Puppy with cleft palate rescued off of Craigslist

A puppy with a cleft palate had been advertised on Craigslist in Virginia. Barely six-weeks-old and weighing less than three pounds, his tiny life held on by a thread when Rescue Dogs Rock NYC stepped up to help. When the pup, dubbed Casper was rescued on Monday morning, he already presented with a discharge from his nose and mouth; since rushed to the emergency veterinarian, the puppy has been diagnosed with pneumonia.Casper with cleft palate 3

“We know these puppies often don’t make it due to complications with eating and breathing, but we hope Casper will,” stated Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of the rescue organization. “Right now he’s on antibiotics and we know if he does make it, multiple surgeries will likely be in his future. There is no other option.”

A cleft palate is an abnormal opening in the roof of a dog’s mouth and is the result of the failure of the two sides of the palate coming together and fusing during embryonic development. The deformity results in an opening between the nasal passages and the mouth. Treatment is surgical repair of the defect, however most surgeons prefer to wait until the puppy is three to four months of age before operating.Casper with cleft palate 2

According to PetMd, the symptoms of a cleft palate are:

  • Runny nose
  • Coughing
  • Aspiration pneumonia (pneumonia caused by milk and food contents entering the cleft and infecting the lungs)
  • Respiratory difficulty (caused by aspiration pneumonia)
  • Difficulty sucking and nursing (for puppies)
  • Slow growth
  • Weight loss
  • Lack of appetite

Follow Casper’s progress on Rescue Dogs Rock NYC Facebook page. To help, donations can be sent via or Casper with cleft palate or RDR NYC PO Box 101 NY, NY 10028.

(Photos of Casper with cleft palate courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC.)

Update: Hunter finds 6 puppies in ‘Shoot Me’ box

Three of the six emaciated and starving puppies found in an isolated area crying in a cardboard box  with the words “Shoot Me” printed on the outside, have been listed in critical condition. According to the Underdog Project, the rescue organization that stepped forward to help, the puppies were rushed to emergency veterinary care on Tuesday morning.underdog-puppy-2

When found, the pups suffered from severe diarrhea with bloody stools. They had all been vomiting and suffering from internal parasites consisting of hook and tapeworms.  All were being treated for coccidiosis, but the damage to their intestinal lining may have been worse than originally anticipated. The little ones are losing fluids and have not been able to either gain or maintain their weight. Tragically, their condition continues to deteriorate; the veterinarian staff are infusing them with fluids and hoping for the best. All are considered extremely critical at this time.underdog-puppy-3

The six puppies were discovered on December 30 when a hunter and his wife stumbled upon an old cardboard box with the words, “Shoot Me” sprawled across the outside. The woman’s husband wanted to shoot, but as he cocked his gun, ready to brutally end the lives of each and every puppy, because the words “Shoot Me” on the box perhaps signaled a bizarre message to him, the man’s wife was able to keep the puppies safe until rescuers arrived. No one knows who left the puppies in the woods – there is no question the heinous, heartbreaking animal cruelty act would have left all of them to die slow, excruciating deaths. Volunteers, however continue to fight for these little ones and pray for their recovery.

Donations are critically needed to help with the mounting veterinary expenses. To help, please click here.

(Photos of “shoot me” puppies courtesy of the Underdog Project.)

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Hero pit bull puppy stops would-be rapist

A five-month-old hero pit bull puppy knows where his loyalty lies – he managed to stave off a would-be rapist who attacked his favorite human – 18-year-old Maya Fairweather. According to the New York Post, the pup named Apollo, managed to sink his teeth into the attacker’s lower leg and had no intention of letting go until he knew his owner was safe from harm, and the bad guy was long gone.

Maya had been visiting her boyfriend on Monday night in Brooklyn when she decided to take her active pooch for a walk and a run in the nearby park. Attaching Apollo to his leash and donning her headphones, the two walked to Red Hook Stadium Park. When she felt someone pull her headphones, originally Maya thought it was her boyfriend, but  at that moment, the assailant knocked her over and tried to pull off her pants. That’s when Apollo rose to action.

“I fell down on my hands. I just closed my eyes because they say that if you see their face, they will kill you. I froze. I was really scared,” stated Maya.

The attacker was unaware that Maya still had her hand on the puppy’s leash, and that’s when Apollo took it into his own paws to attack. Apollo is normally a very friendly puppy and jumps on everyone for a pat and a hug, but the fierce little guy wasn’t about to let anyone hurt his favorite lady. Ironically Maya never wanted a puppy, but how she has changed.

You’re a good boy Apollo; you are a wonderful representative of your breed.

