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Paralyzed dog from high kill shelter undergoes emergency surgery

Harley was abandoned at a high-kill rural shelter in Texas on Thursday where dogs with medical problems are the first to be euthanized. Just two-years-old, the tiny terrier was paralyzed; he dragged his hind quarters and had no control over his bladder, yet when volunteers met him, the pup was so happy and content, he didn’t allow his disability to interfere in his pure zest for life.harley the paralyzed 4

His advocate at the shelter took him home after he arrived, because she knew if she left him over night, she would never see him again… And then Rescue Dogs Rock NYC was contacted, and co-founder Stacey Silverstein coordinated rescue efforts to transfer Harley to South Texas Veterinarian Specialists:

“X-rays have been taken and they show no broken bones. The next step is an expensive MRI to determine whether Harley‘s spine is fractured,” posted Stacey on Friday, and then further testing was ordered.Harley the paralyzed2

It was not known if the injury was recent or if it had been an older injury. On Friday afternoon the diagnosis came in.

“Harley just had an MRI which revealed 2 bulging discs on each side of his spine. The only hope Harley has to ever walk again is to have surgery right this very moment to repair the discs. Since his injury occurred more than 24 hours ago, his chances are 50/50 that the surgery will help , but we must try,” Stacey updated the organization’s Facebook page. “Harley deserves every chance at walking again and we hope you agree. The estimate is attached, and the surgery will be between $3500 and $5000.”

And the decision was made to do all that could be done for the paralyzed dog, and just an hour later, surgery was performed. It was the dog’s only chance to regain feeling in his legs and be able to walk again. Harley will remain at the veterinarian hospital for a few days; it will be a wait and see if he gets movement in his hind quarters. No matter what the outcome, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC will make sure Harley lives the best life possible.

Photos and video of paralyzed dog courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC.

To donate for Harley’s care, please click here, or PayPal Donate@rescuedogsrocknyc.

This was Harley’s video when he was rescued on Thursday:

 

First used to breed: Then tortured as bait dog just to be thrown away

A seven-year-old American bulldog has never been treated with love or respect. First used to breed puppies to sell for a profit and when she no longer could produce litter after litter, she was forced into another victimizing role; Jessy became a bait dog. The scars on her face, her body and her legs bear the reminders of the misery she endured.Jessy cover

And then she was thrown away; no identification tags, no microchip and no one ever came looking for her. Brought to the Miami-Dade Animal Services Pet Adoption and Protection Center on February 1, Jessy is in need of a home or a foster family. A shelter volunteer offers the following observation:

“She is so gentle and wants to be loved so badly. She comes and sits with you hoping that you will scratch her all over. After being so abused, you would think she hates people, but she wants the attention of her very own human. She shouldn’t be so abused at her age.”

Sadly, Jessy is giving up on life. In her shelter cage, she barely lifts her head when anyone passes by. A Facebook page following her plight can be found here or here. Animal advocates have been pledging funds to help with veterinarian and other expenses to an approved rescue organization. Share this girl’s story with friends, family and social media contacts. Make sure to reference A1848583.Jessy 2

Contact: Pets@miamidade.gov with identification number to check: availability/status/request medical records. New location: 3599 NW 79th Avenue, Doral, Florida 33166. For information on transportation contact Steve Nash at (954) 774-0934 (by text or phone call); don’t allow a little distance stop you from saving Jessy.
(Photos of Jessy, the American bulldog used to breed and be bait dog courtesy of Urgent Dogs of Miami.)
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Pregnant pit bull left abandoned in hospital parking lot

Just before the 2016 Thanksgiving holidays,  a small black and white pregnant pit bull was abandoned in a hospital parking lot in Stockton, California. The poor dog was emaciated, and full of worms and fleas. The dog was picked up and placed in a boarding facility where she sat for three weeks, not knowing what her fate would be. Due to no interest from Northern California rescue organizations, the dog was going to be sent to a nearby animal shelter which may have resulted in her being put down due to the high intake of pit bulls.  A Good Samaritan, however intervened, and the dog was sent to Portland, Oregon into the care of Animal Coalition Unlimited.  There the dog was given the name “Pee Dee” in memory of Petey the pit bull who lit up the screen alongside of those famous “Little Rascals.”

