Mangy 6-month-old puppy snuggles up for kisses

A good-natured puppy, dubbed Remy had no idea how sick he was, yet the friendly and affectionate pooch snuggled up to every human crossing his path. Found roaming the New York City streets by Animal Control, the emaciated 6-month-old puppy was brought to the city shelter. No one knows how long he had been scrounging for food, but his physical condition didn’t happen overnight. And now in the very coldness of a New York City January winter, Remy, was fortunate to have been saved. Even better for this young pooch occurred when Rescue Dogs Rock NYC stepped up to provide him with the veterinary help – both physically and emotionally he deserves.Remy RDR2

Diagnosed with severe mange, deep gashes and collective skin infections, the puppy with no hair was transferred from the New York City Animal Care Center to Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. Remy is currently in critical condition. Jackie O’Sullivan, co-founder of the rescue updated animal advocates on Tuesday about the puppy’s prognosis on their Facebook page:

“Remy was transported to our vet partner yesterday, and sadly he’s in very rough shape. Remy’s skin is swollen and infected with areas of deep gashes which are open and bleeding. He is emaciated and weak and completely dehydrated. He was found on the city streets as a stray so we have no information on how he was left in such horrible condition. Remy RDR3

Our plan, as always is to give Remy everything he needs so that he can become a healthy and happy puppy once again.”

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(Photos of 6-month-old puppy courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

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Pup’s life whose back was broken in dog attack ended in tragedy

In a heartbreaking tragedy in Houston, Texas, a pup’s life ended in tragedy on Saturday night because the very family she depended on to keep her safe, betrayed her after ignoring her injuries and left her to suffer for days without veterinarian care. It is believed the dog had been defending her newborn puppies when she was attacked by another dog who broke her back; leaving the mom paralyzed with an open wound that was never treated and soon became septic.Story to be told RDR

As soon as she was surrendered, the ailing dog was gently wrapped in a towel  by animal advocate, Leslie Ysuhuaylas, who contacted Rescue Dogs Rock NYC for help. The organization’s co-founder Stacey Silverstein, immediately authorized the dog be sent to the group’s emergency veterinarian partner where it was hoped her life could be saved. Tragically, her injuries were too severe; the young pup was in excruciating pain, had trouble breathing and could barely lift or move her head. After careful examination by the veterinarian staff, it was decided to humanely end the pup’s life. The damage to her ravaged body was too extensive.

Leslie reflects on this sweet dog’s life; the innocent victim’s eyes in the video were so full of sadness and pain:

 “I document everything, even the death. I want to remember every bit of detail of their life and their pain. I find it only fair to them. To at least remember they existed. To at least show the world they existed. Write their story and what they have been through. And to hate those that caused their deaths because they will not be the only ones. They are just the previous abused to the next. When you’re tired, when you want to silence down and take a break, remember them. I try to be as open as possible, give people the opportunity to love and care for these dogs. They are mine as much as they are yours. Please remember them until their last breath. They all have a story, an irresponsible owner, abandonment, abuse and neglect all caused by human hands . Some may consider this graphic, but this is reality, this has been my reality this week. Today was the first time I had to sign a dog to be euthanized, it was the hardest and easiest thing to do to relieve their pain.

Fly high little one .. You will never be forgotten.”

Leslie never learned the dog’s name; she was with her for such a short time, but posthumously dubbed her Angel. It is not known if animal cruelty charges will be pursued.

Three young puppies were surrendered with Angel. Once old enough, the puppies will travel to Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. At this time, Leslie is hoping a foster home in the Dallas area can be found to care for the puppies for the next four to five weeks. Click here to help.

To help Rescue Dogs Rock NYC with Angel’s veterinarian expenses and the care of the three newborn puppies, donations can be made by clicking here or Paypal Checks and other donations can be sent to RDR NYC, PO Box 101, NY, NY 10028.

(Photos and video of pup’s life ended in tragedy courtesy Rescue Dogs Rock and Leslie Ysuhuaylas.)


Dog found lying in a crate freezing, swollen and in pain

In Dallas, Texas, rescuers were shocked when they spotted a shivering dog curled up inside of a crate lying near the edge of a lonely road. He was a dog who obviously experienced the worst of humanity, but late on Saturday night his luck would finally change. His rescuer, Leslie Ysuhuaylas had spotted him before in the isolated area where irresponsible owners too often abandon their dogs and leave them to fend for themselves. Benny, as he was dubbed, had previously eluded capture. This night however was different; the critically injured pup had just given up; he painfully crawled into the crate and waited for

“Laying in a crate in freezing temperatures, shaking. He has avoided capture before, but tonight he could barely move. His face swollen and his skin ripped from his leg almost to the bone. He has given up. Tonight was supposed to be his last night. He is being rushed to the emergency room right now in critical condition,” Leslie wrote on her Facebook page asking advocates for help for Benny and his canine buddy.  “He has infections in the wound, infection in his genital area, but the swelling is what needs to be determined and watched. Poor guy was crying while we were there and his wound was dripping pus. You could see down the skin.”