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(Photo of hero pit bull puppy screenshot NY Post)

Mother in ‘heavy labor’ when rescued from busy shelter

A gorgeous litter of “snow angel puppies” is alive today thanks to the prompt action of a rescue group in Orange County, California. Not long ago, the German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County sprang into action on behalf of a pregnant shepherd who was in “heavy labor” at an animal control agency.

Rescue Director Maria Dales recounted the rescue effort, “Tempe and her paramour, Booth, were rescued from a distant shelter. Malnourished Tempe was ready to burst with puppies. GSROC responded to a plea from the shelter to rush to get her. Within hours of her rescue, Tempe began to deliver her babies.”


The puppies’ mother was so weak that she was unable to nurse her newborn babies, so veteran foster parents stepped up, armed with baby bottles and formula, to take on the huge task. Working round-the-clock to provide the newborns with their required feedings ensured that the litter of puppies survived.

The dedication of the foster parents has resulted in a gorgeous litter of snow angel puppies who are nearly ready to leave for their forever homes. The pups, Sweets, Hodgins, Parker, Camille, Angela and Finn (all named for characters in the Bones T.V. show), will be ready for their homes in two weeks.

Foster mom, Kelli Noss, described the little bundles of joy:

“The puppies are super goofy. They’re all identical minus a few features (my husband & I can tell them apart but I’m pretty sure no one else will be able to). The whole litter loves, loves,loves our kids (and our kids love them). Our 3 year old son likes to lay down on the grass with them and they all puppy pile him. Sweets has known his name since he was 4 weeks old and comes when he’s called. Camille, Sweets, and Finn were all supplemented 3-4 feedings, every day, for the first two weeks. “


She added:

“When we take in foster puppies, depending on the level of care we need to provide, we shift onto a schedule that’s fairly similar to having a newborn baby. We constantly are able to observe them on a video monitor so I can check on them while I pick up my daughter from school or when I’m resting in bed.  We also have great friends and family who understand that we have to cancel plans/events if a litter comes in,since there’s  no pre-planning when it comes to taking in fosters.  In rescue work, you get what you get.”

These precious puppies are well-rounded…they have spent their time around dogs, cats and even ferrets. All are described as “curious” and of course, they are sweet as they are adorable.

Litter of puppies ready for their home

The adoption donation for the puppies is $475, which includes vaccinations, microchip, worming, and spay/neuter.

Click here to find the website to complete an adoption application.


Baltimore man suspected of stomping 4 puppies to death

According to the Baltimore, Maryland, Police Department, a man is suspected of stomping and kicking four young puppies to death. Details of the cruel incident were released by the department on Friday.

The police department stated that they were called to investigate a report of possible animal cruelty at a residence on the 3700 block of 10th Street on the evening of November 9 – responding officers did not find the suspected puppy killer, identified as 21-year-old Donald Yearwood, or the puppies. Later the same night, children reported finding four puppies discarded in a dumpster on the 1200 block of Cambria street.

According to the authorities, three of the puppies were dead and one was severely injured – the wounded puppy was taken to a veterinary hospital, but the injuries proved to be too severe for the pup to survive.

Details of the shockingly cruel incident were shared by witnesses who claim that Yearwood attacked the puppies because he was trying to sleep and they were making noise – Yearwood allegedly kicked and stomped the puppies before throwing them down a flight of stairs.

Tragically, this was not the first time that the authorities had been called out to Yearwood’s home – the department explained:

Detectives from our Animal Abuse Unit initiated an investigation. On October 22, 2016, Animal Control officers were called to the same home in the 3700 block of 10th Street, after an adult female pitbull dog bit a child inside the home. The child suffered minor injuries from the dog bite. Animal Control confiscated the adult pitbull along with six puppies that were approximately one week old. Animal Control Officers were unaware at this time that four additional puppies were still inside the home.


After investigators located surveillance video showing Yearwood placing the puppies into the dumpster, a warrant was issued, charging him with 17 counts of animal cruelty and animal abuse related charges. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Yearwood is asked to call 911 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7Lockup

(Photo/Baltimore Police Department)



Owner broke ribs and fractured puppy’s spine in despicable animal abuse

A Wood County, West Virginia woman is now facing criminal charges relating to the egregious abuse of a seven-week-old puppy now named Trotter (previously named Casper). Tammara Briggs, 28, of Mineral Wells, was arrested on Monday by Wood County sheriff’s deputies and charged with animal cruelty.  tammara-briggs-photo

According to the NewsCenter, an acquaintance of the owner reached out to authorities about the condition of the tiny, white pit bull puppy stating the owner broke ribs and fractured the puppy’s spine. Michelle Earl, executive director for the Humane Society of Parkersburg, was devastated when she saw what had happened. Doctors say they don’t think Trotter will ever fully recover or walk again. The x-ray and MRI shows the puppy has a fractured spine. At this time, the adorable little pooch has no bowel or bladder control either.tammara-briggs

“We plan to be very involved with the prosecution of this,” Earl stated. “To take care of Casper and see how helpless he is now because of somebody inflicting trauma to him is just senseless, and we want people to know that we’re not going to tolerate it. We are going to press charges and we are going to try to execute to the fullest extent to the law the punishment that we can give to people.”

