Seven Butchered Puppies... (check below for updates)

One of Seven

My name is, well, I guess I don't really have one yet. I am a 5 week old puppy with 6 brothers and sisters. Someone who did not care for us allowed our tails to be butchered and then left my mom, my siblings and I in the woods to die. Someone with a heart found us and turned us in to a shelter in Ohio. Unfortunately, the shelter did not have the resources to repair our tails so they pleaded with some of the rescue organizations in the surrounding areas to take us in and give us the help we desperately needed. It was sad when we found out that mom might get adopted and leave us behind. I guess no one wanted to adopt us because of the way our tails looked. Even though we are so cute and innocent, once people saw our back ends, they backed away.

When it appeared that no one in the Ohio area was going to save us, we got a call from NoVa Rottweiler Rescue located near Washington, DC. Finally we would be rescued. The rescue lady from NoVA Rottie Rescue arranged to get us on to a transport headed east and drove quite a few hours to pick us up. The Rescue Lady says we must go immediately to see Dr. Negola, she says there is not much time. We know something is not right, we hurt, and some of my brothers and sisters are having problems using the bathroom because they are so swollen.

We were so happy when NoVa rescued us and explained that although we have had a very rough start, we too will eventually be adopted like mom into loving forever homes with people that will not hurt us.

If anyone is interested in helping us, we sure do need some help with our vet bills. NoVa has volunteered to get me and my siblings fixed, if we are fixable that is, but this will be a long road to recovery. PLEASE help us.

We are very friendly and are thankful we are still alive. These are some pictures of our tails. We have been in a lot of pain and we hope this will soon be over. The vet will be working very hard to make this pain go away so anything you can spare would be very much appreciated.

Hurt Tail Raw Tail Exposed Bone at Tail
(Open wound at tip of tail)
(Raw & swollen - it hurts to potty)
(Exposed bone at end of tail)

Click on the pictures to see larger images...

Your financial help is tax deductible. You can send the money to our vet directly or to the NoVa Rottweiler Rescue:

Negola's Ark (Veterinary Clinic)
9401 Fields Road
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
(please indicate that your donation is for Nova Rottweiler Rescue)

or send to:

NoVa Rottweiler Rescue League, Inc.
PO Box 1777
Germantown, MD 20875


use can use Paypal on the NoVA Rottie Website:

Thank you in advance for helping us.

Updates & Status Reports on the 7 Puppies...

August 23, 2004 - Report from Dr. Negola is that all of the puppies have ear infections, conjunctivitis, tonsillitis, and coccidia. The blood work revealed that both white cells and red cells were at abnormal levels but Dr. Negola feels that after treatment for all of the infections he should see these cell counts return to normal. All of the males have an infection in the sheath of their penis and all of the females have vaginal infections. Dr. Negola says that the loose joints we noticed are an indication of poor nutrition and that the scraping analysis he did on the bald spots on two of the puppies indicate that they have been burned. The puppies with hideous tail docks will all undergo reconstructive surgery and will additionally have their dew claws removed. The puppies are being treated for all of these conditions and are currently staying with the vet until the surgeries are completed.

Heaven only knows why these poor puppies continue to give sweet kisses to us, they have got to be absolutely miserable. We will never understand how a human being can be so cruel to such innocents as these seven puppies.

August 24, 2004 (12:00 noon) - We went to check on the puppies around noon today... They are happy, lively little bundles of baby kisses! The puppies are definitely starting to feel so much better! I wanted so much to take them out and hug each one but it is just a little too soon. After having been through such a bad experience, they are still eagerly awaiting anyone to give them attention. I am hoping their tails will be fixed either this afternoon or tomorrow. I am so very grateful to Danny Negola and the wonderful staff of Negola's Ark for jumping right in to help save these babies. Without their help these puppies would never have made it.

August 24, 2004 (4:00 p.m.) - The vet just called and they were able to do the reconstruction of the puppy's tails today. He said it was a real mess, the infection had pockets of pus traveling backwards, inside the puppy's body so they had a lot of work to do to clean all those infected tails out. But the surgery was very successful and they are all doing well. They are responding well to the antibiotics he gave them to clear up some of the infections. So it looks like the road to recovery has begun! They will remain in the hospital for several more days since that nasty upper respiratory virus has somehow infected my own personal pets and now I have to get them well before the babies can come home. Boy, when they say that stuff is airborne, that is no joke! I must have brought it home by just being around the puppies for a short time! My own dogs all have current Bordetella and it has not made one bit of difference. They are really sick! My dogs just started antibiotics today so I have no idea how much longer this will take but I can not risk reinfecting the puppies, they are just not strong enough yet.

