Don’t Punish Woman Who Rescued Neglected Dog


Target: Joel Fitzgerald, Fort Worth Chief of Police

Goal: Don’t charge woman for rescuing a severely neglected dog from her allegedly abusive owner.

Shelby Corker was arrested by the Fort Worth Police Department on the 22nd of October for rescuing an underweight dog with no tag, collar or microchip found wandering in the street. The 25-year-old woman took the female Saint-Bernard to her family veterinarian and paid for the dog’s vaccination and medical care, which included treating her for malnutrition, yeast infections in both ears, a polyp near her eye and a skin infection.

The dog’s owner tracked down Ms. Corker on social media and requested she return his dog, but she refused to do so as the dog had been badly neglected. This was confirmed by a letter from her veterinarian, Dr. Kelly Bruner, addressed to Fort Worth police stating that the dog was 30 pounds underweight and “did not appear to have been receiving a good standard of care.” The man filed a report with the police claiming Ms. Corker had stolen his dog. She was arrested and the severely emaciated Saint-Bernard was handed back to her owner.

Instead of being rewarded for her charitable act of rescuing a dog in need and for paying for her veterinary care, Ms. Corker was instead taken into custody. Meanwhile, Fort Worth Animal Care and Control, to whom the dog was taken following the arrest, turned the Saint-Bernard back to the person who was allegedly responsible for her not receiving proper nutrition and medical care.

Sign the petition below to urge the Fort Worth Police Department to drop theft charges against Shelby Corker and fully investigate the dog’s condition. The allegedly neglectful owner needs to be charged with animal abuse for malnourishing his dog and not affording her much-needed veterinary care.


Dear Police Chief Fitzgerald,

Shelby Corker was unjustly arrested by the Fort Worth Police Department after rescuing an emaciated Saint-Bernard female who was found with no tag, collar or microchip. The dog was 30 pounds underweight and suffered from a host of medical issues including a polyp near her eye, yeast infections in both ears and a skin infection causing hair loss.

In a letter addressed to your police department, Ms. Corker’s veterinarian, Dr. Kelly Bruner, clearly expressed that the dog “did not appear to have been receiving a good standard of care” in her owner’s custody. This important information was however ignored and the malnourished dog was returned to a person allegedly guilty of not giving her the nutrition and medical care he is legally required to.

I urge you to drop theft charges against Ms. Corker — a young woman who was simply trying to help an animal in need — and fully investigate the Saint-Bernard’s owner for allegedly failing to provide his animal with proper nutrition and veterinary care.


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Photo credit: Frances N. Finley

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  1. Lisbeth Alvarado Sanchez says:

    This is incredible! Ms. Coker did the correct and compassionate thing to do, to take care of this abused dog. What is the matter with the pólice!!!! The one they should have arrested for animal cruelty is the dog’s former owner. The Fort Worth Animal Care and Control actions are also disturbing as they saw the state of this puppy and returned him/her to its torturer. They are part of the cruelty, no better than the perpetrator.

    • Ms. Coker should not have been arrested for caring and feeding this abused dog. You are SO RIGHT in your comments. The Fort Worth Animal Care and Control needs to upgrade their operating procedures relative to the neglect that this abused and starving dog needed. Unbelievable!

    • Everything you said, and why wasn’t the pos of shit who did this arrested? They know the dog was neglected, underweight, sick AND roaming the streets. WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH THE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS IN THIS MATTER? The dog needs to be removed from this disgusting, disturbed “person”.

  2. This will have to be settled in court because once a judge sees and talks with the vet who treated the dog and is told what kind of condition the dog was in when it was brought to the Vet by the lady that rescued it I think the charges will be dropped. Since the dog was given back to the owner I don’t know what will happen there the woman might sue the man for the vet bill and tell the man she will drop the suit if he gives her the dog. Because he will keep the dog just because he can without the suit hanging over his head.

  3. Viviane Lavallee says:

    This is a none sense this lady did nothing wrong !!!! Giving back the abuse dog to the original owner is a BIG MISTAKE ????

  4. Patricia Dumais says:

    This is absurd. The “owner” should be charged with animal cruelty and neglect, and Corker should get a medal. The police are totally incompetent in this matter.

  5. The purpose of the LAW is to PROTECT — WHOM are we protecting here? — are we protecting the GOOD or are we protecting the BAD? — by returning the dog to the abusive former owner, you are seriously endangering this dog’s life by having her exposed yet again to the cruel negligence from which she MUST be rescued (or she will surely die) — Let’s do the RIGHT thing — let’s do the WISE thing — return this dog to Shelby Corker, her rightful caretaker, to her rightful person, to her rightful guardian — this dog’s life is at stake.

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