And Rescue Dogs Rock NYC immediately stepped up to help. Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of the organization, made arrangements to send Benny to a partner veterinarian emergency hospital where the dog continues to fight for his life. Early Sunday morning, Benny’s update indicates he remains gravely ill:dog-in-a-crate-3a

“Benny is in critical condition and was admitted last night and remains at the Emergency Hospital in Dallas Texas today. This video is so heart wrenching as Benny cries out in pain. The open hole on his leg is infected and is so deep , the bone is exposed. Benny is on an IV as he is completely dehydrated weak and starved. X-rays were taken of Benny‘s leg and chest. His head is very swollen and the medical staff are continuing to run tests to figure out why. As you can see it cost the rescue close to $2300 just for the night. Benny will get the very best care but we need your help,” Stacey posted on Facebook.

Donations can be made by clicking here or Pay pal at

Photos and video of dog found lying in a crate courtesy of Leslie Ysuhuaylas and Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. Benny’s companion was also rescued and is currently in foster care. Betty, a chocolate Labrador retriever is currently being transported to the veterinarian hospital for a full checkup. She had also been hanging out in the same area – possibly for weeks. Once Betty gets medical clearance and receives all of her vaccinations, she will be transported to New York City. If anyone is willing to foster Betty until she is adopted, please contact Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. (Betty is in the foreground with Benny in the box moments before both were rescued.)betty-with-rdrnyc







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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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Abandoned dog, ‘Zena’ refused to be touched until she could no longer run

For two weeks, would be rescuers tried everything to capture Zena, but the terribly neglected dog no longer trusted any humans, and with all her natural instincts and wit, eluded even the kindest gestures of food offerings. That is – until one day when the dog was too weak, too hungry and too sick to resist anyone’s efforts. In the city of Burleson, Texas – on a quiet street – Zena fell off of her legs and just curled herself into a ball; waiting for death to finally relieve her of her suffering. zena-rdr-2

And then on Wednesday night as the temperatures dipped below freezing, the abandoned pup, who once had a home but no longer remembered, didn’t move.

“She laid there for whomever wanted her could take her. She just gave up. Rescue Dogs Rock NYC has picked her up,”  Stacy Silverstein, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC updated animal advocates following the dog’s heartbreaking story on Facebook.zena-rdr-3

Zena has been rushed to the organization’s partner veterinary hospital where she is now receiving life saving medical care.

Photos courtesy of Leslie Ysuhuaylas and Rescue Dogs Rock NYC.

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Misbehaving Maltese dumped into shelter 7 times by same family

A three-year-old Maltese mix named Billy, may seem like a happy-go-lucky little pooch, but there is little doubt his former owners failed him time and time again. Whenever the dog’s owners felt they couldn’t deal with their playful and strong willed little one, they would surrender him to the Animal Care Centers of New York City. And seven times, little Billy was a resident of the shelter, however each time the mandatory 72 hour hold period was about to expire, the dog’s owners would show up and reclaim him – that is until the seventh time.billy-the-maltese-2

“The last 2 or 3 times they dumped Billy at the shelter he became very stressed and agitated; obviously Billy’s owners’ actions were completely negligent and affecting Billy greatly. The 7th time Billy was again dumped in the shelter, the staff reached out to us and asked if we could possibly help Billy,” reported co-founder Jackie O’Sullivan of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC.

On the final time as Billy’s 72-hold expired, it became an emergency situation, and the energetic, but confused pooch was finally whisked away from the shelter environment forever. He has been medically treated for past injuries and is now ready to be adopted.

“This nine pound dog gets along fine with other dogs and children over five. He is ready to start his new life,” happily announced Jackie.

Anyone interested in giving this adorable little guy a loving home, please apply here.

(Photos of Maltese courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

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Tortured dog and cat living in filth saved by NY rescue org

In another unplanned emergency for Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, a tortured dog and cat living in unfathomable filth and neglect were saved from their inhumane suffering on Tuesday afternoon in an abandoned apartment in New York City. Reggie, a friendly dog and Sylvester the cat had been isolated from the world and forced to live in their own feces and urine while they slowly starved to death.jackie-o-tuesday-2

According to neighbors, Reggie’s owner would frequently hit the dog so brutally, they could hear him cry out in pain, but that was before he abandoned them without notice nor with any food or water. And then came the good news. On Monday evening, the person who abused Reggie and Sylvester was arrested. The two had a chance – Rescue Dogs Rock NYC came to their aid when neighbors in the building were finally able to reach out for help.

Reggie is extremely weak and emaciated; his ravaged body is not much more than a skeleton covered with a light black and white coat. He can barely walk and the cuts, gashes and scrapes all over his body most likely were a result of the multiple beatings he endured which had been regularly inflicted by his owner. Sylvester seems to have fared better, but his physical and emotional condition has yet to be evaluated.

The pair are now at Rescue Dogs Rock NYC’s partner veterinarian in New York City and are getting the best of care.

