

Fortunately all six puppies were rescued and survived the attack; one of the puppies lives with Martin’s stepfather and family members have adopted the others.  According to Martin’s mother, her son suffers from schizophrenia and stated her son thought they were tiny demons.  Martin remains in jail in lieu of a $90,000 bond.

(Photos of suspect and pillowcase full of puppies via Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and freezshot of witness video)

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