Dog Left To Die With His Family Was Too Scared To Lift His Head
On a property in Lawrence County, Alabama, there is a small house built of cinderblocks with no electricity or plumbing. Until recently, the yard surrounding this home was full of dogs – and they were all in desperate need of help, writes the dodo.
Those dogs looked almost like moving statues when county rescuers arrived last month. All 30 or so dogs had mange so severe it made them look like a cast.
“Almost all the dogs were hairless. The puppies were found nursing different moms – they went to the one closest,” Guardians of Rescue, the organization that helps dogs recover and find forever homes, wrote on Facebook last week.
The dogs were covered in fleas and parasites and all suffered from sarcoptic mange. And many of the dogs were too frightened to approach the people trying to help them. Animal control officers had to trap several of the dogs to get them to help.
“No one knows for sure why they let these dogs get to this point, but they won’t suffer anymore,” Robert Misseri, president of Guardians of Rescue, told The Dodo, adding that the people living on the property have been arrested and charged with animal cruelty.
Not all of the dogs could be saved: “Many of the dogs were in such poor condition that they, unfortunately, did not survive,” Guardians of Rescue wrote.
The dogs that did survive still bear the physical and emotional scars of neglect. Even after being pulled to safety, one dog seemed too scared to lift his head.
Because Lawrence County does not have an animal shelter, Guardians of Rescue helps place dogs where they can be cared for and, once fully recovered, adopted
One dog was rescued just in time to give birth to her puppies.
“The dogs’ condition is improving with love and medical treatment,” Misseri adds.
Even after such suffering, the dogs are finally starting to lift their heads, as if they are looking forward to a new life.
After several weeks of treatment and regaining the trust of people, the dogs were almost unrecognizable. And many began to find families.
“A lot of the dogs have been adopted, and you can see how their skin has changed,” Misseri said. “They’re doing great.”
H/T: The dodo
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