When Pee Dee was taken to the Lake Grove Vet Clinic for her intake evaluation, it was discovered that she was five weeks pregnant.  Unfortunately, this put Animal Coalition Unlimited into an unexpected situation. They were prepared to take in and care for one dog, not multiple puppies. However, they refused to abort the unborn puppies for their own convenience. The first goal was to get Pee Dee healthy enough to give birth.  She had been totally neglected and emaciated, weighing in at a mere 36 pounds.   The veterinarian at Lake Grove Vet was extremely helpful and supportive in getting her the necessary nutrients to get her to a healthy weight to deliver her puppies.  An ultrasound detected seven puppies but on December 22, 2016 Pee Dee delivered 10 very healthy puppies.

Animal Coalition Unlimited, founded by and run by volunteers in 2014, takes a very unique approach to animal rescue and adoptions. For one, they do not charge any adoption fees.  However, they have certain stipulations for potential adopters under their Foster to Adopt Program. This method confirms the potential adopter can take care of the dogs and meet all of their future medical needs. Basically, the new owner gets to foster their pet for a period of time before officially adopting them. This ensures it is a good fit for both the person and the pet. This is in the best interest of the dog, because it gives the dog a better chance of being adopted by a good family without putting too much pressure on the adopters from the get go. They thoroughly interview and screen all applicants and follow this up with a home visit. With this program, Animal Coalition Unlimited can monitor the ongoing progress of the dogs, for approximately a six-month trial period. Their success rate with this program is very high.

Pee Dee’s puppies are the first in puppy adoptions for Animal Coalition Unlimited.  They will start accepting applications after the puppies have had their first series of puppy vaccines at eight-weeks old.   Although Animal Coalition Unlimited does not take any adoption fees for the puppies, the adopter will be required to deposit the spay/neuter surgery cost at the Lake Grove Vet Clinic prior to taking the puppies home when they reach 12 weeks old.

The rescue is seeking sponsorships from pet food manufacturers, vet clinics, and individual sponsors.  Pee Dee’s story recently caught the attention of a leading pet food company in Canada; PetCurean  has taken on Pee Dee and her puppies as their featured pets. The puppies have been getting the best nutrition possible to ensure they are healthy, playful and ready to become someone’s pet companion.

If you would like to give one of these puppies a new home or you would like more information on becoming a sponsor, please send requests to:

AnimalCoalitionUnlimited@gmail.com.

(Photo for article about pregnant pit bull courtesy of Animal Coalition Unlimited.)

If you cannot adopt but want to help this mama dog with her puppies, you can visit their wish list at:

https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/BC9NYTKIOVL2

For updates on Pee Dee and her pups visit the facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/AnimalCoalitionUnlimited.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Villalobos Rescue Center steps up to help 39 pit bulls sentenced to death

In a landslide of emails and media attention, the Villalobos Rescue Center, founded by Tia Torres of Pit Bulls and Parolees, announced Wednesday on social media they were stepping up to help the pit bulls in the St. Landry Parish shelter who had been marked to be euthanized. Just days ago, the Louisiana shelter  stated the dogs described as “unwanted,”  had no interest:

“Starting Wednesday February 15…we will sadly have to euthanize 39 pit and pit type dogs. They have not been claimed…they are unwanted. They are every color..Every size. The one thing they have in common…The word PIT. Each dog has been posted ….Each dog is unique …(PLEASE keep your negative comments to yourself …we are trying to save these dogs …With this post…your negative comments DO NOT HELP) SLPAC Opelousas La 337-948-6184,” had been posted on their Facebook page.

Unfortunately the dogs – many of them suffering from neglect and abuse with medical and behavioral issues are not permitted to be adopted by the public, but rather need approved rescue organizations to take them. Tia clearly states the Villalobos Rescue Center is not taking in the dogs, but has offered their help:

“We are NOT taking in the 39 Pit Bulls so I want that to be clear. So these dogs STILL NEED YOUR HELP. We have our own small rural shelter to take care of in Assumption Parish. But we do want to help St. Landry Parish Animal Control & Rescue find the responsible and legit Pit Bull rescues as well as helping set up some temporary facilities so that they can hold these dogs longer.”

