Berks rescue seeks ‘Justice for Sadie’ after puppies left for dead in grocery bag

Update: State Police charges woman with dog cruelty, false reports

Update: Unfortunately, Sadie’s infections kept reinfecting her despite all of the measures being taken. She was too thin and weak to fight off what was ravaging her poor little body. The only option was surgery, which the vets said putting her under anesthesia would be euthanasia. Keeping her alive would be inhumane.

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“We are absolutely wrecked over this. Sadie did not deserve this. No dog does. We thank you all for fighting along with us so hard. Please be patient with us as we all grieve this immense loss. We WILL find who did this to Sadie and her babies. We WILL get justice. We loved her every moment she was with us, and she knew love leaving this world. Thank you to her amazing vet team who loved and cared for her.”

Original post: A grocery bag of deceased puppies and an emaciated mother dog, fighting for her life, has prompted a Berks County rescue to seek the public’s help in finding justice.

On the evening of May 7th, Zoe’s House Rescue received a phone call from Berks Dog Search about a dog that was found on the side of a road by a good Samaritan in Leesport PA, unable to walk or stand. It was initially believed that she was hit by a car.

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After committing to taking in the dog under the rescue’s care, The Pit-mix – who is now being called Sadie – was immediately rushed to an emergency center. Upon examination, it was determined that instead of suffering an accident, Sadie was suffering from a Uterine Infection, Mastitis, and was Septic after recently delivering a litter of puppies.

Immediately, search efforts began at the location she was found to see if puppies were nearby. Shortly thereafter, a grocery bag was found tied up with her puppies inside, all deceased. Every minute is now critical as Sadie continues to fight for her life – unfortunately it is too late for her precious babies.

Zoe’s House is seeking the public’s help in an attempt to identify ownership of Sadie. She is believed to be a Pit-Mix that is brindle (black & tan) in coloring.

Sadie should be around 60 pounds, though she is currently only 30. The dog was located in Leesport on Bellman’s Church Road (near Tower Road) around approximately 8pm.

She is not microchipped and was wearing a Macrame collar. With her unique coloring and appearance, they are hoping someone is able to provide the rescue with information to help identify ownership, as Zoe’s House intends to seek justice, abuse and neglect charges against this poor animal & her babies that were thrown out like trash.

Berks Dog Search is a public service committed to reuniting dogs and their families in the Berks County area. Zoe’s House is a non- profit organization formed in 2012 that operates out of Sinking Spring, PA.

Zoe’s House and their 300+ volunteers are committed to rescuing dogs in need, with a special focus on saving Puppy Mill dogs, rehabilitating & rehoming dogs that have never felt the joys of human love, and taking on severe medical cases. Having saved over 3,000 dogs since inception, Zoe’s House takes in strays, owner surrenders, and dogs fighting for their life, like Sadie.

Zoe’s House is committed to providing the best medical care to Sadie through her recovery. As of Tuesday morning, May 9th, Sadie’s medical bill is estimated to be $8,000, likely to be hospitalized the remainder of the week.

Donations towards her hospital stay can be made in any of the following ways: Zoe’s House Website:, Venmo: ZoesHouseRescue or Checks: Zoe’s House Rescue Inc; P.O Box 2372; Reading, PA 19608

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