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Terrified German Shepherd at California Animal Control

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German shepherds are well-known for their intuitive nature and the dog in this photo seems to know that this Los Angeles County, Calif., animal control facility is not a safe place to be.

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Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 10:16 am
lovely like mine, I would have took him , is very pretty or poor dog my heart is broken thx:)

Liberty W (43)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 10:16 am
it looks dirty and nasty there to, poor baby wish I could get there I would take him, maybe put this poor fella on face book, so somebody can adopt him.

Sophia P (160)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 10:38 am
This gorgeous girl is in need of some help if she is to leave the facility alive. She is listed as a three-year-old dog, but there is no name, only her number, A4549512.

Sophia P (160)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 10:40 am
I just put the news on facebook, please forward far and wide...

Liberty W (43)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 10:42 am
Tweeted, fbooked, stumbleupon, sent. I called them to told them their housing for these animals look filthy. They would never allow a human child in such a room where the paint is coming off the walls as it is in that picture. They couldn't even respond with an answer!! place looks filthy!! Lets get this dog a home. Gawd I wish I could get her we aren't all that far from Cali, but to far for just a hop drive. =(

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 10:54 am
That is such a sad and awful image. Aside from this place resembling a dump this poor dog has most likely come from a terrible and abusive situation. Very difficult to look at but she's a beautiful young girl and hopefully she will catch the eye of a loving person to adopt her.

Henriette M (154)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 11:27 am
Her body language speaks volume & she is totally unsure of what has happened, or why she is in this place! She needs someone who will be understanding of her insecurity to overcome this situation. I forward to my friends. Thanks Sophia for posting her story! May God grant her a loving owner & home asap.

Ginger Geronimo (438)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 11:43 am
German shepherds are well-known for their intuitive nature and the dog in this photo seems to know that this Los Angeles County, Calif., animal control facility is not a safe place to be.

She is listed as a three-year-old dog, but there is no name, only her number, A4549512.

Unfortunately, there is no other information...nothing to tempt a would-be adopter or rescue to want this beautiful dog.

Nothing to indicate if she adores chasing after a tennis ball or prefers to fly after a Frisbee.

All that is truly known is that she is scared, confused and in need of assistance.


•Intake date 3/4/13
•Age 3 years
•Breed German shepherd
•ID# A4549512
•Shelter: 4275 N. Elton
Baldwin Park, CA 91706
(626) 962-3577

naomi cohen (55)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 11:48 am
noted, signed, shared. i pray she gets a forever home fast!

LaurenBackSoon Kozen (173)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 12:49 pm
Noted & Shared. Thanks for posting Sophia.

Darren W (218)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 1:03 pm
Sharing... someone have mercy and take in...

Phyllis P (251)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 1:08 pm
Poor, poor thing

Mary T (178)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 2:05 pm
Noted & Shared. Thanks for posting Sophia.

desanka s (416)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 2:25 pm
Nancy Dickerson Sanders /2 hours ago
I was just informed that Burbank pulled this girl this morning.
I hope this beautiful girl is safe!!!

Katka Oelmann (279)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 3:28 pm
Poor girl TY Sophia & Henriette

Eternal G (745)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 4:08 pm

Larry D Grazier (1362)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 5:10 pm

Sue McGuey (106)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 7:00 pm
Noted!~ Posted to Facebook!:(((((((((

Billie C (2)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 8:46 pm
poor thing is terrified. i hope she finds her forever home soon. she just wants to be safe and loved.

Laura H (964)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 8:51 pm
Noted and shared...
ANY updates?!?!!!!

Laura H (964)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 8:53 pm
The photo makes me cry; I wish to hell I could do more right now..

De D (96)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 9:04 pm
This is a heartbreaking image. I wish I could help her. Who did to this to her/him?

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 10:09 pm
Noted , thanks .

. (7)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 10:15 pm
Such a beautiful dog, I hope some one who has the time to help him, adopts him....soon!

Leslene Dunn (84)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 11:00 pm
Noted - utterly heartbreaking - if I was nearby i would take this poor beautiful animal in an instant. Please dear God, soften someones heart enough to give this animal a forever kind loving home. This photo is so upsetting.

