Update on Hank: Dog holding his toy facing death at NYC shelter

It was a photo of a happy pooch named Hank, wagging his tail and carrying a favorite stuffed toy in his mouth, at the Brooklyn Care Center for New York Animal Care that attracted the attention of thousands and thousands of animal advocates. Following the dog’s viral photo came the question – “Could life be anymore innocent?” Sadly, the answer was sobering; Hank had been facing humane euthanasia on Wednesday afternoon.

After two days of nail biting pleas and thousands of “shares” on social media, Friday evening, however was one for celebration. Hank safely left the building. Not long after the pup happily padded out the front door of the shelter, Animal Care Centers of New York City posted the smiling pup’s photo with his new mom:

“Check out Hank! He’s spending his first night with his new family. Many thanks to Sav-a-Bull for making this wonderful connection!”

It wasn’t long before volunteer Julie Carner posted the good news on the dog’s Facebook page. Many thanks to all of the advocates who shared his story. Many thanks to everyone for caring about a dog, who because of his misunderstood breed and prejudice, always deserved a chance to be loved and cherished. And many thanks to the staff at Animal Care Centers of New York City who worked very quietly behind the scenes to help a dog in need. 




Check out Hank’s freedom video courtesy of Animal Care Centers of New York City:

Man who taped Caitlyn the dog’s mouth shut sentenced for animal cruelty

On Friday, William Leonard Dodson was sentenced in one of the most disturbing animal cruelty cases ever presented in North Charleston. With Judge Markley Dennis, referring to Caitlyn’s torture as “hell on Earth” reported the Post and Courier, Dodson was given the maximum sentence for animal cruelty in South Carolina – five years.

“I’m not trying to be mean, but I wish I could give you more,” Judge Dennis told Dodson.

Although Dodson’s prison term will not be extended beyond the 15-year sentence on a federal gun and drug charges ordered on Thursday, advocates applauded the sentencing, stating the penalty sends a strong message to those who abuse and torture animals. The judge stated he would honor the prosecutor’s negotiations with Dodson’s public defender to serve the animal cruelty sentence at the same time as the federal punishment. During the hearing, Caitlyn’s story was told again as a crowd of animal advocates filled the courtroom.

The scar on Caitlyn’s snout is still very visible and few will forget when the dog was first rescued and brought to the Charleston Animal Society as Aldwin Roman, the director of anti-cruelty and outreach described how Caitlyn cried out in pain as veterinarians unraveled the electrical tape wrapped around her snout nine times. It is estimated the dog’s mouth had been taped shut for 36 hours. The dog’s veterinarian report described her muzzle as “markedly swollen with evidence of tape and her tongue as “significantly swollen, significantly bruised, discolored (dark purple) and oozing blood,” a court record stated. Dodson said he wrapped the tape around the dog’s mouth because she wouldn’t stop barking.

As to to the brightest part of the morning, was Caitlyn’s appearance as she happily ran around at the Animal Society chasing balls, appreciating the smiling faces of visitors and loving life.

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You can catch the entire video and reaction from the Charleston Animal Society below. Although there was disappointment that the five years Dodson was sentenced to prison on Friday morning wasn’t added on to sentence, but most are convinced that Caitlyn did find some justice:

Brokenhearted 16-year-old Parson Rat terrier surrendered to shelter

Mandy is 16-years-old and is truly brokenhearted. The adorable Parson Rat terrier lies in her little bed at the Carson Animal Care Center staring at the wall; the senior seems to know she has been abandoned, and as she quietly shivers in fear, perhaps she wonders what she did wrong. Just watching Mandy’s short video, one can sense her confusion and the unmistakable depression already setting in.

Mandy was surrendered to the shelter on March 21. Her intake notes reflect the following comments:

“My former family who owned me for more than 5 years had to give me up because But they said that I spend most of my time indoors. I seem to be good with small children. I am house trained. I am good on a leash. I may need obedience class. I seem to get along well with dogs.”

Check here for Mandy’s Pet Harbor listing. “My name is Mandy and I am described as a spayed female, white Parson (Jack) Russell Terrier mix. The shelter thinks I am about 16 years old. I have been at the shelter since Mar 21, 2017.” For more information about this animal, call Los Angeles County Animal Control – Carson at (310) 523-9566. Ask for information about animal ID number A3444795. A Facebook page to follow this senior’s plight can be found by clicking here.

