Tears: Homeless dog’s unbearable heartache as she watched newborn puppies die

When a  very pregnant, homeless dog came into a rural Texas shelter, the least that should have been expected was to provide the mother dog with a clean kennel, a blanket and a safe place for her to safely deliver her puppies. Instead, “Momma Marble” as she would eventually be named, gave birth in a dirty cage – a place where no new lives should ever have been born.

And if it hadn’t been tragic enough that the emaciated Momma Marble had given birth to her puppies in an environment overrun with filth  and disease, the poor dog witnessed each and everyone of her newborn puppies die from the unsanitary conditions. One by one, someone would take them away from her as she  desperatelytried over and over again to lick them; hoping they would each just breathe again.

Days later there was nothing left for Momma Marble; the babies she coddled so lovingly were gone. Her fate had been set in stone on Monday, as she was scheduled to be euthanized. After all, she was filthy, missing clumps of her coat and gradually getting sicker day by day. As Momma Marble’s story went viral on social media, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC   had just been notified; Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of the organization, committed to saving the dog’s life.

“Tears, tears and more tears,” Stacey posted on the group’s Facebook page. “Marble is NOW SAFE and needs immediate medical care
She needs to feel love and to know her life is just beginning and her awful past is just a memory behind her.”

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Two frightened husky puppies abandoned at Fresno park with sad note

Alone and afraid, two shivering husky puppies had been abandoned at Woodward Dog Park in Fresno, California on October . For three hours, the puppies waited and watched the other dogs, the children and the people coming and going, but no one familiar walked by. Whoever had left them up, left them with a box of dog food, toys and a heartbreaking note pleading that whoever found and rescued them would not split them up – as the two were extremely bonded and depended on each other for comfort.

“Hi – our names are Jada (black) and Layla (brown) we are nice 1 year-old dogs. Please don’t split us up. Layla gets scared without her sister.”

Kati Asi had been at the park when she realized the dogs had been abandoned. She contacted the park manager Mona Ahmed, an ASPCA volunteer, according to AbcNews,

“I was angry,” Asi said. “I wish that they might have given a reason because then I would understand more, but to just leave their names not even tell us if they have their shots or if they’re spayed, I think is kind of mean,” she said.

Ahmed has a nonprofit called Fresno Furry Friends, which helps to run the dog park, and in the ten years the park has been open, Jada and Layla are the 14th and 15th dogs left there. Ahmed said all but one of the dogs have since been re-homed. It’s truly heartbreaking to see these two dogs’ young lives turned upside down – surely they were loyal to the very people who betrayed.

Both dogs are currently in foster care. For more information concerning adoption, contact Mona Ahmed at

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Newborn puppies fall through grate at Texas shelter and drown

In a South Texas shelter, negligence of the staff resulted in the loss of four tiny lives less than two weeks ago. The German shepherd and Rottweiler mix, with her ten newborn puppies, had been surrendered to the high kill shelter, and instead of giving the family a bed where the mother dog could safely nurse her puppies, she and the litter were left on the concrete floor. There was no blanket; not even a plastic pool to contain the puppies as they blindly wandered in their concrete prison searching for each other for warmth and comfort, while trying to nuzzle and nurse from their mother.

And then the unthinkable occurred. Because of the shelter’s negligence, four of the babies easily fit through the kennel grates and fell into the drain below

which had been filled with water from hosing down the kennels. The little ones drowned a slow and painful death.

“A volunteer witnessed this and immediately removed the mom and her surviving newborn puppies out of the shelter to safety,” Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC wrote on the organization’s Facebook page. “The shelter did nothing except watch it happen. It’s supposed to be a safe haven for the homeless animals that come into it, but in fact, it’s quite the opposite here, and this family probably was better off on the streets.”

Knowing how helpless this little family was at the time and being aware of this tragedy, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC stepped forward and brought the family to safety. The mother dog, now named Zelda and her surviving six puppies, have all been safely moved and are now in foster care. Since rescue Zelda and her family are doing well, and all of the puppies are thriving. It is expected they will be ready to travel in a few weeks and will be brought to New York City to await their exciting adoptions.

Please check out Zelda. She weighs 50 pounds and is a year-and-a-half-old. She is reported to be fantastic with children, dogs and cats. Please consider adopting this beautiful young dog. Apply here for Zelda and her pups:


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Photos of the newborn puppies and Zelda courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC


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California is first state to ban sale of puppy mill animals

In what will become a significant blow to commercial pet breeders, generally referred to as the puppy mill industry, California pet stores will be required to get their puppies, kittens and rabbits from rescue organizations and shelters. Beginning in January 2019, only individuals will be able to purchase pets from private breeders. For pet stores, violators could face fines of $500 per offense.

