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The Corridor Diaries

Animals  (tags: starving, dumped dogs, abandoned dogs, pregnant, wounded, sick, diseased, cruelty )

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The dog-fighting aspect of this story was reported on at Care 2. The massive dumping and suffering of dogs and what you can do to help has not. One rescuer is trying to save dogs. Read Deborah's diary on this Corridor of Death. Can you help?


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Sue L (135)
Monday February 9, 2009, 12:01 pm
Deborah has a fundable where she is trying to collects funds. Although she runs a rescue she is doing this as a separate porject. She initiallyset the goal at $600 which was just to help a few dogs. The fundable is still open and as you can see, $600 is a drop in the bucket considering the crisis proportion of this problem. Please continue to dontate:

Sue L (135)
Monday February 9, 2009, 12:23 pm
This is an update from Deborah I received today. Some of it may be a little repetative but I didn't edit.

----- Forwarded Message ----
From: Deborah
Sent: Thursday, February 5, 2009 3:06:43 PM
Subject: Houston, TX: UPDATE #9 Corridor of Cruelty and Neglect - I/59 & Little York


As some of you know, the Corridor of Cruelty finally made it into the news. On January 26, Crime Stoppers of Houston launched its anti-dog fighting campaign. The press conference was held at a Corridor “dumping site” and was covered by all the local TV stations and an article was also in the Chronicle and others were online. Hopefully, the campaign will be a success, and the Corridor will continue to get more press coverage and through public outcry force the city government and others to bring about change in the area.

Your continued donations of time and energy and ideas are continuing to SAVE LIVES in the Corridor.

In less than 6 months, we have rescued nearly 50 animals from the Corridor.

46 dogs and puppies have been saved since August 15, 2008.

Everyone who has had anything to do with that - PLEASE PAT YOURSELF ON THE BACK.


It doesn’t matter that others may think we are not making a difference, that there are only going to be more and more animals to save, that maybe we ought to just let animal control get them all, that what we do is just a temporary fix and helps only a few…… Maybe those folks should take a drive out there and start tracking some of these dogs, start following them and watching their struggle to survive. Maybe some of those folks should go out there and try holding one of their broken bodies, or maybe try chasing down a scared puppy, or maybe feed a hungry belly. Maybe those folks should go out there and maybe they would see what we see…… eyes that implore us to help, spirits so broken they can only stare into space, bodies so ravaged they are numb to the cold and damp. No, we can’t and won't look the other way - we will continue to help them one by one.

KNOW that we ARE making a difference - TOGETHER!!!


* * * Jan 15 to Feb 5, 2009 * * *



This poor momma dog has had it rough. We rescued her 3 babies from under a house last week, and the next day she gets thrown in jail. She is NOW QUARANTINED AT BARC because someone out there that knows nothing says she bit someone. Her ONLY hope is RESCUE. Can someone take her? A $300 donation is available towards her medical.

Little ones in the Corridor need help too!

This girl was spotted eating a dead dog off of Little York. We know where she belongs but don't want her to go back there....can anyone help her?

Fluffy dog at the Fiesta, I-59 and Orlando (just south of Little York)


- SNAP in the Corridor Feb 23 - NEED volunteers to distribute flyers.

- Crime Stoppers press conference news links

- Volunteers STILL needed to help refill 10+ feeding stations in the Corridor.

- Link to Corridor Fundable fundraising

- Special thanks to VICTORIA in California for raising $2000+ for the Corridor dogs' medical expenses.


(There are several ways to contribute to the veterinary care of Corridor dogs - please contact me for details.)

Please feel free to forward this message ! ! !

For the animals,

Deborah Hoffman

Corridor Rescue ( )

----- Forwarded Message ----
From: Deborah
Sent: Tuesday, August 26, 2008 11:42:17 AM
Subject: Houston, TX: Corridor of Cruelty and Neglect - I/59 & Little York

If I did not send out this email, I just couldn’t live with myself…….I have to try and get them help……Please forward this message.