Share Mandy’s plight with approved rescue organizations, family, friends and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives, and every life counts. Senior dogs have more difficulty finding homes, but age truly doesn’t matter in return for having a best friend who promises never to reveal one’s most hidden secrets. Instead – Mandy is ready to be loved once again and could be just waiting for you. Please help.

Carson Shelter, Gardena, California
216 Victoria Street, Gardena, California
310.523.9566. Interested in fostering? If you are in LA, OC, SB, or Riverside County and can foster this dog, please take a moment to email ASAP to request an application. It would save their life!

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(Photos of Parson Rat terrier courtesy of Saving Carson Dogs)

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Innocence of a dog and his stuffed toy as he faces death row in hours

The reality of the happy pooch named Hank is he faces euthanasia at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday in New York City. His favorite past time is lying in the playground at the Brooklyn Care Center for New York Animal Care and watching everything that is happening around him. Hank loves carrying around his stuffed toy. Could life be anymore innocent? Everyone who has interacted with Hank sings his praises:

Volunteer says Rachel Bennett: “I have spent time with Hank and he has the grumpy dog look down pat. But he’s really such a sweet, happy boy who loves treats and attention. He seems very house trained and according to his notes does better with female dogs or should be the only dog in the home.”

Another volunteer writes: “He loves back scratches, and being spoken to and responds happily to the smallest attentions. Hank seems house trained and knows the commands “sit” and “give paw” and will eagerly do both for a treat. Hank is such a character it’s hard not to fall in love with him.”

A Facebook page for this sweet dog can be followed here. “My name is HANK. My Animal ID # is A1106247. Brooklyn Center, NY. I am a neutered male black and white pit bull, 12 months old, Weight 53, weight Average.” Please share Hank’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Dogs listed on “death row” only have a few hours to be rescued. An additional Facebook page can be followed here which includes his complete evaluation.

Publicly adoptable dogs can be reserved via if you can get to the NYC ACC “in person” within 48 hours to complete the adoption process and bring home your dog. More information can be found at the link. Shelter contact information:
Phone number (212) 788-4000

Brooklyn Shelter: 2336 Linden Boulevard Brooklyn, NY 11208

(Photo of Hank carrying around his stuffed toy via Julie Carner)


Make sure to watch his video. You will fall in love:

Cops keep beaten and abused puppy safe at police department over the weekend

In Manhattan, Illinois, police officers have a special soft spot in their hearts for dogs; especially for the defenseless. Over the weekend, the cops cared for a nine-month-old abused puppy which included feeding and walking her until animal cruelty charges could be pressed against her owner on Monday.

According to the Manhattan Patch, the puppy named Raven was brought into protective custody on March 10 after a witness saw her owner beat, kick and throw the dog to the ground. Police Chief Joseph Wazny stated the injuries to the puppy had been consistent with what the concerned citizen described, as the dog’s owner, Richard Winchell, 26, was seen abusing her.

On Friday, officers seized Raven, but were unable to meet with prosecutors or a judge until Monday, so the dog was made comfortable in a kennel at the police station after she was treated by a local veterinarian. On Monday, Raven was transported to the Will County Animal Control where she will remain until the case is resolved. It is hoped the judge will order the dog be turned over to a rescue group where she will be evaluated and be made available for adoption.

Winchell faces three counts of animal cruelty and is scheduled to appear in court on April 12.

(Photos of beaten and abused puppy and Winchell via Manhattan Police Department)

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Rescuer pens angry message to owners of young Akita dumped at shelter to die

Just two years ago, a family purchased a beautiful Akita puppy, but apparently never made any plans for the dog’s future just in case they would not be able to care for him. On March 20, Raiden was surrendered to the Miami-Dade Animal Services – an open admittance shelter that averages taking in more than 28,000 dogs annually. 

Andrea McNee, the animal rescuer coordinator at South Florida Animal Rescue Network, a Florida non-profit serving dogs and horses in need in the South Florida area, penned a special message for Raiden’s owners after her heart broke as she watched the young dog shaking uncontrollably in his cage, knowing that he had been abandoned by the family he loved. Andrea’s heart wrenching note stated:

“To the family who dumped Raiden #A1777880 at our local KILL shelter, I hope this post reaches you. Two years ago you thought buying an Akita puppy was the coolest thing ever but didn’t plan what to do with him in the event of having to move. Now he sits there shaking like a leaf, because even though he is a good boy he knows you have left him there to die. He has not eaten or potty; he simply can’t move because he is petrified. We want to help but we may not be able to. There are alternatives to a kill shelter that you probably didn’t consider because it is easier to think that another wonderful family will adopt him. Sorry to break the news but the REAL WORLD doesn’t work that way. The commitment you made to Raiden the day you brought him home as a cute puppy has been broken; you failed him.”

