Puppy Doe Update 10/16

Puppy Doe Investigation Making Progress

Work continues to identify who severely abused Puppy Doe, a young adult female dog dumped in a quiet neighborhood in Quincy, Massachusetts.

Norfolk County District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey and the Quincy Police Department are the only organizations releasing official details on the investigation.  To update the public on the progress of the investigation , the District Attorney released the following statement last week:

On behalf of my office, the Quincy Police Department, and the Animal Rescue League of Boston, I am grateful for the hundreds of calls and tips that have been forthcoming in the criminal investigation into the torture of Puppy Doe. We have been inundated with tips, concerns and offers of assistance from around the world.

As Paul Keenan, Quincy Police Chief, has said, “Please be assured that we are following up with each tip received even those that have taken us out of state.”

Many calls have been received requesting updated information on the status and progress of the investigation. As with all criminal investigations, we are unable to discuss publically the specifics of this very active and ongoing investigation. To do so would not only compromise the investigation, but would also violate the ethical rules to which this office is bound. The information we have received to date from the public has been invaluable in guiding our actions through the course of the investigation.

10-16 Puppy Doe Update Photo rest in peacePlease be assured that these three agencies are working in concert to identify and hold accountable the person or persons responsible for the torture of Puppy Doe. It is highly unlikely that this level of sadistic cruelty could be shown to one animal and not be part of a pattern involving other animals or perhaps vulnerable people.

Anyone with information material to the criminal investigation regarding Puppy Doe is encouraged to contact the Animal Rescue League of Boston, Law Enforcement Department at 617-226-5610, email them at cruelty@arlboston.org, or call Quincy Police Detective Thomas Pepdjonovich at 617-745-5774.

We will continue to post updates on the Puppy Doe case as we receive them from the District Attorney.

 

National Dog Day is Today!

A Chance to Recognize Dogs

Today is National Dog Day. This special day serves to help recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, and acknowledges family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort. Dogs put their lives on the line every day and they offer us something extraordinary, unconditional love.

If you already have a canine companion, show how much you appreciate him by taking him for an extra long walk or getting him his favorite treats. Help shelter dogs by adopting or donating today!

Founded in 2004, National Dog Day was created to show deep appreciation for our long connection to each other – for their endearing patience, unquestioning loyalty, for their work, their capacity for love and their ability to impact our lives every day in the most miraculous ways.

In honor of National Dog Day, Boston.com has partnered with the League and is sharing photos and information about seven of our shelter dogs with their readers.

Visit any of our three shelters this Saturday (August 31) for our “Take Me Home Today Adoptathon” and adopt one of our amazing dogs! And remember that although,“saving one dog will not change the world,  surely for that one dog, the world will change forever.”

Here are just a few of our spectacular dogs who would love to come home with you by August 31:

Camilla is a beautiful 6-year-old Miniature Pinscher and is available for adoption at our Boston shelter.

Camilla is a beautiful 6-year-old Miniature Pinscher and is available for adoption at our Boston shelter.

Mikki is a 1 and a half year old sweetheart with a very enthusiastic personality. He is available for adoption at our Dedham shelter.

Mikki is a 1 and a half year old sweetheart with a very enthusiastic personality. He is available for adoption at our Dedham shelter.

Kermit is an adorable 3-month-old Chihuahua mix puppy. He recently came here all the way from California! Meet his at our Boston shelter.

Kermit is an adorable 3-month-old Chihuahua mix puppy. He recently came here all the way from California! Meet his at our Boston shelter.

Annie Oakley is a sweet 10 month-old spayed female pup. She can be shy at first but once she warms up to you, she likes to rest her head in your lap and wag her tail while you scratch her back. Meet her at our Boston shelter.

Annie Oakley is a sweet 10 month-old spayed female pup. She can be shy at first but once she warms up to you, she likes to rest her head in your lap and wag her tail while you scratch her back. Meet her at our Boston shelter.

 

 

 

 

 

Unconscious Puppy Gets 2nd Chance

Puppy Found Unconscious at Lowell Folk Festival, Now in League’s Care

08-07 Ramona Laying DownThe League has offered to provide care, training and safe haven to this special puppy saved by Lowell police and a pair of Trinity Ambulance EMT‘s after being dragged behind her owner on a leash at the Lowell Folk Festival on July 28. When the police found the puppy, now named Ramona, she was unconscious, laying on her side, with her eyes rolled back in her head – she was barely breathing.

Despite her horrific experiences, Ramona is a very spirited pup. Her internal strength is probably what helped her survive the tragedy of her abuse on the day of the Lowell Folk Festival.  On the other hand, her feisty nature also means that she is a very exuberant and energetic puppy who could use a little “good manners 101″ when interacting with other dogs and people.

