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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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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Wisconsin woman allowed her dogs to eat puppies

In a disturbing case of animal cruelty in Crandon, Wisconsin, a woman has been arrested for allegedly allowing her dogs to eat puppies and the dead body of a horse. According to authorities, Patty Kirker, 52, was charged on Wednesday with 156 counts of animal mistreatment for failing to provide the animals with food and water; six of the counts are felonies.

An investigation of Kirker’s “puppy mill situation” had been launched earlier in the year after more than 80 complaints were filed. In a report from WsauNews, Kirker’s home had two feet of dog feces on the floor. On March 17, authorities seized 40 wolf-hybrid dogs and horses from the woman’s property. In the criminal complaint, the Forest County District Attorney Chuck Simono cited two unnamed witnesses who told police they had seen adult dogs eating young puppies on the properties as the animals had to resort to any means to stave off their starvation while Kirker did not feed them.

Also, in the complaint were details of the “deplorable conditions” with a description of three puppies being killed by other dogs, and of one puppy having been eaten. Then there were two horses kept in a trailer for more than three weeks with no food while dogs ate a horse’s carcass. Another dog terrorized an older neighbor and attacked the woman’s cat. Four horses and one pony died on the property.

And then there were more horrific details of two dogs walking around with embedded collars, Kirker kicking dogs and some of the animals biting her back, chained dogs that were never fed and a blind horse running into “trees and things.”


Kirker also faces charges in a conspiracy to smuggle drugs into the county jail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 3. Kirker’s attorney denies the allegations are not true and will fight the charges. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals are caring for the rescued animals.

(Photo of suspect alleged to have allowed her dogs to eat puppies via Forest County Sheriff’s Office booking photo)

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Six years later, Molly the Beagle’s death goes unpunished

According to Florida State Statute 828.12, “a person who intentionally commits an act to any animal, or a person who owns or has the custody or control of any animal and fails to act, which results in the cruel death, or excessive or repeated infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering, or causes the same to be done, commits aggravated animal cruelty, a felony of the third degree.” Per Florida State Statute 775.082, the punishment for a felony of the third degree is imprisonment not to exceed five years.

Unfortunately, the statute and the sentencing were completely ignored when it came to deciding one of the cruelest and most disturbing acts of animal cruelty committed in the state of Florida. It all started on November 11th, 2011 when Mathew Milewski, a Miami Beach resident received a four-month-old Beagle puppy from Outback Beagles in Arkansas.  When little Molly arrived by plane, her paperwork included a note saying,

“I hope she brings as much joy to you and your family as our dogs have brought us. I wish her a long life of happiness and contentment.’’

There is a feeling of poignancy now when reading these words as Molly got none of this. She was dead within 24 hours of being with Milewski. No sooner had he picked her up from the Miami International Airport, when residents of The Crown Apartments witnessed Mileweski dragging the helpless seven-pound puppy across the parking lot until she bled; beating her with the leash and slamming her against a hard surface.  Per one resident who lived on the seventh floor, “This for me was a nightmare. For everybody in the building it was a nightmare.’’ She heard Molly screaming and witnessed from her balcony Milewski torturing the puppy. Another witness, a valet attendant Carlos Gregorio told police he was bringing a car from the garage when he “heard a loud scream from a dog.’’ Thinking he’d hit an animal, Gregorio got out of the car. That’s when he saw Milewski “striking his dog with the leash,’’ he told police.

Within 24 hours the dog was dead.   Milewski tried to cover up his abuse and killing of the puppy, by telling police that he dropped the puppy in the shower.

He was arrested on November 18th, 2011.  During a 20 minute, taped interview with investigators Tracy Sierra and Gus Sanchez, he (Milewski) consistently referred to the puppy as “it” and denied any wrongdoing.   He claimed the dog’s death was merely an accident. He described in detail how he took Molly back to his apartment after he noticed one of her paws bleeding and tried to clean her in the shower. At one point in the interview, he said he “pushed’’ the dog in the shower. At another, he said he’d told a veterinarian at Alton Road Animal Hospital: “The way I threw the dog was definitely bad.’’

Milewski said after the dog hit the shower floor, he tried to revive her; then he took her to the vet. Dr. Heidi Foster, at Alton Road Animal Hospital, told police she tried to stabilize Molly, and although she was unconscious, Molly’s heart was beating normally. Twenty minutes later she received a call from Milewski saying the dog’s heart stopped beating in the car. Dr. Foster found this to be impossible as Molly’s heart was perfectly fine when she left the office and her vitals were also good.

Milewski returned to the animal hospital with the dead dog and relinquished her remains to Dr. Foster. Animal Services investigators retrieved the body to do the necropsy. Dr. Rosandra Manduca, a veterinary pathologist, determined that Molly’s death was due to brain injury caused by head trauma. Injuries on the dog’s body suggested being shaken and slammed against a hard surface. Bruising around the dog’s mouth and nostrils indicated she may have been smothered.

Since his arrest in 2012, Milewski’s case has gone through many twists and delayed for years due to a legal disagreement over whether investigators violated Milewski’s rights in seizing the dog’s remains from the animal clinic. But the Third District Court of Appeals agreed with prosecutors that Milewski abandoned his expectation of privacy in the puppy’s remains when he left her remains at the clinic.