Don’t buy a dog unless you can make a lifelong commitment. These sentient beings aren’t stuffed toys; they love their families. And when it’s no longer an option to keep that best friend, do some work to find him a new home where he will be safe and loved. Notify breed specific rescue organizations, call relatives and friends, ask people to share the news and locate a family who will give your dog a great home. Dropping your dog off at an open shelter is often a death sentence. Some things in this world are “just not right.”

Follow Raiden’s Facebook page on the Urgent Dogs of Miami here. When surrendered, because his family was moving, Raiden’s behavior was normal. Since then he has been reported to be fearful, and he has not been taken out of his kennel. He is no longer on the adoption floor. For interested fosters, adopters  and approved rescue organizations, make sure to reference:

(A1777880) I am a male brown Akita.

The shelter staff think I am about 2 years old.

I was turned in by my owner and I am available for adoption.

  • 3599 NW 79 Ave
  • Doral, Florida 33122
Phone (305) 884-1101

Photos courtesy of Urgent Dogs of Miami. Watch video here:

DNA tests confirm suspected wolf-hybrid is just a dog

A Colorado German shepherd that has been in custody at Aurora Animal Control since February, after he was found roaming the neighborhood without a collar and was suspected as being a wolf-hybrid, is just a dog. According to DNA tests, Tracy Abbato’s family 11-year-old German shepherd, “doesn’t have an ounce of wolf in him.”

“I want everyone to know he is not a wolf at all,” Tracy told Kdvr-Tv. “We all knew it from the start.”

The Abbato family adopted Capone from the Adams County Animal Shelter ten years ago. Shelter officials stated he was a German shepherd mix. The family’s veterinarian agreed. A problem, however started when Capone jumped the fence of his home and was picked up by Animal Control, who based on the dog’s looks, his behavior and his mannerisms, classified him as a wolf-hybrid – not allowed in Aurora. Officials refused to release the dog to his family until a DNA test was done – and for the last five weeks, Capone has been held in a kennel cage; his family only permitted to visit with him a few minutes each day.

It is expected to take a few more days before Capone will be returned to his family. Tracy was also charged with allowing her dog to run at large and owning an aggressive animal. A judge is expected to make the decision by Wednesday. And although Tracy admits the situation has been emotionally draining on the entire family, she was encouraged by the hundreds of thousands of animal advocates and dog lovers throughout the nation who came to the family’s support. Now all they can think of is getting Capone home.

“Poor guy… I don’t know what he was going through in there, but I’m sure he’ll be so excited to come home and see us and his furry brothers. I just want him to come home now. It’s time for him to come home,” stated Tracy.

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(Photo for Capone just a dog confirmed by DNA tests via family)

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Seniors bond to comfort each other in a final bid of love

How tragic that these seniors were brought into the Lancaster Animal Shelter in California when they needed their families most. The unlikely pair weren’t brought in together, but this 11-year-old Labrador retriever and 16-year-old French poodle have created a senior bond. These pretty girls need someone to help them, and although they haven’t been bonded for any length of time, wouldn’t it be wonderful to see them adopted together?

Click here for the adoption listing for the poodle. “I don’t have a name yet and I’m an approximately 16 years, 5 month old female poodle min. I am already spayed. I have been at the Lancaster Animal Care Center since February 28, 2017. I will be available on March 10, 2017. You can visit me at my temporary home at L325. Animal ID: #A1188931.”

Click here for the adoption listing for the Labrador retriever. “I don’t have a name yet and I’m an approximately 11 years, 6 month old female labrador retr. I am already spayed. I have been at the Lancaster Animal Care Center since March 2, 2017. I will be available on March 13, 2017. You can visit me at my temporary home at L325. Animal ID: #A3437577.”

