Our focus: getting them healthy and ready for adoption
During a drug and weapons raid on a home in Middleboro, MA, on Wednesday morning, police found 17 pit bulls–4 adults and 13 puppies–jammed into a small crate. All the dogs were emaciated and dehydrated; the puppies covered in feces and riddled with worms.
The local veterinarian who provided urgent care to the puppies described them as “little bone racks,” and believes at least one of the puppies wouldn’t have made it through another night if authorities hadn’t found him.
Middleboro Animal Control contacted the Animal Rescue League of Boston for help, and all but one of the rescued pups checked into the three ARL adoption centers in Boston, Dedham, and Brewster. The one puppy too sick to travel remained under the care of the local vet.
Watch a video of Boston’s Channel 5′s report on the care Middleboro pit bull puppies will receive from the ARL:
As widely reported in the media, the puppies had clearly been living in cruel conditions.
Lt. Alan Borgal, director of the ARL’s Center for Animal Protection, suspects the dogs’ previous owner, now under arrest, had a side-business selling dogs: “I think this was a case of a ‘backyard breeder’–an individual who’s not professional breeder and just trying to make a quick buck. They don’t put a lot of care into the animal.”
Over the next few weeks, care-givers at the ARL’s adoption centers will focus on getting the pups healthy and ready for adoption. In spite of their rough start on life, these little guys and gals are snugly, playful, and sweet-as-can-be.
We will keep you posted on their progress and when they will be ready for adoption!
A lot has changed since 1940, but even today you still need brave, animal-loving Rescue Technicians to save a cat stuck in a tree. Today our Rescue Team receives at least a few calls a week about a feline stuck high up in a tree top. Follow our Rescue Team on twitter to stay up-to-speed on their latest rescue activities.
The Animal Rescue League of Boston is working with the Sandwich, MA Police Department to locate and apprehend the person responsible for the Thursday, May 16 or Friday, May 17 shooting of “Mr. Paws,” an almost two-year-old orange and white domestic short haired cat owned by a Sandwich family. The cat’s owner found Mr. Paws on the 17th outside her house on Pierre Vernier Drive alive but paralyzed from the waist down. He was taken immediately to Oceanside Animal Hospital where, after extensive tests, he was euthanized because of his poor prognosis for recovery. The family is devastated and confused about why anyone would shoot their beloved pet. The League’s Center for Animal Protection, which is assisting in the forensic analysis of this case, and Sandwich PD are anxious to identify who is responsible for this act to prevent him or her from abusing other animals.
A $500 reward is being offered by the League for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the responsible party. If you have any information related to this case, please call 617.226.5610.
Here are a few pet-friendly tips for emergency planning:
Microchip your pet and keep your contact information up-to-date. In the case of a natural disaster if you and your pet are separated and your pet is later discovered by someone else, the chances of you being reunited are much higher if your pet is micro-chipped.
Keep your dog’s dog license on his/her collar and include a tag with your current contact information on your cat’s and/or dog’s collar.
Pack an emergency bag specifically for your pet that includes ample supply of your pet’s food, water, bedding, a bowl and a leash that’s set aside for your pet in an emergency.
If possible take your pet with you to your place of shelter.
Sometimes pets are not allowed and shelters designated for people, so have a prearranged place for your pet to go in the case of an emergency. That place could be a relative’s house, a pet sitter’s house or a boarding facility.
Every moment counts in an emergency, so make sure you know ahead of time how to protect your loved ones, including your pets!
Alexis is a 5 year old, tiny little chihuahua mix. She is an incredibly sweet and affectionate girl. Alexis came to us from another shelter after being brought there because her owner could no longer care for her. She has not let this defect impair her life and as you’ll see in the video below she is a very playful gal!
When she arrived at the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s Dedham shelter, Alexis met with Dr. Davis, our resident expert vet on all things orthopedic. After he and our experienced team of veterinarians discussed Alexis’ situation they came to the conclusion that because her deformity does’t hold her back there was no need to put her through the pain and months of rehabilitation that surgery would cause. It was determined that surgery would not improve her quality of life.
Alexis has made such a huge impression on both our staff and volunteers. She wants nothing more than to love and be loved. She does not seem to mind cats or older quiet dogs. Due to her difficulties, she would do best in a home with children who are old enough and knowledgeable enough not to trample her. Stop by our Dedham shelter to meet this little sweetheart.
