Dog’s front paws missing in ‘horrific’ animal abuse case

In Spring, Texas, a dog named Liberty had been up for adoption from the Montgomery County Animal Shelter; her front paws were missing. The staff at the shelter had hoped her handicap had been the result of a birth defect. She had been picked up as a stray in Porter; no owner has been identified. On Thursday, the Texas Animal Society, who stepped forward to help Liberty find a home and foster her, released the news that the dog’s “horrific” injuries had been from abuse.

Liberty’s treating veterinarians stated the dog was in  a”very poor emaciated condition.” The rescue posted her update on their Facebook page:

“Our vet stewed over her all day and decided he better do x rays. The news is as horrific as we imagined. It is not a birth defect. She was either amputated, hit by a car and drug, injured and chew. He was only 100% sure, this was abuse.

There may be an amputation involved and positive at least one prosthesis required.”

Liberty is no more than one-year-old. In her favor, the dog is heartworm negative and even though she has open wounds all over her body, treatment with antibiotics, wound care and special booties will make her more comfortable.

“Liberty is quiet and subdued and has been neglected in the basics of care. Time will hopefully heal her mind and body.
Liberty will stay at the Vets office today and will be bathed, cleaned up and her wounds will be treated and cared for. Tonight she will go home with her foster Mum and start recovery.
The care of liberty will take time and be ongoing, she will need either a specialty wheelchair or prosthetic limbs made especially for her needs.”

To donate to Liberty’s care and her future needs in order to help this dog live a better life than her horrible past, donations can be made by clicking here.

(Photos courtesy of Texas Animal Society, Christi Watson Fauver, Alicia Segari)

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Shocking abuse: Dog sexually assaulted with broom handle

In Arlington, Virginia veterinarians are sharing the details of  what happened to a beagle mix, and how she was assaulted with a broom handle, one of the worst cases of animal abuse and cruelty they have ever seen. When Homeward Trails Animal Rescue decided to tell the story of a recently rescued dog from a shelter in Isle of Wight County, the organization didn’t want to do it for the shock value; instead as a message of compassion and kindness helping those who cannot help themselves:

 “We brace ourselves for sad stories in this work. We try to move through that part and get to the part where we get to balance that equation with outstanding love and care. Like Mr. Rogers used to tell his preschool viewers, ‘When you see something really scary on the news, look for the helpers. There are always helpers.’ Well. The story of the abuse of Huggles is a very disturbing one, and we are sorry to have to tell it to you. But we need to be the helpers.”

And so when Huggles came into the shelter in mid June, she had been in pain and appeared to have had a uterine infection. Veterinarians spayed her and started her on a series of antibiotics, and even though for the short time she improved, it wasn’t long before her condition worsened. When her foster mom noticed Huggles had been bleeding heavily from her vulva and had become listless, she consulted with the rescue’s partner veterinarian.

Shocking news! Radiographs performed showed the dog had been assaulted with a broom handle; the plastic part of the handle had broken off inside of her causing a “horrific infection.”

“There is no other explanation for the internal damage the vets saw, and the handle inside this dog,” posted Homeward Trails Animal Rescue on their Facebook page. “It is hard to live in a world where people do this kind of thing. And we can all just crumple to the floor and give up. Or we can give into rage. Or we can make the only sustaining choice, the only choice that makes it possible to keep going: We can be the helpers.”

Fortunately Huggles was treated in time, and now she is on the road to a healthy recovery. There has been no information about the person responsible for the heinous deed. Huggle had been brought into the shelter as a stray. A $200 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) involved.

Although there have been a few people on social media suggesting the dog’s story was too disturbing to post on social media, Homeward Trails Animal Rescue stated they appreciated the feedback, however while needing to raise the necessary funding for the dog’s expensive surgery and her aftercare, also on the agenda was making the public more aware of promoting efforts for stricter penalties for animal abuse and cruelty.

“Unless people are aware of actual incidents such as this one, they may not feel efforts to promote stricter penalties are worthwhile. And sadly, if we are to help these animals over choosing to euthanize them due to costs, we must rely on our wonderful, understanding supporters who make it all possible. And we do take great care not to post graphic photos that most would find offensive, including in this particular case. And sadly, we had many graphic photos.”

Get well soon Huggle. As soon as veterinarians give this dog a clean bill of health, she will be available for adoption.

