West Virginia woman threw a puppy out of moving car on Interstate

A West Virginia woman faces animal cruelty charges after authorities state she threw a puppy out of the window while in the back seat of a moving car along Interstate 85 in Spartanburg County, South Carolina on Sunday. Luckily the dog survived the cruel act, however suffered abrasions and possibly a broken front leg.

Tracy Nicole Carr, 26, had been in the vehicle with her sister, who asked Carr to hold the puppy because it had become restless and was trying to climb into the driver’s lap. According to The State, a report from the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office stated the sister heard the window roll down and then heard a thud.  She reached into the back of the car to find the puppy and found out the puppy was no longer there. Carr told officers the window had accidentally rolled down, and after the puppy “fell out,” she “hoped the dog’s head exploded on the ground so that it died without feeling pain.”

Environmental Enforcement Director Jamie Nelson stated the puppy was picked up by Animal Control and taken to an emergency veterinary clinic.

Carr was recently released from the Georgia Department of Corrections and was being driven home. If found guilty of ill treatment of an animal for a first offense, Carr faces up to 60 days in jail and/or a fine from $100 to $500.Carr remains in the Spartanburg County Detention Center and in lieu of a $1,000 bond.

(Photo of Carr who allegedly threw a puppy out of a moving car by Spartanburg County Detention Center booking photo.)

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19 puppies rescued from fake dog rescue selling sick pets

In Irvine, California, a woman faces multiple charges of animal cruelty after allegedly setting up a fake dog rescue organization and selling puppies that were too young or sick. Megan Ann Hoechstetter was arrested on Friday after the Irvine Police Department stated she sold a sick puppy that died one week later to a local family. At least four other puppies sold to families or individuals have also died.Megan Hoechstetter

According to the Irvine Police Department, Hoechstetter, 42, of Seal Beach is suspected of operating  the “fake” rescue organization called Pawlosophy and possibly other bogus organizations:

“So she was advertising these animals online and selling them for hundreds of dollars apiece. She would find the customers that way, and she would then take these animals and sell them to people in parking lots and public places,” stated police spokesperson Kim Mohr.

Authorities have not  determined where the puppies were came from, however when they entered a hotel in Cypress where Hoechstetter had been living, 13 puppies were found. Another six puppies were rescued by Animal Services from a separate location. It is believed Hoechstetter obtained the puppies from Mexico. At this time it is still unknown how many more sick and dying puppies have already been sold to families. All 19 puppies, who are about 8 to 10 weeks old, are currently in the care of the Irvine Animal Care Center and receiving treatment. Authorities said the puppies will not be available for adoption at this time because of their fragile health.Megan Hoechstetter 2

Authorities are reminding everyone interested in getting a dog to be careful and be suspicious towards any group only communicating online. Meet the breeder, go to their home where the parents of the puppies can be seen. Interact with the puppies. Check for cleanliness and the condition of the puppy’s parents. Ask for veterinarian records.

In California, it is against the law to sell a puppy younger than eight-weeks of age. Hoechstetter is facing multiple felony and misdemeanor charges. Any victims or people with more information relating to this case are asked to contact Animal Services Supervisor Kim Cherney at 949-724-7091 or

(Photos of fake dog rescue screenshot via Irvine PD and Irvine Animal Care Center.)

Dog has ‘Lassie-style moment’ when she sniffs out puppies in recycle bin

It was a canine good deed, described as a “Lassie-Style Moment,” on the Facebook page of Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary in southwest England earlier this week, when a woman’s dog out for a walk sniffed around and discovered a trio of puppies abandoned in a recycling bin. The dog barked to convey her message to her human when she found the shivering eight-week-old border collie puppies. The two males and one little female pup had been left to fend for themselves in an area identified as Failand Woods.Lassie puppies 2

“Luckily a dog out walking sniffed them out, and in a true ‘Lassie style moment’, alerted her owner to rescue them, thank goodness as we truly feel they wouldn’t have survived a cold winter’s night. They were brought in to us for safe keeping and they will be heading into foster care this afternoon after a full vet check,” the sanctuary wrote on Facebook as they described the “Lassie-style” rescue- reminiscent of the puppies similar breed.

The little boys now bear the names of Carlos and Tosca; the female has been dubbed Mabel. Rescue manager, Sarah Schranz fears the pups may have been a Christmas present someone quickly tired of, but since their adorable photos have spread through social media and all over the Internet, the puppies have had dozens of adoption offers.

Animal advocates, and of course those of us who couldn’t get enough of the utter cuteness, donated puppy food, blankets and toys. The trio are all expected to be going to new their new homes next week.

How we love happy endings.

