Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Another Craigslist NIGHTMARE!

Justice For Puppy Doe (aka Kiya)

Posted by: O Jefferson

Via Justice for "Puppy Doe" Facebook page -

A severely malnourished pitbull endured months of torture that included having its limbs pulled apart in a medieval-style “drawing,” the vet who performed the dog’s necropsy told the Herald today as authorities plead with the public to help them find the “sadistic” person responsible.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Food Recall!

Voluntary recall for limited Purina One dog food bags.

Posted by: N Gilbert

The FDA announced a voluntary recall for a limited number of 3.5lb bags of Purina One White Meat Chicken & Whole Barley Adult Dry Dog Food due to health risks for both pets and humans.

Monday, August 26, 2013

SCAM Alert!

Fremont Burglars Posing As City Workers Looking For Snakes.

:Posted by: N Gilbert

A neighborhood on Moore Drive in Fremont
where people posing as city workers have burglarized homes. (CBS)

FREMONT (CBS SF) - Burglars are gaining access to residents’ homes by claiming to be animal control officers looking for poisonous snakes, Fremont police said Monday.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Pet Food Recall 8/14/13

IAMS & Eukanuba RECALL!

Posted by: O Jefferson

The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) has voluntarily recalled specific lots of dry pet food because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. These lots were distributed in the United States and represent roughly one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) of annual production. No Salmonella-related illnesses have been reported to date in association with these product lots.

The Dangers of 'Assuming' a Dog is Safe

Tragedy at Baldwin Park Shelter

Posted by: O Jefferson

Chrystal ID #A4614903

The following is VERY IMPORTANT INFO as to why you should NOT stop sharing these dogs just because someone "says" they're safe. Confirm that with the actual shelter on the thread or get up and call the shelter yourself to confirm. Don't sit back and wait to hear because often times they are too buys to check their posts on FB and the threads clog up with other comments and it will get overlooked.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

One Less Dog...

Miller - "One Less Dog That Will Need a Walk Today"

Posted by: N Gilbert

Miller - ID # A0972847 Brooklyn Center
Via NYC Urgents--

"One Less Dog That Will Need a Walk Today"
Chilling words to any animal advocate, but to find out those words actually flowed from the lips of someone in charge of their care, is shocking. To find out they were uttered while the animal laid dead in his cage, IN ADOPTIONS, is disturbing.  To know that the shelter opened at 8AM yet his body was not discovered for HOURS, is just heartbreaking.

Monday, July 29, 2013


Can't Keep Your Pet? Plan to take to public shelter? READ THIS! (Bakersfield)

Posted by: N Gilbert

If you plan to drop your pet off at a county or city shelter, this is likely their reality.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Two Sick Pups Stuffed In Birdcage

Two sick puppies stuffed in bird cage together found dumped in Lancaster, PA

Posted by: N Gilbert

The Lancaster County SPCA is asking the public's help to find the person(s) responsible for cruelly placing two very sick puppies inside a small bird cage together, and dumping them on the curb on Green Street in Lancaster City, PA.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Dog Shot by Pellet Gun

Dog found alive after shot over 30 times with pellet gun.

Posted by: N Gilbert

Courtesy of  KLTV

A dog is undergoing major surgery after apparently being used as a target for someone's pellet gun.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Shelby's Escape

A Dog's Determination to Escape Abuse

Posted by: O Jefferson



Friday, July 12, 2013

Abandoned Dog in PA

Postal worker rescues abused, neglected dog left tied to a tree in Philadelphia

Posted by: O Jefferson

Abused & abandoned Boxer, Kuperus.

A rescue organization, caring for an abused dog discovered tied to a tree in Philadelphia, Pa., is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible, reported Monday's CBS Philly.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Helpful Hints - Good Foods For Your Dogs!

Good Eats For Your Dogs

Posted by: N Gilbert

Chocolate - a NO NO for dogs!

In one of our Helpful Hints articles, we brought to you the foods that are toxic to your furry babies. Here's our new article on the people foods that are SAFE to give your dog, once in a while. Always remember, moderation is key. Just because peanut butter is okay for them, doesn't mean that you can give them an entire jar of it all at once...