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Sad little Grace Anne: No one adopts her because she’s ‘ugly’

Had Grace Anne been full of baby fur with fluffy little paws and a curled up tail, potential adopters would have stopped at her kennel the moment they saw her. Puppies have the easiest time finding homes – even at the overcrowded Harris County Animal Shelter located in Houston, Texas.

‘”Grace Anne’ is just a baby. Like our friend Gregory last month, she doesn’t know she is ugly. She just knows that no one stops to look at her. Do you see her? She’s 4 months old. She craves love. Easily treatable demodex mange. Adoptable or donate for rescue and offer to foster.”

Shame on the person who called this four-month-old Grace Anne their puppy before she became sick and tossed her away like an old shoe. According to the shelter, the mastiff mix is so very itchy. Her skin has turned bright pink, she’s nearly bald and what’s left of her coat has turned yellow. Demodex is a common infestation of a puppy’s skin comprised of tiny, cigar shaped, eight legged mites that live and feed in the hair follicles and oil glands. Aside from the mange, GraceAnne also has a secondary skin infection that will have to be treated.

Click here for the puppy’s Pet Harbor listing. “I am a female, tan Mastiff. The shelter staff think I am about 9 weeks old. I have been at the shelter since Jun 20, 2017.” For more information about this animal, call Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services at (281) 999-3191
Ask for information about animal ID number A486553. A Facebook page for the puppy can be followed here.

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Check out GraceAnne’s video below. This puppy is so sweet; surely someone wants to take her home and help her become beautiful again:

Walter Matthieu needs a hero: Dumped English bulldog suffering from heat at shelter

Perhaps it’s another reckless and irresponsible backyard breeder dumping dogs again? Local shelters have reported more than one English bulldog picked up as strays  recently in the area of  the San Bernardino City Animal Shelter. And now Walter Matthieu needs a hero as soon as possible.

“Walter is most likely from same breeder the other English Bullies have come from lately? Walter is so hot, misters on and he loves the water, has flea dirt? bleeding from back somewhere?,” wrote shelter volunteer Andrea Neyses on social media hoping to find a safe place for this suffering pup.

Temperatures are expected to reach record highs in the next few days, and Walter is so very hot. Although the misting elements are turned on and he loves the gentle cooling, this dog needs immediate rescue and medical attention. A Facebook page for this dog can be followed here. Click here for this dog’s PetHarbor listing. “I am a male, white and black English Bulldog mix. I have been at the shelter since Jun 17, 2017.” For more information about this animal, call San Bernardino City Animal Control at (909) 384-1304.
Ask for information about animal ID number A505100. Although this dog’s availability date is listed as June 24, he can leave with a medical release. 

San Bernardino City Animal Shelter
333 Chandler Place, San Bernardino, CA
Closed Sunday and Monday
Telephone: (909) 384-1304

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(Photos and videos via Andrea Neyses)



Showed up as bonded strays: Lenny and Louie begging to be rescued

Less than one week ago, Lenny and Louie showed up as strays together and have been inseparable ever since. They sleep together, eat together and seem to share in an affectionate bond when interacting. Both dogs have been described as extremely sweet; on Saturday they became available for adoption, however no one has stepped forward for either dog. Maybe the two escaped from their yard and went on a sightseeing tour before having been picked up as strays? If only their human would come and take them home where they belong.

#A5077487 “My name is LENNY I’m an approximately 7 year old male Chihuahua. I am not yet neutered. I have been at the Carson Animal Care Center since 6/13. I will be available on 6/17. You can visit me at my temporary home at C238.” Follow Lenny’s Facebook page here.

#A5077488 “My name is LOUIE I’m an approximately 3 year old male Chihuahua. I am not yet neutered. I have been at the Carson Animal Care Center since 6/13. I will be available on 6/17. You can visit me at my temporary home at CRECEIVING.” Follow Louie’s Facebook page here.

For more information about these two dogs, call Los Angeles County Animal Control – Carson at (310) 523-9566.

(Photos and video of  Lenny and Louie courtesy of Pet Harbor and Saving Carson Shelter Dogs)

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Redland, Florida a dumping ground for unwanted dogs

Redland, Florida is described as an area of many farms, and a mecca for agriculturists, botanists, and naturalists from around the world. The area is so wildlife friendly, it has been designated as a Wild Bird Sanctuary. But for all its natural beauty, there is a sinister side to Redland. Heartbreaking acts of cruelty to “man’s best friend” are committed daily; cruelty that is beyond comprehension.  There in the heart of the area, unwanted pets are dumped and abandoned to fend for themselves.