Tia’s message continued:

“I will be going out to the St. Landry Parish Animal Control & Rescue later this week to meet with the kind folks there and discuss a good game plan. But in the interim, those of you who have plastered our FB pages, bombarded us with emails and phone calls….now’s YOUR chance to help us to help them. If you are a rescue group that is able to take on the responsibility of even one of these Pit Bulls, feel free to email us at: info@vrcpitbull.com. We are going to help with transportation and possibly medical expenses (we’re working on that now).”

Please note that Tia strongly urges animal advocates, readers and dog lovers to hold off on the negativity towards the plight of the dogs at the St. Landry Parish shelter. It is help that is needed for these dogs at this time, and everyone is needed to help save the dogs. Please everyone – we all have opinions, but these dogs have no one except all of us. Tia is standing up to help – the least we can all do is join in and make this a better world for 39 lives who need us more than anything now. If you can help, please email  info@vrcpitbull.com.

Photo courtesy of St. Landry Parish Animal Shelter.

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Injured dogs just meet and find solace in each other at vet office

Two injured dogs became immediate friends and found comfort in each other at a veterinarian’s office in New York City at their very first meeting. Rescuers had never seen two dogs who had endured such neglect and agony respond to one another with such apparent love and comfort.

“They ran into each other at the vet and they would not leave one another’s side. The purity and innocence that live in these two is commendable. They made it…and now they have each other. Little Valentine’s body is still sore and raw but he is coming along; the pain medication is working and he is in way better spirits,” Second Chance Rescue NYC Dogs posted on their Facebook page Wednesday morning updating advocates about the condition of two dogs dubbed Valentine and Moose.  Valentine and Moose

It started with the rescue of  five-year-old Moose late last week who was saved from a high-kill rural shelter that does not allow photos or videos enabling advocates to help these dogs find homes. With Moose’s tragic plight, volunteers were notified that his kennel mate attacked him while eating. Moose did not bite back or even growl; he sat there and took it. As he was being led through the shelter, a pregnant dog lunged and growled at him, and he only offered her his belly.

“He may look rough but he is as gentle and kind as they get, therapy dog type. Clearly a loser once cropped his ears so badly and as a result he has a raging skin ear infection, imagine someone taking scissors to your velvety floppy ears. He has really bad sores, an infection on his bum, he is covered in fleas, has an eye and skin infection.”Valentine and Moose 2

Once he arrived at the vet, he was diagnosed with a severe skin condition, an out of control ear infection and  polyps all over his body, especially on his back end. His toe nails are infected, and he was covered in flea residue. Most disturbing was that most of his teeth were totally rotted out which is uncommon for his young age; he will require surgery for this.  Described as a “low rider pit,” Moose who has a solid disposition despite all he has endured. He is described as an “absolute joy and honor to be around, truly an easy going guy.” Moose will be moving to a foster home for care and will be back and forth at the vet for treatment. Please note three more dogs were rescued that day from that same shelter.

And then came the  rescue of a 10-week-old puppy on Monday. When the organization posted his heartbreaking photo, it appeared as if the defenseless little pup’s face had been shredding away. He had been found wandering the streets in horrific condition, and for days he sat at a high-kill shelter and was scheduled to be euthanized. The rescue organization immediately put out a plea for help:Valentine the puppy

“It sounds like he has some kind of respiratory condition (unfortunately most dogs in the shelter end up with these respiratory infections). He has something that looks like a burn on his face, but may be some kind of severe mange or severe skin infection. His stomach is also raw and has the same bloodied scabs all over it. It looks like the skin was peeled away from his belly. He cries out in pain when anyone tries to touch him. We won’t know exactly what is going on until we are able get him to a vet. We cannot imagine the pain and discomfort he must be in. Please help us pull Sweet Valentine. We would like to save Valentine today and offer his the medical support he needs to get through this.”

And now the two injured dogs have met and their compassion to each other gives all of us a moment to pause and reflect how absolutely perfect is the description that dogs are our best friends – and not only to humans, but to each other in the most crucial times of their lives. If you would like to donate to Moose and Valentine, please click here. If you would like to get them a little gift for their temporary stay in foster care, you may do so at https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/ref=cm_wl_edit_brc…

(Photos of injured dogs find comfort in each other courtesy of Second Chance Rescue NYC.)