(Photos and video of Lassie-Style Moment pups courtesy of Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary)

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Puppy suffers broken leg after man throws it over fence

In Okeechobee, Florida, authorities are searching for the man who threw a six-month-old puppy over the fence. A man, driving a four-door pickup truck, pulled up to a fenced in area at animal control on Tuesday and threw the dog over the fence. When discovered, the dog had suffered a broken leg. She has since undergone

According to the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, on January 3, the truck driven by a stocky Hispanic male arrived at the Okkeechobee Sheriff’s Office Animal Control, backed up to the fenced area and threw the puppy over the six-foot high fence topped with barbed wire. During the week, the area is used as a play area for dogs. The exceptionally sweet, female puppy, described as a Cur mix, sustained a rear broken leg. The shelter’s video showed her lying in the yard all night with her broken leg and no food or water until she was discovered early the next morning by shelter

Nala’s New Life Rescue has stepped up to care for the pup, now dubbed Jenny. Her leg was repaired at the expense of the foster home who is caring for Jenny, however the animal advocate is in no financial position to pay for the surgery. To help, donations can be made by clicking here.

The suspect’s truck is described as a Ford, two tone dark blue/gold on bottom. Anyone identifying this person or the truck is asked to call Deputy Rusty Hartsfield at 863.763.3117.

(Photos of puppy thrown over the fence with broken leg courtesy of Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office and Nala’s New Life Rescue.)

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Stolen shelter puppy found, couple arrested and charged

A puppy, stolen from a shelter in Lake County, Florida, has been found and the couple accused of stealing her were arrested and are now facing charges. According to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services Department, the eight-month-old pup, named “Kendrick,” is back safe and sound.

Animal Services updated worried Facebook followers on Friday:

Thanks to the amazing and quick detective work of LCSO, we’ve safely recovered Kendrick and our suspects are in custody!

The puppy was taken by a couple identified as Justin Geoffrey Kates, 28, and Michelle Ashley Barbee, 29, on Thursday afternoon. Shortly after the theft, Animal Services took to social media to try and find the missing puppy, as well as the people accused of stealing her – a Facebook post read:

Yesterday afternoon our shelter had a theft occur during business hours of a 8 month old bull dog puppy mix named Kendrick. Obviously when something like this occurs we have to make sure we are accurate on the facts of how this occurred and who is responsible. After investigating with our resources and witness statements we have obtained photos of the responsible parties . Please know that we are actively looking for this puppy and the two pictured individuals.

According to the Central Florida Wire, tips led the authorities to Kates and Barbee – the couple’s motive for stealing the puppy is unclear.

5-month-old puppy’s stomach filled with sock, plastics and strings

A 5-month-old puppy found emaciated, shivering and hiding underneath a car and saved by Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, was once again rushed to the emergency veterinarian hospital on Wednesday evening.kringle-2-starving

 “We are very concerned with his lack of energy. We made the decision to leave him there overnight to have round the clock care. He was extremely dehydrated and had no desire to do anything but sleep,” explained Jackie O’Sullivan to advocates on the organization’s Facebook page.

On Christmas Eve, while images of sugarplums danced in everyone’s heads, the emaciated five-month-old puppy hid beneath a car. All curled up along a lonely street and trying his best to stay warm, the only way he survived was scrounging around for food in dumpsters. When brought into the local shelter, advocates reached out to Rescue Dogs Rock NYC for emergency help. The puppy, whose every rib could be counted and attached to his protruding spine and hip bones, was appropriately named Kringle. Who could have imagined any dog going to the bathroom  and his stools would be full of plastic bags, clothing articles and pieces of aluminum foil?kringle-2

When rescued, Kringle weighed less than 17-pounds, and with close monitoring, x-rays of his stomach and medication, the sweet puppy who melts into anyone’s arms as soon as he is picked up, had been slowly making progress with frequent small meals. Ultrasound testing has not found the exact source of his internal bleeding, but veterinarians suspect he may have an ulcer after having ingested so many foreign objects.

“The vet techs reported that he passed a wrapper of some sort and some more string overnight, but the good news is he still has an appetite! We will update as soon as we hear the results,” stated Jackie’s update on Thursday afternoon.

To help with Kringle’s medical bills, donations can be made by clicking here. Hang in there Kringle. (Photos of 5-month-old puppy Kringle courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

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One of Bieber’s dancers adopts his dog, raises money for surgery

According to Wednesday’s publication of TMZ, one of Justin Bieber’s dancers adopted the pop icon’s young dog, and then raised money to pay for an expensive surgery the puppy needs to live a pain free life. Dancer C.J. Salvador’s family recently adopted the seven-month-old Chow Chow, named “Todd,” who originally belonged to Bieber.

The puppy was diagnosed with severe hip dysplasia and a veterinarian stated that without surgery, the puppy would not be able to walk by the time that he reached a year of age. Unwilling to let the puppy suffering, or worse, be put down, Salvador set out to raise the funds needed for Todd’s surgery. Salvador set a goal of $8000 on a GoFundMe account and the money has already been raised.