Oliver Twist, the severely neglected puppy found in Dorchester by a FedEx delivery man, has been making excellent progress over these last two and a half weeks! He has been following a strict progressive re-feeding schedule and is filling out nicely. As you can see from the photo above, he looks MUCH better than he did the day he came in. Despite being a victim of animal cruelty, Oliver is a happy and playful puppy who LOVES attention from his human pals.
Thanks to your support and donations we were able to give Oliver the care he so desperately needed! We were amazed by how quickly you all responded on Facebook and Twitter, sharing his story and donating online. You helped save this puppy!
We’re are thrilled to share that he’ll be going home with his new family by the end of the week!
We invited Myra, the 5 year-old girl who heard the kitten crying and alerted her mom who called the League, for a special tour of our Boston shelter and a surprise reunion with Paisley! Paisley has been in foster care for the past two weeks and has grown and filled out. Myra was so excited to see Paisley again and was thrilled to hear that she has already been adopted and will be going to her forever home very soon.
On her tour Myra got to see all of the animals at our shelter, meet our Rescue Team, and she received a special “thank you” from our Director of the Center for Animal Protection, Lt. Alan Borgal.
Thank you Myra for being mature beyond your years and for caring about animals so much!
Thank you all for your support and concern about Oliver Twist.This severely neglected puppy who was found by a FedEx delivery man in Dorchester is so sweet and friendly. His progressive re-feeding program is going well and he is loving all of the attention from our volunteers and staff. One of our volunteers took these fabulous photos of him, sporting a red fleece jacket to keep his frail body warm when he went on a walk on Friday. Our veterinarians are checking him on a daily basis to make sure that he is gaining weight at an appropriate speed.
Our law enforcement department has been actively seeking information in the neighborhood of Dorchester where he was found. We still need your help! If anyone has any information regarding the severe neglect and cruelty toward Oliver please call our Anti-Cruelty Law Enforcement Department at 617.226.5610.
04-03/2013 UPDATE On Oliver The Severely Neglected Puppy
Oliver receives a bath.
Oliver’s condition has stabilized. He spent the night at our Boston shelter and was treated for a skin infection. He is on a progressive re-feeding schedule and is eating on his own. He’s also getting lots of love and attention from our staff. For now, we do not know how long his road to recovery will take.
As you can imagine, there has been a great deal of interest in Oliver, and there is already a long list of potential adopters. Please call our adoption line to speak with an adoption agent about putting your name on the list or feel free to visit our website to see all of the amazing dogs we currently have available for adoption! Your support is much appreciated.
04-03/2013 Breaking News: Severely Neglected Puppy Found
The Animal Rescue League of Boston is requesting your help regarding the severe neglect and abuse experienced by a 5-6 month-old puppy found shivering in Dorchester late this morning by a FedEx driver. The League’s Rescue Service Team responded and found the dog, who has been named Oliver Twist.
The frail puppy approached our Rescue team when they called to him as if he knew they were there to help. Due to the severity of Oliver’s condition they rushed him to the League’s Boston shelter for immediate medical attention.
Oliver is severely emaciated – lacking fat and muscle, his bones jut through his skin. On the Purina body condition scale in which 9 is obese and 1 is extremely emaciated – Oliver scored less than 1. In addition, Oliver was covered is his own urine and feces, had overgrown nails and was diagnosed with a bacterial infection.
We need your help! If anyone has any information regarding the severe neglect and cruelty toward Oliver please call our Anti-Cruelty Law Enforcement Department at 617.226.5610.
“April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month, and this case is a perfect example of why we must come together as a community to prevent abuse of helpless animals,” said League President Mary Nee.
Here at the League we see animals from all walks of life, who have come to us under a variety of different circumstances. Just this past Friday our rescue technicians picked up a 5 week-old kitten that was found inside two plastic bags in a garbage can in Roxbury. Some concerned citizens, a 5 year-old girl and her mom, heard the kitten’s cries and alerted the League. The little girl decided to name the kitten “Paisley.” A law enforcement officer was present at the time of the pickup and has obtained evidence from the scene. The kitten is now doing fine and is in foster care.
The League’s Center for Animal Protection is committed to investigating crimes against animals and protecting animals from neglect and abuse. We work closely with animal control departments throughout the state and log thousands of miles each year investigating animal abuse and neglect. We receive no state or federal funding and operate as a full-time Humane Animal Law Enforcement Agency at no cost to Massachusetts taxpayers.
We encourage members of the public and other agencies to contact us if they suspect that animals are being cruelly treated, or are in imminent danger of abuse or neglect. Our phone lines are monitored seven days a week, including holidays.
If you see any signs of animal cruelty please contact us. By doing so, you could be saving an animal’s life!