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Little stray found wearing his sweater but where is his family?

The curly white stray dog came from somewhere, but no one has arrived at the Carson Animal Care Center to claim little Billy. The unkempt poodle showed up in his tartan sweater, and everyone hoped his family would be searching for him by calling all the local shelters and visiting animal rescue websites anxious to be reunited. Since February 9, 12-year-old Billy had been waiting at the front of his cage. The moment he heard noise or movement – he quickly rushed to the front hoping; wishing his family had finally arrived. Sadly all of that recently changed; too many disappointments, and now Billy barely looks up when someone approaches his kennel cage. The sadness and utter despair shows in his tiny face and in those deep brown eyes.

Click here for Billy’s Pet Harbor listing.  “My name is Billy and I am described as a male, white Poodle – Miniature. The shelter thinks I am about 12 years old. I have been at the shelter since Feb 09, 2017.” For more information about this dog, call the Los Angeles County Animal Control – Carson at (310) 523-9566. Ask for information about animal ID number A5032277.  It is unknown if Billy’s owner died, and he was just dropped off at the shelter or even if his owner may be elderly and doesn’t know how to make use of the Internet to find her lost dog.

A Facebook page for Billy can be followed here.  Sadly, there hasn’t been much attention or interest for Billy, and senior dogs rarely have a line at the door to adopt them. Please share Billy’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. Won’t you help?

For further information, contact the Carson Shelter located at 216 Victoria Street, Gardena, California. Phone: 310.523.9566.

(Photo of stray Billy at Carson Shelter courtesy of Saving Carson Dogs)

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Dog tossed from SUV onto Florida highway recovering

In Boca Raton, Florida, a dog tossed from an SUV on Saturday afternoon onto a highway is lucky to be alive. Eyewitness Lisa Gabrielle had been driving in the area when she spotted a black SUV slow down along Camino Real and push a black and white dog out onto the roadway.Dalmation thrown from car 2

According to WptvNews, Lisa’s heart just broke, and she just knew she had to help.

“I saw the car stop and I just saw hands just push them out. I rescued my own dog two years ago and I just saw him when I saw this. I really hope that we can find whoever did that is because I am such an animal lover and the fact that I saw a dog have to go through something like that is so heartbreaking.”

So Lisa took the Dalmatian home with her for the night – dubbing the friendly pooch Buster and on Sunday brought him to the Tri-County Animal Rescue. Although Buster doesn’t seem to be injured, the shelter did state he was severely underweight. Today, Buster is scheduled for a complete examination at the vet, and he may be eligible for adoption in the near future.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office has been notified. Anyone recognizing this dog is asked to call authorities. There is just no excuse to throw a dog out of a moving vehicle. Buster deserves justice.

(Photos of dog tossed from SUV screenshot via WptvNews.)

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Homeless tripod pup cuddled on a shoe box for weeks

A homeless tripod pup had been homeless for at least five months and struggled to survive on the streets of Los Angeles. The residents in the area had no idea where Princess came from, nor how she lost her leg, but there was no doubt her life had been a struggle for a long time.Princess 3 legged dog 2

When one day, Los Angeles rescue organization Hope for Paws received a text asking if they could help the three-legged female dog that had been living in front of a home for the past few weeks and didn’t belong to anyone, rescuers immediately replied. As they arrived at the address, they found the shivering dog asleep on a cardboard shoe box as the rain lightly fell down upon her fragile body.Princess 3 legged dog 3

As Eldad Hagar, founder of Hope for Paws, slowly approached and carefully placed his signature “lucky” leash around her neck, Princess just stared – she didn’t bark, she didn’t growl nor did she try to escape. It’s as if she knew, these humans were really there to help. Instinct told her she was sick, and maybe this was the answer to her silent pleas for help. According to the homeowner, Princess had shown up one day; he had been feeding her, and she seemed to have adopted the shoe box as her bed.

And so Princess was cuddled in a blanket and rushed off to see the organization’s veterinarian where her rescue happened in the nick of time. From inadequate food and adverse conditions, Princess was extremely anemic, and had Hope for Paws not come around at the right time, it is doubtful the dog ever could have survived much longer. For months, Princess remained in treatment – but now she’s genuinely a princess just patiently waiting for a kingdom to call her own.Princess 3 legged dog 4

(Photos and video of homeless tripod pup Princess courtesy of Hope for Paws.)