I am so grateful for the many many people that are helping these puppies, and the people that have contacted me just to see how I am holding up. I still have no idea what our vet bill will be as they may have to wait a little longer to come home. I'll keep you all updated.

August 26, 2004 (4:00 p.m.) - The puppies are doing very well and hopefully will be able to leave the hospital on Monday. If the puppies continue to progress they will be released from the hospital on Monday. The bill at this point is approximately $5000 and we do anticipate additional boarding fees. Thanks to the kind hearts of many people, we have received approximately $3000 in donations so far. I thought by now we would have raised enough funds to cover the vet bills, but we are still a bit short. Dr. Negola has already graciously given us a discount, but the rescue will have to cover the remaining bills. I can tell you after taking one look at these beautiful puppies, all of the heard work and the money needed to perform their surgeries will be worth it. These babies really needed A LOT of work to save them so it was a lot more expensive than we anticipated. Any additional help with these fees would be greatly appreciated.

August 30, 2004 - NoVa Rottweiler Rescue League would like to send a special thank you to Jeanie & Janet who spent several hours driving to meet us today and deliver a collection of food and supplies for the benefit of these puppies. These wonderful ladies delivered many bags of dog and puppy food, bowls, toys, shampoo, and other care supplies to help our organization get through what will prove to be a very challenging month of raising baby Rotties. We were overwelmed with your donation of food and supplies and want to thank you once again for spending your day on the road to get these items to us in our time of need.

August 30, 2004 (6:00 p.m.) - We picked up the puppies from Negola's Ark today and boy do they act a lot more lively and healthy now. They are energetic and seem to be recovering from infection and surgery quite well. We will watch them closely and continue their multiple doses of medication each day until next week when they will return to Negola's Ark for blood work and check-ups. We are so pleased with the job Dr. Danny Negola and his staff at Negola's Ark did with these seven puppies. He truly has a heart of gold and has graciously given NoVa a discount on the still increasing vet bill. We want to again thank the kind individuals that have sent donations to help with the care for these puppies. Although we are still about $2000 short of paying the bill in full, we are confident that many of you that visit this site will continue to contribute until the cost of savings these puppies is covered. For anyone still considering sending a tax deductible donation towards this cause, we would be happy to send you a receipt.

Before we left Negola's Ark today, we were able to catch a picture of Dr. Danny Negola holding one of the recovering puppies...Thanks again Dr. Negola!

Dr. Negola w/One of the Puppies

Nova Rottweiler Rescue would like to thank Danny Negola and the staff of Negola's Ark for their devotion to saving the lives of our dogs. They are truly dedicated, compassionate and above all the most skilled people we have ever had the pleasure of knowing. A very special thank you to Danny Negola himself for working with us on the seven five-week-old puppies. Without this wonderful team they would surely have all died.

August 31, 2004 (6:30 a.m.) - It is early in the morning and although many of you are still sleeping, I am up with the puppies and a bit upset. I brought all the puppies home last night from the vet, totally overjoyed at the progress they had made so far. But, this morning I am afraid we might lose the runt, a female that just will not eat or drink a thing. I am calling Dr. Negola first thing this morning for advice and I fear we may have to hospitalize this puppy again. I am also concerned that the balance of our vet bill is still quite large and to hospitalize her might be more money and counterproductive since sometimes the runt of a litter doesn't make it anyway, but I will let Dr. Negola decide. This baby girl made it this far, I don't know why she is giving up now.

One of the other puppies, a male, had to have a couple of stitches put in his tongue after a "midget puppy fight" with one of his litter mates at the vet earlier this week. He doesn't seem to want any liquid. I think he will eat again, since he was able to last night at dinner time. I have separated these two puppies into a crate together, away from the rest so the runt could have a chance at the food. I watched last night as the other puppies pushed her away so I felt that isolation would provide a better opportunity at the food dish. Despite this additional effort, she still will not eat. I am relieved that we have passed the incubation period for Parvo exposure so I am sure that is not causing the loss of appetite. The other puppies are eating like little machines!

I really don't want to lose any puppies in this litter, so if Dr. Negola agrees, the female runt and the male with the torn tongue will return to Negola's Ark today to be re-hospitalized.

We really do need more help with this vet bill. It is our sincere hope that rehospitalization will improve these two puppies, and we are going to do everything in our power to give them a fighting chance. We are now over the worst part but our finances are really suffering, and now emotionally, I am too.