Other media outlets are using the situation as an opportunity to bash Bieber for giving up his pet (he got rid of the puppy because he stated that he didn’t have enough time for him), but Salvador is defending the singer. On an Instagram post, Salvador stated,


Todd is a Salvador. My parents adopted him which now gives US the responsibility for taking care of him. I did not ask JB for money because he has nothing to do with the situation. I have had an amazing professional relationship with him for over 5 years and I plan on contributing to his camp for as long as I can.

Salvador goes on to explain that the breeder did not disclose the fact that the puppy had dysplasia and that his parents discovered the problem when they took him to a veterinarian to be neutered. He also expressed gratitude to the people who donated funds to make Todd’s surgery possible.

(Photo screenshot via GoFundMe)


Abused Doberman puppy with severed spine rescued

Spencer was Wednesday’s 911 call for Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. The Isabella fawn and rust purebred Doberman was brought to the county shelter in Kershaw City, South Carolina. The one-year-old puppy was emaciated, scarred and wounded. His ears had been cropped in a half-witted home slicing debacle, but that wasn’t the worst of it for young Spencer. Something terrible happened to his back.spencer-the-dog

“Why does he look bent in half? Why can’t he stand properly? Did he escape an abusive situation only to be hit by a car? We will never know his full story, but Spencer’s life didn’t just go downhill today! He didn’t come from anywhere good,” explained Jackie O’Sullivan, co-founder of the New York City based rescue organization who often specialize in the most severe cases of abuse and cruelty. 

When brought into the shelter, Spencer was in horrific condition as blood dripped down his face as he hobbled around in pain. And with all of those painful obstacles facing the Doberman, it didn’t stop him from being friendly to everyone he met; both human and canine. Rushed to the rescue’s partner specialty veterinarian, extensive X-rays and an examination by a neurologist determined the dog’s spine has been severed. His only hope for survival is immediate surgery once he is stabilized. Estimates for the operation and intensive care are between $5,700 and $7,000.

“We took him because he was suffering, and he deserved to live,” Jackie posted to their followers on the rescue’s Facebook page. “It was the right thing to do, but we need your help. We put down a $3,000 deposit just to bring him in the front door. It is no wonder so many dogs can not be helped. In addition to the operation for his spine, his stomach is full of bones – which is another problem we will have to address.”spencer-the-dog-2

According to veterinarians, the Doberman probably escaped from whatever hell he had been living. Clearly starved and abused, he had been eating a dead animal trying to stave off his terrible hunger pains when he was hit by a car. Tragically, that driver never stopped to help either.

Spencer has a long and difficult uphill battle ahead, but his short life of abuse and neglect are over. From this day forward, this puppy will have the best of care and hopefully be able to look forward to a long and happy life. To help, please click here,  or here.

(Photos of Spencer and video courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

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SPCA rescues starving puppy after municipal animal control refused

The New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) rescued an emaciated puppy and two other dogs on New Year’s Eve in central New Jersey after a municipal animal control officer refused because it was a holiday weekend and stated there was no room at the local shelter.

The puppy, described as “skin and bones” and two dogs had been abandoned and left for dead in an apartment when they were discovered by the landlord. The NJ SPCA responded after the landlord told authorities he couldn’t get any response from the local animal control.  According to, the dogs were in need of immediate veterinary attention, and it wasn’t until Frank Rizzo, chief of the SPCA’s law enforcement division, threatened the local animal control office with criminal charges if they did not care for the dogs that the municipal department responded. Rizzo posted the following public statement:

“SPCA staff found this response completely unacceptable and reminded the ACO (animal control officer) that as a full-time employee with a salary and benefits, the ACO is mandated by state law to provide animal control services 24 hours a day, seven days a week,”

The undernourished puppy is reported to be doing better; the other two dogs are healthy and have been placed in a shelter.

An investigation is now underway to find the dogs’ owner who will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. The SPCA has not named the town or county where the dogs were found.

(Photo of puppy courtesy of NJ SPCA)

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Reward offered in case of brutal puppy beating

A hefty reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for a brutal beating which left a puppy so severely injured that she had to be humanely euthanized. According to the Clarion-Ledger, In Defense of Animals is offering the $2500 reward to help bring justice to the grievously abused puppy dubbed “Thursday.”

The puppy was found on December 15 in a Jackson, Mississippi, park. The man who made the grim discovery reached out to the Animal Rescue Fund. The animal welfare agency described the horrific injuries the puppy had suffered:

We received a call about an injured puppy. When he described the injuries, we jumped and ran to the address he gave. When he brought out the puppy, we wept. We can not post all the photos we have, because they are too gruesome for even the most seasoned rescuer. The puppy we named Thursday had been beaten with some blunt object. Her head was swollen to three times its normal size, she had lost an eye and her lower jaw.

Thursday was so badly injured that humane euthanasia was the only option. Anyone with information about this cruel case is asked to reach out to the Jackson Police Department or In Defense of Animals at 662-809-4483.

(Photo via Animal Rescue Fund/Facebook)