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New Sketch In Brooklyn Sex Assaults Case

4:39 p.m. EDT, October 13, 2011

Thursday afternoon, Police released a new sketch of a suspect wanted for sexual assault.

Police say the guy groped the breast of a young woman near Vanderbilt Street in Winsor Terrace on Sunday
According to an eye-witness, he was wearing a shirt similar to the one pictured in this story and he has a distinctive mole on his neck.

As police try to catch their guy or guys responsible for nearly a dozen attacks throughout Brooklyn, women grow more and more worried.

Park Slope Resident Heather Brown said, "I don't want to be attacked it's my worst nightmare.

That is why some citizens are taking matters into their own hands - or paws rather.

Meet Odin and Monsoor, two mastiff mixes that weigh a total of 350 pounds.

They are rescue
dogs that belong to Charles Henderson, the director of an animal rescue. Henderson is hoping he and his mastiffs can make the neighborhood safer.

"We are going to the subways, we are meeting the women at the subways, we are walking them back to their homes," explained Henderson of a brand new program called K9Watch that is in response to all of the unsolved sex crimes.

"I'm stepping up and doing something about it in my community," said Henderson. It is not because he feels the police are not doing enough, Henderson added, "The police are doing wonderful but the more people who can help the better."

Resident Hope Russo loves the idea, "People especially in New York would freak out at the idea of someone saying hey can I walk you home? But if they have two big dogs with them and explain what they do, then it's a great idea."

K9Watch just started within the past week. Once it gets off the ground, each participating dog will have an identifying bandana.

You can find the owners with their dogs at various subways throughout the Park Slope/Winsor Terrace area after dark offering a FREE escort home.

Hurricane Sandy Has Charles Henderson Animal Rescue Working Overtime

posted Jan 29, 2013, 10:06 PM by Charles Henderson

News 12 Brooklyn

Stranded Brooklyn animals in need of good homes

Published: November 8, 2012 3:56 PM

BROOKLYN - Sandy left many animals throughout Brooklyn without a home. Shelters around the borough are hard at work trying to reunite lost pets with their owners or find them a safe home. Workers at the Charles Henderson Shelter in Windsor Terrace say they are receiving about 20 calls a day about dogs and cats found by volunteers. Dr. Kenneth Humphreys, a veterinarian at One Love Animal Hospital in Boerum Hill, says it is likely that there are more pets out there still trying to find shelter. The ASPCA has an entire Facebook page dedicated to Sandy relief.

News 12 Brooklyn: Rescued pit bulls in need.....

posted Jan 29, 2013, 7:34 PM by Charles Henderson   [ updated Jan 29, 2013, 9:29 PM ]

......of a loving home

News 12 Brooklyn
Published: September 5, 2012 10:34 AM

BROOKLYN - A group of pit bulls rescued by police from a dog fighting operation in The Bronx now have a temporary home in Brooklyn while they wait to be adopted.

Three of the more than 50 dogs that were seized back in June are being cared for at Charles Henderson Animal Rescue in Park Slope after going through an extensive rehabilitation process with the ASPCA.

Henderson is urging all dog lovers to consider one of the pups.
He says he hopes to get two more rescues from the ASPCA by the end of the week.
Suspect accused of breeding dogs for dog fighting appears in court.
Building super faces felony charges for illegal pit bull ring.

Bronx Dog Fighting Victims Get Second Chance

posted Jan 29, 2013, 7:23 PM by Charles Henderson

Happy Pit BullIn June, we told you about a dog fighting bust the ASPCA and New York Police Department conducted in the Bronx. Today, we’re happy to share some good news:
26 of the dogs have found placements with rescue groups, and another seven of them have placements in the works! We’re hoping continued rehabilitation and forever homes are just around the corner.

Partners that have embraced these canine survivors include St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, New Jersey;

Charles Henderson Animal Rescue in Brooklyn, New York;

Columbia Greene Humane Society in Hudson, New York, and

Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire in Bedford.

Some dogs have also been transferred to the ASPCA’s Adoption Center in Manhattan.

These dogs’ lives are already so different from the ones they led just a few short months ago. On June 21, we found them living in the windowless basement of a six-story apartment building with a makeshift fighting arena.Also discovered on scene were a loaded .25-caliber handgun, U.S. currency and other equipment associated with dog fighting—including dog treadmills, harnesses, muzzles, syringes and a shopping cart full of raw chicken parts.