Heather O (12)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 11:11 pm
If I wasn't on the East coast I would be there to save him tomorrow. Someone pls help this dog.

Maureen C (4)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 11:15 pm
Poor girl! You just want to take her out of there and hold her in a gentle hug, don't you?

I hope the Burbank that desanka s. said pulled her is a rescue organization.

paula eaton (30)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 12:04 am
Poor girl.i hope she finds a safe and loving home.

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 12:18 am
sadly noted

Caroline S (78)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 12:19 am
Heartbreaking picture.

Anne W (11)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 12:29 am
This is so so sad. The look in her eyes is haunting. If I was anywhere near I would get her out of there and with a foster family soonest. She looks like she needs a whole lot of loving - and now. Please someone take her home !

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 12:46 am
Sadly noted.

Marianne Forgo (9)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 1:18 am
Unfortunetly I live in France otherwise I would adopt her without any hesitation. Sorry for this beautyful big baby.

Giana P (398)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 1:19 am
Poor dog! So sad! I hope someone adopts her.

Liling O (60)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 1:28 am
Just one look at this poor doggie, and we know from her body language that she is very insecure and scared.
It is very clear that these officers at the animal control facility did tortured the dog in some unimaginable ways!

Kelly D (46)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 3:27 am
aww :( I want to adopt her, and love her x

Danuta W (1248)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 3:41 am

SANDRA R (144)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 4:12 am
Noted and shared. Thank you Sophia.

. (0)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 5:00 am
His expression, its tail between its legs and the look in his eyes is really awful.
My greatest wish for him/her
Noted - thank you Sophia

Joy Wong (103)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 5:32 am
Poor thing .... she really looks so terrified.

Phillip A (116)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 6:28 am
Hope that forever home is found for this beautiful creature ASAP. Tragic to see her looking so confused and frightened!!

Ruth C (87)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 6:33 am
German shepherds are great dogs, please someone give this beautiful girl a chance, you will not regret it!

divergent r (309)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 7:13 am
Noted. A beautiful gsd like this runs upward of two thousand dollars in some places.
For free there should be a waiting list.
I know some gsd lovers....has Ellen seen this yet?

Veronique L (209)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 8:02 am
Noted Sophia

End CrueltyDeb W (149)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 9:17 am
I pray for this dog and countless others in the same situation.

. (0)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 10:04 am
Noted. Poor baby she looks terrified. No living creature should be that scared. I hope she finds a forever home really soon.

. (0)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 10:08 am
I could cry looking at that poor face. No animals should have to be so terrified and alone. I pray that someone adopts this sweetie and gives him a home where he is loved and cared for forever. Pls keep us posted. Thanks Sophia and Desanka for the fwd

Alice C (1797)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 10:19 am
Shared on facebook. I hope she finds someone soon. I can't take in any more animals because I have 5 rescued animals here at the farm now.

Lisa N (206)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 10:19 am
Hopes & prayers for this sweet girl, that someone will adopt her. Shared on FB, thanks for posting Sophia & Toni for the forward.

Thursday March 14, 2013, 10:50 am
Noted and tweeted, hoping for a quick adoption.

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 10:53 am
Wish I could.

Connie O (44)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 10:57 am
poor dog...I would gladly take her if I could.

Michele Wilkinson (106)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 11:01 am
Poor little girl.
I pray she soon finds a loving forever home.

Constance F (418)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 11:52 am
thank you, shared and sent to contacts in LA.

Ruth M (235)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 11:58 am
She's in a dreadful state - noted

Lisa N (206)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 12:07 pm
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Thursday March 14, 2013, 12:18 pm
Susan Karbe wrote this comment: Pulled by Coastal German Shepherd Rescue!
Freedom picture...

Jennifer V (341)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 12:23 pm
o the poor baby

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 12:48 pm
This is heartbreaking. These dogs are such loving family dogs. I pray someone adopts him very, very soon.