Rocky, abandoned in Redland

For years, individuals have driven to the secluded areas and thrown dogs and cats from their vehicles like unwanted garbage.  Oftentimes, the dogs run after the car until they can’t run any further and drop from exhaustion.  These poor animals, domesticated and used to home life are now sharing the terrain with wild animals including alligators, snakes, spiders, insects and countless other predators. With no source of food, they don’t stand a chance for survival.

Countless dogs are left roaming the area, unattended, struggling to survive. The dogs that are not killed by traffic are poisoned, injured or shot by local workers and residents who don’t want them in their neighborhood. Many of the dogs starve to death or become infested with parasites, mosquito bites, and diseases which lead to their deaths. According to Redland Rock Pit Abandoned Dog Project, there are hundreds, maybe thousands of abandoned dogs inhabiting the area.

Redland Rock Pit Abandoned Dog Project, an official 501(c)3, was formed in 2015 by Ale Ochoa and five of her friends.  Ale Ochoa had heard that Redland had become a dumping ground for dogs. When she drove out there to see for herself, she was shocked to see sick, injured, and malnourished dogs everywhere. She and her friends began feeding the dogs every day. They set up a Facebook page in hopes that Miami Dade County Animal Services would get involved. Unfortunately, they did not take the situation seriously.

However, rescues from other areas answered the call for help and responded to Redland. Twenty volunteers from rescue organizations in Brevard County joined Ochoa and her friends in Redland and saved the lives of 23 dogs. Volunteers from nonprofit organizations across Florida have rescued more than 130 strays from Redland and relocated them to cities like Orlando and Tampa, Florida. Rescuers from Brevard County also collected more than $20,000.00 in donations to feed, vaccinate and care for the dogs that were rescued.

That was in 2015, but today in 2017 hundreds of dogs are still being dumped in the Redland area. They continue to face threats of injury, illness, disease, getting hit by cars, and becoming victims of dog fighting. Various rescue groups have tried to help. They have compiled countless haunting photos and videos of dogs; all shapes and sizes, sickly and undernourished sharing bowls of food put out by Redland Rock Pit Abandoned Dog Project. The dogs are friendly, though many are frightened and run from the rescuers.

The main question is; why isn’t more being done by government agencies such as Miami Dade Animal Services to help these dogs and to eliminate the problem? Why is the responsibility on nonprofit rescue groups such as Redland Rock Pit Abandoned Dog Project? The goals of Redland Rock Pit Abandoned Dog Project area are simple; to educate the public on the appropriate care of dogs, feeding and providing emergency care for abandoned and free roaming dogs while safely capturing and transferring dogs to reputable non-profit rescue organizations for re-homing, and to raise awareness for the plight of free roaming dogs in Miami-Dade County Florida.

Donations are very much needed to remove abandoned dogs from the dangers they are threatened with and give these terrified animals the safety they deserve so they can live and know full, happy lives. While many lives have been saved in the Redland, many are still being lost.

To learn more about or to donate to Redland Rock Pit Abandoned Dog Project visit their website:

There is also a YouTube video describing  the ongoing tragedy in Redland and the valiant efforts of rescue groups and concerned citizens to save these animals.


























Poor Betty so scared of leash, shelter volunteer tearfully carries her outdoors

When a volunteer from the Miami-Dade Animal Pet Adoption and Protection Center checked on Betty, the six-year-old frightened terrier mix hid in the back of her kennel. Gently clipping on the leash around the dog’s neck, she refused to move. Initially thinking, Betty was unable to walk, Ashely Lopez decided to carry her outdoors; no dog should have to spend all day in a cage just because she didn’t want to walk. And so Betty’s  sad story began to unfold:

“After carrying her outside, she sat happy in a corner watching the cars and the people pass,” Ashley stated as she gently scratched Betty behind the ears. “She let me pet her and sit with her. When it came time to put on the leash again, she ran away from me. This poor baby can walk just fine!”

And as Ashley’s heart broke piece by piece, she could only guess what may have been a terrible part of this senior’s past.

“She just hates being on a leash. I don’t doubt it was because her old family made her scared of the leash.”

Click here for the dog’s listing. Betty #A1880847. “I am a female tan and white Terrier. The shelter staff think I am about 6 years old and I weigh 64 pounds. I was found as a stray and I may be available for adoption on 06/17/2017.” Follow her Facebook pages here and here. Share this girl’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.