On February 10th, 2017, Judge Yvonne Colodny, a judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court Criminal Division, despite testimony from eyewitnesses, investigators, a veterinarian, and a necropsy report, only sentenced Milewski to one year probation and ordered him to donate $1000.00 to the ASPCA. How can a person who commits such a calculated, intentional act of cruelty against a helpless puppy walk away with such a light sentence?

To express your concerns regarding Molly the Beagle and the light sentence received by Milewski contact Judge Yvonne Colodny via phone at 305-548-5182 or write letters to:

Judge Yvonne Colodny

Richard E. Gerstein Justice Building

1351 NW 12th Street


Miami, Florida 33125

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Pregnant pit bull left abandoned in hospital parking lot

Just before the 2016 Thanksgiving holidays,  a small black and white pregnant pit bull was abandoned in a hospital parking lot in Stockton, California. The poor dog was emaciated, and full of worms and fleas. The dog was picked up and placed in a boarding facility where she sat for three weeks, not knowing what her fate would be. Due to no interest from Northern California rescue organizations, the dog was going to be sent to a nearby animal shelter which may have resulted in her being put down due to the high intake of pit bulls.  A Good Samaritan, however intervened, and the dog was sent to Portland, Oregon into the care of Animal Coalition Unlimited.  There the dog was given the name “Pee Dee” in memory of Petey the pit bull who lit up the screen alongside of those famous “Little Rascals.”

When Pee Dee was taken to the Lake Grove Vet Clinic for her intake evaluation, it was discovered that she was five weeks pregnant.  Unfortunately, this put Animal Coalition Unlimited into an unexpected situation. They were prepared to take in and care for one dog, not multiple puppies. However, they refused to abort the unborn puppies for their own convenience. The first goal was to get Pee Dee healthy enough to give birth.  She had been totally neglected and emaciated, weighing in at a mere 36 pounds.   The veterinarian at Lake Grove Vet was extremely helpful and supportive in getting her the necessary nutrients to get her to a healthy weight to deliver her puppies.  An ultrasound detected seven puppies but on December 22, 2016 Pee Dee delivered 10 very healthy puppies.

Animal Coalition Unlimited, founded by and run by volunteers in 2014, takes a very unique approach to animal rescue and adoptions. For one, they do not charge any adoption fees.  However, they have certain stipulations for potential adopters under their Foster to Adopt Program. This method confirms the potential adopter can take care of the dogs and meet all of their future medical needs. Basically, the new owner gets to foster their pet for a period of time before officially adopting them. This ensures it is a good fit for both the person and the pet. This is in the best interest of the dog, because it gives the dog a better chance of being adopted by a good family without putting too much pressure on the adopters from the get go. They thoroughly interview and screen all applicants and follow this up with a home visit. With this program, Animal Coalition Unlimited can monitor the ongoing progress of the dogs, for approximately a six-month trial period. Their success rate with this program is very high.

Pee Dee’s puppies are the first in puppy adoptions for Animal Coalition Unlimited.  They will start accepting applications after the puppies have had their first series of puppy vaccines at eight-weeks old.   Although Animal Coalition Unlimited does not take any adoption fees for the puppies, the adopter will be required to deposit the spay/neuter surgery cost at the Lake Grove Vet Clinic prior to taking the puppies home when they reach 12 weeks old.

The rescue is seeking sponsorships from pet food manufacturers, vet clinics, and individual sponsors.  Pee Dee’s story recently caught the attention of a leading pet food company in Canada; PetCurean  has taken on Pee Dee and her puppies as their featured pets. The puppies have been getting the best nutrition possible to ensure they are healthy, playful and ready to become someone’s pet companion.

If you would like to give one of these puppies a new home or you would like more information on becoming a sponsor, please send requests to:

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Eight critically ill puppies abandoned at busy car shop

In the Dallas area of Texas, a heartless owner placed eight critically ill puppies in a cardboard box, drove them to a busy automotive repair shop, placed them in a corner and drove away. There they were – on Valentine’s Day, left crying and whimpering, cold, hungry and thirsty and in terrible pain.puppies left in box 2

Rescue Dogs Rock NYC was called to help. Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of the organization, immediately arranged for volunteers to transfer the puppies to their Dallas veterinary partner where the eight-week-old puppies are now under professional care. Their prognosis is still unclear.

“They have never had one day of peace, not one day of love, not one day of kindness, never to be touched gently, no food or water; abused and neglected for 8 weeks since the day they were born …,” Stacey explained to animal advocates on the organization’s Facebook page shortly after the details for transferring the dogs for emergency care had been finalized. “They are in very critical medical condition at this time.”Puppies left in box 3 cover

When discovered, the puppies were covered in fleas, and their skin was raw from scratching; their eyes half closed from raging ocular infections. And while the puppies clung to each other for any degree of comfort and warmth, their frightening cries and whimpers of pain have been enough to make even the most stoic shed tears.

To help these puppies, donations can be made to Rescue Dogs Rock NYC by clicking here or via  PayPal at left in box 4

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Photos and video of the critically ill puppies courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC and Leslie Ysuhuaylas.

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