Gene J (290)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 1:13 pm
That poor thing. I was raised by a shepherd from age 8 to 26, he was the pup for a year but then he took over the adult stuff. They are great animals, great with kids, so loving, so brave. Something terrible has happened to this beautiful girl, or she is a cross because they are not so timid, cross breeds that look like shepherds can be timid, but also dangerous as they'll bite out of fear, they need special loving handling and they'll be fine, but should not be around little ones who they don't know. She is just so heart breakingly sad, I hope someone loves her, soon.

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 1:22 pm
Too sad.

Pamela W (75)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 1:24 pm
Noted ! Toni A said "I could cry looking at that poor face" ...... Well I am crying !! When I had dogs, they were always GSDs and this photo is going to haunt me for a long time ..... I dread to imagine what she has been through to have that look in her eyes (she is terrified) !!!!! I pray someone will come to her aid VERY soon !!

Magdika Cecilia Perez (131)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 1:50 pm
thank you

Magdika Cecilia Perez (131)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 1:50 pm
thank you

Beth M (138)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 1:58 pm
German Shepherds are wonderful dogs and should NEVER be in a kill shelter!

Elaine Al Meqdad (283)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 2:10 pm
Noted! Please God let someone adopt this precious animal, watch over him and protect him you can see the terror in his eyes! Come on Californians, lets get this dog out of this hell hole ...I know you can all pull your resources!!!

michelle m (41)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 2:14 pm
Does someone have an update?

Spooky Cat (403)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 2:15 pm
Poor baby... yes, an update would be good

Spooky Cat (403)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 2:18 pm
She is no longer at the facility. It states either BOF or EOF. :-(

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 2:25 pm
So sad.

Thomas P (280)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 3:48 pm
Noted...I pray she gets the help and love she needs.

Irine L (0)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 3:53 pm
poor scared doggy...hope she was saved!

Sandra ;atterson (59)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 4:01 pm
signed lastnight,noted and shared

Liz NO FWDS G (69)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 5:52 pm
Noted and praying she will be found a loving home,such a sad looking dog.Thank you Sophia.Liz Xx

Mary R (281)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 6:21 pm

Sarah G (109)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 6:52 pm
Poor dog! What a beauty she is.

iveta NoFwdsPls c (41)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 7:26 pm
Omg poor girl she looks so sad i feel like i am going to cry , She look like my GSD Sasha i love german shepherds . I wish to take her home with me i hope she is safe , poor baby she need lovely home asap . She was probably abused she looks to me she is very scared :(:( Thanks Sophia

greenplanet e (155)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 7:45 pm
Oh poor pooch.

Aaron Bouchard (158)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 7:46 pm
Aww :( noted thanks

iveta NoFwdsPls c (41)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 7:48 pm
Any good news about this poor girl ????

iveta NoFwdsPls c (41)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 7:50 pm
I am praying for good news

iveta NoFwdsPls c (41)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 7:56 pm
Omg i can't stop thinking about this poor girl till i will hear good news she is safe and adopted to lovely home . My tears are rolling down for her :( . Very sad picture :((((

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 8:38 pm
Noted. My favourite breed is the German Shepherd. She looks to be in pretty good shape, but very scared.

Julia R (295)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 10:09 pm
Heartbreaking! Such a beautiful dog and looks so intelligent! Does anyone know of a German Shepherd rescue that would take her! How about contacting some rescue groups which specialize in this breed in Los Angeles County?

James Merit (144)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 10:46 pm
Wow, heartwrenching!! This gorgeous extremely traumatized baby needs TLC ASAP!! Bless her and hoping with her story getting out, she will get help and be adopted-rescued by loving caring people!!

Lisa Z (168)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 11:15 pm
Oh poor baby!!! Shared on my FB page.

Genoveva M (328)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 11:20 pm
***************Pulled by Coastal German Shepherd Rescue!*************
I just read this in the article comments.
So she is safe. Kay in the comments here providing link of the picture when she is in the car ready to go home. The adopter, Gary Ballantyne
Thanks for sharing. Noted

Genoveva M (328)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 11:23 pm
PS. Her new name is Amari :)

Heidi Aubrey (16)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 11:30 pm
What does bof or eof mean Spooky Cat ?