For more than two months, ASPCA responders cared for and provided the dogs with extensive socialization, a healthy diet, medical care and exercise at a temporary shelter. Each dog was carefully evaluated by a team of animal behavior professionals prior to being transferred to the rescue groups.

While the majority of the dogs in this case may be rehabilitated, some were far too dangerous for placement. These dogs were victims of the brutalities of dog fighting—bred over generations to exhibit aggression, trained to fight with lethal intent, subjected to a life of inhumane treatment and, as a result, displayed highly aggressive behavior. After extensive evaluations, all decisions to euthanize were based on recommendations of multiple behavior professionals who weighed in objectively and independently, with the best interest of each individual animal in mind.

The dogs’ owner, Raul Sanchez of the Bronx, was arrested during the raid and arraigned on 63 counts of animal fighting, six counts of aggravated animal cruelty, six counts of animal cruelty, and one count of criminal possession of a weapon. If convicted, he faces up to four years in jail.

The ASPCA’s Legal Advocacy team is providing support to the Bronx District Attorney’s Office in this case.

Pups rescued from Bronx basement dogfight chamber rehabbed and placed with animal welfare groups across Northeast

posted Jan 29, 2013, 6:28 PM by Charles Henderson   [ updated Jan 29, 2013, 10:07 PM ]

Ripley is a happy camper with her new family

posted Aug 20, 2012, 10:14 PM by Charles Henderson   [ updated Aug 20, 2012, 10:33 PM ]

She is doing great you can post the photo on your website.
She is very happy!!!

Linda, now Tally, heads off to her happy home in North Carolina

posted Jul 28, 2012, 6:28 PM by Charles Henderson   [ updated Jul 29, 2012, 8:14 AM ]

I would dearly love to talk with you about adopting Linda.  Lucy, our beloved Maltese, was killed by a large dog four weeks ago today, and our hearts were just crushed.  I can understand the heartbreak that Linda's former owner felt and will continue to feel at the loss of his precious friend.  We are not trying to replace Lucy--she was truly an individual!  Rather, we have found that our house seems so quiet without the love and the joy that a pet brings.  Lucy was a breeding dog who had to be rehomed when her owner developed Alzheimer's Disease.  If you would like to talk with the person who rehomed Lucy's doggie family, I can give you her name and number. 
I live in Charlotte, North Carolina, but I would gladly fly to Brooklyn to adopt Linda.  I flew to Boston a number of times with Lucy to visit my son and his family; they have two Maltese who helped Lucy learn how to be a family pet.  Here in Charlotte, we belong to the Charlotte Small Dog Society, a meetup group who helped Lucy become socialized to a variety of people and other small dogs of various breeds.  We have not relinquished our membership in that group because we made so many good friends there. Please consider us. Sincerely, Alice
Good morning!  Tally and I got home about 3:30 this morning after dropping off Erin and Mike at their house. Tally was perfect on the way home. She whimpered for a few minutes after we left you and Odin, but she had settled down on a pillow on my lap before we got to the Holland Tunnel. She slept much of the time. (Getting adopted into a new family tires a girl out!!) I offered her some liver bites, and she chowed down  She tried so hard to get her face into that little bag!  She spent a few minutes exploring in the back yard before we went to bed. She was very shy with David last night, but much more open to him this morning. She has no trouble going up the hardwood stairs, but she has not come down them yet. I forget and carry her down.   She slept snuggled up to me all night.  She did not do her business in the back yard this morning, so we went for a walk. Three neighbors met Tally while we were out, and they all think she is well worth driving to Brooklyn and back for!  Thank you again for allowing us to adopt Tally. She is happily exploring our house right now.  She has checked out the whole house and now has jumped up on the sofa in the den and found a perch on top of the back cushions.  She is as happy as she can be!!  Me, too!!!
God bless you for what you are doing to help animals. You are bringing much joy where there was much sadness.
Take care,
What a wonderful human being and family these guys were!  Tally is going to live an outstanding life full of love and spoiling,,,,,lots and lots of spoiling.  Thanks to Alice and her family for coming all the way from Charlotte, North Carolina to adopt Linda, now Tally. Tally is so super sweet and now has an awesome forever family & home. Another great adoption and happy adopter. God bless all of you! Amen!