It’s possible that Ramona was taken from her brothers and sisters and mother too young, because she does not know how to appropriately behave with other dogs.  Additionally, we do not know what other abuses she may have suffered during her young life that shape how she behaves with people today.  She lunges at other dogs and does not know simple commands or show any sign of listening to people.

To help Ramona get on the right track we’re immersing her in daily play group with other dogs, and individual training, using positive, reward based training while she is still young enough to learn during her critical impressionable period (up to four months of age).

08-07 Ramona Training

We are teaching Ramona to understand basic commands like “sit.” Help us continue training Ramona and other dogs like her by donating today.

We know Ramona is smart and has a good nature. By giving her some “total immersion” training over the next few weeks and a lot of TLC, we hope to help shape her into a confident, well socialized dog who will be a safe, family dog when she grows up to the big dog that she is going to be!  After a couple of weeks of training, we expect that she will be able to move to a foster home where she will live with another dog,  continue her positive training and learn how to behave in a home setting.

As you may know, we operate the Center for Shelter Dogs, which is at the forefront of improving quality of life and behavior for dogs in animal shelters throughout the country. The programs we provide for our dogs’ entertainment can be found on the Center for Shelter Dogs website.

Court actions can take a while, so we are not sure when or if Ramona will be available for adoption. Anyone wishing to help support her care and other dogs like her can donate now.

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Oliver Twist’s Surprise Reunion with FedEx Driver

Last week we had a very special surprise for the good Samaritan who found Oliver Twist in Dorchester almost a month ago! 

We invited Jeff, the FedEx delivery man who called us about Oliver back on April 3, to come to our Boston shelter, so that we could honor him for his swifts actions that helped save Oliver’s life. What we didn’t tell him was that Oliver would be stopping by for a surprise visit! By that time Oliver had already been adopted, and Jeff thought that he would never have a chance to meet him. Oliver’s new adopters were in on the surprise and were delighted to have opportunity to meet the person who saved their pup’s life!

From Left to Right, Jeff (the FedEx driver) Oliver, and Kalani his adopter.
Oliver Twist gives a “thank you” kiss to the FedEx Driver who found him. From left to right: Jeff, Oliver Twist, and Kalani his adopter. Photo Credit: Peter Cross

Announcing the Launch of Dogs in Thought

Dogs in Thought is a photo book by renowned photographer, Mitch Weiss, the proceeds of which will be donated in full to the Animal Rescue League of Boston and the MSPCA.

dogVisit www.dogsinthought.com to learn more about the project, reserve a portrait sitting, or pre-order a copy of the book. Portrait sittings are taking place through April 30th, so book one for your dog today! This fine art series aims to convey their collective vitality while bringing light to the individual features and characteristics that make each pup special.

Please help us spread the word!

Oliver Twist, Adopted!

We’re starting this Saturday off with some wonderful news! Oliver Twist has found the perfect home! When he first came to the League he was in very rough shape. His journey has been tough and we have no way of knowing everything that that he’s been through, but we do know that this playful puppy has gone to a fabulous home! Finally, he’ll have a chance to experience what being a puppy is all about with a family that loves him!

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Staff members give Oliver one last hug before he goes home with his new family!

Update: Oliver Twist To Go Home Soon Thanks To YOU!

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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. 

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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!

Look For The Red T-Shirts

BRECKMarathongtFrontCheer On Our Boston Marathon Team: Look For The Red T-shirts!

Marathon Monday is just around the corner and we want to remind you to cheer on our dedicated runners! They will be wearing red shirts like the one Breck, our gorgeous model and League alum, is sporting. Our logo is on the front and the back of the t-shirt, so you can’t miss it. So far our team has raised over $35,000! If you’re in the crowd, show your support for their hard work! Our four runners and their numbers are listed below:

BreckMarathonTBill Tanguay # 23599

Maureen Doran #23600

Naomi Johnston #23601

Dr. Alett Mekkler #23602

Update: Oliver Twist, Neglected Puppy Goes For A Walk

Oliver walks with Lex. Photo: Christine Barton

Oliver walks with Lex. Photo: Christine Barton

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.

Please consider a gift to help Oliver today!

Our rescue and law enforcement teams receive no government funding – We rely entirely on the support of people like you.

For those of you who have already donated, THANK YOU!

OliverPhoto: Christine Barton

Oliver
Photo: Christine Barton

UPDATE: Severely Neglected Puppy Found

04-03/2013 UPDATE On Oliver The Severely Neglected Puppy

Oliver receives a bath.

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.

Please consider a gift to help Oliver today!

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.

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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.

Oliver1We 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.

Please consider a gift to help Oliver today!

Our rescue and law enforcement teams receive no government funding – We rely entirely on the support of people like you.

With your help, the Animal Rescue League of Boston can end animal cruelty, abandonment and neglect. This is a large promise but it has been our mission since 1899.

Our promise-we will put your dollars to work immediately to end the suffering of animals like Oliver.