Monday, July 8, 2013

Justice For Phoenix - RECEIVED!

Teen given max sentence for dog burning

Posted by: N Gilbert


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The teen who lit a puppy on fire in Buffalo will spent the next two years in prison for felony animal cruelty charges. He also cannot have a pet for seven years.

Patrick - Trial Day 1

First TRIAL date set for Patrick the Pit Bull

Posted by: O Jefferson

Patrick - Then & Now
The time is getting close to the first TRIAL in the court room for Patrick the Pit Bull who was severely abused over two years ago.....we need as many people as possible to fill that court room! If you can be there on July 9th that would be awesome!

Dog Dragging in NC

Police: Woman drags dog tied to vehicle

Posted by: O Jefferson

A woman was arrested for allegedly tying a puppy to her vehicle and dragging the animal, causing severe injuries.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Send Us Your Pet's Photos!

Send us your pet's photos to be featured on GLD!

Would you like for us to feature your pets on our site in a slideshow? If so, please send us a clear photo of your fur child with a short description or story and we will feature him/her as part of our Fur Babies of Gotta Love Dogs Challenge.

Oskar Update 7/5/13

San Francisco dog recovering after eating poisoned meatball

Posted by: N Gilbert

Poisoned meatballs (above) - Oskar (below)
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A San Francisco dog that fell critically ill on Wednesday from eating a poisoned meatball is continuing to recover.

The 7-year-old dachshund, named Oskar, is receiving care at a Sunset District animal hospital. He is now listed in stable condition.

Dr. Carrie Journey says Oskar's symptoms are consistent with strychnine, an animal poison.

Frodo Update 7/5/13

Duct taped, abused dog sign of bigger problem

Posted by: O Jefferson

Frodo's teeth were dislodged and his mouth had to be re-attached.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - It was a horrific sight: A dog, with its mouth duct taped, chained to a fence and left for dead. Now, a $5,000 reward is being offered to find the person responsible.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Poison Meatballs

San Francisco pet owners warned after poisoned meatballs found.

Posted by: N Gilbert

Oskar was rushed to the vet after eating one of the meatballs.

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Pet owners in San Francisco are on high alert after one dog became seriously ill from eating what appears to be a poisoned meatball. Veterinarians are now warning owners to keep an eye out for some serious symptoms.

Abuse in Polk County

Abuse in Polk County, FL

Posted by: O Jefferson

Freedom, the horribly abused Min Pin.

Via Canine Estates, Inc. --

Canine Estates has an emergency situation. We have contacted news media and Action News 9 will be there. If you know of any other news media to cover this story please let us know.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Craigslist Scam

Craigslist Scam: Don't Give Pets Away Online!

Posted by: O Jefferson

Photo Credit: Ingham County Animal Control

The conveniences of the World Wide Web have people putting anything and everything online. People try to make a quick buck or two by selling their processions on the web, others think they are helping the needy by giving away their unwanted things for free. Something you should never give away on Craigslist is your pet.

Louisville Cruelty

$5,000 Reward Offered In Louisville Animal Cruelty Case

Posted by: N Gilbert

Louisville Metro Animal Services (LMAS) is investigating an extremely serious animal cruelty and neglect case and is hoping the community can help with information leading to an arrest and conviction.

A Dog Named Beau

Actor Jimmy Stewart recites a poem to his beloved dog Beau. - Video Attached

Posted by: N Gilbert

Stewart and his beloved Beau

Not everyone has watched the video on YouTube or fortunate enough to see the real episode that was on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson of Hollywood's Golden Era actor, James Stewart reciting a poem he wrote about his beloved dog, Beau. It is such a heartfelt poem and a wonderful tribute to Man's Best Friend. Make sure to grab the tissues for this one! ♥

Petco Dognapping!

Dognapping at an Adopting Event

Posted by: O Jefferson

Surveillance photo of the two suspects at Petco (courtesy of LAPD)

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Adopt or Buy?

The importance of adopting...

Posted by: N Gilbert

Shelter dogs sit in small cages and wait to either live or die.

Today on a Facebook thread:

"If it was free, everyone would adopt."

Sago Palms - DANGEROUS!

