CBS 5, 12 News, ABC 15, & USA Today: Labrador Rescued from Local Animal Rescue

News Highlights:

  • In late November, AHS’ Emergency Animal Medical Technicians™ rescued a 4-year-old Labrador Retriever from a local animal rescue, where she was found to have Valley Fever and be severely neglected.
  • Baby spent some time receiving medical care in AHS’ Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital™ and has since been recovering in an AHS Foster Hero’s home.
  • She has a long road in front of her and her prognosis remains guarded. She is extremely fearful and shut down, but we are doing everything we can to help her.
  • This is an open and ongoing investigation with the Phoenix Police Department. We do ask that anyone with information, please contact them.
  • Our main focus, first and foremost, is Baby’s medical care, as well as assisting in the investigation in any way we can. We will continue to provide updates as they become available.

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Pet rescue owner accused of animal cruelty after horrific video surfaces

Jessica Boehm, The Arizona Republic | December 30, 2017

Photo: Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office

PHOENIX — The owner of an Arizona pet-rescue operation has been arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty, officials said.

Rebekah Fox-Laverty, owner of Mavyn Animal Rescue, was arrested following a gruesome video posted on social media earlier this month, Phoenix police confirmed.

The video posted in early December on a Facebook page shows a sick and emaciated yellow Labrador retriever. According to the Facebook post, the dog was taken from Mavyn Rescue to the Arizona Humane Society and another animal was rushed to an emergency veterinarian and had to be put down.

Arizona Humane Society spokeswoman Bretta Nelson confirmed the organization has been caring for the dog, named Baby, for the past several weeks.

“She’s a very sick girl but has put on some weight since she has been under our care,” Nelson said. “She has been transferred to an Arizona Humane Society foster hero home and continues being treated through the Arizona Humane Society’s trauma hospital.”