There is an area of town just east of I-59 off Little York. Its about a quarter mile strip of road that I call the Corridor of Cruelty and Neglect… can veer off to the left or right at any point and find much of the same EVERYWHERE – pain and suffering. It is overwhelming and hard to leave the area without tears in one’s eyes. I’m writing this email in hopes that a few or alot, or even one person will go to this area and rescue a stray dog. There are many and they are always there. You will find mixes and purebreeds of all kinds: boxers, labs, shepherds, pitbulls, bull dogs, rottweilers, dalmatians – mostly larger dogs. But you’ll also find small ones and plenty of puppies too. Some have mange, some have broken bones, and some are pregnant. Some are emaciated and ALL ARE HUNGRY. Some will come right up to you and some will run the other way. They live in wooded areas and travel through the ditches and across busy intersections. They get hit by cars and keep on going…..they scrounge in the few parking lots there are for food scraps. They don’t want to live like this. They are scared and lonely. They want to be saved and have a home.

If you drive down Little York east from I-59, you’ll come to a railroad track. Hang around there for an hour and you will find someone to rescue. If not (for some unusual reason), proceed further east on Little York and stick around the Auto Zone for an hour or so. Or start off on Langley – the street that runs beside the Home Depot just off the I-59 feeder and south of Little York. The undeveloped streets off of Langley are a favorite dumping ground for the people in this area. Here they throw away trash and animals on a regular basis. If you are the least bit patient, you won’t drive away empty-handed.

I’m BEGGING for help for these animals. Apparently the dividing line for the county and city Animal Controls is Little York and I wonder if that means that sometimes these poor lost souls don’t even have the chance to be euthanized and put out of their misery. I live across town. I don’t want to go out there but I do. I have rescued 7 dogs over the past one and a half years from this area. I know that’s not many but if another person, and another, and another can just go in and get one more out and safe…..its one less in that area adding to the ever growing desperate and suffering population there.

So if you are a rescue group that can “squeeze just one more in”, or if you are that co-worker that’s been wanting to help a homeless dog, or if you are the independent rescuer that just had a few successful adoptions and can take on another, or if you are that pet owner whose loved one just passed on and you need a new friend, or if you are a Good Samaritan that needs a good deed to do, or if you are a person with influence that can figure out a way this city can solve this HORRIBLE problem……please go by and see my friends….your friends that need you……

I’ve attached photos of 4 dogs that have gotten “out of this hell” in the past week. Let’s make that number 40 or 400 – it can be done. I wouldn’t be sending this out if I didn’t believe that. I know more has to be done and that rescuing these animals is just applying a bandaid on the problem. I know that the answer lies in the passage of spay/neuter and other laws. I know our Mayor and city officials have to get involved if places like this will ever get cleaned up. If you drive through this neighborhood….everywhere you turn are sad and neglected dogs in backyards chained to posts, to trees, to sheds, to fences. It is the most HEARTBREAKING THING I know of right now……….While I was out there this past Saturday and Sunday looking to rescue a momma-to-be and others… 12 year old daughter was beside me. She summed it up well when she turned to me with pain and tears in her eyes and said….”Momma, the SPCA needs to be called on this whole neighborhood………” Yes dear, yes it does………

There is also a map attached.

Thank you,



Sue L (135)
Monday February 9, 2009, 12:28 pm
What we need is to get the word out that fosters and other rescue groups are needed. The dogs can be transported and that can be arranged. Even individuals who are willing to go in and save a dog are needed even if to rehab and try to find a placement with a rescue later. This is like something you would see in a third world country, not the United States. It is massive suffering that is going to continue unless something is done. You may have seen some of the articles on Care 2 about BARC. They are terrible and Deborah doesn't really want a sweep of the area. They have killed several animals with botched spays and their only good vet was recently fired.