Marcel E (346)
Friday March 15, 2013, 2:01 am
Noted. Thank you

Cinzia Palamara (28)
Friday March 15, 2013, 2:52 am
Poor dog: it' terrible to see her so scared...Thank you for sharing Sophia

MarietteAWAY G (175)
Friday March 15, 2013, 2:56 am
Noted and shared. Thanks Sophia and Toni!

iveta NoFwdsPls c (41)
Friday March 15, 2013, 5:32 am
Thanks for good news Genoveva I am very happy she was rescued , poor girl . Good luck in new home Amari :) Hopefully she is in proper care . If I will live up there I won't even think about that to adopt her she will be great company for my gsd Sasha she is 2 1/2 years old .

Sam E M (0)
Friday March 15, 2013, 6:23 am
I hope a family with a big garden and perhaps other dogs adopts her and gives her lots of the tender loving care she deserves. Be nice to see a new picture of Amari in her new home in a few months time. Bless her. German shepherds are wonderful, affectionate, loyal dogs and so very beautiful. Good luck, Amari. :)

Past Member (0)
Friday March 15, 2013, 6:55 am
No more suffering, please

Sandi C (98)
Friday March 15, 2013, 9:27 am
poor baby, the stateneeds to inspect this place and shut it down.

María Barbosa (14)
Friday March 15, 2013, 3:51 pm
poor baby :(

Laura H (964)
Friday March 15, 2013, 5:20 pm
I am SO HAPPY!!!
We LOVE you Amari!!! :)
Many blessings to you Gary!

Elaine Al Meqdad (283)
Friday March 15, 2013, 5:47 pm

Elizabeth Fuller (134)
Friday March 15, 2013, 6:02 pm
Gary Ballantyne and Amari, may your lives be more complete and blessed, Gary...thank you from the bottom, top and sides of my heart, you are a godsend. Sending good karma to you and yours :)

iveta NoFwdsPls c (41)
Friday March 15, 2013, 8:43 pm
Thank you Gary for rescuing this beautiful girl you are amazing I wish to see happy picture of Amari :) . That sad picture of her makes me cry :( . Thanks

Heidi Aubrey (16)
Friday March 15, 2013, 9:12 pm
I am so happy she was adopted. I hope Gary Ballantyne is a patient and nurturing person.

James Merit (144)
Friday March 15, 2013, 10:00 pm
WooHooo!! Bless Gary Ballantyne and Amari in her new home. I'll not forget the horror in her eyes for a long while, so I'd love to see new pics of her but dont do Facebook... Most important Amari is outa there, wanted, and living in a new home, Yea!!!!

Sophia P (160)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 2:14 am
Here is the examiner update guys, anyone wishing to help with Amari's veterinary exrenses there is a link in the update


Vesna Poznanovic (49)
Monday March 25, 2013, 3:32 pm
So sad.

Sophia P (160)
Monday March 25, 2013, 4:14 pm
On Wednesday, Coastal German Shepherd Rescue pulled the terrified German shepherd from the Baldwin Park Animal Care and Control facility in California.

The dog, now known as "Amari," was clearly scared and confused at the facility, but today, she is safe and being cared for.

Her rescuers have discovered that Amari suffers from a debilitating, painful condition known as Perianal Fistulas.

Unfortunately, German shepherds are known to be prone to this condition.

Coastal German Shepherd Rescue is committed to getting Amari the veterinary help that she needs to help her recover from this disease. Anyone interested in contributing towards Amari's care can click here to make a donation to the rescue organization.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to network on Amari's behalf.

Sophia P (160)
Monday March 25, 2013, 4:18 pm

Anne W (11)
Wednesday March 27, 2013, 12:12 am
I am so glad she has been rescued. I wish her a happy life free of suffering. Thanks to all who have helped her and all who are going to help her in the future. Big kiss to you, Amari.

Sally Jay (63)
Wednesday March 27, 2013, 5:07 am
OMG that poor darling dog - how cruel are some people

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 28, 2013, 4:34 am
God Bless you Gary for stepping up to rescue her:) all the best to you both
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