King, now Delta, moves to his new forever home in Long Island, NY

posted Jul 27, 2012, 9:01 AM by Charles Henderson

Hi Charles,
Wanted to drop you a note to let you know that Delta laid across my lap on the ride home from Brooklyn, gently licking both myself and my granddaughter, Arianna and arrived home safe and sound to his new home on Long Island, NY. His big sister, Lakota and Delta greeted one another with licks and tails wagging. The cats were a complete non issue.
Delta could not have noticed them less and they gave a shrug and walked calmly on by. Delta explored his new yard and each room of our home. He went to sleep in his crate around 11:30pm and woke once when my daughter came home from work around 1am. Love that he barked to let us know someone he did not know yet had entered our home.
We took off his cone collar as he is leaving incision alone, perhaps due to his curiosity of new surroundings however we are watching to ensure his attention doesn't drift back towards that area. He is eating, energetic and just a complete joy.
We are blessed to have Delta as well as rescue folks such as yourself who have a passion and dedication to ensuring the welfare of these unwanted creatures otherwise known as gifts from God.
I can't tell you how much we love him already. He does this amazing affectionate rub up against us whether lying down next to us or sitting that brings tears to my eyes. Similar to when puppies or kittens lean affectionately into their mother. He is really good with my granddaughter as she with him. He wants to play today, lots of energy which is a good thing, so we are giving him lots of attention but trying to keep him calm until incision is healed.  I will send you updates and let you know how he is doing.
Here's his first photo opportunity in his new abode taken on July 27, 2012.

K9 Takes 3 Bullets To Save Police Officer's Life

posted Jun 7, 2012, 2:19 PM by Charles Henderson   [ updated Jun 7, 2012, 2:33 PM ]

When K-9 Deputy Kenzo found himself between his handlers and and armed murderer, he stood his ground. Officers say that single act of bravery saved their lives – and nearly cost him his.


The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Department was in pursuit of a man believed to have already killed his girlfriend when the incident occurred Monday evening. A perimeter was established, and as deputies neared the suspect, Kenzo rushed him, putting himself in harm’s way and taking two bullets intended for his handlers.


Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said there was no time to react: in seconds, the dog took two shots to the body. “He gave the deputies enough time to do what they needed to do,” Bradshaw said.


Sheriff’s Lt. Richard Burdick was approaching the suspect with Kenzo, and sustained a gunshot wound to the thigh. Bradshaw says if it weren’t for Kenzo he would have likely been killed.


“If he hadn’t distracted the guy, maybe more than one of them would’ve been shot, and maybe not just in the leg,” Bradshaw said Tuesday. “But that’s what he’s trained to do – apprehend people.”


Kenzo, a black German shepherd, is an eight year veteran of the force. In an emergency surgery one bullet was removed from his body: the other shot passed clean through. Kenzo was discharged from the Palm Beach Gardens hospital this afternoon and went home with his handler, but not before the department celebrated his release with a parade of patrol cars flashing their lights and sounding their sirens in his honor.


The suspect, Armando Gonzalez Filipe, was killed. An investigation of the incident is underway.


Lt. Richard Burdick’s wife issued the following statement in praise of the dog who saved her husband.


“To the Employees of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office,  I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to those that have reached out to my husband and I following the events of yesterday evening. Your thoughtfulness and gracious offers of help are greatly appreciated. My husband is doing well, he is resting at home. He is sore and tired but in good spirits and will be off the crutches in a day or so. Your calls, texts and emails have meant a lot to both of us.”


“It is during times like these that we see the true sense of family on display at the Sheriff’s Office. It has been comforting to know that we can call on so many friends should we need to. I’d like to personally thank K-9 Kenzo for sacrificing himself so that my husband could come home to me. We wish him a speedy recovery. There are a lot of emotions that run through you when something like this happens and it can be hard to put into words but the greatest emotion is gratitude for you, his friends and co-workers, who daily put your lives on the line to keep the citizens of Palm Beach County safe and for that I say thank you!”

Dog Bite Prevention and Awareness

posted Jun 4, 2012, 9:30 PM by Charles Henderson   [ updated Jun 4, 2012, 9:55 PM ]


Dog Bite Prevention Public Service Announcement


Dog Welcomes Home Military Mom

posted Jun 4, 2012, 8:01 PM by Charles Henderson   [ updated Jun 4, 2012, 9:57 PM ]

If you ever wondered whether your dog remembers you and misses you, just watch this video and you may be able to draw a conclusion.

Dog Welcomes Home Military Mom

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