The dangers of Sago Palm Trees

Posted by: N Gilbert

This is what a Sago Palm looks like.

Sago palms are not really palms at all; they just look like one. The sago palm is a cycad and contains the toxin cycasin and even very young plants are toxic enough to cause death in pets. Contrary to popular belief, all parts of both male and female plants are toxic, with the seeds being the most lethal component.

The reddish-orange seeds are round to oblong in shape and can be a little bigger than a golf ball in mature plants. Many dogs seem to enjoy chewing on these bitter seeds, which leads to nothing but trouble. I’ve even heard talk of people throwing the seeds like a ball for their dog, completely unaware of the deadly dangers!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

HOT Cars & HOT Feet

Heat Advisory starting now until the end of summer.

Posted by: O Jefferson

!!! REMINDER !!!

The temperatures are rising drastically, especially since it is now officially summer. We've seen, read, and heard TOO MANY stories about pets being left inside of cars, even when it seems to be cool to the person outside. Below, we will explain to you the dangers of leaving your pets inside of hot cars as well as letting them walk on hot grounds.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Free Spay & Neuter now at Lancaster!

FREE SPAY & NEUTER PROGRAM - now at the Lancaster, CA shelter!

Posted by: N Gilbert

***** FREE SPAY & NEUTER for residents of Lancaster, CA (newly added) where too many animals die at the shelter every single day. Please take advantage if you are a resident of Lancaster, Baldwin Park, & El Monte, CA *****

Friday, June 21, 2013

Happy Homer

Homer - from stray to popular Facebook pup!

Posted by: N Gilbert

Homer - as a stray

Everyone remembers Homer I'm sure, but if not let me tell you a bit about this happy old man...

Hooray For Patrick!

Patrick's Law - PASSED!

Posted by: N Gilbert

Patrick's Law - protecting animals together
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!GREAT NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PATRICK'S LAW (S1303) was passed by the Senate in New Jersey today !!!!!!!!!!!!! "Patrick's Law" — a measure to increase penalties for animal cruelty — is on its way to Gov. Chris Christie’s desk after gaining final passage in the state Senate.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Come Follow Us!

GLD is now on Pinterest!

Posted by: O Jefferson

Come follow Gotta Love Dogs now on Pinterest!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Little Seven - A Happy Ending

Abused puppy rescued and adopted by police.

Posted by: O Jefferson

Little seven showing some love to her fellow squad.

Little Seven is about four months old and loving her new family, a police officer and her squad in Manassas, VA. About a month ago, Prince William County police officers on bike patrol spotted her being kicked by her owner. The police intervened and took away the puppy and charged the owner with animal cruelty.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Quote Corner - John Grogan

Quotes by John Grogan - author of 'Marley & Me.'

Posted by: N Gilbert

John Grogan is a well known author for books such as Marley & Me. His experience with Marley showed us all how great a dog's love really is, even when we don't see it, it's there. Here are a few quotes from John Grogan to help brighten your day! ♥

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Considering Giving Up Your Pet to a Kill Shelter? READ THIS FIRST!

Dear Former Family, Your Dog Was Killed

Posted by: N Gilbert

Dear Former Family,

On this day in ____, Your Dog was killed by an employee of New York Animal (Care and) Control.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Stubby: An American Hero

Sgt. Stubby: A True American Hero is Honored.

Posted by: O Jefferson


Meet America's first war dog, a stray Pit Bull/Terrier mix, named Stubby.
He became Sgt. Stubby, and was the most decorated war dog of World War I. He was the only dog to be promoted to Sergeant through combat.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Radio NO NO

New Jersey 101.5 Slams Animal Advocates For Trying to Help Sammy!

Posted by: N Gilbert

So these so called radio hosts think that us animal advocates SHOULD NOT be fighting for them and we should be putting our priorities into things OTHER THAN abused animals.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Sluggo the Miracle Boy

Sluggo: a true fighter til the end!

Posted by: N Gilbert

About a year ago, I fell in love with a good friend of mine's dog. I don't know what it was about him that touched my heart. Was it his playful eyes? His big floppy ears? Or was it that addicting smile that he was always wearing? I can honestly say, ALL OF THE ABOVE! This is the story of a dog who suffered through pain and neglect at birth and yet ended his life knowing and feeling what true love is, for he showed many people his own love and to never give up.
This is the story of Sluggo: the Miracle Boy, in his Momma's words!