Sue L (135)
Monday February 9, 2009, 1:14 pm
If you are on Care 2 and you are in this area please contact Deborah. She has the feeding stations that she needs help with. This is going to take many people making an effort.

Sue L (135)
Monday February 9, 2009, 1:22 pm

There is an area off of Little York and 59 in Houston, that is a dumping ground for unwanted pets. It is named "Corridor of Cruelty and Neglect" because of the grossly inhumane conditions these animals are living in. They are injured, pregnant, sick, scared, and starving. They are being hit by cars daily, dying of diseases, injuries and infection. ---Dogs are eating the carcasses of other dogs.--- Its horrid. They don't want to live like this. Please help us to keep it up! Deborah has rescues nearly 50 rescued since august! We have rescued 9 in the last two weeks alone!

We are committed to getting them off of the streets, and spread the word about s/n to the residents. Would you believe some do not know you can even do that?? We are running out of fosters for them, and running out of donations/money to vet them. We are out there right now using every penny and every bit of energy we have to get them out of there.

Here is a news link about these poor guys.

They are not all fighting dogs! Some are Chihuahua mixes, lots of beagle mixes and lab mixes, GSDs, and pit mixes, even PUPPIES. Just this past week 5 puppies from two separate roads were recovered. Three came from under a construction site, living on nails and glass. Destined to live the life their parents are living. There is an emaciated brindle boxer, a pregnant border collie mix out there. We want them off the streets, they do not deserve this agony.

Anyway, if we reach the goal, that will cover a few corridor dogs medical expenses, and board a couple that do not yet have fosters!

If you do not wish to donate, but can help in ANY other way, please email me at, and I will get you connected with the coordinator, Deborah. Anything is greatly appreciated! We really, really need some help!

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Nancy M (185)
Monday February 9, 2009, 1:27 pm
I am so saddened about this. I live in northeast Texas. I will get the word out as much as I can. Those poor babies.

Raffi LidoRoiz (301)
Monday February 9, 2009, 2:05 pm
I've got your note Sue and will forward it out-also put out feelers to the fostering groups here-I don't work with dogs just cats but there is a group here in the Twin Cities that may be able to do something or pass it on to another closer to that area.

Sue L (135)
Monday February 9, 2009, 2:12 pm
They are finally getting in there to this low income area with the mobile spay neuter clinics. The first of 4 SNAP (Spay Neuter Assistance Program) clinics is on Feb 23 - it is primarily for the area residents to attend but Deborah hopes to find fosters for 1 or 2 more and rescue them the weekend before the clinic.

Sue L (135)
Monday February 9, 2009, 2:33 pm
I know Wolf. I got a really sweet note from a little girl that is trying to help Deborah. She said she actually gagged when she saw one dog so horribly covered in wounds and sores!

Elm Morrison (357)
Tuesday February 10, 2009, 8:41 am
Eeesh, Care2 just threw my comment away!@#$$

The gist of my comment is to ask Deborah to contact the tattooed bikers in NY via their website (lots of contact details there). Bikers know bikers and they can help spread the word. This is a horrible mess - very much like the townships here in South Africa.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 11, 2009, 3:05 am
Noted and forwarded. Thanks Sue.

wiz wi (7)
Wednesday February 11, 2009, 4:57 am
there to much fighting in this world only evil monsters harm or kill
let there be peace every where it would be a better world we live in

De L (321)
Wednesday February 11, 2009, 5:59 am
I feel so bad for these dogs. I will send Deborah an email - see if I could maybe do a fundraiser for her through my products. I am sick and tired of seeing just how much animal abuse goes on - I would like to see these bastards all in jail - before a judge who would finally get out from behind the desk and actually do something!!! I would foster some of these poor babies if I were closer.

Anja M (81)
Wednesday February 11, 2009, 6:07 am
Wish I could do more Sue. I am just too far away. This story makes me feel helpless and sad. Like most of the time.....