Trotter (Casper) is now in the care of the Maryland rescue group Pitties and Purrs. On the organization’s  Facebook page, they have promised to do their best to help the innocent pooch stating:

“Some stories just rip your heart out. Trotter is a 7-wk old puppy whose owner is charged with beating him so badly, his ribs & spine were broken. There’s question whether he will ever walk again, but Pitties and Purrs is committed to getting him the medical care he needs. Any help you can give this sweet little guy would be greatly appreciated.”

Briggs has been released on a $4,000 bond. A second pit bull was removed from the residence and has been taken to the Humane Society of Parkersburg. Donations to help Trotter can be made by clicking here.

Photos for owner broke ribs  via NewsCenter and Facebook Pitties and Purrs)

Check out Trotter’s video. He so wants to be a normal puppy.

Three sick puppies stolen from animal shelter

Three 10-week-old puppies, sick with upper respiratory infections, were stolen from an animal shelter in Arizona over the weekend. According to the Arizona Animal Welfare League, the three cattle-dog mix puppies were taken on Sunday night from the shelter which is located at 40th Street and Washington in Phoenix.


On October 26, the shelter posted information about the crime to Facebook followers:

Security cameras picked up video of three individuals, two males and one female, dressed in hoodies, entering a secure area and taking the pups out of the kennel where they were all housed together.

Judith Gardner, President of AAWL said that the pups need to be returned to the shelter as soon as possible so they can receive the rest of their medications before being released for adoption. Gardner stated, “These little guys are very young and at risk of becoming very ill if they are not returned quickly.”

Puppies stolen from shelter

On Friday, the shelter indicated that the culprits had not yet been found and the puppies are still missing. The shelter wrote, “We are still looking for our sick puppies that were stolen from our shelter Sunday at 40th st. and Washington, and we are now offering a reward of $500 for information that leads to the safe return of the puppies. They need medical treatment or they may die. ”

Additional cameras and extra security precautions have been added to the kennel area. Please contact if you have any information about this crime.

Couple holds puppies instead of flowers for wedding photos

A Minnesota couple decided to swap out traditional flowers for their wedding photos – opting to hold some adorable rescue puppies instead. According to Monday’s WSPA News, the bride and groom (Kathryn and Brad) are supporters of the non-profit rescue organization, Secondhand Hounds.

Suffice to say, the darling pit bull puppies were hit!

On Monday morning, the rescue organization commented on the couple’s unique “prop” choice for their wedding photos:

Over the weekend, one of our amazing supporters got hitched! And, they decided to pose with some of our adora-bull foster puppies! Pit bull puppies are quite adorable, so we cannot blame them 🙂
Thanks for supporting SHH, Kaydee & Brad!

Last month, another wedding couple opted for rescue puppies in lieu of flowers as well – a litter of Boxer/Coonhound puppies, as well as a cute pittie puppy, posed with the wedding party for photos at the wedding which took place in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania.

Watch out florists…maybe puppies in weddings are the new thing!

Abandoned puppy recovering after hundreds of bee stings

In Allegan, Michigan, an abandoned puppy hasn’t had the best start in life when abandoned at an emergency clinic after having been attacked by a swarm of bees and suffering a severe reaction, reports Fox News.stinger-3

Appropriately dubbed Stinger, Carri Shipaila, president of Luvnpupz,  stated the young pit bull mix also suffers from sarcoptic mange, however the ten-month-old deaf puppy has an amazing will to survive. On the organization’s Facebook page, the photos of the brown and white dog’s hundreds of bright red welts brought gasps to animal lovers across the nation. stinger

Meanwhile, Stinger is making significant improvements at the Allegan Vet and is patiently awaiting arrangements for a foster home. The adorable little pooch is doing great and already has a line at the door of potential adopters. He most likely will still need months to recover, however all of those volunteers at the rescue invite potential pet parents to check out some of the 40+ dogs who are available for adoption immediately.

To donate to Stinger’s care, please click here.