On Friday, Governor Jerry Brown signed the law covering the entire state; 36 cities including Los Angeles and San Francisco, already have similar bans against large commercial breeding operations. The bill, A.B.485 has had strong support from animal welfare organizations and was written by Patrick O’Donnell and Matt Dababneh, two Democratic California Assembly members.

Arguments for the ban included how pet stores rarely know nor do they reveal the circumstances relative to the breeding of the dogs, cats and rabbits brought into their stores for retail sale. Puppy and kitten mills have long lists of inhumane conditions as to overcrowding, lack of care, lack of socialization and the very basics of humane care.

The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council has opposed the legislation, claiming the new law would jeopardize hundreds of jobs. Pet stores, however have been dwindling in numbers for the past few years as public awareness of puppy mills draws the ire of animal advocates across the country. Still some pet store owners argue the ban prevents consumers from having their choice of purchasing a specific breed or simply not purchasing “someone else’s unwanted pet.”

“By cutting off the puppy mill pipeline that moves cruelly bred animals from across the country into California pet stores, A.B.485 will also help prevent California consumers from being duped into purchases that contribute to unconscionable animal ‘production’ and suffering,” the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said in a statement.

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Rescued: Pile of puppies left on cold shelter floor for weeks

A pile of puppies huddled together in a Rio Grande Valley, Texas rural shelter for two weeks. When funds are scarce and families to adopt puppies are rare, decisions of life and death become stark realities – even for those so very young. Each of the six-puppies in the litter had been severely neglected, and each suffered with fleas, ticks, skin infections and mange. Each puppy was dehydrated and anemic – their skin itchy, red and raging; sadly there are few resources available for veterinarian care.

When Rescue Dogs Rock NYC was asked to help, co-founder Stacey Silverstein arranged to have the puppies transferred to the organization’s partner veterinarian hospital in Dallas.

“The shelter said it was easier to kill them and be done with it. We said no – not going to happen,” Stacey wrote as she posted the photos of the puppies on the rescue’s Facebook page. “So what did we do? We rescued them all!”


Five of the puppies have been treated and transferred to foster homes, however Jasmine remains in the emergency hospital in serious condition. Jasmine has already been given a blood transfusion costing $750; she remains on a 24-hour intravenous drip as her condition is so dehydrated and weak. Her prognosis is unknown, but she is being given every chance to survive.

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Two barely alive Labrador puppies found scrounging for bits of food

What do young puppies know about scrounging for bits of food? On Saturday night, rescuers found the two anemic and starving puppies wandering along the road in Mission, Texas. Although they were very weak, tick and flea infested and horribly anemic, the puppies were so hungry they seemed grateful to have been captured; even so young they knew they had finally been rescued.

When Rescue Dogs Rock NYC co-founder Stacey Silverstein was called and asked to help, she quickly arranged for the dogs to be transferred to the same veterinarian hospital as Trooper – the puppy abandoned in a cardboard box. Trooper remains in critical condition.

“This is what our rescue was doing last night; saving tick infested, very sick puppies from living under an abandoned house for weeks.
We have learned there were six, but they were slowly dying off from being abandoned and sick and these two puppies are the only ones that have survived,” Stacey posted on the group’s Facebook page. “They are now very sick and fighting for survival.”

It is not known if the mother dog is still alive, or if any of the other puppies may have survived. As of Sunday evening, Stacey told the Pet Rescue Report the two puppies are still extremely ill, severely anemic and receiving intravenous fluids to help stabilize them. Their photos and short videos tell their tragic story.

(Photos of puppies scrounging for food courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

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Rescued: Puppies tied up in grain bag and dumped in river

Six puppies, barely old enough to open their eyes were rescued on Sunday morning after having been found by a kayaker. The pups had been tied up in a grain bag and dumped into the river near River Road in Uxbridge, Massachusetts. An animal control officer responded to the scene and took possession of the puppies.

Considering the circumstances, the puppies are reported doing well and are in the care of a professional until they are old enough to be made available for adoption. All are expected to survive and are being kept together.

If anyone has any information about the person(s) who abandoned these puppies, you are asked to contact Officer Benjamin Smoot at the Uxbridge Police Department. Someone in the area must know of a dog who had been pregnant and recently gave birth. Someone in the area may have seen someone carrying a grain bag or acting suspiciously near the river. Help these puppies find justice, and punish the person responsible for such inexcusable animal cruelty.

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Photo of the puppies found in grain bag via Facebook for the Uxbridge Police Department. Call 508.278.7755.

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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.

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

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