Sluggo as a puppy ♥

Sluggo  ♥
"Let’s see where do I start? Okay, how about the first time I saw him!
I went to a shelter to see Pony who was listed as Special Needs and after adopting her and filling out the paper work, I waited outside for them to process everything and bring her out as I knew if I stayed inside I would see another dog I had to save. Lol. So I was looking to the left and when I turned around I saw this adorable little guy! He was doing what I call his “Leprechaun Dance” to another dog and I just fell in love!
I told one of the workers I wanted to adopt him too, but he was not up for adoption yet…he was an abuse case and still needed a bit more time. He was 6 months old and that was December of 2002. So I kept calling and calling and finally a few weeks later he was ready to be adopted! I brought all 3 of my dogs to meet him and all went great. I paid the adoption fee and they scheduled him to be neutered.

A few days later I picked him up and brought him home but he wasn’t feeling well after the neuter so he had to be kept separate for a few weeks because of some kind of infection that was hard to get rid of. He was so pampered! He deserved it after the start he had in life. I was told that this was an abuse case and when rescue got to the home he was in, his mommy and all of his litter, except for him and a brother, were starved to death. On the way to the hospital, his brother died. Sluggo stayed at the hospital for quite awhile as he was so very ill and after time went on the hospital told the rescue they had done all they could for him and at best he had a 50/50 chance and that was being optimistic but there was nothing more the hospital could do, so they had to decide to have him put to sleep or take him from the hospital but he would need to be cared for 24/7. The rescue decided he fought this hard so he deserved the chance and they took him from the hospital and he got care 24/7 until he was healthy. The Birth of my Miracle Boy!

From day one he was just the happiest pup I had ever seen…always curious and playful and excited and smiling that big beautiful Pittie smile!  He loved car rides! He was happiest when there were cars behind us that he could bark at so he could feel like he was a tough guy even though everyone that knew him knew it was a show and he was a sweetie and Mr. Affectionate.  When the little 13lb Westie, Sarah, came to live with us, things went south for poor Sluggo for a short time as that little dog terrorized him! Lol She would chase him around the house and he would try and hide behind the couch...no matter what she did to him he never fought back...he was always a gentle boy.  I soon taught her that terrorizing him wasn’t allowed (Lol) and they were able to live in peace.

Sluggo with his best friend Monty ♥

His best friend is a cat named Monty. They would cuddle together all the time and Monty would bathe Sluggo and Sluggo would return the favor by giving Monty kisses.
Then last March I took him in for a dental appointment. His teeth were always clean but he was a senior so I wanted to get them cleaned once before he got too old and anesthesia could be a danger. It was at that time our world changed. Out vet called and said Sluggo had a mass in his soft palate. I called a dental specialist at a hospital that one of my other dogs used to see for a rare condition she had and he said to bring Sluggo in the next day so off we went! Sluggo had some tests done and they informed us they weren’t even sure what kind of tumor this was…they had never seen it before but if it didn’t come out at some point he wouldn’t be able to breathe. It turns out the tumor was what is called a Right Carotid Body Tumor..very rare in dogs and very dangerous to remove. They did remove the tumor and all went well with surgery but the next morning he aspirated and was in an oxygen chamber in ICU. After 2 weeks in ICU and me staying at a motel nearby so I could sit in the waiting room for 10 hours a day so I could see him as often as they would let me, Sluggo was discharged from the hospital with his surgeon not believing Sluggo would survive. I told him he was wrong and Sluggo WILL survive because Sluggo told me so. He came home and he needed very intensive care for quite awhile but he did survive and had a wonderful quality of life and was loved and adored and pampered every single day.

Sluggo under the covers ready to get his beauty sleep ♥

Then last November out of nowhere, he started having cluster seizures. We could not do tests on him because of the Mega Esophagus that resulted from the surgery as he could aspirate so we had no way to know what was causing them and if the cancer had spread. He was put on medication for the seizures and he did great!