Joan for Peace (413)
Wednesday February 11, 2009, 12:20 pm
wish i lived close enough to help. i will spread the word . thanks for letting us know what is going on in the world

Wendy M (43)
Wednesday February 11, 2009, 5:35 pm
Please don't feel helpless and sad Anja M.! Take heart that there ARE people out there like Deborah, and you too, that can make a difference for animals. Here is a quote that reminds me of Deborah, and others like her:

"I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let whet I cannot do interfere with what I can do."
-Edward Everett Hale

Bless you Deborah, for all you do for these poor suffering animals, and all who help and support your cause!

-Wendy M.

Sue L (135)
Wednesday February 11, 2009, 10:08 pm
One way or another I am not giving up! I want something done to help these animals. My latest letter to Rescue Ink:

Dear Deborah,

We are trying and have not given up. I will keep emailing anyone I think can help or will listen.


Sue Little
Care 2 Member

From: Littlestltt
Sent: 2/11/2009 11:53:11 P.M. Central Standard Time
Subj: The Corridor of Cruelty - Houston, Texas

Dear Rescue Ink,

At Care 2 there have been two articles posted on the dogs living in this area which a Houston woman named Deborah Hoffman has been trying to save. The Corridor is literally off a freeway and has become a dumping place for dead and wounded fighting dogs. It is also a place where people have dumped and abandoned their pets. It is a place of unimaginable suffering that has been allowed to get completely out of control. I did a story on Deborah's "Corridor Diaries" where she describes this in heart-wrenching detail. Then a day later a second article was posted by another member about this wonderful woman Deborah that is trying to save these dogs.

The District Attorney has finally launched an investigation into the dog-fighting and has partnered with Crime Stoppers to post a reward for those involved in this activity. Animal Control or BARC as it is known has massive problems of its own. They just fired their only good vet who reported abuse and several botched spays at the facility. Deborah does not want a sweep of the area and she has told me that Houston SPCA does not pick up strays although they do conduct cruelty investigations. She states that they are also a kill shelter.

The dogs find themselves in a chasm somewhere between the City of Houston and the County of Harris and it seems that each is looking the other way at the moment. Deborah is a rescuer with her own rescue but is doing this as a separate project. She has rescued over 50 since August. According to Deborah, they are starving, scared, wounded, diseased, pregnant and many have mange. Puppies are being hit by cars on the freeway and living on glass and nails. It is like something that you see in a third world country not a city of almost 4 million people. It is an outrage. Finally, this made it into the news mostly due to Deborah's efforts but not near enough is being done. SNAP, a mobile spay neuter has planned 4 days in February for low-income residents near the area. She has also set up ten feeding stations and has asked, and I believe gotten some help to man the stations.

I first saw the story through a fundable that was posted on Care 2 where Deborah has collected about $1,340 for medical expenses for a couple of the dogs. She has run out of places to foster them or rescues to take them. She has emailed till she is blue in the face trying to get these animals into some kind of home and treated medically if needed.

I will post both of these articles at the end of this email. Please read the story and the comments section to "The Corridor Diaries" as it gives the latest update in the comments section. It also gives the URL for the fundable.The second article shows a map of the area.

It is getting warm in Texas. Those that have managed to avoid heartworm, if any, will soon be infected. Parvo tends to be rampant in the spring and summer in Texas. This is Houston and the climate is similar to what you saw with Hurricane Katrina. Miserably hot and humid! There is also a wooded area near there and I can only imagine the fleas and ticks. These dogs are haunting Deborah. They are haunting a sweet little girl from Louisiana named Courtney who is trying to help Deborah trap some of the dogs. Now, they are haunting me. Deborah cannot trap any more dogs as there is just nowhere for them to go.

One way or another something has to be done. I also would like to see as many of these owner dumped dogs get into rescue but the agony cannot continue.

Is there any way Rescue Ink could help in this situation to get the word out and help find some homes, foster homes, or rescues that would contact and work with Deborah. I do not know. I am asking. Please read her diaries and look at the pictures.

Deborah's email

Thank you so much for your consideration.

