When rescuers got a call about a crying puppy left in a dumpster in Long Beach over the weekend, they thought it was a simple case of abandonment.
“Bring her right over,” the volunteers at Sparky and the Gang Animal Rescue said, adding that they had everything they needed to nurse sick dogs back to health. The team had just treated a litter of puppies left inside a box covered in human feces, said Diana Kliche, an attorney who volunteers with another rescue group, Fix Long Beach.
But the little white dog found in the trash bin was a far more severe — and cruel — case than they anticipated, said Kliche, who named the dog Chloe. The 1-year-old Maltese-poodle-terrier mix smelled of urine and had visible bruises to the side of her head and a hind leg that had been broken in half.
On the way to the veterinarian’s office, Kliche thought several times the dog had died. She didn’t move, her tongue stuck out and her eyes were closed.
Her matted hair was covered with bits of rancid onions, spaghetti and ham. Kliche said she thinks someone beat the animal, tossed her in their kitchen trash can and then threw the bag in a dumpster behind apartments near the 1000 block of Walnut Avenue, a residential area.
It’s a heartbreaking reality of dog rescue, that not every dog saved off the streets makes it.
When Janine Guido of Speranza Animal Rescue saw Watson, she could tell the dog was not only exhausted, but that he was ready to die.
Watson had been found by a Good Samaritan in a park a week earlier. The Pit Bull was emaciated, covered in sores and had a large cancerous tumor on his hind leg. Sadly, the cancer had spread and no treatment was going to cure him.
Guido, who is a fixture in the Philadelphia animal rescue community, had a feeling that Watson did not have much time left, so she made the decision to stay with him when he returned to the shelter from the emergency vet.
“I had a gut feeling that things weren’t going to be good the next day,” she told the Dodo. “I didn’t want to leave him alone. Not when he needed me the most.”
When you come across a dog-fighting operation, it is not a pretty sight. Dozens of neglected and severely emaciated dogs are tied up with heavy chains and left with no food or water. Sometimes these traumatic experiences scar a dog for life, while others still crave attention and love from humans.
Rescuers from the SPCA of Texas found 14 dogs at a suspected dog-fighting operation in Able Springs, Texas, in August. When rescuer Madeline Yeaman walked up to the site, all of the dogs were jumping and wanting her attention. All of the dogs but one.
A South Carolina couple has been charged after they allegedly left their dog tangled in a cable without food or water for so long that he desperately chewed off his own leg.
The Ware Shoals Police Department were called to the home of Jessica Kathleen James and Skylar Lane Craft on November 19, FOX Carolina reported. When officers arrived, they found the couple’s dog Lucifer in the yard.
“When I approached the fence I could see a very skinny black Great Dane with an injury to his back right leg,” the responding officer wrote in the incident report, obtained by FOX Carolina. “As he got closer I could see that over half of his leg was gone.”
Marley lived a rough life that no dog should ever have to experience. His owners kept him chained up in the backyard and barely paid him any attention.
For food, he ate cheerios from a dirty pan if he was lucky, and all he had to drink was dirty water from a bucket that was filled with green algae.
When he got excited, his owners would hit him on the head. He didn’t even know his own name, and the only word he really knew was “no.” The only shelter he had was a dirty little wooden doghouse, and he had never felt the warmth of a real bed or even the indoors.
Scooter was traveling with his human, Eric, when both of their worlds were completely shaken upside-down. Eric had been in trouble with the law before and unfortunately, ran into the law again. However, his run-in with the police wasn’t the only devastating thing that made him upset.
Eric was with his two friends and his dog when he was arrested and put into a patrol car. The officers decided to surrender Scooter to his two friends, as they agreed to take care of the dog. However, a couple of hours later, two women found poor Scooter tied to a pole only a few hundred yards from where his human was arrested. The pup was found with a sign that said “Free pup. Name is Scooter. Owner went to jail today.” Blanca Anahi Cushman and her cousin found him and were enraged to see what Eric’s friends did. “My cousin just found this dog tied to a tree at the back of Muv Fitness West Columbia and we don’t know where to go from here…clearly the owner is a piece of garbage and left the dog here. It’s getting dark and I don’t want to leave him does anyone have any ideas please, I can’t keep the dog for the long term,” Cushman wrote on Facebook.