 

Watch her incredible video, and if interested in giving Princess a forever home contact Smooch Pooch Rescue.

 

Everyone overlooks Ruin Creek dogs: Yes, their lives count

Listed at the Ruin Creek Animal Protection Society, an organization dedicated to helping homeless animals, eight dogs have little chance to live much longer. They all have names however, and their lives all matter. Sadly, everyone overlooks them, but not today!  Meet Dino, Ski-Bo, Mr. Sir, King, Bella, Rocki, Waldo, and of course Chief. Is it because some of the dogs are pit bull mixes, have some medical needs or need specific homes that they may be condemned to death? All life is precious, and each and every one of these dogs just want to be loved.ruin creek 1

Ski-Bo, King and Chief have been at the shelter the longest, and tragically the dogs are showing dog aggression – much of their behavioral issues stemming from being kept in kennels for too long. The dogs are listed as “rescue only” which makes their plight even more urgent, but advocates have answered the call many times before helping what others have labeled “death row” or not adoptable pets.

An advocate for these special dogs sets out her plea on Facebook hoping approved rescue organizations will step forward, supporters will pledge funds to help the dogs and animal advocates will share their stories:ruin creek 2

“These are sweet and loving animals that because of medical needs and their selective behavior, or because they are pit/or mixed they are continually over looked for literally months now. Time is not on their side, and we may start losing them soon. We believe in these animals, we know they are good natured, attentive and deserving dogs. If everyone could help us reach out to the rescue community hoping to find room for just one more deserving dog that may need a little extra guidance. Please note that these animals are in a chaotic shelter environment and are not spayed/neutered. If anyone is interested we may have some funding to help with training. Please don’t be shy.”

For more information about these dogs, please contact if you can help: rcaps2011@gmail.com. The Facebook page for the Ruin Creek Animal Protection Society of Henderson North Carolina can be followed here. (Please note this is not the shelter)ruin creek 3

(Photos of the Ruin Creek Animal Protection Society of Henderson NC courtesy of Facebook volunteers.)

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Senior dog wakes up to dead canine companion after gravely ill owner surrenders dogs to shelter

When Duke and his bonded companion were surrendered to the Orange County Animal Services in Orlando, Florida on January 25, their world fell apart. Their owner has been gravely ill with Stage 4 cancer, and no one in the family would take on the responsibility of the dogs – so off they went.  Although shelter life was devastating without anything or anyone familiar, the dogs still had each other and slept intertwined in each other’s arms.

And then a tragic turn of fate occurred on Wednesday. Duke’s brother died last night a shelter volunteer revealed early this morning on Facebook. And if Duke could speak, this is what he likely would have told us:

“The worst part is that my brother died last night. I was by his side when he died, but I watched him die and no humans were around to hold him when he died to tell him he was a good boy. I loved my brother so much and told him I loved him before he died, but I had to lay next to him until the shelter people got in this morning and found him dead. He is now safe at the Rainbow Bridge, but now I am all alone in a concrete kennel surrounded by noise and terrible memories of what happened overnight.”

Someone is needed to reassure Duke that he is indeed a good dog and is loved and still has a reason to live. He is described as loving people, but gets excited when someone approaches his kennel cage and barks. Volunteers think Duke just wants to make sure people see him – even though he is a senior pup wearing a black coat with streaks of gray and white.

Click here for more information. “Hi, my name is Duke. I am an approximately 9 year old black neutered male.  I tested heartworm Positive. I weigh approximately 65 pounds. I have been at Orange County Animal Services since Wednesday, January 25, 2017. If you are looking for me, please come to Orange County Animal Services at 2769 Conroy Rd., Orlando, FL.” The phone number is (407)836-3111. Make sure to reference #A137276.

Duke needs pledges to cover his medical expenses (heartworm treatment plus he has some skin growths that need to be addressed). He also needs a foster home before a rescue can save him.  His life literally depends on us to help. Share his plight with approved rescue organizations, family, friends and social media contacts. An additional link for Duke can be followed here.

Photos and video of Duke via Facebook and Brittany Young.

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