Their Facebook page can be followed by clicking here. Please share their plights with approved rescue organizations, family, friends and social media contacts. There has been no interest in either of the dogs. We must not let this happen. Sharing saves lives. Advocates have been pledging funds to help with expenses payable to an approved rescue organization. Please don’t let their last photo read – “nobody came.”

(Photos of seniors bond courtesy Sal Valdepena)

For more information on adopting, fostering or volunteering, contact the Lancaster Animal Care Center located at 5210 W. Ave. I, Lancaster, California. Phone: 661.940.4191.

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Disturbing images of dog hit by train after owners dumped her alone outside of shelter

In perhaps the cruelest deed any human could do to their dog; without doubt one of man’s most loyal companions, is to abandon them in an unknown area, and then walk away. And so it happened to a dog who was left alone outside of a Dogs Trust Center in Baillieston, Scotland (a suburb of Glasgow) this week who was hit by a train. Tragically, the dog was so frightened, she ran away as the staff tried to chase her, and for the next 30 hours searched and searched trying to coax her to safety – that is until an unimaginable tragedy occurred. 

According to the Scottish SPCA, the staff at the Dogs Trust followed the trail of the terrier mix, but the dog ended up on the railroad tracks at the Baillieston Train Station less than one mile away. It was at that spot, she was struck by a train, near fatally injuring her body and her legs. Rescuers from the Scottish SPCA were called in to care for her later that evening, but the dog’s injuries were so severe and so painful, veterinarians decided to humanely euthanize her to end her suffering.

“Dogs Trust did a very commendable job at trying to catch the dog and were working round the clock for over 30 hours. Sadly she was hit by a train before she would let anyone near her. The Network Rail team were very helpful as they closed the lines and assisted me along the tracks to the do,” stated Animal Rescue Officer Jan Toraman.

“We’d like to remind the public that abandoning a dog is an offence, and there is no ‘sensible’ place to dump an animal. As evident, they can run off and put themselves in danger.”

The staff at the Dogs Trust are devastated over the news that the dog had been hit by a train and described how hard they tried trying to capture the truly frightened pup who just didn’t understand where she was or why she had been abandoned. In Scotland, according to the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2006, it is illegal to dump a dog. Anyone found guilty of doing so can expect to be banned from keeping animals for a fixed period or life. Authorities are now reviewing closed circuit television footage at the center for information leading to the identification and arrest of the person(s) who abandoned the dog.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline at 03000 999 999.

Rest in peace sweet dog. We are so sorry your humans were so cruel.

(Photos of the dog hit by train via the Scottish SPCA and the Scottish Sun)

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Bomb detection puppy escaped from handler – shot and killed after disrupting air traffic at New Zealand airport. Read the sad story here.

Bomb detection puppy shot dead at airport

Three-month-old puppy with broken ribs found hiding under car

A defenseless three-month-old puppy was brought into the Animal Care Centers of New York City on Monday needing immediate urgent medical care. The young pup had been found hiding under a car and suffered broken ribs. Radiographs have determined his ribs had been fractured along one side of his body – the injuries were consistent with having been kicked.Infiniti 2

The shelter put out a plea for an approved rescue organization to help with the puppy’s serious plight and contacted Rescue Dogs Rock NYC late Tuesday afternoon. Jackie O’Sullivan, co-founder of the rescue organization, had him rushed to the New York City emergency veterinarian hospital to stabilize him and relieve his intense pain. The most concerning problem, however was the chance his broken ribs could perforate a lung or other vital organs. Dubbed Infiniti, the puppy spent his first night in an oxygen chamber as he was having trouble breathing. Placed on a fentanyl drip (stronger than morphine) to ease his pain, he remained under constant supervision and care.

“We are saddened that someone would hurt an innocent puppy, but we are happy he is safe and out of harm’s way today,” Jackie commented on the group’s Facebook page detailing the puppy’s emergency situation. “He also has cherry eye, but that is minor right now compared to everything else he is going through.”Infiniti 3

On Wednesday morning’s update, Jackie reports Infiniti has been removed from the oxygen chamber and if his condition continues to improve, he will be able to be transferred to the organization’s primary veterinarian where he will continue his recovery until he is strong enough to recover in a foster home.

Infiniti’s life saving care is costing thousands of dollars. To help or or mail: RDR NYC PO BOX 101 NY, NY 10028.


Photos and video of three-month-old puppy, Infiniti courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)




View video here. Look how forgiving and loving this little guy is with the hospital staff.