10 puppies left in filthy bin in below freezing temperatures

In a heartless act of animal cruelty and neglect on Sunday night, an unknown person left 10 puppies – no more than two-weeks-of-age, in a filthy bin outside of an animal control facility in Del Rio, Texas. Had it not been for animal control personnel finding the shivering little ones – all curled up together to stay warm, the entire litter would have perished.

When Stac2y Silverstein, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC was called to help, she immediately went into action and arranged for the puppies to be transferred to their partner veterinary hospital for emergency care.

“It doesn’t get much worse or cruel than what you see here in the photo,” Stacey posted on the organization’s Facebook page. “These puppies are maybe 2 weeks old, piled like trash in a bin; no momma and thrown out like garbage. They spent the night in the freezing cold stacked up, huddled together holding on for life.”

The puppies are now receiving care, but this is a very expensive undertaking. To help:

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Shivering puppy left outside of school in cardboard box with note

It’s cold in Michigan, and for a 7-and-a-half week old puppy, it must have been a scary experience – especially for one so young. The Detroit Pit Crew, a nonprofit animal rescue organization had received a call from a teacher at Ronald Brown Academy located in Detroit’s east side. A child had abandoned a puppy on December 7; the note attached read:

“Sorry it didn’t have a home and it was cold so we’re going to give it to you. Please do let it go (sic) find it a nice home – thank you.”

With the puppy came her blanket, food and holes for breathing; she has been named Snowflake.

“Our sweet rescued girl has been named Snowflake by Detroit school teacher Jessica and her wonderful son Kassius who are our Heroes Of the Day!! We also want to thank the kind janitor of the school who found sweet Snowflake and made sure she could stay safe until help arrived. As everyone can see in the pictures Snowflake is now enjoying a new holiday friend and can look forward to having a happy life!!”

Fortunately the puppy is in good physical condition and according to the rescue, is very attached to his box. The founder of the rescue, Theresa Sumpter, states the pup is a “Heinz 57 Detroit Special.” And what does that mean? The adorable little ball of cuteness is thought to be part pittie, chow and terrier. Could her DNA have been anymore perfect?

For now, Snowflake is not available for adoption, but surely she will have a line at the door. In that case, the rescue has many more adorable candidates needing new homes for the holidays. Why not consider adopting your new best friend?  Contact the Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue to interest. Anyone living in the Detroit area, can also help by volunteering to be a foster .

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Three puppies stuck in hardened tar for hours

Three puppies had been stuck in hardened tar for hours in Udaipur, India; their hours left to live were limited until a Good Samaritan alerted the rescue organization Animal Aid Unlimited for a last ditch effort to help.

When the rescue team arrived, they could immediately tell the three little ones had been suffering in the black tar – unable to move and set to work on a plan.

“Three tiny angels were trapped in hardened tar. They were so completely stuck, they couldn’t move a muscle. It looked like they’d been engulfed for hours, and one little baby’s mouth was even stuck open. Neighbors had heard their heart-wrenching cries for help and had called Animal Aid,” the organization posted on their Facebook page.

And then the rescuers went into action.

“Prying them loose was impossible for the tense rescue team, so we had to cut the tar loose from the rocks below and bring the puppies and the tar and gravel they were stuck in back to the hospital. Determined volunteers and staff spent hours to soften the tar with oil and dish soap, with time out only to plant kisses on the puppies’ noses. Multiple warm baths later…and wow. For babies who had been on the brink of death, this is what happiness looks like.”

For the next few days, the one-month-old puppies were massaged with oil and bathed until all remains of the tar were removed. What makes the story even better – the mother of the babies was found, and all have been rejoined and kept until they are old enough to find new homes of their own.

Spend a few minutes and check out this glorious story of rescue – work like this is what we all love to see and read. The video has garnered worldwide approval.

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Four terribly neglected puppies suffering in Texas shelter rescued from sure death

The statistics make us shiver; in high-kill Texas shelters in the San Antonio area, nearly 100 puppies and dogs  are euthanized daily. The sick ones are always at the  top of the list. All of these puppies were sick, and one of the pup’s suffered from a broken femur. Even though many rescue groups were asked to help when the puppies were listed as urgent, no one stepped forward, as they were not prepared for the costs required for the anticipated expensive care – that is until Rescue Dogs Rock NYC were contacted.

“We kept watching the video over and over knowing that they had no chance of surviving without our intervention,” stated Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of the rescue organization. “So we begged our San Antonio veterinarian partner to admit all four for emergency treatment.”

The veterinarian staff reports all of the puppies are extremely weak and frail. They all suffer from tick and flea infestation which has resulted in skin infections, anemia, hair loss. The pup with the broken leg will need surgery, and it is not known how long he suffered in pain without any treatment or pain medication.

“This was a huge undertaking, but we are committed to these four puppies as they deserve to be healthy, loved and safe,” Stacey added to the rescue’s Facebook page after posting the heartbreaking short video.

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(Photos and videos of puppies suffering in Texas shelter courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

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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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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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