Sue Little
Care 2 Member
Winona, Texas

Sue L (135)
Wednesday February 11, 2009, 10:30 pm
As you can see Eureka, your advice was taken by me. I went ahead and wrote to Rescue Ink and listed this article and Natalie B.'s,"Houston Woman Cares for Abandoned and Abused Dogs." I do not know if they will take anything second-hand from me but I felt I had a lot of the pertinent details at these two articles and gave them Deborah's email address. We will just have to see if they respond.

Sue L (135)
Wednesday February 11, 2009, 10:38 pm
If this were some small rural town in Texas I might could understand how this could happen but not in a huge city like Houston. Where is the outrage. With almost 4 million people, you would think animal lovers would be coming out in droves to protest or help. I just DON'T understand how this could get so out of control and NO ONE CARES!

Sue L (135)
Thursday February 12, 2009, 12:31 pm
Letter to Care 2 Members from Deborah:

Dear Sue,

I am DEEPLY moved by your effort and the outpouring of caring and concern from the Care 2 Community. I am in tears right now reading over all the comments. Please tell those that feel helpless, not to, because the truth is - their encouragement HELPS me do more for these abandoned and lost souls of the Corridor. I REALLY need that support to keep going - its as important to me as the warm bodies that show up there to help and the donations that come in for medical care.
God bless Courtney for getting the word out to you about the Corridor!

Just fyi, the fundable site has been completed but we'll be doing another in the near future. I need to raise funds for Gretchen who I trapped 2 weeks ago in the Corridor. She will need surgery for a dislocated hip that she has had for a long time....poor baby has been in great pain. Also, she will need to undergo heartworm treatment, and have 2 entropian eyelids corrected. She needs to be spayed and depending on the success level of the hip surgery, she may or may not need surgery for a luxating patella. She also is suffering from a bad case of demodectic mange. BUT, I have FANTASTIC news - she is in a wonderful foster home!!!! I delivered her on Sunday and, boy oh boy, what a funny character she is! She is just adorable and is feeling so much better. I'm attaching pictures of her before rescue, after rescue, and in her new foster home. Just look at the amazing transformation in 2 short weeks..... btw, her new name is Bico :) and she is learning French!

For the animals,
Deborah Hoffman
Corridor Rescue

Sue L (135)
Thursday February 12, 2009, 12:33 pm
She also sent pictures of Bico which I haven't figured out how to upload. I will try to forward to someone who is computer literate which as you all know I am not and will post so you can see the condition she was in when rescued.

Monika D (104)
Sunday February 15, 2009, 9:31 am
reading this dairy is so much pain and hard to no to things like that can overwhelming how much animals much go through because human are irresponsible.....

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 15, 2009, 9:41 am
Noted and Forwarded

Black Cat (103)
Sunday February 15, 2009, 10:00 am
All dogs want is a loving forever home.They should not have to go throw life with pain and being dumped some where,Some people have no heart at all.

Morgan Griffith (225)
Sunday February 15, 2009, 10:13 am
I read in horror, this is beyond my comprehension that "people" can do this to an animal and just walk away and never look back.

Elm Morrison (357)
Sunday February 15, 2009, 11:05 am
Sue, thank you so much for everything you are doing to broadcast Deborah's plea for help.

wiz wi (7)
Monday February 16, 2009, 4:34 am
why are there so many evil monsters murders in this world this have got to stop try picking on someone your own side email me for a show down/fight

polly parrot (172)
Monday February 16, 2009, 5:56 am
Saddened beyond words!

Elaine R (132)
Monday February 16, 2009, 9:00 am

Kasia Rybak (16)
Wednesday February 18, 2009, 12:13 pm
Its so sad.

Wanda P (8)
Monday March 9, 2009, 2:07 pm
Somehow I missed this, I wrote a letter to the mayor of this town. Sometimes if they know the world is watching, they try to be more helpful.
I hope it pushes buttons.
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