“All we ask is that you help by donating to their medical care,” stated the organization’s co-founder Stacey Silverstein to the group’s Facebook page. “The financial drain on the rescue is staggering, with the amount of critically injured dogs we have taken in these last weeks. We find that holiday time is the absolute worst time for the homeless dogs across the country. If there were ever a time to foster a homeless dog now is the time.”jackie-o-tuesday-3

Donations to help Reggie and Sylvester can be made by clicking here or donating directly through PayPal:

To foster one of these deserving pets, please click here for additional information and application.

(Photos courtesy of tortured dog and cat by Rescue Dogs Rock NYC.)







Heartbreaking abused dog saved from country shelter at last minute

On Sunday evening, Trey’s life was clearly destined to end. No one knows for sure what happened to the Golden retriever stray, but an animal control officer found him scrounging for food behind someone’s outbuilding south of Dallas, Texas. Emaciated and in pain, the abused dog was brought to the shelter, fed and given a safe place to sleep.trey-the-dog-2

It’s a country shelter in Texas that has no funds and barely any staff. Volunteers  graciously help to save lives. All of the dogs are terrified and rightfully so – they are brought into a concrete building where the barking and whines of other dogs only exacerbates their fright,  and Trey was no exception. Both his front and back legs have been mangled. He had a difficult time walking, but didn’t want to give up. His skin was raw and infected, and he was weak and extremely dehydrated. It would have been  highly unlikely anyone would have come to his rescue, but thanks to social media, Trey’s last minute plea was answered by Rescue Dogs Rock NYC.

“Trey deserves this chance, a chance to receive the help he so desperately needs. We have no information on how or why Trey was left in this condition. We cannot watch and do nothing,” explained Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of the rescue organization.

“Trey will need multiple surgeries. He will be rushed to our partner veterinarian hospital for life saving medical treatment. We are concerned with his survival.”

On Monday morning, Stacey updated Pet Rescue Report that Trey will be transported to New York City this week for surgery. Along with all of his other medical problems, he tested heart worm positive. This is a dog who has a long road ahead of him, but Rescue Dogs Rock NYC do not give up, and will fight to give this boy a new life.trey-the-dog-3

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(Photos of  abused dog courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

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Emaciated Boxer spent 2 years tethered by a heavy chain

For nearly her entire life, a lonely, emaciated Boxer spent her life alone; neglected and tethered by a heavy chain. During the summer she sweltered in the oppressive heat of the Chesterfield, South Carolina dirt lot, and in the winter she shivered in the cold, the rain and the sleet. Her filthy coat never grew thick enough to protect her delicate skin; there was barely any food to eat. Her eyes watered and stung – entropion – a condition where her eyelashes turned inward scarring her delicate retinas.clarissa-the-boxer-2b

And then it finally happened on Thursday; Clarissa’s miserable life on a short chain in the dirt was over. Rescue Dogs Rock NYC  helped. Jackie O’Sullivan, co-founder of the organization couldn’t refuse.

“Can you imagine that is a life? On a short chain in the dirt 24/7? She had no interaction with anything but the cruel elements of nature…,” stated Jackie as her anger boiled over knowing that’s how Clarissa had been forced to live.

Clarissa only weighs 33 pounds – an emaciated Boxer, covered in pressure sores, anemic and ravaged by parasites. When she gains weight and is feeling better, she will undergo surgery for her eyes. Now Clarissa only needs to concentrate on human kindness and care. clarissa-the-boxer-2

More good news … Clarissa’s owners have been charged with animal cruelty, and the other two dogs on the property have also been rescued and are receiving care. To help Rescue Dogs Rock NYC with Clarissa’s veterinary care, donations can be made here. Be the voice for those who cannot speak.

Photos for emaciated Boxer courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC.

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6-month-old Patterdale terrier rescued moments before euth’ed

When a six-month-old Patterdale terrier tested positive for the deadly parvovirus at the Animal Care Center of New York City on Sunday, and the shelter sent out a plea for a rescue to help, not one organization stepped forward. And it’s not because rescues don’t want to help – the tragic fact is on Sunday evenings the only facilities open to administer emergency veterinary services for critical care patients cost at least $1,000 for the first 24-hours.

Still a young life was in jeopardy; if the puppy was not rescued by 6:00, the shelter, unable to hold parvovirus cases overnight, would have had to euthanize the dog. Knowing what would have been the puppy’s tragic fate, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, stepped forward to help. Just two hours ago, the organization’s co-founder Jackie O’Sullivan posted the news to their Facebook followers:

“It’s a Sunday night, so we have no other option than to send Raven to a 24-hour emergency hospital, and we also know it’s $1000 or more for just the first 24 hours!!! It’s critical ER care, and they have to do all their diagnostics. We hope she will do well and that we can move her to our primary vet in a few days, but there is no guarantee of that.  We don’t know what saving Raven will cost, but we do know she did not deserve to die tonight because her ‘owners’ did not vaccinate her! She’s a 6 month old baby!”

Rescue Dogs Rock NYC will not be able to continue taking in the high cost emergency cases without the  donations of their generous supporters. They have been deluged with medical emergencies recently; still their generous hearts and enormous compassion continue to give the seemingly hopeless cases another chance at life.

Donations can be made via PayPal: or here or mail:RDR NYC
PO Box 101, NY, NY 10028.

(Photo of Patterdale terrier courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

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