Jennarae Goodbar, 12, was killed in a tragic accident Saturday afternoon when she chased her dog out onto Route 60 in Rockbridge County, Virginia.
She was training her pup, Cash, outside when he took off running onto a busy road. Jennarae immediately ran after him, but just as she got to him, both she and Cash were struck by a car that was unable to stop in time. Both of them were killed on impact.
Jennarae’s mother, Donna Jean, says Cash will be buried alongside her daughter. Cash’s name was fitting because Jennarae had bought him with her own “cash” that she had saved up. Cash meant everything to her, and her mom describes him as “her baby.”
When Kathryn Sinske came across Claire’s photo on Facebook, there was something in the pregnant Chihuahua’s eyes that immediately caught her attention. Whether it was pain or fear in Claire’s expression, Sinske stopped scrolling and decided to take action.
“When I saw her on social media my heart just broke for her,” Sinske told The Dodo. “She was listed as an older pregnant female ready to give birth any day. She looked terrified and confused in her shelter picture.”
Animal control had picked up Claire in San Bernardino, California, and her swollen belly made clear that the officers had found her just in time. Days after her arrival at the shelter, Claire went into labor alone in the early hours of the morning. “She was placed in isolation and given a blanket to have her babies,” Sinske said. “She had four puppies but, sadly, one did not make it.”
As soon as Sinske learned of the puppies’ arrival, she rushed down to the shelter to break the little family out of confinement. Sinske could see that the nervous new mother was filthy and covered in ticks.
“They handed her to me in a carrier and I could tell she was super scared,” Sinske said. “I even had to sign a waiver because she was listed as fearful.”
Sinske promised to do everything in her power to help the little family survive — a job that became more difficult the next day when Claire’s health plummeted. Claire was found to be anemic and suffering from a fever of 105 degrees, so Sinske had to step in as mom for both the sick dog and her babies.
After a week of visits to the vet and hand-feeding both Claire and her babies, Sinske was overjoyed to see the little dog’s temperature return to normal. And while Claire has proven to be a picky eater, Sinske is happy to indulge her whims.
“After everything she’s been through I have no problem making sure she gets what she wants,” Sinske said. “She is so sweet, loves to get lots of love and sit in my lap.”
Once the puppies are weaned and Claire is given a clean bill of health, the entire family will begin their search for a forever home.
But after a hard life, Claire is happy to finally be safe and able to give her babies everything they need, Sinske noted: “She’s a great mama.”
PHOENIX, AZ — A Phoenix dog is being hailed as a “hero” for jumping in front of his owner and taking a venomous rattlesnake bite to the face. Paula Godwin, of Anthem, told Patch she took her two dogs hiking on a trailhead near North Seventh Avenue and West Carefree Highway around 7 a.m. Friday. As they strolled down the hill, her curious 6-month-old golden retriever, Todd, jolted toward her foot.
“I didn’t see the snake and I am so careful when it comes to these things,” Godwin said, noting she’s lived her whole life in the area and knows of the dangers. “That dang rattlesnake was so camouflaged I did not see that thing.”
The snake, an adult with a grayish color and white speckles, didn’t make a sound until it was too late.
“I think the snake was sleeping because I didn’t even hear a rattle. It was super quiet,” said Godwin.
Todd put his nose down close to the ground to see what was on the trail. The snake immediately bit him on the nose and cheek area.
“Right when he struck he started to rattle,” she said.
What some people will do in the name of being vindictive and hurtful is downright sickening. There are awful people on this planet who do terrible things to innocent animals. Elizabeth Lena James of South Carolina is a despicable human being who took her anger and revenge out on an innocent puppy. Now, loving dog owners are barking back.
It all started when James’ boyfriend broke up with her. He took his belongings, left her behind, but also left his 16-month-old mixed Mastiff puppy, too. The ex-girlfriend did something unthinkable: she starved Champ out of spite. That’s right, the innocent dog was starving to death, but authorities stepped in just in the nick of time.
When found, he weighed less than half of his normal weight, was covered in maggots, and all his bones were visible.
Rescue Dogs Rock NYC took the sweet dog in and never gave up on him. He went from chained up and starving to the road to recovery.
He has his own Facebook page, Justice for Champ, and he recently was placed in his forever, loving home. What a happy ending for this dog who faced what no animal ever should. Thank you to all who helped in his care!