Betty needs a loving home where she can cuddle up in a comfortable bed and run free without a leash. Although her shelter notes Betty is six-years-old, she seems much older, and this dog deserves to live her last years in a home full of love and happiness. 

(Video and photos courtesy of Ashley Lopez)

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Heartbreaking: Abandoned dog so matted his leg stuck to his ear

When a six-year-old  abandoned Lhaso Apso was found wandering the streets of Leeds earlier this month, rescuers were horrified when they discovered the dog was so matted his leg stuck to his ear. Indeed, the pup’s leg fused to his ear and the matting was so severe and painful, his coat started to peelaway from his skin.

According to the Daily Mail,  dog warden, Harriet Chaplin, who alerted the RSPCA about the dog dubbed Soldier had never seen an animal so neglected:

“The dog was matted like no dog I had ever seen before. The mats were so bad they were pulling his skin off around the eye and his front leg was matted to his ear,” Chaplin reported. “I believe he was either dumped in this area or has come from a home nearby as I don’t think he could have wandered far in his state.”

And so Soldier found his angels at Dogs Trust Leeds who began the difficult task of easing the dog’s pain and making him comfortable. Rescuers were not able to figure out his breed when they first saw him – like where was his tail? Obviously not groomed for many months, the staff had to anesthetize him to cut away his coat without pain. Manager of the Dogs Trust, Amanda Sands has been rescuing animals for 30 years and stated she had never seen anything so “horrific and heartbreaking.”

“We really didn’t know if he was going to make it but we are relieved to say he has started to eat and we are hoping that he will continue to improve, but it is very early days,” Amanda stated.

Soldier is now being cared for in a foster home. Anyone who might recognize this little dog is asked to contact 0300.123.8018. Doesn’t he deserve justice?

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(Photos of Soldier’s leg stuck to his ear via YouTube freezeshots)


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San Diego couple plead guilty to hoarding 170 Yorkshire terriers

In Poway, California a couple pleaded guilty to hoarding more than 170 Yorkshire terriers  and Yorkie mixes in their home. Christine Calvert and Mark Vattimo pleaded guilty to felony animal abuse charges on Monday. According to AbcNews, Vattimo, 72, and Clavert, 62, will be placed on probation for the three years and banned from owning or keeping any pets for the next ten years.

In addition, the defendants will agree to undergo counseling and are required to transfer title of their 31-foot motor home to the San Diego Humane Society as restitution in the case. When investigators entered the couple’s home in January, they discovered 94 dogs living in a dark room. The floors and walls were covered in feces and urine; the dogs suffered a variety of physical problems including flea infestation, worms, ear and dental infections and matted coats.

A few days later, 30 dogs were seized from another location, and then an additional 46 dogs were found in a motor home located in Primm, Nevada where Calvert had tried to flee to avoid arrest. There has never been any definitive answers as to why the couple had so many dogs, but it is thought they just became overwhelmed and never reached out for help.

(Photo of Yorkshire terriers via Facebook and the San Diego Humane Society)

Most of the dogs have since been adopted.

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Desperate to be loved, Labrador abandoned for treatable tick infection

He’s scared and tense and this four-year-old Labrador retriever was found as a stray roaming the streets of Miami scavenging for food. His family has not come to the shelter looking for him, and each day Manoli grows more depressed. On Sunday, he was made available for adoption, but still no one stopped in front of his kennel to meet him.

According to the dog’s veterinarian notes from  Miami-Dade Animal Services, the following was noted:

“Pet is BAR. MM-Pink. Coat not taken care of. (shallow hair cover) Ehrichia positive, but stable not clinical ehrichia at this time. Unable to do full PE because of aggressive behavior. Pet will remain under observation and RX. If behavior improves, pet will receive full PE”

Click here for Manoli’s Pet Harbor listing. “I am an unaltered male, tan Labrador Retriever. The shelter staff think I am about 4 years old. I have been at the shelter since Jun 07, 2017.” For more information about this animal, call Miami-Dade Animal Services at (305) 884-1101. Ask for information about animal ID number A1879240. A Facebook page for this dog can be followed here. Share this dog’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.

(Photo of Labrador retriever at Miami Dade Animal Services courtesy of Urgent Dogs of Miami)

Miami-Dade Animal Services is located at 3599 Northwest 79th Avenue in Doral, Florida 33166. For more information, email: Pets@Miamidade.Gov

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