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Team of tattoed toughs tackles animal abuse

Big guys with large tattoos rescue dogs in “Rescue Ink Unleashed,” a new weekly series on the National Geographic Channel.

It premieres Sept. 25 at 10 p.m.

Rescue Ink was formed a few years ago when eight tough guys with soft spots for animals began their mission to save animals from abuse.

The New York Times had an excellent article on the group last year,  which led to National Geographic’s interest. Its members include bouncers, security guards, a retired New York City detective, and some who have run afoul of the law.

Each one-hour episode of “Rescue Ink Unleashed” takes viewers on “ride-alongs” as members follow up on leads in the New York metro area. Taking an average of 100 calls a week at their headquarters on Long Island, they jump into their cars — or on their “hogs” — and confront alleged animal abusers, rescue fighting dogs, investigate stolen animals and  encourage owners to give up their pets if it is in the best interest of the animals.


Comment from Eighteenpaws
Time September 17, 2009 at 5:25 pm

Wow, this is such great news! I can’t wait to watch this series. In another life, in another state, I was for several years part of a small, dedicated “rescue ninjas for animals” squad. Sometimes local laws and humane societies just cannot or will not intercede in what is clearly animal abuse or wretched neglect. Every dog or pup saved and then adopted into safe homes far away was a victory. I recall every single, sometime daring and law-defying rescue as if it occurred yesterday. I still hear from many of the dogs’ adopting parents. These activities are actually more common throughout the U.S. than most people are aware. I hope that this series educates well. Thanks for the heads-up.