Then on April 23rd,  Sluggo went to sleep as usual. His head on my pillow while he was under the blankets and he had his usual smile on his face as he was getting belly rubs…he drifted to sleep then he started seizing and the seizure never stopped so he was rushed to the ER and there was nothing that could be done for him, so we had to say good bye to the Miracle Boy. The blessing was he never came out of the seizures so his last memory was of being comfy in bed and being loved.   He left a huge gaping hole in the lives of many but memories of him filled with love help fill that hole until we see him again at The Rainbow Bridge." ♥

It wasn't until April 24th, that I got the shocking and most devastating news I've heard in a long time. My Smiley Pants had left us. When I heard, I couldn't even breathe from crying so hard. My head was hurting so bad and my eyes were drenched in tears. No longer would I be graced with that ever so loving smile on Facebook every day. No longer would I be able to tell Sluggo's Momma to give him kisses for me. No longer would my little Marley Mae have her Uncle Sluggo. For he was gone. I cried for over an hour and even into the night when I was going to bed about this boy. I was in such shock!

I couldn't even imagine how his Momma felt and what she was going through as I know that he was her heart and she loved him so very much. Losing a pet is exactly like losing a member of your family. They grow with you, they bond with you. They are with you through good times and bad. They cuddle with you, they hurt with you. And most of all, they love you without end! Even though Sluggo wasn't my dog, he occupied a space in my heart and I will never EVER forget him. He was such a good boy. A TRUE fighter til the end.
Sluggo my Smiley boy, I know you're up there right now playing your heart out and visiting with all your relatives, but just know that you are still so very much loved and missed more than anything. You brought so much joy into many lives especially your Momma who misses you more than words can express. I didn't want you to leave us, but I know that you had to and it was your time. I'm so happy that I got to see your face daily and I thank you for bringing me joy! I love you Mr. Smiley Pants. ALWAYS LOVED & NEVER FORGOTTEN!!!!! ♥♥

     This has always been my most favorite picture of Sluggo.
         A true Gentleman and lover boy at heart! ♥♥

♥RIP SLUGGO!!! Have fun up there handsome! ♥

Friday, May 17, 2013

BSL in LA?

Say NO to BSL in Los Angeles.

Posted by: N Gilbert

We need you to stand up for pit bulls in California!
Join Shorty Rossi and Hercules in a PEACEFUL Anti-BSL Rally this Monday 5/20/13

Monday, May 13, 2013

Rufus the Beagle: SAFE!

A happy ending for Rufus the Beagle!

Posted by: O Jefferson

It has been a long battle for Rufus, a beagle, and his family, following the dog's bite to a child, but that battle is now over reported Friday's Action News Jax.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

The ways of Mange

Mange - a small but can be deadly skin condition.

Posted by: N Gilbert

A lot of people I'm sure have seen images similar to the one below and wondered what exactly is wrong with the animal. Well, it is a VERY common skin condition called Mange or sometimes known as Canine Scabies. There are several types of Mange that a dog can get:

Monday, April 29, 2013

NYC to be sued for the death of beloved family pet

EXCLUSIVE: Couple whose dog was shot and killed by NYPD officer to sue the city

Posted by: N Gilbert

Patricia Ratz and Pat Guglielmo's pit bull, Baby Girl, died days after being shot in a park in Staten Island. Their lawsuit seeks unspecified damages and will be filed in Brooklyn Federal Court on Monday.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Rufus the Beagle: The Campaign Continues

Campaign continues to save pet beagle
Family uses Facebook rescue dog

Posted by: O Jefferson

Life has been a whirlwind for Rufus, the beagle mix who has become the talk of the nation.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Samurai the Warrior

Sammy - the Cocker Spaniel with a HUGE will to live!

Posted by: N Gilbert

New Jersey - Sammy is the abused Cocker Spaniel that was brought in by his owner in a garbage bag, severely abused, neglected and near death! The owner claimed he found the dog on the roadside! Sweet 13-year-old Sammy's remarkable recovery has captured our hearts.
Sammy's owners have been charged with multiple offenses and have hired an attorney and are pending hearings in both Ocean and Monmouth counties.
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