August 31, 2004 (4:00 p.m.) - I returned from dropping the two puppies back off at Negola's Ark and found that I received a message from Channel 9 News! I spoke with the anchorwoman who will be interviewing the puppies and I tomorrow morning. They also plan to visit Negola's Ark and speak with Dr. Negola and his staff and commend them for the care and devotion that they have given to these puppies. Although I do not know when this story will air, I am glad that the public will have an opportunity to see these puppies and how the contributions of many of you have helped save them. I think it will send a strong message about irresponsible pet ownership and neglect. As harsh as some of our pictures may seem, it is a reality, and those that are disgusted by it and turn their heads away, might as well be the person ignoring it. These are the challenges that rescue organizations face each and every day. It is not glamourous or fun, but it is necessary. I hope that the rescue of these puppies educates people and prevents situations like this from hapening again.

I will post the information for Channel 9 news interview as soon as it is given to me. I hope many of you will get a chance to see it.

September 1, 2004 (5:00 p.m.) - The interview with Chanel 9 news will air this evening at 5:00 p.m. If you are unable to catch it live, the video footage can be watched online.

September 12, 2004 - It is with a heavy heart that NoVa Rottie Rescue must inform you that three of the seven rescued puppies did not make it. A memorial has been placed in their memory on our memorials page. The remaining four puppies have the following update for you...

Puppy No. 1 Puppy No. 1 Tail After Surgery Puppy No. 2 Puppy No. 2 Tail After Surgery
Puppy No. 1
No. 1 After Surgery
Puppy No. 2
No. 2 After Surgery
Puppy No. 3 Puppy No. 3 Tail After Surgery
Puppy No. 4
Puppy No. 4 Tail After Surgery
Puppy No. 3
No. 3 After Surgery
Puppy No. 4
No. 4 After Surgery

(Click on an image to see the larger view)

Hello everyone. There were originally 7 of us from Ohio but we are the 4 survivors out of the litter. Three of us are little girls and we have one little brother. We are healthier and we eat a lot better now, we even gained 4 pounds! We feel so much better thanks to all the love and care we have received since NoVa Rottweiler Rescue saved us. We got our first worming and DHLPP today. Our vet bill remains outstanding with so much money spent to save our lives. Please don't forget about us and the wonderful people that worked so hard to save our lives. Your tax deductible donations have really helped us A LOT but there is still an outstanding balance of about $2,000.00 due to ongoing checkups, bloodwork, and shots to make us well. Please, please consider helping with the balance of our bill, we really do need it. From our hearts to yours!

September 12, 2004 (5:00 p.m.) - We are now accepting applications for the surviving puppies. If you are interested, please fill out our online application. NoVa requires that an adult be home during the day to care for young puppies. These puppies will need a lot of attention and constant supervision for the first several months of their lives. Please state on your application if you are looking for a female or a male, or if you are undecided. After these puppies get a bit stronger and receive a few more vaccines, we will contact applicants for further discussion. Please allow for a few weeks before you receive a response.

September 13, 2004 (5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.) - Channel 9 News did an update on the surviving puppies and NoVa Rottweiler Rescue's urgent need for financial assistance.

September 21, 2004 - September 21st is a great day for the 4 remaining Ohio puppies. Today was a follow up veterinary appointment with Dr. Negola and he was extremely pleased at how much these puppies have grown and how healthy they are now. When we first rescued these babies, they only weighed about four pounds each and their future did not look bright. Today, these same puppies weighed between 11 and 12 pounds each! WOW! They are happy, healthy, and full of life!

We have found a home for the only surviving male and for one of the females. We have not decided on a home yet for the other two females. As with all puppy adoptions, NoVa Rottie Rescue requires an adult to be home during the day for potty training and one-on-one attention. If you are interested in applying for one of the remaining females, we encourage you to fill out our online application and be sure to answer all of the questions.

We would like to take this opportunity to let everyone know how very much we appreciate all the support you have given us. The financial assistance, supplies and auctionable items you have sent us have provided relief to these animals and our organization. All the toys, dogfood and the help with the vet bills have restored our faith and proven that everyone cares so deeply for these innocent puppies despite their rough start in life. We still have an outstanding balance at the vet, but with your support we have finally turned the corner! Please continue reading our updates and helping us in any way you can. The puppies owe their lives to everyone that has assisted us with this rescue!

October 3, 2004 - We are very excited to announce that our male puppy and one of the female puppies were adopted into their forever homes this weekend. We are so happy for them!

October 9, 2004 - Three of our four babies have now been adopted, you can view their success stories on our Success page. One beautiful female is still searching for a forever home. If you have an adult home during the day and the time and love to devote to this baby girl, please contact NoVA Rottie Rescue and fill out an adoption application.

January 2005 - Our last beautiful female, Kimberly has just been adopted by a family that adopted a NoVa Rottie last year. You may remember Yada, she is now sharing her forever home and her parents with Kimberly. Check out our Success page to see this happy family!